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    Pokemon Diamond and Pearl EV Training Hotspot Guide
    Written by Jorge Vergara (Alexcalibur3000)
    
    
    Table of Contents:
    
    Preguide................................................................Forward
    Preguide..........................................................What are EVs?
    Preguide..............................................................Questions
    Section 1..........................................................Wild Pokemon
    Section 1.1..................................................................HP
    Section 1.2..............................................................Attack
    Section 1.3.............................................................Defense
    Section 1.4......................................................Special Attack
    Section 1.5.....................................................Special Defense
    Section 1.6...............................................................Speed
    Section 2............................................................Vs. Seeker
    Section 2.1..................................................................HP
    Section 2.2..............................................................Attack
    Section 2.3.............................................................Defense
    Section 2.4......................................................Special Attack
    Section 2.5.....................................................Special Defense
    Section 2.6...............................................................Speed
    Closing Junk.......................................................Contact Info
    Closing Junk........................................................Legal Stuff
    Closing Junk............................................................Credits
    
    If you want to jump quickly to a certain part of the guide, you should be able 
    to copy the whole line and search for it.  
    
    Ex. Highlight it.  Press CTRL+C, CTRL+F, then CTRL+V
    Section 2............................................................Vs. Seeker
    
    If that fails for some reason, you can type in the section name.
    
    Ex. Highlight it.  Press CTRL+C, CTRL+F, then CTRL+V
    Section 2.6
    
    Or if it is a section with more than one thing in it, such as the preguide, type
    the specific part.
    
    Ex. Highlight it.  Press CTRL+C, CTRL+F, then CTRL+V
    What are EVs?
    
    The end.  I will try to implement a number system in a future update.  Until 
    then, I hope my guide serves you well!
    
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    Preguide................................................................Forward
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    So you found out about EV training, eh?  Or maybe you dont, and you clicked on 
    this guide in hopes of finding out.  I might give a short description, but that
    has already been done by the other guides here on Gamefaqs.  Figure that youre 
    ready to start your self EV training yourself and start some competitive 
    battling?  Well maybe not... Sure its all well and good to know that you can get
    three EV points from a Salamence, but is that really the best and fastest way to
    do it?  
    
    Well this guide is here to tell you the best and most convenient ways to EV 
    train your pokemon.  This guide will have a list of some of the best places in
    the wild to train each stat, and then some trainers you can fight with the VS.
    Seeker that give good EVs.  Why make this guide?  Because I see the same 
    questions every day on the message board and thought I could cut down on some of
    them.  So credit for this goes to all the people on the message board, for help
    and for inspiration.
    
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    Preguide..........................................................What are Evs?
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    Well, like I said, these have been covered already, but I assume you know what 
    they are.  However, I am sure this assumption is incorrect in some cases, so I 
    might as well put it here.
    
    EV is short for  Effort Value .  Every time your pokemon wins a battle and gets
    experience it gains an EV point in specific stat?  Which stat does the pokemon
    give a point in?  Well, I will not be answering that here, there is another 
    guide dedicated solely to that purpose and to post it would be a waste of my 
    time and theirs.
    
    Okay, so each pokemon gives a point.  What do these points do?  Well, when you 
    get four in a single stat, that stat will increase by one extra when you level 
    up.  SWEET!  That means I can fight a million Bidoofs and give my Mewtwo 250,000
    HP?  Well, no, unfortunately.
    
    There are limits to how many EV points you can get, and this is why people EV 
    train.  Altogether, you can only have 510, and a single stat can only have 255.
    Why waste those points in stats you are not going to use?  My Gyarados doesnt 
    know any special moves, so why waste the points there?  I will put them all in 
    to attack instead.  Using EV points, you can give two stats a bonus of up to 63!
    
    Also, just to save you some time, I will tell you that you should only put 252 
    EV points in to a stat, even though you can put three more.  Why?  Because 252 
    is the largest number divisible by four that goes in to 255.  So you would waste
    3 Evs.  Unfortunately, you can not stop some waste, and the EV spread people use
    the most is 252 in one stat, 252 in another, and 6 in the last.  This has the 
    minimal amount of waste.
    
