Well gamers, the newest update for Pokémon Bank has been live for a little over a week now. Millions of players worldwide are now enjoying teams comprised of older Pokémon alongside the new ones. And so, the question is: how has this changed the meta-game? For players that have been playing since day one or close to it, they made use of any of the available Pokémon, which numbered over 300. Now, with the update, trainers have a selection of all the available 801 Pokémon. Quite a change, isn’t it?
Too Much Choice, Or Just Enough?
I can definitely understand how the update might actually overwhelm some people. After all, increasing the possibilities from 300 to 800 is a lot more options, and definitely more to think about. That’s to say nothing of the fact that there are numerous options for each individual Pokémon.
So, how does one parse this wide selection? Well, a tip that has always worked for me is that if something feels too large, making it smaller when possible helps. How about a team focused on slower Pokémon that can use the move Trick Room to be faster than the opponent? Maybe teams that focus on Rain for various benefits? Or maybe you don’t care about that, and maybe you just want to focus on specific kind of Pokémon? Like, maybe a team of cute Pokémon? Or a team of tough Pokémon?
By narrowing the selection down, I think players will find they will be able to make plenty of teams to suit their individual needs.
New Pokémon Taking Center Stage
Before the Bank update was released, players had to rely on the Pokémon within Sun and Moon, and so, players gained some new favorite Pokémon. This was possible because players had no choice but to use them, with competitive players even using terms such as Pre-Bank and Post-Bank to describe the meta-games. For me personally, there was just enough Pokémon for me to form a solid team. Now, I find myself with 6 different teams spanning all the past games. As a player who has played a lot of Pokémon battles with friends, having different teams for variety adds a lot of life and replay value.
Is Having Bank Worth It For You?
If you have any of the past Pokémon from 2011 onwards, I highly recommend getting the Bank. Among my new teams for Sun and Moon is quite literally my team from Pokémon Black Version, and that’s very special. If you transfer Pokémon from the Virtual Console releases of Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version, or Pokémon Yellow Version, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. All Pokémon you transfer from said games will have a rare Hidden Ability they otherwise would not have!
Should you not decide to get the Bank, you still conceivably have access to the Pokémon of the past games. With the GTS and the Wonder Trade features, you could get your hands on gems, if you’re a savvy trader, or maybe just a lucky person.
The game has definitely changed after the release of Bank. Even if you stick to Pokémon from just Sun and Moon, you’ll find that many of your opponents have a much larger variety of Pokémon, so stay on your toes!
Happy Battling, Trainers!