Pokemon Wonderlocke Challenge! Episode 4: The road to the Elite Four

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I know what you’re thinking, “how can you be at the elite four by episode four of the wonderlocke?”

Simply put, the team became too powerful for the game to offer much in the way of challenge. Since our last episode, gym after gym fell to my team with no casualties to report. I played through the story line of containing Primal Kyogre with little in the way of incidents (although it got a bit hairy at times with the battle against Kyogre.)

I therefore decided to throw myself straight into victory road and the Elite Four to bring the wonderlocke to a climax. The road to the Elite Four proved to be the most challenging part of the game so far, purely down to the volume of trainers and the limited amount of healing items that I allowed myself. Despite some tricky moments with some of the Pokemon living with only a few HP remaining, I did make it through to the Elite Four without suffering any further losses. This means that my team going into the Elite Four was as follows:

Abomasnow, Toxicroak, Gastrodon, Sylveon, Gyarados and Goodra.

The first thing that struck me on challenging Elite Four Sidney was that my Pokemon were almost perfectly levelled, with most being on par with or just below the level of Sidney’s. The second thing that struck me was that I have being playing and watching competitive Pokemon for too long. This sounds a bit stupid but it does mean that I have kind of forgotten that kind of random crap that the NPCs actually run on their Pokemon. A combination of this, and perhaps a little overconfidence on my part, led to my defeat in the wonderlocke.

My Abomasnow went down to a random fire punch Dusknoir, Gyarados to freeze-dry Glalie, Toxicroak to a Blizzard critical hit. All of these combined with the pressure of going in to each successive battle with fewer and fewer Pokemon meant that by the time I went in to the battle with Steven the Champion I only had Sylveon and Gastrodon left. Needless to say this wasn’t enough and defeat was pretty certain by that point.

A disappointing end to the Wonderlocke maybe, but it really has convinced me on the fun that can be had in Wonderlocke and Nuzlocke challenges. It forces you to be more creative with your teams and become far more attached to your Pokemon when you realise that you can’t just run to the Pokemon centre to heal up.

Next up…. Pokemon Nuzlocke Challenge: HeartGold!

Pokemon Wonderlocke Challenge! Episode 3: death, grinding and tough choices

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After a somewhat turbulent journey filled with loss and wrath, finally the bright lights of Mauville City beckoned. With my somewhat diminished team I decided that it was time to get some new blood to add to the team before tackling the Mauville City gym, therefore I ventured east of the city to route 118.

Route 118: Voltorb (sent) Feebas (received)

Feebas…not great admittedly but workable, although evolving it into a Milotic might end up being a bit of a pain. Fortunately, this didn’t actually prove to be a problem due to a somewhat unfortunate grinding incident brought on by my own impatience resulting in a fainted Feebas and a feeling of utter shame.

Getting somewhat desperate at this point I took the Magikarp from the box and spent the train ride to work endlessly grinding to evolve Magikarp into Gyarados, or in other words, something useful. Of course this would not help me in the forthcoming gym, Mauville City playing host to the Hoenn electric type gym. As usual, the mooks leading up to the leader offer virtually no resistance whatsoever with Bagon crushing all opposition.

And, as usual, this was followed by yet another dollop of tragedy. I should have known better as I have spent enough time playing competitively and watching Pokemon videos to remember that Magneton has crazy high special attack. I really underestimated the damage that the Volt Switch would do and paid the price.

As I collected my badge and TM from Wattson I decided it was time to leave Mauville and go on a Pokemon catching spree to replenish my party with wonder trades from routes 111, 112 and the Fiery Path.

Route 111 Geodude (sent) Metapod (received)

Route 112 Numel (sent) Pawniard (received)

Fiery Path Numel (sent) Eevee (received)

The Eevee caught me a bit by surprise and this offered a new challenge in deciding exactly what to do with it. I definitely didn’t want Flareon or Vaporeon as this would be totally redundant with my other Pokemon in the party. In the end I decided that Sylveon would be the best all-round choice and offer some much needed bulk to the party. I decided that Pawniard wouldn’t really work as it doesn’t evolve until level 52 which would be a massive pain.

