One of Pokémon’s newest moves, Dragon Cheer, faces a temporary ban from Championship events due to a critical hit glitch.
In a surprising turn of events, Pokémon developers have announced the temporary ban of the move “Dragon Cheer” from Championship events. This decision comes after discovering a glitch where the move does not function as intended.
However, Dragon Cheer remains available in Ranked Battles and the Blueberry Prologue, but is excluded from official tournaments, including the upcoming Portland regional.
The glitch in question involves Dragon Cheer’s critical hit effect. When a Pokémon under the influence of Dragon Cheer is switched out and then reenters battle, it retains an increased chance of landing critical hits. This contradicts the move’s intended design, where the effect should cease once the Pokémon is switched out.
Developers plan to address this issue in the upcoming version 3.0.1 update, expected in mid-January 2024 or later. Until then, Dragon Cheer will continue to be usable in its current state in Ranked Battles and specific official competitions, including Battle Stadium tournaments like Blueberry Prologue.
The community has mixed reactions to this development. One fan expressed disappointment, citing this as “one of the coolest bugs possible for VGC,” lamenting the removal of interesting gameplay elements.
Another pointed out the timing issue, highlighting the challenge for players who may have developed strategies around Dragon Cheer for the Portland regional, now needing to revise their plans at the last minute.
Dragon Cheer, introduced in The Indigo Disk DLC for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, is essential for evolving Dipplin into Hydrapple. It’s a support move that boosts the critical hit ratio of the user’s allies, with a doubled effect for Dragon-type allies. This bug has added an unintended strength to the move, allowing Pokémon to retain the critical hit boost even after being switched out.
This isn’t the first time a bug has affected tournament play in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Previously, a glitch involving Weezing’s Neutralizing Gas and Paradox Pokémon’s abilities disrupted the San Antonio Regionals, forcing players to quickly adapt their strategies.
The ban of Dragon Cheer adds another layer of complexity to the competitive scene of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, particularly for those who have been strategizing around this new move. As the community adapts to this change, it remains to be seen how this will impact the dynamics of upcoming tournaments.
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