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    I recently started playing through Platinum for the first time! I haven't played any Sinnoh game to completion since Diamond like 7-8 years ago. I always had kind of a bias against Gen 4 compared to the first three generations since DP came around when Pokemon became "uncool" with my peers. But I've still been feeling nostalgic about it so I decided to give the region another chance I'll be posting updates after major events, most notably gym badges.

    -Picked Chimchar, I debated between it and Piplup but choose it for a big reason because there's no other Gen 4 fire Pokemon that really interested me (what other non-legendaries of the type is there, Magmortar? No thanks)

    -SNOOOOOOOOOOOW! That wasn't in Diamond/Pearl!

    -Man I forgot how euphoric the DPP victory music was.

    -Actually the whole soundtrack so far is much nicer on the ears than I remember.

    -I found DP too slow, was the speed increased in Platinum? Or have I just gotten more patient...

    -Tried to catch my next Pokemon, Starly, without any Pokeballs. Smart.

    -More prepared this time, I got him. I've been debating whether Staraptor is awesome or kinda silly looking for years, right now I'm leaning towards the former. And a bird that can learn FIGHTING type moves? Sign me up!

    -Already getting my next teammate, Shinx! Them and their evolutionary line has always been my favorite of Gen 4, I always picked them and I wasn't gonna stop doing that now.

    -Reached Jubilife, who on earth is this Looker guy? He's new! And ah yes the Poketch, I knew the bottom screen looked empty.

    -Believe it or not I'm already getting my fourth Pokemon, Budew. I just so happen to be a big fan of Sinnoh's early Pokemon, yes even Bidoof.

    -I don't care what anyone says, Budew is adorable.

    -Before long my whole team is at Level 10, with such a full party early on experience is gonna be harder to accumulate (like it should be cough gen 6 and 7 cough)

    -Reaching Oreburgh, Roark I believe his name is is nowhere to be found.

    -Budew learns Mega Drain and is becoming a little early game powerhouse against these Rock types.

    -Will Shinx EVER learn an Electric attack?

    -Try to take on Roark, Budew can't handle those Headbutts, preparations must be made.

    -I level up Budew and Chimchar to 14, the latter evolves into Monferno! Say what you want about their overuse of Fire/Fighting starters, that dual typing will come in handy.

    -I have Budew take care of Geodude and Onix with their four type weaknesses, then Monferno finished off Cranidos with a couple Mach Punches (his low defences still make it a tight one though).

    -Coal Badge obtained! So far my team looks like this:

    Budew Lv. 15
    Monferno Lv. 14
    Starly Lv. 11
    Shinx Lv. 11

    Thanks for reading, if anyone actually bothered to. :P If not, I'll at least have things archived for when I inevitably forget everything that happened a week later. See you at the next badge!
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    Headed over to Lake Valor today. In the cavern, I saved and fought Azelf in hopes of catching it. I had to soft reset three times, though, since it turns out all of my Magnezone's attacking moves are OHKOs (I mean, I know Azelf doesn't have Uxie's Sp. Defense, but still...).
    On my fourth try, I switched out to Starmie after Magnezone paralyzed Azelf with Thunder Wave. Two of Starmie's Psychics got Azelf down to red HP. Then, just like with Uxie it only took two Dusk Balls to catch.

    With that done, I flew back to Sandgem Town. At the lab, I received the National Dex as well as the Poke Radar.
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    Just finished the second gym, I'm back again!

    -My first encounter with these Team Galatic bozos...

    -Ah the first HM roadblock. Bidoof's purpose in life is fulfilled once more.

    -Shinx FINALLY learns an Electric attack, took long enough!

    -Woohoo! Starly becomes a Staravia!

    -I reach Florama Town, what a nice peaceful place.

    -Another evolution almost right away, Shinx evolves into Luxio.

    -My fifth Pokemon is on the upcoming route! But I'll be skipping them here and waiting awhile to catch one because this particular Pokemon has a different color scheme depending on where it's located! Yes I'm gonna miss out on a Pokemon for a few gym badges because I like one color more than another, you can judge me.

    -Man, Purguly lives up to their name, I'll give it that.

    -Oh yeah, the honey mechanic. An interesting idea, but the real life wait times for a CHANCE at what you want is brutal. Thankfully no Pokemon I need for my team is acquired this way.

    -I make it through the eerie Eterna Forest, I didn't like Double Battles as a kid but nowadays I find them a nice change of pace.

    -Monferno learns Flame Wheel! Goodbye Ember.

    -Six Magikarp, really dude? I take them down with six Sparks and get next to no experience in the process.

    -I'm in Eterna City now, we meet a couple very important characters for later.

    -I take on Gardenia (is that REALLY a real name?) which is no problem with two Pokemon that have a type advantage on her. Staravia takes out Turtwig and Cherrim in one hit each, then Monferno works past some Paralysis to take down Roserade. After getting the Forrest badge my team looks like:

    Staravia Lv. 21
    Monferno Lv. 20
    Budew Lv. 20
    Luxio Lv. 19
    Bidoof Lv. 4

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    Since I was already in Sandgem Town, I decided to head back over to the Pal Park. I just wanted to go inside the building so that I could Fly there in the future. Once I went inside, I talked to Prof. Oak for a bit.

