Well, it looks like I've been roped into running yet another annoying little errand. I suppose I'll go and get this Dream Mist that Fennel wants in a little bit...
But first, it looks like Fennel has an assistant of some sort in here.
Ah, so you're the 'Someone' Professor Juniper was babbling about a while back. No, I don't think I've even heard of the Battle Box before.
...Okay. What happens if I register it?
Not a very good listener, are you?
Oh well, might as well switch out my team, now that I don't need to do Operation: Clean Sweep any longer.
...? So, now that I know Amanita's name, the name on the screen changes?
I don't think that's possible without using some sort of spyware.
Hmm. Come to think of it, if I need to get into the Dreamyard, I'd better use that thing Cheren gave me, as well...
Okay, that's taken care of. Time to hit the Dreamyard!
...Or, I could make Fennel wait, instead, and hit Route 2 to pick up all those Pokemon I didn't catch before.
Huh? What's that, rattling around in the bushes? It looks like some bigger, more rare variety of Pokemon than normal...
Aha! I was right! So, rustling grass means rare and special Pokemon!
I'm so smart.
Oh my gosh!
He knocked out Kenny! Get'im, Hawk!
I replaced Growl with Double Team, which raises a Pokemon's evasiveness in battle. I'm not sure I'll actually use it much before it gets replaced by something else, but it's at least bound to get more use than the move it's replacing.
Knocking out that Beedrill reminds me, though, I'm pretty much out of Pokeballs. I'd better hit up the Pokecenter and get some more.
Hey, they sell Great Balls, now! Awesome. I wonder what else I can get now that I couldn't before?
Whoa, nice! I'm definitely keeping these. Hmm, and with this whole rustling grass discovery, there are probably some Pokemon back on Route 1 that I missed out on, too...
Sorry, Fennel, but you'll have to continue to wait. I'm going to go check on that. Audino, the Hearing PokemonIts auditory sense is astounding. It has a radar-like ability to understand its surrounding through slight sounds. It touches others with the feelers on its ears, using the sound of their heartbeats to tell how they are feeling.
Audino is basically the Chansey of Generation V. Well, except it doesn't get Softboiled, that is.
Mimi's four moves are Heal Bell, Encore, Refresh, and DoubleSlap. Heal Bell is a rather interesting move. When used in battle, it heals all the Pokemon in the party of any status conditions they might be under. Encore is a move that forces the target to use the same move repeatedly for the next three turns, which can be useful if you can lock your opponent into using a useless move while you pound on them. Refresh cures the user of any status conditions, making it a bit redundant on a Pokemon with Heal Bell, and DoubleSlap is Mimi's only offensive move, in which she slaps the opponent 2-5 times. It's not a very strong move.
Mimi's ability is Regenerator. Whenever she switches out of battle, she recovers 1/3 of her maximum HP. Not a bad ability to have if you've locked the opponent into something harmless via Encore, and are switching in an attacker to finish the job.
Walking around Route 1, I fight and KO a few more Audino, and...
Helping Hand is only useful in Double Battles, which I don't think I'll be seeing all that often.
Note that all this leveling up is off a single Audino, for both Askew and Scamp. They really give off a lot of exp...
Headbutt is a move with decent power, and it has a chance to make the opponent flinch, robbing them of their turn to act. It's a good, solid offensive move in these early stages of the game.
Combine Focus Energy and a move with an increased chance to crit, and you've got quite a powerful set-up. Kenny doesn't actually know any move that crits easily, though, so I'm mainly replacing Water Sport because it's a useless move on him.
Seriously, Audino gives out a lot
of exp. You can farm these things, if you've got a Pokemon you want to level quickly.
Did you know that wild Audino often carry Oran berries? When they use them in battle, a Pokemon with Pickup like Scamp or Askew can collect them, which is fun. Just make sure not to take too much damage, or the Pokemon in question will eat the berry to recover health.
