So, after finishing that Monotype (after like, what, 3000 years?), I said that I wasn't sure what I wanted to do next. But… Ever since I said in March 2016 that I was retiring for good after my biggest challenge went from magical to a catastrophic disappointment, I'm sure some of you have awaited this very moment and thought, "Oh, he'll come back. They always do."
And after doing some Nuzlockes on my own time that have gone to moderate success, I think it's time we do them on the newest games, which have a pretty big reputation for being brutal. As I've said in the past, Sun and Moon really straddle between laughably easy and absolute nails. I did say recently in Challenger's Clan that I felt like "Nuzlockes aren't hard for me anymore", but we'll see if this one can prove me wrong. I do still like Sun and Moon, and the announcement of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon definitely got the hype back up. I honestly don't really have much of a need for a backstory behind this one, other than that I've never done a Wonderlocke here before, so I thought, hey, let's change that. So let's just get into the rules, shall we?
1. ALL Nuzlocke rules apply. If a Pokémon faints, it is considered "dead" and you can no longer use it in battle. You can also only catch the first Pokémon you encounter on each route. Finally, you must nickname each Pokémon you use (even though you can't actually change their name, you can still name them in your heart!). See the Nuzlocke Rules for details. 2. Once you catch the first Pokémon you encounter on the route, you must trade it away using the Wonder Trade feature. This can be accessed through the PSS once you are connected to the internet. Whatever Pokémon you get in Wonder Trade as a result is your actual first encounter and is the one who you may use on your team or put in your PC box for later. 3. You may not use Pokémon Amie or Super Training at any point during the challenge. The only exception is to evolve Sylveon if you happen to get an Eevee and want to evolve it into Sylveon. 4. The Exp. Share may only be used for grinding, not when progressing through the story (ie battling trainers, gym leaders, etc).
You may also choose to implement the following optional clauses. Just remember you may not change your mind about them after your challenge has already begun! These are like the Nuzlocke's clauses, but slightly varied. 1. Dupes Clause: Any Pokémon you encounter on the first route counts, even if you have already caught it, because you will be trading it away anyway. However, if you receive a Pokémon in Wonder Trade that you have already gotten, it can be re-wonder traded to receive something different. This is to encourage diversity and make it more fun! As per usual, I will be using this rule, with an exception…
One exception to this rule will be Eevee. Because of how common Eevee are over Wonder Trade (not to mention how I can get one for free as a gift but I’ll get to that in a bit), and how many Eeveelutions we have, I will be allowing myself a total of two Eeveelutions for use in the playthrough.
2. Shiny Clause: If you encounter a shiny Pokémon in the wild, you may catch it, even if it wasn't your first encounter. Furthermore, you don't have to Wonder Trade it -- you may keep it to use for the challenge, or trade to other games as you wish. If it dies, you still can't use it in the challenge anymore, but you can still keep it and trade it to other files, etc. This I will definitely be going with, because why wouldn't I.
1. The battle style must be on Set at all times, preventing me from switching out after knocking out the opposing Pokémon.
2. I can use a maximum of two HP restoring items per battle, plus an additional status restoring item. How this works is that I can use…
Two Hyper Potions and a Full Heal/other status restoring item (i.e. Awakening).
One Hyper Potion, one Full Restore, and one Full Heal/etc.
Two Full Restores and a Full Heal/etc.
One Hyper Potion or Full Restore and two Full Heals/etc.
Three status restoring items. I think you get my point - basically, I can use two of any HP restoring item and one status restoring item.
But come the Pokémon League, I can include a Full Restore as my additional status restoring item (effectively upping it to three healing items of any kind).
3. WT Vermin Clause:If I receive a Pokémon over Wonder Trade that I consider to be basic WT fodder (i.e. early game com mons, Magikarp, male Combee, Ditto, etcetera), I can choose to send it back with no repercussions. This is a clause that was once suggested back in 2015 by a former CC member, and while it may seem like taking the easy way out, it’s more to promote good variety as opposed to having a team of mostly stuff that everyone gives. I could name a list of Pokémon that qualify as such, but I’m sure you guys can get a good idea of what I would count there. If you guys want me to own up to when I use it, then I am happy to do so.
4. Soul Bond Clause: An original component of the initial Wonderlocke ruleset, if I am given a Pokémon in-game (source), I do not have to Wonder Trade it and am able to keep and nickname it. Basically that means I get to keep the Eevee egg from the nursery helpers, any fossils I might revive (though I’ll more than likely only revive one), and the Aerodactyl I receive at Seafolk Village. This rule will not apply to my starter, though, I will be Wonder Trading that.
I decided this will also apply if any wild Pokémon appear on Poké Pelago and wish to join my team - I will allow myself one free team member from that which I can keep with no restrictions.
5. Legendary Jackpot Clause:If I receive a legendary Pokémon or Ultra Beast over Wonder Trade, I must Wonder Trade it back immediately, but I get a bonus catch for any previous area which I can use to Wonder Trade away. This was the same rule that Marriland had in his WonderWedlocke Wednesday stream in 2014. So, say I get, like, a Kartana over Wonder Trade. I’ll have to Wonder Trade it back right away, but I can then go catch another Pokémon and then Wonder Trade it for something else.
6. Inappropriate Nickname Clause: If I receive a Pokémon with a nickname that I find inappropriate or I feel uncomfortable with for whatever reason, I can Wonder Trade it back. I want to make sure the nicknames I receive are PG and that nobody else is bothered by them.
7. If I receive an over-leveled Pokémon over Wonder Trade, as in higher level than the next totem or important fight, I can send it back.
For that matter, I am not going to be playing with an explicit level limit. The main reason for that is because this is a Wonderlocke, where everything I get gains boosted EXP except gift Pokémon, not to mention how there isn’t a lot of headroom between some of the bigger fights, so it can be hard to not end up over-leveled at times come those points. So, in short, if anyone on my team ends up over-leveled, then whatever, but it’s not something I’m outright going to deliberately do on purpose.
I’m sure there’s at least something I’m meaning to mention here but haven’t remembered at the time of this typing. If there’s anything else I remember to mention, I’ll add it here. If you guys have any questions about these rules and how they work, then I’d be happy to answer.
So that's that! Will this challenge finally get me back into the spirit that I was in throughout most of 2015? Will it provide the proper redemption after the cataclysmic collapse of all I had made then? Or will it reaffirm to me that quitting then was the proper decision? You're gonna have to hang on to find out. Thanks for reading, and I hope you all enjoy!
*This post is out of date and will be fixed soon.*
Melemele Island: Iki Town: "Squirm" the Shuckle (traded for Rowlet)(deceased)
Route 1 (path to Iki Town): "Purifier" the Dratini (traded for Pikipek) Route 1 (near Kukui's lab): "Volt" the Pichu (traded for Rattata)(deceased) Hau'oli City: "Bubbler" the Froakie (traded for Pichu, which was then traded for over-leveled Trevenant, then Caterpie, then Magikarp)(deceased)
Route 2: "Honeyball" the Cutiefly (traded for Abra) Hau'oli Cemetery: "Birdy" the Pikipek (traded for Zubat)(deceased)
Verdant Cavern: "Soundwave" the Zubat (traded for Rattata)
Ten Carat Hill:
Ancient Poni Path:
Poni Breaker Coast:
Vast Poni Canyon:
Mount Lanakila (including it here just because):
Alright everyone, it's time for me to get on with this, so let's start with a prologue. Enjoy.
”…And those were the words of the famous professor Kukui of the Alola region, who hailed in from the Kanto region.” A report said on the TV.
Ginny didn’t know much about this professor, but she found the report she had just watched to be an insightful prowess on the Alola region. As she waded through the papers that her mom left, she saw a page that fell out. “Subjects needed to test new invention: the Dimensional Telegrapher.”
“Dimensional Telegrapher?” What could that possibly be? This device has been created for the purpose of sending Pokémon off anywhere across the world and exchanging them for others. It can bring Pokémon from far away areas to somewhere new in the press of a button. But it might need a trainer with real compassion and skill to be able to use it right, as it could be very bad if used in the wrong hands. The whereabouts of this device’s creation have been kept enclosed by its developers.
“A device that allows Pokémon to be sent from one place to another? And it can be sent far away? What kind of power could that have?” Ginny thought. If you’re a trainer and you think you can handle the power this kind of device might display, then come to the Alola region! On display in the coming weeks.
