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Question Types Index

Questions are asked and answered regularly in the cbox and some of these questions help to shape everyone's understanding of the Harper Region. Because of the temporary nature of the cbox, we will be documenting the questions and answers here for our members.

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General Questions:
  • How are PP items such as Leppa Berry and Ether treated?
    Answered: They are treated as energizers. They replenish energy, remove some exhaustion and revitalize pokemon.
  • What do pokeballs look like in a medieval setting?
    Answered: Pokeballs are originally from apricorns, but they're so heavily enchanted y the mages that make them that they act and often have a surface that looks like metal and acts like it for durability.
  • Do healing items, like Potions, work for humans just as Pokemon? How do they work, do they magically remove wounds or something?
    Answered: For humans they would disinfect the wound, numb it, and accelerate the healing, but they wouldn't be anywhere near as potent on a human compared to a pokemon because of differing DNA.
    As far as how they work, they've had magic worked on their contents, which contain berry juices primarily mixed with water, so that they accelerate the healing of pokemon a crapton and esentially make wounds close/heal up without draining the pokemon's energy and very quickly. The magic is spent after the potion has its effect and the berry infusion just keeps it from getting infected as long as it's not infected beforehand.
  • -Insert Question about Learning Moves and TM Movesets-
    Answered: Reference
  • How do people tell time in the Region? If there was an appointment, how would that be dealt with?
    Answered: Harper churches and buildings have gongs to hit and bells to toll every hour. Also, sun dials.
  • Do Lugia's Pearls work on non-water types? Also, can it make you float on top of water ... not just land?
    Answered: No. It only work specifically for water-types to float with the exception of Dragalge.
  • What are the Harper rules on Megas?
    Answered: Two megas in one battle maximum. Trying to trigger a third one while not dispelling the other two shall result in the weapon possibly breaking.
  • if you buy a pokemon from the Bird Man, are egg moves, gender and abilites randomized or do players get to choose?
    Answered: Gender and level are chosen, but everything else is randomized.
  • How does the Friend Ball translate to Harper?
    Answered: Pokemon caught start out at 7 bars instead of 5 or +2 to whatever the initial catch would have been.
  • How do battle items work on Harper?
    Answered: They give you +1 stage of the stat for the duration of the battle and takes a move slot, with 3 per pokemon being the "safe limit." It's like taking a legal shot of steroid so any more and they'd get hives, etc.
  • How does the Lucky Egg work?
    Answered: 1.5x exp for Training threads and 2x exp for IC Battles (counting Freeform battles). Concerning Freeform battles, this pushes the max cap of 3 exp to max cap of 6 exp.
  • What else can Pokecards do?
    Answered: Pokecards can also identify items like evolution stones and held items and tell the handler the effect(s) it can have and on which pokemon. Likewise, it can also tell a handler how close an egg is to hatching, although not what's inside.
  • What is the difference between single dagger and dual daggers?
    Answered: A single dagger is typically (in Harper at least, not sure how accurate this is historically) larger/longer and meant as a stand alone weapon; VS dual daggers which are smaller and paired and meant to be used together – it's possible for them to have some variation too, like one being notched like a sword breaker while the other is a more offensive style or some such. Like, one in each hand. You can think of it as the former – duals – being closer to a fusion of hand to hand and swordplay, more martial-y and probably less... formal i guess? and the latter – single daggers -- as being closer to a swordplay/short sword type of thing. A good example of manipuating/combining these two is what Johanna Murdoc does -- she has dual daggers but one of hers is a long dagger, almost a short sword but too short to qualify, while the other is a poignard and could be used for parrying or for her assassinations, etc.
  • Can I ask how are the number of levels gained determined in the daycare center?
    Answered: In order to use the Day Care Services, a pokemon must be placed at the center via freeform or through travels. From the post where the pokemon is enrolled, the pokemon gets 1 level every 4 IC posts (including travels, development, training and freeforms). In the case of a freeform, the post count starts after the end of the freeform. In order to claim these levels, the pokemon must be picked up from the Day Care Center via a development post (at minimum). At this time, the levels will be added and the gold will be deducted. It is the player's responsibility to document all IC posts being claimed for levels.
  • Will a pokemon thats just hatched have the mental capacity for speaking mentally via psychic amulet?
    Answered: At around level 3 or 4, pokemon are able to understand the handler. This is because real-life cats/puppies are responsive and thoughtful at around four weeks. However, to use a Psychic Amulet, it should be noted that the pokemon in question must be caught and the pokeball in the handler's possession. More information about Psychic Amulets can be found here.

