After I have won the 6th Badge from Skyla, its time to depart to Icirrus City to challenge the next Gym Leader, Brycen.
When I departed for the next city, I got challenged by a trainer for a Triple Battle (Rotation Battles in Black). Like Double Battles, Triple Battles are done in a similar fashion, but with three Pokémon. Unlike double battles, the position of the Pokémon matters a lot since it determines what Pokémon you can attack. For instance, Pokémon on the left and right cannot attack all the Pokémon, but the middle one can. Some moves like Aura Sphere can attack any Pokémon regardless of position.
Going East on Route 7 will lead you to Twist Mountain. Unlike Chargestone Cave, Twist Mountain is a gigantic maze with many paths. Since the mountain’s tunnels are so vast, getting out of it will take a good 40+ minutes. After I found my way out of the maze, Cheren comes challenges me to another battle. Fortunately, I had beaten him without any effort. Shortly after, Team Plasma causes more trouble and then leaves.
The good news is that I’m finally out of Twist Mountain!
If you have played Diamond/Pearl/Platinum or Gold/Silver, the resemblance will come quite clear since it’s the ice gym. In these gyms, they have an ice maze, which the character needs solve before challenging the gym leader.
Unlike previous ice gyms, you need to activate switches to change the path. Since the paths are more complex with the switches, getting to the right area could be very frustrating and will take a good amount of time. Once I finally got to the end of the ice maze, I was able to challenge Brycen.
I felt that the battle with Brycen didn’t have any challenge except some minor problems. Unfortunately, my Stoutland wasn’t able to reversal sweep all the ice Pokémon since he was worn out from prior battles. For the rest of his Pokémon, I had to sweep with Sayaka and I succeeded. As a result, I was able to earn the 7th badge.
The battle was just disappointing considering that Candice’s Pokémon had more challenge. This makes me wonder, what is Gamefreak thinking when they are making Pokémon Black and White? The Gym Battles are way too easy compared to the prior games that required some training to beat the gym leader. Maybe they don’t want to get new players frustrated…
Video: Battle against Brycen (Video will be uploaded later)
Next Time: Dragonspiral Tower, Relic Castle and the 8th Gym… ¶