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    • Pokemon Ruby Nuzlocke Journal

      6 months ago

      Lionheart261

      Hey guys, Lion here. So I've been doing some thinking, and I think I'm going to clear my Sun game. I just didn't feel like playing it as much while I was doing the Nuzlocke, so I want to focus on playing the game normally so I can get the full experience more easily.


      With that said, I've decided to do a new Nuzlocke that'll hopefully be easier: a nuzlocke of Ruby version!


      Since we're not dealing with new Pokemon anymore, I'm going to go vanilla Nuzlocke rules here: one Poke per route, and if it faints it's dead. However, I will allow Dupes clause.


      With all that said, let's get to it!

      ***

      Day 1 - 4/23/17

      [I'd say spoilers ahead, but the game's 14.5 years old]


      So after sitting through the professor monologue, I pick out my character: Lionel.


      With this done, I leap into the world of Pokemon...by falling out of the back of a moving truck.


      At the door to my new house in Littleroot Town is my mother, who sends me to my room as the mover Pokemon finish their work. I steal the potion from the PC and set the clock before Mom comes in to inform me that the move is complete. I then head downstairs, where she informs me that my father, Norman, is on the news. We miss him, but Mom informs me that a family friend, Professor Birch, lives next door, and sends me off to introduce myself.


      After barging in uninvited, I meet Dr. Birch(I headcanon Mrs. Birch as a astronomer cuz wynaut)before being sent up to meet the one and only May(May x protag is second best May ship, IMO)


      Being a bit too calm about a strange boy emerging into her room unannounced, May says hello before running off to help Birch with his research. With the introductions over with, I head out. As I walk home, I hear shouting coming from Route 1. I head there to find none other than Birch being chased by a Poochyena. I let him get mauled as I mull over my choices.


      Since I don't use Grass Pokemon as often as I should, and since Grovyle is a total badass, I pick Treecko and Pound the Poochyena to death. 


      Grateful to me for saving his life, Birch decides to give me Treecko. Since I just had FE: Fates on the brain, Treecko's green, and he's kind of a ninja, I decide to name him Kaze. After resting at my house, I head off to Route 103 to find May. Along the way, I get a free Potion from the proprietor of Oldale Town's Poke Mart and Pound a couple Zigzagoons to death, allowing Kaze to level up to Level 6 and learn Absorb.


      Upon running into May, she challenges me to a battle. After a couple Pounds, her Torchic falls, allowing Kaze to level up to Level 7. She heads back to the lab and I follow suit, stopping at the Mart to stock up on Potions and status heals. 


      Back at the lab, Birch gives me a Pokedex and May gives me some Poke Balls. As I head out to Route 1, Mom stops me and gives me the oh-so-glorious Running Shoes!


      Now set to go be the very best like no one ever was, I run into Route 1 ready to make new friends!


      My first encounter is a Zigzagoon...which Kaze fainted. Damn it, Kaze. You had one job.


      Anyway, me and Kaze faint a Wurmple and heal at Oldale before heading into Route 103. On the first blade of grass, we find a Poochyena, which Kaze thankfully doesn't faint and which I catch successfully. I decide to name her Lassie. 


      I heal again and then head to Route 102 briefly to run around in the grass, finding none other than...a Ralts. OMG.


      Handling her as gingerly as possible, I manage to catch her and name her Fubuki, after the psychic hero Miss Blizzard from One Punch Man.


      Healing once more, I head into Route 102 and grind off of the Pokemon and some of the trainers by switching out Fubuki for Kaze until Fubuki grows to Level 6 and learns Confusion, with Kaze growing to Level 9. After that, Kaze and Fubuki defeat the last few trainers, Kaze grows to Level 10, and I snatch some berries nearby before heading into Petalburg City. 


      After healing, I meet Norman in his gym and he ropes me into getting a Ralts for Wally. Once that's done, I stock up on as many supplies as I can with my winnings before heading into Route 104. With Fubuki's help, I manage to catch a Zigzagoon, whom I name Rocket. After healing one final time, I decide to take a break for today.


      Current team: 4.


      -Kaze the Treecko: Male, Lv. 10; met at Route 101(day 1, Lv. 5). Nature: Jolly. Ability: Overgrow. Moves: Pound, Leer, Absorb. Item: None

      -Lassie the Poochyena: Female, Lv. 3; met at Route 103(day 1, Lv. 3). Nature: Timid. Ability: Run Away. Moves: Tackle. Item: None.

      -Fubuki the Ralts: Female, Lv. 6; met at Route 102(day 1, Lv. 4). Nature: Calm. Ability: Trace. Moves: Growl, Confusion. Item: None.

      -Rocket the Zigzagoon: Male, Lv. 5; met at Route 104(day 1, Lv. 5). Nature: Lonely. Ability: Pickup. Moves: Tackle, Growl, Tail Whip. Item: None


      Box: 0.


      Dead: 0.

      ***

      Day 2 - 4/24/17


      After trashing all of the trainers on Route 104(especially Rich Boy Winston) and healing, Fubuki grew to Lv. 7 and I decided to plunge into the Petalburg Woods. I managed to catch a Wurmple, whom I decided to name Dexter. I then headed out of the forest for a heal before heading back in, equipping as many guys as I could with Oran Berries and grinding off the wild Pokemon and trainers for a while, breaking to heal and stock up when needed. The results were as follows:

      -Rocket: Grew to Lv. 9 and learned Headbutt.

      -Kaze: Grew to Lv.  and learned Quick Attack.

      -Dexter: Grew to Lv. 7 and evolved into Cascoon, learning Harden. 


      After this, I headed over to a fork in the path, whereupon I ran into an employee of Devon Corporation being pursued by a grunt in an organization known as Team Magma. His Poochyena gave us some trouble, but Kaze eventually offed him. As thanks, the employee gave me a Great Ball and bade me farewell. I continued on through the woods, switch grinding Lassie where I could and leveling up Lassie to Lv. 4 and Dexter to Lv. 8. 


      Now out of the woods(literally), I got a TM for Bullet Seed from some weird kid and finished off all remaining trainers before heading into Rustboro, allowing Fubuki to grow to Lv. 8...before a Lotad killed her with a crit Astonish. Fucking shit.


      Rocket promptly one shot the rest of that Lass bitch's team and grew to Lv. 10. Also, she says afterwards, "I shouldn't have battled." The irony is not fucking lost.


      Anyway, Kaze and Rocket wreck the other trainers, getting Kaze a boost to Lv. 12. I go to Rustboro, put Fubuki in the morgue, and decide to call it quits for today so I have time to process the salt.


      Current team: 4.

      -Kaze the Treecko: Male, Lv. 12; met at Route 101(day 1, Lv. 5). Nature: Jolly. Ability: Overgrow. Moves: Pound, Leer, Absorb, Quick Attack. Item: Oran Berry

      -Lassie the Poochyena: Female, Lv. 4; met at Route 103(day 1, Lv. 3). Nature: Timid. Ability: Run Away. Moves: Tackle. Item: Oran Berry.

      -Dexter the Cascoon: Male, Lv. 8; met at Petalburg Woods(day 2, Lv. 5). Nature: Adamant. Ability: Shed Skin. Moves: Tackle, String Shot, Poison Sting, Harden. 

      -Rocket the Zigzagoon: Male, Lv. 10; met at Route 104(day 1, Lv. 5). Nature: Lonely. Ability: Pickup. Moves: Tackle, Growl, Tail Whip, Headbutt. Item: None

      Box: 0.

      Dead: 1.

      -Fubuki the Ralts: Female, Lv. 8; met at Route 102(day 1, Lv. 4). Nature: Calm. Ability: Trace. Moves: Growl, Confusion. Item: Oran Berry.

      ***

      Day 3 - 4/26/17


      So with nothing else to do, I decide to head into the Trainer's School and get the Quick Claw. I give it to Rocket, only to find that the bastard had picked up a Nugget somehow. Nice one, bro. Real nice.


      So after selling that and buying a shit ton of supplies, I decided to head into Route 116 and grind up Dexter, with some close calls and some help from Rocket and Kaze. I also managed to catch a Whismur, and named her Kirby(kinda bummed I couldn't get Nincada, but, oh well). Upon getting to Lv. 10, he evolved into Dustox and learned Confusion in place of String Shot. 


      After that, Kaze kicked the crap out of the remaining trainers, with Kaze growing to Lv. 14, and we made our way to Rusturf Tunnel. Kaze beat up any interfering Whismur until we got to the Magma Grunt...only to realize he wasn't there. Apparently that doesn't happen yet.


      So, in the meantime, I decided to have Kaze wreck the Gym. With Absorb, nothing in that room survived. However, Roxanne did give us a couple of scares; her Geodude got a crit Rock Tomb, but a couple Absorbs were enough to bring her whole team down. Kaze grew to Lv. 16, learned Pursuit, and evolved into Grovyle. Awesome. Upon evolving, I swapped out Leer for Fury Cutter. I got the badge and the TM for Rock Tomb, and headed out.


       As expected, the Magma Grunt knocked me out on my way out of the gym, forcing me to go after him to get back the Devon guy's goods. ...That sounded a lot better in my head.


      Turns out the grunt also took Mr. Briney's Peeko as a hostage, so I went into Rusturf on a rescue mission. With Rocket's help, the grunt's ass was easily kicked, Rocket grew to Lv. 11, and Peeko was saved. 


      After making my way back to Devon Corp., I got another Great Ball and the President congratulated me and gave me the PokeNav, as well as a mission: head to Dewford Town to deliver a letter to his son, Steven Stone. I healed and got the Cut HM before running into May, who...just chatted for a bit. Huh. Weird.


      Anyway, with that done, I decided to call it a day.


      Current team: 5.

      -Kaze the Grovyle: Male, Lv. 16; met at Route 101(day 1, Lv. 5). Nature: Jolly. Ability: Overgrow. Moves: Pursuit, Fury Cutter, Absorb, Quick Attack. Item: 

      -Lassie the Poochyena: Female, Lv. 4; met at Route 103(day 1, Lv. 3). Nature: Timid. Ability: Run Away. Moves: Tackle. Item: Oran Berry.

      -Dexter the Dustox: Male, Lv. 10; met at Petalburg Woods(day 2, Lv. 5). Nature: Adamant. Ability: Shed Skin. Moves: Tackle, Confusion, Poison Sting, Harden. Item: None

      -Rocket the Zigzagoon: Male, Lv. 11; met at Route 104(day 1, Lv. 5). Nature: Lonely. Ability: Pickup. Moves: Tackle, Growl, Tail Whip, Headbutt. Item: Quick Claw

      -Kirby the Whismur: Female, Lv. 6; met at Route 116(day 3, Lv. 6). Nature: Hasty. Ability: Soundproof. Moves: Pound, Uproar. Item: None.

      Box: 0.

      Dead: 1.

      -Fubuki the Ralts: Female, Lv. 8; met at Route 102(day 1, Lv. 4). Nature: Calm. Ability: Trace. Moves: Growl, Confusion. Item: Oran Berry.

      ***


      Day 4 - 4/29/17


      So after running down to Mr. Briney's, I arrived at Dewford Town, beat up the local fishermen, and got an Old Rod. I then used it to add two new additions to my team: Sea King the Magikarp and Ursula the Tentacool. I then went into Granite Cave, where I found...a Zubat. Fucking shit. 


      Anyway, after catching him and naming him Nosferatu, I decided to hang around at the first floor and do some training before heading down to the gym once Dexter grew to Lv. 17, learning Gust and Protect in place of Harden and Tackle. 


      Armed with Dexter and his moveset, the gym trainers fell with little trouble, the only annoyance being Detect spamming. Dexter grew to Lv. 18, and after a quick heal, he was ready to take on Brawly. His Machop went down with little effort, but his Makuhita knocked off the Oran Berry I gave Dexter. I then Confusion spammed him, and Makuhita decided it was a good idea to use Knock Off on me a second time. That mistake allowed Dexter to land a fatal Confusion, winning the match. Brawly gave me the badge and the TM for Bulk Up. I then got the Flash HM from a Hiker at the entrance to Granite Cave. With only Kaze and Dexter able to use it, I decided to teach it to Kaze, swapping Fury Cutter. 


      Thanks to Kaze, I was able to navigate the cave and fight off any opposition until I got to Steven. Kaze grew to Lv. 18 and Dexter to Lv. 19. I grabbed an Everstone, delivered the letter, got the TM for Steel Wing, and left for the ship, intent on collecting my payment. 

      Now back in Petalburg, I made my way back to Devon Corp., where the president gave me an Exp. Share as payment. I gave it to Sea King and returned to Petalburg City. There, I fished around until I got a Goldeen...that Rocket killed. Oh well.


      With that, I decided to call it a day.


      Current team: 6.

      -Kaze the Grovyle: Male, Lv. 18; met at Route 101(day 1, Lv. 5). Nature: Jolly. Ability: Overgrow. Moves: Pursuit, Flash, Absorb, Quick Attack. Item: None

      -Sea King the Magikarp: Male, Lv. 10; met at Dewford Town(day 4, Lv. 10). Nature: Lax. Ability: Swift Swim. Moves: Splash. Item: Exp. Share.

      -Dexter the Dustox: Male, Lv. 19; met at Petalburg Woods(day 2, Lv. 5). Nature: Adamant. Ability: Shed Skin. Moves: Protect, Confusion, Poison Sting, Gust. Item: Oran Berry

      -Rocket the Zigzagoon: Male, Lv. 12; met at Route 104(day 1, Lv. 5). Nature: Lonely. Ability: Pickup. Moves: Tackle, Growl, Tail Whip, Headbutt. Item: Quick Claw

      -Kirby the Whismur: Female, Lv. 6; met at Route 116(day 3, Lv. 6). Nature: Hasty. Ability: Soundproof. Moves: Pound, Uproar. Item: None.

      -Ursula the Tentacool: Female, Lv. 10; met at Route 106(day 4, Lv. 10). Nature: Jolly. Ability: Clear Body. Moves: Poison Sting, Supersonic. Item: None.

      Box: 2.

      -Lassie the Poochyena: Female, Lv. 4; met at Route 103(day 1, Lv. 3). Nature: Timid. Ability: Run Away. Moves: Tackle. Item: Oran Berry.

      -Nosferatu the Zubat: Male, Lv. 7; met at Granite Cave(day 4, Lv. 7). Nature: Modest. Ability: Inner Focus. Moves: Leech Life, Supersonic. Item: None

      Dead: 1.

      -Fubuki the Ralts: Female, Lv. 8; met at Route 102(day 1, Lv. 4). Nature: Calm. Ability: Trace. Moves: Growl, Confusion. Item: Oran Berry.

      ***


      Day 5 - 5/7/17


      After getting back to Briney, we headed to Slateport City to deliver the Devon goods. With no Pokemon to be able to catch at the beach or the city, I decided to have Kaze, Rocket, and Dexter grind off of the local trainers. As a result, Sea King grew to Lv. 11. After that, I healed and headed to the museum to find Stern. I ran into a bunch of Magma grunts, including the guy whose ass I kicked in Rustboro. After giving me TM46, I went upstairs and found Stern, only to run into a couple of grunts trying to steal the parts. The first guy's Numel was a pain, but the other guy's team was dealt with fairly easily. Kaze and Sea King also gained a level. Their leader, Maxie, came in to spout some garbage about land development, but fled after that, leaving me to give Stern the Devon Goods. 


      With that done, and me having no desire to participate in contests, I headed over to Route 110 and ended up catching a Gulpin after much, much difficulty. I named him Slippy, because he's green, looks like a frog, and is annoying as shit. 


      After that, I fought a trainer before healing and calling it a day. 


      Current team: 6.

      -Kaze the Grovyle: Male, Lv. 19; met at Route 101(day 1, Lv. 5). Nature: Jolly. Ability: Overgrow. Moves: Pursuit, Flash, Absorb, Quick Attack. Item: None

      -Sea King the Magikarp: Male, Lv. 12; met at Dewford Town(day 4, Lv. 10). Nature: Lax. Ability: Swift Swim. Moves: Splash. Item: Exp. Share.

      -Dexter the Dustox: Male, Lv. 19; met at Petalburg Woods(day 2, Lv. 5). Nature: Adamant. Ability: Shed Skin. Moves: Protect, Confusion, Poison Sting, Gust. Item: Oran Berry

      -Rocket the Zigzagoon: Male, Lv. 12; met at Route 104(day 1, Lv. 5). Nature: Lonely. Ability: Pickup. Moves: Tackle, Growl, Tail Whip, Headbutt. Item: None

      -Kirby the Whismur: Female, Lv. 6; met at Route 116(day 3, Lv. 6). Nature: Hasty. Ability: Soundproof. Moves: Pound, Uproar. Item: None.

      -Ursula the Tentacool: Female, Lv. 10; met at Route 106(day 4, Lv. 10). Nature: Jolly. Ability: Clear Body. Moves: Poison Sting, Supersonic. Item: None.

      Box: 2.

      -Lassie the Poochyena: Female, Lv. 4; met at Route 103(day 1, Lv. 3). Nature: Timid. Ability: Run Away. Moves: Tackle. Item: Oran Berry.

      -Nosferatu the Zubat: Male, Lv. 7; met at Granite Cave(day 4, Lv. 7). Nature: Modest. Ability: Inner Focus. Moves: Leech Life, Supersonic. Item: None

      -Slippy the Gulpin: Male, Lv. 12; met at Route 110(day 5, Lv. 12). Nature: Docile(/Annoying). Ability: Liquid Ooze. Moves: Poison Gas, Pound, Yawn. Item: None

      Dead: 1.

      -Fubuki the Ralts: Female, Lv. 8; met at Route 102(day 1, Lv. 4). Nature: Calm. Ability: Trace. Moves: Growl, Confusion. Item: Oran Berry.

      ***


    • Grand-Blazer asked Lionheart261 a question

      Yo Lion. I'm making a group chat on Discord. You don't seem to use it anymore now that we've made our blog, but I was wondering if maybe you'd wanna join said chat?

      Answered: Mar 24, 2017

      Sure. Just let me know what it's called, and I'll go join it.

    • Top 5 Fictional Characters I Would Date

      9 months ago

      Lionheart261

      Hey guys, Lion here. So I’ve already got a bigger Valentine’s blog planned along with Grand-Blazer, which’ll be going up tomorrow, but I thought I’d add one quick additional blog of my own before that.

      So, this may come as a shock, but I am indeed sexually attracted to members of the female sex. And occasionally, these members may or may not actually exist in the real world. Now, I wouldn’t go so far as to say any of these characters are like my ultimate waifus or anything, but nevertheless, there are a handful who, if they existed in real life, I would be willing to go out with. Thus, inspired by my failures in interacting with women in any romantic context,  I’m going to tell you which women from the various mediums of fiction are most prominent of that handful.

      Thus, without any further ado, here are the top 5 Fictional Characters I Would Date.

      ***

      5. Kamala Khan(Marvel)

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      As former Ms. Marvel Carol Danvers said: The costume’s good. Still not sure about the name…

      For those of you who’ve never heard of her, Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, is a new Inhuman superhero who debuted a couple years ago, around the time that then-Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, started going by Captain Marvel. She was created as a more modern day superhero, and it shows.

      She’s a total nerd, she writes Avengers fanfiction, she stays up on weekends playing MMOs, and she absolutely fangirls over every superhero she meets(which, seeing as she was in the Avengers for a while, were a lot of people).

