What really happened to Brock?

May 12, 2011

I’m still here, even though it gets longer and longer between the posts.
Between all the studying, I find time to play som ‘mon and stuff. (It’s really between all the gaming I find time to some studying, but who’s noticing?)

Here the other day, I was out and about in the 5th dimension (commonly called Internet).  I don’t know how it lead up to it, but I ended up reading about Professor Ivy.
“Professor who?”, you say?


Well, Professor Felina Ivy, which is her whole name, has never been in any of the Pokémon games, but has starred in the anime. She is a good friend and colleague with Professor Oak.
When Ash, Misty, Brock and Tracy meet her on Valencia Island, in the episode “Pokéball Peril”, they have just started on their Orange Island journey.  Professor Ivy has found a special ball known as the GS Ball, but despite all her efforts and equipments, she fails to open the GS Ball, so she asks Ash the task to deliver the enigmatic Pokéball to Professor Oak.

Pokéfans who’ve played Gold, Silver or Crystal verisons for Game Boy, might have heard about the GS Ball. Whether or not, it’s not hard to tell what the initials mean, especially with the colours of the GS Ball.
Within the games, the GS Ball allowed access to the rare and exclusive Celebi. This, off course, was only for the Japanese games, and the rest of the world was left without # 251.

Like with any other pretty women, Brock falls in love with Professor Ivy, to the normal utter upset from the others. However, he notices  that Professor Ivy and her three assistant triplets are so focused in their work, that they have neglected most of the household tasks, which leaves Brock to deal with it.

When Ash and co. are about to leave, Brock surprisingly chooses to stay with Professor Ivy and the others as her house keeping assistant and leaves Ash, Misty and Tracy to go without him.

Brock doesn’t join the gang again, until the Johto journey starts, and then it is the good old gang again with himself, Ash and Misty.
However, it has clearly happened something with Brock and Professor Ivy during his stay at Valencia island, because he is very reluctant of talking about the Professor.
Every time Professor Ivy’s name is brought up, he curls up in a ball and say “Don’t mention that name!”.

What happened to Brock?!?

It has been a fan favourite to speculate about, no doubt.
Maybe during his failed attempts of getting closer to Professor Ivy ended in her getting a boyfriend on her own, to Brocks heartbreak. Or maybe he was bound and gagged by the professor, with a little help of the assistant triplets.

(Shiver…)

Will we ever know?

Let’s all be grateful!

April 24, 2011

I’m going to continue on my Pokémon to Blog About – 100-stat-Legendary Special, which has lasted for over half a year now, due to being a little lazy. (Yes I’m admitting. Let’s go on now!)

This time the Pokémon to blog about will be about the last one in the 4th generation and the second of the two Grass types in the 100-stat category. It could almost be both the second and third one as well.

I’m talking, or more like blogging about Shaymin, the Gratitude Pokémon!

Like all the 100-stat Legendaries, Shaymin is famous for being shy and secretive, mainly for the reason that GameFreak and Nintendo has been very stingy about letting trainers have the opportunity to catch it.

Shaymin is one of the three Legendaries in the Diamond/Pearl generation NOT being introduced in Diamond and Pearl. (What?!) This was because it is an event-only Pokémon, not having an event in Europe or America until the Platinum version.

The only way to get access to Shaymin was to download Oak’s Letter via Nintendo WFC, which is a Key Item that activates access from Route 224.
Otherwise, owners of Diamond and/or Pearl were able to download a “Special Movie Giveaway”-Shaymin when the movie “Giratina and the Sky Warrior” had its premiere.

Recently it was available to download as a Wi-Fi-Event to Pokémon Rangers: Guardian Signs probably to some special missions. (Sorry, I’ve just played the first Pokémon Ranger game, so i don’t know for sure.)
After completing the special mission, one could transfer the Shaymin to any of the main games.

Shaymin is special for having two different formes! Like Giratina, the second forme was gaven in Platinum and not in Diamond and Pearl. This makes it the only 100-stat Legendary that has two Formes!

