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Pokemon Sword & Shield: How to Check IVs (Individual Values)

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Pokemon Sword & Shield: How to Check IVs (Individual Values)

As you venture on your quest to be the very best like no one ever was in the Galar region of Pokemon Sword and Shield, you’ll have been busy leveling up your Pokemon to conquer the Gyms in your path. That’s only half the story when it comes to training your Pokemon, though. IV (Individual Values) are an incredibly important stat you’ll need to take into account. Here’s how to get IV Checker in Pokemon Sword & Shield, and how to check the IVs of your Pokemon.

Getting IV Checker in Pokemon Sword & Shield

First off, you’ll need to actually unlock the ability to get the IV Checker in Pokemon Sword and Shield. It’s actually called the Judge feature, but it can be unlocked by following the steps below:

How to Get ‘Judge’ to Check IVs in Pokemon Sword & Shield

  1. Complete the Main Game

    This requires you to beat all of the gyms and take on Pokemon League battle at the end.

  2. Go to the Battle Tower and Reach Rank 4

    Your last fight to reach this rank should be against Leon. Once you’ve beaten him, you’ll know you’re all set here.

  3. You’ll now be given the ‘Judge’ feature to check IVs.

How to Check Pokemon IVs in Sword and Shield

Now that you’ve got the ‘Judge’ function, to check IVs in Pokemon Sword and Shield, simply open your Box or Party, select the Pokemon you want to see the values of, and press the + button. Select ‘View Stats,’ and then press + again for the ‘Judge’ option.

You’ll now see all of your Pokemon’s stats broken down with a rating next to them. The IV ratings are as follows:

  • No Good
  • Decent
  • Pretty Good
  • Very Good
  • Fantastic
  • Best

The higher a Pokemon’s IV for a particular stat, the higher that particular stat can become. As such, you’ll want to see more ‘Fantastic’ and ‘Best’ results, rather than ‘No Good’ and ‘Decent.’

That’s everything you need to know on how to check IVs in Pokemon Sword and Shield and how to get the IV Checker. For more tips, tricks, and guides, be sure to head on over to our ever-expanding guide wiki, search for Twinfinite, or check out more of our guides down below.

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