Pokémon Pearl: It was a long, boring evening without much to do. I grinded for quite some time before heading through Mt. Coronet, going to Snowpoint to take on its Gym. As I had spent all that time grinding, beating Candice was no problem. I then set off to Mt. Coronet to stop Team Galactic.
On my way up into the wilderness, I took my time. I took care to beat every Galactic Grunt, explored what I could of Mt. Coronet, both the caves inside and the exterior near the top. It took me a couple of hours to see everything and reach the top.
Then I beat Cyrus. Awed, I walked up to Palkia to battle. That awesome music. That majestic sprite. I had plenty of Ultra Balls ready. I just needed to weaken Palkia first. My Garchomp, head of my team, seemed to fit perfectly for the task.
Garchomp used Dragon Claw!
It's a critical hit!
Frustrated, I turned my DS off. Upon restarting, I found out that I had not saved. I was back at the grinding grass again, way before I set out to Snowpoint. My Pokémon were 13 levels lower than they had been after the Cyrus battle. Three and a half hours down the loo.
In SoulSilver, I also had a nasty experience at the Battle Factory. I was at the 48th battle, the one before the Factory Head, and my team consisted of Dragonite, Garchomp and Empoleon. I had plown my way through the opposing team, took her down to her last Pokémon, when I ran into this fellow:
- Double Team
It used those moves in that order. Garchomp never got off a single hit, but ended up poisoned and eventually fainted. My big mistake was switching into Dragonite next. It too got poisoned, and didn't land a single move. Frustrated, I sent in Empoleon, having learned the opponent's set and knowing it couldn't harm me.
I hit it a few times, doing squat all to damage it thanks to those massive boosted Defenses and Ingrain. Two of my ~50 attacks ever critted. Signal Beam brought its HP down to red twice, the second right after Cradily had recovered fully from the first.
Eventually, I was outstalled and it was down to Struggle for both of us. Empoleon went down, but Dragonite still lived with plenty of PP. Too bad Cradily was at +6 evasion, so I never hit. Its HP bar was barely visible, brought down to its last pixel after Strugge recoil when Dragonite succumbed to poison.
Now I understand why Smogon has banned evasion-raising moves.