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Well, everyone, I’m back! And after my Moon Wonderlocke turned out to be a daunting adventure, it’s time for me to have my next bout in another game that I’ve wanted to do something on for some time! So, how did we get to this point?
So when Marriland first introduced the Wedlocke challenge at the end of 2012, some people tried to pitch the idea of a “gay variant”. He wasn’t on board with that idea at first, considering he felt that the Wedlocke was about restricting the team and only having certain choices to pick from. Fast forward to 2017. Some of you may know that back in the fall of last year, Marriland did a Wedlocke on Sapphire, called the Rainbow Wedlocke, finally a gay variant. Many were pleased, and the challenge indeed proved a big one for him, ending in a whopping 19 deaths but he still succeeded.
I myself knew that I would eventually want to try one for myself, but on what game. I considered Platinum, or BW, or Omega Ruby, but ultimately decided on X, when I felt like doing a Personalocke on the game (my initial plan) but that wasn’t going over as well as I would have liked. So I decided on this. Even though you’ve likely heard that XY are games that dumb down many aspects of the game and are easier than previous games, they do have their share of opponents that can really get in your hair in the infamous trainers of death. Marriland’s X Wedlocke himself demonstrated the ugly side of this game, and while I did do a no healing in battle X Wedlocke in 2014, it was watered down and I didn’t force myself to fight all those trainers on the spot. But not here, as this time I’ll be taking the routes that people say do make the game tough.
With that, time for me to share with you guys this adventure that hopefully will provide colorful and prideful for all to read! So let’s get on with the rules.
Credit to Bolin for listing off these rules, as formerly listed off from Shhmew previously.
1. Pokémon that faint are considered dead. This rule is the same as in a Nuzlocke challenge. There are still no exceptions; you cannot bring fainted Pokémon back. They must be released or permanently boxed. Yep, basic fare here.
2. You can only catch the first Pokémon you encounter on a route, with gender-related exceptions. This will be re-adjusted in accordance with the Rainbow Wedlocke rules later on in this post.
In a normal Wedlocke, you would make sure that your team ends up with 3 males and 3 females. But in the case of this challenge, where there are restrictions based on gender and nature, that will be adjusted.
Additionally, Dupes Clause is in effect. I will explain how that will work for me later in this post.
For that matter, Horde Battles can be skipped or I can attempt to get a Pokémon from them if I so desire.
3. You might have guessed this by now, but genderless Pokémon may NOT be caught at any time in this challenge since they cannot be paired up. This means encountering a genderless Pokémon will never count as your first encounter and can never find their way onto your team.
There are exceptions to this based on aces. That will be discussed later on.
4. Pokémon that are "paired up" become partners, and fight in pairs. This means, mid battle, you cannot switch to a Pokémon from another pair-- you can only switch between the two partners.
Once two Pokémon are paired, they cannot be unpaired until one of them dies or is released. If a Pokémon does lose its partner in battle (or you choose to release it), it can gain a new one of the opposite gender either from the Wild (in a new route) or your PC Boxes.
If a Pokémon on your team faints, you must ONLY switch into that Pokémon's partner for revenge!
In Double battles, there are exceptions – as Marriland has said, just do what feels right in these sort of situations.
If your Pokémon gets "roared," "whirlwinded" etc. and forced to switch into a Pokémon from another pair, you must use that new pair for the remainder of the fight.
5. You may NOT deposit your Pokémon into the PC. If you want a new Pokémon on your team but your team is full, you must either release a Pokémon on your team or have it die in battle. (But that's awfully cruel!) Hopefully it won’t come down to that…
There may be times you need to make an exception – such as needing a slot in your party for receiving a gift Pokémon or requiring an HM buddy to progress. You may deposit a Pokémon in this instance, but the substitute may NOT battle, and must be put right into the PC (and your party Pokémon put back in your team) as soon as it is no longer needed.
There are also exceptions to this rule that can be made, such as depositing Pokémon to take one that can use Sweet Scent, or Fly, for the purposes of creating horde battles for fast EXP and getting around respectively. (I did ask Meru over PM and she said that the former was acceptable.) HOWEVER, my final team must have a Pokémon with either the move Fly or Surf. This is because Surf is required in Victory Road.
6. All Pokémon must be nicknamed! Same as in a Nuzlocke. Nicknaming your Pokémon makes you develop closer bonds and such. Just do it mmkay~? I’ll try to make for an interesting mix of nicknames.
In a normal Wedlocke, you would make sure that your team ends up with three males and three females, and each male would be paired with a female, and vice versa. But in the case of the Rainbow Wedlocke, your first encounter has to be a Pokémon that is legitimate with your starter based on its gender and/or nature.
So how most Rainbow Wedlockes go is that they randomize the natures as to which ones get put in which group – when Marriland did it first, he went for eight natures that can only be paired with Pokémon of their opposite regardless of their gender, six that can only be paired with males regardless of their gender, six that can only be paired with females regardless of their gender, three that can be paired with Pokémon of either gender provided they can pair with the one at hand, and two for aces which I will discuss shortly. So that’s what I did myself. I randomized the 25 numbers, and here is what I ended up with:
Opposites: Adamant, Relaxed, Gentle, Jolly, Rash, Sassy, Calm, Lonely. These eight natures can only be paired with Pokémon of the opposite gender, regardless of which gender it is itself.
Male only: Hardy, Bashful, Naive, Careful, Quirky, Quiet. Once again, these natures can only be paired with male Pokémon, whether they are male or female.
Either: Timid, Hasty, Mild. These can pair with any Pokémon that is legitimate with them.
Ace: Brave, Bold. These Pokémon can only pair with genderless Pokémon and other aces. If a Pokémon is genderless, then it falls into this category regardless of its nature and can pair with aces. Additionally, if I do not have an ace Pokémon on me in any capacity, then genderless Pokémon can be ruled out and not counted as my encounter.
Additionally, at the beginning of the game, if I have a lone wolf on a team that is not full, and can only be paired with a specific group, and my catch is a Pokémon that cannot pair with said lone wolf, I am permitted to overturn said encounter and get another. As an example, say I have a male only Pokémon in my party alongside two other pairs, whether it be a female with an “opposites” or “male only” nature. Thus, my next encounter not only has to be male, but it must be a Pokémon with a nature that allows it to be paired with other males (as in under “male only” or “any”). If said encounter does not qualify, then that Pokémon can be overturned and I can try for a Pokémon that is legitimate with said lone wolf.
Also, if I am in an area where I have not yet caught a Pokémon, but I proceed to have death in said area, I can attempt to find a Pokémon compatible with the survivor. If I succeed, that one can be paired with the survivor right away. I’ll explain that a little better later, or if it happens.
Items cannot be used from the bag in battle, other than Poké Balls of any kind. Outside of battle is just fine, though, as are held items.
Dupes Clause is in effect and applies for Pokémon of the same evolution line. Also, I will not be playing with any encounter limitations. The reason being that I want a good chance to encounter things I have not used much or at all in recent times. For that matter, I will also be extending the Dupes Clause to allow myself to skip Pokémon that I have used in recent times, along with a few that can be obtained in Ultra Sun up ahead.
Pokémon/evolution lines that can be skipped: Fearow, Pikachu, Sandslash, Nidoran (both), Zubat, Dugtrio, Bellsprout, Tentacool, Graveler, Slowpoke, Cubone, Horsea, Ditto, Snorlax, Quagsire, Wingull, Azurill, Spoink, male Combee, Audino, Sandile. Note that these Pokémon CAN be skipped if I encounter them. I don’t HAVE to; I can skip them OR catch them.
Additionally, Horde Encounters can either be treated as my encounter like normal, or they can be skipped if I don't feel like going through the hassle of them.
Shiny Clause is also in effect, meaning if I find a shiny Pokémon at any point in the game then it can be treated as a real encounter and used on my team even if I already obtained an encounter from said area.
