Neal goes to the Pokémon version of Brooklyn to fight the second gym leader.
A funny thing happened on the way to Nacrene City, the home of the second gym leader. The New York connection finally dawned on me. Nacrene City is basically the equivalent of Brooklyn, more specifically the Williamsburg neighborhood. Yes, that's right. There is a Pokémon city that is filled with hipsters. It's a bunch of people living in old homes talking about how ironic their tastes are. There's even a coffee shop that would feel right at home on the streets of Brooklyn.
Aside from that, I explored the area around the city, searching for new Pokémon. I caught three new ones around this time. First, I picked up the Pidgey iteration for the generation: Pidove. It's likely the most uninspired Pidgey knock-off in the entire series.
The other two, Timburr (think Machop) and Sawk (a weird blue monstrosity wearing a karate gi), were both Fighting types. Pokémon Black does a good job, almost too good, of setting you up with Pokémon that make the gym leaders easy. Naturally, the gym leader in an area where at least two Fighting-type Pokémon hang out in the wild is a Normal-type leader. In case you're not up on the Pokémon type weaknesses, Fighting kicks Normal's ass.
So, after training the Sawk a tiny bit, I took him into the gym and wrecked Lenora.
Unfortunately, that's as much as I can talk about Pokémon Black for right now. Go out and enjoy the game when it comes out in your region. Zach and I will have the full-on dual review sometime in the next week.
For posterity, here's an update on my team:
- Clown the Oshawott (Water-type)
- Pigbat the Woobat (Psychic/Flying-type)
- AiAi the Pansear (Fire-type)
- Macchio the Sawk (Fighting-type)
- Daltry the Roggenrola (Rock-type)
- Loco the Lillipup (Normal-type)