Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Work


Nothing new to post about pokemon... I have played some more practice rounds thru PBR WiFi, but since most of the teams are full of legendaries it's hard to figure out where I am going to stand in a tournament where those same legendaries are banned. I will say this though. I won roughly 87% of the time so that's pretty good. It shows that my team is tough if I can take on teams that have pokemon like Rayquaza, Giratina, Mewtwo, etc without me using legendaries myself.

On a side note, I got a summer job to help with my travel expenses for the Nashville tourny next month so I won't be posting a whole lot right now... but I will try to post at least every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with pokemon spotlights being posted on Mondays. I kinda got behind on them mainly because I was going to interviews and filling out applications for a while there. That and I was interested in another game I just recently got, Fable II. If any of you have an Xbox360 you can add me as a friend if you want. I know it's not pokemon related, but it's fun.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Updates on Regionals


So I've been training on PBR and it's tough because most of the people online use legendaries... but I win 9 out of 10 battles so I suppose that means my team is pretty good. I still need to make some attack changes.

If anyone wants to train against me shoot me an email.

Also, I spent a good bit of the weekend trying to organize my pokemon cards and it seems I have the first five card sets (Base Set, Jungle, Fossil, Base Set 2, and Gym Heros) semi complete. I only need 3 or 4 cards per set so I'm pretty excited about that.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Featured Pokémon: Smeargle

Smeargle is a pokemon introduced in Pokemon Gold and Silver. It's tail drips paint which it uses to draw on any available surface. Battle-wise, it's a very frail pokemon. It usually can only handle one or two hits before it goes down. Despite this it can be very useful in game, in battles with friends, and even in contests thanks to it's signature -and only- move... Sketch.

Sketch is a unique move that permanently copy an opponent (or teammates) previously used move. Afterwards, Sketch is forgotten... but Smeagle relearns it every 10 levels or it can be relearned from the move tutor. This gives Smeargle a limitless moveset. Several strategies can be utilized for battle and I will highlight some of the more common uses for Smeargle as well as a moveset of my own design.

First off is the Baton Pass Smeargle. There are several variations of this set. One includes Baton Pass, Spore, Substitute, and Ingrain. The basic idea is to put the opponent to sleep with Spore and then proceed with setting Substitute and Ingrain then Baton Passing the Substitute. This set, however, has trouble against most pokemon that can land a good first hit. Smeargle will rarely be able to withstand such a hit from moves like Earthquake. Ingrain is simply to keep pokemon from using Whirlwind or Roar, and some trainers prefer to replace it with Belly Drum so that the Smeargle can actually Pass a stat boost. This is risky as well as Belly Drum halves the HP of an already weak pokemon. Baton Passing Smeargles are rarer than the straight-forward OHKO Smeargles as they require a lot of prediction of your opponents moves to not get KO'd... or a Focus Sash to at least survive one hit without being KO'd.

OHKO (One hit KO) Smeargles, however, require little thought. They rely on attacks like Mind Reader and Sheer Cold. By using Mind Reader it makes the next move never miss... and when followed by Sheer Cold the opponent will KO no matter how strong they are, with only two exceptions. OHKO moves won't hit pokemon of a higher level or those with the ability Sturdy. Spore (or Dark Void in 2v2 battles) are used in this set as well as they can put the opponent(s) asleep and allow for the Smeargle to use Mind Reader/Sheer Cold without the worry of taking damage. For item choice, Focus Sash helps alot here too.

