I just ended my win streak at the Battle Factory(single, Level 50) with 51 wins Pokemon Heart Gold
. Lost battle 52:
Photo proof: http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/4950/1000254q.jpg
I saved two battle videos from the streak(my in-game name is Iocus so don't get confused)
The Gold print battle versus Thorton: 23-05957-98901
The 52nd battle which I lost: 56-38280-21231
I guess I'll start at battle 29 since that's when things start getting tough. My intial choices were relatively good and I made a team consisting of:
748 | Milotic | Calm | Wide Lens | Hydro Pump | Blizzard | Mirror Coat | Recover |
500 | Marowak | Adamant | Thick Club | Bone Rush | Fire Punch | ThunderPunch | Rock Slide |
697 | Ursaring | Adamant | Toxic Orb | Facade | Superpower | Crunch | Protect | (with guts)
The first battle(29) went well and featured my favorite Forretress with whom I replaced Ursaring.
372 | Forretress | Brave | Occa Berry | Gyro Ball | Bug Bite | Revenge | Counter |
So with Milotic, Marowak and Forretress I had a well balanced team that covered each other's weaknesses. With that battles 30-35 went rather smooth, I had some close calls, but all in all it went good. This was mostly due to Milotic attacks not missing a single time, so I was lucky too.
The battles 35-42 on the other hand were a nightmare. My initial choices featured no less than 4 Fire Pokemon, so I decided to take the one Fire Pokemon with the best movepool and the two other choices that weren't Fire type to build this team:
834 | Houndoom | Timid | White Herb | Overheat | Dark Pulse | SolarBeam | Sunny Day |
824 | Poliwrath | Adamant | Expert Belt | Waterfall | Focus Punch | Earthquake | Hypnosis |
649 | Vespiquen | Adamant | Muscle Band | X-Scissor | Aerial Ace | Pursuit | U-turn |
With this very shaky team, which has an obvious weakness to fast Electric types, I proceeded to have 4 battles which were extremely close calls, especially the one where my Houndoom battled Jolteon 589 and managed to get paralized and tank a Dig and still win it in the end. Anyway battle 4 of that round(39) featured a Gallade with whom I replaced my Vespiquen:
584 | Gallade | Jolly | Brightpowder | Drain Punch | Fire Punch | ThunderPunch | Ice Punch |
With Houndoom, Poliwrath, and Gallade I managed to win battles 40-42, though battle 42, in which I had a 3-1 lead only for Steelix 847 to go on a Quick Claw activation rampage with an EQ critical hit on my Poliwrath, was by far the closest call battle I had, before my eventual loss. Luckily Gallade's Drain Punch saved me at that point.
Now my initial choices prior to battle 43 were absolutely fantastic. So fantastic in fact, that I had trouble deciding who to pick. Eventually I went with:
880 | Gyarados | Adamant | Chesto Berry | Waterfall | Earthquake | Rest | Dragon Dance |
921 | Cresselia | Bold | Lum Berry | Psychic | Toxic | Double Team | Moonlight |
833 | Ursaring | Adamant | Quick Claw | Return | Cross Chop | Earthquake | Aerial Ace |
Cresselia absolutely dominated the first battle, and with a few Double Teams and Moonlights defeated the fantastic Garchomp 893, whom I quickly replaced Ursaring with. Since it covered not only Gyarados' Electric weakness but also covered for Steel types Cresselia couldn't poison:
893 | Garchomp | Adamant | Persim Berry | Outrage | Earthquake | Crunch | Fire Fang |
So with Gyarados, Cresslia and Garchomp the battles up till Thorton went like a breeze I only had one 2-0 victory, all the rest ended 3-0.
The battle versus Thorton is featured in the first battle video I posted, but I guess I'll comment on it, since it looks far easier than it was in my head.
