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    CruorCruor Registered User regular
    edited April 2023
    Mystery gift code for a free competitive trained Palafin: 0C1CV1CT0RGAV1N

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    KandenKanden Registered User regular
    Annihilape is pretty good for Typhlosion. Screech turn 1 then spam rage fist.

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    Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    Brand new pokemon revealed in the anime (I'm gonna spoiler cuz he put it in the thumbnail)

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    ChallChall Registered User regular
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    Kanden wrote: »
    Annihilape is pretty good for Typhlosion. Screech turn 1 then spam rage fist.

    It took me a few tries, it depends on when the shield comes up. I did Adamant, +Atk, +HP on my ape with Tera Water and it was 6-7 tries to get it right.

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    Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    edited April 2023
    Yeah Annihilape works but it's super super unreliable IMO. I did it first try but only probably because he got stunned by NPC paralyze two turns in a row (like if he had killed me another time I probably would have failed). He puts out so much friggin damage that the bar depletes *quickly* with all the deaths

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    KandenKanden Registered User regular
    Weird, worked for me solo first try both times, +hp +atk, adamant, ghost tera. I wonder if there's a better option, maybe a skill swap guy that can steal his flash fire to negate the sunny day eruptions

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    Hexmage-PAHexmage-PA Registered User regular
    Watching the first episodes of Pokemon Horizons. I didn't really keep up with the original show, but this one already feels wayyy different than what I remembered of it when I did watch it. Also, it surprisngly starts in Kanto in Viridian City, with the main character being from Paldea.

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    Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    edited April 2023
    I have hatched so many god damn Masuda Smolivs with zero shinies. >_< Why you hate me game?

    Also Pokemon Company, where's this Home integration you promised? I'm honestly hatching this stuff to send to an alt account for like a special challenge run (all food team gooooooo) but I can't even get them there without Home thanks to Switch accounts not sharing online access -_- (I also might legit give up on trying for a shiny Bounsweet and use the level 8 one my friend traded me awhile back... it's low-ISH enough level to not be OP.. still would prefer all level 1s tho :P)

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    Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    edited April 2023


    Can't read at work but I guess there was some bug with these? Either way they seem like they're coming back in a little over a week if you missed them.

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    Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    edited April 2023
    Masuda method, why have you forsaken me? T__T (I have hatched so many god damn eggs... ugg.. did they shiny lock Smoliv when I wasn't looking? :/)

    Oh also, Mightiest Mark Inteleon coming soon (ice tera type). Woo. These raids are always fun.

    Edit: Looking at Inteleon's gen 9 learnset this fight could be super nasty. He has lots of ways to buff his defense, high crit options, 100% accurate Blizzard with snow, Mist to prevent status changes (or Haze to reset them... I guess the raid bosses can do this anyways), etc. Would not be surprised if this fight is tuned around not being able to buff and debuff (as is the strat for like every tera raid). Fell Stinger could be a particularly nasty one if you have CPU allies. Also TIL they buffed Hail in gen 9 (which is to say, replaced it). It's now "Snow" and rather than doing chip damage every turn it raises Ice types Defense by 50%!

    Edit 2: Oh also, forgot about this thing I saw over the weekend:



    The difference in quality is nuts. God dammit Nintendo Power, why did you bastardize these? :P

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    ChallChall Registered User regular
    So the 7-Star Inteleon event is out this week and it's actually pretty easy?

    Joined a group online with a Perrserker with Iron Head, Sunny Day, and Taunt to stop it's Snowscape and we had a team of Iron Hands, Kingambit, and a Golduck and it went down pretty easy. We had about half the timer left when we beat it, only died once when it hit me with 3 Blizzards in a row

    I also saw someone with a Tinkaton strategy but I didn't have one trained and didn't feel like doing it today.

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    King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    I dropped off on those hard its a shame I wanted the whole set but meh Im pretty much done until the dlc drops qnd the fixes actually work

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    AnteCantelopeAnteCantelope Registered User regular
    Chall wrote: »
    So the 7-Star Inteleon event is out this week and it's actually pretty easy?

    Joined a group online with a Perrserker with Iron Head, Sunny Day, and Taunt to stop it's Snowscape and we had a team of Iron Hands, Kingambit, and a Golduck and it went down pretty easy. We had about half the timer left when we beat it, only died once when it hit me with 3 Blizzards in a row

    I also saw someone with a Tinkaton strategy but I didn't have one trained and didn't feel like doing it today.

