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The DayCare is a place on PokéFarm run by Professor Laurel where up to two Pokémon can breed while gaining Experience. A link on the NavBar will take you to the DayCare.

About the DayCare

The DayCare page.

The DayCare page consist of four tabs:

  • Pokémon: Shows the Pokémon that are currently in the DayCare, and allows the user to add or remove Pokémon. This tab also contains information regarding the Pokémon in the Daycare, such as each Pokémon's Level, EXP, Gender, Name, and when applicable, Compatibility.
  • Eggs: Shows the Eggs that the Pokémon in the DayCare have produced, and allows the user to claim or release them.
  • About the DayCare: Explains the use and the restrictions of the DayCare.
  • Upgrades: Allows for the purchase of Account Upgrades that are related to the DayCare. Also sells Everstones and Incense.

Leaving a Pokémon in the DayCare

In order to leave a Pokémon in the DayCare, a spot must be available in the first DayCare tab. Each user may leave up to two Pokémon in the DayCare.

Things to keep in mind about Pokémon gaining experience while in the DayCare:

  • Pokémon in the DayCare will continue to appear in a user's Party and Fields, and can still be interacted with and fed Consumables.
  • Pokémon left in the Daycare will passively gain EXP.
  • One EXP point is gained by Pokémon on average every 36 seconds. By purchasing DayCare EXP Boosters, users can raise this amount.
  • This EXP is added directly to the Pokémon; therefore, Pokémon will gain EXP while in the Daycare even if they are EXP-locked.

Breeding

When two compatible Pokémon are left in the DayCare, breeding takes place, which is considered to be the DayCare's primary use. When two Pokémon are bred, the resultant egg can follow either parent's evolutionary chain, rather than just the mother's. Every time the user completes 64 Interactions, there is a chance that an Egg will be produced, depending on how compatible the two Pokémon are.

Pokémon from the Undiscovered Egg Group, which includes recent Tournament Pokémon, Baby Pokémon, and Legendary Pokémon, cannot breed with any Pokémon. The only Legendary Pokémon that are not a part of the Undiscovered Egg Group are Manaphy and Phione.

A message stating "The Pokémon are not compatible for breeding" will appear if the two Pokémon in the DayCare are the same gender/genderless, in the Undiscovered Group, or are in different Egg Groups.
The only exceptions are:

  • Ditto, which may breed with any egg group except for the undiscovered group and other Ditto.
Note: The breeding rate is cut in half when breeding with a Ditto. Due to the inability to breed Ditto eggs, any eggs that "could be" Ditto eggs are considered a "fail".
  • Unown can breed with other Unown despite being a genderless Pokémon.
  • Articuno and Vulpix may breed to produce Koroku.
  • Deerling and Turtwig may breed to produce Seasonal Turtwig.
  • Rayquaza and Trapinch may breed to produce Ryukuza.
  • Cosmog and Noibat may breed to produce Noismog.

Compatibility

Example of a compatible breeding pair.

The compatibility of two Pokémon is influenced by several variables, including their: Original Trainer, level, and happiness. It is possible to achieve higher compatibility if both of the Pokémon are from two different users and family trees. The difference in level between the Pokémon also has an impact on egg production. Except for Ditto and Unown, the two Pokémon must be of different genders to have a chance of producing eggs. Considering this, breeding between Pokémon of the same species is more successful than between Pokémon of different species. A hint about how compatible the two Pokémon are as a breeding pair can be found in the sentence below them. To get an exact percentage of a couple's breeding compatibility, the Matchup Checker upgrade has to be purchased.

Note: Even if the user follows all of these guidelines, some newer forme changes will result in a lower percentage pair. For instance, Hero Forme Palafin and Finizen might be closer to 80% than 90%.


Sentence Compatibility
The Pokémon are not compatible for breeding. 0%
The Pokémon can barely tolerate being together. 1-39%
The Pokémon seem to prefer being with others. 40-49%
The Pokémon get along reasonably well. 50-69%
The Pokémon are very friendly toward each other. 70-89%
The Pokémon are inseparable. 90-99%

The Matchup Checker will occasionally display the message "(!) This couple may produce something unexpected!" This message suggests that a different type of Pokémon might be born from the pairing of the two. When breeding Unown and the parent species of the PFQ variant or regional variant Pokémon, this message will appear. However, since it wouldn't be unexpected to receive the variant egg, this message won't show up if one of the breeding pair is a variant Pokémon. For example, breeding a female Rattata with a male Primeape would trigger the appearance of this message because it could result in a Saiyan Rattata egg but breeding a Saiyan Rattata with a Rattata would not trigger the message.

