So, I loaded up right at the gates of the Team Rocket base inside the Celadon City Game Corner. I proceeded to invade the place, taking down every Team Rocket member in my path, until I came across the boss, Giovanni. He challenged me to a fight, but what a joke. Edward thrashed his entire team. Both his Onix and Rhyhorn were taken down with a single Razor Leaf each. His Kangaskhan was a bit tougher, but still easy; Sleep Powder, Leech Seed, then Razor Leaf. Once he was out of the way, I picked up the Silph Scope, and left.
I made my way to the Celadon City Gym, and proceeded to prune every trainer in the place, until Erika. The entire time, I didn’t even use my Growlithe that I caught specifically for that purpose. Talk about a waste of potential. I primarily used (of all things) my Primeape and Winry. Before challenging her, I healed up at the Pokémon Center. I returned to take her on. I led with Hawkeye, and Erika led with Victreebel. Hawkeye used Fly and dropped Victreebel in one hit. Erika followed up with Tangela, who was just as easily dispatched by Hawkeye’s Fly. Third came her Vileplume and some hax on both sides. First round, Hawkeye flew up which caused Vileplume’s Stun Spore to miss. Second round, Hawkeye’s Fly missed, but so did Vileplume’s Stun Spore. Third round, Hawkeye flew up again and repeated the first round. Fourth round, Hawkeye hit Vileplume, but didn’t finish it and the Stun Spore paralyzed Hawkeye. Fifth round, Erika used a Hyper Potion, and I had Hawkeye use Tri Attack. Again I got lucky, because after dealing more than half Vileplume’s total HP in damage, Hawkeye burned it. I had Hawkeye try to use another Tri Attack, but was paralyzed and didn’t move, while Vileplume hit her with Acid and dealt some massive damage. However, the burn finished off Vileplume for the victory! Hawkeye leveled up to 31, and evolved after the fight!
Headed to the Pokémon Tower in Lavender Town. Time to catch myself a Gastly! Actually ran into a Cubone before a Gastly, but I eventually found a male one. Its chosen nickname is Alphonse, after Ed's brother Alphonse Elric. I dropped my Growlithe and added Alphonse to my party. I’m keeping Alakazam around for now, since he’s still a powerhouse Pokémon. Although, it’s worth mentioning that I probably won’t be using him against Koga. When I reach Fuchsia City I’ll be catching a Kangaskhan in the Safari Zone, and here in a few more levels, I’ll go crush the Fighting Dojo and get my Hitmonchan.
But as for right now, I’m going to be spending the next couple hours or so power leveling Alphonse, and potentially evolving him into a more suitable form.
Here’s my team as it is now:
EDIT: After getting Alphonse to evolve into a Gengar, I used him to solo the entire Fighting Dojo. Got my Hitmonchan and named him Mustang, after Colonel Roy Mustang, the Flame Alchemist. Just a shame that Fire Punch royally sucks on Hitmonchan in this generation.
Edward (♂) Lv. 30
Hawkeye (♀) Lv. 31
Alphonse (♂) Lv. 29
Mustang (♂) Lv. 25
Winry (♀) Lv. 30
Alakazam (♂) Lv. 30