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January 4th, 2013 (4:23 PM). Edited January 12th, 2013 by Arlo.
Join Date: Dec 2012
Spoilered so this doesn't get too unmanageable:
Took a short team (a Jolly Synchronize Munna plus Dewott and a couple of others) to the edge of the desert, then just turned circles until I caught the Sandile and the Darumaka I wanted. The Darumaka was about the second or third one I caught - Jolly and 31 Atk, with nice solid numbers in everything important, but the Sandile took a while. Finally settled on one - Jolly also, with high-20s for Atk and at least nothing less than the teens for everything else. Then I went back to the PC and swapped out the Jolly Munna for an Adamant and went back to catch a Scraggy. That was the most important one, since I'm tentatively planning on keeping him on my team through the E4. In the end, it took a couple of days here and there (probably only a couple of hours of game time) before I found the one I wanted - Adamant male with Shed Skin, 31 Atk, high 20s HP and fairly even high defenses. He only has mediocre speed, but even with good IVs, he'd still have only mediocre speed, so that's fine. Then I rearranged the team and went through the desert and fought all the trainers, then it was on to Nimbasa City.
Did the rounds, got the Strength HM, fought in the stadiums, then I realized I didn't have a Watchog for my next HM slave and couldn't catch one until after Driftveil, so I had to find something to stick that HM on. I finally decided to put it on a Dwebble (I'm also sort of planning to include a Crustle on my final team), so I went back to the PC and got back into the Munna box and went to Desert Resort to catch stuff. Fought the Doctor, then just turned circles close to the entrance with a Careful Munna until I came up with the Dwebble I wanted, then went back and swapped for a Modest Munna and caught a really nice Modest Sigilyph. I considered catching a Maractus and decided against it, then rearranged the team again and fought all the trainers around Desert Resort and at the beginning of Relic Castle. Then I put Strength on the Dwebble and went out onto Route 16 (picking up the Macho Brace along the way) and pushed the rock and fought all those trainers and poked around Lostlorn Forest, but didn't try to catch anything. Then it was all the way back home to push rocks and EV train and grind for levels, getting ready for N and for Elesa's gym.
Went into the Amusement Park with Scraggy, Dwebble, Dewott, Cottonee and... some others... and went on that dull ferris wheel ride with N, then fought him and beat him pretty soundly. Went back to the PC and healed and swapped out some of the team. Went into Elesa's gym with Sandile, Dwebble, Darumaka (who had Dig) and I don't remember who else. Those three did most of the work - Sandile and Darumaka used Dig on the Blitzles and Dwebble had Rock Blast for the Emolgas. It was easy.
Then put together a traveling team and went out onto Route 6 and fought the trainers and poked around in the grass with Modest Munna in the lead until I came up with a really nice Gothita - 31 Sp Atk and high 20s elsewhere. Then swapped out for the Jolly Munna and spent a long time finding a nice Jolly Minccino. Then it was on to Driftveil Drawbridge. Rode back and forth and collected wings for a while, until I managed to catch a pretty good Timid Ducklett, then went into town and just breezed through everything. Darumaka and Scraggy completely owned Cold Storage and Dewott took Clay's gym down pretty much single-handedly. Then fought Bianca and demolished her as usual and got the Fly TM, put Fly on Ducklett and flew home. Spent some more time here and there EV training and grinding for levels, then flew back to Driftveil and battled our way through Route 7 and caught two Deerling along the way. One was to keep around to show to the scientists, but the other was a deliberate hunt - Adamant with amazing stats - a couple of 31s and nothing less than 25. Also caught a Watchog HM slave. Then into Chargestone Cave.
Scraggy and Sandile did most of the work along there (Sandile and Dwebble both got Bulldoze from Clay's TM) with some assistance here and there from Darumaka and Dwebble. Spent a long time just inside the entrance catching a nice Timid Joltik and happened on a Quirky Tynamo with surprisingly good stats. Also caught a Ferroseed, but I didn't pay any attention to anything other than that it was female, since I planned on breeding it with a Whimsicott to get a baby with Leech Seed. The cave was sort of tedious and long but uneventful, just like it was the last time. Got out into Mistralton City and immediately went to the move family's house, where Dwebble forgot Strength, then flew to Striaton to breed Ferrothorns. That took most of a day, but I ended up with a Brave with nice stats. Then flew back to Mistralton, did all the stuff around there, then went up to Celestial Tower and caught two Litwicks - one with Flame Body to use as an incubator and a Modest one with Flash Fire and amazing stats to include with the team, and also caught a decent Modest Elgyem. Back to town and blew (flew?) through Skyla's gym, with Dwebble's Smack Down and Tynamo's Spark doing most of the work. Then we made our way through and over and around the tall grass and out to the entrance to Twist Mountain. And ran into a bit of a brick wall, in the form of Cheren, who's never really been a problem before, but now his Panpour was a Simipour, with Scald, and it was raining. I knew it was trouble when I sent poor Tynamo in, expecting to easily deal with the water monkey, and it one-shotted him with a Scald. Then I sent Samurott (recently evolved) in and it burnt him on the first hit and fainted him on the second. Then I reset the game and went back to plan a better strategy.
