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For a story about time resets and impossible creatures, Pokémon Reset Bloodlines certainly loves giving healthy doses of reality.

  • Arceus mentions that not even somebody as smart as Cyrus could immediately master manipulating the fabric of reality. Because of this, he had to practice, and the changes had to be subtle enough for him to avoid detection.
  • Trainers are somewhat older in this story, starting their journeys at 15 instead of 10, a more realistic age.
    • It also extends to a person's ability to own Pokémon. They must be at least 15 to legally own a Pokemon, but it is also shown that lots of people get around this law by having the Pokémon of a minor technically be under the ownership of a parent or legal guardian. The Misty Gaiden shows that League trainers like Gym Leaders are allowed to pass special permits for people who are close to turn fifteen, if they've shown to be competent enough in handling Pokémon, which work as provisional licenses until they turn of legal age.
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  • Ash is able to restore the memories of his Pokémon, but not their physical capabilities or any evolutions. As a result, they're not as capable as they once were, and have to retrain. After all, some skills require more than just know-how.
  • The ability to partially restore the memories of his human companions sometimes causes Ash problems. For example, when Misty gets a strong feeling of familiarity after touching him, she demands to know if he knows her, and if he does, how. This puts Ash in an awkward situation with no good options, and he's only saved from it because Team Rocket accidentally interrupts them with their attack on the Pokémon Center.
  • Like in the original timeline, Koffing's gas sometimes has an explosive reaction to electricity. Unlike in the original timeline, these reactions have the potential to be fatal. Because of this, James is very reluctant to send his out against Ash's Pikachu.
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  • Even though Misty is herself a Bloodliner, she doesn't know much about them as she'd never met another until meeting Ash. As a result, she doesn't realize that there's more kinds than Heart/Type variety so when she sees Ash use Counter, she believes him to be a Fighting Heart Bloodliner and is confused that he can understand Pikachu telepathically instead of hearing his voice out loud.
  • While Pokémon are still very tough compared to humans, serious injuries are more commonplace. Ash's Pidgeotto has to sit out the gym battle against Brock after a Rattata broke her wing during a battle club match. And while Pokémon still recover more quickly than humans, she's still grounded for a week.
    • Said Rattata was given a concussion shortly after by Pidgeotto's Steel Wing attack. When its trainer tries to keep up the fight, the ref stops the match and angrily berates him for needlessly risking his Pokémon's wellbeing.
  • At one point, Dexter (Ash's Pokédex) mentions that humans tried to exterminate Beedrill populations several times over the centuries. This had the unintended side effect of making the species as a whole considerably tougher because only the strongest and fastest managed to survive and then reproduce.
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  • After the first appearance of MissingNo, Pidgeotto offers to deliver messages warning Ash's friends from the original timeline about possible future tragedies. However, Butterfree points out that even if she could manage by some miracle to accomplish such a Herculean task, it's extremely unlikely that any of them would believe a complete stranger who claims to have had an encounter with the Pokémon equivalent of the Devil. Pikachu, meanwhile, acknowledges that Serena might believe Ash, due to their long friendship, but it's a moot point since she lives in faraway Kalos. After Pidgeotto evolves into Pidgeot, Ash now has the means to warn Serena. Pidgeot may not be able to make a beeline towards Serena, and will require breaks along the way, but she'll make sure Ash's warning is delivered where as a Pidgeotto, she couldn't.
  • If gym leaders have a losing streak that lasts too long, their gyms get shut down by the Pokémon Inspection Agency. After all, gyms are meant to provide challenges to trainers, and it would be irresponsible to let gyms with incompetent leaders remain open. However, unlike in Pocket Monsters: The Animation, this losing streak is not a severely short 3 losses, and the gym leaders are given allowances for certain factors in their lives, like personal loss, for performance problems.
  • Ash is tricked/forced by Misty's sisters into agreeing to a battle that involves them using much higher-level Pokémon. Everybody's expecting a Curb-Stomp Battle, and it is... in Ash's favor. As Dexter points out, you can't keep a Pokémon inside its pokéball for months at a time and not expect its capabilities to atrophy. It's even pointed out Ash's somewhat fan-disliked habit of leaving his Pokemon at Professor Oak's laboratory actually avoids this, because Oak knows what he's doing and keeps the Pokemon active.
