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4th Gen Recent Happenings Thread

JourneymanN00b

Active Member
Hello everyone. This is a roguelike addict who is taking a very unique approach to playing a main Generation IV game for the first time. I previously played parts Red/Blue/Yellow as an elementary school student around 1999, but never completely finished a game until 2010 due to my stupidity, the games accidentally getting deleted, and real life/homework forcing a near-decade hiatus. I was able to fully finish Gold in the summer of 2010, but never progressed further than that due to preparing for college and not having enough time for video games. Now that the pandemic is freeing up time to reconsider these games, I decided to continue my Pokémon explorations. Just several days ago, I managed to complete Sapphire as a Lithium Rogue to make the experience memorable and relatively quick. I learned a lot of skills when doing the Lithium Rogue challenge in Sapphire, and I will be trying to play the character as a Lithium Rogue in Diamond. What is a Lithium Rogue, and what does it entail, you ask? Well, it is a player that attempts to beat the Elite Four and the Champion by adhering to the below set of rules:

1. Lithium is the simplest possible metal. As such, the Lithium Rogue will be taking the most direct possible path towards beating the Elite Four. No locations outside this direct route to victory can be visited. No optional sidequests can be undertaken, either.

2. In a roguelike, the player gets only one life. If the player dies, a new game must be started from the beginning. As such, if the Lithium Rogue gets a black out, the run is over, and a fresh game must be started to begin the adventure anew. However, any fainted Pokémon is allowed to be revived using a Pokémon Center or appropriate items, provided that at least one Pokémon is still in active condition.

3. Zero grinding is allowed. This is one of the golden rules of a Lithium Rogue. The Lithium Rogue is expected to advance through the game as quickly as possible and not waste time training Pokémon like lesser mortals with infinite time. The Lithium Rogue is also expected to use whatever resources that are on hand to overcome any obstacles that may be encountered from following this simple approach.

4. No backtracking is permitted. Unless it is to advance the story, an area can only be visited once. The Lithium Rogue is not permitted to go back to an area to catch a desired Pokémon or to return to a town to heal up in a Pokémon center.

5. Any trainers that are not necessary to fight to move to the next area must be avoided, if possible. However, it is understood that mistakes can be made, especially with those involving “spinners”, and the Lithium Rogue will occasionally be forced to fight these trainers in order to advance. As such, any run-in fights with “unnecessary” trainers may be utilized to provide the Lithium Rogue’s Pokémon with additional experience.

6. The Lithium Rogue is permitted to pick up items, but are strongly encouraged to only pick up those that would be typically picked up in typical speedruns. Like trainers in the previous run, additional items may be picked up and utilized if doing so would not add unreasonable time to the Lithium Rogue’s journey.

7. Any time spent on wild grass must be kept to a minimum. Any Pokémon encountered in these areas can be battled and caught to suit the Lithium Rogue’s needs. The Lithium Rogue is not playing a Nuzlocke challenge, so there are no Pokémon catching limits.

8. No manipulations are allowed to be used here. The Lithium Rogue has no knowledge of such acts of cheating, and utilizing them ruins the spirit of this adventure. Any disadvantages from not utilizing these manipulations may be made up by fighting additional trainers or picking up additional items, as needed.

From what I have heard about Diamond and Pearl, doing this should be a perfectly achievable challenge, given the proper application of common sense and consultation of appropriate guides. Now that the ground rules have been set, I will be starting a run that adheres to all of the above rules, which will be reported by parts divided by gyms. So the goal of the first part is to clear the first gym and get the Coal Badge.

Part 1 Plan:

Twinleaf Town, Route 201, Verity Lake:

Go to rival’s house, and head to Route 201. Meet rival, and head to Verity Lake. Get Chimchar, and Scratch the Starly 2 or 3 times.

Sandgem Town:

Get Pokedex, and head to the Mart. Buy 5 Potions, and heal at Pokémon Center.

Route 202:

Get 5 Pokeballs from Rowan’s assistant. If Bidoof or Starly is encountered, use Blaze on Bidoof or Scratch on Starly, and catch it. Fight Youngster Tristian, and Scratch his Starly until it is KO’d. Fight Lass Natalie. Use Leer and Scratch on her first Bidoof, then use Ember once or twice on her second Bidoof. Fight Youngster Logan, and use Ember twice on his Shinx.

Jublife City:

Heal at Pokémon Center, and head to the Trainer’s School. Talk to rival and get the town map. Battle School Kid Christine, and use Scratch on her Abra. Use a Potion if necessary, then Fight School Kid Harrison, and use Scratch on his Abra as well. Get TM10, teach Chimchar Hidden Power over Taunt. Find the three clowns, answer Yes to their questions, get the Pokétch coupons, and get the Pokétch.

Route 203:

Fight rival, and use Ember twice on rival’s Starly. Then use Scratch and then Hidden Power on rival’s Piplup. Get the Repel on the grass there, and catch any Starly or Bidoof if none of these Pokémon are obtained (by using Scratch on Starly or Ember on Bidoof). If no Bidoof was obtained, then reset the game and try again. Otherwise, continue to Oreburgh Gate.

Oreburgh Gate:

If a Starly was not caught and a Zubat is encountered, use Ember on Zubat and catch it. Get HM06, and attempt to evade both trainers.

Oreburgh City:

Heal at Pokémon center, and teach Rock Smash to Bidoof.

Oreburgh Mine:

Use Hidden Power to deal with any Geodudes and Onixes encountered. If no encounters occur, then battle Youngster Jonathan and use Hidden Power on his Geodude. Get the Escape Rope and talk to Roark. Then use the Escape Rope, and return to Oreburgh City.

Oreburgh City:

Heal at Pokémon Center, and enter gym. Battle Roark, and use Hidden Power against his Geodude, Onix, and Cranidos, the third requiring its use 3 times. Get the Coal Badge, and teach Mach Punch over Scratch if Chimchar evolves here.

I hope that there are no flaws with this first part of the game plan to complete the challenge. I can always adjust the above rules to make things more challenging/reasonable. To those that are interested in seeing this type of challenge unfold, feel free to vote on the gender and name of the first Lithium Rogue that will operate in Diamond. I will come back to this thread after a couple of days, read any replies, and begin the first run.
 

JourneymanN00b

Active Member
Okay, so I begin the first part with a male trainer named Lyle, and managed to get the first part finished due to fairly good luck with the Hidden Power type.

The Lithium’s Rogue’s Journey Attempt #1: Lyle

Part 1-1:

After naming my character and naming my rival Ralph, I go to Ralph’s house, and head to Route 201. After meeting Ralph, I head to Verity Lake. I then get Chimchar, and Scratch the Starly 3 times to KO it. After that, I get the Running Shoes and head to Sandgem Town. I encounter and KO a Bidoof and Starly on the way. I arrive at Sandgem town and get the Pokedex, and head to the Mart. I then buy 5 Potions, and heal at the Pokémon Center. After that, I return to Twinleaf Town and talk to mother. Along the way, I encounter and KO 2 Starlys, learn Ember, and enter Route 202 after healing at the Sandgem Pokémon Center again. I then get 5 Poke Balls from Dawn, and encounter and accidentally KO a Starly after Scratching it twice due to the second Scratch being a critical hit. I then fight Youngster Tristian, and Scratch his Starly until it is KO’d. I then fight Lass Natalie, and use Leer and Scratch on her first Bidoof, then use Ember and then Scratch on her second Bidoof. I then encounter another Starly and accidentally KO it due to the Scratch being another critical hit. I learn Taunt in the process, and fight Youngster Logan, where I use Ember twice on his Shinx. I then encounter a Bidoof, where I Scratch it and catch it with a Poke Ball. I then make it to Jublife City.

Once at Jubilife City I go to the Pokémon Center to heal up, and head to the Trainer’s School. I talk to Ralph and get the town map. I then battle School Kid Christine, and use Scratch on her Abra. I then fight School Kid Harrison, and use Scratch on his Abra as well. I get TM10 and teach Chimchar Hidden Power over Taunt. I then find the three clowns, answer Yes to their questions, get the Pokétch coupons, and get the Pokétch. I then heal at the Pokémon Center and head to Route 203. I then fight Barry, and use Ember twice on his Starly. I then proceed to use Scratch and then Hidden Power three times on Barry’s Piplup. I get a Poke Ball, encounter and KO a Bidoof and two Shinx, and catch a Starly after Scratching it and using a total of two Poke Balls on it. I then encounter and KO another 3 Starlys, and get the Repel. I finally reach Oreburgh Gate and get HM06, and evade both trainers, while encountering and KO’ing two Geodudes and discover that Chimchar’s Hidden Power is of the ground type, which was very fortunate for me. I arrive at Oreburgh City, heal at the Pokémon center, and teach Rock Smash to Bidoof. I then head to the Oreburgh Mine.

