Part 63: I Definitely Wouldn't Call It Very StickyUpdate 64: I Definitely Wouldn't Call It Very Sticky
I havent seen you in AGES!
I had a video call with you and Marnie two weeks ago.
Semantics. But really, why are you here? If you were just here on holiday you wouldve let me know beforehand.
Sonias been frantic about some odd spikes in Galar radiation in remote regions all over the place lately.
Is this the sort of thing we should be getting involved in?
No. Well, not like THAT. Its not like every Den from Groudons End to John o Gogoats is going off all at once, most of it is down along the southern coast. We did get a few off readings from this archipelago, though. So thats why Im here.
But wheres the fun in mucking about in the mud? I was telling him he should stay here at the dojo!
I mean, itd be loads easier than camping out for a long while, but wouldnt I be in the way?
Everybodys welcome to wear out their welcome at the Master Dojo! Dont be shy, my boy! Besides, were practically family already. Youre the little brother of our Leon, after all!
Ive never had mushrooms like they serve here anywhere else.
I hope you dont regret it, because Im staying!
Does he normally
You get used to it.
Which reminds me, Gloria
The truth is the lovable rascal is capable of Gigantamaxing, too. But its a bit tricky, because it really cant stand the taste of Max Mushrooms. So Max Soup is off the menu, unless you can make it more appealing to it.
Urshifu gobble up a bowl of Max Soup
and it has something to do with another Pokémon! Now I think Ill let the two of you figure out just what it is. Give it a good think together! Youre on your own, kiddos! The world is your Cloyster, so get cracking!
Is this, uh, how your training usually goes?
Im pretty sure hes just fucking with me. But Im a better Trainer now than I was when I came here, so you tell me.
Gotta admit, though, I wasnt expecting to run into members of the Kubfu line here. It came up in one of my textbooks.
I swear, there was something about an unusual reaction to honey. But I dont think honey-producing Pokémon are native to this area, so its probably something pretty similar that you can get elsewhere in the natural world.
I bet he was talking about something Pokémon naturally produce! If were looking for those kinds of Pokémon, then Id reckon there might be lots in a forest.
Theres one pretty close by actually, just past the marches north of here. Do you want me to take you there?
Sounds right, mate. But really, I have to admit I wasnt expecting to see you here.
I just felt the need to go do something, you know? Spikemuths great and all, but I do need the occasional breather. I know we do good work, but it can get overwhelming.
That reminds me, Marnie brought up, what was it, AEC?
Right, Aberforth Energy Company, we named it after the Munethic name for the Spike. I never went into it with you before, it just got underway and I didnt want to talk about anything before we had it pinned down. So, you know how Leons been breaking up MC and spinning off energy production divisions?
Ive been working with Piers to set up our own energy company in Spikemuth. Basically, once a week I take Goch in and we kind of Massage it, I guess, and produce a nice harvest of Galar particles. Then we send them off to plants around Muneth where they feed them into power lines or store them in batteries for good pay. See, since Piers and I dont really need any more money than were already pulling in from our careers. We arent angling to make ourselves rich, so we arent cutting ourselves or management big cheques and we havent gone public either we dont need extra capital so we dont need investors, and that means we dont have shareholders breathing down our necks. We take most of the profits and donate them to local charities, anyway. Funny thing is, it turns out that we dont just have basically a monopoly on the energy market in Muneth local loyalty to a business that pays you well and sticks up for you, you know but because we arent trying to drive up profits, we offer lower prices than lots of our competitors and that draw people in too
He wasnt even Kantonian?
Nope! Galarian born and bred. Chambers did study architecture over there, though, so I guess it could be worse. Anyway, he built both pagodas as gifts to one of the princesses at the time, but they were abandoned after the monarchy left. Id heard somebody bought them up and restored them, but I was expecting some tarted-up borderline ruins rather than a functional dojo, you know?
So THATS why you wanted to visit them, princess-consort.
God, dont remind me. Im glad they renounced the throne and all, but youd think theyd up and moved into Sawsbuckingham Palace based on how some of these people treat us. This one journo slipped up and actually called Marnie Your Highness in an interview a couple months back and she almost decked him. Then I pinned him in place with a lecture on autism until he tried to shut me up and talk to Marnie and, blessing that she is, she picked up where I left off almost to the word. He gave up after a couple minutes. That was pretty funny.
Meanwhile, I oh look, were here.
(Pretend this screenshot is me approaching Hop from the front. What youre supposed to do is head straight from the dojo to the nearest entrance to the forest, where Hop is waiting for you. What I ACTUALLY did was take the long route around because I was more familiar with it, get lost for a couple minutes, and finally stumble onto him from behind.)
So, this all looks like deciduous forest, which means, the best sources of Pokémon-edible glucose would probably be Liligants and Applins. If I had to wager a guess, I bet that special something comes from one of them!
Like that one?
Its still pretty little... Maybe it got separated from its parents?
You really must be lost if you think Im your mum! And now Im stuck. OK
The Forest of Focus is a god-awful maze full of dead ends and Berry trees. The only good thing about it is that I end up stumbling on several items and TMs just trying to get out. Fortunately
We find the Pokémum in relatively short order. And we have to lead her all the way back, because what Pokémon really needs is escort missions.
Case in point: its only when I find my way back to Hop that I realize I have to babysit the Lilligant on the way back instead of counting on it following me . So I have to go ALL THE WAY BACK, pick it up AGAIN, and inch my way back.
Hehe, looks like theyre both pretty happy to see each other.
Oh, look its extending its stamen for us. Let me see
I dont think this is what you need, mate, but at least we did a good deed anyway.
I cant believe you just ate something straight off a Pokémon.
Just imitating my professors. Biologists are all nutters, mate. Anyway, we should probably hunt down an Applin next.
Cue more aimless wandering
It rolls away.
This is rotten... I dont see that Applin anywhere!
But Im sure it went rolling off this way
It rolls away.
I cant believe you just did that!
I dunno, maybe its just something they can only find back east
You know, if youre done SAMPLING MY TAM O SHANTER, there IS a Combeehive on an island up north. I visited it while exploring the area. Maybe theres a Vespiqueen we can get honey from there?
Im pretty sure they dont do well in this climate.
Youre still an undergraduate, what you know?
More than you .
Up in the northern part of the map, theres an island that looks a little bit like honeycomb. Its called Honeycalm Island. You can probably guess what Pokémon are common there.
Laugh it up. But really, where dyou think the nest is?
Huh? I borrowed a Power Spot Detector from Sonia, but whys it going off now?
Uh, I can fairly say I wasnt expecting this. Fortunately, even though were fighting a wild Dynamax Pokémon hiding in a natural object, the game treats it as a standard Dynamax battle. It goes down right quick.
As long as you don't TRY TO EAT IT first.
Real proud of the Poképuns in this one