Part 22: I've Seen More Than Enough To Judge YouUpdate 23: I've Seen More Than Enough To Judge You
Pokémon Sword and Shield - Battle! Bede (8-bit; N163) (ft. SS5K)
Well, this is a thing. I completely forgot you actually face him down here. Im not prepared and Im still using that B-team, but I think it will be enough. Despite his Rock/Ground typing, almost all of this Pupitars moves are Dark, which Bedes Psychic-types are weak to. His first Pokémon goes down like a brick.
Im sure you do, buddy. Next up comes none other than Morgan, his signature Pokémon. Bizarrely, both it and the previous Pokémon got super effectived AND critted, too; I guess they picked up on the fact that Gloria wasnt in the mood for mercy. The pattern breaks with his Gothorita, but he downs her in two hits and the following Ponyta in one.
So, that was a very short fight. I think my overwhelming victory here comes out my move choice. Practically the only move I used in this fight was Crunch, a powerful physical Dark-type move. Psychic-types, on the other hand, almost always lean towards special moves and defenses; by leveraging Pupitars high Attack against their weak Defense, combined with the type advantage and extreme luck with all those crits, Bede went down like a sack of bricks. On the third, mutant hand, a lot of Bede's Psychic Types are tricked out with countermeasure moves for Types Psychic is weak to, but Pupitar there lacks any type weaknesses to those; they had no options they could readily use. I mean, I could have chosen a less cheesy monster to show this fight off better. But, nah.
Funny thing? That Copperajah back there is Roses Pokémon, and hes canonically a Champion finalist; it should be enough to wipe my team by its lonesome. But I guess Bede wasnt willing to go that far.
Stow-on-Side - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
I was the one chosen by the chairman I was the one who was to defeat the Champion Im one of the elite someone who can shoulder the future of the Galar region!
No, you convinced yourself you were. Unfortunately, no, as it turns out you
Bede! What are you doing!?
I cant believe you try to use the chairmans Pokémon to destroy a historical site!
Oleana, this is IMPORTANT! Chairman, this is just some ugly old mural, its so much less important than the fate of the region!
It pains me to have to say this, but I am truly disappointed. Trying to destroy the mural part of Galars history! You show no love toward Galar! You are clearly not a worthy challenger for the Gym Challenge. We will decide what to do with you later. For now you will return to Hammerlocke.
Youre disqualifying me from the Gym Challenge? But youre the one who endorsed me! There are hundreds of different ways to sort this out Why are you choosing the worst possible option?!
It seems I really havent taught you anything. Do you really think you know better than me?
Oleana, take his Wishing Stars.
Sir, are you certain
I always am. Oleana.
Of course, sir.
But I I
I never wish to see us lose challengers for this sort of reason. Yet we do what we must do to keep things fair and sportsmanlike. Im afraid I must take my leave. I have much to clean up.
Gloria? You know what he said was all a load of bollocks, right?
Like all good lies, it had a seed of truth. Ill be fine, but I have no idea how he even found all that out. Probably just good detective work, but I hope he broke into some database somewhere so they can slap him with criminal charges.
I dont think Ive ever seen that angry at someone. Are you
Look, can we talk about something else? Like the mural?
Fair enough. At least we got here in time. Look, its a bit scuffed up but still intact
Destruction of the Mural - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Stow-on-Side - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Thats Thats them. Thats the Brother Kings.
Oh, sorry. The art styles a lot older look at those strong lines. And that round shield shape. Well, not round, but, you know. Thats Alfredine design.
You know, normally, you love to gab about all this, but youre practically monosyllabic. How you feeling?
That bad, huh?
Call a rain check on this conversation, yeah?
I have plenty to say, but just Not now. Meet you back in Hammerlocke after I beat Ballonlea?
Take a break. Youre halfway through, you earned it.
Postwick - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Whats wrong, love?
Very long day. Someone brought up a lot of bad memories.
Oh, Im sorry, hun
He did it on purpose.
Im pretty sure hes going to jail, though.
