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Screenshot [UCL3]Punk Rock - An Electric/Poison Duo-type Nuzlocke Extreme.

Thread Description
An Electric/Poison treck through all generations - 7/8 regions complete. Galar part 3 up.

Megurine Suika

The fool that runs towards the past
Globetrotter
Pokédex No.
989
Caught
Nov 7, 2019
Messages
89
Location
Middle of the desert
Nature
Serious
Pronouns
They/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Dragon
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #22
dang, nice work with clay.

can't wait to see another tynamo in over a week of course

Once again, math and asking the caucus for advice wins the day. And now is over a week so here is the update.

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I hate fun.

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Evolutions! I changed up my team to be Magnezone/Scolipede/Weezing/Crobat/Amoongus/Eel, mostly to use new things. Then I learned the IVs suck, but I already grinded them so might as well. I am fully evolving eel once it has thunderbolt.

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Hello Skyla, wanna hear a joke?

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You just got swept by thundershock. Hilarious, I know.

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Eel status: Ready to roll.

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Reversal Mountain catch. Had to kill all of Bianca's mons just to be sure.

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Why are you here, I just want to finish this thing, you are not even a threat!

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It was me telling the plot to go away, wanna me to repeat?

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Thanks for the exposition lady champion, can you please move? Less plot, more battling.

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Here we go!

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He was surprisingly easy.

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Oh no a whole city was frozen. Anyway, gotta finish the gyms.

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Going to beat Marlon or whatever his name is, you?

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No time for talking, lets get to the action!

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Yes I did fully Ev all of them. You not doing so just means you are incompetent, aren't you the strongest gym leader in Unova?

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Anyway, we fought plasma a bunch, and now we fight a plasma guy with a banger theme.

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Yes, hidden power fighting and thunderbolt are the way.

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N! Save me from this plot, take me away in your dragon!

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Well, it got 2 shot, and only hit me with resisted moves (Think it was dragonbreath, could have been dragon pulse).

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Anyway now we have the guy with the less banger theme.

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He was still beaten up.

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I am not waiting, you don't even deserve a post-battle shot!

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League time! My plan is to hit them over the head with the sheer bulk this team has.

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Okay, this one was closer than it had any right to be, but the next one will be easier.

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You know, taking the bare minimun of screenshots seemed like a good idea to get Unova done faster, but I don't remember how I almost lost my starter to burn damage. Still, I am sure the other ones will be better.

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This one... I have no idea how easy or hard it was because I didn't take a post battle team shot. I remember eelektross being put to sleep and me having to bring magnezone in, but beyond that it was a sweep I guess.

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This one also lacks a post battle shot (can you tell I don't care for Unova and wanted it done?). I do remember being acrobatics with eelektross switching to kindasus when eel got too low.

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Anyway, I have to beat a little girl.

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And beating a little girl we did. Focus sash on scolipede came in clutch.

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Here are the winners.

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We are done. Next up, a break, then we go to Kalos again.
 

Megurine Suika

The fool that runs towards the past
Globetrotter
Pokédex No.
989
Caught
Nov 7, 2019
Messages
89
Location
Middle of the desert
Nature
Serious
Pronouns
They/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Dragon
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #23
I return from the void to present updates to the world again!

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Suika set!

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Settings ready!

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Lets go!

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I am not waiting girl, I have places to be.

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Catches for the forest and the route after. As an aside, I really like the starting bit, with you walking through an area and your friends doing so in their own ways. I wish the game leaned more on the whole "you are part of a group" thing, instead later on you just get cutscenes with them and they are not even there with you when you move to the next area.

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Anyway, we have a gym after grinding. My strategy is zapping.

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And Viola was zapped. I wonder if they designed the gym as it is on purpose to get people to use pikachu and notice the new cry.

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New area, only 1 elegible catch, it is the boring part of type-lockes I guess, only 1 or 0 catchables mons in most places. It does add to the challenge, but it can also be a bit sad.

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And then I walked back and forth and super trained so much it drained my will to play the game for a while.

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This, on the other hand, doesn't work. You can't "discover" a type like that. They did the same with steel/dark in gen 2, and it doesn't work there either. How do you "discover" you can't poison a magnemite or hit a clefairy with a draco meteor when you could do so say, a year ago? It would be a catclysmic change that would throw the world in disarray and change ecosystems completely, not a "haha we have a new type enjoy". I guess you can argue that it is a game it is not supposed to be serious, but then we have gen 5 plot, so you can't put the genie back in the bottle again.

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There was no bulbasaur. Everything is a lie. (Story here is that the randomizer randomized this specific set of gift mons. I hacked a bulbasaur in myself and named it Eternity.)

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So I get to destroy balance of the force?

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I mean, I don't hate lucario or anything, but I just want to catch my gulpin and be done with it. Gulpin is a mon I never used and I want to see what they are all about.

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Woops I messed my catch and now didn't catch anything definitely didn't catch a different rat mon ahaha

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Venipede getto on the way to the castle thing. Named Kagerou, will name all my venipedes that this UCL, just because that was the name of my first one.

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Yeah sure, that or it is a logic puzzle.

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Two more catches! This rounds up my team as Skrelp/Pikachu/Beedrill/Roselia/Croagunk/Zubat. I plan on benching beedrill once it has fallen off in favour of Scolipede, but that is a way off.

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I got a helio. Never used one, maybe I should try it instead of raichu eventually. Raichu movepool is pretty ass after all.

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You know, having played all gens due to UCL and whatnot, it really makes me think of what makes a good or a bad evil team, and I think Rocket and Flare are the best ones. Rockets are super organic, they are the mafia, but with pokemon. Flare are less organic, but as said here, they are not out to make themselves happy, they are out to make ONLY themselves happy, so everyone else is screwed. There is no faffling or questions of whether or not to stomp them into the dirt. Then later when you learn that, Lysandre wants to destroy the world and start from scratch with people that gave him, personally, 10 million, it makes it even worse. The game tries to pretend there is some morality or something, but it makes no sense, they are just bad to exist and good to stomp.

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And then I got a emolga instead of electrike. I am kinda sad, because I liked manectric, even if it only had 2 moves.

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On a twist of fate, I grinded everyone to 25 but zubat didn't become crobat. When I checked the file, I was 1(one) happiness off. It doesn't matter that much because rock gym, but still. I did learn that my pikachu has 0 IVs in both speed and special attack, so that is less nice.

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A fighting move against a ice/rock mon is kinda cheating. But I am going for the coveted 0 death run, so lets do that.

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Because I almost kill my mons with really slim calcs? (if lucario rolled max damage with the swords dance boosted feint it would KO Medicine here.)

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You don't need to check in, there are roadblocks in place so I never go off the rails at all. Also, my catch sucks yet again.

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Time for the ultimate showdown of ultimate destiny where everything is on the line and the right to megaevolution will be decided!

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You did do 80% of my beedril while it setup swords dance then swept, so you have that going for you which is nice.

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I have no idea why I didn't take any pics for Korrina, but she didn't do significant damage, the only attacks she got to do where rock tomb and flying press, both of which missed. It was very meh.

And that is all for today.
 

Megurine Suika

The fool that runs towards the past
Globetrotter
Pokédex No.
989
Caught
Nov 7, 2019
Messages
89
Location
Middle of the desert
Nature
Serious
Pronouns
They/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Dragon
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #24
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Last time we beat Korrina, so this time we do it again in a scripted(ish) battle.

