Time t' actually be an active Challenger once more.
As per usual I unnecessarily planned my team t' be awesometacular since I'm a perfectionist like that. I originally intended t' have the team of Venusaur, Magneton and Vaporeon, but I quickly realized my last FR playthrough had used that same team with Venusaur swapped out for Charizard.
So I changed it completely and chose a different starter as well: Squirtle. No nickname since I'm lamesauce.
After owning in my first trainer battle (read: nearly lose from a crit) against rival Derp and givin' that lazy ass old man his parcel (why the hell does the entirety of Viridian not have a mailman?!), I went on a catching spree to preempt the requirements for HM 05: as well as t' find my next team member on Route 3. Must'a KO'd 20 Mankey lookin' for it.
"Wait... that Rattata's pre-battle sprite looks darker than normal?"
BY THE HOLY SCALES OF 'KARP, A SHINY
After staring in disbelief for a moment, I instantly ordered Squirtle t' Bubble that shinning bastard into submission. Just t' **** with me, it critical hit'd; though it was still just barely outta the red, so I immediately started chuckin' Pokeballs. Good thing I spent every last ****in' Pokedollar on a bunch'a them... On the very first ball, I snagged dat shiny Rattata.
I can't remember the last time I mashed B and saved so quickly.
After some celebratory cheer, I was now thinkin' on whether or not I'd use it in a Challenge... Surely usin' a shiny in-game is a never-in-a-lifetime chance, but part of me refuses t' use it without being able to clone. And cloning in Emerald is indeed risky... I want both a shiny Rattata and Raticate, but I sorely want t' use it for the Challenge as well. Oh, such a conundrum... So naturally, I did what any smart man would: put it off until tomorrow.
Deciding I'd sleep on this shiny encounter rather than act on it, I continued the Challenge a tad further. I searched for at least 10 minutes for team mate #2, but... found nothin'. So I looked it up on Serebii, which claimed it was common. "Bullshit... ._." I thought, and double checked on Bulbapedia.
... Then I realized I wasn't on the right Route. But angry I wasn't, since I'm still high on my shiny new trophy.
20 minutes wasted? No ****s given. Onwards I continue t' smash in every trainer's face; including my rival; since Squirtle is overleveled from all that searching. Squirtle'd all over Brock's rocks as one would expect, considerin' I had a Wartortle
after beatin' up the sole gym trainer's Pokes. Boulder badge get!
In all my glee 'n glory, I continued on to Mt. Moon and changed my mind on the Pokemon I wanted as team mate #2. Originally I wanted a Nidoking (Nidoran ♂ is found on Route 22 only in Red and Blue... ;_____; I've made that mistake twice now... ), but then I remembered that Nidoking ****in' sucks without TMs. Terrible plan was terrible, so I instead decided t' capture a Geodude.
"Wartortle used Bite! Wild Geodude fainted!"
"... God damnit
Five Trollbats later, another Geodude. This time I used a Weedle I caught in Viridian to slowly poison it, this time capturing it. That's team mate #2 in the bag. I went back t' fight the few trainers I skipped to help level it up, since level 7 ain't exactly intimidating. With a little bit'a training done, I healed in Pewter City and saved.
Just this mornin', I finally decided what I'd do with my shiny Rattata. Once again engaging in what all wise men would do to make a decisive 'n rational decision, my choice of whether or not t' use it... ... ... was chosen by a coin flip.
Heads it was, so Rattata will be a part'a my team. Raticate is just awful though, so I've decided to replace Geodude with my beloved new shiny. A two-man team of Blastoise and shiny Raticate should be enough t' beat the game, I'd wager. Even if the two don't resist any of the other's weaknesses...