Norman (Pokemon R&S, Pokemon Emerald, Pokemon OR&AS)

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Who the thought that Normal-Type Gym Leaders, a Typing that is normally sup pared compare to the others, would end up being so freaking difficult?

Norman is a character in the Pokemon series, and boss fight in Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire, its enhanced version Pokemon Emerald and its remakes, Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. He is the Player Characters' father and is a Gym Leader who specialize in Normal-Type Pokemon. In Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire he is the fifth Gym Leader and is overall the tenth boss of the game, but in both its enhance version Pokemon Emerald and remake Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire he is also the fifth Gym Leader but is now the eleventh boss of the game.

While the character himself has been praised by fans, Norman has been infamous for his difficulty, often considered the hardest boss in the game.

Why This Boss Sucks

  1. Much like Whitney from Pokemon Silver, Gold and Crystal and later its remakes. Norman is a Gym Leader who specializes in Normal-Type Pokemon, which only have one weakness, which is Fighting-Types.
  2. Unlike the previous four Gym battles, the fight with Norman happens immediately after the previous Gym battle, with no new areas that are unlock, the only nature training between the previous Gym battle and Norman is Norman's Gym trainers, which are not enough to make up the level difference between the two Gym Leaders.
  3. Whats probably the main reason as to why Norman is so hard is that in both games, he has a Slaking, an extremely powerful Normal-Type Pokemon, which has a base stat total of 670, which is the same as the Hoenn's two Legendary Pokemon, Groudon and Kyogre.
  4. In Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, Norman has two Slaking and a Vigoroth, and both Pokemon are dangerous.
    1. The first Pokemon is the first Slaking, which can be a big threat due to its states, and its move set which can be troublesome.
      1. Yawn: A Status move that will make the Pokemon sleep in two turns.
      2. Facade is a Normal-Type Stab Physical move that doubles in power if hit by a status condition.
      3. Encore, which is a status move that will make the Player's Pokemon do that same move over and over again for up to 6 turns.
      4. Faint Attack: A Dark-Type Physical Move, not only is it a counter for Psychic and/or Ghost-Type Pokemon, but its also a move that never misses.
    2. The second Pokemon is Vigoroth, and although the Vigoroth is not a particularly difficult Pokemon, its ability Vital Spirit makes it a threat, and its move sets can be quite dangerous.
      1. Slash: A Normal-Type physical move that has a high critical Hit Ratio and is a stab move.
      2. Facade is a Normal-Type physical move that doubles in power if hit by a status condition.
      3. Encore, which is a status move that will make the Player's Pokemon do that same move over and over again.
      4. Faint Attack: A Dark-Type physical Move, not only is it a counter for Psychic and/or Ghost-Type Pokemon, but its also a move that never misses.
    3. The third and final Pokemon is the second Slaking with a higher level, and also has a dangerous move set.
      1. Focus Punch: Is an extremely powerful Fighting-Type move which requires charging in the first turn and then will be unleash in the second turn, and is a huge threat to Normal, Ice, Rock and Steel-Type Pokemon.
      2. Facade is a Normal-Type physical move that doubles in power if hit by a status infection.
      3. Encore, which is a status move that will make the Player's Pokemon do that same move over and over again for up to 6 turns.
      4. Faint Attack: A Dark-Type physical Move, not only is it a counter for Psychic and/or Ghost-Type Pokemon, but its also a move that never misses.
  5. In Pokemon Emerald while Normal does have one of his Slaking be dropped out, he has two more Pokemon which is a Spinda and Linoone, and the Vigoroth still keeps its move sets from Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire.
    1. The first Pokemon is a Spinda, and while Spinda is not dangerous, its move sets can be troublesome:
      1. Psybeam is a Psychic-Type Special move, which not only is it a counter against it's only weakness to Fighting-Types, as well as a counter to Poison-Types, but it also has a chance to confuse the Pokemon.
      2. Teeter Dance: A Status move that while it will increase the Pokemon's power, will also confuse it.
      3. Facade is a Normal-Type Physic move that doubles in power if hit by a status condition.
      4. Encore, which is a status move that will make the Player's Pokemon do that same move over and over again for up to 6 turns.
    2. the third Pokemon is Linoone, which is also a problem due to its move sets.
      1. Slash: A Normal-Type physical move that has a high Critical-Hit Ratio and is a stab move.
      2. Facade is a Normal-Type physical move that doubles in power if hit by a status infection.
      3. Belly Drum will increase Linoone's physical attack, tho it will cut its HP down to half.
      4. Headbutt is a Normal-Type move can also be a pain due to it being able to flinch a Pokemon, and is a Stab Move.
    3. While the Slaking no longer has Slack off, it now has a Sitrus Berry, which it can heal up its own health when it loses half its health and also has a dangerous move sets.
      1. Facade is a Normal-Type Physic move that doubles in power if hit by a status infection.
      2. Faint Attack: A Dark-Type Physic Move, not only is it a counter for Psychic and/or Ghost-Type Pokemon, but its also a move that never misses.
      3. Yawn: A Status move that will make the Pokemon sleep in two turns.
      4. Counter is a very Dangerous Fighting-Type Move, not only is it a counter for Normal, Ice, Rock and Steel-Type Pokemon, but also counters for double the damage that it receives.
        • This is especially bad if you happen to have use a Fighting-Type move on it.
  6. In Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, while Norman is easier due to the Exp. Share and his lower level, its still though since not only does he have his two Slaking, but they also have different move sets.
    1. The first Pokemon is Slaking, which just like before is very dangerous due to its four move sets.
      1. Faint Attack: A Dark-Type Physic Move, not only is it a counter for Psychic and/or Ghost-Type Pokemon, but its also a move that never misses.
      2. Encore, which is a status move that will make the Player's Pokemon do that same move over and over again for up to 6 turns.
      3. Yawn: A Status move that will make the Pokemon sleep in two turns.
      4. Retaliate is a very powerful Normal-Type Move that doubles in power is used on the turn that the Pokemon faints.
    2. The second Pokemon is Vigoroth, which is also dangerous due to its different moveset.
      1. Faint Attack: A Dark-Type Physic Move, not only is it a counter for Psychic and/or Ghost-Type Pokemon, but its also a move that never misses.
      2. Encore, which is a status move that will make the Player's Pokemon do that same move over and over again for up to 6 turns.
      3. Retaliate is a severely power Normal-Type Move that doubles in power is used on the turn that the Pokemon faints.
      4. Fury Swipe is a Normal-Type Move that will hit the Pokemon three, four up to five times, while not a powerful move, can be annoying.
    3. The third Pokemon is also Slaking, which is the most dangerous Pokemon due to its move sets.
      1. Retaliate is a very power Normal-Type Move that doubles in power is used on the turn that the Pokemon faints.
      2. Faint Attack: A Dark-Type Physic Move, not only is it a counter for Psychic and/or Ghost-Type Pokemon, but its also a move that never misses.
      3. Swagger is a status move that while it will increase the Pokemon's attack state two times, will also confuse it.
      4. Chip Away is a Physical Normal-Type Move that that never misses, though its not a very powerful move.
  7. Much like Whitney, getting a Fighting-Type Pokemon can be troublesome.
  8. Much like the previous Gym Leaders, Norman has Hyper Potions, meaning that he can heal his own Pokemon.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Norman himself is a likable character.
  2. The standard Gym battle music that plays in the battle with Norman is nice to listen to.

Tips

  1. In either Pokemon game when against the Slaking, try to get a Pokemon with the move Protect, and use it on he turn that Slaking will use a turn.