Pokemon Oras  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Pokemon Oras  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 5 Excuses to Give People When You Want to Keep Playing Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/6sa0p/5-excuses-to-give-people-when-you-want-to-keep-playing-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/6sa0p/5-excuses-to-give-people-when-you-want-to-keep-playing-video-games Wed, 25 May 2016 06:01:06 -0400 Jordan DiPirro

We all have told some little white lies so that we can continue to be introverted and spend time playing games. Let’s just admit it -- this is a place without judgment. And because we're fellow introverts, we're going to help you be more introverted. In case you’ve run out of excuses to hole up and keep playing games, we’ve thought of some for you.

"I can’t right now; I have to attend to my mayoral duties."

You can’t leave when the town needs you. You have a very busy schedule. I’m sure you’ll have at least one ribbon cutting ceremony to attend. Isabelle can’t cut the ribbon by herself. She doesn’t even have opposable thumbs to use the scissors.

"I’m in the middle of a battle! My team needs me! I’m the general I can’t leave my team behind!"

Battles are life and death situations. What can be more important than that?! If you leave your team now, Pikachu will definitely turn his back on you. You thought he was a diva before...well wait until you leave him high and dry in the battlefield.

"Mom, I just pulled all the weeds in my town. The least you could do is do the backyard."

 

For real, it’s the least she could do. I mean you pulled the weeds for the entire town! Does she think your town is going to get a perfect town rating with weeds in it? Even mayors have to roll up their sleeves and do the dirty work in this town.

"My Sim is about to get married. I’m the maid of honor/bride/flower girl/mother. I can’t miss this!"

 

Seriously though -- you can’t after spending five hours building your house, you really just got started playing the game. A true friend will know that playing Sims means you will be gone all day…or all week. Oh, and if it’s the latest version, you’ll be gone all month.

"Hang on, I can’t save right now."

 

This excuse is a classic, but a good one. You just repeat this mantra for the next few hours. Normally the person gives up by then, unless that person is your mother. Parents have amazing patience. (Though I recommend actually saving when the neighbors can hear their voice.)

Be careful when selecting which excuse you give. Depending on the situation, you may get a scolding from your parents. I’ve said all of these to my mother, and have yet to get in trouble. Lucky for me, my mom thinks I’m funny. Select your excuses wisely and get back to your game.

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Pokemon Celebrates 20 Years with a Super Bowl Ad https://www.gameskinny.com/cjtmq/pokemon-celebrates-20-years-with-a-super-bowl-ad https://www.gameskinny.com/cjtmq/pokemon-celebrates-20-years-with-a-super-bowl-ad Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:35:17 -0500 Steven Oz

In a rare move, The Pokemon Company International just bought ad time in Super Bowl 50 on CBS. As reported yesterday, Pokemon is celebrating their 20 year anniversary. 

Advertising Age is reporting the commercial will motive fans to "Train On." There is no word on what this super bowl ad will be about but we do know a part this campaign will include the hashtag #Pokemon20. There are no other details or what quarter this spot will air in.

Also, not revealed is the amount of money that was spent on this ad. According to Advertising Age, CBS has been selling Super Bowl 50 ads for an average of $5 million. The Super Bowl has seen some growth in video game ads with last year's Game of War and Hero's Charge mobile games.

Along with their 20th anniversary, Pokemon has new 3DS bundles coming out and their card game has a new expansion pack out. In addition, rare Pokemon are going to be given out each month for Pokemon X, Y, Alpha Sapphire, and Omega Ruby.

Is this a good strategy for Pokemon? Comment below!  

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5 reasons Pokemon has been a gaming mainstay for 20 years https://www.gameskinny.com/zp8gh/5-reasons-pokemon-has-been-a-gaming-mainstay-for-20-years https://www.gameskinny.com/zp8gh/5-reasons-pokemon-has-been-a-gaming-mainstay-for-20-years Thu, 15 Oct 2015 07:25:00 -0400 Autumn Fish

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Pokemon has come a long way in 20 years, and it's not finished yet. While many fans are eagerly awaiting the next main series game, The Pokemon Company has some plans for the future with Augmented Reality.

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Instead of taking you out of the real world and into a digital one like Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality takes real world locations and events and 'augments' those with virtual stats and gameplay.

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Microsoft's HoloLens is a great example of how AR will look like in the future. In reality, AR games have been coming out on Smart Phones for a few years with varying degrees of success. They haven't really caught on, but this may change with Nintendo's next mobile game: Pokemon GO.

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What has kept you coming back to play Pokemon since 1996? How do you expect Pokemon will evolve with all the recent advances in technology? Celebrate 20 years of Pokemon with us in the comments below!

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Catch. Trade. Battle.

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Contrary to popular belief, The Pokemon Company doesn't release two games simultaneously to trick us into buying two copies. No, it is actually a lot more clever than that.

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Ever since the early planning stages, Pokemon was being made to give people a new type of experience in a game. The Pokemon Company wanted to turn the hobby of collecting things like cards or action figures into a complete game that people can play and collaborate on.

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However, if they placed all the creative pocket monsters they worked tirelessly on into just one game, there would be very little incentive to trade Pokemon.

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Pokemon Alakazam Trade  Pokemon Gengar Trade

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The trading mechanic Pokemon introduced is the singular most important feature in the entire series. Without it, Pokemon would have been doomed from the start.

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As Minecraft recently reminded us, the best advertising for any game comes from word-of-mouth. In a 1996 world without the almighty link cable, would you honestly feel at all compelled to introduce your friends to Pokemon Red or Pokemon Blue?

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Each Pokemon is Unique

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Not all fans are excited for new species, but even the most critical ones can admit that every Pokemon has its merits. It doesn't matter how identical two species are, both are special in their own unique way.

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A Pokemon is more than just their typing. Different species have different abilities and move sets. Even if those are identical, Pokemon have drastically different stat spreads from one another!

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Pokemon Geodude  Pokemon Roggenrola

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This gives all players virtually endless potential to test and inspire the perfect team to suit their playstyles. Anything goes in the world of Pokemon!

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Deep Competitive Mechanics

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Despite the simple exterior, Pokemon games have always had sets of hidden stats that play directly into the competitive meta-game, with a diverse move pool to support it.

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With each passing generation, it has became easier to obtain competitive-ready Pokemon, but the competitive community seemed to be on a completely different dimension until now.

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Competitive Pokemon Aegislash  Pokemon Aegislash Blade

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The sixth and most recent generation greatly streamlined the process of obtaining high-quality Pokemon. No longer is there a giant skill gap between competitive and casual Pokemon players, and more people are trading and battling within the competitive community than ever before!

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Easy to Pick Up and Play

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Pokemon - on the surface level - is a really easy game to play. You pick out your own personal companion and use them to battle and/or capture other Pokemon.

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To keep the gameplay from growing stale, Game Freak has a semi-logical elemental typing system that all Pokemon and their move sets are categorized by.

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Each main series game has two major goals for the player to accomplish. Traveling the region to collect all 8 Gym Badges and defeat the Elite Four is considered the ultimate goal, and doesn't change much from game to game. To make up for the missing story, the player also becomes the force that drives away the hearts of criminal teams that plague each region.

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Pokemon Pyroar

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Every Pokemon game in the series is part of a strict pattern, but this works to the series' advantage. Returning players will always know what to expect and new players will have an easy time learning how to play.

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You don't have to be skilled to play - heck, you don't even need to memorize all of the type weaknesses! Pokemon is made for everyone to enjoy.

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Portability

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A main series Pokemon game has never found its way onto a home console, despite two decades worth of begging from eager fans. The Pokemon Company isn't deaf - they've certainly heard the pleas. They continually choose to go with Nintendo's handheld platform to make Pokemon a widely available game.

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Not only do Nintendo's handhelds sell better than their home consoles, they are far more accessible! It is so easy to turn on your Nintendo 3DS and play a few minutes of Pokemon X or Pokemon Y whenever you have a slot of free time.

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Pokemon Umbreon  Pokemon Espeon

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Maybe a main series Pokemon game could push a few Wii U sales, but how many people would be missing out on a fantastic adventure? This leads to a substantially smaller player-base, which doesn't help anybody in the end.

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Pokemon thrives on the portability of Nintendo's handheld systems and would severely suffer without it. These are Pocket Monsters we're talking about, not the stuffed animals you leave on your bed!

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Above all, video games are meant to be just one thing: fun. Fun for everyone."

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- Satoru Iwata-san, GDC 2006

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The late Satoru Iwata-san was a huge believer of Pokemon, and sacrificed many hours of his life towards furthering the series of video games. During his time at Nintendo, he played a large role in their partnership with the Pokemon Company.

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It's no wonder why Iwata-san fell in love with the series as soon as he found it; Pokemon was destined to strike a chord in the hearts of everyone on Earth since the day it was born.

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Pokemon Pikachu

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Two games that started as a simple "Catch, Trade, Battle," concept have evolved into a megalithic franchise over the past 20 years.

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What makes Pokemon such a huge hit when so many others have tried - and failed - to capture the heart of a fun trading game? Click ahead to find out 5 reasons why the Pokemon series has been shredding the charts since 1996!

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Pokemon Multiverse Theory - Delta Episode Timeline https://www.gameskinny.com/dqnz0/pokemon-multiverse-theory-delta-episode-timeline https://www.gameskinny.com/dqnz0/pokemon-multiverse-theory-delta-episode-timeline Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:31:07 -0500 Autumn Fish

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have been out for two months now, and anyone who has beaten not only the Elite Four but the Delta Episode as well will agree when I say it is one wild ride. The Delta Episode took the Pokemon franchise above and beyond the expected twists that this kid-friendly series is known for.

We are no longer questioning the moral of capturing Pokemon, but instead, we question the existence of parallel worlds that co-exist in harmony of one another. Now, if you haven't played the Delta Episode, you're probably wondering what I'm talking about; just be warned, there are spoilers as far as the eye can see.

Nintendo and Timelines

While Nintendo may not be publishing Pokemon directly, they seem to have a lot of sway in the decisions GameFreak sometimes makes. Before recently, the only way to truly piece together the Pokemon timeline was to do a little digging yourself. All of the proof you needed was in the games, so the directors never had to come out with an official statement on the timeline--at least not until Pokemon X and Y.

