Pokemon Black Version: FAQ/Walkthrough

       Pokemon Black Version FAQ/Walkthrough by Drayano
Version 2.20, Last Updated 2011-03-06
Table of Contents

   1. FAQ Info
   2. Version History
   3. Introduction
   4. Additions and Changes
         1. Seasons
         2. Experience System
         3. Other Additions / Changes
   5. Version Differences
   6. General Tips
   7. Main Game Walkthrough
         1. Nuvema Town
         2. Route 1
         3. Accumula Town
         4. Route 2
         5. Dreamyard
         6. Striaton City (2)
         7. Striaton Gym
         8. Striaton City (3)
         9. Dreamyard (2)
        10. Striaton City (4)
        11. Route 3
        12. Wellspring Cave
        13. Route 3 (2)
        14. Nacrene City
        15. Nacrene Gym
        16. Nacrene City (2)
        17. Pinwheel Forest (Outside)
        18. Pinwheel Forest (Inside)
        19. Skyarrow Bridge
        20. Castelia City
        21. Castelia Gym
        22. Route 4
        23. Desert Resort (Entrance)
        24. Desert Resort (Main)
        25. Nimbasa City
        26. Route 16
        27. Lostlorn Forest
        28. Nimbasa Gym
        29. Route 5
        30. Driftveil Drawbridge
        31. Driftveil City
        32. Cold Storage
        33. Driftveil Gym
        34. Route 6
        35. Chargestone Cave
        36. Mistralton City
        37. Route 7
        38. Celestial Tower
        39. Mistralton Gym
        40. Twist Mountain (Entrance)
        41. Surfing for Treasure
        42. Mistralton Cave
        43. Pinwheel Forest (2)
        44. Wellspring Cave (2)
        45. Route 1 (2)
        46. Route 17
        47. Route 18
        48. P2 Laboratory
        49. Twist Mountain
        50. Icirrus City
        51. Route 8
        52. Moor of Icirrus
        53. Icirrus Gym
        54. Dragonspiral Tower
        55. Relic Castle
        56. Tubeline Bridge
        57. Route 9
        58. Opelucid City
        59. Opelucid Gym
        60. Route 10
        61. Route 7 (2)
        62. Victory Road
        63. Pokemon League
        64. *Spoiler*'s Castle
   8. Post Game Walkthrough
         1. Nuvema Town (2)
         2. Route 18 (2)
         3. Dreamyard (3)
         4. Relic Castle (2)
         5. Relic Castle Depths
         6. Cold Storage (2)
         7. Chargestone Cave (2)
         8. The Royal Unova
         9. Challenger's Cave
        10. Route 11
        11. Village Bridge
        12. Route 12
        13. Lacunosa Town
        14. Route 13
        15. Giant Chasm
        16. Undella Town
        17. Undella Bay
        18. Undersea Ruins
        19. Route 14
        20. Abundant Shrine
        21. Black City / White Forest
        22. Route 15
        23. Marvelous Bridge
        24. Pokemon League (2)
   9. Post-Game Content
         1. Swarming Pokemon
         2. Victory Road's Final Fight
         3. Final Fight in Nuvema
         4. The Battle Subway
         5. The Dream World
  10. Special Events
         1. Zorua and Celebi
         2. Zoroark and the Crown Beasts
         3. The Lock Capsule
         4. Victini and Liberty Island
         5. Keldeo and Secret Sword
         6. Meloetta and Relic Song
         7. Genesect and the Drives
  11. Challenges
         1. Nuzlocke Challenge
         2. No/Minimal EXP Challenge
         3. Mono-Type Challenge
  12. Credits

FAQ Info

    Pokémon Black and White Walkthrough
    Version Number: 2.20
    Last Updated: 06 / 03 / 11
    Written by Andrew "Drayano" Brooks

I would prefer for this walkthrough to stay at GameFAQs and its partners only (with some possible exceptions) on account of the fact that I never pay attention to any other sites that host guides. There's also problems when versions aren't updated which creates conflicting e-mails; it's just a lot easier to maintain something when I have but a small number of sites to manage the walkthrough with.

Sites allowed to use this walkthrough so far are:

    * GameFAQs and its associates.
    * LegendaryPokemon.net

The entirety of this document is copyright Andrew Brooks, 2010-11.
Version History

Version 2.20 ~ 06/03/11

    * Couple more English things added and some extra tidbits to where I missed things.
    * I really need to write about Anville Town. Bleh.

Version 2.10 ~ 02/03/11

    * All English translations have been applied so the guide should be fine for the English release of Black & White. Happy playing!
    * On a side note, the walkthrough is now starred on GameFAQs. If you did, thank you for voting it up!
    * If you happen to notice any remaining Japanese, please feel free to e-mail me so I can correct it!

Version 2.00 ~ 22/02/11

    * The walkthrough is now fully complete and all English translations possible have been applied. There might be more content to come, but pretty much everything important has been covered at this point.

Version 1.00 ~ 01/11/10

    * The second released version of this walkthrough. The entirety of the main walkthrough (right from Nuvema Town to the Champion battle) is complete, although there is more content that still needs to be written.

Version 0.50 ~ 10/10/10

    * The first released version of this walkthrough.


With the arrival of Black and White, the Pokemon games have officially entered their 'fifth generation', a well known technical term for the series of games that hold the fifthly revealed set of Pokemon. The games including their Japanese releases have been around since 1996, totalling a grand total of 14 years as of 2010. While not as old as some of Nintendo's other franchises such as Mario or Zelda, Pokemon is without a doubt one of the most important franchises Nintendo has control over, being the game franchise with the second best sales (Mario coming top.) Of course, credence shouldn't be lent to Nintendo, for the actual makers of the Pokemon games are Game Freak; my proverbial hat is off to them for yet another amazing entry in the series.

The history of the series up to now; Pokemon started with the release of Pokemon Red and Green in Japan back in 1996, where they instantly became high end sellers. Later that same year followed the release of Pokemon Blue in Japan, where it was known as a third release, containing some small changes that the originals never had such as wild Jynx in Seafoam Islands and Ditto in Rock Tunnel, as well as upgrades to sound, graphics and script.

Skip forward two years to 1998 and we see the release of Pokemon Red and Blue in America, and later that year Austraila; they were in fact the Red and Green from Japan, but updated with the aesthetic effects from Blue. Just like in Japan, the games took off immediately, becoming incredibly high sellers on Nintendo's Game Boy system. 1998 also saw the release of Pokemon Yellow in Japan, with extra features that made it a true 'third version.' Yellow was heavily anime based, making your starter Pikachu, redesigning some characters to look like their anime counterparts, and having new sprites, many of which reflected anime poses. 1999 saw Yellow released in the United States, as well as the release of Red and Blue in European regions, where again they took off like wildfire. 2000 saw Yellow released in Australia and Europe, and thus with legendary spin-offs such as Pokemon Snap and the Stadium series, the games which would be later known as the first generation or Generation I came to an end. These were the games that introduced Kanto and the first original 151 Pokemon, and these are the games that many somewhat blinded by nostalgia people will claim to be the best, although some genuine fans will also claim the same thing. Are they truly the best in the series? It's entirely subjective, though honestly I don't think so.

Soon after that came Gold and Silver, released in 1999 in Japan and 2000-2001 in all other regions. Gold and Silver were in many ways a direct sequel to Red and Blue, although they had the new features a new generation would bring, such as the addition of 100 new Pokemon and a new region called the Johto region. These Generation II games are also fondly remembered in people's hearts, although the game did kind of... fall in some places, such as a somewhat bad level curve and a half assed Kanto after the credits which was a bit on the barren side. That aside, however, G/S were great and memorable games. They, and their later introduced third version Crystal, were very closely linked to Red and Blue.

As such, it came as no surprise when Generation III's Ruby and Sapphire severed all connectivity links to the first two generations, meaning Pokemon from any of those games could not be brought up to the third generation; every player had to start from scratch. Ruby and Sapphire are often regarded now as the worst games in the series; I'm quite unsure on how true it is, although they do appear somewhat disadvantaged in the face of more recent games. Generation III did however bring some interesting changes such as the introduction of abilities on Pokémon, a completely new stat system and another 135 Pokemon.

Generation III also began the remake trend, with Fire Red and Leaf Green released across the world in 2004. These two were remakes of the original Red and Blue, keeping very close to them while making additions and minor changes in an effort to make the games better than before. Some changes were a bit... odd (Giovanni's main being changed from a Rhydon to a Rhyhorn, anyone?) but some additions were good, and to expand the game a range of new areas called the Sevii Islands were introduced. FR/LG were important mainly for the ability to gain non Hoenn Dex Pokemon, for R/S had only included 202 Pokemon; the remaining 184 were nowhere to be seen (aside from Colosseum, which had been released on the Gamecube in 2003.) FR/LG are honestly my least favourite Pokemon games of the lot; I find them a bit boring. That doesn't matter though, does it?

Later in 2004-05 came Pokemon Emerald, which truly defined what a "third version" was. The amount of new features Emerald brought to the two games was immense, having Pokemon animations (although these were around in Crystal, where they were a lot better truth be told), revamped gyms, revamped trainer rosters (including the gym leaders and Elite Four), a somewhat changed storyline, extra additions to the Safari Zone, and most importantly, the Battle Frontier, a seven-piece battling facility that increased the playtime by hours, although the place was notorious for its heavily luck based torment. Of course, that wasn't all; the list goes on and on. Emerald was a huge step up from R/S, and is quite well regarded as one of the best games in the series.

Moving ahead a year or two, the console shifted again, this time to the Nintendo DS, where Generation IV was stationed. The first two games to appear were Diamond and Pearl, bringing another 106 Pokemon with them as well as some very interesting changes such as the physical/special split, although the deeper game mechanics stayed the same as R/S, with which it was compatible. Diamond and Pearl were some of my favourites at the time of release, although looking back now... they were pretty bad. The actual gameplay alone was good, but things such as the speed of the battles... I don't even want to comment. It was just horrible and practically half the speed of the games on the GBA.

Thankfully, two years later Pokemon Platinum the third version of Diamond and Pearl arrived, and made the Generation IV games into what they deserved to be. Amidst improving all of the aesthetics such as graphics, speed (most importantly a MUCH faster battle speed and surfing speed) Platinum added a hell of a lot of new features, including another Battle Frontier, redesigned rosters, Gym Leader rematches, etc. Basically a lot of stuff Emerald added, although Platinum also had unique additions in the form of the Distortion World and new forms or "formes", as the series calls them for three different Pokemon. Platinum also introduced some now staples to the series, including VS bars and animations for important trainers in the game. The level curve was also vastly improved and the storyline changed somewhat; Platinum is, in my opinion, one of the best Pokemon games the franchise has ever seen.

A year later and the much anticipated Gold and Silver remakes arrived on the Nintendo DS, titled Heart Gold and Soul Silver. Fans had been predicting G/S remakes since FR/LG were released and the theory eventually came true. Heart Gold and Soul Silver feature many of the improvements from Platinum such as the battle speed, graphic style etc although it also adds some new features of its own, such as particular sounds when moving on the field such as being near flowing water and different sound effects for different paths. The remakes also gave Kanto a much needed boost, making it far less barren than it was in GSC by making the cities more colourful and lively, as well as restoring the previously lost Viridian Forest, Seafoam Islands and Cerulean Cave. HG/SS also brought forward gym leader rematches of their own; all in all, I think they were vast improvements on the original GSC, with perhaps one or two tiny exceptions.

With that huge pile of writing done, we finally arrive at 2010, where Generation V has begun on the DS with the release of Black & White. Paired versions are usually not so good as their third counterparts, but Black and White alone are incredible games; bringing forth the new Unova region - which may sound small by route names but is in fact incredibly large and a totally new 156 Pokemon, Black and White gave the series a 'restart' in the form of only the new Pokemon being available prior to receiving the National Dex; all ties to previous Pokemon were completely cut off. Unova was also based highly off certain parts of North America primarily New York giving both the region and the Pokemon interesting designs. The graphics also changed quite drastically, featuring Pokemon actually moving in battles (by going through a specific animation sequence on a loop) and very dynamic camera views in battles. It's also fast, even more so than the likes of Platinum and HG/SS. Honestly, it's hard to describe, but Black and White are absolutely incredible games; the 40/40 award they got from the Famitsu review is somewhat evidence of that; I say somewhat due to their 40/40 of Nintendogs, but whatever. The new Pokemon, the region, the storyline, the aesthetics... they are all brilliant. Generation V is looking to be the best yet, and if B/W are this good, then just what will happen in the obviously coming third version? They did of course remove some things that should have been in B/W that will obviously be in the third version such as leader rematches, but what else might they add? Then there are also the possible and very likely Ruby and Sapphire remakes for the future... this generation is looking to be very, very good.

That's basically it in a rather expanded nutshell; I've probably written a bit too much, but there are still plenty of features some of the games brought that I missed out. tl;dr version, the series has run for a while and in my opinion is getting better with each successive generation.
Additions and Changes

As Black and White are the beginning of a new generation Generation V it is only natural that there are some new changes to the games that haven't been seen in the series previously.

The most obvious and biggest change to the game itself is the presence of seasons; the game will now switch between spring, summer, autumn and winter. The season the game is in depends entirely on what month it is and nothing else; it isn't a set time limit, just the month. As such, it is entirely possible to change the season simply by changing the DS clock to any of the three months of the season you want.

Seasons present a small amount of changes around Unova. Most notably, the colours of the areas will change a bit depending on the season; for example, summer will have areas appear more vibrant, winter will have areas appear icier etc. There will also be weather effects on some parts, such as apparent snow on some routes, but it's not enough to cause Hail in battles.

The season will also change some of the paths you can take slightly; there are some parts of the areas you can only access in winter for example, when snow piles up enough to allow you to cross certain parts. This is needed if you want to obtain every item ball in the game; this is most notable in the areas around Icirrus City.

Wild Pokemon will also change depending on the season, but it's more of a shifting around than a complete change. With some exceptions, you can catch all Pokemon in any season, although these exceptions lie only with post Elite Four Pokemon; you can at least catch the base form of anything in Unova in any season.

The seasons correspond to the following months:
Season	Months
Spring	January, May, September
Summer	February, June, October
Autumn	March, July, November
Winter	April, August, December
Experience System

Another notable new change is the revamped experience system; if a Pokemon beats an opponent that is of a higher level than it, the experience gained is increased. If a Pokemon beats an opponent that is of a lower level than it, the experience gained is lowered. The amount is raised or lowered respectively depending on the distance between levels (ie a Level 48 Pokemon defeating a Level 58 Pokemon will earn more experience than a Level 51 Pokemon defeating a Level 58 Pokemon, then a Level 38 Pokemon will learn even more etc. The reverse applies for defeating weaker enemies.)

In addition, Pokemon are now able to have a base EXP (a hidden value that is used in the EXP formula for how much you receive when you beat a particular Pokemon) of over 255; while no pre Generation V Pokemon have had this value changed, there are several Generation V Pokemon with base EXP values exceeding 255. The most notable is Audino, a "rare" Pokemon that has an absolutely gigantic 390 base EXP. Defeating one will give you a ton of experience. In comparison, the Chansey line and Arceus gave the most EXP prior to Generation V, with a base EXP of 255.

As such, this system makes it much easier to raise lower levelled Pokemon, especially utilizing the Elite Four very late in the game as they reach very high levels.

A table to summarize:
YP/OP	Lower Level	Same Level	Higher Level
Lower Level	-	-	Increased EXP
Same Level	-	Unchanged EXP	-
Higher Level	Reduced EXP	-	-

    * YP = Your Pokemon, going down and OP = Opponent Pokemon, going across

Other Additions / Changes

    * There are another new 156 Pokemon, making for a grand total of 649.
    * A new region called Unova has been introduced.
    * New items and attacks have been introduced.
    * Pokemon sprites now move in battle or on the status screen.
    * Battles contain much more dynamic camera views.
    * Battle speed has been improved since the fourth generation games.
    * TMs are now reusable, just like HMs; they no longer break after one use.
    * Some TMs and HMs have been changed; there are now only six HMs, namely Cut, Fly, Surf, Strength, Waterfall and Dive.
    * The absolute required use of HMs has been shrunk drastically; you'll have to use their field effects much, much less.

    * You will now see 'rare patches' within the field; you may see grass shaking, a dark shadow in the water, a cloud of dust in a cave or a dark shadow on a bridge. Some of these contain items, but all of them can contain Pokemon. They are generally Pokemon that you cannot normally find in the area, so if one appears it would be a good idea to check it. (Note you can either surf into or fish in the dark water spots.)

    * There are two types of grass on some routes; normal, thin grass and tall, thick grass. The latter contains stronger Pokemon levelwise, as well as sometimes a different variety of Pokemon and the chance for double wild battles. Double wild battles act much the same as in DPPt; you cannot catch a Pokemon until one of the two has fainted.

    * Some old attacks and abilities have been changed; for example, Tackle has gone up from 35 power and 95 accuracy to 50 power and 100 accuracy, making it a much better move for the early parts of the game.

    * Two new types of battles have been introduced, "triple battles" and "rotation battles." Both involve sending out three Pokemon, but triple battles have all three Pokemon attacking at once, whereas rotation battles have three Pokemon on the field that can be freely rotated each turn; it's basically a 1 vs 1 battle, but with a large twist. Triple battles are also different in that unlike double battles, not everything can attack everything else; the position of the Pokemon (ie left, centre, right) DOES matter.

    * Wi-Fi has been edited a fair bit from DPPtHGSS, and in some cases is a lot more restricted... However, Black and White do feature an option that allow you to do random fights, much like in Pokemon Battle Revolution. They are timed fights (lasting an hour at most) and are performed in stadium mode (ie see all six of your opponent's Pokemon, and then pick three for a 3 vs 3 battle.) Notable downgrades include it being impossible to do Level 100 fights and always seeing your opponent's team in a battle, though.

    * More stuff that I'm too lazy to list. Basically everything you'd expect from a new generation. There are some steps back from HGSS though, such as no more Pokemon following you and no auto run.

Version Differences

In comparison with previous paired versions, Black and White actually have quite a few differences from each other. There are the usual, such as version exclusives and different legendary mascots (which has been the case since G/S) but Black and White also bring some extra differences to the table.

The most notorious of these are to do with a certain location in Unova; depending on whether you are playing Black or White, you will either see Black City, OR White Forest. Neither of these areas can be accessed until after you defeat the Elite Four for the first time, but at any rate these two areas are very different from each other. Both are located on the upper mid-east of Unova, to the right of Nimbasa City, where the fourth gym is found.

Black players will get to see Black City, a dark and large city with a huge focus on battling. The city is very technological, and talking to any NPC around the city (outside the buildings) will land you in a fight with them. They battle with fully evolved forms of older Pokémon from Generations I to IV, which are added to your PokeDex so they become searchable on the GTS. These trainers will fight you once each day, making them good for experience. Black City also has a building selling items, with some notoriously high prices; however, some of the items that can be sold in the shops include the elemental stones, so even with the sky high prices it can be worth it. Just don't buy Poké Balls or Nuggets in there. Yes, they sell Nuggets. No, you cannot make a profit from them.

White players on the other hand get White Forest, which is a forest that has a ton of grass in it amidst some very tall trees. The grass in White Forest contains level 5 Pokemon, but these Pokemon are basic forms of those from the older generations that cannot be found elsewhere in Unova; in fact, they are the basic forms of the very same Pokemon the trainers in Black City use, and vice versa for Black City's trainers having the fully evolved forms of these wild Pokemon. White Forest also contains valuable items, and each day between 0 to 3 of them are generated, and can be located using the Itemfinder. White Forest also contains the ever important elemental stones for free, so it is somewhat advantageous. Black City has one big advantage though; you can buy Heart Scales, whereas in White you have to steal from Luvdisc. Black users may not necessarily get to buy Heart Scales though, if they get unlucky.

The important thing to note is that at any one time you will get a selection of somewhere between 10-12 (I'm not sure on the exact number, and it could well be less than 10) Pokemon out of a possible 32 that you can either find wild or fight against, depending on the version. The items you find in the forest and the items you can buy in the city are also decided in a similar way. The only way to change which Pokemon are being used is to access the Entralink feature in some way that I am currently unsure of, but it appears that you do need another player or at least another DS with a copy of Black or White in order to change the Pokemon in the places. If you're unable to access Entralink, you're pretty much stuck with what you start with, unfortunately.

That aside, there are also some more minor differences, which are as follows:

    * Black appears more technological, whereas White is more natural. Aside from Black City / White Forest, this is seen most strongly in Opelucid City, where the design changes entirely depending on the version.
    * In addition, the gym leader you battle in Opelucid City also changes depending on which version you're playing. You battle the same roster regardless, however.
    * As seen on the game box, Black's mascot is Reshiram, whereas White's mascot is Zekrom. You will be able to catch the legendary that is on the game box. Which Pokemon appears at the title screen also depends on which game version you're playing, and matches the Pokemon on the box art.
    * Some colour schemes will change depending on the version, too; for example, you'll see more black backgrounds in Black, whereas White has more white backgrounds.
    * Whether you'll see more triple battles or rotation battles depends on the version; Black only has rotation battles with one exception aside from Wi-Fi, whereas White has only triple battles with one exception aside from Wi-Fi.
    * Small story details will change somewhat to reflect on the opposite mascot depending on which version you're playing. However, the general story is exactly the same.

The version exclusives are as follows; with Unova Pokemon on the left and older Pokemon on the right:
Black	White		Black	White
Cottonee	Petilil		Weedle	Caterpie
Whimsicott	Lilligant		Kakuna	Metapod
Gothita	Solosis		Beedrill	Butterfree
Gothorita	Duosion		Paras	Shroomish
Gothitelle	Reuniclus		Parasect	Breloom
Vullaby	Rufflet		Murkrow	Misdreavus
Mandibuzz	Braviary		Honchkrow	Mismagius
Tornadus	Thundurus		Houndour	Poochyena
Reshiram	Zekrom		Houndoom	Mightyena
			Plusle	Minun
			Volbeat	Illumise

    * NOTE: It is possible to trade a Cottonee for a Petilil in Black and vice-versa for White within Nacrene City, so it is still very possible to obtain and use the counterpart. It comes at Level 15.
    * The list above does not include any Pokemon that are found in White Forest.

Aside from that, they're pretty much the same. Choose whichever you like best.
General Tips

In order to make your Black and White game more enjoyable, here are some useful tips that will get you through the game either easier, or with more fun:

    * If at any time you need experience, seek out Audino. Audino can only be found in shaking grass, but within that they are very common, and with their 390 base EXP they will give out a ton of EXP even if there is a slight level difference (ie <=10 levels). The easiest way to find shaking grass is to run or bike just outside some NORMAL grass (not tall grass that has double wild battles) and wait for a patch to shake, and then run into the shaking patch to hopefully find a Audino, though you may encounter some other rarities such as Emolga or rare fully evolved Pokemon. Note that if you run into a wild encounter before you reach the shaking grass, the shaking will disappear, so you may want to use a Repel to get to the patch; the Repel itself will not stop you encountering a Pokemon once you step into a shaking patch or any other rare Pokemon spot.

    * Try to make your team varied; the more variety you have, the more fun the game often ends up being. I would highly recommend using six Pokemon this time around, as you get enough EXP to do it and having six tends to be a lot more fun than say... just one. I would recommend you use at least three or four for the best time, unless you really want to just speed through it.

    * Try and have as much move variety as well; the more you can take advantage of the type chart, the better. Give each Pokemon variety; the more opponents they can hit the better. For example, don't give a Reuniclus a moveset like Psyshock, Psychic, Future Sight and Dizzy Punch; take advantage of its stats and wide movepool, and give it something like Psychic, Thunder, Shadow Ball and Recover.

    * On that note, play as best as you can to your Pokemon's stats. For example, use physical moves on Darmanitan to benefit from its 140 base attack, but use special moves on Chandelure to benefit from its 145 base special attack. Some Pokemon will have equal or near to base stats in both attacking stats, in which case mixed is fine. Play to your Pokemon's strengths whenever you can, however.

    * Always keep some Poké Balls and preferably some Repel too. Poké Balls are good in case you end up encountering a shiny, which has a small 1/8192 chance of appearing; though unlikely, there have been cases where a player lands in a fight with a shiny Pokemon and they have no Poke Balls, hence they are forced to kill it. The Repel is for when you're in caves and such; the encounter rates in Black and White can become overwhelming, so Repel or its variations can be very useful. In terms of economics, Super Repel gives you the best value for money vs steps.

    * Try not to get too overlevelled! If your levels are too high, then the game will just be too easy and get boring. Pokemon games are easy anyway, but you don't want to make it too easy.

    * If at all possible, try to have at least one status move on your team such as Thunder Wave or Sleep Powder. Catching some tougher wild Pokemon will become much easier with a status effect in tow.

    * When you receive the Lucky Egg about midway through the game, shift it around your Pokemon in order to get the best yield of experience. The more battles you can use it with, the better. Your levels will practically skyrocket once you get the item.

    * Do not be afraid to utilize the option to change the DS calendar; it is incredibly useful for swapping seasons or speeding up daily events if need be. For daily events, try setting time to 23:59 and letting the day roll over naturally.

    * If at all possible, you'll probably want your natures to not reduce the stats you want to use; having speed boosting natures can also help. Don't put too much emphasis on it though; you don't NEED good natures, but they can help things along a bit.

Main Game Walkthrough

This part of the walkthrough covers the main game, from the very beginning right up to the first roll of the credits.
Nuvema Town

Thus our adventure begins. You will be asked to select a language; katakana is the top one, kanji is the bottom. Pick one, then as usual the professor of the region this time Professor Juniper introduces us to the region, telling us about the relationship between humans and Pokémon... etcetera etcetera. Pick your character's gender and name, then after a bit more dialogue you will be transported into the world of Unova.

The game starts rather cinematically compared to previous titles; Prof. Juniper will enter the house and drop off a parcel, and then leave in the space of a second. I have no idea how she does it, but whatever.

The scene will cut to your room, where you and Cheren one of your two rivals will be. After some rather critical dialogue, Bianca will show up. She'll walk over to the parcel, wanting to open it up. The three of you will be in a line when you gain control; you can now move around and access the menu, before you even pick your starter. Simply press X to enter the menu if you wish.

It's worth going into the options and changing it to your liking, if only to change the text speed to fast. I don't know about you, but I cannot stand a slow text speed. Of course if you prefer slow then that's fine. Anyway, the options are as follows:

    * Text Speed: Slow, Medium or Fast
    * Battle Scene: On or Off
    * Battle Style: Shift or Set
    * Sound: Stereo or Mono
    * Display Text: Katakana or Kanji
    * IR Report: ...I'm not sure about this one...

Set what you need to, then I would suggest saving. After that, it's time to pick your starter! As usual, we have a choice between Fire, Water or Grass.

    Tepig ~ Fire
    Evolution: Tepig --> Level 17 --> Pignite --> Level 36 --> Emboar

    * Tepig is the Fire-type starter of Unova, being based around a pig as one look at it will probably tell you. Tepig follows a similar trend to the previous two Fire-type starting Pokemon in that once it evolves it gains a Fighting-type in addition to its Fire. Unoriginal? You bet, but there's not a whole lot we can do about it now. Tepig and his evolutions are definitely the strongest of the three starters, with Emboar having a pretty large 123 base attack, but they are also the slowest of the three. Their defenses are also relatively bad, although there is a redeeming factor in that the line has some very large HP stats, with Emboar surpassing even Swampert.

    * The line also gets some interesting moves such as Head Smash and Flame Charge, although there is a rather significant lack of Fighting-type moves in their level up Arm Thrust is the only one you will naturally get, and Brick Break is quite late in the game. Tepig can be good; it is very good early in the game. I find it a bit boring, but that's just me. I'm not too fond of the design on the final form... :x It's definitely the best for the earlier gyms at any rate, having an advantage over both the second and third.

    Oshawott ~ Water
    Evolution: Oshawott --> Level 17 --> Dewott --> Level 36 --> Samurott

    * Oshawott is the Water-type starter of Unova, with many characteristics of a sea otter, although its final form is quite different in design. At any rate, this starter which was nicknamed "Wotter" by many fans is actually quite unique as far as things go typewise; sure, it's just pure Water the whole way through the line, but there is a severe lack of Water-type Pokemon in Unova; prior to getting Surf there's about three other Water lines you can get, then another three lines once you get Surf. It may sound like plenty, but when you consider the availability and just how crap some of them are you will see why having a Water-type for your starter can be so good. Stats wise, Samurott turns out to be sort of a mix; it does have strong offense albeit not quite as strong as Emboar in its specialized stat but is also faster than Emboar, but much slower than Serperior. It's strong enough to use though, definitely.

    * This line also has some very nice moves; the line being Water-types can learn moves such as Surf and Ice Beam, but are also compatible with the TM for Grass Knot. Samurott is also capable of learning Megahorn, which can prove very useful later on. This starter in general will grow quite steadily and it can quickly become a core member of your team.

    Snivy ~ Grass
    Evolution: Snivy --> Level 17 --> Servine --> Level 36 --> Serperior

    * Snivy, which was aptly nicknamed "Smugleaf" by the community due to its rather smug pose, is my personal favourite starter in terms of design; it's based on a snake, which is seen more easily if you think of Snivy without arms and legs. It gets more snakelike with each form, and by the time it is a fully evolved Serperior it is obvious. Snivy being a pure Grass-type is basically just begging for a movepool problem and unfortunately that plea was accepted. There are quite a few other Grass-types in the region as well, though none so smug as our Smugleaf here. In terms of stats, this line excels in Speed above all else; they're not quite as fast as Treecko's line, but come damn close. Taking Serperior into account, their defenses are also very good, being 75/95/95 HP/Def/SDef, but Serperior's offenses fall flat being 75 for both attack and special attack. Compared to Emboar's 123 attack and Samurott's 108 special attack, it is by far the weakest of the three.

    * There's also the problem that it learns like nothing; it gets Grass moves, the use of Return and Frustration and... that's it. The thing is basically built to be a subseeder, which isn't so useful in-game. It's definitely useful for getting some quick kills in, but you're basically going to be stuck with Leaf Blade, Leaf Storm and a rather weak Return. As much as I like it, I have to admit it really doesn't have a lot of movepool going for it. If you think you need a good Grass attack then by all means pick Snivy, but if you want a starter with good type coverage then go for one of the other two.

Despite me calling it boring, I'm going to use Tepig as I write this walkthrough, only because as I'm writing this walkthrough it's my third playthrough and I have yet to use Tepig. I honestly think Oshawott is probably the best starter though, but that's beside the point.

After picking your starter, the three of you will talk and then Bianca will challenge you to a battle, with cut-ins and all.

    * Rival Bianca
    * Rewards: $500

Pokemon	Level	Type
Tepig/Oshawott/Snivy	Lv. 5	Fire/Water/Grass

    * Bianca will have the starter that is weak to yours; i.e. if you have Tepig, she'll have Snivy. If you have Oshawott, she'll have Tepig. If you have Snivy, she'll have Oshawott. Anyway, this is the first battle so there's honestly like no strategy to it. Just keep using Tackle until you win. Throw in your support move if you want but you honestly don't need it.

After the battle ends, dust clouds will appear and your room will be completely messed up, with footprints on the walls and floor and tons of objects knocked over, although miraculously the Wii is completely untouched. That poor plant on the right side of the room, though.

Bianca will apologize for the mess and after some berating from Bianca, Cheren will heal both of your Pokemon. Bianca then suggests Cheren fights you too, and he agrees, thus landing you in a second rival fight.

    * Rival Cheren
    * Rewards: $500

Pokemon	Level	Type
Tepig/Oshawott/Snivy	Lv. 5	Fire/Water/Grass

    * Cheren will have the starter that is strong against yours; i.e. if you have Tepig, he'll have Oshawott. If you have Oshawott, he'll have Snivy. If you have Snivy, he'll have Tepig. Exactly like the first, just use your basic move alone and you will win, throwing in a support move if you think it's necessary. Defeating Cheren will be enough to push your starter to Level 6, too.

Following the battle, Bianca and Cheren will leave the room, allowing you to access the menu if you wish. You can now check the nature of your starter, as well as save again if you want. Feel free to reset if the nature of your starter is really bad, but unless it's something really punishing don't bother.

Go downstairs to see both of your friends apologizing to your mother, who doesn't really seem to mind. After they leave, your mother will talk to you directly, telling you to go see Prof. Juniper. Before you can go, however, she'll both heal your Pokemon and give you the XTRANSCEIVER, a key item that lets you "video chat with up to four people at once". We'll see some in-game use of it; a fair bit at the beginning, but a lot more sporadic as the game goes on. It's basically like a phone between you, Cheren, Bianca and Prof. Juniper. (For the record, the Xtransceiver will be blue if you're a male character and pink if you're a female character.)

Exiting the house, you'll see Bianca walk south and a bunch of either Pidove or Woobat fly off, depending on whether it is day or night. Regardless, follow Bianca and enter the bottom left house. You'll witness an argument between her and her dad, who refuses to let Bianca go off on a journey, but she ignores him and goes anyway. Follow her out and to Prof. Juniper's lab in the top left.

Talk to Cheren to go inside; Prof. Juniper will talk to you and let you nickname your starter if you want and then give you the most standard item in the game, the PokeDex. As usual, it lets you see and record Pokemon etc. The PokeDex amounts you'll see when talking to Prof. Juniper and on the main menu will refer to how many you have seen, for the record.

Exit the lab once you're able to be surprised attacked by your mum. She'll give you a town map for Unova, which might be helpful if you get lost anywhere. Cheren and Bianca will run off to the right; follow them and you'll walk down Route 1 "together."
Route 1
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Lillipup	Normal	Grass	50%	Level 16
Patrat	Normal	Grass	50%	Level 20
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	100%	N/A
Farfetch'd	Normal	Swarm	40%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Fish	95%	N/A
Feebas	Water	Fish	5%	Trade with Prism Scale
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	35%	N/A
Feebas	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	60%	Trade with Prism Scale
Milotic	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	5%	N/A

    * NOTE: Pokemon that I have listed in italics cannot be caught until after you get the National Dex, so don't get excited. All you'll be finding are the first three for the moment.

A small ways up and you'll meet Prof. Juniper who will be positioned by some grass; with all eyes on her, she will show you how to catch a Pokemon; a Level 2 Patrat will appear and she'll send out her Level 7 Minccino to weaken it. The usual lesson: weaken a Pokemon and then throw a Poke Ball at it. I have no idea why they show this tutorial each and every time but eh.

Prof. Juniper will give you some POKE BALLS of your own five to be exact and then head north. More dialogue and then Cheren and Bianca will continue north, leaving you behind. So much for "together". At any rate, this means you're finally allowed to move.

