Pokemon Monday 39 - Elf's World

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Welcome to Pokemon Monday, GamesRadar's podcast 100% devoted to all things Pokemon. Step into the bizarre hivemind of several adult Pokemon fantatics each Monday as we bring you a no-frills, raw and unedited passionate Pokemon discussion covering breaking news, events, and whatever else is on our singularly devoted Pokemon brains. No Pokemon-related topic is off limits.

Episode 39 highlights

The Audino strategy - Need to level up your Pokemon quickly? Trying grinding using shaking grass patches in an area with high-level Pokemon.

Your shiny storiesLast week we asked if you've ever encountered a shiny Pokemon in the wild, and many of you had incredible experiences of luck and loss to tell.

Bootleg Pokemon ROM - How happen?

Poke-Rights, Not Poke-Fights PSA - They do have a point.

Pokemon of the week: Emolga - This Sky Squirrel Pokemon can certainly be annoying, but in a good way or bad?

Question of the week: What's your process for facing the Elite Four? Do you look them up ahead of time or do you prefer to be surprised?

See you next week!


  • SkyDragonc5 - July 27, 2011 3:54 a.m.

    I have a team ready for everything so by the time the elite 4 comes I am always ready.
  • nomnom52 - April 14, 2011 2:33 a.m.

    I had fun figuring out what the types were. My Zoroark quite raped Catherine's team, however. He is currently my highest level Pokemon.
  • shyfonzie - April 4, 2011 6:04 a.m.

    I liked going room by room and finding out the fighters and their pokemon. It filled me with wonder, but it emptied my pockets a bit...
  • evire - April 3, 2011 11:48 p.m.

    I wait for my stupid rival to become champion, then kick his butt and laugh in his dumb face. I AM THE CHAMPION
  • InflammableAnteater - April 2, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    When I take on the Elite Four, I usually just look them up beforehand. I don't think I've actually taken them on without knowing their types. And since I missed last week, I guess I'll say something about shinies. I think my first shiny other than the red Gyarados was a Machoke that I never used for anything. I don't think anybody even cared that it was a shiny when I showed it off. Other than that, nothing. I think I spent at least two hours soft-resetting in front of Reshiram until I discovered that it's actually coded to NEVER be shiny (I almost threw my DS across the room). I got bored of looking for a shiny Kyurem and Virizion, so now I'm just breeding stuff for a shiny. IN CONCLUSION, my searches for shiny pokemon have all been disappointments.
  • Fonen - April 2, 2011 4:29 a.m.

    Thanks for mentioning me on the podcast (not sarcasm), by the way today I used your guide for chaining shinies and caught 2 shiny shinx! I am giving one away to my friend.
  • SunniDee - April 2, 2011 2:25 a.m.

    i first do a test run with my team to see how they would fair. Then i would grind until level 46 for all my pokemon at least 46 that is. Then i would look up the E4 then battle in for real. That method only took one try with my team and it was the ame team i used pretty much all game
  • el.waxa - April 1, 2011 6:10 a.m.

    Can anyone help me out I'm trying to get an eevee to an umbreon (soulsilver)
  • tgaffs001 - March 31, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    Question of the week: Have you ever entered a pokemon video game tournament and if so, how did you do?
  • GHOST3o0o - March 31, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    I just caught a shiny deerling.
  • Stuv - March 31, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    Hey guys, I have a few questions for you, if you'd be happy to answer them. I've been wondering; 1. What do you guys look to do when building a party of 6? I personally go for a jack-of-all-trades kind of thing. I try to have a water, psychic, flying, electric, fire and dragon type. That way, I'm not at a huge disadvantage against anything, but it's hard to get an advantage over trainers. 2. Do you build your teams for offence or defence? My teams are all offence, because I have no idea what a defensive team would look like. And finally 3. What are your thought on stat damaging moves, like Tail Whip and Screech and whatnot. I'm not a fan of them, but maybe I've been using them wrong the whole time. Love the podcast guys, keep it up!
  • Sinosaur - March 31, 2011 3:41 a.m.

