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Rules Fizzy Bubbles Guidelines

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This thread covers the General Rules and Guidelines for the Fizzy Bubbles RPG. More specific questions are answered in the Q/A Thread on UPN or BMG on the main page of the subforum - if you don't see an answer to your question here, feel free to ask in that thread!

General Rules

  • Follow BMG’s code-of-conduct/All rules of BMG apply
  • Treat other members with respect. Discrimination against race, gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity or otherwise will not be tolerated and be dealt with accordingly. FB members who badger, bully or harass other FB members – whether it’s on UPN/BMG or elsewhere! – will be punished.
  • Double Accounts are not allowed. If it is discovered that you have more than one account, you will have to immediately deactivate all accounts but one. You will not be allowed to trade Pokemon between accounts or consolidate them.
    • That said, siblings, family members, roommates and others who share IP addresses may have their own accounts; however, it is important that you let the mods know if you might be sharing an IP address with another member or members, as it will help us ensure that we are not unnecessarily flagging members for double account usage.
    • If it is discovered that a member who was previously banned is attempting to evade their ban by creating a second account, that account will be banned as well.
  • Fizzy Bubbles, as a whole, uses the GMT timezone. All dates and deadlines use this timezone so it is important for you to be familiar with it. Please ensure that if posting in something with a deadline (such as the daycare center) you adhere to this timezone.
  • Please remember that FB encourages personal expression and creative development. While constructive criticism is allowed and encouraged, we strongly discourage snide remarks, jabs and disparaging comments towards others' choices in regards to trainer and Pokemon personalities, recolors, Secret Bases, and the like. If an individual is truly struggling with their writing or creative development in such a way as to impact the quality of an RP for others, the appropriate ZA/ZU or the mods themselves will take the necessary steps to address it.
  • Do not disparage others for winning contests, receiving good RNG rolls in an event or finding a particularly nice Pokemon or item in a zone. Jealousy should never be a motivator for one's actions. THAT SAID, if you truly believe that someone has received a Pokemon or item unfairly, particularly in Free For All Zones, please address these concerns directly to the mods.
  • There are two branches of Fizzy Bubbles. One here, on Bulbagarden (BMG), and the other on UPN. Certain shops and zones are only available on UPN. As such, it is encouraged and recommended that you also maintain a UPN account.
 
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Registration Steps
  • First, post in the Registration thread with your trainer’s name, Starter Pokémon and Background information (as a bare minimum - you may be as detailed with your character's appearance, history and personality as you like).
    Starter Pokemon will be at Lv5 and are allowed one egg or move tutor move which that Pokemon's species can learn in the games. You may choose your starter's gender (if it has one).
  • You may not start with an evolved Pokémon, Legendary, Ultra Beast, Phione, Type: Null or a Fossil Pokémon. Starters may also not be shiny, shadow, recoloured, scarred or a Fakémon. Bear in mind that recolors, scars and other attributes can be added later in our Boutique.
  • You will be sent a PM in which you have to make a zone intro or a reply to an RP prompt. Reply to the PM with your answer. You will be notified if you’re accepted afterwards.
  • After being accepted you may pick up the starter pack described in the first post of the registration thread and create a Members Post. Following completion of a Member's Post you may copy your zone intro test into the appropriate zone so you may start an adventure there (provided the mods have not requested you to make any edits and, in the case of seasonal zones, that the zone is still in operation).
 
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Registration Steps - Member Profile

Following completing your Registration and passing the test, it is important to create a Member's Profile. This profile will be your way to keep track of all your information surrounding Fizzy Bubbles and it is important that you keep it up to date for your Zone Updators and Shop Owners.