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Sorry, you are not poison, electric or shiny.

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Catch.

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Close calls this update: 1.

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Mood.

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And even more catch.

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Close calls: 2.

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It was a grass type gym with subpar coverage against poison types.

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Anyway, I saved the power plant I guess? Full restores are nice, save some trips to the pokecenter.

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I found it notable that the bit much later on is actually foreshadowed. That is a nice piece of writing.

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Someone on discord reminded me physical raichu is legit with dig/brick break, so I was able to deal with the gym easily.

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Fun fact: if you think of genocide as "cleaning filthy" you should go see a therapist. And a psychiatrist.

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Also, don't go so full late stage capitalism you want to be rich after ending the world.

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Close calls: 3.

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Scratch that, close calls: 5, counting everytime something falls into red but a damage roll could have made a kill.

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Catch. Fuck Seiga.

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Now, I am evolving things, but I will keep Croagunk till it learns belch, so I can have it 1 gym earlier.

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Yeah, I would rather overthrow your plans, it nets me money.

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But before we can do that we beat a fairy gym with poison types, mawile or not it is cake.

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Now, beedrill is underwhelming by this point and I already used riachu in kanto, so I am switching those out. For heliolisk and scolipede because I never used helio and scolipede best girl.

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And then I took 1 month to grind because what is XY no exp. share no hordes grinding.

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Look at me, I am the president now.

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Catch, never using one again, they kinda suck.

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Boss.

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Catch, also never using because kinda suck.

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Not really, they don't get custom movesets or anything.

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Finally, now I can properly vomit on people.

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Close calls: 6.

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Megahorn kinda busted NGL.

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Attention everyone: I will now kill you all. Please don't do anything now that you have everything that exists on stake.

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Drag time.

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"Check this out, this one guy decided to nuke the world because he lost a mon that he revived, so I am going to do the same dispitenot losing anything, please don't stop me kthx"

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If you were truly sorry, you wouldn't purposefully the world.

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This is still as dumb as I remember. I know friendship is the hteme of Kalos, but come on.

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Pog, the pokemon of death!

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The strat now is literally nasty plot on turn 1, don't get OHKO'd, eat sitrus berry then sweep with belch. Worked here.

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Still, since I am a dumbass, Medicine was not on the lead so I had to improvise with iron defense baton pass. Close call count: 8. Or at least I think so, what is checking back.

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Catch. Mike tights.

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N is wrong BTW.

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Vomit gang rise up!

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I am 100% sure genocide is never right. And I say this as someone on the burn everything to the ground camp.

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Time to end this. Whole team is ready.

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First is fire.

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It rains. It pours.

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Weatherball and surf (roserade never outspeeds that talonflame) sweep the team.

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No deaths here.

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Next up, steel!

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Turns out, setting spikes twice while I sword dance is not wise.

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The berry puts me out of bullet punch range, and I can sweep everything else, since earthquacke is not contact so king's shield doesn't screw me over.

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2 done. I need to remember to take pictures of the HP.

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Water tiem.

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Thunderbolt and grass knot kill everything in onehit, moving on.

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Drag tiem drag tiem.

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We start with draco meteor for the juice OHKO. Timid makes me outspeed, so it finally came in clutch.

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And then I switch in the sweeper only to get slept on.

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It setup defense twice instead of attacking me because it lacked critical information.

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I just love the idea of Medicine eating a berry while thinking of a nasty plot, and the plot being "vomit all over them". It is hysterical.

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All 4 gone, time for the champ.

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Lets finish this.

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One nasty plot vs one flying press. So I can setup again, eat a berry, then oneshot everything with belch. Not even goodra can resist.

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The AI outplays me by going for a swords dance. Now I need to kill it before it kills me. Hopefully +4 sludge bomb is enough (it is not, and I can't risk focus miss to kill goodra)

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Tyrantum is OHKO by sludge, but I go for focus miss on aurorus (and miss once, as god intended) because I can tank a blizzard and eat a berry. The ai, dispite seeing +4 sp.atk, sets up reflect, and the second focus miss hits, so 3 down, but I am still without belch.

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Now, I can't afford to miss here. If fire blast kills me (it is a damage roll) I need the free turn from the healing to actually kill goodra, so I go for sludge bomb and pray for the best.

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Fire blast rolls low, and sludge bomb deals max damage plus poison, so now I have belch but don't need it anymore (gourgiest and gardevoir are outsped OHKO by sludge bomb).

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And with that ladies and gentleman, we got them! Close calls: 9. You can't see it, but toxicroak was in the red after the fireblast. It ate a berry so it was K.

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Next up: A 2 month-ish break because I am doing Nuzlocke Survivor Johto now. Can be found here.
 

Megurine Suika

The fool that runs towards the past
Globetrotter
Pokédex No.
989
Caught
Nov 7, 2019
Messages
89
Location
Middle of the desert
Nature
Serious
Pronouns
They/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Dragon
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #25
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Always has been.

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Once again crowdsourcing my starter, got qwilfish, rng'd who to replace and rng'd torchic, so now I will have a rival with mudkip line.

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I don't think it is that amazing, Brendan is so bad at the game Willy comes up as the rival later.

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First Wurmple actually was a dustox, so no need to spend a lifetime grinding for one.

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I also got this illegal thing and turned it off.

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Anyway, time to school some teachers.

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Sturdy on the first one, the other 2 get it broken by spikes.

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Nitori sweep.

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Badge.

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Birb saved.

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Old rod! Now I can fish for tentacools!

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WTF 2 Nitori?

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Zubat 6/7, if I get 7 zubats to hall of fame alive, my starter in SwSh will be a zubat.

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Anyway, Brawly.

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Cake, I still had dustox on the back in case anything happened.

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Anyway, saw some art, good stuff.

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Got an oddish. On one hand, it is not a minus/plusle, but on another hand at this rate I will end up rocking 6 poison types all the way, which would be less than idea at some points.

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Had some close calls while making my way to Maville.

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Saw a marshtomp-bot explode. This is bide, but it looks so uncanny like that.

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Wattson time, I know I am underleveled and not doing super training, but I want to see if I can finish this and Alola before the end of the year, so I can play SwSh at a new year, so gotta go fast.

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Anyway, my strategy here is to abuse the ai a bit. It will always go for paralysis with the magnemite unless the target is already paralyzed, so with a cheri berry and making the calc to know for sure we always survive a non-crit volt switch, we can have 3 layers of spikes and then abuse the ai spamming volt switch with an electric resist in oddish and moonlight dustox to stall it out. Couple that with struggle bug reducing sp.atk for safer tanking, and I should be fine.

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What actually happened is that magneton used supersonic 5 times in a row, missed all 5, and got crit ko'd without being healed. Supersonic: 45% of the time, it misses everytime.

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I did get the spike Ko on magnemite, so it was funny. Now to keep spikes for the whole game without it having meaningful use even one more time!

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Not pictured: I switched oddish around for that resisted hit, so it got enough exp to get to level 21 after the battle!

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I didn't take a pre-battle picture, but everything was 18 and oddish was 20. I am running underleveled all the way except maybe for e4, and even that is up in the air.

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No longer 2 Nitori, as it turns out when you take a 2 month break between first and second gym, you forget some details like starter name.

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Fiery path catch! Named medicine, but is not on my team ATM because I have an HM maril since nothing on my team can learn rock smash, and grimer also can't, while muk can, so I will be waiting for level 38 which is... Tate and Lisa, so it will be a while.