As one who had lived in Kanto her whole life, Ginny always dreamed of becoming a trainer. But all she could think of back in the day was Professor Oak and his vast knowledge of Pokémon, and how her mother didn’t feel like she would make for a responsible trainer.
But for a while now, her mom had entertained the idea of moving to a faraway region, where things were different. Could this be that region?
Suddenly, their computer received a call. “Who could this possibly be?” Ginny said.
“Well, why don’t you take the call and find out who it is yourself?” Ginny’s mom said.
Ginny picked up, and it was the same professor Kukui who was on the television set.
“Greetings! You’re from Kanto, aren’t you? I’m Professor Kukui of Alola.” It was indeed him. “You’re the one that I’ve been hearing so much about from your mother, yes?”
“Wait, you know me? And who I am?”
“Indeed I do! Your mother has booked your flight to Alola, so it’s high time I get to know you properly.”
“Wait… Mom? You’ve already prepared everything?”
“Yes, I have.” Ginny’s mom said. “Now please be charitable to the professor, alright? He has a big order for you!”
“Okay, okay.” Ginny said. “You were saying?”
“There are so many cool Pokémon here in Alola, and they help each other out. We think you’ll like the environment of our region!”
“Maybe so… I’ve always wanted to go to a region that feels more atmospheric.”
“So, you’re Ginny, right? As your mom informed me?”
“Well, I hope you’re ready to make way! There will be some discoveries for you to make here, that’s for sure.”
Ginny definitely sounded excited as she continued to pack her belongings.
Meanwhile, in a large building in a faraway island, a girl was running at high speed while some men in white suits were chasing her down. “After her!” One of the men said, and she was panicked.
“What could you possibly want from me?!” She asked, scared.
“Give us that Pokémon in your bag!”
“No! I need to protect it at all costs!”
“Listen you, that Pokémon has incredible power, and we need it to–“
Before the man could finish his sentence, suddenly Lillie’s bag glowed, and she was suddenly teleported out of the building.
“What the heck just happened?” Another man said.
“Blast! But she can’t elude us forever! We’ll get her and that Pokémon back from her!”
So not much to this, beyond the opening titles and everything. I hope this sets the stage for the adventure. Anyone wanna take a guess as to what my character’s name is a reference to?
Anyway, next time we’ll start things off, but I don’t know if we’ll get to the Wonder Trading right away. Thanks for reading!
Thanks! And yeah, I did think Ginny from Harry Potter when I came up with a username. I did think of Fire Emblem characters to go with instead, but I think this name is cool.
Also, I am wondering if people want me to own up to when I "encounter" Pokémon I feel are worthy of sending back. I'll say right now that I already have for quite a few. But anyway, I'm hoping to get a new update out every 2 to 3 days, but you know me, after my Monotype, that's not something I can promise. But as I've said, my goal is to get this done before Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon release.
Off to an interesting start. C: I'm looking forward to seeing how things have been going with more detail than you've mentioned in The Challenger's Clan! Also whether Wonder Trade has been kind or not, haha. The Dimensional Telegrapher sounds pretty neat. I wonder if it'll have some kind of plot relevance or if it's just there to explain the Wonder Trade mechanic!
I'm with Kitty. Ginny Weasley is all I can think of.
Thanks! Well, you'll certainly have to find out what this device is known for. And yeah, it was Ginny Weasley the name was a reference to. I thought it sounded cool.
But enough about that, let's get on with this! Enjoy.
Three months later…
Ginny and her mom had finally moved to Alola, and her mother was taking in the view of the gorgeous moonlight that went through their sights.
“This is so pleasant. We’re finally in Alola!” She said. Then she turned to the Meowth that was right by her side. “Go grab Ginny for me, will you?”
The Meowth prowled upstairs, where Ginny was sleeping in her bed. “Raaawwwrrrrrr!!!” Ginny then felt groggy but got out of her bed anyway.
She took a look around her room, where there was a Wii U, and a Ditto pillow that had scratch marks. “Oh, that’s our old pillow alright… Meowth, you sure like to rip through things.” But then she decided that she had to suck it up and come downstairs.
“Alright!” Her mom said. “You’re surely ready to meet some Alolan Pokémon, right?”
“Well, I’m not thrilled that I was just yelled into getting out of bed.”
“Oh come on! Ginny, you need to have a sense of adventure.” Suddenly, the doorbell rang. “That must be Kukui. Go on and let him in, will you?”
“Better him than you.” Ginny said.
“Well, excuse me?” Ignoring her, Ginny opened the door.
“Hey, if it isn’t Ginny! So you finally made your move to Alola, I see.”
“Indeed! We’ve loved these Alolan Pokémon since we first discovered of them, and it’s finally time that I let my girl go off on an adventure with them!”
“Uh, what do you mean ‘we’?” Ginny remarked.
“So, your funny little babbling aside, why don’t we go meet the island kahuna? He’s just about ready to give you a Pokémon!” Kukui stated.
“Wait, what? Kahuna? Now I’m confused.”
“The kahunas watch over the islands here, and here in Melemele, our first kahuna is one who will surely give a Pokémon to someone who wants to go on an adventure!”
“As for me, in my days back in Kanto, I sure was put to the test and taught a thing or two by those Kanto Gym Leaders!” Kukui entailed. “But enough about me.”
“Ginny, why don’t you go upstairs and grab your bag and hat?”
She headed upstairs, and found a bag and hat in one of her boxes. The hat was red and had a flower shape on its top.
“That hat looks pretty funny on you.” Ginny’s mom said. “But I’ll be darned if you don’t look ready for adventure! And I’ll make sure we get all these boxes unpacked before you’ve gotten your first Pokémon!”
“I’ll hold you to that.” Ginny said. Her mom then left.
“I see your mom there sure wanted you to go on an adventure.”
“Well, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t!” They both left the house, where it was dark, but Ginny was ready!
“Oh, one other thing. Here in Alola, people are nocturnal! We have lots of citizens who are awake even in the dead of the dark!”
“They sleep during the daytime?”
“Some of them do. But I digress! Time for you to follow me up Route 1 so we can get you to Iki Town and meet the kahuna!” As the professor went up a trail, Ginny lagged behind.
“How you liking this region so far? What do you think?”
“I can’t say anything just yet, I mean we only just moved here.”
“Yo, don’t sweat it! That’s nothing to be ashamed of in a new place.” After the professor had a quick talk with a small trainer to the side, he and Ginny kept going. They continued to pass through, and Kukui spoke of how wild Pokémon appear in tall grass. Unfortunately, Ginny had none herself, so she couldn’t go in to take any on.
“So, enough touring! Time to get you to Iki Town already!”
They went through two wooden arches and had arrived in Iki Town.. But there was nobody there.
“This is Iki Town, where the folks pay their honor to the Pokémon that watches over the Melemele Island. Name of Tapu Koko.”
Before Ginny could ask who Tapu Koko was, Kukui noticed that nobody was present. “They must have all gone out somewhere?”
“Well, go find the kahuna! Try checking Mahalo Trail! He looks just like a kahuna!”
“Uh, I know nothing about kahunas. But okay!” Ginny remarked, as she headed north, up to the Mahalo Trail, which had a long array of wooden steps. But ahead of her was the same girl who was fleeing in the building three months ago.
“We can’t have you out in public! Back in the bag.” She heard the girl whisper.
As Ginny headed up the steps, she noticed a purple Pokémon jump out of that bag and onto the middle of the bridge, before a flock of Spearow started to swarm it! She approached the girl.
Ginny tried to ask her what was going on, but she was quickly informed. “Please! Save that Pokémon! It doesn’t have any moves to fight with and it’s probably very scared! My legs could give out if I go there.”
“Well… Here I go…” She crossed the bridge, with it shaking at every other log. She grasped the Pokémon in her arms, as the Spearow continued to flock at them.
But then, a purple aura surrounded her, and there was an explosion that broke the bridge in two! And suddenly, Ginny fell and was facing a paled rock. She was ready to bid farewell to everything, knowing coming out here was a bad idea…
But suddenly, a yellow Pokémon swooped in and saved her. She was safely brought back near the bridge.
“Wha… I’m alive? But how? Who are you?”
“DON’T THANK ME. IT’S MY JOB TO SAVE THE CITIZENS OF ALOLA FROM DANGER.” The Pokémon said, as it looked at Ginny and flew off.
“Whoa… What just happened?” Ginny said. “Was that… Tapu Koko?”
