Anywaym I started from Goldenrod City, which is where I stopped yesterday. Went directly to the gym… only to find out that I couldn’t challenge it. For the third time in a row. The Gym Leader had gone off to the Radio Tower. I decided to explore the rest of the town before going there. Went to the Game Corner and played the idiotic Voltorb Flip Game until I had 200 coins, as I plan to buy an Abra later on and will need these coins for that. Got a Bike from a random dude in a bike shop… for free? He thought it would be great if I could ride it to advertise for him, and I’m not saying no to that. This also means I won’t have to keep my Pokemon following me all the time, which is very good. Also met my childhood friend again, this time to obtain a who for accessories from him. Again, for free. I went down in the underground passage of this town, battled a few trainers and saw a photograph stand where it was possible to take photos of myself. Not very interesting… until I saw that it was possible to dress up as a Team Rocket member? Awesome! I took a photo before leaving for the Radio Tower.
There, I found the Gym Leader Whitney, also known as “The Incredibly Pretty Girl” (couldn’t they have come up with something original? Her title sounds incredibly silly to me). She thought it was more important to win a Radio Card than to take care of her business at the Gym. Is this what it is like to be a Gym Leader in this game? Since I couldn’t battle her, I decided to try to win a Radio Card myself. And I did, winning it was as easy as anything. One more upgrade to my Pokegear, nice. Whitney saw me winning, and was impressed because she had been unable to do it herself… is she dumb, or what? But she returned to the Gym at least, so now I could challenge her.
Went inside the gym and battled all the regular trainers, then out again to train a little before the gym. With the members of my team at level 24, I felt ready to challenge Whitney. Before the battle, she told me that the reason she was into Pokemon was just because everyone else was… Peer pressure or what? Anyway, the battle started. I went with my Quilava against her Clefairy and Flamethrower was an easy OHKO. Switched to Ivysaur against her Miltank and used Sleep Powder, from which it healed itself from with a Lum Berry. Sleep Powder again, and it missed. Once more, and it was ready for some sleep. Two hits from Petal Dance and it was down.
After the battle, I expected a Badge. But no, Whitney started crying instead. What a Drama Queen, everyone loses at some point; you need to live with that. Disappointed for not getting a badge, I prepared to leave the Gym… but one of the regular trainers in the Gym told me to go back and claim my Badge, and I did. Whitney had stopped crying and gave me the Badge this time. She also gave me a TM, containing Attract… which is just garbage, easily the worst move I have gotten from a Gym Leader so far.
I exited the Gym and went back to the Flower Shop in this City as I had a feeling it would be useful for myself if I made another visit there. And it was, I got a Watering Can for free. Continued up towards Route 35 and the guard in the gate asked me if I could deliver a mail to one of his friends on Route 31. I was about to decline, but seeing as he gave me a free Pokemon with the mail, I accepted it. And besides, Route 31 shouldn’t be too far from here according to my map.
Went out to Route 35 and battled all the trainers there, grabbed a few items I found as well. Entered the gateway to the Pokéathlon Dome and the National Park, decided to check out the former first. As I was walking up to the Pokéathlon Dome, a man greeted me and presented himself as Magnus, founder of the Pokéathlon Dome. He wanted me to participate in the event as he thought I was athletic, but I declined as I am more of the lazy type. And I have more Gym Leaders to defeat.
Went back to the Gateway and into the National Park itself. Battled all the trainers and picked up the items I was able to take before leaving for Route 36. Battled the trainers here as well, and ended up in a three-way Scramble Crossing where a tree was blocking the way. A young girl suggested that I should use my Watering Can on the tree to see how it reacted. I did as she suggested, and the tree came to life! Not really, it turned out to be a wild Sudowoodo which now challenged me to a battle. I decided to capture it, and so I did. With that out of the way, the path was cleared, and the girl returned back to Goldenrod…
I went to Route 31 and delivered the Mail I had been ordered to deliver. The man I gave it to seemed to be happy, and he gave me a TM for giving it to him! Awesome! Just what I needed. Or something. I continued up to Route 37 and battled the trainers here before arriving in Ecruteak City. As I went inside the Pokemon Center, I met a man who presented himself as Bill, inventor of the Pokemon Storage system, although it was his friend Lanette from Hoenn who made it to the awesomeness it is today. He didn’t have any time for me though, went back to Goldenrod immediately after I met him.
I went to the Gym… but as soon as I went inside, an old man told me that the Gym Leader had gone off to the Burned Tower. Yeah, I did totally not see that coming. Fourth time in a row, who wrote the awful story for this game? And if I remember correctly, that Tower was far away in Violet City… it isn’t? That was another Tower, and this one is at the northernmost site in this town… just like last time? I guess I have to go there, but I might as well just explore the town first, since I have nothing better to do.
Went to the Dance Theater and saw another Kimono Girl… and a member of Team Rocket trying to force her to dance. Pretty cool, I would love to see her dance… but on the other hand, forcing someone to dance is not cool. Since the Kimono Girl didn’t want to dance, the Rocket Member started to dance instead. I was about to join in, but he challenged me to a battle instead. And I won, like all the trainers in this region, he was using weak Pokemon. After being defeated, he ran away, and the Kimono Girl thanked me… she also told me that I was raising my Pokemon with care and that I was a good trainer. really? Was she sure that she didn’t mistake me for someone else?
I left the Theater and headed off to the Burned Tower. There, I met Morty, the Gym Leader, and his friend Eusine. They were there looking for the Legendary Pokemon Suicune, which could be seen through the hole in the floor. I decided to take a closer look at this legendary Pokemon, and prepared to climb down the ladder to the second floor… when my Rival appeared! He did obviously challenge me to a battle, and I won again. I battled the two other trainers in the Tower before going down to the basement floor.
There, Suicune as well as its two friends Entei and Raikou stood in the middle, but as I got closer to them, they all ran away. Eusine came down and told me that I was special and that Suicune had something for me… seriously? I’m just a normal trainer, something like that would never happen to me. Eusine left, and I did too.
Before challenging the Gym, I decided to head back to Goldenrod for a small visit. I met Bill in his home, and he offered me an Eevee. But I declined the offer, I didn’t need an Eevee right now, I’ll have to come back and take it later. His sister also gave me his Phone Number, which might be cool to have. Or not. I also visited the Guard in the gate to Route 35, who gave me a thanks for delivering the mail to his friend. I went back to Ecruteak, the next thing I will is to challenge the Gym.