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Twist Woodlands

So now that we have some Pokemon, got a couple healing items and even got some cash and a map, lets head up Douba Road and enter the gate to the Twist Woodlands. The gate guard will now let us pass.

The Woodlands have a slew of bug and grass Pokemon for us to capture but remember we only have limited slots for our team so it's best to know whats here and make a sound decision on which Grass Pokemon we want for the upcoming fight.

Pokemon Level Potential Hold Item Potential Abilities Rarity
Venipede 9 - 11 Pecha Berry

or

Poison Barb

Poison Point

or

Swarm

20%
Caterpie 8 None Shield Dust

or

Run Away

20%
Cottonee 9 - 11 Miracleseed Chlorophyll 10%
Spinarak 9 - 11 None Swarm

or

Insomnia

10%
Shroomish 11 None Effect Spore 10%
Seedot 11 None Chlorophyll

or

Early Bird

10%
Shelmet 12 None Shell Armor

or

Swarm

5%
Karrablast 12 None Swarm

or

Shed Skin

5%
Tangela 13 None Chlorophyll 4%
Cacnea 13 Poison Barb Sand Veil

or

Water Absorb

4%
Bulbasuar 10 EXP. Share Overgrow

or

Chlorophyll

1%

My suggestion for a Grass type would be Bulbasaur. The trouble Pokemon is a Water type, so while Blitzle might be good, I think Bulbasaur would be better as it has access to Leech Seed as well as the 3 powder moves: Poisonpowder, Sleep Powder and Stun Spore. Using Poisonpowder and Leech Seed would deal a lot of damage over time while Leech Seed and Sleep Powder would immobilize and heal. Not to mention Bulbasaur evolves at level 16 into Ivysaur so we get some stat boosts that Blitzle wouldn't get yet.

Now Bulbasaur is a troublesome Pokemon to catch, even with red zone health and a status effect. It's catch rate is really low so that means success is also really low. I recommend creating a save state for your game when you encounter it for a number of reasons.

  1. Low encounter rate. We only have a 1% chance to encounter it.
  2. The catch rate is really low, so the odds of us getting it before we run out of our 10 Poke balls is really low too.
  3. It will save us a lot of money spent on Poke balls and such
  4. In case we accidentally make it faint with a random critical hit or using too strong of an attack

Reloading the save state would just make it easier to catch. Eventually it will give up and let you catch it and you get to feel like Doctor Strange subduing an evil tyrannical overlord out to eat your Poke balls. You can do this for any hard to catch Pokemon as well, saving you a lot of Poke balls or heck why not all of them? (Just be sure to save in game afterwards as relying on save states to save your game and then exiting the emulator could cause your data to be deleted or corrupted).

Creating a save state: (I use VBA so this will be how to on VBA)

To create a save state, simply go to File on your emulator then hover over Save Game. There will be a drop down arrow next to it so make sure you click the correct one, and the click on one of the 10 files there.

To load a save state, same thing except go to Load Game and click on the slot that you want and it will load that state.

So thats the easiest method for getting Bulbasaur and any other annoying to catch Pokemon too. So lets continue on our way.

Along with an abundance of Pokemon, there is also an abundance of Trainers. So thats decent money and exp right there so lets go grab it all. The trainers appear in order as such:

Bug Catcher Cordell
Pokemon Caterpie Caterpie
Trainer Items None None
Level 8 8
Held Items None None
Ability Shield Dust Shield Dust
Attacks Tackle

Stringshot

Tackle

Stringshot

Bug Catcher Vance
Pokemon Venipede Venipede
Trainer Items None None
Level 9 9
Held Items None None
Ability Poison Point Poison Point
Attacks Defense Curl

Rollout

Poison Sting

Screech

Defense Curl

Rollout

Poison Sting

Screech

Lass Marcy
Pokemon Cottonee Shroomish Seedot
Trainer Items None None None
Level 10 11 11
Held Items None None None
Ability Chlorophyll Effect Spore Chlorophyll
Attacks Absorb

Growth

Leech Seed

Stun Spore

Absorb

Tackle

Leech Seed

Stun Spore

Bide

Growth

Harden

Bug Catcher Garret
Pokemon Shelmet Karrablast
Trainer Items None None
Level 11 11
Held Items None None
Ability Shell Armor Swarm
Attacks Leech Life

