Finally…. it is done. The Gym Leaders have not posted much here in the last few weeks, but it has been for a good reason (we hope). Instead, we’ve been trading on the GTS, riding tirelessly in circles around the Lumiose Tower, flying back and forth to Camphrier Town and then riding up and down Route 7, waiting for eggs to “be discovered” (I think our Ditto definitely deserves a vacation). From there we’d go battle in the Battle Chateau and with the Elite 4 to level up newly hatched pokemon. What has all this been about? It will take a little explaining, but it was to create a trading database at our league to help anyone who is trying to do so, complete the National Pokedex on their video game. We’ve dubbed it, Project Shiny Charm.
As most of you know, the Shiny Charm is a key item obtainable in Pokemon X/Pokemon Y and past Pokemon video games. To obtain the charm, you have to literally “catch ’em all”, meaning obtain or catch every single pokemon character. At the moment, there are 709 required to complete the “dex”. The exceptions are the pokemon that cannot be caught in any the video games, the “event pokemon”. These have been released only through promotional distributions and these guys are: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Manaphy, Phione, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta and Genesect. All the other legendary pokemon have been obtainable, at some point, in previous games. For those of you playing X or Y, you have probably noticed that only 454 pokemon are available in-game. That of course means that the remaining 255 pokemon have to be traded onto your game.
We still have not explained what the Shiny Charm does. As it stood, if you don’t have the charm, your chances of encountering a shiny in the wild are 1 in 8,192 battles. And, no, that does not mean that after you battle 8,192 times in the wild that you are guaranteed to encounter a shiny. Your odds at that point are still, 1 in 8,192. Statistics classes are best saved until you go to college. I completed my math requirement at W&L in 1995 and have no desire to either discuss or relive anything math related at this point. That being said, the shiny charm increases your chance of encountering a shiny by 300%, making it a ratio of 1 in 2730.6. If we understand what they did for X & Y correctly, they cut the ratio in these games from 1 in 8192 to 1 in 4096. If that is the case, then the charm cuts the ratio to 1 in 1365.3 in both X & Y. There are other methods and factors that enter into breeding, but that is as far as we are going for this article. It does work, as we (emphasis on “we”, get Marthe to tell the story of how she stole the 1st one) have encountered 2 since obtaining the charm.
So, what makes a shiny so special? They look cool… and yeah, that’s about it. Shiny pokemon sport a different color pattern than regular ones. At one point, several games ago, they had set values for boosted IV stats. However, in recent generation games, they have the same odds to have good stats as any other pokemon. Don’t get me wrong, some of the shiny pokemon look awesome, but that is as deep as that rabbit hole goes. Oh yeah, and there is a brief sparkle around them when they enter into battle. It is brief, but its a really cool sparkle as far as sparkles go.
The beauty of the National Pokedex is that while it requires every pokemon to have been present on your current game at some point, they do not have to stay there. This means that a brief “trade-over” and “trade-back” completes the requirement. Gym Leaders Joel and Marthe completed the “dex” a while ago, but did so by trading back and forth and evolving many of the pokemon needed for a complete list. For this project, we had to go back and breed many of the “Stage 2” guys so that we could get their “basic” and next evolution. What slowed that process was the large number of pokemon that have ridiculous evolution requirements, like “high friendship” while leveling up in the morning hours, or with stones that are very difficult to obtain, like Dusk Stone in the “Secret Super Training”, or standing on 1 foot while yodeling (not sure that is one of them, but after playing this game long enough, the urge to yodel becomes surprisingly hard to fight…., okay, maybe that’s just Joel). As of last night, at about 3:00am, when Gym Leader Joel hatched #406, a Budew, we now have everyone, in order, mind you, on Joel’s game.
Why do all of this? Only recently have all of the Gym Leaders started exploring the more competitive side of the video game. In doing so, we are planning to expand what we do at the Gym to include more video game events. We hope that this will attract some more video game players to join us at the Gym. Most of you know that 5:00-5:30pm at the Gym is our designated trading time for card players (no big whoop, if you only play the VG). Now we can expand that to include the video game. If you are a fan of the video game and are trying to complete your National Dex, but are having trouble finding something, trade with us. Now keep in mind, if you have only 40 pokemon on your game, we will not have time to trade, back and forth, the other 669. If you want the Charm, we encourage you to work on your dex on your own and see us when you need help. We have not been able to access the “Pokemon Bank” from the library yet, but if we are able, then we could use it to place the entire dex on your game (and then or course, back to ours) in just a few minutes. If we ever get that set up, that would be awesome, but for now we are limited to trading the old fashioned way.
The Gym Leaders know that through action replays, computer programs and various other methods of hacking, you can obtain whatever shiny pokemon with whatever stats you want. We don’t know (or care), but you may be able to hack the Charm as well. Call it what you want, but the correct word for that is cheating. We play the TCG and VG for fun and have never embraced the win at all costs mentality, especially in a kids game. We don’t net-deck in the TCG and we don’t cheat in the VG. If you’re into that, well, just like Brisco says, “More power to you.” If want help completing your National Pokedex, come see Gym Leader Joel at the next league meeting. Until then, see you at the Gym!