Wonderlocke The Avengers Initiative -- Typhlosion's X Wonderlocke

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"There was...an idea..."

Hello, challenge aficionados, I am back! I told you there would be more after my Yellow Nuzlocke and I meant it. Welcome to my X Wonderlocke! This kind of challenge is nothing too crazy, but should be a lot of fun, and there's no better game to try it than the one where it was first possible. A Wonderlocke is a bit more complicated in a technical sense than a Nuzlocke, though, so I'll be adapting my rules from our very own Marriland's Y Wonderwedlocke. Let's take a look.

  • Any Pokémon which faints is considered dead. It must be permanently boxed and cannot be used again. Standard 'locke business.
  • I must nickname all my Pokémon. This won't be possible in-game, since they'll all come through Wonder Trade, but I'll give them names anyway and use those here. The theme, of course, is Marvel characters.
  • I may only catch the first Pokémon I encounter in any given area (once I have Poké Balls and am able to catch Pokémon). Gift Pokémon count towards this. In-game trades are allowed and don't count as the encounter, as long as I can legally obtain the required Pokémon. However, whatever I receive in the trade is still subject to the following rule.
  • Immediately upon acquiring a Pokémon, I must Wonder Trade it away. The new Pokémon is treated as my encounter.
  • I will not Wonder Trade my starter until I have a second Pokémon. I will trade that, train it up to level 5 if it's below that, then trade my starter. This prevents me from having only Pokémon that are too weak to fight.
  • I will be playing with Dupes Clause, though this applies only to the permanent team members acquired through Wonder Trade and not to whatever my initial encounters are.
  • I will also be playing with level caps, which can be found here. Any Pokémon I receive over the next level cap must be Wonder Traded again.
  • Any Pokémon I receive which has a base stat total of 580 or greater at the time I receive it must be traded back. If I get a Dragonite or a Mewtwo I must send it back. However, if I get a Dratini or Dragonair, that's fine to use and I may still evolve it into a Dragonite myself.
  • Male Combee clause. Yeah.
  • If I find a Shiny Pokémon you can bet I'm catching it. It won't have anything to do with the challenge, however, and will go straight to the PC.
  • If I have no Pokémon on hand which can use a required HM I may catch something to perform that task. This may also include pulling a dead teammate out of the PC.
  • I may use a total of two healing items in each battle. Not as strict as some people, but still a step up from my last challenge. Held items and Poké Balls are fine; X items are not permitted.
  • EXP Share, Super Training, Pokémon-Amie, Mega Evolution, etc are not permitted. The exception is using Amie only enough to potentially evolve Eevee into Sylveon.
  • Choice of starter Pokémon, choice of Eeveelution, etc. will be determined by my Trainer ID.
  • Battle Style will be Set.
  • The run is successful upon entering the Hall of Fame, or failed if I am entirely out of usable Pokémon in both my party and PC.
  • If I've forgotten anything I'll make a note of that in the run.
Route 2: Ned Leeds the Caterpie -> Metapod -> Butterfree
Route 3: Loki the Pansage
Route 4: Pepper Potts the Fletchling -> Fletchinder
Route 5: Darcy Lewis the Raticate
Route 6: FRIDAY the Lotad
Route 7: Hela the Magikarp
Route 8: Wong the Oddish
Route 9: Doctor Strange the Trapinch
Route 10:
Route 11:
Route 12:
Route 13:
Route 14:
Route 15:
Route 16:
Route 17:
Route 18:
Route 19:
Route 20:
Route 21:
Route 22: Cassie Lang the Flabébé -> Floette
Aquacorde Town: Ebony Maw the Poochyena -> Mightyena
Lumiose City: Ayesha the Whismur
Ambrette Town: Betty Ross the Wurmple
Cyllage City:
Geosenge Town:
Shalour City:
Coumarine City:
Laverre City:
Dendemille Town:
Anistar City:
Couriway Town:
Snowbelle City:
Victory Road:
Pokémon League:
Santalune Forest: Rocket the Zigzagoon -> Linoone
Parfum Palace:
Connecting Cave: Aunt May the Torkoal
Glittering Cave: Happy Hogan the Luvdisc
Reflection Cave:
Azure Bay:
Power Plant:
Poké Ball Factory:
Lost Hotel:
Frost Cavern:
Terminus Cave:
Pokémon Village:
Team Flare Secret HQ:
Tower of Mastery:

With that out of the way, let's not waste any more time!

There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people. That idea was mine. My name is...none of your concern. You can call me Fury. Everybody does. I call this project of mine the Avengers Initiative. I wanted to see if these people could become something more: to see if they could work together when we needed them to, to fight the battles that we never could. Some have no place to go, some are trying desperately not to go back where they're supposed to go. They come from all over the world, the galaxy, even the universe. I guess it's time to find out if I'm right. They do their job, the world spins on. If not...they'll stand ready to avenge it.
 
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I grab my brother's old copy of X (don't worry, I checked with him first), Bank all his Pokémon save a Lvl 4 Pidgey, and wipe the save. When I boot up the game again I'm greeted by Professor Sycamore. He reads me the usual opener speech, and I tell him I'm a boy and that he can call me Fury, thanks very much. I choose the dark skin tone to help me stay in character. I must admit that I chuckle when he yells at me, "Fury! Your adventure begins now!"

Fury is woken up via dive-bombing by bird. Falcon will pay for that. Before anything else I check my Trainer ID. The last three digits are 7-2-6, which means Glaceon, Bulbasaur, and Fennekin. Okay. Fury then goes downstairs only to be stopped by the World Security Council, who insist he changes into something a little more suited to the job. Having done away with his pajamas, Fury's able to make it outside, where's he greeted by Maria and another agent. Good to see you, Hill.

After they tell me to go to the next town, Fury spends some time checking out Vaniville Town. There's absolutely nothing here, of course. A mirror identical to his own, but in Hill's quarters, doesn't allow him to put his pajamas back on. Blast. Moving out.

