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How do Effort Levels work in Pokémon Home?

These stats are unique to Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Effort Levels are direct stats you find on your Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The Effort Levels increase your Pokémon’s traditional stats; for example, your Pokémon might have a set stat for their Special Attack, but you can improve it further by having a higher Effort Level in that category. This is a different system from how it works in traditional Pokémon games. This guide explains how Effort Levels work in Pokémon Legends: Arceus with Pokémon Home.

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Effort Levels working in Pokémon Home, explained

Effort Levels do not appear in certain games, namely Pokémon Sword and Shield and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. From what we can tell, any Pokémon from Arceus: Legends will have their base stats set to a base Pokémon featured for that game. For example, if you send a level 25 Eevee from Legends: Arceus to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl, Sword, or Shield, it will be as if you had caught that Eevee from that game. It should not receive the same stat bonuses from Effort Levels, which makes them stronger than traditional Eevee in the game.

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If you were looking for a more robust version of that Pokémon in the game, that wouldn’t be the case. Plus, their moveset will change as well. The level 25 Eevee from Legends: Arceus will have moves available to a level 25 Eevee for that game. There will be certain restrictions in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, whereas those sent to Pokémon Sword and Shield appear to be more flexible. However, it doesn’t look like any special moves from Pokémon Legends: Arceus could be used by the Pokémon.

These overall restrictions should prevent any Pokémon from Pokémon Legends: Arceus from dealing an absurd amount of damage. In addition, any Pokémon you bring from Pokémon Legends: Arceus and use in other games will also appear in a Strange Ball, making these Pokémon distinct from the others you catch.


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