Conversation Between Bakken31 and Buffel Saft
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  1. Buffel Saft
    4 Days Ago 8:00 PM
    Buffel Saft
    - Someone's working on a music patch for pokeemerald which adds all the gen 4 and 5 music exactly as it is in the DS games, so I might end up using that (depends on how much space it needs). If not then yes, battle themes will be exactly as you expect!
    - The Factory was my favorite facility too, even though some of the sets in there were pretty stupid. The tower in gen 4 was a close second though, co-op in that was fun.
    - I won't bother updating contest effects myself, but they'll be updated if someone working on the battle engine does it.
    - Not sure if I'll edit contests at all, will probably add them and a few others in if I do.
    - Definitely won't have any characters from the anime, I'm not a big fan of that in hacks either (unless it's an anime themed hack of course).
  2. Bakken31
    4 Days Ago 10:26 AM
    Bakken31
    Allright:

    -Good to hear that Acelora and Olivia are still in the Alola E4.
    So, maybe all regions are standalones (even Lance in Kanto E4), all expect Galar (because there's no new E4 members in SwSh)
    -For songs in your emerald hacks:
    .PWT: FRLG Gym Leader theme for Kanto Gym leaders & Kanto E4, Hoenn Gym Leader theme for all the rest of gym leaders, Hoenn E4 theme for all other E4 members, FRLG Champion theme for Blue, Steven/Wallace theme for all other champions, Frontier Brain theme for all Frontier brains (from Hoenn & Gen 4) & PWT finale.
    .Legendaries: Legendary Kanto theme for legendary birds & Mewtwo, Mew theme for Mew, Johto legendary beasts for Trio & Tapu legendaries, Regi battle theme for Regis, Regigigas, & new Regis, Groudon/Kyogre/Rayquaza theme for Mascots (Dialga, Lugia, Zekrom...etc), Deoxys theme for Deoxys & Ultra Beasts, and Hoenn wild battle theme for Mythicals (Jirachi, Celebi, Volcanion...etc), no?
    -What's your favorite battle facility in Pokemon Frontier (Emerald & Gen IV)? For me, it's Factory (both Gen 3 & 4), because it's fun to play with the rental Pokemon that I've never used.
    -If Brillant Diamond and Shining Pearl have official contest effects on Gen 7 & 8 moves, will you update these moves for Pokemon Contest in your Emerald hack?
    -Speaking of which, will Jasmine & Fantina and few others will maybe participate in Lilycove Contest?
    -Some romhacks have Anime characters, but it's not my cup of tea. I hope there won't be Ash and his friends & rivals since you have enough official characters in your Emerald hack. Official Story with some ORAS dialogues, some sidequests with Looker & PWT will be enough for me, but to each their own.
  3. Bakken31
    1 Week Ago 8:04 AM
    Bakken31
    I'm doing good.

    Well, Klara and Avery are not E4 members, they're rivals in "Isle of Armor" DLC.
  4. Buffel Saft
    1 Week Ago 2:33 AM
    Buffel Saft
    Hey, not bad, I've been on leave for the last week so that's been nice. How've you been?

    - The AI should switch more often than any of the vanilla games, but the battle engine's just completely revamped the AI so I need to do some testing to make sure it still does that! It's smart enough to recognise when it's been made into setup fodder, so it should be less exploitable at least. E.g. if you Encore it or drop its stats too much it might decide to switch.
    - The Battle Frontier update will be after the Gen 8 update. It'll take quite some time as I want to do more than just expand the trainer rosters; if possible I'd like to have inverse and 6v6 modes too (though no promises those will actually happen!)
    - The E4 tournament will just be a part of the PWT; any trainers that have been in multiple roles will appear in all the appropriate tournaments. So you'll see Olivia and Acerola in the E4 and Gym Leader tournaments (they're close enough to Gym Leaders lol). I actually haven't played the Sword and Shield DLC so will need to look into what to do with Klara & Avery; are they E4 members at the end of it?
    - Yep that's the plan!
  5. Bakken31
    1 Week Ago 2:14 PM
    Bakken31
    Hello, how's it going?

    Allright:
    -Do Opponents AIs switch their pokemon in battle depending on our team?
    -Will Battle frontier be updated (along with Gen 4-8 pokemon) in the Insanity/Gen 8 update, or after it?
    -You told me there'll be an Elite 4 tournament along with PWT, that sounds cool, well, since Olivia & Acerola stays in PWT, it would be Klara & Avery along with Kahili & Molayne, so that they would represent "Alola-Galar E4" in that tournament, do you think this idea is cool?
    -I think even "Kanto-Johto E4" would have: Lorelei, Agatha, Will, Koga, Bruno, Karen, no? While Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, & Kalos, are standalones (4 trainers of each region).
  6. Buffel Saft
    May 7th, 2021 12:44 AM
    Buffel Saft
    Hey!

