The Top 7 - Fruitless Endeavors

493 Pokemon
It takes about 80 hours to beat the Elite four and claim your crown as champion Pokemon trainer. Then you'll need to do some clever trading/buying/soul selling to catch all of the game's Pokemon, which is probably as big a task if not greater. And then you must do the same for all the old pokemon from other regions. 

When you do finally complete your Pokedex and wait for something special to happen, nothing does. Nothing.

Now, we wouldn't say you've wasted a huge chunk of your life because we understand how important this gaming achievement is to anyone who considers themeslves a serious gamer. Or a seven-year-old. But… it would have been nice for the game to recognise it. Put it this way, if the game itself doesn't congratulate you, who else is going to? Your girlfriend? Er... she left days ago.

You did notice, didn't you?


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Top 7


  • Kerfluffle - February 24, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    Hmmmmmmmmm..... Pokemon used to be about gettin em all when I was a kid. Now it's about the most powerful team for me. It doesn't matter anymore because all my friends hack now anyway, and they dont think its cheating. (EX. "I just found those 6 Shaymins in a patch of grass!)
  • legory - May 28, 2009 2:39 a.m.

    80 Hours to beat Pokemon D/P? Are you kidding me? Try less than 24. I filled my Pokedex in roughly that time. No Action Replay.
  • elilupe - April 22, 2009 4:04 p.m.

    I thought the ending of Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts was pretty terrible. It made you finish that painfully annoying Grunty battle, and then only gave you a car that looks like banjos head. It doesnt even handle that well. Couldnt they have given you a super cool, powerful weapon that could go extremely fast and could handle perfectly?
  • CuddlyBomber - October 20, 2008 10:16 p.m.

    God DAMN that Luigi! The number of times I tried to get that star are... well... I lost count!
  • Manny-Faces - October 21, 2008 12:25 a.m.

    nice colossos vid i still need to beat it lol :D
  • purpleshirt - October 21, 2008 2:30 a.m.

    my friend used hax to fill his pokedex and i was like siiiick now i can see what proffsor oak says in eternia city good job!, im happy now go fuck off was pretty much the gist of it so im happy i decided not to sell my soul to that guy on the internet who promised me arceus in return. really happy
  • msfootball66 - October 27, 2008 1:51 a.m.

    haha its called cheats when i was little i got pokemon red and i just used cheats but im not really sure wat diamend and pearl are
  • slymaster - October 26, 2008 7:18 p.m.

    it only took me one day to beat the elite 4 and i got it the day it came out. started the next day and beat it around 11:00 pm never got complete pokedex (who realy does not like they give you any thing)
  • poplin - November 21, 2009 9:20 p.m.

    I'd like to nominate blast corps to this list. One of the best yet most stupidly hard games on the n64, you work your ass off to get gold medals on everything, and then you unlock the planets. you then have to get golds on each of the planets, each progressively more difficult. Once you do that, the game says "now go for platinum".... stopped playing after that message and never looked back
  • PhantomRose96 - January 7, 2010 11:05 p.m.

    I've been playing Pearl for years, trying to complete the pokedex. I've caught/evolved every pokemon available in the sinnoh region (which took long enough, especially for pokemon that evolve at a ridiculously high level.) I've "migrated" about a million from fire red and traded with my brother for pokemon from sapphire. I still have no idea where to find half the legendaries (which are the only pokemon I have left to obtain.) Then I read this article and wonder why I'm wasting my life... which doesn't mean I'll be able to stop.
  • unholychazer - September 28, 2010 3:16 a.m.

    493 pokemon? I didn't think anyone actually bothered, maybe it wouldn't be so bad if half of them didn't require events that few of us actually bother with, so for the rest of us, there's action replay
  • ombranox - September 29, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    Uhh... It took me like, 15 hours to beat the elite four.
  • CrazyPhish - October 1, 2010 4:45 a.m.

    I think it was Katamari 2 that you could spend forever collecting 1 million roses in one of the levels and you didn't get anything for it.
  • jamie-williams - January 29, 2012 1:43 p.m.

    In Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, when you beat the game, you get something really worth the effort (ON OPPOSITE DAY!): 1xp point. I am not telling a lie. Go look it up and see the if there are any WTF moments on YouTube.

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