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Scramble Kaori's Pokemon Alpha Sapphire Nuzlocke Scramble

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Welcome everyone to the third installment of my Nuzlocke Scramble series! After completing Fire Red and Soul Silver, we are moving to Hoenn next. I actually never played through ORAS all the way since the games came out during a very busy period at university for me. (And afterwards I just never picked them up again, whoops)

Hopefully I can actually complete the game this time and have some fun with it along the way. For those unfamiliar with my Nuzlocke Scramble series, it's basically a regular Scramble run but with the perma death rule implemented. I'll leave a more detailed version of the rules below!

~> I may only the Pokemon which have been given to me. When hunting for said Pokemon, I MUST catch the first of each species I encounter and go with that, regardless of the nature/ability.

Disclaimer: If I need a certain HM to proceed with the game and none of my team members can learn it, I am allowed to catch a HM slave and temporarily put it in the party.

~> All Pokemon must be nicknamed. The naming theme for this run is capital cities

~> If a Pokemon faints, it is considered dead and must be released or permanently boxed.

~> The Nuzlocke rules do not apply until I've received the Pokedex from Prof. Birch

~> Battle style must be on SET.

~> The challenge is considered complete after defeating Champion Steven.

~> The challenge is considered a fail if I white out/black out during any part of the game, regardless if there are still reserves left in the PC box.

Main team
  • Mudkip/Marshtomp/Swampert
  • Poochyena/Mightyena
  • Lotad/Lombre/Ludicolo
  • Gulpin/Swalot
  • Torkoal
  • Lunatone
Reserves
  • Swablu/Altaria
  • Duskull/Dusclops

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Prologue ー Why am I in the back of a truck?

Time to boot up a new game and immediately get hit with a wave of nostalgia as the original R/S/E Prof. Birch pops up on the screen. I have to say, I really like how they did the opening sequence of ORAS with the little throwback to the OG games.



As always, you get to choose which gender you want to play as and I go with girl because May looks absolutely adorable in the remakes. I definitely like this updated outfit with the bow on top of her head much better.

Now it is time for the adventure to officially start as you arrive in Littleroot Town. They stick true to the originals by displaying horrible parenting in which your mom thinks it is okay to stuff their son/daughter in the back of the moving truck. Not sure what Gamefreak was thinking there.

Either way, you take your first steps into your new place as the Pokemon movers are still busy putting away your belongings. Mom advises you to go upstairs to set the clock, which happens automatically now based on the settings of your 3DS. (Which I'm pretty sure aren't correct on mine)

After missing out on seeing your father (who actually exists in these games!!) on TV, you can head out and greet the neighbors. Immediately you are forced into an awkward situation as the woman next-door seems very excited for her son to have a female friend. Are they trying to play match-maker? Unfortunately for Brendan, he ruins all his chances with me by assuming that I would be a boy because of 'being a gym leader's kid'. Brendan confirmed sexist.

As you try to head North of Litteroot Town, you are stopped by a little girl who got startled by some screaming. When you go check it out, you can find Prof. Birch getting chased around my a wild Poochyena as he asks for your assistance. Why a Pokemon Professor can't handle a single Poochyena? Beats me, but it does give you a chance at a free Pokemon at least.

In his bag you can find three Pokeballs with the starter Pokemon of the Hoenn region. My personal favorite is Torchic, but for this Scramble I will be picking the water type Mudkip!

Dublin the Mudkip (M) has joined the party!

Bashful nature

Torrent

20/13/10/11/11/10

Tackle / Growl / Water Gun

We make quick work of the low level Poochyena with a Water Gun or two. Even though the Mudkip line are more physical than special based, having a STAB attack so early on is really nice.

After defeating the Poochyena, Prof. Birch thanks you for your help and escorts you back to his labratory. We get to keep our Mudkip. I gave him the nickname Dublin for no particular reason, it was the first capital city that popped up in my head.

