I'm starting to think I'm more of a Pokedex completionist than I am a battling sort.
This belief stems from my decision to pull the vast majority of my team - and there may even be plans to pull Volcarona from the team, as well, which says a lot about my indecisiveness. At this point, I'm looking at a possible team consisting of a Kingdra (it's a Seadra at present, but I have the Dragon Scale to evolve via Trade), an Ariados (something about the Bug/Poison type just intrigues me this Gen...), and a Weavile (it's a Sneasel right now, and I'll need to beat my way through Battle Maison again for the Razor Claw to evolve it).
-Seadra is Modest with Sniper, which has promises of being fun. Putting some thought into dropping a Razor Claw on Kingdra to up that critical hit ratio. At present, she knows Scald, Ice Beam, Agility and Twister.
-Ariados is Jolly with Insomnia, and is mostly here for the intrigue. Ariados has always had my interest as a Pokemon, even back during Gold and Silver - Spider Web being available to lock a 'runaway' legendary (Entei, Raikou, Suicune) in place so I have a better chance of catching? I did like (though whether they could still run away despite that is a mystery to me - I never got around to testing it out). In terms of 'locking' a foe in place, though, Gengar may be better suited to the task with Mean Look (or Mega Evolved Shadow Tag). Nonetheless, Ariados currently has Leech Life, Sucker Punch, Poison Jab and Shadow Sneak.
-Sneasel never really had my attention in the past. A 'glass cannon' who specializes in physical damage, but suffers a dual weakness to Fighting and has otherwise dismal Defense? Weavile had promise, but proved to be just slightly more resilient than Sneasel. In my most recent playthrough of Black 2, though, I decided to give Sneasel/Weavile a chance. Turns out that a properly trained Weavile can wreck so much face, it's more terrifying than it is funny. Weavile alone - ALONE - took out Caitlin, Shauntal, Grimsley, part of Marshal's team and most of Iris' team. By the time I finished, I just stared at Weavile in awe... and my first coherent thought was 'Weavile does some work!' I'm hoping to replicate that extraordinary Weavile here in Gen VI, and have an Adamant Sneasel with Inner Focus. Sneasel played temporary TM/HM slave as I explored the entirety of Kalos for anything I may have missed behind trees that can be Cut, boulders I may have forgotten about by the time I had Strength, and other places I forgot to hit up with Rock Smash. The only non-TM/HM move he knows at present is Feint Attack.
On the topic of exploration, I also added a Basculin to the team temporarily, so that I had a Surf/Waterfall user. My explorations weren't all that eventful - a couple Trainers I overlooked, a few TMs I was kinda excited to find (excluding the TM for Dark Pulse, which I did the tiniest of dances upon finding), and a few Berry trees. (That TM in Winding Wood, though, is still irritating me... I cannot find the path to that no matter how hard I look.) With the exception of Azure Bay, I've completed my thorough exploration of Kalos (I'll hit Azure Bay once Moltres settles down in the Sea Spirit's Den).
Once the clock hit 8 PM, I began my hunt for the Mega Stones I hadn't collected yet. I was mildly surprised at how each of them took me just about everywhere in Kalos, and a few (Garchompite and Scizorite in particular) reminded me of just how amazing each of the areas were to first walk through. I do believe I've located all of the Stones that are only available between 8 and 9 PM, but we'll see, I suppose.
Caught Mewtwo. Aegislash was... 'uncooperative' the first couple of times (landed a pair of critical hits that KO'ed Mewtwo both times), but he otherwise proved effective. Made Aura Sphere completely useless and resisted Psychic quite well in Shield Forme (think I saw maybe 20-28 damage from each Psychic...?). Kept False Swipe instead of Shadow Claw, figuring it would serve me better. (Turns out an Iron Head from a level 83 Aegislash can take level 70 Mewtwo down from full health, with triple Barrier used, to nearly 1 HP.) Took 10 Ultra Balls to catch Mewtwo, give or take three. Modest Nature is just so much love, and I'm considering using Mewtwo as a Mega Evolver for a while (Mega Forme Y doesn't look too bad, I believe... but it does leave a little to be desired).
As I was browsing my items earlier, searching for something to stick on Aegislash before my third attempt at Mewtwo, I noticed that I have every... single... Plate... excluding the Steel one. If I ever come into an Arceus, that mean I'll have a Plate for all occasions. (I'm assuming the Steel-type Plate is in Azure Bay, as it's the only place I haven't explored fully yet.) I never did switch King's Rock off of Aegislash, but hindsight was ever beautiful... upon encountering a wild Chatot some time later, between Shalour and Coumarine City, I thought to myself '...the Metronome would have worked WONDERS with False Swipe in that fight'. I'll keep that one in mind when I come for Moltres/Zapdos/Articuno (though I may not throw Aegislash against Moltres for obvious type disadvantage reasons!).
At this point, I'm raising Seadra, who is currently level 32. Sneasel and Ariados are soaking up Exp from the Exp. Share, as is Mewtwo (though the now-level 71 is a bit too strong for it to be truly effective). Volcarona also sits on the team as my Fly 'slave' at this point.
I had a thought that turned into a question while I was preparing for my first encounter with Mewtwo... did Game Freak change the availability of who can learn Thunder Wave? I ask because I've always been under the impression Aron/Lairon/Aggron can learn it, but I couldn't teach the level 1 Sturdy Aron I got from Wonder Trading the guaranteed-paralysis move. Perhaps I've been mistaken - I've never seen a reason to teach Thunder Wave via TM in the past, anyway - but I could almost swear I've seen an Aggron, at the LEAST, using Thunder Wave. (I never did go into that fight with Thunder Wave - I wanted someone who could survive Mewtwo's deadly Sp. Attack stat, and Aegislash, while my first choice, could not learn Thunder Wave; Sturdy Pokemon became my next inquiry.) I'm only curious because apparently, Game Freak drastically narrowed down the number of Pokemon who can learn Stealth Rock?
So anyway, yes - if anyone wants to help me evolve my Seadra into Kingdra, feel free to send me a PM stating such!