Part 2: Did You Already Know About Type Advantages?!Update 2: Did You Already Know about Type Advantages?!
Last time, Lee was going to give us a present.
Postwick - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
: Right then! The greatest gift from the greatest Champion Its showtime everyone!
I cant really do justice to the following comedy routine here, but this video should do the trick.
Anyway, we now have our pick of the standard selection of Starter Pokémon; three adorable neontenous animals that one day may become imposing titans of the battlefield. This Generation, we have a choice between a Grass-type monkey with a stick, a Fire-type bunny rabbit, and a Water-type whatever a Sobble is supposed to be. Let me tell you, I nearly went with the monkey because of
But the fact that the bunny evolves into a soccer player won me over. Well, that and:
: So, itll be Scorbunny for you? Nice one! Think of a name yet?
: I think Ill be calling him Bruce.
: He looks like a Bruce, doesnt he?
: Not really.
: Well, that tears it, Bruce it is.
: Then Ill go with Grookey! Youre mine! Im aiming to be the next Champion, so be ready! You and Ill be doing some serious training! Im thinking John Bonham!
: Wait, like, the drummer? You dont even like Led Drifblim.
: No, but Lee does.
: Come on, Hop, I appreciate the gesture, but you should name him something you care about!
: But I do care about it. Like you told me, he was the best. And by the end of the summer, I will be too.
: Ha! Good answer. I bet you will be, Hop. Thats why I brought along these Pokémon for you and Gloria. So the two of you can battle and train and grow stronger together to try to reach me!
Leon approaches the sad-looking Sobble.
: And youll come with me! Charizard will show you the ropes. Hes strict but real strong and real kind, too!
Sobble chitters happily, like this is a good thing.
One of the Mums: Dinners ready, children. Bring along your Pokémon, and lets all eat!
: It just kept slipping my mind! I MEANT to, but
: Im disappointed in you, Hop.
: Im sorry! I just I know I should prepare for my future and everything, but thats my backup plan. I KNOW Im going to be the next Champion. I spent all that time studying battle, and, and, and
: You HAVE to have backup plans, Hop, we talked about this. What happens if you dont have them when youre a Trainer?
: Yeah, you lose the moment things get out of control.
: Ive seen your A-Level scores in maths and the sciences. Therere plenty of programs you can get into.
: Not with the REST of my scores.
: Look. At the end of the summer, Sonia and I will both swing by and help you with getting in on Clearing.
: If Im not Champion by the end of the summer.
: Youll try
The next day
: You spent the whole night with that new partner of yours, right, Hop? You two getting on all right? Understanding one another? Maybe even built up a bit of love?
: Course I have, Lee! Glorias made fast friends with Bruce too.
: Then listen up, new Trainers! Believe in yourself and your Pokemon! If you trust in one another and carry on battling side-by-side long enough, then someday you might even become worthy rivals for me, the unbeatable Champion!
: Whatre you looking at her for, Lee?!
: Im the one wholl be coming to challenge you! If you think Gloria might be able to challenge you, then I guess shes my first rival! But Im not planning to lose to her and miss out on my chance to beat the unbeatable Champion!
: Proper Trainers raise their Pokémon up to be first-rate in battle, too!
: Oh, and you think youre worthy of calling yourself such a proper trainer already, Hop? Guess Ill be the judge of that! Lets see how you handle yourself in a battle against your friend, if shes up for it. What you say? Willing and ready to take Hop on in the first-ever Pokémon battle of your life?
: Believe in your partner Pokémon! And care for them, too, with all your heart. Do those two things, and Im certain youll learn to choose the moves that suit your Pokémon. And more importantly to have a champion time battling with them!
: I cant believe you made that a thing.
: Perks of being a Champion. Looks like everyones on board, Pokémon and Trainers alike? Then lets do this!
: Ive read every book and magazine he left behind at home, too! I know exactly what to do in order to win!
Pokemon Sword & Shield - Hop Battle Music
All right, I promised Id make this as accessible as possible, but I assume most of you at least know the basics of Pokémon gameplay, so Ill try to keep it short (and I wont go into everything yet). Short is a relative term here.
This is the battle screen. The camera keeps zooming around to get different angles; I remember when this was just a pair of sprites staring each other down. Its almost like the interface evolved . Anyway, we have seven important elements here:
- HEALTH BAR: self-explanatory. The color changes from green to yellow about halfway down and from yellow to red at a quarter health, at which point it starts blaring the most annoying noise to let you know youre in trouble.
- BALL COUNT: right next to the health bars; it probably has a proper name, but I dont know it. You can have up to six Pokémon in any given flight; this counter lets you know how many you and your opponent have total have been knocked out and how many of them have been knocked out (the balls are grayed out).
- INFO: lets you real quick look at the stats, moves, etc. of either of the Pokémon you have out. This is the only part of the interface thats new to me; it wasnt present even in Gen 4, to my knowledge. You used to have to go into the Pokémon screen to look at your troops up close, and you could look at your opponents at all.
- POKÉMON: lets you switch between party members midflight. You switch out automatically when one of your Pokes gets knocked out, but you can do it manually from here. They can get a free shot in if you do, though, so its worth playing things carefully.
