Domestic Pokemon are natives - or the offspring of such - of PokeEarth. These are no different than the creatures you've grown to love over the years. So they are just that, domesticated Pokemon.
- ✺ Can understand human speech (but not speak it)
- ✺ Can converse will all PokeEarthen Pokemon
- ✺ Work well with human partners
- ✺ Are normally docile in some way
- ✘ Cannot be Mutated* (Save Shiny)
- ✘ Cannot learn certain Feral attacks
- ✘ Are difficult to obtain
These Pokemon are a limited resource. Although the Portal does occasionally open to allow more Domestics through, there still aren't many. Most Domestic Pokemon are either household pets or given to trainers as a starter. Therefore, they are very rare. So you have 3 options when it comes to obtaining this race.
- ✺ Receive as a Starter
At the very beginning, on the Character Application, you are given a couple of choices. 1) Your Trainer Class and 2) Your Starting Town & Mentor. Both choices will affect the choices of Pokemon you are able to receive at the beginning of your journey.
- 1) Mercenaries receive 2 Pokemon, Survivors receive 1 physically strong Pokemon, Researchers receive 1 mentally strong Pokemon, and Merchats receive 1 that suits the need of their business.
- 2)Each mentor holds a different set of Pokemon from either their own personal stash, or from the donations of Trainers. You can learn more about this on the Mentor page.
Another, more obvious way to get Domestics, is to trade for them. You'll learn more about the mechanics of Trading later.
Another topic that will be discussed int greater detail, later. This is the only way to "make more" Domestics.
Feral what now?
Feral Pokemon are the native species of Mi-aro. These Pokemon are extremely different from Domestic Pokemon in a number of ways. Below is a full list of the differences between the two 'races' of Pokemon.
Compared to Domestics, Ferals:
- ✺ Are significantly stronger in most physical areas
- ✺ Are adept at surviving in the wilderness
- ✺ Are more likely to evolve Mutations*
- ✺ Are typically much more hostile
- ✘ Don't understand human speech
- ✘ Only understand those of the same Egg Group or Type
- ✘ Must be Tamed* to partner well with a human
How do I get em?
Just as Domestic's were caught on PokeEarth in the days of ol', so too are Ferals now. Luckily, there's no shortage of such creatures. So the obvious answer is to grab a pokeball and go at it. Unfortunately, just catching the Pokemon isn't enough, in order for it to be useful in battle, you first have to Tame it.
Okay, so what does that mean? Well, since Feral Pokemon have evolved to live a certain way, specifically either alone or in a group, having a random thing that they've never seen before pluck them from their homes and order them around is not something that can just *poof* happen. The objective of Taming a Pokemon is to gain their trust, of course, it is not mandetory that you Tame your Feral Pokemon, however, Untamed Ferals have many limitations, as listed below.
- ✘ Require 2 extra levels to Evolve.
- ✘ Cannot be Bred
- ✘ Cannot be taught TMs, SMs, or Combos
- ✘ Will fight for itself and often ignore commands
- ✘ Are mostly controlled by Mods
- ✘ They won't play nice
Alright, so the question is, what is all this "taming" business about? How do I do it? Well, we won't lie, it's not easy. Taming Pokemon require special interactions that will award TP (Taming Points). When you first encounter a wild Feral, you'll notice they have a Rank. These define, on a Tier of I-V, how aggressive or generally how difficult they will be to tame. If they are caught, you will also be given the amount of TP needed for them to be fully tamed. Ranks will give you a general idea of how much TP will be required, as shown below, there are multiple factors involved.
- 1(50)-100TP - Rank I - OR - Baby Pokemon, Hive Pokemon*
- 100-200TP - Rank II - OR - Rookie Stage Evos
- 200-300TP - Rank III - OR - 2nd Stage Evos
- 300-400TP - Rank IV - OR - Final Stage Evos
- 400-500TP - Rank V - OR - Alphas*
- 500-1000TP - Legendaries*
There are 5 different ways to earn TP. Each of these are rewarded based on the quality of the post as a whole and the quality of the individual interaction. Note: Even if you and the Pokemon completed one of the following, if their trust for you does not increase at all, they receive no TP. Also, one-liner interactions are void.
- ✺ Food - The way to a Pokemon's heart is through it's stomach! Feeding your Pokemon will almost always increase their TP! The exception would be if you gave your Pokemon something they do not like at all, ie; herbs or medicine (which will actually result in the loss of TP). Certain foods are designed to specifically increase TP, however, as this is a relatively new idea, the increase is still a bit on the low side. All food items will have a possible range of increase in their description, the actual increase is based on quality.
- ✺ Language - Using Domesticated or already Tamed Pokemon to act as translators is a great way to increase their trust. But remember, Feral Pokemon only understand Pokemon of the same Type or Egg Group. When they are fully Tamed, they understand the basics of human speech and Pokemon of other Types/Egg Groups. This will increase over time. TP is awarded by quality of interaction.
- ✺ Training - Feral Pokemon always want to get stronger. They live in a world where the strong survive after all. Training a Pokemon in specific circumstances will often award the largest amount of TP. That being said, it's also the most difficult to do since Ferals don't understand human speech. Training must be done with that specific goal in mind. Random battles will not grant any TP. The max TP you can receive from Training is 50TP.
- ✺ Travel - Over time, Feral Pokemon will simply lose their will to fight and will begin to accept their life as
a slaveyour partner. At the end of every thread, all Ferals that were 1) in the Active Party at both the Beginning & the End of the thread and 2) came out of their pokeball at least once, will recevie 10 TP.
- ✺ Interaction - This is the most important method. Interacting with Ferals, even in small ways, results in their gaining trust for you. Every separate interaction will give TP based on the quality of the interaction, and these little things add up.
Once Tamed, all limitations are removed, and a few benefits are added. Tamed Pokemon are able to learn Unique Moves that are not found in PokeEarth's Pokemon League attack list. The other benefits you'll find out for yourself.
Good luck trainers, you'll need it.