Wi-Fi and Trading Lingo

These are common terms that are used in the Wi-Fi Room and many Pokémon trading communities.

Terms Used to Describe Pokémon

Term Definition
5IV / 6IV Usually refers to the number of optimal IVs a Pokémon has. An Adamant Groudon with the IVs 31/31/31/x/31/31 is a 5 IV Pokémon. However, some traders use these terms to refer to HP spreads, 0 attack spreads, and 0 speed spreads. Please be sure you and the person you are trading with understand each other when you use these terms.
Apricorn Ball / Apriball / Kurt Ball Specific Poké Ball types originally obtained from Apricorns in HGSS. They returned in SM and USUM in limited quantities. Examples include Moon Ball, Fast Ball, and Friend Ball.
[Apricorn Balls - Serebii]
Bank Ball Refers to Poké Balls that had to be transferred from earlier generations. Traditionally, this term includes Apricorn Balls as well as others such as Sport Ball, Dream Ball, and Safari Ball.
[Ball Legality - Serebii]
BB / BBHA An abbreviation for "Beast Ball," a Poké Ball that was introduced in Generation 7 games. Sometimes has "HA" after it to mean a "Beast Ball Hidden Ability" Pokémon.
BR / Battle Ready BR Pokémon have the correct level, IVs, EVs, nature, and moveset for competitive battling.
Breedable Any Pokémon that can be bred to produce eggs. Manaphy can be bred to produce Phione only and is usually not be included in this definition.
Breedjects A shortened form of "Breeding Rejects," this refers to any breedable Pokémon left over from breeding. They usually have imperfections in IVs, nature, ability, etc. A less commonly used term is "Spitbacks."
Competitive This can refer to Pokémon or characteristics of Pokémon. A competitive Pokémon has the right IVs, nature, moves, and ability for competitive play. A competitive nature, for example, is a nature that is viable for that Pokémon in competitive play.
DB / DBHA An abbreviation for "Dream Ball," a Poké Ball that was introduced in Generation 5 through the Dream Radar or the discontinued Dream World service. Sometimes has "HA" after it to mean a "Dream Ball Hidden Ability" Pokémon.
EM / Egg Move Moves that are passed on to offspring when a Pokémon is bred. In Generation 7, the female parent's EMs have priority over the male parent's. Some EMs may be learnable through level up or move tutors.
EV / Effort Values EVs can be earned in each of a Pokémon's stats except for HP. For every 4 EVs, the Pokémon gains 1 point in that stat at level 100. EVs can be earned through battling, Poké Pelago, and various Festival Plaza buildings in Generation 7. The limit in one stat is 252 EVs, while the total limit on one Pokémon is 510 EVs. The Generation 1 and 2 equivalent is DV or "Determinant Values."
[Effort Values - Serebii]
Flawless / Perfect Varies from user to user, but generally refers to a Pokémon with the optimal IVs in the necessary stats and a competitively viable nature.
HA / Hidden Ability Additional ability for some Pokémon that was introduced in Generation 5. It can be obtained in other ways such as through Events, Horde Encounters, SOS Chaining, and transferring from Virtual Console games. Often included as part of Poké Ball abbreviations (BBHA, SBHA, DBHA).
HP [type] e.g. HP Fire. The "HP" is an abbreviation of "Hidden Power," which is a move whose type is dependent on IV spread.
[HP Chart - Nintenpedia]
HT / Hyper Trained In Generation 7, Hyper Training allows you to boost a Pokémon's IVs using bottle caps. A Hyper Trained IV behaves like it is 31 in battle, but breeding still uses the base IV. This allows Pokémon to have Hidden Powers without losing power by having imperfect IVs.
Illegal / Legal An illegal Pokémon is impossible to obtain through normal methods of playing the game. For example, a Safari Ball Xerneas is illegal because there is no game in which you can catch Xerneas in a Safari Ball.
[Tips for Basic Hack Checks - Smogon]
Illegitimate / Illegit / Legitimate / Legit An illegitimate Pokémon is one that was not obtained through an intended or official source. The WiFi room considered clones to be legitimate as long as the original was legitimate. All hacked Pokémon are illegitimate even if they are legal because they were created or modified by external devices.
Imperfect Describes a Pokémon with any trait that makes it unsuitable for competitive use.
IV / Individual Values These are hidden numbers that range from 0 to 31 and affect a Pokémon's stats. Every stat has an IV and they are usually listed in the order of HP/Atk/Def/SpA/SpD/Spe. Usually, IVs only need to be stated if they are 0, 30, or 31; X can be used in place of a number for an imperfect or unimportant IV.

