Here is Chapter 8 of my Scramble and sorry for the long delay but finding time to do it was a bit tough. I'm hopeful to pick up the pace. Anyway, it covers the entire Ecruteak Gym part of the game.
After I defeated Whitney, I try to leave Goldenrod via Route 35 but I force to stop at the Flower Shop next to the Gym. The person at the flower shop was telling me about a living tree on Route 36 that doesn’t like water and tasked me to use this Squirtbottle on the tree. Once again I’m the bitch errand boy for everyone in Johto but at least it’s a chick asking me instead of a guy. I finally left Goldenrod City and the guard at the gate wanted me to deliver a letter to a guy on Route 31 who would give me a TM if I deliver it. I accepted the request and gave me a Spearow with a letter.
Route 35 had a gauntlet of trainers on it who immediately challenge you once you’re within eye contact of them. I use Quote to deal with 4 of the trainers by himself and almost defeated a 5th one but its health went into the red and Batman saved the day. Also Stubborn and Dratini was used as a team to deal with a couple of the trainers. After clearing out the trainers on Route 35, I entered the gate and discover that the Pokeathlon Stadium was nearby and decided to check it out. A crazy old man named Magnus with a Poliwrath was in front of the area and saying that my Pokemon has great potential to compete. After learning that the Pokeathlon doesn’t involve battling, I was bored and decided to leave for the Natural Park.
Natural Park had a few trainers along with patches of grass with a fountain in the middle that shaped like a Pokeball. I was talking to one the guards at the gate of Natural Park which he mention about a Bug-Catching Contest which Depressed seem to be interested with the third place prize of a Sirtus Berry. I wouldn’t normally do it but Depressed really wanted that Berry but it was a Wednesday and the Contest wasn’t happening on that day. So I continued on to Route 36 where Stubborn and Dratini dealt with the trainers there. Then I walked up to the tree thing and spray it with the Squirtbottle. It wasn’t a tree at all but a Sudowoodo, a Pokemon that wasn’t a grass type but rock instead. After defeating it, Stubborn evolved to a Gyarados which the legend of Magikarp evolving into the powerful Gyarados was true after.
After defeating the Sudowoodo, the flower girl from Goldenrod appeared and gave me Berry Pots for defeating the Sudowoodo along with some berries. These pots might come in handy once I get that Sitrus Berry from the Bug-Catching Contest. Afterwards, I was able to get to Route 31 pretty quickly and deliver the Spearow to the guy. He gave me the Rest TM so my Pokemon can possibly sleep in battle. I continued my journey to Ecruteak City which I encountered some more trainers on Route 37. I had Quote solo 2 more trainers along with Stubborn and Dratini defeated a double trainer battle.
After spending a day in Ecruteak City, I went back to National Park to do the Bug-Catching Contest. It was rather hard to get third place on purpose and after a few tries, I managed to get a quality Paras that was good enough for third place. Depressed was rather happy with me getting the Sitrus Berry but for now, I decided to use a Berry Pot to grow more of them in case Depressed uses the Sitrus Berry in combat and didn’t have more. Depressed seem sad that he couldn’t get the berry right away but it was a necessary evil. I went back to Ecruteak and a guy gave me a Dowsing Machine to find random items hidden in the ground. I heard the one in Unova had much better functionality and worked better.
I visited the Kimono Dance Theater and see that a Team Rocket grunt was harassing a Kimono Girl and immediately defeated the Rocket grunt. An old man in the audience was impressed by my efforts and gave me the Surf HM. I like beating up on Rocket grunts and people give me free stuff for it, not bad at all. I couldn’t challenge the Gym since the Gym Leader was at some burned up tower. I went there and talk with both the Gym leader, Morty and his friend, Eusine. They told me about the legend of the three beasts who served the legendary rainbow bird, Ho-Oh. I could see the legendary beasts from the giant hole to the basement. Eusine suggested that I should see them up close and pointed to the ladder. Before I climbed down the ladder, the jerk Soul was here as well and decided to fight me as usual.
I sent out Dratini as my lead and he sent out Gastly. I easily defeated it with Dragon Rage but it was immediately defeated by Croconaw’s Ice Fang. So I sent out Joey and a couple Hyper Fangs later, Croconaw was KO. Joey was able to defeat his Zubat and Magnemite as well and Soul was defeated once again. So someone who keeps bragging about strength and calls me weak, he keeps getting defeated by me often. After trouncing Soul’s sorry excuse of an existence, I climbed down the latter and saw the three legendary beasts before they ran off. Before Suicune ran off, it looked at me with a bit of awe. Eusine seem rather annoyed that Suicune looked at me with awe since he’s been chasing it for ten years now. I get a bad vibe from Eusine for some reason but I don’t want another guy like Soul hating me as well.
