I was quite busy for the past few days so only got round to exploring Kanto today.
-Got the boat to Vermillion, and stepped onto the shores of Kanto, full of confidence, and overjoyed by the nostalgia.
-Walked straight over to the gym, took it on, acquired the Thunder badge.
-I'm in the mood for a complete Kanto sweep, so I head up to saffron and show that silly Sabrina and her psychics who's boss. Hello there marshbadge.
-Take a stroll over to Celadon, pass the old pedo dude, enter the gym and leave with a shiny new rainbow badge.
-Go up to Cerulean, but I had forgotten about the whole power plant plot thing so I fly back to Celadon and take cycling road down to Fuchsia. I NEED MORE BADGES NOW.
-Enter the gym. Annoyingly I find the real Janine by accident pretty quickly, so I don't get to battle all the gym trainers. ALL THAT EXP WASTED
-Anyway, I kick her ninja ass and walk away with a soul badge.
-I make my way up to lavender town, battling all the trainers and leveling up like a boss.
-Lavender town is still as creepy as hell, what with the underlying creepy theme hidden in the jovial new music, and the fact that they destroyed the sacred resting ground of pokemon to build the new radio tower. I get my ass right outta there and head through rock path.
-I suppose the power plant plot must be done sooner or later, so I head back to cerulean, battle the rocket dude and find the machine part. Oh yes, I also smash misty, obtaining the Cascade badge.
-Begrudgingly, I fly back to creepy lavender once the machine part has been returned to get the radio card. Then its back to vermillion to clear that Snorlax from outside Diglett cave.
-Pass through Diglett cave and arrive in pewter city. Well hello there Brock. AGH it wasn't as easy as I had thought! His first pokemon was a graveler who used earthquake whilst I was digging, reducing my HP substantially. Then, I couldn't KO his Omastar, who used surf lowering my HP to near red. The rest of his team was ok, but It did bring me back to earth a bit. I have gotten this far without whiting out, I do not want to die now. Anyway, with my new boulder badge, it was time to move on.
-I meander down through Viridian and pallet (oh hey Red's mum! I totally play Red's N64) and surf over to the town formally known as cinnibar. i seek out Blaine and we battle within his cave gym. I win of course, getting the volcano badge.
-This is it, the final battle, Vs Blue in viridian. And by golly, it was the toughest battle yet! I was level 85 before hand and brimming with confidence. This confidence was shattered soon enough. First pokemon, Pidgeot was ok, taken out by return but I had forgotten ho high leveled this guys pokemon were. Next up, Rhydon. and oh my god what a pain it was. I used dig, it used EARTHQUAKE reducing my HP to a terrifying 1/4 of its original amount. Then the sneaky bastard switches in to Gyarados so of course my dig was for nothing. I use return to see if I can KO the beast BUT IT SURVIVES WITH LIKE 1 HP and uses HYDRO PUMP. Well, I thought that was it. My first white out of the game, and how fitting that it would be in my last battle. But lo and behold, Athena Clings on to life with FOUR HP REMAINING!!!!! YOU BEAUTIFUL RAT, YOU. We both use full restores and this time my Return kills the beast in one hit. He sends out the nasty Rhydon again and I take care to avoid using dig. I use Super fang for that certain halving of it's HP. It uses fury attack, thank goodness which barely does anything. I use Shadow ball, which STILL doesn't kill him, leaving him with around 1/4 HP. He uses Earthquake which despite me not being underground, still does substantial damage. Another shadow ball and that pesky rhino is down. Next up is Exeggutor. One shadow ball and he is on red HP. Luckily he only uses solar beam, so while he charges I come in again with another S.Ball to seal the deal. Alakazam luckily IS KO'd by a return. Last Pokemon, Arcanine! I use dig, which unfortunately doesn't quite kill him. He lands a flame thrower which brings me down to Red HP! This is getting intense. He full restores and I Use return, almost killing him. I risk one more return, if this misses I am dead... But Athena pulls through, defeating Arcanine and beating Blue! Hooray! CHALLENGE COMPLETE. I LOVE RATTATA.
I actually had a lot of fun with this challenge. There was something awesome about beating trainers with teams of fully evolved, badass looking pokemon with just a rat (Lance, I'm looking at you). I think the fact that I played it on silver made the challenge just that more doable for several reasons. First of all, the Johto plot it's self. The fact that you visit two regions gave it a good pace, so whilst the trainers and gyms never leveled up too quickly, you could over level quite effectively, without being vurnerable to gyms and tough trainers. This also meant that you didn't really battle fully evolved pokemon to much later in the game when rattata was round 20 to 30 levels above the average pokemon. Small things also made a difference, such as the lack of abilities. I would definitely have died if Ghastlys and Koffings had levitate (there were so so many of them, especially due to rockets) Also abilities like static and sturdy would have been crippling. All in all I had an awesome time. I had never used a rattata (Or ratticate) properly, and I have fallen in love. Athena is definitely in the top percentage of ratattas, and I will take on the league again and battle red though I will need to be level 100 for it.