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|-- GYM LEADER/ELITE FOUR/RIVALS GUIDE --|
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1: Introduction/Contact Information ... ici1
2: Gym Leader Guide ................... glg1
3: Elite Four Guide ................... efg1
4: Gym Leaders - Round Two ............ glg2
5a: The Five Rivals Guide ............. frg1
5b: The Main Rival Guide .............. mrg1
6: Elite Four - Round Two ............. efg2
7: Final Notes/Closing ................ fnc1
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| 1: INTRODUCTION/CONTACT INFORMATION | ici1 |
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Hello, and welcome to my newest guide on GameFAQs, the Pokemon Platinum Leader
and Elite Four guide. If you have followed any of my previous guides, you will
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Thank you for your patience, and without further ado, I present my guide!

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o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Oreburgh Gym Leader: Roark -------------------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Rock Pokemon ----------------------------------|
|-- Prize: TM 76 (Stealth Rock), 1640y -----------------------|
|-- Badge: Coal Badge ----------------------------------------|
|-- HM Usage: HM 06 (Rock Smash) -----------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 2-3/10 ---------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 13 ----------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 761 -----------------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Geodude -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 12 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Rock/Ground ----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sturdy or Rock Head -----------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 187 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Rock Throw, Rock Tomb, Stealth Rock, Rock Polish --|
|-- Recommended Type: Grass, Water, Fighting -----------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Onix ----------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 12 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Rock/Ground ----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sturdy or Rock Head -----------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 277 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Rock Throw, Bind, Stealth Rock, Screech -----------|
|-- Recommended Type: Grass, Water, Fighting -----------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Cranidos ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 14 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Rock -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Mold Breaker ------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 297 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Headbutt, Leer, Pursuit, Stealth Rock -------------|
|-- Recommended Type: Grass, Water, Fighting -----------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- NOTE: I am not 100% sure about these moves, as they are --|
|-- based on memory and Geodude and Onix don't usually last --|
|-- long enough to get all of their moves recorded. Please ---|
|-- notify me of any mistakes. -------------------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o

o----------------------------o
|-- My Pokemon --|-- Level --|
o----------------------------o
|-- Turtwig -----|----- 16 --|
|-- Charmeleon --|----- 16 --|
o----------------------------o

In case you're wondering, Charmeleon was bred in HeartGold and sent as an egg;
I don't recall exactly how, but I think Oak gives you one of the Kanto starter
Pokemon late in the game. Anyway, to the synopsis:

The first gym of Sinnoh starts off decently, if not much the same as it did in
Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, and like in R/S/E, if you have the right types with you
it's a walk in the park. Geodude and Onix, as you'll recall from the first gym
in Red/Blue/Yellow (also a Rock-type gym), fall incredibly easily to Water and
Grass type attacks. If you started with Piplup or Turtwig and they're at level
14 or 15, you've already won this battle. If you chose Chimchar, bring it here
as a Monferno and you'll still have the edge, just not to the same extent. Oh,
and consider this: Machop is available at this point in the game as well; he's
also a strong choice for this gym, meaning you really have no chance in losing
here, especially if you've leveled up a lot before attempting this battle.

Cranidos is your main problem. Being a pure Rock type means that you can't hit
it for 4x damage at any point, and it might be strong enough to survive two or
three hits from anything you use if you're not leveled up enough. Roark, being
the annoyance he is, uses two Potions during the battle, and couple that along
with Headbutt's base power of 70 and Cranidos's rather high Attack stat and it
may be a tough battle for you. Again, Water and Grass types render this a non-
issue, so you should be just fine.

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o--------------------------------------o
|-- Eterna Gym Leader: Gardenia -------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Grass Pokemon ----------|
|-- Prize: TM 86 (Grass Knot), 2640y --|
|-- Badge: Forest Badge ---------------|
|-- HM Usage: HM 01 (Cut) -------------|
|-- Difficulty: 2-3/10 ----------------|
|-- Level Average: 21 -----------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 1,804 ----|
o--------------------------------------o

o------------------------o
|-- Gardenia's Pokemon --|
o------------------------o--------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Turtwig ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 20 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Overgrow ------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 273 -------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Grass Knot, Razor Leaf, Reflect, Sunny Day ----------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire, Flying, Bug, Poison ----------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Cherrim ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 20 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Flower Gift ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 570 -------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Grass Knot, Magical Leaf, Safeguard, Leech Seed -----|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire, Flying, Bug, Poison ----------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Roserade --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 22 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Poison -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Poison Point --------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 961 -------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Grass Knot, Magical Leaf, Poison Sting, Stun Spore --|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire, Flying, Psychic --------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o

o----------------------------o
|-- My Pokemon --|-- Level --|
o----------------------------o
|-- Grotle ------|----- 23 --|
|-- Charmeleon --|----- 22 --|
|-- Murkrow -----|----- 22 --|
o----------------------------o

For whatever reason, Turtwig remains unevolved.

Not much to say here. At this point in the game, practically every type that's
strong against Grass type Pokemon can be caught before this battle, even Fire;
I'm almost positive there are Ponyta just north of Oreburgh, on the route that
you might have caught Machop on. With this in mind, you an easily raise a good
Pokemon strong against all of hers to bring an easy win, especially since with
the exception of Poison Sting on Roserade, all of her team's attacks are Grass
as well. Just remember that Magical Leaf has a base power of 60 and will never
miss, no matter how many times you spam Double Team.

All of her Pokemon know Grass Knot, the Grass-type Low Kick. It does a certain
amount of damage depending on your own Pokemon's weight; the heavier your Poke
is, the stronger Grass Knot will be. Do not come to this battle with a Pokemon
that weighs a thousand pounds (a joke, since the few that are that big are not
available this early in the game, obviously), or it will get destroyed.

Her staple Pokemon is Roserade, the second evolution of Budew. Stun Spore will
likely peeve you off while she picks at your health with such moves as Magical
Leaf and Grass Knot. Cherrim is also a bit annoying: it has the ability Flower
Gift, which increases Attack and Special Defense in sunlight, which works well
with Turtwig's Sunny Day. If you have a Fire type Pokemon like Monferno or the
Charmeleon I have, this slight disadvantage turns into an advantage.

At this point, all of your Pokemon should be at or around level 20. If they're
not, level them up a bit more before moving on.

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o---------------------------------------o
|-- Hearthome Gym Leader: Fantina ------|
o---------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Ghost Pokemon -----------|
|-- Prize: TM 65 (Shadow Claw), 3120y --|
|-- Badge: Relic Badge -----------------|
|-- HM Usage: HM 05 (Defog) ------------|
|-- Difficulty: 3-4/10 -----------------|
|-- Level Average: 25 ------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 2,187 -----|
o---------------------------------------o

o-----------------------o
|-- Fantina's Pokemon --|
o-----------------------o-------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Duskull -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 24 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ghost ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Levitate ----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 498 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Shadow Sneak, Future Sight, Pursuit, Will-o-Wisp --|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Normal, Ghost --------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Haunter -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 24 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ghost/Poison ---------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Levitate ----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 648 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Shadow Claw, Sucker Punch, Confuse Ray, Hypnosis --|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Psychic, Ghost -------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Mismagius -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 26 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ghost ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Levitate ----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,041 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Shadow Ball, Magical Leaf, Psybeam, Confuse Ray ---|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Normal, Ghost --------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o

o----------------------------o
|-- My Pokemon --|-- Level --|
o----------------------------o
|-- Grotle ------|----- 29 --|
|-- Charmeleon --|----- 29 --|
|-- Murkrow -----|----- 28 --|
|-- Cranidos ----|----- 28 --|
o----------------------------o

If you caught a Gastly way back in Eterna Forest and added it to your team, if
it's a Haunter or Gengar right now, it'll easily destroy her entire team if it
isn't destroyed by Mismagius. If you have a Dark type Pokemon in your line-up,
which I opted for, it'll be even easier to win. If you have none of the above,
don't worry, the only real danger is Mismagius; this battle is a joke for this
point in the game.

In case I haven't made it clear, Duskull and Haunter are pathetic. Neither one
uses attacks that utilize their good stats (especially Haunter, who has rather
low Attack and yet uses two Physical moves...) and easily fall to anything and
anyone with Dark or Ghost type moves, like Cranidos's Assurance or a Bite from
anyone. Duskull has fairly high Defense and Special Defense, but not enough to
help it against you.

Mismagius, Fantina's staple Pokemon, more than makes up for its partners' high
shortcomings. Its Shadow Ball is insanely strong and will likely take down, or
almost take down, anything you use that doesn't resist it. Psybeam is there to
counteract the Normal types you might be using to override this power. Magical
Leaf, I can only assume, is there for the same reason. Finally, there's always
annoying Confuse Ray. It may be tough, but this really isn't that hard a fight
in any sense.

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o---------------------------------------o
|-- Veilstone Gym Leader: Maylene ------|
o---------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Fighting Pokemon --------|
|-- Prize: TM 60 (Drain Punch), 3840y --|
|-- Badge: Cobble Badge ----------------|
|-- HM Usage: HM 02 (Fly) --------------|
|-- Difficulty: 4-5/10 -----------------|
|-- Level Average: 30 ------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 2,850 -----|
o---------------------------------------o

o-----------------------o
|-- Maylene's Pokemon --|
o-----------------------o-----------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Meditite ----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -----------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 28 ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fighting/Psychic ---------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Pure Power ------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 546 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Drain Punch, Confusion, Rock Tomb, Fake Out -----|
|-- Recommended Type: Flying, Ghost ------------------------|
o-----------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Machoke -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 29 ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fighting -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Guts ------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 906 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Karate Chop, Strength, Rock Tomb, Focus Energy --|
|-- Recommended Type: Flying, Psychic ----------------------|
o-----------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Lucario -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 32 ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fighting/Steel -----------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Steadfast -------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,398 -------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Drain Punch, Force Palm, Bone Rush, Metal Claw --|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting, Fire, Ground ---------------|
o-----------------------------------------------------------o

o----------------------------o
|-- My Pokemon --|-- Level --|
o----------------------------o
|-- Torterra ----|----- 34 --|
|-- Charmeleon --|----- 33 --|
|-- Murkrow -----|----- 33 --|
|-- Rampardos ---|----- 33 --|
|-- Porygon2 ----|----- 33 --|
o----------------------------o

Now this is a fairly challenging battle, assuming you didn't fill your line-up
with Flying and Psychic Pokemon. The way her types are mixed means that no one
type will super-effectively hit all three of her Pokemon, forcing you to throw
around a few types to win. Unlike the past three battles, Maylene can and will
hit you hard no matter what type you use if you don't take her down quick, and
her movesets reflect that. However, if you have a Staraptor, it can hit all of
her Pokemon super-effectively because of Flying moves and Close Combat, a base
power of 120 Fighting type move.

Machoke and Meditite are both capable of using the move Rock Tomb, which hurts
Flying Pokemon that would otherwise take apart the two with extreme simplicity
and usually speed. Lucario, however, is a strong Pokemon and a personal choice
I make to put in my line-up more often than not. He's part Steel, which erases
all Fighting weaknesses and leaves only the Steel weaknesses, listed above. It
has a strong moveset though none of its moves have high base power, and is hit
rather hard with its three weaknesses, so you should be fine. Your starter can
do serious damage to Lucario as well if it isn't Piplup.

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o---------------------------------------o
|-- Pastoria Gym Leader: Crasher Wake --|
o---------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Water Pokemon -----------|
|-- Prize: TM 55 (Brine), 4440y --------|
|-- Badge: Fen Badge -------------------|
|-- HM Usage: HM 03 (Surf) -------------|
|-- Difficulty: 5/10 -------------------|
|-- Level Average: 35 ------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 3,919 -----|
o---------------------------------------o

o----------------------------o
|-- Crasher Wake's Pokemon --|
o----------------------------o----------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Gyarados --------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -----------------------------------|
|-- Level: 33 --------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Water/Flying -----------------------------|
|-- Ability: Intimidate ----------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,512 -----------------------|
|-- Moves: Waterfall, Brine, Twister, Bite ---------|
|-- Recommended Type: Electric ---------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Quagsire --------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -----------------------------------|
|-- Level: 34 --------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Water/Ground -----------------------------|
|-- Ability: Damp ----------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 997 -------------------------|
|-- Moves: Water Pulse, Mud Shot, Rock Tomb, Yawn --|
|-- Recommended Type: Grass ------------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Floatzel --------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -----------------------------------|
|-- Level: 37 --------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Water ------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Swift Swim ----------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,410 -----------------------|
|-- Moves: Brine, Ice Fang, Aqua Jet, Crunch -------|
|-- Recommended Type: Electric, Grass --------------|
o---------------------------------------------------o

o----------------------------o
|-- My Pokemon --|-- Level --|
o----------------------------o
|-- Torterra ----|----- 37 --|
|-- Charizard ---|----- 37 --|
|-- Murkrow -----|----- 37 --|
|-- Rampardos ---|----- 38 --|
|-- Porygon2 ----|----- 37 --|
o----------------------------o

I think this is the first game in which after you beat a Water gym, you're now
able to Surf. I'm also surprised none of his Pokemon have Surf to begin with.

You've probably fought enough Water Pokemon at this point in the game that you
have seen at least one Gyarados by now. In case you haven't: it has incredibly
high Attack and makes good use of it with Waterfall and Bite. Its Special stat
isn't nearly as high, so don't worry much about Brine and Twister. Electricity
shines here; if you have a Luxray or, say, Raichu, Gyarados won't be around to
be a problem anyway.

