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Entry 5: And We’re Back!

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Hello friends, it sure has been a while. Other commitments got in the way, but I’m going to try and be more regular with Pickymon now. Especially since I am WAY behind!

When I last left off, I just caught Sprouts, my Oddish. I decided to level them up a bit before going on the S.S. Anne, so I went east of Vermilion City and fought a few gamblers and engineers (who clearly weren’t doing their jobs). I then went back and stocked up on potions and status cures, and went aboard the ship!

The first interesting thing I found was the TM for Body Slam. I taught it to Luna (Two), and then immediately regretted the decision after seeing the flashing battle animation that makes me flinch every dang time!

After a bit of exploring, I met an undercover cop who was very good at his job.

Nobody will suspect a thing.
Nobody will suspect a thing.

I kicked down a few doors and fought some sailors, some of whom had Tentacools. I have decided that Wrap is the most annoying attack in the entire game.

Also, it seems like most people in this world only have 2 or 3 Pokémon, so I figure they’re ALL doing a Pickymon run. It’s just that they’re not very good at making decisions, and end up catching several of the same guys.

After a few fights, something amazing happened.

Oh my gosh!
Oh my gosh!
Uhh...Is it too late to cancel the evolution?
Uhh…Is it too late to cancel the evolution?

Yeah, Gloom is kind of weird looking, but still pretty cool, and just a leaf stone away from their final form!

Soon enough, I ran into a familiar face.

I'd actually forgotten his name.
I’d actually forgotten his name.

Buttboy was no challenge at all, with my Pokémon all being 5-10 levels higher. But afterwards, I was forced to rub an old man’s back to get the Cut HM, which was much worse. I immediately taught it to Sprouts, but accidentally replaced Absorb, their only damaging move.

I got off the ship, which left without me.

No wait I left my wallet on board!
No wait I left my wallet on board!

I quickly healed up my Pokémon, taught Lil Squirt Bubble Beam from a TM (which I forgot I had), cut down the apparently impassable bush, and went to challenge the Vermilion City gym!

The “puzzle” inside was ridiculous. I think maybe Surge just wanted to make fun of me for searching through so many garbage cans. So I marched on up to him and challenged him!

He looks like the kind of guy who ALWAYS wants to fight, honestly.
He looks like the kind of guy who ALWAYS wants to fight, honestly.

I decided to let Lil Squirt have a rest in this battle, and sent out Sprouts instead. They handily wiped the floor with all of Surge’s Pokémon, including his adorable Raichu.

Please forgive me, you cute round creature!
Please forgive me, you cute round creature!

Sleep Powder turned out to be a really handy move, and Raichu stayed asleep for the entire battle. Surge even tried using 2 X-speeds, I assume so that they would sleep faster? But it was all for nothing, Sprouts was victorious, without needing any help from my other friends.

3/8th of the way there!
3/8th of the way there!

Current Team:

Top row: Lil Squirt (lvl 29), Luna (Two) (lvl 26). Bottom row: Sprouts (lvl 25).
Top row: Lil Squirt (lvl 29), Luna (Two) (lvl 26).
Bottom row: Sprouts (lvl 25).
Ham

Entry 4: Another New Friend!

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(First I just want to bring attention to a Pokémon challenge my friend is doing, partly inspired by Pickymon: No shops, no catches. He can only use Pokémon given as gifts. It promises to be very entertaining!)

After freeing Bill from his weird issue and receiving a ticket on a sweet boat, I went back to Cerulean City and decided to check out what the deal was with Team Rocket. Apparently they robbed a house and then decided to just hang out in the back yard? The Rocket Grunt decided he needed to fight me, and his drowzee’s hypnosis caused me so many problems! But I managed to beat it, eventually and get the TM for “dig”, which apparently Lil Squirt can learn? I’ll save it for later though.

On my way out of town, I realised that Cerulean City makes no sense. Why would the one of the main paths out of town require you to go through someone’s house and backyard? And as far as I can tell that house didn’t even have a back door before a hole got knocked through the wall!

I went south and took the Underground Path, ending up just outside Vermilion City. Then I fought some trainers.

After watching them from the bushes like some kind of creep.
After watching them from the bushes like some kind of creep.

