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Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Speculation/Discussion Thread!

Orphalesion

Well-Known Member
Unfortunately, porch pirates are on the rise as of late, as people buy online more often. Some of these thieves outright follow package delivery trucks, wait until they drop a package off outside, and grab it once the truck has passed a corner and no one is watching.

I'd recommend a camera pointed at the front door if you or your uncle does a lot of online purchases. It won't stop porch pirates, but as long as you don't make the camera obvious (some porch pirates will disable or destroy cameras they find), you will at least know what happened to it and you can have evidence to turn over to the authorities.
Around here delivery services don't just leave packages on porches, so i never had this problem, but I've heard quite a lot of it from friends in the US and I always wonder...

Is there no possibility in the US to have the package delivered to a postal package pick-up station. We have these around here; they are rooms or small buildings with lockers.
When your package arrives there you get an Email with a barcode. Then you go to the pick-up station and unlock the door with your ATM card then you go to a digital scanner and scan the barcode from the email, then you have to sign on a touch screen and the locker with your package opens. I prefer that to any other option.
 

Mr.Munchlax

Great Ball Rank Trainer
Around here delivery services don't just leave packages on porches, so i never had this problem, but I've heard quite a lot of it from friends in the US and I always wonder...

Is there no possibility in the US to have the package delivered to a postal package pick-up station. We have these around here; they are rooms or small buildings with lockers.
When your package arrives there you get an Email with a barcode. Then you go to the pick-up station and unlock the door with your ATM card then you go to a digital scanner and scan the barcode from the email, then you have to sign on a touch screen and the locker with your package opens. I prefer that to any other option.
I saw a commercial the other day that Amazon is starting a service to leave packages in people’s garages, but I think that may do more harm than good
 

Ophie

Salingerian Phony
Around here delivery services don't just leave packages on porches, so i never had this problem, but I've heard quite a lot of it from friends in the US and I always wonder...

Is there no possibility in the US to have the package delivered to a postal package pick-up station. We have these around here; they are rooms or small buildings with lockers.
When your package arrives there you get an Email with a barcode. Then you go to the pick-up station and unlock the door with your ATM card then you go to a digital scanner and scan the barcode from the email, then you have to sign on a touch screen and the locker with your package opens. I prefer that to any other option.
We do, but they cost extra, and they aren't necessarily nearby nor easily accessible, so for a lot of people, it isn't really an option. For instance, there is a university here where the nearest pick-up location is about four miles (7 km) away from the edge of campus in a location public transportation doesn't reach, which makes it impractical to anyone who doesn't have a car, and you might as well buy some of these items from stores closer. There are more people than there used to who choose to pay for them to avoid those thieves; said thieves have reacted by outright mugging the delivery people and looting the packages.

This also doesn't solve the fact that the majority of package thieves actually work for the delivery services themselves. Any time the package isn't monitored is a time it could potentially be stolen. For instance, here in southern California, there is a United States Postal Service distribution center in Bell, California, in which packages sometimes disappear. The tracking will have no further steps after reaching the distribution center, and your package will not arrive. Most likely, someone there is pulling strings to take packages without the recipient having any power to report it or stop it. Delivery insurance can compensate you for the cost, but you won't get the items you requested.

I saw a commercial the other day that Amazon is starting a service to leave packages in people’s garages, but I think that may do more harm than good
Indeed, that system is rife for the delivery people to take things from your garage. And it's already happened many times. The delivery person is supposed to take pictures and videos of the packages, but the fact remains that a stranger has access to your garage and can open it at any time.

Amazon's trying all sorts of ideas but not really thinking through how practical they are. They are trying to pioneer drone delivery services, but the drones themselves are completely exposed. They've been struck down with bullets, arrows, rocks, sticks, sports balls, and curious birds. They've been nicknamed "Animal Crossing Balloons" due to the means in which you can take whatever they're carrying: pop the drone and retrieve the goods.
 

Orphalesion

Well-Known Member
We do, but they cost extra, and they aren't necessarily nearby nor easily accessible, so for a lot of people, it isn't really an option. For instance, there is a university here where the nearest pick-up location is about four miles (7 km) away from the edge of campus in a location public transportation doesn't reach, which makes it impractical to anyone who doesn't have a car, and you might as well buy some of these items from stores closer. There are more people than there used to who choose to pay for them to avoid those thieves; said thieves have reacted by outright mugging the delivery people and looting the packages.

This also doesn't solve the fact that the majority of package thieves actually work for the delivery services themselves. Any time the package isn't monitored is a time it could potentially be stolen. For instance, here in southern California, there is a United States Postal Service distribution center in Bell, California, in which packages sometimes disappear. The tracking will have no further steps after reaching the distribution center, and your package will not arrive. Most likely, someone there is pulling strings to take packages without the recipient having any power to report it or stop it. Delivery insurance can compensate you for the cost, but you won't get the items you requested.


Indeed, that system is rife for the delivery people to take things from your garage. And it's already happened many times. The delivery person is supposed to take pictures and videos of the packages, but the fact remains that a stranger has access to your garage and can open it at any time.

Amazon's trying all sorts of ideas but not really thinking through how practical they are. They are trying to pioneer drone delivery services, but the drones themselves are completely exposed. They've been struck down with bullets, arrows, rocks, sticks, sports balls, and curious birds. They've been nicknamed "Animal Crossing Balloons" due to the means in which you can take whatever they're carrying: pop the drone and retrieve the goods.

