We continued on, camping as we went, and training as well. We reached a town called Solaceon, a ranching community, that also had a daycare center for training Pokemon. That evening, as we trained, I ran into our first encounter for Route 210.
It was a Bonsly.
I managed to catch him, and I was overjoyed. I had heard that there were some on this route, but they were hard to catch. His name is Bark, level 20, Lonely nature. He was sent to the PC immediately, but I hurried back to Solaceon to take a better look at him. And then I realized I had to make a decision.
Was I going to replace someone on the team to train the Bonsly?
I...I admit that I struggled with the decision for a while. All of my team were strong, but Dia hadn't learned good moves yet, and Spirit was okay for now but...a rock type, and his ability is Rock Head too...I just didn't know what to do.
Finally I made a decision, and I pulled out my whole team to tell them about the issue.
Of course they were surprised, and worried. None of them wanted to go to the box, not after so long on the team. And in the end, I agreed with them. I didn't want to box any of them, no matter how strong Bark was. I gathered my team together, and told them that they were MY team. I was refusing to lose any of them, or box any of them. I'd do my very best to keep them safe and strong.
Because they're MY team. Rudder, Sir Calvin, Spirit, Dia, Gilly, and Mo...they are all my team, and I love them all. I just couldn't replace any of them.
But I didn't want to have a rotation team, either - that would mean, again, that I'd have to box someone, if temporarily. So I decided to leave Bark in the care of the Daycare, along with Doug, a Bidoof I had caught.
And so we left Solaceon and headed towards Veilstone City.
Along the way I caught a Ponyta - a boy named Blitz. Adamant nature, loves to eat. So I guess things are alright in the PC - Nolan's there, along with a forgetful Psyduck I had caught named Memnon, an Unown I had met in Solaceon (an E, for Emily, my name!) that I named Blink, and now Blitz. I'm sure they're all doing alright.
We got to Veilstone, and went shopping. I got a bunch of TMs to teach them. Sir Calvin learned Solar Beam, and Rudder learned Blizzard. Things are going very well! The next gym is a Fighting Gym, so I'm going to train Gilly and Spirit extra hard. They're going to have fun with it.
Misfits (c) me
Pokemon (c) Pokemon
Current team Stats and movesets:
Dia - Beautifly, lvl 28 Mega Drain, Stun Spore, Poison Sting, Gust
Sir Calvin - Roselia, lvl 28 SolarBeam, Growth, Mega Drain, Cut
Gilly - Staravia - lvl 30 Aerial Ace, Endeavor, Quick Attack, Wing Attack
Rudder - Floatzel - lvl 30 Aqua Jet, Swift, Blizzard, Crunch
Spirit - Misdreavus - lvl 30 Hidden Power (Ground), Psybeam, Confuse Ray, Astonish
Mo - Monferno - lvl 30 Rock Smash, Flame Wheel, Strength, Mach Punch
I wanted to do this update just to get caught up again, plus I wanted to paint a group photo.