Platinum Guide and Battle Frontier

Twinleaf Town
As with Diamond and Pearl, Rowan will introduce the game to you, as well as give you the option to choose your character, your name, and your rival’s name. You’ll be transported to Twinleaf Town, where your great Pokemon adventure begins.

When the news report finishes, your rival will appear in your room and start blabbering on. Follow him downstairs and your Mom will have a chat to you as well. Head outside and go to the northwest building, your rival’s house. He’ll barge out of the door into you, but remembers he forgot something in his room. Follow him into his house and head upstairs, then follow him outside and north onto Route 201 to find him. Soon after, Professor Rowan will appear and offer you three Pokemon to choose from:

Turtwig

A grass-type turtle that will gain a ground type when it evolves Chimchar

A fire-type monkey that will gain a fighting type when it evolves Piplup

A water-type penguin that will gain a steel type when it evolves. Penguins are awesome.

Rowan and his assistant will head back home to Sandgem Town, leaving you and your rival to test out your newly acquired Pokemon. Both your Pokemon are level 5. If you chose Turtwig, he’ll have Chimchar. If you have Chimchar, he’ll have Piplup. If you have Piplup, he’ll have Turtwig.

Rival Battle
Pokemon Level Type Moves
If you chose Turtwig:
Chimchar Level 5 Fire Scratch
Leer
If you chose Chimchar:
Piplup Level 5 Water Pound
Growl
If you chose Piplup:
Turtwig Level 5 Grass Tackle
Withdraw

Following the battle, you’ll rest up at home and talk to your Mom. She’ll give you the Running Shoes, which allows you to run at double speed by holding down the B button. Head outside and meet your rival at Route 201 again. He’ll tell you to go to Lake Verity, so head west and he’ll follow you. Standing at the lake’s edge is none other than Cyrus, who will briefly acknowledge the two of you before leaving. You’ll hear the cry of a legendary Pokemon, and then your rival will leave you to start journeying.

Route 201 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bidoof (Lv 2 – 3)
Walk 40%
Bidoof (Lv 2 – 3)
Walk 50%
Kricketot (Lv 3)
Walk 10%
Starly (Lv 2 – 3)
Walk 40%
Starly (Lv 2 – 3)
Walk 50%
Route 201 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Doduo (Lv 2)
Swarm 40%
Nidoran F
Radar
Nidoran M
Radar
Growlithe (Lv 2)
Insertion (FireRed) 8%

Sandgem Town
You’ll spot Rowan’s assistant upon arriving in Sandgem Town. You’ll be escorted inside where Rowan will assess your Pokemon, and allow you to keep it and name it. He’ll ask you to help in his research and will give you a Pokedex to record information on any Pokemon you encounter. Leave the laboratory and Rowan will give you TM27 – Return as a parting gift. His assistant will show you the Pokemon Center, where you can heal your Pokemon and access your PC Storage boxes, as well as use Wifi and Wireless Functions, and the PokeMart, where you can purchase useful items for the road ahead. Rowan’s assistant will then leave for Route 202. You, however, need to head back to Twinleaf to pick up some things from Mom.

At home, you’ll tell Mom of your big adventure ahead, and she’ll give you the Journal key item to record your activities. Your rival’s Mom will also give you a package to deliver to him. That’s all for Twinleaf, so say your final goodbyes and head back to Route 202 to meet Rowan’s assistant.

On Route 202, you’ll be given the traditional “How to catch a Pokemon” tutorial, and be awarded five Pokeballs for participation. Follow the path to Jubilife City. You’ll encounter some trainers along the way, so don’t be afraid to head back to Sandgem if you need to heal your Pokemon.

Route 202 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bidoof (Lv 2 – 4)
Walk 40%
Bidoof (Lv 2 – 4)
Walk 50%
Kricketot (Lv 3 – 4)
Walk 10%
Shinx (Lv 3 – 4)
Walk 30%
Starly (Lv 2 – 4)
Walk 10%
Starly (Lv 2 – 4)
Walk 20%
Route 202 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Zigzagoon (Lv 3)
Swarm 40%
Sentret
Radar
Growlithe (Lv 2)
Insertion (FireRed) 8%

Jubilife City
When you first arrive, you will be confronted by Prof. Rowan’s assistant…again, who will talk you further into the city. You’ll notice a shifty character darting between some lamposts – this is the Detective who you’ll encounter many times in your journey. He’ll hand you the Battle Recorder, and leave. Rowan’s assistant will point you towards the Trainers’ School, so head inside.

New Item: Battle Recorder – This item allows you to record your battles and send them over Wifi for friends to view

Inside the Trainer School, you’ll find your rival. Deliver the parcel to him and he’ll give you a Town Map. Head outside, and the President of the Poketch Company will inform you about a promotion – find the three clowns around the city and he’ll give you a Pokemon Watch, or Poketch for short. The first clown is between the Pokemon Center and the PokeMart; the second is outside the Poketch Company building on the west side of the city;the third is outside the TV Station building.

When you have them all, return to the President and he’ll give you a Poketch with four applications (“Apps” for short). The Poketch in Platinum looks slightly different than from Diamond and Pearl, and has an option to cycle both forwards and backwards through your apps. You’re pretty much done with Jubilife at the moment, so head east onto Route 203 where your rival will confront you.

Rival Battle
Pokemon Level Type Moves
Starly Level 7 Normal/Flying Growl
Quick Attack
If you chose Turtwig:
Chimchar Level 9 Fire Scratch
Leer
If you chose Chimchar:
Piplup Level 9 Water Pound
Growl
If you chose Piplup:
Turtwig Level 9 Grass Tackle
Withdraw

After the battle, your rival will continue east to Oreburgh Gate and Oreburgh City. Follow him; you’ll encounter some trainers along the way.

Route 203 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Abra (Lv 4 – 5)
Walk 15%
Bidoof (Lv 4 – 7)
Walk 15%
Bidoof (Lv 4 – 7)
Walk 25%
Kricketot (Lv 4 – 5)
Walk 10%
Shinx (Lv 4 – 5)
Walk 25%
Starly (Lv 4 – 7)
Walk 25%
Starly (Lv 4 – 7)
Walk 35%
Zubat (Lv 4)
Walk 10%
Route 203 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Cubone (Lv 4)
Swarm 40%
Lotad (Lv 5 – 6)
Insertion (Sapphire) 8%
Seedot (Lv 5 – 6)
Insertion (Ruby) 8%
Pineco (Lv 5 – 6)
Insertion (Emerald) 8%

Oreburgh Gate 1F Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Geodude (Lv 5 – 7)
Walk 15%
Psyduck (Lv 5 – 7)
Walk 35%
Zubat (Lv 5 – 8)
Walk 50%

When you first enter the cave, the man at the entrance will give you HM06 – Rock Smash, who allows you to break certain cracked rocks around the world. You will need Oreburgh Gym’s badge in order to use it outside of battle. Continue east to the tunnel exit.

Oreburgh City
When you arrive at Oreburgh City, one of the residents will take you straight to the Gym, where your rival is waiting. He’ll explain that the Gym is closed, and that the Gym Leader is inside the Oreburgh Mines. Head to the city’s south side and enter the mines, and you’ll find Roark at the southernmost point inside the cave. When you find him, he’ll return to the Gym to face you in battle.

Oreburgh Mine 1F Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Geodude (Lv 4 – 9)
Walk 65%
Onix (Lv 6 – 8)
Walk 10%
Zubat (Lv 5 – 7)
Walk 25%

Oreburgh Mine B1 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Geodude (Lv 5 – 10)
Walk 65%
Onix (Lv 7 – 9)
Walk 10%
Zubat (Lv 6 – 8)
Walk 25%

Oreburgh Gym
There are two trainers in the Oreburgh Gym that you’ll have to get through before you challenge the Gym Leader. Alternatively, you can take the long way around and skip the trainers entirely.

Oreburgh City Gym: Roark

Speciality: Rock Pokemon Level Type Moves
Geodude Level 12 Rock/Ground Rock Throw
Stealth Rock
Onix Level 12 Rock/Ground Screech
Rock Throw
Stealth Rock
Cranidos Level 14 Rock Headbutt
Leer
Pursuit
If you chose Turtwig or Piplup, you should have no problem with Roark. If you chose Chimchar though, you should at least go and catch a Machop on Route 207. Save your best Pokemon for Cranidos, which is Roark’s strongest Pokemon. Be aware also that he will use Potions if his Pokemon are low on health, so watch out.

When you defeat Roark, he will give you the Coal Badge, which will allow you to use HM06 (Rock Smash) outside of battle, as well as TM76 – Stealth Rock, which inflicts damage to your opponent according to their type effectiveness against the Rock-type when they switch Pokemon.

Revisiting Jubilife City
When you’re done exploring Oreburgh City, return to Jubilife City. Looks like your rival is heading that way too. You’ll be approached by the Detective as you enter the city. Head north to Route 204, where you’ll find a couple of Galactic Grunts confronting Professor Rowan. You’ll team up with Rowan’s assistant in your first double battle in the game. After the battle, the Galactic Grunts will flee to the north, while Rowan and his assistant will return to Sandgem. An onlooker will give you a Fashion Case for your efforts in the battle.

Now that you have one badge, you’ll be able to use the Global Trading Station (GTS), which can be found to the west of the trainer’s school. When you’re done with Jubilife City, follow the grunts north onto Route 204.

Route 204 (South) Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bidoof (Lv 4 – 6)
Walk 25%
Budew (Lv 3 – 5)
Walk 15%
Budew (Lv 3 – 5)
Walk 25%
Kricketot (Lv 3 – 4)
Walk 10%
Shinx (Lv 4 – 5)
Walk 15%
Starly (Lv 4 – 6)
Walk 25%
Wurmple (Lv 4)
Walk 10%
Zubat (Lv 3)
Walk 10%
Route 204 (South) Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Lotad (Lv 5 – 6)
Insertion (Sapphire) 8%
Seedot (Lv 5 – 6)
Insertion (Ruby) 8%
Weedle (Lv 5 – 6)
Insertion (LeafGreen) 8%
Caterpie (Lv 5 – 6)
Insertion (FireRed) 8%
Pineco (Lv 5 – 6)
Insertion (Emerald) 8%

You’ll come across a small cave known as the Ravaged Path. You will need to teach Rock Smash to one of your Pokemon in order to proceed north – examine one of the rocks inside and you’ll be given the option to command a Pokemon to break it.

Ravaged Path Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Psyduck (Lv 4 – 6)
Walk 35%
Zubat (Lv 3 – 6)
Walk 65%

Route 204 (North) Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bidoof (Lv 6 – 11)
Walk 25%
Budew (Lv 6 – 10)
Walk 15%
Budew (Lv 6 – 10)
Walk 25%
Kricketot (Lv 6 – 9)
Walk 10%
Shinx (Lv 6 – 10)
Walk 15%
Starly (Lv 6 – 11)
Walk 25%
Wurmple (Lv 9)
Walk 10%
Zubat (Lv 8)
Walk 10%
Route 204 (North) Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Sunkern
Radar
Lotad (Lv 8 – 10)
Insertion (Sapphire) 8%
Seedot (Lv 8 – 10)
Insertion (Ruby) 8%
Weedle (Lv 10)
Insertion (LeafGreen) 8%
Caterpie (Lv 10)
Insertion (FireRed) 8%
Pineco (Lv 8 – 10)
Insertion (Emerald) 8%

Floaroma Town
You’ll notice a few aesthetic changes from Diamond and Pearl as you pass under the new sign at the entrance to Floaroma Town. Check out the Pick a Peck of Colors Flower Shop, where you can grab some free berries. You can also pick the berries from the plants outside, and you can plant and cultivate your own berry plants in similar patches of dirt. You’ll need the Sprayduck watering can from inside the Flower Shop.

Head east onto Route 205 and talk to the little girl standing in the middle of the path. Her father is being held hostage by Team Galactic so continue east and you’ll reach the Valley Windworks. You’ll find a Galactic Grunt standing at the entrance to the building there, so talk to him and he’ll battle you.

Valley Windworks Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Buizel (Lv 8 – 11)
Walk 25%
Pachirisu (Lv 8 – 11)
Walk 10%
Shellos (Lv 7 – 12)
Walk 45%
Shinx (Lv 10)
Walk 20%
Valley Windworks Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Electrike (Lv 7 – 10)
Swarm 40%
Mareep
Radar

When you defeat him, he’ll run inside and lock the door. Return to Floaroma Town and head north to Floaroma Meadow; you’ll find the two Grunts previously guarding the entrance have gone inside and are intimidating one of the locals there. You’ll fight both of them, one at a time.

They’ll retreat after the battle, and the man standing there will give you the Works Key, which will open up the building at the Valley Windworks. You’ll also receive a pot of Honey which you can smear on certain trees to attract Pokemon. Head back to Valley Windworks and enter the building. As you enter, one of the Grunts will spot you and will alert the others. Follow him and you’ll battle two Grunts, and their commander, Mars.

Trainer Battle

Galactic Commander Mars
Pokemon Level Type Moves
Zubat Level 15 Poison/Flying Toxic
Bite
Leech Life
Purugly Level 17 Normal Scratch
Faint Attack
Fake Out

The Galactics will leave and the little girl will be reunited with her father. Outside, the Detective will meet with you again and make a quick inspection of the Valley Windworks before leaving again. The two Grunts blocking the bridge north to Route 205 have disappeared, so you can continue that way now. Along the road to Eterna Forest, you’ll see a small house where you can rest your Pokemon before continuing.

Route 205 (South) Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bidoof (Lv 9 – 10)
Walk 10%
Buizel (Lv 9 – 11)
Walk 15%
Pachirisu (Lv 9 – 11)
Walk 10%
Shellos (Lv 8 – 12)
Walk 65%
Route 205 (South) Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Hoppip
Radar

Eterna Forest
As you enter the dark forest, you’ll be approached by Cheryl, who will accompany you while you are in the forest. While she is with you, wild Pokemon battles will be double battles. You can only catch wild Pokemon when there is one remaining, but since Cheryl’s Chansey acts independently of you, this could be a bit more difficult than expected. You’ll get the chance to come back once Cheryl leaves. While Cheryl is with you, you’ll also enjoy the benefit of having your Pokemon fully healed after each battle.

