Vitra had taken a day to relax after the battle with Falkner; she'd let herself and her pokemon rest and spent probably too much time admiring the Zephyr Badge. It had been a challenge- if she'd let some of her pokemon level up a bit more it might have been easier, but hey- she'd still won. That had to count for something, right? Denki had done great against the Pidgey, Midori had done her best against the Pidgeotto, and Shiro had finished it off strongly enough. More luck, she supposed, given the strength of the last attack the bird-type had launched, but he'd done it.
She'd spent the night safe, and had woken refreshed and ready to continue- heading back toward Cherrygrove to give her pokemon a slight edge to help as they leveled in battle.
She hadn't really thought to check the weather, much to her regret, and the storm that rolled in over her felt like punishment from some god for her poor planning. Too close to turn back now, and she gritted her teeth and marched on, hands in her pockets and hood pulled tight over her head for as much protection as it could give.
As Vitra made her way back towards Cherrygrove the rain annoyed not only her but one of the Pokemon living in the nearby tall grass outside of town as well. The Pokemon known as Caterpie was a very common sight but this one was pretty high leveled for the area as it had defeated a few trainers who underestimated how much damage an enraged Caterpie could cause. The bug type was pretty confident that Vitra would become another victim not aware that she had already earned a gym badge and was far stronger than most trainers it had encountered.
The rain as annoying as it was did not hinder Caterpie's ability to battle but it did not help in any way either as it lacked any moves affected by weather. It did have a secret move few other Caterpie in the area knew though and it would not hesitate to use it if it had the chance to try and gain any upper hand that it could. As it waited to see what Pokemon Vitra would send out a loud crash of thunder frightened the Caterpie causing it to look far less intimidating that it had tried to act.
The bug was pretty angry that thunder had scared it so badly but that would make no difference in how badly it wanted to battle. Most Caterpie may have been known for being quite tame but this one was born with the heart of a Beedrill and it would not take no for an answer. Vitra was going to have to battle it if she wanted to proceed.
Caterpie (Level 9) appeared, please select a Pokemon.
OOC: I wasn't sure if you wanted an encounter in the streets of Cherrygrove or the tall grass of route 30 but based on the description given it didn't seem like Vitra was in the streets of Cherrygrove. If she was let me know and I will gladly change the encounter to a Pokemon located there.
Last Edit: Jul 8, 2020 8:16:54 GMT 11 by Marchbaby
Vitra didn't notice the Caterpie right away, her gaze down at her feet and her ears filled with the sound of rain; when she lifted her eyes to check how close to was to the city, she paused in surprise at the little bug-type standing there. Both of them flinched at the crack of thunder, but when the Caterpie didn't move, only glanced back at her expectantly, she grinned. "You're scared, but you're still tough. Okay then. I was looking for something to battle anyway. Get ready!"
She grabbed one of the pokeballs at her waist and tossed it; Kai the Ratatta appeared, her posture instantly huddling as the cold rain drenched her. Sharp eyes landed on the Caterpie and her ears flicked up, recognizing an opponent and all too glad for the chance to battle. "Quick Attack, Kai!" Vitra called, tugging her hood down as much as possible while still peeking around it enough to see what was happening.
Without a sound, the rodent charged forward, head lowering as she neared with the intent of plowing straight into the Caterpie. With any luck, Kai would be able to handle this one all on her own, without having to rely on another coming out and taking the glory of the win from her. It was a bug; how hard could it be to defeat them?
The thunderstorm cackled in the skies above. A burst of bright lightning zipped through the skies, temporarily lighting up the world with a shockingly bright light. The thick, grey storm clouds drenched the world with rain as it poured down in heavy sheets. The green larvae stood firm, though all the wild Pokemon’s instincts were kicking into overdrive. It would have to constantly remind itself that it was strong and brave, and that it didn’t get here by simply tucking its tail in and scampering off.
The bright green bug type twitched its bright red antennae before it would rear up and scurry as fast as it could towards the purple rodent. Kai was much faster, though. The purple Rattata kicked off across the ground and zipped in a blazing speed towards the caterpillar and rammed its head against the Caterpie. It sent the green larvae flying backwards through the air and skidding through the thick grasses. The Caterpie rolled over and popped back up through the tall, now wet grasses and weeds. If it was going to win, it needed to put a stop to the madhouse speed that the normal type Rattata seemed to have.
