ORAS

Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire

The Countdown to Pokémon Sun & Moon is on.  From now until November 18th, I’m taking a nostalgic walk through the Pokémon main series releases until the beautiful day I get my hands on the next Pokémon adventure!

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And now the time has come– we’re talking about my current favorite: ORAS!  I’ve already gushed about my love for Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, so the news of Hoenn remakes made me happier than I can describe.

Bringing back Pokémon Contests also made me super happy; sure, we’re not berry blending which isn’t as great if you ask me, but all and all I loved this little side quest and was happy to see it back as part of the storyline.  Cosplay Pikachu, I always thought I could take or leave, but I love the black tipped tail and I officially want all of my Pikachu to be Cosplay Pikachu.

Soaring was an absolutely AMAZING addition to the game, which brings me to the best thing: the fact that you can encounter most legendaries makes the post-game the most fun.  This is what made me finish Black/White/Black2/White2 in the end: amassing all my legendaries together!

This tag is going to be quick, since the time for Sun and Moon is very near…

Which Version: Alpha Sapphires, then Omega Ruby.

Played On: Hyrule Gold New 3DS!

Starter Pokémon: Torchic.

Favorite Town: Slateport & Pacifidlog, but Sootopilis, Dewford, and Lilycove are great too.

Favorite Gym Leader: Tate and Liza are actually awesome, I love that Solrock/Lunatone combo.

Favorite Pokémon: I’ve said ’em all before.  This is the ultimate game, you guys.  All of your favorites are here.

Favorite Legendary: Cresselia!  This is the first time I caught this beauty.

Proudest Moment: Finding all of those legendaries in the post-game.  Completing my legendary collection and now, completing my mythical collection!

Most Embarrassing Moment: The amount of hours I’ve played on Alpha Sapphire is probably shameful.

Master Ball Used On: Deoxys– another first catch for me!

So quick, tell me how much you love ORAS!  And tell me you’re so psyched for tomorrow…

ORAS: Post-Game Strong

Gen III/Hoenn games were always my favorite because of the engaging post game. Rarely do I feel the need to keep playing past beating the elite four, but in Hoenn, this all changed. Last time I told you about my Alpha Sapphire post-game, I had caught Latias, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Deoxys, Mesprit, Lugia, Cresslia, Azelf, and Heatran. Now, I have many more accomplishments to tell you about!

 

Pokémon Bank

I decided to subscribe to Pokémon Bank and transfer over my Xerneas, Keldeo, Diancie, shiny Gengar, and a couple of other pokémon I knew I’d want to keep like Charizard, Blaziken, and Delphox. (X was fire heavy for me.)

Admittedly, I never beat Black. I didn’t like Unova. It’s a project for me to get that done so I can trade forward some of my other legendaries. Hopefully, I get there.

 

Wonder Trade

Over Christmas, my 12-year-old cousin showed me a bunch of the online features of this game. Since I’ve played since Red and Blue when there were no online capabilities, I kind of had no idea about all this stuff! She brought me into the modern age and traded me a Phione she had bred from her Manaphy.

My favorite thing she showed me was Wonder Trade, and over my little vacation I did a lot of wonder trading! The coolest thing I got in a wonder trade would be a Mesprit, which I put into the GTS to get a Ho-oh from Italy! You know, for unlocking more legendaries.

 

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Through GTS, I was also able to fish out a couple of other favorite pokémon I wanted. I grabbed a Piplup and a Drifloon for pokémon that were just sitting in my PC boxes!

I also made it my mission to collect all the eeveelutions. First, I worked up quite the collection of Eevee thanks to DexNav. I still have a couple unevolved Eevee handing out, of which I’ll definitely keep one as Eevee. Then, it was on to evolution! This is the first time I had ever gotten a Sylveon and it was the first eeveelution I was after. Umbreon came next, since it was night when I was playing. I then had to quest for evolutionary stones— finally, when I had a water stone, fire stone, and thunder stone I got myself Vaporeon, Flareon, and Jolteon. A quick detour to Petalburg Woods gave me Leafeon. Then I had to sleep on it and wait for the next day to snag Espeon. I had a bit of a fight with Shoal Cave, but once I found low tide, Glaceon completed my collection!

