Talk:Pokémon breeding

OOps. Evkl 01:45, 1 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Should this be listed under Pokémon Breeding or simply Breeding? -greengiant

Probably Poke breeding with a redirect from "breeding"

A picture says more than tousand words

Strange Breeding: How did these things happen?

A couple of strange things happened to me when I was breeding a male Blaziken with a female Phanpy (which is strange enough in itself, I guess)

  1. When the egg hatched, the Phanpy knew Rock Smash. This shouldn't have been able to happen because I had previously deleted Rock Smash from Blaziken via the Move Deleter guy.
  2. The Phanpy hatched holding a PP Up! Needless to say, I was thrilled, but is there any reason for this occurance? Is it random or predictable?

Thanks a lot →Evin290 12:18, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

I don;t know about the first, but I believe the second is because of Phanphy's ability "Pickup".--Skully Collins 08:42, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

Yeah the PP Up is definetly a result of the pick-up. As for the rock smash, no clue. --Blaziken=Tahu 02:58, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

Could be something intentional. I would assume that Phanpy could learn Strength if you taught that to Blaziken then removed it. Learner4 20:26, 24 November 2009 (UTC)

Im actually thinking that Phanphy can learn Rock Smash, so if Blaziken knew it then there are still "reminints" of Rock Smash there, as shown by the move relearner guy. Maybe when the breeding happened the data some how got mixed and BAM, you have a Phanphy that knows Rock Smash. Did you use any cheats (earlier on) at all?--sorou 17:11, 30 December 2009 (UTC)


I have seen, and the D/P Nintendo power guide states that, you can pass on abilities via breeding. This would be important to note, wouldn't it? It seems like something that big should be listed. Especially when you consider the possibilities! (I personally love my wonder-guarded sableye) Also, I think this should possibly be noted in the "chain breeding" section as well. --TheCakeIsALie 02:51, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

True. Good eye. You may place it in the article in the appropriate place. And don't forget your sig or people won't know who you are. PokeManiac102  06:28, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

No! Abilities are NOT PASSED ON. By Abilities they meant Natures. Go on, try it. ABILITIES CANNOT BE PASSED ON. TTEchidna GSDS! 06:45, 2 January 2008 (UTC)
Plus, the only Pokémon with Wonder Guard can't breed with anything but Ditto, so it'd never pass it on to Sableye. If you got that thing in a trade, it's hacked, man. TTEchidna GSDS! 06:51, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

Crap, thanks for pointing that out. Dang... But on another note, you CAN pass abilities legitimately, but I misread: they are passed along by the mother, so it would stay in the proper species. (the example given in NP's guide is 2 bibarel breed. Mother has Simple, father has Unaware, so offspring is a Bidoof with Simple.) So I was halfway right, but again, thanks for poiinting that out. I guess I ought to not use it much then, huh?--TheCakeIsALie 02:51, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

I can't actually PROVE this, but in my experience, the Everstone seems to have a similar effect on Abilities to the one it has on Natures. So, assuming that the mother is not a Ditto, and there is a chance between the two Abilities, and the mother is holding an Everstone, there appears to be a better than 50% chance that the child will have the same ability. I have no idea how to formally prove this, but if someone could either explain to me how to prove it, or simply look into it themselves, it would be appreciated.--Xatu 03:49, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

Tauros & Miltank

Can anybody confirm for certain that their eggs are supposed to be 50% Tauros and 50% Miltank? I've personally hatched 11 eggs from a Tauros and a Ditto, and all of them were Tauros, which means I must be exceptionally unlucky if half of them are supposed to be Miltank. FYI, I'm playing Diamond where Miltank are rarer than Tauros (the opposite is true in Pearl). I thought it would be easier to breed a Miltank than catch one. Drapion 17:28, 11 July 2007 (UTC)

I think the 50-50 chance thing is only if you breed a Miltank with Ditto; all of Tauros's kids with Ditto will be Tauros. Fsilone 22:29, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