Eterna Forest Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Beautifly (Lv 12 – 14)
Walk 1%
Bidoof (Lv 12)
Walk 10%
Budew (Lv 10 – 12)
Walk 30%
Budew (Lv 10 – 12)
Walk 40%
Buneary (Lv 11 – 13)
Walk 24%
Cascoon (Lv 12)
Walk 5%
Dustox (Lv 12 – 14)
Walk 1%
Gastly (Lv 13)
Walk 4%
Hoothoot (Lv 12)
Walk 10%
Kricketot (Lv 10 – 12)
Walk 10%
Silcoon (Lv 12)
Walk 5%
Wurmple (Lv 10 – 11)
Walk 10%
Eterna Forest Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Slakoth (Lv 10 – 11)
Swarm 40%
Nincada
Radar
Seedot (Lv 12 – 13)
Insertion (Ruby) 8%
Kakuna (Lv 12 – 13)
Insertion (LeafGreen) 4%
Weedle (Lv 13)
Insertion (LeafGreen) 4%
Caterpie (Lv 13)
Insertion (FireRed) 4%
Metapod (Lv 12 – 13)
Insertion (FireRed) 4%
Pineco (Lv 12 – 13)
Insertion (Emerald) 8%

You’ll spot an interesting rock in the northwest corner of the forest. This is Moss Rock, which will evolve an Eevee into a Leafeon if it levels up near the rock. To exit the forest though, you’ll need to head in a northeast direction. The route can be quite windy (not the weather kind of windy), but as long as you continue northeast, you’ll reach the exit. Cheryl will thank you for escorting her through and leave you with a Soothe Bell. You can go back and catch some Pokemon without interference, or you can exit to Route 205. You should return to Eterna Forest when you receive HM01 – Cut.

Route 205 (North) Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Beautifly (Lv 15)
Walk 1%
Bidoof (Lv 12 – 14)
Walk 30%
Budew (Lv 12 – 14)
Walk 28%
Budew (Lv 12 – 14)
Walk 38%
Cascoon (Lv 14)
Walk 10%
Dustox (Lv 15)
Walk 1%
Hoothoot (Lv 12)
Walk 10%
Kricketot (Lv 12 – 13)
Walk 10%
Silcoon (Lv 14)
Walk 10%
Wurmple (Lv 13)
Walk 10%
Route 205 (North) Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Slowpoke
Radar
Lotad (Lv 12 – 14)
Insertion (Sapphire) 8%

Eterna City
Just beyond Route 205 is Eterna City. There’s a few things to do while you’re here. Visit the house next to the Pokemon Center and talk to the old man inside. He’ll give you the Explorer Kit, which lets you visit Sinnoh’s Underground. Note that in Pokemon Platinum, the Underground has Wifi functionality.

Next, try to head up past the north side of town and your rival will bump into you. You’ll follow him to a large statue where you’ll see Cyrus inspecting it. Both Cyrus and your rival will leave, so head back west to the Pokemon Center and a woman named Cynthia will give you HM01 – Cut. You’ll need the Forest Badge from Eterna City Gym to use it, so head there now.

You’ll notice a big change from Diamond and Pearl. Eterna Gym is adorned with a gigantic floral clock in the middle of the gym that will change time whenever you beat one of the trainers. You will need to beat all four trainers before advancing to Gardenia.

Eterna City Gym: Gardenia

Speciality: Grass Pokemon Level Type Moves
Turtwig Level 20 Grass Grass Knot
Razor Leaf
Sunny Day
Reflect
Cherrim Level 20 Grass Grass Knot
Leech Seed
Magical Leaf
Safeguard
Roserade Level 22 Grass/Poison Grass Knot
Magical Leaf
Poison Sting
Stun Spore
The battle should be straightforward if you have a Chimchar or Starly on your team. I highly recommend a Starly, especially for later gyms. You could also get a Wurmple from Eterna Forest and evolve it into a Beautifly or Dustox, but these two lose their usefulness pretty quickly.

After you defeat Gardenia, you will be awarded with a Forest Badge, which will allow you to use HM01 (Cut) outside of battle. She will also give you TM86 – Grass Knot, which inflicts damage based on the opponent’s weight. The Forest Badge also makes Pokemon of level 30 and below obey you, even if they were obtained in a trade.

Team Galactic Eterna Building
Now that you have the Forest Badge, you can use HM01 – Cut to cut down certain trees. You’ll find a set of three of them blocking the entrance to the Team Galactic building on the north side of town. Cut them down and proceed inside. A Galactic Grunt will talk to you, but only to reveal himself as the Detective! He’ll resume his disguise and let you explore the building.

You can head up the left set of stairs, past the two Grunts to get an X Spec Def, but to proceed, head up the right set of stairs, then the left set of stairs on the second floor, and the left set on the third floor. On the fourth floor, you’ll see Galactic Commander Jupiter holding two Pokemon hostage, and a man confronting her. Talk to her and she’ll fight you.

Trainer Battle

Galactic Commander Jupiter
Pokemon Level Type Moves
Zubat Level 21 Poison/Flying Giga Drain
Wing Attack
Bite
Skuntank Level 23 Poison/Dark Night Slash
Poison Gas
Screech
Smokescreen

After you defeat Jupiter, Team Galactic will disappear from Eterna City. The two Pokemon you’ve rescued incidentally belong to the Bike Store Owner. Visit him at his shop just south of the Pokemon Center, and you’ll run into Cynthia, who will give you a Togepi egg. If you do not have enough room in your party, you will need to deposit a Pokemon in the Pokemon Center PC. Cynthia will leave, so enter the Bike Shop and the owner will thank you by giving you a free bike. The bike has two modes which you can toggle by pressing B while riding it. The speed mode lets you race up mud slides, and you will need this to proceed.

Heading east from Eterna City takes you to Mt Coronet, but you can’t advance further in that direction. You’ll have to take Cycling Road back to Oreburgh City, so head south onto Route 206. At the gatehouse, you’ll see one of Professor Rowan’s aides, who will give you an Exp Share if you have seen at least 35 Pokemon.

The Road to Mt Coronet
You must mount your bike before exiting the gatehouse, or the guards won’t let you pass. Follow Cycling Road until its end near Oreburgh City. You’ll encounter many trainers along the way. Below, you’ll see the grassy plains of Route 206. At the other end, exit the gatehouse and use Cut to access Route 206.

Route 206 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Geodude (Lv 14 – 18)
Walk 30%
Gligar (Lv 16 – 18)
Walk 10%
Gligar (Lv 16 – 18)
Walk 20%
Kricketune (Lv 17 – 18)
Walk 10%
Machop (Lv 17 – 19)
Walk 20%
Ponyta (Lv 14 – 17)
Walk 20%
Ponyta (Lv 14 – 17)
Walk 30%
Zubat (Lv 17)
Walk 10%
Route 206 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Larvitar (Lv 16)
Swarm 40%
Baltoy
Radar

At the north end of Route 206, you’ll see an opening into Wayward Cave. This area is optional, but holds some valuable items. There is a hidden entrance to Wayward Cave which you can find by continually pressing up on the northern edge of Cycling Road. Refer to the screenshot below for some guidance on exactly where the entrance is.

Route 207 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Geodude (Lv 5 – 7)
Walk 30%
Kricketot (Lv 5 – 6)
Walk 10%
Machop (Lv 5 – 8)
Walk 35%
Machop (Lv 5 – 8)
Walk 45%
Ponyta (Lv 5 – 7)
Walk 15%
Ponyta (Lv 5 – 7)
Walk 25%
Zubat (Lv 5)
Walk 10%
Route 207 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Phanpy (Lv 5 – 7)
Swarm 40%
Stantler
Radar

Continuing south, you can visit Oreburgh City to heal up and get some items, or you can proceed east onto Route 207. Just before the entrance to Mt. Coronet, you’ll see Rowan’s assistant, who will ask you to pick a hand for an item. It doesn’t matter which hand you pick, because you’ll receive both items anyway: the first is the VS Seeker, which lets you seek out trainers for a rematch. The second is the Dowsing Machine app for your Poketch, which searchs for hidden items in the nearby vicinity.

Mt. Coronet (South) Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bronzor (Lv 18)
Walk 20%
Chingling (Lv 15 – 19)
Walk 10%
Clefairy (Lv 17)
Walk 10%
Geodude (Lv 15 – 19)
Walk 20%
Geodude (Lv 15 – 19)
Walk 30%
Machop (Lv 20)
Walk 10%
Meditite (Lv 18 – 20)
Walk 10%
Meditite (Lv 18 – 20)
Walk 20%
Nosepass (Lv 18)
Walk 5%
Zubat (Lv 18 – 19)
Walk 5%
Zubat (Lv 18 – 19)
Walk 15%

At this stage, you will only be passing through a small area of Mt. Coronet. You’ll encounter Cyrus along the way, who will talk to you briefly before heading west. Continue east to the exit and onto Route 208.

Route 208 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bibarel (Lv 17 – 20)
Walk 20%
Bidoof (Lv 16 – 18)
Walk 20%
Budew (Lv 18 – 19)
Walk 20%
Budew (Lv 18 – 19)
Walk 30%
Ralts (Lv 17 – 18)
Walk 15%
Roselia (Lv 19 – 20)
Walk 15%
Zubat (Lv 16 – 19)
Walk 10%
Route 208 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Dunsparce (Lv 16 – 18)
Swarm 40%
Smeargle
Radar
Seviper (Lv 18 – 20)
Insertion (Sapphire) 8%
Zangoose (Lv 18 – 20)
Insertion (Ruby) 8%

Continue east and you’ll find a small building just before the gatehouse. This is the home of the Berry Master. The little girl will give you a Poketch app called the Berry Finder that lets you keep track of platns with ripe berries. The old man, the Berry Master, will give you a free berry each day. Finally, the woman will sell you a variety of mulches, which have certain effects on the soil where you can plant berries:
– Growth Mulch will speed up berry growth time, but will dry the soil faster
– Damp Mulch slows the growth time, but keeps the soil moist
– Stable Mulch extends the time berries will stay on the plant before falling off
– Gooey Mulch restores soil where plants have withered

You can also pick up an Odd Keystone from the man standing by the yellow tree, just south of the Berry Master’s house. You will need this item if you want to catch a Spiritomb.

Hearthome City
As you enter Hearthome City, a stray Buneary will run into you, with its trainer not far behind it. She’ll thank you for catching her Buneary and suggest that you drop by the Pokemon Contest Hall. Head there now and you’ll find her talking to your Mom. Both women will talk to you about contests, and then leave. Talk to the woman dressed in purple, and she will reveal herself to be Fantina, Hearthome City’s Gym Leader. She’ll head to her gym where you can challenge her for the Relic Badge. This is different from Diamond and Pearl, where you must earn the Cobble and Fen Badges before challenging Fantina.

There’s a couple of things you can do around the city. Visit the house next to the Pokemon Center. This is home to Bebe, the Sinnoh Administrator for the Box System. If you have a spare slot in your team, you can grab an Eevee off her. From now on, her name will appear instead of “Someone’s PC” whenever you access the box storage system.

Inside the house to the east of the PokeMart, talk to the elderly gentleman who is the head of the Pokemon Fan Club. After listening to his rambles, he’ll give you a Poffin Case, which can be used to store Poffin you bake from berries. This can be done in the Poffin House, which is the house to the west of the PokeMart.

You can also visit Amity Square, which is a park for certain cute Pokemon like Drifloon, Pikachu, Psyduck and Clefairy. There are two entrances, both on the north sides of the city. Each entrance leads to a different area inside Amity Square – note this is different from Diamond and Pearl. Inside, your Pokemon may pick up some fashion accessories or some berries. You can also head in to get some items like TM43 – Secret Power, TM45 – Attract and an Amulet Coin. You’ll also notice that the clay houses will transport you to another part of Amity Square, something they didn’t do in Diamond and Pearl.

When you are ready, head to the gym. You will notice it has a completely different layout from Diamond and Pearl. The idea is to find the pattern on the blue tile, then enter the door with the corresponding pattern on a red tile. However, the room is dark and the only source of illumination is your flashlight and the eyes on the Duskull Lamps. Note that the pattern will change each time you enter the room! If you head through the wrong door, you’ll find yourself back at the beginning, so it’s in your best interest to get it right. Here’s a look at a sample room with all the lights turned on:

Hearthome City Gym: Fantina

Speciality: Ghost Pokemon Level Type Moves
Duskull Level 24 Ghost Will-O-Wisp
Pursuit
Shadow Sneak
Future Sight
Haunter Level 24 Ghost/Poison Shadow Claw
Sucker Punch
Hypnosis
Confuse Ray
Mismagius Level 26 Ghost Shadow Ball
Psybeam
Magical Leaf
Confuse Ray
Ghost Pokemon don’t have many weaknesses, so it’s difficult to recommend a particular type of Pokemon to use. If your Pokemon have Dark or Ghost attacks, they will definitely come in handy. Normal Pokemon can be used as an immunity against those Ghost moves, but make sure they’re able to use non-Normal and non-Fighting moves!

When the battle is over, Fantina will give you the Relic Badge, which gives you the ability to use HM03 – Surf outside of battle. You’ll also get TM65 – Shadow Claw, which is a Ghost move that has a high critical hit rate.

The Road to Solaceon Town
Take the east route out of Hearthome City and you’ll run into your rival, who will battle you:

Rival Battle
Pokemon Level Type Moves
Staravia Level 25 Normal/Flying Wing Attack
Quick Attack
Endeavor
Double Team
If you chose Turtwig:
Buizel Level 23 Water Water Gun
Quick Attack
Pursuit
Growl
Roselia Level 23 Grass/Poison Mega Drain
Poison Sting
Leech Seed
Stun Spore
Monferno Level 27 Fire/Fighting Flame Wheel
Mach Punch
Fury Swipes
Leer
If you chose Chimchar:
Roselia Level 23 Grass/Poison Mega Drain
Poison Sting
Leech Seed
Stun Spore
Ponyta Level 23 Fire Ember
Tackle
Tail Whip
Growl
Prinplup Level 27 Water Bubblebeam
Peck
Metal Claw
Growl
If you chose Piplup:
Buizel Level 23 Water Water Gun
Quick Attack
Pursuit
Growl
Ponyta Level 23 Fire Ember
Tackle
Tail Whip
Growl
Grotle Level 27 Grass Razor Leaf
Tackle
Absorb
Withdraw

It should be a relatively simple battle if you just exploit the elemental weaknesses of each Pokemon. When that’s done, head east onto Route 209.

Route 209 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bibarel (Lv 16 – 19)
Walk 30%
Chansey (Lv 17 – 19)
Walk 5%
Duskull (Lv 17)
Walk 10%
Ralts (Lv 17 – 19)
Walk 10%
Ralts (Lv 17 – 19)
Walk 20%
Roselia (Lv 19 – 20)
Walk 25%
Staravia (Lv 16 – 19)
Walk 10%
Staravia (Lv 16 – 19)
Walk 20%
Zubat (Lv 19)
Walk 10%
Route 209 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Snubbull (Lv 16 – 19)
Swarm 40%
Kirlia
Radar
Vulpix (Lv 16 – 19)
Insertion (LeafGreen) 8%

In the southeast corner of Route 209 (right where the route bends from east to north), you’ll find a rocky structure known as the Hallowed Tower. If you insert the Odd Keystone you received earlier in here, and talk to 32 people in the Sinnoh Underground, you will get the chance to battle a Spiritomb.

