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Haha! Does it count as a Mandela if it's a very recent thing? I've known for many years that only outsider Pokemon disobey, but forgot momentarily, maybe because these Dynamax Adventures legendaries are an unusual case that I didn't think to apply the same logic to.

(Although now you mention it, I do have a vague memory of a Linoone disobeying me in Ruby, which must be a Mandela because I only had one friend to trade with back then, and I'm pretty certain he never traded me a Linoone...)

I did a few tests with the Dynamax Adventures Suicune to see whether it would be a feasible option for speedruns. When its OT matches yours, you can, indeed, steamroll everything without any problems (I only went as far as the first Gym, but could have gone further). When I transferred the same Suicune to another save file, however, the obedience/disobedience ratio was so bad that the battles took longer than they would have done with normal-level Pokemon.

A user on Smogon made a really interesting observation about Eternatus and Calyrex that fits in quite nicely with my own theory about Calyrex having to deal with Eternatus's meteor impact. (The general idea that Calyrex had some sort of involvement with Eternatus's arrival seems to be a common conclusion in several fan circles, mostly just differing in the small details from person to person.) I'm pretty convinced that there's something to all of this and that GF simply aren't giving us all the answers. Which I kinda like, to be honest. Pokémon usually spells out all of its big mythological happenings, leaving only smaller incidents - ghost girls, the Ultra Ruin, stuff like that - up to the imagination. Having evidence that gestures at some sort of Eternatus/Calyrex relationship without elaborating on it or confirming it is kind of a nice change of pace.
I feel some headcanon coming on! I always thought it would have been nice if Dynamax had come from natural earth energy, to bring the Power Spots more in line with real-world beliefs about ley lines. Well, what if the "blue Dynamax" comes from natural energy, and is the original version of Dynamax which Calyrex, being a Grass type and all, still knows how to use? And Eternatus' "red Dynamax" is a less natural, slightly corrupted variant, which is why Pokemon using it sometimes have a tendency to go berserk. Perhaps this distruption to the natural balance of Galar's Dynamax energy has some connection to Chairman Rose's energy crisis.

Perhaps Calyrex and Eternatus are a duo of polar opposites - a bit like Xerneas and Yveltal, but to a much more drastic extent. Calyrex is small and delicate, while Eternatus is a monstrous behemoth, the largest Pokemon in existence. Calyrex in its regular form has the lowest base stat total of all fully-evolved legendary Pokemon, while Eternamax Eternatus has the highest base stat total of all Pokemon. Calyrex is merciful and provides healing and blessings, while Eternatus has an aggressive demeanour (at least, when overloaded with energy). Calyrex is native to Galar, but Eternatus is an invasive species from another world. Calyrex, the Grass type, is in tune with nature, while Eternatus, the Poison type, may have "polluted" Galar with corrupted Dynamax energy. And last but not least...

Eternatus has a hostile relationship with a pair of wolves, while Calyrex, by contrast, has a harmonious relationship with a pair of horses.

I, too, enjoy when things like this are left unexplained. The more mysteries there are in a Pokemon game, the more real the world feels, because you get the sense that the region has a life beyond just what you see on the screen.
 
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Haha! Does it count as a Mandela if it's a very recent thing? I've known for many years that only outsider Pokemon disobey, but forgot momentarily, maybe because these Dynamax Adventures legendaries are an unusual case that I didn't think to apply the same logic to.
I think I know why you might think disobedience worked that way, and I'm not sure if it applies to you, but in Gen III both Mew and Deoxys (maybe also the other Mythicals?) disobeyed you always if they didn't have the fateful encounter flag.
 
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All right here's the strat I used. Keep on flying to the spot where the Watt Trader is between the snowy and grassy areas. If you hear its cry twice, it's probably right in front of your face and going up the slope. Follow it and head up some slopes and eventually to left to that plateau where you can sometimes find an Aurorus running around. You'll be able to see it in the air over the cliff, and it'll eventually circle around to you. Make sure you save before you encounter it, in case not doing the puzzle right or ESPECIALLY if it's hailing.
Okay, I'll try that, thanks! Hopefully it works. I didn't think I'd be spending this much time looking for one Pokemon. :/
 
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I have Articuno and Zapdos now. The latter wasn't hard to get. But Moltres seems impossible to encounter. All it does is take you in circles around the Isle of Armor without stopping. And it flies too high and too fast to really keep up with it. Why would you only be able to get two out of three birds though? Makes no sense. There's something I'm not doing right again, I guess. Personally, I don't find this fun either. GF should've done something else with the bird trio encounters.
 
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I have Articuno and Zapdos now. The latter wasn't hard to get. But Moltres seems impossible to encounter. All it does is take you in circles around the Isle of Armor without stopping. And it flies too high and too fast to really keep up with it. Why would you only be able to get two out of three birds though? Makes no sense. There's something I'm not doing right again, I guess. Personally, I don't find this fun either. GF should've done something else with the bird trio encounters.
It isn't possible to catch up to it, you have to intercept it by getting in it's path before it arrives. Easiest way to do this is probably to just fly to the Master Dojo and then quickly bike over to where the Soothing Wetlands begin. Just stand in the path of where Moltres is heading and it should take notice of you.
 