Quagsire, on the other hand, is immune to Electric types because it has Ground
attributes, so bring out a Grass Pokemon. Quagsire's only weakness is Grass, a
double-weakness at that, and it doesn't have particularly high Special Defense
or Amnesia to bring it up, so you should be just fine. Just be glad it has the
weaker Rock Tomb and not something like Stone Edge or Rock Slide, as it learns
both through TM as well.

You've likely seen a dozen Buizel throughout the game, and if you started with
Chimchar then two of them were your rival's, and this is its evolved form, and
a fairly strong Water Pokemon at that. Ice Fang covers Grass types, Brine hits
hard, Aqua Jet is the Water version of Quick Attack and Crunch, a strong Bite,
hits anything hard. If you don't have an Electric Pokemon left, be on guard as
everything else is in danger here. Nevertheless, you should be OK.

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o----------------------------------------o
|-- Canalave Gym Leader: Byron ----------|
o----------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Steel Pokemon ------------|
|-- Prize: TM 91 (Flash Cannon), 4920y --|
|-- Badge: Mine Badge -------------------|
|-- HM Usage: HM 04 (Strength) ----------|
|-- Difficulty: 1-3/10 ------------------|
|-- Level Average: 39 -------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 4,619 ------|
o----------------------------------------o

o---------------------o
|-- Byron's Pokemon --|
o---------------------o-----------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Magneton --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: None -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 37 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Steel/Electric ---------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Magnet Pull ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,276 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Flash Cannon, Thunderbolt, Tri Attack, Metal Sound --|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground, Fighting, Fire -------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Steelix ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 38 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Steel/Ground -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sturdy or Rock Head -------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,596 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Flash Cannon, Earthquake, Ice Fang, Sandstorm -------|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground, Water, Fire, Fighting ------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Bastiodon -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 41 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Steel/Rock -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sturdy --------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,747 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Metal Burst, Stone Edge, Taunt, Iron Defense --------|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground, Fighting, Water ------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o

o----------------------------o
|-- My Pokemon --|-- Level --|
o----------------------------o
|-- Torterra ----|----- 42 --|
|-- Charizard ---|----- 43 --|
|-- Murkrow -----|----- 43 --|
|-- Rampardos ---|----- 43 --|
|-- Porygon2 ----|----- 43 --|
|-- Lanturn -----|----- 42 --|
o----------------------------o

In case you're wondering, Lanturn's yet another sent from HeartGold.

I don't think I can stress this enough: bring a Ground Pokemon to fight and it
will be over before it began, with maybe one or two difficulties from Steelix.
This battle is exceedingly similar to Jasmine way back in Gold/Silver, who for
whatever reason had two Magnemites and a Steelix. If you have a Ground Pokemon
then you have Earthquake either through TM or level-up at this point, so watch
as it wrecks havoc against his "perfect" defenses. The following is for people
who are too silly for Ground Pokemon.

Magneton is actually a pretty solid Pokemon if you don't factor in its glaring
weakness that I won't say by name. It has very high Special Attack and its two
main attacks, Thunderbolt and Flash Cannon, rely on that. Just imagine how bad
you'd have it if Byron had leveled Magneton up once more in Mt. Coronet and it
was a Magnezone now instead...you MIGHT be screwed. Assuming you're not using,
say it with me, Poison, your best bets are Fire and Fighting. Magmar, Lucario,
and Machoke are awesome here. You usually find the types that counter Steel in
any part of Sinnoh, so this really shouldn't be a problem.

Steelix, unlike the one you faced in Gold/Silver, is actually quite strong. It
has Earthquake, which is awesome, and Ice Fang, which is strange, but still OK
if you're using a Grass Pokemon for reasons I can't think of. It has Sandstorm
to whittle down your HP little by little each turn and, again I can't think of
why, Flash Cannon instead of Iron Tail. Huh. Anyway, Steelix has a **** ton of
Defense, so physical attacks might not be your best bet here; I have seen this
thing tank an Earthquake before. Water types work out as well.

His staple, Bastiodon, is Rampardos's opposite: no real Attack to boast about,
but an incredible Defense stat formed by his dual type of Steel and Rock. It's
a tank, literally. If it survives a super-effective hit, you're screwed if its
counter is Metal Burst, which is much like Counter in that it deals out a huge
amount of damage in return. This means that you either have to take it slowly,
or crush it in one shot. Stone Edge is a powerful Rock attack, but not on him.
Iron Defense will piss you off, seriously. Tread carefully in this battle.

Now, assuming you're using a Ground Pokemon, you've likely already won. Now, I
hope you're glad you listened to me!

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o-------------------------------------o
|-- Snowpoint Gym Leader: Candice ----|
o-------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Ice Pokemon -----------|
|-- Prize: TM 72 (Avalanche), 5280y --|
|-- Badge: Icicle Badge --------------|
|-- HM Usage: HM 08 (Rock Climb) -----|
|-- Difficulty: 4/10 -----------------|
|-- Level Average: 42 ----------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 6,190 ---|
o-------------------------------------o

o-----------------------o
|-- Candice's Pokemon --|
o-----------------------o-------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Sneasel -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 40 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ice/Dark -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Inner Focus or Keen Eye -------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,131 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Ice Shard, Faint Attack, Aerial Ace, Slash --------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting, Fire, Steel, Bug, Rock -------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Piloswine -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 40 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ice/Ground -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Snow Cloak --------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,371 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Avalanche, Earthquake, Stone Edge, Hail -----------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting, Fire, Steel ------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Abomasnow -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 42 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ice/Grass ------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Snow Warning ------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,926 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Avalanche, Wood Hammer, Focus Blast, Water Pulse --|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire, 'nuff said -----------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Froslass ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 44 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ice/Ghost ------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Snow Cloak --------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,762 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Blizzard, Shadow Ball, Psychic, Double Team -------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire, Dark, Steel, Rock ----------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o

o----------------------------o
|-- My Pokemon --|-- Level --|
o----------------------------o
|-- Torterra ----|----- 48 --|
|-- Charizard ---|----- 48 --|
|-- Murkrow -----|----- 48 --|
|-- Rampardos ---|----- 48 --|
|-- Porygon2 ----|----- 48 --|
|-- Lanturn -----|----- 48 --|
o----------------------------o

Words cannot describe how annoying it is to raise Murkrow without evolving it.

There's nothing overly difficult about this battle except the levels, and it's
still pretty easy to win if you're as highly leveled as I am. If you're not so
confident with your levels, you might consider training a bit more, especially
with the Vs. Seeker at your disposal, as the levels are only going to get even
higher at this point.

Sneasel and Abomasnow both share common ground kin that they both have a super
weakness each to Fighting and Fire respectively. This means that if you have a
fully evolved Chimchar, it'll laugh them both to death because Infernape, most
awesomely, is part-Fighting, part-Fire. If you don't have him, well, one outta
two isn't bad either. Just be careful if you don't have a Fire Pokemon on hand
as Abomasnow has a variety of attacks at its disposal, most over 100 in power.

Piloswine is an interesting creature. You might remember it as the main staple
Pokemon from the Ice-type gym's leader back in Gold/Silver, though it was much
weaker there. This one doesn't depend on the low-accuracy Blizzard, apparently
favoring better moves like Earthquake and Avalanche. Stone Edge can take out a
Fire Pokemon easily, and I'm pretty sure Piloswine has the ability Snow Cloak,
as I found it hard to hit after it used Hail. Oh, and Avalanche inflicts twice
as much damage if you hit it first. Keep that in mind.

Froslass is her ace in the hole, though probably not the strongest Ice Pokemon
out there. Blizzard sucks, but if it's still hailing then it won't miss, and I
think you know that means it won't suck as much. Both Blizzard and Shadow Ball
get STAB (Same Type Attack Boost), making them much more powerful. I recommend
a Dark type for this battle - Houndoom is ideal as it's also part-Fire - as it
gets annoying dealing with Psychic as well. She makes Fantina's team look like
jokes in comparison (though that's admittedly not hard), so be on guard.

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o--------------------------------------------o
|-- Sunyshore Gym Leader: Volkner -----------|
o--------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Electric Pokemon -------------|
|-- Prize: TM 57 (Charge Beam), 6000y -------|
|-- Badge: Beacon Badge ---------------------|
|-- HM Usage: HM 07 (Waterfall) -------------|
|-- Difficulty: 7/10 (4/10 w/Ground types) --|
|-- Level Average: 48 -----------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 7,266 ----------|
o--------------------------------------------o

o-----------------------o
|-- Volkner's Pokemon --|
o-----------------------o----------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Jolteon ----------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 46 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Electric ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Volt Absorb ----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,940 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Charge Beam, Iron Tail, Quick Attack, Thunder Wave ---|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground ------------------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Raichu -----------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 46 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Electric ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Static ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,201 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Charge Beam, Focus Blast, Quick Attack, Signal Beam --|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground ------------------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Luxray -----------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 48 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Electric ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Rivalry --------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,994 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Thunder Fang, Ice Fang, Fire Fang, Crunch ------------|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground ------------------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Electivire -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 50 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Electric ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Motor Drive ----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,131 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Thunderpunch, Fire Punch, Giga Impact, Quick Attack --|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground ------------------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o

o----------------------------o
|-- My Pokemon --|-- Level --|
o----------------------------o
|-- Torterra ----|----- 54 --|
|-- Charizard ---|----- 54 --|
|-- Honchkrow ---|----- 55 --|
|-- Rampardos ---|----- 54 --|
|-- Porygon-Z ---|----- 54 --|
|-- Lanturn -----|----- 54 --|
o----------------------------o

This is it, the final leader battle!

Every single one of his Pokemon are purely Electric, so unlike every other gym
battle you've gone through thus far, you won't have to duck around dual-typing
nonsense. He makes up for that with his well-chosen Electrics and their moves,
so be careful if you decide to go in with a bunch of Ground Pokemon and expect
to sweep him. Unless you've had them yourselves at any point, you may not have
seen most of his Pokes before.

If you're concerned about Charge beam, don't be. It's a joke of an attack, has
only 50 BP and 90% accuracy...nothing to be concerned about at this point. Un-
fortunately for you, it's the prize for the match. Both Jolteon and Raichu use
it, though if you're using a Ground Pokemon, Raichu will use Focus Blast and I
think you know how strong it is, though its accuracy is crap. Jolteon will use
Iron Tail in the same way. I really think they were considering all the Golems
and Onixes out there as his opponents when Volkner chose those moves. Oh well,
just sweep the first two with your Torterra or Steelix or whatever you use.

Next is Luxray, his former staple Pokemon. It's been shafted to second best in
this game, but it's much better now that it has dropped the crappy Charge Beam
for some real attacks. The trio of fang attacks cover most types, with Crunch,
a Dark move, there for the others, and all of them are physical attacks set by
Luxray's impressive Attack stat, so be careful who you use. I'd actually vouch
for a Fighting-type for this one, as it won't be hit hard by any of these hard
hitting attacks and it will probably hit Luxray hard in turn, since Luxray has
crappy Defense.

Last but certainly not least is his new staple Pokemon, Electivire, the vastly
improved Electabuzz that you've likely never seen before now in this game. All
of its attacks, like Luxray's, are purely physical and like Luxray, his Attack
stat is fairly high as well. Giga Impact works the same way Hyper Beam used to
before the Physical/Special split, meaning it will crush you and then make him
wait one turn before doing anything else. I recommend something like Golem, or
maybe even a Ghost, for this one, as nothing it will use can hurt Golem at all
except, and this is a big maybe, Fire Punch. Otherwise it's basically a strong
Luxray, so take it down the same way you took Luxray down and you'll be fine.

When you win the battle and dethrone the top gym leader of Sinnoh, give a nice
big pat on the back to yourself, and then get to work leveling up over Victory
Road. The levels I posted for my team for this battle were no joke and are, in
fact, quite necessary. Get at it!

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| 3: ELITE FOUR GUIDE | efg1 |
==============================

o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Murk's Team -----------------------------------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Torterra -------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 60 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Ground ----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Overgrow -----------------------------------------|
|-- Item: Soft Sand -------------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Leaf Storm, Earthquake, Stone Edge, Crunch ---------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Charizard ------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 60 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire/Flying -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Blaze --------------------------------------------|
|-- Item: Hard Stone ------------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Heat Wave, Air Slash, Shadow Claw, Rock Slide ------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Honchkrow ------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 60 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Dark/Flying -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Insomnia -----------------------------------------|
|-- Item: BlackGlasses ----------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Night Slash, Psychic, Wing Attack, Toxic -----------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Rampardos ------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 60 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Rock ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Mold Breaker -------------------------------------|
|-- Item: Black Belt ------------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Head Smash, Zen Headbutt, Earthquake, Brick Break --|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Porygon-Z ------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 60 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Normal ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Adaptability -------------------------------------|
|-- Item: SilverPowder ----------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Psychic, Discharge, Signal Beam, Conversion --------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 6th Pokemon: Lanturn --------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 60 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Water/Electric --------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Volt Absorb --------------------------------------|
|-- Item: Mystic Water ----------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Surf, Thunderbolt, Ice Beam, Thunder Wave ----------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o

This is my team just after beating my rival for the final time, immediately in
front of the gate to the Elite Four. You'll likely have a far different set-up
than my own, but the basic idea is the same: you need to have diversity. After
all, unless you're an experienced Pokemon vet, you're going to have trouble in
here with a team of six same-type Pokemon. It's recommended that you at least,
if not all of them, try having Fire, Water, Electric and Ice represented here,
as they can cover most other types. It's your game and your choice, of course;
I'm just making you think before you rush in, as you don't get to leave and go
back to try again until you either win or lose. You also need high levels. You
have heard me go on about it for most of this guide, and I haven't been lying,
or saying it to be annoying. Mostly anything under level 45 would be decimated
and it would likely be safer to be around 50-55. As for my levels, well, it is
no secret that I overlevel. Anyway, good luck.

