Finally, it's time t' challenge the Mossdeep Gym. The Gym trainers were easily annihilated, and after a quick heal, t'was 'bout time I faced my fears.
Out come Balderdash 'n Dirge to battle against Tate & Liza's Claydol and Xatu. A mighty Hyper Beam ruined Xatu straight away, and Balderdash's Surf hit the incoming Solrock for half health, whereas Claydol only took about a third. Claydol's Earthquake does a third of Balderdash's health right back, but crits Dirge to half health right off the bat. =/ A held Sitrus Berry immediately got Solrock outta KO zone, so I used Slaking's turn of truancy to use a X Special.
... Except, battle items are used on the Poke which turn it takes. There's no choice who t' use it on. Fuck.
Another Surf chips down both Claydol and Solrock into KO range. Solrock takes it's turn to charges a laser Solarbeam without harsh sunlight, puttin' me in a good position to kill it next turn since both my Pokes outspeed theirs. Another EQ hurts though, and both my 'mons are in KO range from another crit.
A quick Soda Pop heals Dirge up quickly, while Balderdash fires off another Surf while Claydol uses a Hyper Potion to heal itself prior. Solrock is down and Lunatone comes out, but Claydol fires off another EQ to put Balderdash in a bad spot. At this point, the game is mine without sufferin' any losses. Excellent.
"Dirge is loafing around!"
It dawned on me that a Truant turn isn't passed after usin' an item. This isn't good. I was counting on Dirge to OHKO Lunatone with it's newly-learned Shadow Ball. Balderdash can't take one crit, and probably not even one Psychic from Lunatone. Another EQ puts both of my Pokes into KO range. My plans just got ****ed hard... I went inactive, played sloppy as a result, and now I reap what I sow.
"Lunatone used Calm Mind!"
... Magikarp be praised.
The next turn, a combination of Torrent-boosted Surf and Shadow Ball ruined the remnants of Tate & Liza's teams in one hell of a close call. If the computer wanted, I'd be outta a valuable team member. Lucky for me, Lady Luck had been merciful this day. With a valuable lesson in regards t' Truant remembered, Mind Badge get!
Saved there 'cause I need t' re-evaluate my stupidity after such a nearly quite costly mistake.
The team is as follows:
Balderdash (Swampert), lv. 42
Holding Sea Incense
Dirge (Slaking), lv. 42
Holding an Exp. Share
Steve (Aggron), lv. 42
Holding Soft Sand
Kesumayat (Vileplume), lv. 34
Holding a Miracle Seed
Q (Camerupt), lv. 34