Ultimate Yellow Monocolor Challenge (Alpha Sapphire) - Second and FINAL Update
E4 was pretty easy. Tracer swept a lot of it with ridiculous speed and suprisingly really good moveset (Volt Switch and especially Flamethrower came in cluth quite a bit). I was able to set up 3 Stockpiles on Maude for the Champion fight which made her an absolute beast.
Awful phone video of Hall of Fame:
Mercy the Beautifly, Lv. 54 @ Expert Belt
One last ruling check: in-battle color changes i.e. Cherrim or, more relevantly, Yellow Core Minior (is Brown when above 50% health, Yellow when below 50% according to Pokedex) in gen 7 are allowed y/y? I'm assuming yes for now because the Pokédex says so, but if you want to correct me that works
Decidueye's Sun Monoyellow
Location: Paraíso Æther (Aether Paradise)
Totem Gumshoos: Norzen the Wingull
Kahuna Hala: Anne the Cutiefly
Totem Wishiwashi: Anne the Cutiefly
Totem Salazzle: Norzen the Wingull (Z-Move: Norzen's Hydro Vortex [Water Pulse])
Totem Lurantis: Braev the Quilava (Z-Move: Braev's Inferno Overdrive [Flame Wheel])
Kahuna Olivia: Janne the Jolteon
Pretty easy run so far. I had a lot of trouble with Salazzle, who 2HKOed everyone not named Anne, who was a 1HKO. Eventually just revived Norzen 3 times (and got lucky). Olivia was the other battle I thought was going to be an issue with 3/4 of my team weak to Rock, but Janne literally soloed her first try by Charge Beaming the Nosepass to death and +3 Hidden Power OHKOing the other two. I hope Vikavolt will just be a Braev steamroll and I might have a Minior to try out on ya boi Guzma.
Note that I'm guessing on some of these names, I don't know Spanish lol
Norzen (Pelipper M) Lv27
- Water Pulse
- Hidden Power [Psychic]
- Wing Attack
Anne (Ribombee F) Lv26
- Silver Wind
- Draining Kiss
- Stun Spore
- Pollen Puff
Braev (Quilava M) Lv27
- Brick Break
- Flame Wheel
- Flame Charge
- Quick Attack
Janne (Jolteon M) Lv26
- Thunder Shock
- Hidden Power [Steel]
- Charge Beam
Ultimate Brown Monocolor Challenge (Moon) - Second and FINAL Update
Thoughts on the last challenge of the game (and a video of the end of it) under the jump, to avoid spoilers in case you haven't played the game yet.
This E4 is probably my favorite iteration yet, just for the record
-Hala was probably the hardest fight, and the one i took on first. He took out the majority of my team and I had to use two of my Max Revives to get through
-Olivia was easy. Invincible was great, Iron Defense is brokenly good. Belwas got some really good Quick Claw rolls in.
-Acerola was easy but tedious because of some choices I made. I got into a stall war with her Palossand vs. my Stark. Ended up using two PP restore items. If I could have gone back I would have re-taught Stark a Dark move.
-Invincible swept all of Kahili's team with Rock Slide and Iron Defense except for the last chunk of Crobat's health. Used a couple Ethers here too because Mandibuzz's defense is ridiculous
-The Professor was simple as well. Invincible pretty much swept him too, including one-shotting his Ninetales with Heavy Slam after a lucky Blizzard miss.
Hall of Fame video:
Whisperwind the Decidueye, Lv. 54 @ Spell Tag
Stark the Fearow, Lv. 53 @ Sharp Beak
Belwas the Hariyama, Lv. 52 @ Quick Claw
Sunny the Arcanine, Lv. 52 @ Charcoal
Invincible the Mudsdale, Lv. 54 @ Hard Stone
Kelso the Raichu-A, Lv. 53 @ Aloraichium Z
- Got Chespin
- Fought Shauna
- Delivered letter
- Went through tutorial
- Captured Luciel the Zigzagoon
- Breezed through Santalune Forest
- Battled Rollerskater Girl Rinka and kids on Route 3
- Bought white hat to match challenge
Update! Exams have been gnawing at my personal life, leaving me with little to no energy to narrate the events of these strenuous challenges.
Platinum, in particular, is a nightmare. Do forgive my lack of enthusiasm.
Generation I: (Remake) Fire Red - Status: Complete! Nuzlocke Mode: On
Held Item: Lax Incense
Moveset: Calm Mind | Thunderbolt | Shadow Ball | Toxic
50 | Claydol
Held Item: Twistedspoon
Moveset: Reflect | Cosmic Power | Psychic | Earthquake
Childish | Seviper ♂
Ability: Shed Skin
Held Item: White Herb
Moveset: Iron Tail | Poison Fang | Crunch | Poison Tail
Ink | Dusclops ♂
Held Item: Spell Tag
Moveset: Disable | Foresight | Shadow Punch | Confuse Ray
Generation IV: Platinum - Status: Elite Four Prep Nuzlocke Mode: On
Here it is. The bane of my life. Please end me.
Ke - Honchkrow ♀
Held Item: Black Glasses
Moveset: Fly | Nasty Plot | Dark Pulse | Steel Wing
Fet - Umbreon ♂
Held Item: Quick Claw
Moveset: Bite | Dig | Confuse Ray | Sand-Attack
Dre - Unown
HOW IS THIS THING STILL ALIVE
Held Item: Exp. Share
Moveset: Hidden Power (Rock)
Em - Houndoom ♂
Ability: Flash Fire
Held Item: Expert Belt
Moveset: Crunch | Thunder Fang | Flamethrower | Nasty Plot
Wavy - Weavile ♂
Held Item: Icicle Plate
Moveset: Aerial Ace | Night Slash | Avalanche | Revenge
Bey - Giratina
Held Item: Leftovers
Moveset: Dragon Claw | Earth Power | Shadow Force | Ancientpower
I cannot put enough emphasis on how tedious and infuriating the E4 training sesh has become. I found us to be sub-par at best throughout the challenge, Sinnoh is definitely among my top 10 nuisances.
