Walkthrough by lemondrop7
Pokemon Heart Gold on SuperCheats.com
POKEMON HEARTGOLD/POKEMON SOULSILVER WALKTHROUGH/FAQ 
by Luke Miller, aka: lemondrop7

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Version .25
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- Guide started, posting to get feedback and see what can be improved or
changed. 
- Natures/Opening done
- Pokemon explored
- Rival done
- First gym done
- I expect the entire base guide to be done in a couple days

Version .30
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- Second Gym Complete
- Money issue solved
- Guide is up at the moment!
- Added a short FAQ, will update it frequently
- Bugsy Epic Story!
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Version .35
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- www.supercheats.com has my full permission to promote and use this guide.
- www.neoseeker.com has my full permission to promote and use this guide.
- Up to third gym, just have to actually put it down
- Lot of error clean up

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FAQ -------------------------------------- 0000
THE SAGA BEGINS -------------------------- 0001
THE SAGA REALLY BEGINS ------------------- 0002
IF THE SAGA DOESN'T BEGIN, IM LOSING IT -- 0003
If YOU WANT TO START PLAYING GO HERE ----- 0004
POKEMON POKEMON POKEMON ------------------ 0005
AND SO IT BEGINS [RIVAL] ----------------- 0006
THE FIRST GYM ---------------------------- 0007
A SILLY PROPOSITION! --------------------- 0008
UNION CAVE + OPERATION SLOWPOKE ---------- 0009
THINGS ARE GETTING BUGGY ----------------- 0010
INTO THE FOREST -------------------------- 0011
THE THIRD GYM ---------------------------- 0012

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q: How do I play Wi-Fi?
A: Just go to the bottom of any Pokemon Center and you will learn most of what
you need. You will also be given a Pal Pad that will record your friends.

Q: What is the GTS?
A: It is the "Global Trade Station" and can be found in Goldenrod. Use the GTS
to trade Pokemon with others, all over the world!

Q: Why would I let my Mom get my money?
A: Well, you can withdraw it from her anytime but she also gives you nice gifts
every now and then. I would suggest letting her hold onto it, unless you don't
care about her presents.

Q: I can't beat the Elite 4! Help my team!
A: It's likely because you don't have any team synergy or are just terribly
underleveled. The Elite 4 are pretty easy to beat as long as you train your 
Pokemon reasonably well and don't stock up on a single type, such as Grass.

Q: What are Apricorns?
A: They grow on trees throughout Johto and can be given to Kurt to make 
special types of Pokeballs.

Q: Can I only pick an Apricorn only once?
A: Nope, they will come back everyday.

Q: What are the differences between HeartGold and SoulSilver?
A: There really are no differences, except for Pokemon selection. In
HeartGold, the Mankey, Growlithe, Spinerak, Gligar, Phanpy, Baltoy, Mantyke,
and Sableye families are all available. In SoulSilver, the Vulpix, Meowth,
Teddiursa, Gulpin, Ledyba, Delibird, Skarmory, and Mawile families are all
available. Each version also gets a "version exclusive legendary". In
HeartGold, it is Kyogre, in SoulSilver, it is Groudon.

Q: Friend Code?
A: Nope, I don't play Wi-Fi

Q: What is competitive Pokemon?
A: Competitive Pokemon is the game of Pokemon being played under specific rules
agreed upon by both players. Usually, the strategy involved is higher in
competitive games. It is important to know about EVs, natures, IVs, and
abilities before diving into the competitive realm.

Q: What is Smogon/PokeBeach/__insert other Pokemon site here___?
A: They are competitive sites that help players learn about competitive
Pokemon.

Q: Do you play competitive Pokemon?
A: I used to but I am more interested with in-game research and school. My
username will usually be KD24 if you are looking on a site for me. If you ever
have a question about this guide or about competitive Pokemon, I will be glad
to help.

Q: What are EVs?
A: EVs, or Effort Values, are the unseeable things that raise your Pokemon's
stats. Pokemon give different EVs for Speed, Special Attack, Special Defense, 
Attack, Defense, and HP. I will add a more in-depth look at EVs in my guide.

Q: THIS GUIDE SUCKS!
A: Your ability to determine what the difference between a question and a 
statement is "sucks". Please don't insult me or my guide though.

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The Saga Begins 0001:

Hello and welcome to my first guide, Pokemon HeartGold / SoulSilver! Since this
is my first guide, I am absolutely terrified of making a fool of myself but ...
you're the one looking at it so we can be fools together! Just some general
outlines before I begin and a quick glance at what this guide is not for:

1.) Do not print out my guide to make a profit. I will send you a gift basket
if you decide to print it out and use it as a personal reference when playing
the game, but making money off my work isn't something I really want. 

2.) If you find an error, just give me your PayPal and I will pay you $50 to
not report it. As Foghorn Leghorn would say, "That's a joke son". In all
seriousness, just please report the error to me by this new thing called
"Electronic Mail" or "E-Mail" for short. My "address" is mllr_lk@yahoo.com.
Most errors will probably occur in Pokemon Listing sections, as I can go only
off of what I play.

3.) I am making sure that if printed out, this guide will be printed on
incredibly stiff paper, so the joke is on you if you decide to use this guide
as toilet paper! That is my lame segway for telling you this; please don't
disrespect me or my guide. If you e-mail me, I will happily answer any question
you may have for me. Don't e-mail me saying something like "This guide sucks". 
It hurts.

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The Saga Really Begins 0002:

Now the adventure can really begin ... right? WRONG! As fun as Pokemon is, if
you want a guide for it, then you likely want to play seriously, hoping to
catch as many Pokemon as possible and starting a regime, er - team, that will
eventually dominate the Pokemon Universe. So first, I need to make sure we go
over the basics. Here are five tips for Pokemon that I always follow:

1.) Knowing your weaknesses can be your greatest strength - As a player, you 
want to make sure you know all of the weaknesses of your team and of Pokemon in 
general. By knowing what your weaknesses are, you can add other Pokemon to fix
those problems, and create a much more balanced and solid team. 

2.) Brain > Brawn - The best attacking offense is a good strategy and you want
to make sure you have one, even if you feel that the opponents in-game are a
complete waste of time. Stat boosting moves, healing items, status moves, and 
even defensive tactics can always come in handy and will help you succeed in
the long run. Learning and using some strategies in-game can help you later
when you decide to play competitively, as you have already learned much.

3.) No Money = No Problem - Money is never a big deal in this game, despite
what you may think. Spend as much as you want early and often, in order to make
sure you are having as much fun as you can. If you don't spend money, you might
come across a time where you have no healing items or Pokeballs left, and then
you have to likely trek back and start spending. There are plenty of trainers,
items to sell, and items to hold that will guarantee a steady cash flow for you
to spend.

4.) Equality only, I don't tolerate segregation - If you want the most, 
enjoyable experience when playing, then you will want to make sure that all of
your Pokemon are trained equally. The game kind of loses its fun when you start
just using that legendary or starter that is now level 89 and the only actual
fighting Pokemon on your team. 

5.) Never lose your cool - This is a game, not a social experiment (although
Nintendo may want to argue =]). Don't lose your head because you couldn't beat
that 8th Gym Leader or because ____ got away before you could catch it. Just
relax and explore a little, maybe train for fun. Don't become obsessed.

So there you have it, my quick little thought process that really doesn't
affect the game. But you read it and now you are stuck with it, sucker! 

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If The Saga Doesn't Begin, I'm Losing It 0003:

*This section is actually for all the little stuff before we officially begin,
and I would advise those not interested in things like natures and abilities 
to skip it.*

Natures were a concept introduced in the 3rd generation of Pokemon in order to
make Pokemon a bit more competitive and just adding something for the sake of
addition. However, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing the Pokemon you
wanted with the perfect nature. Natures will raise one stat, and lower another,
while some will just raise/lower the same stat, therefore being neutral.

