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The '''Box trick''' is a method in all Generations of [[main series]] [[Pokémon games]] that allows a [[Pokémon]] to gain [[Effort values|effort points]] without necessarily leveling up in the process. This method can EV train level 100 Pokémon in Generations {{gen|I}} and {{gen|II}} only.
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The '''box trick''' is a method in all Generations of [[main series]] [[Pokémon games]] that allows a Pokémon to change it stats due to [[effort values]] without [[level|leveling up]]. In Generation {{gen|I}} and {{gen|II}}, this method can be used to EV train level 100 Pokémon.
   
Usually, a Pokémon gains stat points when they level up, which based on a number of factors, including the number of effort values that the Pokémon has. But by depositing a Pokémon into the PC and withdrawing it, the game will, in the process of depositing/withdrawing, recalculate the stats of the deposited Pokémon. The reason it does this is because while in the box the actual stat values are not stored, so they must be calculated when taken out or viewed.
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Usually, a Pokémon's stats are calculated upon leveling up; however, Pokémon stored in the [[PC]] have only the numbers used in the calculations stored, (namely the [[Effort values|EVs]], [[Individual values|IVs]] and [[base stats]]) so depositing and withdrawing a Pokémon from the PC will cause its stats to be recalculated. By training or by using [[vitamins]] or {{cat|Happiness-raising berries|stat-reducing berries}}, the number of effort values can be changed between levels.
   
A level 100 Pokémon in Generation {{Gen|III}} and {{Gen|IV}} is unable to gain effort points though battle. This is because Effort Values are awarded at the same time as [[experience]] in these games, and since Pokémon at Level 100 don't gain Experience, they are also skipped over for Effort Values. However, this trick can be used to change a level 100 Pokémon's stats by consuming [[Vitamins]] or {{cat|Happiness-raising berries|stat-reducing berries}}, as well as to change the stats of a Pokémon that is below level 100.
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In Generation {{gen|III}} and {{gen|IV}}, level 100 Pokémon are unable to gain effort values though battle. This is because in these games effort values are awarded at the same time as [[experience]]; since Pokémon at level 100 don't gain experience, they are also skipped over for effort values. This means that this trick cannot be used to alter a level 100 Pokémon's stats via leveling up; however, this trick can be used to change a level 100 Pokémon's stats by consuming vitamins or stat-reducing berries.
   
 
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Revision as of 12:35, 24 August 2010

The box trick is a method in all Generations of main series Pokémon games that allows a Pokémon to change it stats due to effort values without leveling up. In Generation I and II, this method can be used to EV train level 100 Pokémon.

Usually, a Pokémon's stats are calculated upon leveling up; however, Pokémon stored in the PC have only the numbers used in the calculations stored, (namely the EVs, IVs and base stats) so depositing and withdrawing a Pokémon from the PC will cause its stats to be recalculated. By training or by using vitamins or stat-reducing berries, the number of effort values can be changed between levels.

In Generation III and IV, level 100 Pokémon are unable to gain effort values though battle. This is because in these games effort values are awarded at the same time as experience; since Pokémon at level 100 don't gain experience, they are also skipped over for effort values. This means that this trick cannot be used to alter a level 100 Pokémon's stats via leveling up; however, this trick can be used to change a level 100 Pokémon's stats by consuming vitamins or stat-reducing berries.

See also

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