As far as O-Powers go, I am permitted to use Exp. Point Power to assist in training, but that's it. The others are not allowed at any time.
Any trainer I identify as a "Trainer of Death" must be fought before leaving the area. These include trainers like the Furfrou duo, the infamous ones in Reflection Cave and Frost Cavern, trainers in Victory Road, etcetera. If you've played XY before you know who those trainers are.
Route 8 will count as two areas (the upper area and the beach area), and I am permitted to get an encounter from both spots.
On the note of Mega Evolution, once I have seven badges, I am free to Mega Evolve at any time, but not before that point. In other words, it's off limits until I beat Olympia, but after that point I'm free to use it to my heart's content. That's how I usually play it in Gen VI challenges, and this one will be no exception.
Additionally, if I obtain a Riolu on Route 22, I will not be permitted to use the Lucario given by Korrina. I am permitted to take it though to receive the Lucarionite, but cannot use the given Lucario in battle. What I am permitted to do instead, however, is that the next encounter I come across that is a Pokémon I do not already have, I am free to attempt to catch, even if it is one from an area that I already got an encounter in.
BlessingofLifeWildCardEncounter – After catching Xerneas and then defeating Lysandre for the final time in Team Flare Secret HQ, I can go back to any previous area and catch a Pokémon there. Unlike the previous encounter, this Pokémon can be ANYTHING of my choice, regardless of what it is or how many Pokémon I pass up before it appears, gender or otherwise. Additionally, if I have death after the final Lysandre fight, the given Pokémon can be added to my team immediately if possible. Here are the restrictions to this encounter:
1. This must be done before going to Route 18 and progressing with the game, or I forfeit the encounter. In other words, it must be a Pokémon available before the big Team Flare stuff.
2. If I decide that I don’t want the encounter or would like to attempt for something else, I get a maximum of three catches in total before I am stuck with what I get.
Some people may think this rule looks weird, or controversial, in that it could give me an unfair edge in being literally a free encounter of my choice, not helped by the fact that I get multiple tries. But as the name says, this is my Wild Card, if you will. My logic behind this rule is that since the game gives me a legendary Pokémon that I won’t be using, I think it’d be interesting to allow myself to sub it for something else. Here are questions I ask myself: “Do I want a chance to get a Pokémon for a certain compatibility group? In other words, am I lacking in potential partners for specific ones on my team or ones that I may use later on?” “What am I mostly lacking in for answers to the final fights?” “Is there a Pokémon I would really like a chance to try to use?” This gives me a chance to get myself an answer to those questions.
I’m sure there are other things I’m forgetting to mention, and I’ll edit them in if I remember them. I'll also explain some stuff better later, but for now I just wanted to get the thread out so you all can get excited!
With all this said, I’m excited to share this adventure with you guys. Many enjoyed it when Marriland did it, and I hope you will my take on it, too. Thanks for reading!
This post will cover updates, along with each encounter I get in the middle of each badge.
Prologue (post #4), Parts 1 (post #5), 2 (post #8), 3 (post #10) and 4 (post #13) are all on this page.
Starter: Incendio the Fennekin (Male / Serious, likes females / Status: Currently on team paired with Khaki, evolved into Braixen)
Route 2: Khaki the Bunnelby (Female / Quirky, likes males / Status: Currently on team paired with Incendio)
Santalune Forest: Salsa the Fletchling (Female / Adamant, likes males / Status: Currently on team paired with Kazoo)
Route 3: Kazoo the Bidoof (Male / Impish, likes females / Status: Currently on team paired with Salsa, evolved into Bibarel)
Route 22: Wildcats the Riolu (Male / Quirky, likes males / Status: Currently on team paired with Cataclysm, evolved into Lucario)
Part 5 (post #20) is on this page. Route 4: Milliliter the Skitty (Male / Mild, likes any / Status: Deceased)
Part 6: City Life
Lumiose City: Morla the Squirtle (Male / Calm, likes females / Status: In PC)
Part 9: Moving Pictures
Route 6: Garnet the Venipede (Male / Hasty, likes any / Status: In PC)
Berry garden: Post the Combee (Male / Hasty, likes any / Status: In PC, but can be brought out for Sweet Scent)
Route 7: Safflower the Hoppip (Male / Lonely, likes females / Status: In PC)
Connecting Cave: Jigsaw the Meditite (Female / Lax, likes females / Status: In PC)
Part 10: Rocky Road
Route 8 (upper): Cataclysm the Absol (Male / Quiet, likes males / Status: Currently on team, paired with Wildcats}
Route 9: Windmill the Helioptile (Male / Hardy, likes males / Status: Currently in PC}
Thanks, Rachel! It would be great to have you here for the adventure down the road. ^^
Also, one rule I didn’t explicitly mention is that I am going to be facing the “Trainers of Death”. That means the Furfrou duo, Hedvig, etcetera. You guys will see how that goes for me!
Alright, time for us to get on with a prologue! Enjoy.
Why are we here?
We are all brought into the world to be loved.
Or so that’s what we have been told. People may not always feel that for themselves.
Everyone in the world has their own fascination. And there are things we marvel at the sight of. Some more than others. One minute we can be awed, and the next we might jump back at the mere sight of opposition.
The people we love and identify ourselves with are things we all discover for ourselves. We humans and our diversity are what makes us unique.
But no matter what happens, you may not know what the purpose you serve is. What do you live for? Who do you live for? Where is your place in life?
And not just us people, too. With Pokémon and their trainers, what do the Pokémon long for? Surely not all Pokémon out there are the same. They have their own tastes and preferences.
In the younger days, we were all taught to be proud of who we were.
But I didn’t get my chance to be a Pokémon trainer myself, as many around me were getting their chances. I wondered if I would ever get the chance. Having lived in the Johto region for some time, I would get to explore the beauty of the National Park, and hear the legends of the Tin Tower, and hear the thoroughly entertaining broadcasts of DJ Mary and Ben.
And yet, I’ve been much too spoiled. How can you have that be the case when you don’t even have much to begin with?
Well I think first I should start with myself. My name’s Lucinda. In my time here, there is much I have gotten to see.
And yet, without Pokémon of my own, my capabilities were limited.
Well, in the world, Pokémon were something that almost everyone had the chance to use and be a part of the world with. Especially since my own mother was not only a trainer herself, but a Rhyhorn racer with super talent. She was a name that was quite feared in the National Park. The other opponents never stood a chance!
I was not seen as worthy of being a Pokémon trainer myself. Or better yet, my parents felt I didn’t have the experience.
However, everything changed on one fateful day.
My mother and I had received an informal advertisement for a new region.
The Kalos region. This was something that we had both looked at. A region known for its beauty. What kind of beauty? What awaits there?
Apparently its professor Sycamore. A man who had his share of knowledge for Pokémon too, just like Professor Elm here. And he was apparently handsome, too.
“So, this could be my chance to actually go on a real journey with Pokémon? In all actuality this time?”
“That’s right. The thought of my little girl becoming a Pokémon trainer and going on a journey is not an easy one. But you’ve surely awaited a chance for some excitement in your life. It’s time.”
Eventually, we got everything packed and were ready to make our way out to the Kalos region. I bid farewell to my father, who unfortunately was not able to come with us. He was one who worked in the region and had much to take care of.
“Farewell, father.” I said, giving him one last hug. “We’ll come back someday.”
He helped us get the last of our boxes ready for the moving truck.
There are hopes I have, but there is one in particular.
And that’s by the end of this journey, my identity will be recognized. By myself.
And that I can learn more about Pokémon and their personalities, too.
My adventure as I knew it was beginning.
So my character’s name, Lucinda, is one that means “illumination”. That’s kind of why I chose her name, even though it’s one that ends with “a”. Haha. Anyway, not a whole lot to this prologue, kinda the whole sentimental basic start that you guys might be used to from my stories if you’ve seen them in the past. Any comments or questions as to what you think the theme here is?
