Part 58: Leave This PlaceUpdate 59: Leave This Place
Please welcome Gloria! Im sure youll all have lots to teach her.
All our students are so good and hardworking. Everyone really gives it their all around here.
Hello, sweetie pie! Its not usual for you to bother greeting a newcomer! This is Hydemy darling only son.
Are you some kind of outlier? Here, you should give this a try. But dont open it, OK? Its got tech I developed inside, and I dont want you to go and ruin it.
You have my word.
Hes so good with his hands, always making something new. Such a clever boy. And that handsome gent in the back is my darling hubby and the very master of the Master Dojo!
Heh heh, I see youve got a sense of humor, too! Good, good!
Dont let him fool you into thinking hes just a silly old man. Hes a real beast when he gets serious.
Well, darling, Ill leave the rest up to you!
We get the opportunity to talk to the students milling around here before the fight; as a whole, they seem nice and accepting enough, but they dont have anything wildly interesting to say.
Battle! (Mustard) - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
This is another dirt-simple introductory battle; he has two Pokémon, a Mienfoo and a Shinx, neither of which have anything notable about them.
They both have exactly one level on Averys Pokémon. I dont even have any decades-old complaints to break out here .
The only reason to drag out the description of this fight is to cram in pictures of all his expressions.
Mustard's Theme - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
The crowd murmurs in obligatory amazement.
.. Then youre welcome to train here, Champion!
And it will be an honor to receive your training, Master Mustard. I must admit, if Id known you were accepting students, I would have dropped by a couple summers ago.
Not that you needed my training to win the Champion Cup!
Still. Leon used to talk all about the only Champion to hold the title longer than him I hope with your help I can exceed you both one day.
Thats the spirit! I think we can all help each other become stronger! Im happy youve come to join us! So on that note, heres your Dojo Uniform!
Trying not to fixate on not being able to wear a tam o shanter
Now then! With Gloria here now, the dojos at max capacity!
Of this dojo!
The crowd murmurs in obligatory greed.
Heh heh, thats the spirit! Now, lemme explain the first trial
I daresay its unfair for only that child to get a uniform. Unequal, even! I demand an item swap!
Im 20. And did you really just ask for my clothes?
Oh dear. Do you really not have a uniform? My bad, my bad! Thats easy to fix, though! I have another uniform right here for you, Avery!
Wait, why DONT you have a uniform yet? Havent been here for a while?
It was Torn up recently. Perils of living in a dojo, Im afraid. But I have a new one for you right
Something flashes by the screen, snatching it out of Averys hands.
Student: That speed... Was it really these Slowpoke?
Other Student: Ive never seen any Slowpoke move so fast!
How dare you? Are you using Trick?! Return my Dojo Uniform immediately!
This is the first trial, my students
The crowd murmurs in obligatory reluctance.
Everyone dashes out of the room. With that, the game lets us out on our own again. But instead of, you know, actually following the plot, we go right.
Cripes, it powered down
He goes over and sits at his computer.
Oh, youre interested?
Though it doesnt do a thing right now, since its out of power.
Can you just Plug it in?
No, you cant just plug it in! Its a power hog, if I plugged it in Id run the risk of shorting out what little electrical grid this island has! No, I need Watts to get it running properly battery-powered, essentially, though standard battery power wont cut it, I need the sort of steady Galar radiation you get when you use Watts, but
How much do you need?
All it would take is a measly 500 W to get the Cram-o-matic up and running, yknow? But Mummy wont give me any more of hers. Itd take me ages outdoors to collect 500 W And the outdoors and me Well lets just say, our systems arent compatible.
Too much going on all at once?
Yeah, exactly! Nobody gets that.
500, right? Here.
Whoa! Seriously?! Youll give me the 500 W I need?
Can you show me what it does?
Obviously! Okay, there should be a screwdriver on the upper middle part of my desk, pass it to me
The Cram-o-matic here is half crafting system, half Star Trek replicator. If you missed an item, used yours poorly, or just want another one, if you know the right combination of random junk, you can cram it all into this machine and itll spit out what you want. If you know what youre doing or have access to the Bulbapedia page, you can get everything from TMs to evolution items to holdable items out of it. You can also combine Apricorns (new Berries that come in colors and only show up on this island) to get various Pokéballs. Im not going to be exploring it on screen because it just isnt interesting to look at.
But rest assured I used it to pop out a few items. For Reasons.
Anyway, we have a trial to complete.
Each Slowpoke follows a fixed circuit in one part of this area. They run too fast for you to catch up with them without using the boost on your bike, and that just puts you at risk of slamming into a wild Pokémon and resetting the circuit; youre better off paying attention to their pattern and intercepting them.
They arent anything special in combat, just generic level 60 Pokémon outside the fact that they have skyhigh Speed, of course. Once you find them, all you have to do is beat them up.
After you do, you get a piece or two of Averys uniform. Beat all three and you get the full complement. While Im here, I take the opportunity to do a little cruising around and exploring
Including running into an odd outlying building.
Would you let me in if I was a tourist?
Everybody else shuffles in.
What, do you think I was gonna hold it for ransom?
Hmph! You have my thanks.
Well mustered, Gloria! You cleared the first trial like it was nothing! Why, I think this is the first time since Leon that someone was able to handle all three fast Slowpoke on their own!
The rest of you tried very hard, too! You were able to catch up to the Slowpoke, but I guess you couldnt defeat them.
He turns to face the rest of the students.
Tell you what. Anyone who was able to catch up to a Slowpoke at least once gets a pass! Gloria really outdid herself, so its only fair everyone else gets another chance. Try to make a comeback, everybody!
These are our sweet little Pokémon, Bulbasaur and Squirtle. Weve all been taking care of them together. And Id say theyre more than a little curious about your strength as a Trainer.
Hey, its a couple of Kanto starters! The other one, Charmander (another Pokémon the dictation software recognizes), was probably the most popular, largely because Gen 1 didnt have any fire types easily available until like the seventh gym. Squirtle was Pretty solid, and as the Pokémon Glitch Exhibition LP puts it, no self-respecting Trainer ever chooses a grass starter.
I could use a name for this Bulbasaur.