when you imagine Pokemon dying in battle, it gives you a kind of darker out look of the games. Oh well, here's my current team: Amber(Combusken) - Lvl 17 - Naive - route 101 Bugsy(Nincada) - lvl 9 - Mild - route 116 Sky(Taillow) - lvl 11 - Lax - petalburg woods Aqua(Marill) - lvl 4 - Naive - Route 104 Dead: Darkly(Poochyena) - lvl 5 - Modest - route 103 and here's a stylized story of my gym battle with roxanne where I hax her nosepass bad ------------ I stood in front of the Rustboro Gym with a churning stomach. With Bugsy and Sky being my only Pokemon other than Amber, it was up to her to beat Roxanne. I looked at her Poke Ball. I knew that if she died in battle, my chances of success on this journey will drop greatly. However, I marched on in through the automatic doors. I previously fought the Gym trainers for EXP for Amber, leading her to evolve into Combusken. But Roxanne is much tougher. I walked through the pathetic excuse for a maze that was her Gym, and then I saw her. Red stockings, brown hair, red bow... she didn't look like the person you would expect to be a Gym Leader. But she is, and now it is time to battle. She looks at me approaching. "Hello, I am Roxanne, the Rustboro Pokémon Gym Leader. I became a Gym Leader so that I might apply what I learned at the Pokémon Trainer's School in battle. Would you kindly demonstrate how you battle, and with which Pokémon?" she says with a small smile. I pull out my Poke Ball, and the battle begins. "Go Amber!" I yell as I send out Combusken. "Let's get rolling, Geodude!" I look at the rocky Pokemon. Amber fought them before with Ember, and won everytime. But now she has an even better move. "Amber, start off with Focus Energy!" I'm taking a risk here, but I'm hoping a lucky critical might be able to win me the match. "Huh, not attacking right away? Your mistake! Rock Tomb!" she commands. The Geodude grabs four stones from the ground and hurls them at Amber. Amber loses around half of her health and her Speed is lowered! I hope she is still faster.... "Amber use Double Kick!" I yell. Luckily, Amber is still faster! She rushes forward and jumps into the air. Her left talon comes slamming down on Geodude's face, then again with her right talon. Geodude's rocky outer body cracks as he crumbles into dust. It's a brutal game we play, where the prize is EXP and money, and the punishment is death. I already lost a Poochyena named Darkly in battle, and it hurt hard. This game is gamble that Roxanne and I took when we started this battle. I look at the pile of dust that was Geodude and shiver. What have I done? "Hm, Geodude, return," she says. She pulls out another Poke Ball. "Go Geodude!" Another Geodude comes out, and realizes that its comrad must have suffered the cruel fate. It gets an angry glare in its eyes and gives a mighty roar. However, this doesn't intimidate Amber the slightest. She's a tough one, if not Naive. "Amber, Double Kick again!" Geodude braces himself for the attack, covering his face with his fists. However, Amber instead does a sliding kick first, sending Geodude up into the air. Then using her arms to push herself into the air as well, she delivers a kick right out of a somersault. The Geodude hurdles to the ground and shatters. A smile forms on my face from seeing my Combusken's battle style. I know that Pokemon die in battle, but they seem to have so much fun fighting, I can see why they take the risk. Although, it still stings a little everytime you see one die. "Geodude, get back and rest in peace," Roxanne says solemnly. She pulls out a final Poke Ball. "Go Nosepass!" The Compass Pokemon comes on out and... does nothing. It just stands there. This Nosepass must have fought many times, and won each time. It knows the way of battle, and nothing looks like it would surprise it. Maybe we can change that. "Amber, use Double Kick and end this!" Amber runs forward, and suddenly sees something. She looks at the bright red nose and realizes that must be its weak point! She lands one kick directly on the nose. The Nosepass howls in pain from the critical hit, but still stands. Amber flips back into the air and starts spinning, and hits Nosepass' nose once more with a spiral Double Kick. The Nosepass shrieks as the nose falls apart. Without its nose, it loses control of its magnetic powers. It spins rapidly and lifts into air, and explodes into a shower of dust. Amber does a victory pose as we win the match. "Nosepass, no!" Roxanne cries. I look at her and is surprised to see tears in her eyes. That Nosepass must of meant a lot to her. She looks at me at first with a glare, but covers it up with an almost happy facade. "So... I lost... It seems that I still have much more to learn... I understand. The Pokémon League's rules state that Trainers are to be given this if they defeat a Gym Leader. Please accept the official Pokémon League Stone Badge." I take the Stone Badge and TM Rock Tomb with pleasure, and wave to her as I leave. She doesn't wave back.