Part 59: H-how CheekyUpdate 60: H-how Cheeky
And so we have our second starter. But these Pokémon have a secret: once they hit their final evolution they can Gigantamax, the first Pokémon Ive owned that can do so.
And then theres Gigantamaxing, a very special way of Dynamaxing for very special Pokémon Speaking of Gigantamax, theres that secret recipe of the Master Dojo! Drinking it makes you gigantic and strong! I call it Max Soup! Id love to have a bowl of Max Soup full of Max Mushrooms right about now. It sure has been a while
Max Mushrooms are the key to Gigantamaxing, and Im tasking you with finding three!
And there we have it. As we head out, Mustard runs after us to give us a quick briefing on how and where to find Mushrooms, telling us they mostly grow in one nearby forest area but for this trial well only be able to find them in a distant cave. A VERY distant cave, like on the other side of the island. As we work our way through the island
We encounter some very strange Pokémon as we go. We win this fight.
Bulbasaur goes up 20 levels and evolves in the aftermath. The exp charm is POTENT.
Also, we find my single favorite Pokémon from when I was a kid once we approached the cave entrance. I dont know WHY I liked it so much; I think it was the design, especially the scythe blades. Ive always had a weakness for long bladed weapons. It didnt matter that it was difficult to find and not that great; I just thought it looked cool.
It was one of the first Pokémon to get a new evolved form in Gen 2: give it a certain item, level it up after a certain level, and you get a brand-new Pokémon with added Steel-type. Which is all well and good, but Scizor was fucking awful: garish red color scheme, a Type I didnt sign up for, and the blades were replaced with pincers. Pincers! We already HAD Pokémon with pincers, they didnt have to take one of the coolest Pokémon in the game and incentivize you to get rid of its coolest feature. Gen 2
But anyway, soon enough we find the cave in question and run into some of the largest and most unlikely-looking mushrooms Ive ever seen.
PLEASE let these mushrooms not actually be hallucinogens Hmm?
Wait just one moment!
My psychic powers picked up on these Max Mushrooms eons before you found them. I believe I should be the one to get those Max Mushrooms. First come, first served, and all!
If you gave me a reason, Id probably ignore it.
You infuriate me. I find your presence most disturbing! You show up at the dojo unannounced and go on to show such talent, even though youre still so young
How old even are you? 25? Also, you want me to give these mushrooms up based on SENIORITY? What makes you think youre even remotely worth me giving you a handout?
How dare you?! I worked damn hard to make myself the star student of this dojo! Ive been here for YEARS! And you wander in and make a fool of me! Repeatedly!
Damn hard? All Ive seen is you fail to complete tasks and try to intimidate me into not competing. Or is THAT how you gained your position, just cheating egregiously
Battle! Avery [8-bit; VRC6] - Pokémon Sword and Shield
Another unremarkable battle; his Pokémon are now a couple levels higher, his Abra has evolved, and hes added a Woobat to his team. Thats all. His Pokémon each only know two moves . Plenty of wonderful screenshots to be had, though.
(It missed )
(This is how he responds when I get a super-effective hit in on it.)
Maybe he wouldve been more intimidating if Id come here early, but as it is this fight is solidified . I promise Ill be more in depth in the next fight.
Mate, what is your problem? Im not going to judge you more than I already have, go ahead and lay it on me. I know its more than just an inferiority complex.
Well, CHAMPION, tell me: how much of YOUR family considers you to be subhuman?
Most of it. Enough that they kicked me mum out because she wouldnt give up her small autistic child, exiled us from the Crown Tundra, and set me along the path that would culminate with me attempting suicide at 12.
Werent expecting that, were you? Look, tell me whats going on and I can help you.
I dont need your bloody help! Avery, Teleport!
(Now THERE is the woman Im familiar with.)
(Taking the piss out of him was fun at first, but the sheen wore off pretty quick. Now, I just wish hed stop bothering me and go his own thing, let me be smug at him in peace.)
(Youre getting soft in your old age.)
(Youre one to talk!)
All my other students ended up getting lost in the forest Turns out finding Max Mushrooms was the least of their problems!
Well, first things firsta proper meal! Lets have the Max Mushrooms made into a delicious Max Soup, shall we?
Mmm, mmm, mmm! Ive really outdone myself this time! Now all thats left to add are those lovely Max Mushrooms youve brought us
Why, Avery! What in the world has gotten into you! Ive never seen you in such a flutter
Master, Ms. Honey...if you could grant me one wish, just this once, I would be indebted.
I feel that everyone here should enjoy the taste of my efforts
Well! If thats all youre after... then Im perfectly happy to oblige! Though this is hardly the first time youve asked for something, and I rather doubt itll be the last.
I hope you dont feel that your thunders being stolen, Gloria But were a family here, and families share! So... well go ahead and use Averys mushrooms today!
Its just so rare for him to try hard at something. I really want to reward that. You understand, dont you?
Yeah, I dont mind. Nice work, Avery .
Dont condescend to me.
I was being sincere .
(You were being awkward.)
(Oh, and what would YOU do?)
(Not seem to immediately change postures, just to start...)
You see, when one drinks this dojos famous Max Soup
But! Things are a bit different when certain Pokémon drink the soup! You see, there are some Pokémon that have distinct potential and when they drink the soup, their Dynamax form will change into a Gigantamax form!
Now then, lets wrap things up! You all did your best on the second trial, and Im proud of everyone here! And last but not least
We will soon enough, but theres something we have to do first. See, while we may have eaten Averys Max Soup, we still have three Max Mushrooms that we can give to one of the students hanging around in the kitchen and if we do, theyll give us an item that lets us turn on (or off) the Gigantamax factor of any eligible Pokémon. They even have a book on a nearby shelf that gives you a full eligibility list! Before we progress the plot, I take a cruise around the island
Finding something truly baffling along the way
Before I get the opportunity to show off Bruces fourth and final form. Cinderace is one of several Pokémon (including the other Galar starters) to get a new Gigantamax form with the DLC, and by using the soup I got from those mushrooms, I was able to activate it for him. This form replaces all of Bruces Fire-type moves with G-Max Fireball, a move as powerful as anything he could have fielded before while letting him drain PP from his weaker Fire moves. Also, it looks like this:
The reason it looks so washed out is because the attack animation was painfully bright; the game must have automatically toned it down when taking the screenshots.
But we have more to do.
You two are the only ones who successfully finished the second trial! Youve pushed each other to greater heights and helped each other grow.
The rules are simple. Whoever wins will complete the trial! The winner will be granted the secret armor of the dojo!
I must make for the Battle Court, posthaste! I must meditate on my upcoming victory! A good day to you, then. Ill be on my way. Feel free to take it easy like a Slowpoke, and take all the time you need to get ready!
Hes never felt the need to try hard at anything, I guess. Even with his training here at the dojo, I can tell hes been doing just the bare minimum.
Less than that, as far as I can tell. He is kind of a pain in everyones
Do NOT insult Avery.
Avery helps me all the time! I thought you were a good person
Id ask you not to judge him that quickly or put down one of your fellow students, for that matter!
Hes right, you know!
Okay, okay. I apologize, and I will do better in the future.
That said Even with his training here at the dojo, I can tell hes been doing just the bare minimum.
Maybe youve helped awaken some sort of passion and drive in him, eh?