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Well, after looking back on some of the legendary Pokemon I have for recreational purposes, I’ve determined that about 90% of them are terrible. Sorry Cresselia. I love you, but… yeah. As some of the fellow players at the league I attend want to play some Ubers fights, I figured I’d take a little time away from the 5th gen metagame and start doing things in 4th gen. Almost all of 4th gen.

You see, there are a huge number of legendary Pokemon scattered across 4th gen. There are only a handful you can’t actually catch in the wild. However, because I caught them all at least once, and didn’t really pause to consider the ramifications of doing it half-baked, I’m going to have to go back through Diamond, SoulSilver and HeartGold and pick up what I already have all over again.

But, it’s not all bad. My Suicune, one of the last of my 4th gen EV trained team I used to conquer Red in SoulSilver, has gotten in a little extra recreational time. I took him through and won every rank of the Beauty Super Contest, and I went to the Resort Area and bought him the three stupid-expensive ribbons ($10,o00, $100,000, and $999,999, respectively), just because this Suicune is very special to me. I even sat and re-befriended him from neutral Happiness so that I could get the Footprint Ribbon. It makes me wish that GameFreak would replace the ribbon system into 5th gen. It’s a really interesting way to show off your Pokemon’s accomplishments and shower them with attention. It was also quite reminiscent, letting me go back and play with a Pokemon of mine from 4th gen’s glory days. If I still had my original team from SoulSilver in 4th gen, I’d have gone through and had them all perform in the Super Contests and get all massaged and befriended, because they were all a very special team, my first-ever EV trained and (mostly) IV bred team.

Anyway, lamentation and misty-eyed adoration over. I know some people I know will be of the mindset that states “why on earth would you restart Diamond and SoulSilver just to get a handful of Pokemon?”. To that, I would say that I’ll have fun revisiting those lands, battling trainers, and capturing quality Uber Pokemon. Sure, it’ll take a long while to get done, because I’ll essentially be replaying three games (maybe four if I decide to replay Pearl), and that is indeed soul-crushing to think about, but even though I felt a huge amount of anxiety over deleting my super-developed save file on SoulSilver and the time I’ll be re-investing in essentially defunct games, it’s about the Pokemon and the journey. And while I might lose some progress in 4th and feel sad for undoing what I spent hundreds of hours on over four years, I’ll have those Pokemon to carry back to 5th with me, especially Suicune, and I’ll be able to battle with them and enjoy them for (hopefully) many years to come. That’s what’s more important.

/rant.

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Hello again, readers and skimmers and followers of curiosity alike! Sorry that we’ve been non-posting this last month or so – our lives were dominated by dragons. And Nords. And awesome visual effects that astounded us silly. Yes, I’m talking about TES5: Skyrim. Since it came out on 11/11/11, the two master trainers-in-training have been slaying dragons and absorbing their power, for there can be only one… dovahkiin. Speaking of Skyrim, though, whether it’s for the PC, PS3 or the 360, if you haven’t bought it yet, it’s well worth the $60 you sink into it, just because Elder Scrolls games are always every kind of amazing, and possibly some theoretical measure beyond “every”. Just hold off on getting it for about a week or so, until the latest glitch gets corrected and we can be on our merry way again.

As for Pokemon news, there is good and bad on that front. The good news is that Nateal and I are in the process of breeding some more shiny-squeaky-new Pokemon, hers being a secretive team of evildoers and mine being the charming yet uncannily clumsy henchmen. Not really. But! We do have new Pokemon in the works for sure, I promise you that. Nateal actually bred the team to fight one of my own on even footing, which is a fairly impressive goal (there is in no way any chance I might be stroking my ego. None whatsoever. I’m being quite sincere about that). My new Pokemon are mostly designed around defense. It’s an area that I’m sadly lacking in, with the exception of my Milotic and Tyranitar, and I LOVE. THIS. MILOTIC. Tyranitar’s good, too, but I still need to get a team working that can use him. Her. I guess I can’t remember at the moment.

Said bad news is that we’ve been out of commission for a while with Skyrim, as mentioned above and in the title. It’s shown to an extent from my last League meeting. But, as a fortune cookie once told me, “don’t ever mistake your first defeat for your final defeat”. We’re also working hard to get ourselves back up to our usual battle prowess again, which might subsequently take a hit when the patch to fix Skyrim comes out later this upcoming week for PS3 (Nateal) and 360 (myself). Seriously, that game is TOO good. Anyway, I’ll probably be throwing up a post on Garchomp later this weekend once I’ve had more fun with it in the Battle Subway, and I’ll be working on some new Pokemon for posts in the future. Gotta train’em all!

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Shiny Pokémon.  In the decade or so I’ve been playing the Pokémon games, I have not once caught a shiny in the wild.  Yeah, I picked up the shiny Legendary Dogs and I caught the red Gyarados at Lake of Rage, but that’s just not the same.  It doesn’t give me the same thrill as catching or hatching a shiny.

(I feel the need to note here that there are some Pokémon that will never be encountered as a shiny at this point in time.  In Generation V, these Pokémon are Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, and Zekrom.  If you are battling someone who has a shiny version of these three Legendaries, your opponent has hacked Pokémon and you are fully within your right to end the match.)