    I did it solo with an Annihilape with Sunny Day, Rage Fist, and Defiant. It was easy, but required a bit of RNG.

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    KupiKupi Registered User regular
    edited May 2023
    Man, I just got hit a series-spanning case of the Mandela Effect (or maybe it's just TIL). I was watching a streamer play a Heart Gold/Soul Silver randomizer*, and their Pokemon got hit with a move called Trump Card. And I realized that I've never heard of Trump Card. Now, of course there are gaps in my knowledge-- I don't play the games as fanatically as I did when I was younger, but the stuff I don't know is like, sometimes I'll space on the name of one of the new Pokemon while remembering what it looks like and what type it is, or the signature move of one of the optional pseudolegendaries or whatever. Not a move that existed in Gen 4! But, there it is. There was a move called Trump Card that existed from Gen 4 to Gen 7. Its effect is that it has 5 PP, and its damage scales geometrically as the number of PP left after using it approaches 0, with the maximum being 200 BP when you use its last PP.

    It just feels deeply weird to have played Pokemon since Red, Blue, and Yellow, and have no memory whatsoever of an element from halfway through that span.

    * A habit I am trying to break.

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    ZythonZython Registered User regular
    Kupi wrote: »
    Man, I just got hit a series-spanning case of the Mandela Effect (or maybe it's just TIL). I was watching a streamer play a Heart Gold/Soul Silver randomizer*, and their Pokemon got hit with a move called Trump Card. And I realized that I've never heard of Trump Card. Now, of course there are gaps in my knowledge-- I don't play the games as fanatically as I did when I was younger, but the stuff I don't know is like, sometimes I'll space on the name of one of the new Pokemon while remembering what it looks like and what type it is, or the signature move of one of the optional pseudolegendaries or whatever. Not a move that existed in Gen 4! But, there it is. There was a move called Trump Card that existed from Gen 4 to Gen 7. Its effect is that it has 5 PP, and its damage scales geometrically as the number of PP left after using it approaches 0, with the maximum being 200 BP when you use its last PP.

    It just feels deeply weird to have played Pokemon since Red, Blue, and Yellow, and have no memory whatsoever of an element from halfway through that span.

    * A habit I am trying to break.

    There’s probably a LOT of moves you don’t know exist. Primarily because they’re dogshit.

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    LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    What's the current state of Scarlet/Violet?

    This is the first mainline entry I have not bought, because of how buggy I heard it was. Looking for confirmation if the worst of the issues have been fixed? I've seen videos of Exorcist style head and arm spinning, characters contorting and doing some weird shit. I've also seen videos of people flying a motorcycle through the world. I've also seen videos of horrendous pop-in. I'm not sure that one is fixable since the Switch itself is pretty old and frail these days.

    But anyway, I'd like to play this game because I've heard it's a really good one, marred by really bad bugs. If I can get confirmation that most of the worst of it is fixed, I might go ahead and snag it. But if the game is still super buggy and not in a very good place, I'll just continue to wait.

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    TerrendosTerrendos Decorative Monocle Registered User regular
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    What's the current state of Scarlet/Violet?

    This is the first mainline entry I have not bought, because of how buggy I heard it was. Looking for confirmation if the worst of the issues have been fixed? I've seen videos of Exorcist style head and arm spinning, characters contorting and doing some weird shit. I've also seen videos of people flying a motorcycle through the world. I've also seen videos of horrendous pop-in. I'm not sure that one is fixable since the Switch itself is pretty old and frail these days.

    But anyway, I'd like to play this game because I've heard it's a really good one, marred by really bad bugs. If I can get confirmation that most of the worst of it is fixed, I might go ahead and snag it. But if the game is still super buggy and not in a very good place, I'll just continue to wait.

    To be honest, I bought it Day 1 and the only issue like the ones you mentioned I saw was the pop-in. I don't play these games in a way that is likely to encounter glitches, though, so grain of salt and all that. IIRC they eased up the pop-in by turning down the number of active entities some.

