Pokémon Moon Blind Liveblog {23}

Here it is, folks, another exciting installment of POKÉMON MOON! Without further ado, last time, we left off here:

right outside of what I’m pretty sure is Secret Lab B. It could be a storage closet, who knows. We also got some pretty great Gladion development AND backstory last ep! Ah yes, and Lillie and Cosmog were kidnapped.

(The music in this place just made my dog growl because he thought it was a doorbell or something.)

WE’RE GOING IN.

WE’RE IN. Oh, hey Hau.

Heck yeah, we get a double battle with him! He still had that Alolan Raichu, I see. It actually did more in the battle than I did. =D

yes please explain what type: null is

Nah, then they just leave. Sassy Aether Foundation.

Rotom down there is actually recommending that I read all the documents in here. Thanks for the reminder! Let’s find some CREEPY STUFF!

First off, confirmation that a different dimension lies beyond the Ultra Wormholes. It’s interesting that Mohn discovered this when he was a professor, but now he’s just relaxing and working at the Poke Pelago. I wonder if he took himself out of the picture out of guilt…

The cutest one of all, surely.

The dimension’s named “Ultra Space” because why not stick with the theme.

Well, now Hau wants to go and tell Glad about this right away. HEY WAIT UP

“If you stress it…” Gladion just coming right out and saying it.

“Gladion never really explains anything, eh? Probably thinks it makes him look cool…” i mEAN

And now we ARE going into Secret Lab A! Sorry ’bout this, Gladion!

…Oh. Okay. The others aren’t really in here, but we’ve got Files #2, #5, #7, #11, #18, and #44 to look at.

Heck yeah, Sinnoh REPRESENT

Uhhhh that’s not an N

Ah. Okay.

To sum up: to combat Ultra Beasts, the Aether Foundation created three Pokémon using data from all eighteen types. They were named Type: Full 01, 02, and 03. They didn’t listen to their “trainers,” though, so they were renamed Type: Null and set to be frozen for the rest of eternity, that’s what it says, please calm down, scientists.

These Pokémon were also called BKP, or – I’m assuming – Beast Killing Pokémon. Killing other Pokémon in battle is geeeenerally a topic Pokémon tries to stay away from.

There’s still a computer I haven’t looked at with some options on it: Introduction, Multitasking, Hedging risks, and Massaging the truth.

Oh my god!! It’s the author of the journals!!!

No, but these don’t say too much. Basically, Faba (I assume) worked for a while in creating a new Pokeball and/or a device to restrain dangerous Pokémon; his boss’ family stole the device and nothing ever came of it. Hmm.

The last thing in here is a Pokeball, which contains: a FULL restore. Haha very funny.

There doesn’t seem to be anything else to explore, so I guess I’ll go back to the elevator and head to “B1F: Docks.” Or, wait, there’s still nothing there…?

Ah! There they are!

Hau, come on, he’s edgy. It’s his THING.

And now we’re double battling with Hau again! WOO! Oh snap the employees have a Mudsdale, that is NOT good for either Dug or Raichu. And there’s a Pelipper right next to it…is this an Earthquake strategy?

Oh, nope, he’s just gonna use High Horsepower to frickin critical oneshot Raichu.

The good news is that now I officially get to see PRIMARINA!!

HE’S A SELKIE FAIRY MERMAID! I LOVE HIM! I’ve seen like one piece of fanart on Tumblr – just enough to get the “mermaid” impression, but I forgot the name – and now this is confirmation that Primarina is Popplio’s final evolution. Boy, this knocks Meganium and Delphox out of the water for being “strangest starter to have a high male to female ratio,” though. I mean, I’m not judging.

Now the only starter designs I haven’t seen are Torracat and Incineroar. Sadly spoiled on the names, but that’s not so bad!!

Oh, and Primirina’s using his Z-Move: HYDRO VORTEX!! Mudsdale is DOWN!

That sure was an explosive first introduction. Nice one, Hau! I’m actually, like, genuinely looking forward to battling his team! IS THIS HOW THE RIVALS HAVE FELT ALL THESE YEARS??

Anyways. Aether is down, what now?

Ah shut up you NERD

Oh snap Wicke’s back!

Gladion does NOT seem happy to see her. But, uh, she’s healing our Pokémon….

Lillie is possibly with The President, Miss Lusamine, whose charms Hau has still been beguiled by!

h-half hour TV special on Gladion’s childhood? please?

I thought Ms. Wicke was evil, but she really doesn’t seem to be doing anything to stop us. And she says about Gladion that “Those two are very much alike…” who’s the comparison? Lusamine?

Okay, let’s go help Hau and Glad break the door down!

or, like…battles. more battles.

HAHA HAU JUST BLOWS THROUGH FABA’S LOGIC! Don’t bring the key with you next time!

Double battle with Gladion this time?? HECK YES. Except…no, don’t use Golbat. Use the COOL Pokémon. Jeez.

Dug just got paralyzed, stuck by paralysis, and confused in one turn! GOSHDARN IT!

(now BOTH of us are paralyzed and confused and we both hit ourselves in confusion)

Okay, next turn: Electabuzz knocks out Dug, Golbat, AND its partner Magmar with Discharge. This is the worst battle ever. On the bright side, Type: Null gets to do some wrecking. (EXCEPT STATIC PARALYZED IT! HECK!!!)

No worries, Branch knocked it out. Don’t worry, Gladion, stressful situations strengthen our bond. please heal me Wicke

Ooh, we’re settling this with one last double battle! Hau and me versus Faba and some other guy! And Dug is magically not fainted anymore!

Faba appears to be a Psychic specialist because he has a Slowbro, a Hypno, and a…Bruxish what the HECK IS THIS THING???

It’s like…a colorful piranha, and I’m having trouble thinking of what it might have evolved from. I don’t like it though. Raichu oneshotted it, yes, very good.

Haha, Pokémon did a Funny Thing and zoomed in on all of our faces: Hau smiling, Gladion MURDEROUS, and me blank-faced and creepy, and we threatened Faba into handing over the key. Way to take advantage of your limited facial expression selection, game people! Nice work!

With Branch up front, let’s go through that door.

WE HAVE A FACEOFF.

First off, I have no idea what number that is, Hau, and second, I actually did forget that Plumeria brought her over here and not Aether. Huh. Can we find out the connection now?

Hau, why didn’t you realize they were working together. c’mon it’s not that hard buddy.

I should probably go rescue Gladion from Guzma now, but this place is HUGE! I found a staircase and spotted a Pokeball I can’t get to yet. Might actually have to beat up Team Skull first.

“sponsor that supports team skull!” OH. Thanks, random grunt. That explains something, at least…

Aaand the last grunt doesn’t even fight me. Nice fakeout!

You just need more Pokémon, friend. And grind them. Grinding helps.

:,<

Uhhhh…I thought he was talking to me, but I don’t think leaving my mom alone with the moving boxes counts as a rejection.

AND NOW! WE’RE BATTLING!!! I will say that all this has been happening a LITTLE close to Po Town, but at least the first time we met him was a pretty long time ago (unlike Lysandre’s rapid-fire challenges).

Branch vs Golisopod let’s GO. Dang, I’m faster. DANG IT HAS SWORDS DANCE.

And Emergency Exit takes it away despite the Infestation! Let’s do it, Branch vs Masquerain – why did I flinch, oh boy. he’s fainted. oh boy

I wanted to try out Mallah next just to see if he could get Nasty Plot going, but Bug Buzz oneshotted him. I should stop underestimating this Masquerain, all right. Dug, let’s go!

Golisopod taken down by Silkie and Branch’s Toxic!

Tulip taken down by a Pinsir, who is then defeated by Dug. Dug oneshots the Ariados and singlehandedly saves the team. Three out of five of my team are fainted, so hey, I can see why Gladion had trouble.

Oh jeez, he really is upset.

Team in shambles, but let’s go ahead, why not? WE FIGHT LIKE REAL WARRIORS.

…Yeah, if I picked a character, Lusamine seems a safe bet for this mansion to belong to.

All the other ways are blocked off, so forward we go.

There they are!!

Heck, look at her eyes. Green eyes. Blonde hair. FAMILIAR. Or should I say, FAMILIAL.

Poor friend! She’s so glad we came for her!! SHE’S SO SCARED ;-;

“A gifted young trainer like Leah…and she bothers with someone like you? How disappointing.” you disappoint my FACE you jerk

YYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEE

YYyyy….yeee….????

Oh, she’s just rejecting them. Oh dang 😦

exCUSE me have you SEEN her HAT?? LOOK AT THAT RIBBON! IT’S GORGEOUS.

It is super weird seeing something all in lowercase.

Lusamine’s about to summon her sweet beast, everyone run for it

They said it! DUDE THEY SAID IT!

I just…okay, just look at that out of context. That hair is the real Ultra Beast.

Much more intimidating from the front.

Time to save Nebby but Lillie hasn’t even healed my Pokémon! Come onnnn (i just slept in lusamine’s bed and that didn’t do anything either)

Is this where the Type: Nulls are?!

Oh wow. I see a Slowpoke, Pyukumuku, and Pikachu encased in the ice…wonder why those Pokémon specifically.

Hey, Hau caught up to us!! AND GLADION! SAVE US.

