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    Welcome to the Parent Bank sponsored Breeder’s Compendium thread.

    My name is matsumouri. I am renowned as one of PerfectPokemon.com's knowledgeable and experienced breeders.


    Here I will teach you just about everything you need to know to obtain that perfect Pokemon!

    Bear in mind that there will be a lot of information covered here and I have broken it up into several sections in order to make it easy to read.


    Topics that I will cover:
    Where to find what you need to get started
    The Basics (the birds and the bees)
    IVs and EVs - What’s the difference?
    Natures
    Abilities and Hidden Abilities
    How to Obtain Shinies with The Masuda Method
    The Time Machine Method
    How to breed for a specific Hidden Power
    Useful tips and tricks



    Not only will I teach you, this thread will also function as an Ask Me Anything [AMA] for any questions you may have about the art of breeding. I will also offer any advice to those of you that are interested in breeding your own Pokemon.
     
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    Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The Basics
    3. What you will need
    4. Natures
    5. Abilities
    6. Egg Moves
    7. Individual Values
    8. How to get Shiny Pokemon using The Masuda Method
    9. The Time Machine Method
    10. Breeding for Hidden Power
    11. Tips and Tricks
    12. Ask Me Anything
     
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    The Basics of Breeding Pokemon in X and Y

    Breeding in Pokemon X and Y has been incredibly simplified compared to the previous generations. If you are new to breeding, this is most of the basic information that you should know before trying to breed your perfect Pokemon. This will save you time and help prevent you from getting frustrated with your breeding project.


    What is considered a “perfect” Pokemon?
    Competitively speaking, a “perfect” Pokemon is one that has been completely optimized to perform in competitive battle. A perfect Pokemon will generally have maximized stats in order to effectively stand a chance in a Pokemon match against other players. More details will be covered in later sections of this guide.

    How do you breed Pokemon?
    To breed Pokemon in X and Y is simply leaving two compatible Pokemon in the Pokemon Daycare Center on Route 7 in Kalos. Compatible Pokemon simply means a male(♂) and female(♀) Pokemon that share the same egg group.

    Egg Groups
    Egg groups are “categories” that determine which Pokemon can interbreed. To breed, the two parent Pokemon’s species do not have to be the same, but they must fall into the same egg group category.

    There are 14 different egg groups - 15 if you include the Pokemon that cannot breed, which are usually Legendary Pokemon. Some Pokemon can fall under two separate egg groups. Here are the different egg groups:


    Monster
    Field
    Fairy
    Flying
    Human-like
    Water 1
    Water 2
    Water 3
    Bug
    Grass
    Dragon
    Amorphous
    Mineral
    Ditto


    For more information on which Pokemon fall under a specific egg group you can visit several online Pokemon database resources such as Serebii or Bulbapedia.

    Get busy and mate...
    When you leave your Pokemon at the Pokemon Day Care, there is a chance that an egg will be produced for every 256 steps you take in game. If your Pokemon couple make an egg, the breeder outside of the day care center will face outwards. Talk to him to receive your egg!

    What determines that chance, though?
    It is based on a random number generator based on several factors. To find out the chance in game, talk to the man outside of the Pokemon Day Care Center. He will say something that will give you an idea of when your Pokemon will produce an egg!

    "The two seem to get along very well!"
    Same species with different OT numbers
    Chance of getting an egg: 70%

    "The two seem to get along"
    Same species with same OT numbers or
    Different species with different OT numbers

    Chance of getting an egg: 50%

    "The two don't seem to like each other"
    Different species with same OT numbers
    Chance of getting an egg: 20%

    "The two prefer to play with other Pokémon more than with each other."
    Different Egg Groups
    Chance of getting an egg: 0%

    To increase the chance of getting an egg, you can obtain an Oval Charm(link to how to obtain). It increases the likelihood of an egg by 50%.

    Egg cycles and hatching
    Egg cycles are a number value that determine how many steps in game you need to take in order for your egg to hatch. The value of the amount of egg cycles remaining until the egg hatches is stored in the same manner that the friendship value is for normal Pokémon, but instead of counting up after 255 steps have been taken, it counts down toward hatching until it reaches 0. Then a new egg cycle will begin. Many species of Pokemon take several egg cycles to hatch.
    • Whenever a player receives or hatches an Egg, the current Egg cycle of all other Eggs in their party is decreased by one.
    How do I know what species of Pokemon will be in the egg?
    The Pokemon that will be in the egg is always dependant on what species of Pokemon the mother is. The baby Pokemon in the egg will also always be the lowest evolved form. For example, if the mother Pokemon is a Blastoise the baby will be a Squirtle.

