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25th May '16 6:40:59 AM TokoWH
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* In ''Super Mystery Dungeon'', while you don't get access to it until mid-game, Cofagrigus' gold bar exchange allows people to trade in their gold bars for vitamins. Doesn't seem to bad, but unlike the main series, vitamins do not have a max cap on how many times you can boost the Pokemon's stats. Combine this with the fact that each time your expedition rank goes up, you get an increasing amount of gold bars as your reward. ''Super'' also has a pseudo-Companion Mode which, while nerfed to not be as powerful as ''Gates'', still allows you to grind items, including gold bars and treasure chest with gold bars in them. As such, like ''Gates'', if you take some time out to do some grinding, the stat growth of the main characters [[https://miiverse.nintendo.net/posts/AYMHAAACAAADVHk2YJ6eJw can get a]] [[https://miiverse.nintendo.net/posts/AYMHAAACAAADVHk3GisFug tad bit insane]].

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* In ''Super Mystery Dungeon'', while you don't get access to it until mid-game, Cofagrigus' gold bar exchange allows people to trade in their gold bars for vitamins. Doesn't seem to too bad, but unlike the main series, vitamins do not have a max cap on how many times you can boost the Pokemon's stats. Combine this with the fact that each time your expedition rank goes up, you get an increasing amount of gold bars as your reward. reward, and ''Super'' also has a pseudo-Companion Mode which, while nerfed to not be as powerful as ''Gates'', still allows you to grind items, including gold bars and treasure chest with gold bars in them. As such, like ''Gates'', them, if you take some the time out to do some grinding, item farming, the stat growth of the main characters [[https://miiverse.nintendo.net/posts/AYMHAAACAAADVHk2YJ6eJw can get a]] [[https://miiverse.nintendo.net/posts/AYMHAAACAAADVHk3GisFug tad bit insane]].
24th May '16 4:20:36 PM TokoWH
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* In ''Super Mystery Dungeon'', while you don't get access to it until mid-game, Cofagrigus' gold bar exchange allows people to trade in their gold bars for vitamins. Doesn't seem to bad, but unlike the main series, vitamins do not have a max cap on how many times you can boost the Pokemon's stats. Combine this with the fact that each time your expedition rank goes up, you get an increasing amount of gold bars as your reward. ''Super'' also has a pseudo-Companion Mode which, while nerfed to not be as powerful as ''Gates'', still allows you to grind items, including gold bars and treasure chest with gold bars in them. As such, like ''Gates'', if you take some time out to do some grinding, the stat growth of the main characters [[https://miiverse.nintendo.net/posts/AYMHAAACAAADVHk2YJ6eJw can get a]] [[https://miiverse.nintendo.net/posts/AYMHAAACAAADVHk3GisFug tad bit insane]].
30th Apr '16 1:41:54 PM VeryMelon
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* In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', You can buy a bundle of 12 Castelia Cones daily in any season other than winter for 1200 and sell them to the maid in the caravan west of Nimbasa city for 2000 a ''pop'' for a total profit of 22800 pokebucks a day. Still need more? You can get unlimited Moomoo Milks from Driftveil City and sell them to the same maid for a 400 profit per each. That's one of the legit infinite money methods built into the games.
* Another good money fountain in ''Black 2 and White 2'', provided you were playing with it long enough, is Pokéstar Studios. Specifically, increasing your star ranking results in more fans. The notable people for this would be the Backpacker, Ace Trainer, Old Lady, and the Tennis Player. On every strange ending that isn't the final movie, you get 5 Lava Cookies from the Backpacker and 5 Old Gateaux from the others. This is where the Cash comes in: They all sell for 4000 each, which is about 20,000 for the cookies and 60,000 for the Gateaux. Furthermore, there is no daily wait and some strange endings on available movies are 1-2 scenes at the shortest. Then there are the free Hyper Potions and Moomoo Milks, which are great healing items.
15th Apr '16 10:39:31 AM VeryMelon
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* Hoopa-Unbound is a monstrously offensive powerhouse overall and one of the games's best wallbreakers due to its 160 Attack and 170 Special Attack coupled with its equally amazing movepool. Dark/Psychic is also pretty good offensively and allows it to break down some of the most common types in OU such as Psychic, Fighting, and Ghost. The Choice Specs are really what broke Hoopa-U, as there are a limited array of specially defensive Pokémon that can repeatedly switch into STAB Dark Pulse, Psychic, and Psyshock coming off of 658 to 723 Special Attack while also being potentially worn down by hazards. Its high Attack also means it can run Choice Band or mixed movesets nearly as well to stop threats like Scizor with Fire Punch, Tyranitar with Drain Punch, and Fairy-types with Gunk Shot. Smogon banned Hoopa-U from OU due to the massive unpredictability anyone running Hoopa-U is allowed.
28th Mar '16 7:02:38 PM VeryMelon
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* Leveling for the first four generations was, due to battle mechanics and the math behind stats and level gains, unbalanced in favor of a OneManParty. LevelGrinding isn't even a requirement: even before accounting for Speed, a fixed amount of experience gets more mileage (in terms of increasing damage given compared to damage taken) when given to a single Pokémon than spread out to a full party.
17th Mar '16 6:14:56 PM Baconfry
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* Starting as a Cyndaquil is potentially a game breaker due to learning SmokeScreen early on, a move that makes whoever affected by it always miss attacks. It sounds simple, but when used against bosses or making a hallway fight for monster houses, you can just attack without much worries of being hit back.
* Due to a programming oversight (no Pokémon in the first games was given a gender except for the main character), moves that caused the Infatuation status (Attract and the ability Cute Charm, at that time) were absurdly powerful, basically being a nigh-effortless way to ensure that enemies almost never got a chance to attack you.

