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Screenshot Sinnoh Teen Commentary Back to Basics - A Pokemon Platinum Nuzlocke [COMPLETE]

RevenantArcan

Conqueror of the Saffron Gym
Pokédex No.
545
Caught
Jul 19, 2019
Messages
80
Nature
Lax
Pronouns
He/Him
Pokémon Type
  1. Psychic
I hate that Multi-Battle with Barry so much. The one, singular time he doesn't lead off with Staraptor, and it's when he's working with you.
 

pikafan96

That Little Yellow Rat
Screenshotter
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
2619
Caught
Sep 27, 2020
Messages
140
Location
The middle of nowhere
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
She/Her
Pokémon Type
  1. Electric
  2. Dragon
Pokédex Entry
A reclusive creature. Can rarely be seen scavenging for food late at night.
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
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Time to enter the dragon's den folks.
Hopefully we'll manage to come out mostly intact!

@redninjapuffle
Actually, since you are playing Platinum, you can get a gabite in victory road, meaning you still have a chance to get a garchomp!
I wish!
Even if I did manage to come across a Gabite on Victory Road I wouldn't be able to catch it since my rules forbid the use of duplicates. Sometimes I regret implementing that rule, but it does make every catch feel more unique!


@RevenantArcan
I hate that Multi-Battle with Barry so much. The one, singular time he doesn't lead off with Staraptor, and it's when he's working with you.
Barry sent that Munchlax out specifically to spite me, I know it.
I hate any form of double battle enough already, he didn't have to go and make things harder for me like that!

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We're back to the Distortion World folks!
Now let's go after Cynthia before we get left behind.


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The Distortion World is genuinely one of the coolest areas in this game.
I love how the perspective changes based on where you're standing and it's a fantastic way to show off what Giratina's power truly and what it's actually capable of. Actually, in general I personally think the Sinnoh games handle the way legendaries are utilized the best out of all the entries in the series.
The way Giratina emerges from the shadow as an incredibly ominous figure only to pull Cyrus in and force you to follow it into it's own territory, how Mesprit has a special interest in you since it basically watched you and Barry grow up, the lead up to as well as the actual summoning of Dialga and Palkia; it's all done especially well.
I think this is the reason why I've always seen the Sinnoh games as "the lore games" in my mind. It's because these games (specifically Platinum) actively show off (most of) it's legendaries in a way that makes sense, and it in turn gives Sinnoh this really special and mystical feel that no other region has really been able to capture in the same way...
But enough of me rambling, we've got a ghost dragon to chase!


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Another note, while it's incredibly noticeable where you need to step in order to advance in the Distortion World; as a kid I didn't notice them and thought it was absolutely magical that these rocks would just randomly move, or how they would disappear and reappear seemingly at random!
Please excuse me as I continue gush about how much attention to detail and effort was put into this game.
I know I nitpick about some aspects of this game a lot, but it's all in good fun. Generation 4 really does seem (at least to me) to be where Pokemon peaked. Black/White and their sequels will always be my favorite main series games, and generation 3 is my favorite generation overall (entirely due to nostalgia may I add), but generation 4 is what I think of when I think of "Pokemon." It just feels like this generation was the cumulative Pokemon experience; or at least it was to me.
Okay okay, I'm actually done ranting now. Let's move on!


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Down we go, deeper into the dragon's den...


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Honestly Cynthia, I don't feel like thinking about that too hard!
So let's just go with yes, we are going downwards.


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Guess we better follow her.


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Oh hey there Mesprit, fancy meeting you here!
Come here often?


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I guess it wants us to follow.


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Oh boy, it's time for a perspective switch!


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As cool as this looks, and as neat as a concept it is - I've always had trouble with the controls during these little wall walking segments.
Not enough for me to not want to do this, just enough to be mildly annoyed.


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I love how alien everything looks in the Distortion World. It's also super neat how you can see things that are on the lower levels.
I'm pretty sure that's Cynthia I see down there!


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Down we go once again!


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I will admit that these platforms that allow you to go in four different directions were the bane of my existence for me when I was a kid though.
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And they kinda still are...


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Hey Cynthia! Having fun in the wacky and wonderful world of Giratina?


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Well there's multiple theories on that one; such as the fact Giratina may actually represent anti-matter and as such can't exist in our world without causing damage, or that Giratina caused a ton of damage purposefully and was punished to live here for an eternity by Arceus.
Those are two theories I've heard at least!


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I guess that's my cue to move on without you!


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I mean, I'm not going to say no to the lady with a murder dragon!
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I wish I still had my murder dragon...


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Yay, just what I wanted! More four way platforms...


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I cannot begin to tell you all how lost I am right now...


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Although I think I'm going the right way now!


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Yes!
That platform will take us down even deeper!


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You know you're making progress when you're going down!


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Oh hey big blue!
Guess Giratina didn't eat you for lunch after all.


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Guess you didn't taste that good. Sorry about that...


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Sounds like Giratina is quite the little rapscallion!


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Vaguely. Science is not my forte but I understand the basic concept.


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I didn't come her for a lecture Cyrus, if I wanted to be taught about something I would have taken some classes over winter break!


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You're using DNA as an example of the Distortion World and the normal world right?


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Poor Giratina...
That sounds like such a lonely existence...


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I... think I see where you're taking this.


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Really? And here I thought that it was just attracted to your neon blue hair!
Like a Frosmoth to a flame...


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I would say that defeating Giratina isn't that easy, but you do have a Weavile.
One or two good Ice Punches and the good ol' shadow dragon should be down and out!


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Welp, considering that Cyrus actually could defeat Giratina theoretically, I guess that means it's up to me and Cynthia to stop big blue once and for all!
... And by that I mean it's up to me. We all know that Cynthia's just going to watch from the sidelines, despite the fact she could probably decimate Cyrus with the snap of her fingers!


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I wonder if the gravity in the Distortion World is similar to what it's like on the moon?
Because these are some pretty impressive jumps I'm making and I'm not sure I'd normally be able to leap this far!


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Going down!


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Another observation! If I fell would I just fall forever?
Because if so this is a whole new level of danger, just carelessly leaping from rock to rock and risking a fall that could last for an eternity, that's pretty metal.


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Oh, okay. I know where I am!
We're getting pretty close to the end.


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Hey there Uxie! Need some help?


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Gonna need to borrow your muscle here for a bit Beau!


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Long live the king!


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I'll admit, that line's not as cool when you're just pushing a rock off a cliff...


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Sure is nice of Uxie to point out which hole this rock needs to go into!
Speaking of pushing rocks into holes, why exactly is this necessary?
... Then again, this is the Distortion World so I probably shouldn't put too much thought into this.


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One rock down, two to go!


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Woah there pinky, personal space please!


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Yeah yeah, I see the rock. I'll take care of it...


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And another slam dunk!


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Now we have to go the long way around in order to get back to where we were.
Sure do wish this forest would magically disappear so I could get through easier!


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Thanks magical disappearing forest, now I can continue without any trouble!


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Sure is nice of the trees to make way for m-


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... Screw you too forest.


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Hey there Cyrus!
You're looking a little lost. Don't worry though, maybe if you ask nicely the trees will make a path for you!


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Moron.


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Look at him, he's so embarrassed to be lost that he's walking away from me!
Don't worry big blue, we'll meet again!


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Oh boy, here we go...


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It's ceiling time baby! Woo!


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This waterfall is genuinely my favorite part of the Distortion World.
I just love how the perspective shift makes it feel so cinematic!


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Well that was fun!


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There's the last boulder!
Don't you worry Azelf, me and Beau are master boulder pushers at this point.


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Bonk.


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Now all we have to do is get them into their rightful holes, and we should be just about done here after that!


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Done.


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And done!


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Pleasure doing business with you three!


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Giratina's a free dragon.
Ain't no lake fairies gonna tell him what to do!


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So... did the boulders summon this platform or is this just some sort of crazy coincidence?


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Either way, we're going down one last time!


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Not just Giratina...


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This is it folks.
Other than the Elite Four and Cynthia we are going into the toughest battle of the game. This Cyrus fight has decimated me in previous runs, and I'm honestly expecting to lose someone here.
If this is how it all ends, it's been a pleasure going on this journey with you all...


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How did you even get here before us?
You were wandering around lost while I was pushing boulders into holes!


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Excellent question along with some excellent points! But I don't think you're gonna like the answer he's gonna give you.


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Yup, that's about what I was expecting from you Cyrus.


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Maybe it would be complete, I don't have enough information to really answer that question properly, but I do know that it would also be one empty and meaningless world to live in.


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Unfortunately, I do have to interfere.
Even though a certain blonde champion could take care of this a lot better than I could!


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It's time.


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Okay Bean, you've got this! It's just a Houndoom!


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In hindsight, I shouldn't have told Bean to try out his new move...


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Come on buddy you've got this, don't let a little burn slow you down!


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THAT'S MY BOY!!!


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Alright Bean my boy, you did your job and it's time to switch out.


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And now it's time for the struggle of my life...


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Please don't do a lot of damage...


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Okay, time to bring that attack stat down a bit.


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Thanks to Bruce, there's no way it's going to use Earthquake this turn. That means Beau is safe to swap in!


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Step one initiated.


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Please don't freeze me...


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Hallelujah.
So in case you guys haven't caught onto the plan yet, I want to bring this thing's attack stat down with Intimidate as much as I dare to.
I know that Beau could probably take this thing down in one hit, but I don't want to risk Thunder Fang missing or the Gyarados out-speeding; meaning I'm going to play a little over-cautiously right now.


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All according to plan!


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A couple more of these and I'll start feeling a little bit safer!


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One more time, with feeling!


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These Ice Fangs are doing less and less damage ever time, but all it takes is one crit to ruin everything...


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Okay, that's the last time. Now we have to face it head on!


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Right after we dodge another Earthquake.
I need to heal Beau and I don't want to do that while he's on the field!


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Meaning I need to bring in someone that can take a hit or two.
Glyph is the perfect Pokemon for the job! They've got some amazing defense stats, so they should be able to buy me enough time to heal up Beau!


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Couldn't have asked for better timing either!


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Perfect, now I just need an opportunity to bring Beau back in safely.


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You can take one hit easy Glyph!


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Now to bring Bruce in once more to prevent swapping Beau in on an Earthquake...


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That still really hurt! But you're done now Bruce.


