All live through both versions
Well, that took long enough!
The time has come when I can say I have conquered Pokemon Sword and Shield, like the Sun and Moon before it. Just like before, this was a fully "live" effort (where all creatures are in the bank, not just unlocked as an entry), and I've played copies of both versions myself without trading with someone else.
What did I learn? Thank goodness for the change date option in the main menu settings. Some creatures in the Wild Area are extremely temperamental, to the point where they only come out during certain times with a 1% chance of being found as a random encounter. If you had to rely on the passage of time, that would be exhausting, but changing the dates (you can jump to the first of each month in 2022 to turn all the weather conditions into a single icon) allows you to play around with the system a bit.
Barpau was another pain in the ass (1% chance at a specific spot while fishing) and took me an hour to find on his own. Getting all three entries (by restarting my secondary game three times) was a minor pain, as you have to unlock trading each time, which takes 30 minutes. I've pretty much memorized all of Hop's opening dialogue at this point.
Other small inconveniences include everything I had to raise (add Ditto and an evolutionary line in daycare, sometimes with specific incenses) and More precisely Indeed. Although it was a 5% respawn inside Glimwood Tangle as a random encounter, it took me almost two hours to find it even by dumb luck. It's like every Pokemon since the first one I got this latest troublemaker. It all started in red/blue with Tauros, which was my 151st.
I realize a lot of people have already completed their Galar' Dex, but doing it live felt pretty special to me. Now that all is said and done, I would appreciate the National 'Dex? Sure. I mean at this point the Home app is late, and when it does arrive it will arrive with a thump given that there is no National 'Dex to search for. Hopefully Game Freak and Nintendo can keep us busy while we wait for another generation to arrive.
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