    So I have to fight 252 of a certain pokemon... ok... that sounds like a lot.  
    Well I have some good news for you!  There are ways to speed this up.  There is
    a rare condition your pokemon can get called POKERUS.  This does not harm your 
    game or your pokemon in any way, it actually doubles the rate you earn EV points
    at.  There is also an item called the MACHO BRACE that double them again.  So 
    each point is actually worth four.  Saves a lot of time, eh?
    
    There are also the power items that you can buy at the battle tower.  I will try
    to explain them.  Each item adds four to the EVs you would already be getting.  
    So if you fight a magikarp, and have the power item for speed, you get five EV 
    points.  In case you have the POKERUS at the same time, you add first then 
    double.  So these are even faster then the MACHO BRACE.
    
    The power items are:
    
    
       _____ _____ _____ _____
      /    Name   |    Stat   \
      |-----------|-----------|
      |   Weight  |     HP    |
      |   Bracer  |   Attack  |
      |    Belt   |   Defense |
      |    Lens   | SP Attack |
      |    Band   |SP Defense |
      |   Anklet  |    Speed  |
      |-----------|-----------|
      \_____ _____|_____ _____/
    
    Okay, so it is a horrible box, give me a break, it's my first one!  At least 
    it's easy to read, right?
    
    Another thing that can shorten your training is the vitamins that you can buy on
    the second story of the mall.  They give 10 EV points in their stat.  It's easy 
    to figure out which stat, just check with the description.  
    
    If you ever wanted to take EVs away, just use the berries.  They are easy to 
    identify for the same reason as above.  They will take away 10 EV points, or if 
    you have more than 100, they will lower them to 100.  If you have no idea about
    the EV's of a pokemon, 11 berries will always lower them back down to zero.  I
    would just save first, so you aren't wasting berries.
    
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    Preguide..............................................................Questions
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    Okay, so people still have a lot of questions?  Well look here for some of the 
    most common questions I have answered.
    
    Q: If I use the experience share, will the EVs be split and shared, like the 
    experience?  
    
    A: The answer is no.  Both pokemon will get the same amount of EVs.  The full 
    amount.  The end.  Wait, one more thing.  Bonuses from POKERUS and the items 
    won't be passed on.  The pokemon will be getting the normal amount it would.  
    Unless of course, IT has POKERUS.  But it still can't hold the item, because it 
    is holding the Exp. Share.
    
    Q: Okay so I was EV training my pokemon, and I got like, a lot of EVs, but when 
    I leveled it up, it didn't increase by a lot!  What gives?
    
    A: You gain the stats from EVs on the way to level 100, not the second you level
    up.  You might not even notice that you stats are going up extra.  One way to 
    make them go up all at once is to have a level 99 pokemon and EV train it.  
    There is only one level left, so they gain all the stats at once.  In other 
    situations, it is distributed on the way to level 100.
    
    Q: Can level a level 100 pokemon be EV trained?
    
    A: The answer is no.  Your question might be a variant of this one, but this 
    explanation should cover them all.  You only gain EVs when you gain experience.
    Level 100 pokemon gain no experience, so they gain no EVs.  
    
    Q: My pokemon stopped taking the medicine!  Why?
    
    A: Your pokemon will only take medicine until the EV points in the stat are 
    above 100.  Then it will stop.  So you can only use 10 of each if you start with
    an untouched pokemon.
    
    Q: I heard about rare candies that...
    
    A: Ok, here's my answer.  Rare candies are completely safe to use.  They don't
    affect your Pokemon in any way other than level.  Forget myths you have heard.
    The ONLY way to harm a Pokemon's stats is to level it up to 100 before the 
    Pokemon has all its EVs.  So as long as the EV traing gets done before 100,
    you're safe.
    
    Of course, there have been other questions, I forgot, or haven't gotten.  Keep
    asking, and this section will grow.
    
