I’ve made Pokemon Y a much more challenging game since the last entry, by sticking with B-Team Pokemon almost entirely. I just got the sixth badge: The Fairy Badge, and now the lines between A-Team and B-Team are being blurred.
Blastoise, Chestnaught, and Blaziken; the three start Pokemon I have, have not been used very recently. Heliolisk feels overpowered, but I love him. Meowstic, though not recently used, is definitely a permanent A-Team member. And Umbreon gets to stay on the team because he’s cool, and can take a punch – he doesn’t bring much to the table offensively though.
Skrelp, despite being completely under-leveled for the Fairy Gym, used his Poison-Type advantage to great use. He won’t evolve into the Poison-Dragon that I’m looking forward to for a while, but he’ll be worth the effort. Staravia, who I thought was only good for flying, turns out to be a freaking monster, and has evolved into a Staraptor, which looks pretty awesome. Once I got the TM99: Dazzling Gleam; a Fairy-Type move with a base power of 80, I decided it was time to give Floette the Shiny Stone, allowing her to evolve into a Florges. I’m glad I experimented with a Fairy-Type, but so far Florges is really only good for her Grass-Type moves. Hippowdon continues to be an incredibly effective team member, combining Yawn, a Sandstorm-causing ability, and the ever useful Dig. And Axew evolved into a Fraxure today, despite having a very rough time in the Fairy Gym, and quite frankly, getting the crap beat out of him recently. I look forward to having a solid Dragon type, whether that be Haxorus sometime in the future, or Goodra, the evolved form of the Goomy I caught this weekend.
…And a Honedge I got from Japan evolved into a Doublade, after taking down a Mr.Mime in the Fairy Gym. This marks the fourth Pokemon that evolved today. …And I went out of my way to catch a Horsea today, because I really want a Kingdra eventually.
Basically, challenges are fun, and I’m glad I deviated from the core six of Yvonne’s team.