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Old April 29th, 2013 (6:29 PM).
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    For my 100th post, I thought I go back to where I began, a book end if you will and go back to FireRed and LeafGreen. When I was kid, I only used my Bulbasaur and somehow managed to beat the eight gym leaders before losing to my rival. So I wanted to ask, how long in the game did it take for you to assemble a full team? Also, did you get a full team and swap out members after doing so?
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    Old April 30th, 2013 (9:24 AM).
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    Usually after 4th-5th gym I managed to have a stable, full team. I rarely swapped one or two Pokemon afterwards.
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    Old May 1st, 2013 (6:28 AM).
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      I have my team by the fifth gym leader battle.
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      Old May 1st, 2013 (6:41 AM).
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        I've played through each game once, LeafGreen being the first game I ever finished. In that one, I had a team right away but I didn't understand typing so my team was really awful and I mostly relied on my Blastoise and the legendaries I had caught to beat the Elite Four. To this day I don't have a legit team in that game. But in FireRed I had a very controlled team that I had planned from the beginning and traded all my pokemon from LeafGreen to start off with as babies. I had five Pokemon on my team through all the gyms, but then I caught a Scyther in the Safari Zone to add to my team and beat the E4 with it. Usually though, I try to add a pokemon to my team at every gym or every two gyms until I get to the last one and have a full team of six. FRLG were special cases for me.
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        Old May 1st, 2013 (7:17 AM).
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        I never have a set place that I have a full team, but I don't like to have them all too quickly. I prefer having them all after maybe...the 6th or 7th badge. But it can happen sooner, and indeed it has happened sooner.
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        Old May 1st, 2013 (6:19 PM).
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          I always had battles with my friend in Leaf Green so I usually took the strongest pokemon I could get (generally legendaries). I can't remember much of Leaf Green though.

          I believe I had a team of Blastoise, being my main pokemon because my friend had a charizard but also a venusaur which I gave him, with a Groudon to counter his venusaur. Also had a Raikou which I managed to catch after like a month.

          If I remember correctly this was my exact team:

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          Old May 2nd, 2013 (11:36 PM).
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          I rarely plan my team out in advance, so it usually takes me until between the fifth and sixth Gyms to get a full party of Pokemon. At that point, I'll usually rotate 8 or so Pokemon through my six slots right until I've beaten the Elite Four, since I can rarely pick favorites on my team.

          I know that once I did manage to have my team full by the time I got to Erika (the fourth Gym), but most of them didn't last on my team for the entirety of the game.
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          Old May 3rd, 2013 (12:00 AM).
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          In FRLG I rarely had or do have a team planned out so it was whatever I liked alot. In my last playthrough, I didn't have my final team around getting the 7th or 8th badge so clearly I don't really get full team for a while.
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          Old May 3rd, 2013 (3:57 AM).
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          I plan my team before hand, and I'll have the last member when I can access it in the game. But I'll always have my team before the Elite 4.
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          Old May 10th, 2013 (11:10 AM).
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            Before the second gym, Jigglypuff, Mankey, Starter, Pidgey, Caterpie, Zubat.
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            Old May 10th, 2013 (1:01 PM).
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              I have my team before first Gym.
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              Old May 10th, 2013 (4:46 PM).
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              I usually try to plan ahead and have a general idea of what pokemons I'd like to use. In the end i have a list of about 8-10 pokemon that i'd like to have in my team, and i normally have a full/stable team around the 6th badge, unless i really want to have a pokemon that can only be caught later on in the game

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              Old June 6th, 2013 (11:45 PM).
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                Originally Posted by vaporeon7 View Post
                I plan my team before hand, and I'll have the last member when I can access it in the game. But I'll always have my team before the Elite 4.
                You do the same thing I do.
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                Old June 7th, 2013 (1:03 AM).
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                I used to plan out teams before I started playing. I used to stick to my comfort zone mixed teams that would counter the Rival's team. But since I started doing challenges, I tend to simply build up teams as I go.

