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Individual Values: A Pokémon Feature - Week 90: Quick to Learn, Easy to Master


Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the ninetieth week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed last week's, check it out. Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday.

 

Meloetta is being distributed via the Nintendo Network until December 24th.

 

 

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Quick to Learn, Easy to Master

 

It“s been a little bit! Let“s play catch-up, before I get to anything else today. With the distribution of Meloetta going live around a week ago, and Magearna“s QR code being out in the wild for most regions, there are officially 6th Gen or later variants of every single Mythical Pokémon currently known. If you“ve been diligent in grabbing all of them, you can definitely catch all 721 Pokémon in 6th Gen with just X or Y + Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire.

 

The above notion is actually one of the things I“ve been thinking about since writing my review of Pokémon Sun & Moon. I“ve been a “card-carrying Pokémon Master” since Diamond & Pearl. Game Freak has offered many forms of rewards and recognition for players who do the unthinkable, in this regard. Since Black & White, the Shiny Charm has been the ultimate “thing” you can get for completing your National Pokédex. Not many people had it, because grabbing 721 critters is just... an intimidating endeavor, to be sure. Do the thing, and the Professor who introduced you to Sinnoh, Unova, or Kalos is kind of in awe of you.

 

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When you complete your Pokédex in Alola — a mere 300 strong, if we don“t include Magearna and maybe one other we don“t know about yet — you get your Shiny Charm and all the recognition that was formerly relegated to folks who caught everything, not just everything in a particular region. For the first time since Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald... they didn“t pass along a National Pokédex in the first bits of the post-game. I know one is confirmed for Bank, but... I“m genuinely doubtful we“ll see it patched into Sun & Moon. Granted, plenty of Ohmori“s changes have been unprecedented so far... maybe I should “never say never.”

 

I think Game Freak recognizes that 802 is too high a number, though. Moving forward, I would not be surprised to see “8th Gen” start off in a new place with only a limited number of creatures attainable, like Alola. It makes sense for your Pokédex to ignore over half of the total roster, so that “catching ”em all” is actually doable. I“m living proof it can be done in just 100 hours — I had no help from ORAS or any games that came before it.

 

But I“m so conflicted, if this is the new direction for Pokémon. Is invalidating your most devoted, compulsive completionists in favor of making the Shiny Charm and other exclusive rewards more obtainable... really the answer?

 

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Here“s something else I“m thinking about. Data-miners (who are the reason we know no data for the National Pokédex currently exists in Sun & Moon) recently uncovered walking and running animations for all currently known Pokémon. You know... like HeartGold & SoulSilver had, because they let the leader of your team walk behind you, like Pikachu in Yellow Version. A painstaking amount of work has been put into something that was ultimately left on the cutting-room floor. Why would you put that amount of effort into something that would go unused?

 

Unless Pokémon Stars, the rumored “third game” for the Nintendo Switch... a system that“s definitely more powerful than the entire Nintendo 3DS family... is where we“ll see this become reality. But hey, now I“m just putting on my Speculation Cap again. Anyway: if this feature was initially planned for Sun & Moon, I bet it had to be cut because the Old 3DS can“t handle the amount of power it would require. We“ll see if this juicy secret that data-miners uncovered makes itself known in future Pokémon games. Fans have certainly been clamoring for it to come back!

 

I still have a lot to say, in my post-Alolan honeymoon. I“ll see y“all next week, to talk about why so many things about 6th Gen, in terms of mechanics and accessibility, best the games that came after.

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