Pokemon Journal: Catching The Legends!

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Welcome back to the destruction of Team Galactic. When we left off, every member in their headquarters has been defeated, and the 3 Lake Guardians have been freed. Unfortunately, their leader Cyrus has run off to Mt Coronet with some sort of Red Chain. All as part of his master plan apparently. It’s up to us to chase him down and stomp out any last hints of hope he has left in his life. So let’s get to it!

Mt Coronet snowy area

The climb up the mountain is long and hard. There are plenty of galactic grunts in the caves the slow you down. Not to mention the constant random Pokémon attacks. When I finally climbed out of the caves onto the snow covered plateau just to find I was only halfway there, I thought I would never make it. But I can’t give up now. I need to make it to the very peak and crush Cyrus once and for all.

Spear Pillar

Hidden at the summit of the mountain is the Spear Pillar. It is here that Cyrus uses the Red Chain to summon Dialga, The ancient deity of time into our dimension. Cyrus plans to use Dialga’s Roar of Time to destroy everything and start a new galaxy where he is the ruler. Before anything can be done to stop him, I’ll have to fight my way though his commanders Mars and Jupiter. Thankfully Barry has shown up just in time, and we battle side by side to save the world.

Spear Pillar cutscene

Together, we may have won the fight, but they stalled us for too long. Dialga is already starting to create a new galaxy. His Roar of time is causing ripped distortions to travel all across the region. Against such amazing power, there isn’t really anything we can do. It looks like Cyrus may have actually won. We’re all going to die now.



Weavile Gyarados

But just then, the 3 Lake Guardians show up to calm the mighty Pokémon. They also manage to destroy the Red Chain Cyrus had created. It would seem the immediate danger to the world is gone, but we aren’t finished here Cyrus has to pay for what he did. He brings out his strongest party this time, and for once it was an exciting battle. In the end, victory was mine, but as Cyrus leaves, he still seems to hold out that he will achieve his goals one day. We’ll have to see to it that never happens.


Team Galactic may have left the mountain, but there is still a very angry and very powerful Pokémon up here on Spear Pillar with me. If I’m going to stop it from destroying the world, and prevent Cyrus from ever using him again, I’ll have to capture him myself. My team’s move set isn’t really designed around capture, more towards high damage, so I don’t have any status moves are weak attacks to make this capture easier. I always have the Master Ball to fall back on, but I’d rather save that for the roaming Pokémon. Pachirisu is going to have to save the day this time, and he completely pulls through for me, even withstanding a direct hit from Dialga’s Roar of Time. Using his electric attacks, we managed to paralyze Dialga, and then carefully whittle his health down to the red with our weaker attacks. It may have just been luck, but it only took 5 Ultra Balls before I was able to claim Dialga as my own.


Known as “The Being of Willpower.” It sleeps at the bottom of a lake to keep the world in balance.

Upon catching Dialga, Dawn and Professor Rowan show up to congratulate me. The world is saved, but still there is the fear that it might happen again. If we want to protect the world, we’ll have to protect the lake guardians ourselves. After the climb back down the mountain, I head straight for Valor Lake, Starting my quest for the guardians in the same place Team Galactic did. Here I find Azelf hiding in the cave at the center of the lake. After fighting with Dialga, this capture was much simpler. A few rounds of weak attacks and Azelf was down to the red. Then with a single Ultra ball I captured the first of the 3 Lake Guardians.


Known as “The Being of Emotion.” It taught humans the nobility of sorrow, pain, and joy.

Heading then to Lake Verity, I tried to capture the Lake Guardian Mesprit. Unfortunately for me, Mesprit didn’t want to stay still like Azelf did. Instead, it fled and became a roaming Pokémon teleporting all over the region. I chased him down the best I could, eventually catching up to him on Route 205. I have no intention of chasing it down again, so with the aid of the master ball I acquired from Cyrus, I have captured the second of the Lake Guardians.


Known as “The Being of Knowledge.” It is said that it can wipe out the memory of those who see its eyes.

This leaves only one final lake to visit, Lake Acuity in the frozen north. Here, I encountered the final Lake Guardian Uxie, who thankfully stayed to battle properly. Unfortunately for me, I had the hardest time capturing it. Uxie’s defenses seemed very high, even compared to Dialga, and I never did manage to paralyze it. After finally bringing it down to the red, I managed to capture it after 3 Ultra Balls. And with that I am now the proud owner of all three of the Lake Guardians as well as the Ancient Deity of Time. I didn’t have to blow up a lake to do it. I didn’t have to create an entire organization to help me. It didn’t even take me that long, only like an hour. There’s only one thing left to do, and that is to head back to the Galactic Headquarters and GLOAT!!!


See how easy that was Team Galactic? It was so easy that a 10 year old did it on alone and in just over an hour. After this well deserved shaming, it would seem Team Galactic has finally learned their lesson. From the sounds of it, Cyrus has run off and no one knows where he went. This leaves Commander Saturn in charge of all of Team Galactic. He doesn’t seem quite as stupid or arrogant as Cyrus, and he seems to have learned a lot from their previous failures. Namely that destroying the world to make it better is probably not a good plan. In what looks like an effort to rebrand themselves, they’ve even stopped referring to this building as the Team Galactic Headquarters. According to the receptionist, it is now the Galactic Veilstone Building.

The day is saved, Team Galactic is more or less disbanded, and I have all of the legendary Pokémon safely stored inside my computer box. It was a good day’s work, and now its time to kick back and relax at the casinos here in Veilstone. Thanks for joining me, and I’ll see you all next time when we go after our 8th and final gym badge.

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Current Pokémon:

Empoleon Drifblim Cherrim
Empoleon Drifblim Cherrim
Level: 51 Level: 52 Level: 50
Rampardos Pachirisu Bibarel
Rampardos Pachirisu Bibarel
Level: 50 Level: 50 Level: 50

Play Time: 49h 14m

Badges: 7

Pokédex Entries: 128

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Once again, it’s time for a Pokémon art gallery, and I really think I’m starting to get good at drawing Pokémon.

Pumpkaboo Art

Finishing up the lessons on shadowing we have a wonderful Pumpkaboo. I haven’t played X and Y long enough to actually see one of these, but I love the concept of them. Just the fact that they come in different sizes like pumpkins makes them really interesting. Plus I really just love all the ghost types.

Fletchling Art

Starting up the next lesson, we switch styles to colored pencils and learn to do some hatching for shading. I’ve never liked hatching because it looks so random. Over all I think the picture came out pretty good, but I can’t help but be insecure when I actually focus on the hatching shadows.

So there you have it, another journal entry done and it doesn’t seem like many left. With only 1 badge left to get, I hope you’ll stick with me through to the end. Thank you, and I’ll see you next time.

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Pokemon Journal: Playing In The Snow!

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Welcome back to the great snowy north of the Sinnoh region. When we left off, we had just finally made it to Snowpoint City. After passing through that blizzard, I felt it was a good time to rest and warm up. But we can’t rest for long. Not with Team Galactic capturing the Legendary Lake Guardian Pokémon, and Barry waiting for me to back him up at Lake Acuity.

Acuity Lakefront

Braving the snow once more, we head off to the Lake, only to be stopped at the entrance by a couple of grunts. I don’t know why I can’t just fight them and push my way through, that’s how every other problem is solved in this world, but I can’t. They did mention that they were tasked with stopping the gym leader from interfering, so I guess I need to go knock some sense into the gym leader first. Back to town we go then.