Lost Tower 1F Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Duskull (Lv 17 – 19)
Walk 20%
Gastly (Lv 16 – 20)
Walk 45%
Gastly (Lv 16 – 20)
Walk 65%
Zubat (Lv 16 – 19)
Walk 35%

Lost Tower 2F Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Duskull (Lv 17 – 19)
Walk 20%
Gastly (Lv 17 – 20)
Walk 45%
Gastly (Lv 17 – 20)
Walk 65%
Zubat (Lv 17 – 19)
Walk 35%

Lost Tower 3F Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Duskull (Lv 18 – 20)
Walk 20%
Gastly (Lv 18 – 21)
Walk 44%
Gastly (Lv 18 – 21)
Walk 64%
Golbat (Lv 19 – 21)
Walk 1%
Zubat (Lv 18 – 20)
Walk 35%

Lost Tower 4F Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Duskull (Lv 18 – 20)
Walk 20%
Gastly (Lv 18 – 21)
Walk 40%
Gastly (Lv 18 – 21)
Walk 60%
Golbat (Lv 20 – 21)
Walk 5%
Zubat (Lv 18 – 20)
Walk 35%

Lost Tower 5F Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Duskull (Lv 19 – 21)
Walk 20%
Gastly (Lv 19 – 22)
Walk 35%
Gastly (Lv 19 – 22)
Walk 55%
Golbat (Lv 21 – 23)
Walk 10%
Zubat (Lv 19 – 21)
Walk 35%

North of the Hallowed Tower, you’ll find the Lost Tower, a Pokemon Graveyard. There’s not much you can do here at the moment, but you can find TM27 – Return inside. On the third floor, you’ll notice the area has become foggy. During foggy conditions, Pokemon will have reduced accuracy and this can only be removed by the HM Defog (which you probably don’t have). Just north of the Lost Tower is Solaceon Town.

Solaceon Town
The main location of interest here is the Day Care Center, where the owners will hold up to two of your Pokemon. While here, they will gain one experience point per step you take, but more importantly, if they are in the same egg group, they have a chance of producing an egg. After you deposit your first two Pokemon, exit and re-enter the Day Care Center and the man there will give you the Day Care Checker app for the Poketch.

Solaceon Ruins Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Unown (Lv 14 – 30)
Walk 100%

Head east as far as you can from the Day Care Center and down a few ledges. You’ll see the entrance to the Solaceon Ruins, home of the Unown. There are many rooms inside, but luckily there aren’t any loops or magic doors. Each room will be clearly marked as a dead-end (there’s a single rock in the room) or more stairs signalling you can proceed. If you’re in a rush to get to the end, take the top right stairs, bottom left, top right, top left, top left and bottom left. You’ll arrive in a room with four item balls: a Nugget, a Mind Plate, Odd Incense as well as HM05 – Defog. To get the item ball on the ledge by the entrance, you will need to catch all 28 types of Unown, and enter the Ruin Maniac’s Tunnel on Route 214.

Route 210 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Chansey (Lv 19 – 21)
Walk 5%
Geodude (Lv 18 – 19)
Walk 20%
Hoothoot (Lv 20)
Walk 10%
Noctowl (Lv 21)
Walk 10%
Ponyta (Lv 18 – 21)
Walk 15%
Ponyta (Lv 18 – 21)
Walk 25%
Ponyta (Lv 18 – 21)
Walk 35%
Roselia (Lv 20 – 21)
Walk 15%
Scyther (Lv 19 – 21)
Walk 5%
Scyther (Lv 19 – 21)
Walk 15%
Staravia (Lv 19)
Walk 20%
Route 210 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Miltank
Radar
Tauros
Radar
Nuzleaf (Lv 19 – 20)
Insertion (Ruby) 4%
Seedot (Lv 18 – 21)
Insertion (Ruby) 4%
Pineco (Lv 18 – 21)
Insertion (Emerald) 8%

Head north from Solaceon Town onto Route 210. You can use your bike to get over the mudslides, but your bike won’t work in the overgrown grass. At the far end of Route 210, you’ll come across the Cafe Cabin, where you can purchase some Moo Moo Milk to heal your Pokemon. There’s some trainer battles inside as well. You’ll see the road north is blocked by some headache-prone Psyduck, so head east onto Route 215. This area is always raining, and Rain Dance will automatically be set up during battles.

Route 215 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Abra (Lv 19)
Walk 10%
Kadabra (Lv 21 – 22)
Walk 10%
Lickitung (Lv 20)
Walk 10%
Marill (Lv 20 – 22)
Walk 25%
Marill (Lv 20 – 22)
Walk 45%
Scyther (Lv 20 – 22)
Walk 5%
Scyther (Lv 20 – 22)
Walk 15%
Staravia (Lv 19 – 22)
Walk 20%
Staravia (Lv 19 – 22)
Walk 30%
Staravia (Lv 19 – 22)
Walk 40%
Route 215 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Drowzee (Lv 19 – 21)
Swarm 40%

Veilstone City
After your wet journey through Route 215, you’ll arrive at Veilstone City, home of the Game Corner and the Pokemon MegaMart. You’ll also see a Team Galactic presence on the north side of town, and some meteorites on the east side of town. These meteorites can be used to transform Deoxys into one of its four formes – Normal, Attack, Defense and Speed. Anyway, to progress, head to the Gym on the southeast corner of the city, and you’ll bump into Rowan’s assistant. While you two talk, Pastoria City’s Gym Leader, Crasher Wake, will emerge from the Veilstone Gym. He’ll talk to you briefly before both him and Rowan’s assistant leave. Enter the Gym and prepare for a fight.

Veilstone Gym has changed from Diamond and Pearl. Instead of sliding partitions across the gym, push the punching bags to knock any obstacles out of the way. By pushing them, you will also free up some walkways to get to Maylene, the Gym Leader. You should concentrate on knocking the three sets of tyres on the west side of the gym down. The punching bags will travel as far as they can until they reach an orange clamp in the overhead railing, so certain bags will need to be pushed multiple times.

Veilstone City Gym: Maylene

Speciality: Fighting Pokemon Level Type Moves
Meditite Level 28 Psychic/Fighting Drain Punch
Confusion
Rock Tomb
Fake Out
Machoke Level 29 Fighting Karate Chop
Rock Tomb
Strength
Focus Energy
Lucario Level 32 Fighting/Steel Drain Punch
Force Palm
Metal Claw
Bone Rush
If you followed my advice from Eterna Gym and you got yourself a Starly, it should have hopefully evolved by now and a Staravia should be able to handle this gym quite easily. Otherwise, any Psychic or Ghost types like Kadabra and Haunter will make this a quick battle.

Maylene will award you the Cobble Badge when you beat her, which lets you use HM02 – Fly outside of battle, as well as make all Pokemon of level 50 and below obey you, even if they were obtained in a trade. You will also get TM60 – Drain Punch, which absorbs HP equal to half the amount of damage caused.

Galactic Warehouse
As you exit Veilstone Gym, you’ll be greeted by Professor Rowan’s assistant, whose Pokedex has been stolen by Team Galactic. Head to the north side of town where the two of you will team up against the two Grunts guarding the entrance to the warehouse. Following the battle, the Grunts will run into the warehouse and the Detective will talk to you. You’ll follow him inside the warehouse, where the Grunts are nowhere to be seen. However, you can pick up HM02 – Fly. There’s not much else to do at the moment, so now it’s time to head to Pastoria City. Head south out of Veilstone City onto Route 214.

Route 214 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Geodude (Lv 21 – 22)
Walk 20%
Graveler (Lv 22 – 24)
Walk 25%
Graveler (Lv 22 – 24)
Walk 35%
Houndour (Lv 22 – 24)
Walk 15%
Houndour (Lv 22 – 24)
Walk 25%
Rhyhorn (Lv 21 – 24)
Walk 20%
Rhyhorn (Lv 21 – 24)
Walk 30%
Zubat (Lv 22)
Walk 10%
Route 214 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Spoink (Lv 21 – 23)
Swarm 40%
Poochyena
Radar
Vulpix (Lv 24)
Insertion (LeafGreen) 8%

On a ledge just south of the north gatehouse, you’ll find the entrance to the Ruin Maniac’s Cave. He’ll issue a challenge to you – if you can collect all 26 alphabetical Unown, he’ll tunnel into a hidden chamber inside Solaceon Ruins, allowing you to capture the remaining 2 Unown. You’ll also find TM28 – Dig in this cave. Continue south and you’ll reach the lakefront of Lake Valor.

Valor Lakefront Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bibarel (Lv 25 – 27)
Walk 30%
Girafarig (Lv 21 – 28)
Walk 25%
Houndour (Lv 27 – 28)
Walk 10%
Houndour (Lv 27 – 28)
Walk 20%
Kricketune (Lv 21 – 27)
Walk 10%
Staravia (Lv 21 – 28)
Walk 15%
Staravia (Lv 21 – 28)
Walk 25%
Staravia (Lv 21 – 28)
Walk 35%
Valor Lakefront Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Nidorina
Radar
Nidorino
Radar

The entrance to the lake is currently blocked by two cameramen, and there’s not much you can do to move them, so continue south to the lakeside resort, Hotel Grand Lake. At the hotel, you can find the Seven Stars Restaurant, where you can battle several trainers. The trainers change each day, so you can keep coming back for more battles. There are also several items around the place, and you can earn a few more by helping the lady who’s lost her room key. Head to the back door of the hotel reception and use the Dowsing Machine on your Poketch. It should register a hidden item nearby – this is the missing key. Return it to the lady and she’ll give you a White Flute.

The man inside the hotel reception will heal your Pokemon if they’re a bit wounded from the battles at the restaurant. Ohterwise the road east is conveniently out because of a power cut in Sunyshore City, so the only way remaining is to head south onto Route 213. The house on the beach is home to Mr. Footprint, who will award you the Footprint Ribbon if your Pokemon’s happiness is maxed out. Just beyond is the entrance to Pastoria City.

Route 213 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Buizel (Lv 23 – 25)
Walk 25%
Buizel (Lv 23 – 25)
Walk 35%
Chatot (Lv 23 – 25)
Walk 20%
Shellos (Lv 22 – 26)
Walk 35%
Shellos (Lv 22 – 26)
Walk 45%
Wingull (Lv 24 – 26)
Walk 20%
Route 213 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Swellow
Radar

Pastoria City
Pastoria City is home to the Great Marsh, a Safari Zone of sorts where you pay a fee and have a limited amount of time to catch as many Pokemon as you can. The layout has been changed slightly from Diamond and Pearl, as well as some aesthetics, and HM05 – Defog has been shifted to Solaceon Ruins. Have a go at catching some Pokemon, and when you’re done, head to the Gym. Your rival will show up and battle you. There have been a few sparse moveset changes to his team, but a marked level increase, since you fought him in Hearthome City.

Rival Battle
Pokemon Level Type Moves
Staravia Level 34 Normal/Flying Wing Attack
Quick Attack
Endeavor
Double Team
If you chose Turtwig:
Buizel Level 32 Water Aqua Jet
Quick Attack
Pursuit
Growl
Roselia Level 32 Grass/Poison Mega Drain
Poison Sting
Leech Seed
Magical Leaf
Monferno Level 36 Fire/Fighting Flame Wheel
Mach Punch
Fury Swipes
Leer
If you chose Chimchar:
Roselia Level 32 Grass/Poison Mega Drain
Poison Sting
Leech Seed
Magical Leaf
Ponyta Level 32 Fire Ember
Stomp
Tail Whip
Growl
Prinplup Level 36 Water Bubblebeam
Peck
Metal Claw
Growl
If you chose Piplup:
Buizel Level 32 Water Aqua Jet
Quick Attack
Pursuit
Growl
Ponyta Level 32 Fire Ember
Stomp
Tail Whip
Growl
Grotle Level 36 Grass Razor Leaf
Bite
Mega Drain
Withdraw

Again, exploit the elemental weaknesses of his Pokemon and it should be a breeze. He’ll run off, leaving you to enter Pastoria Gym. The layout hasn’t changed since Diamond and Pearl, so the strategy remains the same: use the switches to raise or lower the water level so you can walk across the floating bridges. Create a path for yourself to get to Crasher Wake.
– First of all, loop around to the left and hit the yellow switch by the Tuber to lower the water level
– Head down the stairs and continue north. Ascend two flights of stairs and hit the green switch
– Go down one flight of stairs and head to the west side. Hit the blue switch by the sailor
– Cross south, ignore the yellow switch and the male Tuber and cross over by the female Tuber. Hit the green switch north of her, by the Fisherman
– Head south down the flight of stairs and hit the yellow switch all the way south
– Head north up and down the stairs, over to the other side of the gym, then up two flights of stairs. Hit the blue switch by the Fisherman
– Cross the two floating bridges to get to Wake

Pastoria City Gym: Crasher Wake

Speciality: Water Pokemon Level Type Moves
Gyarados Level 33 Water/Flying Brine
Waterfall
Bite
Twister
Quagsire Level 34 Water/Ground Mud Bomb
Rock Tomb
Water Pulse
Yawn
Floatzel Level 37 Water Brine
Ice Fang
Crunch
Aqua Jet
A decent Electric move should be able KO Gyarados within a couple of hits due to its 4x weakness to Electric attacks. Similarly, a Grass move should take out Quagsire for the same reason. Whoever is leftover can fight Floatzel. Not too difficult of a battle, but just be careful of some unexpected side effects from attacks like Water Pulse, Bite and Crunch.

When Wake is defeated, he’ll give you the Fen Badge, which allows the use of HM05 – Defog outside of battle. You’ll also get TM55 – Brine, which deals double damage if the enemy Pokemon is at half health or less.The Road to Celestic Town
As soon as you step out of Pastoria Gym, your rival will be back with some news. Crasher Wake will emerge from the gym and talk to the both of you, before heading to the Great Marsh with your rival. Follow them and chase the Galactic Grunt to the east after Wake leaves to investigate the explosion. On the beach of Route 213, the Detective will meet you and head off to the lakeside hotel for more information. Talk to him at the hotel reception, then head north to Lake Valor. You’ll spot the rogue Grunt on the way, and he’ll battle you.

Cynthia and your rival will appear after the battle. You’ll receive the Secret Potion as a remedy for the Psyduck on Route 210 before both her and your rival head to Lake Valor to investigate. Now that you have Fly, it should be easy to get back to Solaceon Town. Head north, use the Secret Potion on the Psyduck and Cynthia will show up and give you the Old Charm to give to her grandmother in Celestic Town. Continue north into the foggy part of Route 210.

Route 210 (Fog) Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bibarel (Lv 24 – 28)
Walk 20%
Hoothoot (Lv 27)
Walk 10%
Machoke (Lv 29 – 30)
Walk 10%
Machop (Lv 26 – 29)
Walk 15%
Meditite (Lv 25 – 29)
Walk 10%
Meditite (Lv 25 – 29)
Walk 20%
Noctowl (Lv 27)
Walk 10%
Scyther (Lv 27 – 29)
Walk 5%
Scyther (Lv 27 – 29)
Walk 15%
Swablu (Lv 27)
Walk 20%
Swablu (Lv 27)
Walk 30%
Route 210 (Fog) Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bagon
Radar
Seviper (Lv 26 – 30)
Insertion (Sapphire) 8%
Zangoose (Lv 26 – 30)
Insertion (Ruby) 8%

This is a good time to teach one of your Pokemon Defog, and use it to clear the fog from the route so you can see where you’re going. It’s not essential but it certainly makes things easier, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the route. Along the way, you’ll see some thin planks that you can’t walk on. Instead, use your bike to cross them. Keep heading west and you’ll end up in Celestic Town.

