by, 6th June 2013 at 01:10 PM (272 Views)
For those of you who don't know, I did a run of several Pokemon games with an anime-styled storyline; I'd give myself a starter to carry it through multiple games, imagined travelling partners, and added stories to justify grinding. ("That wild Croagunk? It stole my Badge, I have to get it back!") I also tried my hand at rotating teams and catching Pokemon only relevant to that Region. (No Kanto/Sinnoh/Unova/Hoenn Pokemon were captured in Johto, unless they evolved into a Johto Pokemon. The only exception to the rule was an Eevee I got in Unova, because it was relevant to my character's story, and Benga's Dratini.) This journey has spanned through HeartGold, Platinum, and White 2 on Hard Mode. It will continue in Y, because it's been too much fun to abandon.
My favorite part was rotating my team around. I had to make sure each Pokemon was in at least two Gyms. (Which means I could theoretically rotate a team of 16 Pokemon and they could all get experience.) I would often go out on the field with Pokemon I picked out randomly, so I wouldn't rely on the same few Pokemon. I kept my starter, Heracross, on me at all times, of course. In HeartGold, I had a team of about 8. In Sinnoh, 7. (I really wish I caught more.) In Unova, my team expanded to about 10. In Unova's post-game, I added 13 more, giving my Unova team 23 Pokemon to work with. 23 was too much to juggle all at once and keep them all properly trained, along with my starter, but they still got a lot of use in the World Tournament.
I highly suggest that everyone gives rotation a shot. In Generation V, now that weaker Pokemon can gain experience faster, and with an abundance of Audino, it's the perfect chance to try and rotate. I suggest starting small, with a team of 8 or 9. That way, you don't get overwhelmed.
For reference, my current Unova team is: Heracross, Emboar, Serperior, Dewott, Hydreigon, Unfezant, Lilligant, Krookodile, Cinccino, Vanillish, Mienshao, Bouffalant, Dragonair, Duosion, Umbreon, Frillish, Dragonair, Karrablast, Axew/Fraxure, Archen, Lillipup, Yamask, Roggenrola, Larvesta, and Zorua. I'll also mix in my older Pokemon whenever I feel like it.
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