SPOILERS! Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Data Dumps

If anyone remembers those two Ace Trainers you could potentially double battle right before Veilstone City. I believe they're the first Ace Trainers we'll encounter in this game. One had a Glameow and Kadabra, the other a Monferno and Gyarados.

So that Gyarados appears to now know Waterfall:

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On what I believe is a rainy route. Yeah.

Oh and the Kadabra upgraded from Confusion to Psybeam. Cuz why not:

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Am I reading this right, does Ho-Oh not have Brave Bird?!

Man that's really odd, considering most of the other legendaries got their later sig moves like Mewtwo, Groudon, and Kyogre. I don't see Dragon Ascent on Rayquaza, but maybe there's an NPC that teaches Rayquaza that move as usual. I realize Brave Bird isn't a sig move on Ho-Oh, but its such a weird thing to leave out when Lugia gets Dragon Rush again!
 
Jesus christ, give the team who worked on the team movesets and EV/IV spreads a permanent contract renewal!

Some cool stuff to point out in general about the teams:
  • Cyrus's Super Luck Scope Lens Honchrow is dope;
  • Aaron's Sniper Scope Lens Drapion is cool;
  • Flint's Sheer Force Life Orb Steelix gives me BH vibes <3
  • Lucian's LO Zam is nice; On rematch the Light Clay screens Mr.Mime lead is nice;
  • All of Cynhtia's teams are amazing, reinforcing her crown as the absolute best champion;
  • I like to see that a lot of bosses rematches are doing weather strats;
  • It seems we fight Dawn/Lucas and they have cool teams;
  • Morimoto and his gang are back with crazy team too;
  • Some sets are for the memes, like that Scarfed Sunflora that only knows solarbeam;
  • Platinum teams are back in the rematches;
  • A lot of boss battles have immunity ability mons (like levitate, motor drive, water absorb, storm drain, magic bounce)

Only minor weird things to point out too:
  • Bertha should lead with Hippowdon, and have Sand Veil Gliscor instead of Hyper Cutter; No sand rush mon either.
  • Gardenia could abuse more the sun with more Chlorophyl mons (Venusaur or Belossom would be cool);
  • The Flame/Toxic orb mons could have protect to ensure their activation;
  • Fantina has Flare Boost Drifblim, Flint doesn't :smogthink:
  • It's great the multiple scaling rematches. I think the final E4 rematch should be lv 100, to pose a more challenging run for finished teams.
  • Quick Claw Crobat is the closest overkill like Air Balloon Rotom-F I saw in a while
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  • Alright, cool genwunner meme
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In short, even tho some EV/IV spreads are still awkward and questionable, I love to see that in-game bosses are starting to be competitive and using big brained strats and item-ablity combinations. The thing I'm most curious about is how the AI will play with these good teams (timing buff moves, unsing the immunity mons to predict moves etc). Because it would be a shame such cool comps with so bad random AI.
This seems to be the best game in terms of boss compositions. These teams are a good part of this game, and probably it's the major good point.
I wish the full party expShare was toggable and the affection was not tied to the walking mons feature. It would be a hell of a fun run doing this game with those options off!
Another solution I would propose is, if they would keep these 2 advantages, they could think of making the level of the trainers scale to your mid/highest mon on your team. So, no overlevelling. Or at least do a mode like this, like BW2 had the "Easy Mode" and "Challenge Mode".

And of course, we have the meme of the memes:
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That's not even as bad as it could have been. Remember it could have had Snow Cloak.

As facility player, we're used to this sort of bullshit... :psynervous:
Snow Cloak would've been worse actually. Snow Cloak needs hail support which isn't the best thing in a 3v3 scenario (this Articuno is a nightmare on singles 3v3 battle tower format), whereas Pressure stalls you out of PP quicker without any previous support. This Articuno moveset is nasty too. Ice Beam spam is effective as an standalone move, and it'll freeze you for sure, because we all know how the hax is in the tower and other facilities. Bright Powder is broken and should be banned from the games and after a Double Team boost, if the game really wants to, you lose right there.

Despite its typing Articuno is bulky enough to withstand some flamethrowers are you are not hitting F-Blast, Stone Edge or Rock Slide on this one. Sure not. And your Scizor will be either frozen or sheer colded.
 
