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Normally there's a fairly big level gap between the gyms in Pokemon games, but in this one, since there's a fork in a major route leading in opposite directions to two gyms on one path and another gym on the other path. Since there's nothing to stop you from going either way, the level of the gyms can't be too far off. Preparation can allow you to do a rush called the triplet, where you do all three gyms right after the other. The first two didn't put up much trouble. The fighting gym was hit hard by my flying type and the steel dropped quickly from graveler and feraligatr. The third in the set, the seventh in the game, was an ice gym and one Pokemon gave me some real trouble. Piloswine is an ice and ground type meaning my ampharos can't even hit it and it is super effective against my fearow and my graveler. I had to weaken it with my raticate and finish it off with my feraligatr. Was close at one point.

As far as catching goes, there hasn't been that much. I've made it over the ocean and caught a tentacool, and unlocked the safari zone. In here I caught a misdreavous and a psyduck. I'm going to backtrack a little now that I have fly and do a nice clean sweep of wild Pokemon. I'm not evolving any if it can be helped since I'll have to do it in white again anyway.

As I briefly mentioned before, I've evolved my flaaffy into ampharos and my croconaw into a feraligatr. My party levels are all around 35 and I'm nearing the end of the Johto region. One more badge to go and I go to the league and fight Lance. Lance sucks. I've got nothing really suited to fight dragon pokemon and he carries three dragonites. THese guys are fucking hard. High special attack, high speed, and hp like a tank. Oh, and they can learn almost any move. My best bet is to send out ampharos and hope that the flying half of dragonite will be zapped well. I'll have to work on that later. Been thinking of switching something in my party for a magmar anyway.

As I venture through, the game keeps up with the strange reactions from world events. My rival has apparently been on the island before me and not only beaten one of the homeowners on this island, not a trainer mind you, just a home owner and stole his pokemon. his reaction? I look strong so I should have his other one. Really?! One trainer stole one Pokemon so he gives his other away? He even says that they are for his work. He raises shuckles and uses them to make berry juices. Why the hell would he give away his livelihood? Shortbus people.

Team rocket is back, too. They've taken over the Goldenrod radio station and are trying to make Pokemon evolve with radio frequencies. I don't know why I can't just let them go with it and make dratini feasible to train. I like how you have to grab one of the uniforms and infiltrate, but it's kinda pulled when you can't leave the city with one and you only go past the first guard before Wanker shows up and blows your cover. You can set your pokegear with a team rocket skin, why can't I keep the uniform?

The Safari Zone opening leads me to one of the exceptions of the rules set forth at the beginning of this mission. No pokeballs in the safari zone, only safari balls. The layout becomes customizable later on and I can get a bunch of new guys there later, but that's not until after I get the national dex.

It should be mentioned here that things will slow a touch, as I am moving in two weeks.

I'll have to come back with a list of all the new captures and evolutions, but right now my pokedex stands at...

Johto Pokemon: 63
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I feel somewhat mixed about making my pokemon bang his head against a "moderately sized tree" repeatedly to find bug pokemon. Remember when they just jumped out in forests? and what ever happened to the bug catchers? now they're all just lads. I'm headbutting trees to find a couple of rare pokemon. One I call rare because you have to wake up at seven in the morning to find it in the wild. The cool thing is if I knock it out of a tree, there's a good chance it will be asleep. Unfortunately, I have to wade through a bunch of hoothoot looking for the things.

I need to backtrack here, I've made a lot of progress overnight and won two more gym badges. I'm liking my current party a lot and i'm trying to resist the urge to swap out guys for an abra I just found. I've been trying to incorporate HMs into my party, but things are getting crowded move-wise. I need the move deleter and a couple of HM slaves for this stuff.

Had my first run-in with the new team rocket at slowpoke well. Nothing here, just a little warm up before the gym. Caught a slowpoke while I was here and promptly left.

The second gym is bug type. Not hard at all considering my spearow. It chewed up everything really nice. Had a battle with my new rival, affectionately named Wanker, and mopped the floor with him. I like this one. He's blatantly a dick, almost more so than Gary. Gary was a rude dick, this guy is a thief and a dick. Granted he's done a lot worse things than "Smell ya later," but there's something about Gary that just makes me want to slap him. This guy I just want to pummel with Pokemon. Iunno. Anyway, went through the woods no problem and taught rattata headbutt. Not a bad move at all, base of 70 damage plus STAB, making it start at 105. That and hyper fang make for a devastating couple of moves.

Came out the other side and that's where I really bumped up my pokedex. In the woods I caught a paras and an oddish, but outside, I found drowzee, abra, magikarp, ledyba, ditto, and an exeggute. Nothing overly powerful except for abra. I may switch out for abra in my party later, but I'll try to make due with mu current party since I've been training them all up.

Made it into goldenrod without a problem. There are these security guard types that stand on certain routes and bug you if you walk past at night. Pokemon logic states that if you wander around at night, you're up to no good, but if you beat them in a battle, then you're ok. Goldenrod gym is all normal type, so my gastly is totally useless and geodude gets to shine again. He now knows magnitude and selfdestruct. I thought I was just dumping rock smash on him, but it turned out to be more useful than I expected, being a fighting type move.

This is the fun part of training where all of my Pokemon are getting ready to evolve or have just done so. My mareep is already a flaafy and totodile is a beefy croconaw. My geodude, spearow, rattata and gastly are all about to evolve. Off for a little grind and to catch a sudowoodo.

Johto Pokemon: 30, (already? making good time.)
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Due to a broken fuse panel, I've been mostly without power for the better part of two days. Good thing I charged my 3DS! Well, that has passed and boy, have I done a lot. I'll try my best to segment this in a reasonable order. I'm not too sure when certain Pokemon fit in, but I'll do my best to try and not miss anything. First off, It is now spring in the Unova region and along with ice melting, alternate Pokemon and routes have opened up. I've made it through Opelucid city, where the eighth gym is. This one is dragon type. Stopped at mistralton cave to pick up an axew, evolved it to a fraxure, and again into a haxorus.

Rocked the gym and made it up to victory road. Here, I was told of an unusual storm hitting certain routes...

Travelling through, finding the storm, and catching thundurus wasn't so bad. Even if it was with a pokeball. Also caught a virizion and a cobalion. Both legendaries, both with pokeballs. This was easier than I thought it would be.

Next post will be the wall of new Pokemon and the evolutions.

Pokemon: ...
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Beat the seventh gym leader this morning. Took me an hour to get through twist mountain. The route changes with the seasons. Gym itself was pretty easy , walked in with a good fighting type and rocked it. Not much for new Pokemon yet. Currently in a battle with a wild druddigon and it's taken 10 pokeballs so far. In Dragonspiral tower now, once again chasing team plasma. Getting to that point in the game where wild Pokemon are now just evolved earlier ones. I'm not going to catch them like that, I'm going to level them up.

Key thing here, talked to the Pokemon fan club president and got an experience share. Makes levelling way easier and grinding for evolutions faster. I've got my what used to be a sewaddle on it now. It's gone up 15 levels since taking it out and evolved into a swadloon. One more form to go and all set. That last form needs high happiness to evolve, so I'm done with her for now. Focusing on the bug types first, they evolve earliest. Most of this is going to come down to elite runs. They normally take only three or four high level Pokemon anyway.

New Pokemon caught are a druddigon (caught it now.), and a meinfoo. With the evolution to swadloon, the new total is..

Pokemon: 64

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