Conversation Between Bakken31 and Buffel Saft
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  1. Buffel Saft
    November 10th, 2020 11:50 PM
    Buffel Saft
    - There's a very good chance I'll give more Pokemon megas, they'll be something I add in future versions occasionally as I come up with designs for them.
    - Good guess! I had a bit of a trainer editing binge last week and finished both the hideouts, Mossdeep Gym and all of the surfing trainers. That just leaves the Seafloor cavern, Sootopolis Gym, victory road, the Pokemon league and the post game. Almost there!
    - Currently the Safari Zone has Alolan forms and a mix of Pokemon you'd find in Safari Zones from the other games (Dratini, Tauros etc.)
    - Yeah a Mega stone pocket for the bag is definitely something I want in the hack, I'll be looking into adding more pockets to it once all the trainers are done.

    Good luck with Ultra Necrozma! Mimikyu and Decidueye's Sucker Punch should help quite a bit.
  2. Bakken31
    November 10th, 2020 2:32 PM
    Hey, it's been a month!

    -I heard you said that you'll give mega evolutions to some pokemon (Flygon & Milotic), so can you also give to others who need it, and I'm talking about pokemon from Johto & Hoenn (Magcargo, Sunflora, Octillery, Solrock, Lunatone, Wailord, Cacturne...etc)
    -I guess you're working on Magma & Aqua hideouts right now
    -Does Safari Zone have rarer pokemon like Soupercell did to his Radical Red?
    -Would you make a part/category of bag where Mega Evolution Gems are in it (If you know what I mean) ?

    Allright, about my Prismatic Moon adventure:
    I named my male trainer "Konane" (Brown skin, brown hair, grey eyes), and I forgot to tell you that I named my female trainer "Eterna" in Eternal X before (Blonde white girl)

    My team right now after Exeggutor Island in Poni Island (I know, too much cutscenes in the game, that's understandable, but they don't make me stop the playthrough):
    -Decidueye Lv86 Male (Overgrow):
    Brave Bird, Leaf Blade, Sucker Punch, Spirit Shackle
    -Alolan Muk Lv 86 Male (Poison Touch):
    Crunch, Brick Break, Gunk Shot, Rock Slide
    -Ribombee Lv86 Female (Shield Dust):
    Moonblast, Draining Kiss, Quiver Dance, Pollen Puff
    -Salazzle Lv86 Female (Corrosion):
    Nasty Plot, Sludge Bomb, Dragon Pulse, Flamethrower
    -Mimikyu Lv86 Male (Disguise):
    Shadow Claw, Hone Claws, Play Rough, Leech Life
    -Slowbro Lv86 Male (Oblivious):
    Scald, Psychic, Calm Mind, Trick Room

    My pokemon on PC:
    Toucannon, Alakazam, Floatzel, Mudsdale, Golisopod

    Trick Room saved me in the battle against Ultra Recon Squad Soliera (against Naganadel & Pheromosa, but hey Salazzle took out Celesteela ad Stakataka thanks to Nasty Plot), I wonder how I'll win against Totem Kommo-O and Ultra Necrozma (Especially Ultra Necrozma), I'll try with my strategy, wish me luck.
  3. Buffel Saft
    September 27th, 2020 9:14 PM
    Buffel Saft
    I've actually made trainers and wild Pokemon scale to the player's level instead of having a level cap. Hoenn has a lot of optional areas, so adding a cap would waste a lot of the EXP from those areas if they're explored later in the game. With scaling levels you can skip an entire area, come back to it later and still get full EXP from it. Trainer Pokemon levels are always the player's highest level + or - a fixed value, usually +0 to +2 for bosses and -2 to -3 for everyone else. It's impossible to over level, but grinding is still an option to get better moves or evolve a Pokemon.

    Looks like a good team so far! 5 items per battle is fair, the AI gets 4 so that's better than using an entire bag full!
  4. Bakken31
    September 27th, 2020 3:21 PM
    Thanks for the info.