With a Pokemon on hand, we can now head to route 101 towards Odale Town. I fought a few wild Pokemon on the way to gain some levels before the upcoming rival battle. In Odale Town there's not much of interest besides the free Potion from the Pokemon Mart. Instead you can head up North to route 103 to find Brendan looking into the habitat of some Pokemon. He notices you have a Pokemon now and challenges you to a battle.

ー VS. Rival Brendan





He has the type advantage but we get some classic hand-holding from Gamefreak since your starter's rival actually does not have a STAB move yet. This makes it quite easy to just Tackle my way through with Mudkip until the Treecko drops.

Brendan guides you back towards Prof. Birch's lab where you get your Pokedex and a set of Poke Balls. The challenge has now officially begun!

I will leave things off here for now! Next time we'll add two new members to the team and make our way towards Petalburg City!

-- TO BE CONTINUED --
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Not much to say, looking good so far! Mudkip is definitely the best choice for the Hoenn starters (IMO)
 

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Hmm, I don't think many people use Swalot or Lunatone! It's nice that you should be able to have a full team before your fourth Badge. Good luck on your challenge run! Watching a Nuzlocke Scramble ought to be interesting since the classic rules for those two challenges seem rather diametrically opposed.
 
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@Zedark I've always been more of a Torchic person myself, but the Mudkip line is definitely really good as well!

@Typhlosion They're definitely uncommon Pokemon. While I'm not a huge fan of either, I'm hoping they can still put in some work. Their stats and movepools aren't too bad actually.

It's definitely not a combination you see often, but I like the added challenge. Of course, it's not a pure Nuzlocke since I'm not catching the first Pokemon of each area, but I am catching the first version of whatever Pokemon have been suggested to me. (Rather than trying to get one with a good nature/stats)
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Part I. But I'm a cat person...!

After receiving the Pokedex from Prof. Birch, I headed back towards route 101 to catch our first teammate. In these games, Brendan approaches you to hand you the DexNav. This is one of the features I really enjoyed in ORAS because it made it easier to hunt for rare Pokemon in the grass in case I wanted a specific nature or an egg move.

We are actually going to catch something using the DexNav right away. When you reach the end of route 101, Brendan will be waiting for you once again to teach you how to sneak up on the DexNav Pokemon. On this route, you can get a Poochyena which has one of the elemental fangs to complement your starter.

You only have one shot at catching this Poochyena, so I decided to just throw a Pokeball right away without trying to weaken it. If I recall correctly, the catch rate on the first route is actually 100% in these games. Either way, I did capture it on the first try.



Vienna the Poochyena (F) has joined the party!

Lonely nature

Quick Feet

19/11/7/8/8/9

Fire Fang / Howl

Truthfully, I'm not the biggest fan of the Poochyena line, but having Fire Fang is pretty neat with all of the Bug and Grass types coming up in Petalburg Forest. It also got a lot better with the special/physical split so
grinding up this little puppy went a lot smoother than I expected.

The person inspecting footsteps to the West of Odale Town is now gone, so we can proceed towards route 103 and catch yet another Pokemon. This one is an Alpha Sapphire exclusive and will surely come in useful for the first gym fight.


Panama the Lotad (F) has joined the party!

Sassy nature

Rain Dish

14/6/6/7/8/4

Astonish / Growl

First of all, I do know that the capital city of Panama is technically called Panama City, but having the word 'city' in the nickname seems awkward so I dropped it.

Lotad's a bit of a pain to use early on because it is very weak and only has Astonish for the first couple of levels. Thankfully, it does have a fast level curve so I could do some switch training to help her get caught up with the team.

Soon enough we reach Petalburg City to visit the gym of our father Norman. Unfortunately, he does not want to battle us yet since we don't have enough badges. (Rude!) However, he does get a visit from a timid young man called Wally who needs some help catching his first Pokemon. Norman lends him one of his Pokemon as you accompany Wally to route 103. This guy has the most insane luck in the world and actually encounters a Ralts on his first try, successfully capturing it.

We saw goodbye to our dad for now and proceed towards the next route. The trainers are still relatively low level at this point, so I didn't struggle against any of them. In Petalburg Woods, Poochyena was able to put in a lot of work because Fire Fang destroyed all of the bug types.