 

Legendaries

I got the Eon ticket before Christmas and was so happy I almost cried. That let me add Latios to my collection. I went after the other available legendaries, catching Thundurus, Dialga, Terrakion, Cobalion, Verizion, Entei, Suicune, Raikou (thanks to my Ho-oh from Italy!), Regice, Regirock, Registeel, and Regigigas. After that point, it was up to Omega Ruby to help me through.

my legendaries don't even fit into one PC box!

my legendaries don’t even fit into one PC box!

I had already started Omega Ruby and had 5 badges. I quickly played through the last 3 already with Latios in tow and picking up Groudon along the way. Instead of challenging the elite 4, I decided to straight-up legendary hunt. I picked up another Ho-oh— I’m hoping to put my Italian one back into GTS for something else! Then I went straight into the cloud to get Tornadus. Finally, I used Pokémon Bank to pop my lake guardians into Omega Ruby as a short cut to Palkia. Those three went back to Alpha Sapphire along with Groudon, Tornadus, Palkia. That allowed me to catch  Landorus and Giratina! Once Blaziken gets to level 100, I will take on the last available legendaries of the game: Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem.

 

So, as you can tell, I’ve been busy!

How’s your ORAS post-game going?

2014 Favorites

It’s that time!  With the year winding down, here is my very own Obligatory 2014 TV Favorites List.  Now, if you’ve been reading for a while, none of these should surprise you.  I thought it might be a fun thing to do year to year, so even though you’ve probably read a million of these, I’m giving you another.  I’ve got two categories for you; my favorite things, TV & video games.  Without further ado:

 

TV Shows

5. Orange is the New Black | Probably my most anticipated new season of the year, OITNB’s second season did not disappoint!

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LostGirlTVSeriesLogo4. Lost Girl | I stated watching this late last year, early 2014.  This show hit every note for me, and I recommend it for Buffy fans and similar.  It’s final season is just beginning, so jump on this train.

 

Ecran_Titre_d'American_Horror_Story3. American Horror Story | Coven straddled 2013 and 2014, and Freak Show will bleed into next year.  I’m just so onboard with this show and especially Jessica Lange.  I only hope she is as onboard as I am for the next season!

 

 

The_Walking_Dead_title_card2. The Walking Dead | I watched the first season years ago, and picked up again recently just in time for the mid-season finale.  I am constantly impressed with the emotional depths this show brings me to.

 

1. Orphan Black | Recommended to me in late 2013, I watched the first season of this show just in time for the second to begin.  You may have caught my Clone Club Catch-Ups, and expect to see more next year.  Tatiana Maslany’s masterful performance as almost all of the show’s main characters is always worth watching.

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Honorable Mention: Top Chef | Another show whose seasons straddle two years, I absolutely loved New Orleans and Boston might be my favorite season ever.  Stay tuned for more recaps!

 

Video Games

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03. Super Smash Bros. WiiU/3DS | Okay, this is two games.  I’ve played the 3DS version more because it’s portable, and I’ve had it longer.  This is my favorite installment of Super Smash since the original N64 version.  The novelty of this concept has not worn off!  Kirby smashing up Pikachu is still awesome.

02. Mario Kart 8 | I hate to say this, but I’m not really a Mario Kart girl.  Sure, I loved Super Mario Kart, but the N64 days had me with Diddy Kong Racing and don’t even get me started on Double Dash.  MK8, however, single-handedly justified purchasing a WiiU for me.  I am so impressed with this game.  I love the online component, and find the DLC exciting.  I keep on coming back for more!

01. Pokémon Alpha Sapphire & Omega Ruby | Hoenn was always my favorite region so I was more excited than ever before for these amazing remakes.  I got through Alpha Sapphire fast; faster than X by far.  These games have even reignited my desire to complete an Unova adventure.  I’m so happy that more people will be introduced to this region and this story.  These games are fantastic and I can’t wait for what Pokémon has in store for us next!  I’d write more about how much I’m obsessed with these fantastic games, but I want to go wonder trade.

And there you have it!  What are your favorite shows and/or games from this year?

Pokéblogging: Cresselia

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As you all know, there’s a whole slew of legendary pokémon to be caught in ORAS.  You can find out how to catch ’em all here.  Curiously, there doesn’t seem to be an explanation on how to catch Cresselia, and the author herself hasn’t even been able to locate the lunar pokémon.

