My AC:IV obsession has come to an end, nor has my Monster Hunter craze lasted through this long break, so it's back t' my Challenges for me.
Platinum - Scramble Update
- Ascended Mt. Coronet and gave that dumb ol' megalomaniac what was coming to 'em.
- Descended to Sunyshore and lolowned Volkner's entire gym with just Gastrodon.
- Skipped literally like 20 trainers on my way to and through Victory Road.
- Owned the Elite Four, though Flint was a close call... sun-boosted Flare Blitz is scary stuff.
- The RNG Goddess gave me her blessing despite the long break from my Challenge, and Gastrodon finished her Garchomp off with but 1 HP remaining. Challenge complete w00t!
The team is as follows.
Drifblim♂ @ Choice Specs, Aftermath, Gentle, Lv. 57
Drifblim proved to be incredibly useful this playthrough. Whenever I sorely needed to sponge an attack, it's immense HP was there t' ensure it wouldn't be 2HKO'd. Bar somethin' like a STAB Stone Edge... but 'ey, that's where the also-bulky Gastrodon comes in. It's attack stats were disappointing, but Specs at least let it 2HKO a lot of things that weren't quite as bulky as itself, and OHKO most things it hit super effective. Never found a use for Explosion sadly, but that's 'cause it's just a tad too slow.
Toxicroak♀ @ Fist Plate, Dry Skin, Adamant, Lv. 57
Queen Anne's Revenge
Toxicroak was my damage dealer, but she disappointed time and again by missin' crucial OHKOs... 'specially in the late game today. Oh, and everythin' in the E4 that she can threaten ****in' has a Fire-type or Psychic-type move... ._.; I think Toxicroak is useful in-game, but in this Generation, maybe not so much. In XY I imagine it'd be quite effective as a Fairy-type killer, but only if the opposin' Fairy isn't fast. 'Cause let me tell ya, Toxicroak's bulk sure let me down quite a bit, super-effective moves or not.
Gastrodon♀ @ Soft Sand, Sticky Hold, Sassy, Lv. 59
Gastrodon proved to be the most useful of my Pokes. Not because of the decent bulk, but because of her grand typing. Swampert is far better in-game for a variety of reasons, but Gastrodon still held her own. STAB Surfquake is 2 gud. With only Grass-types to fear, her synergy with my other two Pokes allowed her to play an excellent defensive pivot role in my three-Poke core. Really would'a liked to of had Water Absorb instead in a shitton of circumstances, but Water-types be damned regardless. Never proved to be an unbeatable challenge.
Despite my expectations for Toxicroak not bein' met, it was a fun Scramble regardless. Likely never would've used a Drifblim ever otherwise, and perhaps not a Toxicroak neither. But bleh @ Gastrodon (I've used many a [better] Water-type, as well as Swampert, many times).