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Pokemon Sun: Story Complete!

I had what I like to call a bit of a hermit weekend (very little MMO gaming), which was a nice change of pace that allowed me to recharge. I also got a lot of stuff done around the house, and things done on single player games.

The first thing I wanted to tackle was to finish the story for Pokemon Sun. This has been a goal of mine since January, and while I was on the homestretch, I didn’t get any of it done last month. With the Switch coming out this Friday, I knew that I needed to finish this up before I get sidetracked by other Nintendo gaming (Zelda!), so I did.

I have to say that Sun had some pretty impressive cutscenes for a Pokemon game. I was already somewhat spoiled on what was going to happen, but it was still neat to see where the story went in the end.

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It took me 100+ hours to beat the game. But that’s mostly because I was dabbling around in breeding, trading, the Islands, and the Festival Plaza. I’d say that I got more than my money’s worth, and I still have more to do.

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The game instantly launched me into another storyline about capturing Ultra Beasts. I’ll get through that on my own time. Until then, I have a bunch of Pokemon I’m training for evolution on the Islands, and more to trade for. My Pokedex is 77% complete. So I still have a way to go, but I’m content on my progress overall.

I’m kicking around the idea of Pokemon Bank, which I don’t yet have an account with. Not so sure I want to transfer my Pokemon to Sun, though, since they get stuck there if you do.

Overall, Pokemon Sun was an enjoyable experience! Probably the Pokemon game I’ve liked most so far.

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Pokemon Sun: Akala Island Completed

I know plenty of folks are already done with the newest Pokemon adventure… and I am not one of them. Even though I’ve clocked in over 50 hours at this point, I got so sidetracked into breeding, trading and messing around in the festival that I didn’t actually finish the story on the second island until this week.

I’m having a whole lot of fun, though, so that’s all that counts.

Starter Madness

After trading for the other two starters, I tossed them into my team to level them up alongside my own. They all reached their final evolution with my Decidueye about the same time.

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I don’t know if they are going to be a main part of my team going forward or not, however. I know none of them are probably the best of their type, but I’m just playing for fun. My basic approach has been to keep a variety of types in my team in hopes to cover as many bases as I can. So far, that’s been working well enough.

I absolutely love how the relationship you form with your Pokemon change things in battle in this game. Not only does your trainer avatar say encouraging things, and your Pokemon do random things, but I’ve seen my Decidueye withstand killing blows and land critical hits due to wanting to impress me. It’s a nice touch that really shows the importance of bonding with your Pokemon.

Other Progress

My little Mudbray also finally evolved into Mudsdale, which is very cool. I usually don’t use a lot of ground type Pokemon, but this one feels really tough and strong, so I’m keeping him around for now.

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I’m also training up my Mimikyu, as well as breeding it and sending offspring into Wonder Trades when I have time. Because… sufficiently cute/scary.

I’ve made it all the way to Ula’ula Island, and hope to clear that as part of my December goals. Yes, I know that’s still incredibly slow, but I have so many 1% Pokemon to trade for, still!

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Pokemon Sun & Moon: Trick to Hatching Eggs Quickly

So this is a trick that’s been out there, but something I didn’t know until my FC buddy, Bean, informed me of it yesterday. I tried it last night, and sure enough, it does work. Thanks, Bean, for making my breeding and trading so much faster!

All you actually need to do this is the Tauros mount, which you have before you get to the Nursery anyhow.

It also really helps to have your party lead by a Pokemon with the Flame Body effect. I wasn’t aware that having one of these Pokemon in your party means that the number of steps that you need to hatch a Pokemon is halved. For the Jangmo-0, that’s normally over 10K steps… so this reduces it significantly.

Two early options for Flame Body is a Fletchinder, which you can get from evolving Fletchling, or a Magby, which you catch in the Volcano trial area just a little beyond the Nursery. Again, this helps a lot, but is not required to do this trick.

The Tauros Trick

Now the idea is to go to the enclosed fence area right in front of the Nursery and while standing inside, mount Tauros. Then hold the B button down to make him do his rush move while rotating the direction pad in a circle. He will perpetually run as you do this in super speed, which counts towards the steps you need to hatch your egg.

