Pokemon Happiness

By Matt

Happiness, another overlooked game mechanic, is much underestimated. It has the potential for Normal-type moves to reach a maximum of 105 power. But before all this, I will explain happiness. Each Pokemon starts out with base happiness, which is expressed by a number. By completing various tasks, like battling with it, leveling it up, etc. its happiness will increase. Wild Pokemon usually have a base happiness (>0), but legends do not (0). Starting from 0, the maximum happiness stat can be 255, much like a maximized stat in Effort Values (EVs).

There are various ways to get happiness increased everyday. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, there was a person who would groom your Pokemon for a few hundred Poke Dollars. (Based on the day, there would be a barber, or his brother, which was a little less skilled.) The Soothe Bell makes Pokemon friendlier, but you have to perform at least one of the actions mentioned above, since this item increases the happiness received out of the action. One thing I never realized is how herbs decrease happiness. In Pokemon Coliseum, I never bought regular Potions; I would always get herbs, since the Revival Herb is like a Max Revive, but not as rare. These items decreased Pokemon’s happiness, regardless of the fact that they were cheap and effective. This is not a negative thing, though; one can utilize the move Frustration and maximize damage by only giving your Pokemon herbs.
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Pokemon Event Celebi

By Matt

In March 2011, there was an event going on at all local GameStops. It was even broadcasted on TV that an Event Celebi would be given out for a short period of time before the release of Pokemon Black and White Versions. When you go to GameStop, you would select Mystery Gift and then Receive from Wireless. This would give you the pass to receive Celebi, which could be accessed when you talk to the deliveryman in any Poke Mart. This could be done for any versions compatible for the DS; this includes Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver. If you got Celebi in HeartGold or SoulSilver, you could access a quick cutscene where you would travel in time with Celebi.

To do this, you would need to prepare your strongest team (just in case you were faced with a strong opponent). Then, go to the Ilex Forest with your Celebi as your lead Pokemon (it has to be walking behind you). When you got to the house-thing close to the entrance, your friend Lyra would come with her Marill. She would then ask how things have been, and accidentally be teleported back in time with you (and leaving her Marill behind!). After a short break, you would find yourself back three years, and in Team Rocket’s secret headquarters before you ruined their plans. There would be a member of Team Rocket in there, and challenge you to a Pokemon battle. When you won, the radio would sound out, calling for Team Rocket members. Celebi would then transport you to a different place. You would then find your rival battling Giovanni, head of Team Rocket, and win.
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Pokemon “Eeveelutions” In-Depth

By Matt

Last time, I covered the strange mystery that is an Eevee. I will be more specific on how you can get Eevee’s “Eeveelutions” through various games. Through the classic games, a Water Stone would turn Eevee into Vaporeon, the one with lots of HP. A Thunderstone will turn Eevee into Jolteon, and a Fire Stone, into Flareon. To turn Eevee into Espeon or Umbreon, you need to increase its happiness. Before time-based Pokemon games came out (time is the deciding factor for this evolution), you would need a Sun Stone for it to turn into Espeon, the sly, powerful, Psychic-type, or Umbreon, the well-rounded Dark-type.

In games like Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, you would need a Solar or Lunar Ribbon, and of course, feed your Eevee some gummies for its IQ to increase. More specifically, in games (starting from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Versions) you would need to evolve Eevee between 12pm and 12am; this is considered daytime in Pokemon. On the other hand, 12am to 12pm is considered night time; it’s required you get your Eevee happy enough to turn it into Umbreon. To get the two recent forms, Leafeon and Glaceon, you would need to also make it happy, but you must be near certain stones. Since there are no places with stones in Johto/Kanto (Heart Gold and Soul Silver Versions), it’s impossible to get a Leafeon or Glaceon there; you may need to trade it from Diamond or Pearl version.
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Pokemon Natures And Natural Selection

By Matt

Natures are another aspect of Pokemon that are important to potential (stat-wise). They determine an increase in one stat, and a decrease in the other. Depending on what you prefer, it will be difficult to get a Pokemon with the nature you want. There are 25 different Natures, most of them raising one stat and lowering the other. The ones that do not are known as Neutral Natures, and will not hinder or advance the progress of any one stat. These natures are Hardy, Docile, Serious, Bashful, and Quirky.

Specifically, Natures will increase a stat’s progression by 1.1x (10%) as well as lower it (0.9x, or 10% down). The reason why there are 25 Natures is that there needs to be a Nature for every single combination (HP is excluded when dealing with Natures). You can tell (most of the time) what a Nature’s effect will be if you just look at it.
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Pokemon That Evolve Based on Happiness or Evolution Factors: Pokemon Happiness

Pokemon Evolution: Happiness

So you caught a Woobat, and you now want a Swoobat; or perhaps, you have an adorable Eevee you want to evolve into an intimidating Umbreon. Well it could be a good 40 levels of training until you realize that your Pokemon has shown no sign of evolution. Level after level, becoming letdown by each time you don’t hear that beautiful tune that signifies evolution. Now you are beginning to blame the Daycare man for dropping your Pokemon as an egg, thus hindering it from a normal development.

Don’t become frustrated at your Pokemon, because it isn’t evolving because it isn’t happy.
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Shiny Pokemon

By Anonymous

Shiny Pokemon is a specific character with different coloration to what is usual for its species. The term “Shiny Pokemon” refers to the sparkling sound effect and animation made at the start of an encounter with one in the games. Shiny Pokemon in the games may differ in color from their normal counterparts either very little or very much. An evolutionary line is not necessarily guaranteed to have similar alternate colorations, even if their standard colorations remain consistent; both Ponyta and Rapidash have orange flames, but an alternate colored Ponyta has blue flames, while an alternate colored Rapidash has gray flames. Continue reading “Shiny Pokemon”

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Third Generation Shiny Pokemon Review

By Emily

Of all the generations, the third has some of the best shiny Pokemon, and most of my personal favorites come from here. Both rare and common characters have had good luck with their shiny form colors, and one of the best was even turned into an event.

Milotic was given out as a shiny event in 2008 and 2009 during the yearly Video Game Championships. Japan had this event at the end of 2008 and it was only available to Platinum games. It was available in Europe and the United States during the first half of the year and was only available on certain days due to the dates of the tournaments. Its shiny form is a very nice change from regular, and the red and gold of the tail go together nicely.
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Recommended Pokemon Games You Should Buy

By Anonymous

Lately have you heard about the new Pokemon DS games coming out? There are two of them and they are called Black and White. They are going to come out on March 6, 2011. The legendary Pokemon you get in the Black version is called Reshiram. The legendary Pokemon you get in the White version is called Zekrom. At GameStop these games cost $34.99 each. If you like Pokemon cards and you get packs wishing for Lv.X’s, EX’s, or Prime’s you don’t have to do that anymore. You just can get a tin. They always come with at least one Lv.X, EX or Prime and you get to choose!

I think for the Pokemon plushes you should get Pokemon Center plushes because they are made officially by Nintendo. For the DS games in between Heart gold and Soul silver I would recommend getting Soul silver. I would recommend getting Soul silver because Ho-oh is a stronger character (at least I think) and you get to catch him at Lv.70. And in between Platinum, Diamond and Pearl I would recommend getting Platinum. I would recommend getting Platinum because it is more updated than Diamond and Pearl.
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