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.
Episode 42 can be read here.
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.
Episode 41 is here.
(But who knows for how long…)
When a Rotom reeks havoc on the systems of a nuclear power plant, it’s up to Ash, Brock, and Brenda, along with the Starcore Gym Leader Neutrina and a very special Pokémon to save the day from total meltdown.
Also, the Pokédex and Tenno League pages have been updated accordingly.
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.
Episode 27 can be read here.
The time has finally arrived for Ash’s rematch against Skyler at the Atmos City Gym. Was all his training enough? At the same time, Team Rocket has entered themselves in a tournament of hot air balloons. Will Team Rocket actually win something?
Also, the Character Guide and Pokédex pages have been updated accordingly. In addition, the Tenno League page has been updated with descriptions of the pre-gym puzzles.
And, if you haven’t seen the cover artwork for Pokémon Luna and Terra Versions, make sure to either scroll down a few posts to view them, or see them on the Luna/Terra/Sol Version page.
I wasn’t initially going to have the battle with Skyler be a sky diving battle, but quickly decided it could be a whole lot more interesting than just another normal battle. I should make it clear that in Luna, Terra, and Sol, the battle with Skyler is not anything different from normal, however, after you become champion, you can challenge him to a Sky Battle (Sky Battles do make a return throughout the games) once a day. This episode was kind of my way to have Ash lose against a Gym Leader, without actually having to bother with an actual rematch later.