    • This factor is also attributed to be the reason Ash didn't do as comparatively well in the Unova League as he did in other Leagues; Professor Juniper just kept Ash's Pokémon in their balls when anything he caught went to her lab, so while his habit of rotating his Unova team helped them all train, they weren't quite as high-level as his teams in past Leagues where every Pokémon he used had either been in constant use since he captured them or been training themselves in Oak's lab.
  • Simply learning a new move at the right time isn't enough to ensure victory. Ash's Charmeleon finds this out the hard way against J's Salamence.
    • Then later, learning a new move to win a battle led Butterfree to be less able to fight Red's Charmeleon in a following battle, resulting in a loss.
  • Misty is able to capture a wild Slowpoke without weakening it first. This is because its five-second reaction time meant by the time it realized what was going on, it was too late.
  • Using a Pokémon to fly somewhere requires said pokemon actually be large enough to carry its trainer. Unlike the games, no trainer is going to ride a Pidgey across the region. Some similar rules apply to riding water Pokémon. If you can't hold on to one, it has to be able to carry you.
  • Gym leaders tailor their teams to challenge other trainers based on the number of badges they possess. That way gym leaders can be challenging without being completely impossible to beat.
  • Just because a trainer can't help but call their attacks due to the nature of Pokemon battles, doesn't mean they can't still be clever about it. Lt. Surge in particular used a lot of code names for his tactics, such as Air Raid, Engage in Enemy Crippling and Face Hugger, which throws his opponents off while they try and process what is coming at them.
    • Paul later pulled a similar trick off with his Grotle, training it to use Stealth Rock when he snaps his fingers.
  • In the Pokemon Ranger series, it is specifically mentioned they don't capture Pokemon in Pokeballs. In games, this is a mild quirk that makes the spinoff series stand out from the main series games. In the Reset Verse, the difference in cultures between 'Trainer' nations and 'Ranger' nations causes disputes and conflicts between them, and is specifically mentioned to the cause of the war in Lt. Surge's backstory. It's even made the in-universe version of the Capitalist-Communist conflict.
  • As it turns out, Ash is surprisingly good at looking at the bright side of losing. Apparently all those losses in the original timeline taught him something.
  • Malamar, a Pokemon that can easily hypnotize people, is heavily restricted from use. It is illegal to evolve one's Inkay.
  • Voyeurs spying on people, such as a wedding in the Celadon Gym, leads to lawsuits.
  • Iris has lived all her life in a forest, raised by Dragon-type Pokemon. So naturally she is rather antisocial with other humans (though she gets better over time), has Wild Hair as opposed to her anime hairstyle, she only wears clothes when it's cold and has no problem being naked if the weather is warm (until Misty explains to her why public nudity is a no-no), smells rather badly (Ash descibed her smell as if she never heard the word "deodorant", and unbeknownst to him that metaphor is pretty literal), finds figures of speech confusing, doesn't know what some words mean, thinks of other words in the context of her wilderness upbringing, and technology most people consider mundane (such as automatic doors) freaks her out.
    • Likewise, as Pokemon breed through Eggs she also doesn't know how human reproduction works and thus was confused by the sight of a pregnant woman and both she and her family were confused about menstruation when she had her first period until Dexter explains it to her.
  • Like most real flying insects, Butterfree can't fly in hard rains. Erika takes advantage of this in her battle against Ash, by grounding his Butterfree with her Leafeon's special Rain Dance. She goes on to explain that her version of Rain Dance hampers the ability of flying, fire, poison, bug, and ice types.
  • When Misty notes the Water-pokemon of the world, she does not mention Palkia. After all, how on earth would anyone know the typing of a God?
    • This extends to other legendaries as well: while people are mostly sure about what Ho-Oh's typing is, not even an expert like Falkner knows the typing of Lugia: Water, Psychic, Dark, and Dragon are all floated out along with Flying.
    • This extends to Mega-evolved forms as well as shown in the 20 Gyarados Bill Gaiden.
