And yes, of course, for the record, anything short of claiming my work is your own is acceptable.
Oh, and by the way, parts of this chapter don't really obey game mechanics, but I did that so I could make things a bit more interesting. You'll notice though that Brock only uses moves his Pokemon actually have in the games.
“Who said that?” shouted Blue, unable to see anyone ahead of him.
“Up here!” came the voice.
Blue looked up to see the Gym Leader standing on a ledge way above his head, so that he could see the battles that Camper Liam got into. The Gym Leader was a tanned man with brown hair and very thin eyes, he wore a black and orange body warmer and dark green cargo trousers.
“How did you get up there?” yelled Blue to the Gym Leader.
“The same way I’m about to get down,” came the answer, the Gym Leader then proceeded to send out a huge Pokémon that looked like a giant snake made out of rock, Blue hadn’t seen this Pokémon before, but after checking his Pokédex, he could see that it was called ‘Onix’. The Gym Leader jumped on to the Onix’s head and slid gracefully down his back, landing directly in front of Blue.
“I’m Brock,” said the Gym Leader, offering his hand to Blue to shake, while at the same time returning Onix to its Poké Ball, “I’m the Gym Leader here.”
Blue was astounded by this man, he was so impressive that Blue was seriously worried about beating him, “I’m- I’m Blue,” replied Blue nervously, “I’m here to challenge you.”
“Of course!” shouted Brock, “Why else would you come? Let’s go then!”
Blue looked to Brock’s belt and saw that he had two Poké Balls there, which meant Blue was at an advantage in terms of sheer numbers, but Brock was sure to have some strong Pokémon, so they were probably about even. Brock grabbed the Poké Ball on his belt that did not belong to Onix and sent out his other Pokémon. This was one that Blue instantly recognised – Geodude! After Zubat, this was the most common Pokémon in caves, Blue couldn’t believe such a reputable Trainer was using such a pathetic Pokémon – this was going to be a cakewalk! Onix was probably just as weak!
Blue had been planning to use his starter, Charmander, but it appeared he didn’t need to bother – he could just use this guy for training for real Gym Leaders!
“Go! Pidgey!” shouted Blue, sending out his first capture, it needed the training after all.
Brock smirked and commanded Geodude to do something, but Blue didn’t hear what.
“Sand Attack!” shouted Blue, that would reduce Geodude’s accuracy and reduce the chance of whatever attack Brock was planning of actually hitting him in the first place.
Pidgey immediately obeyed, kicking up a load of sand from nowhere and hitting it in Geodude’s face, in response Geodude threw its arms up in front of its face and curling into a ball in a vain attempt to divert the sand from hitting it in the face.
Pidgey continued to kick up Sand into Geodude’s face – what was the point in attacking if this thing wasn’t going to attack? Still, all Geodude did was try to stop the sand from reaching, and at that, fail. Blue couldn’t understand why a Gym Leader wasn’t giving his Pokémon any instructions… He could tell he was bad, but surely he wasn’t that bad?
“So are you just gonna keep doing nothing?” goaded Blue.
“Is that what you think I’ve been doing?” challenged Brock, “Why don’t you try and hit me?”
Blue was confounded by this comment… Surely it was Geodude who should struggle to hit Pidgey with the amount he’s reduced that thing’s accuracy by? Blue didn’t want to fall into Brock’s trap, whatever that may be, but he couldn’t contain his curiosity, what could possibly stop Pidgey’s attack from landing?
“Pidgey!” shouted Blue, “Use Gust!”
Blue’s Pidgey flapped its wings as hard as it could and sent an excellent Gust at Brock’s Geodude, but the Geodude didn’t move a millimetre – a complete contrast to all the cowering it had been doing from Pidgey’s Sand Attack. Why was it so scared of Sand Attack and yet not scared at all of an actual attack? In order to further experiment, Blue ordered a second attack, this time a Tackle. However, when carried out, it had the exact same result, in fact, if anything, Pidgey seemed to come off worse. Blue knew that Geodude was resistant to Flying and Normal Type attacks, but not this resistant – why were Pidgey’s attacks having so little effect?
“What have you done?” demanded Blue.
Brock didn’t answer, he just took advantage of the perfect opportunity to take Blue’s Pidgey out of the running, “Geodude!” he yelled, “Tackle!”
Geodude immediately barged into Blue’s Pidgey, sure it had sand in its eyes and would find it difficult to aim, but aiming wasn’t really that hard when your opponent is standing right next to you, having just performed a Tackle of their own. Pidgey was sent to the floor and knocked out with one attack.
“What happened?!” cried Blue in frustration and anger, withdrawing Pidgey to its Poké Ball, before choosing his next Pokémon, Blue challenged Brock, “Tell me what happened!”
“I’m under no real obligation to do so,” answered Brock, “And your obvious frustration is quite amusing… But alright, I’m a fair man. Remember when your Pidgey was using Sand Attack? What was my Geodude doing?”
