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  1. Disclaimer: Beyond Level 1 is a review of a game starting from the checkpoint of defeating the first boss of a game. After all tutorial levels and battles shouldn’t be counted in how a game is to give you what you deserve for a game but it is where the real battle begins as they can either fail you or help you get deeper into a game. Take this in mind though. This is just this reviewer’s opinion and may not fall in line with the line of how you rate the game. After all, everyone has an opinion. Thank you. Salutations one and all! I am the mage of games, Jewelwriter Eli Moonstar! Alola one and all. I’m going to say this now…. generation 7 is offically WORST than gen 1 as far as construction and I’ll be hated for it but right now I have had enough of this and it was to the point I’m not even posting on some places with how it is so gitty and stupidly blind with love for the generation is going to be a placed in places that I know that it is going to at least be looked at with open eyes in how despite the Pokemon has been in our lives for over 20 years, and hopefully this is just a bump when considering the series because if this goes into the 8th gen…which will likely be on the new handheld and not on the Switch…well, we’ll get to that bridge eventually. BUT for now… let’s rock and roll! OH! ALMOST forgot. Since I did a review for Sun and moon Ultra is going to be the one pointed forward like this ( =} ) meaning if it did better or worst in the rarity section…it will be shown. (Control) -Silver =} Silver You basically control all of your char with the circle pad and use the directions for quick access to the Pokerides (AKA HM WARRIORS) when not using the funny to the concept “WHY” button. Using the ‘pause’ button pulls up mostly the same minute but turns the “WHY button” into the “SAVE” button which freed up space for…picture making which isn’t too bad ([even if contrived…but not pushed into the face unlike HM Hangten, one of the few things that poked me on the matter.) Speaking of the pictures… you can edit pictures with your mon or yourself to roll with how the camera has a spacial awareness that seemingly enlarged when aiming for a direction other than Norse Eden Wess Sowl. Only times you use the touch screen is to trigger a few things: petting and helping your Pokemon in Refresh, Tapping the Pesterdex, commands, and basically customize your controls to a point…a small point. (Story) -Silver/Gold =} Bronze/Silver This is MORE streamed than an arrow and a worst looking one at that. You get your Pokemon sooner but it mostly plays the same as you can grind a level before stomping over Hau who is also in a sense your final battle like in gen 1 (and I am starting to hate the gen 1 pandering… will get to that in a bit!) Some of the story forces you into the mini-game or take a picture thing but at least the Rotom Pokedex is there…to pester the moon out of you (More on this in content.) but in a sense the story kind of lost more of the feeling of being YOUR story instead. With the URS (ultra recon squad) being new to the place does give you chuckles it’s when battling them that makes you facepalm at how weak that they are… and the build-up to how Lusamine is kind of lighter on insanity but still pulls more BS out of her rear in saying that she is loving her children only when they are listening to adults. I honestly was hoping she was under more mind control of sorts..being poisoned to an altered mindstate thanks to UB-01 Niholego…but nope. This shows she’s as bad a parent as Ghetsis. And he’s one of the top villains in Pokemon history. And sure Necrozma is a villain in the story (though unintentional with how the story says it was going by instinctive purposes.) to lead off into..oddly the easiest legendary battle I’ve had. Yea…I’m going to say it my under-leveled Zoroark with bad physical stats defensively and an 11 level difference…downed a legendary that took away the light of Alola. KIND of anticlimactic and makes me wonder how advanced is their tech if they didn’t do a basic base study of the being that they are trying to contain. All of it soon detouring into where the last trial and grand trial in which the captain of fairies leads into a memory lane trip that was more of an annoyance than anything big overall and also the least challenging (which is in a way the trials of the captains in a nutshell)…and after that the story flows as normal until you get to the RR episode and it all began with a hack into the matrix to clear out the trash on the internet (doesn’t help the Plaza which I will cover next up) and then got to save the president from Giovanni…which I don’t see why to bring him back in a story unless fanservice…and did injustice to the story arcs of the villains as far as battle teams are (SERIOUSLY…I would have had MORE to worry about if I couldn’t use my Primarina to quench Maxie’s thirsty battle needs. The only one that was honestly difficult within Team Rainbow Rocket is surprisingly Lysander thanks to Xerneas followed by someone I mentioned earlier, Ghetsis.) but then again it gave me something to grin of…the Colress in the story of Sun/Moon/USun/UMoon is different and clearly wanted to socket to Ghetsis. Bravo. Now if only Giovanni could have been left out. Seriously…I wasn’t feeling dangered when most of his crew was physical. And then to give all gen 1 fans a boner…he seems to have a dimensional transporter which makes him all the more likely to do STUPID…someone lock his @$$ up already and total his entire team! Least I did have that job. (Content) -Metal =} Bronze If anything saved this it wasn’t ultra-space (Worst kind of gimmick) or the photo club, but the surfing which allows you to snag BP like your robbing a bank. Festival Plaza is as pathic as ever and Rotom…will you stop speaking every time I jump in and out of a menu or to a different area? Also store up those roto powers if you want to at least not get items so fast and save your $ on clothing, potions, and TMs. It’s easier to find Totem stickers (though some are quite out there.) but otherwise, you are just basically the tormenting battle tree, the fun but challenging Battle Royal, and other stuff is still here. (Flow) -Silver =} Silver If you take into the fact the game plays the same minus sprinkles that are just for trying to cover up what was already done, it’s clear the flow was done already set in stone and minus an annoying set of the URS not being much of an issue it’s at the end game that you’d get something but you’ll have to endure reckoning and editing to do it and the pace has been helped a bit in some places but it gets canned in others which kind of nulls it all. (Bosses) - Bronze/Silver =} Bronze The totems were still getting moped up by my favorite of the starters…which is sadly something a bit of a downer. Gumshoos, Mimikyu, Togedemaru and a bit of the Ribombee were safe from most of my battles, Hau…still the friendly foe and we still got no real rival (WHICH GLADIOS isn’t.. and the only super spike was when you were against a level 60… though my team was in the 50s by then which kind of mutes this, especially when a Zoroark disguised as a Primarina kicked tail and that was a LATE addition to evolve and grow it from a single digit leveled Zoura. And then the rest of the show was mostly taken out by Mudsdale, Primarina, Zoroark, and Raichu for the big 4 and Hau. In a way this is one time the main of the game wasn’t worth it. (Overall) - Bronze This is going to be something that bugs me for ages to come but I will still defend my thoughts because I’m at least aware that not everyone is perfect but if we ignore the flaws for visuals and colors and 3d power…then that is a sign that it is clear you aren’t into the game at all for ART is highly opinionated, content is not as much. BUT I’ll let you talk about it before. And with how people are wanting gen 8 so fast is telling me I'm the one in the right. But comment on this bit of media and let me know what you think. And thank you for being whom you are. *takes a bow as the curtain closes.*
  2. Disclaimer: Beyond Level 1 is a review of a game starting from the checkpoint of defeating the first boss of a game. After all tutorial levels and battles shouldn't be counted in how a game is to give you what you deserve for a game but it is where the real battle begins as they can either fail you or help you get deeper into a game. Take this in mind though. This is just this reviewer's opinion and may not fall in line with the line of how you rate the game. After all, everyone has an opinion. Thank you. = (Note this is before playing USun and UMoon) In this new age of Pokémon, it’s time to say Alola to the world of… a messed up family line. And a painfully long mess we get to play through in a way. Yea… this review isn’t as clean cut as the others and I have had time to play it since Christmas (to evade being on a hype railroad and to try to understand the game where I see it) and I’m glad that I did just that, waited. My review might not be what everyone wants but then again I’m asking a lot of people to listen to me on this for the count of a few things. First, sure this is a game of beauty but visuals are objective and I’ll cover this more inflow but when some basics are lost at the expense of others, I worry. Second, I’m doing another playthrough to see if having someone different helps the game feel better but I will say that I’ll never go for the “FIGHTING” type that we got. AND I WILL DEFEND THIS TO THE END THAT LITTEN’S FINAL EVOLUTION IS A FIGHTING TYPE! Pardon there. I kind of still don’t see how come people are willing to ignore what the context is on that Pokémon. And third I will be warning of spoilers where it is due, likely in story and bosses. Thanks in advance and I’ll let rip my review that goes beyond level 1 of the game Pokémon Sun! Control – (Silver) This is kind of new and yet comfy at the same time. The controls for the overworld are ALL linked to the stick to give you a free spot with the D-pad to link up with HM heroes. That’s what I’m calling them. Throughout this generation, I might as well call them that. You got running speed fright from the start and can even have a bit of fun. In battle either works which are a bleeping joy and touch helps speed up who needs a change or patch up. OF course, a bigger problem that doesn’t come to mind is how easy it is to miss the bottom screen. Say high to the thing that ate up all the swift tap buttons to try and save time going to menus and hello to the X button which will house more than 6 but 12 options. The first is the usual stuff like your Pokedex, your Pokémon, your luggage, your Save, your options, and lastly the Passport which is your trainer ID. Then the new stuff comes up featuring Pokémon Refresh (the simplified and gutted Pokémon Amie), Pokémon Pelago (your Pokémon Daycare for those who are boxed up with nothing to do.), Festival Plaza (your interaction hub), QR scan (allowing you to SEE all Pokémon in the digital dictionary), Quick Link for local play, and Battle video…which I haven’t gotten anything yet but would go for it if I get some video recordings. I clearly enjoy how there’s a lot to take in but yet feel it stepped backward. So sorry the Silver rating is needed for this section. Story – (Silver/Gold) Spoiler Warning take effect here! A normal game of Pokémon has a story that is stolen by a crazy FAMILY! Let’s see… the first you met stolen a legendary to be and yet it was also a caring gal that would likely not to be a trainer that we’d see. And get such a taste of the new challenges of the story where we see a gang wanting to jack things up and an organization that wants to care for those that were hurt…which flipped into a rescue mission and finding out that in the saviors is a really TWISTED b!tc# and she’s the reason her son and daughter ran from the place. By the GODS what a way to push the story into the spotlight! Also with how she insults the player char in a way kind of hurts for those that are dedicated to a team. It felt like she was aiming to the competitive players which I would get a laugh about so I feel it’s silly. And the final battle with the evil President is a bit annoying since her team is “BUFFED” thanks to her ultra-beast infusion though I did use a bit of a smart rear tactic of having a defense jumper up front to make it harder to fight and slow them down with Bulldozer which helps to make a strong combo when it is clear they are unable to get their first move in. And also a moment about the Gang Leader Gozma (I’ll take him down, take him down and never let up all about town!) with the stupid wrapping of him and his crew could have done more but gods, at least they were more entertaining until I found out that HE was in on the stupid plan of “perfection” and on that