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Old September 4th, 2012 (10:30 AM).
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    This is for Ruby and Sapphire versions only:

    How long did it take you to notice the things not really covered in the story like

    Sky Pillar
    Shoal Cave
    Regi's Hideouts.

    And stuff like that?

    Took me 2 times playing through to find all 3.
    Wasn't really mentioned well in game.

    And the braille thing was difficult to figure out without the internet.
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    Old September 4th, 2012 (12:04 PM).
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      My first Gen III game was Emerald (which is the only one I had as a kid) when I was 8 and I was pretty dumb.. I didn't even know about the Regi's, I looked in Shoal Cave for a Spheal nothing more, and Sky Pillar - damnn. I didn't know about the Mach Bike thing so no I kept failing. I ended up giving up before the Elite 4 because I sucked so bad.

      The next time I picked up Emerald (still only had Emerald) I had a Guide Book so for Shoal Cave I did it easily. Sky Pillar I had to try a million times but I got Rayquaza in the end. And the Regi's I tried Regice and I got it easily, Regirock was harder and I never managed to get Registeel.

      Now if I try I can do all three with my eyes closed lol
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      Old September 4th, 2012 (12:24 PM).
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        I knew about that cave that opens the Regicaves. But I didn't know what it does. Also I spent an eternity trying to unlock the code and wasted my whole battery on it. I never knew about the Sky Pillar, but knew about the Shoal Cave. Guess I never thought of exploring the part where the tower was, since the path was blocked pre-E4.
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        Old September 4th, 2012 (3:49 PM). Edited September 4th, 2012 by Sydian.
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        I knew the Shoal Cave was there on my first playthrough, cause I went in. And I got the guide book later on when I was in the 8th gym, I think, so I saw the Regi stuff and Sky Pillar. I do think that the Regis are a great legendary trio though because they're actually hard to find, and then unlocking them can be a pain. I think it's the way legendaries should be instead of just thrown out to you. Even roamers are somewhat better than those sort of legendaries, but I digress. That's what I liked about Hoenn. It had a lot to explore, especially in Emerald. Tons of fun. Can't say I enjoy exploring in games as much as I used to though, haha. But when you're a kid, it's great to discover new places, especially when the internet isn't always available. Didn't have my own laptop when I was 10/11 ya know.

        Now, if you wanna bring up places people might not know about RSE, Mirage Island man. I've still never been there lmao. If you didn't have a book or didn't look up stuff online, you probably would have never known. Until you read this post... As for things that you may not know about...well, just this year I learned that in double battles in Emerald (idk about RS), if you press start in the battle, you can change your HP bar to display numbers, like 109/109 for HP instead of just the bar without numbers showing. Pretty cool.
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        Old September 4th, 2012 (4:32 PM).
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          ~Wow.
          I did not know about that number thing.
          Thanks for the tip. xD

          As for mirage island.
          Never been there, and probably never will, from what i've heard it's not worth it.
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          Old September 4th, 2012 (5:18 PM).
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          I know as a kid I went into shoal cave just to see if I could find anything, but I really didn't see anything that made me want to go farther in. I had to look up sky pillar but I did it without a guide. Also I accidentally found the first clue for regis (the part with all the currents) but had no idea what the stone was, or what it said (I had to look up exactly what to do after that).
          I didn't like the regis as a kid, I always liked normal (non-legendaries that is) pokemon because I didn't really pay attention to stats or anything, I'd just grind until I could beat everything (I did the elite four soooo many times lol)
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          Old September 5th, 2012 (5:31 AM).
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            I found everything except shoal cave but I was using internet
            I really wont to catch some pokemon in shoal cave but whatever :D
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            Old September 6th, 2012 (7:29 PM).
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            I knew about shoal cave on my first or second playthrough, I believe. As for Sky Pillar and the Regi Hideouts, I learned about those by my second or third playthrough, though I've never actually BEEN to either locations as I always restart Sapphire since I love it so much. :D
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            Old September 9th, 2012 (2:49 AM).
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            It took me awhile. When i first found sky pillar, i thought it was where u catch registeel. @~@ and dont get me started about catching the regis... It took me and all my friends to finally figure it out. We were writing the brail down on paper... Ugh, wish i knew about youtube back then.