    
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    Section 1..........................................................Wild Pokemon
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    Okay, the first section of the guide... Pretty self explanatory.  This section
    is a list of the good places to get those EVs from wild pokemon.  I find that 
    using the VS. Seeker with the Exp. Share is much faster, but many people like to
    be able to get the training done at low levels and using the pokemon.  For this
    reason, unless demand calls for otherwise, I am going to try to locate the 
    lowest leveled location possible.  I most likely wont go in to much detail in
    this part, because there are hundreds of places you could theoretically EV 
    train, and Im only going try to use the best lowest level.  There will be no
    difference which method you use, and in certain cases wild pokemon can give
    faster EVs.  This section of the guide will be in the following format.
    
    Where:    The route(s) in question
    Who:      The pokemon that we are after followed by (the points they give) 
    Comments: Any notes I might have about this place or method.
    
    Another nice thing with wild pokemon is that you can use the pokeradar to start
    a chain and find more of the same pokemon in a row.  This is nice and definitely
    one of the pros for EV training in the wild.  Now Ill start with the REAL first
    section.
    
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    Section 1.1..................................................................HP
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    Where:    Route 201
    Who:      Bidoof (1)
    Comments: Very easy for low level pokemon, and Bidoofs are very easy to find.
    With the pokeradar you hardly ever see anything else.  Plus, killing Bidoofs is
    fun.
    
    Where:    Valley Windworks
    Who:      Shellos (1) Bidoof (1)
    Comments: Just average, nothing special about it, but it works.
    
    Where:    Route 222
    Who:      Gastrodon (2)
    Comments: It gets the job done, but the pokemon are a bit higher level.  This
    can be good or bad, depending on your pokemon and what you want.
    
    Where:    Surfing on Route 212
    Who:      Wooper (1) Quagsire (2)
    Comments: You have to surf, but I'm pretty sure they are all that appear.
    
    
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    Section 1.2..............................................................Attack
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    Where:    Route 202
    Who:      Shinx (1)
    Comments: Not really a great place, I recommend it only be used because it is
    the first place available.  And the shinx dont really come along that often 
    without the pokeradar.
    
    Where:    Route 212
    Who:      Kricketune (2) Bibarel (2)
    Comments: It works too, much better than shinx.
    
    Where:    Route 208
    Who:      Bibarel (2) Machop (1)
    Comments: I think this route has less variety in pokemon than the one above, 
    making a bit better.  I could be wrong though.
    
    Where:    Acuity Lakefront
    Who:      Snover (1) Machoke (2)
    Comments: This is one of my favorite places to train physical sweepers.  The 
    only other pokemon around here all give speed EVs.  Namely Sneasel, Meditite,
    and Medicham.  Handy.  See the speed section for exact details.
    
    Where:    Lake Valor
    Who:      Seaking (2) Gyarados (2)
    Comments: Higher level wild pokemon, and you need to beat the elite four to get
    the super rod to catch these guys with.  Otherwise fine.
    
    Also note worthy is Unknown, found in the cave right of Solaceon Town.  I didnt
    list them with the above because they also give Special Attack EVs. They give 1
    attack and 1 special attack.
    
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    Section 1.3.............................................................Defense
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    Where:    Oreburgh Gate, Left of Oreburgh City
    Who:      Geodude (1)
    Comments: I think this is the first place in the game you can get defense EV?s.
    Could be wrong.
    
    Where:    Oreburgh Mine
    Who:      Geodude (1) Onix (1)
    Comments: I think it is a bit better than the above one, and mere seconds away,
    so why not use it.  Still, there are better places.
    
    Where:    Ruin Maniacs Cave
    Who:      Hippopotas (1) Geodude (1)
    Comments: Works Fine, I don't think there's anything to run away from...
    
    
    Where:    Iron Island Mines
    Who:      Graveler (2) Onix (1) Steelix (2)
    Comments: This one is pretty good, I like it, and you almost always run into 
    Graveler.
    
