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What is the rating system in Pokemon GO?

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With so many Pokemon being caught in Pokemon GO, it can be difficult for trainers to determine which ones are worth investing in.

This is exactly why the game’s rating system exists. It allows trainers to view a Pokemon’s individual values ​​(IVs) and their potential when it comes to battle stats.

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While some Pokemon GO trainers prefer to use third-party apps to track their Pokemon stats and IVs, the rating system can do just fine.

While there are no specific numbers, the rating feature’s visual interface is still helpful for trainers who want to make certain decisions about their Pokemon.


Pokemon GO: How does the rating system work?

Blanche evaluates Pokemon in the rating system (Image via Niantic)
Blanche evaluates Pokemon in the rating system (Image via Niantic)

Reviewing a Pokemon in Pokemon GO is a pretty easy undertaking. All trainers need to do is open a Pokemon’s stats page from the Pokemon menu and tap the icon in the bottom right corner of the page.

Trainers can then tap the review button. This will bring their team leader into the picture. The leader will watch the Pokemon and determine their attack, defense, and stamina IVs, as well as size, if any.

The rating system uses three color-coded bars to measure a Pokemon’s stats, as well as a star-based rating system to give an overall rating to an individual Pokemon.

When Pokemon GO trainers start rating, their leader will display a Pokemon’s IVs on a scale of 0 to 15.

If an IV’s bar is completely empty, the Pokemon will have an IV of 0. However, if the bar is completely filled and tinted red, it will have an IV of 15. Based on the collective IVs of the rated Pokemon, it will receive a star rating from 0-3 stars.

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If a Pokemon GO trainer receives a Pokemon that rates with three red bars and a red stamp with three stars, they want to keep the Pokemon. This particular rating means the Pokemon has perfect IVs and stat growth is maximized as it boots up and evolves.

This matters for one main reason: two Pokemon of the same species with the same CP will still have stat differences.

If a Pokemon has better stats, it will outperform its counterpart. This makes perfectly graded Pokemon highly desirable in many situations, especially popular meta picks often used in PvP or PvE situations.

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Perfect IV Pokemon are rare, but that’s exactly why trainers should always review their catches before transferring or trading them. Players never know exactly when to catch a Pokemon with perfect IVs and huge growth potential, so it doesn’t hurt to watch them all carefully.

Fortunately, the rating system allows trainers to scroll left and right through their available Pokemon. Players can then rate each of them without continuously pressing the rating button.

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Once Pokemon GO trainers have a few Pokemon that rate well, it’s time to give them candy and evolve them if possible. Maximizing this Pokemon’s potential is one of the best ways to improve your combat abilities as a trainer.


Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh

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