Yep. Oh, neat! I saw your name there now that you mention it. That’s a big help though, just hearing that. I would probably have just assumed it had it was the something related to the patch if I couldn’t find the cause of the problem had you not mentioned that. With that possibility gone though, I really need to find something in the E4 rematches that can further isolate the cause.
In the meantime, I’m doing all the Holon content atm, next Trainer battle I’ll take a look at the wiki and see if there is anything off between the teams I’m up against and what they should actually be on Hard mode.
EDIT: I have some findings.
I ran into a trainer battle with Nora, and despite being on Hard mode, her team wasn’t using the Hard mode items it should have been, but rather the Normal ones. I tried switching difficulties from Hard to Normal and Easy hoping that would refresh her teams to what they should be, but nah. Seems like they’re stuck on normal. Even playing On Easy won’t change her team’s details - they were still at their normal mode levels.
I had a hunch at this point, and remembered a fight with Taen during the story a while back, where he had a Pokemon that outsped me that shouldn’t have. Turns out his Pokemon (Delta Darmanitan at the time) holds a choice scarf on Normal mode. This should have been easier for me to notice, wish I paid more attention at the time.
So this has been a problem since at the very least my Second Taen encounter at the Perfection Base, and not with Kayla or the E4 (she might have a separate issue with her not using items, but due to her team being the same and level scaling, I can’t actually check this directly.)
My difficulty settings (for the most part) in the Options doesn’t do anything. Oddly the exception seems to be the E4 restricting items on Hard Mode - that alone functions correctly. I can’t test it further until I advance to the rematches at the moment, but my guess is regardless of what difficulty I set the game to, I won’t be allowed to use items in the E4.
Is this something I could change in the files? I took a look at the Game.ini config file and I don’t have a difficulty setting in there. Would there be a line I could add that could fix the problem?
If not that, then maybe I screwed something up when patching the game?