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Gameplay Journal Emeralds in the sea: Emerald playthrough

Discussion in 'Other Pokémon Games' started by RadEmpoleon, May 23, 2019.

  1. RadEmpoleon

    RadEmpoleon Empress of Randomness

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    (Yeah I don’t have as creative of a title for this one sadly... but I’m open to a better title...)

    As the (boring) title suggests, this is a playthrough of Emerald. (It’s also “in the sea because you know, there’s a lot of water in Hoenn...) I’ve already gotten pretty far in the game. I “recently” defeated Winona and went through the trouble of going through the Aqua hideout, which was frustrating. I ended up going online to figure out how to do it. Anyway, with that out of the way, I was able to progress to Mossdeep City to challenge the Mossdeep gym. But first, I definitely needed some grinding.
    [​IMG] My team before grinding. Neuf, the Vulpix, is holding the Exp Share because it’s a Fire type and I’m not using it against Water types.
    I desperately wanted to evolve Vulpix, so I looked it up again. Turns out there was one in the Fiery Path, so I took a break from grinding in the sea around Mossdeep and went to the Fiery Path.
    [​IMG] I found and caught a Grimer, which if I’m not mistaken, is harder to find in Emerald. Here’s me naming it SludgeLord.
    I was a bit confused on the little Strength puzzle at first, but after a solid minute, I got the Fire Stone (and the TM for Toxic which I happened to find there too).
    [​IMG] Yay! At some point I swapped the move Imprison for Grudge, which may help at some point.
    I was sick and tired of grinding against just Tentacool and Wingull, so I healed up my team, bought some Super/Hyper Potions, and went in the gym. I knew Tate and Liza fought in doubles, but I didn’t realize everyone in the gym fought in doubles. Yeah I made it through fairly easily. I healed up my team and saved right in front of them, in case I lost.

    I lost badly. My team was also severely underlevelled, everyone being at least 3 or 4 levels weaker than theirs. Luckily I saved in front of them, so I reset and tried again. I lost again. I kept trying and kept losing. But I was figuring out their patterns, and started planning for it.
    [​IMG] So here was my master plan. It was very difficult to decide who to lead off with, and what to do. I originally wanted to save Sableye for later, since it is a Dark type, but it wasn’t working out for me. After 5-7 attempts to battle them, I decided on this as my setup.
    Fortunately for me, after I wrote out my plan, I got lucky. Sceptile got a crit with Leaf Blade and down went the Claydol. Its Earthquake easily tore through my team, so that was good. Out came Solrock, and Xatu went for Sunny Day as opposed to Calm Mind, which would also rip through my team. Sableye went for Shadow Ball and got its health down to red. Sceptile fainted unfortunately to a Psychic from Xatu.

    Then came out Gardevoir, who used Calm Mind to set up, and Sableye with the Shadow Ball again, to rip through the Solrock. Then Gardevoir used Shock Wave, which annihilated the Xatu. Last was Lunatone! I never got to the Lunatone! So I used the aforementioned Shadow Ball and Shock Wave to finish off the Lunatone and win me the Mind Badge, for the first time. I also got the TM for Calm Mind, which I probably won’t be using any time soon. I decided to stop here.

    [​IMG] Right after the gym battle. I’m honestly surprised only Sceptile fainted, considering the other 6 or 7 tries, everyone fainted.
    [​IMG] Everybody healed up! As you can see, my team is still pretty weak at this point in the game, so next time we’ll have to go grinding again. Also I really want Lairon to evolve!

    That’s all I have for now. I would’ve posted this on Monday (when I originally started playing) but I had to go to my brother’s graduation and never got a chance to challenge Tate and Liza, which I was about to do. Tune in for the next post (which won’t be for a while). And feel free to come up with a better title!
     
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  2. RadEmpoleon

    RadEmpoleon Empress of Randomness

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    Mmkay, I’m back. This time things got a little wild because I forgot to save at one point (I’ll explain later). This took place over 2 days.
    So I just recently defeated Tate and Liza and didn’t really know what to do next. (Again, I’ve never gotten further than Winona’s gym in previous attempts to beat Emerald.) I figured it had something to do with Dive. I had to look up where to get Dive and it said you get the HM after battling with Steven against Team Magma. So I looked around Mossdeep City and found them at the space station.

    I didn’t like battling in doubles with Steven because I only got to pick 3 Pokémon to use. I brought Flappy (Pelipper), Stefan (Sceptile), and Gemmy (Sableye). And guess whose team was underlevelled again? Maxie’s Camerupt was level 43, meanwhile I had a level 34 Pelipper, level 39 Sceptile, and a level 37 Sableye. I started “singing” to Maxie’s theme, which was basically me just saying my thoughts to the tune of the song. (I don’t remember any of what I said, except at one point I was saying something about the RNG, and another point I was probably saying something about “please don’t kill me”.)

    Yeah we did eventually win and I got the Dive HM. So I dove down and found a Team Aqua submarine, and later found my way into Sootopolis City. I don’t like the layout of Sootopolis City, or how to access it. I find it ridiculous that you have to dive into the city. It took me long to figure that out. I found a good stopping point and closed the VBA tab on my computer... but I forgot to save. I froze within seconds, realizing the grave mistake I just made.

    No pictures for day 1 because my ipad was charging in another room.
    So today I set out to catch up to where I was the other day. I started with some massive grinding. I actually managed to surf all the way to Pacifidlog Town, where I came across this iconic quote:
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    Then I surfed down the currents to Slateport City, flew back to Pacifidlog, and surfed all the way back to Mossdeep, grinding all the Tentacools and Wingulls. My team all got to at least level 38 (except for Pelipper, but oh well). I looked in the space center, but Team Magma wasn’t there. I went to Steven’s house and he gave me the HM for Dive. So I must have saved after defeating Maxie (thank goodness). So I went back to Sootopolis City and stopped there.
    [​IMG]
    Note that Azumarill is only on the team because it’s my Diver, and Pelipper (Flappy) (level 35) will replace it when I don’t need to dive.

    I don’t know what to do from this point. Do I challenge the gym? Am I supposed to find Rayquaza?
     
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