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Stranger danger!

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I got crobat finally, on my way to beat Aqua.

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Later, right now I am staying at this old lady house and she keeps asking me to rest and eat one more cupcake, so I will do just that.
 

Megurine Suika

The fool that runs towards the past
Globetrotter
Pokédex No.
989
Caught
Nov 7, 2019
Messages
89
Location
Middle of the desert
Nature
Serious
Pronouns
They/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Dragon
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #26
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First encounter is a skarmory, because of course it is.

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Better than Team This or That.

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Actual legal catch.

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And since it can learn both rock smash and strenght, marill is permaboxxed (instead of released in case of deaths).

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You are part of a team bent on changing the very landscape of the world, why would you ever go easy?

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So before you were going easy, now I have upped my game by... 2 levels?

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The duality of man.

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"You just beat me and took my money, luckly I have a couple revives, 90 rare candies, and a megastone I have been saving just for an eventuality."

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"Sike, catcha later." -Archie probably

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I am posting this here for the future.

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Time to beat Flannery. I have a plan.

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Step 1, setup spikes and toxic spikes.

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Step 2, kill slugma while sun is up, but light screen is down. Then I have a chlorophyll gloom ready to kill everything with venoshock. 2 can play the 130BP move game.

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Torkoal is oneshot because my gloom is goated.

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It also survived a sun powered overheat by numel, because gloom = goat. (I also finished the numel off with mega drain to gain a bit more health, but I survived the overheat on the single digits.)

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Is there an achievment for sweeping Flannery with a grass type?

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Anyway, my plan for Norman is the same as Flannery.

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With some adjustments of course. I need a chesto to have 4 turns before falling asleep to yawn, so I get 3 spikes and 1 toxic spikes.

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The first slaking is taken out with acid spray into venoshock.

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The vigoroth is overkilled by a mile with a crit.

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And the second slaking, getting a turn it uses for swagger instead of retaliate because the AI hates winning and loves bailing me out. At least Flannery pressed overheat even if it didn't kill.

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Either way, Norman is beaten.

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I love Wally, he is the best rival. Agree or disagree?

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Better, I will only raise pokemons of a type I RNG'd.

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OwO.

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Latias is going to prison for the crimes of being a pink dragon or something, idk.

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Now, actual catch, naming it Kagerou because I want to use it and there is no scolipede to be had here. Dustox going to the box due to lack of both power and defense.

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Please tell me it is not the Gloaming.

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I will sieze the legendary for myself and rule the world, except it is not poison or electric so I will permabox it instead.

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Sheesh? Decent? You are cringe bro.

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Top 5 stones Steven loves!!!! You won't believe the 1st one!! [Not clickbait]

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You have my attention.

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Now you have my interest.

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And then once I was on this screen, I noticed that if altaria presses dragon dance twice, I have nothing to stop her from sweeping. I am sure it will be fine right?

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So, I killed swellow but it got a hit in, and now I am against altaria. EQ OHKO's, so I need to switch, so it can safely press dragon dance twice and I am done for. My only shot is bringing in gloom, putting it to sleep, and hoping I roll long sleep and can kill it fast enough.

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What actually happened is that she used cotton guard twice (???) got hit by a crit sludge bomb, then switched to skarmory (Natural cure heals the sleep and skarm is immune to sleep powder.). Then I bring in Kagerou, kill skarmory with electric, and once again I stare at altaria, but it is low so I press discharge until it is paralyzed while it roosts. Paralyzed, it is a lot more doable to kill it even if it actually decides to press dragon dance.

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It dies to gloom, and never actually presses dragon dance. I really should count all the times the AI bails me.

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Either way badge got.

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Here is the team. Zubat went in against altaria the second time around to deal some damage, but it used cotton guard twice then dragon breath crit with paralysis on top, so that is a mood. Either way, that is done, and I would like to thank Moonlight for being reliable recovery I needed on these battles. Next up, hopefully the rest of hoenn.
 

Megurine Suika

The fool that runs towards the past
Globetrotter
Pokédex No.
989
Caught
Nov 7, 2019
Messages
89
Location
Middle of the desert
Nature
Serious
Pronouns
They/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Dragon
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #27
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We start with the last evolution. Which means now we get barely any good moves till the end and will just speed through things.

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Also, this fool got bodied. I don't get why ORAS tries so hard to shove the rival down your throat, that he HAS to have a say when he is a 4th-grade battler with a 5th-grade team, and his first impression is saying he expected a guy when he heard "Kid of a Gym Leader", so I don't see a reedeming feature. He is not even fun to destroy 6-0 because he just quits instead of always falling short.

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I took a lot of pictures in Mt. Pyre, have a huge rant about letting go lined up.

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Like, it is okay to forget. It is okay to let everything they represented die. It is okay to move on from that and never come back. It is not healthy to pin after the past so strongly everything you do relates to that one person, or moment, or idea, or failure, or success. The past exists in a space we can't interact, and that much is a fact, so you need to just let go of everything there, learn what you can, and focus on what you can actually do. Mourning is natural, but being afraid of moving on is not. Cry your tears, but don't keep coming back.

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And there is this motherfuck that thinks money=love. Money is a fiat currency, throwing it away in things they can't appreciate doesn't mean much.

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Anyway Team Something or Other is announcing their grand theft auto to the world.

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They sure are helpful.

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The most difficult decision: What to drink. I relate with you, Aqua Grunt.

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I also got an Yin-Yang Orb at the hideout, Team Aqua sure love good loot.

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They are looking to pierce the heavens.

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Find a bro that loves you like Matt loves Archie.

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Was cake, surf + bite ko'd the moon, and then I switched Yuuka to finish with grass because sun was up and might as well.

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So yeah, it was cake.

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Anyway, time to beat this guy.

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That was scary, but acrobatics won the day. Thankfully even mega, sharpedo is pretty squishy.

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I really like how Archie appreciates a good hero. He knows what he is doing is something people oppose, and he doesn't blame them. After all, he is doing it because he lost one mon at some time and has been fixated in making the world a world where all mons can live.

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That said, I really dislike the plotline itself. You have this team that you fight, you always win but they stall you out while getting small things until they finally win, and then sike, messing with environment is bad, go save the day.

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And this here is why having a plot sucks in this kinda game. Steven is the champion, so he should be able to just stop this nonsense. But instead he is just ~~busy~~ so you have to do that, and he does nothing but tell you where to go. It makes you feel bad because you are being told where to go and jerked around, and it makes him seem bad because he never gets anything done but at the same time knows exactly what needs to be done.

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And this one doesn't go away. Just go away, I don't like you.

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Anyway Kyogre got Thunder'd twice and didn't get a move in because it was paralyzed. I was holding an absorb bulb so I could take 1 hit, but still. Altough maybe absorb bulb doesn't make you not take damage from the water move, so I could still have died. Either way, crisis averted.

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Anyway, my plan for wallace is to setup spikes and toxic spikes and then kill everything with electric or grass.

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I grassed him good, but in the end ran out of PP so used electric.

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Anyway, now I have a physical water STAB for my starter, just as he finally learned one naturally.

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I like the detail that Wally has been smashing everyone, I really need to track down when he shows having beaten everyone.

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Anyway I did some sidequesting to get ice beam and thunderbolt, which means I also get Raiko here. I am not feeling like using my reserves anyway so enjoy the box

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Now let me just beat everyone really quick, then grind what, 60 levels over all my mons (I expect to be level 49 when I run out of content and the cap is 59) and be done with this.

