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Breeding is the method of choosing two of your Pokémon to send to the local region's Day Care in the hopes that the pair will produce an Egg. This is a useful technique to raise Pokémon with unusual attributes, such as elevated Attack, Defense, Speed, etc. compared to members of the same species on a similar level. Pokémon that are hatched from Eggs can have access to stronger attacks earlier than normal, such as learning a parent's TM or HM move. Some Pokémon, like Pichu, can learn a move the parents would never learn, such as Volt Tackle if one of the parents are holding a special item, such as the Light Ball in Pichu's case.

Locations

The locations of the Day Care center depends on the versions of the game.

Conditions

When the Day Care Center alerts you of a new Egg, you must work at hatching it. You must have an empty slot on your team to accept the Egg. The Day Care center will keep it if you did not do so. Every egg has a special number of steps required to hatch it, so travel around the region (a bicycle will be much quicker) and hatch the egg.

Certain conditions must be met to create an Egg.

  • Pokémon must be opposite genders or one parent a Ditto.
  • The parents must be compatible (in the same Egg Group).

An egg will be created quicker if one or more of these conditions is met:

  • The Pokémon are the same species
  • The Pokémon have different IDs (are from different games or have a different original trainer).

These will combine:

  • Best scenario: Same species, Different ID
  • Mid: Same Species, Same ID / Different ID, Different Species
  • Worst-case Scenario: Same ID, Different Species.

Pokémon keep track of family trees. You cannot mate the offspring of a Pokémon with its parent, even if they are compatible. Some Pokémon cannot produce Eggs, such as the Legendary Pokémon (except Manaphy), and baby Pokémon such as Pichu cannot produce Eggs. Some Pokémon belong to multiple groups, meaning they can breed with more Pokémon.

Hatching

When you carry an egg, you need to walk a number of steps for it to hatch. Different eggs have different amount of steps for it to hatch. This number will always be the same for all members of that species.

  • If you carry a Pokémon with the ability Flame Body or Magma Armor in the same party as your egg it will halve the number of steps required to hatch the egg.
When the egg is about to hatch, you will receive a message. Then the screen will show you to egg being hatched into a new baby Pokémon. The baby Pokémon will be at Level 5 when hatched (Level 1 in Generation IV and on).
Happiny Hatching

Breeding Stats

Newborn Pokémon inherit stats from their parents. One IV (Individual value) is given from each parent (even a Ditto) and the other four will be randominzed.

However, certain held items can also be used to pass on stats in certainty. These items include: Power Bracer, Power Belt, Power Band, Power Lens, Power Anklet, and Power Weight. Which stat inherited depends on the item:

  • HP - Power weight
  • Attack - Power Bracer
  • Defense - Power Belt
  • Special Attack - Power Lens
  • Special Defense - Power Band
  • Speed - Power Anklet

If a Pokémon holds an Everstone while breeding the offspring has a 50% chance of inheriting the nature.

If a Pokemon holds a destiny knot while breeding it will pass down 5 IVs from both parents (ie. 3 from one parent and 2 from the other) randomly.

Breeding Moves

Newborn Pokémon can inherit moves from their parents, some high-level moves can be learned by the offspring. For example, if you have a Blaziken with the move Overheat, which is learnable from TM that can only be use once in Gen. I - IV, its offspring that is the opposite gender of its parents will learn Overheat.

There are three types of moves that can be taught through this strategy.

  • Learned Moves - It is the moves that any Pokémon caught in the wild would know at Level 5.
  • Inherited Moves - It is the moves learned through the Evolutionary process or via a TM can be passed from the male parent Pokémon, even if the move cannot be learned or used until after Level 5.
    • Level-up moves much be known by BOTH parents.
  • Egg Moves - Egg Moves are learned from the male parent Pokémon, but these are different than Inherited Moves. Egg Moves are moves the Pokémon would not normally be able to learn naturally through TMs and leveling-up.

When a Pokémon hatches, it has the moves a wild Pokémon at Level 1 would know. For example, Pichu will know Thundershock and Charm. The Pokémon has enough room to learn two more moves: these spots can be filled with Inherited Moves. If the Pokémon has access to more moves than you have empty space for, it will replace the Learned Moves with the Inherited and Egg Moves.

If both parents know the same high-level move, the baby Pokémon will also know it, despite being Level 1. Also, TM moves you would normally have one shot at using can be "re-used" by breeding the move down from the male parent Pokémon.

