Rise of the Rockets
Story in a Nutshell
This linked introduction may be a bit confusing to new people due to how long the RPG has been running. Nevertheless, I will attempt to summarize what Rise of the Rockets is about here.
Essentially, twenty years prior to current events, a group of Rocket Admins usurped Giovanni, killing him and gaining control over the organization. These Shadow Admins, as they call themselves, ushered in a new era for the world, revolutionizing Team Rocket's structure and managing to take control over the four original regions--Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh, as well as the Orange Islands. Acting as the new government for the four regions, Team Rocket subdued or dismantled numerous other organizations, eliminating rebellion and criminal groups alike.
Except for one: Team Liberty, a resistance group headed by Goldhawk, Blackskull, formerly Bluefalcon, and currently Silvermind. Acting from the Sevii Islands, Team Liberty has been at the forefront of the fight against Team Rocket's rule for the last twelve years, gaining power and recruiting others to their cause--something that Team Rocket has been hard at work to accomplish, as well. With both groups harboring huge amounts of Legendary Pokémon and famous trainers, their war continues to rage, though numerous other enemy groups--detailed in the section below--have thrown the conflict into an unstable struggle of wits and power.
tl:dr it's a war RPG set in the Pokémon universe where Team Rocket is the main government and they're fighting a bunch of rebel groups and there may or may not be other stuff at play.
Numerous forces are at play in Rise of the Rockets. Which one you join, who you assist, is up to you--though that is not to say that the balance will not be affected regardless of your choices...
Established a little over a decade ago to fight against Team Rocket's rule, Team Liberty's primary goal is to achieve freedom for the four Kanto regions. Nowadays, their focus has shifted to include the fight against outside forces that threaten the very fabric of human existence--the Ancient Darkrai and Ford's Hojohsin League, in particular.
Current Leaders: Markus Aleivy (Goldhawk,) Kane Umbra (Blackskull,) Selene Ashera (Silvermind.)
Controlled Regions: Sevii Islands.
Base of Operations:
- The Alamo: Team Liberty's main base, located on Four Island. Funded and constructed by Liberty Leader Blackskull, the Alamo is a massive facility, containing every conceivable asset required to maintain and create an army, from training and sleeping quarters to labs and Pokémon Centers. Boats and helicopters heading off from the base are a common sight, transporting agents to and from other locations. Until recently, the Alamo's location was hidden from hostile groups; however, actions by John Ford have revealed the base's position to Team Rocket and others. Nevertheless, it remains a highly-defensible position.
- Fallback Bases: Bases located on the other Sevii Islands. In operation at all times, though at a smaller scale than the Alamo, they are prepped for the possibility of a total invasion of Four Island.
Other Information: Currently allied with the Team Rocket Separatists
and Team Magma.
The governing body of Kanto and its sister regions, Team Rocket has risen above its past as a lowly criminal organization under the leadership of the four Shadow Admins. While many still view the group as scum--a justified opinion, considering their brutal method of gaining power--the Rocket regime genuinely cares for the well-being of its nation, improving many aspects of life and, in general, creating a safer, stabler environment than many people are willing to admit. They are determined to fight forces of chaos, such as Team Liberty and the Hojohsin League.
Current Leaders: Sleight, Joker.
Controlled Regions: Kanto, Johto, Orange Islands.
Base of Operations:
- Chapel: Team Rocket's main base in Kanto, headed by Sleight, Chapel is located somewhere in the Indigo Plateau. Dwarfing even the Alamo in defensive capabilities, Chapel is not hidden from the world--its defenses are so great that it is able to stand tall where it is built, calling for opposition from any who think they can breach its walls. The local geography assists in these defensive abilities.
- Abyss: Team Rocket's main base in Johto, located underneath the Lake of Rage and headed by Joker. Abyss is the greatest hub of psychic influence and technology in the world, with many of its assets incorporating the use of psychic abilities into their inner workings.