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* Starting as a Cyndaquil is potentially a game breaker due to learning SmokeScreen early on, a move that makes whoever affected by it the target's attacks always miss attacks. miss. It sounds simple, but when used against bosses or making a hallway fight for monster houses, you can just attack without much worries any worry of being hit back.
back. Charmander also learns Smokescreen relatively early.
* Due to a programming oversight (no Pokémon in the first games was given a gender except for the main character), moves that caused the Infatuation status (Attract and the ability Cute Charm, at that time) were absurdly powerful, basically being a nigh-effortless way to ensure that enemies almost never got a chance to attack you. Imprison worked similarly without even being an oversight.



* Also, several IQ skills on the right IQ groups to boost HP, PP, and other stats could be further combined with Three-Star "Exclusive Items" that buffed a particular Pokémon each (generally giving them Absorption against a type they're usually weak against, or putting them in permanent Light Screen/Reflect status). Not only that, but the effects of those items are ''shared among all Pokémon belonging to the same evolutionary branch!'' So for instance, Pokémon like Gallade, Hitmonchan, Vileplume, or Politoed could not only gain the buffs of their former evolutions, but also those of their counterpart(s), for a total of 4 buffs. And the Eevee family...
** Also, while in the ''Rescue Team'' titles you had to combine specific items to net one, usually not even resulting in what you exactly wanted, in ''Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky'', you can look up the item you're looking for in the shop, and swap ''any exclusive items'' you want to get rid of for the one you want, basically turning any Pokémon with a broad enough "family", through IQ grinding and item gathering, into an InfinityPlusOneSword!

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* Also, several IQ skills on the right IQ groups to boost HP, PP, and other stats could be further combined with Three-Star "Exclusive Items" that buffed a particular Pokémon each (generally giving them Absorption against a type they're usually weak against, or putting them in permanent Light Screen/Reflect status). Not only that, but the effects of those items are ''shared among all Pokémon belonging to the same evolutionary branch!'' So for instance, Pokémon like Gallade, Hitmonchan, Vileplume, or Politoed could not only gain the buffs of their former evolutions, but also those of their counterpart(s), for a total of 4 buffs. And the Eevee family...
family... it's actually averted with the Eevee family, since each item explicitly only grants its effects to Eevee and the intended user.
** Also, while in the ''Rescue Team'' ''Time/Darkness'' titles you had to combine specific items to net one, usually not even resulting in what you exactly wanted, in ''Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky'', Sky'', you can look up the item you're looking for in the shop, and swap ''any exclusive items'' you want to get rid of for the one you want, basically turning any Pokémon with a broad enough "family", through IQ grinding and item gathering, into an InfinityPlusOneSword!



** Most exclusive items are quite useful without being game-breaking. But a handful of them are absurdly powerful. Snover and the Hoenn weather trio can use their three-star items to perform double attacks all the time, for free. A Tyranitar can bring a Rock Gem to permanently move at double speed, and can extend this ability to all Rock-type teammates, plus Cacnea and Gligar with their three-star items. And Celebi's three-star item essentially guarantees that it will never run out of PP, ever. Snover/Abomasnow deserve even more special mention because they can use Blizzard as a perfectly accurate, extremely powerful room-clearing move that hits twice.