Once at the mine, I get the X Defend, and encounter and KO 4 Geodudes and an Onix. The Chimchar evolves into a Monferno, and learn Mach Punch over Scratch. I then get the Escape Rope, encounter and KO another Geodude, and talk to Roark. I then use the Escape Rope, and return to Oreburgh City, where I heal at the Pokémon Center, and enter the gym. I battle Roark, and use Hidden Power against his Geodude. I then use 2 Hidden Powers and a Mach Punch on his Onix. I use Hidden Power twice against Roark’s Cranidos. I forego learning Fury Swipes in the process. I then get the Coal Badge and TM76.

So below is my plan to finish the second part and get the Forest Badge:

Part 2 Plan:

Oreburgh City, Route 203, Jublife Town:

Heal at Pokémon Center, Buy 2 Super Potions from the Mart and return to Jublife City using Route 203, KO’ing any encounters. Head north and fight Galatic Grunts. Use Ember on Wurmple and Zubat.

Route 204, Ravaged Path, Floarama Town:

Avoid spinners and KO any encounter that is met on the way to Floarama Town. Heal at the Pokémon Center, and head east to Route 205.

Route 205, Florama Town, Floarama Meadow, Valley Windworks:

Talk to the girl on the path, and get the Pecha Berry. Return to Floarama Town, use the Pokémon Center if necessary, and head to the Floaroma Meadow. Fight the first Galactic Grunt and use Ember on the first Galactic Grunt’s Wurmple and Silcoon, then fight the second Galactic Grunt and use two Embers on the second Galactic Grunt’s Zubat. Return to Route 205 and enter the Valley Windworks. Fight the third Galactic Grunt and use a Mach Punch on the third Galactic Grunt’s Glameow. Use the Works Key to open the Valley Windworks, then go inside. Avoid the spinner, then equip Monferno with the Pecha Berry and heal it up. Face Commander Mars. Use Ember twice on Commander Mars’ Zubat, and use Mach Punch, then Leer, and then Mach Punch on Purugly. Return to Route 205.

Route 205, Eterna Forest:

Head to the Eterna Forest. Fight Bug Catcher Jack and Lass Briana. Use Hidden Power on Pachirisu, then Ember on Wurmple, Beautify, and Silcoon. If Flame Wheel is available, then teach it over Ember. Face Psychic Lindsey and Psychic Elijah, and repeatedly use Ember or Flame Wheel on the Abras. Head to Eterna City.

Eterna City:

Heal at Pokémon Center, and enter the gym. Fight Lass Caroline, Aroma Lady Jenna, Aroma Lady Angela, and Beauty Lindsay, and use Flame Wheel against every one of their Pokémon. Battle Gardenia, and use Flame Wheel on her Cherubi and Turtwig. Use Flame Wheel once or twice on Gardenia’s Roserade. Get Forest Badge.

I will start on the next part in a couple of days, and provide a report then.
 
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JourneymanN00b

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Okay, so Lyle manages to get the second part done after a couple of tense moments due to making a few mistakes. Below is how the second part went:

Part 1-2:

I heal at Pokémon Center, buy 2 Super Potions from the Mart and head back to Jublife City using Oreburgh Gate and Route 203, encountering and KO’ing a Shinx on the way. I also encounter and attempt to catch an Abra by YOLO’ing a Poke Ball, but fail to do so. I accidentally run into Youngster Dallas and take out his Kricketot using Mach Punch and Ember. I then encounter and KO a Starly. After reaching Jublife City, I head north and fight the Galactic Grunts. I use Ember on Wurmple and Zubat to finish them. I then get the Fashion Case and head to Route 204, where I miss the timing and run into Lass Sarah, where I use Hidden Power and Mach Punch to take out her Bidoof. I also miss the timing and run into Youngster Tyler and use Mach Punch on his Magikarp and use Ember on his Starly. I make it to the Ravaged Path, get the Antidote, and head to the rest of Route 204 and miss the timing again on Aroma Lady Taylor. I use Ember on her Budew and Mach Punch on her Cherubi. I get an Awakening, encounter and KO a Kricketot, and run into Twins Liv and Liz. The two Pachirisus take out my Bidoof using Quick Attacks. I take Pachirisus using Hidden Power and level Starly up a few times. Once at Floarama Town, I heal at the Pokémon Center, and head east to Route 205.

I talk to the girl on the path, and get the Pecha Berry and Chesto berry. I return to Floarama Town, get an Oran Berry and Cheri Berry, and head to the Floaroma Meadow. I fight the first Galactic Grunt and use Ember on the first Galactic Grunt’s Wurmple and Silcoon, then fight the second Galactic Grunt and use two Embers on the second Galactic Grunt’s Zubat. After getting the Works Key and Honey, I return to Route 205 and enter the Valley Windworks. After getting a Potion, I fight the third Galactic Grunt and use a Mach Punch on the third Galactic Grunt’s Glameow. I use the Works Key to open the Valley Windworks, then go inside. Avoid the spinner, and foolishly forget to equip Monferno with the Pecha Berry before I face Commander Mars. I use Ember twice on Commander Mars’ Zubat, and switch to and sacrifice my Bidoof so I can use the Pecha Berry on Moferno, and then use Mach Punch on Purugly, which turns out to be a critical hit and enough to KO it. I teach Monferno Flame Wheel over Ember and return to Route 205 and to the Eterna Forest. Before that, I miss the timing and run into Hiker Daniel. I take out Hiker Daniel’s Geodudes with Hidden Power, his Machop with Flame Wheel, and his Bidoof with Flame Wheel. I then get an X Attack, encounter and KO a Bidoof, and enter Eterna Forest.

I fight Bug Catcher Jack and Lass Briana. I use Hidden Power on Pachirisu twice, then Flame Wheel on Wurmple, Beautify, and Silcoon. I get the Parlyz Heal, and face Psychic Lindsey and Psychic Elijah, and repeatedly use Flame Wheel on the Abras. I encounter and KO a Budew, a silcoon, a Wurmple, a Murkrow, and 2 Bunearys, and head to Eterna City, where I heal at the Pokémon Center. I then enter the gym, and fight Lass Caroline, Aroma Lady Jenna, Aroma Lady Angela, and Beauty Lindsay, where I use Flame Wheel against every one of their Pokémon. I then battle Gardenia, and use one Flame Wheel apiece on her Cherubi and Turtwig. I then use Flame Wheel once on Gardenia’s Roserade, get the Forest Badge and TM86, and end the part with pride.

So below is my plan to finish the third part and get the Cobble Badge:

Part 3 Plan:

Eterna City:

Heal at Pokémon Center, then go to Herb Shop and buy 6 Heal Powders, 3 Energy Powders, and 3 Energy Roots. Get HM01 and teach Cut to Bidoof. Get Explorer Kit and TM 46, and enter the Galactic Building. Fight the first Galactic Grunt, and use Flame Wheel and Mach Punch on the first Galactic Grunt’s Zubat and Glameow respectively. Then fight the second Galactic Grunt and use Flame Wheel on the second Galatic Grunt’s Wurmple and Cascoon. After that, fight the third Galatic Grunt and use Flame Wheel on the third Galatic Grunt’s Wurmple, Silcoon, and Zubat. Face Scientist Travon and use Flame Wheel on Scientist Travon’s Kadabra. Finally, battle Commander Jupiter. Use Flame Wheel on Commander Jupiter’s Zubat, and Flame Wheel twice on Commander Jupiter’s Skuntank, using a Leer in between if the first Flame Wheel does not put Skuntank in the yellow range. Get the bicycle, heal at the Pokémon Center if necessary, and head to Cycling Road (Route 206).

Cycling Road, Route 207, Mt. Coronet, Route 208:

Head down Cycling Road, and try to avoid the bikers. Enter Route 207, dodge the hikers and get the hidden Revive and Rare Candy. Go to Mt. Coronet, partake in the Cyrus cutscene, and get the hidden Ether. Head to Hearthome City using Route 208 and dodge the spinners.