      As for why I’d want to go out with her, if the above and the fact that she’s a superhero with a healing factor and shapeshifting powers wasn’t enough, she’s also incredibly funny, insightful, relatable, all kinds of badass, and overall seems very fun to be around.

      Plus, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think she was cute.

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      Only reason I put her at the bottom is that her busy schedule would probably preclude any real developments following the initial date. Plus, I kinda ship her and Miles Morales, so...

      Still, you wouldn’t catch me complaining if presented with the opportunity.

      4. Jo(Lumberjanes)

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      Before you ask, yes, I know she’s MtF. No, I don’t care: she’s still fucking awesome.

      In terms of personality, Jo is probably closer to me than anyone else on here. She’s introverted, intelligent, insightful, cynical, selfless, and socially awkward in very similar proportions, as well as far more courageous, patient, and grounded(understandable, given the hardcore lady types she rolls with). Thus, I don’t think there’d be too many issues with compatibility, and the only drawback is that the other three fill what little gaps there would be, which is why she earns this spot on my list.

      Still, who wouldn’t want to go out with a genius who builds highly advanced robots like it’s nothing?

      3. Hilda(Pokemon)

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      Miss, you can challenge me to a battle any day you want. ;)

      Pokemon and Nintendo in general have a lot of women who are pretty good girlfriend material for me: there are plenty of girls who are attractive, intelligent, badass, or all three within their ranks. So why’d I choose Hilda over all of those other women? I think it’s merely a matter of quantity mixed with practicality.

      For one, when it came to Pokemon, she was the only one who fit the criteria and was still within my age range. Don’t get me wrong, Skyla is definitely attractive and badass, but she’s probably like late twenties-early thirties, which is way out of my age range.

      Hilda, meanwhile, is the perfect mix of intelligence, bravery, confidence, and badassery. Also, while we’ve never heard her speak, I imagine her voice is pretty sexy, too. Plus, she’s attractive. Like, very:

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      Only problems are that, again, she’s pretty busy, being the Champion of Unova and all, and plus, I just feel like the other entries fit the bill a little better.

      Disclaimer:

      Okay, so, before we move on to the next one, I’d like to post a bit of a disclaimer: I would only date the person in #2 if they were a single entity. I would not date them as they are in canon, seeing as they’re the fusion of two teenage children, one of whom is male and the other is outside of my age range(I also happen to ship said teenagers, just to make things even more awkward). With that said, here we go.

      2. Stevonnie(Steven Universe)

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      Damn it, Rebecca Sugar! Why’d you have to make Stevonnie this attractive?! They were preteens when they first fused, for Christ’s sake! Why must you torment us so?!

      Okay, so, I kinda have a love-hate relationship with Stevonnie. There are a lot of things I like about them: they’re intelligent, confident, badass, and the perfect balance of extroverted and introverted. All in all, ideal girlfriend material.

      And, an additional point:

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      And that’s part of the reason I hate them: the fact that they’re so attractive, literally the perfect girlfriend for me in every way, and yet they’re also two young teenagers, making me horrified at myself every time I look at them. Which is why they only made #2 on this list.

      So, yeah. If they were a single being, I’d definitely ask them out.

      As it stands, though...I just feel ashamed.

      Honorable Mentions

      • Marceline(Adventure Time)

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      Marceline’s pretty hot, has an equally hot voice, and it seems like she’d be fun to be around and is a very chill person in general, definitely the kind of person I’d want to go out with. Only problem is that she’s way outside my age range. Like, almost 1000 years outside my age range. Also, I really, really, really ship her with Princess Bubblegum. So, you know...

      • Kiki(Steven Universe)

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      She’s intelligent, hard working, and pretty chill, so she’s definitely up in the top ten. Only problem is her work schedule doesn’t allow for too much free time.

      • Maya Fey(Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney)

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      I’ve only played through about 3 episodes, and I’m already in love with this character.

      She’s absolutely adorable, funny as hell, and a pleasure to interact with. Plus, I have a feeling we’d like a lot of the same shows. And, of course, one can’t forget her ability to talk to dead people, which is fucking awesome. So, why is she only an honorable mention? Well, as adorable as she is and as much as I feel she’d make an awesome girlfriend, I just feel the ones who made it would do so better. She’s definitely #6, though.

      • Camilla(Fire Emblem)

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      I just think she’s hot, okay?! Don’t judge me!

      In all seriousness, her personality is pretty likeable, just not as much as the others on here, and she can be a little creepy sometimes. Also, her age isn’t known but is estimated to be anywhere from 17 to 25, and is thus probably outside my age range.

      1. Wendy Corduroy(Gravity Falls)

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      You know, I’m starting to see why Grand Blazer likes redheads so much.

      Remember when I said Stevonnie would be the perfect girlfriend for me if they were a single being? Well, Wendy has pretty much all of the same qualities, and she’s a single being(as far as my knowledge goes).

      She’s funny, badass, intelligent, confident, chill, and patient, fitting all of my criteria for an ideal girlfriend.

      And when it comes to attractiveness, she definitely doesn’t disappoint:

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      Thus, I can confidently say that out of every single fictional character out there, Wendy Corduroy is the one I would most eagerly ask out on a date.

      ***

      And that concludes my blog! As always, I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know what you thought about it through the mods/comments, and stay tuned for me and GB’s collab blog over on his profile. With all that said, thank you all for reading, I hope you all have a fantastic Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and take care.

    • Fan Made Death Battle Episode 5: Steven Universe vs Finn the Human

      10 months ago

      Lionheart261

      Hey guys! So, I thought that, in order to give you guys something to read while I'm working on the full episode(and confirm that I actually am working on something), I'd take a page out of Death Battle's book and post the episode in parts which will be added on to each other as I complete them, culminating in the full episode. So, without any further ado, let's start with Part 1: the introduction and the analysis of Steven Quartz Universe! Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

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      Hey guys, Lion here, and welcome to another Fan Made Death Battle! With the positive reception that the last one received and after some drawbacks, I'm finally able to start the series back up again, albeit not put up as regularly as before. So, to kick off this new series of blogs, we have an interesting matchup that made its debut appearance at number 7 on my top ten fights list: Finn the Human from Adventure Time vs Steven Universe from the eponymous show. As always, here are some ground rules:

      • All of the alterations to the format present in Steve vs Terrance are accounted for, but I’ll also be adding in pictures or gifs where I can find them in order to better illustrate each character’s abilities during the analysis. Not citing them, though-that’s gotten way too tedious. Also, I’ve got links to fight music if you’re interested.

      • All of the rules for Death Battle apply.

      • The parameters for this fight are as follows:

        • For Finn, I’m only taking into account feats he is able to accomplish normally in his own universe. That means no Farmworld Finn, and no magic revenge arms or wizard magic. Similarly, we’re only taking into account feats Steven’s done on his own or largely on his own, rather than in any of his fusions.

      So, without any further ado, let’s get started.

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      Introduction:

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      Lion: Heroes come in all forms and all ages. They can be godlike beings with incredible strength, or they can be average Joes with some body armor and a gun lying around, or they can be heroes in another fashion, helping their community and doing charity work to help those in need without punching people in the face.


      Inferno: Lame!


      Lion: And our two combatants today are perhaps the best examples of the variety of that heroic spectrum.


      Inferno: Finn Mertens, the hero of Ooo.


      Lion: And Steven Quartz Universe, the Crystal Gem this world believes in. Along with Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl, that is.


      Inferno: He’s Lion, and I’m Inferno.


      Lion: And it’s our job to analyze their weapons, armor, and skills to determine who would win a Death Battle!


      Steven Universe:

      Background:

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      • Name: Steven Quartz Universe

      • Age: 14

      • Height/Weight: Unspecified; assumed to be about 25.4 kg, maybe more

      • Birthplace: Beach City, Delmarva(Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia all packed into one giant state)

      • Aliases: Steven Demayo, Tiger Millionaire

      • Only Gem-human hybrid(although some fan theorists would love to convince you otherwise)

      • Always wears the same brand of shirt

      • Can play 4 instruments and is a musical savant

      • Has a tendency to burst into song without warning on occasion

      Lion: 6,000 years ago, a mysterious and highly advanced civilization known as the Gems, aliens with bodies made of hard light and minds composed of gemstones, traveled from their Homeworld in a distant galaxy and arrived on Earth. Their mission; to colonize Earth and terraform it to their needs.


      Inferno: Doesn’t sound so bad-except for the fact that one of their needs is to suck any world inhabited by organic life dry in order to create more gem soldiers to serve in their armies, killing every living thing on the planet in the process. You know, just a minor thing.


      Lion: However, while the plans were underway, a Gem soldier by the name of Rose Quartz rebelled against her Homeworld, intending to protect Earth’s life from Homeworld’s plans. Joined by those discontented with Homeworld’s fascist government, economic inequality, harsh stigma against individual expression, and strict social caste system, her armies, who would later be known as the Crystal Gems, eventually defeated Homeworld, albeit at the loss of most of their forces. With only her closest friends, Pearl and Garnet, saved and a Gem named Amethyst picked up later, Rose and her Crystal Gems continued to protect the Earth from monsters which emerged following Homeworld’s defeat as well as further Homeworld interference.


      Inferno: That is, of course, until she met this buff stud.

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      Lion: After meeting starving musician Greg Universe(formerly Demayo), the two quickly hit it off and dated for several years, culminating in their unofficial marriage. However, everything changed after Rose began to learn more about humanity. Whether because she was fascinated by humanity’s natural gift of individuality and free will or perhaps out of a newfound desire to create a new life, as human parents do, Rose decided to procreate with Greg.


      Inferno: Wait, wait, wait. Hold on a sec.


      Lion: Yes?


      Inferno: These Gems are supposed to be asexual, right?


      Lion: Yes.


      Inferno: So how the hell did they-


      Lion: Utilizing the Gems’ ability to shapeshift, Rose created a human female reproductive system within herself and somehow translated the traits of her physical form into DNA sequences which combined with Greg’s DNA, Rose was able to carry and nurture the developing fetus.


      Inferno: Oh. Okay. Bit weird, but okay.


      Lion: Anyway, “the rocks and the bees” talk aside, Rose eventually learned that her child’s birth would come with a major consequence; the complete destruction of her physical form as a result of her child taking her gemstone. Thus, upon her destruction, a new being, half human and half Gem, was brought into the world. His name was Steven Quartz Universe.

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      Lion: Raised by the other Crystal Gems and Greg, Steven grew up sheltered, naive, and innocent, and a pacifist by nature. However, once he started accompanying the Gems on missions, he gradually came into contact with greater dangers, including the resurgence of Homeworld and confronting darker parts of Rose’s past. While these incidents have made him reexamine his worldview and go against his ethics at times, Steven still remains adherent to the belief that no one is beyond saving and that all can be redeemed. Through the power of peace, love, and determination, Steven’s always able to defeat those who would do him harm and turn many of them to the side of good.


      Inferno: Well, perhaps with a little more than just that.


      Abilities:

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      • Enhanced strength

      • Enhanced durability

      • Super Speed

      • Rose’s Shield

      • Bubble

      • Floating

      • Super jumping

      • Bubbling

      • Healing spit

      • Phyto Animation

      • Empathic awareness

      • Dream communication/dream possession

      • Shapeshifting

      • Fusion

      • Age manipulation

      Lion: True. Steven has a wide variety of special abilities as a result of his half human, half Gem genetic makeup. His strength, speed, and durability are all far beyond that of the average human adult, with him lifting giant stone statues and taking and dodging hits from Gems with only moderate difficulty or discomfort.


      Inferno: In addition, the Gem placed right where his belly button should be grants him a whole load of awesome powers. For a supposedly standard issue soldier Gem, his mom was sure packing a lot of cool shit.


      Lion: Steven’s Gem abilities are largely based on emotional clarity and emotional connections. By channeling his love for himself and others, Steven can summon a pink shield with which to defend himself both as a defensive and offensive weapon. Virtually indestructible, this shield can increase in size and be either held or projected in front of him, as well as be summoned more than once for use as throwing weapons. However, summoning them at too fast a rate can leave him exhausted.


      Inferno: He can also create a pink bubble around himself that is incredibly durable, taking giant boulders, giant Gem ship explosions, and even asteroid impacts with no degradation. He can also extend it to envelop others and pull them towards him, or cover it in spikes, giving him an additional defensive barrier. However, it can’t take energy impacts, and has occasionally been compressed until it popped from intense enough pressure.


      Lion: Through his gem, he can shapeshift his body to a limited extent, although it has few practical combat applications. In addition, he has been shown to be able to manipulate his body’s physical age through his state of mind, although it comes at the risk of damaging his body or even killing him via rapid ageing.


      Inferno: ...Okay, that’s fucked up.


      Lion: Noted. Anyway, he also has the ability to control the force of gravity around him, likely through some sort of personal gravity field. This allows him to float in midair, survive long falls by reducing his velocity, and carry things that would’ve crushed him if under normal gravity, such as a speedboat, with little discomfort. However, the downside is that he has to be thinking of something that makes him happy in order for it to work, which is difficult for him to do in emotionally intense situations.


      Inferno: He can also super jump thanks to his enhanced strength, allowing him to leap onto a mountain from the ground in a single jump.


      Lion: Well, not quite a mountain.

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      Lion: Steven jumped up to the flat base of the roof of the lighthouse. If we estimate that the cabin which lies within the temple is about 1.5 stories, or 15 feet, tall(based on its interior design, which includes a loft in which Steven sleeps), since it is 59 pixels tall based on the image above, we can determine that 1 pixel is roughly equal to 0.25 feet. Thus, since the entire temple plus the lighthouse is about 592 pixels tall, we can determine that Steven jumped up 148 feet, or about 45.1 meters in a single bound. While the feat itself is impressive, the following formula can give us a sense of Steven’s true strength.


      Lion’s Board of Wisdom

      Force required for a person to jump: mgh = ½ mv^2, where m = mass, g = gravity(9.81 m/s^2), h= the height of the jump, and v = velocity in m/s, the thing we’re solving for.

      From the episode “Steven’s Birthday,” Steven appears to have virtually stopped growing by about age 8. Thus, if we assume his mass to be about that of the average 8 year old(25.4 kg), then the equation goes as follows:

      25.4 x 9.81 x 45.1 = ½(25.4v^2) [substitute known values for variables]

      11,237.7 x 2 = ½(25.4v^2) x 2 [multiply both sides by 2 to get rid of that 1/2]

      22,475.4/25.4 = (25.4v^2)/25.4 [divide both sides by 25.4 to get v^2 alone]

      884.9 = v^2 [square root both sides]

      29.7 m/s = v


      Lion: However, while this does provide a good benchmark for his abilities, he has jumped higher. Much higher.

      Shortly after jumping up to the lighthouse, he jumped up past a commercial jet and into the clouds.

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      Lion: Based on the designs of the dark grey clouds above him, Steven jumped to at least 5500 meters, or 18,000 feet, the lowest point at which cirrostratus clouds form. If we assume the jet was at cruising altitude, we could put him as high as 39,000 feet, but for this, we’ll go off of a more conservative approximation. Adjusting the formula to accommodate this jump height of 5,454.9 meters, the equation looks as follows:

      25.4 x 9.81 x 5,454.9 = ½(25.4v^2)

      1,359,219.3 x 2 = ½(25.4v^2) x 2

      2,718,438.6/25.4 = (25.4v^2)/25.4

      107,025.1 = v^2

      327.1 m/s = v

      A = (327.1 - 0)/8 seconds

      A = 40.8875 m/s^2

      F = 25.4 kg x 40.8875 m/s^2

      F = 1,038.5425 N, or 233.47 pounds of force.


      Inferno: So, yeah. Bottom line: do not challenge this guy to a game of basketball.


      Lion: In addition to possessing extraordinary physical abilities, Steven also possesses many interesting powers. For instance, he can bubble gemstones and other objects and send them back to the temple with a simple touch, and through his spit, he can heal any person, Gem, or object, provided that he has some sort of emotional attachment to it. The stronger the emotional attachment, the more potent and fast-acting the healing.


      Inferno: Speaking of spit, he can also mix it with plant seeds to create sentient plant creatures to act as his defenders, and they’re actually pretty tough. Unfortunately, the little bastards take a day to grow, so they aren’t really practical.


      Lion: He also possesses limited empathic and telepathic powers, being able to sense the emotional states of others and communicate with or possess others through his dreams.


      Inferno: Okay, that’s just weird.


      Lion: Finally, because he is half-Gem, he can fuse with both humans and Gems provided the participants have a strong emotional connection, creating an amalgam that is more powerful than either.


      Inferno: Wait, you mean like this fusion?

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      Lion: ...Pretty much, yeah.


      Inferno: So, to sum up, for a guy all about peace and love, he’s pretty fucking badass.


      Lion: Indeed.


      Feats:

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      • Punched the dashboard of his dad’s van so hard that it activated the airbags

      • Got hit in the face with a giant stone statue by Bismuth

      • Survived being thrown into stone hard enough to create a crater several meters deep

      • Has survived in the mesosphere for several minutes on two separate occasions

      • Dodged a flurry of laser blasts coming from all directions

      • Defeated Bismuth

      • Fought Amethyst to a draw

      • Has gone toe to toe with Connie

      • With help, was able to bubble the Cluster, a giant mass of Gem shards at least a hundred feet in diameter

      • Expanded shield once took a house-level laser blast

      • Bubble has taken asteroid collisions

      • Gem DNA allows for enhanced strength, durability, and speed

      • Shield and bubble allow for defense against incredibly powerful blows, and healing along with it allows him to carry on longer in a fight

      Lion: Steven has accomplished far beyond that of any human or even any lone Gem. He has blocked asteroids with his bubble, blocked a house-level laser blast with an expanded shield, dodged laser blasts, and has survived in the oxygen-poor mesosphere-located at 51 km above the surface, or about 6 times higher than the Death Zone, at which no aerobic life(with the exception of tardigrades)could possibly survive-for several minutes. Twice.


      Inferno: Not to mention he punched a dash so hard it triggered the fucking airbags. I mean, damn!


      Lion: Greg’s van appears to be a mid 70s Dodge Tradesman, which weigh between 4,192 and 4,944 lbs, or 1,901-2,243 kg.


      Lion’s Board of Wisdom

      F = 1,901 x 4.5 < x < F = 2,243 x 4.5

      F = 8,554.5 N < x < F = 10,093.5 N

      Since airbags begin to deploy at forces equivalent to a 10 mph, or 4.5 m/s, car crash, Steven had to have punched the airbag with at least 8,554.5 N, or about 1,923.1 pounds, of force.


      Lion: He’s also proven himself to be incredibly durable.


      Inferno: Yeah, like the time Amethyst dropped him from the sky hard enough to create a crater like 4 times his height, and the worst he got was a black eye! Or the time he took a stone statue to the face from Bismuth, a Gem who can go toe-to-toe with Garnet(who can punch people through a hundred feet of solid rock)and only looked slightly hurt!


      Lion: He has defeated Bismuth, fought Amethyst to a draw, gone toe to toe with his friend Connie-a highly skilled warrior trained by Pearl, the Crystal Gems’ most skilled swordsman-and has defeated countless Gem monsters. If the fate of the world is at stake, you can always believe in Steven.


      Inferno: Well...almost always.