** The only downside to multi-hit moves was the [[UnskilledButStrong decreased accuracy of each individual attack]] (and even then, you could usually land one or two for good damage). Combine it with Meowth's [[WeakButSkilled Technician]] ability (increases the base power of "low-damage" moves like Fury Swipes) and a partner's [[SmellsSexy Sweet Scent]] (which lowers the evasion of '''every enemy in the room'''), and suddenly you're doing ridiculous amounts of damage with every turn. Unfortunately, Meowth was downgraded to a partner in [[UpdatedRerelease Explorers of Sky]], but accuracy buffs/evasion debuffs still synergize well with multi-hit attacks.

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** The only downside to multi-hit moves was the [[UnskilledButStrong decreased accuracy of each individual attack]] (and even then, you could usually land one or two for good damage). Combine it with Meowth's [[WeakButSkilled Technician]] ability (increases the base power of "low-damage" moves like Fury Swipes) moves) and a partner's [[SmellsSexy Sweet Scent]] (which lowers the evasion of '''every enemy in the room'''), and suddenly you're doing ridiculous amounts of damage with every turn. Unfortunately, Meowth was downgraded to a partner in [[UpdatedRerelease Explorers of Sky]], but accuracy buffs/evasion debuffs still synergize well with multi-hit attacks. Sadly, Fury Swipes actually doesn't work with Technician, which only activates on moves with 3 stars of power or lower.



* There was also Shedinja from the ''Pokémon Mystery Dungeon'' series, who unlike in the regular games where they were limited to 1 health point no matter what, ''were'' able to eat Sitrus Berries in order to increase its health maximum. Couple that with the Wonder Guard ability, and the ''Super Mobile'' ability in the first game which is obtained by eating enough Gummies to reach maximum intelligence, to see how destructive one Pokémon could ''truly'' be.

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* There was also Shedinja from the ''Pokémon Mystery Dungeon'' series, who unlike in the regular games where they were limited to 1 health point no matter what, ''were'' able to eat Sitrus Berries in order to increase its health maximum. Couple that with the Wonder Guard ability, and the ''Super Mobile'' ability in the first game which is obtained by eating enough Gummies to reach maximum intelligence, to see how destructive one Pokémon could ''truly'' be. It gets even better in Explorers when Shedinja gets an accuracy-boosting IQ class and Silver Wind as an egg move.



* Scizor in the Explorers games. To start off, it has the attack stats of a god, and [[GlassCannon although it's natural defense stats leaves some room to be desired]], it still has the fantastic Bug/Steel type, giving it only one major weakness and plenty of resistances, and even its mediocre defenses can be covered by increasing it with sufficient drinks and gummies. Secondly, its movepool is also huge, allowing it to take on almost any type or dungeon reliably, and also carries Agility, which can turn almost any boss into a joke thanks to the multiple turns it grants to your whole team. Additionally, it can also learn Silver Wind, a move that hits an entire room at once, thus tearing the dreaded monster houses to shreds. All of the above alone is enough to make Scizor an extremely versatile pokemon that would be valuable on almost any team, but what truly pushes it to game breaking levels is its ability, Technician, which gives a massive boost to any move with a base damage under a certain threshold. The difference of damage between a weak attack and a strong attack is negligible, so with the right moveset Technician essentially gives Scizor a free attack boost, including the mentioned Silver Wind and Bullet Punch. Add in Agility and almost every non-Fire type enemy or boss(es) won't even be able to touch it.

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* Scizor in the Explorers games. To start off, it has the attack stats of a god, and [[GlassCannon although it's natural defense stats leaves some room to be desired]], it still has the fantastic Bug/Steel type, giving it only one major weakness and plenty of resistances, and even its mediocre defenses can be covered by increasing it with sufficient drinks and gummies. Secondly, its movepool is also huge, allowing it to take on almost any type or dungeon reliably, and also carries Agility, which can turn almost any boss into a joke thanks to the multiple turns it grants to your whole team. Additionally, it can also learn Silver Wind, a move that hits an entire room at once, thus tearing the dreaded monster houses to shreds. All of the above alone is enough to make Scizor an extremely versatile pokemon that would be valuable on almost any team, but what truly pushes it to game breaking levels is its ability, Technician, which gives a massive boost to any move with a base damage under a certain threshold. The difference of damage between a Technician-boosted weak attack and a strong attack is negligible, attacks are significantly STRONGER than unboosted "strong" ones, so with the right moveset Technician essentially gives Scizor a free attack boost, including the mentioned Silver Wind and Bullet Punch. Add in Agility and almost every non-Fire type enemy or boss(es) won't even be able to touch it.



