Posted in Gaming, Nuzlocke, Pokemon

Pokemon Noob: Alpha Sapphire Nuzlocke Pt 1

I’m still quite a noob when it comes to playing Pokemon. I’m always learning something brand new about the series.

Not too long ago, I stumbled across the concept of the Nuzlocke Challenge, where players place specific rules on how they can progress through a Pokemon game, and see how far they can get. The most appealing part of this to me is that the idea is to forge strong bonds with your Pokemon, even though these are not Pokemon you would generally choose for your party.

I thought hard and long about how I wanted to approach this. Pokemon X was my first ever completed game in the series, and I still haven’t fully explored post-game content yet. So I didn’t want to delete my progress there. I’m still working through Pokemon Sun. I had a copy of Soul Silver that I’d never beat, but I’m spoiled by playing the more modern Pokemon games…

So I decided to pick up Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, which I have never played and know nothing about, and start a Nuzlocke of my very first attempt. I don’t know if this is a smart move, but I’ve begun, and I’m going to see it through (though it might go slowly since I’m still putting time into Sun).

My Rules

  • I may only catch the first Pokémon encountered in each area, and none else.
  • Any Pokémon that faints is considered dead, and must be put in the Pokémon Storage System permanently.
  • I must  must also nickname all of my Pokémon, for the sake of forming stronger emotional bonds.
  • I do not consider a black out/white out to be “game over.” I can keep playing as long as there are living Pokémon left in the PC.
  • Dupes Clause – I can keep fighting Pokémon in the area until one is encountered that has not been caught yet, which then immediately counts as the first encounter.
  • Name Theme: Stars and Constellations

Building My Team

I chose Mudkip as my starter, since I adore Mudkips, and named him Piscium. Probably just call him Pi for short.

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Route 101 Catch: Poochyena

After going through the introduction and receiving my first Pokeballs, I head out to Route 101. There, my rival Brendan points out the tall moving grass, so I sneak up on it and catch myself a Poochyena. I name him Canis.

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Route 103 Catch: Wingull

I then traveled back north, past Oldale Town, where my first catch was a Wingull named Gienah. I was happy to catch her because she provides a flying type to my team, which I hope will help round it out some.

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Route 102 Catch: Zigzagoon

Since the rest of Route 103 is blocked by water for now, I headed west of Oldale Town to Route 102. There, I caught the inevitable Zigzagoon, whom I named Enif.

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I spent some time on Route 102 leveling my team and battling the trainers there. Since it was so close to the Pokecenter, and some of my members, like Enif, were having trouble finishing fights, I thought it was a good time to strengthen up.

I didn’t want to level too much, however, because I only get one shot at capturing a Pokemon each time I find a new route. So, I wanted to keep some of my Pokemon within a lower range in order to not just obliterate everything by accident when I come across it.

I arrived in Petalburg City, where I was concerned I’d have to face my character’s Dad in a gym challenge. Surprisingly, though, he tells me to move along to another city first. So, after exploring the town a bit, that’s what I did.

Route 104 Catch: Wurmple

So my careful training paid off because I was able to catch the level 2 Wurmple I found on this route, rather than just slaughtering it.

Bug types have always been kinda meh to me, but the more variety I can get on my team, the better, I suppose. I named her Rischa.

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So, here we have my team so far. I’m going into this game 100% blind and a complete noob at Nuzlocke. I think my next goal is to level Rischa a little and make my way through the battles on Route 104.

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Thoughts So Far

Believe it or not, this might actually be a faster way for me to play a Pokemon game. I say that because I tend to always get distracted by hunting for and catching the new Pokemon on a Route because I itch to catch them all. If I’m limited to only catching one per route and not fretting about which ones are going to be the best on my team, then I can concentrate on just catching and leveling what I have instead of getting constantly sidetracked by tall grass.

I foresee this playthrough to be slow, and I’m not 100% sure how to document this in an interesting way. I’d like to do some art for it, but I’d have to scrounge up the time. We’ll see what comes of it.

Wish me luck!

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Posted in Gaming, Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon

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!

Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, Minecraft, MMORPGs, Pokemon

December Gaming Goals

Welcome to the final month of 2016! It’s hard to believe the holiday season is here and the new year is just a month away. It’s going to be a busy month for me seeing I’ll be gone on vacation at the end of it, but I still wanted to organize a few goals for myself.

Like last month, these goals will mostly focus on nudging myself to play games I’m curious about due to new releases, expansions or updates. The picture above is from the new Foundation Patch for No Man’s Sky, for example. Minecraft also just got a new update that I’m interested in, not to mention there’s still a lot about the game I don’t know yet.

Games to Explore

  • Civ 6 ✓
  • Skyrim
  • No Man’s Sky ✓
  • Minecraft
  • Sims 4 ✓

Pokemon Sun

  • Complete 3rd Island ✓
  • Continue to fill Pokedex ✓

Final Fantasy XIV

  • Gear Dragoon ✓
  • Work (harder) on Dragoon Relic ✓
  • Level Monk ✓
  • Do Monk job quests ✓
  • Do Summoner job quests
  • Clean up old quests
  • Gear Summoner
  • Gain reputation with Sahagin

Let’s see how much of this I can do!

Do you have any gaming goals for December? 

Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs, Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon, Sims 4

November Goals in Review

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is slowly coming to a close. But before we jump feet-first into December, I wanted to take a look back at what I accomplished over November. My goals for this month were pretty loose — mostly focusing on playing other new games that just came out.

So how did I do?

