Pokémon Sword and Shield announced. Coming Late 2019

Which starter will you choose?


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Oct 26, 2017
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Y'all remember when Garchomp was like the most overpowered Dragon type? Lol
I reckon that for Smogon style singles it would have been banned for a whole lot longer or would even still be banned if it didn't receive an alternative to Sand Veil.

Speaking of pseudo legendaries, I hope we get an actual really strong one again. The last two were kinda underwhelming.
 
It's not as good as it used to be and is outclassed by other Pokemon, but it's still up there. Fairy types really knocked dragons down a peg though.
Man, I remember when everybody had a Garchomp because he was THAT powerful lol. I forgot the nickname I gave mine but I ev trained him lol
I reckon that for Smogon style singles it would have been banned for a whole lot longer or would even still be banned if it didn't receive an alternative to Sand Veil.

Speaking of pseudo legendaries, I hope we get an actual really strong one again. The last two were kinda underwhelming.

??? What were the last 2 psuedo Legendaries? Lol
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Man, I remember when everybody had a Garchomp because he was THAT powerful lol. I forgot the nickname I gave mine but I ev trained him lol



??? What were the last 2 psuedo Legendaries? Lol
Goodra and Kommo-o

Tyranitar was the same way and for both of them it was because of sand.

I reckon that for Smogon style singles it would have been banned for a whole lot longer or would even still be banned if it didn't receive an alternative to Sand Veil.

Speaking of pseudo legendaries, I hope we get an actual really strong one again. The last two were kinda underwhelming.
Almost all of the pre-existing psuedos are bad or outclassed now due to changes with their typing. They would have to go with something different this time if they want it to be good.
 
A special based pseudo would be nice.
We already have 4 physical and 4 mixed. The mixed ones at least have some variation. Salamance has noticeably higher attack while Kommo-o has slightly higher attack. Hydreigon has noticeably higher special attack while Goodra has slightly higher special attack.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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By the way, how where you guys introduced to Pokémon? TCG for me
It was the anime, played on SMTV over here in the UK (Basically one of those early morning children blocks), I distinctly remember the first episode I saw when I tuned in for the first time (After randomly flipping the channel probably being bored of whatever was on CBBC at the time) was The School of Hard Knocks (a pretty strong first episode to watch).

Also, I recall, these segments done by Ant and Dec before each episode.... they were, a thing.

 
Oct 30, 2017
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It was the anime, played on SMTV over here in the UK (Basically one of those early morning children blocks), I distinctly remember the first episode I saw when I tuned in for the first time (After randomly flipping the channel probably being bored of whatever was on CBBC at the time) was The School of Hard Knocks (a pretty strong first episode to watch).

Also, I recall, these segments done by Ant and Dec before each episode.... they were, a thing.

Geez, that's a trip down memory lane.
I was first introduced to Pokémon by a classmate bringing his Game Boy to school and showing off Pokémon Red. I remember him doing the Missigno glitch and Surfing up and down the side of Cinnabar Island.
After that I spent a lot of time watching the anime and I remember those Ant & Dec segments...
 
By the way, how where you guys introduced to Pokémon? TCG for me
For me I distinctly remember seeing the Commercial for Red/Blue on TV, not really thinking much of it, I mean because it was a dude driving a Bus putting creatures on it and then crushing the Bus in a car crusher .... odd.

Not long after, I went to my neighbor's house and he was playing Pokemon Blue. I watched him play for a bit and it just generally looked like a lot of fun.

I don't remember asking my mom or dad for the game but remember getting it not long after (I assume parents talking convinced my mom to get it for me) and man that entire summer was nothing but Pokemon.

I fell down the Hype Slope hard back then, once I got the game I was hooked. I watched the Anime, I had the Red Version, and I joined the Pokemon TCG League locally to get badges. I remember getting the Pokemon Yellow with the Special Edition Gameboy Color as well.

