Living Pokédex guide part 2

This is part two of my living dex pokémon guide. you can find part one here

 

Catching

Catching Pokémon you don’t have to complete your living dex is a big chunk of completing your living dex. The first step is to go back to each route and catch any Pokémon you might have missed. Websites and wikis give in depth details about the catch rates and exact locations for Pokémon.

Starting from the first routes and working up to stronger Pokémon is the way I like to approach it. False Swipe is a move I prefer to use to catch wild Pokémon that are at a much lower level than my party Pokémon. I chose to do so because it will do enough damage to the wild Pokémon with out causing it to feint. Take advantage of EXP earned while catching Pokémon to level up Pokémon you need to evolve. It can also be faster to catch all evolved forms of the Pokémon you need rather than breeding and leveling up. Use a dex tracker while running around catching what you still need because it’s a good visual to see what you have caught and any that are left. Any Pokémon that you have a hard time catching or you can’t catch may be easier to obtain other ways (like trading for example). Don’t forget to visit the friend safari in XY and mirage spots ORAS because they contain Pokémon you can’t catch anywhere else in the game.

My method for mythical, legendary, and low catch rate Pokémon is to use a combo of false swipe and a move that causes an effect that doesn’t cause HP damage (e.g. moves that cause status conditions like Paralysis). I also carry about 30 timer balls, ultra balls, and dusk balls. I also carry a collection of quick balls, net balls, and dive balls. Even a Pokémon that has very low HP and has a status effect can take a long time to catch.

 

Trading

Wonder Trade any extra or duplicate Pokémon. Do this often at the beginning of your living dex adventure because you can obtain a lot of Pokémon this way. In addition wonder training earns you Pokémiles, which you can exchange for rare candy in Lumiose City and Mauville City. Rare candy will be handy when you are leveling up to Pokémon to make them evolve. When I wonder trade my Pokémon I like to have them hold item to hold like a berry. While there’s no beneficial nature to do so, I think it’s a nice gesture.

Having a group of friends to trade with is great as well. WT is much more successful early on because the Pokémon you get in return is random. You have the potential to get an uncommon Pokémon or even a shiny Pokémon. I have WT’ed away many harder to find Pokémon. But you are more likely to get a lower level common Pokémon in return. Trading with your friends also comes in handy when you have Pokémon that only evolve when traded. There are a few of them and it’s easy to ask your friend to trade back with you rather than finding someone online who will help you.

Any Pokémon that is version-exclusive can be obtained through the GTS. Trading a Pokémon exclusive to your version and asking for a version exclusive in return is seen as a fair trade. The trick to the GTS is requesting trades that are seen as fair. You are going to want to trade for something that is equivalent to your Pokémon in value. This goes for Mythical and Legendary Pokémon as well. You can obtain some of these Pokémon through the GTS but there are exceptions. Legendary Pokémon can be traded for harder to catch Pokémon, shiny Pokémon, or other Legendary or Mythical Pokémon. I have been pretty successful getting remaining Pokémon though the GTS. My rule of thumb is to wait 24-48 hours before giving up on a trade in the GTS. By this point others have not felt your trade was fair enough and it’s worth trying with another Pokémon.

 

 

Resources

http://www.serebii.net/index2.shtml

http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/

pokedex tracking website – I used pokedextracker.com

the iOS app I used is called dexter – https://dexterappblog.wordpress.com/

Pokemon subreddits on reddit.com

 

Glossary

BP – Battle Points

BW – Pokémon Black and White

BW2 – Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Catch rate – the numerical chance that a Pokémon has at being caught when a pokéball is thrown at it.

Event Pokémon – see Mythical Pokémon

EXP – Experience points

Gen V – aka gen 5, the 5th generation of Pokémon games BW and BW2

Gen VI – aka Gen 6 The 6th generation of Pokémon games. ORAS and XY

Gen VII – aka gen 7, the 7th generation of Pokémon games. Sun and Moon and the upcoming ultra sun and ultra moon

GTS – Global Trade System

HGSS – Pokémon Heart Gold and Soul Silver

Legendary Pokémon – Rare Pokémon found usually only one per game file. Can’t be bred

Mythical Pokémon – Rare Pokémon that can’t be found in the games though core game play. Obtained via official Pokémon events.

