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View Poll Results: Which is your favourite facility?
None, loved them all. 0 0%
Battle Tower 0 0%
Battle Palace 0 0%
Battle Factory 3 15.79%
Battle Pyramid 4 21.05%
Battle Dome 6 31.58%
Battle Arena 1 5.26%
Battle Pike 4 21.05%
None, they all sucked 1 5.26%
Voters: 19. You may not vote on this poll

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Old June 10th, 2013 (6:22 AM). Edited June 10th, 2013 by Amore.
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Alright, so as you know in Emerald the largest addition from RS was Battle Frontier. Unlike in Gen IV, only trainers chosen by Scott know about it. There are seven facilities, and each one is led by a Frontier Brain who, if defeated, will yield a Symbol. The seven facilities are:

Battle Tower - "Keep the win streak as the toughest TRAINER!"
Battle Palace - "Keep your eyes on POKÉMON battles!
Battle Factory - "Seek out the toughest POKÉMON!
Battle Pyramid - "Advance through the Battle Quest!"
Battle Dome - "Your path to the invincible superstar!"
Battle Arena - "Let the toughest teams gather!"
Battle Pike - "Choose one of three paths!"

My point is which one is your favourite? And why? If you don't have a favourite feel free to say why too.

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Old June 10th, 2013 (10:03 AM).
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The Battle Pike because of the aesthetic design.
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I'd have a tough time trying to pick between my two favorites- the Battle Pike and Battle Factory. The random rooms, battles and design really captured my interest when taking on the Battle Pike, and the concept of using randomly generated Pokemon in the Battle Factory was a great idea, and I've been glad to see it carried over to future games.

If I have to pick just one of the facilities though, I'd go with the Battle Pike, simply because it was unique to Emerald's Battle Frontier.

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Old June 11th, 2013 (8:40 PM).
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Battle Pyramid, no real reason except that I liked the design...

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Old June 12th, 2013 (4:44 AM).
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The Pyramid. Nothing like an old-fashioned battle expedition.
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Old June 13th, 2013 (9:48 AM).
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The Battle Arena, I like the tournament style aspect!
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I really like the Battle Pyramid as it's the closest thing to an overly difficult challenge I've ever experienced in a Pokemon game and when I finally beat it, it gave me a really nice sense of accomplishment.
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Old June 14th, 2013 (7:13 AM).
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As I have now officially tried them all, I thought I'd better chime in with my own vote xD

When I first entered the Battle Pyramid I actually thought it might turn out to be a favourite of mine, not least because I know when I get to him Brandon is at a serious disadvantage against my Metagross and Swampert. However, the "run" mechanic is just decimated in there...I thought it was done partially on speed, yet my lv. 61 EV'd Latios can't flee from a lv.45 Vulpix until it's burnt me (at the third attempt) then whittled down my hp to half? There's a serious problem there.

So...my favourite is definitely the one that's always been my favourite, the Battle Dome. I like the tournament format, being described as a likely winner etc. etc. But also the Dome Ace has possibly my favourite team selection (Aside's from Brandon's iconic 3 Regis) in Salamence, Charizard and Swampert (two of my favourite starters and my first ever pseudo-legendary :D ). Although the straight-forwardness of the Battle Tower can't really go wrong, out of the two relatively "ordinary" facilities I much prefer the Dome.
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Old June 23rd, 2013 (5:57 PM).
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mine is the battle pike.
Pyramid - you cant run easily and the wild pokemon just cause statis conditions. theyre so annoying
dome - i liked the tournament idea but it seemed kinda un-used, as it resulted in just four battles.
factory - i just dont like using rental pokemon

the other two are fine, just not anything really special. but the pike is really fun. you can actually work out where to go to get through easier. you get rewarded for using the clues correctly instead of being relentlessly dragged down like in the pyramid. and it was the easiest one to reach the brain/leader, who i always viewed as the real challenge. plus lucy's shuckle was SO tough that it felt like a real achievement when my snorlax completely shut it down
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Old June 27th, 2013 (1:49 PM).
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Battle Dome for me. I loved the Tourney Tree layout of the facility, and how you can take a look at your opponent's team before going into battle. That way I was never caught off-guard by what Pokémon my opponent would send out.

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Old June 29th, 2013 (12:17 AM).
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Battle Pyramid as well it's head (ah what was his name now???) Rock !!!!
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Battle Dome, I just like the knockout ladder system.
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Old July 4th, 2013 (2:39 PM).
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Battle Pike for me as I loved picking the paths.
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Old August 1st, 2013 (2:07 AM).
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Ahh! Hard to choose. For me, i think Battle Dome is the best! It easy and fast battle!
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Old August 13th, 2013 (11:32 AM).
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I always loved the Battle Factory. It was fun seeing what kind of Pokemon I could get.
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Old August 16th, 2013 (5:13 PM).
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My favorite facility was the Battle Dome. It was great to be able to view your opponent's team before battling them, and having to do only four battles was awesome. Also, I really liked how they had the tournament ladder system. It was fun to see how each trainer managed to win their matches. I liked the Battle Factory, too, because it was pretty exciting to use Pokémon that you do not own. =)
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Old August 16th, 2013 (7:59 PM).
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Battle Dome was my favorite because I like tournament tree type of competitions.
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Old August 16th, 2013 (9:45 PM).
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Definitely the Battle Dome for me. Dome Ace Tucker was the first brain I met, and was ruthlessly cut down to size. Needless to say after training up more and further strategising it was also the first I got a medal in. It's been the most missed from all of the frontier challenges. Here's to hoping for a Gen III remake!!
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Old August 17th, 2013 (5:00 AM).
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I loved the Battle Factory! I thought it was a really cool idea to be able to see all kinds of different Pokemon, some you've never seen before and then battle with them.

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I didn't really pay much attention to the battle areas. I usually went around training and catching different Pokémon, trying to enjoy the casual side of the games. I guess Pokémon competitive battling isn't for me! :3
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Old August 21st, 2013 (2:28 AM).
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Battle Factory would be my pick. The randomness of the Pokemon I have to select from is really fun to play with.

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I love the Battle Pyramid, because of Pyramid King Brandon, who I have a lot of respect for. However, I would have to say that my favorite facility is the Battle Pike. I find the luck aspect of it interesting, the outside design is really cool, and I'm also a big fan of Pike Queen Lucy.
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I liked the Battle Pike mostly because of the frontier brain and the added effects that often occur due to a certain gentleman's Vulpix.
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Old September 2nd, 2013 (5:51 AM).
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The Pyramid and the Pike were my favorites, with the Dome being second.

What I absolutely hated (and still hate) is the Palace. You can't select what moves to use - and my Pokémon never wanted to do anything. My highest win streak there was... 1.
What would I like to see in the future? A few things, actually.
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2) A demake of Heart Gold / Soul Silver. Possibly using Fire Red as a base.
3) An official Pokémon game, following the standard "gotta catch 'em all" format, but aimed more at the older players.
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Old September 26th, 2013 (11:03 AM).
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While the Battle Pike was almost objectively the coolest looking building (YOU HAVE TO WALK INTO THE MOUTH OF A GIANT FRICKIN' SNAKE! It felt like going on a demented Disneyland ride!), and I loved the exploration element of the Battle Pyramid, by far the one I used most was the Battle Factory.

For one, it meant I could hop into a heated battle at any time, no matter what the levels of my mains were. And secondly, I really liked the clever twist that you could switch out one Pokemon from each person you defeated, so you still got that sense of your party slowly evolving over time. It was a really well-designed formula.
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