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The Illyna League: Gym Leader Dante

by PentheWonderful

Trainer Dante.png
PentheWonderful (Written by Vergil Tanner)

After defeating Cassie and the Newcrest Gym, you find yourself at the beginning of a rather sizeable trek. Leaving Newcrest, you journey back across the lake to rejoin the main trail and follow it around towards the eastern coast of Illyna's main island. Coming to the eastern coast, the road ends on an otherwise unassuming beach, with the first of the south-eastern island chain rising in the distance across the waters. The message is clear; unlike with the Harmony Badge, you are expected to make your own way instead of relying on a ship to ferry you across.

The crossing is difficult, with the strong currents and various riptides and reefs pulling you this way and that, preventing you from taking a shortcut straight to your destination. Instead, the waters deposit you and your Pokemon – eventually – on the northern part of the topmost island in the miniature peninsula. This section of Illyna is made up of a trio of islands running along the eastern and southern coast of the central landmass, the largest of which you stand upon now. It's an extremely mountainous area, and you face an extraordinarily difficult climb towards your destination.

The road ahead of you climbs upwards at a steep pace, though it seems broken and crumbled in several locations, as if designed to be as challenging as possible. The climb is long and arduous, forcing you to alternatively skirt sheer drops and dive into deep, labyrinthine caves. Eventually, you step out of a long, neatly paved passageway. After blinking the sun from your eyes, you finally see your destination and the latest stop along your journey.

Calchester City.

Despite its isolated location and somewhat difficult Trainer-path, Calchester is renowned across all of Illyna as the center of higher education and Pokemon research. If Caldoshire is the archaeological and historical capital of the region, then Calchester is the scientific hub. Every Professor of the Region has studied or worked in the famous Silverspire Laboratory which conveniently sits right next door to the Grand Library Of Illynan Scientific Learning, where everything ever researched and documented about the Pokemon native to the region is catalogued and stored. On the clifftop behind you sits The Observatory, its massive telescope pointed to the sky to research and document the regions unique weather patterns and climate, and looking down across the city you can see hordes of researchers, students and university-orbiters alike going about their daily business. Even the Pokemon Center is cutting-edge with an attached research lab and veterinarian school to support the students attending the famous Westwood University.

After a good long rest at the Rookidee's Rest, you are ready to challenge Calchester's gym, headed by the co-founder of the Illyna Region and Pokemon Professor of the Illyna Region himself, Dante Young. His gym has a fearsome reputation for being fiendishly difficult, but you are undeterred. You weathered Juniper. You endured Ransom. You outlasted Kirana. You overpowered Elias. You resisted Evelina and outfoxed Cassandra. The overwhelming majority of gym challengers never get this far, and you are not giving up now.

Upon entering the gym, you find yourself in a locked room, with the way forwards barred by a large mechanical device. There's a table in the centre of the room, and four pillars at each corner. The table gives you a riddle regarding the four pillars in each corner of the room, which in turn gives you the clue you need to progress; in order to unlock the door, you must strike the lock in a very particular way. If you guess incorrectly, the lock will seal permanently and you will be required to leave the room; the riddle and answer will then be randomised for the next attempt. Upon completion, the door opens to reveal two of Dante's students, who challenge you to a Double Battle before you proceed.

After fighting Dante's students, you're led to the second room. The door slides shut behind you and a light flickers on overhead to reveal a rather bizarre chamber; in the center of the room is a large digital clock, which begins to count down from 60 as soon as the door closes. Beneath the clock is a large button labelled “Reset.” A statue of a trainer stands next to the hourglass, with a replica of a Klefki dangling from his outstretched hand. A scroll dangles from his other hand, which gives a cryptic riddle regarding the puzzle. Small holes line each wall of the room, each about the size of the charms on the Klefki's ring. However, this riddle is not as straightforward as it may at first seem. Should you somehow manage to solve the riddle, though, the door opposite you will slide open to reveal one of Dante's assistants who promptly challenges you to a Rotation Battle.