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It's time, I believe in you Beau!


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Beau went first. He's actually faster!


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Well that was a long drawn out series of events for nothing.
Better safe than sorry though! If I had lost Beau I'm not sure what I would have done...


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You can take a little break now though pal, I've got a better Pokemon to deal with that Weavile.


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Time to shine Anubis!


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Honestly, a pretty good move to switch into since I don't get to attack this turn anyway!


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Damn, why are Weavile and Sneasel so fast?


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That's a lot of damage for a not very effective move!


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End it Anubis, this little bastard's pre-evolution has given me more trouble than any other individual Pokemon species has in this run!


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It's done. I also now have a brand new dislike for Sneasel and Weavile.


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All he's got left are his Honchkrow and Crobat, which means...


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The rest of this fight is up to you Beau!


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Shoot that's not good.
I didn't get a good screenshot, but Beau got burned, and since his only electric type move is physical I need to take care of that fast.


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Thank goodness I picked that Full Restore up somewhere!
It's my only one though, so I better hope that Beau doesn't get burned again.


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Or a crit! A crit would also be very bad right now!


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Finally, take that devil bird out Beau!


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Seriously!?
You need a better electric move buddy!


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Beau's had that Shell Bell equipped since Hearthome City, and I am so grateful that I decided to give that to him! Those few extra health points really do make a difference.


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Please stop using that attack!


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Oh come on! Just because I did that a minute ago does not mean you're allowed to do it too!


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Now this isn't going to knock it out!


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But this will!


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Atta boy Beau! Only one Pokemon left!


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You asshole!


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This Crobat is way too bulky...


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It's cute that you think this will save you! Beau has never hit himself in-


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-confusion...
Why did you choose now to start being difficult Beau!?


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Welp. I think it's time to swap out!
You did a great job Beau but I'm not gonna risk losing you now!


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Oh yeah, Glyph was absolutely the best choice to send in here.


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That's not good!


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That thing is either gonna Toxic or Confuse Ray this turn, which gives me a chance to heal.
Glyph can't take two Cross Poisons!


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Yes!


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Shit, it's still faster though!
Please don't crit!


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YES! Finish this Glyph!


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Little bit of an overkill, but I'm not gonna complain.


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Looks like it!
I honestly can't believe I made it out of this battle with my whole team still intact. I have never come out of this battle without at least one of my Pokemon fainting, even just in casual runs!


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Yeah... I highly doubt that.
It was able to leave this world temporarily when it dragged you down here with no problem, so I think I'm gonna take my chances.


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I will! You're not the boss of me!


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Does that mean I get to keep your building? Because I already claimed it, but if you were to just give me the keys I feel like this transition would be a lot easier...


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What? About keeping his building?
Don't worry about that Cynthia, I was planning on keeping it whether he gave it to me willingly or not!


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Oh you mean the Giratina thing.
Yeah no, he's full of hot air on that one. I think he's just mad because I'm better at Pokemon than he is!


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You're making this all seem like coming here and fighting Giratina was my destiny, but I don't think so.
If I weren't here you still would be, and honestly you could take out both Cyrus as well as Giratina a lot faster than me!
...
Wait a minute... is that why you're just watching me do all the hard work, because it's my "destiny!?" Great excuse to be lazy Cynthia!


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You're dodging the question Cynthia!


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Or I don't know, you could fight Giratina?
You know, with your completely healthy team!?


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I don't even know why I try to say anything...


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But... Giratina's the one that did that. It's the one that connected the two worlds.
If it's angry it should be angry at itself!


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Guess it's up to me then...


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Well that's not ominous.


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Here goes nothing!


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Um... hi?


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Alright, this is worth all the marbles.
Let's do this ya overgrown Dragapult!


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Alright, so this is my first encounter in the Distortion World, which means I am technically allowed to capture it...


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But where's the fun in that?
I couldn't use it if I captured it anyway, so why sentence this majestic creature to a lifetime in the PC? I'm not doing that.
I'm taking Giratina down!


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I think this thing know Shadow Force, Ominous Wind, Dragon Claw, and Earth Power maybe?
I'm not sure on Earth Power actually...
Either way, Beau's Intimidate will weaken Dragon Claw.


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... And now Ominous Wind and Shadow Force are obsolete!
Glyph, it's time to show the world what you're really made of. You can do this!


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This is gonna be fun.


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Looks like I was slightly incorrect about Giratina's moves! So it's probably Earth Power that I was wrong about...


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Luckily it didn't get a boost, and so long as it doesn't get one later we should be in the clear.


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Please stop using that attack, thank you!


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Let's see how much damage this will do!


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You are just a critical hit machine today Glyph! Keep up the momentum!


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It just tried to use Ominous Wind? Is Giratina throwing!?
Now's our chance!


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It's time to end this once and for all!


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... We did it.
We got through the Distortion World completely unscathed!


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I mean, it made a portal for us so I'm hoping it understood and this doesn't just drop us off into an active volcano or something...


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Oh hey there big blue! Come to say goodbye?


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Uh... I kinda live there dude. That's where all my stuff is.


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I suppose that is technically true, or at least it is for fans of Pokemon.
These little magical monsters have brought countless people from all walks of life together in a single hobby, so I think what Cynthia is saying is actually really nice!
Sure a lot of us like to complain, but at least we're doing it from a place of love!


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Yeah, Pokemon for life bro!


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Jeez, way to ruin the moment...


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There's nothing wrong with feeling happy and safe Cyrus! Just because you're miserable doesn't mean everyone else has to be too!


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... No, I don't think we will.


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I guess he got what he wanted in the end.
He wanted a world all to himself, and now he's choosing to stay here alone. I do kind of feel bad for him though; there's clearly something that casued him to feel so badly towards experienceing emotions. I just hope he finds some sort of solace here.
See ya around big blue...


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Yes please. As much as I like the Distortion World I would like to go collect my final badge sometime soon.


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If this thing dumps us in the middle of Unova I'm going to personally come back here and kick Giratina's teeth in again.
... And Cyrus' too, just for old time's sake.


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Don't have much of a choice really...


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Well this certainly isn't Spear Pillar!
I knew that demon snake was gonna transport us somewhere weird, I want my money back!


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So are you actually saying we were in Hell, or at least some sort of screwed up form of the afterlife!?
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Because if that actually was Hell then it's honestly not as bad as they say it is!


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Please flatter me some more, I live for the praise!


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I guess I'll go do that real quick!
I was gonna end the update here since the length of this chapter is starting to get out of control, but if I deal with this now then we can just jump straight into the good stuff next time!


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Wait a minute... isn't this also a new area?


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It is! I can try for a new catch here!


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A dupe! That's a "welcome home" if I've ever seen one!
I'll see you guys at the lab.
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Here we are, back in Sandgem Town.
It's been ages since we've been here!


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Please, continue to tell me how amazing I am!
... No seriously keep going.


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I wasn't talking to you Lucas.


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Stop talking Lucas!


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Good for them!
Although Azelf doeasn't really have much of a home to return to anymore...


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Pretty good actually!
None of my Pokemon died and I'm on my way to finishing the league!


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Oh, right. That.


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Thank goodness this game counts Pokemon you've just seen as well as those you've captured!
Because with how bad my dupes luck has been that number would be a lot smaller if they were only counting Pokemon that I actually caught.


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Yup, only one to go and Volkner is kind of a pushover.


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That's the plan Rowan!
... Hopefully I'll be able to handle all of that though.


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But Sunnyshore will have to wait for next time!
This chapter has been a beast to get done, but I'm happy that I was able to get all the Distortion World stuff done in one go!
So I'll see you all next time when we take on Sunnyshore Gym and finally get our last Gym Badge.
Wish me luck!
 

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QuietGuardian

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I'm with you on the coolness but also mild frustration of the Distortion World, and calling out Cynthia for not actually doing a damn thing during this whole segment.

Anyway, congrats on making it through deathless! Let's hope you can continue that trend through the endgame!
 

pikafan96

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Hello my friends!
You all get an early update this time since I'm going to be pretty busy over the weekend, so let's get this done!

@redninjapuffle
nice work!
Thanks man!
We had a couple of scares but I'm happy everything worked out end.


@QuietGuardian
I'm with you on the coolness but also mild frustration of the Distortion World,
Glad you agree. The Distortion World is a gorgeous to look at, but I just wish the wall walking sections didn't have such wonky controls!
and calling out Cynthia for not actually doing a damn thing during this whole segment.
She could have just snapped her fingers and had her Garchomp devour Cyrus, but no, she's gonna make the kid who doesn't even have all their gym badges do the work!
If I weren't so terrified of her I'd be much angrier!
Anyway, congrats on making it through deathless! Let's hope you can continue that trend through the endgame!
Thank you! I was so sure that I was going to lose someone to Cyrus, but I'm glad that didn't end up happening after all.
I also have a feeling I won't make it through the Elite Four unscathed, but I sure wouldn't mind being proven wrong again!

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Now that we've taken care of a certain terrorist organization there's only one obstacle left for us to face!
The Pokemon League.
And if we want to make it there we need to get our last Gym Badge, so let's get a move on to Sunyshore City!


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Here's the team by the way!
Ruby has been retired once again and Dandy has returned! Also I did a bit of grinding; I can't remember what levels Volkner's Pokemon are at so I figured fifty was a safe bet.
Nothing interesting really happened during grinding, although there were a couple of new moves learned. I'll go ahead and put that in a spoiler if you're interested.

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After seeing how much Glyph carried the team last chapter, I decided to update their moveset.
I did a little backtracking in order to pick up Ice Beam and Shadow Ball - meaning Glyph now has the necessary moves to fight against some of the more worrisome Pokemon we'll be seeing once we reach the league.


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I also went ahead and gave Dandy Sludge Bomb.
I would have given it to him earlier, but I was worried about him dying. I think I have a little more confidence in him now though!

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This was our encounter for the route by the way!
Yep, another dupe. Guess that means no Magnezone for me!


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I already took care of all the trainers on this route while I was training.
Nothing really all that interesting happened, Beau pretty much just one-shot everything.


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Now we can head straight into the city without any issues!


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Or... minimal issues at the very least.


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Hey thanks man, we just got done grinding!


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Otherwise known as the fire type trainer with almost no fire types! Or at least that how it was in Diamond and Pearl.
Really goes to show just how few fire types there are available to catch in Sinnoh!


