Part 16: A Proper, Sporty ChantUpdate 17: A Proper, Sporty Chant
It occurs to me that I broke one of my cardinal rules in the last update! The last screenshot I posted was edited, and I did not make that clear. Canonically, at this point in the games <player_name> and Marnie barely knew each other, but in the LP Gloria and Marnie are already quite close. In the future, if/when I edit text in screenshots Ill put it in italics, same as in the narrative. Also, if youre looking to do the same I recommend using 17-point Bahnschrift SemiLight. Anyway.
You took so long to get here I went in, got the Badge, left bought a new bag, ate, came back, and watched Kabu school a few Challengers. I saw you two walking together and giggling while I was out. I assume your gut lead you wrong?
No! We just spent a lot of the day together. We were just hanging out.
Just two gals being pals?
Yeah, exact dammit Hop! It was not a date!
Yes it was.
Yes it was. Oh god, did I pressure her into a date? Wait she suggested we go do something. Did SHE ask me on a date? Did I misread her? Does she think I rejected her? Aaaaaah Hop I am so bad at this!
Relax, mate. Look. Just talk to her, all right? I know you, once you let the panic die down youll be able to handle this.
Yeah, I know
Hey, you know whatd make you feel better? Beating the pants off Kabu.
Youre right. Thank you, Hop.
Its the least I can do.
Gym - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
The last two Gym Challenges presented us with puzzles. The Fire Gym, however, works entirely differently; its a Pokémon catching competition. Each patch of grass has one wild Pokémon and one Trainer in it. If you knock the Pokémon out, you gain one point, and if you catch it, you gain two; the goal is to rack up a minimum of five points, which means you have to at least catch two and beat another (and yes, you get to keep the ones you catch). The twist? Those Trainers always join the fight and make it a double battle, and theyre out to knock it out too. One long-standing quirk of the double battle system is that you can target friendly Pokémon with offensive moves, a natural consequence of making them targetable for helpful moves and a tactical consideration when using certain moves that strike all creatures on the field. The Fire Gym Challenge manipulates that quirk to create a three-way fight, something Ive never seen before and that may be new to the franchise as a whole.
In theory, I can see why everyone in-universe hypes this Gym up so much. Since the other Trainers only have to take out one Pokémon to disqualify you, even one misstep can cost you the Challenge. In practice I saw other Trainers attack the wild Pokémon exactly twice, and one of those was with a move that had no effect. Instead, they attacked me. Which was an awful idea! My Pokémon are tough enough to take everything they can dish out without batting an eye, and with them absorbing hits I was free to tweak the wild Pokémons health until I could catch them. In the third fight, there came a point where, if the other trainer hadnt wasted an attack on Murphy, they could have killed the wild Pokémon and cost me the challenge. They didnt, and I succeeded.
Kabu always kind of jogs everywhere. Its actually kind of endearing.
The fact that you are here means youve bested both Milos Grass-type Pokémon and Nessas Water types, too. Thats quite an accomplishment! Every Trainer and Pokémon trains hard in pursuit of victory. But that means your opponent is also working hard to win. In the end, the match is decided by which side is able to unleash their true potential.
He stops talking there. If this seems abrupt to you, youre not the only one; when I was writing this update, I went back to double check and make sure I hadnt missed some transition. Anyway, the fight.
Battle! Gym Leader (8-bit; VRC6) - Pokemon Sword and Shield
You know, I never talked about status effects a bit of an oversight, given how Kabu opens the fight by Burning Murphy. Instead of (or in addition to) dealing damage or stat changes, some moves inflict one of several status effects, some of which expire once combat ends and some of which stick around until healed:
- Burned (lasting): causes damage every turn and reduces physical Attack damage.
- Confusion (temporary): causes a Pokémon to damage themselves as often as they use moves on enemies. The subject of many memes.
- Flinch (temporary): prevents a Pokémon from using moves. Lasts one turn.
- Freeze (lasting): literally freezes the Pokémon in a block of ice, preventing them from moving.