Towards the end of the forest, we run into a scientist looking for a Shroomish. However, in the middle of the conversation, we suddenly get ambushed by a Team Aqua Grunt.



ー VS. Team Aqua Grunt



He only has one Poochyena, but it is a little annoying to take down with the Sand-attack + Howl combination. I started off with Lotad but had to switch out to Mudkip at one point because she kept missing her attacks while the Poochyena was boosting its attack. Thankfully, Mudkip was able to finish it off.

In return for chasing away the Team Aqua Grunt, we get an EXP. Share. Since the EXP. Share is a little broken from gen 6 onwards, I will probably turn it off for most of the game, only using it to speed up grinding and such. So far I definitely haven't been struggling with leveling.

We successfully make our way out of the forest, eventually reaching Rustboro City. I really like how this city looks in the remakes, but there isn't a whole lot to do. I do drop by the trainer school to pick up the Quick Claw, which should be useful on my slow Lotad. I also picked up the HM for Cut, but I haven't taught it to any of my Pokemon yet. I will probably end up catching a Zigzagoon to use as my HM slave for now.

Other than that, it's mostly just the gym to take on. However, I will leave that for next time.

-- TO BE CONTINUED --
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Dublin - Male - Lv. 14 - Bashful nature - Torrent

Tackle / Growl / Water Gun / Mud-Slap

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Vienna - Female - Lv. 13 - Lonely nature - Quick Feet

Fire Fang/ Howl / Sand-Attack / Bite

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Panama - Female - Lv. 13 - Sassy nature - Rain Dish

Astonish / Growl / Absorb / Bubble
 
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I've only played through the remakes once and forgot that poochyena got an elemental bite. Very cool!
 

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@Zedark I've played through the beginning parts a couple of times but always lose interest around the 3rd/4th badge. Hopefully I can actually complete ORAS with this challenge!

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Part II. Double Duel

Every time I play a gen 3 game, I always clear out the route East of Rustboro City before taking on the gym leader. However, I felt like my team was already at an adequate level to challenge Roxanne and I didn't want it to be too easy, so I decided to head to the gym straight away. I do have both a water and a water/grass type, so this shouldn't be too bad.

The gym trainers definitely weren't difficult at all. If it wasn't for Sturdy on their Geodude, all of their Pokemon would have gone down in one hit. During one of the battles, my Lotad reach lv. 14 as she evolved right before taking on the gym leader.



Panama evolved into Lombre

Roxanne is already waiting for us at the end, but she should be more scared of us than the other way around.

ー VS. Gym Leader Roxanne





She leads off with her Geodude as I sent out my Lombre, going for Absorb.(although Bubble would have worked as well) As expected, her Geodude also has Sturdy so it does survive the hit, but its attacks don't do too much damage. A potion also doesn't heal it up all the way back to full to reset Sturdy as the next Absorb takes it out.

Nosepass comes out next and I swapped to Mudkip who has a better physical defense stat and should have no problem wearing down the opponent with Water Gun. I remember having so much trouble with this Pokemon when I first played through Emerald because I had chosen Torchic as my starter and it hadn't evolved yet. Thankfully, I didn't have any problems this time around.

Roxanne gives us the Stone Badge to commemorate our victory, as well as the TM for Rock Tomb.

With our first badge in the bag, I headed towards route 116, watching as a Team Aqua grunt dashed off, followed by the scientist we helped out earlier. Apparently some important Devon Goods had been stolen and he wants us to go retrieve them. Before I do that, however, I wanted to battle the trainers on route 116 so Poochyena could get some experience and catch up after not getting any spotlight in the gym at all.

We eventually reach Rusturf Tunnel as an old man stands outside, screaming about his precious 'Peeko' who had been stolen. Team Aqua's really up to no good today. Inside we find the grunt from earlier with a Wingull as he backs away but there is no way to escape. Eventually he decides to battle us instead. He only has a single Poochyena so we can easily take him out with our Mudkip, reaching lv. 16 at the end of the battle.