Hardy-------------------(Neutral)
Bashful-----------------(Neutral)
Docile------------------(Neutral)
Serious-----------------(Neutral)
Quirky------------------(Neutral)
Lonely------------------(+Attack and -Defense)
Adamant-----------------(+Attack and -Special Attack)
Naughty-----------------(+Attack and -Special Defense)
Brave-------------------(+Attack and -Speed)
Bold--------------------(+Defense and -Attack)
Impish------------------(+Defense and -Special Attack)
Lax---------------------(+Defense and -Special Defense)
Relaxed-----------------(+Defense and -Speed)
Modest------------------(+Special Attack and -Attack)
Mild--------------------(+Special Attack and -Defense)
Quiet-------------------(+Special Attack and -Special Defense)
Rash--------------------(+Special Attack and -Speed)
Timid-------------------(+Speed and -Attack)
Hasty-------------------(+Speed and -Defense)
Jolly-------------------(+Speed and -Special Attack)
Naive-------------------(+Speed and -Special Defense)
Calm--------------------(+Special Defense and -Attack)
Gentle------------------(+Special Defense and -Defense)
Careful-----------------(+Special Defense and -Special Attack)
Sassy-------------------(+Special Defense and - Speed)


Abilities are even more complicated. There is a ton of them and I will not list
them here right now, until maybe after the actual FAQ/Walkthrough is done.
There are literally that many. It is somewhat easy to figure out what the
abilities are, as your Pokemon's summary will list them for you. If you can
remember most of them, then you will be all set competitively and in-game, as
abilities often play a part in people's strategies.

If you would like to e-mail a list of abilities, with what they do and all
Pokemon that have them, I will gladly add it to this FAQ and give you 100%
credit. But please don't just go and take them from dmon2 or another great
dude who took the time to write them down for us. You will have shamed us all.

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If You Want To Start Playing Go Here 0004:

Now that you have that nice big box, and the game is literally in your grasp,
it is time to lose all of your human sense and tear that box open! Bring out
the animal in you - What is this thing? Yes, you may have noticed a little
Pokeball in your game box. That thing is called the Pokewalker, and it allows
you to catch and transport Pokemon into the game, store Pokemon for experience,
and make them happier overall. A waste of time, I say. But if you want to use
it, there is an instruction manual for it that I suggest you read (I think the
real reason for the Pokewalker is that Nintendo is tired of no one reading
their manuals, so they threw in some mandatory reading).

Start the game up, and get an awesome of video that shows you a little of what
the game looks like, and some cool Pokemon.

Nintendo apparantly got so tired of people not reading their little booklets
that they created a info page in the game. If you need help on a subject, just
click Control Info or Adventure Info, but I suggest doing things the right way,
not reading them at all!

Out comes Professor Oak in a snazzy gold jacket (and I imagine it is silver in
SoulSilver) and like all old men, he overslept and now wants to ramble on.
Might as well hear his story.

As it turns out, his story is just a rehash of everything you should have
learned from reading the tutorial or instruction booklet. For the record, I use
my Pokemon for death combat. TO THE DEATH I SAY - TO THE DEATH!

"Are you a boy? Or are you a girl? Won't you please tell me?"

Little creepy isn't it?

"Please tell me your name"

As if it couldn't get any worse. Seven characters only, so I can't imagine my
sister, Shanequia, will be too happy. Maybe she could go by Shane ... or Shaq.

SUPER SHRINK!

You will wind up in a small bedroom after filling out all the information. It
should be pointed out that your television is bigger than your bed, or at least
of equal size. Glad to see that your priorities are straight. If you check your
PC, you will have received mail from "Lyra". Read it if you want, it's a love 
note ... to Pokemon. Check your gamestation and you will see it is a Wii,
being advertised as "Wii is big in Johto too!". Silly Nintendo.

Walk downstairs to find your Mom, who like all moms, has super hearing and 
heard you creeping down. Awkward... Apparantly, Lyra is a friend, who came by
earlier to play Hide-and-Seek. With her Marill. Most importantly, you learn
Professor Elm was looking for you. After all that is out of the way, Mom
decides to dump all her old stuff on you. It is actually pretty nifty stuff, 
a BAG, a PROFILE, a SAVE, a OPTIONS - oh wait, forgot this was a game. She
will then sit back down, staring into space. Is that Lyra? No it's the Marill -
Oh, uh hi Lyra. Go into her house to get trasher by her old man and then head
upstairs. Get that darn Marill out of the way and let the games begin hehehe-
Nevermind, she's more interested in the Marill and tries to get you to leave.

I suggest we do that, so save if you haven't (I suggest frequently saving), and
head to the lab. Ridiculous save times are back by the way! Hey, who is this
shady fellow next to the Lab? Investigate to get kicked in the groin and thrown
back several feet. It's amazing how many kicks you can take. Once you feel like
a man, head inside to the Lab.

After talking to Elm, he will let you take one Pokemon from his selection
and go visit Mr. Pokemon. Does anyone else think how conveinent it is that he
literally gets the e-mail after doing us a favor? I'm almost sure he got it a 
while ago and was just waiting for the right sucker to come along and go visit
Mr. Pokemon for him. Ah well, we get a Pokemon anyway.

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POKEMON POKEMON POKEMON 0005:

I'll give a quick run down on the Pokemon available for use. There are three
of them and are known as "starters".

Chikorita - Grass-type
Chikorita is a pretty interesting Pokemon to choose. It is the hardest one to 
win with as it loses to the most gyms, and rarely has an advantage. Not to
mention, Chikorita is not strong at all attack-wise. However, Chikorita learns
excellent status moves and can really tank hits. If you are looking for a
challenge, I would choose Chikorita.

Totodile - Water-type
Totodile is the "middle of the road" starter. It doesn't struggle against gyms
like Chikorita does, but it doesn't excel either. It has very good Attack stats
and some high-powered moves, but its defenses are nothing to cry home about
(however, they are still decent). Totodile is one of the coolest Pokemon ever 
though, so I would choose it if you just want a cool starter.

Cyndaquil - Fire-type
Cyndaquil is the best starter for the game, excelling in over half of the gyms,
and having an excellent Special Attack that it can use Fire-type attacks from.
If you are looking for a challenge, Cyndaquil is not the right Pokemon for you,
unless, you plan on raising other Pokemon as well and just need a good
Fire-type. 

All three of them are cool Pokemon, but I am selecting Chikorita. Give your
Pokemon a nickname if you would like, I won't because I show no emotion to my
slaves - er, I mean Pokemon friends. 

As it turns out, we will be going past Cherrygrove City to find Mr. Pokemon. 
Guess where we are headed next! You also have received a Pokemon card too, with
all the crap your mom gave you. It allows you to switch your Pokemon around and
see all of their information.

Attempt to leave and you will be accosted by another man in a big jacket.
Creepy. Anyway, he actually wants to help you on your task, by giving you
Potions. Potions heal your Pokemon's HP whenever you use them, so I suggest
stocking up.

Lyra stops you again once you leave, and now you each have a Pokemon! Time to
Bat- nevermind. Once again, she is much more interested in that Marill.
However, take her advice and show your mom. I'm sure there would be nothing
that she would love more than a dirty Pokemon stomping around in her house. She
will reward you by giving you another useless item. Or not! This is the
POKeGEAR and it is actually really useful. Regardless of what you answer, she
will respond as if you said, "no". Enjoy her shock about how easy it is to make
a phone call and be on your way.

Head west out of town, only to be stopped once again. They really don't want 
you to leave do they? Exchange phone numbers with the creepy professor.

"I'll call you if anything comes up"

...

Anyway, now you can go through Route 29. You can't catch anything yet, but
there are quite a few Pokemon to battle. If you get hurt, go back to Elm to
heal.

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ROUTE 29 POKEMON LISTINGS
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Pidgey --- Level 2-3
Sentret -- Level 2-3
Rattata -- Level 2-3
Hoothoot - Level 2-3 (Only at Night)
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Pidgey is Normal/Flying and not strong at all. It will try to fight you with
Tackle but it really is no big deal. Sentret is even easier. It may not attack
at all and instead use Foresight. It has Scratch to deal some damage. Just kill
them for the free experience. I have never actually seen a Rattata but it
exists here apparantly from a tutorial later on in the game. Hoothoot only 
appears at night, and is basically a Pidgey.

Work your way around the grass and head up to the Northeast section of Route 29
to find a Potion lying on the ground. If you keep going, you will find a
building. Go through it to find Route 46.