Going into the grass will likely land you with a Lillipup or Patrat. Lillipup is almost like the Starly of the region; it is surprisingly strong and will stay strong for a while, although unlike Staraptor the final form of Lillipup (Stoutland) isn't quite so useful... It's a good Pokemon up to the midgame point though. It can be a bit boring after that unfortunately. It is however worth noting that Lillipup has Pickup, which no other Unova Pokemon holds. Pickup will give you random items every once in a while.

Patrat is sort of like the Bidoof, although it has a very different movepool in the form of moves such as Hypnosis. We'll be seeing it a fair bit, and it's probably not likely to be much use. You can always catch one for a Cut slave though.

You'll probably only come across Audino if you force the grass to shake by walking or running on the outside of it, but if you find one feel free to knock it out for a delicious amount of EXP. You can always catch it as well, but they're in pretty much any shaking grass the region over, so don't fret if you knock one out. It's easy to find one, despite how 'rare' it is.

Talking to the dark haired girl in the upper grass will get you a POTION,, an item that restores 20 HP to a Pokemon. It'll go straight into the medicine part of your bag, ready to be used if necessary. Continuing north, we'll see Cheren and Bianca; talk to Bianca and yes to advance. You'll get a call on the Xtransceiver, showing all four of you; you never speak of course, but the other three will provide the dialogue. The two of them will then head north; follow them.
Accumula Town

Prof. Juniper is standing outside the Pokemon Center; go talk to her and she'll lead you inside and show you around. Heal your Pokemon (you're forced to) and let her show you around some more, then you'll be able to exit. I'd recommend saving first, though.

Going outside, you'll see some people moving towards a crowd to the left. Follow them to enter the crowd yourself with Cheren and then you get to see a speech from the evil team of Black and White, Team Plasma. Get used to this 'creepy' music you'll be hearing it a LOT throughout the game.

Once he leaves with his group of grunts, the crowd will dissipate, leaving you, Cheren and one other person behind. This person will come to you and introduce himself as "N", then challenge you to a fight.

    * PKMN Trainer N
    * Rewards: $700

Pokemon	Level	Type
Purrloin	Lv. 7	Dark

    * As you might be able to tell from the music, N is a special character and we'll be fighting him a few times throughout the game. This first fight with him has him with only one Pokemon. Purrloin is a Dark-type Pokemon, and based on its cat appearance you might be able to guess it is fast. Don't let that put you off; just beat it down with whatever attacks you have. It should go down pretty quickly. It's not that powerful regardless. Defeating it will give you somewhere around the realm of 118 EXP, which will be enough to push you up another level unless you trained a boatload in Route 1.

N will leave after the fight, then after some more talking Cheren will too and we've finally got the run of the place at last. I would start by healing your starter; just go back in the Pokemon Center and do so. Bianca will have somehow snuck out of there without being seen by you; I do love how every NPC in Pokemon is capable of teleportation!

Outside the Pokemon Center, go to the top left house in the city, go upstairs and talk to the guy to receive a POKE BALL. Exit that house and then go to the one in the top right; you'll be able to oversee Route 2 as you go there.

In this house you'll see two people by musical instruments; talk to both and say yes to each to add two extra instruments to the song, giving it some extra layers. It's not required by any means, but it sounds really good with those extra instruments.

That's all Accumula Town offers, so head left out of the town.
Route 2

Trainer Pokemon: Patrat L7 | Purrloin L7 | Lillipup L7
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Lillipup	Normal	Grass	40%	Level 16
Patrat	Normal	Grass	40%	Level 20
Purrloin	Dark	Grass	20%	Level 20
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	100%	N/A
Wynaut	Psychic	Swarm	40%	N/A

The gatehouses in this game are quite elaborate; a TV screen, a receptionist and some special music. We'll be seeing quite a lot of them as the game goes on.

Exit out left into the route itself, and then keep going to get a call on your Xtransceiver. Your mum will say something and then appear as soon as you turn the Xtransceiver off. I don't have a clue why she phoned you, but at any rate she will give you the RUNNING SHOES, which will allow you to run by pressing B while moving. The double speed is much welcomed, though I do wish you could just run from the start.

Once she leaves, you'll have free reign over the route. Note how extra instruments come in whenever you begin walking or running; it's pretty neat. Below you is a bloody huge boulder; this is a strength boulder; they've practically quadrupled in size since Generation IV. Head into the grass and pick up the item ball to receive a POTION. Note that the wilds here can be strangely strong; while Purrloin will only appear between about 4 or 5, Patrat and Lillipup can appear as high as Level 7. If either the wild Pokemon or the trainers beat you up too much, head back to Accumula and heal. It's worth noting that low health on your starters can be benefical, though if their health drops below 33% their ability will activate, which will power up moves that match their primary type.

Past the grass you'll find your first normal trainer of the game, who as usual is a Youngster. I think the only game where it wasn't a youngster was in RBY, where it was a Bug Catcher instead (or possibly a Lass if you were playing Yellow.) Go figure. There are three trainers on this route, all with a Level 7 version of one of the three main Wild Pokemon. They shouldn't be terribly hard.

After the first youngster, there's a dark haired guy right below you who will show you how to jump a ledge if you say yes to his question. Continuing east, you'll find a Lass, who will fight you with a Purrloin. Follow the path a bit more to find the last trainer on the route, another Youngster with a Lillipup.

Go east and around after that to find the two items we saw from Accumula Town before; they are a POTION and a POKE BALL. That's all we can do in Route 2 for now; try to exit north and Bianca will appear! She'll end up challenging you to a fight. Brace yourself, because there are a LOT of rival fights in the early parts of the game.

    * Rival Bianca
    * Rewards: $700

Pokemon	Level	Type
Lillipup	Lv. 6	Normal
Tepig/Oshawott/Snivy	Lv. 7	Fire/Water/Grass

    * Bianca hasn't grown much stronger, although she now has a new Pokemon in Lillipup, which can actually hit decently hard with Tackle. It'll go down easily enough and then Bianca will once again send out the starter that yours is strong against. By now you should have the first elemental move of your starter (Ember / Water Gun / Vine Whip) so just use that to beat it. Bianca does have a Potion however and she will use it if either of her Pokemon descends into low health. It's unlikely to be much of a problem, though.

Bianca will let you leave after that; head north into Striaton City.
Striaton City
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Basculin	Water	Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Fish	30%	N/A
Goldeen	Water	Fish	70%	Level 33
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Goldeen	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	60%	Level 33
Seaking	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	10%	N/A

Almost as soon as you enter, there will be a path to the left; take it to pick up an X SPEED at the end. Return back and enter the first house on the right; talk to the guy by the table on the right to get a GREAT BALL. Exit and ignore the house right above it; go and heal yourself in the Pokemon Center. There is a building directly to the right of the Pokemon Center; this is the gym, but as you can see it is currently blocked. There's something we'll have to do first.

Exit the Pokemon Center and go to the far right of the city and then down to find a guy hiding in this small "alley." He'll give you a DUSK BALL. Head to the far south west of the city by the hedges to pick up a GREAT BALL, too. Strangely enough there are Pikachu hedges here, despite Pikachu not being in Unova at all. Odd, huh? You can also get a BALMMUSHROOM if you go to the very top left square (that is currently accessible) and face the tree and examine it.

There's still more we can do in Striaton City, but there's somewhere else we should visit first. Head out the city to the top right. I would recommend having only five or less Pokemon in your team while we go there, though.

Trainer Pokemon: Purrloin L8, Purrloin L8 | Patrat L7, Patrat L7, Lillipup L7

There's not a whole lot we can do here just yet, but there is one very important thing that we are able to do. You'll have to fight your way through two trainers; they have 2-3 Pokemon, but they're easy enough.

You'll see a woman; you should probably save before you talk to her, but when you're ready, talk to her and say yes to receive a Pokemon! This Pokemon will be either Pansage, Pansear or Panpour. They are collectively the elemental monkeys and you will get the monkey that is weak to your starter. A table to illustrate;
Your Starter	Monkey Received	Monkey's Type
Tepig	Pansage	Grass
Oshawott	Pansear	Fire
Snivy	Panpour	Water

In terms of stats, they're a little subpar. Their offense will be pretty bad until about Level 22, although the Fire monkey gets screwed by having weaker attacks then the other two. All three are also elemental stone evolutions, although thankfully we don't actually have to wait too long for those. Use it if you want, but be ready to struggle to deal damage in some parts. They'll also learn no more techniques once they evolve.

Go up and pick up the X Defend, then return to Striaton City.
Striaton City (2)

With monkey in tow, we can now finish up. Go into the building left of the Pokemon Center; this is the Trainers' School. Talk to the brown haired guy at the top right and answer his quiz correctly (the first option, then the third) to receive a FULL HEAL from him. You've probably noticed Cheren at the top; it's worth putting your monkey in the lead if you want it to gain any EXP. Talk to him and say yes twice to fight.

    * Rival Cheren
    * Rewards: $800

Pokemon	Level	Type
Tepig/Oshawott/Snivy	Lv. 8	Fire/Water/Grass
Purrloin	Lv. 8	Dark

    * Strangely enough, Cheren will actually send out his starter first, hence why I suggested the monkey (it'll have a type advantage.) It's a pretty basic fight, although it's worth noting his starter has an Oran Berry attached. Purrloin is exactly the same as every other one you've faced up to this point; knock it out and move on.

Cheren will give you an ORAN BERRY after the fight, and then turn back to the board. Heal up if need be; we're now able to take on the gym! You'll notice the person outside the gym has changed; this is Cilan, one of the Gym Leaders of Striaton City. Yes, leaders. You'll see what I mean soon enough.

Talk to him and he'll go inside, giving you access to the gym.
Striaton Gym

Trainer Pokemon: Lillipup L11 | Patrat L10, Purrloin L10

Strangely enough, the gym resembles a restaurant. Take a step forward and the support guy will give you a FRESH WATER, an item that restores 50 HP which is very useful at this point. Anyway, the puzzle for this gym is a simple little quiz; look at the curtain and step on the design that resembles the element that the type on the curtain is weak against. For example, on this first one touch the Water circle on the right. Fire is weak to water, so the curtain will open. You'll get no penalty if you hit the wrong answer, for the record.

Continue into the next room to get challenged by a Waiter; he'll send out a Lillipup. Normal gym? Not quite. After the fight, hit the grass switch on the left to open the water curtain, then continue forward to be battled by a waitress, so will have both a Patrat and a Purrloin. Normal gym? Dark gym? Who the hell knows.

Step on the fire switch in the middle to open the last curtain, then continue forward to find Cilan again. Talk to him and it will turn out there is not one, but three gym leaders! Each represents a different type, which you can probably tell by their design; the red haired one (Pod) is Fire, the blue haired one (Cress) is Water and Cilan is Grass. The leader you battle will depend on your starter; you'll battle the leader that represents the type your starter is weak to.

I'd go back and heal first unless you really don't need to. Once you've done that, go back, save if necessary, and then challenge the leader.

    * Rewards: $1680, TM83 Work Up, Trio Badge
    * My Team: Tepig Lv. 13, Pansage Lv. 10

Pokemon	Level	Type	Ability	Attacks	Owned By
Lillipup	Lv. 12	Normal	Pickup	Work Up, Bite	All
Pansear	Lv. 14	Fire	Gluttony	Work Up, Incinerate	Pod
Panpour	Lv. 14	Water	Gluttony	Work Up, Water Gun	Cress
Pansage	Lv. 14	Grass	Gluttony	Work Up, Vine Whip	Cilan

    * Yeah, I'm not kidding about those movesets. They suck, really badly. At any rate, don't be alarmed; you'll only be fighting two Pokemon. You'll fight Lillipup first no matter what leader you're facing, then the monkey belonging to that leader second.

    * At any rate, Lillipup is crap. It can still hurt I suppose, but it doesn't even have Tackle or Take Down or anything. The only thing you really need to watch out for is Work Up, which will raise its Attack and Special Attack by one stage each and every time it is used. Bite will be able to hurt quite severely after a few attack raises, so try to take this dog out as fast as you can.

    * Then we get to the monkey. As you can see, it also has Work Up, then the basic elemental move of that type it gets. The poor fire monkey doesn't even get Ember... These monkeys are pretty fast, but otherwise not really a problem. If you want a particularly easy time, just use your own monkey against it. They won't be able to hit you for more than not very effective damage, while you can load the super effective damage onto them. You may be a tad under levelled compared to the leader's Pokemon, but it honestly won't be a problem. The best thing about the monkey is the music change; you now get a different song whenever the leader sends out their final Pokemon. It gives it a really nice effect, I think.

    * As a final note, the leader also has one Potion to use.

Winning will get you the TRIO BADGE, and as you will see the badges have a rather special animation this time around. Cilan will begin talking again and explain that the badge will make all Pokemon up to Level 20 listen to you, then give you the Work Up TM, which is TM83. Remember, TMs now have infinite use, so don't hesitate to teach Work Up to whatever you can!

Go ahead and exit the gym.
Striaton City (3)

As soon as you get outside, a woman will see you and bring you to her house. Rape? Not quite, she instead brings you to her room and gives you HM01, Cut. HMs still work the same as ever; whatever you teach them to is permanently stuck with it, or at least until you can get them to the move deleter (which is a bit before the sixth badge in this game.) Not to mention there's only one time we're actually forced to use Cut.

Tslk to the girl next to the PC, as well. This is Amanita, Fennel's assistant and the creator of the storage system in Unova. Talking to her will replace "Somebody's PC" with "Amanita's PC."

It's time we officially enter the second chapter. Head back to the Dreamyard again.
Dreamyard (2)

Trainer Pokemon: Patrat L10 | Purrloin L10
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Patrat	Normal	Grass	40%	Level 20
Purrloin	Dark	Grass	40%	Level 20
Munna	Psychic	Grass	20%	Moon Stone
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	95%	N/A
Musharna	Psychic	Shaking Grass	5%	N/A

Now that we have Cut, we can explore this place a bit more properly. Cut the tree down and attempt to step forward to have Bianca come and talk to you. Thankfully, she won't fight you this time. Follow her in and go forward to hear the cry of a Munna; head north and you'll see one standing there. It'll run away a bit, then be cornered by Team Plasma grunts! It's up to you to save this Munna, so you have to beat the two one after another. Don't get me wrong though, it is easy, as Plasma grunts usually are.

Once you beat them, the guy who was doing the speech before appears and causes them to flee. What I assume is the Munna's mother comes out to check on it; this is a Musharna, the evolution of Munna. Fennel (the woman who gave you Cut) will appear to watch the two leave and drop an item ball behind. She gets excited about the item - which happens to be the Dream Mist - and takes it; we'll go talk to her soon enough.

We may as well get the rest of the items now; you can go to the left to find a POKE BALL first, then to the right by going around the northern wall by the grass. Go directly south and pick up the PARLYZ HEAL by the "window", then go up the stairs and follow the left path around for a POTION. Return to where the stairs were and this time go right, picking up a REPEL. That's all we have to do in here for now; unless you want to catch a Munna or something, head back to Striaton City.

If you're curious about Munna, it's a horrendously slow Psychic-type that has a bit of bulk. Its level up moves can leave a bit to be desired, however; it doesn't get Psychic until Level 37 and as its a stone evolution, it will learn no more moves when it evolves into a Musharna via a Moon Stone. You get a Moon Stone in due time, but if you want a good moveset you are pretty much forced to wait, especially since most of the good TMs are horridly late in the game. It's certainly usable, but be prepared to make some sacrifices.
Striaton City (4)

Go into the house where Fennel/the female scientist was before and talk to her to receive the C-GEAR, an important item that will take the position on the bottom screen. Honestly, I have barely used it, but I imagine it's useful for something. You do need it for the Entralink things at least, but I am near clueless on those.

Regardless, having the C-Gear enables Wi-Fi, and her assistant will also give you a PAL PAD which functions the same as always, containing your friend code and being the place to enter the friend codes of other people. For the record, clicking the Wi-Fi part of the C-Gear and then the middle option will allow you to get to the Dream World, but there's more you need to do that I'm not really sure about.

That's all there is to do in Striaton, so it's time to continue our journey. Head out the city to the top left.
Route 3

Trainer Pokemon: Lillipup L10, Munna L10 | Panpour L10 | Pansear L10 | Pansage L10 | Purrloin L10 + Purrloin L10 | Patrat L9, Lillipup L9, Pidove L9
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Pidove	Normal/Flying	Grass	40%	Level 21
Patrat	Normal	Grass	20%	Level 20
Blitzle	Electric	Grass	20%	Level 27
Lillipup	Normal	Grass	10%	Level 16
Purrloin	Dark	Grass	10%	Level 20
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	100%	N/A
Illumise	Bug	Swarm (Black)	40%	N/A
Volbeat	Bug	Swarm (White)	40%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Fish	30%	N/A
Goldeen	Water	Fish	70%	Level 33
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Goldeen	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	60%	Level 33
Seaking	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	10%	N/A

Route 3 has a couple of attractions and is a pretty long route. Most importantly, it is the home of the Daycare Centre, which is the house on the right if you go up the steps. As always, you can leave up to two Pokemon there, and if the two Pokemon are compatible an egg may be produced.

Regardless, go up the steps and head left; there's about four trainers to fight here. The first is a teacher with a Lillipup and a Munna, then the three kids with helmets each have one of the three monkeys. You can even walk on the slide here. Note that if you go into the left house with the red roof and talk to the woman directly in front of you when you enter, she will heal your Pokemon.

Once the upper part of the route is done, continue left for the first double battle of the game; it works exactly the same as in fourth gen. A bit further left and you'll see some grass, but before you can enter it, Cheren appears! It may not have been that long since we last fought him, but he'll fight you all the same.

    * Rival Cheren
    * Rewards: $1200

Pokemon	Level	Type
Tepig/Oshawott/Snivy	Lv. 14	Fire/Water/Grass
Purrloin	Lv. 12	Dark

    * Cheren's team hasn't changed at all since the last fight, although his levels are now a lot higher. His starter also still has an Oran Berry. Aside from that, there isn't a whole lot to say really. Just pile on the offense as usual.

After defeating Cheren, two Plasma grunts will run past you and then Bianca and a child will appear. Bianca reports that her Pokemon has apparently been stolen. Seems she got a Munna herself, and Plasma made off with it. Of course, it's up to you to save it.

Grab the SUPER POTION in the grass, then continue left. You'll see Cheren waiting by the entrance to a cave; ignore him for the moment and continue right through the grass to fight a trainer; she'll give you an ORAN BERRY when you win. Grab the REPEL in the alcove here, then cycle back around to the cave and talk to Cheren. Say yes and he'll enter.
Wellspring Cave

Trainer Pokemon: Patrat L12 | Patrat L12 + Patrat L12
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Woobat	Psychic/Flying	Cave Floor	50%	Happiness
Roggenrola	Rock	Cave Floor	50%	Level 25
Drilbur	Ground	Dust Cloud	100%	Level 31
Basculin	Water	Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Fish	30%	N/A
Poliwag	Water	Fish	65%	Level 25
Poliwhirl	Water	Fish	5%	Water Stone
Poliwhirl	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	65%	Water Stone
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Poliwrath	Water/Fighting	Dark Water ~ Fish	5%	N/A

    Dust clouds are a bit different than their shaking grass and dark water counterparts; as well as possibly finding either Drilbur or Excadrill depending on which cave you're in, there's also a pretty high chance they'll give you an item of some sort. You will usually get gem items that will boost the power of a particular type of move one time, but these spots may also yield any of the nine evolution stones, as well as an Oval Stone, so it's worth checking out these clouds whenever they appear.

Walk forward and you'll have to take on two waves of plasma grunts. The first is a single battle; directly after that is a double battle where you are paired with Cheren; he'll send out his starter as a lead. You're given two more Patrat to take out; do so and the Plasma grunts will leave the cave, but we were unfortunately too late to save Bianca's captured Pokemon.

Cheren will leave the cave, giving you exploration freedom. You can cycle around to get a TM46, THIEF which is the same as usual; 40 BP, 100 accuracy and steals the opponent's item if possible. There's also a hidden FULL HEAL if you check the bottom spot on the right hand side of the elevated part of the cave.

The wild Pokemon here are interesting; Woobat is the new bat, but is nowhere near as prominent as Zubat has always been, so you won't see it all that much especially as there aren't all that many caves in the game. It's decent and has an interesting typing, but isn't especially strong even after it evolves.

Roggenrola will be a pain to kill due to its Sturdy ability, which now stops any move knocking it out in one hit. As a Pokemon on your side, it's decent to begin with, and once it gets Rock Blast it can become really powerful. It'll eventually evolve into Boldore, and then into Gigalith, both of which have very powerful attack and defense stats for their positions in the evolution line. The downside? Aside from their absolutely horrid speed, you need to trade Boldore to evolve. Unless you have a friend or someone who can help you with trade evolutions, I would pass on this Pokemon.

Drilbur is a bit harder to find compared to the others and it may take a fair few dust clouds to actually get a wild encounter with it, but it can prove to be a really good Pokemon. It may be a tiny bit mediocre to begin with but as soon as it gets Dig (Level 19) it will prove to be a very strong force, and it only keeps getting better from there. Its evolution Excadrill has incredible stats and an interesting Ground/Steel typing. If you can find a good one, it is very much worth using.

At any rate, go back out to Route 3 when you're ready.
Route 3 (2)

Trainer Pokemon: Blitzle L13 | Woobat L13 | Patrat L12, Purrloin L12 | Pidove L12, Roggenrola L12
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Pidove	Normal/Flying	Tall Grass	40%	Level 21
Patrat	Normal	Tall Grass	20%	Level 20
Blitzle	Electric	Tall Grass	20%	Level 27
Lillipup	Normal	Tall Grass	10%	Level 16
Purrloin	Dark	Tall Grass	10%	Level 20

Return to where Bianca and the child talked to you and you'll see them again; attempt to go through them or back in the direction of Striaton and they'll both talk to you, with the kid giving you three HEAL BALLS. Once they leave, we can continue down the route. Remember, you can always heal in the nursery if needed.

Head south after that to fight a guy with a Blitzle, then pick up the ANTIDOTE. You'll see Cheren in some differently coloured grass; head down towards him and he'll come out and tell you about the grass.

    Tall grass is different to normal grass in three different ways.

    * The Pokemon found in the grass usually differ from those found in the regular grass, ie you'll probably find more evolved forms in the taller grass. The level range is also higher than the regular grass.

    * You will sometimes encounter wild double battles; that is to say, 2-on-2 fights with wild Pokemon. These work the same as Generation IV in the sense that you can only catch one of the two Pokemon and you can only start throwing Poke Balls once one of the two has been taken down.

    * Tall grass doesn't shake; you won't find a Audino or any other rare Pokemon in this thicker grass.

It's probably time I said about the new Pokemon in this route. First is Pidove, who is the basic bird of this game much like Pidgey, Hoothoot, Taillow or Starly, although unlike them you can only obtain one after one badge, strangely enough. Pidove and its evolutions are decent, but they are no Starly line; they'll be decidedly average. They also have a problem in that most of their level up moves focus around special moves, even though they are physically based Pokemon. They're good if you want a flying-type, but use at your own risk.

Blitzle is the other new one, and is the first Electric Pokemon you will have encountered in the game. It's pretty decent at the early stages, learning Shock Wave at 11 and Spark at 25, as well as Flame Charge at 18. However, there is a problem; while it is good for most of the game, near the end of the game, even evolved into a Zebstrika, it will have some offensive problems. Its strength lies physically, but at only 100 base attack and the strongest physical Electric move is only 90 power. It's certainly a competent Pokemon for most of the game however, so don't let me put you off it entirely.

Anyway, continue through the route, having a go in the long grass if you wish. When you get to some more normal grass, go through it and pick up the GREAT BALL and then back onto the bridge and fight the trainer here. Across the bridge there's another trainer and an AWAKENING you can pick up. Fight the trainer, then go through the gatehouse to the left.
Nacrene City

At last, we've arrived at the town of the second gym. Cheren will be waiting for you; he'll walk you along a bit, then give you a CHESTO BERRY. Heal up, then get ready to explore the city a bit.

The far left house with the blue door contains a blue haired girl who will ask you a question about the starters. Picking the first option will get you a MIRACLE SEED, the second will give you MYSTIC WATER and the third will give you CHARCOAL. You can unfortunately only get one of these three from the girl, although the others will be in the field somewhere in the future. Choose whichever one is most appropriate; Miracle Seed boosts the power of Grass-type moves by 20% and likewise for Charcoal with Fire moves and Mystic Water with Water moves.

The house directly to the right strangely enough contains a shopkeeper, who will sell you all of the items in the X series (ie X Attack, Dire Hit) for their usual prices. Could be useful, I suppose.

The green doored house furthest on the right contains a trade; the girl on the top floor wants either a Cottonee or a Petilil. Black players will have to give her a Cottonee, while White players will have to give her a Petilil. The Pokemon you get in exchange is the one from the opposite version, which saves you having to find someone with the opposite version to get the other Grass-type; it comes at Level 15 regardless of version.

That's all there is in the city generally, although you can listen to an accordion in the music if you stand on or near the platform in the top left with the accordion guy. Attempt to enter the museum in the center of the city, and N will come out! If we want to do the gym, we'll have to beat him first.

    * PKMN Trainer N
    * Rewards: $1300

Pokemon	Level	Type
Pidove	Lv. 13	Normal/Flying
Tympole	Lv. 13	Water
Timburr	Lv. 13	Fighting

    * N's team has changed entirely to encompass Pokemon from the areas surrounding Nacrene City. Pidove won't be new, but the other two will be unless you decided to go exploring in the route to the left. Tympole is quite possibly one of the strangest looking Pokemon this generation, but it's just a basic Water-type all the same. Timburr is the basic version of a powerful Fighting-type, and is Fighting-type itself. It'll go down pretty quickly, but might take more than one hit. Might.

N will leave after the battle, allowing you free movement again. Heal up if need be, then enter the museum. A scientist will show you around a bit. Once he lets you move, head up into the next room. This is the gym!
Nacrene Gym

Trainer Pokemon: Patrat L17 | Herdier L17 | Lillipup L15, Lillipup L15, Lillipup L15

You'll get another Fresh Water from the guy as you enter. Head forward to be challenged by a school kid, who will stick a Patrat on you. Normal-type gym? This time, it actually is, so be prepared with Fighting moves if you have any. Otherwise, you'll be matching blow for blow. Throw as much offense in as you can.

Now, this gym is just plain weird. Seeing as I can't read Japanese I'm not actually sure what you're meant to do here, but it's something about reading books and answering questions..? Whatever, we don't need to know what the dialogue says.

Start by getting on the stool to the left near where you start and press yes to read it. You'll get some red text, which I believe signifies some new knowledge. Next, check the bookcase directly behind the one you just checked and press yes for another bout of red text. Go to the bookcase directly behind that one too, and talk to the scientist on the stepladder. Answer yes to her question and she'll fight you. Watch out for this dog; it's surprisingly powerful, especially with its Take Down. The woman may also use an X Defend on it!

Once you beat her, she'll move off the stool. Check the now accessible book for more red text, then check the south-eastern bookcase near the entrance for more red text. Finally, talk to the schoolgirl on the middle-eastern bookcase and answer yes to her question to get her to fight you.

Beat her and check the book to flick a switch and cause the whole bookcase to move, revealing a secret staircase. Go back and heal now; the gym leader here is tough, and you are very likely to be under levelled compared to her strongest Pokemon. If required, use the bit left of Nacrene City in order to train. There are also three Fighting-types you can catch in that area; any one of them will make the gym battle a lot easier to handle.

When you're ready, descend the staircase and talk to the leader to battle!

    * Rewards: $2400, TM67 Retaliate, Basic Badge
    * My Team: Munna Lv.18, Drilbur Lv. 17, Pignite Lv. 18

Pokemon	Level	Type	Ability	Attacks
Herdier	Lv. 18	Normal	Intimidate	Take Down, Bite, Retaliate, Leer
Watchog	Lv. 20	Normal	Illuminate	Leer, Crunch, Retaliate, Hypnosis

    * Lenora also only has two Pokemon, but I am not kidding when I say she is a lot tougher than the first gym leader was. Her opening Pokemon is Herdier, the evolution of Lillipup. To put it in perspective, it has 80 base attack, which at this stage of the game is pretty powerful. Combine that with a STAB Take Down and it's going to hurt anything not named Roggenrola. Doesn't help it has decent defenses and Intimidate, either. Do whatever you can to take it down ASAP; the less it can use Take Down and its other moves on you, the better.

    * Lenora's main is Watchog, the evolution of Patrat. This is where Lenora's signature move comes into play. Retaliate which has also been translated as Get Even and Vengeance is normally a 70 power, 100 accuracy move, with 5 PP. That in itself is going to deal a large blow to your Pokemon, but if that team had lost a Pokemon either on that turn or the turn before, Retaliate's power doubles from an intimidating 70 to a staggering 140. Factor in the STAB bonus and anything Watchog hits with the boosted Retaliate is probably not going to survive, unless its name is Roggenrola. Thankfully it returns to 70 base after that, but watch out!

    * That's not factoring in the other things Watchog can do; Leer can lower your defense like always, but it also has the powerful Crunch move an 80 power Dark move and worst of all, Hypnosis. Do you think your prize Pokemon will win? Possibly not, because this thing might use Hypnosis with its already decent speed and incapacitate your Pokemon, then totally wipe the floor with you. The Awakenings and Chesto Berries we've had up to this point can be useful, but hopefully you just won't get pegged with Hypnosis in the first place. Unfortunately, 60% accuracy isn't all that low in AI terms. As with Herdier, take it down as soon as possible, but watch out for that first turn Retaliate! Most types will work, but Fighting is by far the best. Status effects can also help too; if you have a Munna like me, make good use of Yawn or Hypnosis! X items can also come in useful, as can stat lowers such as accuracy reducers!

    * Lenora also has one Super Potion to use.

Defeating Lenora will give you the Basic Badge, allowing Pokemon up to Level 30 to always listen to you. You'll also get a copy of TM67 containing Lenora's signature move; as usual, TMs are completely reusable so make good use of this TM as it is likely a fair few of your Pokemon will be able to learn it, and it's a good move for this stage in the game.

Of course, it's not long before trouble strikes, and it appears Team Plasma has struck again! Lenora quickly rushes out; follow her to the museum room. You'll find Lenora, the scientist and a team of six Plasma grunts there; some dialogue later and they'll steal the skull off the fossil's head and vanish. Lenora runs after them, and you should too. So begins the third stage of the journey!
Nacrene City (2)

You'll find Lenora outside. You're soon joined by another person, who Lenora will introduce as Burgh. He's the gym leader of Castelia City, who we'll be facing at the end of this chapter. Bianca will also come along, as will Cheren. The two gym leaders will run off, and you'll receive the ITEMFINDER from Bianca, allowing you to locate hidden items. Both Bianca and Cheren will go into the museum, leaving us to do the bigger task.

Bring out the itemfinder right away, and it'll tell you a hidden item is west. It'll direct you onto the raised platform; examine the spot directly top left of the bottom bush to find a hidden ULTRA BALL. Also, if you go onto the part of the train track in Nacrene City to the bottom left and examine the spot two spaces from the wall on the upper side of the train track, you can find a hidden REVIVE. Also, if you go to the top left of the city and slide in the gap between the hedge and the wall here as you're exiting to Pinwheel Forest, follow it along and examine the flowers at the end for a hidden SUPER POTION. Exit this path and go left to enter the forest's radius proper.
Pinwheel Forest (Outside)

Trainer Pokemon: Munna L15 | Cottonee L13, Petilil L13 | Roggenrola L14 | Tympole L13, Tympole L13, Tympole L13 | Venipede L14, Lillipup L14 | Timburr L16 | Timburr L16
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Tympole	Water	Grass	40%	Level 25
Pidove	Normal/Flying	Grass	30%	Level 21
Timburr	Fighting	Grass	20%	Level 25
Sawk	Fighting	Grass (Black)	10%	N/A
Throh	Fighting	Grass (White)	10%	N/A
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	95%	N/A
Sawk	Fighting	Shaking Grass (White)	5%	N/A
Throh	Fighting	Shaking Grass (Black)	5%	N/A
Tympole	Water	Tall Grass	40%	Level 25
Pidove	Normal/Flying	Tall Grass	30%	Level 21
Timburr	Fighting	Tall Grass	20%	Level 25
Sawk	Fighting	Tall Grass (Black)	10%	N/A
Throh	Fighting	Tall Grass (White)	10%	N/A

If there's one thing you can get in this area, it is a bunch of Fighting-types. Well, three to be exact.

Tympole is one of the few Water Pokemon you will see early on in the game. It and its evolutions aren't too bad, specializing equally in both attack and special attack, although their stats are a bit low, and their movepool is odd; none of the line learn Waterfall, Ice Beam or Blizzard, although the final form does get Grass Knot and Focus Blast. They'll work decently though. Also, Tympole's two evolutions are both Water/Ground typing.

Timburr is basically the Machop of Unova; it's a three stage pure Fighting line that requires a trade to get from the middle form to the final form. The same goes for Timburr as with Roggenrola; don't use it if you don't have someone to trade with. Otherwise, it's decent. I think.

Sawk and Throh are the Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan of this game. Sawk learns more towards attacking while Throh has more bulk. Sawk in particular is amazing, for it has a 125 base attack stat which is incredibly high at this stage in the game, and pretty much all the way through. I'd say Sawk is the better one, although Throh is a very absorbent wall, having 120 HP and a respectable 100 attack. Throh is much, much slower though.

As for the route, talk to the first woman you see to get TM94, ROCK SMASH. Rock Smash has no field effect this time, so it's just a basic 40 power Fighting move that can lower defense. Might come in useful all the same.

You'll meet Burgh on the route, and he'll move into the actual forest. We'll sort that out in a minute. Talk to the girl by the sign if you wish (she doesn't seem to do anything) and then talk to the Nurse just south. She'll fight you with a Level 15 Munna, which should be easy at this point. After the battle, she'll heal you, and you can come back and talk to her to heal at any point in the future.

Go slightly down and slip into the wall and follow it around to pick up an ETHER. Exit again and continue south through the grass to find two trainers. A bit to the right of the second is a GREAT BALL you can pick up. Continue down south and the itemfinder will start reacting; we'll have to take a detour to get the item it's showing us, though. Battle the youngster here, then slip into the tall grass and go north. Check the puddle in the top right of this enclosed part for a TINYMUSHROOM. Also go to the south of the tall grass to pick up a SUPER POTION. There is also a hidden ANTIDOTE in the huge puddle; use the itemfinder to locate it.

Pick up another visible ANTIDOTE to the north, then continue right to fight another youngster. Up the steps you'll find a bunch of grass and two trainers. The itemfinder will also begin reacting. Battle the trainers for their EXP, then check the flower right above the puddle on the right to get an ETHER.

Notice the big rock in all of these small rocks? This rock is actually quite special; bring any Fighting-type Pokemon in your party and talk to the rock and you'll be asked a question. Say yes, and you'll get a free STAR PIECE. You can do this once every day.

