Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {16}

Greetings! Are you ready to see what awaits us in this installment of Pokemon Moon? Because I am!

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Here’s Leah, hanging out where we left her in Heahea. See that pathway to the right (our right, not hers) there? THAT’S WHERE WE’RE HEADED!

Gotta make some small talk as I actually set my Nintendo up. Soo…how’s April going, huh? How’s the weather?

Never mind, we made it! More apologies for the image qualities, here. Evening always makes the screen reflect worse than usual, but when else will I have time to blog?

I stumbled onto Hano Beach and landed myself a part-time job. And I got 20,000 dollars for it, holy heck! This beach is actually a really nice place, and there looks to be an expansive water route next to it. But, knowing me and how long I spend exploring, I’ll save that part for after the hotel.

Here we are. Ooh, it’s lovely! It reminds me of that one thing from the original Pokemon Ranger game when you’re going over a narrow bridge with water on either side and there are Gyarados spitting Hydro Pumps at you.

Indeed I have…please tell me your name

…Yeah, I definitely haven’t been spoiled on this guy.

Faba is now inviting me to the Aether Paradise, which sounds a lot like a Poke Pelago. Maybe those are more plot-relevant than I thought? Nothing to do but agree!

Oh wait, a wild Hau appeared! Olivia came too, and hey, she mentioned that she’s never gotten married. Pretty random but pretty interesting plot detail to drop.

There’s a garden? You mean like….Grass-types?!?

Evidently, Aether Paradise can float. are we about to learn about pokemon slave labor

Okay, well, here we are. This place is very….pristine. Hmm. Should I be a little unnerved?

WOAH OKAY WE’RE NOT ABLE TO USE OUR POKE BALLS WITHIN THE FACILITY. I am unarmed. TULIP NO!

Yeah, excuse you….yyyyyou!

Wait, heck, Faba ISN’T the Aether president; he’s just a branch manager. I guess we’ll meet the branch manager in a second…? Will this be a plot twist?

(Alert, I just saw a mosquito in my room. If you see any random typos or keyboard mashes you’ll know why. The war has begun.)

New character ahoy! What cheery theme music.

Wicke just took us up the weird triangle elevator thing. And…wow, she knows I’m eleven!? That’s like the first time that a specific age has been dropped for the games.

Hau looks so much older than eleven and for some reason knowing that this is his actual age makes him so much cuter. HE’S STILL SO YOUNG

And on we go.

Yes, so you’ve said, but…what about the people? You’re not gonna blow up the world to keep the Pokemon safe, are you?

I don’t know this Pokemon! I ONLY HAVE A MAREANIE.

Gosh daaang, Pokemon is getting really real with us in this generation.

Okay, another reason I’m suspicious of Wicke – she’s shaking her head. Why would she have arbitrary character animation if she weren’t super important??

PRESIDENT NAMEDROP! Lusamine! I like it!

And now I have free reign! The first thing I did was open up Pokemon Refresh, and sure enough, my Poke Balls can still open and close. Maybe all this talk of jamming Poke Balls was only meant to refer to empty ones (like that one thing with Ghetsis!), but if not, then – Pokemon, you have been outplayed!

ASDFGHJKLKJHGFD; IT’S HER!!! IT’S!!!! THIS!!!! THE LADY IN THE MAGAZINE IN THE OPENING CUTSCENE!!!

I…it is her, isn’t it? That hair is a lot poofier than I would have expected. But dang, this design….this is a first female evil team leader if I’ve ever seen one.

so what if the aether foundation sucks the life out of pokemon so they can be immortal

(i really like this theme music, by the way)

HEY HAU, THIS IS A CONVENIENT TIME TO BRING UP THE OTHER CHARACTER WHO’S SUSPICIOUSLY BLONDE AND WEARS WHITE ALL THE TIME. ARE YOU TRYING TO IMPLY THAT LUSAMINE AND LILLIE ARE RELATED IN SOME WAY. A FAMILIAL WAY. MATERNALLY.

I’m decently sure that Lillie’s name freaked Lusamine out a little. BUT HOLD ON A SECOND….EARTHQUAKE!.mnb/ljh:JKkhvhl/kghjhklkbnklkkvhbhjkl;,.mn,bhjkl.,mnkjkl,mlj;jll

That was not the mosquito, that was me mashing keys while taking crazed photos of this SHINY NEW POKEMON THAT JUST APPEARED IN A COSMOG-ESQUE BEAM OF LIGHT.