I am feeling like the island challenge was a roadblock to try to get to the end of the story and also reach the goal of the Pokémon league. Though the big surprise to the end is that who is the big battle is a great mix up for the final battle of the story as it can change it up… by going against more than just one obvious char. The professor, the electric trial captain, Gozma’s Poisonous gal, even a Kahuna and a KID FROM ROUTE 1 WANT YOUR CHAMPION BELT! That earned this gold barely but I’m also giving silver due to the story to get to that point. Spoiler Warning ends at this point! Content – (Metal) As we know, things might not make it back in a new gen and this is one of them, a favorite of mine: Rotation Battles. Though this in and of itself doesn’t mean it’s at all bad. It has given us a Pokémon Pelago to allow us to grind levels and raise mon how you want (I got all the island updates as of February.) in which is handy for those that play calmly and want to have help while playing the game. THAT being said, the mini-games are just… nonexistent here that it makes me sad because there’s almost NOTHING to really enjoy and Your only means of coinage gain is either by having your Pokémon explore their cave in the Pokémon Pelago or take down trainers and the daily Pukumuku flinging. It makes for a bad feeling for those that want to play something more to connect to the Pokémon world. SURE it is streamlined but it will leave someone empty. I’ve rethought this and went with giving this Metal instead for even a veteran trainer would get bored of all the none events in the game once you did them all. Flow – (Silver) For once I have to talk about the graphics since they kind of bog the game down in a way. With trainers now kept on screen during battle you are likely slowing the game down and makes one groan at how some battles can take a long time and could even make you feel trouble arriving in the worst of ways: by costing someone more time to play by tournament standings. For the casual player or someone who is going into doubles/Multi/Battle Royale, it will be a nightmare. Especially when waiting likely two minutes for the turn to end. Have fun with some of that and how often the story might interrupt your exploration if you need to do an island challenge. Speaking of, I find them silly in a sense but they do mostly involve battling. Trial 1: Battle 3 locals and their totem, Trial 2: Take down a fish 3 times with the last one being a Totem fight, Trial 3: Answer and battle 3 answers with the last one being the totem, Trial 4: Find the items and defend yourself be ready for the totem Pokémon, Trial 5: Audio quizzing and fight 4 Pokémon to turn the lights on when you see the totem Pokémon, Trial 6: Photography with ghost Pokémon and you end up finding how unhealthy the Totem Pokémon is obsessed with Pikachu. And Trial 7 is actually a remix of the trial you did in the DEMO of the game. The only familiar feel of former gameplay I obtained came from the four Grand Trials, they felt like real gym leaders to me and I got to enjoy those battles. Especially when it is not an SOS Pokémon come in. With certain gamers then it’ll be a pain but for others, it is a required wait to get through the game in certain manners. Bosses – (Bronze/Silver) Spoiler Warning take effect here! Is it odd that I feel like the totem Pokémon, the very thing Game Freak and the Pokémon Company highlighted in the game’s advertisement were not the real boss characters? Yea, they aren’t. IF I added them they would be a brought the game down to a bronze here. The saving grace was the Grand trials, Team Skull, and the large twist before you get to the last island (Poni island and no friendship isn’t magic there) and after you gotten through all the trials of Poni Island. The favorite for this gamer was the final battle of the first Elite Four. To me, it felt like the REAL rival was hidden in the back and trying to be sure you reach the top to see where you stand with you and your Pokémon. And for once it will not happen often as you’ll have to defend your belt from as mentioned before your true rival who you only would fight here, various chars that you took on like Lille’s Brother, Hau, and even the former Team Skull babysitter and as said before a current Kahuna. If one were to add those together and not the totems, you’d earn the rank of Silver solidly at the least. Well, that and spanking the President’s behind while she had her team jacked up. Spoiler Warning ends at this point! Overall – (Bronze) On the personal side, I’d go give this a Bronze since it means that Pokémon has started to slip and in no way can I sugar it to myself. For a competitive scene I’d keep with Gen six for a while longer though happy times trying to fight in the new gen without having a big issue and I’ll be the stick in the mud to say Pokémon isn’t going onto the Switch as a mainline game but if a new handheld is revealed one can hope but it is for sure isn’t the Switch as I am using the logic that I got from watching for ages to get a good guess. [-|-|-] I almost can’t wait for this generation to be corrected.
  3. Disclaimer: Beyond Level 1 is a review of a game starting from the checkpoint of defeating the first boss of a game. After all tutorial levels and battles shouldn't be counted in how a game is to give you what you deserve for a game but it is where the real battle begins as they can either fail you or help you get deeper into a game. Take this in mind though. This is just this reviewer's opinion and may not fall in line with the line of how you rate the game. After all, everyone has an opinion. Thank you. = You know you’re up to the test! There’s only one way to tell this story! At last, we have reached the famous and stylish Kalos Region! Customization, personalizing, showing WHO you are here is what this region is all about! There are no real mini-games that are in the main game but you do have something to not only make you competitive but show you are business or just have fun and advertise yourself. The world is ready to see what you can do close up. SPOTLIGHT! Control – (Platinum) They finally made it an 8-way movement. That is so sweet, and NOW you can even roller skate to the area’s that normally came up. Granted it was mostly used in very few spots but it works. Of course, I can’t wait to see how they allow you more motion. Also, this is where you can shuffle things with your stylist. Story – (Bronze) This villain Team…fabulous style, stupidity as high as Team rockets. SO FAIL. FAIL. FAIL! I mean Giovanni could do better with minions than this and why you want to pull a Cyrus in a dumb way is beyond me. This was going to be metal but I gave it credit on the fact a little after game story saved it. Granted it is all in one city but better than zero. Content – (Silver) Not too bad on it. You got ways to train Pokémon without a battle, play with Pokémon and have them do things abnormal to Pokemon games, and even advertise yourself WITH your Pokémon. Not bad but could have added more bleeping beef to make this a fuller experience. It makes one wish for stuff from Gen 4 and Gen 5 help out. Though you can get some with the Friend Safari to get Pokemon that you can’t normally get, it is not as bad as back in Generation 4. Now if only one can tame the outrageous trading. Flow – (Silver) It’s at least easy to keep up with the story in a sense. You can’t miss going through the entire arc of the story and ignore the few side routes unless wanting a few Pokémon and not get the Pokémon wanted to miss the chance to catch all the Pokémon possible. You almost can get by just by playing the game and revolve teammates with a Pokémon just caught. Electric-type, Fighting/water type, flying type (Halacha), then ground type, poison type, then dark type then you are covered from there on. Bosses – (Bronze) This is a tricky one but the gym leaders mostly didn’t stand out a lot. They didn’t even feel as memorable so far so in a sense, it wasn’t a good thing at all. In fact, you only met on…¼ of the gym leaders outside of their gym that has a personality that is a lot more clear. That’d be the Korrina and Wulfric. I got a lot more soul from the brothers of Striaton than the villain and most of the gym leaders. Overall – (Silver) If anything this has been a good journey through all the regions and each generation rated in each part. It’s too bad some of the things might not stay with the next generation. [-|-|-] But that’s what gen seven has gotta do, right? That’ll be a fun ride to see.
  4. Disclaimer: Beyond Level 1 is a review of a game starting from the checkpoint of defeating the first boss of a game. After all tutorial levels and battles shouldn't be counted in how a game is to give you what you deserve for a game but it is where the real battle begins as they can either fail you or help you get deeper into a game. Take this in mind though. This is just this reviewer's opinion and may not fall in line with the line of how you rate the game. After all, everyone has an opinion. Thank you. = It’s not always Black or White but your heart always knows what’s right…but let the Journey begin! We are in a full reset here in Pokémon at this point and also another experimentation of Pokémon. With the introduction to triple battles, Rotations, and improved wi-fi and communications that make for a very interesting experience that no other game can relate to. Yet this took out some of the stables of Pokémon and replaced them with…other stuff that isn’t as relatable as one can imagine. Let’s run down the world of- correction… TWO worlds of Pokémon and see how Gray this game is. Also due to this being a SEQUAL generation, the sequel is going to get rated on what it has over the other. And with that, we are on the way to seeing the truth of such ideals accomplish. Control – (BW = Gold/B2W2 =Gold) If you’ve played Pokémon Gen 4 then this shouldn’t be too complex. You can move in the 4 compass directions and run after you get some shoes. Though of course, you can touch to battle through in this there was at the least it isn’t too bad as the controls are simple. Though one can hope it can get better. Story – (BW =Silver/B2W2 =Gold) Black and White had the story of the villain team wanting people and Pokémon to part ways. This honestly could work in concept… except in this game. (Spoilers Zone =>) Of course, N didn’t seem like the real villain but the puppet for who was really in charge. When N left the group, the real villain went to a pure terrorist mode and was fighting to try to make the world into a never-ending winter. (<=Spoilers Zone) In this the story, you obtain quite a number of twists and even have the gym leaders out and rocking a bit more than normal. And give cheers for the fact you can get character growth in this than most other generations. The bigger difference is kind of where you get certain things from the region. Content – (BW =Bronze/B2W2 =Gold) In Black and White, while you have the capturing, outside of it wasn’t much. You got the train station and seasonal Pokémon but that’s mostly it. In B2 & W2, they gave you Pokéstar Studios, a lot more Pokémon and the best drama and action-packed arena of all time: the Pokémon World Tournament! Players are pitted one on one with the all-stars of Pokémon, of ALL kinds, and against Gym Leaders, the Champions of the Pokémon league and for a time, against REAL players. Pure unfiltered, GOLD quality found right in that one spot. Flow – (BW =Gold/B2W2 =Silver) This is where I will refer back to the story section a bit, in the story, you are given more of a free-flowing story since you have to literally fight the villain team after getting issued a challenge to stop them by getting all the badges and becoming stronger and searching for the legendary Pokémon of the game and it gave you dire want to at least get to the gyms and stop the trouble before it is too late. On the other side, the story is not as dynamic and more exploding into your face as things happen and yet you need to make a detour before you are able to take on the big bad. Trust me when I say the flow of the first outpaced the second in my opinion Bosses – (BW =Gold /B2W2 =Gold) You’ll get a big kick out of the fact each of them got a personality in their gyms, in their battle talk and how they make the story grow. But be ready to not be in for a good ride if you think it’ll be easy at about gym 4 or so. Overall – (BW = Silver/B2W2 =Silver) A good Pokémon game has always been tricky to gain and in a sense this was supposed to be a reset to the world and have everyone experience things that were once upon a time new to everyone, not fluffing it up with pass Pokémon. Though this might have done a bit too much in the process. [-|-|-] And as we leave the Unova region there is only two region left to go. Get ready to stay fresh.