Two seconds later Fury's in "the next town over." How Kalos Route 1 ever received the OK is beyond me. A squad of agents led by Hill flags me down. Trevor and Shauna I can put up with but Tierno is seriously freaking me out. I forgot how strange his model looks, with his disproportionately large eyes, heavy eyebrows, and complete lack of a neck. He suggests nicknames, and after I try to be mature about the suggested options of F-meister, L'il F, and Big F, I inform them that they can call me Nick. And that associated with the use of that name is a slight risk of waking up with a switchblade in their ribs.

Once that's out of the way Fury is partnered with Fennekin. In the spirit of the Locke I decide to nickname my encounters anyway. Something low-effort: Trainer classes, so say hello to Firebreather the Fennekin. Hill gives me a letter for the Council, from some fancy-pants smarty-pants up in the capital. Ugh, must be Howard. On my way out of town Shauna and her Pokémon challenge Fury to a battle, which is over in two Embers from Firebreather.

The Council doesn't see fit to tell me what all is in the letter once I deliver it, even though presumably it's about me. Then, since they think it's their job to hand me my pacifier and change my diaper, they ask if I know how to use the Town Map. I think I do.

Fury makes his way back through Aquacorde, thanking Thor, Loki, and any other gods out there for the Running Shoes. The scripted Pidgey on Route 2 doesn't count. Maria shows us how to catch Pokémon, and gives me a nice allowance of 10 Poké Balls. Time to get my team together. The first recruit is a level 2 Scatterbug, Bug Catcher. I change my PSS profile message to #Wonderlocke! so I won't feel guilty about sending people terrible stuff, then Bug Catcher takes the plunge. It's a Level 3 Spanish Caterpie. Are you kidding. There are plenty of bug heroes out there but nothing on such a low level as a worm. This is the bug that sits back and watches other bugs fight. Welcome, Ned Leeds. To be clear, I can't actually nickname any of these Pokémon; I'll only refer to them by their nicknames.

:caterpie: Obtained Ned Leeds the Caterpie from Route 2! :caterpie:

Fury switch trains Ned Leeds to Level 5 as per the rules, then it's time for Firebreather to ship out. I go through a Spanish Ducklett, a Japanese Geodude, and an Italian Glameow, all above the level cap, before getting a Level 2 Japanese Poochyena. The usefulness of Run Away for training is balanced by a Timid Nature to reduce Attack. Can't say I'm jazzed about this team so far. I struggle for a nickname, but the one I come up with is pretty darn good.

:poochyena: Obtained Ebony Maw the Poochyena from Aquacorde Town! :poochyena:

I did the trade on Route 2 but he counts as the Aquacorde encounter because that's where Fury got Fennekin. Just like that, it's time to grind. I can neither progress nor even think about leveling Ebony Maw until Ned Leeds gets two more levels and evolves. With subpar stats and no STABS on either of Fury's Pokémon, training is as slow and painful as you'd expect. Ned Leeds hits level 7 and evolves into Metapod, and after a frankly shameful number of trips back to the healing house in Aquacorde, Ebony Maw hits 7 as well. That'll do for now. I'm concerned about the Youngster guarding the forest and his level 5 Zigzagoon, but to my surprise Ebony Maw takes it out just fine. A Howl boost and a little speed tie luck certainly helped.

Fury makes his way into Santalune Forest, eager to recruit another Avenger. The encounter is a Level 4 Fletchling named Idol. The first Wonder Trade yields what else but a French Metapod. Thanks, Dupes Clause. I double check that I'm not trading away Ned Leeds before exchanging the other Metapod for a Level 2 Italian Zigzagoon. Right.

:zigzagoon: Obtained Rocket the Zigzagoon from Santalune Forest! :zigzagoon:

I wouldn't call this anything other than Rocket regardless, but it helps that it's male, Bold, and has Pickup.

The forest itself is fine. Rocket's first Pickup yields an Ultra Ball. Ned Leeds is level 9, so close to evolving, and the other two are Level 8 by the time Fury leaves.

On Route 3 Maria flags down the whole squad to give us a copy of the regulation manuals. I knew she was by-the-book but this is a little ridiculous. Two of these were already written on Fury's computer back home. Sheesh, the Council really does think I'm a baby.

There are precisely three squares of grass accessible before the first Trainer battle here. I want the encounter first so its training can start ASAP. It's another female Fletchling, but that's no concern of Fury's, and he catches Lass anyway. Wonder Trade spits out a Spanish Sandshrew, which I'm rather excited about, but it's Level 17. The second try gives...uh...Feuillajou, a Level 4 French Pansage. Ugh. With a Bug Gym coming up it would have to be the Grass-type monkey, wouldn't it? He'll be called Loki. Frustrating, smart-alecky, likely going to be useless for a while, possibly headed for some kind of redemption arc. Also a vague association with the color green.

:pansage: Obtained Loki the Pansage from Route 3! :pansage:

Nice to get something that A) doesn't know Tackle and B) doesn't make me feel like I'm playing ORAS. I like how Rocket and Loki have exact opposite Natures. The new addition does better than I had hoped against the next two Trainers, taking them out all by himself. The way to Santalune City is clear at this point, so Fury goes to rest up. Once in the Pokémon Center, Fury is assaulted by Agent Tierno, who explains all about the PC, the Center itself, and the Poké Mart. I suppose this is actually the first Pokémon Center in the game, but when will they leave us alone?

Loki continues to shine on the rest of Route 3. He mops up a Trainer with a full team of the three elemental monkeys, growing to Level 8 and learning Lick in the process. After that, interrogating all the inhabitants of Santalune City yields an Antidote, a Great Ball, and some X items. Fury isn't allowed to use those, but they'll be good for a little pocket change. Rocket beats up the Roller Skater's Zigzagoon in front of the Gym to score a pair of roller skates. Finally, I pop into the boutique to see if I can upgrade Fury's look. Everything there is either the opposite of his style or really expensive, so I settle for removing the sunglasses on his hat. It's something.