Snowpoint Gym

The Snowpoint Gym is actually pretty interesting. It’s kind of bowl shaped, and covered in ice with some large snowballs scattered around. Not only do you have to battle your way through the Junior Trainers, but you have to figure out how to hit the snowballs with enough speed to destroy them, thus opening up the path to the Gym Leader. It was actually a really fun puzzle of a gym.

Sinnoh Route 217

Fighting against the Junior Trainers, I felt I might be under leveled soon, and I don’t want to face the Gym Leader like this. So with training in mind, we head back down through Route 217. I kind of ran through here before, so I think it would be worth the time to go explore and see what I might have missed. There were some decent trainers waiting for me, and I got some good experience, but the best thing I found was just lying there on the ground, HM08 Rock Climb. I’ve been wondering when I would finally find this, but I’m kind of surprised to see it just lying around in the snow. Thinking back, pretty much all of the HMs in this game have been just handed to me randomly. They weren’t integrated into the story in any way at all. If I weren’t the exploring type I could have easily walked right past this and never known. In fact I did walk right past it the first time. It’s disappointing and I wish at least SOME thought was put towards the story of how you get each of the HMs.

Candice Icicle Badge









After some intense training in the snow, it’s time to face off against the gym leader Candice and her Ice Pokémon. I was really expecting her to put up a better fight. With all that training I did, it was a massacre as my Drifblim soloed her whole team. To add insult to injury, I managed a critical super effective one hit knock out to her strongest Pokémon Abomasnow. With Candice defeated, I’ve won my 7th badge, the Icicle Badge. Only one more badge to go. But first, we need to check out what’s going on at the lake.

Lake Acuity

The guards that were once blocking the way are now lazily standing to the side. Why couldn’t they have been this lazy earlier? By the lake, Barry is being mocked by Galactic Commander Jupiter after his apparent loss. I guess I was too late to help after all. She doesn’t even battle me as she walks away and heads back to Veilstone City HQ. So much hassle just to show up late to the party. But now Team Galactic has all 3 of the Lake Guardians, and have annoyed me my whole journey. I won’t let them get away with this. I’m going to march right down to their Headquarters and bring the whole building down. I won’t be happy until I’m wading through the ash and rubble where their base once stood.

Team Galactic HQ

It’s a quick flight thanks to Drifblim, and the grunts are already awaiting my arrival. Or so I thought. The grunt outside the headquarters is apparently the same one we fought earlier who tried to steal Dawn’s Pokédex. After our previous battle, they took his Clefairy away from him. Not only that, but it sounds like they had his buddy DEPORTED back to his own country. That’s harsh. After this sob story, he runs off, leaving behind a key to the Storage Area. I don’t know if he dropped it, or if he intentionally left it for me, but now I have my way into their base.

Galactic HQ 3F Galactic HQ 2F Galactic HQ 1F

What is it with evil headquarters being a safety inspector’s worst nightmare? Several of the rooms have no doors or windows or any actual access to them from the outside. Instead the base is rigged with the latest in teleportation technology. I can’t help but wonder, if the power ever goes out, are people just trapped in those rooms until it’s fixed? Again, it’s a safety inspector’s worst nightmare. But that’s not really my concern as I rampage my way through the building. Galactic grunts and Scientists alike all fall before me as I storm my way through to their leader. They’re all so little threat to me I even take a nice nap in one of their own beds up on the 2nd Floor.


Nice and rested, I finally make my way to the 4th floor and face off against The Galactic Boss himself Cyrus. We’ve met before, but this is the first time I’ve been able to beat him down like I always wanted to. He didn’t stand even the slightest chance against me. And with that assault I’ve done it, I’ve brought down the whole organization. In victory, Cyrus hands me a master ball and sends me off to free the Lake Guardians.

Galactic HQ lake trio room

What’s all this? Vats of green goo and the Lake Guardians hooked up to some weird machines? What could they have been doing down here? If I’m going to free them, it looks like I’ll have to fight Galactic Commander Saturn again. His team hasn’t leveled much since I beat him back at Lake Valor, and he goes down just as easily as the rest. Stepping aside, he lets me press the button to free the 3 Lake Guardians, and they teleport off. He also mentions something about having used them to create some kind of Red Chain which Cyrus will use to shackle something on the top of Mt Coronet.

He just doesn’t give up does he? Now I have to follow Cyrus up to the top of Mt Coronet. But that trek will have to wait till next time. Join me again as we put the finishing touches on the annihilation of team galactic.

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Current Pokémon:

Drifblim Empoleon Cherrim
Drifblim Empoleon Cherrim
Level: 51 Level: 50 Level: 50
Rampardos Pachirisu Bibarel
Rampardos Pachirisu Bibarel
Level: 50 Level: 50 Level: 47

Play Time: 46h 52m

Badges: 7

Pokédex Entries: 117

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A Pokémon Journal entry wouldn’t be complete without another art gallery entry, and now that we’re in the apprentice lessons, things are starting to look even better.

Voltorb Art

The first lesson was a simple one as we drew a Voltorb. One of the simplest Pokémon designs ever, Voltorb introduced the lesson in adding shading details.

Chimchar Art

Using what we learned in the Voltorb lesson, we now have the fire monkey Chimchar. The shading really does bring a new level of detail to the pictures, doesn’t it?

Thanks for joining me, and I hope to see you all again next time!

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Pokemon Journal: The Bucket List!

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Welcome back everyone! When we left off, Professor Rowan was instructing me to run directly towards the giant explosion over at Valor Lake. Great plan professor, send the kids in first. But before we head off to our death, there are a few places I remember passing that I couldn’t explore before. Now that I have strength and surf, it’s time to go check some of them out before I die.

Oreburgh Gate

First stop on the list is Oreburgh Gate. We passed through here way back on the first day, and at the time we just ran right through it. I remember there’s a whole subfloor to the cave that I’ve never explored and now seems like a good time to go check it out. There isn’t a whole lot to explore down here, but there were some cool ramps you could use to jump over rocks on your bike. There’s also some water you can surf across to reach a small area on the west side of the floor. Not much over here, but there was an Earth Plate which almost makes this worth the trip.

Ravaged Path

Next up, let’s check out the Ravaged Path on Route 204 north of Jubilife City. Again, this was a path we just ran through earlier. On the west side of the cave is water filled path you need to surf across to get to the rest of the cave. This one wasn’t very interesting. There was a water pulse TM as well as a luck incense, but I guess I wasn’t missing much before.

Great Marsh

I guess it’s time to head back to Pastoria city and see if I can find that guy who has the HM05 Defog. I’m going to feel really stupid when I find out he’s right at the entrance and I just never talked to him… And he was right at the entrance, I just never talked to him. How did I not talk to him? He was immediately right of the entrance. I could have sworn I talked to him before. Oh well, I have it now, and I might as well hunt for some of the other Pokémon in here. Though the only new Pokémon of note I caught was a Marill. It was still worth the trip.

Sinnoh Route 213

We’re getting closer to Valor Lake now, so how about going for a swim before the end. I couldn’t surf the last time I was out this way, I wonder if there is anything interesting hiding in the water. There were a few decent trainer battles, but otherwise not a lot of interest hiding out here in the water. The only other thing I can think of is to use the Vs Seeker in the restaurant to milk some quick cash out of the rich people before I go. Unfortunately, Professor Rowan as apparently psychic and yelled at me saying it wasn’t allowed. Nothing left to do now except see what’s going on at Valor Lake I guess.

