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How a Programming Error turned a Gym Trainer into one of Pokémon Speedrunning's Worst Fights

Jun 12, 2024
In a previous video I talked about how the fight of Rival 2 and the first generations of Pokémon games could destroy the fastest races in those games and can be miserable

fights

that cause untold suffering to all the racers in those games very consistently in that video. He noted that the remix generally softened the blow and due to the various mechanical and routing changes, the

fights

were not as bad as in the originals. Interestingly, in the Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire remix, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire the developers made some mistakes and actually ended up making one particular fight much, much worse.
how a programming error turned a gym trainer into one of pok mon speedrunning s worst fights
It's not a rival fight, it's not even a gym fight, it's not even a battle. The boss is a random gym

trainer

named Hideki black belt for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire speedrunners please remember to breathe loosen your jaw and relax your shoulders. I'm about to dive into the details of how Hideki has ruined days, weeks, months, and years of Aega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire speedruns. Hi, I'm a

trainer

at Broly's gym in Duford Town. It is important. Hello, it's a mandatory fight. that cannot be omitted or postponed in the original games. You could deliver Mr.
how a programming error turned a gym trainer into one of pok mon speedrunning s worst fights

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Stone's letter to Steven without using Flash and leave Duford Town without even setting foot in the gym. You would have to go back before you fight, since he won't fight you. without four badges, but by then you are already overleveled and the gym poses no threat, an Omega Ruby and an Alpha Sapphire, you cannot deliver the litter until you defeat Broly, you cannot leave the island without first delivering the litter, no You can fight Broly without defeating Hideki first. Hideki is a wall that stands between you and your best personal dreams Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire a simple but terrifyingly strong threat that will crush you discriminating let's see what makes Hideki such a threat Hideki has a unique upward march I have been killed by my fair share of marops over the years, they can certainly pack a big punch with a same type attack, bonus, critical hit, karate chop, but it's usually not enough to stop a cold speedrun in its tracks, this Mar chop in particular has little forethought, sweep and focus energy like so many fights. in Pokémon speeduns, but unusually for a later game, a

programming

error

makes this fight much worse than was actually planned.
how a programming error turned a gym trainer into one of pok mon speedrunning s worst fights
You'll see that Pokémon have these things called individual values ​​that help determine their stats, the other variables are effort values ​​and range of individual Nature values. from 0 to 31, meaning 31 individual speed values, you would give your Pokémon a very good speed stat and zero individual values ​​would give your Pokémon a very bad speed stat. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, these values ​​are fixed, meaning they will not vary. between different save files, all Pokémon in the game have direct IVs, meaning they are the same for each stat, speed is 15, special attack is 15, etc., the intended IVs for Hideki's March operation They should be something like 15 in width. the board is very average, however the game interprets the numbers correctly and for

programming

reasons I am not smart enough or mathematically competent enough to understand that the mop has IVs that are closer to 28, three less than the maximum, Essentially, the developers accidentally made this the most manipulated March. of all time and every time you fight Hiiki, he is always sending out the most powered up March ever.
how a programming error turned a gym trainer into one of pok mon speedrunning s worst fights
This era of programming is a big part of why the Hiiki fight is so bad, as a less-powered March wouldn't be as bad. of a threat, the player's strategy for this fight is simple, use echo voice. Echoing Voice is a normal type special move with 40 power and 100% accuracy. If you use Echo Voice consecutively, you gain 40 power each turn, so the first turn has 40 power the next. it's 80, the next 120 up to a max of 200 power, most runnable mudkips will slow down on three repeated voices, others may take four, so you have to live at least three turns to win, I guess it's pretty simple , as I just mentioned.
Run uses Mudkip, which is still a Mudkip at this point, around level 13, assuming you didn't get any extra experience points. Mudkips are also variable in their stats, as RNG manipulation for starting stats is not possible in Generation 6, so instead you have a threshold of stats needed to be a runnable Mudkip no matter what. No matter how good your Mudkip is, you're probably going to have a really hard time in this fight, in the ideal fight the Mop uses forethought and focuses energy, then any of these moves are like that again. you have time to power up echoed vo, under no circumstances do you want to see low sweep marops that deal self damage by moving low sweep is 65 base power in Gen 6 and reduces your speed stat by one stage in almost all cases , a low sweep will always mean that attacking after March Up also a low sweep without a critical hit will deal 35-45% of your health, so you don't want to take any hits at its lowest damage level. .
The mop can kill you in total in four hits with a low defense mudkip and a high crit roll a single low sweep could one hit knock you out basically if the March decides to attack you three turns in a row you will die, let's talk about critical hits in my experience the March It commonly opens with focusing energy. which increases the critical hit ratio, you don't have to do this and in theory you could use foresight three times, but I've never seen it from generation onwards. Focus energy increases the critical hit ratio by two stages so that it has a 50% chance. for a critical hit this is lethal, a critical hit at