      Weaknesses:

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      • Powers require emotional clarity in order to function

      • Weapons have only limited offensive capability

      • Only possesses limited combat training, most of which was done when fused with Connie

      • Cannot retreat into his Gem upon suffering a mortal wound like full Gems can

      • Still kind of naive at times

      Lion: True. While Steven is certainly powerful, his powers require emotional clarity in order to work, which sometimes leads to them failing in stressful situations.


      Inferno: Yeah, like when his war flashbacks caused Stevonnie to fall off of the ruins and nearly plummet to their death.


      Lion: And while he’s a capable fighter, his actual combat training is limited, leading him to often improvise in an actual combat situation. In addition, while he can use his shield as an offensive weapon, it doesn’t do much damage-when both Amethyst and Peridot were hit with it, it only gave them a slight headache. Thus, aside from his overwhelming strength or using the shield as a close quarters weapon, he can’t really hurt his opponents.


      Inferno: Also, Gems have the ability to go back into their gemstones when their physical form is mortally wounded-say, if they’re stabbed in the chest, for example. However, the creators of the show up and said that Steven can’t do that, and we haven’t seen any evidence of him retreating into his gem yet, so it’s likely that he’s just as vulnerable to stab wounds as any normal human.


      Lion: And finally, while he has gotten smarter, Steven can still be fairly naive, which has gotten him into his share of situations. For example, when he got thrown out into space with a Homeworld Ruby who’d fought in the war for Earth, he proved to her that he had Rose Quartz’s gem, leading her to believe he was Rose and attempt to murder him.


      Inferno: Still, he’s managed to get out of some pretty tough scrapes over the years, so clearly he must be doing something right.


      Lion: Indeed. Even with these handicaps, I can safely say that Steven Universe is strong in the real way.


      Inferno: Bad guys, beware: if you’re evil and you’re on the rise, you can count on Steven Universe to take you down.

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      Merry Christmas everybody! So, after a couple days of looking at wikis and watching a few clips from the show, I've finally got the research on Finn the Human done and ready for your perusal. Funnily enough, getting it done today was actually just a happy accident. So, just sit back and enjoy my coincidental Christmas gift to you guys.

      Also, disclaimer: None of the views expressed by the characters Lion and Inferno are indicative of my own(well, except those relating to the plot of Adventure Time ;)). I do not currently have, nor shall I ever have, a waifu of any sort. The characters I named as each host's waifu were merely labeled as so as part of the joke. Just wanted to be sure you were aware of that.

      Anyway, enjoy. 

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      Finn:

      Background:

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      • Name: Finn Mertens

      • Aliases: Finn the Human, Prince Finn, Pen
      • Age: 16

      • Height/Weight: 5’/unspecified

      • Species: Human

      • Eye color: Blue

      • Hair color: Blond(of the long and majestic variety)

      • Raised by dogs

      • King of the Goblins

      • Also has a tendency to burst into song, in the weirdest sounding autotune voice you’ve ever heard

      Lion: Finn Mertens was, according to his father, Martin Mertens, born on a banana boat in the middle of the ocean, nearly falling prey to many dangerous sea creatures. However, at some point when he was a child, his father abandoned him in a forest, leaving him to wander and-quote-”make boom boom”-until he was found by the adventurous dog couple Margaret and Joshua, who took him in and raised him as their own along with their son Jermaine and their adoptive son Jake.


      Inferno: Flash forward about 11 and a half years or so and Finn and Jake are out living in a giant tree house, kicking all kinds of ass, taking names, and scoring with the ladies. Ah, that’s the life.


      Lion: Over the years, Finn’s gotten himself into a variety of sticky situations-


      Inferno: Some of which went completely unresolved, by the way!


      Lion: -such as routinely skirmishing with the Ice King, almost destroying the Candy Kingdom with a black hole, fighting a powerful demon known as the Lich on several occasions, going to the Nightosphere(aka Hell), conquering an entire kingdom of goblins…


      Inferno: ...nearly being eaten and having his soul stolen on at least two separate occasions(each), accidentally causing(and stopping)a zombie outbreak, nearly killing Jake at least 2 times, countless fights with monsters and witches…


      Lion: ...having his arm torn off and then having it replaced with..some weird bee...arm...thing, killing an alternate version of himself and then having that version of himself...turn into a sword, living an entire lifetime within...a pillow fort which acts as a gateway to an alternate reality, being lost in the vacuum of space and then being saved by his dad...flying on a giant space manta ray, and-Jesus Christ, this story is fucked up! I can’t-I just, I just-I just can’t! Inferno, you finish the segment. I just...my brain is hurting too much from the dense concentration of mindfuckery.


      Inferno: Oh. Okay then.


      Inferno: So, bottom line, Finn’s seen some shit, but he’s got just the right skill set to get through it all.


      Abilities and Equipment:

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      • Super strength

      • Enhanced durability

      • Excellent speed, balance, and reflexes

      • Swordsmanship

      • Extremely high pain tolerance and temperature resistance

      • “Spaghetti limbs”

      • Resistance to mental manipulation

      • Hand to hand combat skills

      • Ambidextrous

      • Carries the Finn Sword

      Lion: Okay, I’m back.


      Inferno: Great! So, as I was about to say, Finn’s got a variety of skills. His strength, durability, speed, and reflexes are all far beyond that of the normal human, with him being able to throw giant monsters and take punches from said monsters and live to tell the tale.


      Lion: He’s incredibly well balanced and has incredibly high pain tolerance, which allows him to endure excruciating levels of pain-such as his legs being broken-with only a slight “meh” of verbal discomfort. Plus, as a result of his relationship with Flame Princess, he has adapted himself to resisting extreme temperatures.


      Inferno: He’s also a master in both hand to hand combat and swordplay, especially after having trained with Rattleballs, a cavalier robot designed by Princess Bubblegum, which sharpened his skills and reflexes even further.


      Lion: His ambidexterity allows him to easily switch sword hands during combat, and by channeling his thoughts, he can resist most attempts at mental manipulation. His limbs are also incredibly flexible, to the point of bending in ways that are literally impossible. This is what is known as the “Noodle Arms phenomenon.”


      Inferno: Moving on to weapons, Finn is a master with all manner of swords, but typically carries the Finn Sword, a sword created from the corpse of an alternate version of himself. Somehow, this means that Finn’s physically attributes are doubled.


      Lion: However, Finn has shown that he doesn’t need weapons to accomplish amazing feats.


      Feats:

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      • Defeated the Lich, the most powerful demon in Ooo, and Hunson Abadeer, the king of the Nightosphere, as well as Orgalorg, a powerful cosmic being

      • Easily fights off hordes of monsters

      • Survived above the Dead Zone for several hours

      • Resisted the Lich’s mind control while Princess Bubblegum, one of the smartest and most disciplined beings in Ooo, could not

      • Stood within about 1 foot of a small black hole’s event horizon

      • Threw a giant monster weighing several tons into a pit by the hilt of his sword

      • Carried around the head of the Forest Cyclops

      • Easily takes hits from giant monsters such as the Forest Cyclops

      • Can make a friction fire with only his bare hands

      • Can survive being dipped in lava(about 1,200 degrees Celsius)

      • Strength, durability, and reflexes are doubled with the Finn Sword

      • High pain tolerance and willpower means he can keep fighting even when severely injured

      • Has kissed Flame Princess, a girl literally made of fire, with no ill effects

      Lion: In 4 short years, Finn has achieved what most heroes could only hope to achieve. He has defeated both the Lich and Hunson Abadeer on several occasions, as well as Orgalorg, a god-like creature from outer space, and has fought countless other monsters.


      Inferno: He’s also shown himself to be ridiculously strong, such as when he threw a several ton monster into a pit by the hilt of his sword, or the time he was able to lug around the eye of the Forest Cyclops.


      Lion’s Board of Wisdom

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      Lion: The eye, based on images of the cyclops, appears to be roughly 10 ft, or 3048 millimeters, in diameter. Since the average human eye has a mass of 7.5 grams and a diameter of 24 millimeters-


      V = 4/3π x r^3

      V = 4/3π x 12^3

      V = 4/3π x 1728

      V = 7238.23 mm^3

      D = 7.5 g/7238.23 mm^3 = 0.001036165 g/mm^3


      Inferno: Wait, how do you know-?


      Lion: Don’t ask.


      Lion: -the human eye has a volume of 7238.23 cubic millimeters, and thus a density of 0.001036165 g/mm^3. Scaling that up to the cyclops’ eye, which has a radius of 1,524 mm, we find the following:


      V = 4/3π x 1524^3

      V = 4/3π x 3,539,605,824

      V = 1.48×1010, or 14,800,000,000 mm^3

      D = M/V

      14,800,000,000(0.001036165 g/mm^3) = (M/14,800,000,000 mm^3) x 14,800,000,000

      15,335,242 g = M


      Lion: Thus, Finn carried around an eye with a mass of 15,335,242 grams and a weight of 33808.4 pounds(plus however much the rest of the head weighs-probably about half a ton)across several miles back to his house.


      Inferno: His durability is also impressive. He’s repeatedly been shown to take hits from giant monsters such as the Forest Cyclops, and he even stood within about a foot or so of a black hole.


      Lion: He’s stayed above the Dead Zone for several hours, resisted the Lich’s mind control, and can make a friction fire with his bare hands. In short, Finn is a master of accomplishing the ridiculously improbable.


      Inferno: Not to mention he held his own against Marceline, a super hot badass vampire chick who’s a vampire hunter, the half-demon daughter of the fucking King of the Nightosphere, can turn into a giant bat thing, go invisible, and a musician who uses a fucking axe as a guitar! Oh, and not to mention she has the sexiest voice ever! Fucking listen to this!


      Inferno: God, she is perfect! I would gladly sell my soul if it meant I could take her out to dinner.


      Lion: Hey, Inferno, we’ve been through this: no obsessing over one’s waifus in the workplace.


      Inferno: Aw, c’mon! But she’s so badass! And it relates to the topic at hand!


      Lion: Yes, she is badass, but rules are rules notwithstanding.


      Inferno: ={


      Lion: Hey, I’ve held up my end by not talking about Blair, now you have to hold up your-


      Inferno: Wait...Blair is your waifu? As in, the cat lady from Soul Eater?


      Lion: Uh, what I meant to say was-


      Inferno: She’s a fucking cat, dude. A fucking cat.


      Lion: Well, yes, but…


      Inferno: You seriously want to screw a cat?


      Lion: Hey, she has a human form that is easily compatible with...


      Inferno: =|


      Lion: Uh…


      Inferno: =|


      Lion: ...oh, come on! My DNA is like 50% cat, what do you expect?!


      Inferno: ...You’ve got problems, man.


      Lion: Look, we’re getting off topic! Let’s just get to the weaknesses already!


      Inferno: ...Okay. Care to do the honors?


      Lion: Actually, you know what? ...You do it. I need time to think about...things.


      Weaknesses:

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      • Has deuteranopia, a form of color blindness which makes it difficult to distinguish green from red

      • Reckless and impulsive

      • Loves rushing headlong into danger

      • Can be easily tricked, and isn’t all that bright

      • Has a hot temper

      • Doesn’t think through the consequences of his actions

      • Durability is difficult to measure

      • Punches aren't all that strong compared to his deadlifting

      Inferno: Well, for one thing, Finn can be pretty reckless. He loves rushing into danger and the unknown, and has trouble considering the consequences of his actions, such as when he manipulated Ice King and his girlfriend, Flame Princess, into fighting just so he could experience this weird Cosmic Owl pipe dream over and over again. Of course, all it did was screw up his relationship with Flame Princess for the rest of the series.


      Inferno: He’s also incredibly temperamental, and outside of the realm of kicking ass, he isn’t all that bright save occasional strokes of genius, such as the creation of the sentient robot Neptr. Of course, when he actually did become a genius from some magic stuff, he created a black hole and almost destroyed the Candy Kingdom, so it’s probably a good thing he’s not that smart.


      Inferno: He’s also color blind, as he can’t distinguish between green and red sometimes, and while his speed, strength, and reflexes are fairly easy to measure, his durability varies wildly from episode to episode. One episode, he’s tanking hits from a giant Princess Bubblegum possessed by the Lich, and the next he’s getting his legs broken easily by a deer. I mean, it’s a sentient and possibly mutated deer, but it’s still a deer. As a result, it’s tough to tell just how much Finn can take, which is something that you kind of want to know for a Death Battle. And finally, his punches aren't nearly as strong compared to how much he can lift, making the actual potential force of his blows far lower than his strength feats would indicate. 


      Inferno: Still, though, when you get down to it, Finn has proven himself worthy of the title of Ooo’s greatest hero time and time again. When he shows up sword in hand, there’s only one "time" that anyone who gets in his way should recognize: Time to Get the Fuck Out.


      The Fight:


      Stage: Temple Beach

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      • Situated around Steven’s home, the Temple, and the mountain it’s built into

      • Lots of flat ground with some rocks here and there

      • Ocean seems to be the home of many monsters

      Preamble:

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      Lion: Alright, the combatants are set. It’s time to end this debate once and for all.


      Inferno: It’s time for a Fan Made Death Battle!!!!!


      The Battle:


      Ronaldo is tingling with excitement. Finally! He thought, I’ve amassed all of the equipment necessary to apprehend my own monster specimen for examination! The gems say they’re protecting us from them, but I know that there’s more to these monsters! And I will be the one to uncover the truth!


      Armed with a harpoon gun and a giant fishing net and wearing a suit of makeshift battle armor, he was too preoccupied with the thought of the accolades he would receive for discovering the truth behind the appearance of “monsters” such as the giant rampaging crab before him that he failed to notice his friend Steven in pursuit of the creature. He also failed to notice the hat-wearing hero charging towards it, sword in hand, aiming for the gem on its dorsal side.


      In one stab, Finn was able to shatter the corrupted gem’s gemstone, leaving its physical form to dissipate into nothing as the source of its consciousness was destroyed, killing the creature.


      Horrified and enraged at Finn’s casual disregard for the gem’s life, Steven summoned his shield and began to charge towards him with a battle cry of pure fury. 

      Finn looked up and leaped to meet the charge head on, sword aimed in a downward stroke. And thus, the clash of two teenage heroes begins...


      Fight!


      As Finn’s gleaming white and blue sword bore down upon him, Steven raised his shield and managed to weather the blow, leaving Finn standing on his extended shield. However, Steven was able to throw him off by summoning a bubble and then expanding it to force him backwards.


      Finn’s cat-like reflexes allowed him to land on his feet easily, whereupon he charged for another stroke which Steven easily blocked before parrying with a hit from the shield. And so it continued for a while, both sides striking where they could but neither able to do much damage. Finn couldn’t get a hit on Steven, and Steven’s attacks were doing very little to Finn.


      Finn stubbornly continued on with his attack, eventually managing to gut Steven in the side. He then proceeded to withdraw the sword and punch him into the mountain. Steven, barely conscious, managed to get a spike bubble up in time to save himself and give himself a breather as Finn tried in vain to slice it open.


      As Finn struggled, attempting to break the bubble both by swinging at it or by throwing some of the nearby rocks at it, Steven’s spit allowed him to heal himself and gave him time to consider his next move. He used his empathic powers to get a sense of Finn’s mood, concluding that Finn was incredibly stubborn and reckless, and that he could possibly goad Finn into a wrong move or maybe just wait Finn out until he passed out from exhaustion. He also tried using his dream possession powers to try and get Finn to incapacitate himself, but Finn’s mind proved too slippery for him to get a hold of.


      Eventually, Steven decided to take a risk and hit him head on with everything he had, hoping that maybe it would leave a scratch. Thus, while Finn went up for another slice, Steven let down the bubble and jumped off of the nearest rock towards him, dodging his slice and kicking him in the face before jumping off of it as hard as he could. Steven retreated back into a bubble to save himself from the recoil, but as he looked on, he saw Finn get up easily even after being kicked into the ground.


      Realizing then that he was no match for Finn, Steven came up with a plan; to get rid of Finn’s sword so that he couldn’t do as much damage to him, allowing him to get more hits in and potentially win. Putting this plan into action, he threw a couple shields at Finn to distract him before yet again jumping at him, this time from close range but, rather than hitting Finn, the jump was designed to relieve Finn of his weapon. The Finn Sword careened off into the sunset, and for a moment, Steven felt as if he almost heard the sword screaming as it flew.


      Now unarmed, Finn had to resort to fisticuffs, where he did a bit more damage thanks to Steven leaving himself vulnerable after the jump, but all he could really do was throw him into the rocks, which even without the bubble only gave him some minor bruises. Steven put up the bubble yet again, leaving Finn to think for a moment as to how to defeat Steven. So as long as that bubble is up, Finn thought, I can’t get to him. But...who said I’d have to hurt him?


      The answer was a single, solitary word: space. Of course! He clearly needs to breathe, and he seems fairly light. I should be able to chuck him hard enough to send him flying off into space, where he’ll eventually suffocate. It seems pretty crazy, but it’s the only chance I’ve got!


      Thus, Finn waited until Steven dropped his guard while trying to go for another strike, and threw him to the ground to stun him. After that, he picked up his dazed form and threw him into the sky as hard as he could, easily sending him flying. However, he had no way of knowing the power of Steven’s bubble. He soon found himself being encased in a second bubble extending from a bubble which Steven put up as soon as he recovered, and was slowly being pulled towards Steven’s rapidly fleeing form…


      With Finn’s new confusion, Steven knew it would be easy to surprise him. He pulled the second bubble around him while also bringing it closer, culminating in the two bubbles colliding into one. Finn tumbled forward, his fighting stance evidently hindered, and Steven used the opportunity to put him in a headlock. As he dropped the bubble, he stabilized them at about 18,000 feet in the air with his floating powers before proceeding to knock Finn upside the head with his shield and then throw him into space…


      Finn knew he didn’t have long. He’d been up to space before, and it rarely ended well, especially in his tower building revenge plan. His life flashed before his eyes as his face began to shrivel up from lack of oxygen-growing up with Jake, fighting monsters, getting kissed by Princess Bubblegum, saving the world, his life inside the pillow fort, the time he murdered his alternate reality counterpart, meeting Flame Princess-every adventure he’d ever had flashed before him in a jumbled, chronologically incoherent mess as he came face to face with his own mortality in the far reaches of Earth’s atmosphere...


      As Finn flew into space, Steven took a minute to calm down and catch his breath. Out of all the fight’s I’ve been in, he thought, that was by far the toughest. He willed himself to begin descending, which wasn’t hard-his recent battle did a lot to make him unhappy, particularly his role in its conclusion. He knew that there was nothing else he could’ve done at that point, but...still.

      He tried his best not to dwell on it too much, though. There’ll be plenty of time to feel horrible back at the temple, he thought. He angled himself to land near the Big Donut, where he hoped that a nice donut would do at least a little to take his mind off of it.


      K.O.!

      The Aftermath:

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      Lion: This was a surprisingly even match. While Finn’s raw strength, weaponry, fighting skills, and physical durability are all superior to Steven’s, Steven’s incredibly strong magical defenses, comparable speed and reflexes, and magical powers managed to counteract Finn’s raw power advantage.


      Inferno: Essentially, the fight revolved around two questions:

      1. Could Finn’s raw strength overwhelm Steven’s defenses?

      2. Was Steven’s raw strength powerful enough to kill Finn?

      Inferno: For the first one, that’s a resounding no. Finn is powerful, especially with the Finn Sword, but Steven’s shield is virtually indestructible, and his bubble is tough enough to survive block-level explosions and collide with asteroids without so much as a dent. Plus, it has spikes, so it’s not like Finn could easily get at it anyway.


