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  2. Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield (2019, Switch)

    Yeah @Glen-i you can have one. I've got like 30 of them at this point. I finally done it... I can see why people fall down the rabbit hole of breeding Pokemon. It's time consuming but immensely satisfying.
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    Calling it now, Zacian fight will be Duck Hunt Duo with a Beam Sword/Killing Edge. Zamazenta will be the same, but with a Back Shield.
  4. Those berries are how you reset EV's. I think one of each will do the job. The quickest way to train those EV's back up would be to shove vitamins down your Pikachu like the drug dealer you've always wanted to be. 1 Calcium gets you 10 Sp. Atk EV's. The maximum each stat can have is 252. Each Pokémon can have a grand total of 510 EV's shared between all stats. So most people choose 2 stats, max them out and then put the rest wherever they feel it's appropriate. So for Pikachu, I'd recommend maxing out Sp. Atk and Speed and then put the last bunch of points in HP, seeing as you plan on Dynamaxing it. Another way of EV training is battling certain Pokémon over and over. For example, say if you beat a Rattata (I know it's not in this game, just roll with it), you'd get 1 Speed EV. Of course, beating 252 Rattata is insane... And kind of cruel. Luckily, there are certain items known as the "Power Set" I can't recall where you get them. I think it's the BP shop in Hammerlocke. If you equip one of these on your Pikachu, then it gets an extra 8 EV's for every Pokémon it beats. So put on a Power Anklet, beat that Rattata and you get 9 Speed EV's instead of 1. If you can't be bothered with that and don't have the dosh for drugs, then you can use Poké Jobs. You should have some jobs that raise base stats, one for HP and so on. Give your Pikachu a Power Anklet, send it on the job that raises speed for the whole day and when it gets back, that stat will be maxed out. Rinse and repeat for Sp. Atk (Make sure you change the Power item to the lens), and finally, give it a HP Up to finish the job. There, you've EV trained your Pikachu in 2 days with almost zero input. As for IV training, Hyper Training is how you do that, but your Pikachu already has perfect IV's so it doesn't need to do that. Hope that's easy to understand. If you don't get something, let me know. I'll gladly take one of those if you're giving them away. I should be available from 6pm to 7:30. Do you need anything in return? I've got Shield in case you need some version exclusives. In order to get the Gigantimax version of any Pokémon, you need to catch that Pokémon in a Max Raid Battle where you fight against the actual Gigantamax form. Nothing else will do.
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  6. The Best Gaming Music Ever.

    Actually, I've come to like all the Team Yell related music in this game.
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  8. N-E Cafe Podcast

    Thanks. Apart from my bullshit about MegaMan at the beginning. I’ll be giving an apology next week, [emoji23].
  9. Luigi's Mansion 3 (2019)

    I just did that floor and yeah I can understand the disappointment. Especially because I thought it was the coolest theme in the game. Great vibe and nice visuals/sound.
  10. Google Stadia

    There's not really much need to buy a new console when they make it available for everyone and you can just use hardware you probably already own.
  11. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (November 15th 2019)

    Ow, speaking of Mass Effect and loading... I just remembered the greatest loading screen of all time. The Citadel elevator <3 So many awkward conversations. That lovely music.
  12. What Have You Bought?

    Some new wheel centre caps for the Civic to replace the faded ones currently on it: And some valve caps because what's the point of having a Type R if you don't display the badge on everything you can? And finally, some Mighty Car Mods stickers. Probably won't use most of them, but it was cheaper to buy a pack than just the ones I wanted:
  13. Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield (2019, Switch)

    @RedShell Yeah, both of the Let's Go Pokemon are perfect. As for your IVs and EVs, I think EVs can be reset with berries and IVs can be hyper trained with bottle caps. Of course I've just got into this aspect of Pokemon over the past couple of days so I could be talking a load of rubbish. I have managed to breed a bunch of 5 perfect IV Dreepy. Not bad for my first day on the job as a Pokemon Breeder. I'm not sure what else I can do though to knock them up to the full 6 perfect IVs.
  14. General TV Thread

    Anybody watching the Crown? I can't get over how good the guy playing Prince Phillip is. His accent and mannerisms are perfect!
  15. Funny thing is, it turns out my Grookey actually has pretty bad stats. Yeah, I just unlocked the stat checking function and Grookey is just OK overall with Decent for both Speed and Sp. Atk, and No good for Attack. However, that Pikachu you very kindly sent my way has amazing stats, Best for everything! Are all of the Let’s Go save data Pokémon blessed with such perfect stats, or was I just super lucky? Or perhaps this is just proof (if proof were needed) that Pikachu is indeed the best Pokémon ever. Anyway, looks like I’ll be resetting her EVs at some point then and doing some proper training. Am I correct in thinking it has to be done gradually with certain berries, or is there some new/more efficient way in this version?
  16. Rate the last film you saw

    Went to see Last Christmas on Saturday. I really enjoyed it, but it wasn't what i expected. It definitely wasn't a Wham musical; it was barely even Wham related, but i enjoyed it as a light hearted rom com. 7.5/10
  17. Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield (2019, Switch)

