We're Blasting off again!
LOL i feel so dumb- i JUST learned about masuda method- grinding it now to get shiny eevee
That’s why I usually don’t do ranked battles. I can only face the same Pokémon so many times in a row before I get bored. I usually battle against friends since they bring more variety of Pokémon than random ranked battles.Teams are copy-paste of each other: Landorus, Tapus, UBs and a few fan favorites.
Have to say, I'm disappointed that the creativity is long gone. Teams are copy-paste of each other: Landorus, Tapus, UBs and a few fan favorites.
I have to say that I agree & that's why I liked the earlier seasons of ranked battles too. I always found battles more fun when they have more variety and there's more of a game of chance to the match, since it's similar to how battles in the anime or in-game matches from when I was a kid. I've gotten used to using legendaries, but even then I try not to spam them on my team and only use ones that most players don't use that often like Galarian Zapdos or Regidrago. It's also cathartic whenever a pokemon like my Pyukumuku takes down someone's OP tier or legendary pokemon in a matchThat’s why I usually don’t do ranked battles. I can only face the same Pokémon so many times in a row before I get bored. I usually battle against friends since they bring more variety of Pokémon than random ranked battles.
Just want to say, I love those names.My friend recently got back into Shield and I wanted to get in on the action as well, but couldn't decide on what teams to use or what game to play. So I'm playing both! Aiming to complete the Pokedex in both as well thanks to Pokemon HOME and my friend trading with me, taking on a gym at a time before swapping to the next game and trading exclusives/unique stuff I caught at those "checkpoints".
So far it's been pretty fun, albeit rather slow going! I could complete the Pokedex during the postgame but that feels more like a wall to me, whilst capturing as I go is a bit more fun. I'm using the Libero Scorbunny you get via Pokemon HOME on my Sword team since Libero felt like it had less animations for every fight whilst Grassy Surge Grookey would've dragged constantly, so my Grookey is the standard Overgrow one you get from Leon. Sinistea was caught in a raid den and was honestly an exercise in frustration, made slightly amusing by the fact that I caught one in Shield afterwards without really trying to. Eiscue was obtained via an egg another friend traded me, since I wanted to use one but they're not obtainable until the 7th or 8th gym I don't think? Way too late for me, I like my teams completed by the fifth gym at most. All team members have pulled their weight thus far and I'm enjoying using them, although trying to remain on an equal level to the gym leaders is a pain.
So far I've beaten the first gym and gotten up to the first trial on the Isle of Armor. I wanted to unlock the Isle as I went through each story partially because Sword obtains a team member through doing so but also because I want move tutors for my next captures. Nabbing a spare Expert Belt and the Exp. Charm didn't hurt either. I've been obsessed with the Wild Area and raid dens after I learnt your allies scale to your level, but your opponent does not? So I've been using my level 100 Melmetal from Pokemon HOME to clear raid dens and rack up TRs/sellable items/Watts. Caught some cool Pokemon too, it's been a blast! Pokemon Go has been used a lot here too to transfer hard-to-get Pokemon that I'd need to either trade for, are version exclusives, or are just really rare. Stuff like Slurpuff/Aromatisse, Goomy, Hitmonlee/Hitmonchan, Gallade and Gothita. Once I reach Hulbury I can use the Route 5 daycare to breed some version exclusives I couldn't catch two of (i.e. Solosis and Gothita) so both games can access them. Plus I want some egg moves on my next captures in both games.
Double Hit, Razor Leaf, Screech, Taunt
Tackle, Double Kick, Flame Charge, Quick Attack
Mega Drain, Astonish, Protect, Shadow Ball
Tearful Look, Swift, Water Gun, Water Pulse
Peck, Pluck, Power Trip, Hone Claws
Icy Wind, Tackle, Waterfall, Zen Headbutt