Pokemon Blue, Day Forty-five

Last time,
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I was quite freaked out to see myself back where I’d started. It’s not technically the same spot the game begins, but after at least forty hours of playing, your mind doesn’t exactly remember fine details from the beginning.

Of course, if you check your party you’ll find all your pokemon are still there and fine.
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Well, for a given value of fine. The game doesn’t heal your pokemon in the transition, which is actually kind of nice since it lets you take stock of how well you did. It’s the same with not healing PC pokemon allowing you to see just how well you whittled down their health. It also leads to people walking out of Pallet with only one paralyzed, near-dead pokemon left on their team and losing their first post-championship battle to a L2 pidgey, but that’s all part of the fun.

When I first won, I was left with a barely alive venusaur. It was perhaps L60, and I think my other pokemon were in the thirties, so it had near-singlehandedly beaten the league, finally defeating Gary’s charizard with struggle.

(Later, Mom would try out my game and save over the file in the process.)

Anyway!

One place left to go.
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The guard doesn’t step aside for you, he vanishes.

You may well be the first person to explore the place. There’s a number of signs in the game that this whole pokemon league idea is a very new thing. You have the email announcing them, their lack of presence in any area, the fact they didn’t do anything about a gym being closed, and finally, the fact Gary is apparently the only one who’s ever beaten them before and how they seemed to have no idea how to handle things after someone became champion and another person came along. Maybe they came about at the same time as the cave here and the whole mewtwo affair – people realized there needed to be some sort of regulation when it came to ungodly powerful monsters. The point of the elite four isn’t to find out who’s worthy to enter the cave, it’s to collect people with enough clout to ban everyone else from getting near.

Of course, if they were a direct response to this in particular then Indigo Plateau should have been relocated to on top of here, so that anyone who wanted into the cave had to beat them, rather than rely on some ordinary guy just telling people to stay out.

Huh. What if the reason he’s gone isn’t because of you but because someone else forced their way in? You don’t find them because the wild pokemon or Mewtwo itself ate them. I mean, it’s really weird he’d disappear when you win, since he still needs to keep out everyone who isn’t you or Gary.

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Enough rambling. In I go.

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I think the second type of rock might have been developed midway through the game, since you see it popping up after Cinnabar and not before.

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The pokemon here are indeed extremely high level. Due to being wild pokemon, you can’t just catch them to make a new team to crush the elite four the next time through, but if you had an unbalanced team, these guys will make a decent substitute for a weaker pokemon.
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This is actually a pretty simple dungeon, but god does it not seem like it. Right off the bat you’re faced with two different directions to go in.
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Down leads you into a maze.
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A maze with more high level pokemon.
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As you see, it’s a maze heavy in pointless dead-ends, forcing you to waste steps and run into more pokemon.

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Where are these items coming from?

It’s particularly weird with ones like this, which can’t be bought in the first place despite obviously being manufactured.
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Why are chansey down here and not, say, tauros? Because.
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When I first played, I wasn’t in the habit of paying attention whether I was headed up or down. I thought this was a third floor, with even more water leading off into other areas and entrances to other places.
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I mean, I guess I could explain this stuff as from another trainer who was killed, as I speculated earlier, but that doesn’t address the issue that there’s no way for that trainer to get it without finding it, since this too can’t be purchased anywherre.
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I believe this is the only pokemon here that isn’t fully evolved.
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If I continue back this way, I’ll end up at the entrance. You can actually skip that whole maze business by just surfing.
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I feel nuggets and such are underused. Instead of finding ever more improbable items, you could find valuable cave things and sell them for items for your next cave trip.
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This is the game personally laughing at you.
Electrode are fast enough to usually get the first move and to make it hard to run away from them.
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And their first move will often be to kill themselves and try to take you with them.

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As you go deeper, the pokemon become even stronger.

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As you see, the wild pokemon are taking a real toll. It’s best to stock up on revives before going in. My nidoqueen actually did extremely well here – she has a diverse moveset now and the stats to back it up.

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Ditto!

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Raichu again!

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You get several ultraballs along the way. The game obviously thinks you’ll need them.

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And now…

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Those letters wold come to mock me in later replays. But where is Mew? What do you know, Mewtwo?

It’s also interesting to wonder if Mewtwo thinks it’s just a baby mew. Imagine running into this giant L70 monster that’s meowing at you like a newborn kitten.
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Mewtwo is hideous, a hunched, bony monster of mismatched proportions. He has not been prettied up for an anime appearance yet.

Despite his appearance, he’s incredibly powerful, so who cares?

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Why is Mewtwo so high level, anyway? Either it’s been battling excessively since its escape or the scientists were working hard to level it up despite noting it was vicious and uncontrollable already – which admittedly I wouldn’t put past them, they don’t seem like they make good decisions.

It’s basically impossible to catch Mewtwo normally. It’ll just recover any damage you do.

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How can gene splicing be horrific in the first place?