Pokemon Timeline - Official

 

Scenario writer Toshinobu Matsumiya, who has worked on the series since Pokémon Gold and Silver, officially revealed the timeline for the Pokemon franchise, reading:

Generation I = Generation 3 -> Generation 2 = Generation 4 -> BW -> B2W2 = XY

Essentially, this allows Pokémon X and Y to occur around the same time that Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 took place. There is one key concept missing from Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, however, that really sets it apart from Pokémon X and Y: Mega Evolution.

... Well, this is rather curious. How can the two games take place at the same time, but be missing a similarity that's so basic and integral to the culture that it completely changes the way you think about Pokémon?

Timelines and Zelda

When it comes to timelines, there is no better game franchise to discuss than Zelda. Before The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, there was no Official Zelda Timeline, but there were plenty of timeline theories floating around the internet. It was easy to connect certain games together, as they had obvious ties with one another--be it between items, mounts, or an actual legend about the previous game. The most popular theory at this time was dubbed the Split Timeline theory.

The Split Timeline theory effectively took the ending of Ocarina of Time and split it into an Adult Timeline and a Child Timeline. The connections were obvious, the beginning of The Wind Waker and Majora's Mask easily serve to solidify this theory. However, whenever somebody would send an inquiry to Nintendo about the official Zelda Timeline, they would reply claiming that there was none and that each Zelda title is just another iteration of beloved characters.

Official Zelda Timeline

This was a hard blow to fans, and just another reason newcomers should avoid the series altogether because "each game is pretty much the same thing repeated over and over".

It wasn't until 2011 that Nintendo acknowledged the direction the series was headed and decided to release the Official Zelda Timeline--and instantly the internet exploded. Nobody could believe it. The Zelda Timeline had officially been revealed, and that is what it turns out to be? It is split three times.

Back in the day, I wrote up an article explaining exactly how it was possible for the timeline to split into three trees instead of just two, but never actually managed to get it approved by my editors as I "had no proof". Well, how else am I supposed to rationalize such an irrational Zelda timeline when Nintendo simply drops it with no real explanation?

Delta Episode and the Pokemon Timeline

The Delta Episode at the end of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire was something of a jaw-dropper for some people, and simply a mind-boggler for others. 

Matt Pat did a great job of summing it up in one of his latest Game Theory episodes: The Pokemon Multiverse Explains Everything.

In case you would rather read my work than watch one of Matt Pat's videos--you should watch it anyway--then allow me to explain.

A Little Background

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are essentially the same but have slightly altered storylines and different Pokemon available for capture. While it's easily accepted that Pokemon games are canon in the franchise, what are we to make of two games trying to steal the same spotlight? Obviously, these two games cannot possibly occur at the same time and in the same place, otherwise there would be references to the opposite version of each game scattered everywhere, when in truth, there's very little evidence to suggest this. While Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire did support a lot of what-if statements that directly translated to the opposite version, this was mostly for people playing the games to gain a better grasp of what GameFreak was trying to explain to us.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are set in different dimensions....

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are set in different dimensions--that's right, different planes of existence. Schrödinger's cat comes to mind. Instead of imagining the cat is in a super-state and is both alive and dead at the same time, we interpret that the cat is indeed both alive and dead--simply in different dimensions. This is known as the Many Worlds Interpretation. So let's say, upon opening the box, you find the cat dead; in another world, you are opening the same box and the cat is very much alive (and scarring your face). I know this looks complex, but bear with me.

Pokemon X and Y

3000 years prior to the events of Pokémon X and Y, there was a trainer named AZ living in the Kalos region with his beloved Pokemon, Floette. To their dismay, a war broke out and Floette was called upon to fight, where they eventually died. Heart-broken, AZ went mad trying to build a machine that would bring Floette back to life... and it worked--but by the time AZ had finally finished the machine, he was so deranged about ending the war that he set the device to power itself on the lives of other Pokémon. Millions of Pokemon were killed--not fainted--to bring back Floette, and the aftermath of the trauma the weapon caused built the rock structures surrounding Geosenge.

Imagine for a moment that this war represents Schrödinger's cat. In Pokemon X and Y, the death weapon was fired off and brought untold destruction to the world of Pokemon. With it, the mystical energies of Mega Evolution are scattered about the world, alowing Pokemon to grow past their bounds of evolution to become stronger than ever before. However, in a world where the death laser was never fired, Mega Evolution would never appear and would be completely unknown to the citizens of the Pokemon world.

This sound way too complicated for a kid-friendly game, doesn't it?

The Delta Episode

Fast forward to the Delta Episode: in case you're unaware, the Delta Episode is essentially a doomsday plot where you are tasked with saving the Hoenn region from a meteor about the size of the one that killed the Dinosaurs. To do this, all those nifty scientists are planning to open a hole to another dimension through a device called a Link Cable.

Wait... that sounds familiar. Back in the prehistoric ages that pre-date handheld Wi-Fi connections, anyone who wanted to trade Pokemon with their friends had to do so with a device called a Link Cable.

After breaking into the space center, Zinnia decides to point out the flaws in these scientist's epic plan. The Link Cable would open a portal to another dimension and the meteor would never be seen again in their reality, true. But what the scientists didn't account for is what can be found on the other side of that portal; which Zinnia quickly pointed out was likely another Hoenn region just like theirs. A Hoenn region "where maybe the evolution of Pokemon took a slightly different path, a world where Mega Evolution is unknown. A world where that war 3000 years ago... never happened. A world where the ultimate weapon was never even built."

A Hoenn region that Pokemon fans experienced 12 years ago.

Putting it All Together!

Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are not on the same timeline as the previous generations at all. These stories take place in their own dimension, completely seperate from everything prior to Generation 6.

Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire do not share a timeline with previous Generations.

To break it down further, each individual game represents their own personal dimension. Pokemon X's characters made slightly different choices than Pokemon Y's did. It's even more noticable in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, with Team Magma and Team Aqua's plite.

Let's jump back to the Link Cable: the device that they were going to use to shoot the meteor into another dimension--also known as the device used to hook Game Boys together. Even if you had the same copy of a game as your friend, you could still trade Pokemon between the two save files. That means each individual copy of any Pokemon game represents its own unique universe within in the Pokemon Multiverse.

This means that Pokemon fans have been trading Pokemon by opening rifts in time and space ever since Pokemon Red and Blue.

Last Thoughts

That's not all, though. A scientist goes on to mention that they use the technology quite casually in objects that people use everyday, mentioning the teleportation pannels found throughout the franchise. If you want to hear about anything more this might effect, make sure you check out Matt Pat's video above.

So there you have it. Your version of Pokemon Alpha Sapphire is really your own, personal Pokemon universe to enjoy. Please, go give your brain the much needed break it needs if you managed to read this entire article--I know I had to.

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Play Pokemon Shuffle Next Month for Free https://www.gameskinny.com/1ul36/play-pokemon-shuffle-next-month-for-free https://www.gameskinny.com/1ul36/play-pokemon-shuffle-next-month-for-free Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:40:00 -0500 Game Oracle

The Pokémon Company and Nintendo recently announced players can play Pokémon Shuffle for free sometime next month. Gamers download the video game from the Nintendo eShop, once it becomes available.http://gamer-network.fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/pokemon-shuffle.png  

A video game for the Nintendo 2DS and 3DS game systems, gamers solve challenging puzzles to deal damage and decrease the hit points of wild Pokémon to zero. 

The Pokémon Company also released the first glimpses of Hoopa during the announcement, a mythical Pokémon gamers can't find while playing Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.  

Hoopa is a mischievous creature with the ability to bend dimensions and transport objects huge distances. This mythical Pokémon appears with golden rings on its horns and body. View a new trailer featuring Hoopa here.  

Expect more on Pokémon Shuffle and finding the mythical Pokémon Hoopa during the weeks ahead. The Pokémon Company will release more information on this news as it becomes available.  

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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - Legendary Capture Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/6sxgf/pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-legendary-capture-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/6sxgf/pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-legendary-capture-guide Thu, 04 Dec 2014 12:31:52 -0500 Autumn Fish

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire together boast a large number of Legendary Pokémon that are available for capture within the base game. A lot of these Pokémon make it into Hoenn through disappearing locations called Mirage Spots. The appearance of these Mirage Spots throughout the Hoenn region is, at this time, a great mystery.

This guide aims to bring you the most accurate information available for finding and capturing every single Legendary Pokémon in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, along with additional tips at the end to aid with their capture. 

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Legendary Pokemon

Legendaries list first in the order that you obtain them throughout the game, then in order of generation they originally appeared in.

Note: If you change your time on your 3DS clock, then all time-based events--including time-based Legendaries--will be locked for two consecutive midnights (24 hours and however long it takes you to get to midnight again).

Eon Duo - Latios and Latias

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You can encounter Latios and Latias in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire respectively. This is the first Legendary Pokémon you will be able to obtain in the main game, and you won't even need to battle it. Simply fighting off Team Magma/Aqua sometime after the fifth gym will nab this Pokémon a spot in your party. There is literally no way you can miss this Pokémon, as it becomes a required event to move forward with the story.

If you happen to StreetPass someone with an Eon Ticket, you can use the Eon Ticket to head back to Southern Island and obtain the counterpart to the Lati you obtained in your version of the game. Both come at level 30.

Primal Duo - Groudon and Kyogre

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Groudon and Kyogre are battled and caught in their primal forms in a burst of story sometime after the seventh gym leader. These Pokémon can only be caught in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire respectively. Unlike the Eon Duo, there is no way to obtain the other one in your copy of the game without trading. They both appear at level 45.

Tower Duo - Ho-Oh and Lugia

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Ho-Oh and Lugia are found in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire respectively. After the battle with Primal Groudon or Primal Kyogre, you can return to Sea Mauville to complete a few tasks, one of which leads you to finding a Scanner for Capt. Stern.

Make sure you talk to the Scientist on the outside of the ship to hear about the Scanner. Go inside, then dive down to the bottom. Take the stairs down to the lowest level of the ship and head back to where you see the control panel. If you keep tapping 'A' while swimming around the back hallway, you should come across the Scanner off to the right side. If you return the Scanner to the Scientist outside, he'll ask you to deliver it to Captain Stern for him.

Captain Stern can be found inside of Slateport Harbor. When you give him the Scanner, he will give you either the Clear Bell or the Tidal Bell depending on your version of the game. Return to Sea Mauville and the bell will start ringing.

