Secret Base Tutorial [WIP]

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December 24, 2016 1:25pm
On Route 50, user pages are referred to as Secret Bases, or otherwise simply Bases. This guide will show how to customize your Secret Base.


To access your own base, click your username on the left end of the Route 50 Bar, or go to To obtain a permalink for your base, hover over your username on the Route 50 Bar and click your avatar on the dropdown.

Below the Route 50 Bar is your banner. We will cover how to upload a banner in a later section. Below the banner is the base navigation, from which you can access your Journal, Gallery, gallery Favorites, and Ribbons. Below the base navigation is the Info Bar, which lists various statistics for your account.

Your base widgets will appear below the Info Bar. By default, bases contain the ID, Journal, and Stream widgets. However, the Journal widget will not appear unless you have written a journal entry, so a new base will only show the ID and Stream widgets. We will cover how to customize your widgets in a later section.

Stream and Comments

Your Stream is your status update feed, and displays your activities on Route 50. You can view a person's Stream feed from the Stream widget on their base. To post a message on a person's Stream feed, simply type your message into the box at the top of their Stream widget.

Your Stream feed will appear on the front page. Additionally, if you follow other people's Streams, their Stream feeds will also appear on the front page. To follow another person's Stream, just go to another person's base and click the "Follow" button on the left end of your info bar.

When replying to another person's message on Stream, reply to their post directly instead of creating a new Stream post. Click the Comments button and type your response into the "Post a comment" box. When you are done, click "Add Comment", and the site will notify the other person of your comment.

Likewise, when replying to another person's comment, reply to their comment directly instead of creating a new comment chain. Hover over the other person's comment, click the "Reply" button that appears under their icon, and type your response into the "Type your reply" box. When you are done, click "Add Reply", and the site will notify the other person of your comment.

Bases display the Stream, Journal and ID widgets by default. However, you can also add other widgets to your base.

To change the widgets on your base, click on the gear on the Route 50 Bar to access your Account Settings. From the Account Settings page, click on "Widgets" on the left sidebar to access your Base Widgets settings page. This page displays your widgets. Click and drag your widgets to rearrange them, or to move them to a different column. You can also indicate which side you want the sidebar widgets to appear on. The sidebar's width is 30%, while the main column's width is 70%.

Hover over a widget and click "Edit" to edit the widget, or "Delete" to remove it from your base. If you remove a widget, you can always add again later.

You can display the following widgets on your base:
  • ID (default): Use this widget to display a title, a profile picture, and a self-introduction. Your title appears in the ID widget's header on your base, and is separate from your title on the Forums. In the Image field, enter the url of an image you wish to use as your profile picture. Note that the site will not store this picture. In the Text field, type your self-introduction. The Text field supports BBCode formatting.
  • Custom: This will display whatever text you type into the "Text" field. This widget supports BBCode formatting.
  • Contact: This will display your contact information. For MSN, Yahoo, AIM, Skype, Steam, Tumblr, and Discord, type your screennames into their respective field. For 3ds_friend_code, type your 12-digit friend code into the field. For your website, enter a complete url into the field (including the http://).
  • Twitter: This displays Tweets from your Twitter account. Note that this widget cannot display protected tweets, even if you have access to the account which the protected tweets come from.
  • Following: This will display icons of random members whose Streams you follow (default: 10).
  • Gallery: This will display icons of your most recent gallery submissions (default: 6).
  • Groups: This will display icons of random groups which you belong to (default: 6).
  • Pokemon GO Team: This will display the emblem for Team Instinct, Team Mystic, or Team Valor on your base.
  • Alolan Starter: You can display Rowlet, Litten, or Popplio on your base.
Except for custom widgets, you may only display one of each widget on your base. You may add multiple custom widgets.

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You do seem to know what is needed. Yes, what a Trainer needs is a virtuous heart. Pokémon touch the good hearts of Trainers and learn good from wrong. They touch the good hearts of Trainers and grow strong... Go onwards! The Champion is waiting!
- Drake of the Hoenn Elite Four

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