Badgeholders -- Feel free to start editing these yourself in SCMS. Nonbadgeholders -- The latest version is now on-site, but not public yet, so don't look for a link from other locations on site. Please use the link below to look at the latest version when suggesting changes. http://www.smogon.com/ingame/misc/adv_tips -------------------------------------- Hey there, Basically, this thread will be about collecting information on any tips and tricks you can find in the 3rd generation games. If you know the location of a certain item, have any good technique for breeding your Pokemon, or have found any interesting tip, post it in here. If you want to post anything here, there are some rules that you have to follow: When posting information here, give a brief explanation on how to use the tip/trick you provided. Don't post a link to some video or site and go like "This is a really cool trick". You're not helping. When posting anything in here, make sure the information is accurate. If you're not sure of the accuracy of the information, but think that it should be researched, say so. This thread is only for Tips and Tricks for the 3rd generation games. If you have anything to submit for the 4th generation games post them in here. I'll be slowly updating this thread with any information we'll acquire. _________________________________ Ruby/Sapphire Tips Getting Some Hidden Berries Along the R/S games there is quite some hidden berries. Below is a list of the locations of some of them. Talk to the berry master's wife and tell her what she wants to hear: SUPER HUSTLE: You will receive a Belue Berry. COOL LATIOS: You will receive a Durin Berry. CHALLENGE CONTEST: You will receive a Pamtre Berry. GREAT BATTLE: You will receive a Spelon Berry. OVERWHELMING LATIAS: You will receive a Watmel Berry. These Berries are solely used to create Pokeblocks. For example, you can use Pokeblock made from Pamtre Berries to evolve your Feebas into a Milotic. Mirage Island One of the rarest things in the games, Mirage Island is a small island that will appear randomly appear on Route 130. Everyday, the game generates a random number. If this number matches the Personality Value of one of your party's Pokemon, Mirage Island will appear (note that a Pokemon's Personality Value is a hidden value created by the game once you catch or receive a Pokemon). Inside Mirage Island is wild Wynaut ranging from level 5 to level 50. The real selling point of Mirage Island, however, is that it is the only place were you can get a Liechi Berry, one of the rarest berries in the game. A man in Pacifidlog Town will tell if Mirage Island is there or not. Smeargle See the Emerald Tips section below for information about this Pokemon. Easily Leveling Up Pokemon in the Daycare There's a patch of land east of Pacifidlog in where you could ride a bike into the tides and the tides would push you back on land. This a very easy way to level up Pokemon in the Daycare if you held down Left on the D-pad with a heavy object overnight. FireRed/LeafGreen Tips Capturing the Legendary Beasts In FireRed and LeafGreen, after defeating the Elite Four, one of the Legendary Beastes will be roaming around Kanto. Depending on your starter, only one of the beasts can be found. If you choose Bulbasaur as your starter, Entei will appear in the wild. If you choose Charmander as your starter, Suicune will appear in the wild. If you choose Squirtle as your starter, Raikou will appear in the wild. Prerequisites Beat the Elite Four (since all roamers are found post-E4) Have the roamers in your Pokedex (only seeing it is necessary) Speedy Mean Looker, such as Crobat, one level below the roamer in the front of your party Master Ball or multiple Quick and/or Ultra Balls At least one Repel Method Fly to Virdian City, and head up to Route 2, near the entrance of Virdian Forest Pokemon Day Care. Check the roamer's area in the Pokedex; if the roamer in question is on Route 2, skip to step 6. If the roamer is not on Route 2, enter the Day Care. As soon as you enter the Day Care, exit; this refreshes the roamer's area. Once outside, repeat steps 2-4 until the roamer is on Route 2. Head to the patch of grass south of the entrance to the forest, as shown in the screen shot below, and activate the Repel. Run around in the grass until you encounter the roamer. Trap the roamer via Mean Look. Use common capturing knowledge to