ORAS – Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

WT – Wonder Trade

XY– Pokémon X and Y

Living pokédex guide part 1

I wrote a living dex zine this summer. It’s a guide based on what I did to complete my own living dex. If you are interested you can buy it here but I’m posting it here in parts as well.  You can track my own living dex progress here.

History

A living Pokédex or “living dex”, as it is known, is having one of every single Pokémon in your in-game PC. The Living dex is a fan-created concept with the intent of adding a new layer of challenge or goal to the playing experience. The Living dex is a lot like the Nuzlocke challenge, there is a simple core concept but other players change or modify the concept to make it more fun for them. There are 802 Pokémon in the National Pokédex, not all of them can be obtained by playing the games.

 

Getting started

You can start your living dex at any point of your Pokémon journey. That being said, I have found that it’s easier to start earlier in the game, as you will spend less time back tracking to catch all those Pokémon found on the first few routes. Don’t worry if you can’t get every species of Pokémon you encounter at the start of the game; some Pokémon are harder to catch. Once you progress further in the game or finish the main story these will be easier to catch than others. Catching as many different Pokémon as you can while you play the main story of the game is the first step in completing your living dex.

This guide was created with the intention of being used with the gen 6 Pokémon games; some info has been added for Sun and Moon. This can be used with any older Pokémon game but millage may vary.

A word of warning: The rest of this guide is written assuming you have become the champion by beating the elite four. Additionally, not every aspect of obtaining Pokémon is gone over in detail in this guide. If you need more info on things I haven’t explained, I have listed helpful resources for this info at the end of this guide.

There are a few components to completing a living dex: Organizing, catching, breeding, evolving, and trading. First, we will start with how to organize your Pokémon!

 

Organizing

Organizing is the first step. This will help figure out what Pokémon you have and what Pokémon you still need.

Minimum requirements one gen 6 or gen 7 game. The PC in one game file can hold over 900 Pokémon. That is more than enough to hold a living dex. I use the Pokémon bank, Poké transporter, a pokédex iOS app, and a living dex tracking website.

Organize your storage system of choice by first naming your boxes 1-30, 31-60, 61-90, ect in multiples of 30 until you’ve reached 721. If you are including Sun/Moon in your living dex you’ll need to name your boxes up to 802. If you are interested only in collecting Pokémon exclusive to Sun and Moon you can stop at 302.

Boxes should be named like the following:

1-30, 31-60, 61-90, 91-120, 121- 150, 151-180, 181-210, 211-240, 241-270, 271-300, 301-330, 331-360, 361-390, 391-420, 421-450, 451- 480, 481-510, 511-540, 541-570, 571-600, 601-630, 631-660, 661-690, 691-720, 721-750, 751-780, 781-802+

Transfer all Pokémon into your storage system of choice. If you want to, include your older gen Pokémon using the Poké Transporter application. The advantage of the Pokémon Bank is that you can transfer Pokémon from HGSS (through gen 5), BW, BW2, and Red/Blue/Yellow digital versions into your Pokémon Bank.

Keep all spare Pokémon. Pokémon that you have multiple of can come in handy later on because they will be useful for WT/ breeding/ leveling up. I recommend keeping most of your Pokémon in storage in their numbered boxes. But keep all the Pokémon you want and will use in the game you will be playing with to complete your dex.

 

Resources

http://www.serebii.net/index2.shtml

http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/

pokedex tracking website – I used pokedextracker.com

the iOS app I used is called dexter – https://dexterappblog.wordpress.com/

Pokemon subreddits on reddit.com

 

Glossary

BP – Battle Points

BW – Pokémon Black and White

BW2 – Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Catch rate – the numerical chance that a Pokémon has at being caught when a pokéball is thrown at it.

Event Pokémon – see Mythical Pokémon

EXP – Experience points

Gen V – aka gen 5, the 5th generation of Pokémon games BW and BW2

Gen VI – aka Gen 6 The 6th generation of Pokémon games. ORAS and XY

Gen VII – aka gen 7, the 7th generation of Pokémon games. Sun and Moon and the upcoming ultra sun and ultra moon

GTS – Global Trade System

HGSS – Pokémon Heart Gold and Soul Silver

Legendary Pokémon – Rare Pokémon found usually only one per game file. Can’t be bred

Mythical Pokémon – Rare Pokémon that can’t be found in the games though core game play. Obtained via official Pokémon events.

ORAS – Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

WT – Wonder Trade

XY– Pokémon X and Y