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Unovia's Ultra Moon "Regional Variant" Run

What Starter Should I Pick For My Ultra Moon Run?


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Log #1-Clock Frustration
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    When I started up my game, I started as a girl, named myself Victoria, then went through the long beginning, saving Nebby and all of that. I was able to see an Alolan Rattata, but because it was the beginning of the game, I couldn't catch it yet. I also found out that at this point, the game is set to certain time because I guess they want to feature the festival at Iki Town before I get time control. Anyway...

    I selected Rowlet as my starter, then when I could catch Pokemon, I caught a Pichu. Every time I have played these games, I had to practically get Pichu to 5 hearts of affection before it will evolve to Pikachu. This is going to be a long slog to get everything up where I need it to be. Until I get past the Festival, I will be using Rowlet as a significant part of my team. The handholding begins. My plan is to get Pikachu, Alolan Rattata, Alolan Grimer, Alolan Meowth, and Alolan Diglett before I beat the Melemele Grand Trial. We will see if my game cooperates.

    My Team:
    Rowlet-Lv.8
    Pichu-Lv.7

    Thank you all so far for the views. Keep it up.
     
    Log #2-Iki Festival and School Registration
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    With my Rowlet and Pichu, seeing no other way forward, I participated in the Iki Town Festival. Rowlet defeated Pichu, while my Pichu beat his Popplio. Winning the Festival got me my Z Power Ring and signed me up for the Island Challenge. Heading back to Kukui's Lab, I battled some trainers down there, got the Rotom Dex, then worked to get back up to capture an Alolan Rattata. I trained it up so I could use it, then finished beating the trainers near Kukui's Lab.

    Meeting Lillie at the Pokemon Center, I played through the explanation, then walked in the nearby grass of the school to catch an Alolan Meowth and Grimer. I think Pichu is close to evolving because it is already 4 hearts of affection. If I can get all of my Pokemon to have high affection, I should be able to dodge most of the attacks at the right moment.

    My Team:
    Rowlet-Lv.9
    Pichu-Lv.9
    Rattata-Lv.9
    Meowth-Lv.8
    Grimer-Lv.8

    Next time, I will clear out the school students and the teacher. Plan is to get my team members up to level 13 before I battle the Teacher, since that starter could be an issue. Luckily I have the experience share and my Meowth has the Quick Claw, which I was surprised about, but that is awesome.

    Until next time, see you!
     
    Log #3-Schooling the Teacher, Hau'oli City, and Meeting Team Skull
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    To train up my team, I decided to clear out the students in the school, then finish the scaling of my team to level 13 before battling the teacher. Once I finished those tasks, I took on the teacher, which after switch battling to beat the Litten, I graduated from the Trainers School. After that, I walked through Hau'oli City, getting the Rotom Finder and a few other items. I started getting the Totem Stickers (I have 7 so far), then met Team Skull grunts, beating them easily, then fought Ilima. Ilima is a tough battle, mainly for his Smeargle. Ember is a really unexpected move, but after some struggles and switching, I proved myself to him. Hala started all of the drama with Tauros, prompting me to go onto Route 2, where I am stopping the play for now.

    The next log will feature what happens next, because according to Bulbapedia, Alola Route 2 is a crossroads. Next time, we will play through the crossroads. North is Route 3 and Verdant Cavern. East is the Hau'oli Cemetery and the Berry Fields. West is Big Wave Beach. We will log through all of the directions.


    Until next time, see you!
     
    Log #4-Route 2 Crossroads
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    Starting the walk down Route 2, I battled trainers, then went through the Berry Fields, then to the Hotel next to Big Wave Beach, mainly because I was drawn there by the Crabrawler outside. I ran into a lost Meowth, returned it to its too loving owner, then walked down to Big Wave Beach. Team Skull grunts followed me there and hurt the Mantine. I helped the Mantine, then when I came to the Pokemon Center nearby, I was asked to find a Crabrawler myself. I caught one, then I remembered the woman who wanted to see an Abra, caught one, then showed it to her, boxing both respectively.