- BAG: lets you access items. Ill get into these later.
- RUN: lets you flee a fight. Only a fight with a wild Pokémon, though; you cant run from Trainer battles. Mostly used to run away from undesirable Pokémon in my experience.
- FIGHT: by far the most important option. Picking it pulls up your move menu. Moves are what your troops do in battles; each Pokémon can have up to four and they do a variety of things. Bruce here has two; Tackle, which does damage, and Growl, which lowers Attack (Ill cover stats in a later flight). You can also hit Y while in the move screen to bring up the info screen on individual moves.
Well then, lets try this out.
Sometimes, youll land a hit unusually hard, dealing double damage. Shocking right?
: A critical hit? What kind of beginners luck is that?!
The kind where the game is rigged in your favor, I think you always get a crit here. Alright, lets attack again:
Every downed Pokémon gives the downer a burst of exp, like youd expect from any other RPG. Used to be that only the Pokémon who participated in a fight would get experience, splitting it between participants; this made training anybody up a chore where you had to start out every fight with a weaker Pokémon and immediately switch it out, giving the other side a free shot on the follow-up. Your only other option was an exp share, an item which gave whomever held it a bit of experience even if they didnt participate. In Shield, every Pokémon in your party gets a bit of experience from every fight, and I believe participants get proportionately more than they used to. It makes absolutely no sense, but its such a quality-of-life movement that I cant hold it against them.
As youd expect, once a Pokémon gets enough experience, it levels up, raising its stats (which, again, Ill explain later. This always happens. Sometimes, though
They learn new moves. Every type of Pokémon has a unique move list they can learn as they level up; usually they have the chance to learn them whenever they hit the appropriate level, but sometimes you have to meet certain conditions. In this case, the condition is reach the appropriate point in the tutorial battle.
: its not over yet! Its about time I break out Bonham!
I said Id edit them into the posts. I never said that editing would be good.
Anyway, this fight is just as unbalanced as the last one, but in a different way; Bruce has a type advantage over Bonham. Ill get into type advantages the next time we get in a fight where it matters (this post is long enough), but suffice to say
: Did you already know about type advantages?!
: Oh no.
: What? Im just making sure you know everything you need to win!
: Come on!
: I wasnt sure if youd learned about them yet!
: I said it two bloody years ago, Hop.
: Quick what happens when you hit a Steel/Flying type with a Psychic attack?
: Wait, uh, shit!
: Oh god, this is going to become a thing, isnt it?
But yeah, Hop is shafted.
Also you get money for beating trainers; while I think the currency has its own name, its basically PokéYen. Hop gave us 400, which works out to maybe 3 ½ bucks.
: You and your Pokémon all fought hard. Made me almost want to let out my Charizard and join in on all the fun! Good effort out there, Bruce
: Hey Leon?
: Bruces hurt.
: Yeah, that happens in battles
: Can you heal him?
: Sure! Just let me get Bonham back up first
: Can you heal him.
: Better do what she says, bro.
: Alright, sure.
Leon fully heals all of their Pokémon. Right there on the spot. Thats new; the only place you got full heels like that up through Gen 4 were Pokémon Centers. The game isnt shy about breaking these field heals out, either.
: Sorry, I just I was fine when they were fighting, but when it was over, he was hurt, and
: It just means you really care about your Pokémon! Gloria, youve got real promise! In fact, I got a favor to ask you Be a real rival to Hop, would you? Push him, and make the both of you stronger!
: I already want to get stronger and stronger! Youve seen the battle now, Lee, so come on you gotta let me take on the Pokémon Gyms!
: You think youre ready for the single greatest competition in the Galar region? If thats really what you want to do, you two have a whole lot you need to learn about Pokémon. Especially you, Gloria. You should be able to answer that question off the top of your head!
: Before you think about getting Gym Badges, best to think about getting a Pokédex.
Leon gives us a brief lecture on Pokédexes here, but this post is already long enough so Ill save it for another day.
: Looks like its off to the Pokémon Research Lab for you and me, Gloria!
: Thats the kind of enthusiasm a Trainer needs! Ill let the professor know to expect you.
: Im going to be the next Champion, so completing a simple Pokédex will be nothing! Just another page in the tale of my legend! You should probably go tell your mum that were heading out, though. Hey, Ill walk with you. Im to jittery to sit down, anyway.
: You realize Leon was implying you shagged your Pokémon, right?
: Wait, what?
: You spent the whole night with that new partner of yours, right, Hop? Maybe even built up a bit of love?
: And you confirmed it!
: Shut up!
: Course I did!
Good Lord that was a post and a half. Im throwing the post up very early just because I can; dont expect me to be able to pump this out this fast in the future. That said, since well be traveling through the equivalent of the Scottish countryside, why doesnt someone tell us something weird and/or interesting about Scottish culture? The sort of thing you learn when you actually live in it. Lets say, first two people to answer get their pick of the two options in the OPs. Currently up for naming are Hops Wooloo, Leons Charizard, and anybody in the next gym leaders roster (remember, rosters dont count as spoilers), plus the Pokémon of any trainer you happen to know of already.
E: also if you could check me on whether I used the right syntax when talking about admissions Id appreciate it.