A Pokemon More Popular than Reshiram and Zekrom?!
by, 17th September 2012 at 09:43 PM (2385 Views)
...and it's not Pikachu.
So I have decided to go on the GTS to assemble my in-game team for Black 2 when it comes out in English, and I've noticed perhaps the weirdest thing about the servers lately. After seeing numerous requests for a "Level 9 or under Reshiram/Zekrom" for some of the other pokemon species dropped off on the servers, I randomly decided to look for a Japanese Magnemite to obtain for my inevitable gym battle against Roxie. I need something with great special attack to avoid getting walled by that Koffing of hers.
However, instead of the usual "impossible to get legally legendary pokemon" requests, it seems that Japanese players are simply trading off their Magnemites FOR OTHER MAGNEMITES. This trading practice surprised me to a great extent when I first found out. I don't usually go on the GTS servers, and I have not been on GTS at all ever since Black 2 and White 2 were released in Japan. Logically it wouldn't make sense for Japanese players, who have access to the B2W2 games, to request for a pokemon species that can easily be found in the wild.
But then I decided to use an internet search engine, and a web link popped up that was relevant to this trading practice. It seems that Japanese players who own the B2W2 games want to trade with as many people as they can to expand their Join Avenues. To them, it doesn't matter what pokemon is being traded as long as they do trade on the GTS and the shops in their save files grow. And it seems that this practice, known by the fandom as the "Coil/Magnemite Loop," has been going on for MONTHS. Blame me for not being in the loop (no pun intended there).
Yes, this Magnemite loop is so popular that I decided to participate in it as well, even though I do not own the B2W2 games at this moment and I don't have a Join Avenue to expand. I quickly bred for a Magnemite with a garbage nature but had perfect speed IVs. I deposited my Magnemite off to the GTS and requested for another Magnemite. I wanted to experiment if the Magnemite that I was going to receive was from a Japanese save file, and just a few minutes later I went back on the GTS. My Magnemite was traded off and in turn I got a Magnemite as well.
This Magnemite was Level 1 and had the Modest nature (perhaps the best nature for it). I am going to send this Magnemite over to a Black 2 or White 2 save file. I won't use it for the majority of my playthrough. This Magnemite will be used solely for the Roxie gym battle so I can breeze through that part of the game quickly.
So yes, the Magnemite Loop has expanded outside of Japan. With this in mind, I wonder if international players will also participate in this trading loop once these games come out in their respective languages. This seems to be an easy way for many players to expand their Join Avenues in B2W2 so they can reap the awesome rewards that come with doing so.
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