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Keldeo vs Vipera Magnifica

Eifie

oh man, good times.
Pronoun
she/her
Round Four

Keldeo (xOo)
Sigilyph
Luke Atmey ♂ @ Life Orb
Ability: Magic Guard
Health: 100%
Energy: 100%
Status: Ah, yes, let us say the figurative Sir William will be dropping his panties before lunchtime...

Vipera Magnifica (oOo)
Wailord
a fucking whale ♀ @ Shell Bell
Ability: Oblivious
Health: 100%
Energy: 100%
Status: Mooooooweeeee neeeed toooo fiiiind his sooooon...

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Terrified screams echo through the streets of Nacrene. Unfortunate patrons of the Café Warehouse find themselves elbowed in the face, kneed in the elbow, and otherwise forcibly shoved aside as panicked citizens flee through the dining area into the trees beyond. Only the barest of glances would be needed to find the cause: a fucking whale, wedged uncomfortably on the now-cracked streets between the Nacrene Gym and a row of warehouses, is thrashing about in a panic, a literal fish out of water. Her frenzied [whale noise]s ring through the city until her trainer finally manages to approach her at eye level (by climbing atop a nearby warehouse and having his ridiculously long Seviper boost him the rest of the way) to give her massive side a reassuring pat. Oh! She didn't see Vipera Magnifica all the way down there. He was definitely bigger last battle... Can you even use Minimize that many times? Man, her trainer is talented.

On her other side a fucking whale suddenly feels a rustle of tiny legs, as if from an irksome flea, and from the corner of her beady eye notices a tiny little birb examining her closely, its third eye zoomed in to 800x. (Such reads the tiny text above its lens, though a fucking whale is unable to read it.) "Ah! Zvarri!" exclaims birb. "I have deduced that this fucking whale is quite large!"

a fucking whale feels somewhat offended.

Busily flitting along a fucking whale's side toward her tail, Luke Atmey runs several calculations through his enlightened brain. If he allows some error for wind resistance, he should stop focusing on flying and begin gathering his mental defenses, right about... now. And... zvarri! Beating his wings to remain in midair, Luke Atmey closes his two regular eyes, third eye whizzing about erratically in its socket as a cube of golden light expands around him. It has just barely taken full shape when a fucking whale shifts in place, and then all of a sudden a gigantic blast of water erupts from her own third eye, bearing down upon him with great force, indeed! But his Light Screen has been carefully calculated, yes, and diverts much of the force contributed by the Earth's own gravitational pull, so what while water splatters down upon him and weighs down his wings, Luke Atmey remains an ace avian in flight.

Twitching her tail back and forth, a fucking whale endeavours to maneuver herself into a position where she can get a clear shot at Luke Atmey. She carelessly smacks into a nearby warehouse, leaving a large dent in its side, the rock walls cracked and starting to crumble. Inside the building, an inconveniently-placed pair of cymbals falls to the ground with a crash, causing the Wailord to flinch. The sudden motion knocks over the statue outside the Nacrene Gym, and the glass ball atop it shatters. Grumbling to herself (what architect's idea was it not to make the streets even wide enough for a diminutive whale such as herself? Shouldn't they know that a Pokémon battle could happen anywhere?), a fucking whale resigns herself to twisting her front end as far around as she can and firing off an orb of icy cold from her mouth, hoping for the best. The attack misses Luke Atmey by a wide margin, leaving him to continue charging up his own unharmed. A moment later he unleashes a white-hot orb of dazzling sunlight from his third eye, which eats through the oily protective layer of her skin and blisters her blubber painfully.

Thrashing about in distress, a fucking whale swings her tail to one side, smacking Luke Atmey straight into the front of the Nacrene Gym. She continues to flail it back and forth, smashing away at the base of the building until it begins to teeter. Screeching in panic, Luke Atmey makes to fly to safety, but too late: with a series of loud cracks and groans, the battered gym falls over entirely, pinning the Sigilyph's legs and half his body to the ground. He struggles desperately, but has no hope in overcoming an entire building with his admittedly formidable physical strength. Sighing to himself at this inconvenience, Luke Atmey absorbs some more sunlight, harnessing its power into a sphere in front of him, and sends it rocketing a fucking whale's way. a fucking whale bellows loudly in pain, causing the weakened warehouses nearby to shake, while a few lampposts go flying through the air.

