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16th Jan '17 10:11:32 AM PDL
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* WithThisHerring: At the start of most Pokémon games, you're given a level 5 starter Pokémon and if you poke around for a bit, sometimes you're given or find a potion and a few Pokéballs. This is of course justified in that you're playing as someone who is a new trainer and are starter Pokémon are specifically trained to be easy to handle for new trainers.
13th Jan '17 2:22:40 AM 4444jdm
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** Averted with both Mega Evolutions and regional forms. None of them have gender differences even though their regular forms did.
12th Jan '17 7:35:08 AM PDL
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* UndergroundMonkey: Pokémon generally avoids doing this with their monsters as each creature is uniquely designed enough that they're recognizable enough from silhouettes (hence why "Who's That Pokémon" segments are so popular). However, there are some zigzags here and there:
** Some Pokémon are designed to be closely related counterparts of each other, even when not related by evolution. Plusle and Minun intentionally look similar to each other (their tails are differently shaped). Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus are also extremely similar in their Incarnate formes but were given Therian formes that make them vastly different designs.
** Shiny Pokémon are extremely rare variants that are usually differently colored from their regular counterparts. However, they're functionally identical.
** Regional variants are Pokémon that have different typings and stats from their more well known counterparts, but even they have designs that make them dramatically unique.
29th Dec '16 10:43:05 AM MandL27
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* SerialEscelation:
** In terms of the evil organizations you battle in the game. The first two generations had the at least somewhat AffablyEvil Team Rocket (with quotes like "It feels so good to be evil!"), barring a couple disturbing instances (killing Pokémon and chopping off Slowpoke tails). But by RSE, you had a group trying to force ''climate change.'' By the fourth generation, Team Galactic wants to ''[[InTheirOwnImage reset all of existence.]]''
** Team Plasma, along with [[spoiler:their leader,]] N, from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', want to separate Pokémon from humans to probably prevent incidents like with the previous teams from happening again. It turns out that the true villain, [[spoiler:Ghetsis, the true mastermind behind Team Plasma,]] is such a despicable, vile, and evil person that he manages to outstrip all the previous teams ''combined''! (Including [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Cipher!]])
** Team Flare in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', who at first seem to be a call-back to the villain teams in early games who are OnlyInItForTheMoney, with a few hints of something about "making a beautiful world". By the time you reach [[spoiler:Lysandre Labs, you learn that their leader's plans for "a beautiful world" involves ''killing everyone and everything except those who are loyal to him'', which not even most of the grunts are aware of; i.e. committing ''genocide''. Though Lysandre does this because he is sick of how corrupt the world has become, filled with greed, racing for power, polluting until the world is destroyed, he thinks what he is doing is the right thing even if it means killing everybody]]
** Team Skull in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' avert this, being a more humorous team of thugs who mostly steal Pokémon for petty reasons, with not as much threat as any of the previous teams in terms of goals. [[spoiler: The Aether Foundation, Lusamine in particular, are darker, with Horrific Pokémon experiments, coupled with Lusamine being an overbearing and cruel parent, as well as Lusamine's main room having Pokémon encased in solid glass, and doesn't care if an innocent creature from another world dies for her to accomplish her main goal.]] However, they are still significantly less dark than prior villains in the series.
** In the first couple of generations, the villains didn't seem to do anything besides wreak havoc on random Pokémon and locations. In the third generation, the villains had a coherent theme and goal, but they still didn't make much sense. By the fourth generation, though, defeating the villain had become just about as important as the stated goal of ToBeAMaster, a trend which continued into the fifth generation, owing to the nastier villains on the one hand, and greater plot streamlining on the other. In fact, ''Black'' and ''White'' are the first games of the series where [[spoiler:you don't even battle the League Champion to beat the game; you have to face N and then [[FinalBoss Ghetsis]] instead.]]
*** Worth mentioning is that the battle with N is very similar to the circumstances of the battle against your rival in the original games. Your rival has barely conquered the Pokémon League, previous Champion and all, before losing his position as Champion to the player. N defeated the Pokémon League and had just finished his battle with Unova's Champion, Alder, before being defeated by the player. N was the Champion for all of a few minutes before losing the title.
18th Dec '16 7:54:41 AM WhatArtThee
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** Team Skull in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' avert this, being a more humorous team of thugs who mostly steal Pokémon for petty reasons, with not as much threat as any of the previous teams in terms of goals. However, [[spoiler: The Aether Foundation, Lusamine in particular, fit this trope much more then any previous team. Horrific Pokémon experiments, coupled with an even more blatant and horrifically abusive parent then even Ghetsis, and Lusamine's main room having Pokémon encased in solid glass, and doesn't care if an innocent creature from another world dies for her to accomplish her main goal, which while not on high a scale as even Team Galactic, has a much more personal effect on the people of Alola then any previous evil team ever did, The Aether foundation have single handedly made Sun and Moon the Darkest games in the mainline franchise (If not the franchise as a whole) yet, and that's not even getting into the [[EldritchAbomination Ultra Beasts]]...]]

