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Gameplay Journal Brilliant Diamond - Archeologist Nuzlocke

Discussion in 'Switch Pokémon Games' started by Jeydis, Nov 19, 2021.

  1. Jeydis

    Jeydis Perpetually catching up on Critical Role.

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    Let's do this again! I have gone through this run on platinum before but it failed. I really like the types and find that it fits Sinnoh so well so I wanted to try again.

    Raced Barry along the first couple of routes and speed ran everything to get my starter, a cute little Turtwig I nicknamed Geb. Sprinted into Route 203, smacked Barry's team around a bit and got a bit worried from all the Chimchar leers but it worked out. Tried my luck into getting an Abra but my quickly thrown Pokéball could not hold him :(. Headed over to the Oreburgh gate and picked up Rock Smash and my first additional Pokémon Ceres the mighty Geodude!

    So here is the team so far!
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    Going to do some training and getting Ceres up to Geb's level, will update tomorrow!
     
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  2. Jeydis

    Jeydis Perpetually catching up on Critical Role.

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    Ended up doing most of this late last night, got busy today.
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    Headed back to the Pokémon school to get mocked by a couple of kids and their Abras. Thankfully they both only seemed to know Charge Beam which Ceres shrugged off. Picked up the Work Up TM, got through the oreburgh gate after grinding a bit, Rock smashing through Ceres' Geodude kin. She is all caught up to Geb now so time for the Oreburgh mines! Doing more rock smashing than the actual crew of workers there we fought our way through and had a chat with Roark, on the way out the third member of our little merry band showed himself Amurru the Onix. Now how the TMs work for Brilliant Diamond is that they do break on use but you can get multiples. Thankfully this was the case for Rock Smash so I set up Amurru with his own Karate class and go him busting boulders as well. We made short work of Roark's young assistants and got to the man himself, well equipped to deal with his team with each team member having at least one super effective move. First badge in hand and Stealth Rock TM stashed away for now we went back to Jubilife to kick our first dose of team Galactic butt. Geb picked up Razor leaf and chopped them down to size, got thanked by the professor and proceeded north to begin the ascent through route 204 and into Floaroma town. No major issues so far, the team is complimenting each other pretty well with the rock duo to deal with fliers and Geb to go after other grass Pokémon as well as water types. Quickly dipped into the Valley Windworks and made friends with the adorable Ceto the Shellos. Took a break here, I know things will start getting threatning with our first Galactic Admin match coming up so getting everyone in tip top shape before going into that.

    Are you guys liking the nicknames so far? I find they fit nicely with the run theme and the Pokémon themselves.

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    Trained up a bit and decided to go after Team Galactic inside the Windworks. Ceres and Amurru tanked everything like champs and we were able to chase the bad guys out of there. Route 205 north from there went well, sadly no captures to be had here. Its odd, my brain had some sort of innate fear of Aroma Lady Elizabeth here, but Geb took care of her Budew with no issues. While battling around that area Geb evolved and learned how to bite things which is really handy for all the things resistant to Razor leaf out here.

    Made it to Eterna forest, using Cheryl's help to train up Ceto some. Almost got careless with the psychic pairs here, I almost swaped Ceto for Ceres against the Abras but chose to go with Geb instead. Turns out they are both running Energy Ball which would have wrecked the rest of the team for sure, whew! Camped out in eterna forest for the night, brought Cheryl to the exit in the morning and double backed to check on my honey trees. Found Colelcab the Burmy on the one in Floaroma meadow! Trained her a bit on my way back up to Eterna City, being careful to not over level her outside of a building or cavern (so she has the right typing as a Wormadam).

    Got to Eterna city and went straight to the Underground man's home to discuss our common interest in digging and found my way into the huge maze that is the Sinnoh underground. Time to get our digging caps on and get us some fossils! Took about 20 minutes but I found myself my first fossil, a skull fossil! Other things of note were a flame plate and all sorts of cool statues. Took a break from the underground to double back to Oreburgh and reanimate my first fossil friend: Ananth the Cranidos! Fossils are revived at level 1 so I was kinda glad of the forced xp share and made my way back to Eterna. Boxing Amurru for now to let the newbie get some levels.

