PA! has a ton of useful Emoticons for communicating ideas. Stuff like smiles and sunshines!
But since this is a Pokémon site, we also have other useful Pokémon symbols which can be easily placed. Stuff like Pokémon TCG energy symbols ( etc) and Pokémon video game type symbols from Sword/Shield ( etc)! Plus if you see something and you want to know how to use it, simply mouse-over it and it’ll tell you its own code. Nifty, huh?
Sooner or later we’ll be replacing these emoticons with an actual font you can use and download—just as we did with the Galarian text—or higher quality versions (albeit either highly detailed purely pixelated)… but until then, you can use these handy emoticons. And so, here is what they are!
Oooh! Here’s a blast from the past… I recently rediscovered my old “Nickmoticons” which I made back during the good ol’ “Pokémon Aaah! Forum” days, but until now they were left without a home. Well, now that PA! is back, I figured I might as well add them back to the site as well. And so here they are in their classic glory!
Again, you should be able to just mouse-over each one to see how to use it.
Unfortunately the Discord Server has a limit of 50 custom emoticons, so some of these might not appear there.
POKÉMON VG TYPE SYMBOLS (SwSh)
In Pokémon Sword/Shield, the game introduced new symbols for each of the 18 Pokémon types. Furthermore they were given a color unique to that type. I’ve painstakingly ripped the symbols and added them to the site as emoticons. You people better be grateful for all the blood, sweat and tears I put into this site (er, not literally… I mean, I have yet to figure out a way to digitize blood, sweat and/or tears and transfer them over standard TCP/IP…)
For the emoticons used here, there are three symbol types and two sizes involved. This requires a three-letter symbol code, which should be pretty easy to use and remember.
The code format is:
- size; “L” for large, “S” for small.
- form; which is how the symbol will look
- “W” for white symbol on colored BG
- “T” for colored symbol with transparent BG, and
- “D” for colored symbol on dark-colored BG
- type; which is the actual Pokémon type symbol. The actual letter is listed below.
…and that’s it! So if you want a large, transparent Flying symbol, just use LTV … which will look like:
Oh, and here’s what they actually look like:
|Bug = B||LDB||LTB||LWB||SDB||STB||SWB|
|Dark = D||LDD||LTD||LWD||SDD||STD||SWD|
|Dragon = N||LDN||LTN||LWN||SDN||STN||SWN|
|Electric = L||LDL||LTL||LWL||SDL||STL||SWL|
|Fairy = Y||LDY||LTY||LWY||SDY||STY||SWY|
|Fighting = F||LDF||LTF||LWF||SDF||STF||SWF|
|Fire = R||LDR||LTR||LWR||SDR||STR||SWR|
|Flying = V||LDV||LTV||LWV||SDV||STV||SWV|
|Ghost = H||LDH||LTH||LWH||SDH||STH||SWH|
|Grass = G||LDG||LTG||LWG||SDG||STG||SWG|
|Ground = A||LDA||LTA||LWA||SDA||STA||SWA|
|Ice = I||LDI||LTI||LWI||SDI||STI||SWI|
|Normal = C||LDC||LTC||LWC||SDC||STC||SWC|
|Poison = O||LDO||LTO||LWO||SDO||STO||SWO|
|Psychic = P||LDP||LTP||LWP||SDP||STP||SWP|
|Rock = K||LDK||LTK||LWK||SDK||STK||SWK|
|Steel = M||LDM||LTM||LWM||SDM||STM||SWM|
|Water = W||LDW||LTW||LWW||SDW||STW||SWW|
The single-letter code for each type might not make sense for some of them (like “L” for “Electric”? “V” for “Flying”?), but this was done to ensure that each type can be represented by a single letter, and that that letter can be applicable to BOTH the video game and TCG types. That said, since I coined the TCG letters first, they had priority.
For example, “L” for “Electric” is because it’s called “Lightning” in the TCG, and thus both “:STL” ( ) and “:TL” ( ) can reference the same type.
POKÉMON TCG ENERGY SYMBOLS
Wanna insert some Pokémon TCG energy symbols into your replies without having to use plain ol’ text like F for Fighting or G for Grass? Then use these!
To use these, it’s pretty simple; it’s just a simple two-letter code, where the first letter it T for “TCG”.
As for the second letter, for the sake of consistency, I’m using the same single-letter code for types used in the VG emoticons above. The single-letter code for the other symbols are:
- T = Trainer (Item)
- S = Trainer (Stadium)
- U = Trainer (Supporter)
- E = Energy
So, TG = “TCG Grass”, and TY = “TCG Fairy”. Simple, huh?
As a reminder, both the TCG and video game types use the same single-letter code across both. Thus both “:STL” ( ) and “:TL” ( ) can reference the same type.
Meanwhile, for some reason I decided to make some TCG icons with the logo of one type and the color of another. This was mostly because I wanted the Psychic icon with the Fairy color… but I figured that if I was gonna make one, why not make the rest? Getting them is simple; just use the above chart to determine the letters of the types you want, then type a three letter code like TXY, where “X” is the color of the type you want to use and “Y” is the logo of the type you want. So, for example, “TWR” uses the color of Water (“W”) and the logo of Fire (“R”):
Use this for whatever reason you want.