Celestic Town
Talk to the old woman to the west of the Pokemon Center. This is Cynthia’s grandmother. She’ll tell you about the Galactic Grunt guarding the entrance to the shrine, so head down the stairs and battle the Grunt at the north end of town. After the battle, Cynthia’s grandmother will thank you, and you’ll give her the Old Charm. Head inside the shrine and examine the mural at the back of the room depicting Azelf, Uxie and Mesprit. Galactic’s Boss Cyrus will show up and you’ll battle him.

Trainer Battle

Galactic Boss Cyrus
Pokemon Level Type Moves
Sneasel Level 34 Dark/Ice Slash
Ice Punch
Quick Attack
Screech
Golbat Level 34 Poison/Flying Poison Fang
Air Cutter
Bite
Supersonic
Murkrow Level 36 Dark/Flying Drill Peck
Night Shade
Astonish
Faint Attack

Cyrus’s Pokemon are quick, so you’ll want to have some hard-hitting Pokemon to counter them. Sneasel is 4x weak to Fighting, so any Fighting move should take it down quickly. As for the other two, use Ice, Electric or Rock moves to take them out. Beware of Golbat’s confusion and poison abilities.

After the battle, Cyrus will disappear in a flash and you’ll be rewarded HM03 – Surf by Cynthia’s grandmother. Teach it to your Pokemon and fly to Jubilife City. Head west onto Route 218, and with your new aquatic abilities, cross the river to the other side. Just beyond is Canalave City.

Route 218 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Chatot (Lv 28 – 30)
Walk 20%
Floatzel (Lv 29 – 31)
Walk 30%
Floatzel (Lv 29 – 31)
Walk 40%
Gastrodon (Lv 28 – 30)
Walk 25%
Gastrodon (Lv 28 – 30)
Walk 35%
Mr. Mime (Lv 29 – 31)
Walk 25%
Gastrodon (Lv 20 – 40)
Surf 1%
Shellos (Lv 20 – 30)
Surf 30%
Tentacool (Lv 20 – 30)
Surf 60%
Tentacruel (Lv 20 – 40)
Surf 9%
Gyarados (Lv 30 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 65%
Lumineon (Lv 20 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 35%
Magikarp (Lv 3 – 15)
Fish (Old Rod) 100%
Finneon (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 35%
Magikarp (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 65%
Route 218 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Voltorb (Lv 28 – 29)
Swarm 40%

Canalave City
Canalave City is home to the famous Canalave Library, a nexus of knowledge where the mythology of Sinnoh unravels itself. You will also find the Move Deleter here, in case you want to get rid of some unwanted HM moves on your Pokemon. Heal up at the Pokemon Center and cross the bridge to the other side of town. Your rival will spot you as you are doing so and he’ll battle you.

Rival Battle
Pokemon Level Type Moves
Staraptor Level 36 Normal/Flying Aerial Ace
Take Down
Quick Attack
Double Team
Heracross Level 37 Bug/Fighting Brick Break
Aerial Ace
Night Slash
Horn Attack
If you chose Turtwig:
Floatzel Level 35 Water Aqua Jet
Pursuit
Quick Attack
Swift
Roserade Level 35 Grass/Poison Giga Drain
Toxic Spikes
Leech Seed
GrassWhistle
Infernape Level 38 Fire/Fighting Brick Break
Flame Wheel
Mach Punch
Aerial Ace
If you chose Chimchar:
Roserade Level 35 Grass/Poison Giga Drain
Toxic Spikes
Leech Seed
GrassWhistle
Rapidash Level 35 Fire Fire Spin
Take Down
Stomp
Tail Whip
Empoleon Level 38 Water/Steel Bubblebeam
Aerial Ace
Metal Claw
Fury Attack
If you chose Piplup:
Floatzel Level 35 Water Aqua Jet
Pursuit
Quick Attack
Swift
Rapidash Level 35 Fire Fire Spin
Take Down
Stomp
Tail Whip
Torterra Level 38 Grass/Ground Razor Leaf
Bite
Mega Drain
Leech Seed

If you followed my advice from Eterna Gym, your Starly should be a Staraptor now, and that means Heracross and Roserade/Torterra should be no problem at all. The battle shouldn’t be too difficult if you’ve kept up your levels since you last battled him, and if you’re having troubles, you should train a bit more.

He’ll head off as usual, leaving you to explore around town. Head past the gym and to the port where the sailor is standing. Talk to him and he’ll take you to Iron Island, a small island mountain north of Canalave Town. This area is entirely optional, but you need to talk to Riley, who is standing at the entrance to the cave, to receive HM04 – Strength. You’ll need this later. You can continue to explore Iron Island, but to proceed with the game, head back to Canalave Gym.

The layout is the same as Diamond and Pearl. Upon entering, head left and up to take on the first trainer. After you defeat that trainer, take the last platform on the right. Head up and right to take on the next trainer. After you defeat that trainer, head down to the platform. When you land, go down and left to take on another trainer. After that, keep heading left then up onto the platform. When you land, go up and you should come across another trainer by a zipline. After that trainer is defeated, keep heading right and defeat that trainer, then head down the zipline and up the other zipline to the next platform. When you land, go up to take on another trainer. After that trainer, head left then down the next platform. When you land, you’ll see a red platform to the left. Step on the platform to be raised all the way to the top floor and you will be in front of Gym Leader Byron.

Canalave City Gym: Byron

Speciality: Steel Pokemon Level Type Moves
Magneton Level 37 Electric/Steel Flash Cannon
Thunderbolt
Tri Attack
Metal Sound
Steelix Level 38 Steel/Ground Flash Cannon
Ice Fang
Earthquake
Sandstorm
Bastiodon Level 41 Rock/Steel Metal Burst
Stone Edge
Iron Defense
Taunt
Staraptor’s Close Combat should be good enough to railroad through Byron’s Pokemon, but in case it isn’t, the three starters have types which are strong against the three Steels.

When you defeat Byron, he will award you with the Mine Badge, which will allow you to use HM04 – Strength outside of battle, as well as make all Pokemon of level 70 and below obey you. He will also give you TM91 – Flash Cannon, which has a 10% chance of lowering your opponent’s Special Defense by 1 stage.

Canalave City
As you exit the gym, you’ll bump into your rival. Follow him to Canalave Library and head to the top floor where you’ll have a meeting with Professor Rowan, his assistant, and your rival. You’ll discuss the three lakes of Sinnoh: Verity, Acuity and Valor. Midway through conversation, there will be a loud explosion and you’ll hear reports that it happened at Lake Valor.

It’s time to investigate – fly to Pastoria or Veilstone City and make your way there. You’ll see that the lake is in a state of devastation, with all the water blasted out and the poor Magikarp helplessly flailing about on dry land. Head to the center of the lake and you’ll face off against Galactic Commander Saturn.

Trainer Battle

Galactic Commander Saturn
Pokemon Level Type Moves
Golbat Level 35 Poison/Flying Air Cutter
Bite
Toxic
Supersonic
Bronzor Level 35 Steel/Psychic Gyro Ball
Shadow Ball
Rock Tomb
Iron Defense
Toxicroak Level 37 Poison/Fighting Poison Jab
Revenge
Mud Bomb
Faint Attack

A Psychic type should be able to take out both Golbat and Toxicroak, but you might have some troubles with Saturn’s Levitating Bronzor, whose only weakness is Fire. After you defeat Saturn, he’ll mention another operation going on at Lake Verity, so head home to Twinleaf Town and make your way to the lake. There, you’ll see Rowan and his assisant battling the Grunts. Help them out, then prepare to battle Galactic Commander Mars.

Trainer Battle

Galactic Commander Mars
Pokemon Level Type Moves
Golbat Level 38 Poison/Flying Air Cutter
Bite
Toxic
Supersonic
Bronzor Level 38 Steel/Psychic Gyro Ball
Extrasensory
Iron Defense
Confuse Ray
Purugly Level 40 Normal Slash
Faint Attack
Hypnosis
Fake Out

Same strategies again for Golbat and Bronzor, but for Purugly, try to take it down with a good Fighting type. Remember that Fake Out will hit you first, and be careful of Hypnosis. You can try your luck with a Ghost type, but it’ll take some heavy damage from Faint Attack. Mars will vanish with her underlings in tow after the battle, and Rowan will tell you to check on your rival at Lake Acuity. You’ll want to prepare your Pokemon for a very long journey ahead, as well as grab a Pokemon with Rock Smash, Strength and Defog. Fly to Celestic Town or Eterna City and enter Mt. Coronet.

Mt. Coronet

Mt. Coronet (Center) Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bronzor (Lv 14)
Walk 20%
Chingling (Lv 13 – 15)
Walk 10%
Cleffa (Lv 12 – 13)
Walk 10%
Geodude (Lv 13 – 15)
Walk 20%
Geodude (Lv 13 – 15)
Walk 30%
Machop (Lv 13 – 16)
Walk 10%
Meditite (Lv 14 – 16)
Walk 10%
Meditite (Lv 14 – 16)
Walk 20%
Nosepass (Lv 14)
Walk 5%
Zubat (Lv 14 – 15)
Walk 5%
Zubat (Lv 14 – 15)
Walk 15%

If you came from Eterna City, make your way over to the other side of the cave. At the other entrance, head north and use Strength to move the boulder out of the way, and continue north and around the bend to descend into the basement of Mt. Coronet. The fog will come on pretty quick, so use Defog to clear it away. There’s a few items around the place, so you can take your time to explore this area of Mt. Coronet (you can always come back later) or you can just head north to the stairs.

Mt. Coronet B1 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bronzor (Lv 33)
Walk 20%
Chingling (Lv 30 – 34)
Walk 10%
Clefairy (Lv 32)
Walk 10%
Golbat (Lv 33 – 34)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 33 – 34)
Walk 15%
Graveler (Lv 31 – 34)
Walk 20%
Graveler (Lv 31 – 34)
Walk 30%
Machoke (Lv 31 – 35)
Walk 10%
Meditite (Lv 33 – 35)
Walk 10%
Meditite (Lv 33 – 35)
Walk 20%
Nosepass (Lv 33)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 20 – 40)
Surf 10%
Zubat (Lv 20 – 40)
Surf 90%
Gyarados (Lv 30 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 65%
Whiscash (Lv 20 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 35%
Magikarp (Lv 3 – 15)
Fish (Old Rod) 100%
Barboach (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 35%
Magikarp (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 65%

Once you’ve ascended the stairs, just head around the corner to the cave exit. You might notice this small area has one change from Diamond and Pearl – the inclusion of an extra cavern which holds nothing except for a NeverMeltIce. This cavern is in fact home to Regice, and it will only appear if you have the Movie Promo Regigigas. Getting the Regigigas from Snowpoint Temple will not work

Mt. Coronet (North) Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bronzor (Lv 33)
Walk 20%
Chingling (Lv 30 – 34)
Walk 10%
Clefairy (Lv 32)
Walk 10%
Golbat (Lv 33 – 34)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 33 – 34)
Walk 15%
Graveler (Lv 31 – 34)
Walk 20%
Graveler (Lv 31 – 34)
Walk 30%
Machoke (Lv 31 – 35)
Walk 10%
Meditite (Lv 33 – 35)
Walk 10%
Meditite (Lv 33 – 35)
Walk 20%
Nosepass (Lv 33)
Walk 5%

The Road to Snowpoint City

Route 216 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Graveler (Lv 33 – 35)
Walk 5%
Meditite (Lv 32 – 34)
Walk 10%
Meditite (Lv 32 – 34)
Walk 20%
Sneasel (Lv 32 – 35)
Walk 35%
Snorunt (Lv 33)
Walk 10%
Snover (Lv 32 – 35)
Walk 30%
Snover (Lv 32 – 35)
Walk 40%
Zubat (Lv 32 – 33)
Walk 10%
Route 216 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Ursaring (Lv 33 – 35)
Insertion (Emerald) 8%

This area is quite linear, but it is full of trainers and snow, making running difficult at times. You’ll find a small rest house a short way into Route 216. Heal up, and persevere. Just north is Route 217, and it will start snowing heavily. While you’re on Route 217, Hail will automatically be set up in any battle you partake in.

Route 217 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Sneasel (Lv 33 – 35)
Walk 15%
Sneasel (Lv 33 – 35)
Walk 25%
Snorunt (Lv 33)
Walk 20%
Snover (Lv 32 – 35)
Walk 30%
Snover (Lv 32 – 35)
Walk 40%
Swinub (Lv 32 – 34)
Walk 35%
Route 217 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Delibird (Lv 32 – 33)
Swarm 40%
Piloswine
Radar
Ursaring (Lv 35 – 36)
Insertion (Emerald) 8%

Continue north, and as you pass a block of trees, stick to the west side of the route. You should reach a house with a lone Hiker inside. He’ll explain that he’s lost his HM, so go outside and pick it up for him (it’s at the back of his out). Return it to him and he’ll let you keep it, as well as give you an Icicle Plate for your honesty. Continue north and if you stick to the east side, you’ll see a house where a girl inside will give you a Spell Tag. Just north of this house is Ice Rock, where you can level up an Eevee and it will evolve into a Glaceon. Just north from here is Acuity Lakefront. You’ll spot your rival at the top of a slope; you’ll need the HM you got earlier, HM08 – Rock Climb, to scale the wall. Unfortunately, you’ll need Snowpoint City Gym’s badge to use it, so continue east and you’ll arrive at Snowpoint City.

Acuity Lakefront Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Sneasel (Lv 33 – 35)
Walk 15%
Sneasel (Lv 33 – 35)
Walk 25%
Snorunt (Lv 32 – 33)
Walk 20%
Snover (Lv 32 – 35)
Walk 30%
Snover (Lv 32 – 35)
Walk 40%
Swinub (Lv 32 – 34)
Walk 35%
Acuity Lakefront Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Ursaring (Lv 35)
Insertion (Emerald) 8%

Snowpoint City
The house in the northeast corner of town is home to one of Sinnoh’s tutors, as well as a man who will add a random word to your vocabulary. There’s not much else to see, so you can head straight to the gym. Snowpoint Gym has slightly changed since Diamond and Pearl so while the puzzle is the same, the snowballs are in a different position. Destroy the snowballs in the way by sliding from higher levels to lower levels. You’ll be stopped by stairs and patches of snow, so in order to get the most momentum, you’ll want a clear shot at the snowballs.

