The Let's Play Archive

Pokemon Platinum

by Chorocojo

Part 21: Evil Notes City

Music: Veilstone City (Night)

Two gym leaders, hmm. . .

Choro Notes: Sinnoh has the best NPCs.

Hey let's explore the insides of peoples' houses.


Nah it was in his right.

Oh boy! Why can't this just be electronically handled like my regular money?

"Also I have really bad diarrhea."

A lot are actually bug catchers, I've found. They say they like psychic types but a venomoth always sneaks into their lineup somehow.

Oh well yes, I could just go to the P—

Man no, she's a cricket.

Oh. Uh, yeah sure. Massage my bell. I would like to see how one does this.

. . .Oh.

Choro Notes: All of the items you can get this way can be construed as drug references. Peculiar Spoon, Glitter Powder, Eerie Fire, Sparks, Poison Extract.

"Man it's gonna be AWESOME."

Choro Notes: Veilstone's Meteorites
These meteorites have a special effect on a specific, space-traveling Pokémon. Different meteorites transforms Deoxys into his alternate formes (that is the stupidest spelling ever and I hate it.) In Gen3, Deoxys's form changed depending on the game he was in: Neutral in Ruby/Sapphire. Attack in FireRed, Defense in LeafGreen and Speed in Emerald.

Heh, only the best.

"I mean, I've just been letting it live in an old graphing calculator. Really I don't have any idea what it even eats so I've just left a bowl of jerky and thunderbird wine sitting next to it."

. . .

Oh gee, I wonder why it'd do that.


Using the most advanced technologies, scientists finally succeeded in making the first artificial Pokémon, Porygon. Since it is a manmade Pokémon and doesn't breathe, people are eager to try it in any environment. It is programmed with only basic motions. Porygon is capable of reverting itself entirely back to program data and entering cyberspace. This Pokémon is copy-protected so it cannot be duplicated by copying.
Choro Notes: Porygon's kind of weird. At different points in the series all of his forms have been final-stage evolutions, as such they can all learn Hyper Beam. Porygon himself is kind of weird in that he's got 3 signature moves, and. . . they all kind of suck. Conversion, Conversion2 and Sharpen (It tightens up his graphics.) Aside from that he's mostly notable for the whole seizure incident. Porygon, Porygon2 and Porygon-Z have never been back on the television show since.

HulkaMatt Notes: Porygon never gave me a seizure so I don't know what the big fuss is all about.

Hahahaha, Team Galactic's full of idiots. :D

. . . SCREW. YOU.

Choro Notes: Lava Cookies have the same effect as Full Heals, except cheaper. This section is special in Platinum and wasn't here in Diamond/Pearl. They also sell berries and poffin. Post national dex, someone can also show up here. . .

I like free things! I also like things that aren't free, but free things are even better!

Choro Notes: Uh, exactly what it says. Push button, counter goes up. If you switch to another app or shut off the game it resets, though.

TMs, TMs, teaching devastating moves to my monsters with TMs~

. . .

-&*Screencap of the update*&-

. . . I can't tell if this is unintentional or intentional innuendo on both of your parts.

I don't think we should go in there yet, I don't feel like fighting a bunch of stunkies.

Oh hey, floor candy.

Here you are Campana.

B-because of the floor candy?!

Oh hey, you're blue! And you have a tail! And you're also a windchime! Congrats!


In high winds, Chimecho cries as it hangs from a tree branch or the eaves of a building using a suction cup on its head. It makes its cries echo inside its hollow body. When this Pokémon becomes enraged, its cries result in ultrasonic waves that have the power to knock foes flying. This Pokémon plucks berries with its long tail and eats them. They fly about very actively when the hot season arrives. They communicate among themselves using seven different and distinguishing cries.
Choro Notes: Chimecho are fucking adorable, look at them. They're so happy. They're like that literally all the time. They're not very powerful but they do learn some support moves that give them some nice uses.

HulkaMatt Notes: These guys are adorable and I like everything about them.

Oh, Lucas. I was thinking about it, probably.

Oh Lucas, why are you out here flattering me~?

A gamer, huh? Gamers are pretty lame. Name one cool gamer.

What? Did you find something more important to do?


. . . !!! D:

H-He knows my name. . .

Crasher W- er, uh.

. . . what? I just happen to know who he is, that's all. God, shut up.


Hmmmmmmmmm. . .

Oh, there's another lake, I guess. Neat. Ours has a legendary pokémon in it supposedly maybe possibly though.

"You. . . you didn't get the badge here."

