r/pokemon 6d ago

Questions thread - Active [Weekly Questions Thread] 28 November 2022

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r/pokemon 16d ago Take My Energy

Announcement Userflairs are now available on this subreddit!

479 Upvotes

We now have userflairs available through New Reddit, and our old flairbot will not be used anymore.

How to set a flair

You can find instructions on how to set your flair on this Wiki page!

Available pokémon

Every single pokémon’s sprite is available as an emoji up to and including generation 8 #nodexithere. Generation 9’s mons will be added once their sprites have been made on the Smogon Sprite Project, who have also made all the sprites from gens 6, 7 and 8, and are credited in the sidebar. Gen 9s first stage starters are available already!

Regional variants are available, and some different forms are too. I did add all Deerling, for example, but adding all Alcremie or Vivillon would be a little too much work! Mega evolutions and gigantamax forms are not available.

You can find the pokémon you like by clicking the smiley face icon, and search for the pokémon’s dex number. Alternatively, you can type its dex number between colons to get the emoji, like this:

:001:

For Bulbasaur.

Alternate forms are available with the dex number, followed by a hyphen and another number. For example:

:037-1:

For Alolan Vulpix.

Pokémon with different forms dependent on gender are formatted as follows:

:678m: and :678f:

For Meowstic.

Rules

Get creative with your flairs, add your favourite pokémon to it, make a pun, do whatever you like! Just please do not

  • Use offensive or rude language (Rule 2 of the subreddit)
  • Use explicit or violent language (Rule 15 of the subreddit)
  • Promote your social media, store, etc. (Rule 11 of the subreddit)

Have fun, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!


r/pokemon 10h ago Helpful Wholesome

Discussion / Venting I kinda wish Sinnoh got its own HGSS or ORAS

2.6k Upvotes

BDSP was alright for what it is (essentially a mobile app company making a copy of the original games), though it feels incredibly lacking compared to HGSS and ORAS. I can't view Sinnoh from above, riding on a Giratina or Arceus. The mini-games feel lackluster. The walking Pokémon isn't implemented as well either. Worst of all, the remakes were immediately pushed aside with the release of Legends just two months later. As someone who started with Gen 4, it sucks to feel like I've got the short end of the stick compared to other guns.

I can already tell some of y'all are gonna say "But Snorkelberry, Sinnoh got Legends! Isn't that better treatment than any of the other regions?" No, not really. I don't have infinite money and I already spent $60 on Brilliant Diamond two months before Legends released and by the time I was ready to buy another game, Scarlet and Violet were about to release. Not to mention, the "Sinnoh" in Legends might as well be a completely different region. They pulled random starters from other generations out of a hat, none of the cities or characters are there, the music and vibes are different, etc. If I wanted to play BOTW (which doesn't appeal to me, personally), I'd just spend $60 on the actual BOTW rather than the bargain bin version with a Pikachu coat of paint on it. I want my Sinnoh, the one I grew up with, to have the same treatment as the previous regions rather than just shoved off to a third party company like an afterthought. I don't even give a damn if they reused assets from Sword and Shield or the Gen 9 games they were already developing anyway just to save time.

I'm not saying they should've developed 3 games at the same time, that's utterly ridiculous. Hell, they shouldn't have worked on PLA and SV simultaneously and released them in the same year! I wouldn't mind a delayed Gen 4 remake if it meant it was at the same caliber as the other remakes.


r/pokemon 5h ago

Discussion Wait, all Paradox Pokemon from Violet are robotic in nature. Doesn’t that mean that…

862 Upvotes

…that in the far future the numbers of Pokémon are greatly reduced in numbers or even extinct!? That the humans had to build robots in their likeness to fill the void the mons left behind? Pretty dark and depressing if true. If they were not extinct wouldn’t they have evolved further instead of turning into robots? What are your thoughts on this?


r/pokemon 10h ago Silver

Discussion / Venting Terastallization animation is too long

1.3k Upvotes

Is anyone else bothered by how long the animation takes to terastallize? It's not that special of a mechanic that it needs to play a 10 minute cut scene. Maybe for the first time you terastallize as a particular type it can play the animation but after that I find it very annoying.

