This is the second breeding article in the series. This time I am looking at three Zigzagoons who share the same nature and similar starting scores.
I recently hatched three Zigzagoons that all share the same nature; modest.
A Pokemon with the Modest nature is likely to have a higher Special Attack than normal but it comes with a price, Attack suffers.
In an attempt to make up for this I fed one of these three Zigzagoons 10 Proteins (raises Attack) before I began their training.
For their training I went with an unfocused method to simulate the disorganized nature of fighting Pokemon at random in the wild. To do this I gave each of them EXP Shares and ran them through the Elite Four with some stronger Pokemon in front. This way, even though I am not tracking their EV points, they are all getting the same exact points in EV and EXP.
This article only covers their growth up to level 30. All abilities are provided in the following order: HP/AT/DF/SA/SD/SPD.
The first Zigzagoon is named Zaggy. Her starting scores were: 19/8/10/8/10/12.
The second Zigzagoon is named Zirchill. Her starting scores were: 18/7/9/8/10/11.
The third Zigzagoon is named Zipse. She was fed the 10 Proteins and her starting scores were: 20/7/9/8/9/11.
When totaled we have; Zaggy=67, Zirchill=63, Zipse=64.
Just prior to evolving (level 20) their scores were as follows:
Zaggy 49/20/25/19/25/35 = 173
Zirchill 46/18/22/19/25/31 = 161
Zipse 50/22/24/19/23/30 = 168
After evolving (same level):
Zaggy 65/35/33/28/33/50 = 244
Zirchill 62/32/30/28/33/47 = 232
Zipse 66/36/32/28/31/46 = 239
Notice how, upon evolving, each one gained a total of 71 points. Each score went up roughly the same amount.
I saw no major benefit from using the Protein at this point. Zaggy (who had no Protein) was barely behind Zipse (who was fed the Protein) in the Attack score.
I went as far as level 30 and this is where their scores ended up:
Zaggy 94/54/49/40/50/74 = 361
Zirchill 89/49/44/40/50/69 = 341
Zipse 97/57/46/41/46/68 = 355
You might have noticed a trend here. At every level, Zaggy was always in the lead in regards to total ability points and Zirchill was always last with Zipse in the middle. Further, Zipse's lead over Zaggy in the Attack score is lower than the lead Zaggy has over Zirchill!
One might begin to think that vitamins are a waste of money, we will not know until these Pokemon reach level 100 and see where the scores end up. What we do know is that at the lower levels the effect of vitamins is not obvious. One thing we do know is that Pokemon who start strong, stay strong!
These three Pokemon have now reached level 50, let's see where they stand:
Zaggy 159/99/83/68/87/124 = 620
Zirchill 151/91/74/68/87/115 = 586
Zipse 161/101/77/68/79/113 = 599
Notice how the trend has stayed nearly constant? Zaggy still has the highest point total. She is 21 points over Zipse who is 13 points over Zirchill. Not only that but, Zipse's lead in the Attack statistic is a negligable 2 points over Zaggy!
It is very clear, in this case, that at level 50 the Pokemon who started strong has remained strong.
So, what did we learn from this small exercise? We learned that though viatamins can help a superior Pokemon will be superior no matter what! So check your Pokemon when they hatch, look at their scores and find the strong ones from the average ones.
TIP: In the Battle Frontier is an old man who can tell you where your Pokemon stands in regards to abilities. For reference, Zipse and Zirchill were both told to be of "average" ability while Zaggy was "above average" ability.