October 4, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.