Paradise: Team Rocket's main base in Hoenn, located underground on Southern Island, was originally supervised by Ace, and then Buzz following her demotion and execution. While remaining a powerful and essential part of Team Rocket's power, Paradise suffered two attacks in the recent past, both at the hands of Team Liberty, rendering it the weakest of the remaining main bases. Following the Hojohsin League's rise to power in Hoenn, as well as Buzz's death at the hands of Soil Colossus, Inc., Paradise was shut down, and its remaining assets moved to Kanto and Johto. Purgatory: Team Rocket's main base in Oreburgh City, Sinnoh up until it was self-destructed by its overseer, Bounty. Purgatory was a powerful facility that had withstood many attacks in its time. The arrival of the Ancient Darkrai, however, necessitated its destruction as a precautionary measure to prevent the Ancients from gaining information that could be exploited in their war on humanity.
- Requiem: Team Rocket's main base in the Orange Islands, located on Mandarin Island, Requiem is controlled by Admin Viper. A massive underground complex, little is known about it at this point, though cloning experiments are known to take place there, under Viper's careful supervision.
Other Information: Thus far, Team Rocket has endured both the largest loss of territory and power, and yet sustained the least amount of damage to its integrity as an organization. While it has experienced the losses of Ace, Bounty, Buzz, Hoenn, and Sinnoh, the group has yet to lose any of its primary firepower in the ongoing conflicts.
The Sinnoh-branch of Team Rocket, the Separatists broke off from the main government when tensions between Sleight and Bounty reached a political impasse, tensions that rose due to the latter's belief that the war with Team Liberty would continue to go nowhere. Having formed his own faction, Bounty has allied himself with Team Liberty, assisting them in their war against Sleight's forces and helping them to combat other threats as they arise.
Current Leaders: Bounty.
Controlled Regions: Sinnoh.
Base of Operations:
- Divide: With the defeat of the Ancients, Bounty has commissioned the creation of a new Separatist main base where Purgatory once stood--in Oreburgh City, Sinnoh. While the facility is not yet complete, six months have proven time enough to get the basic necessities down, and thus, the majority of Divide is considered ready for use.
Other Information: Currently allied with Team Liberty
and Team Magma.
UPDATE: Following the events in Unova, as well as the defeat of the Ancient Darkrai, Teams Liberty and Rocket--as well as all allied organizations--have agreed to a temporary truce to allow for the various regions to recover from their accumulated damage. As of the OOC Time Skip, this truce has lasted for approximately six months.
A coalition between his own forces and three other, smaller organizations, the Hojohsin League was created by John Ford to be used as a vehicle for his own plans to roll out. Once encompassing the likes of Team Energon, Team Galactic, and the Searchers, the Hojohsin League's plans and methods range from the relatively simple--such as quietly taking over the vacuum of power in Hoenn--to the extreme, such as their bombing of Castelia City in Unova. Following the various dismantling and destructions of its three puppet groups, the Hojohsin League has revealed itself as its own single entity, utilizing its own forces along with those of Déoza to see its ends through.
Current Leaders: John Ford.
Controlled Regions: Hoenn; active in all other regions.
Base of Operations:
- Hoenn Presidential Office: The main governmental building in Hoenn, formerly located in Lilycove City. President James Pierce, one of Ford's agents, assumed operation of the Hoenn government from here during the silent takeover of the region several months ago; however, the place was vacated following the Darkrai invasion. Even so, the place is well-equipped in terms of defenses, especially after the numerous additions that Ford and Pierce have made. Following the Ancients' defeat, the facility has been relocated to the more easily-defended city of Mossdeep.
Titan: Team Energon's former main base. It was headed by Michael Travis; however, he was eventually tricked and killed by Quincy Adams during their attack on Team Magma. Team Energon was soon liquidated and its remaining assets absorbed into the greater forces of the Hojohsin League. Nova:Team Galactic's former headquarters, Nova was controlled by Saturn. It was located near Eterna City in Sinnoh, though events involving the Darkrai temporarily made it inaccessible to all but the strongest of trainers. Following the Ancients' defeat, Team Galactic resumed operation within the facility; however, they and the base were soon single-handedly destroyed by a mysterious trainer named Envy, leaving Admin Jupiter as the group's only survivor.