    I'm super gutted right now, I found my first shiny in Sword yesterday, but due to turning off auto save and my own stupidity, I didn't save when I closed the game and lost it and an extra hours worth of grinding and Pokedex completion. Only now do I find out it was actually that new ultra rare shiny with the gem like sparkle effects which is roughly a 1 in 65000 chance of appearing, if I didn't feel bad enough last night I certainly did tonight at this revelation,
  18. Switch Lite (in all colours) is down to £169.99 in Asda stores at the moment. Not sure if it'll go lower for Black Friday, but a decent price I think! https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/asda-switch-lite-roll-back-3333983
  19. Death Stranding (PS4 Kojima)

    Reached episode 8. Whenever I think I have an answer to one of the 8 billion questions regarding the plot, the game throws even more questions at me I have decided to go back to the first area and do some standard orders for now. It's awesome to see how the region changed. So many structures that make traversal much easier.
  20. Rate the last film you saw

    Terminator Brilliant and the thought of a completely soulless, unstoppable machine is still terrifying. The sheer simplicity of a robot skeleton makes it probably my favourite bad guy design of all time. Terminator 2 It's amazing how little I remembered of the second half of the film. Still a great film and I'd say it was on par with the first. I know a lot of people prefer it, but I think it's a different type of film. The first one is almost slow paced horror and this is more sci-fi action. Both utter classics though. Klaus Really good. My other half just put it on as something to watch and I'd not heard of it before. Nice story and animation with likeable characters. Not groundbreaking, but a nice Christmas story.
  21. The Game Awards 2019

    I've love to live in a world where Pokemon is even considered for GOTY but I think we're miles off that. Give the IP to another dev studio and maybe though. Shame about Fallen Order, suspect it would have been a nominee this year but 2020 is looking crazy, and that's before things we don't know about like maybe Horizon 2 at PS5 launch, Mario Odyssey 2, BOTW 2 etc?
  22. N-E Cafe Podcast

    Another fantastic podcast, I really enjoyed listening to it this afternoon, some really good talking points and a good flow of conversation. I'll take a guess at the music tracks... they are from the same game at least I believe? I couldn't name the tracks individually but they're from Cadence of Hyrule I think. I've also got a question for you which you could use on the next podcast... How do you manage to divide your time between playing the latest game releases and your backlog? I'm sure this latest edition of N-E Café will be promoted on the front page soon but I'll leave that to Dennis.
  23. I would be shocked if you could. You couldn't with Pokemon Let's Go.
  24. Plugging away at this and while its definitely gelling more for me, it's still not reaching the heights that some people (journalists and otherwise) have said it does. It's a good game, marred by a lot of technical issues and at times, mishmash of gameplay styles that don't all coalesce together perfectly. It does speak as a game that's looked at what other similar style games have done and tried to ape those but hasn't implemented them in a way that's conducive to fluid gameplay and progression. That being said, I am enjoying it, warts and all and believe me, there are some rough patches. I had a moment where I rounded a corner and none of the level had loaded. The game came to a juddering stop as it tried to quickly load things in leaving me stuck while it loaded for about a minute. Optimisation isn't great on that front and the frequent texture pop in shows this as well. It's very much reminding me of the original Mass Effect on the 360. That game had similar optimisation issues and frequent pop in of textures due to the Unreal Engine at the time being troublesome from what I remember. It hasn't all been that jarring and for the most part, even in the base Xbox One, it does look good (though the Wookies don't look great on any platform). My enjoyment has been massively helped by a certain upgrade I got earlier in the game which has made combat more fun and enjoyable, even if the dodge doesn't work well when locked on to enemies especially some of the bigger monsters you come across. Hoping the finish it by the weekend and it feels as though that should be easily achievable. Like I said, it's good but there are definitely areas that could do with improvement and will likely see that improvement in possible sequels going forward (I saw Jason Schreier suggest that may well be what Respawn are set to work on with this out the door and doing well). Hopefully it'll stick the ending after what I've seen so far.
  25. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    Pokémon Sword and Shield spirits are coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate From this Friday, the spirits and the board will be there for five days but after that you should be able to encounter them during normal play. (That's the way in which I understand the spirits system to work anyway, I haven't really played the single player for the best part of a year) For those of you who already have all the currently available spirits, get ready to go for the one hundred percent completion again!
  26. The Game Awards 2019

    From what I understand, both Pokemon Sword/Shield and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order are not nominated because while they were both eligible for nomination this year, with both releasing on Nov 15th which was the cut off date, review copies didn't go out to a lot of publications until the week the games were released and thus publications didn't get much, or any in some cases, hands on time with the games prior to submission of nominations for TGA meaning they've lost out. It does look as though they'll be made eligible for next year's awards but I think in the case of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order specifically, it'll simply be eclipsed by far better games and go without nomination then as well. Pokemon will likely get a nomination in the Best Family Game category, very unlikely that it would get nominated for GOTY as the games are simply good, not great.
  27. Can you trade (wireless and surprise) without an online subscription?
  28. Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield (2019, Switch)

    5th gym battle. As always, may contain Pokemon spoilers so don't watch unless you have already passed this point: I also need a bit of advice. I have two Pokemon with Gigantamax forms but I tried one of them out in a Max Raid battle and they were simply Dynamaxed. How do I obtain the Gigantamax forms for Corviknight and...
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