catch the roamer. Route 2 is just an example. Any place with somewhere you can "refresh" the location of the roamer, such as Diglett's Cave in Vermillion, would be OK. Note: Both Entei and Raikou can use Roar. As such, unless you have a Master Ball, you might want to both trap them and use a move such as Ingrain. The only Pokemon that can learn this combination in the game is Smeargle, which should be traded from R/S/E. Other Pokemon worth mentioning are Pokemon with the Soundproof, such as Mr. Mime, which are not affected by moves like Roar. Obtaining Repeat and Timer Balls in Kanto Repeat and Timer Balls cannot be found in any Kanto Poké Mart, but they are sold by a man on Two Island after meeting certain conditions. First, deliver Ciro's Meteorite to the man at Two Island's Game Corner; this man wants you to find his lost daughter, Lostelle. Lostelle is located on Three Island, in the Berry Forest. To get to the Berry Forest, defeat the biker gang, then head over Bond Bridge. Save Lostelle by battling the Hypno that is harassing her, and you will be taken back to Two Island. The second half of the requirements must be fulfilled after defeating the Elite Four at least once. Return to Boon Island, then buy 99 of each of the items carried by the man. Enter and exit a building, then return to see what items he has for sale. Repeat and Timer Balls should now be in stock. Learning the "Ultimate Move" After beating the Elite Four, once you get to Two Island, head to Cape Brink. In there you will find a house with a lone woman looking for someone who can learn her "Ultimate Move". If you have your starter with you (in your party's lead), she will teach it a special move. Venusaur will learn Frenzy Plant, Blastoise will learn Hydro Cannon, and Charizard will learn Blast Burn. Togepi Egg After beating the Elite Four and unlocking the Sevii Islands, head to Island 5. Once there, Surf west, until you find a water path. Keep heading west, and eventually you'll find a small piece of land with an old man there. Talk to him, and if the first Pokemon in your Party has high happiness, he'll give you a Togepi egg. Getting Quick Cash Located in Island 5 is a couple of trainers that you can rebattle using the Vs. Seeker to get quick cash. To get to them, go to Island 5, then head north until you reach Resort Gorgeous. In there you will find two rich trainers each giving about 10000 Pokedollars. If you use an Amulet Coin and battle both of them, you can get about 40000 Pokedollars. Off course, you can repeat this process as much as you want, thanks to the Vs. Seeker. Colosseum/XD Tips Colosseum Master Ball Glitch This is a simple glitch that can be used to 'clone' an almost unlimited amount of any type of PokeBall. Performing it is very simple: On your first Pokemon's turn, select the ball you wish to use on a Shadow Pokemon (a Master ball, for this example) On your second Pokemon's turn, switch the PokeBall you selected (the Master Ball) with any other PokeBall you have (Using the Y Button) If performed correctly, after throwing the ball and attempting to capture the Shadow Pokemon, when you check your bag, the PokeBall you have selected (the Master Ball in this case) should still be in your bag. Note: It has been said that sometimes, when performing this glitch using a Master Ball, the game will freeze. This shouldn't be dangerous, though. Please also note that this glitch does not work on XD. Shadow Pokemon Shadow Pokemon are different from normal Pokemon in several ways, including: Shadow Pokemon don't gain any EVs so you don't need to worry about screwing up a Pokemon before it's purified. To purify a Shadow Pokemon, its Heart Gauge must be dropped to zero, turning completely white. Some ways to reduce a Shadow Pokemon's Heart Gauge to zero is to keep it in your party, battle with it, and keep it in the Day Care. Once a Shadow Pokemon's Heart Gauge turns completely white, you'll need to head to Relic Stone in Agate Village to finish Purifying a Shadow Pokemon (in XD, you can also do this in a Purification Chamber at Pokemon HQ Lab). Once Purified, a Shadow Pokemon will return to normal and will relearn its original moves. It will also start to gain EVs. ~~~ XD EVing Grounds The following is a helpful list of trainers you can battle in the Mt. Battle of Pokemon XD to gain EVs in a specific stat. Every trainer gives some EVs in only one stat. Code: