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 ūüėÄ 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. ūüôā

~*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 {16}

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

[lost image]

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!

battlehau

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????

alolanraichu.jpg

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;ŠłĪjhgf 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!

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;ODFSKHJŇöLD;JFKASFLKNHASDFńĻKNASFDŠłįLAFDASńĻFADSLHFSDLHFSHLASDHL√ĀFDLHFADLFASLDHFDSLHFKSLDFSLDALFHASDJFDSHLFSADFSAHFSADHFSADHJFSADHJFSADHSFDAHFSDHFDSJFDH

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, Pok√© 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 Pok√© 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 Рquirky,  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¬ģ 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*~

 

Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {12}

Directly after the last episode….it is I, MissMash! Hello there!

Don’t know about you, but I’ve been swimming around on a Lapras for an awfully long time now….maybe a trip to someplace really warm and dry, like a volcano park, is just what I need ;D

Woah okay okay okay.¬†Hold up. They are absolutely reusing a track from Pokemon XY for this route. I can’t remember which one…near Frost Cavern or Anistar, wasn’t it? But holy crud, how could they do that?? I mean, I know you folks spent months or years of your time carefully programming a gorgeous game, along with creating moving and interactive 3D sprites for probably over 800 Pokemon, but reuse a game track??? The pinnacle of laziness! Unforgivable!

You know, I really want to see what Pokemon I can find.

Iiiiiiit’s….a Magby! Well, all right then! Branch is leading, so here’s a good place to test out his battling prowess, since he’s still only level 14.

He held out til Magby was caught! Nice one!

Next Pokemon – a Cubone, also easily caught. Named Lucy. The Loud family is proving quite useful.

Next Pokemon – okay what the FRICK

Lizards, eh? I know some people who like those! Strangely enough, it’s using Sweet Scent against me…

Now wait a gosh darn minute,¬†it just poisoned Branch. He’s Poison-type! I thought that wasn’t possible!

aw heck yes this thing is POISON/FIRE TYPE! If you like poisonous lizards, you know who you are, and I am just finding ALL your favorites today!

There’s practically only one name for a black n’ red bandit.

I won’t lie, playing with Branch in Pokemon Amie is just the tiniest bit terrifying. But, you know, he’s still cute! i-in his own way.

Hey, a Magmar just allied with a Magby! I had to switch out from Branch for this, but woah – Dug’s Keen Eye actually came in handy when Magmar used Smokescreen three times. Gotta admit I was underestimating that ability.

SPEAKING OF ABILITIES: Salandit has Corrosion, which lets it Poison Steel- and Poison-types! I could swear I’ve heard that name for an ability idea tossed around before…maybe it was for a Poison-move that hurt Steel-types. Well, you predicted it, Internet! Great job!

I don’t want to start making a mess over what Pokemon to put on my team, but…man, Salandit is cool. I’ll have to consider which Poison-type I want.

The Pokemon hunt continues; I found a Fletchling! I’m still getting used to these not being the most basic thing in existence, but hey, this is actually good. It means I’ll have a flier with Flame Body to use to care for my Pokemon eggs (and baby Bounsweet!) in the future.

Clearly, this means I will have to name this Pokemon after a qualified caretaker of children.

I am now approaching the trial area! Branch is level 18…that might be enough if only he had a Water move.

Look how pretty!!

AAUUUUUGH OMG

MY HORRIBLE MISTAKE HAS BEEN REDEEMED, DUG NO LONGER HAS TO SUFFER

Okay, I’ve been meandering in the hopes of running into a cool Pokemon (cough¬†Alolan Vulpix) but I think I’ve found about all I can. For real now, I’m headin’ though the trial gates.

There he is up ahead!! Ooh, and he’s on a fancy platform.

Hello there!

Pokemon name drop – he’s got a Marowak.

oh jeez what

WHAT KIND OF GAMEPLAY DOES THIS EVEN CLASSIFY AS

“Begin” WAIT I KNOW I SAID I WAS READY BUT

Oh, good, he paused – I thought I wouldn’t be able to get any pictures in at all during this bit. Interesting…so Marowak have Alolan forms, but Cubone don’t?

