When my last post finished, I had spoken with ã‚¢ãƒ‡ã‚« after finishing up business at the ã‚µãƒ³ã‚®ç‰§å ´. The next step was to take on the gym way back in my home town of ãƒ’ã‚ªã‚¦ã‚®ã‚·ãƒ†ã‚£. On my way back I ran into ã‚¢ãƒ‡ã‚« again. He forgot that he wanted to tell me about berries and gave me an ã‚ªãƒ¬ãƒ³ã®ã¿. Despite his sage words, I forgot to give it to a pokÃ©mon for my gym battle. It might have helped.
ãƒ’ã‚ªã‚¦ã‚®ã‚·ãƒ†ã‚£ Gym battle
ãƒã‚§ãƒ¬ãƒ³ runs the city’s gym. He and his cohorts all have normal type pokÃ©mon. If you were paying attention to people in the school/gym, you might have noticed that they mentioned you could find riolu inã€€ã‚µãƒ³ã‚®ç‰§å ´. I hadn’t found one before they told me, so I hightailed it back there and ran around until I captured a riolu. What they don’t tell you is that riolu doesn’t get a fighting type move (besides counter) until level 15. I was too impatient to level him to 15, so he was all but worthless for me in the fight. But, I mention it in case you have enough patience to level one and then relish him kicking butt and taking names. Me, I almost got my ass handed to me and was saved only because the opponent was paralyzed and my little level 6 pidove somehow managed to take down the last sliver of HP without getting hit. Anyway.
There are two trainers to defeat before you can challenge ãƒã‚§ãƒ¬ãƒ³. Each of these has one level 9 lillipup and one level 9 patrat. They shouldn’t pose too much of a problem.
ãƒã‚§ãƒ¬ãƒ³ has a level 11 patrat and a level 13 lillipup. He should have been a pushover, but as previously mentioned, I didn’t level enough. And he has a nasty habit of raising his attack a ton and then one-hitting your pokÃ©mon. Oh, and he has a potion, so just when you think you’re doing great he heals. So not fun.
But once you do beat him you get your first badge: the ãƒ™ãƒ¼ã‚·ãƒƒã‚¯ãƒãƒƒã‚¸. PokÃ©mon up to level 20 will obey you. Yada yada. He also gives you TM83 ã‚‹ãµã„ãŸã¦ã‚‹—work up. No wonder he hit so hard!
Gym AftermathOnce you emerge from the gym victorious ãƒ™ãƒ« is waiting for you. She also has a TM for you, TM27ã€€ãŠã‚“ãŒãˆã——return. ãƒã‚§ãƒ¬ãƒ³ comes out of the gym and sees ãƒ™ãƒ« and there is a little reunion. And then you have a conference call with ã‚¢ãƒ©ãƒ©ã‚®åšå£« where you discuss what everyone’s up to, how being a gym leader is hard, and that you should have fun on your travels.
The party is cut short when your rival zooms in like a whirlwind and demands a battle with ãƒã‚§ãƒ¬ãƒ³. As those two go off to test each other’s metal, ãƒ™ãƒ« gives you the C-Gear and sends you off in the direction of your next gym battle (that would be east of the mountain man on route 20).
Of course ãƒ™ãƒ« wouldn’t be herself if she hadn’t forgotten something. She stops you before you can even get out of town so that she can power up your pokÃ©dex. This is actually an interesting addition to the pokÃ©dex. It’s a mode called: ç”Ÿæ¯åœ° which according to the dictionary means “habitat”. You can now look up routes and see which pokÃ©mon dwell there. If you’ve caught the pokÃ©mon there will be a filled in pokÃ©ball on its picture. If you haven’t it will be grayed out. And if you’ve gotten all of the pokÃ©mon in a given area you get a stamp. I’ve only gotten all of them for route 19. I wonder what I missed on the farm. Anyone know? Route 20 has water, so I don’t think I can complete that one for a while.
So, remember the mountain man blocking your path down the stairs? You can go past him now, but he’ll challenge you to a fight. Once down the stairs you still don’t get very far without being interrupted (is it me or are ãƒã‚§ãƒ¬ãƒ³ and ãƒ™ãƒ« mollycoddling you just a little?). ãƒã‚§ãƒ¬ãƒ³ and your rival run up to you and ãƒã‚§ãƒ¬ãƒ³ introduces you to dark grass! Been there, done that. Still has higher level pokÃ©mon and you can still get into double battles. Oh, there’s shaking grass too, but I haven’t seen any yet. ãƒã‚§ãƒ¬ãƒ³ gives you a ãƒ¢ãƒ¢ãƒ³ã®ã¿ and leaves just as quickly as he came, while your rival rushes into the dark grass and wanders aimlessly.
There’s not too much between you and the next city, just a few trainers and a little grass.
No sooner do you arrive than mom calls. I’m totally wanting some alone time on my journey. After that you encounter a gym leader insulting a ship captain in front of the PokÃ©center much to the gym leader’s dismay. I think (s)he wanted a ride on the boat or? I was having a really hard time following. I think it may have been father and daughter arguing? I’m sure it will become clearer as the story progresses.
And with that, I’m really calling it a day. Gym 2 and beyond, tomorrow!