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Keldeo (xOo)
Sigilyph
Luke Atmey ♂ @ Life Orb
Ability: Magic Guard
Health: 78%
Energy: 74%
Total: 167
Nasteries: 26 (Efficiency Expeller) / 0 (Setpiece Specialist) / 0 (Plagiarism Pawner)
Status: My... my panties... they have been crushed... Protected by a Light Screen (2 more actions). -1 Speed.
Used: Light Screen ~ Solar Beam ~ Solar Beam

Vipera Magnifica (oOo)
Wailord
a fucking whale ♀ @ Shell Bell
Ability: Oblivious
Health: 60%
Energy: 83%
Total: 158
Nasteries: 17 (Efficiency Expeller) / 1 (Setpiece Specialist) / 0 (Plagiarism Pawner)
Status: MOOOUUAAAAAAOOOOOAHHHH...
Used: Water Spout ~ Ice Beam (missed) ~ Rock Tomb

Arena Status
  • Nacrene City has been utterly destroyed. Broken lampposts and splintered tree trunks litter the streets of cracked stone. Citizens have fled to the Pokémon Centre, and major damage has been done to the other buildings that are still standing. Luke Atmey is halfway trapped beneath the fallen gym. Taking up the entire width of the street is a fucking whale, oblivious to the havoc she's caused.

Damage and Energy

  • Super Smile Atmey's Health: 100% - 9% (Water Spout) - 13% (Rock Tomb) = 78%
  • Super Smile Atmey's Energy: 100% - 4% (Light Screen) - 11% (Solar Beam) - 11% (Solar Beam) = 74%
  • a fucking whale's Health: 100% - 21% (Solar Beam) + 2% (Shell Bell) - 21% (Solar Beam) = 60%
  • a fucking whale's Energy: 100% - 8% (Water Spout) - 5% (Ice Beam) - 4% (Rock Tomb) = 83%

Notes
  • Speed order: Luke Atmey (65) > a fucking whale (60).
  • Nastery moves: Rock Tomb (Setpiece Specialist).
  • a fucking whale is very fucking big, and one-action Solar Beam needs the whole action to charge. However, Luke Atmey was able to fly decently close enough to a fucking whale's tail before using Light Screen, and the accuracy roll for Ice Beam was bad enough, that he managed to avoid it due to a fucking whale's inability to really move (and the fact that Ice Beam comes from her mouth).
  • Since Luke Atmey was so close to a fucking whale's tail when she swung it around to knock down the gym, he took extra damage from being smacked straight into the building, calculated as if the attack was a critical hit. (Also, the gym is a little far for a fucking whale to be knocking over with her tail, but the Pokémon Centre is further and it's funnier than a random building, so it shall be so. It is now directly adjacent to the road.)
  • I could have sworn there was a ruling on this, but I can't find it now. Unless I come across something that says otherwise, Magic Guard won't block the energy penalty from Life Orb, but it will block the damage penalty.
  • Keldeo commands first.
 
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Keldeo

Resolute
Pronoun
he, they
Right, commands... I'd really like to go all in with Solar Beam, but we can't afford the conditionals so just do it on the first action. Energy Ball will be a nice replacement for the second two actions, though! If she's unhittable besides Substitute, she's preparing an Avalanche, or you can't use your Grass type attack for the action, use Psychic to lift off the Gym Tomb. If she's unhittable or preparing Avalanche after that, or she's unhittable and you can't Psychic off the tomb for any reason, or you can't use either your attack for the action or Psychic, go with Future Sight, but don't use it if you've already used it. If you used Future Sight while she was preparing an Avalanche, you have an action left, and she's hittable, no matter what other circumstances there are, use Energy Ball. Let's do this, Luke!


