(Slightly obsessed) Easter Egg: Akamere’s Team – The Courage of Lions

It’s rare I let myself indulge in this sort of way – either visually or in hobbies – but I happened to be playing Pokémon Sun while writing The Courage of Lions and thought it would be fun to create a team around Akamere, the smart-alek, spanner-wielding Nosferatu youth of Othneil’s personal hell.

In a suprising way, it actually helped a fair bit in character development, and it was interesting building a team (inspired by Vampires’ resistance to the strength of the Sun) that was inherently weak type-wise to the leading legendary, Solgaleo, but nonetheless quite formidable if underestimated. Further convinced not to leave it alone (procrastination being my snag), you can play as/fight Akamere through this interactive animation below*. Think of it as her Gym Battle scene…!


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*This is written based off the Pokémon Showdown data format which is used by Smogon. You can input Akamere’s team below:

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Volerwy (Vikavolt) (F) @ Assault Vest
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 SpD
Modest Nature
– Flash Cannon
– Bug Buzz
– Thunderbolt
– Dig

Torpor (Mimikyu) (F) @ Expert Belt
Ability: Disguise
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
– Leech Life
– Play Rough
– Pain Split
– Shadow Claw

Pheoni (Tsareena) (F) @ Grassium Z
Ability: Queenly Majesty
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def
Adamant Nature
– Teeter Dance
– Trop Kick
– Rapid Spin
– Toxic

Xeudustab (Crobat) (F) @ Scope Lens
Ability: Inner Focus
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Naughty Nature
– Brave Bird
– Haze
– Cross Poison
– Leech Life

Trancél (Raichu-Alola) (F) @ BrightPowder
Ability: Surge Surfer
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Charge Beam
– Nasty Plot
– Psychic
– Thunder Wave

Note: The nicknames are either thematic or anagrams of where the Pokémon was originally caught when travelling in the real world – Xeudustab (St. Budeaux, Plymouth); Pheoni (Pinhoe, Devon); Volerwy (Wolverly, Worcestershire) and Trancél (Southampton Central Station). Torpor was nicknamed for theme but also because she was caught on a midnight coach trip, so I had no clue where I was – could well have been Purgatory…!