That set doesn't appear to care about Slow Start regardless. Seems like a generic fat normal with access to Wide Guard, with special attacker to work around Slow Start.According to Pikalytics, (yes, seeing the moves Regigigas runs) an offensive support with Wide Guard to protect from status moves, Icy Wind for speed control, Gravity for an unknown purpose, and Earth Power for - well, just attacking.
Amazing. I hate people whining about the dex too, and the same with Sword and shield will happen with Let's go: Many people want to buy it! As for the competitive scene, it'll make the annoying stuff just disappear, like Landorus-T, Primal Groudon, Xerneas, ect. Yup, too true on that. Lastly, if anything, I NEVER use mons not in the regional dex, not including the Barbaracle I got from Ultra Space in USUM, but even so it's still in the main game. And the anime? You mean more like dumpster business? Heh heh. I would go on further, but my 100% feelings for those whining about the game should only be said in firebot. But yeah though, agreed, many great points, it's too good for an average like so yeah I gave it an ever better reaction.I actually don't mind that Sword and Shield are cutting Pokemon.
There's around 1000 Pokemon out now. A cull was inevitable really, in fact I'm amazed it took this long. "Gotta Catch Em All" has never been a slogan of the games, only the shitty anime (remember "these donuts are great!" and using Thunder as armour anyone?). Even then, it was only a slogan of the English dub - the original Japanese was (I think) "Gotta Catch Pokemon". I'm also looking forward to seeing an Ubers without Primal Groudon on every fucking team, an OU where not everyone is using Landorus-T etc. It'll be a nice shake up. And Smogon will be implementing a meta that acts like you could still transfer everything, so that's something at least.
Now don't get me wrong - I would've preferred it if the option to transfer all older Pokemon was still available, and the lack of National Dex is a mark against SwSs. But for me it's not a deal breaker. I can see why Game Freak did make some cuts, and to be honest there's a tonne of Pokemon I don't give a shit about. I'd wager that's the same for most of you too. And no, it is not going to bomb - a lot of people said that about Let's Go, and yet it got positive reviews from the critis and at the moment is the 5th best selling game on Switch with over 10 million copies sold worldwide.
Also the Galar Pokedex already has over 100 mons revealed for it, and we're still 5 months away from release.
Really?I actually don't mind that Sword and Shield are cutting Pokemon.
There's around 1000 Pokemon out now. A cull was inevitable really, in fact I'm amazed it took this long. "Gotta Catch Em All" has never been a slogan of the games,
Alright, let's debunk this real quick.Still, that slogan hasn’t been used since GSC, so it hasn’t been on the main series games for the best part of 20 years. Speaking of years, the Pokemon series has been releasing 1 game (not counting spinoffs) almost every year right from the start.
I normally take out my frustration towards sword and shield on firebot since that's where it's best, but usually it's about people whining about there being no dex and only there, I can unleash my true feelings. So fine with me, I just like to stay on topic.I know the thread is locked but can y'all not bleed Sword and Shield discussions into every other thread on the OI? Take it to the Discord if you need to vent.
I don't know who thought this wasn't going to be a success, I think the main worry (at least for me) if this is going to replace the remakes (and some established lore such as Red being the one to defeat Giovanni). And while the worry still exists, GF backpedaling saying Let's Go is its own parallel series may mean the updated remakes part of the core series will still happen. Maybe.And no, it is not going to bomb - a lot of people said that about Let's Go, and yet it got positive reviews from the critis and at the moment is the 5th best selling game on Switch with over 10 million copies sold worldwide.
I feel we never really got a good chance to see what Team Flare was about. The contrast between the grunts being wacky and their leader Lysandre being super serious prevented the team from reaching a full potential in on direct.Also, I feel that team flare is the second best evil team of all time, only behind team neo plasma. They are very underated. I mean, this is called unpopular opinions, so I thought I might as well say it here.
