Thursday, May 30, 2013

Starting FireRed and LeafGreen

Whenever I play a pair of games, I play as the boy character in one and the girl character in the other, just as a way to make it different between the two games. Like I did with Ruby and Sapphire, I just named the character after the game so later when I am looking at my pokemon collection, I will be able to tell which game the pokemon came from. My original collection on Pokemon Box just had hundreds of pokemon caught by "Kyle", and I had no clue where each one originally came from. I don't know why it mattered, but it just became something I did. In FireRed, my character is a boy named Red and in LeafGreen my character is a girl named Green.

I began FR and LG by making sure both games have all three starter Pokémon. After all, the point of this play through is to complete the pokedex. I started multiple new games on both carts and traded the starter pokemon from each one until they both ended up with all 3. In one of the save files on FR, before I made it back to Professor Oak's lab with his Parcel, I saw a shiny Pidgey. /)_- I was disappointed that I couldn't catch it, so I defeated it and my starter leveled up. Green hasn't progressed any further than trading for the other two starter pokemon. I'm playing through FR first, and since trading for his other two starters, I have earned the Boulder Badge, trekked through Mount Moon, and arrived in Cerulean City. I have caught 2-3 of every Pokémon available along the way and managed to evolve a few. 

My current Pokédex completion: Seen 32, Own 24.




Replaying the games

At the time of starting this blog, I have already finished playing through Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire and I have completed the Hoenn Pokédex (with the exception of Deoxys). Finding and catching all of the Pokémon went a lot faster once I started training and using the Swablu that I received from Pokemon Box. False Swipe and Sing on the same Pokémon makes a very useful catching tool. Chimecho was the Pokémon that took the longest for me to find. It only has a 2% appearance rate according to Serebii.net and when I finally found one and used False Swipe, it used an attack that did recoil damage to itself. It took me forever to find another and catch it.


But I finally managed to get all 200 plus Jirachi. And no, I didn't use a cheat device to get the Jirachi. I still have my copy of the Pokemon Colluseum Bonus Disc that let you transfer Jirachi to your Ruby or Sapphire. I also have the Eon Ticket from Nintendo Power, so I didn't have to go hunting for Latios and Latias.

I am currently playing through FireRed and LeafGreen, although I haven't gotten very far yet. Once I'm done replaying FR and LG, collecting every Pokémon possible in all 4 games, I will either play through Emerald or move on to Gen 4, depending on how tired I am of Gen 3 by then. Once I get to Gen 4, I am only going to play 1 game from each pair that was released together. The reason I played both games in each pair from Gen 3 was to complete the Pokédex twice: 1 for Pokémon Box and 1 that I can transfer to gen 4, and later to gen 5 if necessary. I will still use both games in each pair to complete the Pokédex, but I will only play through 1 of them. I think the order will be Pearl, SoulSilver, White, and end with Black 2.

Introduction



This is my first time creating a blog. I'm pretty much just doing it out of curiosity. The purpose of this blog is to sort of be a journal as I play through the Pokémon games from generation 3, 4 and 5 and attempt to complete the Pokédex along the way.






So what is the PokéDex Quest?

It all started with the announcement for Pokémon X and Y. As soon as fans saw that a new generation was announced, many started replaying the older games in anticipation for the release and I thought it was a great idea. I planned on starting with Ruby/Sapphire because they are the oldest games I still have (sold my Gen 1 and 2 games a while back since there is no compatibility with the other generations and they've all been remade). Along with Ruby and Sapphire, I own Pokémon Box: Ruby and Sapphire. I used to have all 386 Pokémon from Gen 3 stored on Pokémon box, but a lot of them were obtained using a Gameshark. I want to collect them all legitimately, so my replay of Ruby and Sapphire turned into the Pokédex Quest. Basically, it's a replay of all the games but I can't move on to the next game until at least regional pokedex is complete. Similar to how the Nuzlocke challenge has rules, I have come up with a few rules of my own. The most important rule is no moving on to a new area until I have captured every pokemon available in the current area. It's one of the best ways to ensure that my pokedex gets filled. My quest will continue on through each generation until I have a complete national Pokédex in Generation 5.

I haven't decided how often I will update this blog yet. It could be once per day or it could be once per week. I might just update it every time I reach some kind of achievement in my games. Please comment with suggestions or to tell me what you like or don't like about my blog. As I said, this is my first one and I'm still learning.