    Where:    Snowpoint Temple
    Who:      Graveler (2) Onix (1) Steelix (2)
    Comments: I think you need a floor other then the first for these to appear.  
    You need to run from Sneasel and Golbat, or you can train speed too, though I 
    don't know why you would need defense AND speed, but, whatever.  At least these
    guys are higher level.
    
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    Section 1.4......................................................Special Attack
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    Where:    Route 204
    Who:      Budew (1)
    Comments: Pretty much the worst option here.  But I think it is the first place
    possible.
    
    Where:    The old Chateau in Eterna Forest
    Who:      Ghastly (1) Haunter (2) Gengar (3)
    Comments: Pretty much the best option here.  They are the only pokemon that 
    appear here.  Haunter and Gengar only appear if a GBA pokemon game is in your 
    DS, and I think you have to be in the room with the eyes.
    
    Where:    Lost Tower on Route 209
    Who:      Ghastly (1)
    Comments: Up here because the only other pokemon that is here is Zubat, which 
    gives 1 speed, making this an ideal special sweeper training ground.
    
    Where:    Route 229
    Who:      Roselia (1) Gloom (2)
    Comments: This is late in the game, and I think you might need the national dex,
    limiting this ones usefulness.  But good for higher level pokemon.
    
    Where:    Resort Areas pond
    Who:      Golduck (2)
    Comments: Wait... this could be the best option here... I am fairly certain 
    Golduck is the only pokemon that appears in this pond.  I guess it depends on 
    how often you can find Haunters and Gengars.
    
    Also note worthy is Unknown, found in the cave right of Solaceon Town.  I didnt
    list them with the above because they also give Attack EVs.  They give 1 attack
    and 1 special attack.
    
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    Section 1.5.....................................................Special Defense
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    Where:    Route 223
    Who:      Tentacruel (2) Mantyke (1)
    Comments: I cant even think of an earlier place... this place is good though.
    
    For this section I couldnt really think of anywhere.  So I listed this.  There 
    really isnt much variety here, as the only other places I can think of are other
    sea routes.  If you choose to use another route, Tentacool gives 1 point as 
    well.
    
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    Section 1.6...............................................................Speed
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    Where:    Route 201
    Who:      Starly (1)
    Comments: Yeah, it is slow, but it is the first place I the game.  They appear 
    often though and even more so with the pokeradar.
    
    Where:    Caves With Zubats and Golbats
    Who:      Zubat (1) Golbat (2)
    Comments: There are tons of caves, and almost all of them have these pokemon.
    So instead of picking one, I just wrote this.
    
    Where:    Victory Road Ponds
    Who:      Golbat (2)
    Comments: I think only Golbats appear.
    
    Where:    Trophy Garden of Pokemon Mansion
    Who:      Pikachu (2) Pichu (1) Staravia (2)
    Comments: I like this one, it is pretty easy.  And remember that everyday a new
    pokemon is put in the garden, which could add more to this list.
    
    Where:    Lost Tower South of Solaceon town.
    Who:      Zubat (1) Murkrow (1)
    Comments: Why list this again when there are better options?  Ghastly also 
    appears here, which give 1 Special Attack point, making this a good place to 
    train Special sweepers.
    
    Where:    Surfing on Route 228
    Who:      Poliwhirl (2) Poliwag (1)
    Comments: I think only they appear.  Supposedly it's sandstorming here.
    
    Where:    Acuity Lakefront
    Who:      Sneasel (1) Meditite (1) Medicham (2)
    Comments: A good place to train physical sweepers, because the only other 
    pokemon her give attack.  Check that section for those details.
    
    Where:    Route 225
    Who:      Spearow (1) Fearow (2) Rattata (1) Raticate (2)
    Comments: There are a lot of them.  And higher level.
    
    
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    Section 2............................................................Vs. Seeker
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    That marks the end of the wild locations and brings us to the Vs. Seeker.  Of 
    course, some people wont agree with my choices as to what I put in the wild 
    pokemon section, so feel free to send me suggestions.  
    
