Part 33: I Dont Do EncoresUpdate 34: I Dont Do Encores
Spikemuth - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Oh, Gloria! The lot from Spikemuths tellin me they locked down the city for my sake. Sorry for all the noise Im givin them a piece of my mind.
Grunt A: We didnt do it for no reason, Marnie. Spikemuth just keeps gettin worse and worse. And all Piers says is, Dont worry
Grunt B But we figured if you was the Champion, youd bring some attention back home, maybe get some people investin in the town. And we know you wanted to win your whole life. So So we decided to disguise ourselves as Team Yell and sabotage the other challengers.
Grunt A: We thought, if we could stop the other Gym Challengers from reachin the Gym, then Ms. Marnie would be the only one to win and make it to the Champion Cup!
Grunt B: And we figured thatd increase the chances of our wonderful Ms. Marnie becomin the next Champion!
Thats Thats the stupidest, most condescendin thing I ever heard. How DARE you try and cheapen my victory like that! What, you think Im a shit Trainer?
Grunt A: No
You think I cant do anythin on my own? Im still a helpless little girl?
Grunt B: No, course not!
THEN WHYRE YOU ACTIN LIKE IT?!
I thought I was a good Trainer! I thought I got here on my own merit! I thought you lot were tryin to cheer me on and just making a right pigs ear of it. But no! Now I find out you all been actively sabotagin other trainers! How the hell do I know if Im a worthy Trainer or if the only reason I got this far was because you lot paved my way?
Grunt A: But but you beat all the Gym Leaders
And who else might have if you didnt drive them away?! Gloria here and her friend Hop are the only other Challengers still competin. You know thats less than half as many as usually make it to the end? When I win, how do I know its cause Im the best Trainer in Galar and not cause one of you lot managed to scare em off before I could even find out?
Grunt B: We already know youre the strongest Trainer in the League, Marnie!
You know, eh? Well, I DONT! Thats why Im in the damn Challenge! Im here to prove myself and my skills by doin somethin I love! Its literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! And now I find out youve been makin things easier for me? You took that chance away from me!
I love all of you. You all know that. You all helped to raise me, and Ill never forget it. You changed the course in my life, and thats the truth. But Im not that little girl who has to crawl into a corner every time somebody talks too loudly and wont wear heavy clothin anymore. You takin a look at all the progress I made and decidin I still need you to put on stabilisers for me Im disappointed in you. Im disappointed in all of you.
Sorry you had to see all this, Gloria. I got a little carried away there.
Nah, honestly they deserved that bollocking.
Look, go on ahead and have your scrap with Piers. Ill be along once Ive finished up here.
Grunt A: Ms. Marnies scoldings last for ages
I heard that, Reese!
Figured thats why nobody was comin to challenge me. I have good ears, so I overheard the whole thing about the city bein shut up. When I was alone, it was like my soul was weepin. This is a simple Gym Stadium. We cant even Dynamax our Pokémon, but, well I still hope you enjoy the battle.
Then this songs for you, foolish Trainer!
Battle! (Team Yell Captain) - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
I still dont know why they couldnt just slap Pierss name on this song. Is he even a member of Team Yell?
I felt I had to include all of these screenshots because I love how they shot this hell, I love this whole scene. The way Piers switches from fatalism to such a clearly fake but still imposing challenge mode right before the fight is deeply compelling. Also note hes the only Gym Leader to get his own music.
His Scrafty is legit imposing; it beats L337 unconscious without losing a third of its health bar. I take the opportunity to demonstrate something and switch out to Bruce.
You can use TRs on the weirdest Pokémon sometimes. I mean, I sort of get it, but its definitely good old-fashioned Pokémon moon logic. Back when HMs were still a thing, Fly, the move that let you fast travel between Pokémon Centers, worked almost identically to this move in combat, just a little less powerful and a little more accurate. I mean, plenty of moves still use that turn-skip mechanic hell, Mr. Blobbys Phantom Force is in my party right now but theres something surreal about seeing my footballer rabbit use something so similar to what I used to travel to Ever Grande every time I felt like getting my ass kicked by Wallace.
Hes not kidding; it takes out Dadliest before I switch in Briggs for the assist.
You cant see it in screenshots, but the screen shakes as it roars . Theres a reason I like this fight. Every Pokémon has its own mini intro. And that Obstagoon? It managed not only to tank a Low Kick from Bruce, but use a move called Obstruct to intercept the follow-up Low Kick, taking out half of Bruces HP. Didnt even know that was a thing. The next Low Kick finishes the job, granted, but nobody else ever managed to halve Bruces HP in one hit like that before.
Bruce doesnt go down like that. This is the first time hes ever fainted in a Trainer fight. It nearly takes down Baklava, too, before I manage to beat it down.
Its kind of ironic that I hyped up Melony so much when the real challenge was one gym forward. I dont remember Piers being this formidable when I last played Shield. I was definitely sloppy on my end, this time around. I didnt have a single type advantage on that Skuntank, for instance, and I hadnt gone over my partys moves to make sure they were ready for prime time. All of that is true. It is also true that Piers cut his way through my party like a hot knife, knocking out almost as many Pokémon on my team as I did on his. You know that Piers canonically can go toe-to-toe with Raihan without using Dynamax? Skill-wise, hes one of the best trainers in the Region. It shows; every one of his troops is tough in some fashion.
I also love how hes a genuinely likable character. Hes a nice person! He looks out for his community, he raised his sister to be an upstanding member of society, hes true to himself and does what he loves. But Well He isnt perfect, by any means. As well see.