My Pidgeot swifted her Kadabra, Mr. Mine, and Venomoth in 1-2 hits easy. I didn't get any damage either, but I got poisoned along the way. Psybeam from Alakazam was ridiculous though. A hit was taking 1/3-1/2 or so with poison from my hp so I had to use 2 hyper's to heal, but 2 swifts and a quick attack later, and I ended up winning the fight.
After this, I woke up, and caught Snorlax then made my way to the town that had the safari zone. I challenged the gym, and easily got through Koga using critic with Venasaur, despite going up against Pokemon where these moves were not effective. Felt like I was cheating haha.
From there, I had some fun at the Safari Zone. I think this is one of the areas that I really missed in the second gen games, just the ability to go in, use something other than moves to catch pokemon. I missed a scyther which used to be a favourite pokemon of mine, but caught some others while I searched for the golden teeth, and secret house. I ended up finding them, got my HMs, and made my way to Cinnabar through the Seafoam islands.
I ended up teaching surf, and strength to Snorlax instead of Lapras (did teach Lapras surf though). What I'm wondering is why a pokemon like Snorlax can learn water, and fire moves too. He can also learn psybeam as well! Honestly, a Snorlax with water, fire, psybeam, and rest (or amnesia) would be really strong. Granted, might need to raise that special by quite a bit but combining all those moves+high hp+decent special, he'll be hard to knock off.
This next part was probably one of the frustrating parts of the game. I completely forget that I'll have to make it through the Seafoam islands to get to Cinnabar, so I had no repels with me. I figured I can make it through pretty easily, but it was more complex than I remembered. It wasn't even that, it was mostly that every couple of steps, I had a pokemon appear which was incredibly annoying, and made it harder to navigate. I eventually got to the lower level, and who else was waiting for me than this! :D
Realizing that I finally found Articuno, and remembering that I never really caught him in Pokemon Yellow despite getting him down to red, and having him asleep, I saved the game, and decided to experiment to see just how strong Raichu would be against it.
I tried Thunder, hit a crit, and knocked it out! Reset!
I tried Thunderbolt, hit another crit, and knocked it out! Reset!
I decided to change course, hit two flashes since ice beam was shaving off a lot of hp, but I'm sure it has a high miss ratio too, then went in for mostly quick attacks. Basically, anything to take down it's hp slowly, and the closest to fainting. If you try to do it before a certain hp, it keeps missing, and you'll never catch it. After I believe two tries, I managed to do it, and caught it with the first ultra ball then!
Cinnabar island was interesting. I dropped off my fossil then I went to the burned down lab. I completely forgot about it, was fun to navigate and read the experiment details. I kept hoping that I'll see Moltres there, but it wouldn't be that easy so I'll have to search around. I eventually found the key, leveled up some more, and went in to see Blaine for my 6th badge. I battled most trainers before I realized I could just answer questions right to preserve my strength. Regardless, a good leveling session.
Blaine wasn't anything special though, with my Raichu making short work of everyone using a combo of Thunder+Quick Attack. Even his Arcanine didn't do as much damage as I figured it would, being such a strong pokemon if I'm not mistaken. As you guys can see, I use a single pokemon for each gym battle. This has kept my pokemon all around the same level, which was around 51 at the time.
With 7 gym badges, I needed 1 more so I headed to my hometown using surf, then made my way to face the final gym leader. I already knew who it was, and knew it'll be another walk in the park. This time, I used Venasaur to win all the other trainers, before I went in to face the leader of Team Rocket, Giovanni. The battle was pretty straightforward as Venasaur hard-countered everything he could throw at me. Through vine whip, and mega drain, I took out all his pokemon, and came through unscathed. My venasaur ended up at level 55 by the end, and I got my last badge!
At this point, I have all my badges, and I can walk victory road, but I want to get fly first. I have an idea where I might be able to get it. I also want to get Zapdos, and Moltres then from there, I'm gonna head to victory road. No doubt that my rival is waiting for me, and he's going to have an Alakazam just to make life harder haha.