- Ford's Hideout: Hidden away in some unknown part of the world lies Ford's main base of operations. A dark place, no one but his closest agents have ever gone there, and as such nothing is known about it.
Other Information: While the Hojohsin League initially formed under a single, large-scale plan, Ford has placed all action regarding that operation on hold for the moment, due to recent developments--such as the loss of the Searchers and Maddison Hayes, one of his top-ranked agents. This is not to say that they are completely inactive--quite the contrary; instead they have simply shifted focus to larger problems, such as the Darkrai, much like Teams Liberty and Rocket.
A reformed extremist group that once sought to use the Legendary Pokémon Groudon to achieve world domination, Team Magma has performed a complete reversal of their previous philosophies. Having reconsidered his priorities, Maxie has opted to assist in the take down of Team Rocket, a goal he hopes to achieve with help from Team Liberty. Team Magma was destroyed following the time skip by Quincy Adams, under Hojohsin orders.
Base of Operations:
Havoc: Team Magma's main base, located within Mt. Ember on One Island. Specially designed to withstand the intense heat from the magma within the volcano, Havoc is an incredibly well-fortified facility, bearing powerful natural defenses and artificial constructs designed to protect itself from them--something that attackers, in general, do not boast. Access to Havoc is mediated by Magma teleporter Pokémon, which are constantly on stand-by. Havoc was eventually destroyed by Quincy Adams.
Other Information: Currently allied with the Team Rocket Separatists and Team Liberty.
UPDATE: Havoc has been destroyed by Quincy Adams and Déoza, and Team Magma along with it.
In another world, Team Plasma's rise to power could be seen as a more peaceful parallel to that of Team Rocket. While Sleight and the other Shadow Admins forced their way into positions of power, Team Plasma sought rule over Unova through legitimate political campaigns, using their reformed philosophies on the treatment of Pokémon as a means to gather support from the public. Since then, they have worked tirelessly to improve Unova's state of affairs, enacting both beloved and questionable laws in the process.
Current Leaders: Gorm, Bronius, Rood, Zinzolin, Giallo, Ryoku.
Controlled Regions: Unova.
Base of Operations:
- Plasma Castle: Located in Black City, Unova, Plasma Castle is just as its name suggests: a large castle from which the Unovan government operates. Possessing highly futuristic technology, it is a primary hub of scientific development in the world, and is where some of the highest-ranked threats to Unova's security are held captive. From their council chamber at the top of the castle, the Six Sages govern Unova with a democratic debate-and-vote system.
Other Information: While they are not actively antagonistic toward Team Liberty or Team Rocket, Team Plasma does not have high opinions of either organization, viewing the former as terrorists and the latter as tyrants. Nevertheless, the Sages consider the need to keep the news of war subdued in their region to be more important than getting involved in foreign conflict, and as such are entirely complacent with leaving the two enemy organizations to their own devices.
UPDATE: Following the announcement of a peace treaty between Team Liberty and Team Rocket, and a six month reprieve and repair period, relations with Team Plasma have softened somewhat. While travel to the region is still monitored, it is no longer restricted, and much of the damage inflicted on the region has begun to heal.
The Ancient Darkrai
In ancient times, there lived ten powerful Darkrai, who were granted powers over time and space so as to serve as keepers of the world in the event that Palkia and Dialga became too injured to continue their own service. The Darkrai betrayed Arceus's trust, and were sealed away--until now. Having been imprisoned for thousands of years, the Darkrai have returned to seek vengeance upon the world, casting darkness as they slowly consume the world in their conquest. Led by Sombra, the Darkrai will stop at nothing until their plans are seen through.
UPDATE: Through the combined efforts of Teams Liberty, Magma, and the Rocket Separatists, the Ancient Darkrai have been defeated, with all but Three, Five, Six, Seven, and Nine being killed.
Current Leaders: Sombra/Ten.
Controlled Regions: Sinnoh, Hoenn.
