In this guide, we will give you basic and advanced breeding and hatching information.
First things first - where is the Daycare Center? South of Goldenrod City, thats where. If youve played RBY, this place should be more than vaguely familiar. But this time there's a few differences to the Center. The first thing is that once you give a Pokemon to be looked after, you can see it outside. I'm sure a Mewtwo lounging around would confuse several passers-by...
Another new thing is the addition of the Daycare LADY. She'll look after one Pokemon for you as well. This means you can drop two Pokemon off, which can be useful to no end.
Picture the scene: you need a water type for Blaine's gym. But you haven't trained your Croconaw and he's several levels away from evolving. So you stick it in the Daycare Center. But there's already a Flaaffy there. What do you do? Take out an inadequate Flaafy, or wait? Neither - you can give Croconaw to the Daycare Lady.
But the real surprise comes when you come to pick them up. The Daycare man isn't there! The Daycare Lady tells you he's in the garden. You go to the garden, and what's this? Croconaw and Flaafy had an egg! What will that hatch into?
But before you worry about your new mutant, there's a few things you should understand. The egg will always be a younger version of the mother. For example, if Flaaffy is female, you'll get a Mareep. If Croconaw is female, you'll get a Totodile. But if your Croconaw is male, you can't get a baby Totodile, right?
Wrong! There is one Pokémon in the game that can turn into a female Croconaw. Who? Come on, don't tell me you haven't guessed. It's Ditto!
Ditto is one of the most useful pkmn in GS. A good idea that didn't work for RBY is now the most original thing about GS. Ditto will breed with anything it's given and the baby will always be the other Pokémon. So stick Ditto with Croconaw for a Totodile!
So if you've been taking this in, you can breed the three starting Pokémon with a Ditto to get more than one! This makes it all the more important to make sure your friends/brothers/sisters/whatever choose something different at the start.
Remember the example about Croconaw and Flaafy? Well. cross-breeding doesn't stop there. As long as the Pokémon are similar types or shapes, there's a good chance they'll breed. For a full list, look here. At the start of the game, make sure you catch a male Rattata rather than a female. Rattata breeds with several Pokémon, so to make sure you don't end up with several Rattata, breed it with a female. As well as getting all three starting pkmn, you can also get all five Eevee types by breeding with a Rattata (if Eevee is female) or Ditto (if it's male). You can also get Hitmonlee AND Hitmonchan, as well as Hitmontop, the latest addition, by breeding one with a Ditto. Note that all Hitmons are male, so you must breed them with Ditto. What you CAN'T do is breed certain legendary Pokémon. You can't breed Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Lugia, Ho-oh, Mewtwo, Mew or Celebi. The legendaries you CAN breed are Snorlax, Omanyte, Omastar, Kabuto, Kabutops and Aerodactyl. Snorlax and Aerodactyl eggs take A-G-E-S to hatch, though.
Ages to hatch? Yes, there different amounts of time to hatch for different types of pkmn. Magikarp take the shortest ammount of time, followed closely by Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff and Togepi, and then at the othere extreme, Chansey, Lapras, Snorlax, Dratini and Larvitar take the longest to hatch, followed closely by Eevee and Aerodactyl.
There are three main advantages to breeding. The first, of course, is that you can get more than one of most rare pkmn. The second is to complete the Pokedex - you can only get Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Smoochum, Elekid and Magby by breeding. And finally babies may learn attacks their parents didn't. For example, breed a female Oddish (or one of its evolutions) with a male Pokémon that knows the moves and the baby Oddish will learn Charm, Flail, Razor Leaf, Swords Dance or Synthesis, thus making a weak pkmn as strong as a Bulbasaur.
To conclude - not only is breeding essential for completing GS, but its also a very fun activity. Will a Pidgey breed with a Gyarados? Try it and see. Will a Charmander breed with a Squirtle? You'd be surprised...
Page written by Psythor.
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