    I deliberately avoided the Verdant Cavern, mainly because I don't feel ready to fight it. The last place I trained in was Hau'oli Cemetery, where I beat all of the trainers there. I saved after clearing it out, wanting to save the trial for the next log.

    My Team:
    Rowlet-Lv.15
    Pichu-Lv.15
    Rattata-Lv.15
    Meowth-Lv.15
    Grimer-Lv.15

    I am not sure the level I should take the trial at. Totem Raticate is Lv.11, way too low level for a Raticate, but I think being 4 levels higher than it should be strong enough to beat the first Totem. See you next time!
     
    Log #5-Verdant Cavern Trial
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    With some caution, I walked into Verdant Cavern, knowing I could not walk away without resetting the trial. Checking each Rattata den (and one RATICATE!), I moved through the trial. Pichu evolved during the trial! Then, Team Skull showed up, actually being helpful. Clearing the trial, I moved into the totem fight. The strategy for this fight was to take out the Totem no matter what the Ally did. It took my entire Alolan Pokemon team to take down the Totem, using revives and potions as needed. I won with my Alolan Grimer. It was close, very close, and now I am worried about the battle with Hala. It is going to drive me nuts. None of my Alolan Pokemon are going to be able to beat Hala without waiting him out due to my entire team being weak to Fighting moves. I will have to train up enough to withstand the hits. Luckily, I have some time before Hala thank goodness.

    My Team:
    Pikachu-Lv.16
    Rattata-Lv.16
    Meowth-Lv.16
    Grimer-Lv.16
    Rowlet-Lv.16

    We will see you the next log, when I work to catch Alolan Diglett and go on Route 3.
     
    Log #6-Where In The World Is Lillie & Nebby?
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    After the Trial, I walked around the cave area, eventually finding Alolan Diglett. Lillie and Nebby went missing, and I was requested to help find her. Instead, I trained Diglett up in the grass around the Route 2 Pokemon Center until it was Level 16 to work with the rest of my team before I went to find her and Nebby, not sure where she was. Traveling through Route 3, I battled all of the trainers while attempting to dodge the flying bird shadows.

    Eventually finding myself at Melemele Meadow, I found Lillie and Nebby. While I was going through the Meadow, I reunited a couple then battled Meredith the Oricorio Actor the first time. As soon as I found Nebby, two pale aliens in suits that I had met in passing before battled me. As soon as I beat them, saving Nebby, Lillie walked with me out of the Meadow, and then I battled Hau. Eventually I beat him, and I was declared ready to face Hala. I know I am not ready. Nowhere near.

    My Team:
    Dartrix-Lv.17
    Pikachu-Lv.17
    Rattata-Lv.17
    Diglett-Lv.17
    Persian-Lv.17
    Grimer-Lv.17

    What am I to do now? Hala is level 16, so if I want to best him soundly, I probably should level up to level 20 so I have a 4 level baseline against him. This s honestly the most worrisome of the trials, mainly because most of my team is weak to fighting. Rattata evolves at lv.20 at night time, which is playing in the morning for me because of the alternate time scale of Ultra Moon. I will also equip Diglett with a Quick Claw, just to make sure I can out speed Crabrawler. Even though the crab is slow, having that Fightinium-Z is still going to make him an issue.

    Members of My Team Weak To Fighting:
    Raticate-Alolan Raticate, being Dark and Normal, is 4x weak to Fighting.
    Diglett-Alolan Diglett, being Ground and Steel, is 2x weak to Fighting.
    Persian-Alolan Persian, being Dark, is 2x weak to Fighting.


    That is half my Team. As part of this run, even though Dartrix is part of my team, I can't use him. I will probably box him before the Hala fight. If I could get Pikachu to Raichu, it would learn Psychic, which would pretty much OHKO his entire team. The team I plan to use is Pikachu, Diglett, and Grimer. This is going to be a challenge, and hopefully it won't be too tough.

