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April Nash

Blasting off again…!

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So I’ve had a little bit of stick after I announced on twitter that I’d completed the Pickymon Challenge so quickly! I lead a VERY busy life, so when I found I had two free evenings I was like: ‘RIGHT. LETS DO THIS. SPEED RUN.’ – and also why the post to follow it is almost a week after the fact! I think a lot of it has been luck and some experience, but we’ll see as to how it happened!

 

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No Joffrey I’m going to your mums house.

 

So Route 22 leads me on my quest to complete my mission. I’m not surprised to bump into my rival and I was shocked by the sharp spike in the Pokemon levels. I spent the battle switching around mine so to be super effective against his.

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KO in one hit!
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SO grateful for the Hypnosis and Dreameater combo (Not like he could hit Casper anyway!)

Forgot to get a screen grab of Alakazam, but it took a bit of work with Casper and Evie (putting it to sleep and then thunderbolting it) At level 50, pretty pleased with how my team was holding up… especially as they were all at least 8 levels above me…

 

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Almost had Pokemon envy at the sight of Charizard.
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But the with TWO Surfs, I’m really pleased with my Gyarados.

 

Joffrey then acts like he didn’t lose to me, which under the circumstances makes his failure all the sweeter!

 

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So does your mum. *drops the mic*

 

So after the friendly banter I headed straight to the entrance for Route 23, getting stopped on the way to check that I had all the badges (BADGES!) Charles‘ commentary on the actual route is pretty accurate to my own thoughts as I was doing it…

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I then started my attempt at the Victory Road Cave. I will not lie. It took me THREE attempts to get through. It took me a while to figure out the boulder puzzle and all the encounters (that I was trying to battle every time for those Ex Points) wiped me out twice (I didn’t want to use any of my revives) On my third (and final try) I came across this beauty…

 

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Way too excited about this one.

And luckily (?) I’d kept that Master Ball from Giovanni way back, so for ease of capture (with this being the last Pokemon on my list) I caught myself a Moltres!

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Knew I held onto it for something!

 

NOW MY TEAM IS COMPLETE! I taught Fawkes Fly and Fire Blast straight away and I’m genuinely pleased with my top six on this Pickymon Run!

 

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I’m not just a Pokemon fan. I Love Harry Potter too ‘kay?

 

And learning from others (and my own) mistakes I saved the game once I’d gotten through the Victory Road Cave (and then the maze of statues, Why are they there!? WHY!?)

 

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I spent all my money on Full Heals, Revives and Hyper Potions, I was pretty sure It was going to take me a few attempts to get through the Elite Four (From memory it always had) but it’d be the quickest way of building up Ex Points and also to work out some sort of strategy. (I couldn’t remember what their ‘specialities’ were) So I took a deep breath and went in.

Loreli first, turns out she’s the Master of Ice – So luckily Evie and Fawkes were able to take on alot of the work, with Spud coming out to deal with her Dewgon and Lapras. I beat her without too much trouble.

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awkward screen grab no.1

 

I then healed up all my team and then subsequently forgot to take any more screen grabs until the end. I am so sorry.

Bruno next, Who likes Ground and Fighting pokemon. He was by far the easiest Master to beat, Spud caused at least half of his team to faint with single move KO’s. Healed up again and moved on to:

Agatha Who’s all about the Ghost and Poision types. I forgot all about Dig in my journey as it’s a super good move against Ghosts, but luckily so is Thunderbolt. Don’t try and do physical moves against ghosts (I have one, I should know) but type-based moves (fire blast/thundershock) work pretty well. This one took a bit more out of my team. Poison are the worst.

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Awkward Screen grab no.2

 

 

I then had to take on Lance. And then I remembered. he liked Dragons

…So I just took it a pokemon at a time. The Gyarados was ok, Spud and Evie were a great tag team on that one, the Dragonairs weren’t too bad. Evie fainted once (used a precious revive) Spud Fainted once (another revive) Dragonite was awful. Used Caspers Hypnosis SO much. My method was to put it to sleep and then work through the team so not to use up what was left of my best moves. It woke up a few times and knocked out Casper (so more Revives) But this tactic eventually worked. Aerodactly wasn’t easy but it went better than Dragonite. Spud did his Razor leaf thing and Fish Sticks joined in.

I took a deep breath of relief. I still wasn’t sure if trying to do this with level 45-50 pokemon was wise. But I’d done 4 out of the 5 now, so there was definitely no turning back. I was so tense. (And this was about 1 in the morning now) But I was so committed I had to know… I healed up everyone, saved the game and went to meet my fate.