My personal favorite set makes use of the Focus Sash item the best, however. The two main attacks I use are Endevour/Vaccum Wave. Adapted from the Endevour/Quick Attack movesets used for making competative Rattatas. Smeagle aren't very fast, so I know for the most part that Smeargle will go second. I begin by using Endevour, which makes my opponents HP equal to mine. If my plan works (and it usually does) my opponent will hit hard and my Smeargle will survive with 1 HP because of Focus Sash.. and when Smeargle uses Endevour the opponent will be dropped to 1 HP. Next I follow up with Vacuum Wave, which always go first and will KO my opponent. I choose Vacuum Wave because it is the only first hit move that isn't weakened by Intimidate because it is special instead of physical. This helps should I end up having to face a pokemon that Baton Passes or something since they won't be attacking the Smeargle so Endevour won't work. The only downside is this combo doesn't touch Ghosts because Vacuum Wave is Fighting Type and Endevour is Normal Type... however I anticipated this and gave my Smeargle two other moves to help: Trick Room/Destiny Bond.

Should Smeargle find itself facing a Ghost, rather than starting with Endevour I would start with Trick Room. The Ghost would hit me first, and the Focus Sash would save Smeargle with 1 HP. After that Trick Room would come into effect letting Smeagle go first next turn. The next attack would be Destiny Bond, which would go before the Ghost KO's Smeargle... and once it does it gets KO'd too. This works great, and it helps if you have another slow pokemon like Magnezone or Dusknoir on your team as Trick Room would allow them to go first too after the Smeargle has been KO'd. Also, the lower level the Smeargle, the slower it is. The slower it is, the better this moveset is! So with this strategy a Lv 5 Smeargle can take out a lv 100. Just watch out for status like Burn or Poison as well as weather like Sandstorm and Hail. These will stop your Focus Sash from working.

Ingame Smeargle can be useful as it can learn ALL HM moves and can be used to catch other pokemon by knowing Spore to put them to sleep and False Swipe which will can be used to weaken a pokemon, but never knock them out because it stops working once they hit 1 HP.

So I'm sure your asking how to get your Smeargle to know these moves? It's hard to copy moves like Sheer Cold without getting KO'd yourself. Well, the best way is to copy your own pokemon! To do this, just get into a double battle and have Smeargle paired with a pokemon knowing the move you want. Then when the pokemon uses the moves have Smeargle use Sketch on your pokemon to copy it. The best place for this in Diamond/Pearl/and Platinum is at the Hotel Restaurant near Valor Lakefront. Everyday there are double battles held there.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Training some more...


So Gold and Silver are now confirmed to be re-released as HeartGold and SoulSilver. I'm not very excited about the name for Gold, since I'm getting Gold and my fiance Lauren (Gamerfox5) is getting Silver. Oh well... at least they're remaking it.

In training news I have my team for Nashville's regionals almost complete, and once I do I am going to start testing it out on wifi in Pokemon Battle Revolution. On the day of the regionals I will actually post my team and how I made it on here... but I don't want to post it yet since people could potentially read this and know what I'm using.

What I am going to do, however, is start posting once a week about one pokemon in particular and highlighting how I like to use them im battles. That way people can make comments and discuss pokemon moves and teams on the blog and message board.

I'll post my first entry, Smeargle, tomorrow.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Gold and Silver Remake on the Horizon?



According to a Pokemon variety show that aired yesterday there is going to be a very important game announcement next week. Several clues in the past have hinted toward a possible remake, but now we may actually get some concrete evidence.

For more info on this check Serebii or Pokebeach. Both have new updates on it, with Pokebeach going into more detail. The links for both sites are in the links section.

As for what I've been doing in my game I decided late last night to try chaining my swarm in Platinum, Drowzee. I was successful in locating and capturing two shinies after amounting a 40+ Drowzee chain. I got one female and one male. I've chained before, but I haven't really had any success getting swarms to chain for some reason. I even got a Nosepass swarm to chain to 63, but didn't get a single shiny. Here's a list of the shiny pokemon I have been able to get from chains so far:

Machop
Budew
Roselia
Gligar
Elekid
Drowzee

Of these I have been able to get enough of each to have a shiny of each evolutionary stage plus a couple extra to trade. The only exception would be Elekid, where I was only able to get 1 before my chain got broken by a random Pachirisu. After I get done with finals this week and get done raising the pokemon I plan on using in the Regionals I will post the steps to a successful chain so other people can chain to get shinies.