Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {9}

It is I, MissMash! Currently I’m at a friend’s house, but we all like Pokemon, so I don’t think anyone would mind if I started a liveblog now.

Take a look at my team:

Dug has been properly leveled! With luck, he’ll be up to 21 by the end of this blog. It was fun level grinding with him, too, even if we weren’t in the greatest area for him, and he has absolutely no ability to fight Mudbray, and he died like over twice more times than the rest of the team combined (once after two Grubbin teamed up against him). (no offense silkie).

So here I am, ready to continue the Grand Adventures of Leah!

PANIOLA RANCH! Already I can see both a Pokeball and a Zygarde bit, so I’ll be picking those up on my way.

I’m in a Pokemon Battle, and I’ve noticed that all the Trainers I’ve come across have the same ‘Trainer spotted!’ opening theme – which is a little disappointing, I won’t lie, because the music that came before the battles in B&W was awesome!

Hey, it’s Mallow! Hm, she’s a chef, right? And she’s checking out these Miltank? Uhhh…..

(oh, she’s just here for the moomoo milk. suuuuuuure.)

Uh????? Okay I have this now

I was gonna go off and try out Stoutland’s sniffing ability right away, but I accidentally activated a little boss fight thing against this Tauros! Why not, I’ll try it out!

I got a Scope Lens!!

this is so cute by the way

Looks like this is a pretty long, Trainer-heavy route, so I’ll be here for a while! Here’s a list of the notable things that happen:

-Dug died to a Mudbray again

-The Hidden Power lady gave me a TM and told me she’d check Hidden Powers!

-Not the daycare, but the NURSERY! And….IT GAVE ME AN EGG!!! I’ve probably hatched several hundred or thousand of those back in X&Y, but the very first one in a new game is an occasion to celebrate! (what wILL IT HATCH INTO)

-More hidden items

-An AMULET COIN

-“Look at the lustrous heads of my Pokemon!” thank you for that dialogue, pokemon breeder amanda,

-A whole bunch of items, both hidden and not

-And finally, some Sudowoodo performing their age-old duty of acting as ROADBLOCKS! They also dropped the hint that Captain Lana is a Water-trainer…not a problem for Silkie and Tulip, but I’m trying to train up Dug the Rock-type, so…wooooo.

Here’s Route 5! I gotta start my challenge by defeating all the Trainers. And there’s a pair of Twins over there….LET’S GO.

Hello, friend!

Hello, jerkface!

i-i have to choose it. I HAVE TO.

Oh sick, it’s Gladion! I thought this would be Lana. The boys-who-look-like-girls vibe is strong within this game.

yoooooo do we finally have a cool villain (who is null i want to meet them)

Also, can I…just……….

yurio

OH HEY WE’RE BATTLING! He has… a Zubat! Yeah, uh, you keep trying, buddy.

????? What am I about to see, here?

?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Okay, well…it’s down and out. Right now my guess would be Dark-type, since the only move it used was Pursuit, but…Bite, Breakneck Blitz, and Rock Throw were all neutral. I wonder if, considering its name, this thing doesn’t HAVE any type advantages or disadvantages. Where can I get one?? The heck????

He’s homeless? Character details YES!! Also, we haven’t seen the female Grunts til now!

ALSO, CAN I JUST

abel

Anyways, it’s interesting that we’ve got a villain member that the lackeys don’t like very much. Hmmmm.

FFFFFFFFFFF STOP THE PRESSES, I FOUND SOMETHING NEW AND ADORABLE

Quality screenshot coming up as soon as I CATCH THIS THING. or wait. it fainted. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

oh my god where are they.

OKAY, OKAY, I FOUND ONE, I CAUGHT IT, I’M NAMING IT NOW,

There we are! This animation name is more obscure than usual; it’s after Princess Amalia Sheran Sharm from Wakfu.

I was expecting Bug/Grass, but Fomantis is just pure Grass! NEAT! I cannot use her, sadly, because I have Dartrix already, but I might keep her around and see if I can evolve her anyways. Because she evolves once and WHAT DOES HER EVOLUTION LOOK LIKE, SHE’S A GRASS TYPE AND I NEED TO KNOW.

(I had a dream a few nights ago that Espurr had a Grass-type Alolan Form and they were pink with a green leafy head, like a Hoppip. Didn’t catch one, sadly.)

Update – at last, Dug is level 21! Now I don’t have to worry about using him against Lana!! Let’s get there first, though, shall we? Someone just mentioned that there’s a Center near Brooklet Hill, which would save me a lot of time; I’ve been running back to Paniola to heal up.

Heckin’ look at this, guys! There’s a dude in the Center who’ll take my Lillipup for something called Bounsweet!

It’s purple and it’s a Grass-type. WELP, FOMANTIS IS GETTING KICKED OFF THE “ONLY HERE TO EVOLVE” SPOT

If you look closely at that cruddy screenshot, you will see me, taking the picture, forgetting to make sure I wasn’t reflecting on the screen. I am at peace with this. Bounsweet spiritually represents me. It was meant to be.

(Though its adamant nature DOES make me a little bit nervous. I am a calm Special attacker by nature!)

