PokebuilderPost-game Pokemon battling isn’t the easiest game to master. Like any competitive game, be it League of Legends, Marvel vs. Capcom, or Call of Duty, Pokemon takes all sorts of strategy, patience, and perseverance to be a pro. However, over the years of online battling, many people have made ways to literally create Pokemon as if it was out of thin air. The latest, and easiest way to do such a feat is through Pokebuilder, an iOS app that is currently hitting the high charts due to being $.99. It helps that the app actually works!

How Pokebuilder works is not easy to explain. There is a fairly lengthy process of changing what is known to the DS as a “DNS” setup. Pokebuilder has an easy to follow step-by-step guide to do all of these directions, so look there for further clarifications. Once you’re in the app, it spits out a code that you put into your DS WiFi settings, and just like that, the app opens up to you. From there, you can select a Pokemon, give it any four moves you want, any ability you want, any item you want…you get the point. When your DS and iOS device are on the same WiFi network, it’ll finally connect. Once you make your mad science experiment, the Pokemon appears in your GTS queue. The app suggests you have a full Pokemon team when you do this. I don’t know why, but I’ll take the app’s advice on this one. The Pokemon you receive from Pokebuilder goes right to your PC.

Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 8.09.15 PMEssentially, Pokebuilder is like an Action Replay but it’s on your phone for a dollar. The catch is that these codes that they give you work like servers. Sometimes they’ll be down because the app has only recently exploded in popularity. I tried this out on my own iPhone and Nintendo 3DS, and have not had any negative effects to either device. The app is not out to steal your information or anything malicious like that. It’s clear as crystal, you can literally make any combination of a Pokemon’s moves, stats, and abilities. You want a Charizard that knows Vine Whip? It’s yours. You want a shiny Mew holding a Master Ball? Easy as cake. Not only does it let you pick from these combinations, but Pokebuilder also works as far back as Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

It’s not a perfect setup, as Pokebuilder is still bound by the rules of Pokemon mathematics (boy does that sound dumb). EVs, or Effort Values, cannot be maxed at 999 or something like that. Each EV number maxes out at 255, just as if you were putting hours and hours into a Pokemon of your own. The thing is, the game lets you change things about the Pokemon to the very core. You can change the name of the “Original Trainer”, change its “Trainer ID”, and even mess with where it was born! Seriously, this is like a Team Rocket wish fulfillment. With this setup, I can literally make a Pokemon appear as if I caught and trained it to physical perfection in a complete legitimate fashion. Now, this can be an issue with the competitive scene, as many people pour their hearts and souls into some of their Pokemon.

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You see, it takes only minutes for me to manufacture a Pokemon in Pokebuilder that would have taken me hours otherwise. That’s literally the appeal of the app. However, people may have a point in raising concerns of legitimacy. If I put a Blastoise I raised to its statistical peak next to a Blastoise I made in Pokebuilder, it can very well be the exact same Pokemon, down to the most minute detail. I won’t beat around the bush – this is considered “cheating”. It’s in the app’s name for god’s sake. But the app goes to great lengths to make it possible to appear completely legal – so much so that it is *literally* impossible to tell if it’s real or not, only if you’re willing to put in the research of what that Pokemon’s peak is. One digit out of place and your ass is on the street.

As a semi-competitive Pokemon player, I will not use Pokebuilder to compete in legitimate tournaments. It’s a morality choice that I can live with, and it’s what the developers recommend. I will, however, exploit the hell out of it when I want to beat harder areas of the game like the Battle Subway. A few, powerful Pokemon actually have abilities that hinder their power in order to balance them. But with a wayward click, I can make that ability something that completely breaks all known tier lists. I would never dream of battling competitively with these Pokemon, but within the confines of *my* game, it’s perfectly fine. It’s just like mods and cheats for any game. Doing it in your offline world is perfectly fine, but leave that crap at the door if you want to play competitively.

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No word on how or if this will work on upcoming Pokemon games.

Speaking of the developers, the app was made by “Celadon Software Ltd.”, which actually does sound like a Team Rocket coverup. Like I said, I can personally attest to the legitimacy of this app, as it’s given me quite a few Pokemon with impossible scenarios. I can’t tell you how dumb it is for Psyduck to know how to fly or for Pidgey to learn how to dig, but this app lets me do that for the low cost of $.99, with an Android version coming in the next couple of weeks.

The app can go through some trouble periods during certain parts of the day. Fortunately, Pokebuilder’s twitter is very helpful, and will make strides to try and get your issues solved. The bottom line is that this app works, which is more than I can say about a majority of these Pokemon-centric apps. What you do with this extremely versatile tool is up to you.