I've never actually tested this out and would like to know: At what point does the optional Rival battle near Viridian City not trigger anymore? I want to go up to Route 3 and grab a Nidoran before doing it, but I don't know if he'll still be there.
I'm going to ASSUME it stops being available after getting the Boulder Badge, but I'm uncertain. Can someone help me out? --- Xbox Live Gamertag: Drakodan http://www.last.fm/user/Drak0dan
Yeah, I think your chance to fight the optional rival battle ends after you beat the first gym. However, don't worry about raising your Nidoran (male or female) too much - it's incredibly easy to raise in this stage of the game. The Nidoran family have a parabolic growth which means...
Lv. 5-15 (grow very fast) Lv. 15-50 (progressively grows slower) Lv. 50-100 (grows at a medium speed)
You have nothing to worry about, since the Nidoran family grows very fast in the beginning of the game.
If you are playing FireRed, here are the Nidoran appearance rates on Route 3...
Lv. 6 Male Nidoran (11%) Lv. 7 Male Nidoran (4%) Lv. 6 Female Nidoran (1%)
And on LeafGreen...
Lv. 6 Female Nidoran (11%) Lv. 7 Female Nidoran (4%) Lv. 6 Male Nidoran (1%) --- Hey, guess what? You're wasting your time by reading this. .............If you're still reading this, you're still wasting your time.
Yeah, I just speedran through to the aforementioned section and tested it myself, and it worked. Thanks a bunch regardless.
Funnily enough, Nidoran was my first encounter on Route 3, as well. Made things a whole lot easier, and the entire run is going to be pretty easy now with my Nidoking and Alakazam. I may as well just stuff Wartortle in a PC Box or just use him as a HM Slave. --- Xbox Live Gamertag: Drakodan http://www.last.fm/user/Drak0dan