Continuing with the trend of things-that-aren’t-worth-screenshotting-but-I-should-mention-anyways, this one trainer has something called a Morelull. Whatever it is, it resists Dark-type, and it’s modeled after those creepy hypnotic fungi! It also avoided both of Dug’s Rock Throws, who I’d happened to decide to use for this battle, and knocked him out. Gosh dang it, Dug. Please stop dying.

I made it to Brooklet Hill, and look, it’s Lana! She’s so cute and shy-looking!

She wants me to follow her. I’ll do that after I fight thi – oh wait that fisherman killed Dug again, gotta go heal

I’ve been finding a ton of Water-types on my way through, but this one is probably the most notable – could this be the first new Water-type besides Popplio/Brionne, actually?! And it’s the first Water/Bug type since Surskit! This is reminding me a lot of Pokemon Uranium; that game also had a new trio of Fire-, Electric-, and Water/Bug Pokemon. This time around, we’ve got Dewpider and Charjabug, to name some.

Aaanyway, here we are! Lana looks more like a guy in this shot than Ilima ever did. (She’s talking about this mysterious swirly thing in the lake, by the way.)

yo what

yoooooo! Even if Lana’s making us do this, at least we get to Surf in style!

~*I am now inserting a brief intermission for all the time I wasted swimming with Lapras and fighting Trainers and reviving Dug again*~

OKAY OKAY LET’S GO SEE THE MYSTERIOUS SPLASHY THING.

It was…this!!! Look at its sad little face! Holy snap I’m naming this thing Sadness. I don’t care that he’s a guy, his name is Sadness, it’s perfect, it’s an inside joke, I’m doing this

PERFECT

OMG GUYS THE EGG I GOT FROM THE DAYCARE IS HATCHING AND I MISSED TAKING A SCREENSHOT OF IT BUT IT’S HERE NOW AND THE POKEMON IS AN…..oh.

Maaaaaaan it’s not newwwww

nah it’s cool guys, his name is tom, he’s pretty chill

I have reached the next Pokemon, and….it’s another Wishiwashi! It’s an even higher level than Sadness, so I’ll catch it too. You can never have enough Wishiwashi. NEVER.

…okay, like, I said that, but this wishiwashi has just called for help successfully four times in a row. no. FIVE TIMES. I WAS EXAGGERATING. STOP THIS

While I battle the sixth seventh eighth ally, please have a humorous screenshot of one of the things I’m multitasking with.

OKAY. The fish finally managed to knock out Silkie, so the original Wishi got knocked out, so I caught the second one – which was still male and level 18. That was. So many fish. I gotta heal.

how did she get past me

Rotom just asked the same thing, so I’ll just assume that she’s being a giant troll about the whole Wishiwashi splashy thing and fighting fourteen consecutive Wishis is just her master plan to have the worst trial ever. BRING IT.

uhhhhh sure okay

OH MAN, THINGS JUST GOT DIFFERENT, THE TRIAL JUST STARTED AND I MISSED THE “TRIAL START” SCREENCAP BUT I GOT THIS ONE AND THIS WORKS TOO RIGHT

TRIAL START. From the looks of things, I’m about to face off against Wishi’s EVOLUTION! LET’S SEE WHAT YOU GOT, SADFISH

lapras nooooo

DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE

HOW’S FRIGGIN KOIZILLA SOUND FOR A NAME FOR THIS THING

And up in rotation to fight it is Tulip. She’s got type and level advantage, but it’s still raining, so this isn’t gonna be easy…

It can call Alomomola for an ally? WHYYY

IT KNOWS HEAL PULSE WHYYYYYY

It’s okay, it’s fine, we’re whittling them down. Tulip isn’t too badly hurt because she’s avoided moves and gotten critical hits with her affection, but Wishiwashi has gotten defense boosts, Growl has lowered Tulip’s Attack, and I think Soak got rid of Grass STAB, to top it all off. But she’s using Razor Leaf, which hurts both other Pokemon at once!

ALOMOMOLA IS DOWN.

NOW THERE’S A TINY WISHIWASHI. DFGJKL;

Here’s the situation now! I’m Charging up with Silkie a bunch (and healing) so that she can tank Water guns and take out Big Wishi with Spark. If that fails, we’re going back to Tulip, whose Razor Leaf was doing fine until the Growls stacked up.

Three Charges should be enough….Spark time! *whole game is electrocuted, dies* no, actually, this is working. ONE MORE SHOULD DO IT-!

crud no it wasn’t. ONE MORE.

Oh, thank goodness – Schooling is deactivated!! I’m facing two (relatively) normal Wishis now! Heck, I’m switching back to Tdonulip for this!

THAT’S IT! We did it!! Excellent work, guys – that was TENSE!

don’t you act all innocent, lana

IT IS DONE.

Oh, sweet! Now I can catch – there was that guy in the Center who wanted a Feebas, I guess! After the liveblog’s over, I can stay late and do some fishing.

Good lord, look at her face. she’s so SMUG

wait, was she trolling me again. LANAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Yes, please! There’s a closer spot than here I can fish at.

