Battle for the Earth Badge – Ratchet vs. Giovanni: The Viridian City Gym Leader

So we may have done Hakone over 3 weeks ago but to keep with the spirit of the games we can only now reveal the Gym Battle with Giovanni. He’s never been the toughest final Gym Leader ever, but I suppose originally the shocking reveal was enough to keep us players on guard. Still here it is the final battle for the final badge! Ratchet’s Line-up Venusaur     Grass/Poison Gyarados     Water/Flying Dugtrio         Ground Jynx              Ice/Psychic Hitmonlee   Fighting Giovanni’s Line-up Rhydon         Ground/Rock Dugtrio          Ground Nidoqueen   Poison/Ground Nidoking       Poison/Ground Rhydon         Ground/Rock Continue reading Battle for the Earth Badge – Ratchet vs. Giovanni: The Viridian City Gym Leader

World of Pokèmon Day #7 – Viridian City/Hakone

The Eternally Green Paradise. The City of Evergreen. The slogans for Viridian City could not match the Hakone area better. Luscious green forests coat the mountain sides here, making “Green Paradise” the perfect moniker for this amazing place. The landscapes alone have sold Hakone to us, but there’s more to the place than that… Only at this moment in time they haven’t been available to see. Since 30th June 2015, perhaps Hakone’s most recognisable landmark Owakudani, literally “Great Boiling Valley”, has become a restricted zone. This has been due to increased volcanic activity in the area and seems to be … Continue reading World of Pokèmon Day #7 – Viridian City/Hakone

World of Pokèmon Day #6 – The Road to Viridian

We have arrived in Hakone! From Shimoda, we made a change over to the Hakone-Tozan railway at Odawara and travelled the scenic tracks all the way into the heart of the Hakone area. But before we left Shimoda still needed to go to the beach, which it are well renowned in the area. Shira-hama beach was only a 10 minutes bus ride from the train station and had some incredible surf going on. I’m a big lover of the sea and the waves were fantastic. Despite the fact we’ve travelled to Hakone with a seemingly infinite supply of sand in … Continue reading World of Pokèmon Day #6 – The Road to Viridian