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Snow Cloak would've been better actually. Snow Cloak needs hail support which isn't the best thing in a 3v3 scenario (this Articuno is a nightmare on singles 3v3 battle tower format), whereas Pressure stalls you out of PP quicker without any previous support. This Articuno moveset is nasty too. Ice Beam spam is effective as an standalone move, and it'll freeze you for sure, because we all know how the hax is in the tower and other facilities. Bright Powder is broken and should be banned from the games and after a Double Team boost, if the game really wants to, you lose right there.

Despite its typing Articuno is bulky enough to withstand some flamethrowers are you are not hitting F-Blast, Stone Edge or Rock Slide on this one. Sure not. And your Scizor will be either frozen or sheer colded.
I take you've never actually played facilities properly, as I said, that is a set that isnt remotely as terrifying as some other bullshit Battle tree had.
Looking at you Ezra with your smug smile
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In fact if it wasnt for the format memes, even SwSh Battle Tower had some pretty ridicolous sets that you'd have just cried against if the mode had streaks and there wasnt the dynamax disadvantage. Nothing quite like seeing Ditto or Shedinja and having to gamble on which of 6 items they have....
 
Snow Cloak would've been worse actually. Snow Cloak needs hail support which isn't the best thing in a 3v3 scenario (this Articuno is a nightmare on singles 3v3 battle tower format), whereas Pressure stalls you out of PP quicker without any previous support. This Articuno moveset is nasty too. Ice Beam spam is effective as an standalone move, and it'll freeze you for sure, because we all know how the hax is in the tower and other facilities. Bright Powder is broken and should be banned from the games and after a Double Team boost, if the game really wants to, you lose right there.

Despite its typing Articuno is bulky enough to withstand some flamethrowers are you are not hitting F-Blast, Stone Edge or Rock Slide on this one. Sure not. And your Scizor will be either frozen or sheer colded.
I always thought that in a Tower facility context, evasion moves/abilities/items are a complete bullshit. Such facilities are supposed to evaluate your battle strats and skills, and introducing that kind of strategy just feels unfair and just makes luck mind-games perform on a stage where the teams skill strategy should have the spotlight. Evasion has no skill.
 
I take you've never actually played facilities properly, as I said, that is a set that isnt remotely as terrifying as some other bullshit Battle tree had.
Looking at you Ezra with your smug smile
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In fact if it wasnt for the format memes, even SwSh Battle Tower had some pretty ridicolous sets that you'd have just cried against if the mode had streaks and there wasnt the dynamax disadvantage. Nothing quite like seeing Ditto or Shedinja and having to gamble on which of 6 items they have....
I take you should never talk about another random guy on the Internet wihtout knowing anything about said person, and thats the reason why im interchanging oppinions about the game without addresing you personally.

I've beaten every battle facility in the main series and just about 2 o 3 months ago I finished again all the gold symbols in Pokémon Emerald, sharing here the full playthrough through the Battle Factory and making a long post about its infame sets and my general thoughts.

You didn't say anything about that set not being as terryfing as others, you said that the set would've been better if Articuno ran Snow Cloak and that is objectively false. Snow Cloak needs hail support which Articuno doesn't have by itself and if it is running hail, its hurt by 4MSS. That means your only real option of achieving that goal is putting an Abomasnow in the team, and that hurts the team composition as a whole, therefor making the battle easier.

Bright Powder + Double Team is all you need to make the player lose any battle without a precise counterstrategy, and thats how half of the mons (im looking at you, aids Umbreon) on Pokémon Emerald are presented. In fact, you don't even need Double Team at all; bright powder itself is enough for the game to make you lose if it wants to. The fact that it doesn't have hail, but Double Team + Roost, means it synergizes even better with Pressure, stalling you out of PP quicker, and it left Articuno with 2 offensive moves in Ice Beam, which serves as an actual serious way of dealing damage and can freezehax you, and Sheer Cold, which we all know how it works in the battle tower/facilities.

Every single real threat on the facilities have always have either bright powder + double team, or OHKO moves + quick claw + double team. Stop assuming things, and even more if you are wrong.
 
Sure sir, I would point you that "beating a facility" is slightly different than actually trying to get streaks on them.
You can bruteforce the 50 wins (expecially in singles lol), slightly different is to actually try for more. I don't recall seeing you in the facility discord ever when I was in there, nor I recall a single streak from you on the leaderboards.

