Fangirls, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, my newfound love of Pokémon knows no bounds. It’s a bizarre and beautiful game, and I love it a stupid amount. I’ve been playing Pokémon for less than a year, but a couple months ago I decided to embark on a new level of Pokétrash; I was going to literally catch ’em all. I want, more than anything, to have a complete living Pokédex. Having a living ‘dex is neat, because it means you can help other people when they’re looking for specific Pokémon, and you can complete your in-game Pokédexes. It’s a ton of work, but I wouldn’t be able to do it without the Pokémon Bank.
The Pokémon Bank is a service offered by Nintendo (for $4.99 plus tax) where you can subscribe to a bank to keep your Pokémon in. It’s also a phenomenal way to organize your Pokébabies. I have mine set up with all of my Pokémon in order by National Pokédex ID Number, including spaces for the ones I haven’t caught or evolved into their separate types yet.
I don’t think that I would be able to collect as well without the Pokémon Bank because when you’re playing Pokémon, and you catch a Pokémon, he or she gets sent to a blank space in the box you were most recently viewing. That would throw off my entire system. Any empty areas I leave for uncaught or unevolved Pokémon would be filled with random creatures. I know that would frustrate me quite a bit. In-game, I have my Pokémon separated by box and National ID Number, but there aren’t spaces for uncaught or unevolved Pokémon because not only is there not enough space, but because I don’t keep everyone in the game. If I were to have all of my Pokémon in the game, my boxes would be full.
In-game, I also have specific boxes set aside for breeding and trading; when you have so many Pokémon, you’re bound to catch and find doubles. So I keep my doubles that I don’t need for breeding or evolving in a separate area. That way I don’t have to risk trading a Pokémon that I need for my living ‘dex, nor do I have to go through all of my boxes to see if I have it anywhere else. It’s just there, and ready to go.
A much slower process than filling up my Living Pokédex, I’m also trying to get all of my Pokémon to level 100. They get very happy then, and are also incredibly strong! But this process takes longer than the ‘dex because as levels get higher, it takes a lot more effort to get the level up.
I think the Pokémon Bank is phenomenal, and I spend a significant amount of time on it every day. The biggest bummer is that wifi is needed to use it, so I can’t show people at work how many Pokémon I have (there are 460 individual Pokémon in my bank, which is almost 2/3 of the way to the 721 that currently exist). I would like to have the full 2/3 of the Pokémon (481) by the time I move to Maryland in August, and would love to have all of them by the time the new game comes out (November 18, 2016), but I’m not sure that will happen. There are a lot of Pokémon with bizarre and difficult ways to be evolved, and that is partially where I’m struggling right now. I know that I can do it, it’s just going to take a lot of planning and organization.
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