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An overly snarky trip through Galar (Updated 11/28)

LucarioOfLegends

Saint of the Church of The Holy Pluffle
Team Delta
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Jul 17, 2019
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454
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A Place
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Relaxed
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  1. Fighting
  2. Steel
Pokédex Entry
He fought 32 men in an Irish bar once; he is also an incredible liar.
I dont think there's a character I dislike in SwSh (aside from Rose but that's more a disappointed frustration) but my favorite has gotta be Hop. Apparently my tolerance for hyperactive characters is way higher than most and I really enjoy his arc during the main and post game. Just wish he had a better team overall really.
 

REDalchemist

S.P.D. Jack Landors
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
217
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
252
Location
@crash nebula on ice
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Adamant
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Whomst
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  1. Fire
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There once was a man named Gold Roger, who was King of the Pirates. He had fame, power, and wealth beyond your wildest dreams.
Nice wrangles in the wild area there. Especially that Minccino who I barely see get used too often.

Q&A: Easily hands down has to go to Kabu. He's the most interesting of all the Gym Leaders and I'll forever believe the absolute headcanon (for now) that he's Flannerys supposed top tier grandpa who ran the lavaridge gym before she took over. (Anime has someone else as flannerys grandpa but obviously isn't canon to the game)
 

RubyClaw

Challenge Seeker, Completionist and Rule Designer
🌱Featurer
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Team Omega
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22
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Jun 9, 2019
Messages
2,211
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Kanto Route 1, 1% encounter rate (Israel)
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Calm
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He/Him
Pokémon Type
  1. Fire
  2. Psychic
Very solid early team! All great pokemon, and very versatile catches over all.

Unpopular opinion: original Ninetales > A-Ninetales. Both Vulpixes are pretty even though.

I used to think differently but these days I agree, still both are some of my all time favorite pokemon! (Still working on that list :P).

Yeah, feel free to wine about, I also really hate the Exp Share
and am quite worried that it will return for BDSP as some have suggested.

Favorite SwSh character? Hmm. Leon is great, Sonia is fun, Rose has so much potential but they sort of screwed his story with his unrealistic world ending phobia, and Raihan has style. My favorite though must be Kabu, my favorite gym leader of all time.
 

Mr Spaz

I caught the big– OH SHIT
Pokédex No.
399
Caught
Jul 6, 2019
Messages
400
Location
Under your bed. I found $50
Nature
Modest
Pronouns
He/Him/It
Pokémon Type
  1. Electric
  2. Dark
  3. Flying
  4. Psychic
My personal rule with Max Raid Encounters in Nuzlockes is that you get 5 total, 1 for each difficulty (1*, 2*, etc.)
 

Skarmizard

Metal dragon bird/Smash ‘locker
Writer
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Pokédex No.
1002
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Nov 12, 2019
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1,859
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Texas
Nature
Quiet
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he/him
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  1. Dragon
  2. Steel
Pokédex Entry
This Skarmory/Charizard fusion is very rare and tends to be quiet and shy until befriended. Also writes and is a huge fan of Smash Bros.
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
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Today we explore Motostoke and register for the gym challenge.
@Kit_The_Feef: I have to admit, Opal is surprisingly funny. The scene where she basically kidnaps Bede is the best (especially when she just RUNS at him despite being so slow normally).
Leon is pretty cool too, but the way Galar worships him like a cult leader is kind of creepy.
Is it? Every Jr. I know if is a male...
*Googles*
Huh, you're right it is neutral.

@Memento: Oh I'm not complaining about a potential Hitmonlee, was just hoping for Chan's versatility. Wouldn't mind trading June though, at least for one with a better ability...
O_O that is a lot of story ideas! I thought I had a lot, but holy crap. How do you keep up with them?
Sonia is definitely relatable-it's kind of nice to have a character who isn't so sure about what they want to do (like Bianca in the later part of BW).

@LucarioOfLegends: Yeah, overall the cast is pretty solid, but Rose's motivation in the end is a giant WTF. Were you the one who posted a rewrite of the late-game in Unpopular Opinions? It was really well-done.
I don't mind Hop as much as it might sound, especially since he actually has an arc unlike Hau. But yeah, he could use a better team (stop leading with the dang Dubwool!)

@REDalchemist: They're pretty solid, although I can't guarantee June will stick around...we'll see.
Kabu is definitely one of the coolest leaders. I subscribe to the same canon regarding him being Flannery's grandfather. Also game canon > anime canon.

@RubyClaw: I just wish A-Ninetales wasn't part-Fairy, then I'd like it as much as the original (Ice/Psychic or Ice/Ghost would've been better). Can't wait for that list c:
I'm really hoping they don't bring the perma-Exp Share back for BDSP, although there are a couple areas it wouldn't be as bad for (if they borrow the levels from DP-that end game grind in particular was just awful).
All great choices! But I had a feeling you'd say Kabu since I remembered you liked him a lot in your run.

@Mr Spaz: That's a solid rule, I may borrow it since I'm still not sure how I'm gonna handle them.
Question: there are quite a few characters I like: Leon is cool, and he likes Charizard which is an automatic plus. Sonia is honestly relatable in terms of being stuck in life, and Kabu, Piers, and Raihan are all cool and likable gym leaders (bonus points to Piers for finally being a Dark gym leader).
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Motostoke is a nice place.

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It could use a good cleaning, though...

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Fancy.

So I had a brain fart and forgot to screenshot the first bit after getting in-basically where Sonia drags you to the Pokémon Center and talks about League Cards. Which are a cool feature, although I enjoy it more for learning about other characters instead of making my own.

Anyway, before I met up with Sonia again, I went back to the center.

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Interesting, but I'm not too concerned right now, since it won't be able to evolve unless I buy the DLC for Sword (I bought it for Shield already). Has anyone tried G-Slowpoke or its evos, are they good?

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At least it's an even trade, but I'll pass. Especially since I don't have one.

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...Seriously? You're surprised by that?

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Well duh, except for nowadays on the first couple routes where they inexplicably can't escape.

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First Rotomdex, then Rotom phones, now this...I feel like Rotoms are gonna take over the Pokémon world 😱
(Could make an interesting movie plot-like a ghost version of the Terminator series or the Matrix...)

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Moving on. Before we follow the plot, what's over here?

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Cute.

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Nice, free money!

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I feel like that would get boing really fast.

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It's all right.

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Not sure, but Coumarine in Kalos has a monorail between its two sides. Or was it Couriway? I always get them mixed up...

They wouldn't let me by, so I guess we have to go back to the plot.

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No, I already forgot 😒

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Where else would it be?

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Okay, but please stop talking like a 14-year-old girl.

