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SF9 Fansign Foreign Fanaccount

I don’t know if this is something anyone would be interested in, but I recently returned from visiting Korea where I entered one of SF9′s fansign events. If you’re curious to know how they interacted with me as a foreign fan, I’ll explain below. I tried to condense as much as possible, but it’s lengthy. Also, if you have any questions, you can ask me (:

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SOS Battles for Dummies

Why should I chain SOS battles?

1. Some Pokemon (e.g. Mareanie) are only obtainable this way.
2. Increased shiny rate
3. Increased chance of Hidden Abilities
4. Increased chance of high potential Pokemon (maximum of 4 perfect IVs)

…Basically, this is Gen VII’s version of the DexNav

It should go without saying that Legendary and other one-of-a-kind Pokemon (including those you encounter via Island Scan) are unable to be chained.


What do I need?

The first thing you’ll need is a Pokemon to hunt with! This Pokemon will need to learn:
1. False Swipe: for whittling down the first target, and eventually for capturing the goal
2. A status move: no matter what, there will be turns when the wild Pokemon’s cry for help goes unanswered. You’ll need something to do during these turns that won’t knock out the Pokemon
3. A high-PP damaging move, to knock out any helpers that you don’t want to catch.  Note that Pokemon won’t call for help while frozen, asleep, or paralysed - so avoid moves that may inflict these states.

My favourite ‘mon for this is Absol, which can be caught outside of Tapu Village. It can learn False Swipe via TM (tick!), already knows Swords Dance when captured (tick!), and can also learn Thief via TM (with STAB), so you can possibly pick up some rare items while you’re hunting.

You’ll also need some Adrenaline Orbs, which increase the chances of the wild Pokemon calling for help. However if you’re using False Swipe adequately, this step is optional, because once you get the Pokemon down to 1HP it will call for help on most turns even without the orb.


Cool, now what?

1. Choose your target

2. Use False Swipe until it’s down to 1HP

3. Use your Adrenaline Orb

4. Knock out any Pokemon that are called in to help (optional: use Thief to pick up some swag along the way)

5. If there are any turns where help doesn’t arrive, buy time by using your status move

6. Keep an eye on your PP - if you’re running low, the wild Pokemon probably is too. The last thing you want is for it to Struggle and make itself faint. If you’re concerned about your target’s PP, you can “switch” the chain to another Pokemon of the same species and continue on (no need to use another Adrenaline Orb when switching).

7. Profit!


Anything else?

Yep, GameFreak likes to keep us on our toes. As well as the standard SOS battles, there are also some Pokemon which are exclusive to SOS battles that occur during weather (e.g. Castform and the Goomy line).

Contrary to some rumours that are circulating, you don’t need to have “natural” weather in order to trigger these Pokemon to appear; it works just as well with in-battle weather triggered by moves and abilities. If it seems like it just isn’t happening for you, that’s because the chance of these ‘mons spawning is ridiculously, frustratingly, extremely low.

Absol comes to the forefront again for these battles - it can learn Rain Dance!

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Being able to take screenshots in P4DAN makes us too powerful.

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Heads up! There’s 1 hour left until our Project CARS 2 Launch Livestream with Vaughn Gittin Jr. on Twitch! Stop by the show for a chance to win a Project CARS 2 Swag Pack along with a T150 Thrustmaster Wheel! 

Come see why IGN rated Project CARS 2 a 9.2 and why it won Best Game Simulation at this year’s GamesCom 2017. See you then! 

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This picture came on my twitter feed today with the caption “Memorial Day is not National BBQ Day.” I don’t know how many of you know, or even care, about what I’m doing with my life, but I’m taking some time now to tell all of my followers. 

