pokemon Scarlet and Violet fans are divided on the issue of EXP sharing and how it might affect Generation 9’s open-world structure.
There are plenty of topics surrounding the major Pokemon games that are leaving fans feeling divided.
In terms of recent titles, the changes made to the EXP Share item have caused a lot of discussion among fans as to whether the current implementation is good or not.
Now fans are once again discussing the EXP Share item and what it could mean for Pokemon Scarlet & Violet’s new open-world style.
Pokemon fans divided on EXP Share
A post on user TheArtistFKAMinty’s Pokemon subreddit sparked a huge debate among the Pokemon fandom about how earning EXP through combat has changed and what this could mean for Gen 9.
In particular, they said, “I think it will be interesting to see how people feel about the level of challenge in Scarlet/Violet, given its open nature.”
They go on to say that they “guarantee” players willing to fight every trainer and that every area will be “cleared” for every major story beat.
The post received more than 3,000 votes and nearly 650 comments from fans who began debating the merits of the EXP Share item and competing against every trainer in the game.
Many echoed the sentiment of fans like AzoreanEve, who said that actively avoiding in-game trainers in the world misses the general point of Pokemon.
“I’ve always fought every trainer, not because of the exp, but because it’s the game content I want to experience… I’d rather stick with completely clearing every area of trainers so I can come back to it later without having to worry about which Pokemon to bring and where to walk.”
Other fans disagreed with the new way Game Freak started implementing the EXP Share in new Pokemon titles, leaving it enabled for the entire player’s team and unable to be disabled.
“I just want to have the option to disable the exp share or not like we used to,” said Pokefan8263.
Since the function of EXP Share has not changed since Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, it’s safe to say Gen 9 will be no different.