However, when changed into the other Forme, also known as the Sky Forme, its stats changes! It goes from a 100-stat Legendary to a non-100-stat Legendary? Well, yes and no – the stats on Shaymin’s Sky Forme sums up to 600, like its original Land Forme and the rest.

To get the Sky Forme Shaymin, you had to get another (!) item. This item, however, is not WFC based fortunately: When successfully having caught Shaymin, just go to Floaroma Town and talk to a blond woman outside when having Shaymin in the party. She will then give the trainer a Gracidea Flower.
Shaymin changes from Land Forme to Sky Forme when the Gracidea Flower is used during the day. At the evening Shaymin will revert to its original Land Forme and won’t change until morning arrives again. Technically, this means that Sky Forme Shaymin is available between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Also, if Shaymin gets frozen solid it will revert to its Land Forme.

Shaymin is also known to have a different cry, depending on its Forme, which is unusual for any Pokémon, Formes or not Formes. This cry is not available to be checked in the gen IV Pokédex, because it’s impossible to have a Sky Forme Shaymin as the first encounter on the Pokedex.
Strangely enough Pikachu is also known for having a different cry than it normally has. In Pokémon Yellow, the Pikachu given as a starter Pokémon had been taken from Ikue Ohtani herself as to reseble the anime cry.
In Black and White, however, both cries if Shaymin can be checked  in the Pokédex.

Another thing notable about the Shaymin that can be caught within the game is that it is listed as “A fateful encounter”, even though it really should be listed as “Caught in Flower Paradise”.
This is actually as to differ from the Shaymin encoded in Diamond and Pearl that cannot change Forme. Why? Because, someone found a glitch in the games that could take the trainer from Veilstone City to Flower Paradise so no WFC event was necessary. So GameFreak and Nintendo simply disallowed the cheaters to get the special Sky Forme.

So let’s all be grateful for the Shaymin that is legally caught. After all it is the Gratitude Pokémon!

Thoughts about Japan

March 22, 2011

It’ still just less than two weeks ago that the major earthquake hit Japan.
This wouldn’t be so bad, as buildings in Japan are designed to endure eartquakes, if it weren’t for the following tsunami, which devastated infrastructure and lives.
If that weren’t enough, nuclear power plants suffered by the tsunami, and have caused them to overheat and some of these actually to explode.

This again has resulted in a concern for radiation in not just the Sendai area that was struck, but throughout all of Japan.

Although, hardly of any importance at all, considering the circumstances, Nintendo nor Game Freak did suffer from the catastrophy, having their HQs located in Kyoto and Tokyo respectively.

You might have heard rumours about Junichi Masuda, one of the members of the Game Freak board of directors and also known as the father of Pokémon, has passed.
These are JUST FALSE RUMOURS!! He did not suffer any damage from the catastrophy any more any other Japanese outside of the zone that was hit.

Nintendo along with other Japanese companies including Sony, have offered their aid economically.

There have been some questions raised about gamers outside of Japan, being subdued to the consequences of the catastrophy.

The Pokémon Global Link site, which were scheduled to be launched on March 30th, has been delayed.
This is also because the main server, which is located in Japan, is currently down, but of course mainly because of Japan’s sufferings. Even the Japanese website is temporarily down.

As already said, these are the least to worry about now. Japan has started the recovery process and will hopefully go back to normal as soon as possible!

Pokémon Black and White out in US!

March 7, 2011

This Sunday was the day that Black and White Versions were released in the US!

Speaking of the US, the Unova region is said to be far from Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh, which resebles parts of Japan. The Unova region is actually resembling New York and the area surrounding the metropolis. So what better way to mark the US release on this blog than to have a picture of the Unova map!

This may also mark the day that many starts at generation V and probably leave generation IV. Not me, though. As blogged just recently, telling about my unfinished business back there.

Even though I feel that it’s good to have a brand new start, the new generation really took me on surprise. I really can’t believe that the Diamond/Pearl generation actually was introduced four  years ago.

The D/P generation is said by many to be the weakest generation so far, but I’ve actually recently reached 999:59  in gameplay time on my Diamond save file (yeah yeah, it’s a little embarrasing), being the game I’ve played the most.

