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Two longtime friends and Pokémon fans play every generation of Pokémon game, gym by gym. Now playing: Pokémon Ultra Sun/Moon.

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Route 5, Dimensional Research Lab, Diglett's Tunnel, Route 9, Konikoni City, Memorial Hill, Ruins of Life, Kahuna Olivia’s Grand Trial (#145)

Route 5, Dimensional Research Lab, Diglett's Tunnel, Route 9, Konikoni City, Memorial Hill, Ruins of Life, Kahuna Olivia’s Grand Trial (#145)

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To partially quote Rob Thomas feat. Santana: man, this is a hot one. Like, hot as in stolen because there’s a bit of a stir this week when it’s uncovered that Tanner is playing on non-regulation equipment. But as Skull Grunt always says, "you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few Exeggcutes and you can’t catch a presumably neon pink or green Poliwrath without playing the game at 2x speed." Or was that an Elon Musk quote? We meet a handsome old friend along Route 9, some not-so-handsome old friends in Diglett tunnel, and five new friends who can be whatever you want them to be... even bad guys. Then we cap it all off with a roll in the mud with Kahuna Olivia. (Not a euphemism.)

47 mins

29 November Finished

Melemele Sea, Seaward Cave, Kala'e Bay, Dividing Peak Tunnel, Route 8, Lush Jungle, Mallow's Trial (#144)

Melemele Sea, Seaward Cave, Kala'e Bay, Dividing Peak Tunnel, Route 8, Lush Jungle, Mallow's Trial (#144)

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Parrothead & Skull Grunt go their own way this week, with Parrothead keeping himself and his flock roosted on Akala while Skull Grunt takes to the sky with Charizard Glide and goes off on some misadventures back on Melemele. Then they explore the newly unlocked northern half of Akala, encountering a string of strange characters, past and present—from the robots to Colress's confounding hair, to Kukui's wife and some mysterious golfers who practice their swings in a parking lot outside of a jungle. Eventually they make their way into that jungle and go on a hunt for some soup ingredients, which somehow means you're a talented enough trainer to pass Mallow's Trial. Notes: Features "Welcome to the Jungle (8 Bit Remix Cover Version)" by 8 Bit Universe.

53 mins

22 November Finished

Route 6, Royal Avenue, Route 7, Wela Volcano Park, Kiawe's Trial (Ft. Daniel Dockery) #143

Route 6, Royal Avenue, Route 7, Wela Volcano Park, Kiawe's Trial (Ft. Daniel Dockery) #143

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Josh & Tanner are joined by actual Pokémon Lore Master, Daniel Dockery, author of the book "Monster Kids"! They chat about their own Pokémon origin stories; some of the most interesting anecdotes Daniel learned while writing the book about the series' beginnings; whether or not the anime is good; and of course learn his Sweetie and Barfy. Plus, he gives a vibe check on if Parrothead & Skull Grunt's teams actually fit the themes they're trying to embody. From there, we head down Route 6 for this week's journey "route by route." We encounter seemingly haunted doll Hapu, learn and quickly forget about Battle Royals, and then meet a lot of bad and or sexy guys in Wela Volcano Park. That's right, say "Alola!" to this season's first Fur Affinity Check. Notes: Follow @dandock on Twitter for great Pokémon (and non-Pokémon) tweets alike, and buy his book detailing the first several years of the Pokémon and monster-catching frenzy, Monster Kids, wherever books are sold!

53 mins

15 November Finished

Heahea Beach Surf Spot, Heahea City, Route 4, Pikachu Valley, Paniola Town & Ranch, Route 5, Lana's Trial at Brooklet Hill (#142)

Heahea Beach Surf Spot, Heahea City, Route 4, Pikachu Valley, Paniola Town & Ranch, Route 5, Lana's Trial at Brooklet Hill (#142)

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We say “Heya!” to Heahea City and the surrounding area this week, including what remains of Westworld now that HBO has decided they’re done with it; a big, mean spider who really put the hurt on us; and a disgusting/lovely little donkey (depending on which cohost you ask). We take on our third trial this week, and were promised a silly giant fish made out of silly small fish, but instead met a whole army of Barfy (and notably NOT bad-guy) Pokémon. Here’s a pitch: what if there was a Pokémon that was a sea cucumber, didn’t evolve into anything cooler, and primarily interacted with the world via barf. No brainer, right? Game Freak thought so too.

1 hour 1 min

8 November Finished

Route 3, Melemele Meadow, Seaward Cave, Kahuna Kala’s Grand Trial, Ten Carat Hill (Ft. Tony Smith) #141

Route 3, Melemele Meadow, Seaward Cave, Kahuna Kala’s Grand Trial, Ten Carat Hill (Ft. Tony Smith) #141

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Okay, so we’re still calibrating with the whole “no gyms” thing, so an oddly short leg this week, made to feel fuller and richer by the presence of our guest, Tony Smith, returning for his Gen Seven debut much earlier in the season than we’re accustomed to. The only thing keeping us on this little rock called Melemele Island is the Kahuna’s Grand Trial, so that’s the one and only thing on the agenda this week, but first we have to get caught up on Tony’s journey, learn about the new and improved Ultra Skull Grunt, and look on in horror as Vullaby messes its little skull diaper AGAIN. Being a villain has its downsides, I guess.

1 hour 5 mins

1 November Finished

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