I’ve done it, guys. I’ve returned for another liveblog and IT’S STILL LESS THAN THIRTY DAYS SINCE THE LAST ONE. All those soy milks you opened to drink while reading Liveblog #25 are still within their expiration date, probably. LET’S DO THIS.
Last time, we were HERE, about to visit some altar or some crud. I need some reminding too. My Pokemon are all healed, though, so I can just charge straight ahead.
So this is the Vast canyon? Maybe it’s just the tree that’s really big! Hey, I see a Mudsdale up ahead. Or rather, THE Mudsdale. Because Hapi’s is the only one that matters.
ARE WE STARTING OFF WITH A BATTLE
Oh HECK yeah we are. According to Plot, this battle will end with me winning…I hope Hapu’s not discouraged when she loses her first battle. Of course, this might be presumptuous thinking because Hapu’s Dugtrio is LEVEL 47 HFSJKDS;DJ
Mallah is two-shot by Earthquake, so I can’t leave him in, but he did a really good chunk of damage with Psychic. I tried to switch to Tulip to Leaf Blade Dugtrio to death but DUGTRIO HAS SUCKER PUNCH RIP
Silkie did better, and Digtrio is down. NEXT IS MUDSDALE OH SNAP MY TEAM’S BAD AGAINST GROUND-TYPES
Tectonic Rage is a horrifying frickin attack that appears to have driven Mallah into the core of the Earth, killing him instantly. Uh….Branch? Cover while I revive?
Update: Stamina is also a horrifying frickin ability because MOST OF MY TEAM IS STILL PHYSICAL. Tulip is going to faint again so I have to get Mallah back out here for Psychic!! (Nanefua earns an Honorary Team Member status by surviving for two turns, allowing me to revive Mallah AND Tulip, again.)
Mallah is successful! MUDSDALE IS DOWN!! We got a freebie with Gastrodon because of Leaf Blade…only a Flygon to take care of, which Mallah takes care of too! WE DONE IT.
Nicely done, Hapu. I totally would not have won that without spamming items.
Hapu’s pose is surprisingly kind of badass, something I cannot say for most of the other Z-poses. I wonder if part of the kahuna acceptance process by the tapus is finding someone who’s okay with copying their dance moves.
Off goes Hapu! Time to visit the REAL canyon!
Lillie gives me a Max Revive, which….yeah, I need some of those. Thx for the heal girl
First impression: this place is a lot like Victory Road. Only a few steps in we have to face a Veteran whose Pokemon are STILL a higher level than mine.
Welp, looks like it’ll be a while, so I am hereby initiating a Bullet Point Synopsis:
-Caught WhiteDiamond the Sableye and Big Henry the Boldore….and Big Henry had an Everstone! That will be very very useful for all the breeding I’ll be doing in the postgame.
-DHDJSD;FLKGJSDF;LKGJDF GHOLY CRAP HO LY CRAP SILKIE IS EVOLVING I DIDN’T KNOW SHE OCULD DO THAT HERE SDK;G;;SDL
YOU GO BBY GIRL I’M SO EXCITED
YEAHHHHHHH LOOKIT HER SHE’S NOT A BUS ANYMORE
Oh my god look at how high her Special attack is now??? I guess I’ll have to work on getting Bug Buzz for her! I’m glad I checked now, dang; Silkie wanted to learn Thunderbolt and I was going to automatically say no because I though she’d stay a physical attacker, but apparently her stats swap. Okay, well, Spark is gone!!
Well that was exciting. Okay, team, let’s move.
What follows next is an epic, chronicled once I approached a bridge that triggered an appearance by Lillie. I will now recreate my emotions:
What’s this?? Lillie’s facing her fears! But I thought she was going to heal me! NO LILLIE, COME BACK!
What’s this, now….a threat!
Oh, man, half my team is dead and I’m gonna have to go chasing after her…
Wait….WHAT IS HAPPENING….SHE’S DOING IT! SHE’S DOING HER DUMB Z-MOVE THING! GO LILLIE GO!!!
SHE DID IT! SHE RUN!! LOOK AT HER!!!!!
YES LILLIE YES!! WE’RE ALL PROUD OF YOU!!!!!
(…and then she heals me. bless you, lillie.)
This place is so BIG that I’m still missing some Trainers and items from the pre-bridge stretch, but I’ll have to come back to them later. It makes a nice spot to grind anyways. (I will need to do this, yes.)
And hey, here’s something cool: wild Lycanroc! I wonder if they’re in Midday Form when I’m not searching at night!
SO THIS IS A NEW POKEMON. SHE IS CUTE. I WOULD LIKE TO CATCH HER PLEASE.
Success. “Jangmo-o” is a really interesting name for a Pokemon…her TRUE name shall be Arrietty! For now, she shall take up the sixth slot of my team…feels like it’s been a while since I’ve used a Dragon-type, even though I had a Flygon in ORAS. I’ll see how I like her.
We’re fighting a Dugtrio and Arriety from stopped from being hurt by Mud Bomb because of her ability, Bulletproof! YES, I LIKE HER A LOT.
