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#52. A Challenging Cave

Yech, rainy day.

We got smoothies while we were in town. What about you and yours?

Ah, good, good.

such a blast that I'd make an exception."
Ah! Really! I'll keep that in mind!

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One of those idiots wouldn't be hiding in here of all places, would they?

. . .

. . .

. . . AHA!

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Music: Champion Alder

Oh, the bell.

. . .

all lives have an end, as well . . . "

remains unchanged forever."

Ha ha! Yeah . . .

and now I've met all of you."
Huh, so have I, haven't I?


. . .

Via con las vegas, Bobby Joe.

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It's so dreary. I gotta shake this gloom!

There's gotta be some sort of weir—

. . . dragon.


It is called a Mirage Pokémon because so few have seen it. Dratini was long considered a mythical Pokémon until recently, when small colonies were found living underwater. The capture of the first Dratini, inspired the search for other legendary Pokémon. It is a large Pokémon to begin with, even the young can exceed 6.5 feet in length. Dratini continually molts and sloughs off its old skin beneath waterfalls. It does so because the life energy within its body steadily builds to reach uncontrollable levels.
Choro Notes: Dratini, still fucking cute. Still fucking huge.
Zorak Notes: I want you to now imagine what Linguini a la Dratini would taste like. Mmm.
Hulka Notes: Lil' babby dragon swimmin' thru Safari Zone, takin' forever to level I'm gonna bop em on the head (with rare candies)

Choro Notes: Last Resort is a powerful normal-type move that can only be used when all other moves the user has have been used once in the battle. It's kind of neat, but Hansel doesn't really need it. His powerful leg drops and suplexes are enough.

Choro Notes: Also hey I didn't come over here at all! Embargo is a dark-type move that makes it so the target can't use items for a few turns. It's. uh. Honestly a shit move.

catching them, and overtaking them!"

Haha, alright!

. . . . I'm purty ordinary. I'm not weird or nothin.

Choro Notes: Cotton Guard raises the user's Defense stat by *three* stages. That's pretty cool! But, Shakes is doing fine with her holistic medicine so.



Dragonair stores an enormous amount of energy inside its body. It is said to alter weather conditions in its vicinity by discharging energy from the crystals on its neck and tail. When it does this, its color lightens and it takes on an aura. Said to live in seas and lakes, it has been seen flying occasionally despite having no wings. It is called a divine Pokémon.
Choro Notes: I like Dragonair! I think it's the coolest of the Stage1 evolutions for the pseudo legendary families.
Hulka Notes: BABY DRAGON IS NOW A TEENAGER yet looks exactly the same except a few inches bigger.
Intoxicated Layman named this

Choro Notes: You can also, veeery rarely, as in 1% of the time in rippling water, find wild Dragonites here as well. That's pretty cool! I mean, you could also level up the wild Dragonair pretty quick since they tend to come at high levels but there you go. The ultimate fishing challenge.

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Man, Drayden is gonna be pumped at this.

Wait a minute, I remember thaaaaaat. . .

Choro Notes: Power Split is Guard Split but for the attack stats. Honestly I think it's only useful with Shuckle since he essentially kills your opponent's offensive stats. But even then, blech.

You could say that, yep.



I love doin that. Sorry if it rattled your brain a little XanHRK.

Music: HeartGold/SoulSilver - Ice Path

Mine's taught me. Uh. Not that.

Ah! What's wrong with that Swoobat?!

Choro Notes: Superpower is a pretty good move. It's a really powerful physical Fighting-type move, but using it decreases the user's Attack and Defense by a stage with each use. Ginger kind of works off of letting your opponent hit her as much as they can so I opted against this.

What about the south?

Best not of forgotten about the south.

Eh, it . . . wiggles?

Choro Notes: Hammer Arm is another really good fighting-type move! The user hits like a tank but their speed drops. This isn't a problem at all for a slow monster like Sudowoodo.

What a really weird tree.

. . . Hmm.

That's a lot of bravado there!

That's pretty good, yea. Good couple o' shots there.

But then that happened!

Man, y'all got all sortsa monsters I ain't ever seen before.


A good southern beatdown, mmhmm.

Is someone watching?


Sableye lead quiet lives deep inside caverns. Sableye digs the ground with sharpened claws to find rocks that it eats. Substances in the eaten rocks crystallize and rise up to the Pokémon's body surface. A Sableye lurks in darkness and is seen only rarely. They are feared, however, because these Pokémon are thought to steal the spirits of people when their eyes burn with a sinister glow in the darkness.
Choro Notes: Sableye's Stall ability is . . . strange. It causes it to go last, regardless of speed. Everything has the same priority, level. So Sucker Punch will still hit before regular attacks but, other than that. They just hit second. Try to find a use for it. I really like the twitchy way they move!
Zorak Notes: YES FUCK YES SABLEYE. He's totally the Hopkinsville Goblin, which is amazing. Also: He has a Ruby, a Sapphire, and an Emerald in his body. I WONDER WHY.
Hulka Notes: mischievous little guys :O I like the way they look.