The portal to Ho-Oh is found outside at the highest possible point on the ship, while the portal to Lugia is found at the lowest, near where you originally found the Scanner. These Pokémon come at level 50.

Legendary Beasts - Raikou, Entei, and Suicune

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Put Ho-Oh or Lugia on your team and use the Eon Flute to take to the Skies of Hoenn. Looking just east of Rustboro City, you should find a Mirage Spot (identifiable with a red star floating above it) called the Trackless Forest.

Depending on what time you land in the Trackless Forest determines which Pokémon you encounter. Raikou, Entei and Suicune switch between each other every twenty minutes, so it is possible to catch all three of these Pokémon within an hour.

Raikou is found between :00 and :20 of any hour.

Entei is found between :20 and :40 of any hour.

Suicune is found between :40 and :00 of any hour.

These Pokémon are encountered at level 50.

Rayquaza

Rayquaza

Rayquaza is found near the end of the Delta Episode in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The Delta Episode is a postgame storyline that has the player running all around Hoenn trying to save the region from impending doom.

Rayquaza is met at level 70 and the game requires that you capture it to move on with the Delta Episode.

Deoxys

Deoxys

Deoxys is encountered right after you capture Rayquaza in the Delta Episode postgame storyline. Deoxys is found at level 80, being the highest level wild Pokémon in the game.

Seeing as there is no option to save between the battles against Deoxys and Rayquaza, it is possible to K.O. it the first time you meet and have a rematch later on.

To rematch Deoxys, you first need to rematch the Elite Four. The Elite Four will have level 70 Pokémon and Mega Evolution, so be careful. Afterwards, head to the 2nd floor of the Mossdeep City Space Center and listen to the extra bits of plot that they feed you. Deoxys can then be found atop the Sky Pillar at level 80, just waiting to be captured.

Legendary Golems - Regirock, Regice, and Registeel

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The Regi Trio, like in the original games, require quite a bit of legwork to be able to find them. First, you'll need a Wailord at the back of your party, a Relicanth in the first party slot, and Pokemon that know the moves Dive and Dig (TM28 Dig is found inside the Fossil Maniac's house).

First, make sure you have visited Route 132, 133 and 134 by surfing west of Pacifidlog Town, then Fly back to Route 133. Go to the western-most side of the island and take the current over to some shallow water. Make sure you keep going to the furthest end of each little island you come across before riding the currents again. Eventually you'll make your way to a little dive spot.

Dive down and follow the underwater path south to a braille wall. Make sure you read it before resurfacing under the next dive spot. Upon surfacing, you will find yourself in the Sealed Chamber.

Run all the way to the north end of the chamber to find the braille message at the top and read it, then use Dig. This will open up a secret chamber that will hold the last braille message. With your Pokemon arranged correctly in your party, read the last braille message. This will trigger an event that opens up the caves you can find the Regi Trio in.

Regirock is found inside of the cave at the southern end of the desert around Route 111. Read the message on the wall, then use the D-Pad to go right twice, then down two times and use Strength. This should make the door to Regirock appear.

Regice is found in a cave on the west end of water Route 105. Simply go up and read the message, then wait for two minutes (without moving to be safe). Afterwords, a door should open.

Registeel is found inside of his tomb on route 120, west of Lilycove. Read the message, and then use Fly in the center of the room to make the door appear.

The Regi Trio is encountered at level 40.

Regigigas

Regigigas

Much like the Regi Trio, Regigigas has a rather interesting method of encounter.

First off, you're going to want to make sure you have all three of the Legendary Golems in your party, with Regice nicknamed (you cannot nickname it Regice--I've already tried). Next, you want to give Regice something frozen to hold. If you don't already have something frozen to give Regice, travel to the 2nd floor of Mauville City, to reach the estates. Go to the southern end of the complex and enter the room on the left. Talking to the little girl in this room with Regice in your party will unlock the option to buy Casteliacones from her for 200 pokedollars.

After obtaining a Casteliacone, give it to your Regice to hold. Fly out to Route 105 and enter the cave where you caught Regice. Run up to the middle of the room where you captured it, and the earth will start quaking to announce its arrival. A level 50 Regigigas will appear instantly to challenge you.

Heatran

 Heatran

Heatran is waiting for you at the basement of the Scorched Slab after the battle with Primal Groudon or Primal Kyogre.

The Scorched Slab is located on the north end of Route 120. Walk down the stairs to the first lake, and surf south into the natural cave sticking out of the water.

Work your way to the basement of the cave you and will come across another portal with Heatran hiding inside at level 50.

Lake Guardians - Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf

 UxieMesprit  Azelf

While Soaring around the Skies of Hoenn, a Mirage Spot called the Nameless Cavern can be found right next to Sootopolis City. So long as you have up to three Pokémon with Max Happiness on your team, they should appear. Depending on when you enter the Nameless Cavern determines which Pokémon you will run into.

Uxie can only be found during Sunset (between 8pm and 9pm).

Mesprit can only be found during the Day (between 4am and 8pm).

Azelf can only be found at Night (between 9pm and 4am).

It is possible to encounter these Pokémon within the same day. The three of them are encountered at level 50.

Creation Duo - Palkia and Dialga

PalkiaDialga

With Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf in your party, use the Eon Flute to take to the sky and approach Dewford town. There will be a tear in the Space-Time Continuum floating in the air. As you approach the tear, you'll be asked if you wish to fly inside. Clicking yes will begin the battle with Palkia in Omega Ruby and Dialga in Alpha Sapphire

They both appear at level 50.

Giratina

Giratina

With both Dialga and Palkia in your team, return to the Skies of Hoenn. Another tear will appear over Dewford Town, and flying in will allow you to face a level 50 Giratina.

Cresselia

Cresselia

When the daily Mirage Spot changes every day, there is a chance that Crescent Isle will appear near the South end of Ever Grande City while Soaring. This is completely random and based on luck. One way to increase your chances of finding Crescent Isle is by going online and receiving SpotPass information to fill your map with Mirage Spots.

Reach your hand in the portal on Crescent Isle and a level 50 Cresselia will appear.

Swords of Justice - Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion

Cobalion  TerrakionVirizion 

Soar into the Sky with a Pokemon that has Max Effort Values (cannot gain any further benefit from Super Training). Find the Pathless Plain along the southern edge of the map and land. Depending on what day you show up will determine which of the three you encounter.

Cobalion is encountered on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Terrakion is encountered on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Virizion is encountered on Mondays and Thursdays.

If you want to take the minimum possible time to capture these Legendaries, make sure you start on a Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. They all come at level 50.

Forces of Nature - Tornadus and Thundurus

TornadusThundurus

Soar into the sky with a Castform in your party. An ominous thunder-cloud will appear over Fortree City. Flying into it will produce a level 50 Tornadus in Omega Ruby or a level 50 Thundurus in Alpha Sapphire.

Landorus

Landorus

With both Tornadus and Thundurus in your party, take back to the Skies of Hoenn. The ominous thunder-cloud will appear once again over Fortree City, this time holding a level 50 Landorus. 

Tao Duo - Reshiram and Zekrom

ReshiramZekrom

With a level 100 Pokémon in the party, use the Eon Flute to Soar the Skies again. Near Slateport and Mauville, a new island will appear as a Mirage Spot called the Fabled Cave.

Reshiram or Zekrom are found in Pokémon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire respectively. They appear at level 50. 

Kyurem

Kyurem

With both Reshiram and Zekrom on your team, take back to the Skies of Hoenn. Behind Mt. Chimney, you can find a new Mirage Spot called the Gnareled Den.

Use the Dowsing Machine in this area to find the DNA Splicers used to fuse Kyurem with Reshiram and Zekrom.

Sticking your hand in the portal here will reveal a level 50 Kyurem for your capturing pleasure.

Capturing Tips

Capture without Knock Out

Gallade

Setting up a Pokémon to use as a Catcher is a good idea if you're going Legendary Hunting. There are many Pokémon you can use that work well as Catchers, but the one that I used for almost every Legendary in the game was Gallade (besides Giratina, which I used my Master Ball on).

Any Gallade will work, but having Max IVs and EVs in Attack and Speed would help. The basic movepool that I used seemed to work pretty well:

Heal Pulse - In case the Pokémon comes confused or has moves like Take Down (learned by Ralts at level 19)
Hypnosis - To put Pokémon to sleep, which greatly increases Capture Rate (learned by Kirlia at level 44)
False Swipe - To damage the Pokémon, won't go bellow 1HP (learned by Gallade at level 44 or by TM54 from the Rustboro PokeMart)
Swords Dance - To raise user's attack stat for more damaging False Swipes (learned from TM75, by saying 'No' to the Black Belt in front of the PokeMart in Lavaridge)

For ghost-type Pokémon like Giratina, it may be better to use a Pokémon such as Smeargle, with a movepool based around Soak (to turn the wild Pokémon into a Water type).

Capturing Legends with Ideal Natures and IVs

Ralts Abra

Capturing a Legendary Pokémon that is viable in competitive battles can be tricky, seeing as they all have random natures and 3 random maxed IVs. One of these issues is easily overcome, however, so long as you have a Pokémon with Synchronize at the head of your party. Ralts and Abra are both common Pokémon that appear with the ability Synchronize.

Make sure the Pokémon with Synchronize has the nature you are looking for in your Legendary Pokémon. This will give you a 50% chance to receive the nature you are looking for.

IVs cannot be easily judged until you unlock the Battle Resort, so I recommend using an IV calculator to figure out the 3+ perfect IVs that the Legendary Pokémon received.

Make sure you save before your encounter with each Legendary Pokémon so you can soft reset (L+R+Select+Start) as many times as you need to.

I also recommend having an empty spot in your party, that way the Legendary Pokémon makes it directly into your party after the battle, so you can check its nature and calculate IVs without moving from your spot.

If you're looking for a shiny version of the legend (since they aren't Shiny Locked anymore), it's preferable that you pick up the Shiny Charm first. The Shiny Charm is obtained by completing the National Pokedex, which you can nab from Professor Birch after the battle with Primal Groudon or Kyogre (unfortunately this means you can't use the Shiny Charm for at least the first two Legendary Pokemon of the game).

