Welcome to the sixth week of my PokÃ©mon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday morning.
This week, I“m taking a break from my contemplative pieces to offer up a few tips for those of you still powering through PokÃ©mon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire! No exposition needed this time! Without further ado:
1) The easiest way to catch Feebas (which evolves into Milotic) is found on Route 119.
One of the more popular Hoenn PokÃ©mon is Milotic, known for its beauty and comfortable niche in the competitive scene as a â€œbulky waterâ€ type. But obtaining Feebas, the Magikarp-esque thing that precedes Milotic in evolution, has always taken some sort of witchcraft. Even back in the original Ruby & Sapphire Version it involved finding specific squares to fish the thing out.
Fortunately, the remakes offer a way to absolutely guarantee you encounter a Feebas. You“ll need Surf and a Super Rod before doing this, but there“s a spot underneath a bridge in Route 119 (above) that is...well...Feebas“ hiding spot. Fish underneath that bridge, and you“ll find a Feebas every time. Even better? Chain Fish underneath that bridge and you can inevitably encounter a Shiny Feebas if you“re diligent/skilled enough. I tested this not too long ago.
2) You can hunt for Shiny PokÃ©mon more easily using the Search function in the DexNav.
Oh, man. Does anyone who played PokÃ©mon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum remember the first iteration of the PokÃ©Radar? For those not in the know--this Key Item (also available in X&Y) let you hunt down specific PokÃ©mon rustling in the grass, and featured a way to â€œchainâ€ for species. Encountering the same species of PokÃ©mon over and over again increased its chances of being Shiny over time!
This aspect of the PokÃ©Radar item is...also a thing in PokÃ©mon ORAS, albeit through the DexNav itself instead of a separate item! All you have to do is capture whichever PokÃ©mon you want to find a Shiny variant of, then grab a whole heap of repels, and you“re good to go! Here“s what to do.
Pull up the DexNav, then tap whichever PokÃ©mon you want to hunt for on the touchscreen. You“re able to Search for this PokÃ©mon if you“ve obtained it; pressing the Search button will most likely cause it to pop up in the grass. Make sure to sneak carefully so it doesn“t run away! By using repels, you can guarantee no other encounters disrupt your â€œchainâ€ of searching for that PokÃ©mon over and over again. Over time, the chances of your next encounter with that PokÃ©mon being Shiny will increase (and stack, especially with the Shiny Charm I mentioned last week!).
Sometimes, the PokÃ©mon you“re Searching for via the DexNav won“t appear. Don“t worry! Just walk around and try again. If a PokÃ©mon other than the one you“re searching for happens to pop out of the grass while you're walking and waiting to try to use the App again, don“t worry about that either! As long as the PokÃ©mon is encountered by sneaking up on it, and as long as no PokÃ©mon ever spots you or runs away, your chain won“t be broken!
3) You can have both the Mach Bike and the Acro Bike in your inventory at the same time, if you talk to the right people!
If you've beaten the game, you may have come across Mirage Islands while Soaring that seem to have items that require both bikes to get to. But how can that be, if you can only have either the Acro Bike or the Mach Bike in your inventory? Turns out, you can get both bikes at once if you talk to the right people! Simply approach and talk to a Hex Maniac in the Route 111 desert (with the Mach Bike), a Bird Keeper in Route 119 (with the Acro Bike, Surf and Waterfall), and a Triathlete in the Battle Resort (with any bike). After that, talk with Rydel in Mauville City and you“re good as gold!
Hopefully I“ve imparted some useful information to you today! Stay tuned for more tips in later installments! Do you have any of your own tips to share with fellow PokÃ©mon Trainers here at Game Podunk? Let us hear ”em below!