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Battle Psychology – Competitive Pokemon Guide

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In terms of tactics Pokémon battles are like far less impressive and gruelling versions of real life combat sports. They require power, defence, being well rounded in all aspects of the game and most importantly, fight psychology.

You need a strategy. Whether your strategy is to use entry hazards to wear down opponents and make them more difficult to battle, to lure and take out your opponents main threats and leave them with the easy to take Pokémon or even just to annoy the shit out of them until they rage quit (hey, if they forfeit, it’s legit).

However you need to be able to play mind games with your opponent and this is the part that is actually very difficult to flat out teach, as what comes more instinctively to some players won’t for others.

First, you need to be able to recognise the fact that your opponent knows that some of your Pokémon are going to be a threat to his, and he will switch out to gain an advantage. This is why it’s important to not only have great type coverage, but also to be unpredictable in your attack.

For example say your opponent has a Forretress currently on the field and its facing your Ninetales (with drought). No good player is going to keep Forretress before its done it’s job, especially when it has weaker special defence and is 4x weak to fire attacks. So you can predict that they will probably switch out to their Golem in their party who will be able to take the fire attack without any problem and then KO with earthquake or force you to switch out.

You take the change, they switch and then BAM. You’ve KO’d your opponents Golem with Solarbeam which they didn’t even know was coming. It’s true that you could have hit Forretress and done practically no damage to it, but because you predicted correctly you managed to KO one of your opponents Pokémon for free, without taking any additional damage.

That is the kind of battle psychology that is good to have; the ability to predict your opponent and be unpredictable. Not everyone is going to be a big risk taker but once you’ve had enough battles you will tend to find that most people share quite a few habits.  It is important to always think before you make your next move: I’ve lost a fair few battles just because I made a bad call, or I didn’t switch into the Pokémon that would make the most effective counter.

You should always look to take away your opponents options, it’s completely fine to leave a Pokémon on the field if it looks vulnerable if either it has the ability to damage the opponent more than what they’d expect, or you have another Pokémon waiting.

I personally recommend the use of annoyers to frustrate and put pressure on your opponent to cause them to make mistakes which you can capitalise on. Constant attacking with status moves or forcing your opponents into entry hazards will make a battle far easier for you.

That and the presence of a powerful Pokémon will often cause intimidation, especially if your opponent is already losing a battle,. I’ve been in quite a few battles in which opponents probably would have been able to beat me, but the mere presence of a Pokémon like Latios causes them to over switch to avoid taking too much damage and weaken their whole team as a result. No player wants to admit it, but I don’t think there is a single hardcore player that hasn’t thought “oh shit” when a powerhouse like Garchomp has been let onto the field, especially if they’re not prepared.

Make sure you set up your sweeps with your other Pokémon, if you have a clear shot to sweep then take it, but make sure you don’t lose your most valuable Pokémon early in the game.

A lot of experienced battlers reading this will probably not find this to be anything 2new, but if you’re a new battler then it’s really crucial to think about these things, as competitive Pokémon battling is no longer about raw power. It’s has become a tacticians game.

Remember your Pokémon’s roles and constantly plan ahead on how to make the most use of them, if you stick to your game plan you’ll most likely find you will win battles more. But just remember, you can’t win them all and sometimes you will just get out fought and out battled by an opponent.

I’ve done a lot of talking about battle roles and strategies, but let’s see what sort of team I can put together. I have two teams in the waiting ready to show you and I will break down what makes them effective. See you next time.

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Evaluating Fallout 76’s Value in 2024

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If you’ve been keeping up with the new Fallout show on Amazon Prime, chances are you’ve been relying on PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium to access and enjoy one of Bethesda’s legendary RPGs. We decided to bypass the highly acclaimed Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3, opting instead to explore the vast landscapes of West Virginia in Fallout 76. Infamous for its initial reception, Todd Howard’s “Fallout with Friends” has evolved significantly over the past six years. However, does that imply the game is of high quality? Is it worth playing in 2024?

As we ventured out of Vault 76 for the very first time, we were determined to find the answers to those burning questions. Recalling our escapades on the Push Square YouTube channel, we encountered quest-giving NPCs—a feature that was surprisingly absent upon release—awe-inspiring bases built by fellow players—and an abundance of loot that could easily burden us 76 times over.

In the midst of the vast array of open-world online experiences, we found ourselves quite enthralled by the combination of 50s classics playing in the background as we obliterated the heads of ghouls. And to top it off, we were able to enjoy all of this with our friends. Exploring the wasteland in the company of a ragtag band of survivors adds a unique element to Fallout 76, setting it apart from other games in the series. However, does it manage to prevent us from uninstalling and transitioning to one of the mainline entries in the series? To discover more, be sure to watch the complete video!

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The cast of the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 film has added an exciting new addition with the inclusion of Shadow, who will be voiced by the talented Keanu Reeves

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After a long wait, it appears that the search for a capable Hollywood actor to bring the brooding Shadow the Hedgehog to life has come to an end. Keanu Reeves, a renowned actor known for his iconic roles in film franchises such as The Matrix and John Wick, as well as his involvement in the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077, has officially been cast for the role.

Speculation has been running wild lately, but The Hollywood Reporter has officially confirmed the casting, citing reliable sources in the know. News of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 being showcased at Cinemacon has quickly spread. Reeves is sure to bring his own special touch to the role, but it’s uncertain how well he will mesh with the mustachioed Dr. Robotnik, as Jim Carrey is set to reprise the character.

What are your thoughts on Keanu Reeves being cast as Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Please avoid sharing fan art in the comments section below.

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Get ready for a metaphorical rollercoaster ride with ReFantazio Livestreams!

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ATLUS has just announced their latest event, the “ATLUS Exclusive: Metaphor: ReFantazio” broadcast. Fans can look forward to an exciting 30-minute showcase of never-before-seen gameplay from the publisher/developer. How exciting is that to anticipate?

According to Gematsu, director Katsura Hashino will serve as the host of the broadcast, which will debut on YouTube on April 22. The English version will include dubbed audio and English subtitles, and we have also expanded the list of timezones available.

  • North America: 3 pm PDT, 4 pm MDT, 5 pm CDT, and 6 pm EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 11pm BST
  • Europe: 12am CEST / 1am EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 7am JST, 6am AWST, 8am AEST.

Additionally, there is a scheduled stream for the next day, April 23rd, with the specific times listed below. Get ready for the “ATLUS Exclusive Debut Commemoration Special—Metaphor: Stalkers Club Final,” where fans can indulge in the captivating presence of hosts Mafia Kajita and Tomomi Isomura. They will thoroughly analyze and delve into all the information disclosed during the initial broadcast. Sayawaka, a visitor who is the author of the associated manga’s story, will be with them.

  • North America: 7 am PDT, 8 am MDT, 9 am CDT, and 10 am EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 3pm BST
  • Europe: 4pm CEST / 5pm EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 11pm JST, 10pm AWST, 1am AEDT

What are your thoughts on the influx of information about Metaphor: ReFantazio? Are you planning to watch any of the upcoming broadcasts? Share your authentic thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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