Curse You, Swear Filter!
by, 27th April 2013 at 11:59 PM (227 Views)
Last night, I spotted a shiny Golgantes, level 57, on the GTS. The asking price was pretty darned reasonable; the Trainer wanted a Froslass. I searched through the offerings and found nothing, so I tossed off a Mew and asked for a trade. But while I had that set up, I figured that I could just go ahead, hatch a female Snorunt, evolve it and take care of everything in one fell swoop.
We'll refer to that as mistake number one.
I hopped on Emerald, bred my Glalie and got two females right off the bat. I boxed the second one and sent the first to Pearl, then to Black. I then blew a Dawn Stone on her, ran back to Nimbasa, hopped on the GTS and tried to trade.
Here's where things get stupid.
I found the Golgantes, tried to trade and each time I tried, I was greeted with “That Pokemon may not be offered for trade (13267)!”. Irritated, I asked Prime to look into the error message. The first piece of info suggested that it might be a hack block but I immediately disabused him of that notion as I had just hatched the bloody thing on Emerald and evolved it myself. In fact, we don't even have an AR in the house. It is impossible for me to hack anything. So he dug a little further and found this.*
*Language warning for those who may be offended, so read at your own risk.
Oh yeah, in my haste I had forgotten to nickname said Froslass. So I was now in possession of a Pokemon that I could not trade. I was utterly livid.
Now, I got lucky: someone took pity on me and sent me a Japanese Froslass, which could pass the swear filter. But it was still an irritating experience. It's also one that make me wonder if maybe Nintendo shouldn't tinker around with the GTS anymore. Sure, it would be great to put the smack-down on all the nitwits asking for hacks but if they can screw up a simple swear filter...
The Golgantes is now resting in one of my shiny boxes, awaiting some EV training. The Froslass' fate is still in the air. I may use her to breed other females, only this time I'll make damn sure to name them before I try and trade.
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