Breeding in Pokemon Sun and Moon can be a difficult thing to wrap your head around at first. Once you get the hang of it, you can breed for fun or create an amazing Pokemon with amazing stats and unique move sets.
In order to breed, you must place two correctly matched Pokemon in the Pokemon Nursery. The Pokemon Nursery can be found at Paniola Ranch.
While your Pokemon are at the nursery, they will level up and might learn new moves, but they will never evolve or earn effort value points. If the two Pokemon are in the same egg groups and are of opposite genders, the girl outside of the nursery will tell you they enjoy being together. All you can do after that is wait. Of course, simply waiting for the time to pass by will not work towards creating an egg. The game requires you to move around to pass the time. The more steps, the better. If you have nothing else to do in the game, ride your bike back and forth along a straight route. Eventually, the nursery lady will face the road instead of the Pokemon. Speak to her to receive a Pokemon egg.
If you’re not breeding two of the same Pokemon — like two Ninetales — and instead are breeding two different Pokemon that are in the same egg group, the female of the two Pokemon will be the Pokemon species that hatches from the egg. However, for obvious reasons, it will not be the highest evolutionary form. For example: if you’re breeding a female Charizard and a male Dragonite, you will end up with a Charmander of either gender. There are few Pokemon that can only be male or female. In this special case, you will have a 50/50 chance of the egg being the same species as the father or mother.
Some Pokemon can only be obtained through breeding. To get one of these infant Pokemon, the parent may need to hold a special item while in the nursery, but not all baby Pokemon need a special item to
Pokemon with unknown genders can breed with a Ditto to create an offspring. Ditto is usually the go to Pokemon for many breeders who want an egg with little effort. If you don’t want to use a Ditto for specific reasons, you’ll have to find two Pokemon that are in the same egg group. be created.
There are 14 Egg Groups that a Pokemon can fall into — 15 if you include Ditto into his own group. As stated earlier, Ditto can breed with almost any Pokemon, and only Ditto can breed with certain unknown gender Pokemon. Dittos will always create the other Pokemon it’s matched with in the nursery, never other Dittos. Even if you place two Dittos in the nursery, you will never get a Ditto in a Pokemon egg. The 14 Egg Groups in Pokemon are:
- Water 1
- Water 2
- Water 3
Most Pokemon in each egg group look somewhat similar in style, such as Charizard and Dragonite, but there are some weird matches like Skitty and Wailord. After getting a matched pair, you will have to wait for them to make an egg. Sometimes it’s quick, and sometimes it’ll take a long while. Traded Pokemon breed faster than Pokemon you have captured yourself. You can find out how long it’ll take by asking the nursery owner. He’ll usually say things that hint towards the time frame for an egg. If he says “They prefer to play with other Pokemon,” it means you’ll never get an egg from the pair. The more playful they are, the faster they will make an egg.
Passing Down Natures
If you like the nature of one of the parent Pokemon, you can let that Pokemon hold an Everstone. This will allow the nature to pass down to the child.
Passing Down Abilities
Some Pokemon are born with one of two different abilities. The chances of getting a certain ability from a Pokemon in the wild are 50/50. However, there are ways to breed a certain ability onto the child.
If the mother has one of two available abilities for its species, there will be an 80% chance the child will know that same ability.
There are also rare hidden abilities that most species of Pokemon can be obtained with through special means. If the mother Pokemon in the nursery has a hidden ability, the ability will have an 80% chance of being passed down to the child. Male or unknown gender Pokemon have a small chance of passing down the hidden ability, but females have the higher chance.
Passing Down IVs
Three individual values will be passed on from the parents to the child each time they are breed. These three IVs will be selected randomly from either the male, the female, or both.
If you like a particular stat’s individual value, you can attach a Power Weight, Power Bracer, Power Belt, Power Lens, Power Band, or Power Anklet to either parent to pass down the HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, or Speed individual value on to the child Pokemon. If you let both Parents hold one of these items, only one of the IVs will be sent down (it will be random), and the other two Stats will be randomly selected.
The best option when passing down IVs is to have one parent hold the Destiny Knot. This will pass down five individual values from either parent to the child, but the five stats will be chosen at random. That’s five out of a total of 12 between both of the parent Pokemon.
Passing Down the Same Poke Ball
The Poke Ball the egg hatches in is mainly based upon the ball that the mother Pokemon was caught in. Breed a female Pokemon captured in a Dusk Ball with a male Pokemon in an Ultra Ball to receive a baby in a Dusk Ball. It’s also possible to breed a Pokemon in the father’s Poke Ball if the father is bred with a Ditto.
Breeding Attacks / Egg Moves
It’s possible to teach a Pokemon moves it normally cannot learn through breeding. There are three types of moves that can be taught through breeding:
- A Pokemon can learn a move from a technical machine if the father has one in their move set. This only works if the baby Pokemon would normally be able to learn that move.
- A Pokemon can learn a move that is normally learned at later levels if both of the parents already have it in their move sets. There are some instances where this will not work.
- A Pokemon can learn a move that is only learned through specific breeding. A well known example is a male Dragonite with the attack Outrage breeding with a female Charizard to make a baby Charmander that knows Outrage. These are known as “egg moves.”
Keep in mind, Pokemon will level up while in the nursery. It is possible a parent Pokemon will learn a new move and forget one of the older four in its set. The move at the top will be the first to be replaced. Rearrange the move set if you plan on sending a move down to the child. The move at the bottom of the set will be the last to get replaced.
Chain breeding is the act of breeding Pokemon A to get an egg move onto Pokemon B, then breeding Pokemon B with Pokemon C to get the same egg move onto Pokemon C. The reason you do this is because Pokemon A cannot breed with Pokemon C, but Pokemon C wants an egg move from Pokemon A. You can also use this to get two different egg moves onto Pokemon C.
Say you wanted a Skitty with both Wish and Fake Tears. These moves are both egg moves for Skitty. There are no Pokemon that can learn both of these moves by leveling up that is also in Skitty’s egg group, so you have to chain breed. Here’s what you do:
- Get a male Togetic that knows Wish (learned at level 29).
- Breed the male Togetic with a female Plusle and produce a male Plusle that knows the move Wish.
- Level up that male Plusle to level 21 to learn Fake Tears. Be sure not to remove Wish from Plusle’s move set along the way, or else you’ll have to go back to step two.
- Breed the male Plusle and a female Skitty to produce a Skitty with Fake Tears and Wish.
Do you see how the Skitty got the two moves from both Togetic and Plusle? Pokemon that have two different egg groups are really good for this, as they can breed with many more Pokemon.
Hatching an Egg
Hatching an egg can take a really long time depending on the Pokemon that’s inside. Actually, it doesn’t depend on time, but the amount of steps you take. It could take between 1,000-10,000 steps to hatch an egg. If you have a Pokemon with the Magma Armor or Flame Body abilities in your party, the amount of steps it takes to hatch an egg will be cut in half. You can ride your bicycle up and down the same route until the egg hatches, or just take it with you on your adventure. Check the egg’s status screen to get hints as to how long it’ll take for the egg to hatch.