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General Video Games Stuff You Just Figured Out

Skarmizard

The metal dragon bird
Writer
Screenshotter
Pokédex No.
1002
Caught
Nov 12, 2019
Messages
555
Location
Texas
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
he/him
Pokémon Type
Dragon, Steel
Pokédex Entry
This Skarmory/Charizard fusion is very rare and tends to be quiet and shy until befriended. Also a huge fan of Smash Bros. and writing.
This was one of my favorite threads on the old forum, so I'm bringing it back! What strange/odd/interesting thing about a Pokémon/game/mechanic did you just discover?
Note: please follow the rules regarding Gen 8 spoilers.

Anyway, so I just found out there's a bug in Gale of Darkness where if you faint Miror B.'s Shadow Voltorb (in his first battle), you'll never have another chance to catch it, which also means you can't catch the Dragonite in the postgame.
 

Draknir

Fear the Deer
Pokédex No.
240
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
100
Location
Probably using my laptop
Nature
Quiet
Pokémon Type
Dark, Dragon
After playing Diamond and Pearl since Day 1 in the US and Platinum a week or two after the Japanese release, I recently learned that the tiles you step on in Volkner's gym to spin the gears show which way they'll spin. All this time I thought the white was meant to simulate a reflection and I just memorized which ones did which.
 

celebrandas

Conqueror of the Fuchsia Gym
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
855
Caught
Oct 3, 2019
Messages
57
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
he/him
Pokémon Type
Ice, Steel
I didn't know that there was actually a trick to where the second switches were in Surge's gym, so I randomly dug through the trash cans in every playthrough of Kanto and Johto. Then the other day I read that there is a pattern for it in Gens 1 and 2, and I was like... how did I miss that?! :hurr:
 

mizar

young, dumb, and full of you know ;)
Artist
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
76
Caught
Jun 16, 2019
Messages
244
Location
lost
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
they/them
Pokémon Type
Dragon
N's team changes every time you fight him and his team is always pokemon from the area youre in, i guess implying that he releases them as he leaves. pretty cool detail to add it
 

Arbitrary

Conqueror of the Viridian Gym
Pokédex No.
334
Caught
Jul 2, 2019
Messages
111
Location
Here
Nature
Adamant
Pronouns
He/him
Pokémon Type
Fighting
I don't know if this is common knowledge but using an item does not reset Protect's chances of failure... wish I knew that earlier.
So do I. Happened with Cacturne's Spiky Shield, so painful.
 

Rumors

Or so they say...
Writer
Pokédex No.
258
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
246
Pronouns
male
Pokémon Type
Fire
Pokédex Entry
A Pokémon shrouded in hearsay and urban legend, spoken of only in whispered tales and hushed gossip.
Ever since the rivals in the games have all been your friends and the like, it made me realize that Pokemon are games about crushing the hopes and dreams of your friends.

Bring back the jerk rivals so I can feel less guilty about curbstomping them all the time!
 

Draknir

Fear the Deer
Pokédex No.
240
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
100
Location
Probably using my laptop
Nature
Quiet
Pokémon Type
Dark, Dragon
After being in the mid to late teens for literally the entirety of its existence, Mime Jr. now learns Mimic at Lv.32. I just assumed it wouldn't be, so now I'm stuck lugging a baby Pokemon for half of the game in my Shield Playthrough. Good thing I planned on using a team in rotation.
 

Rumors

Or so they say...
Writer
Pokédex No.
258
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
246
Pronouns
male
Pokémon Type
Fire
Pokédex Entry
A Pokémon shrouded in hearsay and urban legend, spoken of only in whispered tales and hushed gossip.
After being in the mid to late teens for literally the entirety of its existence, Mime Jr. now learns Mimic at Lv.32. I just assumed it wouldn't be, so now I'm stuck lugging a baby Pokemon for half of the game in my Shield Playthrough. Good thing I planned on using a team in rotation.
Continued spoilers. Also, advice for this situation, so maybe don't uncover if you wanna learn yourself.

Just sideline Mine Jr. for now rather than trying to battle with it if its giving you problems. You can get Medium and Large XP candies from Max Raids later that'll let you get it caught up very fast after a few raid battles. Might not be as viable an option though if you're Nuzlocking.
 

MordBreygon

Conqueror of the Pewter Gym
Pokédex No.
1086
Caught
Nov 24, 2019
Messages
4
Well I found out the hard way that bide hits ghost in Gen 4 (I don't know where else it happens) that's the one i learned in a nuzlocke
 

Draknir

Fear the Deer
Pokédex No.
240
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
100
Location
Probably using my laptop
Nature
Quiet
Pokémon Type
Dark, Dragon
Continued spoilers. Also, advice for this situation, so maybe don't uncover if you wanna learn yourself.

Just sideline Mine Jr. for now rather than trying to battle with it if its giving you problems. You can get Medium and Large XP candies from Max Raids later that'll let you get it caught up very fast after a few raid battles. Might not be as viable an option though if you're Nuzlocking.
I knew that, it was just annoying to discover. Thanks though.