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You want me to kick his ass?


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You do want me to kick his ass!


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Sure thing buddy!
Although I don't see how decimating his team is going to make him feel better, sounds like he's already been having a run of bad luck lately...


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I guess I don't really have have a choice either way; I need his badge.


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Ah, Sunyshore City. I spent a lot of time here as a kid.
In between my contest career and constant assault against the Elite Four, I spent a good amount of time collecting ribbons. Since there just so happens to be someone here who gives out a different ribbon every day of the week, I came to Sunyshore fairly often.
... Oh, there was also the seal shop!


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Everyday they get new seals in at the shop here!
And since I was obsessed with seals as a kid and I literally never bought potions, most of my money went towards the newest and coolest seals that were up for sale that day!
Now that I'm a reasonable adult though, I know that I should spend my money in better places.
...


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So anyway, I'll take ten of everything.


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Now that I've scratched that itch I feel much better! Everyone also has a unique ball seal now as well!
I'll leave them in a spoiler for those of you interested.

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Beau gets to keep his hearts since I've kinda gotten used to them, but he also got some neat blue stars!


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Bruce now appears from a plume of smoke, just like a ninja!


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Bean's got some brand new bubbles, and now appears in a burst of two-toned glory!


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... I'll be honest, I didn't know what to do with Anubis, so he just got what was left over. He's got a pair of music notes and some hearts that appear from below.


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Glyph now enters battle in a shower of rainbow stars!


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And finally, Dandy get showered by some dark flower petals and confetti every time he comes out! This is actually my favorite one!

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Let's go hunt down Volkner now!


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You and I both know he's not at his gym, Gym Leaders are never at their gyms!


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There he is! At the top of the lighthouse, being emo.
Typical.


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Okay, so another reason little 11 year old me spent so much time in Sunyshore was because I had a crush on Volkner.
No, I don't remember why I had a crush on Volkner, I probably just thought he was pretty.


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Pfft, seriously?
You try that and Bertha will eat you alive.


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You're... a Gym Leader though?
You kinda do.


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Well sir, you've come to the right person!
I've been known to crush people so thoroughly that they'd rather spend eternity with Satan than live in the same world as me.


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I have a Gastrodon, you can't touch me.


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Alright Volkner I'll see you at the gym, make sure to wear something nice for me!


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Let's go break a broken man's spirit a little more shall we?


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I do wanna make one more pit stop really quick first though, for old time's sake.


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Or not. I guess I'm not getting any ribbons today!


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Let's just go destroy Volkner then.


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Oh hey, it's Jasmine!


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I'll go talk to her after I'm done at the gym.


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Yeah I know, I'm the one that found him.


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I straight up told him that I have a Gastrodon, I think he knows what's about to go down.


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Kick his ass?


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Oh yeah, that too.


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Bye Flint, I'm actually really afraid of you!


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Here we are, last gym. Let's finish this.


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Right after I talk to Gym Guy one last time.


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Yup, there's just one blonde guy standing between me and the final challenge.
... Or well, two blonde guys I guess. I'm gonna have to battle Barry one more time too.


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I know, sad times all around...


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Yeah? So tell me how to win!


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...
I'm gonna miss your advice Gym Guy, I really am.


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The puzzle for this gym is stupidly easy, you just step on a button until the pathways line up right.
They try to change it up a bit as you get closer to the end, but it's still pretty trivial.


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That being said, I'm going to save you all from the monotony and just skip to the end.
See you all in a bit!
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...


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All that ya'll missed was Beau devouring a million Luxio and leveling up twice to level fifty two.


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Now it's time to face Volkner.
I know I've been boasting a lot this chapter about how I'm going to wipe the floor with him, but I'm actually pretty scared.
His team is pretty decent and I know his Electivire has Giga Impact. Considering the fact that Bean doesn't have the best defenses I'm hoping he'll be okay...


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Too late to turn back now!


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Well, yeah. Trainers have to get through some other scarier Gym Leaders before coming here!
You're less of a final test and more of a relaxing cool-down for the most part...


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... I'm really struggling to comprehend how you're the strongest Gym Leader. Sure your Pokemon only have one weakness, but ground types are really common.


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I'll shock you out of your stupor, get ready to lose!


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Wait... why did I have Dandy out front?
Now I have to switch into Bean manually! How did I make such a stupid mistake!?


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I guess I should still try to capitalize on this mistake.
Hopefully this paralysis doesn't interfere with the plan I just came up with!


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If I have to have Dandy out, then I'm gonna utilize this time to set up a bit!


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I might be foolish for this, but I'm going for the double Toxic Spikes.


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Dandy survived and got off his second Toxic Spikes, we're in the clear!


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Alright Bean, you should have been out here in the first place but at least we have a backup plan in case things go south now!


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Ha! If Anubis were here he would have hit that Iron Tail with ease!
Your miss works out better for me though. I basically get a free switch-in!


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Unfortunately that Jolteon is still faster than Bean...
Actually, most Pokemon are faster than Bean.


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Perfect!


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Get that thing outta here buddy!


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That was absolutely overkill, but I'll take it over underkill every single time.


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Beautiful, simply a masterpiece.


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Aw, no Focus Blast for you...


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But plenty of Earthquake for me!


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I knew I had nothing to be afraid of, this is a cakewalk!


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... Why are you out so early?
He still has a Luxray left!


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Okay, I changed my mind; I'm very afraid of this thing!


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I'm not taking any chances here, I know that thing has Giga Impact!


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Try me bitch!


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Okay... not what I was expecting.


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Also not what I was expecting!


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At least that's a slight relief.


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I'm not taking any risks though, a Giga Impact would absolutely kill from that range!


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WHY DO YOUR QUICK ATTACKS KEEP CRITING!?


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Stop, please. You can stop at any time!


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I refuse to lose Bean here! I can do this all day pal!


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Finally, it didn't crit.


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That means it's Eartquake time.
... Please let it be Earthquake time.


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You fool, it's all over now!


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I wonder why he only used Quick Attack?
I guess I'm luckier than I thought I was!


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I'm pretty sure your Electivire was supposed to be your trump card, honestly this is kinda disappointing...


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Buddy, just give up...


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It's over.


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Oh? Hm, I wasn't expecting that not to kill...


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Hey Beau! Wanna watch your cousin get knocked out by poison?
I don't really want to use another potion since this battle will be over in a turn anyway.


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... I forgot that he had potions still.


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Well damn, I don't really want to swap Bean back in since he's kinda low on health.
So I guess that means-


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-it's time for the final EPIC SHINX FACE-OFF!!!
Or I guess it's more of an "Epic Luxray Face-Off" now...


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Don't let that thing out Crunch you Beau, show everyone who the superior Luxray truly is!


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I honestly didn't see this coming either, but this is a pretty fun turn of events!


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Once more Beau, finish it!


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Or finish it next turn I guess...


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One more Crunch and we win, Beau has out-sped every time.
Let's end it.


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And so, the true king has been crowned.


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Oh, and Bean leveled up.


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I actually agree Volkner.
The beginning of the battle was a mess because I accidentally had Dandy up front and had to swap to Bean, but after that Bean basically swept.
Right at the end though, that was actually fun. It felt good to go back to our roots and have a bit of fun with this battle. Good game Volkner.


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Well, I'm glad you enjoyed getting knocked around!
Happy to do it again some time.


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That's it, all eight gym badges.
We actually did it!


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Ah joy, one final HM move.


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...
I honestly thought you gave me Thunderbolt, so this is a little disappointing.


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Not enough to really damper my spirits though!
We've got one last thing to do before I close out the update, so give me a minute and I'll see you guys there!
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...


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I basically just want to grab the HM for Waterfall really quick so I can just move on next time.


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Hey Jasmine! Good to see-


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-you? Barry? What are you doing here?
I honestly don't remember there being a Barry encounter here...


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Yep, ya should have been there.
We had the world's last Epic Shinx Face-Off.


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Ha!
That's funny.


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I'm glad you finally worked through your daddy issues pal.
Does that mean your gonna stop dressing up in spandex and pretending to be like Wake too? Because I honestly don't think my eyes can take that again...


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So now more ridiculous tactics? No more thoughtlessly rushing into things?
Who are you and what did you do to my Barry!?


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... I never thought I'd hear those words come out of your mouth.


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Yeah, that's more along the lines of what I was expecting to hear from you.


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You can stop at any point now Barry.


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-ke."
Sorry about the wonky screenshot.


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See you again real soon blondie!


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In a way.


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Is that what you consider "getting along?"
I barely tolerate the little dweeb!


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So you're a fan of friendly rivals?
I'm gonna have to say that I disagree.


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And there's our ticket to the league!


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Thanks, I'm probably gonna need all the luck I can get.


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But that's for another day!
In the next update we'll be tackling Victory Road, and in the following update we'll take on the Elite Four and Champion. That means as long as everything goes right there will only be two more chapters of the run!
Hope you're all as excited as I am to finally finish this up, and I'll see you all next time!
 

redninjapuffle

Probably playing DragonBall FighterZ
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Redninjapuffles are known to want to create their own nuzlocke stories or comics, however, many have yet to start one.
Always nice to return to your roots, where it all began
 

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Well sir, you've come to the right person!
I've been known to crush people so thoroughly that they'd rather spend eternity with Satan than live in the same world as me.
I'm not a huge fan of the "Giratina=Satan" mentality, but this line still gave me a good laugh.

Yeah, Volkner's really not that threatening if you have a good Ground type, is he? Almost makes me wish his Raichu had Grass Knot or something—not to get more Nuzlockers' Pokémon killed, though.
 

pikafan96

That Little Yellow Rat
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Messages
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The middle of nowhere
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  1. Electric
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A reclusive creature. Can rarely be seen scavenging for food late at night.
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
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I am once again going to be pretty busy over the weekend, meaning you all get another early update!
Yay for spring cleaning I suppose!

@redninjapuffle
Always nice to return to your roots, where it all began
Oh yeah definitely, it's a comforting feeling in a way.
That Luxray vs Luxray battle I had with Volkner really reminded me of the early days of the run - when my biggest battles were just fighting other Shinx with my own, so I was actually feeling a bit nostalgic there!
This whole run in general sort of feels I'm traveling back in time to my childhood actually, so yeah - I guess I really am returning to my roots!