“Okay, Nebby. We can’t have you using your power recklessly like that! This nice girl here could’ve been killed!” She turned to Ginny. “But anyway… I’m Lillie, Professor Kukui’s assistant. And I see that this was left behind.”
Lillie gave Ginny a circular figure that had some weird indentions in it… But it was glowing. “I don’t know what this is, but I thought you might want it.” Despite not knowing what it does, Ginny put it in her bag. “So… Can we see it back to Iki Town?”
It wasn’t long before Ginny and Lillie made their way back to Iki Town.
“Hey there! You found my assistant!” Kukui said. “And the kahuna was just here, but he should be back shortly.” Suddenly, a big man in a yellow coating appeared. “This is the kahuna, Hala. He’s in charge here!” Everyone had their eyes peeled as he was back.
“Did I miss something here? Sounds like there was some big business!” Then he noticed who was present. “…Oh? Well, you’re Ginny, I see. I was informed by Kukui of your coming!”
Lillie introduced herself once again, and they explained what happened.
“Hm! Well that is quite impressive if Tapu Koko came out like that!”
“I think I’ve seen enough. This girl here certainly deserves a Pokémon of her own after that kind of trouble, wouldn’t you say?”
The crowds seemed to agree. Hala released three Pokémon from their Poké Balls, and introduced them as the Grass-type Rowlet, the Fire-type Litten, and the Water-type Popplio. Ginny looked at all three of them, and decided that Rowlet would be her pick.
But then, Hala declared that Ginny had to be proven to Rowlet before she could be accepted. They looked each other in the eyes, and Ginny held Rowlet up. It seemed happy!
And with that, Ginny had her first Pokémon. Lillie and Kukui were both happy for her, and then Kukui was ready to give her the next step – a Pokédex, which is used to record data on Pokémon! Not only that, but he handed her a trainer passport so she could record the notable events that would proceed to go down on her adventure. Then she was suggested to go home to her mother and show her the new Pokémon that she received!
On the way out from Iki Town, suddenly a dude in yellow shorts and a red shirt approached her and demanded a battle!
Hala intervened, asking him to show more spunk, not to mention having manners and giving a name first.
“Well, I’m sure there are some people who don’t have those manners.” Ginny remarked.
“Anyway… My name’s Hau. And my partner’s Popplio! The Water-type…”
“And that typing you have an advantage against, Ginny. This should be an easy reach into battling for you.” Kukui added.
They entered battle, and it wasn’t long before Ginny’s Rowlet bested Hau’s Popplio with a couple hits of Leafage.
Afterwards, Hau complimented Ginny’s battling, but the talk was interrupted by Hala noticing Ginny’s sparkling stone. She explained, “Indeed. It saved me as I was about to be impaled!”
“Clearly, Ginny, we get the vibe that you were meant to be in this region. Well then, accept our invitation to our festival in Iki Town! Every year, this festival is meant to honor the folks of Melemele Island and their god Tapu Koko. But first, I need to borrow your sparkling stone. Fret not, I shall return it to you after the festival.”
She gave him the stone without hesitation. Then they were interrupted by the purple Pokémon getting out of Lillie’s bag again.
“Oh my goodness! Will you follow my directions and hold still for one minute?!”
There were many questions Ginny had. What is that Pokémon of Lillie’s? What will this festival do for me? And when will I get to see this Dimensional Telegrapher?
With that done, Ginny made her way back home to introduce her new friend to her mother.
QotD: Favorite opening sequence to any main series Pokémon game?
Arrived at my new home in Melemele Island.
Found Lillie and was saved by Tapu Koko.
Got Rowlet as my “starter”, along with the Pokédex and trainer passport.
Beat Hau in an easy fight.
I don’t have an official “team” yet because none of my Pokémon are Wonder Traded. And I won’t be posting my trainer passport yet since I haven’t done anything of substance.
Once again, there’s not really a lot to say right about now, because we haven’t gotten to the proper Wonder Trading section yet. And I may have said some of this when I did my Electric Monotype earlier in the year (I felt like that challenge was mostly more me talking about the game), but this is really kind of a cool beginning to the game, where so much happens in such a short time period. I mean, you nearly plunge to your death, but you’re saved out of nowhere. I think that is surely my favorite opening to any Pokémon game. It’s just really cool. Also, Ginny remarking that "some people don't have those manners" is kind of a jab at the Johto rival. :P
Anyway, next time we’ll get to the real deal. Thanks for reading!
Seems like Ginny has an interesting relationship with her mom. Too bad those boxes will never ACTUALLY get unpacked. XD
QOTD: I do have to give props to Sun and Moon for everything that happens so early on in the game, though it IS kind of weighed down by a lot of tutorial. It didn't bother me much the first time around, but I really noticed on my second playthrough. I also have to give a shout-out to ORAS for the simple feeling of pure nostalgia the game hit me with the first time I started it up. It was really clever. C:
Heh, yeah, it is pretty darn funny that those boxes never get put away, even though the mother keep saying that they will be. xP And it is amusing watching the characters get snarky with parents, haha.
I would also have to say that I like Sun and Moon's opening for being full of action, although I wouldn't say that Black and White are too far behind with the scene with N and Ghetsis, as it's one of the few where you actually feel like there's stuff going on before you even get into the real adventure.
So I explained in Challenger’s Clan that Photobucket is being weird, and eventually I’ll have to move my stuff from there to Imgur. I’ll do that for the first two updates later, but it’s not a huge priority at this time. And I hope the images will show up for you guys, because at this time it isn't showing up for me on my computer. Hoping it'll just be a brief hiccup with Imgur, gah.
But anyway, time for the next update. Enjoy.
After Ginny defeated Hau, she returned home to show her new Rowlet to her mother, who, upon seeing the two, definitely felt like her daughter was becoming more of a mature person already.
“I see that you have yourself a Pokémon – one that’s proven both a charmer and a bruiser!”
Their Meowth looked at Rowlet and also seemed happy itself.
“Well, best you get ready for that festival tomorrow, so get some sleep!”
“People here are nocturnal.” Ginny replied. “Professor Kukui talked about how people here come out after dark and some sleep in the day.”
“Well, as weird as that logic may seem, it is fascinating. But still, best you be prepared!”
The next day, after dawn, the time had come for the festival. As Ginny’s mom promised to unpack everything, the doorbell rang, and who else would be at it but Kukui. He was ready for Ginny to come with him to the festival. They left the house, and Kukui was prepared to take Ginny up Route 1 to Iki Town.
Along the way up the trail, Kukui informed Ginny on how to catch Pokémon – it was a matter of weakening them with one’s own Pokémon and using Poké Balls to catch them. Kukui had his very own Rockruff, a brown dog, take on a Pikipek, a black bird with a red do, and used a red Poké Ball to catch it. And now that Ginny had her own Pokémon to use, she could battle and capture them herself. She was advised to catch some Pokémon of her own to give herself more companions. He started her off with ten Poké Balls, as well as five Potions that could be used for healing her team if needed.
It wasn’t long before she was met with a Pikipek that emerged out from the grass! She wasted no time in bringing out Rowlet to take it on. She had Rowlet use Leafage on the bird, as it only attempted to fend for itself by growling at Rowlet to lower its damage output.
That didn’t stop her from throwing a Poké Ball at it, and it successfully caught it. The Pikipek was immediately added to her party.
But as she was headed up the trail, there was a little kid tossing a Poké Ball, which could only mean one thing.
As she passed by, the little kid challenged her to battle. She had her weakened Pikipek out as the young trainer sent out a Rattata. Ginny switched Pikipek out and brought in Rowlet, who would proceed to hit the Rattata with more than one usage of the move Leafage, which would take it down. Ginny continued up the route, coming across two more opponents, one being a young girl who used a Caterpie, and the other was a tiny student with a Yungoos. Rowlet breezed its way through both of them.
It wasn’t far from this point that Ginny made her way once again into Iki Town, where Hala, Hau, Lillie and the professor were all awaiting her arrival. They explained that the festival was held in Iki Town to honor the guardian of the island. “Alola is made up of four islands, each of which has its own guardian who watches over it.” Hala entailed. “You already know that Tapu Koko is the guardian of Melemele Island here. So we do battle to please the guardians!”
Hau showed up, and informed Ginny that they were going to be the ones battling!
“Come again?” Ginny asked.
“This is your chance to show your Pokémon care, as they will surely do the same for you.”
