Okay, moment of truth everybody. It’s Elite Four time. I use the two PP Ups I have on Poison Sting before going in. I have two Max Ethers and an Elixer to use; that’s it.
I tend to associate Bug-type weaknesses with Grass-type weaknesses, but Ice is actually not super effective against Bug. As a consequence, we get a great chance to set up, because Dewgong does this:
…over and over and over and over. Because Rest is a Psychic move, and Psychic beats Poison.
Now, this does mean that we need to use some X Attacks (I went ahead and used the max of 6), because Victory needs to be able to kill Dewgong in three hits. We also use 6 X Specials to minimize damage. But after setting up, Lorelei’s Pokémon fall like a house of cards, taking only 2-4 hits each. Princey doesn’t even have to use a Hyper Potion.
We charge forth and get ready to take on our second opponent.
This fight requires only a minor increase in strategy, and Victory is similarly in no danger. We start by loading up on X Attacks, mostly just to help preserve Poison Sting PP. Bruno doesn’t heal his Pokémon.
We head back to our tried-and-true “use up String Shot while the enemy dies a slow and painful death by poison” method on both of the Onixes, while Himonchan, Hitmonlee, and Machamp all fall easily to our X Attack-enhanced Poison Sting.
That’s how much damage one Poison Sting did. Piece of cake.
Two down! Next!
Ah Agatha. Agatha is by FAR the most difficult challenge in the Elite Four. Victory cannot poison any of her Pokémon. She has two Gengars, a Golbat, and a Haunter who can cause confusion (this is REALLY BAD, as I will explain in a moment). She also has an Arbok with Glare, which causes Paralysis, which due to the glitch involving the Speed reduction is something we don’t want to happen. Additionally, we need to beat her — or at least kill all her Ghost-types — before running out of Poison Sting uses because Struggle can’t hit them.
Given the minor damage done by Poison Sting due to it being ineffective plus the inability to poison any of her Pokémon, I need to use some X Attacks to up my damage output. However, there are two problems with this. One, Agatha’s Golbat has Haze, which nullifies all stat changes. Two, fully powered up with X Attacks, Victory is very close to capable of OHKO-ing himself when confused (close enough that an enemy attack in the same round can finish him off). Actually, I have to admit I don’t really understand the mechanics of confusion self-damage. Victory ended up doing way more damage to himself late in the battle than earlier on, despite no apparent difference in offensive or defensive capability. But whatever the cause, Victory lost several times on Agatha’s last Pokémon in this way, which was one of the most frustrating experience of this entire playthrough.
At least there are some status effects Princey knows how to deal with.
I had forgotten about this until I saw the Pokéflute in Princey’s inventory, but one toot’ll cure sleep status, which is quite handy, as two of Agatha’s Pokémon have Hypnosis.
Prior to the battle I use one of my two Max Ethers. I lead off with 6 X Attacks, hoping to do at least a decent amount of damage to the first Gengar and Golbat before Haze gets used. Oh yeah, Agatha randomly switches her Pokémon in and out. She appears to only switch between two Pokémon at a time, and it’s not especially annoying, just odd. Victory manages to get Gengar down pretty far and Golbat down to less than half health before Golbat uses Haze. He spends most of the battle in a confused stupor, occasionally smacking himself. Agatha also heals her Pokémon with Super Potions, so it’s slower going than it could be. But eventually Golbat falls, and Gengar #1 soon follows.
At this point I decide to use some more X Attacks. Instead of doing all six, I use only five (I intended to only use four and then my finger slipped, whoops) in the hopes of Victory maybe not stabbing himself to death this time. Haunter’s not bad — much less durable than Gengar. We get lucky with Arbok and it doesn’t use Glare at all. Gengar #2 avoids confusing us for most of its battle time in favor of using Toxic like an idiot, although Poison Sting does run out of PP at this point, requiring Princey to use up our last Max Ether. Finally it goes down, and Arbok, in red health, comes back out for Victory to smack one last time.
This one was really hard-won.
Okay, note that Gengar was okay with using Confuse Ray — a Ghost-type move — when it had Hypnosis and Dream Eater, both Psychic-type moves (which, remember, beats Poison). Similarly, Golbat had Wing Attack, which was super-effective, but didn’t spam it and was happy to use Supersonic, a Normal-type move, and Haze, an Ice-type move. What’s the deal, internet? Explain this to me!
Anyway, after Agatha is Lance.
Lance is a goddamn joke.
He leads with Gyarados, who starts using Dragon Rage and gives us plenty of time to beef up with X Specials and X Attacks. After that, Gyarados and the two Dragonairs each go down in a couple of hits. The only thing approaching a danger to Victory is Aerodactyl’s Hyper Beam, which doesn’t quite OHKO him and gives us a turn to heal and a turn to attack while Aerodactyl recovers. Dragonite spams Agility until it dies.
Of course, some jackass has beaten us here, and we have one more battle to deal with.
Jackass starts with Pigeot, which gives us a chance to X Special and X Attack Victory up. Pigeot now has Sky Attack, which is moderately dangerous to Victory, so I keep an eye out for it. Then the fun begins.
Pigeot and Alakazam are quickly trounced. Rhydon takes longer, especially since I don’t manage to poison it until it’s almost dead. It spends a lot of energy using Horn Drill, which can’t touch Victory. It also has both Leer and Tail Whip; I consider using a Guard Spec., but decide against bothering since I know the rest of Jackass’s Pokémon are Special-based. I don’t need it.
Arcanine dies. It doesn’t have a Fire-type attack any stronger than Ember, WTF? Gyarados dies too, Hydro Pump barely scratching Victory. In hindsight, if it had used Hyper Beam Victory probably would have died, and I would have been sure to use that Guard Spec. next time. But it doesn’t, and Jackass’s faithful starter comes out to play.
Grass is ineffective against Poison. Shame that the last Pokémon is such a lack of a challenge. Poison Sting finally runs out of PP, and rather than bother with the Elixer, Victory gives one big Struggle…
…and that’s the match.
Oak wanders in to congratulate Princey for the long way she’s come since leaving Pallet with ABSOLUTELY NO HELP FROM HIM WHATSOEVER.
Princey and Victory have something special, alright. And that something is immortalized forever in the Hall of Fame.
(that’s Weedle, Squirtle, Oddish, the Lapras I accidentally took from the guy in Silph Co., and a Rattata I used to catch Weedle [since Squirtle kept killing them] and released afterward, if you’re curious)
Way to go, Victory. You are truly king of Weedles — nay, king of Pokémon.