    There were also some annoying slowdowns and hang-ups in the online raids; I don't recall for certain but I'm pretty sure I never had those issues when soloing the raids, so it was almost certainly problems with the web code. I've heard that got improved a little while ago and of the couple raid battles I did afterward, I didn't experience those same issues again, so that's probably improved.

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    cloudeaglecloudeagle Registered User regular
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    What's the current state of Scarlet/Violet?

    This is the first mainline entry I have not bought, because of how buggy I heard it was. Looking for confirmation if the worst of the issues have been fixed? I've seen videos of Exorcist style head and arm spinning, characters contorting and doing some weird shit. I've also seen videos of people flying a motorcycle through the world. I've also seen videos of horrendous pop-in. I'm not sure that one is fixable since the Switch itself is pretty old and frail these days.

    But anyway, I'd like to play this game because I've heard it's a really good one, marred by really bad bugs. If I can get confirmation that most of the worst of it is fixed, I might go ahead and snag it. But if the game is still super buggy and not in a very good place, I'll just continue to wait.

    I played it for the first time after the February patch.

    Yeah, the worst of it is fixed. I didn't get anything like you described. Granted, it doesn't run well, as there's still a decent amount of slowdown and the camera clipping through the ground during Pokebattles and such. But it's playable and nothing impeded my progress or enjoyment.

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    Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    What's the current state of Scarlet/Violet?

    This is the first mainline entry I have not bought, because of how buggy I heard it was. Looking for confirmation if the worst of the issues have been fixed? I've seen videos of Exorcist style head and arm spinning, characters contorting and doing some weird shit. I've also seen videos of people flying a motorcycle through the world. I've also seen videos of horrendous pop-in. I'm not sure that one is fixable since the Switch itself is pretty old and frail these days.

    But anyway, I'd like to play this game because I've heard it's a really good one, marred by really bad bugs. If I can get confirmation that most of the worst of it is fixed, I might go ahead and snag it. But if the game is still super buggy and not in a very good place, I'll just continue to wait.

    I also haven’t bought it. But there are some fun videos out there made by programmers that go into why it can be glitchy.

    I don’t have a link on me, but a lot of it stems from loading too much in a once because the team doesn’t use the tricks most open world games use. The rest is because the game runs on spaghetti code that’s layered on from years upon years of games that weren’t given enough time to be made. It’s a wreck under the hood. I don’t think you can patch it out completely, and they’re not afforded that time anyway.

    I did post a few videos explaining why at the time, but I couldn’t tell you what page they’re on.

    A lot of people say it’s passable, but an equal amount say they can’t stand it. Maybe wait for the DLC and check if it runs better by that point.

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    Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    edited May 2023
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    What's the current state of Scarlet/Violet?

    This is the first mainline entry I have not bought, because of how buggy I heard it was. Looking for confirmation if the worst of the issues have been fixed? I've seen videos of Exorcist style head and arm spinning, characters contorting and doing some weird shit. I've also seen videos of people flying a motorcycle through the world. I've also seen videos of horrendous pop-in. I'm not sure that one is fixable since the Switch itself is pretty old and frail these days.

    But anyway, I'd like to play this game because I've heard it's a really good one, marred by really bad bugs. If I can get confirmation that most of the worst of it is fixed, I might go ahead and snag it. But if the game is still super buggy and not in a very good place, I'll just continue to wait.

    I've been playing it off and on since launch - mainly to keep up with the special tera raids they've been releasing. It's largely fine now. Those videos you saw at launch were mostly due to a memory leak which I believe has been fixed at this point? At least, I never encountered anything like that and I haven't heard anyone complain about it in a long time. Worst case, make sure you close out the game when you're done playing rather than leaving it suspended.

    There are definitely still issues. The pop-in is still pretty bad in places (weirdly mostly with NPCs, not so much with pokemon and other things) and the framerate chugs in certain locations (for whatever reason this game has HUGE issues with large bodies of water). It's not enough to really ruin the experience though IMO. I guess it depends on how sensitive you are to that stuff, but like, it's not the crazy contorting models like some of those early videos were showing. It's more your typical "unoptimized video game" stuff.

    To me the biggest issues were actually with how broken tera raids were and *most* of those issues have been fixed now. At least, you don't tend to get locked out of your controls or have the boss live when his HP is at 0 and stuff. I still have issues with the "real time" nature of them not exactly working as intended (there's a lot of desync problems still) but largely they're much better than at launch.

