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Join Date: Jul 2010
Good news everyone, I've beaten the Elite 4 on my Pokemon Diamond! So it's time to wrap up this challange with an update and then a breakdown of the whole thing >:D.
First off, the team. I'll post more in detail summaries later, this is just copy/pasting what I've been posting every one of my updates.
My Diamond Scramble Team
Twiggy the Turtwig
Due to being a famous singer she must be female. Twiggy also doesn't like getting wet, so she must run from any Water type pokemon. If Twiggy is hit with any form of water she gets extremely angry and must use her most powerful attack (factoring STAB and resistances/weaknesses) until the perpetrator DIES (or faints...whatever). May evolve after soloing a gym leader of your choice (COMPLETE: Roark), and again after soloing all of the lackeys of two other gyms of your choice (Eterna complete).
Boo the Gastly
It doesnt like to be seen, so it can only attack while a pokemon is asleep. If the pokemon is awake it can only use Night Shade.
It must have this these 3 moves:
The fourth move is your choice.
It can evolve into Haunter after it solos Fantina's Gengar, or reaches level 40 if incomplete.
It can evolve into Gengar after it solos Candice's Abomasnow and Volkner's Luxray, or reaches level 60 if incomplete.
Augustus the Carnivine
Augustus hates the fact that it floats above the ground, so it must use Ingrain the first turn it comes in every time. His only STAB is Solar Beam (from a TM ASAP), at least until it learns Power Whip. After that, he must replace Solar Beam. After he learns Power Whip, he must also solo every Grass-type you encounter to prove it's superiority.
Myopia the Girafarig
This Girafarig is has terrible eyesight, so it must use Odor Sleuth in order to attack a foe. (Girafarig learns Odor Sleuth at level 5)
After it learns Baton Pass at level 23, it loves BPing so much it can never switch out, only Baton Pass.
Ford the Slugma
Named after the only president who was never elected; you must never place him in the lead position. Note that you cán lead with him whenever a fainted pokemon occupies the first slot.
In an attempt to solve the Watergate scandal, the reason of his sudden appointment, he must solo 10 trainer owned water types to evolve into Magcargo. (COMPLETE! Thank you Magikarp >:D)
Because the Cold War was still going on he must learn a stat up move (Amnesia, Harden, Lightscreen, Substitute, Double Team.. etc). This is to keep up with the arms race that was going on at the time. But during his presidency there was also a certain relaxation in the political tension of the Cold War. To add to this 'détente' you must thaw any Ice Type you encounter with a super effective fire attack, to prevent the Cold War from escalating.
When he has evolved into Magcargo he still has an economic crisis to deal with. Solo Byron in an attempt to solve the prices of natural resources. You may use other team members to set up, but they must not attack. Should you fail, he must give up on one of his stab moves. (If he hasn't evolved at this point due to the water challenge you should solo any two trainers left to evolve)
Trollamus the Hippopotas
It likes summoning weather that no one else on its team likes, so it must be sent out first against every gym leader and E4 member not being soloed.
Anyway, last time I left off I had just obliterated Volkner. After that the trip to Victory Road was easy, but the Road itself was tedious and annoying, as Myopia and Augustus had a habit of fainting every time I tried to use them. More on that later though. Eventually I made it through and faced my Rival for the final time. This is the first time I had anything resembling difficulty with him, as he actually managed to faint Ford using Close Combat with his Heracross. Still, he wasn't that much trouble and sent him packing. After a bit of grinding, I finally went in to show the Elite Four who's really "elite" around these parts.
First off was Aaron, the Bug type specialist. Yeah, you already get the idea how this goes. Since I had to put Trollamus out first anyway he took down Dustox, and after that Ford Solo'd his entire team. Even his Heracross couldn't take it down... though that might have more to do with the stupid AI apparently not knowing type match-ups than actually being able to take a Close Combat. Anyway, by the time it DID decide to use it, I had already burned it and his Heracross carries Swarm instead of Guts (lol) so I completely walled him. Drapion similarly couldn't touch Ford.
