Basically I've just spent the last two days grinding inbetween whatever else I've been up to at work. It's been long and it's been hard because I only seem to get phone calls from Ralph the fisher talking about his Goldeen, never any rematches. In the end I found that I could grind Wannabe
just before Ice Path against Weepinbell, Tangela and Bellsprout fairly effectively and Sunshine
and Bottoms Up
just south of Blackthorn City against all the Graveler. During this grinding stint ...
finally evolved! And she got her secondary evolution count up pretty high as well. Nothing of note happens between Mahogany Town and Blackthorn City really - Ice Path is easy and dull. Oh, I had to evolve my HM Rattata so I had something with Strength. That happened.
Onto the battle with Clair then! The fact that she sends out Gyarados first is immediately a hindrance as Fang
potentially has to sit there with the attack drop for the rest of the battle. That in mind, I bought an X Attack and plenty of Hyper Potions. It took many a Poison Fang to take her pokémon down, and I took Thunder Wave twice from each Dragonair. I was quite impressed with how well Fang
was tanking the hits, including Dragon Pulse and Hydro Pump from her Kingdra. I was lucky and poisoned Gyarados and Kingdra, which always confuses AI players and prevents them from using their items properly: she never used her healing potion on Kingdra, and let it die to poison after a few hits.
So yeah soloed Clair with Fang
and now she can learn another move but I'm not sure what to give her! Suggestions?
Here's the team:
Level 40, Lonely @ Everstone
Still at the bottom of a pile that hasn't changed much due to the fact that all anyone but Fang
has done is beat pokémon that their moves are supereffective against. So yeah, well done Bayleef, you can knock level 23 Gravelers out with Magical Leaf. Shame you still can't OHKO a level 22 Gligar. She switched into a few things while grinding and did her job as a buffer, and that's how she managed to evolve and do the poisonpowder thing.
Switch in and win count 15/15
Defeat with poison only count 8/10
Level 44, Bold
Keen Eye @ Quick Claw
Her moveset has vastly improved. I realised I could get Rest from the guy you deliver Spearow to, but we're still waiting till level 57 for her to get Dream Eater and complete her challenge moveset. That'll probably happen somewhee in Kanto. She was good at OKHOing Tangela, Weepinbell and Bellsprout.
Level 43, Careful @ Miracle Seed
Her moveset is starting to take shape. Sunny Day was a hassle when she was grinding as it took longer to get her up to level 43 than the others, due to the drop in HP from Solar Power, but it doesn't matter much. It has great synergy with SolarBeam, obviously. Petal Dance is there as filler, dunno if I'll replace it. She's fallen one place but that's only because I could hardly deny Fang
third place after soloing Clair.
Level 45, Hasty
Poison Fang is brilliant on her, with toxic poison as a side effect and her speed. This move put Clair on her knees, baffling her as she forgot how to use items. Was good against her, and now I need to think of a move to repalce Leech Life. I'd honestly rather keep Fly as an unusable move than keep Leech Life as a usable one.
Level 43, Jolly
Not sure if she'll start to struggle soon or not. U-Turn is 70BP, which is annoying: for some reason I had it in my mind that it was 60 and that she'd be able to use it but I suppose that would be overpowered on Technician variants. Maybe there's a move out there that's eluding me, but I don't think so. She should be able to solo Koga. She's fast, has a good attack stat and is surprisingly versatile despite the Flying/Normal/Dark coverage being poor.
Level 44, Bold
I'm hoping to flip heads when she tries to learn Power Gem. If that happens she'll be my MVP the whole way through the run. Nice defences and special walls don't really exist in-game. Recover and Aqua Ring work well to keep her in the game.
Off to the Elite Four!