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** Team Skull in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' avert this, being a more humorous team of thugs who mostly steal Pokémon for petty reasons, with not as much threat as any of the previous teams in terms of goals. However, [[spoiler: The Aether Foundation, Lusamine in particular, fit this trope much more then any previous team. are darker, with Horrific Pokémon experiments, coupled with Lusamine being an even more blatant overbearing and horrifically abusive parent then even Ghetsis, and cruel parent, as well as Lusamine's main room having Pokémon encased in solid glass, and doesn't care if an innocent creature from another world dies for her to accomplish her main goal, which while not on high a scale as even Team Galactic, has a much more personal effect on the people of Alola then any previous evil team ever did, The Aether foundation have single handedly made Sun and Moon the Darkest games goal.]] However, they are still significantly less dark than prior villains in the mainline franchise (If not the franchise as a whole) yet, and that's not even getting into the [[EldritchAbomination Ultra Beasts]]...]]series.
18th Dec '16 6:25:40 AM WhatArtThee
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* SerialEscelation:
** In terms of the evil organizations you battle in the game. The first two generations had the at least somewhat AffablyEvil Team Rocket (with quotes like "It feels so good to be evil!"), barring a couple disturbing instances (killing Pokémon and chopping off Slowpoke tails). But by RSE, you had a group trying to force ''climate change.'' By the fourth generation, Team Galactic wants to ''[[InTheirOwnImage reset all of existence.]]''
** Team Plasma, along with [[spoiler:their leader,]] N, from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', want to separate Pokémon from humans to probably prevent incidents like with the previous teams from happening again. It turns out that the true villain, [[spoiler:Ghetsis, the true mastermind behind Team Plasma,]] is such a despicable, vile, and evil person that he manages to outstrip all the previous teams ''combined''! (Including [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Cipher!]])
** Team Flare in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', who at first seem to be a call-back to the villain teams in early games who are OnlyInItForTheMoney, with a few hints of something about "making a beautiful world". By the time you reach [[spoiler:Lysandre Labs, you learn that their leader's plans for "a beautiful world" involves ''killing everyone and everything except those who are loyal to him'', which not even most of the grunts are aware of; i.e. committing ''genocide''. Though Lysandre does this because he is sick of how corrupt the world has become, filled with greed, racing for power, polluting until the world is destroyed, he thinks what he is doing is the right thing even if it means killing everybody]]
** Team Skull in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' avert this, being a more humorous team of thugs who mostly steal Pokémon for petty reasons, with not as much threat as any of the previous teams in terms of goals. However, [[spoiler: The Aether Foundation, Lusamine in particular, fit this trope much more then any previous team. Horrific Pokémon experiments, coupled with an even more blatant and horrifically abusive parent then even Ghetsis, and Lusamine's main room having Pokémon encased in solid glass, and doesn't care if an innocent creature from another world dies for her to accomplish her main goal, which while not on high a scale as even Team Galactic, has a much more personal effect on the people of Alola then any previous evil team ever did, The Aether foundation have single handedly made Sun and Moon the Darkest games in the mainline franchise (If not the franchise as a whole) yet, and that's not even getting into the [[EldritchAbomination Ultra Beasts]]...]]
** In the first couple of generations, the villains didn't seem to do anything besides wreak havoc on random Pokémon and locations. In the third generation, the villains had a coherent theme and goal, but they still didn't make much sense. By the fourth generation, though, defeating the villain had become just about as important as the stated goal of ToBeAMaster, a trend which continued into the fifth generation, owing to the nastier villains on the one hand, and greater plot streamlining on the other. In fact, ''Black'' and ''White'' are the first games of the series where [[spoiler:you don't even battle the League Champion to beat the game; you have to face N and then [[FinalBoss Ghetsis]] instead.]]
*** Worth mentioning is that the battle with N is very similar to the circumstances of the battle against your rival in the original games. Your rival has barely conquered the Pokémon League, previous Champion and all, before losing his position as Champion to the player. N defeated the Pokémon League and had just finished his battle with Unova's Champion, Alder, before being defeated by the player. N was the Champion for all of a few minutes before losing the title.
2nd Dec '16 9:24:54 PM SgtFrog1
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** The best examples of Pokémon weight being screwy are the Steel and Rock types, which are often made of materials that are incredibly heavy in RealLife. Examples include [[DishingOutDirt Regirock]] and [[ExtraOreDinary Registeel]]: Regirock is 5'7[[note]]1.7m[[/note]] and weighs 507.1lbs.[[note]]230.0kg[[/note]]. Due to the density of rock, Regirock should actually weigh about '''One-Thousand Two-Hundred-Thirty-Nine pounds, Three Ounces'''[[note]]562kg[[/note]], which is almost ''triple'' how much it weighs. Registeel is 6'3[[note]]1.9m[[/note]] tall and weighs 451.9lbs.[[note]]205.0kg[[/note]]. If the metal it's made from is about as heavy as iron, it should be ''at least'' 625lbs., unless Registeel is actually hollow.

