Previously on Nuzblog my party whirled through content so fast I had to combine both into a single post. At this point, the Team Rocket plot is super weak, and all I really have to look forward to is new routes with new trainers. I’ve got to grind HARD for the Blackthorn City Gym since this was where my run ended previously.
I did some exploring to get some more buddies on my team- I’m really hoping for Ice Types since my Seel, Moopsler, was caught at a super low level.
On Route 44 I sadly lost my beloved Slowbro, Dougie, to a trainer with a really mean Noctowl. It was a close match, but I wasn’t fast enough to save my Dougie. This is the first truly heartbreaking loss of the game. He had so much potential!
To make matters worse, when I headed into the Ice Caves I knew I had three options for catches: Delibird, Swinub, and Jynx. Truth be told, I would have been happy with either Swinub or Jynx. Both are ice type, and having a sub-element that is either ground or psychic adds lots of versatility to my team! Unfortunately, I encountered Delibird. I tried sucking it up and catching that, but it was so gosh darn pitiful that it got oneshotted fast. At least they give good exp!
After I passed through the Ice Caves and made sure I could fly back to Blackthorn City, I went to go pick up Moopsler fromt he Daycare to put him at the head of my grinding party. Luckily he came equipped with some water moves, so blasting through geodudes and gravellers was no problem.
My stategy for the dragon gym is to tank as much as I can with Bimbli and Moopsler, on account of many of Clair’s pokemon having water typing as well. Bimbli heals with water attacks and can hypnotize, and Moopsler is highly resistant and has ice moves. Worst case, Migos is a glass cannon for other dragons. I taught him Draco Meteor so I could whip that out for most of the damage then switch him out for a tankier dude. And surprisingly, it worked? I was surprised, and so was Clair who refused to give me her gym badge. Rude. I had to go chase her down in the Dragon’s Den, where I thankfully didn’t have to battle . I even did better than Clair.
In hindsight, I think it would have been better for me to take the Eevee from Goldenrod City. This cave is swarming with Dratinis, and I can’t catch anything else here. I could also have gotten an extreme speed dratini from the pokemon master, however I would have needed to use repels and plan ahead. Oh well. No harm I guess, I’ve got a solid party as-is and Migos has been a blessing so far.
It feels good, even though technically I’m nowhere close to beating the game.