Everyone stand back, Gladion and Lusamine are facing off

YYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEE

this is amazing

aaaAAH NEBBY NO

!!! HECK THEY’RE EVERYWHERE. This is like the drought/drizzle in Gen 3, except with dark clouds and wormholes.

Sounds like Nebby’s still hanging in there, thank goodness.

Everyone is scared and Leah is STILL like c:

“Near Melemele Island’s Mahalo Trail…” This reminds me of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, I think.

Hala! This just in, he’s apparently a derp when he’s alone. But this is not the time because WOAH THAT LOOKS AWESOME.

Look who it is! Wow, I didn’t realize he fit inside his shell like that.

Do we get to see all the cool captains and kahunas doing things again??

AWESOME.

It’s Guzma! And wants to catch the Ultra Beast…I mean, so do I.

GLADION VERSUS ULTRA BEAST WHAT???

aaaaah wish you guys could hear his theme music right now

Here we go. AM FIGHTING THE PRESIDENT.

My Pokémon are again magically fully healed…you know what? THANK!!! GOD!!!!!!!!

First up is Branch against a Clefable. Good matchup, but this thing is level 41. 

Also, it has Metronome! It got Strength and then…Discharge, ugh. It’s all right, Branch knocked it out. Now he’s level 41 too.

Next we have LILLIGANT!!! OH MY GOD!!!!!! I LOVE LILLIGANT HOLY HECK!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!

Using Mallah. It tried to Stun Spore and Teeter Dance me, but Mallah avoided it all because he loves me, hooray! He was able to set up Nasty Plot and knock it out right away with Psychic. Milotic time. I approve of these Pokémon.

He knocked it out and his special attack is even higher because of Charge Beam! I’m not gonna switch out…let’s go for a MALLAH SWEEP!

She has a….”Bewear?” OH IT’S A STUFFUL EVOLUTION! It looks so odd! I think I’ve seen it before but I just thought it was a Stufful at a weird angle. It’s taken out.

Next up is…OH MY GOD MISMAGIUS???? THIS IS ALSO ONE OF MY FAVORITES. LUSAMINE’S TEAM IS AMAZING.

And Mallah’s epic sweep is a SUCCESS! I think he deserves some Pokémon Refresh for this.

Hey, I’d be mad too if my Lilligant missed everything.

The wormhole is disappearing!

Ah, so that’s what Faba’s blog was talking about.

Oh heck, the Beast is making Lusamine flicker…and she’s gone?? so is guzma??? lillie why are you sad??

woahhh

gladion, that’s your SISTER, don’t just LEAVE

Ms. Wicke is back.

I hope this means we’re not completely done with the Evil Team plot.

“Lusamine is still our mother…we can’t just leave her in the beast’s world.” I meaaaaaaannn

Oh! Alola’s legendary Pokémon! I almost forgot they were a thing. Hau is a true believer, it seems.

Do I say “Everything’ll be fine” or “You’re right?” I think the former, since Lillie is still here.

Time to sleep??

Hm. That’s…chilling, though I’m not quite sure why. “Just one last time…”

And off to the next day!

Yes, good morning. She says Lillie is waiting for me.

And we’re leaving off right there! GUYS. GUYS. OH MY GOSH. SO MUCH STUFF HAPPENED. AHHHH.

LILLIE AND GLADION ARE SIBLINGS AND I NEED CUTE FANART/FANFICTIONS IMMEDIATELY.

LUSAMINE IS VERY EVIL???? I MAINLY WANT TO RESCUE THEM TO SAVE THEIR POKÉMON.

I will see you all soon with more ADVENTURES! IN SPACE! Probably!

~*MissMash*~

 

 

Pokémon Moon Blind Liveblog {22}

I AM BACK! AGAIN! I’ve got 64 hours and 44 minutes put purely into my game time, so let’s not delay and get right back into Pokémon!

Last time, we met a sad sack called Nanu and traveled through Po Town to liberate it from Team Skull. And then we were left behind in the rain. Rotom’s saying I should go find the Aether House.

I made it all the way to Ula’ula Meadow before remembering that I can Fly and that’s probably what they intended me to do. All right, let’s try that!

New Pokémon alert…on the outskirts of Tapu Village, I found an Absol, a Snorunt, and an Alolan Sandshrew!! It’s Ice/Steel, which is VERY interesting. Sounds like it should be a defensive Pokémon, but it’ll be preeetty bad against Fire and Fighting moves.

(It took me like half an hour to decide on a name, but I figured Jennifer [Jenny] was a teenage robot, so Steel-type, and she’s also blue and white.)

I did a quick check and Alolan Sandshrew apparently evolves with the Ice Stone…which I did get last episode, and I do want to see what Alolan Sandslash looks like. Okay let’s do it!

yoooooo COOL! She wants to learn Icicle Spear…why not, I won’t be using her =P Her extremely fitting name was for naught.

This liveblog has been going on for over an hour and I am SO DISTRACTED. To the Aether House!

I guess Acerola waited for me even though I spent so long flailing around with Sandshrew.

Lillie’s gone?! OH NO!!!!!!!! (413th camera pic, homestuck confirmed)

“Several hours earlier…” Oh snap Pokémon is a mystery drama

Lillie. Why is Nebby not in the bag. GET IN THE BAG.

?????!!!!!

Okay, I think they’re talking about Nebby’s weird Ultra Beast-summoning ability thing. That’s why Plumeria is here? To make Lillie use her power again?

yo what

There’s an Oranguru facing the wrong way in the background there and I bet he could totally be helping Lillie out if he wanted to.

Aaaand she goes with Skull willingly. Girl has secrets.

This music is very sad and a little powerful and we’re finally getting Deep Hau Feelings but HAU CHANGE YOUR FACE

SUDDEN GLADION OUT OF NOWHERE!

Hey….wait a minute….

If Lillie and Gladion are both Lusamine’s kids I’m going to flipping flip a heck.

I guess I’m battling now and GLADION WHILE THIS MUSIC IS AWESOME THIS IS NOT A CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF YOUR TIME

Oh my god, he started with a Golbat and whatever attack it used almost oneshotted me! But Tulip toughed it out so I wouldn’t feel sad. Sinister Arrow Raid beat it anyways, but I’m gonna switch…not just because it’s Silkie’s turn to gain a level.

Sneasel’s up! Gladion is Silver confirmed!

Gladion’s sprite is back there just shaking in rage as this goes on. Smol anger issues child.

Type: Null is up! Haven’t seen this in a while. It’s level 38, holy heck, but Silkie’s fiiiiiine

Or maybe Crush Claw does too much and I have to switch. GO DUG!

And we’re done!

OH MY GOD??? HE’S ADMITTING HIS MISTAKES??? WHO IS THIS KID??????

You know, like this, that actually looks like a real gesture of frustration and resolve and not like a Random Dramatic Sprite Flourish™

B A D A S S

I guess we’re going right on a Lillie rescue mission. Maaaaan are we already in the evil team plot endgame?!

Quiet nighttime ferry waiting? Pokémon……….don’t make me ship this

We’re waiting for Hau. Huh, usually the player character’s the only one with any needs or obligations

Oh….we’re eleven and he’s like fourteen or fifteen, probably. CRAP, DISREGARD THE SHIPPING THING, I FORGOT

And he really seems to know a thing about growing up in a kahuna’s shadow.

Hey, it’s everyone’s favorite dark and gloomy uncle!

Wh- HEY WAIT A MINUTE

I’m gonna say “no thanks” purely because I wanna swap my team around. I wonder what type he specializes in.

Ah, good, it actually did give me a minute. LET’S GO

his opening shot is just him sitting….MENACINGLY!

Starts with Sableye! My first instinct WAS Dark-type. I thought that’d be cool just because of the “no Dark-type Gym Leaders” thing.

Next one is Krokorok and…hm. Branch would be perfect but he has NO WATER TYPE MOVES!! so Tulip it is. This thing counters my team very well…and oh no, it’s faster! It knows Swagger! TULIP DON’T HIT YOURSELF IT’S DARK TYPE nope it got a crunch in

Sigh. Let’s try Branch anyways.

He’s confused too…he hit himself…Water-type doesn’t stop Earthquake from being super effective…he’s dead…BLUH

Silkie loves me enough to avoid Swagger, nice! And she loves me enough to critical with X-Scissor, so Krokorok is down. Dug vs Persian let’s go.

BLACK HOLE ECLIPSE WHAT???? aw phew, we’re alive.

I have no idea why they made Alolan Persian’s face so round and weird when a Dark-type cat should at least be as sly, if not more, than a regular cat. Also I just realized Alolan Persian is basically Liepard.  ANYWAYS we won the battle!!!

Hey, Nanu’s actually laughing!

STYLISH.

The Dark-type Z movements were accompanied by a long, silent shot of Gladion’s disgusted face and Leah being like “eh whatever c:”

Ula’ula trials complete. Oh boyyyy.

Nanu’s asking the real questions here.

Bu- Gladion, when did you even GET this perception of Hau?

Nah, Hau’s in srs mode right along with Gladion. Hard to tell with Leah…I’d like to think that “c:” is just a part of her character.

Gladion said “Aether Paradise” accompanied by a dramatic zoom, so he MUST be right! But wait…why would Skull people take Lillie to an Aether place?