There is no way in any of the games for Tauros to hatch from a Miltank egg, or for Miltank to hatch from a Tauros egg. MorningStar edited this page with a note indicating otherwise as early as in March 2006, which is to say without knowledge of Diamond and Pearl. I believe no one bothered to fix it then due to the possibility of that holding true in the upcoming games, and since their release everyone has assumed the statement to be true because it was on the page so early on. Regardless of the reason, this note should have long been removed; it is easy to verify that even when breeding Miltank and Tauros together in the latest games, the product is still always a Miltank. I have done so for the sake of being on the safe side. Unown Lord 13:30, 8 November 2007 (UTC)
I've changed this section of the page. I can confirm empirically (hatched 41 eggs: 28 from a Miltank + Ditto, 13 from a Miltank + various Ground-group Pokes) that you cannot hatch a Tauros from a Miltank egg in Pokemon Pearl, and I assume the same goes for Diamond; based on Unown Lord's comments I am assuming this applies to all the games. If it turns out you can, then feel free to revert the page - I haven't hacked the code, this is entirely based on testing, so it's possibly that I was extremely unlucky and happened to get 41 eggs that all hatched Miltank purely by chance, but I think that's unlikely.
The only sources I can find online that support the Miltank/Tauros breeding line are either questionable (user FAQs on the Marriland forum that contain other errors) or based on this site. Castorquinn 22:30, 20 May 2008 (UTC)

Ditto + Ditto?

Someone settle something for me: Can you breed Ditto with Ditto? - Cassius335

No. I tried. - MacGyver

Thanks. *notices the Discussion page for Ditto and wonders why he didn't look there in the first place*. - Cassius335

Then how are there wild ditto if they can't breed together? Do they spontaneously appear or something? Chuck67322 05:14, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

Ditto looks like a big pile of goo, maybe over time they split in half like bacteria. Darkcloud1111 00:57, 17 August 2009 (UTC)

Technical Question

Do the natures of the parents make any difference on whether or not they will produce an egg? I'm trying to get my Dragonite to give Outrage to a new Gible, and the old man in Solaceon says they don't like eachother at all... Obviously that's not good, but why, and what can I do to change it?

At all? ..are you sure you're breeding a Dragonite with a complete haxxmacheen Garchomp? Cause I do believeth that Garchomp and Dragonite can breed. o_o;  Tina  04:07, 8 November 2007 (UTC)
Not at all? You sure? Pretty much always when they're in the same egg group, they'll breed. TTEchidna 05:42, 8 November 2007 (UTC)
I have had similar problems. Sometimes I always make sure to check the Egg Groups before I attempt breeding, but every once in a while, the Daycare Man in Diamond tells me that they dislike each other. (oops, forgot to sign) --Dual 05:09, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

There's no problem at all, peeps! If 'They don't like each other very much' it doesn't matter! AS long as they don't totally despise each other that's okay. I tried Ditto with my Lucario (TTE said it would work) and it worked altough they didn't like each other! File:Ani475MS.gif Agent #448 | File:Ani282MS.gif 09:52, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

Why do I feel compelled to respond to this comment by saying "Rape!"Mystrich 06:06, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

The message “They don´t seem to like each other much.” indicates that the Pokémon are of different species but have the same trainer IDs, which means that out of all breedable Pokémon pairs, they have the lowest chance of producing an egg. This lower chance translates to a statistically longer period of waiting until the Daycare man hands you the egg, but nothing beyond that. Unown Lord 10:25, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

I think it means that it's sort of like when two people pretend to hate each other but they really love each other but don't know it themselves. Eventually they find what they have in common and fall in love. TorchicBlaziken (talk) 15:24, 1 November 2008 (UTC)


"However, there are two pairs of Pokémon species where the male and female are treated as different Pokémon. In these cases, the egg may hatch into either the male or female species:

Would this also be true in the case of Tauros and Miltank? Could a Miltank have an egg containing Tauros? Just asking cause it's not listed in the article. --ケンジガール 10:17, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

Would it be true to say that only the female can lay and egg that could be either? I tried breeding a Nidoran♂ with a Ditto to get a but I just ended up with a dozen ♂s. I did succesfully get a Volbeat from an Illumise. Oh, and Tauros and Miltank are also linked.. Woodland Mudkip  11:02, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

Your first assertion is correct, and has thus been added to the page. As noted in a paragraph above by myself, Tauros and Miltank are simply not linked. It seems to me that the disillusion of not having a calf-like Pokémon as a pre-evolution to both, has caused a multitude of fans to believe in some fabricated indication that one is forthcoming. Unown Lord 06:24, 22 November 2007 (UTC)


Can you pass down TM moves that weren't learned by TM? I'm going to breed my male Banette with Will-O-Wisp (Learned naturally) with a female Drifloon, and I'm wondering if it'll pass down Will-O-Wisp...  Tinaδ  20:10, 25 November 2007 (UTC)

Yep. It's what I do so as to save TMs from being used. TTEchidna 23:47, 25 November 2007 (UTC)


Is this encyclopedia in American English or Commonwealth English? Becuase the most recent edit was from "travelling" to "traveling", or Commonwealth to American.

Yea, we're American (well, I think. Ask and admin. I'm pretty sure we're American English). --70pxFile:Spr 3e 132.gifTheryguy512 File:Trozeiani025.gif 12:03, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

Yeah, I as actually gonna do something else on the page after editing that (since Firefox does the red line under words that aren't in its dictionary), but I got distracted by something else and just decided "eh."
But really, Bulbapedia's got contributors from all over. Though, well, American spelling's used in the games throughout their English release, as far as I know. They don't go through all the text changing the spelling of a few words, and I certainly didn't intend for my edit to be just that. It was more just "hey, look, red line. Fix that and... um... what else was I gonna do?" TTEchidna GSDS! 16:47, 5 December 2007 (UTC)


What is it?  OptimatumTalk|11:19 13 Mar 2008

...Don't ask. You don't wanna know. TTEchidna 05:40, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

Inbreeding is when closely related individuals mate and have children. It's very taboo in human culture but animal breeders do this with certain breeds of an animal, like dogs. It's not a good idea for people inbreed because recessive genes could be more pronounced and genetic defects can occur. - PDL

Told ya you didn't wanna know. TTEchidna 00:25, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
The PRima Games guide states that inbreeding is impossible in Emerald. Proves that you can't trust Prima. Θρtιmαtum♏Talk|Links13:12 5 Sep 2008
The Nintendo Power guides are just as lackluster. I stopped buying them. They're usually wrong about several things. You can find much more helpful information from sites like this, or gamefaqs.--Lamb(talk) 02:54, 24 February 2010 (UTC)
Well you can in the games, I'm Inbreeding all my Pokémon that I bead in the first place. Random Chaos Was here 01:07, 17 August 2009 (UTC)

Uhh yeah

Uhm. This is weird, but i've had two weird things happen with breeding that make little sense. Like, first, this happened today, i put my Shieldon and Cranidos in the day-care (one female, the other male) and the old man said "These two prefer too play with other Pokémon" and i like, i came back too get them and they'd had an egg, and last time i checked, "They prefer too play with other Pokémon" meant they weren't going too have an egg (i took the egg anyway). Uhm, the second thing, which is really weird, happened a few months ago on my Pokémon Emerald, i put my male Charizard and male Blaziken in the Daycare (cos i'm too lazy too train them myself) ...and they had an egg |: Last time i checked, Guy + Guy does not = baby/egg |: I'm 100% sure they we're both male. I was pretty sure it was just a glitch in the game, but i was wondering if it's happened too anyone else? (also, the egg was a normal Torchic, normal stats, normal moves, nothing weird/glitch-y about it)