While training Rocket learns Headbutt, which is nice, and Ebony Maw learns Sand-Attack, which is very not nice when Fury is still waiting for Bite. After that there's still Route 22. Loki fights a Trainer's Psyduck, who uses Water Sport the turn before it faints. The Trainer then sends out a Litleo, whose Ember does 1 damage to Rocket. Amateurs. Then it's time for the encounter. Fury enters the grass and finds...a Riolu.

In the words of a certain actor whose name rhymes with Pam Lackson...mother****er.

If this was a normal Locke this would be incredible luck, but of course it's not. Battle Girl the female Riolu gets launched into the void in exchange for an English Magikarp. Oh no, please not again after the Yellow Nuzlocke. I check its stats, and it's Level 13. HAH! There's a chance. What's next is a Level 7 English Flabébé, yellow flower. Finally, something with a distinct advantage against Viola. Say hello to Cassie Lang.

:flabebeyellow: Obtained Cassie Lang the Flabébé from Route 22! :flabebeyellow:

Fury's next step will be to defeat Viola's Gym Trainers. I want to make sure I have a clear path to her before I worry about the level cap. Against the first one, a Youngster with a Ledyba, Ned Leeds reaches Level 10 and evolves into a Butterfree! He also learns Confusion, which is much appreciated. In every challenge I've ever done (never mind that there are only two) I've wound up with a Butterfree before the first Badge. Hopefully this is a good sign, and Ned Leeds will serve me as well as Phosphorus.

It occurs to me that none of these Bug Pokémon actually use any Bug-type moves, so Cassie Lang's Bug resistance doesn't count for as much as I'd hoped. One Spewpa uses Harden a lot, so before long I can barely touch it. Fury nerfs it with a ton of Sand Attacks and Play Nices before sending out Cassie Lang, three levels lower, to wrap it up with Fairy Wind.

Once that's done, Fury also goes to take care of the rest of the Trainers on Route 22. That experience, plus a single wild battle to top off Loki, sends the whole team easily to Level 11. Cassie Lang picks up Lucky Chant, Rocket upgrades Growl to Baby-Doll Eyes, and Loki forgoes Leer for Vine Whip. I have to say that Ebony Maw is falling off faster than I ever would have imagined possible. Having only Tackle for damage and the lowest Speed of anyone on the team are not good for his battling prospects. Still, the team doesn't look half as bad as it did a couple hours ago. Amazing how Fury ended up with Pokémon of all different languages.

Fury heals up at the Pokémon Center and heads for the Santalune City Gym a second time. Rocket will be running point on this one.

Viola's Surskit doesn't hit super hard but it's fast, so by the time Rocket has knocked it out with three Headbutts he's under half health. I switch to Ned Leeds while Vivillon wastes the turn with Harden. String Shot is met by another Harden, then Fury orders String Shot once more to help the rest of the team. Vivillon's Infestation barely scratches Ned Leeds but the trapping and chip damage are a problem. Confusion in return also does hardly any damage, and that's when I start to worry. Five Confusions leave Vivillon at about a third of its health, while Ned Leeds is in range of fainting from one more Tackle plus Infestation damage. Fury has to use one of his two allotted Super Potions; I know I'm in trouble. One more Confusion will just make Viola heal, but after the uses of Harden, none of Fury's physical attackers stand much chance of finishing the battle. With nothing else to do, he orders Confusion again, and it Knocks Out Vivillon with a crit. Well alright then. Ant, meet boot. Rocket jumps to Level 13, while Ned Leeds gets to 12 and learns all three special condition powders. Maybe I should have done that first.

"You and your Pokémon have shown me a whole new depth of field! Fantastic! Just fantastic!"

Fury received the Bug Badge!


With that questionable victory Fury has secured the Bug Badge, the first of eight. There's a deeper purpose to these, though, one that hardly anyone knows. Anyone who holds all eight Infinity Badges is said to possess an unstoppable power. Fury doesn't believe in fairy tales, but it's something that needs investigating all the same.

:butterfree:
Ned Leeds (SPA Butterfree) ♂
Level 12
Shed Skin, Quirky Nature (neutral)
-Sleep Powder
-Stun Spore
-Poison Powder
-Confusion

:poochyena:
Ebony Maw (JPN Poochyena) ♂
Level 11
Run Away, Timid Nature (+Spe, -Atk)
-Tackle
-Howl
-Sand Attack

:zigzagoon:
Rocket (ITA Zigzagoon) ♂
Level 13
Pickup, Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
-Tackle
-Baby-Doll Eyes
-Tail Whip
-Headbutt

:pansage:
Loki (FRE Pansage) ♂
Level 11
Gluttony, Lonely Nature (+Atk, -Def)
-Scratch
-Play Nice
-Vine Whip
-Lick

:flabebeyellow:
Cassie Lang (ENG Flabébé) ♀
Level 11
Flower Veil, Mild Nature (+SpA, -Def)
-Tackle
-Vine Whip
-Fairy Wind
-Lucky Chant
None yet!
None yet!
 

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Young man, do you know how to use a map?

Of course I do!

Oof. Aftertotally knowing all the references to Marvel looking them up, poor Ned Leeds. That's a bit mean. But at least he used to be Green lol.
Maybe that's why he got a crit on that Confusion. To prove you wrong.
Glad you got through the Bug gym. That team you compiled does not enjoy Bug types.
 

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@Gokudera There's no denying that the crit from Ned Leeds may have saved my bacon against Viola but I don't regret the nickname. Don't worry, I've had to look up a few Marvel things myself for all these names.

On his way out of town, Fury is flagged down by Dr. Selvig, who gives him the Tesseract (codename: EXP Share). This thing, of course, is "too dangerous to be used," so it's turned off and buried in the Bag. Maybe we'll see Selvig again, though I doubt he'll be important.

Now, Route 4. A female Ledyba is what appears first, in a patch of red flowers. Picnicker is caught with the help of Ebony Maw and Wonder Traded for...a Fletchling. Level 3, female, and Mild, a thoroughly garbage Nature for this species, but maybe she'll get along well with Cassie. I'm not surprised a Fletchling showed up eventually, but why couldn't it have been before Viola and not before Grant?