TELL ME ALL YOUR SECRETS PLEASE.

Lusamine is not sure what just happened???? like???? did an alien just drop in on us??? ase;dfjkhas;dflkhasdf;jh

And all of a sudden I’m allowed to run around. WELL I guess I’m fighting this thing ok

AW DAAAAAAANG I AM FIGHTING AN ??? AND THIS IS SO TERRIFYING AND FRICKIN COOL BUT OF COURSE I CAN’T CATCH IT

I’m fighting with Mallah, and I just tried to pull off the Nasty Plot strategy like with Olivia, but it has Clear Smog?? WHY

Okay, I got its HP low enough and it just warped reality and DISAPPEARED!

you okay there, lu

IASD;FJKLSD;LAKSDFLSDKFSLDAKSDFSKLFSAKLASKL;FD LUSAMINE JUST SMILED EVILLY AND WAS ALL “THAT WAS UNDOUBTEDLY AN ULTRA BEAST” AND IT WAS CREEPY AS HECK AND GOSH FRICKING DANG IT MOSQUITO NOW IS NOT THE TIME

THIS FREAKING FACE

“It looked like it was suffering…I can’t bear to see that happen! I will save it. And I will love it!” 10/10 best villain screw team skull they suck so bad aether foundation where it’s at

dude what if aether foundation turns out to be SO evil that we have to team up with team skull and gladion and plumeria to take them out

dude hau is already so attached to lusamine what if he’s brainwashed by her and we have to fight him

This is perfect, actually. I needed a better move for Mallah!

Look at them being friends and being dorks!!

So…that’s what a malasada looks like, I guess?

ULA’ULA AHOY!

I spy….ASIAN CULTURAL INFLUENCES!

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Well, dang, now we’re doing this. like, okay. thanks for the heal

Hau still only has three Pokemon, the skrub! But hey, at least he evolved his Pikachu and hOLY CRUD RAICHU HAS AN ALOLAN FORM????

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Looks like it’s Electric/Fairy, and it might even have Levitate! I like the design a lot, I have to admit. They really cutened it up. It’s a higher level than I was expecting, though!

Mallah’s not exactly suited for this fight, so hey, come on out, Dug.

……nope he’s been oneshot with Psychic

And Bug Bite is supereffective! Psychic/Electric, then? That is an unexpected but super cool typing. Hau just switched to his Flareon and SILKIE NO. RUN.

Okay. Flareon is down, Brionne is down….aaaaand there goes Raichu! Okay, Hau, I take it back, your Pokemon are super tough and I’m really glad there were only three of them.

Right, we need to find Malie Garden…and I need to heal. I guess Hau didn’t feel like fixing up my Pokemon before he ran away like a lunatic.

But we’ve made it to the first Ula’ulan center! And you’ve probably guessed it, this is where we’re leaving off for the night!

dfghjkl;ḱjhgf SO MUCH STUFF HAPPENED. We met some characters AND THEY WERE REALLY COOL. I’m honestly not much of a “villain” type of person – there are really only so many unique motivations to be evil – but Lusamine seems really, really cool. That is, unless I’ve gotten her pegged all wrong and she really is a non-ambiguous good guy. But like. Come on.

Next episode – we’ll meet up with Kukui and probably get introduced to this island’s round of kahunas! And maybe we’ll get some new Pokemon or evolve some old ones?? Who knows!

~*MissMash*~

Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {15}

Hey, y’all! We’ve reached another multiple of 5! Right now, Passover’s going on, so I hope you’re having a nice holiday time, celebrate it or not. (Whoops, same for Easter.) But perhaps more important than either of those, today is 4/13….the birthday of Homestuck! Maybe I can make awkward Homestuck references more than usual during the blog to celebrate.

Although, I’m actually not sure how long this blog will go for…I’m starting a little late, so we may just play til we beat Olivia and call it a night? Eh, we’ll take it as we go!

Last time, we left off after Thoroughly Exploring Konikoni City. That wasn’t my latest adventure, though! Off-camera, I went back to do some exploring in Lush Jungle because an NPC told me I could get an Oranguru there. Well….