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Sceptile Blaziken Swampert

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have been out worldwide for a week, and are still going strong. Expect many more entries to our Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire guide series coming soon.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: Super Secret Bases Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/6d9af/pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-super-secret-bases-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/6d9af/pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-super-secret-bases-guide Mon, 01 Dec 2014 07:46:05 -0500 Synzer

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire has another returning feature, Secret Bases. This a like a housing system, but there is much more you can do this time around. They are also called Super Secret Bases and have more multiplayer applications.

Whether you just want to decorate your secret base, collect flags, or battle other people, I got you covered. I'll help you understand the new system of secret bases introduced in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

This guide will go over everything about Super Secret Bases including:

  • Your First Base - When you get your first base and can start looking for more.
  • Designing Your Base - Everything you can put in your base, such as decorations and furniture.
  • Sharing Your Base - Ways to share your base with people and other multiplayer features.

Your First Base 

You get access to your first base by getting to Route 111, after going to Mauville City for the first time. An NPC, Aarune, gives you the TM, Secret Power, and explains a bit about Secret Bases.

The base he shows you becomes yours when he leaves. You can use that one, or find a new one at any time now. You can only have one base at a time.

Secret Power is a move that you can use in combat, but it is also how you make a secret base. Teach this move to one of your Pokémon and take it with you while on your adventure.

Whenever you see a bush, an opening in a wall, or a tree, you can use Secret Power on that spot to open the base. You'll walk in and be able to see the base before deciding whether you want to set that location as your base.

Designing Your Base

There are many things you can do with your secret base, but the most common is decorating. There are many kinds of decorations you can put in your base:

  • Desks
  • Chairs
  • Mats
  • Plants
  • Objects
  • Wall art
  • Dolls
  • Cushions
  • Appliances
  • Tricks

You can only put 20 decorations though, so choose wisely. You can also change where your character stands in the base when people come to visit.

For the bases that have a big wall that you can't go past, you need to get stairs. You cannot reach the space behind the wall unless you put stairs on that wall. This also counts as one of your decorations.

Buying Decorations

There is a secret base store in Slateport City that sells secret base items. You have to unlock secret bases before you can buy from this shop.

Aarune also has a Secret Base Guild in Fortree City. He gives you Proclamation the first time you go there. This is a decoration allows you to set battle rules for your secret base.

The guild also has a shop for more secret base items.

Sharing Your Base

You can visit other players' secret bases by passing them if you have the streetpass feature turned on, or by scanning their QR Code pattern.

When customizing your base, you can make a QR Code for other players to scan, using the 3DS camera. It automatically adds their base to your list and you can visit their base at any time, as long as it is in a different place from your own or other secret bases in your list.

When you visit another player's base, you can take a flag if they have one. Getting more flags for your base increases your base's rank. More on that in a bit.

Expanding Your Base

You can also battle them. You can only fight a player once a day and it resets after midnight. You can't battle them on the day you add them until after midnight.

If you like someone, you can add them to your Secret Team. When you do this, they will leave their base and come to yours. You can have up to 5 members on your team and place them however you want in your base.

This is only an NPC of the player though so don't worry about taking someone out of their base. Also, their base will still be there, the NPC just won't be.

These people will also have a power they can use once a day. There are a variety of powers including, raising the level of a select Pokémon, giving new furniture, and making eggs hatch faster. 

As your base rank increases, from getting flags, so will your secret team members' powers.

By forming a secret team, placing them around your base, and setting your own battle rules, you can have your very own gym! There are even Gym statue decorations just like the ones used in official gyms.

This wraps up my Super Secret Bases guide for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask in the comments. For anything else related to this game, please visit my Guide to New Features.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - Competitive Breeding Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/d980i/pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-competitive-breeding-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/d980i/pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-competitive-breeding-guide Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:33:59 -0500 Autumn Fish

When you're breeding battle-ready Pokémon, it is hard to know exactly where to begin. The Pokémon that you catch on your adventures through the Hoenn region most likely aren't going to stand up to the ones on your friend's team. If you plan on battling other trainers from around the globe regularly, you're going to need a team that can pull its own weight.

Every individual Pokémon has its own strengths and weaknesses that go beyond its type. Their stats are very important, too. If your beefy Pokémon doesn't have enough Defense, it won't be able to take a hit in battle. 

This guide focuses on maximizing your Pokemon's true potential through the use of breeding. It is highly recommended that you have the Battle Resort unlocked at this point, because that island holds the best Day Care in Hoenn.

Battle Resort

Tools of the Trade

Before we start breeding, there are a few items you need to make sure you have. Generation VI has streamlined breeding to make it easier for trainers to get competitive-ready Pokémon. These items are harder to find in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire than they were in the earlier iterations of this generation.

  • Everstone - This is an item that normally keeps Pokémon from evolving while help. However, if you give this to a parent before putting them in the Day Care, their Nature will always pass down to their children (more on Natures later). You can find one in Granite Cave, on the bottom floor. It's hidden on the rock on a risen platform, next to where you find Mega Stelix's Mega Stone.
  • Destiny Knot - This item guarantees that five non-identical IVs pass down at random from the two parents. You can find one by going inside of the ship in Sea Mauville. It's in the the first room on the right that you're allowed to enter. Save before you do anything, and then rematch the young couple, soft-resetting until you can nab a Destiny Knot from them.

There is also a Pokémon that has been popular in the Breeding Scene ever since Pokémon Eggs became a concept. Yep, I'm talking about Ditto. These gender-less creatures can breed with almost any other Pokémon in existence - aside from most Legendaries because they are sterile. [Note: Try and find one that's foreign to your region.]

  • 6IV Ditto - I HIGHLY recommend picking one of these up. Their perfect stats work wonders for getting the stats you need on a Pokémon. These can easily be found up for trade on various forums, and even on the GTS. Just be cautious of the scammers. 
  • 0IV Ditto - This is ONLY good if you plan on using a Pokémon that knows Trick Room. These are the absolute lowest your stats can go.


There is one more type of Pokémon that is very useful for breeding - a Hatcher. It doesn't matter what Pokémon you decide to use as a Hatcher, so long as it has the Flame Body ability.

  • Fletchinder/Talonflame - This Pokemon not only has the Flame Body ability, but it's also a flying type - which gives you the ability to travel about the region quickly, although that's no longer needed with the Eon Flute. If you don't have this Pokemon, you can no doubt find a Fletchling after a couple of Wonder Trades.

Now you've got everything you need to start breeding, but how do you know what to look for? Well, to know what to look for, you need a basic understanding on how stats work in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Nature

The first and most obvious example of stat changes are in a Pokemon's Nature. Nature will dictate how far certain stats can grow. Every Pokémon has a nature that both adds and subtracts a 10% growth rate from different (or the same) stats. There are twenty-five natures in total, with five neutral natures that don't affect stats in any way - they basically add and subtract within the same stat. 

For example, my Gardevoir has the Modest nature, which adds extra Special Attack while taking away from Attack. Since she doesn't have any physical-based moves, her Attack stat is almost worthless. That's why I elected to make it worse. It's not always as simple as picking between Attack and Special Attack, though. Some Pokémon do better with extra speed, while others do better with extra Defense. It all depends on the Pokémon and its natural talents.


A Pokemon's Nature can be read from each Pokemon's Summary page, so you won't need to memorize every nature and the stat effects. The boosted stat appears in red font, while the stat that has degenerated appears in blue.

[Note: If you put a Pokémon with Synchronize it the first spot of your party (even if it has fainted), there will be a 50% chance that any wild Pokémon you encounter will be of the same Nature.]

Individual Values (IVs) 

IVs are the equivalent to 'natural selection'. These determine the capabilities of a Pokémon from birth. Pokémon with high IVs are biologically better than those with lower IVs, and there's nothing you can do to change it. It's genetics.

IVs range from 0 (absolutely abysmal) to 31 (simply cannot be beat) in each stat, including HP. When someone refers to a Pokemon that has 5 - 6IVs, they are refering to how many stats are maxed out. 0IV, however, often means that every IV that Pokemon has is at zero. 

(There are other values that effect a Pokemon's stats, such as Effort Values - the idea of getting better at something the more you do it - but those aren't important in the context of breeding.)

Now that you know what to look for, you can finally begin breeding.

IV Judge in Battle Resort PokeCenter

The Process

First things first, empty all the Pokémon from your party except for your designated Hatcher. Grab out your 6IV Ditto and the Pokémon you would like to breed for first. If you want the end-result Pokémon in a certain type of Pokéball, then make sure it's a female. You don't need one, but only females will transfer down their Pokéball designs to their babies.

  1. Put the Destiny Knot on your [preferably foreign 6IV] Ditto
  2. Place the Ditto in the Day Care at the Battle Resort. You will probably rarely take him out, at first, so don't worry about funds.
  3. Find a Pokémon that you want to breed. The new DexNev mechanic is a great way to find a Pokémon with High IVs or egg moves that you would like to transfer down. If you find a female, the Pokéball it's in will transfer down to the child. Make sure you've got a Synchronize Pokémon with the Nature you're looking for in the front of your party, to better your odds of getting the right Nature.
  4. You can check the IVs of the Pokémon you catch by going to the IV Judge on the right side of the Battle Resort Pokémon center (see img above).
  5. Once you have the mother - males are also mothers in the case of Ditto - with the correct Nature, put an Everstone on it to transfer the Nature to every child.
  6. Get on the Mach Bike and ride in circles around the island until the Day Care Lad turns around to face forward. When he does this, it means your Pokémon have (miraculously) created an egg together. Repeat until the party is full of five eggs alongside your Hatcher.
  7. Continue on your Mach Bike around the island in circles until your eggs hatch.
  8. Check the IVs at the IV Judge in the Pokémon Center. He will tell you the overall potential of your new Pokemon and list off the stats of the Pokémon that are looking great, and says how great they are - if they simply can't be beat, they are 31(MAX).
  9. Replace the Pokémon in the Day Care when you find something more suitable. Don't forget to transfer the Everstone when you do.
  10. Continue this process until you find the Pokémon you want. If you used a foreign Ditto, you'll have increased chances to find a Shiny Pokémon as well.

Once you have two 6IV Pokémon in the Day Care, you get a guaranteed 5IV every hatch.

There's no better feeling than finally dominating your friends in battle after working hard to get the perfect Pokémon. 