Finally, go down the steps to the left, pick up the NET BALL, then head back to the nurse, heal, and enter the forest.
Pinwheel Forest (Inside)

Trainer Pokemon: Sewaddle L16 + Sewaddle L16 | Sandile L16 | Purrloin L16 | Herdier L18 | Venipede L16, Timburr L16 | Pansage L18 | Panpour L18 | Patrat L16 | Pansear L18 | Patrat L14, Sandile L14, Patrat L14 | Pidove L16, Purrloin L16 | Woobat L15, Woobat L15, Woobat L15 | Munna L17
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Cottonee	Grass	Grass (Black)	35%	Sun Stone
Petilil	Grass	Grass (White)	35%	Sun Stone
Sewaddle	Bug/Grass	Grass	35%	Level 20
Pidove	Normal/Flying	Grass	15%	Level 21
Venipede	Bug/Poison	Grass	15%	Level 22
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	65%	N/A
Pansear	Fire	Shaking Grass	10%	Fire Stone
Panpour	Water	Shaking Grass	10%	Water Stone
Pansage	Grass	Shaking Grass	10%	Leaf Stone
Whimsicott	Grass	Shaking Grass (Black)	5%	N/A
Lilligant	Grass	Shaking Grass (White)	5%	N/A
Cottonee	Grass	Tall Grass (Black)	35%	Sun Stone
Petilil	Grass	Tall Grass (White)	35%	Sun Stone
Swadloon	Bug/Grass	Tall Grass	35%	Happiness
Tranquill	Normal/Flying	Tall Grass	15%	Level 32
Whirlipede	Bug/Poison	Tall Grass	15%	Level 30
Basculin	Water	Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Fish	30%	N/A
Goldeen	Water	Fish	70%	Level 33
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Goldeen	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	60%	Level 33
Seaking	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	10%	N/A

Lots of different Pokemon to get in here, with notable additions being the two basic insects of the game and an exclusive Grass-type. You can also catch the other two monkeys as well as multiples of the one you got in here, but constant Audino will probably make you rip your hair out even with the EXP. You're also able to get the evolutions of the two exclusive Grass-types, but I wouldn't recommend you use them so much as they miss most of their moves.

Both of them are decent, although Cottonee lies far more towards support while Petilil lies towards offense. Both are mostly stuck to Grass attacks only, although once Cottonee evolves into Whimsicott it can use Flying-type attacks such as Hurricane. They also both have some very good abilities. Cottonee truly shines when you factor in its ability; it's called Prankster, and makes all moves that have 0 BP (ie Leech Seed, Cotton Spore, Substitute, Sleep Powder) have a priority of +1, meaning Cottonee almost always moves first when it isn't attacking. While not so good for ingame where you need offense, in competitive play it is an absolutely incredible ability to have. Petilil's strength lies in Own Tempo; while Own Tempo is an okay ability in itself, the real bargain comes with its evolution, Lilligant. Lilligant learns Petal Dance at Level 46, which is now 120 BP but always confuses after it finishes. However, with Own Tempo it won't get confused, so you basically have a 120 BP, 100 accuracy move at your disposal with no penalty aside from being unable to switch for a few turns. In-game, that is excellent. Both have a second ability but it's not quite as noteworthy. For the record, the Sun Stone isn't that far away, so these two are definitely usable.

The two bugs are actually very good compared to the ones in older generations; they evolve a lot later but can actually hold their own for most, if not all the game. Sewaddle's final evolution, Leavanny, is Bug/Grass, and has some decent attack upon which it can use Leaf Blade and X-Scissor, giving it some decent coverage. The happiness evolution is a bit annoying, but it's a good Pokemon nonetheless. Venipede on the other hand evolves by level, and its final evolution Scolipede is actually quite decent, with 90 attack and 112 speed, as well as the ability to learn the incredible Megahorn move through the move relearner. In comparison, Leavanny has 103 attack and 92 speed. If they appeal to you, give them a try.

Returning to the forest itself, you'll meet Burgh again, who will head north. Don't follow him, and instead go left. You'll fight some twins. Clean their clocks, as they say, then continue south and fight the Plasma grunt. This grunt has a Sandile, a Ground/Dark crocodile that is quite a good Pokemon. You'll be able to obtain your own soon enough.

Continue left to fight another Plasma grunt, then work your way into that southern alcove through the grass and pick up the BIG ROOT, which will increase the potency of draining attacks. Go back onto the path and fight the Pokemon Ranger. You'll receive a CHESTO BERRY as a reward. You might notice a large rock with a green top; this is a Moss Rock, signifying that levelling up an Eevee in the forest will cause it to evolve into a Leafeon.

Continue left, pick up the SUPER POTION, then go straight down in a straight line. Examine the square two squares away from the tree to get a TINYMUSHROOM. Head back up and left and fight another trainer. Go further north, pick up what I think was an ANTIDOTE in the hollow trunk and then try to go through the trunk tunnel only to be attacked by a ranger with a monkey. You'll get a CHESTO BERRY for winning. Keep following the path and you'll probably end up fighting another ranger with a different monkey. For the record, you'll going to see these monkey series a lot.

After accepting the PECHA BERRY, continue south and examine the inside of the hollow tree trunk for another TINYMUSHROOM. Take the log bridge up to fight a Plasma grunt, then go further north and follow the path more. There's a PARLYZ HEAL to pick up in a tree trunk. Going further east and attempting to enter the log will have you fight the third ranger with the last remaining monkey. Get a PECHA BERRY off of him, then go south. Follow this path around to get the excellent TM86, GRASS KNOT. It may not be too useful at this point in the game; the power increases with weight, and most opponents won't be terribly heavy at this point. All the same, it makes good coverage, and there are a lot of Pokemon that learn it, including all three Unova starters.

Go back to the log you got stopped at and continue north to fight the last Plasma grunt. Defeating him will get the skull back, and then one of the Plasma sages will come and talk to the grunt. Lenora and Burgh arrive at the scene shortly, then the Plasma grunts disappear. Lenora takes the skull back off you, then gives you a MOON STONE as a reward, meaning Munna users can now evolve it into a Musharna if they so choose.

Continue right and pick up the MIRACLE SEED before you jump off the ledge. We'll now be back on the road; head down and fight the three trainers for more EXP. That's everything in the forest at last (that we can do for now) so head back up and out through the top. There is more in here but we need Surf, which isn't until later in the game.

You may have noticed there's a gap in the fence on the right side with tall grass, but at the moment a man is blocking us from entering the grass. You should be able to enter soon enough.
Skyarrow Bridge

Ready for some extreme 3D action? Go into the gatehouse to the right and talk to the hiker right above you to get the QUICK CLAW, which is one of the most valuable items in the game if you are using any slow Pokemon. Equip it to them and they might just get a chance to move first every now and then.

Head out north to get onto the main bridge. As you walk across it you are going to see some very interesting views; we'll be seeing a fair bit of 3D for the next bit. There's nothing important on the bridge itself, but it's cool nonetheless, and I personally love the music.

Go through the gatehouse at the end to reach our next destination.
Castelia City

Trainer Pokemon: Pansage L21 | Pansear L21 | Panpour L21 | Herdier L19 | Timburr L19 | Roggenrola L19 | Basculin L17, Basculin L17, Basculin L17 | Petilil L18, Cottonee L18 | Woobat L20 | Munna L20 | Sewaddle L20 | Pansear L19, Panpour L19, Pansage L19 | Trubbish L20, Minccino L20 | Sandile L17, Sandile L17

At last we're here at the big 3D city; if you've seen any trailer for Black and White then you've probably seen this place before. As far as Pokemon cities go, it is absolutely massive, with several streets, a town square (though it's more of a circle) and plenty of buildings to visit. Of course, that means there are also plenty of items to collect! I love the music in this place too.

As soon as you enter, go south onto one of the ports. You can talk to the scientist along the south wall here to get either a LEAF STONE, a WATER STONE or a FIRE STONE. The guy himself actually lists the three monkeys, and you'll get the stone of the corresponding monkey. The top option gives you a Leaf Stone, the middle gives you a Fire Stone and the bottom gives you a Water Stone.

Head back up and left and you'll come to the Pokemon Center pretty quickly. Some girl will be at the counter who wants you to try the GTS and whatnot; feel free to completely ignore her and heal your Pokemon. Exit the center afterwards.

Start by going into the street to the right of the Pokemon Center. The first building on the right is the Game Freak building. The first floor contains two children, but more will be revealed if you're able to activate the Zorua event. Going up in the elevator to Floor 22 will take you to the employees' lounge. There isn't actually anything you can do in here... yet, but it's an interesting place nonetheless. Kind of.

Exit that building. The rushing people on the street make it really city like, doesn't it? The building above on the left contains a woman who will happily give one of your Pokemon a massage each day, raising their happiness level. This'll prove useful if you're using a Woobat or a Sewaddle/mayu! You're also able to go up the elevator in here; do so and talk to the hiker on the southern end of the room to get TM44, REST.

Head up north to reach the city square, complete with trees, park benches and a fountain. There are vending machines on the upper wall which will give you Fresh Water, Soda Pop or Lemonade, the latter of which heals 80 HP for a cheaper price than a Super Potion; it is a very good bargain. I'd recommend buying some. Also, talk to the dancer in front of the fountain. Answer yes and you'll end up in a fight with him; defeat his surprisingly high levelled Pansage (though thankfully one level short of a Seed Bomb) and he'll tell you some more stuff. Answer yes and he'll let you go. We have another two dancers around Castelia to locate, which we'll get to shortly. Go down and take the second street from the right next.

In this street you are able to buy CASTELIA CONE, but only if it's a Tuesday and the season is Spring, Summer or Autumn. Castelia Cone is basically the Unova region's Lava Cookie and has exactly the same effect as a Full Heal; it's not that important. There's also an art gallery on the right side; in here you will find a clown who requests to see a specific type of Pokemon. Show him the correct type and he'll give you a choice of berries to pick from; pick any and he'll give it to you. The berries tend to be basic ie Cheri, Chesto, Pecha.

Head down south back into the main part of Castelia, then head left and go down into the dock here. You'll find another dancer here; defeat his Pansear and he'll move to the place where the first dancer was. Head back up and this time go into the street.

...Although it's more like an alley. Head north and a guy in a suit will stop you all of a sudden, give you TM70, FLASH and walk away. I have absolutely no idea why this event occurs, but whatever. We'll have uses for Flash later in the game. Go into the bar on the right and talk to the bartender to receive a LEMONADE. Exit and talk to the dancer to fight him. Defeat his Panpour and he'll go to the same place as the other two dancers, putting all three in the same place.

Going north you'll end up back at the town square, where the three dancers are. Talk to the centre one to get the AMULET COIN, which will double the money you receive if the Pokemon holding it partakes in the battle at any time. You don't really need it in this game since you get a ton of money, but use it if you like.

This time, go north. The first building on the right is... rather... strange. Talk to the guy blocking the lift to get him to move, then go to 47F. You are now at an international party! Or at least something like that, but try talking to the different NPCs; a bunch of them use different languages to the home region. You'll see Japanese, English, German and some others. Talk to the girl near the bottom to get TM45, ATTRACT.

The building directly across also has quite a few people. Most notably, the Name Rater is in here; he's the bald old man closest to the entrance. If you ever want to nickname or re-nickname your Pokemon, go see him. Also, this hiker appears to have a Pikachu. Again, Pikachu is not in Unova. Where the hell did he get it? Guess the guy went travelling.

The upper floor of this building also has NPCs. The scientist on the right controls the Relocator, which you will probably need in order to activate the Zorua and Zoroark events. You need a certain two words to unlock the machine, and I have no idea what they are. You should be able to find the answer on a fansite or something though.

Exit this building, then go to the one to the top right. Talk to the scientist in here to get the EVIOLITE, a very powerful item. Equip it to any Pokemon that hasn't fully evolved (ie no final stages or Pokemon that doesn't evolve) and it will boost both their defense and special defense by 1.5 in battle, giving them extreme bulkiness. Around this stage of the game you're bound to have unevolved Pokemon, so make good use of it. The stone can make unevolved Pokemon much more viable, and for some like Porygon2 and Chansey it is a gift from heaven. There's also a guy on the upper floor in here who will tell you about the eight badges of Unova and their effects.

That covers that street; though if you want to catch a Sandile, Darumaka or Scraggy you may want to take a quick trip north into Route 4, the desert route of the game. It has some interesting Pokemon you may want to use in your team.

Head back down and this time take the far left street. This street is pretty relaxed; there's an empty building on the left and the gym on the right. Attempt to enter the gym and Cheren will pop out, talk to you a bit and walk off. Burgh will also come out and leave, so we cannot do the gym for the moment.

Go south from here. The port furthest left contains one interesting thing; there is a boat that is ready to go, but to use it you need a Liberty Pass, which can be downloaded from Wi-Fi on occasion. The boat will allow you to get the legendary Victini, a Fire/Psychic Pokemon with 100 base stats across the board. More info is available in other sections.

To the right when you come out of that street is a building which appears to be a very statistical based office. The people in here do... uhh... something, which I think is related to battle speeches or whatnot. Anyway, if you try to leave the building the woman gets somewhat indignant then gives you a quiz that seems to go on forever and I have no idea what it does. I got a SODA POP for answering all the questions, so maybe you will too. It's probably not worth it though; you might be better off just avoiding this particular building altogether.

A bit over to the right is another building with a green door; this is an interesting building called the Battle Company. If you enter, the janitor will speak to you and tell you about the place, then go up the lift. Basically, the Battle Company contains two floors of trainers you can battle in any order. There's also some very good items in here, so it's worth a look.

On 47F you'll have a fair few trainers to fight, and you can also get three QUICK BALLS and three TIMER BALLS from the office guy to the right by the barrier. You can also get a SCOPE LENS from the scientist on the right, an excellent item that boosts the critical rate of the Pokemon holding it. There's also a REVIVE in the bottom left corner.

55F gives you more trainers to contend with, as well as a HYPER POTION to pick up from the ground. You'll even have what I assume is the company's boss to contend with (he has a different battle sprite) although he just uses the monkeys. Defeating the janitor will reward you with the EXP. SHARE, a highly precious item which will allow you to split the EXP points between two Pokemon. When you consider the new EXP system, this can be a very valuable item.

That finishes all the sidequest stuff. Whew, that was a hell of a lot to do. Go heal up at the Pokemon Center and then check out the port to the left of it; you'll find Burgh, Bianca and Iris, a character you hadn't met until now. You'll talk about Team Plasma a bit, then a grunt will arrive all of a sudden and run off. Burgh gives chase; exit the dock and go left all the way to see Burgh again. He'll look around then run up the far left street. Follow him to see that previously empty building now swarming with Plasma grunts out the front. Go approach them and say yes to fight. Burgh will take on two of them, while you deal with the remaining one. After winning the three of them will run inside. Bianca and Iris will arrive; Burgh runs in and Iris drags both her and Bianca inside. Follow them in to see a large group made up of three grunts and three Plasma sages, including the guy who made the speech before back in Accumula Town. The Plasma grunts will release Bianca's Munna, who is reunited with her at last. It looks pretty happy to be back, huh? A faded screen later and they're all gone. Iris will give you a YACHE BERRY as a reward, then push Bianca out the room. Burgh will also return to his gym, allowing us to get the Insect Badge. Pick up the SMOKE BALL that was left behind, then exit back out into Castelia. (There's nothing upstairs.)

Go and heal if you need to, then enter the gym. As a reminder, it's the bottom building on the far left street of the city.

(About time this sub-section is over. Damn this was a big one.)
Castelia Gym

Trainer Pokemon: Sewaddle L20, Venipede L20 | Sewaddle L20, Dwebble L20 | Sewaddle L21 | Venipede L20, Sewaddle L20

You'll probably notice there is an awful lot of sticky honey in the gym; this time, we're contending with a Bug-type gym. From this gym onwards it'll be a bit more obvious what the gyms actually are no more restaurants or museums. If you have a Darumaka, Pignite or Pansear/Simisear, expect a very easy time in this gym.

Talk to the gym guy to get yet another FRESH WATER, then head up. It may look like an impenetrable wall of honey, but it isn't! Just push through it in the centre; it'll stretch and you'll eventually just pop through to the other side. Hit the switch to make some parts of the gates light up, then take the path right and talk to the clown to fight him and his two bugs. Hopefully you have some Antidote, as Poison Point could well be a pain here.

Hit the switch to the right here and the other part of the closest gate will light up, taking the barrier down and allowing us to get through. Push against the honey, then hit the switch only for a clown to magically appear in front of you. Defeat his two Pokemon, which includes the Bug/Rock Dwebble Fire attacks won't be super effective on this thing! Neither will Fighting, thanks to the resistance Bug has against it.

Hit the switch to the right, and then the one on the left. This will cause the gate on the right to slide down. Again, push through the honey and hit the switch. A part of the final gate will light up one down, one to go. Exit that small room and then go straight left and hit the switch here. The gate to the far left will light up and descend; follow this newly opened path around, tripping the first switch to battle a clown if you wish, and hit the switch to make the gate to the right descend. Go to this newly opened room and fight the last trainer in here, then hit the switch to get the last gate to go down. Yeah, there's not a whole lot of variety with the trainers in here.

Go through the newly opened gate and up the stairs to find Burgh. Make sure you're prepared, then challenge him to a fight.

    * Rewards: $2760, TM76 Struggle Bug, Insect Badge
    * My Team: Pignite Lv. 23, Drilbur Lv. 24, Munna Lv. 24

Pokemon	Level	Type	Ability	Attacks
Whirlipede	Lv. 21	Bug/Poison	Swarm	Poison Tail, Screech, Struggle Bug, Pursuit
Dwebble	Lv. 21	Bug/Rock	Shell Armor	Smack Down, Struggle Bug, Sand-Attack, Faint Attack
Leavanny	Lv. 23	Bug/Grass	Swarm	Razor Leaf, String Shot, Struggle Bug, Protect

    * Thus we come to the third leader. Burgh leads with his Whirlipede, who is the cocoon evolution of Venipede. However, don't underestimate it it's not a cocoon in the sense of Metapod or Kakuna! It can still very much attack and its Poison Tail attack can do some damage, although the most annoying aspect about it is its chance to poison, which can happen annoyingly often. Screech could cause problems, but the rest isn't much to worry about. I'll mention it now; Burgh's signature move is called Struggle Bug, and it is a horrible, horrible move. Sure, it always lowers the opponent's Special Attack when it hits, but its a special move with 30 base power. That's right, 30. So it does like nothing, even if it hits super effectively. It's nothing to worry about, even from his main. Going back to Whirlipede, it has a good defense, but its other stats are pretty subpar. It should go down pretty quickly, though quicker to special moves than physical moves. Remember its weaknesses Fire, Flying, Rock and Psychic to speed up the process.

    * Burgh's second Pokemon is an Dwebble that we saw earlier in the gym. As I said, its Bug/Rock typing eliminates both the Fire and the Fighting weaknesses a Bug and Rock type would normally have respectively, but it does add a few extra weaknesses, giving this Pokemon weaknesses to Water, Rock and Steel. If you're using a Pignite, Rollout could work quite well, and if it carries on it'll bulldoze Leavanny too. Dwebble isn't much of a problem at all.

    * You'll probably be fighting Leavanny with the last Pokemon music, and it can be fitting, depending on the circumstances. Basically, if you have a Fire or Flying move in your team that you can get out, then it'll be dead in an instant due to the quadruple weaknesses. Bug/Grass is a horrible typing, leaving it weak to Fire, Flying, Ice, Rock, Bug and Poison. Yeah, not so good. Hell, you can even beat it with a Servine, seeing as it'll just use Struggle Bug which does like nothing. It may take a while if you have the wrong Pokemon for the job, but it's not that hard a Pokemon to take down at all. Of course, you might get unlucky and have it critical hit your best Pokemon for the job like it did with me >>; Razor Leaf does hit criticals a lot, so watch out. It'll also generally only use Struggle Bug if it's more powerful than Razor Leaf against any particular Pokemon.

    * An extra note; Pignite users with some luck can get an easy win by using a Defense Curl + Rollout strategy. You won't actually hear the last Pokemon music if this goes off successfully; you have to be able to select a move for the leader to come out and talk and the music to change!

After the fight, Burgh will reward you with the Insect Badge and a TM for Struggle Bug and if I were you, I'd just let it rot in your bag.

Exit the gym and you'll get a call on your Xtransceiver; Bianca will inform you that she'll meet you soon. Go heal at the Pokemon Center and then head north out of Castelia City.

Bianca will meet you in the gatehouse, and after some dialogue she'll challenge you to a fight.

    * Rival Bianca
    * Rewards: $2000

Pokemon	Level	Type
Herdier	Lv. 18	Normal
Pansage/Pansear/Panpour	Lv. 18	Fire/Water/Grass
Munna	Lv. 18	Psychic
Pignite/Dewott/Servine	Lv. 20	(Fire/Fighting)/Water/Grass

    * It's been a while since we've battled Bianca, hasn't it? Her team now has four Pokemon; the dog and her starter both return, albeit evolved, but she has added two new Pokemon to her roster, one of which is the Munna we rescued not that long ago. The second is one of the three elemental monkeys; Bianca will have the one that is weak to her starter, hence the one that is strong against your starter. Of course, they're not a problem anyway.

    * Bianca has two Super Potions to use, for the record.

Bianca will leave after she has been beaten. I would suggest healing again, because there's another battle coming right up! At any rate, that finishes the third chapter at last. It's been a very adventurous one, huh?
Route 4

Trainer Pokemon: Basculin L18, Basculin L18 | Basculin L16, Basculin L16, Basculin L16 | Tympole L18, Tympole L18 | Roggenrola L17, Roggenrola L17, Timburr L17 | Timburr L19 | Darumaka L19 | Cottonee L19 | Petilil L18 | Blitzle L19 | Roggenrola L18, Timburr L18 | Timburr L19 | Pidove L19
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Sandile	Ground/Dark	Sand	40%	Level 29
Darumaka	Fire	Sand	40%	Level 35
Scraggy	Dark/Fighting	Sand	20%	Level 39
Hippopotas	Ground	Sand	40%	Level 34
Frillish	Water/Ghost	Surf	100%	Level 40
Alomomola	Water	Dark Water ~ Surf	95%	N/A
Jellicent	Water/Ghost	Dark Water ~ Surf	5%	N/A
Krabby	Water	Fish	65%	Level 28
Clamperl	Water	Fish	30%	Trade w/Deepseatooth/scale
Luvdisc	Water	Fish	5%	N/A
Relicanth	Water/Rock	Dark Water ~ Fish	60%	N/A
Luvdisc	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Kingler	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	5%	N/A
Huntail	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish (Black)	5%	N/A
Gorebyss	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish (White)	5%	N/A

Go straight ahead and you will see Cheren; a bit of dialogue and then you'll be launched into a fight with him.

    * Rival Cheren
    * Rewards: $2200

Pokemon	Level	Type
Pidove	Lv. 20	Normal/Flying
Pansage/Pansear/Panpour	Lv. 20	Fire/Water/Grass
Liepard	Lv.20	Dark
Pignite/Dewott/Servine	Lv. 22	(Fire/Fighting)/Water/Grass

    * This battle is a bit weird as it is fought in sandstorm weather; sandstorm weather causes all non Rock, Steel and Ground-type Pokemon to take 1/16 HP damage each turn. In addition, all Rock Pokemon gain a x1.5 boost to their special defense stat.

    * Cheren, like Bianca, also now has two new Pokemon, with two new additions. The first is a Pidove, which we have seen a dozen times now; knock it out like any other one. The second is a monkey Cheren will have the remaining monkey, which results in him having the monkey that is the same type as your starter. Hence, if you chose Tepig, he'll have Pansage, if you chose Oshawott he'll have Pansear and if you chose Snivy he'll have Panpour. His starter and Purrloin have also evolved, but otherwise it's all the same.

    * Also, his starter has a Sitrus Berry attached, which will heal 25% of its health when it falls into low HP.

Defeating Cheren will make him leave - though not before a Xtransceiver call - allowing us to explore this route in more detail. The desert is large and composed of two main parts. We'll handle the smaller part to begin with (Route 4) then take a quick detour for convenience and then do the rest of the desert.

In addition, the Wild Pokemon in the desert are totally new. Sandile in particular can be an incredibly good Pokemon; if you want to use one, I would recommend you try to catch one that has Moxie as its ability; Moxie causes a Pokemon's attack stat to rise if it knocks out an opponent, which can help an incredible amount in trainer battles. It can be a bit slow at first, but once it learns Dig and Crunch (or you give it the Dig TM we'll get shortly) it can be an incredible force, and once it evolves it is almost unstoppable. It reaches its final evolution at 40, which in this game is pretty good. It's a Pokemon I'd highly recommend.

As for Darumaka, it is also a very good Pokemon. While it doesn't evolve into Darmanitan until 35, with its 90 base attack and Hustle it is more than enough to match opponents blow for blow. It begins with Fire Fang, which is decently powerful, then gets Fire Punch and Thrash in the 20s, which can really solidify it as a member of your team. It only keeps getting better as it grows and eventually evolves, as Darmanitan has an incredible base 140 attack! Add that to Darmanitan's ability - Sheer Force - which causes any moves with a secondary effect to have their secondary effect removed but get a 1.3 power boost - such as Flare Blitz (which has a 10% burn chance now) or Rock Slide - and you will have one hell of a power machine. To put it into perspective, Flare Blitz - which Darumaka learns at 33 - is 120 x 1.3 x 1.5 = 234 power! Adding a Charcoal or Flame Plate equip would boost it even further to 280. That off such a high attack base is insane. It can really pay off, although try not to get one with a -Atk nature. One more thing; as it is designated as a Dream World ability, you cannot catch a Darumaka, evolve it and expect to get the Zen Mode ability. I'd say Sheer Force is better anyway though.

Lastly, we have Scraggy. The amount I can say for this thing is limited as I have never actually touched it, but judging from the times I've fought it and its evolution (Scrafty) it has a good movepool, decent offense and pretty good defenses, although they are pretty slow. What is worth noting is their ability to get the move Hi Jump Kick, which now has an insane 130 power, not taking STAB into account. Even with its relatively subpar attack stat compared to some monsters in Generation V, it'll be doing a boatload. It also gets Crunch to support its other STAB, and surprisingly enough Head Smash too. It also gets Shed Skin and Moxie, both of which are good abilities. The only real downside is that Scraggy evolves quite late considering it's a one stage evolution (though it's a lot better than some particular ones...) but otherwise it's worth a shot if you need a Fighting-type, Dark-type or both.

Returning to the route; pick up the X ACCUARCY to the left in the sand, then go up. In this house there is a woman who will heal you when you talk to her; make a trip to her whenever you're running low on health. Over to the left, you'll see a bunch of traffic cones and some steps; go down them and fight the two fishermen down here. They both use Basculin exclusively. You can also examine the tile two steps right and two steps down of the bottom fisherman to locate a PEARL. Go back up the steps and head north. Rather than going straight ahead by the lady, take a path right and into a small enclosed part. The centre square one space from the top contains a hidden ULTRA BALL. Pick up the GREAT BALL on the opposite side and then fight the lady. Go up a bit, take the path right and pick up the HYPER POTION in the sand, then go back around and fight the builder, whose two Sturdy Roggenrola are probably going to annoy you. I hate that ability so much >_>;

Afterwards, take the path around and get on the platform in front of the two houses and check the centre spot two squares away from the left wall for a hidden BURN HEAL. You can also check the small space to the right of the houses and examine the last tile before the rock for a hidden ETHER. Go back down and fight the last worker, then go up the other stairs and pick up the TM41, TORMENT.

Head back to the main road now, healing if necessary, and head north. The builder by the barricades who was previously blocking you (if you happened to check this route out before we got the Insect Badge) will now let you pass, so let us do so. You can find a BURN HEAL to the right, and a guy with a Darumaka right next to it.

From here, move to the far left wall and pick up the ETHER, then fight the female trainer you should see walking up and down slightly to the right. After demolishing her Cottonee, fight another of the same type of trainer to the top right. Beat her Petilil, then pick up the SUPER POTION and fight the guy above. Check a corner to the top right for a hidden HYPER POTION (as always, use the itemfinder to locate stuff if needed) then head straight left onto a road. There's a constantly turning builder here; fight his Roggenrola and Timburr off, then continue left. There's one last builder to fight. He also has a Timburr; rather similar to the Machop of old, eh? There's a house to the left; go inside and talk to the guy on the right to get the ever valuable TM28, DIG which may take two turns but in-game it is valuable, especially for the 80 base power the move has. If you have a Sandile that doesn't know it yet, it's a move I'd recommend.

That covers everything for now; to the north is the Desert Resort, which we'll visit soon enough. Head back to the part with several backpack wearing trainers and head north. Beat the guy with a Pidove and continue north.

In the gatehouse you'll find Cheren and Prof. Juniper; you'll talk a bit, then Prof. Juniper will give you ten ULTRA BALLS! She's quite a generous professor, I must say. Once they leave, head out the gatehouse to the north.

NIMBASA CITY: We're not properly covering this place just yet, so this is just a very short stop. Go forward and you'll see a guy being attacked by Plasma grunts. Defeat the Lv. 18 Watchog and Lv. 18 Trubbish you'll end up fighting and the grunts will run off. The guy will give you what is quite possibly the best item in the game, the BICYCLE, as thanks, meaning our movement speed is that much better. Bianca will also show up, talk to you for a second then leave. I'd recommend setting the bicycle to Y (you can set multiple items to Y now, for the record). You will use the bike a lot, I promise. Anyway, next up on the list to tackle is the Desert Resort. Go back into Route 4, head left when you can and go north past where we got Dig. You'll enter the beginnings of the Desert Resort that way.

    * You are perfectly able to catch Pokemon from Route 5, Route 16 or the tall grass in Pinwheel Forest now. Note that if you try to go to Route 5 Bianca will pull you away to the Pokemon Musical, but after doing something with a Pokemon of your choice you can just run off and go into Route 5. You can also find a TM22, SOLARBEAM and a HYPER POTION in the long grass parts of the forest now if you so wish, as well as a hidden RARE CANDY if you so choose. I'll be covering that part properly later on when we get Surf, but if you want to go there now be my guest.

Desert Resort (Entrance)
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Sandile	Ground/Dark	Sand	40%	Level 29
Darumaka	Fire	Sand	30%	Level 35
Maractus	Grass	Sand	10%	N/A
Scraggy	Dark/Fighting	Sand	10%	Level 39
Dwebble	Bug/Rock	Sand	10%	Level 34

The entrance to the Desert Resort reveals two new Pokemon. Dwebble you will have already seen before back in the Castelia Gym, but they're available to capture now. I can't really leap bounds of praise onto it since I have little clue about it, although its movepool and stats seem decent enough. The same goes for Maractus, your friendly neighbourhood cactus - I have like no clue about what it can do or how good it is. Notably it is NOT immune to sandstorm, but does get Water Absorb as a possible ability. Of course, it was resistant to Water anyway, but the health is always good. Its stats are a bit subpar though, with only special attack breaking 100...

Anyway, just head up, left and up into the gatehouse. There are no items at all! Head out the top end into the main Desert Resort.
Desert Resort (Main)

Trainer Pokemon: Solosis L23 | Tranquill L23 | Solosis L23, Woobat L23 | Ducklett L24 | Darumaka L23, Blitzle L23 | Watchog L23 | Gothita L24 | Yamask L22, Munna L22 | Maractus L23
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Sandile	Ground/Dark	Sand	40%	Level 29
Darumaka	Fire	Sand	30%	Level 35
Maractus	Grass	Sand	10%	N/A
Sigilyph	Psychic/Flying	Sand	10%	N/A
Dwebble	Bug/Rock	Sand	10%	Level 34

The same wild Pokemon appear again, except Scraggy is replaced by a Pokemon called Sigilyph. Sigilyph is very... odd looking, but statswise it's fast and decently strong and has a great movepool, encompassing Air Slash, Shadow Ball, Psychic and Ice Beam as examples. It's certainly usable, and if crazy psycho birds are your thing it may be worth a try.

Anyway, this desert is huge, so we have a lot of ground to cover. Start by fighting the doctor right in front of you; he has a Solosis - the base form of Reuniclus - who has quite a strong special attack stat, so watch out! It also has the Magic Guard ability, which will stop any residual damage (ie Leech Seed, Sandstorm) from being dealt. After the fight, this doctor will act as a healer, much like that nurse did back in Pinwheel Forest. Talk to him and heal if at all necessary.

Fight the backpacker a bit northwest, who has an evolved pigeon that will probably Detect constantly. Move down and then head left while hugging the southern wall. The itemfinder will react at one point; keep heading left until you see a moving Psychic. Take his Pokemon down and then examine the center spot in this alcove for a RARE CANDY.

Continue hugging the wall and move left to get a FIRE STONE, then head up, continuously going against the wall. You'll find a ranger. Beat her to get a RAWST BERRY, then take the path up a bit further and examine the top left spot in the alcove for a hidden STARDUST. Go back down a bit and take the path left, fighting another ranger. You'll get another RAWST BERRY. Head straight down afterwards and left to get TM39, ROCK TOMB, which might be useful for some Pokemon.

Return back to the 'corridor' with the two rangers and head straight right. You should see a backpacker shortly; he doesn't fight you though. Go north from him and collect the STARDUST in the pit, then go straight right to find BLACK GLASSES in another pit, which' will boost Dark moves by 20%. Fight the backpacker a bit right here, then go north (note the doctor is almost right below the woman you just battled.) You'll see a guy in black in a pit; talk to him for a SOFT SAND, which will boost Ground moves by 20%. Moving left, there's a FRESH WATER in a pit and a Psychic to fight. She uses a Gothita, the first form of Gothitelle. If you go straight left there's another psychic, who will use Yamask, the pre-evolution of the sarcophagus, Cofagrigus. It's a Ghost Pokemon, for the record. Back up a bit, head up and grab the SUPER POTION and fight the backpacker by here, who has the cactus.

Bring the itemfinder out if you hadn't already, then head northwest. A couple spaces right from the towerlike building, you can find a hidden ETHER. You can also go to the very northwest to get a HEART SCALE. There's also a hidden HYPER POTION in one of the spots to the very top right.

Go to about the center of the top half of the desert and you'll come to a staircase with five statues of some sort around it. Go down the staircase.

Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Sandile	Ground/Dark	Sand Floor	50%	Level 29
Yamask	Ghost	Sand Floor	50%	Level 34

    * Encounter list is identical for 1F and B1F.
    * Trainer Pokemon: Sigilyph L24 | Woobat L23, Munna L23

As with Nimbasa City, we're not going to explore this place fully yet - in fact, we aren't able to for a while. However, you can catch two Pokemon here, including the new Yamask which we saw a trainer use previously. Yamask and its evolution, Cofagrigus, have a niche in their high defense and ability named Mummy. Mummy itself does nothing, but if physical contact is made with a Pokemon then their ability is also replaced with Mummy. The effect is temporary, wearing off if the affected Pokemon switches out, but it's a fun ability all the same. They also have decent special attack, though they're not especially powerful.

