It’s finally time for Ash’s battle against Allen for his 5th Tenno Gym Badge. In order to best use his two new Pokémon, Allen decides to challenge Ash to a double battle, and he has a few surprise up his sleeves too.
Also, Allen and the Crater Gym has been added to the Tenno League page.
I sure do hope that you guys all remembered Michelle. I admit that it’s a possibility that it’s been too long since she last appeared. Oh well, no big deal. A major purpose in this episode was not only to bring Michelle back, but to give a solid start to her story arc. What that story is, I won’t tell yet. Speaking of coordinators, this episode also introduced a new one in the form of Damien. I pretty much created him purely to be the person that Michelle would least want to be stuck on a team with. She’s a young girl who’s big on gossip and cute boys, while Damien is far from talkative or cute. Even his choice of Pokémon reflected his more creepy personality and looks.
The other major part of this episode was James competing to earn a gym badge for the first time. Now it becomes apparent that his battle with Halley was more than a one-off occurrence. My goal is to use this new aspect of James as way to diversify his appearances, the same way Jessie is used in Pokémon Contests. Now we’ll be able to see James in situations beyond just failing to steal other people’s Pokémon. Unfortunately I was not able to give much focus to James’ battle at all. In fact, much of this episode probably seemed pretty rushed. To be completely honest, my original plan was for this contest to last two episodes, but due to certain reasons that I won’t yet disclose, I needed to shorten it into one episode. And as the next episode will no longer take place in Horizoport City, it was now or never for James to face the Horizoport Gym.
Ash has a decision to make. Halley has a past that he does not approve of, but does that mean that he shouldn’t battle him? Is Ash’s gym badge worth compromising his morals? Or would he even be compromising his morals at all in the first place?
Also, the Pokédex page has been updated accordingly.
First off, my most sincere apologies for how long it has been since the last episode. I’ve gotten a job for the summer, and have been extremely busy because of it. It shames me to say this, but it will probably be slim pickings on episodes for the rest of the summer.
Anyways, this entire episode stemmed from a random idea I had back when I first started Cosmic Quest. I thought it would be an interesting idea to have James compete in a gym battle. Obviously for this to happen I needed a good excuse. I soon thought that a good excuse would be to have a gym leader who was once a member of Team Rocket. I looked through all of my gym leader designs and decided that Halley was the one most in need of extra backstory, so Halley became an ex-member of Team Rocket. As for how this is reflected in the games, I decided to make it so that games never directly state that Halley used to be part of Team Rocket, but they do heavily hint at him having a hidden past. It would be left up to the players to theorize what that history is.
Hmm…it’s been so long…let’s see what I can remember.
The way Neutrina battled in this episode was based off of what I see her team being built to do in the games. As she has a team of Poison-Types with many different ways to cause damage over time, I really wanted to emphasize that here. As for the way I had Ash battle, I’m really trying to use gym battles as a way to show off how skilled Ash is, while also showing some growth at the same time. In his first gym battle against Crate, he won using mostly brute force with some minor strategy thrown in. His second battle, against Skyler, demonstrated that Ash can be adaptable. Now, this battle’s purpose was to show that Ash can keep a cool head and make the right choices when he needs to. You can expect this progression to continue as Ash continues his journey to the Tenno League.
It’s time for Ash to try to earn his third Tenno Gym Badge in a battle against the Starcore Gym Leader, Neutrina. Ash thinks he’s ready, but Neutrina has him second-guessing himself as she uses strategy after strategy to wear Ash’s Pokémon down.
Also, the Pokédex and Attackdex have been updated with the contents of the episode.
Sorry this is running a little late, I had something come up before I could post this earlier.
In case you didn’t notice, the episodes that spanned the gap from Ash’s initial battle with Skyler up until the actual gym battle was an episode arc of sorts. First Ash actually fights Skyler, then he relates about his loss with his rival Ryu, then he is inspired in a new strategy by Brenda’s Pokémon Contest, then he trains as well as captures a new Pokémon to help him further, he trains some more, and finally he wins the gym battle. I wasn’t initially attempting to make an arc like that, it actually sort of just worked out. About the time of the second contest episode, I figured out it could work that way, and decided that I might as well roll with it.