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[INCOMPLETE]Nature vs. Nurture: A Terrible Nature-Locke

Alba Corbina
Conqueror of the Goldenrod Gym
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1:09 AM - Mar 05, 2017 #1

Hello, everybody!

Today, I seek to discover if Natures are as important as we all act like they are, at least when it comes to normal gameplay. So, to that end, I have developed the following ruleset, partially drawing from Nyroc's Competitively Played Nuzlocke:
[+] Rules
1. I can only catch the first thing I encounter in an area
2. I must nickname all the things.
3. If it faints it dead.
4. Dupes Clause: If you already have one of an evolutionary line, you can't catch anything else from that line. If you can encounter a Pokemon from the evolutionary line of a dead pokemon, you can ignore it twice; after that it counts as your first encounter
5. I can catch Shiny Pokemon but I can only use them if they follow the Special rules.

Special Rules:
1. According to the Smogon dex entry for that pokemon/its highest evolution in that generation game I can only use the pokemon if the nature it has conflicts with at least one of the stat boosts/losses of the suggested nature.
(e.g. If Adamant nature (+Atk, -SpA) is suggested, Bold (+Def, -Atk) or Rash (+SpA, -SpD) are usable)
2. If no suggested movesets/spreads exists, I can do whatever I want with the pokemon.
3. Since I don't know how to do trade evolutions on a rom, anything that requires one doesn't count as my first encounter.
4: If a Pokemon's Nature conflicts with one of the recommended Natures, but compliments a second recommended Nature, I can only use it as long as I don't have 6 other fully viable Pokemon. Ex: if I have a Pokemon with the Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk) and Smogon recommends Adamant (+Atk, -SpA) and Impish (+Def, -SpA) (added after update 2)
So, let's see how this goes.

I decided to go with White 2 because I haven't played the Gen V sequels since they came out.


The girl sprite's hair reminds me of Princess Leia, so that is the name I'll use.


I'll just keep him Hugh because I can't be bothered to come up with something more creative.


This opening shot is pretty.


I forgot this game opened with the mom getting a phone call. Because that's what people play Pokemon for; their virtual parent's social lives.


Aha! I can actually move around and stuff.


Yes, Mom, I saw the opening of the game.


No, I answered. And then I went and read a book. Run over.

Kidding, of course.


I said yes, game. I really didn't need you to explain it anyway.


All right! Now I can finally get this run started!


You know, you have a perfectly good Pokemon. You could've easily caught me something with it. Apparently, me not having a Pokemon isn't actually bothering you that much, Hugh.


I know! I haven't even met her yet, and she's already a better friend than you are!


It's funny because I'm intentionally making this harder on myself, and therefore my Pokemon.


Sounds good to me.


Thanks? I think?

So, Serperior has 3 recommended Natures, while Emboar and Samurott have 5. I figure the more different Natures recommended, the easier a chance I'll have of getting a starter I can actually use. However, two of Samurott's recomended Natures are Adamant and Modest, which are the exact opposite of each other. I hadn't really expected something like that when I made my rules, so I picked:


I'm not really sure what I should do if I run into that situation again, so if anyone reading this has any ideas, feel free to chime in.


Named for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.


Bold is (+Def, -Atk). One of Emboar's recommended Natures is Adamant (+Atk, -SpA), but Smogon also recomends Impish (+Def, -SpA), which I hadn't realized when I was playing. I'll box him next update.


"I know you've never seen me before in your life, but I'm totally trustworthy, I promise!"


You see? Bianca isn't just going to hand out a Pokedex to any random kid off the street, no matter how nicely they ask.


...or she is. GDI, Bianca, those are probably expensive. Does Juniper know you're doing this?


Oh well, battle time.


Hmm...we did about the same, and Dwayne outsped. This shouldn't be too difficult.


The AI tried to be clever with Leer, but it was too slow.


Has anyone ever used these?


Why thank you, Checkpoint Lady!


My Rt. 19 encounter. She's named after the lead singer of the Chipettes.


The one Nature recommended for Watchog is Adamant (+Atk, -SpA) so Brittany gets to stay on the team. Yay?


How'd you get all the way up there?


You know, that's a nice idea, but I don't think yelling at people from on top of a cliff is the best way of accomplishing it.


Amazed that you didn't shatter your legs jumping down from there.


More battles sounds excellent!


The houses in this town are pretty.