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Have fun.

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It is decently large.

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Again, this is starting to sound hivemindish...

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I guess? Given what we find out about Dynamaxing later, not really?

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I just want to say hi to it, and see if mine is interested.

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I never really understood the whole "steampunk" aesthetic or why it became popular.

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I would hope not, or that'd be a weird way to disadvantage yourself. Also, what's the point of the target? Is it just an aesthetic addition or does it actually have a purpose?
Found an extra Poké Ball next to it, though.

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Join it where? In the fountain/birdbath-looking things?

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PMD reference?

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That's not a very nice thing to say about your husband.

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I prefer in-person shopping, even after the pandemic. Partially because I only use cash, although sometimes I'll buy a gift card if I see something I really want that's online-only (especially around Christmas.)

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Isn't that the whole point?

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He is pretty cool.

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Are you calling your dad old? I had Kabu pegged at 50-ish...

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How did a Pokémon help with coffee?

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So Hoothoot really does have two feet! 😲

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Same. I prefer sweet or savory flavors.

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So I'm not the only one who thinks it's fugly?

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May as well. I won't be doing the one in Hammerlocke, though-that is a death trap waiting to happen (Level 37s when your team is probably low 30s? Seriously?)

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Not a good matchup. Kristin, do you want to burn it?
*happy yip*

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Good girl.

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More like burnt honey, but it could've been worse.

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...No, it really wasn't.

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Good prize, though.

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This makes it sound like you can buy TMs/TRs here, but apparently it's just decoration.

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Ew, no thanks.

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I do like the idea behind TRs though. It's a nice reference to the old days when you had to choose who got what great TM. Bonus points for making some of them reobtainable through Max Raids.
(I haven't heard whether BDSP will have the same system or not. ORAS had reusable TMs, so surely it'll be the same, right? I really hope so...)

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I love how no one bats an eye at having a 30-foot-long rock snake out in the middle of the street.

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But at least he's friendly. Apparently Onix doesn't have teeth, though?

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What do you think of it compared to the island challenge?

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Yoink.

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Honestly, I can't decide either.

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Plus you'd be copying them.

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A library?

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That doesn't surprise me. At least it's gym leaders and not shitty unimportant "celebrities" 😒

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Okay? What even are they?

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Seriously, what do these do? This is my second playthrough and I still don't know...

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That doesn't answer my question.

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Maybe a little too much... *foreshadowing*

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Talk about a powerful man.

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The marvels of human technology. Just think-only 125 years ago there was no way to travel by air, and now we're sending people into space.

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Although it's a little different in the Pokémon world :v:

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Not bad.

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!!!
That sounds like best Pokémon!

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Do you want to come with me? 🥺
I think that'd make things way too easy for you.
...Fair enough.

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How exactly did you became champ if you have to rely on Zard for directions? .__.

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HOW? :psyduck:
I've heard of people being directionally challenged, but this is ridiculous!
You have no idea.

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I appreciate that. Unfortunately I'm pretty sure Hop got eaten in the Wild Area, so...

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What is it?

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Oh, nice! Connor will appreciate this.
*curious chirp*

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👍

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*elevator ding*
Going up~

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That lift goes much faster than you'd expect.

Darn it, Hop didn't get eaten. Which means time to look around a little before advancing the plot.

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Hello bird!
I thought it was funny that your character immediately turns around as soon as it shrieks, although I guess at this point a Corviknight would be intimidating to a new trainer...

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At least this isn't a stupid roadblock like some of BW2's...and I say that as a huge BW2 fan.

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This one's a little silly, though.

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To show off?

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I wouldn't mind watching one, but the only ones we get to see are the ones we take part in...

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I would hope so, since that's kind of the point.

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Depends on how big they are.

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This character is so weird, but so earnest it becomes kind of endearing. Free stuff is always nice, too.

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But what if you're a girl? (Which is possible, according to their League Card in the postgame.)

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I'm more surprised you made it, honestly.

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Nooooo, I hate being watched :ohdear:

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Maybe you should go home then.

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Fair enough, I suppose.

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I'm not using my real name, though.

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More like "forced to" stay there. Although it is a nice place.

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Could be handy later.

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I like these banners, but I kind of hate that it spoils the gym types. Was still super excited that we finally got a Dark-type gym after 20 years though.

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Not quite as useful, but okay.

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In we go.

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One thing I'm curious about is exactly how many people take the gym challenge every year? I assume at least a few hundred.

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What's the hurry?

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*dramatic hair flip*
So I have a confession: I thought Bede was a girl for the longest time. I kept referring to him as a rude girl and it was probably a month or so after I got the games before I found out he's actually a guy...

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?
He didn't do anything...I mean, yes he's an asshole, but just walking past you isn't enough to prove it. I wonder if he was supposed to actually shove Hop out of the way ala Silver and they cut it for some reason?

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Sure, just a second.

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Never? I guess that makes sense, since the champ probably wouldn't want to endorse someone that might dethrone them...

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Nobody asked you 😠

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Nepotism.

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Bahahaha! In your dreams.

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Rude. Now I wish Bede would've shoved you out of the way.

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Thank you. But honestly, Hop doesn't deserve it for being so pushy.

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Uhhhh...I have no idea what to pick :psyduck:
I never played sports in school, so I have no attachment to a particular number. I know it's ultimately meaningless, but...it's still prominent throughout the game, so what to pick...

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I honestly stared at this screen a lot longer than I should have. I considered my birthday, but that just felt weird. Then I thought about combining Skarmory (227) and Charizard (6) since that's my username, but 233 is a different Pokémon completely (Porygon2), so that doesn't fit...

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I ended up going with 6 since Zard's my favorite Pokémon and 6 is actually my favorite number. I guess it should technically be 006, but the extra zeros felt unnecessary.

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Is it like the island amulet?

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I think we've established that.

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Again, how many rooms/trainers is that?

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*thinks about hotel rates*
How much money did he spend on that? O_o

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Begone. Hopefully we don't have to share a room.

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You're not kidding-it's literally right up the street. I imagine it's impossible to sleep when a match is going on...

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Then where's the spectator entrance?

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Respect for taking the challenge at your age.

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Talking to all these people is actually a little sad when you realize they all drop out of the challenge at some point, never to be seen again.
...That could be an idea for a darkfic: losing/dropping out of the challenge has consequences...yes, I've been binging Squid Game :v:

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Although the two with unique designs will clearly be significant characters :v:

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I have a feeling we'll meet again very soon.

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Good for you, pretentious cunt.

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That doesn't mean anything if you can't live up to it.

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Don't worry, I don't waste time talking to assholes.

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Although it'll make the inevitable ass-kicking even more satisfying.

