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#14. Mysterious Dessert Entities. Oh. What, those come later? Dang.

Music: Unova Route 4 (Winter)

Ah! A resort! I. . . guess Prof. Juniper could wait . . .

Responsible adult!

"The one thing I know? Holes."

Choro Notes: Dig has the user dig underground the first turn then strike on the second. While underground the user is immune to attacks. . . except for Earthquake, Magnitude and Fissure which hit even harder.

A story on the side of an interstate. I love it. <3

This must be the place!

Ah, yeah I've been having that problem too for a few months now . . .

My friend Bianca gets by! She's the cute one you know. I worry about my short smart friend sometimes though. . .

Well good luck you guy with a doomed kid!

Choro Notes: There is that little area outside of the gate that has almost the same encounterable monsters but at a much lower encounter rate. It can take 2-3 times as long to find a wild monster outside for some reason.

That. . . seems . . . like obvious disregard for your hippowdonic oath, doctor.

Oh. . . you sent out a. . . cell baby. Doctor this seems really dangerous for your cell baby.

. . .

Choro Notes: Doctors work the same way as nurses. After you beat the tar out of them they heal your monsters once you talk to them.

Haha! Why would I need medicine when you're right here? :D

Oof, it is really hard to see out here. . .

Choro Notes: Only one monster in the Unova dex evolves with the Fire Stone . . .

Oh! Was this yours? You don't wanna make a house in this little guy. It's full of primal fire-energy or something I've been led to believe!


When Dwebble finds a stone of a suitable size, it secretes a liquid from its mouth to open up a hole to crawl into. This liquid can easily melt holes in hard rocks. If that rock breaks, the Pokémon remains agitated until it locates a replacement.
Choro Notes: Despite being a crab, Dwebble is a bug-type! Not a Water-type! Dwebble have decent defense for a basic monster.
Zorak Notes: It's just like that song by the B-52s!
HulkaMatt Notes: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH these things are fucking awesome. Easily a favorite of mine from this gen. LIL' CUTE CRABS WITH A ROCK FOR A SHELL. WHATS NOT TO LIKE?

Nice. . . . eh?

Was it after the crab?!

Choro Notes: The only reason Whirlwind didn't eject us from battle is Audino's level: Roar and Whirlwind don't work on monsters that are a higher level than the user. Handy.


Sigilyph never vary the route they fly, because their memories of guarding an ancient city remain steadfast. They use their psychic power to attack enemies that invade their territory.
Choro Notes: Xatu will always be my psychic bird-thing of choice but Sigilyph are pretty cool looking. They repeatedly would show up and just kind of ruin my stuff. They have a fairly low catch rate so they can be annoying to actually capture. Their stats at this point in the game make them pretty nice to use though!
Zorak Notes: Sigilyph is inspired by the Nazca lines, as well as Native American Kachina dolls. He is a weird psychic bird thing.

Nice! There's even a neat skull-shaped rock beneath them!

. . . I might be lost.

At least there are items hidden beneath pretty much all of the sand. I could survive out here for days easily.

These must be the ruins!

Haha, It's funny I sort of expected this thing to attack me as I got close.

Oh! Ooh! I don't know a lot but isn't quicksand a phenomenon associated with moisture and very wet terrain like swamps and bogs?

". . . "

. . . gotcha.

I don't know, what sort of Pokémon is it? Because if it's something that just vibrates then it could just be for whatever!

Choro Notes: Let's show off Sigilyph!

Choro Notes: Light Screen halves the damage of special attacks for five turns. Reflect, does the same but for physical moves. Handy for the defensively minded!

. . . shit.

Alright then, physical moves!

Ok that's. . . a little better, yeah. Xanadu we should switch you out hon.

Choro Notes: This is a good example of Secret Power's effect changing: on sand the animation becomes more ground-based and has a chance of lowering the target's accuracy.



Nah, too bored.

Oh! Free fossil!

I like. . . this one!

It looks like a hat!


Choro Notes: If you fall down the quicksand, there's an Elixir hidden in the exact spot you fall.

