Huzzah, time for entry #2
From Jubilife to Eterna
After defeating the grunts pretty easily, it was time to head toward Floaroma Town. I always forget how time consuming this portion of the game can be, which is why I didn't make it that far in this entry. With Monferno, Kadabra, and Bidoof, I set out to rid the Windworks of Team Galactic.
The task was simple enough. I did everything Floaroma had to offer, which was mostly gathering a few berries and getting a sprayduck can. Once I beat Team Galactic I headed north toward Eterna Forest. If you've played the game, you know how monotonous this section is. Fighting the same Pokemon over and over again alongside Cheryl's incompetent Chansey took me forever. However, it was a great way to grind a little bit of EXP before arriving at Eterna, so I managed to get Monferno and Kadabra to about Lvl 23. I skipped over the fisherman outside the forest in case I caught another Pokemon while exploring the areas around Eterna; they would be good for some extra EXP. I decided this time to go straight for the gym instead of doing the Team Galactic mission.
The gym trainers were easy enough. I cycled Kadabra and Monferno, trying to get them even amounts of EXP. They both hit lvl 24 while at the gym, giving me quite an edge over Gardenia. I used Monferno as my lead, who easily OHKO'd her Cherubi and Turtwig. Roserade was somewhat more difficult, but her Stun Spore didn't work out, so Flame Wheel 2HKOd. I got TM Grass Knot and the Forest Badge, and headed back out to Eterna.
Once I did all of that, I decided I would explore a previously blocked off area, The Old Chateau. I got HM Cut from Cynthia and headed back west toward the mansion. I skipped the fishermen again, instead taking the sideroute above them to pick a few berries. The first Pokemon I encounter inside the Old Chateau is an interesting one who I've never had experience with using: Gastly. I love Gengar, but I've never actually used one in a playthrough. I figure that now is as good a time as any, so I go for the catch.
Using Monferno, I go with the same strategy I used with Abra. I taunt, but I'm not as lucky this time when it attacks. Since both of my Pokemon more than double its level, I decide that I might as well just start throwing Pokeballs. My first choice, a regular Pokeball, works just fine, and Gastly is mine. I move him to the front of my party so I can get him some experience while I explore the rest of the building. I got the few items out of the building and then left, battled the fishermen, and then headed back to Eterna. I guess this is where I'll stop for today.
Current Location: Eterna City
Badges: Coal, Forest