Stats judge

A stats judge is a character in the games that is able to read the individual values (IVs) of a selected Pokémon and determine the range of values which the IVs fall under. Introduced in Generation III, these characters are usually located at a battle facility within the game.

In the core series


Generally speaking, when shown a Pokémon in the player's party the judge will describe the approximate sum of the Pokémon's IVs (denoted as the potential), then identify which of the Pokémon's IVs has the highest value, and give a rough description of how high. (If the Pokémon has two or more IVs sharing the highest value, the judge may either identify them all in sequence, or report only one of them at a time.)

The actual descriptions used vary between generations, but the range of values they represent is the same:

Pokémon's potential IV total Average IV
"average" "decent" 0 to 90 7.5
"better-than-average" "above-average" 91 to 120 17.5
"quite impressive" "relatively superior" 121 to 150 22.5
"outstanding" 151 to 186 28
Highest IV stat Range
"relatively good" "rather decent" "no good" 0
"decent" 1 to 15
"quite impressive" "very good" "good" "pretty good" 16 to 25
"outstanding" "fantastic" "very good" 26 to 29
"fantastic" 30
"flawless" "can't be better" "can't be beat!" "best" 31

In Generation III

In Generation III, the stat judge is known as the Legendary Top Pokémon Breeder, and is an elderly Pokémon Breeder found in the building right behind the Pokémon Center at the Battle Frontier. He has raised Pokémon for seventy years, and is able to tell a Pokémon's inherent ability just by looking.

The Legendary Top Pokémon Breeder will read the IVs of Pokémon. The first reading he gives is on the Pokémon's overall IV total. The second reading is of the highest individual IV. If two or more stats share the highest IVs, he will randomly choose which one to mention.


  • First time
"For 70 years I have raised Pokémon! I am the man they revere as the legendary top Pokémon Breeder! If you ever become as seasoned as me, you'll see the abilities of Pokémon at a glance. You're a Trainer. Doesn't it interest you to know your own Pokémon's abilities? Here! Let's have a look at your Pokémon!"
  • Subsequent times
"Ah, youngster! Do your Pokémon's abilities intrigue you? Here, here! Let's have a look at your Pokémon!""
  • If no Pokémon is chosen
"What? You have no time for my advice? You should always be eager to learn from the experiences of your elders!"
  • Chosen an Egg
"An expert I am, but even I can't tell anything about an unhatched Pokémon! Show me a Pokémon! A Pokémon is what I need to see!"

Sum of all individual values

Quote IV total
"This one, overall, I would describe as being of average ability." 0 to 90
"This one, overall, I would describe as having better-than-average ability." 91 to 120
"This one, overall, I would say is quite impressive in ability!" 121 to 150
"This one, overall, I would say is wonderfully outstanding in ability!" 151 to 186

Highest individual value

"Incidentally, the best aspect of it, I would say, is its <stat>..."

Quote Range
"That stat is relatively good. ...Hmm... That's how I call it." 0 to 15
"That stat is quite impressive. ...Hmm... That's how I call it." 16 to 25
"That stat is outstanding! ...Hmm... That's how I call it." 26 to 30
"It's flawless! A thing of perfection! ...Hmm... That's how I call it." 31

In Generation IV

In the Battle Tower from Pokémon Platinum onwards, there is a man who considers himself a judge of Trainer's Pokémon standing at the lobby next to the PC. First he describes the Pokémon's "potential", based on the sum of all six IVs. Then he indicates which stat has the highest IV and what range it falls in.

If two or more IVs are tied for the highest value then he will comment on only one of them. In Sinnoh, he selects which highest stat he'll report randomly; in Johto, he cycles through the stats in the following order: HP, Attack, Defense, Speed, Special Attack, Special Defense. (If a different Pokémon is shown, then the cycle will not reset.)

In Generation V

In Pokémon Black and White, the Judge is located in Gear Station, which houses the Battle Subway facility. However, he will only appear after the player has reached the credits.

Similar to the stat judge in Generation IV, the Judge will describe the Pokémon's "potential", based on the sum of all six IVs, as well as the stat with the highest IV and its range. If there are two or more stats sharing the highest IVs, the Judge will list out all the stats in order of: HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense and Speed.


Initial introduction

"You can call me the Judge. Heh heh, that's actually not my real name, but it's what everyone calls me. It's because of this weird power I have. It's a gift, really. I can discern--judge, you might say--the overall potential of individual Pokémon. If you'd like, I could judge the intriguing potential of your Pokémon."

Subsequent introductions

"If you'd like, I could judge the intriguing potential of your Pokémon."

After selecting a Pokémon

"I see, I see..."
"This Pokémon's potential is <potential> overall."
"That's my determination, and it's final."
"Incidentally, I would say the best potential lies in its <best stat>."
(if there are 2 or more equally good best stats, then he will use one or more of the following lines:)
"And its Attack stat is also good."
"I see, its Defense stat is also good."
"Its Sp.Atk stat is equally good."
"Its Sp. Def stat is good as well."
"Well, its Speed stat is also good."
"It's <highest IV> in that regard. That's how I judged it."

If a Pokémon is not selected

"...Oh? You don't need me to judge. I get it."