  • A Members Post must contain the following:
    • Basic Trainer Information (Name/Gender).
    • ALL Pokemon in your possession with proper stats, movepools, and all other necessary information.
    • An up to date Inventory with everything you have acquired in your travels throughout the roleplay.
  • There are a few other things that you may place in your Members Profile, but these are entirely optional:
    • Detailed Trainer Information (Any sort of bio or other info you would wish to include)
    • Pokemon Bios (Personality Info, Closest Teammates, Etc.)
    • A Birthday Calendar (This can also be recorded in your Visionary Glade or not at all, entirely up to you)
It is also possible for you to have more than one trainer, meaning that you are able to have multiple Trainer/Pokemon Posts in your profile, but the necessary information stays the same.
  • The two most important things in your Members Profile are the Pokemon Information as well as your Inventory. Pokemon Information needs to bare the following:
    • Species
    • Nickname (if you have chosen to give the Pokemon one)
    • Gender
    • Level
    • Bond
    • Where/How the Pokemon was Obtained
    • Ability
    • Current Movepool (Level-Up, Egg, Move Tutor, TM/TR)
    • Boutique Modifications* (Getting modifications is not mandatory but if you choose to get them it is mandatory to list them, this is not needed with non-official accessories from the Boutique)
  • Optional Information on Pokemon Listings Include:
    • Flavour Text (aka Nature, Food Preferences, Attitudes)
    • Images (Sprite, Official Art, Card Art, Etc. It makes the profile have a little more life with images.)
    • What Pokeball it is contained in
    • Biography
    • Contest Stats (as Contests are currently unused, this information isn't needed but it may be a good idea to document it)
    • What Type(s) the Pokemon is
    • Evolutionary Line(s)
    • Held Item (not absolutely needed in the profile, but if you are using one please include a mention to it in a Zone/Gym Post)
An example is located in the spoiler below:

Name: Bolt
Species: Pikachu
Gender: Male
Ability: Static
Level: 5
Bond: 10
Obtained: Starter Pokemon

Moves: Thundershock, Growl, Tail Whip, Play Nice, Sweet Kiss, Nuzzle, Nasty Plot, Charm, Quick Attack, Thunder Wave
This example includes the needed information alongside the optional picture. However, you are free to customize your profile as much as your want with fonts, colours, etc. As long as it includes all the needed information about the Pokemon themselves.

  • The Inventory is pretty self-explanatory. You can simply list everything you've acquired, like so:
    • x1 Pokedex
    • x1 Mega Ring
    • x1 Z-Ring
    • x1 Dynamax Band
    • x1 Fishing Rod
    • x1 Berry Bag
    • x1 Pokeblock Case
    • x5 Pokeballs
    • x5 Rare Candies
    • x1 TM Return
    [*]
  • Or, you can organize it into sections like the games do:
    Key Items
    • x1 Pokedex
    • x1 Mega Ring
    • x1 Z-Ring
    • x1 Dynamax Band
    • x1 Fishing Rod
    • x1 Pokeblock Case
    [*]
    Pokeballs

    • x5 Pokeballs
    [*]
    Berry Bag

    • currently empty
    [*]
    Items

    • x5 Rare Candies
    [*]
    TMs/TRs

    • x1 TM Return
    [*]
So long as it is up to date, it is completely up to you how you display it. You may also include sprites/pictures if you so desire. Linking to everything you have obtained is mandatory.
 
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Currency

There are currently three types of currencies within FB.

  • Pokédollars are primarily obtained from making zone introductions and replies with word counts of 250 and above. For each zone intro/reply that qualifies, you may claim $250 at the Pokébank. Pokédollars are the standard currency that can be used in trades and the general shops for generic items.
  • Staff Points are earned by Zone Updaters and Shop Owners for their service. The method of earning them differs between area but they are all used in the Staff Rewards thread.
  • Watts are earned by successfully completing raids put forth by Gym Leaders. They are used in the Watt Shop and recorded in the Watt Repository.

Linking
The majority of statistics in FB such as levels and moves rely on the principle of honour and trust. However, a few specific accounts need to be kept tracked off and require a link for every deposit and withdrawal.

  • Pokédollars must be kept track of in the Pokébank.
  • Staff Points must be kept track of in the Staff Rewards
  • Rare Candies are not mandatory to be kept track off. However, you will find it convenient if you do as you may easily lose sight of it. The Fizzy Candy Store provides this service similar to the Pokébank for Pokédollars.
  • Bond Points, or Happiness/Friendship/Affection, can also be kept track of in The Bonding Retreat.
  • Watts must be kept track of in the Watt Repository.
 