:fletchling: Obtained Pepper Potts the Fletchling from Route 4! :fletchling:

I want to make sure everyone else can handle themselves before switch-training her, so Fury sticks her in the back of the party for the moment. Neither the Trainers nor the wild Pokémon around here are too much trouble, so the opportunity comes along quickly and Pepper Potts is soon level 11 too. A Preschooler says he just traded for a cool new Pokémon, and then proceeds to send out a Level 9 Magikarp. Oh, kid. The world is a cruel place. Speaking of which, a couple Poké Fans actually heal their Pokémon with Super Potions, which catches me off guard. Fury also finds a Poison Barb, which is the first item in the game so far that's meant to be held, but none of his Pokémon have any damaging Poison-type moves. Oh well.

Everyone's Level 13 now, which seems to be a magic level for moves. Ebony Maw FINALLY gets Bite, while Pepper Potts picks up Quick Attack and Peck and Loki replaces Scratch with Fury Swipes. At the far end of the Route a couple of strange characters are waiting. Unusual clothes... bragging about their accomplishments... desire to show off... this must be the Collector and Carina. How Howard even knows about them is beyond me but whatever. They offer to guide me to the lab. Fury initially turns them down, since I don't like being dragged along places, but it becomes apparent I have to accept to progress. They give me the TM for Return so it's not a complete waste.

Lumiose City. Being the sort of person who has to talk to everyone wastes an awful lot of time in a place like this. Construction workers keep popping up to warm Fury about blackouts, but tons of people are always walking right past them anyway, so someone's not telling me the full story.

Because of that, there's not much to do before hitting up Stark's lab, so that's what Fury does. When the Professor challenges him to a battle, Fury leads with Leeds, who easily dispatches Bulbasaur in two Confusions. Charmander is a different story. Sleep Powder puts it to sleep, but only for that turn. It wakes up when Fury switches to Pepper Potts, who eats an Ember that also burns her. Quick Attack doesn't do much so Ebony Maw comes out. Due to SmokeScreen and Growl it takes several turns for Bite to finish Charmander. After that, though, Squirtle goes down in two hits from Loki's Vine Whip.

Stark then offers us the choice of a Kanto starter; Fury's Trainer ID dictates that it will be Bulbasaur. He's forced to accept it, so Ebony Maw briefly goes to the box since he's Level 14 now. To my surprise, the Bulbasaur is female, so I can nickname her Aroma Lady before firing up Wonder Trade and receiving a Level 14 Whismur. Fury dubs her Ayesha. It's always a nice feeling to have a full team plus some reinforcements in the PC.

:whismur: Obtained Ayesha the Whismur from Lumiose City!

As soon as he can get away, Fury heads for the Pokémon Center to retrieve Ebony Maw. In the lobby, however, he's stopped by a conversation between Carina and...some other weird guy. He raves about "beauty" for a while before leaving. Fury has never put much stock in "beauty." Anyhow, this stuff in the lab unlocks a little more of the city. Fury will never have to buy Poké Balls in his life due to how many people keep giving them away; he picks up sets of Luxury, Timer, and Quick Balls from various people. One girl also gives him a Quick Claw which goes straight to Ebony Maw. One guy has the audacity to talk about the Miracle Seed without giving him one. I also take Fury to get a haircut. The "very short" style is still a far cry from bald but I think it's the best we can do.

Hill had asked Fury to meet her at Café Soleil, so that's what he does. I walk in the door and WHOA WHOA WHOA why do I hear creepy music??? It's that freaky red-haired guy again, talking more crazy villain BS with some lady he identifies as a movie star. On his way out I barely manage to catch his name. Lys-anos? Something like that. Maria just wanted to tell Fury that they should work together to keep their skills sharp, which of course I agree with. Moving right along.

In the gate to Route 5, some dude wearing entirely hot pink flags me down. I...don't even listen to what he has to say, honestly. Where does S.H.I.E.L.D. find these people? Fury makes it about four more steps before someone else gets in his way. It's some roller-skater chick named Korrina who says she's another Gym Leader. That's cool. She just wanted to stop by for a moment so her Lucario could have a staring contest with Fury, or something. Where does S.H.I.E.L.D. FIND these people?? They should know by now that Fury is only willing to put up with so many crackpots.

There's a nice patch of grass immediately available on Route 5, so Fury checks it out and finds a Bunnelby. Rather amazingly, it's the first one he's seen all game. The male is named Worker and Wonder Traded for a Raticate. Huh, neat. This one is at Level 24, perfect for Grant's level cap of 25, so I can actually keep it. Raticate looks like a Darcy. She's there and puts in good work, but I'm not sure she's reaaally anybody's favorite.

:raticate: Obtained Darcy Lewis the Raticate from Route 5! :raticate:

After that it's some good old battling. A pair of Twins in a Double Battle with Plusle and Minun take forever to beat, but they're no real threat and they give a TON of EXP. Something I never thought would happen takes place in this battle: Cassie Lang's Ability Flower Veil actually does something since she's out with Loki, protecting him from Growl. Next up is a guy with a Level 13 Kadabra. Wait, that's illegal. This might have been a slight challenge except that I don't think the game counts on the player having a Dark-type by this point. Ebony Maw gets a Quick Claw trigger to make even faster work of this thing.

Tierno and Trevor show up next, and to my surprise, Tierno challenges Fury to a battle. Ned Leeds is out against his only Pokémon, a Level 12 Corphish. This is rather dastardly, but I figure the best way to take out a dancer is to stop him being able to dance: Ned Leeds nails Corphish with a Stun Spore before taking it out with three Confusions.