A thick string of web shot out from somewhere in the grasses where the wild growing weeds grew taller than the Caterpie itself. The sticky bug goo spun around the purple rodent almost effortlessly, wrapping around and clumping within Kai’s. Caterpie would scurry out from within the tall grasses shortly after, revealing itself with a satisfied and determine look. There was almost no way it could keep up that same speed now! And if that didn’t put a stop to the Rattata, then Caterpie could always resort to it’s secret weapon attack!
A direct hit! Kai sped across the distance and slammed into the Caterpie head-on, sending the bug flying back into the grass it had come from. She stamped a little paw in glee- followed by a splutter as rain splashed up into her face- and shook her head. A moment later, however, the Caterpie popped up into sight again, crawling as quickly as it could back to face her.
Flashing it a scornful look, Kai waited for Vitra to tell her what to do next. The Caterpie took action before Vitra could say a word, and the web that it spit enveloped Kai, the sticky white strands gumming up her fur and paws. She squeaked in outrage, shaking one front paw and then the other before biting at the web to tear it off.
“Kai!” her trainer called, and the Ratatta turned to face her, the irritating web momentarily forgotten. “Focus Energy, Kai, and then use Quick Attack again!” Giving a nod of acknowledgment, the Ratatta faced her opponent and obeyed the direction given.
Now that its opponent was much slower than the larvae, Caterpie had a good feeling about the match. It studied the purple rodent through narrowed, yet confident, slits of eyes. What would this furry enemy plan? How should Caterpie engage the enemy now? The green caterpillar still had its secret attack hidden up its sleeve, but it wanted to save this until it was necessary to put it into play. Caterpie released a loud battle cry that mirrored the sound of a loud roll of thunder in the skies above. A shot of lightning temporarily illuminated the Caterpie’s features, and the raindrops dripping off its face made the bug Pokemon look that much fiercer.
Caterpie launched forward, ramming its thick soft buggy body against the Rattata and giving it all that the bug had. Kai would fall back only slightly, before jumping back into position and stiffening itself to focus its energy. The Caterpie, however, seemed to roll off its opponent altogether. A bright red glow enveloped Tatakai as the Rattata homed in and focused to prepare for the next attack. Caterpie’s tail raised in red alert as Kai charged forward and barreled over her opponent in a high-speed tackling blitz. She rammed the Caterpie so hard that the green larvae shot up high into the air and flew backwards, skidding across the ground through a thicket of thorny weeds, and bumped up against a large boulder.
Caterpie shot back out of the clearing huffing and puffing from the intense battle. The caterpillar would scurry over, scooting in a crawl towards its opponent as fast as it possibly could, before launching itself forward. Caterpie would land on Kai’s back and bite down on Tatakai, trying to devour any hidden berries that the other Pokemon might be hiding as well. Unfortunately for the Caterpie, Tatakai wasn’t holding anything in it’s possession, though.
Wild Encounter Weather: Clear
LV 9 HP 34% [10/29]
LV 8 HP 48% [12/27]
Wild Caterpie [Shield Dust]: Normal. Vitra's Tatakai [Guts]: Normal (-2 SPD | +2 CRIT)
SPD 15 Caterpie used Tackle! SPD 20 9 Kai used Focus Energy! SPD 20 9 Kai used Quick Attack! Critical Hit! SPD 15 Caterpie used Bug Bite!
Notes: Running shoes exhausted.
Last Edit: Jul 10, 2020 13:54:15 GMT 11 by caramell
“Well done, Kai!” Vitra called out, pushing her hood back and throwing her arms up with a bright grin lighting up her face. She hesitated just a moment, watching to see if the Caterpie came back; it did, determined as ever to see the battle through to the end, and the young girl’s grin widened. It faltered just a bit as the Caterpie latched on to Kai, clinging with surprising strength before bending its head and biting into the Ratatta’s body, seeking any loose items to use for its benefit.
Kai bucked, doing her best to shake the Caterpie off, but she didn’t hear Vitra call out an attack and so she refrained from using one. The young trainer didn’t want to risk fainting the bug, and while she was sure Kai’s Focus Energy only lasted for one turn, it was better not to tempt fate.
She pulled a pokeball from her bag, activated it, and then tossed it toward the bug-type, hoping for an easy catch. If she had to, she’d send Kai to attack it again, but she wanted to at least try a capture first. It wasn’t really giving off any hint that it might be tiring, but it was hopefully exhausted enough to not be able to fight the clutch of the pokeball.
The Caterpie despite it starting to get tired despite it's tough outward appearence was still prepared to defend itself if necessary even though the battle was clearly not in it's favor by now with very little hope the situation would get any better now that Kai had a boosted chance for a critical hit. Though it seemed hopeless Caterpie managed to work up enough energy to sway from side to side while showing off it's teeth trying anything to get Kai to make a mistake. Little did it realize by now that Vitra had tossed a Pokeball it's way.
