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SPOILERS Regional Dex Discussion

swiftgallade46

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So what Joe is saying is that since Galarian Form Pokémon have different stat distributions, GameFreak could lower their defenses/HP to a point where Eviolite wouldn’t be too overpowered if they held it thus opening the door for them to gain an evolution.

...which is irritating. The fact that some dumb held item is probably a big reason why a lot of Pokémon haven’t gotten cross-gen evos in over 10 years is ridiculous. Just change the item or remove it for pete sake....
 

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Tsk! The solution for the Eviolite thing isn’t that complicated.

Just give a 50% defensive boost to Stage 1 Pokémon that can evolve and a 25% to Stage 2 Pokémon that can evolve.

There. You won’t have stupidly bulky Chansey and Porygon2 anymore while allowing older Stage 1/2 ‘mons to get new evolutions.
 

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So what Joe is saying is that since Galarian Form Pokémon have different stat distributions, GameFreak could lower their defenses/HP to a point where Eviolite wouldn’t be too overpowered if they held it thus opening the door for them to gain an evolution.

...which is irritating. The fact that some dumb held item is probably a big reason why a lot of Pokémon haven’t gotten cross-gen evos in over 10 years is ridiculous. Just change the item or remove it for pete sake....
Actually, he's not saying that it's a stat problem... the issue with Eviolite is the same "issue" that prevented Eevee from just evolving with a Leaf Stone. GameFreak tries to avoid retcons, so they couldn't introduce new evolutions for any pokemon except for Eevee because suddenly Eviolite would work on a pokemon that it didn't work on before.

Though they could've given us more branched evos. >.> No one would've complained.

But regional variants are "different" so they can add new evos to them because it doesn't count as a retcon.

I probably should've linked this one instead-
View: https://twitter.com/JoeMerrick/status/1159397225123975168
 

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So Morpeko sure is a thing. It might be my least-favorite Pikaclone since Plusle and Minun... why does it look so much more like Pikachu than the others? The body shape is much more similar than usual, and the borders of its brown and black patches even recreate the shape of Pikachu's tail on Morpeko's lower back.
Maybe they branched off of a group of Pikachu on the brink of starvation?
 

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Actually, he's not saying that it's a stat problem... the issue with Eviolite is the same "issue" that prevented Eevee from just evolving with a Leaf Stone. GameFreak tries to avoid retcons, so they couldn't introduce new evolutions for any pokemon except for Eevee because suddenly Eviolite would work on a pokemon that it didn't work on before.
Why do I feel that in the parallel dimension in which Spaceworld GS happened people would be complaining about Eevee only using stones to evolve?
 

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Actually, he's not saying that it's a stat problem... the issue with Eviolite is the same "issue" that prevented Eevee from just evolving with a Leaf Stone. GameFreak tries to avoid retcons, so they couldn't introduce new evolutions for any pokemon except for Eevee because suddenly Eviolite would work on a pokemon that it didn't work on before.

Though they could've given us more branched evos. >.> No one would've complained.

But regional variants are "different" so they can add new evos to them because it doesn't count as a retcon.

I probably should've linked this one instead-
View: https://twitter.com/JoeMerrick/status/1159397225123975168
That’s....even more stupid. Just burn the item altogether I’m sure no one is going to miss endless Chansey stall battles anyway.
 

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That’s....even more stupid. Just burn the item altogether I’m sure no one is going to miss endless Chansey stall battles anyway.
As much as I love Chansey being the legendary tank that it is... it already was that before Eviolite, and I think GameFreak really needs to get over its retcon allergy. We really didn't need to have to look for a bigger grass rock just to evolve Eevee, and I really don't want to see cross-gen evos restricted to regional variants now.
 

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As much as I love Chansey being the legendary tank that it is... it already was that before Eviolite, and I think GameFreak really needs to get over its retcon allergy. We really didn't need to have to look for a bigger grass rock just to evolve Eevee, and I really don't want to see cross-gen evos restricted to regional variants now.
Yeah no kidding; I even blame Game Freak's retcon allergy for Dexit in the first place! They'd be less likely to think that the first proper Pokémon home console game required a cull if they didn't have to deal with introducing all of these new methods of evolution and items to keep track of for each and every game.

Not saying it would be prevented in that scenario, just that the sheer number of evolution methods likely contributed to implement the cull on some level.
 

