Started a new SoulSilver file after trading my old team through because summer is boring.
I chose Chikorita again because I knew I'd be tempted to keep Cyndaquil or Totodile if I chose either of them. I soldiered through the usual slow start before finally being set free in Cherrygrove. Ditched Chikorita after capture a Bellsprout (Jon) and Zubat (Renly) to replace it. I healed in Violet City and decided that I wanted a Dunsparce, so I headed to Dark Cave. An hour later, and I FINALLY found a Dunsparce. Named it Tyrion and went back to Violet.
After healing, I climbed the Sprout tower to train (... though Dunsparce was really the only one who could damage the Bellsprout) and defeated the elder at the top. Got bored grinding so I went to battle Faulkner. Dunsparce and Zubat took down Pidgey together, and after a LOT of stalling with Yawn and Defence Curl, Dunsparce managed to take down Pidgeotto.
lv 10 | lv 11 | lv 12
Renly | Jon | Tyrion
Fresh after my battle with Faulkner, I headed on towards Azalea Town, battling the trainers along the way. As soon as I arrived in Union Cave I set about looking for a Sandshrew, but it's apparently it's version exclusive. :@ Traded over an egg and hatched it (never knew how long it took without Flame Body) and named it Arya. Trained it up a little bit before exiting the cave.
Once arriving in Azalea I went through Team Rocket pretty quickly, defeating what's-his-face. I was stumped for training, and after remembering the horrors of Bugsy last time I decided to battle Silver for training. Sandshrew defeated Ghastly, but not without sacrificing all of Rock Tomb's PP, which basically sealed my fate because it was all I had for facing Quilava. I battled him again but started off with Zubat, which led to me winning with Sandshrew.
Ohoho, Bugsy. He defeated me pretty quickly the first time with Scyther, but the second time round I put Scyther to sleep with Yawn (after Dunsparce and Zubat defeated Metapod and Kakuna), letting Sandshrew once again use Rock Tomb to win the match for me. Onwards to Goldenrod.