Conversation Between Bakken31 and Buffel Saft
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  1. Bakken31
    April 24th, 2021 3:12 AM
    -Will the Item finder in your Emerald hack will be as effective and useful as in Gen 5 and Gen 6?

    Drayano60 will maybe add a "No EV gain" patch when he releases Sacred Gold & Storm Silver V.2, well I understand some people say that'll make it fairer because trainers's pokemon can' t have EVs in gen 4-6, but the thing is, most bosses in SGSS V.2 will have perfect IVs, and pokemon that I want to use can't have all perfect IVs, so for me personally, I prefer to play Hard Mode Doubles without "No EV" patch, same ruleset, random EVs, why? because I preferably want to have the same experience as other Drayano's hacks, and EXWY as well, even EV training in Solaceon Town was a thing in Renegade Platinum haha
  2. Buffel Saft
    April 23rd, 2021 10:36 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Oh nice, I used a Sudowoodo early on in EX too, it made short work of Viola's team! That's an interesting mix of boxed mons too.
  3. Bakken31
    April 23rd, 2021 3:12 PM
    My Slowbro never mega-evolved in my Prismatic Moon run, but I will give Slowbronite to him once I will get a Mega-Evolution key item in the post game.
    But my Blastoise in Eternal X mega evolved, i like his Mega Launcher and the bulkness.


    Ah, I forgot to tell you, here are my other pokemon of my EX & PM that I used them before I put them on my PCs:
    Eternal X:
    Prismatic Moon:
    Toucannon, Floatzel, Alakazam, Mudsdale, Golisopod
  4. Buffel Saft
    April 23rd, 2021 2:08 PM
    Buffel Saft
    - Gale Wings is the gen 6 version for now; I might tweak it a bit later (maybe have it only work with no held item or something), and Parental Bond isn't implemented yet. Will probably go with the gen 7 version for it.
    - Yep they can be! My plan for that is to have the code contain all the data for both versions, but only include the relevant stuff when it's built into each ROM.
    - Haha, the wild battle and regular trainer themes are starting to get a bit grating, but the rest is still good!
    - That does look better than the DPPt one, will add it in when I add all those recent second frames he's done.
    IMO random EVs/natures is the best way to play EXWY, it keeps your team from horribly outclassing the enemy trainers. Min-maxing EVs for PSPM helps but definitely isn't needed. Was Slowbro your mega in Prismatic Moon?
  5. Bakken31
    April 21st, 2021 3:00 AM
    I forgot some questions:
    -In your hack, are Gale Wings & Parental Bond abilities the same as in Gen 6 or Gen 7?
    -Can the Trainer rosters in Classic version (No type changes, No Stat buffs...etc) be different than in Rebalanced version?
    -I hope you don't get burned out by the RSE soundtrack when you were working on your Emerald hack.
    -MrDollsteak also uploaded last month a HGSS 64x64 Blastoise sprite if you want to replace a DPPt one.

    Some people play their favorite difficulty romhacks with their EV trained Pokemon (255 Att or Spe... etc) and perfect nature, and some others play with not fully EV trained (less than 200 for each stat most of the time) and random natures like I did.
    Well I already gave you my ruleset, and my team information from Eternal X and Prismatic Moon runs, but I forgot to give you some about their EVs and IVs, so here's from my save datas by using PKHeX:
    (Respectfully HP/Atk/Def/SpA/SpD/Spe)
    Eternal X Legal:
    Delphox Lv81 Calm:
    EVs: 111/118/70/59/69/83
    IVs: 5/25/31/25/13/22
    Blastoise Lv81 Relaxed:
    EVs: 118/107/55/60/70/100
    IVs: 17/0/18/21/29/22
    Leavanny Lv81 Relaxed:
    EVs: 104/125/62/59/64/96
    IVs: 13/15/12/8/25/25
    Slurpuff Lv81 Lax:
    EVs: 108/144/63/58/60/77
    IVs: 17/12/7/19/3/11
    Aurorus Lv82 Bold:
    EVs: 120/98/73/64/75/80
    IVs: 22/10/15/20/21/6
    Hawlucha Lv82 Lonely:
    EVs: 136/129/51/56/64/74
    IVs: 31/7/21/24/17/24

