“Gagyagyaah!” A wild [shiny] PALKIA appeared!
Have some transparent dimensional
pe water dragon.
You can watch the video process here: p1 | p2, and also see the picture on Tumblr.
Now, time for some backstory. The picture was made to celebreate catching a shiny Palkia in Platinum.
I actually caught each member of creation trio in their shiny coloration. Shiny Dialga, shiny Giratina, both from Pokemon Diamond version that was presented to me by a very nice Canadian person who ran a Dunsparce themed contest few milions years ago on The-Dunsparce-Club. So long ago that I can't remember the details (but to this day I keep safe that cutie penguin paper the game was packed with).
I cought both of them on my second run in the game - me and my friend wanted to make use of that RB challenge (adapted to 4th gen standards) but there were some connection issues and later Nintendo Network was shut down, leaving me in 1/3 in the game and no will to continue.
After catching my very first SR shiny legendary (Kyurem, was that in 2012 or in 2013?) in White 2 and hearing about the event that would never come to be in my country I decided to hunt for shiny Dialga. The event I'm talking about allowed you to receive a shiny Dialga, a shiny Palkia and a shiny Giratina, apparently in something called GAME stores. This, well, pissed me of (just like many other things related to Nintendo and games on its systems). I understand those events are meant to be rare. But rare doesn't equal impossible. If I paid for the games, just like the others, then I should have the same chance to participate in events, just like the others. I would love to go to a store. That's a definitely better option that going abroad or overseas.
So, my hunt began, I had to survive through awful 4th gen mechanics but eventualy I indeed cought a shiny Dialga (after half year of soft reseting) with Giratina following shortly afterwards. And this hunt would end like that as I had no Pokemon Pearl and no other option to get Palkia in legitimate way. Well, there was my French HG with that Arceus event. But gooood luck soft reseting an event few minutes long.
But then, I got an urge to try out Platinum version. I always wanted to experience the Distortion World and this was actualy the main reason I bough the game. So, yet again I had to endure the awfulness of DPP, althrough I admit it - the Platinum enhancements, althrough still pitiful, made the game almost bearable, until I was ready to face the Pokemon.
But this time I was a little more prepared for the challenge I set. This time I learned how to manipulate RNG and - it's actually awesome when this stuff works - I managed to catch the pokemon just one day later. Palkia was the first pokemon I cought using RNG manipulation method, later I practiced more on Regigigas and on couple other wild pokemon. While RNG abuse have its oponents, my personal opinion is that I cannot consider this as cheating. For simple reason - the game generates the pokemon for you. Cheating is generating the pokemon by yourself [via using external device/software] or editing its stats [also with usage of an external device/software]. All you do while manipulating RNG is changing the clock on DS and launching the game at the right time, and that's it. I stard at the right seed and set the right frame, instead of blindly reseting them, hoping for the best.
This is the full story behind all those pictures. A small challenge I did and I finished - getting shiny Creation Trio.
PS I. I didn't add sparkles this time on purpose. I think they would be interfere with the idea of the pokemon emerging from from its space.
PS II. I know its coloration may not appear like the shiny one. The pokemon's alternative color scheme isn't that spectacular like the other two.
It may be too complicated to simply explain it via comment but you can read the helpfulg guide here - www.smogon.com/ingame/rng/dpph…
And this sparse summary may become handy:
1. Looking for SEED
1.1. 4 gen time: Method, Encounter, Stats, Nature, Shiny (SID, ID), etc => generate (IF NO SYNCHRONISER - ONLY "NONE" WILL WORK!!!)
1.2. Seed to time => seed + year + sec => generate
1.3. Possible delays (50/50, 2/2 => generate)
1.4. Double check the frame (in main window, input SEED, methods, shiny etc.)
2. Hitting the SEED
2.1. Eon Timer (delay & sec from seed to time window)
2.2. Change clock on DS.
2.3. Timer. A - clock. A - start the game. A - start the save
3. Confirming the SEED
3.1. Magikarp Coin Flip (use check coin flips to see the delay)
3.2. IF ODD/EVEN - INSERT GBA GAME!!!
3.3. If delay too big input it into the Eon Timer
4. Advancing to the correct frame
4.1. RECORDED Chatot's Chatter (frame - 1 = amount of Chatter heard)
1. The pokemon.
-They sucks. There are only few decent looking pokemon.
-Many of them are retakes/revamps of older pokemon. That's kind of lazy.
-Many of those revamps looks just awful. I understand some pokemon needed evolutions to be reliable competetively but what they did to most of them is just bad.
-If you think 6th gen has few pokemon, count again - when exluding pre-evos and evolutions, 4th gen has about 77 new pokemon introduced. Add to this large amount of legendaries and you have quite a small number of new wild pokemon to capture. This is only a little bigger than 72 new pokemon introduced in gen 6. But when you count all added additional evolutions (more pokemon designs), then gen 6 has now about 120 pokemon designs (and still counting) while gen 4 has 107 (or about 120 if you add all the formes).
-From the point above - too little variety in wild pokemon. You are forced to use a pokemon because there is nothing else to choose from.
-Also related to what I said earlier. If you didn't pick fire starter - then good luck finding a fire pokemon to your team.
-The starters also kind of sucked. They aren't that useful in game and with my few playthroughts in D/Pt I struggled with Infernape because it's attacks are more useful competetively than in in-game run. Torterra has better coverage but as a defensive pokemon it isn't that useful either (maybe more than Serperior in-game). I have never choosen Piplup and I refuse to train Empoleon. My dislike to Empoleon's look is too big to have it on my team.
2. The music.
-It's just awful, ok? Many of game's tracks are so bad I often had to turn off the sound.
3. The interface.
-The awkward time between old and new. It may be unfair to criticize them for screwing up the touch controls that bad as this was their first try. But I tell you, those controls are so user UN-friendly I can't even imagine what were they thinking.
-Why the bag has SO MANY POCKETS?!
-Poketch doesn't scroll back (they fixed that in Pt)
4. The gameplay.
-Slow. Too slow. Walking is hell. Bike issue in gates is hell (they corrected that in Pt). Swiming is hell (also fixed later). The battles took ages with all animations and even without them.
-It is annoying that by just walking to a sign you automaticaly read it.
5. The graphics.
-We all know pokemon isn't known for its graphics. But gen 4 is particulary unimpressive - looking only slighty better than GBA games (which reminds me that 3th gen didn't look good as well). Also I feel the overworld in DPP is bland, boring and full of faded and uninteresting colors. (I should mention here that if gen 4 was good at something then it was the battles. They simply looked pretty and to this day they look pretty. Even if they last long).
6. The plot.
-Pokemon series isn't story heavy and it kept the same formula from 1996. The series repeat itself to the point it's almost pitiful. And DPP was probably the worst example of repeated plot used. Pretty much you play the same game you have played for several years by now - aside from different characters and places - everything goes the same path and the redundancy is unbearable. And when you count all the "originalities" in the story (like evil team, rivals etc), the game was on top on my "worst plot in pokemon", until I played gen 6.
Basicaly, when I played Pearl for the first time I didn't even finished the main story - didn't even know how the main legendaries exactly look like. The game was so bad that I gave up with pokemon and lost all the interest in the franchise for about 2 or more years until I heard about GSC remakes. Which were suprisingly good (they updated the interface and it was that good it changed my negative opinion about touch devices at the time, the graphics seems to be more cheerful and colorful as well).
Right now I can think of only few advantages the 4th gen gave us - Special/Physical split, commonly used online trading, realy nice looking battles, Quick and Dusk Balls and HG/SS remakes.