Unfortunately, **Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver** removed the Vs. Seeker that had been around in FireRed & LeafGreen as well as the trio of Sinnoh games, meaning fighting against wild Pokémon is the primary method of EV Training in these two games.

As with Diamond, Pearl & Platinum, you’ll want a set of the Power Items and, if you’re lucky, the Pokérus. The Macho Brace can also be used, but it’s much slower than using the Power Items.

## EV Training Spots

There are potentially other options that involve setting your DS’s date and time to a specific time and day of the week so you can rematch Trainers using the Pokégear, but this can be a bit of a pain to set up. These encounters may later be added to the guide, but for now, recommended wild Pokémon are included.

### HP

**Slowpoke**(Slowpoke Well 1F — 100% while surfing) gives 1 HP EV.

### Attack

- In Cerulean City and Routes 4, 24, and 25,
**Goldeen**(90%) and**Seaking**(10%) can both be found while surfing. Goldeen gives 1 Attack EV while Seaking gives 2 Attack EVs.- They are also very low level (5–10), making them easy for any Pokémon to EV Train against.
- Higher level encounters can be found on Routes 9 and 10 (10–15) as well as Route 42 and Mt. Mortar (10–30).

### Defense

**Tangela**(Route 21 — 90–95% in the tall grass) gives 1 Defense EV.

### Special Attack

**Psyduck**and**Golduck**both give Special Attack EVs and can be found while surfing in Route 6 (levels 5–10), Ilex Forest (levels 5–20), or Route 35 (levels 10–25). Psyduck gives 1 Special Attack EV and appears 90% of the time at those locations while Golduck gives 2 Special Attack and appears 10% of the time.

### Special Defense

**Tentacool**and**Tentacruel**both give Special Defense EVs and can be found in most areas by surfing. Tentacool gives 1 Special Defense EV and while Tentacruel gives 2 Special Defense EVs.- In HeartGold only, Route 41 is a particularly good place as
**Mantine**can also be found there, which gives 2 Special Defense EVs and appears 10% of the time, while Tentacruel now appears 30% of the time here. - Otherwise, Cherrygrove City and Cianwood City are decent spots that are close to a Pokémon Center and have fairly low-level Tentacool and Tentacruel, which appear 90% and 10% of the time respectively.

- In HeartGold only, Route 41 is a particularly good place as

### Speed

**Rattata**(Sprout Tower — 100% except at night) gives 1 Speed EV. It has only a 15% encounter rate at night, though.**Diglett**(Diglett’s Cave — 90%) and**Dugtrio**(Diglett’s Cave — 10%) both give Speed EVs. Diglett gives 1 Speed EV while Dugtrio gives 2 Speed EVs. Be wary that Arena Trap will prevent you from fleeing.

## How Many EVs You’ll Actually Gain

It’s important to keep in mind that all of the numbers listed above for how many EVs each Pokémon give are their *base yield*, so that’s before any multipliers or bonuses. The actual number you’ll get should be much higher than that.

Here’s a little cheatsheet for how much EVs you’ll gain (the base EV yield is the number you see listed in the encounters):

**If you have no Macho Brace, Power Item, or Pokérus…**- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 1, you’ll get 1 EV each.
- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 2, you’ll get 2 EVs each.
- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 3, you’ll get 3 EVs each.

**If you have the Macho Brace but no Pokérus****or****the Pokérus but no Macho Brace…**- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 1, you’ll get 2 EVs each.
- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 2, you’ll get 4 EVs each.
- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 3, you’ll get 6 EVs each.

**If you have the Macho Brace and the Pokérus…**- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 1, you’ll get 4 EVs each.
- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 2, you’ll get 8 EVs each.
- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 3, you’ll get 12 EVs each.

**If you have a Power Item but no Pokérus…**- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 1, you’ll get 5 EVs each.
- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 2, you’ll get 6 EVs each.
- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 3, you’ll get 7 EVs each.

**If you have a Power Item and the Pokérus…**- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 1, you’ll get 10 EVs each.
- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 2, you’ll get 12 EVs each.
- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 3, you’ll get 14 EVs each.