1 - Quick Ball catching
I won't bore you with statistics and that, but basically, the Quick Ball is more effective at catching Pokemon when it's used at the very start of a battle. Yet, I have always had consistent success with Quick Balls reaching back to the original Ruby and Sapphire games. Which really doesn't help, because I've become increasingly obsessed with trying to catch the rarest and hardest to catch Pokemon in nothing but Quick Balls. This is more often than not instantly successful, but when I'm adamant on catching a Level 80 Pokemon in a single Quick Ball, I will spend the entire day resetting my 3DS in order to do it.
2 - Wonder Trading
Wonder Trading turned all that on it's head, by making all trades random. Pick a Pokemon, send it away and get a random Pokemon from a random user in return. This can result in some excellent finds. At one point I was literally swimming in Charmanders, a Pokemon you're only really ever supposed to have one of. Once I've decided I'm going to Wonder Trade a Pokemon, I can easily lose days trying to up-sell the Pokemon I get in return, like a failing stock trader on his last few shares waiting to cash in.
3 - The B Team
Again, I won't go into how the Pokemon Competitive Battling Metagame works, cause I could be here for days, but let's just say that no one strategy and team set up will work for all battles. As the generations of Pokemon games have gone on, Double Battles, Triple Battles and Rotation battles have all become new ways to test your skills, and preparing for these kinds of skirmishes with friends and with foes online takes donkey's year, because it often means taking a team of really low level Pokemon and training them all the way to level 100. It's like starting the game afresh!
4 - Shiny Hunting
A shiny Pokemon is basically a palette swap of a normal Pokemon. Sounds boring right? WRONG. SO WRONG. Shiny Pokemon are rare as fuck. A shiny Pidgey, an otherwise useless and common Pokemon, could be considered more rare than a fully levelled endgame legendary like Arceus, God of All Pokemon. Seriously. And yet, despite probably days of combined effort over multiple games, I have never even so much as glimpsed a shiny with my own eyes. But maybe in that next patch of rustling grass... Maybe...
5 - Nicknames
I will spend days with my 3DS paused in rest mode whilst I try and think of a good nickname. I will go online onto forums to get inspiration from other Pokemon players. Playing through Omega Ruby recently has meant I have had The Name Rater bookmarked and open on a tab for weeks. I can't help it, I just want to give my pets the perfect name. Sometimes, I come up with something genius. And sometimes I call my Squirtle 'Spaffcannon'. Like I said, not proud.
Pokemon games are awesome. I know that doesn't need saying, but all of these little things mean I get so much play out of games that should be meant for children. These games are so full of content for the money. To my mind, even though I waste a bunch of my time with games, I haven't wasted a second with my years of playing Pokemon.
The Editor in Chief of Foul Entertainment, Mike edits most of what you see on the site. He runs the production of our podcasts, and currently pens Pop Culture Club and The Death of Video Games.