Em and Wavy are barely pulling through, nearly lost them both four times, consecutively. There is no plan as of yet, grinding endlessly until I am satisfied.
Generation V: Black 2 - Status: Waiting Generation VI: X - Status: Waiting Generation VII: Moon - Status: Waiting
P.S. Kelis died to a Sludge Bomb at the Fuschia Gym, and quite possibly disqualified this run, seeing as I didn't use her against the Elite Four. Do-over coming up shortly.
There's no need for that, the OP states that Black in Kanto is exempt from the 2 Pokemon rule, as Snorlax is the only one available. So you are good to go on that.
You will need to get another Pokemon in SS for the Red fight, as at least three are needed for that to count. There are quite a few options available now so that won't be too hard.
Your Platinum file cannot use Giratina, legendaries with 600 BST and higher are banned from this challenge not to mention Nuzlockes in general. Drop it before you fight the E4.
Ultimate Red Monocolor Challenge (X) - First Update
Everything's going pretty smoothly so far. Decided to use Wormadam Trash Cloak in this run as per the new ruling on form colors. She was a bit tough to get off the ground because Burmy starts off with only Protect, but it was pretty worth it. Between the first and second gyms I decided to switch out my actual starter for the Kanto starter to get better type coverage, even though I won't be able to use the Mega Stone on him. Just beat the 4th gym and flew back to Route 3 to catch my Corphish.
Cheniselle the Wormadam, Lv. 35 @ Quick Claw
-Hidden Power (Ice)
Ultimate Green Monocolor Challenge (LeafGreen) - First and FINAL Update
Note: Scyther was hacked in at the beginning since he's FireRed exclusive.
This was probably the hardest E4 run I've had in Kanto, and not even in a rewarding way. It just felt like Venusaur and Victreebel were just there to stall until Scyther came in to sweep. With everyone basically sharing the exact same weaknesses, it just felt like a Monotype without as much type coverage (as ridiculuos as it sounds). If it were any other game I would have been stoked about how powerful Scyther was, but here it was the only thing I had going for me. That being said, I am happy with how my Rain Dance strat turned out. Charizard would have been about a million times harder to deal with without it.
Ultimate Black Monocolor Challenge (FireRed) - First and FINAL Update
Cross-posting this one with the Solo Challenge thread
This E4 run was more annoying than anything. I had to go at it twice, since the first time I noticed that my two major problems were attack drops on the champion fight (going into his Venusaur with -4 attack with no special moves really sucked) and just PP in general. So I went out and farmed PP items and replaced Yawn with Psychic, and I was good to go
Spoiler: Video of E4 and Champion:
Robert the Snorlax, Lv. 73 @ Quick Claw
After getting the Basic Badge, I got the Habitat List from Bianca, then made my way through the rest of Route 20 and beat the trainers there while getting Pecha Berries from Cheren. The Dunsparce lady did get a bit tough with Rollout and Defense Curl even despite using Charm and Tail Whip with Bouncy. I arrived in Virbank City, where Roxie was mad at her father. Once there, I got some items from the people in town, and went to the complex. There were a few annoying opponents that would use things like poisoning, but overall we managed.
After I beat everyone there, I did some walking to get my team’s happiness up, and Bouncy became a Marill at Level 16. Emanate was about to become a Lucario at the same level, but I stopped that evolution because I felt like having Lucario for Roxie would be pushing it. I did, however, evolve Ashigatana into a Dewott, because I felt like that would be necessary. I didn’t level Dopey up to Level 16, though, because I planned to use him against the Gym trainers. That was exactly what I did, and after they were out of the way, it was Gym Leader time!
I began with Dopey against Koffing. I used Confusion, which did a little over a third, as her Assurance did ONE POINT over 1/3 my health. Another Confusion got her low, but she had an Oran Berry. Then her Venoshock got me to 9 HP. I used Disable to disable that, but she used Assurance anyway. I brought in Emanate, and used Work Up, while she only used Tackle for less than 1/3 my health. That went on for the next two turns, except she used Smog on the second, and poisoned me. I killed her and grew to Level 17.
Grimer was next, and I was hoping Return would OHKO her, but it didn’t. She finished me with Venoshock, and I felt stupid for it not even occurring to me that I had the Silk Scarf to give Emanate. I brought in Ashigatana, she healed, and Razor Shell did less than half and didn’t even get the Defense drop. Return got her in low orange, and her Venoshock didn’t do much. That allowed me to kill her with another hit and grow to Level 18 along the way.
Whirlipede was next. I switched to Bouncy, and she wasted Protect. She then blocked my Charm, then Venoshock did just under 1/3 my total health as I got in a Tail Whip. Another Venoshock had me at 1/3 as I used another Tail Whip, then she killed me. With only Ashigatana left, she used Protect like a coward to block my Razor Shell. I used it again, and it did over half, but she had the Sitrus Berry. Her Venoshock did slightly more than Grimer did, but another Razor Shell finished her and got Ashigatana to Level 19. THEN Emanate tried to evolve again, and I allowed it this time.
I got the Toxic Badge and TM09 for Venoshock. Then I went through Pokéstar Studios. which I know everyone hates except me (at least it’s funny to watch how much of a scared coward the Riolu-Man is). After that, I dealt with Team Plasma in Virbank City, and after Roxie apologized to her father and claimed his hysterically bad movie was quite good, we went to Castelia City. After getting the Bicycle, the very first thing I did was change Emanate’s nickname to Sapphire. I then found Clyde in front of the Gym, and Iris was close behind and asked me to come with her to the sewers. I did just that, and Hugh was close behind (I like his reaction to if I answer “Yes” to his question). I followed him into the sewers, and right away I went for the Team Plasma grunts. Thanks to good type matchups, we beat them easily. Burgh showed up, and I got HM04 for Strength from Hugh. And Colress showed up, too. I caught two Pokémon in the Relic Passage: a Roggenrola named Brimstone and a Woobat named Fake Love. At least one of them will be on my final team.