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o-------------------------------------o
|-- Elite Four #1: Aaron -------------|
o-------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Bug Pokemon -----------|
|-- Prize: 6360y ---------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 5-6/10 ---------------|
|-- Level Average: 51 ----------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 10,693 --|
o-------------------------------------o

o---------------------o
|-- Aaron's Pokemon --|
o---------------------o----------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Yanmega --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 49 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Bug/Flying ------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Speed Boost --------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,079 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Bug Buzz, Air Slash, U-Turn, Double Team -----------|
|-- Recommended Type: Rock, Fire, Flying, Ice, Electric -------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Scizor ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 49 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Bug/Steel -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Technician ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,100 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: X-Scissor, Iron Head, Night Slash, Quick Attack ----|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire ------------------------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Heracross ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 51 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Bug/Fighting ----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Swarm or Guts ------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,185 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Megahorn, Close Combat, Night Slash, Stone Edge ----|
|-- Recommended Type: Flying, Fire, Psychic -------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Vespiquen ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 50 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Bug/Flying ------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Pressure -----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,013 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Attack Order, Power Gem, Defend Order, Heal Order --|
|-- Recommended Type: Rock, Fire, Flying, Ice, Electric -------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Drapion --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 53 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Poison/Dark -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sniper or Battle Armor ---------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,316 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Cross Poison, X-Scissor, Aerial Ace, Ice Fang ------|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground ----------------------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o

You start off your bout with the Elite Four against a type of Pokemon that has
not been used in a major battle since Gold/Silver, in the second gym. That was
child's play in comparison. Every one of Aaron's Pokemon can cover their types
at least decently, and it's going to be that way for most of the Elite Four so
think before you choose who faces whom.

We start off with Yanmega, a new face to the series and the little-seen second
form of Yanma. It doesn't have much Attack, but it does have some decent moves
under its impressive Special Attack stat. All three of its moves get STAB, and
that means it can't cover its weaknesses, so I'm partially a liar; I apologize
for that. Anyway, U-Turn allows it to switch out, so it's basically an attack-
version of Baton Pass. Double Team is there because Yanmega is a cheater and I
hate it. Use a good, solid Rock Pokemon against it and you should be just fine
but be sure to use something that can take hits from Bug Buzz.

You last saw Scizor in Johto, or perhaps in FireRed/LeafGreen, I cannot recall
and don't really care to check. It's the evolved form of good old Scyther, who
we all saw and lusted after many times in previous games. It has decent Attack
and really good moves, and STAB for his best ones, so have a Fire Pokemon that
will easily sneeze Scizor to death. Fire is Scizor's only weakness, so please,
have one ready. You should anyway.

What's with the Johto Pokemon suddenly? Heracross also comes from there, and I
think it might be the strongest Bug Pokemon in the game because of its awesome
Attack stat and high-powered moves that run off it. You've probably seen Rival
use one before, so do what you did then, and by that I mean have a Flying type
to use here you fool. This is why I love Charizard, that is, until it used the
damnable Stone Edge, which incidentally hits all Flying Pokemon hard. However,
most Flying Pokemon are faster than Heracross anyway so you should be OK here.
If you use a Psychic Pokemon to counter Heracross's Fighting attribute, well..
A, you're crazy, and B, I hope it's Alakazam or something.

Vespiquen is kind of akin to a desert oasis as it isn't much to write home, in
comparison to Aaron's other Pokemon. It's always female, just in case you were
wondering why Aaron suddenly has a female Pokemon. Neither of her attack stats
are very good, and her defenses are only marginally better, so you're fine. It
has three unique moves to her: Attack Order, which is quite powerful with a BP
of 90; Defend Order, which raises, you guessed it, her Defense stats; and Heal
Order, which is basically Recover/Roost. Power Gem is a special Rock move with
no extra effects, it just deals some damage. Just down it with a Rock type and
you have it won.

Drapion, Aaron's strongest Pokemon, is the one Pokemon on Aaron's team that is
not actually a Bug Pokemon. Being part-Dark, part-Poison means that it has but
one weakness: Ground Pokemon. Hence why I recommended it above. However, Aaron
the brilliant Pokemon scientist thought ahead and gave Drapion Ice Fang so its
weakness is covered, but if you have a Steelix or something with similar type,
this is rendered a non-issue. Torterra, Golem, etc. can all deal with Drapion,
and quite easily. Just note that Drapion has decent Defense stats, so it might
take a few hits to bring down this wannabe Bug Pokemon.

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o-------------------------------------o
|-- Elite Four #2: Bertha ------------|
o-------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Ground Pokemon --------|
|-- Prize: 6600y ---------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 5/10 -----------------|
|-- Level Average: 52 ----------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 10,604 --|
o-------------------------------------o

o----------------------o
|-- Bertha's Pokemon --|
o----------------------o-------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Whiscash -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 50 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Water/Ground --------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Oblivious --------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,692 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Earth Power, Aqua Tail, Zen Headbutt, Sandstorm --|
|-- Recommended Type: Grass ---------------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Gliscor ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 53 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ground/Flying -------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Hyper Cutter or Sand Veil ----------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,179 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Earthquake, Fire Fang, Ice Fang, Thunder Fang ----|
|-- Recommended Type: Ice, Water ----------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Golem --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 52 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ground/Rock ---------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sturdy or Rock Head ----------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,971 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Earthquake, Fire Punch, Thunderpunch, Sandstorm --|
|-- Recommended Type: Grass, Water, Fighting, Ground --------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Hippowdon ----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 52 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ground --------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sand Stream ------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,205 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Earthquake, Crunch, Stone Edge, Yawn -------------|
|-- Recommended Type: Grass, Water, Ice ---------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Rhyperior ----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 55 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ground/Rock ---------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Solid Rock -------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,557 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Earthquake, Rock Wrecker, Megahorn, Avalanche ----|
|-- Recommended Type: Grass, Water, Fighting, Ground --------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o

Except for Wishcash, every single one of her Pokemon can use Earthquake, and I
don't have to tell you how strong a STABed Earthquake is. Be very careful here
and try to take each one out as quickly as possible.

Bertha opens with Wishcash, a Water/Ground Pokemon. You'll remember the typing
set from Quagsire of Pastoria Gym, and the annoying fact that only Grass types
can deal more than regular damage to it. None of Wishcash's stats are notable,
so unless you're leading with something stupid like Magnezone, you're safe. As
Wishcash doesn't have Surf and Earthquake, two moves that are better served on
it than Aqua Tail and Earth Power, you're safe anyway. Zen Headbutt is Psychic
for Headbutt and a tiny bit stronger. Just Giga Drain/Leaf Storm it to death.

Gliscor is the evolved form of Gligar, a Johto face. It has a double weakness,
Ice, and is immune to Electric and Ground, which doesn't change much as you're
likely not leading with either anyway. The three fang attacks, copying Luxray,
are for type coverage while Earthquake gets STAB and smashes anything that can
not stand up to it. If you have anything with Ice Beam, Gliscor's nothing save
for a frozen target. If you don't, choose your strategy well and you should be
fine anyway. Just remember that it has high Defense and generally decent stats
all around.

Everyone knows Golem, who has been around since the Blue/Red/Yellow days as an
easily defeated evolution of Geodude. It has many weaknesses, two of which are
double weaknesses, and low Special Defense to stand up to them, meaning simple
battle for you since you've long since had moves like Surf and Giga Drain. But
should you use a physical Pokemon instead, take note of the fact that Golem is
strong offensively and defensively, and the moveset it has reflects this. Fire
Punch and Thunderpunch are odd choices for Golem, and would be a good choice -
except for the fact that Water and Grass crush it long before Golem can make a
good use for them. Sandstorm, I assume, is there to whittle your health.

Hippowdon is a new face from Sinnoh and is fairly strong both offensively and,
not surprisingly, defensively. If there isn't already one, Sand Stream creates
a sandstorm in the battle that will last forever unless you change the weather
yourself in turn, or until the battle ends. It's mainly there as a physically-
powerful onslaught, and it works that role well with its attacks, so be on yer
guard with a good Water or Grass Pokemon and you should be fine.

I hate Rhyperior. Not because it's strong and annoying - it's as pitifully bad
as Golem as far as weaknesses go - but because Rhydon was awesome and a Poke I
always used in the earlier games along with Nidoking. Anyway, it has obscenely
high Attack and its Defense isn't far behind so its attacks, specifically Rock
Wrecker, hit hard. Like Golem, it has no real Special stats to speak of, so it
falls absurdly easily to Water and Grass Pokemon. Seriously, if you lose to it
here, go back now and level up. The battles only get harder from here.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

o-------------------------------------o
|-- Elite Four #3: Flint -------------|
o-------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Fire Pokemon ----------|
|-- Prize: 6840y ---------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 7/10 -----------------|
|-- Level Average: 54 ----------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 11,676 --|
o-------------------------------------o

o---------------------o
|-- Flint's Pokemon --|
o---------------------o----------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Houndoom -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 52 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire/Dark -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Flash Fire ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,272 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Flamethrower, Dark Pulse, Sludge Bomb, Sunny Day ---|
|-- Recommended Type: Water, Ground, Rock, Fighting -----------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Flareon --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 55 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Flash Fire ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,332 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Overheat, Giga Impact, Quick Attack, Will-o-Wisp ---|
|-- Recommended Type: Water, Ground, Rock ---------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Rapidash -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 53 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Flash Fire ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,179 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Flare Blitz, Solarbeam, Bounce, Sunny Day ----------|
|-- Recommended Type: Water, Ground, Rock ---------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Infernape ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 55 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire/Fighting ---------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Blaze --------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,463 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Flare Blitz, Mach Punch, Earthquake, Thunderpunch --|
|-- Recommended Type: Water, Ground, Psychic ------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Magmortar ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 57 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Flame Body ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,430 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Flamethrower, Solarbeam, Thunderbolt, Hyper Beam ---|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground ----------------------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o

Back in Diamond/Pearl, this guy claimed to be the Fire-type master though only
possessing two Fire Pokemon, Rapidash and Infernape, and three other types (If
I'm not mistaken, they were Lopunny, Drifblim and Steelix). However, this time
he actually has a full team of Fire Pokemon, and all of them are strong. There
is one complaint I still have, though: no Arcanine! Anyway, be on your guard--
most of his Pokemon can deal with their weaknesses.

He starts with Houndoom, a Johto face you saw recently when you battled Cyrus,
back in bizarro-world. It has exceptional Special Attack and every single move
runs off of it; Houndoom also gets STAB for two of them. Its Defense isn't too
high, though, so pretty much anything it's weak to can take it down.

Flareon's another story altogether. It has a massive Attack stat and uses Giga
Impact to prove it. Overheat, while not a great choice for Flareon, is still a
very powerful move. Have some Full Heals ready for Will-o-Wisp if Flareon uses
it. Bring a Rock Pokemon to this battle, as it can tank all of Flareon's moves
though not without some slight damage. If you have a Gyarados, use it instead,
because Intimidate plus Waterfall equals neutralized Flareon.

Rapidash utilizes the infamous Sunnybeam combo (Sunny Day + Solarbeam), so you
won't be as safe using Water and Rock Pokemon as you might think. It also uses
Flare Blitz, a powerful physical-based Fire attack that does recoil damage. As
Rapidash has a good Attack stat, Flare Blitz will probably do some damage. You
probably don't have something faster than Rapidash - though you might - so you
should just be defensive here and take it down before it can use Solarbeam.

Infernape is the fully evolved form of Chimchar, one of the three starters you
can choose at the beginning of the game, and if you started with Turtwig, like
I did, you've dealt with it before already. If not, well, this Pokemon is well
rounded and has good stats to reflect its high-power attacks, all of which are
physical-based. Thunderpunch is there for the Water Pokemon, and Earthquake is
there for anything it can't hurt with Flare Blitz. Why it has Mach Punch over,
say, Close Combat is beyond me, but Mach Punch always strikes first. If you're
in possession of a Psychic Pokemon, it can fight well here because Infernape's
part-Fighting, but you'll probably be using some potions here.

His new staple Pokemon is the new evolution of Magmar, named Magmortar. It has
massive Special Attack and the most well-rounded special-based moves you have,
more than likely, seen all game. I'm willing to bet you haven't ever seen Fire
Pokemon use Thunderbolt before. It also has Solarbeam, so I'm not gonna bother
recommending Water Pokemon here unless it's faster and stronger. Ground likely
isn't much better off, but at least Solarbeam is a two-turn move, unless it is
sunny out. Anyway, you'll most likely have to heal several times here, but you
can prevail through sheer persistence, or something.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

o-------------------------------------o
|-- Elite Four #4: Lucian ------------|
o-------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Psychic Pokemon -------|
|-- Prize: 7080y ---------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 8-9/10 ---------------|
|-- Level Average: 56 ----------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 10,899 --|
o-------------------------------------o

o----------------------o
|-- Lucian's Pokemon --|
o----------------------o-------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Mr. Mime -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 53 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Psychic -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Soundproof or Filter ---------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,543 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Psychic, Thunderbolt, Reflect, Light Screen ------|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Bug, Ghost ----------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Espeon -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 55 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Psychic -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Synchronize ------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,320 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Psychic, Shadow Ball, Signal Beam, Quick Attack --|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Bug, Ghost ----------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Alakazam -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 56 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Psychic -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Inner Focus ------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,232 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Psychic, Focus Blast, Energy Ball, Recover -------|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Bug, Ghost ----------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Bronzong -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: None --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 54 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Psychic/Steel -------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Levitate ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,175 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Psychic, Gyro Ball, Earthquake, Calm Mind --------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire ----------------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Gallade ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 59 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Psychic/Fighting ----------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Steadfast --------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,629 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Psycho Cut, Drain Punch, Stone Edge, Leaf Blade --|
|-- Recommended Type: Ghost, Flying -------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o

Lucian is, quite possibly, the most awesome trainer we've ever faced in Sinnoh
or any region. His awesome name, his awesome Pokemon...well, you get the idea.
He's also the hardest trainer you've faced so far, so be ready and healed.