Base of Operations:
- Sinjoh Ruins: Their place of gathering, the Sinjoh Ruins are located in Johto. While it is not exactly a true headquarters--for the Darkrai do not actually possess one--it is known to be the location where Sombra remains imprisoned, and thus serves as an important landmark for the remaining Nightmare Pokémon.
Other Information: While there are officially ten Darkrai, their second strongest member, Ilios (Nine), no longer serves Sombra, seeing his plans as corrupt and based in folly--nothing good can come of them. As such, he is currently allied with John Ford, assisting him in his own affairs while the pair find a way to combat Sombra's growing abilities. Additionally, each of the Ten are nicknamed in descending order for their power level.
UPDATE 1: Following Sombra's defeat, Nine felt a disturbance away from the Sinjoh Ruins and left to investigate, leaving Three and Seven in Five's care. In the six months since, he has not been heard from, with the Hojohsin League fearing the worst.
UPDATE 2: James Pierce came into contact with a spectral hologram of Nine at the League's headquarters, warning that "they" had gotten out. The hologram vanished soon after.
UPDATE 3: Events in Opelucid have revealed that Six--Gaigan--survived the final battle against the Ancients, having appeared to slip away sometime before her brethren were absorbed by Sombra.
During the Ancient Darkrais' conquest of Hoenn and Sinnoh, six trainers across various towns and cities were struck by stray shadow attacks. Instead of falling into a permanent sleep or dying, they were instead corrupted by the darkness, only to be found and collected by Nine (along with another similarly afflicted individual who had appeared in Ecruteak City) and placed into a temporary stasis until he could find a way to cure them. Following the Ancients' defeat, the trainers awoke, attacking Nine and finding their way back into the world--though for what purpose, no one can guess...
- Decaia Holts/Sloth: A male trainer corrupted in Lavaridge Town, who almost immediately proceeded to destroy the place and its surrounding location before falling into his own deep sleep. He "eats sleep," in his own words, and instigated the Sins' attack on Nine shortly after their awakening.
- Vidinia LeJauso/Envy: A female trainer corrupted in Oreburgh City. Envy first emerged in Galactic Base Nova, at the call of Mars' wistful desire for Saturn's position of power within the organization. manipulating her into killing her leader before destroying the base when Mars ultimately rejected Envy's "gift." James Pierce caught word of what had occurred and sent Fifth Child Van Harrison to investigate, who eventually engaged and defeated Envy in battle. As she was swept into darkness by the wind, Envy hinted at a connection between herself and Van, though did not elaborate before disappearing, her death marking the second passing within the Sins.
- Raimundo Rojo/Wrath: A male trainer who originally emerged in Ecruteak City from what appeared to be a side-dimension, nonetheless showing the same symptoms of shadow corruption as the other Sins. Wrath was responsible for the catastrophic damage to Ecruteak, earning himself a spot on Shadow Admin Joker's watch list, ultimately resulting in an organized counter-response against him when he later appeared in Goldenrod City in response to Ryan Hikari's deep-seated anger. Wrath and his team were subdued by Joker and her power-enhanced Golurk, Leviathan, and then finally defeated by Ryan, leaving naught but an ominous warning as he was consumed by fiery darkness, the first of the Sins to fall.
- Melanie Garven/Lust: A female trainer corrupted in Fortree City, alongside her sister. Lust appeared in Team Liberty's R&D Department following a test gone awry, drawn by Executive Meghan Vert's lust for knowledge at the expense of those working under her. After a fierce double-battle between herself, Greed, Vert, and James Arthur, Lust was defeated by Vert. As dark lightning took the fourth Sin away, Lust could only smile, congratulating Vert on playing her part.
- Melissa Garven/Greed: A female trainer corrupted in Fortree City, alongside her sister. Greed appeared in Team Liberty's R&D Department following a test gone awry, drawn by Executive James Arthur's all-consuming desire for victory against another test operative. Engaging James and Meghan Vert in battle, along with Lust, Greed was eventually defeated by James. Though quickly consumed by gears of shadow, she warned James to be prepared to accept the consequences of his victory, before becoming the third Sin to die.