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It isn't possible to catch up to it, you have to intercept it by getting in it's path before it arrives. Easiest way to do this is probably to just fly to the Master Dojo and then quickly bike over to where the Soothing Wetlands begin. Just stand in the path of where Moltres is heading and it should take notice of you.
Oh, okay then, thanks. Still think the method to encountering any of the three could've been better though.
 
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I have Articuno and Zapdos now. The latter wasn't hard to get. But Moltres seems impossible to encounter. All it does is take you in circles around the Isle of Armor without stopping. And it flies too high and too fast to really keep up with it. Why would you only be able to get two out of three birds though? Makes no sense. There's something I'm not doing right again, I guess. Personally, I don't find this fun either. GF should've done something else with the bird trio encounters.
I was able to encounter it in Loop Lagoon near the berry tree on the island in the center of the area
 
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So I randomly got curious about how weight calculation has been handled for each instance of fused Pokémon.

Kyurem in its incomplete form is 325 kg. Reshiram and Zekrom are both slightly heavier, 330 kg and 345 kg, respectively. But when Kyurem absorbs either of them, its own weight remains the same: 325 kg. This is despite some pretty obvious changes in its physiology, but I guess maybe all that ice was just really heavy? Or maybe Kyurem's standard form is, for whatever reason, more dense than its fused forms, so that even though there's less physical material, it still comes up to the same weight?

Next is Necrozma. In its incomplete form, it weighs 230 kg. Ultra Necrozma also weighs 230 kg, which makes sense, seeing as it's all the same Necrozma parts, just filled with (massless) photons. But unlike Kyurem, Necrozma's relationship with Solgaleo and Lunala isn't one of assimilation, but rather parasitism. Necrozma merely reconfigures its form in order to latch onto them, and the weight measurements for Dusk Mane/Dawn Wings Necrozma bear this out - they are 460 kg and 350 kg, respectively, which is exactly what you get if you add Necrozma's 230 kg with Solgaleo's 460 kg or Lunala's 350 kg. So it literally is just Necrozma's broken parts glued onto Solgaleo/Lunala, which then get converted into energy when Necrozma undergoes an Ultra Burst. Although I think it is... a little bit odd, that Dusk Mane and Dawn Wings are the exact sum of Necrozma + Solgaleo/Lunala, since they seem to lack those two half-darkened prisms that sprout off from Necrozma's wrists. I've never been able to actually locate those pieces on Dusk Mane and Dawn Wings's designs, despite being able to track every other Necrozma component.

Next we have Calyrex. Calyrex itself weighs in at a measly 7.7 kg. Glastrier weighs 800 kg, and Spectrier weighs 44.5 kg. The fusions, however, are interesting. Ice Rider weighs 809.1 kg, while Shadow Rider comes in at 53.6 kg. This is the sum of Calyrex and Glastrier/Spectrier, plus an extra 1.4 kg in both cases, which I can only assume is due to the presence of the Reins of Unity and/or Calyrex's lengthened cloak.

All in all, Kyurem still puzzles me, but I think it's a neat demonstration of detail that Calyrex has an extra bit added in (due to the elements that only appear when fused) while Necrozma is just straight-up what you'd get from combining it with its host since all it's doing is wrapping itself around Solgaleo/Lunala. In a small way, it illustrates that those processes, despite being mechanically identical, are still subtly different methods of Pokémon combination when compared to each other, each tailored to what the precise relationship between the two component Pokémon is.

E: Or maybe the logic with Kyurem, since Reshiram and Zekrom are so close to it in weight, is that the fused forms are half of Kyurem’s weight, and then about half of Reshiram/Zekrom’s weight? That probably makes sense.
 
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Trivia: Couple o' pages ago I ranted about how Dhelmise can be found in the Isle of Armor despite not being in the Isle Dex and the fact that it was the only one like that. But actually, Game Freak like messing with my head, so they also put Wailmer in the Crown Tundra's Frigid Sea despite it not being in the Tundra Dex.

Why. Why these two random inserts you weirdo developers!!??
 
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Trivia: Couple o' pages ago I ranted about how Dhelmise can be found in the Isle of Armor despite not being in the Isle Dex and the fact that it was the only one like that. But actually, Game Freak like messing with my head, so they also put Wailmer in the Crown Tundra's Frigid Sea despite it not being in the Tundra Dex.

Why. Why these two random inserts you weirdo developers!!??
It's not Gamefreak's fault a couple of whales and seaweed ghosts decided to take a vacation. :(
 
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Maybe the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra, being large expanses of wildnerness that not many people have visited, haven't been fully documented by researchers yet, and the player character is the first person to discover that Dhelmise and Wailmer live in those locations.
 
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Maybe the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra, being large expanses of wildnerness that not many people have visited, haven't been fully documented by researchers yet, and the player character is the first person to discover that Dhelmise and Wailmer live in those locations.
My favorite explanation sofar!!
 
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