So I wasn't gonna make a thread about it originally, but I found myself enjoying the game a lot more than I thought I would and so here we are. Spoiler: Game Basics Pokémon Wilting Y is a modified version of Pokémon Y, which itself has 2 different versions: Legal, Rebalanced, and an Insanity modifier for both of these. In the Legal version, the only changes are that you can catch every Pokémon in existence (at the time) within the game, and it has a much needed, but reasonable, bump in difficulty. TMs have also been made more accessible and some have been added. Rebalanced basically means weaker Pokémon have received various buffs in stats, moveset, type changing, etc. in addition to the Legal changes. Certain moves have also been altered, such as Cut always resulting in a crit. Insanity, as the name suggests, includes the changes in the base versions, but with a massively increased difficulty level that would send even Red himself running. So obviously, we'll be doing an Insanity run, and I figured Legal was the way to go for legal reasons so we can accurately gauge how hard the spike is. And let me tell you, it's much, MUCH harder than the base game, as you will see in the actual chapter. Spoiler: Team Stuff This is basically the teambuilding process, if you don't care about competitive stuff just skip to the next spoiler, you'll get to see the team anyways. Remember how in my Platinum Playthrough (shameless plug) I mentioned that I love to optimize the hell out of my teams, but it often results in massive overkill for Pokémon games? Not here it doesn't. So we get to teambuild, EV train, the whole thing! ...or rather, I got to. sorry. Like I said, I wasn't planning on making a thread for this game, so I went ahead and did it by myself. Not set in stone though! Keep in mind that this game has drastically different Pokémon, Ability and moves availability from the base game. I went with Froakie as my starter not because of competitive viability, but because honestly Greninja is the only starter final form I like in this gen. Nothing against Fennekin or Chespin, but Delphox and Chesnaught are a no from me. This guy is obviously getting max Sp.Atk/Spd EVs. Also as a bonus, Pokémon in this game often have rare moves/Abilities available, so this one has Protean. This birdy is my second team member because pre-nerf Gale Wings I have the Water starter so I need something vs Grass. Well, that and I love Talonflame and this is a great excuse to use it. Going bulky Swords Dance on this one, max HP and Atk. Our Kanto starter of choice. I would've preferred to grab Charmander for Mega Zard, but Talonflame has our Fire/Flying needs covered already, I already have a Water type, and Bulbasaur rounds out a nice Water-Fire-Grass core. Bulky attacker, Max Sp. Atk, 20 Speed EVs as per Smogon's recommendation to outspeed Adamant Azumarill in case that ever comes up, and the rest in HP. Ah, the spiritual successor to Scoop from Platinum. I actually drafted him last, but I'm listing these in order of acquisition so here we are. I was looking for an overall strong, reliable Pokémon to close out the team, and Garchomp fit the bill perfectly. It's also a Ground type, which is great even though I don't remember this game having an Electric gym. Straightforward SD, max Spd/Atk with Rough Skin. This one is actually Sylveon. I wanted a Fairy type, Sylveon is actually my favourite, and I had just used Gardy in Alpha Sapphire. Nothing complicated here, just a Specs set (minus the Specs), max Sp.Atk/Spd. Oh and this has Pixilate, so Hyper Voice is my default spam move. Mega Lucario is a monster, that is all. Just kidding, it's just very easy to obtain as a gift Pokémon and Fight/Steel fits very nicely in this team, and in this game. I don't actually have this one yet because I'm just not at that point in the game yet, but I haven't decided if I'll go physical, special, or mixed attacker anyways. It basically comes down to CC vs Aura Sphere for me: the former hits much harder but only has minimal PP, while the latter still does respectable damage and is very spammable. Spoiler: Team TLDR Not set in stone, and we might actually get to use the box art legendary when we get to that point without feeling too bad because honestly it wouldn't even be overpowered here. And that's it! For now, anyways. Gotta work on the actual chapter now.