This week, August has moved beyond the curtained door into the afterlife after seeking his ghosts and defeating them in battle.
Well, or something like that.
The Ghost Trial had me finding and photographing spooky ghosts doing spooky ghosty things in the haunted mall/beach. Ultimately, my opponent was the Ghost/Fairy Mimikyu and its buddy Haunter. Mimikyu has a unique ability in "Disguise". This allows it to avoid the first direct hit of a match. It would have been great to know this before I wasted by Z-move "Inferno Overdrive" on it.
I came away with the victory in the end, largely because Beak Blast has the ability to cause burn against pokemon that cause direct physical damage.
The next supporting character I would be introduced to would be none other than Grimsley, the Dark type Elite Four from Pokemon Black and White version. Grimsley showed up out of nowhere (seriously, even the other characters were commenting on how weird he was standing there in his kimono on the beach) to give me the ride pager for Sharpedo (which would allow me to break through rocks whilst surfing).
I decided to help because I am the fighter for love and justice known as Sailor August. No, I didn't decide to help because the plot called for it.
Turns out that Team Skull lives in a walled off slum that they call Po Town. There is garbage and graffiti all over...plus it is constantly raining. There is no power for their pokemon center. I would probably get pretty grumpy having to live there too.
I think I get Team Skull. I mean, it wasn't until recently that I really understood the plans or the motivations of the other villainous gangs from previous games, but I do get Team Skull. They're underprivileged and they just want some respect.
One gang member told me that she dropped out of her trial and that she didn't like how I was coming by and bragging about it and throwing it in her face. I understand this as a motivation for them to want to assemble and cause a little something to get back at the privileged kids. I understand that.
On the other hand, it wasn't until recently that I understood the motivation behind Team Aqua: "return the world to the way that it once was and rightly should be."
Considering the dark forces that have recently taken control of the US government, a good ole reset of the entire species might be for the best.
We're probably going to get one whether we like it or not.
Brionne/Pako Pako/lvl 33
Salandit/Sassy Sally/lvl 32
Sylveon/Star Fighter/lvl 34
Crabrawler, Toucannon, Mareanie
Pokedex: 177 caught