# N+

## Poke Worry? Be Happy!

If you're a fan of Pokémon, you probably know that certain Pokémon will only evolve when they have reached a certain happiness level. In the game a Pokémon will become happier the longer it is amongst your party when you walk about the game. So what do you do if you have a Togepi, 2 Eevees, a Golbat, and a Riolu, all of which evolve when they're happy?

I came accross this tale on the Weebl's Stuff forums. CoX (or Joshua) had a plan to evolve his Pokémon. He worked out that for every 256 steps you walk with a Pokémon in your party, it gains 1 happiness point. This means that to reach the maximum value of 250 points, he would need to walk around 64,000 steps. That would take an age (and a lot of effort).

CoX found that there is a certain spot in the game (located in the Fuego Ironworks) that allowed him to use the moving floor tiles to automatically walk 13 steps every 6 seconds.

13 x 10 = 130 steps every minute
130 x 60 = 7800 steps every hour
7800 x 11 = 85800 steps overnight

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and so CoX desgined the Claws of Ingenuity™. A simple, yet effective device that allows CoX to sleep peacefully, safe in the knowledge that his Pokes were getting happier every minute. Did it work? Of course it did. CoX now has an Espeon, Lucario, Togetic, Umbreon, and Crobat. I salute you for your feat of engineering! Read more for some more pics of the Claws in action.

yeeliberto Wednesday, May 30, 2007 12:57:43 PM

the bottom image looks like 3d, like hologram.

.edDotEd Wednesday, May 30, 2007 1:26:15 PM

this is totally something i would do, but I'm curious, when the pokemon wanted to evolve, did the text boxes continue automatically? I guess they would have. It would be a shame if CoX woke to find he accidentally cancelled thier evolution, or that it was stuck on "Togepi has evolved into Togetic." and he had to do it again each night. But that's at least better than cancelling thier evolutions (with button press) and thinking it just hadnt hapened yet and saving in the morning.

Smart.

seaempty Wednesday, May 30, 2007 1:45:55 PM

They only evolved when he levelled up.

Just walking about raised the happiness levels, and then the next day he used them in battle, and when they levelled up, they evolved.

Genius!

BeckyBeeks Wednesday, May 30, 2007 3:09:49 PM

Thanks for posting this tip, seaempty! I will have to get out my toolbox and cotton balls and create my own evolving doohicky!

AntonCaptainSeagull Wednesday, May 30, 2007 3:22:26 PM

you can do this with rubber bands too. it doesn't look as viscious, but I did it a long time ago in Gran Turismo 4. there is one corse that if you hold left just enough you can do the whole thing without steering really. you ride the rails. This course was a one hour endurance race taht unlocked 1 out of 5 new cars for you, and one car was a very rare car to get, so we kept doing it till we got the car. I was able to take care of other things while it played.

Also another way to do this I think is to either walk or ride the bike in a low gear up a sand hill, you wont make it up resulting in you trying and trying again!

.edDotEd Wednesday, May 30, 2007 3:27:50 PM

yeah i was thinking abou tthe sand hills

PVgummiand Wednesday, May 30, 2007 5:20:05 PM

Nice invention
Although I read somewhere else that it only required 24000 steps to get maximum happiness. If you equip the Soothe Bell it's only 12000 steps.
If you ride a bike up and down the road at Solaceon Town (or you can use Bike Road - half the button presses but the same time) it'll take you approximately 30 minutes. And I've tried so I know it's true. Well, at least it should be.

Unregistered user Wednesday, May 30, 2007 7:58:14 PM

Humphtrable writes: What I don't understand is how he got the character to go up and down when it's only pressing one button on the d-pad.

seaempty Wednesday, May 30, 2007 8:04:10 PM

If you check the third pic, when he runs into the backwards arrow, he bounces back and so by pressing down, he keeps running into it.

I presume the other wrench is for the B button to make him run, speeding up the process.

Èwin Wednesday, May 30, 2007 9:36:01 PM

wow amazing trick! haha i just love when people find innovating short cuts like that.

<3

Unregistered user Wednesday, May 30, 2007 10:39:54 PM

-- writes: i did something kinda like this, on the Dreamcast version of gauntlet i was a level 1 or 2 red wizard, & found a spot in one of the levels where the enemy's from the generator couldnt get to me, but i could still shoot them.So i taped the button down that shoots magic and left that on for a while and came back and had a level 26 Red Wizard ;)

Unregistered user Wednesday, May 30, 2007 11:07:34 PM

Anjoola writes: The thing about the sand hills is that it doesn't work for Diamond and Pearl. I've tried it and it didn't get me any steps, so don't go trying that for a couple of hours and look back to see nothing happened! To speed things up instead of going overnight, you could have attatched Soothe Bell and cut it in half. I think there's also another item that helps, but I forgot what it was. And by the way, did you charge the DS? What if the batteries run out in the middle. That would be a bummer. Visit my website: http://www.freewebs.com/anjoola/

Mattbirdmatt67 Wednesday, May 30, 2007 11:11:03 PM

you can plug the ds into the charger.also you can probably just tape down the buttons

Unregistered user Wednesday, May 30, 2007 11:19:30 PM

Anonymous writes: I don't think the sand hills work anymore. I tried it, and when I did, the step counter on the Poketch didnt go up.

Unregistered user Thursday, May 31, 2007 2:43:08 AM

Anonymous writes: Out of curiosity, would this trick work with the Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald games, or even FireRed/LeafGreen? Or is it strictly Diamond/Pearl only?

Unregistered user Thursday, May 31, 2007 4:21:54 AM

Anonymous writes: Not really the point to playing a game, is it?

.edDotEd Friday, June 1, 2007 4:49:43 PM

This post got linked to from Joystiq, with a fantastic image:

.edDotEd Friday, June 1, 2007 4:53:32 PM

DS fanboy even gave us link credit for once (albeit UNDER thier Via Joystiq link).

Unregistered user Friday, June 1, 2007 9:32:18 PM

Anonymous writes: hey i just got a manaphy egg and i was wondering how many steps does it take to hatch it?

Geoff GirardinG-off Friday, June 1, 2007 9:41:01 PM

Well, there is no such thing as a Manaphy egg. If two Manaphy are bred, the result is a Phione, which cannot evolve.

.edDotEd Friday, June 1, 2007 10:36:58 PM

iPhone?

Mattbirdmatt67 Friday, June 1, 2007 10:47:33 PM

well, there is such thing as a manaphy egg its from pokemon ranger and transferred to diamond/pearl. but you can only do it once and yes manaphy can be bred to phione who can not be evolved into manaphy.

Geoff GirardinG-off Saturday, June 2, 2007 1:56:41 AM

Ed: Microsoft surface is like a huge tabletop iPhone, minus the Phone part. i have dubbed it the Phione.

Birdmatt: Ah yes, I forgot about that.

Unregistered user Sunday, June 3, 2007 9:58:57 PM

Anonymous writes: Does the pokemon that you want to grow happiness have to be in the first slot of your pokemon?

Unregistered user Wednesday, August 8, 2007 7:52:41 PM

Anonymous writes: no