    Grand Trial vs Hala on the next log! Tune in to see if I win or this run ends earlier than expected!
     
    Log #7-Big Bad Hala
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    Here we go! We were having a hard time leveling up because the Alola Region has a similar grinding type to Unova, as when it comes to the Grand Trial, you end up grinding on weaker Pokemon. My plan a bit foiled, I decided I would try to battle Hala making sure to put Dartrix in the box. I was very nervous about the fight, and it really proved tough. I brought out Pikachu against Machop thinking that the speed would drop it down enough with Thundershock. When that didn't drop as much as I thought it would, I was surprised. Machop hit me with Revenge, OKHOing Pikachu, with no Static effect. Switching out to Diglett, I attempted to knock it down with Magnitude. Machop didn't fall, Diglett fell to Revenge. Grimer came out, and with Poison Fang, I bested it finally. Then came out Makuhita. We exchanged Poison Fang and Sand Attacks, and Grimer came out on top.

    Finally came out Crabrawler, which finally beat Grimer using the Fightinium Z, through not without Poison damage. Grimer is tanky! Moving to Rattata, I used Breakneck Blitz through Hyper Fang to put a lot of pain on him, though Hala used a Full Heal, then made my heart drop using a Super Potion. I did another hit and Rattata fainted. With no other choice but Persian, I fought really hard, and eventually I beat Crabrawler while almost fainting myself. Grimer was the determining factor in this fight, as if it wasn't able to withstand a fight like that, I would have been crushed.

    I couldn't believe I actually beat Hala, gaining the Fightinium Z as a reward. I also got the ride pager and the ability to use Tauros as a Ride Pokemon.

    This was one heck of a challenge, but I am pretty sure I have a few easier challenges ahead because of my current levels. I am sure I have a few things left to do on Melemele Island before I leave, so I will be focusing on that until I clear the island officially. Until then, I will see you soon!
     
    Log #8-Riding Tauros & Solving Mysteries
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    After I got Tauros as a Ride Pokemon, I broke some huge rocks, then rode through Hau'oli City, playing through the Photo Club, then stopped at the School, where I solved some mysteries. I considered catching the Gastly and the Driftloon, but I thought the best thing was to solve the mysteries and move on. Here are the Mysteries:


    Mystery Description Trigger Event
    Scary lights"At night. Near burning place. Scary lights show up and wander. Burning. Someone burning and crying. You hear girl's voice."Approach the main entrance, then the incineratorYouth Athlete Deedra is using the incinerator to burn love letters she wrote to a crush who is now in a relationship with someone else. She decided to burn them late at night so nobody would notice. When the player notices her doing this, she challenges them to a battle.
    Lord Slimy"At night, you hear strange sound. Slimy, slimy—getting close. Footsteps of Lord Slimy... If you're found, Lord Slimy swallow you. You're gone."Go to 3FOnce they reach 3F, the player hears Lord Slimy's footsteps coming up the stairs, and has to hide (they cannot go down the stairs, due to the footsteps coming from there). They hide in a locker, but are found by the janitor's grandson and the cleaning Grimer, Grimo. Grimo has to clean the lockers, so has the janitor's grandson help him, since Grimo cannot open the lockers. Grimo works late at night to clean more than his rival Grimer, Grimey.
    Scary PA system"At night, teachers' lounge, second floor. You hear broadcast from beyond grave. You're done for if you hear it. You can't leave. It's over for you."Enter teachers' lounge on 2FAs the player walks towards the door, they hear a broadcast over the PA system, telling them that they cannot get out. When they approach the door, a man with his Slowpoke appears. The man tells the player that the speaker was broken so he had to fix it. However, his Slowpoke fell asleep in front of the door and he couldn't get out.
    Stairs to nowhere"Night, stairs, cursed. You go up and up, but still same place. You can't go down, either. Circle, circle. Can't go back."Go to 2FOnce they reach 2F, the player feels a cold breeze. Even if they go up or down the stairs, they remain on 2F. If the player goes to the west side of the floor, they notice the bulletin board. One piece of paper has black stains on it, which indicates the lower left, upper left, lower right, then upper right corner. If the player steps on the sparkles on the floor in these corners of 2F in that order, they can use the stairs again. When proceeding to 1F, they are immediately attacked by a wild Gastly.
    Cursed diary"It appears on the shelf, third floor. Keep reading, and scary thing happens. If you finish reading it, someone take you away."Read book from shelf on 3FThe diary tells a story of someone who bought a seemingly haunted house. They would hear a constant scratching sound, which the player then hears. The owner would also see something moving in the house. After finishing the diary, the lights suddenly go out, and the player is attacked by a wild Drifloon. After completing the battle with Drifloon, the player reads the rest of the diary and discovers that it is in fact a horror fiction novel written in diary format.
    Ghosts' class"At night, classroom, second floor. You hear laughter. Ghost are taking a class, too. Everyone says so."Enter classroom on 2FWhen the player enters the classroom, there is a teacher and students in the room. Many of the students tell the player to join them and be their friend. If the player interacts with the teacher, she is revealed to actually be a Hypno creating an illusion, who then flees and disappears. The students, also part of Hypno's illusion, also vanish.