Lake Valor

It’s gone, just completely gone. The bomb was so massive that all the water was just completely blown out of the lake. The only things left are all the team galactic grunts and dozens of Magikarp. Everyone hates Magikarp and think they’re weak, but I think this is just more proof of how awesome they really are. There was a bomb that went off here that was so massive that it drained the lake and it was felt on the complete opposite side of the region. But here in the lake are a bunch of Magikarp alive and well, just slightly annoyed that they’re not in water anymore. They don’t even seem damaged in any way. That’s just so impressive how they can seem to survive virtually anything.


In the center of the lake is a cavern, which at one time apparently housed one of the 3 Legendary Pokémon of this region. Now, the only thing waiting for me is Galactic Commander Saturn. It would seem Team Galactic has already captured the Pokémon, and has plans to do the same back in Lake Verity outside my home town. But he won’t let me off without a fight, not that he posed much of a threat to me. One more Galactic Commander defeated and one step closer to bringing down this whole corrupt organization.

Lake Verity Mars









But there’s no time to celebrate now, we need to fly back home and help dawn back at lake verity. This is where my whole adventure began, back when I first picked Piplup as my starter. Now it’s full of Galactic Grunts as well as Commander Mars. I’ve already beaten her back at the Valley Windworks, and she hasn’t improved much since then. Unfortunately, we seem to be too late and she’s already managed to capture the legendary Pokémon from this lake. I’ll have to rush over to the last lake and help out Barry. What happened to us each protecting one of the lakes? At this point it seems like I’m going to be doing all the work AGAIN!

Mt Coronet

Anyway, I quick fly back to Celestic City and into Mt Coronet to head up to the final lake. Upon entering the lower levels of Mt coronet, I seem to find myself lost in yet another thick fog. I know I went and got defog, but I haven’t taught it to anyone yet. It doesn’t seem to matter though as it’s a straight path from the entrance to the exit. Maybe some other time I’ll come back and check out what was hidden in that thick fog.

Sinnoh Route 216

And here it is the snowy north of the Sinnoh region. I’ve been waiting for this since I first started. I just knew there had to be a snowy area somewhere in this region. As much fun as it is to be playing in the snow, it does cause battles to be a bit of a pain with all the hail falling after every turn. I was able to capture a Sneasel and a Snover on my journey though, so everything turned out better than expected. I even came across a cabin with an old lady in it…Though she mysteriously disappeared the next time I entered. I hope she’s ok.

Snowpoint City

Running through the snow, I eventually came to the acuity lakefront, but first a stop over at Snowpoint city to heal up my Pokémon. We’re down to the last of the 3 lakes, but it seems that’s going to have to wait until next time, it’s just too warm and cozy inside this Pokémon center to step back outside into the cold.

So thank you for following me this far, and I’ll see you again next time when we go help Barry out of another crisis.

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Current Pokémon:

Pachirisu Cherrim Drifblim
Pachirisu Cherrim Drifblim
Level: 42 Level: 43 Level: 45
Empoleon Rampardos Bibarel
Empoleon Rampardos Bibarel
Level: 43 Level: 45 Level: 40

Play Time: 36h 43m

Badges: 6

Pokédex Entries: 116

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It’s time once again for my Pokémon art gallery. Today, we’re finishing up on the novice lessons.

Charmander Art

First up, we have the fire lizard starter Charmander. I love Charmander’s design, and on my first playthrough it was hard for me not to pick him. But I’ve never regretted my decision to go with Squirtle instead.

Pikachu Art

Next up, we have the Pokémon series mascot Pikachu. I don’t think he really needs much more introduction than that. You’d have to have been living under a rock for the last 20 years to not recognize that face.


So there we have it, the final lessons of the novice art courses. Starting next time we’re at the apprentice level for some more detailed work. Come around again next time to see more art or more likely to see if we can finally take down team galactic. See you then.

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Pokemon Journal: Train To Be The Very Best!

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We left off with the instructions to go check out the library, but before that we really need to train some more. All my Pokémon are a bit under leveled right now. I headed back into the Hearthome City Gym, but apparently none of the Junior Trainers will fight me now that I’ve already beaten Fantina the Gym Leader. So I’m going to head back to Celestic Town and check out Route 211 to the west. There weren’t a lot of trainers, and before long we were right back into Mt Coronet. I couldn’t explore much because I can’t use strength outside of battle yet, so I guess I’ll have to go to the library like I was told.

Canalave City

A quick flight back to Jubilife City and just a short surf from there over to Canalave City. Almost as soon as I enter the town, my rival Barry challenges me again to a match. Once again he barely poses any threat at all. After taunting me to challenge the gym, I went to the library like I was told, but nothing special seemed to happen. There were a few books on the 3rd floor that told some interesting myths and legends of the Sinnoh area, but nothing spectacular. Maybe it’s just not time yet.

Iron Island Steelix







I still need to train, and I heard people talking about the Gym Trainers using the nearby Iron Island to train, so I’m going to go do the same thing. There isn’t much actually ON the island, instead it contains an abandoned mine which many trainers use as a training ground. the mine is full of trainers as well as a few Pokémon which give pretty good experience, my favorite of which being Steelix. He was introduced back in Gen 2, and I always wanted one, but because of the need to trade evolve him I never managed to get one.

Riley Lucario







About half way through the mine I happily came upon a trainer named Riley. Along with his Lucario, he made training so much easier. He joins me in my training, turning ever fight into a double battle, as well as healing my Pokémon after every encounter. With his help I was able to train my Pokémon easily twice as fast as I would have without him. I do feel kind of bad that I had to knock out his Lucario when I wanted to catch a Steelix. He would have killed it if I didn’t. Thankfully he didn’t hold it against me.

Team Galactic Grunts Riolu







At the deepest part of the mine were a couple of team galactic grunts. I have no idea what they could possibly be doing down here, but together with Riley we kicked their asses. After our fight it would seem even they didn’t know why they were down here in the mine either, and they quickly left. In gratitude Riley gave me a Riolu egg he was carrying with him and left my party. Looks like my training is over, but I’ve done enough, I got everyone up to level 40. I wasn’t expecting the Riolu, but I’m happy to have him. Having my own Lucario would be great, but starting at level 1 would take quite a while to become useful. So it looks like she’ll be going into the computer box for now.

Onix Azumarill







With my team nice and leveled up, it’s time to challenge the Canalave Gym. I’m a little confused with the theme of this Gym though. It claims to be a steel type gym, but nearly everyone has an Onix, a rock type. Some also have Steelix which is good, but then one trainer has only a single Azumarill, a water type. What are they even doing in the steel gym with a pure water type? The layout was also pretty unusual with multiple lifts forming a somewhat complex multi level maze.

Byron Mine Badge







When I finally make it to the leader Byron, he drops the fact that he’s actually Roark’s father. I think that’s the first time that I’ve fought family members in two different gyms before. He might be better than his son, but after all that training, my Empoleon was able to solo his entire team without much trouble. This earns me my 6th badge, the Mine Badge, and finally allows me to use strength outside of battle.