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Why do you ask?

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Oh, I see. Well, I'm not Leon, so I can find it on my own, thanks. Besides, I want to explore more.

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...Dang roadblocks.

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It looks way bigger on the outside ._.

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But I want to explore first :c

Luckily he doesn't force you to go in, so I can still explore. And come to think about it, I can make a catch now, since there are fishing spots here.

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Let's do that first then stop for now.

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Nice.

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Easy enough.

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Got a couple more levels as well.

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So I originally misclicked and forgot to name him, and had to run to the Pokémon Center to fix that. Not thrilled with the -SpA, but the +SpDef is nice. Will definitely add him to the rotation later on.
(Doug as in Doug Bowser, since Bowser's a big turtle. It's still hilarious to me that the president of Nintendo of America is now a guy named Bowser :ROFL:)

On that humorous note, this is a good stopping place.

Next time, we attend the opening ceremony and explore the rest of Motostoke. Might also grab a few more catches in the Wild Area.
Question of the update: who's your least favorite character in SwSh (DLC excluded)?
 
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Memento

The Princess of Darkness
Writer
Screenshotter
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
202
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
708
Location
St. Louis, Missouri
Nature
Timid
Pronouns
She, her
Pokémon Type
  1. Fairy
  2. Ghost
Pokédex Entry
She is known to spend hours daydreaming about her stories.
How do I keep up with my story ideas? I write a lot of them down, but mostly, they're in my head.

Yeah, the Onix in the middle of Motostoke. It's adorable, really, seeing that giant rock snake being so friendly.

Aww...poor Hop. It's foreshadowing, really; seeing him beaten down by someone else and losing his confidence (much like Hau against you, the player; he's literally in tears at the end of the game in USUM because he just can't win. He's always had this lack of confidence hidden beneath his bubbly persona, but I digress.)

I...did not know you could pick a single digit number. That's very interesting.

Anyway, least favorite character? I think it's obvious: Bede. I don't care if he's basically an orphan; it's not an excuse for acting like an arrogant spoiled brat. Rose and Oleana, at least, have motivations for what they do (Oleana also grew up as basically an orphan who only had one friend, a Trubbish, but you don't see her acting out. As for Rose? Yes, the way GF implemented his revelation as the bad guy was poorly executed, but the thought was at least there, and he's only trying to do what's best for the region.) Bede simply doesn't care about anyone other than himself, and he constantly thinks he's better than you throughout the game, making excuse after excuse why he loses to you. He's talented, yes, but also an unrepentant jerk.

Buuut, that's enough ranting. (And Klara/Avery are worse, but you did say DLC excluded, so...yeah~)
 

Mr Spaz

I caught the big– OH SHIT
Pokédex No.
399
Caught
Jul 6, 2019
Messages
400
Location
Under your bed. I found $50
Nature
Modest
Pronouns
He/Him/It
Pokémon Type
  1. Electric
  2. Dark
  3. Flying
  4. Psychic
I...did not know you could pick a single digit number. That's very interesting.
Leon has a single digit number. You just don't get to see it until the Championship match.

As for the Hi-Tech Earbuds, they give you the option to increase/decrease the volume of sound effects, music, and Pokemon cries in the Settings in the menu

As for my least favorite character, Bede is a lot of wasted potential. He has a massive ego which allows me to feel good about constantly humiliating him in battle, but they just shove him out of the plot before he can get any positive character development. He doesn't even get to react to the whole thing about Rose starting the Darkest Day.
 
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LucarioOfLegends

Saint of the Church of The Holy Pluffle
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
528
Caught
Jul 17, 2019
Messages
454
Location
A Place
Nature
Relaxed
Pronouns
he/him
Pokémon Type
  1. Fighting
  2. Steel
Pokédex Entry
He fought 32 men in an Irish bar once; he is also an incredible liar.
Uhhh, I guess Oleana? It really doesn't feel like she adds much to the plot of the game, though that might be just because the actual pacing and plot of SwSh is kinda bad. I think if she had more appearances not tied to Rose I think I would like her more. At least her team is a fun bit of characterization and a decent challenge. Second place probably goes to one the version exclusive leaders, they just are kind of there.
 

Kit_The_Feef

Someone who draws too much ¯\_(ಠωಠ)_/¯
Artist
Screenshotter
Pokédex No.
4612
Caught
Jun 16, 2021
Messages
631
Location
Australia
Nature
Impish
Pronouns
He/him
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Fairy
  3. Steel
Pokédex Entry
Comic artist. Idiot. Has far too many active projects for his own sanity. Unreliable when it comes to updates on his non-comic endeavours.
My least favourite characters in Sword/Shield are Chairman Rose and the Royal twins. (Sordward/Shielbert) I just... Dislike them immensely. It should be noted that Drednaw is a physical attacker, so a -Sp Attack nature isn't going to hurt him.
 

REDalchemist

S.P.D. Jack Landors
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
217
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
252
Location
@crash nebula on ice
Nature
Adamant
Pronouns
Whomst
Pokémon Type
  1. Fire
  2. Dragon
Pokédex Entry
There once was a man named Gold Roger, who was King of the Pirates. He had fame, power, and wealth beyond your wildest dreams.
QOTU: While a few come to mind one notable one for me is the entirety of "Team" yell and their (mostly swsh writers) inability to be a competent version of what Team Skull was for the fake evil team to the Aether Foundation like Yell is to Macro Cosmos and the chairman. Like while team Flare wasn't any good they were still something different from what came before. In swsh it's just a straight up failure at copying what was just done the generation prior.
 

ActiveTransport

Fiery Torch
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
3654
Caught
Feb 5, 2021
Messages
279
Location
A Land of Exquisite Sunsets
Nature
Hardy
Pronouns
He/Him
Pokémon Type
  1. Fire
  2. Psychic
Pokédex Entry
Hobbies: running, reading, singing, playing Pokémon (especially competitive battling), and practicing my Catholic faith!
Hi! I'm enjoying this run and your commentary so far. I've never played SwSh myself and I don't plan to, so it's nice to see someone documenting the game in such detail.

Given what I just said, I don't have a ton of experience on which to base my opinion of least favorite character, but Hop does seem pretty darn annoying.
 

PageEmperor

Absolute loather and despiser of ads.
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
647
Caught
Aug 8, 2019
Messages
870
Location
With an axe
Pokémon Type
  1. Electric
  2. Water
Pokédex Entry
A person who does both comics and runs and whatnot. Okay then.
Very interesting run! For some reason I have a lot of fun finding out your reasonings for nicknames and overall it’s enjoyable. Definitely will follow this.