Let’s not forget, however, that this generation brought in the physical/special split system, which really lifted the battle system, and promoted some Pokémon with new evolutions – Magnezone, Porygon-Z, Roserade among others. And let’s not forget the connectivity with the rest of the world!

Diamond and Pearl had som good tunes as well. Just like on Route 216 and 217.

Notice that Diamond, Pearl and Platinum have a little different version of each Route and City depending on the time of the day.

Pokémon Black and White has been released!

March 4, 2011

Today marks the day that a brand new generation of Pokémon starts!
I have got myself a copy of Pokémon Black Version and so far it has only impressed!
I’ve been concerned about the graphics, seeing most of the screenshots in close-up, but the battles are more dynamic than before, or, actually dynamic as never before!

 

With Pokémon Black and White, Game Freak has promised better communication with trainers all over the world, and puts the Friend Code system introduced eith Diamond and Pearl at the sideline.

With Black and White, a new start for the franchise is introduced with all new Pokémon. It’s a bold decision, but it sure works!

Pokémon to Blog About: the Seafarer and the Sea Drifter

March 3, 2011

This Pokémon to Blog About is going to be about the the Legendary Pokémon that is supposedly born on a cold sea floor and consists of 80% water and – off course – being a Water type Legendary.

It is Manaphy, the Sefaring Pokémon!


Manaphy is one of the two 100-stat Legendaries introduced with generation IV and not available within the games except for special events or gifts from other (spin-off) games.

By being a Water type and consisting mostly of water it gets really affected by environmental changes in oceans, such as pollution increase, or decrease in mineral levels or other substance levels such as CO2. No wonder why it’s so rare. (Well, basically the keyword here is Legendary.)

However, it can use water to its advantage too. Whenever it’s raining, Manaphy can heal itself, by letting pure rain water flow trough its body. This makes it naturally that Manaphy has the ability Hydration, which heals it from status conditions such as paralyze or poison when rain is set as a weather condition, such as using the move Rain Dance, the ability Drizzle or being in an area with rain.

In battle, this gives Manaphy a huge advantage: Not only can it be healed from status inflictions by having rain set in battle, but all Water type moves gain power and all Fire type moves gets weaker.

Also, Manaphy has a signature move called Heart Swap, which makes it switch stat changes with the opponent. This means that whenever the opponent tries to boost stats like Attack or Defense by using Bulk Up, Swords Dance, Iron Defense, Agility, etc., or whenever the opponents tries to lower Manaphy’s by using Growl, Charm, Screech, Fake Tears, etc., Manaphy can switch that with its opponent and use that advantage against it.

Nevertheless, it’s not the signature move that makes Manaphy so special among all the Legendaries. Manaphy is the only Legendary who can produce an offspring!

That’s right! When you put Manaphy in day-care with a Ditto, they’ll eventually make an Egg containing a different Pokémon called Phione – the Sea Drifter!

What happens if you put a Manaphy in Day-Care with Ditto?

Phione is much like Manaphy, being the Water type and having most of the same movepool. However, its stats are much lower being over all 80, and lacks Manaphy’s Heart Swap and Tail Glow.

Is has been very much discussed, whether Phione is a Legendary itself, having low stats (for a Legendary) and being able to breed and produce more Phiones. The last statement also questions its rarity, as there is, theoretically, no limits of how many Phiones you can get. But the supreme forces themselves have announced that Phione is a Legendary (just after they announced that it isn’t)!

Nonetheless, if Phione is a Legendary, then it is the weakest Legendary of all time!

Manaphy is known as the Seafaring Pokémon because it is known for swimming long distances to return to the place it was born, while Phione is known as the Sea Drifter Pokémon, because it uses a floatation sac on its head to drift around in the sea and, as Manaphy, makes it destination back to where it was born.

Now, I almost forgot: How do you get Manaphy?

Manaphy is one of the Legendaries of Generation IV not available within any of the RPG-games. In Japan Manaphy has recently been available through a Wi-Fi Event, and otherwise in Europe and US it has been available in the very first Pokémon Ranger game.

Once the main story of Pokémon Ranger is cleared, a “Special Mission”-option is available in the main menu, where, once entered, you have to write a password for a secret mission. Then you have to clear a mission about a newly-found egg stolen by the Go-Rock Squad.