I went to the University of Minnesota and just graduated last week with a degree in Sport Management with a minor in American Studies. My American Studies minor was focused on the popular culture response to war; mainly how it is portrayed in movies and TV, but also general cultural response to wartime and veterans. Throughout my undergrad I was fortunate enough to intern with every sport team in Minneapolis/St. Paul besides the Vikings. While I had some really cool experiences meeting professional athletes and getting some free swag along the way, I realized that professional sports aren’t for me. Last fall I started looking into other things I could do with my degree. I have a love for sports and have experienced first hand how sports can change your life through the relationships that are built between teammates as well as the life skills learned along the way. One of my classes assigned a project where we had to do a presentation of sports that aren’t in the spotlight of American Culture. My group and I presented on Sled Hockey, which is exactly what it  sounds like: people propelling themselves around the ice on sled using their arm strength. The project taught me a great deal about adaptive sports; adaptive sports are physical activities for those who are labeled as having a disability, whether it be cognitive or physical. Being a Minnesota born and raised girl, the Olympics were all about Hockey for me. I had 3 classmates from school on the Women’s Olympic Team and plenty of alumni from the University of Minnesota on the Men’s team. After the Olympics ended, the Para-Olympics began. Most of the athletes in these games are wounded veterans. I have always been emotional when it comes to military matters; you don’t want to see me during Christmas when all the TV commercials are service men and women surprising their family at home. I literally sob every single time I see one. I also have a cousin who served two tours in Iraq following 9/11. The second time she was deployed she was the only member of her platoon that wasn’t killed. Because of this she has very severe PTSD–post traumatic stress disorder. I have personally seen the change in her and have watched it change the dynamic of my family. While she is completely functional, there are many military veterans who are not so lucky, and unfortunately there hasn’t been a huge push for funding for treatment. 

One night I was bumming around on the internet, probably procrastinating doing homework of some sort, and came across an article highlight the potential that adaptive sports have for treating PTSD. Whether you support it or not, sports are a huge part of American society, and when someone loses their ability to compete, even recreationally, it alienates them from society. Ever since the Vietnam War Veterans have struggled to find permanent jobs following their service due to poor public opinion surrounding the war. Unfortunately, the War on Terror is nearly identical to the Vietnam War in terms of public support (seriously, don’t even get me started on this. I wrote a 25 page paper on it for a class and got way too involved in my research). For some reason that I don’t understand, gone are the day of glorifying our American Heroes. Instead now they are mislabeled and left to fend for themselves when they return home. The largest demographic of homeless people are Veterans. This angers me so deeply because how can we turn our backs on someone who risked their life for us? 

Anyway, getting back to my point. I finally figured out that I wanted to dedicate my life to helping military members and their families through physical activity. I was lucky enough to get a job with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition following my graduation. They work very closely with the First Lady’s office helping with the Let’s Move and Joining Forces initiative; it was my interest in the latter that landed me the job. I’m going to be spending my summer and fall (and hopefully a great deal of time after that too) helping plan events for military families that involve physical activity in some capacity. 

Coming full circle on this post. I know that Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff of summer for almost all Americans. I’m not saying don’t enjoy your weekend, but please don’t forget the meaning on the day. Memorial Day is a day to honor the lives of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to defend the freedom of our country. And I know that in light of everything that happened today at UCSB people will fight me and say that our country is far from perfect, and I won’t disagree with you. I’m incredibly angered that 7 women lost their lives because some man was upset he hadn’t had sex, but when it comes down to it, America is a pretty good place to live compared to some other counties in the world. There is plenty that can be fixed, but that doesn’t mean it’s your worst option either. I just want people to remember that they have the ability to fight for their equality and to complain about the lack of because of the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect America. 

So please, if you see someone with a Navy baseball cap or Marine sweatshirt or Air Force T-shirt or Coast Guard Jacket or Army camouflage, SAY THANK YOU.  It’s because of them that you can enjoy your BBQ this weekend. 

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BronyCon is just around the corner! Here’s what I’m doing for the weekend!

Pony Sculpting: How to get Started 
Saturday @ 6:45pm in the Hall of the Stars

Always wanted to sculpt your favorite ponies but have no idea where to start? By then end of this panel, you’ll be ready to grab a block of clay and start sculpting like a pro!

I’ll be with CadmiumCrab and iamaleximusprime on this Panel ^^ We’ll be talking all about how to create the awesome sculptures you see me post here~! Also there may be some free swag along the way~ (patent pending)

Artist Alley Booth # 1008

We’re Packed to the Gills with sculptures, charms, prints!!! So stop on by grab a print or chat it up about w/e you feel like~ I don’t bite! And I’ll gladly ask questions about what I do or anything off the top of your head! I’m so excited!  

See you there! 

BTS watching GD X Taeyang MAMA 2014

GD: *awesome rapping in a dome being all fly and shit*
Jungkook: *dies*
V: *imitates GD*
Suga:* takes notes on swag*
Jimin: *dances along*
J-hope: *stares in awe*
Jin: *wishes he could cook for him*
Rap Mon: *furiously takes notes on rapping and inspiration for lyrics*
Taeyang: *arrives on stage shirtless*
Jimin: he’s mine bitches!
V: *dies*
Jungkook: *dies*
Suga: *dies*
J-hope: *dies*
Jin: *dies*
Rap Mon: *dies*
Jimin: TAEYANG YOU’RE TOO MUCH! *dies*