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View Poll Results: To what extent do you plan your team?
All 6 members 20 37.04%
A few of them (<5) 28 51.85%
None / just the starter. 6 11.11%
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Old June 14th, 2013 (08:56 PM).
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I just got back into Pokemon and somewhat planned my team, followed the official strategy guide. They tell you to build a team around your starter for which I chose Snivy so I picked up Panpour to defend against Fire and a Sandile to defend against Electric. They give three adventure info's inside the guide for a Scrafty and Swoobat for the later battles in the game and a Patrat for catching Pokemon. So yes, I followed it to the point for Pokemon White Version, but won't for Pokemon White Version 2.
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Old June 14th, 2013 (11:56 PM).
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I usually planing which one will I choose as my starter Pokemon, and also planning a bird and water Pokemon to do HMs Fly and Surf.
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Old June 15th, 2013 (01:40 PM).
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I like to mix it up when I start a new game. I generally pick a type I want on my team, then I think of the most balanced pokemon I can get from that type ingame as soon as possible, and catch it.

I do this in pretty much every game, but It's usually never the same pokemon.
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Old June 19th, 2013 (07:26 PM).
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I normally plan my first three of four Pokemon, then pick new ones up as I go towards the end. Then I'll hopefully have a powerful balanced team by the time I get to the Elite four and the champion. This strategy normally works well.
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Old June 19th, 2013 (09:08 PM).
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Yeah. Basically, i just randomize what pokemon i'd use in this run. From a "NFE flying team" to "bug team" to "pokemon-i've-never-used team". I'm not really getting into starters until end-game, where i begin planning for their competitive battle's use. They end up there mostly anyways.
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Old June 20th, 2013 (04:26 PM).
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If I'm starting a new title, such as FireRed (which, yes, I have never played), I tend to just play it through without looking at a guide (unless I'm truly, truly stuck). Then the second time around, I plan out almost my entire team with the knowledge I've gained from the previous playthrough.
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Old June 20th, 2013 (06:43 PM). Edited June 20th, 2013 by Alli.
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Yes, I do plan my teams. Not as strictly as I used to, though. When I was younger, I would write down every detail about the team I wanted. I think I may still have some sheets lying around. But yeah, I planned not only the team itself, but the moves, names, abilities, and even going as far to be picky with the gender. At least I didn't add nature into that mix, ugh. Nowadays, it's just the team. Sometimes I go through and plan out movesets, but not as strictly as back then.

Edit: Forgot to mention I used gel pens in coordination with what type that Pokemon was. Yeeeah.
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Old June 20th, 2013 (06:47 PM).
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Yes, everything. Sometimes it takes me hours, or even a couple of days because I play these games more than once and want a little variety . I just started a new game on a HeartGold mod (SacredGold by Drayano), but not before over 5 hours of prep.
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Old June 21st, 2013 (04:46 AM).
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I plan a few, usually three or four. I always try to get a fire, grass, water and electric but then after that it's usually whatever is cute and/or necessary.
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I always have some kind of idea of what I want my team to be. I like to write out an ideal team list. But... it usually never turns out the same way. Most of the time, I get attached to a pokemon I've caught that wasn't supposed to be on my team. Other times, I catch the pokemon I wanted on my team, but, for whatever reason, it doesn't feel right so I don't stick with it. I don't think there has been one time when I planned out a team and it ended up the way it was supposed to be.
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Old June 21st, 2013 (08:27 PM).
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I rarely if ever plan my Pokemon team. I discovered along time ago that if you train just one pokemon throughout any of the exsisting games, you can, and probably will beable to beat it. So I pick one Pokemon to train, and have 5 others with Pick Up. Then once I've beaten the League I'll go about and start focusing on more constructive teams with alot of Rare Candies and PP-Ups.
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Old June 21st, 2013 (10:08 PM).
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Quote originally posted by Sheraku:
I rarely if ever plan my Pokemon team. I discovered along time ago that if you train just one pokemon throughout any of the exsisting games, you can, and probably will beable to beat it. So I pick one Pokemon to train, and have 5 others with Pick Up. Then once I've beaten the League I'll go about and start focusing on more constructive teams with alot of Rare Candies and PP-Ups.
Lol, that's new to me, sort of funny.
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Old June 24th, 2013 (04:48 PM).
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I never really plan out my team beforehand. In certain games I'm already sure of which starter I want to choose, but that's not really as much planning as it is preference, however I always plan to catch the starter bird unless I'm doing some kind of challenge, so I guess that's the furthest my planning goes. Otherwise I just go on with the games and catch whatever falls in my interest and that I want to use on my team.