Also, the default color for the text I use will be blue, to represent the game, X. Kinda like how I used dark red for Omega Ruby, light blue for Black 2, purple for Moon, etcetera.
Anyway, next time we’ll officially start the adventure. Thanks for reading!
So, time to start this adventure and get to the gameplay now! Enjoy.
A few days later, we had made the move into the Kalos region. I was resting up, but suddenly, a red bird Pokémon could be heard flying upward from the staircase. It chirped as it flew into my room…
And then it sailed down and pecked at me! That was the sign that it was time for me to begin an adventure. No more sleeping for me!
I got out of bed, and looked around my new room. There was a Wii U on my rug, a flat-screen TV, and a mirror. I could get used to it here!
…Or maybe I’d better prepare for my adventure. I looked in the mirror and changed out of my pajamas, into the outfit that I had received in preparation for moving to this new location.
I went downstairs and met with Mom, who was at the stove preparing something. Until she noticed me, that is.
“There you are, Lucinda! Good morning. Seems you slept well and are all rested up from moving here! I think it’s time for you to get going and meet our new neighbors! Don’t you?”
“Well… In the time that we lived in Johto, there were people I got the chance to meet… So I guess I can go for it.”
I stepped outside. And right at the door were two people.
A boy who was really tall and wearing blue. And a girl with a wavy hairdo, some bowties on her shirt, and the shortest jean shorts I’ve seen in some time.
“They’re already here!” I called back to Mom.
“Welcome to Vaniville Town, neighbor!” The guy said. “I’m Calem! I live next door.”
“And I’m Shauna! It’s nice to meet you.” The girl added on. “We had word that someone would be coming here in due time, and that someone must be you, right?”
“Provided you have the right person.” That was my answer.
“The Kalos region here, this is the home of the renowned Professor Sycamore. He’s got an objective for some kids who want to become Trainers!” Calem then said. “Although… Does he know who you are already? Considering you just moved to Vaniville, that would surprise me if he did.”
“Do you know what we’re here for?” Shauna asked. “We’re going to go to the next town over… And get a Pokémon! We’ll meet you over there!”
They headed north. I browsed around the environment. There weren’t a lot of people outside, but one of the few included a fat guy who talked about science.
But right nearby was a door that opened by itself. Ahead was Route 1, the Vaniville Pathway.
Walking down the small path with these trees was pleasant. But it was a short path.
The next destination we had arrived in was Aquacorde Town.
“Hey, Lucinda! This way, over here!” I heard a familiar voice call out from afar.
It was Shauna. And Calem was with him. And so were two other boys.
“We’ve been expecting you. Come on and have a seat!” Calem insisted.
I made my way to the table. Of the two other boys, one was short and had light brown hair. The other guy was big and in black. And kind of goofy looking.
“So, Lucinda, this is where we were asked to meet. I’ll introduce you. So guys, this is Lucinda, who just moved in from the Johto region.”
“Really? You must be who Shauna was talking about!” The bigger guy said.
“That’s Tierno, who really has a knack for the dance floor.”
“I don’t know if he looks like someone who would.” I remarked.
“Hey now, don’t doubt my capabilities!” Tierno replied.
“And the other one is Trevor. He’s the nerd of the group, he’ll handle any test with ease.”
“So, that’s how it is.” Trevor remarked. “You know, a good idea to make it feel like a closer crew is to call each other by nicknames. I don’t want to put people on the spot, but you have any ideas?”
“Well, you can call me Rainbow.” I said. “That is who I am.”
“Sure then! Rainbow, that fits you perfectly! I’ll call you that too, and I hope it’ll let us be great friends down the road!” Shauna said in response. “Now, Tierno, can we see the Pokémon now? I’m eager to meet my new partner!”
“Let’s do it!” Tierno stated. “Are you ready, Lucinda? It was such a cool feeling for me and Trevor, so hopefully it’ll be the same for you!”
Three Pokémon came out of the case. The Grass-type Pokémon Chespin, the Fire-type Fennekin, and the Water-type Froakie. All three of them looked adorable, and I knew I had a big decision to make for myself.
Ultimately, I decided that Fennekin was the one that appealed to me the most. Its red fur coming out of its ears, combined with its red eyes… Its fiery demeanor had me pulled in right away! It was my choice. And I decided that its nickname would be Incendio.
Incendio the Fennekin:
So, I’m Lucinda’s first Pokémon. You can bet that I’ll take battling seriously, but my hope is that she’ll give me the freedom to unleash my strength with real power here!
“Then in that case, I’ll go with Chespin! I think we go together great! Aren’t we just adorable together?”
“Don’t get too cocky, now.” Calem remarked. “But that leaves me with Froakie. Greetings, Froakie. My name’s Calem. I hope that you’ll help me become a real Pokémon Trainer. And I thank you for that!”
“Hey, Rainbow? There’s something else that the professor wanted to give you.” Trevor stated. He gave me a red device that looked like a tablet. It was the Pokédex. “That’s a Pokédex, a high-tech encyclopedia that automatically records data on the Pokémon that you’ll encounter. It’s the professor’s gift to you, because he wants us to go on a journey with our Pokémon and complete it!”
“And for that matter, Rainbow, here’s something else from the professor. He wants you to give it to your mom.” Tierno said, proceeding to hand me a piece of paper. It was a memo from the professor. “Now we’re going off to look for Pokémon!” He and Trevor left.
“Before you join them, Lucinda, you’ll have to give that letter to your mother first.” Calem instructed me.
“Hold up!” Shauna said. “With Pokémon under both of our control, why don’t we battle together for our debut?”
“Well, I’m a Trainer now, so it’s for sure an opportunity for me to take. It’s on!”
”Let’s go, Rainbow! And my little Chespin, time to win our first battle! In style!”
She threw out her own Pokémon, Chespin, to battle, as I let Incendio out of its Poké Ball for battle. It was my first time getting to battle with Pokémon!
However, as a Grass-type, the Chespin proved to be a simple match-up for my new Pokémon. Chespin only tried to look cute by using Growl, but it was not able to fend off Incendio’s Ember, which took care of the opponent in two hits.
Incendio the Fennekin:
So that was my first battle! Shauna’s Chespin attempted to look enticing, but I held it off with two simple hits. Thanks, Lucinda!
“Well, Rainbow, that was a good affront for your first battle!” Shauna said to me. “Make sure to say hi to your mom for us!”
That was what I did. I made my way back down Route 1 to get home, and Mom was still there.
“So, I’m curious as to what you ended up doing with the new neighbors.” But she quickly noticed the Poké Ball I had. “Oh? You have a Poké Ball? And a Pokédex too? So it seems that you’ve obtained a Pokémon of your own and are now a full-fledged Pokémon Trainer! Congratulations for that.”
“Thank you. I’m still not sure how this could go…” I then pulled out the letter in my bag and gave it to her.
“Hm… ‘To whom it may concern, Your child has caught the attention of not only me, but that of other fledglings eager to begin a Pokémon journey and use the Pokédex to find out more about the Pokémon of the Kalos region. I hope that they will join us. This is a major undertaking! From Professor Sycamore.‘ He has a request for you? Well, it certainly only reinforces our decision to come out here and get you down the road to becoming a Pokémon Trainer! And yet, we haven’t even fully situated into this place yet. So much to have happened already! Time for us to get you and Fennekin ready for a journey.” Mom headed to the back, and had some things for me, including a change of clothes. Another item given to me was a Town Map.
“This is a good load for me. I’m sure it will help!”
“Whatever it is that Sycamore wants you to see, this will certainly be the lap of adventure that will thrill you like it did back in my day! Surely a journey will be a gorgeous experience.”
I headed outside, ready to depart. My mother’s Rhyhorn was still sleeping…
Until I came outside and it woke up.