Hey, there’s some useful info! Sounds to me like we’re gonna be finding some…Fire-types!!!!!!!! vulpix vulpix vulpix

And that’s where I’m ending the blog for the night. This has been my longest blogging session to date; the making of this post has taken around six hours, partially due to some breaks for dinner and transport. But what a ride!!! Oh man, that Wishiwashi fight was awesome. And we met some cool new people, and a cool new villain, and some cool new Pokemon, and a fish that is Sadness from Inside Out incarnate….!!! I LOVE IT!!!

As for the potential new team members – what I’m aiming for right now are some Pokemon to balance out my team. I’m actually very nitpicky about my team members, but what I’m looking for are: two more males and a female (since I’ve got two females and a male right now), two to three Special Attackers (since I’ve got three physical attackers now, and we’ve all seen in the case of Mudbray w/Stamina what not having a wide range can do to you), and three Pokemon that don’t share a type with Tules, Silkie, and Dug. Water is almost certainly going to be one of these types, so that’s why Sadness the Wishiwashi, who fits all of these qualities, is looking like a pretty viable member of the team! I haven’t even seen Pyukumuku yet, though, and so while I’ll play around with training up Sadness, he’s not a solidified team member yet.

So, anyways, I’ll see you all in the next installment! Thanks for reading!

~*MissMash*~

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Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {8}

Hello, friends! It’s me and I’m BACK! Man, it sure is late. Really, really late. I wonder what the most responsible thing for me to do right now would be…?

SO LAST TIME I got a not-gym-badge and made my way over here, and now I’ve gotta find the Marina and get over to the next island – which I think I remember was named Akala? I’d better start training Dug the Rockruff up on the way.

…she’s experienced?

NO TIME FOR JOKES, we’re on a boat ride! I took screenshots of pretty much everything because it looked so PRETTY and yet, it didn’t stop. I realized I probably should have closed my Nintendo in between shots so I could upload the pictures but eh, it’s just a transition scene?? And why would I want to interrupt this beautiful scenario???

This was my favorite part, though. Hau is just jealous.

We have officially made it to Akala, and there’s some Castelia City-ish music going on!

i uh

okay no hau it wasn’t that funny i just had to use something to let the audience know we were done with the boat ride

…And he just ignores me and moves on to the Professor, and Kukui just says “The land is certainly ahoy, oh boy” and the music completely stops???

Lillie looks so OFFENDED

NEW FRIENDS!!!!

Olivia and Mallow! Mallow has a flower in her hair like a Grass-type person and I love her immediately (she’s a captain!)

And a chef?

yeah she’s a chef. (way to make it not obvious)

And then they leave! THAT WASN’T AWKWARD!

Kukui tells up that we have THREE trials on this island, meaning that by the time the next island rolls around, we’ll already have completed half of them…? That seems fast! I guess I’ll just head on out to Paniola and look at all the things on the way there.

I’m gonna make a list in advance. STUFF I FOUND IN HEAHEA CITY:

-An absolutely stunning tourist face board. Leah is now a lady in a bikini with a Bellossom.

-The Name Rater! Mark that down!

-Lillie, who told me about Tapu Lele and then had an a silent angry-face fight with Nebby over getting him back in the bag (the facial sprite are NOT QUITE ADVANCED ENOUGH to do this without it being pretty odd). I have to meet her at a hotel, but yeah yeah later

-A guy who wants me to get him a Pyukumuku. Will do, mister!

-A clothes shop in which I blew half my money (I found out that you can get glasses in this game, but I decided to leave them off Leah because, well, they didn’t suit her at all!!)

Wh – oh my god. Sina and Dexio???

I KNEW IT!! I REMEMBER THESE GUYS FROM X&Y!! THEY WERE TOTALLY WEIRD AND POINTLESS AND I DIDN’T LIKE THEM!

I, uh, guess I’m battling Sina now…that’s something I never did before, so that’s actually pretty great!

Her first Pokemon was a Delibird, which Dug took out on his own even though it was four levels higher because it was, well, a Delibird. Then she had a Glaceon, which knocked him out…luckily, Silkie was there to protect us!

Dexio just gave us the Zygarde Cube. HEY THANKS THAT’S NICE TO HAVE

My way to the rest of the city is blocked off by a guy on a Stoutland (!!!!), so I guess I’ll go stop by the hotel. After training Dug up a bit and catching some things, I mean! I won’t go farther into Route 4 than the first grass block!

 

Wow, would you look at this thing! I guess…I guess I’ll just name her Donkey? He’s a pretty iconic cartoon, isn’t he? (Her ability is ‘stamina,’ raising Defense every time it got physically hit, which is REALLY ANNOYING)

Oh, well….Lillie says the person she wanted to meet isn’t showing up, so I guess we’re not having this subplot right now. BACK TO ROUTE 4!

Dug is sorely missing a Rock-type move, but I’m having fun battling with him. I tested out the Normalium with him, and you’ll have to forgive me if I run out of liveblog time while petting him in Pokemon Refresh. (HE’S SO HUGGABLE)

I, um…there’s also this new mechanic! I missed seeing more Zygarde in Gen 6, to be honest. It’s pretty interesting that we actually have to collect bits of a Pokemon until we have enough to get a really strong one.

