-When we left off I had captured my final pokemon, a badass Kyogre by the name of King Kai in the cave of origin. The whole gang was around level 45 so I felt the time was ripe to take on the final gym
-With King Kai to set up some rainy weather, I managed to defeat Wallace with reasonable ease. It was true that most of my moves were not effective, but then again neither were his. Lady Cray was the star, she cut through his girly water 'mons with pure strength (literally, she used the move strength)
-Wahey, eight badges, Victory road time! Wait, why am I celebrating, I hate victory road! Particularly the Hoenn one. you need to use flash AND rock smash. I subbed The Duke out for my HM slave Zigzagoon, and disregarded flash (making for even more slower progress.) Eventually I crawled out the other side, but my troubles were not over. It was Grinding time (cue epic training montage)
-Another reason why I hate the Hoenn V. Road, there are a severe lack of bulky, easy to kill, high exp, rock/ground types so training was very slow. Eventually I got the team to level 50. I was pretty confident. It was ELITE FOUR TIME YEEEAAAAHH.
-Well. I whited out. Twice. D: First to Drake, second to Steven (I was so close!) The problem both times was to do with the collectively shallow and shitty movepool of my team, even with a Kyogre. With barely any super effective attacks for most of the elite four's pokemon, OHKOs were really hard to come by, and the health of my team was chipped away quite quickly. I especially had a problem with Glacia, her team had the worst typing from my point of view, high HP and defenses. It was really tough and slow going to take her down. By the time I got to the big guns at the end, my pals were so weak (and/or dead) that any missed attack, confusion etc was a death sentence.
-I pulled up my socks, wiped away my tears and retreated back into the dank gloomy victory road (victory my ass) for some serious grinding time. The pokemon who actually achieved anything during my first attempts (namely King Kai, Dr. Walter and Sir. Kipper) were trained to Lvl 55, while for the others, I just leveled them up by one
- Third attempt. Lets go. I learned from my mistakes. I knew which pokemon to use for each leader. King Kai began each battle, setting up some nice rainy weather each time. Glacia was still a pain, and Miss Milly and Lady Cray died, with Dr. Walter severely weakened, but Drake was a breeze (King Kai + Ice Beam = DRAGON MURDER)
- Ah, Steven, we meet again. But this time, YOU DIE. And he did. Dr. Walter and King Kai died in the process (they had been severely weakened from the whole process) But my starter, Sir Kipper really kicked some steely ass, and with a final earthquake from The Duke, the battle had been won.
-CHALLENGE COMPLETE. TWO WHITE OUTS.
-Here is my final team:
Sir Kipper - Swampert - Lvl 55
Miss Milly - Azumarill - Lvl 51
Lady Cray - Crawdaunt - Lvl 52
The Duke - Whiscash - Lvl 51
Dr. Walter - Walrien - Lvl 55
King Kai - Kyogre - Lvl 56