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[Challenge] The Monotype Challenge v8, Tera Edition

Reginald Cosmic

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    I just got back from a trip out of town for my birthday. Garfield was really funny!
    Pokemon Fire Red Flying Type (Standard Mode) update #1:
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    Pokemon Legends: Earth Plate, Pt 2

    Short posts for this run. The Switch Era is so strange. The trainer battles are so rare, and that's where the real challenge of a mono-run comes in. Most of PLA is just running around, throwing Pokeballs; not worth blogging. At this point, I would not recommend playing PLA as a monotype challenge. It's just not different enough from a regular playthrough. I'm debating whether to play into the postgame just for the final Volo fight.

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    Pokemon Legends: Earth Plate, Pt 3

    Sorry for the double-post, but I finished this run on Legends Arceus. Having done a monotype run on the three non-remake Switch games, I would say...save your time and play the older games. I'm not 100% knocking the new games, but I had a much more engaging experience with Gens 1-7.

    The MVP in this game would probably be Onix / Steelix. Granted, I replaced it twice, but that's a Pokémon that's consistently good, start to finish, and it's easy to catch higher-level versions to skip some grinding, as you gain more stars. Steelix is especially strong in this game because DPP was not designed with fairies in mind, and the inclusion of them in this game can be hard to deal with, if you don't have a strong Poison or Steel monster on your roster. Gliscor racked up a lot of kills too, but that's probably because I tend to lead with my lowest-level Pokémon, and it struggled to keep up, level-wise with the other guys. The inverse of this is Torterra, which probably would have been very strong, but was relegated to the back of my rotation from the moment I caught it. The other monsters all performed adequately, and they all had roles to play in critical battles near the end. I'm a little sad that I abandoned my Wormadam so early on, but once I had committed to all-alphas, there was no going back, and farming up an alpha Wormadam sounds like a nightmare.

    Side note, I was watching Ronin with my wife, and playing this game during commercial breaks or English-heavy portions. That's a fun experience!

    Spoiler: Gameplay


    Spoiler: Coronet Highlands Team
     

    Explorer of Time

    Advocate of Ideals
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    Pokemon Platinum QOL (Standard Mode)
    Mono-Steel - PI Justin
    Update 3 (Galactic Eterna Building -> Hearthome Gym)


    I got my third badge in Platinum. After beating Gardenia, I went and got the Thief TM first thing, got a pair of Metal Coats from the wild Bronzor, and evolved Onix into Steelix.

    I then went and beat Jupiter with mostly the same movesets I had against Gardenia. Probopass 2HKOed her Zubat with Rock Throw (taking damage from two Giga Drains), then I switched Wormadam out into a Smokescreen and Thiefed her Skuntank's Sitrus Berry. I swapped around a lot while Jupiter spammed Smokescreen and Screech, waiting for her to pick Night Slash, which she finally did on Probopass. I then used Rock Smash to bring Skuntank's Defence down three stages, then switched out right as Probopass was about to faint. Wormadam then KOed Skuntank with two Bug Bites.

    On my way to Fantina, I got a bunch of new held items, and taught Earthquake to Steelix, Bronzor, and Probopass, Secret Power to Steelix and Probopass, Confusion to Wormadam, and Extrasensory to Bronzor.

    Since Hearthome is Shieldon's last gym, I also replaced his normal and ground type moves with Attract and Double Team, but he never actually saw battle. I'm going to replace him with Scizor as soon as I make it to Solaceon Town, and don't plan on using him in any of the Route 209 battles. All in all, I barely used him.

    Fantina's battle went better than I was expecting, since half my team is still relying on normal or ground moves for damage dealing and her entire team is made up of Ghost-types with Levitate. Prinplup started off by 3HKOing Duskull with Bubblebeam, getting burned and hit by Shadow Sneak.

    Fantina switched to Mismagius, fainted her with Magical Leaf, and confused the Wormadam I sent out afterwards. Wormadam hurt herself in her confusion once, but 4HKOed Mismagius with Thief and tanked a lot of Shadow Balls, including one crit for both my Pokemon and Fantina's.

