Hey guys! Still working on retooling and re organizing the site. As I am going through the process it has made me wonder if I should get rid of older, ramble-ly opinion pieces. But, I really want to make content in the mean time until I reboot other content, so for now, have some more of my ramblings.
Also possible CW/TW warnings for language and other things
also: Mother fucking spoilers
Gamefreak has a really weird fetish of making Pokemon that are both super powered but also useless.
Sheninja is a good example. This Pokemon that evolves in a weird way, but only has one Hp. On the other hand it has an ability that only lets it take damage in a very specific way. This Pokemon takes skill to use but done right it can be a force to be reckoned with. But literally, if you do hit it, that is IT. Revives or Pokemon centers, cause that dude is dead. Or, re dead. Okay, fainted. Whatever. They can’t take hits. That was the point.
Also on a separate point, Sun and Moon has features that are really divided amongst the “Pokemon Community.” I wouldn’t mind the changes to fishing in Sun and Moon, iiiiiiiiiif the encounter rates weren’t painfully low. Dratini took hours to find and I am still looking for Feabas. Also, I like grooming/ Poke Refresh over Amie and some of the other changes, I just think they need to be more refined if used in future games. Like, options to groom outside after battle, or Pokemon Amie features where you could encounter other trainers Pokemon via the online communication. The second of those two should have been able to happen in Poke Pelago or Festival Plaza. I like festival plaza because it streamlines where the mini-games are with where the battles and trades are, but it can be a little lack luster at times, even after putting effort into it. Poke Pelago is great too, just the upgrade costs are high and therefore some of it’s best stuff is a little less accessible than it could be. Also, as much as I prefer both over super training, I think there needs to be some tweaks before either festival plaza/ Pelago/ Hyper training really replace what six gen super training does. And SOS battles are great for shinny hunting, or can be, but can make regular Pokemon catching a pain.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE sun and moon. I thought I put a lot of hours into ORAS, but on Alpha sapphire I have an 80 hour play through. In the first four days Moon was out I was already at half that and I could easily get to 300 by the time the games have been out for a Month. Or, it is at least possible. Sun and Moon I have found to be one of my favorite poke experiences thus far. Although even if the pros out weigh the cons, it’s important not to gloss over the cons.
But the real reason I went on about Game freaks weird thing about creating certain types of Pokemon and Sun and Moon features is because, nothing in Sun and Moon Mirror both things quite like Zygarde.
To create Zygarde’s formes? You have to find all 100 of his pieces and put him together. And honestly? It can be tougher than it looks. I had no problem, I was finding them left and right. But even after beating the post game I still had maybe 80 of the 100 pieces. Most of the ones I was missing where in places I was sure I checked 800 times so why would I go there? ugh. Maybe it won’t be as difficult for those who are master collectathoners or those who are just gifted back trackers, but I really feel getting all 100 pieces? Isn’t a walk in the park. Even if you find 99 of them easy, there will be ONE that you will spend hours trying to find.
But here is the thing, what do you GET for all of it?
Dragon/ Ground type that Zygarde has is not impervious to hits and still has lots of weaknesses. However, the Complete form can make up for that. But my problem was is that I fundamentally misunderstood how they were going to do Zygarde in the game. I thought that Zygarde would always have the ability to turn into complete form when in danger, and if you collected all 100 pieces he stayed his perfect, over powered form. Yeah, that is not what happens at all ever. See, Zygarde only gets the ability when you get all 100 pieces. So you keep Zygarde in one of his other forms, and then, if he gets to half health, then he kicks butt. Now, if you have someone who can kill Zygarde in one shot, then Zygarde is useless basically even after all the work you did. Or, if the first shot does just under full damage and the second shot Crits, Zygarde is again useless.
That is a huge feature to implement in a game for a Pokemon that could get it’s but kicked so easily. HOWEVER, Zygarde can take some hits like a champ. I mean, it is a legendary. Mine has taken super effective hits, even some critical hits, and lived. That typically triggers it’s ability, which also heals it and boosts its stats. It’s basically a mega evolution of Zygarde, but like Rayquaza it has special criteria. And though it isn’t invincible and still has the weaknesses that Zygarde normally has, used rightly, it can be devastating.
Speaking of using it effectively, here’s a tip I must have skipped over. I was getting more Zygarde pieces, specifically the cores, and taking Zygarde apart and butting him back together. He wouldn’t learn new moves. What? Well, the Zygarde cube also doubles as an TM/HM teacher. If you want the best of Zygarde’s signature moves, use the cube when you collect cores to teach your over powered critter. With that and the move reminder I was able to get a move set that I think really works for my Frankenstein’s creation. It isn’t perfect, it can still faint, but moves like Core enforcer basically nullifies the ability of any creature you have done damage too. That comes in handy.
So, is getting Zygarde worth it? Well it is a weird feature that gives you a Pokemon that can be kinda meh to super amazing depending on how you use it. It is unique, and as a fan of shows like Power Rangers and Transformers as a kid, or the new Netflix Voltron show, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t super in love with the design. It’s awesome. I love my Mega Zord Pokemon. It’s awesome. If I comeplete the quest in the Sun as I have in Moon? I am naming my second one Megas XLR (another good Giant robot show).
It’s up to you, but I think it was worth it. I just think with some of the things I know now it will be easier and more rewarding when I play through the other version of them Game. Either way, I hope you enjoy the game, or if you don’t, you got some other good shit in your life that can make it less sucky.
See you guys next time