Battled Challenge Mode Clay with Servine(Level 33), Crobat(Level 31), Pinsir(Level 31), and Vibrava(Level 35), won the first time. I didn't end up even using Vibrava, Pinsir finished Excadrill off.
I started with Servine which was able to take out Krokorok and Onix, then it lost to Sandslash. Crobat took out Sandslash then lost to Excadrill. Probably should have used Crobat first, or maybe I shouldn't have used Servine at all(Although I didn't want to use Magneton and Zorua was too low on the levels and I didn't want to bother leveling it up). Oh well.
It also helps to plan ahead; if you know you're going to have to fight Clay next, maybe Magnemite needs more Exp. so it's not underleveled after Gym fight.
Speaking of Clay, he's the first gym leader I've fought that's actually been remotely challenging, and even then, it's only because of the level pacing. My Servine was ****ing Lv. 22 when I got to the gym, and even after beating Clay's underlings, it's still only Lv. 27. So yeah, that's kind of ridiculous. I really wish the other end of Relic Passage was open for training at this point.
Ugh. Cheren was actually a challenge for me. I battled him yesterday thinking that my team consisting of Oshawott, Riolu and Mareep would be enough, but I underestimated him. That Lillipup tore up my team and I'm still reeling from the battle. I guess it's partially my fault though. I thought his Patrat and Lillipup were at level 9 and 11, respectively. I guess I should've done more research. Anyway, I'm about to challenge Roxie, but my Pokemon still feel under-leveled; I've been training at the Virbank Complex area with Lucky Eggs attached to my Pokemon, but Roxie still seems daunting. I'm upset with the leveling system in these games; even the Audino aren't helping my training.
Yeah...I got really lucky on Cheren...I had Genesect at the time, and it wouldn't obey me, so Cheren just set up like 8 or 9 work ups and I got really scared he was gonna one-shot my whole team.
Yup, if you're not careful you can get underleveled quickly. I had to level my whole team by about 5 levels before Drayden's gym....it sucked.
Thankfully, I haven't had any trouble finding Audinos.
Audino does help a lot though. I have yet to use them before post-game, but I bet they are extremely helpful in-game
Galvantula has 108 base Speed. That's quite high for a Pokemon that's available on the middle of the storyline, not near the end of it. Even Hydreigon has 10 less base Speed. Haxorus is even worse, its base Speed is only 97.
I'm sure it will outspeed Skyla's Swanna, since the base Speed for Swanna is the same as Hydreigon - it's only 98. Especially if the Galvantula has Timid Nature.
But Joltik is indeed rather slow. 65 base Speed.....
Hm, then I suppose my strategy should be "hit hard before they can hit you". And if Galvantula's Speed is really that great, Electro Ball should be very effective, so that's a good thing.
If you have a Fire type that's at least Lv. 20, Burgh's an utter cakewalk.