    Haunter then put Wormadam to sleep and nearly KOed her with a few Shadow Claws, but she woke up the turn before she fainted and brought it down to slightly above half HP with Confusion. After Wormadam went down, I switched to Bronzor, tanked a Shadow Claw, and nearly KOed Haunter with Extrasensory. Fantina healed, then Bronzor hit with another Extrasensory, then its Quick Claw activated and it KOed with a third, winning me a third badge.

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    GhostMadison7

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    Happy belated birthday Reginald Cosmic! And congrats on the completed run Smotemotem, I eventually planned on doing a Ghost run in PLA so I'll have to see how that goes as that game does indeed focus on catching more than anything. And ExplorerofTime, that QOL hack letting you finally use trade evos and Steelix is soo good, I plan to use one in my Renegade Platinum mono-Ground run, rip Shieldon, Bastiodon really needs a boost.

    It's been a bit, sadly the past few weeks have not been the greatest, I'm really low on energy most of the time so sorry for lack of updates. Volt White mono-Bug is now up to Castelia city about to fight Burgh. Chili wasen't easy BUT man did I underestimate these bugs, specifically Flutterjam who has Compound Eyes and Struggle Bug, by lowering all the opponents sp.atk so much their fire moves did nothing. Then, I just swept with DeviledEggler and a little Clear Smog from Mothza to stop work up.

    Lenora is still as scary as ever, except this hack gave Ledian the miracle it needed, Iron Fist and all 3 elemental punches +Drain Punch before the gym was no joke. My Strabby, alongside the other fighting MVP Bunger the Heracross (who took me 3 days to get cause it's a 2% chance 😭), just destroyed this gym and now I have a newfound love for Ledian, it's pretty cute ngl.

    Finally Pinwheel forest gave me a couple good encounters, gen 5 made some killer bug types, including my fave Scolipede. Now time to fight my fellow Bug user, Burgh.

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    Ultimate Grass Run
    BD / FIRST AND FINAL / Frankly, My Dear, I Don't Give a Wormadam

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    Reginald Cosmic

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    Pokemon Fire Red Flying Type (Standard Mode) update #2:

    Spoiler: The TLDR Version


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    Pokemon Platinum QOL (Standard Mode)
    Mono-Steel - PI Justin
    Update 4 (Hearthome East Gate -> Pastoria Gym)


    This update has taken a little while since I decided to go skip Maylene and go explore southeastern Sinnoh through Route 212 first. Once I beat Maylene, who was easily swept by Technician Scizor, I only had two trainers left to fight before Pastoria's gym so I just combined these two gyms into one update.

    First off, I fought my rival just east of Hearthome. I forgot he had a battle there and didn't record it, but it wasn't very hard and I easily beat him first try, but a couple of my Pokemon did faint. Then, I boxed Shieldon and caught a Scyther just north of Solaceon Town, and evolved him into Scizor immediately. Then I rushed to the Game Corner, hacked in some coins, and got the Swords Dance, Hidden Power, and Gyro Ball TMs, plus a couple temporary held items. (I do have the reaction time to do the DPPt slots semi-reliably, unlike the Gen 3 slots, but it's irritating to match up things with my control scheme because the steam deck uses the Xbox button layout instead of the Nintendo button layout. Plus it's kinda tedious.) I also taught Steelix Payback along the way.

    I went down to Pastoria, taught Thunder Fang to Steelix to giv him an answer to Fighting-types, and Aerial Ace to be a slightly better Wing Attack for Scizor, who is keeping this moveset for the rest of the run. I also evolved Bronzor into Bronzong on Route 212, shortly before I challenged the Veilstone Gym. Speaking of Scizor and the Veilstone Gym, he singlehandedly wiped out Maylene's team, 1HKOing Meditite and Machoke with Aerial Ace and 2HKOing Lucario with Brick Break. He took some damage from Fake Out and two Force Palms from Lucario, but not enough to put him in the red, even.


    Against Barry in Pastoria, I led with Prinplup and used Bubblebeam to put Staravia in the yellow. Staravia used Double Team, dodged another Bubblebeam, and hit her with Wing Attack. Then, Barry switched Grotle into a Bubblebeam, and lost speed. I tried a Hidden Power (Fire), which put Grotle in the yellow with Hidden Power, but it still fainted my starter with a critical Razor Leaf. I switched to Scizor and KOed Grotle with Aerial Ace.

