1.) The Next Teammate
I went and bred a Snorunt, got 5 mons with Pickup...and then spent two hours trying to get a Dawn Stone. That took a while...and, hilariously, I picked up six Dusk Stones along the way, but I did get it. I use it on my level 1 Snorunt and now I have a nice brand new Froslass. I wanted this before doing the Hearthome Gym so I could let it gain some levels while I fought all of the trainers.
2.) Hearthome City/Gym
So, that's exactly what I did. Got all the answers wrong and fought everything. Sneasel finally learns a Dark attacking move...and it's Beat Up. Oh yay. Helpful? Sure. But I end up letting Glalie, who has Bite, have some of the fun. No issues here in the gym.
3.) Canalave City/Gym
My Mamoswine made this super easy. I gave it Bulldoze from the Department Store and then just let loose. If it had Levitate, I'd obviously switch up my choice of 'mon, such as for Bronzor. Bronzor required me to swap over to Glalie or Sneasel for Bite and Beat Up. I was expecting this to be more of a pain point than it was, but I guess because of all the setup I had done to get my time evolved, it was just a minor inconvenience at best.
4.) Snowpoint City/Gym
Heading north to Snowpoint gives me the opportunity to pick up my final team member, Snover. My team is finally complete, and will be fully evolved in about ten levels. Was surprised I was able to get this varied of a team (/Ghost, /Grass, /Psychic, /Dark, and /Ground is quite the mix). Having Fighting moves such as Focus Blast on Jynx or Low Sweep on Sneasel is just awesome for the Gym, though I wish I could Pickup a Razor Claw. Oh well, at least I'll have it for the Elite Four.
5.) Team Galactic Cleanup
The best way to word this is really just cleanup. Between the Galactic Building in Veilstone and Mt. Coronet, it's just a matter of having enough Hyper Potions for healing and Revives for those rare cases where they outdamage my ability to heal. Which, two, was rare. Oh, and then I threw a Master Ball to catch a Dialga, and despite Birch wanting to congratulate me, I was just like "yeah, thanks, gramps, off to the next gym" and Escape Rope'd out.
6.) The Final Gym
Mamoswine just beats the crap out of this gym. I had a few scares, such as the Surfing Raichu, but nothing that couldn't be handled.
7.) Victory Road
I didn't realize I had ran out of Revives, but I was already on the second floor when I did come to the conclusion. I decided I was kinda of just stuck and resolved to move forward. It's like I'm desparate to get that Razor Claw or something.
8.) Elite Four
Oh dear god. This took some planning, and I even got my son to help me work through the whole thing. I could go crazy with words, but if you want to see the resulting outcome, I've uploaded two videos. One is for the Elite Four by itself (Flint was quite a fun time for example), and the other is the first and only attempt for Cynthia.
I don't normally make videos, but I wanted to show the fruits of the labor to my son, so I'll share them with you. Here's highlights: Bertha is easy with Grass Knot on Jynx and Abomasnow.
Our thoughts were mainly: Ice really needs to be resistant to more than just itself. It's been mostly focused on what other types it gets paired with more than how strong Ice is on its own. Heck, it probably should have been called Glass for how much of a Glass Cannon it can be at times. Of course, we started going down the rabbit hole on how to attempt a fix, but then I had to get back to writing this post!
The Elite Four Video:
The Champion Video:
Sorta 9.) Next Up: Gen 5
Only three this time: Vanillite line (my starter), Cubchoo line, and Cryogonal.