Last time on Pokemon Black, Celestial Tower!
I continue up and run into an elgyem.
It uses its strong psychic power to squeeze its opponent’s brain, causing unbearable headaches.
Okay, but what the hell is it? Bulbapedia?
Elgyem is based on greys, one of the more popular kinds of alien. Its rocky physical appearance may be a reference to the stone circles of Europe, which were allegedly created by visiting extraterrestrials. The colored dots on its hands resembles the colorful faces of the invaders in the 1953 War of the Worlds film; however, the aliens in the film had green, blue and red dots while Elgyem has red, green and yellow. Judging from its Pokédex entry, Elgyem and its evolution may also be based on the Area 51 alien conspiracies or the Roswell incident.
Okay. I guess that kind of makes sense if we assume Japan has a completely different idea of what the greys look like and also is insane.
And now I’m at the top. Huh, that was fast.
There’s Skyla…and no pokemon. Damn. So it’s a ghost?
I was right. What I saw was a hurt Pokemon. Don’t worry though! It’s fine now!
Wait, you mean, like in the sense it was hurt when it died so it still needed comforting? Or in the sense you stole my catch?
I gave it a Max Revive, then it felt better and flew away!
Hee hee! Don’t I have great eyesight?
No matter how far away things are, a Pilot’s eyes can see them!
It amazes me that people can say with a straight face that they think the whole pokemon capitalization thing is canon because it’s in the games. Dear god, just look at this!
Then she tells me that since I came up here (pointlessly…) I might as well ring the bell. It soothes the pokemon.
Also, the character of the person ringing the bell is reflected in the sound.
Hm. Then might some sounds not be soothing?
Talking to her again: Come on, don’t be shy! Hm. Suspicious. Why doesn’t she ring the bell? What is she, shy? Or aware it’ll reveal her inner evil?
Apparently the sound is pretty.
Farla, you are a kind and strong person.
Yet again, I lament the fact that there’s no actual variation here. I never had any chance to show this.
This did irritate me with Crystal’s plot, but it wasn’t pushed so far into the forefront that it was a big deal.
Anyway, you can fly from the top of the tower, which is nice.
To the gym. Looking at the pillars, no one’s gotten here before me.
The gimmick this gym is getting shot out of cannons in what honestly looks like an extremely unsafe system.
My ducklett is doing quite well. Aqua ring + burn from scald + fly is a wonderful thing.
The bit where you hop through hoops is very nicely done, and the bit where you smack into the wall is funny.
But I spammed revival herbs on my pokemon rather than trek back to the pokecenter to heal, because I didn’t want to crawl through the animations again. And there wasn’t any actual puzzle component.
Huh, her unfezant actually knows razor wind. Never could figure out what the point of that move is.
So now pokemon up to L70 will obey me.
…shame my team’s barely cracked L30.
She also tells me she saw Team Plasma heading to the next city. Uh, did you also tell the authorities about this? I’m just a stranger you ran into recently.
Oh! Hey there N!
…so, waiting to ambush me on my way out after a gym fight, knowing I probably didn’t heal my pokemon with items afterward. Clever boy.
N: They may say it is for understanding one another better, but what Trainers really use battles for is to complete.
This is true.
And they hurt each other’s Pokemon! Am I the only one who finds this terribly painful?
…seems like it. Sorry, N. Taking over the world really is looking like a better and better option by the minute.
Whatever… I’m going to talk to your Pokemon. I’ve been living with Pokemon since I was born, so it’s easier for me to talk with them than with people.
…Because pokemon never tell lies.
Hey, Krokorok. Would you tell me what kind of Trainer Farla is?
OK, OK, got it. So Farla was born in Nuvema Town, lives with Mom, and was given the Pokedex to start off a journey to see the world.
…I wonder if he’s supposed to talk to my starter here. Because Maka was caught way after all that.
Still, this Krokorok trusts you for some reason. That’s good! If every person and Pokemon cared about one another like you two do, I could watch over the future of people and Pokemon without having to liberate Pokemon from people who just use them.
Huh. See, this to me strongly suggests that the average trainer must not be very good. Before this, I was assuming N’s ability to understand pokemon was really limited and worked in weird ways – I mean, in order to chat the first time he wanted a pokemon battle, and he seemed to have a lot of trouble understanding them. But here, it seems he can just straight up chat with anyone’s pokemon, which in turn means other pokemon must be giving different answers.
Ghetsis is using Team Plasma to search for some special stones– the Light Stone and the Dark Stone…
If I can’t use those to force the respective eeveelutions in addition to whatever legendary stuff they’re presumably connected to, I will cry.
These stones hold the essence of two legendary Pokemon. It is said that when they lost their physical form, they fell into a slumber and were transformed. Now, they wait for the hero’s arrival… I shall resurrect a legendary Dragon-type Pokemon from one of these stones
Oh. So that’s what’s with the focus on fossils. We’re dealing with legendary fossils here.
and become its friend. That will show the world I am the new hero. Everyone will follow what I say!
Actually, it’d be cool if this did work. I mean, it sounds silly to me because I don’t have any cultural baggage about a legendary dragon, but if someone with white feathery wings showed up tomorrow to endorse a political candidate, I would take it seriously, and I’m an atheist. Imagine how much stronger a response you’d get with a culture like Pokemon’s, where they’re always going on about various things showing mystical proof or endorsement of your character, like the sound a bell makes when you ring it.
