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3rd Gen Recent Happenings Thread

Discussion in 'Pokémon Generation III Discussion' started by bobandbill, Jul 17, 2015.

  1. Drummerdude

    Drummerdude Well-Known Member

    Okay so I actually started Emerald right when I finished Yellow which I did about 2 weeks ago. Yeah I'm getting so much worse about posting. So rather than type a 30 paragraph essay I figured I would share some interesting moments from the play-through so far.

    - I chose Treecko as my starter. It's been some time (I think) since I used one and I really like it and Sceptile's back sprite even though I loathe Grovyle's. My plan was/is to use 3 new Pokemon I haven't used and 3 Pokemon that I have used. I don't think I'll need to specify which are which.
    - Before the Roxanne fight I caught a Skitty as my second team member which was my 5th encounter on Route 116. Not bad for a 5% encounter rate.
    - My third team member, an Aron (Adamant!!) was captured before my battle with Brawley. This battle is the reason I am even making this post. So Grovyle takes care of Machop with Bullet Seed no sweat. Aron Headbutted his Meditite which just repeatedly used Focus Punch. I thought I had a plan for Makuhita. I had Aron use Mud Slap thinking I was being smart lowering its accuracy. I completely forgot it has Vital Throw. Bam down goes Aron and Grovyle. All I have left is a freaking weak Skitty. I used Sing to put it to sleep and then followed up with Attract. It immediately woke up but was just too in love to attack. I used Sing once again and then used Tail Whip 3 times before it woke up but was unable to attack. Sing his for the 3rd time in a row and Skitty proceeded to knock it out with 2 Scratch attacks. These kinds of moments are why I love Pokemon.
    - On my 7th (!) encounter on Route 117 I encountered a Volbeat, my fourth team member. In the 1+ hour I spent training in the grass for Wattson I never found another. Talk about lucky.
    - Turns out a team of Grovyle, Skitty, Aron, and Volbeat are not great against Magneton's....and even if I could knock out the freaking magnet Wattson's Manectric would finish off the survivors. How bad did it get? I trained Grovyle to Level 29 to learn Leaf Blade and everyone else to Level 25 which is 1 level higher than his ace. These kinds of moments are why I hate Pokemon.
    - I taught Skitty Secret Power aka the best move in the game holy crap why have I never used this before. I also evolved Skitty into Delcatty at Meteor Falls.
    - You would think a team of Grovyle, Delcatty, Aron, and Volbeat would struggle against Flannery...and you'd be wrong. But only because my team was really over-leveled thanks to Wattson and his ilk. Delcatty was the clear MVP because Secret Power paralyzed both Camerupt and Torkoal which really helped. Then it was just a matter of attacking and healing over and over. Probably one of the more boring battles up to this point.

    Emerald Team
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. Aquarelle

    Aquarelle Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    I continued heading up Route 110. It didn't take too long, so I arrived in Mauville City pretty quickly. The first thing I did in Mauville was get the Mach Bike. After that, I checked out a few places around town. I obtained the Rock Smash HM and battled Wally in front of the Gym. I defeated Wally's Ralts with my Electrike.

    Now that I had the bike, I then went back to Route 110 in order to explore Cycling Road. I battled all of the trainers before making it to the end.

    Next, I went back to Slateport to purchase a Harbor Mail. Back in Mauville, I gave the mail to an NPC in a house, and received the Coin Case in return.
     
  3. Living Arrow

    Living Arrow Member

    I recently got my hands on a bunch of Gen 3 games which I want to complete regional livingdexes for. I've been doing this in Pearl and SoulSilver and taking on this challenge for Gen 3 seems fun, too :D
    One of my biggest concerns is having the facility to trade between cartridges. I have two GBAs but not sure if the link cable that I have will work for them... Time will soon tell!

    So far I have started new games and here's the situation:
    • Fire Red (to complete Kanto livingdex): Picked Charmander. Reached Viridian City.
    • Leaf Green: Picked Squirtle. Reached Viridian City.
    • Ruby: Not started.
    • Sapphire (to complete Hoenn livingdex): Picked Torchic. Reached Petalburg City. Caught a bunch of Pokemon but the hunt for Surskit continues.
    • Emerald: Picked Mudkip. Reached Petalburg City. Realised that Ditto is not in this game so will trade my Pokemon to Sapphire and reset for a female starter so I can breed to fill the livingdex.
     
  4. Aquarelle

    Aquarelle Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    The first thing I did today was go to the Game Corner, since I didn't visit it when exploring Mauville last time. I got some coins and tried both the roulette and slots. I won a few times, but only in small amounts.

    After that, I went to the Gym and began fighting the regular trainers. During these battles, my Zubat leveled up and evolved into Golbat. Once the Gym trainers were all defeated, I challenged Wattson right away since my team hadn't taken that much damage and so I didn't need to visit the Pokemon Center.

    My Barboach had an easy time KOing Wattson's Voltorb and Electrike. For Magneton, I switched to my Combusken and used my STAB attacks. I then kept Combusken in against Manectric, hoping that Combusken could win the battle for me, but Manectric's Shock Wave just did too much damage. I had to go back to Barboach to finish things off.

    With my third badge obtained, I returned to the Pokemon Center to heal.

