Part 5: Every Last Cell In Our BodiesUpdate 5: Every Last Cell In Our Bodies
Professor Magnolia's Laboratory - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
I trust you received the Pokédex from Sonia. Im sure you have it complete in no time!
Actually, we wanted to ask
Hey, Professor, do me a favor, would you? Help me convince Lee he should endorse us for the Gym Challenge!
Oh Leon, why wouldnt you endorse them?
Hop and Gloria only just started out as Pokémon Trainers Theres still loads they dont know yet!
Dearie, I thought your dream was to have everyone in the Galar region become strong Trainers. Isnt that right?
Well, yeah youre not wrong. That goals precisely the reason I gave them both Pokémon, in fact. Right, then. In that case how about this? Lets see if the two of you can show me such a brilliant battle that Im left with no choice but to endorse you. And dont worry, Ill make sure both your teams are in good shape before the battle starts.
He autoheals us.
Right! Ill be waiting outside, Gloria
Now remember, be sure to give it everything youve got. Thats the best thing you can do for your Pokémon and for yourself, too.
Hurry it up, Gloria!
Im gonna be the greatest Trainer to ever live! And to do that, I need that endorsement to take part in the Gym Challenge! Come at me with everything you have so we can prove to Lee that weve got what it takes!
Im rather interested in seeing how you two young Trainers battle, too.
Listen, you two. The reason Im unbeatable is because I learned from every battle I see or take part in. Thats how Ive gone to where I am today. So show me something good in this battle!
Battle! Hop [8-bit; VRC6] - Pokemon Sword and Shield
Have you and your team gotten a bit better? Lets put you to the test and see what you can take!
Better than you can dish out. On average, my party has half again as many levels, and their comes a point in Pokémon where bigger numbers just win. Hop opens with his Wooloo, which I put down with one hit using Double-Kick (Fighting is strong against Normal).
You better believe it.
Next, he sends in Bonham, whos quite a bit stronger and, well Grass-type. Hes screwed. Bruce incinerates Bonham as Hop goes through a list of contextually-determined quotes.
Itll be a close one. But thats exactly my kind of match!
Ha, no. His Rookidee is level 5. I ran into stronger ones on my way here. Bruce disposes of it and I win the fight.
Professor Magnolia's Laboratory - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
The sting of defeat and the joy of victory I guess going through both is the key to the two of us getting stronger, right?
Gloria! Hop! Well, after seeing a match like that one I suppose I have little choice but to give you both and endorsement as Champion!
He gives us letters of Endorsement, which are Key Items (items you cant throw away). I think you need them to get it to the Gyms? Not like you can get to them anyway without running face first into plot.
Lee I got destroyed. I dont deserve this.
Oh, but you do. Glorias Pokémon are already very well trained
but so far, from what Ive seen, your technique is superior. Shes making use of type advantages and rigorous training, but while thats important I think you already have a connection with your Pokémon she just doesnt have yet.
So yes, I think youve earned my endorsement.
Yes! Thanks, Lee! I swear Im going to win my way through the Gym Challenge to reach you!
You may both be young and still, and plenty rough around the edges, but it was a proper battle. Charizard and I were both feeling the excitement in every last cell in our bodies! Hop, youve always tended to get caught up in things like how you throw your Pokéball out Things that have nothing to do with real strength. Honestly, Ive been worried about you still obsessing over that sort of nonsense, but it seems you really have grown a bit, Little Brother! [sic] And Id like to see some more thrilling Pokémon battles out of you, too, Gloria.
All right, Gloria! You and me are going to train up against one another to aim for that Champions title! The more we keep battling together, the more our Pokémon grow.
Gloria! Would you look at this? Theyre Wishing Stars!
Wow, another key item. I wonder if it has any plot relevance?
They say Wishing Stars fall down for those who have a true wish in their heart, you know.
But they wont do a thing for you in that state. Give them to me now, and Ill have you sorted.
First we got to battle against that mad Pokémon in the Slumbering Weald, and now this It really feels like were getting caught up in the adventure of a lifetime!
I do understand your excitement, young man, but dont get carried away. You may want to save your energy for tomorrows journey!
Hey, you lot, why not have some dinner. You must be hungry, right? Ive been totally obsessed with making the latest trendy curries.
Cue inn-style fade to black.
Its morning at last! And time for our adventure to truly start!
Good morning to you, young Challengers.
Hop, is it true you really met some Pokémon you didnt recognize? Is there anything more you in to me about it?