@QuietGuardian
I'm not a huge fan of the "Giratina=Satan" mentality, but this line still gave me a good laugh.
Honestly, the only reason I make that connection nowadays is just because that was my first impression of Giratina as a kid, but in reality the lore doesn't really line up with Giratina being Satan - at this point though it's sorta just a running gag in my mind. Glad I still got a chuckle outta you though!
Yeah, Volkner's really not that threatening if you have a good Ground type, is he? Almost makes me wish his Raichu had Grass Knot or something—not to get more Nuzlockers' Pokémon killed, though.
Yes! I completely agree! So many random trainers seem to have decent coverage moves (especially in Victory Road), so why can't the Gym Leaders have some more as well?
Come on Game Freak, I wanna be scared!

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I bet you're all wondering why we're here instead of Sunyshore.


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Well after not getting Thunderbolt from Volkner last chapter I decided to take matters into my own hands, and discovered that it was here - behind the Valley Windworks.


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Come on Bean, my treasure awaits!


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Finally, Beau will have a decent electric type move!


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... This isn't what I was looking for.
But Bulbapedia said it was right behind the Windworks!


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Oh, maybe that's what it was referring to...


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Finally!


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Farewell Thunder Fang. It served us well but was way too inaccurate and under-powered.


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Now we're ready to take on Victory Road - back to Sunyshore we go!


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Let's hit the sky Stella!


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Thanks for the ride, now you can safely return to the box.


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And so can you Dandy!
It almost seems like you spend more time in the box than on the team, but you're the weakest link so I feel safest boxing you.


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Since we're heading towards Victory Road we're gonna need a lot of different HMs, so even though I'm not happy about it we're gonna have to bring Glue along temporarily.


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Since he already knows Rock Smash and Rock Climb, we should now have everything necessary to make it through to the end of Victory Road!


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You know, it's sort of funny. For how often I tell you guys I've essentially played this game a million times, I've actually only ever beat the league three times.
The first was my restarted Pearl game after my first was corrupted, the second was my first Platinum run (although I used an action replay to get a ton of Rare Candies), and the third was a second Platinum run (which I brought in Pokemon from a different game to beat the Elite Four with). But I don't really count those two Platinum runs as victories (I'm sure you can see why) - meaning my only true Sinnoh victory was attained about thirteen years ago in my Pearl game.
The reason for this is that I usually give up at this point. I get bored and decide to pick up a different game rather than reliving the pain of fighting Cynthia again, and decide that my victory over Volkner was enough.
But not this time.


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This is the run where I finally go to dance with the reaper again, and where I regain my dignity after so many failed attempts.
I will fight Cynthia, and I will be taking her crown.


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... Oh right this is also a new route.


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It honestly feels good to get a new catch for once!
I've been getting nothing but dupes for a while now...


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Alright Jelly, enjoy the PC!


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I'm gonna go ahead and skip through this route so we can get to Victory Road.
See you guys on the other side!
...
...
...


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While you all were away Glyph leveled up twice and learned Tri Attack in place of Return.


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Anubis hit level fifty one and learned Extreme Speed over Swords Dance (a decision I feel like I'm going to regret later).


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And Beau got to level fifty three while fighting a terrifying Dragon Dancing Gyarados.
I really wish Gyarados would stop scaring me...


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Here we are now though - the entrance to the Pokemon League!


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Beam me up Glue!


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This is it, the final challenge before we take on the Elite Four.
I remember the Victory Road in Platinum being specifically very scary, so I need to be sure I'm ready before venturing in...


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That means healing!
I am not going in there with a wounded party!


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Alright, no option now other than to just... go in.


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My heart literally started beating faster the second that came up.


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Luckily this cave is pretty straightforward. There are a couple of alternate paths to pick up some items, but for the most part it's a straight-shot to the end.


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Oh, new encounter and she's not a dupe!


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I'm glad that now, at the end, I'm finally allowed to actually catch some Pokemon.


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Nice to meet you Rhyne.
I will likely never use you.


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Let's climb some rocks Glue!


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Okay so, this is definitely the path forward.


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But, counterpoint. I really want that item.


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Absolutely not worth it.


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Now I have to battle you to get back on the right path.
... I have a feeling this is going to become a running theme while I'm in here.


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Oh.
Anubis could you go ahead and destroy them for me?


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That's my boy.
Now let's here what our future has in store for us!


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...


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Well at least now I know I won't wipe inside of Victory Road!


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Let's actually make some progress now, shall we?


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Oh I'll show you alright...
Show you by eliminating your team!


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Oh ho!
Anubis is gonna be eating good today!


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Take her down buddy-boy!


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Oh lord...


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I forgot how long Blissey take to faint from full health...


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Just go down already!


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That was agonizing.


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Shame the rest of her team weren't so bulky!


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Alright, next floor.
We're making good progress!


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Here we are - the rock puzzle room.
Nothing but Rock Smash rocks and Strength boulders in here.


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Luckily our boy Beau (and Glue too I guess) is here to save the day!


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There!
These Strength puzzles gave me a ton of trouble back in the day, but they're really no trouble now.


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Damn right I am!
Let me show you how tough I can be!


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That's a little scary...


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NO!!!
I really don't want to lose another Pokemon to this evolutionary line!


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Finally!
Bean kept flinching and I had to keep healing, so I cut down the battle a little.


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Bruce was able to finish things up pretty easily after that though!


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Ah, I remember this one being a little trickier...


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Too bad tricks can't stop me!


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Oops, cut you off.
I doubt you had anything interesting to say anyway.


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I have a bad feeling that this thing knows Thunderbolt.
Or Ice Beam...


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Better safe than sorry!
Even though it only decided to use Light Screen...


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That was way less scary than I thought it would be!


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Aw, a Torterra. I sure do wish I had a Torterra...
Oh well, I can't risk leaving Anubis in so we'll switch out.


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Yep, good thing I swapped Glyph in-


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-or, I could swap Bruce in instead!


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That's what I like to see!


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Well this is familiar...


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Well it's over now at least.


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The trainers in here are terrifying!
I forgot how dangerous Victory Road was in this game!


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I think I'm gonna pause here for a second to heal everyone up.
...
So, how is everyone's day going?


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And we're back on the road!
I'm pretty sure there's some good loot over on the other side of these boulders, but I think I need to exit this area and return in order to do this right...


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Yes I do!
I will be back...


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You!
I distinctly remember you giving me a hard time on previous runs, but not this time old man!


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Oh yeah, that's why I remember you.
Staraptor are horrible to fight against, one bad Brave Bird and it's all over.


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I really don't want to risk swapping into anyone else so I'm just gonna keep Bruce in and see what we can do to this thing.


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Great! I should have just swapped to Beau...


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Come on, let's at least poison this thing...


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This is... gonna take a little while.
So let me skip ahead a bit and save you all some time!


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Screw you Staraptor!


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Bruce, you can go ahead and take five buddy.


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This is a little risky since I'm worried it has Earthquake, but even if it does it won't use it this turn thanks to Bruce and Anubis should out-speed...


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Come on Anubis, take it down in one hit!


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Finally!


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Thank you, I am pretty amazing~


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Now we're really making progress!
...


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... I know this is probably a bad idea but I really want whatever those items where back there.


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There we go - sometimes you just need to come at problems from a different angle!


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Hmm, not bad but not great either.


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... This seems like suicide.
But-


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-mama didn't raise a coward!
Bring it on!


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That's not ideal, but I'll work around it.


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See? Told ya I could work around it!
A combination of Earthquake and Poison Fang eventually brought them down.


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Whatever's over there better be worth all this trouble...


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Not... terrible, but I also don't think I'll be using it.


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Guess I should just keep moving forward.


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Wait... wasn't this the area with the guy who had a really scary Machamp?


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Oh sweet baby Zapdos it was.
That thing is horrifying, and I'm pretty sure it's got a rock type move...


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There's no way to get around it though, so I guess we'll just have to face him head on!


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Yeah, I know - that thing haunts me.


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Ugh, there it is.
Hopefully Bean's bulky enough to take some hits from it - since I'm pretty none of my other Pokemon would stand a chance...


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Oh, yes! Keep doing that!


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Please do at least half...


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Yes, and it missed! Bring us home Bean!


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The beast has fallen!


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Now that we've overcome yet another challenge we can move onto my favorite area of the Victory Road...


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The water level!
And I was being serious - this is my favorite area of Victory Road, and it's entirely because I know it means we're almost at the end!


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That's... not a good match up.


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Time to even out the playing field!
I know you can handle this Glyph!


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Pathetic.


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Show 'em what a real attack looks like!


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Fantastic!


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Not so fantastic - I think I'm gonna swap out.


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Anubis, you can handle this.


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Ha! That's cute!
Wanna see something even cuter?


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Adorable isn't he?


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Does... this thing know Earthquake?
I feel like it does...


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Screw it, I'm feeling risky today.
Let's destroy this thing!


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I- did it just?...


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... I'm willing to take that.


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Well I have lost five Pokemon so far...
Who knows how many I'll lose through the Elite Four!


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Yeah, Victory Road really does have this sort of "final" sort of feeling to it...


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Oh, no. I'm afraid it's the other way around.


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... Bruce today has just not been your day my friend.


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Easy.


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Never mind!
Looks like today might be Bruce's day after all!


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That's not gonna do you any good today my friend!


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Because Bruce is out for blood!


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Okay so it took two Poison Fangs, but we won in the end!


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Hope this crippling loss doesn't get you a bad grade!


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You know, I could just walk away. I don't actually have to battle these two...


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But then again no one ever became the best by holding back!
En garde!


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Oh.
How sweet this victory will taste.


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First a little Poison Fang to weaken the fish...


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Then we'll tank some weak attempts at being a threat...


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And finally let Bean handle the rest!


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...


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And finally let Bruce handle the rest!


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Sure sure, just hand over your valuables and no one has to get hurt.


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I'm pretty sure this is just a dead-end, but I'm also really curious to see what's up there.


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Yep that wasn't worth it!


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Now this is the right way!


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Just taking a detour really quick...


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Alright, let's dance!


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Eck, a dragon tamer.
These guys are sort of mixed bags, but there's always a risk of Dragon Dance so we'll need to be cautious...


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I think my best bet is to just bring in Glyph honestly.


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Ready to OHKO everything in sight pal?


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Oh no...


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DOUBLE OH NO!!!
If I can't take this thing down in one hit it's gonna be game over...


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Come on Glyph...


