Last time, there’s no way to get to Silph’s president! How can I possibly
It’s one thing to have optional confusing shortcuts. But when you do away with doors entirely…it seems a bit dangerous.
Then again, I could say the same about antagonizing apparently every scientist on your payroll, all of which have exploding pokemon.
Anyway, down we go…
I wrote a fanfic once on the question that ultimately boiled down to “I don’t know, really”. Gary is extremely self-aggrandizing toward you, so one would expect him to want glory. Perhaps, like the rival of the second gen, he views Team Rocket as weak, and so, not worth his time. I wonder how accurate that could be? The two of us do appear to be exceptional, but even still, the trainers here are easy. Maybe there’s a reasonable number of dedicated trainers who could do the same, but they’re spread out enough that the odds of any one of them being right here, right now were low enough Team Rocket had a chance. It comes down to how long this has taken – if this was supposed to be a quick strike, then it’s possible they were just betting that no one would be close enough to stop them in time.
In that case, what you do is heroic, but it’s sort of like rescuing a baby from a fire – it tends to have less to do with being the only one capable of doing it in the world and more to do with you being there to do it when someone was needed.
Pidgeot has a terrible sprite. It’s one of the many reasons I was never enthused over the pokemon. Just look at that thing, it looks like it was assembled from pre-cut wood.
Luck is on my side. I don’t even really need it, eitther.
His exeggcute spends its time casting reflect as I icebeam it to death. Quality AI!
The AI’s problems get steadily s worse as the game goes on and the moves available have more strategy involved. In the early game, you have a physical attacking move and something that lowers the enemy’s attack or defense. All options are reasonably useful as long as you’re not wasting the last turn of your last pokemon on a stat altering move.
But then things get more complicated. So as the player slowly learns to use those moves and becomes better at battling as a result, the quality of their opponents declines.
You can access the Unknown Dungeon upon beating the elite four, right? It doesn’t specifically require being the current champion. What if Gary had gone there? I don’t know how he could have captured Mewtwo without a masterball, of course, but if he did somehow (or perhaps there’s more than one prototype around Silph, and he simply took one) he’d then be, for all practical purposes, unbeatable.
That…could be interesting.
And we know he’s the sort of person who believes being a strong trainer is about finding strong pokemon, and he could have easily heard about the planned research trip to Cerulean due to thinking that might be where one of the legendary birds are, which are presumably thought to be powerful pokemon in their own right and the sort of thing he might want to capture to become stronger.
You know, I haven’t actually done it yet.
Lapras is not even close to high enough level to be useful, so I really don’t know what the thought process behind this is. Maybe he’s hoping some quick bribery will distract me from what Gary said so I won’t change my mind about the whole saving them thing.
It’s never explained why it’s in their lab. Or how on earth they’ve been keeping it when the only area with water is on the ground floor. Maybe they were doing research into endangered pokemon (for cloning, maybe? Perhaps mastering that was the first stage of figuring out how to revive fossils) and it’s left over from that. It’s not clear why the guy couldn’t have given it away before now to any other trainer, though. Maybe, like the amber guy, he feels his hands are tied, but with the current chaos he’s able to finally act.
In case you couldn’t figure out how to catch a pokemon to learn surf. (Come to think of it, can you complete the game with only pokemon you receive? I don’t think blastoise or eevee learn cut… I guess you’d have to use game corner pokemon to manage it.)
Last time, Giovanni had two guards. Maybe he’s trying quality over quantity today, though. I mean, at least this one’s actually coming over to challenge me instead of just standing there.
That’s an odd thing to say for a pokemon battle, so perhaps he actually wasn’t challenging me to a battle, it’s just that instead of holding still I pulled out my own pokemon.
While I disagree there’s any suggestion the character is fighting his dad, I do think you can argue Giovanni has a certain degree of parental interest in you. He really does want you to leave this stuff alone, you’re too young and stupid and idealist to understand what’s going on here. Go off, do your own thing instead of playing hero, then he’ll recruit you when you’re an angry teen and you can be his righthand man and it’ll all be great.
A rare implication that things can happen after a battle is lost. I find the game can make more sense if you assume one side having conscious pokemon then has the ability to use those to threaten the other party, but not always, since other times the NPCs gloat about not telling you things. Perhaps they just bet you won’t behave like that, rather than can’t.
Rock/ground pokemon really have a hideously terrible special, just look at this.
Other dual-types are nowhere near as bad, despite not having a 4x common weakness that needs all the help it can get.
STOP USING THAT, GAME. YOU’RE JUST WASTING YOUR TURN.
And we’re done.
Look, I know you can afford items, and that’s great, but you’ve got to learn that some items aren’t actually worth anything. Try revives.
I still don’t even know exactly what you were trying to do, but I’m just going to assume, from everything, that you ruined your own plans. You don’t seem to have had any clear idea of what you were trying to accomplish. You massively extended yourself to take over an entire city, but you didn’t bother actually guarding the entrances. Locking Silph’s doors was apparently beyond you.
Interesting you say that.
How secret? Like, did Giovanni not even know about it, or just the general public. Is there only one or are there a couple prototypes but you don’t want to give me all of them because then I could spare one to be dismantled by a competitor of yours?
Well, time for the victory lap.
I guess fame is fleeting.