Catching a shiny Pokémon through legitimate means is no easy feat.  There is only a 1 in 8,192 chance of encountering a shiny Pokémon.  But this doesn’t mean that if you go out and run into 8,192 Blitzle that one of them will be shiny.  The ratio resets every time.  So each and every Pokémon you run into carries a 1 in 8,192 chance of being shiny.  The odds certainly aren’t in your favor, and they haven’t been in mine for the last decade.

This ratio can be decreased to 1 in 1,366 by using the Masuda method (the “international marriage” method).  The Masuda method is fairly simply, honestly, and increases your chance of hatching a shiny Pokémon by six times.  What must be done is breeding a Pokémon from your game with a Pokémon received in an international trade.  There’s some weird game coding math involved, and if you’re interested, Bulbapedia has a good article on the Masuda Method, but what it boils down to is that a Pokémon from your game breeding with a Pokémon received in an international trade drastically reduces the ratio of obtaining a shiny Pokémon.  International trades can be made over the Geonet.

Sam and I were discussing some of the most awesome shinies out there, and perhaps the most truly epic shiny is Charizard.  Charizard is completely black as a shiny Pokémon.  It’s the kind of Pokémon that instills fear in his foes.  And what would be the most awesome of all awesome Shiny Charizard?

Shiny. Solar Power. Charizard.

But the odds of getting a shiny Charizard with his DreamWorld ability are very slim, even with the Masuda Method as there is no guarantee that  a Pokémon will have the DW Ability even when breeding with a DW female.  So there is a chance that if you do manage to hatch a Shiny, it will instead have Charizard’s normal ability.  Which is far less epic.

This discussion with Sam wound to an inevitable conclusion.

Me, 90-years-old, in a retirement home.

“One more egg… Just one more… I know this is the one…”

“Mrs. Erickson?  We need to take the DS from you, now.”

“DON’T TOUCH ME YOU DIRTY WHIPPER-SNAPPER!”

“Mrs. Erickson. The DS is dead. We need to take you back to your room and let it charge.”

“Just one more egg… I know this is the one… Solar Power Charizard…”

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Sorry about the absence of posts, dear readers. As it turns out, tooth pain and a bite that doesn’t properly align between one’s jaws can cause major problems and headaches and loss of the ability to safely eat solid food, so I’ve been a tad distracted lately. Especially with the start of NaNoWriMo 2011. But I have news! I found a Sableye a good friend traded to me and my Dreamworld Banette, and I think I want to breed a few of those up to see how they work! I’ve also been looking into the Pokemon Gastrodon. Yes, that one. I know it didn’t look like much to me at first, and maybe I’m the only one who ever thought that, but after looking it over some, it does look like it might be a worthwhile Pokemon to breed up. Storm Drain and immunity to Electric attacks makes for a pretty potent wall to common types, and its special defense prowess is astonishingly good, particularly with the move Mirror Coat, which I have confirmed that it can still learn as an Egg move! There’s really only one more decision to make before I start breeding it, though… blue or pink.

Anyway, I’m probably going to spend this weekend watching “Inception”, writing for NaNoWriMo, and, of course, breeding up some Pokemon. My breeding has definitely thinned down with my Legendaries expeditions. Speaking of which, I’ve decided to do a playthrough of HeartGold, which I had about… 3 hours on. SoulSilver was my baby. But yes, I’m doing the playthough because of Lugia. My poor Lugia I caught in SS a year or so ago was… disappointing, to say the least. But I have a do-over coming my way via HeartGold! And I can catch the Kyogre there, as well as move the Groudon from SS over to get a second Rayquaza. Good thing I kept Suicune in 4th Gen. This might get a little ugly before it’s all over.

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Alright, so, I managed to catch the Dialga and Palkia in Platinum, but there are still a few legendaries that I need to scoop up before I shelve it for the forseeable future. There is one last roamer left to catch, Cresselia, and two stationary ones, Regigigas and Heatran. Heatran is an obvious choice, because its typing and ability Flash Fire make it nice to use in competition, and popping an Air Balloon on it gives it a twist turn if someone’s expecting to one-shot it with Earthquake. He’s found all the way at the end of Stark Mountain, though, so I’ve got a ways to go before I can pick him up.

Regigigas will be by far the easiest to obtain of the three. He’s found in the Snowpoint Temple after you’ve beaten the Elite Four for the first time, and obtained by having the three Regis (Regice, Registeel, Regirock) in your party when you talk to it inside. The three Regis can be found in Emerald, or if you have an event lv. 100 Regigigas in your party, you can also find them in Platinum, where they spawn at specific locations. Anyway, this Regigigas is only level 1, so really, all I need is a few Ultra Balls and a modicum of patience. He’s the weakest of the remaining legendaries, though. Slow Start is a HORRIBLE ability. The only time you can reliably survive the 5 turns to get his Attack and Speed up to 100% is in Rotation Battles, because stalling with a Regigigas for 5 turns, even in doubles or triples, is a major challenge.

