Basically, on modern gen Pokémon games, you can only EV train and max up to 2 EV stat at most (255-255 or 252-252-4). But in Pokémon Crystal Gen 2, you could EV train and max all EV stats, meaning it's stronger than those that were EV trained in the newer generations.

I heard that EVs would reset to 0 after transfer, but would that mean the additional stat gained through trick box or by leveling a fully EV trained Pokémon from Gen 2 will have its stats reduced and balanced after the transfer, after it had its EVs reset to zero?

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    Not related, but making it 255-255 is completely waste of EV points since because stats are calculated by dividing effort by 4 and disregarding the remainder (that's why almost everyone's running 252-252-4).
    – Skye-AT
    Feb 16, 2023 at 5:58
  • Related.
    – pinckerman
    Feb 16, 2023 at 15:35
  • There are no EVs in gen 2; it's called stat experience instead and works completely differently.
    – Hearth
    Feb 16, 2023 at 16:48

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From Bulbapedia:

Stat experience is completely erased, so the transferred Pokémon has 0 EVs.

Basically, when you use the Poké Transporter to transport a Pokémon from Gen 2 into Pokémon Bank (and thence to Pokémon Home) the stat experience will be removed, meaning the Pokémon will have 0 EVs. The statistics themselves will then be calculated based on the 0 EVs (so all the statistics will go down from the fully trained version). The final statistics will be the same as for any freshly caught Pokémon of level 100 with 0 EVs and the same IVs. In modern games, statistics are updated immediately, rather than needing a level or the box trick from earlier gens - so you can apply EVs to the level 100 Pokémon and have it update to show the new EVs even without levelling it.

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