Matchup Checker Modifiers

As of the 4th of February 2021, the Matchup Checker includes a comprehensive breakdown of modifiers. With the help of these modifiers, a user can identify the precise factors that influence whether the breeding percentage is higher or lower than the base percent. The quantity of interactions required for the following breeding opportunity is also included.

  • Base: This shows the base compatibility percentage as seen in the above table and will not change.
  • Low Level: This modifier appears when Pokémon are below level 50. The negative percentage, starting at -49%, goes down gradually as the Pokémon's level gets closer to level 50. It will base the percentage on the lowest levelled Pokémon.
  • Level Gap: This modifier appears when Pokémon have a different level than the other Pokémon. The negative percentage begins at -1% at 1 level difference and goes up depending on the level difference. The highest negative percentage that has been seen is -99%.
  • Happiness: This modifier shows as either a negative or positive percentage depending on the Pokémon's happiness. The highest positive percentage is +20% with both Pokémon at max happiness.
  • Total: The total shows the exact percentage that the Pokémon are breeding at. Depending on the modifiers, this percentage can be lower or higher than the Base percentage.
  • Next Breeding Chance: This shows how many interactions are needed to have a chance for an egg to appear.

A few things to keep in mind while creating a Compatible Breeding Pair:

  • Even if a Pokémon pair is traded to another player, their base percentage won't change once they've been placed in the Daycare together. The base percentage is locked.
  • Pokémon adopted from the Shelter have been 'released' and their Original Trainer resets to the user who adopts it.
    • One exception to this rule is, if the Pokémon was traded before being 'released' to the Shelter then the Original Trainer is the user that traded the Pokémon.
  • Trading can be done in the Trade Centre using Wonder Trade or with another user.
  • The Original Trainer of a Pokémon remains unchanged if it is traded from one user to another and back again.
  • If a Pokémon pair is at 70%, only one of the Pokémon has a different Original Trainer. For maximum breeding potential, both Pokémon must be owned by different Original Trainers and not by you.
  • Regardless of compatibility, a Pokémon won't lay eggs if happiness falls to 0%.
  • Modifier breeding calculations are multiplicative. This means that a +20% modifier will only increase a 54% base value to a 65% total value, not a 74% total value. The formula is as follows:
    • Base% x (100% - low level%) x (100% - Level Gap%) x (100% +/- Happiness%) = Total %

Incense Breeding

Some Pokémon are only able to produce Baby Pokémon when breeding with Incense, in other cases an Egg from the First Stage will be produced. Only one parent needs to possess the item for breeding to occur, but in that case, 50% of the eggs will contain Baby Pokémon and the other 50% will contain First Stage Pokémon. Only Baby Pokémon Eggs will hatch if both parents are given Incense to hold.

The Parent Pokémon can be either the first or second Stage of the Evolution line.

Parent Pokémon Baby Pokémon Used Incense
Snorlax Munchlax Full Incense
Wobbuffet Wynaut Lax Incense
Chansey/Blissey Happiny Luck Incense
Mr. Mime/Galarian Mr. Mime/Mr. Rime Mime Jr. Odd Incense
Chimecho Chingling Pure Incense
Sudowoodo Bonsly Rock Incense
Roselia/Roserade Budew Rose Incense
Marill/Azumarill Azurill Sea Incense
Mantine Mantyke Wave Incense

Exclusive Pokémon

Exclusive Pokémon and Variant Pokémon are special Pokémon that are exclusive to PokéFarm and are their own unique species. Exclusive Pokémon will produce Eggs of their own species.

Variant Pokémon will produce Eggs of their own species, as well as, Eggs of their parent species, e.g. members of the Early Bird Line can produce both Early Bird Natu Eggs and normal Natu Eggs. A variant breeding couple will generate more normal eggs than variant eggs since there is a 1 in 8 maximum probability that an egg will be a variant species.

