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Old June 9th, 2012 (4:12 AM).
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Lincoln West

Lincoln watched as the fiery embers collided with the pointed rocks. The fire wasn't hot enough to melt or burn the stone, but the impact did set them off course enough that they thudded deeply into the ground around Verno rather than striking him directly.

What was John's plan here? He opened up the battle with an attack that wouldn't be at all effective, then focused on neutralising Bixi's attack rather than countering. It made perfect sense to try and neutralise or avoid an attack that was going to be especially devestating to your pokemon, but if you didn't have some sort of long term plan you were just putting off the inevitable.

Did John have some sort of long term strategy at work here? You would have to, to go up against a pokemon you had a double weakness against, otherwise defeat was inevitable. Well if he wanted to play that game, Lincoln had a trick or two himself.

He took hold of the goggles around his neck and pulled them up, covering his eyes behind the protective lenses. "Bixi. Whip it up."

Bixi responded by lifting her front flippers and flapping them forward several times, pushing around the dust on the ground in front of her. After the third flap the dust seemed to begin moving itself, and not just in front of Bixi. All across the field a soft breeze began to blow, increasing until it was as strong as a gale. The dust seemed to multiply, increasing and somehow transforming into sand.

After just a short time Bixi had managed to whip up an entire Sandstorm across the field. Although not a move that directly attacked the enemy, it would damage any pokemon that weren't rock, ground or steel types for every round that the battle continued. Not only that, but as Bixi was a rock type, the sandstorm would bolster her resistance to 'special' attacks, making many of Verno's fire attacks even less effective.

From a trainers perspective, Sandstorm was a hell of a move to have to deal with. The sand got in your eyes and obscured your vision of the battlefield, and the sound of the storm could make it hard to communicate with your pokemon.

"Nice one Bixi!" Lincoln roared over the storm. Plenty of practice and his broad frame helped him project his voice. "Let's see how they deal with this!"

Jackson (Male Shieldon) Lvl 24: Toxic, Sandstorm, Protect, Iron Head, Stealth Rock, Dig
Ability: Sturdy

Bixi (Female Tirtouga) Lvl 24: Crunch, Aqua Tail, Sandstorm, Ice Beam, Stone Edge, Iron Defense
Ability: Solid Rock

Siege (Male Geodude) Lvl 22: Defense Curl, Attract, Rock Polish, Rock Throw, Magnitude, Roll Out
Ability: Rock Head
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