|Hometown||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Games|| Silver (2000-06), Crystal (2001-06), Blue (2002-06), Ruby (2003-10), LeafGreen (2004-05), Emerald (2004-05), Pearl (2007-10), SoulSilver (2010), White (2011-12), Black 2 (2013), X (2014), Omega Ruby (2014)
Kamon was a Pokémon Trainer and Champion who religiously played the handheld core series Pokémon games for fourteen years since 2000. Debuting with Pokémon Silver Version for the Game Boy Color, he has fully played at least one game in each generation.
As he was introduced to the world of Pokémon during the franchise's second generation, he considered himself to be native to the Johto region and held a nostalgic and sentimental connection with the Pokémon and games that were created in that generation. In total, he played twelve Pokémon handheld games and three Pokémon console games. He owned five Pokémon books and a number of Pokémon trading cards. His highest recorded number of caught Pokémon was 220.
Kamon retired in 2014 from his adventures following the completion of Pokémon Omega Ruby, putting an indefinite end to his gameplay of the Pokémon series.
Kamon's debut in the Pokémon world coincided with the ownership of his very first handheld video game console. However, both the world of Pokémon and video gaming were not new to him at that time.
Kamon was well aware of the growing nature of the Pokémon franchise during the late 90s; the Pokémon Trading Card Game was the fad in his elementary school at the time. After finding an abandoned pack of Pokémon trading cards in 1999 in his school, he decided to keep them and later won many more trading cards in duels with schoolmates, with the help of an older student who was proficient in the trading card game. The exact cards that were contained in the set could not be remembered, but it is believed that a Poliwag card was used to succeed in duels, one after another, winning many additional cards for Kamon. The pack of Pokémon cards was later lost, but Kamon would purchase cards during later years. Thanks to his association with the cards, he was familiar with a few Pokémon characters.
Generations II and I
In 2000, Kamon was presented with a Game Boy Color along with a copy of Pokémon Silver Version. He began the game choosing Totodile as his starter Pokémon. After restarting the game many times (due to frustration when he did not know where to find the next gym leader after Falkner or often having his Pokémon faint from poisoning in Ilex Forest), he finally progressed in the game and through a few struggles (especially at the Pokémon League), he completed the game (defeated Red) in 2001. One of his most memorable moments during the gameplay of Silver was when he hummed along with the Champion Lance/Red battle theme and the theme played in Saffron City.
Kamon began to own a Nintendo 64 in 2001 and purchased Pokémon Stadium 2 for it, which came with a Transfer Pak. His growing addiction to the games prompted him to purchase Crystal. He purchased an extra Transfer Pak later, which helped him trade Pokémon between Silver and Crystal via Pokémon Stadium 2, and after making his first step into Generation I with the purchase of Blue, he was able use the two Transfer Paks and the three versions to reach his highest number of Pokémon obtained yet in a single game—just over 220 recorded in his Pokédex in Crystal. He also purchased Pokémon Stadium and enjoyed playing a friend's copy of Pokémon Snap.
Two years later, Kamon was surprised to learn about the release of the successors of the Generation II games, Ruby and Sapphire, bringing with them the third generation. Since he had not owned a Game Boy Advance, yet had the urge to see the changes from Generation II in the new games, he downloaded VisualBoyAdvance on his home desktop, along with a ROM image of Ruby and ultimately played the entire game. He continued to use the emulator to play LeafGreen and Emerald as well. In 2004, he was able to purchase a Game Boy Advance SP and the following year, he purchased Emerald and played it again.
As of 2006, he gave away his Nintendo 64 and its two Pokémon games and sold his Blue, Silver, and Crystal versions. The whereabouts of his Game Boy Color went unknown. After he was presented with a PlayStation Portable, marking his first non-Nintendo system ownership, he traded in his Emerald at EB Games for Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (the series being his second most favourite after Pokémon). He also gave away his Game Boy Advance SP and later purchased a PlayStation 2, leaving him with no further Nintendo-branded products.
