There is No Shelter from the Storm: My Naming Convention for Pokémon Go

I picked up Pokémon Go on July 7, 2016.

I basically wanted to relive my childhood.

I had to share a GameBoy with my kid brother and I watched him defeat the Elite Four of the Kanto region back in the day. We couldn’t afford a separate GameBoy for me, so I played his saved files. I watched the first season religiously. I wrote fanfiction. We collected cards but we didn’t get far because, again, we were poor. I learned the Poké Rap. I collected the soundtracks. I memorized types. I favored water and psychic types. Still do! I still have a life-sized Togepi that I got in high school – and it’s currently in storage – that I refuse to give up.

When they announced Pokémon Go, I thought I would give it a chance.

But then I got caught up in the frenzy.

I quickly joined Team Instinct, because of the cheerful attitude of the team leader Spark. Yellow happens to be my lucky color. And of course, I adore Pikachu, haha.

Spark looks like the type of guy who would Naruto run down the street singing the Pokemon theme song

I completed my Kanto ‘dex on June 12, 2018, after conquering the Mythical Discovery quest. Less than two years to the day of starting the game. That was momentous to me. I was a real Pokémon trainer.


Granted, there are QOL (quality of life) issues that have not been addressed since launch. There are sour grapes in the mix that will deflate even the most devoted of Trainers. Sometimes the servers are complete shite.

But none of that supersedes the childlike excitement of leveling up to get to 40 (I’m so close!).

Nothing beats getting together a group of people – friends and strangers – chasing after legendary and mythical Pokémon in a raid.

The utter joy of encountering new Pokémon in the wild.

The stress of fleeing Pokémon, but then getting rid of shadows in your ‘dex later on. And, more recently, battling friends in PvP.

I don’t think of my gameplay as casual. I’m constantly hatching eggs and sharing gifts with other Trainers, participating in raids in my spare time, trading with my friends. I love the thrill.

So, today, I’m going to talk to you about this naming convention that I made up a couple of weeks ago, and it hasn’t let me down yet. I currently have less than 590 Pokémon in my bag, which will either increase or decrease depending on what Pokémon they release. We’re getting through the Sinnoh region in-game at the moment.

Most of the ‘mons I keep on hand are ‘dex fillers, meaning I keep them because they complete my Pokédex. The vast majority of them are my heavy-duty battlers or gym defenders. Some are tanks, meaning they can take hits. Or they’re glass cannons, meaning they hit hard but they faint if you sneeze on them, haha.

Everybody has different ways to differentiating the different ‘mons in their ‘dex. My boyfriend and I are always going back and forth about how our Pokédexes should be setup.

I had been saving Pokémon with 80%+ IVs, and replacing them for battles as I found and/or hatched fresh ones.

He once told me that IVs (individual values) aren’t that important to the overall game, but you should be distilling that information to the actual stats.

I got a brilliant idea in the car going to work when he said that.

Which brings me to my naming convention!

Things You Need

  • Pokémon Go
  • Poké Genie (the only app I use to determine IVs, I bought the paid version because the ads were cumbersome)

Scan the screenshot into Poké Genie as you normally would. This screen should pop up (or select the screenshot you want to interpret):

Side note: Meraxes is a dragon from A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones. Queen Rhaenys Targaryen rode her during Aegon’s Conquest. I know I’m not the only one who’s named her dragons after those found in the books/show! I’ve currently got Balerion, Drogon, Meleys, Rhaegal, and Vhagar on my team.

So, Poké Genie “unlocks” (so to speak) the IVs and statistics that hardcore Trainers like to know. Casual Trainers might not care about this. But that’s not why you’re here, is it?

If you’re like me – someone in the middle of casual and hardcore – all I want to know is

  • Overall IV
  • Attack IV
  • Defense IV
  • Stamina IV

These stats are listed immediately under the name you chose, like so:

When naming your Pokémon, remember that personalized names can only be 12 characters long, including spaces.

You’ve probably noticed that I build the ‘mon’s Charge Move into their nickname. Charge moves are more important to me than fast moves because I prioritize STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus). Maybe I need a Dragon-type that has both Dragon and Flying moves. I could use Vhagar:

Ideally, your IV stats should be anywhere between 10-15. I never include both digits; the second digit is all you need. So, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; 5 being the best. Anything lower and you should send them to the farm.

Case in point: I have a Ho-Oh that’s called OnePunch051. When we were battling Ho-Oh during its raid event, Solar Beam Ho-Oh knocked my team out EVERY time. I took to calling it One Punch Birb, and it stuck.

051 is not a good attacker. It’s solid on defense, but its stamina is meh. It’s lucky it’s shiny!

To me, having this information built into the name are all flags to my brain. I’m not constantly going back and forth between screens, trying to build parties on the fly or when I’m in the lobby for a raid. I already know types by heart. As long as I know what their stats are, and can refer to them by glancing at their name, I feel confident I can perform my tasks as a Trainer with gusto.

I hope that helps! Let me know in the comments. If you are a Trainer, add me on Pokémon Go: 9103 6395 4234. I send gifts daily. For a more in-depth explanation on IVs and their influence, check out Pokémon Go Hub.

love, peace, & adobo grease, Guilliean
love, peace, & adobo grease, Guilliean

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