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    No, i dont use any HM slaves. Maybe once or so but i don't remember. If I need to use an HM I give it to one individual pokemon in my party.
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    I use them when I don't have a 6th member. It just makes training Pokemon easier and not worrying about using field moves on members that are part of your main team. I find HM Slaves very useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dahrue View Post
    I use them when I don't have a 6th member. It just makes training Pokemon easier and not worrying about using field moves on members that are part of your main team. I find HM Slaves very useful.
    I am the same too. Apart from perhaps Waterfall and Surf, the other HMs aren't of much use to waste a move on a Pokemon.

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    I personally just CANNOT play through a game without using HM slaves. Having to use moves like Cut and Rock Smash were just so frustrating to me. Having a Slave like Bibarel was also useful in gym or E4 battles, as you could switch out and revive members of your party.

    So, yes.

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    Yes I usually have one, it can be very annoying if you don't. Sometimes I keep my HM slave in the PC and switch it out with someone else when I need it. :/

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    No, I don't. I would rather keep my team members and teach them moves as we go along.

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    Every game. Bibarel, Wailord, and Tropius are three of the best to use 3rd gen and up.
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    Typically, no. I find it odd to just use a Pokemon...

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    For pokemon platinum I used a Bibarel I trained from a bidoof for most of my hms and a golbat for flying and a dustox for defoging and in soulsilver I used my pidgeot for flying and a furret that I raised from sentret for my other hms


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    Well, what I don't have any problem with are Fly and Surf, becase those are at least decent attacks. On the other hand I hate when I have to teach Rock Smash or Cut to some of my pokemon. Rock Smash is simply awful and Cut...meh. Another pain was when I had to use 3 water HMs in platinum and my Poliwhirl already had attacks I didn't want to spare. So I had to give Whirpool to Nidoqueen -_-
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    Of course I do. Fly and Surf get actual Pokémon, of course, but I'll usually dedicate a Pokémon to HM slavery, and stick it in my team; it's a pain in the neck to travel all the way back to the last town every time you find a tree that's impeding your progress. Of course, this means that I usually don't find a real sixth member until Victory Road or so, but who cares? All the good Pokémon are in Victory Road anyway.

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    never really used an HM slave
    my team consist of 6 pokemons, each with a HM or 2
    fly surf and strength are really good moves so i keep them

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    It's pretty hard to get a team with strong pokemon of various types mixed with the right moves, all HMs, Flash, False Swipe, Dig, Thief plus the abilities Pick Up and Frisk (Yeah, it's a team specially made for searching out anything without having to swap for moves). Some of the HMs aren't that bad once you get your pokemon's levels into the 40s. What I hate about them thought, is that most are Normal type moves. If Rock Climb could be changed to a Rock type move, or Strenght to a Fighting type, that would certainly make things easier.
    But, no. I don't use HM slaves.
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    I tend to use a fly slave.
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    Whether or not I use Hidden Machine Slaves depend on some certain conditions. I didn't when I was a beginner because my teams were mainly made up of absolute favorites, which usually entailed a [I]lot[I] of grinding, (oh Deliberd & Sunflora. You will be missed.) However, I now tend to try and get a well balanced team, and my overplannng skills take in there. I don't like to use them because it takes away the ability to have a sixth, and sometimes even fifth monster. I do in post game for Dex Completion, but mid-game:
    • If I have an extra slot, I will almost always keep a Bidoof or Rattata handy in-case of a surprise item.
    • If I don't have an extra slot, but I've already beat the trainers and caught the available monsters in the area, I may do a sweep for items shortcuts/houses etc.
    • After beating the 8th Gym Leader and thoroughly conquering Victory Road, I'll usually fly back Twinleaf/New Bark and sweep the entire game for rare candies/Technical Machines/Sidequests. I'll usually only bring monsters I want to train, and have all the available Hidden machines attached to monsters that can have them.

      I always, however, have either Surf (if my Water typed-monster is a special attacker) or Waterfall (if my Water-typed monster is a physical attacker) handy as usable moves, as 95 base power (for Surf) and 80 base (for Waterfall) is nothing to scoff at. I'll also usually have Fly in my party as soon as I get it, just because I travel to Goldenrod/Veilstone frequently for the malls and gambling. Also, in DPPt, I take note of where I plant my berries and honey, and fly there frequently. And, if I so happen to use a Normal-typed monster on my team, I'll carry Strength (and eventually Rock Climb to replace it.)

      In the Post-Game, though, I not only use Hidden Machine Slaves for Dex Completion but also Exploration. (Which could be the same thing, depending on how you look at it.)
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    I did always have at least one-two pokemon that were honestly HM-Slaves. That is, they knew all the techniques and were just there when I walked around trying to catch pokemon or level. I normally used a Bibarel for an HM slave in the fourth generation.

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    I don't like doing that ,but Mt.Coronet just forces my to do it.
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    Yes I use Hm slaves. It just seems better than having to go to the move deleter all the time.
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    I do have some. Like a Linoone a Tentacool and most of the time a Graveller.

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    I used 3 of them in Gen5.

    Gyarados: Surf, Waterfall, Dive, RockSmash
    Tropius: Cut, Fly, Strength, Flash
    Smeargle: Fly, Surf, Dig, Teleport (very useful if you only have one slot available)

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    you need hm slaves to get by.

    Bidoof and Tropius were mine. Bidoof was really good because he learned surf and cut and strength


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    I try to avoid it...when going through the game. However, in Gen 3, I almost always had an HM slave (Rock Smash, Surf, Waterfall, and Dive all being HM moves made it hard NOT to...), but in Pokemon X, Black, Platinum, etc. al, I tried to spread the HM moods around my "in game" party, which usually didn't have a flying type even when fly would've made traveling easier...xD

    I did have a Pidgey named Fly though in X...it was actually in rage because I had traveled all the way to a certain location, found it blocked from the south, and would've had to go all the way around again to get in (the north entrance isn't blocked, oddly enough...) I...wasn't exactly a happy-camper near the end of X...and well...it might have made me angrier at a certain team because of it.

    TL;DL: In general, I hate HM slaves...meh.

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    I do... But only for the HMs that aren't good, battle-wise. .-.


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    I always end up with a HM slave.
    Pelipper is the usual one - Fly, Surf, Waterfall...
    Or Bibarel - Surf, Rock Smash, Strength, Cut

    They're just handy to have, and sometimes end up being one of my strongest pokemon obtained during the storyline because you need to keep them around
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