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Old May 21st, 2017 (8:50 AM).
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What would you do?
A fun little discussion here in Pokemon General where you discuss what you would do in certain scenarios!

What is this about?
These are simply about hypothetical scenarios that would occur to you if you were in the Pokemon World (or not!). This is pretty much the entire premise of WWYD (What Would You Do); that is, what would you do in a given scenario? Remember that there are no right or wrong answers, just your thoughts!
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You've gotten your first pokémon, and you get on great! After traveling through your first routes and arriving at your first bigger city, you realize that you have to make a decision - battler or contestant?
Are you going to focus on beating the gyms and becoming the champion of the pokémon league, or are you going to train and care for your pokémon so they can win their way through the contest halls and become the most stylish team in the region? What will you do?
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Honestly, I'd stick as a battler. I'm not too into animal contests such as the Pokemon contests. Battling could also bring more glory and a chance to travel the region more. (Exploring new areas, training, etc.)
Contests just seem too closed in, which doesn't allow the full excitement of exploring the Pokemon region.
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As much as I love contests and how they've been implemented into Pokemon games, especially in RS where you could take on different contests throughout the region, I much prefer taking on gyms and focusing on becoming the champion of the region.

(Although the Hoenn grand festival is really cool in the anime)
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I don't mind doing contests in the games, but the idea of dressing up my Pokemon and coming up with attack routines just doesn't have any appeal to me (pun kinda intended). I like the thinking on the fly you get when battling, and I think there's a lot more strategy involved than just hoping you put up a better showing than your opponents. Plus, like Radiating said, I think there's more opportunity for exploration as a trainer vs. a coordinator.
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    I would choose gyms. Unless I happened to have some standout Pokemon that was awesome in contests. But I'd probably stick to battling.
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    Old May 22nd, 2017 (10:21 AM).
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    Old May 23rd, 2017 (2:22 AM).
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      Battling all day. Contests were not my thing.
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      Old May 23rd, 2017 (2:44 AM).
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      I might find the battling life to be too competitive, strangely enough. Contests is more about caring about your pokémon's looks and health and style, which I might find fun and relaxing. Although, in the anime they battle in contests too haha.
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        As one of the more easygoing sorts that enjoys expressing his own personal style, I can see myself being a contestant more than a trainer. Thinking on the fly wouldn't be something that would mesh well with the stresses of typical battles, plus there's always the chance that an unfortunate accident can lead to a grim end.

        ...Then again, I'm not the kind of person that enjoys a lot of attention, though doing the gym challenge would likely direct quite a lot of that on me towards the end, especially if it has a tournament thing at the end like in the anime.
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        I enjoy Pokemon a lot for the thrill of battling so I naturally prefer Gyms more. Contests are great and are a fun little thing to do on the side, but in no way stand up to actual Gym battles to me. I think of Gym battles as milestones on your adventure.
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          Hmmm...I'd probably go with battling because I'd want to adventure the region more, and I prefer performing myself. Training pokemon to perform wouldn't satisfy me nearly as much. However, if performing like Serena did in the anime is an option, then that may be a possibility.
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            Oh I love this! I would be a Gym battler for sure. Contests would be fun to watch, but I feel like battling would be something I could get passionate about. Makes sense for me... I'm a martial artist in life, and while I love performing, my dream isn't exactly making it on Broadway, haha.
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            As much as I would want to participate in contests for the sheer fun of it, I feel like I'd feel much more fulfilled just training to become the strongest and challenging Gyms. I guess I'm much more of a competitive type. @[email protected];
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            Seeing how I understand nothing about fashion and stuff, I think I'd totally suck at dressing up my Pokémon, so Gyms it is!

            In all honesty though, if I'd actually get a Pokémon I'd probably just keep it at home and pet it all day.
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              Contests, I'd be more io that than battling if I'd live in it.
              But I ain't gonna dress up my Pokémon for it. At least keep it minimal.
              I'll find a different way somehow...
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                Despite my favourite Water-type being Milotic, I prefer gyms. Contests are stupid.
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                  Despite my favourite Water-type being Milotic, I prefer gyms. Contests are stupid.
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                  While I do love how well Contests were portrayed in the anime, I'd still rather be a trainer who challenges Gyms. I am like, not the best at beauty and dressing up so you can see why I'd fail as a Coordinator.
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                    Depends on what kind of contests. If it's oras contest spectaculars or the contests in the anime,contests. If it's rse contests or DPPt super contests,I'd collect gym badges.
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                      Do I have to choose? To be honest though, even though I love battles in-game, I'd probably focus more on contests though since I don't do really well in high-stress situations and can plan out my course of action. I guess I just got kinda attached to contests since I had a Shiny Milotic and trained and groomed it to beat all of the Master Rank contests lol. I'd probably battle on the side and maybe even challenge a few gyms for fun, but my primary goal would be contests.
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                        I would definitely become a gym battler cause I catch Pokémon so I can be the very best Pokémon trainer like no one ever was.
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                          Contests. I think it gives you more ways to engage with your Pokemon in the long run, after 8 gym badges you're pretty much done. I really wish there were games outside of the core series that were about the world of the Pokemon coordinator.
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                              Battle all the way
                              i know people like contests but i can never beat them
                              the gyms are easier because it is straight forwards
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