Snowpoint City Gym: Candice

Speciality: Ice Pokemon Level Type Moves
Sneasel Level 40 Dark/Ice Slash
Aerial Ace
Faint Attack
Ice Shard
Piloswine Level 40 Ice/Ground Avalanche
Stone Edge
Earthquake
Hail
Abomasnow Level 42 Grass/Ice Avalanche
Wood Hammer
Water Pulse
Focus Blast
Froslass Level 44 Ice/Ghost Blizzard
Double Team
Shadow Ball
Psychic
A Steel Pokemon should be able to sweep Candice’s team since it resists almost every attack, while being super effective against all four Pokemon. Don’t let the battle with Froslass drag on too long or those Double Teams will really start to annoy. Once again, Once again, Staraptor’s Close Combat becomes useful, but this can be risky since Staraptor is also weak to Ice and Close Combat obviously won’t work against Froslass. Note that Sneasel is 4x weak to Fighting and Abomasnow is 4x weak to Fire – exploit these to your own advantage.

After you defeat Candice, you will be awarded the Icicle Badge, which will allow you to use HM08 – Rock Climb outside of battle. She will also give you TM72 – Avalanche, which doubles in power if the user is damaged before it attacks.

Team Galactic Showdown
Exit the gym and heal up. Teach one of your Pokemon Rock Climb and return to the Acuity Lakefront. Inspect the row of rocks leading up the ledge and use Rock Climb to ascend the cliff. Enter Lake Acuity and you’ll see your rival lose to Galactic Commander Jupiter, who will escape to the Galactic HQ in Veilstone City. Head there now.

At the Galactic HQ in the northeast side of town, talk to the Galactic Grunt by the satellites and he’ll scurry off. The Detective will appear and talk to you. Head to the warehouse on the other side of town and as you examine the doors, the Detective will burst in, open the doors for you, and head into the basement. Follow him downstairs.

Make your way all the way east until you reach a flight of stairs. Head up two flights of stairs to reach two warp pad. The warp pad on the right leads to TM49 – Snatch. Return and take the left warp pad and continue on until you reach some stairs and a Galactic Grunt. If you take the warp pad to the left, it’ll lead you to the basement again where you can find TM36 – Sludge Bomb, as well as the Galactic Key. Now you can open any door in the Galactic HQ. If you return to the place with the Grunt and the stairs, you can head up the stairs to get TM21 – Frustration. Exit the HQ through the Warehouse entrance and make your way to the Galactic HQ main entrance.

Inside, use the Galactic Key to open the door and head up the stairs. Continue until you reach the television room with a Scientist inside. The two warps on the far right of the corridor take you to a Green Shard and a Max Revive. Take the warp pad inside the TV room and you’ll teleport to an assembly area where the Detective is quietly observing Cyrus addressing a whole group of Grunts. After the speech, the Detective will head off so follow him and take the warp pad. You’ll teleport right by some beds where you can heal up. Head up the stairs and to the end of the corridor where you’ll find three warp pads. The two at the top will take you to a Max Elixir and a Protein, and the one on the left will lead you to Galactic’s Boss, Cyrus.

Trainer Battle

Galactic Boss Cyrus
Pokemon Level Type Moves
Sneasel Level 44 Dark/Ice Slash
Ice Punch
Quick Attack
Screech
Crobat Level 44 Poison/Flying Poison Fang
Air Cutter
Bite
Supersonic
Honchkrow Level 46 Dark/Flying Drill Peck
Night Shade
Astonish
Faint Attack

A good Fighting move (like Staraptor’s Close Combat) should take down Sneasel in one hit. Finish off Crobat and Honchrow with some Ice, Electric or Rock moves that exploit their Flying-type weaknesses. Crobat can be really annoying if it manages to hit you with Supersonic. After the battle, you’ll receive the Master Ball which has a 100% capture rate on any Pokemon. Follow him to the warp pad on the far right of the room (the warp pad at the top will lead you to the assembly area) and head past the research pods into the back room. You’ll find the three Pokemon Azelf, Mesprit and Uxie being imprisoned, and Saturn and Pluto guarding them. Talk to Saturn and he’ll battle you.

Trainer Battle

Galactic Commander Saturn
Pokemon Level Type Moves
Golbat Level 42 Poison/Flying Air Cutter
Bite
Poison Fang
Confuse Ray
Bronzor Level 42 Steel/Psychic Gyro Ball
Extrasensory
Shadow Ball
Confuse Ray
Toxicroak Level 44 Poison/Fighting Poison Jab
Brick Break
X-Scissor
Faint Attack

Not too difficult of a battle, again use a Psychic-type against Golbat and Toxicroak, and a Fire-type against Bronzor. Beware of Confuse Ray from both Golbat and Bronzor. After you defeat Saturn, press the red button on the green machine in the middle of the room to free the mirage Pokemon. Return to the room where you battled Cyrus and head south to access the green warp pad. This will take you to the Galactic HQ entrance.

Climbing Mt. Coronet
Heal up and head to Oreburgh City. It’s another long journey ahead, so take some items along and make sure your Pokemon are well trained – if you had troubles with the past few battles, you should consider getting to level 50 or so. Take a Pokemon with Rock Climb, Surf, Strength and Rock Smash, then when you’re ready, head east to Mt. Coronet via Route 207.

Mt. Coronet 2F Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bronzong (Lv 37 – 38)
Walk 20%
Chingling (Lv 36 – 38)
Walk 10%
Clefairy (Lv 36)
Walk 10%
Golbat (Lv 37 – 38)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 37 – 38)
Walk 15%
Graveler (Lv 36 – 38)
Walk 20%
Graveler (Lv 36 – 38)
Walk 30%
Machoke (Lv 39)
Walk 10%
Medicham (Lv 37 – 39)
Walk 10%
Medicham (Lv 37 – 39)
Walk 20%
Nosepass (Lv 37)
Walk 5%
Mt. Coronet 2F Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Lunatone (Lv 36 – 38)
Insertion (Sapphire) 8%
Solrock (Lv 36 – 38)
Insertion (Ruby) 8%

Mt. Coronet 3F Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bronzong (Lv 37 – 38)
Walk 20%
Chingling (Lv 36 – 38)
Walk 10%
Clefairy (Lv 36)
Walk 10%
Golbat (Lv 37 – 38)
Walk 4%
Golbat (Lv 37 – 38)
Walk 14%
Graveler (Lv 36 – 38)
Walk 20%
Graveler (Lv 36 – 38)
Walk 30%
Machoke (Lv 39)
Walk 10%
Medicham (Lv 37 – 39)
Walk 11%
Medicham (Lv 37 – 39)
Walk 21%
Nosepass (Lv 37)
Walk 5%
Mt. Coronet 3F Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Lunatone (Lv 36 – 38)
Insertion (Sapphire) 8%
Solrock (Lv 36 – 38)
Insertion (Ruby) 8%

When you’re inside, use Surf on the body of water just to the north. Take the narrow path and use Rock Climb to ascend the cliff, then take the stairs to the second level. There are a few items lying around, as well as an exit to Route 207 where you can pick up a Timer Ball and an Iron. The stairs to the third floor are through an opening in the north face of the cave, so cross the wooden bridges and make your way there. As you do, the Detective will catch up to you and give you a Black Flute. Continue on; at the fork, going down the stairs leads you to a dead end with a hidden Star Piece, heading up the stairs leads you past some Galactic Grunts and outside into the snowy slopes of Mt. Coronet.

Mt. Coronet (Snowing) Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Abomasnow (Lv 38 – 40)
Walk 20%
Abomasnow (Lv 38 – 40)
Walk 30%
Absol (Lv 38 – 40)
Walk 5%
Chingling (Lv 37 – 39)
Walk 10%
Golbat (Lv 38 – 39)
Walk 10%
Machoke (Lv 40)
Walk 10%
Medicham (Lv 38 – 40)
Walk 10%
Medicham (Lv 38 – 40)
Walk 20%
Noctowl (Lv 39)
Walk 10%
Nosepass (Lv 38)
Walk 5%
Snover (Lv 36 – 38)
Walk 20%
Mt. Coronet (Snowing) Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Loudred
Radar
Lunatone (Lv 38 – 39)
Insertion (Sapphire) 8%
Solrock (Lv 38 – 39)
Insertion (Ruby) 8%

Follow the path and use Rock Climb to scale the wall. There’s a cave opening to the east, but you need to use Waterfall inside the cave to proceed. The second Rock Climb face will lead you to a ledge where you can find a hidden Star Piece. The remaining option is to head west where there’s another cave opening. Head inside and follow the path around the water to the cave exit.

Mt. Coronet 4F Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bronzong (Lv 37 – 40)
Walk 20%
Chingling (Lv 36 – 39)
Walk 10%
Clefairy (Lv 36 – 38)
Walk 10%
Golbat (Lv 37 – 38)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 37 – 38)
Walk 15%
Graveler (Lv 36 – 38)
Walk 20%
Graveler (Lv 36 – 38)
Walk 30%
Machoke (Lv 39)
Walk 10%
Medicham (Lv 37 – 39)
Walk 10%
Medicham (Lv 37 – 39)
Walk 20%
Nosepass (Lv 37)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 20 – 40)
Surf 10%
Zubat (Lv 20 – 40)
Surf 90%
Dragonair (Lv 15 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 5%
Dratini (Lv 15 – 25)
Fish (Super Rod) 30%
Gyarados (Lv 30 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 60%
Whiscash (Lv 20 – 50)
Fish (Super Rod) 5%
Magikarp (Lv 3 – 15)
Fish (Old Rod) 100%
Barboach (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 35%
Magikarp (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 65%
Mt. Coronet 4F Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Lunatone (Lv 38 – 39)
Insertion (Sapphire) 8%
Solrock (Lv 38 – 39)
Insertion (Ruby) 8%

Outside again, head down the stairs into the ravine. The cave opening there can be used to get back to Route 211 between Eterna City and Celestic Town, but it’s currently guarded by some Galactic Grunts who won’t let you through, so instead, use Rock Climb on the western wall. Circle around to the west cliff of Mt. Coronet and enter the mountain from the entrance there. Follow the stairs up, battling the Galactic Grunts along the way until you reach the outside again.

Mt. Coronet 5F Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bronzong (Lv 37 – 40)
Walk 20%
Chimecho (Lv 39)
Walk 1%
Chingling (Lv 36 – 40)
Walk 9%
Clefairy (Lv 36 – 38)
Walk 10%
Golbat (Lv 37 – 38)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 37 – 38)
Walk 15%
Graveler (Lv 36 – 38)
Walk 20%
Graveler (Lv 36 – 38)
Walk 30%
Machoke (Lv 39)
Walk 10%
Medicham (Lv 37 – 39)
Walk 10%
Medicham (Lv 37 – 39)
Walk 20%
Nosepass (Lv 37)
Walk 5%
Mt. Coronet 5F Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Lunatone (Lv 38 – 39)
Insertion (Sapphire) 8%
Solrock (Lv 38 – 39)
Insertion (Ruby) 8%

Mt. Coronet 6F Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bronzong (Lv 37 – 42)
Walk 20%
Chimecho (Lv 39 – 40)
Walk 5%
Chingling (Lv 36)
Walk 5%
Clefairy (Lv 36 – 40)
Walk 10%
Golbat (Lv 37 – 38)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 37 – 38)
Walk 15%
Graveler (Lv 36 – 40)
Walk 20%
Graveler (Lv 36 – 40)
Walk 30%
Machoke (Lv 39)
Walk 10%
Medicham (Lv 37 – 39)
Walk 10%
Medicham (Lv 37 – 39)
Walk 20%
Nosepass (Lv 37)
Walk 5%
Mt. Coronet 6F Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Lunatone (Lv 38 – 41)
Insertion (Sapphire) 8%
Solrock (Lv 38 – 41)
Insertion (Ruby) 8%

Mt. Coronet 7F Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bronzong (Lv 37 – 42)
Walk 20%
Chimecho (Lv 39 – 41)
Walk 10%
Clefairy (Lv 36 – 40)
Walk 10%
Golbat (Lv 37 – 38)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 37 – 38)
Walk 15%
Graveler (Lv 36 – 40)
Walk 20%
Graveler (Lv 36 – 40)
Walk 30%
Machoke (Lv 39)
Walk 10%
Medicham (Lv 37 – 39)
Walk 10%
Medicham (Lv 37 – 39)
Walk 20%
Nosepass (Lv 37)
Walk 5%
Mt. Coronet 7F Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Lunatone (Lv 38 – 41)
Insertion (Sapphire) 8%
Solrock (Lv 38 – 41)
Insertion (Ruby) 8%

Spear Pillar
As you head up the stairs, you’ll take on two Galactic Grunts in a double battle. I’d recommend saving at this point, because if you have serious troubles with the trainer battles ahead, you will want to go back and train some more. In any case, proceed further and Galactic Commanders Mars and Jupiter will double battle you and your rival.

Double Trainer Battle
Galactic Commander Mars and Galactic Commander Jupiter
Galactic Commander Mars Galactic Commander Jupiter
Pokemon Level Type Moves Pokemon Level Type Moves
Bronzor Level 44 Steel/Psychic Gyro Ball
Extrasensory
Light Screen
Confuse Ray Bronzor Level 44 Steel/Psychic Gyro Ball
Extrasensory
Rock Slide
Reflect
Golbat Level 44 Poison/Flying Air Cutter
Bite
Poison Fang
Confuse Ray Golbat Level 44 Poison/Flying Sludge Bomb
Air Cutter
Giga Drain
Mean Look
Purugly Level 46 Normal Slash
Shadow Claw
Aerial Ace
Hypnosis Skuntank Level 46 Poison/Dark Night Slash
Poison Jab
Flamethrower
Smokescreen

A point of reassurance: your rival will heal your Pokemon completely after this battle, so give it all you’ve got. This battle can be extremely difficult since your rival’s choices tend to be rather misfortunate at times, so it means you’re basically battling both Pokemon by yourself. On the brightside, he can be used as a punching bag to absorb the opponents’ attacks. Be careful of Bronzor and Golbat’s Confuse Rays, and Skuntank’s Smokescreen – you don’t want to be putting things up to chance. Hope that both Bronzor don’t manage to get Light Screen and Reflect up. They both have Levitate, so stick with Fire-type attacks. The best strategy is to concentrate on one Pokemon until one trainer is defeated, then focus on the other.

When the battle is over, your rival will heal your Pokemon and leave. Cyrus will then attempt to use the power he extracted from Azelf, Mesprit and Uxie. Dialga and Palkia will both be summoned, causing Giratina to emerge from the Distortion World. As Cyrus disappears, you’ll see Cynthia rush up to Spear Pillar with you. When you’re ready, enter the vortex.

The Distortion World

You can freely enter and leave the Distortion World through the portal. Follow Cynthia as she walks across some pretty trippy terrains. Jump the ledge to where she’s standing and walk on top of the sunken patch to activate the elevator. For future reference, these sunken patches will usually invoke some kind of action on the platform you’re on. At the bottom, follow her across the floating islands and proceed. You’ll see Mesprit appear, so continue left and the camera will change as you fly onto the wall.

When you reach the elevator with two rocks on it, activate its movement by standing on the sunken patch in the middle, then proceed to the top patch of the next platform, then the left patch on the one after that. You’ll fly onto the wall where Cynthia is waiting. The other sunken patches will move the platform, but they lead to dead ends.

