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Are you a little confused when people talk about creating eggs in Pokémon games? Did you even know Pokémon can breed? What is a quick way to breed? How can you quickly and easily hatch those eggs you find? Here you can find answers to your questions about breeding and understand the basics behind it.

For your convenience and viewing ease, you can skip around to different sections by clicking on the links below.

Sections Introduction | Egg Groups | Making Eggs | Hatching | Baby Pokémon | Locations
Introduction Back to Top

What's the point of breeding, and why do people always talk about it? Well, breeding can get you a Pokémon with a perfect nature, obtain moves that a Pokémon usually can't learn by leveling up, and it is just a way of receiving more of a rarer Pokémon that's harder to find in the wild. If you don't know how to breed, then here is the place to start. However, if you already know the basics, check out the advanced guide here.
First, you need to know the locations of the places where can breed. These are found in Daycares around the land of Pokémon. Click here for locations. Next, you must know what Pokémon can breed with each other. Look below for more information!

Egg Groups Back to Top

Why is it that a Pikachu can't breed with a Gyarados? Well, that's because they are in a different egg group. This makes sense in the fact that a fish and a mouse aren't supposed to breed with each other anyways. So it's helpful to know that Pokémon can only breed with other Pokémon in their egg group.
Click here for a complete list of egg groups and the Pokémon found in them! This is a useful guide for avid breeders.

Remember that only Pokémon from the same egg group can breed! So once you find two compatible Pokémon, you can finally begin the actual breeding. Remember that the Pokémon must be of opposite gender and in the same egg group. The egg that hatches will always be the Pokémon the female parent was. For example, if I breed a female Rattata and a male Pikachu, I will get an egg with a baby Rattata.

However, if Pokémon has no gender, or you cannot find a compatible Pokémon to breed it with, then breed it with Ditto! The egg that hatches will be the other Pokémon, not the Ditto. Therefore, you can get rare eggs such as Spiritomb eggs, even though Spiritombs are genderless!
Note that some Pokémon cannot breed, and for a list of those, please read Egg Groups. Note than Manaphy and Rotom are the only breedable legendaries.

All you have to do now is enter the Pokémon Daycare and deposit those two Pokémon with the Daycare Lady behind the counter. Afterwards, go outside and begin walking.

Making Eggs Back to Top

Even if Pokémon match egg groups, it still may be hard to make an egg. For every 256 steps you take, there is a specific chance that an egg will be produced. Once you've deposited your Pokémon, talk to the Daycare Man, and he will say a certain thing. What he says is important to hatching statistics!
Please note that different games have variations of the phrases, but they all are something along the lines below.

"The two seem to get along very well." | 69.3% chance of an egg per 256 steps.
"The two seem to get along." | 49.5% chance of an egg per 256 steps.
"The two don't seem to like each other." | 19.8% chance of an egg per 256 steps.
"The two prefer to play with other Pokémon." | 0% chance of an egg per 256 steps.
For your convenience, Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum has two Pokétch functions that can help you. App #4 is a step counter that can help you count the steps you take, and App #9 is a Pokémon Daycare checker that shows you the two Pokémon you've deposited in the Daycare, and if there is an egg or not. If you use App #9, you can tap the Pokétch frequently to see if an egg symbol appears!
After running around for a while, an egg will be made, provided that you followed the rules for egg groups and genders above. Talk to the Daycare Man, and if the egg was made, he will give you it only if you have an open slot in your party (so remember to leave an empty space in your party). If you are ready to hatch those eggs, then read on!

Hatching Back to Top
After making all these eggs, you need to do something with it... hatch them! Hatching is a long-winded process as it involves walking (or biking) a lot. Leaving the game system on for one hour won't do anything because it isn't a time-based process. Instead, an egg hatches depending on the number of steps you take. Each Pokémon has a different amount of steps needed to hatch. Check out this page for the number of steps it takes for each individual Pokémon to hatch!

How do you know how close your egg is to hatching? Well, if you check the egg's summary, you will get a message similar to one of the following. These will tell you the status of the egg. Note again that different games have varying messages displayed!
"What will hatch from this? It will take time."
"It moves occasionally. It should hatch soon."
"It's making sounds! It's about to hatch!"

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the Pokétch App #4 is a step counter that can aid you in counting the number of steps. This can help you keep track of how many steps you've taken and how many more you need before the egg hatches.
However, you don't need to walk all 3,840 steps to hatch, say, a Combee. Get a Pokémon with the ability Magma Armor (such as Slugma) or Flame Body and keep that Pokémon in your party. With one of these Pokémon with you, the number of steps needed to hatch an egg will be halved, and the hatching process will be much faster than before!

Baby Pokémon Back to Top

After you get the hang of hatching, you might have realized that some Pokémon that hatch out of the egg aren't the same as the female parent. Why is that so? Well, it's because there is a special type of Pokémon called Baby Pokémon.

These are different from basic Pokémon and can be found in the wild or hatched from eggs. To get a baby Pokémon, you must have certain items attached to the parent Pokémon. To evolve baby Pokémon, you have to raise happiness, reach a certain level, or level up under special conditions.
To learn more about baby Pokémon and their specifics, please go to this page. Their breeding conditions will be discussed.

Locations Back to Top

If you don't know where the breeding places are, they are listed below! It is easy to tell if a place is a Daycare Center (the breeding place) because you'll see a fence with Pokémon running around inside. If that isn't enough description for you, then below is the list of locations.

Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald | Route 117
FireRed, LeafGreen | Four Island
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum | Solaceon Town
HeartGold, SoulSilver | Route 34
Now, you don't have to aimlessly walk around to hatch your eggs. There are some great spots where you can walk up and down to your heart's content without bumping into anything (which gets pretty annoying).

In all games, the Biking Route is a good place for a long hatching session, especially since you can go much faster on a bike. This is because bike routes are sloped downwards, so if you don't even have to press any buttons; gravity will do its work. When you reach the bottom of the route, simply press the up button and then let the bike coast downwards. Locations of the bike routes in each game are listed below.

Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald | Above Slateport City (Route 110)
FireRed, LeafGreen | West of Fuchsia City up Routes 16, 17, and 18
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum | Between Eterna City and Oreburgh City
HeartGold, SoulSilver | West of Fuchsia City up Routes 16, 17, and 18
The areas around the Daycare Centers are also pretty straight and obstacle-free, so you can hatch there if you're too lazy to Fly to a Biking Route.

In Pokémon RSE, you have a special way for hatching that involves no work at all. Simply equip the Acro Bike and find a mud hill. Since you have the slower bike, you can't get up the hill, so you will slide down. Even though you fall back down, you still get steps counted. You can tape the up button and wait until the egg hatches while you read a book or do something else. Make sure you have lots of batteries and check back often!

Do you feel that you've got the hang of Pokémon breeding? If so, you can move on to more advanced breeding, such as breeding for natures, IVs, or movesets. Click here for more information!

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