But anyway. This paints a very different picture of what was going on there, and really fits better with the anime’s cloning tanks than any natural birth. There’s no mention here of mew even existing.

It’s never explained what was spliced in. I always figured humans, since Mewtwo is human size and also more humanoid than mew, plus drama! In terms of what they meant, I’m not sure they how much they knew what this stuff is beyond sciency buzzwords, so I have no idea.
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Mewtwo would probably kill me for this, so no, its name is fine as it is.

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And that’s it.

Still a few things worth checking out.
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Why? Because for some reason that’s how things are.

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It’s only in one direction as well. You can’t even walk back onto the regular path from here.

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I swear there’s something wrong with the wild pokemon appearance rates. This is the only hypno I saw, and dodrio will decide not to appear for me at all. (You’ll have to look up what pokemon are here online, as the pokedex doesn’t know this place exists and won’t mention what can be found here. I always thought that was a nice touch. This is the unknown dungeon, after all.)

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Also, you can and should fish here. (For some reason the game also won’t display where you can fish for pokemon. This is just because it hates you.)

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They’re strangely weak, but still, it’s an easy way to find pokemon you’d otherwise have to evolve or else spend an hour at Seafoam to find.

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For some reason the game thinks this is what hermit crabs are like.

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Back outside, if you go to a PC you’ll find a new option has been added. That’s just to see your hall of fame records.

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I have more pokemon to evolve.

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Seriously the best fossil.

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But you can see inside it just fine on the sprite.

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I took this to mean some people murder them and turn them into jewelry. Team Rocket should get on this, it must be much more profitable than slowpoke tails.

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If you keep trying to go past, after a couple tries the game hiccups and you move an extra step.

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Then you’re through. You’ll appear on a bicycle if you do go though – no hiking on Cycling Road!

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Going back the other way triggers things as well.

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Now that I have a slowbro…
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Also, my gyarados’ L40 stats. Respectable.

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The way the pokedex describes it makes me think they’re a lot more impressive than people generally act. More fearow should be in fanfic.
And also…
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While it’s the special that’s outright godly, that attack stat is perfectly good. People tend to assume Mewtwo is helpless without psychic moves, but that just slows down your inevitable destruction.
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Boring moveset, though.

Now, let’s get mew!
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Remember here?

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(How does the boat even leave? They went through the trouble of putting this stuff in in case the player got here, why not block things by saying the current is too strong like in Seafoam?)

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And there’s the truck!

What makes this especially perplexing is that there aren’t other trucks in the game. This was put in for this area alone.

Anyway, the internet says various things about what happens if you move this truck, but they generally involve getting a mew somehow. You just use strength…
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WHY WON’T YOU MOVE
WHY WON’T YOU MOVE
WHY WON’T YOU MOVE

Well, that’s it for Blue!

WWZ will be continuing in its present irratic, lurching manner, so that and carapace reviews is how we’ll finish up this month.

Next up is Battle Royale followed by Unwind. (So yes, it’ll be a while before we reach The Host. My apologies.) Battle Royale is eighty chapters and Unwind is nearly that length,  so we’ll probably have to have updates of several chapters at once to finish this in anything resembling a sane timescale. And there will be other delays involved…

Pokemon BW2 comes out in October. And, of course, November will be happyfun not-pokemon review month. I think I’ll duck in to the FFN side of things for that. Then back to books for December…then rageyfun pokemon review month. If it’s possible, I’ll do Battle Royale at the same time as Black 2, but otherwise the next few months will be solidly fandom territory.

34 Comments

  1. Morieris says:
    …I had no idea about that truck area. Just one more mystery from the development of R/B/G.

    & Hooray for Battle Royale!

  2. Negrek says:
    Really enjoyed the Blue playthrough here. It was a huge nostalgia rush for me.

    Looks like you’re going to be busy in the next few months! 

    1. Farla says:
      I’m really glad I did it. I hadn’t played my old game in ages.
  3. Koby says:
    I really enjoyed this playthrough. Lots of nostalgia, even though I played a lot more of Silver/Gold (because you could then play it again differently with Crystal, and now again with HeartGold/SoulSilver).

    Anyway, can’t wait for Battle Royale. And when you get to reviewing pokemon fanfic, don’t forget to review Renn Ireigh’s work. 

    1. Farla says:
      I think I actually replayed the second gen era far more times, since that was the upgraded version, but I never quite liked it the same way.

      don’t forget to review Renn Ireigh’s work

      Hm, I guess I might as well.

  4. SophieSummer says:
    Yay! :) I’m excited about all the upcoming books. 
    1. Farla says:
      ::::P They won’t be upcoming for a while, though!
  5. Gino says:
    Ma’m, I congratulate you for this thorough, rather analytic play-through of Pokemon Blue. My friends are all scared stiff of this game because they think it’s really hard.

    Have you ever thought of posting these to That Guy With the Glasses?

    1. Farla says:
      Aw, it’s really not that hard. Like I showed, the AI is an idiot and like all good RPGs you can always just level up further to get past anything you have a problem with.

