Benmeister's HeartGold Nuzlocke Challenge
Having just trashed Bugsy, it was time to face my rival. I had concerns about his Bayleef, concerns which turned out to be accurate - making easy work of his Gastly with my Rattata, and his Zubat with my Geodude, his Bayleef was a whole different kettle of fish. Eves the Gastly proved to be very useful, being immune to Poisonpowder and resistant to Razor Leaf, but it wasn't without its scares - at one point a critical hit Razor Leaf knocked Eves down to 2HP! I feared a death at that point, and if Gastly had died, it was only my Hoothoot that would have been able to stand against it. Luckily for me I pulled through using paralysis and stalling Bayleef out of Synthesis.
Going through Ilex Forest, I lumped the Headbutt move tutor on all the Pokemon that could learn it, because, yaknow, Headbutt. Hoping to catch something on the above route, I was dismayed when an Abra appeared, because sure enough, it teleported away before I could catch it. Ah well.
I left some Pokemon in the daycare whilst I trained in Goldenrod. It was then that I started planning for the Goldenrod Gym, specifically that darned Miltank, which was potentially worrying me. I also could have done with a Fighting type against the Clefairy, but I didn't have one. I recalled that the Miltank knew Stomp, Rollout, Milk Drink and Attract (didn't look it up, honest!). For this, it turns out that my good chum Tremor the Onix, whom I was going to replace, was actually the perfect candidate for the job. Not only would it be able to resist Stomp and Rollout, but it was female, meaning Attract would have no effect. Awesome.
However, Eves the Gastly only has Ghost attacks, and Scowl the Hoothoot has a Rollout weakness, so upon re-evaluating my team choices, I decided to bench those two. Will they return later? Who knows. In their place I brought Dunce the Slowpoke and Oddball the Oddish. Slowpoke because not only was it more defensive, but also because it had Yawn, which could prove very useful against Miltank should the need arise. I also taught it Flash, because accuracy lowering might be useful. Oddish because it had Sleep Powder, so fairly similar reasons, and I also taught it Flash.
Upon training everyone for a bit, Chompers the Totodile evolved into Croconaw. First evolution of the run!
I decided to go up north after that and take on the trainers there. My encounter for the route above turned out to be a Nidoran F which I caught (and named Wench). Realising it had Double Kick, AND that it was female, I recruited it onto my team in place of Buck the Rattata, which sucked a bit because Rattata was and still is level 19, one level away from evolution, but it had low defences. After training her up she soon evolved into a Nidorina, hurrah! I also went into the Bug Catching Contest and caught a level 12 Metapod...hurrah.
Going through the gym, it was finally time to face up to Whitney. Once again I was worried beforehand, but once again it turned out to be much easier than expected. Nidorina quickly took down Clefairy, and Onix completely walled Miltank. A few Screeches and Headbutts and Miltank was down!
And that is where I last saved. The next gym is a Ghost gym and that seems quite ominous. Slowpoke isn't going to be great there, and neither are Nidorina or Oddish really. It looks as though Rattata may be brought back, an immunity to Ghost and attacks such as Bite and Sucker Punch. Hoothoot will probably also come back for the Ghost immunity. It's also tempting to use Zubat because it's fast and can learn Bite. Gastly will only really be useful if I get it to level 25 and evolve it right up into a Gengar...if I can manage that, I sense awesomeness.
But until then, I'm three badges in and no deaths...yet.