  5. Disclaimer: Beyond Level 1 is a review of a game starting from the checkpoint of defeating the first boss of a game. After all tutorial levels and battles shouldn't be counted in how a game is to give you what you deserve for a game but it is where the real battle begins as they can either fail you or help you get deeper into a game. Take this in mind though. This is just this reviewer's opinion and may not fall in line with the line of how you rate the game. After all, everyone has an opinion. Thank you. = We will be heroes. We can change the world if we try. Yep. We have reached the point where Pokémon, especially legendaries got into a VERY larger scale as we gotten the chance to battle with the gods of Space, Time, alternate realities and more. Lore of the Pokémon world is likely centered in this generation and oddly fitting with the location of Hearthome City having of all things a church. But it’s here we can at least get a feel for this since this was the first of the generations to introduce the world of WI-FI to Pokémon. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. And for those paying attention, due to all the generation being together in one, unless/until a remake is done, this game will be counted as one so no splits here. Control – (Gold) This is a good system to move about, pick your moves via touch screen which really should be done with more and even applications that should be in every Pokémon game. Too bad this forsaken in later generations but there’s hope for it. At least you can keep track of legendries without needing to open the map in your dex and go looking for it. That I will give credit where it is due since personally some of those were GREAT. Story – (Gold) This is where the fact there’s so many legends here. The main story specially says it as the villain team is set to get the god of time/space/dimensions to make the world their own. For the most focused and dangerous of villains then look no further than with the one and only Cyrus. He’s thinking he’ll be the hero if he altered the world and at times, one can feel sorry for the guy…UNTIL you realize that the guy is trying to even upstage the god of Pokémon by making a world of his own and even using the beings of Emotion, Knowledge, and Courage (willpower but courage works considering.) and making the chains that could potentially capture the gods of Pokémon. A word of advice people: DON’T LET PEOPLE LIKE HIM GET POWER! Content – (Gold) There are contests, the final breath of gambling which can distract you but also there’s a lot of Pokémon that could catch. Of course, there’s plenty to do thanks to Wifi and fun too. This will be one to really sink your teeth into if you care about content, especially in platinum where the 5 battle symbols are ready. Flow – (Silver) As far as the story goes, the experience is roller coaster styled in a bad way that we do get a story but some of the gyms they aren’t strung together and it kind of saddened me since a story writer could see the gyms that aren’t linked to the storyline as fluff. In fact, it would benefit if there were fewer gyms at times if it can work with the story. Anyone that can stand how it is running is a good way I applaud you. Bosses – (Metal) I’ll say this now. The gym leaders were more of humor and the like and were kind of easier to understand that what they gave us when looking back to them. The thing that kind of saves this from stone is Cyrus and Cynthia battle-wise and Platinum for designs. In the original Gyms had a little flavor in a sense that kind of was a bore in some places and even annoying. In the Platinum version, they boosted some of this up and made it better. In battle, Cynthia was a champion you can’t be fully prepared for and Cyrus is the kind of monstrous character you’d love to have met your Home Run Bat. Overall – (Silver) This was a rocky start in trying to pull Pokémon into the online world but it is something to remember for sure. Get ready to get back to basics in a sense when we go to the region of Unova and discover how deeply logic can go. [-|-|-] And by the by ladies and gentlemen… Arceus is better than lord Helix from a lore standpoint.
  6. Disclaimer: Beyond Level 1 is a review of a game starting from the checkpoint of defeating the first boss of a game. After all tutorial levels and battles shouldn't be counted in how a game is to give you what you deserve for a game but it is where the real battle begins as they can either fail you or help you get deeper into a game. Take this in mind though. This is just this reviewer's opinion and may not fall in line with the line of how you rate the game. After all, everyone has an opinion. Thank you. = Take a step and I’m on my way. Gonna start all over again. For many of us, the line I used to open this is from the anime’s opening and in a sense, it is how we ALL started to decline from Pokémon. This has introduced a new battle style that is used in this world and yet pulled a few punches in ways. Get set to have some worlds rocked. Control – (RSE = Gold/ ORAS = Platinum) This is the generation that the mechanic of Running was introduced. A very simple thing but it was well worth it. Also in the remix (ironically), the idea of sneaking up on Pokémon came into view too. One can only imagine how handy some of the stuff is in this generation and minus the controls normal bumpy roads it was well worth the exploration of the region… even if you’ll need a Lapras to carry you to the last fourth of the way. Story – (RSE = Silver/ ORAS = Silver) The story is a bit different and in a good sense. You got two rival groups trying to either make land on earth at the expense of water or make Seaworld 2 appear in a children’s game and we know how that went if you saw that movie. Even if the story is about the same, there is the temptation to make the metal rank lower for the fact the rival’s story wasn’t good at all (thank Wally’s growth for this. If you discover the fact he beat some gyms before you after you trounce him in another city and then somehow caught up to you/blocks your way to the Elite four to give you one more battle for a time. For best results, listen to the song that plays during the remix). Content – (RSE = Gold/ ORAS = Silver) There’s a lot to look about but the fact ORAS gets the silver is because of the end game in a sense. Emerald pushed RSE into gold for a reason that honestly was fun and challenging: The Battle Frontier! Pokémon had more than one championship battle style back then. Tournament Mode, Battle Tower, The Pyramid quest, Lady Luck, relying on your own Pokémon to battle on their own, and of course… the Dojo! ORAS has…the Battle Resort. This is something that has happened in Gen 6 (which you’ll see when we get to in part 6.) but it’s not improved or given variety. And rant all you want, but there’s content you gotta see in Emerald to enjoy more than ORAS. Flow – (RSE = Gold/ORAS = Gold) If you mind the fact you’ll be exploring a lot for Pokémon in places where one TM is needed then this is a bit of a stretch for you but then again if it was perfect then try backtracking to certain places on foot. (A bit of a fact: if you do see the map, then you’ll be able to travel to at least 4 and at best 5 of the gyms via footwork and able to kind of back to them easily with not needing the move required for going over water. The challenge: name them.) In the Remakes you would at times get automatically transported to your next location but be sure to be aware of what is said since if you are saying yes to a quick transport you might need to backtrack after a bit to train. Something to keep in mind. Bosses – (RSE = Gold/ ORAS = Gold) There is a special quirk to this that I do like in these games in the fact they got a personality in their gyms a lot more than normal here. Brawly with his gym wanting to challenge you in the most out there way, the Winona and her lock you out gym, Norman’s simplicity, Flannery’s steaming pathway to-…I’ll stop there before I give fan writers something to work with there. And let’s not forget the ONLY double battle in Gym History so far. I’m waiting for my Rotation battle Gym Leader Game Freak. MAKE IT SO! And Don’t make me wait for too many generations for it! Overall – (RSE = Silver /ORAS = Silver) The generation that introduced us to double battles, better Pokémon breeding, and even some concepts not done any other time was a rare one, though for some this was the point they jumped off and never came back for a while. For some, this was a new adventure and despite the difficulties, it was still fun and minus a fact you needed a LOT of the games to catch almost all 386 Pokémon was where it was about just reaching the highest you can go and work with the ones that make sense to you. [-|-|-] But be ready to go from legendary monsters that sculpted the planet to …a very odd place to find the epicenter of Pokémon.
  7. Disclaimer: Beyond Level 1 is a review of a game starting from the checkpoint of defeating the first boss of a game. After all tutorial levels and battles shouldn't be counted in how a game is to give you what you deserve for a game but it is where the real battle begins as they can either fail you or help you get deeper into a game. Take this in mind though. This is just this reviewer's opinion and may not fall in line with the line of how you rate the game. After all, everyone has an opinion. Thank you. === Everybody wanna be a master, everybody wanna show their skill. Everybody wanna get there faster; make their way to the top of the hill. Pokémon’s Generation one was a hard thing to top. But then again somehow they managed to do this in a way no one can deny was a mark in the world. For many it was the peak of Pokémon, adding 100 new warriors to pick from just from scanning the grass, exploring caves, and more. Just be ready for some backtracking. Control – (GSC = Silver/HGSS = Gold) The compass directions are still in full swing and a lot easier to get some of your precious gear than ever. Battle controls are the same but now you got a number of other things to do. The Pokémon technical advancement this generation being your all in one of it being own phone (No… your Rattata isn’t in the 1% of them all.), your Radio (DJ Mary and Pokeflute Radio), and your map (Hopefully you won’t lose it while going in caves). You still get your Pokémon dictionary but it is at least more filling than the last one at least. And in a way, it was easier to control in a way. Though now you got the ability of not holding a button to run! Sure it is only for one gen, but still, it was great! Story – (GSC = Silver/HGSS = Silver) The story hasn’t changed too much but to recap. Several years after the hero of Kanto took the title of Champion time passed. We are now with a different hero that has arrived in town and asked by the local professor to gain something special from Mr. Pokémon. And no sooner did you get the special item that you have a disaster to get to from the professor. Afterwards, you are on your way to not only be a champion but try to clean up the mess of both your Rival who clearly grows during your adventures and a headless team rocket. Content – (GSC = Gold/HGSS = Gold) Puns unintended, the content here is plentiful and not locked by rare events for… almost all of the content in there. With over 100 Pokémon and now Breeding introduced, it is clear that getting the Pokedex full without having to trade a lot and even have starters be able to sire new mon is a big boon and allow for more to be done and even more complex battles. And in HGSS, the Frontier is a very fun place and very difficult in a sense with their different battle styles. And the big bust in favor of the originals is that you can still gamble in a sense and have some fun while the remixes are…flipping tiles. Flow – (GSC = Platinum/HGSS = Platinum) It’s still at your own pace and it allows you to grind, grow, and train for things. The story isn’t too complex and you can understand what is going on. If you are kind of lost, look at your badge collection and look for where the new badge is and try to obtain it or find out what is going on so you can get it. All of it is onto your pace at least and it’s good that you won’t get too lost for it all too. Bosses – (GSC = Gold/HGSS = Gold) Gym leaders are still the goal and they are mostly your typical one type, but get ready for a few delays in getting what you want. Mainly with 4 gals: Misty (on a date which I gotta flinch at when her date runs off when you show up), Whitney (To a soul named Silver August I’m sorry but she’s got a Miltank that is a pain in the * for many. And Insert your word where the asterisk is), Jasmine (Though I will give her deep credit since she was taking care of the ill), and Claire (who’d I’ve gotta give DOUBLE fury for how she is pissed you kicked her dragon tail). Otherwise nearly everyone you get to is a brawl to remember. And of course the big boss of the game that everyone is climbing to the hero of the past game. Though a thing about HGSS, they at least improved the teams of the gym leaders…though it’s in the rematches at least you can battle them for more exp. Overall – (GSC = Silver /HGSS = Gold) The hardest thing to do is to improve the game that launched fans all across the globe. This generation, generation 2, has proved that things can get better when developed in the right of ways. [-|-|-] And then the third Generation happened. Bring the parachutes and scuba gear, the dive into generation 3 will be a ride.