As for the question on least favourite characters, I’ll probably just say the sword and shield hair guys from the postgame for the same reasons as everyone else.
 

Alba Corbina

Johto League Champion
Screenshotter
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
581
Caught
Jul 26, 2019
Messages
595
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
She/Her
Pokémon Type
  1. Dark
  2. Fairy
I also thought Bede was a girl at first, and got really excited that we were finally going to have a female rival who was a jerk.

QotU: Chairman Rose. "Oh, I know the energy thing won't be a problem for thousands of years, meaning we have plenty of time to come up with a long-term solution, but I'm going to panic and set a giant monster loose because somehow that will definitely fix it now."
 

Skarmizard

Metal dragon bird/Smash ‘locker
Writer
Screenshotter
Pokédex No.
1002
Caught
Nov 12, 2019
Messages
1,859
Location
Texas
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
he/him
Pokémon Type
  1. Dragon
  2. Steel
Pokédex Entry
This Skarmory/Charizard fusion is very rare and tends to be quiet and shy until befriended. Also writes and is a huge fan of Smash Bros.
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Today we explore more of Motostoke and take part in the opening ceremony.
@Memento: I should probably write some of mine down too...they usually stay in my head, but I'm sure I've forgotten some over time :c
It's adorable how friendly the Onix is 💜
I give Hop way more shit than he deserves tbh-he's really not as bad/annoying as I say he is. And I never knew Hau breaks down like that at the end of the Ultras (probably because I still haven't played them 😅. If only I could screenshot my 3DS-I thought about doing a mostly-blind run of one of them instead of playing Sword, but I figured I'd do the one I can actually screenshot...)
Yeah, you can pick a single or two-digit number if you want. IIRC you can even pick zero if you want (not sure about 00 or 000 though).
Good points on all three characters (I love that tidbit about Oleana's Trubbish-that makes her battle kind of touching.) And yes, Avery is a cunt (not sure about Klara), but we might get into that later on 😉

@Mr Spaz: Ohhhh, okay. I was very confused because they just seemed pointless.
Agree on Bede being wasted-I wish we saw more of his training with Opal/becoming somewhat of a nicer person. Would love to see his reaction to the Darkest Day too.

@LucarioOfLegends: I kind of like Oleana-especially when she goes full Karen/bitch mode, but yeah they really could have done more with her. Would help if the whole "plot" wasn't shoved in right at the very end and spaced more like how the older games were.
Agree about Bea, although Allister has at least some character. I wish the Gordie/Melony dynamic was explored more too...

@Kit_The_Feef: Hard agree about the "royals", although I don't mind Rose too much-I just wish we explored him more.
You're right about Drednaw, I was a derp :psyduck:

@REDalchemist: Yell really is a discount Skull when you think about it-at least Skull had an occasional competent moment (and were funnier too). Weird how (presumably) the same people came up with the SM plot and the SwSh "plot"...
...that may be the first semi-positive things I've ever heard about Flare :O

@ActiveTransport: It's nice to have you around c:
I'm more than happy to have someone vicariously play the game through my run. I was worried I was being overly detailed, so that's a relief as well.
Hop is basically Hau 2.0 if you've played SM/Barry 2.0 if not, although he has a good arc later on that makes him better (it begins after the third gym). I don't actually disliike him as much as it may sound largely because of that arc. But yeah, he's really annoying in the beginning.

@PageEmperor: Glad you're enjoying it (and my naming logic)!
The "royal" guys are just the worst, although at least they have ludicrous hairstyles we can make fun of.

@Alba Corbina: Same-I would love to have a jerk female rival just for the uniqueness. Was kind of disappointed when I realized Bede's a guy...
Great description of Rose's logic and how ridiculous it is! Really hoping I make it to that point so I can rant about it.

Question: my least favorite characters are probably Sordward/Shielbert for being ridiculously arrogant douchebags. Bede is also a cunt, which makes it satisfying to kick his face in. And I feel like he gets kind of wasted since he vanishes after Opal takes him in, so we don't see his development until he randomly barges into the Finals. Also, Bea has like no personality, especially compared to her counterpart Allister. Heck, even Gordie/Melony at least have some character-Bea is just kind of there.

We left off with catching Doug the Chewtle and trying to stall the plot. So let's explore the rest of Motostoke first.

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Nice. I feel like a "no shopping" run would be a lot easier in Galar than in other regions since they give you so many items.

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All these people out with their Pokémon adds a lot of life to the region, it's really cool. Although I don't know what the boy is talking about, Mandibuzz can fly...unless he means flying alongside it?
(What I don't understand is why Mandibuzz and Braviary are gender-specific.)

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And in literally every other region.

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Worthless except as free money. I don't even like using these to begin with because they decrease friendship. But this one is even less useful in a locke.

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I prefer texting/talking online myself, since I don't like my voice. But he is right.

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This is something I wish was expanded more in-game. I wonder what the minor league gyms/leaders are like? Although if they're all like the one you meet on the Isle of Armor... 😬

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Can we just make him being Flannery's grandfather canon? Most people seem to believe that, including myself.

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Meanwhile Kristin makes a friend c:
*happy yip*

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No thanks-they cost too much money, especially since you can't even wear them in the gyms. Most of them are ugly too tbh, although the Electric and Poison ones are all right.

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WANT 🥺

This lift takes us back to the upper section, on the other side of the hotel.

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Duh. Otherwise you can only use Struggle, which is awful.

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That's very deep, especially for this game. He's right though.

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I'm sure I played it as a kid. Probably couldn't now though-I'd probably fall over, plus I'm a little chubby.
Also, your Wynaut is cheating-it's just running through the circles.

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You sound like one of those people who has to update their Facebook/Instagram/etc. every time they do their hair.

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Very true. That's why people will work on their passion projects for years and years (not just here but IRL too).

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I mean, they arguably can? At least some of the simpler Normal/Fighting ones.

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That would be hilarious.

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Down the stairs~

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...This area feels shady, and not the good kind of shady.

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I wish more 'mons could use this move/it was better in battle. Extra money is always nice, although not as necessary now since the game dumps $30K on you right at the start.
Idea: tell new players about how back in my day we had to conserve money until halfway through the game...

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What's this about? 🤔
*notes to self to check it out in Shield later*

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We're lucky to live in a world where this is more acceptable-it wasn't like that 50 years ago...that said, it's still not perfect, but it's better than it was for our parents/grandparents.

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Nice.

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You're boring.

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A region-wide monopoly? That's very unhealthy...I do support capitalism to an extent, but having a monopoly like that is terrible for the economy.

(This is around where I renamed Doug.)

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I like how your team actually appears on the screen when you heal up in a center.

