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Pokemon Rainbow FAQ

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 7, 2012, 9:14 AM

:bulletred: FAQ :bulletorange: RULES :bulletyellow: AREAS OF INTEREST :bulletgreen: GENERAL CHATROOM :bulletblue: ROLEPLAY CHATROOM :bulletpurple:





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What is Pokemon Rainbow?
Pokemon Rainbow is a role playing group in a fan pokemon universe. You create a character and complete quests set via drawing.

Do I have to be of a particular skill level to join?
No! Any form of art is accepted here; comics, digital, traditional, animations- anything you like (as long as it's within dA's terms and conditions mind you- any art theft will be reported and your entry will be removed).

What is the first thing I need to do?
Get yourself noticed by uploading your Character Card ry-spirit.deviantart.com/art/C… and submit it to the 'Character Card & Collection Card' Folder. Then you can either enter the current Main Quests or catch some more Pokemon to your party by submitting your 'Catching the Pokemon' artwork to the specific 'Areas' folder that has the Pokemon you want in it.

I see there's only one slot for the Pokemon.. why isn't there 6?
This group is a little bit different than other group, you can be ANYBODY not just a trainer. You can be a nurse, a police, a detective, a chef, a librarian, a magician, a singer, a photographer, a Team Rocket grunt, a businessman, a Pokemon Breeder, a student. So it doesn't make sense you are just limited to 6 Pokemon in your party. However if you do want 6 Pokemon for your team if you are a trainer, you can enter the 'Areas' and submit your 'Catching the Pokemon' artwork in the specific areas folder. Thats how you add a Pokemon to your team! In a way its like you are working towards forming your team, making this role-playing experience even more realistic.

Can I have any pokemon as my main pokemon?
Your main pokemon can be ANY pokemon! That's right. As long as it is not a legendary. For those wondering which Pokemon are legendaries, here's a list of the current legendary pokemon:
Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mew, Mewtwo, Entei, Raikou, Suicune, Lugia, Ho-oh, Celebi, Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Latias, Latios, Deoxys, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Manaphy, Phione, Heatran, Cresselia, Darkrai, Regigigas, Shaymin, Arceus, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Victini, Cobalon, Terrakion, Virizion, Keldeo, Voltolos, Tornelos, Landlos, Melloeta, Genesect, Xerneas, Yvetal and Zygarde, Diancie and Hoopa too.

Can I be a gym leader/elite 4 member/champion?
Unfortunately no, gym leaders and elites have already been decided. However you could always make your character's back-story that their goal is to become a gym leader, or the champion!

Can I be in a group like Team Rocket or Team Plasma from the games and anime?
We would prefer you just be ex members on non active members. Its fine if your character is currently in team but they can't be active.
Pokemon Rainbow has its own group of baddies and we would really prefer that they be the more active baddies in the region.

Can I be in a high ranking position in Team Rocket or Plasma?
No I'm sorry you cannot.

Can I be in a high ranking position in Team Monochrome?
You have to ask before you can be awarded a position higher than grunt. Anything higher has to be earned.

Can I create multiple characters?
Yes, create as many as you like!

Can I use a fakemon as one of my pokemon?
No, any pokemon used in your card must be an official Pokemon.

Does my character have to be human?
Yes, please keep all characters human.

Can I put accessories like bows and glasses on my pokemon?
Feel free, make them as pretty as you want!

Can my pokemon speak with humans or use telepathy/psychic powers to speak to humans or other pokemon?
No. Please limit your pokemon's communication to their names and nonverbal actions.

Can my character use telepathy/psychic powers to speak with other trainers/pokemon/rocks?
No.

Can my character be a psychic or have otherworldly powers?
Generally, no, but feel free to run your character concept by an admin. We'll happily work with you!

Can I smooch my pokemon?
Ok.

Can I smooch my pokemon?
NO

Which generation Pokemon are in the Rainbow Region?
All generations.

