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An overly snarky trip through Galar (Updated 8/13)

ArsSanctum

Conqueror of the Celadon Gym
Pokédex No.
4093
Caught
Mar 25, 2021
Messages
32
Location
SInnoh
Nature
Adamant
Pokémon Type
  1. Fire
  2. Dragon
For me it's gotta be Marnie's battle theme! Though there are some other great contenders
 
OP
Skarmizard

Skarmizard

Metal dragon bird/Smash ‘locker
Writer
Screenshotter
Pokédex No.
1002
Caught
Nov 12, 2019
Messages
2,798
Location
Texas
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
he/him
Pokémon Type
  1. Dark
  2. Dragon
  3. 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.
Today we continue exploring Hammerlocke and finally move the plot forward.
@ActiveTransport: You should look up the soundtrack, there are some pretty solid gems in there. The gym leader music is always a great choice though.
I have no idea..maybe some misguided attempt at difficulty? It's a horrible idea.
*looks up Kalos Route 8*
...wtf there's a Sky Trainer with high-20s? That's ridiculous!

@Kit_The_Feef: That is hilarious! Also kind of fitting since Raihan's one of the only really tough gym leaders, and Duraludon is almost as annoying at Miltank. It would be even funnier if 241 in Galar was Hatterene, but that's still pretty funny.
All good choices! I still say Slumbering Weald has weird 80s vibes, but I like it.
I haven't played the Sword DLC, but Klara and Avery have different music?
*checks*
Oh wow, that one is good too.

@Mr Spaz: Haha, I would totally do the same thing. Imagine if it actually worked-that would be so busted...

@RubyClaw: It's so good! I think it's gotta be the best gym leader music of all time (Gen 5 and 6 are decent contenders though).

@ArsSanctum: Marnie's theme is arguably the best of the rivals...I just wish she got more battles we could hear it in 😔
Question: my favorite SwSh music is definitely the gym leader music, as well as (lategame spoilers) Piers' theme (props for him having a unique one). Marnie's is also pretty good, and the Team Yell grunts' battle is also pretty solid...interesting how all the Dark specialists have the best music :v:
Okay, let's stop avoiding the plot and see what's going on with Rose and Bede.

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Who cares? Besides, I thought you were gonna find his pants, which you haven't.

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Oleana praise 👀

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That feels oddly ominous, especially given what happens later...

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What problem, his lack of pants?

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Also, that hoodie is super unflattering-it totally shows his dad bod. Nothing against dad bods-I'd probably say I have one myself tbh, although I'm only 31 and not a dad :v:

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I wish the game had more plot foreshadowing like this. But the way the plot is done just feels super flat-you'll see what I mean later on.

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But I've beaten him four times and it hasn't done anything. Come to think about it, I've beaten you twice, so technically that makes me stronger than either of you.

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I'd love to see you try.

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Don't encourage him!

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👀
I want to know, but at the same time I'm not sure I do...

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You wanted me to eavesdrop? 🤔

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Yes yes, we know.

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Oh really?

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...and we're carrying that on our arm? o_o

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I'm always up for learning, although I'm a little uncomfortable being escorted by an older man in his boxers :sweatdrop:

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I've never had curry, but I thought it was supposed to be spicy? Sweet or bitter curry doesn't sound very appetizing...

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Again, this is something I really wish was elaborated on...it might explain some stuff that happens later, or at least give Rose a more compelling backstory. I wonder how close he got to being champion?

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It does look pretty impressive.

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Into the castle we go, although luckily not to fight (yet).

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...what did you do with Bede, Oleana?
*indifferent chirp*
It's not that I care about him, I just want to make sure she isn't up to anything nefarious.

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I wish real-life sports arenas doubled as power plants...or better yet, put power plants in place of them 😒

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Please tell me you have adblock, I'm not sitting through stupid ads.

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Oh, I thought it would be a video 😐
Honestly, it doesn't really make much sense...

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Shouldn't it be "absorbed by the tower"?

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Either way, this is pretty ingenious. Wish we had something similar IRL.

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I wonder if the Pokémon world is less reliant on fossil fuel than our world? Considering they have literal electricity-generating Pokémon, it wouldn't surprise me if they're close to 100% renewable.

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"-Wishing Stars!"
Good luck with that? I have no idea how you would use them.

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"Sir, you really should get dressed, people are staring..."
"Maybe I want them to stare~"
😳

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So is she your boss? That would actually be a very cool twist...(spoiler: she isn't).

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Why not? Sounds interesting.

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"And sexy!"
😬
I mean, he's not bad looking, but...

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But I wanna go in :(
At least we'll actually get inside later. I still want to know what was in the other 5 entrances to the Kalos Power Plant...

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Completely unrelated, but I like the red/purplish blue aesthetic.

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Master Ball pls?

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Well, obviously-I couldn't have gotten here with Connor still at level 5 and my other 'mons still at the level I caught them.

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A freebie is a freebie, I guess.

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Although I really don't think this will be too useful since we're probably gonna be even or underleveled compared to potential catches, but we'll see.

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What do you mean? You haven't seen her be scary 🤔

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I still say it would be cool if the leaders had scaled teams.

Anyway, time to head to the vault.

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Oh snap, why's Leon here? And where's best Pokémon?

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So far, so good-three badges, no losses.

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"Did something happen with him?"
And this is where Hop starts an actually interesting arc.

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Maybe he stole Zard? That would explain why he's missing.
"But he's right here!"
Oh. Well let me see him then!
*offended chirp*
No, I will not stop being a Charizard stan.
*sulky chirp*
That doesn't mean any of you are less important.

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Yeah, he's lost to me...
*checks notes*
...four times now. Not sure why losing to Bede affected him more.

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Can't really relate.

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In my case, that would also mean burying the fallen 'mons and having to rebuild. It is good advice, though.

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...what.
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I know you're trying to be a supportive older brother, but I don't think there's any hope for Hop tbh.

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*checks time*
*screenshot taken at 1:18 AM, and I'm writing this at 2 AM*
...yeah, I'm a night owl.

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Oh, never mind. That does sound important.

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...really? The stadium/power plant is literally right around the corner...

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Only if he agrees not to fight me, since I only have three badges :ohdear:

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And in a lot of fanfic circles, he's your secret lover as well :v:
(Not me personally though.)

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I was headed that way anyway, how convenient.

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I think you got stood up...

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A more optimistic possibility.

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"-finally to Hammerlocke!"
Ugh, I think we already know that.

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...what. Wouldn't you rather have something with a lot of protein? I thought that was the whole point of trail mix...

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Yeah, not looking forward to that one. It seems like it'd be a lot of fun, but controlling it is a pain.

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Could be handy later.

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And there's Raihan. I still wonder how you pronounce his name, especially since I've never heard of anyone named Raihan IRL.

But first, what's going on in front of the vault?

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I don't remember-is that like a physical version of Wise Glasses or one of the EV-boosting items?

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Thanks, game. Definitely the more useful of the options.

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Literally what.

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Sorry, but type matchups and especially 4x weaknesses >>> experience. You have like no chance unless your Rhydon is significantly overleveled. It can't learn any Grass moves...can it?
*checks*
Nope, not even Grass Knot. Poor Rhydon is gonna get bodied :c

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Which makes me sad because he's cute when he's happy :c

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Absolutely fucking not. 1) my Toxel already evolved
*laughs and strums chest*
and 2) I fucking hate Togepi. I would literally never take that offer.

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Almost any Pokémon is cooler than annoying egg baby.