      Lion: As for the second one, we must take a look at Steven’s biggest strength feat: jumping into the air with a ¾ ton statue.


      Lion’s Board of Wisdom

      Estimated statue dimensions: height = 5’6”, or 167.64 cm; radius of rounded section = 20.32 cm. Material: Basalt(based on appearance)

      Volume = 252,603 cm^3

      (as found via this calculator ###a href="http://www.onlineconversion.com/object_volume_out_cylinder.htm">;http://www.onlineconversion.com/object_volume_out_cylinder.htm )

      Density of basalt = 2.8 g/cm^3

      Mass = 252,603 x 2.8

      Mass = 707,288.4 g, or 1559 lbs

      Jump height = 5 feet, or 1.524 m.

      707,288.4 x 9.81 x 1.524 = ½(707,288.4v^2)

      10,574,272.79 x 2 = ½(707,288.4v^2) x 2

      21,148,545.57/707,288.4 = (707,288.4v^2)/707,288.4

      29.9 = v^2

      5.47 m/s = v

      A = (5.47-0)/2 seconds

      A = 2.74 m/s^2

      F = 707,288.4 g x 2.74 m/s^2

      F = 1,937,970.216 N, or about 435,673 pounds of force.

      Lion: Keep in mind that he was also able to throw said statue, which weighs over 1,500 lbs, across a 7.62 m long arc to the ground in about 2 seconds.

      A = (3.81-0)/2 seconds

      A = 1.905 m/s^2

      F =  707,288.4 g x 1.905 m/s^2

      F = 134,784.402 N


      Lion: To compare, let’s take one of Finn’s more impressive durability feats: the time a giant, possessed Princess Bubblegum punched him in the face. Since bubblegum has a density of 1 g/cm^3, if we assume the velocity of her fist to be about 9.144 m/s(putting her acceleration at 9.144 m/s^2), and that her fist is a rounded cylinder, we get the following measurements:


      Radius of fist = 82.55 cm(32.5 in); length of arm = 914.4 cm(360 in)

      Volume = 21,932,183 cm^3

      Mass = 21,932,183 g(since density = 1 g/cm^3)

      F = 21,932,183 g x 9.144 m/s^2

      F = 200,547,881.4 N.


      Lion: Factoring in the Finn Sword, while wielding it he can take forces about 207 times greater than the most Steven’s dished out to date.


      Lion: Thus, since Finn can’t penetrate Steven’s defenses and Steven can’t kill Finn with brute strength alone, this was almost a match between an unstoppable force and an immovable object.


      Inferno: That is, if it weren’t for Steven’s powers.


      Lion: As long as the spike bubble was up and Finn was on the ground, the battle was at a stalemate, as both sides were equal in terms of speed and reflexes and unable to overcome each other’s defenses. Plus, even if Finn could overwhelm Steven and stab him, Steven could easily side step to make it hit a non-vital area before healing it with his healing spit.


      Inferno: And even if he didn’t, Steven could also just super jump out of the way and just float, leaving Finn unable to reach him.


      Lion: Therefore, the only way for the battle to be resolved was for someone to take a gamble and attempt to kill their opponent through some other means.


      Inferno: Since Steven had several ways of preventing Finn from stabbing him or hitting his gem, but was at a disadvantage when it came to weaponry, Steven had to take the risk and attempt to remove Finn’s advantage in that category. With his sheer jumping power, Steven was able to easily relieve Finn of his weapon.


      Lion: With the Finn Sword gone and Steven’s defenses insurmountable against both his fists and being thrown into the rocks, there was only one option left to Finn:


      Inferno: Throw him into space!


      Lion: Unfortunately for Finn, Steven’s bubble can extend and pull others towards him, meaning that it wasn’t long before Finn was tumbling through the sky along with him, leaving him disoriented and wide open for a grapple from Steven.


      Lion’s Board of Wisdom


      Lion: The highest Finn’s been able to go has been about the bottom of the thermosphere at the mesopause, about 80,000 meters from sea level. Thus, assuming they were at about 5,500 m and that they’d reached a standstill via Steven’s float powers, Steven would have to throw Finn, who we’ll say has a mass of 60 kg, 74,500 m at escape velocity, or about 11,200 m/s. The most force Steven’s shown when throwing an object was 134,784.402 N, when he threw the statue. Clearing 74,500 m at 11,200 m/s means the acceleration, and thus the force, would work out as follows:


      A = (11,200 - 0)/~6.65 s

      A = 1,684.2 m/s^2

      F = 60 kg x 1,684.2 m/s^2

      F = 101,052 N, about 33,000 N less than the force he used to throw the statue.


      Lion: Thus, once Steven got a hold of him, he would easily be able to throw him.


      Inferno: Which he promptly did, meaning it was time for Finn to experience Jake’s Banana Man Dream firsthand.


      Lion: This fight was incredibly close, but in the end, Steven’s combination of raw strength, defenses and magical powers ultimately trumped Finn’s raw strength and swordplay.


      Inferno: In the end, Finn was thrown for a loop.


      Lion: The winner is Steven Universe.

      ***

      Inferno: Next time on Fan Made Death Battle…

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      Kevin Levin(Ben 10) vs The Absorbing Man(Marvel)

      ***

      And that’s it for this blog, guys. If you have any questions, suggestions, feedback, counter-arguments, rage comments, encouragements for me to commit suicide, or any combination of those, leave those in the comments below. Let me know if you want me to keep doing this, and if you like what you see, then you can check out my other FMDB blogs. I’d recommend Steve vs Terrance, as the general consensus is that that’s the only one that’s really worth a damn, but hey, maybe you’ll like the others and see something that I certainly don’t. Anyway, thank you all for reading, have a fantastic night, and take care.

    • Month of Death Battle...?

      11 months ago

      Lionheart261

      So, not sure if anyone cares, but I don't think I'll be doing much of a Month of Death Battle this year. The main reasons for this are:


      1. Because of the new schedule at my school, we have finals right before Christmas, which means that homework has been a bigger pain in the ass this year and has taken up more of my time than last year's did.

      2. Honestly, I don't think there's much left that I could do. Last year, I already covered pretty much everything: I had a fight blog, a best episodes list, a top ten future matchups list, and a looking back blog. Thus, since my opinions haven't changed too much and there are only a few new fights I want to see happen, I don't see the point in making any new lists or another looking back blog. I might make a worst episodes list, but that would be it. 


      Thus, I don't think I'm going to do anything all that official this year. However, I'll try and get one or two fight blogs up by the end of the year. I know, it's about time. FMDB Ep. 5 is long overdue. Stay tuned. Hopefully I'll get it done by Christmas. 


      With all that said, I hope you all have a wonderful night, and take care.

    • Pokemon Sun Nuzlocke Journal

      11 months ago

      Lionheart261

      Day 0 - 11/19/16

      Hey, everybody! Lion here. So, I just got Pokemon Sun today, and since I've been thinking about writing a journal run for a while ever since I became a regular reader of Grand-Blazer's Nuzlocke journals, I thought I'd start my own run journal and give the people who look at my stuff something to check out on a more regular basis.


      Now, initially I wasn't sure whether I'd want to do a Nuzlocke or not, because I wanted to see all of the new Pokemon, but I think I've worked out a compromise: the permadeath mechanic will remain the same, but instead of 1 Pokemon per route, I can catch as many Pokemon as I want as long as I only have 1 of each species alive. However, at the end of the route, I have to use an RNG to determine which one I can actually use and which ones will live the rest of their days in the box, with no option of using them later even if the one I kept dies. 


      This way, I can still catch all the Pokemon without sacrificing the essential mechanics of Nuzlockes and make it a bit more interesting and difficult on top of that.


      Also, a few disclaimers:


      1. I'm going to obtain the following special items through Mystery Gift and the demo: Munchlax and the Z-Crystal that came with it, a Nugget, and a Star Piece. I've also got Ash-Greninja, but I'm not using him until late game at the very least. 

      2. I don't know anything about the plot, where the Z-Crystals are, the legendary locations, etc. All I've seen is the little news blurbs Pokemon released beforehand.

      3. If you want to experience the game's plot fresh for yourself, don't read this, as it will contain spoilers


      Anyway, with all that said, I'll see you all tomorrow with Day 1! I hope you all have a fantastic night, and take care!


      Day 1 - 11/20/16

      [Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.]


      The adventure begins!


      So, first off, the game opens up with Kukui video chatting with me for the generic character-creation spiel. I picked the black-haired guy avatar and the name Lionel, and move from Kanto to Alola to set out for my journey to become a Pokemon Master!


      ...Or not, because the game takes a detour to show a blond girl stealing a Pokemon from that Agency place 3 months before the events of our journey. Some guards corner her, but the Pokemon teleports her out of there. Anyway, journey time!


      So me and my mom have moved to Alola and she sends our Meowth(who I'm calling Kiki because I've got Kiki's Delivery Service on the brain after watching it last night)to wake my sorry ass up and make me come downstairs to see Kukui. He walks in, chats for a bit, and takes me with him to see the Island Kahuna in Iki Town so he can give me a Pokemon. I get my bag and hat and set out.


      After a stroll through Route 1, we see a Yungoos and an Alolan Meowth fighting to the death, and we head into Iki Town. However, no one's there to greet us, so Kukui sends me to Mahalo Trail, the ruins of the island's guardian diety, Tapu Koko.


      So I walked up the trail only to see the blond girl and her Pokemon walking up there as well. Curious, I continue along and eventually intercept her. The bag pops open to reveal a Cosmog...who then gets his ass raped by a couple of Spearow. Being the chivalrous charmer that I am(not), I inquire what is wrong and save "Nebby" from the Spearow. I move to shelter him, but Nebby uses some kind of psychic attack to beat their asses and blow up the bridge. Tapu Koko saves us from falling to our deaths, and flies off in a burst of electric energy. 


      I inquire as to the girl's identity after Nebby picks up some sparkling stone, and she gives me said stone and walks off, telling me not to speak of Nebby, for Nebby is a secret to everybody. Being a gentleman, I escort her back to Iki Town, where Kukui meets us and reveals that the girl is his assistant, Lillie. Almost on cue, the kahuna, Hala, returns. We learn that the island we're on is called Melemele, and Hala gives me a choice of three Pokemon to choose from: Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio. I pick Rowlet(#RowletMasterRace)and after he chooses me as well, I name him Hedwig, because Fantastic Beasts is out. 


      So after this, Kukui gives me a Pokedex and a Trainer Passport, and I run into Hau on the way back to my mom's house. Since he has a Popplio and Hedwig knows Leafage, a Grass type move, Hedwig absolutely ass rapes him. I dry him off with the Pokemon Refresh function(which is basically just Amie, but without as much innuendo), and Hala takes a look at the Sparkling Stone and borrows it for a while.


      I heal up at my house, and the next day Kukui comes by to take me to this festival. After a lengthy catching tutorial, he gives me 10 balls and 5 potions, and I head to Iki Town on my own. I catch a Pikipek(Robin)and a Yungoos(Ivanka. You know, cuz of all the Trump comparisons). I then ran into a trainer, whose Alolan Rattata soon became the recipient of a most intense ass-kicking at the talons of Hedwig. Another trainer's Caterpie also received an ass-kicking at the beak of Robin. 


      So after wandering a bit I also found a Ledyba, whom I caught and named Buggy. I accidentally went forward into town and triggered some exposition from Hala. Once that was over, I used this RNG(https://www.random.org/)to determine which Pokemon I could use. It worked out as follows:


      Robin: 1

      Ivanka: 2

      Buggy: 3


      Result: 2-Ivanka. 


      My official member from Route 1 thus decided, I will hold on to the others until such time as I can get to a Pokemon Center. I then got roped into fighting Hau(who turned out to be Hala's grandson)again to please Tapu Koko. I don't think he'll be too pleased, though, since although his Pichu caused some problems with Charm spam and Static on Ivanka, Hedwig was able to put him down, learning Peck in the process. And, of course, Hedwig wrecked his Popplio.


      After the battle, Hala gave me the Z-Ring, which he made out of the Sparkling Stone, and I headed back home, ready to take on the island challenge tomorrow!


      Current team:
      Hedwig the Rowlet: Male, Lv. 8; met at Iki Town(day 1, Lv. 5). Nature: Naive. Likes to relax. Ability: Overgrow. Moves: Tackle, Leafage, Growl, Peck.

      Ivanka the Yungoos: Female, Lv. 4; met at Route 1(day 1, Lv. 3). Nature: Lonely. Alert to sounds. Ability: Strong Jaw. Moves: Tackle, Leer

      Extras:

      Robin the Pikipek

      Buggy the Ledyba


      ----


      Day 2 - 11/21/16

      [Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.]

      So the day started with Lillie taking me over to Kukui's lab in the middle of the night. Before we set out, Mom comes in and helps me get my start with a small loan of 30,000 poke-dollars(Oh, this is only the first of the Trump jokes, dear reader). Also, she remarks that Lillie is cute and she's just standing there like, "Baka..." God, I ship her and the male avatar already. XD. 


      So we head through some tall grass while Lillie explains that some "other people" want to use Nebby's cosmic energy for...reasons. Since I was still technically on Route 1 as far as I knew, I thought I couldn't catch shit, so I just kicked the asses of the local trainers(one of whom tried to hit me in the kneecaps). 


      When we arrive, we hear some crashing sounds and Kukui shouting at his Rockruff to "give it everything you've got. My body is ready." Fortunately, he was just researching Pokemon attacks. By using himself as a test dummy. And wrecking the lab in the process. 


      Anyway, Kukui takes my Pokedex and basically stuffs a Rotom inside of it, explaining that the Pokedex was designed to accommodate it. Since said Rotom is technically a part of my group, I'm giving it a name, KITT, after the AI from Knight Rider.


      We're interrupted by the arrival of Hau, but Kukui resumes talking and explains the island challenge to me. Basically, I need to clear 7 trials across each of the islands, and then defeat each islands' kahuna. Kukui gives me an island challenge amulet, and I set off on my quest!


      ...To the Trainers' School. Ugh.


      One plus, though: After reexamining my map, I found that I wasn't in Route 1, but a place called the Hau'oli Outskirts, and thus I could catch a new team member. I soon happened upon an Alolan Rattata(Rasputin), a Slowpoke(Donald Jr.-I told you, the Trump jokes won't stop), and a Wingull(Wilson). At my house, I took out the RNG and picked out who would be added on.


      Rasputin: 1

      Donald Jr.: 2

      Wilson: 3


      Result: 3-Wilson. 


      My new member thus decided, I headed into the Pokemon Center with Lillie while she gave me a tour. Also, the PC is a laptop-type deal this time around, so that's neat. Once she left and KITT put the Trainers' School as our destination on the map, I spoke with the guy at the counter and got my items. Technically, I won't be able to get Munchlax until I enter a new area, like Hau'oli City proper. Anyway, I set up the morgue and extras boxes and put the extras in the latter box. After that, I bought a shit ton of status items, potions, and balls, and cashed in my gifts to pay it all back and add 3 grand extra. Oh, and I bought a Pinap Juice.


      With all this done, I headed out for the Trainers' School, and walked in with Lillie after KITT made one of his hilariously bad jokes. Then Kukui gave me the Exp. Share, which, from the sound of it, works just like in X and Y, which is good because that means my underleveled guys won't be underleveled for long. Thus, with Hedwig's help, I kicked the 4 students' asses and leveled my guys up a shit ton. I also got a Quick Claw and the TM for Work Up out of it(the former I gave to Hedwig, the latter to Ivanka). I then got called to the office, but it was only to battle the headmistress, Emily. She opened up with a Magnemite, which was a pain in the ass, but Hedwig managed to Astonish it to death. I tried fighting her Alolan Meowth with Ivanka, but that didn't work, so Hedwig kicked its ass with Leafage, albeit having to consume a few potions. I then got a few Great Balls for winning. I also ran into Trial Captain Ilima, who congratulated me before walking off, and Lillie proceeded to take me on a tour of the city proper.


      ...Or we would've if some dumbass Tauros wasn't blocking the way. Hala calms it down, and Hau goes with us. It was at this point that I decided to save. I'll go on that tour and get more team members tomorrow.


      Current team: 

      Hedwig the Rowlet: Male, Lv. 12; met at Iki Town(day 1, Lv. 5). Nature: Naive. Likes to relax. Ability: Overgrow. Moves: Tackle, Leafage, Astonish, Peck. Item: Quick Claw

      Ivanka the Yungoos: Female, Lv. 8; met at Route 1(day 1, Lv. 3). Nature: Lonely. Alert to sounds. Ability: Strong Jaw. Moves: Tackle, Leer, Work Up, Pursuit. Item: None

      Wilson the Wingull: Male, Lv. 7; met at Hau'oli Outskirts(day 2, Lv. 5). Nature: Naive. Hates to lose. Ability: Hydration. Moves: Growl, Water Gun, Supersonic. Item: None

      Extras:

      Robin the Pikipek

      Buggy the Ledyba

      Rasputin the Alolan Rattata

      Donald Jr. the Slowpoke


      ----


      Day 3 - 11/22/16

      [Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.]

      So I spent a bit of time running around the beach until Hau took me into the Tourist Bureau to get the Poke Finder installed on my Rotom Dex. So, basically, now it's a map, a Pokedex, and a camera all rolled into one. So, naturally, I went off to take some photos and post them on the Internet. They made me Internet famous almost immediately, and I got to upgrade the software on my Poke Finder to Version 3. 


      After that, Lillie gave me a Lens Case. For...contact lenses. Okay, not doing that. Glasses work fine for me, thanks.


      Still, I decided to check out the apparel store, so I ended up buying black capris, a beige polo, and a black trilby, as well as getting a hair cut at the hair salon. Did I mention I have very little fashion sense?


      Anyway, I decided to take the time to try and find a new partner in the gated grass areas, and after a bit of walking, I happened upon an Alolan Grimer(Diesel), an Alolan Meowth(Felicia), a Magnemite(Data), and an Abra(Ingram), surprisingly. Satisfied, I whipped out the RNG and picked out my team member.


      Diesel: 1

      Felicia: 2

      Data: 3

      Ingram: 4


      Result: 4-Ingram


      My roster thus decided, I dumped the others in the Extras box and healed my guys. Moving towards the destination KITT picked out, I overhear rumblings about Team Skull before meeting up with Hau at a dessert shop that, from the sign, I can only assume is called "Slurpuff's." After buying Hedwig a malasada and buying another to go, I headed to the Marina and ran into Captain Ilima, as well as a couple of Team Skull grunts. After jamming to their awesome theme for a minute, I proceeded to fight them...and then jam to their awesome battle theme for a minute. Seriously, this soundtrack is where it's at.


      Despite knowing Absorb...somehow...the grunt's Zubat got its ass kicked by Ivanka. They ran off, Ilima healed my team, we talked for a bit, and she challenged me to a battle. Her Yungoos was a bit tough, but enough Leafages brought it down, and her Smeargle turned out to be faster than Hedwig. ...And know Ember. The outcome was about as you'd expect. 