    Honestly I would still recommend it. Even with the problems it's by far one of my all time favorite pokemon games and that is with how freaking broken it launched and still is in ways. It honestly might have been my favorite of all time if it didn't have those issues. It's *really* good. I still had an absolute blast even despite all the bugs. Also possibly the best story/writing of any pokemon game, no joke. Like, they actually *tried* here. And pretty much all of the story NPCs (rivals, gym leaders, teachers, team star, etc etc) are all fantastic. Maybe some of the best gym leaders since gen 5 for sure. So yeah, it's seriously good.

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    cloudeaglecloudeagle Registered User regular
    Here's the technical detail about Scarlet/Violet that completely baffled me.

    When you're in the field, all the wandering Pokemon you see have a lower polygon count than the Pokemon you fight. This isn't the issue - loads of games do this, and the low-poly Pokemon look good even relatively up close.

    The problem comes when you bump into a Pokemon for a fight. The camera zooms waaaay in, the Pokemon does its cute little roar, and only after that does the Pokemon switch to its high-poly version! Every curved surface looks a lot more jagged and uneven, and because the camera's zoomed in, you get a great look at it.

    It's really not that big of a problem - the Pokemon still look okay, and I'm sure there were dozens of issues ahead of that one. But once I noticed that, I couldn't stop noticing it.

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    LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    Heck, I'm just realizing I never played the DLC for Sword/Shield. I never did the thing where you get a cute little Karate Bear.

    Maybe I should do that if I've got the Pokemon itch.

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    Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    edited May 2023
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    Heck, I'm just realizing I never played the DLC for Sword/Shield. I never did the thing where you get a cute little Karate Bear.

    Maybe I should do that if I've got the Pokemon itch.

    I need to do that at some point too. Also like.. beat Shield :P I honestly didn't like Sword and Shield that much, but I hear the DLC is much better. I eventually just gave up pretending and watched a Let's Play of the base game and that was much more enjoyable (honestly I think I identified my main issue with that game being how much I hate the Wild Area though. If I ever do go back I might just avoid that area entirely until maybe endgame)

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    LordSolarMachariusLordSolarMacharius Red wine with fish Registered User regular
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    Heck, I'm just realizing I never played the DLC for Sword/Shield. I never did the thing where you get a cute little Karate Bear.

    Maybe I should do that if I've got the Pokemon itch.

    I was really disappointed by Sword & Shield, but loved it's DLC. (It's basically what I wanted the main game to be.)

    (Just make sure you don't buy the incorrect version - rather than there being a "Sword & Shield DLC" that works for either, you need the "Sword DLC" for Sword and the "Shield DLC" for Shield. Which, I mean, now that I type it, duh. But if you're not expecting there to be two versions of the DLC it could trip you up.)

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    ChallChall Registered User regular
    The Sword and Shield DLC I really enjoyed, especially the storyline for the Crown Tundra I thought was really fun.

    I've enjoyed Scarlet and Violet, and there are little things that should be fixed but I can mostly ignore it. I think the gameplay is maybe the most fun (mainline) Pokemon game so I give it a lot of leeway with the bugs. I did also get the sense that people who had digital copies had more glitches than those playing in physical carts, if that makes a difference to you. I also played it entirely in handheld mode on a Switch Lite, so I don't know if the bugs are more noticeable if you play on a TV.

    I would say that if I were on the fence about buying them, I would wait a few months for HOME compatibility and the first DLC to come out and see what happens with that

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    Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    Chall wrote: »
    The Sword and Shield DLC I really enjoyed, especially the storyline for the Crown Tundra I thought was really fun.

    I've enjoyed Scarlet and Violet, and there are little things that should be fixed but I can mostly ignore it. I think the gameplay is maybe the most fun (mainline) Pokemon game so I give it a lot of leeway with the bugs. I did also get the sense that people who had digital copies had more glitches than those playing in physical carts, if that makes a difference to you. I also played it entirely in handheld mode on a Switch Lite, so I don't know if the bugs are more noticeable if you play on a TV.

    I would say that if I were on the fence about buying them, I would wait a few months for HOME compatibility and the first DLC to come out and see what happens with that

    FWIW I have a digital copy and played exclusively on TV and it wasn't too bad to me :P Mostly just performance stuff.