Couple of SwSh things:


After you defeat Leon, when you look at the title screen it will show the team you used. Don't know if this counts on repeat wins in the Champion's Cup, but it's a nice touch.

Also, Applin and its evolutions are the first Pokemon to be in the Erratic Experience Group (Requiring 600k for Lv.100 but with wildly varying amounts per level) since Gen IV. Very minor, but I thought it was interesting. Certainly explains why my Flapple grew so fast in my first playthrough.
 

SnackyTheSylph

He's a jolly fellow
Screenshotter
Pokédex No.
732
Caught
Aug 28, 2019
Messages
255
Location
AT THE LIBRARY!!!!!!!!
Nature
Relaxed
Pokémon Type
Ghost, Ground
Pokédex Entry
I SWALLOW SLUDGE TO TRANSFORM MYSELF
If Spite drains the last PP from a move before you can use it, it will fail. Somehow I didn't expect that.
 

Skarmizard

The metal dragon bird
Writer
Screenshotter
Pokédex No.
1002
Caught
Nov 12, 2019
Messages
555
Location
Texas
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
he/him
Pokémon Type
Dragon, Steel
Pokédex Entry
This Skarmory/Charizard fusion is very rare and tends to be quiet and shy until befriended. Also a huge fan of Smash Bros. and writing.
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The Sinnoh fossils evolve way earlier than all the others-they both evolve at 30, while the next earliest are the Unova fossils at 37, then Kalos at 39, and finally Kanto and Hoenn tie at 40.
I've never used either Sinnoh fossil, so I had no idea they evolved so quickly...
 

RubyClaw

Challenge Seeker and Nuzlocke Completionist
🌱Featurer
Writer
Screenshotter
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
22
Caught
Jun 9, 2019
Messages
513
Location
Kanto Route 1, 1% encounter rate (Israel)
Nature
Calm
Pronouns
He/Him
Pokémon Type
Fire, Psychic
I found that out a few months ago, still I was surprised I didn't notice it for all the years I played pokemon - The gender of pokemon owned by trainers tend to be the same as the gender of their owners.
 

TheTRUEgge

Ethos is okay, actually
Artist
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
450
Caught
Jul 9, 2019
Messages
884
Location
Good Question
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
She/Her
Pokémon Type
Fire, Fairy
Pokédex Entry
This Pokémon has too many ideas for their own good.
Another thing I discovered some time ago but felt would be useful info for others- Koga’s gym’s ‘invisible walls’ are actually slightly different tiles than the normal tiles you walk on. Not a huge different, but it makes navigation much easier
 

Alan900900900

Lurker extraordinaire
Globetrotter
Screenshotter
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
183
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
208
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
He/Him
Pokémon Type
Dark, Ice
Pokédex Entry
This Pokemon is a master of having too many projects at the same time. Also, Pikablu.
Wailord is a pure water type. For whatever reason, all these years I thought it was water/flying. It's not like I've ever used one, so...

Also, Revenge does not work the same as Retaliate. Had to learn that the hard way against one of the trainers at the Veilstone City Gym. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten, Barb the Psyduck.
 

A-K-TheLittleFairy

Conqueror of the Cinnabar Gym
Artist
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
360
Caught
Jul 3, 2019
Messages
95
Location
Hoenn
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
She/her
Pokémon Type
Fairy, Normal
Pokédex Entry
Tired or inspired. Loves Cappuccino.
When I was playing Pokemon Emerald the first time some years ago, I found out and realized that when you encounter a Team Magma and a Team Aqua Grunt, their individual encounter theme before battling one of them is not the same! (The melodies are similar but in different keys!)
 

Zorua3

On-and-off Nuzlocker
Artist
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
387
Caught
Jul 5, 2019
Messages
399
Location
Somewhere in Unova.
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
He/him
Pokémon Type
Dark
Pokédex Entry
I'd copy-paste the Zorua Pokedex entry, but I'm too lazy.
As of Sword and Shield, Flash Fire, Harvest, Storm Drain, and Lightning Rod make Fire, Grass, Water, and Electric Pokemon respectively more common in the wild. I was wondering why I was encountering so many Electric types with my Electrike.
 

TheTRUEgge

Ethos is okay, actually
Artist
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
450
Caught
Jul 9, 2019
Messages
884
Location
Good Question
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
She/Her
Pokémon Type
Fire, Fairy
Pokédex Entry
This Pokémon has too many ideas for their own good.
Static has that effect as well! It’s why I ended up benching an Electabuzz I was using in a white 2 Nuzlocke. Audino grinding is much more difficult if the only Pokémon appearing is EMOLGA
 

TerryTheTeryx

Gen Z Degenerate
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
358
Caught
Jul 3, 2019
Messages
434
Location
Unova
Nature
Sassy
Pronouns
She/Her
Pokémon Type
Flying, Steel
Pokédex Entry
A bizarre Pokémon who dislikes many social activities. She appears to have a penchant for peanut butter and foreign languages.
A few years ago I learned that Water was not weak to Ice.
 

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