NO TIME TO BLOG NOW GUYS, I GOTTA PAY ATTENTION

Oh, wow, there’s a “show me again” option XD How lenient! Anyways, it was the right Marowak, wasn’t it?

;~~~~~~~;

OH GOSH WE’RE FIGHTING NOW I’M REALLY SORRY I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND

This Marowak looks like Dragon-type, but Branch’s Bite was super-effective…and, right, Ground vs Poison. I’m using Tulip for this.

…though, Grass-moves aren’t very effective? Hmm…

Well, I beat it! Okay, I get the test now – it’s only the final snapshot that matters; I was trying to keep track of the whole dance. And also blog.

The middle is different!

“B-but how?!” dude

what come on kiawe is making me fight again

OH, HOLD ON. Could the new typing be Ghost/Fire? That would explain Dark and Rock being supereffective…that’s actually really interesting, and just like Litwick, they have Cursed Body. I’m reminded of that one theory that Cubone and Charmander are related, and the Fire-typing would support that.

Second dance, okay. NEXT

Oh my god wait, I’m literally taking pictures of the dances?? I could have used those to not get it wrong last time???? HOW DARE I SUGGEST I SACRIFICE MY OWN INTEGRITY! I AM TAKING PICTURES FOR THE SAKE OF THIS BLOG AND NO OTHER REASON.

seriously though. okay let’s see if i get this one right this time

wh – WHERE DID HE COME FROM

GEE, I WONDER WHAT’S DIFFERENT

GEE, ISN’T IT INTERESTING THAT KIAWE ACTUALLY RECRUITED A RANDOM HIKER TO STAND AROUND ON THE MOUNTAIN AND WAIT FOR HIS CHANCE TO PHOTO BOMB THE DANCES

Not gonna lie, Kiawe lost me on that one. Okay, Hiker is down, what happens next.

New headcanon that Random Hiker Dude is both Kiawe’s dance partner and his husbando and they practice dancing together on the mountain all the time and the Hiker agreed to sign up for this if Kiawe would come home and help with the dishes¬†more often

what the frig, that thing is terrifying

btpfi1im

what are these options

WAIT, I GET IT, THEY’RE ALL THE SAME BECAUSE LEAH IS SO CONFUSED AT HOW OBVIOUS THE NEW POKEMON IS, OMG THAT’S AMAZING

POKEMON IS CAPABLE OF BEING FUNNY AND MAKING FUN OF HOW EASY ITS PUZZLES ARE, GUYS, YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST

…….WAIT HOLY CRUD THAT’S THE TOTEM POKEMON AND IT’S GONNA JUMP AT ME AND BATTLE ME AS SOON AS I CLICK THE OPTION. I DON’T WANT THIS. IT’S A SCARY DEMONIC LIZARD THING

no i gotta be brave. I  can do this.

……..

COME AT ME BRO

(but oh my god the totem pokemon just wanted to have fun too)

Here we gooooo! It’d be cool to use Branch in this battle, but, sadly, there’s no way he can stand against a Lv. 22 Salazzle and its lackey. I’ll just use Dug to Rock Tomb i –

…wait, I wondered if it was even weak to Rock Tomb for a second there because the “super effective” icon didn’t pop up, but we’re fine! It was just a new Pokemon, so the game wasn’t telling me its typing! Just two Rock Tombs took it out!

Dug’s poisoned, but there’s just one Salandit left onscreen – and there it goes!

WE DID IT.

YYYYYYYEAHHHHHHHH

awwwww

Kiawe gave me Quick Balls! Yes, those are my favorite!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I should be used to getting even more Pokemon to ride on every time…but¬†!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CHARIZARD

Oh my gosh, Kiawe just LAUGHED! He’s not so stoic after all! I guess Leah’s reaction to being given full control of a flaming draconic monstrosity must have been pretty funny.

ūüôā

And, fast as a speeding Charizard, we’re back inside the Battle Royal Pokemon Center.

And of course, that’s where we stop for the night! THAT WAS SO AMAZING!!!! KIAWE IS SO COOL!!!!!!! Salazzle was way easier than Wishiwashi, but I feel like that doesn’t even MATTER after that presentation!

Here’s my current party, which, I understand, went through quite the push and pull over these last two liveblogs.