Continue right as far as you can, then down and left when you reach a new set of moving platforms. Take the top patches on the next two platforms, and you’ll descend onto another level. Head right and you’ll end up on a platform with three rocks. Activate the center patch to descend lower, and then head down and a magic platform will appear.

Cyrus will meet you briefly here. The platforms you’re on now have another trick: the sunken patches will make visible platforms disappear and make invisible platforms appear. From where you are, head down, right and up and you’ll make a platform appear. Cross the platform and take the path leading down, just to your right. Cross it and continue right until you reach a platform with five rocks on it. Activate it and cross the floating platforms to your left. You’ll meet Uxie soon after.

Jump the ledge and use Strength on the boulder there. Push it down and it’ll fall into the level below. Head down and hop onto the elevator, but don’t use it quite yet. Head left and Mesprit will appear and motion for you to drop the boulder there into the chasm below. You can’t head back because of the ledges, so head down and take the elevator with five rocks on it and it’ll ascend to the level above. Head left and you’ll end up on a platform with disappearing objects, so make your way through that by sticking to the outside of the platform.

Hop onto the elevator with four rocks (you’ll see Cyrus to the right) and it’ll take you back to the area with the magic platforms. From the elevator, hop across and head down and right onto another elevator, this time with four rocks on it. This will take you to where Cyrus is. Continue onwards and Giratina will buzz past. Head onto the wall and the camera will change. Continue upwards and you’ll fly upside down! Surf up…or down…or whatever…the waterfall and you’ll end up on the right part of the level where Uxie and Mesprit were. Drop the boulder there into the gap as Azelf appears, then head left and take the elevator down.

When the elevator stops moving, head up and use Strength on the boulder, and drop it into the hole next to where Uxie is floating. Head to the left part of the level where Mesprit is. Again, use Strength and drop the boulder into the hole next to Mesprit. Finally, head to the right part of the level and repeat for Azelf. Talk to Cynthia on the bottom part of the level, and an elevator will appear that will take you to where Cyrus is waiting. Talk to him, and he’ll battle you.

Trainer Battle

Galactic Boss Cyrus
Pokemon Level Type Moves
Houndoom Level 45 Dark/Fire Flamethrower
Dark Pulse
Will-O-Wisp
Thunder Fang
Honchkrow Level 47 Dark/Flying Drill Peck
Night Slash
Heat Wave
Psychic
Crobat Level 46 Poison/Flying Cross Poison
Air Slash
Toxic
Confuse Ray
Gyarados Level 46 Water/Flying Giga Impact
Waterfall
Ice Fang
Earthquake
Weavile Level 48 Dark/Ice Night Slash
Ice Punch
Fake Out
X-Scissor

Hopefully you’ve trained your Pokemon to a decent level prior to this battle. Staraptor’s Close Combat should take out Houndoom and Weavile, while an Electric type can take out Honchkrow, Crobat and Gyarados. As you can see from the movesets, there are several status inducing moves like Toxic and Will-O-Wisp that can be very annoying if they’re inflicted. Weavile is extremely quick and can sweep your team if you don’t have the right defenses.

After the battle with Cyrus, he’ll leave and Cynthia will fully heal your Pokemon. Head north and you will face Giratina in its Origin Forme. Now is a good time to save if you want to catch it.

Legendary Pokemon Battle

Giratina (Origin Forme)
If you fail to capture Giratina, it will disappear forever. Try your luck with a Quick Ball to start with, otherwise standard strategy applies for catching Pokemon. At level 47, Giratina knows Omnious Wind, AncientPower, Dragon Claw and its unique move, Shadow Force. Your best bet is to put it to sleep and hammer away at its HP. Make sure one of your Pokemon can tank Giratina’s attacks – a Steel Pokemon is ideal for these. If you have Timer Balls, they start becoming effective after 15 turns in battle, otherwise stick with Dusk Balls if it’s night, or Ultra Balls otherwise.

Cynthia and Cyrus will show up and talk briefly. When you’re in control, examine the portal and you’ll be teleported to Spring Path, which lies to the east of Route 214. Use Rock Climb to get out, and make your way to Sandgem Town to report your adventure to Professor Rowan. At this point in time, Azelf, Mesprit and Uxie can be found in their respective lakes so you can go and catch them if you wish. To get to the eighth gym however, head to Valor’s lakeside hotel and head east onto Route 222.

Sendoff Spring Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bibarel (Lv 37 – 54)
Walk 30%
Chingling (Lv 37 – 39)
Walk 10%
Dusclops (Lv 39 – 40)
Walk 5%
Dusclops (Lv 39 – 40)
Walk 15%
Golbat (Lv 38)
Walk 10%
Graveler (Lv 37 – 39)
Walk 25%
Graveler (Lv 37 – 39)
Walk 35%
Staravia (Lv 38 – 54)
Walk 10%
Staravia (Lv 38 – 54)
Walk 20%
Sendoff Spring Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Lunatone (Lv 39 – 52)
Insertion (Sapphire) 8%
Solrock (Lv 39 – 52)
Insertion (Ruby) 8%

Sunyshore City

Route 222 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Chatot (Lv 38 – 40)
Walk 10%
Electabuzz (Lv 39 – 41)
Walk 20%
Electabuzz (Lv 39 – 41)
Walk 30%
Floatzel (Lv 38 – 41)
Walk 20%
Floatzel (Lv 38 – 41)
Walk 40%
Luxio (Lv 38 – 40)
Walk 10%
Magnemite (Lv 39)
Walk 10%
Magneton (Lv 41)
Walk 5%
Pelipper (Lv 40)
Walk 5%
Wingull (Lv 38)
Walk 10%
Route 222 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Skitty (Lv 39 – 40)
Swarm 40%
Flaaffy
Radar

There’s little to see on Route 222, so you can just battle all the trainers and head to the gatehouse on the other side. As you emerge from it, Flint from the Pokemon League will talk with you and tell you that Sunyshore’s Gym Leader, Volkner, has lost his “spark” for battle. Go to the Lighthouse in the southeast corner of town by using the overhead walkways, and talk to Volkner. He’ll head back to his gym and wait for you.

Take your time in exploring the city. A man who lives just behind the Lighthouse will give you Poketch apps if you show him Pokemon of a particular nature. There’s a lady who will give you ribbons depending on what day of the week it is in the northeast corner of town. The gym is just to the west of this lady, and you’ll see Flint standing outside. Talk to him and he’ll let you inside.

When you enter, walk on the gear and press the green button on the right, then make your way to the other green button. Press that one down to reach the next room. Step on the blue button three times, then head up the stairs to the left. Battle the trainer and continue down on the gear there. Hit the blue switch once, then head right and hit the green switch once, then make your way up the stairs and past the bridge on the right, then head into the next room. In this last room, make your way onto the gear and press the red button. Walk off the gear and onto the middle gear again, then go left and press the red button once, then go down. Head up the stairs and past the bridge, then step on the green switch twice, then make your way to the blue switch. Step on it once, then head around and down the stairs and hit the right red button once. Go past the bridge again and head around to take on Gym Leader Volkner.

Sunyshore City Gym: Volkner

Speciality: Electric Pokemon Level Type Moves
Jolteon Level 46 Electric Thunder Wave
Charge Beam
Iron Tail
Quick Attack
Raichu Level 46 Electric Charge Beam
Focus Blast
Signal Beam
Quick Attack
Luxray Level 48 Electric Ice Fang
Thunder Fang
Crunch
Fire Fang
Electivire Level 50 Electric Thunderpunch
Fire Punch
Quick Attack
Giga Impact
The Ground type is not only immune to Electric attacks, it is also able to deal double damage to Electric Pokemon, so it’s clear that a Ground Pokemon should be able to sweep the four Pokemon here. Just be careful of Luxray’s Ice Fang, otherwise there really isn’t much to worry about in this battle. If you don’t have Ground Pokemon or Earthquake, stick with some strong physical moves since Volkner’s Pokemon have low physical defense.

After you defeat Volkner, you will be awarded the Beacon Badge, which will allow you to use HM07 (Waterfall) outside of battle and make all Pokemon of any level obey you. He will also give you TM57 – Charge Beam, which has a 70% chance of raising your Pokemon’s Special Attack.

Victory Road
You’ll need to cross Route 223 to get to Victory Road, which is a cave that leads to the Pokemon League. There is a Pokemon Center outside, so you’ll have a chance to Fly back and grab some items or heal up later. For now, have a Pokemon that can learn Surf and Waterfall in your party, and head north out of Sunyshore City. Jasmine, the Olivine City Gym Leader, will meet you by the beach and give you HM07 – Waterfall. Hit the waves and continue north past all the trainers. At the end, you’ll see a crashing waterfall, so use your new HM and ascend it to the Victory Road Pokemon Center.

Route 223 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Mantyke (Lv 30 – 45)
Surf 10%
Pelipper (Lv 30 – 50)
Surf 30%
Tentacruel (Lv 30 – 50)
Surf 60%
Gyarados (Lv 30 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 60%
Octillery (Lv 20 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 5%
Wailmer (Lv 30 – 40)
Fish (Super Rod) 30%
Wailord (Lv 35 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 5%
Magikarp (Lv 3 – 15)
Fish (Old Rod) 100%
Magikarp (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 65%
Octillery (Lv 25 – 35)
Fish (Good Rod) 5%
Remoraid (Lv 15 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 30%

Before entering Victory Road, you will need to have a Pokemon on your party with Rock Climb, Rock Smash, Strength, Surf and Waterfall. Feel free to enter the cave and gain some levels, then healing at the Pokemon Center before actually attempting to cross the cave.

Victory Road 1F Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Gabite (Lv 41)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 42 – 46)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 42 – 46)
Walk 15%
Graveler (Lv 40 – 42)
Walk 20%
Graveler (Lv 40 – 42)
Walk 30%
Onix (Lv 41 – 44)
Walk 20%
Rhydon (Lv 41 – 43)
Walk 15%
Rhyhorn (Lv 41)
Walk 20%
Steelix (Lv 42)
Walk 5%

Follow the paths laid out by the bridges and when you reach a seemingly dead-end, use Rock Climb to slip down to the lower level. Continue left, but don’t jump any of the ledges or you’ll have to return to the start. Climb the stairs you encounter and follow that path past the trainer to the next level.

Victory Road 2F Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Gabite (Lv 43)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 41 – 47)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 41 – 47)
Walk 15%
Graveler (Lv 41 – 43)
Walk 5%
Graveler (Lv 41 – 43)
Walk 15%
Magneton (Lv 41 – 43)
Walk 30%
Onix (Lv 42)
Walk 5%
Steelix (Lv 42 – 44)
Walk 40%

If you head left by smashing the rock and moving the boulder, you’ll see some ramps – use your bike on fast gear and speed over the ramps to jump the rocks in the way. Doing this leads you to a Max Elixir. Anyway, from the entrance, head down and use Rock Smash on the two rocks there. You’ll see a set of three boulders, so use Strength to move them out of the way. Head left to the other corner and you’ll see two boulders, a rock and a trainer. Push the left boulder down, and use the new path to break the rock with Rock Smash. Move the boulder out of the way and follow the path to the right.

When you reach a set of three boulders, push the top one to the right, creating a dead end to the left. Instead, head up, down the stairs to the first floor, then return to this spot to access the right path. You can get a Full Restore and TM71 – Stone Edge from here. Back on first floor, head over the bridge and down to the lower level by using Rock Climb. The path leads to the right, where the stairs there take you to the basement.

Victory Road B1F Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Azumarill (Lv 41 – 43)
Walk 30%
Floatzel (Lv 42 – 44)
Walk 30%
Gabite (Lv 43)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 41 – 46)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 41 – 46)
Walk 15%
Graveler (Lv 41 – 43)
Walk 5%
Graveler (Lv 41 – 43)
Walk 15%
Onix (Lv 42)
Walk 10%
Steelix (Lv 44)
Walk 5%
Floatzel (Lv 30 – 50)
Surf 90%
Golbat (Lv 30 – 50)
Surf 10%
Gyarados (Lv 20 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 100%
Magikarp (Lv 3 – 15)
Fish (Old Rod) 100%
Magikarp (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 100%

Head down the stairs and Surf to the right, then Surf up to the waterfall. Ascend it and follow the water around to another waterfall, but instead of descending it, continue left past the trainer to another patch of water. The stairs to the first floor are just ahead.

On the first floor, head left to a T-junction. The stairs here lead to the deep part of Victory Road, which can only be accessed after the Elite Four. Instead, head down past the trainer and use Rock Climb to climb the ledge to the right; the ledge to the left leads to TM79 – Dark Pulse. Cross the bridge and you’re at the exit. Use Waterfall outside and you’ll reach the Pokemon League.

The Pokemon League
The lobby here houses both a Pokemon Center as well as a PokeMart. Stock up on some items, heal and train as necessary, and when you are finally ready, approach the lady guarding the doorway next to the PC and your Rival will battle you. It is recommended that your Pokemon should be around level 50 for battling the Elite Four.

Rival Battle
Pokemon Level Type Moves
Staraptor Level 48 Normal/Flying Close Combat
Aerial Ace
Steel Wing
U-Turn
Heracross Level 48 Bug/Fighting Close Combat
Rock Slide
Night Slash
Aerial Ace
Snorlax Level 49 Normal Body Slam
Crunch
Earthquake
Rest
If you chose Turtwig:
Floatzel Level 47 Water Aqua Jet
Crunch
Ice Fang
Brick Break
Roserade Level 47 Grass/Poison Poison Jab
Giga Drain
Shadow Ball
GrassWhistle
Infernape Level 51 Fire/Fighting Flamethrower
Focus Blast
Shadow Claw
Aerial Ace
If you chose Chimchar:
Roserade Level 47 Grass/Poison Poison Jab
Giga Drain
Shadow Ball
GrassWhistle
Rapidash Level 47 Fire Fire Blast
Sunny Day
Bounce
Will-O-Wisp
Empoleon Level 51 Water/Steel Brine
Aerial Ace
Metal Claw
Shadow Claw
If you chose Piplup:
Floatzel Level 47 Water Aqua Jet
Crunch
Ice Fang
Brick Break
Rapidash Level 47 Fire Fire Blast
Sunny Day
Bounce
Will-O-Wisp
Torterra Level 51 Grass/Ground Leaf Storm
Earthquake
Crunch
Synthesis

A Staraptor with Close Combat and a Flying-move can easily take out Heracross, Snorlax, Roserade, Torterra and Empoleon. If you’re stuck without one, an Electric-type should be sufficient against Staraptor as long as it’s Special and not Physical-based. For Heracross, exploit its 4x Flying-type weakness and it shouldn’t pose much of a threat. Snorlax might be hard to take down, especially with Rest, so use some strong Fighting-type moves. The remaining three should be quite familiar to you, and again, use their elemental weaknesses to finish your Rival.

After the battle, you’ll get a final chance to heal and shop around. Once you proceed into the main area, you will not be able to turn back, when you’re ready, talk to the lady and she’ll let you through to Aaron, the first member of the Elite Four.

