Norman (Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald/Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire)

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"Tho the though that Normal-Type Gym Leaders, a Typing that is normally subpar compare to the others, would end up being so freaking difficult?" MandJTV from "Toughest Gym Leader in Every Pokemon Game"

Norman is a character in Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire, the enhanced version Pokémon Emerald and their remakes Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, and boss in games, in all 3 versions and the remakes, he is the fifth Gym Leader, but the boss order is different, in Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire, he is overall the tenth boss of the game, while in both Pokémon Emerald and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire he is overall the eleventh boss of the game.

Much like Whitney and Elesa, Norman has been infamous by many Players for his high difficulty, and is often considered as one of the hardest bosses in both games.

Why He Sucks

  1. Much like Whitney previously, Norman is a Gym Leader who specializes in Normal-type Pokemon, which only have one weakness to Fighting-types.
  2. Unlike the previous Gym battles, Norman's Gym battle begins right after the previous Gym battle with no new areas unlocked, so the only way to gain more Exp is Norman's Gym Trainers, which even then they aren't enough to help you.
  3. In both games, Norman has one Pokémon that is infamous, Slaking, which has the base state total of 670, the same level as the two Hoenn Legendary Pokémon, and in Ruby & Sapphire and its remakes Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, he has not one, but two Slakings.
  4. In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, all three of Norman's Pokémon share either two or three moves that can be brutal.
    1. Faint Attack is a Dark-type Physical move that all three of Norman's Pokémon share, which is not only is it a threat for Psychic and Ghost-type Pokémon, but is also a move that never missis
    2. Encore, which is a Normal-type Status move that is shared by the first Slaking and Vigoroth, and can make your Pokémon use the same move three times.
    3. Facade: A Normal-type Physical Counter move that the second Slaking and Vigoroth have, which can do high damage if infected by a status condition.
  5. In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Norman has three Pokémon that are powerful.
    1. The first Pokémon he has is Vigoroth, who's not the most treating, but is still dangerous, in addition to having Faint Attack, Encore and Facade, Vigoroth also has:
      1. Slash, a very powerful Physical move that has a high Critical Hit chance.
    2. The two Pokémon that Norman has are his two Slakings, which are both very powerful as stated in #3, and in addition to also having Facade and Faint Attack, they also have two of one of the fallowing moves such as:
      1. Yawn: A Normal-type Status move that the first Slaking has, which will put your Pokémon to sleep in two turns.
      2. Slack Off, which is also a Normal-type Status move that the second Slaking has, which can heal up Slaking's HP.
      3. Focus Punch is a Fighting-type Physical move that the second Slaking also carries, which takes two turns to attack, but in addition to dealing high damage, is also a huge threat for Normal, Ice, Rock and Steel-type Pokémon.
  6. In Pokémon Emerald, one of Norman's Slakings gets replaced with two new Pokémon, given him four Pokémon, while his Vigoroth keeps its move sets intact, which makes it sound like it makes Norman easier, but it really doesn't.
    1. The first new Pokémon that Norman has is Spinda, and while he is the least threatening Pokémon, it can be a bit troublesome, in addition to having Facade and Encore, he also has:
      1. Psybeam is a Psychic-type Special move that not only counters Poison and Fighting-type Pokémon, but can also confuse them.
      2. Teeter Dance: A Normal-type Status move that will raise your Attack Power, but will also confuse your Pokémon.
    2. The second new Pokémon that Norman has is Linoone, who can be quite a pain, and in addition to having Slash and Facade, Linoone also has two other move sets that can be annoying.
      1. Belly Drum is a Normal-type Status move that lowers Linoone's HP, but doubles his attack by 6, making Linoone hit even harder.
      2. Headbutt: A Normal-type Physical move that not only can do decent damage, but can also flinch you.
    3. Norman's fourth and final Pokémon is also Slaking, who now has a Sitrus Berry, meaning that it can heal up its own HP at will without the need of potions, and in addition to having Facade, Yawn and fain Attack, it also has:
      1. Counter: A Fighting-type Physical Counter Move that does double the damage back at your Pokémon, as well as be a huge threat for Normal, Ice, Rock and Steel-type Pokémon.
  7. In Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, Norman has the same team of two Slakings and a Vigoroth, which makes his team the same high level of difficulty, and in addition to all three of his Pokémon knowing Faint Attack and both the first Slaking and Vigoroth having Encore, they also have:
    1. Retaliate, a Normal-type Physical move that has the attack power of 140 if used after one of Norman's Pokémon faints.
  8. Two of Norman's Pokémon has one of the three new moves that are brutal.
    1. Fury Swipe: A Normal-type Physical move that Vigoroth has, which can hit up to five times, and can do up to 72 based power if hit five times
    2. Swagger is a Normal-type Status move which the second Slaking has, it can increases the Attack stat two times of the opponent and confuses it.
    3. Chip Away, which is a Normal-type Physical move that is also carried by the second Slaking, while it does weak damage, it never missis.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Norman himself is a likeable character.
  2. Norman's Slakings have the Truant ability, meaning that it can only attack once every other turn, so you can heal during the times that Slaking is in its Truant state.