Silkie, Dug, and Tulip are still my absolute members, and Branch is my apprentice-in-training! I think I’ll hand Red X off to the box; I did consider him, but my curiosity is sated after seeing his evolution. Salandit and Salazzle are indeed amazing, but sadly, I didn’t find my dream Fire-type in Wela. It seems a little too soon to pull five Pokemon onto my team, anyways. Maybe a couple episodes from now…

But that’s then, and now: I’m off for the night!

~*MissMash*~

Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {11}

Another liveblog, and so soon, too! Hi all! I picked up the game in my off time so I could run back to Brooklet Hill to grab a Morelull, since I’d seen somewhere that they could only be found at night (and night in the game is midday irl). Then I took so long nicknaming it (Johnny Bravo is fitting right…….) that I was settled into the game and figured what the heck, I’ll keep on going.

Pokemon is my life and this game is taking over my life.

Feels weird reminding you guys so soon of where we left off, but here is Leah! Let’s not waste any time and get moving – maybe I won’t whittle the day away again on a liveblog this time!

Random NPC guy mentioned that Kiawe was a dancer. I’d like to see that, dude!

I went the opposite way of the Wela Volcano and found that there’s this nice little beach, and I’m able to access hidden items more now because I have Lapras! Oh boy, I’ll be spending a good bit of time here…and hey, there was that beach on Hau’Oli….aw jeez this is why this isn’t a let’s play

dUDE I found all these strange little caves here with dust clouds on the ground and I walked into one and found….oh it’s just Diglett nvm

I found a Swimmer out here! Seriously, this is like a whole other optional route!!

Hey, you know, since this is all a sidequest thing as far as I know, I’m gonna let Bouncee battle whatever I find. I really want her to evolve, and besides, next up in the level-to-24 rotation is Dug – and he’s not gonna be the greatest in the water. Gotta save him for the Fire-types just across the road.

New Pokemon sighted – Mareanie! LOOK AT THIS LITTLE GROTESQUE PURPLE

Would like to inform that Bouncee just fought a Shellder and survived five Icicle Spears plus a critical. Please share your love and respect

(she fainted to something else while I was typing that but that’s fine)

TM THUNDER WAVE HAS BEEN FOUND. All shall fall before Silkie.

And in the center of this odd little island is a fishing pool…all I’m finding here are Magikarp and a Heart Scale, just like Brooklet Hill, but could there be something else too?

(Also, it is currently nighttime in-game and I’m p sure that if I bathed in this thing I would turn into a mermaid)

Hmm…UGH I don’t want to waste more hours and hours fishing up Magikarp over and over, so I’m moving on. This is unsettling me. Why is this here?

OH. OH MAN GUYS. I FOUND A PYUKUMUKU WHILE I WAS SURFING

guys!!!! it’s so cute!!! it’s cuter than the tiny little blobby sprites made it out to be!!!!!!

I, uh…what do I name it?? My first instinct is Patrick except HECK no because he’s an awful character nowadays and this Pyukumuku is a sweet innocent blobby little piece of pie. I…ummmmm……….

there is no better name

This thing is the last thing in the Pokedex for Akala, so I don’t think he’ll evolve, so I’ll stick with Sadness for now…he does have an interesting ability, though. “Innards Out.” Nice name, there.

Well, I feel better now about PROBABLY missing out on Big Secret 1% Chance Pokemon Encounters, so I guess I’ll go explore elsewhere!

(‘Elsewhere’ means Melemele Sea in Hau’Oli City, save me from this completionist madness)

Holy gosh there’s even more here than there was in Route 7.

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

Well, if ever I’ve read a Pokemon fanfic, the proper response to a cute, injured Pokemon is to scoop it up in your loving arms and run, full-tilt, unstoppable, to the nearest Pokemon Center, probably exacerbating its injury all the while, until finally dumping into the gentle care of a nurse so that the Pokemon can later fall in love with you and join you on its epic quest of its own volition, and of course that Pokemon is either a shiny or a legendary because obviously it is.

But that’s stupid so let’s just give it a Potion.

Oh, a Trainer just came back! And…Mareanie like to eat Corsola’s branches, apparently? Is their name from ‘marine’ and ‘meanie?’ I just got a Wide Lens, so there’s that!