Solar Beam / Psychic / Future Sight ~ Energy Ball / Psychic / Future Sight x2
 

Eifie

oh man, good times.
Pronoun
she/her
Round Five

Keldeo (xOo)
Sigilyph
Luke Atmey ♂ @ Life Orb
Ability: Magic Guard
Health: 78%
Energy: 74%
Total: 167
Nasteries: 26 (Efficiency Expeller) / 0 (Setpiece Specialist) / 0 (Plagiarism Pawner)
Status: My... my panties... they have been crushed... Protected by a Light Screen (2 more actions). -1 Speed.

Vipera Magnifica (oOo)
Wailord
a fucking whale ♀ @ Shell Bell
Ability: Oblivious
Health: 60%
Energy: 83%
Total: 158
Nasteries: 17 (Efficiency Expeller) / 1 (Setpiece Specialist) / 0 (Plagiarism Pawner)
Status: MOOOUUAAAAAAOOOOOAHHHH...

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All this destruction really tires a fucking whale out, you know? a fucking whale yawns, and such is the force of her magnificent yawn that all the villagers cowering within the Pokémon Center yawn with her, and seconds later find themselves in an enchanted sleep. The soundwaves from her yawn spread slowly, unevenly outwards, and each building they touch trembles slightly, rightfully afraid by this majestic beast. a fucking whale's eyelids grow heavy, and she too falls victim to the lure of sleep, her head crashing into the ground as she nods off. The resulting earthquake dislodges a few bricks from the Nacrene Gym, which go crashing down onto Luke Atmey's esteemed crown.

A pale aura surrounds the stately beast as she sinks deeper into slumber, her body's restorative processes going into overdrive. Wounds in her blubber begin to knit themselves shut. A particularly deep breath causes her body to expand so far outwards that she leaves a fucking whale-shaped dent in the side of a building. a fucking whale idly twitches a fin in her sleep, its path for once unbarred. For a moment all is silent.

Rumbling snores echo from the sleeping creature, the tremors shaking the nearby buildings wildly. The unconscious civilians in the Pokémon Center are thrown against one wall, and fall atop each other in a crumpled heap. The destroyed Nacrene Gym, pinning Luke Atmey to the ground, vibrates uncomfortably on top of him. A few lampposts go flying across the street, and one glances against a fucking whale's blubber. a fucking whale sleep-shakes herself in discomfort, and another warehouse goes crashing to the ground.

Hey! What is this?! The great Luke Atmey does not attain even a mere mention, while a fucking whale gets a fucking monologue about her sleeping? Unacceptable! This is completely unbecoming of an Ace Detective such as himself. Utterly trapped beneath the Nacrene Gym though he may be, Luke Atmey shall shine and take the spotlight for himself! With a grunt he forces his third eye's gaze upwards, its len glowing brightly as it attempts to absorb power from beyond the fucking whale blocking out the sun. A ball of sunlight begins to form in front of Luke Atmey, and... zvarri! It is complete! The orb of light goes whizzing into a fucking whale's side, and a fucking whale roars and thrashes in pain as it scorches her skin, chafing and blistering it bright red. Another warehouse bites the dust.

Snoring mightily, a fucking whale begins to mumble something incomprehensible in her sleep. Her "mumbles" thunder throughout the city, shaking a third warehouse from its very foundations. Its shadow looms ominously over Luke Atmey as it teeters first one way, then another, finally coming to a rest on top of the Nacrene Gym on top of Luke Atmey. Luke Atmey sighs. His third eye whizzes about in its socket as he gathers pure Grass-type energy from the trees around him. Several trees wilt, suddenly converted to grayscale, around the Café Warehouse. The orb of energy rushes forth into a fucking whale, and she swings her tail from side to side in discomfort, but remains fast asleep.