I also recommend you to calm down and take a deep breath cause you see personal attacks where there aren't.
 
Sure sir, I would point you that "beating a facility" is slightly different than actually trying to get streaks on them.
You can bruteforce the 50 wins (expecially in singles lol), slightly different is to actually try for more. I don't recall seeing you in the facility discord ever when I was in there, nor I recall a single streak from you on the leaderboards.

I also recommend you to calm down and take a deep breath cause you see personal attacks where there aren't.
I am not on any Discord related to Pokémon or other games, so you won't remember me nor now or ever, and that doesn't mean anything.

Hail + Snow Cloak doesn't contribute to anything in a 1v1 scenario, since Hail provides unnecesary chip damage that you don't need (as in Sheer Cold) and gives you +1 evp, while just double teaming does the exact same thing but permanentely until death (its not changing). An hyphotetical Hail + Ice Beam + Sheer Cold + Roost, is objectively inferior to Doble Team + Ice Beam + Sheer Cold + Roost, and the second lets you not only not be weather dependant, but raise your evp even higher if you want to while PP stalling the opponent. There's no denying in this and this wont change no matter in how many Discords you are. And btw, yes, I've actively done streaks.

I would recommend you to actually fight logic with logic instead of making vague assumptions based on arbitrary criteria about someone you don't know anything about.
 
I always thought that in a Tower facility context, evasion moves/abilities/items are a complete bullshit. Such facilities are supposed to evaluate your battle strats and skills, and introducing that kind of strategy just feels unfair and just makes luck mind-games perform on a stage where the teams skill strategy should have the spotlight. Evasion has no skill.
Sorta, by the way.

The bigger challenge of Facilities is being able to create a consistent team with limited options.
The existance of streaks that go in the thousands show it is indeed possible to do so.
These compositions do take in assumption bullshit like evasion, crits, bad matchups, etc.
Usually the hundred-thousand streaks die to a combination of multiple bad RNG elements going off at same time.

If anything, they still do prove skills. In teambuilding and decision making.

Besides, Gen 7 inherently had a easier time dealing with evasion hax as Z-moves ignore evasion boosts.
 
I always thought that in a Tower facility context, evasion moves/abilities/items are a complete bullshit. Such facilities are supposed to evaluate your battle strats and skills, and introducing that kind of strategy just feels unfair and just makes luck mind-games perform on a stage where the teams skill strategy should have the spotlight. Evasion has no skill.
That's why I really appreciated that they did away with streak-based rewards in the Sword and Shield Battle Tower.

Unfortunately, they goofed up everywhere else (including the rewards themselves, which reach a cap way too quickly).
 
Sorta, by the way.

The bigger challenge of Facilities is being able to create a consistent team with limited options.
The existance of streaks that go in the thousands show it is indeed possible to do so.
These compositions do take in assumption bullshit like evasion, crits, bad matchups, etc.
Usually the hundred-thousand streaks die to a combination of multiple bad RNG elements going off at same time.

If anything, they still do prove skills. In teambuilding and decision making.

Besides, Gen 7 inherently had a easier time dealing with evasion hax as Z-moves ignore evasion boosts.
Yeah, what I meant is that the evasion strats are the kind of stuff that makes you lose just "bcz yes". The game literally says "I want you to lose". Normal RNG is fine, and it's natural that over a large number of battles it is a crucial factor, either in a ladder format or facility streak format. Everything that influences RNG pushing it to insane adverse levels it is what is wrong (like brightpowder, or double team, or even the 2 combined).
 
By the way, upon checking on the encounter tables, I noticed, on the JSON file, that they've been so adamant to copy how DP worked that there are entries called gbaSapp, gbaRuby, gbaEme, gbaFire, and gbaLeaf, even though, of course, the dual-slot feature does not exist here.

That being said... a ROM Hacker might find these extra, unused encounter tables useful.
 
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Yeah, what I meant is that the evasion strats are the kind of stuff that makes you lose just "bcz yes". The game literally says "I want you to lose". Normal RNG is fine, and it's natural that over a large number of battles it is a crucial factor, either in a ladder format or facility streak format. Everything that influences RNG pushing it to insane adverse levels it is what is wrong (like brightpowder, or double team, or even the 2 combined).
Yeah don't get me wrong, I dont inherently disagree with you, I hate evasion spam and stupid full 70% accurate sets as well, but there is no denying that they do have counterplay and we're just too lazy (or in my case, too bad at the game) to actually deal with them.