    Prismatic Moon Standard:
    Decidueye Lv98 Quiet:
    EVs: 54/125/92/0/67/172
    IVs: 29/21/10/12/8/7
    Alolan Muk Lv100 Quirky:
    EVs: 79/120/98/0/69/144
    IVs: 29/17/15/23/19/1
    Ribombee Lv100 Bold:
    EVs: 72/0/107/82/64/185
    IVs: 4/0/25/2/31/21
    Salazzle Lv100 Timid:
    EVs: 58/0/142/105/62/143
    IVs: 31/19/3/23/31/28
    Mimikyu Lv100 Relaxed:
    EVs: 38/218/99/0/82/73
    IVs: 0/24/19/10/23/31
    Slowbro Lv100 Bold:
    EVs: 61/0/126/204/119/0
    IVs: 2/23/26/31/20/1

    Some of their EVs are zero thanks to berries.
  6. Buffel Saft
    April 21st, 2021 1:32 AM
    Buffel Saft
    - I'll be going with scenario 2; the only reason there's no Insanity at release is so I can include gen 8 mons when working on the trainer rosters.
    - I have much less grindy systems than that, you can pay a "super trainer" NPC to give your Pokemon EVs without even battling, conveniently found in the same house as the hyper trainer. You can also buy the power items in Slateport as a slower but much cheaper method, and the EV reducing berries grow very quickly and give a lot of berries, even without watering them (IIRC the minimum is 8 berries and they grow in 4 hours).
  7. Bakken31
    April 20th, 2021 1:55 PM
    -I imagine two scenarios about your emerald hack releases:
    Initial version -> Gen 8 Pokemon in the next release -> Insanity (& maybe casual) difficulties in the next release -> and so on...
    or 2-
    Initial version -> Gen 8 Pokemon & Insanity at the same time in the next release -> and so on...
    Which will be?
    -Will the EV training & Grinding like in Solaceon Town (Renegade Platinum) be in your hack?
  8. Buffel Saft
    April 15th, 2021 4:44 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Haha it's fine, don't worry about it!

    - Yeah I'd need a midi download, don't enough about music to convert it myself. It's a good rendition of the theme though!
    - Game corner prices are as follows:

    .set PORYGON_COINS, 5000
    .set MUNCHLAX_COINS, 4000
    .set VULPIX_COINS, 2000
    .set SANDSHREW_COINS, 2000
    .set RATTATA_COINS, 1000
    .set MEOWTH_COINS, 2000
    .set GRIMER_COINS, 2000
    .set DIGLETT_COINS, 2000
    .set GEODUDE_COINS, 2000
    .set RAICHU_COINS, 4500
    .set MAROWAK_COINS, 4500
    .set EXEGGUTOR_COINS, 4500
    .set STARTER_COINS, 2500
    .set DOLL_COINS, 1000

    There's no way to evolve non-alolan forms into alolan forms yet, so they can just be bought with coins for now. Starters are cheap because it's the only way to get them and there are a lot of them!
    - That'd be doable, I could even port that feature over from the CFRU if needed.
    - It's hard to choose a favorite soundtrack but it'd be between DPPt and BW. Gen 6 has some great overworld themes and Guzma's battle theme was pretty good in gen 7 (Lake of the Sunne and Victory road were good too!).
    - Even though Platinum's my favorite Pokemon game Gen 5 is my favorite gen too. I've played blaze black 1 and 2 waaay too many times, and there's so much to do in the vanilla game too.
  9. Bakken31
    April 14th, 2021 5:20 AM
    Thanks for the answer, and I know you were kinda cringed by my long text, so I apologise again.

    -I remembered I asked you about Looker, and you answered that you'll find his theme first, so I found one:
    But too bad there isn't a MIDI download..... I wonder if Pixel Platinum's one will be a bit similar...
    -I read the conversation between you & Outwiller about Mauville Game corner, so my guess is: some regional forms have low prices, Starters & Porygon have high prices, and do shinies can be sold like in Radical Red, or keep out of it so we can create shiny pokemon from game corner by breeding? I prefer the latter.
    -It would be cool if there's something to customize by choosing songs for each place, battle, encounter... etc (I didn't remember well when I showed you something like that), I found some youtubers that made great GBA demixes:
    MezmerKaiser & UberTuberBackPacker..... Well the former have MIDI download links BTW, and I listened to all of their DPPt demixes and Imagined how it will sound like in Pixel Platinum.
    -And yes, I love listening to musics, whether in video games or not, and Pokemon is no exception, even fans have different reasonings to like and listen to their favorites, so here's my own OST ranking:
    Personally, I don't like how it sounds compared to R/B/Y, but some are not bad like Champion battle theme, some Sevii island songs.

    I prefer R/S/E, but there are some that I like more than the originals (Sootopolis & Deoxys...), and Zinnia's themes are great as well, even Primal & Rayquaza battles.