Er, well, there was this weird heavy fog
As we approached the old ruins in the deep forest, a heavy fog appeared in the area. After a short while, we heard a wolf howl, and we saw what appeared to be a large wolf Pokémon. It had a distinctive red color and pattern in around its large neck and chest, almost like a shield. We had our Pokémon attack it, but none of the attacks landed; they seemed to blur when they made contact, like light bending. It didnt attack us, though. Every few moments, its eyes glowed and it released more mist from its mouth until we passed out. I dont know why we passed out, but I think it was Zamazenta! Im sure of it!
A right fount of information you are. But you know Zamazenta and Zacianre just legends, right? People have combed the Weald for years looking for them, its highly unlikely theyve managed to evade detection for centuries.
But Id swear it was Zamazenta. You saw it too, right, Hop?
I dont know what Zamazenta is, but I agree!
Well, at the very least Ill have a look into it. Who knows it might lineup with the legends. Anyway, Gloria, Hop, these are for you.
Now were cooking with Torkoal. Dynamaxings this generations biggest mechanical development, and its one that wont come around for a little while. The good professor gives us maybe a quarter of an explanation before cutting herself off, but Ill sum it all up we get to it.
Now dont be afraid to go all kinds of places and meet all kinds of Pokémon. That will help fill out your Pokédex, too.
The legend of my reign is finally about to begin!
Graduated from a legend, have you?
Nah, mate, kings are better than legends.
Kings die. Legends live forever.
Bloody hell, Gloria, and you make fun of ME for being dramatic
No no, look. Most kings just fade into the history books after a couple generations, but legends end up talked about for YEARS. Kings are just great rich ponces with pedigrees, right?
Yeah, but, see, they get to live like kings.
All right, fair, but depending on what KIND of legend were talking about
Those date back to the Old Unovan Empire. They actually took over a lot of modern Camer a couple centuries before the Third Kalosian War drove them out of Galar proper.
Huh, I thought they never made it all the way down here.
Well, they didnt hold it for more than a couple decades before they pulled back to their original holdings up north.
Its mad, though, that theres a temple thats thousands of years old within walking distance of our houses Oh, right.
Railway Station - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Thanks, mate. Ill make good use of it!
What its for.
TMs are items that teach your Pokémon moves; if I remember right, those numbers indicate their place on an overall booth list, kind of like how Pokédexes list Pokémon.s in this game, you have TMs and TRs, which are reusable and one-shot, respectively, but in the older games you had single-use TMs and multi-use HMs, which taught you moves that directly interfaced with the overworld; for instance, Cut let you cut down trees blocking paths Surf let you travel on water, and Fly functioned as fast travel. Most of them were pretty solid combat moves, too. A lot of people had what they called HM Slaves, Pokémon that rarely took part in battles but sat in the rear letting players use their HM moves; me, I taught them to a particularly hearty Pokémon and used it whenever I needed brute force. Technically this dates back to Gen 7 instead of 8, but I will admit I prefer it this way. Its no fun to have two take a hit to your team just to be able to sail from island to island, especially when you can get items that do that for you (like you will here).
Wait, almost slipped my mind. Is the train here yet?
Nah, got a couple hours yet. Got something in mind oh, off she goes.
THERE we are.
Ive heard Sword and Shield called dress-up simulators and its not that far off the mark. You earn far too much money from Trainers to spend on even the most expensive items; instead, I think youre expected to just drop tens of thousands of PokéYen on random outfits in the boutiques that show up every other town (each of which has their own unique and very pricey inventory). I can and will be blowing our money on expensive clothing for my own amusement. I also have a somewhat anemic fashion sense, so prepare to see a lot of odd-looking outfits. Feel free to go all YLLS on it go ahead and tell me that that top does NOT go with that blouse. Anyway, just as the train arrives
Whatre you doing here, Mum?
Hops Mum: I knew this day was coming since the moment you chose Grookey as a partner, darling.
Prof. Magnolia was kind enough to let us know that you two were setting out. So here a little gift to see you well set on your way. All the kid youll need for camping!
Hops Mum: No matter what happens out there, if you and your partner are together, I know youll be fine.
Thanks, Mum. And just think how lucky you are mother to the first-ever pair of Champion brothers! Youll see!
Hops Mum: Of course you will be, darling. Anyway, do have fun and take care of yourselves! Do you welcome back home anytime!
Wish us luck! Not that well need it.
I havent been showing it much, but any time Hop gets excited, he crouches and starts waving his arms up and down. It looks extremely dumb.
My excitements running ahead of me even faster than that train can go, Gloria!
I didnt mention this in the narrative because it would break the flow, but I caught a Yamper on my way to the train station. Namings open.