Originally Posted by Gotpika You most likely aren't gonna get wall'd by anything in the game, any Pokemon could finish off Roxie's Koffing given its low power level and the fact it's an in-game battle. While that may be true, I don't want to take any risks. I plan to use Snivy as my starter for Black 2, and there is always the chance that Whirlipede's STAB Venoshocks could wipe out my entire team.
There aren't too many good Psychic, Fire, or Flying-type pokemon that you can catch by the time you get to Virbank City. Originally Posted by Ghetsis-Dennis Why Magnemite instead of other early-to-catch Pokemon? Sure Magneton makes a decent special tank, but it needs Hidden Power in order to be good, which some people don't want to bother doing, and I consider this a curse for not only Electric, but also Grass, Fire, and Ice. I plan to use Magnemite in the Roxie battle because:
1): It's a Steel-type, so it is immune to Roxie's Poison-type attacks. If I used other pokemon, I could risk losing due to Whirlipede's STAB Venoshock that could double in power if my pokemon get poisoned (from Smog or Poison Sting).
2): It resists all of Roxie's pokemon's attacks.
3): Her Koffing and Whirlipede are powerful physical walls, and there aren't that many good special attacking pokemon that you can catch early on in the games.
4): While you can catch wild Magnemite in the Virbank Complex, they are at such a low level that the moves that they can already use aren't powerful enough to take down Koffing or Whirlipede in one or two hits. She also has access to Potions, so this battle can drag out unless you plan beforehand.
5): I don't want to spend the time catching a Magnemite in the Virbank Complex when I can just trade for one.
6): I'm planning to use Snivy as my starter because there aren't that many good Grass-type pokemon avaliable early on in the game. Using Snivy or an evolved Servine won't make this battle any easier.
I couldn't care less about what Hidden Power this particular Magnemite has or its nature. It will only be used during the Virbank Gym challenge.
@Ghetsis-Dennis; Not really, in-game battling specifics doesn't really matter. It's good to have a balanced moveset, but there's no need to go all out looking for the right Hidden Power. Magneton doesn't need HP to be good in-game. In fact I had a Pikachu with Quick Attack, Thunderbolt, Thunder, and Iron Tail at one point my young childhood XD
Why Magnemite instead of other early-to-catch Pokemon? Sure Magneton makes a decent special tank, but it needs Hidden Power in order to be good, which some people don't want to bother doing, and I consider this a curse for not only Electric, but also Grass, Fire, and Ice.
I need something with great special attack to avoid getting walled by that Koffing of hers.
You most likely aren't gonna get wall'd by anything in the game, any Pokemon could finish off Roxie's Koffing given its low power level and the fact it's an in-game battle.
So, Koil is a popular Pokemon in Japan. I can understand since its last evolution seems popular.
Originally Posted by Baron Dante Don't get me wrong, I have no issue with people being bugged about something that's shit. But, y'know, can we AT LEAST wait till we see the thing? I wish I was as optimistic as you about this tournament, but based on what has happened in the past, the character that will get the most focus in the beginning of a competition will advance near to the end. Luke made it to the semis even though he debuted only a few episodes prior to the Club Battle. Stephan and his Sawk won the entire Clubsplosion after they won the Celestial Tower competition immediately prior to the competition.
The person with the most focus in this tournament seems to be Iris. She obtained a powerful pokemon just one episode prior to the start of the Junior Cup. She will use that pokemon to battle her rival in the first episode of the tournament. Most of the information in the magazine scan highlighting this tournament covers Iris and her Dragonite. There is very little information about the other competitiors, even Ash and Trip.
The writing in the Pokemon anime is very linear in that it hardly deviates from established story formulas in a short amount of time. Chances are that this tournament will be handled like the previous ones, and that Iris will advance very far here. We know that she makes it to at least the quarterfinals. Originally Posted by Baron Dante Sure, everything points at it being bad, but I rather not judge anything before I actually see it. :/ The problem with these magazine scans being posted in publiciation is that they will usually announce spoilers about future episodes, which can be a problem if the anime is approaching a story arc. We know that Iris will defeat Georgia using a pokemon that she hasn't trained. We know that Iris will use that same pokemon to battle Dawn close to the end of this tournament.
The battles could be some of the best written and animated ones that were ever constructed, but unless there is some deeper context beneath it; that the characters are actually growing over the course of this series, then these fights will just be meaningless.
Don't get me wrong, I have no issue with people being bugged about something that's shit. But, y'know, can we AT LEAST wait till we see the thing?
Sure, everything points at it being bad, but I rather not judge anything before I actually see it. :/
Originally Posted by System Error Reading about the rage is always entertaining. Well, it's hard for a true fan of this anime not to get enraged with the handling of this tournament.
Reading about the rage is always entertaining.
I had the same problem with my initial run or Emerald. My Pokemon team were all in their 40's by the time I made it to the E4's doorstep :/
I gave up and just went and caught Rayquaza to sweep them quickly so I could gain access to the battle frontier lol
The best way I always did was challenge the E4 over and over, even if I lose. They give the most amount of experience in the games - aside from the champ.
I always just grinded on Victory Road. But you can always challenge the Elite Four; even if you lose against Drake, for example, you'd still have gotten the experience from beating Sidney, Phoebe, and Glacia.