Also, the music in this place is awesome. Walk forward and attack the psychic and his crazy psycho bird. There's also another Psychic just across the sand pit; just go around it for now.

Now, an important note about these sand pits. If you want to cross them, you must walk. NOT run, NOT bike. Walk. Also, don't touch the centre of the pit, as that will also send you down a floor. Practice by walking on the sand pit to the far left. You won't be able to descend the staircase here as a guy will block you, but you can talk to the backpacker here to get a fossil! You can either select the top option for a COVER FOSSIL which can be revived into the Water/Rock Tirtouga, or the second option for a PLUME FOSSIL, which can be revived into the Rock/Flying Archen. Both of them are good Pokemon, although Archen in particular is incredibly powerful once it gets the move Acrobatics at Level 28; it has a 112 base attack anyway, and when the user isn't holding an item Acrobatics's power is 110. Factor STAB in and you have a 112 attack (140 when it evolves !) bird with a 165 power move. The only drawback to Archen and its evolution is its ability - Defeatist - which causes its attack to drop by a certain amount when its HP drops below 50%. Acrobatics will OHKO most anything though, so you don't really need to worry about it. Both of them get great level up movepools; Tirtouga and its evolution get the Shell Smash move, which is an incredible move that raises Attack, Special Attack and Speed at the cost of its defenses. Also, as an extra note, both fossils are physically based. I'd say Archen and its evolution Archeops are the better of the two, but Water-types are pretty rare. Honestly, it's your pick.

Once you get a fossil, you can revive it by taking it to the museum in Nacrene City and talking to the receptionist on the right while you have less than six Pokemon in your party. You will get the fossil back instantly. It comes at Level 25, making it good for this point in the game. Both of them also come with some decent starting moves. The turtle (Tirtouga) also gets Solid Rock or Sturdy, both of which are great abilities. It's slow as all hell, though. Also, both evolve at Level 37.

Go down the sand pit above you somehow (running/bike/walking to the center) to drop to B1F. From where you land, move one step in any direction and check the spot you just landed on for a hidden ELIXIR. There's also a REVIVE to the right. Head up the stairs, jump off the ledge and go down to exit the castle.

    * NOTE: If you want to get a good nature on your fossil, the easiest way is to hand the fossil off to the receptionist while six Pokemon are in your party. When she comes back she'll refuse to give it to you; deposit a Pokemon in the PC, then save in front of her and get your fossil. It'll change nature each reset. This is faster than what would happen if you have five or less in your party when you give it to her.

DESERT RESORT: That's absolutely everything we can do in the desert for the moment. Unless you want to revive the fossil, make your way back to Nimbasa City in the north.
Nimbasa City

Now we're here properly, and like Castelia it's pretty big. Nowhere near the same size, but there's plenty of items to collect.

Start by trying to enter the big building just to your left as you enter. This is the Battle Subway - the Battle Tower equivalent of this game - and as you attempt to enter a girl will come out and give you the VS. RECORDER, which will let you save recordings of Wi-Fi and Subway battles. There's nothing in the Subway itself to get, although there is a place called Anville Town that you can access by taking the brown coloured line.

The Pokemon Center is located a bit left; heal there if necessary. For the record, there are a few TMs on sale in the secondary mart here. To the left of the Pokemon Center is a place known as the Battle Testing Facility, but it's useless until after you receive the National Dex. It allows you to test your teams against a series of five trainers (either single or double battle) and progress whether you win or lose.

Behind those two are two buildings. Go in the left one and talk to the blue haired guy for HM04, STRENGTH. You can also talk to an old woman upstairs in the same house for a SOOTHE BELL. (You may need a relatively unhappy Pokemon for her to give it to you, but I'm not sure about that.) The Soothe Bell will be useful for Woobat or Swadloon users.

The house next door has a blue haired guy who will give you a SUN STONE, which you will need if you're using either Cottonee or Petilil.

The street behind has three big stadiums. Two of these are for sporting events, which you can find battles in. The one on the furthest right is for the Pokemon Musical, the replacement for contests in Black and White.

Start by going for the far left building. At this point in time you'll probably only be able to fight one trainer. However, the special thing about these stadiums is that as you progress through the game, both the level and amount of trainers will increase. You'll be able to battle each day, and after the League the levels can get as high as 68. It makes for good training, to be sure.

The stadium in the middle is exactly the same. It'll be a different sporting event, but the rematches and everything are identical. Basically, you'll have a hell of a lot of people to train with once you beat the League and some moving up to it, too. If you want to abuse the system, set your DS clock to 23:59, wait for it to roll over, beat them all, then rinse and repeat until you're satisfied. You'll probably only be able to fight one trainer in this one, too. For the record, the sport that is actually taking place will change depending on the time of day.

The building on the far right houses the Pokemon Musical. As much as I detest the place, we have to do an event in it to progress. Talk to Bianca who will be waiting at the entrance and she'll bring you inside. Some guy will talk to you and give you a GOODS CASE, then ask you to pick a Pokemon. Pick any, and you'll be given a tutorial on how to dress it up. Feel free to press OK when you can without doing anything and get the hell out of this place. Or at least I would say that, but first talk to the woman in the top right for TM49, ECHOED VOICE. I apologize to anyone who wants to try the musicals, but I am absolutely clueless about them. You're on your own for the moment, although I think you can get some pretty good items for doing it.

When you exit, you'll see a scene with Bianca and her father, where he finally accepts her journey. You'll also get to see Nimbasa's leader, Elesa. Nice music, isn't it? That's all there is for the main part of Nimbasa, but there's still a little bit we haven't explored yet. On the right side of the city by the bottom there's a rather colourful arch; go through it to end up in another part of the city.

Go forward and you'll come across N! N asks if you are looking for Team Plasma, then takes you to the ferris wheel, saying you can get a better view from it. It's on the ferris wheel that N confesses that HE is the leader of Team Plasma, whereas Ghetsis is just a frontman to try and convince people to follow N's beliefs of separating humans and Pokemon. Afterwards, he quickly challenges you, with an interesting new cut-in.

    * Team Plasma N
    * Rewards: $2200

Pokemon	Level	Type
Sandile	22	Ground/Dark
Darumaka	22	Fire
Scraggy	22	Dark/Fighting
Sigilyph	22	Psychic/Flying

    * N's Pokemon have changed again, this time to reflect the desert surroundings. It's a pretty easy fight all the same, but it is quite cool how his Pokemon change every time. You'll notice the same thing happen again the next time we fight him.

N will talk to you rather close up after the fight, then leave. If you check the bottom right corner here, you can find a hidden SUPER REPEL, and there's also an X ATTACK on the ground to the left.

While we could take on the gym now, there's some more stuff we can do to prepare. Head out Nimbasa City to the top right. In the gatehouse, talk to the guy with the hat to receive the MACHO BRACE. Go right out the gatehouse afterwards.

For the record, a bit later in the game you will occasionally get a trainer waiting outside the ferris wheel. If you beat them you can have a go on the wheel with them. It's EXP, I suppose. Might be a daily occurrence.
Route 16

Trainer Pokemon: Herdier L24 | Ducklett L22, Liepard L22 | Scraggy L23 | Whirlipede L22, Whirlipede L22 | Swadloon L23 | Drilbur L23
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Gothita	Psychic	Grass and Tall Grass (Black)	30%	Level 32
Solosis	Psychic	Grass and Tall Grass (White)	30%	Level 32
Minccino	Normal	Grass and Tall Grass	30%	N/A
Trubbish	Poison	Grass and Tall Grass	20%	Level 36
Liepard	Dark	Grass and Tall Grass	20%	N/A
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	85%	N/A
Emolga	Electric/Flying	Shaking Grass	10%	N/A
Chillaccino	Normal	Shaking Grass	5%	N/A
Pineco	Bug	Swarm	40%	Level 31

The main reason for us moving onto Route 16 is a couple of trainers and some new Wild Pokemon. The most notable thing here is either Gothita or Solosis, depending on whether you're playing Black or White. Gothita is the first form of Gothitelle - otherwise known as gothtower, lolitower etcetera - who is an interesting Pokemon, albeit not all that good statwise. It's a little slow but has a very wide movepool off of an alright 95 special attack. It has good defenses at any rate with 70/95/110, so it'll survive a few hits. You may want to keep Fake Tears on it though, since its Special Attack IS low compared to some other heavy hitters.

Solosis on the other hand is incredibly slow - as are its evolutions, Duosion and Reuniclus - and has a smaller movepool than the Gothita line, although that does change severely once it evolves into a Reuniclus. Solosis's big point is that it has 105 special attack, meaning it is already beating out Gothitelle for pure power! Unfortunately, the TMs that is actually learns aren't for a while later in the game, so you're stuck with psychic attacks and Hidden Power, assuming you caught it at a level less than 25, until it evolves into Reuniclus. However, it is a very good poke, which reaches a resepectable 110 HP in its final form and a great 125 Special Attack. Just let me emphasize that all three Pokemon in this line are slow! Equipping the Quick Claw may not be a bad idea.

At any rate, both have a 490 base stat total and evolve at 32 and 41 into their next forms. Reuniclus is better than Gothitelle, but due to version exclusivity it's not like you have a choice in the matter unless you trade. They're both good Pokemon though; I'd recommend them if possible.

There's also Minccino and Trubbish, but I know little about either of them so there's not much I can comment on. Minccino evolves into Cinccino with the help of a Shiny Stone (which we'll get in a little while, although you can catch a Wild one here. It's rare, though) and has a hell of a lot of multi hit moves when it evolves. It's actually pretty decent evolved. As for Trubbish, its evolution looks hideous, but I suppose they're alright. They don't seem particularly special to me, but eh.

I'd fight the trainers on the main path first. The right hand side is blocked by some workers, and we won't be able to go that way for quite a while. Once you take care of the four main road trainers, push the Strength boulder in to allow you access. Permanent access, that is. Makes a nice change from the older gens. There's a trainer in here you can fight, and a TM66, PAYBACK to pick up, which might help any Dark Pokemon you have such as Scraggy. Go out the double grass part and into the part with the main grass and fight the last trainer here. If you have Cut handy, cut the tree and pick up the RARE CANDY at the end of this short path. Go back, then continue following the normal grass path and you'll find an entrance to somewhere else.
Lostlorn Forest
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Cottonee	Grass	Grass (Black)	35%	Sun Stone
Petilil	Grass	Grass (White)	35%	Sun Stone
Swadloon	Bug/Grass	Grass	35%	Level 20
Pidove	Normal/Flying	Grass	15%	Level 21
Venipede	Bug/Poison	Grass	15%	Level 22
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	45%	N/A
Emolga	Electric/Flying	Shaking Grass	10%
Pansear	Fire	Shaking Grass	10%	Fire Stone
Panpour	Water	Shaking Grass	10%	Water Stone
Pansage	Grass	Shaking Grass	10%	Leaf Stone
Whimsicott	Grass	Shaking Grass (Black)	5%	N/A
Lilligant	Grass	Shaking Grass (White)	5%	N/A
Leavanny	Bug/Grass	Shaking Grass	5%	N/A
Unfezant	Normal/Flying	Shaking Grass	5%	N/A
Cottonee	Grass	Tall Grass (Black)	35%	Sun Stone
Petilil	Grass	Tall Grass (White)	35%	Sun Stone
Swadloon	Bug/Grass	Tall Grass	35%	Happiness
Tranquill	Normal/Flying	Tall Grass	15%	Level 32
Venipede	Bug/Poison	Tall Grass	15%	Level 30
Basculin	Water	Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Fish	30%	N/A
Goldeen	Water	Fish	70%	Level 33
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Goldeen	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	60%	Level 33
Seaking	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	10%	N/A

Welcome to the Lostlorn Forest, a rather strange place. You might notice the encounter list is almost exactly the same as Pinwheel Forest, although there are some additions, most notably the presence of Leavanny and Unfezant. Catching a Leavanny here will certainly save you time with the happiness, and any Unfezant you manage to find will be pretty underlevelled considering they aren't meant to exist until Level 32. Just bare in mind that they are pretty rare.

You can find a BIG MUSHROOM in the tree trunk directly ahead. At the top of the area you will find a backpacker who mentions some stuff about the woman inside the caravan. You can certainly try to talk to this woman, but you'll simply get a "..." out of her. It may seem like a dead end, but this is in fact where the Zoroark event takes place. Bring a crown beast (Shiny Raikou, Entei or Suicune from a specific event) here and everything will change.

That's actually all we can do in here for now, as all the other items are up the waterfall. It's time we took on Nimbasa Gym; head back to Nimbasa City and heal if necessary. The gym is found in the same area as we battled N and rode the ferris wheel; it's the flashy purple building to the left of the ferris wheel.
Nimbasa Gym

Trainer Pokemon: Emolga L24, Emolga L24 | Blitzle L25 | Blitzle L24, Blitzle L24 | Emolga L25

Talk to the gym guy to get a FRESH WATER as usual. Now, if you haven't been able to tell by the look of the gym, the design of the leader or the city's name, this time we're fighting an Electric gym. As such, having any Ground attacks at the ready would help. Or at least it should, but due to a slight problem which you'll see momentarily they won't.

Start by going directly forward. The puzzle of this gym involves these carts; they'll move around the magnetic tracks and you have to board and depart from them whenever they reach a station. It's a pretty easy puzzle as long as you know what you're doing.

Jump into the first cart and it'll take you somewhere else. Follow the path around to fight a trainer. She'll send out an... Emolga. Who is part Flying. So much for Ground moves, huh? As it is, both the trainers and the leader only use Emolga and one other Electric-type, so Ground attacks are only going to be useful 50% of the time. You can at least strike Emolga with a Rock or Ice attack to hit it super effectively, though. Also, be warned. Emolga has the Static ability, which is supposed to have a 30% chance of paralyzing an opponent upon contact but often ends up being so much more. Be careful if you don't want to use a ton of healing items.

Hit the switch above her and the magnetic track will change. Board the cart again now and it'll take you a different direction. Go and fight the trainer here. He'll use the other Pokemon this gym uses, a Blitzle. It's a pity, really. There are four non-legendary Electric lines in Unova - the Blitzle line, the Joltik (electric spider) line, the Tynamo (eel) line and Emolga - yet they only use two. It's weird.

After beating the zebra, hit the switch to activate a track right ahead. Jump in the cart... or at least attempt to, but a trainer will hop out and fight you instead. Smash his zebras and then board the cart when it comes. This one will take you on a roller coaster ride! Get out when you can, hit the switch to the right and try to board the next cart, but again a trainer will pop out and fight. Swat her flying squirrel down then get in the cart, get taken on another roller coaster ride and pop out very near Elesa, the leader. Save if needed, then go up to her and fight.

    * Rewards: $3240, TM72 Volt Switch, Bolt Badge
    * My Team: Pignite Lv. 27, Tirtouga Lv. 26, Drilbur Lv. 28, Lilligant Lv. 27, Munna Lv. 28

Pokemon	Level	Type	Ability	Attacks
Emolga	Lv. 25	Electric/Flying	Static	Pursuit, Quick Attack, Volt Switch, Aerial Ace
Emolga	Lv. 25	Electric/Flying	Static	Pursuit, Quick Attack, Volt Switch, Aerial Ace
Zebstrika	Lv. 27	Electric	Lightningrod	Quick Attack, Spark, Volt Switch, Flame Charge

    * While Elesa has three Pokemon, you might notice that two of them are identical. Doesn't give us any less to take down, but it's less to worry about at least; if you can handle one, you can handle both.

    * Elesa's signature move is Volt Switch, and anyone who has played the Gen IV games (especially HG/SS) is probably familiar with the move U-Turn. U-Turn is a 70 power, 100 accuracy move that allows the user to switch out after the attack connects; Volt Switch is exactly the same, except it is Electric-type (whereas U-Turn is Bug). In HG/SS, Bugsy mained the move, but only his Scyther had it. This time, all three of Elesa's Pokemon have it, so you can expect a lot of Pokemon switching, especially if you can't outspeed these rather fast three Pokemon.

    * As I said before, Emolga is weak to Ice and Rock, so any of those will do good against them (particularly if you have a Pignite with Rollout, just like with Burgh, although Emolga's high speed and Aerial Ace can be a problem...) They can catch you on the switch, attack with priority, never miss or switch, but they aren't all that strong on the whole. Just watch out for Static.

    * Elesa's main on the other hand is an entirely different kettle of... zebra. It's pretty strong, with 100 attack base, and very fast. It can make itself even faster with Flame Charge, a 50 power Fire move that always raises speed. It's also able to switch out just like the rest, or hit you with a pretty powerful Spark attack. It'll also pick off low HP Pokemon with Quick Attack, which will probably do more damage than it will coming from her Emolga. If you can peg it with a Ground move, this Zebra should fall pretty quickly, but otherwise just beat on it. It's not strong enough to OHKO everything and as far as things go it's pretty frail, so it shouldn't be too long before it falls. Also, though you're not likely to, do NOT hit it with an Electric attack. Lightningrod will activate and boost its special attack. While it has no special moves anyway, Lightningrod does make it totally immune to any and all Electric moves, so it'll be a waste of a turn.

    * For the record, it's worth noting that a Ground-type will still perform incredibly well even if it can't actually hit Emolga with a Ground move, due to its type giving it immunity to Volt Switch and other electrical moves, although unfortunately there is no immunity to Static. It's good all the same. A Drilbur with Rock Tomb will do great; super effective damage, the Emolga can barely do anything to it and Rock Tomb isn't contact, so Static isn't a problem. Rock Slide is even better if you happen to be 29 or higher, but it isn't needed.

    * Also, Elesa has two Hyper Potions she can use.

Defeating Elesa will get you the Bolt Badge as well as TM72, VOLT SWITCH. It may not be the best move in-game due to it being a forced switch if you don't KO the Pokemon and therefore splitting the EXP, but it's a good move all the same. It really comes out in competitive battling, though. I think.

Hit the switch, then take the cart. It'll take you back to the exit. Go heal at Nimbasa's center and head out to Route 5 through the top left gatehouse when you're ready.
Route 5

Trainer Pokemon: Herdier L26 + Herdier L26 | Munna L23 | Palpitoad L23 | Darumaka L22, Darumaka L22 | Sigilyph L23 | Blitzle L22, Blitzle L22 | Whirlipede L22, Whirlipede L22 | Pansear L21, Panpour L21, Pansage L21
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Gothita	Psychic	Grass and Tall Grass (Black)	30%	Level 32
Solosis	Psychic	Grass and Tall Grass (White)	30%	Level 32
Minccino	Normal	Grass and Tall Grass	30%	N/A
Trubbish	Poison	Grass and Tall Grass	20%	Level 36
Liepard	Dark	Grass and Tall Grass	20%	N/A
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	85%	N/A
Emolga	Electric/Flying	Shaking Grass	10%	N/A
Cinccino	Normal	Shaking Grass	5%	N/A
Smeargle	Normal	Swarm	40%	N/A

Same wild Pokemon here as in Route 16, with the exception of the swarm Pokemon. Now, it's been a while since a rival battle, hasn't it? Of course, Cheren shows up almost immediately to fix that.

    * Rival Cheren
    * Rewards: $2600

Pokemon	Level	Type
Liepard	Lv.24	Dark
Pansage/Pansear/Panpour	Lv. 24	Fire/Water/Grass
Tranquill	Lv. 24	Normal/Flying
Pignite/Dewott/Servine	Lv. 26	(Fire/Fighting)/Water/Grass

    * This is our fifth battle with Cheren, and his team hasn't changed at all from last time with the exception of the levels (although his Pidove has now evolved). Beat him down exactly the same as always. It's easy enough. His starter has a Sitrus Berry, as always.

After defeating him, Elesa will somehow appear from the left and bring you over. You'll meet a fiery red-haired guy named Alder, whose hair is rather similar to that of Goku from Dragonball Z. I do wish I hadn't stopped watching halfway through the Buu saga as a kid :/ Anyway, Alder will set you and Cheren up in a double battle against two kids. You're healed first, but it's an easy fight anyway. Cheren may not be too much use though, since Take Down from these dogs will do a number as usual. They also both have a Sitrus Berry.

After the fight, Elesa and Cheren will go to the left of the route. Before we follow them, go back right and then up into the grass. There's a backpacker here as well as a GREAT BALL. There's also one to the far left next to a REVIVE. There's also a ZINC on the other side of the tall grass.

Jump off the ledge and fight the remaining trainers, then head left afterwards. The guitarist will give you an ELECTRIC GUITAR accessory for defeating him, too. There's also a HYPER POTION to pick up if you go to the far right of the route and slide below the fence and follow the path.

Note that the woman in the caravan is a chef who wants ingredients, and is willing to part with quite a lot of money for some of them. The items she wants, and the amount you can get for them are as follows:
Item Name	Selling Price
Big Mushroom	$5000
BalmMushroom	$25000
Castelia Cone	$2000
Leftovers*	$200
Lucky Egg*	$200
Old Gateau	$4000
Rare Candy*	$10000
Shoal Salt	$7000
TinyMushroom	$500

    * Unless you're insane, don't sell the starred items; they're too useful to part with. The only possible exception is the Rare Candy, but I still wouldn't recommend it.

On the left side of the route, Elesa will get the drawbridge down for you in a pretty nice cutscene, allowing us to cross to the next city. Go ahead and cross the drawbridge.
Driftveil Drawbridge
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Ducklett	Water/Flying	Bridge Spots	100%	Level 35

Only one Wild Pokemon on this bridge, and nothing else, though I quite like the music, as minimalistic as it is. There are three people on the bridge who just talk, but there is one notable thing; sometimes when you're crossing the bridge you will hear the sound of flapping wings. After that you should be able to find a dark spot somewhere on the bridge. The flapping wing sound will continue and get louder the closer you are to this spot. If you step in this spot, one of two things will happen. You'll either pick up a wing of some sort, which can increase the EV of a particular stat by one (there's seven wings, the last one being useless aside from being sold for money.) The other thing is that a Wild Ducklett - the duck - may appear. It's a decent Water-type and can learn both Surf and Fly, which solves the majority of HM woes in the game. Strangely enough it doesn't evolve until 35, but it's decent all the same. Might be worth picking up if you need a Water or Flying.

Keep going until you reach the exit on the left.
Driftveil City

Trainer Pokemon: Basculin L27 + Krokorok L27 + Zebstrika L27
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Frillish	Water/Ghost	Surf	100%	Level 40
Alomomola	Water	Dark Water ~ Surf	95%	N/A
Jellicent	Water/Ghost	Surf	5%	N/A
Krabby	Water	Fish	65%	Level 28
Chinchou	Water/Electric	Fish	30%	Level 27
Luvdisc	Water	Fish	5%	N/A
Chinchou	Water/Electric	Dark Water ~ Fish	60%	Level 27
Luvdisc	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Kingler	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	5%	N/A
Lanturn	Water/Electric	Dark Water ~ Fish	5%	N/A

If you go left you'll see Cheren talking to the gym leader of Driftveil, Clay. He'll tell you that Team Plasma have taken residence up in the Frozen Warehouse, which is where we'll be visiting next. He'll ask you for help, then leave.

From where we are, the house closest to you has nothing important in it. The one to the left has a guy who will teach Grass Pledge, Fire Pledge or Water Pledge to your starters. It's a 50 power, 100% acc special move, which probably won't be too useful at this point in the game. Interestingly it can make 'combination attacks' with the others, but since you're unlikely to have the other two starters for the other Pledge moves it's pretty pointless.

Go behind those two houses and check the far right one. An old man inside will give you a SHELL BELL, which will regenerate some of your HP each time you attack and hit. The kid in here is willing to make a trade; if you can give him a Minccino, he'll give you a Level 25 Basculin with a Sitrus Berry. I think the Basculin is the form that is opposite to what you usually find on your version, but you can find the opposite stripe Basculin easily enough anyway. You can fight this kid later on after the league and he'll have trained the Pokemon you traded him though, which is pretty cool.

The street behind that has the Pokemon Center; heal up and then we can continue our excursion. The house to the left has a girl who wants to see a certain move; if you have a Pokemon with that move in your party then she'll give you a HEART SCALE. You can do this each day, with a different move being picked each time.

Afterwards, head into the big building just below (you can enter from the back). This is the Driftveil Market, and has some interesting stuff. There's a hidden HEART SCALE located in the bottom right tile from the blonde woman near the bottom of a room. You can also talk to the guy in black on the right; if there's a Pokemon in your party that is at Level 30 or over, he'll give you the EXPERT BELT, an item that boosts the power of super effective moves by 1.2. It's good on something with a lot of type coverage.

You're also able to buy MooMoo Milk from the top left stall, either in packs of one or twelve. MooMoo Milk heals 100 HP, making it a cheap and effective item. You can also buy herb medicine from the bottom right stall; as always, it's cheap but bitter and will reduce your Pokemon's happiness. On the note about money, any of those feathers you picked up from the bridge will sell for $1500 each, so it may be worth a sale if you're low on money at all, although that is pretty unlikely.

You may notice an item ball on the left side of the market; go out the market and to the left side of the building, then enter where you would assume an entrance is (in the center of this wall, so about midway up.) You can get a BIG PEARL by doing so.

Talk to the guy riding the bike by this wall. If you say yes twice, you'll enter your first 3-on-3 battle! Black players will get a Rotation Battle, while White players will get a Triple Battle.

    Rotation battles are an interesting type of 3-on-3 battle. While they do have three Pokemon out at once, they aren't actually 3-on-3. Rather, one Pokemon fights another singular Pokemon from the opposing team at any one time, and you are able to 'rotate' using buttons in the same menu as you pick a move to swap the Pokemon that is at the front. The opponent will rotate his clockwise almost every turn, which can help with prediction. Note that rotation does not use up a move! Rotation and the attack will go off in the same turn, so for maximum effectiveness you need to predict what Pokemon will appear next and use a move accordingly. Rotation battles are pretty fun.

    Triple battles on the other hand are literally 3 vs 3; all three Pokemon and all three of your opponents Pokemon will be able to attack in the same turn. It works very similarly to a double battle, but the main catch is that not every Pokemon can attack every other Pokemon. A Pokemon in the centre can attack any of the three opponents, while one on the left can only attack the opposing left or centre Pokemon and the one on the right can only attack the opposing right or centre Pokemon. There are however some moves that can hit any Pokemon, most notably any Flying-type move. Also, the battlefield size doesn't change for these (it does for triple battles), so the sprites barely fit on the field. Poor things. ;_;

Once you beat what can be a surprisingly tough fight, we're done with Driftveil. Heal up if you got badly injured, then head down south. For the record, Black players will get mostly rotation battles, whereas White players will generally get triple battles. There is only one exception in either game.
Cold Storage

Trainer Pokemon: Whirlipede L24, Karrablast L24 | Joltik L24, Dwebble L24 | Pansage L24, Timburr L24 | Pansear L24, Timburr L24 | Panpour L24, Timburr L24 | Gurdurr L24 | Vanillite L24, Timburr L24 | Timburr L23, Timburr L23, Vanillite L23 | Watchog L23, Scraggy L23 | Liepard L24 | Trubbish L24 | Sandile L23, Watchog L23
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Herdier	Normal	Grass + Tall Grass	35%	Level 32
Vanillite	Ice	Grass + Tall Grass	30%	Level 35
Minccino	Normal	Grass + Tall Grass	20%	N/A
Timburr	Fighting	Grass + Tall Grass	15%	Level 25
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	90%	N/A
Stoutland	Normal	Shaking Grass	5%	N/A
Cinccino	Normal	Shaking Grass	5%	N/A

    * These Pokemon are only outside.

The outside of the Cold Storage has some interesting Pokemon. Well, I say some, but in reality there's only one here that is important. Vanillite is the somewhat well known ice cream Pokemon, and the earliest AND best Ice-type you will find in the game. Its evolutions are a bit high (35, then 47) but you'll find no better Ice-type; we'll see two more later but one dies to any physical move and the other just sucks. If you want an Ice-type, Vanillite is a very good choice. It gets Ice Beam by level too. The only annoying thing with the line is that their movepool is very, very limited; Ice attacks and Flash Cannon are basically all they can use. All the same, it's a good line.

Start by going right. Fight the youngster and then head right and fight the other youngster. Both of them will use Pokemon that you probably haven't seen before; Joltik in particular is anotable one. It's the first form of the electric spider and it is damn cute, as well as being the current smallest Pokemon in existence. The fan art with it in is beautiful ;-;

Continue over to the right and bust out the itemfinder to get a HYPER POTION, then return left and go down the gap between the buildings and talk to the worker to get a ROCKY HELMET. This is an interesting item; if a Pokemon is holding it and contact is made, it deals 1/8 HP damage to the user. This is especially powerful paired with the Rough Skin or Iron Barbs ability. It's a useful item, for sure.

Go back left and then down when you can. Check the bin here for a PP UP, then get into the grass and head right. Pick up the ETHER and continue further right. You'll find a worker to battle in this clearing with tall grass. After beating him, bust out the itemfinder again and use it to locate a DIVE BALL' a bit to the bottom-right of the worker. You should also pick up the PROTEIN'' in the tall grass.

That takes care of all the items; head to the far bottom left now. Cheren will arrive and talk to you a bit, then wait. First, go through the grass to the left here and pick up the HEART SCALE. Return back and enter the building.

Inside, you will see why it's called the Frozen Warehouse. Start by going up and moving as far left as you can before sliding on the ice; slide up, then right then down to get TM55, SCALD. Scald is an excellent new move; it is 80 power, 100 accuracy and has an incredible 30% chance of burning. Any Water-types you have will appreciate this move. Only Water Pokemon can learn Scald with two exceptions - Mew, who learns all TMs, and surprisingly enough Emboar, the final evolution of Tepig. Tepig and Choabuu cannot learn it though.

Slide up, left, up, right and fight the worker, then slide right and go up the steps. Fight another worker then move right onto the ice (doesn't matter from where). Slide up, left and down to reach the next part. Continue, go up the steps and fight another worker; this one has Timburr's evolution. Keep going, down the stairs and fight another worker. They really like their Timburr, don't they? Pick up the ICE HEAL then go up right over the ice. Fight yet another worker, then pick up the HYPER POTION to the right. Continue following the path and you will see one container with the lid open; go towards it and Cheren will appear. Answer his question and then head inside to find a sage and eight Plasma grunts! They'll come towards you. Cheren will take four, and it's up to us to fight the other four.

Just talk to the four ones on the right side to battle them. After all four are defeated, Clay and some workers will come in and arrest the grunts and sage. Once you get free movement again, pick up the NEVERMELTICE, then go out of this container. Go around and up the steps just north, and move down. Slide down the ice on the left side, then go right and step off. Pick up the NET BALL, then go down the steps and out the warehouse.

That leaves us ready to do Driftveil Gym. Heal up at the center, then head in. The gym is found in the top right of the city.

Although, when you arrive there, you'll find Ghetsis and a ton of Plasma grunts in front of the gym, facing Clay and his captured Plasma members. Clay will hand them over, then all of the Plasma grunts will disappear. Clay will go back into the gym, and Cheren leaves to the left. Now, let's do the gym!
Driftveil Gym

Trainer Pokemon: Palpitoad L28, Drilbur L28 | Sandile L28, Drilbur L28 | Krokorok L29 | Sandile L27, Palpitoad L27, Sandile L27 | Drilbur L29

As always, talk to the advice guy for a FRESH WATER. Go up and examine the green arrow to the right on the lift; it'll go down, taking you with it. The idea of this gym - which is Ground type - is to navigate the gym using the platforms in order to reach leader.

From where you are, move right and battle the trainer, then hit the green arrow to go down. Move up one platform and hit the red/pink arrow to move up and fight the trainer here. Move back down again, then go onto the support and take it around. You'll have to fight another worker; do so, then hit the green arrow to descend further.

Take the platform directly to the right and hit the up arrow, then fight the trainer. Take the same platform back down afterwards, then move to the one at the back and take it up. Again, use the support and move right. After fighting the woman, take the lift right below her down. You'll go incredibly far down, open a door, then continue down again. Yeah, Clay is really far underground.

Move forward, save, and talk to him when you're ready to fight.

    * Rewards: $3720, Quake Badge
    * My Team: Tirtouga Lv. 30, Lilligant Lv. 31, Munna Lv. 30, Excadrill Lv. 31, Pignite Lv. 30

Pokemon	Level	Type	Ability	Attacks
Krokorok	Lv. 29	Ground	Moxie	Swagger, Torment, Crunch, Bulldoze
Palpitoad	Lv. 29	Water/Ground	Swift Swim	Aqua Ring, BubbleBeam, Muddy Water, Bulldoze
Excadrill	Lv. 31	Ground/Steel	Sand Rush	Hone Claws, Slash, Rock Slide, Bulldoze

    * The fifth leader, as with all the others, also has three Pokemon, this time of quite an interesting variety considering they are all dual typed Pokemon. Clay also has a signature move in Bulldoze. It's a relatively weak move of 60 power, 100 accuracy, but it has the bonus effect of always lowering the opponent's speed; it's basically a Ground Icy Wind, but more powerful and physical.

    * His first Pokemon is Sandile's mid evolution, Krokorok, and it is capable of using a powerful move in Crunch, as well as the annoying Swagger or Torment. Granted, it's not that hard to take down, and any Water or Grass move should knock it out instantly. Then there's Fighting, Bug and Ice as possible options, too. Ground/Dark actually has quite a few weaknesses, doesn't it?

    * Palpitoad is a bit annoying as it only has one weakness, Grass, although that is a quadruple weakness. If you don't have a Grass move somewhere (even Grass Knot would work) then you'll just have to settle for neutral damage. It's not likely to hurt anyway. Its most powerful move is Muddy Water, but it doesn't have an especially strong Special Attack so it should be fine. If you have a Grass move, use it, but otherwise just hit it with whatever you have that is neutral. Just don't be fooled by its appearance - it may look and be a Water-type, but Electric moves do NOT work on this thing.

    * Finally, we have Clay's main, Excadrill. Now Excadrill as a Pokemon in general is amazing. 135 attack, 110 HP, 88 speed and a good typing for resistances. It could have been very dangerous, but it shouldn't be too bad in this particular case. The main thing to worry about is Hone Claws; if it gets a few of those in then you're going to have one hell of a time beating it without losing several Pokemon. It may well knock out one anyway, but you should be able to wrestle it down. Excadrill's weaknesses include Water, Ground and Fighting; any one of those should do the trick just fine. Just don't use anything weak to Ground unless it's fast enough to beat Excadrill before getting hit - Bulldoze off of that attack WILL hurt.

