- Dec 1, 2018
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What I predict is that your rival may have a Kalos Starter.
And yet there's already people kicking up a fuss if they don't put them in claiming it's whitewashing of history and the like. GF isn't going to be able to avoid (internet) controversy about this so if I had my way they'd tackle it head on, warts and all in depicting the Sinnoh expedition.This is going to cause a lot of controversy if Game Freak did that.
Anyone remember Trevor from XY? Probably not since the Rivals in those games weren’t that well developed. However, I remember that his rivalry with you was more based on Pokédex completion in lieu of battling. Maybe Game Freak could give that another try?Hmm...would we even have a traditional Rival I wonder? I mean, we're just trying to complete the Dex this time, not win a League or anything so it might be awkward to put in a standard Rival who constantly battles you without it feeling somewhat arbitrary and roadblocky.
That’s another good idea that I really want to see implemented.As for what this hypothetical Rival may be like, the obvious choice would be another person from your Hub town but I would prefer an Ainu-esque character that is native to Sinnoh and is antagonistic to you and your lot - a very easy justification for another jerk Rival. As for Starters, I could see the mysterious Professor try to extend an olive branch by giving them the Starter of the Trio that is strong against yours.
Lysandre basically wanted to exterminate the entire planet with the exception of a select few using a device built by a grief stricken king to end a war and bring someone back from the dead. Colonization is nothing compared to that. Besides, it’ll probably end peacefully in this context since Pokémon’s target demographic is kids.This is going to cause a lot of controversy if Game Freak did that.
Reminds me of Hugh, but without the Purrloin plot.I do have one idea. It is actually a half mentor/half rival sort of deal. At this time, trainers have not quite been established, and perhaps people hardly even battle with Pokemon, other than as protection from larger Pokemon who could cause them hard. But, on your journey, you come across a person, whether native to Sinnoh, or who comes from a separate village that had also come to the land of Sinnoh, and they actually enjoy battling strong Pokemon for sport. Perhaps you take interest in that, and they teach you how to battle not just to weaken or fend off Pokemon, but to compete. Then, they become a rival of sorts, showing up occasionally to test how you have progressed in your journey.
Oh jeez I hadn't even realized that. I've never finished BW2 and I haven't really played it in 5 years. I've also never played a ranger game, but I do know a bit about the rangers themselves.Reminds me of Hugh, but without the Purrloin plot.
Also, your post reminds me of Pokemon Rangers. Maybe there could be a character that has a job similar to a Ranger and has a lot of experience working with wild pokemon.
There are also actual trainer classes called rangers in the main games. They are not the same as the Rangers from the Pokemon Rangers series, but their roles overlap somewhat. Rescuing/working with wild pokemon, conserving pokemon habitats, etc.Oh jeez I hadn't even realized that. I've never finished BW2 and I haven't really played it in 5 years. I've also never played a ranger game, but I do know a bit about the rangers themselves.
That would be cool if they introduced a ranger-like character. I think it would be really neat if this game is the one that introduced the concept of trainers in the Pokemon world, and some of the different kinds of trainers (like Rangers as you mentioned).
I mean, you can make the same argument for friendly rivals, we had three in a row (Most likely get a fourth with the Sinnoh remakes) with Hau, Trace and Hop and thats not even counting Tierno, Trevor, Serena/Calem and Shauna.Be just had 3 jerk rivals in a row with Bede, Avery, and Klara. We're kind of overdue for a friendly rival.
Better yet if they didn't turn out to be Barry they are Ainu.
The issue wouldn't be with GameFreak including Ainu-inspired characters. It would be with making one that acts antagonistic towards the player character or anyone not native to Sinnoh. It would imply a negative connotation about the Ainu to people unfamiliar to them or their history.And yet there's already people kicking up a fuss if they don't put them in claiming it's whitewashing of history and the like. GF isn't going to be able to avoid (internet) controversy about this so if I had my way they'd tackle it head on, warts and all in depicting the Sinnoh expedition.
I just don't want any friendly Rivals, anything but that.