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Ahoy PUCLonians! Capt. Gravy here, and it’s time for another edition of Trainers of Kanto. This week we will be hearing the tale of everyone’s favorite Dark/Dragon/Ghost enthusiast:

Dennis the DDG Maniac

Dennis’ journey as a Pokémon trainer began, as most good things do, on Christmas Day. He was six years old when he first received Pokémon Yellow for his Game Boy Color as well as a Nintendo 64, complete with Pokémon stadium and the GBC cartridge adapter. Dennis promptly ignored his other gifts and so that he could sit on his racecar bed and play Pokémon on a large television screen. He was thrilled to see his beloved Pikachu following behind him on the bright screen in his dark bedroom. (He used to have to keep the lights on at night to play his GBC–no longer!)  Unfortunately, Dennis found himself grounded quite a few times by his parents because he would stay up late until the following day traveling with his Pokémon.

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I, too, enjoyed Pokémon on the big screen.

It was during this journey that Dennis’ love for Dragon and Ghost types began to bloom. He had always been extremely fascinated with mystery, horror, and mythological stories, that combined with first seeing Dragonite as a large, mysterious figure in the anime sparked his love for Dragon types. Likewise, seeing Haunter in the anime made Dennis better able to appreciate Gastly’s evolution line and he liked to imagine that Haunter played together with his trainer whenever he turned off the game. But the biggest reason for Dennis’ ghost type obsession is Lavender town’s eerie music and the sad tale of Marowak and her motherly love. It should come as no surprise that Dennis’ favorite Pokémon is Giratina, the Renegade Pokémon. “Not only because it embodies two of my favorite types, but its design always captivates me no matter which form Giratina takes.”

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Dennis’ journey has crossed paths with a few other trainers before PUCL. The first trainer was a year older and battled and traded with Dennis during Gen II before having to move to another school. Dennis did not make another friend through Pokémon until he was in college. He was battling someone nearby over PSS and managed to win the battle. A man approached Dennis and asked if he was a competitive Pokémon trainer and wanted to know how Dennis’ Gardevoir had survived his Garchomp’s Iron Head attack. Their bond began there and Dennis was introduced to a whole group of people he taught him how to breed and become a better competitive battler. One of Dennis’ most special memories came shortly after joining this group of trainers. One of his friends was going through a tough period of life and Dennis recalls staying with this friend for two days, just playing Pokémon together while his friend let all of his feelings out about how his life was going. Dennis believes that all his friend needed was Pokémon and a helping hand to feel better.

Dennis is incredibly thankful to the PUCL community for being a genuinely friendly community. He is so glad to have met such great people as: Uncle Oshawott, Dr. Shamu, Prof. Snag, Axonis, R. Sigma, The Fluffiest Whimsicott, Lord Jushiro, Phoenix Scyther, Thatch, and many more. He hopes to become better competitively with aspirations toward Nationals, to attend PUCLCon 2017, and to continue to be a part of this growing community.

Alright folks, you know the drill. I want to see this poopdeck spick and span! Oh wait, oops. Sorry, you guys are just so awesome that I mistook you as my loyal crew. Comment below with your thoughts, and if you would like to share your story with the PUCL community, please let me know!