Oh, whoa. Are these yours?

Choro Notes: Yamask's ability, Mummy, has a neat effect. If you physically hit something with Mummy, your ability gets replaced with Mummy. How scary!

Gotcha! Haha!

. . . ha. . .

. . . ha

. . .


Yamask arise from the spirits of people interred in graves in past ages. Each retains memories of its former life. Each of them carries a mask that used to be its face when it was human. Sometimes they look at it and cry.
Choro Notes: Yamask creep me out. They really do. Like I don't even have anything to say about them, they just weird me out.
HulkaMatt Notes: What the FUCK is with this things backstory? I didn't know what the hell this even was until 2 seconds ago. WHAT THE FUCK?

Huh! I wonder why! You seem like you're off to an important job with that get up!

. . . desert madness.

Choro Notes: Crush opponent with ROCKS. Might lower speed.

I really just wanna see the different ways you can beat things up Dig'em, that's really it.

Oh! Samba samba~!


Arid regions are their habitat. Maractus move rhythmically, making a sound similar to maracas. It uses an up-tempo song and dance to drive away the bird Pokémon that prey on its flower seeds.
Choro Notes: Look at it! They're little unremarkable cacti. I don't really know what to say. Hella cute though!
Zorak Notes: Hispanic Grass-types represent.
HulkaMatt Notes: Like my great grandfather always told me: a cute cuddly cactus is a dangerous thing.

Choro Notes: Imprison disables any moves the opponent have that Xanadu would have. You can really screw with some gym leaders if you know what you're doing but that's really about it.

Oh man, Oh man I gotta go get this looked at!

I remember!




This Pokémon was restored from a fossil. Tirtouga swam skillfully and dove to depths beyond half a mile. About 100 million years ago, these Pokémon swam in oceans. It is thought they also went on land to attack prey.
Choro Notes: Tirtouga has the same typings as both Omanyte and Kabuto, so it's very punchable. On the plus side it's hella tough!
Zorak Notes: Archelon was pretty cool and so is this dude. He has sturdy and that is good.
Hulka Notes: Look, if you don't like turtles you're a fucking punk.
Cows Go Moose named this

Oh, while I'm at it I can use that Fire Stone I found . . .

. . . why do I feel like I just did something absolutely terrible?


A flame burns inside Simisear's body. When it gets excited, embers rise from it and it gets hot. Simisear scatters these embers from its head and tail to sear its opponents. It loves sweets because they become energy for the fire burning inside its body.
Zorak Notes: Okay seriously Red, this thing is punchable as fuck.
Choro Notes: I know, I KNOW.
Hulka Notes: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . you are not . . . . Monferno. . .

I feel like I'm forgetting something.

Oh. Oh jeez.

Sorry boss

Pokémon, and I thought about you guys."



Keep on' Prof.in' y'all

to send us on a journey."

That's silly.
That's silly.

mom made a request to Professor Juniper."

Prank 'em good! Wait, no. I like having this freedom, never mind.

some Pokémon I haven't yet caught."
Hydrate! It's important! Also do NOT catch the things with the masks. I am serious. Don't. Just. Don't.

Ah he'll be fine.


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Hey let's look at what's in the lineup right now:


Lv. 25
Female Elgyem
Naughty Nature
Met at Lv.5 at Nuvema Town
Good Endurance
Item: Eviolite - A mysterious evolutionary lump. When held, it raises the Defense and Sp. Def of a Pokémon that can still evolve.
Ability: Telepathy - Anticipates an ally's attack and dodges it.


Psybeam - -
Power: 65 Accuracy: 100
The target is attacked by a peculiar ray. It may also cause confusion.

Headbutt - -
Power: 70 Accuracy: 100
The user sticks out its head and attacks by charging straight into the target. It may also make the target flinch.

Hidden Power - -
Power: 57 Accuracy: 100
A unique attack that varies in type and intensity depending on the Pokémon using it.