I have to disagree. Lysandre seemed pretty dead obvious he was the leader of Team Flare, given his propensity for very similar reds as Team Flare. But then, that might have been me having experienced Cyrus of Team Galactic, which Team Flare feels like an "off-brand" version of. (also, when did they create a hail storm? They pestered an Abomasnow in the Frost Cavern, but it has little to do with the blizzards that frequent Route 17)Since I deleted my first quote on accident, I'll do this:
Pikachu had said: Since the grunts are wacky, it's hard to take Lysandre's grand plan with the seriousness it wants as he says the people part of Team Flare are people he had personally sought out as the best of humanity... yeah, sure they are.
And it's hard to think how things would be if they only went one direction as what we got was a result of the compromise of wacky grunts & serious boss, having gone one direction would completely change the story and probably characters made for the team (if not the team entirely).
Also following Team Plasma didn't do them any favors, and then followed by Team Skull. If Flare cam after Aqua & Magma or Galactic maybe it wouldn't have been too bad.
My reaction: Honestly, I kinda like the transition from funny to serious. It makes team flare feel less... Stale. It gets boring for me if everyone feels so alike. Also, the grunts seem a bit more serious after the psychic gym. Also, Lysandre was a freaking genius. Until everything was all set up, he hid the fact he was the leader of team flare so well. He hides his goals well enough for you to think "there's no way he could be the leader of team flare, he's not nearly as vicious as those guys" but then, once you get to his Cafe, it kind of hints to you, but not the protagonist that maybe that thought was wrong... If you took the time to talk to the NPCs anyways. It kinda gives that feeling of shocking surprise you know. And not only that, but since team flare is dressed in all red (minus the scientists of course, their designs kinda sucked so they are exempt from this) it gives them that intimidating, scary, and even cool, and honestly, it was way less bland than the next team: Team skull. Team skull was like "Yo, let's just steal stuff and act cool, yo," compared to Team Flare, who did lot's of cool stuff, like highjacking a Poke ball factory, taking all the power for themselves to fuel a very powerful weapon, causing very high pressure hail storms, which kinda gives them a elemental mage vibe (and I love elemental mages) and unleashing a very strong weapon, capable of killing anyone not in team flare. I could go on, but it'd take hours if I listed everything I liked about them.
Wait, what does Team Plasma have to do with Lysandre?If I had to pick one moment to show how tone-deaf Team Plasma looks, it would be the point where Lysandre cries over pokemon before the final battle. It's supposed to be this poinent emotional moment but instead it's this up until now super serious guy considering the ramifications of global genocide leading a group of red foppish clowns and is followed by a boss fight where he wears a bug outfit. So the tears just look silly.
Fun fact about said wasted characters: apparently the names of each of the scientists correspond to the classification of solar flares, as their names each start with A, B, C, M, and X.Then throw in all the wasted characters (see my old post about the Flare Scientists whose names none of you can remember) and Team Flare really is the worst villain team in the series.
Kind of weird when you think about it, cause everyone else in XY is named after fruit or some kind of plant.Fun fact about said wasted characters: apparently the names of each of the scientists correspond to the classification of solar flares, as their names each start with A, B, C, M, and X.
...raise your hand if you didn't care about them enough to realize this.
Not really, at least if you know that in Japan almost every Pokemon character is named after a plant (which until Gen VI the international versions ignored giving most characters more on-the-nose thematic names; in Gen VI they tried combining both naming methods with having an elemental word within a plant name; in Gen VII they just went with the Japanese names to make the characters sound "exotic") except certain character like the villain teams:Kind of weird when you think about it, cause everyone else in XY is named after fruit or some kind of plant.
Always found it strange for a game that forces you to watch cutscenes and tutorials, there is no theater or soundroom in the game. Kind of surprising since GF doesn't want a child to be lost and play the game.Not really, at least if you know that in Japan almost every Pokemon character is named after a plant (which until Gen VI the international versions ignored giving most characters more on-the-nose thematic names; in Gen VI they tried combining both naming methods with having an elemental word within a plant name; in Gen VII they just went with the Japanese names to make the characters sound "exotic") except certain character like the villain teams:
Rocket: Executives were named after rockets.
Aqua: Admins were named after water things. Shelly's Japanese name is Izumi which means "spring" (also has "umi" which means "sea") & Matt is Ushio which means "tide".
Magma: Admins were named after fire things. Tabitha's Japanese name is Homura which means "flame" & Courtney is Kagari which comes from "kagaribi" which means "bonfire".