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ROUTE 46 POKEMON LISTINGS
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Spearow - Level 2-3
Geodude - Level 2-3
Rattata - Level 2-3
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Spearow is a little stronger than Pidgey, thanks to Peck. It still is nothing
special. Geodude is Rock/Ground but will die pretty quickly to Water or
Grass-type attacks. Don't try hitting it with attacks like Scratch or Tackle
though.

Get out of there after you have trained a little. If you continue west, you
will find an odd tree just standing in the middle of nowhere. This is actually
an Apricorn Tree, and it will have much use later on.

Welcome to Cherrygrove City! Upon entering, you will be accosted once again
by an old man. Lovely. Let him teach you a few things that I am sure you could
figure out by yourself (or reading the manual). He does let it slip that Mr.
Pokemon's house is north of this city. You get his dirty shoes as a reward 
(don't bother trying to tell me they are brand new, I just saw him run in these
digusting things). The running shoes are actually useful because now, you won't
have to walk at a snail's pace!

Check out the Pokemon Center. They can heal you for free (If that is
how it goes in Japan, then believe me, I am coming over). By the counter is a
PC, which lets you check your mail, deposit, withdraw, and release Pokemon, and
a whole medley of other stuff for later. If you have a friend to trade with or
battle with, the Union club is upstairs in every Pokemon Center, but it won't
be open until soon.

Don't bother with the Mart yet, they don't have anything useful yet. Head north
and that old man will come back again! I don't know why, but he gives you a 
Town Map for your POKeGEAR, free of charge. Right on. ONTO ROUTE 30!

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ROUTE 30 POKEMON LISTINGS
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Metapod -- Level 4
Caterpie - Level 2-4
Pidgey --- Level 2-4
Hoothoot - Level 2-4 (only at night)
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Metapod is a Bug-type and only knows Harden. And you can see what it looks like
for yourself. ... And it knows Harden. Get your mind out of the gutter.
Caterpie is the Pokemon that evolves into Metapod. It is incredibly weak but at
least it knows an attack.

There is another Potion right near us. Go get it. There is a house right above
us. Inside is the Apricorn Man, who will give us an Apricorn Box out of the
goodness of his heart. He also explains that they can be made into Pokeballs.
Go back outside and collect the Apricorn by his house. Continue upward to find
an Antidote ... and a Pokemon battle! Unfortunately, they don't approve of
3-ways in the Pokemon world and they will send you off while they finish. 

Let's go to Mr. Pokemon's house. Get the Apricorn by his house and enter. Good:
This is Mr. Pokemon's House, Bad: Mr. Pokemon and Oak were making out,
Worse: They were expecting you.

Mr. Pokemon will give you an egg and tell you to scram after healing your
Pokemon. But Oak has other ideas, and much to the dismay of Mr. Pokemon it
seems, gives you the Pokedex and leaves as well. More number exchanging and
then leave.

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And So It Begins [RIVAL] 0006

PHONE CALL! Elm will call you with terrible news. But he can't tell you until
you return back. Mother's dead? New Bark Town Massacre? The suspense is killing
me!

If you battled, again, heal your Pokemon as you trek back to Cherrygrove City.
Now would be a good time to save, especially if you haven't been doing any
training at all. Attempt to leave town and you will once again be stopped. Wait
, haven't I seen this punk before? Hey, it's the guy who kicked you in the
groin earlier! And it is time for our first official Trainer battle!

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Rival Battle 1
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You rival will choose the Pokemon you are weakest too and didn't choose at the
lab. How fair. 

My Team:

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Chikorita
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Chikorita - Level 9
Tackle/Growl/Razor Leaf/PoisonPowder

Rival's Team

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Cyndaquil
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Cyndaquil - Level 5
Leer/Tackle

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This battle wasn't too hard. I decided to have a little fun since I towered
over my rival's Pokemon. I decided to use PoisonPowder and Growl to keep his
attacks doing little damage while he slowly died. A well-timed Tackle at the 
end was able to put away my rival's Pokemon for good, and promoted me to Level
10! Right on.

And as revenge for his previous acts, you steal your rival's trainer card and
get his name. MWAHAHAHA, who says two wrongs don't make a right?

I really doubt you need to heal but go ahead and do so if you want. Travel back
to New Bark to find a copper. He accuses you until Lyra shakes her junk to get
the cop's attention. Thank goodness for friends with benefits. Tell the cop
any name (no Passerby Boy will not fit). I imagine they changed it from ??? to
Passerby Boy because so many people entered the name as ??? thinking it was a 
memory test. I'm naming my rival Hans for the record. Die Hard lives on!

Lyra will leave, allowing you to discuss the mysteries of the universe with
Professor Elm. He'll instruct you to risk your life in order to win a gym
tourney. Right on. Oh, and say bye to your mom! She'll offer to hold some of
your money. I would accept, as she sometimes buys you nifty gifts. Then she 
tells you to scram. 

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The First Gym 0007

Now your journey will officially begin. Are you ready? I'm certainly ... not.
Head west from New Bark to see Lyra just standing there. Apparantly she was
waiting for you. JIGGLE JIGGLE JIGGLE. Oh, actually she was catching a Pokemon.
Being the creep you want, you want her to do it again ... in slow-mo.

For resisting your sick impulses, you will be rewarded with 5 Pokeballs. Right
on. If there is anything we already passed that caught your eye as interesting,
I would suggest catching it now before you forget. Remember that Apricorn tree?
Go pick it if you had not already when returning to New Bark Town.

If you recall from earlier, there were a ton of battlers past Cherrygrove City.
Guess where we are headed next? We have basically done everything there is to
do in these two useless towns, so let's start trekkin'. TREK ON SON, TREK ON!

If you saw those two kids earlier having a battle, they are done now. About
time. I have no idea what took them so long but I say we clean them out. How
about you?

Youngster Joey: $64
Rattata: Level 4
Tail Whip/Quick Attack/Tackle

After you smash him, he will ask for your number. Accept it but be prepared
to get very annoying calls from this kid. Continue up to find the other brat.

Youngster Mikey: $64
Pidgey: Level 2
Tackle
Rattata: Level 4
Tail Whip/Quick Attack/Tackle

Did we seriously have to wait so long for these clowns to finish their match?
They both sucked! Keep going north to encounter a silly kid in a hat.

Bug Catcher Don: $48
Caterpie: Level 3
String Shot/Tackle
Caterpie: Level 3
String Shot/Tackle

Continue north to hit Route 31. But before we explore the grass, let's explore
that giant cave just sitting there. Yeah, that is how you keep visitors away.
Don't forget to pick up the Potion before you enter.

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Dark Cave POKEMON LISTINGS
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Zubat --- Level 2-3*
Geodude - Level 2-3*
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*Have yet to encounter anything Level 4 or higher

Zubat is a whole lot of suck and a whole lot of annoying. Naturally, you will
be fighting a ton of them later on. You can catch one if you like but training
it can be painful, not to mention it only full evolves from happiness which
could be tedious. It evolves into Golbat by normal methods and then Crobat with
the afterforementioned. Zubat's best attack will be Leech Life and eventually
it will gain attacks like Wing Attack and Bite which are ok. I wouldn't catch
it but go for it if you want to fill out the Pokedex the right way.

The reason I brought you into this stupid cave was to waste your time
completely. Also, I wanted to introduce you to Flash which we will be receiving
shortly. Once we gain it, we can light this whole stupid cave up. Exit the cave
after you have caught your Zubat and looked around a little. 

Head west and get the Apricorn blocked by a Snorlax. Nevermind, it is just a
fat guy. After talking to him, I'm not so sure he isn't a Snorlax.

Let's deal with the trainer first, then get into the Pokemon.

Bug Catcher Wade: $32
Caterpie: Level 2
String Shot/Tackle
Caterpie: Level 2
String Shot/Tackle
Weedle: Level 3
String Shot/Tackle/Poison Sting
Caterpie: Level 2
String Shot/Tackle

Get Wade's number so you can mooch berries off of him. You might want to warn
him of that Snorlax - er, I mean fat man, in the area. Right below Wade is a 
Pokeball containing ... a Pokeball. Whatever.

