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Video Game Theory: How RICH is a Pokemon Master?

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  • ♪ I wanna be the very best, so I can pay my biiiills♪
  • ♪ To catch them is my real test ♪
  • ♪ until my wallet fiiiills ♪
  • ♪ I will travel across the land, can't afford a home. ♪
  • ♪ Teach Pokémon to understand ♪
  • ♪ The power that I have to- ♪
  • pay for every month, the phone bill,
  • the Internet, car payments, and then there's the house payment too!
  • Stop! No, just stop it. Stop. stop the song. I'm just- I'm just sad now... Real life sucks...
  • ♫ Science Blaster by: SpellingPhailer ♫
  • Hello Internet. Welcome to game theory.
  • *sigh*
  • You know what? Screw this. I'm SICK of paying bills every month.
  • I'm sick of the rat races,
  • and the adpocalypses, it's time to leave behind all that YouTube drama
  • and start traveling the land to catch animals and make them fight in eternal bloodsport to the death!
  • ....Uh, Sorry, I meant to the faint, to the faint. It's muuuuuuuch better. That's right. Today, we're talking about our favorite
  • PETA-triggering game:
  • Pokémon
  • more importantly though, we're talking about how to make dem poké-bucks.
  • Poké-dollars? P-poké-skrill?
  • Poké-bones! Poké-, whatever they are. The P with the two weird lines in it, you know what I mean.
  • We've all had that dream though right? To be teleported to the world of Pokémon
  • armed with only a few pokéballs and rise through the ranks to become a pokémon champion
  • We'd make friends. thwart Team Rocket a couple times. Maybe hit on Misty a little bit... Or Brock. If you're into having no eyes...
  • It'd be a great time!
  • Or, so we'd like to think. You see, video games tend to gloss over
  • the rest of life that comes along with.......you know, LIVING.
  • You'd still have to eat, sleep, use the bathroom, or whatever the most convenient tree in Viridian Forest is.
  • which means that all those hard-earned poké-dollars you're ripping out of the pockets of the bug catcher after burning his Metapod to a crisp
  • are gonna have to pay dem bills. So it got me thinking.
  • How rich would you be if you became a pokémon champion?
  • what do the earnings of a Pokémon master truly look like?
  • That's our question for today. So with that Pokémon Johto, Let's go.
  • Game Freak the developer behind Pokémon doesn't give us basically anything for the day-to-day expenses for a pokemon trainer
  • But they did model a lot of the games geography and culture to places IRL. I'm sure
  • Gaijin Goomba did something on this in some video in the past. Hey goomba. Give me your notes.
  • Thanks. For a guy with no arms you throw surprisingly well.
  • SO the regions of Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn are based on the real-life regions of
  • Kanto, Kansai, and Kyushu found in Japan.
  • Unova is based on New York,
  • Kalos is northern France
  • and Alola is based off Hawaii.
  • We even get hints that this is actually an alternate version of our own world
  • Parasect's Pokémon entry from FireRed directly references China, to quote the Pokédex,
  • "It scatters toxic spores from the mushroom cap. In China, the spores are used as herbal medicine."
  • This is further shown with the first entry for Lieutenant Surge in the famed checker that calls him "The Lightning American".
  • So with both China and America confirmed as countries in the game
  • It seems safe to assume that we can easily compare the cost of living in Pokémon with the cost of living in our own world
  • That means we need to figure out the exchange rates from poké-dollars to real-life Skrilla to figure out some sort of yearly income.
  • To get the most accurate conversion,
  • we're actually gonna be starting by converting Poké-dollars to Japan's currency, the Yen.
  • The reason that I wanted to start here is that in the original Japanese versions of the games
  • The currency used is, in fact, Yen
  • And the symbol used is, uh, THIS.
  • Line-box...line
  • The kanji for Yen.
  • The "Pokémon Dollar" was just created for the English translations of the games.
  • But staying true to its Yen roots it kept the similar symbol, the P with two lines through it,
  • as well as the yen's lack of decimals.
  • But that's not all we can even get an insanely accurate conversion rate of real yen to in-game yen
  • using the nice cold refreshing taste of lemonade.
  • Could've been you diet coke but you never write me back.
  • COME ON, COKE! I need that sweet brown liquid in my mouth!
  • Archer: Phrasing?
  • Throughout every Pokémon game in the series
  • you can find a vending machine or store selling three different drinks:
  • Bottled water, soda, and lemonade.
  • The prices are consistent across the entirety of the Pokémon universe.