Fury skates around some more, picking up things like the TM for Hone Claws, numerous Super Potions, and an Oran Berry. He gets his first taste of Horde Battles against a gang of Level 5 Scraggy, but as he has not a single spread move they are not worth his time. Then, a rather dim-witted wild Gulpin uses Yawn against Rocket, immediately followed by Poison Gas. It's way easier to fight while poisoned, so thanks. The last Trainer on the Route, a Youngster, sends out a Pansage of his own while Fury's is in the lead slot, which is funny to me considering Loki's habit of disguising himself as other beings. Some more moves have come Fury's way, too: Razor Leaf for Cassie Lang, Flail for Pepper Potts, and Gust for Ned Leeds. Despite how incredible Sleep Powder was in my Yellow run, the status condition is far less powerful nowadays, so that's the move he forgot to learn Gust. I'm coming to realize that, since this is a Wonderlocke and every Pokémon is an outsider, therefore gaining boosted EXP, the level cap might be an actual concern. Fury is only at Camphrier Town and his whole squad is pushing Level 16; there's still a ton of game to play before he makes it to Cyllage City. Furthermore, Wonder Trade has NOT been kind when it comes to Fury's matchup vs Rock-types. If someone like Loki or Cassie Lang gets to Level 26, the run could be in real danger.

So, Camphrier Town. I have no idea how these people can complain about feeling neglected and out of the way when they're smack on the main route between the capital and the western coast, but at least they give Fury a ton of free stuff to tempt him to stay. He also meets Cassius, who's in charge of the PC system for the region, so it's goodbye Someone's PC. Shabboneau Castle is as boring and depressing as ever, but a man at the western gate won't let Fury pass until he's checked it out. There he meets Shauna again, who still insists on calling him Nick and also insists they go to Route 7. Not like I was already trying to go there anyway.

Just because he can, Fury tries everything to get away from Shauna. She won't let him go to Route 6 but he's able to duck into the Berry Fields. I get some Berries and the watering can from the old farmer. Growing Berries is a lot of fun in XY so it's a shame I don't really have the time to wait for this now. I debate whether to count this as a separate area, where I can get a new Pokémon, but ultimately I decide it's only part of Route 7. Way back in the far corner, though, Fury finally picks up the Miracle Seed, which is given to Loki.

Once we are informed there's a Snorlax blocking the bridge and we'll need to go retrieve the Scepter (codename: Poké Flute) to move it, Fury is free to check out Route 6. While battling a tourist Loki levels up and learns Leech Seed. Due to the rapidly increasing team levels Fury decides to entirely skip the side portions, so instead he takes his encounter from the shaking bushes along the middle boulevard. Ned Leeds hits the Level 10 female Venipede with a Stun Spore, but it begins Rollout. After Ebony Maw comes out and wears it down with Tackle, I realize he's only one more shot of Rollout away from dying. If the Venipede breaks out I'll risk a death, so Fury uses the one Net Ball he found earlier to catch it. He names her Guitarist. The first Wonder Trade yields a Zigzagoon like Rocket, so it's traded again for a Japanese female Lotad. Umm...FRIDAY should work as a name. Chilling inside a computer for now but maybe she'll get her shot. To my great surprise, she came holding a Mental Herb.

:lotad: Obtained FRIDAY the Lotad from Route 6! :lotad:

Then it's on to Parfum Palace. There are wild Pokémon to be found here but they all require a fishing rod, so Fury will deal with that later. One of the many rooms in the palace has an Amulet Coin, very nice, that goes to Ned Leeds. A person in the hall says that it's illegal to sleep in the king's bed, and the next room Fury looks in has the king's bed, so he immediately goes to sleep in it. It even heals all his Pokémon.

In one of the hedge mazes outside, Fury stumbles across the HM01 Cut. I had completely forgotten that was here. Only Loki and Rocket can learn it but Loki will have a much better selection of TMs later on, so Rocket drops Tail Whip. Since Tackle was buffed to 50 power and Cut only has 95% accuracy, there's no reason to ever use Cut in battle, but it's nice to have. Since I'm much older and wiser than the last time I played this, the Furfrou puzzle takes about 10% of the time. Fury takes a second nap during the fireworks display, missing whatever it was Shauna tried to say to him. At the end of the day the Asgardian who owns the palace opens up his treasure vault and forks over the Scepter. Let's go banish a Snorlax.

This fight is something else. Snorlax is a scripted encounter so I can still catch something else on Route 7 later. I don't particularly care about the EXP but I'm sure Snorlax would be a pain to catch, so I just knock it out. Pepper Potts is out first; she Growls against Amnesia, Growls against an ineffective Lick, and Growls against a Defense Curl. Oh. Snorlax raising both defensive stats is a problem. Fury quickly goes to Ned Leeds for a PoisonPowder, then to Ebony Maw to fish for flinches with Bite. Ebony Maw takes a critical hit Tackle on the switch, being knocked from full health (39) to just 5. Mayday. Rocket switches in, which turns out to be beautiful timing: poison drops Snorlax to half health, it eats a Sitrus Berry, and then Pickup triggers to grab a Sitrus Berry. Headbutt hardly does anything, so Cassie Lang comes out to set up Lucky Chant just in case. At this point Loki is the only one who hasn't had a chance against Snorlax, so I figure what the heck. Fury sends him out, and by this time poison damage has done enough that one Vine Whip finishes the fight. Several Pokémon level up from the EXP, including Pepper Potts, who hits 17 and evolves into Fletchinder! She even learns Ember to boot.

Snorlax runs off and Fury needs to heal. At the Pokémon Center he also remembers a couple Cut trees just on the other side of Camphrier Town. One has nothing behind it but a Trainer, which is weird as heck in my opinion, but his Carvanha and Pancham are no match for Cassie Lang's Fairy Wind. The other tree guards a Sharp Beak: perfect for Pepper Potts. Everyone's looking good as Fury turns his attention to Route 7 a second time.

There's a massive amount of gameplay in XY between the first and second badges and this update is getting long so I'll split it here. See you next time.