      Isn’t TGWTG a video-review site?

      1. Gino says:
        Yes, but there’s also typed blog posts. 

        The AI is an idiot to you but a creature of fear to us :/

        1. Farla says:
          Huh, so they do. It looks like it’s a pretty big jumble there, though, and I’m not sure of if it’s polite to do something like just post the first part of a review and link back to the rest.
  6. actonthat says:
    Unrelated to all things: Any thoughts on the Madoka dub aside from the ridiculous price?
    1. oubliette says:
      The dub’s okay, but I think it would’ve been better if they had more natural sounding voices. 

      It’s an anime about little girls turning into terrible monsters and killing each other. When they sound like something from Lucky Star, it’s kind of hard to take them seriously. 

      And the price is never ridiculous to a hardcore fan :P

      1. actonthat says:
        The price is killing me. I want it so bad, but I just don’t have the money to spend $200 on a twelve-episode miniseries, no matter how dearly I love it.
    2. Farla says:
      I had no idea. The last Madoka-related information I heard was ages ago when there were some comparisons of redrawn scenes and I decided I thought the originals were fine.
      1. actonthat says:
         Starting watching it yesterday. I kind of wonder how much the voice actors knew about the plot going in– the voices are perfect for a silly shojou show about middle school girls, but irritating and silly in a Faustian parable that ends with Jesus. They don’t really strike any good balance.

        Also, QB sounds like a little girl.

        1. Gino says:
          But at the last episode Homura’s voice actress was pretty awesome.
      2. purplekitte says:
        There’s two movies coming out in October that are just going to be a retelling/compilation of the original story, but more importantly a third, new-content movie coming out some time after that.
        1. Farla says:
          Oooh, have to jump on those.
  7. Danielle says:
    Loved this play through. Reminded me of all the times I had playing Yellow, and how the newer games differ. If Pokemon reviews other than the ones you mentioned are in the cards, I’d really like it if you would think of doing Ruby, Emerald, or Sapphire- particularly Emerald, since it features both Magma and Aqua. 
    1. Ember says:
       Ah, yes, good idea.  Making fun of how horrible Team Aqua and Team Magma are never ceases to be entertaining.
      1. purplekitte says:
        My thought, when pausing in my laughing, was that they wanted terrorists, but they wanted terrorists that were so ridiculous as to be inoffensive to everyone. So their ideologies had to be something so stupid that no human could have ever seriously entertained that thought.
        1. actonthat says:
           They were so close, too. If they’d just gone with, “We worship kyogre/groudon and want to create a world to our deity’s liking” instead of “WORLD NEEDS MOAR WATER JUST BECAUSE SO DIE KID DIE” it would have been perfectly acceptable.
          1. Farla says:
            The whole cult thing is tragically underutilized. I mean, these things are gods, aren’t they? People should do all sorts of fucked up stuff in their name.
        2. Farla says:
          The thing is, minus the “we’re doing it to help everyone!” friendly stupidity they’re actually pretty terrifying, or should be. People who are willing to rewrite the face of the earth, causing untold deaths, because they think the end result will be an improvement for the survivors? Holy shit.
    2. Farla says:
      I was thinking it might be interesting to alternate reviewing the new games and then going back to continue the old – maybe a short thing on Yellow, then Crystal, and so on.
  8. Fool says:
    Hm. I never played R/B/Y (I was too young, I think — R/S/E were the new thing by the time I was that age), so it was interesting to see the source of everyone’s nostalgia.

    Personally, I’d be interested to see what you think of other video games. Are there any ones besides Pokemon you’re interested in?

    1. infinitestrike says:
      I also really enjoyed this play through, and wouldn’t mind reading your thoughts on other video games, but it does look as though you’re really busy, Farla! 
      1. Farla says:
        I might make a post for possible videogames sometime. I’m busy with whatever it is I’m doing at the time, so I could always make that games instead of books.
    2. Farla says:
      I don’t have time for many videogames these days but there’s some older ones it’d be fun to do. The main stumbling block is that I don’t know anything much about how to run them on a computer and/or get decent screencaptures of the result, and a lot of the games I like had a big visual component.
      1. infinitestrike says:
        I’m not sure if this will be of any help to you: http://lparchive.org/meatsupport/GettingScreenshotsTheEasyWay/
        1. Farla says:
          It is! I’ll have to try that out on a game and also see about emulators…
  9. Minder says:
    I read this LP when you were first posting it, but I keep coming back to read it even a year later because I enjoyed it so much :) If you ever did a similar playthrough for the Gen II or III games I’d be so excited. I loved the ones you did for B/W and the sequels as well, helped me lock down on the reason why the later-game storylines always bothered me so much. I liked the friendship/cuddles aspect of Pokémon so much less as the series went on, and your player stopped being the exception to the rule than just one more trainer doing the Obviously Correct thing.
    1. Farla says:
      Thanks! I really had fun doing it and I mean to get to another game eventually.

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