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Region Related Questions:
  • Can you order from Specialty Stores using some sort of post order system?
    Answered: Yes, you can order things from special stores using the Abra Mailing Service, which should be available at any Harper's Passion building or official postal buildings in the city.
  • Where do you find the Cypwater Nightmarket?
    Answered: The nightmarket is down near the port on the opposite side as the daymarket. The nightmarket is generally closed down during the day and the area is used for performers (if there are any) and similar things that would be a gathering or need space. Parts of the day market are also active at night, and vice versa (taverns, food stalls, etc). (Reference)
  • How does the Guard work outside of the main cities?
    Answered: Smaller towns/villages would have city watch but also detachments of Guardians from the nearest city that roam the area on patrol against bandits etc and come through the town, stay a short while, move on in rotations depending on the size of the town. The lands all technically belong to the lords so...Towns would have like, a minister judge guy who settles most disputes and issues, collects taxes. Maybe retired distinguished guardians, maybe rising families second sons, maybe very minor nobles who are out of favor, whatever.
  • Who was the previous Trick of Cypwater?
    Answered: My only headcanon for the previous trick is that he was a sot of housing baron, made his fortune by extorting rent from lowest income housing and loansharking, ended up owning entire neighborhoods. Was intimidating in his prime but as he got older he got flabby and more prone to theatrics than effectiveness.

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Specific Pokemon Related Questions:
  • How do Riolu and Lucario's aura work on Harper?
    Answered: Riolu can sense emotions and 'see' them in auras as color, but it cannot send emotions to the handler. Lucario can do this to the point where it may glean very basic thoughts, but again it cannot send it back and telepathic communication is not possible without a psychic amulet. This information only works one-way, it however, is a two-way when communicating with other lucario/riolu. It doesn't need to use a specific move to do this.
  • If a Mantine holds a Lugia's Pearl, can it fly?
    Answered: Only if it has enough speed. It cannot fly like a regular flying pokemon.
  • Can Garchomp Fly?
    Answered: Same answer as Mantine. (Reference)
  • How does Tyrogue evolve?
    Answered: Tyrogue will evolve into its preferred fighting style. An aggressive tyrogue will become a hitmonlee, a defensive tyrogue will become a hitmonchan, and one who balances both aspects will become a hitmontop. In other words, Tyrogue evolves based on its personality. Players can write dev threads for this, or if the personality is evident enough in travels alone, they can just request their updating mod to evolve it into whichever one they want.
  • How does Wurmple evolve?
    Answered: A mod will randomize it.
  • Can Gligars fly?
    Answered: They cannot. They glide and can only fly if there is a breeze.
  • Are frillish the only ghosts you can find underwater?
    Answered: Ghosts, such as yamask, can be found underwater since they don't need air to breathe.
  • Can Jigglypuffs inflate and float like in Smash/the Manga/the Anime?
    Answered: They can but won't be able to float for extended periods of time like Blue's Jigglypuff. They can however, carry trainers as far as their breath can take them.
  • Can Meditite's Telepathy ability allow it to talk like Pure Psychics?
    Answered: No. But it makes in battle communications easier and faster and puts less strain on it than it normally would. This is also addressed here.
  • Can we stop pokemon from evolving without an everstone?
    Answered: Yes, you can stop a Pokemon from evolving, but tradition evolutions are involuntary in a Pokemon. So, you'll have to stop it on the first time it tries to evolve. After that, your Pokemon can focus his energy into not evolving. There are no consequences. It'll be stronger than normal since the energy for evolution was never used on evolving, but not by a whole lot.(Reference)
  • How long does it take for a Baby Kanga to mature into a Full Grown Kanga?
    Answered: Baby kangaskhans fully mature at level 20 since that is breeding age. This means that eggs and starter kangas will not have the babies in their pouches.
  • Can pokemon with Protean gain Psychic/Ghost abilities when they change to those types?
    Answered: (Kecleon Reference),( Froakie Reference)
  • Does a trainer need to own a remoraid in order to evolve a Mantine or can they just be around Remoraid?
    Answered: It will evolve if you have a remoraid, though the remoraid has to be yours (captured in a pokeball). Fishermen catch remoraids to sell, so you really just need to buy a fresh one from them and...attach it to your mantyke.
  • Why aren't Blitzles on the mount list?
    Answered: Blitzles are not mounts because they are too small and aggressive, which makes them really dangerous mounts for a human. Zebstrikas actually present the same danger, but their size at least makes them more viable for riding. For a real life comparison, watch this video.
  • In the anime, Stantler are known for their illusions. Do they still have this power in Harper despite not being psychic?
    Answered: If they know an attacking psychic move, they will be able to form illusions. They also get an added bonus of 10% accuracy to their hypnosis move.
  • Can you wield a honedge like a sword?
    Answered: No, a handler can't wield a honedge like a sword unless they want to get their soul sucked out. In Pokemon Amie a friendly honedge will actually get angry at you if you touch its hilt or hand, so I can assume the draining thing is like breathing and they can't control it for long periods of time.
  • Do Klefki hatch with keys?
    Answered: Depends whether it's in captivity. Wild ones with no captured pokemon blood would either be born with bits of metal with holes in them, almost like wind chimes, while those who have been bred from human-kept bloodlines OR those who are bred from kelfki in captivity for at least 5 years may be born with blank keys, a single skeleton key, or a copy of old keys to the owner's home/stable/wherever the pokemon was most often kept.
  • Do Steel Pokemon bleed?
    Answered: Reference
  • Does Lapras have psychic abilities like it does in the anime?
    Answered: Harper Lapras are plenty smart but have no psychic abilities beyond their movepool, no. (Reference)
  • Can sandygast exist underwater? Can they function down there?
    Answered: Yes. There's sand underwater and ghosts don't need to breathe underwater.

