How Pokemon Go’s Appraisal Feature Works

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Recently, Niantic Labs pushed out an update to the Pokemon Go Android and iOS apps. It brought several improvements and bug fixes. The Pokemon Go version 0.35.0 for Android and version 1.5.0 for the iOS also included a new “Pokemon Appraisal” feature that allows the Team Leaders to teach you about a Pokemon’s stamina, defense, and attack capabilities.

Statements from Pokemon Go Team Leaders can be confusing

Though it’s pretty easy to learn and interact with the feature, the cryptic sentences provided by the Team Leaders are sometimes confusing. To use the appraisal feature, go to the main menu and select to view all the Pokemon you have captured. Now select the Pokemon of your choice, tap the button with three horizontal lines, and tap the Appraisal option.

From there, your Team Leader – Candela, Blanche or Spark – will pop up to tell you the strengths and weaknesses of your Pokemon through various screens. They hint at the critter’s hidden Individual Values (IVs). These IVs govern how powerful a Pokemon can become. But the statements from Team Leaders can be difficult to decipher. Fortunately, folks at GamePress have been able to decipher the code. They have posted a list of all the comments a Team Leader can make, and the Individual Values (IVs) linked to the comment.

Pokemon Go Appraisal
Image Credit: GamePress / YouTube video

Understanding the Individual Values (IVs)

Each Pokemon has a set of values for stamina, attack and defense. And each value is represented by a number that could be between 1 and 15. The combined value is the accumulation of these IVs. The Team Leader’s first set of information is the combined value of that creature, so it could be anywhere between 1 and 45. The second stage of appraisal is based on the highest ranking value of the selected Pokemon. For instance, if the highest IV is related to the Pokemon’s attack capabilities, the Team Leader will refer to that. Check out this video by GamePress:

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