Yvonne: Log Six

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Eight badges in and ready to take on the Elite Four and League Champion, but how did we get here? Well, since last time, I raised a Level 1 Beldum from Japan into a hardy Level 73 Metagross that wrecked shop on the final Gym Leader, Wulfric. Wulfric might be one of my favorite Gym Leader personalities, though I’ve always thought Ice Trainers were particularly well designed. But lets go back a second there: from Level 1 to Level 73 in five days, and that’s not with excessive play either, that took all of four or five hours to do. That’s the speed at which Pokemon can be raised now I suppose, with foreign country, traded, lucky egg, exp. share, and Pokemon-Amie bonuses.

A-Team
Lv. 73 Metagross
Lv. 70 Florges
Lv. 73 Heliolisk
Lv. 72 Kingdra
Lv. 70 Haxorus
Lv. 71 Meowstic

B-Team
Lv. 62 Umbreon
Lv. 60 Dragalge
Lv. 54 Hippowdon
Lv. 55 Gothitelle
Lv. 56 Noctowl
Lv. 59 Staraptor

Future Prospects
Lv. 48 Whiscash
Lv. 30 Xatu
Lv. 16 Frogadier
Lv. 50 Trevenant
Lv. 45 Torkoal
Lv. 37 Litwick

I’ve been trying my hand at random online battles, and it’s very addicting. I think after I beat the Elite Four, I might begin training teams specifically for online competitive play, maybe even entering the world of IV/EV training that I don’t care for so much.

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Yvonne: Log Five

 

Since last time, I’ve gotten the seventh badge for defeating the psychic gym leader, Olympia. Kind of a pushover really, since Yvonne rolls with a freaking Umbreon which can’t be hit with psychic moves. Before we could move onto the final badge, victory road, and the Elite Four, we had to take the “Bad Guy” diversion for about two days. What are they up to this time those pesky bad guys? Taking over radio towers? Climate change? Pokemon Kidnapping?

Would you believe me if I told you that you had to stop the mass murder of millions of people, and all Pokemon?

Yvonne

Because check it out, in the ensuing battle with Team Flare, Yvonne stands alone in a town that now sports a giant crater. The story of Pokemon Y is freaking dark and I think it’s pretty cool that Nintendo went ahead and okay’d a story that would bring up World War II themes. There are mushroom clouds, mass graves and everything. I managed to catch the game’s titular legendary, Yvetal with an Ultra Ball, which is nice – it means I can save the Master Ball for Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos, or Mewtwo.

Anyways, Yvonne is going full steam ahead into the final gym battle, so let’s see where that team’s at.

Team
Heliolisk Lv.68
Meowstic Lv.62
Kingdra Lv.63
Florges Lv.63
Haxorus Lv.60
Umbreon Lv.57
Staraptor Lv.50
Dragalge Lv.49

At this point, if you aren’t on the “Team” you don’t even really deserve mention here anymore. Is that a little sad? Maybe, you might notice that none of my starters are here anymore – Blastoise, Chesnaught, and Blaziken are all gone, phased out and replaced. But that how things go in Pokemon, and eventually this “Team” list of eight has to be sculpted into a well-rounded six. Tough business.

 

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

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.