Baby Pokémon

By Breeding

The list below shows the Pokémon that cannot be caught in the wild but can be obtainable by breeding.

Cleffa* Elekid Igglybuff Magby Pichu* Phione Smoochum Tyrogue

* can be caught in the wild in Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum. But not in other versions.

By Breeding While Holding an Item

The table below shows the Pokémon that requires a parent to hold a special item in order to obtain that particular baby Pokémon.

Azurill Breed Female Marill holding a Sea Incense.
Wynaut Breed Wobbuffet holding a Lax Incense.
Budew Breed Roselia or Roserade holding a Rose Incense.
Munchlax Breed Snorlax holding a Full Incense.
Happiny Breed Chansey or Blissey holding a Luck Incense.
Bonsly Breed Sudowoodo holding a Rock Incense.
Mime Jr. Breed Mr. Mime holding a Odd Incense.
Mantyke Breed Mantine holding a Wave Incense.
Chingling Breed Chimecho holding a Pure Incense.

Breeding Groups

These tables display Pokémon that can breed with other Pokémon from the same group. For example, Pikachu can breed with Marill as they are found in the same group. Those that belongs to Group 0 cannot produce Eggs.

Group 0 - Undiscovered-Group

Note: All Legendary Pokémon, except Phione and Manaphy, cannot breed.Rotom can breed but only with Ditto

Group 0: Undiscovered-Group Pokémon
Nidorina Nidoqueen Articuno Zapdos Moltres Mewtwo Mew Cleffa
Igglybuff Togepi Unown Tyrogue Smoochum Elekid Raikou Entei
Suicune Lugia Ho-Oh Celebi Azurill Regirock Regice Registeel
Latias Latios Kyogre Groudon Jirachi Deoxys Budew Chingling
Bonsly Mime Jr. Happiny Riolu Mantyke Uxie Mesprit Azelf
Dialga Palkia Regigigas Giratina Cresselia Darkrai Shaymin Arceus
Victini Terrakion Virizion Tornadus Thundurus Reshiram Zekrom Landorus
Keldeo Meloetta Genesect - - - - -

Group 1 - Grass-Group

Group 1: Grass-Group Pokémon
Bulbasaur Ivysaur Venusaur Oddish Gloom Vileplume Paras Parasect
Bellsprout Weepinbell Victreebel Exeggcute Exeggutor Tangela Chikorita Bayleef
Meganium Bellossom Hoppip Skiploom Jumpluff Sunkern Sunflora Lotad
Lombre Ludicolo Seedot Nuzleaf Shiftry Shroomish Breloom Roselia
Cacnea Cacturne Tropius Turtwig Grotle Torterra Roserade Cherubi
Cherrim Carnivine Snover Abomasnow Tangrowth Snivy Servine Serperior
Cottonee Whimsicott Petilil Lilligant Maractus Foongus Amoonguss Ferroseed
Ferrothorn - - - - - - -

Group 2 - Bug-Group

Group 2: Bug-Group Pokémon
Caterpie Metapod Butterfree Weedle Kakuna Beedrill Paras Parasect
Venonat Venomoth Scyther Pinsir Ledyba Ledian Spinarak Ariados
Yanma Pineco Forretress Gligar Scizor Shuckle Heracross Wurmple
Silcoon Beautifly Cascoon Dustox Surskit Masquerain Nincada Ninjask
Volbeat Illumise Trapinch Vibrava Flygon Kricketot Kricketune Burmy
Wormadam Mothim Combee Vespiquen Skorupi Drapion Yanmega Gliscor
Sewaddle Swadloon Leavanny Venipede Whirlipede Scolipede Dwebble Crustle
Karrablast Escavalier Joltik Galvantula Shelmet Accelgor Durant Larvesta
Volcarona - - - - - - -

Group 3 - Flying-Group

Group 3: Flying-Group Pokémon
Pidgey Pidgeotto Pidgeot Spearow Fearow Zubat Golbat Farfetch'd
Doduo Dodrio Aerodactyl Hoothoot Noctowl Crobat Togetic Natu
Xatu Murkrow Skarmory Taillow Swellow Wingull Pelipper Swablu
Altaria Starly Staravia Staraptor Honchkrow Chatot Togekiss Pidove
Tranquill Unfezant Woobat Swoobat Sigilyph Archen Archeops Ducklett
Swanna Rufflet Braviary Vullaby Mandibuzz - - -

