How to Unlock the IV Judge in Pokémon Sword and Shield


For Pokémon trainers who want to have the best of the best Pokémon in their party in Pokémon Sword and Shield, you want to check their IV. Unfortunately, you’re not going to get it right away. You need to wait a little bit and beat the game.

To unlock the IV Judge in Pokémon Sword and Shield, you need to get through the entire game. To reach the end of the game, you need to complete the main story of the game, and then progress through the Battle Tower in Wyndon and beat Leon. After you defeat him, you’re going to gain immediate access to it.

It’s in your Pokémon Box. Inside of your Pokémon Box, you can view the stats of your party members and get an in-depth look at those numbers. You’re going to hit the “+” icon on your Switch while hovering over the Pokémon you want to inspect, to check their stats.

When reading the IVs of your Pokémon, you’re going to receive a description of their stats. Here’s a breakdown of what they mean.

  • No Good: 0
  • Decent: 1 to 10
  • Pretty Good: 11 to 20
  • Very Good: 21 to 29
  • Fantastic: 30
  • Best: 31

You want to acquire Pokémon with the “Best” description for their stats because that’s going to give you the highest score for that species of Pokémon.