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are vast games, and I urge you all to explore to your heart's content, and not heedlessly rush through to reach areas like the Battle Resort. There is so much to discover in these Ruby and Sapphire remakes, and they make it worth your while by rewarding you with a plethora of different things.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - DexNav Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/y0yhr/pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-dexnav-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/y0yhr/pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-dexnav-guide Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:23:08 -0500 Autumn Fish

The PokéNav Plus has been greatly improved upon in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and is quickly proving itself as one of the best bottom-screen features ever implemented into a Pokémon game. Pokémon X and Y nailed it with the Player Search System, as well as the welcome additions of Pokémon Amie--which let you interact with your Pokémon using the touch screen--and Super Training--which streamlined competitive EV training and added a chart to keep track of your Pokémon's progress.

These features made it back in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire within the PlayNav app of the PokéNav Plus, along with the BuzzNav, the AreaNav, and--today's star--the DexNav.

The DexNav

The DexNav is the second app that gets installed on your PokéNav Plus while playing through the introductory sequence of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. You get this special app installed by your rival, Brenden/May, right after receiving the Pokédex.

Sneaking up on a Pokemon

When being introduced to this feature of the game, you will encounter a wild Poochyena with its tail sticking up in the tall grass, nearby. If you simply walk up to this spot in the grass, the Pokémon is going to get spooked and flee. GameFreak has, however, added the ability to sneak if you softly nudge the Circle Pad in the given direction. So long as you can see your character tip-toeing around like a dork, you're in the clear.

At first glance, this feature reminds me of a randomized PokéRadar. You aren't restricted to Pokémon that only appear in shaking grass, like it was in Pokémon Black and White; instead, you can find any Pokémon from any location using this method (not including in-game event Pokémon).

What does the DexNav do?

The DexNav app on your PokéNav Plus helps you track your progress with this feature, as well as predict some of the aspects of the Pokémon that are rustling the grass. After gaining the ability to surf, shaking spots begin to appear in the water--and they aren't restricted to surface-only Pokémon.

DexNav InterfaceUpon activation of the DexNav app, you will see the icons of Pokémon--or light silhouettes of Pokémon--spaced on a GBA-era map of your current location. Their placement on the map matches the environment where they are found (such as a Magikarp icon in the water).

The icons represent Pokémon that have already been registered in the trainer's Pokédex. Silhouettes account for Pokémon that have been encountered but not registered. Pokémon that have been neither encountered nor registered won't show up on the DexNav at all.

Why you should use the DexNav

It's easier to check whether you have caught every Pokémon in an area using the DexNav instead of opening your Pokédex. The DexNav will give the trainer an indication of how close they are capturing every Pokémon in an area if you tap on the map. These are also indicated by a series of crowns that appear in the upper-right hand corner of the app:

  • Bronze Crown appears when you are making headway in an area, but may not have every option for encountering Pokemon in the wild yet.
  • Silver Crown appears when you are getting close to catching every Pokémon in the area.
  • Golden Crown appears when you have caught every Hoenn-native Pokémon in an area.
  • Platinum Crown appears when you have caught every single Pokémon in a given area.

Example of Platinum Crown

After the grand encounter with Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre, players can return to Littleroot Town and receive the National Dex. The National Dex will unlock three new Pokemon in almost every area of the game, leaving much more to collect after Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire's epic climax.

Every time you encounter a specific Pokémon, its own Search Level will rise by one--even if you haven't captured it yet. As the Search Level increases, the DexNav will be able to predict more about each Pokémon, and your chances of finding more unique Pokémon increase as well.

When sneaking up on Pokémon, the DexNav can tell you the following:

  • Level - Level of the Pokémon (potential for elevation)
  • Type - Typing of the Pokémon.
  • First Move - First Move the Pokémon knows (potential for an Egg Move)
  • Ability - Ability the Pokémon has (potential for the Hidden Ability)
  • Potential (Stars) - How many stats the Pokémon has with maxed IVs (potential for three)

Sneaking up on Poochyena

After catching a Pokémon, the trainer can tap on their icon in the DexNav interface to search for them. If there are any around, the grass/water will start shaking, like normal.

This could be used as a new chaining system for Shiny Pokémon. Chaining doesn't only work with the PokéRadar--the rules of chaining remain the same whether you are using the PokéRadar or not, but there was previously no other way to run into the same Pokémon multiple times.

Shiny FoundWhile testing out the chaining capabilities of the DexNav, it's been found that if you run away from the battle, it will appear as if the Pokémon isn't around when you try to search for it again. This happens every time, so make sure that you K.O./catch every Pokémon so you don't break your chain--these rules remain constant from the PokéRadar method, furthering my belief that the DexNav is a replacement for the PokéRadar.

Unlike the PokéRadar, the DexNav is not restricted to tall grass, and you can leave the patch of grass that you are in without worrying about breaking your chain.

Now we have another method for catching shiny versions of the Pokémon in the sea--and it's not random, like Chain Fishing.

How to get the most out of your DexNav

There are two rules that you should follow when trying to raise the efficiency of the DexNav:

  1. Never, ever use repels. Every encounter with a Pokémon will raise its very own Search Level in the DexNav--even if you run away! It's always worth getting that extra level, because you never know when it could be the difference between finding the right Pokémon or not.
  2. Catch every new Pokémon you come across. It may seem nice brushing through the game, catching only the Pokémon that you know you're going to use, but it doesn't help the DexNav one bit. There are many things the DexNav is useful for, but you're not going to get anything out of it if you don't catch the Pokémon that show up. This can save you a lot of time and hassle that is otherwise spent praying to the gods of RNG.

The DexNav is the app that I have almost always open in the PokeNav Plus. There has never been a better time to try to catch them all.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: Contest Spectaculars Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/50rsz/pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-contest-spectaculars-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/50rsz/pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-contest-spectaculars-guide Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:59:18 -0500 Synzer

Pokémon Contests are back with Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. This time they are called Pokémon Contest Spectaculars. They are very similar to the original, but there are some changes. If you want a change of pace from battling, Contest Spectactulars are one of the ways to do it. It also lets you raise Pokémon a different way than you would for battling.

I'll help you understand the ins and outs of these contests, how to start, and tips on doing them. For help with anything else, be sure to visit my Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - Guide to New Features.

This guide will go over everything about Contest Spectactulars including:

  • How to Unlock Contests - Where you unlock the ability to do contests.
  • Contests Types and Details - How contest works and the 5 different kinds.
  • Costume Pikachu - How to receive this rare Pokémon.
  • Contest Tips - Tips for winning contests.

How to Unlock Contests

You first unlock contests in Slateport City. After that you can do them there and in Verdanturf Town, Lilycove City, and Fallarbor Town.

  • After completing the story events there, try to leave the town by the north route.
  • When you do this, someone will say that a famous idol, Lisia, is in town. 
  • Watch the events and you will receive a Costume and Contest Pass to compete.

Contest Types and Details

A Contest Spectacular is like a talent show for Pokémon. It consists of 2 stages:

  • Introduction Round - Judges rate Pokémon on appearance depending on the contest type.
  • Talent Round - A 5 turn round where you choose moves for your Pokémon to use.

There are 5 types of contests based on traits:

  • Coolness
  • Beauty
  • Cuteness
  • Cleverness
  • Toughness

This time around, you can also take pictures during the contest, and even compete with friends.

If you look at the summary of your Pokémon, then go to the 2nd page, you'll see info on contest traits. The top screen shows how much of a particular trait they have. You raise this by using Pokeblocks.

Pokeblocks

You get a Pokeblock Case when you first meet Lisia. This lets you mix berries into Pokeblocks. Mixing will give you a Pokeblock of one color which you can feed to Pokémon. The color determines which trait it increases.

  • Red - Coolness
  • Blue - Beauty
  • Pink - Cuteness
  • Green - Cleverness
  • Yellow - Toughness.

When mixing, the berries display which trait they are. Mixing different types will still result in either one type, or a rainbow block. Rainbow Blocks increase all 5 traits at once.

You can also get + blocks. These increase a trait more than the normal versions. Raising a trait will give you a higher score in the Introduction round, so try to focus on one trait to max.

Natures

Natures also have an effect on contests. Just like a Pokemon's battle stats, their contest traits are affected. Some natures benefit or hinder certain trait. Here is the list of each trait and th natures that affect them:

  • Coolness - Benefits from Naughty, Adamant, Lonely, and Brave. Hindered by Calm, Modest, Bold, and Timid.
  • Beauty - Benefits from Rash, Mild, Modest, and Quiet. Hindered by Adamant, Impish, Jolly, and Careful.
  • Cuteness - Benefits from Jolly, Timid, Hasty, and Naive. Hindered by Relaxed, Brave, Quiet, and Sassy.
  • Cleverness - Benefits from Gentle, Sassy, Calm, and Careful. Hindered by Lax, Naive, Naughty, and Rash.
  • Toughness - Benefits from Impish, Relaxed, Bold, and Lax. Hindered by Mild, Hasty, Lonely, and Gentle.
Moves

It is important to plan your Pokemon's moves in a contest, just like a battle. At your Pokemon's summary, the bottom screen shows your moves. the second page shows what they do in a contest and which trait they are.

You'll want to focus on getting moves of one trait. For example, if you want to compete in the Coolness contest, get moves that say Cool on them.

  • During the talent round, you choose which moves to do and the audience lets you know how much they like it. You gain "Appeal" when you do this.
  • Using the same move twice or more in row will get less appeal, you might even lose some.
  • Moves can also have an effect or jamming. Jamming is a stat that takes away another Pokemon's appeal. Effects can do things like protect you from jamming.
  • After 5 rounds, the judges add up the Appeal with the introduction round and whoever has the highest, wins.

Be sure to check the contest info on each moves because they might have condition that make them better depending on when it is used.

For example, Electro Ball excites the audience a lot if you use it when you are the first Pokémon in the round.

Excitement Gauge

There is a 5 star excitement gauge during the talent round.

  • When the audience gets excited enough my a move, one of the stars will fill up.
  • Whoever fills up the 5th star gets a bonus move after their turn. These are special moves that are only in the contest.
  • If a Pokémon can mega evolve, they will do it during this time as well.
  • Filling up the excitement gauge on your turn gives more appeal.

Costume Pikachu

You get a special Pikachu after completing a contest for the first time. This Pikachu can change into 5 different costumes for each contest trait.