Alder noticed I have two town maps, and won't let me train at his place until I go give one to Hugh.


Brittany isn't having much problem with fighting the trainers on this route. We'll see if that keeps up when we start fighting more impressive Pokemon.


:yay: My Rt 20 encounter. I love the Sewaddle line! She's named after Vera Wang, since the Pokedex says fashion designers like Sewaddles.


That dark patch next to me works just like the mud patches in the swamp back in Gen IV. I wonder what this area looks like when it's not Autumn.


I'm getting close to the image limit, so I'll just grab my catch and end the update there.


It took me 5 freaking Pokeballs to capture this. I called her Ophelia because Azurills always look really upset and they're water-related.


Azumarill's recommended Nature is Adamant, so Ophelia's usable. And she has Thick Fat instead of Huge Power. It's funny; I playtested these rules in Diamond, and didn't manage to get this many viable Pokemon till after the first gym. I dunno if Unova just has better Pokemon for this ruleset or if I'm just luckier, but I was hoping for more of a challenge.

Next time: Floccesy Ranch.
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Sandy----------Red Baron----------Simon-----------Bianca------------Athena--------Antauri
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Brittany--------------------Vera-----------------Hanzo----------------Selina----------------Darwin-----------------Chucky
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Conqueror of the Lavaridge Gym
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3:21 AM - Mar 05, 2017 #2

Pffff. Bianca's probably one of those people who can't stay on the line with telemarketers because she inevitably ends up buying whatever they're offering.

This is definitely... going to be a different run. I hope these natures don't end up biting you in the butt too much, though if they keep going against the recommended reduced stat and not against the recommended increased you probably won't be in too much trouble. One question, though - what is Vera's nature? You didn't list that here, so I was curious.

Good luck!
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Conqueror of the Vermillion Gym
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4:52 AM - Mar 06, 2017 #3

Sounds like an interesting ruleset. I never cared too much for natures myself, so this will be interesting to see, and it looks like you have already found a good range of pokemon types. Good luck ^__^
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12:52 AM - Mar 07, 2017 #4

For trade evolutions, Pokegen works well, either for editing the save file or using codes to change the Pokemon.

I don't think most people use Mail; they were useless even in Gen III. Cute though.
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3:37 AM - Mar 08, 2017 #5

This looks like a fun ruleset! For instances for suggested nature seem to conflict with each other, like Adamant and Modest, I might suggest you not have them cancel each other out, if only because you're likely to lock yourself out of a lot of team members with that ruleset. And especially if you're choosing to play with "nature-challenged" Pokemon (for lack of a better term), you'll need all the help you can get.


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Alba Corbina
Conqueror of the Goldenrod Gym
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7:45 PM - Mar 11, 2017 #6

Hello everybody! It's time for part 2! But first, replies!

@phantomflame03: Yeah, my luck has been surprisingly good. Hopefully that continues!

@SheepScope: Thanks for the advice; I'll look into that.

@Jimcloud: Yeah, so far the natures don't seem to be causing too much problem. As for Vera's nature, whoops! I totally thought I posted that. Here you are:


Leavanny's recommended Natures are Jolly (+Spe, -SpA) and Adamant (+Atk, -SpA). Vera's Bold, so she's viable.

@GoGoGogoat: That is a good point. I've come up with a rule that I think balances my desire to make things unnecessarily difficult for myself with a desire to not wipe.

Special Rule 4: If a Pokemon's Nature conflicts with one of the recommended Natures, but compliments a second recommended Nature, I can only use it as long as I don't have 6 other fully viable Pokemon. Ex: if I have a Pokemon with the Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk) and Smogon recommends Adamant (+Atk, -SpA) and Impish (+Def, -SpA)

Now that I've got more Pokemon, I went and got my PC boxes set up. Dwayne's currently in the Unusable box 'cause I hadn't come up with my new rule yet when I played through this part. He'll be rejoining the team in a few updates.


I got everyone up to Lv. 7 in preparation for the Hugh fight. Grinding Ophelia was a pain! Despite having a +SpA Nature, she somehow has the lowest Special Attack in the party. That, combined with the fact that her only attacking move was Bubble, meant that the only thing she could solo was Lv 2 Purrloins.


Oh, he's at Lv 8. Well, that's not too much of a level difference. Brittany's got this.


Brittany has not got this. Abort! Abort!


Thankfully, Vera was able to step in and finish things off, even getting a STAB move out of it!