    Next, I flew to Snowpoint City. I headed to the docks and talked to the sailor to go to the Battle Zone island. After riding on a ship, I arrived in the Fight Area. There, I met up with my rival and Buck before taking the time to look around. I obtained the Super Rod, picked some berries, and talked to some NPCs. I checked out the Battle Park and Battle Tower, too, but didn't do any battling there.

    Finally, I went out to Route 230. After picking some more berries, I saved.
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    Today, I went to explore Union Cave in HeartGold. I reached the bottom floor and saw a Lapras swimming peacefully in the body of water. I battled her with my Qwilfish and won easily. Qwilfish grew to level 33 and learned Brine, which I decided to keep even though Qwilfish's Special Attack is poor. On my way back, I encountered a shiny Tentacool and caught her in a Level Ball. I talked to Frieda outside and received a Ribbon for Qwilfish. After this, I boarded the ship in Olivine and checked the PC. Tentacool had a Hasty nature and had Clear Body. Ater resting and getting a Nugget, we have made land in Vermilion. I disembarked and saved the game.

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    Back again, yes I know these are long.

    -Gave Bidoof cut.
    -Just checked Roselia's moveset, I missed Magical Leaf, I'll have to evolve not later than Level 22 so I can get Grasswhistle.
    -Taking on Jupiter, Skuntank is quite tough every team member pitches in.
    -Bicycle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    -I forgot to put the Soothe Bell on Budew, that cost me a lot of friendship.
    -I get a chance to learn Roar and Whirlwind, basically the same move, on Luxio and Staravia. Interesting, but I pass.
    -At high Level 21, I need to bike up and down Cycling Road to get Budew's happiness up. This could be awhile.
    -While getting my steps in, my Togepi egg I recieved hatches!
    -I try leveling up and Budew evolves into Roselia! All of my team is now past their base form.
    -I get the Dowsing Machine from Dawn, this'll come in handy.
    -We briefly go through Mt. Cornet, I know we'll be back quite a bit.
    -Roselia learns Giga Drain!
    -I reach Hearthome City.
    -Oh yeah, contests exist. It's been a while.
    -Amity Square, yippee! I remember not being able to go in when playing Diamond, but now they allow starters in so me and Monferno can roam together. A precursor to HGSS.
    -I find the Amulet Coin, very nice.
    -Is that a Pokemon church?
    -I get my snazzy tuxedo.
    -My fifth Pokemon is....Eevee! I've been resetting with my Pokemon to get my preferred Nature, and I got what I was looking for with Eevee the first try! What luck!
    -These Gym trainers are surprisingly tough, confusion is a nuisance.
    -Eevee only has Tackle, against a Ghost gym. Not the best timing for me...
    -Taking on Fantina, Luxio's Bite easily takes out Duskull and despite a tough Shadow Ball Mismagius goes down. Haunter proves to not be much of a challenge for Staravia, it's Ghost resistance helps.
    -Relic badge gotten! My current team is:
    Luxio Lv. 26
    Monferno Lv. 25
    Staravia Lv. 25
    Roserade Lv. 25
    Eevee Lv. 21

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    Started Surfing on Route 230. While crossing to the other side, I fought several swimmers, defeating them using my Magnezone, Yanmega, and Starmie. I briefly landed on the island in the middle of the water, but didn't stay there long as I didn't have a Rock Smash user to get the items.

    Once I reached the other side, I made it to Route 229. I didn't have time to fully explore that route yet, but I did fight the first two trainers in a Double Battle and got my Starmie to level up. I reached the Resort Area shortly after that and immediately went to the Pokemon Center. After healing, I got my Bibarel HM slave out of the PC and went back to the island on R. 230 to get the items I missed.

    Finally, I returned to the Resort Area and saved.
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    Yesterday, I went to Cerulean Cave in HeartGold to train my Qwilfish. At the bottom floor, I encountered a shiny Machoke(a second shiny in three days, actually) and caught him in a Level Ball. Having finished the grinding, I flew to Viridian City and battled Cal. Then, I checked the PC and learned that the Machoke has a Jolly nature and Guts for his ability. Then, I saved the game.

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    Today, I looked around the Resort Area. There wasn't that much else to do there, though, except talk to the NPCs. I couldn't do anything at the Ribbon Syndicate since I haven't been doing a lot of ribbon collecting during this playthrough.

    After that, I went back to Route 229. I managed to fully explore it pretty quickly. There were only two remaining trainers for me to fight and the whole route was smaller than I'd remembered.

    Once I was done with R. 229, I healed at the Resort Area again. Next time, I'll probably head to the sandstorm route.
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    Playing Platinum for the first time. I noticed they changed the gym order. Hearthome Gym is now the third gym and I appreciate that. My biggest gripe with gen 4 is the backtracking. Although I find it funny they didn't change the gym leader order under the badges in the user's profile.

    So I'm currently training. Sadly I don't really have anything that's good against Fantina. I do have a Rotom, but he doesn't learn a ghost move until level 29 (I don't want him to be super over leveled)! I found out you can get an Eevee early. I'm tempted to train it into an Umbreon, but I kind of want a Glaceon.
    Currently completing my Living Dex!

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