The Final Team
- Heather (Dotrio)
- Pointy (Nidoqueen)
- Sleepy ZZZ (Hypno)
- Swirlyo (Poliwag)
- Friglet (Girafarig)
- MyLilPony (Rapidash)
We had been training for a very, very long time. Many Tentacruels and Stantler were killed in an attempt to level the team with no accidental casualties and finally our hard work had paid off. My team were all levelled to their high 30s and everyone, excluding the stubborn MyLilPony, had evolved. I was sure they’d get to their level 40s in Victory Road. Cautiously we approached the cave.
Dragon: “Right team, here’s the plan: we duck in. Have a look around and see what sort of Pokémon there are and then we duck back out and go back to the lady’s house down the road to rest up… Let’s go!”
Cautiously we entered the cave and were immediately assaulted by a Gravler, he was promptly caught and sent to the PC. The last Pokémon I’d ever catch. I quickly realised that Swirlyo had a huge advantage in this cave: he could one-shot almost everything with Surf. We made our way through the cave, constantly going back to the house a bit down the road to rest when anyone took a little too much damage than I was comfortable with. I didn’t have any money left so I had to be careful! Finally we braved going past the front door and down a couple of ladders when my nemesis BLAAAA accosted us. The rival fight? Already? OK…
We easily beat him and he sort of admitted that he might be a bit of a douche canoe. Cool… What’s through this doorway here? Light? We’re on the other side?
Dragon: “WHAT?! I WAS PSYCHING MYSELF UP FOR AGES FOR THAT?!”
Pointy: “Did you want more fights?”
Dragon: “Well… Yeah! I want you guys to level up as much as possible and I want more money for potions!”
Friglet: “Well, there were some ladders we didn’t explore, there’s probably some items in there still.”
Dragons: “Great idea, Friglet!”
It was not a great idea. Half an hour later, while desperately trying to figure out how to get to an item that was tantalisingly close yet so far, Friglet fell to a self-destructing Graveler. Great. Now I only had 5 Pokémon for the Elite Four.
I gave up on the elusive item and we marched to the Elite Four. I must admit that at this point, while I’d never tell the team, I just wanted it over with. I had procrastinated for too long and I was just happy to have gotten this far. I had made a promise though and I intended to go through with it. I took out the newly caught Graveler (Baldur) to replace Friglet and off we went…
Elite Four Battle Number 1 – Will
Unfortunately, battle number 1 was what I’d been training Friglet up for. His dark moves would have been perfect against all of the Psychic types but… Never mind. Will’s Xatu proved to be a huge problem. I had nothing on bird or psychic Pokémon here and after going with what I had hoped would be the most sensible option (Baldur) I realised my mistake. Baldur was immediately taken out, Swirlyo quickly followed suit…
Crossing my fingers I sent out Sleepy ZZZ, he could take the hit from the Psychic moves and he eventually managed to Headbutt the Xatu to death, though it took him a long while, and a lot of potions. He did the same to the next Xatu, with me throwing a potion at him every few turns until that too fell and Will sent out a Slowbro. Ok… Heather could deal with this, bird has advantage over water… Right? Heather joined her fallen team mates…
At this point I was starting to panic. I wasn’t even going to make it past the first guy after all this time?! Sleepy ZZZ faced the Slowbro and took him out after several headbutts and potions. I was optimistic about the next Pokémon: An Exeggcute. MyLilPony had this in the bag.
MyLilPony somehow did not have this in the bag. Poor Sleepy ZZZ was dragged out again…
Dragon: “We’re nearly there Sleepy ZZZ, keep at it!”
Sleepy ZZZ: “… My head is so sore from all this headbutting bro… I don’t know if I can…”
Dragon: “Don’t be ridiculous, you are my second best Pokémon after Pointy and we would never be here without you. This is your moment, this is what we’ve been working for. Take this Ether and show them who’s boss!”
Sleepy ZZZ: “Uuurgh… OK…”
With a final, fatal headbutt the Exeggcute was sent sprawling at Will’s feet. We’d done it. We’d defeated an Elite Four member!
Dragon: “YEEEEEEEES SLEEPY ZZZ YOU EPIC HYPNO, YOU!”
