Old Mechanics You Wish Had Been Kept

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Title says it all, really. Many different moves, abilities, stats, and other things have changed the way they function, sometimes drastically, in the span of time since they were first introduced. What are some things you wish still functioned as they originally did?

I remembered one fun example today, the thing that inspired me to make this thread. We all know that RBY have some infamously weird and/or buggy programming here and there. It turns out that the damage counters for Toxic damage and Leech Seed damage will overlap and scale together when a Pokemon is affected by both. This means that Leech Seed will drain progressively more HP each turn, influenced by the mounting Toxic damage. This, in turn, allows the user to heal progressively more HP as time goes on. I gave my Venusaur on Blue both Toxic and Leech Seed, and when I would set up the combination against wild Chansey in Cerulean Cave I could restore a Pokemon from the red to full HP in one turn of Leech Seed damage.
 
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Headbutting trees for encounters in the Gen 2 games was a neat little way to hide some Pokemon, I thought. It wasn't super important, and if I remember right it also didn't scale with badges so it was only useful for five minutes, but it was still fun. It was better than honey trees, that's for sure.
 

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I'd like to see pokémon follow you around again in the main series games. I know the Let's Go games brought it back briefly, Sun and Moon was planned to bring it back and then they had to cut it, and it last appeared in Heart Gold and Soul Silver. I just hope that at some point I can have my favorite pokémon follow me around in an entirely new region.
 

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I really miss the older battle facilities like the Battle Frontier and Pokémon World Tournament. They really gave casual players something to do after their journey is finished. The newer facilities just lack the variety the older ones had.
 

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The ability to transfer all Pokemon to the newest game.
 

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The ability to transfer all Pokemon to the newest game.
Even though this makes me sad too, it would have been unrealistic to expect Pokemon games to keep supporting increasing numbers of pokemon, and I actually like how they chose to approach the issue. You have a big hub to store all of your pokemon, and you can keep them there until the next Pokemon game that uses your pokemon. Once one group of pokemon get their chance in the spotlight, they rotate to another set of pokemon to represent in the next gen. At least that's what it sounds like...

Also, I'm not a competitive person, but the way they cut down the list of available pokemon actually makes it feel easier to get into competitive, at least that's how I feel. I was always intimidated by the fact that there are >800 pokemon to consider when building a team, and if you aren't already familiar with one gen's competitive environment, it's going to be even harder once a new roster of pokemon come out. Now that more than half of all pokemon are missing from the games, I imagine tiers will get completely overhauled, and we'll start fresh with a smaller and more manageable roster.
 

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  • Walking Pokémon.
  • Headbutt trees.
  • Games actually being challenging.
  • Riding on the bicycle.
  • Possibly many other things that aren't on the list.
 
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