Actually, I'm currently rocking Torchic and Wingull alone, both at level 20 after the second gym. Besides the Manectric factor, I could probably take on the next gym with just what I have based on their levels alone. I'll probably catch an Oddish just for status hacks, similar to Effect Spore Shroomish.
Hey, Espeon, I need a little help. Currently just beat the first gym, team is Torchic lvl 16, Wingull lvl 10, and a useless Shroomish lvl 5. Should I train Wingull? Or dump it and power through with Torchic?