    Well the Vs. Seeker is my favorite way of training pokemon in certain stats. 
    Why?  I just walk one hundred steps, use the Vs. Seeker, and am guaranteed a 
    battle with someone who gives me a decent amount of EVs.  My format will have to
    be a little more detailed here, so that you can find the trainer.  Here it is.
    
    Where:          Location, and a brief description of where on that route
    Who:            The name and type of trainer we are looking for         
    What they have: The Pokemon that the trainer has and the approximate max levels
    Total Evs:      The EVs gained in the stat from fighting this trainer 
    
    Okay?  Good.  Now before I begin, I just want to say that I have tested some of
    these, but not all, so bear with me.  I do not have all the exact location, just
    the routes on most of them.  I have also heard that sometimes a pokemon evolves 
    and so the total EVs are off, or completely different.  Please inform me of this
    and I will test it further. 
    
    Notice in my format, how I say max?  Don't email me saying that when you fought
    the trainer, they sent out lower levels, or unevolved guys.  Fight them some 
    more and their levels will go up to what I have listed.  I have heard reports of
    some trainers not evolving for certain people, and I don't know how to help you 
    there.  I guess you could use him as is, or keep trying.
    
    Credit goes to:
    Jiggy37 on Smogon
    
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    Section 2.1.................................................................HP
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    Where:          Route 209.  She is standing at the top of the sand for the bike
    Who:            Cowgirl Shelly
    What they have: 5 Bidoof around level 15
    Total Evs:      5
    
    Where:          Route 210
    Who:            Bird Keeper Brianna
    What they have: 2 Noctowl around level 40
    Total Evs:      4
    
    Where:          Route 212
    Who:            Fisherman Travis
    What they have: 3 Barboach and a Shellos
    Total Evs:      4
    
    Where:          Route 213
    Who:            Tuber Jared
    What they have: 3 Gastrodon around level 50
    Total Evs:      6
    
    Where:          Route 219
    Who:            Tuber Mariel
    What they have: 2 Marill around level 30
    Total Evs:      4
    
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    Section 2.2..............................................................Attack
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    Where:          Route 203
    Who:            Lass Madeline
    What they have: Staraptor and Bibarel around level 40
    Total Evs:      5
    
    Where:          Route 213
    Who:            Swimmer Sheltin
    What they have: 3 Gyarados around level 30
    Total Evs:      6
    
    Where:          Cycling Road, third male from the top
    Who:            Cyclist John
    What they have: 2 Staraptors
    Total Evs:      6
    
    This trainer doesn't evolve for some people.  He stays with Staravia, changing
    his EVs to speed.  For this reason, he is in both sections.  Use the one yours
    is.
    
    Where:          Route 214 
    Who:            PI Carlos
    What they have: 3 Seaking around level 60
    Total Evs:      6
    
    This trainer doesn't evolve for some people, and I had an old listing.  But mine
    evolved, along with some others in emails, so this is the correct one. 
    
    Where:          Route 218
    Who:            Fisherman Miguel
    What they have: 2 Gyarados around level 50
    Total Evs:      4
    
    Where:          Route 222
    Who:            Fisherman Alec
    What they have: 2 Gyarados Around Level 50
    Total Evs:      4
    
    Where:          Route 222
    Who:            Rich Boy Trey.  He gives lots of money
    What they have: 1 Luxio around level 60
    Total Evs:      2
    
    Where:          Route 225
    Who:            Ace Trainer Quinn
    What they have: 1 Pinser and 1 Mightyena around level 50
    Total Evs:      4
    
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    Section 2.3..............................................................Defense
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    Where:          Route 210
    Who:            Ninja Boy Fabian
    What they have: 3 Geodude around level 20
    Total Evs:      3
    
    Where:          Route 212
    Who:            Collector Dominique
    What they have: 3 Geodude around level 20
    Total Evs:      3
    
    Where:          Route 221
    Who:            Collector Ivan
    What they have: 3 Hippopotas around level 50
    Total Evs:      3
    