Elite Four: Aaron
Speciality: Bug

Yanmega Air Slash Level 49 Bug/Flying
Bug Buzz
U-Turn
Double Team
Scizor Iron Head Level 49 Bug/Steel
X-Scissor
Night Slash
Quick Attack
Vespiquen Attack Order Level 50 Bug/Flying
Defend Order
Heal Order
Power Gem
Heracross Megahorn Level 51 Bug/Fighting
Close Combat
Night Slash
Stone Edge
Drapion X-Scissor Level 53 Poison/Dark
Cross Poison
Ice Fang
Aerial Ace
Plenty of 4x weaknesses to exploit: Yanmega and Vespiquen to Rock, Scizor to Fire and Heracross to Flying. These four are not too difficult at all, and you should be able to finish them off in one hit each. For Drapion, use a good Ground move like Earthquake to take it out, but if it survives, Ice Fang can really hurt your Ground Pokemon. Yanmega’s Double Team can be really annoying, so shut it down as fast as you can.

Elite Four: Bertha
Speciality: Ground

Whiscash Earth Power Level 50 Water/Ground
Aqua Tail
Zen Headbutt
Sandstorm
Gliscor Earthquake Level 53 Ground/Flying
Ice Fang
Fire Fang
Thunder Fang
Hippowdon Earthquake Level 52 Ground
Stone Edge
Crunch
Yawn
Golem Earthquake Level 52 Rock/Ground
Fire Punch
Thunderpunch
Sandstorm
Rhyperior Earthquake Level 55 Ground/Rock
Rock Wrecker
Megahorn
Avalanche
While Flying-type Pokemon are immune to Earthquake, they are weak to Rock-type moves like Stone Edge and Rock Wrecker. Stick with Grass, Water and Ice Pokemon for this one. Grass Pokemon have the added resistance to Ground moves, and Whiscash, Golem and Rhyperior are all 4x weak to Grass attacks. Gliscor is 4x weak to Ice, but watch out for those elemental fangs.

Elite Four: Flint
Speciality: Fire

Houndoom Flamethrower Level 52 Dark/Fire
Sludge Bomb
Dark Pulse
Sunny Day
Flareon Overheat Level 55 Fire
Giga Impact
Quick Attack
Will-O-Wisp
Rapidash Flare Blitz Level 53 Fire
Solarbeam
Bounce
Sunny Day
Infernape Flare Blitz Level 55 Fire/Fighting
Thunderpunch
Mach Punch
Earthquake
Magmortar Flamethrower Level 57 Fire
Thunderbolt
Solarbeam
Hyper Beam
He finally gets some proper Fire Pokemon in Platinum! Sunny Day can make life tricky for Water Pokemon since it reduces the effectiveness of all Water-attacks by half, as well as lets Rapidash and Magmortar fire SolarBeam in a single turn. Your best bet is to strike hard and fast: sweep Flint with attacks like Surf, Earthquake and Stone Edge. For added fun, set up Stealth Rock and hit Flint’s Pokemon for up to 25% damage as he switches them in.

Elite Four: Lucian
Speciality: Psychic

Mr. Mime Psychic Level 53 Psychic
Thunderbolt
Reflect
Light Screen
Espeon Psychic Level 55 Psychic
Shadow Ball
Quick Attack
Signal Beam
Bronzong Psychic Level 54 Steel/Psychic
Gyro Ball
Earthquake
Calm Mind
Alakazam Psychic Level 56 Psychic
Energy Ball
Focus Blast
Recover
Gallade Drain Punch Level 59 Psychic/Fighting
Psycho Cut
Leaf Blade
Stone Edge
With an immunity to Psychic, Dark Pokemon are clearly ideal for this battle. They should be able to take down Mr. Mime, Espeon and Alakazam without too much problem, although the secondary attacks may hurt some Dark Pokemon with secondary typings. For Bronzong, stick with some strong Fire moves, but be careful of Earthquake. As for Gallade, a Ghost Pokemon for the Fighting immunity can be used. As with the Dark Pokemon, be careful of any secondary typings that may cause it to become weak to Psycho Cut (e.g. Gengar) or Stone Edge (e.g. Drifblim).

You’ll realise soon enough that it’s not sufficient to beat Lucian. There’s one more trainer you need to face, so make sure you save after beating him, and continue on. When you enter the final room, you’ll walk to the end and meet a familiar friend – prepare to battle the Sinnoh Pokemon League Champion: Cynthia!

Elite Four: Cynthia
Speciality: Diversity

Spiritomb Dark Pulse Level 58 Ghost/Dark
Psychic
Silver Wind
Shadow Ball
Roserade Energy Ball Level 58 Grass/Poison
Sludge Bomb
Toxic
Extrasensory
Togekiss Air Slash Level 60 Normal/Flying
Aura Sphere
Water Pulse
Shock Wave
Lucario Aura Sphere Level 60 Fighting/Steel
Extremespeed
Shadow Ball
Stone Edge
Milotic Surf Level 58 Water
Ice Beam
Mirror Coat
Dragon Pulse
Garchomp Dragon Rush Level 62 Dragon/Ground
Earthquake
Flamethrower
Giga Impact
Although Spiritomb’s only claim to fame is that it has no weaknesses, that doesn’t mean it resists everything. Take it down with some strong neutral attacks like Surf and Earthquake. Roserade and Togekiss can both be taken down with an Ice-type, but you will definitely want it in top shape to take on Garchomp. If you don’t manage to take out Garchomp using its 4x weakness to Ice, use some Dragon-type moves as well. For Milotic, use some Physical attacks to render Mirror Coat useless. A Ground Pokemon using Earthquake can easily take down Lucario.

After the battle, Professor Rowan will congratulate you on your victory and will lead you into the Hall of Fame. Here, your Pokemon will be registered in the record books, and the credits will roll. You’ve just completed the main story of Pokemon Platinum! But a new adventure awaits when you restart your game…

Fight Area
There’s still plenty to do after beating the Elite Four. A whole new island known as the Battle Zone becomes available to you, so to get there, take the ferry from Snowpoint City. Cynthia will talk to you briefly before you board. When you arrive, your rival will greet you and take you to the Battle Frontier entrance, where you’ll see Flint and Volkner. If you choose to proceed, you’ll engage them in a double battle with your rival.

Double Trainer Battle
Gym Leader Volkner and Elite Four Flint
Gym Leader Volkner Elite Four Flint
Pokemon Level Type Moves Pokemon Level Type Moves
Luxray Level 56 Electric Ice Fang
Thunder Fang
Crunch
Fire Fang Houndoom Level 56 Dark/Fire Flamethrower
Sludge Bomb
Dark Pulse
Sunny Day
Jolteon Level 56 Electric Pin Missile
Charge Beam
Double Kick
Quick Attack Flareon Level 56 Fire Overheat
Giga Impact
Quick Attack
Will-O-Wisp
Electivire Level 58 Electric Thunderpunch
Fire Punch
Brick Break
Giga Impact Magmortar Level 58 Fire Flamethrower
Thunderbolt
Solarbeam
Hyper Beam

Your rival’s first Pokemon is Staraptor, so the best move to start off with is Earthquake, which should be powerful enough to decimate both of your opponents at the same time, while keeping your rival alive.

After beating them, you’ll have a chat to your rival’s father, Tower Tycoon Palmer and also Buck, then you’re free to explore the Battle Frontier. The route north to the Survival Area and the route east to the Resort Area will be blocked if you do not have the National Dex. To get the National Dex, you’ll need to see all 210 in the Sinnoh Dex, then show your completed Pokedex to Professor Rowan in Sandgem Town.

Finally before you leave the Fight Area, talk to the Fisherman by the north gatehouse and you’ll receive a Super Rod.

Route 225
Route 225 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Banette (Lv 48 – 52)
Walk 20%
Fearow (Lv 48 – 52)
Walk 10%
Fearow (Lv 48 – 52)
Walk 30%
Graveler (Lv 49)
Walk 20%
Machoke (Lv 48 – 51)
Walk 25%
Raticate (Lv 49 – 50)
Walk 15%
Rattata (Lv 20 – 47)
Walk 5%
Spearow (Lv 20 – 47)
Walk 5%
Golduck (Lv 35 – 55)
Surf 90%
Psyduck (Lv 35 – 45)
Surf 10%
Gyarados (Lv 30 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 65%
Whiscash (Lv 30 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 35%
Magikarp (Lv 3 – 15)
Fish (Old Rod) 100%
Barboach (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 35%
Magikarp (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 65%
Route 225 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Makuhita (Lv 48 – 51)
Swarm 40%
Mankey
Radar
Primeape
Radar

The path through here is littered with high-levelled Pokemon, and although it is rather windy, the route itself is linear and doesn’t fork much. Don’t be afraid to run back and heal up at the Fight Area if your Pokemon are low on health. You should also make sure you’ve got Pokemon equipped with Surf, Cut and Rock Climb to get some rare items.

As you first enter the route, use Rock Climb on the rocks to the west to get a Razor Fang. At the crossroads with three trainers, you can Cut down the nearby bush to get a Rare Candy. Further down the track, you’ll find a Revive, an HP Up and a house where you can pick up a free Fresh Water. More importantly though, directly west of that house is a Lax Incense, but you’ll need to use Cut to access it. Further on, you’ll find a pond that you can Surf on, this leads to a Dubious Disc. At the north end of the route, use Rock Climb up a ledge to get a Dawn Stone.

Survival Area
There’s not too much to do here at the moment, but the “Members Only” house is where you’ll be able to fight the Gym Leaders again. This will become available after the Stark Mountain quest. Firstly, grab TM42 – Facade from the house south of the Pokemon Center. Then, head east then north and use Rock Climb to get to the ledge. This will take you back into the Survival Area. The house here has a Shard Trader who will teach your Pokemon moves in return for a certain number of shards. Check the Move Tutors guide for more information.

Heal up and continue eastward to Route 226. You will need someone with Rock Climb, as well as Surf, Strength and Rock Smash later.

Route 226
Route 226 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Banette (Lv 48 – 53)
Walk 20%
Fearow (Lv 48 – 53)
Walk 20%
Graveler (Lv 49)
Walk 20%
Machoke (Lv 48 – 50)
Walk 25%
Raticate (Lv 49 – 50)
Walk 15%
Rattata (Lv 20 – 47)
Walk 5%
Wingull (Lv 47 – 49)
Walk 15%
Pelipper (Lv 35 – 55)
Surf 30%
Tentacruel (Lv 35 – 55)
Surf 10%
Wingull (Lv 35 – 45)
Surf 60%
Gyarados (Lv 30 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 60%
Relicanth (Lv 20 – 50)
Fish (Super Rod) 5%
Seadra (Lv 30 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 35%
Magikarp (Lv 3 – 15)
Fish (Old Rod) 100%
Horsea (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 35%
Magikarp (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 65%
Route 226 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Krabby (Lv 48 – 52)
Swarm 40%
Mankey
Radar
Primeape
Radar

As mentioned previously, the rocks on the north wall lead to the move tutor’s house. You’ll want to Rock Climb up the rocks to the east. This takes you to a ledge where an Ace Trainer is running about. From here, heading up takes you to some berry plants, down leads you to a patch of wild grass. The item ball on the ledge below the grass contains a Carbos. From the Carbos, ascend two sets of rocks to reach an item ball with a Lagging Tail, and two trainers. From this ledge, the right set of rocks takes you to TM53 – Energy Ball, the left set takes you further east over some water.

The house on the island is home to the Meister, who will give your Pokedex the ability to store entries for certain Pokemon in different languages. He’ll also trade you a Magikarp for your Lumineon. Incidentally, this Magikarp will be recorded in your Pokedex with a German description.

When you reach the other side, you’ll sit at the intersection of Routes 226, 227 and 228. Route 227 takes you north to Stark Mountain, while Route 228 takes you south to the Survival Area.

Route 227
Route 227 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Camerupt (Lv 53 – 55)
Walk 20%
Fearow (Lv 51 – 55)
Walk 10%
Fearow (Lv 51 – 55)
Walk 20%
Golbat (Lv 51)
Walk 10%
Graveler (Lv 51 – 56)
Walk 15%
Numel (Lv 22 – 51)
Walk 5%
Rhydon (Lv 54 – 55)
Walk 20%
Rhyhorn (Lv 22 – 52)
Walk 5%
Skarmory (Lv 53 – 56)
Walk 5%
Weezing (Lv 52 – 55)
Walk 10%
Poliwag (Lv 20 – 45)
Surf 30%
Poliwhirl (Lv 35 – 55)
Surf 70%
Gyarados (Lv 30 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 65%
Whiscash (Lv 20 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 35%
Magikarp (Lv 3 – 15)
Fish (Old Rod) 100%
Barboach (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 35%
Magikarp (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 65%
Route 227 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Spinda (Lv 53 – 55)
Swarm 40%
Torkoal
Radar

As you progressively head north, the ash fall will progressively strengthen and visibility will be reduced. At the base, you’ll need to use your bike to speed over the ramps to jump over the obstacles in the way. You’ll find Crasher Wake and your rival on the west side of these ramps, as well as a rest house where you can heal your Pokemon before continuing. You’ll learn about the exclusive club in the Survival Area, and then both of them will leave you alone.

Continue north and you’ll cross a bike plank over a small valley, and you’ll meet Buck again on the other side. He’ll ask you to patrol the mountain – it seems Team Galactic are up to no good. If you head left and down the rocks into the valley, you can pick up a Charcoal, and then a Zinc when you head back up. Cross the plank again, head north past Buck and loop down and around to reach some stairs leading to Stark Mountain.

Stark Mountain
Stark Mountain Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Camerupt (Lv 53 – 55)
Walk 20%
Fearow (Lv 51 – 55)
Walk 10%
Fearow (Lv 51 – 55)
Walk 20%
Golbat (Lv 51)
Walk 10%
Graveler (Lv 51 – 56)
Walk 15%
Numel (Lv 22 – 51)
Walk 5%
Rhydon (Lv 54 – 55)
Walk 20%
Rhyhorn (Lv 22 – 52)
Walk 5%
Skarmory (Lv 53 – 56)
Walk 5%
Weezing (Lv 52 – 55)
Walk 10%
Stark Mountain Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Torkoal
Radar

Use Rock Climb three times to get to the far left edge and you can pick up a Life Orb. In the northeast corner of the area, you’ll find a Max Elixir. Approach the cave entrance, and you’ll see two Galactic Grunts go inside. Follow them in.

Inside, you’ll be confronted by Commander Mars and Commander Jupiter. Mars will battle you first, then Jupiter immediately afterwards.