For a visual on this, check out this video:

Hope this helps!

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Pokemon Sun: Jangmo-o Trading Empire

 

This long holiday weekend consisted of me clocking in a bunch of hours into Pokemon Sun. However, with the exception of one trial, I actually haven’t progressed that much further into the story. I’m still in the middle of island #2, where the Pokemon breeding ranch and GTS trading has captured my interest.

It started with a pair of Mudbrays that I captured on the farm. I started breeding them and sending the offspring to Wonder Trade, where I’ve gotten all sorts of craziness, including a (probably duped) Cosmog and Solgaleo.

Of course, mostly I got a lot of Route 1 Pokemon I didn’t need. But I kept trading those off, and every now and then, I’d get something I didn’t already have in my Pokedex (which was all I was trying to do).

Then something happened that changed everything. Someone Wonder Traded me a Jangmo-o. At first, I was just happy to get a neat looking little dragon Pokemon I didn’t already have. But then, I went and did some research online and discovered this was a Pokemon that was probably in demand.

Wonderful World of GTS

So I started breeding it with the intention of sending them off into Wonder Trade (silly me). That’s when I decided to investigate this other kind of trading called GTS.

I never touched GTS in Pokemon X. I always (mistakenly) thought it was a direct one-to-one trading over the Internet. Like interacting with real people. That made me nervous as a Pokenoob, so I stayed away from it. When I discovered that wasn’t how it worked, and that it was a more automated system, I tossed a Jangmo-o up for trade, hoping to get a Ditto for breeding purposes.

I was surprised when a few minuets later, the trade had gone through.

“Hmm… I wonder if I could get a Litten?”

Almost instant trade.

“Wow… this little guy is popular!”

And so it began. Breeding and trading for all the Moon Exclusives. Trading for all the Island Scan special Pokemon (still working on this).

I offloaded my probably-duped Solgaleo for a probably-duped Lunala… because why not?

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I started researching Pokemon that were considered rare or a pain to capture and traded for those.

I started breeding Honedge, Mareanie, Horsea, Corsola and Drampa. I sent out trades and searched for trades to make. Along with the Jangmo-o, I was building a little trade empire while these Pokemon are still new and in demand.

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Then I started to turn my sights on filling out my Pokedex some. Any evolution I didn’t plan on personally leveling for, I started to trade for instead. While there’s still a lot of Pokemon I want to catch on my own (including Sun exclusives), there’s just some that I’m not too interested in leveling or working on evolving.

The Eeveelutions are some of them. I don’t think I’ve ever evolved an Eevee in any of the games I’ve ever played. So, I thought it would be nice to have a full set this time around. And that’s what I got through trades last night.

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For some reason, Glaceon was the hardest to get. But in the end, someone succumbed to the Jangmo-o trade I put up.

Despite all this trading, I’m still only at about 30-something percent done with the Alola Pokedex. There are some that I want to train up and evolve on my own for sentimental reasons… like this Raichu that I trained from the Pichu I caught on Route 1.

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I’ll never play this competitively, but I sure do enjoy breeding for the sake of trading. This is a completely new way of playing for me since I never did any of this in Pokemon X…

But that’s okay. I’m having fun with what I have now.

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Pokemon Sun – So Many Quality of Life Improvements

I’ve spent a good deal of time playing Pokemon Sun since its release last Friday. So far, I haven’t been disappointed at all.

Actually, I wanted to talk about all the quality of life changes they’ve made to the game since the previous one I’ve played – Pokemon X. Now, I didn’t play Pokemon ORAS, so I can’t compare it to any changes they may have made at that point. I just know that a lot of my user interface wishes/issues I experienced in Pokemon X were fixed completely.

