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Miscellaneous Gameplay Info & Quests

Legendary Quest: Catching Entei, Raikou, & Suicune

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None of the legendary Pokemon - Ho-Oh, Lugia, Entei, Raikou, Suicune, or Celebi - will respawn if you defeat any of them, under any circumstances: this game predates that practice in the Pokemon series. It is highly recommended you save before battling any of them - especially the Legendary Beasts since failure with any one of those also screws you out of Ho-Oh.

When you reach the Burned Tower in Pokemon Crystal, at the bottom of the tower, you"ll find three Pokemon. On approaching them, they"ll flee. These three Pokemon are known as Entei, Raikou, and Suicune, dubbed as the "legendary beasts" by players; in canon, they"re Pokemon that died when the Burned Tower was set aflame, and revived by Ho-Oh. These Pokemon, for Generation II, are special, rare, and decently powerful as well, and of course worth capture.

Of course, that is easier said than done.

ENCOUNTERING RAIKOU & ENTEI:

Initially, only Raikou and Entei will be able to be encountered; Suicune, as the game"s mascot Pokemon, will require a bit more work. After the meeting in the Burned Tower, Raikou and Entei are considered "roaming" Pokemon: they will be considered an available encounter on a given Route in the game, and when you change Routes so will they. When you encounter them in battle, they"ll typically run away or use Roar to force the running away. Here are some important notes:

HP carries from battle to battle. That means you can encounter them, lower their HP with a weak attack, and on the next battle they"ll have the same amount of HP.Status also carries. This makes it good if you choose to use status. Note that due to glitches in the game"s mechanics, only Sleep and Frozen boost the capture rate.The best way to handle the battles: Your battle, or series of them, should be focused on lowering the Pokemon"s HP, preferably through False Swipe to avoid a KO. When the foe is at low HP, you"ll want to use a move to induce Sleep, preferably, since it"ll give you a few extra turns, boost the catch rate, and doesn"t require you to damage the Pokemon. The best Pokeball will be the Master Ball, obviously, but aside from that you"ll want to use Ultra Balls, or Level Balls if you"re leading with a Level 80+ Pokemon as the Legendary Beasts are encountered at Level 40.The best way to engage the battles: This means of trying to engage in battles with Raikou and Entei will at least have some modicum of consistency and ease to it. You"ll need some Super Repels, and a Level 30 or so Pokemon (but no higher than 39) in the lead of your party. Go to Route 36, which is to the west of Violet City. Use a Super Repel and run around in the grass there until either you find the Beast, or the Repel runs out: the Repel will keep away all of the wild Pokemon due to your choice of a lead, but it won"t stop Entei/Raikou due to them being higher-leveled. If the Repel fails, then the Beast isn"t on Route 36; in that instance, go east and to the Ruins of Alph (not just into the gatehouse but through it, to where the music changes), then return to Route 36. Activate a Super Repel and repeat. Reiterate this process until you have encountered the Beast, and confront it as you desire. This will take some time but it at least has consistency.

ENCOUNTERING SUICUNE:

Suicune is a slightly trickier matter than Entei or Raikou. For one thing, it won"t be roaming. However, to be able to capture it, you"ll need to complete a series of events.

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The meetings with the Beasts and Eusine in the Burned Tower is still necessary.Go to Cianwood City. North of the residences there you"ll find Suicune.Go to Route 46 east of Ecruteak City. South of the central entrance to Mt. Mortar, you can find Suicune again.After beating Pryce in Mahogany Town and ousting Team Rocket from the Radio Tower, you should receive the Clear Bell item.Go to Ecruteak City and enter the Tin Tower. You"ll be allowed to pass and battle Suicune after beating the Wise Trio.

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