Dawn Professor Rowan







Waiting for me outside is Barry again, and he has some big news for me apparently. He brings me to the library, and there on the 3rd floor are Dawn and Professor Rowan. They tell me about a legend of Pokémon living in the lakes around Sinnoh. Between Dawn, Barry, and myself we each have to investigate one of the lakes. I of course get tasked with Lake Valor all the way across the country. That means I finally get to see what kind of sick experiments are going on over there. Our conversation is cut short however as a large earthquake hits and we all leave the building to investigate.

Bikini Atoll Bomb

Go see what that is. I’ll stay here until you return.


Outside we learn that it wasn’t an earthquake at all, it was some kind of explosion over at Lake Valor. The same Lake Valor I was just sent to investigate. Not a single word was said to stop me either. Do I even need to mention that I am NOWHERE NEAR THE LAKE! It’s on the complete other side of the country. I’d to travel past at least 4 cities and pass through a mountain to get to the lake miles and miles away from where I am now. And it just had an explosion so big we mistook it for an earthquake. The best course of action is obviously to send the 10 year old to investigate this literal Earth shakingly huge explosion.

Spongebob Bomb

Before another word of protest can be said, Barry runs off on his own to investigate what happened. I’ll have to run after him to my doom as well, but I want to live for at least one more week, so I’m going to stop here for now. Come back next week when we go running head first into certain death!

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Current Pokémon:

Empoleon Cherrim Drifblim
Empoleon Cherrim Drifblim
Level: 42 Level: 40 Level: 40
Pachirisu Rampardos Bibarel
Pachirisu Rampardos Bibarel
Level: 40 Level: 42 Level: 40

Play Time: 32h 20m

Badges: 6

Pokédex Entries: 104

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Now time to explore another entry from the Pokémon Art Academy.

Bulbasaur - Art

First up is #001 Bulbasaur. The first starter of the first game and national Pokédex #001, this grass type starter is perfect for beginners. I’m not sure why people seem to dislike picking him as a starter. Personally, whenever I have all three starters in my party, I end up actually sending Bulbasaur and his evolutions into battle more often than the other two.

Victini - Art

Next we have a bit of an oddity with Victini. Introduced in Pokémon Black and White, I was actually very upset to find out I had missed the event needed to acquire him. I didn’t even hear about it until it was already over. That’s not why he’s an oddity though, I think he’s interesting for being the only Pokémon to have an entry # of 000 in its regional Pokédex.

So, another week down. Join me again next time as we run off to our death!

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Pokemon Journal: Stop That Grunt!

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Welcome back! When we left off, we were having a nice stay at Hotel Grand Lake. Turns out this is a decent place for some trainer battles. There are lots of pretentious rich people with lots of money when you beat them. Seriously, I can’t stand these high society people. There was one couple having a date and when I overheard the following conversation. Rich Boy “Are you enjoying the food? My father is the head chef here so order whatever you want.” Rich Girl “Oh yes, it’s so wonderful! (I don’t have the heart to tell him, but my father OWNS the hotel).” If I ever become rich, I hope I never become that self-absorbed.

Pastoria City

After pocketing my winnings, it’s time to get back onto my adventure and head off to Pastoria City. As soon as I enter the town, there’s another Team Galactic Grunt standing around like he’s ready to cause some trouble. From what I overheard of his talking to himself, it sounds like he’s about to plant a bomb somewhere. But he doesn’t pay me much attention because I only have 3 badges. I’ll have to keep an eye on him, but for now, it doesn’t seem like there’s much else I can do about him.

Carnivine Croagunk







I know I should probably head off to face the gym leader, but Pastoria City is also home to the Great Marsh! If you don’t know, the great marsh is similar to the Safari Zones from the older games. You pay to enter and have an opportunity to catch some rare Pokémon. The catch is that you can’t fight them, you can only throw special Pokeballs at them, food to keep their attention, or mud to make them easier to catch. I also heard a rumor that someone in the Great Marsh will give you the HM05 Defog. So I thought it would be worth it to take a little time off to hunt around for a while. I never did find the guy who gives the HM05 Defog, I thought I talked to everyone, but I must have missed him. I’m going to feel really stupid when I find out he’s right at the entrance or something. What I did find and manage to catch were a Carnivine and a Croagunk, along with a few other Pokémon. Not a bad haul.

Crasher Wake Fen Badge







It’s time to challenge the Pastoria Gym and face off against the gym leader, Wake. Oh, I’m sorry, Crasher Wake. He dresses in what looks like a luchador mask and a wrestling outfit. So naturally, he’s a water type user. Hey, it he’s having fun dressing like a masked wrestler, than let him. The Pastoria gym in general was pretty easy. Between Pachirisu and Cherrim, no one stood a chance. The layout of the gym was a little confusing though. There are buttons scattered around that raise or lower the water level in the gym. This would in turn raise or lower floating platforms as well as allowing you to walk across previously sunken platforms. You’ll have to do this to navigate the gym’s mini maze and eventually face Crasher Wake himself. After an entertaining battle, Crasher Wake was defeated and awarded me with the Fen Badge as proof of my victory.

Team Galactic Grunts Barry







Now that I have 4 badges, we should probably check up on that Team Galactic Grunt on the edge of town. It’s a good thing too. He again mentions having a bomb, and now runs off towards Valor Lakefront. Something bad is going to happen and we have to stop him. Unfortunately, as soon as the grunt runs through the town gate, our rival Barry decided to confront us again. Why now? This is quite possibly the worst possible time for a battle with you, that guy is running away with a bomb. There’s no avoiding it, we’ll just have to end this quickly so I can catch up to that grunt. After that last gym, Barry didn’t stand a chance. To just add to his annoyingly bad timing, after his defeat, he even mentions the grunt that got away and encourages me to chase after him. THANKS! That’s what I was trying to do in the first place. The chase is on as the grunt runs past the Hotel and on his way to the Lake. I caught up to him a few times and he just went on about something big going on at the lake. He doesn’t want to fight, and instead just keeps running away from me. That is until he becomes too tired to run anymore and finally challenges me. He is pathetically weak and is forced to limp away in defeat afterwards. He must have gone into the lakefront, because I can’t find him anyway. And of course I still can’t enter the lakefront because of their experiments.


I’m not the only one disappointed by the blockade to the Valor lakefront. Another trainer named Cynthia is trying to get in and seems concerned about the experiments too. She notices me and remembers me from when we met before. Sadly I can’t say I share the same memory. When did I meet her before? It must have been right at the beginning of my adventure when I had too many new things going on to remember everyone. Anyway, after our brief conversation, she gave me some secret potion to cure the group of Psyducks blocking the path back on route 210, and then she heads off on her own adventure.

Sinnoh Route 212 Pichu










I guess I know where my next destination is. I could backtrack that whole way, but I think it would be better to push forward through Route 212. This has the added benefit of letting me pass through Hearthome city again. Maybe NOW Fantina will actually challenge me. Anyway, Route 212 seems a bit dangerous. It’s constantly raining and the mud is so deep you’ll occasionally sink up to your neck. Thankfully there are warning signs telling you to “Struggle and Squirm” until you free yourself. Thank you Nintendo for giving advice that would kill you in real life. The latter half of the route is also home to the Pokémon Mansion. There isn’t much to do in the Mansion, but it does have a private garden in back which is a good place to catch a Pikachu or a Pichu if you want one.