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Route 31 POKEMON LISTINGS
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Bellsprout - Level 3-4
Caterpie --- Level 3-4
Metapod ---- Level 5
Pidgey ----- Level 3-4
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If you find another Pokemon or Pokemon of levels that aren't listed here, 
e-mail me as soon as possible so I can fix it.

Bellsprout is a pretty intriguing Pokemon. It is Grass/Poison with a fairly
high Special Attack and Attack stat. It learns some good moves like Vine Whip
early, and can be taught dangerous moves such as Sludge Bomb later on. If you
didn't pick up Chikorita, you may want to snag a Bellsprout. 

The sign reads "West to Violet City". I guess we could go. Enter and attempt
to pass through the building, only to be stopped by Lyra. What does she want?
A gift? STOP PLAYING WITH MY EMOTIONS!

Actually, the Vs. Recorder is a great item, as you record your previous battles
and learn from them. A neat "doo-hickey" as we like to say.

You can now enter the city, and boy, what a city it is. The first matter of
business is the Pokemon Center. The guy standing right beside it with the
blantant Yu-Gi-Oh hair rip-off is the Shard de Berry man. You give him a Shard,
he gives you three berries, no questions asked.

There are plenty of places of interest in Violet City, including the first
Pokemon Gym, but I would suggest getting some Pokeballs if you need them and
traveling south with me for now. We can get the Apricorn that is there.

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Route 32 POKEMON LISTINGS
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Bellsprout - Level 6
Rattata ---- Level 4
Hoppip ----- Level 6
Mareep ----- Level 6
Wooper ----- Level 6
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I brought you here for a few reasons, one of the most important being training.
The Pokemon here are stronger than any that you likely have encountered so far.
This makes Route 32 a training hotspot as your prepare for the first Gym Leader
Challenge. There are also some Pokemon you may wish to get here. Hoppip is
Grass/Flying, and a complete waste of space. However, it is incredibly cute
and it does have some merits, such as being a great status spreader. I wouldn't
advise using one on your team unless you want a more difficult challenge. The
Pokemon I would advise you catching is Mareep. Mareep has two evolution stages
and they aren't extremely ridiculous like Lavitar's Level 55 needed. Besides 
that, Mareep is an Electric-type and an Electric-type Pokemon can really help
in this game, when everyone is using Water and Flying-types later on. Wooper is
a Water/Ground that is extremely slow, but does have merits, such as great
defenses and a decent attack. You should pick it up if you can find it.

Head left, through the vistitor doors, to The Ruins of Alph. Right when you
get there, a strange rock formation of six rocks should be below you. The
"top" rock, holds a Great Ball, just click on the rock to receive it.

There are short little mazes here to get into the real caverns. A real cavern
will have a lady in it telling you about reconstruction of the pictures. Try
and reconstruct them yourself. I am doing the Kabuto one, located in the 
northeast corner. After you solve it, you will fall into another chamber.
There, a man will give you the UNOWN Report item, which records Unown as you
catch them. You will now randomly fight Unown. Their only attack is Hidden
Power and they are incredibly weak. I honestly wouldn't bother. After you
have had your fair share of Unown, leave up the ladder nearby. We're done here.

If you didn't already, you may want to catch a Bellsprout as your first 
"in-game trade" opportunity will be coming up soon.

Right now in fact. Go back up to Violet City and heal if you need to. Below and
to the left of the Pokemon Center is a house where you can trade your 
Bellsprout for Onix. I would do it if you don't care about Bellsprout and want
a quick fix to the first Gym Leader.

Hear near the Gym and talk to the guy creeping around outside. Just tell him
that you did not win and he will take you to his school. He is a teacher
actually. "Earl" will teach you any subject you want (more like any subject he
asks), and even has a blackboard where you can study up. Right on.

Before we take on the Gym Leader, we have one last order of business, and that
is Sprout Tower.

Head north of the school to Sprout Tower. I wonder what Pokemon this could be
about? The people here at ground floor will tell you to reach the top. Guess 
we could give it a shot. 

Sage Nico: $288
Bellsprout: Level 3
Vine Whip
Bellsprout: Level 3
Vine Whip
Bellsprout: Level 3
Vine Whip

Like everyone else here, his Pokemon are just a ton of experience waiting to
be whooped. If you need any last minute training, this is the place to do it.

Head past Nico and down the stairs to a Paralyz Heal and victim number 2.

Sage Chow: $288
Bellsprout: Level 3
Vine Whip
Bellsprout: Level 3
Vine Whip
Bellsprout: Level 3
Vine Whip

Getting 162 EXP per battle is good stuff. Go up the ladder and get a
X-Accuracy.

Sage Edmond: $288
Bellsprout: Level 3
Vine Whip
Bellsprout: Level 3
Vine Whip
Bellsprout: Level 3
Vine Whip

Up the ladder to the Potion and top floor.

Sage Jin: $288
Bellsprout: Level 6
Vine Whip

If he has Growth, he doesn't like to use it. 

Sage Neal: $288
Bellsprout: Level 6
Vine Whip

Sage Troy: $336
Bellsprout: Level 7
Vine Whip/Growth
Hoothoot: Level 7
Tackle/Growl

Up ahead is ... your rival! Apparantly he won so you should have no problems
at all. I mean, the guy sucks!

Elder Li: $1200
Bellsprout: Level 7
Vine Whip/Growth
Hoothoot: Level 10
Tackle/Growl/Peck
Bellsprout: Level 7
Vine Whip/Growth

When you win, you will get TM 70, Flash, which can be used to light up that
Dark Cave from earlier. Pick up that Escape Rope nearby and pull a Houdini. 
Now heal up; it's Gym time.

Bird Keeper Abe: $288
Spearow: Level 9
Peck/Leer/Growl/Fury Attack

Bird Keeper Rod: $224
Pidgey: Level 7
Tackle/Growl
Pidgey: Level 7
Tackle/Growl

Make sure you heal up and get ready for the Big Kahuna himself, Falkner!

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Gym Leader Falkner
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My Team:

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Spearow | Mareep | Chikorita
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Mareep - Level 11
Thundershock/Growl/Tackle

Spearow - Level 13
Peck/Pursuit/Fury Attack/Leer

Chikorita - Level 12
Tackle/Synthesis/Razor Leaf/PoisonPowder

Falkner's Team:

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Pidgey | Pidgeotto
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Pidgey: Level 9
Tackle/Growl/Roost/Gust

Pidgeotto: Level 13
Roost/Gust/Tackle/Growl

I'm not 100% sure on these movesets as I couldn't get him to use Growl on me
from either Pokemon, and all Pidgey did was Tackle. E-mail me if these sets
are incorrect!

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My team basically was the product of just looking for what Pokemon lived where
and fighting all the trainers. If anything, yours might be above my levels if
you are into training more than me. Luckily, I had Mareep, one of the best
Electric-types in the game. The problem is, Thundershock was only a 3HKO on
his Pidgeotto, which meant he could just Roost away any damage. Eventually, 
Mareep could only take so much after I used up my Potions. Tackle finally put
Mareep away for good. However, Spearow came out and was luckily faster than
Pidgeotto. I simply used Peck for the hard fought victory.

I really suggest buying many Potions for this match-up. Falkner is ridiculously
tough this early on in the game. 

For defeating Falkner, you receive the Zephyr Badge, the ability to use Rock
Smash anytime you want, and TM 51, Roost. Roost is an excellent competitive
move, and if you can't get ahold of another one, I would suggest holding onto
Roost until the time is right. Falkner then suggests Azalea Town as your next
gym to conquer.

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A Silly Proposition 0008

After you exit Falkner's gym, Elm will call you, ranting about some discovery 
he and his team made about the egg. He wants you to go meet his aide at the 
Pokemon Mart. So let's go heal up and do it.

Inside the Pokemon Center is a man named Primo from "The Show Me Show". You can
do it if you like, but I'm not going to bother. There is also an escalator you 
can take down. Here you can learn about Wi-Fi playing and maybe try it out.
More infortmation can be found near the end of this guide in due time. After 
you heal, go to the Mart where the aide is just standing .. waiting for you. 
Accept the offer to take care of the egg, and you can leave. Near the counter 
is a bellhop for some strange reason ... Anyway, he is there to give you a 
present from your Mom. It's a Super Potion! Stock up at the Mart and exit. You 
will be accosted again but this time, it is a woman! I think - She just wants 
you to take care of the egg. This game is just filled with awkwardness.

