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  1. CynthiaLover's Avatar
    Well, what type of series do you want to write about? By that, I mean do you want to write about Pokemon, or Final Fantasy, or Legend of Zelda, etc? Deciding on the main topic can help immensely in the planning stages. As a writer myself, I've done a wide range of fanfics and such on an equally wide range of series, with all of them being fantasy and/or sci-fi themed. If you're trying to break out of "coming-of-age" themes, then try focusing on young adult characters (not teens, more like early 20's and such), so the subjects and tones can be more easily molded to your needs. But, again that depends on what type of theme you're using and the overall tone you want. Some subjects can be easy, while others are more limited. My biggest tip is to jot down various subjects, themes, and ideas in an empty notebook, then see from there which idea tickles your fancy the most, and when you've decided on that, build up the "blueprint" with more details and ideas. While I don't always use a notebook per say, I do, more often than not, create separate Word documents with things like character bios, rough ideas, and other such things to help map out a story series. I will also, somewhat unintentionally, act out my ideas in private, seeing how they flow and if it'll work or not.

    Hope that helped.
  2. Trainer Yusuf's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bolt the Cat
    How are Tropius, Carnivine, and Maractus Roselia counterparts? They don't seem to have much in common besides being initial single stage Grass types, and that's not a strong enough reason to label them counterparts.

    Anyway, I think Druddigon and Tauros/Miltank should get baby forms. Druddigon so we would have a fairly early game Dragon type, and Tauros/Miltank so Tauros can benefit from Egg Moves and breeding its DW ability.
    Role-wise they are pretty similar. All three of them are available after you encounter the regional early Grass-type Pokémon but mid-gam rather than early-game, all three of them have mediocre offensive stats, all three of them started off as single stagers and have very shallow movepools. I do admit that Tropius and Carnivine are more closely tied to each other and to Tangela than they are tied to Roselia since they have specific requirements/low encounter rates, whereas Roselia is fairly common even though it is only only unavailable in one area.

    Edit: And of course, Maractus has more similarities to Roselia than it has with Tropius/Carnivine because of its similar encounter rate and area.

    Edit 2: Though I agree with your other suggestions.
    Updated 26th May 2013 at 09:17 AM by Trainer Yusuf
  3. winstein's Avatar
    Wonderful job! That took a lot of work, I can tell, so you deserved to be congratulated.

    I find it amusing that Kanto's Pokemon took up half of the document. Goes to show that they have a large history that are worth listing.

    Thanks for reading.
  4. Bolt the Cat's Avatar
    How are Tropius, Carnivine, and Maractus Roselia counterparts? They don't seem to have much in common besides being initial single stage Grass types, and that's not a strong enough reason to label them counterparts.

    Anyway, I think Druddigon and Tauros/Miltank should get baby forms. Druddigon so we would have a fairly early game Dragon type, and Tauros/Miltank so Tauros can benefit from Egg Moves and breeding its DW ability.
  5. Cerberuswaltz's Avatar
    Denied!
  6. mariowie's Avatar
    Standard anwser if you ask me :d.

    Well you tried, it is probably info they want to share on a special occasion.
  7. Beck's Avatar
    I thought that was a great read. Very thorough and logical. I would love to hear some more of your opinions on potential evolutions; if not, could you maybe expand upon the method you use to narrow down possible evolutions?
  8. Emerald-eyed Sableye's Avatar
    Thanks Trainer Yusuf for another one of these I love the analysis you do on the Pokémon.
  9. Trainer Yusuf's Avatar
    Regarding base stat totals, I find it odd that you consider 490 (Slowbro/Slowking) to be "low" and 495 (Mismagius) to be "sufficiently low" , while 500 (Golduck) is "high" and 510 (Steelix) is "very large".
    The "highness" and "lowness" is only about the potential of an evolution, that is, a standard evolution and not a scrambled BST evolution like Scizor and Porygon-Z are. This is only because of the common trends involving the cross-generational evolutions that are not side evolutions. It has nothing to do with everything else because I didn't exactly made the math to see what is the real average and what is not(because why should I? That is not the point of the these blogs. I might do for something else I plan to do regarding BSTs, but that's for later).

    Also, how is availability in the previous games relevant to a new generation?
    Same as above.
  10. Lugion's Avatar
    Scizor wears Saiyan armor...

    holy shit
  11. Silktree's Avatar
    Regarding base stat totals, I find it odd that you consider 490 (Slowbro/Slowking) to be "low" and 495 (Mismagius) to be "sufficiently low" , while 500 (Golduck) is "high" and 510 (Steelix) is "very large". You do realize that a difference of a few points doesn't mean much unless Speed is involved, right? Any base stat total over 480 can be quite effective with the right distribution and supporting attributes. Of course, some Pokémon can make do with an even lower BST (see Breloom).

    Also, how is availability in the previous games relevant to a new generation? Nevermind the fact that certain the unevolved forms of "complete" Pokémon have been available in the early routes. Luxray and Roserade from DPPt come to mind, as does Staraptor which is more competitively viable than Luxray is despite its lower BST. An even better example is Lucario in B2W2.
  12. Trainer Yusuf's Avatar
    @Gotpika: Croagunk was the mascot of Pastoria City before the animé.
  13. Bubble Frog's Avatar
    Fun read, it should be noted Croagunk was never planned as a mascot. It just sorta slipped into that role and became surprisingly popular, like Piplup.
  14. Trainer Yusuf's Avatar
    @Lord Clowncrete: I fail to see what I missed. Yes, Storm Drain is fantastic and helps it a lot; but also it can't use any Curse sets like it used to; which has been a common stable for Water/Grounds especially in higher tiers, and everybody on Smogon harps it for having no point in OU outside of stopping Rain teams. I do admit I don't play OU almost at all and I do admit I haven't went into detail as much as I could have, so I don't have any hands on experience with Gastrodon and whether it is worth it enough or not.

    Besides, if I somehow mixed ingame usefulness and metagame usefulness, Gastrodon would be prettty kickass, especially in DP because of its ability to use Waterfall and Surf and immunity to Bertha's sandstorm. I know because I had one. It was blue and aerodynamic.

    Still thanks for being such a religious follower of my ramblings : p.
  15. Lord Clowncrete's Avatar
    Please don't take this as an insult but after the post, especially the gastrodon part, I get the feeling that you are still new to the ou metagame. For example, Pokemon ingame and competitively have no relation whatsoever while Gastrodon went OU due to its ability to stop rain teams. As long as rain teams remain strong, it will remain ou, maybe at the bottom of the barrel but still ou.

    Still enjoyed reading the article and will look forward to more.
    Updated 23rd January 2013 at 08:37 AM by Lord Clowncrete
  16. Blaze-Boy's Avatar
    Karrablast looks like Accelgor.......
    The only problem with Escavalier is it's speed
  17. Mijzelffan's Avatar
    You switched drifloon and drifblim around.
  18. Winterdaze's Avatar
    Surksit is one of the biggest dick moves made by Game Freak.
    That's an understatement. The main reason I want a Masquerain evo is to fix a mistake that never should have happened in the first place :I
  19. Bubble Frog's Avatar
    Haha, nice :P
  20. Setra's Avatar
    I've stopped watching BW as well. It just didn't hold my interest like DP did.
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