The third room is somewhat different to the others; it's a wide open space with nothing between you and the door opposite. You walk forwards suspiciously, but find nothing unusual about it and reach the other side quickly enough. Pulling it open...you find yourself staring back into the room you just left. Turning around, you see a door on the far wall. It is then that you notice a cryptic riddle in the wall next to the door you stand before;

Though you travel far and wide,
What changes most does lie inside.
You should always keep in mind,
The path ahead lies behind.

Should you manage to successfully complete the challenge, you are met by a trio of assistants and challenged to a Triple Battle. If you win, you are allowed through the door to the final room.

In the final challenge, you are confronted with a wide arena and a large, high-level Pokemon that you are required to defeat. But you quickly find that simply attempting to wail on it with a Super-Effective move simply isn't enough; the Pokemon is protected by a mysterious barrier that grants it immunity to anything you try and throw at it. The challenge in this room is to figure out where the barrier is coming from and disable it long enough to defeat the Pokemon before it defeats your team through attrition. Once you've found the source – wherever it is – you are required to solve yet another puzzle to figure out how to disable it. Good luck.

Once you have managed to overcome that ordeal, a pair of Dante's understudies will challenge you to a Double Rotation Battle. If you manage to triumph...only then will you be allowed to challenge Dante himself. Dante greets you respectfully as you enter his challenge chamber, a vast, empty room with nothing but steel panelling on the floor and walls. Certain panels have odd symbols on them, but beyond that, it is a sterile, sleek and utterly featureless environment save for the two doors behind where Dante stands. Despite being aloof and detached in his demeanour, he congratulates you genuinely on reaching him – especially on finding victory over his wife, Cassandra – and wishes you good luck for the battle ahead.

Dante's team is as follows, in order of appearance:

1. Ajax, his steadfast and immovable Aggron.
2. Grael, his calm and unflappable Metagross.
3. Mrs. Stabbington, his aggressive and vengeful Aegislash.
4. Ryu, the proud and noble Lucario leant to him by his Belle.
5. Corva, his protective and vicious partner, Corviknight.

Dante is an exceptionally difficult combatant to face. Dante uses the time you take to get through Ajax to determine what kind of trainer you are; are you aggressive, or defensive? Reckless? Cautious? Do you fight by the book, or do you employ unorthodox methods to try and trip him up? Do you focus on the battle, or do you try to read the trainer? All of this is analysed with the cold, impassive face of a man who seemingly has no emotions. The only words he speaks are to give cryptic one-or-two word coded commands to his Pokemon that often spark various combinations of moves in quick succession.

Once he has established what type of Trainer you are is when he engages his counterattack. A series of sharp commands are given that are designed to exploit your strategies weak-points, or to force you to overextend yourself to give him openings to punish. More than that, however, he also plays the trainer; if he believes you are waiting for him to flinch or indicate his next move through his facial expression, he will reel you in by refusing to blink...and then give the barest of twitches in order to double bluff you into making a mistake. If you're hot-headed, he will deliberately play defensively to frustrate you into making a mistake. Etc ad nauseum.

But that isn't the only thing you have to worry about; during the fight, Dante will order his Pokemon to strike the various symbols around the arena. Once struck, these icons change the terrain in drastic ways. Whether it be creating a river or a lake in the middle of the arena, changing the weather patterns within the room, forming craggy plateaus or deep undergrowth, it seems that the entire room has been designed to be able to reconfigure the terrain at a moments notice. Defeating him requires you to think on your feet and remember what the tiles do; only by turning the terrain to your advantage will you emerge victorious!

