Hmmm . . . my HG starter (
) is now a lv 58 or so
and I've now kicked the butts of 15 trainers (and my rival a number of times). So, I frankly don't remember what level he was when I took on the first gym. I'd guess somewhere around 8 to 12. And, as others have mentioned, I'd already built up something of a team by then and that helped a lot.
I don't usually start spending a LOT of time levelling up till after my 2nd gym battle. By that time I've gotten more of the kind of team I feel will work good for most of my challenges. I prefer a pretty well balanced team. At this time I've got may main team up around 60+ (except my Typhlosion at lv 58) and am going to level them all up a little more before I take on Blue (who I expect to have a real kick-ass team).
Yes ... I'm 55 years old and only began playing Pokémon in '09. I may have to grow old, but I do NOT
have to grow up!
White: 2365 4999 6307 ... Black: 3482 2525 7381
HG: 1162 1963 8460
Diamond: 3009 5070 5260 ... Pearl: 1979 2078 2227
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