Sinnoh Route 210

Back in Hearthome City and still no, Fantina will not battle me. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?! So it looks like we keep going to heal those Psyducks. They seem pretty happy to be cured and run off. Immediately after, Cynthia shows up again to thank me for curing the Psyducks, and then asks another favor. If you were coming this way anyway, why couldn’t you cure them? Whatever, what’s your new request? Turns out she wants me to deliver an old charm to her grandmother in the next town. Again, that seems like something she should do, but sure, I’ll do it. It’s where I was heading anyways now that they Psyducks are gone. But why was I so stupid? Why didn’t I spend more time trying to get the HM05 Defog? This path is almost a complete white out from all the fog. I can barely see a thing. I’m lost and this is certainly where I’m going to die. I thought it would just be a minor annoyance like the rain is, but this is REALLY annoying. By some unknown magical forces, I managed to make it to the next town and I don’t plan to EVER go down that route again. I don’t care what might be hidden in that fog, I don’t care.

Celestic Town

Now that we’re in Celestic Town, we should go find Cynthia’s grandmother and give her the old charm. I think I found her, but she only mentions a weird man in a space suit by the ruins. Wait, weird man in a space suit? OH COME ON! Team Galactic is causing trouble here too. What is wrong with these people? Anyway, I beat the snot out of yet another grunt, forcing him to run away in shame. The old woman then does introduce herself as Cynthia’s Grandmother, and tells me to check out the ruins. She also gave me the HM03 Surf and tells me I need to beat Fantina before I can use it. FINALLY! That must mean I can fight her now. Inside the ruin, there’s some nice carvings of the legendary Pokémon, but otherwise not much of interest. Outside however is that same mysterious guy I met back in Mt Coronet. He introduces himself as Cyrus, and tells me to inform him if I find something with the power to help him create a new world. What a Psycho. I can’t wait to challenge him and bring down his whole Team Galactic organization.

Fantina Relic Badge







One more trip back to Hearthome and I can finally face Fantina. Her gym is set up very strange. There is an elevator ride to a platform with a very easy question and 3 doors representing the different answers. Behind the correct door is another elevator to another question and repeat a few times until finally I make it to Fantina. I’m guessing behind the wrong doors were junior trainers, but the questions were so easy I made it to her without having to fight any of them. That’s actually kind of a problem, I’m a bit under leveled to fight her and the junior trainers really would have helped. Fantina uses ghost type Pokémon, and she was a few levels higher than me, so this one was a pretty big struggle. Credit really has to go to Cherrim and her Leach Seed attack. I might not have been able to get many hits in, I was too busy healing and just trying to stay alive. But with leach seed, her Pokémon just slowly died while I stalled for time. She admits defeat and hands me the Relic Badge, my 5th badge. Took long enough before she would fight me, I’m actually really happy now.


Outside Cynthia is waiting for me, I think she’s stalking me now. She tells me I should probably head over to Canalave City and Visit the Canalave Library. I don’t know what I’m supposed to be looking for there, but it’ll have to wait for next time.

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Current Pokemon:

Cranidos Cherrim Prinplup
Cranidos Cherrim Prinplup
Level: 29 Level: 32 Level: 30
Pachirisu Drifblim Bibarel
Pachirisu Drifblim Bibarel
Level: 31 Level:30 Level: 35

Play Time: 25h 16m

Badges: 5

Pokedex Entries: 91

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And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for, my Pokemon Art Gallery!

Pachirisu Art

First up is my happy little Pachirisu. I really love this guy, and he’s just so damn cute. This one was obviously done with the tracing lines still on.

Inkay Art

Next we have an Inkay. It’s weird, I always thought it was a water type because it’s clearly based off a squid. But no, it’s a Dark / Psychic type. Kind of cool how I learned something new about the pokemon from the art game. This one was actually done with a new technique in the game using reference shapes instead of straight up tracing.

Ditto Art

And last, tremble in fear from the awesome might of Ditto, Destroyer of Worlds!!!

Thank for joining me on my adventures! I hope you’ll be back next time when we go to the library. Doesn’t that sound like a fun adventure? The library?

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Pokemon Journal: Relaxing by the Lake!

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After a week as a berry farmer, I’m excited to get back on the road and continue my Pokémon adventure. I’m not really sure which town I’m supposed to go to next, and I can see on the map there’s a fork in the road coming up, let’s see what happens.

Psyduck Café Cabin







My dilemma was solved for me pretty quickly when I finally got to the fork. The path north is blocked by a group of Psyducks. I’m not sure why I can’t just battle and capture the Psyducks, but apparently these are special road block Psyducks. So it looks like we’ll be heading east, but not before checking out this little cafe at the crossroads. They apparently only serve milk, and I was warned that some of the customers might get a little rowdy and challenge me to a Pokémon duel. Fair enough, everyone is always challenging everyone to a Pokémon duel. What I wasn’t expecting was for the WAITRESS to also challenge me. What kind of service is that?!

Ponyta Geodude







Heading east from the café onto Route 215, I really wish I had brought my umbrella. It seems like it’s always raining on this route. Curiously I encountered a lot of Ponyta and Geodude on this route. Shouldn’t they both be practically dead from the rain? Unless they weren’t attacking me, they were trying to beg me for help. My god, I’m a monster! Just have to push on, there’s no way they were looking for help, they were attacking me, it was self defense.

Veilstone City

Pushing away my possible moral dilemma, I finally reach Veilstone City. Speaking of moral dilemmas, Veilstone happens to be home of the Gaming Corner and all of those slot machines. You’ve got to love pushing gambling into a kid’s game. I wasn’t actually planning to play much, I’ve never been very good in the game corners, but I got a lucky streak going. These slot machines are a lot nicer than the old ones. Somehow I activated a Clefairy bonus round which just kept going and going. I started with the 60 coins I think it was that random people gave me, and by the end I had 1742! Still not enough to buy anything good, but that’s enough for now, I should quit while I’m ahead.

Veilstone Gym

Besides, I didn’t come here to gamble, I came here to get my next gym badge and that’s what I’m going to do. This one is going to be the easiest one yet, a fighting gym. Fighting types are weak against flying types, and nearly useless against ghost types. SO FEAR MY FLYING GHOST POKEMON DRIFLOON!!! BWAHAHAHA!!! Ahem, sorry about that. In all seriousness though, it was pretty easy with my Drifloon and even easier when it evolved into Drifblim. Really the hardest challenge was the sliding wall puzzles needed to get to the gym leader.

Maylene Cobble Badge







Even the Gym Leader Maylene wasn’t much challenge. She sure put up a good fight, but my Drifblim was just too much for her. That’s just one more Gym down, and one more badge for me, the Cobble Badge.

Dawn Team Galactic Grunts







No Sooner do I leave the gym do I bump into Dawn. Apparently Team Galactic is causing even more trouble. Dawn dropped her Pokédex and some Team Galactic grunt picked it up and won’t give it back. We need to go teach them another lesson. Not just for Dawn, but because I heard a rumor the HM02 Fly is stored in the warehouse they’re using, and I NEED IT!!! So together, Dawn and I kick some sense into a few Team Galactic grunts at the front door. Dawn is happy because she got her Pokédex back, so she left. That means I’m going to have to storm this whole place by myself. I’m going to rush in there and beat up every member inside until they give up the HM02. Or not, it’s right inside the door with no one to fight. The only person inside was a grunt who politely asked me to leave because I’m not a member. Fair enough, I got what I came for. You gentlemen can carry on with whatever it is you’re planning.