After that it was on to Bertha, Ground type specialist. I had intended to swap to Augustus right away since she leads with Quaqsire, but a quick look on Bulbpedia showed me that it didn't carry any water type attacks, and was primarily intended to sandstorm stall. So, I just kept Trollamus in and EQ'd it to death. THEN I switched to Augustus, who proceeded to obliterate her whole team with Power Whip.
Next up was Flint, the supposed Fire type specialist with only two Fire types. Rapidash was easily taken down by Trollamus before it could do anything (it tried to use Solarbeam without putting up the sun first lol). Infernape came out after and met an equally swift end. Then came Lopunny. Oh boy, how this thing seems to pull bulk out of thin air. I started EQing it with Trollamus, who was Charmed to the point where he was running out of PP. So I switched to Twiggy, who ended up reaching the same end. This was possible because Flint kept tossing Full Restores around like they were candy at a parade. Eventually I decided to pull Boo out, who promply put it to sleep and devoured its sweet, sweet dreams. Drifblim was out next, and found itself getting sent off to dreamland as well, only it was nailed with Shadow Ball instead of having its dreams eaten. Finally out came Steelix, to whom I countered with Twiggy. Twiggy just fired off two Leaf Storms (one would've done it but I missed >.>) and put an end to the fight.
Lucian was up next and the first real challenge so far in the Elite 4. Mr. Mime fell quickly to Trollamus, but not before getting Reflect set up. Next came Medicham, so I switched to Boo. Boo put it to sleep and Shadow Ball'd it to death, and would've done to the same to Alakazam except the damn thing MISSED. it had used Energy Ball (why?) on Boo before and out-sped it, so I couldn't stay in with Boo and risk a Psychic to the face. I switched to Augustus, figuring it could KO it with Crunch or get something else a free switch in. For some reason it Recovering off tiny amounts of Sandstorm damage while Augustus got his roots down, but to my great disappointment Crunch did not OHKO and you better believe that Lucian had lots of Fell Restores. Eventually Augustus got KO'd and I was in a bind with who to switch to. I decided Twiggy, figuring an EQ should do it. I think that worked (I'm already forgetting durrrrr), and then Girafarig came out. For some reason I switched to Boo, forgetting that Shadow Ball doesn't touch it, and Dream eater did diddly squat. Of course it wakes up right after I tried it out just to see and OHKO's Boo with Shadow Ball. I swap Trollamus in and Crunch the hell out it, and finally out comes his Bronzong. I know from Bulbapedia it has EQ so I'm worried about switching Ford in but I do it anyway, figuring that Bronzong isn't exactly a powerhouse and Ford has great Defense. So in Ford goes, and Bronzong proceeds to use everything except EQ. Eventually I burn it, but it gets into the red so of course another Full Restore pops out. I luck out and burn it again on the next attack, which is a damn good thing because it finally decides to EQ and even burned it takes out over half Fords health. I stall it a bit using Recover until it gets within KO range then finish the fight.