Mr. Mime, thankfully, doesn't have Baton Pass...tt does have Reflect and Light
Screen, though, to boost both defenses for a few turns. I'd tell you to simply
Brick Break them out of the way, but it won't do much against Mimey anyway, so
there's no real point. If you have a Dark type, use it now. If not, well, pray
that Psychic doesn't do you in before you do it in.

Espeon is the Psychic evolved form of Eevee and is a pain in the rear when you
battle it. Signal Beam is there to deal with your Dark Pokemon, and Psychic is
there, along with Shadow Ball, to deal insane damage all around with its high-
level Special Attack (and STAB in Psychic's case). Take it down quickly and it
will all be OK, but lag and Espeon will crush you.

By the way, if you thought Espeon was tough, you're not even ready to face off
against Alakazam, the Pokemon once known as the strongest Psychic Pokemon next
to Mewtwo. Focus Blast will destroy any Dark or Steel Pokemon you use that are
single-types, and Psychic crushes everything else. I have no idea why Alakazam
has Energy Ball; Calm Mind would have been a better choice. I think you know a
Recover when you see one. Counteract its insane power by striking its one real
weakness: its abysmal defense. Problem is, Alakazam is also insanely agile, so
you have to survive long enough to do so. Trust me, one time I had to redo the
entire damned challenge because of this Alakazam, and that time I actually had
one of my own.

Unless you saw it in the wild (I didn't because I was using Repels so I rushed
through without distraction) on Mt. Coronet, this will be the first battle you
have against a Bronzong, the evolved form of that chrap bastard you have faced
almost all game. As far as I know, it has Levitate, meaning its one and only -
unless I'm wrong - weakness is Fire. Luckily for you, Bronzong does not have a
particularly strong set of offensive stats and, even better, does not have any
confusion-inducing attacks, so you should be good. Note that if you use a Fire
Pokemon here, Earthquake can hit it hard, but no pressure; Alakazam was worse.

Pokemon Platinum presents Gallade, the counterpart to Gardevoir. This Pokemon,
quite frankly, is awesome. It has incredible Attack and all four moves draw on
it. Psycho Cut is the Psychic form of Slash and works the same way. I do think
you've seen Stone Edge and Drain Punch before. Leaf Blade, like Psycho Cut, is
the same as Slash. If you lose here, don't be too angry, I did once as well. I
have seen this thing solo a battle-worn team, so be careful in this battle. As
with Meditite before, Flying and Ghost Pokemon yield the best results.

Even though all four Elites are now beaten, it's not over. Heal to full health
and, if possible, PP. Also, save the game.

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o-------------------------------------o
|-- Elite Four Champion: Cynthia -----|
o-------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Diversity -------------|
|-- Prize: 12,400y -------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 9/10 -----------------|
|-- Level Average: 60 ----------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 15,613 --|
o-------------------------------------o

o-----------------------o
|-- Cynthia's Pokemon --|
o-----------------------o---------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Spiritomb -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 58 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Dark/Ghost -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Pressure ------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,088 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Dark Pulse, Shadow Ball, Psychic, Silver Wind -------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting w/Foresight ---------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Togekiss --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 60 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Normal/Flying ----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Hustle --------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,827 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Air Slash, Aura Sphere, Water Pulse, Shock Wave -----|
|-- Recommended Type: Rock, Electric ---------------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Roserade --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 58 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Poison -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Natural Cure --------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,535 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Energy Ball, Sludge Bomb, Extrasensory, Toxic -------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire, Flying, Psychic --------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Milotic ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 58 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Water ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Marvel Scale --------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,646 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Surf, Ice Beam, Dragon Pulse, Mirror Coat -----------|
|-- Recommended Type: Electric, Grass --------------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Lucario ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 60 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Steel/Fighting ---------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Steadfast -----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,622 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Aura Sphere, Shadow Ball, Stone Edge, Extremespeed --|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting, Ground, Fire -------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 6th Pokemon: Garchomp --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 62 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Dragon/Ground ----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sand Veil -----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,895 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Dragon Rush, Earthquake, Flamethrower, Giga Impact --|
|-- Recommended Type: Ice, more Ice, Dragon --------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o

Let's face it, nobody was surprised that Cynthia turned out to be the champion
of the Elite Four; you don't even have to see the anime to see that. Oh, I was
told to mention this: if you saw the anime episode where the purple-haired guy
faced Cynthia's Garchomp, don't be fooled; Garchomp can't really cancel out an
Ice-type attack like Blizzard by raising one wing. Anyway, her Pokemon are all
diverse, and she's quite likely the strongest trainer in the game. You'll need
to do everything you've done, and several things you haven't done, if you want
to win. Also, bring high levels, like 55+. It helps a lot.

Cynthia starts off with a Pokemon with no weaknesses known as Spiritomb. Think
back to Ruby/Sapphire, the Pokemon Sableye; it's pretty much the same Pokemon,
just with different stats. You shouldn't have too many problems even if you do
not have a Pokemon to hit its one weakness, which is brought out with a rather
awesome move called Foresight. Once used, all the Machamps and Infernapes over
the Sinnoh region can decimate this thing. Just remember though, Spiritomb can
use Psychic, so be careful with your prized Machamp/Infernape.

Togekiss is the fully evolved form of Togepi, the tiny egg Pokemon who was for
so long a mascot of the anime alongside Pikachu. Huh. I guess we know how that
egg Cynthia gave us came to be. Togekiss has insane Special Attack and uses an
equally-insane moveset that reflects it. Aura Sphere and Shock Wave never miss
the target, ever, and Aura Sphere has 90 BP. Don't use a Rock type unless it's
super strong. All I can really tell you otherwise is it's simple: kill the...I
mean, KO the Togekiss.

You've seen Roserade several times before, courtesy of your rival and Gardenia
from Eterna Gym. Cynthia's Roserade is much stronger than those wimps. It gets
STAB for Energy Ball and Sludge Bomb, somehow has Extrasensory and uses Toxic,
of course, to drive you mad with a steadily increasingly devastating poison. I
don't need to tell you its weaknesses, but it won't go down easily and it most
likely won't go down instantly. Take note of how good Energy Ball is: you will
be able to get the TM for it not long after the Elite Four challenge.

Milotic was one of Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald's best Water Pokemon and is strong as
ever here. First and foremost, don't use special attacks, or you'll get struck
hard by Mirror Coat. It has high Special Defense, so don't bother anyway. Surf
and Ice Beam will hit you so hard that your feelings will be hurt, and it uses
Dragon Pulse to take out, I assume, your dragons. Strange, since Ice Beam does
that anyway. Hm...anyway, its weakness lies in its weak Defense stat; however,
its ability, Marvel Scale, will give it a 50% Defense boost if it has a status
condition. So don't paralyze it or anything.

Lucario is a Pokemon that I believe every aspiring Pokemon master should have,
but in case you don't, it's much the same as Maylene's aside from, you know, a
much stronger moveset and higher level. Aura Sphere never misses, Extremespeed
is Quick Attack with twice the power, Stone Edge crushes your Fire Pokemon you
should be using, and Shadow Ball is just there, I guess. Just like before, any
Ground Pokemon worth its weight can lay a beating, and most Fighting types can
as well.

Her final and staple Pokemon is the Garchomp I mentioned above, a ferocious as
sin Dragon/Ground Pokemon with one major weakness: it can't take the cold. Its
Dragon Rush is ferociously strong and I don't need to tell you that Earthquake
is as well. Both get STAB, by the way. Giga Impact will bring down some of the
opposition, but will also give you a free turn whether or not you can take the
hit. Finally, if you're smart and threw out an Ice Pokemon, unless it's also a
Water Pokemon, Flamethrower melts it. If you have a Gyarados with Ice Fang, it
is likely you've already won. If you don't have any of the above, well, uh, um
you're screwed. Seriously though, Ice Beam godstomps Garchomp.

When you've finally taken down her six champion Pokemon, congratulations! Your
championship bout is won, and you're now the champion! And with that, a rather
large world of possibilities for the game opens up.

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| 4: GYM LEADER 2.0 GUIDE | glg2 |
==================================

In Pokemon Platinum, you get the wondrous ability to rebattle the gym leaders,
rival and Elite Four after beating the game. They are all over level 60, which
of course means that wimps like Roark and Gardenia are no longer wimps. Almost
every one of the leader's Pokemon have incredible movesets, not unlike Cynthia
and the Elite Four, and everyone is now fully evolved if they weren't before--
all in all, a much harder bout this time around. You can choose to refight all
eight of them after getting te National Pokedex, and all eight of them, rather
like the seven battle areas in Emerald, are found in the Battleground. I would
guess you might see it as a perfect way of leveling up. There's always a catch
of course, and the catch here is you're only get to fight one leader each day,
so you'll need two weeks to beat them all. There's also five trainers here for
you to fight, all partners you teamed up with over the course of the game: you
recall the forest, the cave, Iron Island and I think two other areas later on,
after the Elite Four as well. One is definitely Victory Road, a section you're
not able to access before dethroning the Elite Four. I'll cover them as best I
can, but having never faced them, it might not be 100% accurate.

Nothing less than mid-to-late 50s in level has a chance here, unless you are a
crazy person who has a billion of every potion and switches with the opponent,
which is kinda lame.

I'll also be changing up the way I write out the improved gym leaders, but you
will see that as it happens. I will not be listing prizes for winning because,
after all, the only prize is money, and every battle nets you 7800y.

I'm not joking, by the way. You'll want to have good levels and a solid, good,
diverse team; anything less will be demolished. You've been fairly warned, and
I'm not going to reply to emails whining about levels being too high and moves
being too strong. As I said, I don't reply to spam.

Onward we go. The team I used going into this series of battles is the same as
before, with the same movesets, but five levels higher each.

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o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Leader Rebattle #1: Roark ---------------------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Rock Pokemon -----------------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 4/10 ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 62 -----------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 13,305 ---------------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Aerodactyl -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 62 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Rock/Flying -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Rock Head ----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,683 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Stone Edge, Aerial Ace, Earthquake, Dragon Claw ----|
|-- Recommended Type: Water, Electric, Steel, Rock ------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Probopass ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Rock/Steel ------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sturdy or Magnet Pull ----------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,587 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Stone Edge, Earth Power, Discharge, Stealth Rock ---|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting, Ground, Water -----------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Golem ----------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Rock/Ground -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sturdy or Rock Head ------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,313 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Stone Edge, Earthquake, Brick Break, Flamethrower --|
|-- Recommended Type: Water, Grass, Fighting, Steel, Ground ---|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Rampardos ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 63 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Rock ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Mold Breaker -------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,686 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Head Smash, Zen Headbutt, Earthquake, Avalanche ----|
|-- Recommended Type: Water, Grass, Fighting, Steel, Ground ---|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Tyranitar ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 65 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Rock/Dark -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sand Stream --------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 3,036 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Stone Edge, Crunch, Aerial Ace, Fire Fang ----------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting, Ground, Water, Grass ----------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o

Yeah, I know, this is the same Roark we creamed so easily way back when we had
just started out the game. He's completely rearranged his team, ditching Onix,
I assume, because Steelix doesn't fit in with the Rock theme and Byron already
has one, and brought in some Rock Pokemon worth their weight. Some from waaaay
back a decade ago, some new. He's a bit tougher, but you shouldn't have actual
problems with Rock Pokemon at this point in the game, especially since most of
Roark's have double weaknesses you can exploit.

Fans of Red/Blue/Yellow and Gold/Silver/Crystal will remember Aerodactyl, who,
of course, was a prehistoric fossil Pokemon notable on Lance's lineup. Its top
stat is its Speed with its Attack only just behind, so it can literally topple
an unprepared team itself. Counter it with a good Pokemon that can take a hit,
preferably a Water Pokemon because it won't be hit super-effectively by any of
Aerodactyl's moves. Props to Pokemon like Golduck in this regard.

Probopass, Sinnoh's evolved form of Nosepass, is a mixture of Rock and Steel -
like Bastiodon - meaning it is a fortress against most Pokemon. It still has a
couple major weaknesses, notably to Ground and Fighting types, so Lucario and,
well, even Golem are good choices here. Watch out for Stealth Rock, which will
damage any Pokemon you send into the battle through retreating or replacing.

Golem is basically the exact same as it was when you faced it during the Elite
Four challenge. Actually, it's weaker. I don't know why he chose Flamethrower,
as Golem's Special Attack is practically nonexistent and it won't last against
a real Grass Pokemon long enough to use it anyway. Speaking of which, use one.
My advice for Pokemon like Golem will never change.

Rampardos is awesome, if not too defensive. The evolved form of Cranidos, this
powerhouse would be the strongest Attack-wise if Deoxys wasn't around to steal
its crown. Head Smash has 150 BP and has recoil damage, but that does not mean
much when it's taking down your Pokemon one by one. Zen Headbutt is a slightly
stronger Headbutt of the Psychic variety. Aside from that, there isn't much at
play here you haven't seen before. Like Cranidos, it doesn't have much defense
to speak of, so use a strong physical hitter like Torterra and you're good.