- Paralysis (lasting): lowers a Pokémons speed and occasionally prevents them from acting.
- Poison (lasting): does damage every turn.
- Sleep (lasting): prevents a Pokémon from doing anything for a few terms. Has a bunch of moves that interface with it in complex ways for some reason.
It worked. Plus, Max Geyser made it rain in the arena and Tiddless Ability removes Burn in the rain, so that made my life easier.
I missed it by a hair, but at this point Kabus eyes shoot out tiny flames for a split second, its pretty rad.
So, Gigantamax. Almost every Pokémon in the game can Dynamax (at least as far as Im aware). A few, however, instead Gigantamax, which alters their appearance as well as their size and gives them access to a special move unique to that type of Pokémon when Gigantamaxed. Kabus Centiskorch here has access to one, but since its a Fire-type move it doesnt bother breaking it out. Boo. And then it falls to nother Max Geyser. And thats it.
Honestly, the Fire Gym kind of unnerves me from an analytical standpoint. They keep playing it up as a major roadblock in universe (Ive been cutting out plenty of chatter), and if the AI used their advantages intelligently, Id believe it. Instead, they dont, so I dont. In fact, it dovetails nicely with a theory Ive been building. And no, I wont tell you it yet, give me a couple updates to polish it.
Clearly, your talent surpassed my many years of experience. I still have much to learn! I now know that you and your Pokémon will become a fantastic team. Im glad I could battle you today! Let me give you a Fire Badge as proof that you defeated me!
Thanks to the Dynamax phenomenon, our Pokémon battles have become part of the Galar regions culture. And its the young Trainers who are responsible for keeping our culture alive. Of course, I hope that instead of just keeping it alive, you also help it become something better. We adults will be the pillars for you to build on.
Motostoke - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
I figured that if anyone could do it, you and Mudbray would be the ones But still! That match had me right at the edge of my seat!
(He always names the first Pokémon in your party.)
Cant shake the feeling he was going easy on me
Nothing. So, next up is Hammerlocke, right?
And to get there we have to go through the deepest parts of the Wild Area.
Race you? For old times sake that looks like a yes!
Oh, I bet you can already tell that Im the one who will become the next Champion, yeah?
There are many Trainers who never manage to gather three Gym Badges, and they just give up on the Gym Challenge altogether So I make a point to see off any Trainers who are able to defeat me.
Gloria, Hop, congratulations! Its pretty amazing you to defeated Kabu!
Not a lot of Gym Challengers are able to get a Gym Badge from Kabu. We like to get together to see them off, as a way of showing our support.
So, allow me to send you off with a proper, sporty chant!
The Gym Leaders you will face ahead are all tough opponents. But I believe that you will prevail! Believe in your Pokémon and keep pushing on!
Thanks, you all! Were gonna keep winning if we want a face-off in the Champion Cup, after all! Come on, Gloria! Lets head for Hammerlocke!
WILD AREA: North ► Pokémon Sword & Shield Original Soundtrack
Gloria! You planning on training up here or going on ahead?
I think Ill wait.
Through the Gym Challenge, anyway. The Champion really mustve been off his rocker to endorse the likes of you. I mean, it seems Hop here cant even throw a Pokéball properly.
Really? Thats your standard for judging trainers?
Rubbish. More like you dont know enough to recognize greatness when you see it. You can insult me all you want. But insult Lee?
Fine. Ill battle you over there. Maybe that will help you finally understand just how weak you are.
Youre on then. I know you challenged Gloria to battle in Galar Mine No. 2 and lost her there. And Im her greatest rival. In other words Theres no way youre beating me.
All this prattle about Gloria and the Champion and whatnot Do you not have anything of your own to show?
Ill show this wally my real skills in battle! Lets meet up in Hammerlocke when Im through with him!
Have fun! Kick his arse!
Dont have to tell me twice!
This will turn out well. And with that, weve completed this section of the game and now have to go back through the Wild Area to reach our next objective. So, uh, see you later for a bunch of mechanics chat.