Another snore and the Pokémon Center flies clear off the ground, tumbling through the air to land atop the Nacrene Gym in complete defiance of physics, for even physics must bow to a fucking whale. It slides down the heap of buildings with a painful grating sound, and when it at last settles on the ground the giant Poké Ball completely obscures Luke Atmey's view of the battle. (Meanwhile, those sheltering in the former Pokémon Center slumber on, blissfully unaware of the terror befalling their town.) No! How could one wish to hide Luke Atmey from one's sight?! This is absolutely preposterous, and Luke Atmey must remedy it at once. He closes all three of his eyes and focuses, and a pale pink aura surrounds his body. Energy of the same colour surrounds the three buildings on top of him, and with a mighty rush of effort he manages to heave them a few inches in the air, just enough for him to wriggle his way out. He releases his hold, panting heavily, and the three buildings fall to the ground again with a loud crash that fails to disturb a fucking whale in the slightest. Zvarri! Truly he is the sneakiest of Sigilyph.

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Keldeo (xOo)
Sigilyph
Luke Atmey ♂ @ Life Orb
Ability: Magic Guard
Health: 58%
Energy: 48%
Total: 111
Nasteries: 52 (Efficiency Expeller) / 1 (Setpiece Specialist) / 0 (Plagiarism Pawner)
Status: Gulping in mouthfuls of precious air. -1 Speed.
Used: Solar Beam ~ Energy Ball ~ Psychic

Vipera Magnifica (oOo)
Wailord
a fucking whale ♀ @ Shell Bell
Ability: Oblivious
Health: 67%
Energy: 46%
Total: 138
Nasteries: 54 (Efficiency Expeller) / 1 (Setpiece Specialist) / 1 (Plagiarism Pawner)
Status: MWOOOOOAAAAHZZZZZZZ...
Used: Rest ~ Sleep Talk (Rock Tomb) ~ Sleep Talk (Rock Tomb)

Arena Status
  • Nacrene City has been utterly destroyed. Broken lampposts and splintered tree trunks litter the streets of cracked stone. Citizens have fled to the Pokémon Centre, and major damage has been done to the other buildings that are still standing. Taking up the entire width of the street is a fucking whale, soundly asleep, completely oblivious to the havoc she's caused.
  • The remains of the Gym, the Pokémon Center, and a random warehouse are piled into a misshapen heap on the side of the road.

Damage and Energy

  • Super Smile Atmey's Health: 78% - 10% (Rock Tomb) - 10% (Rock Tomb) = 58%
  • Super Smile Atmey's Energy: 74% - 11% (Solar Beam) - 6% (Energy Ball) - 9% (Psychic) = 48%
  • a fucking whale's Health: 60% + 40% (Rest) - 21% (Solar Beam) - 16% (Energy Ball) + 2% (Shell Bell) + 2% (Shell Bell) = 67%
  • a fucking whale's Energy: 83% - 27% (Rest) - 1% (Sleep Talk) - 4% (Rock Tomb) - 1% (Sleep Talk) - 4% (Rock Tomb) = 46%

Notes
  • Speed order: Luke Atmey (65) > a fucking whale (60).
  • Nastery moves: Sleep Talk (Plagiarism Pawner), Psychic (Setpiece Specialist).
  • I think the description of a fucking whale sleeping is longer than some of my reffings
  • Luke Atmey actually used Energy Ball before being hit by Rock Tomb the second action, but it was not so fun to write it that way.
  • Luke Atmey had a whole bunch of buildings fallen down on him by the third action, so he would have been unable to fire an Energy Ball through them. He used Psychic to lift them off him instead.
  • As I am obviously exaggerating a fucking whale's physical prowess for comedic effect, Luke Atmey's psychic powers are being similarly overblown. Lifting the equivalent of three Rock Tombs off himself did require a lot of extra energy, though.
  • After lifting the remains of the three Rock Tombs off of himself, Luke Atmey regained two levels of Speed. His injuries from being crushed under a fucking building are still slowing him down a bit.
  • a fucking whale will wake up immediately upon the start of the next round.
  • Vipera Magnifica commands first.
 
