FR-NI Challenge Update
Spoiler Alert!With all my grinding complete, Zynx 'n Blastoise are finally at level 65. Moltres as 67 due to some (wholly necessary) last-minute EV training for Speed. Josephine at lv. 51, an untrained Articuno 'n Snorlax also in tow, it's finally time to battle the Elite Four and put this Challenge int' the books!
First up is, of course, Lorelei. Her Dewgong is hardly a threat, but I'd prefer to minimalize damage taken, which brings me to the decision of leading with Zynx. Lovely Kiss misses on the first shot and her Dewgong gets in a middling Surf, dealing only 30 or so damage. The next Kiss hits, followed up by a Dream Eater t' fully restore Zynx's HP. Sadly, her Dewgong just barely holds on with a sliver of health, a full restore wakin' it up. I opted for Ice Punch t' just barely chip off enough HP to finish the job with another Dream Eater. Things go as planned when Lovely Kiss hits again; Dewgong is down.
She immediately sends out her Lapras, Zynx staying in. Lovely Kiss hits yet again, allowing me to score not one but two Dream Eaters, finishing off the sea ferrying Pokemon. Cloyster now comes in; and not wanting to waste more Lovely Kiss PP, I switch in Moltres. Cloyster's only offensive move is Dive, meaning Moltres is perfectly safe at all times. Not that it matters anyways, since one Flamethrower ruined it instantly.
Her semi-last Poke is Slowbro, the most annoying in that it's bulky and has a Sleep-inducing move. Blastoise finally hits the battlefield and tries to Bite it t' death, but Lorelei responds with Amnesia on turn 1. Switching to Strength, it's not enough to KO and she full restores her Slowbro after using Yawn, leaving Blastoise asleep. Luckily Lorelei wastes turns using Amnesia, allowing Blastoise to wake up and Strength it to death before it can do much with not-every-effective Surfs.
Her final Pokemon, Jynx, is sent out. This is where those Speed EVs come in handy: Moltres enters the battle and fires off a Flamethrower, outspeeding and KOing in one shot. That's one member of the E4 down!
Bruno is the easiest; he deserves no more than a synopsis. Blastoise's Surf ruined his two Onix, whereas Moltres' EV-bolstered Fly wrecked all three of his Fighting types in one shot, avoiding any Rock Tombs as a result. Easy.
Agatha is definitely the E4 member I'm most cautious of. Confuse Ray, Hypnosis, Sludge Bomb.. makes for a minefield of status afflictions. As is normal she starts off with a Gengar. To take advantage of it's low defense, Moltres smacks it with a Fly; but her lowest level Gegnar actually survives... and uses Double Team, the doom to all unlucky trainers like myself. A quick Flamethrower immediately snuffs out the Full Restore Agatha uses, another amazingly hittin', Lady Luck not spiting me for once. Out comes her Golbat, which is promptly met by Zynx's frozen fist and knocked out cold (lolololololololololol). Her stronger Gengar now joins the match, which has me worried. I was countin' on Moltres to OHKO her Ghosts. Zynx does have 40 more Sp.A than Moltres has Atk, so I decide to risk it.
... And regretted the decision. Ice Punch leaves it with a sliver, Gengar countering with a Shadow Ball... leaving Zynx with a pathetic amount of remaining HP as well. Damage calcs showed me it wouldn't OHKO, but I knew that this was a heavy price to pay. 22 HP won't let Zynx even take a Special Attack. Zynx finishes off the Gengar as Agatha wastes another Full Restore, then sending out Arbok. Not at all willing to risk Lovely Kiss' accuracy; I absolutely NEED Zynx to beat Lance; I switch in Blastoise. Hydro Cannon ruins the cobra in one shot, at least that going as planned.
Her final Pokemon, a weak Haunter is sent out. Moltres flies into it and finishes it off timely, securing me the victory. But now Zynx can't take a single hit, meaning I can't risk a missed Lovely Kiss on Green's Arcanine or Alakazam. Not good... time for some scheming. Lance is the perfect target for said scheming in the mean time.
Lance's Gyarados is met by my terribly low level Snorlax... but for good reason. Lance can't even 2HKO this Snorlax with any move but Hyper Beam. If it uses Hyper Beam, Zynx has two shots with Lovely Kiss to Dream Eater and steal some HP back. If it doesn't use Hyper Beam, Yawn will put it to sleep. If Snorlax is KO'd on the turn Gyarados will fall asleep, Zynx can Dream Eater and be guaranteed to not be hit by a Hyper Beam, recovering HP and ensuring a KO. If Gyarados never uses Hyper Beam, Snorlax can simply Rest up and repeat the process until Gyarados falls for the trap.
On turn one, Gyarados fires it's laser and falls for it instantly. Zynx comes in, kisses the useless evolution t' sleep and devours it's dreams like a certain Schala y'all might know. It has a fraction of it's vitality left, allowing Lance to Full Restore it, but two Ice Punches ruin the sea dragon and leave Zynx at near full health again. Success! In comes Aerodactyl, which just trades a low-damage Ancient Power with my Blastoise's Surf. Zynx takes care of everythin' from there with super-effective Ice Punch, exploiting the Dragon Master's blatant weakness perfectly.
Victory is within reach. Onward to the final round. Champion Green wants to battle! Out comes Pidgeot. I lead with Moltres since it isn't absolutely necessary to win the match; if somethin' retarded somehow happened to Jynx, a STAB Aerial Ace might actually KO. Speakin' of, Moltres trades said Aerial Ace with a Flamethrower, burning Pidgeot and takin' minimal damage in the process. Green switches into another useless Gyarados, sponging the Flamethrower for low damage.
I counter by sending in Josephine, not wanting to switch Blastoise or especially Zynx in on a Thrash. For whatever stupid reason it uses Dragon Rage, allowing Josephine to go out with a bang via Double Edge. Damage was low, but left Green's Gyarados with just a fraction less than half health. Using damage done t' Lance's Gyara as a measurin' tool, I was assured Zynx could finish the job with Ice Punch, which certainly took place after Josephine fell to a Hydro Pump and Zynx came in for the revenge kill.
Next came Rhydon. I switched to Blastoise and smashed it with Surf, OHKOing with all-due overkill. Alakazam shows up alongside my Zynx for a duel of Psychic types. Lovely Kiss prevents it from doin' a thing, Dream Eater lowering Alakazam to about 50% health, restoring Zynx to 100% HP. Ice Punch finishes it off. Venusaur is sent out for some illogical reason, Moltres switchin' in to deliver a super-effective Flamethrower. Down to his last Pokemon, Arcanine is sent out.
Comin' full circle with the Challenge, it ends how it starts: out comes Blastoise to deal the final attack. A desperate Extremespeed does paltry damage, unable to KO even if it would've been a crit. One Hydro Cannon later... Challenge complete! Yet not a single white out was had that day. Finally at the end'a this long road, the team is as follows, entering the Hall of Fame.
Moltres, lv. 68
Zynx (Jynx), lv. 67
Blastoise, lv. 66
Josephine (*Raticate), lv. 51
Articuno, lv. 50
Snorlax, lv. 30