Hearthome City, Route 209, Lost Tower:

Head to the Contest Hall, deposit Bidoof and Starly, and heal Monferno. Teach Monferno Grass Knot over Leer. Buy a Net Ball at the Mart, and fight Ralph on Southwestern gate. Use Flame Wheel on Ralph’s Starly. Use Grass Knot on Ralph’s Prinplup three times, Mach Punch on Ralph’s Ponyta twice, and Flame Wheel on Ralph’s Roselia. Head to Route 209, avoid the spinners, and head to the Lost Tower. Go to the third floor and get the hidden Great Ball. Go to the top floor and get HM04. Exit the Lost Tower.

Route 209, Solaceon Town, Route 210-South:

Catch Bibarel if encountered using a Great Ball, teach Thief to Bibarel, and switch it to Slot 1. If a Chansey is encountered with a held item, then use thief on it. Otherwise, switch to Monferno and KO any encountered Pokémon. Head to Solaceon Town, heal at the Pokémon Center. Get the Persim Berry in Solaceon Town. Head to Route 210-South, and dismount from Bicycle to go through the grass to avoid the double battle. Head to Route 215.

Route 215, Veilstone City:

Battle Ruin Maniac Calvin. Use Flame Wheel twice against his Bronzor, and Mach Punch against his Shieldon. Get the Ether in the middle of the path. Get the hidden Zinc in the north-easternmost grass patch on the route. Fight Ace Trainer Maya, and use Mach Punch against her Glameow. Use Flame Wheel and then a Grass Knot against her Kadabra. Heal to full if necessary, then face Ace Trainer Dennis. Use Mach Punch twice against his Monferno, and use Grass Knot three times against his Gyarados. If Monferno gets Tormented, use Hidden Power between two Grass Knots. Head to Veilstone City, and get the PP Up at the left of Team Galactic HQ. Go to the Veilstone Department Store and buy TM38 on 3F, 8 X Attacks on 2F, 5 X Specials on 2F, and 1 Revive. Teach Monferno Fire Blast over Mach Punch. If Monferno is at Level 29, then use a Rare Candy. Enter Veilstone Gym and fight Black Belt Rafael. Use Fire Blast on his Meditite. Face Leader Maylene, and use an X Attack (if not in Blaze) and a Flame Wheel on her Meditite. Use a Flame Wheel on her Lucario, and use Fire Blast on her Machoke, and then a Flame Wheel if necessary. Get the Cobble Badge.

With my Monferno at Level 24, Starly at level 8, and Bidoof at level 3, I think that I have a good chance of properly executing this part, if I am smart about this. I will probably start in a couple of days and have a report by next week.
 

Ignition

Don’t be so hostile over a children’s franchise
I had a Platinum run earlier in the thread/year but my console died after I did pretty much an hour of gameplay so I'm not looking forward to repeating that again. I'll probably start a new run of another game with the 3 day weekend and return to this later
 

JourneymanN00b

Active Member
Okay, so I had some spare time unexpectedly, and Lyle managed to finish the third part, although I had to grant a one-time exemption to the “no grinding” rule to allow for a Bibrael catch in Route 209 after I finished the Lost Tower, and I had a tense moment due to a stupid mistake which forced me into a double battle with Ace Trainer Maya and Ace Trainer Dennis. Below is how the third part went:

Part 1-3:

I begin by healing at the Pokémon Center, getting HM 01 and teaching Cut to Bidoof. I then get a Super Potion from the town and go to the Herb Shop. I buy 6 Heal Powders, 2 Energy Powders, 3 Energy Roots, and 1 Revival Herb for extreme safety reasons. I then get the Explorer Kit and TM 46, and enter the Galactic Building. I begin battling the two team Galactic Grunts, and use Flame Wheel and Mach Punch on the first Galactic Grunt’s Zubat and Glameow respectively, while having Starly use Quick Attacks on second Galactic Grunt’s Wurmple. I then focus on the second Galactic Grunt’s Pokémon and use Flame Wheel on the second Galactic Grunt’s Wurmple and Cascoon. I then proceed to fight the third Galactic Grunt and use Flame Wheel on the third Galactic Grunt’s Wurmple, Silcoon, and Zubat. After that, I face Scientist Travon and use Flame Wheel on Scientist Travon’s Kadabra. I then battle Commander Jupiter, where I use Flame Wheel on Commander Jupiter’s Zubat, and Flame Wheel twice on Commander Jupiter’s Skuntank, using a Leer in between the Flame Wheels. I forego learning Feint in the process and leave the building. I get the bicycle, heal at the Pokémon Center, and head to Cycling Road.

I head down Cycling Road, avoid the bikers, and get a Flag. I then enter Route 207, get the Vs. Seeker and Dowsing Machine from dawn, and get the hidden Revive. I then dodge the hikers and get the hidden Rare Candy. I arrive at Mt. Coronet, encounter and KO a Zubat, a Geodude, and meet Cyrus. I get the hidden Ether, encounter and KO a Chingling, a Machop, and a Geodude, and head to Route 208. I encounter and KO a Psyduck, and enter Hearthome City.

Once at Hearthome City, I head to the Contest Hall, deposit Bidoof and Starly, and heal Monferno. I teach Monferno Grass Knot over Leer, buy a Net Ball at the Mart, and fight Ralph on Southwestern gate. I use Flame Wheel on Ralph’s Starly, and use Grass Knot on Ralph’s Prinplup twice, the second attack being a critical hit. I then use Mach Punch on Ralph’s Ponyta twice, the second attack again turning out to be a critical hit. Hardly believing my good luck, I use Flame Wheel on Ralph’s Roselia. I then head to Route 209, avoid the spinners, and head to the Lost Tower. On my way to the third floor, I encounter and KO 2 Zubats on the first floor, and miss the timing on the second floor and battle Roughneck Kirby. I take out his Cleffa using a Flame Wheel, and pick up a Revive. After encountering and KO’ing a Zubat, I go to the third floor and get the hidden Great Ball. I encounter and KO a Ghastly on the third floor and head to the top floor and get HM04 and the Cleanse Tag. I exit the Lost Tower, encountering and defeating a Zubat and a Ghastly on my way out.

Back on Route 209, I make a one-time exemption to the “no-grinding rule” and prod through the grass to encounter a Bibarel (as several speedrun guides that I consulted referenced this grinding step), and weaken it with Flame Wheel. I manage to catch it with my Net Ball, teach Thief to Bibarel over Growl, and switch it to Slot 1. I then use the Honey to see if a Chansey is encountered, which actually turned out to be the case. Unfortunately two Thief attempts did not pick up anything, prompting me to switch to Monferno and dispatch it with a Flame Wheel. I head to Solaceon Town and heal at the Pokémon Center. I get the Persim Berry, 2 Nanab Berries, and a Figy Berry in Solaceon Town. I then head to Route 210-South, and miss the timing and am forced to fight a double battle with Belle and Pa Ava and Matt. I use Hidden Power and Water Gun on the Stunky and Glameow respectively. I then use Mach Punch to deal with the Glameow. I then head to Route 215.

On Route 215, I battle Ruin Maniac Calvin, and use Flame Wheel twice against his Bronzor, who forces me to use an Awakening and a Heal Powder due to a successful Hypnosis and Confuse Ray that Bronzor landed on me between the Flame Wheels. I then Mach Punch against his Shieldon, and forego using Torment. I get the Ether in the middle of the path, and use a Potion on Monferno. I encounter an Abra, which flees before I can knock it out. I encounter and KO 3 Geodudes, and get the hidden Zinc in the north-easternmost grass patch on the route. I then encounter and KO 2 Ponytas and stupidly fight Ace Trainer Maya and Ace Trainer Dennis, forgetting to face them separately. I then use Mach Punch against Ace Trainer Maya’s Glameow, and Water gun against Ace Trainer Dennis’ Monferno. I then use Flame Wheel and a Water Gun against Ace Trainer Maya’s Kadabra. Curing my stupidity at the Double Battle, I use Grass Knot against the Kadabra, and use a Super Potion on my Monferno. Use Mach Punch twice against Ace Trainer Dennis’ Monferno, and proceed to use Grass Knot three times against his Gyarados.

With a sigh of relief, I head to Veilstone City, heal at the Pokémon center, and find a hidden TinyMushroom and get the PP Up at the left of Galactic Veilstone Building. I then go to the Veilstone Department Store and get the Counter app, 8 X Attacks, and 5 X Specials on 2F, and TM38 on 3F. I then teach Monferno Fire Blast over Mach Punch, and get a Sticky Barb in 5F. I then enter Veilstone Gym and fight Black Belt Rafael, where I use Fire Blast on his Meditite. I use a Rare Candy on Monferno to level it up to level 32, and face Leader Maylene, where I use an X Attack and use Flame Wheel three times on her Meditite, the first being countered by a Detect. I then use a Flame Wheel on her Lucario, and use Fire Blast on her Machoke. I get the Cobble Badge and TM 60, and end the part with pride.