If an Egg is selected

"Judge an Egg?! That's a tall order even for me!"

In Generation VI

In Pokémon X and Y, the Judge is an Ace Trainer located in the Kiloude City Pokémon Center. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he is located in the Battle Resort Pokémon Center. In addition to noting the overall total and highest IV of a Pokémon, he will make special comments if the Pokémon shown to him has an IV of 0 in any of its stats. The number of times Pokémon were judged by him are shown during Link Battles.


Initial introduction

"You can call me the Judge. Heh heh, that's actually not my real name, but it's what everyone calls me. It's because of this weird power I have. It's a gift, really. I can discern--or judge, you might say--the overall potential of individual Pokémon. How about it? Let me judge the intriguing potential of your Pokémon!"

Subsequent introductions

"Hey there! So how about it? Are you gonna let me judge the intriguing potential of your Pokémon?"

After selecting a Pokémon

"I see... I see.."
"This Pokémon's potential is <Pokémon's potential> overall."
"That's how I judge it, anyway."

Highest individual stat

"Incidentally, I would say its greatest potential lies in its <best stat>"
(If the Pokémon has two or more equally good best stats, then he will add one of the following lines:)
"But its Attack stat is good, too."
"Hmm. And its Defense stat is good, too."
"Although its Sp. Atk stat is equally good."
"Its Sp. Def stat seems just as good, though."
"And, well, its Speed stat is good, too."
To describe the value of the Pokémon's highest IV(s), he will use one of the following lines:
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."

Lowest individual stat

If a Pokémon has any IV of 0, he will use one of the following lines:
"But its HP... It's pretty dismal, you know?"
"But this Attack stat... It's terrible..."
"But how can you make it through battle with this kind of Defense stat?"
"But this Sp. Atk won't even leave a scratch on an opponent..."
"But this low of a Sp. Def stat is going to leave you high and dry..."
"But you won't get anywhere fast with this low of a Speed stat..."
(And if there are 2 or more IVs of 0, then he will also use one of the following lines:)
"And that's quite a disappointing Attack stat there, isn't it?"
"And that Defense stat is nothing to write home about, you know?"
"And I'm afraid that its Sp. Atk is pretty bad, too..."
"And it looks like it's no great shakes when it comes to Sp. Def either..."
"And that Speed stat... Well, it's nothing to brag about, that's for sure."
In the rare event that all six of the Pokémon's IVs are 0, then he will describe how all its stats are its best stats, and then describe how all of them are bad.

If a Pokémon is not selected

"...Oh? You don't need me to judge? I get it."

If an Egg is selected

"Judge an Egg?! That's a tall order even for me!"

In Generation VII

In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, the Judge is located at the Battle Tree. Rather than judging Pokémon himself, however, he instead gives the player an upgrade to their PC to judge Pokémon, but only after the player has hatched at least 21 Pokémon Eggs.

In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, the judge function is available when the player speaks to the Professors' aides on Route 11's Gate after catching 30 different species of Pokémon and can be used at any time from the Pokémon's status screen.


Initial introduction

"This Pokémon...has relatively superior... *ya-a-awn*"
"...Who are you?"
"No one impressive enough to shock me awake. *ya-a-awn*"

After hatching 21 eggs or more

"This Pokémon...has relatively superior... *ya-a-awn*"
"...Who are you?"
"Someone impressive enough to shock me awake!"
"Was there something you wanted my help with? Oh, you want me to judge some Pokémon?"
"Then I'll update your PC Boxes for you."
"With this, you can get get your Pokémon judged anytime that you've got access to a PC!"
"Think I'll just slip out of here then..."

Judge function

IV of 0: "No Good"
IV range of 1-15: "Decent"
IV range of 16-25: "Pretty Good"
IV range 26-29: "Very Good"
IV of 30: "Fantastic"
IV of 31: "Best"

In Generation VIII

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, the judge function is unlocked by reaching rank 4 at the Battle Tower after beating Leon. The function works the same as with the previous generation. Update 1.2 of Sword and Shield now allows the player to also view the IVs along with its Ability and held item.

In Pokémon HOME, the judge function is available as part of the Premium Plan.

In spin-off games

In Pokémon GO

Appraisal screen in Pokémon GO since version 0.149.0

An appraisal feature was implemented in Pokémon GO starting from version 0.35.0 (Android) and 1.5.0 (iOS). A Pokémon can have its IVs and size appraised by the player's respective team leader from its summary screen. The option to appraise a Pokémon is only available to players after they reach Level 7 and after they have picked a team (available to players after they reach Level 5 and visit a gym).

Initially, a team leader would appraise the IVs with one statement rating the IV total and a second statement on the stat(s) with the highest IV, similar to the stats judge in the core series from Generation VI and prior. In version 0.149.0 (Android) and 1.117.0 (iOS), the appraisal feature was reworked into a bar chart indicating the IVs for each of the stats and an appraisal sticker rating the Pokémon's IV total, being more similar to a PC's judge function since Generation VII. Instead of talking about the Pokémon's IVs, the team leader will state the date and location in which the Pokémon was obtained.

