Appendix:Diamond and Pearl walkthrough/Section 25< Appendix:Diamond and Pearl walkthrough
The Poké Radar that Professor Rowan gave you lets you catch some special Pokémon in the grass, which normally won't appear. Some grass will rustle or flash. If you catch or defeat a Pokémon in rustling or flashing grass, other patches of grass will rustle or flash. If you run from the Pokémon or if the grass has rustled/flashed 3 times in a use, the Radar will stop. To activate it again, run around for a while. Similar to Vs. Seeker, the Poké Radar needs to recharge, but it only requires 50 steps instead of 100.
You'll need to bring a Pokémon with Surf.
Head south from Sandgem Town. Go through these routes to head to Pal Park. If you haven't gone through this route before, fight all Trainers (though you'll probably overwhelm them) and collect all items now. Refer to Section 13 for details.
As soon as you reach Pal Park, Professor Oak will meet up with you and explain that Pal Park is now open and how you can use it. He will also give you a Pokétch App Trainer Counter, then leave to Eterna City.
If you restart the game, you will notice that there is an extra option in the menu, 'Migrate from [whatever Pokémon game is in the GBA slot]'. This will allow you to transfer Pokémon from either Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, or LeafGreen. If you have done so, you may greet the ranger at the counter and enter Pal Park. This will begin an event called a Catching Show. Depending on the Pokémon you transfer over, they will appear in different zones of the park (a water Pokémon will appear in the Lake or the Sea). After you catch all the Pokémon, you can leave the park and meet the ranger again. He will end the Catching Show and give you a score. The score is based on how long it took you to catch all the Pokémon and the rarity of the Pokémon you transfer over.
From now on, you can fly here without going through Routes 219-221 again.
After first accessing Pal Park, another method of catching Pokémon from previous generations has unlocked. This is the Dual-slot mode, also known as Dongle Method. Slot in a Generation III game in the Slot 2 (Game Boy Advance slot) on your Nintendo DS or Nintendo DS Lite, and some Pokémon will appear on certain routes. Since this feature is inaccessible with the later DS models, your only choice in that situation is to receive these Pokémon from trades through Platinum as well as HeartGold and SoulSilver.
|Available Pokémon (Dual-slot)|
Head south to Route 212.
Keep going until you reach the Pokémon Mansion.
Go into Mr. Backlot's office.
Mr. Backlot's Office
Talk to Mr. Backlot and answer "Yes" whenever he asks if you're envious. He'll tell that a Pokémon come up to him in Trophy Garden in the morning, but his butler points out that the stated Pokémon doesn't exist in the garden. Mr. Backlot whisper to the butler, then butler heads off. Mr. Backlot says that what he says is the truth-- "Honest truth!"
The mentioned Pokémon will be found here at a 5% encounter rate. Quite rare to find.
|Available Pokémon (through Mr. Backlot)|
Now fly to Pokémon League Main Building, heal your Pokémon, then surf down the waterfall and enter Victory Road again.
| Diamond and Pearl
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