Until next time, cue the music and let the grinding montage begin…..

Current party:

-Quilava

-Combusken

-Shellos

-Gyarados

-Butterfree

-Sylveon

Deceased:

-Zubat

-Bagon

-Feebas

Pokemon wonderlocke challenge! Episode two

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We left last time on the road which leads to Brawly, the fighting type specialist gym leader. Sadly, unlike last time, there was much more grief in this section than I would have liked.

The gym leader and his cronies did not actually present too much in the way of an issue; Zubat’s wing attack/ brave bird combo was enough to see off the gym with no casualties to report. Sadly, this was the last action that Zubat would see due to an unlucky critical hit inflicted by some two-bit trainer on the following route.

The journey to Mauville was similarly not incident free but did allow for two new encounters:

Route 109 Magikarp (sent) Bagon (received)

Route 110 Electrike (sent) Zigzagoon (received)

The Bagon from route 109 turned out to be an excellent replacement for the recently deceased Zubat. Its moveset included dragon dance, and its dragon typing provides a nice resistance to grass, fire, water, electricity etc.

A trainer battle with a trainer on route 117 saw the untimely death of my recently evolved Mightyena. In truth, this was entirely my own fault for risking the chance of not attacking through paralysis, and this is exactly what happened.

Route 117 Zigzagoon (sent) Honedge (received)

I was mightily please to receive Honedge, the eventual Aegislash would be an excellent addition to my team. Sadly, this was not to be. I immediately set about grinding to get it up to the same level as my other Pokemon, only for it to be wiped out to a pursuit from a Doduo. A DODUO for pity’s sake. Devil bird more like. I was switching out to Bagon to take the hit and it used literally the only move that could screw me. Frustrated just doesn’t quite cover it.

Current team:

Combusken

Quilava

Bagon

Shellos

Deceased:

Zubat

Mightyena

Honedge

Wonderlocke Pokemon Challenge! Episode 1

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In the absence of a new Pokemon fix to entertain myself, I have decided to embark on a Wonderlocke play through of Alpha Sapphire to keep things fresh.

For those who perhaps don’t know, the wonderlocke rules are as follows:

-Only one Pokemon can be caught on each route.

-The first Pokemon encountered on each route has to be caught, if it faints then you cannot take a Pokemon from this route.

-Each Pokemon caught must be immediately traded on wondertrade and the received Pokemon can be used.

As you can imagine this can lead to some interesting Pokemon being used in your party which might otherwise be overlooked and can introduce Pokemon not native to the region. To keep the difficulty up somewhat, a Pokemon cannot be used if it is received at a level ten above what you traded, and if it faints in battle it can no longer be used.

I am going to regularly post my progress throughout the game with updates on all Pokemon received and lost. Last night I created my character, Lucina the trainer, and made my way to the first gym to battle the leader Roxanne.

Caught and received Pokemon:

Route 101 – Zigzagoon (sent) Bunelby (received)

Route 102 – Wurmple (sent) Poochyena (received)

Route 103 – Zigzagoon (sent) Cyndaquil

Petalburg Woods – Pokemon knocked out

Route 116 – Wurmple (sent) Shellos (received)

The route to the gym leader was fairly uneventful, the only casualty being Bunnelby who I carelessly let faint to a Seedot using bide (embarrassing, but Bunnelby is up there on my most hated Pokemon of all time due to its hideous evolved form so no great loss there.)

The gym itself was rather trickier as I did not get Shellos until just before the leader. The gym was predominantly rock type, and my Cyndaquil and Torchic both suffer badly against rock types. My Poochyena’s defences are terrible and didn’t hold up well at all. Only the arrival of Shellos Waterpulsing the crap out of everything made the leader beatable without casualty (although it was a close run thing.

Next time…..The journey to badge number 2!

Current Party:

-Torchic

-Cyndaquil

-Poochyena

-Shellos

Deceased:

-Bunnelby