YMMV / Pokémon Quartz

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Main character is trying to escape the Crapsack World and his/her rival/everyone else in the world is a molesting stalker. (Thanks, Zorak.)
  • Breather Boss:
    • The sixth Gym Leader. He uses Grass-type Pokémon, and since there are loads of Flying-types in Corna (especially in the jungle area before him) he typically goes down without much trouble. It's especially jarring compared to the previous three Leaders, which are Those Three Bosses.
    • Fautso. While the choices for ghosts are lackluster before you fight him, use the Fire starter or Tigat and spam Bite. It doesn't help that the latter is common after the first Gym.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: During the Let's Play, Foxy after winning the championship finally gets her katana unstuck and kills her stalker rival.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny:
    • Baro and severs.
    • Oh, you got a F of FUCK OFF!
    • The message that pops up when you examine trash cans.
    Disembodied voice: Mm...tasty.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Plug-Oink, due to being the least hideous thing in the game. Also, Col. Crazy from Zorak's playthrough for being a Ridiculously Cute Critter.
    • And Swap.Bear, for all the wrong reasons.
    • Murderfish too. Zorak seemed to have a little too much fun riding a giant levitating killer-dragon-fish-thingy around the seas and beating up trainers with it.
    • DA KING, defender of royal supremacy who regularly beats up impostors and won the Coolness contest. It helps that it has one of the better-looking designs.
    • There's also DA KING's right-hand man, Col. Crazy. Foxy even refuses to evolve him.
      Foxy: Colonel Crazy is a rebel cannon on the loose with every fuse lit and ready to fire pure awesome.
  • Fridge Brilliance: One of the catchables is a Poison-type called Fungio. That knows Toxic when you catch it. Except its Pokédex entry says it isn't poisonous. The brilliance kicks in when you remember the difference between poisonous and venomous. Although it's unlikely Baro actually had this in mind, it's entirely possible that humans in Corna can eat Fungio without dying (it's not poisonous) even though it does attack with poison (it's venomous).
  • Fridge Logic: The evil team plans to make Electric Pokémon stronger by inflating the sun with a broken ghost detector. Wait, what? This is doubly funny if you consider the move Sunny Day actually makes Thunder less accurate.
  • Goddamned Bats:
    • Stulo and its evolution Fungio are very fast (making them hard to escape from), use Mean Look to prevent switching or escape, spam bad status moves, and have Effect Spore, which can cause a physical attacker to get either Sleep, Poison or Paralysis. In fact, the hack shows that they are replacements of Zubat and Golbat, even having the exact same cry. Oh, and they can also learn Fly.
    • Pikish, which is essentially Tentacool with Poison Point. Arrghhh.
  • Good Bad Bug: The sprites for the Legendaries don't disappear when you catch them.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Babos is a Memetic Molester that seduces people by screaming "BAAABEEEY!" Sound like anyone?
    • The stealing-bones plot is similar to something that happens in Pokémon Black and White.
      • The second-last Gym Leader is a woman who understands hearts. Similar to Iris's title as the "Girl who understands the hearts of Dragons."
      • In Quartz, there is a gym leader who uses Dragon-type Pokémon and gives you a "Legend Badge" when you defeat him... Now, in Generation V, there is a Gym Leader who uses Dragon-type Pokémon and gives you a "Legend Badge" when you defeat him (or her, depending on your game version).
      • Now the Gym Leader who gives the Legend Badge is the seventh Leader like Danny as of Black 2 and White 2, and Danny would battle in double battles, while not the Leader there are two trainers who will battle in rotation and triple battles, and is the only Gym to do that in Black 2 and White 2.
    • The Ice-type Leader wears fairly inappropriate clothes for living in a cold, snowy area. Sound familiar?
    • Ramon's hairstyle and bandana are suspiciously similar to the hair and visor of B2W2's male protagonist.
    • The female protagonist/Ran has an uncanny resemblance to Serena of Pokémon X and Y, with May's giant ribbon from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire instead of a Nice Hat.
    • In Pokémon X and Y, the player character can use rollerskates to get around.
    • Team Ambar's plan is to inflate the sun to power up Electric-types. Along comes a Gen VI Pokémon, Helioptile, which is an Electric-type that gains its power from the sun.
    • As of Gen VI, the Exp. Share is now a key item that works exactly the way Ba-chan describes it rather than the held item it was in Generations II-V.
    • "Hello! I am Dr. Sleep!"
    • You can fight a nurse that will heal your Pokémon outdoors she's actually kidding, years before the Doctor and Nurse Trainer Class actually existed in Pokémon Black and White.
    • Again from Pokémon Black and White, the Tigat line (Dark-typed purple-colored felines) is suspiciously similar to the Purrloin line.
    • In the deeper area of Mana Nests, there is a strange parallel-with-the-surface water current that requires you to use Waterfall on it. In Platinum one section in the Distortion World has this in reverse, a waterfall-like structure that doesn't require said HM.
    • The Marble note  starters have another evolution stage following their final forms. Mega Evolutions, anyone?
    • Salama and Mantiga are poisonous gecko-salamander hybrids. Powergass and Pasqall are Poison- and Fire-typed balloon/mine creatures that you could encounter in a volcanic area. Pokémon Sun and Moon later introduced the Salandit line, also a two-stage family of Poison/Fire-typed salamanders who are first found in Wela Volcano Park, a volcanic area.
