Make the Most of new Pokémon Appraisals

Niantic just released an update to their popular game, Pokémon Go. Users playing the new version (0.35.0 Android and 1.5.0 iOS) have noticed a new feature – appraisals – that can be confusing. Here are our tips to make the most of this new feature.

What is the appraisal feature?

When looking at your Pokémon and clicking the lower right button, you’ll notice “appraise” as one of your options. Click that, and your team leader will give his/her opinion of your Pokémon.

Why does the game need an appraisal feature?

Pokémon are like people; no two are the same. Each has its own IV (Individual Values). These are pre-determined strengths and weaknesses that affect the Pokémon’s potential. If you found two Pikachus and trained them both exactly the same way, one would fare better than the other due to IV’s. Knowing more about your Pokémon’s IV’s can be helpful.

Why do some trainers find the appraisal feature confusing?

Every team leader makes comments that are vague, and sometimes they make negative comments about a Pokémon that has already done well in battle.

What do the appraisal comments mean?

The comments are not specific, so what to make of them? Each team leader has his/her own comments, but they correspond to the same scores. You can find a more information chart at GamePress.

Over on the PokemonGO Reddit a user visualized what the comments mean in terms of Individual Value. Here’s the raw information:

Pokémon GO Appraisals and Individual Value (IV)

Instinct Appraisals

Pokémon Appraisal IV
Overall, your [Pokémon] looks like it can really battle with the best of them! 80%-100%
Overall, your [Pokémon] is really strong! 67%-79%
Overall, your [Pokémon] is pretty decent! 51%-66%
Overall, your [Pokémon] has room for improvement as far as battling goes. 0%-5%

Mystic Appraisals

Pokémon Appraisal IV
Overall, your [Pokémon] is a wonder! What a breathtaking Pokemon! 80%-100%
Overall, your [Pokémon] has certainly caught my attention. 67%-79%
Overall, your [Pokémon] is above average. 51%-66%
Overall, your [Pokémon] is not likely to make much headway in battle. 0%-5%

Valor Appraisals

Pokémon Appraisal IV
Overall, your [Pokémon] simply amazes me. It can accomplish anything! 80%-100%
Overall, your [Pokémon] is a strong Pokémon. You should be proud! 67%-79%
Overall, your [Pokémon] is a decent Pokémon. 51%-66%
Overall, your [Pokémon] may not be great in battle, but I still like it! 0%-5%

Pokémon Go Pro Tips:

  • At this point, size does not seem to matter. Some trainers have speculated that larger Pokémon hit harder and smaller Pokémon dodge better, but that has not been confirmed. There is a badge for catching small Pokémon, but that’s the only confirmed benefit relating to size at this point.
  • In battle, the most important things are the type of your Pokémon and its CP.
  • Evolve Pokémon with high CP and transfer the rest.

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