Acid Armor

Yawn

Peck

Leer

Endure

PKMN Breeder Bethany
Pokemon Tangela
Trainer Items None
Level 12
Held Items None
Ability Chlorophyll
Attacks Constrict

Ingrain

Sleep Powder

Absorb

Youngster Nash
Pokemon Patrat Starly Pidgey
Trainer Items None None None
Level 9 10 10
Held Items None None None
Ability Run Away Keen Eye Keen Eye
Attacks Tackle

Leer

Bite

Quick Attack

Tackle

Growl

Quick Attack

Wing Attack

Tackle

Sand-Attack

Gust

Bug Catcher Jonah
Pokemon Venipede Metapod Spinarak
Trainer Items None None None
Level 12 11 11
Held Items None None None
Ability Poison Point Shed Skin Swarm
Attacks Rollout

Poison Sting

Screech

Pursuit

Harden Poison Sting

Stringshot

Scary Face

Constrict

PKMN Breeder Allison
Pokemon Cottonee Cottonee Lotad
Trainer Items None None None
Level 10 10 12
Held Items None None None
Ability Chlorophyll Chlorophyll Swift Swim
Attacks Absorb

Growth

Leech Seed

Stun Spore

Absorb

Growth

Leech Seed

Stun Spore

Astonish

Growl

Absorb

Picknicker Dalia
Pokemon Taillow Cottonee Minccino Minccino
Trainer Items None None None None
Level 7 7 9 9
Held Items None None None None
Ability Guts Chlorophyll Cute Charm Cute Charm
Attacks Growl

Peck

Focus Energy

Absorb

Growth

Pound

Tickle

Pound

Tickle

Beauty Joana
Pokemon Bulbasaur
Trainer Items None
Level 14
Held Items None
Ability Overgrow
Attacks Growl

Leech Seed

Vine Whip

Knock Off

Camper Riley
Pokemon Patrat Blitzle
Trainer Items None None
Level 10 11
Held Items None None
Ability Run Away Lightningrod
Attacks Detect

Leer

Bite

Quick Attack

Tackle

Tail Whip

Charge

Shock Wave

Super Nerd Layton
Pokemon Zubat Geodude Roggenrola
Trainer Items None None None
Level 10 12 14
Held Items None None None
Ability Inner Focus Rock Head Sturdy
Attacks Leech Life

Taunt

Astonish

Tackle

Defense Curl

Mud Sport

Rock Slide

Harden

Mud-Slap

Headbutt

Rock Blast

You not out of the woods yet though, you still a tough 3 consecutive battle ahead. So save your gem here, go back to Mom and heal if you need to and know that the difficulty spikes here with Pokemon appearing at levels 16 and 18.

So now that we are done with the Woodlands and have now exited, we are stopped by some thugs. They go on about some stuff, talking and such, and then force you into a battle with all 3 of them. These battles are consecutive so you won't be able to heal in between battles here as well. So be warned.

Dark Thug
Pokemon Croagunk
Trainer Items None
Level 16
Held Items None
Ability Poison Point
Attacks Astonish

Mud-Slap

Poison Sting

Dark Pulse

Dark Thug
Pokemon Skorupi
Trainer Items None
Level 16
Held Items None
Ability Battle Armor
Attacks Poison Sting

Leer

Pin Missile

Mud-Slap

Dark Thug
Pokemon Frillish
Trainer items None
Level 18
Held Items None
Ability Water Absorb
Attacks Absorb

Night Shade

Confuse Ray

Recover

These Dark Thugs will be a bit annoying to deal with. First off though, Croagunk and Skorupi and Fighting and Bug types respectively so Flying moves will be most beneficial here and will make quick work of these two. The Frillish however, will be a bit tougher with that Confuse Ray and Recover. Hence why it is important to hit it with both Leech Seed and a powder attack as early as possible. If you managed to catch yourself a Zubat though, it will know Taunt making Frillish unable to use it's Confuse Ray or Recover attacks and you can increases the possibility of damage dealt by confusing it in turn with Supersonic. If using Zubat, I suggest it be level 16 so that it can learn Bite as well for super-effective damage. Doing that, Frillish should be down for the count relatively easily. So now we can move on.

