What does IV mean in Pokemon GO

Pokémon rating (IV scale) in Pokémon GO

The Pokémon rating is a tool that is available from game version 1.5.0 (iOS) or 0.35.0 (Android). You can call it up on the side of the respective Pokémon in the small extra menu. The Pokémon rating has been extensively revised since game version 0.149.0 (Android). The potential of your Pokémon is no longer just explained by texts, but presented visually. In addition, the evaluation is much faster and you can switch directly between Pokémon in the evaluation, which enables a review of many Pokémon in a short time.

What is being assessed?

The individual strength of a certain Pokémon specimen is assessed in the assessment tool. Strictly speaking, this is the DV value (often also IV), a value that the players could not see before. The different DV values ​​of each individual Pokémon ensure that, for example, you can catch a Tauboga with 700 WP, but immediately afterwards one with 900 WP. So it is about the individual strength or the individual potential of each Pokémon specimen.

However, every Pokémon has not just one, but three DV values. There is a KP-DV value, an attack DV value, and a defense DV value. Each of these values ​​is between 0 and 15. The higher the value, the stronger the Pokémon in that area. A perfect Pokémon has the value 15 in all three DV values ​​and thus comes to a DV value total of 45. The DV values ​​are included in the calculation of the competition points (WP) and thus also have an effect on them. In the end, DV values ​​should be the decisive measure for which Pokémon specimen you level up and, if necessary, develop, because they are the only values ​​that ensure different strengths of the Pokémon specimens of the same Pokémon species. When the Pokémon is caught or hatched, the DV values ​​are set randomly. They cannot be changed afterwards.

What does the check say?

Due to the Pokémon rating in the game, you will not be given pure numbers for the DV values. However, the values ​​are visualized. A division into 3 bars is used for this, each representing 5 DV points. This makes it possible to read the Pokémon's DV value even if the number itself is not displayed by the game. If a Pokémon has the maximum potential in a value, i.e. 15 DV points, the bars are colored red for clarity. The following graphic can help you to find out the numerical values ​​based on the Pokémon Check.

The principle is illustrated by an example. For the following picture of a Porygon2, the following values ​​can be determined by comparing the graphic:

  • Attack: 3/15 DV points
  • Defense: 15/15 DV points
  • CP: 6/15 DV points

Finally, there is also an overall assessment of the potential of your Pokémon. In the Pokémon GO community, it is customary to state the potential of Pokémon as a percentage. To do this, the DV values ​​are added and divided by the maximum sum of DV values ​​(15 + 15 + 15 = 45). For our Porygon2 this means: 3 + 15 + 6 = 24. If you divide 24 by 45 and multiply it by 100 for the percentage value, you learn that our Porygon2 has 55.55% of the maximum possible DV values. It is therefore a mediocre Pokémon and at least not a specimen that offers a lot of power-ups to use.

The Pokémon rating in the game divides the total potential into five classes, which are represented by a stamp with a star. With the help of the search function you can search your Pokémon collection for the different stamp classes.

Conversion in percent

If the percentage syntax is important to you and you want to give your Pokémon a nickname that contains its potential in percent, for example, the following table can help you. Simply add the 3 DV values ​​that you have read and look for the corresponding value.

DV totalPercentage
00%
12%
24%
37%
49%
511%
613%
716%
818%
920%
1022%
1124%
1227%
1329%
1431%
1533%
1636%
1738%
1840%
1942%
2044%
2147%
2249%
2351%
2453%
2556%
2658%
2760%
2862%
2964%
3067%
3169%
3271%
3373%
3476%
3578%
3680%
3782%
3884%
3987%
4089%
4191%
4293%
4396%
4498%
45100%