I'm just a potential sidekick to you, aren't I, Hugh? I know the game opening says we were friends beforehand, but I'm really not feeling it.


Dude, it's just a map. It really isn't that big a deal. Honestly, I'm the one who expended the most effort getting it to you.


Eh, it really wasn't that inconvenient or anything. Still not seeing any proof you see me as anything other than a tool to use in your revenge plans, though.


Only young people can have Pokemon battles? Clearly no-one's told Drayden, or Blaine, or Wattson, or...


Rude.


"Neither of us are important enough to get names though, apparently."


It's a Potion. She also offers free heals. I love NPCs like her.


I assume you're not talking about the one standing directly behind you, right?


Really? This is literally the first time ever? You must have the best behaved dogs in the history of ever.


Dude, don't bite our heads off! Odds are, it just got bored and decided to chase some Azurils or something.


Preaching to the choir, pal.


Why is there a janitor on a ranch?


Trainer battles were mostly fine, although I'm still having to switch-grind Ophelia sometimes. That one with Brittany at 2 HP is because I was playing around with Bide. I have learned my lesson and it won't happen again.


That was thoughtful, but if you didn't feel the need to interrupt me every 5 feet, we might have found the Herdier by now. (I'm not kidding. I didn't bother to screencap most of them to keep from boring you all, but Hugh interrupts you at least 3 times while you're trying to explore the area).


It annoys me that Hugh's right about the Herdier being in trouble. I feel like the writers were trying to go for something where Hugh is the only one clever enough or whatever to realize that Plasma is still a threat and everyone else in the game is just a bunch of complacent Mareeple. Instead, he ends up coming off more like a paranoid conspiracy theorist who happens to be proved right.


This would've been nice to have as my first encounter.


By "check this area" he means he's going to stay in that exact spot and just look in different directions.


Hugh, that was not the sound of a happy animal. Try and sound a bit more concerned, would you?


I don't think a single person from the original games was scared of Team Plasma. Except maybe that girl who had her Pokemon stolen at the Daycare. Congratulations, buddy, you scared a small child. Very impressive.


OW! He just threw that TM at me!


Normally it kind of annoys me when videogame characters just stand there and let the bad guys flee like this, but I'm pretty sure my character is still reeling from getting smacked in the face with a CD case, so I'll allow it.


Aw, it was nothing! I didn't even have to fight that grunt.


Hugh, I get that you have a tragic backstory, but that doesn't give you the right to be an ass to people.


Game, I'm pretty sure even the ten-year-olds playing this could figure that out.

Well, I'm going to end it here. Next time, finishing up that side-stuff with Alder and the Gym.
Whitney's Successor: A Normal Monolocke of Heart Gold

Sandy----------Red Baron----------Simon-----------Bianca------------Athena--------Antauri
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Calypso--Mothra--Zelgadis-Amelia--Stitch


Banner made by the awesome Shiny Dustox
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Brittany--------------------Vera-----------------Hanzo----------------Selina----------------Darwin-----------------Chucky
Frayed Reality: A Randomized Platinum Nuzlocke

Frost-------------Francis----------Strider-------------Zuri
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Conqueror of the Celadon Gym
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2:29 AM - Mar 12, 2017 #7

The anti nature nuzlocke. How poetic. But you were lucky enough to get a good initial line-up, so cheers. Leavanny is one of my favourite gym sweepers, so I hope the sewaddle will go far :) . Good luck
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Conqueror of the Veilstone Gym
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4:32 AM - Mar 12, 2017 #8

I really like this idea, especially since I never really worry about natures in my runs (and I usually don't have very good luck with them).
So far, so good! Hopefully it won't lock you out of using too many Pokémon :ohdear:
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Alba Corbina
Conqueror of the Goldenrod Gym
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3:55 PM - Mar 18, 2017 #9

Hi everyone! I meant to have this up yesterday, but my computer was being uncooperative.

@Caesarl: Leavanny fans unite!

@Skarmizard: Glad you're liking this so far.

Only gone a moment? What are you talking about? I fought Hugh and had to go search every inch of a ranch looking for a lost Pokemon.


As long as it involves fighting things, I'm OK with this.


Huh, Alder's house has the official logo on it. Does that mean he was running the Pokemon school before it moved to its new fancy building back in the starting town?


That's very nice of you, but flattery isn't going to stop me from curb-stomping you two.


