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Pokemon Go Appraisal Update | How it works guide

The new Pokemon Go Appraisal update has got Trainers all a-flutter thanks to its easier way to see your Pokemon’s stats. This was patched in by Niantic recently, and you might have seen other players claiming that it’s a long-overdue rework of the former stats system. If you are unsure how it works though, we can help you. Read our Pokemon Go Appraisal update guide to find out what this new system is, and how it can help you find four-star Pokemon.

What is the Pokemon Go Appraisal Update?

Pokemon Go Appraisal Update

Basically, the Pokemon Go Appraisal update overhauls how you view a Pokemon’s stats and determine which ones are best to use in Trainer Battles and Raids.

Niantic teased this updated system’s arrival in a tweet on Tuesday, and it’s since been patched in. It used to be difficult to locate your Pokemon’s stats but, thanks to this change, it’s never been easier to view them.

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When you tap on a Pokemon now to bring up its information card, the menu in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen has an “Appraise” section on the list. You can open this up and it will show you that Pokemon’s various stats.

As you know, there are three stats in the game. These are Attack, Defense, and HP. These stats are now broken down into three bars, and there’s also a rating sticker icon to the top left of these too.

Pokemon Go Appraisal Update | IV bar values

Pokemon Go Appraisal Update

As part of the Pokemon Go Appraisal update, each stat is broken down into three bars. Your Pokemon’s stats are based on how many bars are filled and by how much. Each bar can be further broken down into five sections, but these aren’t shown on the Appraisal graphic themselves.

Each bar has increments of five in them that determine how strong your Pokemon’s stats are. For example, your Pokemon might only have one full bar on their Attack stat. This means that your Pokemon’s Attack stat has a certain IV value and, with only one full bar, this equates to five IVs and a one-star Pokemon. If two bars are full, that’s 10 IVs and two-star. If it’s three, that’s 15 IVs and three-star. There is a chance to get twenty IVs, which equates to a four-star Pokemon, but we’ll discuss that further down.

Bear in mind that a Pokemon’s stats bars might not be completely full. So, for instance, your Pokemon’s Defense stat might only have one-and-a-half full bars. This would rate them at eight IVs, but they would only be a one-star Pokemon as they’d only have one full bar.

Pokemon Go Appraisal Update | Star rating

Pokemon Go Appraisal Update

As we discussed above, your Pokemon’s IV value will determine what star rating they get on their rating sticker. This can be a bit tricky to work out, but it’s much more simple than it appears.

When you look at the rating sticker to the top left of your Pokemon’s stats, you’ll have three stars inside an orange ball. The three stats are combined into an overall Combat Points (CP) value and rates your Pokemon accordingly via its IV rank. If you only have gray stars inside the ball, you have a zero-star Pokemon. These obviously are the worst, and shouldn’t be used in battles. This corresponds to all Pokemon who have stats that total between zero and 50%.

Once your Pokemon’s stats are high enough to hit a 51% rating, you’ll see a star that’s filled in. This equates to a one-star Pokemon and encompasses percentages up to 64.4%. Between 66.7% and 80%, you’ll have two stars. Three stars are filled between 82.2% and 98%.

If you find a Pokemon with maxed out stats and a 100% rating, you’ll have three stars and a red ball. This is a four-star Pokemon, and you’ll want to build your team around these.