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.
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.)
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.
Enough rambling. In I go.
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.
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.
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.
Down leads you into a maze.
A maze with more high level pokemon.
As you see, it’s a maze heavy in pointless dead-ends, forcing you to waste steps and run into more pokemon.
It’s particularly weird with ones like this, which can’t be bought in the first place despite obviously being manufactured.
Why are chansey down here and not, say, tauros? Because.
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.
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.
I believe this is the only pokemon here that isn’t fully evolved.
If I continue back this way, I’ll end up at the entrance. You can actually skip that whole maze business by just surfing.
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.
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.
And their first move will often be to kill themselves and try to take you with them.
As you go deeper, the pokemon become even stronger.
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.
You get several ultraballs along the way. The game obviously thinks you’ll need them.
Those letters wold come to mock me in later replays. But where is Mew? What do you know, Mewtwo?
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?
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.
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.
Mewtwo would probably kill me for this, so no, its name is fine as it is.
And that’s it.
Why? Because for some reason that’s how things are.
It’s only in one direction as well. You can’t even walk back onto the regular path from here.
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.)
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.)
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.
For some reason the game thinks this is what hermit crabs are like.
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.
I have more pokemon to evolve.
Seriously the best fossil.
But you can see inside it just fine on the sprite.
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.
If you keep trying to go past, after a couple tries the game hiccups and you move an extra step.
Then you’re through. You’ll appear on a bicycle if you do go though – no hiking on Cycling Road!
Going back the other way triggers things as well.
Also, my gyarados’ L40 stats. Respectable.
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.
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.
Boring moveset, though.
(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?)
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.
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.