For the past six months or so I’ve been writing new Single Type Run (STR) articles and updating old ones to ensure they are accurate and up-to-date. They have been a constant source of views and uses for my website and I enjoy researching and writing these articles. However, with Pokemon Sword and Shield just around the corner I wanted to give everyone an update on the future of these articles and where I go from here. This list will be the general order of events as we head into Generation VIII of Pokemon.
1. The next STR article will focus on Pokemon Sword and Shield.
This article will honestly take awhile to write as I predict there will be a lot of things to consider including Galar’s Wild Area and Dynamaxing. There will also be tons of Pokemon in this region similar to the past two generations so that will slow things down especially when informational websites like Bulbapedia will gradually update. I also want to play the game blind because I find that enjoyable!
Nevertheless, I will write it but I can’t guarantee it will be out by the end of this year. Probably by January. As a comparison, I published my Sun and Moon article at the end of December 2016 when the games came out November 16th, 2016. But it’s on my list! The STR on Sun and Moon is my most viewed article ever and I’m predicting my article Sword and Shield will be popular as well.
2. I will produce a new STR chart and it will include both Generation VII and VIII and a new “S” rating.
This will be the most important step on our list as the original STR article is by far one of my most popular articles. Instead of writing and publishing a new article I’m going to update the old one as I have been doing.
More importantly, I’m going to incorporate Generation VII AND VIII into the chart! Previously, I left Sun and Moon out as the lack of gyms made it impossible to apply it to the chart but I’ve been doing some thinking how we can change that. At this point, I’m thinking our benchmarks will be the first battle against Captain Ilmia, then the Verdant Trial, then the first Kahuna Trial, then leaving the first island. This works pretty close to previous games’ gym locations and can account for Sun and Moon’s notoriously long tutorial scenes. There’s also a lot going on on the first Island which is really nice AND you can catch a Pokemon from every type on the first Island which is also incredible.
Thankfully, Sword and Shield is returning to the gym format so, barring any major surprises, we can use Sword and Shield for our chart with hopefully no problems.
The ratings are going to change as well. After writing and researching so many articles my opinions have changed about what makes a good STR fantastic and by far the most important quality is early Pokemon availability. So I’m going to change the letter grades to reflect that and introduce the new “S” grade (which will stand for Superior/Starter depending on your cup of tea).
“S” grade=Your first Pokemon is a starter that matches your type or can evolve into said type (like Chimchar for a Fighting Run)
“A” grade=First Pokemon caught is before the first gym/Ilmia battle
“B” grade=First Pokemon caught between first-second gym/between Ilmia-Verdant Trial
“C” grade=First Pokemon caught between second-third gym/between Verdant Trial-first Kahuna Trial
“D” grade=First Pokemon caught between third-fourth gym/between first Kahuna Trial-leaving the first Island
“F” grade=First Pokemon caught after the fourth gym
Gym battles are still important benchmarks for Pokemon games and although they can vary wildly in occurrence or story-placement they can still serve as a model how great or bad the games can be for STRs Thankfully, my articles focused solely on specific games like Diamond/Pearl/Platinum can offer a richer detail of what to expect for your Run.
Not sure about the number grades yet. I should change them to make them less confusing but not sure how to approach that. One idea is make the number grade reflect the number of unique Pokemon that can be caught so Pokemon Moon would have a Steel rating of 10A for 10 unique Steel families but Pokemon Silver would have a 3B rating for just 3 families. A little “*” symbol can indicate if all weaknesses are neutralized. This might be way too complex though. I like the “1A” ratings because it’s simple and gets to the point. Any thoughts appreciated here.
3. Preexisting articles will be more user-friendly and have a consistent template.
This step will most likely be addressed multiple times in the coming months, especially while I’m waiting for Sword and Shield to come out. With a lot of articles under my belt I noticed a lot of inconsistencies in article designs so I want to harmonize them.
There will also be collapsible text options to reduce clutter and make it easier to read what you want instead of constant scrolling scrolling scrolling.
Finally, long shot, but, it would be really cool to have a clickable link on the chart to learn more about a certain team and what it would look like. Just cut right to the chase! Not sure how to pull that one off yet but any ideas are appreciated.
4. Preexisting articles focused on just types will include Sword and Shield.
I’ve already written a few articles on types alone like Bug, Grass, and Ground but they’ll need to be updated once Sword and Shield comes out. These articles don’t get a lot of love compared to their game-focused counterparts so this step is not urgent.
5. New Pokemon Type Articles will be written and published.
Finally, I will write new Pokemon Type articles once the previous tasks are done. Water and Flying are two big types that I will likely focus on next. I may not even write articles for every single type since some of them are still pretty abysmal like Ice, Rock, and Dragon. But maybe Sword and Shield will be excellent games for them. We’ll see!
As usual, thanks for reading, everyone! If you have any suggestions or comments your feedback is as usual appreciated.