Sinnoh Route 214

That just means I need to press on again to the next town. It looks like we’ll be heading south along Route 214 until we get to Lake Valor. Then there’s another fork in the road. Sounds like fun, except when I got to the lake, it was blocked off. I guess someone is doing an experiment in the lake. Ok, so I’ll press on to the fork and another road block. The path East is closed off because of a black out. Really? The town has a black out so they send someone to push people away? That must be one hell of a black out.

Hotel Grand Lake

That only leaves the path south open to me, which leads directly into the Hotel Grand Lake on the Valor Lakefront. It’s a nice enough little resort, with lots of paths that seem to require the rock climb ability which I don’t currently have. I’ll have to come back here later. In the meantime, I think I’ll just rest here for a bit before heading on to the next town and the next badge.

So, thanks for following me this far. Join me again next week when we head off to Pastoria City for the 4th Gym Badge.

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Current Pokémon:

Prinplup Pachirisu Cranidos
Prinplup Pachirisu Cranidos
Level: 30 Level: 29 Level: 26
Drifblim Cherrim Bibarel
Drifblim Cherrim Bibarel
Level: 30 Level: 27 Level: 25

Play Time: 20h 36m

Badges: 3

Pokédex Entries: 73

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And now to showcase my art for this week. First up…


Here we have the cute little Togepi. Drawn with tracing lines of course.


Then we have the shadowy Gengar. Drawn free hard. I think maybe i made him too skiny, but still not too bad.

Once again, thanks for following me this far. I hope to see you back again next week!!

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Pokemon Journal: My Life As A Berry Farmer!

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We made it to Solaceon Town last time, and that’s exactly where I still am now. I know I’m supposed to be pressing forward to become a Pokémon Master. But I finally found a Leppa berry, and I just had to grow a bunch of them now.

Leppa Berry

If you don’t know, the berries in the game mostly act as natural alternatives to most of the items. There are berries that heal burns, freeze, confusion, berries that restore health etc. But the Leppa Berry is special. It restores PP for the different attacks. There are items in the game that do that, like the ether, but you can’t buy them in stores. You can only find them randomly out in the world. So the Leppa berry is the only reliable source to restore a Pokémon’s PP. Normally it’s not an issue, just head over to a Pokémon center. But in the long caves or especially end game against the elite four, they are a wonderful thing to have.

So yeah, that’s pretty much all I did last week. But I managed to grow 80 Leppa berries, so THIS week I’ll be back on my path to becoming a Pokémon champion!

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Current Pokémon:

Prinplup Pachirisu Cranidos
Prinplup Pachirisu Cranidos
Level: 28 Level: 25 Level: 25
Drifloon Cherrim Bibarel
Drifloon Cherrim Bibarel
Level: 25 Level: 25 Level: 25


Play time: 17h 52m

Badges: 2

Pokédex Entries: 65

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While I didn’t actually PLAY much of the game this week, I did start up another hobby at the same time. Back in school I loved to draw, but it’s been so long that I’ve practically forgotten how. So I started playing Pokémon Art Academy too. Starting this week, at the end of each Pokémon journal I’ll attach a couple of my better drawings from the week. We’ll see how much I can improve over the course of my adventures.

Fennekin Traced

Here we have a Fennekin drawn with the tracer lines still on

Torchic Freehand

And here’s a Torchic done freehand

(don’t make fun of me, it’s been years since I last actually drew anything)

Anyway, let’s see how much I can improve. Thanks for following me and I hope you’ll come again next week!

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Pokemon Journal: Saved the Galaxy, Now I’m Lost in a Cave!

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Well, when we left off, I was just about to challenge the entire Team Galactic Eterna City Headquarters building. No easy task for a small 10 year old boy. Especially since they have the strongest security systems known to man in the Pokémon world, small trees strategically placed in from of the building. Despite their size, these small trees are impossible to pass without cutting them down outright, which is exactly what we did.

Jupiter Skuntank







Inside, I got the vibe that even most of the members don’t actually know what the plan is, they’re just going along for the ride. I guess it makes sense, only the really higher ups would have to understand things like stealing energy from evolving Pokémon to open up a portal in space to summon an ancient god, or whatever their plan is. Everyone else is just trying to pay rent. Either way I can’t let them kidnap the bike shop owner…oh, and stealing Pokémon, I guess that’s not good either. That means I have to defeat their boss, Commander Jupiter. Her Skuntank actually gave me a lot of trouble, wiping out half my party before I took her down. But she was defeated and everyone’s Pokémon were returned to them. Out of gratitude the bike shop owner even gave me a free bike. Now I can ride the cycling road with all the other cool Pokémon trainers. It also means I can finally use the direct path between Eterna and Oreburgh, not that it does me much good now. I don’t want to go too far just yet though, I remember passing someplace I want to check out first.

Old Chateau Gastly







Back at the exit to the Eterna Forest, or I guess entrance if you’re coming in FROM Eterna City, there was a path blocked off with some of those impassible little trees. Past them is the Old Chateau, an abandoned manor in the middle of the woods rumored to be haunted. In fact, I know it’s haunted, I saw ghosts in there myself. In addition to the ghost type Pokémon Ghastly, who frequently appears, I also saw what looked like a butler float away after he saw me. Then there was a painting with glowing red eyes which disappeared when I got close. It’s all very creepy and I think I should run away as fast as possible.

Sinnoh Route 206

So with the ghosts far behind me, it’s time to battle my way down the cycling road. There were a few trainers, though no one of great interest. What actually caught my eye was the scenery below the road. A few grassy areas, some berries, and to the very north a small cave opening in the side of the mountain. I don’t know why, but I really wanted to know what was nestled away in that little cave, a curiosity I would soon regret. The whole cave is so dark I can only see a few spaces around me, and the paths are very confusing in the dark and I quickly got lost. The cave is full of Bronzor which were dealing out quite a bit of damage to my poor Pokémon. I was sure this is where I would die. That’s when I go very lucky, I found an escape rope on the ground and was able to leave the cave. Back to town I went to buy a few more to keep with me. Never leave town without an escape rope!

Mt Coronet

Now that my wallet is empty and my bag is full of goodies, it’s time to press forward through Mt Coronet. I didn’t make it far into the cave before someone runs up to me and starts monologuing at me. If he said his name I didn’t catch it, but just looking at him I can guess he’s part of Team Galactic. He was going on about how Mt Coronet was the origin of the Sinnoh region and how people are weak or something. I don’t really know. I was mentally prepping myself for battle at the time. Because really, whether it’s a game or real life, if someone runs up to me and starts monologuing, my only thought process is along the lines of “I’m going to punch this guy in the face until he shuts up.” The mental prep was unnecessary it would seem as he shut up and walked away all on his own without a fight, leaving the rest of the short walk through the cave very uneventful.

Buneary Keira







Upon entering the next town, Hearthome, there was a fun little scene where I help a woman recapture her escape Buneary. While on its own, this is a cute little scene of being in the right place at the right time to help someone, looking deeper actually makes this rather dark. After being captured, Pokémon are loyal and obedient almost to a fault. They love their master and would do anything for them. For a Pokémon to actually RUN AWAY, that woman must have been horrible to it, and I prevented its one chance at freedom. But go ahead and see it whichever way you want.