You can change the costume by going to an NPC at the Contest Halls. Each costume also changes Pikachu's last move.

  • Cool - Meteor Mash
  • Beautiful - Icicle Crash
  • Cute - Draining Kiss
  • Clever - Electric Terrain
  • Tough - Flying Press

It also comes with high stats in each contest trait. You can also have no costume if you choose.

Contest Tips

If you want to be successful in Pokémon contests, you have to raise your Pokémon specifically for them. The same effort that goes into battling, must go into contests.

  • If you can, breed a Pokémon with a beneficial nature for whichever contest you want to enter.
  • Feed it plenty of Pokeblocks to max out their contest trait.
  • Pay attention to their moves, some moves can combo or are better to use at certain times.
  • Jam other Pokémon if you can, especially if they are setting up for a combo, it makes them lose a lot of appeal.
  • It's best to raise Pokémon specifically for contests and different ones for battle because moves all have different contest traits.

There are 4 ranks of contests, with Master being the highest. If you have a very high trait, an NPC at the Pokémon Fan Club in Slateport City will give you a scarf for that trait.

These scarves are held items that raise the trait when held. For example, a Red Scarf raises the Coolness trait, and helps in the Introduction round.

If you complete Master Rank for each trait, Lisia will enter the next Master Rank contest. Beating her gets you a Lucarionite Mega Stone.

That's it for me Contest Spectaculars Guide for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know in comments. For help with anything else, check out my Guide to New Features.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - Guide to New Features https://www.gameskinny.com/mrxfu/pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-guide-to-new-features https://www.gameskinny.com/mrxfu/pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-guide-to-new-features Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:28:50 -0500 Synzer

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, remakes of the original games for Game Boy Advance, are out and have been updated considerably. Things like the AreaNav, search function and Soar are completely new, while things like Secret Bases, Pokémon Contests, and the story have some changes.

For new and returning fans to the series, there are things you should know about the new Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, ORAS for short, games. I'm going to help by pointing out the significant changes to the game and things to look out for.

This guide will cover all the new features and changes in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire including:

  • New features - These are things completely new to this game or the series as a whole.
  • Changes - Things that aren't new, but have been changed from the previous versions.
  • Special Demo Help - Help with transferring rewards from the special demo and extra info about it.

New Features

One big change is the PokeNav. It now has an AreaNav and DexNav.

  • The AreaNav is basically a town map. It shows a map of the area, what route you're on, and where on the route you are on the map.
  • The DexNav is one of my favorite new features, it shows the Pokémon you've encountered in that area.
    • It will show a shadow of them if you haven't caught it.
    • If you have it show who the Pokémon is and more info on it. You can also search for that particular Pokémon by selecting search. It will tell you if there are any in your immediate area.
    • You can also tap the screen and it will tell you if you've caught all the possible Pokémon in the area or not.

There is a new hidden Pokémon feature. Although there were hidden Pokémon in past games, this is different enough to be called a new feature.

Hidden Pokémon are alerted to you on the DexNav. When this happens move slowly around the area to find it.

  • You can move slowly now and your character will tiptoe. This allows you to sneak up on Pokémon.

There are two kinds of hidden Pokémon.

  • One is the old kind, you'll see a shadow of a Pokémon that usually isn't in the area. 
  • The other is a special version of a Pokémon already available in the area. You'll see part of the Pokémon sticking out of the grass. These Pokémon have a special move that you won't find on normal wild versions of the Pokémon.

It is important to point out that when sneaking up on these hidden Pokémon, you can still get into a random battle, so always take some repels if you want to make sure you can successfully get to them.

The next feature, Soar, has slight spoilers, so skip to the Changes section if you don't want to know.

Another cool feature added is the ability Soar. This allows you to fly around a 3D version of the map and land anywhere you want. This si different from Fly because it allows you to actually see the map while flying instead on instantly transporting there. 

There are also sky battles to encounter while soaring so this is a cool new feature. You gain this ability by getting the Eon Flute to call Latios or Latias, depending on which version you have. They will Mega Evolve and take you to the skies.

http://www.serebii.net/omegarubyalphasapphire/soar.shtml

While Soaring, you can see a flock of wild Flying Pokémon, interacting will start a battle. There are also Mirage Spots. These have legendary Pokémon and you can only get to them by Soaring.

Changes

One change is Pokémon Contests. For those that don't know, Pokémon Contests are alternatives to battle, you can use moves to show off to judges. Think of it as a Pokémon talent show and you choose which category to compete in.

You can use Mega Evolutions in Pokémon Contests now! There are also moves only for contests and a new story for it.

There is also a special Pikachu you get in the main story that has 5 different costumes.

  • These can be used on contests or battles. The costumes also change which moves are available to Pikachu, so be sure to try them all out!

The story has been changed slightly to make the game stand out for the original as well as add Mega Evolutions to it. There are new Mega Evolutions only available in ORAS as well.

Secret Bases are back!

This is something I thought was very cool in the original but it was never added to the later games.

  • Secret Bases are like a housing system, it allows you to pick a base at select locations on certain routes.
  • You can customize it however you'd like.
  • You can also invite people to your secret base and if they accept, they will appear there. You can customize where in the base they will appear.
  • There is a Capture the Flag feature that let's you raise your Secret Base rank.
  • You can also set battle rules and create your own little Gym.

Pokémon Amie and Super Training will also be added, a feature from Pokémon X and Y.

Special Demo Help

For those that have played the special demo, you can transfer your rewards to the new game.

  • Start the demo and talk to Steven. Choose send to full game to get your rewards. 
  • You can only do this once a day, so choose carefully.
  • To get the reward you sent, start your version of Pokémon and select Pokémon link. Now you'll get your rewards in the game!

That's it for my guide to new features and changes to Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. If you have any questions are notice anything I might have missed, please let me know in the comments!

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Eon Ticket Distribution Details - Pokemon ORAS https://www.gameskinny.com/xj37o/eon-ticket-distribution-details-pokemon-oras https://www.gameskinny.com/xj37o/eon-ticket-distribution-details-pokemon-oras Fri, 07 Nov 2014 07:42:15 -0500 Autumn Fish

Nintendo has announced through a series of tweets this morning that Eon Ticket's will become available around the launch of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. However, each country is only releasing a small handful of tickets.

A few lucky trainers will be the original holders of the Eon Ticket, which will take players to Southern Island to catch either Latias or Latios, depending on what version of the game you have.

Streetpass Relay will make it possible for this handful of lucky trainers to distribute their Eon Tickets to other people. To make it easier to distribute the Eon Tickets to as many trainers as possible, the Eon Ticket will not disappear, even after its use.

Japan, Europe, and the US all share the same method for obtaining the Eon Ticket.

If Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire is on your shopping list this November, be sure to keep your 3DS in Streetpass mode to make sure you get your own Eon Ticket.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire hits the shelves on November 21st for North America and Japan, and November 28th for PAL regions.

So turn on Streetpass and go hang out with other Pokemon trainers to make sure you get your Eon Ticket.

Adventure in the tropical Hoenn region awaits!

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How Many Times should you play the Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Special Demo? https://www.gameskinny.com/h6bmm/how-many-times-should-you-play-the-pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-special-demo https://www.gameskinny.com/h6bmm/how-many-times-should-you-play-the-pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire-special-demo Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:20:00 -0400 Kate Reynolds

I downloaded the Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Special Demo this afternoon and beat the first task easily - ditto the second. It wasn't until Stephen told me that this was our seventh meeting that I began to wonder "How many times do I need to beat this?"

To obtain the mega-evolution Pokemon Glalie you only need to beat this special demo once. After that you can contently wait for the release of Pokemon ORAS to transfer Glalie to your game. 


For those of you, like myself, who want to milk all the goodies possible out of this demo, you'll need to play the demo 10 times

  • First round: Glalie
  • Third round: Poke Balls
  • Fifth round: Heal Balls
  • Tenth round: Heart Scales

On the rounds when you don't earn items, interesting NPC characters will show up in Mossdeep city. You'll find old favorites Gym Leaders like Brawly, and other powerful trainers as well. 

There is a secret area in the game (spoilers here) but it is currently unknown how to trigger the event, beyond just playing repeatedly. In other words, if you don't trigger it within the first 10 games, it might not be worth waiting around. 

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Top Pokemon Recreations in Minecraft https://www.gameskinny.com/5k3q8/top-pokemon-recreations-in-minecraft https://www.gameskinny.com/5k3q8/top-pokemon-recreations-in-minecraft Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:52:54 -0400 Kate Reynolds

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This last video from Youtube user MineCreat pays homage to Red, the original Pokemon trainer and Ash Ketchum's predecessor. While you play as Red in Pokemon Red and Blue, in the second generation games Pokemon Silver and Gold you had the opportunity to face Red in battle. 

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If you complete the game, level your Pokemon up so they're all around level 80, and then wind your way through Mt. Silver, you'll find Red. He'll meet you with a Blastoise, Charizard, Espeon, Pikachu and Lapras. Just looking at this image makes me feel like I need to go EV train and level grind. 

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Maybe legendary Pokemon like Zekrom could fit into Poke balls mroe easily if they were created as large as this Master Ball was. It looks like it's potentially big enough for house all the original 151...kinda like a Pokemon Ark. 

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It's easy to forgot how awe-inspiring legendary Pokemon are if you don't see them outside the video games very often. This recreation of Zekrom, a legendary from Pokemon Black and White look absolutely majestic as it flies below the blocky clouds, and truly reminds me just how little starter Pokemon are in comparison. 

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But really, how does something that big fit into a Poke ball? 

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You can't have Kyogre without Groudon, although honestly if both Pokemon are awake and wandering around some cataclysmic event is going down. Youtube user Pangamma created both in 3D, going so far as to hollow out both structures for ease of use. 

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 He's also shared his schematics here, so you too can go forth and create your own Groudon in Minecraft. I wouldn't though. After replaying Pokemon Sapphire recently, I'm totally afraid that Groudon might be behind our current global warming. 

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With Pokemon Alpha Sapphire coming out soon, it just wouldn't be right now to include the image of the legendary Kyogre who plays a large part in Alpha Sapphire's narrative. 

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I like this re-creation all the more for it's complete lack of continuity. There's Superman, Megaman, and Kyogre all within the same image. Who would win that fight? 

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Source. 