So below is my plan to finish the fourth part and get the Fen Badge:

Part 4 Plan:

Veilstone City, Route 214, Valor Lakefront:

Heal at the Pokémon Center, withdraw Bidoof and Starly, and battle the team Galactic Grunts. Use Flame Wheel on their Beautifly, Fire Blast on their Stunky, and a Flame Wheel each on their Dustox and Croagunk. Enter the warehouse and get HM02. Head to Route 214 and fight Psychic Abigail. Use a Flame Wheel each on her Gastly and Kadabra, and use Fire Blast on her Misdreavus. If Monferno reaches level 36, then teach Close Combat. Head to Valor Lakefront and get the hidden Max Ether and head to Route 213.

Route 213, Pastoria City:

Try to avoid both Tubers and the spinner, and head to Pastoria City. Heal at Pokémon Center, and enter the gym. Face Sailor Damian, and use a Fire Blast (or Close Combat) each on his two Wingulls. Face Tuber Jacky and use Grass Knot on Tuber Jacky’s Buizel. Face Tuber Caitlyn, and use Fire Blast on her Azurill, and Hidden Power three times (or Close Combat once). Face Sailor Samson. Use Flame Wheel three times (or Close Combat once) on his first Shellos, Fire Blast on his Wingull, and Close Combat on his second Shellos. Battle Leader Wake, and use X Special and then use Grass Knot twice on his Gyarados. Then use a Grass Knot each on his Quagsire and Floatzel. Get the Fen Badge.

My Monferno and Bibrael are currently at level 32 and level 16 respectively. So I have an okay chance of getting the fourth badge if I have decent luck in my attempt. I will probably have an update by tomorrow night.
 

JourneymanN00b

Active Member
Okay, so Lyle took it right in the ass in the Pastoria City Gym battles, but managed to finish the fourth part after using quite a few more healing items than was anticipated. Below is how the fourth part went:

Part 1-4:

I heal at the Pokémon Center, withdraw Bidoof and Starly, and battle the team Galactic Grunts. I use Flame Wheel on their Beautifly, Fire Blast on their Stunky, and a Flame Wheel each on their Dustox and Croagunk. I enter the warehouse and get HM02, and head to Route 214 and fight Psychic Abigail. I use a Flame Wheel each on her Gastly and Kadabra, and use Fire Blast on her Misdreavus. I head down Route 214 and encounter and KO a Girafarig, whose Stomp forces me to use two Potions to keep Monferno’s HP to a decent level. I then encounter and KO a Ponyta on my way out. Once reaching Valor Lakefront, I encounter and KO a Giarafarig and get the hidden Max Ether. I encounter and KO a second Girafarig and a Geodude, pick up a Paralyz Heal, and head to Route 213.

I heal up at the Hotel Grand Lake, and get a Red Shard. I fail to dodge the Tubers and am forced to battle Tuber Jared. I take out his first Shellos with two Grass Knots, but get hit with a Water Pulse that confuses Monferno in the process. I switch to Bidoof and use a Potion on Monferno to get it ready to deal with the second Shellos. I use two Fire Blasts on it, one of which misses while the other turns out to be a critical hit. I use a Fire Blast on the third Shellos, one of which misses, while the other proves to be enough to take it out. I get an Iapapa Berry, 2 Rawst Berries, and an Aguav Berry and reach Pastoria City. I heal at the Pokémon Center, get the Piplup Mask, and enter the gym. I face Sailor Damian, and use a Fire Blast on each on his two Wingulls. I then face Tuber Jacky and use Grass Knot on Tuber Jacky’s Buizel. After using a Potion on Monferno, I face Tuber Caitlyn, and use Fire Blast twice on her Azurill, with the first missing, and Grass Knot three times on her Marill. After using another Potion, I face Sailor Samson. I use Flame Wheel, and then two Grass Knots on his first Shellos, who manages to set up a deadly Rain Dance. I attempt to use Fire Blast on his Wingull, but it fails and forces me to use Grass Knot twice on it. I then use an Energy Root and Persim berry in between because of Wingull’s Supersonic, and finish it off with Flame Wheel. I then use Grass Knot twice on his second Shellos, the first turning out to be a critical hit. After using a Super Potion on Monferno, I battle Leader Wake, and use Grass Knot once on his Gyarados, which turned out to be a critical hit and enough to finish it off. I learn Close Combat over Hidden Power in the process. I then use an X Special, and use a Grass Knot on his Quagsire. Unfortunately, when I attempt to use Grass Knot on his Floatzel, it misses due to a successful Mud Bomb that the Quagsire landed on me. With Floatzel’s Brine taking it to 6 HP and with Monferno getting outsped, I use an Energy Root and pray for the best. This did not happen, since the Floatzel used Brine on me, and I use a Super Potion to try to hold out. Luckily the Floatzel chooses to use Swift and Ice Fang, which allows me to connect with a Grass Knot and take it out. I get the Fen Badge and TM55 and let out a huge sigh of relief.

So below is my plan to finish the fifth part and get the Relic Badge:

Part 5 Plan:

Pastoria City, Great Marsh, Route 213:

Heal at the Pokémon Center, and head to the Great Marsh. Get HM05, talk to Galactic Grunt and battle Ralph. Use Flame Wheel on his Starly, a Close Combat each on his Prinplup and Ponyta, and a Flame Wheel on his Roselia. Then follow the Galactic Grunt through Route 213. Fight Galactic Grunt, and use Flame Wheel on the Galactic Grunt’s Glameow. Head north and talk to Cynthia. Answer No and get the Secret Potion. Teach Fly and Defog to Starly and fly to Solaceon Town.

Solaceon Town, Route 210-North:

Head to Route 210-North. Say Yes to Cynthia upon reaching the Psyducks. Face Ace Trainer Alyssa, and use Close Combat on her Ponyta, and Flame Wheel on her Grotle. Fight Black Belt Adam, and use Close Combat against his Machoke. Fight Bird Keeper Brianna, and use a Flame Wheel each on her Hoothoot and Noctowl. Head to Celestic Town.

Celestic Town, Hearthome City:

Head to the shrine, and fight Galactic Grunt. Use a Flame Wheel each on the Galactic Grunt’s Beautifly and Croagunk, and then fly to Hearthome City. Enter the gym, and battle Leader Fantina. Use Flame Wheel on Fantina’s Drifblim, and then use X Attack. Use another Flame Wheel or a Fire Blast on the Drifblim. Use Fire Blast on Fantina’s Mismagius, and a Flame Wheel on Fantina’s Gengar. Get the Relic Badge.

This particular plans requires that I get into Blaze Range for the Fantina fight, so there is quite some risk here, particularly if my Infernape does not reach level 40 by the time the Fantina fight happens. I currently have a Level 36 Infernape, a Level 16 Bibrael, a Level 10 Starly, and a Level 3 Bidoof. I will start on this part later tonight, and have a report sometime tomorrow.
 

JourneymanN00b

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Okay, so Lyle got really unlucky in the Hearthome gym battle and had to use a Revive in the process, but managed to finish the fifth part tonight. Below is how the fifth part went:

Part 1-5:

I start off by getting 2 Persim Berries and 2 Nanab Berries and healing at the Pokémon Center. I then talk to the Galactic Grunt and battle Ralph. I use Flame Wheel on his Starly, a Close Combat each on his Prinplup and Ponyta, and a Flame Wheel on his Roselia. I then head to the Great Marsh, get HM05, and immediately leave east to Route 213, where I follow the Galactic Grunt and fight him. I use a Flame Wheel against his Glameow. I then head north and talk to Cynthia and get the SecretPotion. I teach Fly and Defog to Starly over Growl and Tackle, and fly to Solaceon Town.

I head to Route 210-North, and encounter and KO 2 Geodudes. I use the SecretPotion upon reaching the Psyducks, and get the Old Charm from Cynthia. I run into and face Ninja Boy Fabian, where I use Grass Knot on his three Geodudes. I then encounter and KO a Geodude, get a Hyper Potion, and run into Ninja Boy Joel. I use Flame Wheel on his Zubats, 2 Flame Wheels on his Golbat, and a Flame Wheel on his Skorupi. I then face Ace Trainer Alyssa, and use Close Combat on her Ponyta, and Flame Wheel on her Grotle. I then fight Black Belt Adam, and use Close Combat against his Machoke. I also stupidly run into Ninja Boy Nathan, and use Flame Wheel on his Crogunk, and two Flame Wheels on his Golbat. I pick up a Smoke Bomb and fight Bird Keeper Brianna. I use a Flame Wheel each on her Hoothoot and Noctowl. I head to Celestic Town and make my way to the Shrine.