IV Total Sticker
0 - 22  
23 - 29  
30 - 36  
37 - 44  
IVs Bar

If the appraised Pokémon is irregularly large or small, the team leader may also make the following comments.

Quote Spark Blanche Candela
Introduction "Hey, <player>! You want me to check out your <Pokémon>?" "Hello <player>. I am available to analyze your <Pokémon>, if you wish." "Hi <player>! Let's take a look at your <Pokémon>, shall we?"
Size XS "Wh-whoa. That's the tiniest <Pokémon> I've ever seen!" "Your <Pokémon> is tinier than any we have on record. Astounding." "Your <Pokémon> is so tiny, I almost didn't notice it!"
S "Your <Pokémon> is a little small for its kind, don't you think?" "Your <Pokémon> is below average in size." "Aww, what a small <Pokémon>! It's rather cute, I'd say."
L "Your <Pokémon> is a BIG one!" "Your <Pokémon> is above average in size." "Your <Pokémon> is rather sizable, that's for sure!"
XL "Your <Pokémon> is just HUGE!" "The size of your <Pokémon> is... colossal. This is indeed exceptional. Fascinating!" "Your <Pokémon> is gigantic—the largest I've ever seen!"


Prior to version 0.149.0, team leaders will give the following statements to appraise a Pokémon's IVs.

Quote Spark Blanche Candela
IV total 37 - 45 "Overall, your <Pokémon> looks like it can really battle with the best of them!" "Overall, your <Pokémon> is a wonder! What a breathtaking Pokémon!" "Overall, your <Pokémon> simply amazes me. It can accomplish anything!"
30 - 36 "Overall, your <Pokémon> is really strong!" "Overall, your <Pokémon> has certainly caught my attention." "Overall, your <Pokémon> is a strong Pokémon. You should be proud!"
23 - 29 "Overall, your <Pokémon> is pretty decent!" "Overall, your <Pokémon> is above average." "Overall, your <Pokémon> is a decent Pokémon."
0 - 22 "Overall, your <Pokémon> has room for improvement as far as battling goes." "Overall, your <Pokémon> is not likely to make much headway in battle." "Overall, your <Pokémon> may not be great in battle, but I still like it!"
Best stat First "Its best quality is its <stat>." "I see that its best attribute is its <stat>." "Its <stat> is its strongest feature."
If tie "Its <stat> is great, too!" "It is matched equally by its <stat>." "I'm just as impressed with its <stat>."
Highest IV 15 "Its stats are the best I've ever seen! No doubt about it!" "Its stats exceed my calculations. It's incredible!" "I'm blown away by its stats. WOW!"
13-14 "Its stats are really strong! Impressive." "I am certainly impressed by its stats, I must say." "It's got excellent stats! How exciting!"
8-12 "It's definitely got some good stats. Definitely!" "Its stats are noticeably trending to the positive." "Its stats indicate that in battle, it'll get the job done."
0-7 "Its stats are all right, but kinda basic, as far as I can see." "Its stats are not out of the norm, in my opinion." "Its stats don't point to greatness in battle."
Conclusion "That's what I think! See ya!" "This ends my analysis. Farewell." "Hope I was able to help. Take care!"

Non-player characters in the core series games
Hoenn Professor BirchMomMayBrendanWallyWandaSteven StoneWallaceScottMr. BrineyMr. StoneGabby and TyLanette
BrigetteProfessor CozmoPokémon Fan Club ChairmanRydelWinstrate familyCaptain SternTrick MasterTreasure HunterDock
ApprenticePokémon Center LadiesOld guysMr. BondingTealaAaruneLisiaZinniaLookerInverChazFossil ManiacKiriMemory Girl
Team AquaTeam MagmaGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsBattle ChatelainesGym guideName RaterDay-Care CoupleStats judge
Sinnoh Professor RowanProfessor OakJohannaBarryLucasDawnCynthiaLookerStat Trainers (CherylRileyMiraBuckMarley)
BebeTealaFelicityRoxy and OliRoseanneRad RickshawEldritchWilmaJasmineJuliaJordanDexterKeiraDr. FootstepMr. Goods
Mr. FuegoPokétch Co. PresidentPokémon Fan Club ChairmanMassage GirlScarf GuyHelenaKetch AppyTeam GalacticGym guide
Gym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsName RaterDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aidesStats judge
Unova Professor JuniperMom (BW)Mom (B2W2)CherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesLoblollyCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaMorimotoNishinoLookerNColressGhetsisPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym LeadersElite FourPWT participantsName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudgeMagikarp salesman
Kalos Professor SycamoreGraceCalemSerenaShaunaTiernoTrevorAlexaCassiusInverSinaDexioGurkinn
BonnieDianthaAZLookerEmmaMr. BondingPhil the Photo GuyMemory GirlPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team FlareGym guideGym LeadersElite FourBattle ChatelainesName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudge
Alola Professor KukuiMomLillieNebbyHauRotomProfessor BurnetMolayneSamson OakRyukiMohn
Team SkullAether FoundationUltra Recon SquadTeam Rainbow Rocket
Trial CaptainsIsland KahunasElite FourName RaterJudgeMr. HyperGester

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