- Albero DeLargo/Gluttony: A male trainer who was partially corrupted in Mossdeep City. Gluttony appeared in Fortree City to Ryan Sanders, feeding off of Ryan's desire for attention. After engaging Ryan in battle, over the course of which his corruption became complete, Gluttony was beaten. As shadowy leaves consumed him, marking him as the fifth Sin to vanish, Gluttony warned Ryan to watch his step, and to prepare for the future.
- Gelar Stolz/Pride: A male trainer who was corrupted in Mossdeep City, Pride appeared during the conflict in Celadon City, spiriting away and challenging Hannah Wright, Dack Majors, and Aspen Seaton after having been drawn to all three by their varying expressions of pride and hubris. Pride was eventually overcome by all three of his targets after a primarily-mental conflict, causing him to begin to freeze and break apart into shadowy flakes of snow and ice, making him the sixth Sin to disappear.
Other Information: The Sins appear to individuals who strongly exhibit their specific attribute. In addition, the Sins are not a playable faction, though their story arc does involve players.
Here's a fairly simple chart showing how many battles you must participate in to evolve. Note that you do not have to win every battle; you do, however, need to spread them out, as I will not take well to people going from battle to battle in rapid succession just to get their Deino to turn into a Hydreigon:
1st Evolution: 7 battles. (EX: Charmander to Charmeleon)
2nd Evolution: 9 more battles. (EX: Charmeleon to Charizard)
Evolution w/Stone/Item: Either use the stone/item or do 8 battles. (EX: Eevee to Flareon or Gligar to Gliscor)
Evolution w/Other Pokémon/Type: 7 battles, with at least one alongside the required Pokémon/Type. (You do not need to own it, nor does it need to be an ally.) (EX: Mantyke does a battle alongside a Remoraid; Pancham does battle against a Dark-Type Pokémon.)
Evolution w/Trading: Either trade or do 7 battles. (EX: Haunter to Gengar)
Evolution w/Trading and Item: Either trade while the Pokémon is holding that item or fight 12 battles. (EX: Scyther to Scizor)
Evolution @ Certain Location: 8 battles with at least 1 at that location (EX: 1 battle at Moss Rock in Sinnoh for Leafeon or 1 battle in Chargestone Cave in Unova for Magnezone.)
Evolution via Trade w/Certain Pokémon: Either trade those two Pokémon with each other or do 12 battles with at least two beside the other Pokémon (EX: Shelmet and Karrablast into Accelgor and Escavalier, respectively.)
Evolution via Friendship: Befriend the Pokémon and fight 7 battles. (EX: Riolu to Lucario.)
Evolution w/Specific Move: 7 battles, having known the move for at least 2. (EX: Tangela + Ancientpower to Tangrowth.)
Evolution w/Specific Type Move + Friendship: Befriend the Pokémon, have the Pokémon know a move of that type, and fight 10 battles. (EX: Eevee to Sylveon--friendly to trainer and knows a Fairy-Type move.)
Evolution @ Specific Time of Day: 7 battles, with at least 4 having been fought during that time. (EX: Tyrunt to Tyrantrum, 4 battles during the day.)
Evolution w/Friendship + Specific Time of Day: Befriend Pokémon and fight 7 battles, with at least 4 being at the required time. (EX: Eevee to Umbreon, 4 of 7 battles at night.)
Evolution w/Specific Weather: 7 battles with at least 1 in that weather condition. (EX: Sliggoo to Goodra.)
Evolution w/Rotation: 7 battles, no special requirements. (EX: Inkay to Malamar.)
Mega Evolution: 25 battles total.
For those wondering what counts towards this:
-Wild battles count for one.
-Battles against trainers count for one.
-Battles involving more than one opponent count for two. This accounts for both double battles, triple battles and anything bigger than that.
-Battles where, at the conclusion, a Pokémon is caught count for one for each of the Pokémon -- the caught one and the one used to weaken it.
-Training battles count for one.
-Battles against "boss" characters (I.E. an admin of a group or a Legendary Pokémon) count for two.