Generation IV and V
With the opening of Generation IV and release of Diamond and Pearl, he continued to rely on emulators. He used NO$GBA to play Pearl. Later on, he was able to borrow a friend's Nintendo DS that came with Pearl and Ruby versions. Along with many other die-hard Pokémon fans, Kamon also widely speculated Generation II-remakes, and his dream became a reality with the official announcement of HeartGold and SoulSilver in 2009. Since the Japanese release, he enjoyed listening to the games' remade themes posted by fans on YouTube and followed up on new information reported about the games on Bulbapedia. Initially insisting on playing the games via emulator, he instead purchased SoulSilver after its North American release in 2010 (marking his first Pokémon purchase since 2005) and relived his past adventures using his friend's Nintendo DS.
After enjoying rigorous gameplay of SoulSilver, Kamon sold it later that year and also returned Ruby and Pearl. Like other Pokémon fans, he eagerly awaited the North American release of the Generation V games, Black and White, and finally began playing the latter version. As life with university got tougher, it took about a year for him to finish the game. He later continued his adventures in Pokémon Black 2 and finished it before returning the Nintendo DS to his friend.
Generation VI and retirement
The decision to step into Generation VI was difficult after Kamon had graduated from university and begun his career in healthcare. Citing future ambitions as reason, he decided this would be his final journey in the Pokémon world. He purchased a Nintendo 3DS and immediately became impressed with the dramatic aesthetic changes in Pokémon X, but unimpressed with the game's lackluster storyline. In a turn of events, the announcement of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire brought him profound excitement. Kamon figured Omega Ruby was the right game to end his 14 year memorable adventure. The nostalgia elicited revisiting Hoenn, hearing the recomposed tunes, battling with the same party he used in Ruby, and enjoying the thrilling and emotional cut scenes between the characters in the game were both moving and heartwarming.
Totally satisfied after playing what he found to be the best Pokémon game ever made yet, Kamon signed off with two final rounds of battles at the Hoenn Pokémon League using Feraligatr, Charizard, Blaziken, Samurott, Empoleon, and Delphox; and Typhlosion, Blastoise, Swampert, Infernape, Emboar, and Greninja, respectively.
Kamon raised a party of six unique Pokémon in each region. Each party included one starter and five other non-legendary Pokémon that were native to the region being explored and mostly consisted of the newly introduced Pokémon of that generation. Exceptions to this rule occurred in Johto where the party featured a Red Gyarados and the inclusion of Blastoise in the Kalos party. Each Pokémon was raised to its final evolution in a timely manner.
Of course, the Pokémon Kamon obtained and raised are not limited to just the six party Pokémon in each region, which are otherwise considered his "mainstream" Pokémon used in common settings such as Pokémon Gyms, and Pokémon League battles. Kamon has also raised legendary Pokémon the same way he has raised his party Pokémon, but never considers legendaries to be part of his mainstream. Legendaries and other Pokémon raised like his party Pokémon are kept in the Pokémon Storage System in specially customized boxes. Listed below are the parties Kamon raised last in their respective regions.
Legendary Pokémon coming soon!
- The name Kamon was chosen due to it being listed as choices for alternate player names in the introduction of Pokémon Silver Version.
- Since he chose Totodile as his starter when he first played Silver, Kamon held a convention of choosing a Water type starter whenever he started a game for the first time.
- Kamon never completed a game with a Grass type starter.
- Due to the lack of Nintendo events in Canada, Kamon never attended a Nintendo event, and never owned an Event Pokémon (not even using cheats).
- Kamon often pressed Up and B simultaneously when catching Pokémon, while also understanding that such actions in theory had no effect on catch rates.
- Kamon never used a cheating device like GameShark or Action Replay but did perform cloning in Generation II, which was very popular at the time.
- Kamon only watched a couple episodes of the Pokémon anime series and has never read the Pokémon manga.
- Kamon did not nickname his party Pokémon, although having tried it before.
- He found cross-generational references interesting.