How do you usually play Pokemon games? - Results (57 votes)
Train all the time and make sure I'm a couple levels above gym leaders
17.54% (10 votes)
Rarely train but beat every npc trainer I come across
35.09% (20 votes)
Rarely train and rarely battle npc trainers except when I'm forced to
7.02% (4 votes)
Beat every wild pokemon and every npc trainer I come across
31.58% (18 votes)
8.77% (5 votes)
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I usually beat every trainer and rarely beat wild pokemon so I can make gym leaders more challenging because I have more fun just barely winning a gym battle. Though it's more frustrating when I lose after being so close to winning. But the satisfaction of barely winning is so great it makes it worth it.
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My training is a combo of battling every NPC and wild Pokémon and battling NPC's only when required; it depends on the situation I'm in. For example, I just played through White 2 in challenge mode, and if you try to train as if you are playing normal mode, it's not gonna be pretty. I was behind on Gym leader levels on every gym until Marlon, and then I was able to pull it together and get my whole team to level 60 for the E4 and Champion. Throughout the course of the game, it was battling all NPC's and then resorting to all wild Pokémon. It was a tough, but good experience though.
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It varies a lot with my mood. Sometimes I get tired of battling for a short while so I'll avoid trainers or tall grass so I can explore, but for the most part I fight everything I come across and try to get my main team and any other Pokemon I plan on using against a Gym Leader so they're on par with the Leader's highest level.
I take out all NPC trainers and try to have levels at least roughly equal to those of the Gym Leader's. I always go for a team of six, and I keep their levels even, though I always make sure my starter is at a higher level than anything else, even if only by one level.