SICK SPEEDBOAT GUYS

“But…Why would Lillie be at Aether Paradise?” Yes, thank you, Hau.

GLADION NO THAT’S NOT HELPFUL

“Should we look for her?” or “Should we ask around?” I have a feeling that the Aether people have also given Leah the creeps, so I’m going with the first one.

we’re taking the elevator guys this is hardcore

Interesting that it’s Hau who’s upset about not having a plan and Gladion who’s winging it, since usually it’s reversed with these types of characters. I approve.

Pffff I can walk around now, and there’s an Aether person here who’s perfectly willing to just take me back to the city. And it’s so obviously a Skull boat! I’m good, thanks!!

We have our first battle with an Aether member, and from their expression it looks like all nice pretenses are finished.

There was also a definite level spike, as my Pokémon are all level 39-40 and the random employees are around level 37.

Battled all the trainers, found TM Toxic down in a corner, and now Gladion’s saying the elevator won’t work for us.

ooooh it’s this guy!

Well, Gladion and he definitely know each other, at least.

…because Pokémon?

“Everyone’s equal in Pokémon battle!” Yeah, actually. Good message.

Good thing that’s just a toothpick. This is a kids’ game, Faba! Smoking corrupts!

And here we are battling. He’s not battling Gladion. Just me. Of course.

Woah, his only Pokémon was a Hypno! Tulip was low on health from the employees, but she oneshotted it with her Z-Move. “Last line of defense,” pfff.

you had One Pokémon you ageist

I was thinking about this in the context of “oh no not Nebby!” but then I realized that an entire experiments lab/basement in a place like this is NEVER A GOOD THING. How are they healing the Pokémon they “rescue?”

He’s giving us a lift because why not.

Gee, this blog is already longer than usual, and this would be a great place to leave a cliffhanger – PFFT NAH! Take a second to heal my Pokémon, and away we go!

Oh heck there was a really cool overhead shot that I missed. Gotta be on point with Bad Screenshots because we are totally in endgame territory…

So it’s been two years since Gladion’s been here. I wonder if this is where Type: Null is from, or was he rescued and taken with Glad when he left?

Hau: “This will be FUN!!!”

Gladion: “Make room for my edge.”

Leah: “Fite me already c8”

Oh my god, he’s SCARED! He IS scared at being back in this place where they did whatever-the-heck to him two years ago and now he won’t admit that he needs us to keep him from freezing up again. Aww. You’re so great, Gladion. Don’t worry, we gotchu.

“Secret Labs A and B” great names guys, great names

And Hau, again, gets it. These two have more personality chemistry than Shauna, Tierno, Calem, and that little redhaired Pokedex guy did back in X&Y combined.

Hau also gives me a Max Revive because he understands I’m the only one who’s gonna be doing any fighting.

Oh no! HELMETS!

Defeated in short order.

Hmm. Well, we sort of already knew that.

Is he, like, threatening to Crush Claw me if I try to open that door?

OH HECK, we’re actually getting backstory! He was forced to be the perfect child for his mom. That’s sad. But it also explains why Gladion ran away and got TWO ear piercings on one ear, the maniac!!

He reminds me of N. They both have abusive backstories, both maaay be related to the main antagonist…and they were both drawn to these Pokémon that they were similar to. Also, they’re both socially awkward NERDS but they approach it in different ways.

And they were created by their parents for a purpose.

I won’t be going into that room, then. Down to Secret Lab B it is.

Aaaaand….that IS where I’m stopping for the day!

I started this very early because I couldn’t sleep, so there’s more than enough time to start a second liveblog if I want to…not sure yet. But a couple minutes ago, my Nintendo randomly flickered off and back on, so it’s a sign that I should stop and save.

Here’s a peek at my team. By now I am royally bugged that I can’t find someone to complete the team of six, but there’s still one more island left, right??? It’ll be fiiine…I’ll find someone before I have to fight whatever Elite 4 Kukui’s cobbling together.

This part of the game is VERY COOL. And Gladion is amazing. Have I said that yet?

Catch you later!

~*MissMash*~

Pokémon Moon Blind Liveblog {21}

Look at this, I’ve finally returned! I had a fun time in Israel but I’m glad to be home. It is now time to continue Pokémon, and oh wow I’m excited!! It’s been so long!!

Last time, we left off here:

Ah yes, that there is Grimsley. I remember flipping out because, like, why is he RIGHT THERE and not in Unova, but he gave me a Sharpedo pager so I guess having him around is cool! Let’s take that Sharpedo out to sea!

It’s nice because of how fast I can go. Once I reach the next town – Po Town, right?? – I can head back to that one beach in Heahea and break some rocks!

The water made a pretty short route, so I am now on Route 16. This looks to be a packed one, so let’s kick off this return with a bullet-point list of the interesting stuff:

-Tulip trying to learn Sucker Punch (no thanks)

-Lovely rainbow Alolan Muk!

-Uhhhhh this:

I went into a lab and Sina and Dexio were there. They gave me a bunch of exposition and ominously referenced Kalos and, well, I have a 10% Zygarde doggo now?? Its name is Otis. Back into the route!

-I found TM X-Scissor

-An Aether Foundation member in the Pokémon Center asked for a Mimikyu and gave me 20,000 P

-And that’s it for this first part of the route. There only seems to be Slowpoke, Pelipper and Gumshoos in the grass, so I’m moving on past this guy with a Magmar.

And we enter a foggy meadow…and there’s a Zygarde cell back there! Lovely, though it’s not great for this image quality.

Found a Trainer with this meadow’s Oricorio design, which is PROBABLY MY FAVORITE ONE YET YOOOOO. I wanna know what type it is.

(OMG just realized that Flying-types are a possibility for my team again now that Tulip’s a ghost)

NEW POKÉMON ALERT: RIBOMBEE. If that’s the evolution to Cutiefly, that’s good, because it looks glorious.

I also accidentally made it faint sooo

aw YEAH

We got Toxapex! And….Baneful Bunker? That sounds good to me. (I didn’t want to get rid of Toxic because Branch has a tough time inflicting damage, so his moveset is now Poison Jab/Baneful Bunker/Bite/Toxic….not ideal but I’m sure it’ll look better once I gET A WATER MOVE)

I caught an Oricorio, got a verdict: she (Clover) is Fire/Flying type and her Special Attack stat is pretty decent. Interesting. Iiiiintereeestiiiiing.

Ran around, got a Flame Orb – nothing new happened until I went right and entered this place called Lake of the Sunne??

This music is very Epic And Important and I don’t get why I’m allowed to just roll in here. Well, I’ll explore a bit…

Wait, you know what this is like? Long hallways and pillars – this might be the site of the future Elite 4. It’s not on top of the mountain, but….

Or maybe not. Here I am at the top. Yeah, if some big important legendary and/or space alien doesn’t descend down here I’m giving up Tulip for Wonder Trade.

Moving on, Route 17! And oh boy it’s our favorite gangster!

This route is immediately overwhelming because it’s filled with different sorts of grass and Trainers and I haven’t healed in forever. On the bright side, I haven’t heard the “casual Skull battle” music in a while, and it’s very good.

I think these guys are desperate, or maybe they just don’t have good facial recognition skills. Whoops now I’m battling.

Hm. This guy just walked up. There’s kind of…an interesting atmosphere around him?

“Ready to live as Team Skull. Or ready to take down Team Skull.” Yeah, he’s intense…and he looks like Looker, for some reason…(dad headcanon confirmed)

okay what the HELL pokémon

In we go…excellent piano music up in here.

I have to find a way around this barricade. Unfortunately, getting on Stoutland to look for hidden items changes the music, so I can’t do that without COMPLETELY ruining the mood.

That wasn’t hard! Two battles and I’m finally able to get to that Pokémon Center.

Oh snap I was NOT expecting this. Not even the Center is safe??!

Nothing to do but patronize Team Skull, I guess.

Po Town is pretty scary, actually. It’s SO dark because of the night and the rain, and they’re actually having a gritty take on the whole “this town is overrun by a gang” thing…? It’s fitting, using Dug the Lycanroc to battle here.

Now here I am in “Shady House.” Aw YEAH, these are always creepy and cool!

I found this by accident. Now I have to go find a door.

Judging by what all the Grunts are saying, I MIGHT be fighting Guzma in this house, which I’m excited for. He’s a Bug user!

Another Password sheet: “Beat Up”

Hey! I just found a door leading outside, and I found an Ice Stone. That, uh….that didn’t exist before, did it? That’s a new thing? I wonder what it evolves.

This is specific. Plumeria?

So I just walked in on some Grunt girls arguing, and one of them said “OH EM GEE!” and it just occurred to me that that usually means “god” or “gosh.” So it’s NOT “oh my arceus” in the Pokémon world? What does it stand for? Oh My Guzma?

(This game is doing that a lot, by the way – using slang. A woman back in Heahea or something said “humble brag” and I still haven’t recovered.)

Another secret password, hidden in a chair: “Golisopod”!

But…it’s not enough.

OH. Maybe this has something to do with the note on the first password! I’m gonna answer “no” to this guy.

This game is very smart sometimes.

…wait, it still didn’t work? Okay wait let me answer “no”after he asks me to confirm.

WE’RE IN.