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I like Wally.

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He is however cake, even without shedinja. Sorry.

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See, Wally even gets the rival thing better, keep going buddy you going places.

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Anyway, I grinded for roughly 53 levels and used candies to finish it off, and now am ready to win it all.

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This guy got fire+electric oneshot.

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The highlight of this one was that dusclops used curse to kill itself, which meant I had to have tentacruel sweep the rest, only for dusknoir to come with thunderpunch but lightingrod meant I could get manectric to finish the job.

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This one was an actual battle!

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First, I forgot to change magnet for charcoal, so I lacked damage to kill glaile before it setup light screen.

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That meant hail was also up, and blizzard froze me.

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This meant I had to improvise the rest of the battle and it got close way too often.

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The aesop here is: Double check your held items.

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This guy was easier, because I put a nevermeltice

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Everything other than Kingdra was OHKO'd by ice beam, and kingdra was 2hko'd by sludge wave while that damage is from 2 dragon pulses, so you know, cake.

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Time for the finale.

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There is no way I full wipe here to metagross right? It is not as if I have 5 poison types and 1 electric.

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Okay, so Skarmory gets 1 layer of spikes down before being shocked (opened battle with manectric), and I pivot in vileplume to put aggron to sleep so I can put in 1 layer of spike too, because I need spikes + sun + overheat to be able to oneshot megagross and not lose. The end result is that vileplume is at red health (nasty crit on switch in) and so is qwilfish. But 2 mons are down so it can be fine.

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Claydol is not OHKO'd by hydro pump however, so I am stuck with using crobat for the next mon due to light screen, then switch to seviper, setup sun, switch in manectric, and burn it all down under the sun for a clean win.

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Crobat killed cradily, but got heavily injured in the process, and so did snake after setting up the sun, and now I remember that I didn't give white herb to manectric, so I can't use overheat, so armaldo gets x-scissors out, so now I am at 3hp and metagross will come in, press bullet punch, then zen headbutt 5 times and I am wiped. There is no way for me to win, because crobat and tentacruel can outspeed but can't deal damage, and vileplume can outspeed under the sun and sleep it, but is within range of bullet punch.

It was nice having a perfect run while it lasted, see you when I finish rebuilding, I think there may be other legal catches that show up after kyogre dies and all.

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Or the AI can not press bullet punch and bail me out once again.

Why is the ai so bad? Why can't it see a 3hp mon and press a priority move? Is that hard? Is this frustration I feel towards the AI the same people good at online battle feel toward me?

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You hurt yourself in confusion bro.

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YES I DID I DON'T NEED YOUR HELP YOU DIDN'T SAVE THE WORLD YOU DIDN'T FIGHT ME ALL THE WAY YOU ARE JUST A BAD RIVAL GO AWAY NOW PLEASE

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Anyway, here is the team.

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Here is the win. Still deathless because of dumb ai really. Maybe the gen 7 ai with actual EVs will not suck so much right?
 

Megurine Suika

The fool that runs towards the past
Globetrotter
Pokédex No.
989
Caught
Nov 7, 2019
Messages
89
Location
Middle of the desert
Nature
Serious
Pronouns
They/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Dragon
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #28
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Oh sorry, I have to update yes.

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Settings done.

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Wait, that doesn't look like a salandit.

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Is it a litten or a salandit?

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It is salandit. (Not pictured: Me spending one and a half hour to get a female one.)

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I will keep a salandit erasure count for everytime the game says I have a litten.

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Hey look, you can see the HP under the message box, so now I can take better screenshots without taking better screenshots! The power of science is fascinating.

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Salandit erasure count: 2.

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First catch! It is Wriggle! Gonna be honest, I was hoping for a pichu, alolan raichu is rad, and vikavolt takes a long time to show up (altough it is less in USUM than in SuMo)

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He got a pichu, so I had to end him super fast.

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And lets keep a close call count too, why not.

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Salandit erasure count: 3.

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Magnemite is huge for the upcoming water starter fight.

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Close call count: 2.

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Oh no, Lillie is disapointed on me, the darkest timeline.

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Salandit erasure count: 4.

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I have a magnemite, it is not THAT sensational. That being said I like the base idea here of challenging you with a starter of a different type, with encounters that are effective but not in the expected way (you have wingull for fire and grass, and magnemite/pichu for water, but mostly you are using neutral moves to make it work, showing the depth of the battling.)

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I want to get a whiff of Taurus mane - Some breeder in XY

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Close call count: 3. Now I get what you are thinking, this is not really a close call, but as it happens, water gun with a high roll is a KO here. What happened was that I thundershocked, it paralyzed, Ilma used a full heal, so I get another thundershock in and it paralyzes *again* so I get to move first and finish it off. Plan B was to have Wriggle vice grip it.

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City catch! It is Medicine. I think a psychic immunity is super good with so many poison types, so I hope we go all the way.

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Snek. Arbok was underwhelming before, but now it has coil so it will be fine right? What do you mean coil is the second to last move it gets?

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Anyway, Trial time!

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I would like to say I had a super cool plan where I use only Okuu on the trial to get it to level 13 so it has dragon rage to oneshot the totem, but what actually happened is that it was in the lead so I could run from wild pokemon to not overlevel, and I forgot to change it after entering the cave it leveled off the first rattata and I got the most broken move you can have this early on.

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Imagine being named A and B, life is pain for team skull. On a more serious note, I really like that team skull is played mostly for jokes, it works better than taking the evil team super serious when they are goofy, or trying to make them reasonable when every character says they are unreasonable.

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Anyway, here is the team. Raiko gained a level too, because I thought it would be sonic boom, but it wasn't. I should have just looked up, but I want to rush along as possible

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Anyway totem got outsped and OHKO'd with dragon rage. What a balanced early game move.

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Now I have the power to use a bunch of z-status moves.

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Is it? Society only really works when everyone does their part.

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Verdant cave catch! Now I can go back to the cemetery and have a guaranteed ghost! Also caught her in a premier ball because I have really been liking the zubat line this challenge, and this one is 7 out of 8. If she goes all the way, my starter in gen 8 will be a zubat.

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Yuyuko aquired. Now I just need to decide if I want to box something for gengar, or rock my current team for as long as I can.

Either way, this is it for this update, I am limiting myself to posting one every 100 screenshots maximun. Next up, Hala and a new island.
 

Megurine Suika

The fool that runs towards the past
Globetrotter
Pokédex No.
989
Caught
Nov 7, 2019
Messages
89
Location
Middle of the desert
Nature
Serious
Pronouns
They/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Dragon
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #29
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We start with close call counter = 4. I don't remember how exactly it got so close, but I assume it is me doing the thing where I try to always use the lowest level mon to funnel exp to it, instead of grinding, to save some time. It is not great, but it is a bad habit by now.

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I got some food doe, so that is nice. I tried using one of those back in UCL2, and I don't want to repeat the experience.

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I also got roost, and it didn't get close.

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Now, time to beat hala. The trick to beat hala is to never give him a fighting neutrality, because if you do power-up punch damage increase means eventually he can oneshot everything you have. My strat is going to be "press dragon-rage 6 times."

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Unless of course, one sand attack makes me miss a bunch of times, and then I get into pursuit range, so time for plan B.

