The Repel trick is one that allows the player to find the highest-leveled Pokémon in an area. To perform it, the player needs several Repels and a Pokémon at a specific level. This trick works in all Generations.
How to use
To perform the trick, the player simply needs any type of Repel and a Pokémon at a specific level, (which is weaker than or the same as the target wild Pokémon level). The player needs to know the higher possible level for the Pokémon, thus it would be ideal if he or she had a list of the Pokémon in the area.
This trick is possible because the Repel prevents "weak" wild Pokémon from appearing. In this case, "weak" means a Pokémon at a lower level than the first Pokémon in the Party. This means that if the player has a Pokémon weaker than a particular wild Pokémon, that Pokémon continues to appear whilst the weaker Pokémon will stop appearing.
This trick can be useful for finding a specific Pokémon in an area. It can also be used with Pokémon Luring Methods, such as the use of a White Flute and the Pokémon March broadcast to increase the probability of finding a Pokémon.
This trick is also useful for catching roaming Pokémon, as they are almost always a higher level than all other Pokémon that appear in that area. It is also effective in Nuzlocke Challenges to attempt to make the first encounter a Pokémon of a certain kind that only appears at a certain level.
|Take for example the desert area of the Route 111. |
In this case, if the player wants to find the most powerful Pokémon possible (a Baltoy in Ruby or Sapphire and a Cacnea in Emerald) he or she simply has to put a Level 22 Pokémon in the front of the party and use a Repel.
|Another example would be the exterior of Mt. Silver where this trick could be used to find a Rapidash. |
If the player wants to find a Rapidash in the Day, he or she can simply put a Level 44 Pokémon in front of his/her party and use a Repel. Since the only encounterable Pokémon at Level 44 at day time are Rapidash, he or she is certain to find one.
|Another common example is the Trophy Garden.|
One can use the Repel Trick with level 18 Pokémon with Compoundeyes to have higher chances of finding Chansey holding a Lucky Egg or Pikachu holding a Light Ball. This trick, however, works only in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, as levels of common Pokémon in Pokémon Platinum are higher.
In Platinum, a player could use a level 24 Pokémon and only find Pikachu and Staravia.
Kalos Route 12
|A specific example is Kalos Route 12.|
One can use the Repel Trick with level 27 Pokémon to find only Tauros and Miltank in the grass. If the player wanted to only encounter Miltank, a player could instead use a male, level 27 Pokémon with Cute Charm. Since Tauros cannot be female, only Miltank will appear.
It cannot work when fishing.
It can also be particularly difficult to find a Pokémon at a specific level to do the trick.