Galactic: Named after planets or other celestial bodies.
Plasma: Almost all named members had names that didn't relate back to plants.
The Sages sans Ghetsis were named after colors in different languages.
Ghetsis comes from the musical notes "G" and "Cis/C#", a combination known as a tritone which has been given the nickname "Diabolus in Musica (The Devil in the Music)"; this tritone is indeed in Ghetsis's battle theme.
N/Natural Harmonia Gropius is in three parts: N-atural comes from "Natural Number"; Harmonia could come from "harmonic functions" or, when combined with the N in the beginning, "Enharmonic"; and Gropius possible named after the famous architect Walter Gropius.
Colress Japanese name is Achroma which comes from "achromatic".
Now Anthea & Concordia were just referred to as the Goddess of Love & Goddess of Peace in the Japanese versions of BW, but they did get normal names in B2W2 which come from plants so they no longer count toward this point (by the way plants have a ton of symbolism connected to them so there usually is a reason why characters are named after certain plants).
Flare: Only Lysandre's Japanese name isn't from a plant, Fuladari which comes from "fleur-de-lis". The Scientists are all named after plants since it's only the first letter of their name that has to correlate with a classification of solar flares.
Oddly Skull and Aether Foundation break this theme, all their prominent members are named after plants. Though par for the course in the Japanese version and, as mentioned, international versions probably kept their names to make the characters feel "exotic" to go with Alola's theme of being a faraway island chain.
Anyway, I wanted to quickly discuss a new video that JWittz just put up: "10 Things Pokemon is MISSING". After having played a batch of other RPGS (Japanese and Western), JWittz mentions the 10 he would like to see in Pokemon. Now a lot of them are points we discussed but never hurts to go over them again:
Player (Body) Customization: Really GF? We're now moving onto the Switch yet we STILL only get four default options for each gender, and it's only skin color that changes (hair and eyes too, but you can change those... though until then you are stuck with the ones the default has picked)? JWittz points out when you start other self-insert RPGs nowadays you're taken to a character creator screen. Why doesn't Pokemon have this? Now, I get they want the main character to be a kid, but there's still a batch options they can let the player adjust via a character creator: skin color (can use the Von Luschan's Chromatic Scale to make a slider), eye color, hair color (for eyes and hair maybe just give us a HEX color chart; maybe also let is have different eye colors and add highlights to our hair; cause anime), weight, & height (that may really help people feel like the player character represents them if you can make them big, tall, or short). Maybe also give us a way to change the player's facial features a bit and add on details like freckles, beauty marks & scars. And how about this: let us use the camera function to take a photo of your face! That alone would get skin color, eye color, & hair color!
And then maybe even give us a character we can use online. Instead of being the default player we can choose a trainer class and do the same body changes to them.
Though to also give a quick mention to clothing options, wouldn't mind clothing based on the important NPCs (Rivals, Gym Leaders, Elite Four, Champion, Villain Team, etc.) and even for the Trainer Classes.
More Online Interaction: Don't really have anything to say here. Sounds like JWittz wants another Wifi Plaza which I'd be alright with though probably would never use, then again that was on a DS and was local so if it was on the Switch and over the internet may not be too bad. Maybe let us compete/race against each other in a Battle Facility or in a White Treehollow/Black Tower-like dungeon. They also sort of did something similar with Sinnoh's Underground with the flag catching game where players are able to set traps for each other (though that was also local).
And Pokemon Animal Crossing, now there's an idea I'm pretty sure Nintendo is sitting on just in case they ever get in financial problems and need a game that'll sell like hot cakes (like Square Enix with the Final Fantasy 7 remake).
Bigger Side Quests: Pretty much would like to see more what they did with USUM, which I sort of agree with. And I only "sort of" agree with because normally I'll completely agree but GF has proven themselves not to be competent on this end. What it comes down to: first and foremost if they're limited on what side quest stuff they can have I'd rather any additional material be given to the important NPCs (Gym Leaders, Elite Four, Rivals, etc.) first to flesh them out more, show us who there are and learn a little more about them. After that, if they still have room for more side quests, then go nuts with having a random trainer here and there give you a task to help them with. Now, this should ALREADY be part of the bare minimum, but GF is too busy making up new game mechanics no one asked for (and removing content we did like) then fleshing out the interesting game worlds they build.
