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  1. ScraftyIsTheBest

    SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    Apologies for the double post, but we now have yet another milestone in Horizons: https://x.com/kiravera8/status/1799023920231977121 Liko's Hatenna has now evolved into a Hattrem! Two back to back of these, we move.
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    SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    Today, another evolution in Horizons: https://x.com/Alola_Family/status/1796488056817721532 Roy's Wattrel has evolved into Kilowattrel! This one happened surprisingly quick but another milestone to come! In any case, all three of Liko, Roy, and Dot have passed their "Basics Test" in their...
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    Unpopular opinions

    This may be the Gen 4/Sinnoh kid in me speaking but Diamond and Pearl are honestly not bad as a foundation. Yeah, compared to Platinum they are noticeably inferior, but they're still pretty fun to play through even if the things I've noted are worse, like most of all the expanded Dex is indeed...
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    Unpopular opinions

    Oh don't worry, nothing's technically stopping them from showing up yet again in Z-A. I'm sure there's a good chance the Swords of Justice will get to be in Z-A anyhow with a starring role this time around.
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    Little things you like about Pokémon

    The Goomy line is one of my favorite pseudo-legendaries, but one little thing I love about the Goomy line's design is how it's a unique twist on common RPG tropes. X and Y's starter trio of Chesnaught, Delphox, and Greninja is cool imo because they're based on RPG hero classes, which really is...
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    The Best and Worst Boss Fights in Pokemon

    Misty is notably really a challenge that pushes you to explore in the specific situation that you choose Charmander as your starter. It's very well known among people at this point that Charmander is treated as the "hard mode" starter of the original RGB games and the most common point of...
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    Unpopular opinions

    Regieleki and Regidrago come off as a new separate sub-duo of the group with the original Hoenn trio still being their own separate sub-trio. The design ethos of the Galar Regis is quite antithetical to the original trio, and Eleki and Drago are more similar to each other than they are to the...
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    Unpopular opinions

    Generally they only really look back at old legends when it comes to giving them signature moves retroactively when a game that revisits their old regions comes in and those legendaries are brought back into the spotlight. ORAS was the first case where Kyogre, Groudon, and Rayquaza, who didn't...
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    The Best and Worst Boss Fights in Pokemon

    I think they're actual stat changes. I'd know because my strategy against it was to use a Focus Sash Malamar and use Topsy-Turvy on it first thing...and that actually worked.
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    Unpopular opinions

    What really has always struck me about Zacian is not only the sheer power creep of itself, but the sharp difference in viability between it and Zamazenta despite both having the same stat total. How they initially turned out in Gen 8 is not only a reflection of the power creep design but also...
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    (Little) Things that annoy you in Pokémon

    It's worth noting the punishment for "blacking out" in Gens 1-3 was much more severe than in Gen 4 onwards. In the old school games before DP the punishment for blacking out was losing literally half of the money you possessed. At important points such a villain climax or just before the Elite...
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    Let's Play! Gotta Play (A Handful) Of Em' All (Current Project: Pokemon Platinum)

    I would advise waiting for others to input before making a choice, but I'll give my two cents on a few who I have used before in my several playthroughs of Sinnoh Abomasnow was surprisingly good when I used it. The hail kinda sucks but it's a double-edged sword more than a flat out detriment...
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    Media Videogame thread

    The Switch successor's existence has been confirmed and it will be announced within this fiscal year. It's coming y'all!
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    Unpopular opinions

    As someone who only recently played Gen 1 starting a few years ago and have been playing it a lot to study its game design, Giovanni's choice of team as the final Gym Leader honestly puzzles me beyond "they're strong in a vacuum". I'm not sure what they were thinking from both a gameplay and...
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    Unpopular opinions

    The sheer difference in vibrancy between DP Sinnoh and Platinum Sinnoh is really palpable. Diamond and Pearl's Sinnoh looks pretty dull and bland when you look at everything. But Platinum's Sinnoh just pops a lot more and looks a lot more vibrant and diverse to the point where you really...
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    (Little) Things that annoy you in Pokémon

    I think they wanted a contrast with Armarouge as well. Armarouge has "rouge" in it and when you look at it, admittedly it...doesn't really have that much "rouge" in its design, since rouge is a more pinkish red. Armarouge is more orange and yellow. Violedge would've worked but Armarouge...
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    Little things you like about Pokémon

    It is in fact kept in the dub, Zeno Robinson (Goh's English VA) is voicing the HZ Pokedex as well. Whether intentional or not though, it's funny as hell and is at the very least an amusing coincidence, even moreso that the dub insisted on following through with the gag as well.
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    SPOILERS! Mysteries and Conspiracies of Pokemon

    On the topic of Poison's weakness to Psychic, I kinda have to wonder if it was a gameplay/counterpart thing more than anything, rather than anything that was designed to make sense flavor-wise. Psychic was intentionally designed from the get-go to be a counterpart type to Fighting, and back in...
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    (Little) Things that annoy you in Pokémon

    You know, this is actually true. The Elite Four levels of both, at least in DP, are also similar and progress in the same way with each Elite Four being two levels higher and then the Champion is three levels higher. The only difference is DP Sinnoh's E4+Cynthia levels of their aces at least...
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    SPOILERS! Mysteries and Conspiracies of Pokemon

    Kanto was always based on the actual Kanto Plain in Japan, since that's the most extensive lowland in the Japan islands and also where most of contemporary urban Japan is, including its capital city Tokyo. Game Freak deliberately chose their home base as the region to base the original Pokemon...
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