    Genderless Pokemon
    Genderless Pokemon cannot breed with any other Pokemon except for ditto and they cannot pass any egg moves. They can, however pass their hidden ability to offspring. There are a total of 75 genderless Pokemon in the National Pokedex.
     
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    Items You Will Need, What They Do and
    Where to Find Them.

    Two Compatible Pokemon
    (example: Two Charmanders, one male and one female, or a Charmander and a Ditto)
    If you use a Ditto and your desired species of Pokemon, the ditto will act as the gender opposite of the other Pokemon. (example: Your Charmander is a male, the Ditto acts as the female)

    An Everstone [​IMG]
    What it does:
    If a Pokémon holds this item while in the Day Care Center and breeds, their nature will be passed to the offspring that will be hatched from the egg.
    Where to find it: It is given to you by the scientist in the wooden house behind and slightly to the left of the Pokémon Center in Geosenge Town.
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    OR
    Has a 5% Chance to be held by a wild Geodude, Graveler, or Roggenrola.

    A Destiny Knot [​IMG]
    What it does: If a Pokémon holds this item while in the Day Care Center and breeds, it guarantees that 5 random Individual Values will be passed down from either parent.
    Where to find it: It is given to you by the maid in the hotel in Cyllage City, or from defeating Beauty Aimee who wanders around Vert Plaza in Lumiose City. She will give you one every time you defeat her. She has a level 34 Fletchinder.

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    A Pokemon with the Flame Body ability [​IMG]
    What it does: When you have a Pokemon with Flame Body in your party, it will cut the number of steps you need to hatch your egg by 50 percent.
    Recommended: Fletchinder or Talonflame. They can possibly carry this ability, are easy to obtain and level, and can learn fly, which frees up an extra space in your party for another egg!

    Magmar
    Slugma
    Magcargo
    Magby
    Magmortar
    Litwick
    Lampent
    Chandelure
    Larvesta
    Volcarona
    Ponyta (Hidden Ability)
    Rapidash (Hidden Ability)

    Hatching O-Power (Optional)
    What it does: Decreases the amount of time to hatch an egg.
    Where to find it: It is given to you by Mr. Bonding located in Lumiose City. Please refer to @Monique's O-power Guide for more information to obtain this O-Power.

    Oval Charm (Optional)[​IMG]
    What it does: Increases the likelihood that your Pokemon placed in the Day Care Center will produce an egg by 50 percent.
    Where to find it: You can get this item after completing the Kalos Regional Pokedex from Professor Sycamore in Lumiose City.
     
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    Natures...
    What are they?

    Natures are an important part of breeding for your perfect Pokemon. A Pokemon's nature affects the growth rate of two of its stats by increasing one of its stats by ten percent while decreasing another by 10 percent. There are 25 possible natures that a Pokemon can have and each of them represent the different combinations of stat increases and decreases. Of those 25 natures, there are 5 that neither increase or decrease any particular stat. This is because they both increase and decrease the same stat, so they cancel each other out.

    What 'stats' are affected by natures?
    The stats that are affected by natures are Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed. Hit Points(HP) are not affected by natures at all.

    What determines a Pokemon's nature?
    A Pokemon's nature is determined when it is generated by the game, whether it is hatched as an egg from the Day Care Center, encountered in the wild, or given to the player by an NPC.

    Why are they important?
    Many battlers take advantage of a Pokemon's nature in order to increase a stat that a Pokemon excels at and to decrease a stat that they will never use. A great example of this would be a Special Attacking Pokemon with an increased Special Attack stat and a decreased Attack stat.

    So what are the different natures and what do they do?
    Neutral
    Hardy - Has no effect on any of the stats.
    Docile - Has no effect on any of the stats.
    Serious - Has no effect on any of the stats.
    Bashful - Has no effect on any of the stats.
    Quirky - Has no effect on any of the stats.

    Attack
    Lonely
    - Increases Attack but decreases Defense.
    Adamant - Increases Attack but decreases Special Attack.
    Brave - Increases Attack but decreases Speed.
    Naughty - Increases Attack but decreases Special Defense.

    Defense
    Bold - Increases Defense but decreases Attack.
    Relaxed - Increases Defense but decreases Speed.
    Impish - Increases Defense but decreases Special Attack.
    Lax - Increases Defense but decreases Special Defense.