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    ChallChall Registered User regular
    The only thing that really bugs me is that it takes ~2 seconds for all the images in one Box to load, which has never been an issue in any other Pokemon game and it's a little thing but when I'm looking for a specific mon it can be infuriating

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    TurambarTurambar Independent Registered User regular
    Pokemon Home coming to Scarlet/Violet
    https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/connectivity-between-pokemon-home-pokemon-scarlet-and-pokemon-violet-is-coming-soon

    It was said May 23rd/24th, but now it might be delayed? idk

    Cool to see backwards compatibility.
    Like you can take a shiny from S/V and transfer it to Arceus and evolve it there, then bring it back if I understand correctly

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    ZythonZython Registered User regular
    Turambar wrote: »
    Pokemon Home coming to Scarlet/Violet
    https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/connectivity-between-pokemon-home-pokemon-scarlet-and-pokemon-violet-is-coming-soon

    It was said May 23rd/24th, but now it might be delayed? idk

    Cool to see backwards compatibility.
    Like you can take a shiny from S/V and transfer it to Arceus and evolve it there, then bring it back if I understand correctly

    Yeah, it makes the hours I spent shiny hunting Hisuian Liligant utterly worthless. Huzzah!

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    ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    So the kid had to stay home today after getting her eye scratched by the cat last night. Needed to see the doc, all that fun stuff.

    All that is to say that she hit Ultra 5 rank in Pokemon Unite. Her win rate is 60%. She's 8.

    Gotta get on that competitive gaming cash stat.

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    StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    Scarlet and Violet were fine after the day 1 patch, most weird ugly glitches were from leaks and broken street date carts.

    Performance is not great but game is perfectly fine and has the best end run in the series.

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    Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    Scarlet and Violet were fine after the day 1 patch, most weird ugly glitches were from leaks and broken street date carts.

    Performance is not great but game is perfectly fine and has the best end run in the series.

    There were a bunch of raid issues that I was raging about for awhile but most of those have been patched now too.

    Otherwise yeah, it's mostly just performance issues now. Still a few bugs here and there but nothing game breaking that I've seen.

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    TurambarTurambar Independent Registered User regular
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    CruorCruor Registered User regular
    The mobile version of Home has updated for me and is out of maintenance, I'll have to check on the Switch version when I get home.

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    ChallChall Registered User regular
    Cruor wrote: »
    The mobile version of Home has updated for me and is out of maintenance, I'll have to check on the Switch version when I get home.

    It's working for me as of 1pm Central US time

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    Satanic JesusSatanic Jesus Hi, I'm Liam! with broken glassesRegistered User regular
    I'm finally getting around to playing Pokemon Scarlet. Does it matter if I do the trials and gym battles around the same time, or what happens if I focus on trials, and do the gyms after?

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    TerrendosTerrendos Decorative Monocle Registered User regular
    I'm finally getting around to playing Pokemon Scarlet. Does it matter if I do the trials and gym battles around the same time, or what happens if I focus on trials, and do the gyms after?

    The levels for everything are fixed, so you will see a major level spike if you do only one "quest" at a time. And then when you go back to do the other quests, they'll be trivial by comparison.

    There's an "ideal" route you can take for the smoothest level curve posted in spoilers below, but it's kinda jumping all over. I would suggest picking a path, and then if there's a level jump, maybe go try a different path.

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    CururuCururu Registered User regular
    The level of the wild pokemon near each objective is also a good indicator, at least most of the time. If the wild pokemon around the gym/base/titan you are heading towards are too much for your current team, then I would recommend heading somewhere else first.

    You can also ask Nurse Joy for advice on where to go next, but she prioritizes nearby options and may also be secretly trying to kill you given some of the recommendations I've seen her make, so take her advice with a grain of salt.

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    jothkijothki Registered User regular
    Cururu wrote: »
    You can also ask Nurse Joy for advice on where to go next, but she prioritizes nearby options and may also be secretly trying to kill you given some of the recommendations I've seen her make, so take her advice with a grain of salt.

    If I had to work in the same environment she does, I'd probably treat my own customers the same way. It feels like Pokemon centers went from being a potentially great place to work to being a living hell, at least for someone like me.

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