Before we continue on with our adventure, head west of Violet City to another
visitor center. Through here is a man who will give you HM 06, Rock Smash. It
is an attack that can break rocks out of battle, as well as deal 40 base damage
with a 50% chance of lowering defense in battle. It's not the best attack, but
you will need one of your Pokemon to have it eventually.

You can finally go south, but not before the strange man gives you the Mircale
Seed. This item increases your Grass-type attack's power. Right on. Continue 
south to fight a new batch of trainers.

Youngster Albert: $256
Rattata: Level 6
Quick Attack/Tackle/Tail Whip
Zubat: Level 8
Supersonic/Leech Life

Below Albert is a Repel. Use it to keep wild Pokemon away for a certain amount 
of steps. Continue down to see a woman performing kissing a wall. You may 
want a little of this action but as it turns out she was talking on a phone. 

Picknicker Liz: $256
Nidoran (F): Level 8
Growl/Tackle/Poison Sting

I'm not sure what her moveset is for Nidoran but don't worry, it is incredibly
weak. Exchange phone numbers after you beat her. Hey, maybe we are getting a 
little action after all! Go south.

Camper Roland: $288
Nidoran (M): Level 9
Growl/Tackle/Poison Sting/Focus Energy

There is a Great Ball in the grass. You know what to do. South of Roland is TM 
09, Bullet Seed. It's not very powerful or useful but at least it is something
to teach Hoppip if you caught one earlier. Bellsprout and Chikorita users can
keep using Vine Whip or Razor Leaf. There are a few trainers to fight here, 
including some that are on the bridge. 

Youngster Gordon: $320
Wooper: Level 10
???/???/???/???

I imagine his Wooper has Growl, Tail Whip, Pound, and Water Gun. E-mail me if 
you know for sure!

Fisherman Ralph: $320
Goldeen: Level 10
Supersonic/Water Sport/Tail Whip/???

Get his number and move on.

Fisherman Justin: $160
Magikarp: Level 5
Splash
Magikarp: Level 5
Splash
Magikarp: Level 15
Splash/Tackle
Magikarp: Level 5
Splash

Fisherman Henry: $256
Poliwag: Level 8
Water Sport/Hypnosis/Bubble
Poliwag: Level 8
Water Sport/Hypnosis/Bubble

Back south, you will come across a man who will offer you a Slowpoke tail, only
for the low price of $1,000,000. That is just out of our reach though, so say 
no to his offer. Enter the Pokemon Center to heal and find a fisherman just 
standing. Talk to him. "Would you like one of my rods?" Gain, the courage to
say yes and be pleasantly surprised to find out that he was only talking about 
the Old Rod. He will then explain how to fish if you can't figure it out. Now 
we can fish! There is a man at the bottom of the Pokemon Center who will give 
you a Lure Ball because you collect Apricorns. It's good to see destroying 
nature has some rewards.

Exit the Pokemon Center and head south to encounter the last trainer on this
route.

Bird Keeper Peter: $256
Pidgey: Level 6
Tackle/Growl/Sand-Attack
Pidgey: Level 6
Tackle/Growl/Sand-Attack
Spearow: Level 8
Peck/Growl/Leer

Before we go through the cave, I suggest that we try and hatch that egg we were
previously given. To check the egg's progress, just click on the Pokemon
Summary screen. It should be close to hatching already, so just walk around for
a while to get it to hatch. You don't have to do it now, but why not? Besides,
the interesting stuff is about to happen, so think of your babysitting as an
intermission. 

Oh? Togepi hatched from the egg!

That's right, Togepi was the mystery Pokemon. It comes at Level 1, but it has
a fairly reliable attack in Extrasensory, which can be pretty useful when
you will fight plenty of Poison-types later on. If you haven't already, trek
back to New Bark Town to show Professor Elm after he calls you. If that doesn't
scream that he has been keeping tabs on you, then I don't know what does.

Place Togepi in front of your party and talk to Professor Elm. You will make
him all excited which is pretty worrying but don't fret! He just wants to give 
you an Everstone for your hard work. Attaching this to a Pokemon will prevent
it from evolving. Pretty useful if you have a Pokemon you don't want to evolve
and don't want to risk forgetting about cancelling the evolution.

I personally don't like Togepi but it does learn Rock Smash and Flash, so 
teach those moves if you need a quick HM/TM Slave. 

Hike all the way back to Route 32 and Union Cave. There is a rock to be smashed
to the right of the cave. Break it to get yourself a Shell Bell, a handy item
that restores HP based on the damage you deal. It isn't useful competitively
but in-game, it can act almost like a miniature, reusable Potion. Time to
enter the cave!

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Union Cave + Operation Slowpoke 0009

Union cave is fairly straightforward, but I will hold your hand along the way, 
just hold on tight.

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Union Cave POKEMON LISTINGS
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Zubat ----- Level 5-7
Sandshrew - Level 6-8
Geodude --- Level 6-8
Rattata --- Level 4-6
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Sandshrew is a decent Ground-type with a high Attack score. I just don't like 
using any Ground-type Pokemon but if you want to pick one up, I would suggest 
Sandshrew. 

Go left to see a item just lying there. Manuever around the rocks to reach the
X Attack. Go up to encounter the devil. No, seriously, what are those two
things just sticking out his head?

Firebreather Ray: $288
Vulpix: Level 9
Ember/Tail Whip/???/???

I am almost certain it has Smokescreen, Tackle, or Quick Attack but I don't
know which one. Otherwise, why have Tail Whip? Go down the stairs and to the
left to pick up TM 39, Rock Tomb. If you can stick it on a Pokemon, I would do
it now. It will be very helpful for the next gym. Go back to the stairs and go
up to find a X Defend. Now we can go back down (or up actually).

There are some trainers coming up.

Hiker Daniel: $332
Onix: Level 11
Screech/Harden/Tackle/???

Hiker Russel: $256
Geodude: Level 4
Defense Curl/Tackle
Geodude: Level 8
Defense Curl/Tackle/Mud Sport/Rock Polish
Geodude: Level 6
Defense Curl/Tackle/Mud Sport

Firebreather Bill: $192
Koffing: Level 6
Tackle/Smog/???
Koffing: Level 6
Tackle/Smog/???

Below him is a Great Ball. Turn left to fight another creeper.

Poke Maniac Larry: $332
Slowpoke: Level 11
Yawn/Growl/???/???

He refuses to attack you anyway, so don't worry about his attacking moves. If
someone knows them, please e-mail me.

Just keep following the path to receive an Awakening and reach the exit. We 
can come back and explore more when we get Surf but until, then it is time for
the next mission.

It was raining on Route 33 when I exited the cave, so be careful. Rain will cut
the power of Fire-type attacks in half and will boost Water-type attacks like 
Surf by 50%. Pick up the Apricorns and take a look in the grass.

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ROUTE 33 POKEMON LISTINGS
---
Spearow - Level 4-7
Hoppip -- Level 6-7
Rattata - Level 4-7
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Hiker Anthony: $352
Geodude: Level 11
Defense Curl/Tackle/Mud Sport/Rock Polish
Machop: Level 11
Focus Energy/Leer/Karate Chop/???

Get fattie's phone number and head to town! Azalea Town that is. Right when you
enter, it will stop raining by for the forces of Kyogre and you will see two 
men staring down ... or kissing? One of the men introduces himself to the other
and apparantly you as Team Rocket. I'm not quite sure if he was introducing
himself to the other man because I was literally just standing away watching
them for five minutes as I wrote this down. Maybe they rehearsed this? "Shut up
and just beat it!". Talk about getting intense. A loud thud will stop the 
meeting and send the old man running off. 

Talking to the town folk, you kind of get the feeling something is up.
Apparantly, many of the Slowpoke from the town have gone missing, and even
worse, their tails are being cut off and sold! And to think I almost bought
one ... Give credit where credit is due, Team Rocket are outstanding salesmen.

