Don’t get me wrong, some of the new legendaries are awesome. But you hear and see so little of the originals, especially the legendary birds, that it’s kind of sad. What happened to their big role? It’s like they don’t matter anymore.
Surfing is very simple: if you have a Pokemon with the Surf ability, you can travel over water, just as if it was a normal square. That’s the whole thing.
I’ll have to play a few times to confirm it, but I absolutely believe anybody who wants Surf early can get it before Mount Moon. All you really need to do is catch a Pokemon whose evolution has Surf (easily done with Rods, or flipping into one of many fishing-based events), then level it up high enough to evolve once its evolution turns up.
Sounds complicated, but most of that happens without a player having to do much more than play normally.
Anyways, so this is Seafoam Islands. A pretty bland roster, if you ask me, and I look forward to spicing it up later.