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In this section...
  • Oldale Town
  • Route 103
  • Route 102
  • Pokémon Reviews
    • Wingull
    • Lotad
    • Seedot
    • Ralts

Oldale TownEdit

Oldale Town E

Oldale is a small town with not much to it, though you will encounter your first Pokémon Center and Poké Mart here. Once in Oldale Town, you can learn about Poké Marts from the man in an apron walking outside. After telling you about them, he gives you a Potion as a "promotional item". Heal at the Pokémon Center, and get ready to go on to Route 102...wait, there's this man studying foorprints over there, and he's blocking the way! In that case, go on to Route 103!

Route 103Edit

Travel northward up Route 103. There is some tall grass with a few wild Pokémon. At the end of the route will be May/Brendan. Talking to him or her will initiate your first battle.

Pokémon Trainer Brendan/May
If you chose Treecko:
Torchic
Level 5
TorchicSprE
Blaze
FireIC Big
Item: None
Scratch
Growl
--
--
Pokémon Trainer Brendan/May
If you chose Torchic
Mudkip
Level 5
MudkipSprE
Torrent
WaterIC Big
Item: None
Tackle
Growl
--
--
Pokémon Trainer Brendan/May
If you chose Mudkip
Treecko
Level 5
TreeckoSprE
Overgrow
GrassIC Big
Item: None
Pound
Growl
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--
Beating Pokémon Trainer Brendan/May
Spr E Brendan
Spr E May
If you levelled up to 7 or 8 as I advised you before, then this battle will be an absolute pushover. Since your rival's Pokémon don't know any elemental moves yet, they will keep using a Normal-type attack. Keep using your offensive move as well. Growl, though, can be terribly annoying.

Remember, you have Potions at your disposal. Don't hesitate to use them!

May will tell you to go home. Follow her through Route 103, Oldale Town, and Route 101. Get to the Pokemon Lab, and Professor Birch will bestow the Pokedex upon you. He will explain its usage, and then you can set off. May will also give you five Poke Balls so you can catch Pokemon of your own. Oldale Town's Poke Mart will now carry Poke Balls.

You're free to go, but wait! One last thing. Whether you talk to her or she talks to you, your mom will give you the Running Shoes. Press and hold B Button to dash.

Route 103 RevisitedEdit

Now, you can go back to Route 103 to catch some wild Pokémon!

Wingull
WingullFamily
This seagull of sorts is one of the fastest Pokémon at this point in the game, except perhaps Treecko. It is very rare on land, but once you hit the high seas, you will run into swarms of them. Once it evolves, it drops all the Speed and exchanges it for Defense, and also gains some Special Attack.

Talking about moves, Wingull functuions decently, with Water Gun available from the time capture it, and Wing Attack at level 13. After evolving though, it ceases to learn good moves, with the exception of Hydro Pump at level 61... wait, what? Level 61?

Yes, 61. In between, you'll have to depend on TMs. Some choices are Aerial Ace, Surf, and Fly. Overall, it's an early game Pokémon, with decent stats, though it movepool hampers its usefulness.

. When you're done, head over to Route 102, which is no longer blocked.

Route 102Edit

This is the first route in the game where you will encounter trainer battles and berries. If you walk in front of a trainer (or if you talk to one), an exclamation mark will appear above his head and he will challenge you to a battle that you cannot refuse. The positive side of this is that you gain more experience by defeating trainers than random encounters and you are rewarded money. The downside is that, should you lose, you will be returned to the most recent Poké Center you were at and you will lose some money. If desired, you can avoid some of them by walking behind or beside them - they only challenge you if they are directly looking at you.

The trainers on this region are low level, and may carry one or two Pokémon around level 5. They will mostly be Pokémon you fought previously, with the exception of two, the Taillow and the Shroomish.

During your travels you may encounter oddly shaped trees that contain berries. There are many different types of berries in the game that do different things. For example, on Route 102 you will find Oran berries and Pecha berries. The Oran berry will heal a Pokémon 10 HP and the Pecha berry will cure poison. The best part is that if you allow your Pokémon to hold the berry, it will be used automatically and you won't waste a turn using an item of your own. Remember, once you pick the berries you will have to plant a berry to make it grown into another full tree to get more.

As you traverse Route 102, fighting trainers along the way will allow you to pick up some money and experience. Also, keep an eye out for a potion in the grass just before Petalburg City.