      Wilson managed to bring him down, but still, not a good start. I found out that the Marina and beachfront were separate areas, so I set out to try and find a fishing rod so I could catch stuff there. Unfortunately, my search was for naught. However, I did find the TM for Echoed Voice, which I taught to Wilson. 


      I put Hedwig in the morgue, gave his Quick Claw to Ivanka, restocked on potions, and set out to do some grinding...until Wilson died from a Magnemite's Thundershock. God fucking dammit.


      I used Ingram to hightail it out of there and put Wilson in the morgue. After that, I thought that the outskirts might be a bit friendlier, so I trekked back there and grinded for a while until I decided to take a break. I'll get back to it tomorrow, but right now, I'm just...ugh.


      Current team: 

      Ivanka the Yungoos: Female, Lv. 10; met at Route 1(day 1, Lv. 3). Nature: Lonely. Alert to sounds. Ability: Strong Jaw. Moves: Tackle, Sand Attack, Work Up, Pursuit. Item: Quick Claw

      Ingram the Abra: Male, Lv. 10; met at Hau'oli Shopping District(day 3, Lv. 7). Nature: Docile. Proud of its power. Ability: Synchronize. Moves: Teleport. Item: None

      Extras:

      Robin the Pikipek

      Buggy the Ledyba

      Rasputin the Alolan Rattata

      Donald Jr. the Slowpoke

      Diesel the Alolan Grimer

      Felicia the Alolan Meowth

      Data the Magnemite

      Dead:

      Hedwig the Rowlet: Died at Lv. 13, Day 3.

      Wilson the Wingull: Died at Lv. 9, Day 3.


      ----


      Day 4 - 11/23/16

      [Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.]

      Did some research and found that I won't be getting a Fishing Rod(yeah, it's just the one)for a while. So, in order to not be blindsided as easily, I grinded my guys. Like, a lot. At first I started out at the outskirts, but after realizing that Steel types like Magnemite weren't resistant to Dark type attacks like Pursuit, I decided to try the shopping district on for size to speed things up a bit. Fortunately, the Pokemon there didn't blindside me that time(and the Abra were piss easy to kill), so I was able to grind off of them without too much hassle. Plus, apparently if you care for your Pokemon enough in Refresh, they'll get EXP boosts, so that was nice. I decided to stop by the time Ingram evolved into Kadabra, at level 16, as that would be the point where both of them could be used in battle. 


      ...Or at least he would've been, if he actually didn't learn Confusion at Lv. 16 like literally every other game


      So after that insanely long grinding session, I fully healed my guys at the Pokemon Center and headed out to Route 2. On the way there, I ran into Hala, who chased around that dumbass Tauros for a bit, and continued onward to fight trainers and make new friends!


      So I ran into what an NPC dubbed a "feisty critter;" a Lv. 9 Makuhita! It caused problems early on with Arm Thrust, but after enough Sand Attacks and Kineses, it was basically useless. One Tackle and a Great Ball later, and it was begging for mercy. Deciding that I rather liked this Makuhita(Saitama), I decided to not press my luck and have him be my partner for the route, especially since a Fighting type like him was just what I needed against the Normal type Trial Captain/bitch I was about to face. So you know what that means! 


      More grinding!


      Fortunately, with almost everything I could fight at the shopping district being weak to him, Saitama mopped the floor with his opponents and leveled up fairly quickly. Also, I was jamming to stuff like this while I was grinding, which helped alleviate the boredom: 

      Anyway, I stopped at Lv. 13, replacing Arm Thrust with Force Palm and then healing and setting out for Route 2.


      On the way, I hear about a cemetery, which also counts as a separate area, so you just know I'm going over there. I managed to catch a Gastly(Smoker, off the One Piece character), another one that I set out to release(it had trapped Saitama in a Mean Look, so I didn't have any other options), and I tried to catch a Drifloon, but kept failing. Thus, I again decided to take what I could get and make Smoker my partner for that area. I then proceeded to wreck every trainer there and headed back to Hau'oli to heal before heading through Route 2 once more. 


      So after taking a kid's lunch money, I came across a Delibird, who took me to the Berry Fields where Team Skull grunts tried desperately to rap and whined about their self-esteem issues while robbing a berry farmer. After kicking their asses, I walked around for a bit before deciding to take a break and do the trial later.


      Current team: 

      Ivanka the Yungoos: Female, Lv. 18; met at Route 1(day 1, Lv. 3). Nature: Lonely. Alert to sounds. Ability: Strong Jaw. Moves: Tackle, Sand Attack, Work Up, Pursuit. Item: None

      Ingram the Kadabra: Male, Lv. 17; met at Hau'oli Shopping District(day 3, Lv. 7). Nature: Docile. Proud of its power. Ability: Synchronize. Moves: Teleport, Kinesis. Item: None

      Saitama the Makuhita: Male, Lv. 15; met at Route 2(day 4, Lv. 9). Nature: Adamant. Strong willed. Ability: Thick Fat. Moves: Tackle, Fake Out, Sand Attack, Force Palm. Item: Quick Claw

      Smoker the Gastly: Male, Lv. 12; met at Hau'oli Cemetery(day 4, Lv. 8). Nature: Timid. Likes to run(or float, I guess). Ability: Levitate. Moves: Hypnosis, Lick, Curse, Mean Look. Item: None 

      Extras:

      Robin the Pikipek

      Buggy the Ledyba

      Rasputin the Alolan Rattata

      Donald Jr. the Slowpoke

      Diesel the Alolan Grimer

      Felicia the Alolan Meowth

      Data the Magnemite

      Dead:

      Hedwig the Rowlet: Died at Lv. 13, Day 3.

      Wilson the Wingull: Died at Lv. 9, Day 3.


      ----


      Day 5 - 11/24/16

      [Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.]

      So after beating another trainer, I ran into Hau, who took me into the Pokemon Center and gave me some revives I couldn't use. I then sold them in order to buy some Heal Balls and Super Potions. After that was all taken care of, I headed over to the cavern and began to take my 1st trial.


      So basically the objective of this 1st trial is to beat up some Yungoos hiding in holes and whatnot in order to make it up to a pedestal and get a Z-crystal. Of course, I also need to defeat an uber-powerful Totem Pokemon to get it. Thus, I set out, using Saitama to wreck the Yungoos(literally in one punch), but before I could catch the last one, some Skull grunts busted in, the same ones from the berry farm, whose asses I kicked yet again. They pout for a bit and eventually settle on guarding the dens. Works for me, since it lured the last mon, who turned out to be a Gumshoos, out, allowing Saitama to beat its ass in one hit. 


      So I took the Z-crystal and fought the Totem Pokemon, another Gumshoos. Saitama had a bit of trouble, what with it having buffed Defense and being faster, as well as having an ally Yungoos alongside it, but Saitama's Quick Claw got the better of it and he managed to take them both down in a few hits. After completing the trial, I was rewarded with Normalium Z, as well as a ton of Exp. I'm also allowed to catch anything I can find in Verdant Cavern, so I set out to catch things, and managed to catch an Alolan Diglett(Wade) and a Zubat(Vlad). I brought up the RNG and got the following results:


      Wade: 1

      Vlad: 2


      Result: 1-Wade.


      My catch thus decided, I headed out to talk with Ilima and Kukui, who cleared the gate to Route 3 and explained Z-moves to me. After his tutorial, he realized that he lost Lillie. I gave the Normalium to Ivanka and healed at the Pokemon Center before heading out to find her. 


      While searching, I fought some trainers, resulting in Ivanka evolving into Gumshoos(the family resemblance is particularly apparent now ;)). I also caught a Spearow(Ares), a Cutiefly(Daffodil), a Mankey(Erza), and a Delibird(Nick). Fired up the RNG and got the following results:


      Ares: 1

      Daffodil: 2

      Erza: 3

      Nick: 4


      Result: 2-Daffodil


      My catch thus decided, I swapped Ares out for her at the center and then continued the search. 


      Eventually, I found her in a place called Melemele Meadow, where she had lost Nebby. It being a new area, I managed to catch some things, including a Cottonee(Daisy), a Caterpie(Cupcake), and an Oricorio(Samantha). Oh, and I taught Saitama Brick Break in place of Sand Attack. I fired up the RNG and it got the following results:


      Daisy: 1

      Cupcake: 2

      Samantha: 3


      Result: 3-Samantha


      My pick thus decided, I continued onward and grabbed Nebby. As me and Lillie headed out, we ran into Hau, who challenged me. Thanks to Wade, his Pikachu couldn't do shit, and was swiftly taken out by a Magnitude 9. As for Popplio, Ivanka's Z-Power took care of him. 


      After the fight, Kukui showed up and beckoned us to return to Iki Town to take on Hala. I swiftly made my way back to Iki Town. Learning of his expertise in the Fighting Type, I healed up at Hau'oli Outskirts' Pokemon Center and considered my strategy. I figured I'd use Smoker, Daffodil, and Samantha as my mains, swapping her in for Wade, and decided to grind them for a bit along with Ingram, in the hopes that he'd learn Confusion or something. Alas, even after getting him to Lv. 20, he wouldn't learn any attacks, so I decided to keep him in reserve. 


      After healing, I headed over to Iki Town to fight Hala...tomorrow. I did some more grinding, just to be safe. I'll do a bit more tomorrow before I fight him.


      Current team: 

      Ivanka the Gumshoos: Female, Lv. 21; met at Route 1(day 1, Lv. 3). Nature: Lonely. Alert to sounds. Ability: Strong Jaw. Moves: Tackle, Sand Attack, Work Up, Bite. Item: Normalium Z

      Ingram the Kadabra: Male, Lv. 20; met at Hau'oli Shopping District(day 3, Lv. 7). Nature: Docile. Proud of its power. Ability: Synchronize. Moves: Teleport, Kinesis, Disable. Item: None

      Saitama the Makuhita: Male, Lv. 20; met at Route 2(day 4, Lv. 9). Nature: Adamant. Strong willed. Ability: Thick Fat. Moves: Knock Off, Fake Out, Brick Break, Force Palm. Item: Quick Claw

      Smoker the Gastly: Male, Lv. 19; met at Hau'oli Cemetery(day 4, Lv. 8). Nature: Timid. Likes to run(or float, I guess). Ability: Levitate. Moves: Hypnosis, Lick, Curse, Night Shade. Item: None 

      Daffodil the Cutiefly: Female, Lv. 15; met at Route 3(day 5, Lv. 10). Nature: Quiet. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Honey Gather. Moves: Silver Wind, Fairy Wind, Stun Spore, Struggle Bug. Item: Honey

      Samantha the Oricorio: Female, Lv. 17; met at Melemele Meadow(day 5, Lv. 12). Nature: Timid. Somewhat vain. Ability: Dancer. Moves: Pound, Air Cutter, Peck, Baton Pass. Item: None

      Box:

      Wade the Alolan Diglett: Male, Lv. 15; met at Verdant Cavern(day 5, Lv. 11). Nature: Relaxed. Nods off a lot. Ability: Sand Veil. Moves: Metal Claw, Magnitude, Astonish, Mud-Slap. Item: None

      Extras:

      Robin the Pikipek

      Buggy the Ledyba

      Rasputin the Alolan Rattata

      Donald Jr. the Slowpoke

      Diesel the Alolan Grimer

      Felicia the Alolan Meowth

      Data the Magnemite

      Vlad the Zubat

      Ares the Spearow

      Erza the Mankey

      Nick the Delibird

      Daisy the Cottonee

      Cupcake the Caterpie

      Dead:

      Hedwig the Rowlet: Died at Lv. 13, Day 3.

      Wilson the Wingull: Died at Lv. 9, Day 3.


      ----


      Day 6 - 11/25/16

      [Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.]

      Session #1:

      So after a little more grinding, I decided to stop when Ingram leveled up...and learned Psybeam! Fuck yes! Now armed with all the might of Ingram, I decided to face Hala. 


      He started out with a Mankey, who Samantha one shot with Air Cutter. Next, he sent out Makuhita, who also got one shot with Psybeam. Finally, he sent out his Crabrawler...who also got one shot. The fight was kinda underwhelming, really.


      He gave me Fightinium Z and. after a wise-man like talk about Pokemon, a Ride Pager, which will allow me to ride on Tauros whenever I need to. Kukui also gave me False Swipe, and I agreed to let Lillie tag along with me to keep Nebby safe. Thus, after talking to my mom, I decided to ride around on Tauros for a while. I barreled my way into Ten Carat Hill, where I managed to catch a Roggenrola(Chromastone) and a Carbink(Amethyst), and caught a Rockruff(Jill)in the Farthest Hollow in Ten Carat Hill. Thus, I used the RNG to decide what to get from the cave and decided not to push my luck with the Hollow(since Rockruff is one of the Pokemon I really wanted to get). I swapped Daffodil for her and got the following results from the RNG:


      Chromastone: 1

      Amethyst: 2


      Result: 1-Chromastone


      My pick thus decided, I headed out, showed Jill to a guy on Route 3 for some rewards, and then rode around looking for other secret areas. However, I didn't find much, so I headed back to Hau'oli to heal before heading to the Marina. I also gave Saitama the Fightinium Z, sold some goodies, bought some better supplies, and gave healing items and stat boosters to my other guys. After that, we set sail for Akala Island.


      After arriving in Heahea City, we met Olivia and Mallow, the kahuna and one of the captains, respectively. Once they left, I decided to do some shopping, getting a pair of Plain Black Cargo Shorts.

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      (I still don't know how to rip it directly from the game, so I pulled this off Serebii. I also pulled up images of each individual piece of clothing I have on)

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      (Beige trilby)

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      (Beige polo)


      Anyway, I decided to receive my Munchlax(Totoro) and make that the Heahea City capture. I switched him back out for Jill, and then headed over to the hotel where Lillie was staying. 


      On the way, I fought a couple of tourists, Dexio and Sina(who just so happen to be Sycamore's assistants from X and Y). His Slowpoke and Espeon went down easily, and as a reward, he gave me the Zygarde Cube and advised me to go and train at Route 4. Deciding that I'll meet up with Lillie later, I decided to head over there. In between trainer battles, I managed to catch a Mudbray(Epona), a Lillipup(Poppy), a Grubbin(Static), and a Crabrawler(Laila). Fired up the RNG and got the following results:


      Epona: 1

      Poppy: 2

      Static: 3

      Laila: 4


      Result: 3-Static


      My pick thus decided(amongst all the much cooler choices, but whatevs), I continued into Paniola Town, where Hau healed me up and challenged me. His Pikachu got annihilated by Saitama's Z-move, All-Out Pummeling(or I suppose you could call it "Rapid Consecutive Punches," ). As for his Brionne, even with his(yes, his)Disarming Voice, Samantha took him down with little difficulty. 


      Deciding to go to the ranch, I ran into Mallow, who registered a Stoutland to my Pager, and I proceeded to wander around the fields, managing to catch a Miltank(Whitney). I also ran into the Pokemon Nursery sisters, but since they don't actually train the Pokemon, I just walked off grumpily...until they mentioned an Egg, which I took and nicknamed Eggy. With eggs, I only count the place that they're hatched as the catch area, so I can still catch things at the ranch, but I couldn't find anything, so I made Whitney the catch of the route. Also, I found an Amulet Coin, so that was nice. 


      Anyway, I continued on to Route 5, fighting trainers as I tried to find something new to catch. However, in the process, I ran into Gladion, an agent of Team Skull, after he kicked Hau's ass. His Zubat was fairly easy, although it caused problems against Saitama with Wing Attack before Ingram shot it down. However, his Type: Null proved to be more difficult. I sent in Smoker to hold him off while Saitama healed because I thought it only knew Normal type attacks. It also knew Pursuit. I tried to use Hypnosis, but it missed and Null killed Smoker. I then had Saitama use All-Out Pummeling to destroy it utterly. 


      He walked off with some grunts, leaving me to continue to hunt for new friends. I caught a Fomantis(Slicer), and since I couldn't find anything else, I made it the catch of the route. Oh, and Saitama evolved into Hariyama, which was fucking awesome. 


      Anyway, I think I'll save here. I'll do some grinding and do the trial at Brooklet Hill in a later session.


      Current team: 

      Ivanka the Gumshoos: Female, Lv. 24; met at Route 1(day 1, Lv. 3). Nature: Lonely. Alert to sounds. Ability: Strong Jaw. Moves: Tackle, Mud-Slap, Work Up, Bite. Item: Normalium Z

      Ingram the Kadabra: Male, Lv. 23; met at Hau'oli Shopping District(day 3, Lv. 7). Nature: Docile. Proud of its power. Ability: Synchronize. Moves: Miracle Eye, Kinesis, Disable, Psybeam. Item: Sitrus Berry

      Saitama the Hariyama: Male, Lv. 24; met at Route 2(day 4, Lv. 9). Nature: Adamant. Strong willed. Ability: Thick Fat. Moves: Knock Off, Fake Out, Brick Break, Vital Throw. Item: Fightinium Z

      Samantha the Oricorio: Female, Lv. 21; met at Melemele Meadow(day 5, Lv. 12). Nature: Timid. Somewhat vain. Ability: Dancer. Moves: Feather Dance, Air Cutter, Peck, Baton Pass. Item: Sharp Beak

      Jill the Rockruff: Female, Lv. 16; met at Ten Carat Hill Farthest Hollow(day 6, Lv. 13). Nature: Bashful/. Likes to thrash about. Ability: Vital Spirit. Moves: Rock Throw, Sand Attack, Bite, Howl. Item: Oran Berry

      Wade the Alolan Diglett: Male, Lv. 15; met at Verdant Cavern(day 5, Lv. 11). Nature: Relaxed. Nods off a lot. Ability: Sand Veil. Moves: Metal Claw, Magnitude, Astonish, Mud-Slap. Item: None

      Box:

      Daffodil the Cutiefly: Female, Lv. 15; met at Route 3(day 5, Lv. 10). Nature: Quiet. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Honey Gather. Moves: Silver Wind, Fairy Wind, Stun Spore, Struggle Bug. Item: None

      Totoro the Munchlax: Male, Lv. 5; met at Heahea City(day 6, Lv. 5). Nature: Lax. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Thick Fat. Moves: Tackle, Metronome, Hold Back, Happy Hour. Item: None

      Chromastone the Roggenrola: Female, Lv. 13; met at Ten Carat Hill(day 6, Lv. 13). Nature: Timid. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Weak Armor. Moves: Tackle, Harden, Sand Attack, Headbutt. Item: None

      Slicer the Fomantis: Male, Lv. 14; met at Route 5(day 6, Lv. 14). Nature: Serious. Often lost in thought. Ability: Leaf Guard. Moves: Fury Cutter, Leafage, Razor Leaf, Growth. Item: None

      Whitney the Miltank: Female, Lv. 13; met at Paniola Ranch(day 6, Lv. 13). Nature: Bashful. Proud of its power. Ability: Thick Fat. Moves: Growth, Defense Curl, Stomp, Milk Drink. Item: None

      Static the Grubbin: Male, Lv. 12; met at Route 4(day 6, Lv. 12). Nature: Calm. Somewhat vain. Ability: Swarm. Moves: Vice Grip, String Shot, Mud-Slap, Bite. Item: None

      Eggy the Egg: Received from Nursery helpers on day 6. Egg Watch: "It doesn't seem close to hatching."

