Whilst training along Route 206, south of Eterna City, my pitiful Magikarp, ‘Jormungand’, finally evolved into the mighty Gyarados. His Ability is now Intimidate, and as one of the best Abilities in the game, will be really useful in general.
Proceeding along Route 207, I met a man who gifted me with an unusual artefact – the Odd Keystone. For those of you who don’t know, this is the only way in Platinum of being able to encounter a rare Spiritomb. It’s not a Legendary Pokémon, but it has absolutely no weaknesses, and was made of the souls of the damned during a satanic ritual/sacrifice. Nice work, GameFreak. If I can capture it, I’d love to integrate it into my party. However, there are some things I must take care of first… Namely, Hearthome City’s Gym Leader, Fantina!
I couldn’t help but wonder; what is it with GameFreak and religion in this game? I mean, they’ve got a church, or a building that looks like a house of prayer where, upon entering, all the in-game music stops dead and anyone you talk to inside muses on mostly metaphysical philosophical issues regarding life. Wasn’t this a bit risky for them..? I mean I know in Gen III we apparently had the Pokémon who created the seas and formed the landmass of the Pokémon World, as well as the Pokémon who represent each Age of Man (Stone, Ice, Iron), but this is kinda pushing the boat out there…
Not to mention that in this Gen we have a Pokémon God now, the Christ-like figure, not just some random Deities for different things. We have creation Pokémon for time, space, and antimatter. Apparently Sinnoh has the oldest and longest past of any of the regions. They have the Snowpoint Temple where they imprisoned Regigigas. There’s Mt. Coronet, where apparently the whole region – and I’m assuming, the very World (maybe even the Universe) – came into being from. There’s creation myths and legends in the Canalve Library. The Legendary Trio – Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf – were apparently the ones who gave humans knowledge, emotion, and willpower. There are ancient cave paintings across the region, including a cave containing Unown, similar to that in Johto. And here, in this Church, on the stained glass, there’s a visual of the skies above Mt. Coronet shining with light. I mean I’m not complaining, I think it’s awesome, but way to shove it in our faces, Nintendo…
Heh, previous Gen Pokéreferences… So yeah, I got an Eevee. I’ll probably evolve it into Espeon, assuming he survives this harsh world. I then went on to face Fantina. Let this be on record: I hate her Mismagius. Hate it. It is a giant asshat. It killed Testudo the Shellos. It was only by switching out to Bidoof against a Shadow Ball so I could heal Gyarados that I got it with a few Bites. Then the only way I was able to beat her Haunter was by switching out to Eevee whilst I healed Gyarados again – not one of its damaging attacks could hit it – then rotating the switches to build up Intimidates against it, as all it used were Physical moves. It fell easily in the end, and I got my fourth Sinnoh Gym Badge.
Afterwards, I took a stroll in Amity Square to ease the tensions from the battle. I soon realised, however, that taking a walk in the Square completely restores your Party, so I guess I won’t be able to visit there again until post-game… Don’t judge me, I’m doing the game blind here, I don’t remember details like that. In other news, my rival Omega challenged me to a battle, using a bullsh*t tactic involving Double Team and Sand-Attack. I mean what the hell man, who doesn’t play by Smogon any more? You can go f*ck yourself, you d*ck.
I restored the Hallowed Tower on Route 209. Now all I need to do is talk to 32 people underground (not including NPC’s) and I’ll have the chance to encounter Spiritomb. I shall set this as my first real in-game side-challenge! The capture of Spritomb!
I’ll spend the night in Solaceon Town. There’s not much for me to do here apart from explore the Ruins and climb the Lost Tower. I’ll continue my journey in the morning. For now, here’s my team so far (I’ll nickname my Eevee when I think of a suitable nickname):