    Once back in Eterna I finished talking to everyone and dipped into Route 211 and caught a bad ass little Meditite by the name of Asura. Packing Adamant and Purepower, she is a perfect powerhouse for the team and will be needed for dealing with Gardenia most likely, I also took some time to have Colelcab battle against the gym aides to get her pretty trash camo on, ready to evolve into the steel bunker of Wormadam-S.

    I found the best way to get quick XP for now is training in the new underground areas. While I was down there I found a lone Magnemite that I made friends with and nicknamed Deadalus. This team is already looking pretty solid and getting quite different from my last run with these parameters.

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    Finished up all the caverns in the area underground and got everyone to around level 20. Made sure both Asura and Colel were up a bit from there since they would be the main ones going up against Gardenia. Asura bullied her first two Pokémon and Colel tanked Roserade beautifully (I am glad she is not packing sunny day/weatherball). Ceres also evolved from the shared XP and is now a Graveler.

    Used our newly upgraded Cut to double back to route 205 and pick up some berries and items. Also went by the Old Chateau, no captures to be had there but some simple training for Deadalus the Magnemite and a bunch of items. Feeling pretty strong I started my ascent of the Galactic building, knowing full well that the admin at the top could be a big problem. Thankfully both Ceres and Ceto made quick work of this first encounter with Skuntank, I know it only gets tougher from here.

    With the bike store owner's Pokémon now safe he handed me a lovely yellow bicycle and I made my way down cycling road. At the end of the road I found Lucas with a couple of very handy Poketch upgrades. Looped up to the Wayward cave to find our next companion. I kept my fingers crossed and ran through trying to get to the basement for my chance at a Gible but a Ghanta the Bronzor found me first. Not a bad get in the least, I am quite fond of the line. I cleared up the area of all of the trainer pairs and picked up all sorts of goodies in there before escape roping out of there (that cave is annoying to navigate even with flash). Leveled up some and headed towards Hearthome, taking a little time to go back underground in a new region to dig up some new things and check out some new caverns. While training down there we had our first casualty...Anath the Cranidos. Fell to a lickitung of all things while training, supersoniced while it was low and Anath was such a muscle head that she hit herself super hard in confusion, taking of I kid you not almost have her HP. The low damage bodyslam did the rest. Why does lickitung learn supersonic anyway! Grrrrr...

    I carried on for a bit, doing all of the little things around Hearthome, had a lovely walk with Geb and am now able to walk around with anyone which was really nice to see. A bit of a cheer up after such a crappy loss. Wound my way around to route 209 and the Solaceon ruins. Got myself a cute little unknown and forgot to go into the grass for a Mime Jr capture so I will do that in the morning! Here is the team as of now.

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    Rest in peace Anath, your head was too hard, even for yourself...
     
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    Went back around route 209 and searched for a Mime Jr. Found one and named him after a god of theatre, Dionysus. I set up Colelcab and Amurru in the daycare to help them catch up with the rest of the team. Took Dionysus with me to get him leveled faster, helpful to have a fairy type around for later.

    Trained a lot, Fantina is no joke even in this version from what I know. She can be a run ender so I am taking her seriously.
    Cleared out the trainers in the cafe while I was there and picked up some moomoo milk while I was there. Ceto, Geb and Daedalus evolved!Went to route 215, found a Kadabra and nicknamed him Damballa. Keeping him aside for now, safe in the box.

    Made my way back around to go to Pastoria city, between Gem and Daedalus the gym should go well. Had no problems all the way to Pastoria, headed over to the Great Marsh and caught myself the adorable meme lord Wooper! Nicknamed Nommo after the amphibian african spririts. For now he stays in the box but we will unleash the best soon as we head to Veilstone and have to box the Pokémon that dislike getting punched.