-Invasion battles (I.E. battles instigated by one team to try to take out another team's base) count for two to three points, depending on the circumstances.
Note that your Pokémon only gets experience if it participates in a battle. If I have a Charmander and a Pikachu and I only use Pikachu in a battle, the experience gained from that battle will only count towards Pikachu--not Charmander.
Mega Evolution in Rise of the Rockets works a bit differently than in the games. To lay out the most important detail first, Mega Rings and Stones are not a thing. Mega Evolution is instead powered by a natural, synergistic relationship between the Pokémon and its trainer. In order for a Pokémon to Mega Evolve, it must possess at least 25 EXP points, cumulative from all of the battles it has taken part in. Once a Pokémon has reached 25 EXP, they are capable of freely Mega Evolving once per battle, energizing them and providing something of a "second wind," although this will not fully heal any injuries that they have already sustained. Should they revert to their standard form during that battle, they will not be able to Mega Evolve again without resting. If a Mega Evolved Pokémon faints or is otherwise rendered unable to battle, it will revert back to its original form.
Also different here is the fact that trainers are not limited to one Mega Evolution per battle. While individual Pokémon are, a trainer in Rise of the Rockets could, in theory, Mega Evolve six Pokémon throughout the course of a single battle. It is important to note, however, that this could potentially prove fatal for the trainer. Mega Evolution takes a lot of energy from the trainer in order to power the evolving Pokémon, and because of this, few trainers have been observed that possess the ability to last that long.
The symptoms of "Evolution Sickness," as it has come to be known, are generally not permanent, and tend to disappear after a few days, though sometimes they last for a week or two. However, they do possess a patterned progression, which has been documented as follows. The number next to each symptom corresponds to how many Pokémon the trainer in question has Mega Evolved during the battle:
- No noticeable issues
- Minor headache, dizziness
- Physical weakness
- Severe faintness
- Bleeding from orifices
- Unconsciousness, death
Non-Canon Mega Evolutions
Given the very limited number of canon Mega Evolutions, we will be branching out and using Megas designed by RotR's players. To submit a proposal, fill out the following form and post it in the Discussion Topic. From there, other players in the game can offer suggestions for adjustments to the proposal in order to ensure that it is both balanced and reflects multiple parties' interests. Final approval will come from Parugi, at which point the proposed Mega Evolution will be free to appear in the RPG.
Proposed Pokémon: Proposed Pokémon should be fully-evolved. Preference will be given to Pokémon that do not currently have any canon Mega Evolutions, although others will be considered on a case-by-case basis (with the exceptions of Charizard and Mewtwo, who will not be considered at all.) In the event that the Pokémon later gets a canon Mega Form, both will be considered canon in RotR.
Appearance: Either provide a detailed description, or (with approval from the artist where noted by them) link to a fan-made Mega Evolution image elsewhere. If nothing else, please acknowledge where you got the image from and Parugi will contact them.
Mega Ability: What Ability will replace the Pokémon's when they turn Mega?
Stat Distribution: Mega Evolutions in the games add a total of 100 points to the Pokémon's Bast Stat Total. Please use the BST of the Pokémon you're proposing and add points (totaling 100 altogether) to each stat to give us a rough idea of what aspects of the Pokémon are being affected by Mega Evolution.
Approved RotR-exclusive Mega Evolutions must be recorded on the RotR Mega Evolutions page.
In addition to evolution, EXP points can be used for other things, as well; as such, it is highly suggested that you keep track of your Pokémons' EXP. Should you lose track at any time, simply start counting again from the minimum amount of points required for their most recent evolution--for instance, 7 for Charmeleon or 16 for Charizard.
These additional uses are as follows:
Players' Pokémon are currently customizable as far as their stats and specializations go--a Pokémon that is only good for Special Attacks in the game could theoretically become a physical wall in RotR. This, of course, refers to the "Specialty" section in each Pokémon's profile. While there is no set system for further specialization, as a Pokémon accumulates EXP you are allowed to further modify their special skills--increasing their defensive abilities even further than what they are, potentially to the point of blocking their weaknesses, or honing their skills with a certain kind of attack.