Afterwards, I bred an Eevee egg in my main White 2 version, which I then traded to this game and hatched it, and named it Icecap. I beat the trainers in the various places, including the Battle Company, the sewers and the Relic Passage, among other areas. A few of them hit hard, but none were really memorable. I would trade the Eevee to another Gen V game to get it to become a Glaceon, which I would trade back. After I had done everything I could in Castelia City, I got my entire team to Level 21, then took on the Castelia Gym. I beat the trainers, then came to Burgh.
I began with Ashigatana against Dwebble. I used Razor Shell first turn…and missed, while he used Rock Polish. But then he only used Faint Attack, which did roughly 1/4 my health. Razor Shell got him below 2/3, but his Sitrus Berry got him above half. And he used Faint Attack again for some reason, which got me below half, before I finished him.
Leavanny was next up, and I just let him finish me off with a Razor Leaf. Then I brought in Fake Love, and his Aerial Ace did over 1/3, but my Air Cutter OHKO’d with a critical hit. Sweet. And I grew to Level 23 as a result.
Karrablast came next, and I didn’t want this to get too boring, so I switched in Brimstone and took a Headbutt for very little. But then he used Struggle Bug which did alright, as I went for Rock Blast, which scored four hits and beat him.
Shelmet was last up. But he was faster and used Curse, which was less than ideal. Rock Blast did less than half, even with three hits. I switched in Sapphire, and he used Curse once more. I decided to go against that with Work Up, and he used another Curse. Same deal next turn. And the next. I then said screw it and used Return, which got him into the orange as he used another Curse and was at +6. He didn’t heal, and I killed him.
I got the Insect Badge and the TM for Struggle Bug, which sadly is only 30 power in this generation so it’s not as good. But whatever, we got that taken care of. Good stuff.
Alright, it's been two weeks, so I can get this in, and not a moment too soon.
Black 2 Blue Mono-Color - Update #3
After I beat Burgh, I headed north, where Colress was waiting for me in Central Plaza. Then I headed north to Route 4 where I battled him, but Sapphire made easy work of him.
Before getting too far in, I arrived in Nimbasa City, after dealing with being given a free avenue for myself. I didn’t do much there just yet, but I went back to Route 4 and beat all the trainers there. Some of them were actually mildly tough. One of them had a Growlithe that Brimstone failed to finish off and then beat it with Reversal, to name one. Then there was the Desert Resort. Those trainers also included their fair share of headaches, including one with a Yamask that burned Icecap, as well as a Sigilyph that hit hard (despite that, Ashigatana managed to not be 2HKO'd by it). So yeah, there were a few inconveniences.
After that, I decided to continue on my way. I beat the Subway Bosses, who, for being Level 28, were much less scarier than I was prepared for, owing in part to Rosa's Pignite using Arm Thrust along with the right match-ups on my end (Ashigatana for Boldore and Fake Love for Gurdurr). Then there was Route 16, and given the high levels those trainers had, some of them weren't the easiest for my team to take. Same deal with the Lostlorn Forest. At one point, both Fake Love AND Brimstone evolved into Swoobat and Boldore respectively in one battle. Once all of those were done I beat those on Route 5, and that also had a few strong ones as well but not as much as the other areas. Also, Budew and Roselia are not electrifying.
But what is electrifying, however, are Nimbasa City's two Gyms. I beat some of the athletes in the stadiums and got some money off of them, then took for the Gym. The makeshift Gym was nothing of substance, but I will mention that after beating the second trainer, Bouncy was literally 9 EXP from Level 27. Then for the real deal, the trainers did do a bit of damage, but I did get through them. Then it was time for Elesa. By the Nine Hells, I thought, half my team is weak to Electric; I'm not ready for this… But gosh darn it if I'm not gonna try!
The truth is, this was actually my fourth try. First three tries, I reset the game not because I was about to lose, but because I was disappointed in the outcome. Her Zebstrika used Pursuit twice against Sapphire, and I was basically sure to win at that point. So I reset the game. Second try, Zebstrika was being insanely stupid against Icecap, and didn't use Volt Switch until she had burned through both her Sitrus Berry and Hyper Potion. Third try, I led with Brimstone, and while the opening result was actually looking promising, she was making very dumb decisions in Volt Switching out to her Pokémon that were weak to Rock. I was thinking, "COME ON YOU'RE NOT EVEN TRYING". It's like the game was LITERALLY handing me the win. For a battle I was dreading, that was not what I wanted. Anyway, let's get on with it!
So for a change I started with Ashigatana against Emolga, as bold as it may seem. She used Volt Switch, which I lived with 10 HP, and she came to Joltik.
I used Razor Shell, which was boosted with Torrent, and she barely lived, then she healed, and I used Razor Shell, which left her with 1 HP. She then killed me with Energy Ball. I then used Bouncy, and she used Thunder Wave, and I got fully paralyzed, because of course I did. Then she used Volt Switch for just over half my health and she came to Flaaffy.
I used BubbleBeam, which didn't do much at all, aside from lowering her Speed. But that was irrelevant, as she used Volt Switch and killed me, then came to Joltik again. But I used Icecap and finished her with Ice Shard.
Next up was Zebstrika. And…she used Pursuit for very little damage, then I used Dig for less than 1/3 her health. And if it made me feel any better, she used it again while I was underground. Then I switched out to Brimstone, and she used Pursuit again, so Icecap was out 1/4 its health. Then she actually used Volt Switch, which did over half my health, and brought in Flaaffy.
