— albeit a slightly crippled one — the time was ripe and the occasion perfect. To my slight bewilderment, my little Sakura performed really well despite lacklustre stats. Even at lv. 85, most of her stats lounged lazily around the 100 mark — in fact, with a base Attack of 45 and base Sp.Attack of 35, Skitty is probably one of the weakest 'Mons I ever cruised with, if not the weakest. And yet, my little Sakura managed to one-shoot opponents quite smoothly and surprisingly often, which is quite a mystery to me. Are the Gen III games really that easy, or is Skitty just tailor-made for her home turf? Heck, even the Pokemon League was mostly a cakewalk, with only the Champion requiring a handful of Battle Items to bite the dust.
— not to mention that this unwavering focus on charging ahead greatly enhances that sweet, sweet dungeon crawling feeling I like to get from my Pokemon runs. And gosh, how I love not being forced to capture the resident Legendary and fight with it in order to progress! (I'm looking resentfully at you, X&Y. Oh, to think that you shove the Legendary at the helm of my team in lieu of my One and Only without asking me...) Even aquatic Routes were not that bad this time around, all the less so as I skipped large portions of them.