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Appendix:Repel trick

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The Repel trick allows a player to find the highest-leveled wild 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 (preferably multiple) and a Pokémon at a specific level at the front of the Party. Specifically, the Pokémon's level must be the same as (or possibly less than) the highest wild Pokémon level in the area.

This trick is possible because the Repel's effect is to prevent "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 wild Pokémon of multiple different levels (a range of levels) appears in an area, which is almost always the case, and the Pokémon at the front of the player's Party has a level in between this range, any wild Pokémon with equal or higher levels will continue to appear while any Pokémon with a lower level will stop appearing.

This trick can be useful for finding a specific Pokémon in an area, or for Pokémon of a higher level than the natural inhabitants such as Roaming Pokémon or Ultra Beasts. 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.

Perhaps the most common and well-known use of this trick is to find roaming Pokémon, as they are almost always a (significantly) higher level than all other Pokémon that can appear in that area. It can also be 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.

Examples

Route 111

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Sandshrew Sandshrew
R S E
Sand Deep sand
19-21 35%
Trapinch Trapinch
R S E
Sand Deep sand
19-21 35%
Cacnea Cacnea
R S E
Sand Deep sand
19-21 20%
Baltoy Baltoy
R S E
Sand Deep sand
20-22 10%
Baltoy Baltoy
R S E
Sand Deep sand
19-21 20%
Cacnea Cacnea
R S E
Sand Deep sand
20-22 10%
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.

This is a list of wild Pokémon that can appear in the desert area of Route 111.
In this case, if the player wants to find the highest-level wild 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.

Mt. Silver

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
Arbok Arbok
G S C
Grass Grass
42 0% 20% 0%
Golbat Golbat
G S C
Grass Grass
40-44 0% 0% 30%
Poliwhirl Poliwhirl
G S C
Grass Grass
42-44 0% 0% 40%
Ponyta Ponyta
G S C
Grass Grass
42 30%
Ponyta Ponyta
G S C
Grass Grass
42 0% 30% 0%
Rapidash Rapidash
G S C
Grass Grass
44 10%
Rapidash Rapidash
G S C
Grass Grass
44 0% 10% 0%
Doduo Doduo
G S C
Grass Grass
41 0% 5% 0%
Dodrio Dodrio
G S C
Grass Grass
43 0% 5% 0%
Tangela Tangela
G S C
Grass Grass
39-41 30%
Ursaring Ursaring
G S C
Grass Grass
42 20%
Donphan Donphan
G S C
Grass Grass
42 20%
Sneasel Sneasel
G S C
Grass Grass
38-42 0% 0% 10%
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.

At the exterior of Mt. Silver, the Repel trick can be used to find a Rapidash, which otherwise has a relatively low encounter rate of 10% at the most.
The player should perform the trick during the Day, put a Level 44 Pokémon in front of his/her party, and use a Repel. Since the only wild Pokémon that can be encountered at Level 44 (or higher) during the day time are Rapidash, he or she is certain to find one.

Trophy Garden

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
Pikachu Pikachu
D P Pt
Grass Grass
18 10%
Pikachu Pikachu
D P Pt
Grass Grass
22,24 10%
Pichu Pichu
D P Pt
Grass Grass
16 30% 10% 10%
Pichu Pichu
D P Pt
Grass Grass
21-22 30%
Roselia Roselia
D P Pt
Grass Grass
16-17 30%
Roselia Roselia
D P Pt
Grass Grass
22-23 30%
Staravia Staravia
D P Pt
Grass Grass
16-17 20% 40% 20%
Staravia Staravia
D P Pt
Grass Grass
22-24 20% 30% 10%
Kricketune Kricketune
D P Pt
Grass Grass
16-17 10% 10% 30%
Kricketune Kricketune
D P Pt
Grass Grass
22-23 10% 0% 20%
Special Pokémon
Chansey Chansey
D P Pt
Backlot Backlot
16, 18 5%
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.

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

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Slowpoke Slowpoke
X Y
Grass Grass
23-25 Average
Exeggcute Exeggcute
X Y
Grass Grass
24, 26 Rare
Pinsir Pinsir
X Y
Grass Grass
25 Very Rare
Tauros Tauros
X Y
Grass Grass
25-27 Rare
Heracross Heracross
X Y
Grass Grass
25 Very Rare
Miltank Miltank
X Y
Grass Grass
25, 27 Rare
Pachirisu Pachirisu
X Y
Grass Grass
23-25 Very Rare
Chatot Chatot
X Y
Grass Grass
23-25 Average
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.

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, Miltank are more likely to appear.

Limitations

  • This trick cannot be used to find 'weaker' Pokémon in an area, which may in fact be rarer, such as a Larvitar found inside Mt. Silver.
  • It does not work when fishing.
  • It does not work when using Sweet Scent or Honey for Pokémon found by triggering a Horde Encounter.
  • It does not work in phenomena or ambush encounters.
  • It may also be difficult to obtain a Pokémon at a specific Level to do the trick.
  • It appears to fail within Pokémon Sun and Moon due to all wild Pokémon having the same level range in their respective locations.
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