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26 minutes ago, Popo said:


It defaults to local play (I guess because that’s the whole thing about Pokemon, you know, getting together with people and playing) but you can change it to Internet play by going into the Y-menu and, if memory serves, pressing +.

 

I would guess this puts you back to normal, vis-a-vis friends list?

 

I just don't like the idea of random people nearby being able to connect to me totally outwith my control.

 

I'm not sure I really understand the trading aspect anyway. I've been playing for a few hours and I've captured 17 different Pokémon. It seems like catching 'em all isn't going to take very long solo, so what's the draw of trading?

 

The mechanics of Pokémon don't seem so complex as to make competitive battles very interesting either but my total experience of the franchise has been Pokémon Let's Go, and extremely brief tries of Red and some 3DS one whose name I forget, so it's likely I'm overlooking a lot of stuff.

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Yeah, there are unique monsters to each version. Also I think there’s something ridiculous like 400 different ones to get. Trading would be your best bet. 
 

At the end of the day it’s a Nintendo game, designed so paedos can’t get to children. I wouldn’t worry about the local network thing. 

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Oh right. Yeah, that's the two version thing, isn't it? A few Pokémon are exclusive to each version? My point was that having to trade for a handful of Pokémon exclusive to another version doesn't sound like Popo's description of 'the whole thing about Pokemon [is], you know, getting together with people and playing'. How many do you have to trade to catch 'em all?

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13 minutes ago, ann coulter said:

I'm not sure I really understand the trading aspect anyway. I've been playing for a few hours and I've captured 17 different Pokémon. It seems like catching 'em all isn't going to take very long solo, so what's the draw of trading?

 

Some, off the top of my head:

 

You can only get some Pokemon or evolutions from trading

There are always at least two versions with various 'mon to encourage trading with other 'trainers'. 

Stat boost rewards and the like for individual Pokemon you trade. 

You can attach items and gifts and the like to Pokemon before you move them between people. It's just virtual trading cards really but certainly adds a lot when playing it as part of a big social circle/school. I think the games have always done quite well to mirror the ingame world of monster swappers into a social thing outside. A firm bonus. 

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20 minutes ago, ann coulter said:

I'm not sure I really understand the trading aspect anyway. I've been playing for a few hours and I've captured 17 different Pokémon. It seems like catching 'em all isn't going to take very long solo, so what's the draw of trading?


Despite there still being hundreds I can’t help but feel that Dexit would annihilate any such opinions were it not a thing.

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So does anyone know how you’re supposed to respond to any of the requests in the chat feed? Constantly people asking for trading partners or teams for wild area den raids, but there’s no way to actually respond.

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Found a great way before the big industrial town at the start to get a Magicarp (or any Pokémon really) up to a decent level early on using the free Meowth, a TM I found and those high level Ghastlys.

 

Anyone interested?

 

Getting 400+ exp each go

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7 hours ago, tnman said:


Despite there still being hundreds I can’t help but feel that Dexit would annihilate any such opinions were it not a thing.

 

Would it? There'd still be the regional Galar Dex of 400 or so, similar to the Sinnoh Dex, Kalos Dex, Unova Dex etc. 

 

I feel like Dexit would only have affected the post game, when suddenly you could transfer your piles of monsters from older games. 

 

I don't think it would make any difference to new players or ones who didn't have that backlog of monsters going back years. 

 

Even with Sun/Moon, X/Y etc where you could transfer any monster you wished forward, they still weren't catchable in-game and the amount of monsters you could catch always seemed to hoover around the 400-500 mark. 

 

Getting all 400 is still going to take a while, and apparently some of the new evolution methods are particularly thorny. 

 

If you wanted to actually catch all 900+ with Dexit and those that don't appear in-game, you'd likely just be relying on going and picking up one of the older games. 

 

From a gameplay standpoint, I don't see how Dexit would have "annihilated" any core problems or awkward mechanics. It would have been an end-game thing largely about porting over stacks of old monsters and been a thing purely for those who've played almost every game in the series to date. 

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On 15/11/2019 at 08:12, bum said:

My expected delivery date for Shield, preordered on November 1st, is:

 

December 1st - January 11th.

 

:lol:

 

Sod off, Amazon Japan.  Bet this would never happen in Canada.