The password and all about the mission can be read here: http://www.serebii.net/ranger/special.shtml

One week left until a new generation starts!

February 25, 2011

There’s lass than a week left until the brand new games are going to be released in Europe and only a few days later in America.

Nintendo and Game Freak has done a lot to prepare us fans for the new games. As I’ve already blogged about, the Legendary Dogs, Raikou, Entei and Suicune have all been available for download. Suicune is still up for downloading until sunday (27.02.11) so get it while it lasts!

When you’ve got all three of these Legendaries by the end of February, you can eventually transfer them onto either Pokémon Black or White Versions.
By doing this you’re able to get the special Zoroark with the wicked ability Illusion, which makes an illusion of the Pokémon that is last in the Pokémon team.

At the same time Celebi is available in game stores around Europe and USA!

The only Pokémon that are missing from the Pokédex to legally complete the Pokedex (on Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and/or SoulSilver) is Deoxys and Arceus.

Deoxys were actually available to transfer from Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs on a handful of conditions: Firstly, downloading a mission from the Nintendo WFC, then, secondly, do the mission – with another friend. As if it weren’t difficult enough to get a Wi-Fi connection suitable for the DS, you had to convince a friend to spend a lot of money on a game he or she probably wouldn’t have any self interest in.

And then it was Arceus. All was set ready for Arceus in Diamond, Pearl and Platinum. There were different Plates to be found that were designed for Arceus’s Multitype ability. All Nintendo needed to do was to give away the Azure Flute item over WFC, but alas. There weren’t any…

Please get me right. I’ve been more than happy ever since I got Celebi for the very first time in my ten years of playing the Pokémon games. The thing is: I want to fully and LEGALLY complete the Pokédex on my games.

On the Diamond version I’m less than 20 Pokémon away from reaching that goal and that includes both Deoxys and Arceus. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone about this goal either. So close!

Despite my hopes of getting these tiny bits of data really hang thread as thin as a spider’s, remember that a spider’s thread is more robust than steel! And hopefully there will be events for old ‘mons in Pokémon Black and White too!

 

My prayers have been heard!

February 17, 2011

This is just historical!!

Alongside the Legendary Beast Trio of Johto, Nintendo is clearly in a good mood before releasing the new games that opens the door for a new generation! (Has the sales number hit the sky in Japan? Good reviews?)

Nonetheless, while the Wi-Fi Event is all about the Beasts, Nintendo has an event going on in stores around Europe. And that event is nothing less than historical!

For the first time in Europe ever, Celebi is given away!!! CELEBI!

 

Here is a list of countries where Celebi is available:

http://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Celebi_travels_through_time,_around_globe

 

Celebi is deemed by many as the rarest Pokémon ever: It has never been released outside of Japan and the United States legally – until now! Japan hashad a few Events since back in Generation II where Celebi was introduced and U.S. had a single event with Generation III due to the 10th anniversary celebration of the Pokémon games.

This Celebi is not only special because of its rarity. It also unlocksa special story in HeartGold and SoulSilver versions including Giovanni – the leader of Team Rocket back in the Red, Blue and Yellow versions. That’s all I’m saying (and mostly all I know).

And not only that: when transferred to the upcoming games, Celebi makes it possible to get Zorua! A Pokémon I blogged about last year which, along with its evolution (Zoroark), has a very cool ability called Illusion, which makes it transform into one of the opponents Pokémon.

Seriously; it’s like someone working for Nintendo has been reading my blog and my woes! (Mr. Miyamoto-san, is that you?) Suddenly my prayers about the Pokémon games. And when Europe gets the new games even before America, which has never happened before…

Now go get the Celebi while the offer lasts!

(Note that I’m not responsible for content in external links, and while I’m at this serious part; I disclaim any ownership or responsibility of all pictures posted on this blog, the pictures have been taken via google.)

Happy new year! (Too late for that one, no?)

February 1, 2011

It has been waaay too long since last post!

It’s not that I’ve been in coma from the exams I’ve had – my computer has been, though…!