    Got into the Gym and had no issue at all, between Daedalus and Geb this was a piece of cake (a crit ice fang from Wake's Floatzel gave me a scare but it worked out just fine!) With this third badge in hand I did a bit of team re-arranging, getting ready for Veilstone next. Maylene can be trouble for this run but I am quite happy with all of the psychic types we have so far. Put aside my steel types/rock types and decided to train my Kadabra from earlier and the newcomer. Got the the resort area which is usualy a great location to get some XP, especially the cafe. Sadly our second death occured here, Damballa got buried by a crit stone edge from a Sudowoodo (who wood hammered really hard and almost took out someone else X( ) I am sorry you couldnt grow to be the powerhouse your kin normally grows to be...

    Back at it tomorrow.
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    Took a bit of a break, worked on other games a while but I got back into the thick of it. Battled my way back north to Veilstone from Pastoria, no other casualties after Damballa. Helped out Lucas with a couple of Galactic goons in the north of town and got my hands on the fly TM, gotta head back to Pastoria to chase down the goons buddies for the key but for now I think I have a gym badge to get. First though I drop by the department store and go TM shopping. Especially happy with picking up Psychic for both Ghanta and Dionysus, got some other fun options as well for the rest of them.

    Now Maylene is a sore spot for me, she took down a large part of my team the last time I did this themed run and I didnt want it to happen again. Thankfully this time I went through pastoria first and had time to train + get a fun squishy boy called Nommo leveled up and evolved to help Toxic tank though anything that got annoying. Dionysus and Asura took care of most of it though with Geb to wrap up Lucario pretty safely. 4 badges down, 4 to go!

    I am glad they added the "assist" feature to the old HM moves (now TMs) where you dont have to teach them to anyone on your team to use the ability out of combat. So I stole a nearby Staraptor from its nest and got it to fly me back to Pastoria to chase down that galactic goon. Barry dropped in for a quick fight and I obliged him. Geb tanked and messed up his team pretty bad even with the disadvantages, XP share is nice for these limited runs heh. Chased the goon all the way to the lake front and went past a bit since I missed some trainers on the way up, I also missed a capture. I met with Hel the Girafarig and we became buddies. We surprised that Galactic Grunt by showing up ahead of him instead and defeated him, met with Cynthia again and got the secret medicine from her for that fun group of Psyduck past Solaceon. Felt like a good spot to stop for the day after checking up on my Pokémon in the daycare.

    To the north we go!

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    Here is to hoping! Haven't updated in a bit, played a bit slow since I was working on some animal crossing stuff a lot.

    Started the day by helping out that swarm of psyducks with some medicine. Did some loops around the tall grass to get all of the trainers hiding within, healed up a bit with some moomoo milk and pushed further north into the thick fog bank. Thankfully I picked up defog from an ace trainer in the Great Marsh so I asked a nearby Staraptor to defog the area so I could see where I was going. The trainers here are great xp but some are a bit tricky, Ace trainers tend to be. No issues though thankfully. I picked up an armful of new berries as well as some Roost and Shadow ball tms and some good xp for the team. Got to the quiet little town of Celestic and found the man with permanent grump, Cyrus. Had a fun chat about world domination after dispatching of his goon. Delivered the charm to the kind old lady and got a nice lore dump while in the caverns, went shopping a bit and got some Blackglasses from a shady fellow in the store.

    Finished here I flew out to Hearthome to finally face Fantina. I didnt have anyone that was a perfect ace for ghost Pokémon but at least I had some bulky mons to take them on with decent neutral moves, Daedalus dealt with most of the trainers on the way to Fantina herself then it was a split between Daedalus bolting things down and Geb biting what's left. No major issues which was nice, Fantina can be really tough with some runs, especially specifically themed ones.