Way to have confidence in your students, dude.


But isn't this a school? I mean, enjoying yourself is important, but I would've thought actual learning would take precedence at least somewhat.


The fights were easy, so I guess Alder wasn't wrong in assuming they'd lose to me.


Yes, I'm sure that Pansage really enjoyed being chewed on by Vera.


Important enough information to impart to newcomers, I guess, but this is a sequel. There shouldn't be a whole lot of people who picked this as their first ever Pokemon game.


...should I be concerned?


Game, if you're going to force me to sit through the explanation regardless, DON'T GIVE ME THE ILLUSION OF CHOICE.


The results of grinding. I took everyone to 13 because Cheren scares me. The first time I played this game he wiped out all of my team except the event Genesect I'd gotten. I don't actually have a rule about not going over the Gym Leader's ace, but the idea of grinding past Lv. 13 made me want to pull my hair out.


Alder ambushed me on the way out of Floccessy.


Ooh, these could be very helpful. Thanks!


That's right, you did. So if I end up losing a Pokemon, I'm coming after you.


Thank you, that's very reassuring. /sarcasm


The rest of his speech is just your typical "Trust your Pokemon, know your strengths, believe in the Heart of the Cards" type thing, so I'm skipping to the gym fight.


Wow, really? Lucky me!


I'll do my best.


My plan is to use Brittany to get rid of the Patrat. She might have slightly more Attack than Vera, but Vera's a lot bulkier. If something goes wrong with that Lillipup, Vera's more likely to survive.


Easy. I didn't have to heal her or use that Oran berry.


I'm starting out with Ophelia because she has Charm. I've heard that the AI will stop using Work Up after six times, regardless of what you do to the Atk stat, because its SpA stat will hit +6. Let's see if that's true.


Repeat ad naseum.


I tried a Bubblebeam at one point because the idea of soloing Cheren's ace with an Azuril amused me. It didn't do much, though.


I finally got its Atk low enough to swich Vera in. Look how little its Tackle did!


This is why I didn't just start with Vera. I was afraid she'd end up making Cheren heal, and then I'd have a +4 or +5 Lillipup to deal with that was at full health.


Of course, Cheren only has the one Potion, so the Lillipup fainted without too much more effort.


Glad to help? I'm not sure what makes me so special.


All right! One down, seven to go!

Next time: Exposition
Whitney's Successor: A Normal Monolocke of Heart Gold

Sandy----------Red Baron----------Simon-----------Bianca------------Athena--------Antauri
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Brittany--------------------Vera-----------------Hanzo----------------Selina----------------Darwin-----------------Chucky
Frayed Reality: A Randomized Platinum Nuzlocke

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Conqueror of the Veilstone Gym
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5:07 AM - Mar 20, 2017 #10

Woo, first badge!
I swear Sewaddle is one of the best things you can get besides Riolu for that fight-the good defenses really help.
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9:21 PM - Mar 21, 2017 #11

I always feel like with Cheren and Roark, there are so few powerful Pokemon with type advantages it's basically just a game of "whose Pokemon were grinded most"
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3:27 PM - Mar 22, 2017 #12

This is pretty interesting so far. You're really going with the idea that any Pokémon can be awesome, even with a rather useless nature. I wish you luck with this run.
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5:49 PM - Mar 22, 2017 #13

ABORT! ABORT!
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4:08 AM - Mar 24, 2017 #14

awwww i was rooting for the azurill sweep XD

well done anyway though~


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Alba Corbina
Conqueror of the Goldenrod Gym
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2:48 PM - Mar 24, 2017 #15

Hello everybody! Time for part 4!
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@Skarmizard: Yeah, I was surprised at how bulky they are! But honestly, the real MVP here was Ophelia; without her Charm, even Vera might've had serious problems.

@RedYam: Yeah, pretty much.

@Bookwormgal: Thank you so much! I hope you continue to enjoy the run

@Creug: Huh, that's definitely a new way of looking at Pokemon battles.

@GoGoGogoat: Yeah, I wanted to win with an Azurill, too, but I'm lazy and Ophelia would've taken way too long to win.


Wow, right out of the gate, and I'm already being dragged into a cut-scene.


It was pretty easy, actually. I might actually start using stat-affecting moves more.


You know, Bianca, you've only just met me. You seem awfully excited about me beating your best friend.