The gym is locked so go explore the buildings. You should eventually come
across one belonging to Kurt. That name sounds familiar... Steal his personal
Apricorn before you invade his privacy, it is the only polite thing to do.

Kurt will explain things to you in the same way that everyone old man will; He
is the only one who knows what is going on. Listen to his stories and he will 
get so riled up that he will run for the well! I'm sure there are laws against
us letting old folk like him go if we know where they are headed, so lets give
chase! Go down to the well that was previously blocked.

I laugh everytime I hear what Kurt says next. Basically, he has been struck by
paralysis after taking a almost death-defying fall from the top of the well. 
However, instead of being upset at the implication of him never being able to 
walk again, Kurt will instead rant about how "if" he had his Pokemon and could 
move, he would show them a thing or two.

Yeah, this wasn't a set up at all. I'm sure Kurt was waiting for some poor sap
like us to come that he could lure into the well and fight in his place. 
Personally, I'm a little hungry for some Slowpoketail and we know they are 
being sold here, so let's do it!

Even more confusing than Kurt's story is the grunts. He apparantly fell back
several yards, into the next room when Kurt yelled at him. Yes folks, he fell
... from the ground. Beat him into smithereens.

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Slowpoke Well POKEMON LISTINGS
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Slowpoke - Level 6
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What a surprise. Slowpoke is kind of, surprisingly, slow. Unless you are big 
into letting the opponent always get the first move, I would try and wait for
better Water-types to come. Slowpoke does have nice typing and a high Special
Attack though.

Rocket Grunt: $360
Rattata: Level 9
Growl/Tail Whip/Quick Attack/Tackle
Rattata: Level 9
Growl/Tail Whip/Quick Attack/Tackle

Continue on the path to find a Super Potion.

Rocket Grunt: $440
Zubat: Level 9
Leech Life/Supersonic/Astonish
Ekans: Level 11
Poison Sting/Leer

Rocket Grunt: $360
Rattata: Level 7
Growl/Tail Whip/Quick Attack/Tackle
Zubat: Level 9
Leech Life/Supersonic/???
Zubat: Level 9
Leech Life/Supersonic/???

Executive Proton: $480
Zubat: Level 8
Leech Life/Supersonic/???
Koffing: Level 12
Tackle/Smog/Smokescreen/???

He warns you of more to come ... and then leaves. Well, this operation was a
waste of time for everyone. Kurt's back will have magically healed after you
win and he will fly you back to his house. Kurt will give you a Fast Ball as a
reward for helping. You can also give him Apricorns you have picked up and let
him turn them into a Pokeball. It takes a day though. You can then register 
Kurt into the POKeGEAR. Honestly, that is all there is to do here, so let's 
head to the gym. 

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Things Are Getting Buggy 0010

Enter the gym and prepare to rock all of the cronies. I don't really think it
is too hard to find your way through this gym but I will try and give
directions for everyone after I list all the trainers. 

Bug Catcher Al: $192
Caterpie: Level 12
Tackle/String Shot
Weedle: Level 12
String Shot/Poison Sting/Tackle

Bug Catcher Benny: $192
Weedle: Level 7
String Shot/Poison Sting/Tackle
Kakuna: Level 9
Harden/???/???/???
Beedrill: Level 12
Fury Attack/Poison Sting/???/???

Bug Catcher Josh: $192
Paras: Level 13
Scratch/???/???/???

First Double Battle of the game time! Double Battles let you use two Pokemon at
the same time, while your opponent does as well. It really isn't complicated. 
If you choose a target and that target faints, then your attack hits the next
available target. 

Twins Amy and Mimi: $
Ledyba: Level 10
Supersonic/???/???/???
Spinerak: Level 10
Poison Sting/???/???/???

Unfortunately, I had to kill them quickly so if you know their moves, you know
the drill; e-mail me. I also don't have their cash amount!

Now, if you want some directions, just follow these steps:

Take the middle Spinerak up to fight Al. Go back down the middle Spinerak and
take the left Spinerak. Go up to fight Benny. Pull the blue lever and go up on
the Spinerak to fight Josh. Go back down the Spinerak and pull the blue lever 
again. Go back up the Spinerak to fight the twins. Pull the blue lever and go
back down the Spinerak. Pull the red lever and get back on Spinerak. It's 
Bugsy!

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Gym Leader Bugsy
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My Team:

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Spearow | Mareep | Bayleef
--------------------------

Spearow - Level 16
Peck/Fury Attack/Pursuit/Leer

Mareep - Level 17
Thundershock/Tackle/Growl/Thunder Wave

Bayleef - Level 17
Tackle/Synthesis/Razor Leaf/PoisonPowder

Bugsy's Team:

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Scyther | Metapod | Kakuna
--------------------------

Scyther - Level 17
U-Turn/Quick Attack/Focus Energy

Metapod - Level 15
Tackle/Harden/String Shot

Kakuna - Level 15
Tackle/Harden/String Shot/Poison Sting

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This battle is extremely difficult, and that is only because of how strong 
Scyther actually is. My original strategy coming in was to start with Spearow
and kill Scyther. However, that was completely stupid of me because I didn't 
stop to think about Scyther's Technician. With that ability, Quick Attack is
doing an obscene amount of damage. So I went again, this time leading with 
Mareep. I figured I could Thunder Wave Scyther and then pound it into 
submission later. 

My battle opened with my using Thunder Wave to paralyze Scyther while Bugsy 
used Focus Energy. Taking advantage of the fact that she didn't hit me, I used
Thundershock next turn and landed a Critical Hit, putting Scyther in Yellow. 
Unfortunately, Scyther has a Sitrus Berry, which meant it was almost back at
full health without blinking an eye. Scyther was not able to move though, and 
we remained at a stalemate.

The pressure mounting, I decided to just keep using Thundershock and hope for 
paralysis. Quick Attack however, is a 3HKO on my Mareep, and with Focus Energy
being used, it was possible only two were needed. Mareep withstood the first 
Quick Attack but it did take away over 1/3 of my health. Meanwhile, 
Thundershock just was not doing as much as I had hoped and I would need two
more to put away Scyther.

I used Thundershock to bring Scyther into very low red territory. However, 
Scyther surprised even me with its next move; U-Turn. It easily killed Mareep
and allowed Scyther to come in later. With Mareep down, I went to Spearow as 
Bugsy U-Turned to Metapod. Metapod proved to be no challenge for Spearow and I
easily wiped out Metapod with two Pecks. 

Scyther came back out, no doubt looking for a quick kill with Quick Attack like
our previous battle. Instead, Bugsy shocked even me; she used a Super Potion!
Scyther was back at full health while Peck from Spearow could not even take
1/2 of Scyther's health. Scyther used Quick Attack again to bring Spearow to 
almost red, but Spearow held on. Meanwhile, Peck could only bring Scyther down
to yellow. Realizing, one more Quick Attack would take out my poor Spearow, I 
switched in Bayleef, in order to fully heal Spearow. Quick Attack barely 
scratched Bayleef, but I realized one U-Turn would put Bayleef out for the 
count. I needed to heal quickly. A Super Potion on Spearow brought Spearow back
to full health, but Scyther U-Turned against Bayleef, killing my starter and 
allowing Bugsy to bring out Kakuna, her last Pokemon. 

Two Pecks from Spearow was enough to take down Kakuna as well and Spearow only
lost 4 HP from Kakuna's pathetic Poison Sting. We were both down to only one 
Pokemon each. My Spearow vs Bugsy's Scyther. I clicked Peck and hoped for the
best...

Victory. Scyther went down after Peck and Spearow gained 681 EXP points,
grew to Level 17, and learned Aerial Ace. 

If you enjoyed my short epic, then you are going to love battling Bugsy. She is
extremely tough to defeat and I had to pull out all the stops in order to win. 
I suggest using a Rock-type if you have one, as it will make this battle go a 
whole lot easier. If you evolved Mareep into Flaffy, then Scyther won't be as
nasty to take down. The only reason I didn't is because I feel it is easier
to train the Pokemon when they are not evolved. Cyndaquil starters should not 
have any trouble at all.