Update: Dug now has Rock Throw. He will be UNSTOPPABLE.

Hey, it’s Paniola Town!

Hey, it’s Hau!

oh i guess he’s battling us. cool alright

Hau still has two Pokemon, the SCRUB. Except Pikachu beat Dug because it survived my Breakneck Blitz with one HP, which is incredibly aggravating and I want to run it over with a bus and it’s a good thing I have a bus Pokemon now.

Look at this! Brionne, huh?? From what I’ve heard, I was expecting a lot worse for Popplio’s next design, but this isn’t really bad at all. It’s feminine and pretty cute!

Let’s run it over too.

YAY I WIN. And off goes Hau to find the Ranch.

And, once I heal up at the Center, that’s actually where I’m gonna end the episode! Bit of a short one today, but while I’m out, I’m going to level up Dug. Both Tulip and Silkie are at level 21, and as Dug is only at level 16, he’s got some leveling up to do! I might only train him to 18 or so, though…just enough for him to comfortably hold his own against other Pokemon, but I’ll be able to get the last few levels during the next liveblog, when there’s plot stuff happening.

And, of course, if Dug evolves, I’ll either edit it in or let you all know right away in the next blog.

So then! I’ll see you next time for the exciting continuation of Akala Island!

~*MissMash*~

Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {7}

Oh snap it’s me and it’s a liveblog and I’m back!! Hey, everyone! Today, I failed at a lot of things, such as art and time management. So what could I do that I haven’t proven myself a failure at yet? That’s right, play Pokemon!!!

Last time, Leah left off at the entrance to Route 3, having beaten I  – Ilima?? Gosh I love him but I can’t remember his name – at our very first island challenge. Silkie beat up a magical Raticate. That was pretty cool.

Let’s roll out!

Route 3 seems to be on a cliff by the ocean, which is lovely! I found a flying shadow, checked it out, and found:

yaaaaay (i hate this pokemon)

I named her Ludo and went back to the Pokemon Center to heal! Or rather, I will go to the Center when I’m done typing. Whoops, getting ahead of myself in these “live”blogs here.

There’s kind of a split path in this here route, but the good news is I explored the higher one and found a Sharp Beak for Tulip! Peck is gonna do MASSIVE damage wait no it still didn’t ko a spearow

…hey, I just got a second one from that Spearow?? Did it drop its beak when I beat it?

Here’s the first patch of grass! I know we’re supposed to be looking for Lillie, but pfffff she can wait while I run around in here for half an hour

Pokemon Count:

-Spearow (x3)

-Cutiefly (x2) BUT THEN

ASDFGHJKL;’DFGH GUYS LOOK LOOK LOOK TULIP IS LEVEL 17 AND SHE IS EVOLVING

FORGET THE SCREENSHOTS I AM VIDEO RECORDING MY CHILD

(Better turn up the volume so you can hear this A+ sound quality! Also, I say ‘aynimay’ at the end on accident and I deeply regret this)
DARTRIX GET

This is so cool!! Look at her little bangs! I gotta see what type she is!

…grass/flying. THAT’S FINE I DON’T CARE (where are my ice counters)

SHE THROWS BLADE QUILLS AND SHE’S A NINJA

That was fun!! Who needs grass patches??? LET’S KEEP GOING!!!!

asdfghjkl; the first Trainer I’m battling with Dartrix has a PETILIL, WHICH EVOLVES INTO LILLIGANT, WHICH IS PRETTY MUCH MY FAVORITE GRASS-TYPE AHHHGH

Man, that Sharp Beak came with really good timing! I didn’t actually one-shot this Petilil but, y’know, I came close!!

Look who I found! Oh man, this place is lovely, and I like the music. I’m not surprised Nebby’s run off in here. And the side outside this place said ‘Where the Oricorio dance’…catch one, maybe?

Lillie is just kind of letting me run off and get Nebby for her. But she healed me, so hey it’s all good

lOOK WHO I FOUND

HER NAME IS CHARLOTTE AFTER THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG CHARACTER

And now look – an Oricorio! At first I thought it was the evolution of Cutiefly, but after seeing its typing – Electric/Flying – that’s not the case. Interesting…

Well, after some more extensive wandering, the only other two Pokemon I’ve found are Caterpie and Cutiefly – so I won’t be getting any more new ones at the moment. And the encounter rate here is insane, good lord

Nebby has been returned safe and sound! I was kind of expecting to have to chase her around. But no. Nebby is the pinnacle of obedience.

IMPORTANT LILLIE INFO DROP! Oricorio have form changes!! I THOUGHT it was interesting that they looked just like Melemele Meadow! And they don’t evolve, either…I wonder if they change their typing!!

The power trio is BACK AT IT

And!! Looks like we’re battling!!