Back to the conversation. N shakes his head back and forth.
My vision is to change the world without using force. Trying to change the world with force will just make others resist. If people resist, the ones that will be hurt are the innocent Pokemon used by foolish trainers. You understand.
Oh, I do. I never really expressed this well in Pokemon Revolution, but the fact the majority of the battles are pokemon vs pokemon was supposed to be part of how weirdly socialized the pokemon are because trained pokemon spend most of their time attacking strangers for no reason. It worked out well for Eon, though.
Kudos for N having a better moral compass.
Pokemon are not just tools for people to use! As a result… Pokemon and Trainers who care about one another, like you and your Pokemon, will be separated. And that does break my heart a little.
And then he walks off. Ah, so that’s how we keep the antagonist stuff rolling. He’s expressing a very reasonable position, but then finishing by saying it’ll have some extreme effects.
On to the next cave, then.
Joltick just evolved into…I swear I’ve seen that digimon before. It’s called galvantula here.
When attacked, they create an electric barrier by spitting out many electronically charged threads.
And it doesn’t evolve again. Back to the PC. Tynamo looks intriguing, and my pokedex has expanded to suggest it’s got a later stage.
An unfezant appears! A girl.
Males swing their head plumage to threaten opponents. The females’ flying abilities surpass those of the males.
I assume that’s fluff and there isn’t actually a nidoking/nidoqueen stat divide for these guys.
Oh, Cheren’s come running up behind me.
Is that how it’s always going to be now? I want to run into the rival ahead of me, otherwise what’s my motivation to try to beat him places?
He’s only got four pokemon and they’re in the lower end of the L30 range. His starter’s still L35 and hasn’t evolved. I do run into some trouble because most of my team is weak to water.
Suddenly, Douchy McFlamehair appears to say he liked our battle. Go away.
Cheren says he just lost because he was weaker.
…And, honestly, it bothers me when you call it a fine battle despite that.
It does seem somewhat like an insult.
Alder: Oh, honestly, Cheren. Just accept it the compliment without the stinging remark.
Passive-aggressive dick powers go!
I’ve asked you this before, but what do you plan to do after becoming strong?
Cheren: If I get strong and become a Champion, that will be the reason for my existence. I want to prove that I’m really living.
Eh, so there’s problems with that, but hey, he’s a kid. You can’t really expect them to have ready adult goals. This is a perfectly good goal where you achieve it and then realize you want more, or you don’t achieve it and realize you should have a different goal. Time and experience fix this fine. It’s not like he said, “Then I rain fire and death upon everyone!” or something.
Point is, chasing after him asking him what his long-term goals are every five minutes is like interrogating elementary school kids. “Oh, so you want to be president, huh? Well what do you plan to do next? And then what? Hm, are you sure you’ve thought this through?”
Alder: Hmmm… You remind me of Marshal. Of course, having something you want to become is important.
I sense a but.
Here we go.
what is even more important is what you do with your newfound power.
See, just mentioned this. He doesn’t have any murder fantasies. He doesn’t have any plans of what to do. He’s just aiming for the thing itself, not using it as a stepping stone for some other goal. You know what? That’s fine.
Finally, flamefucker justifies his existence a bit and hands over a surf HM, then finally, finally goes away.
Cheren says he doesn’t know what he wants to do with his power, he just wants to become a strong trainer. He heads into the cave.
I follow and find he hasn’t gone far. And worse…Clay.
Clay: What a surprise. Seein’ ya here while I was inspectin’ Twist Mountain. Th’ two of ya seem a bit more rugged than the last time I saw ya. A li’l bit, anyway…
Cheren: Is that so.
Clay: By th’ by… You folks seen that Team Plasma crowd lately?
Why, are you feeling like rolling over and letting criminals walk all over you again? I can punch you and take your money. I mean, if you want.
After all the trouble, we Gym Leaders met up and had a chat. But we’ve got no clue where they are. It’s like they’re hidin’ under a rock.
So I guess Skyla didn’t bother passing what she saw on. Or maybe they’re just keeping Mr. Appeaser out of the loop. God knows if I was her I wouldn’t want him getting involved again.
Well, not much to do but wait for ’em to move. Anyhow, this’s none o’ yer concern. Squirts like the two of ya should just enjoy travelin’ with yer Pokemon.
…until Plasma shows up and I order you to do all the legwork again, I mean.
Anyway, he says to check out the mountain and says we can train at “his” mountain as long as we like. Then he goes away.
Cheren says he was bracing to get dragged into dealing with Plasma again, then goes off as well.
And oh. Looks like they’re stripmining the place. Ugh, it’s hideous.
Hm, a woobat. But I keep fainting them.
And Dwebble’s evolving. Into a crustle.
Competing for territory, Crustle fight viciously. The one whose boulder is broken is the loser of the battle.
Anyway, my team’s taking a beating, so I’m off to heal. I’d take the candle ghost, but as I mentioned my team takes a beating to water types already. I think I’ll raise a deerling, I don’t have any plant types.