    * Clay also has two Hyper Potions to use.

Beating him earns you the Quake Badge, and it would also earn you the Bulldoze TM but Clay apparently forgot it or something, so he'll give it to us later. That's all for the gym then. Hit the up arrow on the lift to move far up, then go to the lift right below it and hit the up arrow to return to the entrance.

DRIFTVEIL CITY: After you exit the gym, go and heal as we have another fight coming right up. Once you're ready, attempt to leave the city from the top left and Bianca will make an appearance. This time, she'll fight you.

    * Rival Bianca
    * Rewards: $2800

Pokemon	Level	Type
Herdier	Lv. 26	Normal
Pansage/Pansear/Panpour	Lv. 26	Fire/Water/Grass
Musharna	Lv. 26	Psychic
Pignite/Dewott/Servine	Lv. 28	(Fire/Fighting)/Water/Grass

    * Stronger levels now, although much lower than the gym leader we just fought. She opens up with Herdier like usual, who may cause some problems with its Intimidate ability. That's likely to be the only real hard part of the battle (although Bianca does have some Hyper Potions to use too.)

    * Of note is the fact that Bianca's Munna has evolved into Musharna, who has refined defenses (mostly in the form of extra HP) and a stronger special attack. It shouldn't be too bad, but it probably won't go down as easy as Bianca's other Pokemon.

Defeating Bianca will get you a very valuable award in HM02, FLY. Teach it to any Flying-type (or a few others, strangely enough) and you'll be able to move instantly to any town in the Unova region, making exploration that much faster. Nothing especially to use it for now, but it'll come in useful later.
Route 6

Trainer Pokemon: Deerling L27 | Emolga L27, Deerling L27 | Tympole L24 (x4) | Deerling L27 | Deerling L27 | Vanillite L26, Frillish L26 | Minccino L27, Emolga L27 |
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Deerling	Normal/Grass	Grass, Tall Grass	35%	Level 34
Karrablast	Bug	Grass, Tall Grass	25%	Trade with Shelmet
Tranquill	Normal/Flying	Grass, Tall Grass (NOT WINTER)	15%	Level 32
Vanillite	Ice	Grass, Tall Grass (WINTER)	15%	Level 35
Foongus	Grass/Poison	Grass, Tall Grass	15%	Level 39
Swadloon	Bug/Grass	Grass, Tall Grass	10%	Happiness
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	70%	N/A
Emolga	Electric/Flying	Shaking Grass	20%/25%	N/A
Unfezant	Normal/Flying	Shaking Grass (NOT WINTER)	5%	N/A
Leavanny	Bug/Grass	Shaking Grass	5%	N/A
Plusle	Electric	Swarm (Black)	40%	N/A
Minun	Electric	Swarm (White)	40%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Surf, Dark Water ~ Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Fish, Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Poliwag	Water	Fish	65%	Level 25
Poliwhirl	Water	Fish	5%	Water Stone or King's Rock + Trade
Poliwhirl	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	65%	Water Stone or King's Rock + Trade
Politoed	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	5%	N/A

Route 6 is a pretty interesting route; long, colourful and full of some new Pokemon. I'm not too familiar with the three new ones here, but Deerling is decent; its appearance actually changes depending on the season, but there's little effect aside from that. It evolves at Level 34 into a very competent Pokemon with its own signature move, Horn Leech. It's certainly usable, and might fill in a Grass-type slot if one is available. It does also get the pretty powerful Jump Kick (100 power) to use for coverage.

Karrablast almost looks like a pre-evolution of Heracross, but it becomes nothing of the sort when it evolves. The annoying thing with this Pokemon is that you have to trade with a specific Pokemon in order to get it evolve; in this case, a Shelmet, a Bug-type which we won't see for quite a while yet. In the evolution process Karrablast basically steals Shelmet's shell, turns it into armour and there's your evolution. It's knight based with an incredible 135 attack and good 105 defenses, but has an absolute pittance for speed at 20. Usable? Yes. Though it's a bit of a pain.

Foongus is crap. Typing is alright, but low stats combined with a painfully high evolution level for those stats is urgh. The evolution isn't even that much of an improvement; it gets extra attack and special attack and more HP, but it just isn't worth it for the effort it takes. This is one Pokemon I would highly recommend you leave alone, outside of maybe catching one for your PokeDex. Also, these tend to have Effect Spore, so even Wild ones can be bloody annoying.

Route 6 starts off with a bunch of grass, and I will mention those of you playing in winter may see hail on this route, both on the field and in battle as a weather effect. Taking the route forward will have you run into a scientist, who will send out a season changing deer of his own. You can expect to see a fair few of them as we conquer this route.

Continue and take the path up (down just takes you back to the beginning of the route) and you'll find a Pokemon Ranger. Beat her for a CHERI BERRY, then talk to the Parasol Lady on the bridge to fight her too. Continuing left there is another researcher. There's quite a large river in this route, isn't there? Pity there's naught we can do with it for the moment.

Enter the building just above him. The guy on the left wants to see all four Deerling forms, which will either take ages or a little bit of time travelling by setting the DS calendar to different months. Showing him all four will yield a LEAF STONE, which I don't think anything but Pansage uses anyway.

Going back outside, there's a HYPER POTION to the left of the building and an ELIXIR tucked away in between the grass below. Once that's done, continue following the path and fight the researcher, who will throw out yet another deer.

Further left we'll find more grass. Fight the parasol lady, then we'll get to these items. The one up north will hop if you touch it, and then result in a Wild fight with a Foongus. Yup, these are the new Voltorb Pokemon.

A bit further to the left is a LEAF STONE, this time of no charge. The ball on the bottom left is also a not-so-friendly mushroom. These Foongus happen to be of a lower level than their wild grass counterparts, for the record.

The ranger just above will also fight you, sending out a Minccino. Beat it and his Emolga and get a CHERI BERRY, then continue up north. There's a hiker standing on this route for some reason or another, but he does nothing but talk.

Go into the house on the right and talk to the little girl for a SHINY STONE, which is incredibly important if you are raising a Minccino of your own. You can also talk to the mother to be healed, which will be very useful. Remember you can come back to her anytime, as with all healers.

Going back outside, there is some tall grass to visit if you wish. As always, the levels are higher in there. No items to get in there though. The itemfinder does react but it's for something across the river, I believe. That basically covers all we can do for now in Route 6. Head up on the grass and the location banner will officially change, but we're not inside the cave... yet.

Head up and you'll find the cave covered by a yellow web. Examine it and Clay will show up. He'll send out his Krokorok who will use an attack to eliminate the web. Clay will then give you the promised TM78 BULLDOZE, a 60 power move with 100 accuracy that always lowers the opponent's speed.
Chargestone Cave

Trainer Pokemon: Klink L29 | Archen L31 | Boldore L26, Gurdurr L26 | Klink L29 | Swadloon L29 | Sandile L26, Scraggy L26, Watchog L26 | Scraggy L28 | Trubbish L27, Liepard L27 | Trubbish L26, Trubbish L26, Trubbish L26 | Watchog L27, Sandile L27 | Liepard L28 | Sandile L27, Watchog L27 | Drilbur L30, Zekraika L30 | Gothita L29, Ducklett L29, Lilligant L29 | Klink L29 | Whimsicott L30, Tirtouga L30
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Joltik	Bug/Electric	Cave Floor	39%	Level 36
Klink	Steel	Cave Floor	29%	Level 38
Ferroseed	Grass/Steel	Cave Floor	20%	Level 40
Boldore	Rock	Cave Floor	10%	Trade
Tynamo	Electric	Cave Floor	2%	Level 39
Drilbur	Ground	Dust Cloud	100%	Level 31

    * This list applies for 1F and B1F.

We finally reach another cave after a long while, and the Pokemon selection in here is quite different. Most commonly one will see Joltik, which is just the cutest thing ever. It's the smallest Pokemon to date and has a unique typing. It's a little average to begin with, but once it evolves into Galvantula at Level 36 it is great. The real advantage both ingame and competitively comes from the duo's Compoundeyes ability; its 30% boost pushes Thunder's normal 70% accuracy all the way up to 91%, making it far more viable than before. In addition the line also has access to moves such as Signal Beam, Bug Buzz and Energy Ball, making them pretty dman good. Their stats are a bit left to be desired competitively, but ingame 97 special attack combined with Thunder and a good 108 speed is beautiful. This is a Pokemon I would highly recommend if you have the room.

Klink, on the other hand, is a bit strange. The whole line looks very similar, with more gear 'parts' being added with each evolution step. However, the problem comes in that Klink doesn't evolve into its final form - Klinklang - until a very high Level 49, and its first evolution at Level 38 is already quite high. There's also a problem in that it can't really use its moves and stats properly; by far the line learns Electric-type moves the most, which gain no STAB whatsoever with the line's pure Steel typing. The line's best move probably comes in Gear Grind for damage; it's physical, and has 50 base but hits twice in a row, for a net base damage of 100 * 1.5 = 150 with STAB included. It also gets some pretty interesting support moves, including Autotomize and the unique Shift Gear. They're usable, certainly, and they're a rather interesting line at that. Just don't except much variety in movepool, because there really is none. They don't even get Wild Charge, which would have worked great :/

Ferroseed also has a unique combination in Grass/Steel and is most primarily a defensive Pokemon, although it has some attacking strength also. It alone learns no physical Grass-type moves but thankfully it gets Power Whip as soon as it evolves. It and its evolution also have absolutely pathetic speed (base 10 and 20 respectively) but this actually works very advantageously in combination with the Gyro Ball move, which rises in power the bigger the speed difference is, and Ferroseed and its evolution, Ferrothorn, are probably going to be a hell of a lot slower than any other Pokemon they fight. They also have an interesting ability in Iron Barbs; it works exactly like Rough Skin in that any contact with Ferroseed/Ferrothorn will reduce the attacker's HP by 1/8 of its total value. Of course, you can attach a Rocky Helmet to them, and that means any contact with them takes off a massive twenty-five percent HP from the attacker. Definitely possible to use if you so wish.

The last new one is Tynamo. Tynamo itself is completely useless; it has pretty subpar stats and access to only four moves - no TMs, no egg moves, nothing. However, this is the 'cocoon' like stage, where it has a very limited movepool compared to its other forms. Getting this small thing up to Level 39 will cause it to evolve into a Eelektrik, which takes on the proper form of the electric eel and is now able to actually learn moves by levelling up as well as a large assortment of TMs. One Thunderstone will evolve it into the final stage of the line, Eelektross, who has good attack, special attack and decent defenses, although he's a little slow (base 50.) His movepool is great though. The line's real niche comes from their ability. Being pure Electric Pokemon and having the Levitate ability means that in normal circumstances, they have no weaknesses. You'll have to avoid being tricked Iron Balls, facing against a Mold Breaker Pokemon etcetera but normally it won't be possible to strike Eelektross or its pre-evolutions super effectively, making those decent defenses pretty good. The real challenge comes in levelling Tynamo; if you can do that, then can you can reap the rewards of its evolutions. If you want to get one you may want to wait until we get to the bottom floor, as they're more common there.

There's also wild Boldore in here - the evolution of Roggenrola - and we will see tons of them from here on out. Prepare to rage at their Sturdy ability. You can also grab a Drilbur in here again, and it'll be relatively close to evolving (~25) when you catch it, so it may be decent if you want another addition.

[On a side note, if you have a Magneton or Nosepass, you can level it up in here to have it evolve into a Magnezone or Probopass respectively.]

Enough Pokemon reviewing; back to the cave at hand. Going forward will cause two white haired, black clothed figures to appear around you, then take you forward to N. N will talk to you for a minute, then leave. Continue forward and all of a sudden Bianca and Prof. Juniper will appear; Prof. Juniper is conducting research with Bianca as her protector from the Wild Pokemon. Some dialogue and Prof. Juniper will give you THE most useful item in the game - possibly just behind the bicycle - a ''LUCKY EGG'!! The Lucky Egg is an item that boosts the gained experience of any Pokemon holding it by 1.5, making training and high level evolutions that much easier. The EXP system still exists of course, but the egg will take even better advantage of it. Swap it between your currently active/lead Pokemon for the biggest yield of EXP.

Now, the puzzle of this cave is to hit the smaller floating electric rocks into the large rocks that are crackling with electricity. Hit this rock from the right hand side to send it into the big electrical rock, granting you passage. Also, for the record, the encounter rate in this cave can be bloody annoying, so you may want to use some Repels if it drives you crazy.

Continuing north there will be another rock in your way; hit it from the left to get it to budge. Pick up the PARLYZ HEAL, then take the right steps up and fight the scientist here. Afterwards, go down, hit the top rock out of the way by pushing it to the right and pick up the REVIVE. Go back around and take the upper steps, then move around the ledge and pick up the HEAL BALL. Jump off the ledge and fight the Ace Trainer on the right - note that his Archen has Acrobatics, which WILL hurt if it connects! After the fight, you can find a hidden ELIXIR in the center part of this small alcove to the right. Go back to the rocks and hit the top one to the left and the bottom one down to clear a path.

Keep going and Bianca and Prof. Juniper will catch up with you, telling you some more information. Take the steps up first and fight the hiker, then go down and attempt to cross the bridge and three of these black cloaked figures will appear, known as the Shadow Triad. They'll scuttle you across the bridge for some reason or another, then leave. Pick up the HYPER POTION they leave you right next to, then hit the small rock south and take the path. Fight the researcher and her Klink, then hit the bottommost little rock to the left to get it out of the way and pick up the now accessible IRON. Go back and descend the stairs.

The music gets deeper as you descend the floors, which is pretty cool. Take the path around and you'll come across two guys; talk to either of them to get two NUGGETS. Take the path left rather than up. You'll walk in a straight line under three small electric rocks; continue on this same line and examine the spot one space away from the wall for a hidden PARLYZ HEAL then go up the stairs on the left.

You'll be back on 1F, but in a different part behind a ledge. Go down first and check the spot directly under the small floating electric rock for a HP UP, then go back and go down the stairs again. You're welcome to jump over the ledge if you want; it's simply a shortcut back to the entrance, but we'll be seeing an in cave healer soon anyway.

Go back to the two Nugget guys and this time go up, then take the branching path right. You'll find a doctor, beat him to activate him as a healer, who will prove useful as we get through the rest of this cave. There's also a hidden REVIVE in the wall to the left; use the itemfinder to locate it. The top left of this 'square' also has a TIMER BALL to pick up.

You might notice some Plasma grunts - N wasn't here randomly after all, it seems. Head up that way and begin fighting them. Head back to the doctor whenever you need to heal. After the initial wave of five (and I bet you thought the four in the Cold Storage was a lot!) take the stairs down and follow the path further. Whack the rock out of the way and then the other one up. Do not be fooled by the rock on the left; you are able to move around it by going down and around. Do so and pick up the THUNDERSTONE in the bottom left, which you will need if you want to use Tynamo. Now, take the path up and fight some more plasma grunts, then take the steps to the left down to the basement floor.

Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Joltik	Bug/Electric	Cave Floor	36%	Level 36
Klink	Steel	Cave Floor	26%	Level 38
Ferroseed	Grass/Steel	Cave Floor	20%	Level 40
Boldore	Rock	Cave Floor	10%	Trade
Tynamo	Electric	Cave Floor	8%	Level 39
Drilbur	Ground	Dust Cloud	100%	Level 31

A bit of a change in encounter rates here - Tynamo is now four times as common. I'm still adding the trainers' Pokemon to the list at the top, however.

A little bit forward you'll find a female Ace Trainer; fight her and then knock the rock below her to the right. Go further down and you'll find a second Ace Trainer, who has a Lilligant with Quiver Dance - watch out! Afterwards, go left down the steps and get the HYPER POTION, then check the wall two spaces away from the steps for a STAR PIECE. Go straight down, right and up to pick up the tucked away RARE CANDY. Return to the position of the second Ace Trainer and take the right path up. You can find a BRIGHTPOWDER at the end of this path, an item that boosts the evasion of the Pokemon holding it (though not like an actual stat increase.) There is also a hidden PARLYZ HEAL if you go straight down from here and check the bottom left tile in the bottom right corner. That's all on this floor alone; head back up the steps at the top.

This time, take the steps to the right, back up to the first floor. Follow the path and when you reach a crossroads, go left. Fight the scientist's Klink off then go left and hit the rock out of the way to create a shortcut if needed. Go into the spot that the floating rock previously was and check the wall above you for a hidden MAX POTION, then go back to the crossroads and head down instead. This time there's an Ace Trainer to deal with, who has both the evolution of Cottonee (expect +1 priority on non damaging moves like Leech Seed! Although it is incredibly fast anyway) and the other fossil, Tirtouga. Descend the steps and pick up the MAGNET lying here, which will boost the power of Electric-type moves by 20%.

Lastly, head right. We'll catch up with N, who as usual will challenge you to a fight.

    * Team Plasma N
    * Rewards: $2800

Pokemon	Level	Type
Boldore	28	Rock
Joltik	28	Bug/Electric
Ferroseed	28	Grass/Steel
Klink	28	Steel

    * As usual, N's Pokemon have changed to represent the surrounding area. You're bound to have seen this four as you've travelled through the cave so it's unlikely you'll have many problems with this fight, honestly. The only particularly annoying thing is probably going to be Boldore's Sturdy, which will give it a chance to Mud-Slap and drop your accuracy or something.

After all the dialogue is over and done with, we can exit the cave. Exit through the gaping white hole to the top right.
Mistralton City

We've arrived at the sixth gym town, although it's going to be a while before we can get our sixth badge. Start by going in the Pokemon Center and healing. The guy in green to the right will tell you what Hidden Power type any of your Pokemon have if you talk to him. It's worth noting that you can also buy the four weather TMs from this shop, mainly TM07 Hail, TM11 Sunny Day, TM18 Rain Dance and TM37 Sandstorm. They cost a rather large $50000 each. Reusability tends to push up the prices a bit.

The house to the right of the Pokemon Center contains four people. The two closer to the door are useless, but the upper two are interesting. The old man on the right is the move deleter, who is able to make your Pokemon forget any move, INCLUDING HM moves. Hence, if you want to get rid of Cut, Fly, Surf, Strength, Waterfall or Dive on any Pokemon, this is the place to go.

The girl on the left is the move relearner, who is able to reteach your Pokemon any move for the price of a Heart Scale. A Pokemon can only learn moves that it can know in it's current form - ie if a pre-evolution learns a move that the evolution cannot by level, and you try to use the move relearner n the evolved Pokemon, you will not be able to learn that move.

The move relearner can teach moves all the way for Level 1, and is the only way to unlock some moves on certain Pokemon. In fact, two of the three starters get a very good move this way. Those of you who picked Oshawott can take your Samurott there to learn Megahorn, an incredibly powerful Bug move which can be useful even off of Samurott's lesser attack stat. People who picked Tepig can take their Emboar (like me, ohohoho) to learn Hammer Arm, a 100 power Fighting move that does reduce the Speed of the user after use, but is very powerful, especially for this stage of the game. Snivy users unfortunately get nothing; Serperior has no special Level 1 move. Heart Scales can be a bit annoying to come across, but they'll be easier to get later in the game. Don't forget you can get them daily from the woman in Driftveil City, too!

If you try to head further in the city, you'll end up meeting with Prof. Juniper's father and the gym leader of Fukiyose, Skyla. Prof. Juniper's father will give you... something (an upgrade to your PokeDex, perhaps?) then Skyla will come forward and be introduced to you. Skyla will talk to you afterwards and mention Route 7, then leave the city to the top right. Yeah, no leader, no gym. We'll have to chase after her, which we'll do soon enough.

The house has nothing in it. Over to the left is a giant airstrip, and from this alone you may be able to tell what type the Fukiyose Gym is. There's a TM58, SKY DROP you can pick up by a plane on the bottom right; it's a rather strange move that picks the opponent up and drops them on the next turn. I'm not too sure how it works but it may be worth a try..?

If you go to the very bottom there are some muddy patches; check the centre of the middle one on the right for a hidden REPEL. There's also a hidden MAX ETHER you can get on the bottom right one by checking one particular tile from the bottom, and a PARLYZ HEAL hidden between the two mud patches on the top left.

Moving off the airstrip, we can enter the building that the flight attendant is standing next to. Talk to the teacher/brown haired-woman with the coat in here just near the entrance to get a SHARP BEAK, which will increase the power of Flying-type moves.

That's all we can grab in this town for now. Head out the city through the top right exit when you're ready to move on.
Route 7

Trainer Pokemon: Dwebble L30, Simisage L30 | Palpitoad L29, Scolipede L29, Shelmet L29 | Simisear L31 | Liepard L32 + Swoobat L32 + Watchog L32 | Minccino L31 | Swadloon L30, Simipour L30, Tranquill L30 | Solosis L31, Axew L31 | Emolga L30, Sigilyph L30 | Tynamo L29, Ducklett L29, Tranquill L29 | Boldore L34, Gurdurr L34
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Tranquill	Normal/Flying	Grass, Tall Grass (NOT WINTER)	30%	Level 32
Kumasyun	Ice	Grass, Tall Grass (WINTER)	30%	Level 37
Deerling	Normal/Grass	Grass, Tall Grass	20%	Level 34
Watchog	Normal	Grass, Tall Grass	20%	N/A
Zebstrika	Electric	Grass, Tall Grass	20%	N/A
Foongus	Grass/Poison	Grass, Tall Grass	10%	Level 39
Sentret	Normal	Swarm	40%	Level 15
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	85%	N/A
Emolga	Electric/Flying	Shaking Grass	10%/15%	N/A
Unfezant	Normal/Flying	Shaking Grass (NOT WINTER)	5%	N/A

Bunch of evolutions here, as well as one new Pokemon in Kumasyun if you're playing in winter. It's the first stage of the two stage polar bear line, and is unfortunately pretty subpar, especially compared to Vanillite and its evolutions. Non-winter players need not fret, as you'll be able to catch Kumasyun a little later on. Winter players will also have Hail here.

You'll see this wooden 'bridges' a lot on this route. You can walk or run on them (not bike) to get across over the grass, but you have to keep moving. You can stop for about a second but you'll fall off, and you're also able to hop off anytime if you press in a direction that isnt the bridge, which you'll have to be careful about.

There's two youngsters in the grass; it's worth fighting them first before we explore the rest. You may also find Zebstrika or Watchog wild; these are probably worth knocking out as they give quite a bit of EXP, especially with the Lucky Egg. One of the youngsters owns a Simisage, the evolution of Pansage, whose Seed Bomb attack may hurt if it connects. The other youngster has a Scolipede, the fully evolved form of Venipede/Whirlipede. It's pretty fast, and decently strong. There's an ULTRA BALL to pick up in a non-grassy gap, too.

Go back south out of the grass afterwards and take the left path around the grass this time. Talk to the girl here to get TM57, CHARGE BEAM, and continue to fight a backpacker, this time with the evolution of the fire monkey, Pansear. I can't help but love its expression.

Sallying forth you'll find a house; the hiker in this house will trade you an Emolga in exchange for a Boldore, the likes of which we saw back in Chargestone Cave. It's helpful if you can't be bothered to find an Emolga in shaking grass, but useless otherwise.

Feel free to head right over the grass and fight the Ace Trainer on the other side. This is a triple battle! Rotation in Black, regular triple in White. This can be a pretty tough one, so be careful! Rock Slide is a very useful move in normal triples, seeing as it hits all three Pokemon at once (if the user is in the centre, that is). Of course, its power does get split somewhat, but it's good all the same. Up north you'll find a backpacker with a Minccino. Smash it to pieces and attack the Pokemon Ranger to get an ASPEAR BERRY. That ranger has a Simipour, the evolution of the water monkey, Panpour. It's exactly the same as the other two statwise.

Grab the PP UP in the grass to the left, then head further north and fight another ranger, who has Axew, one of the few Dragon-type Pokemon of Unova (although it isn't a pseudo legend, it comes relatively close with a 540 base stat total and one hell of an attack stat when it's fully evolved ). You'll be able to get one later in the game - not too much later, actually. This ranger will also give you an ASPEAR BERRY.

Right above is our next destination, but we're not done with the route yet. First, go right through the grass from above the ranger with the Axew to find a MAX ETHER, then go back through the grass, go down a bit and cross through the grass, or otherwise use the bridge to get over it.

Enter the house here and talk to the girl over on the right by the TV to get healed. Cross up the stairs and you'll be treated to a Xtransceiver call with your mum. Once that's done with, you'll notice a grass patch north and a grass patch south. The southern one is the tall grass, where you'll find doubles etcetera. We'll start with the bottom - go on top of the bridge and follow it around until you catch the clown and fight him. Jump off the bridge to the right to pick up the fabulous TM81, X-SCISSOR, a Bug move with 80 power and 100 accuracy. It'll serve you well for the rest of the game, and is especially good for Pokemon such as Excadrill or pretty much any Bug-type that isn't special reliant.

Head through the grass and back up to the ledge. Now, take the other bridge and fight the clown on this one. That's all for Route 6, but if you head up north you can find the entrance to Twist Mountain, a place which we can't access just yet. You'll be able to fight the hiker at the top of the stairs, but the actual cave is blocked. There's also a hidden ULTRA BALL in the puddle.

Head back over to the left side of Route 6 now where the Axew ranger was. The tower right above him is our next destination; enter it.
Celestial Tower

The Celestial Tower is incredibly similar to the Pokemon Tower of RBY; it's a home for departed souls, filled with tons of graveyards and quite a few trainers (although it is just normal trainers, not a bunch of possessed channelers or anything.) The first floor has nothing particularly special, but take the spiral stairs up to the second floor (complete with camera view change) and the real tower will begin.

Celestial Tower 2F
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Litwick	Ghost/Fire	Building Flr	100%	Level 41

    * Trainer Pokemon: Elgyem L30, Solosis L30, Sigilyph L30 | Deerling L30, Gothita L30 | Emolga L30, Herdier L30 | Swadloon L31

The second floor contains one wild Pokemon, Litwick. ...I love this thing so much. Litwick's final evolution, Chandelure, is my favourite fifth generation Pokemon. Not that that alone really tells you how good it is. Litwick has a pretty unique typing in Ghost/Fire, although it does have a fair few weaknesses from it including Ground, Dark, Water, Rock and Ghost. However, the real capabilities come from the line's very good Special Attack stat. Litwick itself is nothing amazing, but once it evolves at 41 it gets a whole lot better. It's evolution, Lampent, sports 95 special attack and 55 speed (which is a large improvement over Litwick's 20). It can hold its own decently, but when it evolves into Chandelure, it has an absolutely monstrous 145 special attack which paired with Fire Blast, for example, will kill or severely damage pretty much anything. The line also gets the help of Shadow Ball, Energy Ball/Solarbeam and Psychic as attacks, and a Dusk Stone isn't that far away. 80 base speed isn't all that bad either. Great, great Pokemon. They may also come with Flame Body, which'll be useful for hatching eggs (halves the steps needed if the Flame Body Pokemon is in the party).

As for the tower itself, go through the gap between the graves to fight the first trainer. She is a Psychic who uses Elgyem, a Pokemon we will see wild momentarily, among others. Moving right will have you fight a Lass. Defeat her, move up and take a right to pick up the HYPER POTION, then move left to fight a PokeFan. Seriously, why are these happy trainers in a tower of the dead? I don't get it :x That PokeFan has a Hyper Potion for the record. Go up and take a left to find another trainer. Beat her and claim the now accessible TM61, WILL-O-WISP as yours. Move back and head up the stairs to the second floor.

Celestial Tower 3F
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Litwick	Ghost/Fire	Building Flr	85%	Level 41
Elgyem	Psychic	Building Flr	15%	Level 42

    * Trainer Pokemon: Musharna L32 | Litwick L31, Swoobat L31 | Yamask L31, Golett L31 | Duosion L32 | Gothita L31, Alomomola L31

Elgyem is now wild, albeit rare (it gets more common on later floors.) As far as things go, it's pretty subpar, with it and its evolution only really specializing in Special Attack (its evolution, Beheeyem, having 125 base.) They're also both pretty slow, and Level 42 is a little high. Use if you wish, but it's not something I'd recommend greatly.

Move down through the gap and fight another Psychic, then move straight left and fight another one. Move between the nearby gap afterwards to fight yet another Psychic, who happens to own Golett, a Ground/Ghost Pokemon.

Move to the right and fight... another psychic, then pick up the SPELL TAG. Further down you'll find a nurse; defeat her baby goth and fake Luvdisc evolution (which has a hell of a lot of HP, I might add) and she'll heal you whenever you need it. Go up the stairs afterwards.

Celestial Tower 4F
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Litwick	Ghost/Fire	Building Flr	70%	Level 41
Elgyem	Psychic	Building Flr	30%	Level 42

    * Trainer Pokemon: Stoutland L33 | Swoobat L32, Gothorita L32

I have to say, the music in this tower has a very similar feel to a certain Chrono Trigger song. "Memories of Green", if anyone knows it?

You'll find an Ace Trainer on the right. He has Stoutland, the final evolution of Lillipup who looks a little like Entei. It's not actually that strong of a power jump compared to Herdier's powerful Take Down earlier in the game, and it'll give plenty of EXP if you knock it out. Pick up the REVIVE then continue on and fight the female Ace Trainer. Move forward; you'll probably have to go back and around through the other grave gap if she's blocking your way. Pick up the TM65, SHADOW CLAW on the left here and then continue, going up the stairs.

Celestial Tower 5F
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Litwick	Ghost/Fire	Building Flr	50%	Level 41
Elgyem	Psychic	Building Flr	50%	Level 42

We've arrived at the roof, although surprisingly enough you can still find Wild Pokemon (although I think only on the lower part). You'll see Skyla; go up on the platform and she'll talk to you. Ring the bell by going up to it and examining it, then Skyla will leave.

Now we have to get back to Fukiyose. If you have a Pokemon with Fly you can just use that to get back, but otherwise you'll have to descend the tower and go back through Route 7 again. My condolences if you have to do so.

MISTRALTON CITY: Now that Skyla is back in her gym, we can challenge her for the Jet Badge. Heal up in the Pokemon Center, then head into the gym. It's at the top left of the city, on the airstrip.
Mistralton Gym

Trainer Pokemon: Tranquill L32, Tranquill L32 | Ducklett L32, Woobat L32 | Ducklett L32, Sigilyph L32 | Unfezant L33 | Swoobat L33 |

Talk to the guy to get a FRESH WATER as usual, then head up. You'll see a cannon; push up against it and it'll fire you across the gym. Beautiful.

Go straight left to get into that cannon and onto a higher platform. Descend the stairs and enter the cannon again from this side to get shot over the fence near a trainer. Battle his Flying Pokemon, then go up the stairs and down to find and battle a second trainer. Enter the cannon afterwards to get shot across the room. You'll find a pilot straight ahead to fight. Take him down and then enter the cannon FROM THE BOTTOM to progress. Enter the next cannon, go left, fight the pilot and enter the cannon again.

It'll shoot you over the barrier. Go up the steps for another trainer, then enter the cannon to get shot in a wide arc through a green hoop. Do the same with the next cannon through a purple hoop, then again through no hoop... and you get thrown into the wall. Ouch.

Use this last cannon to get through a red hoop and right next to Skyla. Save if necessary (although this battle is pretty easy, honestly) then challenge her.

    * Rewards: $4200, TM62 Acrobatics, Jet Badge
    * My Team: Carracosta Lv. 38, Lilligant Lv. 37, Musharna Lv. 40, Excadrill Lv. 40, Emboar Lv. 38

Pokemon	Level	Type	Ability	Attacks
Swoobat	Lv. 33	Psychic/Flying	Unaware	Amnesia, Heart Stamp, Acrobatics, Assurance
Unfezant	Lv. 33	Normal/Flying	Big Pecks	Quick Attack, Razor Wind, Air Slash, Leer
Swanna	Lv. 35	Water/Flying	Keen Eye	Aqua Ring, Aerial Ace, Air Slash, Bubblebeam

    * Yeah, proper Lucky Egg use can really push up your levels. Skyla is a Flying-type leader with three Pokemon as usual. Her signature move is Acrobatics, which we've seen in the past - it's a 55 BP move that is doubled to 110 BP when the user isn't holding an item. It so happens that only her Swoobat has Acrobatics, as the other two cannot learn the move! However, Swoobat also has no item equipped, so it will hit with the full 165 BP (incl. STAB) when it uses it, which is probably the most dangerous move on her entire team.

    * Swoobat is the evolved form of Woobat and shares the Psychic/Flying typing, giving it weaknesses to Dark, Ghost, Electric, Ice and Rock. Yeah, quite a few. It shouldn't be too hard to take down; it doesn't even use its strongest attack stat (which is a rather pathetic 77 special attack), instead preferring to use the weaker 57 attack. Bleh. Kill it and move on.

    * Unfezant is the final evolution of Pidove and this one is female, so it'll have a different design to the Unfezant we saw earlier in the gym; mainly, it'll be missing the extra facial design. Again, the wrong stat is used, with Unfezant's 105 attack being ignored outside of Quick Attack in favour of its pitiful 65 special attack. Just smash it with Electric, Ice or Rock or pretty much anything and move on.

    * Skyla's main is Swanna, a new Water/Flying Pokemon who has no stats over 100 base. 98 speed and 87 in both attacking stats is decent, but with the rather weak moves it possesses it won't be doing much. Any Electric move will completely fry it, and Rock moves will also do a fair number. It's pretty frail, and is a rather strange choice for a main Pokemon in the first place, I reckon. Just knock it out. This whole team is crap, and the only reason you should be having any difficulty is if you're unlucky or are doing a mono challenge with a type that is weak to Flying. Though even then... I can only hope her rematch in the third version is a lot better.

Defeating Skyla will get you the Jet Badge, as well as TM62, ACROBATICS. Enter the cannon she's in front of from the back to get shot to the beginning of the gym, and exit.

MISTRALTON CITY: Outside the gym, you'll find N, who will talk to you for a minute then leave. If you go down the left side of the airstrip, you'll find a TM40, AERIAL ACE right at the bottom. Two kids will come by when you pick it up, tell you something or other and leave. I'm pretty sure it only appears after you get the Jet Badge. It's a decent Flying move regardless.

Heal up any damage you took from the gym, then we can get moving. Remember where we fought the hiker with the Level 34 Pokemon before we took on the tower? If not, go near the Celestial Tower and make a right turning when you get to it, passing either under or on top the wooden bridge, then head north and you should reach it.
Twist Mountain (Entrance)

Attempt to go up the stairs and Cheren appears! It's been a while since we've fought him, so of course, he'll challenge you.

    * Rival Cheren
    * Rewards: $3500

Pokemon	Level	Type
Unfezant	Lv. 33	Normal/Flying
Simisage/Simisear/Simipour	Lv. 33	Fire/Water/Grass
Liepard	Lv. 33	Dark
Pignite/Dewott/Servine	Lv. 35	(Fire/Fighting)/Water/Grass

    * Still only four Pokemon, although they're now all in their final forms, with the exception of his starter who is one level off evolving. The recommended strategy is really no different to the usual; beat down on him until he loses, and hope you don't get unlucky. I was trying to set my Lilligant up on him, and after three Quiver Dances his Unfezant got a critical Air Slash and killed my poor flower ;-;.

