Hi guys! It’s time for another exciting installment of THIS LIVEBLOG THAT’S BEEN GOING ON FOR OVER A YEAR! In the last episode, we left off here:
right outside of the Elite 4!
Now, I did go do some level grinding offscreen, in the area closest to this spot – the base of the mountain, I guess! I got all six of my Pokemon up to level 52. This still isn’t as high as several Pokemon I’ve run into previously, like Gladion’s and Hau’s, but I think we’re gonna be okay.
No time to waste! LET’S BEGIN!
While I’m waiting for the game to load, I wanna mention that Breath of the Wild maaay have been a lot of reason why this episode has been a long time coming. It’s. It’s such a good game guys.
All right, we’re into it! First thing I did was swap around my Pokemon’s movesets and items, which I will record here in text form rather than in more cruddy screenshots:
Tulip, Decidueye: Spirit Shackle/Leaf Blade/Synthesis/Sucker Punch, holding Amulet Coin.
Silkie, Vikavolt: Crunch/Thunderbolt/Bug Buzz/Thunder Wave, holding Electrium Z.
Dug, Lycanroc: Stone Edge/Rock Slide/Brick Break/Crunch, holding Hard Stone.
Branch, Toxapex: Poison Jab/Baneful Bunker/Scald/Toxic, holding Poison Barb.
Mallah, Oranguru: Foul Play/Charge Beam/Psychic/Nasty Plot, holding Shell Bell.
Arrietty, Kommo-o: Sky Uppercut/Clanging Scales/Rock Tomb/Dragon Claw, holding Bright Powder.
And with that…I’m really excited to see what the League has to offer!
Hi, Kukui! This place is very pretty.
The doors appeared to have differently colored orbs above them and HOOOOOOOO IS THAT A GREEN ONE PLEASE TELL ME THE ONE IN THERE IS GRASS TYPE
When in doubt, go clockwise, so I’m going to start with this orange-yellow mystery door on the far left.
AHA! I know this guy!! Wow, now Hau has even more to live up to! Good luck, bro!
Hala appears to have super dramatic holographic arms behind him.
I switched to Mallah to start for this, so he’s facing Hala’s Hariyama. Hala has five Pokemon, and his first is…level 54, JEEZ. Hariyama just knocked out Mallah with Close Combat. This’ll be a fun battle!
Oof, so I’m a little over halfway through the battle. Tulip and Silkie are also down. I’m fighting with Branch, and he just poisoned Bewear, which he did to Poliwrath as well….and now Hala heals Bewear with a FULL HEAL! Who has those items? I was expecting him to have another Full Restore!
(Branch is being a total champion, by the way, because he’s dodged 3 attacks so far out of affection. Thanks, buddy. Sorry the Pokemon world doesn’t work for defensive types so well.)
Last Pokemon is up, Crabominable, who hAS A Z-MOVE OH NO OH GOSH
Yep, there goes Branch….the poison is his legacy. It’s all right, Dug just needs to outspeed and defeat this thing with Brick Break-
WHICH HE DOESN’T QUITE DO! AND CLOSE COMBAT KNOCKS HIM OUT! BUT CRABOMINABLE DIES TO POISON! AND ARRIETTY IS MY LAST POKEMON STANDING!!!
We won through sheer numbers! GREAT JOB, TEAM, I HOPE I HAVE ENOUGH REVIVES FOR THIS!
I…have 7. (HECK, DANG, HECK.) I also have seven Max Revives. I’m gonna have to do a lot better to preserve my Pokemon on this round; it’s easier to use regular healing items.
Next up is an orange-red room! Is it, uh, the fire guy, K – *quickly looks up name* Kiawe? I loved him! He was awesome!
Oh, well, it’s not. It’s Olivia! Okay, yeah, that makes sense. The kahunas get to be the Elite 4, not the simple island captains. That means that the next rooms will be, uhhh……oh man I don’t remember. Who was that Fairy lady we ran into in Poni? Mina? How bout I just concentrate on fighting Olivia????
Look at that…so intimidating!
Quick conundrum here – Mallah has some epically boosted stats, but he’s in the red, and Olivia is sending out a Lycanroc. That thing has Crunch for SURE, so I’m gonna play it safe and use Dug. Mine has Brick Break, so he is objectively better, HA. AND he’s faster!!!!!