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Aka glare it and go for a slugfest (not shown, zubat going in to kill hariyama, then supersonic the crabrawler so Hala would waste his full heal.)

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Now, for my next trick, I will switch out and pray for RNG to paralyze the crabrawler so I don't lose a mon.

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RNG not only answered my prayers, it made crabrawler not move at all till it died 3 turns later.

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I did the thing.

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Why does the game auto heal so often like jesus. There was not even anyone saying "I will heal you" it just does.

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Anyway we going to Akala.

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For example, I was pretty low here, but Malasada man healed me before the fight.

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Then he showed his true ability by using a resisted z-move on turn 1. I didn't bait and switch or anything, he saw a magnemite and said "Normal move go". He doesn't have anything better, but it is still pretty grating.

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Eevee egg I will never use short of a full wipe.

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Sheep.

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Gladion is edgy.

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And I almost got cut on it. Close call count: 7.

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I also fought this guy that has level 24 mons because ????. He was cake because dark type, but still.

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No time like the present.

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My strat is to funnel all exp into zubat so it becomes crobat and I can z-move oneshot first turn.

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Turns out, even with the rare candy you get at the entrance, it is not enough for level 23, just 22. Unless you farm the third lake mons, since they always SOS and it always works, but even if it is allowed by the rules, I didn't go for it because it felt TOO cheesy.

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Time to see if golbat can hack it.

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Best bat. 2 oneshots in 2 trials.

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That is it for this update. Next up, hopefully rest of Akala.
 

Megurine Suika

The fool that runs towards the past
Globetrotter
Pokédex No.
989
Caught
Nov 7, 2019
Messages
89
Location
Middle of the desert
Nature
Serious
Pronouns
They/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Dragon
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #30
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Obligatory.

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I like how over the top edgy Gladion is. In general, I like a lot of the talking characters in Alola, like Hau, Lillie and Gladion. Which is good, because I don't think you can stand the game without liking the character, you can't walk to the tall grass before hittin 2 hours worth of cutscenes.

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Some evos before the trial.

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Fun fact: I have never not lost something to this trial. Salazzle or Marowak, they pack too much punch this early.

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Anyway, my plan here is to z-sleep talk and have a 66% chance to blackhole eclipse. As long as the first turn isn't detect and I win the dice roll I can maybe do it.

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This means I need a sacrifice to get a free turn to get Okuu in. Dragon rage twice kills salazzle, and Scarlet can go for the slug fest with marowak at -1 due to Kanako intimidate.

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That worked, it spent the second turn using torment but I still could dragon rage, so I guess torment is not like taunt in that it can cancel your turn.

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Time for the slugfest.

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And then bite gets disabled by cursed body when I am at 3hp.

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Thankfully it didn't matter.

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Close calls count: 9. Death Count: 1. I am sorry Kanako, but someone had to bite it here, and you at least could intimidate.

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Time to get Jolteon.

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They are a last resort thing for me.

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Catch, I could use it, but it is illuminate adamant, and I already used one of those.

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Now, on my first alola run, I was super rusty on pokemon in general, and doing a blind nuzlocke, so I fully wiped to Kiawe (this was Moon). Then, everything I tried to grind died on grinding accidents until I was out of mons, except for one: The eevee egg you get at the Ranch. I hatch it, name it Hope. It has run away so I ran away all the way back to route 1 and grind it up, evolve it into flareon, and am able to beat Kiawe trial. It goes all the way. I always name this eevee from this egg Hope because of it. Since this is touhou themed, it is named Kokoro instead. It will be a Jolteon this time around, but it will be awesome either way. Anyway, story time is over, trial time is now.

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The plan is that Scarlet has a 90% chance to OHKO with Supersonic Skystrike.

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With obligatory fighting 1 enemy to have that extra bit of exp to hit one extra level.

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I rolled minimun damage.

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It is okay, crit cross poison solves it. Trial done.

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Now we need to go get a thunderstone from looker.

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Got it, time to go deal with Plumeria and Olivia.

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First half done.

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You can actually say no! Sure, you can't actually move the plot forward, but you can choose no and not do the thing. I guess it is more akin to choosing when to battle the gym.

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Anyway, berries and held items equiped, time to see if I can do it deathless when my best move is mirror shot, and my second best is... dragon rage.

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Anorith down. Close call counts: 10.

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Chesto Rest Talk deals with lileep, and now time for the strat.

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Now, for some reason, the AI will only ever use the move it can z-power as z-power if it will KO, otherwise it will go for whatever other move it has. In this case, lycanroc will use bite, even against a dark-type, until it is in range of the z-move. What this means is that I can bring Scarlet in, get bitten, then roost, lose the flying type, then tank the z-move, and move on with my life.

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Which may or may not mean "almost full wipe because STAB rock tomb hurts still". Close calls count: 12 (Raiko survived with a roll, mirror shot lowered lycanroc accuracy, which meant lycanroc missed its second bite on Okuu so it died to dragon rage. But at least the AI pressed the right moves, so it has that going for them which is nice). Next time, Aether paradise introduction and beyond.
 

Megurine Suika

The fool that runs towards the past
Globetrotter
Pokédex No.
989
Caught
Nov 7, 2019
Messages
89
Location
Middle of the desert
Nature
Serious
Pronouns
They/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Dragon
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #31
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Close call count: 13.

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Obligatory malasada apreciation post.

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Anyway, time to ride to some challenges

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This here is the perfect example of how much liking something can impact your reaction. Objectively, you are hit with a random ass cutscene because you went to grab a cup of coffee. I personally like it, however, because I like stating that yes, the nurses are in fact people.

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Close call count: 18. When everything seems lost, Scarlet is the one to save it all.

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Obligatory heal after obligatory evolution.

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Evo at Mount whatsitsname.

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Catch there. As you may notice, I am not getting catches in any area I can afford not to, because I want to be done quick and won't go off the beaten path to walk back and forth in the grass until an elegible mon shows up. If I get another death I will get the catches, but unless that happen I am rocking these 6 I have.

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Trial begins.

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I forgot to take the picture before the trial started, but Okuu evolved by being at the front of the party.

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Either way, time to end this totem.

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First, Nasty plot.

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Then, OHKO city (skarmory is actually a 2hko because of sturdy, but still.)

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Trial done.

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Guzma good.

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Guzma was... surprisingly easy. Scarlet could 3hko golisopod, so I attack twice, it gets out with emergency exit, I switch scarlet out for Kokoro, which gets slowed by icy wind, so it is slower when it uses volt switch. Scarlet gets back in, finishes masquerain and golisopod without getting hit. Clean win.

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Fun fact: That was not sturdy, Yuugi has magnet pull.

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Almost all evos achieved. Only waiting for the special tank.

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Yes Gladion, give in to your teenage power.

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Shup busting time?

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Anyway, time to beat a pretender.

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It is weak to steel.

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It did get close. (19 times now)

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But in the end, it was surprisingly easy.

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Anyway, time for Plumeria! I don't have a plan.

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Fun fact, literally everyone was in flamethrower KO range. In fact, the only reason I as able to make it out without any deaths was because I toxic'd it and Scarlet survived with 1 hp (20 close calls now) and roosted, so I was able to stall it out until bad poison did its trick.

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Final form team achieved.

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This is surprisingly dark for pokemon, specially since most of the game portrays team skull as dumb and harmless.

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He is going to try to fix me.

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Acrobatics is a clean 2hko, so the pod doesn't get to move.