It was ready to see me off. “How about that? Seems Rhyhorn here wanted to give you a farewell for your journey! It has known you since you were born, so this must be difficult for it.”
“Yeah…” I gave the Rhyhorn a pat right near its horn. That made it happy.
“Well, as your mother, I wish you only the best. And you’ll have Pokémon by your side! Go, and have fun!”
I waved goodbye, and Rhyhorn got back into its place.
And picked up a rainbow-colored beach ball and threw it at me. Mind some manners, will you?!
Anyway, I went back down the gate and into Aquacorde Town once again. This feeling… I’m officially a Pokémon Trainer. No more small business, my adventure was about to begin!
And yet… Something felt off about this place.
But what, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.
QotD: Favorite Kalos starter?
Arrived in Aquacorde Town.
Starter: Incendio the Male Fennekin / Serious, likes females
Beat Shauna’s Chespin with it in a simple opening fight.
Was sent off to begin my adventure after a visit home.
Title reference: A reference to what Lucinda’s name means, in “illumination”. I think it fits this well.
So that’s how this starts. I had been waiting to use Fennekin in whatever big Nuzlocke I would do in XY, including the Personalocke I was planning in 2016 but was cancelled. Even though my trainer ID ended in 3, I didn’t care. I wanted Fennekin for this, so that is who I went with. That being said, the biggest difficulty with Fennekin will be its lack of good Fire-type attacks until it becomes Delphox. But hopefully that won’t keep it from lasting!
And when I started this challenge, I thought of previous nicknaming themes that I’ve seen, and this was when Azurilland Plays was in the middle of BW, and I made a list of naming themes. But I searched stuff for fire and magic, and Incendio was something that came up. As in, the Fire-Making Charm from Harry Potter. Thus, I felt that would fit Fennekin’s evolution line perfectly, so there you have it.
Also, if you can’t see, I’m going back to the “perspectives of trainers and Pokémon talk” that I had in Platinum and Black 2 back in 2015. I did have the Pokémon Talk for Moon, but I enjoyed this more personally even if that was good too. That’s what I’ll do for this.
Anyway, next time we’ll go onward and start to add new pieces to our team. Thanks for reading!
Well, glad you like it! And as for the end of that part, we’ll get to that here. The beginning of XY is a little abrupt, sure, having you go back to deliver the letter and all, but it’s not the most jarring beginning of a Pokémon game (cough Sinnoh games cough).
As for my question, if you saw the Top Five with the starters, my inclusion of Fennekin there should answer that question for you. :P
Alright, time for the next part now! Enjoy.
I stayed in Aquacorde overnight, as one of the houses had a young lady willing to let us rest. The next day, I was ready to carry on with my adventure.
There were people here who were actually rather welcoming, and gave me things like Potions and Poké Balls, though I was charged for some of them. Someone even spoke of a boutique in Santalune City. Hey, I could use some getting stylish!
On the way north, a hefty man in a brown hat stopped me. “You there, Pokémon Trainer! Look out for the tall grass up ahead. Wild Pokémon can pop out! But you have your own Pokémon, it appears, so it can battle for you.”
“Yep. Incendio here is sure to get things done!” I responded.
“Though, watch out. Something’s shady about this region. Or, the Pokémon here. The ones you get, you’d best hang onto them, and good. Better not let them faint.”
Not sure what that meant, I continued onward. We had made way to Route 2. And I had been met with the trio.
“So, you’re ready to learn to catch Pokémon? Calem here has the gist of it. He knows experienced trainers and will show you how it’s done!” Shauna stated.
Calem walked into the tall grass and encountered a wild Bunnelby. His Fletchling hit the Bunnelby with Tackle, and then after a brief hit from the foe, he chucked a Poké Ball himself. And after three shakes, the Bunnelby was caught.
“Wait, the Pokémon went INSIDE the Poké Ball???” Shauna said, incredulous.
“Uh, Shauna, isn’t that what your Chespin is inside of now?” He then turned to me. “But anyway, Rainbow, allow me to share some Poké Balls with you.” I was gifted ten Poké Balls, so this is sure to get me down the start to building a team. “For the both of you, if you find Pokémon here, you can throw Poké Balls at them, and likely catch them. That should help you grow stronger, too.”
With that, it was time for us to find a partner for Incendio.
And right off the bat, we were met with a Bunnelby for ourselves. This one female, and Incendio was intrigued.
Incendio the Fennekin:
So Lucinda wants me to fight this thing? Well, okay, although I don’t want to, she looks totally precious and eager for some company! If you insist. My Scratch dealt damage with greater power than expected, bringing the Pokémon to half its health. Lucinda then threw a Poké Ball at the Bunnelby, and it was…caught! Lucinda decided its name would be Khaki. She went back to a building in Aquacorde with a young lady who healed us two up. And then the Bunnelby came out and seemed to have forgotten what just happened!
Khaki the Bunnelby:
Howdy, y’all! What am I doing here? Oh? This here Fennekin lookin’ for a partner, I see. IMA TAKE HIM FOR MYSELF! BACK OFF!
Heading back up Route 2, we were met with our next battle against a real Pokémon trainer! He had a Level 5 Zigzagoon, and Khaki batted away at it with a few hits of Tackle. Incendio finished it with two hits of Ember, though, and levels were gained for both team members.
Right up ahead was the entrance to a dark outing. I had entered the Santalune Forest. And Shauna was right behind me!
“Hey, Rainbow, wait up! Let’s walk through this together! I feel like something fun will happen if we go through this together.”
Well, being in a place like this with company is certainly more reassuring. And what’s more, she was capable of healing my team up. That’s quite resourceful. After walking through and finding some items hidden in the grass, we came to a wild Pokémon – a Fletchling.
Khaki dealt a few hits to the red bird, and she was successfully caught shortly after. I decided her name would be Salsa.
Salsa the Fletchling:
Here I am, fresh on Lucinda’s team. Don’t try to get in the way of my spinning, because I’m not about to get off rhythm! Whoever joins me will make for the most dynamic duo yet, and nobody shall convince me otherwise!
So as we wandered through the forest, there were some twists and turns.
Shauna talked about being a fan of puzzles, and she found a Paralyze Heal in a big patch of grass. Then we started battling some trainers.
Khaki the Bunnelby:
This Joey guy… His Scatterbug is slow on the hits and thinks he’s all funny throwing thread at me, gets a few hits but I blow by him in three, and I excel in level to five myself. Gimme them levels!
And Lucinda has me fight his Fletchling, but that’s a battle that I scrape it by in, coming down to 4 HP while I’m upending him doing over half twice to get him dunked. Yo, keep me out of harm’s way and don’t get carried away with me!
Salsa dealt with some wild Pokémon along the way, but she wasn’t with a partner of her own just yet. Heading forward, Calem was nice enough to give me another Poké Ball. I never met people like this before I came here, so that’s a kind gesture!
There was another Lass that stopped us and used a Pikachu. Khaki and Incendio both fought that thing and got paralyzed as a result. Good thing Shauna was there to assist me!
For the last trainer that we came to, I decided to give Salsa a chance to fight for herself. Despite her Weedle trying to be snazzy with String Shot, she easily ran through both that and her Bunnelby. No match for it there! And she excelled in level afterwards and learned Quick Attack.
It wasn’t much longer to go from there before we were at the forest clearing. Calem was already behind.
“Well, the fact that you made it here before me… That shows that my neighbor is certainly one in the making!” The other three quickly caught up.
“In my dance team, I wanna see more Pokémon moves honed to perfection!” Tierno remarked.
“With all of us here, let’s go to Santalune City!” Shauna said. We all progressed through, and we were at the forest’s clearing.
We had made our way to Route 3. We talked about what we have ahead, and how there’s a Pokémon Gym in Santalune City up ahead. Pokémon Gyms are a test of a trainer’s strength.