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Don't mind me, just watching the battle~
*bored chirp*
What? I can't take a break?

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👀

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No, I haven't-I'm always late to finding out stuff, probably because I don't use much social media. And I'm completely out of the loop wrt forum stuff.

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Oh. That is considerably less interesting.

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What does that have to do with me?

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What region? Unova, Alola? Kalos isn't too far...

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I feel like you should just tell her how you feel, but 🤷‍♂️

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Sorry, I don't have one.

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What happens if you do this? I never did it in Shield.

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No thanks, I've never had any use for the pledge moves, especially since you'd need two starters for them to be useful. Am I underestimating them in regular play?

What's the roadblock this time?

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Not again 🙄

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0/10 completely dreadful.

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I like Raihan, but his outfit is terrible.

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How do you pronounce your name?

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Not telling *shifty eyes*.
*puzzled chirp*
I'm shy, dang it.

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I doubt Google will help much. Come to think about it, I doubt I'd even find anything if I Googled myself (my real name, not Skarmizard), except for my Facebook. Might actually find more by Googling my username...although that would probably just bring up sprites/artwork :v:

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...how? 😱

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Oh, that's probably how.
...do I detect a hint of jealousy?

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Ugh, I know that already. That's not even why I'm here.

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My character agrees :v:

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Yes, but only to see-I'm not Wario, don't worry.

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Learning from history is always good-you know what they say about people who don't.

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Not again 😳
Although at least he's dressed, and closer to my character's age.

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Um, no offense, but nothing here looks all that interesting...

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Insert joke about that being the real "treasure"?

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Oh, that makes more sense.

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Used to be? Where's the center now?

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So what is this? A mini-vault, or a fake vault? 🤔

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*snort*
I'm stealing that as an insult 😂

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Ooh, it's exclusive~

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It also leads back outside.

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...I see you, TM.

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Ew, never mind.

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I wonder where that staircase goes?

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Ooh, fancy.

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So calm! I would have screamed if someone had snuck up on me like that.

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I wonder how they maintain them? I would think they'd fade/be eaten by moths or something over the centuries.

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Who are these people?

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The blond guy fell on his butt 😆

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Wait, the weapons stopped the disaster? So much for the "legendary hero".

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How did they become kings? Did they establish a monarchy after the disaster?

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...huh, I guess they did.

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Honestly, I'm more curious about the fact that two weapons apparently stopped the disaster. What do you think, Connor?
*stares thoughtfully, then chirps and holds up two fingers*
Yeah, it is kind of weird that there are two people when the "legendary hero" was only one person.

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Maybe one of them did something terrible and got erased from history? Or one was a narcissist and blocked out the other...

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Both valid questions. But it almost looks like the Wishing Star somehow caused the disaster, unless there's some missing story.

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Glad I could help? To be honest, I feel like it raised more questions than answers, but it's interesting to think about.

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Random but do they allow pictures? Maybe that would be a good way to study them more?

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Anything but Revives pls.

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:facepalm:

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Well, if it's been 3,000 years, they've probably rusted to nothing.

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You can re-examine the tapestries, but they don't say anything new.

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...wait just a second. You know there are two heroes? Are you covering up something?

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The Leon worship is almost cult-like :ohdear:
...also, do I detect a touch of jealousy? 😏

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I think he is jealous.

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Sounds like a plan.

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You did not just refer to yourself in the third person 😒

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...you literally just said that.

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Omg yes, have we not freaking established that? 😒

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I think we know that by now. But it'll have to wait until next time.

Teamshot is the same as last time.

Next time, we head down Route 6 toward the next gym.
Question of the update: do you ship any of the SwSh cast, and if so, who?
 

ActiveTransport

Fiery Torch
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
3654
Caught
Feb 5, 2021
Messages
374
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!
Raihan is the Dragon-type Gym Leader--he DOES have a "scaled" team!! HAHAHAHAHA!

I'll show myself out.

That much talking and not a single battle in the whole update, huh? I'm starting to see why everybody criticizes the plot of SwSh so much. I'm almost going crazy from the amount of backtracking and handholding and repetition, and I only have to read it, not play it!
 

Kit_The_Feef

Someone who draws too much ¯\_(ಠωಠ)_/¯
Artist
Screenshotter
Godfather
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
4612
Caught
Jun 16, 2021
Messages
1,208
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.
I have a few ships, nothing too serious. Leon/Sonia, Leon/Raihan, Sonia/Nessa... And that's about it. I'm not much of a shipper. I just think those three ships are kinda cute. Maybe they should form a polycule 😳
Jokes aside, I've never understood the point of the vault scene? Or any of Sonia's "discovery" scenes, anyway.
 

Mr Spaz

I caught the big– OH SHIT
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
399
Caught
Jul 6, 2019
Messages
439
Location
Under your bed. I found $50
Nature
Modest
Pronouns
He/Him/It
Pokémon Type
  1. Electric
  2. Dark
  3. Flying
  4. Psychic
My main SWSH ship is Raihan/Piers.

Also the SWSH Nuzlocke drinking game, remember to take a shot for every Revive Sonia gives you. 2 for every Max Revive.
For the record, the regular SWSH drinking game is to take a shot any time someone mentions that Leon is undefeated/unbeatable or something like that.

Also, Rose's League Card says he got 2nd place in the Champion Cup
 
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OP
Skarmizard

Skarmizard

Metal dragon bird/Smash ‘locker
Writer
Screenshotter
Pokédex No.
1002
Caught
Nov 12, 2019
Messages
2,798
Location
Texas
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
he/him
Pokémon Type
  1. Dark
  2. Dragon
  3. 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.
Today we start down Route 6 toward the next gym.
@ActiveTransport: That was so funny I forgot to laugh 😐
Don't worry, we get back to action today. I didn't actually realize there weren't any battles in the last update until I was almost finished with it, and I thought that cutting it before we headed into a new route was the best place to stop. But yeah, parts of the game are pretty tedious. At least there aren't 5000 cutscenes like Gen 7 had...

@Kit_The_Feef: What's a polycule? A four-way relationship?
Those all seem pretty plausible though. Now I'm picturing Sonia and Raihan fighting over Leon :V:
I'm not really sure either, especially since it's usually pretty obvious stuff. Maybe they just wanted to give her more screentime?

@Mr Spaz: I could definitely see it, especially after the Finals match and some of the postgame.
...I think if you did that, you would die of alcohol poisoning by the halfway mark o_o. I love the idea though...maybe I should do that for one update :v:
I was gonna say "take a shot every time anyone says Leon's bad with directions, 2 if he says it himself", but that's pretty great as well 😆.
That explains some things...again, why didn't they mention this in-game? Such a missed opportunity.
Question: I'm not really much of a shipper, but I definitely think something happened between Leon and Sonia at some point. I also wouldn't be surprised if Leon and Raihan were a thing, although I don't personally ship it.
It's time to head out of Hammerlocke (for now).

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Off to Route 6, the...desert? Since when did the UK have deserts? :psyduck:

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And we promptly run into these miscreants again.

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Along with a very sleepy snake.

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Isn't it though? 🥺

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Big eyes make everything cute.

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>Team Yell
>helping something sleep
Suuuure it is... 😒

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I doubt it, but you can try.

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😲
One thing to give Team Yell credit for: they aren't cruel to/threaten random civilians.

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She leaves, and then an unwelcome face appears...Hop.

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Yes, but first I'm taking you back to Postwick so you'll be out of my hair. Leon insisted on it.

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You mean "let me through"-the only place you're going is home.