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Once again, switch into volt switch to allow crobat to not take damage against the masquerain from hell.

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It is painful, but nothing Wriggle can't handle (21).

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Guzma done in.

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Look at me, I lead Team Skull now.

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This is how it took to beat Guzma. Scarlet can stall with roost, deal massive damage with acrobatics, and serve as a solution to any mon I don't feel confident fighting.

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I always get a bit sad at this part. Hopefully everyone gets their happy ending after the game is over.
 

Megurine Suika

The fool that runs towards the past
Globetrotter
Pokédex No.
989
Caught
Nov 7, 2019
Messages
89
Location
Middle of the desert
Nature
Serious
Pronouns
They/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Dragon
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #32
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Oh no.

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Anyway, how to beat Nanu?

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You throw crobat at them.

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Now I have blackhole eclipse without needing to rng it with sleep talk.

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I lost a fair bit of health doing all the battles without stoping. Gotta go fast. I did heal after this however.

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I love Hau burning Faba here. It is beautiful.

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Guzma final is... hard. (23)

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Lusamine was easy. Also, USUM plotting sucks, SuMo did it better.

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Anyway, time for the last leg of the journey.

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Do I have a choice? I do like his character a lot, but he kinda sucks.

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Anyway, I avoided almost all battles so I am not overleveled for this. I have a plan.

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The plan? Crobat.

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I will be counting Ultra Necrozoma as nuzlocke battle.

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Because you see, crobat's haze not only trivializes totem battles, it also makes this one here beatable, since you can have a focus sash before then.

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And dark type means I can ignore half of necrozoma's movepool and press black hole eclipse for fun and profit.

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However, a dark type is not a crobat, so it fails to OHKO and magnezone has to finish it off.

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Last catch of the run assuming no casualities.

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Anyway, last trial time!

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It was cake, their team are weirdly exploitable if you are willing to use z-moves for the extra punch.

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Haze is balanced. Also, now her home is full of water from indoor rain.

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Very zzz trial. But now I can hurry up.

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The plan for Hapu?

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Not crobat, just energy ball vikavolt with z-solar beam. I literally deleted thunderbolt and ran agility/energy ball/solar beam/roost for this battle.

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Sorry Hapu, you got tech'd.

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Time for the league

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But first, obligatory "Kukui legit wants to throw away everything so he can have a league in Alola and pretend he didn't get hardcore destroyed in Kanto"

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First Molayne. How to beat him?

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Agility Roost shenanigans.

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It wasn't a clean sweep because Wriggle got screech'd and I was running low on PP for thunderbolt (killing magnezone with thunderbolt takes a while), so Okuu finished magnezone and Medicine ended metagross.

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Next up: Olivia.

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Z-solar beam once again.

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After her whole team is dead she sets up stealth rock.

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It was closer, but frankly my team kinda sucks against rock, so it is not that bad.

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I like Nanu. I like that he calls Kukui some guy just like that.

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She was cake.

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Which may or may not mean "crit earth power was very scary, so Okuu had to clean up." (25)

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Time to beat the flying type specialist out of nowhere!

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I pressed thunder 6 times, because 1 missed.

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Yes, and I really wanna a pet dragon, but I am afraid we won't get what we want tonight.

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It starts with a raichu snack.

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Followed by taurus killing himself with recoil and me clenching (26)

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After that we have Okuu killing crabominable after doding an stone edge as it switched in (not pictured, screenshotting is hard, also 27 close calls because if that hits I am down a starter.)

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Vaporeon is zapped by Raiko, getting a paralyze with the first thunderbolt.

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Noivern is outplayed by a z-move, and now we have only starter left. How do I beat him?

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Scarlet the crobat. The answer is always going to be that. (28)

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Close call counts: 28
Actual deaths: 1
Shield starter: Crobat.

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See you next time with Shield Blind(ish) nuzlocke.
 

Megurine Suika

The fool that runs towards the past
Globetrotter
Pokédex No.
989
Caught
Nov 7, 2019
Messages
89
Location
Middle of the desert
Nature
Serious
Pronouns
They/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Dragon
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #33
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One last time, we Suika.

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While it does get grating to be told about the undefeated Champion with his charizard, it does make sense that the little brother of said champion would be hyped about him. Also, the league is very much celebrity status in galar to a disgusting level, so everyone and their mothers would talk about Leon, for good or bad.

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Obligatory settings.

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Mum's the word.

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Fishing rod from the start? Cant wait to fish... checks notes... chinchou? Hopefully this one is not also adamant.

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Ah, so in the forest I will have a Very Special Encounter that will cement my fate as the Chosen One. Got it.

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The rest of the room is filled with caps that are hard to understand too.

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Oh no. We are in Kanto again. We have to go back.

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I really wonder why they went with charizard. I guess they wanted something popular and strong, so everyone can recognize the mon and it being strong is believable. They failed on the second part, charizard just gets rocked.

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A shame once I have my zubat he will never be the best at anything ever.

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This will be a zubat as soon as I can save and change its dna structure.

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He is really into everything he does, huh? It seems he could trip and be hyped about his body getting stronger from the fall.

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No, I have 14 runs on record just in UCL, this is not my first battle.

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This is a neat setpiece however, they throw a lower level mon that you are all but guaranteed to beat, then learn a new move, so you will want to use it on his next mon to see what it does, and learn that attacks can be super effective.

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Either way, the easy part is done.

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...Or will be as soon as we are out of the cutscene.

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Says the guy with the charizard. I love them to bits, but talonflame is better, and talonflame is not even good really.

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Lets enter the Forbidden Forest to find our Fate. I am worried about the wooloo, and don't know why it can spend 2 whole days hitting a gate and no one cares until said gate is broken.

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Anyway, I have changed the DNA structure of sobble and now have a zubat! She is level 6 instead of 7 or 5 because I just changed species, and the exp that was enough for level 6. That way I can pretend the first battle was with the zubat and move on really.

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This was a battle with 1 of the squirrels. Turns out absorb/astonish is not good against normal types.

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Anyway, to no one surprise, there is the legendary hiding in the forest and we are the first to see it. It exhales gas till we pass out.

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I love Hop's attitude. He could lose an arm and would instantly get hyped and say "Now I will be known as the legendary one armed champion!" before running off with his wooloo to challenge some gyms or something.

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Zubat erasure!

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Also, I hope even when we finally become champion ourselves, he never gives up. A good rival needs to have an attitude that makes you want to compete with them, and unwilling to give up can work for that, much like being a complete dick and saying stuff like "You only won because I was not serious" can work.

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As far as roadblocks go, this is not the absolute worst, but it is pretty bad.

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Anyway, first catch! Obligatory Wriggle is obligatory.

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Isn't it nice how the one that was his rival and is researching pokemon is reduced to cooking? You can tell me it is a joke, but then I tell you that when bullies throw rocks at frogs, they throw it just kidding, but when the frogs die, they die for real.

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On the way out, we find a guy that is definitely legit.

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Hey look, I could say no in a tutorial and the character didn't go "I will explain anyway."

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The fate has been sealed.

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We buying 30k worth of clothes, because clothes are the real end-game.

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Another skippable tutorial! If you already have a caught mon (you start with 5 pokeballs, but can't buy more till after this) he just gives you the 20 balls without the tutorial. It is nice really.

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Anyway, some trainer battles, some talking about the Mysterious Phenomenon of the generation, and we get down to business: Convincing the best trainer in the region that you can grind badges.

