Like I said in my other post, maybe this means we'll get the starters before they reach level 5?
Or maybe this time around the game was designed so that you lose your first battle?
I'm pretty sure that in BW2 Hugh's starter knew their super effective move in the second battle which was really close to the first. However, I don't know about anyone else, but he never even used the move when I battled him so maybe that'll appen this time too.Typically, you first face your rival as one of your first battles after you get your starter Pokémon, and the rival typically receives the starter Pokémon that's strong against your starter. This does not prove to be a large advantage in the first battle since, typically, neither Pokémon would have their elemental attacks, making the type a non-factor. If you had to face your rival with a starter that's strong against yours and has a move to take advantage of the type advantage, then you'll need a significant advantage elsewhere to overcome it.
...Is that it? Losing the rival battle?
Signature is a WIP for the moment.
For now, I have claimed: Mewtwo, Member's Card, Wide Lens, Honey Gather, and Psystrike.
I don't have a preference of the mean like Blue/friendly like Hugh issue, but I just like that we have those different types. Imagine if every rival were exactly like Blue. It would get... Old. But it DOES seem like they've gotten progressively friendlier through the generations...
As for the sibling idea, that was mine, but it seems like with the new customization features, it might get a bit complicated...
dont get rid of rivals but i would want them to be a true antagonist
"I may seem simple but truth be told I am a highly complex and dangerous being."
Purrloin at a relatively young age and feeling powerless to help her by rescuing it for years would be traumatic. I would be heartbroken if something like that happened to me. I would be curious to see if they could make another rival with a more tragic reason for traveling around like that, although without getting too depressing.
I'd like it if the rival is...
1. Cheren-ish: Already competent and intelligent. Not rude, not snobby. Willing to give you a few tips and gets surprised and impressed as you grow stronger in the game.
2. Wally-ish. A rookie that you have to take care of and teach. Always looks up to you and dreams of becoming strong. Has an amazing growth rate and becomes a threat in trainer battles.
I don't want rivals like Silver. I liked his story and all but I prefer friendly rivalry than mean and taunting. Same goes to Gary. I like his character, but no more meanies.
Oh, and speaking of Gary, I'd like the rival to be the champion again.
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I wouldn't mind another rival like Bianca. I loved her character in-game. She was always friendly and cheerful, and she had a nice character growth into the Professor's assistant in B2W2.
One thing that strikes me with her is that she's one of few characters (apart from player characters and rivals) in the games to shown to have parents or family to have some form of importance, and they play an (albeit small) part in her story. Her father is very adamant against her journeying because of her air-headed ways and is worrying about her a lot. It had a nice sense of realism to it, and the scene that plays out in B/W when you arrive in Nimbasa and Elesa convinces her father to let her continue travelling is quite a touching little moment.
Personally, Rival Wise, I wouldn't mind someone who was kind of a mix between Bianca and Wally, caring and friendly, but doubts there strength. And by the end of the game, they would've earned a lot of confidence, and become a major pain in the neck for the final rival battle before the Elite 4.
I dunno, I guess I'm geared to love stories about characters who overcome self doubt.
I don't count N as a "rival" in the traditional sense, even though I think he's the most well-written, complex character in the franchise so far. If they have another rival-esque character, whether or not they're related to the villian team or just a recurring character who battles you, who plays a major part in the story, then good for the writers. Although I do think the story has to make enough sense for a character like that to fit.