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Move/Ability Related Questions:
  • What happens when a pokemon uses Explosion? Does it die?
    Answered: Energy is expelled outwards and the pokemon immediately faints.
  • What happens if you use an electric move underwater? Ex. Lanturn
    Answered: It will hurt everything around in the nearby vicinity unless directed by a pokemon with Lightningrod Ability. It will not hurt itself.
  • How does Payday work?
    Answered: The amount of gold generated is a pokemon's level x2. Gold generated disappears after a certain amount of time. (Reference)
  • How does Sketch work?
    Answered: This is answered in the Teaching Moves thread.
  • Does Magma Armor/Flame Body have its out of combat effect in Harper? Does it work by double egg count per character level and travels post or reducing the hatch number?
    Answered: Each IC travels post will count as 2 egg counts instead of 1.
  • How far does the effect of Weather moves extend?
    Answered: Reference
  • How does No Guard Work?
    Answered: All pokemons targeting the pokemon with No Guard and all pokemons being targeted by pokemon with No Guard have 100% accuracy. This also applies to AOE moves.
  • How does Milk Drink work?
    Answered: The pokemon metabolizes their milk from within in an instantaneous process to heal their own injuries and replenish their strength. It's like being able to convert fat to energy at will, and there will be no gross drinking from their own udder unless, well, you want to.
  • How does Softboiled work?
    Answered: Chansey and Blissey will physically crack an egg open and use it to heal another pokemon. Any other pokemon (togepi line and cleffa line) will metabolize their Softboiled out of sight like in the case of Milk Drink, and will be able to transfer their energy to another pokemon if the move is used out of battle because, frankly, pokemon is magic.
  • How does Mat Block Work?
    Answered: Reference
  • How do Dual Abilities work?
    Answered: They're both assumed to be passively active, but the handler can order the pokemon to specifically take advantage of their ability, such as to power up an attack or defend against one or increase some aspect. The mod can use either one of any involved pokemon's abilities at any time, in or out of battle. The player can order emphasis on an ability in battle and control it out of battle, so like if the pokemon's ability is levitate, it can be ordered to use that to try and avoid an attack in battle, but it can also simply levitate on up to look in its handler's eyes or be a lookout/scout an area outside of battle if the player wants it to. Abilities that synergize, such as Zangoose's poison heal and immunity, will not result in damage to the pokemon and will always work to beneficial effect.
  • How does sleep status work?
    Answered: Once asleep, the Pokemon effected will sleep 2-5 turns. This is not moveslots. This is full posts. Other Pokemon can wake it up, or the Handler can shout, or an opponent can attack them. Each of these has 1/3 chance of waking the Pokemon.
  • If a ghost type uses reflect type, will it lose all its ghost abilities?
    Answered: It would lose its powers. If there's a type change whatever it's changed to dictates all of it's extra abilities
  • How do Hyper Beam/Giga Impact etc work?
    Answered: On the turn it's used, it consumes the second attacking slot of the pokemon, meaning that the mon can only use one supportive/non attacking move and then the "Hyper move." Using the move will also consume one attack slot for the pokemon on the subsequent turn.

