Due to changes in the way vitamins work in Pokémon Sword & Shield, and due to how easy it is to make money in the games, it’s now very easy to fully EV Train a Pokémon in just a matter of minutes.
Now in Pokémon Sword & Shield, you can use the vitamin items to raise your Pokémon’s Effort Values even after they’ve hit 100, meaning you can use 26 Protein to boost a freshly-caught Pokémon’s Attack EVs all the way up to the cap of 252.
This makes it a very effective, albeit very costly method of training up your Pokémon’s Effort Values very quickly. Thankfully, Sword & Shield also make it very easy to earn a LOT of money thanks to the Wild Area.
How To Make Money in Pokémon Sword & Shield
There are numerous ways to amass a lot of money in Pokémon Sword & Shield. In fact this might be helpful to you even if you aren’t EV Training your Pokémon. Here are just some of the good ways to make money in the game (keep in mind that there may be some gameplay spoilers below):
Max Raid Battle Farming & Buying/Selling Luxury Balls
After beating the game — which is really the only time EV Training should realistically be considered, as it’s not necessary beforehand — you will earn 200 W from uninhabited Pokémon Dens in the Wild Area and a massive 2,000 W from Pokémon Dens containing a Dynamax or Gigantamax Pokémon inside, regardless of if you battle them or not.
You can use these Watts to buy items from the Item Traders that appear throughout the Wild Area. There are several Item Traders in the Wild Area and you can see on the Wild Area map which area they’re in — easy ones to check are the ones at the entrance (Meetup Point), at the entrance to Motostoke, at the Nursery in the Bridge Field, and at the entrance to Hammerlocke. These are all easy to fly to, but there are a few others scattered around.
You’re looking for someone selling Luxury Balls. These can be purchased for 100 W each, but can be sold for 1,500 Poké Dollars each. Their inventory changes each day, so it might take a bit of searching to find one selling them, but this means every single Pokémon Den you encounter is 3,000 Poké Dollars and every single Den with a Max Raid is 30,000 Poké Dollars, or 30 EVs.
Once you run out of Dens to check, you need to cycle the Pokémon Dens. They change at midnight each day, but you can also fight each and every Pokémon in the Dens with the glowing beams in them and, once they’ve all been caught or defeated (or if they escaped), then all of the Dens will reset, so you’ll be able to farm up more Max Raid Battles and more Pokémon Dens in general.
Not only that, but you’ll gain a TON of Exp. Candies from this — enough for 50,000 EXP every fight from non-rare 5★ Raids, or even more from rare 5★ Raids. This makes it perhaps the best way to train Pokémon up to level 100, too, especially since you can use the Exp. Candies on whichever Pokémon you want rather than just the Pokémon that fought in the battle. You’ll also get TRs and other sellable items that can make you even more cash.
The only thing you’ll need to make sure of is that you have a Pokémon strong enough to consistently defeat Max Raid Battles. Having a Pokémon at level 100 should make this pretty easy, even if doing it solo. It’s recommended to have Eternatus, Zamazenta, or Zacian at level 100, using any Exp. Candies you earned before beating the game to power-level them up to 100 or as close to that as possible, then buying vitamins to EV Train their primary attacking stat — Calcium for Eternatus’s Sp. Atk or Protein for Zacian and Zamazenta’s Attack — to the max.
It’s a bit of an investment doing this, but Eternatus’s Dynamax Cannon does a ton of damage to Dynamaxed Pokémon, and Zacian and Zamazenta’s Behemoth Break and Behemoth Bash function similarly. You can also use high-level Dynamaxed Pokémon that have super-effective coverage against the wild Dynamax Pokémon, but having at least one of the big three legendary Pokémon is strongly recommended and will help you raise money and clear Max Raids very fast.
Using the same methods to farm Watts as listed above, instead of buying Luxury Balls and selling those for a lot of money, you can instead pay either brother of the Digging Duo 500 W and that brother will dig up at least one random item from a preset list, but often times many more, rarely getting over 10 items per 500 W.
The one closest to the Pokémon Nursery says that “he has no lack of skill” and is the one you’ll want to talk to, as he’ll have better chances of getting you more valuable items. Rare Bones, which sell for 2,000 Poké Dollars, are quite common from him, but there are also rarities such as Comet Shards, evolutionary stones, Metal Coats, and more that can be sold for a good profit. You can even rarely get Wishing Pieces, Bottle Caps, and even Golden Bottle Caps.
The only downside is that it takes much longer to farm money this way, as you have to keep mashing A and saving your game. It’s also very random, so sometimes you’ll get a good haul, and other times it will be very disappointing.
Fighting in the Champion’s Cup
After becoming the Champion, you can return to Wyndon and fight in the Champion’s Cup over and over again. You’ll have rematches against Gym Leaders and a few other characters that appeared throughout the game, as well as some random Trainers that want to become Champion.
You’ll earn a reasonable amount of money by fighting these Trainers over and over again, especially if you hold an Amulet Coin or Luck Incense on your lead Pokémon (or another Pokémon that you make sure is sent out in each fight).