Dublin evolved into Marshtomp

Marshomp's 3D model gives me nightmares (seriously, why does it have to look so creepy???) but we'll just have to deal with it until he evolves again. Anyway, we retrieve the Devon Goods and the old man's Wingull, delivering both to their respective owners. After helping out the scientist twice, he gives us a Great Ball and a special visit with the Devon Corporation's president Mr. Stone. He is very impressed with our endeavors and updates the DexNav. Unfortunately, this wouldn't be a Pokemon game if we weren't asked to run an errand for someone. This time, it's to deliver a letter to his son in Dewford Town.

Dewford is located across the ocean, but the old man from earlier is willing to help us cross with his boat. Being a small town on an island, there really isn't much to do in Dewford. In the old games, you could explore a fair bit of Granite Cave but this time around, the innermost chamber is still blocked off.

My team hasn't changed much since the last gym battle but with little else to do for now, I decide to go for it. I remember Brawly always giving me a lot of trouble as a kid, but the remakes are kind of notorious for being too easy, so hopefully we don't get smacked here. I don't have anything super effective against Fighting types, unfortunately, but Marshtomp has some great natural bulk and two STAB moves.

ー VS. Gym Leader Brawly





I lead off with my Marshtomp hoping to just power through this gym with Mud Shot as his Machop goes for Leer, which is both good and bad. It is good because Mud Shot is a 2-hit KO and with the speed drop, I don't have to take any damage. However, having my physical defense lowered is also a little scary for the incoming Makuhita.

I decided my best bet against the Makuhita was to just hit it as hard as I can and thankfully Mud Shot does around 50%. Brawly decided to start setting up with Bulk Up, which made me very thankful that I'm using a special attack. I get a bit lucky with the rolls either and get a high roll on my next Mud Shot, taking out the Makuhita before it even attacks me.

For a gym battle that used to give me so much trouble in the past, this was almost anti-climatic. I ended up winning the Knuckle Badge without even taking any damage.

After defeating the second gym leader, the inner part of Granite Cave becomes available. Inside you can find my husband Steven admiring a wall painting of the box legendary. I handed him the letter from his father as we receive the TM for Steel Wing in return. He also urges us to head to Slateport City next which requires another trip across the ocean by boat. Thankfully, Mr. Briney is still waiting for us and more than willing to help out.

With two gyms in one update, I think we should end things here for now. Next time we'll head to Slateport City for some more exploring!

-- TO BE CONTINUED --
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Tackle / Mud Shot / Water Gun / Rock Tomb

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Vienna - Female - Lv. 16 - Lonely nature - Quick Feet

Fire Fang/ Howl / Sand-Attack / Bite

5535


Panama - Female - Lv. 17 - Sassy nature - Rain Dish

Astonish / Fake Out / Absorb / Bubble
 

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Wow, you're making good progress. I didn't expect Roxanne to give you any trouble based on your Scramble Pokemon, but props for breezing your way past Brawly like that. Can't wait to see Gulpin, haha!
 

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@Typhlosion Thanks! I definitely got a bit lucky with that high roll on the second Mud Shot (unless the first one was a low roll) because with Marshtomp at -1 defense and Makuhita at +1 attack, I'm not sure how well I would have taken the hits.

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Part III. The Rival Battle of Doom

With the help of Mr. Briney, we've safely made it to route 109's beach area, right in front of Slateport City. Before we head into the city, I decided to take on all the trainers on the beach, as well as those inside the little beach house. There's actually quite a few of them in total which makes this a great place for training up Poochyena and Lombre after they didn't get to do much in the last gym.



Vienna evolved into Mightyena!

For some reason, I always thought that Poochyena evolved at lv. 20, so when mine hit lv. 18 and the evolution screen popped up, I was a little surprised. However, I'm definitely not complaining because while Mightyena's stats might not be top tier, they're a huge improvement over Poochyena's.

My first stop in Slateport City is Captain Stern's workplace to deliver the Devon Parts. However, the Captain is at the Oceanic Museum right now, so we head over there to find him. As soon as we enter the museum, it becomes clear that the whole place is filled with Team Aqua grunts.