Ugh and I STILL have another Grunt battle on the roof. This is like the fifteenth one since I got to Route 17. I know this is their hideout, but…

HELLO THERE!

Aaaaand battle time, Tulip vs Golisopod. I forgot that Go-Pod has a pretty great design.

NOW, before coming here, I put the Decidium(?) Z on Tulip, so let’s see how her Z-Move works…

SINISTER ARROW RAAAAAAID!

Haha, it just noped out of there!

Well, Tulip defeated Ariados okay, but when Golisopod came back it used some move called First Impression. I’m not sure what it does, but it made Tules faint. That’s fine – Silkie’s got this.

And thus, the team has fallen!

At least he’s a graceful loser.

Wow, he gave the Yungoos back, but that grunt just booked it when he saw Guzma was mad. He’s an interesting character.

uhhhhh i sat in his chair and this immediately happened

why did the music cut out

he just….left

That’s more like it, but Leah, most people don’t know what “angry fist” prints look like.

Eyyy there was a Buginium Z in the treasure chest! For Silkie, perhaps…?

Hello again.

Maybe I’m staking too much on my new Is Looker’s Dad theory, but I hear very faint theme music and it sounds like a soundtrack from Kalos.

I was typing up another guess at who this guy was and then Acerola just ran up and totally spoiled me.

So then, if Acerola looks like Shauntal’s niece and Nanu looks like Looker’s dad, are Shauntal and Looker cousins by marriage?

“The rent’s real cheap.” Pfff okay I like this guy.

And as Mr. Angsty walks off in the rain….that’s where I’m ending the liveblog for today!

GOOD TO BE BACK! Next time, we return to the Aether House! And then, who knows?? A new town? A new route? Inducting Clover to the team? It WOULD be cool to have a Fire-type, but…I’m kind of holding out for an Ice-type!! There haven’t really been any so far! WHO KNOWS WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS!??!

Thanks for sticking with me, and I’ll catch you all later!

~*MissMash*~

Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {20}

It’s me and I’m back and LIVEBLOG NUMBER TWENTY LET’S GO! This one will be the last one for six weeks at minimum! (I’ll be back on August 7th, 2017). Now, if you’re in the future reading through these and you don’t actually care…neato! Tell me what that’s like.

Last time we left off in Tapu Village, of course, and I’m thinking it’s time to head down and see what the spooky abandoned supermarket trial place is like.

I was down Route 14 last episode just to explore – I found a TM for Shadow Ball, but only Finneon in the water – and I gotta say the black-sand beach aesthetic is pretty cool. It’s also raining, which is great for my Water-type, Branch...IF ONLY MAREANIE LEARNED WATER-TYPE MOVES

(Here’s a VERY IMPORTANT ASIDE – I goofed with Tulip in Pokémon Refresh and her cloak literally acts like a hoodie. The leaves are the little strings on it and everything.)

here we gooooo

OH DANG, this challenge is themed around Poke Finder! I wonder what sort of Ghost-types will be in there, and what the Totem Pokémon itself will be? We’ve seen Sandygast and Decidueye, and….well, I’ve heard of a Pokémon called Mimikyu that I THINK is a Ghost-type. It seems popular, so maybe this is where it finally comes into play.

Trial Start! Already this is such a cool location. I’m a big fan of when Pokémon tries to get creepy. (I’ve never been able to handle the Old Chateau with the volume on, though. Music was too spooky for young me.)

! “The conveyer belt started moving all on its own. Would you like to fire up the Poke Finder?” Yes please. Let’s give this a shot.

This will be a difficult challenge to take pictures during because I can’t hold the camera and position the Poke Finder at the same time. So here, have a Gastly battle.

I used to work pushing carts at a big grocery store and I wished all the time that I had telekinesis to help me. I’d settle for a Pokémon too.

Oh! It wasn’t my imagination last time. There’s a little Pokémon wandering through the store. Was that…a Substitute doll?

Last challenge (I’m assuming), coming up! These dolls are making noises and I can’t tell if they’re cute or unnerving.

Aaaand it’s a Gengar this time, of course.

OH I SAW THE POKÉMON THIS TIME! It’s a Pikachu. I….wasn’t Mimikyu the one that looked similar to Pikachu but wasn’t? Hmm….

Oh man oh jeez.

Directly into Poke Finder, and there’s no music. I can’t find the Pokémon and I had to close the game to stop and type. All I can hear is a Pokémon cry, and it sounds like it’s getting louder…OH NO THIS IS TOO SPOOK! DON’T DO THIS TO ME POKÉMON.

AHHHHHHHH! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH IT WAS RIGHT BEHIND ME OH MY GOD NO.

We’re battling now! It IS Mimikyu! I have Mallah up front, and he’s Psychic, but he’s also Normal so it should be okay. Mimikyu just used Play Rough! Oh my gosh is she Ghost/Fairy??? finally??????

Play Rough does a BUNCH of damage and right now I’m just heal-stalling and waiting for them to miss or run out of PP. Maleah should be able to handle this, though. Heal again…and a miss! Affection ROCKS!

Oh man. An ally Gengar just came out and put me to sleep. Mimikyu appears to have run out of Play Rough and it’s just attacking with a mimicked Psychic and not doing much, but I have to wait for Mallah to wake up…

SUCCESS!

And we made it out.

Ghostium Got!

Now I can go and catch Pokémon in the supermarket. I’m excited….I want a Mimikyu! I’d probably put one on the team if Tulip hadn’t just become a Ghost-type.

what – okay. Acerola just said something about “chicken skin” again and wandered off and had this really creepy expression and I SWEAR I just saw Mimikyu sneak off behind the building at the end of the cutscene. What heck, Pokémon???

Inside the store:

-Golbat, meh.

-Haunter! Now I don’t have to evolve Danny, so I get to turn the EXP Share off.

-Silkie tried to learn Dig, which is…weird! I’m happy with her moveset right now anyways.

-Klefki

-A Poke Finder spot for Gastly

-And Mimikyu, aw yes! Coolest Pikachu clone(sorta) ever.

Now I have to get out of here and heal.

And finally trade for this guy, of course! He’s holding a Rockium Z, which is awesome. Alolan Golem looks PRETTY SICK as well, though it had kind of a strange mustache…

Yeah, I see that Route 15 conflict. And I believe that’s Plumeria! They’re gonna have to wait, though. I really want to explore further down here.

OH MY GOSH AN ACE TRAINER HAS AN ALOLAN SANDSHREW AND IT LOOKS GLORIOUS!!! Looks like an Ice-type, even! That’s SO EXCITING. Sandslash is one of my favorite Pokémon.

Ohh no – it wasn’t affected by Venoshock, so I bet it’s Ground/Steel. Oh well.

I’m digging around in the tall grass and I came across a Pelipper with Drizzle. That’s, uh, that’s new.

Not finding anything except Gumshoos, Pelipper, and a Slowpoke, so I’d best go see if Hau is okay.

Acerola out of nowhere!

Battle time!…her Golbat has Confuse Ray, goshdang it. But Spirit Shackle is unstoppable. Though MAYBE I should switch out against a Salazzle. You go, Dug!

Oh wow, I forgot how cool Salazzle looks. Battle won!

PO TOWN definitely does not sound like a place hosting a gang leader.

Oh noooo Acerola’s making that creepy face again.

Well, this kid’s Yungoos got stolen, sooo I guess I have to go to Po Town to get it back! They told me to look for a guy in a kimono on Route 15. I do like kimonos. LET’S GO.

holy crap holy crap oh my god this is not a drill this is not a drill

He’s gonna flip a coin and he’s asking me heads tails or neither OKAY BUT GRIMSLEY WHAT ARE YOU DOING OUTSIDE OF UNOVA AND ALSO WHY ARE YOU IN A KIMONO AND ALSO NEITHER I GUESS

aw HECK yes

…i have sharpedo now

Okay, I’ll….Ill be going off to Route 16…bye…!!!

Not right now, though! Now I have to get some sleep.

Here’s where I’m leaving off for the night! And here’s my team:

Partially because of the EXP Share, we shot up a LOT in levels and I’m a little worried that we’ll be too strong. Getting a sixth Pokémon should balance us out nicely, though, and I am definitely on the lookout for a Special attacker that doesn’t share any types with my current team.

Here’s something else I’m gonna do – I’m finally gonna check Branch and Mallah’s methods of evolution, or at least whether or not they have one! Don’t want to miss out on anything!

Okay, here’s what I’ve got. The “special magnetic field” in Alola appears to be on Poni Island, judging by the name, so Silkie probably won’t evolve for a while yet. The “other form” for Lycanroc is available only in Sun during the day, which is actually a tiny bit of a shame, since I like the Midday Form’s design better than Midnight Form. Oranguru doesn’t evolve at all, but Mareanie evolves at level 38….just one more level! Get hyped!

That’s all I got for you, so I will see you in two months, give or take a couple weeks. Looking forward to more liveblogs in the future!

~*MissMash*~

Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {19}

Me again!! Back with some liveblogs just one day before the trip, oops. This is the first time I’ll be making a post entirely on mobile, without my laptop to type on and mediate, so we’ll see how this goes.

Last time we left off right HERE at Malie Garden after an epic confrontation with Guzma. Offscreen, I ran back to the Center to heal. Now it’s time to go…..to route 11?! Something like that.