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I really enjoy the people who think a bit outside the box with their Pokemon recreations, and Youtube user joaoguerreiro makes the list by re-creating a location that won't be found within Pokemon games. 

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Instead, joaoguerreiro has re-created the Pokemon Stadium  2 from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. While I prefer the level in Super Smash Bros. Melee where an Electrode might pop out and kill an enemy for you, I don't think it would be quite as majestic looking as this. 

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The previous picture was cute in its humorous attempt, but this complete recreation of a screen from Pokemon Red or Blue really takes the cake... for those of us old enough to remember the initial release of the first Pokemon games. 

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Thought I never unlocked Mew when I played Pokemon as a child, this image sums up all the hopes and dreams of 10-year-old me. I probably would have sold my brother into slavery if it meant adding Mew to my Pokedex. Just don't tell that to my brother. 

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This scene titled "Not Very Effective" by deviantART user Hinagoth-chan makes the list because of the unique sense of humor added to the milieu. Hinagoth-chan wasn't satisfied with just recreating Charmander and Bulbasaur in Minecraft, he had to go one step further and pit them against each other in combat. 

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Clearly, it's not quite working out for poor Bulbasuar, who's at a dreadful type advantage against Charmander's fire-type. I might have colored Bulbasuar in lighter colors, but it makes the list because it made me chuckle. 

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It took QueenMercury anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours to create her 2D Pokemon, so imagine how long it took YouTube team The Block Bending 5 to create three dimensional Pokemon. 

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It's true, the 3D versions don't look quite as classic as the 2D models, but man, I really enjoyed that 3D Zapdos...and Arcanine....and Lucario. So I basically loved all of them. 

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Recreating entire continents is no biggie compared to Reddit user QueenMercury recreating every single one of the original 151 Pokemon. Every. Single. One. 

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While recreating Pokemon in Minecraft can easily be done with a script like SpriteCraft(given the pixelated nature of Pokemon sprites) QueenMercury created each of these images only using the Minecraft creator mode. 

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For anyone wondering, the hardest Pokemon to recreate this way according to QueenMercury was Articuno, Gyrados, or Butterfree while Ditto (of course) was the easiest. 

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Plenty of people have re-created Pokemon in Minecraft, but Youtube user Mediocre Jake creates entire continents from Pokemon. His most recent recreation was the entire continent of Johto, which is featured in the second generation games Pokemon Gold and Siler, and their remakes Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver

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The creation took MediocreJake around 210 hours to plan and create, which is nearly nine entire days. NINE ENTIRE DAYS. I just feel so.... mediocre myself now. Well done sir, hope your Hoenn recreation comes out before Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire comes out. 

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I'll be showing you amazing pixelated Pokemon any minute now, but first I wanted to showcase this fascinating Minecraft mod, PixelmonThis amazing mod allows you to catch Pokemon while playing Minecraft. If that doesn't sound amazing to you, consider how vast the world of Minecraft is. Consider also, that with this mod you can play Pokemon in first person. 

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The best thing about the mod is that you can control the spawns of the Pokemon - meaning that you never have to spend 3 hours looking for a Feebas ever again... as soon as the devs add Feebas to the game. You can find a list of available Pokemon for this mod here, and the team appears to be adding new Pokemon on a regular basis. 

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Am I slightly biased towards anything that allows me to play Pokemon in new settings? Absolutely! This mod combines two of my favorite franchises, and I can't get enough. 

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Info Bomb: Nintendo Announces Primal Powers, Rayquaza's Return, and More! https://www.gameskinny.com/owobc/info-bomb-nintendo-announces-primal-powers-rayquazas-return-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/owobc/info-bomb-nintendo-announces-primal-powers-rayquazas-return-and-more Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:53:51 -0400 Kate Reynolds

Since Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby are set to hit stores in two months, it's high time we learned more about the powers of Primal Reversion, and the rest of the new Mega Evolution Pokemon that the games will include. Nintendo and the Pokemon Company have finally gotten that memo, and given us the info we've been anxious to get. 

Primal Reversion

When Kyogre and Groudon go through the Primal Reversion process, their power gets dialed up to 11. More importantly, each Pokemon gains a new ability that has the potential to upset competitive play. 

Primal Kyogre gains the ability Primordial Sea, which changes the weather conditions to an oppressive heavy rain. The fringe benefits of this are that opponents cannot change the weather condition during heavy rain, abilities like Drizzle, Drought and Sand Stream won't activate, and Fire-type attacks become ineffective

 

You heard that right - as long as Primordial Sea is in effect, Fire-type attacks simply won't work. Kyogre also gains the move Origin Pulse, with can slam multiple oppoents with water massed into ballistic orbs. Neat!

Naturally, Primal Groudon gains a similar yet opposite ability, Desolate Land, which changes the weather condition to harsh sunlight.

Like with Primordial Sea, opponents can't change the weather and now Water-type attacks become ineffective. Groudon also gains the move Precipice Blades, a powerful attack that can hit multiple opponents with an upward surge of sharp rocks.

I've always wanted the weather conditions to have more of an effect on the battle (for instance, why don't electric moves hit harder when it's raining?) and these Primal Reversion powers seem like a step in the right direction. 

Origins of New Mega Pokemon

Earlier in the week, three new Mega Pokemon were leaked via Serebii. As of today, Mega Camerupt, Mega Sharpedo, and Mega Gallade have been officially announced and their powers and origins explained more fully.  

Obviously you can't have a Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire remake without Team Magma and Team Aqua, and the respective leader of each group will battle using Mega-Evolved Pokemon. 

Team Magma's Maxie battles using a Mega Camerupt, which gains the ability Sheer Force with its transformation. Sheer Force raises the power of all attacking moves that has an additional effect, but at the cost that the additional effects are ignored.

 

The majority of its stats are raised as well, at the expense of his speed.  Due to these changes, the creators recommend that you try to think of strategies where Mega Camerupt can be used as the second act of a battle.  

Team Aqua's Archie battles using a Mega Sharpedo, which naturally is the antithesis of Mega Camerupt in almost every way. All of Mega Sharpedo's stats are boosted, even its already ridiculously high Attack.  It also gains the Strong Jaw ability, which raises the power of bite attacks like Bite or Crunch. 

 

If you're familiar with the storyline of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire then you can probably guess where the Mega Gallade comes from. Have you thought of it yet? I'll give you just a few seconds more. Got it? If you guessed Wally, then you are correct. 

Wally is a timid young trainer you'll encounter early in the game, who gets stronger with perseverance, much like his prized Pokemon Ralts. As Wally grows, so does Ralts until eventually the pair both Mega Evolve (metaphorically for Wally). 

 

When Mega Evolved, Mega Gallade's Ability changes to Inner Focus, which prevents it from flinching during battle. I was personally hoping for something...better. Gallade's Attack and Speed stats also improve, making it great at sucker punching. 

Special Demo Version

Players will be able to start their Hoenn adventure early with a special demo version of the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games.
The Special Demo Version features unique gameplay that can't be experienced anywhere else, and the probabilities are high that players will encounter a familiar Pokemon that can now Mega Evolve.

Unfortunately, only one Mega-Evolved Pokemon from the Special Demo Version can be be brough into Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. However, all the rewards items obtained during the Special Demo Version can be brought into the full game. There's no release date yet for the Special Demo Version, but we'll keep you updated when any hint of news arrives. 

Pokemon Bank and GTL Compatibility

The most important bit of news to all the serious Pokemon collectors, is that Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby will be compatible with Pokemon Bank and Pokemon Global Link. 

 

In addition to being a life-saver for compulsive collectors, Pokemon Bank is an application that allows players to store Pokemon in private Boxes on the internet - and share them between games. The more games that get access to Pokemon Bank the better!

Rayquaza's Return

I saved the best bit of news for last, because Rayquaza is a pretty cool legendary Pokemon and absolutely necessary to the plot of Pokemon OR and AS since he's the only one that can stop the rampages of Kyogre and Groudon. 

There's no news yet on whether Rayquaza will also have Primal Reversion powers. If he ends up with a special ability, I can imagine that it will be something that negates both Groudon and Kyogre's primal powers. 

That's a lot of news to process for now, and we'll be sure to keep you updated with further Pokemon OR and AS developments in the future. 

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3 New Mega Evolutions for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire https://www.gameskinny.com/ox0to/3-new-mega-evolutions-for-pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire https://www.gameskinny.com/ox0to/3-new-mega-evolutions-for-pokemon-omega-ruby-and-alpha-sapphire Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:52:55 -0400 Kate Reynolds

 The upcoming release of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire has given us news of several new Mega Pokemon. Today via scans of CoroCoro by Serebeii this trend continues with the announcment of Mega Gallade, Mega Sharpedo, and Mega Camerupt.

With Gardevoir getting a mega-upgrade in Pokemon X and Y, it was only a matter of time before Gallade powered-up. 

Honestly, many of the cosmetic differeces between Gallade and Mega-Gallade are subtle unless you have the pictures side by side for comparison. Hopefully the boosted stats will make up for this mediocre image. 

Mega Sharpedo however, does not dissappoint.

Sharpedo now looks as if he could take a hit or two (he probably still can't) and the added color and rugged stripes make him look like a tricked-out submarine. 

Lastly, my favorite of the group is Mega Camerupt. This is one of the only mega-evolutions that has made me wish the Pokemon could stay Mega forever...the other one is Mega Slowbro. 

The two volcanic humps fuse into one giant volcano in this upgrade which has also given the Pokemon a fairly mischevious face. The image also makes me glad Pokemon aren't real, because I would surely hurt myself trying to cuddle this amazing creature. 

Unfortunately, until the official announcement of these mega forms, we won't be able to tell you about special stats, abilities, or type changes. For now, admiring portraits must be enough. Or you could spend the time grabbing the free Heracross and Pinsir that Nintendo's giving away right now

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10 Pokemon Gifs That Prove Slowbro Deserved a Mega Evolution https://www.gameskinny.com/0cxar/10-pokemon-gifs-that-prove-slowbro-deserved-a-mega-evolution https://www.gameskinny.com/0cxar/10-pokemon-gifs-that-prove-slowbro-deserved-a-mega-evolution Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:34:41 -0400 Kate Reynolds

You may have recently heard that Slowbro is getting a Mega Evolution in the upcoming games Pokemony Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Everyone's excited about this...except for maybe Slowbro. 

