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I finally got all my Wonder Trade Pokemon to level 10!

It took a little work given my old 3DS battery was a little cranky, but eventually we got there. During that time, “Penelope” actually evolved twice, into a Cascoon and then a Dustox. How ironic. That probably helps me a little more than a Beautifly would have…at least, I think. Though, admittedly, some of the weaknesses are still pretty pronounced (they could be much, much worse).

3 Fire Weaknesses and 3 Flying Weaknesses might be a recipe for disaster...
3 Fire Weaknesses and 3 Flying Weaknesses might be a recipe for disaster...

If you take a look at the final evolved forms (or at least, potential in the case of Nincada and Elekid), there are a lot of weaknesses to Fire and Flying. I do have more than enough electric types to compensate for that Flying weakness, but the Fire one is still a little concerning.

I used this site for team planning to check out my weaknesses. It’s useful for Gen VI and VII. I also noticed that I may potentially have no Mega. I have to check if Mega Manectric is limited to Hoenn. That may be a bit of a challenge in the future, but that’s by no means something that will end my game.

Regardless, once everyone was level 10 we all moved along towards Santalune forest.

Fun Fact: Santalune Forest is almost an exact replica of Viridian Forest in Pokemon RBY and FRLG.
Fun Fact: Santalune Forest is almost an exact replica of Viridian Forest in Pokemon RBY and FRLG.

The travel through the forest was not exactly difficult, as I did not feel obligated to catch any Pokemon, and Shauna, one of the trainers I had met earlier, healed my Pokemon whenever I requested it.

My Dustox plowed through most of the trainers, oddly. I never thought I’d say that about Penelope, but I guess when you have a fully evolved Pokemon against some other low level bug Pokemon it makes a bit of a difference.

Once we arrived in Santalune City (which is not much of a city, by the way), I poked around for people who might be giving away items (netting a Great Ball in the process) and purchased a new hat that I’ll probably wear later in the game. I also sold off some of the Pokeballs I had. I don’t feel I’m really going to be using them in this game; for the most part, unless I find something I can’t live without (i.e. a shiny Pokemon), I probably won’t be catching much.

Soon, I arrived at the Gym, but before I entered, I encountered a trainer who offered me a pair of roller skates if I could defeat her in a battle.

While they do speed you up until you get the bicycle, the hopping on and off of the roller skates if you switch between the joystick and the direction pad is a bit disconcerting.
While they do speed you up until you get the bicycle, the hopping on and off of the roller skates if you switch between the joystick and the direction pad is a bit disconcerting.

Afterwards, I healed up and headed straight for the Gym. Admittedly, Viola’s Gym has a neat design, boasting a spiderweb floor that does somewhat limit the directions you can travel in.

If you are like me, you end up walking in front of every single trainer…somewhat on purpose, for the experience, or because you get lost. Or, it’s possible the path is constructed that way so that you must encounter every single trainer if you’re heading to the Gym Leader and don’t turn back. Sometimes I don’t appreciate that. At least this wasn’t one of those incredibly long Routes where by the end you’re running out of items and your Pokemon are exhausted and you dodge a few trainers at the end to get to the Pokemon Center.

I didn’t bother to go back to the Pokemon Center before the Gym Leader…partially because I wasn’t sure if I could. That, and I had six Pokemon with me, many of which were healthy and ready to tackle a big fight. I only remembered one Pokemon that Viola had, and that was her Vivillon.

And, lucky me, she had a Surskit.
And, lucky me, she had a Surskit.

Elekid was not my first Pokemon out in the battle; the first was Azurill, and I was forced to swap because she wasn’t doing enough damage with her currently limited movepool.

Elekid did not have trouble with Surskit, given its water typing. However, the moment Vivillon came out, things started to become…troublesome.

Vivillon is fully evolved, and most of my Pokemon are not. After trying to whittle away at its health for some time, it managed to take out three of my Pokemon. This is not a Nuzlocke challenge, thank goodness. And I don’t really know what I was thinking, sending Skiddo out against a Vivillon. Hindsight is 20/20.

Eventually, I got a bit fed up and used my Electrike, which easily zapped away the last of Vivillon’s health. To my relief, that was the end of the battle, and my Pokemon and I had earned our first badge! I don’t know if this applies to Wonder Traded Pokemon (it probably does), but I won’t have to worry about level issues until level 30 now.

You know how useful that Exp. Share would have been a little while ago?
You know how useful that Exp. Share would have been a little while ago?

Before I headed to the edge of the next route, I was stopped by the Gym Leader’s sister, who noted my new badge and provided me with an Exp. Share.

Anyways, we saved there, to await another session. Next time, we’ll be exploring the next Route, to see whatever’s in store beyond Santalune!

See you, trainers!

-Astral

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