She and Hau knew that they were ready for battle. Hala took a brief moment to heal Ginny’s Pokémon before she and Hau to the center stage of Iki Town, ready for battle. The citizens were all watching, alongside Ginny’s mom, while Hala faced the both of them.
“Ginny! Hau! Bring forth the power of your Pokémon!”
It was time for battle! Hau called upon a new Pokémon, Pichu, as Ginny used Rowlet. Pichu only attempted to look cute for Ginny, but Rowlet wasn’t too phased and just kept hitting it with Leafage. Although it was met with a Charm and lowered its damage output, three hits and it was bested. Then the Popplio came out again. Ginny brought in Pikipek, who took a strong Water Gun, but she immediately switched it back out for Rowlet once more. Rowlet took care of the seal Pokémon within a few simple hits of Leafage.
The battle was followed by the cry of Tapu Koko, who the crowd surely heard the approval of. “Ginny… It is high time you take this.” Hala approached her, and gave her a ring with an indentation that was perfect for her sparkling stone.
She slipped it onto her wrist, and received an explanation from Hala about how that is meant to bring forth Z-Power in Pokémon – a deep power within them.
“To learn more about Z-Power, you’ll be taking the island challenge. I hope you’re prepared!” Kukui stated.
“Can you run that by me again?” Ginny asked.
“As you’ve already been told, there are four islands here in the Alola region. Your job is to explore them all! In it, you’ll learn more about the Z-Powers and how to bring them out to the fullest.”
“Time for you to get into action!”
“Tapu Koko…may very well have a mission for you.” Hala insisted. “You’ll have to collect Z-Crystals to be able to unleash the Z-Powers! They are courtesy of we kahunas, as we refine stones to create them.”
Lillie had the same feeling that Tapu Koko had called upon Ginny for a reason, and that she hoped to someday thank it for saving Nebby and Ginny.
Ginny and her mom returned home. The next night, they were met with Lillie, who wanted Ginny to come with her to the professor’s lab on the shoreline.
“It’s nice to see you making friends already, my dear.” Ginny’s mom said. “Here. A little pocket money for you. Don’t go wasting it on anything too silly!” She handed her a nice big chunk of yen. “And don’t be gone too long, either!”
“No promises.” Ginny remarked.
“Come with me, down this way to the professor’s lab.” Lillie told Ginny. She followed. Down the path, they hopped some ledges and were in front of a wooden house… And some rumbling was going on, with Kukui sounding like big-talk.
“Darn it… Now the professor will need his coat fixed after this, I’m sure.” Lillie said. “Not only that, but the roof will need patching again as well. But no matter! Come with me to the lab.” They entered, and of course, Kukui was inside waiting for them.
“So, you brought Ginny with you! Thanks, Lillie!”
“The professor’s been letting me stay in his loft for the last three months. He’s been kind enough to do so I can impose.” Lillie stated, as Ginny noticed the bunk bed right near her.
“So, Ginny! Remember that Pokédex I gave you? Well, this generation has a new way of making them work! This here plasma Pokémon named Rotom is here to give you a hand!”
“Wait… Rotom?” Ginny asked, puzzled.
“Indeed! It’s a peculiar Pokémon made up of electricity, and once Rotom has gone into this body specifically designed for it, you have the new generation of Pokédexes right here!” Kukui looked at the Rotom and said, “Alright, I got that Dex ready for you, my friend! Time to give Ginny here an aid.”
Ginny handed Kukui her Pokédex, and Rotom entered.
“Zzzt! Nice to meet you, pal! Gentle on the goods, OK?” Rotom said from inside the Pokédex.
“Whoa, this Pokédex can talk to me?!” Ginny was very startled.
“That’s what Rotom does!” Kukui said. “It can even show you where your destination is if you touch its screen. But it does seem that Rotom is happy to meet you already!”
“Well… Nice to meet you too, Rotom.”
Hau came in out of nowhere, and caught eye of Lillie’s bed, before she stopped him and informed him that she’s holding onto it while staying there.
“…Now that that’s taken care of, you already know about the island challenge. You already know about the four island that make up Alola, and there are seven trials across all of them for you to take. You’ll face some epic sights along the way, and hopefully, in time, become the island challenge champion. Time for you to bring out the talent for drawing out strength and get out there!”
He handed her an object with four different colored triangles. “What is this trinket?”
“That’s the island challenge amulet, a representation of an island challenger. I’ve said enough! Go forth! Your first destination will be the Pokémon Trainer’s school, so you can brush up on basic Pokémon knowledge. Rotom already has that marked as your destination, so go!”
Ginny and Lillie then headed north, back up past Ginny’s house, and along the way, they came to the Pokémon Center. This was when she was introduced to the concept of having the nurses heal her Pokémon up on demand, deposit them in her PC at will, and buy items from the clerks in the upper right hand corner. They even had a café with drinks!
As Ginny headed outside and reached into her bag, she noticed a green button on her Pokédex. Along with a yellow button. She pressed the yellow button first, and suddenly she vanished!
“Wha – Ginny? Where’d you disappear to?!” Lillie said in a panic.
When she reappeared, she was in a place full of buildings… And a fat midget in front of their castle. “Whoa! Where am I?!” Ginny asked in shock.
The fat midget introduced himself. “I’m Sophocles! And this is Festival Plaza. Here is where trainers all over the world come and interact with each other.”
“You look like someone who can help me get people in here. So, help me out, will you?”
It didn’t take Ginny long to understand how to greet people, and she received Festival Coins from them. Those were currency that could be spent at Festival Plaza. He also explained to Ginny more about the various shops that were there, including a dye shop, a ball shop, a fortune teller tent, and a lottery shop. As she talked to more and more people, eventually confetti blasted around the castle, which was a sign that Festival Plaza’s level went up.
“Thanks for helping us! As you keep getting Festival Plaza’s rank higher, more people will want to come. Festival Coins are used to buy precious things here, and the more you get the more a sign that people like what you’re doing.”
“But before you go, would you be up for an experiment?”
“What kind of experiment?”
“Come with me.”
Ginny followed Sophocles into the castle, and saw a device with a portal and some small screens that looked like it could fold up and fit in a bag.
“This is something we received from an outside source. It is known as the Dimensional Telegrapher!”
The Dimensional Telegrapher? Like she saw in the ad before she moved.
“I think I heard about that! An advertisement said that a subject was needed to test that out. But where did this come from?”
“The source didn’t want us to disclose their identity.”
“Uh… This is kinda shaky… But from what I read, this device has the power to send Pokémon far away and find others that might come about.”
“Think you can handle that?”
“Well… It pains me to say goodbye to these new friends that I just caught… But if anything from around the world can appear, it is interesting!”
Ginny released her Pikipek from her Poké Ball, and did seem sad to see it off… But she put it on the portal, and pressed a blue button right next to it. Then suddenly… The Pikipek disappeared.
And then, a few seconds later, a blue snake Pokémon appeared in its stead.
“What is that?”
“That there’s a Dratini!” Rotom said. “A Pokémon that the existence of was confirmed by a fisherman after ten hours of rigorous fishing.”
“So… That’s how it works?” Ginny said.
“Supposedly!” Sophocles said. “But do be mindful of these Pokémon. Not only can they get rowdy if not handled right, but if they faint, bad things can happen.”
“Oh… What kind of bad things?”
“I’ll let you find out for yourself. So, have you any other Pokémon you’d like to send off?”
Ginny was perplexed, and put her Rattata on the portal, and then pressed the blue button. It disappeared, and a few seconds later, a Pichu appeared.
“That’s a Pichu! Don’t let it get you on the receiving end of its jolts!” Rotom said.
“Hm. Very fascinating. I should probably go now.”
“But don’t you have one more that you’d like to send off?”
“Can I have a minute first?!” Ginny said, pressing the yellow button to warp back to Lillie.
“There you are! What happened?!?!” Lillie asked.
QotD: Do you think anything different will be done with Festival Plaza in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon? Or even better, something different than it entirely?
Caught a Pikipek on the upper trail of Route 1.
Went to the festival and beat Hau, then got the Z-Ring.
Caught a Rattata on lower Route 1.
Received the Rotom Pokédex and challenge amulet from Kukui.
Gained access to Festival Plaza, then traded the Pikipek for a Dratini and the Rattata for a Pichu.
I'll officially give them nicknames next part. I also have Rowlet, but that I’ll get to when I WT next part because this is already long enough as is. And I’m kind of in a hurry as I type this, so I’ll add their summaries when I get home from work today.
