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Nintendo makes best new Pokemon ever, plus also Pokemon Scarlet/Violet is a thing

R.R. Bigman

Coolest Guy
I’ve been playing some of Scarlet. How can a game look this bad and yet run so poorly? Pokemon Company has more money than most nations, and this is what we get with their flagship title!?

That’s really the only downside, since I’m enjoying catching and battling Pokémon, while meeting fun and interesting characters. I haven’t played a ‘Mon since Gold, so some things are a bit confusing. When did the games add Fairy types? What are they weak against? What is “emotional damage”? How does one trade Pokémon in the digital age? I dunno?
 

Bongo

excused from moderation duty
(he/him)
Staff member
They have more money than Croesus, but what they lack is time.
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
They added Fairy in Gen VI to balance out Dragon, which it more or less did, though now Fairy is widely considered the best type (I would argue it's far less dominating than Dragon was, however). Poison and Steel attacks are super effective against Fairy Pokémon, and Fire, Poison, and Steel Pokémon all resist Fairy attacks.
 

Bongo

excused from moderation duty
(he/him)
Staff member
They also nerfed the Steel type when they introduced the Fairy type, losing its resistances to Dark and Ghost. Otherwise it'd have been Steel that's the strongest type. It's still very good.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
They added Fairy in Gen VI to balance out Dragon, which it more or less did, though now Fairy is widely considered the best type (I would argue it's far less dominating than Dragon was, however). Poison and Steel attacks are super effective against Fairy Pokémon, and Fire, Poison, and Steel Pokémon all resist Fairy attacks.
It's more that it's hard to fit Poison and Steel type attacks into your team, as they are pretty useless otherwise. And should a Fairy get a Ground type move its weaknesses are covered.

Ice is at least useful against lots of things, making it riskier for a Dragon to switch in.

I've long thought Water had been overdue a nerf for many generations, and it got away with it again this time.
 

shivam

commander damage
(he/hiim)
today i learned that the QR code that gives you magearna in sun/moon still works.
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
It's more that it's hard to fit Poison and Steel type attacks into your team, as they are pretty useless otherwise. And should a Fairy get a Ground type move its weaknesses are covered.

Ice is at least useful against lots of things, making it riskier for a Dragon to switch in.

I've long thought Water had been overdue a nerf for many generations, and it got away with it again this time.
Poison attacks pretty much only ever go on Poison Pokémon, but Steel coverage moves aren't that rare, mainly because of Fairy. Two of the best new Pokémon are specifically good because they have great Steel attacks.

They seem to be getting more and more cavalier about giving bad types new toys to compensate for bad coverage. Ice is an especially good example, with Aurora Veil and the new Snow weather. I love giving such a frail Type access to defensive tools which would be busted in any other hands.

Bug type really needs a leg up, poor things. They should add some sort of Grassy Terrain bonus or something to make them stand out.
 

R.R. Bigman

Coolest Guy
Where are all the Fire type pokemon? I’ve only seen oddly high level one in the wild so far that I could not catch. I want to take on the grass gym, but I need flames for that!
 

Bongo

excused from moderation duty
(he/him)
Staff member
Charcadet is rare but widespread, and is probably your best bet if you didn't start with Fuecoco. Oricorio can be acquired early. Depending on which version you have, you might be able to pick up a Flame breed Tauros. You might track down a Litleo or Growlithe, or pick up a Rotom and change its form.
 

R.R. Bigman

Coolest Guy
I’m still enjoying my time with Scarlet. I do long for a more linear Pokémon experience, as I have been struggling to find the next level appropriate areas to travel to in this big, bland world for the past few days. Were the Sun and Moon games cool?
 

Vaeran

perfect world
(he/him)
I haven't played Sun/Moon, but if you're trying to figure out the next step in your journey there are hints as to the relative strengths of the various opponents in their descriptions on the map screen. "This trainer is considered the second most powerful of Team Star," etc. They're not all that blatant but they should give you a general sense of what order you're supposed to tackle them in.
 

Bongo

excused from moderation duty
(he/him)
Staff member
If you want guidance in the form of a suggested order for doing each activity in Paldea, refer to this map, which sorts each badge in ascending order of the level of the enemies you'll encounter in the process.

Sun and Moon are well-remembered for good reason. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon had superior gameplay, but at the expense of making the story worse by changing the villain's motivation to be less interesting. I think they're worth going back to, especially if you're not planning to stick around for postgame.
 

Dark Medusa

Diamond Crusader
(He/they)
I'm the resident Pokemon grump, and I would say that the story in either game was very slow, very boring, and although everything around the story and whatnot was quite a lot of fun, it was just such a slog to go through banal dialogue just to get to the good bits. Scarlet and Violet are much better in that regard (if not quite as tight in gameplay) but the lag and still some slowness when it comes to text boxes/story/quality of life makes it difficult on me.
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
I found SV’s story pretty boring until the bombastic finale, which had me glued to the screen. SM’s story kept me fairly engaged the whole time, which is the only time Pokémon’s done that for me.
 

Vaeran

perfect world
(he/him)
I beat the Elite Four/Champion/Rival fights. Now, I could have trained up a varied team with comprehensive type coverage to be ready for any situation...

OR

I could shove 15 Rare Candies up my starter's ass and have it walk through everything, which is LIKE having a strategy.

RIKA: Welcome to the Champion Assessment! I hope you're ready to--
ME: liquidation
POPPY: I'll avenge you, Rika! You're gonna--
ME: liquidation
LARRY: I guess it's time for me to show you--
ME: liquidation
HASSEL: Th--
ME: liquidation
GEETA:
ME: liquidation
NEMONA: Alright, this is it! Bring me everything you've got!
ME: liquidation
NEMONA: I'm so glad I have such an amazing rival!

Me too, Nemona.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
I'm the resident Pokemon grump, and I would say that the story in either game was very slow, very boring, and although everything around the story and whatnot was quite a lot of fun, it was just such a slog to go through banal dialogue just to get to the good bits. Scarlet and Violet are much better in that regard (if not quite as tight in gameplay) but the lag and still some slowness when it comes to text boxes/story/quality of life makes it difficult on me.
Also Scarlet doesn't have Hau show up every three seconds to go "malasadas malasadas malasadas malasadas malasadas malasadas"
 
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