brightknightie: Misty picks up and hugs eevee (Pokemon Go)
There's a Level 40 player in my neighborhood gym. Is she visiting someone? Or spoofing her location? I've never seen her avatar's name here before.

My Princess Blissey — Queen Blissey has slightly higher CP, but a slightly less strong defensive moveset — recently held the top of the neighborhood gym for 7 days in a row. New personal record! Now, after the gym changed teams a few times at the weekend, she's just #5 below the pokemon of several high-level players whose avatar names I don't recognize, including this Level 40 trainer. Whose avatar wears a mask.

Peculiar.

brightknightie: Misty picks up and hugs eevee (Pokemon Go)
Per Reversal (YouTube episode, ~4 minutes), Toronto currently has more Level 40 players (57!) than any city in the world, and their Pokemon Go community got together to commemorate it. How?

Simultaneously, they maxed out 4 gyms — Mystic/Blue, Valor/Red, Instinct/Yellow — with 10 Level 40 trainers each.

Absolutely awesome.

brightknightie: Misty picks up and hugs eevee (Pokemon Go)
A shiny magikarp was waiting for me between my apartment and my mailbox when I got home tonight! I wasn't shiny-hunting; I was fetching my snail-mail. It has 70% IVs, but... shiny! (I was so excited that I can't even remember now whether it was shiny (yellow) or normal (orange) on the main screen before I tapped it.* But there is a "shiny" animation to catch your attention once you tap a shiny, in case you don't otherwise recognize the difference.)

I wonder how rare these will turn out to be? In the main-series games, I understand, the red gyarados was the one shiny all but guaranteed to every player. Perhaps we're all meant to encounter one shiny magikarp during this United Nations World Water Day (week) event? Hmmm.

(Oh, yeah, and remember to sign up for [community profile] fkficfest soon. That's important, too. Sure. Of course it is. Shiny shiny shiny... ~grin~)

* Addendum: Mystic7 reports that shininess becomes visible after tapping. Also, shiny spawns, unlike all others, are individual (that is, for only one player each time). Oh, and shiny magikarp can reportedly be non-shiny dittos... cruel tease!
brightknightie: Misty picks up and hugs eevee (Pokemon Go)
Idea: Blisseys should decline to battle the babies or wounded pokémon! This would be in-universe in-character, would help enormously with the newly blissey-clogged gyms in urban areas, and wouldn't be a nerf if it's been there, undiscovered, since Gen 2 released last Thursday.

(Not gonna happen. But it would be neat.)
brightknightie: Misty picks up and hugs eevee (Pokemon Go)
I understand that ongoing games require periodic rebalancing to remain competitive. Yet it felt like adding insult to injury when I hatched a new lapras (10K egg) shortly after realizing that my pet powered-up lapras had been nerfed in the latest rebalancing.

Lapras had been the most elegant of the high-powered pokémon: pretty, useful, intelligent, and dignified. (Plus, every now and then, a lapras buddy looks fondly at your avatar. So engaging!) I'd poured huge quantities of stardust — and so many, many, many kilometers walked (including through most of the Valentine's double-candy event) — into powering up my lapras as high as my trainer level allowed. She'd had my fourth-highest CP, and was my go-to gym defender (when not my buddy), even over my snorlax, because she adds both class and diversity to gyms. Now she has my ninth-highest CP, down under gengar and above cloyster, and I don't even know where her moveset falls anymore.

Granted, I should have known this was coming. Lapras was left out of the previous rebalancing because of the big lapras event in Japan's Tōhoku region (trying to help bring in tourism, as they're still recovering from the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant incident). I should have guessed that her omission wasn't permanent. Indeed, I should have recognized that the event itself made lapras rebalancing more necessary for the overall meta-game. (But. Still. Niantic, why did you have to hurt my lapras?)

Did any of your pet pokémon get nerfed?
brightknightie: Misty picks up and hugs eevee (Pokemon Go)
By virtue of the double-candy mechanic in Pokémon Go's current Valentine's event (which runs into the morning of February 15, Pacific Time), I got to evolve togepi into togetic today!