  8. Disclaimer: Beyond Level 1 is a review of a game starting from the checkpoint of defeating the first boss of a game. After all tutorial levels and battles shouldn't be counted in how a game is to give you what you deserve for a game but it is where the real battle begins as they can either fail you or help you get deeper into a game. Take this in mind though. This is just this reviewer's opinion and may not fall in line with the line of how you rate the game. After all, everyone has an opinion. Thank you. === (Note this was done during the 20th of Pokemon.) I wanna be the very best like no one ever was… to catch them is my real quest to train them is my cause. Pokémon has been with us for nearly 20 years now (Happy Birthday even if I’m late to that party.) and for some of us, it’ll make us feel like we are FOSSIL Pokémon ourselves. This writer surely does. So to at least to get ready for what lies ahead Beyond Level 1 will be doing Pokémon reviews of each Generation and in turn will do any remixes that the generation had as well. Here goes! Control – (RBY = Bronze or Silver/FRLG = Silver) It’s easy to understand and how to control the character. Up, Left, Right, & Down. Each square that you can travel on, be it by foot, or water Pokémon; is easy wouldn’t see a change in this for 5 generations. Though for speeding up the process we wouldn’t see that until the third generation which FRLG are a part of. Though they didn’t add much to the controls (and to be fair, the simple battle system is understandable to all and will be mentioned in other reviews but is kinda the same) but adding a run button in FRLG did help with the pacing by allowing you to run…granted you get them after the first gym but that’s easy to do with the right Pokémon. Story – (RBY = Silver/FRLG = Silver) Who can forget how this all started? You are a young boy, starting your world and you got the chance to make your mark in the world. First pick your hero (Bulbasaur the Grass and Poison seedling to endure and thrive at its own pace, Charmander the little flicker of flame ready to become an inferno no one can deny, and Squirtle the drop of rain who can grow up to become a flood of defensive power.) and after getting the mail for your professor your journey begins! From there you not only progress to get the icons of your journey but also destroy a Pokémon criminal organization. All the while be ready to have one phrase poking you over and over again: “SMELL YA LATER!” Content – (RBY = Gold/FRLG = Gold) If you can play Rock Paper Scissors, then you can understand the BASE of this game. Though in RBY there are only 15 different types, 17 in the remake of it and the lot of it depends on one thing: Try to catch them all. Though in Generation 4 things deeply grew, in the first gen it wasn’t too big of an RPG like standing. You have the original 151 and it grew to 386 to catch (as of FRLG), most of which you had to do certain events to obtain which will haunt people who want the Pokedex Completed with every Pokémon. Flow – (RBY = Platinum/FRLG = Platinum) Pokémon is the kind of game that is a very good RPG game to teach someone about the true base mechanics of the game type. Though there are other RPG games I can recommend (Epic Battle Fantasy 3 and 4 come to mind for this one which is on numerous flash based websites but will recommend Newgrounds though Steam and the like are getting it too along with extra content.) this is one of those games for the portable that has not been challenged strongly in ages, minus the timely look about to find Surf/Strength and the like (here’s a hint: The moves that will allow you to get through a lot of places via water and move obstacles are in Fuchsia City, but that’s all you’re getting here). Bosses – (RBY = Silver/FRLG = Gold) The boss characters can vary in difficulty but can spike up the hardness if you aren’t prepared, especially if you went with the young flame for your starting hero. A little recommendation for those who have gotten the fire starter: Look at all the areas you can access before gym 1, it’ll give you a big helping hand. Also a big tip to all players of the game: Variety is the spice of life and having variety helps a lot when picking the fighters you’ll go through. Overall – (RBY = Silver /FRLG = Silver) The Games of this generation has been a wonderful opening and the remakes make them more tolerable than one can imagine. As the game series grows, so too does the tale of a young player, going on adventures with a band of creatures that can grow as you do better, they do so too. And to think this series inspired such difficulties that are put on our own selves and allowed a community to become a Pokémon gamer by many different means. I don’t see Pokémon going away anytime but for the future of this series, it began with such humbleness and lore to appeal to all. [-|-|-] And people wonder how Digimon got trounced in the beginning.
  9. Beyond Level 1 for Pokemon?

    Hey everyone. I might as well ask something of you all...
  10. now at E3 there has been a gen 8 leak and well its about yungoose and gumshose being a gen 8 pokemon now this pretty much means gen 8 confirmed now here are my speculations on gen 8 releas date: 2019 or 2020 pseudo legendary: aquagon. type: water dragon. ability: moxie starters the fire type will be based on a rhyno and its final evolved form will be a fire ground type the grass type will be based on a elephant and its final evolved form will be grass steel type the water one will be based on a turtle and its final evolved form will be a water dragon type the region setting will take place in a india like region because thats where thats what yungoose and gumshoose are based upon the reagion will be called the balah rgion here are the new pokemon megalence fossil pokemon water/rock based of the megladon a t rex like pokemon quite small but with incredible speed attack and special attack fire/rock i dont have any other ideas for other pokemon but it will come to me legendary pokemon one will be based of a cobra and will be poison dragon type another will be based of a tiger and will be fire dark type there will still be ultra beasts the bad guy team will be called team chaos the elite 4 types will be flying poison ground dragon there will be trials instead of gyms you will call your registered pokeride instead of using HMs
  11. So I had this discussion with some friends and thought I would ask it here. Sorry if there is already a topic about this. So I know some Pokemon fans when picking a starter Pokemon will always pick the same type like they always pick the fire type. I'm not one of those people though. For example, if I play a game set in Kanto I typically pick Squirtle or if it's set in Hoenn I'll pick Treecko. However, let's say we were forced to only pick one type for all starters for all of our Pokemon games and we had to choose to use only grass, fire, or water starters. For simplicity we're ignoring games like Pokemon Yellow that don't give you the usual option of the three. Additionally you are not allowed to ever use the other starters even if you find them in the wild or trade for them and you must use your starter in your playthrough. So out of curiousity which starter type would you choose and why? In case you need a refresher of your three choices: Grass Starters Bulbasaur, Chikorita, Treecko, Turtwig, Snivy, Chespin, Rowlet Fire Starters Charmander, Cyndaquil, Torchic, Chimchar, Tepig, Fennekin, Litten Water Starters Squirtle, Totodile, Mudkip, Piplup, Oshawott, Froakie, Popplio I'm personally torn between choosing the grass starters and the fire starters but I would probably have to go with the grass starters because I like Treecko too much.
  12. Contents I. Introduction II. I Wanna Be the Very Best, Like No One Ever Was III. The Long and Winding Road IV. His Name was Tobias V. You're Such a Little Kid! VI. You Really Are an Amazing Person VII. “Kalos League Victory! Satoshi's Greatest Decisive Battle” VIII. To Be Continued: The Cycle of Failure IX. A Jobber in Alola X. Closing Remarks As this is a subforum for discussion of the Pokémon anime, I feel this is an appropriate place to make this thread, for discussion purposes. The following below is an incredibly long rant about the state of the Pokémon anime. I make no attempt to hide any salt and I have no intention of trolling anyone, only to narrate and tell from my heart my deepest feelings about the anime. Although very long, the message of this work is very simple. The essay was originally posted in unedited form at Serebii Forums on December 31, 2016, where the thread was closed by a moderator hours later. So have some popcorn, sit back, and relax. I. Introduction My first foray into Pokémon was back in 1998, when I got the Game Boy Camera that summer (might've been my birthday, can't really remember). I had a ton of fun with that little thing—the games, the DJ, the photos, among other things. What was particularly cool was being able to place silly stamps on the photos. There were eyes, mouths, accessories, various Mario characters, and some creatures that my older brother referred to as generic “dinosaurs” or “monsters”, can't exactly remember which word he said. But I used them on my photos anyway, cause why not. Little did I know that wasn't going to be the last time I saw those critters, oh no. Come Autumn later that year, my brother tells me all the neat things about a new craze going on in school called Pokémon. He introduced me to the TV show, where we watched it together. I, being but a young boy at the time, was hooked and completely loved every minute of it, and just wanted to watch more and more of it. I made sure to watch every new episode premiere to the best of my ability and was happy to watch the reruns. Around the same time, I saw the commercial to the games, and wanted to play them badly. Soon enough, I got the game, and was completely hooked to it, and became a young Pokémon fan. Every Pokémon fan has likely heard of and watched the anime at some point in their lives. When we saw the anime for the first time, plenty of us found it exciting to see Ash and others traveling, battling with their critters and getting stronger, strengthening the bonds and friendships with each other and their Pokémon, helping out others, earning badges, fighting evil, and so forth. Many today still have nostalgia for those days. But today, the Pokémon anime is scorned by both Pokémon and anime fans, something that gives both the franchise and the medium a bad name. What went wrong? Let us review Ash's journey throughout the years. II. I Wanna Be the Very Best, Like No One Ever Was According to Wikipedia, the premise or synopsis of the entire anime is this: “After he turns 10 years old, Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in Japan) is allowed to start his journey in the world of Pokémon and dreams of becoming a Pokémon master.” Remember this carefully. So our boy Ash, despite getting up late, manages to begin a brand new journey in a new region, with Pikachu by his side, in hopes of becoming a Pokémon Master. The Pikachu, given to him by Professor Oak, at first does not get along very well with the newbie trainer; but not long after they get along very well and become a strong team. They later get joined by Brock and Misty, two people who are in charge of Pokémon Gyms, a place where trainers are tested by battling such leaders in hopes of defeating them to obtain a Gym Badge, of which eight are required to enter the Pokémon League. As Ash desires to win the league he tries hard to get these badges, all while going through some extra battling, capturing more Pokémon, visiting places, helping out strangers, and stopping Team Rocket, a trio consisting of Jessie, James and Meowth, who hope to capture his Pikachu due to their impression of how strong he is. In addition, he hopes to win his rivalry against the snobby Gary, the grandson of Professor Oak. Misty herself desires to become a Water Pokémon Master, and Brock desires to become a Pokémon Breeder. Ash manages to get all of the Gym Badges at Kanto, though sometimes by unconventional means (he was simply going to get the Cascade Badge without a battle, he got another by making its Gym Leader laugh, and yet another by not fighting the actual Gym Leader). Nonetheless he was happy with his badges, and went off to enter the Pokémon League. Ash had a bit of struggles with his opponents, among them a long green-haired weirdo and a woman in traditional Japanese clothing with an overpowered Bellsprout. But despite those, Ash manages to win four 3v3 Pokémon matches. Ash is now in the Sweet Sixteen! So he faces