…You know what I just realized? Hau reminds me of Minami.minami

Okay, Dartrix vs Pikachu, go! It uses Electro Ball, which would be worrisome except for the fact that I’M GRASS/FLYING, SO I’M NOT WEAK TO ELECTRIC, HECK YEAH

Pikachu and Popplio (your starter hasn’t evolved yet? get on my level) are both taken out with a bunch of Razor Leaf! Looks like we did it, folks!

Kukui just showed up and told us about the grand trial, woo, fun fun yeah I’m gonna look around some more you guys just go ahead

Man, if there’s only thing I sorely miss in this game, it’s the part of the DexNav from ORAS that let you see when you’d caught all possible Pokemon in a route. I ran around for fifteen or twenty minutes, and the only new thing I caught was a Mankey, but that doesn’t feel like all, you know? How many one-percenters am I missing?

AHA! I FOUND A METAPOD IN MELEMELE MEADOW

Oh!! And I got a critical capture on that Metapod, too – nice! In honor, I will name it Chris, after…uh…that host from Total Drama Island? Yeah, sure!

About time I made it here!! There’s still a few things I want to search around in Route 3 for – a guy is gonna give me a Red Card, and I need to find a Rockruff on Ten Carat Hill, which I actually don’t know if I’ve seen? But right now, I think it’s Hala time!

Hala is a Fighting-type Trainer! COME AT ME DUDE I HAVE A BIRD AND A POTATO

this music guys

HYPE FACTOR IMMINENT

In the time this picture took to load, I defeated his Mankey and have almost defeated his Makuhita – there goes a Super Potion! Okay, not it’s down. What’s his third? I GUESS CRABRAWLER

AW YEAH I WAS RIGHT

Take it down, Silkie!

Looks like getting Acrobatics paid off! WE’VE DONE IT!

and now for the most important part

(tules is now at five hearts of affection and this amount of unconditional love is starting to scare me)

GRAND TRIAL COMPLETE! FIGHTINIUM GET!

wait, uh, what

WAIT,,,, UH,,,,,,,,,,,

OH WELL THIS IS PRETTY SICK I GUESS I’M ON A TAURUS NOW

HAU COME ON CALM DOWN

Okay, I think Ilima’s my favorite character in the game so far and I absolutely cannot explain why

it’s just that my heart did a little skippy thing when he randomly appeared again because he’s so gosh darn cute and oh shoot no it’s happening again

HE WANTS TO BATTLE AGAIN, I’M OKAY WITH THAT

ALSO HALA JUST SAID THAT TAURUS CAN SMASH THROUGH ROCKS AND OMG FINALLY THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY CUT-OFF PLACES

OMG IS THE RIDE PAGER THE REPLACEMENT FOR HMS IN THIS GAME???? REJOICE, FOR OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED

I just confirmed with Lillie that I’ll help travel with her to the next island – and now the others want me to visit my mom, why not! I’m gonna ride Taurus there, and judging by the Ride Pager screen, there’ll be plenty more ridable Pokemon in the future!!! :O

Right, so – I think the last place I’ll go for the night is Ten Carat Hill. I might take a lap around Melemele before I find my way to the next one – Akala, according to Mom – but I definitely want to try and find all the secrets I can!

We made it to the Farthest Hollow!

HHFKSDFKL IT’S HAPENING AGAIN

Okay, two things: one, I think video reactions will have to be a once-a-night thing…it’s really late here, and Silkie is, sadly, not my starter, so I guess her evolution isn’t quite as momentous?? I still love her, though! But secondly, and more importantly:

why is she a bus

i’m glad she’ll evolve one more time but why is silkie shaped like a bus

at level 20, magikarp evolves into a giant sea dragon. grubbin evolves into a bus

WHY

I’M PLAYING WITH A TINY BUS IN POKEMON REFRESH AND I THINK I HEARD HER HONKING AT ME????

Okay okay don’t I have a Rockruff to find or something

(SHE STILL KNOWS ACROBATICS, BUT, HOW)

Well, that’s taken care of! Why are there so few animated female dogs?? I almost named her Dug, but I think Winona also fits pretty well. And I’m not saying she’s a team member right now, but I am gonna play around with training her up as I go along. It’s been a while since I’ve used a Rock-type on my team. And she’s a really cute one!

OH!!!!! I actually went back to catch a second one, a male, since I realized I would have three females on my team otherwise, and this one was caught with a critical capture! I really am catching a lot of Pokemon. Looks like Dug is something special!

And here I am again! I just took a lap around the whole island and sought out a few of the places I’ve seen smashable rocks before – like inside Verdant Cavern, and that place towards the very end of Route 3.

On my way I found Hau just kind of hanging out here, so I think this is where we’ll end off. Tomorrow I’ll visit the Marina, and we’ll make our way to the next island! My current team:

Two evolutions in one liveblog…great milestone today, folks!

And now I have a bus.

I’m not mad, Pokemon…I’m just confused.

~*MissMash*~

Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {6}

Another liveblog?! I must be on a roll! Hey all, MissMash here, and last time we left offffff

RIGHT HERE. Now, I did noodle around in the game a bit while I was waiting for WordPress to get its crud together, but all I did was play with Tulip and Silkie some more in Pokemon Refresh. They love me so much. My army will be unstoppable.