    Once I finished the Mysteries, I cut my hair then went shopping. I want to get an outfit for every Island. After the shopping, I came to the Mantine Surfing location, where I stopped play for now. I don't like Mantine Surfing mainly because the Circle Pad is strange for me. The next log will be heading to Akala Island.
    Until then, see you!
     
    Log #9-Mantine Riding and First Steps In Akala
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    I rode the waves on Mantine to Akala Island. Once reaching Heahea Beach. I was introduced to Olivia and Mallow, who welcomed me to Akala. Lillie walked to The Tide Song Hotel for a meeting, and as I was working to follow her there, Dexio and Sina stopped me, introduced themselves, then Sina battled me. Once that was completed, I met up with Lillie, who apparently missed the meetng she was planning to attend with somebody.

    Walking onto Route 4, I began the long trek to Paniola Ranch. Battling a few trainers, I found myself in Pikachu Valley, playing with a few of them. That trailer is packed full of Pikachus! Once I was done playing with them, I continued training through to Paniola Ranch, where I battled Hau. I forgot that Hau has 4 Pokemon at this point, but he wasn't a threat at all, like usual. Collecting Totem Stickers, I eventually had 20, which lead me to talk to Samson Oak, who gave me a Totem Alolan Raticate, which went into the box since I have an Alolan Raticate now.

    It's a long road back to Paniola Town and continuing onward. Next log will be all actions up to Brooklet Hill. Until then, see you!
     
    Log #10-It's A Long Road To Brooklet Hill
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    Leaving Heahea Beach, I go back up Route 4, then through Paniola Town, settling into Paniola Ranch and meeting Mallow. Mallow hands me Stoutland, and we search through the farmland, battling trainers and sniffing out items. Eventually, I make it to the Day Care, where I receive an egg which hatches into Eevee and is promptly boxed. Moving from there to Route 5, I try at first to avoid Gladion and Team Skull by battling every trainer in the area. Once I clear those trainers, I meet up with Hau, who got beaten by Gladion and is now looking to me to beat him.

    Gladion opens with Zorua, who is transformed into a Zubat. Zorua tricked me, but I rapidly switched out and changed to Raticate, which used Breakneck Blitz, stopping Zorua. I switch back to Pikachu for Zubat, then came Type:Null. Raticate fought against Type:Null, dodging many of it's tackles and eventually taking it out. The Grunts make fun of Gladion, saying he "is not one of them", and Gladion makes statements to Hau and myself, suggesting he will be back.

    After beating Gladion, I cleared the rest of the trainers, setting myself up for the Brooklet Hill trial. The next log is the Brooklet Hill trial. See you then!