Ah okay, I understand.

Around here they do not cost extra, and, at least in cities they are plentiful. Mine is just 10 minutes from my home. They do however only keep your package for a limited number of days (and due to the pandemic and people doing holiday shopping online my pick-up station reduced the number of days they hold a package from 7 to 3, so one of my orders was actually sent back because I didn't pick it up on time)
I haven't really heard anything about packages "disappearing" here either tbh, though I'm sure it happens, and it's still common knowledge that you, for example, shouldn't mail money. I'm also pretty sure drone delivery is still illegal here.
 

janejane6178

Kaleido Star FOREVER in my heart <3
I just noticed a few days ago that the theme song for the gym leaders and Elite 4 is the SAME ONE, just that the latter has more remix....
o.o
 

Wulava

Bidoof'd
Staff member
Moderator
I just noticed a few days ago that the theme song for the gym leaders and Elite 4 is the SAME ONE, just that the latter has more remix....
o.o
In the originals, the only difference was the pitch/key. I'm actually glad that they changed the arrangement quite a bit to distinguish the two.
 

Ophie

Salingerian Phony
Something someone I knew found out that I don't think has been pointed out here or anywhere else:

When you water Berry trees with the Sprayduck, you are actually watering two spaces at once. In most instances, at least. Knowing this should cut down on the time you spend watering your Berry trees.
This is how it works:
  1. If there are two spaces, watering either of them will cause the other one to be watered too.
  2. If there are four spaces, watering either of the ones on the left will water the other one on the left, and watering either of the ones on the right will water the other one on the right.
  3. If there is only one space, only that one will be watered, even if there are Berry spaces nearby.
You can test it for yourself by planting Berries in two adjacent spaces without watering them, or if there are four spaces, two on the left or two on the right. Then, water one of them, and you'll see the puddle show up on the other.

Note that once the plant sprouts, you will no longer see any puddles or dryness in the soil. You'll just have to remember what you've watered. But from my testing, they DO get watered anyway.

UPDATE: There are a few instances where this doesn't work. The right half of the patch immediately east of Pastoria City is one of them.
 
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Teravolt

Justice for Avi!

Trillion

Well-Known Member
I had more issues with his Lopunny.
yeah that was a bit of an issue too. high jump kick refuses to miss

it actually has decent defense stats too. i used one for the first time on this playthrough so i never knew until recently. my infernape is probably the only one that can one-shot it but i need to save it's close combat for later
 

Captain Jigglypuff

Leader of Jigglypuff Army
Flint was incredibly easy for me. Lopunny sustained quite a bit of damage from Infernape before killing itself from a failed High Jump Kick twice in a row, Steelix went down from Flame Wheel with increased damage from Power Up Punch, Infernape was taken out from my Infernape’s Acrobatics, Rapidash went down from Quagsire, and Drifblim went down from a Volt Switch from Luxray and then a Flame Charge from Houndoom and it couldn’t do anything to Houndoom because it has Flash Fire and was Flint’s final Pokémon.
 

ebevan91

Well-Known Member
yeah that was a bit of an issue too. high jump kick refuses to miss

it actually has decent defense stats too. i used one for the first time on this playthrough so i never knew until recently. my infernape is probably the only one that can one-shot it but i need to save it's close combat for later

My Medicham had HJK and it only ever missed once.
 

Sham

These leaks have me distressed
I literally had Cynthia's entire team destroyed (Milotic wasn't that bad imo) but the fact that Garchomp had Swords Dance and Poison Jab is sending me. Elite Four was pretty easy. Togekiss, Snorlax, Mamoswine, Empoleon, Honckrow, Pachirisu.
 

Pokefan_1987

#1 Biggest self proclaimed Rotom-Dex hater.
After catching a Torchic and a Cyndaquil i really wonder about a unique problem. Why are the wild starters at huge levels like 60?

On one hand it's easier to unlock their final high level moves and won't be badly underleveled.... but on the other end you need a really absurd ammount to evolve them into their middle stages and third stages.
 

OshyHikari

c l a r i t y
After catching a Torchic and a Cyndaquil i really wonder about a unique problem. Why are the wild starters at huge levels like 60?

On one hand it's easier to unlock their final high level moves and won't be badly underleveled.... but on the other end you need a really absurd ammount to evolve them into their middle stages and third stages.
That's sadly a problem with locking certain encounters to the postgame that scale based on your team's level. At least you only need to gain two levels to reach their final stages.
 

TheLink

Patiently waiting for this thing to lose.
I’m loving the game so far but why in the hell are the catch rates for ‘mons found in the Grand Underground so low? It took me 40 or so Ultra Balls to catch a paralyzed Aipom that was in low health. That’s ridiculous.
 

janejane6178

Kaleido Star FOREVER in my heart <3
I’m loving the game so far but why in the hell are the catch rates for ‘mons found in the Grand Underground so low? It took me 40 or so Ultra Balls to catch a paralyzed Aipom that was in low health. That’s ridiculous.
It happened to me too. I wasted most of my money on trying to get a Pokemon.
 

Xaby

SW-3553-0104-8530
Is the Grand Underground considered a "Cave"? Maybe Dusk Balls would work better there if that's the case?

I haven't been much to the underground, other than diving there to get the Lucky Egg.
 
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