I’m back and I hope you guys are ready for another liveblog, because I sure am!! This one will most likely be the last one before Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon come out. Can you believe it? Doesn’t feel like it’s been that long since the arrival of SuMo about a year ago!
Last time, we left off:
here, after trekking through most of Vast Poni Canyon. Lillie’s still with us too, and the whole team is healed up, if a little low on levels. Time to face whatever lies beyond those markers…
Immediately, a gravestone?
It’s telling me that a trial and a Totem Pokemon are up ahead, even though there’s no captain in sight. Okay, I’m up for it! TRIAL START.
There is a piercing gaze coming from nowhere. Oooh boy better have my camera on ready for this.
A Jangmo-o appeared from nowhere!! Hey, I caught one of those last ep! They’re still so cute. Silkie took care of it just fine.
Hidden TM: Dragon Claw. NICE. Oh…and it just now occured to me that this is prooobably where I’m getting the Dragonium.
Next is, predictably, Hakamo-o. BRING IT ON. I used Silkie’s Bug Z-Move, Savage Spin-Out, for the first time, and while Hakamo-o still resists it, it does pretty darn well. Silkie gains a level! I’m gonna use Mallah against this next Pokemon…Kommo-o, probably!
Kommo-o starts off with Protect, but I use Nasty Plot, so that works out just fine! Sadly, Mallah fainted in a couple turns…Sky Uppercut is ridiculous. ARRIETTY! PROVE YOURSELF- oh. nope they outsped her too.
Well, Dug’s got this, right? Yeah, he just avoided Sky Uppercut! It’s a not very effective move, but Kommo-o is in the red from that Psychic, so Rock Slide can take it do-
are you kidding me.
Okay, nope, not risking Dug again. I’m switching to Tulip to get a free dodge from that Fighting move.
And…jeez, Clanging Scales still hurts, but we did it! Now all that’s left is this Hakamo-o that’s been using stat boosting moves for the ENTIRE BATTLE!
IT’S DOWN!! IT IS DOWN. THE DRAGONS HAVE BEEN DEFEATED.
I ran back to Lillie, and sure enough, she heals me again. They also have the good sense not to make the Pager music override the absolute silence in the trials. Nice and atmospheric.
And there’s our guys! Wow, Hapu got there fast.
“History tells us that the Vast Poni Canyon trial was the first trial ever held.” Yeah, that absolutely makes sense. It’s a trial even getting to that spot.
Oh wow, and that was the last of the seven trials, too…? Feels like there should be more!
And it’s time to play the Sun Flute and the Moon Flute together. Oh man this is exciting.
Pictured: the highest staircase in the Pokemon world
“I’m going to make my mother wake up and see reason before I send you back to your old world!”
Wait, is…is that what you’re doing? I think I missed that Lillie is actually taking Nebby back somewhere. I thought we were just trying to heal it. Oh noooo Nebby don’t go
Lillie told us to wait until nighttime to play, so, like…did we just stand on our squares until it was dark?
Sweet glowy effects going on!
Oh wow, yeah, you can tell this is a REAL cutscene because Lillie’s hair is actually moving!
GO NEBBY!! Loving its little u0u face.
WOAH WHAT. Cosmog has evolved into Nebby this whole time??? HOW DID I NOT REALIZE THAT? That’s amazing!!! Wait, is that why Nebby has a nickname? Because Lillie’s Pokemon is different in Sun and evolves into Solgaleo? I thought I would’ve been spoiled on SOMETHING if Nebby could’ve been one of two different Pokemon this whole time! I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT’S GOING ON.
AW BUT LOOK AT LILLIE’S LITTLE SMILE!!!!!
And we almost immediately go into another cutscene.
Made it safely into Ultra Space, though! Man, that is not a placemarker I ever expected Pokemon to have!!
…Hmm. Why do I get the feeling that’s the exact same thing Lusamine said?
And off we go into the unknown. Wow, there’s lots of those weird white jellyfish Ultra Beasts floating around!!
hey i found guzma
He just told a cool flashback story about getting…possessed, by an Ultra Beast? Spooky!
Lillie just ran off on her own. Great job girl.
FOUND HER TOO
“A world where the only thing that exists is the love between Nihilego and myself.” So that’s it’s name, I guess. Did she name it on her own…?
Striking imagery, but wow, she is gone, Guzma’s right.
Y E S L I L L I E
AW YEAH LILLIE TAKE HER DOWN!!!!! LOOK AT OUR LIL GIRL BEING ANGRY!!!! I’M SO PROUD OF HER!! SHE’S STANDING UP TO LUSAMINE FINALLY!!!!!
Genuinely grinning now, too. This music is amazing.
Okay, Lusamine’s had enough. Right on into another cutscene.
Okay, she’s got a captured Nihilego of her own…
ASDLKFJALS;DFAS;LDFKJ DUDES THIS IS THE COOLEST VILLAIN THAT HAS EVER BEEN SEEN IN POKEMON
!!!!!!!!!! GUYS!!!!!!!! I HAVE WANTED A BATTLE THAT’S MORE THAN JUST BATTLING MORE POKEMON FOR SO LONG!!!!!!!!!! NOW WE GOT AN ULTRA FUSION BEAST PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!