    - Wow that's really well done, will have to have a Looker quest just to make use of it!
    - It's a mix of both depending on the sprite I think; I didn't assign the animations but they all look good!
  7. Bakken31
    May 5th, 2021 5:48 AM
    Bakken31
    Hey

    -I resqueted MezmerKaiser to make Looker theme in RSE soundfont, so he made one and posted the MIDI file in the description:
    https://youtu.be/M4lFlbGafUs
    -Do Gen 1-3 Pokemon in your Emerald hack have different animations (like in Gen IV) or the same as in the original Emerald even?
  8. Buffel Saft
    April 29th, 2021 3:03 AM
    Buffel Saft
    I do check in occasionally; hadn't seen all those second frames til just now though! Guess I've got some spritesheet chopping to do!
  9. Bakken31
    April 28th, 2021 3:45 AM
    Bakken31
    -Do you often come back to some of sprite threads in Art Studio/Resources for some new updates? because you can't believe what MrDollSteak uploaded in his Sugimori palettes thread, hopefully Leparagon will give us some second frames by his own too in the same thread...
  10. Buffel Saft
    April 27th, 2021 11:03 PM
    Buffel Saft
    - Pretty close! Just cleared the Aqua Hideout, but found a few issues and stopped playing to fix them.
    - I want to replace the Fly HM with something (probably the eon flute), and also allow fly to be used without needing the Fortree badge. There's a lot of back tracking early on and it's a bit of a pain!
    - It's a tough call between Renegade and BB2 (I prefer the full versions with all the type changes etc.). I've played BB2 far too many times so I guess it'd win just based on that!
    - I normally do, but sometimes I'll run into something along the way that winds up on the team early on and stays there until the end. E.g. I'd planned to use Golduck, Gourgeist, Heatmor, Lycanroc, Vikavolt and some Fairy type on my current Emerald run, but wound up catching a Magic Guard Abra and using that instead of the Fairy type. The triple Dark weakness is nasty but Alakazam has been really good so far. Also had Granbull, Venusaur, Toucannon and Zapdos at some point, which were all really good at certain points in the game.
  11. Bakken31
    April 27th, 2021 3:52 AM
    Bakken31
    Interesting.

    -I guess your test playthrough is at Fortree City.
    -What are some QoL stuffs that are not in your Emerald hack yet, but want to add?
    -What's your favorite Drayano60's hack? To me, I can't decide, because I only played Blaze Black (Classic) from Nuvema to N's Castle, and I never completely played Renegade, Blaze 2, & Storm (because i was busy playing other non-Pokemon games, and doing things other than playing video games, but I'll play these hacks (Classic) later)
    Spoiler:
    I'll wait for V2 to play Hard Doubles 493 (Classic), but 649 will be a good bonus if there's right moves, abilities implemented...etc it's weird that I change my mind sometimes

    -Do you usually plan the team before playing a Pokemon game/romhack?
    Personally, I do it most of the time, by reading Pokemon stats and movepools, wild encounters, trainer rosters...etc so I would create a balanced team (sort of) near before post-game, but still use some others to fight against some hard Gym/Boss battles (Lv15 Sudowoodo against some Viola's pokemon for example).
  12. Buffel Saft
    April 26th, 2021 10:07 PM
    Buffel Saft
    I probably won't continue working on it; the early game level curve is really bad (not sure how that happened) and Renegade Platinum is better, though not as difficult. Don't know what I'll be doing after Emerald yet, but there's lots more to be done before it's completed!
  13. Bakken31
    April 26th, 2021 8:07 AM
    Bakken31
    Thanks for the answer

    -About the unreleased Platinum hack, will you work on it after the Emerald hack (Does it have more QoL stuffs), or you won't do it because your Emerald will be enough for you?
  14. Buffel Saft
    April 25th, 2021 4:40 PM
    Buffel Saft
    Unfortunately it's still the crappy gen 3 itemfinder, might have to do something about it at some point! Most of the hidden item locations are unchanged or in obvious spots though so it's not too bad as it is.

    Removing EV gains for the player can actually be harder than just giving the trainers EVs - I tried it in my unreleased Platinum hack and it was really nasty. The main thing you notice is that bulky Pokemon don't take hits as well as they usually would; I'd guess because they lose HP and points in a defensive stat, while offensive mons only lose points in an offensive stat. Perfect IVs vs bad IVs doesn't help either!
  15. Bakken31
    April 24th, 2021 3:12 AM
    Bakken31
    -Will the Item finder in your Emerald hack will be as effective and useful as in Gen 5 and Gen 6?

    Spoiler:
    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