Things to keep in mind

  • It is often easier to breed "first-generation" Variants than to breed their progeny.
  • Exclusives and variants are more difficult to breed since they have a lower breeding rate than regular Pokémon.
    • If a user is breeding a Variant Pokémon then they will receive far more Regular Eggs and very few Variant Eggs.
    • This decreased breeding rate is not presently reflected in the modifiers of the Matchup Checker.
    • Other than setting the Matchup Checker modifiers to the highest percentages possible, there is no way to increase the likelihood of getting Exclusive eggs.
    • According to Niet, depending on how recently the Exclusive was made to be breedable, up to 98% of the breeding cycles will fail to produce an Exclusive egg.

Special Breeding Pairs

Putting a Zangoose and Seviper in the Daycare results in a 1% compatibility.

Some Breeding Pairs have special characteristics for breeding.

  • When breeding Miltank or Tauros with each other or any other Pokémon, both Miltank and Tauros Eggs can be produced. The same applies to Volbeat and Illumise, Rufflet and Vullaby and their evolutions, and Oranguru and Passimian.
  • Nidoran is considered one Pokémon, ignoring its gender differences. So breeding a member of its evolution line with any other Pokémon may result in a Nidoran Egg which can hatch either male or female.
  • Even though Zangoose and Seviper should be able to breed, the feud between them makes it nearly impossible for them to do so.
  • Breeding two Minun or two Plusle results in a Plusle Egg, breeding a Minun together with a Plusle will result in a Minun egg.
  • Despite Articuno (either forme) being in the Undiscovered egg group, if a Vulpix (either forme) is placed in the daycare, as long as it is male and female, they can breed.
  • Despite Rayquaza being in the Undiscovered egg group, if a member of the Trapinch line is placed in the daycare, as long as it is male and female, they can breed.
  • Despite Cosmog being in the Undiscovered egg group, if a member of the Noibat line is placed in the daycare, as long as it is male and female, they can breed.

Breeding Monogender Pokémon

A Monogender, meaning male or female only, Pokémon's best way to breed is to pair them with a Pokémon of similar typing, body shape, and egg group.

Note: Caprikid and Valkind will make 99% pairs with matching egg group due to the nature of how they are put into the system.
Pokémon Max% Partner
Kangaskhan 85% Lickitung, Whismur, Loudred, Exploud, Helioptile, or Heliolisk
Jynx Alakazam, the Drowzee Line, Mr. Mime, Galarian Mr. Mime, Mr. Rime, the Ralts Line, the Meditite Line, the Gothita Line, Beheeyem, or, Armarouge
Hitmonlee Machoke, Machamp, the Makuhita Line, the Meditite Line, the Croagunk Line, the Timburr Line, Pangoro, or Hawlucha
Hitmonchan
Throh
Sawk
Hitmontop Machop, Monferno, Infernape, Lucario, the Mienfoo Line, or Pancham
Chansey Audino or Indeedee.
Blissey Jigglypuff or Wigglytuff
Petilil Weepinbell, Victreebell, Maractus, Morelull, the Gossifleur Line, or the Smoliv Line
Lilligant
Flabebe Line Spritzee
Bounsweet Oddish, Exeggutor, Alolan Exeggutor, Tangela, Seedot, Shroomish, or Cherrim
Hisuian Lilligant Gloom, Vileplume, Bellossom, Bellsprout, Sunflora, Lombre, Ludicolo, Nuzleaf, Shiftry, Roselia, Roserade, the Cacnea Line, Tangrowth, Whimsicott, Lurantis, Shiinotic, or Rillaboom
Steenee
Tsareena
Hatenna 81% Shroomish, Swirlix, or Cherrim.
Hattrem Togetic, Snubbull, Whimsicott, or Slurpuff
Impidimp Line 85% Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff, Mr. Mime, Togetic, Snubbull, the Ralts Line, Mawile, Cacturne, Pawniard, Bisharp, Whimsicott, Pangoro, Aromatisse, Slurpuff, Morpeko, Guild Jifflypuff, Guild Wigglytuff, Snoralts, or Snolia
Milcery Cottonee.
Alcremie Wobbuffet
Tinkatink Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff, Togetic, Snubbull, Whimsicott, Aromatisse, Slurpuff, the Impidimp Line, Guild Jifflypuff, Guild Wigglytuff, Snoralts, or Snolia.

Breeding Genderless Pokémon

Genderless Pokémon are Pokémon without a gender. These Pokémon can only be bred with a Ditto and are always a lower base percent. Below is a table with the maximum percentage for each Genderless Pair.

