Pokémon Sun and Moon Lets You Improve Your Pokémon’s IVs Through “Hyper Training”


The Pokémon Company recently released a new trailer for the upcoming games Pokémon Sun and Moon. The new videos gave us a look an official look at the Pokémon Kiteruguma (now known as Bewear) and Mimikyu, alongside four brand-new Pokémon: Wimpod, Bounsweet, Comfey, and Mudsdale.

But the trailer also introduced new features for Pokémon Sun and Moon. One new feature lets players host their very own Pokémon competitions through the Pokémon Global Link. But perhaps more interesting is a new “Hyper Training” mode that lets players improve their Pokémon’s stats. Whereas Pokémon X and Y introduced a minigame called “Super Training,” whereby trainers could improve their Pokémon’s EVs (scalable data values that improve a Pokémon’s stats over time), “Hyper Training” lets trainers improve their Pokémon’s IVs (preset data values that determine the maximum potential for a Pokémon’s stats) for the first time ever.

Here’s what The Pokémon Company had to say on the official website:

Hyper Training Maximizes a Pokémon’s Power

In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, you can draw forth a Pokémon’s power to its utmost limit with Hyper Training.

Pokémon grow stronger by raising their levels and increasing their base stats. However, their power is still affected by the individual strengths innate to each Pokémon. Now, with Hyper Training, Pokémon that have grown to Lv. 100 will be able to increase their individual strengths, which has never been possible before.

With Hyper Training, you can increase the strength of the Lv. 100 Pokémon you’ve been adventuring with!

Bottle Caps: The Key to Hyper Training

Hyper Training is done by Mr. Hyper—a man who loves to collect Bottle Caps. He can be found somewhere in the Alola region. If you bring him Bottle Caps, which you can obtain in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, you’ll be able to improve your Pokémon’s stats with Hyper Training.

Magearna Holds a Bottle Cap

The Magearna you’ll be able to get will be holding a Bottle Cap, a precious item needed for Hyper Training. With a Bottle Cap, you can perform Hyper Training on any Pokémon. Get Magearna on your team and try out Hyper Training for yourself!

Beyond the sole Bottle Cap held by Magearna, we don’t know yet how players will be able to find Bottle Caps in Sun and Moon.

The Pokémon Company’s official descriptions seem to indicate that Hyper Training affects Pokémon’s IVs without explicitly stating it, but Serebii has since confirmed that the values shown in the trailer do, in fact, correspond to IVs. Are you excited for the potential of Hyper Training, or will you miss the days when IVs were predetermined for a Pokémon’s life? Let us know in the comments below!

Pokémon Sun and Moon launch worldwide on November 18th for Nintendo 3DS. If you’re already sure you want to explore the Pokémon-filled world of Alola, Amazon lets you preorder Pokémon Sun right here and Pokémon Moon right here. You can also preorder the games’ official strategy guide and its hardcover collector’s edition at the respective links.

Source: The Pokémon Company, Serebii

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Colin McIsaac
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