Miracle Eye - -
Power: -- Accuracy: --
Enables a Dark-type target to be hit by Psychic-type attacks. It also enables an evasive target to be hit.


Lv. 23
Male Audino
Relaxed Nature
Met at Lv.8 in the Dreamyard
Often scatters things.
Item: Scope Lens - A lens that boosts the holder's critical-hit ratio.
Ability: Healer - May heal an ally's status conditions.


DoubleSlap - -
Power: 15 Accuracy: 85
The target is slapped repeatedly, back and forth, two to five times in a row.

Secret Power - -
Power: 70 Accuracy: 100
The user attacks the target with a secret power. Its added effects vary depending on the user's environment

Attract - -
Power: -- Accuracy: 100
It if is the opposite gender of the user, the target becomes infatuated and less likely to attack.

Refresh - -
Power: -- Accuracy: --
The user rests to cure itself of a poisoning, burn, or paralysis.

Zsa Zsa

Lv. 23
Female Whirlipede
Sassy Nature
Met at Lv.15 in Pinwheel Forest
Somewhat Stubborn
Item: Quick Claw - A light, sharp claw that lets the bearer move first occasionally.
Ability: Poison Point - Contact with the Pokémon may poison the attacker.


Poison Tail - -
Power: 50 Accuracy: 100
The user hits the target with its tail. It may also poison the target. Critical hits land more easily.

Bug Bite - -
Power: 60 Accuracy: 100
The user bites the target. If the target is holding a Berry, the user eats it and gains its effect.

Screech - -
Power: -- Accuracy: 85
An earsplitting screech harshly reduces the target's Defense stat.

Protect - -
Power: -- Accuracy: --
It enables the user to evade all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.


Lv. 25
Male Sawk
Quirky Nature
Met at Lv.17 in Pinwheel Forest
Good endurance.
Item: Black Belt - It is a belt that boosts determination and Fighting-type moves.
Ability: Sturdy - It cannot be knocked out with one hit.


Counter - -
Power: -- Accuracy: 100
A retaliation move that counters any physical attack, inflicting double the damage taken.

Karate Chop - -
Power: 50 Accuracy: 100
The target is attacked with a sharp chop. Critical hits land more easily.

Double Kick - -
Power: 30 Accuracy: 100
The target is quickly kicked twice in succession using both feet.

Low Sweep - -
Power: 60 Accuracy: 100
The user attacks the target's legs swiftly, reducing the target's Speed stat.


Lv. 20
Female Maractus
Lonely Nature
Met at Lv.20 in the Desert Resort
Highly curious.
Item: Amulet Coin - It doubles a battle's prize money if the holding Pokémon joins in.
Ability: Water Absorb - Restores HP if hit by a Water-type move.


Pin Missile - -
Power: 14 Accuracy: 100
Sharp spikes are shot at the target in rapid succession. They hit two to five times in a row.

Mega Drain - -
Power: 40 Accuracy: 100
A nutrient-draining attack. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.

Synthesis - -
Power: -- Accuracy: --
The user restores its own HP. The amount of HP regained varies with the weather.

Cotton Spore - -
Power: -- Accuracy: 100
The user releases cotton-like spores that cling to the target, harshly reducing its Speed stat.


Lv. 25
Male Tirtouga
Careful Nature
Met at Lv.25 in Nacrene City
Highly curious.
Item: Mystic Water - It is a teardrop-shaped gem that ups the power of Water-type moves.
Ability: Solid Rock - Reduces damage from supereffective attacks.


Aqua Jet - -
Power: 40 Accuracy: 100
The user lunges at the target at a speed that makes it almost invisible. It is sure to strike first.

AncientPower - -
Power: 60 Accuracy: 100
The user attacks with a prehistoric power. It may also raise all the user's stats at once.

Crunch - -
Power: 80 Accuracy: 100
The user crunches up the target with sharp fangs. It may also lower the target's Defense stat.

Wide Guard - -
Power: -- Accuracy: --
The user and its allies are protected from wide-ranging attacks for one turn. If used in succession, its chances of failing rises.

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