collecting those badges slowly but surely. Just battled http://alex-wilder.tumblr.com/ for the fighting type badge. It wasnt easy. I lost the first time after a close battle. each of us with our last pokemon on the field and health in the red. His breloom knew mach punch, which sealed my fate.
He offered up a rematch and i took it. Being more strategic the second time, i was able to pull through.
Long story short, CHALLENGE THE GYMS!!!!! I enjoy fighting challengers going for the fire badge and the other leaders have a lot of fun with this too!
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