Before getting under way here, I'd just like to remind everyone that Battle Style is Set. This means that when an opponent's Pokemon faints, I don't get a free switch when a new Pokemon comes in. It hasn't come up before now, and my forgetting of this fact is a partial explanation for the battle to follow.
For your viewing pleasure, may I suggest the following musical accompaniment
. I recommend hitting play right after the appearance of this episode's special guest.
Welcome to Striaton City Gym! I'm Cilan, Viscount of Striaton, and these are my brothers, the Viscounts Cress and Chili.
How are ya?
Hi, um, fairly well I suppose. I'm Lord Monk, son of the Baron of Nuvema, here to challenge you for the Trio Badge. This is my first Gym, apologies if I'm missing some of the formalities.
Don't worry too much about it, we don't stand much on formality here. Your name and registry information is all we really need, but we'll be making something of a production of this.
Our father, the late Earl, dearly enjoyed his challenges, and would often turn his tourneys into "dinner theater" to entertain the Plebeians. We've taken it a step farther.
We're on TV!
...You can't be serious.
Quite serious! You are the next contestant on Unovan Idol!
Are you telling me you've turned our country's oldest and noblest tradition into a reality TV show?
We're the most popular show on Thursday nights, and we're working on a licensing deal with some of the other Gyms!
Kicking your ass is going to feel so very, very
Great! We love to see a little fire in our challengers!
It's good for ratings, too.
But we've dragged on long enough. Allow me to introduce our announcer this evening, special guest John Madden
Thanks Cilan. Tonight we're hosting the first Gym Battle of a real up and comer from Nuvema Town, Lord Monk. His headliner is an Oshawott by the name of Marvin, a very rare Pokemon and a real treat for the fans at home. Marvin will face some problems against Cilan's leaf-type Pokemon, however, so his supporting cast is going to have to step up. Marvin is backed up by the energetic Lillipup Pompey- I tell ya, this guy really has a motor on him! And finally, the rookie of the group, Mojo Jojo, a Pansear. Monk is really counting on this youngster to rise to the occasion and produce in a big way. The battle will begin right after these messages!
How did he know all of that? Has he been following me this entire time?
What can I say, he's the best there is. Anyhow, let's get this show on the road.
Finally. Go, Mojo Jojo!
Do it, Lillipup!
A poor job of anticipation by the challenger- Lillipup is a power back that can roll right over Mojo Jojo, leaving Monk unprepared for the grass type to follow. Trainers have to watch for what they don't want to see and listen for what they don't want to hear.
Crap, I thought this was a grass
gym. Mojo, return! You can take'm, Pompey!
[I LOVE TAKING HIM!]
An interesting tactic- these Lillipup's are equal level, but Monk has sacrificed the initiative in order to level the playing field.
Low health, shouldn't risk it. Return, Pompey! Finish him, Marvin!
[Now I'm on reality TV? This is so demeaning.]
[FUCK OFF YOU LOWLIFE BASTARD]
Here's a matchup our challenger didn't want to see- the grass type Pansage squared off against the water type Marvin!
Mew's left whisker! Marvin, return! Get out there, Mojo Jojo!
[Hello, type advantage.]
Work Up is the signature move of the Striaton City Gym Leaders- it raises both Attack and Special Attack, giving the user a powerful advantage.
Incinerate is the Fire-type move available to Pansear at this level- it is a weak move, but has a chance to destroy a held berry. Although Pansear has type advantage in this matchup, Pansage has the veteran experience and stat raising ability to overcome this deficit, and the speed advantage to use it.
*Work Up Fury Swipes Work Up*
*Incinerate Incinerate Incinerate*
*Vine Whip! CRITICAL HIT*
What a hit! That's a situation where discipline pays off- now Monk has lost his type advantage. It's a big blow to the team. At the same time, it allows other people to step up, take on new roles.
Oh what the hell. Finish him off Pompey, he only needs one hit! Have a Potion and polish him off.
[I LOVE POLISHING HIM OFF!]
[I LOVE LOSING 60% OF MY HIT POINTS IN ONE BLOW!]
Pompey is in trouble now! He doesn't have the quickness to pull off the winning hit, and he doesn't have the hit points to take another lick like that one.
Sweet merciful Mew! Ok, think, think, thinkthinkthinkthink... got it! POTION!
Monk is using a stalling tactic here folks! He has seven potions and a fresh water- eight turns for Pansage to either miss or use another move! Eight turns to live! Too bad Vine Whip has a 100% accuracy rate.
...it does? Craaaaaaap. I'm going to lose to a sprig of broccoli.
*Vine Whip Vine Whip Vine Whip Vine Whip Vine Whip Vine Whip Vine Whip Vine Whip*
*Potion Potion Potion Potion Potion Potion Potion Fresh Water* ...crap. Do or die, Pompey- Tackle!
HOLY CRAP I WON.
What a come from behind victory! Monk's copious use of performance enhancing drugs has proved the edge in this contest! Another exciting victory for the little guy- but can he go the whole way? The only yardstick for success our society has is being Champion. No one remembers anything else. Until next time- this has been Unovan Idol!
did I win?
The crowd loves an underdog story, and if we think you've got a chance to make a real run we let you pass!
me pass? Isn't your entire job to screen candidates for the most important position in our society?
If you don't have what it takes, you'll get caught at the next Gym. Honestly, most of what we do is determine whether you are capable of defending yourself in the wilderness. The Trio Badge is a merit badge more than anything else. And speaking of...
Why am I not surprised their badge is a tiara
The Trio Badge makes all Pokemon up to level 20 obey you without question. And for being such a sport, we want you to have this TM.
TM83 is Work Up- as you have seen, it can be devastatingly effective.
You can use a TM as many times as you'd like, so don't be shy about spreading it around!
Yeah, that's nice. Well, thanks for the Badge, I'll be off now.
Good luck on your quest! We'll be watching!
With a shiny new badge to show for my trouble, I head outside where I am accosted by a scientist.
You there! You're Monk, right? I'm an old friend of Professor Juniper's- come back to my place, I can help you out with your journey.
Yeah, sure. Just give me a minute, there's something I need to do first.
Mew rest his ugly soul
NEXT TIME: Yard of Dreams
Nuvema Town- "Marvin", Oshawott
Route 1- XXX
Accumula Town- ??
Route 2- "Pompey", Lillipup
Striaton City- ??
Dreamyard- "Mojo Jojo", Pansear lvls 10-12
Route 3- ??
Wellspring Cave- ??
Comments, Criticism, Suggestions welcome as always