DO YOU SEE HOW COOL HER DESIGN IS? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Okay we’re fighting. She’s still got her Clefable and everything, and it’s level 50. It also looks like a Totem Pokemon.
Mallah’s up first. I’ve used Nasty Plot twice, and Psychic….is still not so great, wow! This will be a long fight.
It’s okay, though. We’re getting lucky with bad Metronome moves! And Mallah’s Shell Bell – which I forgot about – is working REALLY well! Clefable’s down and we have five Psychics left; let’s make them count!
Lilligant is next….ah, Lilligant, I love you so much. So glad she gets a place in this fight. Even if Mallah gets paralyzed with stun spore.
Now there’s Milotic. I risked taking a turn to heal, and it paid off, since all Milotic used was Safeguard. Mallah took it out in one shot after that. NICE ONE!
He just leveled up, but he’s only got a few Psychics left, and he probably won’t be able to take another hit – these Pokemon hit HARD. So as Lusamine switches into Bewear, I’m switching to Arrietty. Do….do Bewear freak out anyone else? They’re just kind of colorful bear heads stuck on top of dark bodies. And they just….stare into space. This one has used Baby-Doll Eyes twice now. Creepy. Don’t worry, Clanging Scales took it out.
The next Pokemon is MISMAGIUS! Man I love this Pokemon. Okay, I’ll just stay in, even though it probably has Dazzling Gleam…? Okay, nah, just Pain Split. I might be able to do this with Dragon moves. And I am, excellent!
AND THAT’S IT, GUYS! Or is it…? That was Lusamine’s last Pokemon…
No, the battle was over. Dang! I was really looking forward to battling her. Oh well, don’t disregard all the keymashing. I still think her design is awesome.
We got Lunala to fight for us! Since Nebby was Lusamine’s prisoner too, this is thematically appropriate!
Wait….aw oh no they’re breaking out the sad music
oh no what
Absolute dead silence.
And now Nebby’s brought us back to the real world.
Wait, what? Oh, Pokemon….oh, Pokemon. Just when I thought you had the guts.
Pet Lunala, please?
Good for us.
Or maybe not…it’s time to battle NEBBY ITSELF! Good thing my Pokemon magically heale themselves!
First off….Nebby is level 55. I am absolutely switching to Silkie – she’s got Thunder Wave. Or she just dies. Whoops
Okay, well…actually, all the rest of my Pokemon are probably weak to one of Nebby’s moves, so Dug is a safe bet!
O H G O D N O I KNOCKED IT OUT
I WAS USING CRUNCH I’M SUCH AN IDIOT
I DIDN’T SAAAAAAAAAAVE GUYS
WAIT, I JUST – I JUST GET SPAWNED RIGHT BACK IN LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED
OKAYYYY LET’S TRY THAT AGAIN
….dangit Silkie is still knocked out and Lillie won’t give me a free heal. I’ll just use one of my own items then.
Okay, Nebby…Round Two!
Moongeist Beam is a very strong move that almost OHKOs Silkie…but she toughs it out so I wouldn’t feel sad! This means I actually paralyze Nebby. Okay, switching to Dug again and using Crunch. Hopefully I won’t knock it out with it this time.
He gets a crit at the perfect time! Dug is down, but Nebby is paralyzed and in the red. I’ll just let Mallah absorb attacks while I throw some balls. The Moon Ball, obviously.
IT DIDN’T WORK. YOU WASTED MY MOON BALL, NEBBY. I CURSE THEE. YOU’RE GETTING A DUSK BALL NOW.
THAT DIDN’T WORK EITHER BECAUSE IT’S DAYTIME.
H-heal ball….? no. No again. THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM! WE GOT IT!
I’m registering Nebby into the Dex, and I have the option to nickname it. OBVIOUSLY, Lunala’s nickname will be Nebby. How could it not. How could this even be an option.
….well, I have a full team of six, so see ya later Nebby!
OH NO THAT WAS CINEMATIC AND SO HORRIBLY SAD ;~~~~~; SEE YOU SOON LILLIE!!!! YOU ARE WONDERFUL.
And now…oh, that’s a surprise. It’s Nanu. Dark-type police guy.
oh boy sounds fun
We’re supposed to go back to Mount Lanakila and face the Pokemon League, and we have an option to fast-travel straight there with Nanu! Well, while I’d love to go with him for story purposes (traveling times with uncle nanu!), I’m gonna decline. I still want to explore and train a bit before I go. And…I’m leaving the episode here!
That….was an emotional rollercoaster of an episode. I was stunned by that climactic finale for a while. But, yeah, I do feel a little let down that Lusamine’s actually okay. It’s like they had something genuinely poignant and they just ripped it away from us, you know? I just hope they don’t do anything to undermine Lillie’s speech against her mother back in Ultra Space, because wow, that was totally justified. Don’t know if I can buy a Heel-Face Turn from Lusamine or a complete forgiveness from Lillie.
That’s all for next time, though. Thanks for joining me! See you next time as we approach THE ELITE FOUR!!!!!!