We find Captain Stern on the second floor but as soon as we reveal the Devon Parts, Team Aqua grunts surround us in an attempt to snatch them. Seems like we have no other choice but to battle them.





ー VS. Team Aqua Grunts



Both Carvanha go down easily against Lombre's Absorb while Zubat gets taken down by a Bite from Mightyena.

As soon as we defeat the two grunts, the leader of team Aqua, Archie, arrives to the scene. He looks quite a bit different from the original gen 3 installments, but I do like the new design. He definitely looks very initmidating. After giving a speech about their views on the world, Team Aqua eventually retreats.

After getting our responsibilities out of the way, I explore the city a little. At the Slateport Market, I ended up buying the TM for Hone Claws assuming Mightyena could learn it (BECAUSE IT HAS CLAWS!!) but turns out it doesn't. Well, there goes 5,000 bucks wasted.

As we're about to leave Slateport, there's a sudden commotion regarding a famous Contest celebrity and her Altaria. The game pretty much forces us to go watch and somehow this girl takes a liking to us as we get scouted to try out Pokemon Contests. I liked these a lot as a kid, but I didn't really bother with it this time around since I rather continue with the story.

Speaking of which, on route 110 we can catch our next team member. I have never used this Pokemon (or even considered adding it to my team) but hopefully it won't disappoint.



Beijing the Gulpin (M) joined the party!

Lax nature

Sticky Hold

42/17/24/18/19/16

Yawn / Poison Gas / Acid / Amnesia

Before proceeding, I decided to train Gulpin a little on the wild Pokemon. I also took out the trainers on route 103 and did the first challenge of the Trick House. The EXP. we gain from these battles is very important because there's a big rival battle coming up. The remakes have been rather easy so far but I remember this particular rival battle because so difficult in the originals.

ー VS. Rival Brendan




Brendan leads off with his Slugma while I led off with Mightyena since I couldn't remember his lead and I figured a STAB Bite could hit anything for decent damage. Thankfully, it's a 2-hit KO against the Slugma and we don't get burnt by any of its attacks.

The real threat in Grovyle comes out next but I have Fire Fang, so I decided to stay in with Mightyena. Unfortunately, Fire Fang just barely misses out on the OHKO and Mega Drain brings us down to the red. I don't want to risk a Quick Attack or something, so I swap out to Gulpin who should be able to resist anything Grovyle can go for and finish it off with a Sludge.

A few trainers, we reach Mauville City which has gotten a complete make-over in these games. I do think the city looks better than in the originals, but I had to get used to it a little at first. It's a shame the Game Corner is no longer a thing because it was a great way to get good TMs in the past.

I'll leave things off here for now. Next time, we'll explore more of Mauville and take on the third gym!

-- TO BE CONTINUED --
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Tackle / Mud Shot / Water Gun / Rock Tomb

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Vienna - Female - Lv. 21 - Lonely nature - Quick Feet

Fire Fang/ Howl / Roar / Bite

5535


Panama - Female - Lv. 21 - Sassy nature - Rain Dish

Astonish / Fake Out / Absorb / Bubble

5704


Beijing - Male - Lv. 21 - Lax nature - Sticky Hold

Yawn / Acid Spray / Sludge / Amnesia
 

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Wailmer was so easy during Vs Brendan, it didn't even warrant a mention, poor guy..
 

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Tfw Mightyena can't learn Hone Claws but both Diglett and Ferroseed can
 

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@SkylarAlpha Whoops. I genuinely just forgot to add that part. Sorry Wailmer. xD

@Calaf Lombre can learn it as well, but the Lotad line are generally special attackers so it doesn't help me much.

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Part IV. Bulldozin' my way through

As you enter Mauville City, you end up witnessing a conversation between Wally and his uncle. The former is being quite persistent on challenging the gym leader right away, but his ability to do so is being doubted. As a way to prove himself towards his family, Wally begs you to let him fight you.

Guess it's time to crush this poor boy's soul.

ー VS. Wally





I would like to say he put up a good fight, but with only a Ralts to his disposal, it wasn't exactly a fair fight. Mightyena had absolutely no trouble taking it down with a single Bite.