* Then there's Mirror Move. In the mainstream games, it's simply a move that allows you to replicate your foe's move; rather gimmicky and not very useful. In Mystery Dungeon, however, it acts as a Protect--while simultaneously reflecting every move that hits you back at the foe (including status-inducing moves). Not only does this last for several turns, but the reflected moves also factor in types. If you started with a Torchic, simply use Mirror Move on Palkia and watch it OHKO itself with a reflected Spacial Rend. Fantastically useful in monster houses and any multi-boss fights.

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* Then there's Mirror Move. In the mainstream games, it's simply a move that allows you to replicate your foe's move; rather gimmicky and not very useful. In Mystery Dungeon, however, it acts as a Protect--while simultaneously reflecting every move that hits you back at the foe (including status-inducing moves). Not only does this last for several turns, but the reflected moves also factor in types. If you started with a Torchic, simply use Mirror Move on Palkia and watch it OHKO itself with a reflected Spacial Rend. Fantastically useful in monster houses and any multi-boss fights. It's a shame that enemies don't grant EXP if they KO themselves.
* Drifblim is a terror to behold. Thanks to Unburden, it gets its power instantly doubled as long as it's not holding an item. Two repeated Ominous Winds will destroy most Monster Houses. A double helping of Defog + Ominous Wind will ''sterilize'' them. Beware, though, because enemy Drifblim and Drifloon won't hesitate to use this trick against you.
* In a game where all base stats might as well be equal, who's bound to be the main beneficiary? Smeargle. Besides running grossly overpowered moves like Mirror Move, Spacial Rend, and Mind Reader + Rollout, it can, along with Cresselia, bring two copies of Lunar Dance (the only PP restoration move) into an exploration, granting infinite PP to the entire team. Sketching a teammate's moves isn't even difficult, only requiring a Blinker Seed and some tweaking of the Nontraitor IQ skill. And just when you thought Smeargle couldn't possibly be any more broken, recall that it has the Technician ability.
14th Mar '16 9:06:38 AM Nick98
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* [=Omega Ruby=] and [=Alpha Sapphire=] are extremely generous with legendary Pokemon as LastDiscMagic for the main story. Let's go down the list, shall we? You get a Latias or Latios for free, and you can get the other one if you get a hold of an Eon Ticket through Streetpassing. You're able to get a Groudon or Kyogre that holds an item which allows it to change its form as soon as its sent out. You're also able to catch all four legendary golems, all three lake guardians, all three legendary beasts, and the Swords of Justice members. You can also catch either Lugia or Ho-oh (depending on the version), Heatran, Dialga or Palkia (version dependent), Giratina, Cresselia, Tornadus or Thundurus, and Landorus. Remember this is all LastDiscMagic for a reason. Most of these Pokemon can only be unlocked as soon as you deal with Groudon or Kyogre in the Cave of Origin near the end of the game.

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* [=Omega Ruby=] and [=Alpha Sapphire=] are extremely generous with legendary Pokemon as LastDiscMagic for the main story. Let's go down the list, shall we? You get a Latias or Latios for free, and you can get the other one if you get a hold of an Eon Ticket through Streetpassing. You're able to get a Groudon or Kyogre that holds an item which allows it to change its form as soon as its sent out. You're also able to catch all four legendary golems, all three lake guardians, all three legendary beasts, and the Swords of Justice members. You can also catch either Lugia or Ho-oh (depending on the version), Heatran, Dialga or Palkia (version dependent), Giratina, Cresselia, Tornadus or Thundurus, Thundurus (version dependent), Landorus, Reshiram and Landorus.Zekrom (version dependent), as well as Kyurem. Remember this is all LastDiscMagic for a reason. Most of these Pokemon can only be unlocked as soon as you deal with Groudon or Kyogre in the Cave of Origin near the end of the game.
8th Mar '16 2:20:24 PM rcmerod52
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->''Behold my powers! I am the strongest Pokémon in the world!'' [[labelnote:*]] ([[ObviousRulePatch Type diversification]] and the progressive introduction of [[OlympusMons other contenders]] to the throne challenged this but only [[TheMaker Arceus]] ever outright exceeded Mewtwo in base stats totals; As of Gen VI, however, its Mega Forms have achieved a higher BST than even Arceus, making it true again for a time. It's now second strongest.)[[/labelnote]]