Hey, before I get tired of taking screenshots every four seconds, let’s take a look at my current party:

The naming theme of everybody being some animated character has not yet been broken. BUT WE DON’T HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THAT, because I think it’s time to go talk to Captain Ilima! I like him! He’s cool!!! Even though I keep forgetting his name!!!! vv n  vnvnnnvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvggggggggggggggg

I won’t be able to leave til the trial is over? Flashbacks to Pokemon Ranger nahhh, it’s cool. I’ve got a grass owl and a buggy bug. Surely Verdant Caverns won’t have any Fire- or Flying-types in it!

omg verdant caverns sounds like a grass name what if ilima is secretly a grass gym leader

I N W E G O

YES THANK YOU IT’S SO PRETTY

“Allow me to explain the basics of my trial.” Good, because no one actually has so far. My guess is a kind of puzzle?

OH I HAVE TO BATTLE SOME ALOLAN RATTATAS. Except…I accidentally pressed the screen when I was taking the picture so I have no screenshot of it. Whoops, moving on!

yooooooo do I get to keep it. do raticate get a special move

????!?

He says there’s a super tough Totem Pokemon somewhere in here! OH NO!

We can’t catch those Alolan Rattata? Aww. Well, you bet I’ll stick around afterwards and see what I find! (speaking of which, i see that tm behind you, ilima, it’s so obvious)

“This is but one of the seven trials you will face during your island challenge.” Okay, I was hazy on the numbers before, but this confirms that this game won’t have the regular old eight gym badges to collect. THIS IS ALL NEW TERRITORY. I’M SCARED.

AND IT BEGINS! Let’s get to it!

Oh, well, that TM’s up on a ledge, so I’ll get back to it. In the meantime:

i wonder what it could beeeee

As I was battling, I tested out my Rowlet’s Astonish, and it looks like Alolan Rattata still keeps its Normal typing! In any case, the battle didn’t last long after that.

Ooh, I found a Revive in a rock! I’d better go to that den to find the second ratATTA OMG IT JUST RUSHED AT ME WHY

I defeated it! Tulip should level up n –

why

sigghhhhh okay she’s in the yellow now from a Super Fang, but I think Tulip can tough out one more battle, and then I can switch to Silkie to keep the levels even.

OOH! THE TM WAS BRICK BREAK. THIS IS VERY USEFUL.

So I’m wandering around, and this place is a little more mazelike than I originally thought. The cloud of dust where Rattata is keeps moving, and I don’t see a ready way to track it. There might be more to this trial than I thought…

OH GOD NOT YOU AGAIN

Do I remember them? I’m saying “Sorry, who are you” because pounding them into the ground with a bird is not going to be cathartic enough.

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OH NO, HE AGGRESSIVELY RAPPED TOWARDS ME…And it’s battle time!

Well, that was easy! At least Tulip got her two EXP. And now they leave. That sure did happen.

GOD I KNOW, DON’T JUMPSCARE ME LIKE THAT

…Okay, now I can keep going. But I can still see one of the Grunts back there. He’s still…he’s still going.

OH! I get it. They’re blocking off some of the dens, so there’s only one place for the Rattata to be now!

…..that’s no rattata, we have ACHIEVED RATICATE, FOLKS (I THINK I SAW THIS IN THE OPENING VIDEO)

And yooo Bug Bite was super effective! I guess it’s a Normal/Dark type!

I am now moving on to the Z-Crystal. RattataQuest is complete!

………..oh snap guys the music cut out

OH SNAP it’s….a raticate? i just…fought one of these?

OH SNAP GUYS AT LEAST IT’S A MAGIC RATICATE! Both my Pokemon are physical attackers, so a Defense rise will be a toughie, but Bug Bite should be okay!

Oh man, this thing is huge compared to Grubbin. BUT LOOK THE RATICATE JUST CALLED AN ALLY, THAT WAS PRETTY COOL

Bug Bite took care of the Rattata right away and this Totem Cate is gonna faint in one more hit, but…I wonder if I can sit here and see if Raticate calls more Pokemon? It’d be kinda cool to farm EXP from it, after all.

Nah, I’ve got a liveblog schedule to keep. Silkie almost just got knocked out, though – that Bite left her with just four HP o-o;;

But we did it!

o h HECK YES

And hey, it’s Ilima! I hope he chased out those Team Skull weirdos.

Not…really? It was just level 12, man, and it kind of got defeated by a Grubbin…

TRIAL COMPLETE!

Normalium Z, eh? Exposition me, Captain!

i am getting serious dork vibes from him. help me

So Crystals do indeed strengthen a move, but this one’s for a move of a certain type! Man, imagine taking a Normalium Z-alized Giga Impact from a Slaking. Not pretty. Do they all turn to Pulvurizing Pancake, though, like what Snorlax’s signature move thing was called?

Thank you for your Great Balls, Captain Ilima. And he healed me! Yay!

He wants me to go to Route 3 to see something, but I think I’m gonna stick out and find those Rattata, first. There’s a huge breakable rock in the corner – note to self, come back with Rock Smash.