Another chapter I didn’t want to make as long as I have… But yeah, the opening of this game can be slow. As for my first “catch”, I have to say this is fascinating. That Wrap can be helpful, but with that being its only attack for right now it’s sure to get tedious. But at least later on I get Dragon Rage, which will be a big nuke early on. Also, when I got Pichu, I only got the registration image because DualCapture. I can’t say I’m thrilled to have it, but we’ll see where it goes. I’d say/post more but I don’t want to hit the character limit.
Anyway, next time, we’ll get more in detail and take to the trainer’s school. Thanks for reading!
Yeah, Dratini is kinda nice, even if it doesn't have that nice Marvel Scale ability. Though it wouldn't get to be a Multiscale Dragonite until end-game, anyway.
And yeah, I know a lot of people really dislike Festival Plaza, but I do hope they at least make it easier to find people you have on your friends list. Maybe have them show up in the middle of the plaza, even.
Thanks! Glad you're liking this. But as for Fire Emblem, I haven't played every game, I never got around to Conquest but I did play Awakening, but never beat the final boss due to me not knowing anything about the right type classes. And I am playing Echoes, slowly but surely. And hopefully after how bad things ended with the last -Locke I did, I am hoping this will end well.
Well, I am a man of my word and managed to get this out tonight like I said I would, albeit barely. But here you have it. Enjoy.
Ginny had just explained her situation with Festival Plaza, and the Dimensional Telegrapher, to Lillie.
“So… Let me see if I understand your story here. You pressed a button on the Pokédex that warped you to this carnival place…”
“Well, it wasn’t a carnival, so much as a social gathering.” Ginny responded.
“And you met people there, along with it being ran by a fat, nerdy midget with orange hair…”
“That’s kind of true.”
“He showed you this machine that you put your Pokémon into, then something else appears in its place? And that bad, unexplainable things happen to these Pokémon if they faint?”
“Yep, that’s everything to it.”
“That sounds pretty weird. Where do the Pokémon come from?”
“That is a good question.”
“But you still have Rowlet?”
“Indeed I do. Though… I don’t know… Maybe this one would like to see other places, after it’s been kept away from the world for so long.”
After Ginny had Rowlet take on a wild Wingull, her Dratini gained a bunch of levels and found itself able to utilize the move Thunder Wave. She then returned to Festival Plaza, and put Rowlet on the portal, but had a few words to say.
“Well, Rowlet, I haven’t known you for long… But I can tell you that there will be lots to see in the region. This upsets me more than it does you, and I don’t really know why I’m doing this… I hope that someone more experienced than me will give you a fun adventure.” She got teary, but Rowlet just looked at her blank. She wiped her tears off and pressed the blue button, and Rowlet disappeared.
Suddenly, a red Pokémon with a yellow head and knees appeared. “I’m Shuckle.” It said.
“Hey, I don’t know jack on this thing!” Rotom said. “It ain’t from here!”
Ginny was puzzled, but proceeded to leave Festival Plaza. She decided she would refer to the Dratini as Purifier, the Pichu as Volt, and Shuckle as Squirmy.
With another Pokémon in hand, she proceeded back down Route 1’s shoreline area, as there were a couple trainers she had not yet fought. The first was one who used a Grubbin, who Volt would paralyze with Static and cripple the Attack of before Purifier would come in and squeeze it with Wrap.
The Grubbin did not last very long, and Squirmy gained multiple levels upon its defeat. Another trainer had a Wingull, who also proved little between paralysis and being wrapped up by Purifier.
But with those two taken care of, Ginny knew she had to make to her proper destination – the Trainer’s School. At the entrance, she met with Kukui, and a teacher.
“So this trainer is the one?” The teacher asked.
“Indeed she is!” Kukui stated. “Here you are, Ginny. You’ll get good experience from this. And on the note of experience, take this.” Kukui gave her an object that looked like a crown. “That is the Exp. Share, an item that grants more experience to your entire team even if they don’t actually participate. But don’t let them gain too much, or they could potentially disobey you!”
“So, what’s my objective again?” Ginny asked.
“Your goal is to defeat four trainers who are scattered across the school. They might be inside, or outside. Track them down and give them your all!” Kukui then headed inside the building.
“So, Ginny, your lesson begins now!” The teacher informed her.
Ginny’s first stop was the eastern courtyard, where there was a Lass near what looked like an ice cooler. Or something she couldn’t identify.
Hoping to teach Ginny a lesson, she used a Pikipek, and Purifier’s Thunder Wave and Wrap chipped away at it, but after an Echoed Voice, Ginny called it back in for Volt, who within two more hits bested the Pikipek. Her advice was on how items can increase or aid against Pokémon damage output.
The second trainer, a Youngster named Joey, used a Metapod, but all it really did was sit and use Harden with a couple Tackles against Purifier, so it wasn’t much to have Purifier squeeze it and whittle it away with Wrap.
Looking inside the schoolhouse for her next opposition, Ginny encountered a little girl who came across with a Bonsly. Purifier came in first, but she then had Volt weaken the tiny Rock-type Pokémon with Charm, and she was alarmed by its usage of the move Flail, which had the potential to be very scary if used at low health. Volt ended up triggering its Static ability against the Bonsly, however, which aided in taking it down.
The Bonsly was eventually taken down. Ginny made her way to the courtyard, where there was one last student, who was wearing green, and ready to take her on. But this one wasn’t like the rest. He had a Grimer, a green Poison-type Pokémon. The first couple turns that Squirm was out against it were pretty unproductive, as it got little damage off with Bide, but managed to avoid a Poison Gas. It wasn’t long before Ginny switched out to Purifier, who took a nasty hit from Bite. Purifier managed to get in a Thunder Wave and survive another hit, albeit by the skin of its teeth.
She then went to Squirm again, and Grimer managed to activate its Poison Touch ability, which left it poisoned. This was looking very bleak for Ginny, and it was not helped by Squirm attempting to use Bide again to very little productive result.
She was forced to switch out yet again, to Volt this time, as Grimer only used Harden to buff its Defense stat. Volt used Charm, which made Grimer’s damage output weaker, and it was unable to move. The next turn was the same deal. Volt then started to hit with Thunder Shock, as Grimer used a weak Pound followed by Poison Gas, which connected this time.
As Volt continued to chip away, Grimer got fully paralyzed twice more! She proceeded to emerge victorious.
“Well, you’ve got some star power in you, I see.” The student said. He gave her a white colored disc, which he explained to her was a Technical Machine, an item that can teach new moves to Pokémon. After that short explanation…the bell rang.
“Attention, students! Would Ginny, please report to the principal’s office on 2F? Ginny to the principal’s office on 2F, please.”
“Oh, come on, everyone, it’s not like I did something bad. Don’t be so dramatic.” Ginny remarked.
Despite that, after going back to heal her very weakened team, she returned to the schoolhouse, and went up to the 2F, where the same teacher from before was awaiting her.
“Greetings once more. I’m Principal Emily. So, you’ve bested all my students, I see. I’m very pleased with your efforts! But now, it’s time for me to take you on myself, wouldn’t you say? Time for me to see how you beat my four students!”
“Alright, let’s go, then!” Ginny stated.
Emily began with a Magnemite, while Ginny started with Volt. She opened the battle with a Charm, as the Magnemite dealt damage back with repeated usages of Tackle and Thunder Shock while she fought back with a few Thunder Shocks of her own. But with Magnemite near half, Volt was looking weak, so she switched in Purifier, who would proceed to use Wrap on the Magnemite and take its hits, though as Magnemite was whittled down, so was Purifier.
Ginny used a Potion to heal up Purifier near full before Magnemite was squeezed once more and finished off.
Emily’s second Pokémon was a Meowth. Ginny had Purifier stay in and paralyze it, but it wasn’t long before Purifier had to switch out for Squirm once again.
Squirm was able to squeeze the Meowth, and its damage output at first was light. It continued to squeeze it down. But Squirm eventually fell low on health and was on the verge of potentially being finished off, so Ginny used another Potion on Squirm before the last hit was dealt and took care of her, winning her the battle.
“How about that?” Principal Emily said. “Not only were you able to best my students, but you even bested me as well! How about you take over for me?”
“No thanks, I’ve got my own journey to attend.”