Specialization adjustments can be made for every 10th EXP earned--the first at 10 EXP, the second at 20, etc.
Move Set Augmentation
As Pokémon accumulate EXP, they will naturally become more experienced with their moves, allowing them to upgrade to similar, higher-powered moves, or even replace those with entirely new moves.
--Switching out a Move: Can be done for every 5th EXP that is earned. In other words, at 5 EXP, 10 EXP, etc., you can choose 1 move in a current Move Set and replace it with another in their move pool. The replaced move cannot be a TM move.
--Upgrading a Move: For every 7th EXP, you can upgrade a certain type of move to a stronger move of that type. For instance, Fire Fang or Ember could be upgraded to Flamethrower or Fire Blast.
Certain moves in the games are not given a specific power level, corresponding instead to the level of the Pokémon using them. As RotR has no such leveling system, the strength of such moves are instead based off of the amount of EXP that your Pokémon have earned. These moves will not literally inflict, say, 20 points of damage on a target, as translating numbers into story is borderline impossible, but the idea is that a Pokémon with 20 EXP using that move will outperform a Pokémon using the same move with only 10 EXP.
This system currently applies to both Night Shade and Seismic Toss, as well as any other further level-based moves.
Pokémon - Starters and Catching
When you first start off, you will be able to choose a mixture of up to three Pokémon to start with. Any Pokémon can be chosen, aside from a select few. Please note the following while building your profile(s).
-No Legendary Pokémon--Rather obviously, you cannot start with or own any Legendary Pokémon. As of a recent rule change, ownership of certain Legendaries is allowed, but must be run by Parugi first.
-Limited middle/final stage--As the game has been running for so long, you may start with either two base stage and one final stage Pokémon, or one base stage and two middle stage Pokémon. You may not have all-middle or all-final, however.
Otherwise, anything is free to use, with the only limits being on Legendaries. Note that you are allowed a maximum of 30 Pokémon per character.
NOTE: It is suggested that you wait at least 3 pages between Pokémon captures.
Owning a Legendary Pokémon
Quoted from January 13th, 2013, with edits:
(Rewrite coming soon)
Fill this form out and post it here, should you wish to join. You are allowed up to four playable characters by default, though extras can be issued as rewards for good behavior or by request.
Pokémon: You may start with up to three; see Starters and Catching section.
For your Pokémon (one form for each):
Known Moves: Maximum of six. Please do not start with TM/HM/Move Tutor moves; be sure to mark Egg Moves.
I'm going to go out on a limb and use a trust system when it comes to moves. Basically, you are the judge of what your Pokémon can use, selecting attacks out of their naturally learned/Egg move pool. In addition, to stop suddenly changing attacks, your Pokémon may only know a maximum of six moves at any given time.
TMs and HMs are rather curious items in the games. When you use one, provided it is an attack that your Pokémon can learn, it will automatically teach the specified move to that Pokémon. The workings behind this have never been revealed. For the purposes of this game, though, an explanation must be given.
Essentially, TMs and HMs act as computerized instruction booklets, giving you information on how to teach an attack to a Pokémon but not necessarily allowing them to use it right away. Using these instructions, you can teach your Pokémon how to use the move, though it will require practice before they master it (about the duration of one mission.)
However, there is a rather annoying technicality with most HMs: Most are things your Pokémon should already know how to do, like swimming (Surf) and flying (Fly) for example. Well, needless to say that I'm not going to not let you use a Pokémon to fly around or swim from place to place without being taught the move. However, to use them in battle, your Pokémon would have to learn how to manipulate whatever it is they are doing, like using a large amount of water for Surf.
When choosing your Pokémons' starting moves, you are allowed to choose moves that that particular Pokémon can learn by breeding to start with. However, remember to treat the egg moves as you would normal moves -- if it has a base attack of over, say, 80 (if even that,) then it's going to be harder for your Pokémon to use and they won't be able to use it as often, etc.
As your Pokémon grows older, it should be able to use its powers to a larger degree. So, whenever one of your Pokémon evolves, you may replace older moves with different moves from the new form's move pool.