 

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You may actually be this time…

Bloody hell I swore a lot playing through this next part. Level 59-63 across the board. He must have done some serious grinding on Victory Road. And to be honest, most of it wasn’t awful, again, stuck to the original tactics that I’d used (based on type effectiveness) and did fine, Fawkes KO’d Exeggecutor which was awesome. A few more overall faints, more revives used and then ALAKAZAM. It almost wiped out everyone. But I was able to chip away at it (whilst switching in and out and reviving) until this happened.IMG_1974

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…I beat him.

 

I BLOODY WENT AND BEAT HIM. I AM AWESOME. I MAY HAVE USED WEAKER POKEMON AND ALL THE REVIVES BUT I WON! I went through and got to have a lovely hit of nostalgia with the Pokemon Hall of fame. I’m so proud of my team. And the fact we almost lucked out with getting through first time.

 

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YASSSSSSSS OAK

My awesome Six. So Proud *sniff*

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So this is me now. Not too Shabby considering.

I decided that I was going to skip the power plant (but I may re-visit once I’ve completed this mission) I decided that I wanted to defeat MewTwo in less than 28 minutes (I really wanted to come in at under 16 hours) so off I went ( WITH FLY <3) to Cerulean City. Surfed on Fish Stick to the cave where I new that the pokemon resided.

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Rollin’ rollin’ rollin on the river…

I didn’t (again) take in to account the next sharp spike in pokemon levels. I ran from a lot of wild battles. I knew I’d need the last few remaining revives for fighting Mewtwo. I found him after a fair bit of searching…

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oh hai.

Dave made this point in one of his posts, but the creature design is really beautiful for such an ‘old’ game. MewTwo is one of my favourites. I wish I could have caught him. But I knew I couldn’t. (I’d used my Master Ball and ‘dems da rules’)

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It took a while. Mew two took ALOT of Naps (thank you Casper) I did manage to capture the last moment before beating him thought! Glad to have had a team of six against one.

 

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‘Come on… come on…’
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*AIR PUNCH*

So there we go. Play time JUST under 16 hours in total. I’m tempted to carry on and now Catch ALL THE POKEMON to get it out of my system. Also temped to try and similar run on Pokemon Silver… But maybe at Christmas when my schedule can give me a couple of weeks to binge it out. (There may be some drawing too) I may not have the strongest team by the time everyone has finished Pickymon (Charles would currently wipe the floor with me if we were to battle) but at the moment I’ve had one of the fastest teams. And it’s been a blast. 😉

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April Nash

The Best of Three

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So this time bare with me, I should have got the names of places…

 

…Unfortunately by remembering to make notes, I forgot Screegrabs *FACEPALM* but it’ll be ok. Before doing anything I went to the Celadon City Gym and took on Erika – It was pretty easy if I’m being honest. I was worried as I still don’t have a fire pokemon in my team, but Evie (Jolteon) pretty much dealt with them all, Spud, (Venusaur) being of a much higher level also did a lot of damage with good ‘old tackle. Anyway, Half way there with my badges and over eight hours in, I decided to pull my finger out this week.

 

It's been a but of a while. But there's definitely FOUR badges now!
It’s been a but of a while. But there’s definitely FOUR badges now!

 

Even thought I wouldn’t be able to teach Fly to anyone, I quickly went to Route 16 to pick it up for when I could. I came across a sleeping Snorlax. I busted out the Poke Flute.

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“we’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know wheeeeee!”

 

Beat him quite quickly and by doing so Chunky gained enough experience to evolve! *Woohoooo!*

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He’s my little Chunky Monkey

 

I ran back to Saffron City and a hit up Sylph Co. as it seemed like the done thing to do before the gym. Bumped into THIS BASTARD.

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Did I ever mention he’s named after another famous Dick?

Kicked his ass! MWAHAHA. And I didn’t struggle too much with the puzzle element, it just took me forever to find the Card Key. Giovanni was a bit of an Anti-climax as quite a lot of my team were super effective against his. Got the master ball. (Must remember to use that on my last team slot.) And I never realised that basically Team Rocket is the MAFIA in this game.

 

I healed up, completely ignored the Fighting Gym (it’s not a real gym, there are no badges and I daren’t get given a pokemon now!) I went straight to the REAL Saffron Gym and worked my way through all of Sabrinas underlings.

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NEVER gets old!

 

I braced myself for a real difficult time, This was the gym that I use to never be able to complete first time. Psychic Pokemon are so difficult.

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I remember this being really difficult as a kid.

But with Casper (that charming ghosts) Evie and Spud they weren’t too much trouble…

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So am I!

I pootled down Route 12 battling EVERYONE I could come across. Feeling awesome. Came across another Snorlax, beat him up and carried on.

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I would have sworn there was only one Snorlax in the game

 

To try and get my team up to about the same levels I battled everyone along Route 13 too. One of those trainers had a Wigglytuff. I genuinely had to put my phone down to laugh. I don’t remember the original game character being so derpy!