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** The best examples of Pokémon weight being screwy are the Steel and Rock types, which are often made of materials that are incredibly heavy in RealLife. Examples include [[DishingOutDirt Regirock]] and [[ExtraOreDinary Registeel]]: Regirock is 5'7[[note]]1.7m[[/note]] and weighs 507.1lbs.[[note]]230.0kg[[/note]]. Due to the density of rock, Regirock should actually weigh about '''One-Thousand Two-Hundred-Thirty-Nine pounds, Three Ounces'''[[note]]562kg[[/note]], which is almost ''triple'' how much it weighs. Registeel is 6'3[[note]]1.9m[[/note]] tall and weighs 451.9lbs.[[note]]205.0kg[[/note]]. If the metal it's made from is about as heavy as iron, it should be ''at least'' 625lbs., unless Registeel is actually hollow. Then again, the Pokedex does say its body is made of a metal-like substance found nowhere else on the planet...
27th Nov '16 11:02:03 PM Dattix
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*** '''Burns''' also inflict 1/8 of a Pokémon's max HP each turn. They also halve their attack stat, making burn-inflicting moves good at crippling physical attackers. Obviously, Fire-types are immune to burns.
*** '''Paralysis''' cuts a Pokémon's speed down to just 1/4 of its usual value. Additionally, there's a 1/4 chance each turn that a paralyzed 'mon can't move. Electric-types are immune to paralysis (as of Generation VI). While Ground-types aren't, they are immune to Thunder Wave, the most common paralysis move, making them difficult to paralyze.

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*** '''Burns''' also inflict 1/8 only do 1/16 of a Pokémon's max HP each turn. They turn (as of Generation VII), but also halve their attack stat, making burn-inflicting moves good at crippling physical attackers. Obviously, Fire-types are immune to burns.
*** '''Paralysis''' cuts halves a Pokémon's speed down (quarters it prior to just 1/4 of its usual value.Generation VII). Additionally, there's a 1/4 chance each turn that a paralyzed 'mon can't move. Electric-types are immune to paralysis (as of Generation VI). While Ground-types aren't, they are immune to Thunder Wave, the most common paralysis move, making them difficult to paralyze.



*** '''Confusion''' causes a Pokémon to damage itself 50% of the time it tries to act for 1-4 turns. Its presence is always indicated by circling birds and a message, as is snapping out of it. Interestingly, the game treats the self-damage as a typeless, physical, base-power 40 move aimed against itself, causing Pokémon with high Attack to take more damage. This is why Swagger is so widely hated, since it increased the confusion damage taken on top of confusing the target.

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*** '''Confusion''' causes a Pokémon to damage itself 50% 1/3 of the time it tries to act for 1-4 turns. Its presence is always indicated by circling birds and a message, as is snapping out of it. Interestingly, the game treats the self-damage as a typeless, physical, base-power 40 move aimed against itself, causing Pokémon with high Attack to take more damage. This is why Swagger is so widely hated, since it increased the confusion damage taken on top of confusing the target.



*** '''Flinch''' is a special, one-turn status condition that prevents all movement for that turn only. It only occurs if the Pokémon has yet to act that turn, meaning it has no effect on one that's already gone. Can potentially lead to [[CycleOfHurting hax]] if it's spammed and the RNG hates you. (God help you if it's combined with paralysis, as seen above.)

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*** '''Flinch''' is '''Flinching''' causes a special, one-turn status condition that prevents all movement for that turn only.Pokémon to miss its turn. It only occurs if the Pokémon has yet to act that turn, meaning it has no effect on one that's already gone. Can potentially lead to [[CycleOfHurting hax]] if it's spammed and the RNG hates you. (God help you if it's combined with paralysis, as seen above.)
25th Nov '16 5:44:58 AM ironcommando
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* WeakToFire: Grass, Bug, Ice, and Steel types take 2x the damage from Fire-tpe moves. The Bug/Steel dual-typing is notable for having Fire as their ''only'' weakness, as they either take neutral damage or resist everything else. Fire however is ''very'' effective against them, dealing 4x the damage.
8th Nov '16 7:33:36 AM PDL
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* VendorTrash: Gold Nuggets, Star Pieces, Stardust, Big Pearls, and Small Pearls.

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* VendorTrash: Gold Nuggets, The most famous of these is the Nugget, but there are also Pearls, Star Pieces, Stardust, Big Pearls, Mushrooms and Small Pearls.other items. In some games they may have other uses (Mushrooms are required for move tutors in ''Fire Red and Leaf Green'' and an NPC will offer PP Ups for Star Pieces in ''Black and White''), but otherwise they do nothing and are worth high prices.
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