More leveling. If you can't tell by now, I'm actually looking for a few other Pokemon, here on Route 1...Azurill, the Polka Dot PokemonAzurill's tail is large and bouncy. It is packed full of the nutrients this Pokémon needs to grow. Azurill can be seen bouncing and playing on its big, rubbery tail. The tail is a floatation device in water. Azurill spins its tail as if it were a lasso, then hurls it far. The momentum of the throw sends its body flying, too. Using this unique action, one of these Pokémon managed to hurl itself a record 33 feet. On sunny days they gather at the edge of water and splash about for fun.
Shabon's moves are Splash, Charm, Tail Whip, and Bubble. Tail Whip you already know, of course. Splash is a move that literally does nothing. The user flops and splashes around, and nothing happens. Charm lowers the opponent's Attack stat two stages, which is a big enough drop that it could be useful at this level. Bubble, meanwhile, is pretty much the weakest Water-type attack there is, though it does have a chance of lowering the opponents' speed.
Sadly, because Shabon is a Normal-type Pokemon (even though he evolves into the Water-type Marill), he doesn't even get a STAB bonus, making his Bubble rather weak. Still, if we didn't have Kenny, he could make for an interesting option to raise into my main Water-type...
...Due to his ability, Huge Power. The signature ability of the Marill line, it doubles his attack stat when he's in battle. Toss on some Physical Water-type moves like Aqua Jet and some good training, and Shabon really could grow up to be a respectable attacker.
Like I said, though, I've already got Kenny.
D'awww, it's so cute!
...And tough to catch. >>; This happened once or twice more, by the way.Happiny, the Playhouse PokemonIt loves round white things. It carries a round, egg-shaped rock in its belly pouch in imitation of Chansey and gives the rock to its friends. It may wander around others' feet and cause them to stumble. It's bothered by how curly its hair looks.
I missed taking a screenshot when naming Happiny, so have a look at its stat page. ^^;
You know Charm and Refresh, of course. Pound is a weak little Normal-type attack that I plan to replace at the first available opportunity that comes along, while Copycat is a move that copies the last move that was used in battle. Note that a Pokemon can use this move to copy itself if its opponent doesn't attack for whatever reason.
Hardboiled's ability, Friend Guard, is really only useful in Double- and Triple-Battles. Sadly, this means she isn't likely to see much use.
That said, there is something I can do to evolve her...
Now, if the wiki is correct, we just need to have her make a single level during the daytime while carrying this item. To Route 2!Spearow, the Tiny Bird PokemonSpearow has a very loud cry that can be heard over half a mile away. If its high, keening cry is heard echoing all around, it is a sign that they are warning each other of danger. It flaps its short wings to flush out insects from tall grass. It then plucks them with its stubby beak. It has to flap its wings at high speed to stay airborne. Thanks to this, it is inept at flying high. However, it can fly around very fast to protect its territory.
Spearmint's moves are Peck, Growl, Pursuit, and Leer. Growl and Leer you already know, while Peck is a Flying-type move that deals mediocre damage. Pursuit, on the other hand, is a move that sees use often in pvp matches. A Dark-type attack with 40 power, its damage doubles if used on a target that is switching out of battle.
Spearmint's ability is Keen Eye, which prevents other Pokemon from lowering her accuracy.
Working together, Hardboiled and Askew defeat an Audino on Route 2. Sand Attack isn't very useful, so I decide not to let Askew learn it.
Causing confusion can be pretty useful in battle, I've found. Also, Hardboiled leveled!
Come on, let's see that evolution!
No, really, what? Is the wiki wrong, or...?
Ah. Looking through the Volt White documentation, it seems like you don't have to level up Happiny at all to get it to evolve in this version. You can use the Oval Stone like a single-use item to evolve one instantly instead.
Hmm. Is there any reason I don't want to use it right now...?
Oh, I see. Happiny can learn a really powerful Normal-type attack at level 16. Then I can level it up at that same level, and it will learn Softboiled at the same time as a Chansey. Okay, let's do that, then.
Hey, didn't N have one of those?
We needed to catch it, not kill it!
Darn it, Kenny, I'm not using you to catch things anymore.
