Pokemon XY Adventure Log: Day 3 – A Whole Lot of Rocks
Today, I travelled through a cave that led to a rocky cliffside. This area gave off an incredible sense of verticality, as I could look down and see the next town far below me. I hopped across rocks, found many Pokemon (including Spoink and Axew), and even had some Sky Battles. Sky Battles and Horde Battles are two new types of combat introduced in X and Y. Exactly what a “Sky Battle” entails is pretty obvious – a trainer high up on a cliff or far away challenges you to a fight that takes place midair, and only Pokemon that can fly or levitate are allowed to battle. I faced foes like Pidgeotto and Emolga in these types of battles. Horde Battles involve a group of around five Pokemon ganging up on you. They are all low-levelled Pokemon, and I found these to be more of a nuisance than entertaining, especially since I don’t currently have any moves that can target more than one foe.
The whole thing looks pretty great when you see it in motion with your own eyes
After making my way through the cliffs I came upon Ambrette Town, where the Fossil Lab was found. I wasn’t too surprised to find myself choosing between the Jaw Fossil and Sail Fossil. Having already seen the two Pokemon before I started hiding from spoilers, I decided to go with the more Diplodocus-esque Rock/Ice-type Amura whose DNA was preserved within the Sail Fossil. Getting to this point involved the first case of riding Pokémon within the game. I got atop a Rhyhorn’s back and traversed some dangerous-looking rock fields. I thought I might have been able to ride my own Pokemon at will, but I was wrong and a bit disappointed, but being able to get on the backs of certain Pokemon was still kind of novel and fun.
While traversing the beach, I smashed a rock and encountered a Pokemon called Binacle. I had never seen him before, and my initial reaction was to laugh out loud. It appears to be rock with two very grumpy-looking barnacle/hand things protruding from it. Even though it is pretty ridiculous, I still like it. It’s one of those humorous Pokemon that I find endearing because of its silliness like Garbodor and Vanilluxe. I can’t wait to see what it evolves into.
“What are YOU lookin’ at?”
After this, I entered Cyllage City where I won a bike by being the 10001st person to enter the store. The bike hasn’t changed much since the first game, though it does allow me to stray away from the 8-directional movement in favor of more free-form travelling. This is also the case for using the roller skates, and I don’t understand why walking is limited to 8 directions. Being limited by a grid-based system seems counter-intuitive to the whole “giant 3D world” thing, so it’s kind of a shame that it’s even there in the first place.
Next, I made my way up to the Cyllage City Gym and challenged the second Gym Leader, Grant, for the Cliff Badge. He was a master of the Rock-type, and getting to him required climbing up various cliff faces. I found there to be a much wider variety of Pokemon in this gym than in the previous, so I got to face a wide array of different Rock-type foes. Because I had been avoiding some wild Pokemon encounters in hopes of making the game more challenging, I found my team at almost the same level as Grant’s when I battled him. It was still a relatively easy fight, but since that point I have tried to stay around the same level as the trainers I face. As a result, I’ve had to put more thought into the moves I use in battle, and each victory is even more satisfying.
I ended my quest shortly after leaving the Cyllage City gym. I’m on my way through a field of gigantic rocks and have just found Team Flare again. I can’t wait to see what those wily jerks are up to now, and find out more about Mega Evolution!
Final note: my progress in trying out local mutliplayer has been a bit delayed, so more on that in a few days.
Next time: The Third Gym, Reflection Cave and more!
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