Appendix:Platinum walkthrough/Section 19

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Route 222

Route 222

Route 222 is the path from Valor Lakefront to Sunyshore City. It's worth noting that it's also the only location where you can find a wild Electabuzz. The two houses on the beach are not essential to visit, but the one on the left is a Pikachu fan club. One of the Pikachu inside is actually a Poké Kid who will battle the player using two Pikachu of her own! The other house has a Fisherman inside who is looking for a giant Remoraid that is larger than 23.7 inches. If you show him one then he'll give you a Net Ball.

Also on this route is the final Honey tree you'll find in the game. The man at the end of the cliff will give you TM56 (Fling). If you ever use Fling in battle, be aware that the user's held item will be lost forever upon use (except in the Battle Frontier later on). Make sure to face the Fishermen on the beach, as one of them has a Feebas, which is a hard to spot Pokémon that you will need to see to complete your Sinnoh Pokédex. Once you are done here, head through the gatehouse to reach Sunyshore City.

Sunyshore City

Sunyshore City

When you enter the city, you'll encounter Flint of the Elite Four, who asks if you can try to cheer up his friend, Sunyshore's Gym Leader Volkner, who has been bored lately from the lack of excitement. You can explore around the city if you want, but before you can challenge the Gym you need to find Volkner at the lighthouse. Also, on the beach in the northern area of town, you can encounter Jasmine, a Gym Leader from Johto. It's most important to talk to her after you beat Volkner, though, because she will then give you HM07 (Waterfall).

Sunyshore Market

The building that is slightly north of the Poké Mart is the Sunyshore Market. Here, you can buy Seals for decorating your Poké Balls if you have a Seal Case. There is also a woman here who will give the Effort Ribbon to your lead Pokémon if it has Effort Values that equal 510.

Pokétch developer

In the house on the cliff on the eastern side of town, accessible through Rock Climb, is a man that will give you three new Pokétch apps based on the Nature of your Pokémon that are in your current party.

  • If you have a Pokémon with a Serious Nature inside your Party, you will get the Calendar App.
  • If you have a Pokémon with a Naive Nature inside your Party, you will get the Dot Artist App.
  • If you have a Pokémon with a Quirky Nature inside your Party, you will get the Roulette App.

Also, southwest of this house is a Thunderstone.

Julia's House

The right-hand house in the northeastern corner of the city belongs to a woman named Julia. Visit her daily to obtain a Ribbon. The Ribbon you receive is dependent on which day of the week it is. She does not give out a ribbon on the first visit.

Vista Lighthouse

The large building in the southeastern corner of the city is the Vista Lighthouse. First, use the Dowsing Machine to find a hidden Zap Plate here. Inside, talk to Volkner and you'll leave him convinced to accept your challenge at the Gym.

Sunyshore Gym

First Room
Third Room
Second Room

At the front of the Gym, you will see Flint, who notes that Volkner seems to be excited to battle you and reminds you to help reignite Volkner's passion for battling before departing for the Pokémon League.

Before challenging, make sure that your team is healed. The highest-leveled Pokémon you'll be facing is Level 50. Volkner specializes in Electric-types, which are weak only to Ground-type moves. Ground-types are also immune to Electric attacks, so use that to your advantage! Grass- and Dragon-types resist Electric attacks, but it's not a good idea to use Water- or Flying-types here.

Being the final Gym in Sinnoh, this one has is the most complex puzzle. This one involves hitting switches on the gear-like platforms to rotate them and make the correct path through. In the first room, hit the green switch on the platform on the right once. Then head for the switch on the left and hit it once to reach the next room.

In the second room, go for the nearby blue switch to the left and hit it three times. You can then cross the drawbridge near the stairs and get to the blue switch in the upper left hand corner. Hit that switch then the nearby green switch to get the drawbridge around the right wall ready so now you can go to the third room.

For the third and final room, hit the nearby red switch once and then the one that is nearby to the left to be able to pass the drawbridge on the left wall. Then follow the path to the green switch and hit it twice then hit the blue switch once and follow the path to use the drawbridge on the right wall and return to the first part of this room. Touch the first red switch you used again and backtrack past the right drawbridge again and you'll find the red switch moved the revolving platforms to where you now can reach Volkner.

Sunyshore City Gym
The Beacon Badge

You'll need to be a bit diverse in your type matching with both Grass and Ground-type Pokémon as Volkner's Pokémon are equipped with moves to counter their weaknesses. Having Ground-type Pokémon like Hippowdon, Quagsire, Mamoswine or Steelix will help. Volkner's Jolteon is equipped with Iron Tail to counter Mamoswine or ground-types with Rock-type characteristics. Besides the rock-types with their high defenses, Quagsire or Steelix could also bring it down. Raichu and Luxray are equipped to deal with their weakpoints but Quagsire should have no problems. Unless if you can take it out quickly, do not use Gliscor or other Pokémon that suffer a dual type weakness to Ice-types when facing Luxray. Volkner's star Pokémon Electivire has Fire Punch to counter Steelix or Grass Pokémon, but those Ground-types with Rock-type characteristics can easily beat it such as with Rhydon.

Once you beat Volkner he is so happy for this exciting battle, he gives you the Beacon Badge, which allows you to use Waterfall outside of battle. Now that you have all eight Badges, any Pokémon of any level will obey you. He'll also give you TM57 (Charge Beam), a damaging electric type move that has a 70% chance of raising the users Sp. Attack by one level. Now head to Jasmine again and Barry will appear. He will acknowledge his new purpose for getting stronger, pointing out that he'll challenge you later when he does get stronger. Jasmine, who is touched by this conversation, will give you HM07 (Waterfall). While you can now head north to the Pokémon League, let's make a quick pitstop to Mt. Coronet to pick up some important items.

Mt. Coronet South Side (third visit)


Before heading out, make sure that you have Pokémon with the HMs Surf, Waterfall, Strength, Rock Smash, and Rock Climb.

On Route 208, Carbos can now be obtained. Backtrack your way to the area where you were first outside in the summit earlier. (See this section for a refresher on how to get there.) Then, use the eastern entrance to the part of Mt. Coronet 4F below the waterfall. Climb the waterfall and go inside the cave to find the Adamant Orb and the Lustrous Orb (as well as the hidden Stone Plate). You will need both Orbs to catch Dialga and Palkia later on.

If you return to the tunnel, since Team Galactic is gone now, you can go through the door that was previously inaccessible. That will take you to Mt. Coronet's north area, where you can find TM02 (Dragon Claw) (as well as the hidden Nugget on the rock just north of it). On Route 210, the Meadow Plate and Wave Incense can also be obtained. Return to Sunyshore City and head north via the use of Surf to reach Route 223.

Route 223

Route 223

This should be a straightforward water route since all you need are Surf, Waterfall, and maybe an Electric- and/or Grass-type Pokémon. You can catch a Mantyke here, but remember that you need a Remoraid in your party for it to evolve into Mantine. At the northern end, you will be at the Pokémon League.

Pokémon League (south area)

Entrance to Victory Road

Climb the waterfall and enter the Pokémon Center. Prepare for a long journey; this is the last stop before Victory Road, your final challenge.

← Part 18 Distortion World, Sendoff Spring, Sandgem Town, Lake Verity (third visit), Lake Valor (second visit), Lake Acuity (second visit)
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