    My Team
    Dartrix-Lv.22
    Pikachu-Lv.22
    Raticate-Lv.22
    Diglett-Lv.22
    Persian-Lv.22
    Grimer-Lv.22
     
    Log #11-Brooklet Hill Trial
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    Oh boy! I thought Hala was tough! Lana's trial was even worse. It started easy enough. I crushed the Dewpiders and the Wishiwashis easily. I even battled all of the nearby trainers and beat them easily. Everything was easy...until the Totem came out. All of my dark types are INCREDIBLY WEAK to Bug type moves...well except Grimer. I opened with Diglett and tried to lower the HP. After some attacks, Diglett fell. I switched to Grimer and Poison Gassed it. I then hammered away at Araquanid, which slowly chipped away. Eventually, Grimer fell. As soon as it did, the fight began to fall apart, with one Pokemon trying its best and then dying quickly, even after using my Z-Move.

    Getting down to Pikachu and Dartrix, I had Pikachu do its best to attack the Totem until it fainted. I was down to Dartrix. Dartrix had a hard fight against it, eventually beating it and the ally. Now comes the question. Should I consider the run failed or should I be able to continue? I have not yet been to the other islands and so I have not gotten exposure to most of the other Alolan Variants. I don't think it is fair to end the run yet, but I will leave it to you all.

    I will create a vote and see what the end result is before I move forward or not.
     
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    Movng Forward or Not?
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    After the situation on the previous posting regarding Brooklet Hill, should I be able to move forward with the run?

    1. Yes. It's okay. Move forward.
    2. No. You lost. Reset as another run.
     
    Log #12-Meeting Hapu
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    Hey Folks!
    So I decided that winning or losing the Grand Trials mattered more than each individual trial. I thank my friends for their consultation and I am glad my viewers are patient with me.


    After the Brooklet Hill Trial, I traveled through Route 6, battling many of the trainers. Suddenly a woman wearing a bonnet riding a Mudsdale named Hapu stopped me. We had the battle with Team Skull grunts, opening up Royal Avenue. Instead of doing that right when Rotom wanted, I headed back through to Hea Hea City and I decided to explore the Diglett Tunnel. That exploration will be the next log. My plan is to get to the point of getting Cubone and then training Cubone using the Diglett Tunnel.

    Until next time, see you.
     
    Log #13-Diglett Tunnel & First Steps At Wela Volcano Park
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    When I walked into Digletts' Tunnel, fully prepared to explore it, Olivia stopped me and said I should go to Wela Volcano Park. With that advice, I headed there in the attempt to catch a Cubone, which I promptly did. Right now, I am purposely avoiding the Battle Royal until my team is level 28 and able to just OHKO everything. That will allow my Diglett to be a Dugtrio and my Cubone to be a Marowak. That will also allow me to not have too many issues with the next few trials.

    I have also officially placed Dartrix in the box for the foreseeable future. This marks the first run where I have stopped using the Starter through the game I think.

    My Team (Once This Training Is Done):
    Dugtrio-Lv.28
    Pikachu
    -Lv.28
    Marowak-Lv.28
    Grimer-Lv.28
    Raticate-Lv.28
    Persian-Lv.28


    I don't think it will take no more than a few days to finish the training. After the training, I will do the Battle Royal, then go after Kiawe's trial. See you for the Battle Royal and Kiawe's Trial once my training is done!
     
    Log #14-Battle Royal & Wela Volcano Park Trial
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    I was a bit bored of the training, so I decided to attempt the Battle Royal at Lv.25. I used Diglett, facing off against Kukui's Rockruff, Hau's Bionne, and Gladion's Type:Null. The way that the Battle Royal worked (at least that one) was that if one Pokemon fainted, the battle was over. Kukui's Rockruff was the unlucky victim. Once it ended, Kiawe appeared, directing me to Wela Volcano Park, never mind that I have been there already. Uncertain of my level, I took some time to get my levels where I planned them.