“Well, here’s a reward for beating me.” Principal Emily gave Ginny five Great Balls, which were items with a higher chance of success than regular Poké Balls. Kukui then congratulated Ginny on becoming a trainer who was really starting to make a name for herself, but suddenly a man in pink hair appeared and introduced himself as Ilima. He was very pleased with her results from the battle, and was hoping he would be able to test her out for real – but not then and there. He was a trial captain, and wanted her to make her way to his trial. But first, they would meet in Hau’oli City.
And with that, Ginny had completed her lesson at the Trainer’s School.
“Wow, I’m a graduate at this young age?!”
“Don’t get too excited now.” Kukui insisted.
Back outside, near the exit, the students and teacher all wished Ginny well in the hopes of seeing her be successful.
“Wow, I actually feel respected.” Ginny said.
On the way ahead, Lillie complimented Ginny on how much she had been able to do, including before she even had her own Pokémon and was able to save Nebby. But before she could get too into her own words, she saw Hala and Hau with a big, brown Pokémon! Hala introduced it as Tauros, and he insisted Ginny try to pet it!
“Wait, me?! How do I know it won’t thrash me?!” Ginny said, scared.
“Don’t be afraid. I have it under control.” Hala remarked. So she touched Tauros’ head… And it was civil?!
“…Seems I was mistaken.” Ginny said.
“All it really takes is the proper care to get Pokémon to soften on one.” Hala insisted.
“That is interesting, being able to tame that thing without even having to ride on it.” Hau remarked. “…So, you ready to go to Hau’oli City?” He then asked Lillie and Ginny. “I think you guys could use some fun right about now!” He didn’t take long to take off.
“I think we should go with him.” Lillie said. “Hau’oli City is the biggest city in Alola, after all.”
“Is it related to him in any way?” Ginny remarked.
QotD: What did you first think of the Rotom Dex when it was first announced?
Traded Rowlet for a Shuckle named Squirm.
Decided Dratini and Pichu’s “official” nicknames would be Purifier and Volt.
Beat the last of the trainers on lower Route 1.
Received the Exp. Share from Kukui at the Trainer’s School.
Went through the Trainer’s School and had a very scary run-in with a Grimer that could have gone a lot scarier if Purifier hadn’t paralyzed it and Volt hadn’t Charmed it.
Completed my lesson at the Trainer’s School and met with Hala’s Tauros.
Yes, this section is kind of ripping off DINO with her Black Nuzlocke, but I don’t think she’ll care much. :P Feels like it saves me a bit of time thinking out clever dialogue in the story. I do want to try something different from what I did in 2015. I'll try to make this more clever as the story progresses, though.
In this wide world, what wonders do you think await us?
I don’t know… I feel so tiny that I can hardly think…
What just happened? Did I have to squirm through a tough fight?
It would appear that you’re not very knowledgeable.
I clearly don’t get it.
My brain is tiny too…
Seeing as we made our way through two tough battles, I think you guys can at least wise up.
Title reference: I could have named that “The School of Hard Knocks”, but overused title is overused. I have another “school” title that I’ll save for Totem Wishiwashi.
Anyway, that was rough, especially that Grimer. That was so scary, but we pulled through thanks to a bunch of full paralysis, and the Attack drops certainly helped. The teacher wasn’t exactly easy either, and it annoyed me that that Meowth didn’t get fully paralyzed once. With literally one full paralysis, I would not have had to use that Potion on Squirm. But at least we made it through her without losing anyone.
Also, is there going to be a Youngster Joey in every new game from here on out? They should’ve gave him an Alolan Rattata, total missed opportunity there.
One more thing I need to address is that I won’t be going in much detail with battles here unless they get particularly scary, since again, I need to save time when I approach the character limit. I’ll try to make note of when interesting things happen.
Anyway, next time we’ll explore Hau’oli City. Thanks for reading!
…So nobody cares about school, I see. I should’ve known education is boring.
Alright, I think I can manage to make a good streak with getting these out as projected, for as hard as they can be to write. Enjoy.
As the trio progressed, Hau’oli City was right ahead.
“So this is Hau’oli City…” Ginny said.
“No relation to me, though!” Hau stated.
There were people on the beach right nearby, and Hau wasted no time in heading over there. Nearby was a tourist who had a hunch that Ginny had come from afar, so she introduced the Alolan greeting to her: “Alola!” And putting one’s hands up and circling them. “That’s how you get more people to like you here!” Ginny spent a bit of time on the shoreline, but wasn’t there for too long.
Afterwards, she heard word of how anyone with a Rotom Dex can get it upgraded to have a camera feature called the Poké Finder. Entering the Tourist Bureau, the receptionist took her Rotom Dex and adjusted it, and explained how to use it. The three then headed outside, and suddenly, Rotom jumped out of Ginny’s bag and flashed one of the three of them!
“What was that about?” Hau asked as Lillie looked puzzled. “Seems that Rotom just wants to be fancy and show off by taking pictures. But anyway, I’m off for some malasada!” He bolted off before Lillie asked Ginny if she wanted to come to the apparel shop with her. After taking a picture of a Pikachu right nearby to test out the Poké Finder, that was what she did. It wasn’t far from the bureau.
“So I was just in the apparel shop, and I didn’t buy anything there, but they said I was the 99,999th customer to enter the store.” Lillie stated.
“Why don’t I believe that?” Ginny asked.
“Anyway, I get the feeling you pick out your own clothing. These are the clothes my mother always wanted me to wear.” Lillie stated. “I didn’t know if these would interest you, but I don’t have any need for them.” She handed Ginny a bag that looked like it was for carrying makeup, and the other was a Lens Case.
“Uh… Thanks?” Ginny said before Lillie left. She entered the store, and spent a bit of time looking at options.
She came out with a purple tank top and blue shorts, definitely more unique than before.
But her next stop was trying to find a Pokémon to send off. As she opened a fence nearby, it led her to a garden, where a Pichu would appear.
It didn’t take her long to user her own Pichu to weaken it, allowing her to catch it in a Poké Ball. She warped to Festival Plaza where the Dimensional Telegrapher was, and she put the Pichu on the portal, pressed the blue button, and a few seconds later… A brown, ghoulish tree appeared.
“That’s a Trevenant!” Rotom said. “They curse people who cut down trees in their forests!”
As Festival Coins were dispensed, suddenly a message appeared in red letters on one of the screens: “WARNING: This Pokémon is too strong. It is highly advised you send it back.” The Trevenant didn’t exactly seem happy, as if it was about to slash Ginny with its claws! Terrified, she put its Poké Ball on the portal and recalled it, and pressed the blue button again. A Caterpie appeared in its spot.
Then, after more Festival Coins dispensed, another message appeared, this time in blue letters: “This Pokémon is highly common. Do you wish to send it back?” Despite not feeling in the best of moods about it, she did so, and in its place came a Magikarp.
“You don’t want a Magikarp!” Rotom said. “You’ll get sick of seeing them so fast with the multitudes they appear in!” The same message appeared, and she sent that back for a blue frog to appear in its stead.
“I’m Froakie.” The frog Pokémon said.
“I don’t know anything about that one, yo!” Rotom said. Ginny decided to name it Bubbler. After some more keeping track of Festival Plaza, she returned to Hau’oli.
The next night, after a bit of training for her newest one, and getting a Quick Claw from one of the teaching assistants in the school, she returned to Hau’oli, where she overheard people talking.
“Team Skull are up to no good again down at the Marina, trying to steal people’s Pokémon!”
“They have too much time on their hands and nothing better to do!”
After more exploring, getting rid of items that weren’t of any use, and checking over Festival Plaza, she found a malasada shop nearby. And who to come out from there but Hau, of course!
“This is where you get good eats here in Alola! Malasada are the best, you know! If you want to make your Pokémon more affectionate in battle, here’s your stop to do it! I’ll be eating, so yeah!”
Ginny felt tempted to feed malasada to her Pokémon, but her inner conscience told her that it was not the best idea. There was a police officer nearby, but he only seemed bored.
“Hey, you! Is Team Skull nearby?”
“Team who?” Uh, I don’t know anything about no Team Skull.”
As she was at the Marina, Ilima was there, but before she could get too into conversation, two dudes in black clothing appeared and started acting hardcore, and making obscene rhymes.
“Whenever, wherever we meet you, Team Skull don’t even greet you!”
Ilima, not paying much attention to them, recognized Ginny from the Trainer’s School.
“Hey, yo! Don’t act like we don’t exist, dawg! If you’re gonna be like that, we’ll pound you big!”