While they stayed aside to spend a bit of time with each other, I wasn’t about that. I had a Pokémon to find! We first came across a Bunnelby, but that was one we already had.
And next in line was a Bidoof. Male, no less – just what Salsa was seeking. Khaki weakened it, and I caught it with ease. I decided that this one’s nickname would be Kazoo. It wasn’t long before Salsa jumped out of her Poké Ball and they had clearly been brought together. She took rest on Kazoo’s plump fur. And ducked her head in it, too.
Kazoo the Bidoof:
Huh huh… This Fletchling here looking for a partner? Time for me to get crafty, with both her and our opponents! They won’t know what’s coming!
So with that, we had ourselves two pairings of Pokémon that were happy and up for battling together!
However, I was not quite in the mindset to fight any trainers yet. I wanted everyone to be decently spread.
I made my way down, but suddenly, we were interrupted by a girl in white and yellow. One who passed by us really fast.
“Hey, just passing through here!”
Not sure what that was about… But she looked like she was on roller stakes.
So with that, we had arrived at our next destination – Santalune City. And right before me was a building with a red roof. Surely it’d do me good to enter, right?
Tierno was close behind me and entered too. He certainly caught me by surprise there!
“Well hey there, Rainbow! You made it here. I’m here to get my Pokémon healed! And surely you are, too?”
Here was where I had the Pokémon Center explained to me. In front of me was a nurse, behind the red counter. She looked like she meant business! And there was PC, where caught Pokémon go if I have more than six. The safe space, if you will! But I felt like my two pairings of Pokémon loved each other too much for me to put them aside. And the two clerks behind there sell items – best known as a Poké Mart! I talked to the nurse, and he was right – she was there to willingly and easily heal up my party of Pokémon.
We had progressed, but there was still more for us to get done ahead!
QotD: What was your reaction upon discovering Santalune Forest was literally a carbon copy of Viridian Forest from Gen I?
Made our way past Aquacorde Town and onto Route 2.
Catch: Route 2 / Khaki the Female Bunnelby / Quirky, likes males / Is now paired with Incendio
So that’s how we’re starting off our team, I see. Having two Fire-types (or one to be) is not the most optimal spot to be in. And I can’t say I didn’t expect Bunnelby, but the good thing about that is that I won’t have to worry about getting that there instead of something more exciting. Although once she becomes Diggersby, they’ll both be weak to Water, which isn’t exactly good. Although Bidoof will be decent when it evolves, considering he even has Simple and can get +2 Defense in one turn with Defense Curl. Return is a major help, as well. I didn’t bother fighting the trainers on Route 3 just yet, though, because I didn’t want this to get too long.
As for the trainers ahead, you generally don’t expect much from early game trainers, but if you didn’t catch it, Khaki did fall to 4 HP against Youngster Joey’s (no Rattata 0/10 worst trainer name ever) Fletchling. I didn’t just use Incendio there as to spread EXP and keep from getting TOO high-leveled. And of course you also have me calling critical hits “dealing greater damage than usual” or “extreme power” like I was doing throughout my Moon Wonderlocke.
And I do want to try to give the Pokémon personalities based on their natures, considering they determine who they get paired with and all. Even as wrong as some of them might seem. I hope I can provide them in a good way! We’re in the early stages of the game, so I could potentially find a more interesting way to do things. There will surely be refining in the later parts.
Anyway, next time we’ll beat some trainers and explore Santalune City. Thanks for reading!
Totally didn't see the question in the first one. I actually like Fennekin most, unpopular as that opinion is. And my reaction was mostly "This seems really familiar. Is this seriously the same?" And I have played Kanto enough I thought that on the first play through, although it did take until almost the end.
@charm3y: Thanks! Nice to see a member of the LGBT community post here, and yeah I think it's my turn for a shot at one after Marriland did his. We'll see what kinds of pairings I end up with. That being said, with any given catch I get having over a 50% chance of only being able to pair with opposites, that might not pop up as much as I'd hope. But nice to have you here for it anyway! Hope you enjoy. (=
@taco: Yeah, I really like Fennekin myself as well. And I have played the Kanto games too, some in more recent times and others in the past. So I was quick to catch the similarities.
As for my question, when I first played X almost five years ago, I too found the resemblance to be quite uncanny at first, but not in the bad way. And then when I realized that others found it the same, I kinda liked it. But at the same time, it's clear that this game was meant to pander to Kanto. (And seeing as there were Genwunners who liked XY, I think it succeeded.)
So this next update was easy enough to get out, so let's get on with it! Enjoy.
Having laid back for a little while, we soon returned to Route 3 to go back and battle those trainers we missed.
Salsa the Fletchling:
The first Schoolgirl that we came across, she had a Bidoof of her own. Lucinda led with Kazoo, but I decided to have my hand at this arrogant poser! Its Tackle hit hard, but mine did as well. After two hits from her end, she then tried to turn me off with a Growl, but I wasn’t having any of that, even after narrowly surviving a third Tackle with 2 HP.
That Bidoof was such a poser! I easily finished it off with Quick Attack. And we both gained levels.
Kazoo the Bidoof:
Huh huh… So after Khaki took care of another student using a Pichu, I weaseled my way out against another little tyke myself with ease! Then the last one, he thought he could play monkey business with me but I ain’t up for that!
Guy had some monkeys that tried to use Play Nice, but they don’t got no manners themselves! I was bowling through the green one, then the red one took a hit but Salsa battered him down, and the blue one I wasn’t playing around with. No no!
So with all of those trainers taken care of, I decided to explore Santalune City for myself.
One of the first places that caught my eye was the boutique, next to the Pokémon Center. They had some pretty nice hats up for grabs! …Well, technically they weren’t up for grabs, because they were a bit pricey for a beginner like me. I’ll have to keep them in mind, though!
And aside from that, there were people who talked about how Pokémon evolution and how it can be prevented at my will. Some Pokémon are cute and they’d be hard to part with in that manner! And apparently, the Gym Leader here is a fantastic photographer in Viola. Wonder if my Pokémon will be up for display if I win?
Another person tried to offer his Farfetch’d for a Bunnelby. No thank you! Incendio is happily taken with mine! Ears off!
There were plenty of nice people here, and some were even kind enough to give me items. I even found some in the flowers! But I don’t believe in using items in battle. I just think people that do that are too good right now.
But up in the north of the city, right near its limits, was a young lady in black and maroon. “Seems you have a Pokémon from Augustine Sycamore!”
“Indeed I am.”
“You must be kind to your Pokémon, based on how that Bidoof of yours looks happy to be with you. I think you’d do them best to go to the Pokémon Gym. My sister will surely be pleased to meet you!”
Sister? Wonder what that’s all about.
But to the east was Route 22. And it wasn’t long before we were met with a protégé of the Gym Leader, apparently!
Incendio the Fennekin:
This girl’s Psyduck started off by immersing itself in water, but my Tail Whip made it more susceptible to some hits from Khaki. As she jumped in, she was met with a Tail Whip herself, only for the opponent to get cocky and try to look cute after one Scratch. She finished it off with plenty of health to spare, and I gained a level.
But then I had a real opponent to jump in against, a Litleo. Because of its Rivalry ability, she was much less capable of dealing damage to me, so I had to jump in for Khaki in her stead. After we both exchanged a weak Ember, my tail power made it much more susceptible, and after two uses, she was easily bested for the win.
I had the two healed up, and then returned for my encounter. After another Bunnelby got in our way, something else came out. Something blue.
A Riolu! I brought out Khaki to fight it, and the Riolu braced itself for a hit. Khaki’s first usage of Quick Attack struck with enhanced strength, and then after two more hits in the face of it doing nothing of substance, it was relatively low.
I kept throwing Poké Balls at the blue Pokémon, and after quite a few of them, the Riolu was mine. I chose to name it Wildcats.