It's funny how if I went by commercial alone, I never would have got into the game, but watching someone play started a life long love for the franchise.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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New York
By the way, how where you guys introduced to Pokémon? TCG for me
After coming back from studying in India for 2 years and I completely lost track of video games. I was being reintroduced to video games through my cousin. He got Pokemon Blue for his birthday when it came out. We stayed up all night playing the game. I was hooked on it ever since. My cousin, on the other hand, lost interest in Pokemon. I keep trying to get him back into it. He mainly became a PC gamer. Lol.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Had a dream last night where they revealed two Eeveeloutions

Wyverneon was a dragon type that was a red and black Eeveeloution except instead of front paws he had scaly wings that kept it afloat and a spiked tail.

Toxieon was a poison type that looked was purple that had spines over its body and a mane of constantly flowing/moving sludge
 
By the way, how where you guys introduced to Pokémon? TCG for me
The anime. I was a kid, 5 or 6 years old when the anime premiered in Mexico. I remember watching the English episodes on Kids WB or however it was called, but I really don't remember which was first. In Mexico they aired the episodes on weekdays, they would show Ranma 1/2, Pokémon and Dragon Ball Z.

I remember my life before Pokémon, but I honestly don't remember how it happened, how it was the first time I watched it. Just, suddenly one day my siblings and I were obsessed with it.

Later we knew through a cousin that there were these Game Boy games, we didn't own a Game Boy but he did, and he would let us watch him play. He only let us play Pokémon Stadium on the 64. We used to think that the videogames and cards had come after the anime.

But, before all that, we had these collectible "tazos" that would come inside every bag of Cheetos, Sabritas, etc. I would dare to say that it was the anime and the tazos what made Pokémon so famous in Mexico, at least where I live, rather than the videogames.


Then they released this stickers' album with the original 150. That's when I memorized them in order.


I also had (and re-bought it two years ago) the Pokémon Master Trainer.


And then it came the movie, it was crazy, the Burger King toys, the action figures, I even had underwear that had Pikachu on the front and Ash on the back lol. One brand of cookies even released this special edition with Pokémon printed on the cookies.

But yeah, even though I later understood the games were the main thing, to me it's more than just the games. I'm fan of the Pokémon, the creatures, the characters. I buy and play the games, because they feature the Pokémon, but if instead of Pokémon we had, dinosaurs or vegetables or humans, I wouldn't play that kind of game. I don't have a huge collection of things, but I love everything Pokémon related, cards, toys, plushes, drawings, I have lots of the Prima Strategy guides and so, because I just love to have things that show all the Pokémon, not just some of them.


Everyone will say the same about the era they got to live, but I feel really blessed to have been a kid at the time, old enough to remember, but young enough to fully enjoy it. I suppose teenagers that were into Pokémon back then had more info or more knowledge, and enjoyed it in their own way, but I think it was more magical for kids.





tl;dr - Through the anime in 1999 lol
 
We need a delete button ;)

But since the post is already here, I just gotta say Britney Spears and Pokémon (since it came out in America) have been closely related through these over 20 years, but here it is a song of hers featured on the First Movie's soundtrack.

 
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Oct 26, 2017
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Totally forgot where I first encountered Pokemon...I think it was in an issue of Nintendo Power that showed the first route?

Forgot if I saw the show first before I got the game...either way I was hooked and now I can't even remember my life pre-Pokemon.

Almost kind of sad haha.
 

ArchedThunder

Uncle Beerus
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Oct 25, 2017
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I legit don't remember how I got into Pokemon, I just remember begging my parents for Pokemon Red or Blue and a GameBoy for Christmas 98 and I got Red and a GameBoy Color. I had just turned 5 a little over a week before that Christmas so my memories before that point aren't the most clear.
I had Pokemon fever HARD when I was a kid though, tons of toys, posters, books, all the games, VHS tapes, plushies and even my sheets and comforter were Pokemon themed. Besides posters my walls were also covered with my shitty child drawings of Pokemon.
 
Nov 30, 2017
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I remember seeing a kid playing Red (or Blue?) in a doctor's office when I was a kid, and they let me watch for a bit. Became obsessed and begged for Blue version for Christmas. It was sold out but my sister got Red, so I played that mostly until I ended up getting Yellow when that came out.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Unova
Hey, question from someone who is just now learning about competitive and stats. Is Slaking, like, really good? Like if it didn't have its stupid ability, would it be really killer?