Can I use an official character like ash as my character?
No! Please make your own characters up! Any non original characters will not be accepted.

Can I have shiny pokemon on my team?
Sure! It is the Rainbow region after all.

How many pokemon may I have?
You may capture as many pokemon as you'd like! You have full access to the PC system which allows for the storage of pokemon. However, you may only have a maximum of six Pokemon traveling with your character at any given time.

I have drawn a character and Pokemon previously on another similar group, can I use it here?
Yes you can, but obviously you need to use our group's template and still follow the group's rules of starting with one pokemon then catching the rest in the region.

So I see many 'Areas' on the Pokemon Rainbow Region map, what does it mean?
Those are the Areas of Interests. They are location that has specific Pokemon, that's also the place where you meet or 'Catch' the Pokemon you want. That's how you add them to your team! And you can submit art to those areas anytime you want. But keep in mind besides from catching you can also just be there to visit the place, or fight other trainers, or have a picnic, or exploring the place! Think of it as an open location for you to do anything you want. :D

Due dates? OK so what DOES have due dates?
Main Quests have due dates. And when the due date comes the best looking/most creative art piece gets to be featured in the featured gallery (As well as winning medals). Usually each Main Quests has around 2-4 weeks before it's due.

So after a Main Quest reaches its due date, can we still submit to it?
Yes you can! But unfortunately you won't have a chance to be featured (Or win medals). But your work will still be seen by many fellow Pokemon lovers and you win the prize shown for the quest.

How do I keep track of which Main Quests are available at the moment?
On the main page there's a custom box which lists out the current Main Quests. They get updated regularly so our members knows exactly what's going on! Or you can click here: pokemonrainbow.deviantart.com/…

Lets talk Pokemon... there's a certain Pokemon I want for my team. But they are nowhere to be found on any areas! What to do?
New areas appears on the map all the time, so maybe one day the Pokemon you want will appear! Also feel free to request your Pokemon to any of our admins. We will listen to you!

But on this subject: PLEASE don't spam every area with a pokemon you want- if it's not there in that area it may be added later in another new area. By you just saying "IS THERE ___________(insert pokemon)" in an area, or "WILL THERE BE ______" can come across rude. Ask politely and we're more likely to add them. When more areas are added we will take into concentration what pokemon have been requested, but it's unlikely we'll add new pokemon to existing areas right away since the pokemon there have been planned.

Does America or Japan or Russia or any other countries exists in the Pokemon Universe?
Nope, so please do not reference them on your character card saying your character was from China or whatever. You can refer other regions however like how your character came from Johto for example. Also the use of real countries language is also acceptable like saying the character can speak French.

What are NPC trade?
Every once in a while, an event called "NPC Traders" will appear on the group's blog and profile page. Three NPC (Non playable characters) will want to trade pokemon. Usually they offer Pokemon that aren't in the region, and for a limited time, you will be able to catch a Pokemon they want and draw a trade with them and submit it to the NPC trade folder. For the official NPC page, please click here pokemonrainbow.deviantart.com/…

If I wanna trade with a friend, can I do that?
YES YOU CAN. You cannot trade pokemon with your own original characters, however you can find another member and trade with them. Just get their permission and you can both draw something or collab and submit it to the Trade Society folder. More info here pokemonrainbow.deviantart.com/…

I wanna role play my characters in a chatroom, is there one I can go to?
Yes the RP chatroom can be found here chat.deviantart.com/chat/Pokem… and the regular chatroom for chatting can be found here chat.deviantart.com/chat/Pokem…

There are SO many pokemon and I don't wanna read every area to find if they exists in the rainbow region.. what should I do..?
Here's a tip. On the page where you see lots of Pokemon available in the areas (Region map page or even the front page), press 'Control F' (Or Command F if you are using Mac), a little search bar will appear on your browser somewhere (Depends on your browser), then type in the Poke's name in there, if the Pokemon you want is on the list, its name will be highlighted. This is not only useful in finding Pokemon in a massive pile of name list, but also handy in everyday life web browsing.