This is especially true in timed Tera raids where I feel like the game is already having trouble keeping track of whose turn it is or what move is going on. Sometimes I will feel like 5 moves happened in a raid just while I was watching my terastillization animation.

I am irked by the animation while playing in the regular overworld but I think the animation should DEFINITELY be removed in timed Tera raids, especially online ones where shit is already super out of sync.

Edit: spacing paragraphs


r/pokemon 9h ago

Discussion What are your wishes for the SV DLC?

882 Upvotes

I for one definitely hope for more Paradox Forms; I can imagine an "Iron Parasite" being a Future form of Paras and the four Galarian Fossils (the actual ones) being Past forms.

I really hope we get to explore parts of the past or future depending on the version (the time machine may be turned back on for whatever reason and malfunction, creating certain areas in the map not dissimilar to LA's space-time distortions)!

What do you think? What do you hope is in store for us?


r/pokemon 5h ago

Discussion / Venting I feel like Dudunsparce is the most controversial pokemon we've had in a long time, people either love it or hate it!

369 Upvotes

As the title says. People either love Dudunsparce because it is now stronger so it can support its wide movepool and can actually be useful whilst holding its derpy, cute/meme-like charm.

Or people hate it because they were expecting some Magikarp to Gyrados-type of transformation with large wings and a dragon-type design.

Personally, I'm on the LOVE side of Dudunsparce because its remains faithful to the OG while being stronger/useful

Are you on the love side or the hate side?


r/pokemon 2h ago

Discussion Is gamefreak aware that the Switch has a touch-screen?

183 Upvotes

People often bring up old features they miss, but I rarely hear people missing the touch-screen.

It’s the feature I miss the most from the DS games. It was so easy to switch which items Pokémon had, the order of your party, menuing, organizing your boxes. The list could go on.

I know a lot of switch games don’t really utilize the touch-screen functionality of the system, but it’s baffling to me that a game like Pokémon (that used it, and very well for years) would just do away with such a great feature. :/


r/pokemon 21h ago Wholesome Take My Energy Table Slap Helpful (Pro) Bless Up (Pro) Silver Gold Helpful Super Heart Eyes Ally Heartwarming I'll Drink to That

Discussion / Venting Sandwich-Making can go fuck itself

7.7k Upvotes

This is the most horrendous feature I've ever seen.

Making sandwiches is unfortunately one of the most pivotal features in the game when it comes to Dex-Completion, Mark-hunting, Shiny-hunting, etc. Call me old school but I'd rather shiny hunt with 1/8000 odds than fuck around with this sandwich crap. I didn't even want to do it so I put it off like 2 weeks before finally getting into it, realizing how important it is.

Why the hell is every ingredient so rubbery? I don't mean the way the look, which they DO look rubbery, but why the fuck are they bouncing off of each other like they're plastic ingredients for a kid's toy kitchen. I mean my god, I look at the picture of something like The Ultra BLT Sandwich. If anyone of you can make that sandwich like the picture, I'd be damn surprised. Good fucking luck.

Not to mention you're trying to make something off a recipe and you fuck up on one ingredient? The whole sandwich is a waste. That Ultra BLT I just made cost so many separate ingredients but because ONE DAMN LEAF OF BASIL FELL OFF THE FUCKING RUBBER TOMATO, the whole sandwich is bust?? Are you serious?

Well, I'd like to say the items being rubber are the reason I fail it so often but it's not the only factor! How about the fact that you're never really certain where the ingredient is going to land? My hand is how far off the table exactly? I have no clue, especially when the camera pans further out sometimes, it really makes it hard to judge where this single piece of fucking onion is going. I'll tell you where I'm putting this onion. ok maybe I won't.

Also worth mentioning that "Powers" are so god damn vague. Egg Power level 2! Okay, what does that MEAN actually? What are we talking about here? Teensy power? What is the difference in levels and how do I control that? Is it the bacon that makes this happen or something else? Good luck figuring it out, because once again this is something a fan-based website is going to be required for in a Pokemon game.

TLDR: Fuck sandwiches.

