As we went deeper in the cave, naturally, it got darker. I was glad my Ranger brought this Pokémon. Chandelure was a walking candle, perfect for this situation. I was planning on getting a Litwick soon, but I wasn’t sure when that would be, or how I would get one of those Pokémon. We kept walking when a little Pokémon stuck its head up at us. It was a Swinub.
"Care to battle this Swinub, Leo?" He asked me.
“No, not right now.” I said, as I pulled out a Pokedoll. Then, I stopped. I wasn’t totally sure that I would be seeing a Cryonogal today. The park had several rules, one of them being that you could only take out three Pokémon per run. I already had Delibird and Sneasel, two of which I was definitely taking out of here. Swinub would be good as well if I didn’t end up finding Cryonogal, and if I did find Cryonogal, then I could just drop Swinub. Either way, it would be good for me. “On second thought, I will battle this Swinub. Can’t hurt I guess.” I moved closer to the small Pig Pokemon, he was covered in dense, brown-colored, striped hair. That hair obviously kept them warm. His eyes were closed, or so they looked, and he didn’t appear to have any legs, but I knew they were hidden under all that fur. I quickly pulled out my Pokedex and did a quick scan of the little guy.
Swinub – the Pig Pokémon. Swinub are naturally under one foot and weigh between ten to thirty pounds, depending on their surroundings. This Pokémon is a dual typed Pokémon, being both Ground type and Ice type. Swinub have the ability Snow Cloak or Oblivious. There are rare ones that even have Thick Fat, which isn’t surprising based on how they eat. If it smells something enticing with that nose it has, it dashes headlong off to find the source of the aroma. Its nose is so tough that even frozen ground poses no problem. It loves eating mushrooms that grow under dead grass. It also a good Pokémon to find hot springs while they forage.
“Well, this could be useful.” I said. I knew Skullcruncher wouldn’t like battling a Pokémon that he considered weaker than him. That and the fact that this cave was a bit too small for him to maneuver around didn’t make him a choice for me to use against this Swinub. Flamefeather would also be good, but I knew this little guy knew a bunch of Ground type moves, and I wasn’t quite sure if it knew Rock type moves. Either way, Flamefeather wouldn’t be a good choice either since we were in a cave and not outside. She’d have to constantly be looking for rocks falling and since the cave wasn’t too big, even though she was flying, she could probably still feel the vibrations and effects of an Earthquake attack since they could travel through the wall. I also didn’t want Shadow battling here just to prevent him from getting hurt by any Ground type attacks. If anyone could take them, it would be Mindbender, and it was her that I was going to use in this battle.
I tossed out a Pokéball out in front of me and a green and white, ball gown wearing Pokémon emerged. Her elegant dress swayed from side to side as she moved forward into the battlefield. She was strong in using Psychic type moves, but she also had other types of moves that made her extremely useful. She also knew an array of status inflicting moves. She had one for each status condition. Hypnosis for sleep, Thunder Wave for paralysis, Will-o-Wisp for burn, Toxic for poison and even the minor ones like Confuse Ray and Swagger for confusion and Attract for the love spell. She had it all.
“Alright Mindbender. We’re going to try and capture this Swinub. I want you to use a strong Energy Ball at the little guy, don’t hold back.” I called out to her. She turned and looked at me, a bit surprised.
“I don’t want to accidently knock him out.” She said telepathically.
“Yeah, I thought about that. Then I realized that if he couldn’t take that then he wasn’t very strong and I won’t need to capture him. I know that isn’t the way I usually do things, but I want to do this fast. I really want that Cryonogal.” I responded through the private mind link she had for us.
“Okay, understood. I won’t hold back then. Is that all I should use?”
“No, try a Will-o-Wisp as well. The lower we can get his health, the better. Also, the drop in his attack can’t hurt. So why not, use that. If Will-o-Wisp doesn’t work, then oh well. At least then we’ll get to see what he has and how strong he is. I would have you use one more attack, but I don’t want to over work you.”
“One more won’t over work me.” Mindbender said.
“Yeah, but I want you to focus on these two moves here first. Then we’ll see where we go from there.”
“Okay, here I go-,” she said as she began her attack. She began forming a small ball of green energy in between her hands. As she expanded her arms, the ball grew in size. I could see what appeared to be yellow electricity inside of the green ball. I knew this was a Grass type attack, but I wasn’t sure why it looked like an Electric type attack. Perhaps that was how a ball of energy looked. The energy ball grew to be the size of a basketball, and the power coming off of it was great. I wasn’t sure how fast Swinub was, but I felt that he couldn’t dodge it. Then again, I’ve been wrong before. She then launched the attack at the small dual typed Pokémon.
After that, three eerie looking ghastly orbs of fire circled around Mindbender as she carefully took aim at Swinub. She was going to launch the three orbs of fire at him. The spheres of fire were bluish white, indicating that they were extremely hot, which is how they caused the burn status if hit. This would be pretty good for us if it landed health wise. I wasn’t sure if there was any positive way of identifying a male from a female, but I felt that this was a male Swinub. Maybe it was because it had a smaller nose or the way it looked, but I had a feeling this was a male Swinub. I didn’t see anything on this in the Discovery Channel program I had been watching, so I could only guess at the moment. If and when I captured this Pokémon, I’d find out what gender it was. I wanted this battle to go fast, but it was always hard to do that. I knew it wasn’t good to rush because mistakes could be made, but I was doing it anyways. If it came back to bite me in the ass, then oh well.