Here’s some of the things I really like about Pokemon Sun:

  • The game tells you which moves are effective against rival Pokemon after you’ve battled them once. This may not be a popular change, but I’m glad that some developer out there finally realized that there’s no way I can memorize the types of all million Pokemon. You really need to be aware of these things in Sun, because it seems the battles are a bit more challenging than games in the past. What’s even better is that when you go to switch to a different Pokemon in your party, the game tells you who will be most effective to switch to. Nothing is more of a bummer than when you switch out and find the Pokemon you picked sucks against the rival Pokemon’s move types just as much.
  • Pokemon box management is so much more intuitive to use. Oh my gosh. Pokemon X… there was no easy way to swap out Pokemon from your team with ones in your box. You had to select Deposit to deposit and Retrieve to get one out. And if all you wanted to do was just switch a few around, it was a long, tedious process. Pokemon Sun makes it quick and easy to do – just drag and drop Pokemon around without any fuss. Thank you!

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  • When you capture a Pokemon in the wild, the game now allows you to choose whether to send it to a box or place it in your party, switching out one of your current Pokemon. This is so useful compared to X, where it would just automatically send it to a box no matter what.
  • When you get a new Pokemon in Wondertrade, you see the Pokedex animation for it! I can’t tell you how important this is as someone who loves to Wondertrade a lot. In Pokemon X, I never knew if a trade was a Pokemon I already had in my box, so I ended up making a crazy spreadsheet to document which Pokemon I still needed. I’m happy the game does this for me and I no longer need a spreadsheet!
  • Pokemon Refresh. A useful Pokemon Amie system, it not only allows you to earn your Pokemon’s affection, but you can actually remove status effects rather than using berries or potions.
  • Pokemon interactions. When your Pokemon becomes more affectionate towards you, their interactions with you change. I love how, for example, my Dartrix will glance over his shoulder as I encourage it, or as it responds to me during battles. One time he was even checking out my fashion! He also sometimes acts silly, like hanging upside down, when I enter Pokemon Refresh. It really gives the Pokemon a personality and ignites my own attachment to them in a way I haven’t experienced before.
  • Riding Pokemon. This seems so natural. Why didn’t we have more of this before?

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I’m taking my time while playing through this game, catching and leveling various Pokemon as I go. I just completed my third trial last night, and have a long way to go, still. Looking forward to continue progressing in this game!

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Pokemon: Go for Halloween + Sun/Moon Final Starter Evolutions Leaked

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I’d heard about the Pokemon Go update previously, but lots of thanks to Wilhelm for reminding me about the Halloween event! I know that it only lasts for a few days, but I have to say that the bonuses it gives was enough to entice me to pick the app back up (though I already had plans to use it more with the cooler weather rolling in).

So they’ve added a number of spooky Pokemon to the list that show up more often, and you get double the candy for captures and transfers. Your buddy Pokemon also gains candy at a highly accelerated rate. See video below.

While they list a number of ghost type Pokemon here, I’ve also noticed a vast increase in Meowth and Cuebones.

How is this working? Oh man… the game is so much more fun this way. I launched it to see what I could see and actually have been able to catch Pokemon from my desk at work, which was never the case before this. I can walk around my work parking lot and just rack the catches up because the spawning Halloween Pokemon have a high rate in between the Pokemon who are generally out there.

2016-10-26-15-25-09Look at this guy. Right out there in the parking lot next to my desk at work.

I took advantage of the double candy rates, too, cleaning out my stock of commons and earning some evolutions I didn’t have before.

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And, of course, catching all the ghost type Pokemon that I’ve never seen anywhere else before…

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It’s exciting to see my Buddy Pokemon earning candy so fast. I’ve been out there walking as much as I can since the weather is nice and the rewards are high.

I earned a new achievement from all this yesterday…

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And I leveled up, too!

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Yes, I know. Only level 19. But I’m not in a rush. 🙂

Pokemon Sun and Moon Evolutions

So it seems that the final evolution for the Sun and Moon starters have been leaked, and then released right after I wrote this. I’m a little disappointed that the previously-leaked designs were actually true. Early stages mean nothing if the final evolution, which you’ll be looking at for the rest of the game, isn’t appealing.

I wanted to pick Litten as my starter, but I’m just not a fan of the final evolution. I loved it all the way up until that point. So, while I’ve never picked a grass type Pokemon starter before, I think this time around, I’ll go with Rowlet. I was teetering on picking him anyhow, so let’s see how this goes!

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I haven’t yet checked out the demo, but I hope to this weekend.