HP Trainer #81 at MT.Battle Grimer: 1 Point Exploud: 3 Points Swalot: 2 Points Wobbuffet: 2 Points Total: 8 Points Trainer #82 at MT.Battle Azumarill: 3 Points Wailmair: 1 Point Wailord: 2 Points Castform: 1 Point Total: 7 Points Trainer #83 at MT.Battle Lanturn: 2 Points Quagsire: 2 Points Whiscash: 2 Points Shedinja: 2 Points Total: 8 Points Trainer #84 at MT.Battle Dunsparce: 1 Point Walrein: 3 Points Glalie: 2 Points Tropius: 2 Points Total: 8 Points Trainer #85 at MT.Battle Slaking: 3 Points Hariyama: 2 Points Wigglytuff: 3 Points Total: 8 Points ATTACK Trainer #76 at MT.Battle Ariados: 2 Points Ursaring: 2 Points Qwilfish: 1 Point Total: 5 Points Trainer #77 at MT.Battle Solrock: 2 Points Rhydon: 2 Points Dodrio: 2 Points Total: 6 Points Trainer #78 at MT.Battle Mightyena: 2 Points Shiftry: 3 Points Craudant: 2 Points Sharpedo: 2 Points Total: 9 Points Trainer #79 at MT.Battle Breloom: 2 Points Tyranitar: 3 Points Armaldo: 2 Points Swampert: 3 Points Total: 10 Points Trainer #80 at MT.Battle Machamp: 3 Points Gyarados: 2 Points Heracross: 2 Points Blaziken: 3 Points Salamence: 3 Points Total: 13 Points DEFENCE Trainer #86 at MT.Battle Pelliper: 2 Points Clamperl: 1 Point Rhyhorn: 1 Point Forretress: 2 Points Total: 6 Points Trainer #87 at MT.Battle Torkoal: 2 Points Koffing: 1 Point Shelgon: 2 Points Metang: 2 Points Magcargo: 2 Points Total: 9 Points Trainer #88 at MT.Battle Golem: 3 Points Sandslash: 2 Points Miltank: 2 Points Total: 7 Points Trainer #89 at MT.Battle Seedot: 1 Point Gravelar: 2 Points Nosepass: 1 Points Weezing: 2 Points Pineco: 1 Point Sudowoodo: 2 Points Total: 9 Points Trainer #90 at MT.Battle Gligar: 1 Point Skarmory: 2 Points Metagross: 3 Points Regirock: 3 Points Aggron: 3 Points Total: 12 Points SPEED Rider Willie at Outskirt Stand Linoone x4: 2 Points each Total: 8 Points Trainer #61 at MT.Battle Golbat: 2 Points Murkrow: 1 Point Swellow: 2 Points Total: 5 Points Trainer #62 at MT.Battle Pidgeotto: 2 Points Dugtrio: 2 Points Plusle: 1 Point Minun: 1 Point Total: 6 Points Trainer #63 at MT.Battle Vigoroth: 2 Points Electabuzz: 2 Points Linoone: 2 Points Furret: 2 Points Total: 8 Points Trainer #64 at MT.Battle Medicham: 2 Points Ninjask: 2 Points Raichu: 3 Points Jumpluff: 3 Points Total: 10 Points Trainer #65 at MT.Battle Manectric: 2 Points Sceptile: 3 Points Electrode: 2 Points Starmie: 2 Points Crobat: 3 Points Total: 12 Points SPECIAL ATTACK Trainer #66 at MT.Battle Roselia: 1 Point Spinda: 1 Point Beautifly: 3 Points Total: 5 Points Trainer #67 at MT.Battle Golduck: 2 Points Gorebyss: 2 Points Ampharos: 3 Points Magneton: 2 Points total: 9 Points Trainer #68 at MT.Battle Gloom: 2 Points Vileplume: 3 Points Sunflora: 2 Points Total: 7 Points Trainer #69 at MT.Battle Girafaric: 2 Points Kirlia: 2 Points Lunatone: 2 Points Kadabra: 2 Points Trainer #70 at MT.Battle Typhlosion: 3 Points Alakazam: 3 Points Gardevoir: 3 Points Espeon: 2 Points Houndoom: 2 Points Total: 13 Points SPECIAL DEFENSE Trainer #71 at MT.Battle Kecleon: 1 Point Ledian: 2 Points Dustox: 3 Points Trainer #72 at MT.Battle Tentacool: 1 Point Lombre: 2 Points Mantine: 2 Points Total: 5 Points Trainer #73 at MT.Battle Altaria: 2 Points Hitmontop: 2 Points Togetic: 2 Points Bellossom: 3 Points Total: 9 Points Trainer #74 at MT.Battle Tentacruel: 2 Points Grumpig: 2 Points Claydol: 2 Points Cradily: 2 Points Total: 8 Points Trainer #75 at MT.Battle Umbreon: 2 Points Regice: 3 Points Milotic: 2 Points Articuno: 3 Points Ludicolo: 3 Points Total: 13 Points Emerald Tips Smeargle The Breeder The 'Ultimate Egg Move Parent' Smeargle, is without doubt the best Pokemon for breeding egg moves onto new pokemon. Smeargle is part of the Ground egg group, the largest of all the egg groups. Smeargle also has the ability to learn every move in the game, via it's signature move Sketch. Often, a combination of egg moves is only possible with the use of a Smeargle as the male parent. Thus, next to Ditto, Smeargle is the second most importing breeding tool within the game. A must have for any competitive breeder. The Catcher Smeargle @ Leftovers Level: 100 Ability: Own Tempo Jolly / Adamant, 6 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Speed ~ Spore ~ False Swipe ~ Mean Look / Foresight / Thunder Wave / Sweet Scent ~ Haze / Foresight / Thunder Wave / Sweet Scent Spore and False Swipe are a given. A Pokemon that is at 1 HP and Asleep has the highest