Here he is! I didn’t really want to name him King Louie, so his namesake is the gorilla from Teen Titans. He’s a pretty cool dude. So cool, in fact, that I think I’m gonna try leveling him up for a while?? I mean, he doesn’t share types with my current team, and he’s definitely meant to be a Special attacker. Although Mallah’s moveset doesn’t look very focused around attacking moves…I had to give him TM Charge Beam, because before that he only had Stored Power. (Apologies for any worse-than-usual screenshots; the lighting’s not great tonight!)

I went around to try and level Mallah up before the fight, but now I’ve realized I’m just going to fall asleep if I start level grinding right now. So I’m actually gonna try out the EXP Share for this fight! There’s a first!

And here’s some conflict!

DRAMATIC ZOOM

I am now fighting in place of….the President of the Aether Foundation? Can’t wait to learn all about them in a second.

Wait, where?! who are you

Nope, they’re gone. HEAL UP, MOVE ON

Wow, past the Team Skull roadblock is a whole bunch of stuff! I’m seeing trainers and Zygarde bits and a whole bunch of stuff. Might be a while yet.

FOUND A NEW POKEMON! It’s Gumshoos, the evolution of Yungoos! It’s not a super different design, but an interesting name. And is it Gumshoos as in gumshoe, since they’re the Stakeout Pokemon? Do we have a gutsyGumshoe on our hands?

Also, Dug just leveled up and tried to learn Stealth Rock. Not today, buddy….but I’m making a note of that for the competitive scene.

Another one of my recent additions. This must be where Olivia’s Probopass came from.

I’m almost to the end of these outskirts, and….huh, Mallah’s not doing too bad. He’s already level 24, fighting on his own and everything. I think his design’s too complete for him to evolve, but man, I hope he does!!

WHOOPS WE GOT AN ADMIN

!!!!!!!! I HAVE HEARD THIS NAME.

I follow a couple of webcomic artists on Twitter, and one of them namedropped this lady and I think must have posted some fanart. I saw the name, not the art, and was unable to get it out of my head – so I assumed for a while that Plumeria was the name of Rowlet’s third evolution. You know, wisteria, plume of feathers. Wasn’t expecting this, though! She’s like an eagle! Dang!

She calls herself the big sister of the Team Skull peeps and visions of fluffy family-times art is immediately flooding my brain.

“But don’t you think some dummies are cute in their dumbness?” plumeria

Oops now we’re fighting. As I beat up this Golbat, I can’t help but wonder if she thinks of Gladion as a little sibling too, or ~*something more*~

Golbat’s down. Her next Pokemon is Salandit! I was kind of expecting another Chemical X Pokemon thingy, but that’s perfect for Mallah – we got it in one hit!

She should really stop pulling those pigtails so tight.

And…..there she goes. That was, uh. Okay she BETTER be important later on

I’m moving on to the Ruins of Life proper. Team assessment: we’re overall gonna be pretty bad against Rock-types. Dug, Branch, and Silkie have no good moves for them (Water-type moves on Mareanie when), and while Tulip could hold her own, she’ll be a glass cannon. One strong hit and she might be down! Now, Mallah…he’s still around four levels lower than the rest of the team, but he just learned Nasty Plot from that fight against Plumeria. If he sets up with NP and goes to town with Stored Power, he could do some serious damage, especially considering that Rock-type Pokemon are typically slow with lowish special defense.

(Yes, I am a nerd.)

I’m at a loss as to how to counter a Probopass if she actually has one, though. Let’s go on ahead.

We’ve been INTERCEPTED

She’s talking about the Masked Royal. Burnet. Burnet you are a scientist.

Hey, Lillie just healed my Pokemon! Aww, I like you.

Soooo….this is where Tapu Lele is! It’s agitating Nebby, for some reason.

That is a good question. My current theory is pretty much just that Nebby is a little babby Guardian who maybe got lost in some way pertaining to the Ultra Wormhole. Do Z-Moves fit into this? What is Nebby’s secret special power?? Is Lillie a space goddess???

Oh dang, that’s cool. I hope we see Tapu Lele right before/after the boss fight.

And the music kicked up….you know what? I’mma hecking go for it!

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First Pokemon: Nosepass. It tried to paralyze me, but Mallah already likes me enough that it broke through the paralysis. YOU GO, DUDE! I haven’t stacked up nearly enough Nasty Plot, though!

