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Victini and Thundurus
I used my Liberty Pass from Castlia City to get to the island where Victini dwells in time for a horribly out of date invasion by Team Plasma. Oops, I probably should have dealt with this earlier. Their levels are low and Victini himself is only Level 15. It's never revealed whose room he is living in. Thundurus can also be obtained before the end of the main story, but I waited until post-game to track him down on the routes between Nimbasa City and used my Master Ball to trap him.
Marvelous Bridge & Route 15
Caught: Swanna, Pupitar, Fearow, Kangaskhan, Marowak, Gligar, Tyranitar, Gliscor
Back in the original game of course, you could also buy a Magikarp for the same price, the difference being that Magikarp aren't everywhere in this game, the Bridge being the only place you can get one. The Useless Shadow Triad return on the Bridge. Oh yeah, let's back up a bit. So after crushing N and Ghetsis at the end of the game, you're returned to Nuvema Town where
There's nothing here. WTF.
Route 14 & Abundant Shrine
Caught: Altaria, Tropius, Wigglytuff, Drifblim, Golduck, Jigglypuff, Shuckle, Mienshao, Beheeyem, Buizel, Floatzel, Slowpoke, Slowking, Chimecho, Noctowl, Mismagius, Ninetales, Stantler, Vulpix, Misdreavus, Bronzong
The thing I noticed on Route 15 is that all the trainers suddenly got really strong. The Elite Four were at Level 48 and Ghetsis's Hydreigon is Level 54 but the trainers here start at Level 62 and above. Frequent trips back to the PokéCenter were required as I inched my way along. Giallo of the Seven Sages is on a cliff overlooking a waterfall and gives you some lecture about humanity or something. Looker comes to cart him off to jail before he bores you to death.
It looks like you should be able to grow berries at the Abundant Shrine, but apparently this is not the case. They can only be grown in the Dream World which is stupid. Landorus who apparently beat up Thundurus and Tornadus back in the day possesses the shrine at the top of the screen but apparently he won't show up unless you have both in your party so we'll move along for now.
Undella Town & Undella Bay & Abyssal Ruins
Caught: Octillery, Wingull, Shellder, Cloyster, Wailmer, Corsola, Mantine, Pelipper, Mantyke, Remoraid, Wailord
This is like Resort Area from Pokémon Platinum except you don't get your own villa sadly. There is a mansion where a family of rich douchenozzles live, well I guess the only real douchenozzle is their leader, the eldest son. He only shows up after you've beaten everyone else, but you can make a lot of money off them before then. Cynthia from Platinum lives in one of these houses but her pokes are in the 70s and I wasn't up for entering that particular world of pain just yet. She apparently occasionally has the female gym leaders and Elite 4 members over... but only the females! Hmm, wonder what that could be all about?
The Abyssal Ruins, accessed with Dive are a maze that would have been impossible for me without a GameFAQs guide. There is a lot of writing on the walls in strange code but no one seems sure what it all means. A set-up for the next game perhaps?
Route 13 & Lacunosa Town
Caught: Golbat, Swellow, Lunatone, Staryu, Starmie, Absol, Solrock, Tangrowth, Crobat, Tangela
So the only thing that's important here is that I caught a shiny Tangela! Apart from the red Gyarados, the only other shiny poke I had ever caught before in the history of the game was an Oddish in Gen II. I'm pretty sure that save file got wiped by evil magnets or something too. In Lacunosa Town, everyone is outdoors during the day, but indoors at night because of some mysterious local monster. What a bunch of cowards.
Caught: Pilowsine, Seel, Sneasel, Delibird, Jynx, Metang, Clefairy, Ditto, Clefable, Mamowsine, Metagross
It should really be hailing here but apparently that's just a Sinnoh thing. I very nearly got killed trying to catch Metang because it showed up in a double battle with Piloswine which took forever to kill, and then Metang wouldn't frickin' stay in the ball. No similar issues with Metagross who appeared by itself. approaching the center of the grassy area opens the path to Kyurem, the legendary Dragon/Ice poke, but he's the highest level wild poke in the game so we'll save that for later.