Ooh, actually, this is new….they’ve set up another Nugget Bridge here in Alola! Yeah, I’ll try it out. I’m interested in seeing what the prize is. (it’s probably a nugget)

OH!!!! LEVEL 33!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!!!! GAJDKFKLFJSLLSJ

OH SNAP! Aw snap guys!!! I thought Lycanroc was UNRELATED to Rockruff for some reason!! Well, I got a Midnight Form wolf now…NICE!!! Dug’s still only pure Rock-type, which is interesting. Werewolves look like Rock/Dark to me.

Well, anyways, that was the fourth trainer, so it’s time to switch to Branch. SUPER excited, though. On the back of my Pokémon Sun cartridge is a Pokémon that deeeefinitely looks like Lycanroc’s….Daylight Form?….so maybe I’ll figure out a way that form-switching works for him.

The five Trainers have been beaten and I just got a Big Nugget and…an offer to join Team Rocket…and now I guess I’m battling again. Didn’t think the Rockets were relevant, still!

…oh, no, he was pretending. Glad he admitted it, at least.

KIND OF CREEPY to see his name referenced again.

All righty then, NOW let’s move onto the next village. Away from this accursed bridge!

Route 11, here we go! The lady in the top right is a healer. I will be visiting her FREQUENTLY. (because branch is up front and he can’t  take care of himself)

NEW POKÉMON APPEARED! It’s Komala, a koala! And it has…Comatose? Well, that’s not looking like a useful ability.

Caught ’em! Her name is Alice because Alice was technically asleep for the whole Wonderland movie, maybe, I guess. Comatose means the Pokémon can attack while it’s drowsy and maybe even if it falls asleep, which IS pretty cool, since the Pokémon can’t get affected by other stats that way. Komala also gave me a buttload of experience and got Branch to level up. All right then!

LEVEL 34!!!! TWO IN ONE DAY???

AND WE GOT DECIDUEYE!!! Dang, that design is just plain UNIQUE. I love it! Gotta see one in the anime to really get a sense of their design,  I think. Aw man I’m happy.

BSNKDJK;&jdkldjslsksHDKDKKDLD DO YOU SEE THIS?? DO YOU????? HER TYPING CHANGED AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

I LOVE GOURGEIST SO MUCH AND NOW WE GOT ANOTHER GRASS GHOST AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

AAAAAaaaaaaaahhhhh okay I’m fine now. Tulip. Tules. I love you.

WHAT THE HECK IS SPIRIT SHACKLE – oh my god the irony is that I STILL have Astonish as part of my moveset because I just haven’t had anything better to come along and replace it. Well, now I have a HELLA COOL move to do that!! And it prevents Pokémon from escaping,  which honestly sounds like it sucks SO HARD in competitive battle. I cannot wait to introduce Decidueye to my Grass team.

Ooh! I’m still trucking along, and the trial gate lady just told me my next trial is Ghost-type. Hmm, yes, that sounds fun. *evil laughter*

Aaaand Route 12 here we go!

It’s our favorite friends!

YO NICE I have Mudsdale on my Ride Pager now! It’s probably not Hapu’s. I’m not gonna question where and how all these Pokémon come from to get to me anymore.

….or maybe Hapu just says yes the Mudsdale belongs to them. Okay!

Ya done just wandered into dangerous territory, Hapu. SHIPPING TERRITORY. (….how old is this child, again)

Welp, bye now!

I’m off exploring! Mudsdale has an adorable trot animation.

OH MY GOSH I JUST CAME ACROSS A GEODUDE….AN ALOLAN GEODUDE! Just look at them eyebrows. This is….the first Alolan Pokémon I’ve seen that has previously been more than one type, I think. But it’s still Generation One.

IT’S ROCK ELECTRIC, OH MY GOSH!!! That’s so COOL! The heck does Alolan Golem look like?

[This is the point where I was trying to make a comment about what the heck a female electric rock with big arms and bushy eyebrows would be named.  It was also at this point that this entire post got deleted and I was plunged into a hellish nightmare of trying to restore it. I will now name this Geodude Strawberry S and move on with my life before any other things that I cherish and love get ruined.]

*saves game* Well, I wonder what else I can find here! Judging by the map, we’re pretty close to a Power Plant…if Silkie can evolve here, I’ll be VERY EXCITED.

And hey, I made to Blush Mountain and found a wild Charjabug…this has GOT to be the place. I’ll get Tulip to level 35, and then it’ll be Silkie’s turn in the rotation to battle…and maybe level up!

how did you get here

Uhhh thanks for the Lure Ball, Oak. WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE.

AHHH I FINALLY FOUND IT! Togedemaru, the Pikachu clone of this generation!

And they’re Electric/Steel. NICE.

I’d like the records to show that a Geodude just used Self-Destruct and Tulip was totally unaffected because of her new typing. i love her

THERE WE GO! SILKIE IS LEVEL 35….AND…….she didn’t evolve. Well goshdang it.

I guess Blush Mountain isn’t specific enough to cut it. Well, I’ll move on, then – hopefully the REAL power plant will open up soon.

Good gosh, Route 12 is VERY BIG. I’m really trying to be thorough!

Oh, those are punks! I was sure that was Team Skull.

It seems maybe Route 12 isn’t overly large after all – it just goes in a big loop. Judging by the map, I’m about to come up on a beach!

Secluded Shore, and it’s a protected place for Slowpoke. Can’t have ALL their tails be eaten.

New Pokémon alert! Sandygast, Must be a Ground/Ghost type.

I am now on….holy heck, route 13?! THIS IS SUCH A LONG STRETCH! Please tell me they put another healer over here.

Nnnnot who I was asking for, Hau.

He gave me a Max Potion!….no, see, I need to restore my PP too,

JEEZUM PETE DON’T SCARE ME LIKE THAT.

Eyyyyyy it’s Gladion! Been a while. Oh my god, was his theme music this glorious last time too???

No I don’t know anything RUN AWAY LEAH

Ahhhh this is cool. He says Cosmog isn’t STRONG, but it has bodyguards…

The news come out, does Gladion is good guy

…and there he goes!! He is SO COOL. He looked pretty upset at the end, there, too…

And there Hau goes also. That boy has a one-track mind.

I searched around in the hotel rooms and trailers and found some interesting tidbits and some Team Skull members just hangin’, but now I’m in Tapu Village! And there’s a Pokémon Center right the – HAU NO.

Oh good, he just wanted to tell me about construction and the Aether House. I CAN HEAL NOW! IT’S A MIRACLE.

Ooh! A guy in the Center wants a Haunter for Graveler, which I definitely want so I can get Golem. I got a Gastly a while back, so I’m gonna put Danny here in my extra space and just maybe level him up to evolution.

I’m hearing some talk about Tapu Bulu, the Tapu of this island, I guess. He seems more…volatile than the others? Very picky about what’s built where, at least.

The Aether House AND Route 15?? But – but why is so much stuff available? I was just at the spooky grocery store thing! THIS IS TOO MUCH FREEDOM.

Aaaand Hau’s back. AND I’M IN A PRESCHOOLER BATTLE. And….Acerola should be around here?

Oh there she is.

Acerola’s a captain! A Ghost captain! That makes a bunch of sense.

Ooh….getting some N vibes.

That place is cool and creepy, and I’m going to continue back down to the supermarket for the next challenge. Bye, Hau!

AW JEEZ!! Stop with the chin jumpscares!

Straightaway into a Skull fight! SAVE THE NEBBY.

That was pretty easy. Lillie just gave me some Luxury Balls, nice! It’s okay, Lillie, I won’t hate you if you’re useless. I wonder where Hapu went, though.

I have control again! To Tapu Village!!

Here I am….and here’s where I’m gonna end this liveblog! I want to take a break and maybe get another one started before the day’s out. I’d love to see what Acerola’s challenge is like!

SUPER COOL episode, and we covered a lot of ground and got TWO evolutions! I am satisfied. See you soon!

~*MissMash*~

 

 

Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {18}

HEY FRIENDS! It is I, MissMash, back with another liveblog. It’s been a while! School’s still not over yet, but the worst of it is out of the way.

First and foremost: SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENT. I will be absent from June 27th to August 7th; I’m going to Israel over the summer! Hopefully the hiatuses you’ve already endured will have prepared you for this summer season break of sorts. I will try to do a BUNCH more liveblogging in the window of June that’s left for me, but who can say if that’ll really happen LOL

Also:

I HAVE BEEN GIFTED A COPY OF POKEMON SUN AND THIS IS EXTREMELY EXCITING. This won’t impact Pokemon Moon at all, I don’t THINK, but it certainly opens opportunities for ventures in the future. I am so thrilled to have this game. god i love pokemon

She also stuck some Pokemon trading cards inside the box…I’m so glad she knows Ninetales is my favorite 😀 And now I know Lycanroc has a Midnight Form! (On the back of the box are Alolan Form Exeggutor, Rockruff’s evolution, and one or two other Pokemon I didn’t recognize, but shhhh I think this gets a pass from spoiling the experience)

Anything else…? Oh yeah, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are things now. Cool?? I’m sure that SuMo will have some thrilling plot hooks to be resolved!

Finally, with all that new junk out of the way, WE SHALL CONTINUE.

