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How to Check IVs | How to Unlock the Judge Function

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How to Check IVs

IVs (Individual Values) are hidden numbers that determine if a Pokemon is stronger than another Pokemon of the same species. See how to check your Pokemon's IVs and how to unlock the Judge function in Pokemon Sword and Shield, the Isle of Armor, and the Crown Tundra DLCs.

How to Check IVs

In order to check your Pokemon's IVs, you need to have the Judge Function unlocked.

1. Go to Options

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Go to Options by tapping X in the Joy-Con.

2. Select Pokemon

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Go and choose the Pokemon in the menu.

3. Go to Boxes

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Go to your Boxes by tapping R on the Joy-Con. You can also go to a Rotom terminal in any Pokemon Center to access your Boxes.

4. Tap the +

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Tap the + icon on the Joy-Con to view the stats of your Pokemon. Ratings which represent your Pokemon's IVs will be displayed at the right side of the screen.

Explanation of Judge Ratings

Term Individual Values
No Good 0
Decent 1 - 10
Pretty Good 11 - 20
Very Good 21 - 29
Fantastic 30
Best 31

How to Unlock the Judge Function

Unlocking the Judge Function
  • Finish main story and unlock the Battle Tower
  • Win six matches in Battle Tower

1. Unlock the Battle Tower

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You can unlock the Battle Tower by finishing the main story of Pokemon Sword and Shield and going to the Battle Tower in Wyndon.

2. Battle and win in the Battle Tower 6 times

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You need to win 6 times in either Single or Double battles in the Battle Tower to get the Judge Function, as a reward for unlocking the Poke Ball Tier.

After winning 6 battles, you will be rewarded with the Judge Function and will be able to use it at any time.

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8 Anonymousabout 1 year

this comment didn’t age well. Especially with the release of sv it’s even easier to build comp mons. Judge function was obviously a good addition to the games. Definition of a good Quality of life improvement for the games

2 Ashover 2 years

It's pretty much for building competitive teams. For the Battle Tower and online matches against other players, both ranked and unranked


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