The only electric I planned on potentially using was Tynamo, and it's going to be a long time yet before he evolves, so he was out. There's no way that Joltik or even Galvantula would survive that rain-boosted Scald. I had a Cottonee I'd been using off and on, and figured it could at least survive a bit, but there's not much it could do in return. Deerling was still a long way from being a Sawsbuck, and there was no way that Deerling would survive that Scald. Most of my stronger pokemon were only neutral to water, and most of them were physical and would be crippled by a burn. But you know.... I had been kicking around using a Lilligant, since I didn't really get to use one a lot in my White playthrough, since I was enjoying Leavanny so much. But the only one in Black is the Petilil you get in trade, and it was only so-so and didn't have the ability I wanted. So, I got out the male Whimsicott I'd used to breed Leech Seed onto Ferrothorn and took him, the Petilil, Ducklett and the incubator Litwick and flew to Striaton. Spent another good chunk of a day breeding a Modest Petilil with Own Tempo and nice stats, then flew to Driftveil, gave her the Lucky Egg and scared up some Audinos. Her share of the experience for the first one (Litwick fainted it - that's the other part of her job, alongside incubating eggs) bumped her all the way up to level 16, and by the third she was about level 19 and handling them on her own. Leveled her up to 26, so she got Giga Drain, then evolved her to Lilligant and leveled her up to 28, so she got Quiver Dance. Then flew back to Mistralton and went back to fight Cheren again. And that one was much easier. Servine was a bit of a hassle, but that was it. Simipour went down to a single Lilligant Giga Drain. And we're currently saved at the base of Twist Mountain...
Edited for an update:
Been a while...
Put the Surf HM on Ducklett, alongside Fly. Flew home, then out to the water along Route 1 and out to Route 17. Caught a pair of Frillishes - Modest male to experiment with offense and a Calm female for a staller. Saved in front of the Ace with the Larvesta egg, got an egg and flew to Skyarrow Bridge to hatch it. Took three tries before I got one that was okay - Mild with mid-20s or better in everything important and 30 special attack. Not exactly what I wanted, but it'll be fine. Picked up the Waterfall TM and put it on Samurott. Finished up out there, then just went through everywhere, Surfing and Waterfalling everything that I couldn't reach before until we made it back to Twist Mountain. Including going into Mistralton Cave and catching a really nice Adamant Axew and Cobalion.
Made it through Twist Mountain pretty easily - mostly Scraggy, Gothorita, Lilligant and Samurott, but rotating through so most everyone got some experience where possible. Caught a few Cubchoos before I got the Adamant I wanted - never did see a Cryogonal. Went out and around the Moor of Icirrus and collected all the items and fought all the trainers and caught a Stunfisk just because, and a Shelmet to trade. Did a pair of trades - Shelmet for Karrablast and vice versa. Been using Escavalier a fair amount, but Accelgor mostly sits in a box. Debated doing a bit of level grinding, but I really didn't think it'd be necessary, and it wasn't. Went through Brycen's gym like the proverbial hot knife through butter - mostly Scraggy and Darmanitan. Then up to and through Dragonspiral Tower, catching a Jolly Mienfoo and a nice Brave Golett along the way. Back down to and through Desert Resort, then to Striaton and the museum, then back to Icirrus. Knocked around Route 8 a bit, then trounced Bianca and went on to Tubeline Bridge and to Route 9. Beat a couple of the trainers there, went shopping and beat some more, went back out and beat the rest, then into Opelucid City.
I had no idea that it's completely different in Black, though that "future city" business in the house in White suddenly made sense. After talking to Drayden and Iris, I went to the place where that house had been in White and, sure enough, it was the same in Black, except talking about a past version of the city and such. I paid more attention this time, and started wondering what to do for a pokemon with Charge. The most obvious choice seemed to be Blitzle, since the ones you can catch on Route 3 already have Charge, so I went back and caught one, then saved the game and switched over to White. Went and talked to the guy in White, just to make sure, then went and caught a Blitzle there too, and made the trade. Oh joy - a Cell Battery. Still sort of cool I guess.
I debated going up onto Route 10 and opening all that up, but I didn't really need to, and I didn't want to mess with it at the moment. But thinking about the team, I couldn't see much choice other than to evolve Cubchoo to handle Drayden's gym. Pretty much the only other good choice was Axew, and I don't like using Dragons against Dragons, for obvious reasons. So I gritted my teeth and went to work. Flew down to Striaton first and did a lot of EV training on all the standard spots - Route 1 for Atk and HP, Striaton for Spd, Lostlorn Forest for Def, Driftveil for Sp Def and Celestial Tower for Sp Atk. Got everyone I cared about pretty much where I wanted them, then flew to Icirrus and spent a long time grinding on Audinos from the grass up by the entrance to Dragonspiral Tower. Finally flew back to Opelucid and went into the gym with my now-buffed Beartic, plus a few others who were pretty much just there just in case. I switched in Ferrothorn (recently evolved from the Ferroseed I bred so long ago) on the Druddigons, just because it amuses me when they beat themselves up against its Iron Barbs and Rocky Helmet, but other than that, Beartic handled it all. Then talked to the prof and out to.... oh wait.... something about a storm? So I flew to Route 7 and encountered Tornadus. I had been keeping track and that was the 115th entry to my pokedex, so I flew home and got the Hidden Power TM from the prof (been waiting for that ever since I found out that Gothorita - now Gothitelle - has HP Fighting), then flew back to Opelucid and went out onto Route 10. Plowed through the trainers, scared up some pokemon but decided not to catch any of them - I just don't need a Mandibuzz or a Bouffalant - then through the gates and up to Victory Road. Stepped in long enough to hunt around for a Deino and came up with a Jolly with exceptional stats (though that's not really the nature I would've preferred, though I do already have a really nice Modest in White), killed a few Durants (Lampent and Darmanitan both just laugh at them), and that's where we are currently. At the moment, the team's pretty much shaken down to Samurott, Scrafty, Gothitelle, Lampent, Escavalier and Swanna. Swanna's mostly there for HM support, but I don't have another good flyer to take her place, so I'm not sure what I'll do. I'm toying with trading in a Rufflet from White and evolving a Braviary, since Samurott can already handle the water duties. We'll see though. For the moment, I'm playing B2 and letting Black sit a bit until I get reinspired to play it.
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