  • The reason Yanma are so rare: being a rare encounter bar swarm in Johto, rare in the Ruin Valley, and only in the Great Marsh in Sinnoh? Because the force of their wingbeats can shatter windows, they're frequently considered a pest and have suffered from efforts to eradicate them.
  • Pokémon sizes and weights vary considerably from how they are listed in Pokedex information. After all, one wouldn't expect real life animals of the same species to all be identical.
  • Whitney's difficulty level has led to her having to deal with people who think she's deliberately using stronger Pokemon than she should be. It's happened enough times that the inspectors and her are on christmas card terms, and nearly on christmas gift terms.
    • She also has to deal with harsh nicknames as noted by the holiday special.
  • The fic raises the point that not everybody who wants to be a Pokémon trainer can travel for months at a time. Some might be disabled, or have a child they have to take care of. For this reason, it's possible to get an "eight-in-one" badge by defeating a gym leader's strongest team, which would allow them to go straight to the Pokémon League.
  • As a Pokemon can escape the ball via shaking it open, Guzma's Golisopod can make the process simpler by simply holding the ball closed.
    • Ash's Snivy managed to figure out how to get out of her ball after several attempts with her previous trainers, although it took her several months to do so.
  • The Top Percentage Meme exists in universe, and is considered an Old Shame of Joey.
  • When Ash finds out that Belladonna is in a polyamorous relationship, he points out that that sort of relationship is considered illegal. Belladonna is quite aware of it, but she herself does not care for laws so she specifically ignores it and points out the many things that aren't illegal that she considered worse, using similar argument polygamists in real life do afterwards.
  • A gang of older kids tried to beat up a young Cynthia, and lost. Why? Because similar to how out-of-shape Daisy's Pokemon were, the gang were mentioned to have gone two days without food, while Cynthia had Good Parents who tried their best to make sure she was able to eat regularly. Cynthia was thus able to win against the underfed gang.
  • Despite being immune to spore-based attacks, Erika's Ivysaur suffered serious irritation when A.J.'s Venonat accidentally got him a Stun Spore/Supersonic combo directly into his eyes, thus forcing Erika to withdraw him and send him to get help from her assistants.
    • In a similar fashion, a Pokémon with Keen Eye might be able to see through smoke, but it's not immune to the obvious effect of breathing it up close.
  • The Kiawe Oneshot pokes a few holes in the bubble of "Buxom Is Better". Velvet mentions that not only do they make running harder than it needs to be, but that because Alolan natives tend to be less buxom than she is she has to import bras so they'll fit her.
  • The Gary oneshot has a character who, like many betrayal fics have done to Ash, had loved ones turn on her for never winning a league. She however did not react by running off to a mountain and coming back years later to kick their asses: she did that when they attacked her but the experience left her competitive fires dampened to a point she could never get her heart back in the game.
  • Rotom are able to possess regular Pokedexes, just like they don't need specifically made lawn mowers to possess. However they are less effective than intentional Pokedexes and any damage to the machines will affect the possession.
  • Blaine used to have his Gym inside Cinnabar's volcano like in canon. However, when many trainers complained for almost losing a Pokémon falling into the hot lava (and the misunderstandings he caused due to hiding the entrance in the hot springs), the Pokémon League forced him to move it to a safe traditional building.
  • Pikachu delivers a Thundershock at a Graveler at point-blank range. While the attack itself doesn't do any damage, the electric flash gets into Graveler's eyes temporarily blinding it, and giving Pikachu an ample opening to begin his counterattack.
  • When Belladona finds out that she has a long-lost half brother, she's naturally overjoyed. When Belladona finds out that she has dozens of potential half siblings, she's naturally disturbed.
  • A broad concept like abusive parents and social darwinists aren't the same across the board. Characters like Ms. Tyrian and Tokiomi Borealis, while both threw their daughters out, they did so for different reasons, while the social darwinism of Sabrina and the Bloodline King are different enough that they fight over it.
  • An underground tournament hosted for criminals has banned the moves Fissure, Earthquake and Magnitude, due to the risks of a cave in at the location.
