Lenora certainly is the deadliest second gym leader ever to bless a mainstay Pokemon RPG. Y'all might disagree that Misty and her damnable Starmie are more difficult, but her Starmie doesn't have a bloody 210 BP move (after Herdier is KO'd, anywho), nor does it put Pokemon to sleep...
Spoiler Alert!With my first badge in possession, t'was time to head off down to Dewford. That salty ol' Magikarp of a sailor gave me a ride down, where I immediately bypassed the gym and went into Granite Cave. Flash is for pussies. :P
Prior to this point, I stopped trainin' Dirge for one sole reason: it was level 11. Now that I had repels, I could increase the chances of findin' the Pokemon I'm wantin': an Aron. On the basement floor in Granite Cave, only Sableye, Makuhita, and Aron can appear as level 11. Aron has a 40% encounter rate, while the other two have a meager 10%. While Makuhita wouldn't be all-that bad, Sableye is just-plain awful. The repel also kept me from unintentionally recruitin' a ****in' Zubat (blehhhhhhhhhhhh), though it also erased any chance of encounterin' a Abra.
Regardless, lo and behold, Aron appears! It's Headbutt was doin' a number on Dirge actually, so I only had one Yawn to catch it. Since Balderdash didn't have any moves to hit it normally effective without killin' it, my evolved 'mon was takin' good damage as well... If an untrained, unevolved 'mon is doin' such a number on my team, clearly that means I need to catch it; so I did. One Pokeball later, my new partner joined the party.
I initially forgot to nickname Aron, but it came to me later on very easily. Aggron is essentially a Tyranitar that digs through bedrock in behavior; what else has to do with bedrock? Minecraft. Steve only wishes he could break bedrock. Champion Steve owns an Aggron. IT COULDN'T BE MORE OBVIOUS!
Yes, I named my Aron "Steve". In a party where ridiculous 'n unfitting names like Dirge or Balderdash are to be used, it's plainly named "Steve". It's a horrible ****in' name in the most ironic way, 'n that's why I bloody chose it. Ya really couldn't think up a name more generic than Steve. herpderp
Catchin' my new partner, I delivered the Oak's Parcel the letter to Steve (lulz) 'n traveled all the way back to Rustboro to get my EXP. share from Mr. Stone. Neither Dirge nor Steve could possibly take a fightin' move or two, and Balderdash ain't gonna be able to take many extra hits; if any at all. At the time, he was the same level as Brawly's Makuhita.
Speakin' of, the gym trainers were a breeze. Brawly himself wasn't much tougher. When his Machop used Bulk Up, I simply changed to Water Gun. His Machop did nothin' but spam Seismic Toss anyways, bloody idiot. Makuhita came out 'n hit hard with a Bulk Up'd Vital Throw, but Brawly wasted his last potion (he also used one on his Machop) to save it for an extra turn. Torrent-boosted Water Gun proceeded to end his Makuhita with all due ease regardless. Knuckle Badge get!
Onwards to Slateport. Dirge still hasn't evolved 'cause his growth is the slow speed (ba-dum tsh!), so I decided to grind a bit on all the beach goin' trainers. One trainer in particular had a Zigzagoon. With Surf, nearly killin' Aron. ... And headbutt, nearly flinchin' Dirge to death. As well Balderdash... -_-' If there's any way I don't wanna end this challenge, it's gettin' swept by a ****in' Zigzagoon. ._. Narrowly avoided an embarrassing fail of an end.
Trounced Aqua 'n also decided to visit the Battle Tent. Turns out it was the Rental one, so I had absolutely nothin' to lose. Lo and behold, there was a Magikarp just waitin' to be rented... But that'd make it far too bloody easy, a guaranteed win. I regretfully declined... And instead opted for a team of not-Steve Aron, a Machoke with a Modest nature, and an Electrike. Machoke was bulky, Electrike was fast 'n hit hard, Aron was even bulkier physically than Machoke, had great typin' and hit the hardest. Surprisingly good selection. The only Poke I at all wanted was a headbutt-spammin' Linoone in the last battle of the set. Clean sweep without killin' any of my Pokes in the process too, though I was ready to sacrifice Electrike to off said Linoone if it came to that. T'was a fun tangent, got a free Full Heal outta it too.
A few trainer battles later, a Roselia was givin' me some trouble. Steve has horrible SpD obviously, and Slakoth gives the Roselia free absorbs every turn... T'was lookin' grim. But a potion was all that was need t' scratch it to death, and nothin' horrible happened. Gettin' tired at this point in the night, so I saved here.
The team is as follows:
Balderdash (Marshtomp), lv. 19
Holding an Oran Berry
Dirge (Slakoth), lv. 17
Holding an EXP. Share
Slack Off (... but I already knew this move long before my Nuzlocke?)
Steve (Aron), lv. 13
Holding a Quick Claw
Still regret usin' Rock Tomb on Balderdash... Such a waste, all done in the haste of sleepiness. Now Aron is Rock-STABless for the entire game. ._. Ah well... Not like Rock Tomb is a great move anywho. Probably better off spammin' Iron Tail as my inaccurate move of choice regardless.
Once Dirge dabbles a tad too much in cocaine evolves, Aron will permanently have the EXP. share 'till it's late evolution to Lairon. Oh, 'n here's a funfact for y'all. Did ya know Lairon weighs as much as a ****in' Rhydon? It's practically a quarter of it's size... Lairon is ****in' dense. How it moves about on those stubby legs, I sure as shit don't know.