In the third part of Homura’s adventure to get all eight badges, we head to Nimbasa and Hodomoe City to challenge the next Gym Leader. Also, N reveals his true identity. (Image Source)
After receiving the 3rd badge from Burgh, Bianca wants to battle with me. Granting her request, I head to the northern gate so we can have our battle.
When I battled Bianca, she is always a piece of cake as I swept her Pokémon without any problems. On the other hand, Cheren was difficult to beat. When he takes out his Servine, he does Growth and then massacres my Pokémon with Leaf Tornado… This changed when I evolved my Lillipup to Herdier. This enabled me to defeat Servine and his last Pokémon. Soon after, I have finally arrived at Nimbasa City.
Sadly, the bike is not nearly as useful in this game. The bike goes way too fast that it’s difficult to get into the entrance. It’s best to stick with the running shoes instead, unless you are passing a bridge.
On my way to the gym, N stops and takes me to the Farris Wheel. While we are riding, he reveals that he is the leader of Team Plasma and then challenges me to another battle after the ride was over. It only took one minute to beat his entire team.
Also, Bianca’s father shows up to take her home. Luckily Elesa persuades him to let Bianca continue her journey. After her speech, I head for the gym to get the fourth Gym Badge
As for the battle against Elesa, it was terribly easy. Since Sayaka is evolved into Samurott, spamming Razor Shell was enough to OHKO all her Pokémon. After one hit KOing her Pokémon, I got the 4th badge…
Video: Gym Battle with Elesa
Afterwards, I headed west to Hodomoe City when Cheren stops and challenges me to another battle. This time, I swept his Pokémon without any problems. Next, the Champion appears and then two kindergartners challenge us to an easy tag team battle. Once the battle is over, I can finally cross the bridge to the next city.
Before I can challenge Clay, I have to defeat a bunch of Team Plasma Grunts in the ice storage. Navigation in the ice storage could be tricky since the floors are very slippery and requires patience. After we found the place where they are hiding, Cheren and myself went in and take them out.
When you go through the Ice storage, make sure to get the TM for Scald. This is a very helpful move that gives a 30% chance to cause a burn, which cripples any physical sweeper.
Once we got rid of Team Plasma, I head to the fifth Gym to challenge Clay. For this gym, you have to use elevators to guide you in the right direction.
The battle with Clay was easy, except I messed up the party’s order. This caused some unintended effects when Herdier came out as the lead Pokémon instead of Sayaka… Once I switched in Sayaka, the battle was a breeze and I was awarded with the fifth badge…
Video: Gym Battle with Clay
Next Time: Mistralton City and Sekka City Badges… Also, Team Plasma stirs more trouble with N’s capture of a Legendary Pokémon.