Targets: Mankey (simple, 5,000 to 10,000 characters) and Geodude (also simple, 5,000 to 10,000 characters)
Length: 12,413 characters.
A and his Turtwig were on the move, on a journey to a mountain chain. They weren't here just for the sake of being there though, no. They had a purpose.
You see, they'd met more than a fair share of hikers on the journey they'd taken through the cities, with all bragging about their Rock and Ground types, though some the occasional Fighting-type. Of course, Turtwig usually quickly defeated them with Mega Drain (though it would take a little longer with the Fighting-types), but now A was curious about the Pokémon that they had.
They started to intrigue him, as he decided to turn his quest into an attempt to see the world. As everyone knows as well, the best place for someone to catch at least a glimpse of one is in the mountains. Here, he'd check out how these creatures lived and maybe even catch a couple for his bare team of one.
Now here they were at the foot of the Mightyena Mountains. The mountains were under control by the government as a National Park, but the only thing they really did was sell tools and give some tips to people.
The Pokémon that the hikers that A saw had most often could be found at the summit of one of the mountains. Interestingly, said mountain is the only one open for free exploration.
A found one of the park workers, and asked how one could climb the mountain. The worker responded by saying, "you can go through this mountain in one of two ways. The first way is by going into the mountain and climbing the ladders to the top. I'd recommend it if it didn't have two gigantic flaws: Zubat annoying you every step of the way and the requirement of some HMs to climb, most notably Rock Climb. The other way is by climbing the old fashioned way, with only your body and your Pokémon. But if you don't think you could do it all by you and your part, you could buy some tools for $3000."
Actually, I'm a little short on cash right now," A responded.
It was, of course, true, as A spent much of his cash on goods in the National Park of the Orange Islands and was saving up to enter the island for himself. "Well, anyway," the worker started again, "the true climbing part is a bit harder than just going up some ladders. You have to face some stronger wild Pokémon, most of which we know nothing about. In a Trainer's eyes though, it's actually the ideal way of getting some new Pokémon for their teams. Did you know that the Gym Leader of Kanto's Pewter gym, Brock, actually got his Kabutops as a Kabuto by going up through the mountains? That's how weird that path is. Well, anyway, the entrance to the Mightyena Mountains can be found over there if you didn't know."
The worker then pointed to a desk near a large gate. A thanked the worker for his help, and then went to the entrance. "You entering the park?" the man there asked.
"Indeed I am," A responded, and the worker proceeded to open the gate.
After he and his Turtwig stepped in, A could hear the creak the gate made behind him as it closed. Two other gates now loomed in front of him, standing next to each other. Another park worker was on the right of him. "Are you going to take the cave route or are you going to climb?" she asked.
A thought about this.'While Zubat are annoying, they aren't as bad as what could be out there. Though more variety could give me some team options. Turtwig is getting tired, and who knows, maybe I'll find one of my favorites out there' A thought.
Finally, after thinking it all through, A made his choice, saying "I'll go with the climb if that would be alright".
The worker nodded, and then proceeded to open the next gate. A called Turtwig back to his ball and started to climb.
The beginning of the climb was peaceful, even a little boring. Sure, there would be a bird flying around in a circle, and a dark puppy-like species trying to find food at times, but they never disturbed A.
A little while into the hike however, the times of peace were ended when a brown fur-ball tackled A. A small, raging bear with a C on its head stood in his path. It was a Teddiursa that stood in his path.
"Good thing this part of the path is leveled out," A commented as he grabbed his Poké Ball and sent Turtwig out.
"Okay, Turtwig, time to have our first battle of the day. You ready?"