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Eifie

oh man, good times.
Pronoun
she/her
Not that I'll have time to ref until Tuesday anyway, but you have 48 hours, VM.
 

Vipera Magnifica

Aquatic Artiste
Pronoun
he/him
Alright, a fucking whale, we may have a lead now, but I suspect that might not last after this round, so let's just try our best. First off, I want you to summon a massive wave of Soda Pop and Surf it into Atmey. Try to cover the ground with Soda Pop such that if he tries to Rest on the ground, he will be at risk of drowning. Spread out the wave so that you will hit his clones, if he has any. If Atmey rises into the air and you can't hit him with Surf, use an Ice Beam. If you can't hit with either attack OR he is protecting OR there is a Light Screen OR you are put asleep, then Chill.

If you hit Atmey with an attack on the first action and he hasn't used Rest or Roost this round, then use Brine after that. If you didn't hit him OR he used a recovery move OR he tries to Rest OR he has clones, then Surf instead. Chill if he is unhittable or protecting, or if you are asleep.

Finally, use Ice Beam on Luke Atmey. If he leaves your line of fire and is unhittable with an Ice Beam, or there is a Light Screen up, then use Heavy Slam. If on this turn he uses Roost OR he is completely unhittable OR you are asleep, then just Chill.

Surf / Ice Beam / Chill ~ Brine / Surf / Chill ~ Ice Beam / Heavy Slam / Chill
 

Eifie

oh man, good times.
Pronoun
she/her
A ~24-hour reminder for Keldeo, assuming I haven't just completely forgotten to reply to one of your PMs of questions.
 

Keldeo

Resolute
Pronoun
he, they
Okay, I'm pretty sure this bout is unwinnable with our current numbers (unless we get a lucky critical) but we can still try to minimize the amount we lose by.

In that vein, we'll be trying to get as many Nasteries as possible. Start with a Mirror Move of the Rock Tomb, making sure to stay within the range of a Surf while you do so; this should tie us for Plagiarism Pawner. Follow that up with a Mirror Move of said Surf, which should net us Setpiece Specialist. End with an Energy Ball. While/before/after using Energy Ball, if you are able to fly close to her side to minimize her chances of hitting with Ice Beam like you did in the first round of this bout, also do that.

Mirror Move ~ Mirror Move ~ Energy Ball
 
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Eifie

oh man, good times.
Pronoun
she/her
Oh, was Plagiarism Pawner supposed to be non-unique uses of moves? I guess it doesn't matter either way, but.
 

Eifie

oh man, good times.
Pronoun
she/her
Round Six

Keldeo (xOo)
Sigilyph
Luke Atmey ♂ @ Life Orb
Ability: Magic Guard
Health: 58%
Energy: 48%
Total: 111
Nasteries: 52 (Efficiency Expeller) / 1 (Setpiece Specialist) / 0 (Plagiarism Pawner)
Status: Gulping in mouthfuls of precious air. -1 Speed.

Vipera Magnifica (oOo)
Wailord
a fucking whale ♀ @ Shell Bell
Ability: Oblivious
Health: 67%
Energy: 46%
Total: 138
Nasteries: 54 (Efficiency Expeller) / 1 (Setpiece Specialist) / 1 (Plagiarism Pawner)
Status: MWOOOOOAAAAHZZZZZZZ...

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Ah! Zvarri! Luke Atmey is such an ace avian, he shall take the moves of others and make them better! Yes, indeed. Luke Atmey's third eye glints and his pupil is replaced by a reflection of the Pokémon Center before meeting its untimely end. The rubble of the former Pokémon Center rises from the heap of dead buildings, sustained by psychic energy, and the Sigilyph hovers it over a fucking whale's way before... losing his hold on the celestial powers and dropping it halfway. The hapless Pokémon Centre crashes to the ground, splitting into yet more pieces, and the sound jerks a fucking whale awake.

