OOC: We fail. Notice in my posts I’ve been saying ‘she’ for Chansey? I knew they were female only. Yet I still said male.
>implicating moar fayul
Note about this post: I had an idea before I posted and did some heavy research about these moves. To clarify, I’m trying to restrict movement by creating a sort of minefield. Jus’ so you know.
As the Whirlpool tore across the clearing, Chansey made sure she was prepared. Holding up her hads as before, a shot of bright blue energy beamed forward towards the already in place Reflect. I had to admit, I was curious about this combo; I had never seen a Pokemon attempt to fuse the two defensive shields together. The blue ray struck the wall of pink and was absorbed seamlessy for a moment. Then, the shield seemed to bubble and flash. From the point at which the Light Screen ray hit, a pulse of blue shuddered outward, fusing with the reflect and fortifying it withmore diverse defensive power. Streaks of blue and a lightish purple undertone settled into stillness just before the Whirlpool struck it. I noticed wistfully that the purple of the shield was very reminiscent of the Protect attack that I had seen before, both from other trainers and from my own Gallade, Blades. It seemed that the combined power of these shielding moves was enough to create a barrier evocative of the ultimate shielding Protect.
With this new barrier in place, I was sure that the Whirlpool would be reduced to a spindling water spout before it even got close to the Chansey, the Bubblebeam to hoplessly bounce off of it and burst into uselessness. To my surprise, however, the Whirlpool crashed straight through the shield and whirled the Chansey up within it. Barely being able to stand in the ruckus, Chansey was struck and felled by the onslaught of bubbles from the Bubblebeam attack. She hooked one of her small hands onto a handy rock on the ground. I pumped my fist into the air triumphantly and smiled. No way would she be able to recover from that.
I was wrong, however. The shield that she had conjured earlier rushed to her aid, enclosing her and preventing most of the damage. She seemed to gain a bit of strength then, mustering to hold a shining hand up into the whirl. An orb of bright, white energy flew through the water surrounding her and gained momentum as it streaked in a spiral pattern to the crest of the Whirlpool. I cringed as it reached the top and rocketed perfectly and disastrously towards Saline who was just returning to the surface after calmng the water. It struck the water just in front of her and sat for a moment. Caught unawares, Saline did not know of the threat that this brilliant orb posed. Normally, she would recognize it as an attack from the opposing Pokemon and swim away, and with great speed too; this was her natural element and allowed her more finesse. She looked at it curiously and before Chainy or I could call out a warning, the Egg Bomb attack burst and sent a shock wave outwards and a huge pillar of water in its wake.
I called out to Saline as soon as I stabilized from the shock wave that had struck me. Scouring the now disturbed and murmuring surface of the water, I noticed her head pop up. I grinned in happiness. She wasn’t done yet. Upon closer inspection, though, she wasn’t in the best of shape either. One eye was was closed to a cringe and there was a sort of mottled, burned patch on her forehead where the explosion must have hit. She was definitely not going to last very long. I decided on a supporting move then to help Bambi when he was going to be in battle.
“Let’s set up some support! Dive under water and use the water as a buffer for attacks. Make sure to use Metal Claw on the bottom so Chansey can’t use the water to amplify her Electrical moves. Then go for Bubble Mist!”
She nodded behind her closed eye and dove under. A silver flash and dull thunking sound from underwater indicated the preparation of Metal Claw; I was confident that she would be able to pull that off without a hitch as it was a strategy she had already used not hours ago. However, the next portion of my command was far more advanced in both strategy and difficulty. Again a technique that I had learned from a professional battler, this combination move was both beautiful in contests and lethal in battle.
While venturing around the Kanto region, I stopped by Cerulean city for several reasons. The main reason was to explore it’s illustrious, treacherous, and above all dangerous namesake cave, Cerulean Cave. Exploring in there was one of the most exhilarating times of my life. I met tons of extremely rare and powerful Pokemon and gained loads of experience. However, that’s not where I discovered the Bubble Mist technique. After a run-in with Misty at her gym (which resulted in a close win by yours truly thanks to Blades’ Leaf Cutter attack), misty invited me to a contest in the new contest hall that had been just recently installed. It was water themed, of course, and I got to see many fantastic displays of Pokemon at top shape. However, one combination stuck out in my mind very clearly.
Misty, being the host of the contst, was required to make a display of her own before the contest began. She sent her well-suited Lapras onto the field first. After some well rounded water tricks it was time for the finale.
“Bubble Mist, Lapras!” Misty cried. The Lapras focused for a split second before sending out a volley of blue orbs. These orbs, however, were not the normal bright blue orbs that came with Bubblebeam. They shone perfectly clear and held a pocket of beautiful mist within them. They looked like floating, crystal ball miniatures. they hovered in the air over the solid ground portion of the fielddirectly acros from where Lapras floated in the pond portion.
”Now finish it off with Sheer Cold!” Even I gasped as the Lapras began to close its eyes and glow a sheen of light blue, like chilled ice. This move was known for its unreliability in battles. It focused with and intense effort pulling in coldness from around it. The water in the pond began to steam as Lapras pulled the cold even from it. When it seemed that the charging could go on no longer, Misty cried ”Release!” and the Lapras opened its mouth. An anticlimax filled the air when nothing was released. Lapras was concentrating with all the energy it could muster still, but nothing seemed to be happening. And then I realized a long with the rest of the crowd. All at once, everyone let out a surprised and shuddering breath of fogged air. The blast of cold may have not been visible, but it sure as hell was tangible. One by one the bubbles suspended in the air flash froze and released an aura of deposited diamond dust that flash froze from air. As each one froze the crowd gasped in shock and utter amazement. It seemed as if an invisible had were crashing down on the bubbles and freezing them instantaneously. After the last one froze the all fell to the ground tumultuously and shattered in succession, each blast releasing the beautiful mist that was contained inside and emanating shards of Nevermeltice that were later given as commencement gifts to all participants.
This strategy blew me away, and Saline, a Prinplup then, was eager to try out the same strategy. Like the Inferno-Smog combination, it took weeks and months of practice to even come close to perfection. Since, Empoleon was incapable of learning Sheer Cold, we found use in merely using the first half of the attack. Still, though, it was a harsh road to perfection. We had finally gotten it down now and I hoped that it would succeed now, in this battle.
By not freezing and ‘detonating’ the bubbles from the attack, they hung in the air like underwater mines in the ocean; the second one was disturbed by a misstep in the opposing Pokemon’s movements, it burst with attacking force as well as temporarily obscuring the vision with the mist contained inside. I hoped to restrict Chansey’s movement and maybe score some damage in there as well by doing this.
Coming back to present day, I stared nervously at the surface of the water. Suddenly, orbs of glassy white mist appeared and surged from the deep blue depths of the stream. I didn’t celebrate outwardly quite yet, though; this was the hardest part. Creating the bubbles themseles was difficult, but crafting them in such a way so that they hovered in the air and didn’t fly at the opponent like an attack, or with thick enough layers to prevent bursting without contact, was the hard part.
The bubbles bbbed slowly towards the clearing where Chansey lay struggling with the Whirlpool. I waited to see her reaction to this move...