    When I was younger, I had guides to look up all the information on the Elite Four, but more recently I've liked being surprised. When I fight the Elite Four, I sort of relish a bit of the challenge, even if it can be a bit frustrating. I haven't reached the Elite Four in the new ones, but in Pearl I made my way to the Elite Four for that final, epic showdown and it was a rough set of fights. When I finally fought Cynthia, it was a brutal battle to the man. Each of us got knocked down to our last Pokemon, but despite being battered and worn down, my Staraptor managed to finish off her Garchomp with Brave Bird and Close Combat. It was down to the wire, and having won without looking anything up ahead of time made it feel so much more worthwhile. Also, Staraptor is my all time favorite Bird pokemon now, because he came through when I needed him.
  • ShinyShinx - March 31, 2011 1:08 a.m.

    I am a brand new listener, so I am late on this so far I have listened to episodes 30-39. The reason I said I was late is because I have a crazy shiny story. My friends and I were all playing pokemon HG/SS together, I was laying diamond. My friend found a Shiny Gyrados one spot away from the actual in game shiny, we all gave him a hard time for his bad luck but it was his first actual shiny so he was very happy. 2 minutes later my friend found his first shiny a Gible I feel so bad for him still. I however had just started a new game on Diamond and saw my first shiny the first time I saw a pokemon after getting pokeballs. It was my favorite shiny,a Shinx. You guys are great!!!
  • DarkVoid57 - March 30, 2011 11:34 p.m.

    Sad, sad shiny story: Back when I was a wee boy, Emerald days. I found a shiny Solrock, and caught it because it looked cool. Years later, and many ERASE GAME SAVE's later, I found out it was a shiny. R.I.P Shiny Solrock
  • Romination - March 30, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    I used to look it up. Actually, I used to buy strategy guides for every Pokemon game until I lost the one that I got for Ruby and Sapphire. That's the first time that I didn't fight the Elite Four with a team specially made for them, and it's also the first time I just went with my favourite Pokemon of types so that almost everything was covered- except maybe Dark, but come on, like I need something strong against those. So now, I just get a team that covers everything, get to the Elite Four with them at about level 50, save before I battle them, then buy 50 Full Restores and power my ass through. THAT'S HOW WINNERS DO IT
  • kwyjibo - March 30, 2011 3:39 p.m.

    I missed last weeks podcast so I want to share my shiny story! Just after diamond on pearl came out I decided to have a go on ruby again before I transferred my pokemon over. I managed to find a shiny zigzagoon but since it's shiny colour is only slightly lighter I accidentally killed it! When I found it I thought "hmm that's odd" but I didn't think twice and KOed it. Only after I realised and I was soooo angry! But then I was really lucky because just a week after that I managed to find a shiny machoke in pearl! and it was bright green so I definitely knew it was shiny! 
  • Sarakin - March 30, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    I tend to not look them up and then get my butt kicked repeatedly. Although the way they did the elite four in black and white makes my method a lot better since once i can go to a different opponent if I'm having way too much trouble on one.
  • Cooldude27af - March 30, 2011 7:35 a.m.

    I don't really have a method for he elite fou, I just buy all the potions I can and save before each battle..... And as an app I recemend the app called's a really awesome app get it!!!! :3D
  • wavej4 - March 30, 2011 5:05 a.m.

    I think the best way to drain would be the stadiums with a lucky egg/exp share. If you have someone you can play with using the entralink is kinda fun and you can give your friends huge bonuses in exp. This doesn't work as well with the audino method because of the amount of time between the battles though. I usually do not look up the elite four but this time I did just because I don't know the pokemon very well and got confused with their typing all the time.
  • SnorlaxRulez - March 30, 2011 4:02 a.m.

    I don't look them up. I just like getting surprised. But i also get mad whenever i lose to the first Elite four. I also just train one pokemon until it is strong enough to beat them. In the White version i got lucky because i beat them in the first turn.

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