Pickup is an awesome ability. ^^Skitty, the Kitten PokemonSkitty has the habit of becoming fascinated by moving objects and chasing them around. This Pokémon is known to chase after its own tail and become dizzy. In the wild, this Pokémon lives in holes in the trees of forests. It is said to be difficult to earn its trust. However, it is extremely popular as a pet because of its adorable looks and behavior. In battle, it makes its tail puff out and threatens foes with a sharp growl.
Floofie's moves are Tail Whip, Tackle, Foresight, and Attract. You already know the first three, but Attract is a move that can be devastating in battle. It makes Pokemon of the opposite gender become infatuated with Floofie, which can cause them to become immobilized during battle.
Floofie's ability is Wonder Skin, which halves the chances of any move that isn't an attack to hit Floofie. Useful for dodging Poison Powder or Hypnosis.
Knocking out a Beedrill, Hawk levels up.Staravia, the Starling PokemonIt flies around forests and fields in search of bug Pokémon. Recognizing their own weakness, they always live in a huge flock. Squabbles over territory occur when flocks collide. When alone, a Staravia cries noisily.
Having evolved, Hawk's ability has changed from Keen Eye to Intimidate, a move that lowers the opponent's Attack whenever Hawk takes to the field.
Hmm, don't I need to catch another one of these?
Here's hoping it's a prophetic nickname. ^^
And hey, there's another Nincada!Nincada, the Trainee PokemonNincada lives underground for many years in complete darkness. It uses its sharp claws to carve the roots of trees and absorb moisture and nutrients. This Pokémon can't withstand bright sunlight, so it avoids it. It stays motionless as it waits for evolution. Because it lives almost entirely underground, this Pokémon is nearly blind. It senses its surroundings using its antennae instead.
It's a ninja in training, so I named it after a certain 80s ninja superstar.
Sho's moves are Harden, Bug Bite, Leech Life, and Sand-Attack. Of those, the only one I haven't explained is Leech Life, a 20 power Bug-type attack in which the user attacks the target, then recovers half the damage dealt. It's the Bug-type equivalent to Absorb.
Sho's ability is Compoundeyes, which boosts his accuracy in battle. This will transform into a potent ability once he evolves...
More training. Chopin will get more mileage out of Leech Life than he will out of Bide.
Also, two Pokemon leveled! Now, the magic can begin...
Yes! Cascoon, first try!
This was the other Pokemon Wurmple could evolve into, and the reason I caught a second one.Cascoon, the Cocoon PokemonCascoon makes its protective cocoon by wrapping its body entirely with a fine silk from its mouth. Once the silk goes around its body, it hardens over time. This Pokémon prepares for its evolution inside the cocoon. When cracks appear on its body, evolution is near. To avoid detection by its enemies, it hides motionlessly beneath large leaves and in the gaps of branches. It also attaches dead leaves to its body for camouflage. If it is attacked, Cascoon remains motionless however badly it may be hurt. It does so because if it were to move, its body would be weak upon evolution. This Pokémon will also never forget any attack it endured while in the cocoon. After evolution, it seeks payback.
Dust Tox's ability as a Wurmple was Shield Dust, so upon evolving into Cascoon, its ability changed to Battle Armor, which prevents foes from landing critical hits.
Mothra's coming along nicely, as well. Having evolved, his ability changed from Shield Dust to Shed Skin, same as when Sir Stinger was evolving. He won't wind up with Sniper when he evolves, though.
Not going to bother learning Harden. He'll just wind up forgetting it when he evolves, anyway.
A little more leveling up, and...Dustox, the Poison Moth PokemonWhen Dustox flaps its wings, a fine dust is scattered all over. This dust is actually a powerful poison that will even make a pro wrestler sick. This Pokémon searches for food using its antennae like radar. Dustox is instinctively drawn to light. Swarms of this Pokémon are attracted by the bright light of cities, where they wreak havoc by stripping the leaves off roadside trees for food.
Having evolved once more, Dust Tox's ability has changed to Compoundeyes.