Ilima left one of the grunts to her, and Rotom sounded excited to see her battle. The grunt used a Zubat, but a few Thunder Shocks from Volt allowed her to handle him pretty easily.
“Hey, what?! I was playing a different game!” The grunt said afterwards. Both grunts fled off, bewildered.
“Thank you very much for taking care of those Team Skull grunts and keeping them from stealing others’ Pokémon. Allow me to heal my team for you as gratitude.” Ilima expressed.
“You know, I’ve been wondering about you ever since you fought well in the Trainer’s School… And how Professor Kukui had you defeat our students and principal as well as you did. And with that, I think you have what it takes to handle my trial. But to prove that you do, why don’t you face me in battle?”
“I don’t think I’m prepared just yet.” Ginny stated.
“Well then, I’ll wait until you are.”
Ginny went back to a few areas and got some items, including Ultra Balls from a man who wanted to see her Alolan Pokédex progress, and a Silk Scarf from an old woman near the Apparel Shop. And she used the Work Up TM she received earlier to give Bubbler more potential to boost his power. Then, she returned, ready for battle.
“Behold the magnificent Pokémon of the one and only Captain Ilima!” He began the battle with a Yungoos, as she started with Purifier. A Twister attack was light, as Yungoos used Leer to make him more susceptible. She managed to hit with Thunder Wave, but then another Leer left her in worse shape.
She then switched to Squirm, and Ilima used a Full Heal, so the paralysis from before was gone. She couldn’t waste any time leaving it open to do what it wanted! So she switched out, as Yungoos went after Shuckle with Pursuit before she could recall it, but it scored a weak hit.
Purifier used Thunder Wave to paralyze Yungoos again, and after a Leer, she retreated Purifier out for Squirm once more, as Yungoos couldn’t move. Squirm then started to squeeze the Yungoos with Wrap for damage, and a few turns went by with him doing little productive as his health continued to whittle down. Then she retreated over to Volt.
However, Ilima had more items under his helm, as he used a Potion to heal Yungoos up. She then hit with Charm to make it less capable of inflicting damage, and did that once more before Volt sipped on Berry Juice to heal to full. She then switched in Bubbler, who would take a light Tackle, before she would use Work Up twice, with Yungoos failing to move one turn and using Leer the other. Bubbler then hit with Echoed Voice, as Yungoos retaliated with another Tackle.
Another Echoed Voice finished it off.
Ilima then had his next Pokémon, Smeargle. This one was clearly stronger, as she knew from their painting. Smeargle then hit Bubbler with Tackle… And it was unable to fight any further.
“You’re not a good trainer! I don’t want you!” Bubbler said, before it vanished along with its Poké Ball. Was that…the thing that Sophocles was talking about earlier? That fainted Pokémon just vanish like that? Ginny thought to herself. Nevertheless, she brought in Volt, but that was also hit with Tackle and bested in one hit.
“Can I zap you before I go?” Volt said before disappearing along with its Poké Ball.
Ginny was in a tight spot. She brought in Squirm, and prompted it to use Wrap, but not without a light Tackle. She then prompted it to use Bide.
As Smeargle hit with Ember multiple times and was squeezed, Squirm would then unleash its energy and throw it all out at Smeargle, finishing it with ease.
“Yes! You have emerged victorious!” Ilima said. Ginny didn’t feel like celebrating, however. “I do feel bad that your Pokémon have suddenly vanished like that, but I have a feeling that you can overcome this shortcoming and make your way to the trial of Ilima! You can make quite an interesting team together with what you have. Come to the Verdant Cavern and defeat it for your first Z-Crystal.”
“Yeah… Thanks… Kind of…” Ginny said.
She was so confused by what had just happened that she didn’t really know how to process it.
QotD: If you played Sun and Moon, what was your reaction when you first fought that Smeargle?
Arrived in Hau’oli City.
Got a lot of stuff, including the Poké Finder, and new clothes.
Caught a Pichu in Hau’oli City, which I traded for an over-leveled Trevenant, which I sent back for a Caterpie, which I exempted for a Magikarp, which I then exempted for a Froakie “named” Bubbler.
Took on Team Skull at the Marina.
Beat Ilima, but both Bubbler and Volt died against his Smeargle.
So it appears it’s just us two, now… I don’t know if traveling with this Ginny girl would be the wisest choice.
Wait… What happened again?
You’re clueless, aren’t you?
Did we just lose team members?
Yes we did! You’re lucky you helped against that darn Smeargle, you!
(M) "Bubbler", Level 1-11
Obtained, added to party and died in Part 4 Cause of death: Tackle from Ilima’s Smeargle while at 21/33 HP and -1 Defense.
(M) “Volt”, Level 6-11
Obtained and added to party in Part 2, Died in Part 4 Cause of death: OHKO’d by Tackle from Ilima’s Smeargle.
(I'll add eulogies later but right now I am in a HUGE hurry so yeah.)
Title reference: A play on “Holy Grail”.
Okay, first thing I want to talk about – the WT Vermin Clause. As I said in the OP, that was not MY idea per se, someone mentioned it in 2015 after an unsuccessful attempt at me trying to do a WonderWedlocke in Alpha Sapphire. Again, this isn’t something I’m using because I don’t want to suck it up and use early game stuff, it’s something I’m using to make it more interesting considering how a vast majority of the time you tend to feel like you get the same stuff. (I’ve said before, but I feel like this is why I will probably never do a WonderWedlocke – because of the annoying mentality of having to retrade until you get something you can actually use.)
That aside, if you can’t tell, I’m not happy about this. Not only did I think that Froakie would survive that Tackle at -1, but I felt the same about Pichu for some reason, and I’ve already had two deaths for absolutely no reason. You know, the sad irony of it is that if he hadn’t gotten fully paralyzed the first turn I used Work Up, the Berry Juice would have triggered, I would have been healed near full and I probably would have been able to survive the Tackle. I don’t know if I said this during my Electric Monotype, but I’ll say it here: if the QotD isn’t any indication, I’m sure EVERY SINGLE PERSON who played this game had the same “WTF” reaction when they first fought that Smeargle. They must have been like, “This thing’s a Smeargle, it shouldn’t be hitting this hard!!!”
But that brings me to the story element – I did want to make it a little less morbid, with the Pokémon insulting her and then disappearing. Whether you find that more interesting or not, I can’t decide.
Also, side note – I’m gonna be hard-pressed in a lot of these updates, I reckon. I remember in the challenge we don’t talk about, my updates usually ranged around 1500 words, sometimes less. But here, so far all four of the parts I’ve done so far have been well over that, and that’s without having all the Pokémon narration during the story part!
Last thing I want to say is… Anyone think it’s ironic that two white guys are trying to be gangsta?
Anyway, next time we’ll head up to Route 2. Thanks for reading!
Thanks! And yeah, if you're used to Wonder Trading, I think you can get an idea of what counts as "vermin", like early game stuff mostly. That's what I'm allowing myself to exempt. And as for me, I thought, "oh my goodness, why is this Smeargle hitting so hard?! It's a Smeargle, this is not supposed to hit as hard as it is!!!"
Sorry this took so long, certain other forum events went on and I had a lousy weekend, so I haven’t felt very motivated to get these out. But I am gonna try to shoot for, AT WORST, two updates per week. If I can get three out a week that’d be even better, but no promises. I’m gonna try my darndest, though. Or maybe not. I don’t need to have it done before USUM per se, but it’d be great if I could. But let’s get on with it! Enjoy.
Having gone through Ilima’s team, but at a steep price, Ginny was ready to progress and prepare herself for his trial.
On the way out, Lillie saw Ginny, and wondered about Tapu Koko, with the thought process that if they were to meet it while Ginny was on her journey to prove her strength, they could find out why it saved her and Nebby. But she was headed forward, only to be stopped by Hala and Tauros!
“Well, this one has certainly settled down. If you want him to get used to you, you’d best try to pet him again, no?” Hala insisted.
She did as he suggested.
The Tauros didn’t rampage. It seemed happy. “Maybe old Tauros here can feel your love for Pokémon.” But it didn’t take long to run off.
“What! You want to play tag, now?” Hala then followed suit.
But Ginny continued to Route 2. She entered the grass, and quickly, an Abra came out. This had her feeling worried, because Abra was capable of teleporting away and that would leave her without something to feed the Telegrapher. She threw an Ultra Ball…
…And it worked. The Abra was caught. She warped over to Festival Plaza and used the Dimensional Telegrapher, putting the Abra on the portal and pressing the blue button. Abra disappeared, and a few seconds later, a yellow Bug-type Pokémon showed up in its stead.