Once at the shrine, I fight the Galactic Grunt, where I use a Flame Wheel each on the Galactic Grunt’s Beautifly and Croagunk. After handing over the Old Charm to Cynthia’s grandmother, I get HM03. I fly to Hearthome City, and enter the gym. I battle Leader Fantina, and use 2 Flame Wheels on Fantina’s Drifblim, which surprisingly does not take it out. I use a Fire Blast to finish off the Drifblim to avoid an Aftermath hit. I use a Flame Wheel on Fantina’s Mismagius, which surprisingly does not knock it out, even in blaze mode. I switch to Bidoof and use a Revive on Infernape while Bidoof falls to Mismagius. I use another Flame Wheel on Mismagius to, and use a Fire Blast on Fantina’s Gengar. I get the Relic Badge and TM65 and end the part.

So below is my plan to finish the sixth part and get the Mine Badge:

Part 6 Plan:

Hearthome City, Jublife City, Route 218, Canalave City:

Teach Strength and Surf to Bibarel over Thief and Rollout, and heal at the Pokémon Center. Then fly to Jublife City and head west on Route 218. Surf up and left and head west to Canalave City to dodge the spinner. Arrive at Canalave City, and battle Ralph. Use a Fire Blast and a Close Combat on his Staravia and Prinplup respectively, then use Flame Wheel on his Heracross. Then use Close Combat on his Ponyta, and Flame Wheel on his Roselia. After healing at the Pokémon Center, enter the gym, and battle Black Belt Ricky. Use Close Combat on his Steelix. Face Ace Trainer Cesar, and use Flame Wheel and a Close Combat on his Skorupi and Steelix, respectively. Battle Worker Gerado, and use Grass Knot on both of his Onix. Battle Black Belt David, and use one Grass Knot each on his Onix and Steelix. Battle Ace Trainer Breanna, and use Close Combat on her Azumarill. Begin the Leader Byron fight, and use Flame Wheel on his Bronzor. Then use Close Combat on his Bastiodon and Fire Blast on his Steelix. Get the Mine Badge.

This should be a rather straightforward fight, assuming that my luck can hold. My Infernape is at level 40, with my other Pokemon at the same levels. I will start on the run tonight and give a report tomorrow.
 
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JourneymanN00b

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Okay, so Lyle again ran into some bad luck with spinners and had some tense moments there, but otherwise managed to clear the sixth part rather quickly. Below is how the sixth part went:

Part 1-6:

I begin by teaching Strength and Surf to Bibarel over Thief and Rollout, and heal at the Pokémon Center. Then I fly to Jublife City and head west on Route 218. I miss the timing and am forced to battle Sailor Skyler. I use a Fire Blast and a Grass Knot on his Mantyke, and use three Fire Blasts and a Grass Knot, the first two Fire Blasts missing. I then get my Pokedex upgraded and arrive at Canalave City, heal at the Pokémon Center, and battle Ralph. I attempt to use a Fire Blast on his Staravia, but fail to connect and decide to use a Close Combat on it. I then switch to Bidoof to restore Infernape’s Attack. Bidoof manages to connect with Rock Smash, which prompts Ralph to switch to Heracross. After using Rock Smash once, it falls to Heracross, and I switch back to Infernape. I then use Flame Wheel on his Heracross, and Close Combat on his Prinplup. I then use Close Combat on his Ponyta, and Flame Wheel on his Roselia. After healing at the Pokémon Center, I enter the gym, and battle Black Belt Ricky. I use Close Combat and Flame Wheel on his Steelix.

Seeing that my Monferno was fairly underleveled at this point, I decide to face Worker Gary, and use Grass Knot on his Onix. I then face Ace Trainer Cesar, and use Flame Wheel and a Close Combat on his Skorupi and Steelix, respectively. I then battle Worker Gerado, and use Grass Knot on both of his Onix. I then battle Black Belt David, and use Grass Knot on both his Onix and Steelix. Battle Ace Trainer Breanna, and use Close Combat on her Azumarill. I then go back and fight Worker Jackson to get extra experience points, and use Grass Knot on his three Onix. I then begin the Leader Byron fight, and use Flame Wheel on his Bronzor. I then use Close Combat on his Bastiodon and Fire Blast on his Steelix. I get the Mine Badge and TM91.

So below is my plan to finish the seventh part and get the Icicle Badge:

Part 7 Plan:

Canalave City, Pastoria City, Route 213, Valor Lakefront, Lake Valor:

Head to the library, and talk to Rowan. Fly to Pastoria City, and head to Route 213. Heal at the Hotel Grand Lake, head to the Valor Lakefront, and enter Lake Valor. Dodge the Galactic Grunts and fight Commander Saturn. Use Flame Wheel and Fire Blast on Commander Saturn’s Kadabra and Toxicroak, and use Flame Wheel on Commander Saturn’s Bronzor. Fly to Twinleaf Town.

Twinleaf Town, Lake Verity:

Head to Lake Verity. Fight the two Galactic Grunts, and have Infernape use Flame Wheel and Bibrael use Defense Curl when facing their first Glameow and Silcoon. When facing their Golbat, have Infernape use Fire Blast and Bibrael use Strength. Then have Infernape use Flame Wheel and Bibrael use Defense Curl on their second Glameow. Surf behind the other Galactic Grunts and face Commander Mars. Use Fire Blast on his Golbat, Flame Wheel on his Bronzor, and Close Combat against his Purugly. Fly to Celestic Town.

Celestic Town, Route 211, Mt. Coronet, Route 216, Route 217:

Go to the mart and buy 11 Potions, 15 Hyper Potions, 11 Revives, and 1 Escape Rope. Get the Choice Specs, and heal at the Pokémon Center. Proceed to Route 211, and enter Mt. Coronet. Get the Hidden Rare Candy in the foggy chamber, and head to Route 216. Proceed to Route 217, and face Ace Trainer Dalton. Use Close Combat on his Raichu, and Grass Knot twice on his Pelipper. Then use Grass Knot on his Hippopotas. Face Ace Trainer Olivia and use Flame Wheel on her Roselia, and Close Combat on her Seaking. Head to Snowpoint City.

Snowpoint City:

Heal at the Pokemon Center, then enter the gym. Begin the battle with Leader Candace, and use a Flame Wheel each on her Snover, Abomasnow, and Sneasel. Then use a Fire Blast against her Medicham, and get the Icicle Badge.

We might have some trouble, particularly with Ace Trainer Dalton. Right now, my Infernape is at level 44, with my other Pokémon remaining at the same levels. I will start a run today and have a report in a few hours.
 
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JourneymanN00b

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Okay, so Lyle had some mildly tense moments due to quite a few Fire Blasts missing, but managed to finish the seventh part. Below is how the seventh part went:

Part 1-7:

I start by heading to the library, and talking to Rowan. I then fly to Pastoria City, and head to Route 213. I encounter and KO a Buizel, get TM40, and reach the Hotel Grand Lake. After healing at the Hotel Grand Lake, head to the Valor Lakefront, and enter Lake Valor. I fail to dodge a Galactic Grunt and use two Fire Blasts on his Golbat, with the first missing. I forego learning Fire Spin in the process. I then finish off his Groagunk with Flame Wheel. I then fight Commander Saturn, where I use Flame Wheel Commander Saturn’s Kadabra. I attempt to use a Fireblast on Toxicroak, but miss twice, and take a Faint Attack and Mud Bomb for it. The third and last Fire Blast luckily hits, and I use Flame Wheel on Commander Saturn’s Bronzor to win the fight. I then fly to Twinleaf Town.

After healing using mother, I then head to Lake Verity. I then fight the two Galactic Grunts, and have Infernape use Flame Wheel and Bibarel use Defense Curl when facing their first Glameow and Silcoon. I have Infernape use Fire Blast and Bibarel use Strength against their Golbat. The Flame Wheel misses, which prompts me to have Infernape use Flame Wheel and Bibrael use Defense Curl. Unfortunately, the Flame Wheel was not enough to take the Golbat out, who manages to take out Bibarel using Air Cutter. I sent in Starly and have Infernape use another Flame Wheel and Starly use Quick Attack to take Golbat out. Starly forgoes learning Double Team in the process. I have Infernape use Flame Wheel and Starly use Wing Atack on their second Glameow. I then surf behind the other Galactic Grunts and face Commander Mars. I use Fire Blast on his Golbat, and Flame Wheel on his Bronzor. I attempt Close Combat against his Purugly, but Purugly’s Fake Out caused Infernape to flinch. The second Close Combat attempt connects without too many problems. I then fly to Celestic Town.