His new staple Pokemon is Tyranitar, the Johto monstrosity. It's not Rampardos
or anything, but it has four powerful physical moves and a strong Attack stat,
and the rest is nothing new to you. You're used to all these moves, and I know
you can see its gaping weakness, so Cross Chop or Brick Break it to submission
and you win.

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o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Leader Rebattle #2: Gardenia -----------------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Grass Pokemon ---------------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 3/10 -----------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 62 ----------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 12,119 --------------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Jumpluff ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Flying ---------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Chlorophyll -------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,299 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Bounce, Silver Wind, Toxic, Sunny Day -------------|
|-- Recommended Type: Ice, Fire, Poison, Flying, Rock --------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Cherrim -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 62 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Flower Gift -------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,767 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Solarbeam, Leech Seed, Toxic, Sunny Day -----------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire, Ice, Poison, Flying, Bug ---------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Bellossom -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Chlorophyll -------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,404 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Giga Drain, Drain Punch, Ingrain, Sunny Day -------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire, Ice, Poison, Flying, Bug ---------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Torterra ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 63 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Ground ---------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Overgrow ----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,808 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Wood Hammer, Earthquake, Stone Edge, Crunch -------|
|-- Recommended Type: Ice, Flying, Fire, Bug -----------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Roserade ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 65 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Poison ---------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Poison Point or Natural Cure --------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,841 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Leaf Storm, Sludge Bomb, Shadow Ball, Hyper Beam --|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire, Ice, Flying, Psychic -------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o

Don't worry overmuch about her "new and improved" team: it's more of the same.
This battle is pretty much the same as the last one, just with two new useless
Grass Pokemon (seriously, Jumpluff?) and a fully evolved Torterra. Gardenia, I
suppose, also took the hint and got slightly better movesets, but as her moves
last time were all the same, she could only go up from there anyway.

If I didn't make it clear yet, Jumpluff is a joke. Bounce is more or less Fly,
with a small chance of paralysing the target if it hits. It gets STAB for this
move, but Jumpluff has no real offensive power to speak of. A Fire or Ice type
will laugh this pathetic fluff ball into an early grave. Hell, use a Rock type
if you want, it has nothing to fight them with anyway.

Cherrim is actually worse than last time. Solarbeam is its only attacking move
in its arsenal, and it relies on Sunny Day to use it. If you burn it out with,
say, a Sunny Day-powered Flamethrower/Heat Wave/whatever Fire attack you think
of, you've already won. Keep in mind that if it is sunny out, Cherrim's rather
unique special ability gives it a Special Attack boost, so Solarbeam will then
be both a one-turn move and more powerful to boot. Again, if you're using Fire
Pokemon like you should be, this doesn't matter anyway.

You probably haven't seen Bellossom since the Gold/Silver days, and I'm pretty
sure the Grass gym leader Erika had it there too, but don't worry: it's barely
stronger than the previous two. Giga Drain and Drain Punch are the same except
for typing, and neither hit that hard. Nevertheless, leading with a Water or a
Rock Pokemon would still be ridiculously stupid. Flamethrower it.

Torterra is the major powerhouse of Gardenia's team, now much stronger than it
was when you faced it as an unevolved Turtwig. You have battled it a few times
before now if you started with Piplup courtesy of your rival. Save your rather
precious Fire Pokemon from battling it as Earthquake and Stone Edge pulverise.
That being said, Stone Edge hits all four types strong against Torterra super-
effectively, so go with an Ice Pokemon and nail the double weakness.

You've dealt with Roserade several times now, you know how to deal with it. An
interesting fact: this one's been bred, as Roserade can only learn Leaf Storm,
a powerful Grass attack, as an egg move. Because of that, I don't know whether
Roserade has Natural Cure or Poison Point as an ability. Anyway, I'm guessing,
and this is purely guesswork (derp), that you've seen its other moves before--
you know how strong all of them are. Whatever strategy you used against almost
every other Roserade you've faced works just as well here.

See? Not that hard.

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o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Leader Rebattle #3: Fantina ---------------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Ghost Pokemon ------------------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 5/10 --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 62 -------------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 12,963 -----------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Banette ----------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ghost -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Insomnia -------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,338 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Shadow Claw, Faint Attack, Thunderbolt, Will-o-Wisp --|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Ghost -------------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Drifblim ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ghost/Flying ------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Aftermath ------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,665 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Ominous Wind, Psychic, Silver Wind, Baton Pass -------|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Electric, Ghost, Ice, Rock ----------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Dusknoir ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 62 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ghost -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Pressure -------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,790 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Shadow Punch, Rock Slide, Protect, Double Team -------|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Ghost -------------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Mismagius --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 63 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ghost -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Levitate -------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,524 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Shadow Ball, Psychic, Thunderbolt, Magical Leaf ------|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark --------------------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Gengar -----------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 65 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ghost/Poison ------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Levitate -------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,646 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Shadow Ball, Psychic, Thunder, Focus Blast -----------|
|-- Recommended Type: Normal, Dark ------------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o

Fantina got her act together and put together a team of good to awesome Ghosts
for you to contend with. Everyone, especially Haunter and Duskull - now Gengar
and Dusknoir - has improved. She's still not too hard to take down, though.

Banette is more irritating than difficult. Shadow Claw is a good choice as the
Attack stat on this thing is actually fairly decent, but its only real threat,
and that's said loosely, is Will-o-Wisp, which gets annoying after a while. So
have Full Heals ready. Lead with a Dark Pokemon and you're good.

You've likely seen Drifblim before now. It isn't too threatening altogether. I
should warn you not to use physical moves to finish it, though, as its ability
called Aftermath takes off a quarter of your HP, like Curse, if you do, and it
doesn't care if you have less than that left. Ominous Wind and Silver Wind are
the same in everything except type, and it will use Baton Pass to transfer its
raised stats over to one of her other Pokemon. Since she still has Dusknoir, I
recommend not letting that happen. Use your Dark Pokemon here too.

Dusknoir, the third form of Duskull unique to Gen 4, is the powerhouse of this
team. It has a ton of Defense and Special Defense alike, very little HP, Speed
and Special Attack, and a fair bit of Attack. Also, Double Team and Protect...
what a ****ing cheater. Faint Attack will get through all the Double Teams the
world can throw at you, but you likely have nothing for Protect. Show some bit
of patience and whittle it down little by little, it'll go down eventually.

You've faced her Mismagius before. The only changes here are two new moves. It
isn't any different otherwise, except obviously higher-leveled; you can take a
breather here if you've had a hard battle so far. As always, Dark Pokemon most
often shine against Ghosts like this.

Her last and best Pokemon by far is Gengar. You faced it as a Haunter when you
fought Fantina the first time, where it had two wimpy attacks it couldn't even
use properly. This time it took some notes from Mismagius and improved vastly,
but its weaknesses lie in its inaccurate moves. Shadow Ball and Psychic are in
the same league as moves like Flamethrower and Ice Beam on this thing, and you
know why it has Focus Blast. Thunder's just there, and it is still as accurate
as ever: that is, not at all. You can risk a Dark Pokemon, though I decided on
Porygon-Z and used Conversion before it could use Focus Blast. Mostly anything
is at risk here, so just choose defensively. It's not as hard as it seems.

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o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Leader Rebattle #4: Maylene --------------------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Fighting Pokemon --------------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 4-5/10 -----------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 63 ------------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 11,619 ----------------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Hitmontop -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 62 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fighting ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Intimidate ----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,833 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Triple Kick, Fake Out, Aerial Ace, Quick Attack -----|
|-- Recommended Type: Psychic, Flying --------------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Breloom ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 62 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fighting/Grass ---------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Effect Spore --------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,191 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Mach Punch, Seed Bomb, Stone Edge, Spore ------------|
|-- Recommended Type: Flying, Psychic, Fire, Poison ------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Medicham --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 63 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fighting/Psychic -------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Pure Power ----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,065 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Hi Jump Kick, Fire Punch, Ice Punch, Thunderpunch ---|
|-- Recommended Type: Ghost, Flying ----------------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Machamp ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 64 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fighting ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: No Guard ------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,646 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Cross Chop, Stone Edge, Earthquake, Rock Climb ------|
|-- Recommended Type: Psychic, Flying --------------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Lucario ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 66 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fighting/Steel ---------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Steadfast -----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,884 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Close Combat, Drain Punch, Bone Rush, Extremespeed --|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting, Ground, Fire -------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o

Maylene still isn't all that hard to beat, though her team has improved a fair
bit, but I think that's mainly because a team of Fighting Pokemon really isn't
all that good to begin with. Her three original Pokemon are all fully evolved,
she has two more to go with them and movesets in general are better, though in
my humble opinion I think Fantina was harder.

She leads with Hitmontop, which has average stats and lame moves. The stronger
attack here is Aerial Ace, which never misses, but won't do a lot of damage. I
don't think you're using Grass Pokemon anyway. Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan are, by
far, better choices here... Anyway, dispatch it with whatever you happen to be
using, it doesn't hit hard.

Breloom follows, and it's a huge improvement in terms of Attack. All its moves
use this stat, and Spore puts you to sleep with more accuracy than Hypnosis or
Sleep Powder. This can be annoying. Seed Bomb is a powerful Grass type attack,
no extra effects, and you know the other moves damn well by now. Look closely,
right there, at Breloom's typing. When you're done, Fly all over it.

Medicham sucks. It has mediocre Attack, and all of its moves rely on Attack so
it doesn't really hit hard. That being said, Hi Jump Kick is still powerful. I
think you've seen the elemental attacks enough times to know how to counter...
One thing to note, though, is that Pure Power, Medicham's ability, doubles its
Attack stat. Since it was only 60 originally, that doesn't matter much. If you
had no problem with Meditite last time, you won't have problems here.

You've seen Machoke a number of times, and this is its evolved form. It has an
awesome Attack stat and some great moves to run off it. A Psychic Pokemon can,
and probably will, crush Machamp quite easily; otherwise, trade blows with him
and hope for the best. You may or may not need to heal a few times as I'm sure
this Machamp has No Guard, which makes every attack used while Machamp is out,
including yours, 100% accurate. No amount of Double Teaming can stop this; all
you can do is beat it.

No matter how many times you see Lucario, it never stops being a great Pokemon
in the end. At level 66, you've likely not seen anything as high leveled as it
so far in this game. It still has Drain Punch and Bone Rush - I don't know why
since it should have Aura Sphere now - but it also has Close Combat now and it
has Extremespeed as well. Nothing you haven't seen before. Breloom and Machamp
were harder than this; the victory should be yours.

Seriously though, she should have chosen Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan. Hell, mostly
anything would have been better. Hitmontop...well, sucks.

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o-----------------------------------------------------o
|-- Leader Rebattle #5: Crasher Wake -----------------|
o-----------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Water Pokemon -------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 6/10 ---------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 62 --------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 11,841 ------------------|
o-----------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Sharpedo ----------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 ----------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Water/Dark ---------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Rough Skin ------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,287 -------------------------|
|-- Moves: Aqua Jet, Night Slash, Slash, Endure ------|
|-- Recommended Type: Electric, Grass, Fighting ------|
o-----------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Quagsire ----------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -----------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 ----------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Water/Ground -------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Damp ------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,789 -------------------------|
|-- Moves: Surf, Earthquake, Stone Edge, Yawn --------|
|-- Recommended Type: Grass --------------------------|
o-----------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Gyarados ----------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 62 ----------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Water/Flying -------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Intimidate ------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,842 -------------------------|
|-- Moves: Aqua Tail, Giga Impact, Bite, Avalanche ---|
|-- Recommended Type: Electric -----------------------|
o-----------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Floatzel ----------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 63 ----------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Water --------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Swift Swim ------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,403 -------------------------|
|-- Moves: Aqua Jet, Brine, Ice Fang, Crunch ---------|
|-- Recommended Type: Electric, Grass ----------------|
o-----------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Ludicolo ----------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 65 ----------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Water/Grass --------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Swift Swim ------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,520 -------------------------|
|-- Moves: Surf, Energy Ball, Ice Beam, Focus Blast --|
|-- Recommended Type: Flying, Poison, Bug ------------|
o-----------------------------------------------------o

He's more or less the same as last time. Gyarados is a bit better, Quagsire is
a lot better, Floatzel remains mostly unchanged, and he has two Hoenn-based in
his party now, one of whom is my personal favorite Water Pokemon and quite the
challenge if used properly - so, of course, not a challenge here.

I'll say right here and now that Gyarados and Floatzel are pretty much almost,
if not exactly, the same as last time. Take them out the same way. Be careful,
though, as Gyarados has Giga Impact.

Sharpedo is laughable. OK, so it has high Attack, but it doesn't have any real
Defense at all. You can literally down this thing with MEGA DRAIN. Since Wake,
I mean Crasher Wake, apparently realizes this, he gave Sharpedo Endure. Endure
leaves it with one HP no matter what attack you use. Instead of substituting -
and by that I mean permanently - anything else, he gave it Endure. Wow. Battle
this one with anything, it's no big deal.

You battled Quagsire. It now has Surf and Earthquake, both of which get teh es
tee ay bee, and Stone Edge hurts a bit. Other than that, it remains unchanged,
for the most part anyway. Almost any Grass attack will take it out.