~ Takoto

Wow... That's really weird Darkmaster0

Obviously   and   adopted. I guess they don't mind adoption by same-sex couples in Sinnoh. Zurqoxn 00:35, 8 April 2008 (UTC)
The thing that happened with Charizard and Blaziken happened on Emerald (: If they adopted, where did they adopt from? O: Takoto

|: It happened, again, only this time; Leafgreen. Someone please tell me that Umbreon and Caterpie are somehow in the same egg group. Scratch what i said earlier, I'm almost sure that the Blaziken/Charizard thing happened on LeafGreen, not Emerald |: *totally remembered after i posted that xD Uh soooo yeah, i think the Breeding's glitch'd up in my LeafGreen...Well, it wasn't even originally mine, it was my Cousins |: But I'm sure he didn't cheat or anything too make every Pokémon breed with every other Pokémon. Plus i did some test; i tried too breed some Pokémon and they didn't breed, the Legendaries didn't (I actually wanted a level 5 Mewtwo xD at one point) But yeah \: Is my games breeding system glitched up or is it just....oddities? Takoto 15:35, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

I would say you somehow glitched your game. Been using AR/GS/whatever? TTEchidna 16:52, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Shake head* I've never used Action reply or Game shark on my Leafgreen...

Length of time to breed

After getting frustrated by the time it took to breed on my old silver version, I looked around for information on how long it takes two pokemon to have an egg, and I found this site. This is information I think bulbapedia needs. The problem is, I don't have any other sources on it, it doesn't say if the formula holds true for later Gens as well, and the author admits that his numbers are estimates. Does anyone know anything about this topic? Cheesus Is Lord 22:09, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

I do not think that those numbers are accurate. I searched all up and down the Smogon breeding explanation, and I can't find anything discussing that. Because they go into detail about 3rd gen. egg taking/hatching methods for different egg counter numbers; I believe it would be integral to include, if they exist, the amount of 'time' it takes for a new egg to be available. As far as my (brief) personal experience goes, there have been times when I have so many eggs to take from the man that I'll have to take one of the parents out of the daycare so they stop breeding so fast. There have also been times when I have had to do 2 or 3 more passes before they have one. I am sure there is some formula for it, but it may have more to do with random numbers.--Lamb(talk) 03:10, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

Female Eevees

Hi I've tried to breed my Eevee several times but everytime time I do I get male Eevees and I kinda wanna have a female one, I was wondering if there's any way to force an egg to hatch into a female pokemon r something, I've tried hatching it in Foarama town like I read somewhere but that didnt work.. Having said that I did get a female Eevee once but it was very random

12.5% chance of getting female Eevee. You were just unlucky. Θρtιmαtum♏Talk|Links13:14 5 Sep 2008

Multiple eggs

I've been hatching several eggs at a time (getting three eggs, storing the parents, and then running up and down), and the number of steps in between hatches is always a multiple of 255, with 510 as the minimum (recent numbers are 510 and 1275). The steps between picking up the eggs are as low as 256, and I was carrying around Camerupt with Magma Armor. The numbers don't make sense unless there's some delay added to the other eggs when picking up eggs or hatching them, or some other weird hidden factor. Game is Pearl, by the way, and I've been using a Mach Bike. --Raijinili 04:55, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

Tutored moves

Can they be passed on to children like TM moves? I know I tried it once, but I can't remember the result. Anybody know for certain? Either way, whether it works or not, it should probably be mentioned in this article or move tutor (or both). Zurqoxn 13:42, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

I don't think they can unless they're egg moves (Outrage from Salamence to baby Charmander) or shared by both father and child, the child's in its level-up set, while the mother also knows it. TTEchidna 14:39, 22 October 2008 (UTC)


I don't know, but according to Smogon, there's some sort of step counter that resets at 255. Follow this link for more info. TorchicBlaziken (talk) 15:24, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