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Goddammit Hop, they probably would've let me through if you hadn't showed up.

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Or maybe not. Reminds me of Team Skull's disdain for the island challenge...which I always thought was because most of them failed it. You could maybe argue the same here, if these guys weren't simping for Marnie.

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And your shouting isn't gonna wake it up?

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What "we"? Leon told me he retracted his endorsement of you because of how bad you are.
(Not really, but I could see it. May use that as a plot in a future run...)

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But I'm happy to fight them, especially since it's been two updates with no fights.

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Just as long as you stay out of the way.

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You hypocrite-you're the one making all the noise!

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Bring it.

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Oh no, he has a Karen of his own 😱

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Not that it's a match for my electric cat/dog/wolf/whatever the heck Manectric is supposed to be.

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Good start, and of course it deploys the typical Karen antics. The more annoying thing is that it hit.

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But that's not too bad, and I outspeed, so even if it has Venoshock it doesn't matter.

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1 point for trying?

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Why do I get crits when I don't need them? 😐
*sad whine*
No no, you did great. Just complaining about game mechanics.

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Somebody's getting close to evolving~

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Stormy's still in good shape, but just to be safe I'll let someone else take the next 'mon.

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Besides, Edgar wants to stretch his wings anyway.

So I somehow managed to screenshot the next few turns without ever getting a shot of Edgar attacking or the Linoone's health bar ._.

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Basically, this happens twice, doing about 30 damage each time (no crits though), while Edgar attacks twice on his own, doing a little less than half each turn.

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Two turns later, Edgar's at 25 and the Linoone is in the red. But it's faster...

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...so I heal, and then it uses Hone Claws...followed by Baby-Doll Eyes??? It went completely :psyduck:

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That was weird.

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*grumble*
(Sidenote: I hate that they kept this in BDSP and Legends, but it seems to work better in those games? BDSP's letting me use a bunch more Pokémon because of it and I feel like it'll help that terrible endgame grind, and with Legends having so few trainer fights, it doesn't bother me as much there. Still hoping it's back to optional in Scarlet/Violet, although I doubt it...)

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I still say you made more noise with the freaking megaphone.

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...are you fucking kidding me? I can believe you lost to Bede, but how did you lose to a random grunt? That's it, I'm kicking you out of the gym challenge myself, regardless of what Leon says.

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Cat fight!

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Uh oh.

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Oh, that's right-Liepard sucks.

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But it is faster, and I'm definitely not taking any chances with a 'mon named after my IRL pet.

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I would not recommend giving lemonade to your actual cat.

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Ass 😒

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Oh wait, I have Shock Wave >:)

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Of course it has to be petty and use that first so now I have to sit through it inevitably getting all 5 hits and-

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lmao

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My cat > your cat.

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Great job, Stormy. Will you give her an Antidote for me, Connor? I have a bunch of dialogue to sit through.
*chirps and gives a thumbs-up*
Thank you.

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Again, hypocrite.

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...and that's a good reason to cry? 🤔

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Good riddance.

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Yeah, she's pretty great. *pets Stormy*
*purrs and rubs against my leg*

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I heard. Honestly I'm not surprised, since a) I've beaten you four times and b) he has more 'mons than you.

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Can't relate :v:

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So I know I've shit on Hop a lot in this run, but I actually really like what they do with him here. This is the point where I realized "oh thank goodness, he's not another Hau after all". It is kind of sad to see him this down, although it's nice to actually see some character development. It reminds me of Bianca in Black/White, who had one of my favorite character arcs which carried into BW2. I just wish they had done something similar with Hau or the Gen 6 "rivals". I know they tried with Lillie, but it didn't really work for me because it was so abrupt.
(Not sure why the game did a close up on the back of his head though...)

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Somehow I doubt that, since literally everyone keeps referring to him as the unbeatable champion. Just because you're mediocre at best shouldn't affect his reputation.

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Case in point.

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Um...good luck with that? Maybe it's best for you to withdraw from the gym challenge while you do.

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Somehow the Silicobra slept through all that, only to wake up now. You might think it fights you here (or you can catch it), but it just stares at you for a second and then slithers away.

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Who's there?

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GAH!
*yelps and nearly flings a water balloon*
Don't sneak up on us like that!

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Why is an elderly woman sneaking up on me? Should I be scared that you're a witch?

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*confused*

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...okay? I am very creeped out right now...but honestly, Opal is one of the funniest characters in the game. You'll really get to see it when we reach her gym, and one scene after always leaves me rolling.
Even this scene is funny for two reasons: one is the way she sneaks up on you, which is practically a jumpscare, and two:

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She walks so slowly :V:
To be fair, she is quite elderly (she's 88, and yes, that will be relevant later), but it's still kind of funny.

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After that, we can finally start exploring the route properly.

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Not sure mine feel the same way, but we'll see.

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"Beauty" is such a narcissistic name. Most of them aren't even all that pretty...

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And they always have fat pink blobs.

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Stormy does a nice chunk, but now it's spinning the roulette wheel... :ohdear:

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*snort*
The image of it picking up Stormy with those stubby little arms and throwing her is hilarious 😆
It also did a whopping 11 damage.

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This might seem like a bad matchup, but I think Metronome is its only move. And since it's only at half, this should be fine.

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And it was.

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Oh no, a bigger pink blob.

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Again, pretty sure that's its only move, so we get more roulette spins...

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No clue what that does.
*looks it up*
Oh, that's interesting. Too bad it didn't do anything.

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Stormy missed next turn, then it turned into a ghost :V:
(Insert theory about Gengar and Clefable...also, I thought that was Giratina's move, but apparently that's Shadow Force? Having two of them seems kind of redundant...)

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So I swapped to Johanna for the resist.

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That looks cool as hell!

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Razor Leaf didn't do much, and then it got Cotton Guard, which is annoying but another funny image.

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So close.

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With those stubby arms? 🤨

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Meh.

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That was entertaining.

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As usual, the wrong 'mon gets a level *grumble*

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Never mind, good Ground STAB is greatly appreciated.

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I thought Ancient Power would be better for potential omniboosts.

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Should be, especially since this isn't Hisui and there aren't bandits running around.

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...one of them was evolved already! Did you forget how you evolved it? 😑

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Encounter time~

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Not bad.

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Uh oh.

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Oh ok, that's manageable.

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Ooh, that's the unique ability! It summons a sandstorm when it's attacked.
(It can also have Shed Skin, which is solid as well.)

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Another Brutal Swing left me pretty low.

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I think it knew I was gonna heal, because it went for Glare.

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And then tried to paraflinch me.

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But it didn't work, so DJ threw fossils at it to weaken it a little more.
(Ancient Power has a cool animation now!)

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Easy enough.

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After the Metronome fight, those are deserved. Stormy also tried to learn Roar, but I said no because Roar sucks, although picturing my cat roaring is both hilarious and adorable 🥺

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That's a lot of sand ._.

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Not bad at all. Not sure whether I'll use her or not, but she could be worth trying out.
(Named because it's a female sand snake. Never met a guy named Sandy, but I guess it's possible?)

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I wonder how people got around this route before they put ladders in?

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Nice!

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That ladder leads to a dead end. What's in the pond?

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Another of Doug's relatives!

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Stormy handled him easily for a nice chunk of EXP.

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Then we ran into a sleepy-looking Helioptile.

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Ooh, a Double Battle. As well as double ladders-the right one is the way to progress.

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Makes sense.

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😳

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Poor guy looks so tired. I feel like this is accurate of IRL doctors.

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Eww, get that thing out of my sight. Pawniard is cool though.