“That’s a Cutiefly.” Rotom said. “They love people who the auras of resemble flowers!”
She quickly added it to the team as a Nest Ball, a ball with green and yellow stripes, encapsulated it. She declared its name would be Honeyball. It wasn’t long before they were met with a woman with blonde hair and a white dress, and she used a Gastly. While Ginny had Honeyball in front, she quickly switched out for Purifier.
Thanks to Thunder Wave and the Gastly getting very unlucky with Hypnosis, it was bested without a scratch.
Right up ahead was a route that led to the Hau’oli Cemetery.
“This sure isn’t a happy place.” She thought. Nevertheless, she went after a Pokémon, which would turn out to be a Zubat. She caught it quickly, and went through the Telegrapher procedure.
In the Zubat’s place would appear a Pikipek. “This Pokémon is highly common. Do you wish to send it back?” The question appeared on the screen. She opted not to, and named it Birdy.
But it wouldn’t last long, as she came to an Office Worker with a Diglett, and she ended up with Honeyball in front. She had to switch out to Birdy, who at first avoided an Astonish, but would then take a large hit from Metal Claw, less than half its remaining health. Birdy used Rock Smash and hit hard, but the Diglett still had health left. Then its Metal Claw hit with greater power than usual, and Birdy was finished.
“Forget you!” Birdy said before disappearing. Ginny was edged on, but brought in Purifier, who had sand thrown in its face, but still finished it with a Twister. The worker wanted to hold back his tears from being in a place like this, but Ginny hoped it was for her.
With her very short lived bird gone, she had to progress. She then came across a Preschooler with a Spearow, but Purifier handled it within two shots of Twister.
Up ahead, a red bird Pokémon took her bag!
Its name was Delibird, and it seemed to want her to follow it into a field. “Hey! Don’t let my berries get stolen!” Rotom said. She wasted no time in following the Delibird.
Near a bunch of fields of soil, there were two Team Skull grunts pestering a grown man. They were acting all gangster and pretending to be hardcore, but they were just two white guys in costume.
“Hey, you! Looking to pick a fight, yo?” One grunt said.
“Yeah, not really.” Ginny replied.
“Oh, continue on with your island challenge. Don’t give these two a moment of your time.” The owner of the berry fields suggested.
“Seriously? You’re not even gonna try to act afraid here?!” The other grunt said.
The berry fields owner continued to smack talk them, but they had it with his big talk and one of them challenged Ginny to a battle.
He threw a Drowzee out to combat her, as Ginny used Honeyball, who would begin by paralyzing it with Stun Spore. Honeyball dealt a few light hits to the Drowzee, but eventually her health ended up rather low, so she switched in Purifier, who would handle it by squeezing it and firing off a Twister to take care of it as it was wrang out.
The grunts got annoyed, and decided they had it with these berry fields, so they spoke of going to Verdant Cavern “to mess with Ilima again”.
“Ho! You and that Cutiefly there did quite the number on him!” The berry fields owner remarked. He gave her an Oran Berry for her troubles. She was then informed with how farming berries worked, but not told of where they can be farmed, just that they were found near trees in multiple areas throughout Alola.
Right nearby was an Oran Berry and a Persim Berry next to a tree, and when he noticed that she had the latter, he let her in on a Sitrus Berry. Taking care of those matters, she had dealt with everything there was to do there, and continued along the route.
There was a Backpacker with a Cottonnee, and Honeyball had to bust her way through that thanks to its usage of Leech Seed.
As Honeyball ended up low on health while trying to hit it with Struggle Bug, Ginny had to heal her with a Potion. The Cottonee eventually perished.
After that, she made her way to the end of the route, where there was a Pokémon Center and a cave, but then Hau had caught up to her!
“Howzit, Ginny? Your Pokémon doing alright?”
“Yeah, not really.”
After a little while, Ginny had finished explaining her situation regarding the Dimensional Telegrapher and how the Pokémon it spawns disappear after they faint.
“Uh, I don’t think I understood any of that.” Hau said, puzzled.
“Well, it’s true!” Ginny said. “It happened against Ilima!”
“But I digress. Let’s go to the PMC!” Hau insisted. As the two went in there, after they healed up their Pokémon, Hau believed that the cave nearby had to be brought to Ginny’s attention.
“You know that Verdant Cavern place, right? I guess it’s kinda, like, sacred to Tapu Koko. And you can’t even go in there unless you’re on your island challenge. Well, time for you to buckle down and handle your first trial!”
Ginny thanked him for the encouragement.
There was one more trainer that she took care of, a Preschooler with a Cutiefly. She used her own Cutiefly to combat it, and that tided over well.
But next up, she saw a certain face in the way of her first real trial.
QotD: Favorite trial captain in Alola?
Caught an Abra on Route 2 and traded it for a Cutiefly that I "named" Honeyball.
Caught a Zubat in Hau’oli Cemetery and traded it for a Pikipek, but it died in its first battle to a critical hit Metal Claw from an Office Worker’s Diglett.
Dealt with Team Skull at the Berry fields.
Beat (almost all of) the trainers on Route 2.
Was prepared to enter the Verdant Cavern for Ilima’s trial.
Yay! I'm on this team!
How can you be happy when we've lost a team member immediately?!
I don't know! But a sad attitude isn't what you want!
Maybe you're kind of right. Still though, does this Ginny girl know what she's doing?
Hopefully she does! I'm ready to go into that trial!
What just happened?
Oh, come on!
Obtained, added to party and died in Part 4 Cause of death: Tackle from Ilima’s Smeargle while at 21/33 HP and -1 Defense. You weren’t with us long, but you wanted to try to hit hard, and you did, for a little bit. But your shortcomings caused us to be out a promising looking member so soon.
Obtained and added to party in Part 2, Died in Part 4 Cause of death: OHKO’d by Tackle from Ilima’s Smeargle. I don’t even know why your death happened, considering it was one I should have thought more realistically going into. That Smeargle was way stronger than it should have been. I’m sorry, friend.
(M) “Birdy”, Level 9
Obtained, added to party and died in Part 5 Cause of death: Critical hit Metal Claw from Office Worker Jeremy’s Diglett while at 16/26 HP in its very first battle. Even if I wasn’t thrilled to have you, I was hoping you’d be able to do at least something. I guess not. Sadly you were shot down immediately.
It’s really annoying that we had yet another death so soon, let alone in its FIRST BATTLE. I should've exempted it, but alas, I had to be weird. The sad thing is the only other thing I could've done differently was heal up, and even then I thought I would be able to barely survive. Or I could've maybe switched out but then what.
So I wanted to make Honeyball the really happy Bug-type, much like the Beautifly I had in my Omega Ruby in 2015. But hopefully this thing will prove a worthwhile asset with that Struggle Bug, especially since the upcoming Totem is a Dark-type. But her Defense is pretty bad. She is going to be hard to use for a little while, but it will be a lifesaver against Hala as well. Of course, I've already done it, but you guys will see how it goes next time where we take on the trial of Ilima. Thanks for reading!
I really don't have a favorite trial captain per say as I view the boss more as the totem. But if I had to pick I guess I'd go the fire guy.
As as for the death, that really sucks. Hopefully you can get some traction. Once you have a team of 6 for a few updates the deaths should slow down, but with sun/moon being as hard as it is, maybe not. Are you allowing the exp share?
Yeah, it was super annoying. I can't say much in the way of team traction right about now though so you'll have to wait on that :P And the official Wonderlocke rules state that the Exp. Share can only be used during grinding and not while playing through the game, but I don't think I'll be using it at all.
As for me, I think the trial captain I liked the most was Sophocles. I don't say that because he's in charge of Festival Plaza, I say it because he and Molayne are just two funny nerds. :P
So yeah, I unfortunately haven't started Part 6 yet. As I said, I'm hoping to get out either two or three updates a week. We'll see if I can hold to that.
How dare you rip off Pokemon Talk!!!! Just kidding. ;P
Phew, finally all caught up. Really a shame about the losses. I would've loved to eventually see Alolan Raichu and Toucannon on the team. And the Froakie line is of course pretty solid all around. That Smeargle is seriously a monster.
Cutiefly and Ribombee are adorable, though. Hoping for the best for Honeyball, but I'll just have to wait and see. ^ ^