Wildcats the Riolu:
I ain’t here to doze off. Time for me to show you all how a boss does it!
After healing up my new catch, I returned to the route and went through some more trainers.
First we had a Lass whose Water-types weren’t exactly the brightest in the pond. And we also had a Rising Star who used a Riolu of his own, but Incendio made easy work of him – his wasn’t productive at all.
There was another student who had a Bunnelby herself, but Kazoo cut its Attack down and Salsa’s fiery hot strength was too much for it, bowling over it in two hits. And the last trainer had a Flabébé, and while Kazoo did take a few moderate hits from it, three hits of Tackle did the flower in. And she bragged about it.
Right ahead was a gate. Inside was a man with purple hair and black coating.
“So, you wish to go to the Pokémon League? Hm. Seems you don’t have enough Gym Badges to progress onward. Come back once you have eight, and then we’ll talk.”
Well, not sure what that was about.
But right near the end of the route, there were ledges to jump. They were essentially a shortcut back to Santalune City. We had a Pokémon Gym to prepare ourselves for.
And hopefully, that’ll be the first step to getting back with that guy.
QotD: Do you think that having Riolu will make the early parts of the game significantly easier? If not, why?
Beat the trainers on Route 3. In doing so, Salsa had a close shave with 2 HP against a Schoolgirl’s Bidoof.
Explored Santalune City, talked to some people and obtained some items.
(M) “Wildcats”, Level 6
Nature: Quirky (Likes males)
Ability: Inner Focus
Stats: 22, 15, 11, 9, 11, 13
Moves: Counter, Endure, Foresight, Quick Attack Not paired with anything at the moment.
Well, I’ll be! I was hoping for a Psyduck most of all, even though I knew that wasn’t very likely. But more than anything else I really didn’t want a Litleo, considering I already had TWO Fire-types on my team. After finding a Bunnelby, I thought to myself, “It’d be REALLY cool if I actually found a Riolu.” I was stunned by what I encountered. Catching it was no easy matter, considering I know its catch rate isn’t the highest. Not to mention when its health was as low as it was, I was hesitant to attack it again because for one, I could have potentially scored a critical hit (although it might have lived even that based on the first hit being one), and two, it had Counter, which I did not want to be on the receiving end of. That could have gotten pretty ugly, so I stuck with throwing balls at it until it was mine. And I managed to get it.
As for the nickname, I remember back in March when March Madness was going on, and it was the Friday that our team was going through the Regional Semifinals. And Riolu and Lucario are blue, just like the Villanova logo. So I felt that it fit perfectly. I even remember talking about it on Discord and how I would have regretted it had we lost. xD And we won it all. That aside, with it as a Lucario, this will be a massive help while on Trainer of Death Island. And what’s more, since Riolu can’t breed, there’s that thing in XY where it’s guaranteed three perfect IVs – max HP, Attack and Sp Def. Not bad. However, I couldn’t use him in any trainer battles yet because he has no partner and only weak Normal-type attacks to use. I will for sure train him up before the Gym, though, just because. In before people call me a hypocrite for calling Lucario overhyped and proceeding to use one in three of my last documented challenges here
Additionally, the only real substance with the trainers was, if you didn’t see, Salsa falling to 2 HP against the Bidoof on Route 3. That certainly wasn’t helped by my leading with Kazoo to get him some EXP while I was at it. But she managed. I’m not about to give out recognition just yet, but you’ll see what other kinds of craziness unfolds in this adventure.
So this chapter was a little short, but there wasn’t much to it, and I guess that’s not quite as bad since I tend to intentionally drag these chapters on. Anyway, next time we’ll take on the Gym. Thanks for reading!
Loving this! I'm thinking of doing a similar challenge when I beat my Black Wedlocke and I think that Riolu will help out a lot with Grant and maybe Korrina's own Lucario's when evolved hopefully you get a good partner for him
Having that pokemon will not necessarily make the early game easier because you need to evolve it and baby pokemon are difficult to train before evolving. But if you can evolve it it will make the second gym pretty easy at least.
@LRachelR5: Thanks! And I’ll surely look at that challenge if you get to doing it yourself. And Riolu after it evolves is sure to help against Grant, yes, and the Furfrou duo up ahead if I have it evolved by then. But Korrina’s mirror-match might not be quite as simple for it, haha.
@taco: That is true, I do have to get it evolved first, and the Soothe Bell and Bicycle are both sure to come well past Level 15, the point that would be best to evolve it by. And I have done happiness evolutions without either one of those, like with the Azurill in my first no healing in battle X Wedlocke in 2014, and my Black 2 Nuzlocke in 2015, both before the first Gym.
So one thing I want to discuss before I get to this next part is that I know the Azurilland Plays will be doing XY for the next one. This challenge is why I was hoping that game wouldn’t be picked, so I could focus more on this. I mean, I’ll level with you guys, this challenge is already finished, so I wouldn’t be completely opposed to doing something for the event. But I worry that will take some of the attention away from this as it’s going on. What do you guys think I should do? Should I suspend this for a little while? Because I would like to get a move on with this, especially after it took longer to start this thread up than I would have liked. Let me know what you guys think would be the best course of action! (Although the likes feature is definitely welcomed, don’t forget to make use of that if you enjoyed!)
For now though, let’s get on to the next part! Enjoy.
Our first Gym battle was awaiting us. But I could tell that this wasn’t about to be a handover! I opted to get some experience for my Pokémon team.
Taking it to areas like Route 3, and a little bit of work at Route 22, I eventually got everyone to a feasible level. And we made our way back to the Gym… But in the way was some chick in yellow and white!
“Hey there, you, seems you don’t have a pair of Roller Skates! You gotta get in the fad! If you can beat me in a Pokémon battle, I’ll let you have one of your very own. Let’s get up to speed!”
The girl used a Zigzagoon, but thanks to the training I had done, Khaki made very easy work of her.
“Well then! You certainly have potential to beat the Gym Leader. And here’s a pair of Roller Skates as I promised!”
She gave me a pair of Roller Skates. Now I can glide freely and at high speed!
But right now that’s not important. What is important, however, is entering the Santalune Gym for our first one. I remember hearing that the Gym Leader is an expert photographer.
And it showed upon entering the Gym, which had some portraits right off the bat. A butterfly Pokémon, plants, and other sights of nature. I was informed by a man at the entrance about what Gym Leaders are about, and to jump on the pole in front of me to make my way to the Gym Leader. And his last piece of advice was that everyone here uses Bug-type Pokémon. Thankfully, I had answers for those!
Jumping down the pole, I found myself bouncing off a web! We walked about, and the first trainer that we came across had a Ledyba. Kazoo handled that, despite its Supersonic proving to be a minor inconvenience.
The second one had a Spewpa, and while Kazoo dealt good damage against it, Kazoo, who was a little weakened from the previous fight, finished the job and allowed him to gain a level. There was one more trainer right near Viola, and she used a Kakuna and a Combee, but Incendio and Khaki handled those two with relative ease, the former of which excelled to Level 12.
I decided to leave the Gym and get my last two team members caught up so everyone was on equal footing. It didn’t take long at all for Khaki and Salsa to reach that point.
The next morning, I returned to the Gym, where the Gym Leader, Viola, was waiting in the back. She had hair that curled down to her neck, and her camera around it!
“That determined expression, and that glint in your eye that says you’re up to the challenge… It’s fantastic, just fantastic! Is this your first time challenging a Gym? Fantastic! Whatever feelings may come out of this battle are great subjects for a shot. Fantastic! With my lens focused on victory, this will be a perfect shot!” She snapped her camera and was clearly ready for battle. As she threw a Surskit out into battle, I responded with Kazoo.
Kazoo the Bidoof:
Huh huh, that Surskit threw out a Quick Attack at me and it hardly did jack, while I got back at the foe with a Tackle, and its power was big on the jam!