His trusty partner made a notion that appeared to be a nod, After seeing the nod, A proceeded. "Turtwig, use Tackle," was his first command, but the Teddiursa was inteligent for its species. It dodged and quickly scraped Turtwig with a Scratch. Turtwig was in much discomfort. "Turtwig, jump behind Teddiursa and use Giga Drain, followed by a Leaf Storm!" yelled A. Turtwig did as said and Teddiursa tried to escape. It was however, too late, as Turtwig had already began sucking its energy. Now weakened, Turtwig began using Leaf Storm.Leaves were slowing gathering in a tornado-esque way around Turtwig. Seconds later, the leaves were then fired at Teddiursa, and it almost fainted. However, it soon tackled Turtwig and the turtle seeded the tiny cub with a Leech Seed. The battle went on for a while, and, soon enough, energy was taken by the Leech Seed that the Teddiursa fainted.
At this point, things started going downfall. An Ursaring, most likely the Teddiursa's mother or father, saw Teddiursa and then A and Turtwig. It roared by saying "URSAAAA!", which probably meant "I'LL GET REVENGE ON YOU FOR TEDDIURSA!" in Pokémon speak. It then picked up Teddiursa and started chasing A and Turtwig, but Turtwig started lagging behind and A had to call him back into his Poké Ball. The Ursaring soon began picking up rocks with one hand and began throwing especially big ones at A. It when on like this for what seemed like days and A knew he would have to find an escape route soon enough or he'd either get caught by the Ursaring or get hit by a rocks it was throwing at him. Luckily, when A started getting to the steep parts, he started climbing, hoping that the Ursaring couldn't climb. Luckily enough, it couldn't, and A was able to continue his climb normally. Soon, night came and A began to set up a tent. They then went to sleep The next morning started on a sour night. A woke up when he felt a strong jolt. He sent Turtwig from his Poké Ball. The two exit the tent and then see what was the cause of the jolt. Gleaming in the sun was none other than a Mankey. A knew Mankey very well, because the species were among his most favorite. "I have to catch it!" A exclaimed. He commanded Turtwig to use Razor Leaf. However, only two leaves hit the speedy Mankey. Luck now appeared to come back to A's side, as one leaf managed to cut the Mankey, and it writhed in pain. "Turtwig, now use Tackle!" was A’s next command. It obeyed, and the Mankey was still in pain. Noticing its odds, the Mankey attempted to flee and did. "Yet another one slips under my radar" A began. "Oh well. I’ll just have to try next time." A then recalled Turtwig and continued climbing.
Trouble would once again cross the young boy and his Pokémon’s path, as when A started to get closer and closer to the summit, he started to see a peculiar sight. Absol were gathering around the area, with more and more coming until there were at least one hundred were there. A, having studied mythology and Pokémon species, knew what this meant. "Hey Turtwig" he began to say. Just then though, he realized that he had forgotten to send the little turtle out. Glad nobody saw that, he proceeded to send Turtwig out and began again. "Hey Turtwig, I think trouble’s brewing around the area. A bunch of Absol are gathered right here, and Absol usual signify disaster. Let’s go up before it comes okay?". Turtwig nods, and rather than recalling it, A decide to let it stay out to keep him company.
Rather than just climbing the mountain relaxingly, the two start to race up it with a sense of alarm. In almost 10 minutes flat, they managed to reach the summit. However, all of the Pokémon of the area were fleeing. "But why?", A said. He didn’t have to search far to see his answer though, for a large balloon was approaching the area. "This must be the disaster" A soon realized. "Turtwig, use Razor Leaf!" he soon commanded. The Turtwig obeyed, but the balloon was tough. Out of the balloon came a man. They were not the most attractive of people, having a huge scar across their face. "Who are you!" A yelled at them. They ignored A, and proceeded to send out a Solrock. "Solrock, use Psychic on that pesky kid and his turtle!" the man said. The Pokémon obeyed, and, using its mind, picked up A and his Turtwig, and brought them to the man. "I am Gord" the man spoke, his voice echoing beyond the mountains. "I came here to steal all the Pokémon of the area, and I won't let anyone interfere!". A, though, whispered into Turtwig's ear to use Leech Seed. Soon, seeds flew out of the Turtwig and into the Solrock. Distracted, it let go of A and Turtwig, and A commanded Turtwig to tackle Gord. Gord, despite knowing that odds would soon pile against him, sent out another Pokémon. "This Pokémon came from ancient times" he said. It knows techniques that others have forgotten in time. Try stopping it." The Pokémon was a Baltoy. It looked like a top, and knew ancient powers. A, however, also knew it was a Ground-type, weak to Turtwig's Grass-type attacks. "Turtwig, use Giga Drain!" he commanded. It obeyed, though little damage was down to the Baltoy. "Foolish boy" Gord's voice boomed, "type isn't a battle's only asset. Each Pokémon has 6 attributes known as stats, and they all differ between individual ". A now remembers something he was told to remember about Turtwig, something he never understood until now. "There are two categories of attacking moves, physical and special. Each rely on a certain stat, with the Physical moves relying on regular attack and the special attacks relying on Special Attack. Turtwig have high attack power" he recalls his second ever teacher saying. "This means attacks such as Tackle will do more damage than moves like Absorb for one, if STAB isn't counted. Remember this, as it will have a high chance of being a vital piece of information when you start battling Trainers."
