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What are your favourite additions to the Pokémon games?

Discussion in 'General Pokémon Discussion' started by AgentKallus, Aug 29, 2019.

  1. AgentKallus

    AgentKallus A human person.

    What are your favourite additions* to the Pokémon games? Which new feature captured your imagination? Did a new type inspire you?

    The addition of abilities really improved Pokemon to be as it help make many Pokemon more distinct and such, however my very favourite addition to the Pokemon games would have to be regional forms, as someone who has studied evolutionary biology and is passionate about adaptation, I really like how they incorporated 'sub-species' so to say into Pokemon, it really helps the pokemon fit in the world and there are some many new ideas this opens up. Seeing galarian forms confirmed was great as it meant that regional form weren't just for Alola. Something I hope they will do though is have the regional variants native to more regions than just the one they orginate from, after all if the kantonian geodude is in more regions than just Kanto then why shouldn't the same be possible for the Alolan geodude?

    *= By additions I mean anything introduced in the games after red blue and green, from yellow onward basically as anything in RBG wasn't an addition but was there in the beginning. (also I didn't mean individual pokemon but rather new concepts and ideas like contests or physical special split for example)
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  2. WishIhadaManafi5

    WishIhadaManafi5 Happy Holidays! Staff Member Moderator

    When they brought in Dark types in GSC. Really appreciated them.
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  3. BCVM22

    BCVM22 Well-Known Member

    Wandering Pokémon in the overworld. It positively brings the game world to life.
  4. wolf jani

    wolf jani Prone to overreacting about things

    Many things. All of the added types brought balance into the game. Addition of trials to replace gyms in Alola was a fun change of pace. Mega evos & Z moves were fun. I loved contests & pokelathon.
  5. RedJirachi

    RedJirachi Veteran member

    The physical-special split was a sigh of relief as it allows types to be whatever type of attacker they want
  6. Ignition

    Ignition Wake me up when get to Sinnoh

    Quite a few things:
    -Pokèmon Amie/Refresh: I think it’s a nice pastime watching your Pokèmon show more personality than simply battling
    -Physical/Special split: easily the most needed addition for competitive
    -Held Items/Egg Moves/Abilities/Natures: Helps make the Pokèmon meta more interesting
    -Dark Type: Lead to my two favorite Pokèmon Incineroar and Krookodile
    -BW’s sprites: IMO the best the series has been art style wise
    -SM’s Pokèdex entries: added small bits of lore
  7. shoz999

    shoz999 Do you wanna try a good Tapu Cocoa? My treat.

    Gen 2 - Pokemon... IN FULL. COLOR. It was a big deal at that time.
    Gen 3 - Battle Frontier
    Gen 4 - Physical/Special split
    Gen 5 - The animated sprites, they will be nothing like that in the Pokemon games for a long time.
    Gen 7 - Totem Trials, I liked how diverse the difficulty could be depending on your team-build. I saw so many people who just could not agree who was the easiest and hardest Totem boss because of their different Pokemon teams.
  8. janejane6178

    janejane6178 XY over SM (ew) ANYDAY!!!! <3 (Anything actually)

  9. Divine Retribution

    Divine Retribution Master of the freak show

    Not sure if it's fair to call it an addition as it's more of a fix to a previous coding limitation, but the physical/special split was probably the single most important change to ever hit the Pokemon series. As for entirely new concepts, I've come to really appreciate Mega Evolution and I'm a bit disappointed that GameFreak seems to have entirely dropped it. I think it's a really cool concept and a nice way to give otherwise unviable Pokemon like Beedrill or Kangaskhan a new chance at viability, and I simply don't think Dynamax/Gigantamax can fulfill that niche in the same way due to its short duration and limitations.
  10. wolf jani

    wolf jani Prone to overreacting about things

    Yup. I totally agree with the gen 7 part. In Sun Lurantis swept me like 20 times, same with Marowak on Moon & Araquanid on UM.
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  11. Dragalge