Group 4 - Human-like Group

Group 4: Human-like Group Pokémon
Abra Kadabra Alakazam Machop Machoke Machamp Drowzee Hypno
Hitmonlee Hitmonchan Mr. Mime Jynx Electabuzz Magmar Hitmontop Makuhita
Hariyama Sableye Meditite Medicham Volbeat Illumise Spinda Cacnea
Cacturne Chimchar Monferno Infernape Buneary Lopunny Lucario Croagunk
Toxicroak Electivire Magmortar Timburr Gurdurr Conkeldurr Throh Sawk
Gothita Gothorita Gothitelle Elgyem Beheeyem Mienfoo Mienshao Pawniard
Bisharp - - - - - - -

Group 5 - Monster-Group

Group 5: Monster-Group Pokémon
Bulbasaur Ivysaur Venusaur Charmander Charmeleon Charizard Squirtle Wartortle
Blastoise Nidoran♀ Nidoran♂ Nidorino Nidoking Slowpoke Slowbro Cubone
Marowak Lickitung Rhyhorn Rhydon Kangaskhan Lapras Snorlax Chikorita
Bayleef Meganium Totodile Croconaw Feraligatr Mareep Flaaffy Ampharos
Slowking Larvitar Pupitar Tyranitar Treecko Grovyle Sceptile Mudkip
Marshtomp Swampert Whismur Loudred Exploud Aron Lairon Aggron
Tropius Turtwig Grotle Torterra Cranidos Rampardos Shieldon Bastiodon
Gible Gabite Garchomp Snover Abomasnow Lickilicky Rhyperior Axew
Fraxure Haxorus Druddigon - - - - -

Group 6 - Fairy-Group

Group 6: Fairy-Group Pokémon
Pikachu Raichu Clefairy Clefable Jigglypuff Wigglytuff Chansey Togetic
Marill Azumarill Hoppip Skiploom Jumpluff Snubbull Granbull Blissey
Shroomish Breloom Skitty Delcatty Mawile Plusle Minun Roselia
Castform Glalie Roserade Pachirisu Cherubi Cherrim Togekiss Froslass
Phione Manaphy Audino Cottonee Whimsicott - - -

Group 7 - Dragon-Group

Group 7: Dragon-Group Pokémon
Charmander Charmeleon Charizard Ekans Arbok Horsea Seadra Magikarp
Gyarados Dratini Dragonair Dragonite Kingdra Treecko Grovyle Sceptile
Swablu Altaria Seviper Feebas Milotic Bagon Shelgon Salamence
Gible Gabite Garchomp Scraggy Scrafty Axew Fraxure Haxorus
Druddigon Deino Zweilous Hydreigon - - - -

Group 8 - Mineral-Group

Group 8: Mineral-Group Pokémon
Geodude Graveler Golem Magnemite Magneton Onix Voltorb Electrode
Porygon Sudowoodo Steelix Porygon2 Shedinja Nosepass Lunatone Solrock
Baltoy Claydol Snorunt Glalie Beldum Metang Metagross Bronzor
Bronzong Magnezone Porygon-Z Probopass Froslass Roggenrola Boldore Gigalith
Dwebble Crustle Yamask Cofagrigus Trubbish Garbodor Vanillite Vanillish
Vanilluxe Ferroseed Ferrothorn Klink Klang Klinklang Cryogonal Golett
Golurk - - - - - - -

