We store cookies, you can get more info from our privacy policy.
DS

Traveling Through the Pokécity That Never Sleeps

The First Gym

by Neal Ronaghan - March 2, 2011, 7:56 pm PST

Embarrassingly, the first gym leader beat me the first time around.

After knocking out some nearby trainers, the first gym, located in Striaton City, opened up to me. It has a restaurant theme, and you face off against a waiter or two before you make it to the gym leader. As I said last time, you fight a gym leader who is strong against your starter Pokémon. I fought Cilan, the Grass-type trainer.

I got annihilated my first time through. You see, his Lillipup has a new move called Work Up that boosts the creature's attack power. Thinking it would be a cinch, I just kept pounding on the Lillipup, which was a few levels higher than my crew was at the time. He managed to max out his attack power, and then every time he used his basic attack move, it one-hit killed almost all of my Pokémon. It ended very badly.

After leveling up my Pokégaggle another level or so, I went back, regained my mojo, and laid the smackdown. Following the fight, I got the Cut HM and went to look for Munna, a Psychic-type Pokémon that can create dream worlds. I wound up fending off some Team Plasma members, who may or may not have been a manifestation of the Munna's evolution, Musharna. I didn't think about it too hard, caught a wild Munna, and moved on.

This is Munna. It's into your dreams!

I didn't get too far when a little girl was hassled by some Team Plasma members, stealing her Pokémon. Teaming up with one of my friends, I marched over to the cave where they were hanging out. Actually, I didn't. I left my friend hanging and went around the nearby grass leveling my Pokémon and catching new ones.

I caught an Audino and a Blitzle. The latter is an Electric-type who looks like a horse. Audino is less generic and somewhat interesting. The Chansey-esque Normal-type only appears in shaking grass. I stumbled upon it accidentally, but the game clued me in on this later. You get a whole lot of experience if you defeat them, which is cool because they don't put up much of a fight.

After I selfishly leveled up my Pokémon a bit, I went and fought the Team Plasma members in the small cave, defeating them handily and saving the girl's Pokémon.

The Pokémon Daycare, a staple of the franchise, is in this area. I'm not too sure of it, but this might be the first time you can go into the daycare and beat up kids and their Pokémon. You're supposed to be a teenager in this game, so it seems kind of cruel.

He's got a heart-shaped nose and one tooth!

I also captured a new personal favorite Pokémon of mine, a Woobat, which is kind of like a Zubat, except fluffy and Psychic/Flying.

With that, I moved on to the next town.

My team now consists of:

  • Clown the Oshawott (Water-type)
  • Pigbat the Woobat (Psychic/Flying-type)
  • AiAi the Pansear (Fire-type)
  • Blitz the Blitzle (Electric-type)(Note: I know that name is terrible. I was tired.)
  • Maneater the Munna (Psychic-type)
  • Loco the Lillipup (Normal-type)

Images

Talkback

TurdFurgyMarch 01, 2011

Clown the Oshawott? I haven't followed Pokemon sense Yellow but it seems they're running out of ideas for names, ha ha.

TheBlackCatMarch 01, 2011

Wait, the villains want equality for Pokemon?  What sort of message are they trying to send kids?

TJ SpykeMarch 01, 2011

Quote from: TurdFurgy

Clown the Oshawott? I haven't followed Pokemon sense Yellow but it seems they're running out of ideas for names, ha ha.

Seel. I think that says enough.

TheBlackCat, think of PETA. I don't consider them good guys.

Edit: I apologize if I offended anyone with the PETA remark. I am all for protecting animals and that is why I support causes like the ASPCA. PETA is too extreme and take things way too far.

I ordered the game from Amazon today (there's a $10 credit for it there right now), and this article makes me glad I did.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMarch 01, 2011

Quote from: TJ

Quote from: TurdFurgy

Clown the Oshawott? I haven't followed Pokemon sense Yellow but it seems they're running out of ideas for names, ha ha.

Seel. I think that says enough.

TheBlackCat, think of PETA. I don't consider them good guys.

Edit: I apologize if I offended anyone with the PETA remark. I am all for protecting animals and that is why I support causes like the ASPCA. PETA is too extreme and take things way too far.

Funny enough, I got the same idea when reading about this new team.

It's rather interesting too as they have yet to explore the idea of Pokemon abuse and exploitation. It's always about catching them all, making them stronger and using their powers for their own selfish gains. There has yet to a storyline in the Pokemon universe about protecting the species as a whole (unless I am mistaken of course).

And don't worry about offending PETA. Usually I am one that respects people and organizations, but PETA will NEVER gain my respect. They are very villainous, selfish, self-righteous and manipulative a**holes. I stopped taking Tommy Tallarico seriously after he claimed that PETA was all about "kindness".

But now I am going way off topic, my apologies.

Does Oshawatt have a wang on his belly?

BeautifulShyMarch 01, 2011

Thats a seashell...

TJ SpykeMarch 01, 2011

That's a bad image, it does sorta look like that. LOL

It's a seashell. It can take it off and basically use it like a boomerang (it used this in the first episode of the new Pokemon season when it rescues Pikachu from Team Rocket's balloon).

Edit: Maxi beat me to it while I was typing.

TJ SpykeMarch 02, 2011

For those who don't watch the anime anymore, Woobat is the new Pokemon held by Team Rocket. Jesse and James were sent to Unova to scout for Team Rocket. Since Kanto/Johto/Hoen/Sinnoh Pokemon are supposed to be extremely rare there (in the 3 episodes that have aired so far, they have said that Pikachu and Umbreon have never been seen in the region before), so they had to leave their existing Pokemon behind and catch new ones. Jesse ended up catching a Woobat in a cave (Ash has caught a Pidove, Oshawott, and Tepig. I am going by US airings).

CalibanMarch 04, 2011

That Pidove's a pidgeon... a fucking pidgeon as a pokemon? Oi, oi, oi.

Of course there's going to be pidgeon Pokemon, it's in New York.

Also Neal, Sawk is amazing. Hang onto it.

Got a news tip? Send it in!
Advertisement
Advertisement