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Pokemon training and battling is taught in schools as a regular subject, kind of like biology or P.E./gym. Things covered in the course include:
  • How to take proper care of common/popular species (Rattata in Kanto, or Lillipup in Unova, for example). This might start out as a class pet kind of thing, then move on to field trips.
  • How to communicate with Pokemon - through sign language, writing, or just speaking
  • Pokemon behaviour - apart from species-specific things, general explanations such as "This Pokemon is very territorial. If it sees you trespassing, it will attack," or "This is what hibernation is, and here's the Pokemon which hibernate."
  • How to catch Pokemon. This, again, would probably be a supervised field trip sort of thing, maybe with some practice on dummy targets. The kids wouldn't be allowed to keep the Pokemon they've caught.
  • Type matchups, and things to consider when handling Pokemon of different types - ie. Ghost Pokemon can go through objects, so can't be stopped by physical barriers. Fire type Pokemon should be kept away from large amounts of water.
  • Battle strategy - think of Smogon guides. This would be taught to the older kids, while something easy like type matchups are taught to younger kids
  • Battle safety - How not to get you or your Pokemon killed while you're battling.
If you want to become a professional trainer and collect all of the gym badges, you need to pass the final test, which is usually taken at the school leaving age (around 16). So journeys are typically done in what we would see as the gap year between high school and college, except a journey/badge quest often takes a much longer time, and isn't seen as a sign that you're bad at academics.

You only need to get high marks if you want to go into a job which involves a lot of battling. However, you need to at least pass the course to legally battle with your Pokemon. You can still own a Pokemon as a pet if you fail, but you can't battle with it.

But lapi, what if you fail the test and you want to battle anyway?
Are you OK with battling illegally? The police let it slide more often than not.
You could also, you know, retake the test.

But lapi, the series shows ten-year-old kids battling all the time!
Canon? I don't care, this is the headcanon thread.
... just kidding. I guess kids could go and get a few gym badges early, if they've gotten good grades in their Pokemon Training class so far.
 

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Pokemon training and battling is taught in schools as a regular subject, kind of like biology or P.E./gym. Things covered in the course include:
  • How to take proper care of common/popular species (Rattata in Kanto, or Lillipup in Unova, for example). This might start out as a class pet kind of thing, then move on to field trips.
  • How to communicate with Pokemon - through sign language, writing, or just speaking
  • Pokemon behaviour - apart from species-specific things, general explanations such as "This Pokemon is very territorial. If it sees you trespassing, it will attack," or "This is what hibernation is, and here's the Pokemon which hibernate."
  • How to catch Pokemon. This, again, would probably be a supervised field trip sort of thing, maybe with some practice on dummy targets. The kids wouldn't be allowed to keep the Pokemon they've caught.
  • Type matchups, and things to consider when handling Pokemon of different types - ie. Ghost Pokemon can go through objects, so can't be stopped by physical barriers. Fire type Pokemon should be kept away from large amounts of water.
  • Battle strategy - think of Smogon guides. This would be taught to the older kids, while something easy like type matchups are taught to younger kids
  • Battle safety - How not to get you or your Pokemon killed while you're battling.
If you want to become a professional trainer and collect all of the gym badges, you need to pass the final test, which is usually taken at the school leaving age (around 16). So journeys are typically done in what we would see as the gap year between high school and college, except a journey/badge quest often takes a much longer time, and isn't seen as a sign that you're bad at academics.

You only need to get high marks if you want to go into a job which involves a lot of battling. However, you need to at least pass the course to legally battle with your Pokemon. You can still own a Pokemon as a pet if you fail, but you can't battle with it.

But lapi, what if you fail the test and you want to battle anyway?
Are you OK with battling illegally? The police let it slide more often than not.
You could also, you know, retake the test.

But lapi, the series shows ten-year-old kids battling all the time!
Canon? I don't care, this is the headcanon thread.
... just kidding. I guess kids could go and get a few gym badges early, if they've gotten good grades in their Pokemon Training class so far.
I mean.

Isn't this basically just the point of Trainer Schools?
 
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But lapi, the series shows ten-year-old kids battling all the time!
Canon? I don't care, this is the headcanon thread.
... just kidding. I guess kids could go and get a few gym badges early, if they've gotten good grades in their Pokemon Training class so far.
But what about the Preschoolers you find in the Battle Facilities? They are strong enough to have taken down (all the) Gyms.
 
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But what about the Preschoolers you find in the Battle Facilities? They are strong enough to have taken down (all the) Gyms.
The Battle Facilities are just really weird if you try to fit them into the setting. They're packed with random children and people with Pokémon vastly better trained (EVs and IVs) than the regional champion.

I sort of just accept them as a post-game thing that makes no sense.
 
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The reason move remindersare free and easily accessible to the general public in Galar because all elements for competitive battling are heavily sponsored and promoted by Rose/the Macro Cosmos. After all, those tickets won't sell themselves, and a stream of talented new challengers is needed to keep people continually hyped
 
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Galar stadium seats have slots where spectators can place Poke Balls where the inside of it will view the match live through a screen where the Pokemon inside can look at, this is so that Pokemon who take too much physical space can still watch the match.
 
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Hilda & N became very close to each other after the events of BW, and eventually they got married. As of the events of SwSh, they have a son who is just now starting kindergarten.
 
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Hilda & N became very close to each other after the events of BW, and eventually they got married (which is why she hasn't returned home in BW2). As of the events of SwSh, they have a son who is just now starting kindergarten.
Aren't they waaaay too young even taking into account the timeskip?
 