            So id say about a year all together.
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              Shoal cave and the Regi caves were pretty easy for me to find,since I constantly went along those routes.(Regice was the last one I found.)
              Sky Pillar on the other hand...well to be honest I had talked to the old guy in pacifidlog town and was looking for mirage island,which I never found,and that's when I saw Sky Pillar.
              (Little did I know that the death of the internal battery meant that Mirage Island would never appear... :<)
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              Old October 11th, 2012 (5:36 PM).
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              I found the Regi caves easily, didn't know what to do for a looooong time though
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              Old October 11th, 2012 (6:12 PM).
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              I noticed them all pretty much instantly since I have a habit of exploring literally everything I can haha. I try and take all the detours and dead-end paths just because there's usually something at the end of them like items or whatnot, so I didn't really have a problem stumbling across these places. The regi ones were slightly different since at first they just seemed like weird rocks with dots on them, but after getting bored one day and noticing the Braille guide in the RS manual I tried decoding them and found the golems no problem :p
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              Shoal Cake was pretty easy to notice... I already know Sky Pillar before I played Emerald and for the Regis Hideout, I only knew that when I accidentally found the entrance of the Wailord, Relincanth thing, I forgot the name, and I read it online on what it was... lool
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                I've been to all of the above, but... There's so thing more than just shell bells in shoal cave?!?!? Time to go look into that...
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                  I remember trying to solve the braille, but it was in the room where you need to stay still, so when we finally solved it, the door was already open.. xD
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                    Ha. Same thing happened to me. ;D
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                    I found shoal cave and sky pillar the first time I played through Sapphire, mainly because I looked everywhere in the game. I was also able to get to Mirage Island right after I beat the Elite 4 cause I remember talking to that old man like tons of times before and him never seeing it (I wanted to go to Mirage Island before the Elite 4), so after I checked in with him again, I almost had a heart attack when he said he saw the Island! To bad the internal battery died...

                    As for the Regis, I didn't even try to understand it after I went into the cavern and saw the braille. I replayed the game three or four times before I finally got online to figure out the braille (which is bad because I actually had a Relicanth and Wailord on my first game XD)
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                      I first played Emerald, so I already knew about Sky Pillar :P. But I honestly didn't know about the Regi cave until, like, years after losing my original Emerald cartridge ^^';.
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                        It's surprising how many people don't know about Sky Pillar. I thought it was better known. I think that the fact of being a hidden location before E4 made so many people had troubles finding it.

                        About the Regis' caves, I have to say it's been the hardest thing I've ever done in a Pokemon game. I mean, I knew they existed and I knew where I had to go to unlock the three caves but, what I didn't know was how to use Wailord and Relicanth to make it work... it took me maaaany time to figure it out and, in fact, if a friend hadn't told me how to make it, i would probably never have visited those caves.
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                          My friend had told about how to solve the underwater cave thing to open the regi caves but i was clueless on how to open the doors in each cave it was months later that i realised that it was braille(which i found out while studying for my exams lol )
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                            I heard about Sky Pillar from a friend at school in 4th grade. And either the summer before or after 5th grade a different friend told me that he found this place called "Dotted Hole" in Emerald version and I did some research and found on that location and learned that that is the way you unlock the regis. I found shoal cave by myself.
                            EDIT: And the awesome experience that came with finding dotted hole was that my friend knew some braille so we figured it out together one night when he came for a sleepover. Finding all of those places were each super awesome experiences that I wish I could relive.
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                                This is for Ruby and Sapphire versions only:

                                How long did it take you to notice the things not really covered in the story like

                                Sky Pillar
                                Shoal Cave
                                Regi's Hideouts.

                                And stuff like that?

                                Took me 2 times playing through to find all 3.
                                Wasn't really mentioned well in game.

                                And the braille thing was difficult to figure out without the internet.
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                                  The first times I played them, I was really into exploring in the games, so I noticed them in the first playthrough, the braille thing wasn't too hard because I learned a little braille when I was younger, but I didn't learn a lot of it, so I needed a little help. I was excited when I found Snorunt in the back of Shoal Cave, Snorunt was one of my favorites back then, so I caught one and raised to level 100, that same Snorunt is sitting on my White version right now(of course, now it's a Glalie).
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                                    I didn't know about Sky pillar until I got pearl because that's when I got my internet the same with the Regi hideouts. I knew about Shoal cave pretty soon after reaching the twin gym leader island as I surfed off to train my team up.
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