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  1. Buffel Saft
    June 18th, 2021 11:51 PM
    Buffel Saft

    - An ANZ region would be cool, though I wouldn't mind it just being NZ! I guess I'd like to see a region based on Russia, it'd be a good excuse to have some more snowy routes.
    - Maybe, but only if I can figure how to get Yuzu and PKNX working without a hacked switch (or if I can hack my Switch - that'd be better!). Still haven't decided what I'll work on after Emerald.
    - I'm aware of those, might have to give them a try sometime. Still want to finish Unbound and Radical Red first though!
  2. Buffel Saft
    June 11th, 2021 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).
  3. Buffel Saft
    June 7th, 2021 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!
  4. Buffel Saft
    May 7th, 2021 12:44 AM
    Buffel Saft

    - 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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).
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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