Upon your victory, Dante rewards you with The Bastion Badge and gifts you the TM Gyro Ball. Dante congratulates you and shows you through one of the two doors to the outside of the Gym. He points to a vast stone bridge to the rear of Calchester connecting the southernmost point of the island to the north of the next one in the chain. Before you leave, he pauses to give you a word of advice. “Don't let Markus get inside your head,” he says simply, “or you'll never defeat him.” And with those ominous words...the final leg of your journey begins.
  1. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @Axlark I know, right?! She's amazing! You should see the rest of her Illyna Leaders. The region is really coming to life thanks to @PentheWonderful 's amazing artwork ♥
    Apr 29, 2020
    PentheWonderful and Axlark like this.
  2. Axlark
    Axlark
    I aspire to reach this level of talent. Amazing work ♥
    Apr 25, 2020
  3. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @Red Gallade It works in game, too, since they're both in the Field Egg Group! :D
    Apr 10, 2020
  4. Red Gallade
    Red Gallade
    I can understand wanting to go a lil' beyond the choice of species when it comes to romance.
    Apr 10, 2020
  5. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @Red Gallade Lmao, probably xD Personally, I think two rabbit-type pokemon is boring. I prefer Lopunny x Midnight Lycanroc. But then, that's because if Elias was transformed into a Pokemon, he'd be Midn. Lycanroc, and Kira would be Lopunny. So I'm a bit bias in favour of our Ship xD
    Apr 10, 2020
  6. Red Gallade
    Red Gallade
    When that happens, I can already tell there's gonna be a lot more Cinderace x Lopunny art than there already may be
    Apr 10, 2020
  7. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @Red Gallade I'm hoping Lopunny is one of the Pokemon being added back in. I want my thicc kick bunny ♥
    Apr 10, 2020
  8. Red Gallade
    Red Gallade
    Looks like I'll have to wait until the Crown Tundra if I wanna move my Shiny Metagross...
    Apr 10, 2020
  9. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @Red Gallade I made Dante on my first runthrough. As soon as Isle of Armour drops, I'm transferring Rockruff over from Home and doing a playthrough with Elias! :D
    Apr 10, 2020
  10. Red Gallade
    Red Gallade
    I feel like I should try and see if I can give myself a lil' something on Sword and Shield and actually try to make my Gym Leader OC's team.

    The Gym Leader is Brian, a Psychic Type Gym leader with his own polite behavior and a strong belief in destiny. (You can find out more about him in my signature :p)
    Apr 10, 2020
  11. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @Red Gallade Corviknight is pretty goddamn awesome. I love it. My first Shield Run (a Nuzlocke), I was ecstatic when my first pokemon I ran into in Route 01 was a Rookidee. I was like "YES. MY REIGN OF TERROR BEGINS."
    Apr 10, 2020
  12. Red Gallade
    Red Gallade
    I'd rather not be envious... at all. :@

    Lighter topic: Corviknight is officially my new favorite bird Pokemon as well.
    Apr 10, 2020
  13. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @Red Gallade Lol, why would you be envious and PO? xD
    You can Like it and be envious :p
    Apr 10, 2020
  14. Red Gallade
    Red Gallade
    I don't know if I should like this and smile...

    Or be envious and pissed off for reasons unknown...
    Apr 9, 2020
  15. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @GymLeaderJojo We thought that the Shiny version fit the aesthetic better. Plus...it just looks badass xD
    I'm glad you like the gym ^_^ Pen worked super hard on the art, and I went through, like, three drafts for the writeup. That doesn't sound like a lot, but most of my posts are first drafts xD So three is a lot for me! xD
    Apr 8, 2020
  16. GymLeaderJojo
    GymLeaderJojo
    Like always, another masterpiece from @PentheWonderful! Steel Is definitely one of my favorite types, so seeing this gym leader. Just. makes. me. Speechless. Great job! (Also I like the Shiny Corvisquire, Nice touch)
    Apr 8, 2020
  17. RenzFlintrock
    RenzFlintrock
    @Vergil Tanner

    He is pure evil. He worships the Spindas, and the Spindas worship him. I dunno where he got it, but Renz got threatened with it, I think.
    Apr 8, 2020
  18. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @RenzFlintrock
    :p

    Just one question. Why did the Spinda King have a Pokemon Shredder, and where did he get it? Pbay? XD

    I mean, the new anime and art style was supposed to be a reboot to address the whole "26 years old thing," but then they referenced things that happened in the old series, defeating and the point. I just don't think the anime writers are the most consistent team on the planet in quality xD
    Interesting! That DOES make sense, given the rules for Z Moves set out in Canon.