New Game+ (I think this is one of the points, because otherwise he's missing one): Now I could list all my ideas how they could do New Game+ content (plus other challenge modes they could do) but I know GF is never going to do it. While I can see a way to do it, it would be VERY time consuming, pretty much require giving us a second save slot (Arceus forbid they do that...), and afterwards there's the quandary of how much connection should this New Game+ mode have with the main saved game. Maybe instead of fully replaying the adventure they can have a way to just re-play the parts we want to re-play. In the Pokemon Ranger games, they have a character that gives us a way to re-challenge the bosses. Now it's done in those games so we could get a better score on them in our Ranger Dex, but I think a similar idea could be done in the main games. We re-live the memory of the iconic parts like going through the villain team bases but this time they have higher level Pokemon. Also make it easy to re-battle the important NPCs we want to battle again. Why can't we just go back through the Gym to re-challenge the Gym Leader post game? Why do GF make it a process or we have to jump hoops. This was especially annoying with the Trial Captains who with some being version exclusive, locked to the Battle Tree or a Title Challenger, or were a once-and-done.
Difficulty Options: I think we discussed this one to death.
Dialogue Choices: Now, unless you can somehow either mold a personality into your trainer that other characters acknowledge or what you say may affect how certain characters treat you on future encounters, this one I can take or leave. For what I want to see, and possibly JWittz I'm not sure, it would require a hefty undertaking of many branchings of "if thens". I'm personally fine with being given an option either to be straight forward or sarcastic as long as they have different immediate responses. Though, maybe adding in a few which changes how a character interacts with you wouldn't be too bad, like maybe a side rival, a recurring side quest character, or a grunt of the villain team you keep running into. They could maybe even do this with important NPCs when doing a side quest for them.
Oh, and also maybe let me control my character's facial emotion, being sarcastic kind of falls flat when my character is just smiling and staring into the void.
Voice Acting: When Zelda had moved onto voice acting and your brand also has one of the longest lasting anime adaptations which pumps out a movie yearly, yet your games still has none, maybe you should consider calling the anime branch to get some voice actors over...
Modern Visuals: I think this is more an issue of GF only having 200 employees and probably only a handful (if that many) are in charge or making the environments. If they hired more programmers and modelers (notably ones skilled with modern day techniques) maybe we could start seeing the Pokemon visuals move on to the likes of other JRPGs.
Trainer Class System: So from what JWittz is describing here sounds like he wants side objectives, possibly based on the Trainer Classes you see throughout the game. Like you can help Pokemon Rangers protect the environment and help/rescue Pokemon and people that got lost/injured. You can get hired by a farm or daycare to help take care of the Pokemon needs to assure they produce the best quality products or Eggs. And I'm sure many more examples I can give. Would like to see, but highly doubt GF would do unless it goes along with a new mechanic they're doing.
Tutorial Skipping: While I wouldn't have the "two option at start of game" as JWittz said, I would just let us press the Start button and have a "Skip Tutorial" button. Also have a log book that keeps track of all the tutorials, just in case there's something new or you need to read up how a new mechanic works.
Fact: "Gotta catch'em all!" is a USA slogan. It does not exist in Japan.Really?
Because a casual Google search shows "Gotta catch 'em all!" right on the box of Pokemon Red and Blue, so it's been a slogan of the games since the beginning. (even if it hasn't been present on all of the games)
However, I suspect the Pokemon not present in the Galar Pokedex (along with Mega Evolution and Z-crystals) may see a return, albeit not in Sword and Shield. Possibly in next year's game(s). (because they have to come out every year now apparently)
I don't hate there being no non galgar dex mons in Galgar. I like it!Honestly, bringbacknationaldex is getting pathetic.
People insulting gamedevs, spamming Pokemon twitter accounts, etc.
Let me ask you-- Have you seen Japanese people doing this?
PS: It's ok if you are doing it politely though.
Fact: "Gotta catch'em all!" is a USA slogan. It does not exist in Japan.
They never promoted catching them all in Japan or any other Asian countries.