Finally comes the Champion, and my all-time favorite Pokemon character, Cynthia. Hoo boy, did I know this was going to be tough, and I wasn't wrong. First off was Spiritomb, which took a few hits from Trollamus to take down but didn't do much in return. She swaps to Milotic after this, and despite knowing it carries Ice Beam I switch to Augustus anyway since I don't really have anything else to take it out with. I manage to get in the Ingrain on a Surf and notice 2 things. One, that the damn thing is faster than Augustus and two, that surf did 1/3 of his health and it was goddamn resisted. Fully expecting to get KO'd by an Ice Beam, I go for the Power Whip anyway and lo and behold, the dumbass uses AQUA RING instead of Ice Beam. Que OHKO. But this is when shit really got serious, because next up she brought out Garchomp. Cynthia's Garchomp is bad enough normally but let's not forget that I was forced by Trollamus to set up Sandstorm at the start of the match, so Sand Veil would be in action too. Not wanting to risk Hypnosis missing with Boo despite the fact she's immune to 3 of its attacks, I switch to Twiggy instead. I start out with Leaf Storm hoping to do massive damage, and land a crit! And it still fails to KO! Sitrus berry kicks in, putting it in the yellow, so I'm thinking that I have an opportunity to KO with EQ without her using Full Restore. I'm nearly crushed when it only puts in in the red. So of course, Full Restore gets applied to it and I even miss the EQ on the turn she uses it. Eventually Twiggy falls to Dragon Rush, and I send Boo out hoping to god that I outspeed and that Hypnosis doesn't miss. Unfortunately I don't outspeed. Thankfully Dragon Rush has crappy accuracy, and thankfully Hypnosis decided to hit once when it counted. So I proceed to Shadow Ball the land shark, looking at a shaky 3HKO. Of course wouldn't you know it, the damn thing wakes up on the final turn and KO's with Dragon Rush. I swap to Myopia now, basically just leaving him as death fodder while I revive my other pokemon. I first revive Boo and switch to her, but am KO'd on the switch by Dragon Rush to my immense annoyance. Back to Myopia, I revive Twiggy, and Myopia is KO'd. Twiggy finally manages to KO the damn thing, and is put up against her Lucario. I go for the Earthquake but am KO'd by Aura Sphere before Twiggy can move. So I switch to Trollamus, who KO's with Earthquake after tanking a Psychic. Roserade comes out next so I send out Ford for one last tango. After tossing up another Light Screen, Ford easily defeats her, but next comes face to face with Gastrodon. Obviously not standing a chance, I switch to the only Pokemon I have left capable of standing a chance against it; Augustus. I'm terrified that he'll get KO'd with Sludge Bomb before he can land the kill, but I have no choice. Much to my relief, the Sludge Bomb never comes and despite missing with Power Whip once Augustus still manages to take Gastrodon down and win the battle.
All in all, I can't remember the last time I used so many max revives in one battle. I think I used 3 that match... geeze. I feel like a cheat for that, but unless I were to grind up several more levels it's not like I had much choice.
Well now, for a break down of my team and eventually the reveal of the MVP and LVP! All Pokemon are shown with the levels/moves they had after defeating Cynthia.
Trollamus (Hippowodon), Level 59
- Ice Fang
Trollamus was one of my most trusty and useful members, at least after he evolved and got access to the fang attacks for coverage. Even before then he was pretty useful. Having no restrictions of his own, he was one of the only Pokemon on my team I could shape to my will. He could take most hits and hit back hard enough to KO. However, anything packing special water or grass attacks sent him packing and his low speed left him vulnerable at times. Hell, having his Sandstorm actually helped my team more often than it hurt it, especially with Ford, turning him into one hell of a tank. Only time it really bothered me was back when Augustus still had Solarbeam, meaning I had to run Sunny day on him. Overall though, Trollamus was a great asset to my team.
Ford (Magcargo), Level 60
- Light Screen
- Lava Plume
- Ancient Power
Ah Ford, what an interesting teammate you made. I traded him over to my game right from the start... but did so at lv 1. Apparently, I was under the impression you couldn't trade eggs. As a guy who's been playing Pokemon since it first came to North America, I'm pretty embarrassed about that. As you can imagine, this lead to a lot of difficulty at the start as Ford was usually over-leveled and disobedient. Despite this, even then he managed to be useful by nature of Flame Body, which frequently allowed him to defeat opponents while never getting off an attack. After the 4th gym was beaten he finally stopped being disobedient for good, and after he evolved man did he begin to shine. I had been using him in a defensive role already thanks to Recover, Light Screen and Flame Body, and now that he gained much better defenses and actually did what I told him, he was even more adept at that role. The only issue was those itty bitty 4x weaknesses to both ground and water, along with normal weaknesses to fighting and rock. Those held him back a bit, but usually anything not carrying a water or ground type move was obliterated by him, and he proved to be a very useful Pokemon at virtually all gyms and elite four members, in large part due to the incredible defenses he acquires in Sandstorm behind a Light Screen. Ford might've been trouble at the start, but sticking with him paid off in spades. Not bad for a Pokemon that's so bad competitively it's downright laughable.