    Team:
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Lv. 22-25
     
  5. Drummerdude

    Drummerdude Well-Known Member

    - In the desert I captured my fifth team member, a Trapinch. Thank goodness I did not waste the Dig TM or this thing would be worthless with Sand Tomb and Bite. Also I never saw the Mirage Tower. Though I usually keep the Acro Bike on me so it wouldn't have mattered much anyways.
    - I tried to use Trapinch against the trainers in Norman's gym but it refused to survive a single battle which meant everyone else got all the exp which is nice I guess.
    - Oh dad how I loathe thee so. His confusing Spinda, his hard-hitting Vigoroth and his dead weight Linoone weren't too much trouble but that Slaking was almost unstoppable. Almost. Clearly Norman did not account for the powerhouse that is Delcatty. Attract + Paralyze from Secret Power + Truant meant Slaking was doing nothing every single turn. Oh it was glorious. Wally's dad even gave me Surf which would be cool if I had a Water type so for now it is going on a random Zigzagoon.
    - Lots of surfing and backtracking and surfing and stuff.
    - Considering my entire team was Lv36 when I challenged Winona....yeah not gonna recap that. Thanks Wattson for ruining the game for me! Also thanks me for not skipping any trainer battles and ruining the game for me!
    - I always forget about the Magma Hideout in Emerald for some reason. It isn't particularly memorable besides the cool items you can find. I'm not even sure why I pointed that out.
    - Sceptile and a newly evolved Aggron managed to sweep Tate & Liza's entire team without taking any damage. And I usually struggle against them too.
    - Now that I could Dive I was finally able to capture my final team member, a Clamperl! I did the Scanner sidequest and proceeded to evolve her into Gorebyss! Then it was off to the Magma Hideout to train her against the wild Ground and Fire types. You know I always thought Gorebyss was Water/Psychic and Huntail was Water/Dark when I was a kid. Maybe it would have them less forgettable.
    - After chasing down Team Aqua and witnessing Kyogre awaken and a grand battle ensue between it and Groudon. Guess I got to go Surf some more to get to Rayquaza. Man I love games where 47% of the gameplay is surfing...

    Emerald Team
    [​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. Aquarelle

    Aquarelle Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Today, I briefly went out to Route 118. There, I battled all the trainers that didn't require Surf to get to.

    After that, I took the left exit out of Mauville to Route 117. I defeated several more trainers on that route before entering Verdanturf Town. I quickly spoke to the NPCs around town, including Wally.

    Next, I needed something that could use Rock Smash so I could break the rocks in the tunnel, so I did some backtracking to catch an HM slave. I ended up catching a Zigzagoon on one of the routes near Petalburg, since I figured it could double as a Cut slave, too.

    After teaching Rock Smash to Zigzagoon, I returned to Verdanturf and then entered the Rusturf Tunnel. I broke the rocks blocking the way and received the Strength HM as thanks.
     
  7. Drummerdude

    Drummerdude Well-Known Member

    - After reaching Pacifidlog Town I hurried up the Sky Pillar to release Rayquaza. I then flew on Flygon to witness the coolest cutscene a GBA game can produce. Yeah it's a little anticlimactic.
    - I hate Juan's Kingdra. Like a lot. All it does is spam Double Team like a noob or whatever people are calling it these days. Luckily Delcatty, the MVP of this entire playthrough, knew Shock Wave which didn't do much damage. But wait Kingdra also knows Rest just to be even more annoying! What an obnoxiously long battle that was.
    - Now that I can use Waterfall I grabbed a bunch of cool stuff from the few waterfalls around Hoenn and then headed through what may be my favorite Victory Road in all of Pokemon. It's not so small but not too big. The trainers aren't too easy nor are they too tough. I only wish Wally wasn't fought at the start of it.
    - My team ended up being decently leveled for the E4. None of the battles were particularly exciting unfortunately. Volbeat swept Sidney with Signal Beam. Delcatty and Flygon made quick work of Phoebe's Ghost types. Aggron and Sceptile took down Glacia's team while Gorebyss and Flygon dealt with Drake's Dragons.
    - For the champion Wallace Sceptile took down Wailord and Milotic thanks to a lucky critical hit Leaf Blade. Delcatty's Shock Wave defeated Gyarados while Volbeat took down Ludicolo. Flygon outsped Tentacruel and won with Earthquake and lastly Sceptile returned to beat Whiscash.
    - Overall I really enjoyed this playthrough. More so than my semi-recent OmegaRuby playthrough. I'm just not that big on the change to 3D maybe.
    - Guess I should talk about my team a bit. Sceptile was great as it always is in these games. Delcatty proved to be so much more useful than I expected. Honestly some of my favorite moment's in any Pokemon game came during my runthrough of this game thanks to Skitty/Delcatty doing something miraculous. Aggron.....this thing I swear missed Iron Tail/Metal Claw/Rock Tomb at any moment where I needed it to hit. For every lucky moment with Delcatty there were five unlucky moments from Aggron. Volbeat was neat I suppose. It isn't often I use Bug types in these earlier games and I'd be lying if I said Signal Beam wasn't useful...but I almost never used another move. Flygon is cool and had a wide variety of moves to make it fun. Gorebyss was a water type meaning Surf and Ice Beam for days. I still enjoyed the team overall though and I am glad I experimented with them a bit.

    Emerald Team
    [​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. Aquarelle

    Aquarelle Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Went to Route 111 today. I defeated a bunch of trainers, including the members of the Winstrate family and Gabby & Ty. Once I reached the desert area, I couldn't go any farther, so I headed over to Route 112 instead. I battled a few more people along that route, and evolved my Electrike into Manectric.

    With Mt. Chimney blocked off for now, I went through Fiery Path instead. There wasn't much to do there, though a couple of my Pokemon annoying got poisoned by a wild Koffing. I soon made it to the other end of the cave and entered the other side of Route 112. After picking some berries and winning a Double Battle, I reached the upper half of Route 111.

    Finally, after a few more battles, I made it to Route 113 and saved.

    Team:
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Lv. 25-56
     

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