In case you missed it, Pokémon Go was patched today, the latest update added a new feature which is the APPRAISAL option to be given by the team leader of your faction. According to the developers this is so that people can have an idea of the strength and potential of their Pokémon. So does it work? Will this new feature eliminate the need to download third party apps or visit other sites to gauge your Pokémon’s value? In this post, we shall compare and I will give my initial thoughts.
It is honestly still to early to gauge the accuracy of the APPRAISE option vs the IV calculators online, since Pokémon Go doesn’t really reveal the exact stats of the Pokémon, making online calculators still considered as guesswork. Online IV calculators like PokéFind provide possible IV calculations as to how good your Pokémon could be, giving you a range of possible percentage of perfection. For a while players have been using this to determine the value of their Pokémon.
When the appraise option was enabled I did a series of comparisons between IV Calculator Results and the Appraisal from the game and here are some results:
Your trainer can describe your Pokémon in two ways:
When compared online, Pokémon that your leader deemed as “Not likely to make much headway in Battle” show as having averages below 50%. Here is another example.
Next, Pokémon that your leader deemed as “Has caught my attention” show as having averages above 50%. Here is another example.
As you can see the Leader Appraisal can be considered as relative to the Average Perfection Range estimated by the IV Calculators. Although this is useful, especially for players who don’t use IV calculators, it’s flaw is that it works on a range basis, as you can see a 37% Caterpie is classified in the same way as a 47% Clefairy, while a 73% Eevee is classified to be as good a 90% Kingler. This range can give you an idea if the Pokemon is a keeper or Candy fodder, but not enough to exactly determine how good your Pokemon is, why Niantic did this still baffles me.
What follows is your Leaders breakdown of your Pokemon’s potential stats, unlike some calculators wherein it gives you solid numbers, your Leader in game gives you a vague analysis
It is known that in Pokemon Go, each Pokemon has hidden stats, summarized as an IV or Internal Value, each Pokemon varies in three major stats namely Attack (ATK) which is how much damage you deal, Defense (DEF) which is how much damage you can take and Stamina (STA) which is how much HP your Pokemon has. In IV Calculators each attribute can have a range between 0-15, with 15 points being the highest, the Leader Appraisal system in game does not give you the exact numbers, but annoyingly tells you your stats in a cryptic manner, it’s annoying since you have to analyze it similar to math problems that begin with “Sarah is twice the age of Sam…”
As Blanche puts it My Eevee’s best attribute is it’s HP, therefore when referencing the table, I have to look at the perfection rates wherein the Stamina value is exceptional, in this case potential stats are the 66%, 68% , 71%, 73% and 75%, that’s a lot! Next, Blanche states that my Stamina is matched equally by my Attack, so we have to then look next at the ATK stats, with this two comparisons the range becomes narrower at 66% with Stam and ATK equally at 15, 68% where STAM and ATK are equal at 14. Blanche does not mention anything about my Pokemon’s Defense, so you can treat this as it’s Defense being negligible, so if we look at the 66% an 68% range the two stats are:
It is therefore safe to assume that my Pokemon falls exactly at either the 66% or the 68% range. This is far from the 73% average given by the IV Calculator, but then again, it is just an average, in case you are wondering here is the stats at the 73% range.
When looking at the range, the closes that could fit the description of the trainer is at the 71% range with 13-5-14, considering there’s a 10% difference between the Stam and Atk, which does not align with the “Matches equally with…” statement of my Leader. If we would follow the IV Calculator my potential stats are either 12-7-14 or 12-6-15, which also doesn’t match the description of the Leader.
The In game appraisal system is a good tool, as we can see it does what it promises, which is to tell you which Pokemon are good and which are bad, with this data alone we can determine which we keep and which to transfer. I applaud Niantic for creating this tool, however I wish I can say the same of how they did it, the way the leader describes the Pokemon is vague and sometimes cryptic, it doesn’t really tell you exactly how good or bad your Pokemon is and you would have to actually stop and process what is being said, I honestly had to read it twice to basically understand it.
The tool is useful, but if you are a competitive player and would like to crunch the stats and numbers, the in game appraisal, may be lacking and you could probably still get more information from online calculators.