This is my 151st post on this blog, and I thought it would be fitting if the 151st post had something to do with Pokemon. The window in which there were only 151 Pokemon seems so small now, I don’t even know how kids growing up with Pokemon nowadays could keep track of over 700 Pokemon. I can tell you all the names of Pokemon from the first two generations: but everything is a little shaky past that, not that I don’t like new Pokemon. I’m not one of those weird purists that only acknowledge the first generation or two; obviously, because The Nuzlog has covered everything from Generations 1-6.
The current internet phenomenon, Twitch Plays Pokemon Red, has renewed some joy in my heart for Pokemon. Seeing how far Pokemon has come from its goofy black-and-white pixel origins, and seeing the internet spend 90 hours just to get three badges, I don’t know – it just made me happy to sit back and laugh as fifty-thousand people struggled together to navigate blindly through dark caves without flash. I was happy for Pokemon again.
So this is going to be the last Nuzlocke Challenge post written in this style: I’ve decided that coming up with ten meaningful things to say about a Pokemon Emerald Random-Nuzlocke run just isn’t the same after the first time, I’ll stick to how I described my experience with Pokemon Y, with brief journal-like entries about what progress has been made. This a move to keep Pokemon fun; taking the Nuzlocke Challenge super-seriously was fun once, but it’s tiring now. With that being said, here’s the last list-based Panda Progress Report.
- I’m a real freaking risk-taker. Pichu got down to just, 1HP, after getting poisoned and following the walk to the Pokecenter. Really could have died back there. There’s some poor soul in Petalburg Woods who thinks if you bring bug Pokemon to school, you’ll become popular. Keep dreaming, kid. I went to elementary school at the height of Pokemon fever, and if you wanted to be popular, you best have been rolling legendries.
- So, we’re at … Rock-town, and it’s time to take on the Rock-gym and… Goldeen doesn’t know any water moves so… Nuzleaf. The plan is now to teach Nuzleaf Bullet Seed, and train him up a bit.
- On Route 116, a wild Lapras appeared. There is well, basically zero chance of catching him right? Nuzleaf used Bullet Seed, and worked Lapras down to like, 1HP. Then I threw a Great Ball. No dice. Then I threw a Pokeball and what do you know? Team Panda has acquired a freaking Lapras, and before the big fight with Rock-girl, the Rock-gym trainer of Rock-town.
- Lapras is lvl.7, knows Water Gun, Growl, Sing, and Mist. What a dope dude, welcome to Team Panda (now let’s run a train on this first gym).
- Train thoroughly run into that gym; Lapras mostly one-hit ko’d Geodudes for the most part, until Roxanne whipped out Nosepass. Then I remembered that, Lapras, being part-ice, was weak to Rock. This was a pretty tight fight; potions were had, and on a few occasions, health got pretty low. Panda still walked out with her first badge, thanks to Lapras, who she owes about one-fitty. I am a fan of Lapras, and if Goldeen learns a few tricks, I could see myself doing an all-water run.
- What if I did a solo-Lapras run? I guess I’d still need a Pokemon that can learn HM’s, so it couldn’t be a true solo run. Goldeen reached lvl.10 and learned Supersonic (how cool). The guys on Route 116 use bug and fighting type, and since somehow Goldeen only knows a flying-type attack (peck) this works in our favor in kind of a crazy way.
- Other trainers have grass and rock type pokemon, and Crobat & Nuzleaf make a good pair for taking those guys out. Crobat knows bug-type moves, and Nuzleaf knows bullet-seed. Somehow, Panda ended up with a rather well-rounded rag-tag group of random Pokemon.
- Crobat, a flying poison type, proves most useful for knowing his bug-type move (leech life). When it comes to fighting Aqua Grunts (who only use Poochyena at this part of the game) it really doesn’t hurt to have a bug type, or in this case, somebody who has a bug-type move. After defeating an Aqua Grunt in some cave and rescuing a seagull, some crazy old guy offers Panda a ride on his sailboat. Being the smart woman she is, Panda accepts this adventurous offer.
- You know, I fast forward through so much of this game, because it’s just boring chitter-chatter of random NPC’s who don’t matter, and I totally milked Pokemon Emerald the last time I played it, but I really do appreciate how much storytelling can be done with just unanimated pixels and text. Pokemon Y failed so hard at making me care about its story content; and I care about Pokemon Emerald’s story, even if I have seen it too many times by now. I fast forward through it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still like it.
- I will say to Pokemon Y’s strength, I’d feel way more attached to my team if I could see them in 3D, and feed them and pet them and all of that sappy dumb tuff. The more pet-like they are, the better. I appreciated Pokemon SoulSilver’s system where you could turn to talk to your following Pokemon companion, and they’d tell you how they felt, or what they were doing right then. Things that add personality to your Pokemon are great, otherwise, you have to add your own. Even Pokemon Yellow’s Pikachu-emoticon-system was a great first step in the right direction. At this point, I struggle to really care about any one Pokemon besides my starter Goldeen.