I head to the mart and buy 11 Potions, 15 Hyper Potions, 11 Revives, and 1 Escape Rope. I get the BlackGlasses instead of the Choice Specs and heal at the Pokémon Center. I proceed to Route 211, and get a Iapapa Berry, a Grepa Berry, a Pecha Berry, and an Aspear Berry. I then encounter and KO a Meditite and enter Mt. Coronet. I encounter and KO 3 Geodudes, a Golbat, 3 Chinglings, and a Meditite. I get the hidden Rare Candy as well as an additional Rare Candy and Stardust, and head to Route 216. I miss the timing and run into Ace Trainer Maria, and use Grass Knot on her Golduck, Close Combat on her Ponyta, and Grass Knot on her Sudowoodo. I encounter and KO a Sneasel, and Proceed to Route 217, where I face Ace Trainer Dalton. I use Close Combat on his Raichu, and Grass Knot twice on his Pelipper. Then I use Grass Knot on his Hippopotas to win the battle. I use an EnergyPowder and get HM08, and fail to dodge a Black Belt Luke. I use a Flame Wheel on his Croagunk, Close Combat against his Machoke, and Grass Knot against his Onix. I then face Ace Trainer Olivia and use Flame Wheel on her Roselia, and Close Combat on her Seaking. I encounter and KO a Medicham, and head to Acuity Lakefront. I then decide to use another EnergyPowder, and encounter and KO a Sneasel, a Medicham, a Snover. I then make it to Snowpoint City.

After healing at the Pokemon Center, I enter the gym, and decide to battle Ace Trainer Sergio to get additional experience. I use Flame Wheel and Grass Knot to take out his Floatzel, and use Flame Wheel to KO his Sneasel. I then choose to face Ace Trainer Alicia, and use Flame Wheel against her Sneasel and Grass Knot three times against her Tentacruel. I also fight Ace Trainer Sover and use Flame Wheel against his Snover. Then, I fight Ace Trainer Brenna, and use Flame Wheel against her Snover. I next run into Ace Trainer Isaiah, and use Grass Knot against his Quagsire. I finally begin the battle with Leader Candace, and use a Flame Wheel each on her Snover and Abomasnow. I use an Energy Root, and use a Flame Wheel against her Sneasel. Then I use a Fire Blast against her Medicham to win the fight. I get the Icicle Badge and TM72.

So below is my plan to finish the eighth part and get the Beacon Badge:

Part 8 Plan:

Snowpoint City, Lake Acuity, Veilstone City:

Heal at the Pokémon Center, and head to Lake Acuity. Partake in the Jupiter cutscene, and Fly to Veilstone City. Get the key to the storage room, and enter the Galactic Grunt hideout. Try to avoid the first Galactic Grunt, and face the second Galactic Grunt. Take out the Galactic Grunt’s Dustox and Bronzor using a Flame Wheel each. Avoid the next Galactic Grunt and run past the top wall to fight the next Galactic Grunt. Use a Fire Blast each to take out his two Golbats. Use the bed to heal up, and fight the next Galactic Grunt, using Flame Wheel against the Galactic Grunt’s Croagunk, Stunky, and Glameow. Also fight the next Galactic Grunt, and use Flame Wheel against the Galactic Grunt’s Stunky and Croagunk. Get the Elixir, and face Calactic Boss Cyrus. Use Close Combat against his Murkrow, Fire Blast against his Golbat, and Flame Wheel against his Sneasel. Get the Master Ball, then face Commander Saturn and use a Flame Wheel each against Commander Saturn’s Kadabra and Bronzor, and Fire Blast against Commander Saturn’s Toxicroak. Fly to Oreburgh City.

Oreburgh City, Mt. Coronet:

Heal at the Pokémon Center, teach Rock Climb to Bibarel over Water Gun, and head to Mt. Coronet. Get the hidden ether in the rock between the two Galactic Grunts. Get TM80 on 2F, and get the hidden Max Revive on 3F. Fight the first Galactic Grunt, and use a Flame Wheel each against the Galactic Grunt’s Bronzor and Glameow. Fight the second Galactic Grunt, and use a Flame Wheel and Fire Blast on the Galactic Grunt’s Bronzor and Golbat, respectively. Fight the third Galactic Grunt and use Fire Blast on the Galactic Grunt’s Golbat, and a Flame Wheel each on the Galactic Grunt’s Bronzor and Glameow. Head to Spear Pillar.

Spear Pillar, Mt. Coronet:

Fight the two Galactic Grunts. Have Infernape use Flame Wheel on their Dustox, and Bibrael use Defense Curl. If their Stunky did not use Memento on Infernape, then have Infernape use Flame Wheel on Croagunk, Stunky (if still active), and Glameow, while Bibarel’s turn is used to cure any status, Ether Fire Blasts, or heal. If their Stunky *did* use Memento on Infernape, then Have Infernape use Close Combat on their Glameow and Fire Blast on their Groagunk while Bibrael’s turns are used for Ethering Fire Blast and healing Infernape. Fight Commander Mars and Commander Jupiter. Use Flame Wheel on their first Bronzor, Fire Blast on their first Golbat, Close Combat on their Purugly, Flame Wheel on their second Bronsor, Fire Blast on their second Golbat, and Close Combat on their Skuntank. Heal up, then face Galactic Boss Cyrus. Use an X Special, then either use Fire Blast on Honchkrow or heal if hit by Drill Peck (and then use Fire Blast). Use Grass Knot twice on Gyarados, and then Fire Blast on Crobat. Use a Fire Blast on Weavile. Catch Dialga with the Master Ball, and get Adamant Orb. Return to Mt. Coronet, use Escape Rope, and fly to Veilstone City. Teach Flare Blitz over Fire Blast when Infernape reaches level 57.

Veilstone City, Route 214, Valor Lakefront, Route 222:

Go to Route 214 and Valor Lakefront. Take Route 222 from there, and face Sailor Luther. Use Flame Wheel on his Feebas, Grass Knot on his Gastrodon, and Close Combat against his Machoke. Arrive at Sunyshore City.

Sunyshore City:

Head to the lighthouse to see Volkner, then enter Gym. Fight School Kid Tiera, and use Close Combat against School Kid Tiera’s Pachirisu. Battle School Kid Forrest, and use a Flame Wheel against School Kid Forrest’s Mr. Mime. Fight Guitarist Jerry, and use Flame Wheel against his Luxio. Fight Ace Trainer Destiny, and use Flame Wheel and Close Combat on Ace Trainer Destiny’s Kadabra and Raichu, respectively. Battle Guitarist Preston, and use Flame Wheel and Grass Knot on his Luxio and Bibarel, respectively. Battle Ace Trainer Zachery and use Close Combat and Flare Blitz on his Steelix and Medicham respectively. Fight Leader Volkner, and use X Attack and use Flame Wheel on his Raichu. Then use Close Combat on his Octillery, Flare Blitz on his Ambipom, and Flare Blitz on his Luxray.

This part is probably going to cause some trouble, since I have to keep Infernape’s HP to a certain threshold in order to pull off this part. Right now, my Infernape is at level 50, my Bibrael is at level 17, my Starly is at level 13, and my Bidoof is at level 3. I will start the part later tonight, and have a report by tomorrow.
 
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JourneymanN00b

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Okay, so Lyle took it in the ass with regards to PP, but manage to finish the eighth part without excessive drama. Below is how the eighth part went:

Part 1-8:

I heal at the Pokémon Center, and head to Lake Acuity, encountering and KO’ing a Snover along the way. After partaking in the Jupiter cutscene, I fly to Veilstone City. I get the key to the storage room, get a Dusk Stone, and enter the Galactic Grunt hideout. I fail to dodge the first Galactic Grunt, and use a Fire Blast on his Golbat. I then pick up a Zinc, and face the second Galactic Grunt. I proceed to take out the Galactic Grunt’s Dustox and Bronzor using a Flame Wheel to each of them. I fight another Galactic Grunt and use Flame Wheel against his Glameow. I get TM36 and the Galactic Key and leave the warehouse. After entering the main building, I run past the top wall to fight the next Galactic Grunt, where I use a Fire Blast each to take out his two Golbats. I also fight his buddy, and take out the female Galactic Grunt’s Golbat using Fire Blast, and her Silcoon using Flame Wheel. I use the bed to heal up, get a hidden Full Restore, and fight the next Galactic Grunt, using Flame Wheel against the Galactic Grunt’s Croagunk, Stunky, and Glameow. I then face the next Galactic Grunt, and use Flame Wheel against the Galactic Grunt’s Stunky and Croagunk. I get the Elixir, and face Calactic Boss Cyrus. Use Close Combat against his Murkrow, Fire Blast against his Golbat, and Flame Wheel against his Sneasel. I get the Master Ball, and then face Commander Saturn and use a Flame Wheel against each of Commander Saturn’s Kadabra and Bronzor, and Fire Blast against Commander Saturn’s Toxicroak, and forego learning Calm Mind in the process. I then fly to Oreburgh City.