    * Interestingly, Cheren's Pokemon are now armed with items including the rare Scope Lens and Leftovers. Generation V unfortunately made it so Thief in regular trainer battles works as it does in the battle facilities; you can't steal your opponent's items anymore!

Once you beat him, Alder will make an appearance, and jump down an incredible height. I think he mentions about Team Plasma being in the cave, and then gives you HM03, SURF! See why I said we'd be able to explore things soon? Start by flying to your hometown, Nuvema Town.
Surfing for Treasure

NUVEMA TOWN: Talk to your mum to heal if necessary, and go see Prof. Juniper in her lab. By now you should have seen somewhere around the realm of 85 Pokemon, give or take a few if you've been battling every trainer along the way. She'll reward you with some TMs for your effort, including TM54, FALSE SWIPE and TM17, PROTECT. There's one more TM you can get off of her - TM10, HIDDEN POWER, but you need to have seen 100 Pokemon, so you'll probably have to wait a little bit for that one. Next, fly to Accumula Town, right above Route 1 and Nuvema Town. There is stuff in Route 1 but it's far too much to cover without its own section.

ACCUMULA TOWN: Head out through the left gatehouse into Route 2.

ROUTE 2: There's a Strength boulder right ahead. Push it down into the gap and pick up the RARE CANDY. Next, fly to Striaton City, the town of the first gym.

STRIATON CITY: Go left and Surf across the first pond you come to. You might well come across a Basculin as you're surfing; it's a bit like Qwilfish in statistical aspects. Pretty fast with decent attack, but it doesn't evolve or anything. I suppose it can be useful, but it's not amazing by any means. Anyway, you can find a hidden ZINC on the other side by checking one of the spots in between the pond and the bush on the right.

Surf back across and move over to the pond on the top left, and Surf across so you can talk to the guy by here. You'll get a BIG PEARL by talking to him. Next, head into Route 3, which is literally right next to you.

ROUTE 3: We do have more to do in Wellspring Cave, but we'll come to that a little later. Follow the route towards Nacrene City and get onto the bridge surrounded by water, then start Surfing. Directly across there is a small island with a FULL HEAL. You can also find a whole new part of the route to the left of this pond; there's a MAX ETHER to pick up, as well as a hidden RARE CANDY on the upper part if you examine the patch of darker grass (not wild grass) on the far right. There's also a HP UP to pick up, and a trainer to fight with the three evolved elemental monkeys at Level 32. Defeating him will get you a LUM BERRY, a good berry that will heal any status effect should the holder be afflicted with one. You can use it like any other healing item too.

Next, go into Nacrene City and then head over left into Pinwheel Forest.

PINWHEEL FOREST: Go inside and take the road up. Hug the right wall and you'll come to a gap. This is where the old man was previously blocking us when we were dealing with Team Plasma, but he left a long time ago, giving us free rein in this part of the forest.

Go down into the long grass and move right past it. Take the steps up to begin with and follow this path around and through the tree trunk. Pick up the HYPER POTION on the left, tucked into the tree trunk. That's all in the northern part, although if you go further north you will see a line of four small boulders blocking the entrance to a deeper part of the forest. There's a legendary in here, but we can't get him just yet.

Go back to where you took the steps up, go down them and this time take the steps down. Follow this path and take the steps right when you see them; go down this path and find a TM22, SOLARBEAM at the end, a 120 power, 100 acc Grass-type move that takes two turns to fire (except in sunlight).

Go back up these steps and this time take the left path. Go around and you'll descend next to some water. First, use the itemfinder to check one of the spots on this piece of land for a RARE CANDY, then start Surfing on the water. Follow the water left and you'll reach some land; go up these steps and you'll find a SILVERPOWDER that we couldn't get before located near the Grass Knot TM. That's all that's in the forest. Next, Fly to Driftveil City.

DRIFTVEIL CITY: If you go directly right of the Pokemon Center you'll descend to some land that is close to water. Surf straight right on it and you'll see an island. Get on it and pick up the WATER STONE by this moving lighthouse. For the record, surfing on this water is probably one of the best places to get a Frillish (Water/Ghost) if you want to use one, as they come decently high levelled here. They're pretty good Pokemon, albeit not amazingly strong offensively. Head out to Route 6 next.

ROUTE 6: Get onto the bridge and use Surf to pick up the TM84, POISON JAB located on the small island by here. Get back on the water, Surf onto the bridge just above, then take the path right and up. Once you get onto the next wooden bridge, Surf up until you reach a small island on the right. Pick up the SILK SCARF. You might see a cave entrance here, and it's a place we'll be visiting very shortly. Surf back left, and go left until you get to yet another bridge. Start Surfing up and go straight up, landing on the long grass. Move around the rocks here by moving two tiles right and Surf straight across. Move either one step left or right and check the spot you preferably landed in for a hidden TINYMUSHROOM. Examine the space three steps left of that one for a BIG MUSHROOM. Get back on the water, and Surf straight across to a small island. There's another hidden TINYMUSHROOM here, too.

Now, we are right next to Mistralton Cave, and we have done every random extra route part that needed Surf, so we may as well do this now. Head on inside. If you need to heal for whatever reason, take a quick trip back to the healer on Route 6 in the house, then go back to the cave and enter it.
Mistralton Cave

Trainer Pokemon: Drilbur L33, Gurdurr L33 | Boldore L34
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Boldore	Rock	Cave Floor	50%	Trade
Woobat	Psychic/Flying	Cave Floor	30%	Happiness
Axew	Dragon	Cave Floor	20%	Level 38
Drilbur	Ground	Dust Clouds	100%	Level 31

    * This list applies for all floors of Mistralton Cave.

...Dark, isn't it? Hopefully you got the Flash TM all the way back in Castelia City - if not; you have to move through the alley left of the Pokemon Center. If you have it, I'd recommend teaching it to either a slave of some sort, or over a TM move one of your current party has. The beauty of reusable TMs is that you can temporarily teach Flash, replace it with the previous move as soon as you finish, and do the cycle again as necessary. Neat.

You may also notice a certain dragon in the encounter list - yes, Axew is in here. Axew and its evolutions are all pure dragons with some very good Attack and decent Speed. Axew's final form, Haxorus, has 97 speed and a staggering 147 attack, not to mention the line get Dragon Dance by level - it can completely rip apart ingame, although I would highly recommend you get one with Mold Breaker rather than Rivalry, as Rivalry will screw you over more often than not! You can tell if it has Mold Breaker by whether a bar with the ability appears at the beginning of the fight or not. The line is good and have some nice physical moves like Dragon Claw, Earthquake and Rock Slide, so it's definitely worth training one if you want. Axew won't reach its final form until Level 48, but it and its evolution should be able to hold their own. Also, once Haxorus gets Outrage (at Level 66), pretty much anything will fall to it. It can be an incredible Pokemon used properly.

But where is my mind? Use Flash if you have it, to greatly increase your vision range. Straight down there is a Strength boulder; push it as far right as you can, then as far down as you can and it'll slide into place. Check the rock just left of the boulder for an ELIXIR, then continue down. There is a Hiker to fight. Once his days are over, continue right and push the Strength boulder into place. Continue going up and you'll find another Hiker. Once he falls, take a right turning and pick up the MAX REPEL here, and head back. Check the rock tucked in this top left corner by the Hiker for a hidden HYPER POTION, then go down and go left where we haven't gone left before. Go up and around the steps to pick up the HYPER POTION, then go down the steps and push the boulder into place; this creates a shortcut in case you need to exit. Finally, go back up the steps, go straight down and you'll find the way up to the next floor. Ascend the staircase here.

MISTRALTON CAVE, 2F: Go down the steps and go straight down; examine the rock to get an ULTRA BALL. Push the Strength boulder here into place and check the rock over to the bottom right for a HYPER POTION. Ascend the steps and take the path right. Descend the steps, then go straight down and left up the steps. Follow this path and at the end you'll find a HARD STONE to pick up, which will increase the power of Rock moves.

Go back and then up, and push the Strength boulder into place. Take the path up to begin with, and go as far north as you are able, going up some steps. Take this route left and you'll get a valuable TM80, ROCK SLIDE, which is a good Rock move for any Pokemon that has a half decent attack stat.

Go back and when you go down the steps, slip into this small 'corridor' to the left and follow it through. Pick up the IRON on the other end, then take the upper path left and you'll come to a dead end. Examine one spot before the wall for a PP UP, then go all the way back to where you pushed the Strength boulder before, and this time take that path left. Push the Strength boulder here into place, and then ascend the big stairs up to the third floor.

MISTRALTON CAVE, 3F: No darkness here, thank the lord. This also appears to have a special name as 'Room of Conduct', which does make sense considering what is in here. Start by going down the steps to the left and picking up the REVIVE here, then go back and go right. Ignore the steps for now and take the path all the way up to get a DUSK STONE, which is incredibly important if you are using a Litwick or its evolution, Lampent, to evolve it into a Chandelure. Also, check the rock to the right here for an ULTRA BALL.

Now, go to where the steps are and attempt to go up them. Talk to him and press yes and he'll tell you the legends of the musketeer trio - made up of Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion - and how one of them is in this very cave!

Once he's finished his storytelling, he'll let you pass. Keep going for now, taking the path, going down the steps and going left to pick up a RARE CANDY. You'll now be able to see the legend - Cobalion - on the top left of the screen! Check the rock behind the Rare Candy too for a CARBOS. Go back and now take the path down, push the Strength boulders out of the way, then head left. Take the path up and you'll be right next to Cobalion! Damn early for a legend, don't you think? His catch rate is only 3, so he'll be a very tough capture, and it may well be impossible at this point of the game, so if you're not able to catch him yet don't worry and try another time. However, if you think you're prepared... SAVE, and have a go!

    * Level: 42
    * Type: Steel / Fighting
    * Ability: Justified
    * Moves: Helping Hand / Retaliate / Iron Head / Sacred Sword
    * Base Stats: 91 HP / 90 Attack / 129 Defense / 90 Special Attack / 72 Special Defense / 108 Speed

    * Cobalion - who is #144 in the Unova Dex and #638 in the National Dex - is the first of the musketeer trio - or quartet, rather - that you will encounter. For the record, you will only actually encounter three of them normally. The fourth is a Pokemon called Keldeo that you can only get through an event.

    * Cobalion itself has some interesting moves and a type that it shares with only Lucario. Sacred Sword can be a little dangerous; it's a 90 base, 100 accuracy Fighting-move (physical) that has the special ability to completely ignore stat changes; any defense boosts your Pokemon may have will be completely negated. Iron Head also gives it a powerful STAB move that is capable of flinching should Kobarudon move before you, which is actually quite likely.

    * There are three things I recommend for the easiest capture of a legendary. First, weaken it as much as possible - as far as 1 HP if possible, though the only guaranteed way to do that is to use the False Swipe TM Prof. Juniper gave you earlier.

    * Second, if your team allows it, inflict it with a status, preferably paralyze, sleep or freeze so that it doesn't take residual damage. Freeze and Sleep give the higher capture bonus compared to Paralyze, Burn and Poison, who one of those two is preferred. Of course, there's no guaranteed way to freeze a Pokemon, so sleep is your best bet. Both of them do wear off after a few turns, so be sure to keep a Pokemon on hand that can continuously afflict the status effect. If you can't be bothered, just paralyze it.

    * Thirdly, use the most effective Poke Ball for the job not including the Master Ball, which we don't have yet. In this case, that would probably be a Dusk Ball, which gets a quadruple bonus at night or in dark places such as Mistralton Cave (by dark places, I mean places that have a dark background in battle, not caves that need Flash.) Quick Balls also have quadruple effectiveness in the first few turns, and Timer Balls will too any time after 40 turns. Otherwise, Ultra Balls should do the trick.

    * If you find yourself getting beat up, just reset and try again rather than using up a ton of healing items. Also, if you accidentally kill it, you can either reset or just continue going; it SHOULD regenerate after you see the credits, but I'm not 100% sure. Catching it shouldn't be too hard though - they seem to have made it a bit easier in Black and White.

    * By the way, DO NOT USE ANY DARK-TYPE MOVES ON IT. Cobalion's ability will activate and give it an attack boost, which will make it hurt all the more. Be very careful if you use any!

The old man will talk to you some more after you catch or kill it. That's all for Mistralton Cave; use Dig or an Escape Rope if possible. Otherwise, you'll have to make your way out manually.

Now that we've done Cobalion, we can go grab one of the other ones as well. Head back to Pinwheel Forest.
Pinwheel Forest (2)

Go back to the part with the long grass and take the steps up again. Keep going north and you'll find that the rocks blocking that other entrance have now disappeared! Enter it and you'll see the third of the trio, Birjion, waiting for you. Save and challenge it if you dare.

    * Level: 42
    * Type: Grass / Fighting
    * Ability: Justified
    * Moves: Helping Hand / Retaliate / Giga Drain / Sacred Sword
    * Base Stats: 91 HP / 90 Attack / 72 Defense / 90 Special Attack / 129 Special Defense / 108 Speed

    * Virizion - who is #146 in the Unova Dex and #640 in the National Dex - is the second of the musketeer trio that you can encounter, although the third in number. It's very similar to Cobalion statwise except that their defense and special defense has been flipped. It also gets Giga Drain rather than Iron Head, which is a tiny bit weaker.

    * Again, you should be careful not to use Dark moves, as Virizion also has the Justified ability, which can be painful paired with the Sacred Sword move. It also mostly has a unique type, sharing it only with Breloom.

    * I have the same suggestions here too - weaken it as far as possible, inflict it with a non hurting status and throw good balls at it; Dusk Balls should work decently here too, although I'm not entirely sure if this area always counts as dark or not - you may be better off using Ultra Balls, just to play it safe. Again, if you kill it, either reset or come back after the credits roll to see it revived.

That's all the legendaries we can catch for now, since the third of the trio is in a place that is a fair distance away from where we are in the game currently. We can still do plenty more exploration, though! Head over to Route 3, and go into the Wellspring Cave.
Wellspring Cave (2)

Now that we have Surf, we can explore this place a little more thoroughly. Get on the water and go to the left of the room to pick up an ELIXIR. Get back on the water and Surf right; there's a small alcove you can access from the water on the main island. Check the top left spot on it for a PP UP, then Surf back left onto the long strip of land where the Elixir was. Follow it around this time, pick up the ESCAPE ROPE and descend the stairs to the right.

WELLSPRING CAVE, B1F: Now I would usually put a wild encounter list, but it's exactly the same as the first floor, right down to the levels, so there's little point.

Dark again, so use Flash if you have it. Go down the steps and take the path down and right. Your itemfinder will react; use it to locate a hidden MAX POTION in the larger clearing to the right. That's all that is accessible in this small area; go back around and this time go up. First, use Surf to take the water to the right. You'll end up at that patch of land we couldn't get to by the Max Potion; pick up the TM47, LOW SWEEP here, then either Surf back or jump off the ledge and take the path in between the waters up.

On this path you'll find three trainers who will move across the screen, although they seem to stop sometimes for some reason. The first is a Black Belt who uses a Lv. 34 Scraggy, a Lv. 34 Throh and a Lv. 34 Sawk. The second is a Battle Girl who uses a Lv. 35 Gurdurr and a Lv. 35 Sawk. The third is also a Battle Girl, who uses a Lv. 35 Gurdurr and a Lv. 35 Throh.

Once they're taken care of, continue up north and take the path left. Check the left small rock here for a HYPER POTION, then continue on this path and pick up the DIVE BALL. Go back and take the right path this time, but go down as soon as you can. At the end of this path you can get a REVIVE near the center, but it's kind of hard to describe the exact location. Go back and this time take the steps down and pick up the MYSTIC WATER, which will boost Water moves by 20%. Head back up and around this path to reach some water; Surf on it and across to the other side. Check the indented wall here for a hidden MAX ELIXIR, then go left and up the steps here. Pick up the incredible TM52, FOCUS BLAST! This is a 120 power, 70 accuracy Fighting move that compliments many Pokemon especially well, Reuniclus and the three elemental monkeys' evolved forms. That's all there is in Wellspring Cave. Now we have some new routes to travel. Make your way to Accumula Town. You can Dig and Escape Rope, or take the water right below you around and end up right next to the staircase we took to get to the basement; take it back up and make your way out the cave.

ACCUMULA TOWN: Heal up if necessary, then deposit one or more of your Pokemon in the PC to make sure you have at least one free slot. Make sure you have Surf on you, though. Afterwards, head down into Route 1.
Route 1 (2)

Trainer Pokemon: Swoobat L35, Simisear L35 | Frillish L34, Frillish L34 | Cinccino L35, Zebstrika L35
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Lillipup	Normal	Grass	50%	Level 16
Patrat	Normal	Grass	50%	Level 20
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	100%	N/A
Farfetch'd	Normal	Swarm	40%	N/A
Herdier	Normal	Tall Grass	39%	Level 32
Watchog	Normal	Tall Grass	36%	N/A
Scraggy	Dark/Fighting	Tall Grass	25%	Level 39
Basculin	Water	Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Fish	95%	N/A
Feebas	Water	Fish	5%	Trade with Prism Scale
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	35%	N/A
Feebas	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	60%	Trade with Prism Scale
Milotic	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	5%	N/A

There's a whole part of Route 1 that I chose not to mention earlier; what is shown above is the entire encounter list of the route.

If you go to about midway through the route, you'll see a part where the route dips down with steps. Go down here and Surf on the water. Follow it and you'll come to some land, with a whole new part of Route 1 that you haven't seen yet! From where you land, go left and pass through the trees to find a MAX ETHER, then go right and up the steps to fight a ranger. Defeat her for a PERSIM BERRY reward, then head over to the left. The only grass on this route is tall grass with double battles, allowing for the much higher levels. Not much variety in the Pokemon though, although the Scraggy you can catch here are pretty close to their evolution level.

You'll find a fisherman by the edge. Defeat his fine specimens of Water Pokemon - which allow you to see the difference between the two genders of Frillish - then head directly south. Once you get past the fence, go right and fight another ranger. He'll give you another PERSIM BERRY. Finally, go down and pick up a PEARL. You can also find a BIG MUSHROOM if you examine a particular tree; use the itemfinder to locate it.

That finishes up Route 1 - now we have the game's only sea routes to do! Head into the gate on the left and out the other side.
Route 17

Trainer Pokemon: Basculin L34, Basculin L34 | Alomomola L35 | Basculin L32 (x4)
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Frillish	Water/Ghost	Surf	100%	Level 40
Alomomola	Water	Dark Water ~ Surf	95%	N/A
Jellicent	Water/Ghost	Dark Water ~ Surf	5%	N/A
Finneon	Water	Fish	65%	Level 31
Horsea	Water	Fish	35%	Level 32
Seadra	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	60%	Trade with Dragon Scale
Qwilfish	Water/Poison	Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Lumineon	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	5%	N/A
Kingdra	Water/Dragon	Dark Water ~ Fish	5%	N/A

Some pretty interesting Pokemon on this route altogether, but of course you need the rod to get a lot of them and we won't have it for a while. I will take the time to mention that Alomomola has little to no offense and probably won't serve you that well as a team member, whereas Frillish/Jellicent will do pretty decently, having a pretty decent type as far as defending goes. Their Cursed Body ability can also work quite well to your advantage. For the record, Jellicent has a severe change of appearance depending on gender; males have a moustache like the Pringles mascot, whereas females look like fat bloated queens with lipstick. The choice is yours.

Get on the water with Surf. You'll notice currents, and we will have to manipulate these to get everything on this route. Hop onto the shallow water straight away and you'll find a fisherman on it. Beat his succulent Basculin then go across to the other shallow water and pick up the TM06, TOXIC, a great move for wearing down foes steadily. Get back on the water and begin following the route. You will without a doubt run into a swimmer. Break her heart and continue on, taking the middle current. You'll bounce over a fair few rocks, then be freed. Return and fight the swimmer you just passed who is lying between some of the rocks. Go over to the shallow land to the right afterwards and pick up the DEEPSEATOOTH, an important item for any Clamperl. Jump on the current surrounding the island and you'll end up back at the choice of three. This time, pick the bottom current and move forward onto the land.
Route 18

Trainer Pokemon: Boldore L34, Crustle L34 | Emolga L35 | Whimsicott L35 | Basculin L35, Darmanitan L36, Simisage L35 |
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Scraggy	Dark/Fighting	Grass, Tall Grass	40%	Level 39
Dwebble	Bug/Rock	Grass	30%	Level 34
Crustle	Bug/Rock	Tall Grass	30%	N/A
Watchog	Normal	Grass, Tall Grass	20%	N/A
Sawk	Fighting	Grass, Tall Grass (Black)	10%	N/A
Throh	Fighting	Grass, Tall Grass (White)	10%	N/A
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	95%	N/A
Sawk	Fighting	Shaking Grass (White)	5%	N/A
Throh	Fighting	Shaking Grass (Black)	5%	N/A
Exeggcute	Grass/Psychic	Swarm	40%	N/A
Frillish	Water/Ghost	Surf	100%	Level 40
Alomomola	Water	Dark Water ~ Surf	95%	N/A
Jellicent	Water/Ghost	Dark Water ~ Surf	5%	N/A
Finneon	Water	Fish	64%	Level 31
Horsea	Water	Fish	35%	Level 32
Chinchou	Water	Fish	1%	Level 27
Seadra	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	60%	Trade with Dragon Scale
Qwilfish	Water/Poison	Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Lumineon	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	5%	N/A
Kingdra	Water/Dragon	Dark Water ~ Fish	5%	N/A

That's a pretty big wild list. Start by ascending all the steps to the upper part of the island. Fight the Hiker up here, then continue following the path. You'll reach a house. Go inside, because there's something very special in here. First, you can talk to the blue haired girl to heal. Second, if you talk to the ranger in here and have five or less Pokemon in your party, you can receive an egg! This egg contains the very rare Larvesta, a Fire/Bug Pokemon that cannot be found anywhere in the wild. Larvesta eventually evolves into an incredible Pokemon called Volcarona, who shares the Fire/Bug typing and has stats of 135 special attack, 100 speed and 105 special defense, not to mention access to the amazing Quiver Dance, which raises special attack, special defense and speed in the same turn! The catch? Larvesta doesn't evolve until a staggering Level 59, the highest one stage evolution in the entire game. You'll have to be very patient to use this Pokemon and it probably won't evolve until some time AFTER the league, but it can really pay off I suppose. Larvesta can sort of hold its own with its 80 base attack, but it doesn't really do all that good; sticking the Eviolite on it to raise its defenses may not be a bad idea. You'll have to hatch it first, too. It takes just over 10,000 steps to do so, but you can cut that in half by having a Litwick with Flame Body in your party.

Exit the house and fight the backpacker, then go down across the bridge and push the boulder into place. There's a MAX ELIXIR to pick up on the bottom right. Head back across the bridge and take the steps on the left down, then go down and right and push the boulder into place. Follow through here and fight the backpacker and his Whimsicott, then pick up the DRAGON SCALE in the top left, important for any Horsea or Seadra. You can also find a CALCIUM on the rock just below it.

Go back left and this time head up, then down the grass on the left. At the very end you will find HM05, WATERFALL, which will allow us to do a little more exploration. Though I literally mean little, as there is like one place that has a Waterfall that we can access at present... Anyway, head back up out of the grass and keep going north. Go up the stairs and you'll fight another trainer, who can actually be a bit tough. Once he's defeated, press on and descend the staircase. You'll be by the sea again; use Surf to get back on the water and go right, using the bottom current. It'll take you to an area called the P2 Laboratory.
P2 Laboratory

Trainer Pokemon: Garbodor L35
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Herdier	Normal	Grass	36%	Level 32
Watchog	Normal	Grass	36%	N/A
Scraggy	Dark/Fighting	Grass	14%	Level 39
Klink	Steel	Grass	14%	Level 38
Finneon	Water	Fish	65%	Level 31
Horsea	Water	Fish	35%	Level 32
Seadra	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	60%	Trade with Dragon Scale
Qwilfish	Water/Poison	Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Lumineon	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	5%	N/A
Kingdra	Water/Dragon	Dark Water ~ Fish	5%	N/A

Strangely enough Klink makes an appearance here, but otherwise nothing is new. If you enter the lab you can find a DUBIOUS DISC, which you will need to evolve a Porygon2. Outside, if you go south you will find a scientist to fight who has the rather abhorrent looking evolution of Trubbish. It even has pigtails! Once you win, pick up the very valuable TM24, THUNDERBOLT! Thunderbolt is arguably the best standard Electric move in the game, with 95 power and 100 accuracy, as well as 15 PP. A great many Pokemon can learn it, but it's good for Electric Pokemon in particular. Those of you using Pokemon such as Gothitelle or Eelektross will find this TM useful. There's nothing else here. Get back on the water and slip under the current in front of you.

ROUTE 17: Your itemfinder should react; examine the rock that is right in between two large rock slabs to find a hidden HEART SCALE. Now, Surf down and left AVOIDING THE CURRENTS. You'll come across a swimmer. Defeat his Lv. 34 Frillish and Lv. 34 Simipour, then continue left. Your itemfinder will go off again; if you move to the upper part of the rock slab so you can face the upper wall and move one space right from the last accessible spot and face down, you can examine the wall for another HEART SCALE. Afterwards, return to where the swimmer was and go down, then left. You must be very careful not to touch the currents here, or you'll be sent back pretty far. Go further left and fight another swimmer with a Ducklett Lv. 34 and Frillish Lv. 34. Afterwards, pass under the current here. Again, your itemfinder will react; check the right side of the big grey rock just above you for a third HEART SCALE. Continue going left.

ROUTE 18: Land on the beach here. There's a hidden PEARL to find with your itemfinder very close to the edge of the coast, as well as a BIG PEARL very close by. There's a battle girl running around just to the left; defeat her Scraggy Lv. 35 and Gurdurr Lv. 35, then head up. You'll find the tall grass containg the Pokemon shown in the wild list before, which includes Dwebble's evolution's Crustle. Pick up the TM19, TELEKINESIS by here. There's also a fourth HEART SCALE just lying there if you go to the bottom right of this part of the island; it's separate to the rest, so you'll have to Surf between them. That's all we have to do in this part of Unova, but damn that was a lot of stuff.

We've got one more place to cover. Head for the Lostlorn Forest, right of Nimbasa City.

LOSTLORN FOREST: Surf on the water and use Waterfall to take yourself up. Pick up the RARE CANDY on the right side, then Surf across to the other side and bust out the itemfinder. To the very top right there is a PROTEIN hidden in a white flower.

That's all for the Surf coverage. I'd recommend taking all of the mushrooms to the chef on Route 5 to sell them for extra money than you would get normally. Keep ahold of all of the gems like Nuggets, Pearls and Big Pearls for the moment, as we'll get some good selling prices for them soon enough. In particular, the BalmMushroom you picked up in Striaton City will sell for an incredible amount when taken to that chef. Annoyingly she'll only buy one item at a time though, even if you have multiples of the same one. :/

Once you're ready to continue, head back to Twist Mountain where we fought Cheren. Go up the stairs and enter the cave.
Twist Mountain

Trainer Pokemon: Woobat L33, Boldore L33, Gurdurr L33 | Vanillish L35, Gothorita L35, Duosion L35 | Throh L36 | Boldore L34, Excadrill L34 | Swoobat L35 | Boldore L33, Boldore L33, Boldore L33 | Excadrill L35 | Duosion L34, Musharna L34 | Woobat L34, Boldore L34 | Sawk L36 | Gurdurr L34, Boldore L34 | Krokorok L35, Palpitoad L35, Klang L35
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Boldore	Rock	Cave Floor	49%	Trade
Gurdurr	Fighting	Cave Floor	30%	Trade
Woobat	Psychic/Flying	Cave Floor	10%	Trade
Cubchoo	Ice	Cave Floor	10%	Level 37
Cryogonal	Ice	Cave Floor	1%	N/A
Drilbur	Ground	Dust Clouds	100%	Level 31

    * This list applies for all floors in Twist Mountain in Spring and Autumn.

Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Boldore	Rock	Cave Floor	45%	Trade
Gurdurr	Fighting	Cave Floor	30%	Trade
Woobat	Psychic/Flying	Cave Floor	20%	Trade
Cubchoo	Ice	Cave Floor	4%	Level 37
Cryogonal	Ice	Cave Floor	1%	N/A
Drilbur	Ground	Dust Clouds	100%	Level 31

    * This list applies for all floors in Twist Mountain in Summer.

Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Cubchoo	Ice	Cave Floor	45%	Level 37
Boldore	Rock	Cave Floor	30%	Trade
Gurdurr	Fighting	Cave Floor	10%	Trade
Woobat	Psychic/Flying	Cave Floor	10%	Trade
Cryogonal	Ice	Cave Floor	5%	N/A
Drilbur	Ground	Dust Cloud	100%	Level 31

    * This list applies for all floors in Twist Mountain in Winter.

This part of Unova has a lot of variation in the Wild Pokemon depending on the season, and even some changes in the layout of the areas. A new Pokemon here is Cryogonal, which is a strange Pokemon altogether. It's based on a snowflake, though also has some resemblances to a mirror. It has an incredible special defense and pretty good special attack and speed, but has somewhat low HP and abysmal defense. It's definitely usable though its special movepool is a bit to be desired. Just keep it the hell away from physical attacks.

For the record, there are outside areas to this place - which has also been translated as Ridge - and the Wild Pokemon shown above are only in the inside areas. I suppose it's obvious, but worth stating just in case. Going forward you'll find Cheren and strangely enough, Clay. Some discussion will go on and then Clay will go, leaving you and Cheren to deal with the Plasma threat. Cheren goes to the right. Follow his lead and head that way.

Outside, you'll notice hail falling if you're in winter; again, Hail will show up in winter battles. There's also snow everywhere, filling up the entire mountain, meaning you can get down to the bottom right away! You can see how winter affects these areas already! I'm going to write the guide as though it's one of the other three seasons, but winter players should be able to follow the guide regardless. However, there are some parts that are ONLY accessible in winter; I'll devote a section to this at the end. Unfortunately you cannot go the normal way to the exit room in winter either, so I'll have to split things up a bit when we get to that point.

Take the upper path to get an item (might be a Calcium?) then go down and take the path the whole way to find a FULL HEAL. Enter the cave by here and take it around; you'll find a Hiker to fight. A little above him you can find a hidden HYPER POTION in the center part of the wall. You'll come to a break in the path after him; go up and out the cave to fight an Ace Trainer by here who owns Vanillite's evolution. Re-enter the cave afterwards and this time take the path to the right. Follow the path and you'll find another crazily turning Battle Girl. Swat her Throh down then head up and out of this part of the cave.

Directly below you is a worker; beat his two Pokemon and then take the wooden path north. You'll find another entrance into the cave. Check the second reddish rock you come across for a STARDUST, then check the third one to find a disguised trainer. A bit further right is a neatly tucked MOON STONE, which will probably be more useful after the League since Munna is the only Unova Pokemon that uses it. Go back and head down the steps and through the door here.

Continue down and you'll find another worker amongst the numerous reddish rocks here, who will be incredibly abusive with Sturdy. The rock closest to the right wall holds a hidden STARDUST. Otherwise, continue left and out of this part of the cave.

Take the path up first and grab the MAX POTION, then take the path the whole way around and get an ETHER. Enter the cave by here. If you go in a straight line left and check the spot one before the wall, there's a hidden ELIXIR. You can find a NUGGET by going up the right path where it splits, as well as a hidden REVIVE by checking the rock directly behind it. Head to the top left of the room and a disguised worker will attack. After defeating him, pick up the PP UP and then head right and out of the cave.

Right below you is a doctor; defeat him and he'll heal you as per usual. Now, this is where the path changes. The Trainer Pokemon up there will contain those from both winter and the other three seasons, so don't fret if there's some Pokemon you don't see.


    * Follow the path from the doctor and enter the first door you come to; the second one leads absolutely nowhere. Inside, take the path straight up. There's a Hiker to fight. Go up and into the next room; take the steps down and fight the Black Belt, then go up the left steps and collect the ULTRA BALL, then return and go down. The third reddish rock has a hidden PROTEIN on it. There's also a worker disguised as a rock just below.

    * Go outside now through the door on the bottom wall and you'll be at the bottom of the quarry. Take the door that is sort of in front of you, basically the one on the lower wall. Inside you'll find a worker facing the wall; if you come back here once you get the National Dex, he'll give you a non-Unova fossil once a day, which can then be revived in the Nacrene Museum. Following the path on, you'll get to a somewhat different looking room with a giant icy looking rock. This is, as you might have guessed, the ice rock, whose radiation will cause Eevee to evolve into Glaceon. Simply level an Eevee up in this room and it'll evolve into Glaceon automatically.

    * There's also a useful item in this room to get; if you follow the path around to the top right you can get TM91, FLASH CANNON, which will be pretty useful if you happen to be using Vanillite or its evolutions. That's the only thing in here, though. Exit both this room and the corridor to get outside, then head into the door to the top right. You'll find Cheren and a Plasma grunt just above (the route going up has nothing at all). More communication will occur, then the Plasma grunts will vanish. Cheren will stay where he is, but we won't. Go right and out into Icirrus City.


    * Due to the snow filling up the quarry, the path drastically changes. Take out the itemfinder and use it. It'll guide you to the upper wall of the quarry, where you'll be able to find a hidden STARDUST in the wall. There's also a hidden IRON on the wooden path to the right.

    * Ignore the door by here for the moment, and use the snow to get around to about the bottom right of the outside area. The itemfinder will react again; use it to guide you to a hidden RARE CANDY. Enter the room just below it to find a METAL COAT, which both boosts the power of Steel-type moves and will allow the evolution of Scyther and Onix when traded with the item equipped.

    * Exit and go to the bottommost room, located in pretty much the very dipped exact centre. Inside this small tunnel you'll see a worker - he does nothing yet, but come back after getting the National Dex and he'll give you a non-Unova fossil a day, which can be revived at the Nacrene Museum. Keep following this path and you'll end up in a room with a large icy rock. This is the ice rock of Unova, and bringing an Eevee to this room and levelling it up will cause it to evolve into a Glaceon. There's also a TM91, FLASH CANNON to pick up in the top right of the room, which can be useful for a fair few Pokemon such as the Vanillite line.