I hugged him and he gave a weak smile. The battle had definitely taken its’ toll, on our fallen team mates mostly of course but on my potions supply and Sleepy ZZZ’s health as well.
Pointy: “I wanted to help…”
Dragon: “You’re a poison type, you would have been at a huge disadvantage against Psychic… You’re the main event in the next battle though. Are you ready?”
Pointy: “… I am. Do you think we’ll win?”
Dragon: “… I want to… But I don’t think so. Do you?”
Pointy: “No… But I want to try. If we fail I can be reunited with Nointy… Do you think our egg will be OK?”
Dragon: “Burd will take care of it.”
Pointy: “I don’t think I could have named a better godfather… Except Hedwig but you know… He’s dead too.”
Sleepy ZZZ: “Whatever happens you guys, I’ve had a great time.”
Dragon: “It’s truly been an honour.”
We had one last group hug, I took a deep breath and kicked open the door to the second Elite 4 member.
Elite Four Battle Number 2 – Koga
Dragon: “You’re going down Koga… Maybe.”
Koga: “You’re taking me on with just two Pokémon? That’s brave… But foolish.”
Dragon: “I have faith in Pointy and Sleepy ZZZ… I also have no choice.”
Koga: “Very well.”
The battle commenced and we had a strong start. Pointy made short work of the Ariados and Venomoth. That was already two Pokémon down! I started to feel a little more confident.
Dragon: “Keep it up Pointy! You’re doing it!”
Pointy: “As if I was going to let a couple of bugs take me down.”
Koga: “They were just the beginning, Go Forretress!”
Pointy: “Pfft. I do’t think so. Ice Punch, Bit-”
Koga: “SELF-DESTRUCT NOW!”
The Forretress was too fast, it exploded before Pointy could attack, she tried to stand strong against the blast but it was just too much. She fell to the floor with a resounding THUMP. Her death was a punch to my gut, she’d become a fast favourite throughout the journey and while Sleepy ZZZ could hold his own I did not expect he’d be able to do so in what was coming.
Any minuscule remaining hope I’d had of defeating the Elite Four was shattered. Sleepy ZZZ gulped and nodded at me as he stepped up to the plate. A Crobat was sent out to meet him and, while it poisoned Sleepy he managed to take it out.
Here we were… Koga’s last Pokémon: a Muk. A rather high leveled Muk. Exhausted Sleepy ZZZ never stood a chance. Down he went covered in gross poison goop. Our fates intertwined, I too fell to my knees and collapsed…
It was a rainy, winters’ night when Burd, Squidward, Nommy, Smokey and an egg were released from the PC and informed that their trainer had fallen. Nommy and Smokey wasted no time and ran off into the wilderness. They hadn’t been close to the trainer at all. Burd and Squidward however shared a sad look and then at the egg. They knew what they had to do. Together they hatched the egg and raised the baby female Nidoran that came from it. They make a strange family to be sure, a giant squid, a bird and a guinea pig but it works. The Nidoran had a very unique upbringing, it’s rare to find a Nidoran that enjoys swimming and sleeping in nests. Growing up hearing stories about the bravery of her parents and the trainer that had taken her mother all the way to the Elite Four it was a very ambitious Nidoran, determined to find a trainer worthy of her skill to take her on their Elite 4 journey. One thing’s for sure, if it was anything like its’ mother it would go on to do great things. Its’ name? Nurdward.
In a parallel Universe Dragon’s still alive, this version of her was sat at work minding her own business when suddenly…
“… DAMMIT! MY POKEMUM WAS SAVING MONEY FOR ME THE WHOLE TIME I COULD HAVE BOUGHT MORE STUFF!!!” and she sulked for the rest of the day.
So there we have it everybody! Thank you to everyone that stuck with me throughout my journey and I apologise for the posts being a little sporadic at times. It was a fun journey, if a little stressful at times, hugely rewarding and I learned a lot more about Pokémon! I would consider doing a Nuzlocke again but maybe with some different rules… Not for a long time though! I need to recover from this one first!
Would you consider taking the Nuzlocke challenge? Have you ever completed one? Which Pokémon game would you take the challenge on?