Pokemon Natures are more than just personality traits for a player''s Pokemon. Natures will increase one stat of the Pokemon by 10% while another stat is reduced by the same amount. Natures are usually random, but there are methods of manipulating them so that players get the one they are looking for.
How to pick the best Nature for any Pokemon
Players must first consider what they want that particular Pokemon to be strong at. Each Pokemon has different Base Stats, and some Pokemon have significantly lower Base Stats than others. For example, Charizard''s highest stat is its Special Attack, but with a higher Special Attack, players should probably go for a Nature that increases this stat. Alternatively, players should consider going for a Natural that increases one of Charizard''s other stats while making sure not to drop the stat that Charizard is using.
Charizard''s Base Stats are:
- HP - 78
- Attack - 84
- Defense - 78
- Special Attack - 109
- Special Defense - 85
- Speed - 100
Players may consider their movesset and the overall role they want to take in battle in Charizard. The Bold Nature will increase Defense while decreasing Attack, indicating that Charizard doesn''t use much more damage for its powerful Special moves. Speed can be done with the Timid Nature.
When considering Infernape, a Pokemon with similar Attack and Special Attack statistics, players should make a few choices. If players want both Physical and Special moves without lowering the speed of their Pokemon, that is when Natures should be considered. This means that the Pokemon will be frail, but some Pokemon will not be missing that 10%. Alternatively, players can opt for a Neutral Nature so that no stats are increased or decreased.
- Examine the Pokemon''''s Base Stats - Looking at what a Pokemon is best and worst at will make choosing a Nature that much easier.
- Figure out what role the Pokemon is filling - On a team, some Pokemon are better suited to be offensive or tanky, but it is ultimately up to the player what role they want their Pokemon to fill.
- Figure out which stat the player wants to be increased - Some players will want their Pokemon''''s strengths to be even stronger, while other players may want to focus on covering their Pokemon''''s weaker defensive stat.
- Figure out which stat the player wants to be decreased - Players should have the moveset and the Base Stats of their Pokemon in mind to determine which stat is the least necessary.
- Choosing the Nature - Players then just have to choose the stat that corresponds to their needs and are all set from there.
The Top 12 Best Natures in Pokemon
There are 25 Natures in Pokemon, with five of them being Neutral Natures. These are fantastic on their own, as many Pokemon do not want any of their bases reduced. However, it can be difficult to decide which Nature players will have. One of these is the rarest (or most likely, most common):
- Adamant - Increased Attack, decreased Special Attack. It is one of the best Natures for Pokemon who use Physical Attacks.
- Brave - Increased Attack, decreased Speed. This Nature is best suited for Pokemon that are already slow, take advantage of Trick Room, or just don''''t want to lose Special Attack.
- Bold - Increased Defense, decreased Attack. It is one of the best Natures for Special Attacking Pokemon and Support Pokemon in general.
- Relaxed - Increased Defense, decreased Speed. Many defensive Pokemon are already slow, and the lowered Speed could potentially work in their favor in a Trick Room team.
- Impish - Increased Defense, decreased Special Attack. This Nature is perfect for Physical Attackers as well as Support Pokemon that need the extra bulk.
- Timid - Increased Speed, decreased Attack. This Nature is most used on sweeper Pokemon, utilizing their high Special Attack and Speed to do a lot of damage while moving first in battle.
- Jolly - Increased Speed, decreased Special Attack. A Nature most commonly used on sweeper Pokemon that use Physical moves and want to move first in battle.
- Quiet - Increased Special Attack, decreased Speed. This Nature makes many Pokemon good in Trick Room, using their high Special Attack and already low Speed to their advantage to move first and do lots of damage.
- Modest - Increased Special Attack, decreased Attack. Special Attackers can take advantage of this Nature, as the lowered Attack won''''t matter with a moveset of only Special moves.
- Sassy - Increased Special Defense, decreased Speed. Perfect for Trick Room teams, this Nature is useful for making Support or frailer Pokemon have a bit more survivability.
- Calm - Increased Special Defense, decreased Attack. This Nature works best for Special Attacking or Support Pokemon.
- Careful - Increased Special Defense, decreased Special Attack. Physical Attackers and Support Pokemon can take advantage of this Nature, giving them extra bulk.