Mypoia (Girafarig), Level 58
- Odor Sleuth
- Baton Pass
Oh Myopia, what you could have been. If only you weren't forced to use Odor Sleuth on every single Pokemon you wanted to attack. It seemed like such a small restriction, but did it turn into one hell of a pain in the ass. Coupled with his poor defenses, it meant that Myopia never could stay out long and was useless as a Psychic type attacker in any important fight. Instead, I used his ability to Baton Pass Agility to my largely slow team. That helped a fair bit in several gym battles, but towards the end even that roll became less useful. Still, he did what he could and got me through a few key points that would've been nigh-impossible otherwise.
Boo (Gengar), Level 58
- Dream Eater
- Shadow Ball
- Night Shade
Boo here is a girl full of tricks. Right from the start she surprised me with her usefulness. Despite only being able to use Night Shade since I couldn't get Hypnosis until I got to Pastoria city and was able to re-learn it, she still managed to be a key member of my team. Her lack of bulk wasn't as big a deal as I expected, and Night Shade's ability to hit through resistances proved very useful back when my team consisted of only her, Ford and Twiggy. The real treat came after she finally gained access to Hypnosis though. I had never really appreciated what a deadly combo Hypnosis/Dream Eater is when your opponent never switches until now, and Boo's speed allowed me to make great use of it. Each time she evolved she got even more useful, able to take greater hits and outspeed more threats. The only real issue was Hypnosis' shaky 70% accuracy, which would sometimes let me down at key moments and lead to Boo getting her pretty little ass whupped. Despite that though she managed to remain a prime contender for MVP from start to finish.
Augustus (Carnivine), Level 59
- Ingrain (uhg)
- Power Whip
Augustus is another member of my team held back by a combination of having to set up something next to useless when first entering battle, and having terrible defenses with which to go about it. Because of that, Augustus was the source of no end of frustration for me, always getting status'd or half-ko'd the turn he set up Ingrain. At least Ingrain countered out Sandstorm damage and healed him up a bit. Not as bad as Odor Sleuth. Still, it was even more frustrating than Myopia because I NEEDED Augustus for so many things. He was my only answer to bulky water types thanks to Twiggy's restrictions, and getting confused by Water Pulse every time he used Ingrain caused no end of grief. It was even worse before he learned Power Whip as he was forced to use Power Whip for his STAB. Combined with the fact Sandstorm is often active when I'm playing thanks to Trollamus, I NEEDED Sunny Day to get any use of the one thing I HAD to use to make him useful. The good news was that after he set up Ingrain and Sunny Day (and often had an Agility BP'd to him), he could easily sweep most teams. The bad news was setting that up was a massive fucking pain that frequently went wrong. Despite all this, I still could not have succeeded without him and he proved incredibly valuable against the Elite Four and Cynthia. For that, he has my thanks.
Twiggy (Torterra), Level 58
- Rock Climb
- Giga Drain
- Leaf Storm
And of course, my starter, Twiggy. Who was supposed to be a she but I totally forgot until after the 1st gym and I was all like "screw it, not restarting". Anyway, he was there from the very start to the very end, and was a force all along the way. In the begining in particular he was invaluable, the clear MVP all the way through the first few gyms. But as my team started to come into its own, his role began to diminish. Trollamus generally functioned better as a ground type attacker and defender, while Twiggy's thrice damned water type restriction meant the his Grass type moves saw little use except whatever draining move he currently had for healing. On top of that I was forced to replace Crunch with the inferior Rock Climb just so I didn't have to lug around 3 HM slaves. Despite becoming somewhat overshadowed, Twiggy never stopped being useful and was always a reliable plan B whenever plan A failed.
Alright, and now for the moment you've all been waiting for the MV- oh wait, that's right. Still gotta to LVP. Well guess you'll just have to wait a moment :P
Ok, now for the REAL MVP! This wasn't easy to choose, as everyone but Augustus and Myopia were real contenders, but eventually I narrowed it down tooooooo...!
Alright everyone, that about wraps it up! I might continue to do the post-league stuff on this Daimond file, but I'm not sure I'll stick to the restrictions through it anymore lol. Instead I think I'll be starting a new Scramble soon, but first I got to decide which game to do it on :P. I'll let you know when I'm ready for the next one, so stay tuned!