His new staple Pokemon, Ludicolo, is quite possibly one of the best Pokemon of
its type in the game in my humble opinion. It's part-Grass, erasing all of its
Water weaknesses and leaving only the Grass ones. This might throw you off if,
say, you came here with nothing but Electrics and Grasses of your own. If I am
not mistaken, Ludicolo has Swift Swim, so if it's [still] raining, it will now
have double the Speed, and it wasn't exactly slow to begin with. Fortunately -
and I say that with some regret, mainly because I couldn't confirm its ability
- it doesn't have Rain Dance, so its ability might be Rain Dish. I'm positive,
and by positive I mean I don't have a damn clue, that it's Swift Swim, though.
Anyway, your birds will shine here as long as they can stomach Ice Beam.

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o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Leader Rebattle #6: Byron -----------------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Steel Pokemon ------------------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 3-4/10 ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 62 -------------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 11,619 -----------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Skarmory ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Steel/Flying ------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sturdy or Keen Eye ---------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,197 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Drill Peck, Night Slash, Rock Tomb, Stealth Rock -----|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire, Electric ----------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Steelix ----------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Steel/Ground ------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sturdy or Rock Head --------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,562 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Gyro Ball, Ice Fang, Dragonbreath, Sandstorm ---------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire, Water, Fighting, Ground -------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Magnezone --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: None ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 62 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Steel/Electric ----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sturdy or Magnet Pull ------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,802 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Flash Cannon, Thunderbolt, Supersonic, Thunder Wave --|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground ------------------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Bastiodon --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 63 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Steel/Rock --------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sturdy ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,686 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Metal Burst, Ancientpower, Rest, Iron Defense --------|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground, Fighting --------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Aggron -----------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 65 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Steel/Rock --------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sturdy or Rock Head --------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,854 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Metal Burst, Stone Edge, Earthquake, Avalanche -------|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground, Fighting --------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o

It's a damn shame. Steel Pokemon have such potential, but Byron just can't use
them properly. At least he has Magnezone this time. He also has Aggron, which,
uh, is sometimes awesome.

Skarmory, from Gen 2, shows up first. Drill Peck gets STAB, but other than the
ever-annoying Stealth Rock, Skarmory isn't very challenging. If you possess an
Electric Pokemon, use it here. Magneton/zone gets props for tanking all of the
moves Skarmory has.

I'm not going to dignify Steelix with a synopsis. It ditched Earthquake. I can
not believe even the AI is that stupid. But seriously, whatever you did before
works even better here.

Magnezone, Mt. Coronet's evolved form of Magneton, is awesome. Thunderbolt and
Flash Cannon both get STAB and Magnezone has high Special Attack; unfortunate,
though, that it doesn't have Magnet Rise to get around its weakness to Ground.
Nevertheless, tread carefully as this thing is powerful.

Bastiodon is more or less the same as last time, possessing a fortress of stat
Defense and not much else. It isn't fast, and doesn't have to be to make great
use of Metal Burst, so take it out with one hit using your best Fighting blow,
or even better, Earthquake. Close Combat is even better. If it tanks a hit, it
will KO you with Metal Burst.

His final Pokemon is Aggron, also a Hoenn Pokemon that, along with Skarmory, I
believe Steven of Ruby/Sapphire used. It's much the same as Bastiodon but with
higher Attack and a bit less Defense, and has the same weaknesses as Bastiodon
does. On top of Metal Burst, it has a STAB'd Stone Edge as well as Avalanche -
I guess for the Ground Pokemon you might use. Beating it is pretty simple, and
almost anyone with Earthquake can do it.

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o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Leader Rebattle #7: Candice -----------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Ice Pokemon ----------------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 4/10 ----------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 62 ---------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 13,396 -------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Weavile ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 62 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ice/Dark ------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Pressure ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,643 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Avalanche, Faint Attack, Slash, Taunt ------------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting, Fire, Steel, more Fighting --|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Mamoswine ----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ice/Ground ----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Oblivious or Snow Cloak ------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,703 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Avalanche, Earthquake, Ancientpower, Hail --------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire, Fighting, Steel, Water ----------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Abomasnow ----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ice/Grass -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Snow Warning -----------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,796 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Avalanche, Wood Hammer, Grasswhistle, Ingrain ----|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire ----------------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Froslass -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 63 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ice/Ghost -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Snow Cloak -------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,524 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Blizzard, Ominous Wind, Hail, Confuse Ray --------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire, Dark, Rock, Steel ---------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Glaceon ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 65 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ice -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Snow Cloak -------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,730 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Blizzard, Shadow Ball, Water Pulse, Mirror Coat --|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire, Fighting, Steel -----------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o

This battle mirrors the last battle you had with her. Everyone's now 20 levels
higher and she got a Glaceon and evolved two of her Pokemon. That is...really,
truly all there is to it. For the sake of the guide, though, I suppose I'll go
further in-depth.

You've seen Weavile before; Cyrus used one. It's just a super-up Sneasel which
has better moves. Avalanche will hurt you if you don't KO it in one hit, but I
think you're smart enough to have a Fighting Pokemon to deal with the weakness
that's so glaringly obvious.

Mamoswine is the evolved form of Piloswine and is only a little better than it
was before. It does have great Attack, though, and Earthquake will hurt you if
you decide to use a Fire Pokemon. Take it down the same way you did before.

Flamethrower, meet Abomasnow.

Froslass is actually worse than before. No more Shadow Ball, no more Psychic -
what was she thinking? She did put in Hail, though, which is good when used in
combination with Blizzard and Snow Cloak. Take it down the same way as before.

You might not have seen Glaceon, the Ice evolution of Eevee, before now. It is
not all that strong, but if it's still hailing, Glaceon also has Snow Cloak. I
don't know why it has Water Pulse; for the Fire types, maybe? Mirror Coat hits
hard against Special users, so go with Physical moves and you're good. Attacks
like Close Combat and Fire Punch are awesome here.

All in all, this battle is even easier this time around.

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o-----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Leader Rebattle #8: Volkner ----------------------------------|
o-----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Electric Pokemon ----------------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 4/10 ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 62 --------------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 11,619 ------------------------------|
o-----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Jolteon -----------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 ----------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Electric -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Volt Absorb -----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,574 -------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Charge Beam, Double Kick, Pin Missile, Quick Attack ---|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground -------------------------------------|
o-----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Raichu ------------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 ----------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Electric -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Static ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,594 -------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Charge Beam, Brick Break, Light Screen, Thunder Wave --|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground -------------------------------------|
o-----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Luxray ------------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 62 ----------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Electric -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Rivalry ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,577 -------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Thunder Fang, Fire Fang, Ice Fang, Crunch -------------|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground -------------------------------------|
o-----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Lanturn -----------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 63 ----------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Electric/Water -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Volt Absorb -----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,106 -------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Discharge, Surf, Ice Beam, Signal Beam ----------------|
|-- Recommended Type: Grass, Ground ------------------------------|
o-----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Electivire --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 65 ----------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Electric -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Motor Drive -----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,770 -------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Thunderpunch, Fire Punch, Brick Break, Giga Impact ----|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground -------------------------------------|
o-----------------------------------------------------------------o

This battle is ridiculously easy compared to last time, as he hasn't changed a
bit with the exception of Lanturn and you already know what to expect. Maybe a
few moves have changed here and there, but it is the same strategy against all
four of Volkner's originals, and that's all I'm going to say on them. Giving a
second synopsis on the same thing is rather pointless.

Lanturn is a fresh face from Johto. Discharge is a powerful Electric move that
hits both opponents, and the rest is nothing new for you. The typing is rather
interesting, but any Grass Pokemon can dodge around the Ice and Signal Beam to
pull out a win here.

All in all, this battle is simple compared to last time, so you should be just
fine beating him.

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====================================
| 5a: THE FIVE RIVALS GUIDE | frg1 |
====================================

Throughout the game, there are five people you meet in seemingly random areas,
people who partner up with you to clear a certain area. Some of them do not, I
believe, actually need to be found, but it's better if you do. Others, like in
Eterna Forest, are required to continue. Anyway, there are five of them in all
and each specializes in a different stat. Oh, and I'm adding the main rival in
here as well, but he'll be in a separate section because there's seven battles
with him.

Anyway, the five partners are listed below in detail. Here you go:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Rival #1: Cheryl -------------------------------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: HP Pokemon --------------------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 6/10 -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 62 ------------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 13,745 ----------------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Wobbuffet -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Psychic ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Shadow Tag ----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,307 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Counter, Mirror Coat, Encore, Safeguard -------------|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Ghost ------------------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Drifblim --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ghost/Flying -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Aftermath -----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,665 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Ominous Wind, Fly, Toxic, Protect -------------------|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Electric, Rock, Ice ----------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Hariyama --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 62 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fighting ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Thick Fat -----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,443 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Close Combat, Stone Edge, Earthquake, Bullet Punch --|
|-- Recommended Type: Psychic, Flying --------------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Wailord ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 63 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Water ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Oblivious or Water Veil ---------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,781 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Water Spout, Brine, Avalanche, Earthquake -----------|
|-- Recommended Type: Grass, Electric --------------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Blissey ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 65 --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Normal -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Natural Cure --------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 3,549 -----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Counter, Psychic, Toxic, Softboiled -----------------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting ---------------------------------|
o---------------------------------------------------------------o

Oh my god, I hate her. Remember back in Eterna Forest, when you had her "help"
through a level 20 Chansey that was so pitifully weak that its Egg Bomb wasn't
able to kill Wurmples and Softboiled whenever even scratched? Yeah, it evolved
into a Blissey that can easily cream even the best opposition. All five of her
Pokemon are among the top HP stat-wise in the game; I'm pretty sure Blissey is
well over 500 HP-wise. Try to be around or over level 60 here if you can.

Hariyama is from Ruby/Sapphire and is quite tough to knock out even with those
that are strong against it, but it has nothing to hit Psychics, so use them. I
think you know how to tackle Drifblim. Wobbuffet has Shadow Tag for an ability
which means that until one of you faints, there will be no switching. It is an
easy contender for the single most annoying Pokemon in the entire series since
it does nothing but counter your moves. Safeguard takes away your strategy for
Toxic, Confuse Ray or anything else that inflicts a status condition, and with
Encore you will be stuck using the same move over and over again, so that it's
always going to be able to counter your move without having to guess. Let your
hatred commence.

Wailord isn't too tough. Water Spout depends on its HP: if full, it has 150 BP
to dish out, which is insane. Avalanche and Earthquake counter its weaknesses,
meaning Cheryl is smarter than most Water users. It will use Brine when the HP
of your Pokemon whittles past the halfway point. Then there's Blissey, not far
behind Wobbuffet in terms of seriously ****ing annoying. KO it in one hit with
a Fighting attack; if you don't, Counter is guaranteed to murder you because I
highly doubt you have a Pokemon with more than 700 HP. You already know all it
has to offer otherwise, so base your strategy around its own and you should be
fine. Aggravated, but fine.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Rival #2: Mira ------------------------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Special Attack Pokemon -----------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 6/10 ----------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 62 ---------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 13,262 -------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Porygon-Z ----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: None --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Normal --------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Adaptability -----------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,418 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Tri Attack, Psychic, Dark Pulse, Thunderbolt -----|
|-- Recommended Type: Steel, Fighting -----------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Gengar -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ghost/Poison --------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Levitate ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,482 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Shadow Ball, Sludge Bomb, Psychic, Energy Ball ---|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark ----------------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Magnezone ----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: None --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 62 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Electric/Steel ------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sturdy or Magnet Pull --------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,802 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Thunder, Flash Cannon, Hyper Beam, Thunder Wave --|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground, Fighting, Fire ----------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Togekiss -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 63 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Normal/Flying -------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Hustle or Serene Grace -------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,970 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Extremespeed, Air Slash, Psychic, Aura Sphere ----|
|-- Recommended Type: Rock, Electric, Ice -------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Alakazam -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 65 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Psychic -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Inner Focus ------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,590 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Psychic, Focus Blast, Hyper Beam, Calm Mind ------|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Ghost, Bug ----------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o

Let's face it, we knew what stat she was going to specialize in. That Kadabra,
way back in the cave you helped her in, was the one doing the creaming all the
while when you were on your way out. Now it's an Alakazam and backed by others
with incredible Special Attack. Props to her for choosing Gengar as well.

You already know all about Alakazam, Togekiss and Magnezone; I highly doubt an
in-depth summary is needed there. Gengar, in case you haven't fought it yet in
Fantina's improved team, is Haunter's evolved form and a beast. It nails a lot
of weak points, but you're safe with a Dark Pokemon like Honchkrow or Houndoom
in play, so choose one. Porygon-Z is one of the best Normal Pokemon out there,
with a Special Attack equal to Alakazam's and Adaptability, its ability, which
doubles the power of a move if it is the same type as the move. If used with a
move like Conversion as a combination, it has insane potential. That said, you
should watch out for Tri Attack, which will be monstrous. It has Psychic, very
obviously, for the Fighting Pokemon you should be using. If you have a Lucario
in your party right now, it is seriously one of the best choices here since it
isn't hit super-effectively by Psychic or anything else.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Rival #3: Riley ---------------------------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Attack Pokemon -----------------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 5/10 --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 62 -------------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 13,318 -----------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Absol ------------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Dark --------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Pressure -------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,274 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Night Slash, Psycho Cut, Quick Attack, Swords Dance --|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting, Bug -----------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Ursaring ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Normal ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Guts -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,470 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Slash, Avalanche, Aerial Ace, Shadow Claw ------------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting, Steel ---------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Metagross --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: None ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 62 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Steel/Psychic -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Clear Body -----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,790 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Meteor Mash, Zen Headbutt, Bullet Punch, Hammer Arm --|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire, Ground ------------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Salamence --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 63 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Dragon/Flying -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Intimidate -----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,943 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Dragon Claw, Fire Fang, Crunch, Thunder Fang ---------|
|-- Recommended Type: Ice, Rock ---------------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Lucario ----------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 65 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fighting/Steel ----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Steadfast ------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,841 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Close Combat, Blaze Kick, Bone Rush, Extremespeed ----|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting, Fire, Ground --------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o

Speaking of Lucario...

