There are certain stats you can see after catching a new Pokémon in Pokémon Go, including its CP (combat power), HP (hit points), and weight. But thanks to the new 1.5.0 Pokémon Go update currently rolling out around the globe, you can also find out some not-so-public information about your creature, thanks to your Team Leader!
NOTE: If you're not seeing the latest Pokémon Go update, it may not have rolled out to your area yet. Check back soon!
How the Appraise feature works
When you Appraise a Pokémon, your team's Leader (Blanche, Spark, or Candela, if you're in Mystic, Instinct, or Valor respectively) will take a good look at your creature.
Your Team Leader is looking at three "secret" stats: Your Pokémon's stamina, defense, and attack. (You may have previously seen these referred to as your creature's IVs.) While your Leader won't go super-technical or give away specific numbers, they'll at least give you a general idea of where your Pokémon stands compared to others.
There are a few different phrases your Leader will use depending on your Pokémon's overall stats. Depending on your team, those phrases will vary further.
- 80-100%: "Your [Pokémon] is a wonder! What a breathtaking Pokémon!"
- 66-79% "Overall, your [Pokémon] has certainly caught my attention."
- 51-65%: "Overall, your [Pokémon] is above average."
- 50% or lower: "Overall, your [Pokémon] is not likely to make much headway in battle."
- 80-100%: "Overall, your [Pokémon] simply amazes me! It can accomplish anything!"
- 66-79%: "Overall, your [Pokémon] is a strong Pokémon. You should be proud!"
- 51-65%: "Overall, your [Pokémon] is a decent Pokémon."
- 50% or lower: "Overall, your [Pokémon] may not be great in battle, but I still like it!"
- 80-100%: "Overall, your [Pokémon looks like it can really battle with the best of them!"
- 66-79%: "Overall, your [Pokémon] is really strong!"
- 51-65%: "Overall, your [Pokémon is pretty decent!"
- 50% or lower: "Overall, your [Pokémon] has room for improvement as far as battling goes."
If your Pokémon has at least one maxed out attribute — your Stamina (HP), Attack, or Defense is 15, the highest in-game point value — your Leader will also inform you of this, along with whether either of your other two stats match up.
Your Leader will then analyze your overall stat package, telling you one of the following.
- If at least one of your stats is 15: "Its stats exceed my calculations. It's incredible!"
- If at least one of your stats is 13-14: "I am certainly impressed by its stats, I must say."
- If at least one of your stats is 8-12: "Its stats are noticeably trending toward the positive."
- If at least one of your stats is 7 or lower: "Its stats are not out of the norm, in my estimation."
- If at least one of your stats is 15: "I'm blown away by its stats. WOW!"
- If at least one of your stats is 13-14: "It's got excellent stats! How exciting!"
- If at least one of your stats is 8-12: "Its stats indicate that in battle, it'll get the job done."
- If at least one of your stats is 7 or lower: "Its stats don't point to greatness in battle."
- If at least one of your stats is 15: "Its stats are the best I've ever seen! No doubt about it!"
- If at least one of your stats is 13-14: "Its stats are really strong! Impressive!"
- If at least one of your stats is 8-12: "It's definitely got some good stats. Definitely!"
- If at least one of your stats is 7 or lower: "Its stats are all right, but kinda basic, as far as I can see."
Finally, if your Pokémon is either gigantic or extra small, your Team Leader may make a quip about their size. (To our current knowledge, this has nothing to do with your Pokémon's success — it's just a nice bit of flavortext.)
Why do I need to use the Appraise feature?
In all honesty, if you aren't super-interested in gym battling, you don't: It's a feature primarily designed to help you figure out which of your Pokémon are worth investing Stardust and Candy into for leveling and evolution. But if you want to make sure that you're spending your 400 Magikarp Candy on the right fish to turn it into a super-powerful Gyrados, it's a huge help — and one that doesn't require you to search through the bowels of the internet for a secret stats calculator.
How to Appraise your Pokémon
- Tap on the Pokéball icon in the bottom center of the screen.
- Tap on the Pokémon icon in the lower left corner.
- Choose the Pokémon you wish to appraise.
- Tap on the More button (three horizontal lines).
- Tap on Appraise.
- Your Team Leader will then give you an overall assessment about your Pokémon. They will tell you its strongest stat, and how the other two stats match up.
You can repeat this for any other Pokémon by following steps 3-6.
Any questions about the new Appraise feature? Let us know in the comments.
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