It’s funny; despite the fact that I’m pretty much doing the same thing over and over again, I’m compelled to constantly move forward in my Pokemon adventure. There’s just something about the sense of discovery (what Pokemon will I find next?), of accomplishment (will I be strong and smart enough to beat the next gym leader?), and progression (c’mon little Pokemon, I know you can get stronger and maybe even evolve into something really cool) that keeps me moving forward despite the similar routine this journey has taken on. I guess that’s true for every aspect of life; we need something to keep us moving forward. What propels you forward? What gives you a sense of adventure in life? Hmmm.
Well my Pokemon adventure moved on from Nimbasa city and took me over yet another impressive bridge. The Driftveil Drawbridge is yet another amazing piece of architecture in the Unova Region, and as I was crossing it, I also came across a Ducklett. Actually, I came across its shadow which for some reason caused it to do battle with me (apparently they don’t like to have their shadows stepped on). With this new addition to my crew, I finished crossing the bridge and received a less than cordial welcome from the gym leader of Driftveil City. Apparently our (my buddies Cheren and Bianca came across with me) desire to have the drawbridge lowered so we could come across provided an opportunity for some members of Team Plasma to escape. Since it was deemed our fault this happened, it was up to us to find them; and we couldn’t battle at the gym until we did. It seemed fair, so that’s what we set out to do.
Well, that’s what I eventually set out to do; first I wanted to look around Driftveil City a bit. Among other things, this town features a unique, open-air market where I was able to pick up a few valuable items. Among them is the Heal Powder, which will heal any and all status problems of a Pokemon, and also some Moomoo Milk which restores a good chunk of a Pokemon’s health. There was also this shady guy in sunglasses at the market who wanted to know how many Pokemon I had captured so far. When he saw that I had 51, he gave me a Shell Bell; so maybe he wasn’t quite as shady as I thought.
Towards the back of the market I ran into a guy buzzing around on a motorcycle. This is where I first encountered the daunting triple battle. Actually, it sounds more daunting than it actually is. It’s basically dual battle with an extra Pokemon in the mix for each side. However, there is an extra element of strategy here. The Pokemon on the end of your formation won’t be able to reach the Pokemon on the far side of your opponents formation. Only the one in the middle can attack any of the three. While this set-up did add an extra wrinkle to the proceedings, ultimately this just unfolded like most other Pokemon battles.
I also discovered a house that proved quite useful. In this home near the entrance to Driftveil City I discovered the Move Tutor. This person was more than willing to teach my starter Pokemon a special move. If this move is then combined with a similar move of one of the other starter Pokemon, it will combine into a mega-powerful, super move. Since I started with Snivy (who had since evolved into Servine), I learned the move Grass Pledge. If at some point I were to somehow attain an Oshawott or a Tepig, and if I were to teach them their own Water Pledge or Fire Pledge move, and if I were to combine that move in battle with Grass Pledge, well then, look out for the awesomeness (not sure how I’ll ever get around doing that, but I sure want to try).
So after tooling around the town a bit, I finally set off to find Team Plasma. Talking to a few of the towns folk led me to believe that I’d find them in a nearby warehouse district called Cold Storage. It didn’t take long for me to track the fiends into a building that’s used for, well, cold storage. Things were slippery inside, but I was able to carefully make my way through past various workers who wanted to battle. I also came across one of the more unique Pokemon I’ve encountered so far, Vanillite; and yeah, it looks like a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Weird. Still, Ice Type Pokemon can prove to be useful, so I dutifully captured it before making my way into a suspicious looking container where I was sure to find Team Plasma
Not only did I find Team Plasma, but I also found one of the Seven Sages, Zinzolin. After battling his minions I was able to confront him, which was just the moment that gym leader Clay showed up and took the sage and his cronies into custody. With Team Plasma once again under guard, I decided to wrap things up in this town by collecting my next gym badge. However, upon arriving at the Driftveil City gym, I discovered that Ghetsis was there as well, demanding the release of the captured sage and Team Plasma members. Even with my help, Clay was badly outnumbered and had no choice but to release his captives; but I have a feeling I’ll be seeing them again.
And so with that upleasantness out of the way, I finally challenged gym leader Clay for my next badge. His gym happens to be a huge mine, and Clay is way down at the bottom. Once I finally made it to the depths the battle turned out to be a relatively simple affair. With some strong water and grass-type Pokemon, I made quick work of Clay’s ground-type Pokemon and I soon had my next badge, the Quake Badge. It was nice to have that behind me, but I was a bit nervous about what was to come next. Chargestone Cave sounded like an ominous and challenging place to travel through, and I wasn’t sure I was ready. There was only one way to find out, and I so I set out resolutely on the next leg of my adventure.