After the battle, our Rival will meet us. Not to worry though, he doesn't want to battle time around. He just talks about some stuff so when he's done we can enter the village

Tiki Villiage

So now we have reached our first in game City! or rather this small irrelevant village.. Oh well, there are still some goodies to be had here. So lets go to the Pokemon Centre first and heal up.

As we enter the Poke Centre, we will be greeted by a young lady and she will thank us for saving the village and give us a level 1 Munna... Awesome!

Munna
Level 1
Ability Synchronize
Attacks Defense Curl

Psywave

Best part is, this doesn't count as a trade Pokemon so it will obey us entirely!! And unlike the Core games Musharna, Munna's evolved form, will learn the same moves as Munna does so we can evolve it as soon as we want without missing any moves! We will find a Moon Stone later in a cave so for now lets go heal our Pokemon.

Now when going to heal at a Pokemon Centre, you will see two figures. A man and a woman. This is Doctor Roy and Nurse Joy. Make sure to always talk to Doctor Roy before Nurse Joy so that you can heal your Pokemon. Once done healing, talk to Nurse Joy for a Double Battle with her and Doctor Roy.

PKMN Trainers Roy & Joy (Double Battle)
Pokemon Shelmet Karrablast
Trainer Items None None
Level 13 13
Held Items None None
Ability Shell Armor Swarm
Attacks Leech Life

Yawn

Mega Drain

Acid Armor

Peck

Endure

Leer

X-Scissor

This battle should be relatively easy compared to the last ones you fought, so make quick work of them, heal again and lets explore more of Tiki Villiage

Now lets see how we can harrass, well there just so happens to be a house behind the Poke Centre so lets start there

Inside will be a woman, after talking to her she would like to battle with you. It's not a request mind you, she kinda forces it.

PKMN Trainer Karla
Pokemon Chikorita Eevee Gothita
Trainer Items Potion Potion None
Level 15 15 16
Held Items Miracleseed Oran Berry Twistedspoon
Ability Overgrow Run Away Shadow Tag
Attacks Reflect

Light Scree

Razor Leaf

Tackle

Tackle

Shadow Ball

Iron Tail

Dig

Tickle

Pound

Skill Swap

Psybeam

She has two potions at her disposal so prepare for her Pokemon to be healed when they are low health. Flying moves for Chikorita, you don't have fighting so maybe use a Grass type other then Bulbasaur for Eevee and finally just use your Dragon for Gothita. That should win you the match.

Well thats about it for Tiki Village. Time to head out again so be sure to heal up at the Poke Centre before leaving and maybe buy some items too form the Mart since we can finally spend our hard earned cash.

Lavaburn Path

Glitch Warning

As you head in and out of Tiki Village, you may see your characters sprite appear in the bushes. DO NOT INTERACT WITH IT!! It will crash your game and possibly corrupt your save data!

So lets head out and see whats new in Lavaburn Path.

Pokemon Level Potential Hold Item Potential Abilities Rarity
Patrat 9 - 11 Oran berry Run Away

or

Keen Eye

20%
Venipede 9 - 11 Pecha Berry

of

Poison Barb

Poison Point

or

Swarm

20%
Pidgey 9 - 11 None Keen Eye 10%
Starly 9 - 11 None Keen Eye 10%
Tailow 9 - 11 None Guts 10%
Blitzle 12 Cheri Berry Lightningrod 10%
Cottonee 10 Miracleseed Chlorophyll 5%
Caterpie 10 None Shield Dust

or

Run Away

5%
Abra 12 Twistedspoon Synchronize

or

Inner Focus

4%
Abra 12 Twistedspoon Synchronize

or

Inner Focus

1%

So we have a new Pokemon here now. Abra. This Pokemon would be a great add to our team since Alakazam is a powerful Pokemon. Abra does however have a tendency to Teleport away so I recommend using our capture method for Bulbasaur on this one too since it has a low encounter rate and can run away from us.

In fact, we might want to catch two Abra as we will need one for a trade.

