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What aspect of Pokemon games do you care about most?

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is it the story? the battling? the characters/writing? or perhaps you're a breeder or shiny hunter and you care more about the new shiny hunting method of the generation? what do you as a player, look most forward to when playing a particular game?
 
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I generally care mostly about the Pokemon themselves and breeding/shiny hunting (though only if it's a game I know I will be investing my time into--I won't shiny hunt in replays). I give some attention to the newest shiny hunt method of each generation, however, I generally stick to the Masuda method as it is grants the most control over the shiny, and is also the safest method. The story is also a factor, but not as great as the above two.
 
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in order of priority, i give attention to these aspects in a pokemon game:

1. battling
2. shiny hunt method
3. pokemon
4. region
5. everything else

i love battling, and always have! so it's important to me to have some sort of post-game battle facility or have some sort of mechanic dedicated towards battling. it and shiny hunting actually kinda share the same slot in importance, depending on the method in that particular generation. pokemon designs is something i care greatly about and in general the more i like a region's pokemon, the more likely i am to be fond of that region in general. region comes after, and this generally means the exploration, environment, how many towns/cities there are, things to do, stuff like that (although i suppose pokemon can fit in here, as well). everything else i don't really pay a whole lot of attention or give a whole lot of weight to.
 
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I'm mainly focused on the region design, gameplay mechanics, extra content, and the Pokemon. I'm mainly looking for a fun game I can immerse myself in for hours exploring, collecting, and completing as many of the game's goals as possible.
 
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oh! i almost forgot that i tend to care about post-game a lot. the story is something i'm going to experience only once, so i really want to see what a pokemon game has to offer that would keep me playing.
 
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I think mine would be characters, story and the Pokémon themselves. The region itself, too. Also, the ability to solo the region, which is my way to experiment with different Pokémon (I need to get back to that).
 
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Everything is important to me .

But when a new game will be released soon, I care more about the story and legendaries. They are literally the face of the game.

The bonding system is also something I hope always get better in pokemon games. I hope pokemons look more like individuals with personalities and less like battle machines. Pokemon camp was great to give them some personality , but I hope they get more developed personalities.

Battles are more or less the same, so I generally dont think much about battles in a new pokemon game.
 
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Characters and story. Bonus points if the game has abundant side quests and a compelling post game.
 
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I care about a lot, but the mechanic I care about most is easily Evolution. I just really enjoy the progression from one stage to the next. Cross-generational evolutions have always been my favorite.
 
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My main focus is always newly introduced Pokémon to its generation. I never use older generation Pokémon in games. In ORAS, for example, I have a team which consists of only Gen III Pokémon. It is a big deal for me. Hence why I am frustrated that ever since Gen VI, majority of Pokémon are from older generations. It limits the variety of my teams horrendously.

The bright side of 3DS games (and now Switch) is the new game mechanics, though which make me look forward to them. Mega Evolutions were the peak of new game mechanics for me. Z-Moves were really entertaining too. I couldn't hit it off with Gigantamax forms because I didn't have any Gigantamaxing Pokémon throughout my main game playthrough. Dynamax was rather lusterless for me. Regional variants are also something I am quite excited about. But I think I like the concept more than the ragional variants themselves.
 
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the Pokémon designs! I realized somewhat recently that the mons looking as good as they did/having the style they do is the biggest reason why I'm so attached to this series. there are several other monster collecting games out there, like Yokai Watch and Dragon Warrior Monsters, that I just never cared as much for because I wasn't as into the style. those who design and bring the Pokémon to life do a very good job at it. I can't see myself loving the designs of creatures from any other franchise. <3

specifically focusing on the games, I absolutely adore the battle and collecting aspect. alternate colored/shiny mons are also another feature that keep me playing for a long while after.
 
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-battles
-strategies
-logic
-move combos
-abilities, moves and effects
-diffrent outtakes an choices
- positive changes and buffs of past elements(buffs more then nerfs)
-designes
-cooperation and interaction
-puzzles and secrets
- education and culture implemented
- in game humor and jokes
 
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The creatures are my main focus, without it, we wouldn't have the rest and since the world is so filled with diversity, the in-game diversity is also a great point.
The region design comes next in what concerns deepth and detail. I don't care for a region that tries to have every kind of environment in it but I care that the ones that we get are well constructed and make sense in their overall connection to each other.
Next comes the story and not only the plot but also how it's presented and delved and in this I also include pkmn lore.
Characters? My problem with the main character doesn't seemed to be "fixed" soon, neither all the other problems associated with it (single mom, Dex quest, rival, evil team, etc).
Post game content? It's a plus when well done but if the creatures and region are interesting I can enjoy more time with a game. I reached 999 hours in Sapphire and the post content back then was scarce..I did it because I was interested in knowing and raising all the new Pkmn and i simply love Gen. III Hoenn (more than in ASOR).
 

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Good Pokémon Design
Character design
Characterization
Good-Looking places (read: Variation between places you visit. Not like Alola everything beinga hot tropical island looking the same, always.)

I also like it if there is a decent story but other than Gen 5, no game really has a proper story so this is something I don't necessarily expect or need, it's just luxury points if it's there.
 
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The Pokémon themselves, the fictional ecology (I love finding out which Pokémon other ones like to eat, or which ones have symbiotic relationships, for example)

Against my better judgment, the storyline, characters, and worldbuilding. Actually, that prompts a question I want to aim at anyone else who mentioned the story or the characters: Why are those so resonant with you? I don't think it's controversial to say that Pokémon is not exactly a masterclass in storytelling or character development, but clearly something about it works for a lot of people. I'm not sure I can even really put my finger on what about it appeals to me so much. Maybe it's the way that the characters and the setting intersect with the creatures themselves in order to generate a very unique world.

The very OCD-friendly way that mostly everything can be categorized and organized along various different qualities

And having played it for the better portion of my life, the gameplay is ingrained in my head, so it's super easy and comfortable for me to slip into. I find the fundamental system of Pokémon to be familiar and easy-to-grasp, and yet simultaneously just robust enough to not feel too simplistic.
 
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The characters and story intrigue me the first time I play a game (and during the pre-release period, for most games anyway), but they are obviously not the reason I would replay it. Once there is no wonder (and there isn't much to begin with unless you set your expectations too high), those elements are pretty superficial and there are much more suitable games for that (albeit with less charm, mostly).

What it really boils down to is team building and how much it changes the experience each time (long breaks help, as do difficulty/QoL hacks). If the region and music are nostalgic, that helps a lot. New regions carry a sense of discovery, but once that wears out, I am usually not thrilled with what's left.
 
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I like befriending all the cute Pokeymans (which is most of them)! I also like helping other players get Pokémon they want, but that's the librarian in me lol.

I do also love the music, and while plot has pretty clearly never been a priority for Game Freak, a good story is always a plus! (HIS FLOETTE CAME BACK! (TдT)) Oh, and interesting human characters, too!
 
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