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Okay girls, take out the Togetic first-not only do I hate it, it also makes an annoying squeaking noise every time it flaps its wings.
*mews*
*determined yip*

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Great start.

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And it's gone.

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Nice.

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Ohhhh yes~

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An obvious upgrade.

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Nice, everyone's getting close to evolving.

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Aww, it's trying.

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That is unfortunate, at least for him.

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That poor Pawniard gets to be the first victim of Kristin's new power.

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...although Stormy almost took it out first :v:

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Sorry, I had to :V:

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Understandable-I'm the same way.

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Eh, it's one of those nebulous terms that doesn't really have a definition.

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What? It would absolutely be worse-doctors are incredibly important.

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Or a psychic, since they could actually communicate with them. Do you think they'll ever make it to where we can actually talk to our 'mons (as in, actual conversations)?

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It's time~

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She is majestic AF now and I love it ❤️

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So by that logic, I don't have to worry about losing her in this run? 🤔

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Look how strong she is now! 🥺

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And then I realized she doesn't have any Normal moves anymore, so the Silk Scarf was pointless. The Wise Glasses will be much more beneficial, plus they look great on her.

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Where from?

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...that's not good.

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Let's see what happens this turn and then switch.

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That's a good chunk of damage, but Bulk Up is scary.

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So I swapped to Edgar, and it used it again.

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So close...but luckily it used a weaker move.

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The +2 meant it still did decent damage though.

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That could've been bad, but it all worked out.

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A good chunk of EXP for the struggle.

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Suddenly Spanish!
Maybe she's from the Scarlet/Violet region, since the popular theory is it's either Spain or South America?

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Have fun.

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What is that on the left?

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More fossils.

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Ooh, nice! Can hand that out for some solid coverage.

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I'm not a very good cook though :c

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Maybe later.

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This is another of those items I tend to forget exists.

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Why is she all dirty?

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"Cara Liss"? Is that supposed to be "careless?" 🤔

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Oh, you're the fossil person of these games!

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Why do you want two though? Even if I get two Pokémon (I don't), I'd only be able to use one.

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Nevermind, she merges them into one 'mon. The fossil 'mons are overall very cool, so this should be something neat.

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⏳

⌛

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You would think there would be a chance of this not working.

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What is it, what is it?

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That sounds pretty cool! Let's see it...

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...I can't decide if that is cool or horrifying.

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Electric/Ice is a very intriguing typing, but part of me feels like this thing shouldn't exist.

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Not sure if I'm gonna use it or not-it's kind of tempting, but considering how many 'mons I have, I don't know yet.
(I literally sat there for 15 minutes trying to think of a name, but was drawing a complete blank. You're welcome to offer suggestions!)

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That sounds more like a way to create abominations...

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Although it makes me wonder what they were actually like.

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...I would've loved a future Haxorus 😭

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More money.

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You're no Elesa.

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Maybe more Naomi Campbell, but hopefully without the temper?

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This should be easy.
(I've been leading with Stormy every fight since she's a little behind in levels.)

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Kind of pointless since I'm not poisoned.

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...yeah.

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Easy enough.

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Nice.

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Does this look familiar?

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You get one guess what happened. Hint: BURN TO THE GROUND

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True.

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You really don't, sorry.

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Nice! This will be handy for Edgar.
*Edgar can't learn it*
...what. He literally evolves into a Steel-type! (And he learns it on evolution, so it all works out.)

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I have a hunch: since the other backpacker had a Sawk, you probably have a Throh.

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Let's see if I'm right...

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Boom. I planned for this by leading with Edgar.

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Good start.

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That's the one that always crits.

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Pretty pathetic for a crit though.

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So close...

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No, don't switch me out!

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It only did 15 damage to Edgar, but of course it drags out the worst possible 'mon. But it's so low and Johanna should be faster, so I think this will be fine.

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Yep.

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And Throh is her only 'mon, so that's that.

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"-of my travels!"
Um...have fun with that?

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It seems right to evolve Johanna after that, especially since I said I'd evolve her and Kristin around the same time.

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Ew, please don't open your mouth 😖

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But evolutions are always exciting.

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Shiftry has really weird feet. Also, it's apparently psychic?

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Ooh, not bad.

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40 power isn't really worth it. If she can get Giga Drain, I'll go with that though.

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My team is getting so strong 🥺
But...

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Johanna has to go to the box for now. I feel kind of bad boxing her immediately after evolving, but considering the next two gyms are Fighting and Fairy...yeah. Even though Noibat sucks, Drake is probably still better for this gym. But don't worry, she'll be back soon.
(Something I didn't realize until either this run or very late in Shield: fully-evolved Pokémon have larger party sprites.)

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I'm pretty sure we already know that.

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That will be handy later.

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Connor was getting bored, so I decided to let him fight a random Dugtrio.

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...which ended up getting Edgar a level, for one of the rare cases where my starter isn't my highest leveled 'mon.
*sulky chirp*
Oh calm down, you'll just level up next fight anyway.

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Are you Siebold? You sound just like him.

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AAAAAAAAAAAAAA WHAT IS THAT FACE

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Also, how did he not drop the sculpture?

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He literally looks crazy o_o
Also, I'm pulling Connor out for DJ, because I don't trust this Koffing.
*pouts*
Trust me on this one.

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Doesn't seem too worrisome, but it made me miss next turn, and then...

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Oh shit! 😱
*shrieks*
Now you see why I switched you out?
*nods frantically*









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...although those are less scary now that they don't halve your Defenses.

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And then Connor leveled up anyway :v:

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So I sent him back in to handle not-Olivia.

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It got a decent hit in with Rock Slide, but it went down next turn anyway after an unneeded crit.

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Nice.

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He looks considerably less crazy now.

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I would agree with you, but you thought blowing up your Koffing was artistic somehow...

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And passing by the giant Dugtrio statue gets us to Stow-on-Side. We'll check it out next time.


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Next time, we explore Stow-on-Side and begin the fourth gym.
Question of the update: which of the Galar fossils is your favorite?
 
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Dracozolt. The Galar fossils are abominations but 'Zolt is really cute, and I prefer Dragon typing over Ice typing.
 

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Why, uh...why is there a giant Dugtrio statue?

You laugh at Metronome, but I once almost lost multiple Pokemon in a single battle to a Metronome Clefairy. It kept spitting out moves like Earthquake and Flamethrower. Fortunately there weren't actually any deaths, but that was sheer luck. Speaking of death, that Doctor said the world would be a better place if there were no need for doctors--if nobody ever got hurt.

My favorite Galar fossil is Arctovish because it's the worst of the four for competitive battling, meaning it's the one I have to see the least. Those things are truly abominations.
 

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Favorite SWSH ost has gotta be the Gym theme along with Bede's OG theme. If gives off alot of the same vibes as Gladions in SM and I really dig it.

Fave fossil has got to be either Dracovish or Dracozolt. essentially any of the dragon ones. tho I do wish we got an official look at what they would look like unfused.
 

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favorite is dracozolt, he is my boy
dracovish is a close second because it is canonically the god of destruction in the pokemon universe
 
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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.
Today we explore Stow-on-Side and begin the fourth gym. I wanted to have this up way sooner, but had a bunch of IRL stuff happen (mom in the hospital, my car died while she was in the hospital, then we went on vacation after she got out, and my job's been kicking my ass since we got back, plus my internet has been fucking garbo lately). The good news is, my mom's doing fine and the car is fixed.
@Kit_The_Feef: Definitely agree that Dracozolt's the best-looking, and I love the typing too.