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I am sure the battle won't be a complete trainwreck.

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See, he loses but he is still hanging there. He is friendly because he is a friend, but he makes me like beating him due to his ever energetic attitude, so he makes a good rival.

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Oh so you liked the battle. Tell me, was your favourite part Hop refusing to press ember against a bug-type when the zubat was burnt and at 6hp, or when he refused to press peck against the same bug type and used leer twice instead?

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Maybe it is a pitty thing, he is like "My brother is so bad, but I can't really say that can't it? Maybe he will get good as he goes.".

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You know, chosen one shit on power fantasy doesn't really work. What does it matter that I won when Fate Tells That I Was Going To Win Anyway. It is not even a plot thing, Hoenn and Sinnoh both had plot, and didn't have chosen one, you was just a nosy kid that foiled evil plots. Then Unova comes and you are the chosen by the dragon, legendary hero reborn. Then comes Kalos and the villain literally has a speech about chosen ones and shit, then comes Alola and the Tapu give you a rock because you are Just That Special.

But I guess gen 1 had you being chosen for a pokedex, but your rival also gets it and it is implied while rare, pokedex are not unique. It also helps that in gen 2 oak sees a random kid and is like "Here is a pokedex have fun.". In Kalos meanwhile, you are the one that gets a mega ring and the villain tells you that you, personally, will save the world. Hoenn remakes making mega evo more common really helps with the issue, really.

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Anyway, where were we? Ah right, Hop wants to raise a protagonist flag.

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Never change Hop, I will have fun beating you all game long.

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I can't catch pokemon you doffus, the only legal catch here is doggo and it is a visible encounter so I need to get a badge first!

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He is a flamer.

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I am really tempted to start Hopposting. Really dig him.

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I likely won't camp, because while a new thing that I want to experiment, it gives too many bonuses that ruin the difficulty curve. The worst is not even surviving at 1 hp, since you can count that as a death anyway, but when your pokemon dodges or crits because of it, how do you even rule? Even if the attack hit you, would you have died? Did the crit matter? It cleaned a poison, did that actually save it or just leave it vulnerable to freezing later? It changes too much really. You also don't need camping for friendship evos, so yeah.

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Meetup Area gift! Pikachu is good.

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No bully!

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"I will eat this potato chip and fill another page on my Densetsu!" - Translator Note: Densetsu means legend.

Anyway, catches time!

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This one is from east lake axewell.

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This is from dappled grove.

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And this is from watchtower ruins. I will get rolling fields when it is a weather that actually allows for electric or poison types.

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That makes sense, since I have heard of the undefeated champion a million times already, and I am not even at my first gym!

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One of the things I know about Galar is that the plot is someone trying to make an infinite energy hack, but I am not sure if it is this Rose person is trying to make their job easier, or someone is trying to steal their monopoly.

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Is that the asshole rival legends speak of?

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Is this the emo rival legends speak of?

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It will turn out there was no sword and shield hero, but rather a sword and a shield pokemon, right? I know the legendary pokemons are sword and shield based, and they have a crowned form, so they probably used that move that is super effective on dynamax to save the day.

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Okay, so team Yell are fans of emo!rival? How does that tie with infinite energy hack.

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Is she emo, or are the legends wrong? Maybe goth is a better descriptor.

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Hooligans! HopJoy

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Mild Mannered Goth Rival?

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I said no. And the game let me. Did they finally learn? Are we in the best timeline? Will buying a switch for legends arceus be worth it?

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I did some quest and got a key item for when I have a toxicitry.

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Also, the wild Area is fun and balanced (and dangerous).

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Team Hakurei coming through.

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Gym Leaders! They look distinct, some things never change.

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HopJoy

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He is evil and the dynamax bands are part of a plot to produce infinite energy to power idk, the kalos death beam or something.

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HopJoy

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Rolling fields catch! Also I am sorry wriggle, but I just used a vikavolt, and have yet to use a galavantula.

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Anyway after selling stuff from the wild area, it is time to rock a poison or an electric uniform for the rest of the game. Maybe I will change every gym, something like that. Do we ever get to design our own uniforms? That would be nice.

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HopJoy

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I have a shadow ball gastly dude, you never stood a chance.

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I love Hop.

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Post battle shot.

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Coal? I can see why they need an infinite energy hack.

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I know this item! It can be fucking broken.

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It seems very obvious that the chairman is evil, and I am not sure if the writers can pull off a red hering or not.

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...You are a psychic trainer. I have a ghost, a dark and a bug. What are you gonna do?

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That is good rival behaviour. Now all you need is to keep this up all the way to the championship and we are good.

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Keep going.

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So the plot is that the chairman want a monopoly? Would that be british?

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I literally just pressed bug bite, so it was that easy.

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Is that the grass gym leader? I am pretty sure it is.

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I am the very best, like no one ever was. I have a perfect record, as long as you forget about marowak.

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Wait, he already has a monopoly? Then what does he care, what is his angle here?!

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Good rivals also keep ahead of you in badges so you feel the need to catch up to them.

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Does the ref really need a mustache? It looks weird to me.

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I really liked the challenge. You can solve it without battling, but can also go back to battle even after solving, so you can choose if you want to battle to make it easier, for exp, or just skip the battling altogether.

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This is what the team looks like after all gym trainers. I guess I could look to grind to 20, but I have oddish that is 4x resistant to grass and has a poison attack and growth, so that is my strat.

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First gym time.

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First mon down.

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Look at that, 4x resist coming in clutch! Also, given how the sky above dynamax looks, I am assuming the darkest day was the legendary using a super-mega-giga-dynamax.

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Gym down!

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Done and dusted, first badge aquired.

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Next up is water, so electric + oddish means cake.

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I wonder if by the end everyone will be talking about me in the stadiums right before I beat the champion and become the very best like no one ever was.

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This is the team after the gym. Everyone got a level out of the eldegoss. Next up, a smaller update hopefully.
 

Megurine Suika

The fool that runs towards the past
Globetrotter
Pokédex No.
989
Caught
Nov 7, 2019
Messages
89
Location
Middle of the desert
Nature
Serious
Pronouns
They/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Dragon
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #34
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Okay, with this thunderstone, I will have a raichu!

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And then I learned gigantamax pikachu can't evolve so you will get boxed soon.

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Route 4 overworld catch, since I am allowed one of those per badge. Will be using good doggo instead of rat.

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Now, since you don't lose moves by evolving, and relearner is free, it is time for hilariously early fully evolved grass.

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Now, toxel is obligatory. I am not boxing my vileplume that I just evolved, same for gastly (gengar is broken), boxing the zubat would make me unable to go for the hat trick. That leaves yamper, joltik and stunky. I really like joltik, yamper is new to this gen, so I choose stunky to be boxxed.

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You know, I respect team Yell just because they are small time. It is one thing to be a grunt that doesn't know any better and follow some strongman, it is another to be a group of close friends trying to support their friend/idol. Yeah, they are misguided on how they do it, but it is understandable. Meanwhile, you have most teams trying to take over or genocide, except the text tries to say it is somehow understandable.

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Hop posting time?

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HopJoy

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Hop3Head

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HopCopium

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HopThink

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HopJoy

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That disguise...

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Wait, the chairman can't even be assed to remember Bede's name? Now that is a plot twist, Bede is just a tool.

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There have been worse roadblocks, but that doesn't make it good.

