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A Pokemon More Popular than Reshiram and Zekrom?!

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by , 17th September 2012 at 09:43 PM (3101 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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Updated 17th September 2012 at 09:51 PM by Ampharos King

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  1. Bubble Frog's Avatar
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    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.
    Updated 17th September 2012 at 11:35 PM by Bubble Frog
  2. Ghetsis-Dennis's Avatar
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    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.
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    @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
  4. Ampharos King's Avatar
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    Quote 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.

    Quote 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.
    Updated 21st September 2012 at 10:56 AM by Ampharos King

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