Confusion is a respectable Psychic-type attack at the level I'm currently at. Much more useful than String Shot.
Similarly, Clear Smog is a stronger Poison-type move than Poison Sting, though it unfortunately lacks the side-effect of poisoning my opponent.
And last but not least, Struggle Bug is more useful than Tackle.
More leveling, and both Scamp and Askew picked up some interesting items.
Hooray! Mothra Leo can evolve now!
...Whoops. ^^; He's skipped right over all the moves he would've learned at level 10. Oh well, not like I was planning to use him much, anyway.Butterfree, the Butterfly PokemonButterfree has a superior ability to search for delicious honey from flowers. It can even search out, extract, and carry honey from flowers that are blooming over six miles from its nest. Its wings, covered with poisonous powder, repel water. This allows it to fly in the rain. In battle, it flaps its wings at high speed, releasing highly toxic dust into the air.
Having evolved, Mothra Leo's Battle Armor ability has switched to Compoundeyes.
Finally! Alright, Meowth, I've been looking for you for the last three hours! You're mine! Chopin, hit it with Leech Life!
...Darn it, Chopin!
I'm not using you to catch Pokemon anymore, either! Now I have to spend several more hours looking for Meowth...
=SEVERAL HOURS LATER...=
=SEVERAL MORE HOURS LATER...=
Guh... Finally... got one... @.@;Meowth, the Scratch Cat PokemonMeowth withdraws its sharp claws into its paws to slinkily sneak about without making any incriminating footsteps. For some reason, this Pokémon loves shiny coins that glitter with light. It is fascinated by round objects. It can't stop playing with them until it tires and falls asleep. It loves things that sparkle. When it sees a shiny object, the gold coin on its head shines too.
I named him MoneyMaker, 'cause that's what I'm going to use him as. At level 30, you see, Meowth learns PayDay, which is a move which increases the amount of money you win in battle. Combine it with equipping him with an Amulet Coin, which has the same effect, and I'll have little trouble using him to farm rich kids for cash.
MoneyMaker's moves are Scratch, Growl, and Bite. Much like Scamp and Askew, his ability is Pickup.
Have I mentioned yet that I love Pickup?
Doing a little more leveling, I get FireMonkey to learn a more powerful Fire-type move. Since his attacks right now are all Special, I don't feel any qualms at having him forget a move that boosts his physical Attack stat.
Aaaaaand all the Pokemon currently in my party are at level 14. I think that's a good point to stop at. Might as well hit the Dreamyard, now.
There goes the tree...
Yes, though not by choice.
Wait. Did Fennel send you here to get some Dream Mist because I was taking so long? Nice!
That means I can leave it to you and ditch town!
Thanks, Bianca! ^^ Now I don't have to see that crazy lady ever again!
Woohoo~ I'm off to the next town! I have a badge, old man. You have to let me pass, now!
But... I has a badge... Fine
Stupid jerk, forcing me to go back and help out, even though Bianca's got it covered. Bianca's probably already got that Dream Mist by now, too. I bet he and Fennel are working together to harass me like this...
...? Bianca? Why are you still standing there, instead of looking for the Pokemon?
I guess the job won't get done without me after all.The sound of a strange creature's cry echoes throughout the Dreamyard...
Yes, Bianca. It... was pretty hard to miss.
Hey, wait up!
Awwww, it's adorable!
I think your poofy hat scared it, Bianca.
Come on, let's go and ask it for some Dream Mist.
...? Hey, haven't I seen guys in uniforms like those before?
He's hitting poor Munna in the stomach.
Also, give us one good reason we shouldn't have our Pokemon set you on fire.
Then what are you doing here, abusing some poor wild pokemon?
...Uh-huh. And how will you accomplish this, exactly?
You guys sound like Disney villains.
Yep, Disney-level villainy. Clearly, you two are Evil with a capital E.
Bull. What you're saying is the exact opposite of what you're doing.
Also, you still haven't given me a good reason to not set you on fire.
