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Pokémon Sword and Shield: how to change the nature of Pokémon

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Do you want to create the strongest Pokémon possible? So let's find out in this guide how to change nature in Pokémon Sword and Shield

One of the mechanics that may be unknown to many people who play Pokémon is that of nature. In fact, the game never specifies the effect that a Pokémon's nature has on its stats. Checking this feature will allow you to optimize the Pokémon's stats in question. In this guide we will discover what natures are and above all how natures change within Sword and Shield Pokémon.



What are natures?

Nature is one of those parameters that make it each Pokémon caught unique (to learn more about the others we recommend this guide). Exist 25 kinds of natures, of which 5 are neutral and do not involve changes to the statistics. These are generally ignored because they are not very useful. The other 20 cause a del% increase 10 of a statistic and a 10% decrease of another statistic. It is therefore evident that by controlling the desired nature you are able to increase the desired statistic to our Pokémon to the maximum. 

Choosing nature is a practice widely used by competitive players who want to have Pokémon at their full potential. It is also very useful for players who simply want to challenge other people online or if they want to compete in the unlockable Battle Tower at the end of the main story.

List of possible natures - Pokémon Sword and Shield how to change nature

Let's quickly see what are the 25 natures existing in Pokémon Sword and Shield:

  • Bold, serious, shy, smart: they are neutral natures
  • Avoid: Increases Attack and decreases Defense
  • Boldness: Increases Attack and decreases Speed
  • Determined: Increases Attack and decreases Special Attack
  • Birbona: Increases Attack and decreases Special Defense
  • Safety: Increases Defense and decreases Attack
  • Placida: Increases Defense and decreases Speed
  • Shrewd: Increases Defense and decreases Special Attack
  • Lazy: Increases Defense and decreases Special Defense
  • Shy: Speed ​​increases and Attack decreases
  • Ready: Speed ​​increases and Defense decreases
  • Allegra: Speed ​​increases and Special Attack decreases
  • Naive: Speed ​​increases and Special Defense decreases
  • Modesta: Increases Special Attack and decreases Attack
  • mite: Increases Special Attack and decreases Defense
  • Still: Increases Special Attack and decreases Speed
  • Ardente: Increases the Special Attack and decreases the Special Defense
  • Calm: Increases Special Defense and decreases Attack
  • Dear: Increases the Special Defense and decreases the Defense
  • Perennial: Increases Special Defense and decreases Speed
  • Search for: Increases the Special Defense and decreases the Special Attack



Here's how to change nature - Pokémon Sword and Shield how to change nature

In previous games it was not possible to change the nature of a Pokémon and the only way to have the desired nature was to raise the Pokémon to retirement with specific techniques. Fortunately, Game Freak in the eighth generation titles has optimized this process by inserting objects capable of modifying nature. These objects are the Minds.


The Minds, however, do not change the nature of a Pokémon visible within the game menus, but only change the statistics according to the scheme written above. So if we give a Mint that makes the Pokémon Mild to a Pokémon of a Lively nature, it will remain of a Lively nature but the effects to the statistics will be those given by the Mild nature. If this mechanic then affects the statistics by changing the "strength" of a Pokémon, it has no effect on the pairing process of Pokémon. In fact, if the Pokémon is used for breeding, the nature that will be transmitted to the egg is the original one. 


Minds can be bought at the Battle Tower for 50 Battle Points. Just play inside the Battle Tower and, by defeating your opponents, you will earn the necessary points to buy these items and make your Pokémon really competitive!

Happy breeding!

Now you have learned everything there is to know about Pokémon natures and how to change them within the new eighth generation titles. Please let us know if you have managed to create gods this way Pokémon capable of defeating any opponent.

We just have to wish you a lot of fun! Continue to follow us on the pages of Holygamerz to stay up to date on all the news on the Pokémon world (by the way, are you aware of these Pokémon legends?) And on the rest of the video games!

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