    For example, with the moves in no particular order:
      Turn 1 normal slots - Potential Attack, Potential Attack, Status Only
      Turn 1 with Hyper - Hyper move, Status only

      Turn 2 with normal slots - Potential Attack, Potential Attack, Status only
      Turn 2 with previous use of Hyper - Potential Attack, Status only.
  • How does Dig/Dive/Fly work?
    Answered: On the turn it's used, the pokemon goes underground/etc. The digging/etc pokemon loses one attack slot on the next turn to the attack portion of dig and loses its other attack slot on the first turn. The player may plan ahead for the move slot on the emergent turn to facilitate writing.

    For example, with the moves in no particular order:
      Turn 1 - Status, First Dig, (potential fore-planning)
      Turn 2 - Second Dig, Attack, Status
  • How long does Endure last?
    Answered: Endure will last for the duration of the attack onslaught directed at a pokemon -- for example, attacks occurring near simultaneously from multiple pokemon or combos. If there is a break between moves (ex, the attacker changes targets or uses a status move between attacks), endure will expire and the pokemon will be vulnerable.
  • What's a good damage calculator to use for estimates?
    Answered: Most of us use Showdown's where you can add vitamin bonuses to you and your opponent using the drop downs with the +/- bonus functions. Both pokemon have their levels set to 100 with 'Blank Set' for the calculations, and the estimates given can be used as a very rough guideline for the damage a move would yield if the target was hit squarely and at full effectiveness. A successful combo generally adds both of the lower end estimates of % damage from both combined moves to yield total % damage with a fully effective hit.
  • What is the difference between null/guaranteed accuracy and 100% accuracy?
    Answered: Null accuracy means the move will always hit, full stop. 100% accuracy means that the move can be expected to hit under normal or ideal conditions ('game conditions') – a pokemon can still make an attempt to dodge, and a speed or evasion boost will help with that depending on the circumstances and its success usually ends up tied to how great the boost is and how well it's written both quality- and logic- wise. When moves are combined, a null accuracy move will still always hit and will boost the accuracy of whatever move is combo'd/piggybacked with it by 50% due to the nature of the null accuracy move.
  • What is defined as a 'turn'?
    Answered: A turn is two posts, one from each combatant. For status effects, outside factors can alter the rolled turn length – attacks on a sleeping pokemon have a 1/3 chance to wake them, for example. In addition, some status moves like paralysis can be built up in potency over time if a paralytic move is used repeatedly so that the chance of not moving increases.
  • How does Baton Pass work?
    Answered: Baton Pass allows for pokemon to be switched using up only one status move slot. The pokemon switched in also loses one move slot but can use the other two during the same turn.
  • How does Rollout work in battle?
    Answered: Rollout consumes all of the pokemon's attack slots per turn; thus, you use Rollout twice per post instead of once. This goes on for those five turns.
  • The move Retaliate – does it double in power in the NEXT turn – like it says in-game, or could it possibly double in power on the current turn if an ally pokemon faints in a double/triple battle and the move is the third to go?
    Answered: It doubles in power as soon as the ally pokemon faints – so the moveslot after the 'mon faints the power is doubled and can be used on that same turn.

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