  • From pokémon red/blue all the way to the newest re-release of pokémon ultra sun and ultra moon.
  • What we're most interested in, though, is lemonade
  • Or in the Japanese versions, Mikkusuorre...
  • Yeah sounds about right.
  • Line-line-line, line-line-swoop,
  • swoop-line-swoop, Naruto Run, one-legged balance, and stupid "L".
  • You see when translating the game,
  • the drink was actually turned to "lemonade" but the Japanese versions translate closer to "mix au lait"
  • which is a French term that translates to "mixed with milk"
  • and wouldn't you know it but you can actually purchase Mix Au Lait at Pokémon Centers throughout Japan in real life!
  • During one of my last trips to Japan, I actually visited one of these Pokémon centers to sample some of the food.
  • Everything there is so super cute!
  • The Mix au Lait in case you're wondering is a fruity milk drink that reminds me a lot of Lassi.
  • If you've ever had that.
  • it's kind of a watery fruity yogurt drink
  • But as you would expect everything at the Pokémon Center including the Mix au Lait was super overpriced and totally tourist trap-y.
  • So instead to stay as true to the game as possible
  • I found that there were vending machines actually selling cans of Mix au Lait
  • for the low, low cost of 150 yen.
  • Compare that to the in-game cost for lemonade at 350 poké-dollars,
  • and we're actually able to get the conversion rate of 2.33 poké-dollars to 1 yen.
  • Basically what that translates to is one poké-dollar equal to just under half of a real-world yen
  • or to translate that to dollars a 100 poké-dollars is equal to about 39 US cents.
  • So now knowing that, before we calculate how much we earn as a pokémon trainer
  • We should figure out the costs of being a pokémon trainer. Thanks to Sun and Moon
  • We know that the Pokémon world functions on the same 24 hour time cycle that our own earth functions on
  • sun shows us that day in the real life is day in game and the same with night
  • So with that in mind I headed over to howlongtobeat.com
  • Which is a website that tracks how long to beat games pretty self-explanatory there
  • to find the average time to beat a typical Pokémon game
  • that turned out to be 52 hours
  • So if you were to work the average workday of eight hours your journey would take you seven days
  • But seven days to be a fully fledged Pokémon master doesn't seem right
  • I mean sure in game you might be able to speed run your way to the top of the poké-charts
  • but if we're looking at this seriously
  • Like literally walking between cities battling trainers spending time to train up your Pokémon
  • a trainer's journey to the top is gonna last way longer than a week
  • So instead to figure this out, I followed a different trainers journey
  • Ash from the anime.
  • Sure, we all joke that Ash stayed ten years old for twenty years of the show
  • But if you stop and look at the narration and context clues, there is in fact a clear passage of time
  • that gives us a sense of how long Ash's Kanto journey takes him
  • according to Takeshi Sciuto creator of the Pokémon anime in Pallet Town
  • The rule is that new trainers begin their journey on April 1st
  • following their tenth birthday in episode 9 the school of hard knocks
  • We actually hear that Ash has had two months of experience and two badges "with two months of Pokémon experience
  • You got two badges with only three" now fast forward to the episode holiday high jinks
  • which according to official numeration is episode 39
  • that puts us at Christmas of Ash's first year as trainer
  • another handful of episodes later, we have "Princess Vs. Princess"
  • Which we know is set on March 3rd because it specifically refers to
  • The celebration of Hinamatsuri also known as doll's day or girls' day a special day in Japan
  • Dedicated to celebrating women that trip to Cinnabar Island for badge number seven takes place during the early summer and shortly thereafter
  • We learned that earning his eighth badge the indigo League is only two months later
  • Gary:"the Pokémon League only meets once a year, in the exact same pla-"
  • Ash:"WHERE IS IT? WHEN IS IT? YOU GOTTA TELL ME!"
  • Prof. Oak: "Atop the indigo plateau, exactly two months from today."
