Pokemon Quest

Pokemon Quest: Mega-Evoluthingy

Time for another Pokemon Quest update. Couple of things to start: ah, yeah, there is (actually) a day/night cycle. Completely didn’t notice it at first, stupid me. Secondly and more importantly, Nintendo have now confirmed the bug I mentioned the other day. A fix is in the works so I’ll let you know about that, but I suggest continuing not to save within the city just in case.

Anyway, here’s the stats so far:

My top team features Blaziken (lvl 69), Delphox (lvl 59), Lucario (lvl 52), Butterfree (lvl 47), Charizard (lvl 47) and Pidgeot (lvl 47). I’ve also been training a Pikachu (yes I know I said I wouldn’t), Haunter and Lapras.

XerneasI’ve completed seven of the eight gyms with a Pokedex of 222, spanning over 27 in-game hours.

It’s been a busy few days for me personally, but I’ve made sure I’ve been putting plenty of time into my Pokemon outing. I should be headed to the last few quests to finish the main game in the next day or so, but I’ll make sure not to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t gone that far. I have, though, captured the first legendary Pokemon, Xerneas. Not too shabby for a Fairy type, with some psychic and bug moves that make it rather powerful in battle. Capturing it wasn’t as hard as I expected though, I only had to use one Ultra Ball!

Whilst Blaziken is my strongest so far, that’s only because it arrived from Nintendo, meaning it gains an experience points boost compared to the rest of the squad. Honestly, I’m really glad I went with Delphox. I’m in love with its design, especially since it acts like a wizard with its stick. Seriously, Pokemon Wizard!!

*Ahem* Anyway, I’ve now been a witness to the Mega Evolutions. As much as the nifty new designs are kinda cool, it’s hard to see what all the fuss is about. It’s nice and all, the extra bit of power to each move can come in handy during battles, but it’s really nothing special to me. I like it from a character design perspective but not from a gameplay perspective, let me put it that way.

The Gyms have been rather varied and well designed, with some neat little features such as grinding using your roller skates or swinging from vines. Unlike some of the older gyms from past games, they aren’t anywhere near as annoying as I remember them to be. Having said that, the challenge has been fairly minimal for the team that I’ve built. Just wait until you get to the Psychic gym, it’s mad.

Closing in on the end of the game, I’ve started using the HM Fly a little more often to go back and capture Pokemon I’ve missed, just to mix thing sup a little. My second team featuring Pikachu and Haunter has been great for picking up the strays, as well as training them up for the big leagues. I figure Haunter might come in handy if ever I do decide to go into battle against more online opponents (more on that in a mo).

I’ve explored some of those features a little, namely Wonder Trade and online battle, which add some much needed variety to the proceedings. Wonder Trade allows you to choose whoever you want to send away, for a random Pokemon chosen by the system with another user. You never know who you’re going to get, though I’ve had a habit of sending out decent Pokemon just to be fair to those who receive them.

I’ll admit here, too, that I’m terrible in online battles. Since I’ve been concentrating on completing the gyms and collecting Pokemon, I haven’t put too much thought into building a team specifically for battling other players. It’s something I’ve never really done in the past either, since I’ve always enjoyed the simple challenge of collecting the Pokemon themselves. However this time, thanks to the improvements in the online system, I think I might put the necessary training time into it.

BlazikenOnline can be a little slow depending on your internet connection, since the moves you choose take a little to be communicated between players, but it’s still rather fun. You can choose your rule set (one pokemon or two, items on or off, etc.) and battle whoever you come across, friend or stranger. It’s extremely liberating not to have friends codes anymore, I really have to commend Nintendo and Game Freak on that decision (and berate them a little for not doing that in the first place).

Unfortunately, chatting with others still lags a little. From what I can tell, I can’t voice chat with someone in game whilst playing or battling, which is very disappointing. I’d love to be able to chat to people and congratulate them or laugh aloud … then again, I can see why Nintendo turned that option off, given I do swear a little when I lose. Probably best not for the little kids to hear that, right?

Oh yeah, and I’m a bit of a sucker for pressing that ‘Nice’ button. Put a button anywhere in the game and I’ll probably press it more than once, come to think of it.

That’s all for this Pokemon Quest. I hope you’re all enjoying reading my little diary as I go! Next time I’ll continue to fill you in on my progress, as well as exploring the mini-games Pokemon-Amie and Super Training. Now, off to the Elite Four.

(Images Courtesy of Bulbapedia)