And there go the Corsola. (dangit)

Aha!¬†Checking the Pokedex reveals that both Mareanie and Corsola can be found in the area I am currently in by fishing. Which means, oops, looks like I’ve got another one-percenter fishing quest coming up.

Now, I did just go to Bulbapedia and look up the percentages (as I admitted did with Feebas, because the last thing I want to be doing is wasting anyone’s time), and Corsola has a much better chance of being found in bubbling spots, and Mareanie is one of its ‘allies.’ So, nice! I guess I’ll just have to look for those!

I have found this little friend, though!! I actually adore Finneon and Lumineon. Sadly, they don’t get a lot of attention…

LEVEL 29 AND¬†HOOOOOO IT’S HAPPENING

Tsareena!

 tsarina.jpg

(This is apparently what an actual tsarina looks like, for  comparison. Yeah sure why not)

I checked¬†the description of Trop Kick and heck YES she’s learning it, it’s a seriously decent physical Grass move! We need more of those.

Now that that lovely intermission for this intermission is out of the way, Imma talk to you about Game Design:

So here’s me, near a fishing spot in Melemele Sea, trying to find bubbling spots to increase my chance of getting Corsola (and thus, Mareanie). I’ve figured out that you have to reset the area you’re in to reset the bubbling spots, which is a problem, since I AM in open sea, after all – it’s a hassle to swim back and forth from the scene-change by the beach to here, using Repels all the while, or to find a spot to land on in Hau’Oli Outskirts and then get right back on Lapras.

However! Going just a bit to the left of these rocks marks you close enough to the shore to change your location to the Outskirts. Going back, naturally, sends you back into the sea. And so:

All you have to do to reset for a bubbling spot is make one tiny lap around these rocks.

And I may not really know anything, but I know THAT’S good game design.

And, I kid you not, the ripples you see in the screenshot? THAT HAD A CORSOLA IN IT! It’s up on my screen right now. I’ve just gotta figure out how to get it to summon a Mareanie ally (definitely getting that first, Corsola afterwards) without fainting it…Bouncee has Teeter Dance, so I’ll probably spam it.

My luck has changed. Mashy is pleased.

First cry for help: It happened! MAREANIE IS THERE!!!!

I immediately killed the crud out of Corsola with Trop Kick and I am CATCHING THIS THING, THE BALL IS SHAKING, IT HAPPENED, I HAVE MAREANIE, TAKE THAT REDLION I KNOW YOU WERE TRYING TO SPOIL THIS FOR ME BUT I AM A POKEMON MASTER WHO CAN FIND STUFF ON HER OWN LIKE AN ADULT

I NAMED IT BRANCH AFTER THE PROTAGONIST OF THE TROLLZ MOVIE WHICH I NEVER SAW AND I’M NOT EVEN FOND OF IT OR ANYTHING BUT I DON’T CARE IT’S PERFECT BRANCH IS PERFECT

Okay. Okay. Well, I’m bumping Sadness, first of all, because even though Mareanie isn’t looking like much of a Special attacker, I have GOT to try it out. I didn’t catch a Pokemon of my friend’s favorite typing for nothing, gosh dang it!

And there’s my Corsola!

Well, there it is, guys…that felt like SO much more of an adventure and an accomplishment than it probably was, but I now have a Whole Bunch of Cool New Water Types!!!!!! It’s time for me to finally make my way back to where I was ACTUALLY supposed to go, the volcano, but hang tight; I’m making a pit stop along the way.

Bounceee…has been a good friend to me. Throughout the good times (mareanie) and the bad (feebas), she has been there, Razor Leafing everything in sight…and yet, it is not her who I turn to for typing, but my starter, my Dartrix. And so I have to let her go.

It was recommended to me by my friend (hi friend) that the ability I received for Bounsweet, Leaf Guard, is NOT the preferable one…so what I’m going to do is put Tsareena out to pasture in the Nursery with a nice gentleman to keep her company, and then they can make lil Bounsweet eggs and I’ll come back and hatch them for the other ability in the future, someday.

And, to the deepest of ironies, Johnny freaking Bravo the Morelull is the most optimal partner to put in there with her.

Farewell, Bouncee! Hold true to your truths and make your ideals a reality!¬†I’LL NEVER FORGET YOU!

