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I've finally got enough candy to evolve magikarp to gyarados. I have a magikarp which when being apprised is said to be "incredible", which means it's close to perfect. It only has 143 cp though so I want to power this guy up before evolving to get a strong gyarados. But will the magikarp stay "perfect" being powered up?

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    Your concern right now is not really the "perfect" status, but whether the Gyarados would have good moves. One with Hydro Pump will usually be better than one without.
    – Nelson
    Commented Sep 4, 2016 at 14:32
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    Why power up before evolving? This seems like a bad idea... Commented Sep 4, 2016 at 19:10
  • as Boris pointed out. you really should not power up before evolving. the cost and effect of power up will be exactly the same whether you evolve first or after
    – Ivo
    Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 10:42

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Yes IV's don't change when you power them up or even evolve them.

A 100% IV Pokemon will stay 100% no matter what you do to them.

Having a higher IV will mean that the CP cap is higher.

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