She then chucked water out onto the field to gull itself in, but I busted through her charade and then she was dead. She had a Vivillon next, and Lucinda brought in Salsa to rout that!
Salsa the Fletchling:
As I jumped into action against this Vivillon, the opponent hit me with Tackle for a fair amount of my health, but I would nab at it with Peck for an acceptable chunk. She then hit me with Tackle, and its power was dealt to the extreme and knocked me to half my health.
But right after that, I decided I was not letting up. I jabbed her with another Peck, and that too had refined strength and had her begging for mercy. Viola attempted to prolong the inevitable with a Potion, but my next assault dealt more than half of the health that left her with. She struck with another Tackle, leaving me with less than a third of my health in tow.
From there, however, she was easily finished with another Peck, and that won us the battle. I excelled to Level 13, and Lucinda allowed me to take the move Agility, as I dropped Quick Attack for it. So, our mission was a success.
“You and your Bidoof have shown me a whole new depth of field! Fantastic. Just fantastic!”
Technically, the Fletchling did it better. But Viola gave me my first Gym badge, the Bug Badge. It had the eyes of an insect in its marking and was shaped like an insect.
“Additionally, this TM commemorates your win against a pro photog like me.” She gave me a green disc. “Using a TM like that one there lets you teach your Pokémon some new moves quicker than a shutter set to 1/1000 can snap shut! TMs are point-and-click easy and can be used as many times as you want! The one I just gave you is TM83, which contains a move called Infestation. If you use it, the foe won’t be able to flee from battle! With that done, can you zoom in a bit and go through the tent behind me? Take the stairs beyond it, and you’ll be back up to the entrance faster than a flash!”
Right behind her, a tent opened up, and there were stairs behind it. Going up, the door back to the entrance was behind the Butterfree picture we saw at the entrance.
The man who we saw there liked seeing my Bug Badge and called me a future Champ. Hm, perhaps I have something like what that guy on Route 22 wanted? He suggested that the professor would like to see it, and that I go to Lumiose City to show it to him.
I left the Gym, and healed up my Pokémon, ready to set my sights towards that destination.
QotD: Favorite Bug-type Pokémon in the Kalos Pokédex?
Trained everyone to Level 11 (and later got two to 12).
Beat the trainers in the Santalune Gym, the first two of which weren’t quite as easy as expected.
Beat Viola in an easier than expected battle thanks to some critical hits on my end and questionable decisions on hers, including her Vivillon only using Tackle against Salsa.
(M) “Wildcats”, Level 12
Nature: Quirky (Likes males)
Ability: Inner Focus
Stats: 35, 25, 18, 14, 18, 23
Moves: Counter, Feint, Foresight, Quick Attack Not paired with anything at the moment.
Bug Badge – Obtained in Part 4 / Pokémon used:
Title reference: Violent Femmes, a folk punk band that I have heard the name of but I don’t really know much of at all. It fit for this.
No denying it, this was certainly a fight I got rather lucky in, between Surskit not using Bubble, which certainly would have done more to Kazoo than Quick Attack would have, and scoring a critical hit to take care of her quickly. And then Vivillon, that might have gone worse had she not just spammed Tackle, considering Infestation could have sapped down at me fast and Harden would have made killing it tougher. But I did find it rather funny that I got the critical hit on Vivillon the same turn that she did. And had I not gotten the critical hit on Surskit, she would've been in healing range on the second hit and that would've made things even easier. But a bit of comedic luck was definitely appreciated! I was nervous here since leveling Kazoo to 13 for Rollout would have been a bit much, and I would've been pressed had I used Incendio and Khaki. But as you can see, this went over on a pretty good note.
And next part, we’ll be able to get Wildcats a partner. However, it must be male, because his nature only allows for that, and if it’s not a nature that can pair with males, then I’ll have the chance to overturn it and get something different. I did say that in the rules, and I might not have explained it very well, but if it happens then I’ll talk more about it. Also, as I said in the replies, I might want to get him evolved at Level 15, so he can learn Force Palm as a Riolu and then Power-Up Punch as a Lucario. Even if having it at that point in the game could very much be overkill. xD
Anyway, next time we’ll make our way up Route 4 to progress onward. Thanks for reading!
Since you're not tremendously far in this challenge so far, why not just hold off and do this challenge for Azurilland Plays? You can just link your updates over there in that thread and keep going here. Unless you don't feel like doing a Wedlocke for it.
Btw I appreciate this challenge, perfect for pride month.
I know it wouldn't impact my following of this challenge, because you have a interesting story with this and nuzlockes are always fun to read. But I understand others might. Favorite bug is Heracross, but I don't like the mega.
@Solar: I figured you'd visit this thread eventually. Thanks for that! Anyway, here's the thing: because this challenge is long-term, what with a story and all, that the Azurilland Plays will be finished with upon when I've posted to maybe four or five badges, I wouldn't be keeping up with them if I were to do that. And I wouldn't want to spoil this by posting there. Again, I do like these games, so I could do something else. Either way, thanks again! Hope you enjoy this challenge regardless.
@taco: Glad you're still liking it nonetheless! As I just said to Solar, I'm not totally set on what I'll end up doing, and if I were to share it there, I'd be way behind. I think I'll need things better explained, haha. And Heracross is cool yeah but I get why people don't like its Mega, its design is admittedly goofy haha.
I said in the Challenger's Clan that I was hoping to, at worst, get through the Fairy Badge section before football season starts on September 6. And if I REALLY put the step on it, I could MAYBE get it done before Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee release, but that'd be a stretch and I wouldn't count on that. And regarding Azurilland Plays, I'll figure something out.
Anyway, you all know what my favorite is, in Scolipede. But because that's much too obvious, within the Kalos Pokedex I would have to go with Crustle or Escavalier. Unova introduced some pretty sweet bugs, but some of them were excluded from this game.
Great update as usual! I hope you don't mind but I am using the way that you format your posts for my own Rainbow Welocke. Anyways I think that you shouldn't suspend this challenge but I would understand if updates became less frequent whilst the XY Azurilland playthrough was happening
I actually liked the design. I don't like the mega because of the ability, which forces you to change from signature attacks like megahorn and use the multi-hit attacks like pin missile. It just didn't feel like a heracross when I used it. The only other mega that requires you to train it THAT differently to use mega vs using normal is Blastoise and that still felt like a real blastoise, just with aura moves. This just didn't feel right.
Congrats on beating Viola! Wasn't too tough for you, luckily. I know it was resisted, but it's kind of silly that her Vivillon didn't use Infestation. That move is generally the only thing that makes the fight scary, honestly.
I don't think I need to answer this QOTD since you should already know the answer. ;P
@Rachel: Thanks for the visit! Anyway, I will still probably post at least some updates but they won't be quite as frequent. As I said in CC, I do have a pinpoint of how far I would like to be with this at a specific point in time, but we'll see if I get there.
@taco: Well it was still a thing, some people thought it was a fascinating concept but I do get why people weren't huge on it, and the Speed drop didn't help in that regard. And Blastoise admittedly didn't feel too different aside from the buffed stats, though I liked it some.
@Dino: Hey! Nice to finally have you here. ^^ And that is true, that Infestation would have likely made it very tenuous alongside being whittled down with Tackle. Although once again, getting a crit in my favor surely helped a bit too. Thanks! And yes I do remember, if our Azuriprom themes were any indication :P
Anyway, time to get to the next part. Enjoy.
With my first Gym badge in hand, I was pleased. I headed north to the city limits, and Alexa was still there. Hopefully, with a Gym Badge in hand, she’ll be willing to let me pass!
“So you got a Bug Badge! Seems I might have a new scoop on my hands, to beat Viola at such a young age!” Seems I had caught her eye. “Well, I should properly introduce myself. Remember how I said that my sister would be pleased to meet you? Well, that is Viola, the Gym Leader you just faced. And I’m a journalist at the big publishing house in Lumiose City! Take this to celebrate getting your first badge.”