Lotad
LotadFamily
Lotad is a Grass/Water type, a rare combination, that protects against some of its weaknesses. It also comes with Astonish, a Ghost-type move that can hit anyone except for Normal-type Pokémon, so don't bother trying to hit Zigzagoon with it. It has mediocre stats all across the board, but its final evolution, Ludicolo, makes a great special tank, with high Sp. Defense and HP.

Leech Seed is marvelous on Ludicolo, and the surprising Rain Dance set hurts a lot if you're unprepared. However, it has a lot of trouble taking on Pokémon that pack Substitute or status moves.

Recommended Movesets
Set 1
Rain Dance
Set 2
Staller
  • Leech Seed
  • Ice Beam
  • Rain Dance
  • Surf
  • Leech Seed
  • Hydro Pump
  • Toxic
  • Synthesis
Seedot
SeedotFamily
Seedot is a very rare Pokémon in Emerald, and one of the best Grass-types out there, except perhaps Sceptile and Breloom. It has excellent Special Attack and Attack, and its evolutions are Grass/dark, giving them immunity to the powerful Psychic type. It is a very versatile Pokémon, and it has several ways of boosting its offenses, enabling it to become a surprisingly huge threat. While it can't abuse the move Growth and its Chlorophyll ability as effectively without permanent sun, Swords Dance is an excellent boosting move for it. it isn't starved for coverage at all thanks to its great movepool. Due to its frailty and multitude of weaknesses, however, Shiftry isn't quite the kind of Pokemon one can thoughtlessly slap on a team and expect to sweep. It needs quite a bit of support, but do look out for Shiftry, as that crafty grin isn't all it has to its name.
Recommended Movesets
Set 1
Sweeper
Set 2
Swords Dance
  • Giga Drain
  • Brick Break
  • Aerial Ace
  • Extrasensory
  • Swords Dance
  • Shadow Ball
  • Brick Break
  • Fake Out
Ralts
RaltsFamily
This is a Pokémon to look out for. Its Sp. Attack and Sp. Defense are through the roof when it evolves into Gardevoir at level 30. It has an immense movepool, and this is the key to keeping it from being outclassed by other Psychics. However, it has severe Speed problems, so it will not often sweep teams unless it has a Salac Berry to back it up. Nonetheless, it can mess with common Psychic counters, such as Metagross and Snorlax, and is an excellent team supporter.

Gardevoir's support movepool includes Will-O-Wisp, Wish, Taunt, and Encore, and allows her to disrupt the enemy's team while aiding her own side. Offensively, Gardevoir has base 125 Special Attack, along with Psychic, Shadow Ball, Focus Blast, and Thunderbolt to deal massive damage to incoming foes. She also comes with the rare Trace ability, allowing her to copy an opponent's ability and turn the tables on them.

Gardevoir has a few problems to address, however. Due to Gardevoir being a balance of offense and defense, if you're looking for a Pokemon who specializes towards one specific role, Alakazam may be more suitable. As with Alakazam, Gardevoir has low Defense and HP stats, meaning that she is vulnerable to Pursuit-wielding physical attackers. Gardevoir's 80 base Speed is also rather average, allowing many other Pokemon to outspeed her. Nevertheless, Gardevoir's Trace ability, great movepool, and spectacular special stats all are advantages that make her unique.

Recommended Movesets
Set 1
Special Sweeper
Set 2
Trapper
Set 3
Weakness Counters
  • Calm Mind
  • Psychic
  • Thunderbolt
  • Ice Punch
  • Calm Mind
  • Hypnosis
  • Mean Look
  • Psychic
  • Fire Punch
  • Ice Punch
  • Thunderbolt
  • Psychic






Trainer Pokémon
Spr RS Youngster
Youngster Calvin
PokémonDollar III80
PoochyenaPS Poochyena♂ Lv.5
No item
Spr RS Bug Catcher
Bug Catcher Rick
PokémonDollar III64
WurmplePS Wurmple♂ Lv.4
No item
WurmplePS Wurmple♂ Lv.4
No item
Spr RS Youngster
Youngster Allen
PokémonDollar III48
ZigzagoonPS Zigzagoon♂ Lv.4
No item
TaillowPS Taillow♂ Lv.3
No item
Spr RS Lass
Lass Tiana
PokémonDollar III48
ZigzagoonPS Zigzagoon♀ Lv.4
No item
ShroomishPS Shroomish♂ Lv.4
No item
Head on to Petalburg City.

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