Chapter 3: In which we introduce a Forgotten Character
It seems my mind has forgotten one event from my previous entry. It occurs in between the adventures of the Giant Turtle and the land of the Giant Sloths. In this adventure we became marooned in an Ocean of Sand. Huge dust storms had taken hold of the land and navigation by constellations became impossible. To the extent that the eye could see, only the Sand existed. Then we came across a marvel: a Giant, very ancient insect with characteristics of a trilopod and an ancient Plant species with the characteristics of a Sea Anenome. The bug was trying to eat the plant and the plant was trying to eat the bug.
We had never before interfered with ancient orders before, yet it did not stop me from putting my foot into the matter. Quite literally. The ancient plant creature uprooted itself and began accompanying us (MEGAFLORA have joined our team! •Lileep•)
With our newfound friend we managed to traverse back to non grainy lands.
**Thus concludes our interjection** Chapter 3.5: The Real Chapter
We had decided to sleep at altitudes where the Giant SAUROPODs heads reached (and I’m of course talking about the spectacular Tropius that never quite made it into the team). In the very top of trees as strong as a fort. In the spook of Dawn we were suddenly attacked by raptors! There were many kinds of feathered fiends attacking us. Some jumped from branch to branch and others awaited us on ground level. We made our way down so as not to fall and break our legs or necks during their raid. Our PTERASAUR proved to be the better aviator as we battled and traveled. Soon the last of the few raptors stopped following us. They stood still watching as we ventured further into the Forest. When we reached the edge of the forest we stopped to catch our breath; and we also realized why the raptors stopped chasing us. We were face to face with the Fearsome Emuarius (Swablu)! And in its best we saw another piece of the machine. PTERASAUR scorched it, the nest, and the surrounding land with SHOCK WAVE. We left the land with the almost complete set of our machine but we felt the heat of the land on our backs for the rest of our lives.
Wanting to cool down we settled into the marine life. We swam, ate fish, and conquered the sea. We found ourselves one month on a deserted island. We ate the vegetation of the surrounding area and found ourselves hallucinating. We dreamt we fought the Sun and the Moon themselves. We came to our senses after I stumbled across another component of the machine. Our psyches restored, and our spirits rejuvenated we went to the beach. At the shore we decided we would need to find a creature who could travel the waters with ease. We captured a PLIOSAUR (Sharpedo) and used it as a guide.
We were pulled by currents underwater. A Giant MEGALODON (Kyogre) chaser after us. We tossed SAUROPOD at it and made our getaway (you’d do the same; don’t lie). We found refuge in an underwater volcano. There was a clearing so we surfaced for air. We battled some forgettable Dinosaurs and installed the final piece of the time machine. After such a long and incredible journey I would finally be able to travel back to my time! Feeling of joy swept through me and at the same time a longing to return to technologies, society, and a natural structure that did not rely on the brutality of Survival of the Fittest. I missed the merchants found across the land, creatures that were domesticated and not trained for battle. Puppies! The tears that had pooled in my eyes became too heavy and I started weeping.
I daren't pull the lever. Not yet. I pressed a button that would start the process. A time vortex filled the sky, however, being a poor mechanic and an amateur pilot of the time the vortex had appeared several miles off the volcano. It showed up in the skies of a mountain. I turned to the team and said the first words I’d spoken in nineteen years, “It’s time to leave. My journey is almost over.”
Finished the FR/LG monotype a loooooong time ago. Not that anyone cares though.
Hues of Purple and Blues dominated the Mountain views.
Lightning emerged, ionized air was smelled when lightning surged.
One more trial, for time to be redialed.
Climbing the mountain was an easy task.
But in the shadows provided by the vortex our true enemies did bask.
SYDNEY: Ronin of the Dark
Four strangers we found at the mountains peak
“Defeating us is the only way to go back to our own time periods. If any of us are to lose we’ll be stuck at the time period we’ve been found at. These are the rules imposed by the one who governs time: Dialga”
I led with MEGAFLORA to fight the Japanese Samurai, rearing to go
It dispatched their Mightyena, the embodiment of Bushido.