Smack Down didn't do much at all, not even getting her below half. Then she used Volt Switch again, which left me at 2 HP, and brought out Zebstrika again.
Rock Blast hit three times, the second activating her Sitrus Berry. Then she killed me with Flame Charge, which boosted her Speed. Feeling bold, I decided to bring in Fake Love. She used Pursuit, which still did over half my health, while my Heart Stamp didn't do a lot. Then she used Volt Switch, killed me, and went to Flaaffy.
I finally went over to Sapphire, used Dig, avoided a Thunder Wave, and finished her from just over half.
Next was Zebstrika again. She used Pursuit. And survived my Force Palm. To be nice, I didn't use Quick Attack, but she used Pursuit again. Why? Anyway, Force Palm killed her and got Sapphire to Level 29, and I dropped Dig for Bone Rush, seeing as Dig is a TM and I can reteach it whenever, so yeah.
Lastly was Emolga again, and she said that she has to overcome her situation and not let her fans down. Well, you kinda already did by using Pursuit on a Lucario twice in a row. But I digress. At least she actually used Volt Switch, which did 1/3 my health, and Force Palm paralyzed her (this is not Generation VI, so that's a thing). Force Palm got her to half, but not only did that activate Static, but it got her to her Sitrus Berry. Volt Switch did less than half my remaining health. Quick Attack scored a critical hit and got her low, and she got fully paralyzed. I decided to switch to Icecap, and she used Volt Switch for 1/4 my health before Leftovers. I finished her with an Ice Fang, and that was a result I'm overall satisfied with. Oh, and Icecap grew to Level 28.
I got the Bolt Badge and TM72 for Volt Switch, and Elesa walked out of the Gym with me alongside her lady friends.
Later, I headed north and discovered that Team Plasma was quarreling with Hugh, and I beat the two grunts there, and found out about how Team Plasma stole his little sister's Purrloin. He healed me, and I went back to Route 5. I had already beat all the trainers, except Charles, who challenged me to a Rotation Battle. I used Ashigatana, Icecap and Brimstone, and they beat him easily without damage (he mostly used irrelevant stuff like Light Screen and Quick Guard). I crossed the Driftveil Drawbridge and arrived in Driftveil City, where both sides of Team Plasma had a grunt arguing before Hugh split them up.
After healing up, I went back to Driftveil Drawbridge to catch a Ducklett, which I named Servant. I can use it in battle until it becomes a Swanna, but I won't go out of my way to put it on my team. Rood was in front of the Team Plasma house, and I beat him. I did let his Herdier take Bouncy, but Ashigatana finished that and OHKO'd his Swoobat with a critical hit Razor Shell after an Air Cutter did less than 1/3. Hugh then got mad at them some more, then I checked out the buildings in Driftveil City and got some items. And after giving it some thought, I taught Ice Punch to Sapphire, dropping Metal Sound because I never use it.
I then decided to take on the trainers in the Driftveil Gym, and they're what you would generally expect for a team with two Water-types and an Ice-type, even if only one of them has significantly usable moves at the moment. Along the way, Icecap learned Barrier, so that's a plus. But I didn't fight Clay yet because I knew my levels weren't even at 30 all-around just yet. Instead I went to battle a couple trainers in one of the stadiums, then I went for it!
This was my second try. First time, we were doing so good, I OHKO'd two of his Pokémon with critical hits and we got to Excadrill without anyone fainting, but then things went downhill. After he finished Bouncy, I misclicked with Brimstone and accidentally used Iron Defense when I meant to do Rock Tomb, and that cost me the battle as he swept me from there. Second try a go-go!
I began with Ashigatana against Krokorok, as he got off an Intimidate. He was faster and got in a Torment, which is less than ideal. Water Pulse did 3/4 his health, then the Sitrus Berry healed him to full. Then he used Sandstorm, while I finished him with Razor Shell and took Sandstorm damage.
Onix was next, and used Rock Slide, which unfortunately flinched me and got me around 2/3 with the sandstorm. I decided to switch to Bouncy, who then avoided a Rock Slide (lol) and took sandstorm damage. Another Rock Slide got me to 69 HP, then BubbleBeam got him to Sturdy even with the Sp Def boost from the sandstorm. He healed, sure enough, but I knocked him to Sturdy again before the sandstorm subsided. I switched into Icecap…as he used Explosion, which did not even half my health before Leftovers.
Sandslash was next, and he missed with Rock Slide before I got in a Barrier. He used Hone Claws to combat that, and my Ice Fang did less than 1/4 because Glaceon is not a physical attacker. Then I misclicked and used Ice Shard, which did a bit less. He hit with Rock Slide and left me with 10 HP…and caused the stupid critical music to come in. I used Ice Shard, which failed to finish him, before he used Rock Slide and finished me off. I brought in Fake Love and finished him with Gust.
Excadrill was last, and I used Air Cutter for a pathetic hit before he OHKO'd me with Rock Slide. I had an idea, but it was a bold one. I went over to Brimstone, and I did not misclick this time. He used Bulldoze, which got me to Sturdy, and Rock Tomb did a weak hit but lowered his Speed, which is important. Then he finished me with Rock Slide. I then brought in Sapphire, and used Force Palm, which did a little over half his total health, and paralyzed him, but his Sitrus Berry healed him to around 5/8 before he OHKO'd me with Bulldoze. I brought in Ashigatana, and Razor Shell didn't quite finish him, and it got a pointless Defense drop, before Bulldoze got me into the red and lowered my Speed too. But thanks to the paralysis, I was faster and finished him with Water Pulse for the win.
So I got the Quake Badge and TM78 for Bulldoze, which is pretty nice. Then Clay, after some talk with Hugh, invited me and him to the PWT. We'll head there next time!