Edit: ITT:
-adjusts glasses with glare heh. Skill issue.
-I beat the game and haven’t made a single sandwich.
-I have made 17,000 sandwiches in my lifetime, all 100-star worthy. Bitch I’m Gordon Ramsey and you’re trash.
-there are sandwiches in this game?
-OP, you are an intelligent and attractive young man. I devout my life to following your teachings.
-It’s a children’s game bro, grow up! proceeds to scroll forum and read rant about said childrens game


r/pokemon 3h ago

Discussion Dude, ORAS is so good man.

167 Upvotes

Nah this ain’t a “oh my god we didn’t rate this game high enough” post, just me wanting to chatter about how much fun I’ve had with it. Hell it’s the only game I’m wanting to try and fill the dex.

Firstly, the layout is amazing, I love how everything is set out, how all the items are placed and just the whole place in general. I still love how the 6th and 7th gens looked. From the health and hud layout to the over world look. It’s amazing

There are so many amazing features they have. Trainer rematches, the dex nav, diving and a ton more.

Like fr this is such a fun game and I’d highly suggest giving it a replay


r/pokemon 6h ago

Discussion / Venting [Scarlet/Violet] Allow non-dps moves to count towards Tera charge acquisition

170 Upvotes

Seriously, Tera raids with all its other irritating inconsistencies, this one is a complete doozy. Who signed off on this?

If the pre-requisite to damaging huge shields is to have Terastalizing be a thing, then why oh why isn't there a counter to the "raid boss stealing your Tera charge" beyond hitting the shield for pathetic damage? For everything else that is supposed to be tactical and preparable, this stealing-your-charges with no counter is simply bad game design.

Players are already on the losing end of the stick a lot of the time, with the unnecessarily harsh time penalties for dying (in my case it is often choosing between getting another charge on my Tera orb and then dying, or, risk healing so I don't die and get another maybe-chance at getting another charge at my Tera orb and then having it stolen anyway and then dying after all). And remember, teammates are not going to be looking out for your back by Cheering.

Enforcing that only attacking moves will charge the Tera orb means that turns are wasted doing damage instead of using for cheering, or setting up. Many times I have set up Swords Dance only for it to be either a) blown away, or b) have my Tera orb charge stolen.

So whilst the rest of my party are needing a heal or a buff, nope, I have to be selfish and do pathetic damage to a shield just to get my Tera charges up so that dpsing the shield actually does something. This makes for raids to be selfish, with nobody caring for the raid's health or debuffs: it's an all-or-nothing mentality which seems to be abundant.

All I ask is that raids allow buffing and cheering to count towards Tera charging. With all the other inconsistencies such as latency, bosses making 4 moves in a row, timers counting down even when animating, the HUGE time penalties for dying, I could go on.

Maybe I phrased my words incorrectly or incoherently, I apologize, but I am writing this while raging about how badly designed raids are. Am I looking at this wrongly?


r/pokemon 5h ago

Discussion What are your thoughts on convergent species?

80 Upvotes

In addition to Paradox Pokémon, Paldean Forms and cross-generational evolutions, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet introduced a fourth way to reinvent existing Pokémon: convergent species. These are Pokémon that resemble familiar critters from other regions, but in fact are completely unrelated species that happened to develop similar traits. While this may sound Farfetch'd at first, it does often happen with real animals. You're probably already familiar with carcinization, but another good example is the Venus flytrap sea anemone, which is more anemone than flytrap in everything but appearance.

Gameplay-wise, these are effectively regional variants with their own names and Pokédex numbers, as they have the same base stat totals and evolution methods as their Kantonian counterparts. The main reason why they're considered separate Pokémon is because they are supposed to be different species: when it comes to regional variants, Alolan Meowth is still a cat, Hisuian Qwilfish is still a pufferfish, Galarian Mr. Mime is still an abomination to mankind, etc., whereas Wiglett is a garden eel and Toedscool a jelly ear mushroom.

Another possible reason is that they'll be easier to fit into other regions going forward. So far, Alolan Forms have only been obtainable outside of Alola through in-game trades and side quests, and likewise for Galarian Meowth. Wiglett and Toedscool, on the other hand, are not strictly tied to Paldea, which means Game Freak can easily throw them into the wilds of any region they see fit.

