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Box trick

129 bytes added, 04:25, 24 October 2009
it's true >_> the article makes it seem like it's only for Gen I/II but it works in III and IV too, just not for level 100 Pokemon. I'm not too good at wording though.
Usually, a Pokémon gains stat points when they level up, based on the amount of effort points that the Pokémon has acquired through battle, and based on its own [[Stats#Base Stats|base stats]]. 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 based on the amount of effort points etc. it possesses. 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.
A Level 100 Pokémon in Generation {{Gen|III}} and {{Gen|IV}} is unable to gain effort points, so this trick cannot be used to increase a Level 100 Pokémon's stats in those games. However, a Pokémon can still gain effort points through this method in later generations, provided that they are not level 100.
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