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National Pokedex – It Is Done

It is done.

I have managed at last to complete the National Pokedex achievement in Pokemon SoulSilver.

I had twelve Pokemon to go about a week and a half ago.  I have been working on it since then.

At 8:40pm this past evening, having obtained an item called a “razor fang,” I gave it to my Gligar and went out to battle some wild Pokemon.  Several battles later, Gligar obtained enough experience to level up.  Since it was after 8pm and he was in possession of the razor fang, he evolved upon leveling up, becoming a Gliscor.

Gliscor

That was the last Pokemon I needed.

I ran off to Pallet Town and spoke to Professor Oak.  He congratulated me and now my trainer card is green and has two stars on it.

The Mark of Success

My wife and daughter were both underwhelmed with the prize.  But it was more about the sense of accomplishment.  Plus what was Professor Oak going to do, give me another Pokemon?

I have now captured, evolved, or otherwise managed to obtain all of the 485 Pokemon that are directly accessible in any of the standard Pokemon RPGs. (Plus 6 of the special even Pokemon, for a total of 491.)

This has taken quite a bit of work.  We received Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver back in late March, and by the end of June I was working on the last big fight in the story line.  Since then, my main focus in the game has been to complete the National Pokedex.

This has meant me sitting on the couch in the evenings with my DS in my hands and my Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver player’s guide next to me while I hunted in the Safari Park or dowsed for special items needed to evolve specific Pokemon.

The player’s guide for a Pokemon game is an absolute necessity for finishing the National Pokedex, though it does have a mistake or two… like the one about where to obtain the razor fang.  I would have been done a day earlier if it had not been for that.

You can find all the information online, but the presentation is rarely conducive to finding specific details.  The player’s guide is nicely laid out, indexed, and full of tables for finding just the item for which you are looking.  My only complaint is that the print in some parts of the guide is so tiny that I have to go stand under a bright light and hold the book practically up to my nose to read some key details.  I would say that it might be time to look into reading glasses, but I never have a problem with print in a standard paperback for example.

But the effort that went into completing the National Pokedex goes beyond playing Pokemon SoulSilver.  I was able to finish the National Pokedex because I had already started working towards it in other games.

Games that contributed to finishing the National Pokedex:

I spent quite a bit of time with Pokemon Diamond attempting to finish the National Pokedex.  That really laid the groundwork for me, as I managed to collect 380 Pokemon there.

And of those 380 Pokemon, some came from having access to the older Game Boy Advance (GBA) cartridges.  In Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, having one of the older games in the GBA slot of your Nintendo DS caused otherwise unobtainable Pokemon to appear in game so you could catch them.

My daughter and I also played through quite a bit of Emerald, LeafGreen, and FireRed, during which we captured and migrated quite a few Pokemon to Diamond.

And then there was the Global Trade Station in Diamond, a source of many of my rare Pokemon.  It turned out that Meowth, a popular Pokemon that is featured on regularly on the Pokemon TV series (where it is the only regularly appearing Pokemon who speaks English… I haven’t quite figured that one out), was not available in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, but was easily obtained in FireRed.  So I used to harvest and migrate Meowths to use for trade fodder in the Global Trade Station.

I was able to obtain some hard to find Pokemon for my many Meowths.  People in Japan seemed especially eager to obtain them, as I ended up with quite a few Japanese named Pokemon.

In all my daughter and I played through to at least the regional championship and National Pokedex kick-off in the following titles:

  • Pokemon FireRed
  • Pokemon Diamond
  • Pokemon Pearl
  • Pokemon Platinum
  • Pokemon SoulSilver
  • Pokemon HeartGold

But now I am done.

There are other goals to pursue in Pokemon.  There is a long list of other “end game” activities, enough to put any MMO to shame.  But the National Pokedex is enough for me.

Besides, I have to rest up.  Pokemon Black & White are due out in the Spring.

In Search of Darkrai

As I mentioned in Friday’s post, this past weekend there was a special Pokemon event at Toys R Us. The following ad (click on it to see full size) was in the paper, on the Toys R Us web site, and on the Pokemon.com site, the official center for all things Pokemon, where it was the main banner ad:

Reasonable coverage for a popular game like Pokemon. The news of it founds its way to me by a couple of routes, including my wife seeing it in the Toys R Us ad the week before.

Of course, my daughter and I wanted to get this rare Pokemon.

But when should we go to the store?

I had visions of some sort of Burning Crusade/iPhone mania happening outside of the store, people lining up early and a long wait.

Not being one for waiting in line… or getting out of the house before noon on a Saturday unless I have to… my daughter and I ended up leaving for Toys R Us at about 1:30pm.

And there was no line.

No crowd.

Just a typical Saturday afternoon at Toys R Us as far as I could tell.

Perhaps there was a line-up at noon when the event started, but by the time we got there the traffic was pretty light.

We walked right in and over to the electronics area of the store where there was a medium size sign with instructions on how to access the wireless distribution of Darkrai. You basically download it to your DS and then find a special delivery guy in game to retrieve it. Very easy, and we both quickly had Darkrai.

We did see a few other people show up with their DS for the event, but the most common comment I heard while we stood around the sign was, “I didn’t know about this,” usually followed up by a wish that they had their DS along with them.

While we were there I also picked up a copy of Pokemon Battle Revolution for the Wii, since I understood that most of its power as a game is only available to those who have Pokemon Diamond or Pearl. When we last tried it, we did not have that capability around the house.

I also picked up a copy of Pokemon Emerald for the GameBoy Advance.

I was actually a bit surprised to see that all of the Pokemon games for GameBoy Advance (GBA) were still on the shelf in quantity, though, in hindsight, I shouldn’t have been. Not only can you still play all of those games on the DS, but in order to fill out the National Pokedex in Diamond and Pearl, you pretty much need access to all of those games. Some Pokemon only spawn in Diamond and Pearl when you have one of the GBA Pokemon games inserted into the front slot of the DS, while other Pokemon you have to migrate from one of the old games.

My daughter, of course, liberated Emerald from me almost immediately and began playing it, getting through the second gym leader before the weekend was out.  She is already catching Pokemon I want to migrate to Diamond.

So we spent another weekend playing a lot of Pokemon.

And Darkrai? Well, for a Pokemon who supposedly can push around Dialga and Palkia combined, he is kind of wimpy. But at least we have him now. Only about 250 more Pokemon to go for National Pokedex.