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GameFreak tries to avoid retcons, so they couldn't introduce new evolutions for any pokemon except for Eevee because suddenly Eviolite would work on a pokemon that it didn't work on before.
Game Freak will retcon 22 Pokemon to an all new type, add never before-seen Pokemon to a remake's dex, and update movepools every gen, but won't add one evolution because then Eviolite will start working. :/ (not that I doubt you-I just hate that this is their reasoning)
 

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Yeah no kidding; I even blame Game Freak's retcon allergy for Dexit in the first place! They'd be less likely to think that the first proper Pokémon home console game required a cull if they didn't have to deal with introducing all of these new methods of evolution and items to keep track of for each and every game.

Not saying it would be prevented in that scenario, just that the sheer number of evolution methods likely contributed to implement the cull on some level.
Especially the ones that require you to evolve in a certain place or obtain a certain item- finding a place to give out that Electirizer is too much of a pain? Better cut Electabuzz from the game! Gosh where are we going to put a special magnetic field? Meh, just cut out Magnemite, Nosepass and Grubbin!

I don't like the possibilities that the Dex cut opens, or the implications of their retcon avoidance. I feel like so much of this is just resulting in a domino of too many unnecessary mechanics leading to overcomplication... and restrictions on what pokemon can receive after the Gen they're introduced.

I gotta say... Gen 7's concepts made me excited for the future of this franchise, but this Gen has done a 180 and is just making me uncomfortable with its future.
 

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Especially the ones that require you to evolve in a certain place or obtain a certain item- finding a place to give out that Electirizer is too much of a pain? Better cut Electabuzz from the game! Gosh where are we going to put a special magnetic field? Meh, just cut out Magnemite, Nosepass and Grubbin!

I don't like the possibilities that the Dex cut opens, or the implications of their retcon avoidance. I feel like so much of this is just resulting in a domino of too many unnecessary mechanics leading to overcomplication... and restrictions on what pokemon can receive after the Gen they're introduced.

I gotta say... Gen 7's concepts made me excited for the future of this franchise, but this Gen has done a 180 and is just making me uncomfortable with its future.
Other than less options, how bad can it possibly be?
 

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Interwsting new fairy, normal and dark types? How strong stats and ability wise will be the new dragon, ghost and psychic types of this gen?
 

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I doubt eviolite would be that much of a problem; they could easily rename/tweak it. Items aren't transferrable, anyway.

Also, they've retconned much bigger stuff.

So, no, I don't think it's a deliberate move. Sorry, Joe.
 

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The reason Leafeon doesn't evolve from a Leaf Stone isn't to avoid a retcon, it's clearly because new Eeveelutions are always linked to new evolution methods. That's been part of the deal for as long as they've been adding new ones. Time of day/friendship, special locations, and then Amie and the Fairy type. Honestly, new Eeveelutions aren't really added for their own sake so much as they are for tying in with and promoting new mechanics.

Game Freak will retcon 22 Pokemon to an all new type, add never before-seen Pokemon to a remake's dex, and update movepools every gen, but won't add one evolution because then Eviolite will start working. :/ (not that I doubt you-I just hate that this is their reasoning)
How do we know that it is their reasoning, though? Bringing up the Fairy type addition as a refutation feels like a strawman.

I don't believe anybody at GF has ever attributed to cessation of cross-gen evolutions to the Eviolite. That's just a theory, and I find it kind of preposterous to think that they would let a single dumb rock whose effect they could change or remove at any time if they felt it was a problem stand in the way of all that an actual new Pokémon has to offer in the way of promotional value and potential revenue. And there are certainly other factors that I think are more compelling than the Eviolite: Gen 5 was intended to be all-new, so obviously it wouldn't make sense to have any new evolutions for old Pokémon in that wave. And then in Gen 6, they decided to experiment with Mega Evolution. Cross-gen evolutions would be rather redundant in that context, with Sylveon being an exception (again, because of Eevee's heavy association with types, we can understand why they would use it to promote a new one). And then in Gen 7, with regional variants, they thought of a way to revisit old designs in an arguably less awkward way, by overhauling and adapting them to the environment of that specific region and seeing if there are new thematic ideas they can explore rather than having to pretend like Rhydon wasn't designed as a "completed" creature and proceeding to slap on something bigger that, aesthetically, really comes out of left field. And now Obstagoon is just the logical next step from regional variants - if an environment could cause a Pokémon to change its type and appearance, then why couldn't it cause it to evolve differently as well? (Technically, the Gen 4 location evolutions are already kind of this, but they're not as directly woven into the setting.)