I know that I have missed out on some Pokemon from previous events because I wasn't a member yet, how do I check what Pokemon were available?
You can either browse through the journal.... or just simply check out altitudinous 's hard worked Pokemon list for the Rainbow Region altitudinous.deviantart.com/ar… its even in national Pokedex order and includes the hidden Pokemon too. Its pretty helpful!

Someone is bullying me and making me uncomfortable...
If you are feeling uncomfortable or being harassed by a member, a suggestion is not to continue arguing too much, flame wars can get pretty crazy and the problem with flame wars is that it usually gets more and more serious... instead copy and paste the conversation and show it to us admin, we will sort it out. We do not tolerate racism, bullying, sexism or just any kind of bullying.

Any other questions, please ask them here and we will update this FAQ!

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RainyPug Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Got a couple of questions!

In character bios, are references to real-life media and people (e.g. TV shows, other games, books, celebrities, etc.) allowed?
Are faceclaims for characters allowed or no?
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meroe1313 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
References to real-life media and people are generally not allowed. Parodies however are perfectly fine, so instead of "Twitter" we have "Hooter" and things like that. Be creative with it. ;)  I'm not sure what a "faceclaim" is, but if it isn't your original work or drawing, then it is not allowed. We don't allow bases. If you're just referencing a face type and then drawing it yourself, that's fine, but no copy-pastes, obviously. I hope this answers your questions! If you have any further questions, just ask.
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RainyPug Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A face claim is a real-life person (typically an actor) that a creator chooses to represent their character's appearance or references their character's appearance off of. (E.G. Ultimate Nick Fury's appearance in the comics was based off of Samuel L. Jackson)
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meroe1313 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then I think my original answer works. As long as you're making it your own character in some way, then it's okay if their face resembles a real-life person. Just don't use copy-paste or tracing for any artworks.
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RoobyRed Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Hello! I like this group and want to join, but I have some questions if you don't mind:

1. If I have twin characters is it okay for them to have a strong psychic like bond?
 like if one of them is sad then the other can feel it, and the same with they're pokemon,
if the pokemon is angry, they feel it and tell it to calm down, can it just give a annoyed look
and nod like it understands what was just said? and in vice versa as well?

2. Can I make eggs? and if I can, dose it count as trading if I gave it to one of my other characters
without getting a pokemon in return?

3. My sister said rattata's are super uncommon, I was just wondering cause I like them and would like to
own one at some point.

4. Can my characters be in the psychic trainer class,
but without using the whole psychic power to show off you balls stuff?
 
5. My sister did the bug catching quest, I was wondering if I can still do it and if so can it be any bug type I want?

Sorry it so much but it'll be really help full.
Thanks!
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meroe1313 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there, glad to have you!

1. "Can my pokemon speak with humans or use telepathy/psychic powers to speak to humans or other pokemon?
No. Please limit your pokemon's communication to their names and nonverbal actions."  < As I read it, I think it's okay if your twins have a "sixth sense" about each other, as in they might feel that the other twin is upset or in trouble, but actual  telepathic communication is not allowed. With the Pokemon, I think some trainers have a strong enough bond to understand when the Pokemon are upset, so it's okay as long as no nonverbal communication is involved.

2. No, breeding is not allowed in Rainbow. You can make a Breeder character, but breeding is not allowed. The only eggs that occur are ones received from official group quests.

3. You're right, Rattata is currently unavailable to catch in Rainbow and can only be received if it randomly pops up as a trade or quest reward, therefore, if you want a Rattata that badly, perhaps your character's partner pokemon should be Rattata?

4. You may want to ask Ry-Spirit on this one, but I thin it's okay as long as you adhere to the rule about telepathic communication. Basically, your trainer has to keep their psychic power hidden.

