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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: All Pokemon That Give Defense EVs and Where to Train

Sometimes it's good to get defensive.

If you’re EV training your Pokemon in Defense, you’ll find below all the Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet that give Defense EVs when they’re defeated.

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Where is the Best Place to EV Train Defense in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

The most convenient place to EV train Defense in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is at the Asado Desert. Many of the Pokemon you’ll find here give Defense EVs without you needing to eat a sandwich.

The following table lists the Pokemon you can find at the Asado Desert as well as how many Defense EVs they give with and without the Power Belt:

Pokemon NameNumber of Defense EVs Given NormallyNumber of Defense EVs Given With Power Belt
Sandaconda210
Hippowdon210
Orthworm210
Stonjourner*210
Rellor19
Bronzor19
Silicobra19
Hippopotas19
Nacli19
*Stonjourner can only be found in Pokemon Scarlet

A slightly less convenient place to EV train Defense is to chow down on a Rock Encounter Power sandwich and head to Research Station No. 4 if your goal is to max out your Pokemon’s Defense. You’ll find plenty of Garganacl that give 3 Defense EVs each (or 11 if your Pokemon is holding a Power Belt). Some Garganacl have the Sturdy Ability, so it’s recommended to bring a Pokemon with the Mold Breaker Ability to help defeat them all in one hit.

Glimmet and Glimmora will also appear frequently using this method, but they give Special Attack EVs rather than Defense. Ignore them and focus on the easy to notice Garganacl. Corviknight and, if you’re playing Violet, Iron Treads also appear in Area Zero and give 3 Defense EVs each, so you can take out any of them that you find, too.

If you need a Rock Encounter Power sandwich, your options include:

  • Making an Ultra BLT Sandwich
  • Buying a Mustard Rice Ball for 750 Poke Dollars from the Treasure Eatery in Medali
  • Buying a Bitter Melon Stir-Fry for 950 Poke Dollars from the Treasure Eatery in Medali
Tip:

The meals from Treasure Eatery only give Encounter Power: Rock Level 1, making them less effective than an Ultra BLT Sandwich with its Level 2 power. However, the Ultra BLT Sandwich is a hefty sub, so it can be tough to make consistently. If you successfully pile on all the ingredients, drop the top bun far away from the sandwich to ensure it all doesn’t come crashing down. You never need to place the top bun to get the effects of any sandwich.

Where to Get the Power Belt Item (and What it Does)

You can buy the Power Belt item from any of the Delibird Presents stores across Paldea, including three in Mesagoza, one in Levincia, and one in Cascarrafa. Each Power Belt costs 10,000 Poke Dollars.

The Power Belt gives the Pokemon holding it 8 extra Defense EVs every time it gets EVs, even EVs of a stat besides Defense. It’s highly recommended to equip this item onto all of your Pokemon that you want to EV train in Defense to make the process go by faster, unless you intend to give a certain Pokemon only 4 Defense EVs.

All Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet That Give Defense EVs

Have you strayed a bit far from your EV training spot and are starting to see different Pokemon? Or do you see an outbreak and want to know if you can EV train off it? Use Ctrl/Cmd + F to see if they give Defense EVs. If the Pokemon isn’t on this list, check if it gives Attack, Special Attack, Special Defense, Speed, or HP EVs instead. If it doesn’t appear on any of these lists, that means it gives more than one stat in EVs and generally isn’t ideal for EV training with.

The following tables do not include Pokemon that give EVs of multiple stats, nor do they include Pokemon that give Defense EVs but aren’t found in the wild, such as Scarlet and Violet’s starter Pokemon and legendary Pokemon. Pokemon that appear only as special Tera Type Pokemon in the wild also aren’t listed, since you can’t OHKO them and are thus not practical for EV training.

List of Pokemon that Give 3 Defense EVs

Pokemon NameType 1Type 2
GarganaclRock
CorviknightFlyingSteel
Iron TreadsGroundSteel

List of Pokemon that Give 2 Defense EVs

Pokemon NameType 1Type 2
SpidopsBug
NaclstackRock
SpewpaBug
SudowoodoRock
CarkolRockFire
PelipperWaterFlying
TorkoalFire
LeafeonGrass
KlawfRock
ForretressBugSteel
HippowdonGround
SandacondaGround
ShelgonDragon
OrthwormSteel
StonjournerRock
EiscueIce
PalossandGhostGround
Slowbro (Kantonian)WaterPsychic
CloysterWaterIce
AvaluggIce
SwadloonBugGrass
NuzleafGrassDark
Graveler (Kantonian)RockGround
Graveler (Alolan)RockElectric
CharjabugBugElectric
Sandslash (Kantonian)Ground
Hakamo-oDragonFighting
SkarmorySteelFlying
MetangSteelPsychic

List of Pokemon that Give 1 Defense EV

Pokemon NameType 1Type 2
TarountulaBug
NacliRock
KricketotBug
ScatterbugBug
BonslyRock
RolycolyRock
ApplinGrassDragon
BronzorSteelPsychic
KlefkiSteelFairy
RellorBug
PinecoBug
HippopotasGround
SilicobraGround
SandygastGhostGround
ShellderWater
MareaniePoisonWater
BergmiteIce
SewaddleBugGrass
SeedotGrass
Geodude (Kantonian)RockGround
Geodude (Alolan)RockElectric
NosepassRock
Sandshrew (Kantonian)Ground
Sandshrew (Alolan)IceSteel
GligarGroundFlying
VullabyDarkFlying
Jangmo-oDragon
KoffingPoison
ExeggcuteGrassPsychic
RhyhornGroundRock
ShieldonRockSteel
BeldumSteelPsychic
SquirtleWater
ChespinGrass

Check out our primer on EV training in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet if it’s your first time EV training in general to understand how the process works and how many EVs you should give to your Pokemon.


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