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Whew, we're good.


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Oh.


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You're absolutely right!


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I am so glad I decided to give Glyph Ice Beam.


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Ah! This is it, we're almost at the end!
If memory serves me right there's only two trainers left!


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Thanks!
I'd say we've come pretty far together!


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Oh? You have a Porygon-Z as well?


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Then I suppose we must duel to discover who the better Porygon-Z truly is!


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But you want to know a fun fact?


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It was Glyph! They were always the better Porygon-Z!


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No mercy, only pain for you.


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And Beau gets to clean up.


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Only a little further now my friends, our long journey together is nearly at an end.


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This is it - the final trainer of Victory Road.
Let's finish this.


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Face me!


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This place feels more like a potential murder zone than it does a training ground.
But more power to ya I guess!


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And our final challenger is another dragon tamer.
How fun!


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Glyph can sweep this guy easy, but I'm gonna have to heal up first.


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Hopefully Bruce can take a single hit from this thing...


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Easy! Hope you're ready to meet your maker!


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Glyph, a demonstration if you will?


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Wonderful, let's finish up.


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Glyph supremacy is real.


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Here we are.
It's been a long road getting here, but we've finally arrived-


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-the Pokemon League.


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Dear lord it feels like it's been an eternity since I've last stood here.


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No point sitting around now though, we've got some preparations to make!


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Welp, there's no turning back now.
There's no point.


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First thing's first, time to get Dandy back on the team.


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Thanks for helping us out through Victory Road Glue - you were a pretty good HM slave.


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It's been a long journey with a lot of losses along the way, but I think we have a real chance of winning with these guys!


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Next stop is healing up the team.
Can't face the Elite Four with battered and worn down Pokemon!


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And of course, we'll need some supplies.
For my next nuzlocke I'll probably be limiting my item use, but considering this was my attempt at getting back in the saddle after so long I think I'm allowed this small mercy!


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We're done; all preparations are now complete and we're ready for the final challenge...


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In the next chapter!
There is no way I'm fighting the Elite Four this chapter - I've still gotta grind a bit more! But at the very least we'll deal with Barry right now.


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Soon enough I will be, so yeah I guess I am.


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Oh Barry, poor sweet naive Barry.
You don't stand a chance!


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I've had more than enough close calls involving Staraptors today, so I think I'm gonna go ahead and nip this in the bud.


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I suppose two can play at the Intimidate game!


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Shame Thunderbolt is a special attack!


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Well if it isn't my least favorite waste of space!
I know you have Earthquake, so it's time to swap out.


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Fell right into my trap!
I could switch but I think Bruce can handle one overgrown piece of useless meat!


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Let's see how you like this!


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Why does confusion never work when I'm the one inflicting it?


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Maybe we can at least get the poison off?


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Nope, I guess nothing's gonna go my way right now!


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I guess I'm gonna have to swap, Bruce just isn't cutting it right now.


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Don't worry Anubis, there's no way it'll Earthquake this turn!


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Oh ho! I believe this is... checkmate.


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Excellent work Anubis, you've made me proud.


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Time to get off the field now though; that monkey will eat you alive!


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Hey Bean, recognize this guy?
Yeah, I think you know what's about to happen...


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Oh no, the poor baby's Focus Blast missed.


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Bean can take that easy!
You're way outta your league here buddy!


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Rub-a-dub-dub, there's a monkey in the tub!


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And the monkey drowned, what a shame...


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Fall back Bean, no grass types for you!


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Glyph my friend, let's show off that fancy new move of yours once more!


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Right after this...


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Now! Fire away!


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Great work as always little buddy!


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Oh, no.
Bruce could handle this guy, but he's really low on health...


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Glyph's faster... right?
If I use Psychic here I think it should take this thing down in one hit.


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YES!
I knew you could handle this Glyph, you're unstoppable!


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... What?
No.


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GLPYH!!!


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I made a horrible miscalculation...


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This can't be happening, not now.
We were right at the end!


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Beau, MURDER.


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I don't... feel good...


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...


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...


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...


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We are so screwed.
 

redninjapuffle

Probably playing DragonBall FighterZ
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Team Delta
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841
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Redninjapuffles are known to want to create their own nuzlocke stories or comics, however, many have yet to start one.
Oh hey looks like you made it through with no deaths!
*Sees ending*
ffffffffffffFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUCK
 

Derogatory Trainer

The hero you don't need but you're getting anyway.
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The most humble and modest braggart you will ever meet.
Oh my god...not the Nuzlocke classic of "shit rival gets lucky and manages to kill a great Pokemon JUST before the Elite Four" scenario.
You hate to see it. You really do.
 

pikafan96

That Little Yellow Rat
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Sep 27, 2020
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A reclusive creature. Can rarely be seen scavenging for food late at night.
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
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It's time.
Today's the day we take on the final challenge, and I recommend you all get comfy because this is the longest chapter to date.
There's no backing out now - it's time for the finale!

@redninjapuffle
Oh hey looks like you made it through with no deaths!
*Sees ending*
ffffffffffffFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUCK
Yeah, that was my reaction to losing Glyph too...
I was feeling so great after getting through Victory Road unharmed that losing them felt like the world's worst punch to the gut.


@Derogatory Trainer
Oh my god...not the Nuzlocke classic of "shit rival gets lucky and manages to kill a great Pokemon JUST before the Elite Four" scenario.
You hate to see it. You really do.
Oh yeah, it's the absolute worst.
The only time Barry finally manages to best me is when he just so happens to take out the one Pokemon I needed the most.
It really sucks...

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I still can't believe it... Glyph's really gone.
That little digital duck was the strongest Pokemon on the team, and just because I made a bad call they're gone forever...


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At least I still have you Beau!
I know you'll never leave me - you're my best friend...


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I can't just sit around and mope forever though - I know that's not what Glyph would want me to do.


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But even so...


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I miss you so much little buddy.
You pulled me out of so many tough situations and you were such a powerhouse. You were so versatile and could handle anything that was thrown at you, or well, almost anything that was thrown at you...
You were gonna be the one to help me take down Cynthia's Garchomp, but now I guess I'm just going to have to learn to make do without you.
Rest well my friend - if anyone deserves a break at this point it's you. I hope you'll cheer us on from the other side...


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Alright, I've done some thinking as well as some grinding and I think we're ready to take on the Elite Four.
You've probably noticed a new face in the box, so let me go ahead and show you all what I've come up with.


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Right off the bat - I wanna bring Ruby in. She hits like a truck and I'm worried about Aaron's Scizor.
I gave her a Grip Claw in case I feel like utilizing Fire Spin, but for the most part I don't think I'll be using her too much during our challenge.


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Next up is an old friend you all may remember; that's right Stella's back.
Her ability as well as her attack stat is what made me decide to add her back to the team. I have a feeling that I'm gonna need someone that can hit hard and fast, and Stella's the perfect 'mon for the job.
I also gave her a Razor Claw, hopefully it'll help her pull off a few more crits than normal.


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You all already know Anubis, and nothing's changed all too much for him.
The only difference is now he's holding a Wide Lens to help with his Iron Tail accuracy.


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Nothing's changed with Bean either, he's just holding a Mystic Water now.


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But finally, here's Glyph's replacement - Zen the Gengar. I never got my catch at the Old Chateau, and I wanted something that could help me with Lucien as well as Cynthia's Garchomp.
Zen here's job is to get in, hit things as hard as he can as fast as he can, and try not to get hit. He's got a Metronome which will help us against Lucien since I'm planning on Shadow Balling each and every one of his Pokemon, and he's got Ice Punch for Garchomp.
He's no Glyph, but he's the best shot we have at coming out the other side of this alive.


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I mean, just look at those stats!
He may be a glass cannon, but dear Diancie is he a fast glass cannon!


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With the new members though, that does mean some old faces are getting left behind.
Dandy I'll admit I never used you that much, but you've been around a long time and I'm glad I got a chance to use you even a little bit.
Hope you're comfy in the box big fella (although you should be used to it by now)...


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And Bruce - oh man have we been through a lot together...
I feel horrible about leaving you behind while we take on the league, but you've fallen really far behind and Stella's just the better choice here.
That doesn't make everything he's done in the past worthless though! Without Bruce we would have been in trouble countless times, and I won't forget what he's done for us.
Enjoy your break old friend - hopefully we'll be seeing each other again soon.


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I wish I could bring them - I really wish I could, but having three poison types on the team is basically suicide. Especially with Lucien waiting for us.
This isn't goodbye forever though, and I'm sure we'll all be together again in no time at all!


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This is it - the team that I'll be taking to fight the Elite Four.
I did a ton of training and reorganizing of movesets, so I'll go ahead and leave that in a spoiler below for you all to take a peek at if you're curious.
Oh! I'll go ahead and put Stella, Ruby, and Zen's new ball capsules down there as well!

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Originally, I was actually hoping to catch a Sneasel.
I knew I had one more chance to try and catch one at Lake Acuity, so I decided to try my luck.


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Luck was not on my side.



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I decided to take my anger (and grief over Glyph's death) out on our new friend.
So anyway, I didn't catch a Golduck.


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After that failure I backtracked to Eterna in order to finally get my Old Chateau encounter.


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I took a few solid steps into the decrepit old building before running into our new ghost friend.


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He went into the ball easily and now I had a Ghastly.


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Docile is an okay nature since it's neutral, but I would have really like one that raised speed or special attack instead - beggars can't be choosers though.
I named him Zen since I was desperately looking for some sort of solace after losing what was essentially my one way ticket to success, and I thought it would be fitting to utilize the last letter in the alphabet when naming what will most likely be the last Pokemon I catch in this run.
So, Zen it was.


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I then started changing his movepool.
Giving him Giga Drain to help me with Bertha, and Toxic just in case.


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I then quickly evolved him into Haunter, and he learned Shadow Ball shortly after.


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Once he hit level forty I decided it was time to evolve him again, so it would be easier to train him and I could stop relying on the exp share.


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At this point I'm willing to do whatever must be done in order to succeed.
So go ahead, call the cops on me! I'm no longer afraid of going to jail!


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Then I had to teach Zen his final move; the one that could be the most important of them all.


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Even though Zen isn't a physical attacker, Ice Punch should still do some serious damage to Cynthia's Garchomp.


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Next up, I wanted to get rid of the HM moves on Stella and Ruby.