    I forgot one thing:
    -Will it be possible to add a level gap in your Emerald hack for some challenge like Soupercell did in his Radical Red hack?

    25th September 2020, the day I began my Prismatic Moon (Standard version) playthrough, with same ruleset:
    -"Set" mode
    -Level gap so I won't overlevel above highest level of each Totem/Kahuna
    -Item limit of 5 in-battle (I know I kinda suck in Pokemon, not only because the battles are hard in Drayano-like hacks, but because opponents also use items in battle, If I want some no item in-battle challenge, I will play battle facilities in your hacks & Drayano's DS ones, and Radical Red of course)

    My team after I beated the first Kahuna:
    - Dartrix Lv 19 M
    - Trumbeak Lv 19 F
    - Buizel Lv 19 M
    - Grimer (Alolan) Lv 20 M
    - Kadabra Lv 21 M (He was at Lv 20 before battling against Hala)
    - Cutiefly Lv 19 F
  5. Buffel Saft
    September 26th, 2020 12:48 AM
    Buffel Saft
    - Yeah I've got a few custom moves and abilities planned. I'm definitely considering the Gigantamax forms as Megas option; Lapras and Garbodor could really use them and it'd be nice to have designs and sprites done for them already. I'm hoping to add custom Megas for Milotic and Flygon too, but only if I can come up with decent designs for then (Flygon is pretty tricky to add things to, Game freak weren't kidding about the artist's block on that one!).
    - That looks very impressive, might have to keep an eye on it! I'd like to have some sort of soaring mechanic as HMs are going to be optional, and it'd be the best replacement for Fly.
    - It'd be nice if I could do that, but I've changed the Pokemon data structure enough that mons from my hack would appear as bad eggs in other games, and it'd only be able to battle with other hacks that use the same battle engine and have the same base stats for Pokemon. So unfortunately it's probably not going to be an option.

    Congrats on beating Eternal X! Nice to see to your team's levels are exactly where I expected them to be, hope there wasn't any grinding needed to get there. Blaze Black's always good (especially 2). Gen VII's good parts are very good (personally I really liked the totem battles), but it's got waaay too much annoying dialogue. Might not be so bad on your first playthrough though.
  6. Bakken31
    September 24th, 2020 5:19 PM
    Hello, yeah I'm doing fine.

    -Will you make some new abilities and/or moves of your own, and/or make most Gigantamax forms into Mega Evolution in a rebalanced version of your Emerald hack like Soupercell did in his Radical Red hack?
    -I found in my Youtube recommandation a video about Flying on Hoenn if you want to check it out, and let me know what you think.
    -Would you make your hack trade and battle with some other romhacks?

    Anyway, after days I didn't play Eternal X, I finished it already and beated the league in 12th September 2020 (well, better late than ever I guess).

    My Team:
    Delphox Lv 81
    Blastoise Lv 81
    Leavanny Lv 81
    Slurpuff Lv 81
    Aurorus Lv 82
    Hawlucha Lv 82

    Beated Drasna once, Wikstrom once, Malva once, fainted once by Siebold but beated him in the second battle.
    And yea, Aurorus was useful to cancel Drought & Drizzle.
    Then I beated Diantha once, thanks to my Hawlucha's Power-Up Punch and Leavanny's Poison Jab. (Sorry my english)

    Well for my next game (after I finished a non-Pokemon game for some change), this fall would be ideally good to play Blaze Black 1 & 2 due to Gen V's (My fav gen) 10th anniversary, but I want to play Prismatic Moon instead because I never played Gen VII before, so why not?
  7. Buffel Saft
    September 2nd, 2020 1:37 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Hey, I'm out of lockdown and back to work. How have you been?

    - Day/Night encounters are something I'd add in a future version once there's a good day/night system available. Sierra's made one for Crystal Dust that looks fantastic, but it won't publicly available for a while.
    - That's an interesting idea, but it'd be pretty complicated to implement. The game's open source so it'd be easier to add or edit a trainer by editing the ROM instead.
    - Can't think of anything off the top of my head, it's a fairly straightforward hack so many of the new features are found in plenty of other hacks too.
  8. Bakken31
    September 2nd, 2020 4:15 AM
    Hey, what's up my dude.

