Does gender matter to you?

Edited 11 months, 7 days ago

Poll: Does gender matter to you? (217 votes)

Only Male 6%
Only Female 7%
Doesn't Matter 68%
Didn't realize this was about pokemon until it was too late 19%

I was just curious if anyone exclusively caught one specific gender of pokemon or do you just catch whatever comes up?

#1 Posted by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

I don't care at all. There's enough micro management in this without worrying about genders. For example, I just got Pokerus. Now I have to bank my Pokes every damn day to keep it.

#2 Posted by BeachThunder (11942 posts) -

Definitely the fourth option. I...I thought this was another sexism thread :o

#3 Posted by Olu (95 posts) -

It depends, but females are always more useful if there is no easly aviable Ditto.

#4 Posted by Darson (451 posts) -

Definitely the fourth option. I...I thought this was another sexism thread :o

Wait for it....

#5 Posted by Petiew (1348 posts) -

Sometimes I reset until my starter pokemon is female, didn't bother in this game though. Stocking up on starters is one of the easiest ways to get trades on the GTS so it can be worth getting a female starter until you can catch Ditto.

#6 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@olu said:

It depends, but females are always more useful if there is no easly aviable Ditto.

#7 Edited by JoeyRavn (4974 posts) -

I don't care at all. There's enough micro management in this without worrying about genders. For example, I just got Pokerus. Now I have to bank my Pokes every damn day to keep it.

What? Why? There's no need to do that. Once the Pokémon has PokéRus, it'll keep the added bonuses even if it's cured (i.e. doubled EV gains). The only thing that it loses is the ability to spread it to other members of your party. What you want to do is to get PokéRus onto a Pokémon you don't use, store it in a box and only take it out when you want to spread it to a Pokémon you want to train.

#8 Posted by DonChipotle (2762 posts) -

Nah, man, I catch whatever.

Though I did reset about four times to get a female Fennekin at the start. It just seemed appropriate.

#9 Posted by Animasta (14692 posts) -

I don't have X Y but female, if only because every random trainer only has pokemon the same gender as them so I'm just copying them.

#10 Posted by medacris (660 posts) -

Only if there's a noticeable aesthetic difference. Like catching a male Pidove because its final form has a mask, or trying to find a female Pikachu for the heart shape on the end of its tail.

I mostly play as a female because I like how their designs are more unique compared to the males, who I feel have never changed drastically since Gen 1. I think the only unique male trainer has been Ethan.

#11 Posted by mano521 (1224 posts) -

my pokeparty is a total sausagefest

#12 Edited by JackSukeru (5913 posts) -

I sometimes go out of my way to catch a male version of a pokemon when it's for my party, don't ask me why. Just sometimes when I look at one I think "that's a dude" so I want it to be a dude. The opposite thing rarely happens, it's either "I want a male one" or "it doesn't matter". I guess it comes with wanting to identify with it, but that feels really weird to say when you're talking about Pokemon.

@medacris I usually play a female trainer whenever the male design doesn't appeal to me, which has been most of the time outside of the first two gens. I did like the guy's design in Black but I had decided to wait for the inevitable third version and when that came out they had 2 new designs. Now the choice was between pineapple hair and princess leia's long-lost sister. I wasn't a fan of either.

The designs in X & Y are a bit bland, but that's fine since you can now customize them. I'll probably pick the guy there.

Edit: last half of my post disappeared at first but is now back.

#13 Posted by ajamafalous (11996 posts) -

It only matters to me if I'm trying to breed specific things.

#14 Posted by probablytuna (3666 posts) -

Catch whatever, but sometimes I like seeing certain Pokemon in one or the other gender. For example, I can't really see something like Geodude as a female, or a Jigglypuff as a male. But at the end of the day I don't care, I just want to catch them all.

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#16 Posted by MikkaQ (10290 posts) -

I just catch what I can find, I got a female Bunnelby called Dr. Dre, so yeah I don't really factor gender into anything in pokemon.

#17 Posted by Zeik (2440 posts) -

Sometimes I'll aim for a specific gender if I feel one fits a particular Pokemon better. But it really comes down to how much work I have to put in to do that. In Ruby/Sapphire I would never catch a male Ralts though.

#19 Posted by Zeik (2440 posts) -

I am waiting for the glorious day when my PC can be a white male.

You want to store all your Pokemon inside a white dude?

#20 Edited by Demoskinos (14835 posts) -

#21 Edited by JJOR64 (18995 posts) -

I believe some Pokemon do have better stats if they are Male. For me , I really don't care anymore. My Greninja is Female.

#22 Posted by Zeik (2440 posts) -

@jjor64 said:

I believe some Pokemon do have better stats if they are Male. For me , I really don't care anymore. My Greninja is Female.

I don't think I've ever heard of that before, unless you're talking about the Pokemon that have to be a specific gender to evolve.

#23 Posted by redyoshi (156 posts) -

I used to just catch anything, but now that the metagame seems a lot more accessible I've been making an effort to only catch females. I'm not sure if I'll too far into yet or not but I'll at least have this part out of the way for now. Plus, I soft-reset for a female Froakie in the beginning, so I may as well keep going with this. I'm glad I got a female Charmander on my first try because that part would have been really annoying to go through more than once.