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Those eyes. The things they’ve seen.

 

Safari zone. This is the most frustrated that I’ve been playing the game. Got to the hidden hut AND found the gold ‘teef’ in my first trip luckily. But all those Pokemon! All those balls! And THEN I HAD TO COME ACROSS A CHANSEY. The TEMPTATION!

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I’ve never had a more frustration Safari Zone Run. THE FIRST pokemon I bump into. DAMN YOU PICKYMON

Got Surf and Strength as a nice consolation. Split the HMs between the team, Fish Stick can now transport me across the Seas and Chunky can move boulders! I then went to fight all the cronies in the gym to bring the teams experience up before battling Koga – And most of the team had a go. Was pretty close to Fish Stick Fainting at the end, so I was about to switch out when THIS HAPPENED:

 

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Well of course I’m going to win if you’re going to throw a wobbly like that.

 

So is it me or is that really stupid? Ah Well. Don’t complain. MORE BADGES! ALL THE BADGES.

 

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BADGES!

 

And that’s where I stopped for the evening. Last night was when I picked it back up again, determined to try and get the last two. Blasted through Routes 19. Spent WAY too long swearing at the encounters in Seafoam island cave. And then too much time crying when I realised it’d be easier to not even bother with Articuno on what is still a sort-of speed run (but I have no-idea how well I’m doing by comparison to others)

Managed to get out, zoom over Route 20 and make it to Cinnabar Island (YOU SHOULD BE SO IMPRESSED THAT I’VE BEEN REMEMBERING TO MAKE SURE I KNOW WHERE I AM THIS WHOLE TIME…

…And forget to notice that I have NO images for the Key search in the House and the gym battle with Blaine. )

So yeah. Did the house. Found all the encounters equally annoying and frustrating. So much temptation to fill the last slot with a Fire Pokemon. Waiting will pay off. Fish Stick earnt his keep easily in the gym. Surf basically wiped every competitor out first time. Awesome results.

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Things are moving quite quickly now.

Billy want to just take a moment to take in his achievements. He’s almost home with almost a full set of badges and only 5 pokemon. He’s done so well, he’s…

 

…on a timer so had better get a move on!

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I feeling so nostalgic

Route 21 was straightforward, Billy popped in for a quick rest with mum and set off for his last Gym Battle in Viridian City. And as I now have 11 Pokemon in my Pokedex I was able to go and finally pick up Flash!

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I’ve come home. In 13 hours I’ve become a man.

OH MY GOD IT’S GIOVANNI. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING…

(totally guessed it)

Beat everyone up easily and even though ALL of his pokemon were about 5 levels about mine, ‘type’ strategy meant that it wasn’t difficult, I love the tactics of this game.

So this means. I have a full set.

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BRING ON THE LEAUGE.
April Nash

Second Entry…

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I think I’m going to have to change the way I play Pickymon – dependant on my schedule I can either play for HOURS (and therefore forget to take notes) or I jump in and out for ten minutes (and therefore forget to take notes)

I need to start taking notes. And hundreds and hundreds of screegrabs. My little dude’s named Billy (No Mates) and this is where I was on Friday when I started finally logging my progress. I”m trying to not look at everyones times as I’m not sure quite how well I’m doing!
1st log

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I grinded a little bit on my Mankey and Gyarados – The thing I noticed very quickly is how fast my starter Pokemon levelled up being the only one I was able to use for days… So once Fish Stick had FINALLY turned into the beautiful beast he was always meant to be I was so happy that this happened in Digletts cave after I taught him bubble beam *cheers Misty!*

 

His first kill #proudmummoment
His first kill #proudmummoment

 

I was nervous about Lt. Surges gym but the hardest part was those bloody switches. It’s not really a puzzle because there’s no actual logic to it… I design puzzles for a day job. Trust me on this.

this puzzle was rubbish... 'cause bins...
this puzzle was rubbish… ’cause just bins…

 

Ugh. But ANYWAY. I don’t really need to worry, because Spud (Ivysaw) was a lovely level 31 – the whole battle was an absolute breeze. Feeling smug, I then headed off to my next challenge. With the grinding (and the incessant switch-searching) it had only taken 18 minutes!

 

Now that's Progress. I'm never that successful at my own Gym...
Now that’s Progress. I’m never that successful at my own Gym…

 

I’m bloody terrible at remembering all the names of the routes and towns/cities. I’m getting through some of this from sheer muscle memory. I evolved up Ivysaw into a glorious Venusaur on the way but I definitely didn’t have enough Pokemon to receive HM05 Flash.

Attempted Flash.
WELL. Have you tried to play PICKYMON MATE!? NO. NO YOU HAVEN’T.