    Goal number 1 was getting Diglett to Dugtrio and Cubone to Marowak. Goal number 2 was to get my team to 27-28. When I achieved both goals, it was time to face Kiawe. Kiawe's trial was a remember the differences trial. Before I began the trial, I made sure to have both of them hold Quick Claws, just to get the upper hand on the Totem. Opening with Dugtrio (Gotta love the hair!), the first battle was with wild Marowak. I had a good feeling when I OHKOed the wild one. Next came Hiker David and his Magmar. I OHKOed Magmar, setting me in a good position.

    Then came the Totem Marowak. The Marowak used Detect to block the first Bulldoze. Marowak is speedy, though I attribute that to the Aura. As soon as it blocked the Bulldoze, the Ally Salazzle came out to help. One Bulldoze OHKOed Salazzle and dropped the Totem Marowak down to half.The Marowak was alone. One Flame Wheel OHKOed Dugtrio. My own Marowak came out, and after first being blocked by Detect, my Marowak eventually used Bonemerang, toppling Totem Marowak. The rest of my team got boosted to Level 28, I got Firium Z and Ride Charizard as a reward.

    With Totem Marowak defeated, I can finally relax a bit. Next log should be up to Mallow, though I can't be sure. See you on the next log.

    My Team:
    Dugtrio-Lv.28
    Marowak-Lv.28
    Pikachu-Lv.28
    Raticate-Lv.28
    Persian-Lv.28
    Grimer-Lv.27
     
    Log #15-Route 8, Jurassic Park, and Caring for a Vulpix
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    Yesterday, after beating Kiawe, I ran through the Route 8 Road, where I ran into the aliens again, battled some trainers, ran into a guy that wanted to create a literal Jurassic Park, tried to catch a runaway Wimpod, which I figured out I could only catch once I had Ride Sharpedo, then met up with an abused Alolan Vulpix, which I first met in Paniola Town. I decided to stay in the area to help it before moving onto Mallow's trial.

    Let's talk about Mallow's Trial. It's striking that Alolan Marowak gets very few fire type moves, for being a fire type. Flame Wheel would have shown up at Lv. 11, which means I would need a Heart Scale but I can only use a Heart Scale and get it on the third island, much too late. I think the first fire type move I have direct access to is flame charge, which I am not sure want to have to teach Marowak, but I really want to use Firium-Z in this trial, so I may just put it on.

    The other Pokemon I can fully use is Grimer. Grimer, of course, is Poison/Dark. My basic strategy is to Poison Gas the Lurantis when the battle starts, which will allow for a chip damage strategy. The problem is that Lurantis has Leaf Guard, which prevents Lurantis from being statused by non volatile conditions and yawn during Harsh Sunlight. What are non volatile status conditions?

    A non-volatile status condition is a status condition that remains outside of battle and after being switched out. It's displayed in the party screen, and the Pokémon's summary. A Pokémon cannot gain a non-volatile status condition if it's already afflicted by another one. They can be cured by healing at a Pokémon Center, specific curative items, specific moves, and other ways. If a Pokémon is affected by a non-volatile status condition, an icon will display the type of status condition (replacing the Pokémon's level in Generations I and II).

    Any Pokémon with Comatose cannot be affected by non-volatile status conditions nor can any Pokémon with Leaf Guard in harsh sunlight. Additionally, a Pokémon with Natural Cure will cure its status condition when switching out, any Pokémon with Hydration will be automatically cured of any non-volatile status condition at the end of the turn (during rain), and any Pokémon with Shed Skin has a 33% chance to heal any of these status conditions.

    If a Pokémon under a status condition (such as a poisoned Cascoon) evolves, the condition will be kept, even if the Pokémon gains a new type or Ability that would normally prevent it.

    These include: Burn, Paralysis, Poison, Badly Poison, and Sleep. Think of it this way. If it is a status that you would go to a Pokemon Center to cure or Refresh to cure, it is non volatile. You may be thinking, "Unovia, this is all well and good, but what does this have to do with the Lurantis Battle?" Well, this issue has to do with Lurantis' allies. The allies in this fight are Kecleon and Comfey. Both of those Pokemon can use Sunny Day, which sets up the Harsh Sunlight, which would set up the Leaf Guard ability. On top of that, Lurantis has Solar Blade, which, like Solar Beam, is a 2 stage move that turns into a one stage move through Sunny Day.