I left the Burned Tower and was able to challenge the gym since Morty has returned from the Burned Tower to do his gym leader duties. I used Joey’s new move, Crunch to take care of Morty’s trainers before having Batman deal with Morty. Unlike other battles in the past, I had trouble defeating Morty with just Batman. After some training with Batman, I once again challenged Morty with Batman. I managed to have Batman to resist the urge to use Leech Life as its move and convinced it to wait to the last Pokemon. It easily defeated Gastly with a Bite attack along with a Haunter which previously could survive a Bite attack. I couldn’t afford to have these ghosts to use Curse and trapping Batman with Mean look. His third Pokemon was his ace, Gengar which was faster than Batman. There was no way initially that Batman could survive two Shadow Ball attacks especially with its ability to lower his Special Defense. This time, Batman could survive in theory three Shadow Ball attacks but there might be a problem since Gengar healed its HP with a Sitrus Berry. Luckily for me, Gengar used Mean Look while Batman crit on the Bite attack so Morty couldn’t use a Hyper Potion to heal it. Morty’s last Pokemon was a Haunter which Batman used Leech Life while it used Curse. It made it easier to defeat Haunter when Batman defeated it with a Bite attack.
After Batman kept rejecting his evolution since I guessed it wanted to defeat a Gym Leader by itself, it finally evolves into a Golbat. Morty gave me the Fog Badge for defeating him and able to use Surf outside of battle along with the Shadow Ball TM. He suggested using the Surf HM to travel to Olivine City for the next Gym. I leave Morty’s creepy gym and prepare to go to Olivine City.
Quote the Level 21 Gentle Male Quilava - Jiimera0
Current BP Limit: 130 (+15 from soloing 6 trainers)
Opinion: Quote managed to get a slight increase in his BP limit when it defeated 6 trainers by itself. I find it interesting that its current XP total is 6666. It also learned Flame Wheel as well but even though it's more powerful than Ember, it's physical and Quote has a better Special Attack than Attack stat.
Quick Attack (40 BP)
Cut (50 BP)
Flame Wheel (90 BP)
Ember (60 BP)
Joey the Level 27 Rash Male Raticate - Recec
Rattatas solo: 20/20
Opinion: I mostly used Joey to allow Batman to stay at Level 22 since the other four reached Level 21 and Joey was the only one who could continue to gain levels while everyone was stuck. I replaced Sucker Punch with Crunch since it needed a better Dark move to take care of Ghost types. It did a good job with cleaning up Morty's trainers.
Batman the Level 26 Mild Male Golbat - Present
Ability: Inner Focus
Item: Shell Bell
Opinion: Trying to defeat Morty at Level 22 was too much for Batman and was forced to abandon my ideal of evolving Batman at Level 23. So I had to train to Level 25 to finally solo Morty completely. It has its final evolution now and should be able to outspeed most Pokemon now.
Wing Attack (usable due to soloing Proton)
Depressed the Level 21 Male Lax Dunsparce - inanimate_blob
Ability: Serene Grace
Item: Sitrus Berry
Opinion: After doing so much in the last chapter, it didn't get much action except for gaining a level. Now I have a Sitrus Berry, it will be harder to make sure that it doesn't eat the berry. Too bad I can't constantly encountered Pokemon with Unnerve.
Stubborn the Level 21 Brave Female Gyarados - King Serperior
Opinion: Training Stubborn will be much easier now since it has become a Gyarados but its level up moves aren't much at the moment. It doesn't get a STAB move until Level 35 with Aqua Tail. It's going to be tough for sure.
Dratini from the Game Corner the Level 21 Jolly Male Dratini - Organization Member XIV
Ability: Shed Skin
Opinion: Dratini is still doing its combo of Dragon Rage and Twister. I began to get ready for the next part of Dratini's restrictions with learning Slam. I probably have Surf on it since I will need it for the next chapter.
Thunder Wave (unusable)
Next chapter will be going to Olivine City and eventually challenge the Cianwood Gym with Quote for a decent increase in BP.
Previous chapters are in my OP for the Scramble in the sig link below.