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Zones

The adventures that you are going to embark upon in Fizzy Bubbles will take place in special threads called zones, which cater to specific environments and are posted on the main page of the FB subforum. Zones are interactive stories between you and the person updating you - you might encounter puzzles, traps or other predicaments invented by your updater; it's important to think creatively and respond to these situations the way you think your trainer character would!

Sometimes, a battle can occur whenever you run into a Pokémon in a zone. Your Pokémon can use any move it has ever learned. It is not restricted to the 4 Moves as it is in the game. Whenever a Pokémon is KOed, the Pokémon that participated in the KO may gain a level at the updater's discretion. If there are multiple Pokémon battling against a single Pokémon, the level distribution will be decided by the updator and the updator alone. Their decisions are final.

If you wish to capture a Pokémon, you may capture it after it has been KOed or if the Pokemon, through the adventure's storyline, becomes willing to be caught. KOing a Pokémon will increase the likelihood of the capture. Various Pokéballs will also alter the chance of capturing it. You cannot capture a Legendary Pokémon at this time - any Legendary Pokémon you run into are for the purpose of the storyline only. Any attempt at throwing a Pokéball at it will always backfire.

We have two specific types of zones in operation right now:

  • Primary Zones are updated by a Zone Administrator and the specific Zone Updaters chosen to assist them. Currently, members may post in a maximum of two Primary zones. These zones are:

  • Free For All (FFA) Zones are zones where anyone can update as long as they follow the rules and guidelines for updating. There is no limit to how many of these zones you can participate in. These zones are:
 
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Shops

FB Shops are mainly used to train your Pokémon, though they do offer other facilities.
Below are brief overviews of each shop, but please don't rely on these descriptions to base your knowledge upon. Each individual shop has a more detailed account of their purpose in their introductory post which is often more up-to-date than this thread. The below shop titles all provide direct links to their respective threads, so please be sure to read them. While not mandatory, we ask that those with exceptionally large signatures turn them off when posting in shop threads.

  • The Pokébank - The Pokébank will keep your hard-earned cash safe and secure until such time that you need it. All cash transactions must be posted no matter what they're being used for along with an accompanying link and explanation as to how it is being used so your details may be updated correctly.
  • The Candy Store - Want to keep all your candies safe and secure? Open an account at the Bank and all your candy goodness shall be preserved and stored until you need them. They even give out a free rare candy every Monday-Friday.
  • Department Store - Buy various things such as Potions, Pokéballs, and TMs, as well as the occasional evolution item. Rotom appliances, Cosplay Pikachu costumes and Oricorio Nectar can be purchased or rented here as well. The items you can and cannot buy are listed in the first post of the shop.
  • The Bonding Retreat - Your one-stop shop for keeping track of a Pokemon's Bond (Happiness). Gummis can be used here to raise your Pokemon's bond.
  • Adoption Centre - Occasionally someone will catch a Pokémon they don't want, or need to part ways with an old friend. The Pokémon are dropped off into the Adoption Center and are removed from your party, where someone else can pick them up.
  • Daycare - Drop your Pokémon off during the (GMT) hours of midnight Sunday night/Monday morning to midnight Friday night/Saturday morning and your Pokémon gains two free levels the following Monday (alternatively you can drop off two Pokemon at the same time. Each of these Pokemon will get a single level). Helps especially all those who have no damaging attacks in their early levels (such as Abra or Magikarp).
  • The Global Trade Station - This is where people can trade for Pokémon and other items. There is also a version on BMG. Find a person with something you want, or vice-versa, and you can set up a trade via PM/IM or through the White Market. Please read the GTS' introduction post for full details.
  • The Move Tutor - The Move Tutor helps a Pokémon learn Egg/MT/Advanced Moves.
  • Mew à la Mode Boutique - A place to add that unique touch to your Pokémon. From recoloring to adding birthmarks, the Pokémon Boutique is the place to go. If your Pokémon just want to have a little fun, drop by and purchase some of our special clothing and costumes. Everyone loves a masquerade now and then - even your Pokémon!
  • The Hatchery - You may use the Fizzy Bubbles Hatchery to breed your Pokémon and/or hatch any eggs you may come across in your adventures. Designed expressly for the purpose of introducing a personal touch to a member's team, the Hatchery is the place to go for Pokémon bundles of joy.
  • FB Job Bureau - Job openings will be posted here when help is needed for zones and shops. Even if nothing is currently advertised you're welcome to approach an FB Moderator if you have an interest in working in a specific area.
  • The Calendar - You may pick up birthday presents for yourself and your Pokémon in the FB Calendar thread - pickup can be up to 72 hours past the GMT date in case you forget.
 