Last time, we left off around HERE, at this observatory!! LET’S GO!!!!

Whoops, hello there Oak! Thanks for that exposition on Minior…? I just got a Level Ball from behind a truck, and now he’s giving me this. I sort of remember these from Pokemon HGSS – I guess they’ve decided to bring some old stuff back.

Well, Royal’s an interesting name, and…OH! I know that name. Somebody in the Pokemon Center mentioned Molayne as the Bill of this generation. He looks like a dork…NICE.

Hmm….the Festival Plaza guy?

AND NOW WE’RE BATTLING MOLAYNE WHO CONTINUES TO BE VERY CUTE. He starts off with Skarmory, but Silkie frankly continues to be unstoppable.

Oops! His next Pokemon is a Metang (Steel trainer!!) but I misclicked and switched to Dug. Dug still has Bite, not quite as great as Silkie’s Crunch, but…yeah, his affection just kept him from fainting and gave him a crit, so he can take this.

And finally Dugtrio. Ehhhh…Silkie again? OH GOD I’M NOT SURE IF SHE CAN WITHSTAND THAT GORGEOUS HAIR.

Who am I kidding, we’re fine!

For some reason I didn’t connect the name Royal with Masked Royal. OH WELL! Molayne KNOWS.

And now it’s free rein time. INTO THE OBSERVATORY!

Ooh, this place has a cool blue scientific design. There’s this stack of Pokemon magazines that’s actually giving us a list of Pokemon connected to the stars: well, only Gothitelle and Cleffa. Missing a few there.

Here’s our guy! I wonder if he’d be there if I went into the Plaza RIGHT NOW.

He’s asking if I like Festival Plaza, and, well, I do, I guess. I can see it being a fun way to pass the time once I’m onto postgame stuff.

Ohhh wow he wants to do the challenge right now??

*furiously scribbles in ‘pokemon physiology’ notebook*

Three, two, one, a – oops

Oh no, don’t do this to me, game! Do you know how hard it is taking pictures of a black screen without reflection the phone in it??

That’s creepy as heck yo

OH MY GOD THE AUDIO QUIZ IS TESTING MY KNOWLEDGE OF ACTUAL POKEMON SOUNDS!!! THAT’S AWESOME!!!!! Well, there’s not much use in taking any pictures in this segment, but the first one was clearly a Pokemon Center chime. I am feeling extremely rewarded for my obsessive Pokemon years right now.

Now I’m fighting a Grubbin. My team never got healed from Molayne, though.

The next one is weird…must be Rotom Dex.

BUS VS BUS LET’S GO

Next is a Pokemon cry, and…dude. BUS.

The Totem Pokemon is still on its way. I really hope it turns out to be Charjabug’s evolution, and Charjabug’s evolution is just an incredibly slow flying bus.

The next one was the most obscure at first, but it’s gotta be the music denoting the Totem Pokemon because the other options aren’t nearly that dramatic! And when I click the answer…yep, straight into battle!

OH SNAP!!!!! OH SNAP!!!!!! SILKIE WILL BE COOL AFTER ALL

Hey, it’s only level 29, though? And Silkie’s level 32. Perhaps there’s an evolutionary item I’m missing out on.

Unfortunately, Silkie isn’t the greatest choice for THIS battle, so I’m swapping to Dug. …who, uh, just got REKT by Spark and Bug Bite and Mud Slap. OKAY WE NEED A NEW PLAN??

Oh god, what DO I use?? Dug has the best moves but will be rekt by their attacks. Branch resists Bug but is out because Spark. Tulip is…acceptable? She has Pluck, lemme give her a shot.

THUNDER WAVE NO!!!!! New plan, heal Silkie with a sacrifice. Sorry, Tules. Her Pluck doesn’t do enough…

The good thing with Silkie is that I forgot she has an Eviolite, so Vikavolt can’t hurt her too badly!! A couple of X-Scissors and it’s only the Charjabug ally left!

AND WE DID IT!!!

He IS pretty tall.

Anyways, the moral of the story is that I have the best bus ever, and now she has grown STRONGER.

Quake in fear, mortals!!!

Molayne and Sophocles are cousins for real, neat! I wonder what the unusual circumstances that made him captain were, though? (Whoops I just got Steelium Z. RIP to anyone who wanted to get that in a really exciting way.)

And now I must go to Malie Garden to drop off the Professor’s Mask. Goodbye, Hokulani Observatory!

Now that I’ve seen Vikavolt, which, really, it’s GOT to be Charjabug’s evolution, I’m gonna take the plunge and check Bulbapedia’s method of evolution. Since I know it’s not by Thunderstone, I’m clueless, and I really don’t want to miss out on Silkie’s final form because I’m not playing at the right time or I’m not teaching her a certain move or anything like that.

…Oh! It’s a ‘special magnetic field’ like with Probopass and Magnezone. Well…the map says there’s a ‘recycling plant’ around here? If that’s not it, fear not; Silkie WILL reveal her true form before the end of the game.

Eyyyyy it’s Minior! Good thing I picked the long path down! (This one exploded, so I’ll be searchin’ around until I catch one.)

Gotcha! That’s…that’s actually pretty sad. Don’t worry, Chromastone, you’re safe with me.

OOH OKAY! I am now battling a Collector with a Passimian. Not sure what relation this has to Oranguru, but the guy had both of them.

Welp, we finally made it to Malie! Took a while because I caught five different colors of Minior and am preeeetty sure there’s a sixth yellow one out there I still need. But it looks like Kukui is having an altercation with summa them Team Skull fellows.

New Character?

oh no he’s a ham

._.

Hey, we got backstory! I wonder if Molayne, Kukui, and Guzma ever traveled around together at some point.

Guzma is asking me why I’m doing the island challenge, and I’m going to say ‘that’s what I want to find out.’ Leah’s gotta have something more important on her mind that strength.

And here we go against GUZMA who has HOLY HECK A GIANT CREEPY WHITE BUG. Lucky I got Dug out for this, unless Golisopod is some weird typing. This is further proving my theory that Aether is the real evil team of this game…or, well, I guess other games let you periodically fight the Team Skull boss too. But usually there’s more ceremony than this, right…?

Anyways, Golisopod has Razor Shell, which killed Dug immediately oh boy. Branch fainted after lending a Toxic because Razor Shell happened to lower his Defense. But I guess Emergency Exit is a thing, and…wow, guessing by this Ariados, we got a Bug-specialist team leader! I APPROVE. Okay we won now.

WOW professor you can’t just SPOIL things for me in a LIVEBLOG like that

Hey, it’s….Shauntal’s secret relative! No worries they’ll remind me her name in a second. Oh right, Acerola.

Looks like Tapu Village and Route 11 are our destinations…next time!! Everybody conveniently just sort of left me behind, so I’d call that a great place to stop for the night.

Behold, our current team. Dug and Branch are level 32. We’re still higher than everything else, but the captains ARE catching up, so hopefully there’ll be some good training spots coming up…!

See you soon! Thanks for sticking around this long, too! I know it’s been a while since Moon and Sun were even released. 🙂

~*MissMash*~

Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {17}

Greetings, friends! As you may have been able to tell, I’ve been a little busy in these past few weeks, so it’s been tough finding time to liveblog. In fact, after today I might not even have time to put out another one until after the 27th – which is the conclusion of a play I’m participating in. Practice on top of exam prep eats up time, but here I am!

Last time, we were here, as we made our way into the first Pokemon Center of Ula’ula, the third island. Could this mean we’re over halfway through the game??? Woah!

Hmm, it’s quite dark out, even though I’m finally doing one of these in the afternoon….it looks like the Alolan clock is around eleven or twelve hours from the 3DS time. Unless I just have my game clock on AM and I haven’t noticed.

HI LILLIE! Has it actually been that long since I saw you? I remember that one place where she was imitating me…was that Professor Burnet’s lab? Oh god I’m forgetting everything. Or maybe I’m just confused because it FEELS like we saw her recently, but that was actually LUSAMINE!

All she’s really doing is blocking me from going anywhere until I visit Malie Garden, which is a true valued use of our friendship.

Made it!

Already, this is a very lovely little place. I thought it’d be smaller, but there’s Trainers and tall grass here! And there’s some kind of motif, according to the sign…? I’m guessing the garden is shaped like a Pokemon??

Man, I am having bad luck with wild encounters. First a Poliwag paralyzed me with Body Slam, then called for help; now a Psyduck confused me with Water Pulse and also called for help. I’m starting to think the universe does not like Mallah.

I had to pause the liveblog for a while, and hey, now it’s morning in-game! So here’s what the garden looks like in the daytime!

NEW POKEMON SIGHTED!

This thing is a huge, incomprehensible monster. No not the dog

On the bright side, I just used the Rocknium for the first time so Dug could drop a HUGE FREAKING BOULDER on its head and kill it. Because I forgot I was supposed to catch it whoops

Found another one. okay, like, that’s adorable, but still

Hey, I found a Petilil in the grass! I’ve already got one, but defeating it was enough to bring Mallah to level 30. And that makes 30 for all five of my Pokemon! The rotation can switch back to Tulip now.

You know, there Hau is telling me he’ll explore around the bridge, but I can literally walk around the garden until I can approach him from behind and he still hasn’t moved an inch. Way to go, buddy. Teamwork!