I heal at the Pokémon Center, teach Rock Climb to Bibarel over Water Gun, and head to Mt. Coronet. On my there, I get intercepted by Youngster Austin on Route 207, and use Flame Wheel on his Starly, Grass Knot on his Geodude, and Flame Wheel on his Chimchar. I also get a Dire Hit there and run into Hiker Kevin, where I use Grass Knot on his two Geodudes, Flame Wheel on his Zubat, and Grass Knot on his third Geodude. I also miss the timing and run into Hiker Justin. I use Grass Knot on his Geodude, and Flame Wheel on his Bronzor. I pick up a Super Potion, and enter Mt. Coronet. I get a Protein, encounter and KO a Machop, and head to the second floor, where I get a Max Potion and the hidden Ether and encounter and KO 3 Clefairys, and a Bronzong. I get TM80 and encounter and KO a Medicham, who paralyzes Infernape. After using a Paralyz Heal, I encounter and KO a Medicham, get a Revive, and use a Super Potion to heal it up. I then encounter and KO a Chingling, 2 Bronzongs, a Clefairy, and skip getting the Max Revive since Infernape was running low on Fire Blast PP. I manage to dodge the Team Galactic Grunts and reach Mt. Coronet Peak. From there, I enter Mt. Coronet’s 4th floor and encounter and KO a Chingling, a Bronzong, and a Medicham. I use a Hyper Potion to heal up, and once again miss the timing and fight a Team Galactic Grunt. I use a Flame Wheel against his Stunky, and use a Fire Blast against his Golbat. I get the hidden Ether, and go outside and encounter and KO a Clefairy, a Chingling, and a Snover. I also get the Hidden Rare Candy before taking a wrong turn inside, where I run into a Galactic Grunt, and use Close Combat and Flame Wheel to take out his Golbat. Cursing my stupidity, I go back outside and encounter and KO a Chingling. I head back inside and encounter and KO a Medicham, and use an Elixir to restore Infernape’s PP. I finally fight the first Galactic Grunt, and use a Flame Wheel each against the Galactic Grunt’s Bronzor and Glameow. I then fight the second Galactic Grunt, and use a Flame Wheel and Fire Blast on the Galactic Grunt’s Bronzor and Golbat, respectively. I then proceed to fight the third Galactic Grunt and use Fire Blast on the Galactic Grunt’s Golbat, and a Flame Wheel each on the Galactic Grunt’s Bronzor and Glameow. I encounter and KO a Golbat, and head to Spear Pillar.

Once at Spear Pillar, I fight the two Galactic Grunts. I have Infernape use Flame Wheel on their Dustox, and Bibrael use Defense Curl. I forgo learning Headbutt in the process. Their Stunky uses Night Slash to take out Bibrael, so I bring in Starly and have Infernape use Flame Wheel on Croagunk while Starly’s turn is used to heal Infernape. Their Stunky uses Toxic on Infernape, so I have Infernape use Flame Wheel on Stunky and use Starly’s turn to use an antidote on Infernape. I use a final Flame Wheel on their Glameow, while Starly’s turn is used to heal Infernape. Starly evolves in Staravia after the battle. After using an Ether on Infernape’s Fire Blast, and an additional Potion on Infernape, I fight Commander Mars and Commander Jupiter. I use a Flame Wheel on their first Bronzor, while the second Bronzoer managed to cast a Reflect. I use a Fire Blast on their first Golbat, which goes down in one shot. The second Bronzor uses an Extrasensory on my Infernape, which turns out to be a critical hit. I stay calm and use a Close Combat on their Purugly, and Flame Wheel on their second Bronsor, and Fire Blast on their Skunktank. I then finish off with a Fire Blast on their second Golbat. I then face Galactic Boss Cyrus after getting fully healed by Ralph. I use an X Special, then use Fire Blast on his Honchkrow, which takes two tries to succeed. I then use Grass Knot twice on Gyarados, and then learn Flare Blitz over Fire Blast. I then use Flare Blitz on Crobat, and use a Hyper Potion to heal up. I then use a Flame Wheel, which fails due to confusion, forcing me to use a Persim Berry to remove the status. I then use a Flame Wheel twice to take it out, the first being a critical hit. I then use a Flare Blitz on Weavile. I then catch Dialga with the Master Ball, and get the Adamant Orb and equip it to Dialga. I return to Mt. Coronet, use the Escape Rope, and fly to Veilstone

Once at Veilstone City, I heal at the Pokémon center, and go to Route 214, where I encounter and KO a Kricketune and Ponyta, and reach Valor Lakefront. I encounter and KO a Bibarel and head to Route 222. from there, and face Sailor Luther. I use Flame Wheel on his Feebas, Grass Knot on his Gastrodon, and Close Combat against his Machoke. I then arrive at Sunyshore City.

I head to the lighthouse to see Volkner, then enter the gym. I fight School Kid Tiera, and use Close Combat against School Kid Tiera’s Pachirisu. I then fight Guitarist Jerry, and use Flame Wheel against his Luxio. I then battle School Kid Forrest, and use a Flame Wheel and a Grass Knot against School Kid Forrest’s Mr. Mime. I fail to dodge Poke Kid Meghan, and use Flame Wheel on all four of her Pikachus. I then fight Ace Trainer Destiny, and use Flame Wheel and Close Combat on Ace Trainer Destiny’s Kadabra and Raichu, respectively. I then battle Guitarist Preston, and use Flame Wheel and Grass Knot on his Luxio and Bibarel respectively. Next, I battle Ace Trainer Zachery and a Flare Blitz and a Grass Knot on his Steelix and a Flare Blitz on his Medicham. I fail to evade Guitarist Lonnie and use a Flame Wheel and Grass Knot on his Raichu, who paralyzes Infernape. After using a Paralyz Heal, I fight Leader Volkner, and use X Attack and use Flame Wheel on his Raichu. I then use Close Combat on his Octillery. I use Flare Blitz on his Ambipom, which puts Infernape into Blaze range, and a Flame Wheel on his Luxray. I get the Beacon Badge and TM57 and end the part with pride.

So below is my plan to finish the ninth part and the game:

Sunyshore City, Route 223:

Use PP up on Infernape’s Close Combat, and other boosting items on Infernape. Heal at the Pokemon Center, get HM07 from Jasmine, and teach Bibrael Waterfall over Defense Curl. Head to Route 223. Fight Swimmer Oscar, and use Flare Blitz on his Mantyke, Grass Knot on his Remoraid, and Flare Blitz on his Mantine. Go to Victory Road.

Victory Road:

Fight Ace Trainer Mariah. Use Grass Knot on her Golduck and Flame Wheel on her Blissey. Get the hidden Max Elixir. Fight Ace Trainer Omar, and use Close Combat against Ace Trainer Omar’s Rapidash, Grass Knot against Ace Trainer Omar’s Rampardos, and Flame Wheel on Ace Trainer Omar’s Carnivine. Face Ace Trainer Sydney, and use Close Combat against Ace Trainer Sydney’s Clefable, and Flare Blitz against Ace Trainer Sydney’s Torterra. Battle Black Belt Miles, and use Close Combat against his Machamp. Battle Psychic Valencia, and use Flame Wheel on Psychic Valencia’s Chingling, and Flare Blitz on Psychic Valencia’s Chimecho. Face Dragon Tamer Ondrej, and use Close Combat on Dragon Tamer Ondrej’s Gabite. Face Veteran Edgar, and use a Blazed Flare Blitz on his Tentacruel. Then use Grass Knot on his Golem, and a Close Combat on his Empoleon. After healing up, fight Dragon Tamer Clinton, and use Flare Blitz on Dragon Tamer Clinton’s first Gible. Use Grass Knot twice on Dragon Tamer Clinton’s Gyarados, and a Flare Blitz on Dragon Tamer Clinton’s second Gible. Arrive at the Pokémon League.