Note: Falinks, Tandemaus, and Maushold will make 99% pairs when paired with another of the same Pokémon.
Pokémon Max% Pokémon Max%
Magnemite 69% Cryogonal 78%
Magneton Golett 73%
Magnezone 64% Golurk 56%
Voltorb (Kanto and Hisuian) 81% Carbink 77%
Electrode (Kanto) 80% Minior
Hisuian Electrode 78%??? Dhelmise 60%
Staryu 73% Sinistea 81%
Starmie Polteageist
Porygon 77% Dracozolt 66%
Porygon2 Arctozolt 67%
Porygon-Z Dracovish 64%
Lunatone 73% Arctovish 66%
Solrock Meltan 77%
Baltoy Melmetal 43%???
Claydol 71% Gimmighoul 73%
Beldum 69% Gholdengo ???
Metang 63% Kryptik 73%
Metagross 52% Minibbit 69%
Bronzor 77% Metabbit ???
Bronzong 63% Terabbit ???
Rotom 81% Death Star Voltorb 81%
Klink 69% Death Star Electrode 79%
Klang Apocolyptic Golett 69%
Klinklang Apocolyptic Golurk 50%

Breeding Unown

All Formes of Unown are members of their own Egg Group, the Unown Egg Group, which allow Unown to breed with each other without a Ditto. Specific Unown letters can be bred together to produce other letters of Unown.

When breeding with Unown it is necessary to know that the same letters will always produce the same letters. When breeding two A Unown with each other they will always produce A Unown. When breeding an Unown A and an Unown B they will always produce an Unown C.

To know which Unown will be produced while breeding their letters need to be seen as numbers, where each number is equal to their place in the alphabet. Unown A equals to 1, Unown B equals to 2, Unown C equals to 3, etc. A tool to calculate which letter of Unown will be produced can be found at https://pfq.eltafez.com/calculator/unownbreeding.

Unown Letter A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z ? !
Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

The first step is to find out which Unown appears later in the alphabet and therefore which Unown has the higher number of the breeding pair. This number is the first value, and the number of the other Unown is the second value. Now to get the resulting Unown the second value has to be subtracted from the first value. The resulting value is added to the first value which gives the number of the resulting Unown. Mathematically speaking with an example of breeding Unown A and Unown B.

x = Number of the Unown which appears later in the alphabet, in this example: Unown B, number: 2
y = Number of the Unown which appears earlier in the alphabet, in this example: Unown A, number: 1
z = Number of the Unown which results from breeding both Unown, in this example: From breeding Unown A and Unown B

(x - y) + x = z

Where (x - y) is calculated first. In this example: (2 - 1) + 2 = 3 Looking up number 3 from the table tells that Unown C results from breeding Unown A and Unown B. Another possible formula is:

2 * x - y = z

Where 2 * x is calculated first.

Note: If the resulting value is over 28 then 28 has to be subtracted from the result to get the real number.


Nature Breeding

Giving one of the parents an Everstone to hold can have an impact on the nature of the hatched eggs. The nature of the parent holding the Everstone will appear more frequently within the offspring, with a higher chance if both parents are of the same nature and holding stones. The nature passed down will not always be the parent's nature, but it reaches a very high percentage. Both natures will appear more frequently if both parents are holding Everstones but are of different natures.

Legendary Pokémon are unbreedable, but their natures at hatching can be manipulated. If a same-species hatched Legendary is placed in the party with an Everstone, about 50% of the Pokémon will have the holder's nature.

IV Breeding

When breeding Pokémon, the eggs will randomly inherit 3 IV stats from its parents. Users can not manipulate what stat will be inherited.

A Destiny Knot can be given to one of the parents to hold in order to affect the IVs of hatched eggs. Up to a maximum of 5 stats can be inherited, with the sixth stat being determined at random.

IVs are influenced by Master Badges because they prevent the IV from generating low numbers. Depending on the class, this IV boost will raise the lowest IV number, making the pool of numbers smaller. This IV bonus applies to the randomised IVs. The IV bonus will apply to the sixth stat if a user is using a Destiny Knot.

Note: IV breeding is not 100% consistent and can result in no IVs being passed down. This is a known "inconsistent bug".


Regional Variants Breeding

An example of how to obtain Galarian Slowpoke eggs.