Or in other words, you're a couple of jack-booted thugs who pretend to be working for a noble cause so you can get your kicks hurting Pokemon and making people sad.
I'm going to enjoy this.
Now, I could make a joke about how that's not really a Pokemon at all, and this Team Plasma jerk just glued some googly eyes onto a trash bag, but Trubbish actually winds up becoming a fairly dangerous opponent during the fight.
You see, I have Kenny lead off with a Focus Energy to up his crit ratio and then start Water Gunning the opponent, but while that's going on, Trubbish uses a move called Toxic Spikes to set the field.
Toxic Spikes is a move that scatters poisoned needles over the opponent's side of the field. Whenever one of the opponent's Pokemon is brought into the battle, they get poisoned, and if the move is used twice, they get badly poisoned, which means the poison damage increases each turn.
Trubbish got off two Toxic Spikes and a couple of Tackles before Kenny took him out...
...Which means I couldn't switch in any other Pokemon without them getting badly poisoned. And since this Team Plasma goon has a friend who looks like she's going to get involved in the battle once her friend here goes down, I have to think about this in terms of endurance, and not just finishing the battle as brutally as possible, then rushing back to a Pokemon Center.
Thankfully, the enemy's Pokemon is helpful enough to point out for me the move which will be most effective against it.
...For all the good it does me.
A Bug Bite later, and the enemy Drowzee is out of the fight. Unfortunately, Chopin has been badly poisoned in the process.
I'll have to finish this battle quickly if I want to keep Chopin conscious.
Lucky for me, Fury Cutter is up to the job.
No, I'm just that good.
Bring it, lady.
...This is a bad matchup, given Hardboiled's lack of offensive power. ^^;
I do what I can to even the odds, but...
Yeah, it isn't enough.
FireMonkey, fortunately, is a much more proficient battler, though even he doesn't walk away lightly from this one.
Thankfully, I'm not dealing with Toxic Spikes, this time.
Askew takes some damage during the battle, but repeated use of Headbutt causes Grimer to flinch multiple times, keeping her from doing too much.
Now, Cacnea is a Grass-type Pokemon, leaving it with strong weaknesses to Fire-, Bug-, and Flying-type Pokemon.
I have all three on my team at the moment.
And it's a one-hit finish.
I can. Are you ready to stop abusing Pokemon now?
I said stop kicking it!
FireMonkey, roast this gu-
[[Ghetsis: "...What foolishness is this?"]]
That's what I want to know.
These guys work for you, right?
...Are you magic?
Wait, so that speech back in Accumula Town really was a load of nonsense?
Wow, so these guys really are like Disney villains.
I haven't got a clue, Bianca.
I... guess not?
Aaaaah! Help, the dream's turned into a nightmare!
...If you were just waiting around doing nothing anyway, why did you even need us in the first place?
Well, at least Munna seems to be okay.
Farewell, you two...
Yep, the fact that Bianca knows Fennel's name is all the proof I need to know that Fennel asked her to help gather Dream Mist, too. I'll bet she asked Cheren for help, as well, and then that mysogynistic old man just let him past...
Bianca, remember what I told you about taking a deep breath when you're excited and thinking about what you want to say?
And I actually saw the whole thing.
...So, those Team Plasma guys have nightmares about what their boss will do to them if they fail?
Wow. I'm glad I don't work for that guy.
Darn, I was hoping you hadn't noticed.
Looks like I won't be able to keep that particular item for myself.
And there she goes, running off so excitedly to perform her vile, unethical experiments. I should probably stop her, but I'm a bit worried I'll wind up a test subject if I try.
Preaching to the choir, Bianca. Preaching to the choir.
Why can't you go instead?
But you owe me one for this.
Also, I'm not going to go back right away. I think I can find some good items, if I sift through all this wreckage a little.
Aha! I can get this one, now!
Dreamyard? More like TM-yard.
...What? Come on, that joke was awesome, and you know it.
Anyway, back to the Pokemon Center to heal up, and then I'm going to go and see what wild Pokemon the Dreamyard has to offer!