This is not about Competition

2016 was the year in which I’ve succesfully bred the most Battle Ready pokemon of all my career. There were two main reasons for this: Having finished my Pokemon Y game a very long time ago I could devote a lot of time to breeding (with the easy Gen VI breeding mechanics on top of that)…

So good it’s refreshing!

I have been busy with real life stuff in the last month but that hasn’t stopped me from playing Pokemon Sun/Moon in every opportunity I get. There is a simple beauty in getting a  continuous stream of daily bonuses from the Festival Plaza and Poke Pelago, which rate quite highly as far as simple “side activities” to grind items…

Raising Stock: Gen V

Once upon the time I made the infamous claim that the White/Black games were the worse games that ever appeared in the Pokemon series. At that time I had finished the games and had a bittersweet taste left in my mouth… But since those days my appreciation of the Unova pokemon has been raising steadily, to…

2-Move Challenge P2: Dog Luck

The second island started to show properly how things would largely evolve in my challenge: you find many more pokemon available (like Lillipup or Mudbray)  and you need to choose which ones you leave for later and which ones you draft immediately into your party. I decided to catch Lillipup (Take Down, Baby-Doll Eyes), Miltank…

2-Move Challenge P1: Early Game

When playing a new kind of challenge you always wonder the difficulties that will appear in your first playthrough that couldn’t be predicted. In my early game I did see coming the bigger issue that I will be facing in the early zones of the game: movepools are shallow. In the first few zones I…

The Two Attacks Challenge

Most of the time I run through my new pokemon games through challenges. My first runs is often a classic nuzlocke because I find them specially tricky when you ignore what will come next. So while I’m doing that in Pokemon Moon, I want to do a very different challenge in Pokemon Sun. For that run…

Mission Mid-Typing: aborted

Now the games are out (for several countries, sorry for those left out) so I’m going straight ahead and discuss some of the things we have learned since the first few hackers got the game. For games with such an intrincate system as Pokemon discoveries would take a lot of time without hacking and it…

The Ultras are coming

This is going to be a weird entry. Instead of tackling specifics of the design of the Pokemon shown before the launch date through official media I want to discuss a bit about how the Community digested and discussed the information slowly dropped by the Pokemon Company. So this is going to be kind of…

Owl, Seal and Cat

The goal of every starter is to be a complex mixture of cute and cool Pokemon. No starter is entirely bad but almost all of them lag behind other pokemon when it comes to competitive ability. But the battle power of a starter must be reliable so it can carry you through difficult battles, it…

Always there, lurking

So the new games have been datamined and are set to release in about a weeks time. I might talk at length about this spoiler fest (not about its content as much as of the fact it is happening), but before going there I want to brainstorm a bit about other subjects related to the…

Tauros is awesome

A new mechanic has been presented through several reveals and featured in the recent Sun/Moon demo., it’s called Poke-rider and with it, you can jump at the back of your pokemon and explore the Ulola region that way. Back in Gen VI (because apparently we are going to talk Gen VI all the time now),…

To alola or not to alola

So I might like to sing praises to Mega evolutions and its spiritual succesors but the new mechanics are far from perfect themselves. Z-Moves are likely to push the game towards a new kind of power creep by the simple fact that they are big/one shot effects. If you can use something once, you want…