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I'm back with more from Wonder Trade! Sorry for the wait. I had to put together a few images. It took a little bit, but I eventually got a party suitable for my Wonder Trade Challenge needs.

The Wonder Trade process from which I got my current party, from start to finish.
The Wonder Trade process from which I got my current party, from start to finish.

Here is a picture of my Wonder Trade process. Most of the Pokemon required more than one trade due to the randomness. “Horibltrade” and “Nuclear Bomb”‘s names were in poor taste by their owners, and I probably should have taken them out of the pool now that I think back to it. Ah. Hindsight is 20/20.

But that Wurmple. That Wurmple. I feel like I’m sitting here with the “Amanda, Please” of Pokemon (I’m not sure how many of you will get that…old Nickelodeon joke). I cannot change its name so one day it will be a Dustox or a Beautifly, and every time it comes out of its Pokeball I will be screaming, “GRENINJA, PLS!” Like Penelope. By the Maker.

So, let us go over our new Pokemon, shall we?

Whoever you are, Robin, thank you for the Azurill! She shall be treasured.
Whoever you are, Robin, thank you for the Azurill! She shall be treasured.

The Azurill is from a French speaking country, or at least, is from a game or 3DS that registered with French as its language. I’m not sure exactly how that works. I was hoping for an Sap Sipper one, or Huge Power, but no such luck. But it’s not like Thick Fat is a bad ability. I haven’t used a fully evolved Azurill since Gen III, but it’s gained some interesting typing since then. Let’s see how it’s changed!

Next, we have Skiddo.

Thanks for the Skiddo, Hermione!
Thanks for the Skiddo, Hermione!

This Skiddo actually does have Sap Sipper, but its use on a Pokemon that is already grass type is somewhat limited. Ah, well. We can’t always get what we want. I’m not sure if I could have gotten Grass Pelt, Skiddo’s other ability, and I’m not sure what Grass Pelt does, anyways. It might be a Sun and Moon exclusive ability.

I can’t really comment on the stats of either Pokemon; they’re too low level to really accurately calculate the IVs, unless I took them into an editing program to look. But that would be cheating, and despite having Homebrew, at this point I don’t condone the practice of genning Pokemon.

But I’ve never used a Skiddo or Gogoat before. Guess I’ll see if I like it or not!

Then, we have the Electrike, which comes with Lightning Rod.

Ace, I have your Wonder Traded Electrike! Thanks for your (unwitting) donation to this Challenge!
Ace, I have your Wonder Traded Electrike! Thanks for your (unwitting) donation to this Challenge!

I think this will be a genuinely useful ability when Azurill evolves, at least in the rare double battle or if I should switch a Pokemon out expecting an Electric attack. Electrikes sometimes also come with Static, which is also useful (if not annoying), but I personally prefer Lightning Rod.

Next, is Nincada.

Lucy, thanks for the Nincada! And the dilemma!
Lucy, thanks for the Nincada! And the dilemma!

Nincada is unique in that if you have space in your party, and an extra Pokeball, it will evolve into two Pokemon; a Ninjask and a Shedinja. I’m unlikely to have the extra space unless we happen to be in a city and can deposit a Pokemon when Nincada gets to level 20 (I could always stop it from evolving). The Wonder Trade Challenge doesn’t have any specific rules regarding Nincada, so I could potentially use Shedinja instead of Ninjask. But Shedinja tends to be a hit or a miss with Wonder Guard. If a Pokemon has a status effect inflicting move or something super effective against Shedinja, it’s pretty much gone in one hit, unless you have a focus sash. Since we probably won’t have any of those lying around…Ninjask it is. If it ends up with Speed Boost, I could use Swords Dance, Protect and Baton Pass, maybe…

Next up is the Elekid.

Rieto, thanks for the Elekid!
Rieto, thanks for the Elekid!

He has Static as an ability, which is pretty ordinary. Since he’s level 1, someone was either breeding for competitive Pokemon and didn’t want the poor fellow, or was just passing out Pokemon to Wonder Trading newbies. Or maybe it was both. Whatever the case, he’ll probably take a little more grinding than everyone else to get him up to speed. Again, I definitely would have preferred a Hidden Ability, but those can be hard to come by, especially when people tend to Wonder Trade away Pokemon without them. Hey, beggars can’t be choosers.

His move set is a bit lacking at the moment, but that is to be expected of a level 1 Pokemon. I’m just glad he knows something and I won’t have to hard swap to another Pokemon for as long to train him. If I’m really lucky, I might get an Electivire, but it’s doubtful. Only if I can find an Electirizer before the end of my run, and I can trade with myself, will it happen.

Finally, we have…”Greninja★Pls.”

Well, Penelope will at least be trained here. Thanks for “Greninja★Pls,”Alpha Aqua!
Well, Penelope will at least be trained here. Thanks for “Greninja★Pls,”Alpha Aqua!

Why. Just why.

My dear Alpha Aqua, what possessed you to name your poor Wurmple, “Greninja★Pls?” Was it the same thing that possessed someone I know to name all my Pokemon things like “ZAP YOU!” (a Jolteon), “FEED ME” (a Snorlax) and “I KILL YOU” (A Moltres). Sure, it was memorable. But I’d prefer my Pokemon to have…nice names?

Regardless of what this Wurmple becomes, and what its true name is, I’m calling it “Penelope.” For those of you unfamiliar with the “Amanda Show,” which was on Nickelodeon when I was younger, the joke here is that Penelope will never meet Amanda. Why? Well, you can find that one out yourself.

“Penelope” is a regular old Wurmple with Shield Dust. I’m actually not even sure what Shield Dust does…maybe it blocks being burned by Fire Fang, for example?

Now that the team is assembled, I’m going to grind them all to level 10 at a minimum before I head to the next town. That way, they’ll all be a bit closer in level and I’ll feel a bit more prepared to tackle what’s ahead.

In the meantime, be well!

-Astral

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