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Old January 15th, 2013 (04:40 PM). Edited January 15th, 2013 by curiousnathan.
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Let's talk about battle items. More specifically, 'X' items. (X Arttack, X Speed etc) Did you use them throughout your playthroughs? Or did they rot in your bag? If you did use them, were they reallllly that useful?

Personally, I found no use for them whatsoever. My team did absoloutely fine without them.

How about yours? Discuss!
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Old January 15th, 2013 (04:43 PM).
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I don't like wasting a turn using x-items. I prefer using one of my moves or a HP restoring/ status removing item instead of an X-items. Whenever I find some, I just sell them for a few extra cash.
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Old January 15th, 2013 (04:59 PM).
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I always sell them. I never like using them because it is a waste, at least to me they are.
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Old January 15th, 2013 (05:14 PM).
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I only found X-Accuracy to be useful, and only in very specific circumstances. Usually having to do with a Pokemon spamming Minimize or Sand-Attack, etc, etc.
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Old January 15th, 2013 (05:19 PM).
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I sell those items. I have no need for them unless I'm doing a Caterpie solo run. Which I'm not.
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Old January 15th, 2013 (11:43 PM).
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I always sell them. I've literally never used one of them, and so I really couldn't say how useful they are.
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Old January 16th, 2013 (02:45 AM).
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No I don't use them, I find them useless. The moment I get them, I straight away sell them.
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Old January 16th, 2013 (02:55 AM).
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I used an X Attack on my Riolu during my Gym battle with Cheren in Black 2, and I have to say it saved my life cos he would have taken my entire team out with Work-Up boosted Tackles.

I have to say, X items can be handy when used at the right time.
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Old January 16th, 2013 (03:03 AM).
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I use X items when some Pokemon Trainer (like Cheren and Game Freak Morimoto) send out Liepard. So it's no waste of turn if Liepard use Fake Out to my Pokemon, and I could make it to my advantage.
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Old January 16th, 2013 (06:49 AM).
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i c wut u did there.

Those items usually rot in my bag until I probably sell them. I've used them a couple of times, just for the heck of it, but I generally find them to be rather useless.
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Old January 16th, 2013 (08:06 AM).
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You know, if I'm gonna rely on a stat boost, I'd rather use a move like Dragon Dance or Quiver Dance and get in more than one stat boost and that way, it's a move on my Pokemon rather than an item I wouldn't be able to use in a link battle. Just another thought.
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Old January 16th, 2013 (08:22 AM).
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For the whole 15 years of playing Pokemon I think I've only ever used the X items twice.
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Old January 16th, 2013 (08:56 AM).
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I always sell them because I don't find them useful.
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Old January 16th, 2013 (12:48 PM).
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I've never used them much at all, other than very rarely if I happen to remember to use an X Accuracy for something like a Sand Attack spamming Pidgey. I generally sold them back when there was a limit on bag items, but now I don't bother.

The concept seems pretty good - the benefits of a stat-boosting move without having to use up a move slot - but they work out to just not be that useful. In-game, stat-boosting isn't particularly necessary, since you don't need to sweep, since the AI is dumb as a brick and switching is pretty much risk free. And competitively, when stat-boosting becomes a more desirable strategy, you can't use items anyway.
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Old January 16th, 2013 (01:25 PM).
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Because I rarely go to the shop and sell items they just tend to sit there in my bag until that once in a blue moon moment does come around and I go and sell things like Nuggets, Pearls, etc. X-Items then are on that list of things to sell.
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Old January 16th, 2013 (01:31 PM).
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I used them once, in Heart Gold, against Red. I sent out Kingdra against his Blastoise, stuffed him full of X items, and swept. It was quite funny actually.

These items don't see much use because most of the time they aren't needed, and in later games there are many good stat-boosting moves. But they can be very useful. Using an item on a Pokémon has priority over anything, any move, even the likes of Gastro Acid which stop you from using items on your Pokémon. So you can use an item like an X Defend and boost your Defense before the opponent attacks, increasing endurance.

If you don't have any stat-boosting moves, these items could have some use, too.
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Old January 16th, 2013 (04:50 PM).
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When used at the right time against certain Pokemon, the X items can actually be quite useful. That being said, I can't recall a single time that I've ever used one on my Pokemon. If I want my Pokemon to boost their stats in battle (or lower an opponent's), I'll just stick to the moves that my Pokemon already knows.
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Old January 18th, 2013 (10:28 AM). Edited January 18th, 2013 by Cassino.
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I tend to forget them but I do use them when I both remember and see fit. It helps in my case that I've come to favour a defensive approach to battles, which is to say that burning a turn isn't likely to have dire consequences. I personally think Dire Hit is the most useful battle item for general use; most monsters can't naturally boost their critical hit ratio beyond holding a Scope Lens, which of course takes up the held item slot. At the very least, things like Cynthia's Spiritomb make a good case for carrying X Accuracies.



Quote originally posted by Arlo:
The concept seems pretty good - the benefits of a stat-boosting move without having to use up a move slot - but they work out to just not be that useful. In-game, stat-boosting isn't particularly necessary, since you don't need to sweep, since the AI is dumb as a brick and switching is pretty much risk free. And competitively, when stat-boosting becomes a more desirable strategy, you can't use items anyway.
More people should use the Wonder Launcher.
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Old January 18th, 2013 (10:31 AM).
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Personally I think that the X times are a Xtreme waste of time (oh no I didn't. >:()

You're probably better of with just stat boosting moves.
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Old January 18th, 2013 (10:36 AM).
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I really have no use for X items, so I just sell them for Xtra cash.
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Old January 18th, 2013 (11:08 AM).
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Quote originally posted by Para-Dox:
Personally I think that the X times are a Xtreme waste of time (oh no I didn't. )

You're probably better of with just stat boosting moves.
But that's the point. What if you *don't* have stat-boosting moves?

Not every Pokémon learns Calm Mind and Dragon Dance.
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Old January 18th, 2013 (12:26 PM).
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Never use em. I find if your in a situation when you NEED to boost states, you've done something wrong, I would assume neglected to train. I still use state boosting moves the odd time, but even then I find it unnecessary
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Old January 18th, 2013 (01:02 PM).
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I dont use them, i dont think they are needed
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Old January 18th, 2013 (01:29 PM).
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They are x-cellent to sell for money. Apart from that, nope. Never.
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Old January 18th, 2013 (03:31 PM).
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I've only used one once and it was a waste of a turn. It's just easier to play with type advantages.
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