    @Merciless Medic Dante is 22 in UW ;-)

    GOOD! It's supposed to be hard :p If they can't solve basic puzzles, how can they expect to be champions, eh? :p

    If you lose to him, you get one free rematch. If you lose again, you have to redo the puzzles, which will be reset to having different answers. :p
    Apr 8, 2020
  19. RenzFlintrock
    RenzFlintrock
    @Merciless Medic

    Yep, that's pretty much what I was trying to say in my last post!
    Apr 7, 2020
  20. Merciless Medic
    Merciless Medic
    @RenzFlintrock yes that could work :3 I just thought since everyone has aura, you use your aura and the dance to convert it into Z-Power. Of course, the power of the aura doesn't matter as the same amount is being used and channeled into making more Z-Power and you aren't losing your aura when making the Z-Power. However, doing Z-Moves is easier in Alola due to the constant abundance of Z-Energy, especially in sacred areas like where you fight the Totem Pokemon. Anywhere else, and it will tire you out more after one use in one battle. In Alola, your energy still has to charge up so you can use it in the next battle but the recharge rate is considerably faster than when in another region.

    Does that sound good?
    Apr 7, 2020
  21. RenzFlintrock
    RenzFlintrock
    @Merciless Medic what if they're combined? Like, you still use the energy like I said before, but you draw it out with the synchronized dance and into the crystal...?
    Apr 7, 2020
  22. Merciless Medic
    Merciless Medic
    @RenzFlintrock

    That's an interesting theory. :3 I might implement that. My theory is that when you do a specific synchronized dance with your Pokemon, you build up Z-Power within yourself that you use to power the Z-Ring, which ultimately gets powered by some power multiplier by the Z-Crystal, and it in turn gives power to a move for the Pokemon's use.

    I can also vouch for Dante's difficulty. I have seen some RP posts of Dante's fighting capability when he was like... 17 in Uncharted Waters? Yea, if he refined that for another decade yea, no wonder. XD

    And yes @PentheWonderful this looks amazing :D

    Also, @Vergil Tanner, the Silverspire Laboratory... Yea, it's going to take several Machamp to get Shade out of that tower to continue the gym challenge. XD but she'll excel at the puzzles, just.... everybody else will have a difficult time XD Miel may do better, but the rest of them will get stuck.

    But hey, if they manage to get past the puzzles and lose to Dante, would they have to get through the puzzles again?
    Apr 7, 2020
  23. RenzFlintrock
    RenzFlintrock
    @Vergil Tanner

    Nope, not true. Anyways, to put a long story short, when Renz and Kathren were escaping the Spinda King’s castle Ty was supposed to be guarding the door. He was asleep, though, and Kathrenz got away. When he woke up, he was about to be thrown into the Shredder for his failure. He managed to escape, but not before his leg was mangled beyond repair. Later he crashed across the path of Kathren and Renz, and they rushed him to a Pokémon Center. He was saved, but his leg was gone. One of the two had to adopt him, and Renz took him. He is a good baby boy, now.

    Even then, part of a Zmove blows through protecting moves. I think it’s 25%. He would just have to time it right.

    I think he deserved to win the Kalisz league... I mean, it’s stupid how Pikachu keeps resetting each region, but Ash has come up with some good strategies. But in general, bad.

