There are other ways of EV training a Pokémon, other than just battling certain opponents or playing mini games. One important part of EV training since the very beginning has been items.
Many items can be used to increase the EV yield from defeating other Pokémon. The Macho Brace is a held item that halves a Pokémon’s speed stat, but doubles the EVs that the Pokémon gains from battle. Another set of held items, the power items, add 4 EVs to a specific stat whenever the holder gains experience. These items are the power weight for HP, power bracer for attack, power belt for defense, power lenses for special attack, power band for special defense, and power anklet for speed. These items halve the speed stat, just like the Macho Brace. The Macho Brace is found on Route 15 behind a breakable wall, and the power items can be bought for 16 Battle Points from the Battle Maison in Kiloude City.
Another integral part of EV training is vitamins. These items can be bought for very high prices in some locations, or found on the ground throughout the game. There are six types of vitamins: HP Up for HP, Protein for Attack, Iron for Defense, Calcium for Special Attack, Zinc for Special Defense, and Carbos for Speed. When fed to a Pokémon, they give 10 EVs to their corresponding stat, but only if there are less than 100 EVs in that stat already. Many people start their EV training by giving their Pokémon 10 vitamins in each of the stats the Pokémon is training in. Doing this can drastically decrease time spent EV training, but it is a bit expensive. Vitamins can be purchased from the Poké Mart in Laverre City in Pokémon X and Y.
Other items that function similarly to the vitamins are the Wings, which were introduced in Pokémon Black and White. These are rare items that can be won as prizes from the bonus games in Super Training, and each grants 1 EV in a specific stat to the Pokémon they are given to. These items are the Health Wing, Muscle Wing, Resist Wing, Genius Wing, Clever Wing, and Swift Wing, which help HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed respectively. There is no limit on how many Wings you can use on a Pokémon.
A new set of items introduced in Pokémon X and Y are the colored juices. These can be bought or made for free in the Juice Shoppe in Lumiose City. These juices grant a random amount of EVs between 4 and 32 to a single stat. For every 100 the juice costs, it will grant 1 EV. However if you make the juice yourself, there is no way to tell how effective it will be. The different colors are purple, red, yellow, blue, green, and pink, corresponding to HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed. These can be made by combining two berries of the same color as the juice (e.g., two Cherri Berries [red] to make the red juice, or two Pecha Berries [pink] to make the pink juice). The selection of juices for sale changes every day, but you can still make whichever kind you want.
These items make EV training faster and a lot less tedious.
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