off against a trainer that isn't so different from him—he is similar in personality and fights with similar Pokémon. His name is Ritchie. Like our boy Ash, Ritchie resembled and was loosely based on Red, the protagonist of the first Pokémon games. He marked his Poké Balls with stars and gave nicknames to each of his Pokémon. He similarly had a Pikachu that was always with him by his side. He too wanted to become a good trainer. Unsurprisingly, Ash and Ritchie became good pals and always want to see each other succeed. However, the time came where the two trainers had to face each other in the tournament. The two felt conflicted, and yet were ready to engage in a battle. The two fought valiantly, but thanks to some poor refereeing and the stupidity of Ash's Charizard, Ash loses the match. He is eliminated from the tournament. Unlike his game, manga, and Pokémon Origins counterparts, Ash does not become the Pokémon Champion. Ash does not obtain his dream of becoming a Pokémon Master. While many of us were disappointed with the outcome, plenty of us also thought, “Well, losses happen. It's okay to lose.” 255 trainers had to lose the tournament, and Ash (and Ritchie) ended up becoming one of them. Losing is part of life. Time to move on. Little did plenty of us know that this was just the beginning of would later be an awful predicament. III. The Long and Winding Road After the league ended, Ash decided to continue traveling. He and his companions enter a region called the Orange Islands. Brock was replaced by an artist named Tracey, while Misty continues traveling with our protagonist. We continue to see much of the same—battles, catching Pokémon, helping strangers, Team Rocket blasting off again, and so forth. Ash gains four more badges by doing non-battle challenges, which qualifies him to enter the Orange League. The battle was Ash against Drake in a full 6v6 battle. It was quite exciting to watch, and the great highlight was seeing Ash's Pikachu take down a mighty Dragonite, giving Ash the victory. It was not a true league however, so Ash's journey is not quite over. But hey, it's something, right? Well, not really. So off he goes to Johto. Brock returns and replaces Tracey, who didn't really get anywhere with his goal; we're back to the original team. Meanwhile, Team Rocket continues to attempt getting Pikachu but never succeeds. The Johto saga was notorious for its heavy amount of filler, yet despite that Ash manages to get eight more badges, qualifying him to enter into the Johto League. Misty also decided to do something with her goal as she and Ash enter the Whirl Cup, a tournament where trainers are only allowed to use water-type Pokémon. Despite Misty's apparent expertise at that kind of thing, she is defeated, and thus does not really fulfill her goal in becoming a Water Pokémon Master, whatever that is. Brock continues to tag along, flirting with women along with other activities. Eventually Ash arrives to the Johto League. He defeats a good number of opponents, among those were a girl who was heavily infatuated with him and his biggest rival Gary. But despite this great accomplishment, he gets defeated by Harrison at the quarterfinals, in a match that unlike against Ritchie, turned out to be a good loss for our hero. He got further than he did before, and was finally able to overcome Gary, who reconciled with Ash and then quit becoming as a Pokémon Trainer, joining his grandfather in his research. But Ash's adventure is far from over. So next he arrives to Hoenn. It wasn't without a bit of controversy—Misty fans were enraged as the tomboyish mermaid was getting written out and replaced by May, who was the female protagonist of the then new Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire games. With an emotional goodbye to Misty, Ash continues his adventure, catching all sorts of new Pokémon, meeting various people, engaging in many battles, fending off Team Rocket (who continues but fails to capture Ash's Pikachu), and winning another eight badges to enter the Hoenn League. Meanwhile, May finds her own goal—become a Master Coordinator. In her attempt to reach her dream, she entered so-called Pokémon Contests, which are more or less Pokémon pet shows plus some battling, in hopes of winning some ribbons. She manages to get the five ribbons required to enter the Grand Festival, where the winner will be donned Master Coordinator. Despite her hard work however May is defeated in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Ash himself is yet again beaten, this time by eventual Champion Tyson and his Meowth at the Hoenn League quarterfinals, yet he was able to make it that far using only his Hoenn team. But that wasn't enough for our boy. He travels on, as the journey continues! IV. His Name was Tobias By this point, Ash had become an experienced player. He, Brock and May return to Kanto and do stuff; May tries again with her goal but fails a second time, this time being defeated at the semifinals of the Kanto Grand Festival. Ash himself enters and wins the Battle Frontier, which seems to be the Pokémon equivalent of an All-Star Game or the International Champions Cup, which although impressive, was not an important competition like the regional Pokémon League. So Ash heads off to Sinnoh. May (and her forgettable brother) get written out without getting their goals accomplished and Dawn, the female protagonist of the Gen IV Pokémon games, now takes the spotlight. Brock tarries on longer, practically getting relegated to a shadow of what he used to be. Team Rocket still stalks Ash in hopes of getting that Pikachu of his, yet again they do not succeed. More of the usual happens—Ash captures Pokémon, Ash does more battling, Ash wins some badges, etc. Dawn, like May, desires to become a Master Coordinator. She too enters contests and despite some struggles gets the ribbons necessary to reach the Grand Festival. Unfortunately she only gets so far just to lose to rival Zoey at the finals, thus being unable to fulfill her goal. Too bad. As for Ash, he enters a Pokémon League for the fourth time. This time he goes really far, and manages to defeat rival Paul in an epic battle that lasted three episodes, sending him to the semifinals for the first time in his history as a Pokémon Trainer. Having momentum by overcoming a fierce rival, Ash looked on his way to the long awaited victory after 13 years worth of episodes. But not so fast. In comes a man in a cloak, named Tobias. He had swept all of his previous opponents, using a single Darkrai. Yes, Darkrai, the legendary Mythical Pokémon. This same Darkrai ended up taking about half of Ash's entire team. But Ash wasn't just going to roll over and die. With great effort, the Darkrai was finally taken down by Sceptile, yet those efforts came in vain, as Tobias sends out a second legendary Pokémon, Latios, who managed to wipe out the rest of Ash's team, though it was not without Latios himself fainting together with Pikachu. Just when Ash looked to be on a possible road to victory, he gets crushed by this guy who has a team of multiple legendary Pokémon with him. For the fourth time in a fourth region, Ash again does not fulfill his dream. Tough luck. Let us review the premise of the anime again: “After he turns 10 years old, Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in Japan) is allowed to start his journey in the world of Pokémon and dreams of becoming a Pokémon master.” For some reason, the writers felt that they didn't really want to have Ash make any further progress towards that goal, and as a way to do that, we get a God-mode trainer that stands in his way, one I would like to call a pastiche of players who enter Pokémon Leagues using legendary Pokémon in the games. So Tobias just comes into the anime as a plot device who only exists to do just that, halting the fulfillment of the premise of the anime by defeating Ash with overpowered legendary Pokémon. It is quite disastrous. But hey, to those who looked on the bright side, Ash proved himself to be the second strongest Pokémon Trainer by performing best against the eventual Champion Tobias. Surely, this could mean that Ash could make progress towards his dream and win the next league at Unova, right? Nope, instead it would only get worse. Much, much worse. V. You're Such a Little Kid! Brock more or less outstayed his welcome, having been relegated to a mere background character and did almost nothing towards fulfilling his goal of becoming a Pokémon Breeder. So he changes his goal to become a Pokémon Doctor instead, and then is subsequently axed from the show without really seeing him become one. As for Dawn, she was going to go with Ash but suddenly gets written out thanks to some unforeseen circumstance. So despite her popularity Dawn too gets axed, and she becomes the third Poké Girl who doesn't reach her goal—Ash must be some kind of bad luck charm. So Ash heads alone to Unova, where a new adventure awaits him. You figure that with all those strong Pokémon he's collected over the years he could finally create the team necessary to get the badges required to enter the Unova League and eventually give him the Championship win he deserves. Oh wait, over the years is very misleading. Because at the very first episode of Best Wishes, we Ash's age retconned back to 10 by the narrator even though an anniversary scene existed in the original series. Worse, we witness a battle where his Pikachu, who just battled Latios a couple of episodes prior, faced a brand new Snivy... and lost. Though Pikachu was partially handicapped this was still an embarrassment for our veteran trainer. It was just the beginning of the problems the Unova saga had; that one match symbolized the horrible things that were to come, resulting in many anime viewers panning it. Pikachu was made weak and Ash regressed as a trainer. Far from the guy that took on Tobias, we see Ash make some ridiculous noob mistakes like not knowing how to catch a Pokémon, not knowing about type weaknesses, scanning a Koffing as if he never knew the Pokémon. Those are not things a veteran trainer like Ash should've done; those kind of mistakes allowed Iris, a girl with insane hair with an affinity for dragon-type Pokémon, to belittle him with destructive criticism, constantly calling him a kid. She aspired to become a so-called Dragon Master but does not achieve it, making her a real hypocrite. They are accompanied by Cilan, a Pokémon Connoisseur, one that although skilled does not achieve the top rank. All while getting pursued yet again by Team Rocket, who actually changed up a bit for a short time before going back to the comedic trio that unsuccessfully attempts to get Pikachu. The Unova League was the pinnacle of how bad the Pokémon anime had gotten. Despite the incompetence of Ash, he again manages to get eight more badges, along with other accomplishments, like being able to face Team Rocket boss Giovanni for the first time (though he got creamed hard), and witnessing the return of his powerful Charizard. So he comes into the league, takes down a few opponents, and proceeds to fight a trainer in the quarterfinals named Cameron. This should've been an automatic win for Ash, as Cameron didn't even get the required amount of badges to enter the league, and thought he could only enter five Pokémon in the match. Yet thanks to rubbish nonsense, Ash loses that match as Cameron's Riolu evolves to Lucario. Cameron proceeds to get smacked 3-6 in the semifinal match. This was followed by an arc made entirely of filler in the Decolore Islands. It seems that all of that development Ash had prior to Best Wishes was deliberately thrown out by the writers, showing a gigantic middle finger at the premise of the anime. To those who wanted to see the anime's premise fulfilled, Best Wishes went the opposite route. In terms of fulfilling the premise of seeing Ash become a Pokémon Master, the writers have failed tremendously. It was mainly thanks to this series that the anime got the notoriety it is known for. Furthermore, the TV ratings had decreased from good to bad, where the effect had carried over to XY and now Sun and Moon. Allow me to quote from a user in a Pokémon forum at how bad the anime had gotten: Another user from the same thread said, “I’m sure it was the intention of both series that Satoshi would grow from where he started out, but whereas DP was able to show this competently, BW failed to show he went through any growth at all. And as far as I'm concerned, failing to show that growth in the main character of the show severely hurt the quality of Best Wishes and is one of the biggest reasons - though there are