 

 

*breathes*

So I did the nice (and scenic) bike ride to the cave I knew I’d have to get through with no light… *weeps* After seeing another player do it successfully I knew it was my only way to get through without catching pokemon I didn’t want for the sake of it. (Those are some precious, precious slots.) And I’m aiming for the BEST team… (I want to draw them… it’s a vanity project more than anything.)

Now on any other day I'd be interested in this sex dungeon... but I can't see you...
Now is it me or is it implying I’m a sex-pest? Granted that I am in a pitch-black dungeon…

It was ‘relatively’ painless. I do think I bumped into everyone and everything in there. The relief when I came out the other side… Lets check the damage…

Ok. Much less smug now.
Ok. Much less smug now.

Now not all of that time was spent in the cave/sex dungeon but it’s definitely not an easy task without flash. But I MADE it! I didn’t even bother going to the ghost tower (I will start making notes about the places on my next post, PROMISE!)

 

((I promise nothing))

 

I swung left, beat up everyone on the way and picked up an Eevee behind the thing in that building. I Immediately went and bought a Thunderstone.

So cute. And Names Evie after a buddie of mine. but her spelling*
So cute. And Named Evie after a buddie of mine. *but with her spelling*

Taught Evie thunderbolt *thanks Surge!* and then did all the bits with Teamrocket (don’t tell a kid not to look behind a poster, you clearly WANTED him to find it.) And the fight with Giovanni wasn’t particularly hard, and gave my newest member of the team a chance to shine. With the Item I needed in hand to see Ghosts I headed back to the tower (giving the guards a drink of water on the way). I felt like I was able to speed through the ghost tower quite quickly…

but dear God some of the NPCs need to get out more…

give me flesh...
give me flesh…

…or think about starting in Little Shop of Horrors. *Feed Me!*

Fish Stick obliterated the Marowak. And by saving Whats-his-face at the top of the tower (I know I know, I’ll make notes next time) I got the Pokeflute! Whoop Whoop!

Popped into the name-rater, changed Mankey name to Chunky, and went and caught another addition for the team… A Ghastly*. (Casper)

He kinda looks friendly
He kinda looks friendly

*I bloody love a ghost Pokemon.

I then started the big old job of trying to get my Team all around the same level. It’s nice because now I have five, I have a choice (and travelling about it a lot less scary!) It’s just the process of grinding to get them all to a point where I can take on the Grass Gym leader… WITHOUT a fire pokemon.

I FINALLY HAVE TEN IN MY POKEDEX!
I FINALLY HAVE TEN IN MY POKED! Should probably go get HM05 whilst I remember.

I’ll keep you guessing about who my last team member is going to be but It’s been planned meticulously. But I think it might inhibit my speed in my quest to get it… we’ll see how it plays out.

That much time and only 3 Badges! Get a move on Billy!
That much time and only 3 Badges! Get a move on Billy!

It’s getting there though, and I am having fun…

 

Gyarados took way too long to draw.
Gyarados took way too long to draw.
April Nash

Late to the party…

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  1. …But I’m here now!

I didn’t quite realise how involved I’d get in Pickymon. I’ve been a fan of the Pokémon franchise from the first time round – And continued to play the game boy games over the years following. I was *possibly* complaining that the new games were a bit predictable, a bit unchallenging. Basically a bit ‘spoon feed-y and could we have an option to just skip all the tutorials please?’ It just didn’t seem to give me the same satisfaction as the original Red/Blue games did way back when.

So on seeing Dan post links to pickymon I thought I’d just do it at the same-time-ish for funzies. (I’m an idiot) to say it hasn’t taken over a portion of my life is an understatement. I have Post-it notes / plans / reference charts on trying to figure out the best team (that I’d be happy with) that could get me through this game! IF I can make it work in a decent time!

I started sharing my progress on Twitter, Dan saw and here I am. Terrified of logging my mistakes and mis-steps. Hoping to draw pictures to distracts from me forgetting to take screen grabs.

This is already out of date now. Oh god.
This is already out of date now. Oh god.

I’ve just done the bit on the S.S. Anne, and I’ve got my first two badges. I have level 31 Bulbasaur called Spud, a freshly caught level 12 Mankey (went trigger happy and missed a chance to give him a name!) and then there’s Fish Stick the Magikarp…

 

Why yes. I've been on Grindr.
Why yes. I’ve been on Grindr.
You made me play the long game. You utter tease.
You made me play the long game you tease.

Hopefully this’ll pay off. Probably a bad choice to focus on levelling up before a gym solely about electric types… But we’ll see. It’s Mankey’s turn to sweat in repetitive grinding now…

I’ll see if I can find that post-it note…