Trainer Battle

Galactic Commander Mars
Pokemon Level Type Moves
Bronzong Level 58 Steel/Psychic Gyro Ball
Extrasensory
Light Screen
Confuse Ray
Golbat Level 58 Poison/Flying Air Cutter
Bite
Poison Fang
Confuse Ray
Purugly Level 60 Normal Slash
Shadow Claw
Aerial Ace
Hypnosis

Trainer Battle

Galactic Commander Jupiter
Pokemon Level Type Moves
Bronzor Level 58 Steel/Psychic Gyro Ball
Extrasensory
Rock Slide
Reflect
Golbat Level 58 Poison/Flying Sludge Bomb
Air Cutter
Giga Drain
Mean Look
Skuntank Level 60 Poison/Dark Night Slash
Poison Jab
Flamethrower
Smokescreen

After the battle, Mars and Jupiter will run off in search of Cyrus, while Charon and the two grunts will head further into the mountain to steal the Magma Stone. You’ll need to follow them.

Stark Mountain (Entrance) Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Golbat (Lv 52 – 54)
Walk 20%
Graveler (Lv 51 – 53)
Walk 15%
Magcargo (Lv 54)
Walk 20%
Rhydon (Lv 54)
Walk 20%
Rhyhorn (Lv 52)
Walk 5%
Slugma (Lv 52)
Walk 5%
Weezing (Lv 51 – 56)
Walk 15%

Head down the stairs and check left for an Escape Rope, then right and up the stairs for a PP Up. Head north and follow the path up, picking up a Full Heal and Full Restore before heading through the cave door to the inside of Stark Mountain.

Stark Mountain (Inside) Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Golbat (Lv 53 – 56)
Walk 10%
Graveler (Lv 52 – 54)
Walk 15%
Koffing (Lv 53)
Walk 5%
Magcargo (Lv 53 – 57)
Walk 40%
Rhydon (Lv 55)
Walk 10%
Slugma (Lv 53)
Walk 5%
Weezing (Lv 52 – 58)
Walk 15%

Buck will join you here. When he’s with you, you will not be able to use Rock Climb and every battle will be a double battle. On the bright side, he’ll heal your Pokemon after every battle. You will need to come back here without Buck to fully explore the mountain, but for now, head left then down the stairs to the back of the room and use Strength on the boulder there. Push it left and defeat the two trainers there to get TM50 – Overheat.

Return to where you met Buck and head right. The first flight of stairs that lead north take you to an area with two trainers and a Calcium. Take the second flight of stairs (the ones that lead south) and you’ll see the item ball for a Iron Ball. From the two Psychics, head north along the eastern wall and then head west along the path (but not up any stairs) when you can. You’ll encounter a Veteran and Dragon Tamer at the base of some stairs that lead to a Max Revive.

To proceed onwards, however, return to where you met Buck head right. Follow the path that leads north just to the east of the two flights of stairs, and use Rock Smash to clear the obstruction in the way. At the end of the path, take the stairs that lead down and west, and continue west to the eastern wall. Take the stairs up and south to face off against a Dragon Tamer and a Black Belt.

Circle around to the west, north and east and climb the stairs down to the lower level. Push the boulder all the way to the east and climb the stairs to reach the entrance to the heart of Stark Mountain. Buck will leave you and go on ahead.

Inside the inner chamber, you and Buck will confront Charon as he gloats over the Magma Stone, only to have it stolen from him by Looker’s Croagunk. He’ll arrest Charon and lead you outside. Looker will thank you for your efforts, and Buck will open up his place at the Survival Area for you, where you can rebattle Sinnoh’s Gym Leaders, as well as some of your double battle partners across the world.

Survival Area Revisited

Back at the Survival Area, talk to Buck and he’ll let you into the building you couldn’t get to before. Talk to him inside, and he’ll head off to the Battle Frontier. You’re free to return to Stark Mountain to explore or get Heatran from the inner chamber. Outside, talk to your rival to initiate a battle.

Rival Battle
Pokemon Level Type Moves
Staraptor Level 61 Normal/Flying Close Combat
Aerial Ace
Steel Wing
U-Turn
Heracross Level 61 Bug/Fighting Megahorn
Close Combat
Night Slash
Rock Slide
Snorlax Level 63 Normal Body Slam
Crunch
Earthquake
Rest
If you chose Turtwig:
Floatzel Level 59 Water Aqua Jet
Crunch
Ice Fang
Brick Break
Roserade Level 59 Grass/Poison Poison Jab
Giga Drain
Shadow Ball
GrassWhistle
Infernape Level 65 Fire/Fighting Flamethrower
Focus Blast
Shadow Claw
Aerial Ace
If you chose Chimchar:
Roserade Level 59 Grass/Poison Poison Jab
Giga Drain
Shadow Ball
GrassWhistle
Rapidash Level 59 Fire Fire Blast
Sunny Day
Bounce
Will-O-Wisp
Empoleon Level 65 Water/Steel Hydro Pump
Metal Claw
Drill Peck
Shadow Claw
If you chose Piplup:
Floatzel Level 59 Water Aqua Jet
Crunch
Ice Fang
Brick Break
Rapidash Level 59 Fire Fire Blast
Sunny Day
Bounce
Will-O-Wisp
Torterra Level 65 Grass/Ground Leaf Storm
Earthquake
Crunch
Leech Seed

There’s one more area on the island to visit. You can head back through Route 226 to reach the north end of Route 228, or you can Fly back to the Fight Area and head east over Route 330 to get to the Resort Area, the last landmark on the Battle Zone.

Route 228 and Route 229
Route 228 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Cacnea (Lv 23 – 50)
Walk 5%
Cacturne (Lv 50 – 53)
Walk 20%
Cacturne (Lv 50 – 53)
Walk 40%
Diglett (Lv 23 – 49)
Walk 5%
Dugtrio (Lv 50 – 54)
Walk 30%
Hippowdon (Lv 50 – 54)
Walk 10%
Hippowdon (Lv 50 – 54)
Walk 20%
Rhydon (Lv 50 – 53)
Walk 10%
Rhydon (Lv 50 – 53)
Walk 20%
Poliwag (Lv 20 – 45)
Surf 30%
Poliwhirl (Lv 35 – 55)
Surf 70%
Gyarados (Lv 30 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 65%
Whiscash (Lv 20 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 35%
Magikarp (Lv 3 – 15)
Fish (Old Rod) 100%
Barboach (Lv 15 – 20)
Fish (Good Rod) 30%
Magikarp (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 65%
Whiscash (Lv 25 – 35)
Fish (Good Rod) 5%
Route 228 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Beldum (Lv 51 – 53)
Swarm 40%
Sandslash (Lv 23 – 50)
Insertion (LeafGreen) 8%

As you exit the gatehouse dividing Route 226 and Route 228, you can pick up a Protector by sliding down the nearby mudslide just off to the east. If you follow the bike planks above the route, they’ll take you to a Shiny Stone. If you head down the west side of the route, you can find a Shed Shell by some smashable rocks close to some tall grass. Just to the east of here is the Elemental Tutor, who will teach Frenzy Plant, Hydro Cannon or Blast Burn to one of the fully-evolved starter Pokemon. Behind the house is an Iron. Continue south and you’ll face off against two Ace Trainers. Just south of them is TM37 – Sandstorm and further south still, you’ll find the entrance to Route 229.

Route 229 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Ariados (Lv 50 – 52)
Walk 20%
Beautifly (Lv 48)
Walk 5%
Dustox (Lv 48)
Walk 5%
Illumise (Lv 49)
Walk 10%
Ledian (Lv 50 – 52)
Walk 20%
Pidgey (Lv 47 – 50)
Walk 5%
Pidgey (Lv 47 – 50)
Walk 25%
Roselia (Lv 48 – 50)
Walk 45%
Volbeat (Lv 49 – 50)
Walk 10%
Masquerain (Lv 35 – 55)
Surf 5%
Surskit (Lv 35 – 45)
Surf 95%
Gyarados (Lv 30 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 65%
Seaking (Lv 30 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 35%
Magikarp (Lv 3 – 15)
Fish (Old Rod) 100%
Goldeen (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 35%
Magikarp (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 65%
Route 229 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Pinsir (Lv 48 – 49)
Swarm 40%
Venomoth
Radar
Venonat
Radar
Lombre (Lv 20 – 48)
Insertion (Sapphire) 8%
Nuzleaf (Lv 20 – 48)
Insertion (Ruby) 8%
Pineco (Lv 20 – 48)
Insertion (Emerald) 8%

Head east from the intersection between Route 228 and Route 229 and you’ll encounter some very tall grass. You’ll also see an unmovable rock blocking the path to an item ball holding a Reaper Cloth; there is in fact a Cut tree one tile to the south of that rock. On the far east side of the route, you’ll find a Full Restore and a Protein. Use Surf on the area by the Protein and you can find a Thunderstone in the little piece of land in the southwest corner of the pool. The guy hidden among the trees will give you two Nuggets, and other than this, there’s not much else on this route.

Resort Area
Battling is not the focus at the Resort Area. Rather, there’s an exclusive club for Ribbon collectors as well as a Villa that you’ll get for free. You can buy furniture for this Villa (for large sums of money) and certain people will visit you too. That item ball by the pond contains a Nugget.

Route 230
Route 230 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Bellsprout (Lv 47)
Walk 20%
Floatzel (Lv 48 – 50)
Walk 25%
Gloom (Lv 49)
Walk 5%
Oddish (Lv 47)
Walk 20%
Pelipper (Lv 48 – 50)
Walk 30%
Roselia (Lv 49)
Walk 10%
Weepinbell (Lv 49)
Walk 5%
Wingull (Lv 48)
Walk 5%
Pelipper (Lv 35 – 55)
Surf 30%
Sealeo (Lv 35 – 55)
Surf 60%
Tentacruel (Lv 35 – 55)
Surf 10%
Gyarados (Lv 30 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 60%
Octillery (Lv 20 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 5%
Wailmer (Lv 30 – 40)
Fish (Super Rod) 30%
Wailord (Lv 35 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 5%
Magikarp (Lv 3 – 15)
Fish (Old Rod) 100%
Magikarp (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 65%
Remoraid (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 35%
Route 230 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Corsola (Lv 48 – 50)
Swarm 40%
Togepi
Radar

There’s not a lot of exciting things to do on Route 230, but in the island in the middle of the route, you’ll find some tall grass as well as a Blue Shard, a Rare Candy and a hidden Ultra Ball. You’ll need Rock Smash for these items though. The west end of Route 230 leads back to the Fight Area.

Route 224
Route 224 becomes available after you’ve obtained the National Dex. Fly to the Pokemon League and equip yourself for a long journey. You’ll need Surf, Waterfall, Rock Climb, Strength and Defog. Head to the exit of Victory Road and cross the bridge to the south. Rock Climb down, and head up the stairs by the Veteran to the north. Follow the bridge to the east and you’ll see a cave opening that used to be blocked. You’ll meet up with Marley, who will accompany you as you explore the depths of Victory Road.

Victory Road B1F (Deep) Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Azumarill (Lv 47 – 49)
Walk 30%
Dewgong (Lv 48 – 50)
Walk 15%
Floatzel (Lv 48 – 50)
Walk 30%
Gabite (Lv 49)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 47 – 52)
Walk 5%
Golbat (Lv 47 – 52)
Walk 15%
Graveler (Lv 47 – 49)
Walk 5%
Graveler (Lv 47 – 49)
Walk 15%
Dewgong (Lv 35 – 55)
Surf 30%
Floatzel (Lv 35 – 55)
Surf 60%
Lapras (Lv 35 – 60)
Surf 10%
Gyarados (Lv 20 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 100%
Magikarp (Lv 3 – 15)
Fish (Old Rod) 100%
Magikarp (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 100%

Unfortunately for you, Marley’s Arcanine is really useless so you’ll have to survive the onslaught of double battles throughout the dungeon. She will heal your Pokemon after every battle though. You won’t be able to use Surf either, so you’ll just have to follow the land path for the time being. Head north past a few double battles and in the northwestern corner you’ll see two item balls, a Full Restore and a Dusk Stone, but you can only grab one for the time being. From here, follow the path east and you’ll eventually reach the exit. Grab the Nugget just up the stairs and head towards the cave opening. Marley will leave you here.

Route 224 Wild Pokemon
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Beautifly (Lv 52)
Walk 5%
Bellsprout (Lv 49)
Walk 20%
Dustox (Lv 52)
Walk 5%
Floatzel (Lv 50 – 53)
Walk 20%
Gastrodon (Lv 49)
Walk 10%
Gloom (Lv 51 – 53)
Walk 5%
Oddish (Lv 49)
Walk 20%
Pelipper (Lv 51)
Walk 10%
Roselia (Lv 50)
Walk 20%
Weepinbell (Lv 51 – 53)
Walk 5%
Gastrodon (Lv 35 – 55)
Surf 10%
Pelipper (Lv 35 – 55)
Surf 60%
Tentacruel (Lv 35 – 55)
Surf 30%
Gyarados (Lv 30 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 60%
Luvdisc (Lv 20 – 30)
Fish (Super Rod) 5%
Octillery (Lv 20 – 55)
Fish (Super Rod) 35%
Magikarp (Lv 3 – 15)
Fish (Old Rod) 100%
Magikarp (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 65%
Remoraid (Lv 10 – 25)
Fish (Good Rod) 35%
Route 224 Substitutions
Pokemon Method Time Rate
Natu (Lv 50 – 53)
Swarm 40%
Shuckle (Lv 23 – 52)
Insertion (Emerald) 8%

Out in the open, head north and pick up an Up-Grade. You’ll spot a small gap that is guarded by a Psychic. Heading this way will lead you to a PP Max. If you head north from the Up-Grade, you can also get a Destiny Knot. At the far north end of the route, you’ll find a memorial stone. If you obtain Oak’s Letter through a Nintendo Event, you can come back here to open up the path to the Flower Paradise where Shaymin resides. Just south of the tablet is a place where you can Surf to a small island with an Ultra Ball and a Repeat Ball.

BATTLE FRONTIER

The Battle Frontier in Pokemon Platinum takes the place of the Battle Tower in Diamond and Pearl. It is located in the Fight Area of the Battle Zone, which can only be accessed once you have beaten the Elite Four. On restarting the game, you can visit Snowpoint City to take a ferry to the Battle Zone.

There are five main stages for Pokemon battling. Each is led by a trainer known as a Frontier Brain who will challenge you once you successfully win a certain number of times. Beating them once will earn you a Silver Print, beating them twice will get you a Gold Print. Check your Vs Recorder to see how many Prints you have.

While the style of battling varies from place to place, a few common rules apply. Firstly, certain legendary Pokemon are banned (eg, Giratina, Dialga, Palkia). Secondly, regarding Pokemon levels, you can choose from:
– A Level 50 Mode where Pokemon higher than level 50 will be scaled down to level 50, and Pokemon under level 50 will remain at their current level.
– An Open Level mode where your opponent’s Pokemon’s levels will match the highest levelled Pokemon in your party. However, your opponent’s Pokemon will not be below level 60.

By fighting around the Battle Frontier, you’ll earn Battle Points (BP) that you can spend around the Frontier. You can use BP at the Exchange Service Corner, located in the center of the Frontier. You can view the amount of BP you have by choosing your Vs Recorder from the Key Items pocket.

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