Who dares wake a fucking whale from her nap?! Could it be... a fucking whale scans the battlefield... him? That tiny birb, way up there, is capable of making such a racket? What on earth did his parents teach him? Well, a fucking whale will show him what a real racket's all about. With a loud bellow, a fucking whale begins to rise as several liters of Soda Pop wash into the city from all sides. The foundations of the houses that still remain standing begin to groan as more as more Soda Pop pools at their bases. Soon a full two inches of Soda Pop covers the city roads as far as the eye can see, and with another roar, a fucking whale summons a huge fucking tidal wave to carry her forward straight into her opponent. Luke Atmey chokes as Soda Pop makes its way into his lungs, thrown helplessly about in the turbulent waves. Coughing and spluttering, he finally splashes his way to the surface as the Soda Pop calms, his wings weighed down by the sticky, sugary substance. Well, no matter. He, too, shall display his command of the seas! The reflection of a can of Soda Pop appears in Luke Atmey's third eye, and against the surface of the Soda Pop begins to churn. Now it is Luke Atmey surfing upon an admittedly thinner wave of Soda Pop into his energy, bouncing right off her massive blubber. a fucking whale is not nearly as bothered as Luke Atmey was, however, and merely chirps happily as an imitation of her natural habitat rains down upon her.

Opening her mouth wide, a fucking whale spits out a torrent of salty water straight into Luke Atmey's face. The Sigilyph begins to splutter again as the water splashes over his wounds, the salt rubbing painfully against them. Down he falls, back into the layer of Soda Pop, and he rolls around in agony, attempting with little success to wash out the salt with sugar. Incensed, he retaliates with another ball of glowing green energy stolen from nearby trees (he is, after all, an ace thief), that slams into a fucking whale's blubber, causing her to cry out in pain. Frantically he flaps his wings, attempting to escape, as he notices an orb of ice forming in a fucking whale's open mouth, but his Soda Pop-laden wings will not respond. Our poor ace avian is grounded helplessly as the beam of ice shoots his way, and he trembles with cold as a layer of frost briefly forms on his wings.

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Keldeo (xXo)
Sigilyph
Luke Atmey ♂ @ Life Orb
Ability: Magic Guard
Health: 15%
Energy: 27%
Total: 67
Nasteries: 73 (Efficiency Expeller) / 3 (Setpiece Specialist) / 1 (Plagiarism Pawner)
Status: Here I am! The tragic clown... -1 Speed.
Used: Mirror Move (Rock Tomb) (missed) ~ Mirror Move (Surf) ~ Energy Ball

Vipera Magnifica (oOo)
Wailord
a fucking whale ♀ @ Shell Bell
Ability: Oblivious
Health: 46%
Energy: 30%
Total: 81
Nasteries: 70 (Efficiency Expeller) / 2 (Setpiece Specialist) / 1 (Plagiarism Pawner)
Status: MWOOOOAAAAAAHHHAHAHAHAHAHA...
Used: Surf ~ Brine ~ Ice Beam

Arena Status
  • Nacrene City has been utterly destroyed. Broken lampposts and splintered tree trunks litter the streets of cracked stone. Citizens have fled to the Pokémon Centre, and major damage has been done to the other buildings that are still standing. Taking up the entire width of the street is a fucking whale, completely oblivious to the havoc she's caused.
  • The remains of the Gym, the Pokémon Center, and a random warehouse are piled into a misshapen heap on the side of the road.
  • Two inches of Soda Pop cover the ground as far as the eye can see. Sugar is leaking into the foundations of whatever buildings are still standing.