    * Once you're back outside, head to the upper wall and as high up as you can, where we found the first hidden Stardust and the Iron. This time, enter the door to the top right. Follow this path around into another room. You'll come to a split, but the left path goes nowhere; take the right one. Follow this path around and down and you'll find an Ace Trainer to fight. Take care of his rather interesting lineup, then take the steps left and pick up the TM90, SUBSTITUTE here. Now go right and jump over the ledge. The door just below you exits back out to the outside, but we don't want to go that way. Rather, take the upper route and you'll end up in the final room of this place. Take the path around as usual and you'll see Cheren and a Plasma grunt. Approach them and some dialogue will occur, with another Plasma grunt appearing in the middle. They won't fight you this time, instead disappearing amidst a fading black screen. Cheren will stay where he is, but we have business to do. Head right out the cave into Icirrus City.

Icirrus City
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Palpitoad	Water/Ground	Puddle	40%	Level 36
Shelmet	Bug	Puddle	40%	Trade with Karrablast
Stunfisk	Ground/Electric	Puddle	20%	N/A
Stunfisk	Ground/Electric	Surf	100%	N/A
Stunfisk	Ground/Electric	Dark Water ~ Surf	95%	N/A
Seismitoad	Water/Ground	Dark Water ~ Surf	5%	N/A
Barboach	Water/Ground	Fish	70%	Level 30
Stunfisk	Electric/Ground	Fish	30%	N/A
Barboach	Water/Ground	Dark Water ~ Fish	60%	Level 30
Stunfisk	Electric/Ground	Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Whiscash	Water/Ground	Dark Water ~ Fish	10%	N/A

    * Pokemon found in puddles can only be found in spring, summer and autumn.

Finally that season trap is over; Icirrus City and a few more areas are also affected by the season, but nowhere near as drastically. Yes, you're reading that location list right. Icirrus City has a giant puddle that has Wild Pokemon in it, two of which will be new to you. Shelmet is a pain to evolve, but its evolution, Accelgor, is one of the fastest Pokemon in the game at 145 base speed, and has a capable 100 special attack supporting it as well. Stunfisk, on the other hand... I dare not speak of it. It's one of those Pokemon that has a cool and unique typing, but just plain sucks. Plus it looks so... you know. Strange. It has an alright Special Attack stat, so it is usable. Just don't expect it to do a whole lot.

Icirrus City does change a bit depending on the season. Mainly, if it's Winter snow piles up in certain places on the map, allowing you to get more items. However, the puddles also completely freeze over, stopping you from getting Palpitoad or Shelmet, though Stunfisk is still readily available through other methods.

As soon as you get into Icirrus City, Prof. Juniper's father will appear and comment on your lead Pokemon. He'll say some stuff then head north; we'll see more of him later. I'd start by heading into the Pokemon Center. As well as healing your Pokemon, there's some other things to do in here. Talk to the old lady on the left to get TM31, BRICK BREAK, an averagely powered but very competent Fighting-type move. The gentleman on the right is avid about stones and stonelike objects; he'll buy certain items off you for high prices just like the chef in Route 5. He offers the following:
Item Name	Selling Price
Big Pearl	$7,500
Comet Piece	$25,000
Damp Rock*	$1,000
Dawn Stone*	$2,000
Dusk Stone*	$2,000
Fire Stone*	$2,000
Heat Rock*	$1,000
Big Nugget	$25,000
Icy Rock*	$1,000
Moon Stone*	$2,000
Nugget	$10,000
Pearl	$1,400
Round Pearl	$60,000
Purnice Stone*	$1,000
Shiny Stone*	$2,000
Shoal Shell	$7,000
Smooth Rock*	$1,000
Star Piece	$9,800
Stardust	$2,000
Thunderstone*	$2,000
Water Stone*	$2,000

    * Don't sell the starred items. You'll regret it.

I'd recommend selling any Nuggets you've picked up over the journey to him. I have to wonder where the hell this guy gets all the money though. In addition to that you can also by TM38, Fire Blast, TM14, Blizzard and TM25, Thunder, all three of which can be very useful for varying your Pokemon's movepools. Thunder in particular is useful for Pokemon such as Galvantula or Reuniclus. They are a staggering $70,000 each though.

Outside the city, there's a few things for us to get too. If you go to the house on the top left a bit below the gym, there's two people in here. The old man will relinquish an EXP. SHARE if you show him a Pokemon that has grown a fair few levels (I dunno the exact amount, but my Emboar who had grown from 5 to 44 did the trick. Maybe about ~30?) The girl in here will check if any of your Pokemon have maxed out their effort values, and will tell you if they have. I don't think there's any effort ribbon in this one though, since Pokemon don't have any ribbons in B/W as far as I can see.

From the Pokemon Center you can go very far to the right; doing so will get you onto a seemingly empty platform, but there are actually two hidden items on here. There's an ULTRA BALL and a TIMER BALL to pick up.

You can also enter the top right house on the left hand side of the city and the family inside will freak out or something. I don't have a clue what it's about but you can get a healing item of some sort out of it, I suppose..?

Now, due to the freezing of the lake and the piling snow, the items you can get vary between the seasons and you'll have to be in both Winter and one of the other seasons to get all of the items.

Winter players will be able to go a bit northwest of the Pokemon Center and into the part underneath the house where the EXP Share was. Snow has piled up here, allowing you to cross and get a RARE CANDY. There's also a hidden MAX POTION in the furthest end of the dip here.

The bottom end of the city is also normally impenetrable, but in Winter snow will allow you to cross. You can find a hidden TINYMUSHROOM in the trees here (to clarify, the bottom right parts of the city, below the now frozen puddles). There's another TINYMUSHROOM' a little to the right, as well as a BIG MUSHROOM hidden very close by in the snow. Enter the house here and talk to the girl in the top left to get a RAGECANDYBAR'', which will heal your Pokemon's HP by 20. It's more of a reference than anything, though it does have a use much later on, so I would recommend saving and not using it.

The other seasons have the addition of one MAX REVIVE that is hidden in the puddle that is impossible to get during winter as you slide right over it.
Route 8

Trainer Pokemon: Cubchoo L34, Maractus L34, Palpitoad L34 | Frillish L34, Ducklett L34 | Basculin L34, Basculin L34 | Alomomola L35 | Cinccino L36
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Palpitoad	Water/Ground	Puddle	40%	Level 36
Shelmet	Bug	Puddle	40%	Trade with Karrablast
Stunfisk	Ground/Electric	Puddle	20%	N/A
Stunfisk	Ground/Electric	Surf	100%	N/A
Stunfisk	Ground/Electric	Dark Water ~ Surf	95%	N/A
Seismitoad	Water/Ground	Dark Water ~ Surf	5%	N/A
Barboach	Water/Ground	Fish	70%	Level 30
Stunfisk	Electric/Ground	Fish	30%	N/A
Barboach	Water/Ground	Dark Water ~ Fish	60%	Level 30
Stunfisk	Electric/Ground	Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Whiscash	Water/Ground	Dark Water ~ Fish	10%	N/A

    * Pokemon found in puddles can only be found in spring, summer and autumn.

The wild list is exactly the same, but there are a few items we can pick up. There's a hidden item nearly straight away; if you go into the square gap between the puddles to the top left, there's a MAX ELIXIR to collect in one of the non decorated tiles (note that you cannot get this item in Winter as you are unable to get to it due to slippery frozen puddles). Make your way to the top left now; there's a trainer to fight and a PECHA BERRY to receive, as well as a POISON BARB in the top left.

To the right of that ranger is a puddle, and you can work your way to an item ball in the top right, containing TM36, SLUDGE BOMB. Good power and accuracy (90/100) but poison generally sucks as an attacking type, having only one type it's super effective against, mainly grass. Use it if you want, but it's not the best thing in the world.

Either surf down the water or go around to the under part of this puddle, then go right and fight the parasol lady here, then take the bottom route. Talk to the parasol lady here to get TM42, FAÇADE, a Normal move that doubles in power whenever the user is afflicted with a status. You can fight the fisherman and the parasol lady by here.

There's another parasol lady behind the sign here who will give you one of a HEAT ROCK, DAMP ROCK, SMOOTH ROCK or ICY ROCK. Which one she gives you on that particular day depends on the time you talk to her, which is as follows:
Rock	Time
Damp Rock	05:00 - 09:59
Heat Rock	10:00 - 16:59
Smooth Rock	17:00 - 19:59
Icy Rock	20:00 - 04:59

You'll see some plasma grunts blocking a building; this is the entrance to the way to Opelucid City, the town of the eighth gym, but we can't go there yet. Go back across the puddle to the path split and this take we'll take the upper path.

Pick up the FULL HEAL hiding slightly behind the trees then move towards the top right. There's a female ranger to fight, whose defeat will earn you a second PECHA BERRY. You can also get a hidden FULL RESTORE in that tiny non-puddle alcove to the top left of the ranger; check the top left spot for it.

Over to the far right you can get an ULTRA BALL, as well. Enter the deeper forest by here.
Moor of Icirrus

Trainer Pokemon: Frillish L34, Frillish L34 | Vanillish L35, Fraxure L35 | Basculin L34, Stunfisk L34 | Emolga L34, Alomomola L34, Maractus L34
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Palpitoad	Water/Ground	Puddle	40%	Level 36
Shelmet	Bug	Puddle	40%	Trade with Karrablast
Stunfisk	Ground/Electric	Puddle	20%	N/A
Stunfisk	Ground/Electric	Surf	100%	N/A
Stunfisk	Ground/Electric	Dark Water ~ Surf	95%	N/A
Seismitoad	Water/Ground	Dark Water ~ Surf	5%	N/A
Barboach	Water/Ground	Fish	70%	Level 30
Stunfisk	Electric/Ground	Fish	30%	N/A
Barboach	Water/Ground	Dark Water ~ Fish	60%	Level 30
Stunfisk	Electric/Ground	Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Whiscash	Water/Ground	Dark Water ~ Fish	10%	N/A

    * Pokemon found in puddles can only be found in spring, summer and autumn.

Once again, exactly the same Wild Pokemon. Now, if you have your itemfinder out, you'll see it goes all over the place when you move about. We'll go left first; if you go somewhere near the top left you'll see a Strength boulder. Push it into place and then go down the left side of the puddle; there is an ULTRA BALL to pick up, and you can head south from there and pick up a CARBOS between the wooden stumps. There's a hidden MAX ETHER in this puddle that you probably won't be able to get if it's Winter; it's about two blocks diagonally right of the top right most stump. Fight the lady afterwards, then return to where the strength boulder was (the hilly part.)

From here, head north. Cross over the puddle and keep going north; a darker piece of grass in a corner against the wall holds a hidden REVIVE (and my explanation is terrible; use the itemfinder!) Head right across the puddle to the right now and pick up the MAX POTION. Now, go to the puddle underneath and take it across to reach another area of the forest. Take the path down first and use the itemfinder to locate a BIG MUSHROOM in the centre tile right next to the ledge, then go back and fight the ranger, who happens to have the evolution of Axew in his team. Defeating him will earn you a SITRUS BERRY. Afterwards you can head to the top right to get a MAX ELIXIR. Now, return to the entrance of this place.

This time, head right. To the bottom right is a fisherman. Sacrifice his two Pokemon to the great goddess of experience, then head up. You should see a patch of grassland between a row of trees; pick up the MAX REVIVE in here, then exit this grassland and go up the left side. The patch of grassland on this side has a NUGGET hidden in the bottom right tile. Move over to the far right wall now and fight the ranger, who will give you a SITRUS BERRY for winning. That's all, but quite a lot of items for a small area like this. Head back to Icirrus City.

ICIRRUS CITY: Heal up, because it's gym time! The gym is in the top left of the city.
Icirrus Gym

Trainer Pokemon: Cubchoo L35, Cubchoo L35, Cryogonal L35 | Cryogonal L37 | Cubchoo L37 | Cubchoo L36, Vanillish L36 | Vanillish L36, Vanillish L36 | Vanillish L36, Cubchoo L36

We have us an Ice-type gym this time around, with quite an interesting puzzle compared to previous Ice gyms. As usual it is a sliding puzzle but there is actually not all that much emphasis on the sliding, as we'll see shortly.

You can get a FRESH WATER of the guy as usual. Slide right up and you'll hit the curved barrier; these barriers will actually cause you to spin in a wide arc and hit places that you normally wouldn't be able to slide to. Convenient, eh? From here, slide right to a platform. Fight the trainer by here and then hit the orange switch. The switches in this gym will change the direction of the barriers, and you're basically told where to go by the ice tiles that have an arrow of sorts coming from them. So, head straight ahead from the switch to hit the barrier and be sent to the top right.

One Battle Girl later, go right and slide on the ice to do a massive jump to the next platform! Fight the guy here and then slide right (any tile from the right hand side will do), up, right and up. Fight miss battle girl here, then (how many times have I said then in this guide!?) slide down (from where you are now) and slide right to reach a platform. Move around to the other side and slide to hit the barrier and get spun, then slide up to connect with the switch and rotate the barrier.

From the switch, slide up, left and slide down from the pointed tile. You'll connect with the barrier and be sent to the top left. Ascend the stairs and slide on the ice to reach the final section.

Beat the girl here, then slide left from the left hand side. You'll get onto a pointed tile; slide up to get spun around, then go right, up and right to hit the barrier again and get sent in a different direction. Slide up, and take this enclosed path up and slide to another platform. Fight the guy here, then hit the switch to change the barrier.

Slide up onto the pointed tile and then down. From where you end up, slide left, down and left and it'll take you to the tile at the top. Slide up onto the walkable platform and go up the stairs to find the leader!

    * Rewards: $4680, TM79 Frost Breath, Freeze Badge
    * My Team: Emboar Lv. 46, Musharna Lv. 46, Excadrill Lv. 44, Lilligant Lv. 46, Carracosta Lv. 44

Pokemon	Level	Type	Ability	Attacks
Vanillish	Lv. 37	Ice	Ice Body	Frost Breath, Acid Armor, Astonish, Mirror Shot
Cryogonal	Lv. 37	Ice	Levitate	Aurora Beam, Reflect, Frost Breath, Rapid Spin
Beartic	Lv. 39	Ice	Snow Cloak	Swagger, Icicle Crash, Slash, Brine

    * Yeah, I'm pretty overlevelled. Don't worry if your team is nowhere near mine in levels, you don't even need to be that high. Anyway, Brycen is an Ice-type specialist who has the three non-legendary Ice lines of Unova, all of which happen to be pure Ice. Not a whole lot of variety here, huh?

    * Brycen's signature move is a technique called Frost Breath. It is an Ice-type special move with 40 power and 100 accuracy. Sound weak? Of course it does, but this move is special in that every time it hits it is a critical hit. Frost Breath shares this effect with the Fighting-type Storm Throw, which you may know of if you've been raising a Throh (it's the only one that learns that move). Now, this could be a problem, but it's still only 80 base with the critical (120 with STAB.) That should hurt, but Brycen's Pokemon are so weak that it really won't do a lot. Cryogonal might be able to do some damage with it, but it's not likely to be much of a problem otherwise.

    * Ice-types have a weakness to Fire, Rock, Fighting and Steel moves. As far as things go they are one of the worst defensive types in the game. Moves such as Fire Blast, Focus Blast, Rock Slide or Flash Cannon will make quick work of this team, so if you have any Pokemon with those type of moves you could get a fair bit of EXP in this battle. The only thing I will suggest is that you should try to hit Cryogonal with physical moves if possible, since it'll collapse easily to those but will withstand special attacks a fair bit. The other two really aren't a problem; Beartic is slow and while it has the 85 power, 90 accuracy Icicle Crash, it probably isn't going to be anything to worry about unless its Swagger takes you for an unlucky ride. For the record, it is quite likely he'll bring out Cryogonal last, despite Beartic being his main. I would say be on your guard, but there isn't really anything to guard against...

Defeating Brycen will get you the Freeze Badge and TM79, FROST BREATH. Descend the stairs and go to the left; you'll find a slide that'll take you right back to the beginning. Exit the gym.

ICIRRUS CITY: When you get outside the gym, you'll find Bianca and Cheren. They'll talk to you for a minute, then Brycen will also come out. The Shadow Triad suddenly appear, then vanish. Brycen and Cheren run off to Dragonspiral Tower in the north of Icirrus City; we'll be following them shortly.

Heal up from the gym if necessary, then go up north.
Dragonspiral Tower
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Tranquill	Normal/Flying	Grass	30%	Level 32
Deerling	Normal/Grass	Grass	30%	Level 34
Mienfoo	Fighting	Grass	30%	Level 50
Druddigon	Dragon	Grass	10%	N/A
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	85%	N/A
Emolga	Electric/Flying	Shaking Grass	10%	N/A
Unfezant	Normal/Flying	Shaking Grass	5%	N/A

    * This list applies to the entrance of Dragonspiral Tower in Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Vanillite	Ice	Grass	30%	Level 35
Deerling	Normal/Grass	Grass	30%	Level 34
Mienfoo	Fighting	Grass, Tall Grass	30%	Level 50
Cubchoo	Ice	Grass	10%	N/A
Vanillish	Ice	Tall Grass	30%	Level 47
Sawsbuck	Normal/Grass	Tall Grass	30%	N/A
Beartic	Ice	Tall Grass	10%	N/A
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	90%	N/A
Emolga	Electric/Flying	Shaking Grass	10%	N/A

    * This list applies to the entrance of Dragonspiral Tower in Winter.

There's a fair bit of seasonal change here, too. There's two new Pokemon here. One is Mienfoo, a competent Fighting type who evolves into the excellent Mienshao... at Level 50. It's unfortunately a pretty late evolution, but it's worth it. If you need a Fighting-type, go for it. It's worth noting that Mienfoo and Mienshao are two out of the three Pokemon who can normally get the Regenerator ability (Audino being the other), which restores 1/3 of the Pokemon's HP whenever it switches out. Combine that with U-Turn - a move that they learn by level-up - and you've got one hell of a combo.

Druddigon is another Dragon Pokemon who is a little on the average side; he's slow, but pretty powerful at 120 attack base. He has a decently large movepool, as well as access to the excellent Rough Skin and Sheer Force abilities. Sheer Force in particular will really pick up the power with moves such as Rock Slide. He unfortunately learns no Dragon-type moves that have a bonus effect, though.

If you're playing in Spring, Summer or Autumn, there's not a whole lot here. You can access the lower grass, but the upper tall grass is completely out of bounds. If you head forward, you'll see Prof. Juniper's father. Approach him and Bianca will also appear; plenty of dialogue later you'll receive an OLD GATEAU, an item that works exactly like a Full Heal. That's all, so head inside the deeper part.

On the other hand, if you're playing in Winter there will be a pile of snow in Icirrus City that'll let you access the upper part of this small area; you'll be able to both have a go in the tall grass and grab the NUGGET waiting up here. Otherwise, it's the same, so head deeper inside.

Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Tranquill	Normal/Flying	Grass, Tall Grass	30%	Level 32
Deerling	Normal/Grass	Grass	30%	Level 34
Sawsbuck	Normal/Grass	Tall Grass	30%	N/A
Mienfoo	Fighting	Grass, Tall Grass	30%	Level 50
Druddigon	Dragon	Grass, Tall Grass	10%	N/A
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	85%	N/A
Emolga	Electric/Flying	Shaking Grass	10%	N/A
Unfezant	Normal/Flying	Shaking Grass	5%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Surf, Dark Water ~ Surf	100%	N/A
Dratini	Dragon	Fish	65%	Level 30
Basculin	Water	Fish	30%	N/A
Dragonair'	Dragon	Fish	5%	Level 55
Dratini	Dragon	Dark Water ~ Fish	60%	Level 30
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Dragonair	Dragon	Dark Water ~ Fish	9%	Level 55
Dragonite	Dragon/Flying	Dark Water ~ Fish	1%	N/A

    * This list applies to the entrance of Dragonspiral Tower in Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Vanillite	Ice	Grass	30%	Level 35
Deerling	Normal/Grass	Grass	30%	Level 34
Mienfoo	Fighting	Grass, Tall Grass	30%	Level 50
Cubchoo	Ice	Grass	10%	N/A
Vanillish	Ice	Tall Grass	30%	Level 47
Sawsbuck	Normal/Grass	Tall Grass	30%	N/A
Beartic	Ice	Tall Grass	10%	N/A
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	90%	N/A
Emolga	Electric/Flying	Shaking Grass	10%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Surf, Dark Water ~ Surf	100%	N/A
Dratini	Dragon	Fish	65%	Level 30
Basculin	Water	Fish	30%	N/A
Dragonair'	Dragon	Fish	5%	Level 55
Dratini	Dragon	Dark Water ~ Fish	60%	Level 30
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Dragonair	Dragon	Dark Water ~ Fish	9%	Level 55
Dragonite	Dragon/Flying	Dark Water ~ Fish	1%	N/A

    * This list applies to the entrance of Dragonspiral Tower in Winter.

Trainer Pokemon: Vanillish L36, Galvantula L36 | Cubchoo L35, Hahakurimo L35, Darmanitan L35

Yes, you're reading that right. You can actually catch Wild Dragonite here, although they are incredibly rare. Come back here once you get the Super Rod if you dare have a go.

If you happened to come up here before we got the Freeze Badge, you would have seen the tower shut and nothing accessible but a small patch of water. However, with Plasma's intervention that has all changed. First, get onto the bridge and Surf off to the right, where the pillars have been knocked down to give you access. If you use the itemfinder, you can guide yourself to one of the tower walls which can be checked for a hidden HEART SCALE. There's also an island on the right with two trainers you can fight and a TM63, EMBARGO to pick up.

Head inside the tower afterwards.

Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Golett	Ground/Ghost	Building Floor	50%	Level 43
Druddigon	Dragon	Building Floor	30%	N/A
Mienfoo	Fighting	Building Floor	20%	Level 50

This first, watery room has a couple Wild Pokemon for you to find, including a new one, Golett. Golett is a Pokemon that you will have seen used by a trainer back in the Celestial Tower, assuming you fought every trainer there. It's a Ground/Ghost - a unique typing - that specializes in attack, with some decent defenses and average speed. The evolution level is good, but the strangest thing is that Golett's evolution - Golurk - can learn Fly, despite having no wings or any apparent flight method to speak of! Secret superhero, perhaps?

There's nothing of interest in here otherwise, though. Head through the top door, though not without some complimentary shaking.

Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Golett	Ground/Ghost	Building Floor	100%	Level 43

Just a bunch of robots that are Wild in here, which is good if you want one. Cheren will call to you from up the stairs, then continue on. We need to follow him. Go up the left side and go straight past the strength boulder; you can pass under the broken pillars. There's a HYPER POTION hidden under the pillar on the right. Now, see the pillar to the right here, that has collapsed onto the floor but is connected with the large arch we just went under? If you don't have Strength, then this is your lucky day, as you can actually walk onto this broken pillar and walk across to the platform we saw Cheren on. Either do so, or move the Strength boulder into place and go up the stairs. Pick up the STARDUST on the flat pillar at the bottom of this platform, then go left and into the next room.

DRAGONSPIRAL TOWER ~ 3F: No more Wild Pokemon now. Make your way up the stairs and you'll reach a puzzle rather like the one from Tin/Bell Tower in the Johto games. Take the first one down, then use the bottom one to go left. Continue on this route, but when you get near the stairs ignore it and continue going up. Follow this path and you'll be able to reach a SHINY STONE. Take the hop on this platform down, the next one down, then go right. Take this one down too, take the bottom row again, then this time when you get near the steps break away and go up them. Enter the door at the top.

DRAGONSPIRAL TOWER ~ 4F: Plasma grunts everywhere! Cheren and Brycen will keep some of them busy, but it's up to us to get rid of the others. Move down and a Plasma grunt will see and challenge you. Defeat his Lv. 34 Watchog, then go further down and fight the second grunt, who will send a Lv. 34 Liepard after you. Once that's taken care of, ascend the stairs and fight the third grunt. Demolish his Lv. 34 Scraggy, then continue forward. There's a fourth grunt to fight with two Lv. 33 Liepard. Go up the stairs for a fifth one with a Lv. 32 Watchog, Lv. 32 Scraggy and a Lv. 32 Krokorok. Following that, descend the steps to the right for a DRAGON FANG, then ascend both sets of stairs to get to the next floor..

DRAGONSPIRAL TOWER ~ 5F: Well, this room is certainly fitting of the word spiral. Go right, cross the platform when you come to it, then continue right. Cross the next platform down, then grab the STARDUST lying here. Go back and take the platform up back to the ring we were on before, then go straight left ignoring the platform that was just above us. On the other end, go up the platform and pick up the STAR PIECE, then jump over the ledge and get to the next platform. Cross this one, then go right, jumping over the ledge and taking the platform down to an outer ring. Follow this ring left, take the platform down then go all the way right to pick up a REVIVE. Finally, return and go down the platform to the outermost ring, then head up the steps to the left.

DRAGONSPIRAL TOWER ~ 6F: Move upwards and you'll hear more shaking, as well as the cry of a very fearsome sounding Pokemon. Time is of the essence! Take this path around, picking up the MAX ELIXIR that's on the upper part. You'll run into a Plasma sage and four Plasma grunts, all aimed at you. Oh dear.

The Plasma grunts will swarm you and you'll have to take all four of them down one after another. Seeing as they're grunts it isn't that hard though. The first grunt has a Lv. 33 Watchog and a Lv. 33 Krokorok. The second has a Lv. 34 Krokorok. The third has a Lv. 33 Trubbish and a Lv. 33 Liepard, and the final one has Lv. 34 Watchog.

Once they're all beaten, they'll move away, allowing you to pass. Go to the bottom and ascend the stairs.

DRAGONSPIRAL TOWER ~ 7F: Oh dear, a music change. Head up and you'll find N and the opposite legendary of the game! Black players will see a cutscene with Zekrom, while White players will see a cutscene with Reshiram. N will talk to you for a moment, then fly away with his chosen legend.

Cheren and Brycen come and watch as he departs, then the three of you leave the tower. Outside, the three of you along with Prof. Juniper's father and Bianca discuss what to do next; Alder will also come along and with that we'll know to go to the Relic Castle next. Brycen and Prof. Juniper's father will head back inside the tower. Cheren and Alder will depart for the castle, and Bianca stays there as a reminder just in case.

If you went to the Desert Resort earlier the game, you may have entered the Relic Castle; it was a sand filled building that contained plenty of Wild Sandile and Yamask. We have to head back there now. To get there, get to Nimbasa City, then head down into Route 4. When you can take a left, do so. Take this path and then head north and keep going and you'll end up in the Desert Resort. At the top end to the right there is a stair surrounded by some weird blue statues; this is where you need to go.
Relic Castle

Trainer Pokemon: Watchog L34, Krokorok L34, Krokorok L34 | Scraggy L35, Watchog L35 | Garbodor L36 | Krokorok L36 | Liepard L34, Trubbish L34, Trubbish L34 | Watchog L35, Scraggy L35 | Trubbish L35, Liepard L35
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Sandile	Ground/Dark	Sand Floor	50%	Level 29
Yamask	Ghost	Sand Floor	50%	Level 34

    * Encounter list is identical for 1F and B1F.

As you approach the stairs, Cheren will approach and talk to you for a moment. Head inside afterwards.

Now we can truly explore this place. As a reminder, you need to walk on the sand pits to cross them. Running or biking will cause the sand to drag you in and throw you down to the next floor. I'm assuming you visited earlier, but if you didn't you can get a fossil from the backpacker woman on the left of the first floor, as well as two items (one of which is hidden) if you sink down either of the sand pits on the first floor.

Begin by going over to the left sand pit on this first floor and walking over it so that you can reach the stairs. You'll now be able to pass the guy that was blocking us earlier. Go down the stairs and you'll run straight into a Plasma sage. After talking to him, head right and fight the Plasma grunt. Sink through the sand pit afterwards; either run/bike on it or just walk into the centre. I believe the latter is faster.

Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Krokorok	Ground/Dark	Sand Floor	50%	Level 40
Cofagrigus	Ghost	Sand Floor	50%	N/A

    * Encounter list is identical for B2F to B4F.

You'll be able to find evolved wild versions of the Pokemon above now. Cofagrigus in particular has quite a freaky sprite.

Pick up the MAX POTION right below you, then head up and fight the Plasma grunt. Walk over the pit (if you accidentally sink just take the stairs up in the room you appear in) then go down and fight the grunt here. Cross the pit by walking and pick up the useful TM30, SHADOW BALL, then sink down the pit we just crossed.

Go straight down and sink into the pit here. The spot you land on has a hidden item; move one space in any direction and examine it for a hidden SUPER POTION, then go up and pick up the SUN STONE on the ground. Follow this path around up the stairs, then take the stairs that end up directly in front of you up, and you'll end up in the room that had the TM30. Sink down the same pit as before.

This time, go straight left and fight the grunt, then walk south across the pit and pick up the MAX REVIVE. Afterwards, take the pit across west (the north route holds nothing.) After the grunt, cross the pit west to pick up the PP UP, then fall down the sand pit.

You'll end up next to two Plasma grunts. Beat both of them, then fall down the pit.

You'll end up at the very bottom of the castle, as will Cheren. You'll find Alder and Ghetsis talking. After Ghetsis practically says a monologue, he'll charge through you and exit. Alder and Cheren will also leave, and take you with them. For the record, there are Wild Pokemon on that last floor but nothing else... yet. We'll go back there a long time from now.

Outside, you'll get a Xtransceiver call from Prof. Juniper. Afterwards, Alder will Fly away, and Cheren will stay put. Go figure.

Next up, we need to visit Nacrene City.

NACRENE CITY: Go to the museum and you'll see a relatively large crowd outside, composed of Alder, Prof. Juniper, her father and Bianca, and soon enough Lenora too. Lenora will entrust you with a very valuable item, either the DARK STONE or the LIGHT STONE depending on your version. This key item will come into play much later on, but it's an important storyline object.

Now we're able to continue the storyline. To keep going, head to Route 8. You may want to go see Prof. Juniper first though; by now you should have seen over 100 Pokemon, so you can get the TM10, HIDDEN POWER that we were unable to earlier on.

ROUTE 8: A short section? You bet. We've been told to go to Opelucid City to find out more about the legends of Reshiram and Zekrom and it so happens Opelucid is also the location of your last badge, so it works perfectly.

Head to Route 8 (by the seventh gym town) and go to that big grey building we saw before. The Plasma grunts - now that we've cleared the Relic Castle - will be there no more, but attempt to enter and Bianca will show up! She'll challenge you to a fight; the first rival battle we've had in a while, in fact.

    * Rival Bianca
    * Rewards: $4000

Pokemon	Level	Type
Stoutland	Lv. 38	Normal
Simisage/Simisear/Simipour	Lv. 38	Fire/Water/Grass
Musharna	Lv. 38	Psychic
Emboar/Samurott/Serperior	Lv. 40	(Fire/Fighting)/Water/Grass

    * Considering the length of time it's been it makes sense, but Bianca's levels are much higher than they were before, and all of her Pokemon are now fully evolved. What does that mean? More experience!

    * Things aren't really much different; we're just playing with higher levels and higher stats now. Normal type matching will do the trick just fine, although it is fun to see the rival starters in their final forms. We'll get to see Cheren's too eventually, but it's a little while yet.

    * As always, Bianca also has some healing items in store, which she'll use if her Pokemon's HP gets low.

After winning, she'll give you a FULL RESTORE, then leave, allowing us to continue. Let's press on. Enter the building here.

This is a rather big gatehouse compared to the normal one, huh? Go out the other end.
Tubeline Bridge

We've got us another 3D bridge to cross. So start crossing! If you talk to the battle girl near the other end (if you can actually catch her amongst that crazy movement, that is) she'll give you a TM43, FLAME CHARGE, which is a move you will have seen before if you've trained either a Tepig or a Blitzle. It's a 50 power, 100% accuracy physical Fire move that is guaranteed to raise the user's speed if it connects.

At the other end, we'll see... Ghetsis!? The Shadow Triad will also appear and rush you towards him. Once he finishes his usual pacing and talking, he'll go, letting us finish the bridge. Head forward and into the gatehouse, and pass through to the other side.
Route 9

Trainer Pokemon: Krokorok L36, Scraggy L36 | Krokorok L36, Garbodor L36 | Scraggy L37 + Scraggy L37 | Pawniard L37 | Scraggy L37 | Liepard L36 | Stoutland L36 | Minccino L36, Lampent L36
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Gothorita	Psychic	Grass, Tall Grass (Black)	30%	Level 41
Duosion	Psychic	Grass, Tall Grass (White)	30%	Level 41
Minccino	Normal	Grass, Tall Grass	20%	Shiny Stone
Garbodor	Poison	Grass, Tall Grass	20%	N/A
Pawniard	Dark/Steel	Grass, Tall Grass	20%	Level 52
Liepard	Dark	Grass, Tall Grass	10%	N/A
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	80%	N/A
Emolga	Electric/Flying	Shaking Grass	10%	N/A
Cinccino	Normal	Shaking Grass	5%	N/A
Gothitelle	Psychic	Shaking Grass (Black)	5%	N/A
Reuniclus	Psychic	Shaking Grass (White)	5%	N/A
Houndour	Dark/Fire	Swarm (Black)	40%	Level 24
Poochyena	Dark	Swarm (White)	40%	Level 20

As soon as you enter this route, a guy in a cap will see you and give you a TM56, FLING, ironically by flinging it towards you. It's not that useful of a move, but I guess it helps our collection.

There's a new Pokemon here - Pawniard. It and its evolution Bisharp specialize primarily in Attack, backed up by a good defense and decent speed. Their type combination is pretty unique, although it gives it weaknesses to Steel's three usual weaknesses - Fire, Fighting (quadruple!) and Ground. However the dual type does negate the Bug weakness that Dark-types have. It's usable, but it's a high evolution level, so be prepared to be patient.

You can also catch the midforms of Gothitelle and Reuniclus here, and surprisingly their final forms too, if you get lucky enough.

Straight ahead is a biker; fight him, then the guy right above, then the double fight to the right. That'll get us off to a good start; ignore the big building for now and fight the biker to the right. There's one last trainer in the top right of the route.

Now that that's been taken of, let's wrap up the rest of the route. There's a hidden LEMONADE located a little outside the big building. Head into the building afterwards.

This is the department store. Yeah, they put it in a route rather than Castelia City or something. A bit weird, but oh well. If you go into the room on the bottom right front wall of the store, you can get a PP UP. There's a few trainers in the main building, too. If you go up the steps right next to the PP Up room, there's a rich boy who will fight you. There is also a lady and a waiter on the top floor who will fight you. If you talk to the worker on the top floor, you can get a THUNDERSTONE.

The store's selection isn't really all that impressive. The most notable thing is the TM shop on the mid right by the rich boy; it sells TM15, HYPER BEAM and TM68, GIGA IMPACT for a hefty $90,000 each, but they can be good moves in-game if you need a powerful high power move.

Go back out the store, then to the bottom right corner; there's a gap in the fence allowing you to get to the grass. If you follow this grass through (note that you can slide in between some of the trees) you can find a HP UP, as well as a hidden MAX ETHER in one of the top left squares (you can slip past between the tree and the fence). There's also a FULL RESTORE if you go through the tall grass.