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After BW2, Nate started dating Yancy after he found her X-transceiver and gave it back to her.
 
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Aren't they waaaay too young even taking into account the timeskip?
Hard to say given that we don't know their official ages, although I think Hildabert have been indicated as being designed to look around age 16, which'd put them at 18 in B2W2. They live in the equivalent of New York, where the minimum age for marriage is 18 - so it's at least plausible from a legal perspective.
 
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Pokemon trainers usually arrange house stays when they travel to new towns. In the past, this was done by calling ahead to the Pokemon centre and checking if anyone in the town was willing to give them a room. These days, phone apps fulfill the same purpose.

A third way is to ask Nurse Joy once you arrive in town, which is particularly popular because she’ll tell you if the family you’re staying with is nice - and she’ll also let you know all the gossip about them...

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Smart watches (like the Poketch or Xtransciever) are really popular in the Pokemon world, because they’re more portable and durable than phones or laptops.
 
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My game headcanons are that Serperior, Escavalier, Lilligant lines, Keldeo and the Musketeer Trio are not from Isshu but from Kalos, where they have other forms not included in XY.
 
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Ghetsis’s family inherit the ability to speak to Pokemon. However, it tends to skip generations, which is why Ghetsis himself doesn’t have the ability. Ghetsis is jealous that N has his family’s ability, but he himself doesn’t.

Anthea, Concordia, and N are all Ghetsis’s biological children, the results of various one night stands. He abandoned them because he felt he was above taking care of snotty children. The only reason he took them back under his wing is because he wanted to use them for his plans with Team Plasma, and didn’t know which of the three had inherited the ability to speak to Pokemon.
 
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I've been thinking of a few.
  • Pokemon Centres offer a selection of snacks and healthy meals for trainers. Outside food is allowed of course - pizzas and takeaways are classic favourites. Nurse Joy doesn't mind older trainers (~late teens/early 20s) bringing in alcohol, so long as they're legally allowed to drink. And you give her some
  • Pokemon Centres are open 24/7. Loud music and noises are banned between the hours of 9pm and 7am.
  • Before becoming a gym leader, Korrina went to Galar to train after losing against the Kalosian elite four. She was sponsored by Diantha and did remarkably well, lasting as far as the semi-finals. She gained lots of Galarian fans due to using M-Lucario and a dynamaxed Kommo-o at the same time against Raihan. She may or may not be the reason why it's illegal to dynamax a mega evolved Pokemon
 
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Random trainer headcanons!
  • Dawn is shy, polite, and reserved. She's also pretty naive, though she hides her shock and confusion at new and mature things well.
  • Lucas is haughty and arrogant, and lets everyone know that he thinks he's better than them. The only person who can stand him is Barry, who is a total airhead and doesn't even notice Lucas's behaviour towards him.
  • May is a tomboy, and prefers diving, surfing, or exploring the jungle to entering Cute contests. She's very efficient smart, and doesn't mind getting her hands dirty. She also has a bit of a "not like other girls!" complex...
  • On the other hand, Brendan is a knucklehead and tries way too hard to act tough (frat-boy style). His Pokemon think it's dumb.
  • Kris is more of a girly-girl than Lyra, and spends all of her winnings from battle on designer eye shadow palettes and clothes imported from Lumiose Boutique. She spends a lot of money on high-end, trendy accessories and treats for her Pokemon, too.
  • Hilbert is very serious. He has no sense of humour, and doesn't get banter at all. He's also fairly conservative, and has a hard time understanding that his views isn't necessarily "correct" or "right", nor are the opposition's "wrong". He's pleasant and friendly otherwise.
 
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Mr. Pokémon's real name is Archibald Stafford. This can be taken as a translation of a Japanese name, Shinichi Kawabe (河辺真一 Kawabe Shin'ichi)—"Shinichi" means "one who is genuine", and "Archibald" means "genuinely bold", while "Kawabe" means "riverside" and "Stafford" means "river crossing wharf". When read in the Western order, the Japanese name sounds similar to the original Chinese translation of "Pokémon", 神奇寶貝 Shénqí Bǎobèi—and indeed, Mr. Pokémon's Chinese name is 神奇寶貝爺爺 Shénqí Bǎobèi Yéyé, "Grandpa Pokémon".

Yeah, this one's a stretch, but I tried.
 
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As the games show, Hop and Gloria/Victor have a strong friendship/rivalry. Because of this, Sonia and Leon both do everything in their power to keep that going, even with the two so far apart. Leon reminds Gloria/Victor to take a break and go see friends (In my headcanon he took Rose's spot in running the League), and Sonia literally puts Hop on "time-outs" when he's been working too much and forces him to go outside.

Since shinies are so rare, they fetch a high price in the Pokemon World. Because of this, shiny Pokemon are usually cast out of the group, with mother Pokemon even throwing out their uniquely colored offspring, in order to protect the others.

Lillie becomes a trainer while in Kanto and she travels through the region and Johto. Once she returns to Alola, Moon/Sun gives her Nebby.

While not as... extreme... as her fandom counterpart, Gloria is actually pretty feisty. She won't hesitate to pick a fight, and she's a true sailor with that mouth of hers.
 
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Mine is that Oak and Agatha were more than just friends or rivals and that they dated each other but Oak cared more about his career so he broke up with Agatha which caused her to hate him.
 
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