When you select "New Game", you will be asked several questions. Your answers automatically determin the kind of Pokemon you will play as the main hero. You will become one of 16 Pokemon like Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Pikachu. All 16 are shown below, so have a look. What kind of Pokemon will be right for you?
The partner is the Pokemon that joins you, the hero, on your adventure at the beginning of the story. After the hero Pokemon is determined, you will see seven possible Pokemon candidates for you partner. Choose one of these Pokemon to be your partner.
*You will not see candidates that are the same Pokemon as the hero, the same type as the hero, or Normal-type Pokemon.
Potential Candidates for the Hero and Partner Pokemon
-Grass Type- -Water Type-
-Fire Type- -Electric Type-
=Cyndaquil -Normal Type-
*Meowth, Skitty, and Munchlax are only candidates as the hero. The will not be available as candidates for the partner.
-This guild is home to not only your exploration team but also many others.
-This is where you can check on the Pokemon that have joined the team. You may also choose which ones should be in the active exploration team. The Pokemon you've chosen for the exploration team will be waiting for you at the Crossroads down from the guild.
Croagunk Swap Shop
-Croagunk swaps Pokemon-specific items for you. He will only swap items that work for a specific Pokemon, however. For example, he will accept this swap: a Bulba-Claw and a Bulba-Fang in exchange for a Grass-Guard.
Minigame: Sentry Duty
-As you progress through the ranks, Diglett and Loudred may ask you to take over sentry duty every so often. While manning the Sentry Post, you must watch the footprints of Pokemon visiting the guild on the top screen and identify them on the bottom screen. You can identify Pokemon by selecting them and then pressing the A Button, or by simply tapping them. You must identify each visitor before the timer bar at the bottom of the top screen turns entirely red. At the end, you may be rewarded with money and items depending on how you did.
Treasure Town is located right near the guild. In the beginning, only a few facilities are open. As you progress through the story, more facilities will open. It is composed of Kangaskhan Storage, Kecleon Shop & Wares, Xatu Appraisal, Electivire Link Shop, Chansey Day Care, Duskull Bank, and Marowak Dojo.
Kecleon Shop & Wares
-These shops are run by the Kecleon brothers. The older Kecleon sells Berries, Seeds, and similar items at his Kecleon Shop. The younger brother deals in TMs and so on at Kecleon Wares. The merchandise selection will change as you progress through the story.
-A bank operated by Duskull. You can deposit or withdraw your Poke' here. You should deposit your money here for safekeeping before going exploring. If you are defeated in a dungeon, you lose all the money you are carrying, but what's in the bank is safe.
-You can store or take out items here. It's a good idea to store important items before going out on a risky exploration, because if you are defeated in a dungeon, you lose some of the items you are carrying.
Electivire Link Shop
-A facility for linking moves and recalling forgotten moves. Linking is a process of putting together two moves so that they are used one after the other in one turn. At this shop, the "Link" command links the selected move with the move listed below it. The order of moves on the list can be switched around using the R Button and the Control Pad together. Linked moves are used in the order that they are listed. If you want to break the link, select the linked moves and select "Delink". Note: some moves can't be linked.
-A facility where your team may freely battle wild Pokemon. Even if you are defeated in the dungeons here, you will not lose Exp. Points, just as with other dungeons. However, unlike other dungeons, you will also be allowed to keep all the items and money you find if you are defeated and expelled. You can't send an SOS Mail from a dungeon here if you are defeated.
Chansey Day Care
-A shop that takes care of Eggs you obtain as thanks for completing jobs. If you get an Egg, be sure to bring it here and leave it with Chansey. A Pokemon will hatch several days later.
-A shop that appraises mysterious treasure boxes found in dungeons. These boxes, with intriguing names like Shiny Box, Nifty Box, and so on, all contain an item. However, a treasure box must be appraised be Xatu, who can open it. You will find treasure boxes as you progress through them to Xatu for appraisal.
At first, you can carry only one item. Once you obtain the Treasure Bag, you can carry a lot more. This section covers just a few of the items you may find.
-"Eat" food items to fill your Belly. Some food will temporarily expand the Belly size if you "Eat" it when the Belly is full.
-Apple: It slightly fills the Belly when eaten.
-"Ingest" these drinks to use. They come in many varieties such as those for restoring PP and boosting the stats of Pokemon. They also fill the Belly somewhat.
-Max Elixir: Ingest to fully restore the PP of all moves.
Seeds & Berries
-"Eat" thease items to use them. They have a wide variety of effects, and they fill the Belly somewhat. Some are more useful when thrown at enemies.
-Vile Seed: Reduces Defense and Special Defense when eaten. It should be thrown at an enemy.
-Gummis are tasty treats that boost the IQ of Pokemon. They also fill the Belly a little.
-White Gummi: Boosts IQ when eaten. The White Gummi is the favorite of Normal-type Pokemon.
-Ammo are items you "Throw" or "Hurl" to attack foes at a distance.
-Geo Pebble: When thrown, it flies high in an arc to strike the target for damage.
-These are items you can "Give" to a Pokemon to hold. They can boost various stats and or provide other special effects.
-Power Band: A hold item that boosts the Pokemon's Attack.
-"Use" these items to obtain a variety of effects, such as stat enhancements and causing status problems in enemies.
-Foe-Hold Orb: An item that afflicts all enemies on the floor with a Petrified status condition. A petrified Pokemon is incapable of action.
Pokemon Specific Items
-These items power up specific Pokemon just be being in the Treasure Bag. They can be swapped to obtain higher-grade items at Croagunk Swap Shop.
-Bulba-Claw: An item specifically for Bulbasaur. I slightly raises Attack.
-Blulba-Fang: An item specifically for Bulbasaur. It slightly raises Special Attack.
TMs (Technical Machines)
-A TM teaches a move to a Pokemon when used. Hedden Machines (HMs) can't be used inside dungeons, but they won't disappear after use.
-Thunderbolt: Teaches the move Thunderbolt. The move inflicts damage on all enemies within a 1-tile range of the user. It may also rarely cause paralysis.