Upon recalling the information, A decides to use moves classified under the 'Physical' category of moves. "Turtwig, use Crunch!" A then says. It obeys, and the Baltoy is hit. "Again!" A says, and it again obeys. The Baltoy, though, uses Rapid Spin, and both are knocked down. Turtwig, however, quickly heals by getting the last HP of Gord's Solrock, and Solrock faints. "Turtwig, use Tackle now!" A then commands, and the Baltoy is caught off guard and now faints from the damage. "Got any other Pokémon?" A asked, hoping the answer is no. His hopes were fulfilled when Gord responded by saying "Well, I didn't expect anyone to go against me, so no.". "Just consider yourself lucky." At this time however, the mountain begins to shake and Gord leaves through the balloon he entered in, also recalling his two Pokémon. "So, then I saw wrong." A starts to say. "This is the disaster, not Gord."
The mountain keeps shaking and A knows he has to leave unless he wants to get caught in some more trouble. 'Good thing the path down is much easier than the path up' A thinks. When he and Turtwig arrive at the bottom, A sees two Pokémon stare at him. One was a Geodude, but the other one gave a big shock to A. "It’s the Mankey from earlier!" he soon exclaimed. It was unmistakable. The scar the Mankey had was in the exact same place that the leaves from Turtwig's Razor Leaf had made earlier, though it definitely had healed considerably. The Mankey was ready to fight A again, though this time it would do so with Geodude’s help. A thought about this for a while. "I guess I’ll try to catch both then." A finally proclaimed. "After all, Geodude could help against Fire and other Rock-types, and Mankey could help against Steel and Normal-types. Not to mention that I came to the mountains to see how Rock and Ground-types were." A knew Geodude would not that hard to weaken enough to capture, for his Turtwig had a double type advantage over the floating rock's type and because Geodude have an awfully low Special Defense. "Turtwig, use Mega Drain" was his command, and it was hit hard. It didn’t faint though, and was still going strong. Even though this was true, A knew that Mankey had to be focused on for now, as it soon used Karate Chop on Turtwig. "Turtwig, use Leech Seed on Mankey!" he commanded. It obeyed, and Mankey was soon seeded and losing energy by the minute. It, however, soon used Low Kick on Turtwig, and it was sent flying a distance of at least 3 feet. "Turtwig, now use Tackle" he said next, and the Mankey was sent flying at Geodude, and the two crashed into a nearby tree. Both were soon looking as if they could sleep for even more years than Rip Van Winkle. "Turtwig, finish off Mankey with Bite!" A commanded, it obeyed, and the Mankey was looking even more tired. "Now use Crunch on Geodude to finish it off" It obeyed again, and Geodude looked even more tired than Mankey, which A never thought would seem possible. "Go Poké Balls" A yelled, as he tossed two standard Poké Balls at the two Wild Pokémon. As the balls rumbled, A sweated, hoping that he would manage to capture some more Pokémon…