This guy runs up the Attack stat, and you can see for yourself with Pokemon as
powerful as Metagross and Salamence on his team. He leads with Absol, which is
the weakest of his team but still capable of dealing out some serious whooping
all the same. Ursaring is powerful, but falls easily to Fighting Pokemon - but
watch out for Aerial Ace all the same. You'll remember Metagross from Steven's
team back in Ruby/Sapphire, and know that Meteor Mash is a deadly move. It has
STAB for that, Bullet Punch (Steel-type Quick Attack) and Zen Headbutt; Hammer
Arm is just for other Pokemon. If you remember this one, you definitely recall
Salamence, which suffers the same weakness to Ice that every other Dragon I've
heard of suffers.

Riley must have bred his original Lucario, because this one has Blaze Kick, an
Egg move. It would have had Aura Sphere if it wasn't using Attack stat attacks
so Close Combat is subbing that, Bone Rush is there because it's always there,
and you know Extremespeed by now. All in all, I'd say Riley is weaker than the
previous two, though still challenging enough.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Rival #4: Marley -----------------------------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Speed Pokemon ---------------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 4-5/10 ---------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 62 ----------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 12,343 --------------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Ninjask -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Bug/Flying -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Speed Boost -------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,025 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: X-Scissor, Aerial Ace, Slash, Swords Dance --------|
|-- Recommended Type: Rock, Fire -----------------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Electrode -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: None ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Electric -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Static ------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,960 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Thunder, Hyper Beam, Double Team, Thunder Wave ----|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground ---------------------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Crobat --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 62 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Poison/Flying --------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Inner Focus -------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,708 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Poison Fang, Air Slash, Double Team, Confuse Ray --|
|-- Recommended Type: Psychic, Electric, Ice, Rock -----------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Weavile -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 63 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ice/Dark -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Pressure ----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,684 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Ice Punch, Ice Shard, Night Slash, Aerial Ace -----|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting, Fire, Rock -------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Arcanine ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female -------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 65 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Intimidate --------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,966 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Flare Blitz, Crunch, Extremespeed, Thunder Fang ---|
|-- Recommended Type: Water, Ground, Rock --------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o

ARCANINE! =D
Ahem, sorry.

As you can guess, Marley goes for Speed stat Pokemon, which makes it weird for
Arcanine to be there because it's far from the fastest Pokemon in the game, so
I guess that's why Extremespeed is there. The other four are in the top 15 for
speed, so I guess that makes up for it. Arcanine's actually 70th...

Anyway, veterans will remember Electrode, one of the original fastest. Marley,
for whatever reason, chose a weak moveset for hers, though Double Team will of
course show up in any moveset like that. Crobat has Double Team as well, but I
think you've faced enough Golbats and Crobats to know how to counter this one;
same goes for Weavile. Cyrus had both, remember?

Ninjask is the second fastest Pokemon in the series, second only to one of the
forms Deoxys takes, which shouldn't count anyway. It also has Speed Boost, the
ability that boosts Speed each turn until it's maxed out. It has a fairly good
moveset, but falls prey to Rock Pokemon due to its horrendous weakness. As for
Arcanine, it's powerful with Flare Blitz, and has Thunder Fang for Water types
but nothing for Ground or Rock types, so hit it with one of those.

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o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Rival #5: Buck -------------------------------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: High Defense Pokemon --------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 5/10 -----------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 62 ----------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 11,231 --------------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Shuckle -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Bug/Rock -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sturdy or Gluttony ------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,045 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Toxic, Sandstorm, Rest, Protect -------------------|
|-- Recommended Type: Water, Rock, Steel ---------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Torkoal -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 61 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: White Smoke -------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,104 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Eruption, Earthquake, Protect, Will-o-Wisp --------|
|-- Recommended Type: Water, Ground, Rock --------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Umbreon -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 62 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Dark -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Synchronize -------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,616 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Dark Pulse, Psychic, Confuse Ray, Double Team -----|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting, Bug --------------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Dusknoir ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 63 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ghost ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Pressure ----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,835 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Shadow Ball, Fire Punch, Ice Punch, Thunderpunch --|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Ghost ----------------------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Claydol -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: None ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 65 ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Psychic/Ground -------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Levitate ----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,631 ---------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Psychic, Earth Power, Ancientpower, Calm Mind -----|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Ghost, Water, Grass --------------|
o-------------------------------------------------------------o

Defense, defense, defense. To be honest, it's all that Johto-face Shuckle is a
use for, as it doesn't have any attacking moves - and so it shouldn't, as it's
the weakest Attacker in the series but has the most Defense, both physical and
special, in the series. This one is only really here to irritate you by toying
with your status condition and protecting itself. Wash it away with Surf, or I
guess anything that will whittle it down. Torkoal also has some great Defense,
but very little else, so be wary of Will-o-Wisp and Eruption and Surf it.

Umbreon has, of course, Double Team and Confuse Ray. Nobody wants to face that
in a battle against defensive Pokemon, so bring a Fighting Pokemon with a move
like Vital Throw or, even better, Aura Sphere. Watch out for Psychic. You have
seen Dusknoir before, you know how to take it down. It uses elemental attacks,
much like Volkner and Bertha did with some of their Pokemon. Claydol...I don't
know, it isn't the most defensive at all. Like Arcanine, it was on the list of
top 200 for its stat, but only made it two-thirds of the way up the list. Your
Water Pokemon will dispose of it just as easily as Torkoal. Make sure you beat
it before it Calm Mind's too many times, or Psychic and Earth Power will shred
you apart.

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===================================
| 5b: THE MAIN RIVAL GUIDE | mrg1 |
===================================

I won't be recording movesets or recommended types for this rival. Pretty much
anything can be used against him--he doesn't have strong movesets until a long
way into the game.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

o--------------------------------------o
|-- Rival Battle #1: [Rival's Name] ---|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- Prize: 500y -----------------------|
|-- Difficulty: N/A -------------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE TURTWIG --------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Chimchar -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 5 --------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------|
|-- Ability: Blaze --------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 69 -------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE CHIMCHAR -------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Piplup ---------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 5 --------------------------|
|-- Type: Water -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Torrent ------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 70 -------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE PIPLUP ---------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Turtwig --------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 5 --------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Overgrow -----------------|
|-- Experience Points: 68 -------------|
o--------------------------------------o

I will be referring to rival as Barry from now on, as that's his anime name.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

o--------------------------------------o
|-- Rival Battle #2: Barry ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- Prize: 900y -----------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 2/10 ------------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Starly ---------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 7 --------------------------|
|-- Type: Normal/Flying ---------------|
|-- Ability: Keen Eye -----------------|
|-- Experience Points: 84 -------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE TURTWIG --------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Chimchar -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 9 --------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------|
|-- Ability: Blaze --------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 125 ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE CHIMCHAR -------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Piplup ---------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 9 --------------------------|
|-- Type: Water -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Torrent ------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 127 ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE PIPLUP ---------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Turtwig --------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 9 --------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Overgrow -----------------|
|-- Experience Points: 123 ------------|
o--------------------------------------o

You should be much higher in level than him anyway, around level 10-11, if not
higher.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

o--------------------------------------o
|-- Rival Battle #3: Barry ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- Prize: 2700y ----------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 3/10 ------------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Staravia -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 25 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Normal/Flying ---------------|
|-- Ability: Intimidate ---------------|
|-- Experience Points: 604 ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE TURTWIG --------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Buizel ---------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 23 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Water -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Swift Swim ---------------|
|-- Experience Points: 369 ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Roselia --------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 23 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Poison ----------------|
|-- Ability: Poison Point -------------|
|-- Experience Points: 748 ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Monferno -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 27 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire/Fighting ---------------|
|-- Ability: Blaze --------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 820 ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE CHIMCHAR -------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Roselia --------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 23 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Poison ----------------|
|-- Ability: Poison Point -------------|
|-- Experience Points: 748 ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Ponyta ---------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 23 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------|
|-- Ability: Run Away or Flash Fire ---|
|-- Experience Points: 748 ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Prinplup -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 27 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Water -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Torrent ------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 827 ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE PIPLUP ---------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Ponyta ---------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 23 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------|
|-- Ability: Run Away or Flash Fire ---|
|-- Experience Points: 748 ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Buizel ---------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 23 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Water -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Swift Swim ---------------|
|-- Experience Points: 369 ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Grotle ---------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 27 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Overgrow -----------------|
|-- Experience Points: 814 ------------|
o--------------------------------------o

Unlike in Pearl/Diamond, he had enough brains to not stop Starly evolving into
Staravia. Which is good, because the more experience points, the better. He'll
use different Pokemon depending on his starter, just like every other rival.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

o--------------------------------------o
|-- Rival Battle #4: Barry ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- Prize: 3600y ----------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 4/10 ------------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Staravia -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 34 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Normal/Flying ---------------|
|-- Ability: Intimidate ---------------|
|-- Experience Points: 822 ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE TURTWIG --------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Buizel ---------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 32 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Water -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Swift Swim ---------------|
|-- Experience Points: 513 ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Roselia --------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 32 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Poison ----------------|
|-- Ability: Poison Point -------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,041 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Monferno -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 36 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire/Fighting ---------------|
|-- Ability: Blaze --------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,095 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE CHIMCHAR -------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Roselia --------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 32 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Poison ----------------|
|-- Ability: Poison Point -------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,041 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Ponyta ---------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 32 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------|
|-- Ability: Run Away or Flash Fire ---|
|-- Experience Points: 1,041 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Prinplup -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 36 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Water -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Torrent ------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,103 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE PIPLUP ---------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Ponyta ---------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 32 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------|
|-- Ability: Run Away or Flash Fire ---|
|-- Experience Points: 1,041 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Buizel ---------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 32 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Water -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Swift Swim ---------------|
|-- Experience Points: 513 ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Grotle ---------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 36 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Overgrow -----------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,087 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o

Nothing's further evolved? He could have a Staraptor, a fully evolved starter,
anything...

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

o--------------------------------------o
|-- Rival Battle #5: Barry ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- Prize: 3800y ----------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 4/10 ------------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Staraptor ------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 36 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Normal/Flying ---------------|
|-- Ability: Intimidate ---------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,326 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Heracross ------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 37 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Bug/Fighting ----------------|
|-- Ability: Swarm or Guts ------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,585 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE TURTWIG --------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Floatzel -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 35 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Water -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Swift Swim ---------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,335 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Roserade -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 35 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Poison ----------------|
|-- Ability: Poison Point -------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,530 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Infernape ------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 38 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire/Fighting ---------------|
|-- Ability: Blaze --------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,701 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE CHIMCHAR -------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Roserade -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 35 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Poison ----------------|
|-- Ability: Poison Point -------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,530 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Rapidash -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 35 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------|
|-- Ability: Run Away or Flash Fire ---|
|-- Experience Points: 1,440 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Empoleon -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 38 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Water/Steel -----------------|
|-- Ability: Torrent ------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,710 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE PIPLUP ---------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Rapidash -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 35 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------|
|-- Ability: Run Away or Flash Fire ---|
|-- Experience Points: 1,440 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Floatzel -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 35 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Water -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Swift Swim ---------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,335 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Torterra -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 38 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Ground ----------------|
|-- Ability: Overgrow -----------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,693 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o

You tell me how he somehow had Ponyta evolve five levels early.
At least he finally evolved that lamesauce Buizel and Roselia. Actually, every
one of his Pokemon is fully evolved now...