Wow. I'm surprised that Smogon has a guide on stuff that has nothing to do with battling, and it has stuff that this wiki doesn't have. Anyway, I'll read it and try to incorporate it into this page.
What's the policy on crediting, anyway? --Raijinili 01:49, 2 November 2008 (UTC)


On this page, it says that Nidorina and Nidoqueen can't be breed whatsoever, but here it says that they can. Which one is true? Jacce 19:11, 19 December 2008 (UTC)

You misread the trivia, it says that "for some reason their male counterparts can", which, of course, does not make sense. Sean... Lord of the Shadows!!! 23:13, 14 February 2009 (UTC)

Shiny breeding

Hey, I got a shiny male Tentacruel, and a female Corsola, the shine-effect will be given to the baby Corsola?
Homie 15:26, 10 January 2009 (UTC)

Not unless you're playing Gold/Silver, in which case there would be a higher chance of shininess. ΘρtιmαtumTalk 15:27, 10 January 2009 (UTC)


Can we punt/delete the Gen IV sentence that says that the Everstone trick doesn't work anymore? It still does and I've done it several times. Rappak 20:54, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

Are you sure? Notice that it says it doesn't work when the two Pokémon are from different language cartridges. E.g., it doesn't work if you try to breed an American Pokémon and a Japanese Pokémon together. — Laoris (Blah) 20:56, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Let me double check the foriegn, but I know it works with two pokemon of the same cartridges. I'm almost positive it still works. Rappak 21:20, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Yes, it does work with two Pokémon from the same cartridge, but not with two foreign Pokémon, and that is what the article is referring to. — Laoris (Blah)

Inbreedible Pokemon?

Okay so I have this male Charizard that I want to breed so I can send the Charmander over to my Leaf Green Version. I put it in the daycare with SEVERAL DIFFERENT Dittos, each with a different nature. All of them did not have interest in my Charizard or vice-versa. I looked up the nature and noticed that it had a LAX nature (Charizard). Do I need a certain natured ditto or something to be able to breed? --Blaziken=Tahu 03:02, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

Lack of interest does not mean they won't make an egg. The Dark Fiddler - ¿Nos hablamos? 22:25, 31 January 2009 (UTC)
Just wait a bit longer and take any further "how do I/what do I/where do I" game related questions to the forums. — THE TROM — 22:32, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

what was the exact message the guy said? if he said "they dont seem to like each other" that means they will still breed but it just takes a little while longer, if he said "they prefer to play with other pokemon" then they cant breed and never will Happizelpom 22:54, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

These quotations need to go in the article. — THE TROM — 22:59, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

yep, they'll still breed. Thanks alot everyone. --Blaziken=Tahu 23:48, 31 January 2009 (UTC)


When are they defined for the egg, when it is received or when it hatches? Anastius 10:15, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

What do you mean by "defined".--Clarky13 10:18, 1 February 2009 (UTC)
In the game data - the user wishes to know if once the player receives the egg, the gender of the hatched Pokemon has already been set. In my experience, yes, along with the nature. But I could have just been really unlucky. — THE TROM — 20:54, 1 February 2009 (UTC)
It is definitely set when it hatches. I have hatched an army of Scyther (trying to get one with a "Rash" nature) and the gender and nature were always the same for the pokemon, even if i saved the game before it hatched, had it do so, and restarted it. So yes, gender and nature are determined when the Egg is conceived. Also, if makes since if you think about the hereditary moves, TM it can learn, etc when you pick which Pokémon you want to breed to get the egg. --Blaziken=Tahu 20:50, 6 February 2009 (UTC)

Egg Moves

How are egg moves determined? I mean, theres a list of moves that can be learned by pokemon by breeding for each pokemon. Was that found out by testing, and so its possible there are others it could learn, or is there a certain list of moves that a pokemon can use determined by the game and so anything thats not listed can't ever be learned? (MaoDaAmargura 01:30, 4 February 2009 (UTC))

its shown in the official Guide books, and some are made off of users testing it. EG tangela has an unlisted moveDCM((Mock MeEdits)) 02:48, 4 February 2009 (UTC)
It's also in the game's internal coding. — THE TROM — 06:31, 4 February 2009 (UTC)
Yes, but i think hes referring to how we found it. Not all of us can access the coding, I assure you.DCM((Mock MeEdits)) 01:33, 5 February 2009 (UTC)

I dont get it........