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    Section 2.4.......................................................Special Attack
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    Where:          Route 212
    Who:            PKMN Ranger Jeffrey
    What they have: 2 Prinplup around level 20
    Total Evs:      4
    
    Where:          Route 212, you will need cut
    Who:            Scientist Shaun
    What they have: 2 Alakazam around level 50
    Total Evs:      6
    
    Where:          Route 214
    Who:            Psychic Mitchell
    What they have: 1 Haunter and 1 Kadabra
    Total Evs:      4
    
    Where:          Route 214
    Who:            Collector Douglas
    What they have: 3 Roselia
    Total Evs:      6
    
    
    
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    Section 2.5......................................................Special Defense
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    Where:          Route 210, is Foggy
    Who:            Ninja Boy Davido
    What they have: Dustox
    Total Evs:      3
    
    Where:          Route 230, need Surf
    Who:            Swimmer Sophia
    What they have: 2 Mantyke
    Total Evs:      2
    
    Where:          Route 230, need surf
    Who:            Swimmer Mallory
    What they have: 1 Seel 1 Dewgong
    Total Evs:      3
    
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    Section 2.6................................................................Speed
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    Where:          Route 205, on the bridge, the second fisherman from the right
    Who:            Fisherman Andrew
    What they have: 6 Magikarp Level 10.  This is definitely the easiest and best.
    Total Evs:      6
    
    Where:          Cycling Road, third male from the top
    Who:            Cyclist John
    What they have: 2 Staravia around level 40
    Total Evs:      4
    
    I am leaving this here, but I don't really know if I should.  I have confirmed
    that the Staravia trainer does evolve, which changes the EVs to strength.  He 
    will be in that section as well, with his max levels.
    
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    Closing Junk........................................................Contact Info
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    Okay, so now we reach the end of this guide.  It was fun for me to write, but 
    now it is the end.  Of course, I am sure I missed things, and there can always
    be improvements, so feel free to contact me at the following email:
    
    A lexcalibur 3000@yahoo.com
    
    Remove the spaces.  This is just to get rid of some spam.
    
    I will try to respond to everything I get.  No guarantee anymore, becuase I am 
    busy, but here are some reasons why I might not answer. So if I do not answer, 
    a few things could have happened.
    
    1.  I have not received it yet.  If it has been a reasonable time since you 
    emailed, check my email and try again.
    
    2.  I am out of town.  If I still do not answer, it is probably this one.
    
    3.  You offended me in some way and I stopped reading.  Profanity, among other
    obvious things will do this to me.  Just use you head.  I can take constructive
    criticism, but do not like hate mail.
    
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    Closing Junk.........................................................Legal Stuff
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    I will keep this short.  Nobody is allowed to use this guide without my 
    permission.  It may not be reproduced in any form except for private use.  If
    you want to host this on your website, ask and I will most likely let you.  
    Unless you break my rules, in which case I will not.  If you put this on your
    site, do not edit it without permission and be sure to give me, the author 
    credit.  Follow this and we will get along fine.
    
    Sites allowed to host:
    Gamefaqs.com
    Supercheats.com
    Neoseeker.com
    Pokemon National League
    Forum Pwnamon
    
    I don't even know if some of these have it up yet, but I gave them permission,
    so... whatever.
    
    Copyright 2008 Jorge Vergara
    
    All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their 
    respective trademark and copyright holders.
    
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    Closing Junk.............................................................Credits
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    My friends, for keeping me interested in pokemon.
    
    The message board, for ideas and inspiration.
    
    Gamefaqs and CJayC for hosting this.
    
    You, for reading this.
    
    One I have to give credit to, for making the Vs. Seeker list: Jiggy37 on Smogon
    
    Everyone else.  Eventually (hopefully soon), I will go through my emails again,
    and this list will grow.  Because I didn't write them down the first time....
    
    And with that, I close my first guide for now.  I hope to write more in the 
    future, and hopes this one helps!