Awesome! Brittany and Ophelia are going to love this!


Speak of the devil...I wonder what she had been about to say?


Wait, they haven't seen or talked to each other in two years? What happened after BW? They seemed just fine with each other at the end of it!


Well, at least they're reconnecting now. That's kind of sweet.


...or he's giving me his number... Hmm...They haven't talked in two years, Bianca seemed positively ecstatic at the thought of Cheren losing, and the first thing he does when he sees her again is give some other girl his phone number. Yeah, these two obviously had a bitter break-up at some point.


Not to be outdone, Bianca also gives me her number.


Oh, and now Juniper's calling me. Boy, I'm popular today!


Yes, I'm sure the handful of pokemon I catch on this trip will be super informative.


Ooh, bad screenshot timing on my part. Bianca looks high as a kite.


Yeah, how did all these non-Unovan pokemon get here?


Um, do I still need to be part of this call? Cause it sounds like you're just catching up with old friends right now, and I have places to be.


Oh, hey, you remembered I exist! That sounds great; I will definitely do that. Can I go now?


Ok, so that second option actually sounds pretty useful.


A portable Friendship checker is always nice, 'cause now I don't have to remember what city she's in.


Also useful advice. Thanks, guys! I hope you both realize that these are the only reasons I'm going to call you, though.


And now that Hugh has distracted them, I'm going to sneak away before they can trap me in another cut-scene.


As per the new rule I added a few updates ago, Dwayne is back on the team. I'm going to be giving him and any other semi-viable Pokemon I get this star mark to differentiate them. Dwayne probably won't stay long; there are 4 new capture areas in Castelia and another four around Nimbasa.


A little bit of training on wilds and Dwayne finally got a STAB move.


Now what??


Well, at least you're apologizing for interrupting me. That's more than I can say for anyone else in this game so far.


Basically, it's a prototype of the DexNav from ORAS. If I was actually trying to complete the Pokedex, this would be very useful.


Oh, you think you're a big threat? Let's see if you back that up!


Yeah, that's what I thought.


Ah yes, look how rough and dangerous the world beyond you is, Hiker Man. Truly, only the bravest of souls would dare venture here.


Seriously, game?? You're stopping me again??


Yes, game. You know where else I've seen dark grass like that? In the first game. I really don't need you to explain it to me again. Anyone who decides to play an obvious sequel without playing the first game deserves some confusion.


Ok, I actually do appreciate these. Thank you, Cheren.


Aren't you already? You did beat Cheren's gym, didn't you?


Careful how you finish that sentence, buddy, 'cause if you tell me to get stronger when I have a badge and you apparently don't, we're going to have a problem.


Uh, no. I'm clearly stronger than you. Also I have no idea what happened to the top of that screenshot.


Gosh, Bianca sure blinks a lot. It makes getting good screenshots of her during Xtranciever calls hard. Oh well, at least Ophelia seems to like me. Hopefully she'll evolve soon.


The other trainers on the route weren't much of a challenge.


:yay:


Completely pointless call from Mom that only serves to pad the run-time of this game.


Yeah, good luck with that, dude. I'm pretty sure both those jobs are full-time commitments.


Yeah, what she said.


That's totally different. Her gym is also her music venue and practice space, so she can immediately switch gears to being a gym leader if she needs to.


Awesome alliteration!

And here is where I would go make my capture for Virbank Complex, but all of that talking means I'm at the screenshot limit, so that'll have to be next time.
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3:53 PM - Mar 24, 2017 #16

Well, I certainly find your theory about Bianca and Cheren interesting. Maybe you can help them and play matchmaker sometime. Or not. You'll be busy collecting gym badges and stopping criminals. The love lives of those two is pretty low on the priorities list. Anyway, good luck.
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6:19 PM - Mar 24, 2017 #17

oh snap this looks like a fun ruleset to watch
yes, i meant watch because god damn it can be a pain if you're not lucky enough with your catches, and since this is bw2, where you don't get a lot of earlygame catches... yyyyyeah.

at least you did get lucky and obtain a bunch of good pokemon, including ophelia and vera, so that's good

inb4 you never get a bad natured mon from now on and dwayne gets to stay on the team until the hall of fame
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12:47 AM - Mar 25, 2017 #18

I just remembered the worst thing about black 2, the half an hour long mandatory trip through the movie studio, that's still a gym away though
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8:32 AM - Mar 26, 2017 #19

I like your headcanon about Bianca and Cheren being exes, it makes a lot of sense.
And yay, Dwayne gets to come back (for now)!
Hopefully you get something good in Virbank.
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3:51 PM - Mar 31, 2017 #20

Hello, everybody! Time for Part 5!
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@Bookwormgal: I'm glad you find my theorizing entertaining.

