Can we remove most HMs from the entrances to the “gateway” dungeons? Like Cut and Rock Smash from the ways to Winden Pass/Tanren Tunnel. …Honestly, you can go right to Tanren once you have cut and something that can walk on water, but… why not go the full route and make PMU a true open world experience? Of course, there’s a suggested order in how you’d go about things in PMU – like any open world game – but why not save the HMs for exploration/dungeon discovery?
Like… blocking off regions with arbitrary obstacles is rather… lackluster. It’s not even just a PMU problem, it’s a Pokemon problem! As a fan game… we have the chance to do better than what GameFreak does.
And yes, it’s possible for a newbie to wander right to Tanren Tunnel and get bodied, but you know what? It’d be a learning experience. They’d find the way to Tanren, commit it to memory, and have a goal to train for.
Honestly I made this thinking about how stupid it is that a tiny lil tree can stop a trainer with, say, a fire type from walking on, because it needs to be Cut down, not even slashed, or incinerated, just Cut down…