So far, I dunno if this was worth coming in for.

Uhh . . . hello. What are you doing in this complete darkness?


Lickitung's tongue can be extended like a chameleon's. It leaves a tingling sensation when it licks enemies. Instead of hands, it uses its tongue, which is twice its height. Its sticky saliva grips anything. Whenever Lickitung comes across something new, it will unfailingly give it a lick. It does so because it memorizes things by texture and by taste. It is somewhat put off by sour things. When it extends its tongue fully, its tail quivers. There is a possibility they are connected.
Choro Notes: Many a stupid, pointless argument has happened regarding this thing being mammalian or reptilian. (I still think it's mammalian.)
Zorak Notes: No you shut the fuck up Red, he's a goddamn dinosaur. He's pink Yoshi.
Hulka Notes: I really like Lickitung but have never had the nerve to actually raise one.
Good Listener named this

Y. . . ess?

Shakes! No! You're leading this dance!

was training its student Pokémon."
Ah, can there really be that many legendary Pokémon in Unova?

Gonna find that Pokémon!

Are YOU legendary?

That was awfully easy. So no, I guess.


Rocks are Graveler's favorite food. Apparently, it prefers to eat rocks that are covered in moss. This Pokémon will climb a mountain from the base to the summit, crunchingly feasting on rocks all the while. Upon reaching the peak, it rolls back down to the bottom. They are so brutal, they smash aside obstructing trees and massive boulders with thunderous tackles. Once it builds momentum, no Pokémon can stop it without difficulty. Graveler make their homes on sheer cliff faces by gouging out numerous horizontal holes.
Choro Notes: I'm tired of talking about Graveler at this point.
Zorak Notes: Good ol' Graveler. He is what he makes.
Hulka Notes: I've made more Graveler faint than any other pokémon in existence. The most surf-able pokémon.

I dunno, it's really quiet.

Happy birthday!

Alright, let's


Choro Notes: A Waterfall from a Gyarados is a hell of a beating.

Oh. I guess it didn't like that.

I haven't seen anything like this!

Oh sweet lord NO.

Ginger, this keeps happening to you. :/


. . . ow.


Ah, see now you're using guys I'm familiar with!

Ah?! Y-you cut the dance short!



Choro Notes: Outrage is sort of . . . the move to use. It's a physical, Dragon-type Petal Dance. It's pretty brutal off of a lot of monsters! The coolest part, though. Is it's Japanese name translates to Imperial Rage.

Ginger will be able to learn THAT?!

You're not quite as tough as Ginger, though.

You're like, one of the only people I've fought with more than three dudes with 'em! And one of 'em is even a giant bat!

Choro Notes: Crobat are stupidly fast. Cutting their speed is always a plus.

Yeah, YEAH!


That's what I think of that!

You too! Really good! Nice dragons!

I'm starting to think that girl is thinking of the wrong cave. . .

Oh, a lost dog.


Riolu has the peculiar power of being able to see emotions such as joy and rage in the form of waves. The aura that emanates from its body intensifies to alert others if it is afraid or sad. Its body is lithe yet powerful. It can crest three mountains and cross two canyons in one night.
Choro Notes: Riolu I don't even know what to say about you.
Zorak Notes: "Ok guys, I have a great new Pokémon idea: what if we had a Pokémon that was Goku if he was a metal dog. Then he evolves into Anubis if he was a Goku. It's perfect." "Yeah ok." Also condolences, Shoryugget.
Hulka Notes: Yes. You're going in the box. Little cute doggy
Stalgren named this.

Alright guys, let's just start to head out.

Ah, is this your bridge?

Now it's mine!


Don't be taken by this Pokémon's cute face—it's very dangerous. Mawile's huge jaws are actually steel horns that have been modified. It can chew through iron beams. Its docile-looking face and adorable gestures serve to lull its foe into letting down its guard. When the foe least expects it, Mawile chomps it with its gaping jaws
Choro Notes: Mawile are fucking cute. I really like them! One of my favorite designs from Gen3.
Zorak Notes: Hey, Futakuchi-onna. Metal Futakuchi-onna. For some reason.
Hulka Notes: That things got a monster face behind it's head D:

Oh hey!

Choro Notes: Stone Edge is a 100 power, high-crit rate physical Rock-type move. It's pretty good! You should use it!

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