Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Walkthrough, Part Eight: Slateport City
Ahhh, the cool sea breeze of Slateport. This nautical market town is filled with things to see and people to talk to, and even though there isn’t a Pokémon Gym - sigh - you’ll probably spend plenty of time wandering around Slateport. All is not well here, though, and a familiar gang of ruffians appears to be on the verge of causing a great deal of trouble in the city…
- There’s a fair amount of stuff to do in Slateport. Start by checking the west side of town. You’ll find a small market. The vendors here sell a variety of items:
- In the south is a vendor who wants pokémon who know the move Secret Power. Get the TM (it’s on an upcoming Route) and he’ll sell you some additional TMs, namely TM10 (Hidden Power) and TM43 (Secret Power). (Still have to confirm this. That’s what it was in Emerald, anyway.)
- The woman in the southwest will sell you dolls. You can put these in a Secret Base as decorations. She won’t open for business until you can create Secret Bases, however, so she’s useless right now. Down and to the left of her stall you'll find Alakazite sitting on the ground. (Thanks, Saad. So many derps.)
- One stall north is a dude who will sell you a variety of items for boosting the base stats of your pokémon. These items are quite handy, but they’re also really expensive. Don’t bother with ‘em right now. You’ll get the same effect, for free, via Super Training.
- Beside this dude is a woman who wants to see a pokémon that has battled a lot. Return once you’ve got one that you’ve used a lot - your starter is a good prospect - and she’ll give you an Effort Ribbon.
- The next stall over is run by a woman who sells Fragrant Incenses. They’re decent later, as they boost various stats in battle, but they’re way too pricey right now.
- One stall north of the Incense lady is a dude who sells TMs, and some decent ones at that. They’re still pretty expensive, but some of them (Thunder Wave!) are worth the splurge.
- North of the market is the Pokémon Fan Club. The woman on the right side of the club will, assuming you managed to get one here, offer to trim your Furfrou into different hairstyles. Speak to the woman in the rear of the Fan Club and, if your pokémon loves you, she’ll give you a Soothe Bell. Last, the chairman will give you an estimate of your pokémon’s worth (in other words, whether or not you’ve been feeding it Pokeblocks. More on those in a moment.
- Next up are the Pokémon Center and the Poke Mart. Neither are terribly notable, though the Poke Mart is a bit larger than usual, as it has two vendors. The second sells stat-boosting items that will make your pokémon more powerful for a single battle. In casual play these aren’t terribly useful items. Northwest of the Pokémon Center is the home of the Name Rater, who will tell you if your names are kosher or not. Meh.
- In the far north is Slateport’s Contest Tent. Contests are alternate forms of battle that allow you to trade stylish barbs with other pokémon. Winners will receive some fancy items. We’ll look at Contests in greater detail in a separate article, as they’re completely optional - and you can’t participate yet anyway, as you don’t have a Contest Pass. Speak to the man on the second floor of this particular tent for TM41, Torment.
- On the east side of town is a ferry that’s not currently operating. To the south is a Museum, not currently accessible (sketchy), and further south is a warehouse. Pop inside and speak to the bald man to the north. He’ll tell you to look for a dude called Capt. Stern, who he suspects is in the Museum. Speaking to him will clear the entrance of the Museum so you can enter.
- Pop inside the Museum, pay the entry fee ($50), and speak to the first Grunt on your right. He’ll give you TM46, Thief, and run off. That done, head upstairs and speak to the bespectacled man looking at one of the exhibits in the bottom-right corner of the screen. This is Stern. Speaking to him will trigger two pokémon battles.
Team Aqua / Magma Grunt
Carvanha / Numel, level 16
Oooo, your first look at the unique pokémon of Aqua and Magma. Carvanha is a speedy water- and dark-type that you can easily take down with grass- or fighting-type moves; Numel is a slightly bulkier but much slower fire- and ground-type that dies quickly to water-type moves.
Team Aqua / Magma Grunt
Zubat, level 14
Carvanha / Numel, level 14
Zubats are among some of the most annoying opponents in Pokémon history, and you’ll wanna take this thing out quickly before it can confuse your pokémon. Otherwise, standard battle.
- Beating the two Grunts will bring your time in Slateport to a close… for the moment. Heal up if necessary, then head north. The path that was previously blocked is now open, leading to Route 110…
- … but you don’t get to leave just yet. Before you can make it out of Slateport you’re treated to a cut scene featuring Lisia, the face of Pokémon Contests in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. She’ll give you a Contest Pass and a Pokeblock Kit. The former allows you to enter Pokémon Contests; the latter allows you to create Pokeblocks in Pokémon Spectacular Halls. Pokeblocks improve your pokémon in Contests, increasing your chances that they’ll win. Follow Lisia inside and she’ll give you a Contest Costume that looks a little ridiculous.
- If you take on a Normal Contest and manage to win, you'll be approached in the aftermath by a Pokémon Breeder who will give you a special Cosplay Pikachu. Usable in battle, this special Pikachu can wear various silly cosplay outfits which you can change in the dressing rooms of Contest Spectacular Halls. Oh lord.
- (Flat out honesty? I hate Contests. You won’t hear too much about them.)
- Once all this nonsense is out of the way you’ll be free to head to Route 110, the connecting path to one of the harder Pokémon Gyms in the game.
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