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Breyyne December 23rd, 2012 9:47 AM

Pokemon game Habits
Hey all,

I have habit when catching (attempting to catch) Pokémon of pressing UP and B while waiting for the the Pokéball to pass or fail. I have been doing this since the first US release of Red/Blue and heard a rumor that it helps the catch rate.

I was wondering if anyone else has similar habits revolving around the games. Whether they work or just superstitious ritual.

WingedDragon December 23rd, 2012 10:25 AM

I too have this and it seems to help me or at least I think it does. I have three things I do continously. down button, pressing the a and b button or the down button with a and b.

IStreamSandwich December 23rd, 2012 10:25 AM

One of my main habits is getting all my pokemon to the same level before proceeding to the next area.

Arcturus. December 23rd, 2012 10:42 AM

I have a habit of trying to organize my Pokemon in the PC. I normally try to do it by type, but then I find a dual type and can't decide which box it should go in. I can sometimes spend a few hours trying to organize my PC. It gets annoying, but I can't stand not having it organized.

skyluigi2 December 23rd, 2012 10:45 AM

I hold A, B and DOWN when trying to catch Pokemon...
Other than that, I always create a box called 'Temp' where I store Pokemon temporarily, hence the name.
Also, I always sell items like X Attack, Dire Hit,because I never use them.

Patrick December 23rd, 2012 10:59 AM

I used to try to get them all to the same level as well. Also, saving before any major fights, events, and legendary opportunities, just incase something goes wrong. Money was already hard enough to come by in those games, I wasn't going to lose it. I also wasn't going to pass an opportunity to catch something rare.

Blue December 23rd, 2012 1:05 PM

My first initial thought when I saw this thread title was getting all of my Pokemon to the same level (If not then similar) before taking on a certain boss i.e Gym Leader, Team Leader etc.

Hikamaru December 23rd, 2012 1:20 PM

I always level grind to a sufficient level before proceeding to a certain area.

When I play multiple versions of the same generation's games, my main version always has to have the protagonist be female.

TheFattestSnorlax December 23rd, 2012 1:41 PM

I usually press A a lot when capturing a Pokemon. I also do what ^ does.

Dr. Slavic December 23rd, 2012 2:14 PM

I always plan my team out when I play a game, and I always make sure I have a Fire, Water, and Grass type. I also spend a lot of time in the Game Corners, I'm not sure if that's a habit or not. I have to name every Pokemon I catch, and can spend a lot of time trying to pick out a good name for them. These are the only ones that come to mind.

ThatSuperHappyCloud December 23rd, 2012 2:43 PM

i always have to have a balence of gender in my team, 3 males 3 females, i also organize the box in how awesome i think pokemon are

Balkoni December 23rd, 2012 4:10 PM


Originally Posted by Breyyne (Post 7452325)
I have habit when catching (attempting to catch) Pokémon of pressing UP and B while waiting for the the Pokéball to pass or fail. I have been doing this since the first US release of Red/Blue and heard a rumor that it helps the catch rate.

Exactly the same habit XD

Sassy Milkshake December 23rd, 2012 7:16 PM

Sorta unrelated, but a habit nonetheless, I always save my game when I pass a PokeCenter. I learned long ago what happens to people who don't save. ;P

Sableye~ December 23rd, 2012 7:32 PM

I save before battling a legendary, gym leader, etc. (or picking my starter, if I intend to SR).

Also am a compulsive game saver. Sometimes when I close my DSiXL, it just shuts off. I learned this the hard way and lost quite a bit of my work. D:

I sell all battle items, evolution stones (I keep one of each), fossils (again, one of each), shards, star pieces, and any other worthless stuff that can get me money.

scprepschool December 23rd, 2012 8:40 PM


Originally Posted by ThatSuperHappyCloud (Post 7452681)
i always have to have a balence of gender in my team, 3 males 3 females, i also organize the box in how awesome i think pokemon are

I have the same gender ratio problem. I think i try to revolve my gameplay on a "would it be rewarding in a manga" type of way be because it just seems weird to have a te that ismt balanced i blame it all on ev training. I dont remember being this peculiar in red and blue about my team
Back in those days it was pretty much
But yeah i also have capture rate tendencies and a couple other bad habits. When you get older and learn about mathematical components in video games it kinda gets stale because. After that luck doesnt exsist

Brendino December 23rd, 2012 9:44 PM

The only real habit that I can think of is also pressing Up+B when trying to catch a Pokemon, even if I learned years ago that it doesn't actually do anything. And whether it counts as a habit or not I'm not quite sure, but I always nickname any Pokemon that I catch- except for the legendaries.

JessieFan92 December 23rd, 2012 9:49 PM

I always save before catching a legendary pokemon so if I accidently ko the pokemon I can restart the game. I always put my team pokemon and legendary pokemon in a different box. I want to keep them separate from the other pokemon I capture.

Most of the time I want a all male team unless my starter is a female.

JayD December 23rd, 2012 10:26 PM

I save before going against a legendary.

And a weird one, everytime I save in my HG, I always put my Pokemon on the right of me in the game before saving xD

Deokishisu December 23rd, 2012 10:48 PM

I absolutely have to sort the Pokemon in my PC Boxes by when I captured them. I get incredibly annoyed when I need a certain Pokemon for a HM or something and forget to switch boxes back to the in progress one. That now empty space gets filled up by the next Pokemon I catch and throws off the order.

Sorting the Pokemon I obtain in trades is quite a conundrum for me.

Sabrewulf238 December 24th, 2012 3:01 AM

I used to press either the A or B button right before a pokeball landed on the pokemon. I think a friend told me it made catching a pokemon easier so I kept doing it for ages. I don't do it anymore though, unless I'm trying to catch a legendary and I'm feeling desperate. :p

Other habits that I have developed since the fourth generation are ignoring most pokemon on my first run through the game. I usually only catch the six pokemon for my team. Before that gen I used to catch pokemon the whole way through. I figure this is better because it means I can back afterwards to catch them in the end game.

Also I much prefer having an even split of genders in my team, so much so that I won't catch a pokemon if it will upset the balance. (although I make an exception for a genderless pokemon) If I can avoid it I like having pokemon with different characteristics on my team too, but I'm not as strict with that.

Cronozona December 24th, 2012 6:55 AM

I save my game before important events. I almost always nickname my Pokemon. I pick starters based on a specific game. Example: Squirtle for Fire red/Red, Blue, Leaf green. Gold/Silver/Crystal, would be Cyndaquil or Totodile. Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald would be Mudkip...etc. I usually have a wreck less battle style without many supporting moves. Evolve every Pokemon I can. Always play as a male. Also, finally effectively using type advantages when available.

Turboblaze December 24th, 2012 7:00 AM

I tend to turn away when I throw a Pokeball ( even the master ball sometimes) at a legendary Pokemon that has a low capture rate. Also, when I have two or more games from the same generation, I have a female and a male character whose names both start with the same letter. It's just something I've been doing since R/S/E.

Madic0 December 24th, 2012 7:18 AM

Used to have a terrible habit of saving before every trainer. Since then, it's waned into saving whenever there's a chance one of my Pokémon might faint outside of my consent.

That's another one: keeping my 'mons alive as often as I can. But that seems pretty universal.

Poke Fox December 24th, 2012 1:16 PM

Nothing really interesting to share, my main habit would be: Having the cat-Pokemon of the game's region (such as Purrloin in Unova). I also only nickname my favorite Pokemon, the others I'll just keep them the way they are.

Pinkie-Dawn December 24th, 2012 1:55 PM

I tilt my handheld system whenever I catch a Pokemon.

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