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Again, I really wish this was explored in-game. Idea for a monolocke: the protag is one of the leaders who got booted to the minors?

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Here, you can take mine.
*shocked chirp*
*shocked yip*
Calm down guys, it was a joke.

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Let's be a good person and help out if we can.

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Well, there's the pond I caught Doug in, or maybe those pools/fountains by the stadium?

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Not as weird/funny as the one from BW who says "chip kwip!" Not sure why, but that one's always stuck with me.

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There we are!

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Good deed accomplished.
(Fun fact: if you check the other fountain first there's a dude in it, and it's heavily implied that he bathes in it. I'd heard about it but never seen it myself until I looked it up on Youtube.)

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Why is it all the way up there, though?

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Glad I could help.

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...are you trying to tell me my breath stinks?

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Oh. That has to be one of the most situational items ever-not really worth using.

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If I were you, I'd keep in in the ball when you're out then.

Nothing else to do now except go to the Budew Drop Inn.

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What's going on here?

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Yep, although Hop shouldn't have been considering how rude and pushy he was to the guy registering people.

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And that brought you here? I would think being closer to the Weald would be easier, but 🤷‍♂️

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I don't think we'd be much help...

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A statue.

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That's what I said!

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I'm not in a hurry, so you can tell the full version. Especially if it means Hop has to be patient >:)

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That sounds terrifying :ohdear:

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Somehow I doubt a person fought off the giant Pokémon. They have way too many advantages (elemental powers, brute strength, telepathic powers)...

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Well, if they were actual weapons, they probably decayed over time so they don't exist anymore. But I still don't think they were actual weapons, since this is a Pokémon game.

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It must have been a massive storm to cover the whole region.

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I have to admit, it's sweet how much Hop looks up to his brother.

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Maybe you should be her assistant? Gets you out of my hair too 😏

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She'll be fine, although I really think you should help her.

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...On second thought, you'd probably just get on her nerves like you do mine.

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I was going to, but they look busy, plus people keep getting in my way.

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Pretty sure you'd forget after about five seconds.

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I'm hoping I can leave him in the dust eventually, or maybe he'll get lost in the Wild Area.

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...his mother didn't help?

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Since the desk looks busy, I figured I'd take the elevator up and explore first.

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Maybe it's just me, but I don't really see the appeal? I'd much rather watch at home on my TV-more comfortable, less noisy, cheaper...

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Like I said, I imagine it's impossible to sleep when there are matches happening.

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These rooms look cozy. Wouldn't mind staying there if I could.

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Anything useful, or just trash?

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Oh nice! Gonna rack up some serious cash at this rate.

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You must not be a Pokémon trainer.

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Why is there only one bed? I mean, no hate if you guys are a couple, but idk if I can see them implying a same-sex couple in the games...then again, Hapu was definitely crushing on Lillie at one point, so 🤷‍♂️

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I imagine it's cool. Haven't gotten there yet, though.

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One bed is less weird when it's a parent/small child. Although I still wonder if there's a second bed/pullout couch or something.

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Cute.

Where are all the other rooms, though? Assuming there are several hundred gym challengers?
Whatever, time to check in.

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...or not. Can none of you battle them, or did you all lose?

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But you're not helping, you're just annoying everyone.

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Bring it.

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You guys look stupid. I would dig their aesthetic more if all the guys weren't fat for some reason or at least had shirts that covered their whole bellies-and I say that as a chubby dude. And the pink face paint makes it even worse.

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Oh no, I'm so terrified.

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By annoying people? Good luck with that.

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Not in the hotel! Let's at least go outside first.

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I know it's a megaphone, but I keep thinking/wishing it was a vuvuzela :v:

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Something else Kristin can burn~
*excited yip*

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Ew, don't lick me! 😖

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Why are you so underleveled? This is no challenge.

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Trolling :V:

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Would've been amazing if that was its only attack, but not that lucky.

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It got a crit, but we're still winning the damage race.

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See? Also wow that is a pitiful EXP yield.

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Maybe you should train more next time.

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One down, three to go.

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Like you're gonna be any tougher.

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What are you gonna do, throw the poster at me? 😄

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😐

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Oh, you're one of those...

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Too bad I had a berry.

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In the same move? That's incredibly satisfying.

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By the way, I can do that too :V:

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Suddenly POLITE

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I guess that's fair-sometimes I feel weird going into a wealthy part of town/expensive stores.

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Go away. I don't need or want your "help".

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🙄

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Didn't I just tell you to fuck off?

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But I don't need it 😒

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He's delusional, run away!

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I am almost expecting him to lose somehow.

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But at least he can't actively hinder us, since he can be a meatshield.

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See? Now just keep hitting the 🐑 and ignore my 🦊.

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Dang it, the Zigzagoon has Snarl.

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So far so good, though.

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I have an area attack too~

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Almost done.

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Damn, the Nickit has an even shittier EXP yield than the Zig does.

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But people yell when they're sad all the time.

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Well, maybe you shouldn't have gotten in the way.

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They look so silly trying to continue "cheering" when they're defeated.

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See, I told you she would be a recurring character! Also the mass "oh shit" reaction is hilarious.

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You sound like naughty children who got caught misbehaving by a parent/teacher. Which is hilarious considering I'm pretty sure Marnie is younger than they are.

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Not to mention more mature.

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I can't decide if Team Yell is stupid or hilarious. In a way, it's nice that the "evil team" is not actually evil and just does harmless shenanigans, but...we already had that last gen with Team Skull, who were funnier too. Also it's kind of creepy that this girl has a whole-ass fan club following her, especially since she's...maybe 14? 😬

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Begone losers!

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>shirty
British slang is too funny :D

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Nah, no trouble. I just hope the hotel didn't get damaged, especially since Kristin was spamming Ember...

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I still say it's more creepy than anything. Although it could be worse.

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Time to check in.

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Nah, just figured I'd stop in for the night.
(You actually get a Yes/No here, so I figured I'd see what he said if I said no.)

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*snort*
I'm hearing this in the most deadpan tone which makes it even funnier.

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Sir I'm 30, but thanks for the compliment.
(No one IRL believes me when I tell them that-people at work always think I'm early/mid-20s. I guess I'm not aging much?)

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Do I get any extra perks for it? Maybe a deluxe room or free room service?

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It was worth a shot.

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🥱
...what are you doing?

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In your dreams.

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Go ahead, I want breakfast first. Besides, it doesn't matter how long it takes me because protagonist.

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Don't tell me you're the only receptionist? :ohdear:

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Afraid not, but at least I actually feel bad for beating you, unlike Hop.

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Please no, I can travel 50 steps on my own.