During one of the fights, Luna (Two) got poisoned, and I’d totally forgotten how scary the poison effect is in the older generations, with the screen flipping out every few steps you take.

Anyway I got to Vermilion City, and a guy asked me about a boat.

Sir I literally just got here, what the fuck are you talking about?
Sir I literally just got here, what the fuck are you talking about?

After exploring a bit, I listened to a guy talk about his rapidash for what seemed like hours. He apologised and decided to give me something to apologise for taking up so much of my time…

But my inventory was full. So I went and sold a few things and put some stuff in storage, then went to get the gift.

But he had to talk about his rapidash from the start first! Eventually I got the bike voucher though, and immediately went back to Cerulean City to cash that in!

At this point I thought to do a little research to double-check one of my future Pokémon could learn cut for later…but it turns out you can’t catch bellsprout in Pokémon Red! Dang.

So I went north of Cerulean and wandered around until I found an oddish.

You're no bellsprout, but you'll have to do.
You’re no bellsprout, but you’ll have to do.

Half my team now decided, I biked back to Vermillon City and decided to rest there.

Current Team:

Top row: Lil Squirt (lvl 26), Luna (Two) (lvl 24). Bottom row: Sprouts (lvl 15).
Top row: Lil Squirt (lvl 26), Luna (Two) (lvl 24).
Bottom row: Sprouts (lvl 15).
Ham

Entry 3: A New Friend!

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Alright, I’m going to try sticking to a first-person past-tense perspective from now on, because I kept slipping in and out of whatever I was doing the last few entries in.

Anyway, Mt. Moon! This area was the best and the worst place so far. First of all, after exploring the first area and fighting a few trainers, I ran into a Super Nerd!

He's not a model, he just always poses like that.
He’s not a model, he just always poses like that.

 

This was a fight I was really scared of, since this guy had a magnemite and a voltorb. Both electric types, against the only Pokémon I had (water type). Fortunately, they only used tackle, so it was an easy win.

 

After going down a level, I ran into a wild paras. I was tempted by a grass type, but ultimately decided to murder it instead.

I ran into Team Rocket for the first time, and kicked their butts, then I caught a wild Clefairy, which I named Luna.

Hello, new friend!
Hello, new friend!

 

Next I battled a few more trainers, including a weirdo who was apparently trying to show off to girls in that spooky cave. I found a moon stone to evolve dear sweet Luna later, and decided to head back to the Poké Centre to heal my friends. And then…DISASTER.

I accidentally clicked “load” on the emulator, instead of “save”, and lost about 40 minutes of progress, including precious Luna.

So I went back and did it all again, adding Luna (Two) to my team.

Hello new new friend!
Hello, new new friend!

 

After training them until they learned “sing”, I went to fight more Team Rocket goons.

AAAHHH!
AAAHHH!

 

These guys were looking for the fossils, but didn’t think to check slightly north of where they were? Anyway, I beat the other Super Nerd guarding the fossils…

YAY!
YAY!

 

And then I chose the Dome Fossil. I’ll worry about whether or not I actually want that Pokémon later, a kabuto might be cool (but I already have a water type).

Before long, I had finally made it to Cerulean City!

You mean the Pokédex? Oh yeah, I'm sure I'll fill that RIGHT up soon.
You mean the Pokédex? Oh yeah, I’m sure I’ll fill that RIGHT up soon.

 

Beating Misty was no problem at all, Luna (Two) is a beast! In fact, I didn’t really have any trouble until leaving town.

Oh god no I'm not ready for this!
Oh god no I’m not ready for this!

 

This was a much much closer battle, and I’m sure would have been near-impossible if his bulbasaur knew a better grass move than leech seed.

After beating him and the fools along the bridge, I fought some more nondescript trainers on my way to see Bill.

No way it took me forever to get one!
No way it took me forever to get one!

 

Bill seemed to have merged himself with a Pokémon, which is weird. He wouldn’t say what type though. But after separating them, Bill comes out of one teleporter but the Pokémon never emerged. Is it just dead?

Current Team:

Lil Squirt (lvl 25), Luna (Two) (lvl 22).
Lil Squirt (lvl 25), Luna (Two) (lvl 22).

