Gen V Project #22: The PokePalm!
by, 18th March 2010 at 09:28 AM (444 Views)
The Devon Corporation's influence has spread far and wide throughout the world of Pokemon, so it is no surprise that the company has a strong influence in the Sotama region. In fact, the Sotama branch of the Devon Corporation is located in Refinerook City and ran by none other than Steven Stone, who ten years after becoming the Hoenn champion has settled down in the Sotama region. He quite likes living there, especially due to large mountains which are hosts to countless rare stones and minerals.
While Steven usually is busy with work, he has Sundays off and can be found exploring the nearby mountains. After defeating the Elite Four, players can challenge him to a battle and, if they win, are once more given their own Beldum, the only way to get one outside of trading. The player can rebattle him once every Sunday after, winning a random Evolutionary Stone (out of Dusk, Dawn, and Shiny) if they are successful.
As mentioned in the last blog, the player at the beginning of the game is tasked with delivering a package to the Devon corporation. This package contains the newest trainer gear developed by the Devon Corporation, the PokePalm (Pocket PC ポケットPC), a high-tech device resembling a Blackberry device. The player, in thanks for their delivery, is granted their very own PokePalm (a green one for a boy, and a yellow one for a girl) and given the basic Apps. Apps are programs for the PokePalm possessing a variety of functions, and you obtain more as you explore the game.
The PokePalm takes the place of the Poketch by occupying the bottom screen but it is in full color instead of basic LCD. The homepage, with a changeable background, displays little icons you can click on to access applications. Like with the Poketch, you can run applications with the touch screen while moving the character. There is always a clock (now using 12-12 as opposed to military time) in the top right of the screen no matter what application you are using.
Here a few applications you will obtain and their functions.
The most elaborate function, it works quite similar to the telephone in previous games. You can store email addresses of in-game trainers (one trainer from each class, although classes with different genders have two representations)and important NPCs, including Gym Leaders. To add their email, simply defeat them in battle, or talk to them if they are a NPC, and they'll request if you will add them. There is no limit to how many people you can store. The Contact Page will show the field sprite of the character, their name and class, and a just for fun fake email address that reflects their personality. The player's email address is simply [Player's Name]@Devon.Org.
At random times in the game, you will receive emails from trainers just checking in, asking you for a rematch, letting you in on some secret info such as swarms, or even sending you items. These emails are sent to your inbox, which you can order by date received, the name of the trainer who sent it, or the first letter of the message, and can be read at any time. You can only store up to 100 messages, so make sure to clear your inbox every once in awhile. You can also send your own emails using a basic system akin to the one in Animal Crossing, where certain key words will resonate with the NPCs. For example, emailing Professor Spruce with the word "Pokedex" anywhere in the letter will have her reply with a grade on your Pokedex. In all actuality, no matter what you actually include in the note (although hot words will give you unique responses), emailing trainers make them more inclined to send you more gifts. So, why not?
The trainer mail also functions as a Pal Pad as well, as a separate part allows you to store up to 50 of your real life friends. The Friend section displays the trainer's sprite (after you've linked up with them once...it is the sprite of their player character, since everyone can choose unique colors), name, and friend code. You can edit the name and friend code at any time, or delete the trainer. Your inbox also has a separate section for up to 100 letters sent by other players. To send a letter, both players must have each other's friend code. You can type decent sized emails and then, through WiFi, send it to any friend even if they aren't currently online. It is stored in a network and, when a player logs on to WiFi through the Trainer Mail and selects "Get Mail", sent to the recipient when they play. You can requests battles (you need to meet in the Pokemon Center to actually battle, just chat, and even send items!
The usual map, it is like the one in HG/SS as it displays information on every route and city, as well as allow you to place little stamps down. Also, when highlighting a route, it will show how many berry trees are growing there.
A new feature akin to the radio, Podcast plays music as well as displays scrolling text. There are different podcasts you can listen to, and this time they continue until you turn them off even when you change maps or exit a battle, which change depending on the time. Some podcasts won't begin appearing till certain points in the game. Here a few examples:
* Professor Oak and DJ Mary Podcast: Despite being in Johto, through the power of the PokePalm and the internet you can listen to Professor Oak's radio show! Since you are not in Johto, the advice he gives is merely an easter egg, but like the Hoenn and Sinnoh Sound in HG/SS playing the music and walking around in the field will increase your chances of running into
certain Johto Pokemon in areas containing them. This airs all day during Mondays and Sundays.
* Constance's Observatory: The M.C. of Pokemon Star Contests also has his own shown, airing every Thursday night, in which he reports on the latest happenings of the Pokemon Star Contests. If you have just entered one, or traded records with a friend who entered one, you might hear him mention you or your friend and how you did! He also gives out a few tips, and suggests certain Pokemon who are good/bad in Contests.
* Trainer Spotlight: This podcast is run by none other than Scott from Emerald, who you'll meet in a few places across Sotama, which chronicles the adventures of various trainers, including you, friends you've traded records with, NPC trainers, Gym Leaders, and even a few trainers from older games. This airs on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights.
This screen shows a headshot of the battle sprite of your current lead Pokemon, as well as up to four hearts that represent its happiness. As you walk around, text will appear on the bottom displaying the mood of your Pokemon, akin to the text in HG/SS that pops up when you talk to them. You can still talk to them, but My Pokemon provides a live feed of what they are feeling.
Shows a recording of the Pokemon you have in the Breeding Center in which you can check their level and how well they get along with the other Pokemon. If they've laid an egg, you'll also see it on the screen. The Pokemon move around and you get little cute updates on what they are doing at the moment. By the way, you won't see the egg laid, so make sure to refresh the screen every once in awhile.
Lanette from Hoenn appears in the game, and when you talk to her she gives you this useful application. For the first time ever, you can now view the Pokemon stored in your P.C. no matter where you are. However, you can not deposit, withdraw, or move Pokemon, simply look at their stats.
There are a few other applications you'll obtain as you travel around! Try to get them all!
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