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Pokemon Nature List – Which Stats Do They Increase?

Pokemon Nature List – Which Stats Do They Increase?

If you’ve taken a peek at your Pokemon’s summary page, you’ve probably noticed some kind of trait for them.

Timid, Sassy, Calm? Although they sound pretty interesting, figuring out these descriptors can be as befuddling as being hit by a Confuse Ray.

But no need to be intimidated by them!

These traits are called Natures and each Pokemon has one.

Essentially, Nature is a mechanic that can help mold a Pokemon’s growth by influencing its stats as it levels up.

Each Nature has one stat boosted by 10% and another stat decreased by 10% to keep things balanced. Except for HP, the affected stats are Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed.

So for example, a Pokemon with a Timid Nature will have a boosted Speed but a decreased Attack. Meanwhile, a Sassy Pokemon will have its Special Defense increased, but its Speed lowered.

Aside from affecting stats, Nature also determines the flavor each Pokemon likes and dislikes.

Different food items, like Berries, Poffins, and curry, have a flavor in them that can affect their effectiveness when eaten. If the Pokemon likes the flavor, the food will work better.

Even a Pokemon’s reaction to its food will vary depending on their Nature. For example, a Quiet Pokemon will love Dry-flavored foods and will react poorly to Sweet ones.

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Introduced during Gen 3, Natures add a semblance of personality to your Pokemon, as well as making catching and raising them quite interesting.

So if you’re serious about capturing or breeding Pokemon with your preferred stats, you’ve got to know the intricacies of Nature!

Pokemon Nature Chart

Here’s a table that lists every Nature with its affected stats and flavor preferences.

There are a total of 25 Natures, each with its unique combinations of affected stats. 5 of these have the same increased and decreased stats, so the effects negate each other.

NatureIncreased StatDecreased StatFavorite FlavorDisliked Flavor
AdamantAttackSpecial AttackSpicyDry
BashfulSpecial AttackSpecial AttackNo PreferenceNo Preference
CalmSpecial DefenseAttackBitterSpicy
CarefulSpecial DefenseSpecial AttackBitterDry
DocileDefenseDefenseNo PreferenceNo Preference
GentleSpecial DefenseDefenseBitterSour
HardyAttackAttackNo PreferenceNo Preference
ImpishDefenseSpecial AttackSourDry
JollySpeedSpecial AttackSweetDry
LaxDefenseSpecial DefenseSourBitter
MildSpecial AttackDefenseDrySour
ModestSpecial AttackAttackDrySpy
NaiveSpeedSpecial DefenseSweetBitter
NaughtyAttackSpecial DefenseSpicyBitter
QuietSpecial AttackSpeedDrySweet
QuirkySpecial DefenseSpecial DefenseNo PreferenceNo Preference
RashSpecial AttackSpecial DefenseDryBitter
SassySpecial DefenseSpeedBitterSweet
SeriousSpeedSpeedNo PreferenceNo Preference
Pokemon Nature Chart

Natures in the Pokemon Animated Series

Although the concept and mechanics of Natures are pretty important when raising a competitive Pokemon, Natures aren’t actually focused on in the anime, surprisingly.

The only instance it was mentioned was during the original Japanese dub of Sun and Moon’s “Mounting an Electrifying Charge!” episode.

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In it, Sophocles wants to join the Charjabug race, but his own Charjabug has a Mild Nature, which only has a boosted Special Attack instead of Speed.

Horacio, his rival, has a Shiny Charjabug with a Timid Nature. That means it has an increased Speed stat – perfect for racing!

Sadly, this bit was cut off in the English dub, so the topic of Natures has remained unexplored in the animated show.