A farmer working the rice paddies revealed himself to be Cacturne
He fell to poison, a Toxic painful destruction in six short turns.
The mystical Tengu (Shiftry) arrived preparing some shocks
But he too was Entombed in Rocks.
“I am the Blade of Edo, Sharpedo” He was fearsome indeed.
But gunpowder prevailed and he failed when confronted with Bullet Seed.
His final warrior was a geisha wielding a scythe
She posed a huge problem when in pain Cradily struggled and writhed.
You wouldn’t believe it, an ALLOSAURUS wielded a Bamboo blade,
Snatching victory with grace, he was the real Aerial Ace.
Defeated the warrior was sucked up in the vortex.
An ominous grin, “Looks like it’s Conquest again!”
PHOEBE: Goddess of the Oasis
A bronzed woman trapped in in the ancients sands of Egypt approached cautiously.
“I’m pretty strong you know so don’t hold back on me!”
One bound mummy, two buffed mummy
Three strong mummy, four tough mummy
Two pharaohs and their brides defended and attacked
Their bodies held sturdy and their moves felt stacked
The dead, no corpses, no I cannot, even now, deny
The spirits of Egyptian royalty were brought back alive!
Their attacks were strong and defenses bold,
But time is true and it could not hold.
They reverted back to dust and the only thing left was gems and gold.
It was not enough and back to the dunes she would have to depart.
With her back to me she cried hard
She turned her head to me, pointed dramatically
“Behold ye mighty-” and disappeared fantomtastically.
GLACIA: Survivor of the Arctic Tundra
No words exchanged we went straight into battle.
A survivor of the Ice Age survived on blubber.
She submerged my MEGAFLORA with her attacks
And put a damper on our megavolcano, DeccanTRAPS.
The Sheer Coldness of her demeanor
Could not stop me wishing for times more greener.
She eradicated the Dinosaurs but it was not savage.
We healed up and moved on with items we could barely scavenge.
DRAKE: A Triassic Trifle!
TITANOBOA and IGUANODON became extinct. Low leveled fighters; We sow what we reap
But in the lush vegetation and swamps, jungles, and forests our spirits did not shrink.
“These are my territories, I’m the dinosaur king!” Drake gave his introduction but we daren't speak.
“Very well then traveller, you know the rules!” He summoned an Anklyosaur (Shelgon)
“Only the strong survive, but don’t let this fight be a bore!”
MEGAFLORA survived all the hits. More than could be said of the creature stuck in the TOXIC tar pits.
EMUARIUS, we’d already seen, was Rock Tomb’d and pelted with seeds.
Two dragonfly battled in its stead but the same strategy was implemented. Enough said.
His terrible actions led to his last partner. A fearsome creature, obviously a carnivore.
It took to the skies and looked really mean
But PTERASAUR took it down with only one Ice Beam.
“No, this cannot be! This is terrible! I, a king left agape, millions of light years from the first ape!”
STEVEN: The Traveller Lost in Time
I stepped into the vortex expecting to go home. In the process of black and white flashes I crashed into something. It was Steven. He was a real legend. The first time traveler. He disappeared and no one knows what happened to him. It was a risk that people were willing to take when time traveling. And here he stood before me. I’d already deduced that we’d have to battle. We exchanged glances, looking each other in the eye. This is how the challenge ended:
-DeccanTRAPS overheated Skarmory
-We both switch Pokémon
-ALLOSAURUS battles Claydol. Claydol shatters
-PTERASAUR floods Aggron into submission.
-Cradilly and Armaldo wipe out the last of the Dinosaurs
-Quick Claw activates in the final showdown Metagross goes down to OVERHEAT
In the time of of the Cretaceous gigantic creatures end up dying thanks to cataclysmic events such as the continuous spewing of fumes created by Volcanoes found in India. This, combined with a meteor which hit the earth around South America may have suffocated and incinerated most plantlife. But life continues. DeccanTRAPS and MEGAFLORA survive and the earth enters its next era.
