edited 22nd Nov '10 7:20:02 PM by Blissey1
edited 22nd Nov '10 10:34:38 PM by Marioguy128
- They must be recommended by an existing Gym Leader, Elite Four member, or the Champion. Unfortunately, this has given rise to nepotism, as a retiring Gym Leader like Byron, Koga, and presumably Maylene's father can simply recommend their child.
- They have to defeat everyone else vying for the role.
edited 22nd Nov '10 10:50:00 PM by Magus
PurposeDespite often catering to the new and upcoming Trainers, the Pokémon League also concentrates on the cutting edge of training, from learning new techniques to the intricacies of item and EV distribution. The Elite Four is the League's way of creating a semicompetitive research area for new discoveries to be made about Pokémon combat and tactics. Note that the Elite Four are separate from the Champion: While the Champion generally wanders around, the Elite Four are required to stay in their facility most of the year. The original and now lesser purpose of the Elite Four is to test a prospective Champion before they can face the current one; these occasions occur rarely, often only once every few months.
Functions / DutiesThe Elite Four often conducts their research in places far from the beaten path. This is for two reasons: First, certain attacks (such as Hyper Beam, Focus Blast, and the like) are so powerful in the hands of these trainers that they have to be done where there's no risk of harm to others. (TRAINER'S NOTE: This is also why you need eight badges; they need to make sure you have a team that can withstand this sort of thing.) Second, uninhabited places are often host to stronger Pokémon; the headquarters are located on the other side of a gauntlet of these, always dubbed Victory Road by the Pokémon League. Rest, lodging, and excellent training facilities are provided for challengers, but once the test begins, the trainer cannot rest himself nor his Pokémon until he has failed or won. A large amount of environments can be simulated in the battle chambers, and the Elite Four member usually chooses the one they're most comfortable in during a Champion match. Video cameras are placed to the sides of every arena. This is normally used only for League research purposes, but Champion battles will be televised publicly. Non-Unova Elite Four are actually at slightly different pay grades; this refers to each member's relative strength and is affected by their win/loss ratio, reset every year. This was implemented so that battles would actually put something on the line, giving the members motivation beyond sheer curiosity or fighting spirit. New members can only apply when a pre-existing Elite Four member retires, and only by invitation. These invitations go out to the cream of the region's crop, typically Gym Leaders, Frontier Brains, and past Champion challengers. The Unova league is slightly different from the Johto-Kanto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh leagues; this is because it was originally founded as an academic salon to discuss theory, rather than a fighting league. The members can be challenged in any order and are considered at the same relative strength. The recruitment process works in roughly the same fashion.
- The League publishes a small journal monthly, detailing the new advancements in moves and tactics made in the facility. Some of the Elite Four members aren't the best at describing these matches in scientific fashion (e.g. Bruno), so these tasks are often left to the scientists who usually work "behind the scenes".
edited 27th Nov '10 9:15:39 PM by Magus
- The League: * The Tourney agencies and the Pokecenters and Marts
- The "Heroes." :The guys who show up and save shit at the end of the various franchises
- The Nerds: The Professors and Dex project users who are in it for the research
edited 22nd Nov '10 11:10:15 PM by Chronix
edited 23rd Nov '10 12:14:39 AM by Chronix
- Why does the Trainer have to pass through the gym's gauntlet before challenging the Leader?
- How does one become a Junior Trainer?