 

After all that, it arrived yesterday.  It looks fine so far, although there are better looking Switch games.  I went for the water-based Pokemon

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9 hours ago, deKay said:

So does anyone know how you’re supposed to respond to any of the requests in the chat feed? Constantly people asking for trading partners or teams for wild area den raids, but there’s no way to actually respond.


Having not successfully done any of those things with others yet I can’t be sure but I think the ’requests’ serve as notifications, to make one aware that someone out there is waiting for someone else to join them. You’d then go into the Y-menu, choose the relevant activity and presumably it then matchmakes you up. 

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It looks similar to the feed in X/Y which would have a list of players scrolling along the bottom screen if you were online. It is annoying that there is no way to disable the feed on the left of the screen with your activity or what other people are doing if you're online. As someone who always disables chat it's an annoying waste of screen space. 

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1 hour ago, Popo said:


Having not successfully done any of those things with others yet I can’t be sure but I think the ’requests’ serve as notifications, to make one aware that someone out there is waiting for someone else to join them. You’d then go into the Y-menu, choose the relevant activity and presumably it then matchmakes you up. 

 

It doesn't though. None of the people I match up with are people on the "feed", unless I choose to play local and then the only person is my daughter.

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Maybe that’s because there are a lot of other people ‘out there’, Beyond what can be seen in the feed? My point being that I suspect the whole thing is based on matchmaking (for better or worse). 

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Yeah, and you can't seem to select all of the "tweets" on the feed too, only a select few like the Max Raid ones. Seems a bit weird that when someone I offering to swap their League Card, you can't select that and trade with them.

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The Britishness of the Galar region is what’s carrying this, along with some catchy tunes. For the most part I’m spamming the same move with the same Pokemon. There’s so much I don’t understand about the finer points of the franchise and none of it feel I need to here.

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Daughter and I are each over ten hours in and so far all the comments about the shit bits of the game have been completely unfounded.

 

And for the guy who completed it in 8 hours? I’ve done ONE gym.

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1 hour ago, deKay said:

Daughter and I are each over ten hours in and so far all the comments about the shit bits of the game have been completely unfounded.

 

And for the guy who completed it in 8 hours? I’ve done ONE gym.


Yeah, it’s all rubbish (apart from the little amount of effort they’ve put into the animations* and the horrendous stuttering in the Wild area). Took me around five or six hours to do the first gym.


I think this is a nice step back from the bloated, but brilliant, Ultra Sun/Moon. I even enjoy cooking and playing with the Pokémon in the camp. 


Edit: *having said that, the Dynamax and VFX animations are very fun and brilliant, in that order 

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7 hours ago, shirubagan said:

243 chain, no shiny. I give up. 

 

On lets Go, took me about 350 chain to get a shiny Nidoran. Must have taken like 5 hours or so. I was literally falling asleep when I saw a little sparkle in the grass haha. 

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17 hours ago, Parksey said:

From a gameplay standpoint, I don't see how Dexit would have "annihilated" any core problems or awkward mechanics. It would have been an end-game thing largely about porting over stacks of old monsters and been a thing purely for those who've played almost every game in the series to date. 


Your post makes great points but loses it here. I was only referring to the idea that the Galar Dex could be seen off with little investment, and that including the National would get rid of that.

 

Was it Black and White that unlocked National ‘mon after becoming Champion? From my time with the Wild Area I wonder if that would have been the best approach here (along with more dev time, obviously, as this story goes on and on).

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9 hours ago, Elseb said:

 

On lets Go, took me about 350 chain to get a shiny Nidoran. Must have taken like 5 hours or so. I was literally falling asleep when I saw a little sparkle in the grass haha. 


351 now and nothing. Pause/Sleep mode must reset the chain and/or this game hates me as much as Pokémon Go. 

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So I was able trade ‘mons online with a friend today by using the ‘link code’ - you both enter the same code and it’ll match you up after a short bit of dithering. 
 

I don’t recommend using 1234 as your code, you’ll match with everyone!

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1 hour ago, tnman said:

Was it Black and White that unlocked National ‘mon after becoming Champion? From my time with the Wild Area I wonder if that would have been the best approach here (along with more dev time, obviously, as this story goes on and on).

 

It was which is why it was one of the best games in the series. I'm really missing the GTS which I assume has been rolled into the paid service that's replicating Bank for the Switch games. 

 

I've done the first two gym badges now and another QoL improvement is that there is no unique tune attached to riding the bike which is great because that is usually the tune you hear the most if you are breeding Pokemon and is always the worst tune in the game.

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