      Extras:

      Robin the Pikipek

      Buggy the Ledyba

      Rasputin the Alolan Rattata

      Donald Jr. the Slowpoke

      Diesel the Alolan Grimer

      Felicia the Alolan Meowth

      Data the Magnemite

      Vlad the Zubat

      Ares the Spearow

      Erza the Mankey

      Nick the Delibird

      Daisy the Cottonee

      Cupcake the Caterpie

      Amethyst the Carbink

      Epona the Mudbray

      Poppy the Lillipup

      Laila the Crabrawler

      Dead:

      Hedwig the Rowlet: Died at Lv. 13, Day 3.

      Wilson the Wingull: Died at Lv. 9, Day 3.

      Smoker the Gastly: Died at Lv. 22, Day 6.


      Session #2:

      So I grinded Samantha and Slicer for a bit before heading into Brooklet Hill. There, the Trial Captain, Lana, told me to investigate some Wishiwashi who were causing a ruckus at the lake. She registered Lapras onto my Pager(fuck yes!)and I beat up the Wishiwashi(capturing a Psyduck, Perri, during the search)until I stumbled into her trial ground. Wasn't much of a trial, though: all I had to do was fight the Totem Pokemon, a school of Wishiwashi. Slicer and Samantha had some close calls and didn't do too much to it, so after Samantha took out its ally, I switched to Saitama and used All-Out Pummeling to overwhelm it. As a reward, she gave me the Waternium Z crystal, a Fishing Rod, and 10 Dive Balls. After healing at the center, I went back and caught a Goldeen(Chris)and a Wishiwashi(Dory). Fired up the RNG and got the following results:


      Perri: 1

      Chris: 2

      Dory: 3


      Result: 3-Dory


      My catch thus decided, I scared off the Sudowoodo blocking the passage to Route 6 and walked around for a bit before running into the same Skull dipshits from the berry farm. I kicked their asses easily and sent them packing. After that, I decided to save.


      Current team: 

      Ivanka the Gumshoos: Female, Lv. 26; met at Route 1(day 1, Lv. 3). Nature: Lonely. Alert to sounds. Ability: Strong Jaw. Moves: Tackle, Mud-Slap, Work Up, Bite. Item: Normalium Z

      Ingram the Kadabra: Male, Lv. 25; met at Hau'oli Shopping District(day 3, Lv. 7). Nature: Docile. Proud of its power. Ability: Synchronize. Moves: Miracle Eye, Kinesis, Disable, Psybeam. Item: Sitrus Berry

      Saitama the Hariyama: Male, Lv. 24; met at Route 2(day 4, Lv. 9). Nature: Adamant. Strong willed. Ability: Thick Fat. Moves: Knock Off, Fake Out, Brick Break, Vital Throw. Item: Fightinium Z

      Samantha the Oricorio: Female, Lv. 24; met at Melemele Meadow(day 5, Lv. 12). Nature: Timid. Somewhat vain. Ability: Dancer. Moves: Feather Dance, Air Cutter, Peck, Baton Pass. Item: Sharp Beak

      Jill the Rockruff: Female, Lv. 20; met at Ten Carat Hill Farthest Hollow(day 6, Lv. 13). Nature: Bashful/. Likes to thrash about. Ability: Vital Spirit. Moves: Rock Throw, Sand Attack, Bite, Howl. Item: Oran Berry

      Slicer the Fomantis: Male, Lv. 21; met at Route 5(day 6, Lv. 14). Nature: Serious. Often lost in thought. Ability: Leaf Guard. Moves: Fury Cutter, Leafage, Razor Leaf, Growth. Item: Quick Claw

      Box:

      Daffodil the Cutiefly: Female, Lv. 15; met at Route 3(day 5, Lv. 10). Nature: Quiet. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Honey Gather. Moves: Silver Wind, Fairy Wind, Stun Spore, Struggle Bug. Item: None

      Totoro the Munchlax: Male, Lv. 5; met at Heahea City(day 6, Lv. 5). Nature: Lax. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Thick Fat. Moves: Tackle, Metronome, Hold Back, Happy Hour. Item: None

      Chromastone the Roggenrola: Female, Lv. 13; met at Ten Carat Hill(day 6, Lv. 13). Nature: Timid. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Weak Armor. Moves: Tackle, Harden, Sand Attack, Headbutt. Item: None

      Wade the Alolan Diglett: Male, Lv. 15; met at Verdant Cavern(day 5, Lv. 11). Nature: Relaxed. Nods off a lot. Ability: Sand Veil. Moves: Metal Claw, Magnitude, Astonish, Mud-Slap. Item: None

      Whitney the Miltank: Female, Lv. 13; met at Paniola Ranch(day 6, Lv. 13). Nature: Bashful. Proud of its power. Ability: Thick Fat. Moves: Growth, Defense Curl, Stomp, Milk Drink. Item: None

      Static the Grubbin: Male, Lv. 12; met at Route 4(day 6, Lv. 12). Nature: Calm. Somewhat vain. Ability: Swarm. Moves: Vice Grip, String Shot, Mud-Slap, Bite. Item: None

      Eggy the Egg: Received from Nursery helpers on day 6. Egg Watch: "It doesn't seem close to hatching."

      Dory the Wishiwashi: Female, Lv. 13; met at Brooklet Hill(day 6, Lv. 13). Nature: Impish. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Schooling. Moves: Water Gun, Growl, Helping Hand, Feint Attack. Item: None 

      Extras:

      Robin the Pikipek

      Buggy the Ledyba

      Rasputin the Alolan Rattata

      Donald Jr. the Slowpoke

      Diesel the Alolan Grimer

      Felicia the Alolan Meowth

      Data the Magnemite

      Vlad the Zubat

      Ares the Spearow

      Erza the Mankey

      Nick the Delibird

      Daisy the Cottonee

      Cupcake the Caterpie

      Amethyst the Carbink

      Epona the Mudbray

      Poppy the Lillipup

      Laila the Crabrawler

      Perri the Psyduck

      Chris the Goldeen

      Dead:

      Hedwig the Rowlet: Died at Lv. 13, Day 3.

      Wilson the Wingull: Died at Lv. 9, Day 3.

      Smoker the Gastly: Died at Lv. 22, Day 6.


      ----


      Day 7 - 11/27/16

      [Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.]

      So after running around Route 6 for a bit fighting trainers, I managed to catch an Igglybuff(Justin)after a very tedious battle against a few of its allies. Not finding anything else new, I decided to make him the catch of the route, and continued on to the Battle Royal Dome so KITT would stop bugging me about it. After healing, I spotted Gladion going inside, and I decided to follow him. I ended up running into Hau and Kukui(as the Masked Royal)as well, and the four of us engaged in a battle royal. Now, of course, Jill was the one roped in against Brionne and Null against her will, so it was definitely not a fun time for her. Fortunately, after Royal's Rockruff got its ass kicked, the fight ended, and Jill lived to tell the tale. Gladion walked off in typical emo fashion while Kiawe, the fire Trial Captain, introduced himself. I decided to head out for his trial next, swapping out Slicer for Dory. On the way to Route 7, I obtained a Zygarde Cell and bought some supplies at the Thrifty Megamart. Once at Wela Park, I managed to catch a Cubone(Papyrus)and a Salandit(Cacus). Fired up the RNG and got the following results:

      Papyrus: 1

      Cacus: 2


      Result: 2-Cacus


      My pick thus decided, I picked up some items and fought a trainer, but I decided to return to Route 7, as the Pokemon were fairly tough and made me wary of the captain's strength. Back on Route 7, a brief exploration yielded me some items, as well as a battle with a swimmer. However, the only new Pokemon I could find was a Magikarp(Sea King). I decided to save there. I'll grind for the upcoming trial at a later date. Since school is starting again tomorrow, I'm going to switch to posting this on weekends. 


      Current team: 

      Ivanka the Gumshoos: Female, Lv. 27; met at Route 1(day 1, Lv. 3). Nature: Lonely. Alert to sounds. Ability: Strong Jaw. Moves: Super Fang, Mud-Slap, Work Up, Bite. Item: Normalium Z

      Ingram the Kadabra: Male, Lv. 26; met at Hau'oli Shopping District(day 3, Lv. 7). Nature: Docile. Proud of its power. Ability: Synchronize. Moves: Miracle Eye, Kinesis, Reflect, Psybeam. Item: Sitrus Berry

      Saitama the Hariyama: Male, Lv. 27; met at Route 2(day 4, Lv. 9). Nature: Adamant. Strong willed. Ability: Thick Fat. Moves: Knock Off, Fake Out, Brick Break, Vital Throw. Item: Fightinium Z

      Samantha the Oricorio: Female, Lv. 25; met at Melemele Meadow(day 5, Lv. 12). Nature: Timid. Somewhat vain. Ability: Dancer. Moves: Feather Dance, Air Cutter, Peck, Baton Pass. Item: Sharp Beak

      Jill the Rockruff: Female, Lv. 22; met at Ten Carat Hill Farthest Hollow(day 6, Lv. 13). Nature: Bashful/. Likes to thrash about. Ability: Vital Spirit. Moves: Rock Throw, Sand Attack, Bite, Howl. Item: Oran Berry

      Dory the Wishiwashi: Female, Lv. 16; met at Brooklet Hill(day 6, Lv. 13). Nature: Impish. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Schooling. Moves: Water Gun, Brine, Helping Hand, Feint Attack. Item: Waternium Z

      Box:

      Slicer the Fomantis: Male, Lv. 22; met at Route 5(day 6, Lv. 14). Nature: Serious. Often lost in thought. Ability: Leaf Guard. Moves: Fury Cutter, Leafage, Razor Leaf, Growth. Item: None

      Daffodil the Cutiefly: Female, Lv. 15; met at Route 3(day 5, Lv. 10). Nature: Quiet. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Honey Gather. Moves: Silver Wind, Fairy Wind, Stun Spore, Struggle Bug. Item: None

      Totoro the Munchlax: Male, Lv. 5; met at Heahea City(day 6, Lv. 5). Nature: Lax. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Thick Fat. Moves: Tackle, Metronome, Hold Back, Happy Hour. Item: None

      Chromastone the Roggenrola: Female, Lv. 13; met at Ten Carat Hill(day 6, Lv. 13). Nature: Timid. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Weak Armor. Moves: Tackle, Harden, Sand Attack, Headbutt. Item: None

      Wade the Alolan Diglett: Male, Lv. 15; met at Verdant Cavern(day 5, Lv. 11). Nature: Relaxed. Nods off a lot. Ability: Sand Veil. Moves: Metal Claw, Magnitude, Astonish, Mud-Slap. Item: None

      Whitney the Miltank: Female, Lv. 13; met at Paniola Ranch(day 6, Lv. 13). Nature: Bashful. Proud of its power. Ability: Thick Fat. Moves: Growth, Defense Curl, Stomp, Milk Drink. Item: None

      Static the Grubbin: Male, Lv. 12; met at Route 4(day 6, Lv. 12). Nature: Calm. Somewhat vain. Ability: Swarm. Moves: Vice Grip, String Shot, Mud-Slap, Bite. Item: None

      Eggy the Egg: Received from Nursery helpers on day 6. Egg Watch: "It doesn't seem close to hatching."

      Justin the Igglybuff: Male, Lv. 17; met at Route 6(day 7, Lv. 17). Nature: Serious. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Competitive. Moves: Defense Curl, Pound, Sweet Kiss, Copycat. Item: None

      Cacus the Salandit: Male, Lv. 18; met at Wela Volcano Park(day 7, Lv. 18). Nature: Impish. Likes to thrash about. Ability: Corrosion. Moves: Ember, Sweet Scent, Dragon Rage, Smog. Item: None

      Sea King the Magikarp: Male, Lv. 16; met at Route 7(day 7, Lv. 16). Nature: Bashful. Impetuous and silly. Ability: Swift Swim. Moves: Splash, Tackle. Item: None

      Extras:

      Robin the Pikipek

      Buggy the Ledyba

      Rasputin the Alolan Rattata

      Donald Jr. the Slowpoke

      Diesel the Alolan Grimer

      Felicia the Alolan Meowth

      Data the Magnemite

      Vlad the Zubat

      Ares the Spearow

      Erza the Mankey

      Nick the Delibird

      Daisy the Cottonee

      Cupcake the Caterpie

      Amethyst the Carbink

      Epona the Mudbray

      Poppy the Lillipup

      Laila the Crabrawler

      Perri the Psyduck

      Chris the Goldeen

      Papyrus the Cubone

      Dead:

      Hedwig the Rowlet: Died at Lv. 13, Day 3.

      Wilson the Wingull: Died at Lv. 9, Day 3.

      Smoker the Gastly: Died at Lv. 22, Day 6.

      ----


      Day 8 - 12/3/16


      Not much happened this time around. I did some grinding at Wela Park while I was waiting for a haircut, and managed to level up Dory to Lv. 21, which means she has enough HP to activate her School Form. I also leveled up the others a bit, particularly Jill and Sea King, who are pretty close to evolving themselves. Later, I'll do some more grinding and then head over to the trial site.


      Current team: 

      Ivanka the Gumshoos: Female, Lv. 28; met at Route 1(day 1, Lv. 3). Nature: Lonely. Alert to sounds. Ability: Strong Jaw. Moves: Super Fang, Mud-Slap, Work Up, Bite. Item: Normalium Z

      Sea King the Magikarp: Male, Lv. 18; met at Route 7(day 7, Lv. 16). Nature: Bashful. Impetuous and silly. Ability: Swift Swim. Moves: Splash, Tackle. Item: None

      Saitama the Hariyama: Male, Lv. 28; met at Route 2(day 4, Lv. 9). Nature: Adamant. Strong willed. Ability: Thick Fat. Moves: Knock Off, Fake Out, Brick Break, Vital Throw. Item: Fightinium Z

      Samantha the Oricorio: Female, Lv. 26; met at Melemele Meadow(day 5, Lv. 12). Nature: Timid. Somewhat vain. Ability: Dancer. Moves: Feather Dance, Air Cutter, Peck, Baton Pass. Item: Sharp Beak

      Jill the Rockruff: Female, Lv. 24; met at Ten Carat Hill Farthest Hollow(day 6, Lv. 13). Nature: Bashful/. Likes to thrash about. Ability: Vital Spirit. Moves: Rock Tomb, Sand Attack, Bite, Howl. Item: None

      Dory the Wishiwashi: Female, Lv. 21; met at Brooklet Hill(day 6, Lv. 13). Nature: Impish. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Schooling. Moves: Water Gun, Brine, Aqua Ring, Feint Attack. Item: Waternium Z

      Box:

      Ingram the Kadabra: Male, Lv. 26; met at Hau'oli Shopping District(day 3, Lv. 7). Nature: Docile. Proud of its power. Ability: Synchronize. Moves: Miracle Eye, Kinesis, Reflect, Psybeam. Item: Sitrus Berry

      Slicer the Fomantis: Male, Lv. 22; met at Route 5(day 6, Lv. 14). Nature: Serious. Often lost in thought. Ability: Leaf Guard. Moves: Fury Cutter, Leafage, Razor Leaf, Growth. Item: None

      Daffodil the Cutiefly: Female, Lv. 15; met at Route 3(day 5, Lv. 10). Nature: Quiet. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Honey Gather. Moves: Silver Wind, Fairy Wind, Stun Spore, Struggle Bug. Item: None

      Totoro the Munchlax: Male, Lv. 5; met at Heahea City(day 6, Lv. 5). Nature: Lax. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Thick Fat. Moves: Tackle, Metronome, Hold Back, Happy Hour. Item: None

      Chromastone the Roggenrola: Female, Lv. 13; met at Ten Carat Hill(day 6, Lv. 13). Nature: Timid. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Weak Armor. Moves: Tackle, Harden, Sand Attack, Headbutt. Item: None

      Wade the Alolan Diglett: Male, Lv. 15; met at Verdant Cavern(day 5, Lv. 11). Nature: Relaxed. Nods off a lot. Ability: Sand Veil. Moves: Metal Claw, Magnitude, Astonish, Mud-Slap. Item: None

      Whitney the Miltank: Female, Lv. 13; met at Paniola Ranch(day 6, Lv. 13). Nature: Bashful. Proud of its power. Ability: Thick Fat. Moves: Growth, Defense Curl, Stomp, Milk Drink. Item: None

      Static the Grubbin: Male, Lv. 12; met at Route 4(day 6, Lv. 12). Nature: Calm. Somewhat vain. Ability: Swarm. Moves: Vice Grip, String Shot, Mud-Slap, Bite. Item: None

      Eggy the Egg: Received from Nursery helpers on day 6. Egg Watch: "It doesn't seem close to hatching."

      Justin the Igglybuff: Male, Lv. 17; met at Route 6(day 7, Lv. 17). Nature: Serious. Takes plenty of siestas. Ability: Competitive. Moves: Defense Curl, Pound, Sweet Kiss, Copycat. Item: None

      Cacus the Salandit: Male, Lv. 18; met at Wela Volcano Park(day 7, Lv. 18). Nature: Impish. Likes to thrash about. Ability: Corrosion. Moves: Ember, Sweet Scent, Dragon Rage, Smog. Item: None

      Extras:

      Robin the Pikipek

      Buggy the Ledyba

      Rasputin the Alolan Rattata

      Donald Jr. the Slowpoke

      Diesel the Alolan Grimer

      Felicia the Alolan Meowth

      Data the Magnemite

      Vlad the Zubat

      Ares the Spearow

      Erza the Mankey

      Nick the Delibird

      Daisy the Cottonee

      Cupcake the Caterpie

      Amethyst the Carbink

      Epona the Mudbray

      Poppy the Lillipup

      Laila the Crabrawler

      Perri the Psyduck

      Chris the Goldeen

      Papyrus the Cubone

      Dead:

      Hedwig the Rowlet: Died at Lv. 13, Day 3.

      Wilson the Wingull: Died at Lv. 9, Day 3.

      Smoker the Gastly: Died at Lv. 22, Day 6.

      ----


    • When You Find Out CN Has Released a Ben 10 Reboot

      1 year ago

      Lionheart261

      Initial reaction:

      After you've calmed down and vented your frustration:

      Jesus fucking Christ, guys. 


      The original, Alien Force, and Ultimate Alien(and probably Omniverse, but it deserved to die IMO) are all non canon now...that's a third of my childhood wiped from the canon of it's own franchise. 


      I don't think I've felt this much fury over a decision made in a series I liked as a kid since they replaced Brock with Cilan, aka "White Brock," and killed off Fives in The Clone Wars.  


    • Top 5 Best and Worst Ships

      1 year ago

      Lionheart261

      Hey everyone, Lion here. So I’ve been feeling a bit bad about procrastinating on those FMDB blogs I promised would be out by now, so to make up for it, I thought I’d post a few different blogs I’ve been working on to fill the void, and with Valentine’s Day upon us and reminding us that we are and always will be alone, I thought I’d talk about something which has been a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine; shipping. Call me gay all you want, I honestly just melt inside whenever two characters are just being adorable, and I’ve always had a strange fascination with love stories that, seeing as I am in fact male and heterosexual, I haven’t been quite able to explain. I just really like my favorite characters liking other characters, especially when it’s that kind of puppy love that’s about five times as adorable(more on that later). However, in my search to find all of the adorable fan art and fanfiction that my heart desires, I’ve also come across a few ships that are as unbelievably creepy, stupid, or otherwise, just...wrong, as my personal ships are adorable. So, with that in mind, let’s get in the Valentine’s spirit(despite the irony of it’s name*) and talk about the best and worst ships that I’ve ever seen. As for rules, there really isn’t much to say other then I’ll only be including ships that I know of or have encountered over the course of my life, I’ll be having an honorable mentions list(or, as I call it, the “Indifferent list”) and, of course, that it’s my personal opinion and that you’re bound to disagree(assuming any of you are into this kind of thing). Anywho, that’s enough rambling; let’s kick off this list of the top 5 best and worst ships ever conceived, starting with the 5th worst!