@ActiveTransport: I have no idea, and I don't think it's ever mentioned in-game...maybe if you squint, it's an OG Pokémon Snap reference, since one of the hidden signs was a Dugtrio?
Jeez, that fight sounds like a nightmare o_o
The one that gives me issue is those two girls outside Ecruteak in HGSS, especially since you can't fight them separately...
That makes more sense, but I still think doctors are great to have. Kid me wanted to be a doctor until I realized it'd take 20 years of school...
Haha, that's a pretty good reason. It's probably the most overlooked of the four as well, since Dracovish overshadows it completely.

@REDalchemist: Everyone loves the gym theme! For good reason too, and Bede's is solid, although I didn't know he had two?
I do too-it's a mystery right up there with the original Unovan dragon. Maybe one day we'll get to see the original fossils...

@redninjapuffle: I think the Dracos are way more popular than the Arctos, which makes sense since Dracovish is so strong and Dracozolt is the most normal-looking.
Question: I don't really have strong feelings on any of the fossils, but I think I like the two -zolt ones better aesthetically. I think I'd say Dracozolt is my favorite purely for design/typing, especially since it's the least awkward-looking one.
Let's see what Stow-on-Side has to offer us.

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It's nice, but honestly it seems like it'd fit more in a region based on the southwest US, since AFAIK the UK doesn't have any desert...
(Yes I know we already had a region based in Arizona (Orre), but I feel like this area would fit it just as well. Look up New Mexico's architecture and tell me it wouldn't fit.)

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Never heard of a town starting around a mural-usually it's the other way around.

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Probably even more exciting.

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Freebies 👀

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...I already got a fossil 😐

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I guess they intended for you to come here first?

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Yeah, already knew that.

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I wonder if Kristin or Johanna have any interesting move options now that they're evolved?

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Nasty Plot could be handy, although I prefer Flamethrower's accuracy over Fire Blast's power.

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Also some cool choices-Leaf Blade is one of my favorite moves, and Extrasensory or Air Cutter could be good coverage. Could even use Explosion as a potential nuke option, although I don't think I could ever bring myself to use it.

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*snort*
So does that mean you're the one teaching the moves, not the guy?

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Does that mean you're not actually super buff? That would be unique-I wish they'd make more unique NPC/trainer designs.

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More like cliché.

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I would hope so-you'd be silly not to.

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I mean, ruins are pretty interesting.

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You can actually slip behind the sign and find an item back here.

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I don't think I'll need this, but who knows?

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This open-air market looks nice, but where are the sellers?

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Unless these Maractuses (Maracti?) are the sellers?

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It doesn't look like it's slacking off to me...

Ignoring Hop for now, so let's see what those two guys have.

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Bargains? 👀

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Nah, that's not really useful for me.

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That might be, but not too worried about it. The cool thing is, not only will he tell you his next item, he'll actually still sell you the previous item for a little extra money.

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"-a good reward!"
Maybe we'll have better luck with him?

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❗
That is a lot of money-$8000 more than selling it in a mart!

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This is a very handy way to rack up extra money, although considering I already have $150K it's not super pressing.

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...I have questions.

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...I have even more questions :psyduck:

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Well, it can learn Rain Dance, and apparently it can, according to the Pokédex and @RubyClaw's lorelocke ruleset.

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...between its eyes 😐

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How exactly does one play with a Bronzong? I'm picturing someone ringing it repeatedly and annoying people...which is actually a pretty funny image 😆

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"-get them here!"
I feel like you're scamming people by charging too much money for this stuff.

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But the point of a trip is for you to come back with more stuff than you left with :v:

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Could be useful.

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There's a little side section over here with a couple more items.

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More money, and ooh, one of my favorite held items! That chip damage can come in handy, especially when the enemy uses a multi-hit move and takes more damage than they deal out from hitting it multiple times 😆

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These houses are quite lovely.

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Stirring the pot is only exciting on reality TV shows for drama :v:

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Yes because raw food is incredibly dangerous. Not only is it unsafe, it'll make Gordon Ramsay extremely angry :ohdear:

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Cute.

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There's more stuff on top of these roofs.

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That looks incredibly dangerous. I would be so terrified of accidentally falling off... :ohdear:

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Sorry, don't have one. Also not a fan of the Hatterene line since it's literally a Gardevoir clone, down to the fanservicey design. I didn't mind Unova having a lot of obvious expies, but this one is just redundant, especially since Gardevoir is in the Galar dex already.

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I doubt I'll need this, but maybe the extra power for Steel moves will come in handy?

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That on the other hand could definitely be useful, although I think my Poison-types already have it or learn it soon.

Unfortunately, we can't do anything else without seeing what Hop wants.

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What?

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I still say the best thing for you to do is just go home and withdraw from the challenge. I think you need a few more years of being a trainer before you'll get anywhere.

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You also need better strategies and to actually have more than 3 Pokémon.

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Nope. I really don't feel like beating your ass again.

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...I'm pretty sure losing to me again isn't going to help you. I think it would be much better for you to fight someone you can actually beat.
But of course the game won't let you do that 🙄

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It really won't, because you're just gonna lose again. Just throw the darn sheep out so I can get this over with.

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...well, that's new. And this is the biggest sign that something's seriously up with him-considering his Wooloo is his actual starter 'mon, the fact that it's gone at this point is...you definitely realize something's wrong.
(Spoilers for later: it's not a Gary's Raticate-type situation. I never really believed that theory anyway.)
Luckily I had the perfect lead in Stormy.

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It's not gonna happen, especially because I'd lose my 'mons if I let you win.

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It's faster? That's a surprise, but luckily I'd just gone for Thunder Wave.

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Dive does a decent chunk, but Static proced anyway. Dive also triggered its ability, which is why it has an Arrokuda in its beak. It can also have a Pikachu if its HP is low, which is an absolutely hilarious image-I saw that when I played Shield and it had me rolling.
I then used Spark for the obvious OHKO, which Hop felt the need to comment on:

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Literally everybody except you, apparently 😒

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Its ability still goes off though, so it spit the Arrokuda at me for 1/4th my max HP and lowered my Defense. (Pikachu does the same damage, but paralyzes instead of the Def drop.)

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We apparently got the same catch on Route 6, so I let Connor handle it.

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Another clean OHKO.
*yawns*
Same.

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He continues to copy me! Although why he didn't raise it one more level and evolve it baffles me ._.

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Earth Power has an epic animation, and needless to say it was another oneshot.

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As Cheren would say: "you are completely hopeless".

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Can we go 4-for-4 with OHKOes?

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Almost...come on, let it hit itself :fingerscrossed:

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Oh yes~

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Great job, guys.
*smug chirp*
*happy mew*

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I told you, you really shouldn't have bothered fighting me.

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Maybe he gets that now?

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I mean, that's not a bad idea, but you still need to actually train them up. Personally I'd have kept Corvisquire on board, but 🤷‍♂️

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We've been over this-Leon's not gonna look bad just because you suck. He's one of the only fights in this game that's legitimately scary.

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Good luck with that? I still say withdrawing from the challenge would be better for you, but...
(In all seriousness, I actually really like this arc. So many of the rivals never get any character development, plus they always use the same Pokémon over and over and over *cough*Cheren*cough*. Having him switch up his team is a nice change that I hope carries forward in later games.)

We then have another mini-jumpscare courtesy of Opal:

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AAAA! Stop sneaking up on me!
Where did you even come from?
*chirps threateningly while holding a water balloon*
That's not necessary, Connor. Although I really wish she would quit doing that...