Move Tutors specialize in teaching moves to a Pokémon quicker than their trainer is able to. They can be found throughout the various regions, and, for a small price, will gladly teach your Pokémon a move for you. However, as this process takes time, you will need to leave that Pokémon with the Move Tutor so that they can teach them the specified move. There is no specific time required for them to finish teaching a move, but please keep it realistic--they are not going to master it in the span of an hour.
Games Masters are the hosts of the game. Usually, their word is law; however, if you feel that an unfair call has been made, then politely say so and we'll see if we can work it out.
The current Game Masters are:
Rules are rules are rules. They should be followed. They should not be broken. The latter will do you no good; the former will. Therefore, follow the rules.
1. As usual, all BZPower rules apply. These can be found here, if you haven't looked them over already.
2. To reiterate from the above, flaming and spamming will not be tolerated. Spamming involves posting useless messages, in this case a post that has no connection to the RPG. Don't do it. Flaming involves purposefully fighting with or attacking another member. Don't do it.
3. Listen to the staff. If you think a Game Master/Moderator has made an unfair call, take it up with us, and we'll work it out.
4. Don't take control of another player's characters unless asked. By this, I mean A. Don't kill someone's character without permission, B. Don't hurt another player's character without permission, and C. Don't make another player's character do something they wouldn't do. If you want to do that to your own characters, then fine, go ahead.
5. Be realistic (at least, in terms of Pokémon.) Do not get from one place to another in one post. Do not win every single battle. Do not evolve your Pokémon in rapid succession. Space out events so that you don't run out of things to do throughout the game.
6. Distinguish between IC and OOC. IC stands for In Character and is used for the in-game portion of your post. OOC stands for Out of Character and is used for the out of game portion of your post.
IC: Bob charged forward to meet the two Rocket grunts, tossing a Pokéball into the air and releasing his Charmander.
OOC: Hey, teammates, feel free to jump into the fight.
7. Creativity is a must. This is a pretty sandboxy RPG, and as such there aren't a ton of restrictions to abide to. The only things that need to be approved are really big NPC introductions and REALLY big plot points, the likes of which could completely change the game as we know it. Other than that, feel free to experiment.
8. You must be approved before you can start playing. This makes it far easier to keep people from starting with super powerful Pokémon, as opposed to catching them after they've gone on two missions.
9. Do not meta-game or God-mode. For the uninformed: Meta-gaming is the use of OOC knowledge (or things that you know, but your character doesn't) to your advantage, like reading a conversation between two characters, who are nowhere near your character, and then going to your boss and telling him about it. God-modding is, plain and simple, unrealism -- never fatiguing, acting super powerful, preforming things that your character could never possibly do, etc. Neither are allowed under ANY circumstances.
10. Have fun! And because there is no other good place to say this -- don't take things too seriously. Yes, the plot is darker than your average Pokémon plot. Yes, it's mostly based off of the games. This does not mean that your experience has to be. Relax; don't put too much time into IVs and weaknesses and strengths and natures and whatever else there is to consider in the games. So, again, have fun!
Rewards and Punishments
Rise of the Rockets offers a variety of rewards for good behavior. Such rewards include the following:
*Special items, e.g. evolution stones, TMs, HMs.
*The ability to create an Executive character for one of the factions, who are candidates for promotion to Leader status if one of the faction leaders dies.
*The ability to evolve a Pokémon sooner than stated in the Evolution Guide.
*An upgrade to an attack without having to wait for evolution-- e.g. Ember could be upgraded to Flamethrower.
*In-game information regarding things like base information, blueprints, etc.
These rewards, as usual, can be obtained in a few different ways -- like showing good sportsmanship, helping other players and the GMs, giving recaps when players ask, and other such actions.
As well, RotR formerly had a structured punishment system; however, people have been good enough about things that I haven't had to use it, and as such it is now gone. Be aware, though, that if you do something abhorrent, you will hear from me about it.
Edited by Parugi, Mar 24 2016 - 10:50 PM.