In the last week, I’ve gotten 7 new shiny Pokémon. I attribute this to the new, more social way I play.
I’ve always played Pokémon alone. Sure, when it was a big craze in generation 1 and everyone was playing, I played with other kids. I played with my brother in generation 3 and with my then boyfriend in generation 4. I’ve always had enough versions and devices to facilitate my own trades or get through the game the way I wanted to.
It’s only recently, with Pokémon ORAS, that I’ve gotten into the finer aspects of the game. It’s not about beating the elite 4 for me now; it’s about filling with 700+ page National Dex and collecting the pokémon I want.
I was able to do the legendary hunt on my own, but once I was introduced to the online play, I felt instantly more integrated in the Pokémon community. I got shiny Chespin and shiny Mudkip through Wonder Trade– what luck!
I also realized that I do have a way of joining the community: Twitter! I was able to obtain a shiny Feraligatr thanks to @mews_heaven!
It was also through Twitter that I made some poké-pals. After tweeting about the VGC St. Louis finals, I connected with a player who paid it forward and gifted me four awesome shiny pokémon: Charmander, Jirachi, Turtwig, and Fennekin!
Perhaps the best development is that my friend has started playing Omega Ruby after not playing since Red. It’s been so fun to teach him about all of the new things generations 2 – 6 brought. Best of all, it’s wonderful to have someone to trade and trade-back with just a text away! With his help, filling my pokédex should be a lot simpler!
So the moral of the story is, it really is better to play together.
I’d love to be your friend and play Pokémon with you! My friend code is 4639 9658 6765. Leave me a comment with yours!
Hope you all have wonderful weekends!