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Moves

A Pokémon may learn level-up moves from any generation. Once a Pokémon has reached the minimum level requirement for a move from any generation, they will automatically learn it. There are ways to learn other moves outside of this though.

  • Standard Moves, or the moves that Pokemon learn by leveling up naturally, are learned by the Pokemon at the lowest level they can possibly learn it in the Pokedex. A Pokemon may also know their entire natural movepool, not being limited to four moves.
  • The Move Relearner, at the Move Tutor, can teach your Pokémon moves it has forgotten due to evolution. A Pokémon needs a Bond level of at least 10 to use this.
  • Natural TM moves may be taught in any thread, as long as a link to were they were acquired is given. (All TMs are single-use only).
  • Non-Standard TM moves and Non-Standard MT moves may be taught to Pokémon who have a Bond of at least 30. (All TMs are single-use only).
  • Move Tutor and Egg Moves may be freely taught at the Move Tutor at a cost. MTs from any game may be taught including Colloseum and XD. Exceptions to this are Shadow Moves and Advanced Moves for which special restrictions apply.
  • Advanced Moves may be taught to a Pokémon once it has reached a Bond level of at least 40.
  • Shadow Moves - Shadow Pokémon may know two Shadow moves upon capturing and a new Shadow move at every tenth level. In addition, regular Pokémon may be taught a Shadow Move once it has reached a Bond of at least 40.
  • Zone Move Tutors - certain zones may have their own unique move tutors, certain moves can be taught at these to an updators' digression.
 
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Free RP Areas

Free RP Areas are places for socialization among trainers and their Pokemon. Rules are relaxed here, and the primary focus is on cooperative storytelling. Pokemon and items WILL NOT be rewarded here - all RP here is strictly unofficial!

 
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Other Notable Areas
  • Visionary Glade - All registered members may have 1 Visionary Glade thread. The Visionary Glade is for short stories, art, poetry and other creative works related to your trainer and Pokemon - it is not intended for discussion or RP. Guidelines can be found here. There is also a version on BMG for those who prefer.
  • Hall of Records - Old threads are archived here. Please do not post new threads in the Hall of Records, as this area is intended for thread storage rather than active posting.
  • Shrine of the Third Eye: The Wishlist Thread - PLEASE NOTE that it is considered extremely bad form to beg or hint to your updater that you want a certain Pokemon or item in zones and adventures. However, this doesn't mean that you can't make your wishes known - this is why we have the Wishlist Thread. Updaters may use your Wishlist as inspiration, but they are not forced to give you want you want; in FB, as in life, the journey is more important than the destination, so have fun with your adventures and gracefully accept whatever comes. You may realize that the Pokemon your updater has in store for you has a treasured place on your team after all! There is also a version on BMG for those who prefer.
  • The Secret Time Out Threads 2: If TO was so good why isn't there a TO2????? - This is essentially the main out of character (OOC) chat thread, for members to socialize with one another and talk about whatever's on their minds. Discussion is more or less unrestricted here, as long as people are respectful of others and follow UPN's general rules of conduct. There is also a version on BMG.
  • The Development Subforum - Have an idea regarding FB that you'd like to propose? Want to weigh in on the latest in FB's development? Whether you joined FB ten years ago or ten minutes ago, your thoughts and opinions are welcome!
  • The Reset Documentation Thread - If you are considering resetting your profile this is where you go. This thread can also be used to change a Pokemon's ability, devolve Pokemon and decrease a Pokemon's level. Be sure to read the reset guidelines!
 