AND he just toughed out Continental Crush so I wouldn’t be sad! He’s the BEST boy!
Unfortunately, Stone Edge does waaay too much damage, so I’m swapping for Branch. Branch has Scald, which is good. Three of those, and Lycanroc is down…and Branch is the first team member to reach level 53!
I haven’t used Arrietty yet, but the third Pokemon is Probopass. I think I’ll bring her in for this.
After that is Carbink and Alolan Golem, and WE DID IT! I didn’t lose anyone this time, and that battle was a little easier than the last one. Primarily because I didn’t have a stupid dumb Primeape whaling on my team with Outrage and not missing from confusion.
Heals and Leppa Berries all around, and we move on to the purple orb room! OH RIGHT, IT’S THE GHOST LADY. Now she’s even MORE like Shauntal. I guess it’s cool to start with Mallah for this one.
Acerola is talking about Nanu, here. Also, I highly doubt he said “darned.” That’s okay, Acerola, I’m glad you’re in his place!
The third battle begins! I did look out for creepy subliminal Ghost children, but it seems that Acerola’s room is significantly less haunted than Phoebe’s.
And she starts with Sableye – of course. Mallah, get out of here. I’d better go with Arrietty or something for this.
Acerola’s second Pokemon is Froslass, which is terrifying but also super interesting because I love these. Oneshot by Dug! Take that!
Next Pokemon is–Dhelmise?! WHAT
Okay, uuuuhhhh, it’s thing thing! Is it a rusty ship’s wheel? Steel/Ghost or Water/Ghost, what? I have Tulip up, and I’m gonna play super risky and use Leaf Blade just to find out.
IT WAS NOT VERY EFFECTIVE I GUESSED WRONG I GUESSED WRONG I GUESSED-
Oh thank GOODNESS Tulip avoided that attack because she loves me. The reckoning for my mistakes shall not come today.
Her next Pokemon is….Palossand??? Haven’t heard of this one either, but I bet it evolves time from the Sandygast we saw that one time!
Awww… you know what? This one is cute! It’s a sand castle. It just murdered Tulip with “Never-Ending Nightmare,” but still. Pretty darn cute. It seems to have an interesting ability where its Defense rose after I hit it with Branch’s Scald.
Aaaannnnd we’ve done it, hooray! Heal heal heal.
Oh snap fourth one?? who’s this???
She made a wind pun IT’S A FLYING-TYPE ELITE 4 MEMBER, GUYS.
“I’ve been traveling the world to improve my skill as both a Pokemon trainer and a golfer.” That, uh…that threw me for a loop. Uhhh you can have whatever hobbies you want, I guess? I won’t judge? Just kind of a random choice on Pokemon’s part.
she’s holding her golf club. I’m just glad she didn’t smack her Poke Balls at me with it.
Silkie beats a Mandibuzz and reaches level 53! We’re on our way!
Ooh, yes, new Pokemon – Toucannon! Is that maybe the evolution of Trumbeak and Pikipek? I always assumed that those evolved twice, since they’re the regional bird, but maybe not…in any case, let’s try and beat this thing with Stone Edge. Oneshot again! Dug joins the Level 53 train!
Kahili has an Oricorio, which is tricky because I don’t know what type it’ll be. Mallah, why not! And it’s Fire-type!
Her last Pokemon is Crobat, which is fine because Mallah destroys it with Psychic. I’ve had the most weaknesses on my team to Flying-types, but we’ve also oneshot the most Pokemon!
And it’s time to go find the CHAMPION!!!! Team is ready to go! SO much hype!
Up the staircase of destiny.
I don’t see anyone yet?? Is it Kukui? I bet Kukui’s going to pop out all dramatic.
leah just…takes the chair
O-oh! So Kukui DOES appear dramatically…but he’s NOT the Champion! I AM!
“The truth is, there’s one more person you have to battle if you want that title.” OH MAN I WAS WRONG. HE GOT ME GENERATION ONE STYLE.
i knew it
Oh wow, Kukui looks AWESOME with his glasses off! I AM SO READY! THIS IS KIND OF REALLY COOL!!! IS THAT A REMIX OF THE FIRST CHAMPION THEME IN THE BACKGROUND?
