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NPC opponents have come a long way since the RBY days, but there will always be blokes completely oblivious to team structure.


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JESzasz Featured By Owner Edited Nov 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
 And these schmucks wonder why they can't win a single battle? And the last kid clearly doesn't want to win!

 You know what? Here's a tank! *Hands Todd a Sigilyph egg* 
Yeah, I had to think of what could cover your massive Fighting weakness. Keep Cosmic and Stored Power, and you'll have a defensive powerhouse!

 And for you, you'll need thisss to support *uggh!*, your Flying types! It's an Onix egg, and I believe you'll also want this Metal Coat. Call me when you're ready to evolve it, and keep in mind there are moves that can only be learned in the Onix stage. I don't know what gender it is, but it will grow fast, but I have faith in you!

 And for you Darryl, you have a massive Rock and Ice weakness. Well, you will, once Metapod evolves into a Butterfree. And what the hell is that tape doing on your Metapod?! Here, take this Beldum egg, and if you drop it, I'll kill you! *Snatches Metapod* And this tape needs to go! *Takes off Mr. Shelby's tape, while Darryl conveys his disapproval. Metapod immediately evolves into Butterfree!*
 Congratulations, you bastard. Your Mr. Shelby has evolved into Butterfree! And has been trying to for probably the last 24 hours!!! 
I oughta SLAP YOU SILLY, and I would if you weren't holding that precious egg!!!
 Here is what is gonna happen, you're gonna take care of that egg, and it is gonna evolve into a Metang at level 20. If you don't, I'm gonna find you, and I'm going to carry out what I should be doing now!!!

 I'd give you all more eggs to help further cover your team's weaknesses, but I get the feeling that one egg each is going to keep you busy enough! If you show good progress, you might get more eggs in the future.

 Oh, and Darryl, either catch something that is strong against Fire types, or avoid Fire types like the plague.
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TailsRox Featured By Owner Edited Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Some dude with green hair was the reverse.  He's just like:
"F:Dck this sh:)t - I'm evolving Zweilous at Lv. 54."
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togepi1234 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Student General Artist
They may not seem like it, but they will be the gym leaders of the future
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TailsRox Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jasmine must've been running the place.
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togepi1234 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Lol
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aelmer6 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yup, thats an exact description of all the trainers in the game that aren't gym leaders, that one guy who is always unconditionally your friend, or the enemies leaders
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HybridStreetSoldier Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
I love how the bug catcher in the last panel taped his Metapod shut to keep it from evolving! :love:
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Xiria Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Is that what's going on? I thought it got hurt in battle because he didn't evolve it and he bandaged it up.
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Ivain7 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Interface Designer
they have to keep it realistic. half the people you meet along the way are small kids or hobbyists that collect pokemon for some other purpose and only battle as a sidedish, so to speak.
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Johnny-Snow Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
this is awesome
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TeaRoses Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
On the other hand I'm almost glad for those guys but I'm no star player myself and I like being able to get through the game.  But all thes same I can do better than three Rattata.
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Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
haha xD
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PwnageMaster67 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Team Idilng Part 2: Youngster Joey and His Top Percentage Rattata.
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Skudde Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013   General Artist
Never forgetting that lv.65 magikarp on route 13.
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DragonCount Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait, did the kid in the last panel put tape around his Metapod? *snicker*
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Bummerdude Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perhaps.
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HeadSmashScrafty Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pfff a tank Ratatta
I would pay to see that in battle
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Garvals Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013   Digital Artist
I always feel bad figthing with this kind of people...It's almost like hurting a baby.
pour pokemon...what have they done to be a pokemon of a person who don't understand what's "improving" is.
"yeah! check out my badass bug pokemon!"
3 metapods in a row...
Good luck with that Timmy.
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Xeoen Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor Metapod, can't even run away from the guy.
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anonymous-bot Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
I bet that Chubby Rattata would drop some sweet loot...wait, wrong game :XD:
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Voltex12345 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NPC trainers lack common sense...
well they still have a better type identification than Ash...
they will never use a not very effective or no effctive at all move.
but Ash decides to use thunderbolt at the start of every battle, even if it's a Rhyhorn
and ironically, the only time he will try to use quick attack first instead is against a dusclops
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AnimatedGamer Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I don't care my Magikarp is level 99! I'll evolve it in 2 more levels, ok! Geez man, GET OFF MY BACK!
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anonymous-bot Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
:iconepicbadge1plz::iconepicbadge2plz:
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silveraquila Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Best. Comment. Ever.
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Areat Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Thanks for the laughts. XD
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LE-the-Creator Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Digital Artist
I just wanna say that there's some great body language here.
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Bummerdude Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Having them stand around with their arms hanging on their sides would make for some easier lineart, but they really don't see alive or involved if they do.
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LE-the-Creator Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Especially the leader person. The words he uses sound neutral, but thanks to his movements and expressions it's pretty easy to tell what's going on in his head. =D
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PunchieTheNeko Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Artist
and there will always be an idiot who wants to challenge me to a 6-on-6 battle with nothing but Magikarp on his team.
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Xeoen Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"I'll show you! You're underestimating my water gun and splash attacks! One even knows FLAIL!"
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PunchieTheNeko Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Artist
>:o Magikarps can't learn Water Gun! Hacker!
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:iconxeoen:
Xeoen Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Uh! Uhm! Quick, Magikarp! Surf awaaaaaaaaay!!!"
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PunchieTheNeko Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Artist
He's slowly getting away. Eh, I'll deal with him tomorrow.
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:iconxeoen:
Xeoen Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Suckaaaaaah!"
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crystal-of-ix Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl:
Sometimes being obsessed with a certain kind of Pokemon/type can be really problematic...
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Sol4rpleXus Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
so true
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Kida54 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
yes yes they will. NPC's will never change. they will obviously be idiots with pokemon that either A. should not be evolved yet or ones that should have evolved ages ago.
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Marchen-Design Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student General Artist
omg! this is hilarious and so true! 
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Lation410 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
What if... pokemon games would come with a difficulty option :o
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What about the "set" and "shift" options?
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treehugger0123 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Black 2 and White 2 say hi
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Cataclyptic Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Maybe X and Y will be different?
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laughinguy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Found a fisherman with 5 Magikarps in the game.

:iconroynothingplz::iconsaysplz: NOTHING'S CHANGED.
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Cataclyptic Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Holy poop you're right!
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
One thing has changed, X and Y: the first trainer outside of a gym I've ever seen use a potion on their pokémon.
Also, the Psychic-Fighting Duos (Brains and Brawn) can be quite tough.

But yeah, there's still the odd trainer with three burmies or five magikarps, and the occasional "veteran" and "ace" trainers who have only two pokémon.
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lopsidelibby Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
so true.
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FangOfDrknss Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
True, both those Ace Trainers at least know what they're doing.
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laughinguy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ace trainers and Veterans.
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Thalateya Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
I find it really adorable that there's a cadet group just for young trainers.
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