Cresselia I have mixed feelings about. She’s a roamer, so I’ve only got the one chance to get it, and its IVs will be fixed. I guess I’ll see if I get lucky, and if nothing else, she’ll be a replacement placeholder in my collection, and I can release the one I was traded that I have strong feelings was hacked.

After those three, I should have all the relevant legendaries from Platinum. I’ll be sure to provide updates for my other pickup projects in Emerald and SoulSilver as well, because there are still a few stragglers, like Ho-Oh, Latios and some legit Regis, that I need to sweep up.

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So… I spent most of this last week in Platinum Version catching the three legendary Dragons Dialga, Palkia and Giratina, and came to the conclusion that the Dialga should learn Outrage before I migrate it. As it turns out, even though I beat the Elite Four and got the Dialga, I need to complete the Sinnoh Pokedex to access the move tutor for Outrage. Sigh. These Legendary Pixies are the worst of the lot of them. Sure, Azelf and Uxie don’t do much except sit in their caves, apparently waiting for foolish trainers to wander in to their doom, but Mesprit… is something else entirely. Sure, I have it’s dex info, so I can just go on my way, but catching it is going to be hardcore difficult. For those of you who are not aware, Mesprit is a roaming legendary. Its location changes depending on what instance, whether it be city or route, that you are currently in. It also changes instances if you Fly. Which makes it nigh-impossible to catch. Much less soft-reset catch for an ideal Mesprit. I’m going to have to channel all of my willpower and luck and rage into that cart in order to get a good roll off of it when I catch it. Correction. If I catch it. See, this is why it pays to prepare and keep some Pokemon in your versions. I don’t have a Mean Looker who is fast enough to cast it before Mesprit flees, which makes that part of trying to catch it even more difficult. It’s like a friend told me, you can only catch so many legendaries before you get mad. Anyway, rant over, back to soft-resetting for Azelf.

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As part of this project, we stated that we would obtain and train every final evolution species of Pokemon for competitive play, as well as obtain them for our Pokedexes. Well, in this case, I’m having to go hunting in previous generations. It’s been a strange trip, but I’ve taken a small break from 5th Gen to go back to Platinum Version in order to obtain three of the Legendary Dragons for my Black Version Pokedex: Giratina, Dialga and Palkia.

For those of you also seeking out these legendary Dragons and not wanting to hack them, Platinum is the optimal place to obtain them. Why, you ask? The Platinum Version is the only game of all the 4th Gen versions that will allow the player to obtain all three of the Creation Trio dragons. Diamond and Pearl will only allow you to get two of them (Giratina and Palkia in Pearl, Giratina and Dialga in Diamond), and HeartGold/SoulSilver only allow you to get one, and that is only if you have the special event Arceus in your party, have completed the game in its entirity, and complete the Sinjoh Ruins post-game quest.

In Platinum, while you only truly meet Giratina pre-Hall of Fame in the Distortion World, you can go back after fighting the Elite Four and defeating the Champion, Cynthia, and re-climb Mt. Coronet to challenge both Dialga and Palkia. To do so, you are required to posess the Adamant and Lustrous Orbs, found on the 4th floor of the Coronet dungeon after climbing a waterfall, and bring them to the Spear Pillar, where Cyrus summoned Dialga and Palkia and, by accident, Giratina. There, you will fight Dialga first, and immediately after, Palkia will show up and attack. Both are high-level Legendaries, so one must be cautious.

For the other non-5th Gen Legendary Dragon, Rayquaza, one must, unfortunately, play through one or more entire games to obtain it legitimately. If you do not know someone who has completed HeartGold or SoulSilver, the easiest, though potentially most difficult, way is to play through the 3rd Gen Emerald Version and catch Rayquaza in his dungeon, then transfer him up through 4th Gen and into 5th. This method is difficult, though, because it requires one to either have a DS Lite or a GBA and a copy of Emerald, which is somewhat difficult to find in stores and can only be readily obtained via eBay, and a 4th Gen game and another DS to migrate Rayquaza to 4th and then transfer to 5th. The only other way is to complete HeartGold or SoulSilver, catch the Kyogre or Groudon at the ends of both respective versions, and trade one to the other and show Professor Oak both of them in your party (Note: Professor Oak is not interested in any other Groudon or Kyogre – the two legendaries have to be ones that were caught in HeartGold or SoulSilver ONLY, any other kind will not start the quest) to obtain the Jade Orb and go off to catch Rayquaza.

As for the 5th Gen Dragons, well, the same rule applies as in Diamond and Pearl: In either Black or White, one can only receive Reshiram and Kyurem (Black) or Zekrom and Kyurem (White) in either version. One needs to either buy both versions and play through them both, or find someone willing to trade over theirs for something in return. Again, it’s not very pleasent, but that’s just how it goes if you want all three. If you played your games right, by the end, one should have all seven Legendary Dragons, after much effort and time spent: Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom and Kyurem. I know I’ve linked to it once before, and I’m sure someone will see Lance say it again, these Dragon types are mythical Pokemon, and they’re hard to catch and raise, but their powers are superior.

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