OOC: School, ugh. And uh, I described Melisand's Hidden Power + Psychic combo because it wasn't really meant to be directed at the Murkrow, not now at least. I hope that's okay :x
The electromagnetic waves that surged throughout the Togekiss’ body danced in a serpentine motion, creating an extremely paralyzing force around the Flying-type. Just as I directed her, Melisand let loose the Thunder Wave attack towards the Murkrow, who just noticed I was battling with it. There was a glint of light in its eye when I looked at it, as it began squawking, while flapping its wings repeatedly. Just before the Thunder Wave had hit the Darkness Pokémon, the Murkrow made a hand gesture to the Togekiss, using its wings to convey insults at Melisand, trying to ridicule her into a challenge of strength and brawn. At that moment, Murkrow had a black aura surrounding its wings. It bobbed its head a few times as it dud this too. And to my surprise, the Togekiss’ Thunder Wave got directed towards the cold cellar floor, completely missing its target by mere inches. It wasn’t like Melisand to disobey me, so I figured this must have something to do with the gesticulations of Murkrow’s wings.
“Oh man,” I exclaimed in exasperation, having finally figured out what caused Melisand to fail hitting its target. “I think that Murkrow just put you under Taunt, Melisand.”
The white, oval-shaped Pokémon looked back at me, with a sweat drop near her right eye.
And that confirmed it. Melisand was taunted, meaning she won’t be able to use non-attacking moves. This complicated things a bit, although deep inside I applauded the Murkrow for staying true to its clever and mischievous attitude. I would have told Melisand to discontinue with the Ancient Power attack I told her to use earlier, but I didn’t had the chance to—she already started attacking the Murkrow.
This could be the mental effects of Taunt—stimulating Togekiss’ mind to attack without hesitation. Melisand channeled power from her forefathers and mothers, as she mystically transformed this ancient power into her own body. She raised both her wings up, forging brown stones from the energy she collected. It picked up some nearby pebbles as well, before Melisand directed them at the Murkrow with a thrusting motion.
The stones hit and damaged the Darkness Pokémon, although not by much, but good enough for the first blow. The rocks made out of primal mana disappeared as each of them bombarded the crow-like Pokémon. In response, the Murkrow got up, shaking its feather-crest to keep itself alert despite being damaged by Melisand’s attack.
And suddenly, a light-blue nimbus clothed the Murkrow, striking me with awe as the aura enveloped the Pokémon. It then began to move in a familiar fashion, and after it raised both its wings I realized it was copying Melisand’s movements. And just as I figured this clever Murkrow can’t be any trickier, I find it copying my Togekiss’ attack with Mirror Move. This was no ordinary Murkrow indeed. Just like my Togekiss the Murkrow unleashed an Ancient Power, matching Melisand’s last attack, even in terms with the amount of stones she forged from energy. The attack hit Melisand as well, but even though Ancient Power was a Rock-type move, it wasn’t a problem for the Togekiss to take a hit. She didn’t look hurt at all, as she appeared to be geared up to battle more than ever.
“Fine job, Melisand!” I said, cheering on my ever-trusted Togekiss. “I know you’re acting this way only because of Taunt, but try to clear your mind. Focus on doing what’s right, and I’m sure you’ll pull through and do it!”
The Togekiss replied in a soft, amorous cry, determined and ready to dace the Murkrow with grace in battle.
This Murkrow is a tricky one, and I have to step up my game if I want to catch it. And I do, oh so very much. I can’t tell Melisand to non-attacking moves, so I just have to rely in technique of execution. Recalling the fact that Murkrow are fond of shiny objects, I decided to use this to my own advantage. Thinking of what move Melisand knew that would create a sparkling display, I figured her Hidden Power would do it best. This move, like most trainers know, varied dependently on each individual Pokémon. Melisand’s Hidden Power was that of the Electric type—and what move made a shinier display more than glistening yellow balls of energy? And so I ordered the Togekiss to use the said attack.
“Melisand, go and use Hidden Power,” I said, telling her loud and clear. “Then use Psychic to suspend the Hidden Power’s orbs in the air. Move the orbs around, and try to distract and confuse the Murkrow with it. Do it like you did in the last Pokémon contest we entered, okay?”
Yes, we’ve performed this combination of attacks before, but in a contest rather in a battle. We entered a Cute Contest in Verdanturf Town during my brief visit to the Hoenn Region, where the mentioned combination earned us second place. We didn’t win, but hey—it was a great experience nonetheless, and I’m glad I could apply what I’ve learned in battle.
Melisand started to perform the attack, and with imperturbable form and style she unleashed a flurry of shining, yellow orbs as she twisted slightly above the air. The orbs then went upwards, and with a purple blast from Togekiss’ head, Psychic made the orbs dangle in mid-air. The left and right tufts on her head then began to glow a soothing purple, as she controlled the Hidden Power’s movements. I wasn’t at all sure if this would get the Murkrow’s attention, but I had to at least try something.
“That’s excellent, Melisand,” I uttered. “When you think you have Murkrow distracted, drop the orbs on it, and then follow it up with a Tri-attack if you think it’s not that badly hurt.”
Even if the yellow orbs were an astonishing sight, it was still made up of electrical energy, that could also be utilized to weaken the Murkrow. I wasn’t afraid they would do extremely heavy damage, for they were coated in psychic energy, a force dark Pokémon suck as Murkrow usually resisted. One can never be too certain, I know, but I knew Melisand. She won’t exert her full power in attacks if she knows the opposing Pokémon couldn’t take it—she knew that her mission was only to weaken whatever Pokémon I’m trying to catch.
With the help of her Psychic attack, Melisand moved the orbs in zigzags, and I noticed this brightened up the place just as Chainy’s Dusknoir did with its Will-o-wisp.
The Murkrow cawed, and I closed my fists in anticipation.