Thorton opens with Weavile which gets Intimidated, it uses Night Slash while my Gyarados Dragon Dances, I figure the Weavile can't be number 712 since if it was, knowing Thorton, he would have used Counter on the first turn. So I use my math "skills" and come to the conclusion that my Gyarados now has a speed stat of 198 after one DD, so I figure I shouldn't DD again to not "risk" a critical hit from Night Slash or a freeze from Ice Punch since my Gyarados should outspeed any Factory Weavile, so I order Waterfall. Only that I'm an idiot who forgets to take IVs into account. Turns out Weavile still outspeeds my Gyarados and this time it hits with an Ice Punch, luckily no freeze nor critical hit happens and Gyarados takes out Weavile with Waterfall. Next, Thorton sends out Magnezone, I'm filled with glee as I order my Gyarados to EQ it. Magnezone goes down and out comes Aerodactyl. And now I'm pissed that I didn't set up a second Dragon Dance against Weavile, since if it is Aerodactyl 579, he could with some flinch hax on Cresselia still turn this battle around. Still I come to the conclusion that it's most likely an Adamant Aerodactyl since if it were Jolly, Thorton would have sent it out before Magnezone. So I order a Waterfall, and indeed Gyarados outspeeds the Aerodactyl and KOs it for a 3-0 win.
So now I finally have a Gold Print. I quickly upload the Battle video via Wi-Fi and decide to continue my streak, which in hindsight was a big mistake, since I was far too excited and tired to think clearly.
My choices prior to battle 50 were relatively average, neither bad nor good. I picked:
423 | Scizor | Impish | Brightpowder | X-Scissor | Bullet Punch | Swords Dance | Baton Pass |
531 | Golem | Adamant | White Herb | Earthquake | Superpower | Fire Punch | ThunderPunch |
730 | Glaceon | Modest | Focus Sash | Blizzard | Hyper Beam | Hail | Mirror Coat |
Battles 50 and 51 went rather easy and I didn't make any trades. I pondered taking Slaking 622, but decided against it, since I'm not very comfortable using Slaking and really dislike that Pokemon, in retrospect I probably should've made the trade.
Anyway battle 52 is posted as a Battle Video. It's pretty embarrasing to look at, but I guess I'll explain what happened since it'll just look awkward otherwise.
Opponent opens with Gengar. I figure that in 3 out of 4 cases setting up a Swords Dance is the right thing to do. Sadly it's the most dangerous Gengar 827, it Thunderbolts and brings my Scizor below 50%, after the SD, I order Bullet Punch on next turn, sadly Scizor has Swarm and not Technician so it only brings Gengar's HP bar to red, but doesn't kill it. Second Thunderbolt brings Scizor down. I send out Glaceon. I know that Gengar has Destiny Bond so I order Mirror Coat to be covered in case it uses Destiny Bond. And indeed it does, due to Mirror Coat it fails. I'm not sure how the AI behaves after the first Destiny Bond fails, so I order another Mirror Coat in case it switches to Shadow Ball or Sludge Bomb, it doesn't, and Gengar does another Destiny Bond. So now I'm sure it'll continue to use DB until it's PP goes out, so I order Hail to give Gengar indirect damage and to activate Snow Cloak. Gengar continues to use Destiny Bond till it's PP goes out, while I stick to Mirror Coat. The Hail does not take out Gengar before it's PP goes out, so once it can no longer use Destiny Bond it switches to Sludge Bomb, but misses due to to Snow Cloak, Hail takes it down right afterwards. Opponent sends out Claydol against my, still at full HP, Glaceon. Its Psychic hits and does quite a bit of damage, my Glaceon does Blizzard which due to Hail has 100% accuracy and takes out Claydol. In comes opponents last Pokemon, Glalie. Hail ends. I look at Snapper's Battle Frontier Pokemon Search, and order Hyper Beam... only that due to not looking at the screen I misclick and click on Mirror Coat(great moment nespa?). Glalie uses Hail, so it's Glalie 798, my Glaceon uses Mirror Coat and I throw curse words since I only now realize I have misclicked. This time I make sure to click Hyper Beam, but Glalie will have none of that as it uses Sheer Cold which hits. At this point I knew I had lost. I send out Golem which dies due to 100% accurate Blizzard. Thus my streak ends at 51 wins.
I guess I could complain about the "hax" of a Sheer Cold hitting on first try when Snow Cloak is active. But honestly, I totally deserved that loss for:
1. Not looking at the screen when picking an attack.
2. Not having taken a break after winning the Gold Print
3. Not having traded Golem for Slaking due to some dumb prejudice.
4. Having had a ridiciously powerful team in battles 42-49.
Besides I'm not doing damage calculations, when playing Factory so I'm not 100% sure if Hyper Beam would've take Glalie down(though I'm inclined to think it would), nor if it would've hit, since that particular Glalie holds Lax Incense.
So yeah, in spite of a dumb loss. I'm still very proud of this streak and of finally obtaining the hardest to obtain Gold Print in the history of Pokemon Games.