A butt I do not give. DEAL WITH IT.

Alright, let's see what's out here.

A cave. A cave is out here.

Glad you don't care because you're a creepy weirdo~

You do know there's a bunch of ruins full of them not too far away, right?

No. We're not doing that.



Choro Notes: Ruin Maniac's Cave
As you catch more unown, the cave gets longer until eventually it gets to a chamber where the ? and ! unown live. The other benefit of the cave lengthening is that this lil bastard becomes more common. When the cave starts they're stupidly annoyingly uncommon. Bizarrely I encountered one right off here. Go figure. Here have some music since catching shit is mostly what happens on this route:

Music: Sinnoh Wild Pokémon Battle (Super Smash Bros. Brawl version.)


Hippopotas lives in arid places. Instead of perspiration, it expels grainy sand from its body. This sandy coating also protects it from germs. It does not enjoy getting wet. This pokémon shuts its nostrils tight then travels through the sand as if its walking. They form colonies of around ten.
Choro Notes: Hippopotas's Sand Stream ability causes sandstorm conditions to start and not end until something changes them. Add that to their defensive stats and its evolved form is an amazing tank. Other than that not much to say about them. They're cute in a doofy way, I guess.


Choro Notes: X-Scissor is basically one of two moves that made Bug-types really viable and not useless as shit. X-Scissor (Cross Scissor) is basically just a strong, physical attack using claws/blades/scythes/whatever. Things like Kingler get it too so it gives them a nice surprise for grass(and psychic and dark)-types.

Stupid rhino, getting stuck in a ball.


Rhyhorn runs in a straight line—it is inept at turning because of its four short legs—smashing everything in its path. It is not bothered even if it rushes headlong into a block of steel. This Pokémon may feel some pain from the collision the next day, however. Rhyhorn's brain is very small. It is so dense, while on a run it often forgets why it started running in the first place. It apparently remembers sometimes if it demolishes something. Its powerful tackles can destroy almost anything. However, it is too slow witted to help people work.
Choro Notes: Rhyhorn, big dumb rocky rhinoceros. Evolves stupidly late for a ground/rock type. Next.

HulkaMatt Notes: Its a giant rhino. BAD. ASS.
Chibs named this I think I'm not sure, it was over a week ago.

Choro Notes: Protip: Gravelers here love to explode. So if you're not sure you'll catch it or KO it right off, throw out a ghost/steel/rock-type for some free EXP. Otherwise they'll pretty much kill anything else you have.

Do not wanna risk you exploding.


Rocks are Graveler's favorite food. Apparently, it prefers to eat rocks that are covered in moss. This Pokémon will climb a mountain from the base to the summit, crunchingly feasting on rocks all the while. Upon reaching the peak, it rolls back down to the bottom. They are so brutal, they smash aside obstructing trees and massive boulders with thunderous tackles. Once it builds momentum, no Pokémon can stop it without difficulty. Graveler make their homes on sheer cliff faces by gouging out numerous horizontal holes.
Choro Notes: I hardly knew her!

HulkaMatt Notes: You guys talk about Zubat being annoying with his constant showing up, but this mother fucker shows up and EXPLODES. Drives me absolutely insane. They're tough SOBs but god they drive me insane.
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"I only collect things that were gem mint at one time that I had beaten with a large rock."

Woop woop!

Choro Notes: This one. . . actually got killed, but then another showed up! So uh, yeah, that's why the gender is different.



Houndour hunt as a coordinated pack. They communicate with each other using a variety of cries to corner their prey. This Pokémon's remarkable teamwork is unparalleled. It uses different kinds of cries for communicating with others of its kind and for pursuing its prey. Around dawn, its ominous howl echoes through the area to announce that this is its territory.
Choro Notes: This is actually the only game in the series where you can encounter houndour before the postgame content. He was added specifically to add more fire-types to the Sinnoh dex, since in Diamond/Pearl it was only Chimchar's family and Ponyta's family. Platinum added Flareon, Houndour's family and Magmar's family. Houndour itself has got neat typing, the whole hellhound thing.

HulkaMatt Notes: lmbo look at that fukken dirty dog that breathes fire and kicks everybody's ass.
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Music: Valor Lakefront (Day)

The animals get weirder and weirder the further I go out. Next thing you know there'll be an electrical zebra or something.


