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Individual Values: A Pokémon Feature - Week 24: What's In Your PC

Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the twenty-fourth week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday morning.





What's In Your PC?


Recently, something inspired me to go through my PC boxes in Pokémon ORAS, digging out Pokémon I“ve raised to Lv100 with hopes of organizing (even more) competitive teams. What you see below is every Pokémon I“ve ever trained fully since my first semester of college, all the way back in 2006 with LeafGreen. You better believe I got the Time Travel Award.







If you“ve got a pair of Keen Eyes, you might notice doubles. Like I mentioned in IV 15, it eventually became necessary for me to raise the same Pokémon twice in order to accommodate new Mega Evolutions, or other changes. At any rate--gathering together over sixty fully trained Pokémon made me realize something: I“ve forgotten how half of them function, over time. I“ve raised each of my Pokémon to be the best they could be in the games where I caught or hatched them. But, every so often, a new generation will completely screw over their competitive viability.


Take not one, but both of my Dragonites, for example. One“s shiny, and one“s not... but both have decent-to-perfect IVs, and their EV spreads specialize in attack. Neither of them, however, have Multiscale... a very good, almost essential Hidden Ability that gives Dragonite a major advantage in battle. S/he“s not completely obsolete without it, but... suffice to say, someone with that ability will have the competitive edge in battle.


And what“s more! Some Pokémon get brand new Egg Moves with each new generation. My Lapras from LeafGreen will never be able to learn Freeze Dry, a move that would be super-effective against not only Dragon types, but other water types that choose to go against it! The fact that the Pokémon I“ve worked so hard to train can“t even stand the test of time (competitively), despite their as-perfect-as-possible stats, kind of makes me sad.


But I digress. I unearthed shiny Pokémon I didn“t know I had, items I thought I discarded, some hilarious nicknames, and other such antics during my compulsive cleaning. So I guess the question I“ll ask in this week“s Individual Values is two-fold: If you play competitively, has any Pokémon you“ve raised become easily replaced by another species, or otherwise obsolete in the meta-game? And whether you play competitively or not: have you found anything worth mentioning if and when you do your own ritual "cleaning"? Are your PC boxes even used so much? Feel free to share!

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