You'll probably notice there's a cave here with a guy blocking the entrance. This is the Challenger's Cave, and we won't be able to access it until we've seen the credits. We'll come back later for it.

That's all for Route 9. Head into the east gatehouse and out the other end.
Opelucid City

Trainer Pokemon: Simisear L39 + Simipour L39 + Simisage L39 | Mienfoo L39 + Elgyem L39 + Pawniard L39

Opelucid City is a pretty unique place; depending on whether you're playing Black or White, it'll look different. Black players will see a more technological city, whereas White will see a more nature based one with trees and hedges. I prefer the White one myself, but it doesn't matter. They have different music too, but the actual gameplay is near identical. At least, I think. I'm writing this guide while playing White, so I apologize to Black players if some of the information is incorrect.

Move forward and you'll find Alder, who will take you forward to a crowd. Once again Plasma are doing a speech in town. These are getting a bit annoying now. Urgh.

Anyway, once Plasma and the crowd leaves, you and Alder will talk to Iris (who you might remember from way back in Castelia City) and Drayden, the old man standing next to her. They'll tell you the legends of Reshiram and Zekrom, how they were once one dragon broken apart by differences, or something. I still don't read Japanese D:

Now, one of them will head off, and the other will lead you. Which character does which depends entirely on your version. Follow whichever character and you'll be taken to Drayden's house. After the conversation ends, one of the two will leave. Black players will see Drayden leave, and White players will see Iris leave - the person that leaves is the Gym Leader of Opelucid City! The remaining person will stay in the house, functioning as a Draco Meteor tutor. Any Dragon-type Pokemon can learn the move - it's a special Dragon move with 140 power and 90% accuracy that sharply drops Special Attack after use. It's not useful on every Dragon-type, but it's a very strong move all the same, and can be taught infinitely.

If you go upstairs in this house, you can talk to the American football player for a FLOAT STONE - this stone, when equipped to a Pokemon, halves the Pokemon's weight. This can be useful for reducing things such as the damage given by Grass Knot, for example. You can also talk to the blonde woman in here to receive a RING TARGET, an item that causes the holder's immunities to be nullified. Yeah, not very useful, but might be better paired with a move such as Trick or Switcheroo.

Exit Drayden's house now. Head straight down the path and enter the Pokemon Center to the right. Heal up the damages from Route 9, then exit.

Outside, you can find a hidden MAX REPEL a bit below the vending machine. There's also a hidden ULTRA BALL located in one of the upper parts of the city; use the itemfinder to locate it.

In the top right most house (the one closest to the gatehouse with the sign outside it) you can do a couple fights. On the bottom floor is an Ace Trainer who will triple battle you with the three evolved elemental monkeys at Level 39, with the usual triple method your game follows. Upstairs there is one more trainer; a female Ace Trainer who also triple battles you with the normal method with three Pokemon. Both of them will rebattle you once a day.

The house directly to the left has a blonde girl on the bottom floor who will give you a DESTINY KNOT, which is for all intents and purposes a pretty useless item.

To the left of that is the gym, which we'll visit soon enough. Take the street down and enter the tower like house on the left. If you talk to the gentleman in here he'll give you a PRESENT BOX accessory.

Go back to the Pokemon Center and take the street to the right of it up, and visit the first building you come to on the left. The guy in green on the top floor wants to see a Pokemon with the move Charge. Sounds simple, right? Unfortunately, there is a catch; he wants to see a Pokemon with Charge from the opposite version. Youll either have to trade or use the GTS and hope you get lucky. Should you fulfil his want, you will receive the CELL BATTERY, a one-use item that will raise a Pokemon's Attack stat if it is hit by an Electric-type move. Note that it does have to be hit, so using this item in combination with Motor Drive, a Ground-type or some other way to block an Electric move means it won't work.

Anyway, that's it for the city. Head into the gym at the top left.
Opelucid Gym

Trainer Pokemon: Fraxure L41 | Deino L41 | Fraxure L40, Fraxure L40 | Fraxure L41 | Druddigon L42 | Deino L39, Fraxure L39, Druddigon L39 | Deino L40, Druddigon L40 | Fraxure L40, Fraxure L41

The final gym of Unova has us take on Dragon Pokemon in a rather strange puzzle; we have to make stone dragons change directions and extend in order to open a path to the leader. Sounds fun, no?

As always, get a FRESH WATER (the last one ;_;) then go straight forward. You'll run into an Ace Trainer; defeat his dragon and take the winding path right. You'll eventually come to a point where you can go right; do so and jump over the raised bit. Go up and fight another Ace Trainer - who has the Dark/Dragon Deino - then jump off the platform to the left. You'll hit the switch with enough pressure that the dragon's head will twist.

Take this new path up and around. You'll find another Ace Trainer to fight. After him, jump off the platform to hit the other switch and center the dragon head, opening a new route. Follow this route, beat an Ace Trainer, then keep going and jump off when you can to move the dragon. You've probably noticed you can see Drayden/Iris sometimes when the camera moves.

Don't take this dragon up now as it goes nowhere; instead jump over the southern raised bit and follow this curvy path. You'll have to beat another trainer. Afterwards, take the path left and around and jump off when you can to move the dragon head.

Now we can use this head for a path; follow the newly created path and you'll eventually reach another Ace Trainer. Take the long path around afterward and jump on the switch; it'll cause the dragon to go down rather than up, but that works fine. Go up now and follow this path, and you'll wind back to the Ace Trainer. Take the same path as we just did again and jump on the switch to make the dragon move. Take the dragon head path up and around, fight another Ace Trainer and then jump to get both of the dragon hands up, centring the dragon.

Take the new path. It's quite wavy; go right when you can and you'll come up to a strong female trainer. After beating her, continue north on this path and go left and jump off when you can. This will cause the dragon by here to centre, leading you right to the gym leader. Take it up and you'll be in front of Drayden/Iris. The teleporter behind them will take you back to the beginning, but I would recommend just using healing items as in this gym the puzzle DOES reset if you leave!

    * Rewards: $5160, TM82 Dragon Tail, Legend Badge
    * My Team: Rufflet Lv. 41, Lilligant Lv. 49, Emboar Lv. 48, Carracosta Lv. 48, Excadrill Lv. 49, Musharna Lv. 49

Pokemon	Level	Type	Ability	Attacks
Fraxure	Lv. 41	Dragon	Rivalry	Dragon Tail, Dragon Dance, Assurance, Dragon Rage
Druddigon	Lv. 41	Dragon	Sheer Force	Night Slash, Revenge, Dragon Tail, Little by Little
Haxorus	Lv. 43	Dragon	Mold Breaker	Dragon Tail, Dragon Dance, Slash, Assurance

    * I took a quick trip to Route 10 and added a Rufflet to my team. Isn't it just the cutest? The rest of my levels are a bit high though. :x This also happens to be the last time you'll hear the main Gym Leader music in the game, since Black and White have no Gym Leader rematches. ;__;

    * Drayden and Iris specialise in Dragon-types, hence they have three Pokemon of that distinction. Strangely enough they don't have anything from the Deino line, so there's two of one line (Fraxure and Haxorus) with Druddigon in the middle. For the record, the team is exactly the same no matter who you're facing; the only things that change by version are aesthetics.

    * These two have a special move called Dragon Tail. It's 60 power and 100% accuracy with two special effects. First, it always goes last. No exceptions, or at least a very small amount of exceptions. The second thing is that if it connects, the Pokemon it hits is sent back into its Poke Ball and the trainer is forced to send another one out at random. It's basically a Roar or Whirlwind that actually does damage. It shouldn't be too much to worry about, but be careful anyway, especially since all three of their Pokemon have the move.

    * As a reminder, Dragons have only two weaknesses - Ice and Dragon. If you have a Vanillish or Vanilluxe with Ice Beam, you will be able to absolutely sweep this gym. An Fraxure or Haxorus of your own could also do a good job, and a Druddigon would also have a decent job, but you have to watch out with your own Dragons since they are also weak to the attacks being thrown at you by the Gym Leader. Blizzard will also do well, if you have it on anything.

    * Fraxure and Druddigon aren't anything particularly special. Fraxure does have Dragon Dance which raises attack and speed - you're best of not letting it use that too much. Druddigon has a pretty varied movepool, but is practically guaranteed to go last. Both of them should go down without too much trouble.

    * Haxorus on the other hand is a bit different. At Level 43 it shouldn't actually exist (since Fraxure doesn't evolve until 48), but it is the main Pokemon of Drayden and Iris. As you may recall if you were reading back in Mistralton Cave, this thing has a gigantic 147 base attack, paired with 97 base speed. Thankfully its defenses aren't anything too special so you should be able to knock it out, but due it with all due speed - it has Dragon Dance, and having that attack powered up any more is really going to hurt. Having it sped up won't help either, although that might get partially negated if it chooses to use Dragon Tail. Your Pokemon will probably outmatch it in level, but be careful all the same!

    * They also have two Hyper Potions to use.

Defeating them will get you TM82, DRAGON TAIL and the long awaited Legend Badge, meaning we now have all eight badges of the Unova League! All that awaits us are the trainers at the Pokemon League.

Head into the teleporter behind Drayden/Iris and exit the gym. Prof. Juniper will meet you outside and lead you towards the gate that leads to Route 10. After talking to you, she'll give you the very special MASTER BALL, an item that is best saved for a very particular legendary.

That leaves us with the rest of the game to do. Make sure you heal up after the gym, then head out north.
Route 10

Trainer Pokemon: Scrafty L39, Mienfoo L39 | Fraxure L39, Eelektrik L39, Accelgor L39 | Maractus L39, Cryogonal L40, Alomomola L39 | Sawk L40 | Gurdurr L38, Boldore L38 | Sawsbuck L40, Jellicent L40 | Beartic L39, Seismitoad L39, Escavalier L40
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Herdier	Normal	Grass, Tall Grass	30%	Level 32
Vullaby	Dark/Flying	Grass, Tall Grass (Black)	30%	Level 54
Rufflet	Normal/Flying	Grass, Tall Grass (White)	30%	Level 54
Bouffalant	Normal	Grass, Tall Grass	20%	N/A
Foongus	Grass/Poison	Grass	10%	Level 39
Amoonguss	Grass/Poison	Tall Grass	10%	N/A
Sawk	Fighting	Grass, Tall Grass (Black)	10%	N/A
Throh	Fighting	Grass, Tall Grass (White)	10%	N/A
Audino	Normal	Shaking Grass	80%	N/A
Emolga	Electric/Flying	Shaking Grass	10%	N/A
Stoutland	Normal	Shaking Grass	5%	N/A
Sawk	Fighting	Shaking Grass (White)	5%	N/A
Throh	Fighting	Shaking Grass (Black)	5%	N/A
Tyrogue	Fighting	Swarm	40%	Level 20

The music in this route is absolutely beautiful. I only wish the route were longer, but as far as things go it's pretty short.

There's a fair few new Wild Pokemon here, despite it being so late in the game. We have the version exclusive birds, Vullaby and Rufflet, and their evolution level is not a typo. They do indeed not evolve until Level 54, so if you want to use one of them, you better be patient! Vullaby, and its somewhat hilariously named evolution Mandibuzz, are a female only species found in Pokemon Black. They focus more on defense, hence their attacking stats are a bit subpar... to put it in perspective, Mandibuzz's attack and special attack are 65 and 55 base respectively. You probably won't be doing much damage, so I'd give them a miss. Their abilities are also pretty useless at this stage.

Rufflet and its evolution Braviary, on the other hand, are a male only species with a pretty standard Normal/Flying typing but stats better suited to the in-game. Braviary gets 123 base attack and 80 base speed, which is just fine, as well as the use of the Sheer Force ability which can be paired with moves such as Rock Slide and Crush Claw. They're certainly the better of the two, though still hard to raise due to being an unevolved form so late in the game. If you need a Flying-type still though, then this thing can come in useful.

Bouffalant is a buffalo with an afro. That aside, it's a pretty powerful Pokemon with good defenses and again, average speed, with some useful abilities in Reckless and Sap Sipper. Bouffalant also gets the powerful Head Charge, an exclusive Normal-type move that is 120 power and 100 accuracy, which can produce incredible hits off of its attack strength and STAB. The drawback is that it does produce recoil, but this also means it's affected and powered up by Reckless, so it's a double-edged sword. Bouffalant also gets Megahorn, Earthquake, Wild Charge and Stone Edge as possible choices, so it is pretty good. Use it if you wish.

Returning to the route at hand, head forward and fight the battle girl, who allows us to finally see Scraggy's evolution. Very gangsta like, isn't it? You might notice there are three Poke Balls in the grass. The far left one is a friendly neighbourhood Foongus at Level 30. Remember it has Effect Spore! The middle is also a Level 30 Foongus, while the one on the right is an actual item - namely, a FULL HEAL.

Head up the steps then immediately take the path above you. There's a hidden MAX POTION about three spaces away from the wall. Return and go up the next steps to the right to find an Ace Trainer, who will use the midform of the electric eel and the evolution of Shelmet. Quite interesting Pokemon, eh? Just ahead is a veteran trainer with another three Pokemon, though none of them new.

I'd make sure you're ready for a tougher battle before you cross the bridge, because when you reach the other end Cheren and Bianca will show up. Cheren will challenge you to what is the final rival battle in the main game!

    * Rival Cheren
    * Rewards: $4500

Pokemon	Level	Type
Unfezant	Lv. 43	Normal/Flying
Pansage/Pansear/Panpour	Lv. 43	Fire/Water/Grass
Liepard	Lv. 43	Dark
Emboar/Samurott/Serperior	Lv. 45	(Fire/Fighting)/Water/Grass

    * Cheren still only has four Pokemon, but they're higher levelled than ever before; in fact, these are the highest levels we've seen yet. As far as things go, it's pretty much the same, although Cheren also now has his fully evolved starter, at a pretty high level of 45. As always, type matching will produce the best possible results! Also, his Liepard has a Sitrus Berry. Yeah, not his starter. I have no idea why, unless it has some other item?

After the battle, Cheren will heal your Pokemon and Bianca will give you a MAX REVIVE. Cheren blitzes away, and Bianca soon follows.

Anyway, there's some tall grass right next to you; start taking that path. The first Poke Ball you come to is your not so friendly neighbourhood Amoonguss; it's the evolution of Foongus, and has increased HP and defenses from its pre-evolution, but retains Effect Spore. Exercise caution as necessary.

The second is also a Amoonguss, at Level 40 just like the other one. You should also be careful of the Toxic attack that they have! The third Poke Ball is a HYPER POTION while the fourth is a DAWN STONE.

Take on the fighter here, who owns a pretty powerful Sawk. Following the path, there's also a hiker on the bridge to fight. After beating him, talk to the guy in the corner here for a DUSK STONE. Follow the path a bit more for a TM05, ROAR, then jump off the ledge and continue right, back onto and past the bridge.

There's a female Ace Trainer here with an evolved deer and an evolved female jellyfish. Both of them can be pretty strong. After the fight ends, jump over the ledge and collect the FULL RESTORE, then go back around and fight the veteran trainer. He also uses some interesting Pokemon, including the final evolution of Tympole and the evolution of Karrablast. That ends our sad journey of the main route, but we're far from done yet - we've got Victory Road to do!

It's time. Enter the building above. Approach the gate and the guy will check if you have the Tri Badge. You do, so the gate will open. Now, each room you go through will have the design of the previous badge. For example, this room we're in now has a river, plants and torches - representative of the first gym's types of Water, Grass and Fire.

Simply push against each gate to get it to open. The next room represents the Basic Badge's Normal-type, and does it by having a pretty normal area, including grass. The Pokemon in the grass are the same as those in the normal Route 10, for the record. Also, note the music - there's an extra beat added for each room you go through!

The fourth room takes its design from the Insect Badge, hence the giant stone insect that you cross over. The room after that is representative of the Bolt Badge, which is full of electric generators. The music will notably have a lot more substance to it now.

Next we open the Quake Badge door, with the room being very earth looking. Hard to describe but you know full well what I mean. Then we open the Jet Badge door, and the Flying design sends us walking over a huge pit! You can walk anywhere on the windy part, too. It's pretty cool.

Next comes the Freeze Badge door, which adds a simple sliding puzzle to the mix. Just slide up, right, up, left and up from where you enter to get to the other side and push against the door, unlocking the Legend Badge door. Walk through it to see stone dragons and a gate. The music is now complete. Walk through the gate, and we're here. Victory Road!

However, before we take Victory Road on (note that if you enter it becomes a Fly location) there is a new legendary available. We were told about strange weather patterns as we entered Route 10. Go to Route 7 to check it out.
Route 7 (2)

As soon as you enter this route, the screen will get darker and a flash of lightning will occur, then an absolute torrent of rain will pour down from the heavens. There's a certain legendary taking residence around here that we need to vacate. No, it's not Kyogre.

Make your way to the house with the healer near Twist Mountain. As you cross by it, an old woman will come out and invite you into the house until the rainstorm passes.

When you go back out, you'll hear a strange cry. Your character will move to the right, then a strange Pokemon will float over next to you! The rain begins anew, then the Pokemon will suddenly flee and the rain dissipates. What just happened..?

The Pokemon we just saw was one of the three Pokemon belonging to the legendary trio based upon three Japanese gods, the three of which are collectively referred to as the "Kami trio". The Kami trio contains three Pokemon - Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus who all share a common Flying-type. Tornadus is pure Flying (and the first at that ), Thundurus is Electric/Flying and Landorus is Ground/Flying. Tornadus and Thundurus have exactly the same stats, reaching a 580 base stat total, while Landorus has slightly different stats and a 600 base stat total.

    * Level: 40
    * Type: Flying (Tornadus) / Electric/Flying (Thundurus)
    * Ability: Prankster
    * Moves: Revenge / Air Cutter / Extrasensory / Agility (Tornadus)

Revenge / Shock Wave / Heal Block / Agility (Thundurus)

    * Base Stats: 79 HP / 115 Attack / 70 Defense / 125 Special Attack / 80 Special Defense / 111 Speed

    * There's a slight trick with this legendary - which one you get depends on your version! Those of you playing Pokemon Black will have just seen the green and purple Tornadus, the first pure Flying Pokemon and legendary based on the Japanese wind god, Fuujin. On the other hand, White players will have seen the blue and purplish Thundurus, the second Electric/Flying legendary based on the Raijin, the Japanese god of thunder and lightning.

    * Regardless of version, this legendary will be your roamer of the game. Most Pokemon players will know what I mean by that, but for those who are playing a Pokemon game for the first time, a roamer is a legend that actually moves around the region's routes. Once they're released into the wild, the roamer will settle in a random route, then will generally shift to an adjacent route every time your player character moves into a new area. The use of Fly, Teleport etcetera tends to reset their position to another random place in the region.

    * In this particular game you'll have to chase the legendary around Unova. It can show up on any of the primary sixteen routes (I don't think it can show up on 17 or 18, but I don't know for sure). The annoying thing is that you cannot keep track of this legend like you could with the others in previous gens with the PokeDex, PokeTch or PokeGear - you'll have to be in the same route as them to know when they're in the route. You can walk between a town and a route to refresh the area constantly and hope the legendary arrives there. You'll know when Tornadus or Thundurus are in the area by the weather; if they are around then the weather will change to the same rainstorm as we just saw in Route 7. If you get the weather, go into the normal grass (I don't think the tall/doubles grass will work) and if you're lucky you'll encounter it. If you don't encounter it after a few Wild Pokemon then it'll leave, but you can keep going in and out to have a chance of it appearing again.

    * Should you encounter the legendary, it will run away from the battle the first chance it gets ie as soon as it can move on the first turn - though it is worth noting that if it tries to run, it will ALWAYS move last. There are a couple ways to lock it in place - you have the option of using a trapping move such as Mean Look, Block etc or you can place it in battle with a Pokemon that has the Shadow Tag ability. Arena Trap unfortunately won't work as both Tornadus and Thundurus have the Flying-type giving them immunity to the ability. Don't think you can stop them by sleeping or freezing them, as somehow they will still run! Just remember, if you use Mean Look or Block, you will have to ensure you either keep the same Pokemon in the battle the whole time OR you use Baton Pass to switch to another Pokemon while keeping the trapping move in play. Catching roamers can be tough, but try and try again and you'll get it.

    * Alternatively, just throw the Master Ball as soon as you encounter it. Tornadus/Thundurus are by far the best legend to use the Master Ball on due to their movement! I implore you to use it on them rather than any of the stationary legendaries. It is particularly useful that in Black and White you have only one roamer, so there's unlikely to be any real need to keep the Master Ball unless you want to keep it as a collector's item. That is the key difference - every other legendary is stationary, but this one will flee as soon as it can!

    * It's important to note that the possible locations for these roamers actually changes depending on time; you'll find them in either the north or the south of the region depending entirely on the clock. While I don't know for sure, it appears possible that it depends on whether the clock is AM or PM. At AM, the legendary will be found in the northern routes of Unova, whereas at PM it is found in the southern routes. I'm not entirely sure where this north and south split actually is, but I would guess that Route 4 and anything below it counts as southern, while Route 5, Route 16 and any routes following on from them count as northern. If anyone has anything more conclusive, I would highly appreciate an e-mail with the information.

    * Annoyingly, there are no two routes connected in this game apart from 17 and 18 which may not even work, so you'll have an annoying time actually cornering the legend. I'd recommend you go between a town and a route that has no gatehouse though, to speed things up. Strangely enough, however, it isn't actually that hard to end up with it on the same route as you. You might need a little luck, but it shouldn't take too long. It helps that Unova has a small amount of routes compared to the other four regions, as well as a fairly linear shape.

    * Note that if you exit and re-enter Route 7 as soon as you release the legendary, you might well find it again right away as long as it is evening.

Victory Road

Trainer Pokemon: Whimsicott L45, Zebstrika L45 | Stoutland L45, Scolipede L45 | Beheeyem L44, Lilligant L45, Heatmor L44 | Simisage L44, Simisear L44, Simipour L44 | Scrafty L43, Mienfoo L43, Conkeldurr L43 | Gothorita L43, Leavanny L43 | Klang L44, Darmanitan L44, Seismitoad L44 | Gigalith L45, Eelektross L45
Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Heatmor	Fire	Rocky Grass	45%	Level 32
Vullaby	Dark/Flying	Rocky Grass (Black)	35%	Level 54
Rufflet	Normal/Flying	Rocky Grass (White)	35%	Level 54
Mienfoo	Fighting	Rocky Grass	10%	Level 50
Fraxure	Dragon	Rocky Grass	10%	Level 48

    * This list applies to the outside parts of Victory Road (ie whenever you're not in the cave; so at any level of the outside, this applies).

Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Durant	Bug/Steel	Cave Floor	40%	N/A
Boldore	Rock	Cave Floor	20%	Trade
Deino	Dark/Dragon	Cave Floor	20%	Level 50
Woobat	Psychic/Flying	Cave Floor	10%	Happiness
Mienfoo	Fighting	Cave Floor	10%	Level 50
Excadrill	Ground/Steel	Dust Cloud	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Surf	100%	N/A
Basculin	Water	Fish	30%	N/A
Poliwag	Water	Fish	65%	Level 25
Poliwhirl	Water	Fish	5%	Water Stone
Poliwhirl	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	65%
Basculin	Water	Dark Water ~ Fish	30%	N/A
Poliwrath	Water/Fighting	Dark Water ~ Fish	5%	N/A

    * This list applies to the inside cave on the first floor and third floor only.

Pokemon	Type	Location	Encounter Rate	Evolution Method
Durant	Bug/Steel	Cave Floor	40%	N/A
Boldore	Rock	Cave Floor	30%	Trade
Woobat	Psychic/Flying	Cave Floor	20%	Happiness
Mienfoo	Fighting	Cave Floor	10%	Level 50
Excadrill	Ground/Steel	Dust Cloud	100%	N/A

    * This list applies to the inside cave on every floor but the first and third.

There's a fair few different encounter lists here, as Unova's Victory Road is very unique. Instead of being just a regular cave like the first four generations, Unova's Victory Road is composed of both an inside cave and an outside, and to get through we need to wind our way through the tunnels and even slide down walls to get to where we need to go.

As for the new Pokemon here; Heatmor is a Fire-type Pokemon, and it is horrible. It has a decent Special Attack and Attack but isn't so good anywhere else; it's not entirely useless but is heavily outclassed by both Emboar and Chandelure. It's probably just as good as Pansear, although it is a bit slow with 65 base speed. Its special movepool kind of sucks, too. It gets Fire moves, Focus Blast and Solarbeam. That's it, really. I'd probably give this a pass. They do give some pretty good EXP though.

Durant on the other hand is excellent. It's a Bug/Steel Pokemon meaning it only has one weakness to Fire and has great stats - 109 base in attack, 112 in defense and 109 in speed. Catching it in Victory Road also tends to have it with a moveset of Bug Bite, Crunch, Iron Head and Dig. Pair it with the X-Scissor TM we got ages ago and you can use it right off the bat! It can make a brilliant late addition if your team isn't full yet, and will come in decently useful at the Elite Four too.

Deino is a Pokemon we saw in Opelucid Gym. It is Dark/Dragon, and the first form of the pseudo legendary of the Unova region, Hydreigon. By pseudo legendary, I mean a Pokemon with 600 base stat total. Hydreigon specialises in Special Attack above all else, but carries decent Speed and Attack stats as well. It also has an impeccable special movepool, although both Deino and Zweilous (Deino's evolution) are more physically based, so you'll probably have to change your strategy whenever they evolve into Hydreigon. Now, this all sounds good - the catch? The first is that Hydreigon's best Dark STAB, Dark Pulse, is an egg move, so you probably won't be getting it. The second and much more worrying problem is to do with evolution level. See that level in the evolution method up there? Yeah, Level 50 is for Deino to evolve into its second form, Zweilous. Zweilous won't evolve into Hydreigon until a completely staggering Level SIXTY-FOUR, the highest evolution level that the series has ever seen. Now, I'm not saying it's impossible to use, but you are going to have to be seriously patient, as it won't be reaching 64 for a fair while unless you're soloing with it or something. Use it if you dare.

That aside, we have a champion's road to conquer. Head into the cave directly in front of you. There's another note - any Wild Pokemon you encounter in Victory Road will have the rare Pokemon music instead of the normal one - makes for quiet a nice effect, doesn't it? Head forward and get on the water; Surf to the other end and pick up the MAX REVIVE, then Surf back and go up the steps.

The second floor holds an Ace Trainer, who has both an Whimsicott and a Zebstrika. Note the levels; aren't they deliciously high? It's going to keep getting tougher from here on out. Sure, it's not as high as say, Platinum, but as far as this game's level curve goes it creeps pretty close to your Pokemon.

Once she's beaten, exit out the bottom. Walk right to see a cutscene between two trainers; one will show you how you can slide down the walls by walking against them, although the other is too scared to do it. Poor kid.

Follow his example by sliding down the southern wall. Head right. Note that these differently coloured parts with small patches of grass are where you can find the outside Pokemon shown in the first list above. Go into the cave you come across while going this way. You can also go the other way and jump over the ledge back to the beginning, but what's the point in that? You can always Fly there if you need to at any point, for the record.

Take the path in here around and Surf up over the upper patch of water, and pick up the RARE CANDY. Surf back over afterwards and take the stairs to the left up.

There's an ULTRA BALL on the elevated platform to the left; it's hidden though, so you'll have to use the itemfinder to locate it. Ignore the bottom door; it just leads back outside to the same place as before. Take the upper stairs up to the third floor, and fight the Ace Trainer you end up next to. He gives you another fully evolved dog to deal with, as well as a Scolipede. Exit out the bottom afterwards.

Go over to the right past the rocky grass and slide down. Pick up the TM12, TAUNT by here then slide down either wall. You'll be back on the other 1F again; enter it and take it back up to 3F, then go outside. Again. We'll be doing this a few times in order to get all the items.

This time, go left. You'll see the scared guy from before, but there's nothing we can do to help him unfortunately. You'll have a choice of two doors; take the one on the right for now (or the middle door of the three.) Beat the veteran trainer in the middle of the room, who uses the evolution of Elgyem, that alien looking psychic-type we saw back in the Celestial Tower. Also, check the furthest right rock on the set of four rocks below her for a HYPER POTION. Descend the staircase on the right, and you'll be back on 2F again by a Strength boulder. Push this boulder in if you can to create a shortcut. Head back up the stairs afterwards and then take the northern steps up. Knock the Ace Trainer up here out too (yeah we were bound to see monkeys at some point) then take the south exit.

Pick up the FULL RESTORE out here, then retrace your steps so you end up back at the row of three doors on the outside floor below. This time take the left door as opposed the middle one. Fight the guy in here - who uses some interesting Fighting-types, including the final form of Timburr, Conkeldurr - and then ascend the steps.

A doctor - excellent! Smash his Pokemon to bits and make him your healing slave. You can now come back here whenever the going gets too rough. Take the path around afterwards and check the bottom left rock in this dipped part for a REVIVE. Push the boulder to act as a shortcut, then go up the stairs.

Go straight outside through the southern exit and slide either gap; enter the room here and grab the CALCIUM, which happens to be right next to the doctor. Go back outside, go to the far left and slide down the whole way here and grab the ULTRA BALL. Now we must again make our way back; jump off the ledge to the far right and retrace your steps so you end up back at the floor above the doctor. Remember you can use that shortcut we made on 2F to get from there to 3F a lot quicker!

Once you're back on the floor above the doctor (5F for the record) take the path up this time onto 6F. Fight the trainer here, then exit out the bottom left door. Pick up the FULL HEAL, then go back inside and exit out the right hand door. Slide down the RIGHT gap to end up on a platform with one door. Enter.

Take this room up to fight a trainer who owns the incredibly big looking Gigalith, as well as a Eelektross - the final form of the electric eel line. Remember that it has Leviate, so don't try and hit it with Ground-type moves!

Examine the wall between the two rocks just above for a FULL HEAL, then continue going up the steps. At the end, check another wall between two rocks for a CARBOS, then go up the steps to the left.

Take the steps over on the left and you'll be in the back of a room with the running Ace Trainer from before. Push the boulder in and you'll be granted access to both the part we've been to AND a new part. Over on the left is a cave. If you did the whole of Mistralton Cave and caught/defeated the legendary Cobalion, then you will be able to access this cave and inside is Terrakion, the last of the Fighting trio! Otherwise, it will be covered by a small classic rock which you won't be able to get through, so come back later when you've done the Mistralton Cave events.

For those of you who are able to challenge Terrakion right now; why not save and have a go?

    * Level: 42
    * Type: Rock / Fighting
    * Ability: Justified
    * Moves: Helping Hand / Retaliate / Rock Slide / Sacred Sword
    * Base Stats: 91 HP / 129 Attack / 90 Defense / 72 Special Attack / 90 Special Defense / 108 Speed

    * Terrakion - who is #145 in the Unova Dex and #639 in the National - is a bit different from Cobalion and Virizion. While those two had their defense stats mirrored, Terrakion is a whole new game and instead has its attack stats mirrored! Specifically, it is mirrored with Keldeo, the event fourth member of the quartet who has 129 Special Attack and 72 Attack instead, but we can't get him normally. Terrakion has quite possibly the best stat spread out of the four, though.

    * It gets some interesting attacks being a Rock-type as well, and has both the attacking strength AND speed to use them. It can be a powerful force with moves like Stone Edge and Close Combat in hand and also has no quadruple weaknesses, although it does get a fair few doubles. The Rock-type nullifies the Flying-type weakness that Fighting-types have, but otherwise Terrakion retains all the double weaknesses, namely Water, Grass, Psychic, Steel, Ground and Fighting. Yeah, it's a unique type combo, but not the best one in the world.

    * As always, low health, status, good balls. Dusk Balls will definitely work in this cave. As always, if you kill it, either reset or come back after the credits have rolled.

After you either catch or kill/ignore Terrakion; take the stairs to the back up again. Exit this room out the bottom now, and we'll be outside again. There's still a few items we need, but for ease of use, we'll make ourselves a new Fly location. Go up through the arch on the north wall.
Pokemon League

At last, we're here. Enjoy the frontal view as you enter; quite an amazing building, isnt it? Go to the left; the building here contains both a market and a Pokemon Center. Heal up and buy whatever items you wish, then go back to Victory Road. I recommend you bring a flier.

VICTORY ROAD: Go to the right of the ranger (SPECIFICALLY the right hand side) and slide down. You'll land in a previously inaccessible clearing; grab the NUGGET here and then enter the cave. Go up the steps to the left and then take the path around to a rock. Check this rock for a MAX POTION, then take the steps above you and check the rock you reach by going left for a MAX REVIVE.

Descend the steps, go far left and then up these steps. Go all the way and up the next steps you come to for the next floor. You'll end up next to a TM02, DRAGON CLAW that you can pick up, which can be a useful move for a Pokemon coverage-wise, as Dragon is only resisted by Steel.

Now, exit this room through the bottom and use Fly to get back to the league. Exit the league again and this time slide down the wall from the LEFT hand side of the ranger. Slide down two walls, then pick up the TM93, WILD CHARGE on the right. This is a pretty decent Electric move and the best physical Electric move in the game apart from Volt Tackle, but only the Pichu line can learn that anyway. 90 base power, 100 acc, gives some recoil. It is a bit weak compared to some other moves but it'll do. Now, that's every item that I know of in Victory Road. Fly back to the League, and this time we're doing it properly.

Make absolutely sure you're healed up. From the top clerk, you can buy pretty much any healing item in the game. I'd stock up on Hyper Potions and Revives, and maybe a few Full Heals. Hyper Potions are definitely the most valuable item you can buy at this point; there are very few Pokemon that 200 HP won't cover at the levels you're at (which should be about ~50) and they're less than half the price of Max Potions. Revives are also invaluable for being able to revive Pokemon from fainted status; you're bound to have plenty from getting hidden items (that goes for the Hyper Potions, too) but there's nothing wrong with having plenty. You'll probably need them in the future too.

When you think you're ready, attempt to move towards the steps to the main arena and the guy blocking it will become alert and talk to you. He'll explain the League challenge; say yes to his question and he'll move, allowing you entry. SAVE NOW. You won't be able to exit once we begin!

So I don't have to list my team for each individual member, I'll list them now:

Lv. 49 Rufflet, Lv. 51 Lilligant, Lv. 50 Musharna, Lv. 50 Emboar, Lv. 52 Excadrill, Lv. 49 Carracosta

Now, when you're sure you're ready, go up the steps.


The gate will lock behind you. Now, you may notice from the layout that there doesn't seem to be any linear way to do this; Unova is different from the other Pokemon Leagues in that the Elite Four can be done in any order! I'm personally going to go clockwise from the far left room over to the far right room, but you are able to do it in any order you choose. For each member you beat, one of those spots on the ground will light up, and lighting all four will cause that centrepiece to move.