    The only way I can stop Lurantis is by making sure Grimer can move faster than Lurantis or the ally so I can set up the poison. That is going to be a challenge, but even if I am having to stick to Poison Fang, I think I can stall out Lurantis. Between poison stall and Inferno Overdrive, I think I will be able to win, but it is hard to know for sure until I try.

    Next log is Mallow's trial. See you then.
     
    Log #16-Lush Jungle & Mallow's Trial
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    With some uncertainty, I walked into Lush Jungle, ready to do Mallow's trial. I mostly did the challenge part of the trial well, only messing up with the first Fomatis part. In a way, that was a good thing because I got to test my theory about how to beat Lurantis. Eventually, after the challenge concluded, I faced down Lurantis, starting with Grimer. I was surprised that Lurantis did not immediately call out an ally and also that I could Poison Gas Lurantis. Because I was able to gas it, I knew I had pretty much won the fight based on chip damage and the fact that Lurantis could not heal status conditions. All I had to do was bide my time.

    Lurantis got Kecleon as the ally, and Kecleon, as expected, set up Sunny Day. Of the two, it was more important for me to stay focused on Lurantis, since it could do far more damage than the ally. I started with Poison Fang, which, while it did some damage, it was not as much as it could have been, so I changed to Acid Spray, which got Lurantis down to the mid yellow range. Lurantis kept using Synthesis, which allowed for HP healing. Lurantis had no major way to counter Grimer, so it kept trying to hit me with X-Scissor.The Poison eventually started to really slow Lurantis down.

    I could tell Lurantis was really getting frustrated with Grimer, eventually beating Grimer down with Solar Blade. Yet, the chip damage continued, bogging down Lurantis. I switched to Marowak, where I had put Flame Charge on it. I used Flame Charge on Lurantis and between the Poison and the Flame Charge, I had Lurantis faint, leaving a yet unchallenged Kecleon still up for battle. Switching out to Dugtrio because Marowak had taken significant damage, I thought I could topple Kecleon easily with ground moves. When that was not producing desired results, I switched to Raticate, who, by using the Normalium-Z, took out Kecleon. By defeating Lurantis, I had bested all of the trials of Akala Island.

    The next big challenge is the Akala Island Grand Trial, but before I go there, I think I will work on more things on the Island, making sure my levels are good and I can beat Olivia. See you for the next log!
     
    Log #17-Dimensional Lab, Digletts Tunnel, & Konikoni City
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    There is quite a bit in this log, so lets get started. After winning against Mallow, I was encouraged to go to the Dimensional Lab. First, however, I finished my task with Alolan Vulpix, who was so grateful for me. I then flew off to the Dimensional Lab, where I met Professor Burnet, where I learned about Ultra Beasts and Ultra Wormholes, and I learned what happened to Lillie. Once that was done, I went outside, where I saw a rip in the sky. That is curious...

    Moving beyond there, I moved to Digletts Tunnel, battling workers as I moved through. Eventually, I met up with Hau, who battled with me to defeat Team Skull grunts. Battle concluded, I departed Digletts Tunnel, opening up to Konikoni City. When I walked near the police station, who should I see but Looker. What is Looker doing here? I walked into the Police Station, where I was asked to help. What was I to help with? There are 5 Ditto that are causing trouble and are transforming into people. I was on a quest to stop them!

    The Ditto Five

    In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, if the player interacts with the Police Officer in the rear of the station, they will discover he is a Ditto in disguise, and battle it. After capturing or defeating it, the officer behind the desk will say that the Ditto was a member of the Ditto Five and will ask that the player help him apprehend the rest. As thanks for the first Ditto, he will award the player with PokémonDollar.png12,000.

