The Koopa Troop
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Bowser: Level 10 EXP: //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// (217/100)
Bowser Jr: Level 9 EXP: ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// (190/90)
Kamek: Level 10 EXP: ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////(113/100)
Location: Limsa Lominscuttle Town - Kanzuki Beach
Being a turtle, Jr was delighted to go for a dip in the sea, the perfectly cool but not cold water a refreshing cleanser after the sweaty spot of sports. While most times when taking a swim he'd be splashing around all over, after the exertion of the match he swiftly found himself drifting along on his back, his buoyant shell keeping him aloft while Mimi sat on his chest using the sunbathing turtle as something of a boat upon which she was merrily sailing the waves.
His lazy drifting was interrupted by a nearby gasp of amazement, which was followed by him being bonked in the head by the curve of a fish hook.
”Ow!!” he yelped, before rolling over in the water (forcing Mimi to scramble over him during the movement to avoid getting dunked, though she seemed to find this fun rather than upsetting) to come face to face with the owner of the fish hook.
”Hey! What’s the big idea?” he shouted at a young girl who was sitting on a set of rocky outcropping and presently reeling in the a offending fishing hook back to her rod.
“Oh. Sorry! I thought you were a rare kind of pokemon” she called back apologetically
”Well I’m not. This is a pokemon” he pointed at Mimi, who was now perched atop his dome, the only dryspot presently available, and then to himself ”This is not. Learn the difference!”
“I mean you do kind of do look like…” she started to say, before dropping the thought and asking “so is that Mimikue yours then? Are you a trainer?”
”Yeah! What of it?” Jr replied, still irritated by the entire incident
“Oh, me too… So do you want to battle?” she asked, a sudden turn which took Jr by surprise.
”Huh? First you're apologizing and now you're picking a fight? What’s your deal?”
She cocked her head to one side and then replied “when two trainers make eye contact, then they’ve got to have a pokemon battle. It’s the rules” like it was the most obvious thing in the world, before clarifying to the prince’s still doubting face that “oh and it's not a fight-fight, it's more like a spar kind of deal”
”Ohhhh. I mean that’s kinda weird but sure. If you're up for it Mimi?” he replied/asked, which got an enthusiastic response from his Pokemon. Unlike him she was still brimming with energy from her two meals, and this sounded like fun to her.
“Cool, here, let me help you up” the girl replied, offering him a hand to climb up onto her ocean rock, and as she did so introduced herself “I’m Lana by the way”
”Bowser junior” the prince replied as he got back onto dry land
”That’s a funny name. Ok you wait here and I’ll make some space” she said, before stepping away before he could bite back about her comment about his name. As she stepped away Mimi eagerly hopped down to put herself in front of her trainer.
“Alright then, let’s do this!” she called out once she’d cleared enough space, before shouting “Go Shellder!” as she tossed out her first pokemon, which turned out to be some kind of clam looking thing that had a big floppy tongue which Jr found to be very funny looking.
It wasn't quite so funny when, at the command of its trainer, the clam used a quick open shut of its shell to launch itself at Mimi while forming a spike of ice on the tongue which it used as a flail to strike at her.
She leapt away, being showered by a few shards of ice in the process that were enough to break her disguise, and then nearly got blown off her feet by a follow up “water gun!”
”Quit playing around Mimi! Give the clam an electro ball” Jr commanded, which got a surprised look from Lana right before the ball of electricity slammed into her Shellder, zapping it silly and taking it down with a single strike.
“Huh, I didn't know Mimikyus could learn that move… well, suppose that’s explained by the battery on her back?” she said, while returning her mon to its ball, and then tossing out “Chinchou!”
The blue ball with two big glowing lures of a mon bounced down onto the rock and Jr immediately thought he saw a pattern.
”Another water one? Ha too easy. Hit it with the same Mimi!” he commanded, and hit it she did, only for the Chinchou to take it like a champ, much to both of their surprise.
“Yeah he always gets people who think they got me beat just because they brought an electric type” she replied with a cheeky smile, before shouting “Now Chinchou, repay the favor!” At which point the creature whipped round one of its glowing lures and hurled its own electro ball at Mimi who went tumbling across the rocks in response to the hit.
”That’s not fair!” despite it being quite to the contrary and then ordered ”Uh. hit it with a shadow sneak instead!” which as it turned out was just the switch-up he needed, the ghostly backtastab’s physical damage unintentionally exploiting the Chinchou’s weak defense and taking it down.
“Oh wow, your Mimi’s a real versatile one isn't she” Lana said, not the least bit disheartened by this turn of events, before continuing on “Ok here goes my last shot! Go Araquanid!”
After that Lana only had her trick to dealing with grass types left, a bug water mon, and it stood no chance vs Mimi, which left the little mon feeling very proud when her trainer cheered for her (admittedly rather narrow) victory. She even got some praise from Lara for being a formidable opponent, as well as some applause from a bystander.
Slightly condescending applause actually, coming specifically from a cool looking guy standing on the back of a large walrus like creature floating in the surf nearby.
“Nice fight kid. Up for one more?” the trainer asked
”Yeah, bring it!” the prince replied without a thought before Lana could suggest otherwise
“Oh and that’s your only pokemon” the guy asked, putting some extra condescension on the only part, and then giving a short laugh when the answer was yes.
“Alright then. Let me see. Ghost-fairy type with electric attacks. Tricky. But mainly a physical attacker so we can get away with not dealing with the ghost type I think” the ace murmured to himself while and then smiled, having the perfect answer, grasping one of his six pokeballs, shouting “go, Nidoqueen” and sending out a hulking armored titan of a mon that towered over all three of the the others standing on the little rocky outcrop.
Just as the trainer predicted, his mon was a near perfect counter. Ground type nullified Mimi’s electro ball, her shadow sneak could do nothing to Nidoqueen’s high defense and offensively it only took a single super effective, and gross sludge wave.
That left the trainer sailing away mighty smug about beating up a kids single pokemon while Jr cradled the fainted Mimi and Lana tried her best to comfort him.
“Come on, it's ok. Between you and me, no one likes ace trainers. They are all jerks who only care about being strong anyway” Lana told the prince as they sat together on the outcropping while he cradled the fainted Mimi in his arms
”But I want to be strong! Need to be. There’s a lot of stuff riding on me being strong so I can’t afford not to be” Jr said ”How’d that guy have exactly the right pokemon to beat me? How do I get a strong team like him?”
“Well they capture all sorts of types of pokemon, caring only about competitive optimization. But trust me, it's much easier to stick to a type or two. Mixing and matching them makes them so much harder to care for” she told him the common wisdom that most from her world stuck too, and interjected before he could dismiss it “but you can find a middle ground. Like me! You saw how even though all of mine are water types I still had an answer to electric and grass types that normally beat them right? You can do the same! Catch some fairy or ghost pokemon with other types to round out your team”
Jr still did not look convinced or any less dejected so she decided that she should do something practical about the situation.
“So I don't think there’s any ghost types around here, but I think I do know where we can find a fairy type. Or well, one that’s going to become a fairy type anyway” she said, before standing, taking his hand and tugging for him to follow with her “Come on, I think I saw one nearby”
Following her lead, the jr ended up poking his heads up over a sandbank alongside Lana a few minutes later, and catching sight of her intended target.
“I don’t know if it’s your style but-” she started to say only to be proven wrong when Jr’s eyes lit up and he declared ”It’s…. perfect!” at the sight of a seal pokemon presently juggling one of the poor otter pokemon on its clown nose.
And that's the story of how Jr ended up making a new friend.
And also caught a Popplio round about the same time.