#24 Edited by PolyesterKyle (137 posts) -

I usually try to catch whichever gender I think suits the pokemon better, like I used to catch female geodudes exclusively or male clefairys. Never thought about it all that much though.

Man, I need to go pick up the new pokemon game.

#25 Posted by Hunter5024 (5686 posts) -

It depends on the pokemon. Some just seem like they were designed for a specific gender. Male Gardevoir? Fuck that.

#27 Edited by FunkasaurasRex (847 posts) -

I accidentally deleted my last post, thanks mobile site:

@zeik: Apparently only male pokemon could have a maxed Attack stat in Gen II, but since then there haven't been any stat differences.

http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Gender#Trivia

#28 Edited by Dark (381 posts) -

@probablytuna said:

Catch whatever, but sometimes I like seeing certain Pokemon in one or the other gender. For example, I can't really see something like Geodude as a female, or a Jigglypuff as a male. But at the end of the day I don't care, I just want to catch them all.

Did your parents ever have the Pidgey and the Beedrill talk with you?

#29 Edited by Optix12 (615 posts) -

My friend a few hours back was moaning at me about finding only female onixs' and therefore not wanting to catch it. Me, i dont care unless they ahve different evolutions which are cooler. Im not aiming to collect all of these pokemon, thats madman talk right there
Edit: I dont want to be the very best and catching them all is not my quest. Just above average beating team flare and grabbing all the badges will do me just fine

#30 Edited by mlarrabee (2962 posts) -

It's Pokémon X/Y. Even the game's title is male.

I've never played a Pokémon game.

#31 Edited by kerse (2114 posts) -

I won't go out of my way for gender, unless there's some gender specific stuff like gardevoir/gallade. What matters more is nature, really wish they would just let us choose that, or at least have pokemon tend to get a more beneficial one more often or something, its a real bummer to try and catch a pokemon that shows up once every twenty battles in the grass only to have it be a minus nature that pokemon's most important stat. I know its not really that huge of a difference, but it really bothers me.

#32 Edited by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

@joeyravn said:

@mideonnviscera said:

I don't care at all. There's enough micro management in this without worrying about genders. For example, I just got Pokerus. Now I have to bank my Pokes every damn day to keep it.

What? Why? There's no need to do that. Once the Pokémon has PokéRus, it'll keep the added bonuses even if it's cured (i.e. doubled EV gains). The only thing that it loses is the ability to spread it to other members of your party. What you want to do is to get PokéRus onto a Pokémon you don't use, store it in a box and only take it out when you want to spread it to a Pokémon you want to train.

Ok well that is super good to know. I thought I had to keep Pokerus on everyone forever to keep the benefits.

#34 Posted by GnaTSoL (793 posts) -

When they first came out with this system, I totally only wanted male pokemons. If I ever caught a female pokemon I would release it and attempt to catch another. Don't know why, but I also don't think I'd care now.

Maybe it's because I only like having male pets in real life. Always seemed like the manlier thing, for lack of a better phrase. I guess I used the same logic with pokemon. :P

#35 Posted by DystopiaX (5310 posts) -

nah, but a couple of my friends search out females for breeding reasons.

#36 Posted by Aetheldod (3586 posts) -

Dude what? Pokemon have genders D: I didnt know that

#37 Edited by Breadfan (6590 posts) -

I name my Pokemon with Bro in the name (Bromander, Broddish, Brolax, etc) so having dudes keeps things less Pokeweird. But I honestly could care less about the gender of my Pokemon.

#38 Posted by Zeik (2440 posts) -

nah, but a couple of my friends search out females for breeding reasons.

I bet they do.

#39 Posted by Levio (1784 posts) -

I like to imagine that some of the pokemon species have large personality disparities between genders, like female pikachu's possibly are more territorial, or male Mr. Mime's stick far more strictly to their mime routines.

So it kind of does affect my interpretation of a pokemon. Or I guess it would if I actually I thought about pokemon more than once a year.

#40 Posted by Capum15 (4901 posts) -

Catch whatever, but sometimes I like seeing certain Pokemon in one or the other gender. For example, I can't really see something like Geodude as a female, or a Jigglypuff as a male. But at the end of the day I don't care, I just want to catch them all.

Sort of this for me too. Overall, I don't really care, but sometimes I do.

#41 Posted by RavenousJoker (50 posts) -

It depends on how the Pokemon looks if I catch the male or female version of it.

#42 Posted by Soap (3592 posts) -

Some Pokémon suit one gender over an other I'd say for sure, so I'd ideally get them in that gender. Can't say it would stop me using them if I thought they were the wrong gender though.

#43 Posted by Abendlaender (2806 posts) -

Wait, there are genders now? When did that happen? Seems like a lot of stuff changed since I played Gold...

#44 Edited by Brodehouse (9950 posts) -

Are there female Nidoran-males?

I just catch whatever there is. Right now my party is 4 ladies and 2 dudes. And their names are Laura, Oscar, Bugsy, Roberta, Birdy and Frank.

#45 Edited by phrosnite (3518 posts) -

Yes, it matters but I never go only females or males. Depends on the pokemon. lol

#47 Edited by lord_canti (1512 posts) -

gender only really matter if you have a strategy that relys on it such as having a pokemon centered around attract or if it has a split evolution

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