      *If you don’t get that joke, look up Saint Valentine and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

      5th Worst: Lapidot(Lapis Lazuli x Peridot)[Steven Universe]

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      Image taken from http://author45.deviantart.com

      Thank God very few people on this site are SU fans, because if so, then I would get a lot of shit for this.

      While this ship is probably the only one in the worst category that I would love otherwise(hell, when picking out the picture, I got caught up in the adorable fanart for like half an hour), I have a problem with this ship from a purely canon standpoint. Let’s discuss the history between these two, shall we?

      First off, Lapis was already pretty mad about being stuck in a mirror for 6000 years while the Crystal Gems didn’t notice the strange, gem shaped thing in it and continued to use her as a gem version of Siri. Then, when Steven fixed her gem and she returned to Homeworld, she was immediately taken prisoner, interrogated, and probably tortured all because she flew into their orbit. Then she met Peridot, who, needing an informant for her mission to Earth, took her and imprisoned her on their ship, probably being a fairly cruel captor if her behavior up to that point is any indication. Finally, Peridot then attempted to murder her friend and then abducted him and the Crystal Gems. At the end of it all, the whole experience left her wanting to die, refusing to let Steven rescue her and remaining aboard their ship after the reactor blew up and Peridot escaped. Then, when she didn’t die, she was forced to stay fused with Peridot’s escort, Jasper, for about a year or so at the bottom of the ocean, probably nearly losing her sanity in the process. Needless to say, this image illustrates the point that I’m trying to make, and the reason that I don’t see this ship happening:

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      Lapis is pissed. And unless they can reconcile their differences, then this ship, as adorable as it is, will most likely be shot down by Uncle Grandpa the first chance he gets. Let’s see how many people get that joke. ;)

      5th Best: Robin x Anna(or any other good FE ship)[FE Awakening]

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      Yes, I chose Anna as my wife in Fire Emblem Awakening. Why? Because she’s just incredibly hilarious. She’s like that one cool female friend that I’m never going to have. Also, my only other options at the time were the canon wife of my best bro Chrom, a cat lady(literally), a spoiled bitch, a quiet dancer girl who I was dead set on setting up with my other best bro Vaike, and two girls who are about 12 or so. So yeah...there really aren’t that many fish in the sea after all. Especially if you start petting them; that thins out the dating pool pretty quickly. That’s right, Fates, I’m calling you out.

      Now, I could go more in depth about why Anna and Robin are soulmates or something, but really, pretty much every FE ship fits into this spot, so I’ll cover them as well. My personal favorites are as follows:

      • Chrom x Sumia: Can’t go wrong with the canon, huh?-Said no shipper ever.
      • Henri x Tharja: Screw Henri x Olivia, this is where it’s at! Two psychopathic dark sorcerers who love each other. What’s not to like?
      • Olivia x Vaike: I can’t be the only one to see how awesome this ship is. I mean, come on! It’s motherfucking Vaike, for God’s sake! Of course this ship is going to be awesome!
      • Gaius x Maribelle: I just like the juxtaposition of pairing a peasant thief and a spoiled, brattish noblewoman.
      • Sully x Stahl: These two were practically made to go together. Need I say more?
      • Virion x Miriel: So different, and yet both so narcissistic. ;)
      • Lon’qu x Lissa: Eh, Lon’qu with literally anyone is going to be great, but Lissa or Olivia especially.

      In conclusion, FE really knows how to do their ships. I can’t think of much else more to say than that.

      4th Worst: Bad Undertale Ships[Undertale]

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      Image taken from https://imgflip.com/tag/undertale

      Make way for the obligatory Undertale mention!

      Now, if you’ve spent more than five seconds on Tumblr, then you’ve probably seen some Undertale ships, and as it is with any fandom, there are always a few great ones and a few bad ones. Just to get the two elephants in the room out of the way, Undyne x Alphys is, like, number 5.05 for me. Even now, I’m still debating whether or not I made the right decision with the fifth best entry. And as for Sans x Toriel...it’s cute. Not my OTP or anything, but it’s cute. With those out of the way, let’s get down to some of the bad ones. And there are a lot. Let’s go through the list, shall we?

      • Papyrus x Mettaton: Why is this a thing? They have nothing in common aside from being full of themselves, not to mention they’ve never met and have absolutely no basis upon which to form a romantic interest. So, in conclusion...no. Just...no.
      • Chara x Frisk: Oh God, get it away from me!!!!
      • Papyrus x Sans: No! That’s even worse!
      • Sans x Frisk: Ehhhhhhh...nope. Just nope.
      • Asriel x Frisk: Eh, could work, but I don’t see it happening.
      • Muffet x Grillby: I’m pretty sure these two will never meet, so...yeah.
      • Mettaton x Sans: Ok, people, we’ve officially entered crack ship territory. Mentally prepare yourself for the sights ahead of you.
      • Frisk x Monster Kid: Nope. Just nope.
      • Flowey x Sans(or anyone else for that matter):...welp, I’m done. Time to go claw my eyes out. See you with the fourth best, everybody!

      4th Best: Amourshipping(Ash x Serena)/Pokéshipping(Ash x Misty)[Pokemon]

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      Image taken from http://blackotakuz.deviantart.com/art/PokeShipping...

      Now we’re starting to shift forwards on the adorable scale.

      In case it wasn’t clear to everyone, I’m a huge Pokemon fan. There isn’t a single region I haven’t played through in some form or another, and the Diamond and Pearl series of the Pokemon anime was basically half of my childhood. However, once they got rid of Brock and replaced him with a carbon copy in the form of Cilan(not to mention Pikachu losing to that bitch ass Trip), I fell out of the anime side of Pokemon. That is, until I saw Serena. I already knew of Serena due to X and Y, but when I saw that clip of the two of them as children, I was just like, “*brief pause* dawwwwww ;).” And thus, I officially became an Amourshipper.

      Now, with that, you’re probably wondering, “Why is Pokeshipping here then?” Well, to tell you the truth, I think both of these ships are absolutely adorable, and when you make those ships actually somewhat canon, that just makes them even better. Personally, I think Amourshipping is better, but you still can’t quite deny the appeal of the O.G. That, and the rest of the Ash ships out there are just...ugh. Ash x Brock? Seriously?

      3rd Worst: Crack Ships/Anything MLP, Sonic, or FNAF related

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      Image taken from http://www.muppetcentral.com/forum/threads/crack-s...

      Before we move on to the creepy shit, let’s take a quick trip to the seedy underbelly of the Tumblr shipping world. Or, as some Internet trolls would probably call it, Furry Town.

      Now, in the world of shipping, crack ships are an incredibly broad category, but in essence a crack ship is any ship which either has no chance of ever happening or is so unbelievably stupid that a mere second of exposure to it kills off a few of your brain cells. These ships cover pretty much half of the anime ships out there, as well as a few western animation ships like Pearlnet and Jaspidot(Peridot and Jasper? Really?). As for what I think of them, I summed it up two sentences ago; they’re stupid. I don’t like them, I don’t ship them, and I try my best to forget about their existence. However, there is one other category of ship which most shippers prefer not to think about; the so-called “Furry ships,” a name I don’t agree with, but I digress.

      These “Furry ships” cover pretty much every ship involving a character from MLP, FNAF, and Sonic or a Pokemon shipped with another of the four choices listed above or some other character. They’re generally regarded as cancer by the rest of the community, in line with the general stigma against “furries” that is present on the Internet. Now, as for me, I don’t have a problem with someone shipping two ponies together; hell, if they were being really adorable, I’d be all up in that. Some of the ships these people come up with(particularly within the FNAF fanbase) don’t make a lot of sense, but hey, you’re allowed to like what you like.The part that bothers me is when you depict those ponies having sex. It gets less adorable really fast. But still, I may not have too much of a problem here, but I can still see why many people are turned off, putting crack ships and “furry ships” at the middle of my list.

      3rd Best: Finn x Flame Princess[Adventure Time]

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      Image taken from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/246361042093598971/

      Ok, I know that they’ve broken up and that she’s with Cinnamon Bun now and that they’ll never get back together, but I DON’T CARE, DAMNIT!!!! Why did Ward have to torment us so?! They were so adorable! A part of me died when I heard that they split up! Why did Finn have to investigate that stupid dream?! Why, oh why, must this ship have died?!

      *sigh* Alright, now that I’ve vented my repressed rage, let’s talk about why this ship is/was awesome: I just think they’re adorable, plain and simple. I thought they were really cute together, I liked Flame Princess as a character, I liked how Finn was in an actual relationship instead of pining over a 6 foot tall hunk of bubblegum that wasn’t interested in him, and I liked the ship in general. Which is why, even like 2 years later, I’m still pissed about it. That’s all. On to the next creepfest before I lose my shit again.

      2nd Worst: Billdip(Dipper Pines x Bill Cipher)[Gravity Falls]

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      Image taken from https://www.wattpad.com/story/30415637-billdip-one...

      Ok, we’ve just gone from “not right for each other” territory to straight up “creepy, fucked up nightmare fuel” faster than you can say “Sock Opera.”

      I’m still not quite sure why this is such a popular ship. I mean, you have a 12-year-old kid paired with a dark, all-powerful dream demon who's older than the Milky Way Galaxy and currently in the process of destroying the world. Aside from the clearly abusive and predatory nature of this ship(which I guess turns some people on for some reason), this also has some pedophilic undertones, what with the 12-13 billion year age difference. Dipper’s parents probably wouldn’t fly with that.

      And even disregarding all of that, personality wise, the two are in entirely different leagues. Dipper’s a awkward, nerdy genius who deals with the paranormal like it’s a normal Tuesday, and Bill is a psychopathic demon who fucks with people in order to forward his own psychotic ends. How does that even...? Look, regardless of what your headcanon depicts, this ship would never work out. Hell, I can prove it mathematically, watch:

      Awkward nerdy 12-year-old protagonist + psychopathic demon with a thirst for power antagonist != love

      You see? From every perspective possible, this doesn’t work. At all. And I hate the fact that it’s a thing. That’s all. End of discussion. Now let’s move on to a ship that isn’t pure cancer.

      2nd Best: Dipcifica(Dipper Pines x Pacifica Northwest)[Gravity Falls]

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      Image taken from http://cheezyme123.deviantart.com/art/Dipcifica-51...

      Instead of my usual bad pun at the beginning, I’m going to essentially sum up my attitude towards this ship in one simple plea: Please, in the great lord Time Baby’s name, find some way to make this canon, Alex Hirsch!

      This is hands down one of the most adorable pairings ever conceived by a fandom ever. Not only is the fanart adorable, not only has the pairing been hinted at for over a year and Pacifica is more or less confirmed to have a crush on him, and not only is the pairing the most popular ship in the entire fanbase, superseding Wendip, Candip, and *shudder* Billdip by a landslide, these two are just about perfect for each other in my opinion(or at least the closest you could get to perfect for each other after Roadside Attraction). Not to mention that literally nothing short of Pacifica dying in the finale is going to stop it from happening at this point. Let’s hope that Alex doesn’t have that idea in his head, because, seeing how attached the fandom is to the pairing, and just the characters in general...I worry for his safety. Of course, the one problem with this ship is that Alex has gone on record saying that he doesn’t want to ship 12 year olds, but seeing as Disney’s probably going to request a sequel series to be made with all the money he’s made them, I can see the ship happening when they’re like 15 or something. Bottom line, this is one of the best ships out there in my opinion, and for a long while I didn’t think anything could top it. That is, until I started watching Steven Universe...but before we get to that, time for the indifferent list.

      Indifferent List:

      • Mabifica(Mabel Pines x Pacifica Northwest)[Gravity Falls]

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      I think by now you’d get an idea of why I don’t ship this at all, but it goes deeper than that. This is basically another Lapidot situation: despite how adorable it is, it’s never going to happen, and that coupled with all of the creepy, 12-year-old sex stuff that probably exists in the deep, dark bowels of Tumblr makes for a ship that I kinda like, and would probably ship if I weren’t a Dipcifica shipper, but just don’t see happening and am kind of grossed out by in some areas.

      That being said, the one thing that I like most about this ship and the reason this didn’t make the worst category is this: the fanart. No, not the creepy sex stuff, but all of the other 90% of it where they’re just being adorable, romantically or otherwise. The fanart that these shippers make is hilarious, adorable, well-written, true to character, adorable, beautifully drawn, and...well, adorable. And most of them don’t even have that much in your face romance, just them being adorable friends. Bottom line, this is one that I can get behind, but for an entirely different reason.

      • NaLu(Natsu x Lucy)

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      Now, I haven’t seen much of Fairy Tail, but just looking at some clips from the show, I can see why people want this ship to happen. For one thing, the amount of fan service means that someone’s gotta be shipped with someone at some point just so we can get a sex scene somewhere in there, and for another, Lucy’s just really cute. Not sexy, just...cute. Like a blonde, grown up Mabel with kawaii eyes. Personality wise, they seem like a decent fit(unlike Natsu and Erza), and I don’t see any reason this ship shouldn’t happen.

      With that being said, seeing as I don’t watch Fairy Tail, I’m kind of indifferent to it. I don’t like it, but I don’t hate it either, and I can see why others like it. Of course, if I watched the show, I bet that I’d be all over it like butter on toast, but right now...eh. It’s ok.

      • Sitcom ships(Leonard x Penny, Ted x Robin, etc.)

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      Cue the audience squeal track!

      Yeah, based on a quick Google search, I don’t even think sitcom shipping is really a thing, but I thought I’d put them somewhere on here anyway. As for my opinion of them, they’re kind of a mixed bag. Some are really good, like Sheldon and Amy from The Big Bang Theory and Walter and Paige from Scorpion. Others, like Ted and Robin from How I Met Your Mother and Ross and Rachel from Friends, were too predictable for me to get invested. That, and I don’t give a damn about either of those shows. But still, even if I did, the main problem with sitcom ships is that once you establish a frequent male or female character as a main character of the show, they’re kind of bound to end up with someone sooner or later, especially if said person lives near him/her or else is in frequent contact with them every single episode. You could argue that some of the ships I listed in the best category are the same way, but I think the difference is that the former doesn’t try to create a false sense of uncertainty through pointless drama just to try, horribly, to keep the fans guessing. Rather, they never explicitly say that one character is in love with another, instead peppering little hints over time to get fans theorizing. It’s called “subtext,” dear viewer, and while fans have maybe stretched those clues out a little too much on occasion(just look up Amourshipping on Bulbapedia for evidence), it’s still better than a sitcom character devoting all of their energy into relentlessly pursuing someone until they break down and sleep with them. This isn’t Greek mythology, people.

      Bottom line, when these ships work, they work. When they don’t, they just tease the fanbase for ten seasons and then have a shitty ending which has them finally get together, the only reason for it being that all of the other women who he did have a shot with left/died because he was too busy kissing the main lead’s ass. Yeah, looking at you, How I Met Your Mother. Anyway, with all that done, it’s time to see the best of the best and the worst of the worst.

      1st Worst: Pinecest(Dipper Pines x Mabel Pines)[Gravity Falls]

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      Y’know, I was about to put Billdip here on account of its sheer creepiness. Then I remembered that Pinecest was a thing.

      You remember when I mentioned that the people who created Billdip like creepy and predatory relationships? Well, even those people think that Pinecest shippers are weird. I mean, why? Why ship these two? There’s no doubt that they love each other, but that’s sibling love, not romantic love, and besides, even if they weren’t siblings and just great friends, this ship still wouldn’t work out because Dipper isn’t Mabel’s type. Mabel is into perfect dream guys, not sweaty, awkward nerds. Just...come on, guys! This isn’t fucking Game of Thrones! Why is incest shipping even a thing? Are there people out there who are actually turned on to this shit? Are we that fucked up as a species?

      That’s it. That’s all I’m going to say. I shouldn’t have to explain why this ship is disgusting, carcinogenic filth. Just look it up on Google if you have the courage to see just how horrible it is. I, meanwhile, am going to move on to my favorite ship. And the best part about it is that this one’s actually canon.

      1st Best: Stevonnie(Steven Universe x Connie Maheswaran)[Steven Universe]

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      Since we all know this ship is inevitable, this will be my exact reaction when it finally comes to fruition:

      . The hype is real with this one.

      (skip to 6:42)

      Until I started watching Steven Universe, Dipcifica was my OTP(or my main OTP, anyway), but after watching Bubble Buddies, I started to take notice of it, and starting with An Indirect Kiss, I began to ship it. A lot. Basically, take everything I said about Dipcifica and make it three times as adorable and more or less canon, and you have this glorious ship. In my mind, a Steven Universe episode with Connie in it will always be a great episode, one that will more likely than not reduce my manliness to a state of almost nonexistence through its sheer adorableness.

      Not to mention it’s basically canon. It’s been made clear that both of them have huge crushes on each other, with Steven clearly intending to marry her at some point(see Open Book and Steven’s Birthday for evidence) and the two of them even fusing several times(when interpreted in a romantic context, it’s quite literally making your heart beat as one, while simultaneously making out with them for all eternity). The only thing halting the progress of their relationship is the fact that Steven’s 14 and Connie’s 12¾, but really, they’re physically about the same age, so it doesn’t even matter. Aside from that, this is pretty much a match made in heaven. All Steven has to do is see an opportunity when one presents itself. Seriously, dude. She’s almost kissed you three times now. Watch that Shia Labeouf video, man. Take its message to heart.

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      Well, I think that’s enough shipping talk for one day. As always, if you liked my ramblings, you can leave a comment to let me know you actually looked at it or subscribe for updates on when my blogs are coming out. As I mentioned before, I think I’m going to remove the deadlines I set for my FMDB blogs, as I feel that locking myself into a deadline will just add unnecessary stress to my already-stress filled life. However, I’ll try to stay active in comment threads and whatnot, and I’ll still be working on those blogs whenever I get the chance, so I won’t be disappearing off the face of the Earth or anything. Anywho, thank you all for reading, have a fantastic night(if you catch my drift), and take care.

    • Pokemon News Stuff!

      1 year ago

      Lionheart261

      Hey guys, Lion here. So you know how I said I'd talk about the Corocoro stuff? Well, I literally just found this out today, so I'd like to take a little detour and talk about the new Sun and Moon trailer first. Here's the link if you haven't seen it already: https://www.google.com. If you haven't seen it yet, let me sum it up for you.


      We got some important details regarding the release date(11/18/16), the two legendaries(a sun themed lion and a crescent-shaped bat), and the three starters(a grass owl, a dark fire kitten, and a derpy looking seal thing; sorry, forgot their names). Also, the region is called the Alola region(want to guess where it's based on?), and the graphics seem to have improved since Gen VI, so that's good.


      As for my thoughts...it's too soon to say whether it'll be great or not. It looks awesome, but again, too soon to say, and with Nintendo's recent...behavior, I'm starting to worry a bit. Hopefully, it'll live up to everyone's hype, but I'm a bit worried about its reception once it hits. Idk, it releasing on the same system as the last gen just seems red flag-ish to me after Black and White got universally hated on by the fanbase. I'm still going to buy it, though. I'm thinking I'm going to get Sun, but I'm not quite sure yet.