Seconds later the ball smacked right into Caterpie's forehead before trapping the bug type inside. Once inside of the Pokeball Caterpie tried it's best to escape as it still had a decent amount of health left and it was smart enough to know how weak Pokeball's were unlike the more powerful variants. It underestimated the strength of a well thrown Pokeball and the first shake occurred without any incident. Even when Caterpie fought even harder to break free the second shake also went unimpeded despite it's best efforts.
A third and final shake occurred as Caterpie put all of it's energy into escaping but it was to no avail as the ball clicked shut trapping Caterpie inside. Though it had been a tough battle Kai had done enough damage to seal the deal and she gained a few levels for her efforts as the rain refused to let her celebrate without getting wet for even a moment.
Kai gained 3 levels and is now level 11. She is trying to learn Bite but she already knows 4 moves. Would you like her to forget a move so she can learn Bite?
Caterpie has been captured, please complete the following code: [img src=:https://play.pokemonshowdown.com/sprites/ani/caterpie.gif"] [b]Caterpie[/b] Name: [choose] Gender: [choose] Level: 9 OT: Vitra Devi Moves: Tackle, String Shot, Bug Bite Ability: Shield Dust Nature/Personality: [choose]
Last Edit: Jul 13, 2020 13:03:38 GMT 11 by Marchbaby
The pokeball clipped the Caterpie right on its head and pulled the bug-type inside; free of its weight, Kai scurried toward Vitra and scrambled up her leg to huddle close, using her as shelter against the downpour. It didn’t matter one bit to her what the Caterpie did now; out of sight, out of mind as far as she was concerned.
Vitra tugged her hood up once more to provide an added measure of shelter for Kai, but her gaze didn’t leave the shaking pokeball until it fell still and she knew the Caterpie was caught. She gave a quick little hop of joy and darted over to pick up the pokeball, brushing away the grit that clung to the surface. “We have a new member to the team now, Kai,” she spoke aloud, holding the pokeball toward the Ratatta; she gave the red-and-white capsule a disinterested glance and resumed grooming herself, drying her fur with a single-minded purpose.
Tucking it away, Vitra headed onward. Another minute of travel brought her to the outermost buildings of the town, and she stuck to the shelter of them as much as possible as she made her way toward the Pokemon Center. She couldn’t wait to get out of the rain.
It was very few who liked the thunderstorm, even most water types found the lightening just a bit too exciting to be able to enjoy the rain, so most sought shelter and waited it out. It made the streets mostly empty saved for a few humans who was moving briskly to get out of the rain, and a flock of spearows who was nestled closely with each other in a tree, casting nervous glances at the sky. Should Vitra get close the whole flock would get on their wings and leave the area, they were not in a mood to take any chances in this weather.
A bit further into the city some shouting was heard in a side street and they would see an ekans being chased out by a skitty, who stopped abruptly when it get wet and hurried back inside again. "Stay out pest! Evil pokemon like you are not welcome!" A man inside the house shouted and slammed the door leaving the snake in the rain. It stuck its tongue out at the door and looked to be mumbling something before it looked around trying to figure out what to do now. The rain didn't seem to bother it but it still slithered to take shelter near the edge of the buildings and was careful avoiding the puddles and mud that had gathered, it paused to let some paper float by and had it had been able to show expressions with its face it certainly would have looked disgusted.
As it reached the wall of the nearest house it noticed Vitra and studied her curiously and then began to follow her, perhaps she knew a nice place it could stay, or it would come across one if she followed the human, she looked determined and like she had a special place in mind.
Ekans [lvl 9] is following you hopefully. Will you fight or flee?
Vitra looked up through the downpour as the shout caught her attention, and her mouth instantly curved into a frown at the insult. Evil? In her opinion, the only evil one here was the person who denied a pokemon shelter in this storm. She hesitated a moment at a crossroads and then turned toward the Pokemon Center; she was wet through and was looking forward to getting out of the rain. She wasn’t quite sure what made her look back over her shoulder, but when she realized the Ekans was following, she stopped and turned back to it.
“That guy was mean, wasn’t he? I don’t think you’re evil.” It was looking at her, a steady gaze, and she wondered if maybe it wanted to come with her, like a couple of hers had already. Did it want a battle? “I’m going to a Pokemon Center,” she informed the Ekans, and gestured with a hand in the general direction of the building. “Do you want to come with me? It’ll be dry and warm, and they won’t turn you away.”
