A Quick Start to Breeding in Generation 6

This is going to be a quick guide on how to start breeding. In this guide, we’ll cover some very basic terminology, preparation for breeding, breeding Pokémon, and how to get Pokémon with 5IVs and specific natures. After reading over this guide, you should be able to jump in and start breeding the Pokémon you want with the stats that you want.



  • Egg Cycle: A Unit of measurement used to determine the number of steps required to hatch an Egg. As of Generation V the number of Steps in an Egg Cycle is 257.
  • IVs: The Pokémon equivalent of genes. They determine the Base Statistics of a Pokémon.
  • Nature: Determines how your Pokémon's Statistics will grow. The natures are as follows:
Nature Stat Increased Stat Decreased
Adamant +Attack -Special Attack
Bashful +Special Attack -Special Attack
Bold +Defense -Attack
Brave +Attack -Speed
Calm +Special Defense -Attack
Careful +Special Defense -Special Attack
Docile +Defense -Defense
Gentle +Special Defense -Defense
Hardy +Attack -Atttack
Hasty +Speed -Defense
Impish +Defense -Special Attack
Jolly +Speed -Special Attack
Lax +Defense -Special Defense
Lonely +Attack -Defense
Mild +Special Attack -Defense
Modest +Special Attack -Attack
Naive +Speed -Special Defense
Naughty +Attack -Special Defense
Quiet +Special Attack -Speed
Quirky +Special Defense -Special Defense
Rash +Special Attack -Special Defense
Relaxed +Defense -Speed
Sassy +Special Defense -Speed
Serious +Speed -Speed
Timid +Speed -Attack
  • Hidden Ability: While it is not mentioned specifically in this guide, Hidden Abilities are important terminology for future use.
    • A Hidden Ability is a Pokémon Ability that can only be obtained through special circumstances. Examples of these circumstances are below.
      • Certain Event Pokémon have their Hidden Abilities
      • A Pokémon in a Horde might have a Hidden Ability
      • Pokémon in the Friend Safari have a chance of having a Hidden Ability
      • Hidden Pokemon have a small chance of having a Hidden Ability
    • It is important to note that only Pokémon with a Hidden Ability can pass down a Hidden Ability when breeding. If a parent does not have the Hidden Ability, there is a zero percent chance of it passing down.
  • Horde: A Pokémon Horde, also known as a Horde Encounter, is a Wild Pokémon encounter with 5 Wild Pokémon at the same time.
  • Hidden Pokémon: A Hidden Pokémon is one that, while walking around in the overworld, partially reveals itself to the Trainer. It will make its cry and rustle in its tile.
    • Hidden Pokémon behave differently depending on location.
      • Hidden Pokémon in Tall Grass, Long Grass or Seaweed will remain stationary.
      • Hidden Pokémon in Water, Deep Sand or Cave Tiles will warp around a small area, usually alternating between three distinct spots.


There are a few things that you'll want to do before you get started.

  • You'll want to obtain both an Everstone and a Destiny Knot.
  • You'll want to make sure to obtain Dittos in every nature that you think you'll need. An easy way to do this is to pop by the Breeder's Supply Thread in Pokémon Trading! They offer several items, two of which being an Everstone and a Destiny Knot; and Pokémon (Dittos) to help you get started with breeding.
  • You'll find it helpful to have a Pokémon with the Ability Flame Body or Magma Armor. This will halve the number of Egg Cycles it takes to hatch the Egg. These Abilities cannot stack with one another.
  • Determine what kind of Pokémon you want to breed. In the following examples we'll be breeding Pokémon with a Ditto because the Ditto can be easily obtained from the Breeders' Supply Thread.

You'll also want to know where each Pokémon Daycare and IV Checker is.


For basic breeding, all you need is two Pokémon that are of opposite gender and are capable of breeding along with a Pokémon that has either the Flame Body or Magma Armor Ability in your party.

NOTE: IF you lack a Pokémon of the opposite gender, a Ditto will suffice, and in most cases is preferred.

You'll want to leave these two Pokémon at the Daycare Center and make sure to keep the Pokémon with Flame Body or Magma Armor in your party.

Below are a few basic scenarios as to what will happen when you leave Pokémon at the Daycare.

  • Example 1: I have a Female Fennekin and a Male Fennekin. These two are capable of breeding.
  • Example 2: I have two Female Fennekin. These Pokémon are not capable of breeding.

In the second example I have two Female Fennekin. These two obviously cannot breed, so an alternative is necessary--a Ditto--thus leading to Example 3.

  • Example 3: I have a Female Fennekin and a Ditto. These two are capable of breeding.

By replacing one of the Female Fennekin with a Ditto, it is now possible to breed more Fennekin!

Now before someone asks "what about the Pokémon that are Male-Only or Genderless?" That is all dependent on the Pokémon that you want to breed, and a majority of Genderless Pokémon are in the Undiscovered Egg Group and aren't capable of breeding. These Male-Only Pokémon as well as Genderless Pokémon can only breed with Ditto. In the following list are Pokémon that are Male-Only as well as Genderless Pokémon; in both cases these Pokémon can only breed with Ditto.

