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Individual Values: A Pokemon Feature - Week 6: 3 Cool Things You May Not Know About Pokémon ORAS

Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the sixth week of my Pokémon 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 Pokémon 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 Pokémon is Milotic, known for its beauty and comfortable niche in the competitive scene as a “bulky water” 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 Pokémon more easily using the Search function in the DexNav.


Oh, man. Does anyone who played Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum remember the first iteration of the PokéRadar? For those not in the know--this Key Item (also available in X&Y) let you hunt down specific Pokémon rustling in the grass, and featured a way to “chain” for species. Encountering the same species of Pokémon over and over again increased its chances of being Shiny over time!


This aspect of the PokéRadar item is...also a thing in Pokémon ORAS, albeit through the DexNav itself instead of a separate item! All you have to do is capture whichever Pokémon 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 Pokémon you want to hunt for on the touchscreen. You“re able to Search for this Pokémon 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 “chain” of searching for that Pokémon over and over again. Over time, the chances of your next encounter with that Pokémon being Shiny will increase (and stack, especially with the Shiny Charm I mentioned last week!).


Sometimes, the Pokémon you“re Searching for via the DexNav won“t appear. Don“t worry! Just walk around and try again. If a Pokémon 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 Pokémon is encountered by sneaking up on it, and as long as no Pokémon 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 Pokémon Trainers here at Game Podunk? Let us hear ”em below!

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