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Day 2 - Grindan Adventures

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Henry Spencer

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And so, the journey of Fagbalz continues. Armed with Pokeballs, I begin looking around for Pokemon, mostly for Pokedex data. My first encounter is a Hoothoot. Tempting flyer, but I much prefer Spearow early in the game since it knows a flying move (Peck). This Hoothoot is too weak to stand up to much of a beating:

Tackle x2

Next up is... the exact same Hoothoot. The fight went even faster this time:

Tackle *crit* OHKO

I think at this point I'm going to devise a system for battle layouts. Obviously, if I use the same attack more than once, it'll be *whatever* xX, where X is the number of times used. OHKO means it went down in one hit. [b]SE![/b] will denote super-effective attacks. *CAP* will denote a successful capture of the Pokemon. *XXX* will denote a status ailment, like PSN or FRZ.

Third battle on my list is a Rattata, level 3. I might just catch this, if only for the Pokedex data.

Tackle *crit* OHKO

Hmm, maybe not. Anyways, Pyro grows yet another level here:

Pyro - Level 9
Attack - 17
Defense - 15
Spl. Atk. - 18
Spl. Def. - 16
Speed - 18
HP - 28

Level 2 Rattata is a pushover.

Tackle x2

I almost made an attempt to capture this, but I need a Pokemon of decent level to do the battling once Pyro gains another level or 2 to prevent constant OHKO's. I think if I don't catch anything decent by level 10, I'll just start running from battles.

Level 2 Hoothoot:

Tackle x2

At this point, I figure, why not go to Route 30/46? I can catch most of my beginning party: Pyro, Spearow, Geodude, Poliwag, perhaps Jigglypuff.

I come across a level 3 Hoothoot and decide to try a new tactic. Noticing that one Tackle brings it down to about half health, I hit it with Smokescreen in an attempt to get it to Growl.

Tackle
Smokescreen x3
Tackle *CAP*

Amazing. As it turns out, my first Pokemon is not Rattata, for once. OHHEMMGEE. Being the sport I am, I name my new minion Mr. Hoot.

Mr. Hoot - Level 3
Attack - 7
Defense - 7
Spl. Atk. - 7
Spl. Def. - 8
Speed - 9
HP - 17

Knows: Tackle, Growl

Not great stats, but I need something to start myself off. I give Mr. Hoot a Potion, make him hold a Berry, and slip him into the first slot.

Mr. Hoot's first battle is against a level 2 Rattata.

Tackle
Tackle *crit*

That went well. He gets almost enough experience for a level. Next up is a level 3 Hoothoot, only female. This is going to be a dumb fight, I can tell.

Tackle *crit*
Tackle
Tackle *crit*

Wow, critting up a storm today. This is enough for a level:

Mr. Hoot - Level 4
Attack - 8
Defense - 8
Spl. Atk. - 9
Spl. Def. - 10
Speed - 9
HP - 19

I finally make it into Route 46. Strangely enough, the Geodude I picked up here in Gold I used for most of the game. I feel the same thing will happen here, as the Rock Throw he/she learns at level 11 is super-effective against the birds of the first Gym, and the Magnitude he/she learn at level 16 can decimate the bugs of the second Gym. First up is a Geodude, luckily. Only problem is, it's level 2. Not wanting to waste time and HP trying to take it down, I simply run away. Second battle is just a level 2 Rattata, which I promptly blow away:

Tackle x3 (Hoothoot uses the Berry here because of low HP)

Next battle is against the exact same Pokemon and goes the exact same way. Easy XP. Third battle is... the exact same Pokemon, and goes the exact same way, only I miss the first Tackle attempt somehow, and get critted twice in a row down to 1 HP. Goddamn it I hate that annoying alert noise. DEEDOODEEDOODEEDOODEEDOODEEDOODEEDOODEEDOODEEDOODEEDOODEEDOODEEDOO I give Mr. Hoot a Potion and continue on to find a FOURTH level 2 female Rattata. Jesus Christ, this thing does not give up! So I kick it's ass again, critting on the first Tackle, and Mr. Hoot levels up:

Mr. Hoot - Level 5
Attack - 9
Defense - 9
Spl. Atk. - 10
Spl. Def. - 12
Speed - 11
HP - 21

Oh my God, fuck Rattatas. This one is level 3, but still, fuck it. I'm going to Cherrygrove or wood or whatever the fuck it is after this because Mr. Hoot is going to run out of Tackle PP. Realizing that Poliwag is only around at night, I head out on Route 30 to try and catch one. First on Route 30 is a level 4 Hoothoot, but I don't really feel like fighting until I find a Poliwag, so I run. I continue to run until I find a Spinarak. Figuring it's a good time to have some Poison in the party, I attempt to catch it:

Tackle
Tackle *CAP*

Level 3 male Spinarak is now mine. I name him Mr. Spider.

Mr. Spider - Level 3
Attack - 9
All others - 7
HP - 15
Knows - Poison Sting, String Shot

I then go back to the Pokemon Center really quick to heal up and put him in front. I also save at this point. Mr. Spider's first battle is against a Hoothoot of the same level. Knowing I am outclassed in the speed department, I expect the first hit and ready myself with a String Shot:

String Shot
Poison Sting
Poison Sting *PSN*
Poison Sting x3

Holy shit, this thing is WEAK. I probably would not have won without that Poison effect and a Berry I stuck on him before the battle. Next battle is against a clone of Mr. Spider, and I run away to avoid the stupidity that will inevitably come with it. After that, it's another level 3 Hoothoot. This will hopefully give him a level.

String Shot
Poison Sting *PSN*
Poison Sting x3

Thankfully, the Poison effect saves me yet again, and Mr. Spider is now level 4.

Mr. Spider - Level 4
Attack - 10
All others - 8
HP - 17

Wat? I just found a Zubat. I didn't think those things were supposed to be outside caves. This is going to be a ridiculously slow fight; Zubat is resistant to Poison Sting, and Mr. Spider is resistant to Leech Life.

Poison Sting x2

Pretty quickly, I realize the futility of the situation and decide to switch to Pyro. I hit it once, then buy some time with Smokescreen so it can leech back to enough health for a second Tackle. It takes forever, because not only is Pyro resistant to Leech Life, Zubat misses with it's attack a couple times.

Tackle
Smokescreen x3
Tackle *CAP*

A level 3 female Zubat is now mine. My first female Pokemon will be fittingly named Ms. Bat.

Ms. Bat - Level 3
Attack - 7
Defense - 7
Spl. Atk. - 6
Spl. Def. - 7
Speed - 8
Knows - Leech Life

Wow, this thing is terribad. When I capture Ms. Bat, it suddenly becomes sunny out, as 4 AM is the cutoff point for night. No Poliwag for me today, so I'm done. A recap of my team:

Pyro - Level 9
Mr. Hoot - Level 5
Mr. Spider - Level 4
Ms. Bat - Level 3

I save to reflect my new Pokemon capture and quit for the night.
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