Games to Explore 

  • Civ 6 ✓
  • Skyrim ✓
  • Pokemon Sun ✓
  • Sims 4 City Life Expansion ✓

On the new games front, I did pretty good! Steam says that I put 17.6 hours into Civ 6 and 9.3 hours into Skyrim. I really need to pick up Skyrim again because it’s been weeks since I’ve played, and this is pretty close to the point I left off with the game before. I don’t want it to be a replay.

I know that I got at least 20 hours into the new Sims 4 Expansion, and I still want to continue with the family I started. But Pokemon Sun really won the month considering it came out so late, and I’ve put in over 40 hours on the game already. Granted, most of that has been breeding and training Pokemon, but I’ve certainly had a fun time.

FFXIV

  • Level Scholar to 60 ✓
  • Gear up Dragoon ✓
  • Get PotD Kinna Bard Bow or Scholar Book
  • Work on Relic Weapon ✓
  • Do job quests ✓
  • Gain reputation with Sahagin

FFXIV has really been a case of autopilot for me right now. I log in mostly to do an Expert run and some Beast Tribe quests in hopes to cap Scripture Tomes for the week. I should have stored enough up to purchase the Dragoon pants for Zuri today, which is the last large-ticket item. From there, just the head, belt and feet are left. So, I’ve made good progress on gearing her up.

I have been working on Relic, but no where as much as I really should be. I’m just more annoyed with the Umbrite step than anything else.

I did finish leveling my Scholar/Summoner to 60. I went back and completed the Scholar job quests, but have not started to catch up on Summoner stuff. I’m concerned that my Summoner gear is so sub-par that it’ll be hard to do. So, I’ve been scrounging drops from Expert Roulette to try and make that a little better.

Sadly, I still haven’t seen Floor 100 of PotD, nor have I earned my upgrade for the first Kinna weapon. I also didn’t work on the rep gain with Sahagin at all. I know I could have had both done by now, but meh. Trading in Pokemon is more fun for me. 🙂

Posted in Gaming, Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon

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!

Posted in Gaming, Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon

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.

Posted in Gaming, Pokemon

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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Happy Halloween! October Goals in Review

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I hope everyone has a great Halloween!

I decided to consolidate my Halloween thread into my goals in review this time around. Hope you don’t mind. So here’s how it went this month!

Pokemon X

  • Earn the next gym badge(s) ✓

Not only did I make my goal, but I went on to complete the game this month. Part of that was due to getting hit by Hurricane Matthew, and losing power for a couple days. The 3DS battery life is pretty good considering.

FFXIV End Game Stuff

  • Gear up Dragoon ✓
  • Work on Dragoon Relic ✓
  • Gear up my Healers ✓
  • Earn Blue Scrip Botanist Offhand
  • Buy 1 Fokelore Book
  • Earn money to gear up Crafters ✓
  • Level Scholar (not priority) ✓

I had a number of wins and losses here. Just as suddenly as I had the inspiration to work on crafting and gathering in FFXIV, I lost it. So, I didn’t get any of the gathering goals done.

However, gearing up my Dragoon has been going well. With the exception of the week I went to Fan Fest, I’ve been consistently capping Scripture Tomes. Gearing up my Healers has been going more slowly because I’m having to use my Lore Tomes to buy Umbrite for my Relic. So I’ve only been able to snag dungeon drops for Healers.

I’m kinda pausing on Relic a bit because I know patch 3.45 is bringing the next step to the questline. I wasn’t sure if we’d see nerfs to the previous step or not, so I’ve been holding off until tomorrow before I move forward with it. 

I’m still nowhere near being done with this stage of relic, and the next stage is going to determine whether I see it through or not. I may just snag an upgraded PotD weapon if that’s not too hard to get. 

I am making progress on my Scholar as well, having reached level 59 this weekend. I feel like I’ve been leveling it forever, though, and I’ll be so happy to get it done. Next month’s goal, I guess. 

FFXIV General

  • Gain reputation with Sahagin
  • Clean up old quests (Job Quests)

Hah. Fail. 

I’ve been so lazy on my Job quests… I haven’t earned a single level 50+ skill for Scholar or Summoner still. But playing my Scholar at level 60 in PotD has inspired me to get those soon. I really do enjoy the playstyle! 

I’ve hardly touched beast tribe quests this month aside from the Vath for Scripture Tomes. I guess there’s always next month. 

Did you have goals this month? How did it go?

Posted in Gaming, Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon

HapiHaloween Pokemon Wonder Trade

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I had a “great idea” to spread some Halloween cheer on the Pokemon Wonder Trade for this weekend. So I went out and hunted down a Pumpkaboo, which I didn’t already have for some reason. Then I sent it to daycare for breeding. Now I’m hatching as many as I can, naming them “HapiHaloween” (due to name constrictions) and passing them around Wonder Trade.

Happily, I’ve been seeing a good number of spooky and ghost Pokemon passing around as well, many which I don’t have yet. Good times. 🙂

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October Gaming Goals

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I have a lot going on in October, including the FFXIV Fan Fest. I’m going to be out of town for a good number of days, and this does effect how much time I have. So what are my goals this month?

Pokemon X

  • Earn the next gym badge(s) ✓

FFXIV End Game Stuff

  • Gear up Dragoon ✓
  • Work on Dragoon Relic ✓
  • Gear up my Healers ✓
  • Earn Blue Scrip Botanist Offhand
  • Buy 1 Fokelore Book
  • Earn money to gear up Crafters ✓
  • Level Scholar (not priority) ✓

FFXIV General

  • Gain reputation with Sahagin
  • Clean up old quests (Job Quests)