worst

can knock you out and at best drain most of your HP.
A quick note on damage rolls. Damage rolls are a way for games to calculate a random item to damage when you attack. the game calculates this damage and then rolls a randomly generated number between 85 and 100. This is the roll calculation. What this means is that the damage you deal can be 85% of the maximum damage that a low roll would be when the random number is closer to 85. and a high roll would have a number closer to 100. This is important to understand the fights with Hideki. A high critical roll from Machop will kill you. A low critical roll from Machop will take away most of your HP. of your HP, the main cause of Hideki's morally blind t

error

is that this March operation is simply dumb and he doesn't know the extent of his powerful powers.
Healing will not save you. The route does not purchase super potions, as they are not easily accessible with just one. badge, so you're stuck with regular 20hp supply potions that are insufficient to recover the uncounted damage from a low sweep critical hit with all but the bulkiest mudkips, a low sweep critical hit starting at this March will always make more than half of your measured HP. It's also entirely plausible to heal a crit and then return the crit to frame 1 to make it clear how often Hideki does something horrible. I ran the fight 50 times, not a statistically significant sample size, but more often than most people probably run through aega.
Rubi and Alpha Sapphire in those 50 fights I lost 30 times and won 20 times, that's a 60% loss rate against Hideki. Now maybe I'm really unlucky or my mud gear was excessively bad or they just suck somehow, but to me that's absolutely crazy. I can't think of another fight where the strategy is to just attack as fast as you can and not take crits and the loss rate is still 60% by my rough estimate, there's no need to prepare or wait for a timely move. or even to use a complicated strategy, you just have to attack three times and hope they don't kill you first.
Hideki is a killer through and through thanks to his incredible upward dash and 50% critical hit chance. I want to emphasize here. that Hideki isn't meant to be a difficult trainer fight, it's literally meant to be a warm-up fight for the actual boss that immediately follows him, but somehow the developers accidentally screwed up the IV calculations and gave this mop a lethal combination of moves. Focus energy. crits might not be so bad if the mop didn't also have a low sweep which, when boosted with the same type of attack bonus, is 97.5 base power, which is an absurdly strong attack for a level-up Pokémon. 14.
I'm also interested that hiiki is a horrible fight in both Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire for those unfamiliar with the two races for the most part Omega Ruby is considered the better race in terms of luck and timing due to the different Pokémon in Team Aqua and magma and the ability to use Latios instead of laas, among other things, other people have explained this point in more detail in other videos and I will link them below, but the common thing in both races is Hideki, the powerful man who indiscriminately slaughters mudkips no matter what game he resides in.
If Alpha Sapphire is worse overall, they're united by Hideki's unpersonal child murders to make matters worse. Hideki's fight is sandwiched between two other bad fights that are bad for many other reasons. The previous fight is a meeting that he has meditated on. holding on and confusion is actually not that bad, but confusion is the enemy of a swift and successful speedrun Pokémon the fight after is Broly the gym leader at least in Broly's case the fight must be difficult it is a boss battle without However he comes right after Hideki badass and Broly is no pushover Broly has a march jump and a makah heater, luckily the march jump doesn't have focus energy or low sweep but it does have volume and karate chop which It means that critics can really damage the marer heater. with the sand attack and arm thrust both being of a level higher than or equal to your Mudkip, an increased arm thrust that hits five times will take care of most, if not all, of your HP, and the attack of sand is always a problem for not being completely tense while you are. you're trying to faint Broly is tough and you have to fight him immediately after the trauma hello it's very difficult lastly for those wondering hello or something like that doesn't exist in the original Ruby and Sapphire as I mentioned before skip this gem and come back when you're overleveled, but even then there's no benefit from low sweep Uber.
March up to talk here, so the threat just isn't there. I can't hurt you in Ruby and Sapphire, that's all I have, people tell me. Has hii ever covered you while you were running or playing casually? Let me know in the comments and thanks for watching.

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