Group 9 - Field-Group

Group 9: Field-Group Pokémon
Rattata Raticate Ekans Arbok Pikachu Raichu Sandshrew Sandslash
Nidoran♀ Nidoran♂ Nidorino Nidoking Vulpix Ninetales Diglett Dugtrio
Meowth Persian Psyduck Golduck Mankey Primeape Growlithe Arcanine
Ponyta Rapidash Farfetch'd Seel Dewgong Rhyhorn Rhydon Tauros
Eevee Vaporeon Jolteon Flareon Cyndaquil Quilava Typhlosion Sentret
Furret Mareep Flaaffy Ampharos Aipom Wooper Quagsire Espeon
Umbreon Girafarig Dunsparce Snubbull Granbull Sneasel Teddiursa Ursaring
Swinub Piloswine Delibird Houndour Houndoom Phanpy Donphan Stantler
Smeargle Miltank Torchic Combusken Blaziken Poochyena Mightyena Zigzagoon
Linoone Seedot Nuzleaf Shiftry Slakoth Vigoroth Slaking Whismur
Loudred Exploud Skitty Delcatty Mawile Electrike Manectric Wailmer
Wailord Numel Camerupt Torkoal Spoink Grumpig Spinda Zangoose
Seviper Kecleon Absol Spheal Sealeo Walrein Chimchar Monferno
Infernape Piplup Prinplup Empoleon Bidoof Bibarel Shinx Luxio
Luxray Pachirisu Buizel Floatzel Ambipom Buneary Lopunny Glameow
Purugly Stunky Skuntank Lucario Hippopotas Hippowdon Weavile Rhyperior
Leafeon Glaceon Mamoswine Snivy Servine Serperior Tepig Pignite
Emboar Oshawott Dewott Samurott Patrat Watchog Lillipup Herdier
Stoutland Purrloin Liepard Pansage Simisage Pansear Simisear Panpour
Simipour Munna Musharna Blitzle Zebstrika Woobat Swoobat Drilbur
Excadrill Sandile Krokorok Krookodile Darumaka Darmanitan Scraggy Scrafty
Zorua Zoroark Minccino Cinccino Deerling Sawsbuck Emolga Cubchoo
Beartic Mienfoo Mienshao Bouffalant Heatmor - - -

Group 10 - Amorphous-Group

Group 10: Amorphous-Group Pokémon
Grimer Muk Gastly Haunter Gengar Koffing Weezing Misdreavus
Wobbuffet Slugma Magcargo Ralts Kirlia Gardevoir Gulpin Swalot
Castform Shuppet Banette Duskull Dusclops Chimecho Shellos Gastrodon
Drifloon Drifblim Mismagius Spiritomb Gallade Dusknoir Rotom Yamask
Cofagrigus Solosis Duosion Reuniclus Frillish Jellicent Tynamo Eelektrik
Eelektross Litwick Lampent Chandelure Stunfisk - - -

Group 11 - Water 1-Group

Group 11: Water 1-Group Pokémon
Squirtle Wartortle Blastoise Psyduck Golduck Poliwag Poliwhirl Poliwrath
Slowpoke Slowbro Seel Dewgong Horsea Seadra Lapras Omanyte
Omastar Kabuto Kabutops Dratini Dragonair Dragonite Totodile Croconaw
Marill Azumarill Politoed Wooper Quagsire Slowking Corsola Remoraid
Octillery Delibird Mantine Kingdra Mudkip Marshtomp Swampert Lotad
Lombre Ludicolo Wingull Pelipper Surskit Masquerain Corphish Crawdaunt
Feebas Milotic Spheal Sealeo Walrein Clamperl Huntail Gorebyss
Relicanth Piplup Prinplup Empoleon Bidoof Bibarel Buizel Floatzel
Shellos Gastrodon Phione Manaphy Tympole Palpitoad Seismitoad Tirtouga
Carracosta Ducklett Swanna Alomomola Stunfisk - - -

Group 12 - Water 2-Group

Group 12: Water 2-Group Pokémon
Goldeen Seaking Chinchou Lanturn Qwilfish Carvanha Sharpedo Magikarp
Gyarados Remoraid Octillery Wailmer Wailord Relicanth Barboach Whiscash
Luvdisc Finneon Lumineon Basculin Alomomola - - -

Group 13 - Water 3-Group

Group 13: Water 3-Group Pokémon
Tentacool Tentacruel Shellder Cloyster Krabby Kingler Staryu Starmie
Omanyte Omastar Kabuto Kabutops Corsola Corphish Crawdaunt Lileep
Cradily Anorith Armaldo Skorupi Drapion Tirtouga Carracosta Archen
Archeops - - - - - - -

Group 14 - Ditto Group

This group consists of Pokémon that can breed with all the Pokémon from Group 1 to Group 13, and the egg will produce the most basic form of Pokémon in Group 1 to 13.

Group 14: All-Group Pokémon
Ditto

Trivia

  • The first hatchable egg appeared in Pokémon Gold and Silver. Togepi hatched from it.
  • No one really knows where eggs come from.
  • Togepi evolves to Togetic much faster than other egg Pokémon, still, it will depend on how happy you make Togepi.
  • Normally Shiny Pokémon have a rarity of 1 in 8,192. However, with breeding, that can be reduced to 1 in 2,048 with the use of the Masuda Method, named after Junichi Masuda, the person that revealed it. It involves breeding two Pokémon from different language games (For example, an English Infernape with a Japanese Ampharos)

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