Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pokemon Update: IV breeding and EV training

I thought I'd do another post with what I've been getting up to in Pokemon X over the last few days. Since the last post, I got really into the trading for Vivillon patterns, and actually managed to finish the collection off, with the help of a lot of people on facebook groups, subreddits and forums.
I think one thing that really opens up opportunities for completing dex, getting rare pokemon, event pokemon, shiny or competitive pokemon is the event Pokeball Vivillon. People are trading lots for them, and they are becoming more and more easy to get a hold of as people clone them and make more. From the look of it, most of the ones I've had and traded have been clones or clones of clones of two different ones, one Timid, and one Gentle. There are others out there, but it doesn't really matter I suppose. Its a cool event pokemon to get a hold of and use for your collection or trade away for something cool.

Now after getting the majority of the stuff I was after from trading, I've been working on breeding 5IV pokemon with the correct natures and egg moves if possible. When I first stopped playing back a few months ago, I had trained a 5IV Timid, hidden ability Drought Vulpix, and had almost got the correct 5IVs on a hidden ability Huge Power Marill with Belly Drum and Aqua Jet egg moves bred onto it. That thing is a bit more complicated to breed, with a few more stages, but in X and Y, breeding and training is a lot more simple now than it was in previous generations. Its used quite a lot in competitive battle, with Adamant nature, Huge Power and Belly Drum working together to give it ridiculous attack, and then add in the fact that he has priority with Aqua Jet, and good coverage against other pokemon that wall it quite well, Play Rough and Superpower offer Fairy and Fighting attacks respectively.

Some cool visual guides for breeding IVs in the 6th gen games: Link | Link

I also managed to get a 6IV Ditto (they are hacked or RNG'd or something, but I didn't know this at the time. In fact, I kind of got ripped off, as I traded an event Celebi for one, whereas the Dittos are being given away over at this subreddit) Anyway, this is quite helpful for speeding up part of the breeding process. I managed to breed some more stuff over the past few days, including 5IV Modest Scatterbugs, 5IV Adamant Honedges and some more.

When it comes time to train EVs, it is now easier than ever. Gamefreak keeps making the competitive side less murky and mysterious, more accessible and easy to get into. Which is really cool. Now, you have the Super Training side of things, where minigames help you quickly train Pokemon in certain stats to achieve the full potential. I actually only found out about this today, I knew it was there, but only tried it out for the first time. I was trying to get Reset bags for resetting the EVs to zero. Apparantely they are pretty rare though, which sucks, as I may or may not be correct in saying that there are no EV-reducing berries now. There is also Pokerus, Macho Brace, and even better, the Power Items. Check these links for more information, but basically you want to combine horde battles, pokerus and the relevant power items to EV train quickly. VERY quickly. It can be done in 15 minutes, maybe even less.
Theres a lot to get into in pokemon, comment if you have any questions or with your experience with the competitive side of Pokemon.

Smogon guide to EV training in hordes

Marilland guide to EV training in hordes

I had some quite useful posts back a few months ago, and with the aim of compiling them all and keeping them easy to find, I've added Pokemon and Pokemon X tags, but here are the links as well;

This has some relevant links if you want to go hunting shinies

This has a lot more, and some good breeding links

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Pokemon Update: Vivillon collecting

I've been getting really into Pokemon after finishing up Pokemon Black 2 and the post-game legendaries, Fossil pokemon, swarms and other stuff. After that I got the idea that I would try and finish the pokedex in my version of Pokemon X on the 3DS. With the Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter apps, it is arguably not too complicated to 100% the pokedex, add in how easy it is to trade and breed pokemon (even competitively) and you have quite a tempting idea for someone who can get so addicted to games as me.

I was confident I could bring the majority of gen 1 through gen 4 across from my previous games (Diamond, Platinum, Soul Silver, Black, Black 2) and could make quite a good attempt at the pokemon from Black and Black 2 (even though the wifi system is now shut down)

So now that I'm getting close to the end of the pokedex in X (I'm at 658/718) I'm getting pretty invested into collecting the Vivillon patterns. There are lots of trade groups and guides out there, and it is a pretty cool community to be part of. There are 18 patterns of Vivillon in game, and so far, 2 event patterns, one Pokeball Pattern from the new Pokemon Centre opening in Paris this summer, and one still to be released, a Fancy Pattern which will commemorate 100 million trades on the GTS, as Vivillon has been the most traded pokemon on the GTS. People are even predicting when 100 million will be reached. Link