:butterfree:
Ned Leeds (SPA Butterfree) ♂
Level 17, holding Amulet Coin
Compound Eyes, Quirky Nature (neutral)
-Gust
-Stun Spore
-Poison Powder
-Confusion

:poochyena:
Ebony Maw (JPN Poochyena) ♂
Level 17, holding Quick Claw
Run Away, Timid Nature (+Spe, -Atk)
-Tackle
-Odor Sleuth
-Sand Attack
-Bite

:zigzagoon:
Rocket (ITA Zigzagoon) ♂
Level 16
Pickup, Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
-Tackle
-Baby-Doll Eyes
-Cut
-Headbutt

:pansage:
Loki (FRE Pansage) ♂
Level 17, holding Miracle Seed
Gluttony, Lonely Nature (+Atk, -Def)
-Fury Swipes
-Leech Seed
-Vine Whip
-Lick

:flabebeyellow:
Cassie Lang (ENG Flabébé) ♀
Level 17
Flower Veil, Mild Nature (+SpA, -Def)
-Tackle
-Razor Leaf
-Fairy Wind
-Lucky Chant

:fletchinder:
Pepper Potts (FRE Fletchinder) ♀
Level 17, holding Sharp Beak
Flame Body, Mild Nature (+SpA, -Def)
-Flail
-Ember
-Quick Attack
-Peck
:whismur:
Ayesha (ENG Whismur) ♀
Level 14
Soundproof, Hasty Nature (+Spe, -Def)
-Pound
-Uproar
-Astonish

:raticate:
Darcy Lewis (ENG Raticate) ♀
Level 24
Guts, Timid Nature (+Spe, -Atk)
-Hyper Fang
-Sucker Punch
-Scary Face
-Crunch

:lotad:
FRIDAY (JPN Lotad) ♀
Level 10, holding Mental Herb
Own Tempo, Modest Nature (+SpA, -Atk)
-Flail
-Growl
-Absorb
-Bubble
None yet!
 
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Oof, that Snorlax. I guess it's a good thing it went for Tackle instead of Headbutt when it got that critical hit!

I got a little worried when you got all those 'Route 1 critters' for your first few Wonder trades that it would be like that all the time, but your luck seems to be looking up now: that Modest Lotad :lotad: may come in handy against Grant!
 

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@Calaf Yeah...Route 1 critters. On paper that Lotad would be incredible against Grant, but his team isn't as simple as Geodude and Onix. You'll see.

In a patch of yellow flowers on Route 7, Fury finds a Swirlix. This thing is only Level 14 but she's strong, nearly killing Rocket and forcing Loki to assist with the catch. She's named Baker and the Wonder Trading begins. Fury receives a French Poochyena (Dupes Clause), a Japanese Luvdisc (level 35, over the cap), and finally a German Magikarp. This one ticks all the boxes so he's stuck with her. It's Hela: trapped in a weak prison now, but watch out once she regains her true power.

:magikarp: Obtained Hela the Magikarp from Route 7! :magikarp:

Fury runs from all other wild encounters on the Route, except for a swarm of Hoppip. Ebony Maw is out, and with no damaging attacks they're practically begging to be beaten. The same goes for a few Trainers. An artist with a Smeargle surprises Ned Leeds by using Ember, but the move is so weak it's no problem. Must be one of those Smeargle that has a full set of weak elemental attacks. A pair of Smeargle later on, used by two artists in a Double Battle, gives me a far bigger shock. I see Metal Claw from one and Helping Hand, Twister, and Confusion from the other. What the hell are they getting at? The surprises keep on coming, though; the experience causes Ebony Maw to reach level 18 and he evolves into Mightyena! I hadn't expected that until at least level 20 but it's much appreciated nonetheless. Thanks to the jump in his Speed, I'm better off moving the Quick Claw to Cassie Lang.

There's only one other Trainer on the route, but remembering my commitment to avoid some EXP where possible, I leave him alone. The agents in Fury's squad, however, seem to have other plans. Trevor flags him down twice to point out the Day Care and then the Battle Chateau, two places in which I have no interest whatsoever. At the end of the long east-west stretch, him plus Tierno and Maria all roll up together. Fury's partner says everyone should have a battle, which I think means I'll get to battle her, but then a VS screen shows both Tierno and Trevor. Oh, so it's a Double Battle. The fight itself is no trouble at all, no thanks to Hill. Loki cleans up Tierno's Corphish while Hill's Fletchling suffers against Trevor's Pikachu. Once it faints she sends out Frogadier; I know it's only because Fury picked Fennekin that her whole team is weak to Electric, but come on. After Loki beats Pikachu too, I switch to Fletchinder just to flex and destroy Trevor's Flabébé with Peck. That was fun. Loki replaces Fury Swipes with Bite.

All that's left is to grab a Persim Berry, a Tiny Mushroom, and a Silver Powder from the western end of Route 7 before heading into Connecting Cave.

Fury tries the north fork first, just to be belligerent, but all he finds is a Breeder to battle before Strength boulders block the path. He does run into a Level 14 Axew as his encounter. Ned Leeds is a little weak but I figure there's no way it has Dragon Rage at such an early level. Stun Spore and Confusion, followed by Axew becoming confused and hitting itself, in exchange for a Dual Chop weakens it enough to catch with a Great Ball. I name her Champion since Iris uses a Haxorus, and then it's Wonder Trade time. While checking Axew's summary I see that she does in fact know Dragon Rage: Ned Leeds was way closer to death than any of us realized. Fury gets a Zigzagoon first before a French Torkoal, very cool. She's below the level cap so it's valid!

:torkoal: Obtained Aunt May the Torkoal from Connecting Cave! :torkoal:

The south fork of the cave is a barren, straightforward path save for a Scientist who offers to heal Fury's Pokémon, so just like that he's made it to Route 8! Right outside the cave he meets up with the Collector and Carina again, who upgrade his Pokédex. Cool. I can literally see the entrance to the Cyllage City Gym from here, so it's quite frustrating that I still have to wait so long to get there.

The first wild encounter is a Level 14 Spoink who's easily caught. Fury nicknames her Psychic and Wonder Trades her for a male Oddish. That's the first male Pokémon he's gotten in quite a while, actually. I don't have a great nickname for this but I can see him having a similar role and attributes to Wong.