      Anyway, that's all I've got for now. I'm not going to go into a huge, in depth analysis or whatever; just a quick little post designed to assure you all that I'm not dead. ;) With that being said, hope you guys have a fantastic night, and train on.

    • Top Ten Things I Would Like to See in Pokemon Sun and Moon

      1 year ago

      Lionheart261

      Finally, after all this time, I’m finally able to finish the stuff I planned for PokeMay!

      Sorry about the wait. Finals and reduced enthusiasm towards this blog’s completion hampered my efforts in getting this thing out by the time frame I had set. However, what’s important is that it’s done now, so sit back, relax, and enjoy as we wrap up PokeMay once and for all!

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      Ok, I know you’ve seen this topic absolutely everywhere since the new Pokemon games were announced, but bear with me here.

      Now, I think I’ve made it pretty clear by now how much I love Pokemon. I have travelled through every single region in some form or another, I watched the shit out of the Diamond and Pearl anime series(ah, the days when Ash was actually kind of a badass. How I miss them so); hell, some of my favorite ships are from Pokemon! So, being as big a fan as I am, it’s natural that I would be excited at the prospect of a new generation and, in the absence of actual details for a while(fuck you too, Corocoro >:(), come up with a whole list of things I would like to see. So, here we are. Now, there really aren’t that many ground rules here other than I won’t be doing an honorable mentions and that I have an opinion, so without any further ado, let’s get started!

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      10: Fix HMs in Some Fashion

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      Ah, HMs. How the fans hate you.

      Admittedly, HMs haven’t been too much of a pain for me during my travels; hell, I look forward to getting moves like Fly, Surf, Strength, and Dive because those are actually useful in battle and when traversing the world. The others, though...not so much. Rock Smash and Cut are kinda good early in the game, but they become useless pretty quickly. Rock Climb and Waterfall are meh, Whirlpool and Flash are somewhat useful, and I don’t even know what the fuck Defog’s doing there. Now, the general consensus is that something must be done about HMs, as people are getting sick of having to waste a move slot of one of their badass Pokemon with a terrible move like Flash or Rock Smash, or having to take up an entire party slot with an HM slave. When discussions about HMs come up, there are usually two proposed solutions:

      1. Make HMs forgettable without going to the Move Deleter, just like TMs.
      2. Remove HMs entirely and replace their functions with Key Items

      Personally, I think that the first option is better all around, as some HMs are actually useful, putting in a Key Item for something like Surf or Whirlpool would be complicated(case in point: explain how the fuck you’d carry a boat around), and besides, with Key Items, you’d have to go into the key item window, scroll all the way down until you find it(or register it, taking away slots for other valuable key items), click use, then go back and watch stuff happen. It would get really tedious after a while, which is why I think keeping HMs but making them forgettable is the best option and the one which Gamefreak will probably go with. All in all, though, something needs to be done about it, and while I may not care about it too much, I know that a lot of other people do, which is why it takes this spot on my list.

      9: Difficulty Settings

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      Ah, another feature whose absence the “hardcore” crowd just cannot tolerate.

      In case it wasn’t obvious, I don’t care as much about the competitive aspects of Pokemon. I still feel like the newer games gave me plenty of challenge(aside from the rivals, anyway; more on that later), and I honestly don’t think difficulty settings are all that necessary for players like me(especially since you could always just start a Nuzlocke run instead). However, with the recent changes to the Exp Share and whatnot, harcore fans feel like the games are trying to appeal to the younger demographic by being “too easy,” and believe that difficulty settings are the only way to make the games enjoyable for everybody. Now, as I said, I’m pretty fine with the level of challenge, but I can understand how competitive players might want a bit more challenge(seeing as their obsessive compulsive need to max out EVs and IVs and shit have made their teams broken beyond belief). As such, I feel like at least one higher difficulty mode is called for, just to make everyone happy. Just be sure to make it so you can access it without beating the game already. Seriously, that Challenge Mode in Gen V was just...just...why?

      8: Nerf the Exp Share

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      Dear God, Gamefreak! When you make your players hate free EXP, then you know you fucked up.

      Now, admittedly, I don’t have much of a problem with this myself, although even I noticed that the newer games were easier late game than I was expecting, especially the champion in X and Y. Of course, I’d attribute this more to Mega Evolutions for Pokemon such as Charizard, Metagross, or Rayquaza being OP as fuck, but I won’t deny that the changes to the Exp Share may also play a role. Personally, I like the change from a held item to a key item, in part because it reduces the importance of grinding and in part because of a personal experience I had with a Chansey I was training during my Pearl run which, thankfully, will never be repeated(Fling can go suck a dick). However, I do think the formula should be reworked a bit. With the new system, every Pokemon that battled gets full Exp, while the others get half for just sitting around and doing nothing.

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      While I’d argue it makes training underleveled Pokemon easier, it also makes the rest of your team OP as fuck. Therefore, while I don’t think it needs to be made back into a held item, I do think the formula needs to be tweaked to make it less broken. I think if we switched the percentage for the remaining team members who didn’t fight from 50% to something like 25% or 20%, it would reduce the problem considerably and help with the challenge problem I mentioned earlier. All in all, fixing the Exp Share is just a win win all around.

      7: Do Something About Some of those Pokemon “Ideas”

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      Hey kids, want to be able to catch some of those cool Pokemon you saw in the anime? Fuck you! Here’s a pile of garbage! And an ice cream cone! And car keys! Keep buying our shit!

      Having spent 20 years creating new Pokemon, you’d think that Gamefreak would’ve realized which concepts work and which don’t. Cute electric rat? Good. Cute starters that become awesome later? Good. Pokemon that looks like Nicki Minaj if she got drenched in charcoal and shoved onstage for an opera performance? Bad. Very, very bad. Yet time and time again we’ve been treated to hilariously bad ideas. A lot of people like to point fingers at Gen V, but really, there have always been dumb ideas in the series. Case in point: Stantler. Probopass. Likilickey. Bouffalant. The Vanilite line. Fucking Diggersby, as well as countless others that I didn’t mention. While I do think it has increased in frequency somewhat with the number of Pokemon increasing towards the stratosphere, the problem has always been there, and it needs to stop.

      There needs to be some better quality control over at Gamefreak, as clearly the people designing these things have gotten complacent. Maybe you could have Nintendo Fan Club members vote on which Pokemon to add in. Better yet, follow Capcom’s example with the Mega Man series: when those guys were starting to put out lame ideas for Robot Masters, they didn’t just ignore it. Instead, they held a contest in which fans did the work for them and they spiffed them up later, and actually ended up churning out some of the best Robot Masters the series had known up to that point. With all of the fantastic Fakemons being put out by the fanbase every day, I think it’s high time Gamefreak started taking their input. Now, I understand that not everyone would be on board with delegating the task to fans, but one thing that isn’t often thought about is how fans and official artists differ. While the artists believe that they can put out subpar content with little consequence, those fans which make a living off of their work or are trying to get a job in that field know that they can’t, because their cash flow depends on them being talented and creative, able to put out consistently high quality artwork. As a result, fans, who clearly love the series to death, would be more motivated to create great Pokemon, especially with the competitive element added to the mix. If Gamefreak let fans add their ideas to the series’ ever-expanding roster, I’m sure that we’ll start to see some terrific ideas in the future. Or at the very least we won’t see anymore food Pokemon. Cross your fingers, guys.

      6: Give Us a Better Rival this Time

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      I just can’t get enough of Serena. She’s funny, her interactions with Ash and Bonnie are adorable, she’s a great character, and...oh, wait. We’re talking about Serena from X and Y, aren’t we? Uh...she’s a good Exp farm late game? ...Yeah, that’s all I got.

      Honestly, in my opinion, the rivals have been pretty meh the last few generations. In B & W, they went with the stellar move of making two rivals, but only making one of them(and of course it has to be the male one) challenging, B2 & W2 gave us the ever so forgettable Hugh, and X and Y followed that up with an even blander rival, proving that that was in fact possible. What all of these rivals have in common is this; they’re easy, relatively lacking in depth, and only serve as a minor annoyance at best. This clearly needs to be changed.

      In gens I through IV, what made the rivals good was that they actually posed a threat. Blue was always two steps ahead of you no matter how good you were, Silver was similar, Wally was one of the toughest opponents in the game, and Barry always managed to get Pokemon substantially stronger than yours at every turn, and every one of these guys had good character development to boot! For Sun and Moon, I’d like us to go back to that. Since the whole purpose of Sun and Moon is to pay homage to Pokemon, shouldn’t the next rival pay homage to Blue, be an actual challenge and always manage to stay ahead of you, even becoming the Champion before you do? Isn’t that what a rival should be-someone who is your equal, who you must strive to overcome in order to be the best you can be? Isn’t that what Pokemon’s about?

      5: Give Us a Different Team Motive, Please

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      Speaking of bland characters…

      As with the rivals, I feel that the motives of the evil teams have gotten a bit stale over the years. They almost always involve some kind of world domination or world destruction fantasy which doesn’t make a lick of fucking sense, and it’s up to you to beat that shit out of them. It was good the first time and even tolerable the second, but then...Plasma happened. Gamefreak had set those guys up to be the best evil team ever in that they were speaking out against Pokemon battles and the cruelty they put on innocent creatures. They could’ve set up a brilliant story about how the player and his friends are seen as the bad guys, how the people have been twisted into supporting Team Plasma through their peaceful message, totally oblivious towards their criminal activities. Hell, they could’ve even kept the whole world domination thing, with Ghetsis’ real plan being to brainwash the populace into worshipping him and letting him rule as their king, but nope! Instead, we got a generic world domination plan where he exploits the people’s stupidity to use Pokemon to rule the world. Lame. And it only got more lame from there. With all of these evil teams, Gamefreak has tried to shove in some kind of ideological message, but it never works. In Sun and Moon, I’d like to see a return back to basics: an organization simply out to get money via any means necessary and who’s just plain evil, not misunderstood or well intentioned or trying to act good, just evil. With a team like that, I think we can get a far more enjoyable experience, because sometimes, less is more.

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      Even though it’s probably not going to happen, I’m still going to go ahead and call this now so that if Nintendo says there will be multiple save files down the line, I can point to this and tell everybody that I fucking knew it.

      This is probably the most ambitious new feature I’d like to see in Sun and Moon, with a fairly low chance of actually happening, but all the same, let me ask you something: have you ever wanted to start a new run of a game, be it a normal, challenge, or nuzlocke run, but couldn’t bear to part with the Pokemon you caught in that game? Well, here’s your solution! Instead of having to send your main team and whoever else you want to keep into the Poke Bank and leave everything else to die, you can simply start any one of two additional save files, allowing you to play through the game as many times as you wish! Now, admittedly, this would probably be tough to implement, especially with how much data is probably stored in a save file, so they definitely wouldn’t be able to add it now if they didn’t already figure it out in advance, but still, pretty cool idea, don’t you think?

      3: Better Postgame

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      Yep. Because everyone just loves this guy.

      With the last few generations of Pokemon, the post game has been pretty meh. In Gen V, it essentially amounted to “hunt this one Plasma guy,” and that’s about it. Nothing else to do then but take on gym leaders at the world tournament, abuse the undersea temple, become a millionaire, and start living the high life. Of course, in B2&W2, you also have that whole shopping mall thing to run on the side and abuse the dojos to turn your team into an unstoppable force of mass destruction. That’s always fun.

      Still, though, it seems like after Gen IV, the post-games have gotten shorter and shorter, meaning that there really isn’t much to do once you win except wait for the next game and/or start a nuzlocke of an old game you have lying around. Gen VI’s were short, but interesting: the Delta Episode in particular was awesome, although Zinnia kinda rubbed me the wrong way(understandable, since she moves around like a fucking psychopath whenever you battle her), and they didn’t bring back the Battle Frontier, which I was kind of disappointed by after I beat the game. Plus, X and Y’s had the ever-so-adorable Emma, so there’s that. Honestly, while I haven’t really had a problem with the content itself aside from Gen V, I just feel like Gamefreak could do more. I’m not talking something on the scale of Gen II or anything, just something kind of like the Battle Frontier in Emerald or the Sevii Islands. Those were good post-games that kept me occupied for a while and left me entirely satisfied with the content that I got. That’s the kind of stuff I’d like to see: something longer, but just as interesting as the post-games in the last gen, which I think is a fairly reasonable request to make, wouldn’t you say?

      2: More Version Exclusives

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      Yep, one of the biggest problems which Pokemon has right now which not a lot of people are talking about is the shitty justification for making two versions. I mean, seriously, you’re going through all of the trouble to make two games several times over the course of a generation, and for what? So fans buy them based on which game’s box art looks cooler? What kind of reason is that for all the effort? It’s a problem that, while it doesn’t affect my enjoyment of the games, just irritates my logic-oriented brain, and I’m sure that all of the millions of parents who have to buy these things every year or two are sick of having to remember which one their kid(s) want, too.

      However, the problem is easily solved in a manner which, while possibly controversial, would ultimately benefit the series: make more version-exclusive Pokemon, thus giving players more incentive to buy one version or another. Think about it: in Red and Blue, 11 out of 151 Pokemon were exclusive to one version or the other. While that may not seem like much, that’s around 7.3% of all Pokemon that existed at the time. If that percentage were used in Gen VI with its 720 Pokemon, that would make around 53 Pokemon exclusive to one or the other!

      Of course, in Gen II, the number of Pokemon increased to 251, but the number of version exclusives didn’t just increase or stay the same: it dropped to 10 per version, only 4% of all Pokemon at the time. As the generations went on, the numbers varied: 7 in Ruby and Sapphire(1.8%), 23 in Firered and Leafgreen(5.9%), 20 in D&P(4.1%), 16 in HGSS(3.3%), 20 in B&W(3.1%), 33 in B2&W2(5.1%), and 22 in X and Y and ORAS, around 3.1% of all Pokemon currently available. Regardless, though, at this point, I think the problem is pretty apparent.

      Now, I also understand why we’re still seeing echoes of this trend. As Pokemon’s popularity exploded, Gamefreak was presented with a dilemma: how would it’s new fans(who were mostly kids, mind you, impressionable young children ceaselessly encouraged by vast amounts of marketing material to “catch ‘em all”) react to the knowledge that they couldn’t do so without trading for a significant number of Pokemon? Now, as others here well know, trading to fill up empty slots back then was difficult, requiring a friend to have the opposite version of the game and the device which(up until Gen IV, which took advantage of the DS’ built in wireless capabilities) was required to link up with another system and start the trade in the first place. Now, while this was somewhat mitigated in Gen III with the wireless adapter coming with Firered and Leafgreen, up until then, players had to have the link cable, a separate accessory which put an even greater strain on their largely allowance-based funds. As such, in order to make trading less essential, Gamefreak kept the percentage of exclusive Pokemon out of all Pokemon low so as to reduce the money players needed to spend, thereby pacifying the fans for the time being. However, Gamefreak continues to do so, despite the fact that the PSS, which allows global trade for the first time ever, has made it completely unnecessary to restrict the number of exclusives. In doing so, they’ve made the entire concept of two versions almost irrelevant. In Gen I(not a genwunner, just making a point), players’ choice of which version to buy wasn’t just based on which legendary they wanted: in Gen I, all of the legendaries were in both games. As such, they only had the cover art and which Pokemon they knew were available based on word of mouth to dictate their decision. Now, players decide primarily based on which legendary they want, and the other exclusives are barely even taken into account, with the exception of the few exclusive Mega Evolutions in Gen VI. If Pokemon is going to continue having two different versions, this trend needs to stop. I’m not saying go overboard with the exclusives, but I still think it needs to be improved. The 7.3% thing would be a good place to start, as that would give players some real incentive to buy one version or the other other than “this legendary looks cooler.” Please, Gamefreak. Don’t let trading become a practical joke in which everyone fucks with each other with Wonder Trading. Give us a real reason to trade again.

      Source: http://www.serebii.net/

      1: More Original Pokemon

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      Hey look! That guy’s Charizard Digivolved! Huh? It’s called Mega Evolution? ...I don’t see the difference.

      When Gen VI introduced the concept of Mega Evolution, people lost their collective shit. The possibility of their favorite Pokemon reaching even greater levels of power was intoxicating, and fans were totally onboard with most of the new Mega Evolutions added in during Gen VI. However, they’re starting to become a bit too popular in my opinion, and I feel that they’re partly responsible for the stagnation in good designs that I mentioned before.

      You see, over the course of Gen VI, 48 new Mega Evolutions were added(50 if you count Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre), each one coming with their own models, stats, and abilities to have to fit into the cartridge, as well as the items necessary to trigger them. Essentially, adding a new Mega Evolution into a game takes only slightly less memory than an original Pokemon would. Now, the problem is already starting to present itself: with Mega Evolutions more highly prioritized, original Pokemon are being tossed out in favor of adding a redesigned existing Pokemon, which takes up virtually the same amount of space. Since the devs are still limited in how much data they can cram into the cartridge, they have to choose between adding more Megas or more originals, and so far, they’ve been choosing the former, hence why we only got 72 new Pokemon in X and Y. If the number of Megas added decreased, then more original Pokemon would have the chance to be added to the game.

      Furthermore, when comparing the Megas designs to some of the Kalos Pokemon, it’s clear that far more effort was put into crafting the former than the latter. This makes sense: after all, it is far easier to add new elements to an existing work than to create a new work entirely from scratch. However, this is also symptomatic of a far greater issue: Pokemon’s designers are putting less effort than they should on original designs in favor of new Megas, thereby reducing fan appreciation for what we did get.

      Therefore, based on this evidence, I would like to see a reduction in how many Mega Evolutions are added per game. While I would certainly like to see some new Megas(Mega Grumpig and Mega Swellow are my picks), I think the number should be cut down, probably to about 5-10 per game, so as to make more room available for original Pokemon. If this change, along with the others I have mentioned, are enacted starting with Sun and Moon, then I think that the fans’ overwhelming amounts of hype will be, in part, justified, the perfect way to cap off Pokemon’s 20th anniversary. Thank you all for reading, have yourselves a fantastic night, and train on!

  • About Me

    Greetings. I'm a guy who posts a series of blogs known as Fan Made Death Battle, which is pretty much exactly how it sounds, on screwattack.roosterteeth.com. Whether they're any good or not is debatable, but nevertheless, they're there, so read them whenever you can in between watching Pewdiepie and cat videos. And remember, as they say in my home town, have the day you have.

  • Comments (3)

    • TheAncientOne

      1 year ago

      Hello Lionheart261, if your reading this, I should mention to you that I have finished up the fanon script for Sir Arthur from Ghosts 'n Goblins vs Kuros from Wizards & Warriors, you can check it out as seen here: http://screwattack.com/post/51260415


      People back on Death Battle Fanon are also digging it as is, never thought it would receive quick praise, more people should read it.

    • Lionheart261

      1 year ago

      Hey Nick, good to see you! I'll be sure to check that group out. Hopefully my blogs get back up soon and I can tinker with the new interface. In the meantime, see you later! =D

    • nick6464 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Hey lionheart! You may want to join this group: http://screwattack.com/group/g1-nation Also don't worry, I won't ever forget the 101 comment blog you made