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Friday, November 2nd, 2007
10:54 pm
[valisol]
rock/ghost merger issue
If I understand the new rules, I would have to integrate a Ghost-type into my team. I really don't think I have the time for that right now (planning, breeding, training), so I'm probably gonna end up quitting the league.

It was fun (especially before the fall semester started for most of us.)
Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
6:59 pm
[nekomonthetiger]
Roll call
Hey everyone. I just want to see who's still around. So please reply to this post. Since there has been a huge inactive streak here at this gym, im giving everyone a week to responde. If you do not responde within that weak, i have no other choice but to drop you from the gym. Sorry, but we need more active people. Only person i know who is active is valisol. You dont need to responde vali. I already know you're still here. Everyone else please responde to this. The one week starts now. Thanks


Tiger

Marble City Leader
Monday, August 27th, 2007
11:01 pm
[prevenger]
Attention challengers
Hey - I've been notified that a few of you have gotten past our members. I haven't been contacted at all except by two people (one of which has already made it past me). If you're looking for a match against me, reply and let me know. I'm going to a funeral later this week, but beyond that I'll make arrangements to see you in the gym.
Wednesday, July 18th, 2007
2:00 pm
[prevenger]
Pokémon Breeder's Corner - Sandstorm
One of the most valuable tools we have in the Rock gym is Sandstorm. It embodies one of our key values as a gym - the ability to wear away at opponents with impregnable defenses.

For those who haven't messed around with it too much, it whips up sand for five turns, which damages everything except Rock, Steel, or Ground types, and any Pokémon with the Sand Veil ability (either naturally or via Role Play/Trace). Being able to chip away 1/16 of your opponent's health every round is always useful, but Sandstorm has a few more properties that make it invaluable on quite a few of our teams.

First off, it reduces the power of several moves. It reduces the amount of health regained by Synthesis, Morning Sun, and Moonlight. It reduces Solarbeam to a power 60, takes two turns move - quite valuable since our gym type is weak to the move. It also reduces the accuracy of Thunder to 50% - inconsequential to some like Rhyperior, but invaluable to Pokémon like Aerodactyl and Kabutops.

But perhaps the most underappreciated aspect of Sandstorm is one that matters most to our gym - Sandstorm increases the special defense of any active Rock type by 50%. Quite a few of our Pokémon have low special defenses, and many of the moves we're weak to run off of special attack (Surf, Energy Ball, Solarbeam...). The welcome defensive boost of Sandstorm has saved my Pokémon more than once.

If you don't plan on using either Tyranitaur or Hippowdon (which sumon a Sandstorm with no turn limit), be sure to bring along a Smooth Rock - it'll increase the duration of Sandstorm by three turns. This will ensure you get the most out of the move.

Obviously, it's not a move to use lightly if you have team members vulnerable to the move. But if your team is built for it, Sandstorm will lead to an inexorable victory for a Rock-type trainer.
Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
11:39 pm
[nekomonthetiger]
Behind the cut are the list of winners who have defeated the Rock gym. Congrats to those who have obtained the Granite badge = )

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Monday, July 2nd, 2007
9:15 pm
[nekomonthetiger]
Accepting challengers!
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Welcome challengers. This is our offical challenge post. Good luck to you in your quest to obtain the Granite Badge. You shall need it ;)


Roster


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good luck to all you challengers. If you manage to get through the 2 members, and my apprentice, you'll be lucky enough to challenge me. If you are strong enough to defeat my team, you will be bestowed with his Granite badge
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Good luck trainers =)
Tuesday, June 26th, 2007
8:37 pm
[nekomonthetiger]
ATTN: MEMBERS!
Hey guys. My friend was nice enough to randomly draw a banner and badge for me when i told him i was a gym leader for LJ. Let me know what you guys think, and if we should use them on our gym page. I know we already have a gym and badge set up (THANKS PREVENGER!!!), but i just wanted to get all of your opinions on this.

Granite Badge
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Banner
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Sunday, June 24th, 2007
6:36 pm
[prevenger]
Deadline extended
In case people haven't looked at the wifipokeleague post, the league official start is pushed back a week, because most people haven't finished their teams yet.

So I'm curious - how far along is everyone here? I actually have my team complete; anyone else ready?
Friday, June 22nd, 2007
12:49 pm
[prevenger]
Member roll-call
Both to let would-be gym challengers know who we are, and to get to know our comrades-in-arms better, I figured I'd start an introduction thread where we can talk a bit about ourselves. I'll start...

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I encourage all of the gym to post below, and to outsiders, know that we will be ready quite soon. We hope you are as well.
10:48 am
[prevenger]
Practice bouts
So, my team will be ready this Sunday. Anyone here (or at our sister gym, the Ground gym) want to do some practice bouts then?
Thursday, June 14th, 2007
10:57 am
[prevenger]
Pokémon Breeder's Corner - Breeding like a pro
For both Rock-type moves and Rock-type Pokémon, breeding is a valuable tool. It saves TMs, and it can produce incredible movesets. But I've seen plenty of people wonder how I end up with things like a level 1 Rhyhorn that already knows Stone Edge, Earthquake, and Megahorn. And I'eve seen even more instances where breeders end up losing moves they want to keep on their fathers and thus stunt their breeding goals. So before getting into the glory of how to use Rock types effectively, let's get everyone up to speed on breeding.

