Originally Posted by Blastiose
I have just one thing about EVs when your pokemon are level one hundred and you are battling other people. say its two of the same pokemon. Like a Diglet level 100 that used EVs in Sp Atk and Attck and a diglet level 100 that was trained by just battling. well if the EV trained one attacked with the same move as the other one say mud slap they would both be down to the same health because the EV one has better Sp Atk but attacking one that has a moderatly good special defense, and the regular one attacking with a regular Sp Atk would attack the EV diglet with a more poor special defense. So EVs aren't real important are they? if so wath does it give the pokemon other than the right to say that your pokemon has a Sp Atk of 400?
Well, I should have mostly covered this in "Why should I EV train?" but you've posed a specific situation here that I can answer you on. The real question you've asked here is whether an attacker should be trained in defense as well. The answer here is, yes, it's perfectly feasible to train an attacker to take hits as well as dish them out. These are generally referred to as "tanks" and are usually Pokémon that have good attack, but need the defenses to take hits because they have low speed, and are probably going to have to take hits before they get an attack in. Common examples of Pokémon like this are Snorlax, Hippowdon, and Swampert. This is also the reason they tend to like using Curse--they have low enough speed already that is doesn't matter to them that it goes down, so it's easily worth the boosted attack and defense.
However, even in these cases, you still want to EV train. There are still stats you don't want to waste EVs on. Special attack won't help with STAB'd Earthquakes or Returns, and in this case speed is unnecessary, since you've already given up on it, and would only serve to outspeed other tanks.
And if you have something more like Sharpedo who is far too fragile to benefit from training defenses, since he'll be OHKO'd most of the time anyway--well then, it's far more useful to maximize his offensive potential by training in attack and speed, since he's not sturdy enough to take many hits even with max defenses.
EVs are really all about focus
. A Pokémon that tries to train the less important stats as much as the important stats will be weaker where it counts. Your Zangoose without max attack won't do enough damage to KO any Pokémon with half-decent defense while still getting knocked out in one or two hits by any Pokémon with half-decent special attack. But if you EV train, you add focus
to your stats, and you let them reach their fullest potential in exchange for discarding the stats you don't
In fact, even something with perfectly-rounded stats, like a Glalie, will benefit from focus. The benefit you gain is that instead of doing lots of things, but doing all of them crappily, you only do one thing, but you do a good job of it. Since you're allowed to have six Pokémon on your team, you can then compensate for what one Pokémon might not be able to do by having another Pokémon that's very good at it. This is why you see a lot of SkarmBliss. Blissey is good at taking special hits, but bad at taking physical hits. Skarmory is good at taking physical hits, but bad at taking special hits. Together, they form a wall that's very difficult to get through if you aren't properly prepared.
So as you can see, focus gives you much more power than here-there-everywhere training, because it lets you be better at the things you're good at. And rather than try to train your Pokémon to be good at what they're usually bad at, it's almost always better to use a different Pokémon that is
good at it, because it's almost certain to do a better job, and you can always use both.