So there aren't any trainers for us to battle here so lets just explore to the North a bit. Lets go North until we come to a fork in the trees and head Right and continue North until we find a building. Do you we that Abra in our party? We do? Ok then, lets enter the building.

Inside will be a young lad who claims to have caught the last Larvesta from Lavaburn Forest... kinda sucks since Larvesta is a good Pokemon.. He will however trade you said Larvesta for the ever elusive Abra. Ha! Good thing we came prepared with one to trade! So let's trade that Abra and get ourselves a Larvesta!

Larvesta (Nicknamed Larvea)
Level Same level as traded Abra
Ability Flame Body
Held Item Burn Heal
Attacks Last four learned attacks

So now we have a Larvesta. Thats great. However, it is a traded Pokemon and since we don't have any badges, it unfortunately won't listen to us. How sad.. We will need at least the second gym badge for it to obey our commands consistently.

So for now lets store it in our PC and head on out. The next area contains a lot of fire Pokemon and Trainers. So to make sure we can meet the level curve that we will most indubitably encounter lets make sure our Pokemon are around level 20-25 before continuing. I know it's a lot of grinding, however grinding beats losing precious money that we cant get back so lets put some time in, listen to some music or watch a show or whatever as we grind out our levels painfully and slowly or you could try and power through. Just remember that while the trainers themselves may be scaled gradually, event battles have a much higher difficulty curve.

So now lets continue towards Lavaburn Forest!

Lavaburn Forest

As we enter the Gate to Lavaburn Forest, we will encounter Pete once more. Turns out he ran away from home to become a trainer! Not actually but he really isn't supposed to be here, so lets battle him to make him go home!

PKMN Trainer Pete
Pokemon Taillow Scraggy Drilbur Trapinch
Trainer Items None None None None
Level 12 14 14 16
Held Item None None None None
Ability Guts Intimidate Sand Veil Hyper Cutter
Attacks Growl

Peck

Focus Energy

Quick Attack

Low Kick

Sand-Attack

Headbutt

Bite

Scratch

Mud-Slap

Submission

Rapid-Spin

Bite

Headbutt

Gust

Sand-Attack

Now that we have defeated Pete, he agress to go home. So now we are free to continue. I would visit the Poke Centre though. You may think you don't need to but you probably do.

So now that we are in Lavaburn Forest, there are a whole new array of Pokemon for us to capture

Pokemon Level Potential Hold Item Potential Abilities Rarity
Growlithe 12 - 14 Rawst Berry Intimidate

or

Flash Fire

20%
Vulpix 12 - 14 Rawst Berry Drought

or

Flash Fire

20%
Houndour 11 - 13 None Early Bird

or

Flash Fire

10%
Ponyta 14 None Run Away

or

Flash Fire

10%
Darumaka 14 Rawst Berry Hustle

or

Inner Focus

5%
Torkoal 15 None White Smoke

or

Shell Armor

4%
Cyndaquil 10 EXP. Share Blaze

or

Flash Fire

1%

So we got some really good Fire Pokemon here. The greatest versatility in terms of types of moves learned is Growlithe. But really all are equally good here so any of them would be a good add to your team.

Now Lavaburn Forest has quite a few trainers to it as well as several items. So lets see where these are

First off, lets head up. There will be a trainer there who wants to batle

Youngster Anthony
Pokemon Blitzle Houndour
Trainer Items None None
Level 14 15
Held Item None None
Ability Lightningrod Early Bird
Attacks Quick Attack

Charge

Shock Wave

Tail Whip

Ember

Smog

Howl

Roar

Now lets head north until we see a break in the rocks on the Right hand side and head that way until we reach the wall. Now lets head all the way South until we see an item box containing a Potion. Lets pick up that free potion.