    • The Nole line are a two-stage family of moles with Cool Shades and Ground/Dark typing. Black and White introduced the Drilbur (Ground-type moles with similar design) and Sandile lines (Ground/Dark-type crocodiles with Cool Shades-esque markings around their eyes).
  • Idiot Plot: The villains are trying to inflate the sun with a broken ghost detector. To power up the Electric Pokémon. Yeah, not the Fire Pokémon or anything. Could be a really bad explanation for something involving solar flares or sunspot activity?
  • Iron Woobie: During the Let's Play, Foxy contends with a land filled with rapists, idiots who mangle the English language, an over-abundance of Flying-types, a villainous team band with the stupidest goal in the history of the Pokémon world, catching a Babos, a creepy molesting stalker, Groudon and Kyogre's deformed cousins, a Pokémon professor who's a huge creep and a Marty Stu, and Gym Leaders who have an infinite supply of Full Restores. She also makes ghosts and pirates cry.
  • It's Easy, so It Sucks: You can find Master Balls and Olympus Mons Legendaries everywhere very early in this hack. Slightly justified, in that the Gym Leaders are ridiculously overleveled and have what seems like an endless supply of Full Restores.
    • This was in the original beta due to a glitch. The final version pretty much fixes this so that they're rare like they're supposed to be.
  • Les Yay: In the let's play Foxy had this to say:
    Foxy: Roxy once told me secretly that her friend Misty wasn't a very nice person. I dunno about that though... I think she's kind of cute!
    • Foxy also refers to a number of other female trainers as "cute" during her travels, the comment being accompanied by a "lovestruck" emoticon each time. Given both this and her "no wonder I like girls more than guys" comment after J. Akira forces her to kiss him, Foxy seems to be a lipstick lesbian, which is hardly surprising given Akira's unwanted advances and her penchant for interpreting virtually EVERY male around her as a creepy potential rapist.
    • At one point, she encounters this female trainer and says:
    Foxy: Your legs... they're like Salami. It might sound wierd but... I really want to make a sandwhich out of your legs right now.
    • Another thing she says also firmly cements it:
    Foxy: Well, the beach has alot of people so I suppose the spa. Just a bunch of girls and stuff. (followed by this image)
    • More quoteage:
    Foxy: Danny is in fact a hot girl. I sure hope this battle goes well!
  • Marty Stu - "BAAAAAAROOOOOOOOO!!!!!"
    • A later interview reveals that at least part of this was a combination of shitty English and laziness - only one of the many "Baro"s running around was supposed to be the creator. The rest were just named "Baro" because in that part of the world, "Baro" is analagous to John in that it's obscenely common. No explanation for "Ba-chan" and the various Baro artworks in the museum, though.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Damn near everybody. Special mention goes to your rival, as they stalk the player character and kiss them out of nowhere most of the time.
    • As well as Babos and its evolution who explicitly took Memetic Molester and ran with it as the concept for a mon.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I am going to suicide!!!!!"
  • Mis-blamed: If a line looks stupid, it may have come from the original game, if the language is not horrendously mangled.
  • Narm: Some of the dramatic dialogue tries to be serious and uplifting but the bonked translation just ruins it.
    • Example, what is supposed to be a Badass Boast about the Ghost Gym Leader...
    "He see DEATH as a cartoon!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: While most of the fake Pokémon designs are ugly, some of them are borderline frightening.
    • The Weedo line starts off as a cute green pumpkin, but it evolves into creepy phallic bug-eyed tentacle monster with a nauseating color palette.
    • The Dristal line are supposedly dragons, but their slithery designs and unusual eyes that makes them resemble parasitic worms can be unnerving.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: The main character's relationship with the rival was clearly intended to be romantic. They instead comes off as a Memetic Molester, regardless of gender. To quote Zorak's Let's Play:
    No, no, NO! Not love birds. Rape bird and raped bird.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Many play it specifically because of the ugly pokemon designs and terrible dialogue.
  • That One Boss:
    • Despite being the third Gym Leader, Max is pretty tough as all his Pokémon have Earthquake. He also had a Pokémon learn Fissure, although at least that one couldn't hit Flying-types.
    • Nieves. Again, painfully hard Gym, but she has two stupidly strong Pokémon; Freech and Bobeguin. Freech is Dragon/Ice-type when all her other Pokémon are Ice, and it has, of all things, Speed Boost as its ability. And it knows Dragon Claw, which is stronger thanks to STAB. Bobeguin knows Blizzard, which can potentially one-shot anything under Level 30 (which, depending on how much you grind, could be your whole party) thanks to STAB, and it also has Surf to counter your Fire-types.
  • That One Level:
    • Grey Stone Gym. It's based off the Mossdeep Gym from Ruby and Sapphire (in other words, conveyor maze) except for the fact that it's somehow even harder to navigate, and there's STRENGTH BOULDERS there too! It can take up to an hour to get to Danny, and the fun doesn't stop there...
    • Maroon Gym is arguably worse. Nieves is also pretty hard, but her Gym is Wallace/Juan's Gym combined with cracked floors that lead to a trainer-less basement/upper floor note  with ladders that have no correlation to where they should lead to. That alone would make this on par with Greystone, but then there's also INVISIBLE TRAINERS THAT ATTACK YOU WHEN YOU TOUCH THE WATERFALLS.
    • The eighth Gym has numerous floor tiles that will send you back where you started, which can get on many players' nerves if they don't know where to go. There is no indication for which tiles are safe or not. Thankfully, the Gym Leader is a Breather Boss.
  • Ugly Cute: Some of the new Pokémon designs could be described as this.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Death! Chaos!