    Barry brought out Ponyta, at this point, so I switched in Probopass into an Ember. Probopass then had its attack lowered by Growl, but still fainted Ponyta with a critical Earthquake. Barry switched to Buizel, then used Pursuit and got paralyzed by my Probopass's Thunder Wave. Probopass then survived two Aqua Jets from Buizel and 4HKOed Buizel with Earthquake as it lost two moves to Paralysis. Barry brought Staravia back and used Double Team, but I paralyzed it, switched Scizor into a Wing Attack, and won with an Aerial Ace.


    Finally, for Crasher Wake, I led with Bronzong to soak up Intimidate, and it survived a Waterfall and confused Gyarados.
    I switched Steelix into a Waterfall, losing slightly over half its HP, and missed a Thunder Fang while Gyarados hurt itself. Thankfully, the next time, Gyarados hurt itself again and Steelix nearly KOed it with a Thunder Fang. Wake used a Hyper Potion and Steelix brought it back down to the yellow, then Wake actually attacked and fainted Steelix with Brine. I then switched to Bronzong, got hit and knocked down to the red with a Waterfall, and KOed Gyarados with an Extrasensory.

    Wake brought out Floatzel next and immediately KOed Bronzong with an Aqua Jet, so I switched to Wormadam, expecting that she'd eat the Sitrus Berry with Bug Bite and then faint quickly. However, Wormadam got really lucky with a critical Confusion for its second attack that also confused Floatzel, and led to it repeatedly hurting itself. Wake had to use his other Hyper Potion and still ended up with Floatzel back in the yellow as Wormadam kept slowly chipping away with Bug Bite, and she even survived an Aqua Jet with a couple HP left before fainting to a Brine. After Wormadam finally went down, I switched to Prinplup, got hit by a Crunch that lowered her Special Defense, and KOed Floatzel with a Grass Knot.

    Prinplup then 2HKOed Quagsire with Grass Knot, but was nearly KOed first as she had her speed lowered by Rock Tomb and then was nearly KOed by a Mud Shot. She ended the battle with only 2HP left.


    If you've been reading ahead and looking at my team, you may have noticed that Probopass and Wormadam are underleveled compared to the other four. That is intentional. I'm going to box both of them before the Canalave Gym; Probopass pretty much as soon as I get the HM and can make it to Fuego Ironworks to catch a Magnemite (who will be at most three levels away from evolving into Magnezone), and Wormadam after I get the Riolu egg at Iron Island. Wormadam was amazing in the early game (Probopass less so), but the time has come where both are ceasing to be as useful as they used to be. Wormadam's base stats and movepool are not that good even with a great type combo, and Probopass is slow while his two 4x weaknesses are just going to get more and more common from here on out.

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    🍃 A LeafGreen Grass Monotype 🍃
    Or: How I Learned to Stop Strategizing and Love Sleep Powder
    Part 5!?!

    I've finally gotten back around to this, huh?

    Ok, it's been over a year since I posted writeups for this, but for context, I framed my writeups in-character with some silly prose to vaguely connect the events of Leafgreen to the playthrough, some diet fanfic if you will. I'll try linking the other parts below if that sounds interesting to read through.

    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4

    It was kinda cringey but fun to write, but it was also time-consuming, so I fell out of it. I've come into some time as of late, though, and I would like to finish at least one playthrough of a game here, so I'll give my best shot at drawing this to completion. This will probably be written a lot more... Rushed than the rest, to make sure I actually get it done, but I hope it's still at least a little fun.

    To set the scene, we had just beaten Fuchsia Gym and relaxed together in the Safari Zone. Our team is as follows:
    Basil (Venusaur) - Level 39
    Rue (Parasect) - Level 38
    Turmeric (Victreebel) - Level 38
    Fennel (Vileplume) - Level 38
    Caraway (Exeggcute) - Level 40​

    As a reminder, this is not a nuzlocke, but I'm doing my best to get through battles with as few Pokemon fainting as possible, I'm trying to stay below the levels of each gym leader, and I'm not using items in battle. Let's get Sleep Powdering!

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    Again, I know this is sloppier than whatever I wrote before to the three or so people who read it then, but I hope it was still a little bit fun :)

    Next update, I'll probably finish up this run at last.
     
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