I had a male machamp which knew Revenge, cross chop, karete chop and dynamicunch but when i bred it with a ditto the baby only knew its starting moves(low kick and leer) i'mpretty sure machop can learn all of my machamps moves what happend--Bulbsur-ivysaur-venusaur 20:31, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

try breeding with a female machoke UltamateCharizard 20:56, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

Need Explaination

In the Trivia section it reads, "No negative effects occur from inbreeding Pokémon in Generation III and Generation IV, despite this being impossible in Generation II." Can someone please explain this statement? - Zedd 17:49, 23 May 2009 (UTC)

It may be referencing that, in real life, inbreeding can lead to developmental problems in the newborns, and so no such issues (always poor IVs, for example, or crappy natures) would occur in the Pokemon games. The second part is straightforward; you cannot breed a parent Pokemon with its offspring in G/S/C. I'm not sure if sibling breeding is allowed, however. Starscream 14:05, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
Is it mentioned anywhere in the article, other than in the trivia, about inbreeding being impossible in Generation II? I skimmed over the article and saw nothing, but I might be wrong. I suggest, if it isn't already there, someone do a little segment on this, as I didn't really notice this in-game and it's kinda interesting. I'd do it myself, but I don't know much about the breeding of Generation II, and I've lost Crystal right now, and my emulators are too laggy to play on my laptop. ~~Takoto - サソデイ 15:01, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
@Star - Sibling breeding is allowed, the mechanics that prevent Parent-child breeding are related to IVs (or DV, as they were caled back then) and there is no relation on opposite sex siblings' IVs in GSC.
@It does, in the "Inheriting stats" section. Mr. Charlie(TalkToMe) 15:38, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
Actually, there is debate among scientific circles as to the validity of superstitions that inbreeding causes developmental defects. While more recent articles focus more on how this does lead to homozygosity and an increase in recessive alleles, an article from the Dept of Biostatistics study concludes that, "No significant differences existed in the incidence of congenital anomalies among offspring between the consanguineous and non-consanguineous marriages in the rural or in the urban area." (Rao and Inbaraj, 1980). This doesn't necessarily write out its nature as a taboo subject in non-scholarly circles, but please enjoy just one of many scholarly articles on the subject, this one by the Dept of Biostatistics found in the Journal of Medical Genetics: Inbreeding effects on fetal growth and development I admit it's an older article, but newer articles tend to focus on studied genetic changes other than "defects".- unsigned comment from PharosAM (talkcontribs)

Tauros and Miltank again

From the article: Note that while Miltank and Tauros are considered to be the female and male of the same species in the canon, for the purposes of breeding they are separate species

In what canon, exactly, are they considered "male and female of the same species"? Wouldn't, by nature of the fact that they cannot breed with each other to produce baby Tauros or Miltank, they NOT be Starscream 20:55, 26 June 2009 (UTC)

??? They can breed with each other to produce baby Miltank... But I agree, not the same species, would like to hear what canon says so. Also, that bit about Volbeat and Nido♂ breeding with Ditto is interesting, Pokémon must have ZW sex chromosomes. --LaprasBoi 22:48, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

Hatched Genders

Has anyone figured out when a newly-hatched Pokémon's gender is set? Does it happen at the time of the egg's conception, or does it happen when it's hatched? --Dual 03:33, 13 July 2009 (UTC)

When it's received from the daycare. tc²₆tc26 03:36, 13 July 2009 (UTC)
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