We have three windows into the potential power of our Pokemon: Combat Power (CP), Move Set, and Individual Values (IV). After 23 levels of collecting and analyzing Pokemon, this Nidoqueen is the best one I have. It isn’t the most powerful, I have a Vaporeon that does extreme damage in gyms to almost any other type of Pokemon. But that’s because Vaporeons have too much power as a class, relative to most other Pokemon.
The first step of evaluating any Pokemon at the final evolved state is Move Set, the two attacks every Pokemon has. Attack Moves are the most important attributes of a Pokemon. I use the last two characters of the Pokemon name for the moves, in this case 2 stands for Poison Jab, the best of two possible fast moves, and 3 stands for Earthquake, the best of three possible slow moves. “23” means this Nidoqueen has the two best attack types for its species. Watching gym defenders disintegrate in a cloud of dust is great fun, earthquakes are overwhelming for almost all species.
In terms of IV this Nidoqueen ranks at 93%. Translated to CP that means it can be powered up to 93% of the maximum CP value of 2485, or approximately 2311 CP. The GameInfo IV Calculator analyzed the underlying IVs after a couple of power ups, and found these values: 15 Attack, 13 Defense, 15 Stamina, where 15 is the maximum possible value in each category. It doesn’t get much better than that for a Nidoqueen, which is strong on defense to begin with. I use the first three characters after the name to track IV, using hexadecimal notation. In hex, A stands for 10, B is 11, and so on up to F for 15. FCF translates to 15-13-15.
In terms of game play, this morning she powered through three gym defenders boom boom boom. A Flareon, a relatively weak Arcanine, and a Jolteon bit the dust one after the other. Just about the time the Flareon went down, the slow attack was fully charged. The Arcanine was cut in half by an immediate earthquake, and the same thing happened to the Jolteon at the top of the gym. I healed the Nidoqueen and then used a Rhydon to finish off the remaining two defenders. The end result was what you see, the Nidoqueen sitting on top of the gym after about 3 minutes of play. If other solid Valor players add to the tower in the next few hours, it won’t be easy to tear it down.