The judge function of the Pokemon games is common in all the games in the series, and is present in Pokemon Scarlet and Purple. This option of the Pokemon Centers allows you to determine the IVs (individual values) of a Pokemon and the EV (Effort Points)to know its potential in combat.
Not surprisingly, a feature like this is not available from the very beginning of the game. Its raison d’être is, above all, for the postgame and to be able to maximize the power and effectiveness of our Pokemon if we want to play competitive.
If you played Pokemon Sword and Shield, you’ll find this option very similar in Pokemon Scarlet and Purple.
How to Unlock the Judge Feature in Pokemon Scarlet and Purple
To unlock this option, you must have passed the main story of the gamethat is, the victory lane. Find all the gyms, get all the medals and beat the Pokemon League. This is the best order to beat the story.
From then on, you can find this option in Pokemon centers. The Pokemon center nurse will unlock the option for you when you visit one of the centers, and you can check its values in the Boxes menu.
What are the IV and EV of Pokemon?
IVs are kind of like the genes of Pokemon. Two Pokemon of the same level will not be exactly the same in battle, as each one has different points in six stats: Attack, Special Attack, Defense, Special Defense, HP and Speed.
The IVs are the values of these six parameters with which the Pokemon is “born”, and the EVs are the effort points, which it gains as it fights, and we can manage ourselves. But of course, only after having passed the game.
If you want more information, here is our review of Pokemon Scarlet and Purple: “The graphics are still their biggest weakness, but they shine so brightly in everything else and they are SO special games… that they get our A’s.”
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