several outside of that - why I personally rate it the worst [series].” At the end of the series, Iris and Cilan get written out by taking a train. But we're not finished with Ash. Oh no. VI. You Really Are an Amazing Person After the disaster in Unova, five-time loser Ash is back home in Pallet. Ash again has not fulfilled his dream. There goes a moment where he is pondering about his adventure, thinking about many folks in he's known in his journey—Gary, Misty, Brock, Tracey, May, Dawn, Iris, and Cilan. He also reunites with the Pokémon he's collected over plenty of time. As his dream remains as strong as ever, he heads off to Kalos in a brand new outfit along with his trusty pal Pikachu. Team Rocket continues to pursue the duo. So when he arrives there, much to the pleasant surprise of people, and in contrast to how bad he had gotten in BW, Ash is made a strong trainer again, almost as if he picked up straight from the end of Sinnoh. By the second episode we see an epic story that involves Pikachu nearly losing his life and Ash jumping off Prism Tower to save him. He and Pikachu are accompanied by three others—Clemont, the Lumiose Gym Leader, whose goal is to gain more confidence (a noble albeit subjective goal), Bonnie, his younger sister, who desires to become a trainer in the future, and Serena, a girl whom Ash met in their childhood, who at first did not have a goal but eventually decided to become a Pokémon Performer by participating in Pokémon Showcases (which you can say are basically beauty pageants with Pokémon), in hopes of ultimately becoming Kalos Queen. In deep contrast to the treatment Ash received from Iris, everyone seemed to admire him and his qualities, both his traveling companions and his rivals (detractors call them a fan club), and for once, Ash was no longer reliant on an older guy for advice or something; he felt like he was a true leader in his group. In the meanwhile we are introduced to a young man named Alain. He was the protagonist of the Mega Evolution specials, and desired to become the strongest trainer. He sure had power indeed; his Mega Charizard X was able to take down ten other Mega Evolved Pokémon in a row. He was accompanied by a young girl named Mairin, a beginner trainer who was in many ways the opposite of Alain, being both bubbly and clumsy at the same time. Throughout the Kalos saga, Ash seemed like he was taking his goal very seriously; he is seen training his Pokémon often, and with great effort wins another eight badges, along with the usual affairs of fillers, catching more Pokémon, helping more strangers out, fending off Team Rocket yet again, and other activities. Serena on the other hand, gets the three Princess Keys needed to enter the Master Class, where the winner would receive the title of Kalos Queen. Yet despite her great efforts, she is defeated by reigning Kalos Queen Aria. Like all of Ash's female companions before her Serena fails to achieve her dream, this time of being Kalos Queen (all this despite a closing credits dedicated to it). She was so close yet so far. Poor girl. Plenty of viewers saw that coming, however. But Ash on the other hand had become a really strong trainer. As a matter of fact, Ash was perhaps at the strongest he has ever been, surpassing the level he was at the end of Sinnoh. He had a solid team with him of fully evolved Pokémon (except for his trusty Pikachu of course), a team of Pokémon that had amazing accomplishments by taking on Mega Evolutions and/or Legendaries. In particular, his Greninja, whom Ash had found as a Froakie, created an enormous bond with him, to the point where he would transform into a more powerful form known as Ash-Greninja. The bond is considered so strong that Ash himself would share whatever pain Greninja received while on this form. This was prophesied by one of the Kalos Gym Leaders, Olympia, who stated that Ash and the then Frogadier that they would reach levels never seen before. The strength of Ash-Greninja gave Pokémon Champion Diantha and her Mega Gardevoir a run for their money before abruptly ending as Ash was unable to handle the Ash-Greninja's power, causing him to faint and thus be unable to battle. However, after several losses and then some subsequent words from Serena, Ash and Greninja received important development that allowed them to master the transformation, which proved to be crucial for winning that last badge. VII. “Kalos League Victory! Ash's Greatest Decisive Battle” With the eight badges Ash got at Kalos, he was ready to enter the Lumiose Conference. The number of entrants were quite low, only 64 I believe. Ash easily wins the first four rounds with his Pokémon, but before he was able to begin his match against his friend and rival Sawyer, he was stopped by a punk who wanted to battle him. After Ash took care of him, the punk confessed that he was saddened that he did not get the badges necessary to enter the league, and begs Ash to win for him. In front of a crowd, Ash vowed that he would win for all of those trainers who couldn't enter the league. The semifinal against Sawyer was a hard fought battle, where it came down to Ash-Greninja vs Mega Sceptile, but Ash came down victorious despite the type disadvantage. The other semifinal on the other hand was seeing Alain destroy Louis 6-1 in embarrassing fashion. The final was going to be tough. Ash had never made it this far in a tournament, making this the biggest match he's ever had in all his tenure as a Pokémon Trainer. Alain on the other hand didn't really care for the title or the tournament itself and only wanted to become the strongest and battle Ash and collect some energy for his boss, Lysandre of Team Flare, who was misguiding him that the energy would be used for righteous purposes. Both characters had a very strong team with them. The previews made sure to hype up this huge match, making emphasis that Ash had never beaten Alain before since they met, having lost to him twice previously although Ash was close in one of those matches. Team Rocket themselves commented in the anime that Ash could finally win one of these leagues. Would this be the time where Ash finally overcomes his rival? Will this be the time where Ash wins his first ever Pokémon League title? Watch the match to find out! So after an intermission, the Kalos League Final commences. Although Pokémon never really had good animation, the battle scenes were beautiful to the eye and the action was epic. Ash was doing very well as a trainer, and I personally believe that the matches against Tyranitar and Metagross was undoubtedly one of Pikachu's finest moments in the entire anime. His efforts helped Ash be put into a 3v2 advantage by end of the first episode, with only Alain's Bisharp and Charizard remaining. Pikachu would continue to battle, putting on some hits on Charizard including a powerful and supereffective Thunderbolt. Alain later withdrew Charizard after taking down Pikachu, and eventually the match came down to Ash-Greninja vs. Mega Charizard X. Having previously taken down a Mega Sceptile, Greninja was primed to take on Charizard, and was gifted with a type advantage. With his powerful bond with Ash they achieved a power that was never previously before seen, a bond far more impressive than by comparison a mere Mega Evolution. And for most of the match, it showed. Ash-Greninja was doing more of the damage against Mega Charizard X while keeping damage against him at a minimum. Stacked with the damage Pikachu had done against Mega Charizard X, Ash-Greninja appeared to be winning. We soon see Ash-Greninja perform a wild gigantic orange Water Shuriken which he is soon to throw at Mega Charizard X. Let's pause here. Look at that beautiful thing. Look at it. Amazing. Unto many viewers, it looked to be the finishing move. It looked like victory was coming. The premise of the entire anime boiled down to this. Ash had his highs and his lows. Of all the stupid mistakes, errors and shortcomings Ash had made in the past, of all the failure he had to endure, they don't matter anymore. He was going to win that Championship. He was going to accomplish that dream of his. That Water Shuriken looked to symbolize the victory Ash deserves after 900+ episodes of experience, trials, happiness, sorrow, and accomplishments as a Pokémon Trainer. It looked to give the positive message that all of Ash's hard work, time, effort, training, teamwork, discipline, strength, endurance, speed, determination, patience, diligence, passion, desire, heart and love was finally, finally going to pay off. On we go! Kalos League Victory! VIII. To Be Continued: The Cycle of Failure Alain, perhaps in panic, causes Mega Charizard X to counter with a Blast Burn. A great explosion results. After the explosion, both Pokémon are seen standing. Mega Charizard shakes a bit. But Ash-Greninja falls down. Ash-Greninja reverts to his original form. Ash-Greninja fainted. Ash is out of usable Pokémon. Ash has lost the Kalos League Championship final. Alain is awarded the Championship trophy. His Charizard is standing right there, appearing unfazed, showing that despite the improved bond Greninja actually performed worse than before. Ash is seen smiling like the good boy he is. There are so many things wrong with what happened at that scene. This is Best Wishes level writing here. Ash had just lost the biggest match of his life, and yet he is smiling. In contrast, let us look at three real life athletes, all who lost earlier this year in the finals of a major sporting competition. Look at Cam Newton at Super Bowl 50. Look at Stephen Curry at the 2016 NBA Finals. Look at Lionel Messi at the Copa América Centenario. Did all three of them just move on and smile after losing those huge games? No! They all took their losses hard. Newton was so bitter that he walked out in the middle of a press conference. Curry was seen crying in the locker room. Messi temporarily quit the Argentina national soccer team. These are human responses. I can't really blame them for their actions there. I likely would've done the same thing if I were in their spots. Ash on the other hand, seems perfectly content with his loss. To quote one guy from Reddit: “He takes it instantly. Not a single second of disappointment or frustration, even after having come so close. No human acts like that. Everyone would at least need to breath deep for a second there. But not Ash, because the narrative bends him into getting over it immediately. Poor kid.” It is almost as he is fine with a lower standard and not fulfilling his dream of becoming a Pokémon Master. This is a massive contradiction to the premise of the anime! It makes no sense. How can people relate to this? If the writers are trying to teach that it's okay to lose, then they've failed this badly with such execution. While I agree it's okay to lose, it's also okay to feel disappointed. The anime didn't do this (and arguably didn't even do the first part either). Let us use an altered quote of the late Roger Ebert, because it perfectly sums up my thoughts on what happened at those very moments: To me, this was the absolute worst moment in all of Pokémon, and that really says something. The league was soon interrupted by a crazy invasion by Team Flare, yet the excellent Team Flare arc and succeeding episodes could not save the disastrous conclusion of the ending: That after about 940 episodes and 20 years of anime production, Ash Ketchum is back at Pallet, still beginning a brand new journey in a new region, with Pikachu by his side, in hopes of becoming a Pokémon Master. The reason the writers had Ash lose was clearly because they wanted to continue this anime. I can't think of anything else. The status quo was in full power in that scene. The status quo of the Pokémon anime runs a cycle like this: 1. Ash enters a new region with Pikachu by his side in hopes of becoming a Pokémon Master. 2. Ash meets the professor of the region and gets a starter Pokémon from that region. 3. Ash also meets some people who'll end up being his companions in the region. Some of those companions have goals of their own that they want to achieve. 4. Team Rocket follows Ash and his crew in hopes of obtaining the Pikachu. 5. Throughout the region, Ash and his companions do some Pokémon battles, enter some unimportant competitions, win some Badges or equivalent, catch some regional Pokémon, fend off Team Rocket over and over, help random strangers, etc., etc., etc. 6. After doing all that, Ash enters the region's Pokémon League, but despite his valiant effort, he is defeated. His companions likewise fail to win in their respective competitions. 