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Thank you.
*runs west toward Route 3 for another catch*

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But...catches 🥺

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Okay, let's do what we're actually supposed to now.

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Poor you, delusions are a sign you're going crazy :c

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Yes, what is it?

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Oh.

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Do I have to?

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*grumble*
I hate changing in locker rooms-it was the worst part of gym class in middle/high school. I always just went in the bathroom and changed in a stall because FUCK undressing in front of other people. It's not as bad as an adult, but...I was going to a gym before the pandemic, and I'd just wear my gym clothes up there and back. Need to start going back now that things are easing up...resolution for 2022?

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Admittedly, it does look fairly sharp. Just wish it had more color-plain white is so drab, plus it'll get so dirty .__.

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Hey, this doesn't look like the same stadium! What happened to all the red?

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*cringes in social distancing*

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Why exactly is Oleana here? She doesn't do or say anything, so why have her in this scene at all?

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Yes, we know that.

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How can people hear you? Shouldn't you have some kind of headset/microphone thing to amplify your voice?

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You mean this year's gym challenge.

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This is pretty exciting though. I do like how it's treated as this huge event in Galar.

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Why are you flexing? 🤨

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Cool, let's meet them.

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#squadgoals

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He doesn't have a nose! :O

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"I'm cute, lol~"

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AKA Flannery's grandpa.

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Who?

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I think it's past time for you to retire. Also, what is that on her neck? :psyduck:

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What is that hair? ._.

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Dude's just taking a selfie in the middle of this epic entrance, I love it.

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Why doesn't Piers show up for this? You'd think it'd be required...although it's probably not his thing.

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Which ones do you think are the most and least popular?

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And now we get to make a dramatic entrance. I still want to know exactly how many challengers there are.

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I could never do this IRL-I'm way too shy/awkward, especially in front of this many people.

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At least the character doesn't mind.

The end of the ceremony seems like a good place to stop.

Next time, we stomp Hop again and grab a few more catches in the Wild Area before moving on.
Question of the update: which city in Galar is your favorite?
 

Kit_The_Feef

Someone who draws too much ¯\_(ಠωಠ)_/¯
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Comic artist. Idiot. Has far too many active projects for his own sanity. Unreliable when it comes to updates on his non-comic endeavours.
I like Ballonlea because of the spooky mushroom aesthetic, but I also really like Wyndon because of the London vibes it has. It also has really cool music. I just wish half the city wasn't cut out of the game. I would have liked to ride a Ferris Wheel in 3D.
 

LucarioOfLegends

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He fought 32 men in an Irish bar once; he is also an incredible liar.
I'm a big fan of Motostoke. The red brick and steampunk aesthetic are sick, especially with the elevators. The multi-level aspect also makes it feel nice and big and theres cool stuff to do in it.

Shout out to Circhester for also being super cohesive and really well sized, and Hulbury for being an underrated hit of a town imo.
 

ActiveTransport

Fiery Torch
Team Omega
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Hobbies: running, reading, singing, playing Pokémon (especially competitive battling), and practicing my Catholic faith!
The Throat Spray isn't too shabby in competitive battling. Kommo-o loves it since both of its signature moves are sound-based, and I've also seen it on things like Toxtricity and Accelgor.

Team Yell...ngl, I forgot they existed. That's got to be one of the cringiest things in all of Pokemon, which frankly is saying a lot.

Oleana is there because I'd be willing to bet that Rose can barely function without her. He seems like the type to be great at showmanship and PR but with no real administrative capabilities, almost a figurehead.

Isn't Piers absent out of protest that his Gym is the only one where Dynamax can't be used? Or am I getting a plot point from a Nuzlocke story confused with actual canon?

Speaking of actual canon...I'm going to have to pass on the QOTD because I have no idea what the cities in Galar are like XD
 

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And, caught up!

I have to say I actually like Team Yell. I mean they are not perfect, but at least they changed up the old "taking over the world using a legend" formula they carried for Gens 3-6. Though Team Skull did the whole "bunch of nobodies" thing far better. I do like their punk-hooligan ascetics a lot, though it could be nice if they all didn't look exactly the same (which is true for a lot of NPCs, I mean come on this is Gen 8 of the most successful brand ever, isn't it time to work a bit more on the details Game Freak?).

Favorite Galarian City? I do love a lot of them. Turffield is cute, Hulbury feels authentic and is one of my favorites, Stow On-Side is awesome but feels out of place in Galar, Circhester feels festive and the "Roman" bathes are cool, Spikemuth is cool but feels very incomplete, and Ballonlea has an awesome concept though it's execution isn't perfect. But my favorite is the one you are currently at, Motostoke. I just dig the industrial vibe for some reason.
 

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This Skarmory/Charizard fusion is very rare and tends to be quiet and shy until befriended. Also writes and is a huge fan of Smash Bros.
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Today we beat Hop again and make a few more catches in the Wild Area.
@Kit_The_Feef: Ballonlea is definitely unique, and I really like Wyndon as well for the big city vibes. But yeah, I wish they hadn't cut so much of it-how cool would it have been to see Big Ben or ride the London Eye? I guess we'll have to wait for the BW remakes to ride the Nimbasa wheel :c

@LucarioOfLegends: I do like Motostoke's aesthetic, and the second level is a unique touch that I also like. Circhester is also an underrated gem, and Hulbury is solid although the music is a little eh. *harmonica intensifies*

@ActiveTransport: I had a feeling it was more of a competitive item than something you'd use casually. I can see it on Kommo-o and Toxtricity, but why Accelgor?
People are pretty split on whether Team Yell is funny or cringe. For me it's a little of both depending on the situation.
Honestly, that would make a lot of sense-when SwSh first came out a lot of people thought Oleana was the true boss instead of Rose. I kind of wish that had actually been the case-we need more female villains IMO.
Pretty sure Piers chooses not to Dynamax-he has a few lines late in the game where he says he doesn't like it much. That does sound like an interesting plot point, though-I may need to check that story out later.

@RubyClaw: I do think Team Yell is funny, and having the "evil" team be merely annoying nuisances rather than trying to destroy the world is a nice change, but they are a bit of a downgrade from Team Skull. And yeah, it is pretty silly that they all still look the same (although SM had a really funny meta joke about that at one point).
The cities in Galar are all pretty great. I do wish Spikemuth had a little more to it though.
Question: my favorite Galar city is probably either Spikemuth for the unique vibe or Wyndon because I'm a sucker for big cities. I also like Motostoke and Hammerlocke, although the latter has weird music.
After the opening ceremony...

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Same, but for a different reason-I couldn't go out in front of that many people, I have horrible stage fright.

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See, wouldn't it have made more sense for Leon to be at the opening ceremony than Oleana? Unless you believe she's the true brains behind Rose...

