Well, I decided to dig up my copy of Ultra Moon that I never touched because I had what I thought was a fun idea for a team: A "Boxwarmers team"
This was my mindset: "What if I transferred a whole team of weak, unevolved Pokémon from my old Diamond game all the way to the Gen VII games?" Indeed, that's what I did. The crazy thing is, these Pokémon are 11-12 years old. Now, I know some people are probably thinking: "Why go through all the trouble of transferring Pokémon that far just to make a new team?". Truth is, I think it's fun giving a select few mons that have been sitting in your PC for more than a decade a chance to actually get used on a team. I won't bore you with any other details so I'll just skip straight to where that team is at right now.
Currently, I'm at route 5 about to take on Lana's trial. Now, the team obviously has a couple glaring holes, but I'm willing to live with that; It's done pretty well so far all things considered. Current team, and what they were before being transferred:
Prinplup (Pingu) Lv.21 (Was a lv.1 Piplup hatched Oct.13, 2008)
Grovyle (Treefiend) Lv.21 (Was a Lv.1 Treecko hatched Jan.19, 2008)
Combusken (Nugget) Lv.21 (Was a Lv.1 Torchic hatched Jan.20, 2008)
Alakazam (Spoonwoman) Lv.23 (Was an Lv.20 Abra caught on Jan.2, 2009)
Glaceon (Sandy) Lv.22 (Was a Lv.18 Eevee caught on Jan.4, 2009)
I also have a Lv.30 Shelgon (Which came from my old Emerald game) that I'll add to the team later, probably once I get past Akala Island. Got to say that this has certainly made for a fun playthrough so far.
Finally found the Ultra Ruins again to try to soft reset for a shiny Guzzlord. I couldn't find an aura white wormhole for ages, so I adapted my strategy to "just fly into any white wormhole and hope for that 1%". It paid off.
Guzzlord is the last static encounter I can shiny hunt in my Ultra Sun. Then I'll force myself to complete my Ultra Moon, since I got pretty tired of it after going through Alola 3 times in a relatively short time. But I want those version exclusive legendaries and ultra beasts shiny and feel like soft resetting is more reliable than doing Dynamax Adventures in gen 8.
I was able to get a new copy of Ultra Moon cheap so I began a new file. After some back and forth between Rowlet and Litten I decided to go with Rowlet. Once I saved Nebby from the Spearow I quickly caught a Grubbin as my second team member because I feel like I didn't get the Vikavolt experience when I originally played Moon four years ago with it not evolving until the end of the game. Together my little owl and larva headed to Iki Town and defeated Hau in the ceremony for Tapu Koko. I kinda hurried all the inane dialogue and completed the first trial as quickly as I could. Once Grubbin beat the oversized Raticate I hurried along Route 3 to Melemele Meadow and captured my third team member, an Oricorio! I returned to Route 3 to train up Oricorio before saving Nebby again from a scary cave and the Ultra Recon Squad.
Hau showed up too late to do anything but he seemed to take his defeat in battle well. I continued along Route 3 until I returned to Iki Town to battle Hala. Rowlet managed to barely bring down his Machop with Peck, Grubbin Spark'd his Mankey into the ground and Oricorio's Air Cutter was too much for Crabrawler. With my first Grand Trial completed I did a loop around the island with Tauros and had some fun in the mall before heading over to Mantine Surf to the next island.
After getting Ultra Moon version for Christmas to complete my set of the Ultra games I went with Litten as my starter after using Rowlet for Ultra Sun and I'm still trying to decide what other mons to have to cover its weaknesses.
Once I arrived in Heahea City I met the Kahuna and explored a bit before a difficult battle against Sina and her stupid Glaceon. Fortunately Grubbin isn't weak against Ice and barely won the battle with Bug Bite. I ran along Route 4 and arrived in Paniola Town where Hau was unsuccessful in having an interesting battle once again. I continued north to the Paniola Ranch and picked up the Eevee egg for no real reason. Heading even further north onto Route 5 I met Gladion whose Zorua tricks didn't work on me this time. His Type: Null was pretty sturdy but my newly evolved Charjabug took it down with Spark. Once I defeated all the trainers on the Route including the Trail Guide (Who decided not to use his Z Move for some reason) I headed into my second trial...
...and mopped the floor against the Totem Araquanid! Considering Dartrix, Charjabug and Oricorio are all super effective against it I was not worried in the slightest. I grabbed the Waterium Z and scared off some Sudowoodo with it before battling the Ultra Recon Squad and a cute Poipole. Next stop was the Royal Avenue and after a quick battle with Team Skull as well as an interesting encounter with the Masked Royal I was on my way to the third trial.
