Alright, I beat Falkner and am ready for my first update! Here goes! First, the main challenge can be found here:
Now onto the update!
So even before I begin I have a decision to make that will profoundly impact the next of my game. I'm not allowed to use any Pokemon that share the same weakness as the starter I chose, not for combat anyway. And I'm not allowed to chose Totodile who only have 2 easily avoided weaknesses either, noooo. I have to chose between Chikorita and Cyndaquil. It doesn't really take me long to decide though, as even though a lot of Pokemon are weak to Rock, Water and Ground, a lot more Pokemon are weaker to the 5 types Chikorita is weak to. So my choice made, I start the game.
I get my Cyndaquil, naming it Limit due to the effect it has on my game, pick up an egg and encounter a thief named Silver, but honestly, it's all pretty boring when you've done it several times before. More interesting is how one of my other challenges is making me think very carefully about my choices in the game. That challenge is the one that limits me to catching (not even using but catching!) only one Pokemon of each primary type, with Normal/flying types count as being a primary flying type as well as a primary normal type. This means I can catch a maximum of 16 Pokemon in the entire game to serve all my purposes, meaning I have to select which Pokemon I catch very, very carefully. Thankfully my earlier choice to use Cyndaquil narrows down some of these choices significantly, by virtue of making a whole slew of them completely unusable for battling.
So once I get my first Pokeballs, I keep them firmly tucked away in my bag until I get to Route 31, where I make my second decision on who to use on my team; a Bellsprout I name Bel to be my only Grass type. The reasoning for this is simple; it's the best grass type I have available that isn't weak to Rock... or at least the best one I can obtain before I get to Kanto, and seeing as my access to electric types is going to be limited due to them being weak to ground, I figured it would be a good investment.
The next Pokemon I chose was for... different reasons. I chose a Zubat from Dark Cave, which I can't actually use due to its weakness to rock. Because there are NO poison types that are usable with Cyndaquil, my choice only comes down to HMs. Most HMs are easily taken care of, but one is not... HM02 Fly. All the fly users in generation IV except for Mew are part flying type, and because of that almost all of them are weak to rock. Indeed only one Pokemon in Generation IV that can learn Fly that is not weak to either Water or Rock is Skarmory, who I can't get until right before the 8th gym badge, which is a little long to go without using Fly. However, I can always use a Pokemon that I can't battle with to be my fly slave, but then I lose access to that primary type since I can only have 1 of each primary type. Since Poison has absolutely no Pokemon that I can use anyway, I won't be wasting anything using Zubat as fly slave, and so that's why I got one. It'll be sleeping my my PC for a while though.
Oh I also named it "Howwwwwww?" because, how on EARTH does a tiny friggin' zubat carry a human being of any size?
ANYWAY! I make it to Violet city and venture around, finding nothing of interest really. No, what I'm interested in lies on Route 32: N
My third choice for a Pokemon to add to my team, Cleopatra the Mareep. I've always liked the Mareep line, and they make a very nice and very versatile in-game Pokemon, something I'll need with the limited number of Pokemon I'm allowed to use.
So after I finish collecting the nearby Pokemon I can use, I set up to take on Falkner by taking down all the trainers in the Bellsprout Tower, raising my Pokemon up to level 12 and 13 before I set out to the gym.
I have to make another choice here, since in order to evolve my Pokemon I need to solo gyms or my rival with them, and I only get so many opportunities to do so. I decide to solo it with Cleopatra for the easy solo, since I know I can use Limit to beat Bugsy later, while Bel isn't likely to succeed in such a solo at all. I don't expect much of a challenge
But...! Ah who am I kidding, Cleopatra totally obliterates Falkner and his trainers. It was no contest at all. So, that means Cleopatra can evolve at level 30 I suppose!
So, my Pokemon:
Pokemon in use
OH SHIT I SCREWED UP! Somehow I managed to forget that Mareep is weak to ground. Yeah don't ask me how that happened. False start #1...
Limit the lv 13 Cyndaquil
Bel the lv 12 Bellsprout
Cleopatra the lv 14 Mareep