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It went off without a hitch and now I had some spaces to fill.


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Ruby was easy; I just gave her Rock Slide as a space filler.


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Stella was a little harder, first I had to re-teach her Take Down so she could have a good normal type attack.


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After that I had to level her up a bit until she learned Brave Bird.
At this point it probably seems like I'm setting her up as a kamikaze, but I honestly hope it doesn't come down to that...


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I also needed a new flyer, and since I almost never used Confuse Ray and whenever I did it just wasn't worth it - I decided Bruce could do with a new move.


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Finally, I just had to grind everyone up to level sixty and it was finally show time.
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I gave Zen some nice blue confetti to toss out when he emerges.


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Stella gets some hearts and music notes.
Although the music notes aren't really showing up in the screenshot...


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And Ruby emerges from a cloud of smoke and "lines!"

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Nothing left to do now other than just... go in.


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Oh, it's reminiscing time I guess!


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Roark... he's the one that killed Red. My first loss of the run, and my starter at that!
Shitty way to start the run honestly...


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Another loss - poor Shiva...
Still though, Bruce was amazing in that battle and he hadn't even evolved yet!


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Beau straight up destroyed this gym.
I definitely over-leveled there...


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Ugh, Mystery...
I still miss that Espeon, but man did he pull his weight while he was around!


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Dandy's debut!
I still can't believe how close he came to dying against that Floatzel! He and Beau managed to take care of Wake fine though.


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Oh man, Bean destroyed this gym.
I mean he did have that close call with a Scizor - but everything worked out in the end!


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I was terrified of Candice, but thanks to Ruby and Bean it went better that I thought it was going to!
Glyph really was the one to win us this badge though.
...
I really miss Glyph...


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Volkner was a pushover - he didn't stand a chance against Bean.
But still, that Luxray showdown was pretty fun!


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So... we good?


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Alright, once I walk through that door there really will be no turning back.
I'll need to be smart and think on my feet if I want to come out the other side alive...
Let's do this.


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...
I feel like I'm walking head first into my grave.


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But I've gotta be strong.
I've prepared, and I'm ready for whatever the league decides to throw at me!


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Aaron, long time no see!


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Nice to see you too man.
I've gotta be honest... Aaron has never been a threat.
The only thing about him I'm mildly worried about is his Drapion, but even then I think I'll be just fine.


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I mean, I get it. There is a lot of cool looking bug type Pokemon out there.
... But they also really suck for the most part.
There's a reason bug catchers are some of the earliest trainers you'll fight.


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Sure man tell me.


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You poor fool, you've been caught in my web!
I'll show you what true perfection looks like!


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Hey Ruby?
Wanna show off that little song and dance we practiced?


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Okay I've gotta be honest - I didn't think she would out-speed there.
If she's faster than his Yanmega though then she might just be faster than his whole team!


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Oh no, whatever shall I do!?


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Oh that's right!
Burn.


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I have a deep deep hatred for Heracross now.


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And another one bites the dust 🎶


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Alright Ruby, time to switch out.
I could be remembering wrong, but I think that thing has Earthquake.


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Bean you're up buddy!


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Huh, guess it doesn't have Earthquake...


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But those moves do still have a high chance to crit!
We've gotta take that thing down fast Bean!


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You might not have Earthquake but we sure do, bring it down buddy!


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Oh come on!


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Fine, we'll just take it out in the next turn!


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Stop stalling and just give it up Aaron, you're the least threatening member of the Elite Four!


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Oh buzz off Aaron...


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We're done here.


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I knocked out nearly all of your Pokemon in a single attack.


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I already came in here understanding that there is a high chance of me wiping to any one of you, so you don't need to tell me what I already know pal.


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Aaron, you lost because you're a glorified bug catcher.


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Woo.
Maybe try specializing in a different type?


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Yeah no, they really are.
Bertha actually worries me entirely due to her Rhyperior and Gliscor.


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Great job team!
No deaths so far and we've got one member of the Elite Four down!


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Hopefully we can keep up this momentum going forward...


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I really want to make it out of here with my team intact.


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Bertha.
You were a thorn in my side back when I was a kid, but I'm ready for you now.


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Thanks!
You can't have my spine.


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Can I take a minute to say something silly? I actually thought Agatha and Bertha were the same character when I was a kid.
I just thought Agatha got bored of being a ghost specialist and decided to switch to ground types for some reason and moved to Sinnoh.
... Yeah I don't know how little me came up with that either.


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Oh don't you worry, I've learned plenty while I was on my journey.
Now get ready to rumble!


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Alright Zen, time to make your big debut!


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Take it down newbie!


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Overkill? Well done.
You may be a worthy successor to Glyph after all!


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Aw, do you think I'm afraid of a little sand?


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Well I've got a little surprise for you...


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I have my own ground type, and he brought a little bit of water with him!


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Oh come on!


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Please, Bean can take that easy!


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Surf's up!


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Fantastic job as always little buddy!


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... You disappoint me Bean.


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Ugh, I really hate fighting against Gliscor.
They're way to bulky, and they hit way too hard.


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Right away though, Bean needs to wake up.


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It's fine, Bean can handle this.


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Do... sandstorms boost ground type attacks?


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I don't... think they do?
Actually I'm 90% sure they don't, which means I'm just going to have to deal with healing Bean every couple of turns.


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You can take it buddy!


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Knock it down!


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Oh thank goodness.
We're almost out of the danger zone.


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I'm really worried that this thing has Explosion, since every Graveler I've ever encountered has decided to try and explode on me!


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Argh, that really does a lot of damage...
I'm just going to have to risk letting Bean attack.


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Bean's faster?
He's actually faster than something for once!?


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YES!
That's my little slug! Go Bean go!


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There it is - the big guns.


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That thing definitely has Rock Wrecker, and I know it would have killed Bean so I needed to heal there.


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BEAN GETS TWO-SHOT BY THIS THING!?
What the hell!? Why is it so strong!?


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Literally no one else can take a hit from this monster, and with the sandstorm still in effect they would take damage every turn (except Anubis).
Zen could dodge an Earthquake but he'd be killed if she decided to use literally any other move, and the same goes for Stella...


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I'm... gonna have to take a risk here.
I feel like Bean might be able to out-speed, but if I'm wrong or he can't kill in one hit - then he's dead.


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Yes, he's faster!
But does he kill?


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YES!!!
Bean you brilliant little beast, I love you!


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Thank you, I was sweating bullets over here!


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Aw, that's sweet.


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Honestly, I just put WAY too much faith in Bean for this fight.
If you had gotten a crit off at any point it would have been over for me!


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Thanks!
But it's one thing to want something and another thing entirely to actually be able to acheive it.


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Bean you little warrior! You carried us through that battle on your back!
I'm so happy I managed to catch you back on Route 205, and that you managed to make it all the way here with us. I genuinely don't think we could do this without you!


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Now let's heal up and move out, we've still got three battles to go!


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Honestly, so far so good.


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But our good luck can change at any time...


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Flint is actually kind of scary.
I know his Rapidash has Sunny Day and Solar Beam, but I'm worried more of his Pokemon might have access to Solar Beam as well...


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So, here's the plan - I've got three PP Ups-


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-and Bean's got Rain Dance.


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I'm going to use all my PP Ups on Rain Dance, so I can PP stall Flint's Sunny Day set up and avoid a Solar Beam to the face.


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Hopefully eight PP is enough...


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Yo.


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It really hasn't been that long my man.


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Oh, well I'm glad you think so highly of me!
I'm both flattered and terrified!


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Barely.
In Diamond and Pearl you were a sham!


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Careful you don't get too close to me - I might just burn you out!


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Okay, Houndoom. I don't think it can do anything to Bean, so let's just set up a Rain Dance here.


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Oh come on, you have Sunny Day too?


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Time to try a different plan I guess...


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Yeah that's right buddy... make it shine!


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Bet you weren't expecting an Earthquake there!


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The thing is Bean can stall out one Sunny Day user, but not two.
So I'm gonna have to play it by ear here a little bit.


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Oh, nice!


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This is going to be annoying...


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Of course you bring the Rapidash out right now!
It's absolutely going to go for a Solar Beam, and Bean won't out-speed, so I need to switch.


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Guess it's a good thing I taught you Rock Slide after all!


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Let's do this Ruby!


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Aw, was that meant for Bean?
Sorry about that.


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You can take this Ruby, hold on!


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That does a lot of damage for a "not very effective" move!


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Please knock it out...


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Great job Ruby!
You're quite the angel of death today aren't you?


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I really hate having this sun out...


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I think this Infernape has Earthquake, so...


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This a risky switch but Stella's my best bet!
Even though I think it has a rock type move as well...


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That should help a little at least!


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That's what I thought, you do have Earthquake!


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I am worried about a rock type attack though, so it's time to bring Bean back in!


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Does it not have a rock type attack?
I could have just kept Stella in then!


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Well at least it didn't do that much!


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And the sun's finally gone!
Meaning...


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It's time to bring on the rain!


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... Right after this.


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AHHHHH, BEAN!



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THAT'S GREAT BUDDY BUT YOU'RE STILL VERY HURT!


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There you go, all better now!
Please don't get crit ever again. Okay? Okay.


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Okay... we're good now.


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STOP!


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Please take it down in one Bean!


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It's down, finally!


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Congrats Ruby.


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We're unstoppable now Bean!


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Oh ho, you fool!


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It's too late to stop the Bean train now buddy!


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We're in the clear now boys!


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You fool, you absolute maniac!
You can't try and scare me with the worst Eeveelution - it's over for you!


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There's nothing you can do to us now!


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Finish this Bean!


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THREE DOWN BABY, WOO!
I'M ON FIRE!

...
Literally, I'm actually on fire right now. Bean could you put me out please?


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Thanks Flint, but that doesn't really mean much coming from you since I barely consider you a fire type trainer.
Still appreciate it though!


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For some reason this line of text haunts me to this very day.
... I have no actual idea why though.


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Great job once again team!
We might actually make it through the Elite Four without losing a single Pokemon!


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The first three members are kind of just a warm up though to be honest...


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The true challenge still lies ahead.


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...
Being back here is actually triggering some sort of long forgotten fear response.
While Cynthia was a nightmare to deal with as a kid, I honestly had just as much trouble with Lucien back then as I did with her.
Lucien is basically the mini-boss you have to fight before you're allowed to fight the true boss.