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Pleased to meet you. Although I'm surprised he's able to say hello to us without being mobbed by fans.

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Does this mean they aren't normally received until later? Or maybe only certain people get one (AKA plot-important characters).

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More like by the game map.

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Along with practically everything else in Galar?

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"Yeah, the last couple of years have been awful. Just utterly dreadful challengers-none of 'em even made it to Wyndon."

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I'm sure we'll meet again fairly soon.

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He just said the challenge looks exciting this year-clearly the last few have been busts :v:

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...not really? You don't have to be in peak physical condition to be a trainer, it's not like you're the one fighting.
Unless you mean mentally? That would make more sense...

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It would be cool to have a game where you could fight the gyms in any order and they were scaled accordingly.

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I swear Galar cities all sound like they could be actual British cities. Never really got that vibe from Unova or Kalos, although Alola was closer.

Moving on.

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👀

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No, not more hivemindness 😱

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Whew. Although I wonder what exactly you're giving me that allows me to use them?

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So it's our Fly/Charizard replacement. This might be unpopular, but I honestly never minded HMs that much-they felt more realistic than Ride Pokémon/the ridiculous bullshit Let's Go had. Maybe they'd be more popular if there weren't so many/ones like Cut and Rock Smash weren't crap...

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But it is nice to have access to Fly this early. This is something else I fumble around in the menu for, though 😅

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I suppose, otherwise you could fly to Wyndon with a team of level 13s.

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They sound so supportive 🥺🥰
(Or are they betting on who will make it deep?)

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Why are you still here? I figured you'd be halfway to Turffield already.

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...please don't tell me you want us to go together like the rivals at the beginning of BW.

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But why? I've already beaten you twice-do you want to lose again?

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*snort*
Apparently my character feels the same way 😆

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I mean, I am, but I don't see why you are when you've already lost to me twice this early on...

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In a way, it's nice that these fights are clearly telegraphed-surprise rival fights aren't exactly fun, so being able to heal/prepare is good. But the same time, it does kind of make things too easy.

I guess we have to humor him and stomp him again.

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Like I said, I don't mind, but you really shouldn't want to...

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I really wish this was a different character (maybe Marnie since you fight Bede not too long after this?)

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It's just gonna confirm that you don't deserve it tbh.

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Extra flammable!
*excited yip*

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(after an Ember and a Tackle)
Well this should be easy.

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Especially when he wastes time using Growl instead of attacking.

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Nice, that'll speed things along!

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You say that like I did it intentionally, when it's pure RNG.

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Ass 😒

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I can heal too, without wasting my turn~

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One down.

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This is why the permanent Exp Share is stupid-I shouldn't have four 'mons getting a level when only one fought. Sure it makes grinding faster, but at least give us the option-that's why it wasn't as bad the last two gens!
...But that's a significant level for Johanna.

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Ooh, we're actually evenly matched! This might be challenging.

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Lol jk, because you're cursed to pick the one with a disadvantage.

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Have you mastered the type matchup of my foot in your face? Shut up.

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Two down. Scorbunny falling on its butt when it faints is kind of funny to me.

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lmao

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Obligatory bird fight!

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Edgar is doing well at overcoming the terrible nature 👍
*happy tweet*

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D:
I suppose he was overdue for one, though...

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It's all good, though.

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See?

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I have a suggestion: why don't you fight someone other than me for a change? You'd probably have a better chance that way.

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First evolution!

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Challenge mascot acquired! Hopefully this is a good omen (why does Nuzleaf have nipples though? :psyduck: )

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...Interesting.

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Nice!

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I wanted to keep Absorb, but 20 BP isn't really worth it.

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...You're expecting to lose?

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Um, okay?

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SwSh may win the award for "most stuff to do before the first gym/trial".

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You're actually gonna lose several more times, but still get there in the end because the plot demands it.

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In your dreams.

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Quick teamshot. We're looking solid so far, but there are a few sections in the Wild Area I haven't explored yet, so I figured I'd grab a few more catches before moving on.

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I like this screen that appears when you use a Flying Taxi, but I wish there was an actual animation for it. Charizard Glide had one last gen...

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And we're back.

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Looks like there's a special raid encounter (the one with the purple light ray instead of red). Might check it out.

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On the way there, I decided to grab some more Watts and considered trying a Raid Battle.

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I can't catch this one since it's still in the area I caught Kristin, but can still get the items, which could be very handy.

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A Sneasel? I like my chances if I use Kristin, but...I don't have anyone to team up with, so I'd be relying on NPCs which are notoriously unreliable. But they could be good meatshields...

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Fuck it, let's go for it. I can always run if she gets in trouble.

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*SCREECHES LOUDLY*
My ears 😖

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Okay, those aren't bad teammates.

So in a Raid Battle, you almost always want to Dynamax turn one, especially these early ones. That way you get three turns to whale on the opponent with Max Moves as much as possible.

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I'm not actually sure if NPCs can Dynamax if you don't, but let's not find out.

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The animations for throwing a Dynamax ball are pretty cool. Opal and Raihan probably have the best ones-hopefully I'll get to show them later.

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*YIPS LOUDLY*
My poor ears :c

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That's not good.

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Fucking RIP.

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The good news is, it wasn't me. Even if I lose this fight, as long as Kristin doesn't faint, I won't lose her.

(The Jolteon uses Double Kick!)
Nice, that'll help!

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...what. It's 4x weak to Fighting-even with the Defense boost, why did that do so little?

Time to show them a real attack. Torch it with Max Flare, Kristin.

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...why are we doing so little damage? It's only at +1 Defense-we should be doing more than that ._.

Max Flare causes harsh sunlight, though, so the next one should do better.

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That's more like it! One more should be enough if these guys do enough chip damage.

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...almost...

I don't have a shot of what happened next, but the Sneasel attacked Kristin. And since this was the third turn of Dynamax, she went back to normal, which means she lost the HP buff as well.

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The good news is, she survived. And the Maractus is back because if an NPC gets defeated, it revives after a full turn. So the odds are good it won't attack me...but if it does, Kristin's gone :ohdear:
However, I could heal instead of attacking, especially since its health is low enough that the NPCs will probably kill it. Which is probably the better play, since even if they don't kill it I can finish it next turn.
(That's what I did.)

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Although I guess it didn't matter, since it derped and didn't attack. But I'd bet money that it would have attacked if I hadn't healed.

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And it's down!

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I guess I could've caught it, but at the time I was still unsure how I wanted to handle Raid Battles as catches, so I skipped it, especially since I don't have anyone to trade with to evolve it.

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Not a bad haul, though. An Ice TR would've been nice, but this is still solid.