And here we are again at Route 7, a few steps from where we started! And that’s where I’m cutting the liveblog!

“But Mashy!” you cry, flailing your hands about, “you didn’t even make any progress in that episode! You just caught a bunch of Pokemon we already know about and badly commentated over it!”

Au contraire, young liveblog viewer! For while I am cutting le blog here, I am immediately starting up a new one. And this one, I promise, will ACTUALLY have Leah visiting the volcano. However, I cannot guarantee that I won’t again spend hours combing the tall grass for more new Pokemon.

….Sorry, retiring Bouncee put me in kind of a poetic mood :,)

May we meet again!

~*MissMash*~

Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {10}

Mashy here, and I hope you all have some responsibilities to procrastinate on, because it’s time for another liveblog! Let’s see where we left off:

Right outside this Center! Right, I was gonna see about fishing, but I eventually decided against it. Might try it out right now before I head on down Route 5.

I have already played over 27 hours of this game, by the way. This is probably a bad thing.

Things caught:

-A Magikarp. wooooo

-A pearl!

-A Goldeen

-A Heart Scale YUS

-A Gyarados, after a Magikarp CALLED FOR HELP AND SUMMONED ONE WHAT

And look at this, oh snap! I leveled the traded Bounsweet from last ep to level 18, and it looks like we’re already getting an evolution out of her! Gotta admit I’m really curious…

OMG I LOVE HER

And this is only the second form?! Can’t wait to see what the final one will be, then! I have the feeling that Steenee’s evolution will be a pleasure to work with someday!

O h m y g o d. I just searched for Feebas for forty-five minutes, and one minute before eleven PM, I found one and it fainted. FU

(I will say this – I am extremely thankful they didn’t try to pull that stunt with the random blocks of water like in DPPt)

OH MY GOD IT’S BEEN ANOTHER HOUR, GOOD MORNING EVERYONE

sweet flipping flip i did it. It’s been 130 minutes, one evolution, seven levels on Stenee, tens of thousands of dollars worth in Pearls big and small, and probably over fifty Magikarp encounters. BUT I DID IIIIIT

AND I GOT THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE GUY IN THE POKEMON CENTER. WAS IT WORTH IT. I DON’T EVEN KNOW ANYMORE.

Bouncee definitely deserves some cuddles in Pokemon Refresh for this.

She’s higher leveled than the rest of my team by this point, too – at this rate I might as well replace Tulip as my Grass-type! Ha ha. Ha.

Onto Route 6!

Well, this is about the least hidden Poke Ball I’ve ever seen. Also, this route is called “Straight Street” or some such, which is NOT an accident, considering it’s right next to the Nursery ūüėõ

The first Trainer I’ve come across has a Magby, which makes it the perfect time to try out…WATERNIUM Z ON SADNESS!!!

WELL THAT WORKED WELL.

I am sort of second-guessing using Sadness, though. I prefer using Pokemon that can evolve, and if School Form Wishiwashi is all it gets, hmm….well, I’ll see how it goes! He stays for now!

UHHHHhhhhhh ???????

A Trojan horse? Mudbray evolution? A Rottweiler? ROCKRUFF EVOLUTION?!

Do not worry, small purple person getting harassed by Team Skull, I will protect you

“Well, yeah, I know them” I mean I gueeesss it’s trueeee ugh

THEIR NAME IS HAPU! NOW I’M BATTLING!

The Skull dude poisoned me, so now I’m just playing with Sadness with Refresh to heal him up, and they’re all just…watching me, I suppose! I have no idea how this working. Sadness is just floating there in midair while I’m petting him, and….okay???

(By the way, Tulip, Silkie, and Dug all have maxed out affection. SO MUCH LOVE.)

That’s okay, they’re probably way cooler than you.

Update, the big equine is named Mudsdale, so it’s definitely the evolution of Mudbray. That is…a WAY cooler final design than I’d expected. Does it have Stamina, too? I dig it!

Looks like Hapu was protecting that Drifloon…aww, and then they just get on their Mudsdale and go off. If they were a Ground-type Captain, that’d be cool!

Welp, Rotom’s urging me to check out the Battle Royale…why not!