His first Pokemon is Lycanroc, so this is a Lycanroc vs Lycanroc battle! Mine has Brick Break, but his is five levels higher! Level 57! What?!
It sets up Stealth Rock, which is obnoxious, but Dug is able to dodge Stone Edge and twoshot it.
Next is Incineroar! YES! I’ve been waiting to see what these look like! Come on out, Branch!
Hey, it doesn’t look bad! It has a neat flame belt. I guess it’s a wrestler type cat. It has a move called Darkest Lariat, which sounds terrifying, thanks
Branch and Incineroar ended up tying – Incineroar fainted from poison. Now I don’t know who’s getting sent out next. I guess I’ll assume another starter and use…Mallah! NO! IT’S ALOLAN NINETALES! YOU HAVE THE BEST POKEMON, PROFESSOR KUKUI!
I used Nasty Plot, Psychic, and another Psychic. RIP Ninetales. Next is Snorlax vs Arrietty.
I thought Sky Uppercut would twoshot, but Snorlax is left with one HP. That’s okay, Dragon Claw takes him out!
Braviary’s up next! I think I want to use Gigavolt Havoc for this! It’s a OHKO!
His last Pokemon is Magnezone. This is not super ideal for Tulip, but she’s my last Pokemon and my starter and I love her, and I really want to make it a 6 on 6 battle. So out she goes!
…she didn’t last long. Sorry, Tulip ;~; Umm, who should take out a Magnezone? I have no Fire or Ground moves. So…Arrietty! Avenge Tules!
SHE DID IT!!! Gained a level! We beat Kukui! It’s been a LONG time coming!
Yaaaay! We get to record my team! I just wish I’d kept them in order, because now Dug’s in front and it’s all messed up.
Speaking of which….*clears throat* Dug! You were awesome! You were SO CUTE as a Rockruff and now you’re a pretty cool werewolf guy! You had the strongest Attack out of everyone! You seemed to get buffed by affection a lot, which was appreciated.
Silkie! I shouldn’t play favorites, but…I love you!!! I think you had an epic design…Charjabug threw me, being a bus and everything, but you were a really neat and quirky Pokemon all the same. And you ended up being SUPER powerful. I think your Gigavolt Havoc oneshot everything I used it against tonight.
Mallah, you’re chill and great. I liked being able to set up with Nasty Plot and then wreck things with Psychic. You’re not the kind of Pokemon I usually have on my team, mainly because you don’t evolve, but I’m glad I could give you a shot.
Branch, you REALLY came through during the Elite 4, facing all those Pokemon that were up to six levels higher than us. It was sort of difficult to use you throughout the region, especially since it took you so long to get a gosh dang Water move, but I’m positive that your species just needs to find its niche…which is probably wrecking Pokemon in the competitive scene.
Tulip!!! My starter! You’re a girl, and that’s COOL! I loved your cute Rowlet design and the fact that you became a Ghost-type! Spirit Shackle is such an epic move, and you hit SO hard with Leaf Blade…you’re solid all around. A worthy Grass-type.
Finally, the new girl, Arrietty! I think you make an adorable Dragon-type. I don’t believe I’ve used a pseudo-legendary before, but you were a wonderful one to start with. I like that your typing is so unique! Good getting to know you!
Guys….guys, I’m so glad Hala said that. I almost forgot this game was called Pokemon Sun and Moon. Man, am I glad he reminded me again.
PARTY IN IKI TOWN!!
Whoops, blurry shot – but look, it’s these guys! Look, it’s practically everyone! I don’t see Nanu, but that makes sense. He’s kind of a loner.
LILLIE IS BACK!!! I MISSED YOU! BRING GLADION!
i was kidding what the hell he’s behind a tree gladion why are sUCH A NERD
Kiawe is dancing, NICE
O H M Y G O D HE’S DOING HIS Z-MOVE TOO HE’S SUCH A NERRRRRD THAT’S AMAZING
Look at us all! And there’s Kiawe, still dancing. Kiawe no. You can’t show off to the fireworks.
I would LOVE to run off with you, Lillie! I’m sure nobody will miss us!
