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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).

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