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I agree.

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More hivemindness~
Although it's funny she says that, because fun fact only revealed in the DLC:
Opal nearly became champion 50 years before the games. Granted, that was against Mustard instead of Leon, and she would've only been 38 at the time, but it's interesting to note that she was that close.

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?

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Makes sense, I guess.

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I mean, that's why I'm here...
*rolls eyes and makes a "duh" gesture*
You be nice. I was always told to respect my elders, even if they are saying obvious things.

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That's true, although hopefully we'll be the lucky person who gets through the whole thing and wins fame and fortune as well.

There are a couple more houses to explore up here:

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I don't recognize you specifically, but I guess?

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Please be something good...

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Nice! A good upgrade for both Edgar and Drake.

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I'm a little curious how it got started, but it's neat that it's still going.

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There we are. 2 Wing Attacks might do more damage, but the "safe" turn is more valuable IMO.

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Might give him that later as well. Still think it's kind of silly that Edgar can't learn it now, but he gets it on evolution...

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More stuff on this rooftop...

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...well, that sounds useless 😐

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I love this description though. Although what are the chances of me getting the one 'mon who needs it to evolve? possible foreshadowing?

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Okay?

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...what :psyduck:
Why is everyone in this town so weird?

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I think you make more sense than half the people.

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This sign would've made more sense at the town's entrance...

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Is it just me or do these pillars kind of look like Claydols in a way?

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We already know that.

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That sounds obvious, but it actually explains something later on.

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This must be the first one you've seen, because they all look the same.

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...what.

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...that is ugly. Did a 3-year-old draw it?
(The sad part is, it's still better than anything I could do 😞 )

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I think the game agrees with me :v:

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Honestly, same.

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And in the grass, and in the water, etc etc. There are a lot of different species in Galar though.

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I've never done this, but what happens if you try to go on to the next town?

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...I guess that's not surprising.

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You guys still can't spell.

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...I haven't heard that since I was a little kid ._.

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Before we take on the gym, I wanted to go ahead and evolve Connor since he only needed one level. He probably would've gotten it in the gym anyway, but 🤷‍♂️

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And Edgar got another upgrade along the way.

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It's time~

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Which also means no more angsty emo phase :v:

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:yay:
Such a cool design! Although I kind of wish he'd kept the emo hair color.

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That is cool as hell, but...6'3" and not even 100 pounds? He's way too skinny now :ohdear:
(Also he apparently has a knife hidden somewhere in his tail, according to the official website. I have no idea where he'd put it though...)

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Signature move~

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An obvious upgrade. Also look at that SpA and Speed 👀

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Not mentioned: it also has a high crit ratio.

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Now it's gym time.

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After a quick team change. Two Flying-types, one Psychic, Kristin has Extrasensory, Ozzy resists Fighting, and Connor just evolved...I think we're stacked for this gym.

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What's today's freebie?

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It really isn't, even with the ridiculous amount of stuff in it.

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Makes sense though.

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Duh.

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They're okay, I guess.

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So supportive 🥺

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I don't wanna be on TV :shy:

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"-team members."
Honestly, doing a rotation is probably the best way to go until you reach the end. I never really did rotations until I started Nuzlocking, but now pretty much every run I do has at least 8 team members at some point. I've kind of lost count in this run...which is gonna make narrowing it down later really hard :cybercrime:
*scoffs and rolls eyes*
Of course you're going, Connor-the question is gonna be which five I bring with you.

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I just hope they weren't doing Nuzlockes as well...:ohdear:
(Or again, merge this with a Squid Game-like concept if you really want to go dark.)

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"New"? This is my fourth gym, I'm not exactly new.

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Just curious-what happens if you say no?

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*snort*

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Yeah, yeah-I just hope I have privacy.

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Ew, I think the color scheme is better in Shield.

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What is this, a giant pinball machine?

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Yes please.

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It really is a giant pinball machine! 😲

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I already know it's a pain in the ass.

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I don't know why, but I can not control this thing at all. Luckily you won't have to watch me flail around like a dumbass.

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It does look like it'd be fun for the character though, but...I wonder what happens if a challenger barfs along the way? Do they have nausea treatment, or can you wait to recover before fighting the leader?

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Anyway, this first section is pretty easy.

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There we are.

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There's a trainer after each section, as well as a warp pad back to the entrance.

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Nah, I'm good right now.

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What is that expression? o_O

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This should be pretty simple.

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Baltoy's expressionless face is lowkey creepy ._.

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So close...luckily it just wasted its turn.

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And Earth Power takes it out.

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I figured I should switch out since DJ was at -1 Def.

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Nice.

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1) How?
and
2) Why not use a better move?

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The residual damage was actually higher than the direct damage (10 direct, 12 residual).

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Goodbye.

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Nice, although I always forget what level Baltoy evolves at. It should be pretty close, right?
*holds up three fingers, then six*
Good, not too much longer.
...wait, how did you know that, Connor? I know you're smart, but...
*smirks and holds up phone*
...not gonna ask when you took it.

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HELL NO! That is only as a very last resort that I could never bring myself to use!

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That line would be hilarious if you used something with Dazzling Gleam against him.

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How nice 🥺

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Nah, we're good.

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Section 2!

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This is where I think people would start getting nauseous, because the boxing gloves/ghost hands (in Shield) send you spinning like crazy.

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Getting by that wall is the only tricky part.

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It's all right, I just wish the thing was easier to control.

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Hey, an expression that actually makes sense!

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Let's see what Drake can do before I switch him out.

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Since he's faster, he could use Fly to dodge this.

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O_o
I think that was a crit, but that's still pretty impressive given how awful his stats are.

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It used Brutal Swing for exactly half, but I think he can finish it.

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*snort*
He looks so aggressive for something so cute 🥺

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Well done, although why couldn't they make Noibat a little stronger if they didn't want to give it a middle evolution? :cybercrime:

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That could actually be useful for him. I usually don't bother with evasion strats, and I want to keep his other moves until he gets Dragon STAB.

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I guess?

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You should use a Hitmontop or a Spinda then :v:

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One more section.

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This is honestly a fun gym mission, I just wish the cup wasn't so hard to control.

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And this section is annoying.

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This part is both super fun and the part that I think would definitely make challengers puke...

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And done, but *gag* I think I'm gonna be sick now...*urk*
(Post-gym observation: did not realize the cup looks like a Clobbopus. Not sure if it resembles a Pokémon in Shield...maybe Sinistea/Polteageist?
*checks*
It could be.)

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I think *urk* the gym mission *gag* does that for you *retch, falls over*
*concerned yip*
*trills, points a wing at Connor*
*shrugs and grabs Pokéballs*

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I guess I'll handle this fight since our trainer's about to puke.

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How the hell does Hitmonlee eat? He doesn't have a mouth...

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Edgar destroyed him in one hit, and got a level, joining me in the 100 HP club.

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Then I figured I'd let Kristin take out not-Rocky.

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Stupid blighter.

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Perhaps a more tactical approach would be better?

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Granted, 19 damage isn't too worrisome, but a burn should make things easier.

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And how he's only doing 9...I think he needs to get back in the gym. Or maybe he doesn't have Iron Fist like Rocky does?

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Unfortunately, even with the Wise Glasses Extrasensory only did half...am I the only one who thinks Ninetales should be part-Psychic? Both original and Alolan.

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Pathetic.

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That looks like she's trying to break his mind...better him than me, I suppose?

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And that's that.

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Well done, Kristin.

