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View Poll Results: To what extent do you plan your team?
All 6 members 20 37.04%
A few of them (<5) 28 51.85%
None / just the starter. 6 11.11%
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Old July 2nd, 2013 (4:57 PM).
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During playthrough, I just grab Pokemon that battle well and that I like. I try to balance types in the doing.
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Old July 3rd, 2013 (6:14 PM).
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Yeah, I plan all 6 members of my team. Occasionally I'll be playing and decide "You know, I'd rather have.." then I'll deviate. My teams always use the starter pokemon, and usually have a core of Fire/Grass/Water, with 3 optional pokemon (although I always try to have a flier).
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Old July 4th, 2013 (2:40 AM).
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I plan pretty much every single Pokemon I'm going to catch and before I even buy the game, if I can. When I was younger, I'd just play with what Pokemon I saw on the anime and liked the design of and with absolutely no form of strategy. Nowadays, I'm meticulous in my team planning, with thought given to final typings, movesets and levels that I want my team to be at pretty much all stages of the game. While some people might say it takes the fun out of the game, to me the fun comes from all of this planning!

Yes, I'm well aware of how weird that sounds, but just go with me! :P
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Old July 5th, 2013 (8:47 PM).
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I usually want to get all 6 members on my team at once, but end up evolving about three or four of them. Any Pokemon I can't raise well or have great defensive abilities (like Roggenrola with Sturdy) would be my support Pokemon.
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Old July 6th, 2013 (6:42 AM).
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When I got White, I caught everything I found and trained it. I saw what could be used and what couldn't, and built teams around that. In White 2, though, I already knew who was good or bad, so I planned a lot more then.

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Old July 6th, 2013 (8:00 AM).
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I have always planned my entire team, but I'll try to plan just half of it in X and Y.
But I don't remember if I actually planned it in Pearl...
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Old July 6th, 2013 (11:46 AM).
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I never plan out a team at the start of a game (other than the one solo challenge I did, I guess). I catch everything that interests me and use everything that's useful and constantly rearrange my team. Before I do anything notable like explore a new route or challenge a gym, I put together a team specifically for that purpose, and that includes the E4. As the game progresses, I come to know which pokemon are most dependable, so I might start to have some idea of who I'm taking to the E4, but I don't decide until I actually get there.
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Old July 12th, 2013 (10:57 PM).
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Old July 13th, 2013 (5:09 PM).
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Gen 5 was the only generations where I was able to plan at least half of my team. In previous generations, my plans end up getting discarded, and I end up improvising instead.

D/P: Only one member planned... and it wasn't the starter. I literally decided Turtwig over Piplup last minute.
HG/SS: Only starter and the togepi egg was planned.
BW1/BW2: Exactly half of my team planned, half improvised.
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Old July 26th, 2013 (7:52 PM).
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Well, after playing Emerald, I decided to always have a Raichu at hand. I also picked up an Abra/Kadabra because I enjoyed having such power. Things don't always go as planned, in White 2 I want to add a Pokemon to my team, but I'm too impatient in training them up to the levels of my currant team.
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