Three Sundays ago, following in the footsteps of yo_san
, I began my Pokemon journey. A journey unlike any of my previous Pokemon journeys. A journey where I did not insist that, to earn my fourth badge, I must have 40 Pokemon captured; for my fifth, 50; and so on. No, I changed my playing style dramatically, drastically, and - I have discovered - delightfully.
The new rules of the game:
To use the starter Pokemon only until Pokeballs become available and to store it once your true team has been caught.
To capture six of one Pokemon, all of which can be found on the first route in the game.
To use the aforementioned six Pokemon and only those six to defeat all the trainers and gyms in the land.
Today, after three weeks of being a crazy person with a GameBoy Color, I have beaten all eight gyms of Johto with six Sentrets. (For those who don't know what that is, view the icon.) When I began this journey, I knew that I wanted Sentrets but wasn't sure whether the relative lack of elemental weaknesses meant I was taking the easy way out. After all, Yoshimi has his DeathPidgeys and an electric-type gym to face. However, upon comparison, Pidgeys are stronger than Sentrets.
Slightly humiliating, that. And yet, also justification for the Sentrets. They're my favorite random weak Pokemon in generation two games. Also, for the fun of side quests and the ability to have a female avatar, I've been playing Pokemon Crystal Version.
So far, I've used 6 TMs and 2 HMs on the Sentrets, bestowing them based on the best stats for each move. One TM was overwritten by another. All other moves were naturally occurring in Sentrets. I'm kind of absurdly proud of all of them.
At the moment:
Tosh (lv 43) Ice Punch, Snore, Quick Attack, Rest
Ianto (lv 42) Surf, Defense Curl, Quick Attack, Dig
Owen (lv 40) Thunderpunch, Defense Curl, Quick Attack, Fury Swipes
Gwen (lv 39) Fire Punch, Defense Curl, Quick Attack, Fury Swipes
Martha (lv 37) Slam, Defense Curl, Quick Attack, Fury Swipes
Jack (lv 37) Fury Swipes, Defense Curl, Quick Attack, Cut
I caught them at level 2 or 3 when they only knew Tackle and Defense Curl. How Torchwood has grown.