Hearthome City

The rest of Hearthome is actually very friendly, with key places like the Pokémon Fan Club, the Poffin House, Amity Square, And the Contest Hall. The last of which a fellow traveler was nice enough to guide me straight to. There was another brief interaction at the door, this time with a woman named Fantina. Fantina happens to be this town’s gym leader as well as a self proclaimed contest expert. She even taunts me that she won’t challenge me until I become stronger, and then walks off. I’ll show her stronger, but first to check out the Pokémon Contests.


Believe it or not, this is my mom. She looks like she’s 12 years old, but she’s somehow my mom…


Yet another surprise inside, apparently my mom has come to enter into the Pokémon Contests as well. I didn’t even know she had her own Pokémon. Usually your mom just stays home and lives in the kitchen. After a brief conversation with her and Keira, the woman I helped earlier, it’s time to enter the contests. Normally I don’t bother with these, but I felt like giving it a try. I entered my Pachirisu into the “Cute” competition. I didn’t know what I was doing, and Pachirisu is apparently more suited to the “Cool” competition, but somehow I managed to win. That was actually kind of fun, maybe I’ll come back and do more some other time.

Egg Happiny







With that out of the way, it’s time to show Fantina I’m no weakling… or not. I guess she was serious when she said she wouldn’t challenge me until later. Oh well. After a quick walk around to see the rest of the sites, I guess there’s not much else to do here until I’m strong enough to actually fight Fantina, so off we go. But not before talking to the random hiker by the gate. He gave me an egg which I’m just compelled to hatch now. So time to jump on my bike and get this egg hatched. It felt like it took forever, but it was worth it when it hatched into a happy little Happiny, Chansey’s pre-evolution. The Chansey family is notoriously hard to catch, and are actually pretty good defensive characters. Maybe I’ll have to swap her in at some point if someone in my party just isn’t working out.

Lost Tower

Anyway, I finally get back to my adventure to the next town, but it doesn’t take long before I’m sidetracked again. Just before the next town lies the Lost Tower, a Pokémon cemetery building. Why does every game have a cemetery? I still have nightmares of Lavender Town from the first game! The Lost Tower isn’t as big or as creepy as Pokémon Tower in Lavender Town, but some of the trainers inside are a bit questionable. Like the young couple apparently on a date. Who goes on a date to a cemetery?! Upon reaching the top, one of the old ladies gave me the HM Move Strength. It’s an odd choice if you ask me, but I’m happy to have it none the less.

Solaceon Town

Immediately north of the Lost Tower we find ourselves in Solaceon Town. This small little town is home to the daycare center, the only place where you can breed Pokémon. I haven’t mentioned this before, but I actually go out of my way to catch only female Pokémon for the purpose of breeding them. Not for any perfect Pokémon like some people do. I don’t even fully understand IV’s and EV’s and egg moves and all that other competition level metagame stuff. I just breed them so I can have a full Pokédex. Then when I play the next game, I can trade a baby Pokémon to the new game and get a full Pokédex there too. On a side note, I love how no one in the Pokémon world will admit where babies come from. No matter who you ask “no one has ever seen a Pokémon lay an egg, so no one knows where they come from.”

Solaceon Ruins 1F Unown







Of course, it’s a bit early to be worrying about breeding for a full Pokédex just yet. Instead I thought I should go check out that cave on the east side of town. This cave is actually the Solaceon Ruins, an ancient structure with mysterious ancient writings on the wall. I can’t even tell you how happy I am to see the Unown return as the ancient language of choice. If you never played it, the 3rd generation used Braille for the ancient ruins, a decision that pleased no one. Ignoring the fact that Braille isn’t old enough to be used as ancient writing, very few normal sighted people can actually read it, and any blind person obviously can’t see it or touch is as it’s intended, making it useless to virtually everyone.

First Floor Wall

The inscription on the first floor wall reads “Top Right, Lower Left, Top Right, Top Left, Top Left, Lower Left.” I took these instructions to indicate which of the four stairs to take while exploring the ruins. I followed them and found myself in a room with 4 items on the ground as well as another inscription on the wall. “Friendship. All lives touch other lives to create something anew and alive.” a wonderful message, unfortunately, now I’m lost in another cave. I guess I could explore a bit, but for now I think I’d rather just escape rope out.

A quick visit to the Pokémon Center back in town and it’s time to keep pressing forward to the next town and the next badge. But that will have to be for another time. I hope you’ll join me again as I explore the world of Pokémon Diamond.

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Current Team:

Prinplup Drifloon Pachirisu
Prinplup Drifloon Pachirisu
Level: 26 Level: 24 Level: 24
Cranidos Cherubi Bibarel
Cranidos Cherubi Bibarel
Level: 23 Level: 21 Level: 20


Play Time: 15h 10m

Badges: 2

Pokédex Entries: 59

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Pokemon Journal: Filling Out the Party!

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Having beaten Roark, the first gym leader, it’s time to press onward. The next gym is located directly north in Eterna City. Of course, with this being an RPG, the direct path is off limits right now. There is a steep cliff I could climb if I had a bike. Unfortunately, bikes are sold IN Eterna City, so it looks like it’s the long way around for me. Back through the cave, through Route 203, all the way back to Jubilife city, and then head north to go the long way around to Eterna City.

Floaroma Town

Now that I have the first badge, Bidoof can use Rock Smash outside of battle to clear the way through Route 204. It was a peaceful little path leading right into Floaroma Town. If you can’t tell, the town name is a combination of the words “Flora” (Flowers) and “Aroma” (Smells). As such, the small town is covered in flowers. This is also were I was first introduced to Berries. I can’t wait to start farming berries. Then I’ll never have to buy potions again.

Valley Windworks

All is not well is this peaceful little town however. It appears the evil Team Galactic is causing trouble. East of town is The Valley Windworks, a wind powered power plant. Team Galactic has taken it over as well as held an employee hostage in order to harness the energy for themselves. Clearly this is a job for an unsupervised 10 year old. Not the police, never the police, actually I don’t think I’ve seen any police…


After beating up some of the grunts to get the key, it’s time to rescue the worker inside. The only way to do that is to defeat Mars, the Team Galactic Commander. I felt a little under leveled for this fight, and I didn’t think to heal before hand, so I had a little trouble with her, but in the end I won and saved the day!


With Team Galactic defeated, it’s time to continue on my journey to Eterna City. We’re almost there now, we just need to pass through the Eterna Forest first. There’s actually a pretty interesting story mechanic when you’re in the forest. At the entrance, a woman named Cheryl asks you to assist her through the forest. In reality, she is assisting you. The whole time she’s with you, all of your battles will be double battles. Even the wild encounters will have 2 Pokémon. On top of that, after every battle, she will heal your Pokémon back up to full health. The downside is that with her in the party, she might kill the wild Pokémon before you get a chance to catch them.

Eterna City

Either way, I finally made it to Eterna City. I’m so happy to finally make it to Eterna City because this is where you can get the Explorer Kit which lets you can play in the Underground. I remember when I briefly played years ago that this was my favorite part of the game. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a mini game where you run around in the underground tunnels digging up fossils and gems and even items out of the cave walls. This is also where you can set up your secret base and play games with your friends.