    Dragalge Lucy Eiscue

    - XY making the Destiny Knot useful in IV breeding.
    - SM adding the Judge function on PC.
    - Hidden Abilities
    - Removal of HMs
    - Double Battles
    - Getting rewards for a streak in the Battle Tree
    - New Dex entries from Gen VII/BW2
    - Fairy type mainly because it gave Poison moves a niche at last
    - Move Tutors
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  12. wobbanut

    wobbanut Team Awesome

    I like how each new generation since gen 4 has introduced different ways to shiny hunt, even if they were only specific to one or two sets of games. Gen 2 and 3 were limited to breeding and random encounters and soft resets, but since then we've had Masuda Method and PokeRadar, double grass and shiny charms, hordes and DexNav, and SOS. I'm interested in seeing what Sword and Shield will bring us.
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  13. Leonhart

    Leonhart Imagineer

    I would have to say walking Pokemon in HG/SS. Technically Yellow version introduced that concept first with Pikachu, but HG/SS expanded the feature and I always thought that all future games should've kept that game mechanic.
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  14. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Well-Known Member

    Not necessarily an "addition" per se, but I was SO happy when Gen VII got rid of HMs. It made team building so much smoother, lots of "YAY I don't have to use a Flying-type!" and "YAY I don't have to give up this good move on my Pokemon to give it Strength or Rock Smash!". The only downside was I didn't like how the TMs for Surf and Waterfall weren't available until post-game.
    While I will miss Mega Evolution, I'm happy that regional variants are sticking around for at least one more generation. Many of the Alola forms (Muk, Raichu, Ninetales) are in my opinion much better than the originals.
  15. KyogreThunder

    KyogreThunder Call of Fate

    -The Physical/Special split, since it made tons of Pokemon like Absol and Gyarados actually usable
    -Natures, since they add more personality to Pokemon
    -Running Shoes: exploring the world is much quicker
    -Abilities: again, they helped lots of Pokemon such as Azumarill
    -Mega Evolution: it made things like Charizard and Altaria good in battle
    -Diving: made water routes more memorable, shame it wasn't used that much
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  16. TRNRLogan

    TRNRLogan Active Member

    Lack of hms.

    Reusable tms
  17. Shayminslicker

    Shayminslicker Comes out of Nowhere

    Honestly, I love the fact that they keep making changes to the IV and EV systems. They keep making it more and more accessible. I remember when I was a kid I REALLY wanted to understand this, but this was back in D/P/Pt and back then it was....really hard to actually get into it. You needed a calculator and you needed to put in the stats to said calculator to see if the Pokemon has the right number of IV's and you had to keep track of the EV's you got on a piece of paper and I thought it was all just a confusing mess.

    However, they keep changing it up so you can actually SEE the IV's without the need for a calculator, and the same goes with EV's to some extent.

    In LGPE I believe there was a system that allowed you to pay in-game money to catch certain natures of Pokemon and I absolutely loved that. No need to search for a Pokemon with synchronizing (Not like that existed in the game anyway) and there was no real need to catch Pokemon until you eventually got what you want.

    All these quality of life changes make me happy and I hope they keep going forward in the future.
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  18. MockingJ

    MockingJ Banned

    The PokeWalker was pretty clever and I thought it was the best game gimmick that was ever introduced because it worked outside of the game but still gave us the ability to catch Pokemon and get items for HGSS.
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  19. Captain Jigglypuff

    Captain Jigglypuff Leader of Jigglypuff Army Staff Member Moderator

    Abilities, new moves introduced in each subsequent games, new Pokémon, the addition of new Pokémon types, breeding mechanics, the new challenges placed to become Champion, and new locations are my favorite additions.
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  20. mtqc

    mtqc MY BEANS!

    Abilities, Mega Evolution, the three new types, and shiny Pokemon are all my favorites. Shiny Pokemon have especially strengthened replay value for me. I'm constantly shiny hunting and I don't think I'd put nearly as many hours into my games if that didn't exist.
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