I've been rotating my physical cartridge games when I ride the bus into the city, and I have enough now to report on my Black 2 run
Ultimate Blue Monocolor Challenge (Black 2) - First Update
Nothing really to note, everything's going fine. Ringo is meant to eventually replace Saronite (rather soon actually), but there's no reason not to have both on the team currently. Mercury is kind of suprisingly killing it, changing my opinions on Woobat/Swoobat. Currently saved in that cave by the PWT.
Arya the Dewott, Lv. 31
Saronite the Lucario, Lv. 31 @ Silk Scarf
After being invited to the PWT, I decided to head over there. Upon arrival, the VERY first thing I did was use a Heart Scale to have the move reminder teach Icy Wind to Icecap. YES! A special Ice-type attack that actually uses his good stat! Now I don’t have to use crappy physical moves here! It does have an underwhelming 55 base power though, and that’s the best I’m gonna get for a little while, but hey, I’ll take it. Anyway, I took on the PWT. Not much to comment on there, Sapphire did most of the work. And Fake Love was not doing as much with her Air Cutter as I would have liked her to, which was annoying. Afterwards, Team Plasma had the frigate parked at the dock, so we had to confront them there. Fake Love continued to disappoint me, her Air Cutter not even doing half to a Koffing that one of the grunts used. But Icecap and his new Icy Wind allowed him to do some nice damage. Anyway, after we took care of all of them, we were thrown off the boat.
I then headed to Route 6, and decided to skip the trainers because there was a Pokémon I wanted to get. Along the way, I got HM03 for Surf from Cheren, which I wasted no time in teaching to my two Water-types. And I was met with Cobalion, which was prowling about for some reason that Rood wondered of. In Chargestone Cave, I met with Bianca, and heard from some guy who was talking really fast. Then I skipped every trainer I could until I was at the basement. Before that, Bianca said she was doing research on a Pokémon named Tynamo, which she was having a hard time finding. Allow me to do the honor, shall I? Unfortunately, I was caught by a trainer with a Zebstrika…only for her to not use Spark a single time. I had Fake Love in front then switched to Bouncy, the latter of whom she used Flame Charge against. What is your problem?!?! It’s Elesa all over again, basically. Thankfully, it wasn’t long at all before I found a Tynamo, and I managed to catch it right away and named it Circuit. Sadly, it was time for me to part with Bouncy, because he didn’t have great attacking stats and I wanted to use Eelektross.
Anyway, I went through the Relic Passage, and the trainers there did have a few strong Pokémon that gave some decent EXP, but I gave the Exp. Share to Circuit, and that leeched quite a bit of EXP off, so my other team members gained noticeably less. And there were two Ace Trainers in Mistralton Cave with Axews that hit relatively hard with Dragon Claw. Before continuing, I went to the Move Relearner and taught Dark Pulse to Sapphire, because that should provide good coverage. Then it was Chargestone Cave time, and I forgot to buy more Super Repels, so I had less than ten on me, but it was enough to get me through the cave. There were some tough trainers, I'll say that right now. Anyway, I then arrived in Mistralton City. Also, when I saved my game after making it there, the time I had was 13:37. Haha.
Anyway, at Mistralton City, I met with Juniper and got the Master Ball from her, then met with the super-happy Gym Leader herself, Skyla. I checked out Mistralton City for a bit then went to Route 7. But before doing anything else, I wanted to get the Lucky Egg. However, I accidentally ran into that Nursery Aide with the Cinccino. She did use Tickle on Ashigatana, but I got the Defense drop from Razor Shell…and then she would proceed to BS Brimstone, barely making it against that and living on a tiny bit of health. Ashigatana then finished her with an Aqua Jet. Then after beating her, I got the Lucky Egg, which is just awesome. There were two Twins that used Zangoose and Seviper, which was comedic. There was also a Triple Battle with three Flying-types, but I had plenty of coverage for that. And… Icecap was faster than a dude’s Stoutland, which doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Then we came to the Celestial Tower. There were some tough trainers there, or at least annoying, which wasn't helped by Fake Love's missing Air Slash multiple times.
Next up was the Mistralton Gym itself! I decided to go after the trainers to get some EXP because why not. As far as those guys went, we did have a few annoying Unfezant that tried to use Detect. But then it was Gym Leader time! Also, remember how I said that her dialogue gets pretty suggestive? Yeah, I still stand by that…
This was my second try. First time, Swoobat got in some Attract shenanigans, and when Icy Wind from Icecap would have killed, I hit through Attract but missed. The Swoobat outed almost half my team right there, and I ended up with only Brimstone and Ashigatana left against Swanna. I had to go anyway, so I was in a hurry and just stopped. So here was the second go!
I began with Fake Love, my own Swoobat, against her mirror-match, because first try Sapphire wasn’t OHKO’ing with Ice Punch, even with the Expert Belt. She used Acrobatics for over half my health, while my Air Slash did around 1/3, maybe even less. She used Psychic for some reason…but it scored a critical hit, which finished me off, so hey, give or take. I went in for Icecap, and she used Attract…and I hit with Icy Wind this time, finishing it off.
Sigilyph was next. Oh dear. I stayed in, and she hit with Hypnosis. She had…Flash Cannon?! That did slightly over half my health, and I continued to snooze. I did wake up and get in an Ice Shard, however, but Glaceon’s weak physical Attack meant that it didn’t do much at all, not even 1/4. I went in for Brimstone, and she used Flash Cannon, which got me to Sturdy…only for me to miss with Rock Tomb! GAH!!! Then she finished me off. I went to Sapphire, and she used Air Cutter for less than half. Ice Punch didn’t quite kill her. She healed, and Ice Punch did around 2/3, then she used Psychic…and I lived that with 6 HP!!! That allowed me to finish her with Ice Punch.
