Breeding. In human terms, it’s what happens when your parents decide to be naughty, with the repercussions being felt nine months later. In Pokémon terms, it’s a method of getting new critters, while starting from scratch with a potential contender that hopefully isn’t so inbred that it can’t stand straight in a battle. If you want to raise a true champ, you’re going to need to do some breeding. Here’s how you can play Gattaca with your Pokémon.
So how does it work?
Easier than speed dating, I can tell you from experience. Let’s say you want to raise a dragon, that combines the best traits possible from your experiences. You’ll need to grab some compatible Pokémon, and drop them off at a day- care centre. Left alone with some slow music, a candlelight dinner and some cheap wine, will eventually produce an egg.
Or you can play god, and leave just about any Pokémon you want with a Ditto. Thanks to the unstable genetic make-up of Ditto, it happens to be a genderless creature that can get it on with most Pokémon, barring legendaries and other Ditto. In the latest Pokémon games, you can find a day-care drop-off on the Battle Resort Island and on Route 117 between Mauville City and Verdanturf Town.
So you’ve set the mood, and you’re ready to swim in eggs. And make a sammich from the spare Bulbasaur eggs. Depending on how well the two Pokémon get on with one another, determines how quickly they produce eggs. If the chap in front of the day-care remarks that the two get along, then they’ll soon be getting it on. If the two despise each other and play with other Pokémon, then your chances of grabbing an egg brekkie are zilch.
Getting your egg
Quick tip: If you ever want to know if the day-care owner has an egg to give you, then pay attention to his position. If he has his back towards you, then there’s nothing to report. if he is facing you, then he has your egg. Easy peasy.
And now the fun part. Hatching an egg takes a while, using the standard method of running around like a pinhead. Depending on the breed, it might take anywhere from five minutes to 15 minutes, as egg hatching is done in several cycles. Every cycle needs a certain amount of steps in order to hatch, such as Gligar which will need you to make 5355 steps before that egg cracks. Magikarp on the other hand,has the shortest cycle and will quickly burst forth from its shell, ready to be useless in battle.
Fortunately, there are several ways to speed the process up. Riding a bicycle makes you quicker, thus cutting the time down to hatch. You can also use an O-Power from the Player Search System in order to speed up hatching, while having a Pokémon in your party that has either Magma Armour or Flame Body as an ability can also cut down the hatching time.
Remember, the Pokémon that hatches will be at the lowest end of the evolution scale. So breed two Charizards, get a Charmander in return. This method also helps players unlock baby Pokémon. Clefairy, Magmar/Magmortar, Electabuzz/Electivire, Jinx and Togetic all have baby forms, that will need to be earned via this method if you hope to complete your Pokedex.
The appeal of breeding here, is that a Pokémon can inherit IV stats from a parent Pokémon. You can essentially, breed from a good lineage and I’m still amazed that such Pokémon aren’t sold online yet like pedigree dogs and cats. As of the sixth generation of Pokémon games, a newly hatched Pokémon can inherit a total of five IVs from a parent, when using items such as the Destiny Knot or the Macho Brace on the egg donor.
Moves, Natures and Abilities
New Pokémon can also inherit moves from their parents. A baby Charmander is capable of hatching at level 1 having learnt Flare Blitz already. Combined with various natures and skills from parents, you can custom hatch your ideal Pokémon for competitions.
Of course nothing says rare, like a Shiny Pokémon. In the latest Generation, you can still breed egg after egg in order to have a Shiny Pokémon to show off. And if you sue the Masuda Method and a Shiny charm, your chances are around 1 in 512. Which is actually pretty decent!
That’s just a quick primer on breeding then. It gets far more complex the more you dig into this feature. Which is kind of weird for a game aimed at kids.
Last Updated: December 10, 2014