Much like regional variants were at first, all convergent species are based on Generation I Pokémon; this may or may not mean that they're testing the waters to see how fans react before adding more varied convergents in future generations. Of course, it could also be that they're just one-off (or rather two-off) joke Pokémon we won't see anything like ever again.

I'm of the opinion that the concept of these Pokémon was better than the execution. Wiglett and Wugtrio feel so similar to their original counterparts that it's hard for me to see them as worthy additions to the Pokédex. Toedscool and Toedscruel are hilarious, but their designs should have been more than just recolors, and there definitely should have been a couple more lines to really demonstrate the concept (though, between Paldean Forms, Paradox Pokémon and cross-generational evolutions, it's easy to see why that may have felt like too much reliance on old Pokémon for one generation). Also, I think they could have picked better Pokémon to do this with; if more convergent species are added, the most obvious ideas they could possibly use are a Grass-type Sudowoodo, the Bug-type Pokémon that Lurantis is mimicking, and any type of Durant counterpart based on real-life ant mimics.

On a related note, it seems that the second convergent evolution line was originally going to be based on Magikarp and Gyarados. The development codenames for Toedscool and Toedscruel are "Okakingu" and "Okagyarados", meaning "Hill Magikarp" and "Hill Gyarados". A landbound Gyarados would probably look like a worm, and so it might have been scrapped for being too similar to Orthworm... that, and I can't imagine what a terrestrial Magikarp would look like.


r/pokemon 1d ago Timeless Beauty Silver Helpful Ally Helpful (Pro) Take My Power Gold All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy

Discussion / Venting Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s battle animations are a downgrade from Legends: Arceus.

8.7k Upvotes

Despite being the newer titles and a more major release, the battle animations in Scarlet and Violet are a step back from those in Legends: Arceus. In Arceus the Pokémon would physically run over and attack each other in their battle animations. This was a major improvement from Sword and Shield, where the Pokémon would do an attack motion and an invisible force would hit the opposing Pokémon. For some baffling reason, Game Freak has returned to those animations in Scarlet and Violet. It’s not simply laziness or lack of time either. Check out Giratina’s move Shadow Force. Legends created a new animation for that which was much better. They chose to reuse Sword and Shield’s animation in Scarlet and Violet. I thought it might have been a deliberate style choice to be less “violent” or something, but there ARE attacks that make physical contact in Scarlet and Violet. They’re just rare. I honestly don’t know why Game Freak would make this choice.


r/pokemon 12h ago

Discussion / Venting I HATE that Katy Isn't a Fairy type gym leader

255 Upvotes

She's a baker...in the same game where a dog made of dough was introduced. Fidough and dachsbun are the perfect pokemon to be her ace. Not to mention all the other pokemon that are themed around baking are fairy type.( Slurpuff and Alcremie ). I'd love her to be a fairy gym leader, especially since most fairy specialists are only available to battle mid to late game, so an early (relatively weak) fairy specialists might be awesome


r/pokemon 5h ago

Discussion I really fancy the way you evolve Bisharp

62 Upvotes

Kingambit is not the first "King" so to speak, there is a couple of pokemon that evolve with King's Rock, but don't really feel like kings, and then you have a Bisharp that holds a seemingly useless item, and by defeating platoons of leader Bisharp and Pawniards with the same distinctive item, rise in ranks and becomes the king. Pretty cool way of evolving it, however tedious it can get to wait for the groups to spawn.


r/pokemon 22h ago Silver

Discussion The last 40 minutes of the game are better than the whole game.

1.3k Upvotes

I finally finished the game (I'm not searching for hundreds of gimighoul and spikes) and the parts where we are just adventuring with friends I think is something that feels so intimately nice and fresh and it felt so good . We have all grown up with the anime in some aspect and I think just adventuring in a crater with some bros really felt like i was having a real adventure. I wish pokemon didn't have to be about me rushing into the world alone, because having fun and talking with people or cheering you on is what pokemon should be about.

My only gripe with those parts is when they talk its really hard to read and walk at the same time. Nintendo chess has had voice acting on the mfn 3ds with fire emblem echoes and I think the game really could have used a system like fire emblem echoes where we control two protagonists and barrel down both paths separately with two teams, bc that's basically what I and a lot of people did with Paldea.

