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Stupid things that you thought/did with pokemon as a kid

NovaBrunswick

Canada Connoisseur
Dude you have no idea how much irritation I went through trying to get a Beautifly!!! I would constantly restart (to avoid wasting exp on trainers for my eventual Dustox) and reset the clock. I preferred raising Wurmple since wild Silcoon only had Harden and I would spend hours trying and failing to raise a Beutifly...
You could've just caught both a Silcoon and Cascoon in Petalburg Forest, evolve them both into Beautifly and Dustox, then keep the Beautifly.
 

Cometstarlight

What do I do now?
I like to think that that was an early possibility that was on the table when the series first started but got shafted as things changed and the series wore on. But that's mostly wishful thinking on my part.
They did that in an American (broadway?) play way back when, implying that Giovanni was Ash's father since he had a former relationship with his mom. The play was quickly declared non canon, but still, an interesting idea nonetheless.
 

NovaBrunswick

Canada Connoisseur
They did that in an American (broadway?) play way back when, implying that Giovanni was Ash's father since he had a former relationship with his mom. The play was quickly declared non canon, but still, an interesting idea nonetheless.
Yeah, I think it was the one where Giovanni tried to harness Mewtwo's power for his Gym, and giving out the Diamond Badge instead of the Earth Badge. I wonder why they've never made any theatrical Pokémon productions since.

I was convinced for the longest time that unown were considered legendaries simply because they were featured in the 3rd movie.
Entei was more of the 'star' legendary though. The Unowns were just supporting actors. Or letters. (Whatever Unown's supposed to be.)

When I was a kid, I convinced myself that pokemon were real and that one day I was going to go live with them.

What a letdown. lol
Your wish has come true... kind of. Pokémon Go? ;)
 
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NovaBrunswick

Canada Connoisseur
More silly childhood things I did/thought with Pokémon:

  • I thought Clair was a boy.
  • I thought Bugsy and Wallace were girls... until I found out they weren't. In the words of Chuggaconroy in his Crystal playthrough: "BUGSY'S A BOY?!"
  • I once restarted my Yellow (luckily I'd only gotten up to Pewter City) and named myself Ash, and didn't nickname any of the Pokémon I caught.
  • I thought that Ruby and Sapphire would only have four Gym Leaders, because I was reading a magazine article (I think it was the official Nintendo UK magazine) and they only showed the Gym Leaders up to Flannery.
  • I fainted Lugia in Silver because, like with the legendary dogs, I thought you couldn't catch legendaries. Same thing with Groudon in Ruby.
  • I thought that there was some kind of Pokémon overlord or god. It was number 000 in the Pokédex, and its cry was every other Pokémon's cry playing at once. (This was pre-Gen 4, so no Arceus or Victini then.)
  • I thought that Ash had died for real when he turned to stone in the first movie, and I think I actually cried. (I was like 7 or 8.)
  • I thought all Trainers (i.e. the ones you battle throughout the game) were evil.
  • I thought you could fight Sabrina right after you got through Lavender Town. Little did I realize you had to deal with Team Rocket first.
 
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Draydenheim

Dragon Master
Silly childhood things I did with pokemon:

-I used to always confuse the game with Pikmin, so when I was playing I would always say "why is Olimar not in this one?", "where's Olimar" and "Olimar is in this game" etc. I thought Olivine city was named after Olimar but when I realised i grew up it was named after "Olivine"
-I used to think you could go to Kanto
-I thought that if you talked to the guy at Mosdeep space station 1,000 times you could unlock a level where he would allow you to climb onto the rocket
 

gofishyfish

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Someone at school convinced me that if you leveled up a Pokemon to level 100, you would unlock their shiny variants. This kid told me that was why they were so rare, because no one wanted to put in the effort for that. I was a gullible kid and immediately started leveling up all of my Pokemon until a friend told me the truth.
 

dragonskull

Dark trainer
Since my English wasn't that great back when I still played Pokémon, I thought that Drake (the last of the elite four in Hoenn if I remember correctly) said something in the lines of the player being "superbad" when you defeated him.
Not a lot later, but not when playing Pokémon actively anymore, I learned that the word superb meant being very good at something. Some time later I realized that Drake was giving compliments instead of being a bad loser :)
 

Leonhart

Imagineer
dragonskull said:
Since my English wasn't that great back when I still played Pokémon, I thought that Drake (the last of the elite four in Hoenn if I remember correctly) said something in the lines of the player being "superbad" when you defeated him.
Not a lot later, but not when playing Pokémon actively anymore, I learned that the word superb meant being very good at something. Some time later I realized that Drake was giving compliments instead of being a bad loser :)
I had a similar experience with an NPC in Gold version who called me a "laddie", which I mistook for "lady". I was kind of offended until I realized what a laddie was.
 

NovaBrunswick

Canada Connoisseur
Silly childhood things I did with pokemon:

-I used to always confuse the game with Pikmin, so when I was playing I would always say "why is Olimar not in this one?", "where's Olimar" and "Olimar is in this game" etc. I thought Olivine city was named after Olimar but when I realised i grew up it was named after "Olivine"
-I used to think you could go to Kanto
-I thought that if you talked to the guy at Mosdeep space station 1,000 times you could unlock a level where he would allow you to climb onto the rocket
You can go to Kanto... in real life. The Kanto region in Pokémon is named after and based on the real-life Kanto region of Japan. ;)

Since my English wasn't that great back when I still played Pokémon, I thought that Drake (the last of the elite four in Hoenn if I remember correctly) said something in the lines of the player being "superbad" when you defeated him.
Not a lot later, but not when playing Pokémon actively anymore, I learned that the word superb meant being very good at something. Some time later I realized that Drake was giving compliments instead of being a bad loser :)
It would've been pretty hilarious if Drake actually said "superbad", though R/S/E came out a little bit before the movie of that name. In Diamond/Pearl, some NPCs say "noob" a few times, possibly the first time ever that Pokémon has referred to Internet memes.

I had a similar experience with an NPC in Gold version who called me a "laddie", which I mistook for "lady". I was kind of offended until I realized what a laddie was.
And this was before you got the option to play as a female in Crystal?
 
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NovaBrunswick

Canada Connoisseur
Yes, which made the dialogue seem even more weird to me back then since we could only play as a boy in Gold/Silver, so I didn't get why the NPC would assume that I was a girl.
A little bit of history:

Leaf (from FR/LG) was originally meant to appear in the original Red/Green as the female player choice, as evidenced by a poster which showed her, Red and (presumably) Blue together.

For some reason, she was pulled out just before Red/Blue came out around the rest of the world, and there were no female PCs until Crystal. It wasn't until Ruby/Sapphire that being able to play as a female became a permanent feature.
 
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NovaBrunswick

Canada Connoisseur
I believed in Pokegods for an embarrassingly long time because I had limited internet knowledge and was extremely gullible
Yeah, PokéGods were kind of a big rumour around the time Gen 2 was about to come out. I don't remember much about it though.
 

NovaBrunswick

Canada Connoisseur
Ever look at the screen of the original Game Boy playing Pokémon from a distance of four feet? If so then you’ll know why.

Look at this from several feet away and squint and. Tell me you don’t see the “duck.”

Oh yeah, I kind of see it. I could see the visor of the Trainer's cap being the duck's bill. And I love how your screenshot just so happens to have a Jigglypuff in it. ;)
 
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