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Did you also throw up in the middle of the gym?

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We plan to.

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We'll fight Bea next time. If you'll excuse me, I have to go check and see if our trainer threw up or not...and possibly find a cleanup crew.
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Next time, we take on Bea for the fourth badge and more plot happens.
Question of the update: did you like the games having different gyms, and would you like to see that continue in the future?
 
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I think its neat, more differences between the two versions makes it feel that both games aren't entirely the same
 

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It's hilarious that the first item the bargain man offered to sell you was a Metal Coat when you can find a Metal Coat for free in that same town. Good thing you didn't buy it after all.

The girl who talks about cooking sounds just like she's giving instructions for the Poffin-cooking minigame in DPPt if you ever played that. Spin it as fast as you can without spinning it so much that it overflows.

The man sitting on the rooftop knows exactly what he's doing. Hop is right beneath him. What a terrible accident it would be indeed if he just happened to fall from that precise spot...

I'm glad your mom is out of the hospital and doing better! Hope it wasn't anything too scary.
 

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It took me an embarrassingly long time for me to realise that the markings on the front of Bronzong are meant to be their eyes. I liked the different gyms, made it more worth playing both versions of the game (I borrowed my brother's copy of Shield)
 

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I love the market on Stow-on-Side city, it has lots of cool little features and generally truly feels like a market instead of just another outdoors mart.

Team is looking great as always (especially Connor), good luck against Bea!

QOTD: Yep! The fact the puzzles were the same with a reskin was a bit annoying, but overall I loved this idea, and any version-exclusive gameplay change is more than welcomed!
 
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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.
Today we take on Bea for our fourth badge.
@redninjapuffle: Definitely agree-it's nice having something other than a few version exclusives distinguishing the game.

@ActiveTransport: I have no idea what the odds of that were, but it was pretty funny 😆
Saved me $3k as well :v:
You know, I thought it was referencing Poffins and wondering if it was an obscure hint at the Sinnoh remakes, but then I thought maybe I was overthinking it...(I'm a huge Gen 4 fan also-Sinnoh's debatably my favorite region and Lucario ties Zard as my favorite 'mon).
Omg, I can't decide if that's terrible or hilarious 🤣
Gonna say both. Luckily there's a Pokémon center right there :v:
And thank you! 🤗 She's doing a lot better (pretty sure it was pneumonia). One good thing is, it made her quit smoking.

@Kit_The_Feef: I could definitely see that, although now I'm curious where you thought its face was 🤔
I'll tell you my embarrassing design mixup in exchange: I thought Torkoal's shell was its head for forever, so I thought it had this hideous red-eyed screaming face. Not sure how long it took for me to realize that was its shell and its face is actually kind of cute.
Yeah, it definitely makes playing/lockeing both games more worthwhile.

@RubyClaw: It is really nice-it reminds me of a little outdoor market I've seen on vacation. The Maractuses apparently being sellers adds some extra character too.
*takes a bow*
He's gonna get a big head from the complements 😐
Yeah, I wish the puzzle would've been different (even just reversing it would've been something), but it's a great gameplay change-I like having more differences in the games than just a few version exclusive 'mons. I really hope it carries over into SV.
Question: I love the games having different gyms, since it makes playing both more fun and exciting (and makes having two games actually worth it). Really hope that carries over into future games-in fact, I wouldn't mind one bit if SV have two completely different gym rosters.
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Okay, I'm feeling better now, so it's time for our fourth gym battle. Thanks for taking out that last trainer, Connor.
*gives a thumbs-up*

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I'm not too worried, even though I've never actually fought Bea. But I figure since most of my team counters Fighting, it should be fine. Edgar's probably gonna get the Dynamax slot again unless he's in bad shape.

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Why isn't she wearing shoes? Must be a karate thing.

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Nice to meet you.

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Um...not really sure how to answer that tbh.

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Bring it on.

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Right to the point, I like it.

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Cue the music!

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What is that throw? :psyduck:

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Interesting lead. I doubt Drake can take it out, but let's see what he can do first.

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Luckily he's faster.

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...give him an A for effort?

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Oh shit, that's boosted since he got hit. Good thing I resist.

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Holy crap, that's through a resist? :ohdear:
Why is Noibat so weak :cybercrime:

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Needless to say, I switched, and I guess he was trying for the priority kill?

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Jeez, this guy packs a punch!

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Gonna need some boosts to outlast him.

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Not boosted this time~

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20 damage instead of 64 is much more reassuring.

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Another boost to be safe, while he used Revenge again.

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We cut it a little close, but it worked out. Gonna heal and then start hitting him.

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He tried another Quick Attack, but it didn't do much.

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Extrasensory looks cool!

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And it did a good chunk of damage. Unfortunately he used Revenge again...

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But at +2, it wasn't any better than the Quick Attack.

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I'm surprised the crowd is this hyped, considering this has been a pretty boring start.

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One down.

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Nice.

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Oh yes~
Toxic is one of my favorite moves.

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An easy upgrade.

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Swapped to Edgar for round 2.

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This should do a healthy chunk.

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...or a crit OHKO can happen. Good job, Edgar.

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Nice, nice.

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Round 3, and hey, I want one of those!

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Nooooo, don't be annoying and do that 😒

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At least he didn't do it twice.

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I really wish Ninetales was half-Psychic, it would help a lot. Also Swords Dance is scary :ohdear:

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I have two possible choices:
1) Try for a Will-O burn then take him out next turn, but what if it misses?
2) Go for another Extrasensory and hope I get a higher roll, but what if the first one was the high roll?

I ended up going with option 2...

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...and Kristin pulled it off :yay:

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Lots of levels this fight.

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That's good, but...why would I give up when I have a 6v1 advantage? 🤨

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Time for the ace. Weird opinion, but I actually like Machoke over Machamp-the two extra arms are just weird to me.

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Anyway, Dynamax time.
*TRILLS LOUDLY*
Next time, I'm bringing headphones 😖

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I love this visual.

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Bring it on. Let's see what you've got.

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They finally gave Machamp pants! I love it 😆
Not sure why the hands are orange though.

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Blow her away, Edgar.

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It did about 60%, which is perfect. One more will do it, but what's she gonna do?

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...okay? Not the signature move?
I guess she sees that as a better option since Edgar resists Flying.

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Another awesome visual.

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It did a hair over half, and I really don't care about the SpDef drop since it's a physical attacker.

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Yeah, this is over.

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Just enjoying the visuals before I finish this.

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And that's game.

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Did everyone level up in this battle? 😲

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That was simple enough. Well done, Edgar.
*trills happily*

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And I felt yours.

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Same to you.

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I'm glad you enjoyed it-I did as well.

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*nod nod*

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Four badges :yay:

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That is an odd handshake. Is it also karate-related?

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Halfway there~

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In theory I could use this to bust the next gym completely, but where's the fun in that?

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I do too, but there aren't as many trainers in this game compared to the older ones :c

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Thank you, but it wasn't too hard.

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Let me guess, Revenge?

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Nice. Something like Brick Break would've been better, but I'll take it.
Although now I'm curious-where do you get the other game's gym's TM? I totally forgot :sweatdrop:
*writes "Ballonlea" in the air*
...did you steal my phone again?
*smug chuckle*
Good thing I don't have anything embarrassing on there 😐

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Eh, not a huge fan of this one tbh.

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That's nice of you 🥺

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No, I have really strong Pokémon. They deserve the credit.

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Glad to hear that 😊

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:shy:

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I wish our recurring fan had a name :c

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Not much to learn-just load up on Flying and Psychic types.