    So basically, the idea is this: the Z ring draws in Z Energy from the air, the trainer, and the Pokémon to use the move. There is lots of naturally occurring Z energy in Alola, so you could use a Z move every battle if you want to. But in other regions, the naturally occurring Z energy is not very strong at all, so it draws a lot more from trainer and Pokémon. This results in a lot of draining effect on both, although it might not manifest visibly. It takes a lot longer to be able to use a Z move again after that. Thus, they have to be used sparingly, only in important situations.
    Apr 7, 2020
  24. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @RenzFlintrock
    Everything is your fault. Everything in perpetuity from the dawn of time to the end of existence is purely your fault. :p

    Oh, definitely! If played properly. ;) It would be just Renz's luck to be like "Z MOVE!" and Mrs. Stabbington to be like "Kings Shield, SUCCCKAAAAAAAA." xD

    Ash is always awful. "I got a new Pokemon! Let's use it for an episode and then send it to the timeout box forever." He never really varies his tactics, it's just "My level 100 Pikachu uses thundershock. What do you mean Ground is immune to electricity? Whoop, I lost." No wonder the only League he's won is Alola, the one that technically doesn't have a dedicated League. xD
    If he beats Galar, as a proud Brit, I will flip my lid :p

    I live for theories, both interesting, crazy and cockemamy!
    Apr 7, 2020
  25. RenzFlintrock
    RenzFlintrock
    It wasn’t me! It was the Spinda King and his Shredder!

    True.

    Agreed... I know they aren’t an auto win, that’s for sure. But it is a good way to nuke a troublesome opponent, if played properly. I also agree that Ash is generally pretty bad. DP was good from what I’ve seen, and XY was his peak.

    I have an interesting theory about Z-Moves used outside of Alola, if you’d like to hear it.
    Apr 7, 2020
  26. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @RenzFlintrock
    You monster.

    Doesn't mean he can't appreciate the effort it takes to be a successful coordinator! :p

    True, but let's be honest, who doesn't have Z-Moves at this point? :p If Ash, the worst trainer in the canon, can get one...anybody can. :p How do you know Dante isn't packing one? At this point in his life (mid-thirties) he's at least visited every major region. :p
    Besides, Z-Moves aren't an Auto-Win! They're powerful moves, but they don't guarantee anything! EG, Brock's Steelix was blasted by one, and he still ended up winning. :p
    Apr 7, 2020
  27. RenzFlintrock
    RenzFlintrock
    @Vergil Tanner
    Ahaha ha ha ha... ha... umm....

    Yep, I know, he's just knows what's going on after the initial surprise.

    Mhm, I can see that. Although he doesn't really go in for contests or anything like that. His dream since he was young was to become a gym leader. He also looks up, or at least did until he became one, to all gym leaders and elite four. When he was 15, anyways. XP

    True dat. But then again, Renz's Garchomp is a beast. And Renz has Z-moves. He was raised in Malie City, Alola, and began the first steps of his journey in that area.
    Apr 7, 2020
  28. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @RenzFlintrock

    Well, I would hope that somebody didn't deliberately cut off his leg! :O

    Well, even if he has friends who do the same thing, it doesn't mean he knows what each coded command does :p But yeah, he would be able to adapt better than people who are like "What the hell is he...AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!" xD

    Boo, you're no fun :p Well, it might just be a "Hey, is that-" thing like walking down the street and being like "Wait a second, did I just walk past Adele?!" xD

    God, I know, right? Steel Types in general are pains in the arses, but Aggron is just a defensive powerhouse. Mega Aggron is even worse xD
    Apr 7, 2020
  29. RenzFlintrock
    RenzFlintrock
    @Vergil Tanner
    I know, Ty is my baby boy. And he was invented mostly on accident!

    That might prove a challenge for the first little bit, but he has friends who do the same thing. Maybe not as well, but the same concept.

    Nope, he has a gf/wife.

