History Headscratchers / Pokemon

24th Mar '17 8:24:32 AM PDL
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** There hasn't been one so far. Professor Oak implies that the Kanto starters were Pokémon he found during his days as a trainer. Professor Elm mentions that he only just caught the Johto starters. Professor Birch is too busy being harassed by wild Pokémon to explain where he found the Hoenn starters. Professor Rowan never got a chance to say anything about the Sinnoh starters in ''Diamond'' and ''Pearl'', since he accidentally left behind the briefcase containing them, but even in ''Platinum'' he doesn't say anything about them. Professor Juniper doesn't meet you in person until you've already got a Pokémon in either pair of games, but neither her note from the originals or her assistant in the sequels mention anything specific about the Unova starters; the fact that she provides the same options both times implies that she has a supply on hand for every new trainer, but nothing's ever explicitly stated. Professor Sycamore sent the Kalos starters with some of your "friends", and he doesn't say anything when he gives you a Kanto starter in person, although the Kanto starter does seem to be an off-the-cuff decision. Professor Kukui doesn't actually get to give you a Pokémon, but Hala does, and it's implied that the Alolan starters are traditional for the Island Challenge.

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** There hasn't been one so far. Professor Oak implies that the Kanto starters were Pokémon he found during his days as a trainer. Professor Elm mentions that he only just caught the Johto starters. Professor Birch is too busy being harassed by wild Pokémon to explain where he found the Hoenn starters. Professor Rowan never got a chance to say anything about the Sinnoh starters in ''Diamond'' and ''Pearl'', since he accidentally left behind the briefcase containing them, but even in ''Platinum'' he doesn't say anything about them. Professor Juniper doesn't meet you in person until you've already got a Pokémon in either pair of games, but neither her note from the originals or her assistant in the sequels mention anything specific about the Unova starters; the fact that she provides the same options both times implies that she has a supply on hand for every new trainer, but nothing's ever explicitly stated. Professor Sycamore sent the Kalos starters with some of your "friends", and he doesn't say anything when he gives you a Kanto starter in person, although the Kanto starter does seem to be an off-the-cuff decision. Professor Kukui doesn't actually get to give you a Pokémon, but Hala does, and it's implied that the Alolan starters are traditional for the Island Challenge.Challenge.
** There may not be an in-universe reason as to why the professor or other authority gives you a choice between 3 Pokémon that are Grass, Fire and Water apart from just [[AppealToTradition "tradition"]]. But the out-of-universe reason is to teach the player (who might be new to the game) about the type triangle (a major game mechanic that's vital to understanding how the game works). Its easy to understand how these types can interact with each other as people should be familiar with what fire, water and plants are. The same can't be said for say Fighting, Dark and Psychic types (hence why they won't change the starting types).
9th Mar '17 12:32:13 AM ZombieAladdin
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** My impression has always been that Pokémon that evolve by level will evolve whenever they feel like it. When under a trainer's care, the trainer likely dictates when they can start evolving (or at least the trainer can stop it), but in the wild, a Caterpie can evolve into a Metapod at any time it wants or when it gathers enough power to do so. Some Pokédex descriptions though, like those for Scrafty, Honchkrow, Empoleon, and Tsareena, indicate a sort of hierarchy based on evolution stage though, suggesting that not all Pokémon are capable of doing so.
23rd Jan '17 12:38:51 PM Tabs
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** Because the developers said so. This is nearly lampshaded by some NPC who wants to see a sun/moon-related Pokémon that turns out to be Solrock/Lunatone despite them not appearing in Alola.
17th Dec '16 7:47:55 PM Octorok103
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** It's most likely a random bug. In all games, using a Master Ball bypasses the capture algorithm altogether.



*** Um... miniscule experience? If Mewtwo is level 100 it would gain ''no'' experience.

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*** Um... miniscule minuscule experience? If Mewtwo is level 100 it would gain ''no'' experience.