  • Leeroy and Jenkins are able to return to their respective homelands because they find an Alolan ship after escaping the island, since the Alola region was neutral ground in the Trainer-Ranger conflict at the time. Had they found a T.A.T.O or Ranger Union ship, both would most likely have been executed, as explained by the ship's captain.
  • Ash's Charmander, while under Damian's care, overworked himself to the point of exhaustion, and this played a major factor in him losing battles because he didn't get enough rest and was unable to fight at his best. To top it off, Damian didn't bother to properly feed and care for him (once even leaving him inside his Poké Ball for six months), which only weakened him even more.
  • Gary, while sure of himself and prideful (when Red isn't damaging said pride), is nowhere near as arrogant as his OG self. Cheerleaders after all are excessive.
  • Because Unova has many Ghost Pokemon of notable ill-intention towards humans, Unovans are not fond of them. The Reaper incident definitely didn't help, according to Wicke.
  • 20 Gyarados Bill was constantly mocked by almost everyone around him in his backstory. His coworkers even get him a Magikarp as a joke, the "weakest Pokemon" for the "weakest human." After all of the mockery, it really wasn't a surprise that Bill spent a year training himself and gaining 19 more Magikarp to evolve and exploit Gyarados' violent nature on everyone who ever treated him like a joke. This is Truth in Television; the negative consequences of bullying may often result in the victim snapping and going on a violent rampage, even to those who didn't deserve it. Whatever the last thoughts of his coworkers were, they most likely realized that they brought this on themselves...
    • Also in the 20 Gyarados Bill one-shot, type advantage alone isn't enough to take on a strong Pokemon, especially if they have movesets designated to counter those type disadvantages.
    • 20 Gyarados Bill's legend still has an impact on the current story aside from the 6 Pokemon limit ruling. In Joey's oneshot, he wonders if he might snap from all the teasing like the criminal did and lash out at everyone.
  • Astrid knew what an Octillery was, but she had little if any experience with one and wasn't sure of the typing of it, especially when it was using a very diverse movepool.
  • Both Clair and Gray are not knowledgeable about Pokemon from other regions that don't interest them, with Clair being unable to identify non-dragons from Unova while Gray doesn't recognize Dragonair or Abra. In addition, Clair is unfamiliar with what a Celebi sounds like, being how rare they are and not being in her field of lore nor interest.
    • Drake shows the same unfamiliarity with non-Kanto and Johto Pokemon in his own own tale.
  • Snorlax may be a very powerful Pokemon, but it also eats so much that to many trainers it is Awesome, yet Impractical. Without a constant food source like Professor Oak, having one is simply difficult for trainers.
  • According to Clair, some trainers hide their Keystones or their Pokemon's megastones to catch opponents off guard when they need to be. She specifically noted Wulfric for this, in reference to his anime self hiding a keystone in his locket and a megastone under Abamosnow's fur.
  • The Black Arachnid Gaiden reveals that Javelin has his own Gyarados, but chose not to take it to the battle against Bill in Goldenrod, out of fear that it might get mistaken for one of Bill's.
  • Red's lack of social skills aren't limited to humans, and he struggles with bonding with his Pokemon. However this is clearly not because he doesn't want to the way Paul does.
  • Just like in real life, people with set teams and strategies will compile strategies together to overcome you. However, unlike in games but akin to real life, just because you know how to exploit a team's weaknesses does not mean you can automatically win.
    • Similarly applying to Drake, Drake is a fairly muscular man in canon, and that is the case in Reset. That also means that he finds flying Economy Class uncomfortable, and thus he vows to buy a higher class ticket on the way back from his trip to Kalos.
  • Just because you like the same person does not mean you like him for the same reason. Misty and Iris both find Ash attractive, but in different ways primarily (though what the other finds attractive they do appreciate). They also disagree if Ash looks better with or without a Carpet of Virility.
  • Ash's Father has gotten around to a lot of peoples, but there are people he has not been with. The first are the isolationist Draconids, who keep to themselves, and the Ultra Megalopolians who live in Ultra Space and thus a bit beyond what he can readily access. In addition as he is interested in breeding specific gene carriers, the lack of information means he can't know that X had Y ancestor.