(An interlude – I just battled and caught a Diglett, and its Alolan ability is…Tangling Hair? And now it’s a Ground/Steel type?? Rapunzel it is!)

And we’re out! I now have a Zubat, Diglett, and fancy Rattata. I looked a bit for a Raticate, but then Silkie fainted so I figured I’d get out of there.

Meanwhile. Ilima. Why are you being so formal. WE WERE LITERALLY JUST TALKING

Hey, it’s another familiar face!

I just got a little Z-Power diagram – but woah, the professor’s busting out the pokemon-catching tutorial too.

Pretty cool! I would not want to be on the end of that.

Apparently, Kukui lost Lillie somewhere in Route 3. Don’t worry, not-actually-my-cousin-because-I’m-pretty-sure-that’s-just-a-Hawaiian-term-of-familiarity-that-I-misinterpreted-horribly! I’ll go find her for you!

After I take a break, that is. I’m ending the blog here! We passed a pretty good milestone today – first trial complete! We also found out more about Alolan Forms and Z-Crystals and had another, uh, run-in with Team Skull. Those same two grunts are the only things I’ve seen so far of Team Skull. But those people harassing Lillie in the beginning were wearing white, weren’t they? Interesting…

I put all the Pokemon I caught back into the PC Box, so my team of two is starting to feel a little lonely. I daresay it’s time to start looking for another partner on Route 3! Who knows, maybe we’ll have a new friend next time!

See you soon,

~*MissMash*~

Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {5}

WOW GUESS WHO’S BACK! AGAIN! That’s right, it’s MissMash! Last year, we left off:

here, all primed and ready to explore Hau’uli  Hau’oli City. Right, you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t remember names quite as well as before. It’s been a month since the last one! :/ I am an avid liveblog follower and I hate it when something like that breaks me out of the zone, especially if they’re being read all in a row in the distant future. (Oh god what if I don’t finish the game by the time Gen 8 comes out). So I’ll try and keep mixups to a minimum.

I guess that means I’d better get started, then!

Right off the bat we get some pretty beach graphics and scenic panoramas and girls in bikinis~ SHIELD YOUR EYES HAU~

It’s a little early for me to be attracting attention from strangers

oh gee i wonder COULD IT BE ‘ALOLA’

…I WAS RIGHT

can…can we walk around now? oh thank goodness we can

Ah, now here’s a name I haven’t come across yet! Pyukumuku sounds neato. A Water-type squishy sea anemone thing is my guess. (I don’t have a Water-type yet. I’M SO EXCITED TO BUILD MY TEAM.)

More exploring reveals that, oddly, you can’t interrupt Hau’s beach party time, so I’m moving on to explore more of the city. Discoveries made: My Rotomdex wiggles around when you poke it. And there’s clearly some fun places to Surf to over the ocean, but I don’t have a Pokemon to do that yet!

Also, THERE IS A PICKUP TRUCK JUST SITTING THERE BY THE BEACH. PEOPLE IN THE POKEVERSE DRIVE TRUCKS CONFIRMED. FANFICTION CHANGED FOREVER.

We are now in the shopping center. Sounds dangerous.

Hau just interrupted me. NO HAU, LEAVE ME TO MY SHOPPING oh wait he took me into the store anyways

ghjkl;’ what do you mean i can take photos of pokemon now ARE WE IN POKEMON SNAP

Well, anyways, Poke Finder sounds pretty cool! I bummed around the shop, got some Ultra Balls from a guy, and drew a Lotto Ticket before moving on again.

Rotom just came out to take a picture of Hau, Lillie, and me and I MISSED SCREENSHOTTING IT NOOO

But…who could be saying this?!

I’d say this was ominous if not for the chirpy music in the background.

Ahh, no, it’s just the Poke Finder tutorial guy. Look at me taking pictures of taking pictures! SO META!

With the new Thumbs Up mechanic, it appears that Pokemon  has finally become social media. Welp, back to exploring.

Customization! IT’S HAPENING

I just got the Lens Case and Makeup Case – would be really cool if the guys got makeup too! – and a lady outside gave me a Silk Scarf! WHICH I PUT ON SILKIE IMMEDIATELY.

And here’s my new look! The hat clashed too badly with the purple – and I think it looks kind of weird and May-esque, anyways – so I took it off. I would’ve bought another one but I would’ve had to shell out ALMOST EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS, WHAT THE HECK.

AHHHHH THERE’S A SALON NEXT DOOR. Strap in, guys, because I am saving my game and not leaving til I find a style I like. Why does this game’s customization already feel so much more expansive than X&Y???

And this looks good to me! I sure am glad Leah shares none of my fears and objections to hair dye.

…We haven’t actually gone or done anything important this episode, have we? OKAY, I’M GOING TO MOVE ON AND ASSUME YOU GUYS HAVE ALL PLAYED THE GAME AND DON’T CARE ABOUT THE MINUTE DETAILS OF EVERY INCH OF HAU’OLI CITY

Things Of Interest in the Hau’oli Shopping District:

-A heal ball

-The Move Deleter

-Hau’oli Cemetery??? When do I go there?????

-The cafe guy gave me a Rare Candy and a Casteliacone!