chance of being caught, only further increased by choice of Poké Ball used. By using Smeargle, you gain STAB on False Swipe. Mean Look prevents roaming Pokémon such as the Lati twins from escaping the battle. Foresight is useful for allowing False Swipe to work on Ghost-type Pokemon. Thunder Wave is a usable alternative to Spore on Pokemon with the Insomnia ability. Haze is useful for stat-uppers, but your own stat boosting move such as Swords Dance can be used for upping the power of False Swipe. Recover or Refresh are also viable but lesser options, as you have access to recovery items, status healers and the X items. Sweet Scent is an option if you do not wish to have a separate Pokémon in your party with the move. The Battle Frontier IV Guy In Emerald's Pokemon Frontier, there's a guy in a house just above the Pokemon Center that will give you information about your Pokemon's IVs. This man is very handy when you want to check if your Pokemon has any flawless IVs. Once you speak to him, he'll start judging your Pokemon's "abilities".. "Ah, youngster! Do your Pokémon's abilities intrigue you? Here, here! Let's have a look at your Pokémon!" Choose the Pokemon you want checked. He will then say: "...Hmm...This one, overall, ..." If he says "I would describe as being of average ability", then your Pokemon's IVs are between 0 and 90. If he says "I would describe as having better-than-average ability", then your Pokemon's IVs are between 91 and 120. If he says "I would say is quite impressive in ability!", then your Pokemon's IVs are between 121 and 150. If he says"I would say is wonderfully outstanding in ability!", then your Pokemon's IVs are between 151 and 186. Then the man will then proceed to mention the best IV that Pokemon possesses. If it has more than one best IV, he will randomly pick a stat every time you talk to him. "Incidentally, the best aspect of it, I would say, is its (HP / ATTACK / DEFENSE / SPECIAL ATTACK / SPECIAL DEFENSE / SPEED) ..." He then gives a judgment about that IV alone: If he says "That stat is relatively good", then the best IV is between 0 and 15. If he says "That stat is quite impressive", then the best IV is between 16 and 25. If he says "That stat is outstanding!", then the best IV is between 26 and 30. If he says "It's flawless! A thing of perfection!", then the best IV is 31. The man will then finish up his monologue with the words: "...Hm... That's how I call it." The Synchronize and Flame Body Abilities In Emerald, the Synchronize and Flame Body abilities were introduced. Unlike most other, these two abilities have an outside of battle effect. If you're breeding or capturing specific-natured Pokemon, then these abilities will be handy. Synchronize: If a Pokemon with this ability is leading your party, then there is a 50% chance that any Pokemon you encounter will have the same nature as your Pokemon. Pokemon with Synchronize include Espeon, Umbreon, Natu, and Ralts. It should be noted that in Emerald, Synchronize will not work on stationary legendaries, such Kyogre, Groudon, and Rayquaza. Flame Body: Having a Pokemon with this ability in your team will reduce the number of steps you need to walk in order for an egg to hatch by roughly one-half. Note: The ability Magma Armor also has the same effect as the ability Flame Body. Here is a list of Pokemon with Flame Body / Magma Armor abilities. Flame Body Pokemon Magcargo / Slugma Magmar / Magby Magma Armor Pokemon Camerupt Magcargo / Slugma Unlocking Repeat and Timer Balls After clearing the Rusturf Tunnel with rock smash. Speak to the Devon corporation Employee on the Rustboro Side exit, he will give you one of the balls, and inform you that the Rustboro Pokémart will sell both the Timer and Repeat Balls. Getting the Johto Starters If you complete the 200 Pokemon of the Hoenn Pokedex (excluding Deoxys and Jirachi), Professor Birch will contact you. If you visit him, he'll allow you to choose one of the Johto Starters (either Chikorita, Totodile, or Cyndaquil). The Battle Tower Cloning Glitch This glitch is easily one of the best glitches any of the Pokemon games has ever had. It can be used to clone up to 6 Pokemon at a time and a huge number of Items at once. To attempt this glitch you have to first beat the Elite Four and unlock the Battle Frontier. Once there, head to the Battle Tower, and follow the following steps: Once inside the Battle