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Oh no, we're getting attacked by a puppy :V:

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Seems like it. I hope he doesn't mind me having an electric cat.

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Oh really?

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Not sure what that thing is supposed to tell...

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A replica drawn by a 3-year old, maybe.

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"-saw the ruins."
All I think is that it's really unimpressive and-

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O_O
What the hell just exploded? 😱

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I don't know, but we probably shouldn't check it out...

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...what did I just say? :facepalm:

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Another quick team switch. I felt like this was a good time to bring Serena onto the squad since she's good against the next gym.

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At least the NPCs actually react, unlike in some games.

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...you're joking, right?

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No idea, but at least she's not getting too close.

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Found this behind her.

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🤷‍♂️

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Why does this kid sound more like an adult?

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Wow, Bede got a team upgrade! (not really.)

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That seems excessive. I think it's ugly too, but destroying it? And what makes you think there are Wishing Stars there?

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Not sure if Copperajah agrees...

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I think you need to chill.

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How did you get one of Rose's Pokémon? And how do you think he'll react when he finds out you're using it for destructive purposes?

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I wanted to see what Sonia had to say, but approaching her triggers the next cutscene.

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My thoughts exactly 😒

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...no? I'm just concerned about you trying to destroy the mural, even if it is ugly AF.

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Thanks for the complement, I guess?

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Too bad for you-I have a perfect counter to you.

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At least he's training his 'mons, unlike Hop.

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Unfortunately for him, Johanna is at full strength and ready to tear him up.

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Dang it, I'm faster, so no boost.

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...never mind, she didn't need it.

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So you know Johanna's gonna destroy you? You should just forfeit now.

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Actually, don't-I'll take the EXP.

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Bringing out the ace already? Too bad it won't save you.

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*whining* Stop being faster, Johanna~

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It lived? And Johanna's weak to that :ohdear:

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Ow. But it doesn't matter, since I'm way faster.

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Ass 😒

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It wasn't enough for it to survive though >:)

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Oh no, it's faster...

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Luckily, it's too weak to be a threat.

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....ouch. Glad I was on the delivering side of that o_o

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Yes because you're a douche.

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I healed just to be safe, but all it did was use Fake Tears. That might have been more useful earlier in the fight.

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Payback didn't quite kill since I was faster, but I don't think it can hit me because it just did that again.

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Done, and she got a well-earned level for it.

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Like I said to Hop earlier, it'd be a waste of time. Although why didn't you use the Copperajah against me?

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Maybe because I actually use a variety of types, unlike you and almost everyone else?
(Or because protagonist :v: )

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Time for a dose of reality. Although now I'm curious-how would the games play out if the protag wasn't around?

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Oh shit, why are Karen Oleana and Rose here, as well as security?

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I guess that's why he didn't use it in battle.

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Oh shit, Bede's going to juvenile detention.

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I feel like both are equally important.

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*snort*
That is a great line. I wonder what other kind of insults like that are common in the Pokémon world?

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"Disappointed dad" vibes.

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...did you adopt him? Or just took him under your tutelage?

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Not really making it clear, although this makes me revisit something I said earlier: do you think Bede actually had to win his badges, or were they just given to him under Rose's orders?
Also I like Rose's disappointed face. That's me dealing with annoying people like Hop and people IRL 😔

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I still say the mural is ugly and destroying it wouldn't really be a big loss, but I do agree with Rose that this is bad.

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That escalated quickly 👀
Although that's what he gets for vandalizing a historic site, even if it is hideous.

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Meanwhile Sonia and I are just over here watching like 👀 🍿
*holding up phone*
...are you filming this, Connor?
*smirks*
...not sure if I disapprove.

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Jeez, twist the knife in even farther, Rose...

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On one hand, I feel kind of bad for Bede since Rose was the one who gave him an opportunity as a trainer, but on the other hand, he kind of deserves it for trying to destroy a historical site.

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Is she gonna confiscate his Pokémon too?

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And then Bede is dragged away to jail.

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Meh, it could've been worse-no one's hurt, and the mural looks okay. *foreshadowing*

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...are there ways you like to lose challengers? I mean, I guess it's better to see someone drop out voluntarily?

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Are you accusing Bede of cheating? Not sure if destroying a mural counts as unfair...definitely unsportsmanlike though.

They leave after that, and then the game remembers Sonia's here.

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So he really is an orphan?

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So Rose really did go disappointed dad on him. But I still wonder if he adopted Bede or just apprenticed him?

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I guess? Except not really:



(If the GIF doesn't load: basically, the mural collapses, revealing two wolf-like creatures holding a sword and shield, with two men with crowns behind them. Sonia has a think for a moment, and then has a 💡 moment.)

So the truth is:

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There were statues behind the mural!

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I think it's a good thing tbh. Makes more sense than what was there before.
...hey Connor, doesn't that look like the thing we saw in the Slumbering Weald way back when?
*thinks, then nods*
I was thinking the same thing.

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Those look like Pokémon to me.

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...I just said that.
*facepalms*
Same.

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Duh, it's the thing on the box art! Although I wonder how wolves use weapons.

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I want to know why there are two people back there.

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I have two theories: either one was a narcissist who erased the other to claim all the credit, or one did something terrible and had to be erased from history. Or the stupid cancel mob went after one of them for some minor thing they did 20 years before saving the region *stifles rant about cancel culture*.

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My question is why was this hidden by that ugly painting? Seems like an odd thing to do.

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...what?
Neither of those make any sense! They're using the weapons-they aren't the weapons themselves!
You're not making any sense, you dingbat!

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Okay, that makes a little more sense, but I still say your dialogue options did not.

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Actually a good question though. Maybe the "legendary hero(es)" wanted all the credit for themselves?

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I still say narcissism.

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Nooo, not more Revives :cybercrime:
(It was, in fact, more Revives.)

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I guess...I really don't want to go there 😐
(Unpopular opinion: Glimwood Tangle/Ballonlea are one of my least favorite areas of these games.)

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You do that.

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I thought that was common knowledge?

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I know, right?

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Someone doesn't appreciate art 😒

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We established that already.

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Why? For tourism?

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Yes, yes.

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No shit.

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I feel like touching mushrooms would be dangerous...at any rate, that'll have to wait until next time.


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Next time, we head through the Glimwood Tangle.
Question of the update: Bea or Allister?
 
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Allister. He's just a sad ghost boi with anxiety, I relate.
 

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Fighting barefoot is indeed a karate (and marital art in general) thing, not sure about that handshake and throw.

I tend to think "the two heroes becoming one" phenomena is just history naturally turning into legend over time and changing on the way to fit changing needs and perspectives. Telling a story about a legendary hero who saved the world is far simpler and more appealing than the truth which might be something like a complicated political alliance between rival kingdoms against a common threat for example, and focusing more on the hero than the pokemon in a pre-trainers past (if we go with the PLA view) also makes sense.

Bea, I'm a fan of her style and karate association, love her team, great gym leader.
 

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You say you weren't too worried about the Gym, which was justifiable in the end, but your team took some pretty big hits! I always get nervous battling Fighting specialists, even if it's just the NPC Trainer classes like Black Belts. Fighting-types can really dish out the damage. Also, did Bea not have a Grapploct? I thought that was her signature Pokemon!

I don't have a strong opinion either way but if I had to pick a favorite I'd say Bea. Her character seems a lot more dynamic and expressive. I see what they were going for with Allister and I don't deny that he does have character, but it's hard to do much with "this person barely says anything and would rather be alone."
 

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