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Effects of Nature

Vincent Lau

A Jolly "Rayquaza" IconRayquaza is better than most "Rayquaza" IconRayquazas because of the enhanced Speed.

Every Pokémon has a Nature , which you can see on their information screen. At first glance, it may seem like flavour text, but the Pokémon’s Nature has a huge influence on how its stats will grow over time.

Quite often, a Pokémon’s Nature can give you an instant read as to whether you should bother training the ’mon or popping them on the trade network.

Possible Natures

Nature Raises Lowers
Hardy None None
Lonely Attack Defense
Brave Attack Speed
Adamant Attack Sp. Attack
Naughty Attack Sp. Defense
Bold Defense Attack
Docile None None
Relaxed Defense Speed
Impish Defense Sp. Attack
Lax Defense Sp. Defense
Timid Speed Attack
Hasty Speed Defense
Serious None None
Jolly Speed Sp. Attack
Naïve Speed Sp. Def
Nature Raises Lowers
Modest Sp. Attack Attack
Mild Sp. Attack Defense
Quiet Sp. Attack Speed
Bashful None None
Rash Sp. Attack Sp. Defense
Calm Sp. Defense Attack
Gentle Sp. Defense Defense
Sassy Sp. Defense Speed
Careful Sp. Defense Sp. Attack
Quirky None None

Why Natures?

Dedicated catchers probably have an army of Synchronizers with different Natures.

As a rule of thumb an Increased Stat will add 10% to that statistic while a Decreased Stat will cause a 10% decrease . Nature’s are handed out at random when you catch or hatch a Pokémon.

During the main quest, it honestly makes little difference what Nature your Pokémon has (or their stats, even). So don’t fret even if you have a Pokémon with a terrible Nature.

However, when you’re up against fellow players or the tougher post-game battles, having the right Nature can be very beneficial. For example, an Adamant nature for physical attacks.

In which case, these two tricks can help you to find Pokemon with a certain Nature more easily:

  • In the wild, if you have a Pokemon with the Synchronize ability at the front, there’s a 50% chance the wild Pokemon will have the same Nature as the Pokemon in front. This is useful for legendary encounters mainly.
  • When hatching eggs, if you have a parent hold onto the Everstone item, they will pass their Nature down 100% of the time. Better go and book the Daycare Centre ASAP then.


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    28 November 2014
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

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Relive your adventures in Hoenn or start a brand new journey with this re-imagining of a much-loved game. Collect and battle your way to the Pokemon League for the right to challenge the Elite Four. Hunt legendary Pokemon, breed them and become the best Pokemon Master you can be with the help of our guide!

  • A full walkthrough for all badges and the Pokemon League challenges.
  • Side quest information on legendary Pokemon and the different Routes and Caves.
  • Information on breeding, Pokemon Contests, the Battle Maison and much more!
  • Full-color screenshots throughout and useful tips to help you along the way.
  • Comparisons between the original game and remake.

Updates (Aug 2016):

  • Added Encounter Rates to Wild Pokémon table lists as well as general locations making it easier to find your favorite Pokémon.
  • Fixed some formatting issues and general editing.
  • Expanded Introduction with loads of new information.
  • Restructured Extra Activities section (at the end) for easier navigation and reading.

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