Tower, head to the PC (on the far right). Deposit any Pokemon/Item you want to clone (If you want to clone items, select the "Move Pokemon" option, and then make any Pokemon in the PC hold the item you want cloned). If you want to clone anything that is already in the PC, you don't have to withdraw it and then deposit it again. Just make sure anything you want to clone is inside the PC. Turn off the PC, then Save the game. Turn on the PC, and withdraw any Pokemon or Items you want Cloned. Head to the Link Multi Battle woman (the one to the farthest right, as shown in the screen shot below). Accept the challenge, and select two Pokemon. When she asks you if it is OK to save the game, select "Yes". The game will freeze for about 3 seconds. This is normal. When the game asks you to save the game, restart it. After restarting the game, check your PC, and, if performed correctly, anything that you withdrew from the PC should be back there, yet still in your party/Bag! Caution: While performing step 4, do not deposit anything to the PC. Anything deposited will be permanently deleted. If you want to deposit anything, do that and then save the game again. Mirage Island Mirage Island appears in Emerald the same way it appears in R/S, as explained in the Ruby/Sapphire Tips section above. Pokemon News Occasionally, there will be news airing on TVs along Hoenn. Some of these news are helpful, and you should be aware of them. 1. Energy Guru The Energy Guru guy in Slateport City will sell Vitamins for half their original price. 2. Pokemon Swarms Sometimes, you will hear about outbreaks of some Pokemon like Seadot and Nuzleaf on their respective Routes. If you mix records with R/S, you might here about a swarm of Surskit, a Pokemon that doesn't normally appear in Emerald. 3. Lilycove Clear-Out Sale Some items in the Lilycove PokeMart, such as decorations for Secret Bases, will be on sale when this event occurs. 4. The Blend Master The Blend Master is an old man that shows up in the Contest Hall of Lilycove City after watching the TV broadcast that announces him. He can be found standing next to a Berry Blender and you can make Pokeblocks with him. Doing so with good berries will get you high level Pokeblocks with little effort. This can be helpful when you want to get good Pokeblocks to evolve a Feebas. There are other Pokemon News that happen throughout Hoenn, but most of them are generally unimportant. The Effort Ribbon In Slateport City, there is a woman who will check the first Pokemon of your party. If it has max EVs (510), she will give it the Effort Ribbon. This is really helpful when you want to check if you're done EV training a specific Pokemon. Getting the Amulet Coin After getting the fifth badge, head back to your home. Speak to your mother, and she will give you an Amulet Coin. This item doubles the amount of money you get from a battle if the Pokemon holding this item participates in the battle. Invisible Kecleon Locations Around Routes 119 and 120, six hidden Kecleon can be found using the Devon Scope. Below are the locations of all of them. Kecleon 1 - Located on the bridge on Route 120, where Steven gives you the Devon Scope. This Kecleon must be battled to advance in the game. Kecleon 2 - Found on Route 119, west of Fortree City, in an alcove between a set of trees. The alcove in question is to the right of the ninja trainer hidden behind a fake tree. Kecleon 3 - South of the Kecleon mentioned above on Route 119, in a short passage to the left. It is one space below another "hidden" ninja trainer. Kecleon 4 - This Kecleon is hiding behind the sign pointing towards Fortree City, on Route 120. Kecleon 5 - Hiding at the top of the first staircase you encounter on Route 120. The staircase in question leads to a plot of land with a Poké Ball holding a Nest Ball to the right, and a secret base location to the left. Kecleon 6 - This Kecleon is concealed north of the Ancient Tomb on the elevated ridge near the end of Route 120. _________________________________ Thanks to: Xia: for helping out with this thread, and suggesting a good way to capture the legendary dogs. ClikC: Information about Smeargle. Sandslash: for compiling a list of trainers that can be battled to gain EVs in specific stats for Pokemon: XD. Arseus: provided some information for both Emerald and the FR/LG games. Everybody else who helped with anything. Lend us your support!