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I hate you and the type you represent.


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*shivers*
This is going to be a nightmare - I can already feel it.


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Thanks!
Wanna let me through and just pretend we fought?


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That is a well earned title sir.


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I guess we're doing this...
...
I can't actually think of a good pre-battle one liner right now I'm too scared.


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I cannot believe I'm forced to go through this trauma again...


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Welp Zen, time to fulfill the first half of your destiny my boy!


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Zen is stupidly speedy, so my plan is essentially to have him go in and Shadow Ball everything and hopefully knock them all out in a single hit - the Metronome he's holding should help.
We only have one shot at this...


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Bombs away I guess!


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Yes!
Keep up the momentum Zen!


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Get that Mystery clone out of here!


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No...
You have got to be kidding me.


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Please, just survive a single Psychic Zen!
Just one...



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You've gotta be joking...


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We have nothing for Lucien now.
... Or Cynthia's Garchomp.


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Just knock it out with Faint Attack Ruby, please!


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You asshole!


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Fine, we'll take it out next turn.


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I hate psychic types, so much.


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Kill it!


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Great job Ruby.
Too bad he still has three more monsters we need to deal with...


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... He brought the Gallade out already.
Shit.


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I think this thing has Psycho Cut, Leaf Blade, Night Slash, and maybe Stone Edge?
I don't think I have anything that can handle it...
Except-


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-Beau.
His defense isn't the best, but Intimidate may be enough to give us a fighting chance here.
If I lose Beau here though... I don't know what I'm going to do.


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I have to take this risk - I can't throw out a different Pokemon just because I want to protect Beau.
He's a part of the team, and I need to let him help us.


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Please Beau... be okay.


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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-
NO!!!
STOP!!!


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Heal, please.
TAKE THE POTION BEAU!


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Stop it!


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Okay, we're fine. I'm fine. Beau's fine.


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But I think it's time to switch before I have a heart attack.
I'm kind of banking on this thing not deciding to use Stone Edge again, but if he doesn't Stella should be fine.


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Everybody pray for Stella please!


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Take another Intimidate you Luxray-criting demon!


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Oh thank goodness - it's not Stone Edge.


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We only get one shot here.
If Stella's faster she should knock it out in one hit, but if he's faster... Stella's likely dead.
But this is our only chance.


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YES STELLA GO!


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We did it... we actually took it down!


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... Only to be followed up by yet another terrifying Pokemon.


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I... actually don't know what to do here...


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I guess my best option is to just keep Stella in and see what he can even do to us...


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... A lot.
He can do a lot to us.


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I have to bring someone else in - someone with a good special defense stat.


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Bean has the best special defense stat on the team, and he's decently bulky.
So I guess it's up to him...


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Let's give this a try buddy!


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Hold on pal!


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Okay, that's better than nothing.
... Wait. Doesn't this thing have Energy Ball?


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I don't know how I managed to remember that but thank Celebi I did!


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... That's not good.


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Maybe it won't matter?


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... Are you kidding me?
TWO SPECIAL DEFENSE DROPS BACK TO BACK!?


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We... are in a corner right now.
This Alakazam can either one-shot or two-shot every single one of my Pokemon and Ruby's already had two special defense drops.
I... I think I have to sacrifice Ruby here.
If I heal up Beau here a Crunch could likely take this thing out, but that means letting Ruby die...


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I'm so sorry Ruby...


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... Dammit.


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Kill it Beau, please...


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It's so fast!


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Finally...


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I really wish that the Shell Bell healed just a little bit more.


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Last one, and of course it's his bulkiest one...
I also think it knows Calm Mind, so I need to take it down fast.


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I... think it also knows Earthquake?
Either way I want to swap Beau out.


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Let's just... see what it decides to do.


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Alright, so it does in fact know Earthquake - good to know!


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My best bet here is Bean.
I know it's got Levitate so Earthquake isn't an option, but thanks to Bean's high special defense he can take more hits from this thing than the others could.


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Please no crits...


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I have to heal here!


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Stop using Psychic!


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Okay, that didn't do too much.
Let's try and end this now, shall we?


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Let it rain!
We're gonna need Surf to do as much damage as possible!


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That is the opposite of good. That is in fact terribly horrible.


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Maybe I shouldn't have set up the rain...


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Drown you overgrown hunk of metal!


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One more!


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Tank it Bean!


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... We did it. Bean's faster!


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Destroy it!


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It's over... the nightmare's over now.


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I hate you... with all of my hatred.


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Yeah, I know.
It ain't over until the piano starts playing.


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Yeah, Cynthia could probably crush you all under her boot if she wanted to.


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... It really is time for the final challenge isn't it?


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I'm still not sure what I'm gonna do against her Garchomp now, but I guess I'm just gonna have to wing it.
Sorry Ruby, Zen. I wish the two of you hadn't lost your lives.
But we'll win this for you.


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Let's go guys-


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-the champion awaits.


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Once I walk through that door there will be no more time to prepare, so I'm gonna take a second to mentally ready myself.
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Okay, let's finish this.


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Ah, there it is - the piano that signals your incoming demise.


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Hey, no worries.
How about you let me walk out of here with what's left of my team intact and we'll call it even?
...
Yeah, I already know your answer...


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Yeah me and my Pokemon have been through a lot together, so it sure would be nice if you didn't eat them for dinner!


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Thank you?


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... Is it too late to turn around?


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Welp, at least we're gonna go down swinging!


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Spiritomb has no weaknesses in this generation, so I'm gonna have to get creative here.


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Beau... I think you know what time it is.


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This will also help us against this monster.


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Since all of it's attacks are special, the more we charge the safer we'll be!


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Now it's time - release your special attack!
SUPER-CHARGED THUNDERBOLT!!!


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So close!


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There's nothing you can do to Beau that he can't handle!


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Yes! Waste those on your Spiritomb so you can't use any on Garchomp!


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And give me time to re-charge!


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Fire!


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Just give up already!


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Normally I would say that's not very good, but Beau's actually fine right now!


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I'll just take that special defense back, thanks.


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One more turn and-


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-you're finished!


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One down, five to go...


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... Crap.


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You wanna bring that thing out right now!?
Ugh, I have to switch...


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There's no way it's not going for an Earthquake right now, and I need to drop it's attack with Intimidate!


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WHAT!?


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Not... what I was expecting, but it has to go for Stone Edge here - right?


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Which means I should swap into Anubis!


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Was I wrong!? Does it not know Stone Edge!?


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Fine, but I'm sure it's gonna go for Earthquake now - it has to!
I don't want to lose Stella just because I tried to be smart and drop it's attack again...


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Finally!


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I can't mess around with this thing anymore, time bring in our wall!


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You can take this Bean!


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Okay, we're fine... so far.


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Since it's not doing much damage right now, I'm going to take this time to heal up the team.


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I hope I don't end up regretting this...


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You're fine Bean!


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I'm gonna have to heal Bean as well in between healing the others.


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There, all better!


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As long as it doesn't crit, Bean'll be fine...


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Now I just need to heal up Bean next turn, and then Anubis!


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Just gotta keep holding on!


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You better just give up Cynthia, you've been outplayed!


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There, the team's all healed now!


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Now I just have to heal up Bean again and we can begin our assault!


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Alright buddy, ready to show her what we're made of!


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Tank it Bean!


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You may be faster, but it's doesn't mean you're more accurate!


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Back to the ocean with you!


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YES!
Good job buddy!


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That's fine, one more surf should still take it out!


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No problem, Bean's just fine!


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... Or he'll flinch - that's also a possibility.


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That's fine too!
We'll just heal up and be all good to go!


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When will you learn that nothing you do will stop Bean!


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Right after this we'll use Surf a-


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-nd... Bean?


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No.
No this can't be happening, not to Bean...
WHY BEAN!? HE WAS SUPPOSED TO LIVE!!!


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... Stella.


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End it.


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... Dammit Bean...


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I... should switch.
Knowing Cynthia she probably sent that thing in because it has a move that can kill Stella.


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Beau - I'm counting on you pal!


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Yup, that's what I thought.
Looks like I'm one step ahead of you Cynthia!


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Two can play at the electricity game!


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There's nothing you can do to Beau you fool!


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You may be faster, but that doesn't matter!


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Because we're out for blood!


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We're in this for the long haul pal.
Unless she sends out Roserade next you're the only one that stands a chance against the rest of her team!


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Get ready Beau...


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Perfect timing!


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Give no quarter, destroy it!


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Beau's hungry for revenge and so am I!
Bring it on champion!


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At the rate we're going Beau will be back to full health soon!


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This one shouldn't be an issue - you know what to do old friend!


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Crap, it knows Mirror Coat... Beau needs to kill it in one hit.
...


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I believe in him - if anyone can do this it's you my friend!


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THAT'S. MY. BOY!!!


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Back to full health and level sixty one!
There's no stopping us now!


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I could switch to Stella and put an easy end to this but-


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-we've come this far, so I'll finish it with Beau!


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It doesn't matter, you're way too late to stop us now!


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FINISH HER!!!


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... Okay I'll admit I got a little carried away there.


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Yeah, I probably shouldn't have gone for a Thunderbolt right there.


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It's fine though, I've calmed down a little now.


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I'm still not worried about that.


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Let's finish this the right way my dear friend.


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It's done... we actually did it! We beat Cynthia!
Beau you brilliant little lynx I've never been prouder of you!!!


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Is this really happening? I'm not dreaming am I?


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I... agree.
Good game Cynthia.


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I'll be the first to admit that there were a couple of close calls during that fight, and losing Bean - that was probably the hardest loss I've had to face yet...
But I'm still proud of what we've achieved here; this feels like a truly hard won victory.


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I'm honestly still having a hard time grasping that this is actually happening right now.
I feel like any moment Cyrus is going to break through a wall and kill the rest of my team with Giratina.
... But I know that's not actually going to happen, this all just feels so surreal.


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We did it - we actually achieved what originally felt so impossible.


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... It's been ages since I've last been here.


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We've really come a long way haven't we?


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So it is.
I've only been in this one a handful of times before so this is quite the achievement for me!


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You... were watching? And you know I didn't use Red.
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You're not mad at me for letting Red die are you?


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I'm gonna take your silence and death stare as a no!


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Well thank you I suppose!
... Is this what it feels like to have a father-figure be proud of you?


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I'm long past being a child so I would very much appreciate that.