@Squiggy Azalea: Yeah, I play-tested these rules on Diamond and didn't manage to put together this much of a team till about Hearthome.

@RedYam: Your Aku icon makes your "Have Fun!" comment look ~20x more sarcastic, lol

@Skarmizard: Yeah, I'm happy about Dwayne being back, too. He's definitely going to be useful for the next gym.


Virbank Complex kind of has two areas, but the the encounters aren't different enough for me to feel justified in making it two separate areas. Therefore, I'm making my catch from the interior, since it has more variety. A Magnemite or a Koffing would be excellent, since they'd stop Roxie's poison shenanigans.


Dupes.


All right! Named it after the droid in Rogue One.


K-2S0's Nature: Lax (+Def, -SpD)

Magnezone's recommended Natures:
  • Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
  • Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
So, since neither of K-2S0's affected stats have anything to do with the recommended natures, it becomes our first completely non-viable Pokemon of the run, which means I now have to worry about Poison shenanigans.


Ooh, Net Balls are available. I can't afford very many at the moment, though.


Don't mind me, I'm just sneaking into your house and stealing your stuff. Nothing to see here.


Ah, well, I already did, but I'm not allowed to use it...


I like that the neon sign actually flickers. It's a nice touch.


I'm not sure how trustworthy an Antidote found in a garbage can in a refinery really is.


That's so nice of you! Thanks! I'll have to remember to come back here once I've completely passed the point of regular Pokeballs being viable.


Oh, Brittany is going to love this!


Sure, why not?


Dwayne has been getting burns with Ember pretty consistently, which is always nice.


Huh, interesting.


Is that a bad thing? ...and instead of answering he just walks off. Weird.


Found a thing.


Eh, I prefer nature landscapes to urban ones, but I can kind of see the appeal.


So does that mean they're going to have to shut down the part of the refinery that burned the "waste" gasses?


I wasn't eavesdropping! You addressed me directly just now! And then he wanders off again.


You see that wiggly grass I circled? Yeah, it took me a good five minutes to get over there because I kept failing at balancing on the pipes.


Glad to save you from being bored at work.


Yeah, I suppose that's true.


Aw that's sweet. Also, Grass STAB.


I don't really have anyone that would benefit from this right now.


So apparently it took me until just now to teach my Normal types Return. Good job, me.


This game really wants you to have Great Balls, doesn't it?


I guess?


Oh, right. These things could explode at any minute. I'm glad I don't work here; I don't think my nerves could take it.


Yeah, they could paint them to look like Koffing! No, wait, that'd be tempting fate. Jigglypuffs! They should make them look like Jigglypuffs!


Still don't see why you think that's a bad thing. You obviously know a lot and seem to like sharing that info, otherwise you wouldn't be constantly lecturing yourself about the complex.


I made a friend!


And so begins my stockpile of Ethers and Elixirs that I tell myself I'm saving for when I really need them that I never end up using.


Neat! And now that I've taken care of everything in complex I can start grinding for Roxie. Yay. I'm going to take everyone up to LV 18 to match her ace.


2 whole EXP away from leveling up.


Excellent!


So apparently it can rain in Virbank. Makes training Dwayne kind of annoying. Amusingly, it was pouring rain when I initially played through this update and it's currently doing the same as I write this.


So, I decided to do a few laps between Aspertia and Virbank to try and boost Ophelia's happiness a bit more and discovered that Hugh is apparently still looking for a good catch. Maybe he's looking for a Shiny.


I also found this area behind Alder's house. If I remember correctly it was for a Keldeo event. It looks very pretty in Autumn.


Heck yes!


Nah.


Yay! I was starting to worry Ophelia would hit Level 18 before she even evolved into Maril.


Her attacking stats still aren't that great, though. At least Bubblebeam counts as STAB now.


Dwayne also evolves and gets a new STAB move.


Everyone makes it to LV 18, which means Brittany picks up a great new move and Ophelia...


Is now fully evolved, and she actually has usable attack stats. I'll end things here.

Next time: Vs. Roxie!
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