    -Will you make a Day/Night wild encounters in your Emerald hack, like Yuuii did in his Radical Red hack?
    -I have an idea, why not make an NPC or a machine that lets you build an opponent's team to fight against, so we choose their pokemon, levels, moveset of each, items, abilities, EVs & IVs... etc
    -What are some of interesting/unique contents in your hack that other RomHackers inspired you?
  9. Buffel Saft
    August 20th, 2020 11:42 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Hey good to hear things aren't too bad in Algeria.

    - I've changed quite a bit of dialogue so far, but it's mostly to accommodate new features (e.g. your rival asks which region the Pokemon in Birch's suitcase come from, which is how you decide which set of starters you want to choose from). There are a few new NPCs from ORAS that use their ORAS dialogue too, like the guy that hands out the false swipe TM. I haven't updated team Aqua or Magma to their ORAS versions though.
    - Yeah I have a few ideas for an extended post game, nothing concrete yet but it won't be the Delta Episode.

    Radical Red looks really good, I'll definitely give it a try at some point. Never played anything with Skeli's engine so that'll be interesting.
  10. Bakken31
    August 18th, 2020 6:01 AM
    -Do you change some dialogues in your Emerald Hack? Are some dialogues are by yourself and/or inspired by ORAS?
    -Would you add a Delta Episode or an alternative story in the post-game ?

    Anyway, did you hear about Pokemon Radical Red? I don't know if I'll play it or not but it's an interesting challenging Romhack if you want to check it out.
  11. Bakken31
    August 16th, 2020 3:45 PM
    Thanks for the information, just take your time with your Emerald hack, because people would love to play your game with Quantity and Quality.

    Well my country (Algeria) has increased some cases, but we're not in lockdown (yet again), there's still people walking with or without masks, some of us take precautions, and it's not as bad as France right now.
  12. Buffel Saft
    August 16th, 2020 3:07 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Hey, it's been a busy month; I'm in New Zealand and we were almost back to normal until last week (we're back in lockdown now, but fortunately only in one city for the moment). How's it going in your country?

    - Some Pokemon do have quieter cries than others, but only if they're that way in the official games (e.g. Golurk). I processed all the cries myself so if any are too quiet it's an easy fix.
    - I've gone with a different approach for the HM problem. They should hopefully be worth using; you can find useful items (berries, stones, fossils etc.) and Pokemon you can't get elsewhere in Cut trees and breakable rocks. Strength boulders are still a pain, but I'm looking into adding a Poke Ride style system alongside HMs so you won't need to give up a move slot if you don't want to.
    - Haha, I wish I was up to Sootopolis! I've just finished Flannery and will hopefully get Norman and some of the Surf areas done today.
    - Maxie and Archie have slightly different teams from their PSPM counterparts (possibly including Kyogre and Groudon though - still thinking on that one).

    Looks like a fun team, and having Snow Warning will help a lot in EXWY's Elite 4. Good rule-set too, that's similar to what I use when testing my hacks (only difference is I use no items in battle - it helps to make up for me knowing how the trainers will act beforehand).

    I likely won't be done with Emerald before Dray is done with Storm Silver 2.0 (looking forward to playing that), but I might release an early version without the updated Frontier and post game.
  13. Bakken31
    August 15th, 2020 3:43 PM
    How's it going Buffel, it's been a month
    How are the people in your country (United Kingdom I guess?)

