Hiatus and Other News

Yeah, so I haven’t played Pokemon in a while, but I’ve been busy. Life, ya know? It sucks, but somebody’s gotta do it.

Anyways, I haven’t played Pokemon in a while. I’ve done a little grinding on my Ruby Nuzlocke from time to time, but nothing considerable.

Recently, though, I finished the grinding, and am preparing to take on the Elite Four! I’m just going to stock up on X-Items and hope for the best. This will be the true test folks! (remember: I’m running blind!)

Here’s the team I’m rolling:

Elite Four Team

I managed to catch Groudon according to the rules of the Nuzlocke, so I’m going to use him. I figure I’ll need all the help I can get when going through the Elite Four, and he’s one of the most well-rounded ‘mons I have. Hopefully, I can challenge them soon, and post another update.

I’m excited to be this close to finishing my FIRST Nuzlocke challenge!

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Wally Blocks My Path to the Elite Four, and Pays the Price

Wally from Pokemon

“I know you have no PP after going through that cave, but let’s battle!”

Last time I updated, I was preparing to battle Wallace at the Sootoplis City gym. Well, in preparation, I trained Kool-Aid (Kecleon), Evil Tooth (Duskull), and my new Bro extraordinaire, Olimar (Lanturn) to level 50, and we easily defeated him. His Milotic was annoying, but wasn’t a problem.

After that, I moved on to Victory Road, everyone’s favorite route. With countless uses of HMs, and high level pokemon using Whirlwind, what’s not to love?!

The best part is, when you finally get to the end, you’re worn and battered team has to fight a random battle against that little brat, Wally (ok, I actually love Wally, but still!).

Even though I was weakened from the trek through the cave, I still managed to mop the floor with his spikey-headed face.

I had the pilot episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares on in the background during this battle.

Gordon Ramsay Chooses You

“I choose you, you fucking wanker!”

Not sure what that has to do with anything, but I’m sure it summoned some kind of inner strength.

So, now I am currently grinding all of my Pokemon in preparation for the Elite Four. If you read my last post, you know that I’m running blind. I’ve played Sapphire before, and I know that the Elite Four is kind of similar from game to game, so I’m pretty sure I know what I’m in for, but I don’t want to go in underleveled. If I do that, I’m finished.

I do not want that to happen.

So, next time you hear from me, I’ll either be headed into the Elite Four, or filling you in with a battle report.

Stay tuned!

Tate and Liza get PWND and Personal Revelations

Tate & Liza PWND

My Gym “Challenge” in Mossdeep City, against Tate & Liza, was anything but challenging. It was a double battle against a Lunatone and a Solrock, so it should have been at least a little challenging, but it wasn’t. I swept the floor with them. It may have been easy, but I came away with an important realization, which I will tell you about in a moment. First, here’s what went down in the gym:

Kool-Aid (my Kecleon) lead with a Faint Attack on Solrock, since it had the lower Special Defense of the two, and took off about one third of its HP. Lunatone used Hypnosis but misses, and Solrock used Psychic on Kool-Aid (but only does about 20 damage). Ending the turn, Evil Tooth (my Dusclops) Shadow Punched Lunatone, doing about 75% damage.

On the next round of attacks, Kool-Aid finished off the Lunatone with a Faint Attack, Solrock used Sunny Day, and Evil Tooth hit the opponent with Confuse Ray.

The Sunny Day worried me a little bit; because I didn’t want Solrock to use Solar Beam on Kool-Aid (which would make it a Grass type), and then use Flamethrower the next turn. This was my only concern with the battle. I hoped that I could kill my opponent before this happened.

Because I knew Solrock had high defense, I changed things up a bit. Kool-Aid let out a deafening Screech, which lowered Solrock’s defense by two stages. If I can hit with a Shadow Punch, I would win the match. Solrock tried to attack, but hurt itself in its confusion, which allowed Evil Tooth to deliver the final blow.

The battle was over.

Evil Kool-Aid

This was by far one of the easiest battles yet, and here’s why:

I looked up the gym leader on Bulbapedia.

Because of this, I knew what Pokemon they had, and even the moves of each Pokemon. This allowed me to prepare, and I was able to develop a strategy to counter everything they had.

After the battle, I realized that I shouldn’t have done this. It was way too easy! The whole point of the Nuzlocke challenge, in my opinion, is to make the game harder and more interesting. If I hadn’t “cheated”, I probably would have had a more difficult time defeating Tate and Liza, and probably would have lost a Bro in the process.

You know what? I’d take that over a cheap victory, which is what this was.

From now on, no more cheating. I’m going blind the whole way.

Blind Run

"Of course I run my Nuzlocke blind, bitch!"