Apr 092011

For the advanced Pokémon trainer, there are a lot of numbers to keep track of: Effort Values (EVs), Individual Values (IVs), and all sorts of other PokéData is constantly swirling in their head. Back in the days of Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald this meant carrying around a notepad, pen, dense strategy guides, Pokédex books, and a calculator — or finding appropriate tools and information on the internet. Now, with the abundance of mobile technology Pokémon trainer can carry all they need in the palm of their hand.

EV Counter by Khatto Software
In the early days, trainers kept track of the EV points they were spending by using tally marks on a piece of paper, or by counting the PP of the moves they used in battle. When Diamond/Pearl/Platinum released and had the Pokétch feature, I decided to use the Pokétch’s counter app to keep up with my Pokémon’s EVs. There was a small problem with this method however: the counting app reset to zero when you moved to another Pokétch app or saved the game and came back to it later. The EV Counter app in the Android Market offers the perfect solution for tabulating EV spreads. You can set what EV boosting item your Pokémon is holding, toggle Pokérus on or off, and much more. The app auto saves your progress so you can easily pick up where you left off with your training any time you want.

EV Counter is simple to use and intuitive.

The same developer just released an app called “Poké Pal” which seems like it will be an even more useful tool, so give it a look while you’re in the Market.

CalcIVm by RBDevv
Determining a Pokémon’s Individual Values used to be a complex ordeal, involving NASA supercomputers, complex thermodynamic algorithms, and a slide rule. Web-based IV calculators made life easier for trainers when they were at home, but those who are like me and usually play Pokémon on the go needed a mobile solution. CalcIVm is clean and simple, and does it’s job well. You simply input the Pokémon’s name or National Dex number, level, characteristic, and stats and then the app instantly displays a range of possible IVs for each stat.

CalcIVm is simple, clean, and accurate.

Pokédroid by Nolan Lawson
Pokédroid is a fully functioning Pokédex for Android smartphones. It displays all the data you could possibly need for every Pokémon, except their location in-game. The developer is currently considering how to best display location info and has expressed his plans to add that feature at a later date.

Other than having the nicest interface available for a mobile Pokédex, Pokédroid has a few other unique features. The first is that it you can search by voice, provided you can pronounce the Pokémon’s name correctly. The second is that the app uses a text-to-speech feature to read you the Pokémon’s entry, which gives the feel of having a device much like one in the anime. Now your Ash Ketchum cosplay outfit can be 100% complete! There are advanced sorting modes, allowing you to sort by moves, base stats, or other criteria.

One of my most used Android apps to date.

Not only are all these applications incredibly useful, but each of them are completely free, with not even so much as an ad in sight. In this day and age, when children basically emerge from the womb clutching a mobile device so they can update their Facebook status as soon as the doctor slaps their hiney, it is nice to see gaming tools becoming popular in the form of mobile applications. If there are more Pokémon apps you use on a regular basis, let us know about them in the comment section below!

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