Item Location
Potion Bottom Right most corner

Now if we head North and we will see our next opponent

Bird Keeper Doug
Pokemon Pidgey Starly Taillow
Trainer Items None None None
Level 15 15 15
Held Item None None None
Ability Keen Eye Keen Eye Guts
Attacks Quick Attack

Tackle

Gust

Sand-Attack

Pursuit

Wing Attack

Quick Attack

Growl

Wing Attack

Quick Attack

Focus Energy

Peck

After we beat him, lets go a little to the left until we see an Item Box containing an Antidote this time

Item Location
Antidote North East end tucked into a corner or rocks by a male NPC

Now there is a patch of grass to our left, lets go above that for our next battle

Beauty Charity
Pokemon Cottonee Minccino Vulpix
Trainer Items None None None
Level 14 15 16
Held Item None None None
Ability Chlorophyll Cute Charm Drought
Attacks Mega Drain

Stun Spore

Leech Seed

Growth

Doubleslap

Attract

Tickle

Pound

Quick Attack

Roar

Tail Whip

Ember

And lets head back south and see our next Trainer battle with the Bug Catcher

Bug Catcher Rick
Pokemon Venipede Butterfree
Trainer Items None None
Level 14 14
Held Item None None
Ability Poison Point Compoundeyes
Attacks Pursuit

Screech

Poison Sting

Rollout

Confusion

Poisonpowder

Stun Spore

Now below our young friend here is a small path heading West, lets follow it. As we come out of this pathway we will see another Item Box containing another Potion. Free Potions are always nice.

Item

Location
Potion End of the small path in the middle leading left just below a Bug Catcher NPC

Now if we head south there will be a mushroom tucked away in the corner of the grass, lets get on the left hand side of that and continue down until we are just past the left hand rocks and head fully left from here and follow these rocks until we see our Item Box with a Poke Ball in it

Item

Location
Poke Ball Middle of the Left side rock wall below a line rocks separating the two halves

Now lets head back the way we came and get on the opposite side of the rock wall here and find the small lava lake here with a sign in front of it. Head to the left of the lava lake and head North to find the exit and our last battle in the forest

Pokemaniac Sammy
Pokemon Torkoal
Trainer Items None
Level 18
Held Item None
Ability White Smoke
Attacks Fire Spin

Smokescreen

Curse

Smog

Now we have finally made it to the end of Lavaburn Forest!! Man that was a lot of walking and twists. Ok lets head on through.

Lavaburn Path (continued)

We will want to make sure our Pokemon are fully healed after that Trek so head back to see Doctor Roy if you need to cause we got another tough battle coming up and of course as get no break.

So as we exit the forest, we will see a man approach us. He will talk about the goings on of things, about details of our Dad being kidnapped, about the great and all powerful... Wait what!?! Dad was kidnapped!!! Holy wowzers this is big! Lets battle him to find out more about Dad!

Dark Thug V
Pokemon Murkrow Misdreavus Golett
Trainer Items Potion Potion None
Level 18 18 19
Held Items None None None
Ability Insomnia Levitate Shadow Tag
Attacks Wing Attack

Taunt

Thief

Toxic

Psywave

Toxic

Taunt

Confuse Ray

Mud-Slap

Shadow Punch

Defense Curl

Rollout

The two best Pokemon to use here would be a Houndour/Houndoom or a Zubat/Golbat. Reason being is that Houndoom is resistant to Ghost and Dark attacks and is immune to Psychic attacks and an dish out a Bite for super effective power plus STAB (Same Type Attack Boost). Golbat would be good since it is immune to the Toxic attacks and has Bite. You should have no problems if using these two. But you could just make sure your Dragon is a decent level and power through them here.

After you beat V, he won't actually tell you anything (which is smart for a villain) and just disappear. So continue north and enter Flamen City!

Flamen City

Finally made it to a relevant city! Now lets go and heal our Pokemon! Once we get to the Pokemon Centre, lets make sure to talk to Doctor Roy first so that we heal and then lets go and talk to Joy for some cash and EXP.

PKMN Trainer Roy & Joy (Double Battle)
Pokemon Cyndaquil Magby
Trainer Items None None
Level 16 16
Held item None None
Ability Blaze Flame Body
Attacks Mud-Slap

Quick Attack

Smokescreen

Ember

Smog

Leer

Ember

After we beat them, why don't we head on over to the Poke Mart for some items. Once we get there we can get some potions, antidotes and ooooo whats this? Fire Stone for 2100 pokedollars? Yes please! We can now Purchase Fire Stones from this Poke Mart! How awesome is that! we can now get an Arcanine or a Ninetails or heck why not both? It is recommended that Arcanine wait until Growlithe is level 19, as that is when Arcanine starts learning moves. For Ninetails, it's a little longer depending on the moves you want it to have. I suggest level 29 since thats when Vulpix learns Flamethrower and the only moves after that are Grudge and Fire Spin which aren't all that great to begin with.