After being defeated, he gives us the HM for Rock Smash. Wally and his uncle take their leave which gives me some time to explore the remainder of the city. I pick up the Mach Bike from the bicycle store and purchased the TM for Bulldoze in the Pokemart. That will surely come in useful for the upcoming gym battle.

I also took on all the trainers on route 117, visiting Verdanturf as well but there isn't much to do there at the moment. I didn't feel like my team needed any extra training, even though I hadn't been using the updated EXP. Share, so I could head straight to the gym. Either the remakes are very easy or I was just very bad as a kid because I don't remember breezing through the originals like this.

The Mauville City gym has gotten a bit of an update, but the puzzle remains largely the same. With Marshtomp by my side, none of the gym trainers pose much of a problem. I have a feeling he will be the star of the show today.

ー VS. Gym Leader Wattson





I really wish they would have used Wattson's Emerald team in the remakes, adding Manectric to the line-up. It's really a shame that for a Hoenn gym leader, he doesn't have a single Hoenn Pokemon on his team.

Either way, Marshtomp had no problem taking down all three of his Pokemon with a single Bulldoze each. The Magnemite hung on due to the Sturdy, but the best attack it had to hit back is Tackle so it couldn't exactly put up much of a fight.

After this very easy gym fight, we earn the Dynamo Badge and the TM for Volt Switch, which unfortunately can't be learnt by any of the Pokemon on my team.

With the third gym on hand, I headed North towards route 111 to take on the Winstrate family. This series of battles was actually a little challenging because you don't get a chance to heal up your team in between. It's a little sad how a series of general trainer battles are tougher than a gym battle.

Upon entering route 112, we run into Brendan who gives us the HM for Strength. The HM slave I've been using up till now can't learn this move, but it doesn't have a bad BP so I'll probably give it to one of my main team members.

Speaking of team members, I get to add a new Pokemon to the team very soon. It took me about twenty minutes of running around in Fiery Path, but I finally ran into a Torkoal.



Cairo the Torkoal (F) joined the party!

Quiet nature

White Smoke

49/32/49/33/29/12

Withdraw / Rapid Spin / Fire Spin / Smokescreen

I decided to teach my newly caught Torkoal some TMs to improve its moveset a little before heading back to some of the previous routes to rematch a few trainers and give her a chance to gain some levels. Even though she was slightly underleveled, her natural bulk helped a lot to tank hits and give her a chance to fight back despite that very low speed stat.

After making our way through Fiery Path, we run into a veteran trainer who teaches us about Secret Bases. I do think the idea behind it is kind of neat, but it's a feature I never really used much.

The remainder of the way to Fallarbor Town consists mostly of battling various trainers and picking up items. While I do enjoy gen 3 overall, it does have a few moments in the game where it feels like you're just clearing one route after and another while the story doesn't proceed much.

Thankfully, once you reach Fallarbor Town, things pick up a little again as Brendan pops up once more. Apparently Professor Cozmo is being threatened by Team Magma because of his knowledge on the Meteorite, and we have to head towards Meteor Falls to save him. However, I will leave that for next time.

-- TO BE CONTINUED --
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Tackle / Bulldoze / Water Gun / Rock Tomb

5703


Vienna - Female - Lv. 25 - Lonely nature - Quick Feet

Fire Fang/ Howl / Rock Smash / Bite

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Panama - Female - Lv. 26 - Sassy nature - Rain Dish

Astonish / Fake Out / Absorb / Bubble Beam

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Beijing - Male - Lv. 25 - Lax nature - Sticky Hold

Yawn / Toxic / Sludge / Amnesia

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Cairo - Female - Lv. 25 - Quiet nature - White Smoke

Strength / Bulldoze / Lava Plume / Curse
 

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Either the remakes are very easy or I was just very bad as a kid because I don't remember breezing through the originals like this.
Consensus would say it's the former XD

Nice job picking up a Quiet Torkoal! That's probably one of the best Natures you could ask for since its Speed is trash anyway.
 
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