Appendix:Crystal walkthrough/Section 13

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Blackthorn City

Blackthorn City

Blackthorn City is known as a quiet mountain retreat, and lies isolated in the northeast part of the region. The main attraction is the Blackthorn Gym, the eighth and final of the Johto Gyms. To the north is Dragon's Den, a training ground for Dragon-type specialists. On Saturdays, Santos of the Week Siblings can be found southeast of the Gym.

A New Trade

Inside the eastern house is a girl looking to trade. She offers her Dodrio in exchange for your female Dragonair. The choice is yours, but a Dragonair's evolved form, Dragonite, will end up stronger in the long run.

Move Deleter

The Move Deleter resides in the house near the Poké Mart, and can help a Pokémon forget any of its moves. This is especially helpful for deleting HM moves, or moves that are exclusive to Generation II and cannot be traded through the Time Capsule.

Blackthorn Gym, 1F
Blackthorn Gym, 2F

Blackthorn Gym

The Blessed User
of Dragon Pokémon

The Blackthorn Gym is devoted to Dragon-type Pokémon. Dragons take less damage from Grass, Fire, Water, and Electric moves, and are only vulnerable to Dragon- and Ice-type attacks. Almost any Pokémon that you caught in Ice Path will do well here. Reaching the Gym Leader requires dropping boulders from the floor above to form a path, so bring along a Pokémon that knows Strength.

Take the stairs to the second floor and go south. Walk past Cooltrainer Fran to find two boulders in the southeast corner; move the right one to the south wall, and the left one up to reach the break in the floor. Go to the northeast corner and drop the last boulder through the hole. Take the eastern stairs down to the center island and beat the last two Cooltrainers to reach Clair.

Each of Clair's Dragonair can paralyze an opponent with Thunder Wave, while her Kingdra can do the same with DragonBreath. Use status ailments to your advantage, and replenish your health often so you are not caught off-guard by Kingdra's Hyper Beam.

Blackthorn Gym
The Rising Badge

Clair refuses to accept defeat. She claims that you're still not ready for the Pokémon League, and tells you to take the dragon user challenge. She informs you of the Dragon's Den, a large cave located under the city, and tells you to retrieve the Dragon Fang from there to be accepted as a true dragon user. Only then will she give up your last badge. Bring along a Pokémon with Surf and Whirlpool, and cross the lake behind the Gym.

Dragon's Den

Dragon's Den

Climb the ladder down to the main cavern. Surf to the southwest and use Whirlpool to calm the waters. Continue east behind the shrine and step onto the second strip of land to find the Dragon Fang. While you are here, pay a visit to the dragon shrine to meet the clan's elder. He gives you a short test to determine your attitude towards Pokémon. Avoid the obviously negative answers to pass the test, then leave and re-enter the cave with no more than five Pokémon. The elder rewards you with a Dratini, a young dragon that is rarer than others of its species thanks to its special ExtremeSpeed move.

Question Answers
#1 What are Pokémon to you? Pal Underling Friend
#2 What helps you to win battles? Strategy Raising Cheating
#3 What kind of Trainer do you wish to battle? Weak Person Tough Person Anybody
#4 What is most important for raising Pokémon? Love Violence Knowledge
#5 Strong Pokémon. Weak Pokémon. Which is more important? Tough Both Weak

Clair enters the shrine, expecting to see you fail the elder's test. She is furious that you managed to pass while she could not. The elder steps in, insisting that she award you the Rising Badge, and she gives in. The final Johto badge enables the use of Waterfall outside of battle, and ensures obedience from all Pokémon, regardless of level. Clair leaves the shrine, but stops you on your way out to give you TM24 (DragonBreath) as an apology.

Elm calls when you leave the cave, and asks that you visit him at the Lab. Traveling to the Pokémon League requires passing through New Bark Town anyway, so rest your team and head south.

Route 45

Route 45

Route 45 is a rugged route leading down from the mountains. The path splits and recombines multiple times, and many small cliffs prevent northbound travel. The east entrance to Dark Cave is just outside of the city, and the route eventually turns west near a small lake.

Dark Cave, from Route 45
Dark Cave, from Route 31

Dark Cave

Though Dark Cave was first accessible from Route 31, you didn't yet have the field moves (Surf, Flash, and Rock Smash) needed to fully explore the area. This cave is notable as the only place where wild Wobbuffet and Dunsparce can be found.

Blackthorn side

Turn right and surf south across the lake. Grab the Revive on the southeast platform, and go west along the water's edge to find TM13 (Snore). Surf north and go west along the platform. Make a U-turn to reach the northwest corner; the man here will give you the BlackGlasses, an item that enhances Dark-type attacks. Head south and jump the two ledges to reach the opening to the Violet side.

Violet side

Surf to the west, and jump the ledge to find a Potion if you didn't already. Go south and use Rock Smash to follow the tunnel east. Smash another rock and loop around the northeast corner to find a Hyper Potion. Jump the ledge and head south to find a Full Heal and a Dire Hit. Continue south to reach the Route 46 exit.

Route 46

Route 46

Route 46 holds the south entrance to Dark Cave, sitting atop the small cliffs. A grove of berry trees stands off to the west. Go south to the gate, and cut through Route 29 again to return home to New Bark.

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