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Game huntin': life shootin' 'own dem leghendiarys

Posted March 26th, 2010 at 1:07 PM by BeachBoy
Updated March 26th, 2010 at 6:28 PM by BeachBoy (tagged categories)

Who told you that once you release the dogs, you can't try and catch them? Who cares if they're twice the size of your team in terms of levels. Didn't stop me, lol.

A Paras (spore), Gastly (mean look and hypnosis), Bayleef (for coolness), Scyther (false swipe), and a Murkrow to beat up HP with Night shade.

I knew this: the dogs try to flee from the get go, that means you get a free shot. This is where Murkrow came in and simply hit them every time they appeared. (Night Shade because Critical Hits are ew) Once I got them near red, Scyther lead the brigade, false swiping away.

I did try the mean look strategy: in short, if you're heavy underleveled (ie. they have ~23 levels on your team average), you shouldn't try. Raikou didn't like the look Gastly gave him, so he swiftly KO'd Gastly and Paras with spark. He grabbed paralysis in the process. I wanted to sleep it because that's 2x catch increase, not 1.5 regular status. ;_;

I got entei to go night night though, slept it and a few ultra balls later, it was in my party. Took a break from the huntin' for a while. During the gym leaders break, I found Raikou on water, wtf hahaha.

Later on, I got a bunch of quick balls from the safari area flee market, and caught Raikou. <3


  • 1 HP or no deal, False swipe is without a doubt your best friend. If you try and tackle their HP down to size, note that a critical hit can appear at any time. (note: save) Go grab that Scyther from the Contest.
  • Quick balls or Fast balls for Raikou, folks. Quick ball has a 4x catch bonus in the first five turns, get it for $1000 near the Safari Zone. (lady with the Butterfree) Fast balls are made by Kurt from White Apricorns. (near his house and Route 38) Fast balls also have a 4x ratio on fast or fleeing pokemon. (ie. Raikou)
  • Quick balls for Entei, Ultra ball if that's all you got. (remember: quick balls are cheaper, but further along in the game) Ultra has a 2x bonus? Can't recall, but it can work given patience.
  • Sleep status is the best status you can hit them with. (they'll roam around with it, too)
  • Max Repels are another friend. You'll want to use these because, even if they're in the area, they'll still flee if you battle something else. (I never saw Entei do this, but Raikou did it every time before I got into using repels)
    • As roswell pointed out, you can be safe with your money if you're cautious for it.
      • Max: 250 for 700~
      • Super: 50 less for 200 less bucks. (super repel)
      • 150 less steps for 350 less bucks. (repel)
  • Route 37 & Route 36 are by far your best areas to hunt for them. Below the twins, there's a sign, that's the divide line between the two routes. Use in and out of each, using your pokegear, and you'll find 'em. Promise.
  • I'm not one for the mean look, arena trap ideas, these guys aren't cake walks and roar will still allow them to escape, but it's your choice.
Don't let anyone tell you that you can't get these two immediately, you certainly can. Both are awesome and helped me along the way when I got in trouble. (because I hate using items :x)

/no one will read this, but eh

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  1. Old Comment
    Eucliffe's Avatar

    Quite honestly, Max Repels are a ripoff. They only give 50 more steps than the Super Repels, but cost 200 more yen. As for Repels, those give 100 less steps than Super Repels and are 150 less yen.

    I like the rest of your steps, though :D Quite honestly, I am a Mean Looker, generally using Crobat or Umbreon (though I've had to give Umbreon a Quick Claw, and keep in mind this was for the DPPt games + Emerald), but I like your strategy for getting them without using the Master Ball ^_^
    Posted March 26th, 2010 at 1:18 PM by Eucliffe Eucliffe is offline
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    BeachBoy's Avatar
    *shrugs* I just got Max Repels because I have no care for cash / want a low amount so I'm not tempted to be cash happy when the E4 rolls around. (as I mentioned, I hate items)
    Posted March 26th, 2010 at 1:24 PM by BeachBoy BeachBoy is offline
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    Aizuke's Avatar
    I keep running into Raikou but I've been too lazy to catch him. :B
    Posted March 26th, 2010 at 2:35 PM by Aizuke Aizuke is offline
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    Angela's Avatar
    I like to save my cash and be very rich at the end of each game.. xD I usually forget about using items so I have a collection of them when I get to the E4.. xD Always happens.. :3

    Anyway.. I so can't believe Ryan wrote a whole guide... A WHOOOOOOLE guide.. xD

    Anyway it's a really nice guide.. :D I'll be sure to try to catch them. :D

    With that said, I'm gonna have to wait a bit before getting the game since I'm in Iceland.. :( The game doesn't come out here yet and the game I downloaded for my r4 keeps freezing.. So I'm gonna have to wait.. xD
    Posted March 26th, 2010 at 2:41 PM by Angela Angela is offline
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    Tyrantrum's Avatar
    This will help me more, because after catching that ANNOYING LATIAS... I wanted to catch the dogs. o3o I think I already paralyzed Raikou, though. I'll remember the sleep thing for Entei. :3

    I have a lot of Quick/Dusk Balls. Very few Ultra Balls, though. :x
    Posted March 26th, 2010 at 4:16 PM by Tyrantrum Tyrantrum is offline
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    colours's Avatar
    Poke balls > Ultra balls. They're cheaper, more effective, and less crappier. I caught my Suicune with a Pokeball. None of my ultra balls worked, and it was like, in red health along with being paralyzed.

    I would say it's more in the luck factor than anything else.
    Posted March 26th, 2010 at 4:25 PM by colours colours is online now
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    Sydian's Avatar
    Better than what I did: traded a Master Ball. I normally don't like to catch my legendaries like that, but I didn't have the time to search endlessly. I didn't even use that Raikou til the rest of my team was at level 40.
    Posted March 26th, 2010 at 5:12 PM by Sydian Sydian is offline
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    BeachBoy's Avatar
    Poke balls > Ultra balls. They're cheaper, more effective, and less crappier. I caught my Suicune with a Pokeball. None of my ultra balls worked, and it was like, in red health along with being paralyzed.

    I would say it's more in the luck factor than anything else.
    Ultra ball has double the effectiveness of a pokeball, though, Derk. Sure, there's a money landslide there, but you can't pass up that 2x when you need 255 to catch. (lol catch math <3)

    And yes, catching it with a pokeball was simply luck because you happened to snag four awesome numbers in the random generator for it's "plan B" calculation.

    *is now heavily interested in the catch rate formulas D8*
    Posted March 26th, 2010 at 6:26 PM by BeachBoy BeachBoy is offline
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    Misheard Whisper's Avatar
    I am actually tempted to try this. I have a Night Shading Haunter . . . No, wait, I ditched it for Shadow Ball. Damn. I'll try and get a Scyther, though . . . Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, wasn't it? I never thought of catching the beasts this early.
    Posted March 26th, 2010 at 6:34 PM by Misheard Whisper Misheard Whisper is offline