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 Guard Swap and Power Swap, question
 Posted: Aug 2 2018, 06:54 PM


I have an idea for a use for Power Swap and Guard Swap, but I want to see if it would be considered Terrene-legal. It would mainly benefit Soren since he's small and squishy (Cecilia doesn't need to call on her mr.mime for a power boost). Essentially, I want to know if Genesis does a power swap with him, can she loan him her strength for a limited time to do a specific task. The idea came to me because while Genesis is plenty strong, she lacks the thumbs that Soren has. It's not something that I can see being used much in battle, but it would have a roleplay benefit. She would, of course, pay the energy cost for using the move.

Traditionally these moves only trade whatever strength or defense buffs a pokemon has with its opponent, but I thought this would be a fun and creative way of using them as well. Please let me know what you guys think.

 Posted: Aug 4 2018, 04:09 PM


After conferring with Jani and Kaien:

I think it's a pretty creative interpretation, and I like it, though it would be much more limited when applying to humans... as almost all Pokemon moves/abilities are. (Basically anything that is a stat/status move would work to a more limited degree on a human, but anything that is actually physically damaging would probably cause more damage to a human. Like flamethrower.)

One issue I realized is that technically Power Swap switches the stat boosts, not the stats themselves. For example: if Soren has no stat boosts, and Genesis has +2 Attack, using Power Swap would give Soren +2 Attack, and Genesis goes to +0 ATK.

So it's certainly plausible, but Soren wouldn't suddenly gain all the strength of a Girafarig, just a modification on his strength. And it wouldn't be particularly effective if Genesis doesn't first somehow acquire the +1 Attack.

Note: This implies that status changing moves like Growl works on humans. Yes, but to a more limited degree than it works on other Pokemon.

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