Pokémon League:

Heal at the Pokémon Center, and buy 2 Full Restores. Face Ralph one last time, and use X Attack. Use a Close Combat each against his Staraptor, Empoleon, and Snorlax. Use Flame Wheel against his Hearacross, and Close Combat against his Rapidash. Then use Flame Wheel against his Roserade. Heal at the Pokémon Center again, then Fight Elite Four Aaron. Use a Flame Wheel each on his Dustox and Beautifly. Then use Flare Blitz twice against his Drapion. Use a Flare Blitz each on his Hearcross and Vespiquen, and then heal up. Fight Elite Four Bertha, and use X Special and a Grass Knot on her Quagsire. Then use a Grass Knot each on her Wiscash, Hippowdon, and Golem. Use a Close Combat against her Sudowoodo. Heal to at least 130 HP, and face Elite Four Flint. Use X Attack and Close Combat against his Rapidash, then use a Close Combat each against his Lopunny, Infernape, and Sttelix. Then use a Flare Blitz against his Drifblim. Ether Infernape’s Close Combat, then fully heal up. Then fight Elite Four Lucian, and use a Flare Blitz each on his Mr. Mime and Alakazam. Use a Close Combat against his Girafarig, and use a Flare Blitz each on his Bronzong and Medicham. Heal to full, and then face Champion Cynthia. Use 2 X Attack and then use Flare Blitz. Use a Close Combat each on her Gastrodon, Milotic, and Garchomp. Use a Flame Wheel each against her Roserade and Lucario. Watch the credits.

So this Lithium Rogue is at the home stretch and can finish the game without too much trouble. My Infernape is at level 59, Dialga is at level 47, Bidoof is at level 3, Staravia is at level 15, and Bibrael is at level 18. I will start the last part today, and will hopefully have a report by tonight.
 
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JourneymanN00b

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Okay, so Lyle managed to finish the game and successfully complete the Lithium Rogue Challenge for this generation, although there were some tense moments in the Victory Road journey. Below is how the ninth part went:

Part 1-9:

Use PP Up on Infernape’s Close Combat, and use 2 Zincs on Infernape. I then get a Thunderstone, heal at the Pokémon Center, get HM07 from Jasmine, and teach Bibrael Waterfall over Defense Curl. I then head to Route 223, where I encounter and KO a Mantyke, a Pelipper. I then fight Swimmer Oscar, and use Flare Blitz on his Mantyke, Grass Knot on his Remoraid, and Flare Blitz on his Mantine. I encounter and flee from a Tentacruel since Infernape was confused as a result of it, but encounter and KO 2 Pelippers. I also get a Pearl and encounter and flee from another Tentacruel. I fail to dodge a Swimmer Gabrielle, and use Grass Knot to KO her Golduck. I encounter and KO a Mantyke, and use a Hyper Potion to heal up. Once I cross the waterfall, I heal at the Pokémon Center, and go to Victory Road.

I encounter and KO 2 Machokes and a Graveler, I fight Ace Trainer Mariah, and use Grass Knot on her Golduck and Flame Wheel on her Blissey. I get the hidden Max Elixir, and encounter and KO 2 Gravelers and a Kadabra. I then choose to flee from an encountered Medicham and 2 Golbat, and fight Ace Trainer Omar.I use Close Combat against Ace Trainer Omar’s Rapidash, Grass Knot against Ace Trainer Omar’s Rampardos, and Flame Wheel on Ace Trainer Omar’s Carnivine. I encounter and KO a Graveler and face Ace Trainer Sydney. I use Close Combat against Ace Trainer Sydney’s Clefable, and Flare Blitz against Ace Trainer Sydney’s Torterra. I use a Potion to heal up, and battle Black Belt Miles. I use Close Combat against his Machamp, which does NOT take it out. His Machamp uses Cross Chop, which causes Infernape to faint. I switch to Bidoof and use a Revive on Infernape, while Machamp uses Submission to knock both Bidoof and itself out. I encounter and KO a Steelix and battle Psychic Valencia. I use Flame Wheel on Psychic Valencia’s Chingling, and Flare Blitz on Psychic Valencia’s Chimecho. After using a Repel, I face Dragon Tamer Ondrej, and use Close Combat on Dragon Tamer Ondrej’s Gabite. I then face Veteran Edgar, and use a Blazed Flare Blitz on his Tentacruel. I then use Grass Knot on his Golem, and a Close Combat on his Empoleon. After healing up with a Hyper Potion, I fight Dragon Tamer Clinton, and use Flare Blitz on Dragon Tamer Clinton’s first Gible. I then use Grass Knot twice on Dragon Tamer Clinton’s Gyarados, and a Flare Blitz and a Flame Wheel on Dragon Tamer Clinton’s second Gible. After encountering and KO’ing a Machoke, I arrive at the Pokémon League.

After healing at the Pokémon Center, I buy 6 Full Restores. I then face Ralph one last time, and use X Attack. I then use a Close Combat each against his Staraptor, Empoleon, and Snorlax. After that I use Flame Wheel against his Hearacross, which surprisingly does not take it out. Infernape goes down to 13 HP with Heracross’ attack, but I use another Flame Wheel to take it out. I use Close Combat against his Rapidash, and use Flame Wheel against his Roserade. I heal at the Pokémon Center again, and then fight Elite Four Aaron. I use a Flame Wheel each on his Dustox and Beautifly. Then I use Flare Blitz four times against his Drapion. I finish the battle by using a Flare Blitz on his Heracross and a Flame Wheel on his Vespiquen. I then heal up with a Hyper Potion and fight Elite Four Bertha. I use X Special and a Grass Knot three times on her Quagsire, which the Quagsire blocking the first two with Protect. Then I use a Grass Knot twice on her Wiscash, with the first one not KO’ing it and the second being a critical hit. I then use a Grass Knot each on her Hippowdon and Golem. I then use a Close Combat against her Sudowoodo to finish the fight. I use my 3 Rare Candies on my Infernape and face Elite Four Flint. I use X Attack and Close Combat against his Rapidash and then use a Close Combat each against his Lopunny, Infernape, and Steelix. I then use a Flare Blitz against his Drifblim, which knocks my Infernape out in the process. After using a Revive on Infernape, and an Ether on Infernape’s Close Combat, I fight Elite Four Lucian. I use a Flare Blitz on his Mr. Mime and a Blazed Flame Wheel on his Alakazam, which does NOT KO it, surprisingly enough. I use another two Blazed Flame Wheel on his Alakazam, since a Full Restore was used in between the additional Flame Wheels. I use a Close Combat against his Girafarig, and use a Hyper Potion. I then use a Flare Blitz each on his Bronzong and Medicham. I use a Hyper Potion to heal up, and then face Champion Cynthia. I use an X Attack, but then get Embargoed with Cynthia’s Spiritomb. I proceed to use Flare Blitz on it. I then use a Close Combat each on her Gastrodon, Milotic, and Garchomp. Thanks to the Embargo from the Spiritomb earlier, the Close Combat does no KO the Garchomp, who uses an Earthquake to take town my Infernape. I bring in Bidoof and use a Revive on my Infernape, while Garchomps takes out my Bidoof with Giga Impact. I have Infernape use a Close Combat. I then use a Flare Blitz against her Roserade, and use a Blazed Fire Wheel against her Lucario. I then watch the credits and enjoy a job well done.

So it took a grand total of 15 hours and 14 minutes for the Lithium Rogue Challenge to be completed in Generation IV, which was a tad longer than the clear time for Generation III. However, it only took one single attempt to clear the challenge in this generation, which is much better than the 6 attempts that it took to clear the previous generation. Not that it means much, but I posted a picture as proof of my clear time. I will be doing the Lithium Rogue’s challenge on Generation V next, as soon as I can get hold of Black, which is my preferred choice.

The below link shows the said picture mentioned in the above paragraph.
https://imgur.com/a/e0Qzft7
 

955561976

Well-Known Member
After capturing Dialga at the Spear Pillar I decided to take a break from the main game and go legendary hunting. After many hours, ultra balls and one master ball I managed to capture Uxie, Azelf and Mesprit! Now back to the gyms and acquiring the 8th badge at Sunyshore City.
 

SubtleVVeirdoh

Unova Enthusiast
Start a play through for both HG and Platinum at the beginning of this month however, I’ve been continuing with Platinum so I can get needed Pokémon and Evolutionary items for HG.

Currently in Celestic Town, ready you meet Cynthia’s nan.

Team:
Infernape
Gabite
Togetic
Octillery
Hippopotas
 
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