Pokemon is already a inherently RNG based game anyway so there's a limit to how much skill expression there can be in game where 90% of the attacks and abilities in the game have "chance to" factors without even accounting for crits, hence why large majority of the skill expression comes from the teambuilding process.
 
Yeah don't get me wrong, I dont inherently disagree with you, I hate evasion spam and stupid full 70% accurate sets as well, but there is no denying that they do have counterplay and we're just too lazy (or in my case, too bad at the game) to actually deal with them.

Pokemon is already a inherently RNG based game anyway so there's a limit to how much skill expression there can be in game where 90% of the attacks and abilities in the game have "chance to" factors without even accounting for crits, hence why large majority of the skill expression comes from the teambuilding process.
Yeah, I understood :)


Also, how Cynthia goes from Nasty Plot + special set to No Nasty Plot + special set to a Full Physical set in the final rematch it's so incredible. The girl changes her lucario's set more than a person changes clothes a day :psysly:
 
I have looked at the encounter tables to find which Pokémon are unobtainable.

Excluding fossils, special encounters (e.g., Drifloon, Rotom), and gift Pokémon (e.g., Riolu), the following Pokémon do not appear in any encounter table, so the only way to obtain them would be via in-game gift (AFAIK there isn't a list for this yet), event (there was a Tangrowth event in D/P), and/or special mechanic (Feebas was only catchable in 4 fishing spots in Mt. Coronet):
  • Starters
  • Tangela, Tangrowth
  • Feebas, Milotic
  • Tropius
Excepting Feebas, these Pokémon were not obtainable in the original D/P games. It makes sense to keep starters until Pokémon HOME compatibility allows transfers, but I am really puzzled by the exclusion of Tropius and (most notably) Tangela (who got an evolution in Gen IV)/Tangrowth (who we've seen in the trailers). Perhaps an oversight that will be fixed on the day-1 patch?

I am also terrified at the prospect of Feebas being locked under the crazy fishing spot mechanic. I am guessing this feature is still in, but coded differently so it is not reflected on the encounter table. Oh my, back in the day I spent hours trying to catch Feebas and I never succeeded. The only one I ever got was hacked using an Action Replay. Ugh, this is the worst mechanic in the games.
 
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what did I wake up to.

is this...life?

THEY MADE BERTHA ACTUALLY DIFFICULT.

also the mad devs made YacheChomp with Swords Dance a reality.

this game is bonkers, I think I'm gonna actually get it now.

We'll have to wait and see if it tops Gen 5 for me though. I'm not holding my breath, but a truly excellent modern Pokemon game would definitely be a breath of fresh air.
 
Well, that put my interest up a lot.

I don't actually consider the one-move choice sets to be full memes. The AI is known to choose moves randomly if they have multiple moves that can KO, which is not ideal on a choice set. I've used a lower move count to counterbalance that before when going through the Battle Palace, though I did have two (earthquake and rock slide) rather than only one.

I'm pretty sure the Banette on Fantina's rematch(?) was supposed to know Phantom Force and not Shadow force since the line actually learned that in gens 6 and 7. Or maybe the set writer was upset they didn't get to run Poltergeist and picked the strongest Ghost move available (would Poltergeist even be a good idea for an ingame opponent with how many casuals don't run items on most mons?).
 
...but I am really puzzled by the exclusion of Tropius and (most notably) Tangela (who got an evolution in Gen IV)/Tangrowth (who we've seen in the trailers). Perhaps an oversight that will be fixed on the day-1 patch?
Wow, it really is an accurate remake. For those unaware, Tangela was completely excluded from classic DP too. Why they engineered a new evolution for a monster that doesn't even appear in the game is beyond me—Tangrowth was virtually unobtainable without (1) a Surf-capable FRLG save file, (2) Pal Park access in the DP postgame, and (3) a guidebook to point out the esoteric role of AncientPower in evolving it. At least Munchlax existed somewhere in Sinnoh (tree). Tangela just... didn't.

And apparently, if your list is accurate, the wise guys at ILCA are okay with things staying that way.
 
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