Finished the FR/LG monotype a loooooong time ago. Not that anyone cares though.
This run was fun but also not that challenging despite being in Set Mode. I suppose doing hardcore training had a lot to do with it but here's a rundown of the challenge. I started by getting a Flareon outcome for my rival. I then caught a level 3 Mankey and boxed my starter upon doing so. Trained and obliterated Brock with Low Kick and acquired my 2nd Team member in Magikarp for $500. After grinding Magikarp the hard way, I made my way through Mount Moon and acquired my Helix Fossil for Omanyte. Misty fell relatively easily thanks to Mankey and Gyadrados dishing out strong physical moves.
Then traveled to Vermilion City to where I caught a level 18 Diglett. Trained it to level 19 for it to learn Dig and proceeded to crush trainers on the S.S. Anne. Taught Cut to Diglett and trounced Lt.Surge. Proceeded through Rock Tunnel and arrived in Celadon City with little trouble. Acquired my fourth and fifth team members in Vulpix and Eevee(whom I evolved into Jolteon) and after some training, challenged Erika where she fell in short order. Fought my way to Fuchsia City where after considerable training, I challenged Koga with Ninetales. Her Flamethrower burnt his Bugs to a crisp ^_^ For Sabrina, I took her on with Dugtrio where its speed and STAB Earthquake KO'd her Psychic Types.
After traveling to Cinnabar, I revived and added my final team member in Omanyte. Trained it up to evolve it into Omastar and challenged Blaine where he swept him aside. For Giovanni, I challenged with Gyarados and swept him aside with ease. The Elite Four was not that hard either. Lorelei is extremely easy with Jolteon. Not only does Thunderbolt OHKO her Water Types but Pin Missile is extremely effective against her Jynx, effectively allowing me to solo her with this Eevolution. For Bruno, I opted to take him on with Omastar. His first Onix fell from Surf but his next two Fighting types were where it got interesting. I had no Super Effective counter for Fighting Types and Omastar was vulnerable to Fighting. Tack on a lower Speed and I had to endure their moves before retaliating. Hitmonchan was out first and hit with a Thunderpunch. It stung but fortunately Hitmonchan's special sucks and Omastar's special is 115(really good). I countered with a Surf attack that with STAB was enough to OHKO it. Up next was Hitmonlee and this time he used Double Team to raise his Evasion. Luckily I was able to hit with Surf and like with Hitmonchan took him down before he was able to do any real damage. Then Surf removed the 2nd Onix and the real test was Machamp. Submission did a number on me but I hanged on to unleash a Surf that almost knocked it out. He then finished me off with Submission before the recoil KO'd him as well.
Agatha was easy except for her Golbat. Opened with Dugtrio against her first Gengar but had to swap to Jolteon to dispose of Golbat and got hit with Toxic(removed with Full Heal post-battle). Then swapped back to Dugtrio wherein a Confuse Ray fortunately didn't cause any trouble. Rest of her Poison Types fell in short order(thank god no Levitate). For Lance, I opened with Omastar after reviving it with a Max Revive and took Gyarados down with Rock Slide. Unfortunately his first Dragonair knows Thunder Wave and Thunderbolt and I fell to its effects but not before dealing what damage I could. Brought in Gyarados where I swept the rest of his team with Ice Beam. Against Blue, I opened with Gyarados where his Sandslash, Alakazam and Exeggutor fell quite fast. Then Magneton enters and I swap to Dugtrio wherein it tried using Thunderbolt. Earthquake removed it from play. Next is Cloyster and I swap to Primeape where I take an Aurora Beam. A single Low Kick takes 75% of its HP off and I get hit with a Spike Cannon that deals minor damage. Low Kick finishes it off and out comes Flareon. For his Eevolution, I opted to swap to Gyarados where a Surf Attack takes his final Pokemon down to claim the win.