Ooh, this place is bigger than I’d expected…………..OH LOOK IT’S GLADION

that’s adorable yo

I found some Pink Nectar…that’ll be good for any Oricorio I try to use! And this place is so neat – I’m looking over it all before I enter the arena!

I’M IN THE THRIFTY MEGAMART! What a place! I bought a bunch of stuff with the coupon, and it’s also a good place to sell those Pearls I collected and leave with even more money than I entered. (Also, I gave $1000 to a Hypno that turned out to be a creepy human that gave me TM Rest!)

I found this thing again – the little pink guy from Kukui’s lab! I still don’t know the name of it, but I have a suspicion that it’s this gen’s Pikachu clone based on how many people have it. My English teacher has a drawing of this guy pinned up on her bulletin board and I STILL don’t know the name.

ALSO, before I forget – I bought a Strange Souvenir! Let’s see if it gets more use here than it did in X&Y…

I left the market and went over to the malasada place – not much happened there, except that I gave Sadness a Sour Malasada – so I think it’s time to check out the Battle Royal Dome!

There’s Gladion, practically waiting for us. Something just occurred to me – remember when Lillie mentioned she was waiting to meet with someone? What if that someone was Gladion?

C…Crasher Wake?

Oh, that too

OH DUDE WE’RE FIGHTING ALL OF A SUDDEN. Me, Hau, Gladion, and the Masked Royal…all in a big, weird multibattle! GO SADNESS!

I’m using a Z-Move against Kukui’s Rockruff because I do not trust that thing…and it fainted, and it’s over!

Oh snap the music just cut out…if this guy is the Lava Captain, that was the most intense typing pun ever made

yyyyyyyep

Uh…….bye, dude!

Mr. Masked Royale is just having a friendly chat with Hau and I about our trials and Gladion’s there, but he’s facing the other way and I’m dYING BECAUSE HE REMINDS ME OF YURI PLISETSKY AGAIN

ow the edge

It’s too late to go to Route 7 and take Kiawe up on his challenge, so what I’m doing now is exploring the rest of Route 6 before I call it a night. Interesting things:

-A Trainer had a Cubone! No Alolan Forme there!

-Times I ran back to the Center: 1

-I gave Tweety the Oricorio the Pink Nectar, and it’s a little pink Psychic/Flying hula dancer now! Neat!

-Sadness reached level 20, so he can finally be in School Form all the time.

-Dug wanted to learn Rock Tomb, and I tried to teach it because it’s better than Rock Throw in every way, but I accidentally deleted it ūüė¶

-That’s actually really upsetting omg

-That guy in Heahea was only a move deleter, right

-Have I met the move rememberer yet

-Should I go check

-Map says I haven’t

-WAIT, the move tutor is in Hau’oli…ummmm

-NO THAT’S TOO FAR I’M NOT DOING IT WHERE’S THE MOVE REMEMBERER

Then I realized Route 7 connected directly to Heahea, so I went back to Melemele just to check. I was disappointed.

Yeah, anyways.

Okay, woah…what’d I just do?

I was basically running around sulking when I came across this place I never explored, Diglett’s Tunnel, and Olivia here was just talking to two guys in white. Same people who were chasing Lillie at the beginning.

She won’t let me pass any further, so, hm…I guess that’s all I got for now. That was almost creepy for a bit there. Also, the Pokemon here are level 20 already what the heck.

I know that liveblog got a bit disjointed at the end there because of getting sidetracked, but I’m gonna end it now! I’m at the entrance of the next route, my team are all level 23, and I’m seeing some cool Fire-types in my future.

Here’s the fam…yeah, Bouncee is my honorary adopted daughter. She’s earned some kinda title, at least.

See you next time…KIAWE.

~*MissMash*~

Pokemon Moon Blind Liveblog {8}

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

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

…she’s experienced?

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

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

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

i uh

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

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

Lillie looks so OFFENDED

NEW FRIENDS!!!!

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

And a chef?

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

And then they leave! THAT WASN’T AWKWARD!

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

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

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

-The Name Rater! Mark that down!

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

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

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

Wh – oh my god. Sina and Dexio???

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Hey, it’s Paniola Town!

Hey, it’s Hau!

oh i guess he’s battling us. cool alright

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

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

Let’s run it over too.

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

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

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

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

~*MissMash*~