Okay…Sp. Attack is maxed out. I’ve healed the paralysis, and the Stored Power did the trick! Next is…..LYCANROC WAT

It’s….a werewolf??? AND IT KNOWS BITE OH JEEZ OH NO nope we survived. And thank GOSH Lycanroc isn’t Dark-type! It got taken out in one hit!

Last Pokemon is a Boldore. I know Mallah can do this, but I have to heal up.

Got down to 1HP, avoided a Headbutt, and…..WE DID IT. Mallah grew a level! AND WE WON!

GRAND TRIAL #2 COMPLETE. Rockium Get! Oh man, this is replacing the Normalium i m m e d i a t e l y.

“The Rock type is physically hard, strong and rugged. So nothing like me at all!” That is sweet. And really cool that they’d acknowledge it in this way. Rock seemed an arbitrary choice.

Hmm. And finally we have a little moment between Nebby and Olivia. She seems to have a guess that something we don’t.

He did the ‘aue’ thing again! Have I been missing that this whole time?

OH! They’re talking about the green President person again….looks like he’s a guy, then. Now we know our next destination.

The Aether Foundation makes Lillie nervous….I guess she remembers the opening cutscene.

Uh….hey, it’s Tapu Lele’s den! Are we supposed to be exploring this now…?

Well, it’s a giant strength puzzle, so I guess I’ll be leaving that for later. Right now, I gotta get to a Pokemon Center.

And here we are at a junction in Heahea City, close to the way towards the Hano Grand Resort, and this is where I’ll be leaving things for the night! It feels like I’ll trigger another cutscene if I step too close. Who haven’t we seen in a while? Gladion?

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And here’s a look at my team. Our biggest problem is moves and movesets right now, but with Mallah’s help I think we’ll be able to overcome our reliance on physical attacks. Please ignore Kevin. He is there for scale.

Pretty interesting characters introduced in this episode…happy 4/13, all!

~*MissMash*~

Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {14}

Heya guys! AW YEAH, I SHOULD MAKE A POST!

Last time – and this is as much a reminder for me as for you guys – we appear to have left off here!

We just beat Mallow the chef lady and the super-difficult Fomantis evolution, *checks* Lurantis! Now it’s time to go on down to Olivia and see if we can beat her. Maybe she’ll be in that Diglett’s Tunnel.

Before we do that, though, some NPC or somethin’ mentioned that Comfey could be found in the jungle, so I’m definitely heading back now that the trial is over! (Ah, yes, and Rotom is helpfully reminding me of the Dimensional Research center.)

????? Found one? I, uh, what am I looking at, here – a bracelet? I got spoiled on the name by some Gijinka fanart, so I don’t know what I was expecting its appearance to be like. I think I was just imagining Cottonee.

Okay, it wasted my last Ultra Ball, but I threw a Nest Ball and caught it! Let’s check this thing out. Looking at it on the capture screen, it’s actually pretty cute once you can make out where its face is. It’s pretty much just a lei. And hey, it’s pure Fairy! I thought it was Grass!!

What a fitting name!

Right…Fomantis, Paras, Bonsly, Metapod, and I feel like these are all the rest of the Pokemon I’m gonna find in the near future. Time to move on!

Hey, it’s Lillie! Been a while! I feel like I arrived just in time, because…no…you can’t just tell a Pokemon to use Splash, that’s….that’s like the worst thing ever………

Wh – DUDE, I AM OFFENDED

We’ve been spotted! (I’m mostly including this image because Nebby is really cute.)

Apparently, the lab we’re at studies “dimensions.” I feel like the last time we had dimension talk was the Delta Episode in ORAS, where, if I’m not mistaken, they went on about ORAS being in a literal separate dimension than R/S/E. Which, like, omg that’s awesome

“How were your trials?” I’m gonna be honest and say ‘it was really tough’. Yeah, she’s not surprised.

We’re in the building! +10 for Hoopa reference!

WIFE SPOTTED

Her name’s Professor Burnet. Is…is that a tree?Screenshot 2017-04-09 at 12.16.08 AM.png

Apparently, I’m not the only Pokemon fan to wonder that!

