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Dry Battery by Epifex Dry Battery by Epifex
So there's been a little confusion as to exactly what the point is, and frankly I'm not really surprised.

Basically when the internal battery in a GBA Pokemon game dries up, it says "The game will still be playable, but clock-based events will no longer occur." In reality this just means that things like sales at the department store and outbreaks of particular Pokemon won't happen, but I figured it could be reinterpreted as time freezing throughout the game, which is either totally awesome or totally terrible for the trainer.

I know it isn't strictly what the dry battery thing does, but I can dream ;D

My Ruby's actually run out of battery now. I think that's why none of the previously fought trainers want rematches, which is going to make level-grinding on my new playthrough exceedingly difficult. :/

I like how the hands came out in panel 3, I had to get my brother to model his hands for a minute because I suck at those fancy-schmancy gestures and stuff.

Also I seriously need to get more ink refills for my markers, most of them are drying out now. But refills are so expensive... ;_;
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Rhuen1 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
My copy of Crystal is now permanently stuck on Friday (so infinite training on the boat) however time of day still changes, but not in real time or the right time.
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GSVProductions Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist
I remember a few years ago this happened to my copy of ruby but for some reason instead of not happening at all clock based events would happen at random for example I would battle a trainer and they would want to fight again less then a minute after the first battle ended!
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Um, would this happen in ROMs to ?
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Epifex Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Nope. Most emulators can easily simulate the internal battery at this point. 
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well at least that means I won't be blocked in time and wonder like a Time lord. Thanks !
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Epifex Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student General Artist
This comic was a bit of an exaggeration too. When the battery dies, the whole game doesn't freeze, but clock-based events such as department store sales and berry growth cease.
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, so everything is still alright expect for those, well thanks again for clarifying.
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heavyoak Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
um... save files are battery dependent...

just fyi.
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FlodgyPleb Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My Yellow version may run out soon. ; A ;
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DarkTailss Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My first instinct would have been to look down her panties to prove once and for all that all the Joys are robots... Yeah, that's why i'd do it, for science!
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IHaveNoArt Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Me too! For "science".
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JacknAppleLover22 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
my sapphire was surprisingly the first to go not pokemon blue or yellow O_o
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NixillUmbreon Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Writer
The generation 1 games used a battery to maintain the save. The battery didn't do much else, unlike in gen 2 or 3 games.
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Josh-Jenes Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD Nice.
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Adan-Uno Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student General Artist
You have a pretty wacky interpretation of Pokemon games and i' loving it! :3
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horakoeri Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They had internal batteries? Whoah, seems like I wasn't that much of an addict to have never seen this occur before... :_:
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Kitsune-Teme Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Battery death happens to the best of us, on a side note, he has 11 fingers!
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Epifex Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student General Artist
No he doesn't. It might be a bit confusingly drawn, but there are definitely only 10 there.
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Kitsune-Teme Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Oh yeah, I just miscounted. Thanks for pointing that out.
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inuyashazeldaeragon Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I just replaced my backup battery for Pokemon Silver... Unfortunately, if you replace the battery in Ruby or Emerald, like I was about to do, your game file gets deleted. I'm not willing to do this, so I'll have to put up with this stupid GBA message for a while more.
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Epifex Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Your game file doesn't get deleted if you change the battery in GBA games. The GBA Pokemon games store their memory on flash drives, so they don't need a battery to keep the save file active. The battery is just to power the clock. So long as you don't accidentally destroy any crucial parts of the cartridge in the process, it should be totally safe to replace the battery.

The gameboy color games are a different matter though. Their battery keeps the save file running, and if the battery goes dead, so does the save file.
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inuyashazeldaeragon Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah :P I have Ruby, Emerald and Silver, and they all have dead batteries. I replaced Silver's battery though, and thought it would bring the save data back, but it did nothing :/ I haven't bothered replacing Emerald and Ruby's batteries though. But I read somewhere that the game data gets deleted if you take out the battery, so I guess I was just a bit reluctant to try after hearing that. Oh well, I might as well go try now :3
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Epifex Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student General Artist
You should still make sure you know what you're doing. Those things have lots of small parts in and you don't want to break or ruin anything. But so long as you do it right, there shouldn't be any damage to the game data.
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Crow5467 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol
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ShadowHope1 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Somehow mine recovered from that once. xD
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Blake-Shade Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the battery on my ruby ran dry too! i can't see why nintendo didn't put the clock in the system. WHY WHY WHY! I guess it isn't that big of a deal.
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MsLunarUmbreon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student General Artist
This happened with my Silver version 2 years ago. I lost everything.. :( I replaced the battery though :)
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AeonsShadow Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
You know you can replace the battery right? It's a basic C-battery and can be replaced easily. This wipes the information on the game sometimes though.
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Whitefire321 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This happened to my Ruby too :c i read online in a few places that it could be fixed with some sort of patch thing.... but idk.

It's annoying, especially the berry-giving people when i want to try a nuzlocke on this game -__-
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SalmonSuzie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! :)
By the way, I just bought a second hand Sapphire, and when I started the game the internal battery had already run dry... yet there are still trainers who want rematches. Though I don't think I can plant berries now, right...?
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Epifex Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, I think I was wrong about the rematch thing. I think they'll only rematch with you after a certain point in the game or something. As for the berries though, yeah, berry growth relies on the internal battery.
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SalmonSuzie Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah I guess so too! At least I only noticed when someone in the PokéCenter of Fortree told me you could have rematches... so maybe then? :3
Too bad about the berries by the way. :c
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julian0123 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Bountiful... :iconforeverlolplz:
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MyGambit Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student Filmographer
Is it wrong that I thought he had something totally different in mind for the time stop? :iconmingplz:
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Epifex Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
That's what I was trying to suggest ;)
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Z706 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
You know you can change the battery inside the gamepak, right? Well, you would lose your save while doing that however. :|
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Epifex Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah. It's a lot of effort though, and I tend to play Emerald more nowadays anyway.
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145687 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
I caught my first and only pokerus pokemon (a nicada) on a nuzlocke run. because my battery had run dry, it never became un-contagious :D needless to say I cut the nuzzing short
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Epifex Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Lucky. I've only ever encountered one legit', wild shiny on any game, and I had no Pokeballs at the time.
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CollectedWalk Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student
I caught a legit shiny electrike :lol: just thought I'd bang into the conversation. His skills suck, though.
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zadesumagu Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lolz
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SSBrosB Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
The internal battery is really the only reason I want remakes for Sapphire and Ruby. Otherwise I can still play them XD
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Epifex Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Exactly. Also, a remake of Emerald but with some of the nice mechanics of some of the later games would be brilliant for me.
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pinkiestar Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's funnier once you read the description.
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Tayyaba786110 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
LOL.
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