5. The bug catching event is now over, but you can still catch any bug that's available to catch in the Rainbow areas. You can check the group's front page or go to the area folders to see which bug pokemon are available right now.

I hope this answers your questions. If you have any further questions, just ask! :D
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RoobyRed Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Wow!
Thank you so much
for answering all that!
It really helps and
I really appreciate it!La la la la 
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meroe1313 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, that's what I'm here for. :D  Any further questions you have, don't be afraid to ask.
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RoobyRed Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
It's good you're here or I'd be lost!I am a dummy! 
There was one more thing
I'd like to know, how do I go about
contacting  Ry-Spirit?
My sis says he's always busy
and I don't want to be a bother.Sweating a little... 
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meroe1313 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, glad to be of help. You can send Ry a note or drop a comment on his page. He is busy but he does answer his messages. ;)
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RoobyRed Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the info!Hug 
I'll give it a try!
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MrsVolv Featured By Owner Edited May 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
Well... normally you send a Note to a person you wanna contact. xD
But don't worry about it, let me answer your question for you.

Can my character use telepathy/psychic powers to speak with other trainers/pokemon/rocks?
No.

Can my character be a psychic or have otherworldly powers?
Generally, no, but feel free to run your character concept by an admin. We'll happily work with you!

So well, yes, your trainer can be in the psychic class... But cannot have any powers. It can have tricks, that are not real magic/otherworldly abilities like we can see in magic shows in real world (when they don't really make magic, just clever tricks).
I think it will be ok if your character had sharp senses tho making it able to see/feel a bit more than your usual human, but still keeping it in normal, human abilities zone.



Everything else is exactly like meroe1313 told you already so if you don't have any more questions then feel free and make the character card - can't wait to see it! :la:
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RoobyRed Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!Neko Emoji-42 (Kawaii Moe Smile) [V3] 

You guys are so niceJunko Enoshima (Kawaii Blush) [V5]
I can't wait to join! 
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MrsVolv Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Aww, you're very welcome! ^^
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badilloxavier Featured By Owner Edited May 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hello there ^-^ I love everything about this group, I only have one problem. I'm not much of an artist (I'm mediocre at best, so I guess I can pass that) but I don't have the equipment to add color. Do you know if someone is willing to help color my art??? *scratches head* I'm really sorry for my question..
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
hello there. well you would have to find a friend who wants to color your work I guess! But you dont need to be Michelangelo to be in this group. just as long as we can see you put in your effort then its fine. but yeah i recommedn u trying to color it. a big reason for this group to be here is so i can see people's art and give them feedback. and try to help nudge the people's skill level in hopefully the right direction.

so yes, try to color it yoursel! its a good way for practice
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badilloxavier Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Very well ^-^ is it alright if it's not digitally colored but traditionally colored? Like using color pencils and such? 
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
yes thats fine
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Sinchu-9 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
I'm wondering:
1. If you're main pokemon on your character card evolves, do you have to update your card?
2. Can the main pokemon be an egg, if it fits with the back story and it hatches later?
3. Can we have'impossible' shinies, such as a shiny female starter (I read on the wiki somewhere that in a 1:7 gender ratio split, the minority gender cannot be shiny or something)
4. Are event pokemon going to become avaliable as wild pokemon in the future?
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MrsVolv Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
3. Yes, it's ok... are you sure it's even impossible? I'm pretty sure it has very low chances but is possible. O.o'
Nevermind, you are allowed anyway.