Pokémon Gender
Nidoran M Male
Nidorino Male
Nidoking Male
Magnemite None
Magneton None
Voltorb None
Electrode None
Hitmonlee Male
Hitmonchan Male
Staryu None
Starmie None
Tauros Male
Porygon None
Porygon2 None
Hitmontop Male
Shedinja None
Volbeat Male
Lunatone None
Solrock None
Baltoy None
Claydol None
Beldum None
Metang None
Metagross None
Mothim Male
Bronzor None
Bronzong None
Magnezone None
Porygon-Z None
Gallade Male
Rotom None
Phione None
Manaphy None
Throh Male
Sawk Male
Klink None
Klang None
Klinklang None
Cryogonal None
Golett None
Golurk None
Rufflet Male
Braviary Male
Carbink None

After you have left these Pokémon at the Daycare, you’ll want to walk around for a few Egg Cycles. This will determine whether or not there will be an Egg at the Daycare. Generally speaking, a few back and forth laps on your bicycle should produce an Egg. After you have received the Egg, you’ll then walk/run/bike until your Egg hatches.

Breeding for IVs

So now that you have a pretty basic idea as to how breeding works, we’ll get into breeding for specifics. To start, we’ll breed for specific IVs. Let’s try to get a 5IV Fennekin in this example.

This guide is being written under the impression that you are using one of the 6 IV Dittos received from the Breeders' Supply Thread, as well as assuming that your Fennekin has 1IV.

  • You'll want to start by giving your Ditto a Destiny Knot. The reason for this is that each parent has combined total of 12 IV's (6 each--one for each Primary Statistic). The Destiny Knot ensures that 5 of the parents' combined total will pass to the child.
    • Your Ditto has 6IVs and your Fennekin has 1IV. This means that 7 our of 12 IV's are perfect. Now you could get extremely unlucky and wind up with a child only having 1 IV or less due to your Fennekin having 5 imperfect IVs. However, in most cases, you will end up with a child that has at least 2-4 IVs. In some rare cases you will end up with 5IVs.
  • After you have given your Ditto the Destiny Knot, you'll want to leave this Ditto and your Fennekin at the Daycare Center.
    • It is recommended to get at least 5 Eggs to hatch at a time. This raises your chances of coming away with a child with higher IVs.
    • You'll want to make sure these 5 Eggs are in the party with your Flame Body or Magma Armor Pokémon.
  • This will lead to Pokémon Eggs. After you have hatched these Eggs, take them to the IV Checker in your respective game. He will tell you which IVs your Pokémon has.
  • In Pokémon XY and ORAS, the IV Checker will say the following about the highest Statistic your Pokémon currently has:
    • IV range of 0-15: "It has rather decent stats, I'd say. That's how I judge it."
    • IV range of 16-25: "It's definitely got some good stats. That's how I judge it."
    • IV range 26-30: "This Pokémon has some fantastic stats. That's how I judge it."
    • IV of 31: "Stats like those... They simply can't be beat! That's how I judge it."
  • He might mention several stats or only one. What you’re looking for is that last statement, corresponding with IV of 31 above. That means that this stat or stats that he mentioned is perfect.

Now we mentioned that you’re using a 1IV Fennekin in this example. Reasonably speaking, you should now have a child with more than one IV.

  • The emphasis is on should because it is not guaranteed that you will have a child with more IV's than the original Fennekin at this point. Repeat the initial process until you have a child with mroe than one IV and then continue.

Now that you have your multi-IV Fennekin, you’ll want to replace your original Fennekin with this child. This means that, if you got a 2IV Fennekin, you’ll now have an 8 out of 12 chance to have a child with more perfect IVs - due to the Destiny Knot Ditto still being the breeding partner.

You’re essentially set at this point. You’ll continue this process until you receive a Fennekin that has the desired number of IVs - in this case, 5IV. Always replacing the stronger child with the originating parent. You’ll want to keep in mind that you won’t be replacing the Ditto at any point during this scenario.

Breeding for Nature

Now that you know how to breed for IVs, let's learn to breed for Nature.

  • You'll want to start with a Pokémon--let's say a Ditto--with your desired Nature--let's say Impish--and gather them with the Pokémon you're trying to breed--let's go with Chespin.
  • You'll want to give your Ditto an Everstone. This will guarantee that the offspring inherits the Ditto's Nature (Impish).
  • You'll want to leave your Everstone Ditto and your Chespin with the Daycare Couple.
  • This will create Eggs after a time. These Eggs, when hatched, will have your desired Nature inherited from your (Impish) Ditto!

Any Pokémon that is able to breed with the Chespin in our example will suffice as long as it has the correct Nature and is holding an Everstone.

Useful Information

While this guide is a basic guide to get started in breeding, you're more than welcome to visit The Pokémon Academy for some more advanced tips, tricks, and how-to's. This is a very in-depth guide and will allow you to become a professional breeder in no time.

Some topics you might discuss at the Pokémon Academy:

  • Egg Groups
  • Egg Move Breeding
  • Breeding Without Access to a 6 IV Ditto
  • Breeding Items
  • Breeding for Shinies
  • Incense Breeding
  • Passing Down Poké Balls
  • Breeding for Natures and IVs
  • Gender Relevance to Breeding

With Thanks

Special thanks to terakins for writing the text of this guide with the assistance of hood135, Saku, & IamthebestNever for references.

Last edited by Lesley Pro_04 on 20 May 2016 at 18:11
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