Appendix:Diamond and Pearl walkthrough/Section 31

Survival Area

The Survival Area.

There isn't much here. Heal up at the Pokémon Center and check your supply of medicines before continuing east to Route 226.

Before proceeding......

Check the list in this section to make sure you're fully prepared. Another long journey is up ahead— You'll have to go through two somewhat long routes, as well as a massive volcano. There will be many Trainers for you to fight. A Trainer will team up with you in the same way as Cheryl, Mira, Riley and Marley, but you'd better not let your guard down because most of the wild Pokémon are at a high level, and there are a lot of Trainers.

Make sure that you have done the following things before going on:

  • Buy about 30 bottles for each kind of healing items (except Super Potion).
    • To save money, you might want to stock up on Drinks (Fresh Water, Soda Pop, Lemonade and Moomoo Milk) instead of Super Potions.
  • Have your leading Pokémon hold the Amulet Coin or Luck Incense to gain double prize after Trainer battles, especially if you're running out of money.
    • Be aware that you'll face a legendary Pokémon quite soon. You will need the money to purchase a certain kind of Poke Balls.
  • Bring Pokémon with the following HMs:
  • Heal your Pokémon before proceeding.

Route 226

Route 226.

Navigate your way east, climbing up and down the cliffs. When you reach the ocean, Surf east until you reach a large patch of tall grass: the start of Route 227.

Route 227

Route 227.

Continue north from the grass. Soon, you'll notice volcanic ash falling from the sky. Stark Mountain isn't too far ahead! Keep in mind that you want to go north and uphill, and it shouldn't be too much of a challenge. Also, you'll need to use your highest Bicycle gear to jump ramps to get over rocks, but be careful not to jump off the ledges. On the way, you'll see Rival Barry and Crasher Wake having a conversation. You'll also see Buck again. At the top of the hill is the entrance to the volcano-- Stark Mountain!

Stark Mountain

This is it: the biggest (and only) volcano in the Sinnoh region!


The exterior of Stark Mountain

There are some items that can be picked up.

If you think you're prepared, enter the cave.



Navigating through the volcano entrance room is fairly straightforward— the main puzzle is using Strength to push boulders up and down stairs. You'll want to keep going north. In front of the entrance to the next room, you'll find Barry, complaining about how he was defeated by Buck. He won't battle you, though, so continue deeper into the mountain.

Main Cavern

Main Cavern

When you enter the large main cavern, you'll find your point of view zoomed out. This makes it easier to see where you are in this massive cavern.

Quickly, you'll find Buck again. He asks you to team up with him to find the Magma Stone, although he thinks you're "pretty wimpy". You'll be leading the way through the cave. While he's with you, you can't use Rock Climb to get all of the items, so don't even bother right now. However, he'll heal your Pokémon after every battle, just like the other Trainers you teamed up with before.

To get through the cave: First, head east along the sort of ridge you're on until you reach the first point you can go north at. Smash the rock that's in the way and continue north until you reach the second set of stairs. Go down them and continue a few steps north and then far west, smashing the rock in your way. Go up the stairs and fight the Dragon Tamer and Black Belt, then walk around the ledge you're on and go down the stairs. From there, keep going east (pushing the Strength rock in front of you) and go up the stairs at the end.

Back Room

Follow Buck into the cave ahead of you. He will pick up the Magma Stone... (an earthquake occurs!) and then leave. Exit the cavern (using an Escape Rope or the move Dig is the easiest, if you have it, but you must leave the third room first) and return to the Survival Area. Time to go look for Buck!

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