And I think theres a story here. Why dont I put a kettle on the stove and dig out some of your chai for you?
No, no, Ill do it, give me something to keep my mind on while Im talking
I know youre dillydallying in there, call her!
Rotom, mobile phone mode, please.
Marnie! Hey, have you reached Ballonlea yet?
Then, can I ask you to hang around for a little bit after you beat the Gym? I really need someones shoulder to lean on I mean
Yeah, it is pretty serious. Not like World-ending serious, but I could really use a neutral party to talk to, you know?
You have no idea how much I appreciate this.
I would drop everything to do the same for you, you know.
Oh, how romantic~
Glimwood Tangle - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Welcome to one of the strangest and most beautiful environments in the game: the Glimwood Tangle. According to that tourism pamphlet I referenced earlier earlier, its based on Sherwood Forest as in, the Robin Hood forest. Check me if Im wrong, Britgoons, but I dont think Sherwood has quite as many giant glowing mushrooms. While other areas Pokémon have either no theme or really obvious themes (water routes contain water Pokémon ), the Tangle is staffed by a mixture of Psychic and Fairy Pokémon.
It also houses possibly my least favorite Pokémon in this game. I mean, its not that bad, all told, but its name is IMPIDIMP. Good Lord. I kill it on principle.
Not that this place is has many Pokémon that makes sense, mind. But it DOES house Pokémon that can take me on. This the first time in the game that my Pokémon start regularly dropping into the yellow. Part of it is that my current party loadout has a very few solid counters to the Pokémon you find here, but part of it is that the Pokémon here are legitimately challenging. On the other hand. Well. I didnt really see it last time because I put away most of the Pokémon Id been grinding Affection for, but with my original team restored, Im seeing them dodge hits and score extra criticals all over the place, its nuts. It makes what otherwise might have been a bit of a slog into something genuinely entertaining. But this place does have a little secret. Something very, very important to me, in fact. One that my first time through I spent a solid 20 minutes just finding one in the tall grass
FINALLY. Unlike almost every other area in the game, all of the Tangles Pokémon hide in the tall grass and force you to come in after them, so its really hard to track where Pokémon could be. So finding this after just a few minutes of searching has me like . I originally chose Shield over Sword because Shield has Galarian Ponyta, so youd better bet its going to end up in my party in SOME capacity.
Ballonlea - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Uh, hey, Britgoons. Is this based on a real place? Asking for a friend.
Man, I love this town. Its one of the prettiest places in Galar, in my opinion. And it has an appropriately mystical side quest!
Frank: Whats this? Youve got a letter addressed to me?
We hand it over.
Frank: Now who could be sending me letters? Oh! Why, says its from Paula! That does take me back ages Paula was the name of a girl I spent all my time playing with when I was a young lad She fell ill. Didnt tell me, though. She kept it a secret just how sick she was. We ended up having a great row about it Then I moved away not long after that fight. I never met her again after the day I left. How was she? Did she look well? Dear old Paula
She looked younger than she had any right to.
Frank: Thats a comfort to hear.
Not to mention a literal Otherkin over here. He wants us to put on some clothes that will inspire a fiery spirit, whatever that means. Im assuming he wants me to put on a Fire Gym uniform or something. Ill consider it, but I have something else I need done first.
Marnie! Oh, youre a sight for sore eyes.
You wanna to find somewhere tsit down? I have a feelin this is gonna get hairy and I wanna make sure youre good 'n' comfortable before you begin.
Yeah, you're probably right. Thank you
So, bookkeeping. What I should name my Galarian Ponyta and who it should replace in my party? The current roster is:
- Bruce the Scorbunny
- Tiddles the Seismitoad
- Mr. Blobby the Drifblim
- Chairman the Roselia
- Dietrich the Toxtricity
- L337 the Axew
Also, second question: how familiar is everyone in this thread with the Pokémon franchise? Are we all long time veterans, do we have any duties first checking in, what? I enjoy rambling about the contrast between earlier Gens and this one, but I cant tell how much of an impact its making on the thread and whether I should start cutting down on its influence.