(guys the sad music is back)
Looks like we’re battling Tapu Koko now….I’m up for it! One last battle!
dude. dude i’m in a black mindspace with a talking god. DUDE THIS IS AWESOME.
It’s Tapu Koko, and it’s level 60! Which I kind of figured, since Kukui’s Incineroar was 58. Dug got it down to the red with Rock Slides, so right now I’m tossing Ultra Balls. I have a Master Ball if things get dire.
“Nature’s Madness.” While that sounds like a terrifying attack, it did way less than Electro Ball. Tapu Koko seems mostly interested in using Agility over and over.
That’s it, I’m out of Ultra Balls. I just used a Quick Ball ON ACCIDENT, THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A TIMER BALL. Okay, there’s the right one. It…….it worked! Tapu Koko is caught!
That looks pretty awesome. I’m excited to fill in the rest of those slots.
Let me think….nicknames? What’s a cartoon god? I think I actually wanna go with Mama Coco from the Pixar movie! Her full name is Socorro, so let’s do that!
I finally know, by the way, that Tapu Koko is Electric/Fairy, nice!
And off goes Socorro to the box. I hope that won’t have any negative effects on Alola’s state of being. Oh hey, Tapunium Z.
We’re back to the party, and everyone’s still having a great time! And…Professor Burnet just noticed that Kukui is secretly the Masked Royal. Aww. I do like all these characters. It’s reassuring to know that they have just enough screentime and uniqueness in the game to wildly take on lives of their own by talented artists and writers.
Kiawe is asleep on the stage LOL
Oh…boy. Lillie, I don’t think that would have been the greatest thing, if it worked.
She’s trying to help Lusamine know what she did wrong, at least? Yeah, you know? That’s reasonable.
What!!!!! What was she going to say!!!!!! DON’T DO THIS, GAME!!!!!!
Hau says he’s going to keep training with Ilima. Yes. I like Ilima. This is good.
Mom gets the last line!
And there it is!! Wow!!! Is that the credits? No? What else does the game have in store?
It’s our boi
He’s yelling about a ship leaving and we gotta come with and oKAY hold your horses hau i’m coming with you i had a late night
So, Kanto??? Our girl’s going to Kanto?????
Aw…Hau’s super sad to be saying goodbye ;~~~;
Lillie gave me a Poke Doll! I’m pretty sure these things are a one-use item, so I won’t be using it…not that I use those much anyways, but I mean. I will treasure it. Of course.
Bye, Lillie! You were a great character. It was nice to meet yyyyyouuuuuuu……
hau’s crying my hEART
Hau: “I think I wanna go see my gramps…” why is that so sad
It’s the credits! Wow!!!!
AW! There are some beautiful little screenshots going on as the credits roll. I see Hau and Hala and they look adorable in that painting/photo/anime style. I’m gonna type while these go on.
(ilima just came up. he’s adorable too.)
So…..this game. That was GREAT!! The word that keeps coming to mind is “colorful.” It really was. Colorful cast of characters, super pretty environments…
(Lana’s picture is hilarious. what are you expecting to do with that GIANT WISHIWASHI)
It was a great game to do a liveblog of, I think. I’m just glad it worked out! I know it’s taken me a while to get to this point o-o;;
I’m still not sure whether I’ll do the postgame or not. Proooobably not. I do sort of want to do one last episode, if only to get the liveblog to an even 30.
(mina’s in the background of hapu’s picture! she really didn’t do much, i guess!)
Guzma just came up, and I bet Gladion will be in a photo in a second, so this is a great time to mention that I REALLY DID love the characters. Especially the Gladion/Lillie siblings. Way more well developed than I thought they would be! I still don’t know how I feel on replacing the Gym Leaders with the island challenge
(there gladion is with silvally! that’s so CUTE oh my goodness! what a bean!)
but I’m probably just biased because Gym Leaders have been in the game since the beginning. The change was just unexpected. It was still a great mechanic!
I’ve waffled on, and my laptop is about to Actually Die, so I’d better end the blog here. Good timing, since Lillie and Lunala just came up….AWWW!
Thank you very much for reading my liveblog, everyone! Rest assured I’ll still be playing this game for many many hours to come! See you in the future!