Part 7: You Took the Time to Talk to a Pokeball
If you dont go out of your way to try and make the most revolting sounding dishes, are you even roleplaying
The first thing I cooked for my Pokémon was Spicy Toast Curry. Nobody liked it.
Speaking of which!
Update 7: You Took the Time to Talk to a Pokéball
Motostoke - Pokémon Sword and Shield
Welcome to Motostoke, our first big town (as the unskippable montage suggests). Depending on who you ask, its either based on Edinburgh, York, or Manchester. Its also big. Like really big, bigger than any city Id encountered in a previous Pokémon game
Sonia's Theme - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Hold on a mo, weve more tutorial now. She calls us over to the Pokémon Center.
Hiya, Gloria! Welcome to Motostoke! Here, got something for you.
Basically, League Cards are baseball trading cards, or at least thats the American equivalent; Im not sure what the British equivalent would be. You get little factoids about the Trainers in question on the backs of their League Cards, plus communications features in multiplayer (yes, players have their own League Cards, and you can customize yours; no, Ive never used them in multiplayer, or used multiplayer).
I mean, Id prefer to learn the place on my own, Ill be at university here anyway
Nonsense! Come find me after you heal up your Pokémon!
The opening ceremony, huh I get a bit worked up when I think how exciting and moving it was to actually stand on a stadiums pitch for the first time...
Lets proceed to ignore Sonia as long as possible.
See that little glimmer? That indicates theres a hidden item on the ground; sometimes, there are a bit more obvious and look like Pokéballs, sometimes there hadnt like this. You just walk over and press A. This one was a literal chunk of gold some poor bastard dropped, I guess. Unfortunately, the rest of the city is blocked off, forcing us to go on Sonias tour. It consists of walking about seven paces to the right.
So brilliant young trainer, you know whay the reason you came to Motostoke is?
Wait, I thought I was just supposed to challenge the Gym here. You say it like theres something else.
What? You seriously forgot about the Gym Challenge opening ceremony?
I did. Please dont tell Hop.
No promises, mate! You ought to head there first, before I give you the full tour. Just head in, give them your name and registration, and Bobs your uncle, youre in.
Well, laters! Im going to swing by the shops while Im here, but dont forget to register at the stadium, K?
Motostoke - Pokémon Sword and Shield
As I was saying, Motostoke is very large. Large enough, in fact, to have its own shopping district one where you can enter the book the stores and do various things. Case in point:
The Battle Café. Once per day, you can swing by here and get in a fight with the owner (or one of his cousins many towns have a local equivalent). Ive never had a real problem handling him, so I see it as some free experience and money. He also gives you a special item, usually some kind of boxed dinner or something, that heals Pokémon or removes status effects or something. However, after fighting my way through the Wild Area, I dont have enough money to spend on haircuts or clothing, so instead I head further in and
Even with a huge old thing like this bang in the middle of the city, I still get lost. Gloria! All right?
All right. Caught a bunch of Pokémon on the way here.
I can see them on your belt! Got a good type spread, I bet.
Aye, I took your advice to heart no more forgetting type advantages for me.
One look tells me that you become a trainer worthy of that endorsement I gave you! And Yes, I reckon you might even be ready to use this Here, try giving this to your partner to hold.
He gives us a piece of charcoal, a holdable item that boosts Fire-type moves. Therere versions of this item for every elemental type in the game, different stats, all sorts of things. This is going on Bruce and staying there.
You can take that lift up to the citys upper level, if youre headed for the stadium next.
And that we are. First time I used that lift, I thought it would just belch steam and pushed me straight up somehow. Standard steampunk stuff. Instead, the gear grabs the platform and swings it up. Startled the hell out of me.
This is where the opening ceremony will be held. Everyonell be watching the opening ceremony for the Gym Challenge My mum Your mum The whole world!
Getting stage fright?
Yeah, a little. But This is it. I know Im ready. Im also excited! Come on, Gloria! its about time we make the world know our names.
Tada! You took the time to talk to a Pokéball, so you deserve a little reward!
They give us a free Pokéball.
In case youre wondering, Im not just any old Pokéball! But then who am I, you ask? Well, the answer is simple. They call me the Ball Guy!
They're not lying. Ball Guy hangs around just about every gym, giving out free specialty Pokéballs to anybody who asks. Practically everything about them is a mystery, except the fact that they give you rare items for free. As such, the fanbase loves them to death. Ive seen multiple cosplayers.
Anyway, enough screwing around.
Gym Lobby - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
I took this screenshot too early, the line I cut off continues below.
These are all potential rivals! Lets get signed up!
This fancy tosser pushes Hop aside as he walks past.
Seriously? What a piece of work Bloody ponce
You know what.
No, mate, I really What?! No!
I know you better than that.
No, trust me, mate. No.
If you say so.
Counter Guy: Excuse me. If youre here to register for the Gym Challenge, Ill need to see your endorsement, please.
We hand ours over.
Counter Guy: Fancy that This is the first time weve had a challenger endorsed by the Champion!
Well, now youve had two, because I am as well!
Counter Guy: What?! Two of you at once?! I wonder whats come over Leon this year The two of you must be something special.
Im Hop! Im Leons little brother, in fact. And the next champion. Get me all signed up, would you?
Counter Guy: W-well, yes, I am trying to If you just give me a moment There! You two have been successfully registered as Gym Challengers! You can now choose your preferred number for your uniform, if youd be so kind?
Well, you heard the man. Whatever number we choose will stick with us permanently; we have to wear the uniform every time we have a Gym battle so well have to look at it for the rest of the game, and we cant change the number after the fact. Voting for our number will end in 11 PM UST (5 PM central) tomorrow! Uniform numbers are three characters; choose any three numbers and tell me why you chose them. Winner gets a naming credit for later.