** Also, as mentioned above, PowerCreep hasn't exactly helped. These days you have Lvl 4's that are more powerful than the old Level 5's and now certain Lvl 3's ([[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Tune_Warrior Tune Warrior]], [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/X-Saber_Airbellum X-Saber Airbellum]]) are stronger than some of [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Celtic_Guardian the old]] [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Winged_Dragon,_Guardian_of_the_Fortress_1 Level 4's]]. And let's not forget poor [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Red-Eyes_B._Dragon Red-Eyes]], who's a Level 7 Normal Monster and there are Level 6 Monsters that have the ''exact same stats'' for one Tribute less (like [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Amphibian_Beast Amphibian Beast]]).
*** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Chainsaw_Insect Chainsaw Insect]] is even worse, a level 4 with 2400 attack, 0 defense, even [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Muka_Muka Muka Muka]] which is a low level (and actually is pretty old) that could get that strong by its effect wasn't always and how often are you going to use Chainsaw Insect in defense? Poor, poor Red-Eyes.
*** Not to mention that they remade a couple old notable cards by giving them adjectives to their names to make them have any sort of purpose in the modern game. [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Obnoxious_Celtic_Guard The Obnoxious Celtic Guard]] is a remake of a pathetic card with only 1400 attack points and gives it resistance to being destroyed by strong cards. [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Swift_Gaia_the_Fierce_Knight Swift Gaia the Fierce Knight]] takes a monster which is disappointing for requiring two tributes and gives it the ability to sometimes be summoned WITHOUT a tribute.
*** On the subject of new Gaia's, there's [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Gaia_Knight%2C_the_Force_of_Earth this]] and [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Gaia_Drake,_the_Universal_Force this]]. Both are much stronger than the original.
** This goes back to [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Vol.1 the very first set]], since the only cards then were Normal monsters. Hitotsu-Me Giant, Silver Fang, and Mammoth Graveyard were the most powerful low-level cards by far, with 1200 ATK, and everything else had 800 at most. The only reason to ever use the 800s was that Trap Hole could kill monsters with more than 1000 ATK, and the only reason to ever use anything weaker than them was... well, nonexistent.
*** Pidgeot gained a [[SuperMode mega evolution]] in ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'', gaining a substantial Sp.Atk boost along with the Ability No Guard to abuse STAB Hurricane and Heat Wave.
*** Actually, nothing is being hung, least of all any kind of lampshade. The kid at the Pokemon Centre is actually giving you, in his own cryptic way, directions for assembling a DiscOneNuke. The "Lucky Egg" held item multiplies the Experience Points you get at battle's end; Audino give a ridiculous amount of Exp Points even without ("grow faster"), so things get turned UpToEleven when you equip the "Lucky" Egg. Notorious InfinityMinusOneSword s Dragonite, Tyranitar, Salamence, Metagross, Garchomp, and Hydreigon can all be received (in their infant forms) as soon as you have a friend to trade with; their sheer power would make the game comically easy, so they grow at a slower-than-normal rate. Now you know how to make your Beldum grow into a big, strong Metagross: give it a Lucky Egg and go Audino hunting!
*** Actually, nothing is being hung, least
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