 

Ham

Entry 2: Rock and Roll!

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After a brief rest in Viridian City, Ham and Lil Squirt braved the dark Viridian Forest, full of critters eager to poison and devour them! Fortunately Lil Squirt was pretty tough by this stage, and proved no challenge. None of the Pokémon encountered so far were tempting enough to catch, so the pair reached Pewter City still just a pair. After a brief training montage, it was time to challenge Brock!

Brock fights with his actual fists.
Brock fights with his actual fists.

 

It was a tough battle, there were many close calls and-

Just kidding. Lil Squirt completely destroyed him. Geodude was pretty impressed too.

"Thumbs up!"
“Thumbs up!”

 

In the end, Brock awarded me with the prize!

"It's just a badge, kid. You can buy these pretty much anywhere, you know."
“It’s just a badge, kid. You can buy these pretty much anywhere, you know.”

 

And so it was on to Mt. Moon! With a brief pause to murder the companions of each and every trainer in our way. One lass even gave me the advice: “Avoid fights by not letting anyone see you”, which maybe the other trainers should consider.

And then…something amazing happened!

Oh great, they're a moody teen now.
Oh great, they’re a moody teen now.

 

After celebrating, Ham and Lil Squirt made it to the Poké Centre outside Mt. Moon, which seemed like a pretty good place to rest.

Current Team:

Lil Squirt (lvl 19).
Lil Squirt (lvl 19).

 

(I’ll add this to each of my future posts. The blank space will fill up with new members soon!)

 

Ham

Entry 1: An Adventure Begins!

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It’s the beginning of a brand new adventure! Our hero Ham ventured forth in the world of Pokémon, with only his squirtle, “Lil Squirt” for company.

Lil Squirt

Oh, and he has a rival too, but he’s nobody important.

Buttboy

(Hahaha, classic!)

After training Lil Squirt up to level 9, and debating whether it was worth catching every single Pokémon they came across, Ham and Lil Squirt ended up at Viridian City with no additional members of their team.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit more eventful!

Ham

Entry 0: WHAT HAVE I DONE?!?

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Hi there! I’m Ham, and I guess I’m the person to blame for this idea in the first place. It started with a simple tweet about a Pokémon challenge different from the “Nuzlocke” ones, which Dan latched onto and began developing with Charles. After the rules were more solid, Dan looped me in, and here we are! I actually have never played Red or Blue, and it has been forever since I played Yellow so I have no memory of the Kanto region!

I’m pretty excited about this. I’ve played Nuzlocke games before (and am keeping track of all the dead Pokémon throughout, to eventually release a huge list), as well as the Wonder Trade Challenge, and another challenge I thought up called “Neverlution” (can never evolve Pokémon), but that’s always just been for me. I’ve never been part of a GROUP doing the same challenge with the same game, so this is all new for me!

As far as Pokémon goes, I was a huge fan when I was younger. I remember being super-into the trading cards and the figurines, and watching the show, but I was a little late to the games. My first was Yellow, but I remember that Gold and Silver had just come out when I got it (my Gameboy wasn’t good enough to run the next generation). Next I had Silver, and after that I kind of lost interest for quite a few years. THEN when X and Y came out and I got a 2DS for my birthday, I got into it again, and even got some preowned copies of a few of the games that I’d missed over the years.

Now, I’m playing several games on and off at the same time. I’ve got two different challenges going in Y and Alpha Sapphire, and a normal game in Omega Ruby. And now Pickymon! Geez, soon I’m not going to have time to do anything else.

Anyway, I don’t really have a set plan for this run, other than making sure I don’t get myself stuck by filling up all my slots with Pokémon who can’t learn the HMs I need to actually finish the game. Those HMs are: Cut, Surf, Flash, and Strength. Fly would also be good, but that one is optional. Actually I think Flash is technically optional too, but it would take forever to get through the caves without it. By the looks of things a lot of the other participants are aiming to start with bulbasaur, so just to be different I’ll choose either squirtle or charmander. Either are pretty good, and can learn some HMs if necessary.

Since I’m juggling other commitments at the moment, I’m going to aim to play for at least 30 minutes each day if I can, hopefully more. I’ll update this blog when something interesting happens.

Alright LET’S DO THIS!