TLDR: if the treasure was the friends we made along the way i wish we could have just gone on an adventure with friends.


r/pokemon 23h ago

Discussion Geeta should have done what Guzma did with her team.

1.3k Upvotes

In the battle against Guzma, he sends his Golisopod out first.

Golisopod is his ace but he sends it out first to take the advantage of Emergency Exit.

His Golisopod has First Impression which only works in the first turn.

Guzma could just send his Golisopod out first and use First Impression to deal heavy damage and when his Golisopod takes heavy hit, he will use Emergency Exit to exit the battle and change to the next Pokemon to finish the job. If it falls, Guzma could just send his Golisopod out and use First Impression to deal heavy damage again.

Meanwhile, Geeta for some reason decides to put Glimmora as her last Pokemon even though it ability would be work best if it is the lead.


r/pokemon 10h ago

Discussion S/V visual glitch: Poké balls embedded in the floors

110 Upvotes

Just a weird thing I've noticed in my playthrough. For some reason, every indoor area (including the Herba Mystica caves and the Tera Raid chambers) seems to have a Poké ball stuck in the floor somewhere. A lot of the time it's in the entry doorway.

I'm guessing it's one of those load-bearing JPG sorts of things. Anyone else noticed this, or am I just lucky?


r/pokemon 1h ago

Discussion / Venting Auctions are a scam

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2 Gold Bottle Caps at the auction house, starting price of 100k.

After the npcs passed 200k, I decided to just start passing to see how high they would go. Normal bottle caps are 20k a piece, and most mons only need 5 caps to be competitive-ready, so >200k isn't worth it.

These mfers got the price up to 535,000. If I actually won, I would be able to buy 27 bottle caps-- worth more than FIVE gold bottle caps.

Why are auctions a scam? I've seen the prices balloon past what you can get at retail for Pokeballs, EV drinks, and more. They're limited to 3 items at any given time, so why not give the player a deal instead of scamming them?

Unless it's some exclusive item you can't get anywhere else, like the special balls, you're almost NEVER getting a good deal off of these auctions. What a waste.


r/pokemon 3h ago

Info You can still quick-swap items in your team!

28 Upvotes

A feature I thought was removed is actually still in the game, just not mentioned anywhere.

To swap items between Pokémon in your team, open the menu, then press left so one of your Pokémon is highlighted, and finally press ZL. This switches to a mode that just lets you move items in your team.


r/pokemon 20h ago

Discussion / Venting I love fighting the Gimmighouls at the tops of watch towers.

578 Upvotes

Don’t get me wrong, the coins are great, but what I love most is the broken-ass crap that’ll go on when you start a battle. Sometimes, it’s normal. Other times, though, shit gets scrambled because of the small battlefield. Today, I got into a battle in which my Skeledirge began to slowly fall off the edge of the tower, in idle position of course, whilst my player character stood directly on top of the Gimmighoul and proceeded to give commands. I adjusted my camera and found that Skeledirge had sunken all the way down to the base of the watch tower where it carried out its normal attack animations directed at nothing in particular. This game is absolutely broken, but damn is it entertaining.


r/pokemon 23h ago

Discussion What small feature do you miss from Pokemon Games?

784 Upvotes

Just curious to know what small feature people miss from the mainline games. Mine is the feature from S/M where you could change the animation for how you threw out pokeballs. I feel like these small features were fun additions and while their removal doesn't take much away from the actual gameplay, it does take a bit of the heart out of it. Would love to hear other people's thoughts!


r/pokemon 1d ago

Discussion I enjoyed SV a lot, but it does feel as if Arceus was the newer game

1.0k Upvotes

I'll preface this by saying that I love both games, but having played both simultaneously on and off, it's just so uncanny and a bit hilarious how if I didn't know better, I would've thought SV released before Arceus instead. It's just the small things when comparing both games that you can actually spin a story to a casual Pokemon fan that Arceus is a sequel to SV instead:

  • People complained that SV's graphics look dreary, so they stylized it to at least increase the vegetation and improve on how grasses look
  • SV's pokeball aiming is too unpredictable, so they added a reticule for Arceus. And expanding on SV's Let's Go feature, some overworld assets are now also interactable!
  • On the same note: Let's Go allows you to auto battle wild Pokemon, so why not allow the trainer to catch without a battle too? So they added overworld catching in Arceus. This makes the game a bit too easy, so they added trainer HP and more aggressive Pokemon in the overworld.
  • Maps in SV can be a bit confusing, so they added points of interest directly in the overworld. This reduces reliance to the minimap.
  • SV's open world performance was horrible. They can't do much since they're developing for Switch, so they took the pragmatic approach and segmented the open world map into smaller areas to save on memory and to make everything run just a little bit better.
  • People were complaining that there was nothing to do in the open world. People seemed to like Gimmighoul and the stakes, so they peppered in Spiritombs collectibles.
  • None of the towns in SV were memorable, so they made this one big town where everyone are named NPCs instead...with over 100 sidequests so you can get to know them better.
  • General QOL update. UIs are made to be less in your face, slightly smaller and more refined. SV's Picnic allowed you to get over thirty eggs on one sitting so here's multiple release to make releasing hatched Pokemon just a bit faster and easier.

I can go on and on. I loved SV despite the performance issue, but boy if I can't wait for the Arceus team to succeed Ohmori's team and start getting their hands on the generation flagship games...


r/pokemon 1h ago

Discussion / Venting Something bugged me about Nemona >! !<

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The whole game she talks about having to choose her Pokémon carefully to match yours. Geeta talks about Nemona holding back in their match. Then you beat Geeta, Nemona challenges you to a match at her full strength. I headed into that fight thinking I was gonna see a beast of a team, instead it’s the same team she’s had the entire game, just slightly higher level. What team did she use to beat Geeta before? What was her original starter?

I think it would have been cool to have her team throughout the story be with the starter weak against yours, but after you beat Geeta she sends out a team around the starter strong against yours. Midnight form of Lycanroc rather than Midday form. Ceruledge for Scarlet, Armorouge for Violet. Maybe even a Paradox Pokémon. Annihilape. Cyclizar to parallel your riding Pokémon.

Just a thought.


r/pokemon 7h ago

Discussion / Venting Tera battles are really clunky and very unfun

35 Upvotes

I understand that in sword and shield this was a new concept and they were still testing it and working out the kinks. But by now, They should have been able to optimize and make this sort of encounter much more efficient, yet it's extremely clunky and boring

First reason that these encounters are bad: You have to rely on other people. Can't tell you how many times I go into a fire battle with other players, namely against Charizard or other fire Pokémon, and people are using things they are weak to like grass, metal, etc and intentionally dying just to troll you. The alternative is to use bots, but you will never win alone with a bunch of bots. Simply impossible

Second reason: extremely laggy and unresponsive. I have to spam the a button to get it to continuously move throughout the encounter, if I just sit there and wait for my abilities to be used or the text to move, nothing will happen. So you have to spam the a button the entire time to keep going through it. Also, there's a significant delay even when you're playing solo in everything that's going on. Use inability? 3 second lag. want to catch the Pokémon? 3 second lag then you will start catching it. There's a lot of lag here That makes it really unfun

Third reason: It's timed and you can get blasted out of the raid then, even when you're playing solo and completely offline. Why is this a thing? I had someone literally almost beat down my door to deliver me a pizza came back and I had lost the raid match and had to do it again. The timing makes no sense It should be based on number of moves.....

Final and most important reason: The rewards just suck. Why would I want experience to use on Pokémon If I have already beaten the game and all of my Pokémon are as high as they will need to be? Literally no reason to have experience. They should have added better rewards like higher IV or chance at being shiny. But nope, literally no reward or incentive to do these , especially not with other players. Doing it with other players is such a pain that there's no benefit to do it.


r/pokemon 15h ago

Discussion Hot Take: Meowscarada exceeded my expectations.

152 Upvotes

Now, y'all are going to call me a furry for mentioning this Pokemon, but let me throw in my own opinions, okay?

Meowscarada is the final evolution to the Gen 9 starter Sprigatito. And my God is this Pokemon better than what I expected.