For winning, we earn $1800 and a Hive Badge from Bugsy. This badge allows the
user to use Cut out of battle once we obtain it. Bugsy also gives you TM 89, 
U-Turn for your troubles. 

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Into The Forest 0011:

After defeating Bugsy, it's time to heal again and get ready for our next 
mission, obtaining the 3rd gym badge. Attempt to exit Azalea town left, and
find another battle! It's Hans (Or whatever you called your rival)! He will 
doubt that you could have defeated the almighty Team Rocket (despite the fact
that they apparantly had previously been defeated by a kid three years ago).

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Rival Battle 2
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Your rival has decided to make his team a lot more powerful than before. He
has added some new Pokemon and basically matches Bugsy's levels. 

My Team:

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Spearow | Mareep | Bayleef
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Spearow - Level 17
Aerial Ace/Fury Attack/Pursuit/Leer

Mareep - Level 17
Thundershock/Tackle/Growl/Thunder Wave

Bayleef - Level 17
Tackle/Synthesis/Razor Leaf/PoisonPowder

Rival's Team:

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Gastly | Quilava | Zubat
----------------------------

Gastly - Level 14
Mean Look/Curse

Quilava - Level 18
Leer/Flame Wheel/Quick Attack

Zubat - Level 16
Supersonic/Bite/Astonish/Leech Life

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Gastly may have other moves but it would be stupid to try and find out. It will
always use the Mean Look and Curse combination, trapping you and taking away 
your health every turn. The good news is that Gastly has horrid defenses, and
Curse cuts Gastly's HP in half. One attack should be enough. 

If you have a Water or Rock-type, use it against QUilava. Even if you don't,
Quilava is pretty easy to handle. It will constantly use Leer, and will try to
kill you in one strike. You should take it out before that. 

Zubat will use Supersonic right off the "bat" to confuse you. Assuming Zubat
is faster than whatever Pokemon you are using, it will just keep using Bite
to try and flinch you. If you can paralyze or kill Zubat quickly, the better.

For my battle, I ended up just using Mareep and Spearow to kill everything. 
Bayleef had almost no use when everything resists its attacks, so I used 
Mareep to Thunder Wave both Gastly and Zubat, and then kill them with 
Thundershock. Spearow easily killed Quilava with four Aerial Aces, as Quilava
only used Leer. I really wish I could say it was harder than that.

As it turns out, your rival is actually an Anti-Hero. I thought the same about 
Hans in Die Hard as well so it all works out. "Hans" will talk about how he
hates everything after you beat him, especially Team Rocket. 

Heal and stock up on Super Potions, we are going to be fighting a lot of 
trainers soon. Exit Azelea Town and enter Ilex Forest.

There is no tall grass, but you will encounter Pokemon anyway. Tricky stuff.

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Ilex Forest POKEMON LISTINGS
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Zubat ---- Level 5-6
Caterpie - Level 5-6
Metapod -- Level 5-6
Paras ---- Level 5-6
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Paras is a Grass/Bug Pokemon (horrible typing) with dismal Speed and bad
stats. However, Paras makes up for this by being the absolute best Pokemon
catcher in the game. Paras gets access to Spore, a rare move with 100% chance
of putting an opponent to Sleep. When a Pokemon is asleep, the chance of 
catching that Pokemon greatly increases. Paras also gets False Swipe, which
will never kill a Pokemon, allowing you to bring a Pokemon's HP to 2 before you
catch it. Right on.

Go up to fight the first trainer in this hell-hole. ... Or not. Turns out he 
is an employee of some man and needs his Farfetch'd. If you explored Azalea, 
you know what I am talking about. If not ... I won't spoil it yet.

All you have to do is literally sneak up from behind the Farfetch'd without 
stepping on a branch. The difficulty of this puzzle may be a little too much 
for some people, but once you complete it, you will automatically be talking to
that employee again. As it turns out, you only caught one of the Farfetch'd. At
least it isn't that easy. 

Go right to pick up the revive before we catch this stupid bird. For some 
reason, this was actually difficult the first time I did it. The only way
to catch this bird is to make it run right from where it originally was. Next,
step on the branches to the right of Farfetch'd and the tree. Just circle 
around and talk to it. 

After you obtain both Farfetch'd, you will appear before the man again. After 
you talk to him, another man comes, claiming that these are his Pokemon, named
"Far" and "Fetch'd". Sure ... I think it is pretty "Farfetch'd" that these are 
his Pokemon, based on what their nicknames are. 

As it turns out, the man is just a terrible name giver and the Charcoal Man.
Imagine if he had children; "I'll name you Bay ... and I'll name you Bee." Ugh. 
For your troubles, he will give you HM 01, Cut. With Bugsy's badge, we can use
Cut to take out any trees around us, letting us progress through the forest.

Before we move on, go back to Azalea Town. Don't forget to pick up any balls
you may have left in Kurt's hands. Get your mind straight. If you can, drop off
any Apricorns you have as well.

Go to the house at the bottom right of Azalea Town. This is the Charcoal Man's
house. There is a Full Heal hidden in the logs near the house. This item can
rid your Pokemon of any status malady it might have. Enter the house and talk
to the young boy. For your troubles, he will give you a Charcoal that he made.
This item is a Miracle Seed for Fire-types. Now forget this dinky town, 
(except for Kurt, we will be coming back to him as often as we can!). It is
now officially time to move on to Ilex Forest. 

Cut through the tree straight ahead that previously blocked your path. There
is a shrine here dedicated to the Forest Protector ... it has no use to us now
so don't worry about it. Things may become more clear in due time. Nintendo
thinks we are so dumb that they decide to literally put a sign that basically
reads  "There are hidden items on the ground - keep pressing A!". Nah, a 
literal dead end right beside the sign doesn't give that away at all. Go in it
and all the way to the right to pick up a X Attack. Whoopee.

There is another little opening that has a hidden Repel. I'll try to draw it:

  XXX
WXXR
WX
   X

W=Water
X=Tree
R=Repel

Don't ask me why X = Tree, it just does.

Keep going to find a Super Potion hidden. Another lame diagram:

XXXX
XXXX
XXXX
 XXS
 XXX

S=Super Potion

Go up to find that weird person who asked you about the egg earlier. 

"Kimono Girl, Kimono Girl, lost and all alone. Poor girl lost in the dark Ilex
Forest. What? You remember me from Violet City? You must be imagining. Anyway,
will you show me how to get out of this forest? ... You will...? Aren't you 
lost in the forest as well? How do you know how to get out of here? Wow! Are
you going to show me how to get out? You are such a smart Pokemon! See you."

Before I continue, I have a few gripes with this entire sequence of events:

1.) Her haikus could use a lot of work. Or whatever sort of poetry she was
using at the beginning. You only speak in 3rd person if you are writing 
poetry, are Dwayne Johnson, or are deranged. Maybe all three?
2.) She is clearly out of her mind, since I don't remember ever bringing up
Violet City aloud to her. 
3.) Apparantly, another human is not smart enough to find their way out of a 
forest with literally one straight path, but that human's Pokemon? Why, they 
must be capable of doing so! It's not like they haven't been here either.
4.) On that matter, how exactly was she lost? Your Pokemon literally stood
right beside her and she uses that to get out.

Yeah, I have problems with everything! Go right and down when you get the 
chance. You should see a man ... dry humping a tree. Ask what he is doing and
be relieved to find out that he was only shaking trees with his Headbutt. He
is actually a move tutor who will teach Headbutt to one of your Pokemon. Using
Headbutt on trees can actually produce some cool Pokemon that would be 
uncatchable otherwise, such as Aipom, Pineco, or Heracross. 

Jump the ledge and continue back up to where the Kimono Girl was. Go get the
item. It's an Ether, an item which restores 10 PP of a move. Exit the forest
(yes I know there is another item, but you can't obtain it until you have the 
HM Surf). Talk to the lady in the building with the Butterfree to get TM 12, 
Taunt. It forces the opponent's Pokemon to attack. In-game, this is the exact
opposite of what you want your opponent to do, but it does have uses 
competitively. Exit the building to reach Route 34.

