This goes back to when I got Gold when I was like five. I chose totodile because he just looked awesome. I got to the E4 with little trouble, bar miltank and, for some odd reason, Claire's kingdra. I pretty much swept through the E4 with no trouble and finally made it to Lance. My team was actually pretty evenly balanced so I actually did something to Lance. He sent out his 3rd DNite and it just swept my team. I decided to go to route 26 and did 2 straight weeks of power leveling my Feraligatr, all the way to level 100 (my first). I went back, made it to Lance, and got swept...again. Deciding that Lance was impossible to beat, I erased my file and decided to search throughout the game to see if I missed anything within the story that would make Lance possible (I hated Ho-Oh, so that was pretty much out of the question). I didn't find anything, but I was in the Goldenrod Department Store for the mystery gift when I found the TM corner and Ice Punch. By now I had figured out that ice was strong against flying, and I knew DNite was part flying, so I figured I could finally win that stupid battle. I won with a level 47 Feraligatr and a few other pokes, but I had finally done it...and then Kanto. Yeah, really not a great couple of months for me. Took me 3 generations to start grinding again.