    Agreed, Aggron is a tank.
    Apr 7, 2020
  30. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @RenzFlintrock
    And as I said, I admit that Renz would beat Dante if not on the first try, then probably the second and almost certainly on the third (not to say he couldn't first try it, just that it wouldn't take him more than three attempts, given his team layout!).
    And oh, cool! See, even disabled Pokemon can still fight! I've always kinda wanted an anime revolving around a disabled Pokemon. Like maybe a Machamp who lost or broke one of his arms, so he is objectively less capable than other Machamps, but still finds a way to push through. Could be an inspiring episode!

    One thing I forgot to mention is that Dante doesn't call out Pokemon Moves. He has a series of codes instead, so his opponents never know quite what's coming at them. :p His codewords are usually references to combos or attack plans that he's drilled with his team. ;)

    But I might take you up on that! I like coming up with strategies. Though Renz might be a bit distracted if Dante's sister has come to watch the battle! She's not a Gym Leader; rather, she's the "Contest Champion" of the Region, and she's also a professional model / fashionista. So if Renz isn't disciplined, he might find his gaze wandering. :p Depending on how we feel at the end of the Gym Challenge Entries, you MIGHT get to see a proper PentheWonderful-style art of her and her partner (depending on how Pen feels). ;)

    [One last thing, Aggron can learn Protect. So best case scenario for Dante, it would take Renz four turns rather than two to get through Ajax [Protect --> Earthquake --> Protect --> Earthquake]
    Apr 7, 2020
  31. RenzFlintrock
    RenzFlintrock
    @Vergil Tanner that's perfectly fine! I admit Renz would not have an easy time of it. However, I can use anime logic as well, and the terrain, so don't forget that XD. But yeah, his team is very solid and Corviknight is a huge problem for any ground team. Even though most of his team has Stone Edge to deal with flying types, Corviknight is neutral from that. And none of his team, except Ty, packs an Electric or Fire attack. Fun fact about Ty, he is missing his left back leg. So Renz has worked with him to deal with this problem and come up with strategies. If you ever want to discuss strategy, let me know. I'm keeping this specific message fairly short because of school, but I'm glad to talk.
    Apr 7, 2020
  32. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @RenzFlintrock

    Ok, I should probably not send huge messages like that and then edit them hundreds of times xD I just love talking battle strategy, and I get excited over hypothetical matchups, sorry xD
    Apr 7, 2020
  33. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @RenzFlintrock

    True, but then, I would say that battles are Dante's jam as well. It's not like Renz is going up against somebody whose only defence is puzzles, now is it? :p And remember, battles in the anime / manga aren't like in the games where they just politely stand opposite each other and take turns. xD There's a number of factors to consider there!

    Let's take Aggron in a vacuum, for example. Yes, two Earthquakes would kill him pretty quickly. Looking at Renz's trainer card...
    If the attacker was Garchomp, Aggron can learn Ice Beam and Icy Wind, so Garchomp would either be dead or near death in the process. Same with Torterra and Krookodile. Typhlosion is handled by Rock and Piloswine is handled by Steel. My point being that it's not gonna be quite so easy to deal with him just because you have ground moves.

    And his team isn't JUST Aggron. Aegislash is notoriously tricky to deal with. I would personally argue that being literally able to float above the ground, things like Earthquake wouldn't really bother Aegislash that much, but even if it did, it has HUGE defences and Kings Shield to protect it, so it would take even a Type-Advantaged team a while to punch their way through Aegislash. Or, Dante could opt to send in Corviknight early, rendering all of your Ground-Type moves useless since - as a Flying Type - it's immune to Ground entirely. Still vulnerable to fire, yes, but still. :p

    There's also the fact that his battle arena isn't just a wide open space, it's a constantly shifting battleground where new environments can emerge at a moments notice, so if you can't think quickly, you're not going to be able to take advantage of them.