Regional variants have unique breeding techniques as well, though they are not exclusives.

Note: When breeding for regional variants, eggs from both the parents and the regional variants will be produced.

The Galarian forme of the male Pokémon is created when a user breeds a male Pokémon with a Galarian forme and a female Pokémon from the Galar Pokédex. For example, a Male Kantonian Slowpoke and a female Cramorant will produce Galarian Slowpoke eggs.

Note: The female Pokémon must be an actual region Pokémon and not a Regional Variant Pokémon. I.E. A female Cramorant but not a female Galarian Meowth.

Exceptions:

  • Alolan Geodude: Breed a female Geodude holding a Large Electric Gem with a compatible male Pokémon.
  • White Stripe Basculin: Breed a Red Stripe Basculin with a Blue Stripe Basculin.
  • Hisuian Voltorb: Give a Kantonian Voltorb an Apricorn and breed it with a Ditto.

Eggs

The "Eggs" tab allows users to view the eggs that were bred in the DayCare. Each day, a user is allowed to take 6 eggs from the daycare while Hypermode Users receive 12 adoptions each day. Users who reach the Collector Rank will receive a Daycare Adoption Increase item. This item increases the user's daily adoption limit by 2.5x; meaning, users will have 15 adoptions and Hypermode Users will have 30 adoptions available. After that, additional Pokémon Eggs can be obtained using DayCare Passes. Additional DayCare Passes can be purchased for Gold Poké.

Note: The oldest Egg will always be adopted first.


Eggs will be held in the Daycare for 24 hours, regardless of when during the day they were produced. After 24 hours, any eggs in the daycare that the user has not claimed are sent to the Shelter. The Exclusive Eggs and the Variant Eggs are the only exceptions to this rule because they have a 1% chance of entering the Shelter while the other 99% will vanish.

Note: Even if an Exclusive Egg or Variant Egg is manually released from the DayCare, it will only have a 1% chance of entering the Shelter.


Upgrades

  • Daycare Adoption Increase: A permanent item that increases the amount of daily egg adoptions by 2.5x. Users receive this item once they reach the Collector Rank.
  • Daycare Breeding Boost: A permanent item that provides a permanent +20% boost to a Breeding Pair's compatibility. Users receive this item once they reach the Elite Rank.
Note: The Breeding Boost is currently a Placeholder item and will remain unusable until Phase 3 of the 2024 update plans goes live.


Most DayCare Upgrades can be purchased in the Upgrades tab of the DayCare.

  • SpyGlass: A tool that will reveal the specific image of an Egg. It comes in handy when the user is breeding with two different Pokémon species. Can be bought for 20.
  • Red Gigaremo: A tool that can force a user's Pokémon to be more compatible with each other while lowering their happiness. Couples must be breeding compatible to work; 0% compatibility cannot be increased. The Red Gigaremo can be used any time for a one-time purchase of 2,000.
    • The Red Gigaremo reduces the Happiness of both parents by 1 point (out of 255) for every breeding cycle (32 interactions when it's active), regardless of whether or not an egg is actually produced from that cycle.
  • Matchup Checker: A small tool that shows a user exactly how compatible the user's Pokémon are for a one-time buy of 100. Once bought, a percentage will show up next to the couple's compatibility sentence.
  • DayCare Pass: This allows a user to take additional Eggs from the DayCare. Each Pass costs 20 and can only be used once. Users also have the option to buy Passes in bulk, at a discount prices, in sets of 10 Passes for the price of 7, or 60 Passes for the price of 30.
  • DayCare EXP Booster: Increases the amount of EXP gained by Pokémon while in the DayCare by 25%. Users can stack up to ten Boosters to get the maximum boost out of them. Without any Boosters, each Pokémon receives 1 EXP point every 36 seconds. Can be bought for 300.
  • Everstone: The Everstone will not only prevent the Pokémon holding it from evolving, but when used in a breeding pair it will receive a 50% chance of passing its Nature to its child. When both parents are holding an Everstone and they have different Natures, there is a 50% chance of either Nature passing. Everstones can be bought for 500. Users can purchase up to 99 at once.
  • Destiny Knot: The Destiny Knot helps with IV Breeding. If either parent holds it, then the child will inherit more of its stats from the parents than it normally would. The Destiny Knot can be bought for 1000.
Note: A maximum of 5 IVs are inherited, the 6th will be random.


References