Civilization! Thank god.
We've finally reached Longspur City, and... hey, April! What've you been up to?
That's nice. Of course, you and I both know you wouldn't bring that up unless you were planning to pick a fight. Are you planning to pick a fight with me, April?
That is definitely the VS animation of someone who wants to pick a fight with me. (At least she was nice enough to heal my team first. It would've been kiiiinda cruel for her to try and beat up my team when I was steps away from the pokémon center.)
No wonder she only has one new pokémon. She blew all her poké balls on this thing.
Tierog still can't take a hit. Looks like Durvas will have to take care of this polbee-harassing, poké ball-wasting fiend.
...or not. Dammit, covet hits really hard... now that its base power has gone up it really shouldn't be learned at such low levels anymore. :/ Gah, next!
I HATE HUNBER
There we go. Jesus.
Then we have fernling, and of course the only proper response to the grass starter is to immediately roast it with the fire starter. If this gives me as much trouble as that bloody bear I'll eat my controller.
That's what I thought.
April congratulates me on my awesome (and very hunber-susceptible, it seems) team, then gets around to talking about what we're really here for (aside from money, I mean). Well, gym leaders do usually pay out more than regular trainers... sounds like a plan to me! Where's the first gym?
Fine, whatever, don't tell me. You're every bit as rude as your little devil bear, April.
Hey, a fuegruff! I wonder if that means you can find them somewhere around here?
Ooh, an HM. Dunno where the gym is, but maybe I should try looking for this school. It helps their pokémon "smash small boulders", so it sounds like we'll be getting rock smash first. Sure could've used that against the Masked Stranger's opaby and April's devil bear. Thanks, Ethereal Gates.
Those brown mousey things are the squeakers I mentioned in an earlier post. More normal-types. Maaaan there are a lot of normal-types in this demo. Don't get me wrong, normal is actually my favorite type, but I'd just like a little more variety in my early game, y'know? (Although now I am tempted to try a mono-normal run for a later playthrough...)
Aha! There is a gym here! I'm definitely going to want rock smash before I face this gym leader, then.
My point exactly.
Oh, yeah! I forgot I was supposed to deliver a thing to a guy! Here you go!
His girlfriend gave him a box of candies, and he was kind enough to share one with me! Cool!
The gym! Gotta find that school and get rock smash, though...
Hey, that looks kinda like a school...
Uh... speed? Why?
Oh, I get it. Once you beat them, the students also serve as the "learn about status conditions on the chalkboard" thing. Clever. (Pretty sure that percentage is incorrect, though.)
Now are you going to evolve?
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A thing evolved! Finally! (And learned harden, of course.)
...wow, uh. Wow. Okay. I guess now I know why there weren't any wild hojacoon in Avocet Forest.
Um, soooo, why don't we get back to something more cheerful, like beating up schoolchildren?
I've got more than enough antidotes to deal with your little setik's poison sting, kid.
...polbee? Does polbee even know poison sting at this level? (I mean, it makes sense for a bee in general, but this little smoothbutt?) Pretty sure mine only knows tackle at level three, and they also have to pick up leech life at some point...
You never used poison sting. I remain unconvinced that your pokémon even knows poison sting.
You know what does know poison sting? This poison-type. That the kid who talks about freezing has for some reason. I give up.
...Okay, to be fair, while Longspur's mart does sell several status cures, it'd probably be a little much to seriously try and freeze or burn or paralyze a player at this point in the game, and none of the students' pokémon match the condition they talk about. Still, poison is the one condition I've already had to deal with and have been given cures for, and it's much easier to make that one line up than the others. Just kinda wondering why they specifically had the girl mention having a pokémon with a poison stinger, then gave her a fatbee instead of this. Ah, well. This makes six students defeated, so it's time to grab my rock smash HM!
Aww, yeah. Fighting-type move get.
No idea what you're talking about, but noted! He also confirms that I need to defeat the Longspur Gym to be able to use it out of battle. Thankfully, I don't need to defeat them to use it in battle. Against them.
Hey, it's like a flash drive instead of a CD. Let's see who can learn this...
More than I expected. Didn't think bambouse would be able to learn it. I guess I'll just teach it to Durvas and Tierog for now (although hopefully Tierog will learn a grass-type and/or special attack soon...).
I feel like I'm still a touch underleveled for the gym, so I thought I'd see if there were any accessible wilds or trainers before heading in. Wasn't expecting the gatehouse to be full of trees and birdsong. Huh.
...Poop. Well, I guess I'll be training in the gym after all. Starting next post!