So I completely forgot that it isn't Salazzle in these games. It's Alolan Marowak. And it beat me badly. Twice. Probably shouldn't have changed Oricorio into a Psychic type........oh how the turn tables after the last trial. I over-leveled my team and decided to try again with a new strategy. Since Alolan Marowak always used Detect on the first turn I decided to use an X Sp.Atk on Oricorio before utilizing the Flyinium Z crystal with Air Cutter which could brought Alolan Marowak to the red which is what I get for being too lazy to catch a second Oricorio since mine is Adamant. Air Cutter did knock it out on the next turn but Salazzle was too much for Oricorio so Dartrix had to come in and finish off the battle. Really glad that's over.
there isnt much progress on my part its a pretty much complete game but nothing really special apart from a full dex and some past shiny hunts. im just killing a bit of time maxing out all the berries in UM. i got 21 varieties left, 8 of them being the 72hr growth time. for all the flak i give gen7, it makes growing berries very easy. watering, weeding and battling pests in gen6 was bothersome and more time consuming...
These Totem battles are brutal. I assumed Totem Lurantis would be easier considering my team are all strong against it and I still lost the first battle. I ended up trading for the Arbok in the Pokemon Center and its Intimidate helped me win my second battle along with a lucky critical hit from Dartrix's Pluck. I put the new Z Crystal on Dartrix and headed through Diglett's Tunnel to take on the Grand Trial but not before stopping a bunch of Ditto imposters.
I figured Olivia would be difficult but overall wasn't too much of an issue. Arbok's Glare paralyzed Anorith which let Oricorio come in and win the battle. Oricorio also did well against Lileep but was knocked out so Dartrix came in and finished it off. Arbok returned to lower Lycanroc's Attack and was beaten by Lycanroc's Z Move. Dartrix came in and used Bloom Doom to win the battle. With the second Grand Trial done I headed to the resort to relax before being whisked away to the Aether Foundation where Hau and I had a run in with a mysterious jellyfish that eventually ran away.
Next stop is Ula'Ula island where Hau and I had a battle...and he won. I swear this game is way harder than I remember. The story continues regardless of the outcome so we went to visit the Professor in Malie Gardens before I was off to the fifth trial but not before heading to Route 11 to catch for my fourth team member Komala! I trained Komala up against the trainers on Route 10 before taking the bus to the Hokulani Observatory. After rounding up the Charjabug's I took on the fifth trial...Totem Togedemaru!
I'm not going to mention how many times I lost to this little ball of hax. Zing Zap and Iron Head caused me to flinch about 98% of the time. GameFreak really went above and beyond with the Electric trial after Totem Vikavolt in Sun and Moon. I ended up evolving Dartrix and leveling up more than I wanted to and tried again. I had to use the Arbok again to lower its Attack before getting knocked out. Next I just threw everything I had at it until only Decidueye remained against Togedemaru and Skarmory. Because of Torment I basically alternated between some combination of Razor Leaf, Spirit Shackle and a healing item. Honestly this part of the battle lasted almost 10 minutes. Eventually Totem Togedemaru fell and Skarmory was fainted on the next turn. This game I can't even.
I'm leaving Chargabug lower so I can evolve it at Level 30 and then it will learn Bug Buzz at Level 31. So close!
On my way to the sixth trial I fished up my fifth team member, a Bruxish! Totem Mimikyu ended up being the easiest totem fight surprisingly. After traveling to Po Town to save a Yungoos I tried taking on the Grand Trial and lost over and over and over. I trained up my team and while training I encountered a Shiny Slowpoke! Too bad I already have a Water/Psychic on my team otherwise I absolutely would have used it. I did eventually beat Nanu and did some stuff at the Aether Foundation before heading to my final island.
Once I was done with the story nonsense I hurried through the Poni Canyon and defeated Totem Kommo-o before defeating Necrozma who had fused with Nebby. I gave chase to Necrozma and defeated it's new form surprisingly easily this time. After winning I was given my final team member, a Poipole! I trained the little guy a bit and went to take on the last trial of the game which Poipole and Oricorio and no issues with. I then made my way through this games version of Victory Road and arrived at the Pokemon League where I evolved Poipole into Naganadel! Once everyone was at Lvl 55 I entered the Pokemon League. Truthfully I did this last weekend and don't remember how every fight went which leads me to believe that it wasn't too difficult. Apart from Hau that is but that had more to do with my reluctance to use healing items during the battle which meant I was left with only Decidueye in the end. Now I am Alola's first ever Champion.
Few things. First of all this play through has really made me appreciate the Alola games a lot more as they were always one of the weaker entries in the series to me. I think the fact that I struggled through a lot of the fights made the whole experience more rewarding. Secondly Bruxish is a beast and carried me through the last third of the game and I did not see that coming.