My last Project 151 post was almost a month ago (seems like a year ago). Since several weeks have passed, you might assume that I’d have LeafGreen in the can by now, but the truth is, I’m faaaaar from done.
When I do have time to submit to LeafGreen’s charms, it’s very hard to come out of that stupor! I get its addictive nature now — there’s just something to exploring and battling and capturing that make the game very hard to put down at a moments notice. Those few hours I managed to put in simply flew by!
Anyhoo, even though I’ve not played my Pokemon-flavored ass off over the past weeks, I think I’ve knocked out some important objectives. Here’s the rundown of where my progress stands today:
- Obtained the running shoes
- Entered (and thoroughly disliked) Mt. Moon
- Battled Nerd Miguel; chose Helix Fossil
- Got to and explored Cerulean City
- Defeated trainers on Nugget Bridge
- Defeated Misty; obtained 2nd badge
- Rescued the fanatic Bill; obtained S. S. Anne ticket
- Found Underground Path to Vermillion City
- Boarded S. S. Anne
While I think that’s a fine list, you may be think “Oh. My. Gawd. She forgot this and didn’t go here and didn’t battle so and so!” Well, please tell me! In games like this, I tend to speed through things, and I often forget to take the time to search of special secrets or tools that might help make things easier. For instance, I understand that I had the option somewhere to face Lars again, but I never ran across him. I’m also rather baffled about CUT. Several people made mention of it in Cerulean City but I’ve yet to find…it. Is it an it? Is it an ax? I’m hoping it’s an ax that will help me get through those little trees that block paths. Also, I’ve read that some characters will offer to sell you low-level Pokemon, but no one I’ve talked to has made me such an offer. Yet.
But by far my worst transgression involves the Pokemon themselves, namely my lack of capturing new ones and leveling up current ones. On my last post, fminuzzi commented that I could use low-level Pokemon at the start of battle and then switch out to Charmeleon (currently at level 32). I had been following her advice without incident, and it worked quite well to a point, but the random enemies I’m meeting now are way too strong for my Pokemon, several of which remain in single digit levels. So I’m ending up with dead Pokemon before they’re able to get in even a single hit. Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but I think I need to head back to find some weaker Pokemon to battle first. I know that these battles won’t offer as much XP, but it’s hardly worth the effort if I end up poor and in Pokemon Centers every five minutes!
As for capturing the Pokemon, I don’t know — ten hours in, is twelve good or pathetic? Prof. Oak tells me I still have “work to do,” but outside of trainers’ Pokemon, I’m not finding many unique Pokemon in those damned grassy areas. For whatever reason, I had a terrible time trying to catch a Geodude in Mt. Moon, and I eventually gave up. And maybe I should have been more interested catching all those bug Pokemon early on. Right now, my most exciting acquisitions have been a Bellsprout and a Meowth, which I’ve no clue how to best use. I’m still trying to figure out the whole schema behind forming a “perfect” team, as well as what types to best use in certain battles. (Until Misty, I had zero clue that Grass types worked well again Water types. I had a hard time letting go of the “fire puts out water” notion, because it usually does. In real life. Lesson #1: Pokemon is NOT real life.)
So at this point, I still have a lot to learn and a ways to go. In this race however, the hare can have his day. I’m content with being the tortoise. (Or Blastoise. Although I guess it’s too late for that.)