    The remaining Ditto are hidden somewhere in Konikoni City. The player will encounter them in sequential order, and will need to collect their reward in order for the next one to spawn. Each Ditto always has a set Nature and IVs that complement them. After apprehending all five, the policeman will give the player a Focus Band.


    Ditto # Appearance Location Nature Reward
    1 Police Officer In the back of the Police Station on Route 9. Bold PokémonDollar.png12,000
    2 Herb Seller
    (Hiker)
    In front of Konikoni City's Photo Club. Jolly PokémonDollar.png16,000
    3 Chef In the kitchen of Konikoni City's Restaurant. Adamant PokémonDollar.png20,000
    4 Iomi Iomi masseuse
    (Dancer)
    Next to the Konikoni City Incense shop. Modest PokémonDollar.png24,000
    5 Olivia At the far end of the Konikoni City, looking over the ocean. Timid PokémonDollar.png28,000
    Focus Band

    I tried to actually capture the Ditto Five, only capturing the first one. In the end, I got 1 of the Ditto and $100,000! After clearing out the Ditto, I traveled through Konikoni City. It's nice that there are several clothing stores, so I hope I will have enough money to do some shopping after the battle with Olivia. Leaving Konikoni City, I came upon Memorial Hill, paying respect to the dead and clearing out the trainers there, including Plumeria of Team Skull.

    The next log is going to be the Akala Island Grand Trial against Olivia. We will see you then!
     
    Log #18-Brock's Girlfriend, Olivia
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    I headed from the Memorial Hill back to Konikoni City to do some shopping at the Pokemon Center and some healing before I challenged Olivia. After I did some item shopping, I headed back to the Ruins of Life. Olivia came out to battle me. I made sure to have Dugtrio in front since it is the only ground type I have that has Steel type moves. which would be the only type I had that would be super effective against most of Olivia's party.

    Starting the battle, it was Dugtrio vs. Anorith. One Metal Claw ended that battle quickly. Then came Lileep, and I stayed in with Dugtrio. Lileep was a bit tanky, being able to sustain a hit from Earth Power. Finally changing tactics, I managed to beat it back with Metal Claw, leaving her with only one more Pokemon, Lycanroc. I was concerned that Lycanroc would use Rockium-Z, so I had to make sure that Dugtrio, who was weakened by multiple Brine attacks by Lileep, could still move faster than Lycanroc, which, thanks to the fact that Dugtrio had a Quick Claw, it moved faster than Lycanroc, using Earth Power. Lycanroc fell before being able to use the Rockium-Z, resulting in my win against Olivia. My win assured, I left the site of the battle so Hau could battle her.

    My Team
    Dugtrio-Lv.33
    Pikachu-Lv.33
    Marowak-Lv.33
    Raticate-Lv.33
    Persian-Lv.33
    Grimer-Lv.33

    The next log will be the Hano Grand Resort and probably the Aether Foundation. I don't know why they don't allow access to the Hano Grand Resort until after the battle with Olivia. Soon, it will be time for moving to Ula'ula Island. Until the next log, I will see you!
     
    Log #19-Hano Grand Resort, Aether Foundation, and the First Steps of Ula'ula Island
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    I went to Hano Grand Resort finally. I saw a strange Pikachu wedding, and I avoided the resort for a little bit, instead wanting to check out the beach, involving myself in Pyukumuku Chucking and getting paid before going into the resort. There were quite a few battles in the resort, then I went into meeting with Faba, who took me to Aether Foundation. Wicke traveled with us to find Lusamine. During the meeting with Lusamine, one of the Ultra Beasts appeared, which I battled and defeated. Wicke helped get Hau and I to Ula'ula Island. I then fought a hard battle against Hau, then prepared to go into Malie Garden, where I stopped playing for now.

    Next log is up to the point where I finally am able to catch Sandshrew. Speaking of, I am not sure which form to put in the box. It's either going to be Raticate or Persian. We will figure it out after the capture. See you then!
     
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