People use to joke at the beginning of Gen 6 when Mega evolutions were new that Slaking Mega evolution would be him just standing up.

Yes, Slaking would extremely good as would Regigigas if he didn’t have that dumb ability.
 

ArchedThunder

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Oct 25, 2017
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I really hate Regigigas's ability. Yes, I know it's extremely broken, but 5 turns!?

I think a two turn slow start would be a fair compromise. Either that, or keep the 5 turns but only half the speed and not the attack stat.
Now that we have Pokemon forms with BSTs over 700 I think an alternate form of Regigigas that changes his ability would be fine.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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It's kind of crazy to think that the regis were in 4 gens in a row. They are lowkey some of the most abundant legendaries.
ORAS was a nightmare to work out for Regigigas

Take all 3 Regis with you.
Make Regice hold a Castelia Cone, Snowball or Nevermelt-Ice
Give Regice a nickname

How a child works that out, I have no idea
Good, let kids have a challenge.
 
I have a theory that has no basis currently but i might as well tell it - There is going to be Galar Reigon Pokemon of Previous Generations (i still think its Gen 1 only) but there will be Regional Pokemon that will be exclusive to each version. I think two of the Galar Region Variants will based on the UK's Coat of Arms. Pokemon Sword will have the Lion which is the national animal of England and Growlithe line will be the type that embodies the lion. Pokemon Shield will have the Unicorn which is the national animal of Scotland and the Ponyta line will be the line that embodies the Unicorn. As for types - i think due to the Lion's Brownish Design i am going with a Fire/Ground Typing. As for the Ponyta line - i am going with Ice/Fairy,Ice/Steel or Ice/Water
 
Oct 25, 2017
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ORAS was a nightmare to work out for Regigigas

Take all 3 Regis with you.
Make Regice hold a Castelia Cone, Snowball or Nevermelt-Ice
Give Regice a nickname

How a child works that out, I have no idea
You know what made it like a million times worse for me? The fact that you could only get Regigigas in a specfic time period (I think it was the morning). Gamefreak JUST so happened to make a special tournament metagame where Regigigas made sense called Festive Feud in gen 6. For anyone who doesn't remember: Festive Feud was a tournament triples format where the gimmick was that you could only use Pokemon classified as White, Red, or Green, in the spirit of Christmas. This allowed Mega Charizard Y and Mega Gardevoir, two dangerous spread attackers who lost a LOT of checks in this format (like Heatran, who was considered brown by the game rofl), and banned almost every single user of Wide Guard.

So enter Regigigas: one of the few allowed Wide Guard users with great bulk. I only realized it was good after testing it on Pokemon Showdown, so I had to go on a mad dash to get one before the competition started on the 3DS. It was a fucking nightmare because of the specfic time Regigigas would be avaliable for soft reseting, I got a good one RIGHT before the competition started.

On the bright side, it worked out, and I did pretty well in the competiton overall (got #1 in the US, and I think top 30 worldwide? Wish they still had gen 6 records up)

Thank christ for bottle caps now so I don't run into those stupid situations. Hopefully a Hidden Power changer happens next gen so soft reseting becomes a thing of the past :P
 
Oct 27, 2017
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ORAS was a nightmare to work out for Regigigas

Take all 3 Regis with you.
Make Regice hold a Castelia Cone, Snowball or Nevermelt-Ice
Give Regice a nickname

How a child works that out, I have no idea
I feel like a child would be more likely to stumble into that than an adult player. They might not understand what they did, but I can totally see them doing all of those things.
Kids seem like exactly the sort of players that would a) carry around and use a bunch of legendaries, and b) give nicknames to their legendaries. Both of those seem totally wacky for me today, but as a child? Just the word "legendary" was enough to win a Pokemon a place on my team. Instant cool points no matter how ugly they looked. Putting a Nevermeltice on Regice is also a very likely thing to happen coincidentally for kids; putting an ice-boosting thing on an ice Pokemon is rock-solid logic from a casual perspective, just like how a lot of players' first instinct is to run four STAB moves.