A nudge at her cheek and Kai was clumsily scrabbling down toward the ground, rising up on her hind legs. “Or do you want to fight?” she added, more than ready to tussle with another pokemon despite the poor weather, her red eyes gleaming with anticipation. “I’ll take you on!”
The ekans stopped when Vitra did and watched her calmly, it made no indication that it had heard what she had said and just waited for her to get going so she could show it a way out of the storm, hopefully. This pokemon didn't seem to understand human talking or perhaps it just found itself too important to give her any reactions, it certainly wasn't going to tell her.
It narrowed its eyes as Kai parted herself from the human and stepped forward, it flicked its tongue in the air to get a taste of its opponent and then hissed. "Get moving furball!" It threatened and raised itself up to look bigger and opened its mouth to show its sharp teeth. It was not scared of a rattata, those it had met plenty of times before and it had always managed to chase them off, the ones living around this area knew that ekans were the ones that ruled this place but this cocky one seemed to have missed the note. The ekans didn't really give Kai time to decide to back off and fired a warning poison Sting in the ground at her feet, it now expected the rattata to become really scared and turn tail and flee, if (when) Kai didn't it would be a great surprised to the snake.
Wild Encounter Weather: Clear
LV 9 HP 100% [28/28]
LV 11 HP 100% [31/31]
Wild Ekans [Ability]:(spd 17) Normal. Vitra's Tatakai [Guts]:(spd 24) Normal
Clearly the two wanted to fight. Vitra would have preferred just going on and getting out of this rain, but Kai’s fighting spirit was up and she wasn’t easy to be denied; so Vitra gave in. “Okay, then, let’s get this over with!”
Furball! Kai squeaked in outrage, hopping left to right as her tail lashed; her eyes widened and she sprang backward as the Ekans jabbed with its tail. She wasn’t going to run away, but she wasn’t stupid enough to sit still and let herself get hit either. “Cheap shot!” she sniffed.
“Use Bite, Kai!” Vitra gave her first order and the Ratatta darted forward, ducking her head and aiming to sink her teeth into the Ekans’ body as hard as she could- and one more time just for good measure. She’d show this Ekans who the furball was around here. ---- Kai uses Bite twice.
The ekans glared at Kai, why did this stupid rattata not act like she should? She was so rude and ill mannered, she showed it no respect what so ever and it was infuriating. It looked annoyed when Kai called its warning shot a cheap one, but it didn't explain itself, it shouldn't have to such low species of pokemon. It would teach her, her rightful place and things would go back to how they were supposed to be, then the human could take her to a proper place which was warm and dry.
A lightening flashed and made ekans' scaly hide shimmer, it was not bothered by the rain streaming down over it, it didn't even get the water in the eyes. Kai was the fastest but she could also feel her soaked skin and it itself could be a motivation to finish this quickly. She dug her teeth in deep but a moment later learned the ekans had just waited for her, and it wrapped its long slender body around her and squeezed. She bit again, hard and the ekans hissed from the pain and gave her a close range barrage of stinging needles but her wet fur made a lot of them slide off without doing much damage, neither of them got to poison her. "What is wrong with you? Why won't you learn!" The ekans hissed into Kai's ear as it tightened its grib on her, although it could feel Kai was about to struggle free from its grip again no matter how hard it tried to keep her stuck.
Kai couldn’t bring herself to regret the battle, even though she hated the way her fur was drenched and slicked flat to her body, making her look even smaller than she normally did. It didn’t diminish her ability to fight, and her two bites met their target, sinking into the Ekans’ slender body.
Unfortunately it also gave the reptile a chance to strike back, and she wasn’t fast enough to scamper away as it wound its body around her and squeezed. Squeaking in helpless fury, Kai struggled, squirmed, writhed, doing her best to escape. The sting was a hot shock of pain that only lent strength to her twisting, and in the end her wet fur proved a boon: it helped her slide free.
“You’re not better than me!” she screeched as she slipped out of the coils and darted back to stand next to Vitra, who knelt down, a gentle hand passing along her body to check for injuries, pausing briefly over the spot where the Ekans had jabbed her with its tail- but it didn’t look like it needed any immediate treatment, thankfully.
“Well done, Kai,” Vitra praised. “Rest now, and I’ll have them look you over when we get to the Pokemon Center.” With that, she plucked a pokeball from her bag to toss, hopeful that it be a successful catch and that she’d soon have another pokemon to add to her steadily-growing team.