She gave me a crown-looking item with some pearls on it.
“That is the Exp. Share! If you turn it on, all the Pokémon on your team gain Exp. Points, even if they don’t appear in battle, so it should be a help with your training! You’re welcome to stop by the Lumiose Press anytime you have a major scoop to share with me.”
“Thank you! Have a nice day.”
As she headed north to Route 4, we also made our way down there. Parterre Way, it was known as!
But this item seemed a little strong for right now, so I flipped a switch to shut it off. We entered the grass, and the first Pokémon that we encountered was a Skitty. It looked so adorable and happy! However, it was female, and that was not a Pokémon Wildcats wanted to be met with. After Incendio and Khaki took care of it, the very next encounter was another Skitty.
This time it was male, and after Incendio dealt a strong hit to it, I threw a Poké Ball and caught it. I decided his name would be Milliliter.
Milliliter the Skitty:
Lucinda has caught me to join her team… I could certainly take this deal… And this Riolu seems nice… I don’t know what’s ahead… But we’re gonna make quite the duo!
So now we had a full team of three pairings! After healing him up, we checked out the gardens. Squabbling about the mazes, we found some items, including a Super Potion, and a Repel. That must be what these gardeners use to keep other Pokémon out of their gardens! Some of them wanted to battle us.
Kazoo the Bidoof:
Huh huh! This gardener Wheaton guy had a Corphish to take us with, but I had my Defense Curl to combat his Vice Grip! And his Bubble wasn’t getting past my fluffy hide either, we exchanged some hits but four of mine did his in. Guh huh huh!
Incendio the Fennekin:
And right near this large fountain there were two Roller Skaters, yes, much like the one in front of the Gym. The first of which was a girl who used a Fletchling, who wasn’t doing a whole lot against me and I finished in three hits, and grew to Level 13 off of.
There was also a big fountain that had representations of some Water-type Pokémon. Lucinda took a stand in front of it, and then she faced the boy, who used a Pidgey. Khaki took care of that, but she wasn’t so hot.
They exchanged multiple hits, and Khaki was able to finish him in three thanks to Quick Attack getting the last jump, but it was a bit nerve-wracking for me to witness! We’re not about to let things slip like that again!
Wildcats the Riolu:
These Preschoolers think they have battles won? Why, nonsense! You don’t get anywhere when you use a Magikarp that can only use Splash! And facing a Budew, my good companion Milliliter proved it was more attractive and whittled its Defense down with multiple usages of Leer, allowing me to easily pounce in and get it done. There were also some Burmy that we had to deal with, and here’s a tip: maybe don’t try to waste your time using Protect, perhaps? That being said, Milliliter was withered down with some hits of Tackle but was able to finish the trio off. Their trainer said that she believed we had something stronger than mere love. Ain’t that the truth!
Khaki the Bunnelby:
Here we are once again with Pichu thinking they have everything with their Static. Within some rounds of nabbing it out, and seeing a Potion used on it, I took care of it, but not without getting paralyzed in return. He also had a Pikachu, but Incendio stepped in to deal with that after I tore out half its health.
I decided to boot up that Exp. Share for a tiny bit, and shortly after, Khaki and Milliliter both excelled in level. Kazoo then dealt with another Corphish, one that proved slightly more cumbersome after it lowered his Speed with Bubble, though not very. It did get Kazoo to Level 13 and learn Rollout, though. And apparently these gardens are known as the geometric gardens. Probably because of all the points, lines and shapes around us. Hey, I’m no math wizard, I didn’t study that back in Johto!
Milliliter the Skitty:
And we had one more guy who was chopping… He threw a Corphish out against me… And I got in two hits of Tail Whip… But then I was in finishing range from Vice Grip…
So Wildcats swooped onto the scene… And two easy hits of Quick Attack did the opponent in…
Finding the last of the treasures in the groves, we came to the end of the route, and there were two people at the gate. A boy with light brown hair, and a girl in purple!
“Why, hello, miss!” The boy said. “Do you know of a Pokémon called Flabébé?”
“Why, yes, in fact I have it registered in my Pokédex!” I responded.
“That’s what I would expect from someone chosen by the professor to go on a journey.” The girl said. “And Flabébé is a Fairy-type Pokémon. A type that has only been discovered in recent times and not many years ago! We’ve been looking for other Fairy-type Pokémon at the hands of one Professor Sycamore. We’re wondering if you’ll find others on your journey!”
“Well, we didn’t introduce ourselves yet. So, I’m Dexio.” The boy said. “I’ve been entrusted with a Pokédex much like you have!”
“And I’m Sina. Isn’t it a beautiful name for a beautiful lady?”
“You’re full of yourself, aren’t you?” I replied.
After a moment of silence, Sina then asked if I was ready to come to the lab with them. “Lumiose City is up ahead, so whenever you’re ready, the professor will want to meet you there!”
“One other thing… It seems you and your Pokémon are getting along well. That’s the kind of thing that happens when you walk with Pokémon and journey with them. Here’s something that pays off from that – the TM for the move Return.”
Dexio gave me a white disc that I could add to my TM case.
“Once again, go onward to meet the professor!”
The professor was ready for me – but there was much for me to unwind.
QotD: Have you yourself used Corphish or Crawdaunt in-game seriously? If so, what did you think of it? With all these Gardeners that use Corphish, I felt like this would be a fitting question.
Catch: Route 4 / Milliliter the Skitty / Mild, likes any gender / Is now paired with Wildcats
Beat the trainers on Route 4, some of which dealt decent damage.
Title reference: Point guards, the players in basketball who direct the team’s offense. Not the most exciting reference, but whatever.
So if I haven’t made clear how I allow myself to get an encounter when I don’t have a full team and one is a lone wolf, here is what happened: what I did was that the first encounter was a Ledyba, but it was not a nature that could pair with Wildcats, and thus I allowed myself to void that and get something else entirely. Some people would have just continued along and boxed what they had just gotten if it wasn’t compatible, but since I didn’t have a full team yet, I felt like it was necessary. As others have said, it’s best to do whatever feels right.
And yet, the very next try, what I ended up getting was unquestionably the worst possible thing I could have gotten (except a male Combee, which I would have allowed to skip also). I mean, I was begging for it to not be a nature that was legit, and yet it was. Want to know the eerie part? I ran into two Skitty in a row, the first being female. Now, I’m not one who just unpleasingly dismisses Pokémon in -Lockes, and does try to give things a chance, but this I don’t have a lot of hope for. Not helping is that he gets Normalize, which really doesn’t help the matter considering both my other pairings have a Normal-type. Of course I’m gonna try to use him, and it doesn’t hurt that he not only gets a great early attack in Return, but he’s paired with a Pokémon that will basically rip the early stages of the game apart, but I can say right now that if he dies I won’t be very upset. I know that makes me sound terrible, especially with this one being an adorable kitty, but I’m just shocked that such odds (finding back to back Skitty, one of them being the 1/4 chance of being male, and then the 1/3 or so chance of it being a legit nature for Wildcats) came into fruition.
As for these trainers, there weren’t many of them that put up a big threat, but as you can see, a few of them did cause big damage, particularly to Milliliter and Khaki. But the Corphish that Kazoo were able to handle were done so easily thanks to Defense Curl doubling my Defense. Also, no, I will never get over calling Sina “full of herself” when calling herself beautiful. High ego! At least the TM for Return will be great once I max out my team’s happiness.
And I’m sorry if my team’s personalities might seem boring right now, but again, we’re early in the game and I was trying to make them match their natures to somewhat of a degree. Hope that makes sense! Might try to expand them as we progress but right now is not that time.
Anyway, another rather short chapter, but I’ll take that. Next time we’ll enter Lumiose City and meet with the professor. Thanks for reading!