-FIRST MENTION OF THE VILLAIN TEAM (WHOSE NAME I WAS SPOILED ON):

Okay, no, wait, let’s talk about Team Skull for a sec. I Do Not Like Their Name. For one thing, sure, it’s a little unoriginal. But a FAR more important reason is:

teamskull

Pokemon already had a Team Skull!!! From Pokemon Explorers of Sky!!! And that game was awesome and they can’t just rip the name like it didn’t exist before, you know??? Like, did you know ORAS was NOT the first game where you could fly on a Lati@s? The third Ranger game was! That game was so good!

Okay, rant aside, looking up that image even without using any ‘team skull’ keywords caused a bunch of pictures of who was probably the team leader to pop up and no no no no no no SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

hey look a mansion

Woah, uh, walking into this place actually felt really invasive, like the concept of “i’m not supposed to come into this stranger’s fancy house uninvited” was actually a thing.

Apparently, this is Captain Ilima’s house! I thought he was a girl. Oops.

Speaking of which: I left the shopping district and entered the Marina, and hey, I ran into the guy!

?!?! And could I have run into PLOT as well?!?

oh god

….wait, what, their theme song was some sort of heavy metal rap and then Ilima just started speaking and brought the cheerful Hau’oli theme back.

And the theme’s back. OKAY, YOU TWO NEED TO STOP, IMMEDIATELY. (this picture comes with a free meta glimpse into wordpress)

AND IT’S TIME FOR BATTLE! Okay, I’ll say this: their battle intro – the black paint thing – and their battling music is pretty sick. But still. Y’all’re edgesters.

He had a Zubat and my bug defeated him in like three seconds, but this encounter made me appreciate Ilima a lot more. Look at how cute he’s being!

Smeargle, yeah? I saw the signs around town.

Oh, wait, like, by now, he meant NOW now. Okay then!

He has…a Yungoos! yaaaaaay

By the way, both Silkie and Tulip’s affection are up to 3 hearts, so at the beginning of battles they’re awaiting my instructions and reminiscing about our lives together. So cute!

The Smeargle’s up, so I’m switching to Tulip cause I haven’t used her in a while! And I’ve got a feeling about this Smeargle…hmm…

Oh, no. Dang, I was guessing it’d be an Alolan form??

Well, it matters not, because I managed to beat him! It was close, actually, because Smeargle knew Ember, and on one of my turns I was trying to type with one hand and clicked Astonish by accident. But two Leafages was enough to do it.

Away Ilima goes to Verdant Cavern, and I’d better go to Route 2 to catch up with him for the REAL trial! Though maybe I should stop for the night…NAHHHH ROTOM’S TELLING ME TO KEEP GOING LET’S GO

Lillie stopped to wish me well on the way there. I am feeling…I am feeling the warm fuzzies in this game right now. aaaaaaaahhhhhgh.

Route 2 time  – and would you look at that, there’s shaking grass in this game! A Makuhita? WHY NOT

That’s all taken care of!

Okay, this is interesting – in Route 2, I came across a house in which a boy ran away from home to go on a Pokemon journey. This is really detailed, so – who, I wonder? Will or have we met him?

I went along further and a Delibird led me to Team Skull plot, wow! And now I have berries.

And then I backtracked to visit the Hau’oli Cemetery. This is, uh…quite the casual way to introduce a cemetery to us, I guess. Wow.

I did find a Drifloon, though!! Named him Peedee! Now I can complete a sidequest for this one girl in the city who wanted one! (She gave me 10,000 Poke. Cool.)

NEW ALOLA FORM DISCOVERED: Diglett has a weird little tuft on its head. That’s another single-type Generation One Pokemon with no Mega who got a special form…

Okay, I’ve explored the cemetery quite a lot, so I’m back on the track to Verdant Cave. Not much there. Maybe it’s different in the cemetery at night.

Look at this little doot, though! Found a new Pokemon! Her name is Bessie (from The Mighty B, even though I never watched that show), although…you, uh, remember Beautifly, right? Cutiefly, Beautifly….those are pretty similar names…?

At least Bug/Fairy is a neat combo.

would like to inform: a random trainer just sent a misdreavus out. would like to inform: I LOVE MISDREAVUS SO MUCH

well, uhh…this is an interesting design?? I found this Crabrawler randomly in a berry pile…okay then!

Having explored every inch of this goshdarn giant route and caught a whole bunch of Pokemon – Growlithe, Crabrawler, Spearow, Smeargle, Drowzee, Cutiefly, even more! – I think that’s a good place to stop for the night! That’s right, at the entrance to Verdant Cavern! That means we can start right off with our first trial and not worry about all this exploring! Because I can’t stop. help me

I love the Alola region in itself, and I feel a great kinship beginning with Hau and Lillie! I wonder if they’ll get any sort of development later on…? I HOPE SO! And, uh, also Team Skull happened.

Team stats: Tulip the Rowlet and Silkie the Grubbin, both level 15. Braced for imminent evolution from either one of them. A third Pokemon still hasn’t caught my eye.

I will see you all next time!

~*MissMash*~