Funny thing is, Diamond & Pearl introduced 107 new Pokémon. But if you trim out all of the ones that are linked to old Pokémon, then they actually introduced only 77 (78 if you count Regigigas even though it is also building on an existing concept). And conversely, if you count the 30 Mega Evolutions that they designed for X & Y (we know that they designed Mega Latias and Latios by then, even if they were held back), then those games could be said to have introduced 102 new Pokémon. It's as if, numerically, cross-gen evolutions didn't really go anywhere - but rather that GF have just been trying to find more interesting or organic ways of revisiting old designs beyond the straightforward option of "just add another stage," which last time led to mixed and highly criticized results.
 
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SirFafetch is coming.
Good pokemon like Dunsparce need this. Dragon/normal and dragon/fairy.

Those 3 gen bug pokemon Volbeat and Illuminise always though they should get electric or fire typing via evo.

Hmmm regional form of Basculin evolution anyone? Barracuda water/ghost pokemon?

Maybe winguls regional evolution will be the ice/flying bird instead of peliper?
 

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The reason Leafeon doesn't evolve from a Leaf Stone isn't to avoid a retcon, it's clearly because new Eeveelutions are always linked to new evolution methods. That's been part of the deal for as long as they've been adding new ones. Time of day/friendship, special locations, and then Amie and the Fairy type. Honestly, new Eeveelutions aren't really added for their own sake so much as they are for tying in with and promoting new mechanics.



How do we know that it is their reasoning, though? Bringing up the Fairy type addition as a refutation feels like a strawman.

I don't believe anybody at GF has ever attributed to cessation of cross-gen evolutions to the Eviolite. That's just a theory, and I find it kind of preposterous to think that they would let a single dumb rock whose effect they could change or remove at any time if they felt it was a problem stand in the way of all that an actual new Pokémon has to offer in the way of promotional value and potential revenue. And there are certainly other factors that I think are more compelling than the Eviolite: Gen 5 was intended to be all-new, so obviously it wouldn't make sense to have any new evolutions for old Pokémon in that wave. And then in Gen 6, they decided to experiment with Mega Evolution. Cross-gen evolutions would be rather redundant in that context, with Sylveon being an exception (again, because of Eevee's heavy association with types, we can understand why they would use it to promote a new one). And then in Gen 7, with regional variants, they thought of a way to revisit old designs in an arguably less awkward way, by overhauling and adapting them to the environment of that specific region and seeing if there are new thematic ideas they can explore rather than having to pretend like Rhydon wasn't designed as a "completed" creature and proceeding to slap on something bigger that, aesthetically, really comes out of left field. And now Obstagoon is just the logical next step from regional variants - if an environment could cause a Pokémon to change its type and appearance, then why couldn't it cause it to evolve differently as well? (Technically, the Gen 4 location evolutions are already kind of this, but they're not as directly woven into the setting.)

Funny thing is, Diamond & Pearl introduced 107 new Pokémon. But if you trim out all of the ones that are linked to old Pokémon, then they actually introduced only 77 (78 if you count Regigigas even though it is also building on an existing concept). And conversely, if you count the 30 Mega Evolutions that they designed for X & Y (we know that they designed Mega Latias and Latios by then, even if they were held back), then those games could be said to have introduced 102 new Pokémon. It's as if, numerically, cross-gen evolutions didn't really go anywhere - but rather that GF have just been trying to find more interesting or organic ways of revisiting old designs beyond the straightforward option of "just add another stage," which last time led to mixed and highly criticized results.
A good point, though I would definitely say that I find it likely Eviolite still played some kind of role.

Personally, though, I found cross-gen evos more enjoyable than Megas/Regional Variants. It would have been preferable to me to have them in addition to those mechanics rather than being cut in their favor (but maybe I’m just greedy, heh).
I also can’t speak for the fandom but I think much of the criticism of cross gen evos comes from distaste of design choice rather than the mechanic itself. I like how they’re bringing it back in a fresh new way, though.
 
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