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                Old June 7th, 2013 (1:50 AM).
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                  I didn't have my sixth Pokemon, Jynx, until I beat the last gym leader. But I had my first 5 by the 5th gym I think.
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                  Old June 7th, 2013 (7:50 AM).
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                    I have a team of 6 by the 6th caught pokemon. I keep switching them out as I catch better pokemon and i don't really plan out my team unless i'm doing a challenge. Generally my pokemon are stable by the 3rd gym. Except I have a hard time in gen 5 with doing it this way... I tend to have to plan somewhat in gen 5.
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                    Old June 7th, 2013 (11:06 PM).
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                      Depends on what I want.
                      Usually what I want is different each time.
                      Training for EVs you want and EXP is super easy with the Versus Seeker, so I don't mind waiting until I get to the Safari Zone or late Routes for my full team.

                      Once I fished for the rare Grimer in Celadon's pond instead of waiting until reaching Cinnabar to finish a team, which takes a lot of patience.

                      Between Leaf Green and Fire Red, there are still some Pokémon I haven't used - Golduck, Vileplume, Chansey, Pinsir, Scyther, Dugtrio - to name a few, but as a rule, I avoid Pokémon that gained evolutions in Gen IV or trade evolutions.

                      Sometimes I don't even go for the full team if I want a quick playthrough to see what Pokémon I like.
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                      Old June 8th, 2013 (9:20 AM).
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                        I usually have a stable team assembled by the 4th or 5th gym, but I never plan teams out, so it varies.
                        I find the games are a lot more fun when you just make a team on a whim because you found the next best member while you were training. It's fun seeing your team come together from scratch.
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                        Old June 8th, 2013 (9:26 AM).
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                        First I get Squirtle, then I catch a Pidgey at Route 1. Catch a Pikachu in Viridian Forest, Catch a Geodude at Mt. Moon, Catch a Abra and Bellsprout/Oddish north of Cerulean City.

                        I have my entire team before my second badge.
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                        Old June 8th, 2013 (11:10 AM).
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                        First time through was pretty typical...started with Bulbasaur, finished evolving Dragonite. So the longest it's ever taken me is to get all 6 members capturing Dratini in Fuchsia City.

                        I never swap in/out team members in LeafGreen, at least until after becoming Champion as the level curves too steep to avoid tedious amounts of grinding (that's not counting making sure Dratini is a Dragonair before heading out for Seafoam Islands, otherwise it just gets killed). Well, actually its not entirely true. When I did a run using the team of Red out of PokéSpe I swapped Eevee out later on as it was too weak and I had 7 members. Also because he didn't use it in the Pokémon League :)
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                        Old June 9th, 2013 (12:46 PM).
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                          Usually by the time I go to the Sevi Islands for the first time I'll have my whole team. As late as I can remember going without a full team is right before the e4 when i caught and used an Articuno.
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                          Old June 9th, 2013 (3:22 PM).
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                          The Kanto starters were a bit underpowered. The legendary birds, too. And they were abused. Most people underestimated the potential of Pokemon like Kingler.

                          I never had a full team of six, but nevertheless, it was a full team.

                          Kingler, Alakazam, Dragonite, Espeon. This amazing clutch team was never defeated.
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                          Old June 11th, 2013 (3:20 PM).
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                            I generally have a full team assembled by the time I beat Koga.
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                            Old June 11th, 2013 (7:26 PM).
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                              It depends on the type of game I'm playing. If it's Platinum, just after I get the Rio-Egg. If it's Ruby, then I have to wait until finishing the last gym in order to get meself a Salamence.

                              That way, in FR/LG, I suppose as soon as Cinnabar I get myself the Dewgong, so yes again until the 7th gym. It's not so bad either, I content myself with my starter until the third gym or so. In fact, I guess that the Dewgong is gotten much later than my other Pokémon, because my team usually has a Pidgeot, Venusaur, Flareon/Arcanine, Golem and Dragonite/Alakazam already.
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                              Old June 14th, 2013 (4:43 PM).
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                              I never managed to get past the fifth Gym or so when I had access to my FireRed game, but I am quite sure that I had a full team prior to that (usually, my team is quickly assembled out of early-game Pokemon whom I feel have some sort of potential). Knowing me, I probably managed to assemble a full team by the time I reached Erika.

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