After exploring Ambrette Town, I tried heading back up towards Cyllage City to take on the gym there, because it's been... how long since I beat the last one? To put it in old game terms, it's as if there was no gym between Striaton and Nimbasa in BW1, and the levels are similar enough to show that argument. Unfortunately, guess what? Roadblock time! This time it was a swimmer who lost... a fossil, I think? I didn't pay attention, too busy swearing. It might as well have been a contact lens, because no matter what I did there was no way through. So it was off to route 9 instead, to try the fabled Pokémon riding, and... well, I thought it was faster than this. Rhyhorns happen to be just as slow out of battle as during one, so it was a bit annoying, but not cataclysmic.
Glittering Cave was... interesting, to say the least. Mostly due to the camera angle that can easily cause you to lose your bearings. It would've been much simpler with the top-down perspective from the previous games, but fortunately this was just one main path with many branching dead ends. And just as I was beginning to wonder where the hell Team Flare was... well, I ran into the first few grunts. Sure, introducing a villainous team before the second gym is not only standard, but it's what always happened. It's just that with how late the second gym is, I figured they would've been introduced a long time ago. I was given the choice of which fossil to take... I chose Amaura, just because. Not that it matters anyway, when I get a Ditto I'll just breed it and trade the offspring for a Tyrunt. Mienfoo learned Drain Punch on the way out, which should help with both power and bulk.
Unfortunately, I haven't caught anywhere close to everything that was in the cave, so I'm going to head back in there for a bit. Fortunately there's an NPC who heals my team right at the entrance, so I don't even need to go back to Ambrette.
Current team: L42 Blaziken, L42 Venusaur, L33 Mienfoo
Edit: A few mechanics were updated, which I'd like to point out:
- Sound-based moves and Pokémon with Infiltrator now hit through Substitute
- Oblivious Pokémon are now immune to Taunt
- Female Pokémon can now pass down egg moves too, making illegal egg move combos a thing of the past. Aqua Jet + Belly Drum Azumarill and Spikes + Sleep Powder + Leaf Storm Roserade are the most notable ones.