If you're a regular Pokemon fan, you'll know that the Slowpoke family dates back to the original 151 Pokemon, but really got its 15 minutes of fame when Slowpoke became the first Pokemon with an official music video.  

The music video featured smooth reggae with weird images. 

What else would you expect from a Slowpoke video? 

Prior to the video, Slowpoke also played a major role in Pokemon (Heart)Gold and (Soul)Silver as damsels in distress. Team Rocket was getting up to no good in Azalea Town, so our plucky young hero had to step in and teach those Rockets a thing or two. 

They're slow enough that even Team Rocket - one of the most inept group of villains ever - were able to catch a buttload and cut off their tails.

However, if Slowpokes were so lame, why would Ash, Misty, and Brock dress up in Slowpoke costumes? Answer me that!

Honestly Ash, Brock and Misty are a trio of utter goofballs, so their donning of Slowpoke costumes might not be an accurate reflection on the awesomeness of the Slowpoke family. 

It's kinda hard to convince people of the Slowpoke wow factor when the only time Slowpokes move with speed is when they're dodging evolution. 

You see, Slowpoke evolve when Shellders bite their tails. Which is still one of the strangest reasons for Pokemon evolution I know. Why would Slowpoke run away from this evolution? They're afraid of their potential power.

All Slowpokes know, deep down, that their transformation from Slowpoke to Slowbro will make all the other Pokemon stop laughing at them. That's why Slowbro is always smiling. 

Not only that, but Slowbro is the perfect combination of silly yet powerful. Slowbro's motto is "Let people think I'm dumb so I can confuse, paraylze, and lull them to sleep before I make them faint."

You can see this strategy demonstrated below by Professor Westwood V's Slowbro, which evolved in the Pokemon Anime Episode called "The Evolution Solution". 

 See? This Slowbro does the whole Groot dancing motion before landing a right hook in your Pokemon's face.

KABAM!

Honestly, this GIF is the only one I needed to show you to prove my point. Sure we see lots of different Pokemon take on Team Rocket, but rarely do we get to see a Pokemon punch Jesse, James, and Meowth in the face. 

Plus, slowbro can cook! They're a very well-rounded Pokemon species that is useful around the house (or making you money) and fighting. 

 Judging from this GIF, Slowbro probably isn't the best at emotional support. You'd probably better visit a Chansey or Audino if you want to be mollycoddled by a Pokemon. 

Still, Slowbro could probably cheer you up any day by busting a move like this: 

With his smooth moves, goofy demeanor, and power punches, there's no denying that we needed more Slowbro in the upcoming games...in a mega way. 

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The Pokemon Company International Announces Mega Audino at Gamescom https://www.gameskinny.com/4y961/the-pokemon-company-international-announces-mega-audino-at-gamescom https://www.gameskinny.com/4y961/the-pokemon-company-international-announces-mega-audino-at-gamescom Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:16:27 -0400 Kate Reynolds

We reported earlier this week that Serebii discovered an accidental leak from an official Korean Pokemon website leading to an image of Mega Slowbrow and Mega Audino. Today, the International Pokemon Company officially announced the release of Mega Audino for the upcoming Pokemon Alpha Ruby and Omega Sapphire

Prior to this announcement, Audino was not known to evolve from, or to, any other form and I'd never ever seriously thought about using Audino on my Pokemon team. I'd get excited to encounter an Audino in the wild, but only because it gave an excessive amounts of experience points. 

However, with the addition of Mega Evolution, Audino supposedly becomes a viable contender for competitive play. After Mega Evolving, Mega Audino adds Fairy-type to its Normal-type, automatically gaining all the advantages of a Fairy-type Pokémon. 

For those of you who haven't played Pokemon X and extensively, the Fairy-type was added in the latest generation of games to balance the meta. Fairy-types are strong against Dark-types, Dragon-types, and Fighting-types which had long enjoyed dominance in competitive play.

Adding the Fairy-type to Mega Audino negates the Pokemon's usual weakness to Fighting-types, and only grants it one additional weakness to Poison in return. Ultimately a positive trade-off for Mega Audino. 

Additionally, Mega-Audino gains the Healer ability and much improved Defense and Special Defense stats, making it ideal for support in Double Battles. 

While we'll still have to wait for the release of Pokemon Alpha Ruby and Omega Sapphire to test out Mega Audino for ourselves, if the Pokemon can actually go up against a Blaziken (as shown in the video) it will be a great addition to the existing Megas. 

If Mega Audino turns out to be a dud, then at least Bannette won't be the worst Mega Pokemon any longer. 

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Serebii Finds Two New Mega Pokemon: Slowbro and Audino https://www.gameskinny.com/wuxgq/serebii-finds-two-new-mega-pokemon-slowbro-and-audino https://www.gameskinny.com/wuxgq/serebii-finds-two-new-mega-pokemon-slowbro-and-audino Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:14:40 -0400 Kate Reynolds

With Pokemon X and Y, Nintendo introduced mega-evolution. With a nifty wrist bracelet and a special piece of stone, your Pokemon could go one step further in the evolutionary chain for brief periods of time. 

While the additional power that Pokemon gain from mega-evolution is the draw for competitive battling, many of us less-than-competitive fans simply enjoy the new looks. The announcement of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire gave us hope for new megas to be announced, and Nintendo hasn't let us down. 

Nintendo recently shared this video on The Official Pokemon Channel, announcing Mega Salamence, Mega Lopunny and Mega Altaria.

In the wee hours of last night, Serebii announced that an Official Korean site had accidentally revealed Mega Slowbro and Mega Audino. 

The Korean Pokémon website accidentally uploaded details of the new megas which Serebii then translated. While the pages on the official Korean site have now been removed, we are still left with the leaked images.  

I was personally hoping Mega Slowbro might look a bit more liks this:

Source: nastyjungle

Still, the leaked picture of Mega Slowbro is pretty adorable. 

He just looks mega-confused about why the Shellder on the end of his tail has suddenly engulfed his entire body. 

Mega Audino on the other hand, looks like the fairy-godmother I always dreamed of. I don't typically carry around healing Pokemon (I've already mentioned I don't play competitively, right?) but I may have to give Audino a second-chance when Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby come out. 

So, what do you all think of the new Megas? Which ones are you most excited about? 

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Top 5 Overrated Pokemon from Pokemon Sapphire and Ruby https://www.gameskinny.com/3nqsy/top-5-overrated-pokemon-from-pokemon-sapphire-and-ruby https://www.gameskinny.com/3nqsy/top-5-overrated-pokemon-from-pokemon-sapphire-and-ruby Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:07:01 -0400 Kate Reynolds

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Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire was not the first game to introduce elementally-theme legendary Pokemon trios. Pokémon Red and Blue had Moltres, Articuno and Zapdos (birds) and Pokémon Silver and Gold had Entei, Suicine, and Raikou (beasts). 

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Instead of introducing a trio of similarly themed animals, Ruby and Sapphire gave us golems that hardly deserve their "legendary" title. They are by far the slowest of of all the legendary Pokémon, and also only copies of the original Regigigas. 

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Why would you want Regice, Registeel, or Regirock when you could obtain their master and creator? 

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 If you enjoyed this list, be sure to check out the Top 10 Most Underrated Pokémon from Pokémon Sapphire and Ruby!

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Image Source: Dedhpkmn

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Dragon Pokémon in general are highly overrated, for a reason. The dragon-type was so powerful that Nintendo had to create an entire new category of Pokemon (the fairy type) to balance out the dragons. 

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As a Dragon-type, Flygon is fairly weak. Sure the Ground/Dragon combo is alluring, but what Dragon moves does Flygon actually learn? With its introduction to Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Flygon only naturally learned one Dragon-type move: Dragonbreath. An attack with only 60 attack-power. Weak. 

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Subsequent games have seen improvements for the little guy, but if they had made Flygon properly the first time there would be no need for Garchomp, the superior Ground/Dragon Pokémon. 

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I love Aggron. I'm a huge Rock-type user and Aggron's Rock/Steel type combo was a great addition in a time when there were few Pokémon like it. Plus, he just looks like he's going to mess your opponents up. There's definitely something to be said for scare tactics. 

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Unfortunately, Aggron's stats just don't support his bad-ass image. A 4x type weakness against Fighting and Ground attacks combined with a poor Special Defense and Speed makes Aggron barely usable competitively. Sure he has a great move-set and even better attack-stat, but before he gained Mega-Evolution he just couldn't live up to his fame. 

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Image Source: Tails19950

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From a sheer power perspective, Slaking can definitely hit hard. I still remember what a headache it was to go up against a Slaking in the 8th gym in Pokémon Ruby. The massive monkey just wouldn't go down, even though it rarely did anything to defend itself. 

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The "loafing around" is ultimately Slaking's demise. You may love him for his stats and/or seductive pose, but what's the point of owning a Pokémon who will only obey you 1/2 the time? You didn't save the world, earn all the badges, and beat the Elite 4 just to have Slaking goof on in the middle of battle!

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Image Source: JHALLPokemon

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Fire-type starters are typically fan-favorites, and that didn't change with the introduction of Torchic/Combusken/Blaziken. Blaziken is consistently voted into top Pokémon of Gen III lists over his compatriots Swampert and Sceptile. This is just wrong. 

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Statistically, Swampert is the best starter of the three with a type alignment giving it very few weaknesses. With speed and power on its side, Sceptile is also fairly useful, proving itself to be the most competent grass starter offered in-game at the time. 

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Don't get me wrong, the kung-fu chicken has decent stats, smooth moves, and looks neat, but does it really deserve everyone's love? It's dual type gives unduly burdens it with extra weaknesses, and it probably has an inferiority complex from all the chicken jokes. Not something I'd want on my team. 

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With the upcoming release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire it seems like an apropos time to revisit the Pokémon of Hoenn, and well, judge them. 

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Generation III is known for amazing Pokémon like Rayquaza, Metagross, and Absol, but it's also known for Mightyena, Nuzlocke, and Luvdisc (no disrespect to those of you who adore the heart-shaped fish). Overall a pretty mixed bag in terms of additions to your Pokédex. 

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Keep in mind - overrated does not mean un-useful. It's a fairly subjective term that we'll be wielding to laugh at some ridiculous designs, make fun of fan favorites, and point out useless stats. So try not to get your panties in a twist. 

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