Planned Team: Tauros, Rapidash, Primeape, Graveler, Fearow and Haunter
Tauros and Rapidash are both Mandatory Pokemon and while I don't have to use both, I'm opting to do so. Primeape and Fearow are going to be my primary two fighters for most of the run. Should have this done by next Sunday.
Just a little update to help keep me on track!
I was considering only using Charmeleon and Beedrill on this run until I got access to the fossil Pokemon, but then I figured it would be kinda boring to only have 2 pokemon until the 6th gym. I have to say, I am enjoying using Parasect!
As to where I am, I have both my fossil Pokemon. I have been trying to do a bit of exploring to get some extra items like revives and potions. I am backtracking and visiting some gyms to battle trainers I skipped, just to make leveling a bit easier.
(EDIT: Just something I thought I should mention, I used the Lapras Gift Pokemon as my Surfer Pokemon so I could get to Cinnabar Island and get Omanyte)
Reptar | Charmeleon | Lvl 44
Waspy | Beedrill | Lvl 44
Fungi | Parasect | Lvl 44
Star | Omastar | Lvl 44
Sora | Aerdodactyl | Lvl 44
Gym Leaders Defeated:
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Completed Challenges: Date of Birth Challenge (Pokemon Ruby)
Thankfully before I began my run, I realized that my planned team lacked a Pokemon who could learn Surf. As a result I had to swap Tauros for Snorlax, who is still viable due to Normal Types being allowed. Therefore Rapidash was my only mandatory Pokemon despite my desire to have both. I opted to go with Rapidash because I rarely, if ever use it due to one simple truth. It doesn't learn Flamethrower in Generation 1 and since Flamethrower TM doesn't exist, it can't be taught. Therefore its the lone Fire Type(outside of Moltres... which is another travesty) that can't learn the best Fire Type move in the game. So after sorting out my team, onto the run as they say. I opened by getting a Jolteon outcome for my rival. I consider Jolteon to be the hardest Eevolution to face so I figured I'd make it difficult. After catching Spearow and Mankey, I box my starter and begin training for my first Gym Battle. Brock was easily swept aside with Low Kick but Misty... ugh her Bubblebeam always finds a way to get Critical Hits. Thankfully I had enough firepower to defeat her Staryu and Starmie. I caught Geodude at Mount Moon and he made Lt.Surge a non-factor. With Geodude having Earthquake and Mankey with Low Kick, Rock Tunnel wasn't too hard. I survived the long grind and arrived in Celadon where I crushed Erika with Fearow's Drill Peck. After clearing Rocket Game Corner for Silph Scope, I caught my next team member in Gastly wherein I taught it Thunderbolt and Psychic to make the upcoming training grind easier. With PokeFlute, I then caught one of the Snorlax's for my 5th Team member. Finally cleared out Cycling Road and caught my final member in Ponyta along the way. Then the arduous grind to level 50 began but it was oh so worth it as it made Koga and Sabrina a breeze with Fearow and Snorlax crushing both respectively. For Blaine I used Graveler seeing as it would likely be the last time I use him in a Gym/Elite 4 Battle. For Giovanni, I opted to use Snorlax's Surf to great effect.
For the Elite 4, Lorelei was Primeape's time to shine, although her Slowbro and Jynx proved to be a real pain in the butt being Psychic Types. Fortunately Haunter's special is insanely good(115) and I was able to take Slowbro down with Thunderbolt while Rapidash used Fire Blast on Jynx. The rest of her Ice Types fell quickly to Primeape's Low Kick. For Bruno, I used Snorlax's Surf to take down his Onix while Fearow terrorized his Fighting Types. For Agatha, I used Graveler because why not? Although her first Gengar knows Mega Drain, it does little when you're already at full HP. Therefore 1 Earthquake and the first Gengar is down. Against Golbat, I swapped to Haunter where Thunderbolt takes him down. Back to Graveler for her Haunter and I get hit with Confuse Ray but take it down with Earthquake afterwards. For Arbok, I survive an Acid Attack only to take down Arbok with another Earthquake. The final Gengar was fortunately easy. It tried using Hypnosis but failed and I cleaned its clock with an Earthquake. When abilities don't exist, time to take advantage as they say lol.