Girafarig's rear head contains a tiny brain that is too small for thinking. However, the rear head doesn't need to sleep, so it can keep watch over its surroundings 24 hours a day. The rear head attacks in response to smells and sounds. Approaching this Pokémon from behind can cause the rear head to suddenly lash out and bite. A Girafarig is an herbivore—it eats grass and tree shoots. While it is eating, its tail makes chewing and swallowing motions as if it were also eating. When it is in danger, its tail very rarely uses some sort of mysterious powers to drive away the attacker.
Choro Notes: I want to use a Girafarig but I'm honestly never sure what to do with it. It's got a bizarre typing and not many decent moves or unique abilities. Its name is also a palindrome, (It has a head on both ends, you see.) Even in Japanese Ki Ri N Ri Ki.

HulkaMatt Notes: The weirdest fukken giraffe I've ever seen.

They have spares, you know. I mean, most do. I'd imagine this one does too. But then I've seen some pretty inept people in Sinnoh.

Which means I've gotta do everything. :/

Reward please.

Choro Notes: The white and black flutes are fucking useless. White one supposedly lowers the encounter rate, the black one raises it. I've never noticed a difference when they're used.

I heard someone caught that thing not too long ago. Lucky jerks.

I do that, I guess. Minus the guitar. I've got a Viola though.

Choro Notes: Trick Room is the kind of move you build a team around. It combos really well with Sandstorm, since Rock and steel-types aren't known for being speed demons.

Sounds kind of lame, space. The moon is pretty though, I guess.

Clefairy are kind of neat, I guess.

I wonder what's so special about silver pokémon.

There can't be just Magikarp and Goldeen out here.

A gunfish!

Yesss, Premier Ball'd~


Remoraid sucks in water, then expels it at high velocity using its abdominal muscles to shoot down flying prey. It has superb accuracy. The water it shoots out can strike even moving prey from more than 300 feet. The water jet almost never misses, even if the Remoraid is deep in the sea. When evolution draws near, this Pokémon travels downstream from rivers. This pokémon is known to cling to Mantine and other large sea pokémon to feed on the big Pokémon's scraps. This is an adaptation to avoid foes. To escape from an attacker, it may shoot water out of its mouth, then use that force to jet backward.
Choro Notes: Remoraid by itself is actually really weak. But it has an arsenal of beam-related moves. It's also got one of the strangest evolution choices ever. . .

HulkaMatt Notes: Remoraid rocks and they turn into an octopus (an octopus rock (Octorok)) (With a gun that is.)
Gtab named this.

So weird looking here.



This Pokémon rides the winds and flies as if it were skating across the sky. Wingull rides updrafts rising from the sea by extending its long and narrow wings to glide. This Pokémon's long beak is useful for catching prey. Wingull has the habit of carrying prey and valuables in its beak and hiding them in all sorts of locations. It makes its nest on a sheer cliff at the edge of the sea.
Choro Notes: I really like Wingull's design, but holy crap are they next to useless. Their evolved form makes a decent HM user though, being able to surf AND fly.

HulkaMatt Notes: Whenever I see a wingull I think of Link's Awakening. Which is a great game. They remind me of stuff I like therefore they are wonderful.
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I guess we'll rest until morning.

Kricketune - Female

L.32 - Relaxed nature.
Met at Lv.5 on Route 203.
Quick to Flee - Likes sour food.
Held Item: SilverPowder: Increases the power of Bug-type moves.
Ability: Swarm Powers up bug-type moves when HP is critical.
Focus Energy

Grotle - Male

L.31 - Serious nature.
Met at Lv.5 on Route 201.
Somewhat stubborn - Happily eats anything.
Held Item: Quick Claw: Occasionally allows holder to strike first.
Ability: Overgrow Powers up grass-type moves when HP is critical.
Mega Drain
Razor Leaf

Chimecho - Female

L.32 - Naughty nature.
Met at Lv.16 on Route 211.
Sturdy Body - Likes spicy food.
Held Item: Mind Plate: Increases the power of Psychic-type moves.
Ability: Levitate Nullifies ground-type moves.
Last Resort

Remoraid - Female

L.17 - Mild nature.
Met at Lv.17 on Route 213.
Thoroughly cunning - Likes dry food.
Held Item: -none-
Ability: Sniper Powers up moves if they become critical hits.
Water Gun
Aurora Beam

Probopass - Male

L.31 - Careful nature.
Met at Lv.14 in Mt. Coronet
Mischievous - Likes bitter food.
Held Item: Shell Bell: Restores HP when physical attacks connect.
Ability: Magnet Pull Prevents steel-types from switching out. - Attracts wild steel-type Pokémon.
Rock Slide
Thunder Wave