Anyways, I somehow managed to track down the professor. Not shown is a weird Vanilluxe display doll by the shop.

“Your eyes are shining extra bright today. Did something big happen?” ONLY SOMETHING AMAZING!

We got a MOUNTAIN coming up!

Hau oh my god stop being so obsessed with malasadas

like, what did you expect the answer to be…..also, reminder that Hau is Eleven and does not know what an observatory is. Didn’t Sina mention something about of those?

And, hey, according to some NPCs, Malie Garden is actually based off Johto. That’s a really neat little culture thing!

I’m done exploring. This place is great for leveling up! Tulip and Silkie are at level 31 now, so it seems Dug will be the one to accompany me to Route 10.

Hello again, Lils! You can’t see it, but there’s a Zygarde bit shining by that car right behind you and it’s driving me nuts.

Ooh….the Ula’ula ruins are in DESERT! WE GOT A DESERT LEVEL!! And there’s a LIBRARY! Good thing it’s not the ruins of the library in the middle of the desert, or we might be in trouble!

Oh good, she stopped talking. We can get the crystal now.

This will never not be kind of odd. …………..wait WHO is Rotom talking to

RLJRLJKSEDFKLSDHFG;SLDKHGDS;LKRFG??????????????????

And there he goes. OKAY. WELL. Let’s discuss this. This appears to be an alternate-universe version of Samuel Oak. Like, it’s his exact same face copied onto a different-looking 3D sprite. Like. What. Maybe it’s his great-great-grandson? Did Blue ever have kids? What even is going on?

Well, good thing he’ll be in the library any time we need him, right? Haaa………why

Let’s do some exploring before the library! First off, I just went a good ways into Route 11 before being cut off by the trial guide lady – who, by the way, mentioned that the next kahuna will give us the Electrium! I didn’t battle any Trainers or wild Pokemon; I’ll save those for later. But I am curious about new Pokemon there, so hey, maybe that’s where I’ll do some training.

Malie City is pretty dang big, and I pretty much just stumbled across Lillie on accident.

!!!!!!! LILLIE!!!!!! IT’S!!!!! LOOK BEHIND YOU!!!!!!!!

Hapu! Missed you, bud.

Awwww. Hapu and Mudsdale really are very cute. I’d love to ride Mudsdale in the desert. She seems well fit for the job!

And now into a casual forced transition inside the library!

Okay, yes, glorious research and books and magic, but this line is REALLY interesting to me. Apparently, this lady tried to use Fly and it’s actually against the law?? This is some fanfiction dot net levels of realistic regulatory enforcement. And it’s definitely the kind of thing I need to pay attention to for writing Pokemon stories in the future!

Oh hey, she just gave me TM Fly. For….Tulip, I guess? Thanks??

Wait, aw man, these bookshelves aren’t readable! And here I was thinking this library was better than Canalave!

Betcha a shiny that that lady with the purple hair is someone we have to battle later

…the very next A-Button mash, are you serious (is she related to shauntal i am immediately subscribing to this theory)

She just gave us a book called The Light of Alola, which is a pretty darn awesome name.

Hmmmmm.

OKay SO This lady apparently has a royal family AND her name is “Acerola” and I immediately like her a lot

Well, now we’re told to head off to Route 10! This library’s weird but interesting at the same time. The books in the back actually are readable, and they’re saying that the tapu of Alola aren’t really legendary Pokemon, just very gifted and powerful ones that served as leaders of the kings’ armies. So they really are like small-time island deities that the head honchos, the Legendary Pokemon that actually personify the world, rewarded for their effort.

I’m sad that we can’t find out what Acerola’s deal is (?????), but I hope she’ll come up later to be important. Because I am pretty darn sure she’s not just a librarian.

So, as we make our way around Malie, I’m still thinking about that book. I dunno…just excited to see how it’ll become relevant, I guess.

SHOPPING! Yeah, the horn-rimmed glasses became too much even for me after a little while.

And some new hair.

Here I am on Route 10! There’s an old lady who needs to find her Stufful, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for those as I go along.

Oh my goodness there is a healer on this route. I LOVE YOU. I was really dreading having to go back to the Poke Center after every battle, especially now that Branch is up front – he tends to get injured a lot.

AW DUDE THERE ARE PANCHAM ON THIS ROUTE! Well, this one’s name is Po! I passed an NPC who would take this for a Happiny earlier, so I guess I’ll take a quick trading pit stop.

oh boyyyyy

Two fights, started by Tulip and ended by Silkie. Silkie is probably the strongest out of my whole team. She just learned X-Scissor. This bus is unstoppable.

SPEAKING OF BU – oh wait no. Hey, it’s Kukui!

LEAGUE CONFIRMATION!!!!!!!

Ahem. SPEAKING OF BUSES, let’s take this bus stop.

It’s called the Exeggutor Express. This is just like those little animal-painted trains in zoos. Everyone pretends to hide their pain.

We’re at the top!

Oh wow, that’s lovely.

And it looks like there will be Ice-types on it, too! I kind of miss them. I got a NeverMeltIce from the Stufful lady for completing her task, and it reminded me that there haven’t been many Ice-types around…darn tropical islands.

WOAH PLOT TWIST!

I AM SO ON BOARD WITH THIS

No seriously, that’s god dang amazing. More than any of the other regions, Alola is centered around establishing its relationship with the rest of the Pokemon world. It’s a tiny, different, oddball place, where Pokemon come in weird colors, where they stick up for each other when they hear calls for help, where they’re paged instead of taught to Fly.  Heck, they even have their own religion with the tapus. I can easily see it as the kind of place that’s popular for tourism but never taken seriously…sort of like actual Hawaii? And Kukui – man, suddenly, he’s a professor who’s not just researching Pokemon, but he’s actively throwing himself into making changes for his entire region. Alola is just a super colorful, quirky place; why shouldn’t he want to see Alolan representatives out there in the Grand Championships? And now Alola is like the exact opposite of Kalos, which is big and wealthy and extravagant and the Champion was a movie star and now here I am on a comparatively podunk island and the story of its rise to fame – I LOVE IT SO MUCH!

That’s where I’m leaving off for the night, by the way. That was fun! Next time, we’ll be exploring the observatory, and I’ll see if my team makes any big changes in the near future. Everybody’s at level 31, and the 30s are a pretty good time for evolution! See you guys soon!

~*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!

cool

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?

[lost image]

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*~

Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {13}

Been a couple weeks, but hey, everybody! Happy March! Last time I was round these parts, we left off here:

in the Battle Dome Thing, shortly after beating Kiawe and acquiring a Cool New Charizard. Today’s task is to advance through the next route and catch even more new Pokemon. My team and the matter of who even belongs on it has been in a bit of turmoil lately. Man, I don’t even know either.

Yeahhhhh. TULIP SILKIE DUG BRANCH LET’S GO!

GUYS GUYS GUYS GUYS GUYS GRASS-TYPES

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! w;ODFSKHJŚLD;JFKASFLKNHASDFĹKNASFDḰLAFDASĹFADSLHFSDLHFSHLASDHLÁFDLHFADLFASLDHFDSLHFKSLDFSLDALFHASDJFDSHLFSADFSAHFSADHFSADHJFSADHJFSADHSFDAHFSDHFDSJFDH

IT’S COLRESS HOLY CRAP

HOLY CRAP I’M FREKAIING OUT THIS IS A BLACK AND WHITE REFERENCE THING IN 3D AND OH MY GOD I LOVE THOSE GAMES KSO OJMUVHDFPJDSDFJ

FREAKING,,,,,,,, SPAMTYPING WHILE I ‘M WAITING FOR MY IMAGES TO LOAD SO I CAN PASTE THEM IN AND MOVE ON WITH THE GAME AND TAKE MORE SCREENSHOTS THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO PRETEND I AM A COHERENT LIVE-UPDATED BLOFG

HERE HAVE A WHOLE BUNCH OF THEM, I WAS MASHING THE CAMERA BUTTON

I REALLY REALLY GOSH DANG LOVE BLACK&WHITE OKAY

Okay. just. i’m fine now. good lord colress didn’t even leave THat big of an impression of me in B2 but i guess seeing a gen 5 character in 3D really just got to me. because i lvoe the characters in thise games iILOVE THIEM SO MUCH

He’s looking for Z-Rings! And also….is it just me, or do I hear these high-pitched beepings in the background of the music? Is it because Colress is here and he’s the sciencey Magnezone dude. *checks screenshot again* wait he’s actually typing on his lil arm cannon, that makes sense

He gave me Flame Charge! yooo nice

Aw heck, I didn’t think to screenshot it, but someone fiiiiinally acknowledged how similar the Z-Ring and the Mega-Ring were….except powering up moves is apparently stronger than giving whole new evolutions to Pokemon? Why not! Also, Poké Pelagos?

Goodbye, Colress….nice seeing you while it lasted. please come back with some of your other gen 5 friends in 3d sometime. please

Now here’s a place! Cool violin music. Also, those look like those guys who were chasing Lillie in the beginning? ????

“Aether Foundation” – well okay, first of all, why did we get Team Skull and not Team Aether

I want one

So this is interesting….the Aether fellows just seem to want some more data on Stufful; they’ll even pay me for it. And those guys in the corner – they just want to heal that Slowpoke, and they even called Team Skull out as thugs. So…are they not evil, despite this eerily sanitary white facility? Why were they after Lillie – did she take Nebby from them? Hmmmmm.

