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What are some game mechanics exclusive to Generation 1 that you miss?

Locormus

Can we please get the older, old forum back?
Here's one: Speed-based critical hit calculations.

Pokémon like Persian, Scyther (Slash), Primeape (KarateChop) and Jolteon (just about everything, but multihit moves especially) were practically built on getting off crits and not much else. Without this mechanic, they quickly became unusable and still are to this day.

What I don't miss: Focus Energy dropping the crit-chance to 0% and crits ignoring your own stat buffs.
 
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Leonhart

Imagineer
Honestly, none. There wasn't anything that Gen I did better than Gen II from my viewpoint, unless you want to consider exploitable glitches, but those probably shouldn't count since they're not part of the normal gameplay.
 

Bolt the Cat

Bringing the Thunder
Honestly, none. There wasn't anything that Gen I did better than Gen II from my viewpoint, unless you want to consider exploitable glitches, but those probably shouldn't count since they're not part of the normal gameplay.

This. What "mechanics" were even exclusive to 1st gen? I can't think of any.
 

Captain Jigglypuff

Leader of Jigglypuff Army
This. What "mechanics" were even exclusive to 1st gen? I can't think of any.
Closest I can think of aren’t actually game mechanics but rather things changed in GSC namely Type Weakness and Resistances for some Pokémon and the very rare chance that any move other than sure hit moves like Swift would randomly fail meaning a simple status move like Swords Dance could not work at all for a turn.
 

WaterTypeStarter

Well-Known Member
There's the critical hit thing the first reply mentions. Also, there are things like if your Pokémon is faster, trapping moves (Bind, Wrap, Fire Spin, and Clamp) will make the opponent unable to attack. If lucky, Ice Punch, Ice Beam, and Blizzard will freeze an opponent and since freezing does not go away in gen 1 by itself, the opponent in effect has lost unless you use Fire type move (and no one would do that on purpose). There are more if you research.
 

Locormus

Can we please get the older, old forum back?
There's the critical hit thing the first reply mentions. Also, there are things like if your Pokémon is faster, trapping moves (Bind, Wrap, Fire Spin, and Clamp) will make the opponent unable to attack. If lucky, Ice Punch, Ice Beam, and Blizzard will freeze an opponent and since freezing does not go away in gen 1 by itself, the opponent in effect has lost unless you use Fire type move (and no one would do that on purpose). There are more if you research.

Here's another: Hyperbeam not reading a recharge after it KO's an opponent. This (along with the mechanic you mentioned) made Twave+Wrap+Hyperbeam a deadly combination on Dragonite as a closer. I've used this tactic with stuff like Tangela, Victreebel and Lickitung in GenI playthroughs - as Dragonite is above my challenge cap.
 

Luthor

Well-Known Member
The one that springs to mind is Conversion's mechanic from gen 1. If Porygon got the move reflect-type (which has Conversion's original mechanic) I wouldn't mind but it doesn't yet.
 

Bolt the Cat

Bringing the Thunder
The quirks on certain moves are more glitches than mechanics, not sure we should really be counting them TBH. In terms of actual, intended mechanics, there's... basically nothing exclusive to 1st Gen.
 

Locormus

Can we please get the older, old forum back?
The quirks on certain moves are more glitches than mechanics, not sure we should really be counting them TBH. In terms of actual, intended mechanics, there's... basically nothing exclusive to 1st Gen.

Is the Speed/Crit-ratio a glitch? It honestly seems intended in the case of Persian+Slash, but that could just be me. The stuff with Focus Energy is definitely a glitch though.
 

Sαpphire

Johto Champion
Is the Speed/Crit-ratio a glitch? It honestly seems intended in the case of Persian+Slash, but that could just be me. The stuff with Focus Energy is definitely a glitch though.
From some research, it looks like the critical hit rate being based on a Pokémon’s base speed stat is intended behavior. Focus Energy and Dire Hit are both bugged, but otherwise critical hit chances compute as intended. It’s probably fair to say that critical hits are a mechanic that intentionally changed between generations. I suppose that Game Freak felt that the Pokémon at the upper end of the critical hit ratio weren’t functioning as they originally envisioned or were creating imbalance, hence introducing a standard formula that doesn’t account for speed.
 

Locormus

Can we please get the older, old forum back?
From some research, it looks like the critical hit rate being based on a Pokémon’s base speed stat is intended behavior. Focus Energy and Dire Hit are both bugged, but otherwise critical hit chances compute as intended. It’s probably fair to say that critical hits are a mechanic that intentionally changed between generations. I suppose that Game Freak felt that the Pokémon at the upper end of the critical hit ratio weren’t functioning as they originally envisioned or were creating imbalance, hence introducing a standard formula that doesn’t account for speed.

Probably meant for some pokemon to have a higher crit chance to balance lower stats/damage output (like Persian, Dugtrio, Electrode and Scyther (which is strong, but lacks STAB)), but the likes of Mewtwo, Alakazam, Starmie, Jolteon and Aerodactyl spamming crits probably wasn't the intended play.
 

Palamon

Sovereign of Asunder
I suppose Special being one stat was pretty interesting, but that's the only one. A lot of Gen I was broken and didn't work as intended for me, so I personally didn't care for the exclusive to Gen I mechanics.
 

KyogreThunder

Call of Fate
I guess Hyper Beam not needing a recharge turn if it takes out an opponent and Dig having a 100 base power, but that's really it.
 
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