Sunday, 11 May 2008

Blog has moved

I decided to move this blog to the Pokedox forums so I wouldn't be writing into thin air. Also it goes better there anyway, being among lots of like-minded people. Instantly I got two offers to trade and several comments, so this will be my last entry on blogger. If anyone is interested in following it further, to to:

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Thursday, 8 May 2008

My disappeared Uxie came back

I headed off into Mt Coronet on the hunt for Feebas, starting off at Snowpoint City. My search was not ultimately successful. But on the way I decided to check out Uxie's cavern in Lake Acuity to see if it had by a miracle returned. And there it was! I couldn't believe it. I almost fainted myself! (The great thing about writing this blog is that I can use as many exclamation marks as I want!!! After 25 years in national newspaper journalism, where exclamation marks are strictly banned, I'm going a bit delirious with the freedom! I'll stop now.... or at least I'll try! I mean I'll really try. ! .)
Anyway I flew quickly back to Snowpoint and switched Swellow for Zubat with mean look so it couldn't escape again, and then caught it using Sneazel and false swipe and just two ultra balls. So now I've got two Uxies. I might trade it, although my son says he wants it. I love my other one. Especially now I've discovered how to combine Dream Eater with Yawn. I keep wandering around the flower patch where I hope Shaymin will appear one day, putting trainer Pokes to sleep and eating their dreams.
Incidentally, I captered a heart-shaped Pokemon there the other day and it was carrying a Heartscale. So now I'm going to go the moves man and see what special moves he can give to my Uxie and maybe Heatran.

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Tuesday, 6 May 2008

In search of Feebas

Early on in the Sinnoh region, on my way up Mt Coronet and before defeating the league, I fished up this little thing and fainted it by mistake. Big mistake as it turns out. I dismissed it at the time as too inconsequential-looking to be of any consequence. But it is like the proverbial ugly duckling, books-and-covers and so on. Feebas, as it turns out, evolves into the beauty, Milotic, one of the Pokemon put up at the end of the league by the champion. I realised the mistake when searching on Wiki for how to find Milotic. I think there are just four Feebas in Diamond, so this evening on the District Line I'm going to head back to Mt Coronet and see if I can find one of those left.

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Thursday, 1 May 2008

Cresselia captured.

Caught Cresselia today, in the patch of grass just outside Canalave City where I captured Ditto a few days ago. I am slowly building up the best-ever Battle Tower team. Still haven't got Articuno, but am so looking forward to putting Heatran and Cresselia into wi-fi play in the tower. I'll probably still lose, but at least I'll make the other trainers shiver first when they see those legendaries come out. For the time being, I'll make Pikachu my third. I love his move 'thunder'.
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Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Princess Peach in a Buggy

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time arrived. It takes some getting used to, being so much faster with the attacks and more complex with the 3-d layout. But the funny bit is the first chapter, where you have to do a personality test to determine which Pokemon you'll transform into. There are a whole lot of Pokemon that the game will assign you as an identity, some beautiful, some fiery such as Montferno, some clever. This one on the left, Munchlax, is the baby form of Snorlax. Both are famous for one thing: their ability to eat huge amounts. Yes, you've guessed which identity the game gave me! A few weeks ago, when my niece got her first mobile, she assigned different Poke names to her various relatives. She actually called me 'Snorlax', to which I objected and asked instead to be Rapidash, the Arab-style fiery horse. But looks like she had it right all along. Surely, though, it looks nothing like me? Does it? But with trusty Turtwig as my companion, I should do ok on the adventure.
Anyway, before the game could hook me in completely, I returned to Diamond and captured another rare Pokemon in the Trophy Garden and then began using my Vs Seeker to level my new Swellow up along with Dragonara so I can start to climb my way up the Battle Tower in Wi-Fi contests. Back at home, we didn't do DS tonight. We started playing the new Wii Mario Kart. My son assigned me Baby Peach in a Buggy. Funnily enough, racing in a buggy as a baby was easier than racing on a motorcycle as Mario. I still came last though, both times.

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Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Excited by Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, Darkness and Time

Last night I caught Porygon in the Trophy Garden. I had not heard of this Pokemon before, but a quick check on Bulbapedia established this: 'Porygon is the only Pokémon that evolves by trade twice: Once holding the Up-Grade into Porygon2, and a second time (as Porygon2) into Porygon-Z when holding a Dubious Disc.' Well now I know what to do with my dubious disc, but the item that still puzzles me is what on earth the key is for that stops a shaky tower falling down.

Anyway, the thrilling news for me is that when I get home this evening, I expect to find freshly minted copies of Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Time. These are new games out in Japan and the US but not yet here. In them you play in the character of a Pokemon itself, not a trainer. So rare are these that our local game shop, They Walk Among Us in Richmond, had never even heard of them. But they came out in the US and my niece, who put us on to Pokemon in the first place, asked if I could use my contacts as a journalist to get her one.

First I tried ordering online, but regional restrictions made it impossible. So my next step was to ask our star writer Martin Fletcher to bring the dual set back from the US after returning from the US primaries. The timing was perfect. The games came out in the US on 21 April and Martin flew back on 23. He tried everywhere, even visiting Walmart, which was pretty generous of him considering the work pressures he is under. But everywhere had sold out. I was about to phone my niece to admit failure, when she called me to say her local games shop, in an obscure place in the heart of the Midlands, had 10 copies! So they bought me a couple and they're on their way.

Can't wait.

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Monday, 28 April 2008

Caught Igglybuff in Trophy Garden

Caught Igglybuff last night in the Trophy Garden. He's very rare so you can imagine my delight. I had wanted him since my nine-yr-old Italian friend had told me he was his favourite on that enlightening Disrict Line journey.
At the same time, my son, sitting next to me and playing the Wii, defeated the monster Bowser in Mario Galaxy.
Igglybuff evolves into Jigglypuff. (Did you know that some Christians oppose Pokemon because its characters evolve?) I've borrowed this pic from Kotaku, who tells a funny story of how a contestant used Jigglypuff's song in an attempt to win America Idol. He failed.
Here's the Jigglypuff song on video.

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