    Speed
    Timid - Increases Speed but decreases Attack.
    Hasty - Increases Speed but decreases Defense.
    Jolly - Increases Speed but decreases Special Attack.
    Naive - Increases Speed but decreases Special Defense.

    Special Attack
    Modest - Increases Special Attack but decreases Attack.
    Mild - Increases Special Attack but decreases Defense.
    Quiet - Increases Special Attack but decreases Speed.
    Rash - Increases Special Attack but decreases Special Defense.

    Special Defense
    Calm - Increases Special Defense but decreases Attack.
    Gentle - Increases Special Defense but decreases Defense.
    Sassy - Increases Special Defense but decreases Speed.
    Careful - Increases Special Defense but decreases Special Attack.


    How do I find out what my Pokemon's nature is?
    While you are in-game, open your party menu and select a Pokemon to view the summary of that Pokemon. On the top screen of your DS, it will show all of the information and stats of your Pokemon. The stat that is colored pink is the stat that is increased and the stat that is colored blue is the stat that is decreased. You can also push the right arrow button and it will give you a second menu screen. It will tell you the nature at the very top.
     
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    How to Get the Nature You Want

    There are two known ways to get the nature you desire on a particular Pokemon. One of which is using a Pokemon with the ability called 'Syncronize' and the other is done by breeding with an Everstone. Without using either of these methods, catching wild Pokemon or just breeding will always result in a random nature.

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    Synchronizers
    If you have a Pokemon in the lead spot of your party with the ability 'Synchronize', there is a 50 percent chance of encountering a Pokemon with the same nature that your lead Pokemon. This holds true even if that Pokemon is fainted. Synchronize affects any encounter, including stationary Legendaries. It does not, however, work on Pokemon that are given to you by an NPC character in game, such as those that are given to you by the museum from fossils. Using a Synchronizer Pokemon is especially useful when catching wild Pokemon in the Friend Safari.

    Pokemon with the Synchronize ability:
    Abra
    Kadabra
    Alakazam
    Mew
    Natu
    Xatu
    Espeon
    Umbreon
    Ralts
    Kirlia
    Gardevoir
    Munna
    Musharna
    Elgyem
    Beeheeyem

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    Breeding Pokemon With an Everstone

    Another way you can get a Pokemon with the nature you want is to breed two Pokemon in the Day Care Center and give an Everstone to whichever parent has the nature you want. The Everstone guarantees that your offspring has the nature you want. You can give it to the male or the female that has the desired nature, but just remember that the female always passes down the species of Pokemon you want if you are looking for any particular one.
    How do I obtain an Everstone?
     
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    Pokemon Abilities
    Help or hinder? What will you choose?


    Pokemon abilities are special attributes a Pokemon has that serve to assist them in battle. Most species of Pokemon have multiple abilities they could possible have, but each Pokemon can only have one ability at a time. Pokemon caught in the wild will have one of two possible abilities and there is a 50 percent chance of encountering either.

    In terms of game mechanics, think of an ability as be stored in separate slots. For example, Munna has Forewarn in the first slot and Synchronize in the second slot.

    Hidden Abilities
    Hidden abilities are abilities that some Pokemon may have in a "third slot". Normally, Pokemon caught in the wild will not have their Hidden Ability and there are only a few ways to obtain these abilities:

    Horde encounters may have a Pokemon with their Hidden Ability.
    Horde encounters are encounters of wild Pokemon of groups of five at once. Pokemon in a horde are usually of the same species but there are some cases one Pokemon of another species will appear. Hordes of Pokemon are always about half the level of the wild Pokemon that normally appear. They may also be a lower evolutionary stage of a Pokemon that normally appears in the area. Hordes have a chance to appear in tall grass or caves or can be forcefully encountered if you have a Pokemon that knows the move Sweet Scent or by using Honey.
     
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    Egg Moves

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    Egg Moves pt 2

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    Individual Values

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    The Order of Operations

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    Hidden Power

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    The Time Machine
    Materials and Preparation

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    Going Back in Time

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    Hidden Powers Made Easy

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    Ooh Shiny!

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    Nice, thanks! I'm looking forward to the shiny breed guide!
     
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    Awesome guide so far, really in-depth and easy to understand. Looking forward to its completion and especially the hidden power part!
     
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    Does camerupts magma armor work for hatching as well?
     

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