Part 21: You Should Feel GratefulUpdate 22: You Should Feel Grateful
Gym Lobby - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Allisters Gym is a bit odd. But I have something Ive been waiting to talk about for like a week, and Im going to take advantage of our most recent conversation with everyones favorite gender-neutral mascot to bring the narrative to a screeching halt and ramble about it anyway. Lets talk Beauty Nova.
Beauty Nova first showed up in Pokémon X/Y as a member of the exclusively female Beauty Trainer class whose English quote specifically mentions having been a Black Belt (an exclusively male Trainer class) half a year ago. She first came to the Internets attention a few years later to some controversy, largely because a mixture of skeptics and the usual suspects barking about sociological communism or whatever tried to debunk it. Turns out: nope! Maybe she was just referring to the class, not the gender? No, the class she refers to is limited to males and has a female equivalent with an entirely different name in both English and Japanese. Maybe its a mistranslation? Nope, its even more explicit in the Japanese. Maybe its just a shift in presentation or something and is talking about something unrelated? Nuh-uh, by more explicit I mean the Japanese text has her specifically enthusing about how wonderful it is that modern medical science helped her transition. Who wouldve thought that the Pokémon franchise, of all things, would be one of the first to have a trans character so open about it that its literally the first thing she mentions when meeting strangers?
But enough sociological communism. Lets go beat up a 10-year-old.
Gym - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Ghost is one of the odder Pokémon types, mechanically and thematically. Mechanically, Normal (the first Type most players run into in large numbers and which sets the baseline for most peoples Pokémon experience) and Ghost are mutually immune to each others attacks, and when combined with its one-way strengths and weaknesses and weakness to itself (one of only two types to suffer from that, the other being Dragon), it makes Ghost-types of head-scratcher to take down. Combine that with the types access to several odd moves that impose unique status effects (like dooming Pokémon to die) and you end up with something that stands out even among all of Pokémons strange types as uncanny and hard to deal with.
Thematically, its associated with Lavender Town in the first game, the home of one of the eeriest tracks in the entire franchise and the Pokémon Tower, a literal Pokémon graveyard. The game made you climb up the tower, fighting Trainers explicitly mourning their Pokémon, until you made it to the top and fought a ghost Pokémon not a Ghost-type, but the literal ghost of the Pokémon you needed special equipment just to hit. While Gen 1 wasnt always completely lighthearted you did have a crime syndicate and an abandoned lab harrowed by the constructed Pokémon it accidentally unleashed Lavender Town stuck out as the darkest thing in the game and wedged its way into the fandoms cultural consciousness. It even gave birth to one of the Internets first breakout creepypastas, which alleged in the early version of the town theme caused dozens of suicides in Japan before they switched it out before the English release.
Allisters Gym ignored all that and turned itself into a giant pachinko machine. And honestly, its kind of amazing. You spin your little theme park cup up right with one of the control sticks to go right and vice versa to go left, simple enough. You can also get yourself wedged down dead ends if youre not careful, but all of them have those hand bumper things to push you out. Cant let the kids get frustrated. Or adults, honestly. It does eventually get harder as you have to navigate through various obstacles, but it never actually gets difficult.
You also have to fight your way through Trainers at various rest points along the way, and unlike the trainers and basically every other Gym to this point, they actually pose something equivalent to a threat. Well, threat is the wrong word: they still go down easy. They do, however, do enough damage to your troops that, if you didnt have easy access to who knows how many healing items, they might significantly weaken your team before you reach the Leader.
I bought a bunch of Super Potions.
He waves his hands around a little while he talks.
H-here I go
And thats all he says.
Battle! Gym Leader (Beta) - Pokémon Sword & Shield (Full) (Extended)
Four Pokémon now. Were in the big leagues! Im a big fan of this move:
While it does slow down battle a little bit (given the one turn you spend not doing damage), its strong, it cant be blocked, and it hits this Yamask like a freight train. It hits his next Pokémon, his Cursola, even harder.
Oh hey, its in the abomination Pokémon! As his second to last, I deem this the appropriate time to break out Dynamax and start really nailing his troops. I have plenty of other options aside from Mr. Blobby if he falls, but Id really rather he didnt.
Id completely forgotten that Drifblim ends up looking down at its target .
The Ghost-type Max move throws a bunch of phantom furniture at a target in a massive wave . Unfortunately, I didnt realize that Mimikyu had an Ability that let it absorb a bunch of damage once, leaving Mr. Blobby with only one turn of Dynamax left.
At this point Im genuinely a little worried; I dont think Ill actually LOSE, but this Gengar is potent enough right now to wreck Mr. Blobby and probably the next Pokémon out. And, since I doubt he has enough power to take him down in one hit, this Gengar is probably going to wreck his
You know, I honestly thought it was impossible for super effective moves to crit. Guess not. Way to go, Mr. Blobby! I wasnt actually expecting you to solo this Gym, but here we are. Turns out, you and your namesake are both terrifying!
Stow-on-Side - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
That was ace. Here A Ghost Badge
G Good luck! With Um Everything
Looks like were finally getting some recognition!
The moment we step outside, a familiar corgi bounces up to us.
Anyway, weve run into each other at a good time. You know the mural here in Stow-on-Side? Its sad to tell the story of the hero of Galar as well. Though whats here today is actually a replica of the ancient art that used to be here... I was wondering if youd give me some input on
Wha What in the world is that? Sounds like it came from the direction of the ruins, too Lets have a look!
We do get back control for a moment, but I just run up the stairs.
Bede's Theme - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
The Pokémon roars. The game implies hes been having it slam away at the mural, though we never see or hear anything of the sort beyond one slam.
Weve got to bring the chairman more Wishing Stars if we want to please him! Copperajah! If youre truly the chairmans Pokémon, then you should feel grateful for this chance to help him find Wishing Stars!
What, come to try and steal my thunder again?
No! Im trying to figure out why youre defacing priceless work of art. What the fuck is WRONG with you?
I am trying to save Galar. You are a self-absorbed prick who does nothing except try to tear me down at every opportunity.
Is this about the mines? You know what? Youre right! You may have started it, but I went after you as hard as I could. I shouldve been the bigger woman! But none of that matters because you hurt my best friend.
What, Hop? Oh, I didnt hurt him. I never had to lay a hand on him. All I had to do was walk him through just how inadequate he is as a Trainer, step-by-step. If he cant take the fact that hes a pathetic failure who will never catch up to his older brother or be anything else, well, thats his problem, not mine.
Oh, Bede, Ive done some research on you. You poor orphan, taken across the sea five years after your parents died because nobody else would adopt you, only to get shoved into a boarding school filled with people who hated you for your origins and connections. The closest thing you had to a father was distant and barely acknowledged you, and your closest friends at school wouldnt even deign to tag you in their pictures. No wonder you grew up into such an unmitigated arsehole. Even he can tell how awful you are, you know; its why he never listens when you have your little public conversations and dismisses you so fast.
Holy shit, Gloria.
Were getting personal, then? Good to hear, because Ive done some research, too! And what an exciting story I found a young mother bringing her child far, far away, leaving her life behind to care for some ungrateful brat, spending who knows how much money on therapists and specialists and conscripting an entire community just to keep her in line! You spent your whole life a huge burden on everyone around you and you wouldve made their lives easier if youd finished what youd started six years ago!
I dont know where you found all that out, but youd best throw out your Pokémon RIGHT NOW before I actually attack you.