Pachirisu Drifloon








So after about an hour playing in the underground, it’s time to keep moving forward. I want to challenge the next gym leader, but my party isn’t ready for that. I’m also not too happy with the combination of Pokémon in my party at the moment. So before we go after the gym leader, let’s fill out the party to my liking. Heading all the way back through the Eterna Forest and back to the Valley Windworks, I caught the first two additions to my party. In the grass I caught I wonderful little Pachirisu. It’s this generation’s version of Pikachu, and is just cute as hell. Plus if I remember right, last year’s official Pokémon champion had one and it was a big deal for a long time. I also waited around until Friday so I could catch a Drifloon. I always love to have a ghost type in my party, they always end up being great additions.


I didn’t mention it before, but back in Floaroma you can buy honey to spread on special trees to attract Pokémon. This is very reminiscent of the trees in Gold and Silver that you could head butt to find Pokémon. Though I never really paid much attention to them. This time I’m making an exception because I want a Cherubi. I know most people seem to hate the food Pokémon, but I love them. Also I think they must be stronger than any other Pokémon. Think about it, if you are something that someone could ACCIDENTALLY EAT because they didn’t know you were a living creature, you’ve got to be doing something right just to still be alive.

Skull Fossil Cranidos








So let’s see, I have my water type starter Piplup, which has since evolved into Prinplup. I’ve got an electric type with Pachirisu. My ghost type Drifloon. And my grass type Cherubi. There’s also my HM slave Bidoof. Everyone hates him, but you know what, I once did a solo run with a Rattata (otherwise known as the Joey Challenge) and that Rattata was awesome, so maybe I’ll be surprised with Bidoof. That leaves one slot free, and I am lacking a tank character. So I’m going to incorporate my love for the underground, and head all the way back to Oreburgh City to revive my Skull Fossil into the once again living Cranidos.

Gardenia Forest Badge








So with my party filled out, and a little bit of level grinding behind me, it’s time to take on the second gym. The Eterna Gym is a grass type gym, so while I don’t have any fire types to make this really easy, Prinplup and Drifloon both have flying type attacks which are just as good. Before I get to fight the gym leader however, there’s a little bit of hide and seek with the junior trainers. Once I find and defeat the first junior trainer, they gave me a hint to where I could find the next and so on until I defeated them all. Only then could I fight Gardenia, the grass type gym leader. She actually gave quite a challenge, and I think I might have been a bit under leveled. But between Drifloon’s gust and Prinplup’s peck, I had nothing to worry about. Before long, I won and was awarded the Forest Badge as proof of my victory.

Galactic Eterna Building

With proof of my team’s growing power, it’s time to face off again against Team Galactic. They’ve apparently been stealing people’s Pokémon and now even the bike shop owner has gone missing ever since he went to talk to them. That’s unacceptable, I need a bike NOW!! Also I guess they shouldn’t be taking people’s Pokémon. That’s not nice. But that’s going to have to be a story for another day.

Thank you for following me on my adventure and you’ll just have to wait till next time to see how my battle with team galactic goes.

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Current Team:

Prinplup Drifloon Cranidos
Prinplup Drifloon Cranidos
Level: 22 Level: 23 Level: 20
Pachirisu Cherubi Bidoof
Pachirisu Cherubi Bidoof
Level: 20 Level: 17 Level: 14

Play Time: 10:03

Badges: 2

Pokédex: 40

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Pokemon Journal: An Adventure Begins!

Pokemon Diamond Logo

Hello everyone who has decided to follow me on this adventure!! If you’ve read my last post, then you’ll already know that I have a long, though rather distant relationship with the Pokémon series. I’ve purchased every game in the main series, as well as a few spin-off titles, but I’ve never actually played any of them since Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire on the GBA. In fact, I only first played Ruby to completion last year. For a series that shaped my gaming habits so much, I feel this is a great disservice. So, I’ve decided that this year I want to play all the main series games I’ve been neglecting. Well, at least 1 from each set since they’re the same basic game and story.

Since I’m playing these games legit on a DS / 3DS, I can’t really get the screenshots like I normally would for an article. I also don’t think an article would do the Pokémon series justice anyway. Instead, I plan to keep a journal of my adventures and update it maybe once a week. Not really sure yet, we’ll see how much I do in a week and adjust accordingly.

Diamond Cover

So let’s start this adventure with Pokémon Diamond! Originally released in North America on April 22, 2007, it kicked off Pokémon’s 4th generation, and made the transition over to the then new Nintendo DS. It introduced the northern Sinnoh region of the Pokémon world, which is roughly based on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. I’m actually kind of looking forward to some snowy areas and probably and ice cave at some point.

Turtwig Chimchar Piplup
Turtwig Chimchar Piplup

So, now comes the most important decision of any Pokémon game, picking a starter. Should it be the grass turtle Turtwig? The fire monkey Chimchar? Or the little penguin Piplup? as much as I want to take all of them, I’ve got to choose Piplup. I’ve always wanted a pet penguin. They just seem like they would be so much fun.

Professor Rowan

After acquiring my starter Pokémon, it’s time to leave my tiny home town of Twinleaf Town and head over to Sandgem town to talk to Professor Rowan, this games Pokémon Expert. He gave me my Pokedex and entrusted me with the job of gathering data on all the Pokémon in the region. Clearly a task best suited to an unsupervised 10 year old boy.

Jubilife City

I continued on my journey until I eventually reached Jubilife City, possibly the largest town I’ve encountered in a Pokémon game to NOT have a Pokémon Gym. What this town does have is the Pokémon Trainer’s School, the TV Station, the Pokétech Company, as well as the Global Trade Station. This city is just so full of life, it’s such a nice welcome into this new world of pokemon.

Pokétch Poketech - Clock






While exploring the town, I’m given a free Pokétech by the owner of the company. I love the idea of the Pokétech, just something simple and useful to put on the bottom screen while you’re playing mostly on the top screen. Apparently I can even get more apps for it after I beat some of the gyms.


Speaking of gyms, the first one is to the east in Oreburgh City. Unfortunately, there’s a cave between Jubilife and Oreburgh, which means there’s going to be a lot of Zubats. There’s ALWAYS so many Zubats in all the caves. They tricked me this time, now there are Zubats OUTSIDE the cave too!! Thankfully the cave itself, named Oreburgh Gate, isn’t very long. It’s only a few screens across and is a near perfectly straight path. There was even a hiker who gave me the HM Skill Rock Smash. So yeah, best cave ever.

Oreburgh City

As the name suggests, Oreburgh City is a mining community. There’s also a Mining Museum in town which reminds me of the Pewter Museum of Science from the first gym town of the first generation games. The first Gym leader isn’t around at first, I have to go find him digging in the mine before I can fight him.


While I was looking for him in the mine, I happened across an Onix that annoyed me so much. I love Onix, and I wanted to catch it, but even weakened down into the red, that stupid Onix took about 20 Pokeballs before I finally caught him. Every single one I owned at the time in fact. I would have been so upset if I wasted all those Pokeballs and didn’t even catch it.

Roark Coal Badge







The first gym leader, Roark, uses Rock type Pokémon, so my water type Piplup made quick work of him. I’m so glad I picked Piplup as my starter. Now that I have my first Gym badge, I’m officially on my way to becoming a Pokémon master!!!

So, that’s all for now. But soon, I will be the Sinnoh Pokémon Champion!!!

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Current Pokémon Party:

Piplup Onix Abra
Piplip Onix Abra
Level: 14 Level: 9 Level: 5
Level: 10

Play Time: 3 :17

Pokedex Entries: 18

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