And she’s evolving after just one level! Yeah, Jangmo-o evolves twice, apparently…and I’m not sure when her second evolution is, but I’m hoping we get both her evolved forms in one day!! (I say “one day,” but I’m actually writing this particular paragraph a couple days after I first started the episode. It still hasn’t been a month, don’t worry!!)
PRETTY SICK. Oh snap she is Dragon/Fighting, perfect. I actually always thought that a Dragon/Fighting type would be a bipedal lizard…didn’t think they’d be purple, though!
Arrietty wants to learn Sky Uppercut. I actually already gave her Brick Break and Rock Tomb when I was trying to give her some better moves…what’s better, power or accuracy? I think I’ll give her Sky Uppercut for now, since I can always teach her the TM again.
Verdict: Hakamo-o is cool. Continuing on.
Not gonna lie, it is very, very slow going through this cave because I keep returning to Lillie for a healing. Arrietty’s having kind of a tough time, but Sky Uppercut oneshot a Dugtrio! I just fought Punk Anna, and her Pokemon got Arrietty up to level 44, which means she’s just a level behind the others already.
HELLO, NEW CHARACTER. Artist? Photographer?
Oh, there’s the answer. i must know her relationship with burgh.
Her name is Mina and SHE IS THE CAPTAIN! That name is…familiar, for some reason??? We sure there hasn’t been a character in Pokemon named Mina already? I’m probably just thinking of Mina Zarei.
“I actually just wander around doing my art, so I don’t have an actual trial or anything…” H-how’d you get this job?
ILLIMA!!! I REMEMBER HIM!!! HE WAS REALLY CUTE!!! WHAT THE HECK WAS HIS TRIAL, THOUGH? It was like…didn’t I just have to wander around that school and fight some people? Oh boyo, there’s something to look out for when I play Pokemon Sun. Oh, also, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE OF THE CAPTAINS INTERACTING WITH EACH OTHER.
Mina just gave me a Fairium Z, just like that! Well, thanks, I guess. Something tells me Mina’s got a Ribombee on her team.
Away goes Mina. Alola to you too! I appreciate her lifestyle.
I appear to have cleared a shortcut through this place….THANK GOODNESS. Must be near the end.
At level 45, not only is Arrietty caught up to Mallah and Branch, but SHE IS EVOLVING. HECK YYYYEAHHHHHHHHH
Holy crud!! Look at her!!! And, guys, that was it!!! I have a fully evolved team of 6 all of a sudden!
Kommo-o’s design is pretty rad. Looks like an Armaldo, but also like a Star Wars character. You know the princessy one I’m talking about?? Clone Wars??? I never really watched it but ????
Ooh…”Clanging Scales” is a new one. But my GOODNESS it is powerful. Oddly enough, though, it’s a Special-attack, while Arrietty has a higher physical….well, it seems pretty neat, so I’ll replace Screech with it. Who knows when I might run into another Pokemon with Stamina.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOOK AT THIS TRAINER’S POKEMON. NINETALES! I have been waiting for 26 episodes to find one!!!!!!!!!! I love them SO MUCH. And now I can finally see their Alolan design. BEAUTIFUL!!!
I did get spoiled on the fact that AlolanTales was Ice/Fairy, but it’s late enough in the game that I’m not super mad. I thought they were Water-type at first because I’d glimpsed one piece of fanart, but I love that my fave Pokemon is a Fairy-type! (If they turned Grass/Fire, I’d really be flipping my lid.)
Oh yeah and there’s a Sandslash in that shot too. neato.
Down they go. Mallah gains a level. RIP, my love. We shall meet again in the next playthrough!
So, it looks like I’m nearing the end of the Vast Poni Canyon, since this guy is the first in what looks like an unskippable gauntlet of three. See you at the end!
(Oh, here’s something interesting – I gave Arrietty the Fightinium Z for Sky Uppercut, and it’s called All-Out Pummeling, and it’s REALLY STRONG. And she just gained a level. Six Pokemon at level 46, yo!)
Here I am, unimpeded! All went well until the final battle, where the Veteran had a Gengar. I was too stubborn to heal, and my Pokemon were generally pretty low on health, so all of a sudden I just got steamrollered and three of my Pokemon were knocked out. Arrietty and Branch are in the red and Tules is the only healthy one. It’s cool, though, I’m thinking Lillie will be up ahead in a second. Am totally screwed if it’s another battle lol
Knew it! There’s my girl!
Aaaand she heals up my Pokemon. SERIOUSLY LILLIE, THANK YOU. I WAS ACTUALLY GONNA BE *SO SCREWED*
Lillie stops talking to us there, so before we head into this altar and see what it’s all about, I’m gonna call a stop for the night!
Man, they weren’t lying, Vast Poni Canyon was VERY VAST. But we still did some cool stuff, right? And, most importantly, WE FILLED OUT THE TEAM!!! Here, take a look:
They are all my beautiful children. Even Arrietty’s wonderful, and I’ve known about Kommo-o’s existence for like 72 hours. I’m really happy with how balanced the team turned out, too! Once we get closer to The Endgame, I’ll take a second in an episode and give you guys a rundown of their movesets and natures. Agh, it’s a relief to have that sixth spot filled.
I hope you guys have a pleasant fall. See ya soon!