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->''Behold my powers! I am the strongest Pokémon in the world!'' [[labelnote:*]] [[note]] ([[ObviousRulePatch Type diversification]] and the progressive introduction of [[OlympusMons other contenders]] to the throne challenged this but only [[TheMaker Arceus]] ever outright exceeded Mewtwo in base stats totals; As of Gen VI, however, its Mega Forms have achieved a higher BST than even Arceus, making it true again for a time. It's now second strongest.)[[/labelnote]])[[/note]]



* Although it's an often overlooked mechanic of the game, if you take some time to do some berry farming, you will easily never have to spend money on status healing items ever again. The best part is, since their introduction, berry farming has gotten more and more easier to maintain and more generous with berry returns with each passing generation. It easily reached it's peak in Gen VI, where not only are all berry planting locations gathered in one convenient spot, berry trees in that game can give an absolutely ''insane'' amount in return for what you put in. It's very possible to turn five or so Leppa berries or Lum berries into ''forty'' or so in one go.

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* Although it's an often overlooked mechanic of the game, if you take some time to do some berry farming, you will easily never have to spend money on status healing items ever again.again, as {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}} [[https://youtu.be/-0Nkv--bWn0?t=6m26s demonstrates]]. The best part is, since their introduction, berry farming has gotten more and more easier to maintain and more generous with berry returns with each passing generation. It easily reached it's peak in Gen VI, where not only are all berry planting locations gathered in one convenient spot, berry trees in that game can give an absolutely ''insane'' amount in return for what you put in. It's very possible to turn five or so Leppa berries or Lum berries into ''forty'' or so in one go.
6th Mar '16 11:12:12 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* VideoGame/PokemonXAndY has the cover legendary Xerneas, which is already being looked as on par with Kyogre and Mewtwo in power. Its signature move, Geomancy, essentially gives two Quiver Dance boosts[[note]]increases to Special Attack, Special Defence and Speed[[/note]] after the end of the turn after which you use it. Combined with its bulk and its Fairy-type (a fantastic typing in Ubers, both defensively and offensively), you have a frighteningly powerful set-up sweeper that is hard to take down. For even more [[CurbStompBattle curb-stompy]] goodness, you can give it a Power Herb to make the set-up instantaneous! There only downside is that Power Herb only works once, which means that if Xerneas gets forced out, it's dead weight for the rest of the match. However, if your opponent knows when to set up, might as well say "gg" right there.

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* VideoGame/PokemonXAndY has the cover legendary Xerneas, which is already being looked as on par with Kyogre and Mewtwo in power. Its signature move, Geomancy, essentially gives two Quiver Dance boosts[[note]]increases to Special Attack, Special Defence and Speed[[/note]] after the end of the turn after which you use it. Combined with its bulk and its Fairy-type (a fantastic typing in Ubers, both defensively and offensively), you have a frighteningly powerful set-up sweeper that is hard to take down. For even more [[CurbStompBattle curb-stompy]] goodness, you can give it a Power Herb to make the set-up instantaneous! There only downside is that are downsides to using Xerneas, however; Power Herb only works once, which means meaning that Roar and Whirlwind will absolutely cripple it, and it is also absolutely helpless against a good Lugia (''especially'' if Xerneas gets forced out, it's dead weight for the rest of the match. said Lugia has Multiscale). However, if your opponent knows when to set up, might aside from that, a Xerneas user who times their setup just right may as well say "gg" "gg ez" on the spot right there.before they rip through the enemy team.
26th Feb '16 4:06:41 PM TokoWH
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* Although it's an often overlooked mechanic of the game, if you take some time to do some berry farming, you will easily never have to spend money on status healing items ever again. The best part is, since their introduction, berry farming has gotten more and more easier to maintain and more generous with berry returns with each passing generation. It easily reached it's peak in Gen VI, where not only are all berry planting locations gathered in one convenient spot, berry trees in that game can give an absolutely ''insane'' amount in return for what you put in. It's very possible to turn five or so Leppa berries or Lum berries into ''forty'' or so in one go.
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