    Now with Surf available I did a lot of exploring and getting some things hidden away behind bodies of water. I also took the opportunity to head to Fuego ironworks and train there for a bit get everyone to the 40s in levels, sadly no new mons around for me to add to the team sadly. I really wish the Aron from the pokeradar would be here normally :( I love that line so much. Finally surfed my way across to Canalave, beat up
    Barry's team a bit and visited the infamous library that made cannon the marriage of Pokémon to people and enabled a lot of ... odd stories in the fandom. Oh and the book about straight up eating Pokémon which was assumed but hey its fun to read about. I also forgot that no items or anything are in here so I headed back out and headed into the gym. The tag team of Nommo and Ceto is able to deal with the gym trainers without issue, for Byron himself I brought out the secret weapon of Ghanta packing Grass Knot. This was perfect for the powerhouse that is Steelix, levitating to avoid earthquakes, safeguard to prevent annoying thunder fang paralysis and just grass knot away. Byron ended up using his healing on him which was fine by me, plenty of PP on grass knot to go around. Battle finished up quickly after that, Ceto Earth Powering his Bastiodon down, crumbling his defenses with her pretty good special attack.

    And with that the Mine Badge is ours and we are getting the end last stretch of the game. Barry brings us over to the library were we met with the Professor and Lucas, as we chat a big rumble is felt through the building, Team Galactic is up to no good and its time to go deal with them once more. I will be spending some time with the boxed mons to get them leveled up a good amount as well and have them keep up. I realised that I completely forgot about a really important part of any ground/steel team Hippopotas! Its a tricky capture but thankfully its in a unique place that I have yet to really go into, time to go hang out with a fellow Ruin Maniac and find myself a cute hippo! If I missed any other captures along the day do let me know, I did not look at every route in details so I probably missed some things along the way.

    Here is the team after the gym battle with Byron:
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    A quick detour to the Ruin Maniac's tunnel, scoured them and encountered by target: An adorable Hippopotas! Nicknamed him Ozzy after Ozymandias. Fun fact about me, I really like the Hippopotas line and since I wanted that sweet, sweet sandstorm set up as my opener I got Ozzy to a respectable level 40 before heading to the lakes to deal with the commanders. Lakes Verity and Valor cleared of foes I started my trek north to the mysterious Lake Acuity, climbed my way through the northern face of Mt. Coronet and emerged on the other side mid blizzard. Being careful with the multitude of ice type Pokémon and avoiding leaving my ground types out in the cold, Daedalus had a good amount of work ahead, flash cannoning everything away. Reaching Snowpoint and shaking the snow out of my boots I got ready for the gym. This is a tricky one since a lot of my Pokémon are ground types that need to avoid ice beams and the likes so I went in with Daedalus, Ceto, Asura and Ghanta rotating them as I went and avoiding danger. Candice was not too bad, Asura rocked all of her team almost, Daedalus cleaning up the rest.

    With the new badge in my case we set out to Lake Acuity to deal with the last of the commanders. Jupiter had filled up on beating my rival and opted to skedaddle instead of facing me. I gave my rival a pat on the back and after he left I surfed across the lake to the patch of grass to find myself a new addition to the team, Fortuna the Chingling. Flew to Veilstone and passed by the department store first and filled up on some TMs, taught Fortuna both Light Screen and Reflect and had her hold a light clay for now. Could be handy in upcoming tough fights once I have her leveled. So I kept her in the party as I went through the Galactic HQ in Veilstone, Ozzy and Ghanta dealing with most of the grunt's Pokémon with ease. Got up to Cyrus himself and listened through his evil monologue for a bit before letting Ozzy and Daedalus loose on him and his team of mostly fliers, needless to say I am happy that he isn't running a Gliscor. Afterwards, the team dealt with Commander Saturn, lurking in the back closet where they were keeping the adorable but powerful lake Pokémon. Defeated him quickly and as he glared at me in a huff I pressed the large yellow button to free the trio who quickly vanished. Saturn mentions something about a chain to bind something at the top of Mt. Coronet so I head there next, climbing up and up, following a trail of cyan bowl cuts...

    Here is the team so far on the ascent.

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