7. At the end of the region, Ash's Pokémon and companions (except Pikachu) are all written out, and Ash returns to Pallet. 8. Ash enters a new region with Pikachu by his side in hopes of becoming a Pokémon Master... and proceeds to lose that region's League. The consequences of the status quo results in these: 1. Ash does not obtain his dreams of becoming a Pokémon Master. 2. His companions also do not obtain their respective dreams, and will likely never do so thanks to getting written out of the anime. 3. Ash's Pokémon except for Pikachu also get written out despite their hard work and achievements throughout his adventure. 4. TRio, despite failing over and over again to obtain Pikachu or some other goal, nonetheless continue to stalk him. 5. Thus, any existing bonds or relationships between Ash and his Pokémon and peers are gone, because the latter groups are no longer in the anime. 6. Finally, the entire region becomes filler, as Ash remains in the initial state he was at the beginning of the saga—ready to start a new adventure with Pikachu by his side. Plenty of us love to bash Ash for the repeated failings he's had and point out his mediocrity as a Pokémon Trainer. For a long time, Ash's incompetence was a pretty valid argument on why he kept losing. But this is no longer the case. It's just no longer Ash's stupidity or mediocrity, but vile and rubbish codswallop that caused him to lose. The message is really no longer “It's okay to lose” (though as far as I know the anime has never actually taught this), but rather “No matter how hard you try, you will always fail.” This is downright insulting, even for a kids' show. The status quo has caused this Reddit post to happen after Ash's loss: Ash is not the only person who has failed to reach his dream. In the 20 years the Pokémon anime has run, his companions also all have failed to achieve their respective dreams. These are the results: -Misty has failed to become a water Pokémon Master -Brock has failed to become a Pokémon Breeder and has not become a Pokémon Doctor -May has failed to become a Master Coordinator -Dawn also has failed to become a Master Coordinator -Cilan did not become a Class S Connoisseur -Iris failed to become a Dragon Master -Serena has failed to become Kalos Queen Failure and defeatism is the recurring theme of the anime. Failure for just about every major character. No one ever seems to win anything. For Ash's traveling companions, they get a goal, they fail at reaching the goal, and then they all get written out, never to be seen again, never ever fulfilling their goals. For the Permanent 5 (Ash, Pikachu and Team Rocket), they get a goal, they fail at reaching the goal, then they fail again, and again, and again, and again, ad infinitum. All in a show full of broken promises and unfulfilled dreams. I am sick of it all. This crap normally comes from politicians for crying out loud. I have never seen such a lack of respect for Ash the protagonist or any of its characters like this. I ask you: How on earth is this a good thing? I honestly want to know. I want answers. What I have shared is nothing new. This is not some kind of grand revelation. It is a problem that has existed for a while. I have repeatedly said in the past how much the status quo damages the quality and reputation of the anime. The status quo is something that has bothered me and other people for years, and plenty of us wanted it gone. XYZ looked like it could finally destroy the status quo after so long. And yet the writers completely blew it. Those kids that watched the anime back in the late 1990's are adults now. Deep inside we all wanted to see Ash win. It is a very long time. The anger that resulted in the Kalos League loss is justified. One person from a forum said this: IX. A Jobber in Alola We now know that the anime staff (writers, directors, producers and executives) had no intention of actually making a meaningful and lasting impact on the show and instead continue to make Ash a jobber at every place he goes, bringing about all of his companions down with him. Ash and Pikachu are running around in circles now. I cannot help but believe that the writers do not really care for their audiences, both kids and older viewers; the older viewers for repeatedly angering them with bullcrap like the Kalos League loss, and the younger audiences for assuming that they're stupid and don't know any better, to the point where they can reuse some plots from previous episodes. I honestly think they intend to please no one but themselves. Three times has these people deliberately gone against the premise of the show for the sake of keeping the show to continue for who knows how long now. First with the existence of Tobias, second with the entire Unova saga, and third with Ash's Kalos League defeat. That's three strikes now. The fact that they could pull garbage decisions like those can very well indicate that they can continue the anime for another 20, 30, 50, or even 100 years, with Ash never fulfilling his goal. I hate this show now. Hate it. It breaks my heart to see my childhood show come to this. I never thought that after watching XYZ it would come down to me hating this show. Believe me, I truly detest this anime. If they continue this approach, then there is no point to speculating what will happen in the Sun and Moon anime, no point in what character will get what Pokémon, no point in what character development will come, no point in discussing how a battle will turn out. What's the point of discussing what'll happen to Rowlet and Lillie (just to give two examples) if they're only going to get written out in the end? If they just get thrown out just like every other character and Pokémon (except of course for the Permanent 5), then there is no point to their existence in the anime; hence, no reason to talk about them. Nothing matters. I was modded for posting about this in some threads at another forum, where the moderator said to me that I was “forcing [a] nihilist mindset onto others”, but it seems that the “nihilist mindset” is truly the case for this anime. Whatever merits the Sun and Moon anime may have, it is not worth seeing a show where the premise seems to take a backseat to comedy (never mind that comedy was never the main focus of the anime). It is not worth seeing Ash run and around in circles and lose again. I will go and make a prediction: Ash will not become a Pokémon Master in this saga. I feel that as Pokémon fans we deserve better than this embarrassment. We really should be watching a good show instead of one that has debased itself so badly it may go down as one of the biggest wastes in animation history. To use a quote from a Yahoo user (misspellings corrected): Plenty of these essays typically come with a solution to the problem. Time would fail to tell me the many, many ways they could've improved this. After all, wouldn't the show be so much better and more interesting had Ash actually won that Kalos League final? I wish I could translate this essay into Japanese and send this straight to TV Tokyo so they could know about how I and thousands of others feel about the anime. Sadly, I feel powerless right now and have no choice but to acknowledge the existence of the continued anime: an endless and ultimately worthless adventure of an allegedly eternal 10-year-old. The worst thing about all this is the fact that people are willing to go to far lengths to defend this tripe. I'll briefly counter a few common arguments: 1. It's a kids' show. Being a kids' show is no excuse for bad writing. 2. It's a 20-minute advertisement. Being an advertisement for the games is no excuse for a bad show. Pokémon Adventures alone disproves these first two excuses. 3. The anime is teaching kids it's okay to lose. Except I don't believe it ever actually did this. Even then, with a goal like Ash's, you're supposed to win after. Losing once for a protagonist is okay; losing twice is pushing it; losing six times is unacceptable. 4. The term “Pokémon Master” was never defined. While it's true that the anime hasn't exactly explained what a Pokémon Master really is, the fact that Ash is trying to win these leagues should give us a good idea, at least by the anime's definition. At the very least, winning a league is a step, and thus required, in his path to becoming a Pokémon Master. If you're telling me that's not the way to go and that the whole thing is a red herring instead, then that makes this show even worse than it already is. 5. If Ash won that finals match, then the anime would have to end. Have this quote: And even if we granted this argument, is that really a problem? The status quo problem should've never existed in the first place, and should've been eliminated a long time ago. Ash, Pikachu and Team Rocket have all outstayed their welcome and should've been written out by now. Why does the anime still need them? Since the writers are willing to boot everyone else out, they may as well replace Ash with a new protagonist, give him/her a Pikachu or some other Pokémon, and replace Team Rocket with another comedic team. Plenty of other animes do something like that; no reason why Pokémon can't do the same. 6. It's all about the journey, not the destination. This one gets two quotes. Here's the first: And the second: X. Closing Remarks Long ago I felt very underwhelmed about Pokémon Sun and Moon after seeing some early footage of it. Since then, I went from being underwhelmed to being on the fence when it came to getting the game. I determined that I would get the game if one of two conditions were fulfilled. One of them was to see Ash win the Kalos League. It would've been my way to thank the writers for giving my childhood hero the victory he finally deserves. But because that didn't happen, I will not get the game. (This may actually become a blessing in disguise if the Pokémon Stars rumor for the Nintendo Switch ends up being true; I'll just get that instead.) Unfortunate, but I want to stay true to my word. I cannot in good conscience watch a show where there exists a premise of Ash desiring to reach his dream of becoming a Pokémon Master, yet instead we see him and Pikachu running around in circles, forever chased by Team Rocket, and where everyone else—from Gary, Butterfree and Duplica to Jessebelle, Greninja and Serena—all get axed out of the anime without making even a hint of a permanent dent. Seeing Ash lose over and over again is the opposite of what I and many others wanted from this anime. I hate it. So if the anime tries to lure you with a premise about a kid hoping to reach his dreams of becoming a Pokémon Master, with little critters and legendary creatures, along with flashy battles, humorous scenes, worthy goals and cute girls, I implore you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLKDV-_SCBs Now that is one quality cartoon. Now what was the other condition? I will confess it: It was to see Ash and Serena together in a romantic relationship. I am a so-called Amourshipper; however I concede that thanks to Serena getting axed out of the anime, where it continues Ash's adventure with Sun and Moon, Amourshipping is dead. You win, critics. But know that it came at a heavy, heavy cost. However, allow me to close my post with this dialogue between Ash and Serena from the 40th episode of Pokémon XY. Regardless of what you may think of Serena and Amourshipping, please put your love or hatred for them aside and read the passage below: Ash: I hope the PokéVision turns out good. Serena: Yeah. Ash: You see, I have a feeling that what I do at this camp might help me in my battles. Serena: Yesterday's fishing tournament and today's PokéVision, too? Ash: Of course! I don't think anything is pointless. Everything on our journey will lead up to victory at the Kalos League. That's why I need to work a lot harder. Serena: You're already working hard, Satoshi. You do plenty enough. Ash: Nah. I still have a long way to go. My dream won't come true like this. Serena: Your dream is... Ash: ...to become a Pokémon Master. Serena: I see. You really are amazing, Satoshi. I admit it, I thought all this really meant something when it was first aired. I really did. I sure was deceived. TL;DR – Although the Pokémon anime's premise is to see Ash become a Pokémon Master, the writers have repeatedly failed to fulfill or make any progress towards it when there was ample opportunity to do so, instead making huge, lasting decisions in the story to ensure that premise doesn't happen. Ash's repeated failures and subsequent move to a new region renders everything he does pointless. None of Ash's actions ever amount to anything in the end. Well, time for some eggnog. That's all, folks!
