I’ve been searching the internet for Pokemon Bank news, and I need to cover two things in this blog right now because they’re annoying me.
1: A tumblr post going around about ‘how to prepare for Pokemon Bank’
2: This ‘leak’ about Pokemon Plus and Minus
Firstly, this blog post about Pokemon Bank is almost completely wrong. I’m surprised to have seen it get around as much as it has, but most of the points on it are incorrect. I’ll give you a list.
1. You can’t delete Pokemon boxes. One of the writer’s first instructions are to put your hacked Pokemon in one box and delete it. Can’t be done.
2. They say, as vaguely as possible, that ‘transferring hacked Pokemon will cause problems’. What problems? It’s pretty widely known that Pokemon created with Pokegen and Pokesav that passed previous hack-checks were able to get through Poketransporter. I’m not endorsing using Pokegen, but I’m not going to try and word my post vaguely to try and convince folks they can’t transfer their gen’d monsters.
3. The reader incorrectly states that you have to remove held items before Pokemon can be transferred. You don’t. Items cannot be transferred, but they will automatically be put in your bag. They also say only legit Pokemon will have a diamond on their stats page, which has also been found to be incorrect.
All of this information is pretty widely distributed on the internet, so I’m not sure where the original writer got their information. Regardless, here’s an ACTUAL guide on how to prepare for Pokemon Bank.
Jim’s ACTUALLY ACCURATE GUIDE to preparing for Pokemon Bank
1. If you have any BAD hacks, that’s a Pokemon without the correct PID, or a wrong ability/too many effort points/etc, don’t expect it to be able to be moved through Poketransporter. Reports from folks in Japan who have the app working say that one bad hack will cause the entire box to not be allowed to transfer. You’ll have to move it to another box to move this box.
2. Pokemon can only be transferred from Box 1 on your Gen5 game. You’re going to need to move the Pokemon you want to transfer to Box 1 each time you move anything over.
3. As said before, no items can go through Poketransporter. In fact, items cannot be stored in Pokemon Bank at all.
4. Restrictions to what can be transferred include any and all eggs, and Black/White Kyurem. You have to seperate Kyurem from Zekrom or Reshiram to transfer them over. The Gene Splicers are available in X/Y by taking Kyurem to see a specific NPC.
5. There are no reported consequences for attempting to transfer any hacked Pokemon. If it cannot be transferred, the game will alert you of that. That’s it. You won’t be locked out, banned or penalized.
I’m not gonna fearmonger about stupid hacks. I don’t care if you want to alter your Pokemon. I’ve put the time in to breed/hatch/raise all of my Pokemon, and I can say it was a huge process that I’m lucky I had an easy job to do it during. A lot of people don’t have time for the hassle, I don’t blame them. If you have a problem with hacks, play ranked matches. I’ve seen it, Pokemon with hacked stats can’t get onto ranked matches AT ALL.
Okay, onto topic 2: Pokemon Plus and Minus
Fan speculation may be fun, but let’s not kid ourselves. This entire thing is just some fan’s wish fulfillment. Console Pokemon game with MMO features and ‘living anime’ cel shading graphics. Dual type gyms. Cross-play between 3DS and WiiU, or even their supposed successors which absolutely aren’t coming any time soon, nor would Game Freak have ever teased a screenshot this early in development for a game on unannounced tech. Dude is wishing so hard, how hard did he resist asking for donations so he could make this himself in RPGmaker?
Pokemon X and Y just came out. Even if they started on a new Pokemon generation as soon as they were done, as they often do, this much information, presented the way it has been, wouldn’t exist.
As for the descriptions of the legendaries/starters… and this is the real bulk of my argument: When is the last time a Pokemon was leaked before Nintendo wanted it out? Barring, of course, Pokemon hidden in a game’s code, found after its release. (By this I mean Hoopa and the lot, and previously Pokemon like Arceus or Deoxys) The answer is never. We have never even got a description as vague as ‘turtle’ let alone as vivid as this Geno character presents a supposed next-gen’s starters. How long did it take for us to see what Chespin fully evolved into? The release of the god damned game. You didn’t know what Chestnaught looked like until a player evolved him.
The entire premise is that the game will run on a home console, which won’t happen. A companion game like Pokemon Battle Revolution, maybe. If Nintendo is working on a new main series Pokemon game, it is Pokemon Z on the 3DS, and you know it. Zygarde, the third hidden legendary, will be on the cover, and it will either be a direct sequel to Pokemon X/Y like Black2/White2 or change a few story points and be a re-release the same game like Platinum/Emerald. Nintendo will squeeze every dollar out of this gen and I’ll buy it the day it comes out regardless, just like you will. Stop lying to yourself, it’s going to happen. No amount of wishing is going to change the formula. It’s going to be in the same region, use the same assets, and for the hardcore player who might normally ignore it, include tempting move tutors that were previously unavailable.
There’s absolutely nothing about the language of this supposed leak that seems legitimate to me. Nothing about how it’s presented resembles information that would be solidified, or even remotely available to be leaked this early in the development cycle. Nintendo is notoriously secretive about their game development. Leaks rarely happen, especially about Pokemon. I’m supposed to be convinced because this random dude made a prediction about a Kingdom Hearts game that turned out to be true? Square fucks up like clockwork, I could call the next Kingdom Hearts game after a stroke with 100% accuracy. Same thing about Castlevania and Capcom.
I know most logical people read the story about Plus/Minus and thought the same thing, but there are still some folks out there who believed it. It’s fun to make up stories, but reality is still here… let’s live in it. If you want to speculate what an awesome Pokemon game might be like, that’s fine. It’s fun as hell, I’ve done it. Just don’t present it like fact to try and manipulate other people. That’s no good.
That’s all for today. This has been your friendly neighborhood Jim, drinking the haterade.