* This is less something that bothers me and more something that I'm really curious about, but has there ever been an in-universe reason given as to why the starters for each main-series game has always been a Fire/Water/Grass trio?

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* This is less something that bothers me and more something that I'm really curious about, but has there ever been an in-universe reason given as to why the starters for each main-series game has always been a Fire/Water/Grass trio?trio?
** There hasn't been one so far. Professor Oak implies that the Kanto starters were Pokémon he found during his days as a trainer. Professor Elm mentions that he only just caught the Johto starters. Professor Birch is too busy being harassed by wild Pokémon to explain where he found the Hoenn starters. Professor Rowan never got a chance to say anything about the Sinnoh starters in ''Diamond'' and ''Pearl'', since he accidentally left behind the briefcase containing them, but even in ''Platinum'' he doesn't say anything about them. Professor Juniper doesn't meet you in person until you've already got a Pokémon in either pair of games, but neither her note from the originals or her assistant in the sequels mention anything specific about the Unova starters; the fact that she provides the same options both times implies that she has a supply on hand for every new trainer, but nothing's ever explicitly stated. Professor Sycamore sent the Kalos starters with some of your "friends", and he doesn't say anything when he gives you a Kanto starter in person, although the Kanto starter does seem to be an off-the-cuff decision. Professor Kukui doesn't actually get to give you a Pokémon, but Hala does, and it's implied that the Alolan starters are traditional for the Island Challenge.
14th Dec '16 9:58:33 PM Kayube
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** In later games, a message appears that indicates that you yourself return to the Center while protecting your Pokemon. So it could be that "blacking out" is just the trainers' term for having all your Pokemon faint, not an indication that the trainer falls unconscious after a loss.
7th Dec '16 11:27:05 PM HyperKunoichi
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* Why don't Solrock or Lunatone - Pokémon based on the Sun and Moon, respectively - appear as Wild Pokémon in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''?

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** Well, a rather common (and highly plausible) theory is that they weren't initially supposed to be infertile, and that Nidorina and Nidoqueen being unable to breed is due to a glitch. Of course, if it's true, this ''does'' raise the question of why they didn't fix it in Crystal or in later Gens.
* Why don't Solrock or Lunatone - Pokémon based on the Sun and Moon, respectively - appear as Wild Pokémon in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''?''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''?
* This is less something that bothers me and more something that I'm really curious about, but has there ever been an in-universe reason given as to why the starters for each main-series game has always been a Fire/Water/Grass trio?
30th Nov '16 3:24:42 PM Nintendoer
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** ''Headscratchers/PokemonSunAndMoon''
24th Nov '16 12:14:46 AM BlackBaroness
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* If Nidoqueen is infertile, why does it have mammaries?

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* If Nidoqueen is infertile, why does it have mammaries?mammaries?
* Why don't Solrock or Lunatone - Pokémon based on the Sun and Moon, respectively - appear as Wild Pokémon in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''?
31st Oct '16 2:59:37 AM Neuronyx87
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*** This troper has honestly, on more than one occasion, cauught a low-level Ralts and leveled it up just using Struggle.
28th Oct '16 9:01:32 AM Dere
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* I was always baffled by Pokemon Contests that seemed straightforward, but followed a some sort of logic of their own, and my level 50+ legendary pokemon were taking third places at best in all the contests, losing to some caterpies and other nonsense. Turns out, the thing is about 40% your moves and 60% pokeblocks that enhance your pokemon's stats for the contest? Feeding your animal G-rated steroids, anybody?

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* I was always baffled by Pokemon Contests that seemed straightforward, but followed a some sort of logic of their own, and my level 50+ legendary pokemon were taking third places at best in all the contests, losing to some caterpies and other nonsense. Turns out, the thing is about 40% your moves and 60% pokeblocks that enhance your pokemon's stats for the contest? Feeding your animal G-rated steroids, anybody?anybody?
** Contests have nothing to do a Pokémon's level or strength. They're about how good a show it puts.
* If Nidoqueen is infertile, why does it have mammaries?
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