For those that don’t know the Pokemon scaling bug could very well be the single biggest reason for imbalance in Pokemon Go. If you’ve ever thought that Vaporeon, Gyarados and Dragonite were massively overpowered, this bug could be the reason. There are many threads online regarding the Pokemon scaling bug with empirical data, but we’re referencing this main thread in Reddit.
In this thread there’s several links to charts showing the heavy imbalance towards Eevee, Dratini and Magikarp. Specifically the fact that finding any one of those three Pokemon in the wild usually resulted in a high attack score.
This began with Reddit users finding that attack IV for these Pokemon were unusually high, especially when compared against Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle.
It wasn’t until a chart built by /u/newschoolboxer showed a disturbing trend. The chart is attached below, and you’ll notice that wild Pokemon seemed to have their Attack IV directly connected to their Pokedex number.
Simply put, the Pokemon scaling bug makes the trio of Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle had a high percentage of a low Attack score, or even 0 attack IV rating. Conversely Dratini, Eevee and Magikarp averaged between 14-15 Attack IV.
The Pokemon scaling bug theory only applies for Pokemon caught in the wild. Users have reported that Pokemon hatched from eggs or caught from nests seem to be unaffected.
What the Pokemon scaling bug means for most trainers is that the imbalance in Pokemon will continue unless Niantic patches this problem.
What’s more it casts further doubt on trainers that claim to have multiple perfect Pokemon. Much like the guy who sold his Pokemon account with a full Pokedex with only perfect Pokemon, this Pokemon scaling bug makes this feat even more impossible than it already is.
We’ve attached the chart, credit to /u/newschoolboxer again for his hard work. The first chart shows the Pokemon in the game with a lower Pokedex number. It doesn’t take long to notice the string of zeros and low numbers in the Attack fields.
Conversely, here is the second half of that chart, showing Pokemon with a higher Pokedex number. You’ll notice the difference in attack rating almost instantly.
It seems far fetched to believe that Niantic could have made this mistake, but upon checking our own Pokemon we can’t help but feel convinced. It certainly makes a ton of sense why there’s such an imbalance between Pokemon. Which leads us to our next point.
Is the Pokemon scaling bug real?
Do you think that this Pokemon scaling bug theory has any merit? Do you find that your lower numbered Pokemon wind up with lower scores? We want to hear from you, so please share your IV stats and Pokemon.
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