Swanna was next and finished me with Surf, also scoring a critical hit that meant nothing. I went to Circuit. She used Surf for enough for me to survive thanks to the Eviolite (last time she OHKO’d without a crit), and paralyzed her with Thunder Wave just in case I don’t OHKO. Which it didn’t, and her Sitrus Berry didn’t help… But she got fully paralyzed!!! That allowed me to finish her with another Spark.
Skarmory was last, and she finished me with X-Scissor. With only Ashigatana left, I had to go all-out. She used Aerial Ace, which did 1/4 my health, while my Surf did JUST over half, but her Sitrus Berry got her out of KO range from another hit. Another Aerial Ace got me literally at half, while Surf got her very low (like 10% or so, not even). After juggling between whether to use Aqua Jet and risk not KO’ing, or use Surf and risk her finishing me with a critical hit… I went for the former, which did indeed finish her off. Whew!
I will say, in hindsight, I should’ve dropped Bone Rush from Sapphire for Rock Tomb, because I knew the former was gonna be completely useless in the Gym, while the latter would’ve been a huge help for that Swoobat. But no, I didn’t bother. Dang, having a -Speed nature is really showing its effect.
So I got the Jet Badge and TM62 for Acrobatics, which is nice. And as soon as I was outside, it was raining. Gah. But Skyla was right behind me, and wondered where Professor Juniper was. I followed her into the Mistralton Cargo Service and boarded her plane along with Professor Juniper and Bianca, but not without getting some nice items. Then we were in Lentimas Town. After meeting with some people who don’t know anywhere else, and one who made a callback to the Sinnoh region, we took for Reversal Mountain, where we beat two Cyclists with fast Pokémon. One had a Zebstrika that paralyzed Icecap but the other had an Unfezant, which triggered the first activation of Sapphire’s Steadfast ability so far. Very interesting. And we explored the Strange House, which does live up to its name.
I then entered the cave, and Bianca claimed she was weak, so she clung to me. Shortly after, we entered battle with two wild Woobat…one of which Circuit couldn’t OHKO with Spark despite a four level advantage. But after the battle, he leveled up, and evolved into Eelektrik! I could evolve him into an Eelektross whenever, since I have a Thunderstone, but decided not to do that just yet. This thing being able to fight reliably on its own is enough. Anyway, the trainers here in Reversal Mountain ended up EXTREMELY annoying more times than one, but we got through them. I could name some of the occasions but that'll make this already long enough post more arduous.
Anyway, there were like one or two more trainers, but they weren’t worth mentioning. As soon as I arrived in Undella Town, the first thing I did was take on Hugh. Brimstone beat Unfezant, Icecap took care of Serperior, and Circuit somehow handled the Simisear thanks to Charge Beam boosts and paralysis. Then I decided to head up to Route 13, because here’s where I plan to get my final team member. After accidentally running into an Ace Trainer who proved to be pretty annoying, I caught a Tangela named Pesto. I then used her against a couple of the Swimmers at Undella Bay, and she reached Level 40, learned AncientPower, and evolved into Tangrowth. I did decide that Fake Love would be left behind for her, at least for right now, because despite getting the TM for Psychic just before catching her (Pesto), she was definitely having problems and really testing my patience. Once I was done with those trainers, I finally traded Brimstone to get him to evolve into a Gigalith.
After that, we took to Route 14. The only trainer there worth talking about was the Triple Battle. Icecap got triple ganged up on and almost finished, but Sapphire almost OHKO’d the Lilligant with Expert Belt boosted Ice Punch, then Icecap used Icy Wind, which finished off the Lilligant, OHKO’d the Gligar, and lowered Basculin’s Speed. Then Sapphire beat the Basculin from 90% or so with a crit. The Rotation Battle was a little cumbersome, but not all too tough. As for Route 13, there were some easy trainers, some that got unlucky, and some that I beat without too many problems.
I then arrived in Lacunosa Town, where Juniper and Bianca caught up to me. After around two minutes of spamming A+B, I healed up. I will say, it is pretty cool how Drayden wrestles with his Pokémon to toughen them up. Anyway, Hugh was right there, and me and him beat Zinzolin and a random grunt in a battle that there wasn’t a lot to. At least Circuit grew to Level 43 as a result. For Route 12, I remember there being a lot of Pokémon weak to Psychic and Flying, so I decided to bring Fake Love back for right now and leave Pesto behind. She did alright there.
VIllage Bridge was next, and there were some strong trainers there but we handled them despite a few annoyances. Before going to Route 11, I beat Cobalion. Sapphire took care of that, despite me accidentally misclicking and using Ice Punch first turn. There was one trainer on Route 11 who I brought back Pesto for, as he used a Tympole and Palpitoad - perfect for her. And a Breeder who used two Flying-types that are perfect for Icecap. “If you don’t raise your Pokémon with love and care, they’ll grow up to be sad Pokémon that don’t want to battle!” Thank god I’m not doing a Nuzlocke… And I came to Virizion, who I used Pesto and Sapphire against. The latter survived Sacred Sword with 2 HP while around 4/5 or so.
Then we arrived in Opelucid City! After meeting with Iris, I decided to leave Icecap behind for a bit. Anyway, Opelucid City isn’t all that cool in B2W2 as opposed to BW, but I did get a few items. Then I took to Route 9, where there were a bunch of Roughnecks and Bikers who weren’t tough at all, but we did run into two of my favorite guys of all time… “Hey, hey! A bad one teamed up with another bad one! Do you know what that means? That means we are very bad!” I beat them, then had a look in the Shopping Mall Nine, there wasn’t a lot of significance but it was alright having a look around.