:oddish: Obtained Wong the Oddish from Route 8! :oddish:

This part of the Route goes by pretty quick. Fury dodges around a couple of Trainers but accidentally runs straight into one of them; she has only a Level 19 Axew, which is getting the better of Rocket until Fury remembers he has a Fairy-type. Cassie Lang gains enough experience from the battle to reach Level 19 herself and evolve into Floette! I had no idea when that would happen so it was a pleasant surprise. I'll need a Shiny Stone to evolve her further. Fury does find a Leaf Stone at the end of the Route, which can be used for Loki later, and then he's in Ambrette Town.

Just outside of town, Hill runs up and says we should check out the Fossil Lab. Uh, okay. Fury looks around the aquarium first, where he scores an Old Rod. It doesn't seem like there's anything preventing him from exploring the lower half of Route 8, but fine, I'll play the game's little game. A lady standing outside gives away the TM for Rock Smash! That's about the most interesting thing here, though. Not much happens inside the Fossil Lab. Hill and Fury learn from one of the scientists that their colleague in Glittering Cave would be the best person to ask about Mega Evolution, so that's where we're going next.

Fury is given the Rocky Helmet from a lady inside the gate to Route 9. Ebony Maw can have that; now everyone except Rocket has a held item, but he wouldn't get one anyway so I can use Pickup. A female Sandile who gets named Delinquent is the first wild Pokémon Fury finds. In exchange for her he is Wonder Traded a male Trapinch! A grounded, materialistic Pokémon who, upon evolving, gains the ability to fly and purported mystic powers? I know who that sounds like.

:trapinch: Obtained Doctor Strange the Trapinch from Route 9! :trapinch:

By the end of the Route everyone is at level 19 except Ebony Maw. For the sake of equality I decided to challenge the one Trainer on the Route, whom I otherwise would have left alone. However, he's a Sky Trainer. I forgot until too late that Ebony Maw wouldn't be able to participate, so Ned Leeds is dragged out to dispatch the Level 21 Ledian. That's a troublingly high level, but it's only a Ledian. Ebony Maw levels up anyway from the one wild Pokémon Fury finds between the Trainer and the entrance to Glittering Cave.

I really like the way they handle wild encounters in this cave. However, Fury's is a level 17 Onix. I try to weaken and paralyze it with Loki's Lick, but Onix takes the opportunity to boost its Attack with Rage several times, making it dangerously strong. Fury switches to Cassie Lang but Rock Tomb shaves off a full 50% of her HP. I drop a Super Potion and Onix obliges me by going for Rage again. One Razor Leaf weakens it just enough that Fury makes a lucky catch with a Dusk Ball. That was close; for a couple turns I really thought I might have to give up on the encounter. Since it's female I don't want to call it Hiker; Poké Fan the Onix is shipped out in exchange for a male Luvdisc. Fury recognizes him as Happy Hogan. He's only trying to do his job, but not many people take him seriously.

:luvdisc: Obtained Happy Hogan the Luvdisc from Glittering Cave! :luvdisc:

As I go through the cave it becomes even more apparent that Rocket desperately needs to evolve. It takes him 5 Headbutts to defeat a Cubone three levels lower. He stands no chance whatsoever against a Mawile; in fact, I realize Pepper Potts is the only thing on the team that does. Past that Mawile is another Onix, whom Loki demolishes with Vine Whip since Fury isn't worried about catching anything else. Turns out those last two were guarding the TM for Shadow Claw: not a bad move at all.

In the deepest cavern I immediately see some smashable rocks. Fury considers teaching Rock Smash to Rocket, but as soon as he steps forward he's noticed by some...thing wearing a ghastly red suit. It babbles for a while about striking fear into people's hearts and ensuring that no one in the world except the people on its "team" will be happy. Is this one of those Chitauri things? Fury doesn't have time to think more about it before the creatures launches into an attack. He leads with a Houndour up against Rocket, and now I really wish I had taught him Rock Smash. Rocket's first Headbutt does around 40%, while a Smog poisons him. The second Headbutt does far more damage and knocks out Houndour, even though the game didn't show any critical hit message. Weird. What's far more important is that the experience allows him to reach Level 20. Ebony Maw comes out for the Chitauri's last Pokémon, a Zubat. Zubat does more damage to itself in Rocky Helmet recoil than it does to Ebony Maw with an Intimidate-nerfed Bite. One of Ebony Maw's own Bites finishes the job. Once the battle is over, Rocket evolves into Linoone!

I end up teaching Rock Smash to Ebony Maw, since Rocket has decent moves already, and using him to smash all the rocks in the vicinity. The next Chitauri soldier is no big deal either. Fury proceeds through the back of the cave until he comes to where two Chitauri are blocking the way. Maria runs up behind him and the two agree to team up.

The two soldiers have a Croagunk and a Scraggy, both at the relatively high level of 20 compared to Loki's 19. The fight starts off well enough: Hill fights like an absolute idiot but the enemies seem content to target her instead of Loki. Her Psychic-type Espurr decides to go for a pathetically weak Covet with a Croagunk sitting right there. Loki's Vine Whip doesn't do much to Scraggy, while both foes hit Espurr with Faint Attack. Espurr goes down immediately on the next turn, giving Scraggy a Moxie boost. Hill sends out Frogadier and the third turn begins. If I had bet money she would try to use a Water-type move on something with Dry Skin I would be a richer man now. Her Pokémon gets slapped with a Swagger from Croagunk in return while Scraggy targets Loki, who's at 39/53 HP, with a Headbutt.

A critical hit! That 39 becomes 0.

Lost Loki the Pansage
:pansage:
"No resurrections this time."

I have to admit, up to this point, the game didn't feel much like a challenge run. I did all the proper catching and trading rules, of course, but the battles for the most part were all very smooth and it was hard to think that if anything fainted, that was the end for them. I'm sorry, Loki. You were fun to use and you had a lot of potential, but we never got to see you truly shine.

Scraggy only has a sliver of health now so Fury sends out Cassie Lang to finish it with Razor Leaf. Frogadier decides to do something right for a change and takes care of it with Quick Attack, so I look pretty dumb hitting a Croagunk with Razor Leaf. Neither Croagunk nor Cassie Lang end up doing much damage to each other; Frogadier kills itself in confusion and Hill sends out an Absol to help Fury end the Chitauri's last Pokémon. Ouch.

