What do Effort Levels do?
Effort Levels is a new system that replaces both Individual Values (IVs) and Effort Values (EVs). Similar to those, it provides bonus stats for each of the six key stats (HP through Speed). The higher the Effort Level for a particular stat, the higher the bonus stats (the effect is greater when the Pokémon is higher Level).
How to View Effort Levels
When viewing a Pokémon’s summary screen, the Effort Levels will be displayed as a (usually) single-digit number inside a circle bar, next to the main stats. Pokémon that are freshly caught will have Effort Levels ranging from 0 to 3 in each stat.
How to Increase Effort Level
The only way to increase Effort Levels is by using specific “Grit” items, such as Grit Dust. These can be obtained by releasing Pokémon, catching alpha Pokémon, etc.
Each Grit item used will increase the Effort Level of a chosen stat by 1. However, do note that there’s a minimum and maximum Effort Level where a particular Grit item be used.
The maximum Effort Level is 10.
|Raises Effort Level of one stat, but only up to Level 3.
|Raises Effort Level of one stat, if at least Level 3 and no more than Level 5.
|Raises Effort Level of one stat, if at least Level 6 and no more than Level 8.
|Raises Effort Level of one stat, if at Level 9.
How to Exchange Grit Items
If you have excess of a particular Grit item, you can exchange them for the higher tier version (at a 10:1 rate) by speaking to Zisu at the Jubilife Village Training Grounds.