You’ll also be able to rake in an incredible amount of money if you use a level 100 Gigantamax Meowth’s G-Max Gold Rush move for three turns. This takes a bit more set up and you’ll need to have received the event Gigantamax Meowth, but it’s a good way to earn a lot of money very fast.
EV Training Your Pokémon
There are a few ways to EV Train your Pokémon in Sword & Shield, but here are some of the best methods.
Spending LOTS of Cash on Vitamins
After you’ve got the funds to EV Train your Pokémon, buying Vitamins from the shop in Wyndon should be your next step.
Assuming you have a Pokémon with 0 total EVs, you’ll want to buy 1 of the respective vitamin for every 10 EVs you need.
- HP Up raises HP.
- Protein raises Attack.
- Iron raises Defense.
- Calcium raises Special Attack.
- Zinc raises Special Defense.
- Carbos raises Speed.
So if you want a spread of 252 Attack and 252 Speed, you’ll want to buy 25 Protein and 25 Carbos for a total cost of 500,000 Poké Dollars. You’ll also need to top off the stats by either fighting a wild Pokémon that gives the EVs you’re looking for (see below), use the corresponding Feather item (obtained on bridges) to raise it by a single point, or if you’re just trying to hit the cap, you can by a 26th Protein and Carbos and use them.
Although 500,000+ Poké Dollars is not exactly cheap, it’s also far, FAR easier to get than in previous games, so this is definitely a reasonable method.
If you’re into the Battle Tower, you can also buy vitamins for 2 BP each by talking to a Pokémon League Staff in the central Hammerlocke Pokémon Center. BP is usually better spent on items like Mints and other useful things, but these are pretty affordable as far as items go, so it’s another option if BP is your preferred farming method.
Fighting Wild Pokémon
If you’re in need of just a few EVs in order to top off an EV spread after using vitamins or if you’d rather not spend money on vitamins, you can do it the old fashioned way by fighting against wild Pokémon.
This is much easier now that you can see wild Pokémon wandering around in the overworld, guaranteeing you’ll be able to fight what you want (unless something pops up as you’re running to it, of course!) in order to EV Train.
Picking up the Macho Brace will double the amount of EVs your Pokémon gains while battling, but temporarily halves its Speed while it’s held. Additionally, the Power Items work even better, giving +8 of the corresponding EV while it is held (it also temporarily lowers Speed). You can buy all of these items in the central Pokémon Center in Hammerlocke by talking to the Pokémon League Staff, although they cost BP, which you must earn in the Battle Tower.
As for which Pokémon to fight to gain EVs, there are many different possibilities, especially with the Wild Area to consider. However, as the Wild Area’s weather changes each day, it’s better to look at more reliable options that aren’t affected by weather, which you’ll find below.
Also, keep in mind that the EV yield listed is the base EV yield — if you’re using the Macho Brace, that amount is doubled; if you’re using a Power Item, add +8 to the stat the Power Item raises; and if you have the Pokérus, that number is doubled yet again. You can find a listing after this section showing how much you’ll actually get with every configuration of these.
Where to EV Train HP
- Skwovet (+1 HP) is very common in the overworld on Route 1.
- Noctowl (+2 HP) is quite common in the Motostoke Outskirts, although it is at a much higher level.
Where to EV Train Attack
- Timburr (+1 Attack) is reasonably common inside of the Galar Mine.
Where to EV Train Defense
- Rolycoly (+1 Defense) is almost guaranteed on Route 3, directly south of the Galar Mine.
Where to EV Train Special Attack
- Although it’s in the Wild Area and not available in all weather conditions, both Oddish (+1 Special Attack) and Budew (+1 Special Attack) are common in the Dappled Grove under most weather conditions.
- Vanillite (+1 Special Attack) is also very common in almost every part of the Wild Area while it’s snowing or during a blizzard.
- Gastly (+1 Special Attack) can be found in the Watchtower Ruins part of the Wild Area under several weather conditions.
Where to EV Train Special Defense
- Blipbug (+1 Special Defense) is available on Routes 1 and 2, but only as random encounters.
- Duskull (+1 Special Defense) can be found in the Watchtower Ruins part of the Wild Area under most weather conditions.
Where to EV Train Speed
- Rookidee (+1 Speed) on Route 1 or Route 2 as overworld encounters are pretty common and give Speed.
- Galarian Zigzagoon (+1 Speed) on Route 3’s western part near Motostoke is also pretty common.
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 recommended encounters above):
- If you have no 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 Pokérus/Macho Brace but no Power Item…
- 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 a Power Item but no Pokérus…
- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 1, you’ll get 9 EVs each.
- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 2, you’ll get 10 EVs each.
- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 3, you’ll get 11 EVs each.
- If you have a Power Item and the Pokérus…
- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 1, you’ll get 18 EVs each.
- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 2, you’ll get 20 EVs each.
- If the Pokémon’s base EV yield is 3, you’ll get 22 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.