Bring on the Elite Four!

Hoenn Map

After grinding my balls off for longer than I could keep track of, I finally said “Enough!”… it’s time for the Elite Four!

So there I went, through that sacred doorway. There’s no turning back now!

DAMNIT! I FORGOT TO DELETE WATERFALL FOR SURF! Too late now. FML.

First Battle – Sidney

Elite Four Sidney

As you know, I’m running blind, so I figured from the look of the room and Sidney’s appearance that he may have Ground types. I lead with Olimar, who has amazing HP and a decent Hydro Pump. These Ground types will be easy!

Out comes Mightyena… he’s a Dark trainer.

WTF!!!!

Still, I’m way over-leveled, so I easily take it out with two Sparks (yes, I forgot to teach him T-Bolt. I’m really risking things here).

Next, I use a combination of Nimbus and Kool-Aid to take out the rest of his team. Cacturn, Sharpedo, and Absol went down without a fight, and Shiftry pulled off a Double Team, but I still got the OHKO. What a weak dick.

Onto the next one!

Second Battle – Phoebe

Elite Four Phoebe

I had no clue what type she was rollin’, so I sent out my Normal type, Kool-Aid. Turns out she has Ghosts! This was a great move, because Kool-Aid can’t get hit by Ghost moves, PLUS, he knows Faint Attack (a Dark move).

I proceed to destroy her team. I had to use my Yellow Flute a couple of times to cure my confusion, but that’s about all the excitement that happened.

I got bored in the middle, so I sent out Louie to do a few Earthquakes. He easily kills a Sableye and Dusclops. To finish, I sent out Kool-Aid and 2HKO her Bannette.

Sorry, girl. Don’t mess with my Kool-Aid!

Third Battle – Glacia

Elite Four GlaciaI assumed this bitch was full of Water and Ice types, so I lead with Olimar again. This time, my assumption (and memory from 2005) was correct.

Finally, a match that gave me a little challenge. It wasn’t much, but it was something.

I managed to get through her first four Pokemon with about 1/2 my HP left, and then she sends out Walrein; her last hope.

I use my first Full Restore of the Elite Four Challenge, and Walrein Body Slams me and gets Paralysis! I use a Paralyze Heal on my next turn and he Body Slams me again. I get off a Confuse Ray and hope for some self-inflicted damage. Nope! Another Body Slam, and I’m below half my health. I use another Full Restore and he gets another Body Slam while confused!

WTF! He gets the Parahax, but I can’t get the Confusionhax?

Anyways, I use Spark which does  puts him in the red, but he has a Sitrus Berry! His HP goes back up and, while confused I might add, gets off a third Body Slam. I Spark him again and his health gets down in the red. This is where Karma comes in…

I finally catch a break, and he KOs himself the next turn! Take THAT Walrein, ya fuckin’ bitch!

So far, so good…

Cool Squirtle

“Scott, you’re too cool for school.”

Three down, one to go (not counting the Champion). So far, the Elite Four has been pretty uneventful, and honestly, rather easy. Most of my guys are around level 60, so the difficulty should be getting harder soon. Also, I remember there is a Salamence and Metagross coming up soon, which could be troublesome.

Stay tuned for my next entry!

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!

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!"

Slaughter in Fortree City

So, remember when I mentioned Winona wouldn’t be much of a problem? Well, she was. Here’s the recap…

Battle with Winona

I lead with Gmail, my Graveler, and took out her Swellow with a Rock Throw. Easy peasy.

Then, I switched out to Kool-Aid, my Kecleon, to face her Pelipper. I thought this would be a good match up because Kool-Aid has high special defense, and Gmail is 4x weak to water, on top of having absolutely no special defense. He would be a sitting duck if I left him out there. So, after a Screech and a Slash from Kool-Aid, I took Pelipper down and only took minimal damage, myself.

Next, she sent out Skarmory. Ooooh, what a bitch. I sent out Token, my Torkoal, and it was a close match. Skarm’s Sand-Attack and Agility was pretty useless, because Token has the Keen-Eye ability, and is already slow as fuck. I also have super high defense, so his Aerial Ace and Steel Wing did small bits of damage. I used a Smokescreen on the first turn (not knowing he had Ace), and it helped stall him a little when he tried to use his other moves. My ember slowly took damage off of him, and eventually burned it. That sealed its fate. Winona used a hyper potion, but it only stalled the inevitable. I had to use a few super potions myself, because of Skarm’s chipping away at me, but eventually, it went down.

Pissed Off Altaria

Winona wasn’t fucking around anymore. She sent out her Altaria.

I switched in my Gmail thinking I’d kill it with some Rock Throws and be able to take its hits, but I forgot that Dragon was special (stupid of me. I knew that, but wasn’t thinking until it was too late). The first attack was a crit Dragon Breath. Gmail went down like the NASDAQ.

This immediately upset me. Gmail had been one of my most reliable Pokemon for the last half of my journey. The rest of my team was under leveled, and I had to think hard about what to do next.

I sent out Chirp, my Swellow, hoping to make myself hard to hit. I got a Double Team off and kept stalling by using Super Potions and Soda Pop after each Dragon Breath, (I also got paralyzed on the first Dragon Breath). Altaria finally missed, so I got to use a paralyze heal, then managed to get another Double Team and a Focus Energy up. Altaria kept using Dragon Dances, then it finally attacked with Aerial Ace! I didn’t know it had this attack, so those Double Teams were pretty much useless. Chirp went down right away. All I managed was to hit it with one Quick Attack in about 10 turns.

Now I was in real trouble. It was time for drastic measures.

I sent out Portabella, my Breloom, who is 4x weak to flying. It was a sacrifice mission. If I could get a Stun Spore to hit, and then maybe a Leech Seed, the battle could swing in my favor, and hopefully, there will be no more casualties (besides Portabella, of course).

Altaria would have to Dance again for my plan to work.

It used Aerial Ace and took me out instantly, and I wasn’t able to get off a single move!

BUT… Portabella had the Effect Spore ability, and Altaria became Paralyzed, rendering all those Dragon Dances useless!

I wasn’t out of this yet, though.

I sent out Kool-Aid and Screeched, and Altaria’s defense was greatly reduced. Now, if Kool-Aid died, at least someone could come in and hit it hard to take it out. But Alteria used Dragon Dance! Kool-Aid then used Slash for the finishing blow.

Winona was defeated.

Pokemon Tower

See ya in Lavender Town.

I lost three good bros in that battle, and Portabella’s death was not in vain. Her sacrifice may have well saved the entire team.

Rest in Peace, Portabella.

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This was one of the most intense battle I have ever had. Watching my Pokemon die, knowing that I will no longer be able to use them, and the thought that I could lose my whole team, made the suspense go through the roof.

This is what Nuzlocke is all about.

This victory was also a loss and a learning experience. Now, I’m going to train harder, think about every move I make, and be more prepared overall.

Onward to Route 120!