“It was flinching from the sand,” replied Blue, confusedly trying to identify his error.
“Wrong,” snapped Brock, “It was using Defense Curl. It raised its defense so high that your Pidgey didn’t have a hope in hell of hurting it, it already had a resistance and very high defense, so I wouldn’t count on damaging it with Normal or Flying typed attacks any time soon.”
“How did you take out my Pidgey so easily though?” questioned Blue, he knew that he’d been totally outclassed by this man, but he at least wanted to know how.
“That’s simple,” explained Brock, “Geodude’s defense was so high that your Pidgey’s Tackle actually hurt Pidgey and it also meant that Geodude’s body was so hard that when it used Tackle that was the final nail in your poor, little Pidgey’s coffin. So, are you ready to choose your next Pokémon or is this challenge cancelled?”
Blue felt totally overwhelmed, but he wasn’t about to give up. He thought over his options, Rattata wasn’t an option, its moves were Tackle, Tail Whip, Quick Attack and Hyper Fang… All Normal Types…
Beedrill probably wasn’t smart, it was alright using it against someone as stupid as Camper Liam, but this Brock guy was in a totally different league, poison might slow him down, but Blue would still get knocked out before Brock.
Charmander was probably Blue’s strongest Pokémon, but all of its moves were ineffective too, but then Blue realised that Charmander had Ember which was a Special type move, and since defense protects only against physical moves – Charmander still stood a good chance!
On the other hand, Brock still had Onix in back up, if Blue exhausted his best Pokémon now he wouldn’t stand a chance against that thing. If Brock could use a Pokémon which is more common than sunshine in Summer this effectively, imagine what a force to be reckoned with that beast is! Blue had no choice, he had to use Rattata.
“Go Rattata!” shouted Blue.
“I hope you have a good strategy,” smirked Brock, “This is getting boring… If you don’t a Normal type won’t stand a chance against Geodude’s now gargantuan defense.”
That was it! Defense! Sure, Rattata’s Normal type attacks wouldn’t do a thing while Geodude’s defense was so high, but Rattata had an attack that could stop all that – Tail Whip! Blue ordered Rattata to use Tail Whip, which caught Brock completely off guard. At first, Brock ordered a Defense Curl for every Tail Whip that Blue ordered, but it was obvious he was becoming frustrated. Then Brock began alternating orders for Defense Curls with orders for Tackles, however, all of the Tackles missed due to Pidgey’s Sand Attack!
“Sooner or later one of those Tackles is gonna hit – then that rat is dead meat!” yelled Brock, clearly trying to knock Blue’s confidence.
Blue laughed in response, he loved that he was getting somewhere and he loved that he was getting on this guy’s nerves, “Not if I lower your defense first!”
Eventually, Rattata managed to lower Geodude’s defense back to the level it started at, still without having been hit by a single Tackle.
“I guess you’re gonna go on the offensive now?” smirked Brock, clearly he had a plan.
“Don’t even think about it!” yelled Blue in reply, “I’m bringing your defense all the way down! I know you can’t afford to bring it up any more because you’re running out of PP! It’s gonna hit rock bottom and it’s gonna stay there! That’s when I’ll strike! I’m not letting Rattata get too near because then you’ll be able to hit it like you did with Pidgey!”
Brock frowned, “You’re smart after all – you’d better hope I don’t hit you before that!”
After that Geodude began using Defense Curl less and less, until it stopped using it all together – it had run out of PP and Geodude was only one stage above minimum defense – it wouldn’t be long now!
“Alright, Rattata! One more Tail Whip!” commanded Blue.
Blue thought his victory, against Geodude at least, was certain, but then Geodude went in for a Tackle – and hit! Rattata was knocked to the floor, it appeared to be unable to stand…
“I told you that rat was going down!” jeered Brock.
Then, suddenly, Rattata got to its feet.
“Tackle!” cried Blue at the top of his voice.
Rattata immediately obeyed, knocking Geodude to the floor, catching it completely off guard. Geodude wasn’t knocked out but was severely disorientated, after receiving negative damage from Pidgey’s Tackle, it certainly wasn’t expecting such a beating from Rattata. Blue took advantage of this disorientation to order Tackle after Tackle, without Geodude managing to strike back even once, until finally Geodude fell to the ground, and didn’t get back up!
Brock’s face was livid, “Well done!” he snapped, “You managed to beat Geodude… But trust me, he is nothing compared to my other Pokémon – the mighty Onix!”
Brock threw Onix’s Poké Ball to the ground and the huge beast from earlier burst out, it was at least thirty times the size of Rattata, maybe more – Blue thought that here was probably where his luck would run out.
Blue's Team: Charmander, Pidgey, Rattata, Beedrill
Blue’s Box: Metapod
Blue's Pokédex: 7 Caught, 11 Seen