    Of course, I'm not getting into a "My trainer could batter your trainer," that's not what I'm intending to say xD Renz would probably win, if not on the first try then probably on the second. I'm just saying that Dante has a very sticky team that is good at enduring even SE attacks, so between Aggron and Aegislash's high defence and Lucario's agility, he will have ample chance to work out what kind of trainer Renz is. It doesn't take long to determine if somebody is aggressive or defensive, for example, after all. :p He's also very good at using the terrain to his advantage. Plus plus, this would come at the end of a particularly gruelling Gym Run, so Renz might not be "awake" for the first little bit of the match xD

    You're right, Renz has a decent chance considering his type advantage! He'll definitely have an easier time than, say, a rock or fairy Specialist, and he'll definitely find the eighth gym a LOT harder. Arguably even the first gym, considering the type. But it certainly won't be easy, and if he loses focus or underestimates Dante for even a moment, this gym leader is more than capable of punishing him harshly for it. :p He's not the seventh gym leader for nothing, after all! :p

    But as I said...I don't want to come across like I'm arguing that my boy is the best and unbeatable. Obviously he's not invincible. xD That would be boring :p I just like talking strategy xD
    Apr 7, 2020
  34. RenzFlintrock
    RenzFlintrock
    @Vergil Tanner To be honest, both myself and Renz the character would have a little trouble with that. While I'm decently smart, puzzles are my weak point. My Dungeon Master is an expert at near unsolvable puzzles... but if he managed to reach Dante, I think Renz would have a decent chance. Battles are his jam, and he does have type advantage on his side. The strategy of having Aggron tank hits long enough to figure out his style wouldn't work so well, merely because Earthquake could kill it in two hits XP
    Apr 7, 2020
  35. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @RenzFlintrock Awww, thanks! Pen and I are proud of this one ^_^ We're getting close to finishing all the Gym Leaders! Hopefully. xD Dante's gym is all about making you think and forcing you to consider problems laterally instead of just brute forcing xD
    Apr 7, 2020
  36. RenzFlintrock
    RenzFlintrock
    Yet another amazing trainer from you. I should work more on Renz’s gym design... (He’s a Ground Type Gym Leader, and his badge is the Foundation Badge. He makes you show your bond with the Pokémon you’re using before you get bear to battling with him.
    Apr 7, 2020
  37. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @PentheWonderful Indeed they do! They have to remind the young upstart challengers where they belong ;)

    I hope she does a lot of that ;) Dante enjoys showing off a little for his gorgeous wife ♥

    WE SHALL INDEED! ♥
    Apr 7, 2020
  38. PentheWonderful
    PentheWonderful
    @Vergil Tanner Lmao, this is true. :p They have a reputation to maintain, and first impressions matter!

    Considering her gym opens when the sun goes down, she has aaaaall day to come and admire him ;)

    We shall have to see, no? :D
    Apr 7, 2020
  39. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    @PentheWonderful

    Of course she did! Dante picked it deliberately to make his missus swoon. ;) And she no doubt helped with the finer elements of his fashion, just like he helped her with the finer elements of HERS. They have to show everybody else just what they're missing, now don't they? And Cassie wouldn't want Daddy to look anything other than his best. ;)

    I hope she comes to visit / watch him crush the challengers sometimes, like he does with her gym :p :p

    Let's just hope that Eve approves of Markus's eventual design, eh? :p
    Apr 7, 2020
  40. PentheWonderful
    PentheWonderful
    @Vergil Tanner Of course he does! He's the complete package AND he's got the looks to match ;)
    Lmao, you can do it!

    Lol, of course she does. I'm sure she would have had a hand in picking out that very ensemble. ;)
    Apr 7, 2020
  41. Vergil Tanner
    Vergil Tanner
    Awwwww, there's ma boi in all his dapper glory! I bet he has his fair share of fangirls ;)
    And Corva looks so badass!!! I want a Shiny Corviknight in my game now ;_;

    You always do such an amazing job, @PentheWonderful I love him so much! And I hope Cassie approves ;)
    Apr 7, 2020