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Pokémon BDSP players laugh at Regigigas’ slow animation

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Those who play Shiny Diamond and Shiny Pearl Pokémon mock the waddling walking cycle of the legendary Pokemon Regigigas as it follows players on the routes. Pokémon that follow players is not a new feature in the Pokemon series, but because each Pokemon has a different size, gait, and body type, the perfecting of walk cycles in previous generations has resulted in some hilarious and goofy followers. Because Shiny diamond and shiny pearl doesn’t accurately represent the size of the Pokémon in relation to the trainer they’re behind, this created some especially fun times with larger species.

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Shiny Diamond and Shiny Pearl Pokémon are the last installments of the Pokemon series and have reinvented the Sinnoh region of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum. Originally released for the Nintendo DS in 2006, the gameplay and graphics have changed dramatically in the remakes. However, instead of using the full character models seen in Pokémon Sword and Shield, BDSP opted for a return to top-down gameplay and truncated chibi character designs. This includes models for Pokémon, which do not appear in the Overworld unless players are in Pokémon Hideaways hidden in the Grand Underground.

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A player known as JMSX101 on Reddit shared a video of a particularly fun walking cycle belonging to the 12-foot-tall, nearly a thousand-pound, legendary Pokemon Regigigas as it buzzes behind its trainer. The walking animation is particularly slow, with the player character stopping regularly to allow them to catch up. Other players in the comments poke fun at the slow walking cycle, pointing out that it could be a nod to the Pokémon’s Slow Start ability, which reduces the pokémon’s speed in half of the first five battle turns. However, this can make it long and arduous for the Pokémon to get out of its Poké Ball.

Unfortunately, Regigigas isn’t the only Pokémon in BDSP draw attention to awkward animation by following his trainer. Ekans, the Kantonian-type poison based on a snake, is said to have a Pokemon duty cycle similar to a Roomba. The Pokémon stays coiled up in a stack as it moves and appears to awkwardly hover behind the player, instead of unrolling and squeezing in a movement unique to a snake-like creature. These walk cycles have drawn criticism for the unfinished animations, especially because the game includes less than half of the total Pokémon species currently in games after the National Pokédex is unlocked.

While BDSP has had a few issues with its walk cycles, it’s possible the developers will release a patch in the coming months to tweak some of these areas. Inspired by the walking cycles used in Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee could be especially useful, due to the remake based on the Kanto region with particularly clean and engaging animations. In the meantime, however, Shiny Diamond and Shiny Pearl Pokémon fans will have the chance to laugh as their fellow combatant tries to keep up with them.

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Source: JMSX101 / Reddit

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