Lance... was a pure showcasing of Snorlax's 160 HP stat.... I opened with Haunter to take down Gyarados with a x4 Thunderbolt. Then I swapped to Snorlax where I managed to get an Ice Beam off after being Paralyzed. It wasn't enough to KO it so I had to absorb a Thunderbolt before finishing it off with a Body Slam. I then used a Full Restore to open against the 2nd Dragonair wherein I took a Hyper Beam(took 30% off). I then unleash an Ice Beam since it has to recharge before it uses Bubblebeam against me(does like 5-10%... really minimal). Ice Beam finishes the 2nd Dragonair off and out comes the speed freak Aerodactyl. After absorbing a Hyper Beam, I finish it off with a Surf Attack. Now I use a 2nd Full Restore to open against Dragonite because Lance needs a taste of his own medicine. I take a Hyper Beam(which takes ~40% off) and I unleash an Ice Beam that nearly OHKO's it thanks to its x4 weakness. I then use a Max Potion to fully heal and take another Hyper Beam(which takes ~40% off). I finish Dragonite off with Ice Beam during the turn it has to recharge to claim the win.
For Blue, I open with Snorlax and unleash a Surf after he uses Earthquake on me to take ~40% of my HP. Sandslash falls and out comes Alakazam. I swap to Fearow where thanks to the level difference I'm faster and use Drill Peck to OHKO. I repeat the process on Exeggutor. Next is Cloyster so I send out Primeape where after a couple Low Kicks I defeat the Water/Ice Type. Ninetales is up next so I go to Graveler and defeat it with Earthquake and repeat the process on Jolteon to claim the win. MVP of the run to me was Fearow. Vast majority of my fights involved this Flying Type Pokemon and very rarely do I ever use Flying Types as much as I did during this run.
Overdue with my MobsterMania run result. Having to buy one of everything did make things interesting. Fortunately I was able to use them or toss them to make room for items such as the Awakening in Pokémon Tower just to advance... lol. Anyways, here’s how each Gym Battle went down:
Brock: Nidoran with Double Kick for the win
Misty: Bulbasaur is king over Water Types
Lt.Surge: Nidoking being immune to Thunderbolt makes that so much easier
Erika: Venonat with STAB x4 Leech Life on Weepinbel/Gloom. Got to love Gen 1 type chart lol. Stun Spore can die though
Koga: Nidoking + Earthquake = easy sweep
Sabrina: Dragons maul Psychic Gym Leader. More news at 11
Blaine: Kabutops Rock Slides to Victory
Giovanni: Starmie Surfs to Victory
Lorelei: Kabutops + Venusaur make short work
Bruno: Starmie in straight sets
Agatha: Starmie crushes
Lance: Kabutops opens before Haunter takes over with Ice Beam. Being immune to Hyper Beam was a joy to watch.
Blue: Starmie crushes Sandslash. Kabutops clobbers Alakazam. Venomoth feasts on Exeggutor with Leech Life. Venusaur moves aside Cloyster. Dragonite overpowers Nninetales and Nidoking laughs at Jolteon before claiming the win.
Sign-up for the 2nd to final era. Never thought I’d be close to finishing an Ultimate on one game. This one looks to be insane though. Going to go with a modified L4D rule such that training in the wild(which is necessary in Gen 1) allows you to reuse that Pokémon Center again. The catch is that all of your Pokémon must still be able to fight and requires that you throw away one item. Since items are scarce, that limits how often a Pokémon Center can be reused. Should one of them faint while training, then that Pokémon Center is off-limits and must press on to the next one. If that is unsatisfactory then feel free to nullify this run.