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How Much can a Character Accomplish in 1 Year?

Discussion in 'Creative Zone' started by Nova Ozuka, Nov 12, 2018.

  1. Nova Ozuka

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    I have been wondering about it this morning. How much can a Trainer reasonably accomplish within a year of starting their journey? What made me think about it is that Zero, the main character of my story Pokémon Resonance, has to collect 8 badges within a year to prove that he is ready to be a trainer. Sapphire in Pokémon Adventure did it in less than a fourth of that time in Hoenn, and Platina Berlitz beat her record in Sinnoh.

    We're ignoring Ash because he was 10 for an absurd amount of time, unless the Pichu Bros short can be considered canon where they celebrated the one year anniversary of meeting Pikachu. But I'm getting off track.

    Obviously, collecting the 8 gym badges of Johto in a year is plausible. What about other regions? I mean sure, Kanto is right there, but what about regions overseas? There's Orre, Kalos, Alola, and much more. How much more than his original goal can he accomplish before returning to New Bark and moving on to challenge the Elite 4? Kind of want to get this figured out early in his adventure.
     
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    Before you mentioned the specifics of Sapphire and Platina, I was going to guess a much longer timespan. Realistically, completing all eight gym badges should probably take a very long time, and should be quite a unique task on par with going to regional/national championships at your best. A lifetime commitment not only for you as a tactical battling trainer, but also for your fighters who are probably training every single day to compete with and defeat the best. Something truly to brag about uniquely. "Yes, my team and I defeated the very best trainer in eight different cities with eight different specialties, and that is no easy task: meaning we worked hard, meaning it took a lot of time, meaning not everyone has the sheer commitment to overcome the same obstacles."

    It seems weird that any gym leader would be able to be defeated by the rando kid up the road who was just given his first Pokémon by a professor last week, or who's even been at it in a month.

    As far as a time span goes? Let's say we're not including the ~4 years of training as a new trainer to be able to defeat my local gym leader with some luck, planning, and good favor. After I get my first gym badge, how long will it take for me to walk the length and breadth of Hokkaido on foot and spend a few weeks in each town re-training and strategizing against the local gym leader for seven more cities? One year for all seven remaining badges seems pretty narrow timeframe unless you have transportation and professional assistance: i.e. if you're Gary instead of Ash. Probably even more if you're multi-tasking with saving the world or taking long-distance classes whenever you have signal on your phone. So I'll say: maybe one year after getting fully started for someone who's really busy with training and traveling.
     
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  3. Nova Ozuka

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    Well it's not necessarily like all of the Gym Leaders would use their best Pokémon. We see the teams they have when we earn our badges, and then we rematch them or see them at some place like the Pokémon World Tournament.

    Then we realize that they were actually holding back during the gym challenge. With maybe the exception of Giovanni. I can give that one because he is the only Pokémon villain who is also a Gym Leader.

    You also don't necessarily need to replace any of your Pokémon between gyms. You merely need to continue training up a team of six, and pick that six carefully. The rules of the gyms also depend on the Pokémon universe. After all, gameverse is only restricted to 6 Pokémon per battle for most of the time.

    Travel time seems irrelevant for about half of the Gym Challenge as well, unless you're Gary Oak and drive a sports car, or have some sort of vehicle. A trainer probably has a Pokémon they can ride around on by their 4th gym, which is much faster than walking usually.

    Challenging the E4 and Champion of your region? That will probably take a lot more preparation as they are the Big 5, the best of the best of that region, but that's not a part of the one year time frame.
     
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    Here’s how I see it: Kids most likely all own Pokémon, and train/play with them for most of their childhood.

    Once they hit their teen years, that’s when it gets real. Some kids will stay in school and battle casually for fun, and others might drop out of school to take on the gym challenge. The latter group of trainers will try and train each and every day because their goal is to make it to the elite four/become champion.

    I kind of see this as how some kids I know play musical instruments for fun, and others drop out of public school to become homeschooled in order to focus on making a career out of it. The average prodigy (that I know) will learn a piece in about 1 to 2 weeks and go on to perform the next. So let’s say the most hardworking, dedicated trainer takes 1 and 1/2 weeks to get ready for a gym, plus the time it takes to travel from city to city (for foot, I’d say a week. By Pokémon, maybe 3 days?). Each gym would take approximately 2 weeks to train for. To get through eight gyms, it would take an insanely skilled trainer 16 weeks or 4 months. I’d say four months is the minimum.

    You don’t have to use this analogy—this is just my way of making sense of the Pokémon world because it’s very hard to figure out what constitutes as a “regular journey.” But if you do, I suggest leaving out some of the days in between major events just because if you explain each mundane aspect of the journey, it’ll be an insanely long fic. Each chapter could have a little bit of time distance by 1-3 days in it, I’d say, or more.

    I hope this helped :sweat:
     
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