  13. All Sun and Moon QR codes

    http://m.imgur.com/a/EFOqs All QR codes on one page, I thought I'd share them with you all
  14. Hello everyone, I made a new Pokémon Artwork about Articuno, it reminds me a lot of the League of Legends Anivia in which I had also done A drawing, with the different than the Articuno is much easier to draw. Simpler strokes. Hope you like it was done recently without sketch and using as main chalk material. Feel free to criticize, compliment, state your opinion or show your fan art The Legendary &nbsp;Pokémon Artwork
  15. Before I start I would like to say something. I don't know why there isn't this thread on this new forum yet, so I might as well make one. Also I have never really shared my top 10 favorite Pokemon so... here we go! Make sure to say your top 10 below! If there are is anything I spelled incorrectly and/or grammar issues, just tell me. 10. Machoke I know, you may say, "WHY NOT MACHAMP?" well... my brother would never trade with me to get me my Machamp, I had a cable and everything! But Machoke and his purpleness was amazing anyways! And he learned Revenge and that animation tho! (This was in Ruby, I really only played that as a kid) 9. Hydreigon When I first played BW, I didn't want to train a Deino, It looked weak. And Zweilous looked twice as weak (ha, get it). But once I saw Ghetsis's Hydreigon I was like "I need it!" So i grabbed my Zweilous and trained it up... to level 55 and gave up. The only thing holding this down to 8 is the dumb level 64 evolution. Btw, I have one now, just saying. 8. Altaria IT'S SO POOFY AND CUTE! Yep, I always get a Swablu when I can, but when I do their is usually [number 5] in the game... My sister had a Swablu plush when I was a kid, I think she still has it, I still want it. 7. Swampert My first ever starter, thus, my very first Pokemon (Mudkip if you want to get technical). Mudkip looked so cute (and it was a water type) and Swampert looked like a BEAST! I always left one slot left to use the Earthquake TM on him (I was a kid, I didn't realize you could just level him up to get Earthquake) and used it against Groudon for neutral damage for an easy capture. Overall, Swampert will always have a special place, and will NEVER leave the list (he will probably just stay at 10 if Sun and Moon bring some goodies) Was number 1 when I was a kid. 6. Flygon I know this is the second Hoenn dragon, but what can I say? I love em! The thing I loved about Flygon was it's red eye shield things. I loved red as a kid and those red details were ? Also it's a friggen dragon. I swear this is the last Dragon! 5. Aggron I was a very lazy trainer back in the day, with my only Pokemon strong enough to take the E4 was Swampert (like I said above) in Ruby. But I loved Aggron so much, so I always picked up a Lairon in Victory Road, trained it up, and had my 2nd team member. the other 4 were HM slaves and/or Revive/Heal fodder. 4. Lilligant I know, very girly. But I just love it's design, and it's ability Chlorophyll, which goes very well with Ca- my number 1 slot. Also used it in my BW and BW2 playthrough! 3. Regirock This is the only legendary on the list, I promise. When I was a kid I went on Youtube (or was it Youtube? Maybe it was too long ago to be youtube) and I looked up how to get the Regis in Pokemon Ruby, I saw them in a book and I wanted them. It looked so fake because it told you to put Relicanth in front and Wailord in the back of the party, it looked dumb! But in a hotel room (mind you, this was weeks later, I dunno how I remembered what to do at age 4 or 5) I randomly found a Relicanth, and I had a Wailord that had all the Water HMs on it with me. So I went to the currents past Pacifilog Town, and tried, over and over until I got to the spot. When I ended up at the cave I was surprised, a little hope that this would work sparked in my mind. I then used dig at the wall, a hole opened up. Inside my mind I am screaming as I walk up to the back wall. I close my eyes and click 'A'... nothing happens... I was devastated. I swear I had the right Pokemon! I swear they were in the right order- wait... I switched them because I had Relicanth in back for some reason and then clicked 'A'... SHAKE... CRASH. CRASH. CRASH... silence... I remember seeing a weird rock at Route 111 so... I saw there was a door on the rock now. I used Strength on every spot of the room until... the door opened. I walked inside and saw it, Regirock was standing there... I screamed in happiness. I ran over to my brother and sister and said, "HEY LOOK IT WORKED!" and clicked a on the beast. The music captivated me within seconds... I love it! I just sat there, my head bobbing to the music... ah those were some good times. This is why it is at number 3... the memories! 2. Kingler THOSE CLAWS THOUGH! I love this thing. I honestly hope there is an Alolan form too. I love its high attack/defense, and the fact it is a KING! Which makes it the best water type and crab thing imo. I know this is tiny compared to Regirock, but still.... King... ler. 1. Cameupt No one saw this coming! My love for camels, and Igneous's sad death in my Ruby Nuzlocke that I did 3 years ago (Screw you, Earthquake Metagross from Steven!) made me fall in love with this Pokemon. I was so hyped for his mega evolution in ORAS. Once I saw the mega stone on Maxie I literally screamed. I just love it. Also if you couldn't tell Hoenn was my boi. CAMERUPT IS AWESOME!!! Thanks for reading this far mine! Also I tried to find RSE styled sprites for Hydreigon and Lilligant but couldn't find any. I like Ruby and I wanted to show that through the sprites because when I think of 7 of these I think of those exact sprites. Share your list below!
  16. New Leaks - Kalos will be playable after the main story is over. You’ll go there to defeat the gyms/Pokémon league and to learn about mega evolution. The “sprout island” on the map resembles Kalos. Your character and your mom moved from Kalos to Alola. - There will be no new mega evolutions. - There will be 21 Alola forms total - The Alola pokédex has about 220 Pokémon in total and 95 are new Pokémon - Marshadow will be Dark/Fairy and Rockruff only has ONE evolution - The starters/Rockruff’s Evolutions/Legendaries (including Marshadow)/ and the Kalos starters will have different forms after they perform their own specific Z move. Ash-Greninja, Full sun and Full moon are an example of these forms, they will have a slight power increase but not much else - Rowlet’s Z move is a gigantic wooden arrow being launched at high speed Litten’s Z move RKOs the opponent Popplio’s Z move is a song that surrounds the opponent and then explodes Rockruff’s Z move is a howl at the moon which then fires a strong beam at the opponent (Rockruff evolves after using its Z move for the first time) Greninja’s Z move is the giant shuriken seen in the Anime Chesnaught’s Z move rolls over the opponent with its pin Delphox’s Z move will be a “psychic” inferno Solgaleo and Lunala’s Z moves were partially seen in previous trailers Marshadow’s Z move has Marshadow levitating and then uses an eclipse attack (like solgaleo and Lunala) - The artificial island is team skull’s headquarter - Mimikyu, Bruxish, comfey, and Bounsweet all get a one stage evolution - There is going to be a strong Steel/Dragon type Monster and a Fighting/Dark gorilla Pokémon
  17. This is based upon Pokemon Ruby, not Omega Ruby. Because OR changed the story entirely so Maxie seems like the bad guy... We all know team Magma, the team that wants to raise the lands and unleashed Groudon's wrath. You, the main character, had to stop Maxie and his team of grunts from expanding these lands. But there is one thing the game just glosses over, the reason Maxie wants to do this, and once you take his reason into perspective, it is very interesting. Here is a quote from Maxie the first time you meet him in the Oceanic Museum in Pokemon Ruby Version: 'Why on earth do you feel compelled to mess up Team Magma's plans? Pokemon, people, all life exists on land... That's why Team Magma is trying to expand the world's landmass. Don't you agree?' I couldn't agree more! His reasoning makes sense, lets take a look at the Pokedex, shall we: There is 593 Pokemon that live on land (yes I know some are legendaries from different dimensions and stuff, but you see them walk/land on the ground, not sea. Also I took Lugia and Stunfisk out). That is almost 6/7 of the Pokedex that depends on land, expanding the land mass is a good cause for Pokemon. How will water Pokemon be impacted, eh? Well Hawaii is slowly growing and nothing seems to be happening to the ocean, but this is on a much larger scale. If you think about the displacement of water, it's pretty hard to add more land without having to get rid of water. Water is a fixed source on earth, always going through a cycle, so removing a chunk of water could impact the earth quite drastically. But since this is Pokemon, and Pokemon can create rain out of nothing, this doesn't matter. Now let's talk about what happens to human life. Land price will ultimately go down. More land, less cost. So getting a house will not be a problem for people who don't get much money. An that's about it. If Pokemon is like earth, then the population is rising, so more land could support everyone. So yeah, human life is all good with this. The problem with Team Magma was the execution. The Mt Chimney and Meteorite plan would've expanded the land mass, but you stopped them, ultimately giving them time to get the Blue Orb and unleash Groudon. Here is where there plan could've worked perfectly, but I think the Old Lady let him take the Blue Orb instead of Red, not realizing what would happen when he uses it on Groudon. So who is the bad guy here? Yes, the old lady on Mt Pyre. If you go through the cutscene with the Old Lady it seems as if she doesn't know what these Orbs do, as she just wants them to be together. But they do know what the Orbs do, when you talk to the man he tells you a tale about the Orbs calming the beasts. When you calm the beast with the Orb you can capture it in Ruby. The old people didn't want to let Maxie have that power of capturing Groudon, so they just gave him the Blue Orb, which gave Maxie twice the power, as the sun was too bright. Wow, good job worthless old people on Mt Pyre, you doomed us all. Maxie had no intentions of making earth entirely land, but more of a 50/50 split. So in conclusion, Maxie had an amazing plan, using lava to expand the landmass, controlling Groudon to expand the landmass, but they were both foiled by you and the old grandma. There was no greed in his plan, there was no harm in his plan, all they wanted to do was help, you (Brendan/May) were just too focused on being a recognized hero in Hoenn. You and Team Aqua just HAD to be the good guys, that's why you can't use Groudon to expand the landmass now, because that would show that you liked Team Magma's idea and would ruin your reputation. Team Magma weren't the bad guys, you were. Not my art btw Now if you don't agree with me on this, we can agree on one thing... Team Aqua's plan was just awful. Who needs more seawater? Wouldn't all of the salt water just mix in with the fresh water and lead the planet into a water crisis? Yeah, sorry Archie, that just sucks. This entire thing is probably just me sucking up to Maxie, but c'mon, Team Magma has had the best plan out of any team. It was beneficial for the planet, it was beneficial for EVERYONE, but as you know, these 10 years always have to screw it up. This is probably just a scramble of ideas, so don't get mad at me
  18. I just wanna talk a bit and see what everyone's opinion is about the possibility of a romance aspect in the future Pokemon games. I've been talking about it a lot after I replayed through my old games and then my recent completion of Alpha Sapphire, but I feel that Game Freak has been slowly building up to the possibility of some romance aspect to occur in the game. Throughout the game it almost feels as if your rival (be it May or Brendan) is almost falling for you as the game moves along, which I totally wanted to happen at the end of the Delta episode when the two get back from what I totally call is a date. But every chat the two have throughout the game seem to escalate the feel that your rival is falling in love for you. Not only did I notice this with the rival, but as well with Wally. The way he talks with your character almost feels like he really cares about you and possibly even wants you to 'notice him (senpai)'. And even when it came to Steven. Oh baby! That silver-haired hunk of Pokemon League Champion. Despite the noticeable age difference between him and your character, I totally ship that. But aside from what I noticed, I'd like to offer what I would actually be interested in seeing Game Freak do with upcoming games along with a romance aspect: -Possibly text-based game changes where you can flirt and date during the main plot, -What about an injured pokemon that you help nurture back to health and it falls in love with you, or a pokemon that you have to release or let die to continue in the game. Or a pokemon that befriends you and walks with you and not in a pokeball, but only comes to use during a final battle. Or even the plot designs it to try and kill your actual character and that pokemon takes a knife or a bullet to save you. Anyway, I just wanted to put my perspective and opinions out there. I'm open for suggestions, adjustments, or hate about them. What do you all think?