Afterwards, looking for something to do before the Gym fight, I caught a Level 35 Wailmer at Undella Bay, and named it Super Sub. Then I trained it against some Audino to get it to become a Wailord…but the catch was I waited for Level 41 to do so, so I could get Dive. I think this was the first time I actually did real grinding since before Burgh. At that point, I took to the Abyssal Ruins, and found most of the Plates there, and a lot of the treasures, but only on the first floor. I did give the treasures to the maniac in Undella Town, and that had me set on money for the rest of the game. But the main thing I came for was the Icicle Plate, which is good for Icecap since the Never-Melt Ice isn’t until post-game.
Then it was finally Gym time! I was juggling between leaving behind Fake Love, Circuit and Pesto, and chose Circuit, since he only has Electric-type attacks and Thunder Wave (at least Pesto has good physical Defense and can paralyze the opponent OR put them to sleep, whichever I so desire). I also taught Blizzard to Ashigatana for good measures. We beat the trainers, and once we were done there, after an epic clash between dragons…it was Gym Leader time!
This was my third attempt. First time things were getting to an annoying start, including a low-end damage survival, and one of my Pokémon being outed without the chance to do anything thanks to a miss and a Sp Def drop. Second time I missed a total of FOUR Blizzards, two against Druddigon with Ashigatana and two against Altaria with Icecap. So yeah, I decided to try again.
I began with Pesto against Druddigon. First two tries I had started with Brimstone, but here I wondered how helpful it would be if I led with one who can status. He used Crunch for almost 1/3 my health, but he took Rocky Helmet damage before I hit the Stun Spore and paralyzed him. I used Giga Drain, which did okay for a resisted hit (1/6 his health or so) and healed some of my health before he used Crunch and we were both brought right near half. My next Giga Drain got his Sitrus Berry to trigger, unfortunately. Another Crunch had me at 1/4 and him a little below half. I used another Giga Drain, and he got fully paralyzed. Nice! Another Giga Drain got him into the red, then he used Dragon Tail…which finished me from slightly over 1/3 with a critical hit, but he died to the Rocky Helmet.
Flygon was next, and I brought in Ashigatana. His Earth Power did JUST over half, but my Blizzard connected and OHKO’d him, and got Ashigatana to Level 46.
Altaria came afterwards. In fear of being put to sleep and/or missing, I switched to Fake Love, as he used Cotton Guard. I decided to see if she could potentially do anything, so I used Calm Mind, and he used another Cotton Guard. I used Air Slash…and still did not even 1/3. Then he hit with Sing. I snoozed and took a Dragon Pulse for almost half. But I woke up next turn and got him right near half…only for him to score a critical hit Dragon Pulse and beat me. I swear to god, Fake Love is continuing to test my patience here. I went back to Ashigatana, and he missed with Sing and allowed me to finish him with Blizzard.
Haxorus was last, and I switched to Sapphire for this. He used Dragon Dance, which is scary, but I did resist all his attacks, though we’ll see how far that gets me. He used it again, and my Ice Punch…did less than half. Uh-oh! He used another Dragon Dance, while Ice Punch got him into the red…and froze him solid!!! But his Sitrus Berry got him to the range where I was unsure if Ice Punch would finish him off. He remained frozen solid, and Ice Punch finished the job. Whew! And Ashigatana grew to Level 47.
Sorry for the massive wall of text, but I like to be descriptive and in detail. I can guarantee the next post won't be quite as long, though. Anyway, I got the Legend Badge and TM82 for Dragon Tail, which is okay but nothing I’m likely to use. That was fun. I didn't even need Icecap for that, which was interesting. He did get pretty unlucky on more than one occasion, I'll say. After I left the Gym, Drayden informed me that he was ready to tell me the story of the legendary Pokémon of the Unova region, but we’ll worry about that next time!
I've already beat the game in that one, but I'll post the next two updates later. But in the meantime... Let's start another leg of this, shall we?
Username: Swagroar (formerly Stargazer/Pendraflare)
Game: Blue, Soul Silver, Alpha Sapphire, Platinum, X, Black 2, Moon
So I started the game, chose the girl and named her Bluebird. After the opening scenes, I was woken up in the evening by Meowth, and Kukui stopped in our house. And I had to get my belongings. Then we followed Professor Kukui to Iki Town, but then we had to take Mahalo Trail, where Lillie was headed. There, Cosmog ended up on the bridge and almost had me killed, but Tapu Koko saved me. And we got the Sparkling Stone. Then it was time for me to take Popplio as my starter, and I named it Cheery. And I got the Pokédex and passport. It wasn't long before we were met with Hau, and I beat his Litten. Then we awaited the next day when Kukui invited me to their festival…and Mom lied saying she would unpack all our belongings. Upon reaching Route 1, and learning to catch Pokémon with the professor, I then battled a couple trainers, completely forgetting the fact that I could catch Grubbin as early as such. I went to the festival, where I battled Hau, and I did use a Potion in the fight. He scored two critical hits in a row, but I beat him with just Cheery. We then got the Pokédex and went back to the professor's lab, and there he had Rotom installed into it.
I beat one of the trainers on lower Route 1, then caught myself a Grubbin named Blaster. Then we beat another trainer and made our way to the Trainer's School. After getting the Exp. Share, I turned it off. The first thing we did was catch a Meowth that I named Mittens. As we got to the trainers, I did allow my two new catches to gain some EXP, so that was a benefit. The last one with the Grimer was pretty strong, though. Then I was called to the principal's office because I'm apparently a naughty girl, and as punishment, she challenged me. Blaster was able to 2HKO her Magnemite with Mud-Slap, but the Meowth was fast and I had to lower its Attack. Both my two new catches were in the red, but Cheery finished it from below half with Disarming Voice. So I had already completed my lesson, and after meeting with Ilima, was free to go into the open world.
