2020 has been a big year Pokémon source code leak, and the newest classic pair added to the list is none other than the fourth generation game, Diamond Pokémon and Pearl. And according to fans who have perused the code, 2006 pocket monster Games pay special attention to what day it is.
Twitter users @shinyhunter_map – a Pokémon fast runner and shiny hunter – recently discovered it Diamond Pokémon and Pearl behave a little differently on certain game days. On the birthday of Pokémon developer, Junichi Masuda, who landed on January 12, for example, every egg you try to hatch will grow 10% faster than normal. The egg details have been corroborated by Mr. Cheeze, another famous Pokemon watchmaker. It should be noted too Masuda himself shyly pushed the player turns on the game on that date, promising that “something different” will happen.
There have been surprising new discoveries in the source of Gen 4 discovered by @shinyhunter_map!
On certain special days of the year, such as Masuda’s birthday, eggs will hatch 10% faster than usual.
Doesn’t look like this that has ever been noticed before. I wonder if anyone will have this? pic.twitter.com/AeI7mV9
– 87N ジ ほ ブ e ぞ (@MrCheeze_) May 27, 2020
That is not all. On certain holidays, such as Independence Day (July 4) or St. Patrick (March 17), the game will also increase the monster meeting rate by 5%. You can see the complete list of holidays below:
But Game Freak doesn’t seem to stop there. Strangely, Japanese studios are allegedly also changing the level of spawn monsters on tragic warnings, such as 9/11 or the day of the bombing of Hiroshima.
Reportedly, seedling rates are also lower at Christmas and New Year – but only by 5%.
Polygon cannot independently confirm the existence of this code. However, the code was also verified to Polygon by speedrunners, data miners, and other hackers, Orcastraw, and has been shared by hackers with a proven track record, such as MrCheeze. Polygon reaches out to Nintendo and The Pokémon Company to confirm the report, and will update if the company responds. Shinyhunter_map tells Polygon that they can see the code through the DeSmuME emulator, a tool that allows users to peek behind a curtain.
But the bigger question remains, why does Game Freak do something like this? It’s hard to say, but hackers have a theory. Orcastraw notes that diamond and Pearl including something called Pokétch, a watch with a true-to-calendar clock. diamond and Pearl use this feature in a clearer way, such as having days when snow turns to diamond in the game.
“There are also small and subtle things,” Orcastraw told Polygon via Twitter message. “There is an area called Valor Lakefront in diamond & Pearl which has a small number of days and rarely, it will rain, determined every year, and there are only a number of secrets based on the clock hidden around it so it makes sense if they do something like this, “he continued. However, according to Orcastraw, spawn changes are not brought about to more modern games.
Time-based mechanics is something Pokemon plays with more broadly through things like day / night cycles. Pokemon Go, meanwhile, often increases spawn for certain monsters depending on seasonal events. But observing a sad date may be the most experimental use of ideas.
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