But yeah, hahaaaa I KNEW we’d meet Kukui’s partner sometime in the game. I spotted his wedding ring during the PokeSkype call! I bet I get Internet cookies for that or something!

!!!!!!!!! dude what

….okay, now she’s moving on to Hau. COME ON, THAT WAS INTERESTING! Nebby was knocked out, too?? Is this like the opening of PMD Explorers of Sky, except Lillie got turned back to human??

WOAH hau out of nowhere

The reason this is all weirdly exciting to me is because Pokemon sometimes struggles with the pacing of its story/gameplay/mythology. Starting up the backstory BEFORE we’re 4/5ths through the game is good in my book!

Edgy.

Soo….Nebby seems uncomfortable. If mysterious Pokemon come out of this wormhole, did that happen to Cosmog too?

They’re called “Ultra Beasts” and the guardians of Alola fought against them. THAT’S COOL.

And with that, I have free reign to see the lab. Lillie says that Burnet was the one who rescued her and hooked her up with Kukui, and…that’s just really CUTE! Lillie needs a mom figure, awww!

….Who?

And the Interdream Zone? Foreshadowing? What?

[4/9/17 future edit for Mohn being the name of the Pokepelago guy whoops]

In any case, that was an enlightening and in no way plot-relevant trip! Time to head off to Konikoni Village.

AFTER THAT THING HAPPENS.

I’m now a little ways into Diglett’s Tunnel (nothing super eventful is happening) and suddenly the Aether Foundation appears. I remember these guys from earlier…what could they want?

Hmm….they’re helping out the Diglett that got riled up after Team Skull disturbed them. That’s a very nice and logical reason to be here.

But HERE’S who I was expecting! How’d the Aether guys get past them?

‘Aue’? I have never heard that exclamation before.

Well, we had a predictably pretty easy Double Battle. MOVING ON!

We made it out of the tunnel! This is a pretty interesting sign. Especially considering the officer just to the left of it will fight you!

This is interesting…looks like I’ve reached Konikoni, but just next to it is another Pokemon cemetery. The Ruins of Life! Right now I’m wandering around battling people in it. It is very odd that they don’t even bother to give this place some somber music. Tapu Lele is said to come here, though, which is cool.

….All the grieving people’s Pokemon beaten up? Cool, let’s keep moving.

Awww, this is such a cute little town! And hey, it’s the delivery Delibird!

And…a Probopass?

Incense, Pokemon Massage…looks like all the familiar shops and services are bundled up here! AND HEY LOOK A STYLIST! I think I’m due for a new look…

A little lighter and longer…more like me irl. I think it’s nice!

Other shops include….TMs! Clothing (with a Pokemon called Oranguru inside)! Herbs! OH GOD ALL MY SAVINGS ARE GONE!

My new look. True Fashion

I stopped by the Pokemon Center to sell some Pearls and things and a random Aether member actually said that Oranguru can be found in Lush Jungle. I’ll be going back, then! I missed a spot!

Ruins of Life…hey, I was just there!

Olivia’s shop sells evolutionary stones (bought a Leaf Stone), headbands (bought all the purple ones), and I can choose between getting the Plume or Armor Fossil. Hm…I already have a rock type, so I guess it doesn’t matter? I’m gonna go with Tirtouga – Armor Fossil – just in case I need another Water-type. Branch doesn’t actually know any Water moves.

….oh wait, I have to pay for it? Ehhhhh I’ll do it in the postgame, once I’m rich.

What’s up with the weird angle for this part of town?

I just passed by a lady who gave me a Pikanium…*sigh* okay I guess I’m not surprised that Pikachu is getting even more special treatment

okay, just, look at how much of a D O R K Leah is now

That looks like it’s everything in Konikoni. This wouldn’t really function well as a town, being a bunch of kiosks, but it’s really cool and nice otherwise! I guess it’s time to head back to the Ruins of Life for our SHOWDOWN with Olivia!!

……that is, we’ll do that next time! It’s actually quite late now, so I’m going to leave off here:

and we’ll tackle the grand trial once we resume! Between then and now, I might also stop back in Lush Jungle and find that Oranguru. It shouldn’t be too eventful, just more standard Pokemon-searching, but I’ll have my phone ready in case something exciting happens.

Quick team update – Tulip, Silkie, Dug, and Branch are all levels 27-28.

See you all next time!

~*MissMash*~