Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pokemon Needs More Chrono Trigger

Yesterday I played Chrono Trigger, one of the greatest JRPGs of all time. Today I played Pokemon White 2, another one of the greatest JRPGs of all time. Both of these games put a heavy emphasis on using different elemental attacks against different enemies. In Chrono Trigger, some elemental attacks do 0 damage to major bosses!

However there is one thing Chrono Trigger has that Pokemon does not. In Chrono Trigger you can combine attacks of 2 or 3 characters to make one ultra powerful attack. An example would be one of my personal favorites, spire, where Frog stabs a sword into the enemy and Chrono uses his lightning powers to electrify the sword for massive damage.


Why can't we do this with our Pokemon?

So how would this fit into Pokemon? Double and triple battles is how. Multi-Pokemon battles, introduced in Gen 3, have always been interesting distractions from the core gameplay but they have never been fully fleshed out. Sure there are a couple moves only effective in double and triple battles such as helping hand and wide guard, but these are few and far between and often do not even help very much. Why can't we just combine our Pokemon's attacks to make stronger attacks, that would be awesome and add a lot of depth to double and triple battles? Obviously only certain attacks would be combinable, and if you combine attacks both or all three Pokemon involved in the combo would use a turn to ensure that is not over-powered. If Generation 6 wants to really step it up, this needs to be added.

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