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Bond
Bond is Fizzy Bubbles' substitute for Friendship and Affection. It is an optional mechanic that rewards the Pokémon with some perks and allows a few to evolve. The scale ranges from 0 to 50. As of currently, Bond can only be raised an not lowered. Further information can be found at The Fizzy Candy Store where you may also keep track of your Pokémon's Bond levels.

Gaining Bond

  • +1 per Yummi Gummi
  • +2 per Birthday Gummi
  • +5 per Mysterious Gummi (Gummis can also be called any number of different confectionary items for the same effects)
  • +1 per post in an Adventure
  • +2 per post in an Adventure for Pokemon stored inside of a Friend Ball
  • +10 for Pokemon stored inside of a Luxury Ball
Bond Levels
  • 10: Your Pokemon can utilize the Move Relearner.
  • 20: Your Pokemon can utilize any TM.
  • 30: Happiness evolutions can occur at this stage. The Pokemon can learn custom move Gummi Bomb OR an EM/MT move of choice.
  • 40: The Pokemon can learn custom move Gummi Terrain OR an Advanced/Shadow move of choice.* Advanced moves can now be learned by this Pokemon at the MT.
  • 50: Daycare levels earned for this Pokemon are doubled. This Pokemon will earn a special aura for being max Bond. Pokemon at both max level and max Bond learn custom move Defensive Shield OR one Advanced/Shadow move & one EM/MT move. Return is at maximum power.
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Clarity
Clarity is Fizzy Bubbles' substitute for Shadow and Purification. It is an optional mechanic that rewards Shadow Pokémon with some perks. The scale ranges from 0 to 30. Regular caught Pokémon start at a Clarity level of 30. Shadow Pokémon start at a Clarity level of 0. As of currently, the Clarity system is still being implemented.

Gaining and Losing Clarity

  • +1 per post in an Adventure
  • +1 per week spent in a shop
  • +3 for winning a battle in a zone
  • +5 for being called out
  • -1 per post in an Adventure in the Realm of Shadows
  • -3 for initiating fever
  • -5 for fainting in battle
  • -10 for being housed in a Shadow Ball
Clarity Levels
A Shadow Pokémon reaching a Clarity of 30 may be purified in the Realm of Shadows.
Any other Pokémon reaching a Clarity of 0 may be 'Shadowfied' in the Realm of Shadows

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Shadow Pokémon

Availability

  • Shadow Pokémon can be encountered and obtained in zones.
  • Shadow Pokémon can be encountered and obtained in the Realm of Shadows.
  • Shadow Pokémon cannot hatch from normal eggs.
Moves and Battle
  • Shadow Pokémon at Lv. 01 know two (2) Shadow-type moves of the player's choice.
  • Shadow Pokémon learn a new Shadow-type move of the player's choice at Lv. 10, and at every subsequent tenth level.
  • Shadow Pokémon have access to the normal movepool of their species, including EMs, MTs, TMs, and HMs.
  • Shadow Pokémon are known to disobey during battle. This is at the discretion of the updator.
  • Shadow Pokémon resist Shadow-type moves.
  • Shadow Pokémon receive 1.25x final damage after weaknesses & resistances. Shadow-type moves do 1.5x damage to all non-Shadow types.
  • Shadow Pokémon enter Fever at 50% HP or below.
  • Shadow Pokémon can evolve if evolutionary requirements are met.
Items & Shops
  • Shadow Pokémon can be housed in any type of Poké Ball.
  • Shadow Pokémon can hold and use held items.
  • Shadow Pokémon can be dropped off in shops.
  • Shadow Pokémon can earn bond and bond bonuses.
  • Shadow Pokémon can breed. Shadow-ness is non-heritable.
 
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