Better go off and do some exploring, then.

Trumbeak! Now I know one of Pikipek’s evolutions!

OH. OH MAN GUYS. I didn’t realize this before, but Poké Pelago isn’t an island I have to find – it’s a new option right in my menu!

Nice to meet you, Mohn.

Aha, so Poke Beans finally have a use!! And look, my sad neglected PC Pokemon have a place to wander in – cool!!

This seems like more of an addictive spare-time thing, so I’m moving on. I poked around in it for a while and got a bunch of beans and developed Isle Aplenny, so I can grow berries (!), but it doesn’t look like this will impact the liveblog too much! Onwards!

(I will indeed go to Pokemon Refresh and feed Branch two Rainbow Beans and COMPLETELY MAX OUT HIS AFFECTION HOLY CRUD though, thank you.)

TARGET ACQUIRED.

So THIS is the name of this little dude! Nice to finally know!

And, uhhh – this Pokemon started calling for help, and then they were attacking each other?? I think Tulip’s Pluck was supereffective on it, too – so, judging by this lovely pink coloration and the move Brutal Swing, I’m gonna guess that we have ourselves the first fighting/fairy type!

…no, it’s just Normal/Fighting. STILL COOL.

“A touch from anyone except a known friend sends it into a surging frenzy. It’s an incredibly dangerous Pokemon.” I am, uh, a little scared

I was gonna name it Steven because it was pink and sweet, but I’m naming it Gaston instead I guess, why not

I took Gaston into Pokemon Refresh to see if its mannerisms were – quirky,  but no, it seems harmless. Even after I poked it repeatedly! For, um, for science.

Salandit, Trumbeak, Yungoos, and Stufful….I feel like this is the most Pokemon I’m gonna get out of this route, so I’d best move on to Lush Jungle.

Ugh…this Trainer on the way had a Shieldon that knew Iron Defense and Taunt. The only way to take it down was to brute-force it, which is a HUGE problem since I still only have physical attacking moves. This is why I need to get a Special attacker asap. At least there’s another Pokemon Center right after this.

!!!!!! GUYS! THIS IS THAT JOKE I MADE IN THE LAST EPISODE!!!

So there’s this hotel right around here:

please tell me gladion is just bumming it in here

….what the frick i was just kidding what the frick

b e s t   g a m e

Okay, continuing towards Lush Jungle! NPCs are starting to namedrop new Pokemon – I’ve heard Comfey and Wimpod. And there’s this rocky area where a little gray Pokemon escaped into a cave before I could get it…I want

Okayyy….looks like it runs every time I get near it, so I’m gonna have to go the long way around this little pool of water every time. I might actually want to break the Repels out for this.

I DID IT! It’s a Wimpod and it’s really ugly!

“wimp out” are you kidding me that’s an ability what the FRICK let’s do this again

you better believe i have quick balls

IT WORKED! That was stressful!

Glad to have you on board, ya waste of existence.

With that out of the way, I am slowly inching closer and closer to Mallow’s actual trial!! I’LL GET THERE!! THERE’S JUST SO MANY POKEMON!!!!

Oh, this is interesting! I’ve been catching every Zygarde bit I could find, and I guess I hit a quota.

!!!!! OKAY THIS IS INTERESTING. First of all, Ula’ula Island is finally namedropped outside of the Pokedex! And they have an Aether Base there, which sounds pretty ominous, actually…And!!! What does Sina have to do with the Aether Foundation? Is this Dexio&Sina backstory? Are we gonna get, like, this big Aether + Professors’ Assistants conspiracy?

After exploring the heck out of this place (which connects straight to Brooklet Hill!), I went back to the start, where an Ace Trainer said she’d battle me after all the other Trainers were out of the way, and:

Her Fearow knows a Z-Move, Supersonic Skystrike, and it’s just this huge and kind of terrifying plummet from above

But Silkie survived!!!!

never mind

UGH okay let’s get in here

HECK YEAH!!! GRASS-TYPES!!!!!

So the trial is collecting ingredients for her…this reminds me of Hotel Richissme in Pokemon XY, where they had that sidequest that made you memorize a list of ingredients to give to some customers who ordered room service. I was usually too stubborn to write them down, so I had to learn the memorization of random berries and Pokemon items real fast. I could get $150,000 dollars PER DAY from that place after a while, though, so it was definitely worth it…

YES!! LET’S DO IT!!! BEAUTIFUL NATURE!!!!

First ingredient found: Revival Herb: Then a Fomantis attacked me.

OH! Found the Moss Rock! Maybe I should’ve brought Tom the Eevee along, just to have an emergency Leafeon…nahhh. I’d probably get Umbreon this time around, if anything.

Gonna be honest, though – even taking out the GRASS! aspect, I really like this challenge. Digging around for items means I’ve already gotten a ton of free stuff!

Second ingredient found: Miracle Seed! Had to call Tauros and crush some rocks for that one.

Third ingredient found: Tiny Mushroom, a –

Dude! Look how COOL this thing is! Man, I wish this wasn’t a trial because I REALLY want to catch it!!

Sigh…anyways, I found the last ingredient! Mago Berry! We good, Mallow?

Ooh, I’m a little nervous as to what the trial is gonna be…here’s hoping it’s the evolution to Fomantis?!

!!!! IT’S!!!!! FRIEND!!!!! IT’S THIS GUY!!!!! I LIKE YOU A LOT!!!!!

AND IT’S LANA!!! put your guards up everyone

Thick Club, Rare Bone, Fresh Water, Rocky Helmet – Mallow, are you sure this is edible

“Now we just need something from the newbie!” Mallow says as she tears into Leah with knifelike claws and sucks out her soul

sucks out her soul

Well, these ingredients apparently make the Mallow Special! I’m all healed up, right…? Yeah, let’s just go for it!

…what is this circus music going on

Oh, you know, that actually makes sense. I was kind of expecting Pokemon to just run with it.

Can I have more of these guys just, like, doing things, and being friends, and talking around a campfire roasting Mallow’s Mallows® and discussing each other’s weird ideas for trial challenges

H E C K    Y E S

I couldn’t screenshot any of that but Mallow was laughing at me, I think.

!!!!!! LURANTIS!!!!!!! I LOVE IT! I LOVE THAT IT APPEARED LIKE A HORROR MOVIE! I LOVE THAT KIAWE SAW IT FIRST! POKEMON IS GETTING CINEMATIC, YO!

Tulip’s up in my roster, so…Pluck it until she dies? Sounds good

This is weird, though – why would Castform be summoned?

…wait, Lurantis just used synthesis

wait castform just used sunny day

castform probably has weather ball doesn’t it

o h n o

Yeah, that ended poorly. BRANCH! Toxic!

DFGHJKL;’ IT HAS LEAF GUARD

And Branch is down!!!! I missed it, but Lurantis used SOME kind of crazy Grass attack that got him down to the red! …and then a headbutt from Castform took him down, honestly

it is called SOLAR BLADE. First, that is awesome, and second, rip dug and I think I’m gonna die

I am now using Gaston for fodder while I revive my other Pokemon, and he, somehow, was able to survive Solar Blade. good on ya

SILKIE AVOIDED WEATHER BALL BECAUSE SHE LOVES ME THANK GOD

SHE AVOIDED AN X-SCISSOR TOO

CASTFORM IS DEAD AND IT CAN CALL TRUMBEAK?? YOU SERIOUS

Okay. Okay. I’m getting this under control. Sun is gone and I’m gonna try Toxic again, crap Branch just got a critical hit something and died

HE SURVIVED THIS TIME WE’RE FINE WE’RE FINE IM HEALING

HE SURVIVED A SOLAR BLADE & TOXIC IS GO

HEAL MORE, DARN YOU

just one more move lurantis is badly poisoned and her hp is in the red

WE DID IT

SILKIE

SILKIE AND BRANCH WERE THE LAST ONES STANDING

HAHA NO I COMPLETELY CHEATED DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY ARTIFICIAL CHEMICALS I SHOVED DOWN MY POKEMON’S THROATS

Kiawe just used the word “vaunted” and, like, did i know that was a word

sthu mallow this is abuse

weak, exhausted cheers

Now we’re eating delicious food and all Lana said was *lick*. Just *lick*. Why is that so weird.

……………………………………………………………………….

mallow actually WAS trying to kill us

hello, professor kukui. i’m so tired. please help my pokemon

Smart Strike is a cool name for that TM he just gave us, at least!

Oh! Type confirmation – Olivia uses Rock-types. Hmm. Tulip and Branch are good, Dug’s neutral, Silkie isn’t the best (though she pulled her weight this time around)…man, I REALLY WANT some actual Water-type moves already. Water Pulse TM where.

To meet up with her, I’m gonna have to find the Dimensional Research Lab on Route 6. My Pokemon are not healed up, though, so run run run run run run run

My team is safe and sound, so this is where I’m gonna leave off!

Pokemon has become emotionally exhausting and difficult, I type with the cheery Pokemon Center music blaring in the background. Forty-one hours and fifty-seven minutes have been put into this game. There is no turning back now.

~*MissMash*~