Of togetic's possible movesets, mine got the one that's best for attacking (zen headbutt & dazzling gleam), with the psychic-type quick move (the steel-type quick move is togetic's best for defending). Should I spend stardust powering up my togetic? Probably not, I'm thinking (togetic's GamePress entry). Togetic is every bit a middle-stage evolution, with limited movesets and stats. On the one hand, this implies that Niantic is designing with togepi's final stage, togekiss, properly in mind, which is right and just. On the other hand, with no Gen2 yet, Gen4 is forever if ever away.

This leaves me exactly 2 pokémon short of completing my regional pokedex (for today's available pokemon): dragonite and kabutops.
brightknightie: Misty picks up and hugs eevee (Pokemon Go)
You may remember that gyarados was one of the 4 pokémon still missing from my North American pokédex. No longer! (3 to go.)

Saturday morning, at least 40 minutes' drive north, over the border into an adjacent poké-biome where they get more water types (my immediate area gets bug, ground and fire types), I picked up a green 2K egg. Saturday afternoon, that egg hatched a magikarp, boosting my magikarp candy count over 400 at last! Saturday evening, I evolved my one (and probably only ever) gyarados. It has 96% IVs; I've been saving up that prime magikarp for this purpose for months. Unfortunately, it got the poorest available gyarados moveset (bite and twister), but, hey, even a less efficient gyarados is by far a more effective gym defender than most other pokémon species ("Category: Atrocious" ~grin~).

In other weekend pokénews, I earned my gold medal in fairy types, and, still campaigning for diversity in gyms, I held slots (for at least a few hours each) with my muk, vileplume, and cloyster. Muk looks so weird on top of gyms, spreading ickily all over! Vileplume is cute and deadly, with her solar beam. Cloyster seems happy, icing all comers.

(As a reminder, last week was an update, so this week is a nest migration. If you've got any good nests nearby (Silph Road Atlas), you may want to stop by before 12 AM Thursday UTC — afternoon Wednesday, my time.)

tiny happinesses

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 12:04 am
brightknightie: Misty picks up and hugs eevee (Pokemon Go)
I hatched an 89% IVs snorlax with the best available defensive moveset today, and also an 89% hitmonlee with two fighting-type moves (just right for using against snorlaxes).

I picked up their eggs from unknown pokéstops an hour distant, Saturday morning, helping a friend with a chore. (I must admit that I spring for an incubator each time that I spin a 10K egg.)
brightknightie: Misty picks up and hugs eevee (Pokemon Go)
You can have many kinds of Pokémon Go fun. You can work on completing your pokédex. You can train in gyms. You can maintain your daily streaks, raise your trainer level, earn badges, enjoy Niantic's events, hike to hatch eggs, contribute to research on the Silph Road or GamePress, and sort and rank and catalogue to your heart's content! (Breeding, trading, and player-versus-player are all supposedly in development.)

I also give myself assignments ("quests"). For weeks, I've been meaning to share my Great Clefable Quest (drama! disappointment! second chances!). And I'm on the verge of fulfilling my Alakazam Attacker Quest (maybe soon!).

But tonight I just wanted to share that I'm exactly 4 pokémon away from completing my North American pokédex for all pokémon available at this time! Who am I missing? Read more... )
brightknightie: Misty picks up and hugs eevee (Pokemon Go)
There's been some chatter around TrainerTips lately regarding 100% IV pokémon, because TrainerTipsNick caught a wild 100% IV omastar (wow). They're fun to have! I happen to have 5 (listed below). Yet it's important to understand that unless we're powering them all the way up, "100% perfect" is only a vanity license plate. It confers no advantage in gym bouts. It plays no role in moveset distribution. It's just kinda neat. ;-)

What are IVs? )

My own 5 100%s are: beedrill, rapidash, starmie, tauros, and arbok. blithering about my 100% pokémon )

How about you, fellow trainers? Any 100% IV pokemon on your squads? Or do you have much better things to do than feed data into PokeAssistant? :-D

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