Damage and Energy

  • Super Smile Atmey's Health: 58% - 12% (Surf) - 17% (Brine) - 14% (Ice Beam) = 15%
  • Super Smile Atmey's Energy: 48% - 2% (Mirror Move) - 5% (Rock Tomb) - 2% (Mirror Move) - 6% (Surf) - 6% (Energy Ball) = 27%
  • a fucking whale's Health: 67% + 2% (Shell Bell) - 9% (Surf) + 2% (Shell Bell) - 16% (Energy Ball) = 46%
  • a fucking whale's Energy: 46% - 4% (Surf) - 7% (Brine) - 5% (Ice Beam) = 30%

Notes
  • Nastery moves: Mirror Move (Plagiarism Pawner), Rock Tomb (Setpiece Specialist), Surf (Setpiece Specialist).
  • The Rock Tomb that Mirror Move called was actually the one used back in the first round, i.e. the most recent attack that Mirror Move could actually mirror.
  • The mirrored Rock Tomb missed, somehow.
  • It took Luke Atmey two of his actions last time to get to a position where Ice Beam would miss, so he couldn't do it this time. Especially with his wings weighed down by Soda Pop.
  • And a fucking whale wins this bout, and Vipera Magnifica takes the battle! But there is still yet another bout to be fought. Who knows what could happen?!
  • Vipera Magnifica sends out, then Keldeo sends out and commands first.
 

Vipera Magnifica

Aquatic Artiste
Pronoun
he/him
Calcifer is the only one that really needs the experience, but the idea of sending a small candle into an ocean of Soda Pop just doesn't seem like it will it bode well for me.

¡Hasta la victoria, Libertad!
 

Keldeo

Resolute
Pronoun
he, they
Let's see what we can do, Zipper!

The obstinate horse divorce is probably our main issue here, so your default commands are to start with Taunt and then use Tickle twice. If you can't hit with Tickle, swap out for Swords Dance, and if you can't use that or she's Taunted you let's go with Power-Up Punch. However, unless she has a Protect or Detect up, I want you to deliberately miss with Power-Up Punch: aim at a building, a tree, the ground, whatever, so long as you don't actually hit her and she has a fairly low chance of being able to fly into the attacks' paths.

Taunt / Power-Up Punch ~ Tickle / Swords Dance / Power-Up Punch x2
 
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Vipera Magnifica

Aquatic Artiste
Pronoun
he/him
Okay Libertad, start out by getting right up in Zipper's face and Taunting her into hitting you. Stay right in front of her, and if she tries to punch anything, make sure it's you she hits. If you're having trouble getting her to attack you, use Torment next to force her to use Struggle. If not, just use Swagger as your second action. Finally, back away from Zipper, let her attack something else, and then use Encore. If, before you use your Encore, the last move she used was Struggle, then don't bother using it.

Taunt ~ Torment / Swagger ~ Encore (wait) / nothing
 
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Eifie

oh man, good times.
Pronoun
she/her
Round Seven

Keldeo (xxO)
Mawile
Zipper ♀ @ Expert Belt
Ability: Hyper Cutter
Health: 100%
Energy: 100%
Status: Looking for a jewel with a nice chewy texture.

Vipera Magnifica (ooO)
Hawlucha
Libertad ♀ @ Flying Gem
Ability: Unburden
Health: 100%
Energy: 100%
Status: BAWK!

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"BAWK!" screams Libertad, hopping up to Zipper and spreading her wings wide.

Oh my god. What is this offensive creature?! Zipper is offended by its very existence. Its very existence is extremely offensive. Her sensibilities are bristling with offense. In short, Zipper is offended, and whatever crafty plans she had in mind are forgotten as she draws back her fist. She glances hastily from side to side, looking for some other target upon which to release her offended rage, but when she swings her fist forward Libertad hops right in its way, and the blow bounces almost harmlessly off her feathers.

"BAWK!" screams Libertad mockingly. Oh my god. The offensive creature is making Zipper SO ANGRY. Her anger is off the charts. Libertad's very existence is making her boil over with angry rage and raging anger. Her teeth are bristling with angriness. In short, anger is the word of the day, and what better way to express it than by banging her head against the side of a destroyed building? Okay, there were probably way better ways to express that.

"BAWK!" screams Libertad in apparent enjoyment. The Hawlucha claps her hands, cheering and hopping from foot to foot as she demands a repeat performance. Oh my god. The offensive creature is MOCKING her now? How dare she?! Zipper shall not be mocked, no siree! She'll show that Libertad! She'll show her real good! But wait a minute, the former Nacrene Gym looks like a great place for her to sharpen her teeth first, to deliver maximum punishment. She hops over to it and chomps down, and— ow! That building's hard! What's it made of, rocks?!