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The Third Gym 0012

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ROUTE 34 POKEMON LISTINGS
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Drowzee -- Level 10-12
Rattata -- Level 10-13
Abra ----- Level 10
Ditto ---- Level 10
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This is a tremendous jump in levels from what we have previously been fighting
so this should be a sign that things about to get much tougher. Drowzee is the
next catchable Psychic Pokemon in the game (the first was Slowpoke). Drowzee
has very good defenses, especially when it evolves and a pure Psychic-type can
never be a bad idea. Drowzee also learns Hypnosis naturally, which can help
making catching easier. Abra is almost like the counter part of Drowzee. It
has terrible defenses but extremely high Special Attack and Speed. 
Unfortunately, Abra's only attack is Teleport, which makes catching Abra 
almost impossible. I would just keep at it if you really want one, using any
Great or Fast Balls you may have. Finally, there is Ditto. Ditto is what I
call, the breeding master. It can literally breed with any Pokemon that isn't
legendary or a baby Pokemon, and produce an egg. As far as using it in battle,
it sucks, but it can use Transform to become any Pokemon it fights. 

Youngster Samuel: $128
Rattata: Level 7
Tackle/Quick Attack/Tail Whip/Growl
Spearow: Level 8
Peck/Leer/Growl
Sandshrew: Level 10
Defense Curl/Poison Sting
Spearow: Level 8
Peck/Leer/Growl

It's been a while since an actual trainer fight. Although it is hard to count
this as one, he really sucks. Fight the girl in the grass.

Picnicker Gina: $192
Hoppip: Level 9
Splash/Tail Whip/Tackle/Synthesis 
Bulbasaur: Level 12
Leech Seed/Tackle/???/???
Hoppip: Level 9
Splash/Tail Whip/Tackle/Synthesis 

Get her number to have your own personal item slave. She will call you if she
ever picks up an item from the ground. Go right to fight the balding man.

Pokefan Brandon: $832
Snubbull: Level 13
Bite/Lick/Charm/Tail Whip
Mareep: Level 13
Thundershock/Growl/Tackle

At this time, I got my first call from my mother (mind you I had been playing
for around 12 hours, so much for motherly love). She had bought me an item
and told me to stop near a PokeMart to find it. A Delivery Man will give you
the item that she bought you. Don't tip him! Continue up to fight the next
kid.

Youngster Ian: $192
Mankey: Level 10
Low Kick/Focus Energy/Scratch
Diglett: Level 12
Growl/Astonish/Scratch

Get the man's number.

Continue up to find Lyra talking to her grandpa. She plays suck up to him and
he just continues to stare while she talks. Seriously, he never says a word...
Afraid her grandpa may be dead, she invites you inside quickly, and uses the
exact same lines on grandma that she tried on grandpa. The grandmother deduces
quickly that you are dating Lyra but Lyra completely breaks your heart by 
stating you are just friends.  

Grandma: Haha, I know, I know

What the hell does that mean? Are we not good looking enough to date her? Ugh, 
the grandmother pisses me off more than the girl! Lyra, feeling sorry for you,
decides to give you her number; maybe there is hope yet! Or not, she tells her
grandma it's not happening. Sigh...

We are at the Day-Care Center, a magical place where magical things happen! I 
won't bore you with sexual details, but let's just say that when two Pokemon
of the same egg group are left here (or Ditto because he is a pimp), then they
can breed an egg. But the Pokemon have to be one male, one female; There is
none of that stuff in Pokemon! As an added bonus, every step you take while
your Pokemon are in the Day-Care gives them one EXP point. Eventually, you can
have Pokemon growing levels just walking around! Right on.

Apparantly, grandpa was just napping, as he quickly jumps awake and asks for
your number when you leave. Whatever.

Go up and fight the camper. If it is night, I believe the police officer will
also fight.

Camper Todd: $224
Psyduck: Level 14
Disable/Water Gun

I'm almost certain it has Tail Whip and Scratch but it will never use them.

Exchange numbers and arrive at Goldenrod City! There is a ton to do here, but
first, let's make traveling easier! Go all the way up until you hit the 
crossroads of Goldenrod. Turn right and go all the way down the little path
until you reach a building with a blue roof. This is the Bike Shop! Say yes
to the pathetic man and receive a free bike! I suggest using the register
function, which can be found in your bag. Just select the bicycle, click 
register, and you can now press Y to get on your bike at any time! Right on.

If you remember the Day-Care on route 34, you can use Goldenrod's huge road
to just ride your bicycle up and down, gaining EXP for your Pokemon. 
Eventually, the Bike Shop owner will call you and give you the bike for free,
as your constant riding has been giving him business.

You may have noticed there is an unblocked gym here. We will be coming to it 
shortly, don't worry! But for now, we have more important things to do.

Let's start by going near the Pokemon Center opening. Just follow it left and
head down. We will end up at a building with a slanted roof that says 
"tunnel". Go inside to find Lyra and her Marill. She will tell you about a 
dress-up shop where you can put accessories on your Pokemon. As if I would do
that haha ... ha (looks around awkwardly). Anywho, she gives you the Fashion
Case and leave. Talk to the coward to learn that their are also trainers
downstairs as well. 

Super Nerd Eric: $432
Grimer: Level 11
Poison Gas/Pound/Harden
Grimer: Level 11
Poison Gas/Pound/Harden

Poke Maniac Issac: $768
Lickitung: Level 12
Supersonic/Cut

There are different shops run here. It is currently Tuesday, and so today, 
the older Haircut Brother is available. Giving haircuts to Pokemon will 
increase their happiness. 

Super Nerd Teru: $432
Magnemite: Level 7
Tackle/ThunderShock
Magnemite: Level 7
Tackle/ThunderShock
Magnemite: Level 9
Tackle/ThunderShock
Voltorb: Level 11
Tackle/???/???/???

Poke Maniac Donald: $704
Slowpoke: Level 11
Growl/Yawn/???/???
Slowpoke: Level 11
Growl/Yawn/???/???

Like all Slowpoke users, he refuses to attack me. To the right of Donald is
the Photo Shop. You can wear a Team Rocket Uniform and get your picture 
taken. Definitely worth it. The room has accessory drawings for $100 and 
picture frames in case you want to take a picture. We are done here for now.

Don't like your Pokemon's nickname? The building next door with the purple
roof is the Name Raters, not a genies. He can change your Pokemon's nickname 
if you accidently made a mistake. I know I certainly get so drunk that I name
my Pokemon ridiculous things (>_>). I don't really know why you would want to
change nicknames, but go for it if you like. 

Go down and take the first left you can. Go all the way left to reach the GTS
or Global Trade Station. I will go much more in-depth later on about this
building, but know that it lets you trade your Pokemon with anyone around the
world. Go right and talk to the Team Rocket member if you want. Kind of 
stupid if you ask me, to just hang around in public like that. Enter the 
Radio Tower. The lady in the middle is the official lottery number checker. 
She just checks your Pokemon's ID and see if you win any prizes. That's all. 
Obviously, this is to promote trading with different people, as the more ID's
your Pokemon have, the better chance you have to win. The third lady is the 
Quiz Lady. If you can answer all five of her questions, you win a Radio Card!
This will allow you to listen to the radio from your POKeGEAR.

Q: Can you check the Town Map with your Pokegear?
A: Yes

Q: NIDORINA can only be female?
A: Yes

Q: Kurt, the Poke Ball creator, uses apricots as ingredients?
A: No

Q: It's impossible to use a TM on MAGIKARP, True?
A: Yes

Q: In Professor Oak's popular show, Pokemon Talk, is he on with Marie?
A: No

Congrats! I have won you a - I mean, you have won a Radio Card! JIGGLE JIGGLE!
After you win, a girl will get all excited and come up to you. "Whitney" will
tell you it is about time for her to get back to the gym ... what could she
possibly mean by that? Go upstairs and talk to the girl at the desk, Buena.
She will give you a Blue Card that will record your points from playing her
Radio game.

Go into the building on the far right and talk to the man at the green desk. 
It's Mr. Game and talk to him twice to receive a Coin Case. Now you can 
gamble everything away! You can exchange coins you win for prizes from the
two gentlemen. A Game Corner in-depth guide will be given later on in this
guide. 

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