Now lets head on over to the lab. There are bound to be interesting things in here. As we enter we are approached by an old man. This old man apparently knows our father and says some pretty cryptic stuff and refuses to tell us more. So in good old Pokemon fashion, lets battle him for the info!

Scientist Emmet Cole
Pokemon Slowpoke Drifloon Absol
Trainer Items Super Potion Full Heal None
Level 19 19 21
Held Item None None None
Ability Oblivious Flash Fire Pressure
Attacks Confusion

Water Gun

Growl

Yawn

Weather Ball

Focus Energy

Gust

Astonish

Bite

Razor Wind

Quick Attack

Taunt

After we defeat Mr. Cole, he will tell us about our missing father, about a being called Darugis and be very disturbed about the events currently happening in the world.

So now that that's done, I think it's time for us to hit up the Pokemon Gym and earn our first badge!

So lets go heal up and head over to the Gym.

Flamen City Pokemon Gym

Now the Pokemon Gym isn't all that grand. It's got one gym trainer so lets go deal with him quickly

Black Belt Liam
Pokemon Magby Darumaka
Trainer Items None None
Level 17 17
Held Item None None
Ability Flame Body Hustle
Attacks Smog

Leer

Ember

Facade

Rage

Flame Wheel

Rollout

So he was rather easy. But don't think the Gym Leader, Fiery, will be a walk in the park. She is actually fairly devastating. Especially with her Signature Pokemon. So now lets heal up, save our game and then go for our first gym badge!

Leader Fiery
Pokemon Vulpix Houndour Heatmor (Signature)
Trainer Items Potion Full Heal None
Level 18 18 20
Held Item None None None
Ability Drought Early Bird White Smoke
Attacks Quick Attack

Ember

Iron Tail

Will-O-Wisp

Thief

Ember

Roar

Double Team

Fire Punch

Solarbeam

Thunderpunch

Will-O-Wisp

So now the strategy for her is to kick off Drought with her Vulpix and power up her Fire moves. This is a huge problem since we can't take advantage of this. Waiting out Drought isn't an option either as the Sun will stay until the weather is changed again. Will-O-Wisp will be a problem for your dragons as Burn lowers Attack by half and you can't use Rock or Ground types here either since Heatmor's Solarbeam will hit on the first turn. What you could do though, is stall out the Solarbeam by switching into a Flying type Pokemon or a Grass or Poison type. Then when Heatmor goes to use Thunderpunch (against Flying) switch to a Ground type for immunity or goes to uses Fire Punch (against Grass) Switch into a Flash Fire Pokemon for immunity. Solarbeam only has 10 PP so it shouldn't be long before it's gone and you can use a Pokemon like Geodude/Graveler to deal some devastating Rock Slides and Magnitudes and a Self-Destruct if it's HP gets to low for some intense damage. Fiery does use a Potion though so it's best to get her to waste it on one of the other Pokemon. She will use it on the first Pokemon to enter Yellow/Red zone health. If you don't want to stall out the Heatmor then the best option for you is to use your Dragon like Bagon or Dratini since they will resist all of Heatmors' attacks and Gible/Gabite once Solarbeam is used up. Fire Punch will still deal quite a bit of damage to them though and watch out for those burns. If you managed to get a Rawst Berry from a wild Growlithe or Vulpix then I suggest putting it on whoever your beatstick is for these fire types and save them for Heatmor exclusively.

Now for defeating Fiery we get the Flamebadge which boosts the attacks of all our Pokemon as well as the TM 50 Overheat which a powerful Fire move.

Item Location
Flamebadge Defeat Flamen City Gym Leader, Fiery
TM 50 - Overheat Defeat Flamen City Gym Leader, Fiery

Now that we have won the Flamebadge and earned the TM 50, Overheat, from Fiery it's is time to save our game, heal up and head out towards Flamen Route!

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