This trainer, however, caught Cresselia last week!  I thought I’d walk you through my legendary hunting thus far so we can maybe better figure out how its done!

380MSLatias: I’m playing Alpha Sapphire, so Latias was literally handed to me.  This is the first legendary you come across in gameplay and I didn’t know it was just going to be given to me.  I almost ditched Steven to stock up on Ultra Balls before the encounter.

382MSKyogre: The version mascot is the first legendary you have to catch.  I stocked way up on Ultra Balls before facing Kyogre and his cutscene primal reversion.  As soon as I came face to face with him, I knew I didn’t have the patience of my youth to lob 100 Ultra Balls at a legendary.  I quit/reset twice out of sheer boredom, but managed to snag Kyogre on my 7th Ultra Ball.

384MSRayquaza: After you finish the main game (that is, beating the elite 4 and champion) you launch into the Delta Episode.  The Delta Episode culminates in the capture of not one, but two legendary pokémon.  Rayquaza comes first and my legendary-catching formula from my Kyogre battle did the trick.  I use my Pikachu (technically, cosplay Pikachu but without costume) to paralyze my target with Thunder Wave and to whittle down HP.  3 Ultra Balls in, Rayquaza was mine!  Easy!

386MSDeoxys: This is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to catch a Deoxys, an article I read said to save your Master Ball for him.  I did.

481MSMesprit:  I wasn’t looking for for a legendary when I was flying around Hoenn on Latias care of the Eon Flute.  I saw a weird red star above a location, Nameless Cavern.  I landed, went inside said cavern and saw a floating ring with a sort of purple dimension inside.  Looking in there let me catch Mesprit.  I have been back 12 hours later and haven’t encountered any of the other lake guardians of Sinnoh.  Of course, I did come across Crescent Island instead…

249MSLugia: I followed the instructions on the linked article to get Alpha Sapphire’s legendary bird.  I caught Lugia the day following Mesprit’s capture, having traded the Scanner for the Tidal Bell the night of Mesprit’s capture, then going to bed because of an early morning/long day obligation.

488MSCresselia: I resumed my legendary search post-Lugia.  Eon Flute flying on Latias, I was headed for the Nameless Cavern to catch another lake guardian.  Instead, I saw Crescent Island under another red star.  I knew what that meant.  Cresselia, another pokémon I had never caught previously, was a more challenging catch.  Initially, I went through over 60 Ultra Balls before restarting the battle and catching Cresselia with fewer than 20 thrown.

482MSAzelf: I was still mad at the Nameless Cavern, so returned with Mesprit in my party a few hours after catching Cresselia.  Sure enough, clear air surrounded the area making me feel strong.  It took a bunch of Ultra Balls and one frustrated restart, but I got him!

485MSHeatran: This guy was easy to find, so I headed over to the Scorched Slab while I was waiting for the Nameless Cavern’s portal to reset.

Uxie will definitely be next!

Now, can we talk about the elephant in the room?  With all of these gold ringed purple portals floating around, why are we not talking more about Hoopa?!

What legendaries have you caught in ORAS?  Let me know!

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November or Nah?

Well, it’s December!  In this month’s edition of Photo Finish, we say goodbye to the month of November.  I admit, I was a bit off my instagrind this past month, but I’ll do better!

Here’s what I did capture:

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[1] Beautiful golden autumn in the South End for Stephanie Cmar’s last donut pop-up of the year. [2] Alex & Ani’s Providence Collection made a great addition to my enormous A&A collection.  The matching skeleton key earrings are on my Christmas list! [3] I attended my first little event as a blogger!  Did you read my post on Loretta’s Last Call? [4] I attended my second midnight release at Game Stop and this one was a big deal!  I picked up Super Smash Bros. for WiiU, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire & Omega Ruby! [5] I finally got my hair done!  Blonde for the holidays, please and thank you. [6] I decorated my Christmas tree early… again!  It’s full of dachshunds, obviously. [7] I play A LOT of Pokémon.  I redeemed my download codes for Gengar and Diancie on this exciting Saturday night pictured. [8] I spent Thanksgiving at my parents’ house.  I swear, my mom’s decorating could be in a magazine! [9] Leftover pumpkin pie for breakfast.  Yes.

 

Is everyone ready for the holiday season?

Follow along for more instagram adventures, and expect lots of sparkle this month on the blog!