When last we left Pink, a new journey stood before him and Vines, his newly befriended Turtwig. After defeating his other “friend,” Gavin, the first Gym battle in Oreburgh City awaited! But what stood between Pink and his destination holding his first gym badge? Find out in this week’s Nuzlocke Platinum Challenge log!
Getting to Sandgem Town once more was a cinch, and the Pokemon Vines left in our wake only gave us more confidence that we would prevail over all. Rolling through town, I head north towards Route 202, but before I can take a step in the grass, I am assaulted with text from Rowan’s assistant, Dawn, who forces her words upon me and attempts to teach me something I already know how to do; catch a Pokemon. But, I’m cheap and didn’t buy any pokeballs at the local mart. After an elongated demonstration, she gives me 5 to start out with. It was time to make a new friend.
Shuffling slowly through the grass after a moment spent dreaming up what pokemon I might run across, I hit an encounter with a Bidoof. Now, I have nothing against any pokemon. You know, “Love and Tolerance.” But it’s a Bidoof! But I need a team, so after a single attack from Vines, I toss out my first pokeball and nab Honey the Bidoof. I have grand plans for her, even if she’s one of the more undesirable Pokemon out there. After trudging through Route 202, we enter Jubilife City.
With story dialog and random item-grabbing done and done, I prepare for the journey to Oreburgh City by healing up and grabbing a few potions with the money I’ve managed to
steal win from other trainers. We make for Route 203, but come face-to-face with Gavin, who demanded a match.
See, when I said “Gavin, who demanded a match,” I meant “Gavin, who wanted his face punched in by how terrible he is.” Needless to say, Gavin weeps for his lack of skill and I head east on Route 203, anxious to meet a new member of the team. I step inside the grass and wobble around looking for an encounter. Well, you know what they say; “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down.” No, wait, that makes no sense. What does make sense is that I found an Abra!
Yeah, you know that one pokemon that laughs at you before teleporting away and leaving you to cuss up a storm? Yeah, I held my breath and “Down + B‘d” so hard when I threw the pokeball.
One final shake.
Actually, at full health and with a normal pokeball, I had about a 66% chance to catch him. Assuming Zaffy’s max health was 11 at level 5. See, it depends on the Pokemon’s max health is as well as their current health. That and what type of ball you throw and if they have a status effect on them (Sleep, paralyze, etc) and…Well, there’s this whole formula for figuring it out and it’s different from the Gen V (Black/White) formula in that there’s less factors involved and it doesn’t round down…and…
BUT I DIGRESS. Where was I? Oh yeah! I caught an Abra on my first attempt which has never happened before! Things kept looking up for me and my team as we headed to the Oreburgh Gate. Inside, it was just a quick intermission before the city and I even got a HM (Rock Smash) as well! Alas, when in dark caves in Pokemon, there will be Zubats. Well, just one actually. One that Vines decided to critically one-shot. We didn’t talk to one another until we got to the Oreburgh City Pokemon Center. It’s not weird that I talk to my Pokemon, is it?
I rolled through town like I owned the place until I got to the mines. Inside I met a Geodude who I had a close call with when I had Vines use Absorb a bit too much, but I managed to catch him with a sliver of HP left. I named him Silver. I meet up wit Roark in the mines and tell him to get up to the Gym so I can Razor Leaf his face off while I remained down in the mines to train.
Winston Churchill once said, “It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.”
While looking beyond the horizon of what stood right in front of us, I failed to keep my mind on what I was doing. When one does something as silly as that, accidents happen in the blink of an eye. And before I could take in a single breath or before I could get my hands to even twitch in the slightest, fate had dealt its cruel and uncaring blow to Honey in a single attack. I was a fool, and Honey paid the price for my foolishness.
I was more angry and disappointed than sad, but I trudged on so that it would have not been for nothing to lose Honey so early. She had so much potential and I would have had her as my main team until the end of time. But everything has changed.
Before heading to the Gym, I take a chance to recover my loss of Honey on Route 207. A quick scuttle through the tall grass and I run into a level 5 Ponyta whom I quickly catch and name Dusk Shine. While Dusk can’t replace Honey, save for the spot on my roster, I can only hope I don’t make the same mistake twice and maybe, just maybe, Dusk Shine can brighten my day a little bit.
I head back to town and straight to the Gym without a second of hesitation. With Vines out in front and feeling a bit spam-happy with Razor Leaf, I blow through the trainers with ease and come to Roark. His first two Pokemon, a Geodude and an Onix, go down after a single Razor Leaf attack. He next sends out a Cranidos which manages to put the hurt on Vines with a few headbutts. Sadly, none of the others are able to take the Cranidos on, so Vines is in the match for the long haul. It continually uses Headbutt, and I have to have Vines use Absorb in order to stay healed enough to stay in the fight. Already the sinking feeling of a repeat of Honey is crawling in my mind. However, just as fate took Honey from me, I am repaid with Vines surviving a critical hit at 6 health left, and one final attack that finishes Roark’s last Pokemon off.
My first Gym has been defeated, but already there has been a loss and still so far to go. A dark cloud follows me as I leave town and continue on my journey toward victory and glory.
But how much more will I lose on this quest?