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

o--------------------------------------o
|-- Rival Battle #6: Barry ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- Prize: 5100y ----------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 5/10 ------------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Staraptor ------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 48 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Normal/Flying ---------------|
|-- Ability: Intimidate ---------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,768 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Heracross ------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 48 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Bug/Fighting ----------------|
|-- Ability: Swarm or Guts ------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,056 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Snorlax --------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 49 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Normal ----------------------|
|-- Ability: Immunity or Thick Fat ----|
|-- Experience Points: 1,617 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE TURTWIG --------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Floatzel -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 47 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Water -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Swift Swim ---------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,792 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Roserade -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 47 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Poison ----------------|
|-- Ability: Poison Point -------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,054 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 6th Pokemon: Infernape ------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 51 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire/Fighting ---------------|
|-- Ability: Blaze --------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,284 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE CHIMCHAR -------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Roserade -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 47 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Poison ----------------|
|-- Ability: Poison Point -------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,054 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Rapidash -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 47 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------|
|-- Ability: Run Away or Flash Fire ---|
|-- Experience Points: 1,993 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 6th Pokemon: Empoleon -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 51 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Water/Steel -----------------|
|-- Ability: Torrent ------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,295 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE PIPLUP ---------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Rapidash -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 47 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------|
|-- Ability: Run Away or Flash Fire ---|
|-- Experience Points: 1,993 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Floatzel -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 47 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Water -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Swift Swim ---------------|
|-- Experience Points: 1,792 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 6th Pokemon: Torterra -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 51 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Ground ----------------|
|-- Ability: Overgrow -----------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,272 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o

Remember Munchlax, back when you faced Mars and Jupiter on Mt. Coronet? Yep, I
know, it sucked and didn't help at all against any of their Pokemon. Well, now
it's a Snorlax, and infinitely better. This is his final team, by the way.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

o--------------------------------------o
|-- Rival Battle #7: Barry ------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- Prize: 6500y ----------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 6/10 ------------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Staraptor ------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 61 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Normal/Flying ---------------|
|-- Ability: Intimidate ---------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,247 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Heracross ------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 61 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Bug/Fighting ----------------|
|-- Ability: Swarm or Guts ------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,612 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Snorlax --------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 63 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Normal ----------------------|
|-- Ability: Immunity or Thick Fat ----|
|-- Experience Points: 2,079 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE TURTWIG --------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Floatzel -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 59 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Water -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Swift Swim ---------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,250 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Roserade -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 59 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Poison ----------------|
|-- Ability: Poison Point -------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,054 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 6th Pokemon: Infernape ------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 65 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire/Fighting ---------------|
|-- Ability: Blaze --------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,911 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE CHIMCHAR -------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Roserade -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 59 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Poison ----------------|
|-- Ability: Poison Point -------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,054 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Rapidash -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 59 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------|
|-- Ability: Run Away or Flash Fire ---|
|-- Experience Points: 2,427 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 6th Pokemon: Empoleon -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 65 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Water/Steel -----------------|
|-- Ability: Torrent ------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,925 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- IF YOU CHOSE PIPLUP ---------------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Rapidash -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 59 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------|
|-- Ability: Run Away or Flash Fire ---|
|-- Experience Points: 2,427 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Floatzel -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 59 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Water -----------------------|
|-- Ability: Swift Swim ---------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,250 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o
|-- 6th Pokemon: Torterra -------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------|
|-- Level: 65 -------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Ground ----------------|
|-- Ability: Overgrow -----------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,897 ----------|
o--------------------------------------o

Who does he think he is, Blue? His levels rival Blue's original team's levels,
anyway. By the way, he gets stronger yet, but since he only goes up by ten and
twenty levels respectively, I'm not going to bother recording the following as
it would be redundant.

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====================================
| 6: ELITE FOUR - ROUND TWO | efg2 |
====================================

o----------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Murk's Team -------------------------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Torterra ---------------------------------|
|-- Level: 75 ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Ground ------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Overgrow -------------------------------------|
|-- Item: Soft Sand ---------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Wood Hammer, Earthquake, Stone Edge, Crunch ----|
o----------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Charizard --------------------------------|
|-- Level: 75 ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire/Flying -------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Blaze ----------------------------------------|
|-- Item: Hard Stone --------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Heat Wave, Air Slash, Solarbeam, Sunny Day -----|
o----------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Honchkrow --------------------------------|
|-- Level: 75 ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Dark/Flying -------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Insomnia -------------------------------------|
|-- Item: BlackGlasses ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Dark Pulse, Psychic, Heat Wave, Nasty Plot -----|
o----------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Rampardos --------------------------------|
|-- Level: 75 ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Rock --------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Mold Breaker ---------------------------------|
|-- Item: Black Belt --------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Head Smash, Earthquake, Outrage, Superpower ----|
o----------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Porygon-Z --------------------------------|
|-- Level: 75 ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Normal ------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Adaptability ---------------------------------|
|-- Item: SilverPowder ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Psychic, Thunderbolt, Signal Beam, Conversion --|
o----------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 6th Pokemon: Lanturn ----------------------------------|
|-- Level: 75 ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Water/Electric ----------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Volt Absorb ----------------------------------|
|-- Item: Mystic Water ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Surf, Thunderbolt, Ice Beam, Signal Beam -------|
o----------------------------------------------------------o

Some subtle changes in moves (except Honchkrow and Rampardos, those changes in
moveset are far from subtle), fifteen levels added to each since the last time
I faced the Elite Four, and yeah. I gave Charizard the Sunnybeam combo for the
first time that I can remember, and it's pretty awesome how Water Pokemon will
now cower before it. Rock Pokemon, too, though Charizard's still got that lame
weakness to Rock. Rampardos with Outrage is surprisingly awesome, and was done
with Cynthia's Garchomp in mind, even if I have Lanturn and Ice Beam. I can't,
well, make it stupidly easy. I still don't understand how Honchkrow is able to
learn a move like Heat Wave, but it can.

Anyway, I'm rambling. I'm not going to put out synopsises for the second bout,
and I have a good reason: because they're pretty much the same as last time. I
saw only a difference in levels and experience points. At any rate, I'm rather
inclined to cover them anyway. Let the second bout begin!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Elite Four Rebattle #1: Aaron -----------------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Bug Pokemon ------------------------------------|
|-- Prize: 8280y ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 5/10 ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 67 -----------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 14,086 ---------------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Yanmega --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 65 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Bug/Flying ------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Speed Boost --------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,757 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Bug Buzz, Air Slash, U-Turn, Double Team -----------|
|-- Recommended Type: Rock, Fire, Flying, Ice, Electric -------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Scizor ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 65 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Bug/Steel -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Technician ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,785 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: X-Scissor, Iron Head, Night Slash, Quick Attack ----|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire ------------------------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Heracross ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 67 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Bug/Fighting ----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Swarm or Guts ------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,871 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Megahorn, Close Combat, Night Slash, Stone Edge ----|
|-- Recommended Type: Flying, Fire, Psychic -------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Vespiquen ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 66 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Bug/Flying ------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Pressure -----------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,658 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Attack Order, Power Gem, Defend Order, Heal Order --|
|-- Recommended Type: Rock, Fire, Flying, Ice, Electric -------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Drapion --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 69 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Poison/Dark -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sniper or Battle Armor ---------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 3,015 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Cross Poison, X-Scissor, Aerial Ace, Ice Fang ------|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground ----------------------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o

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o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Elite Four Rebattle #2: Bertha --------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Ground Pokemon -------------------------------|
|-- Prize: 8520y --------------------------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 5/10 ----------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 68 ---------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 13,833 -------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Whiscash -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 66 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Water/Ground --------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Oblivious --------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,233 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Earth Power, Aqua Tail, Zen Headbutt, Sandstorm --|
|-- Recommended Type: Grass ---------------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Gliscor ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 69 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ground/Flying -------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Hyper Cutter or Sand Veil ----------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,838 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Earthquake, Fire Fang, Ice Fang, Thunder Fang ----|
|-- Recommended Type: Ice, Water ----------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Golem --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 68 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ground/Rock ---------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sturdy or Rock Head ----------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,578 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Earthquake, Fire Punch, Thunderpunch, Sandstorm --|
|-- Recommended Type: Grass, Water, Fighting, Ground --------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Hippowdon ----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 68 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ground --------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sand Stream ------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,883 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Earthquake, Crunch, Stone Edge, Yawn -------------|
|-- Recommended Type: Grass, Water, Ice ---------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Rhyperior ----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 71 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Ground/Rock ---------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Solid Rock -------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 3,301 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Earthquake, Rock Wrecker, Megahorn, Avalanche ----|
|-- Recommended Type: Grass, Water, Fighting, Ground --------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o

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o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Elite Four Rebattle #3: Flint -----------------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Fire Pokemon -----------------------------------|
|-- Prize: 8760y ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 6/10 ------------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 70 -----------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 15,111 ---------------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Houndoom -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 68 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire/Dark -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Flash Fire ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,971 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Flamethrower, Dark Pulse, Sludge Bomb, Sunny Day ---|
|-- Recommended Type: Water, Ground, Rock, Fighting -----------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Flareon --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 71 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Flash Fire ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 3,012 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Overheat, Giga Impact, Quick Attack, Will-o-Wisp ---|
|-- Recommended Type: Water, Ground, Rock ---------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Rapidash -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 69 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Flash Fire ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,838 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Flare Blitz, Solarbeam, Bounce, Sunny Day ----------|
|-- Recommended Type: Water, Ground, Rock ---------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Infernape ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 71 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire/Fighting ---------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Blaze --------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 3,178 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Flare Blitz, Mach Punch, Earthquake, Thunderpunch --|
|-- Recommended Type: Water, Ground, Psychic ------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Magmortar ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 73 -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Fire ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Flame Body ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 3,112 ----------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Flamethrower, Solarbeam, Thunderbolt, Hyper Beam ---|
|-- Recommended Type: Ground ----------------------------------|
o--------------------------------------------------------------o

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o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Elite Four Rebattle #4: Lucian --------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Psychic Pokemon ------------------------------|
|-- Prize: 9000y --------------------------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 8/10 ----------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 72 ---------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 14,038 -------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Mr. Mime -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 69 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Psychic -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Soundproof or Filter ---------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,010 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Psychic, Thunderbolt, Reflect, Light Screen ------|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Bug, Ghost ----------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Espeon -------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 71 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Psychic -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Synchronize ------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,997 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Psychic, Shadow Ball, Signal Beam, Quick Attack --|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Bug, Ghost ----------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Alakazam -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 72 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Psychic -------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Inner Focus ------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,869 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Psychic, Focus Blast, Energy Ball, Recover -------|
|-- Recommended Type: Dark, Bug, Ghost ----------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Bronzong -----------------------------------|
|-- Gender: None --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 70 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Psychic/Steel -------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Levitate ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,820 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Psychic, Gyro Ball, Earthquake, Calm Mind --------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire ----------------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Gallade ------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male --------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 75 -----------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Psychic/Fighting ----------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Steadfast --------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 3,342 --------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Psycho Cut, Drain Punch, Stone Edge, Leaf Blade --|
|-- Recommended Type: Ghost, Flying -------------------------|
o------------------------------------------------------------o

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o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Elite Four Champion: Cynthia --------------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- Specialty: Diversity ----------------------------------------|
|-- Prize: 15,600y ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Difficulty: 9-10/10 -----------------------------------------|
|-- Level Average: 76 -------------------------------------------|
|-- Total Experience Gained: 19,820 -----------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 1st Pokemon: Spiritomb --------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 74 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Dark/Ghost --------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Pressure -------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 2,664 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Dark Pulse, Ominous Wind, Psychic, Silver Wind -------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting w/Foresight ----------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 2nd Pokemon: Togekiss ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 76 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Normal/Flying -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Hustle ---------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 3,582 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Air Slash, Aura Sphere, Water Pulse, Psychic ---------|
|-- Recommended Type: Rock, Electric ----------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 3rd Pokemon: Roserade ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 74 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Grass/Poison ------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Natural Cure ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 3,234 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Energy Ball, Sludge Bomb, Extrasensory, Shadow Ball --|
|-- Recommended Type: Fire, Flying, Psychic ---------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 4th Pokemon: Milotic ----------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 74 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Water -------------------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Marvel Scale ---------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 3,376 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Surf, Ice Beam, Aqua Ring, Mirror Coat ---------------|
|-- Recommended Type: Electric, Grass ---------------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 5th Pokemon: Lucario ----------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Male ------------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 76 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Steel/Fighting ----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Steadfast ------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 3,321 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Aura Sphere, Earthquake, Psychic, Dragon Pulse -------|
|-- Recommended Type: Fighting, Ground, Fire --------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o
|-- 6th Pokemon: Garchomp ---------------------------------------|
|-- Gender: Female ----------------------------------------------|
|-- Level: 78 ---------------------------------------------------|
|-- Type: Dragon/Ground -----------------------------------------|
|-- Ability: Sand Veil ------------------------------------------|
|-- Experience Points: 3,643 ------------------------------------|
|-- Moves: Dragon Rush, Earthquake, Brick Break, Giga Impact ----|
|-- Recommended Type: Ice, more Ice, Dragon ---------------------|
o----------------------------------------------------------------o

I'm going to give a bit of a synopsis here simply because out of everyone here
Cynthia was the only one who actually made any changes. They're rather little,
but no less relevant. Spiritomb now has Ominous Wind over Shadow Ball, I don't
know why, and Togekiss has Psychic over Shock Wave. Roserade took Shadow Ball,
and I still don't know why Spiritomb got rid of it, over Toxic and Milotic did
away with Dragon Pulse for Aqua Ring (lol @ that) while Garchomp now has Brick
Break over Flamethrower, just like in Diamond, Pearl and the anime. Lucario is
now almost completely different, however. It now has Earthquake, Dragon Pulse,
and Psychic over Shadow Ball, Stone Edge and Extremespeed. It's a strong move-
set, possibly stronger than last time, though Dragon Rush confuses me since it
would be dumb to use a Dragon against Lucario anyway.

Anyway, that's all I have to say on that. You've beaten her before, you should
know how to do it the second time. Good luck!

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| 7: FINAL NOTES/CLOSING | fnc1 |
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Well, it was a long haul. As you can tell, this guide was almost fully updated
from last time; I felt it was time to do so. I've added the rivals and rematch
Elite Four sections, which I didn't have last time, and I've more or less just
redone everything from before. Feedback would be appreciated, but isn't really
necessary; I haven't saved a copy of the original, so it's stuck like this now
anyway.

I bet you were annoyed by my obvious attempts to have 79 characters on each of
the lines per paragraph, huh? It was harder than it looked.

Here is where we close the guide, but before I do, I have some special thanks,
because some of you just deserve it:

- Me, Murk, for making this guide.
- You, the reader, for bearing with me long enough to reach the special thanks
section in the first place.
- CJayC and SBAllen, the former for making this website and the latter for his
continued service in keeping it running. We miss you, Ceejus.
- Psypokes.com, because I never would have been able to fill out all the moves
for every Pokemon without them. This game needs more Ditto.
- dmon2, a fellow contributor, for the same reason as Psypoke.
- Ansh Kansara, for pointing out an error made within the previous guide.
- Nintendo, for having the patience to keep dishing out Pokemon games.

Well, that's it. Smell ya later.

*This document is Copyright (C) 2009 Murk/David Critch, updated 2011.*