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Appendix:Platinum walkthrough/Section 6

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Eterna Forest

Eterna Forest

Eterna Forest has a reputation for being a mysterious place, from the abandoned Old Chateau to the strange Moss Rock. Eterna Forest is a long and complex structure of trees that make it a natural maze, where a lot of people get lost. It's home to many Bug- and Grass-type Pokémon, and is currently the only known place in the Pokémon world to find and catch Buneary.

Once inside, a woman named Cheryl will ask you to escort her through the forest, since she is worried about being attacked by Team Galactic. When traveling with her, all wild encounters will become Double Battles! You also have the option of challenging pairs of Trainers as a tag team with Cheryl or by yourself by talking to them to fight individual battles. The greatest benefit of traveling with her is that after every battle, she will fully heal your team! This makes Eterna Forest a great place to train for your upcoming Gym Battle.



The most direct route from the southern exit to the northern exit is as follows: travel northeast from the entrance, through the tall grass, and then directly north, following the path between a Lass and a Bug Catcher. Then, continue east a short way to the trees and then south to a large patch of tall grass. From there, continue east until the eastern wall is reached. A considerable distance north of there is the exit, around a small rock ledge. However, you may (and should) choose to deviate from this route, as there are a lot of items and Trainers to be found in Eterna Forest. Once you reach the northern exit, Cheryl will leave. Additionally, the Old Chateau (where HM01 (Cut) is necessary to clear the trees blocking it) is near the exit. You'll be coming back here later.

Route 205 (Part 2)

When you come out of Eterna Forest, all you need to do is walk across the bridge. The Fishermen won't battle you unless you talk to them, so just go straight ahead to Eterna City.

Later on, after defeating the Eterna Gym and therefore acquiring the ability to use Cut outside of battle, you can Cut the small trees that separate the northern and southern parts of Route 205 and find more items in this shortcut around Eterna Forest.

Eterna City

Eterna City

Once in Eterna City, you will see that Team Galactic has set up another Headquarters. As usual, you'll be stopping them from their evil work. The building is blocked by small trees, though, so you must first go to the Gym, and battle the Gym Leader, Gardenia. Before that, visit the statue in the northeast corner of the and Barry will join you. As you walk up to the statue, you'll see Cyrus there. Once again, he will make a reference to Sinnoh's legends.

After Barry and Cyrus leave, first look carefully around the back of the statue for a hidden Draco Plate. As you head back the way you came, you'll meet Cynthia who gives you a copy of HM01 (Cut)! Also, talk to the lady in the Pokémon Center for a Pokétch app called Friendship Checker which allows you to tell how much the Pokémon in your Party like you. This is useful when trying to evolve Pokémon that evolve with high Friendship.

Here are some other places you can check out in Eterna City:

Underground Man

Right next to the Pokémon Center is the house of the Underground Man, who will give you the Explorer Kit. You can use this daily to travel to the Sinnoh Underground, a vast expanse of tunnels where you can mine for items and create a Secret Base.

There are two potential types of fossils that can be mined in the Underground, but only one type is available per game. It has to do with the last digit of your Trainer ID number (visible on your Trainer Card). If the last digit is odd then you'll be able to obtain the Skull Fossil (Cranidos), but if it is even then you'll get the Armor Fossil (Shieldon). Fossils can be revived into their respective Pokémon in the Oreburgh Mining Museum. The Fossils from Generation I and III can only be obtained after getting the National Pokédex.

Eterna Condominiums

Main article: Eterna Condominiums

In this building, Sinnoh's Name Rater can be found, as well as a boy named Norton who will trade a Chatot for a Buizel, and yet another who will give away TM67 (Recycle).

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
441 Chatot
D P Pt
418 Trade
Buizel
Same as the traded Pokémon One
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Herb Shop

Main article: Herb Shop

The Herb Shop is a shop that sells herbs with effects similar to other medicines. They're relatively inexpensive, but their bitter taste lowers the Happiness of Pokémon they are used on. Revival Herbs are probably the most useful thing that can be bought here.