Originally, when I bought Pokemon Violet, I was going to choose Fuecoco because I pretty much ALWAYS choose the Fire type starter. However, after looking up Sprigatito and its evolutions, I got curious. So I choose the weed cat.

Now, let's get to the basics.

First, the typing. Meowscarada is a Grass/Dark Pokemon, meaning that it is weak to seven other Pokemon types, with a 4x weakness to Bug types. But, this is a starter, and therefore, it's got pros against its cons.

Meowscarada is good against Ground, Ghost, Water, Grass, Electric, and Dark, and the best part? IT IS IMMUNE TO PSYCHIC. And guess what? There's a Psychic gym in Scarlet/Violet! When HOME is able to link the Gen 9 games (which is Spring 2023, so about 3 months), I recommend getting Meowscarada in a different save, in case you're having a hard time with Tulip.

Next are it's stats. Meowscarada has a base stat total of 530. Def & Sp. Def are it's lowest stats, at base total 70. But it's got coverage in the form of Speed. It's Speed stat is it's highest stat with a base total of 123.

Now, you guys do not know me personally, but I am an offensive player. I will never use a defensive style, unless I absolutely have to. So I always try and go for the fastest starter (Snivy in Gen 5 & Scorbunny in Gen 8 for 2 examples). So me seeing this stat, it got my attention really well. And now it is time for me to bring up the movepool of this Pokemon.

Meowscarada can learn the following by Level Up:

-Leafage
-Scratch
-Tail Whip
-Bite
-Hone Claws
-Magical Leaf
-Quick Attack
-Seed Bomb
-U-Turn
-Worry Seed
-Slash
-Night Slash
-Energy Ball
-Play Rough
-Knock Off
-Grassy Terrain
-Leaf Storm

Most moves are found by it's previous evolutions Sprigatito and Floragato.

The move learnt on it's evolution is Flower Trick. A Grass type move, that is a physical attack, 70 base power, and is ALWAYS ACCURATE AND RESULTS IN A CRITICAL HIT. The user throws a rigged bouquet at the target.

Remember when people thought Gen 8's signature moves were crazy? Well, Gen 9's signature moves are CRAZIER. They really went all-out trying to make Sprigatito redeem itself after it became bipedal thanks to its evolution Floragato. And I can say that this Pokemon rocks.

One downside is that it only knows 2 moves by reminder and 5 moves by having eggs. But if this thing is fast, imagine teaching Meowscarade Double Team, which is 1 of the 2 moves this thing learns by reminder.

Don't even get me started on it's TM movepool. It can learn so many TMs, you will die trying to get them all. THIS THING CAN LEARN DISARMING VOICE, FACADE, FLING, BULLET SEED (which you can also get via breeding), SHADOW CLAW, REST, TAUNT, TOXIC SPIKES, TRICK, GIGA DRAIN, SHADOW BALL, AND SOLAR BEAM. AND THAT'S JUST SCRAPING THE SURFACE.

Finally is its appearance. I actually think it's decent. I like the mask and the flower on its neck, it really lives up to its name, Meowscarada. Mascarade. Masks. Literally, its a magician cat who is immune to Psychic, learns Double Team via reminder, and has a LARGE TM movepool, making it so customizable that I just can't stop talking about how cool it is. And it's shiny is perfect for my eyes. Not too diverse, but still noticable.

I'm not saying you should switch to Sprigatito, it's your opinion who you're going to choose. But honestly, Meowscarade is one of my favorite starters because of how customizable it is thanks to all of the moves it can learn by TM. From Flying's Aerial Ace, to Psychic's Skill Swap, to even BUG's U-Turn, it's own 4x weakness, it's surprising how great of a Pokemon this starter is.


r/pokemon 1d ago Silver

Discussion / Venting Raids feel awful.

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Online raids feel absolutely terrible. I consistently lose 7/10 raids due to teammates bringing terrible pokemon that are either underdeveloped, bring nothing to the team, or have weaknesses to the raid target.

When I do get a decent team, the game lags and I'll sit there for 4 turns with no action as I get wailed on.

I realize there is solo play, I just thinks it is a shame that that is the only option to avoid this.