Random: Pokémon whips were once considered, but Game Freak thought it was “too cruel”

Pokémon - Season 1, Episode 8: The Path to the Pokémon League
Pokémon – Season 1, Episode 8: The Path to the Pokémon League (Image: Pokémon.com)

Collecting Gym badges in the Pokémon series is just what you do, but it was not always planned to be that way.

“Did you know games?” has made a great effort to dig up some new information about the popular RPG series – translating 100 pages of the book “Japan Only”Game Freak: The Creative Group that rewrites the rules of the game world‘, written by Game Freak developer Akihito Tomisawa.

Instead of badges is the original plan for original Pokémon games should represent rows of coaches through colored belts – similar to martial arts. These belts were at one point also to be used as the trainer’s Pokémon whips.

“… The development staff decided that humans should have ‘ranks’ as monster trainers. The original idea was that when the player’s Pokémon reached a certain level of strength, they would earn ‘belts’ as a martial arts artist.”

“Not just white belts and black belts like in Judo, there should be more colors. Well, if you can receive a belt, what if you could use it as a training whip? Like a red whip, or a black whip, or a yellow whip.”

In the end, the team decided that it wanted trainers to develop a closer and “friendlier” connection with Pokémon – as a pet, and so it rejected this idea and went with badges.

“… in the end, it was too cruel to get the player to whip their Pokémon, so the idea was scrapped. Their relationship with the player should be friendlier, just like a pet owner. So in the end, it was decided that you would earn badges [instead]. “

Although the belt idea did not reach the cut, whips were still in the original game. The Red’s did not make it in, but various other coach-sprites in the game still had whips in the final build.

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