    -Do all pokemon have same volume tone of cries? Because in Pokemon Unbound Battle Tower Demo, I heard half of 7th gen pokemon have lowered volume cries, especially Blacephalon for exemple
    -Would you remove some "Cut" trees & "Strenght" rocks...etc like Drayano did in his Renegade Platinum?
    -Well, in your Emerald Hack, I guess you're working on a Sootopolis part right now, right?
    -Do Maxie & Archie in your Emerald Hack have same teams as in PSPM (Minus Groudon & Kyogre) ?
    ... I think that's it

    Well I never Played Vanilla/Original X & Y, so in August 1st 2020, I began to play Eternal X (Legal Normal) on Citra (PC) (Better late than never) with some rules of mine:
    -"Set" mode
    -Level gap so I won't overlevel above highest level of each Gym Leader/Boss
    -Item limit of 5 in-battle

    Difficult but fair (for me), and I'm having fun with it (I know fun is subjective), even though Calem's Greninja is so OP (but I don't want to ask you to nerf it, I can beat it even though it's hard)

    My Eternal X Team (just after beating Anistar Gym Leader Olympia last time):
    -Delphox Lv61 (Male, Calm, Magician)
    Flamethrower, Will-o-Wisp, Psychic, Psyshock
    -Blastoise Lv61 (Male, Relaxed, Rain Dish)
    Surf, Water Pulse, Dark Pulse, Strength
    -Leavanny Lv 60 (Female, Relaxed, Chlorophyll)
    X-Scissor, Leaf Blade, Poison Jab, Swords Dance
    -Slurpuff Lv 60 (Female, Lax, Unburden (I have more than 150 Sitrus Berries by planting) )
    Play Rough, Belly Drum, Energy Ball, Cotton Guard
    -Aurorus Lv 60 (Female, Bold, Snow Warning)
    Blizzard, Freeze-Dry, Ancient Power, Earth Power
    -Hawlucha Lv 60 (Male, Lonely, Unburden (thanks Ability Capsule))
    Acrobatics, Power-Up Punch, High Jump Kick, Fly

    And after I finish this run, i have my list for my next Pokemon runs in order:
    - Prismatic Moon (Standard)
    - XG: NeXt Gen (Pokemon XD Romhack)
    - Maybe your Emerald Hack (Normal Mode, then Hard Mode for some Monotype runs later maybe)
    - Blaze Black
    - Blaze Black 2 (Normal Mode first, then Challenge Mode if I want to do Flying or Bug Monotype run)
    -Renegade Platinum
    -Storm Silver (Hard Mode, and Drayano is working for an update)
  14. Buffel Saft
    July 8th, 2020 10:20 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Hi, hope you're doing well!
    - I'm actually using a custom EXP system, so it's a mix of both. Still testing it out, but right now this is how it works:
    - Whenever you get EXP, every Pokemon on your team gets 25% of it, even if they didn't battle. If a Pokemon was on the field or holding an EXP. Share, it also gets the remaining 75% of the EXP (so 100% total). Might drop the EXP Share
    bonus to 25% at some point though, will see how it goes.
    - Maybe! I'd like to give them their own themes, but I've never done any music hacking so we'll see how it goes. There are a few trainer themes I want to add too, so hopefully it's not too hard.
    - I'll definitely consider using alternative sprites if they look better, and I'll be making a few myself too (e.g. I'm not a fan of the Araquanid sprite in the resource thread, so that's been replaced).
    - I worked from home during quarantine, so it actually felt pretty similar. Sitting at my desk all day did make it hard to stay there and work on Emerald in the evenings though!
  15. Bakken31
    July 8th, 2020 9:28 AM
    Good morning/afternoon/evening!
    -Is the EXP. Share in your Emerald hack like in Gen 2-5 or Gen 6-7?
    -Will Wondertrade be in it?
    -Will legendaries (Except Gen 3 ones & Mew) have their own battle themes (maybe with Gen 4-5 soundfonts) like Skeli did in his romhack Unbound?
    -After Leparagon posted new sprites (including Dracovish), I saw another one's (GriloKapu) Dracovish (in the same thread & same page) that looks more appealing than Leparagon's (just my opinion), well it's up to you
    -How does it feel to work on your Romhacks (especially your Emerald hack) during quarantine compared to days before quarantine?