Route 12 & Village Bridge & Route 11
Combee, Pinsir, Butterfree, Vespiquen, Sunkern, Metapod, Heracross, Cherrim, Sunflora, Dunsparce, Rapidash, Lapras, Carvanha, Sharpedo, Seviper, Zangoose, Braviary, Bibarel, Bisharp
In the Village Bridge area you can act as a waiter serving berry sandwiches, but the chef doesn't give anything as pay other than Lum Berries. Rapidash was a tough catch because when I would get it to low health, it would Flare Blitz and kill itself so I had to start throwing early on it.
Caught: Feebas, Milotic, Goldeen, Seaking, Kingler, Luvdisc, Relicanth, Gorebyss, Krabby, Clamperl, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Poliwag, Chinchou, Lanturn, Politoed, Qwilfish, Seadra, Lumineon, Finneon, Kingdra, Horsea, Barboach, Whiscash, Dratini, Dragonair
Evolved: Dragonite, Swoobat
Not just fishing either, also surfing. All over the map in every body of water, they lurk. Kingdra was tough to find, it took a good long while of making ripples appear in the water. Poliwrath can only be found in caves, so Max Repel is required for a dedicated hunt.
Caught: Croagunk, Minun, Mankey, Wynaut, Hippopotas
Every day there's a mass outbreak on a random route; there's one different poke per area and they appear 40% of the time so they shouldn't be difficult to find.
Retracing our steps
Traded for: Cottonee (Nacrene City)
Caught: Raticate, Venomoth, Kricketune, Ariados, Ledian, Darmanitan, Onix, Sandslash, Claydol, Riolu, Lickitung, Sableye, Graveler, Mawile
In the basement of the Dreamyard, there are a bunch of scientists dropping acid or something. They keep trying to run away rather than battle you so you have to really focus in to catch them. Above ground, Gorm of the Sages is waiting for you. He also has a useless lecture for you before being arrested.
The basement of the Relic Castle is also now accessible. It's a bit of a maze down there, though not as confusing as the Abyssal Ruins. At the very bottom is Ryoku, another Sage. He's protected by ex-Plasmas but eventually gives himself up to Looker. He was trying to catch Volcarona who lives down there but we're not ready for that yet so we'll come back later. Outside, Juniper is hanging around and enables you to catch a Dream World Darmanitan which is actually a statue outside the castle.
Zinzolin of the Sages is in Cold Storage and Bronius is in the Chargestone Cave. Rood is on Route 18 and once they're all tracked down, Looker reveals that N has fled the country with Reshiram. Ghetsis also apparently remains at large.
The Challenger's Cave near Opelucid City has opened for you but doesn't really have much going on down there. The Gravelers down here keep self-destructing making them a chore to catch. Maybe there'll be a Legendary down here in the next game.
Finally, Alder waits at the top of the Celestial Tower tolling the bell for his fallen friend. He invites you to challenge him at the League. Maybe that'll be our next destination?
Excadrill - Lv 73
Zebsrika - Lv 65
Silgilyph - Lv 56
Tyranitar - Lv 70
Gliscor - Lv 69
Dragonite - Lv 70
Serperior is at Lv 60 but rarely gets used now. Jellicent is the HM slave with Flash, Dive, Waterfall and Surf. Kingler also chips in with Surf, Cut and Strength. I started training an Amoonguss to use Spore, but its own ability of Effect Spore coupled with its low speed can make things problematic so I mostly just use Zebstrika's Thunder Wave to effect status change. Gliscor has False Swipe and Swords Dance to be the ideal battler in catching situations. Excadrill meanwhile continues to own everything.
Seen - 142
Obtained - 103
Seen - 352
Obtained - 226