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Obligatory chinchou from Hulbury. Is not adamant, but does in fact have Illuminate.

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Also had this evo while fishing for chinchou, because everything I got was arrokada for a good while.

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I beat 1 gym. Come on now.

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I do in fact have a fan. I also have a vileplume and am electric, so I don't see Nessa being hard at all.

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The trainers were easy.

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The plan for Nessa is to growth giga drain. If it fails try to shock.

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Lets do it.

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This sums up the battle nicely. I used growth on the goldeen, then giga drain twice, so I ended against drednaw at full, and then got crit on.

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The crit didn't matter, still oneshot with max move.

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This happened after the battle.

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I don't know why the badges are differently shaped and fit in a circle, but I will take it.

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How can I forget? He stands out even when trying to go icognito!

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And then we get plot! The chairman is very helpful in that he allows the researcher to go study history to better understand dynamax! He does sobecause the one that discovered it is uncomfortable about it and better safe than sorry. I like how dynamax is recent, and the one with the monopoly over it is smart enough to listen to the specialists and helps them. Sonia has cold feet about it, so either there is something sinister and he is trying to hide by giving a false clue, or she lost her gym challenge at hammerlocke and it brings bad memories. More as it develops.

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HopRail

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Croagunk! I may use another one, but TBH, they are underwhelming. Belch Nasty Plot is funny however.

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True! That is why I am fighting you.

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Keep telling yourself that :)

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HopJoy. Look at how supportive he is, he believes you are great and he is greater.

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I like how they setup. First gyms are grass, water, fire, so you learn to not solely rely on your starter. The last gym is setup as the first hard one, to signal that after this, the true game begins. It is a good setup. In actually what probably happens is that by gym 4 you have fully evolved everything with coverage and streamrolls the game between max raids and buying TRs.

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HopJoy

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Good doggo fully aquired.

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I love how team Yell is right behind her, cheering her on.

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Fun fact: I almost fully wiped to morpeko, had to finish it off with crobat and everything else was on red. I would show you a post-battle picture, but I am on the rails so I go to sleep and wake up the next day fully healed.

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The people are talking huh? I think it would make sense AFTER you beat the first gatekeaper, not before. Maybe have them be talking about Hop, since he already beat Kabu.

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Now, since everyone is hyped him to hell and back, I took a look at his team. I don't have an easy answer in the form of a rock or water type, so I need a plan.

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Which may or may not mean "Spend money on clothes I won't use and hair styling".

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Fire puns always leave a bad taste in my mouth.

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My plan is to setup nasty plot (had to spend 2 days waiting for it to come in rotation) and shadow ball away, and hopefully +4 with 1 free turn from the rawst berry is enough to oneshot the bug.

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Time to burn.

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First turn was will-o-wisp, I eat berry and nasty plot, second was ember, so I get to +4 with little damage.

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Now we shadowballing.

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Oneshot, so we get a win.

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Everyone got a level out of it at least.

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3 badges.

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HopHurry.

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I like this scene in general. It makes sense that Kabul would like to see off the few that go past him, and it gives a nice sense of closure to act 1, so to speak.

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Anyway, Bede takes Hop away, and I am left with... 9 levels until the next gym, so either there is a bunch of content, or I am supposed to grind the wild area. Which means I am stoping here.
 

bhelryss

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this pokemon can be found encouraging plant growth in other people's gardens, but can be territorial about the resulting blooms
CROBAT GET: HAT TRICK INCOMING

man i love hop, and kabu's attempt at givin you a rousing cheer? adorable
i did lose a couple pokemon to him, so im real applause that it went smoothly for you
 

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The fool that runs towards the past
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CROBAT GET: HAT TRICK INCOMING

man i love hop, and kabu's attempt at givin you a rousing cheer? adorable
i did lose a couple pokemon to him, so im real applause that it went smoothly for you

Nothing can stop the Bat.

I really like Hop's attitude. And setup is 90% of the time the best way to avoid deaths really, they can't kill you if they are outsped OHKO'd.

Okay, I have actually finished the run, so all that is left is updates, but there are over 2000 screenshots, so I will break it up in smaller updates.

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Last 2 catches probably, I know I can't be assed to catch more stuff as the time goes on and I feel I have a solid team.

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On one hand, I hate Bede for beating Hop, but on another hand it makes beating him that much more satisfying. Kinda torn on this one.

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This bit is funny and good world building. It settles Leon as the Undefeatable Champion in a good way by showing even the fans of others like how said others lose to Leon.

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Anyway, Bede brags and we learn that whatever the plot to save the day is needs a bunch of wishing stars and someone at least as strong as the champion. How it will backfire terribly is beyond me, because I have no idea what the plot even is beyond "Infinite Energy Hack".

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Anyway, time for an energy lesson!

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Wait, hold on, the mines are just for show? This thing here shows all the energy is harvested from thin air by some tower.

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Anyway, Rose wants to use the energy source of pokemon becoming giant for electricity and shit, so I won't stop him unless he accidentally the world.

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I swear, if Hop stop being joyous and I can't Hoppost anymore, I will be salty on my updates.

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A cursory google search tells me having dark chocolate on you when hiking is very good to keep you awake and energized, plus it contains antioxidants to allow for better celular "breathing", so I will take their word for it. Good job game, you made me learn stuff.

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Hey look, some guy I will smack around later.

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The Darkest Day happened when necrozoma stole all the light to make more land as time and space where created. Look it up, 100% factual information.

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Am I the only one that thinks gifting player revives, even in non-nuzlockes, is kinda rude? It is saying "haha, you can't win anything without sacking half of your team". Maybe I am overthinking it.

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Hop is sorrowful.... I swear to god Bede smashing you into the ground will be my act of mercy.

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I have done so what, 4 times already? And you were fine, so what gives?

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Okay, this is horseshit. Nobody will care for shit if you suck, the guy is literally called "Unbeatable Champion", if you suck they will just be even more impressed nobody can touch Leon.

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We are nearing the point where I have all evos, don't make new catches, and just burst through the game in one go.

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So stop being so self-concious! Personal growth is for player characters, not NPCs! I want my rival to be good to beat, if he goes into a funk when beaten then why beat him?

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See, that is what I am looking after. A good HopJoy.

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That is what I am saying lady! Now go and say that to him so he goes back to full joy.

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This picture is here so I can tell you it took me way too long till I finally got a controller mapped so I could spin and clear the gym.

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But I did do it in the end!

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The squad. Can you guess my plan?

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It is called "Shadow ball"

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Yamask and Cursola get OHKO'd, so instead I will show that Mimikyu got one move out.

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It falls asleep, so it will sleep for at least 1 turn, and shadow sneak got disabled by cursed body, so it will move last twice and get shadow ball'd.

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And gengar gets oneshot anyway.

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My incredible skill of expert belt super effective attacks?

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Anyway, that was drool, but THIS is the real gem. My gengar has -speed nature and 4IVs on speed, so sticky web goes a long way to make it sweep later when faster things show up.

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Badge getto!

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I really like the progression with this girl. She was your fan from way back, and she is always there all the way cheering on you. It is great!

Anyway, that is the update for today. See you next time.
 

bhelryss

rose cultivator
Writer
Team Delta
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  2. Fairy
Pokédex Entry
this pokemon can be found encouraging plant growth in other people's gardens, but can be territorial about the resulting blooms
i love hopjoyposting. i am looking forward to smashing bede into the dirt because he's....really funny to beat.
 

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