Until I can make a Galarian alphabet font and an easy way for you to use it in comments, you can use these handy emoticons to spell out Galarian words.
Here’s a protip: simply copy ” :G” (as in, [SPACE][COLON][G]), that way you can just type in a letter then “CTRL/CMD-V” to paste the prefix, letter, paste, letter, paste, letter, paste, letter, paste, etc etc. There are also ways to use regex commands to insert ” :G” between every letter, if you want to be lazy about it.
…ok FINE if you wanna use regex, do this:
- type out your phrase using UPPERCASE letters, like maybe GA9A4 BEWCVE
- in your favorite text editor that can do regex searches, take the text and do a find-and-replace using the following inputs (minus the quotes):
- FIND: “(\w)”
- REPLACE: ” :G\1″ (there is a space in front of the colon)
- what you’re doing is telling the find-and-replace function to take every single character in the text and add ” :G” in front of it. Therefore turing “GA9A4 BEWCVE” into ” GG GA G9 GA G4 GB GE GW GC GV GE” (colons removed just so you can see what the replaced text would kinda look like)
- tadah! instant Galarian text! …
- side note, the regex search might not recognize the characters “!”, “+” and “^” so you might have to add the “:G” prefix manually.
- Similarly, normal spaces might not separate Galarian text as clearly, so you can use “:G_” ([SPACE][COLON][G][UNDERSCORE]) to add in a wider, Galarian text-friendly space.
An old peer, just catching up,
My name is Mike G… but I went by the nickname of “FeZz”, and I created the Victory Road set with an old website called Dark Raichu’s Pokemon Network.. I’m not sure if you remember me, but back in 2000-2001, you were a huge motivating factor for me while I was just a middle school student/freshman, finding my way around a new and exciting/scary internet.
An old friend of mine brought up Pojo and I hadn’t heard it in forever, so I did some digging and I found this site and could not believe it was still kicking! How the hell have you been? I do hope all has been well considering the crazy world at the moment. I’m glad to see you’re still rocking your hobbies and still making an impact on people.
Anyway, I saw this comment box and there was NO WAY i wasn’t going to reach out. Best wishes for the next 20 years, I guess–though it would be awesome to tag back and forth a couple times to catch up, if you remember me, haha! Be well!
Hey Michael! Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, but I’m glad to hear from you nonetheless! Yes, I do remember you as “FeZz”, as well as “Dark Raichu’s Pokemon Network”.
I’m also glad to know that my site helped you navigate the Wild Wild West days of the internet, before the MyFaceTwitters and YouTubmlers… I’m legit surprised how much of the kind of format my site utilized sort of became the standard. Like, if I had just stuck around for a few more years and used the filmmaking skills I had even back then to make videos for the site, then I can’t even begin to imagine what kind of site PA! would’ve become. Still, I’m just glad that the site inspired all kinds of people, big and small, and helped lay the artistic foundations they build so many great things from.
In the mean time, I’ve been keeping pretty busy. After I stopped working on PA!, I switched over to working on a webcomic called “Moose River” (the site is down at the moment, but I’m still trying to get it back up). After that, I graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Technical and Professional Writing, but just when I was about to start to go in that direction, I was able to help found a virtual reality start-up called MindVR (www.MindVr.com) where I helped to innovate on a really unique 3D-360 camera rig design (with its co-designer, Dave Arendash) and I’m still trying to stay ahead of the 3D-360 cinematic VR curve. In fact, I’m considering working on a whole series on teaching VR filmmaking techniques on sites like SkillShare, so keep an eye out for it!
But what really got me back into working on PA! again was a number of things… most of it being the recent resurance of popularity that Pokémon has been experiencing lately, not in the least due to the insane hype (and new-found nostalgia) surrounding Pokémon GO. Like, I remember learning about it and wanting to play it, thinking that it would just be something us remaining fans would know about… but I realized that this was going to be the real deal when I was at a PokéStop at 3AM, and another guy drove up to spin that same stop too.
However, perhaps the main driving force was in discovering how much the world of fandoms in general had changed in the last 20-ish years. Like, back in 1999-2004, there was nothing like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Patreon, Twitch, etc, where content creators like us could interact with our fans as close as those platforms allow. I mean, sure, there was stuff like AOL Instant Messenger, online forums, and the like, but that was pretty much the extent of it all. So it was hard for someone like me to actually earn money off my own artwork. But now it’s a totally different game. That is to say, even back in the day I’ve had people ask if they could support me financially, but I felt awkward with that prospect… but now there’s Patreon, Kickstarter, etc, where fans can finacially support the artists they love, and that too opens up a whole new world of opportunities for content creators like me.
So yeah, that’s where I’ve been in the mean time. It’s great to see how much of the world I helped create (with the help of all you fans, of course!) is still alive and kicking, AND to see how much it’s possible to finally be able to turn my passions into an actual viable business, instead of something I’m doing for fun. I hope to turn PA! into something larger than it’s EVER been before, and I hope all of my fans (old and new!) are willing to come along for the ride.
Anyways, sorry for the rant, but I hope it helps fill in some of the gaps that you were curious about.
But what about you? Where has your life taken you since the “good ol’ days”? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t the least bit curious. … That said, it was great to hear from you, and I hope to hear from you again!