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

Shiny Venusaur

Sinnoh's Champion
I wouldn't say that I miss this specific mechanic, but one of the few mechanics that are genuinely unique to Generation 1 is that Body Slam cannot paralyze a Normal Type. When this mechanic was discovered years past RBY, it drastically shifted the RBY meta, which was incorrect on simulators for years since no one had caught this very specific hidden move effect.

Bulbapedia - Body Slam (move)


Well-Known Member
The item glitch comes to mind. Moves like Pay Day, Bubblebeam, and Mimic being TMs, too.

I don't miss how focus energy lowered your chance of critical hits except in Pokemon Stadium 1. Ghost having no effect on Psychics or Bug being strong against Poison also come to mind.