Bike Shop

Main article: Rad Rickshaw's Cycle Shop

Obviously, this is a store where Bicycles are sold. However, you can't purchase a bike from the store. The owner is being held captive by Team Galactic! You can ask him to read you the manual for the bike here once you receive one.

Oak's House

After you completed the Sinnoh Dex and get the National Pokédex (much, much later in the game), you can go to the house where Professor Oak is staying for awhile. When you talk to him, he will tell you that Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres are roaming Sinnoh. After that, the trio will appear around Sinnoh, but rarely.

You can challenge the Eterna City Gym if you want but if you need more time to train or find new Pokémon you can check out the west side of Route 211 and part of the north side of Mt. Coronet by heading through Eterna City's eastern exit. See this section for more details on Route 211 and this section for Mt. Coronet's North Area.

Eterna Gym

Interior of the Eterna Gym

This Gym specializes in Grass-types. Be aware that the highest-leveled Pokémon you'll encounter here is Level 22 and quite powerful! Only enter when you know you're definitely ready. For your information, Grass-types are weak to Fire-, Bug-, Flying-, Ice-, and Poison-type moves. They're also strong against Ground-, Rock-, and Water-types. If your starter was Chimchar, this should be an easy fight. If not, the common Pokémon Starly evolves into Staravia at Level 14, and is a good Flying-type that you should definitely consider having on your team regardless of your starter.

Once inside the Gym, you must find and battle three Trainers before Gardenia will face you. The hands of the giant clock in the middle move every time you defeat a Trainer. When they are pointing north, south, east, or west, you can walk across them to reach other areas of the Gym.

Eterna Gym
The Forest Badge




First she will send out her Turtwig, which will use moves like Sunny Day and Reflect to help set up the rest of her Pokémon. However, Sunny Day also powers up Fire-type moves, which you can use to your advantage. Gardenia's entire team knows Grass Knot, an attack that does more damage to heavier Pokémon. After Turtwig is defeated, she will send out her Cherrim. If Turtwig had a chance to set up Sunny Day, all of Gardenia's Pokémon will have their Attack and Special Defense increase by 50% due to Cherrim's Ability. Try to knock it out quickly so you don't get hit by Leech Seed, which will drain your HP to heal the opponent. Gardenia will send out her highest-leveled Pokémon, Roserade, last. Its additional Poison type makes it weak to Psychic-type attacks. Along with the strong attack Magical Leaf, Roserade also has Stun Spore, a move that can paralyze your team, and Poison Sting, a weak attack that can poison your Pokémon.

Once you beat her you will receive the Forest Badge, TM86 (Grass Knot), and the ability to use Cut outside of battle. Now, you may enter the Galactic Headquarters but first let's make a pitstop to the Old Chateau.

Old Chateau

The Old Chateau's main floor
The upstairs hallway.

Now that you have Cut, you can visit the Old Chateau which is located in the northern part of Eterna Forest, by the exit. You will find Gardenia around the entrance who, when you talk to her, appears too scared to go in due to the ghosts. It's worth exploring to find some items. Go up the stairs to find the hallway with multiple small rooms. (The only wild Pokémon you'll encounter are Gastly, so you might want to bring some Repels to save yourself some annoyance.)

From here, use the first door on your left to reach a room with a TV. During the Nighttime hours (8:00 PM to 3:59 AM) a Pokémon called Rotom can be found here, hiding in the TV. Unlike in Diamond and Pearl, where you could only find it post-National Dex, here you can find it right now. Since there is no in-game Trainer who uses Rotom, you will need to face it here at some point for it to be counted as seen in your Pokédex. It is at Level 20 and isn't that tough. Unless you want to wait until later in the game, when you can get some better Poké Balls, your best Poké Ball option at this point is the Nest Ball, available at the Eterna City Poké Mart. It has a very low catch rate, so this will be tedious. Remember to save the game before fighting Rotom so that if you fail in some way, you can just turn off the power to reset or perform a soft reset.

← Part 5 Floaroma Town to Route 205 (Part 1)
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Eterna Galactic Building to Wayward Cave Part 7 →


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