We then saw that darn Tauros again, and progressed into Hau'oli City. After we got to see the fantasies of some of the girls chilling on the sand, we got Rotom upgraded to include the Poké Finder. And it snapped a picture of us three. Then it was my turn to use it myself. After doing so, I followed Lillie into the apparel shop, where I wasted no time in giving Bluebird her own personalized blue makeover. After that, as well as hearing of Hau's malasada endeavor, we took on Team Skull at the Marina. It's interesting that these guys are such jokes :P Anyway, Ilima was pleased by my efforts and wanted to battle me himself. For the Yungoos, I started with Blaster, who took a Tackle for one point under a 3HKO, then he used Leer twice instead of killing me. I brought in Mittens, and got him low but he eventually healed. After that was downed, I would bring in Cheery and finish him with two hits of Water Gun, but not without having my Defense lowered. Then against the Smeargle, I managed to get in two usages of Baby-Doll Eyes to half its Attack before it finished me with Lea***e. I brought in Blaster, and Tackle did EXACTLY 1/3 my remaining health, but I got in a String Shot and managed to flinch him with Bite, so I beat him to the punch.
After that was done, we came across that Tauros again, then took to Route 2. We beat a couple trainers and then a Delibird stole my bag and guided me into the berry fields, where Team Skull were. I beat their Drowzee, then got a few berries. We then dealt with a Cottonnee, and then was when I remembered that Prankster boosted moves fail when used against Dark-types, but that was offset by Mittens' Fairy weakness. Cheery had to finish her off. After we beat all the trainers, it was trial time. We beat the first two Rattata, which allowed Blaster to get to Level 13 and learn Bug Bite, which is a plus. Mittens then beat the Team Skull grunt's Drowzee, and they suggested me run away. Nah. Then we came to the Raticate. Mittens weakened it a bit, but Blaster dealt the last hit. With that, my entire team was Level 13. I then reached the Z-Crystal… But it was guarded by one Totem Raticate! Here we go!
Its Defense was boosted, but I opened with a Fake Out for a light hit. It then called upon its ally Rattata. That one missed with Quick Attack as I got in a Growl, before it used Scary Face. Raticate then used Tail Whip, and Rattata used Tackle for 1/3 before I got in another Growl. Raticate used another Tail Whip, and Rattata did slightly less with Tackle before I used yet another Growl. Raticate hit with Tackle, but Rattata missed, allowing me to use ANOTHER Growl and get their Attack to -4. Then Raticate finished me. It was Blaster's turn now. Raticate used Bite and Rattata used Tackle for pretty weak hits (leaving me with one point over 1/5), and Bug Bite did roughly half to Raticate. They did the same thing next turn, and another Bug Bite finished Raticate and got Blaster to Level 14. I brought in Cheery, and after a Tail Whip, took a weak Tackle, then Disarming Voice was a 2HKO after another light hit. There you have it.
Ilima congratulated me, and I got the Normalium Z. I was healed up, then left the cave. And Kukui showed me about Z-Moves, then informed me that Lillie got lost in the Melemele Meadow. Then we went through Route 3, beating a few trainers, and found her. Hau then challenged us, and he was a bit tough (especially since I switched Cheery into his Pikachu for not even I know what reason) but we managed. The last one for us to deal with was an Ace Trainer that used the Red Card and a Slowpoke with Yawn, but even despite that annoyance we still beat him. I knew that Hala was next, and I was not looking forward to that at all. So I did a lot of walking around with the Soothe Bell to get Mittens' happiness up, and I eventually got her to become an Alolan Persian, which had the Fur Coat ability. Hopefully that will help at least some. I did end up a little end up a little high leveled, but I didn't really care. Time to take on our first grand trial against Hala!
After two wipes, I felt there is no way I'm winning this without items. So I realized I was basically left with the choice of either allowing that or evolving Cheery. I decided on the former.
I began with Cheery against Mankey, as he used Focus Energy. My Disarming Voice did less than half. He used Karate Chop, which did a critical hit for one point above half, but my Sitrus Berry healed me out of KO range. I used Water Gun, but that did get him into healing range, so Disarming Voice still had him over half. Then he used Karate Chop again for 22 HP (I had 42 HP), and Disarming Voice didn't finish him. I then remembered that I had Aqua Jet, which finished him.
Makuhita was next, and I tried to use Baby-Doll Eyes, but he was still faster and used Fake Out before I could do that. So I then used Baby-Doll Eyes for good measure, before he finished me with Arm Thrust. I then brought in Blaster and used Mud-Slap for a weak hit but lowering his accuracy, but he had the same idea with Sand-Attack. I hit with my next Mud-Slap but he used Sand-Attack again. My third Mud-Slap got another hit then he finally missed. I switched to Mittens as he missed with Arm Thrust, then I got in a weak hit with Fake Out. Swift then hit, and he used Sand-Attack… Hey, that's fine! I hit with two more Swifts - as he missed with Arm Thrust - and finished him.
Crabrawler was last, though. I stayed in and hit with Swift for roughly 1/4, as he used Leer. I switched out for Blaster, as he used the Z-Move, All-Out Pummeling, which did EXACTLY half. He used Pursuit, which unfortunately did over half my remaining health, while I used Mud-Slap to lower his accuracy and get in a small hit. I thought, if this thing has Hyper Cutter, I may as well do the next best thing, right? He of course hit with the next one and finished me. I then used Fake Out, but that didn't even get him to half. I then used Swift, and he used Power-Up Punch, which looked like I would barely live another hit based on the damage he did. But another Swift finished him. Whew!
So we didn't need to evolve Cheery or use any items. So after some talk about Tapu Koko, I received the Fightinium Z and my first Grand Trial was complete. And Tauros was registered to my Ride Pager. Ilima then congratulated me for winning without using my Z-Power… Which I didn’t even think to use. I decided that was enough content for one update.
(M) "Cheery", Level 16
Stats: 42, 23, 25, 28, 23, 22
Moves: Aqua Jet, Baby-Doll Eyes, Disarming Voice, Water Gun