Happy (Belated) Birthdays!
by, 24th April 2013 at 06:19 PM (133 Views)
I've been meaning to do this for quite some time now and now felt like the time!
I met Riser on April 11, back in 2011. We had just dealt with a severe thunderstorm and had no power. Since there was nothing to do that night, I took on the seventh Gym and won handily. Now that I had my seventh Badge, I could enter the Dragonspiral Tower and finally lay claim to the sixth member of my team.
I'd been running with a five man team up until this point. My sixth and last slot was reserved for my Golett. He already had his place, I just needed to find him.
With a Brave Natured Synchronize Munna at the forefront, I began to catch everything in sight. The first two Pokemon I encountered weren't what I wanted, though; I ran into a Druddigon and a Mienfoo. I grumbled, caught them and kept going, hoping that my trek would in fact, be rewarded.
After catching three full boxes of Golett, I left the Tower and picked through my treasures. About half had awful Natures and about half of those who didn't were Brave with Klutz. Finally, I settled on a Brave Natured Iron Fister with a nice, beefy Attack; he was named Riser and he was "Capable of taking hits". I made room on my team for the big guy and began training him.
Now, the name Riser came from a story that I've been working on; the character with that name is known as a Iron Fist and he's huge. He's also a mechanoid. But he's also a gentle giant type who wouldn't hurt anyone. To me, that was what Golurk really symbolized: the gentle giant who wants to protect its friends. But as I trained the big lug, the name Riser was one that he earned.
If I needed a win, he got it for me. If my back was against the wall, he pulled me from the edge. No matter what I asked of him, he rose to the occasion and shined like a star. He was the first Pokemon that I actively EV trained, he was the one who nailed down a win when I went up against Ghetsis and he was the one who was back-up when I needed help. He was the first Pokemon that I leveled up to 100 since the days of Crystal and the first that I transferred to B2. He'll be the first I send over to X as well, if I have anything to say about it. It's hard to believe that I've had this "mighty beauty" as I often call him with me for two years. Hopefully, this will be the start of many years together.
I'd been wanting a shiny Golett of my own for some time--not one that I had gotten via GTS--and I had tried a pair of Masuda runs previously but had no luck. This time, however, I set myself up for success: Papa Golurk was perfect in Attack and held the Power Bracer while Mama Ditto was Brave and held an Everstone. I popped them both into the Daycare and started hatching.
Oh boy, did I ever start hatching.
It was almost Thanksgiving when I started my run; I wasn't done until April. Four months. The entire run took four months. It wasn't easy, either; I hatched a number of perfect Golett that I wanted to keep but didn't want to release any of their siblings. Why? Because kicking out a level 1 Golett simply because its stats suck or its Nature is awful is just plain mean! At least, it is to me. So most of them ended up on my copy of White and stayed there. I can access them when needed and they are safe. As I've often said, those little kids stay with me always.
On April 5, 2012, I was getting ready for an 11 to 8 shift at work. While sitting in the break-room, I gathered up a run of 20 eggs and started hatching. The first nineteen were normal so I wasn't paying attention when number twenty hatched. I scribbled down everything in my memo book and turned to look at what had just been born. Imagine my shock when a pair of yellow-green eyes stared back at me.
Egg number 2,800 had hatched shiny. I couldn't believe it.
I immediately nicknamed him--Guardian, of course--saved my game and took a look at him. He was Brave with Iron Fist. So far, so good. My heart pounding, I went to Nimbasa to get him judged.
Relatively superior potential. Perfect in Attack. He was everything I had wanted. I was thrilled. April 5, 2012 was the best day ever. At least, I thought it was.
Guardian was the second Automaton to make his way to B2; I brought him and his parents over the first night I was able to trade. I haven't trained him, as I can't help but find a shiny Golett much cuter than a shiny Golurk but he's ready whenever I am. It's hard to believe that it's been a year, though. It just doesn't seem all that long ago that I was sitting at a table in the break-room, making hatch marks in my memo book and wondering when I'd get my sweet little Guardian.
Happy birthday, you guys. You have no idea how much I love you both. Here's hoping we'll have many happy journeys together.
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