  • which places the yearly indigo league championships around July or August
  • in short Ash and quite honestly
  • Gary who we also see in "Showdown at the Po-ké Corral" that specific episode have their first shot at being a true Pokemon master
  • A year and three months after they started their journeys
  • You know now that I've done that I back and calculate how old Ash is for the entirety of the series if you want to
  • See that episode sometime in the near future
  • Make sure you hit that subscribe button and let me know in the comments below
  • I want Ash's age in the next three seconds three two, if that was annoying to you
  • At least it wasn't a mid role according to online cost to raise a child
  • Calculators the cost of a single parent raising a ten-year-old in the Kanto region of Japan for 15 months is gonna be about
  • Twelve Thousand dollars that translates to a million three hundred twelve thousand one hundred twenty-eight yen
  • Or just over three million poké-dollars geez with it costing that much
  • It's no wonder that the parents are sending their kids out into the woods to fight dangerous creatures for the better part of a year
  • Anyway, those costs are broken down like you see on screen. But remember this is if they're living at home
  • Ash stays in tents most nights and doesn't get himself an education so we can eliminate some of those larger ticket costs
  • let's even eliminate the cost of clothing since the most ash has ever gotten himself is like a new hat that cuts our costs for
  • his 15 month journey in half now sitting at six thousand dollars six hundred fifty six thousand yen, or
  • 1.5 million poké bucks that is a whole bike and a half which doesn't make it sound like that much
  • But seriously, that is a four
  • Thousand dollar bike that the shop owner just gives you for free is the best free voucher ever
  • Okay
  • So six thousand dollars is the base cost of your journey and of course leaving out the prices of all Pokémon and related gear pokeballs
  • Revives potions food for the Pokémon etc. But then again Aston's to get himself distracted on his journey
  • So his quest may take him a little bit longer than your typical trainer
  • It should all balance out the end
  • Now it's time to start beating up on some random kids pets and stealing their cash the way to earn money as a pokemon champion
  • Is defeating other trainers and taken their money
  • I went through the entirety of Pokémon Red and Blue adding up what you earn from every battle each
  • psychic bug catcher and last out there and then double check that amount via some player guides for the games and if you go undefeated,
  • Against every random trainer on your journey you conquer every gym the first time and you send every member of Team Rocket
  • You would make a total of drumroll please
  • Three hundred twenty five thousand four hundred fifty poké dollars which equates to one hundred and fifty six thousand two hundred
  • sixteen yen, or only one thousand four hundred twenty one dollars and fifty seven cents, uh,
  • Honestly, I expected it to be much, MUCH, higher when putting this theory together
  • But then I stopped and thought about it and it actually makes a lot of sense just take for instance the Elite Four
  • Which should be the most profitable fights of the game sure earning five thousand poké dollars per fight. Sounds great
  • But not so much when you're shelling out three hundred fifty dollars for a fee boss and lemonade the Elite Four
  • Plus the rival battle gets you a total of twenty nine thousand seven hundred ninety nine polka dollars
  • Which sounds great until you consider that it's only 85, cans of soda from the vending machine it converts to a whopping
  • 117 dollars and that is the top of the top. We are talking the elite flipping four and don't forget
  • This is just the base adventure if you're doing the Pokémon journey a second time
  • I don't think Team Rocket has the turnaround time to take on the Silph company every week
  • Plus misty isn't going to take you on again if you already have her badge
  • So if you take out the special events that you most likely wouldn't be able to do again like the Silph company
  • Takeover in the gyms the journey actually pumps out significantly less
  • one hundred and eighty seven thousand sixty nine poké dollars or seven hundred twenty nine dollars and 57 cents. Whoo
  • That is a hefty pay cut
  • Literally cut in half and I'm not even including the trainers who aren't gonna fight you again
  • Since you beat him, so badly the first time the long story short here is that being a pokémon trainer is the single worst financial?
  • Decision in gaming ever. you spend a year out of your life slaving away climbing to the pinnacle of your chosen field
  • living outdoors and getting shocked over and over and over again by Pikachu and you end up with a net loss of
  • Four thousand five hundred seventy eight dollars and forty three cents. You lose money on your journey
  • Even if you get to the end of it, honestly, it's like pursuing a career in theatre
  • Where most places make you pay them to work there good times
  • True story. all this is probably why you don't see too many adults out there trying to become Pokémon champions
  • they eventually have to support a family and that is simply something that you cannot do as a
  • Traveling battler. unless you're a gym leader or part of the Elite Four
  • There is no way to make a living off of being a pokémon champion chase your dreams just prepare to file for bankruptcy
  • Later, but hey
  • That's just a theory a game theory and we didn't even talk about taxes
  • Don't even get me started on taxes
  • But now that we've proved that my backup career isn't gonna be backing me up quite as much as I hoped
  • It would I'm gonna have to figure out a new way to save up some serious bucks luckily
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I want to be...the very best...and also very RICH!! Being a Pokemon Champion is the dream of many a child and adult, if we are being honest. Except, after you get past all the glory and the cute Pokemon, you have to wonder - is being a Pokemon Master a viable career choice? Can you survive on the money that you'd make? Well today Loyal Theorists, we are about to find out!!

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