A LOT has happened since my long month of absence!

The first I want to say is that I think I’ve been heard through the blog, because all of a sudden Nintendo seems to be more kind to us Europeans than ever before!

I’ll base this statement on the fact that Europe has got a release date for Pokémon Black & White Versions!!! And that is before the games are released in the US!!

The release date will be on March 4th!! And as we’re getting close to the release, a lot of English Pokénames are being revealed! Some better than others, off course. Will blog about this later!

Nintendo is going to celebrating the new generation games by having the first event directly for Pookémon Black and White!

On the release day, there is going to be a WiFi-event where Black and White players are able to download Liberty Ticket, which gives access to the special Victini, a legendary Pokémon similiar to Mew & Legendary Co.!

And for you who, like me, are still playing the DS-games, some WiFi-events are just around the corner. The Legendary canines, Raikou, entei and Suicune, are to be able for download from February. One for each of the  three weeks starting February 7th with Raikou, then February 14th with Entei and ending with Suicune at february 21st. These are, in addition to be Legendary, in fact shiny!!

The deal with them is to transfer them to Black and/or White versions when that time comes, so a special Zoroark is available in the new games!

The best thing with these events? They are available in all the DS Versions: Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver!!

As if that wasn’t enough, Nintendo has a special gift in March for us Europeans which I’m going to blog about a little later on.

When you wish upon a ‘Rachi!

December 19, 2010

I’m not talkin’ about any form of ‘Rachi! I’m talkin’ about the JI-rachi! Or actually Jirachi!

It’s another Pokémon to be blogged about, continuing on my 100-stats-Lagendaries.

Jirachi was introduced in Ruby and Sapphire, or more correctly in that generation as it was not available by only having one or both of the versions.

Jirachi was a special-occasion Pokémon just like the previous and just like the rest!

Let’s get back to that further down, so another question can be answered first: What is so special about Jirachi?

Jirachi has perhaps one of the best type combinations of all of these 100-stat legendaries, being Psychic and Steel. That means that every weaknesses the Psychic type basically has, is covered by the Steel type (which are the Dark, Ghost and Bug types). However The Psychic type doesn’t cover all the weaknesses provided by the Steel type.

Apparently, Jirachi has a third eye on its torso, which I just recently noticed. According to Bulbapedia, this third eye can be called “the true eye”. The main task for this Eye is to absorb a lot of energy so it can hibernate, no not for a long winter, but rather a millennium.

Yes, the Pokédex consistently states that Jirachi is awake in only one week every thousand years. (Some life, huh?) During this week Jirachi will grant any wishes anyone who confronts it desires.

But during these thousand years… How does Jirachi stay unharmed from any dangers and damage?

Well, the Emerald Version Pokédex claims that it is protected by a “tough crystalline shell”.

These last two pics are from the movie “Jirachi: Wish Maker”, which in the anime is from back in the “Advanced Generation Series” (the first season linked to the Ruby/Sapphire versions).

There is also a Pokédex statement which claims that it fulfills the wishes people have written as notes set on its head. And… wait! Huh?! Hold it right there! How can people put notes on Jirachi’s head when it’s covered in a hard, protective shell?!

Well, the Pokédex is infamous for having “information” that doesn’t always seem a 100% waterproof. Any Jirachi used in the RPG-games, does NOT go to sleep for a thousand years, so any new proud owners of the rare Legendary can breathe normally again. Jirachi can, however, be induced with a SLEEP status and use the move Rest, but neither one of the two will result in a thousand-year SLEEP status.

There is another ‘however’, because another Pokédex statement claims that Jirachi will fight without awakening when it senses danger. Which could mean that Jirachis in the game are never really awake, but can fight normally. This could be somewhat explained by the move Sleep Talk, but then again Jirachi does not have Sleep talk in its level-up movepool and Sleep Talk requires the user being induced with the SLEEP status, and Jirachi isn’t even that when using other attacks.

So, what’s left… Well, Jirachi can still learn Wish, though. Although by now we vcould probably conclude that Jirachi may be renamed the Enigma Pokémon…

Next Pokémon to blog about will be a double, so stay blogged!