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Crossed over into Watchtower Ruins after that.

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Most of the encounters didn't seem promising (mainly things that have to trade to evolve, and I've used Golurk before), but maybe this is worth a shot?

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G-Yamask?
...What the hell, why not. I swapped to Johanna first, since she has extra type advantages.

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...Oh fuck. That may actually be the worst possible team combo. Hopefully they make good meatshields...

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A physical move that lowers Special Defense? Makes a lot of sense [/sarcasm].

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BIG NUZLOCKE

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...what? Your Magikarp knows fucking Hydro Pump? :psyduck:
And it actually did about 1/8th the Yamask's health. Maybe this isn't such a bad team?

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My turn.

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Nice. This might be easier than the Sneasel was.

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It's mirroring me!

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Good for you? I still doubt you'll be any help, but thanks for being a meatshield.

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Yes, that 2 damage will be very helpful, Eevee.

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You useless fucker. This guy has a reputation for being completely worthless.

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*shrieks in frustration*

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Why is the fucking MAGIKARP the most useful of the three of you?????? :psyduck:

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Seriously, it's actually doing some decent damage.

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Another cool animation.

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That knocked it into the red, and activated Grassy Terrain. Which will heal everyone a little, not that they deserve it 😠

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Nooooo, don't hit the useful one!

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Good, it lived.

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*unprintable string of profanities*
...I would seriously love to kill these two and take my chances with just the Magikarp just so they'll stop wasting everyone's time.

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Luckily it went down after the Magikarp and I actually attacked.

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I'm not sure, but I think it's actually impossible to fail these catches if you win? Either way, let's grab it.

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Another nice haul! Teammate idiocy aside, that was actually pretty simple.

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...I think Unovan Yamask is creepier, but that's still creepy :ohdear:

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(Serious/somewhat vain. Named Diana because I had a Cofagrigus in White 2 named Diane that was my E4 MVP. No relation to Princess Diana.)
Holy crap she's level 20? While those NPCs were maybe level 10 😱
(From Bulbapedia: "If less than four players initiate a Max Raid Battle, a random selection of these NPC Trainers will populate the vacant positions. The level of their Pokémon is set to 70% of the host player's Pokémon (rounded down).")
Johanna is level 14, so 70 percent of that is 9.8...jfc, those NPCs were only level 9 and we beat it!
Anyway, not using her right now because she's way overleveled, and I'm hesitant to use her at all since G-Yamask has probably the stupidest evolution method of all time, but considering how lucky that catch was, I'll probably bring her on at some point.

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Not sure if that's weirdly appropriate in an area filled with ghosts or not.

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Run away!

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Want 🥺
But I'm sure it's way too high-leveled right now, plus Noibat is kinda crap.

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Nah.

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I probably should've fought them for items/TRs, but not right now. I might take some more on after getting a badge or two.

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Crossed into the Dappled Grove right after, and again, run away!

As for the actual encounter...

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Not bad. Baltoy/Claydol are 'mons I very rarely see used, but they aren't bad-I used one in Gale of Darkness once and it was pretty solid.

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What does that do?

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Oh, okay. Not too worrisome.

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Good SpDef, too.

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Ow.

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It also has Rapid Spin.

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Not too hard to catch, though. Luckily it's too low leveled to blow up.

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A well-earned level, even though I still think getting EXP from catches is silly.
*happy chirp*

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...That's a foot? 🤔
Also I would love to see one pulling a Hitmontop and spinning on its head.

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(Hardy/mischievous. Named DJ because it spins, and DJs spin records (well, they did before everything went digital).)
Not bad, although not really useful for the first couple gyms.

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Trying to keep Connor from getting overleveled...

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An early Ice-type would've been cool, since they always get locked to late-game for some reason :c

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Why not?

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Even with the crappy teammates, it shouldn't be hard.

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(After a Max Flare.)
Oh shit, he's actually attacking! 😱

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Yeah, this is done.

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Look how happy she is! 🙂

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Another solid haul, especially the Leech Life TR, now that that move's actually good.

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Next up, South Lake Miloch.

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Why not? Might be some good cash.

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Eh. Can't all be winners, I suppose.

Catch time!

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*Jupiter intensifies*

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It actually was almost as bad as hers-between Acid Spray and Fury Swipes, Kristin got in trouble fast. So I swapped to Edgar, not that he had much better luck.
it looks like Jupiter may still be a cheating hacker-I saw a trailer where she's using it against a mid-form starter, so I'm a little worried...

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Had to burn a couple Potions, but we got it in the end. Those are well-earned levels, too.

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*retch*

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(Docile/likes to run. Named Karen because...well, Karens are obnoxious af, just like she was to catch. They don't smell as bad, but their attitudes definitely do. I speak from experience-I'm an assistant manager at a restaurant.)
Not bad overall, but I don't see too many opportunities for her to be useful. But given how terrible Jupiter's is (although that's mainly because she's a cheating hacker), I may have to stick her in at some point. Also TIL Stench can cause flinching.

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I thought the Giant's Seat might also be a potential catch, but a quick search revealed the 'mons there are in the 30s, so that'll have to wait.

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Lots of giant serpentines around. This guy might not want to hang out here...

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North Lake Miloch might be more promising.

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Nooooo, stay away from me!

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Hey, I can get an early Ice-type after all!

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I would get mad at you for getting in the way, but a) you're also an Ice-type, and b) you might actually be better?

Colossal derpage below!

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I have no idea why I didn't immediately switch.

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Especially considering both its types are good against me...

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Luckily, he survived both the attack and the hail.

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I swapped in Kristin first, but she was doing too much damage, and I was pretty sure it either didn't have an Ice move or wasn't gonna use it, so I brought in Edgar, which was also slightly dangerous...

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But it worked out in the end.

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This is nowhere near a mountain :psyduck:

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(Gentle/impetuous and silly. Named after the gym leader.)
Aside from that 4x Fire weakness, not bad. Could be handy against Raihan if I'm careful/can't find Connor an Ice Beam TR.

Pretty sure that's all the catches I can make right now, so back to Motostoke.

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Quickly restocking...

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Giving Kristin this because she would get the most use from it, plus it looks nice on her.

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And we're good to go. Seems like a good stopping place.

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Next time, we head through Route 3 toward the mine.
Question of the update: how do you feel about Max Raid Battles?
 

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Sneasel actually doesn't evolve via trade. You just give it a Razor Claw and level it up at night. Max Raid battles can be fun, but it sucks when you get some of the more useless NPCs, like Martin and his Solrock or Freya's Eevee. Isabella's Magikarp is probably the second best NPC, apart from that one guy with the Throh.
 

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