    Trainer battle, Pokemon Center, Cerulean, Gym battle, Vermilion, Celadon, Route 11, Champion battle

    Even though I never played it (and won't), We can't deny it has some bangers.
    Slumbering Wield, Motostoke, Gym battle, North wild area, Stow-on-Side, Ballonlea, Circhester, Piers battle, Marnie battle, Eternatus Phase 1, Zacian/Zamazenta Battle, Freezington, some legendary battles in Crown Tundra

    Home, School, Team Skull grunt, Trial, Kahuna battle, Mantine Surf, Akala routes, Ultra Recon Battle, Konikoni night, Malie, Guzma, Guzma battle, Po Town, Lusamine battle, Seafolk, Poniponi routes, Tapu battle, Legendary battle, Ultra Beasts battle, Ultra Necrozma Battle, Mount Lanakila, Title Defense battle (Kukui), Staff Roll (USUM), some battle themes in Rainbow Rocket episode

    Wild battle, Trainer battle, Violet, Gym battle, Rival battle, Azalea, Goldenrod, Game corner, Dark cave, Ecruteak, Dance Theater, Route 38, Team Rocket grunt, Buena's Password, Eusine, Lake of Rage, Legendary beast battle, Route 26, Lance & Red, Staff Roll, High-speed ship, Kanto Trainer battle, Kanto Gym battle, Route 2/Viridian Forest

    Rowan's theme, Lake areas, Wild battle, Pokemon Lab, Pokemon Center day, Market, Trainer battle, Oreburgh, Oreburgh gate, Gym battle, Team Galactic grunt, Eterna Forest, Eterna Day, Hearthone Day, Hard contest dance, Route 209 Day, Route 210 Day, Game Corner, Route 213, Canalave Day, Route 216 Day, Snowpoint, Mt. Coronet, Distortion World, Cyrus battle, Giratina battle, Sunnyshore Day, Pokemon League outside day, Pokemon League inside, Cynthia piano theme, Cynthia battle, Battle Frontier, Route 225, Route 228, Battle Arcade, Battle Factory, Frontier Brain battle
    Well, most day versions, I prefer them more than the night ones.

    Route 29, Wild battle, Market, Trainer battle, Violet, Gym, Gym battle, Rival battle, Azalea, Team Rocket grunt, Buena's Password, National Park, Game Corner, Pokeathlon Finale, Route 38, Eusine, Lake of Rage, Route 47, Ho-oh battle, Route 26, Lance & Red, Staff Roll, High-speed ship, Viridian, Viridian Forest, Route 3, Cerulean, Kanto Wild battle, Kanto Trainer battle, Kanto Gym battle, Hoenn Legendary battles, some Battle frontier themes

    Welcome to the adventure, Aquacorde, Santalune forest, Santalune, Gym battle, Route 4, Lumiose, Pokemon Lab, Sycamore, Couriway, Route 8, Team Flare grunt, Cyllage, Bicycle, Geosenge, Shalour, Tower of Mastery, Surf, Power Plant, Laverre, Route 15, Dendemille, Anistar, Lysandre battle, Legendary battle, Route 18, Snowbelle, Victory Road, Diantha battle, Staff Roll (Kiseki)

    Welcome to the adventure, Littleroot, Pokemon Lab, Route 101, Wild battle, Oldale, Rival battle, Trainer battle, Petalburg, Route 104, Team Magma & Aqua grunt, Rustboro, Gym battle, Dewford, Slateport, Game Corner, Bicycle, Verdanturf, Route 113, Mt. Chimney, Surf, Route 119, Fortree, Route 120, Lilycove, Pokemon Contest, Mt Pyre outside, Magma & Aqua Hideout, Dive, Maxie & Archie battles, Legendary battle, Sootopolis, Ever Grande, Victory Road, Elite 4 battle, Champion battle, Battle Frontier, Battle Factory, Battle Dome, Battle Pike, Frontier Brain battle, Deoxys battle