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Is that why you keep Lucas around?
... Also thank you for not bringing Lucas with you this time.


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Guess I should follow them.


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Same...


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Honestly - it's just a machine in an empty room full of statues.
I could be way cooler if you just spruced up the decor a little bit!


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It's a shame that Bruce and Dandy couldn't be here, but I'll still always remember everything they did for us.


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And there were a lot of challenging battles to speak off!
It honestly feels like this whole run could have fallen apart at any point, but somehow we still managed to persevere.


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Beau.
When I first met you back on Route 202 I had no idea just how important you would be. My main focus was on Red back then and I honestly didn't think you would make it this far, and yet here you are!
There's been a lot of ups a downs over the course of our journey, and I'm so glad you were able to be by my side through it all!
I couldn't have asked for a better partner.


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Bean - I'm so proud of you. You may be gone now, but that doesn't change everything you've done.
When I first caught you I never even suspected that you would become the backbone of the team. You've done so much for us and I just wish you could have come out the other side still standing.
But I won't forget you - we never made it this far without you.


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You know what's funny, I actually did think that I would be keeping Stella with me until the end! Although technically she is here with me at the end - replacing her with Bruce was originally not the plan!
I am glad that I decided to add her back to the team though. Since she and Beau are my oldest Pokemon that are still living it feels right to have her here with me.
You didn't get a lot of use Stella, but without your Intimidate we would have never been able to beat Cynthia's Garchomp, so thanks for your help ol' girl!


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Anubis I got you out of a really bad situation.
When I lost Aegis and Mystery back on Iron Island I was seriously contemplating not using you - entirely because I felt like I lost two of my best Pokemon trying to get you, but I'm glad I decided to add you to the team in the end.
Even though I didn't really get to use you much here against the league, you still came in clutch so many other times! Without you there would have been a lot more struggling going on.


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Ruby - it sucks to have lost you.
I felt like I won the lottery when I encountered you outside Fuego Ironworks, and you proved to be really useful to have around for the short times I put you on the team.
You basically single-handedly took out Aaron, and that's something I'll always remember.
Thanks for the help Ruby, and rest in peace.


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You were the biggest disappointment of the century Zen... but thanks for stopping that Mr. Mime from setting up screens at the very least.


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We actually did it...
I'M THE CHAMPION NOW BITCHES!
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I still don't know how to draw birds...


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Oh dear lord what a journey...


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It's been a long time since I started a nuzlocke, let alone finished one, so I'm feeling pretty bittersweet right now.


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But I am genuinely happy that I decided to do this, and that I actually stuck to it the whole way through!


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I'm gonna be honest with you all and say that I don't really interact with others very often - I'm pretty socially awkward, even online.


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So I thought; "Hey, you like Pokemon and nuzlockes. So why don't you post one of your own runs online to try and overcome your social anxiety a bit!"
And to be honest... I think it worked!


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Or... at the very least I think it worked a little bit?


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While I'm not going to lie to you all and say that I've suddenly become miss courageous just from posting a silly Pokemon challenge run online - I do find myself doubting my words a bit less than I did before!


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I think the best way to work through your weaknesses is to try and have fun while you're at it.
I found myself being less afraid of others commenting on the work I've done when I'm doing something I enjoy!


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And doing this nuzlocke was a ton of fun!


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It inspired me to pick up old hobbies that had been long abandoned and give em' another try!


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I've had a love of writing all my life; but I've also been in a bit of a rut lately, so that's kind of fallen to the wayside...


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This run gave me an excuse to write again though! (Even if it's just me narrating what's going on and occasionally mocking an NPC.)


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This nuzlocke really helped me reconnect with a lot of things I had been avoiding lately.
People, writing, drawing, and even Pokemon itself.
I feel like for the first time in a while I've had a goal to work towards, and I've really been putting my all into it!


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... I honestly didn't mean to get so sappy here at the end - I'm just genuinely happy that I decided to do this nuzlocke.
I'm also so grateful to each and every one of you that decided go on this journey with me! Interacting with you all and seeing your reactions to events that occurred each chapter has been a big part of what made this whole thing so fun!


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Even though we're at the end of Platinum though - I'm not done just yet!


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I'm planning on doing another nuzlocke very soon, and I'll absolutely be posting it here when I start it!
Right now I'm planning on doing Blaze Black for my next run, but revisiting either Insurgence or Uranium could be fun as well honestly; so maybe I'll change my mind. Also, if there's a specific game you want to see me try - please let me know! I'm open to suggestions!


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Until then though, I want to thank all of you for hanging around once more-


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-and I'll be seeing you again real soon!


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See you all this Saturday for the thrilling epilogue of Back to Basics!
 

redninjapuffle

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Redninjapuffles are known to want to create their own nuzlocke stories or comics, however, many have yet to start one.
Nice work on becoming champion, but it looks like you still have more to do, good luck
RIP all the fallen, but I am glad Beau made it
 

QuietGuardian

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Honestly, I wonder if Aaron was a factor in Game Freak revamping the structure of the Elite Four in Gen V. When you grind for Cynthia, he's hardly an obstacle at all. (Though I do have to disagree with you about Bug types; I think they can be awesome, and Gen IV really helped in that regard. Admittedly, the type chart isn't very kind to them, but still.)

Wow, what an intense way to end the nuzlocke! Sorry it was kind of rough—I'm genuinely surprised that that Espeon survived Zen's Shadow Ball—but you made it through in spectacular fashion. And at least Beau made it! Way to go, you tenacious Luxray!

I'm glad you feel so good about posting your run here! I certainly enjoyed reading it. Your writing is fun, bringing both humor and relatable observations. If I had to give one piece of constructive criticism, I'd encourage you to consider how much you include in your run—there were a lot of screenshots, many of which would be familiar to anyone who's played Platinum before. If you have in mind an audience who hasn't necessarily done so, that's okay, but maybe also keep in mind that those who have will be scrolling through a lot of stuff they've seen before. I'd say it's okay not to cover absolutely everything even if your audience isn't intimately familiar with the game you're playing.

Congratulations on the successful completion of this run—and on Beau making it to the voting round of the Extravaganza! I hope that gives you another shot of pride in your work.
 

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Here it is - the fantastic final chapter of Back to Basics.
It's been an honor going through this journey with you all!
... Oh, and I almost forgot! Thanks to everyone that nominated Beau for the Extravaganza - it's honestly a huge honor!

@redninjapuffle
Nice work on becoming champion, but it looks like you still have more to do, good luck
A true champion's work is never really done!
RIP all the fallen, but I am glad Beau made it
Oh yeah, Beau making it all the way through to the end feels like the real prize.
It really does hurt to have lost Bean though. Losing Ruby and Zen sucked, but I was still mostly okay with it - losing Bean hurt pretty bad though...


@QuietGuardian
Honestly, I wonder if Aaron was a factor in Game Freak revamping the structure of the Elite Four in Gen V. When you grind for Cynthia, he's hardly an obstacle at all.
I feel like Aaron played a part - absolutely.
I really like how they started doing the Elite Four in gen 5. Everyone's levels are about the same and you can fight 'em in any order you want to. It lets you make it as easy or as hard as you want to, and the Elite Four feel a lot more ominous when there's not one specific "weak one" or "strong one."
(Though I do have to disagree with you about Bug types; I think they can be awesome, and Gen IV really helped in that regard. Admittedly, the type chart isn't very kind to them, but still.)
Listen - I'll admit there are some pretty good bug types out there (Scolipede is one of my favorite Pokemon) but in general there are a lot of pretty bad bug types. Like you said: the type chart is not kind to them.
Wow, what an intense way to end the nuzlocke! Sorry it was kind of rough—I'm genuinely surprised that that Espeon survived Zen's Shadow Ball—but you made it through in spectacular fashion. And at least Beau made it! Way to go, you tenacious Luxray!
Beau surviving through to the end and playing the biggest part in defeating Cynthia was absolutely the highest point of the last chapter - while the disaster with Lucien and losing Bean were the lowest points...
I still can't believe that Zen didn't destroy that Espeon! He was built for success!
I'm glad you feel so good about posting your run here! I certainly enjoyed reading it. Your writing is fun, bringing both humor and relatable observations.
This is honestly a huge compliment - thank you! I had a lot of doubts when I first posted my run (I cannot begin to tell you how nervous I was when I hit submit the first time) but knowing that there are people out there that actually enjoy my work; that genuinely makes me happier than I can express!
If I had to give one piece of constructive criticism, I'd encourage you to consider how much you include in your run—there were a lot of screenshots, many of which would be familiar to anyone who's played Platinum before. If you have in mind an audience who hasn't necessarily done so, that's okay, but maybe also keep in mind that those who have will be scrolling through a lot of stuff they've seen before. I'd say it's okay not to cover absolutely everything even if your audience isn't intimately familiar with the game you're playing.
This is actually a fantastic piece of feedback!
In the beginning of this run I was trying to keep the screenshot amount down, but the chapters ended up feeling short, so I just started adding in the full conversations to help the length and encourage me to think up more to write about. I don't think I need that crutch anymore though, and will absolutely be putting your advise into practice for my next run!
It's a little too late to do that for the epilogue since it was already mostly done when I saw your message - but we live and learn.
Congratulations on the successful completion of this run—and on Beau making it to the voting round of the Extravaganza! I hope that gives you another shot of pride in your work.
I was genuinely shocked to see that Beau made it to the voting round, but I am honestly ecstatic about it none-the-less! It feels like such an honor to know that there are enough people out there that like my run to even have had it nominated in the first place!
I think I also saw that you were one of the people that nominated my run? If I'm right then thank you for having so much faith in my run, and if I'm wrong - well thank you anyway for just enjoying my run!

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So I heard that there were sightings of Team Galactic roaming around here.
And as both the champion as well as the resident Galactic hunter - I feel it's my job to deal with this.
Personally.


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After the massacre at the league I pretty much needed to rebuild the team.
Beau, Stella, and Anubis are still here, and I even brought Dandy back! Although I decided to leave Bruce in retirement - he seemed pretty comfortable in the box!
Now as for the two newbies...


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I know I said that I probably wouldn't be using her back when I caught her, but she has a Brave nature and Lightning Rod! I'd be stupid not to use her!
Even though I don't like Rhyperior's design as much as Rhydon's design - evolving Rhyne and putting her on the team was the best decision I could have made.<