With them beaten we're free to go and meet the Fossil specialist. He gives Fury the choice of two Fossils. The rightmost unused digit of the Trainer ID is 7: the second half of 0-9, so Fury picks the Sail Fossil. The Scientist leaves and I pick up an Escape Rope right next to him, but I like Glittering Cave so I'm content to run back through the long way. Backtracking along Route 9 to Ambrette Town is predictably uneventful.

The first thing Fury does back in town is remove Loki's Miracle Seed and lay him to rest in the PC. He holds off on a replacement in favor of taking his Fossil to the Lab and having it restored into a male Amaura, nicknamed Collector. Not the Collector, mind you. Wonder Trade gives an English Fletchling and then, for the valid encounter, an English Wurmple. Nothing I love more than weak first-Badge species. This one will be named after a relatively frail character who's not suuuper important either. Seems fitting. Sorry not sorry.

:wurmple: Obtained Betty Ross the Wurmple from Ambrette Town! :wurmple:

Sigh. Okay. Fury's definitely not putting her in the way of Grant's Gym. I wrestle with the decision for a while, taking into account base stats, matchup against future Gyms, and the nature of Grant's Pokémon themselves. There's no clear choice and I can't entirely get rid of my misgivings, but for now I have to go with Doctor Strange the Trapinch.

Before proceeding to Cyllage City, I figure I might as well go back for completion's sake and beat the three Trainers I skipped. Cassie Lang picks up Wish, which I don't anticipate using much but might be better than Tackle. Doctor Strange does a great job demolishing a couple hordes with Rock Slide and Bulldoze, but he also nearly dies thanks to an Inkay's Swagger. I sure hope his massive Attack and his matchup against Rock-types are able to justify dancing around his atrocious speed and mediocre defenses. I give him the Quick Claw and, for lack of anything better, give Cassie Lang the Miracle Seed to power up Razor Leaf. Once Fury gets back to Ambrette Town his squad is Level 21 across the board.

:butterfree:
Ned Leeds (SPA Butterfree) ♂
Level 21, holding Amulet Coin
Compound Eyes, Quirky Nature (neutral)
-Gust
-Stun Spore
-Poison Powder
-Confusion

:mightyena:
Ebony Maw (JPN Mightyena) ♂
Level 21, holding Rocky Helmet
Intimidate, Timid Nature (+Spe, -Atk)
-Tackle
-Rock Smash
-Sand Attack
-Bite

:linoone:
Rocket (ITA Linoone) ♂
Level 21
Pickup, Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
-Odor Sleuth
-Baby-Doll Eyes
-Cut
-Headbutt

:floetteyellow:
Cassie Lang (ENG Floette) ♀
Level 21, holding Miracle Seed
Flower Veil, Mild Nature (+SpA, -Def)
-Wish
-Razor Leaf
-Fairy Wind
-Lucky Chant

:fletchinder:
Pepper Potts (FRE Fletchinder) ♀
Level 21, holding Sharp Beak
Flame Body, Mild Nature (+SpA, -Def)
-Flail
-Ember
-Quick Attack
-Peck

:trapinch:
Doctor Strange (ENG Trapinch) ♂
Level 21, holding Quick Claw
Arena Trap, Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
-Bulldoze
-Sand Tomb
-Rock Slide
-Dig
:whismur:
Ayesha (ENG Whismur) ♀
Level 14
Soundproof, Hasty Nature (+Spe, -Def)
-Pound
-Uproar
-Astonish

:raticate:
Darcy Lewis (ENG Raticate) ♀
Level 24
Guts, Timid Nature (+Spe, -Atk)
-Hyper Fang
-Sucker Punch
-Scary Face
-Crunch

:lotad:
FRIDAY (JPN Lotad) ♀
Level 10, holding Mental Herb
Own Tempo, Modest Nature (+SpA, -Atk)
-Flail
-Growl
-Absorb
-Bubble

:magikarp:
Hela (GER Magikarp) ♀
Level 10
Swift Swim, Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SpA)
-Splash

:torkoal:
Aunt May (FRE Torkoal) ♀
Level 15
White Smoke, Rash Nature (+SpA, -SpD)
-Withdraw
-Rapid Spin
-Fire Spin
-Smokescreen

:oddish:
Wong (ENG Oddish) ♂
Level 11
Chlorophyll, Sassy Nature (+SpD, -Spe)
-Absorb
-Sweet Scent
-Acid

:luvdisc:
Happy Hogan (JPN Luvdisc) ♂
Level 15
Swift Swim, Serious Nature (neutral)
-Charm
-Water Gun
-Agility
-Take Down

:wurmple:
Betty Ross (ENG Wurmple) ♀
Level 5
Shield Dust, Gentle Nature (+SpD, -Def)
-Tackle
-String Shot
-Poison Sting
:pansage:
Loki (FRE Pansage) ♂
Level 19
Gluttony, Lonely Nature (+Atk, -Def)
-Bite
-Leech Seed
-Vine Whip
-Lick
Killed by a critical hit Headbutt from a Team Flare Grunt's Scraggy.
 

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Be thankful for Cassie Lang versus the level 19 Axew. Knew Dragon Rage. (Edit: Skimmed too fast over the level 14 knowing it also. Prepared you, in a sense. Who decided to give it that move so early?)

Good luck versus Grant. Agrees on Grant being trickier than you might think. Cannot underestimate base 89 attack with Strong Jaw.

Hopes for more interesting Pokemon too. Expected an Eevee, Froakie, or Honedge by now. Will probably get Bunnelby, Pidgey, and Weedle at this rate, though.
 
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Espurr not attacking a Croagunk. I...got dang it, Hill.
Seriously, though. Did they purposely make the Rival AI worse?
Loki: We have an army
Hill:I have **** AI.


The long long stretch between the first two badges is almost over, though. Heres hoping Tyrunt isn't too tough.
 
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