4. It depends, there is possibility that one or two of them will but I'm sure most of them will be repeated as events. :)
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
hello there!
1. Thats up to you.
2. I guess thats fine, just make sure the pokemon hatched is not a legendary
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APieceOfPi Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So we can use any non-legendary pokemon? Or do they have to be catchable in the rainbow region? For example, if I wanted to use Aegislash or Weavile or something could I? Or would I have to pick something catchable in rainbow?
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MrsVolv Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
No, for your "starter" you can choose anything, let it be Aegislash or Weavile. :)
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
yeah non legendary only. As for Aegislash or weavile you can have them in your character card since they are not available to catch, for the first pokemon in your character card it can be anything. But the rest you can only catch if they are available in the pokemon rainbow region. And yeah you can only pick one, Aegislash or Weavile.
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APieceOfPi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankee!
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LostOnes-Weeping Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student General Artist
looks extremely interesting!! ovo i'd love to be a part of this group, but i have one question:
are we allowed to have two trainers on the same app? or must they be on separate apps? i ask because the oc's i'd like to submit are twins nwn
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
if the twins are always gonna be together then i can allow that.
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LostOnes-Weeping Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student General Artist
oh yey, thank you! nwn I'll get right on my application - should they each have a main Pokemon, or must there only be one?
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YoshiofRedemption Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Interesting. I have a question though. What's the difference between smooch and smooch?
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
just like how you can peck but nothing too sick like french kissing a pokemon.
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YoshiofRedemption Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Okay. Thanks for clarifying :)
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Leifeons Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Am I able to go back and do quests that I had missed, either since I haven't joined yet or was being lazy and receive medals for it?
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you can go back to do quests yes. however you wont get any medals. because those are given to the selected few who did it on time and also looked great and stood out
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Leifeons Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright noted, thank you!
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the-3DG Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Can I smooch my pokemon?"
"Can I smooch my pokemon?"
lmao
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crazyDdaisy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
um how do quests work exactly?
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
well you draw your quests out and if you can make it before the deadline you get to hav a chance to be a winner and recieve 2 medals as well as a feature on our feature gallery. runner ups also gets a medal. and you can use the medals to gain legendary pokemon. But basically yes you draw what is required of you for the quest (If the quest wants you to save a pokemon, you draw your character saving the pokemon while adding your creative twist to the story if you like). you can also do the quests after the due date but you wont win the feature or medals. but still gets the prizes for entering (Whatever the prize is for entering)
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UniqueLittleFreak Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
I'm not very comfortable submitting my art in a group. Can I submit quests in literature form? Like, a full story, not just "Oh! I caught Weedle! Good job!"
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yup that is acceptable tooo.
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LillyRaindrop Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Ry ;A; my character and her main pokemon kinda have the this telepathy thing...well they just have this connection where they can understand each other clearly well and when they battle my character doesn't yell out commands, she uses her mind, but she doesn't do this when she is challenging trainers, gym leaders, elites or the champion...only if they want her too. I don't know if this is ok? 
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Lunaoverthecow Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
A strong connection.relationship is allowed but telepathy is a bit too much because it can be misused and create overpowered characters. Like, do the pokemon and trainer make eye contact and then nod in a strong way to show that they understand each other?
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
well as long as the human and pokemon dont hav direct conversation with each other it is ok. the pokemon can 'feel' the human trainer's commands thats ok too. just becareful.
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LillyRaindrop Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Uh what do you mean feel??? 
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
like understand the master's nod and stuff.
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LillyRaindrop Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Ok but is an aura reader alright?
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
depends, do they hav direct conversation?
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LillyRaindrop Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Well....my character talks to her pokemon and the pokemon just listens and nods. Then somehow my character knows what her pokemon wants.
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yup thats fine!!
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S-bro Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm. Let me explain, what he means by "feel" he means "Aura Readers." 
Your character can be an aura reader, like, if you have seen Lucario and the Mystery of mew how Lucario has this strong sense of aura? Basically like that. You can have your character with a stronger aura than normal people, Aura Readers can send energy waves to their pokemon, enough for the pokemon to understand their trainer's emotions. And the character can feel the Pokemon's aura. Simply like feeling their emotions and such. It's an easier way to converse with them. But I do say, not everyone is an aura reader, and there is such thing as being "too strong" of an aura reader so do be careful on what you're dealing with. But other than that feel free to use "aura readers."
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LillyRaindrop Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh ok thanks 
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