    Title, Let's go together, Rival battle (BW), Nuvema, Juniper, Pokemon Lab, Route 1, Wild battle, Accumula, Plasma's Maneuvers, N, Route 2, Trainer battle, Bianca, Cheren, Gym battle, Gym leader's last Pokemon (especially B2W2), Dreamyard, Team Plasma grunt, Nacrene, Skyarrow Bridge, Castelia, Route 4, Relic Castle, Nimbasa, Bicycle, Musical Hall, Lostlorn Forest, Alder, Driftveil Drawbridge, Driftveil, Cold Storage, Route 6, Mistralton, Surf, Icirrus, Dragonspiral Tower, Legendary/Roaming battle, Opelucid (B&W), Route 10, Victory Road, League, Elite 4 battle, N's bridge, N's castle, Decisive N battle, Ghetsis battle, Farewell, Staff Roll (BW), Entralink, Aspertia, Rival battle (B2W2), Floccesy (Town), Virbank, Virbank Complex, Virbank Gym, Pokestar Studio, Neo Plasma battle, Corless, Join Avenue, Nimbasa Gym, Pokemon World Tournament hall, PWT finals, Mistralton Gym, Reversal Mountain, Undella (Autumn, Winter & Spring), Route 12, Lacunosa, Village bridge, Shadow Triad, Marine Tube, Humilau, Route 22, Infiltrating the Plasma Frigate, Corless battle, Insane Ghetsis battle, Route 23, Iris Champion battle, Cynthia battle (PWT), White Treehollow, Staff Roll (B2W2)
    My god, so many songs that I can't forget, Gamefreak really managed to do some epic soundtrack in its time.

    Never heard too much about LGPE ost so that's why it's not in it.
    So, what's yours?

    -What's your Favorite Generation? Mine is 5, I like both Black & Black 2, the story is very interesting, Unova is my favorite region, and it has my favorites:
    Serperior, Samurott, Gigalith, Leavanny, Whimsicott, Scrafty, Sigilyph, Archeops, Gothitelle, Galvantula, Eelektross, Chandelure, Haxorus, Mienshao, Braviary.
    In this roster, there are some Pokemon that can't please everyone (Garbodor, Vanilluxe, Stunfisk...etc), but also some that look cool (Excadrill, Scolipede, Krookodile, Accelgor, Bisharp...etc)

    And of course, the nostalgic soundtrack (In my opinion).
  10. Buffel Saft
    April 8th, 2021 3:59 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Hey, not bad!

    My favorite thing's adding new features in C; things like Rotom's form change and the nature changer were pretty fun to get working. Least favorite thing is finding bugs, especially in the battle engine. Sometimes they're quite tricky to fix!

    Personally I don't use items in battle anymore, but that's mostly just to make sure my trainer battles aren't too hard. I figure if I can beat them without using any items, then other people should be able to beat them with some item use if needed. I try not to use them in other people's hacks too (and won't use revives in battle), but sometimes I'll use a healing item to get past something like Mira's Porygon 2 in Renegade Platinum. I also don't mind boss battles taking a few attempts in a difficulty hack, that's part of the fun!

    Also Sacred Ash can't actually be used in battle, it's just a nice QoL thing to cut down the time you spend healing while going through an area.
  11. Bakken31
    April 6th, 2021 8:24 AM
    Hey, how's it going?

    -What's your favorite and least favorite thing about your Emerald Hack work?

    OK, time for a long text wall:
    Remember the rules I wrote about my previous playthroughs of your hacks?
    -No overlevelling above Gym Leader/Boss/Champion's ace.
    -Set style.
    -5 healing items per battle (Trainers, Rivals, Leaders, Grunts... etc), better than Item-spamming.

    I know that most people who playthrough their favorite games (Official or Hacks) tend to play with No-Item in battle rule (in regular play or nuzlocke), because it would be too easy otherwise, and that's understanble, because it makes them learn some strategies, but also some people want to use same amount of items as oppenent's, and they won't heal until an adversary does, so that's fair. But the thing is, when I play Drayano hacks, your hacks, and maybe some of difficulty hacks, I always use the (5 items per battle) rule, because there are some battle that block my way (and losing like 4 or 5 times or more maybe) like Burgh's gym battle in BBVV, Calem/Serena battles with Protean Greninja on their teams, 1 after 1 Team flare battles in Lumiose City, Guzma in Æther Foundation, 2 last trainers (Veteran & Ace) in Mount Lanakila (Victory Road)... etc (Although these battles should not be nerfed, so they should stay as they are even though I'm not veery veery good), and I use items like potions, full heals, revives..... yep, that's right, revives, but I used few/some of them in battle that are very difficult to me, so I don't want to waste so much time and repeat too much before I win some battles, even though I know it's a cheap strategy, it's just that I don't have too much patience when I play difficulty rom hacks (I know you may disagree with me, so let me know, but don't worry, I used sacred ashes only OUTSIDE of battles), but there are some fans (or more than some) that can clear these difficulty hacks without items in battle, Regulars or Nuzlockes, I'm a bit ashamed of myself, but I respect their efforts, congratulations champs.....
    I'm not the best with battle strategies, even though I know the typing, the stats...etc, but I don't use legendaries, and I rarely use Pseudo-legendaries.
    The funny thing is, I played Pokemon since 2001 (my first game was Red), and till now, I always used items in battles, but I played with item restrictions (per battle) last years (5 or 6 years), If I want to play with no items, I prefer to do in Battle facilities (Frontier, PWT, Tree... etc).
    Well I don't consider myself a real gamer, I'm just an individual who likes playing video games even though I like some challenges to spice up a bit and I enjoyed playing hard games like Classic Megaman games (without savestates, thankfully they have passwords), Bayonetta, Castlevania Rondo of Blood, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Viewtiful Joe, some fighting games and shmups... etc, and doing some 1cc runs (No continue) of some of my favorite arcade games in MAME (but it takes practice), and I also enjoyed games that I can relax like Mario games, Spyro & Crash from PS1, Classic Sonic games, Tetris...etc