Very few times have I actually planned out a team beforehand, and I guess one of those would be with my most recent character on PokeMMO, where I caught several Pokemon that weren't accessible until after the E4 (Houndour, Mareep and Teddiursa if anyone was interested :p), traded them over to my new character, and just went on with the game. I'd already planned to catch a Pidgey and a Mankey, and I never got a sixth member. I didn't start using them until I'd finished the second gym though, since most of them were close to or over level 20, and I wanted to make sure I was far enough ahead with badges so they didn't just start ignoring me at some point, so I was only using Mankey and my Charmander for a while, which was gonna be replaced by Houndour afterwards :p But yeah, that's pretty much the only one I can remember.
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Old June 24th, 2013 (08:10 PM).
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I've always planned my full team, just a habit. Sometimes I'll just switch one out though, if I find something better.
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Old June 25th, 2013 (06:35 AM).
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I usually plain the pokemon for the quest.

In the first playtrough i tend to check on webpages or forums where are the best pokemon for the in -game, and based on that i choose the most of them.

In the games previous to the 5 gen, i choose in this way:

First pokemon: Better starter or more cool design for me (Usually choose the water type)

Second pokemon: A pokemon with pick up ability. This is a must for my games since third generation, i love the idea that my pokemon pick up random items while we travel.

Third pokemon: I always try to have at least one pokemon that can fly to travel fast between towns.

Fourth - Five: Pokemon that can cover my other members, usually i choose one poweful psychich, or a pysichal pokemon.

Six: Temporary and trough the game I tend to use a HM slave for the HM more useless like cut. But when i'm in front of the elite four, i change this pokemon for other that full my expectations.

In the most of the cases, my selection is influence by Appeal of the pokemon, type and powers =)
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Old June 25th, 2013 (06:51 AM).
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I've never planned my team in any games, just went with what comes my way, works for me! I wonder how many people would have similar teams and what a common in-game team would consist of...
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Old June 25th, 2013 (06:55 AM).
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I usually always have my starter preset.

R/B- Typically Charmander, but occasionally Squirtle.
G/S/C- Chikorita. ALWAYS. <3
R/S/E- Mainly Torchic.
D/P/Pt- I don't play Gen IV very much, but Piplup.
B/W- I've only played through once, but Snivy was useful.

As for the others, I usually try to find an Ice type somehow because they're good against Lance in Gen II.

Gen I's pretty straight forward. I usually pick up a Pikachu in Viridian Forest, and a Ghost type, and the Lapras you recieve in Silph Co.

Gen III's team usually has an Altaria somewhere--I love Dragon types. :3

And ALWAYS have a good Water and Flying type to learn Surf and Fly, respectively.

Oh, and get Mienfoo in Gen V. You'll thank me later.
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Old June 28th, 2013 (12:27 PM).
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Sometimes I plan my team, sometimes I don't. Like when I first played Black, I didn't plan the team at all. I just caught pokemon that I thought could work. In White 2, I somewhat planned my team. I bred 1 member and caught the pokemon I specifically wanted for the team. On Black 2 I planned the whole team and bred the whole team. On games before the 5th gen, I don't think planned the teams., I just caught pokemon that could be good for the team.
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Old June 29th, 2013 (09:22 AM).
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Just wondering but did anyone else find they didn't end up with a HM slave for the 5th gen games?

I found it extremely liberating. It was first time that all six pokemon on my team were proper team mates.
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Old July 1st, 2013 (08:54 AM).
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I always plan out my team before the game's release based on the trailers, but it sometimes changes whenever new Pokemon I like are revealed. I made sure I have the three core types (Grass, Fire, and Water) and most of the dominant types of the metagame (Fighting, Ground, Steel, and Dragon) on my team.
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Old July 1st, 2013 (09:41 AM).
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If I do, I plan very loosely. I always have one goal in mind whenever I'm making a team though: to have a Dragon or Ice type somewhere. Usually I'd pick 4-5 Pokémon and then just wing it after that.
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Old July 1st, 2013 (11:04 AM).
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I've been using the same few pokemon since gen1, so I guess I plan it to some extent, unless one of the pokemon I always use cannot be captured in the newer game.
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Old July 1st, 2013 (02:36 PM).
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I'll plan on catching a few Pokemon or rather hope they find a spot on my team, but if I see something else or decide to fill up my team early I do that. I never plan out a full team in advance.
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Old July 1st, 2013 (11:04 PM).
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I usually have like a roughdraft of the team i want to have by the E4.
Until i can get them all, i might either try out a Pokemon I've never used before or just leave that spot empty
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Old July 1st, 2013 (11:14 PM).
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A starter is always in my part slot. As for the others, I can say that I don't plan much. I just take the ones that suit my taste. Well, if they don't fit my style after a while of trying, I'll just switch them.
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