With Black 2 & White 2's release on the horizon for Europe and North America, I got to thinking about how I'm going to put together my White 2 team. Then it made me wonder how you people create your in-game Pokemon teams. And thus, I made a topic. :3 Do you plan out your team well in advance before ever starting the game? Maybe you even go as far as to breed specific Pokemon so that you can raise them from day one? Possibly you simply dive into the game and catch/train whatever jumps out at you along the way. Or maybe you're like me and do things differently depending on which game you're playing and how many times you've played it. Whatever the method, tell us how you team build your main story teams (aka. not competitive teams). For me, it largely depends on which game that I'm playing/replaying. When playing through my first game from a brand new generation, I try to do as little team planning as possible because it's much more fun, and feels more natural, putting my team together as I go. Even though White 2 isn't the start of a new generation I think that's how I'll play through it as well. There's about 25 odd Pokemon I have in mind for team members but whatever jumps out at me first is what I'll train. On my second play through a new generation I'll generally do the exact opposite and plan out every member of the team (mostly filled with Pokemon I previously wanted to train but didn't). I may catch my planned Pokemon within the game or breed some, if not all, of them depending on how early you encounter them. Typically I like to have at least 6 Pokemon by the half-way point through my gym challenge, otherwise it feels like I'm missing out. As for replays, anything goes really. Depending on how much time has passed since playing the game I may plan out my team or catch stuff on the fly. I've only run through a game with a specialized team once (a monotype flying team) and honestly didn't find it as interesting as I'd expected, so I'm unlikely to do that again. Using a team based on one of my RP characters or the like is different though and often times a lot of fun.