First off, and I should hope everyone knows this by now, the Pokémon in question must be in the same egg group. I assume you already know about Ditto, but Ditto doesn't help when you're trying to make a breeding chain. Make sure as well that when you chain something out, everything can inherit all the moves. Nothing ruins a chain like bad planning.

Second, be ready to compensate for the fact that your Pokémon gain levels in day care and thus can learn new moves. There are a few ways to do that. The most obvious is to level up your Pokémon before dropping them off by battling. Especially do this at early levels, which pile up very fast. If you're breeding for a moveset, I recommend dropping off nothing less than level 20. By then, experience levels are far enough apart that you shouldn't worry about too much level gain.

One thing that you should also keep in mind is that the game is extremely methodical about which attacks will be forgotten - the attack that's at the top of your list on the status screen will be the one forgotten next. Thus, if you're breeding for only one move, make sure it's organized at the bottom of your list (you can reorder the attacks on the status screen and during battle by using the select button). It gets trickier if you're breeding for multiple moves - arrange your list carefully, and be vigilant about checking for when you learn moves. Or, just level your Pokémon past where they learn their last move, at which point you don't have to worry about it anymore.

Also, since some people don't know this - if the mother holds an Everstone while in day care, the baby will have a 50% chance of inheriting its nature. This is why so many people chase after Adamant and Modest female Pokémon.

Now, for the ever-popular guide to actually determining what the baby will know.

First off, the baby can inherit a move their earliest evolution can learn via TM or HM. For example, Rhyhorn can learn Ice Beam, so if the father of one knows the move the child will, too. However, that only applies for TM moves the earliest evolution can know. A Rhydon can learn Brick Break, but not a Rhyhorn. Thus, Rhyhorn can't inherit Brick Break.

Second, there's the well-known list of egg moves, which is distinct for each species. Keep an eye for these - there are actually some moves that are egg moves even though you can't use the TM on a given species. For Rhyhorn, Crush Claw is an egg move. If the father knows it, he'll know it.

Now, here's the third technique, which many people don't know. If there is a move that the earliest evolution learns via levelling that both parents know, the baby will know it. If both parents of a Rhyhorn know Megahorn, it will have the move upon hatching.

Now, here's an example that incoroporates all these tricks.

The father will be a male Sandslash, and his moveset will be Protect, Crush Claw, Earthquake, and Sandstorm.

The mother will be a female Rhydon with Horn Drill, Earthquake, Hammer Arm, and Megahorn. Her nature will be Brave (increases Attack, lowers Speed), and she goes into breeding while holding an Everstone.

First, the baby will by a Rhyhorn, with a Brave nature.

Since the father knows two moves that Rhyhorn can learn by TM, it will know Protect and Sandstorm.

Since the father also knows a move that is on Rhyhorn's egg move list, it will know Crush Claw.

Finally, since both parents know Earthquake, and Rhyhorn can learn that via experience, it will hatch knowing Earthquake.

So we get a level 1 Rhyhorn with a Brave nature, and the moveset Protect, Sandstorm, Crush Claw, and Earthquake.
Saturday, June 9th, 2007
11:23 am
[prevenger]
Pokémon Breeder's Corner - An Introduction
Hey there, I'm prevenger, one of the proud members of the Rock gym. If you're here, you're probably here to challenge us to earn the Granite Badge (design forthcoming), or perhaps to join us and show the world that Rock types aren't to be underestimated.

Either way, it helps to know more about Rock's strengths and weaknesses. It's not a terribly expansive type, like Normal or Water, but it has quite a few surprises for even dedicated trainers.

As such, we're starting a series known as Pokémon Breeder's Corner. I, and other skilled Pokémon breeders, will use this space to discuss various Rock-type Pokémon and Rock-type moves. The goal is to educate fellow players about the many things Rock types can do, and ways to improve other types with the judicious application of Rock moves.

The Marble City gym looks forward to talking with you all, and we'll see you in the gym.
Friday, June 8th, 2007
11:20 pm
[nekomonthetiger]
Welcome all!
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Hello there everyone. Tiger, leader of the rock gym checking in. This gym will utilyze the versatility of rock pokemon.
Apprentice.)jovee

1.)prevenger
2.)valisol
3.)ninjaghetti
4.)


If you're interested in joining a gym that uses the pokemon's ability to their fullest, please contact me and i'll give you your starter pokemon. You have a choice of the following 3

1.) Rhyhorn
2.) Bonsly
3.) Aerodactyl

There are a few ways to get ahold of me if you care to join this gym

Aim= Tygrhybrid
Yim= Twilightdragon04
Email= Twilightdragon04@yahoo.com

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and happy battling!
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