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Keldeo (xxO)
Mawile
Zipper ♀ @ Expert Belt
Ability: Hyper Cutter
Health: 86%
Energy: 93%
Total: 194
Nasteries: 3 (Daredevil's Advocate) / 0 (Own Worst Frenemy)
Status: Still absolutely fuming. Severely confused (40% failure chance). +3 Attack.
Used: Power-Up Punch ~ [confused] ~ [confused]

Vipera Magnifica (ooO)
Hawlucha
Libertad ♀ @ Flying Gem
Ability: Unburden
Health: 98%
Energy: 88%
Total: 201
Nasteries: 0 (Daredevil's Advocate) / 0 (Own Worst Frenemy)
Status: Cawing mockingly at her opponent.
Used: Taunt ~ Swagger ~ Encore (failed)

Arena Status
  • Nacrene City has been utterly destroyed. Broken lampposts and splintered tree trunks litter the streets of cracked stone. Citizens have fled to the Pokémon Centre, and major damage has been done to the other buildings that are still standing. The indentation of a fucking whale marks the buildings that are still standing on the streetside, clearly indicating her former presence.
  • The remains of the Gym, the Pokémon Center, and a random warehouse are piled into a misshapen heap on the side of the road.
  • An inch of Soda Pop covers the ground as far as the eye can see, and is slowly leaking away through the city roads. Sugar is leaking into the foundations of whatever buildings are still standing.

Damage and Energy

  • Zipper's Health: 100% - 7% (confusefail) - 7% (confusefail) = 86%
  • Zipper's Energy: 100% - 3% (Power-Up Punch) - 2% (confusefail) - 2% (confusefail) = 93%
  • Libertad's Health: 100% - 2% (Power-Up Punch) = 98%
  • Libertad's Energy: 100% - 4% (Taunt) - 4% (Swagger) - 4% (Encore) = 88%

Notes
  • Speed order: Libertad (118) > Zipper (50).
  • So, uh, I forget if we ever made it official that the stat drop thing was going to be highest absolute value of sum of stats instead? I assumed so for the end-of-round stats, but let me know, I guess.
  • Technically Libertad didn't do any direct damage to Zipper, so she takes the Obstinate Hors d'Oeuvres Nastery. I'm not going to note it in the Nasteries section of the status, but it is factored into her total.
  • Libertad is more than twice Zipper's speed, and Zipper was also not very inclined to deliberately miss since she was Taunted, so Libertad was easily able to intercept her Power-Up Punch.
  • Encore failed completely, as it was coming right after Taunt and Swagger, which are emotion-based moves in sort of the opposite direction. Especially given that Zipper had just hit herself in confusion, she thought Libertad was mocking her and became even angrier.
  • Taunt wore off at the end of the round. (I didn't want to write it in and ruin Zipper's righteous anger.)
  • Vipera Magnifica commands first.
 
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Eifie

oh man, good times.
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The one that I suggested and Keldeo agreed to was the highest absolute value of the total of stat changes (e.g. -6 attack beats +4 defense, but +4 defense beats -3 attack), but I can't remember if you ever commented on it.
 

Eifie

oh man, good times.
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I thought I mentioned it in the first post or the Challenge Board, but I can't find it now. Oh well.
 

Vipera Magnifica

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I guess I'll roll with it, as Keldeo already based her strategy on the assumption that it was changed. I still think it should have been made clear in the first post though.
 

Eifie

oh man, good times.
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Okay, I've changed the totals back again. To be totally clear, Daredevil's Advocate will be awarded to the Pokémon with the highest absolute value of their net stat change total. So -5 Attack would beat out +4 Defense, but if you were to Swagger the former to get their attack to -3 instead, it'd lose to +4 Defense. Sorry for the screw-up there.
 
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