Kingler's bigger claw changes from it's right claw in the first generation to the left claw from the second generation onwards.
...So, yeah, my best guess involves some conspiracy with Team Rocket forcing wild pokémon to evolve with a crazy machine. Not the most sound, but eh.
Actually, maybe belonging to a trainer takes away some of the wild instincts which help pokémon evolve more speedily? Or maybe they evolve more slowly if there's less threat around due to being safe with a trainer? I don't know.
But as for the NPC having them, perhaps that's one of those instances where techniques exist to do things differently, just the character you play never has access to them. Kind of like how it's implied it is possible to climb over mountains like Mt. Moon (I think in Hoenn, you can meet a hiker who says he can just hike over Rusturf Tunnel instead of going through the cave), but the person you control personally isn't capable of climbing.
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I'm kind of lame, but why do you black out right after losing a battle?
And then, how exactly do you magically get up and scurry to the Pokemon Center?
Your character can breathe underwater, you're the only one moving along the screen, the trees die after you pick like, the three berries that were on them, Pokemon having natures untrue or unfitting to their species, and last but not least...
that freaking daycare breeding thing and everything about it o.e
All the same, there are some weird things about sprites. When you feed a pokémon a pokéblock in Hoenn, it's shown facing to the right of the screen instead of the left. The fact that the sprite is just a flipped version of the left-facing sprite means that any asymmetrical pokémon becomes a mirror image of itself. If you feed a spinda a pokéblock, its spots will be in different places from where they usually are, etc.
And then there's pokémon who look different in different versions of games. Arbok has a few different versions of hood markings depending on the sprite which is said to be because different arbok in different regions have different markings (I think the dex says it), but when you move an arbok from one version to another its hood markings change to correspond to what version it is.
anyone else wondered why raticate can be found in that house with the lunar wing in black/white 2?
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the lavender town theory is a fake in my opinion, and i can give evidence. in the first ever pokemon episode, Ho-oh, the second gen legend, mad an appearence. unown is also a second gen, meaning that at the time that Red and Blue were released, the entire second gen could have been already drawn up and ready to have been released, including unown. maybe somebody learned about the unown in Coro-Coro and decided to use them in a public prank. the prank might have got blown out of proportion when people started to think that the ghost in the audio had something to do with people getting headaches from hearing the audio, and they started to call it haunted. word spread about it being haunted and the pranker went into hiding so as not to be caught. all of this came from that Ho-oh, who says a lot by just flying across the sky in front of ashes eyes.
How does it make sense that in the game a pikachu can survive a body slam from a wailord
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How can you surf on a Horsea or Tentacool, let alone ride it while it is fighting another Pokemon? Same goes for Dive. Also, riding a Pidgey, Spearow or Talow, or dangling from it's talons hundreds of feet in the air for hours?
It's been brought up, probably in this very thread, but I'm lazy... orz
A Caterpie won't die when stomped by Regigigas, which weighs 925 lbs.
How does it not get mashed into complete goo?
Why can't Emolga learn Fly? It's a Flying-type, for Arceus-sake!
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One thing I just thought about was that in the caves you have to walk through in the games, you see plenty of bridges and walkways built in, seemingly everywhere but the most logical place to build a bridge, across the bodies of water in the cave, which your pokémon are forced to piggyback you across instead. If you can build a bridge in a cave, why not build a bridge over the water?
Sure it could be argued the architects who put the bridges there just spared themselves the time figuring anyone who wanted to get through could just ride a pokémon, but when you consider the trainers I mentioned previously who inexplicably appear in spots you need to surf to with no surfing pokémon, the argument of "everyone can just surf through" starts to hold less, erm, water, as the NPCs' lack of surfing pokémon implies that a pokémon with that capability isn't something everyone has.
Sure, maybe the hikers can just use their hiking skills to somehow maneuver around the edges of the bodies of water, but that still begs the question of why people like those aces and dragon trainers who have neither pokémon or alternate means to get across the water would never be considered.
Well I was playing Sapphire earlier and I noticed that Lairon can learn Aerial Ace, WTF Game Freak.
Also, Gyarados is a Water-Flying that can't learn flying moves like the aforementioned Aerial Ace. Again, WTF Game Freak?
I'd say gyarados was more of a berserker of a fighter that just indiscriminately smashed stuff rather than a target-sniping ace, but then again, lairon doesn't seem much more ace-like, so I honestly don't know.