Yvonne: Log Four

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.

A-Team
Meowstic Lv.47
Umbreon Lv.48
Heliolisk Lv.49
Blaziken Lv.47
Chesnaught Lv.45
Blastoise Lv.44
Hippowdon Lv.39
Fraxure Lv.39
Florges Lv.38

B-Team
Skrelp Lv.34
Skaraptor Lv.34
Doublade Lv.35
Gabite Lv.31
Goomy Lv.30
Horsea Lv.29
Pangoro Lv.43
Klefki Lv.36

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Yvonne: Log Two

Almost a whole week has passed since I last wrote, so let’s get caught up. There’s a solid A-Team of 5 Pokemon, who are on break right now, and a B-Team of 6 that are getting trained to fill team positions.

The A-Team
Chesnaught Lv.36
Blaziken Lv.39
Hippopotas Lv.27
Blastoise Lv.36
Meowstic Lv.36

I only have two badges, so the A-Team is dangerously close to not following my orders anymore, hence the reason they’re on break until I get to the next gym.

The B-Team
Umbreon Lv.23
Espurr Lv.18
Helioptile Lv.19
Inkay Lv.18
Kirlia Lv.20
Flabébé Lv.17

The B-Team hast two members from the GTS on it, as Helioptile and Eevee came over from Japan. Two members are fairy-type, and that’s been interesting – because fairy-type is new for everyone, and I don’t know what type of moves are out there for fairy-types.

The Online capabilities of Pokemon Y are so much better than they were in Black 2. The Global Trading System or GTS doesn’t completely suck, and I can filter out the trade offers that I don’t want to see: like ones featuring Legendary Pokemon, or Pokemon that I don’t have. Wonder Trade is also incredibly addictive; it’s a feature that lets you blindly trade Pokemon. You trade any Pokemon you want, and there’s really no limit to what you can get. I traded a Pokemon I didn’t want, and got an Abra for it, which was pretty cool. I eventually traded the evolved Kadabra for the Eevee though, since I knew I wasn’t going to use another Psychic when I already had Meowstic, and a Gardevoir in the works. I just realized that I probably made that guy from Japan’s day though, since he got an Alakazam in exchange for a Lv.1 Eevee.

I haven’t progressed very far into the game, but I’ve played a lot of Pokemon Y. I’m spending a lot more time training Pokemon that I might use, which is probably because Pokemon Y is much less grind heavy than say, Pokemon Black 2. Instead of just forcing Pokemon to fight Auduino’s in the tall grass for experience boosts, I can raise their happiness in Pokemon-Amie, and thanks to the refined Experience Share, everyone can level up at the same time. So far, so good, Pokemon Y seems to have fixed some things that have always slowed down Pokemon games for me.

Wonder Trade Update: Traded a Lv.12 Flabébé I had with a kid from Texas, who traded me a Bidoof from Germany. I needed to include this because, this is the type of stuff that Wonder Trade will do to you.