    Sorry for this long test, and I know, I'm overthinking too much.
    In summer, maybe I will do a regular playthrough of Renegade Platinum (Classic Mode), same rule-set, but 3 healing items per battle to spice up a bit, and when the gen 8 version of your Emerald hack is released, I'll play it in Hard mode with the same rules.

    If you disagree with some of my points, let me know.

    Oh, in Pokemonhalloffame subreddit (even though i don't have a reddit account), I found two guys reviewing your Prismatic Moon game, and they enjoyed it:
  12. Buffel Saft
    March 28th, 2021 10:51 PM
    Buffel Saft

    - The three big things are not having to deal with Advance Map (porymap is sooo good), how easy it is to change almost anything (E.g. editing the title screen in pokeemerald was just replacing a png file) and access to proper source control for the entire ROM. That last point makes it really easy to find bugs, and makes it impossible to permanently break something. The CFRU simplifies a lot of things and is really good, but it still comes with some of the old binary hacking drawbacks. Also there's no Emerald version of it!
    - Hard has "proper" EV spreads for trainers; they won't have more than the 510 limit, and they won't always have 252/252/4 spreads either, though those are the most common spreads for bosses.
    - Those are really good! I've already made a custom Milotic one so that's ok. Haven't decided what the other new megas will be yet, other than Flygon and Lapras (still haven't got a design for Flygon).

    I'm looking forward to SGSS too! Might try doubles hard mode just to shake things up a little; if it's anything like Blaze Black's doubles and triples it'll be pretty fun.
    Hopefully Pixel Platinum gets finished! There have been a few attempts to demake Platinum, not sure if any made it to the end.
    Emerald's not too far off now, my test playthrough is at Mt. Chimney (found plenty of bugs so far, glad I decided to do a test run). Not sure how much longer Gen 8 will take as I'll have to do a lot of the item and ability effects myself.
  13. Bakken31
    March 28th, 2021 5:13 AM

    -What are things that make you prefer Decomp Pokeemerald more than Binary CFRU?
    -When you said Hard haves EVs and Normal doesn't, do you mean only 2 stats have 252 EVs or all stats have 252 EVs in Hard?
    -In this playlist:
    There are some custom Mega cries if you want to take some of these by recording and give them credits, but too bad I can't find the Milotic one for you :(

    I know I'm gonna sound crazy but, there are three romhacks that I look forward to play them:
    -Drayano's Sacred Gold & Storm Silver v2 (I'll play in Hard mode - Doubles), but I'll wait until Mikelan98 updates by adding proper gen V moves & abilities so maybe I'll play Storm Silver 649 patch.
    -Pixel Platinum (the one that I gave you a YouTube link), not only the video amazed me, but also I read some cool content infos in the comment section, but first I'll play Renegade Platinum before the release.
    -And of course, your Emerald hack, you already know how I'm exited to play it, but I'll wait until the version with Gen 8 Pokemon is released, and I'll play it on Hard Mode.

    But hey, take your time, take care, and enjoy your life. ;)
  14. Buffel Saft
    March 18th, 2021 6:26 PM
    Buffel Saft
    - It doesn't, but I might look into adding that. Never really noticed that Emerald didn't have that feature!
    - That's pretty cool!
    - Looks like that's coming along nicely, the music is done well.
    - It should work on any good GBA emulator. Never tried MyBoy but I don't think there will be any issues with it.
  15. Bakken31
    March 16th, 2021 9:20 AM

    -Does it play Rayquaza cry when we press a button in the title screen?
    -I found some video about Poke Radar in Pokeemerald if you want to check it out:
    -Someone posted a video about its early project of Pixel Platinum using Pokeemerald, check it if you want to support it:
    -I'm playing my favorite GBA games on my android with MyBoy!, but will your Emerald hack will work in this emulator (MyBoy!) without problems? If not, what would you recommend (I think there's not an android version of Mgba).