  • Red's Island Interludes bring up some points.
    • Red's mindset of always giving his best against his foes, as Ultima points out, isn't as absolute as he tends to think it is. For example, just blasting with full force in a spar or a match to gauge one's abilities isn't a good thing, not to mention avoiding doing permanent damage in what's supposed to be a relatively friendly battle. Red even has a moment or two of wondering if he and his Ax-Crazy Clefairy are Not So Different.
    • Red's social issues mean that he has no idea how to work on increasing the bond between himself and his team, especially since he only really has them out when training, battling, and eating.
    • Although Red argues that his victory sight powers aren't technically against the rules, deep down he knows that if word of it gets out, he might get stripped of his accomplishments. The fact that he's begun relying on it to the point that it's started to become a crutch, even though it's not entirely reliable due to Red not always having all the information needed is also brought up.
    • In the Fourth Interlude, Siebold points out that even if Red can get a team full of Pokemon capable of Mega Evolution, and get the Mega Stones, he'd still need to bond with them to the point that they can Mega Evolve, which would be difficult for most trainers with a large team, let alone someone like Red. It's not impossible, but it's not easy either.
  • As Ash notes in chapter 36, the constant traveling trainers do does create physical fitness, though it is less intensely muscle building than actual training. Trainers can train their bodies above what traveling does for oneself, but it is not in their job description and Ash only does so because Iris insists on doing so.
  • Even the previous timeline wasn't fully exempt from this: Pikachu notes that during the Movie 2 events, Misty had to perform CPR on Ash when he fell into the sea and almost drowned. Obviously he couldn't have woken up with just a few shakes to his body.
  • Since battles happen in real time, a Z-Move can be easily interrupted by a simple move like Quick Attack disrupting the enemy Pokémon's pose. However Transformation is still a free action as it produces a protective shield field, as noted in the Tag Tournament finals.
  • Pokemon will naturally reproduce if you leave them alone with each other for a time. At the same time if this happens to add new Pokemon to Ash's obtained Pokemon list, Ash will admit he finds like he didn't really earn the addition.
  • Due to the acknowledged strength of the rookie trainers both of Ash's year and the year before them (but especially Ash's year, as it proves that the last year wasn't a fluke), trainers competing against them are taking notice and trying to make steps to prepare themselves for it. This ranges from Mandi specifically seeking out information on the top new trainers to Cross trying to capture a Zapdos to use against them.
  • Paleontology is a complicated and careful field, and just swinging your pickaxe won't get you anything. Ash is made to wonder if, during the Great Fossil Rush of Episode 46, that the rushers had really not found fossils, or have carelessly destroyed them. Similarly continental drift is in fact in play with regional locations having moved in time to sync with fossil Pokemon types and Pokedex descriptions.
  • Pokémon can suffer from mental disorders the same way humans can, Red's Ax-Crazy Clefairy has a chemical imbalance in his brain that causes his behavior. Luckily, these conditions are also treatable.
  • Ash has no idea about mechanics that aren't particularly common or something he ran into before. He's caught off guard by Terrain Mechanics during his battle with Alexander Silph because he's never seen Electric Terrain before.
  • Deacon tried to be Crazy-Prepared about training his Pokémon, but his training style left them less than able to improvise.
  • Giovanni does not use Mewtwo in the Viridian Gym, knowing that doing so, while it could help him train his powers, would attract unwanted attention and could potentially out him as the leader of Team Rocket.
  • Giant robots are very expensive and attention grabbing, so the Trio is not allowed to randomly throw them at their problems.
  • In the Originals vs Clones climatic battle in the Mewtwo arc, instead of taking their own clones in a Mirror Match where they would clearly lose, the originals use teamwork, Opponent Switch tactics and their (initial) raw numerical advantage to get the upper hand. The originals also use the advantage of having several trainers to direct them and Bloodliners on their side, while Mewtwo is unable to lead his clones effectively because he's too busy fighting against Lucario to be able to focus on that, as well as dealing with the explosion Dexter set up.


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