In Generation 7, the IV Judge at the Battle Tree will enable a feature in your PC that allows you to check a Pokémon's IVs visually. If you don't have this feature, you can try and estimate IVs using the Teambuilder on Pokémon Showdown.
[Individual Values - Serebii]
OT / Original Trainer The name of the person who bred or caught the Pokémon. Found in the summary.
Region Refers to 3DS region, and does not necessarily match the language tag that is visible on the Pokémon's summary screen in games that allow you to pick a language. The regions are: Japan, North America, Europe/Australia (PAL), China, South Korea, Hong Kong / Taiwan (HKTW). Many events and codes are exclusive to a certain region.
Shop Ball Refers to balls that can be purchased out of Poké Marts. Examples: Luxury Ball, Great Ball, Premier Ball.
SID / Secret ID A 5-digit identifier given to every player that appears in the data of any Pokémon caught or bred by them. This is a number that is used to calculate other values such as TSV and Generation 7 TID and is not visible through normal gameplay.
TID / Trainer ID Found on your Trainer Card in-game. In Generations 1-6, this is 5 digits and in Generation 7, this is 6 digits.
Trophy Shiny A shiny Pokémon that is flawed so that it cannot be made competitively viable.
VC / Virtual Console Refers to Pokémon transferred from the Generation 1 and 2 games re-released on 3DS.

Terms Used for Obtaining Pokémon

Term Definition
Hacked / Genned Describes a Pokémon that was edited or created through external devices and programs. Hacked Pokémon can be legal, but this does not make them legitimate.
Magikarp Swap / Swap Breeding A method used to breed shiny Pokémon more quickly. Generally, Magikarps are bred until a shiny one is found. The game is then reset and a different parent is swapped in for the Magikarp to produce the desired shiny egg. Magikarps are used because they have the shortest egg cycles.
[Swap Breeding Guide - /vp/]
MM / Masuda Method Breeding Pokémon with different language tags to increase the shiny rate. The region of the 3DS does not matter; you simply have to have different language tags in-game such as ENG and JPN, or CHT and KOR.
[More Information - Bulbapedia]
Self-Obtained If you say a Pokémon is self-obtained, it means that you caught it, bred it, or redeemed it. If you trade the Pokémon away, the new owner cannot say it was Self-Obtained since they were not the original person who obtained it.
RNGed / RNG Abused RNG is an abbreviation for "Random Number Generator." These terms refers to Pokémon obtained through RNG Abuse or RNG Manipulation. These are calculated methods to target rare and desired possibilities such as high IV or shiny Pokémon. It is used to counter the games' usual RNG, which creates "random" outcomes. All RNG Abused Pokémon are obtainable through normal gameplay, but many of them are exceedingly rare. They are considered legitimate and legal.
[RNG Guides - Reddit]
SOS-Chain / SOS Battles SOS battles were introduced in Generation 7 and refer to battles in which a Pokémon calls for help. Longer chains increase the shiny rate, number of maximized IVs, chance of Hidden Ability, and EVs received up to certain maximums. This method is often used for EV training. SOS-chaining with Chanseys in USUM us used to earn experience.
[SOS Chaining Guide - Bulbapedia]
SRed / Soft Reset Refers to Pokémon obtained by resetting the game over and over until a desired Pokémon appears. You can soft-reset your game by pressing the L + R + Start / Select buttons simultaneously.
TSV-Hatched / ESV Every trainer has a fixed 4-digit TSV (Trainer Shiny Value), and every egg has a randomly generated 4-digit ESV (Egg Shiny Value). If a trainer's TSV matches an egg's ESV, the egg will hatch shiny. TSV Hatching is a method to obtain shinies where a user collects many eggs, has their ESVs checked, and then uses a database to hunt for matching trainers to hatch their eggs shiny.
[How to Check TSV/ESV - SVExchange] [Wi-Fi TSV List]
Wonder Card A digital card downloaded from Nintendo servers when receiving an event. WC injection is permitted in the Wi-Fi room as long as performed correctly.

Terms Used for Trading and in the Wi-Fi Room

Term Definition
FC / Friend Code A unique 12-digit code generated once a player logs into Nintendo Wi-Fi Connections on their 3DS system. Find your Friend Code by going to your 3DS home screen and clicking on the orange smiley icon. Scroll over to your friend card and your friend code will be listed on the top screen. You must exchange and add another person's FC to trade with them online.
GA / Giveaway User-hosted events to give away a free Pokémon.
[Giveaway Rules]
GTS / Global Trade Station An online trading system accessible via the PSS (XY/ORAS) or Festival Plaza (SM/USUM). Wi-Fi GTS Giveaways use this system. Pokémon obtained from the GTS are banned from trade unless they came from an official GTS Giveaway.
IGN / In-Game Name The name you picked for your character in the game. This is necessary to exchange when trading so your partner knows who to look for on Festival Plaza.
LF (Looking For) / FT (For Trade) Used in trade advertisements to tell other users what you're trying to trade and what you have to offer.
Passerby Trade A passerby is a random person on Festival Plaza who sends you a trade request. Passerby trades are notorious for exchanging hacked Pokémon, so anything obtained from a passerby is banned from trade in Wi-Fi.
PGL / Pokémon Global Link An official Pokémon website that hosts events and allows for the use of QR teams.
Touch Trade When a Pokémon is traded to another user and immediately traded back. This is usually used to fill the Pokedex or for trade evolutions.
Wonder Trade A randomized online trading system. Pokémon obtained from Wonder Trade are all treated as if they may be hacked, and therefore cannot be traded in Wi-Fi.