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Platinum's Empoleon

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==={{chap|Diamond & Pearl}}===
[[File:Platinum Piplup Adventures.png|thumb|left|130px|As a Piplup]]
Empoleon first appeared as a {{p|Piplup}} in ''[[PS338|Stagestruck Starly]]'', as one of the three Pokémon given to {{adv|Platinum}} from [[Professor Rowan]]. When Platinum started her journey, she chose Piplup as her starter Pokémon and let her out of her [[Poké Ball]].
In ''[[PS341|Putting a Crimp in Kricketot]]'', Platinum was attacked by a group of wild {{p|Kricketot}} and {{p|Kricketune}}, forcing Piplup to defend her. Despite her best efforts, Piplup was unable to defeat them entirely, dealing a huge blow to her pride. In an attempt to regain her self-respect Piplup insists that her and Platinum challenge the local [[Gym]] Leader [[Roark]]. In order to prepare Piplup trains with [[Tru]] and [[Chimler]] to prepare. The next day, Piplup faces off against [[Roark's Cranidos]] at the [[Oreburgh Gym]], but is hurt by a powerful {{m|Shock Wave}} and is forced to be sent back. After [[{{TP|Platinum's Rapidash|Ponyta]]}} falls to Roark's {{p|Onix}}, Piplup is sent back out and quickly defeats it with a {{type|Water}} attack. With some advice from {{adv|Diamond}} and {{adv|Pearl}}'s comedy routine, Platinum commands Piplup to use {{m|Water Pulse}}, which confuses {{p|Cranidos}} and causes it to knock itself out, giving Platinum the victory and allowing Piplup to regain her pride.
In ''[[PS346|Ring Around the Roserade I]]'', after leaving the [[Old Chateau]] the group meets [[Gardenia]], who somewhat nudges them into challenging her the next day. The three soon begin training with the starter Pokémon when [[Cynthia]] walks by and notices that the three are going to [[evolve]]. Quickly after saying this the three evolve, with Piplup evolving into a {{p|Prinplup}}.
In ''[[PS347|Ring Around the Roserade II]]'', Prinplup was used in Platinum’s [[double battle]] alongside {{p|Ponyta}} against Gardenia and her {{p|Roserade}} and {{p|Cherubi}}. Despite the type advantage Ponyta was quickly defeated due to Roserade's poison thorns, leaving Prinplup to battle by herself. Due to the distance Gardenia put between them Prinplup continues getting pummeled by both Cherubi and Roserade and being unable to counterattack. This quickly changes as Platinum takes advantage of the holes made in the ground by {{m|Grass Knot}} and uses that to direct a hidden {{m|Blizzard}} at both Roserade and Cherubi, knocking them out cold.
[[File:Platinum Prinplup Adventures.png|thumb|left|200px|As a Prinplup]]
In ''[[PS351|Perturbed by Pachirisu]]'', Platinum and Prinplup enter a [[Rank (Contest)|Normal Rank]] [[Pokémon Super Contest]] in the {{OBP|Cool|condition}}ness [[Contest condition|segment]]. Due to several saboteurs working against them, Platinum and Prinplup lose their confidence and consider quitting. However, with words of encouragement from Diamond, they gain enough confidence to continue going on and manage to win the competition, earning themselves a [[Ribbon]].
In ''[[PS360|Great Gible]]'', it is revealed that Prinplup evolved into an {{p|Empoleon}}.
In ''[[PS365|Crafty Carnivine]]'', Empoleon is used as Platinum's first choice in her battle against [[Crasher Wake]] and his {{p|Floatzel}}. The two exchange a few blows before moving the battle to the waters. Empoleon manages to easily beat Floatzel with a {{m|Vacuum Wave}} and then goes up against {{p|Quagsire}}. The two fire Blizzard at each other and it appears to be even, but due to tiring herself out from the last battle Quagsire overpowers her and wins, knocking her out.
In ''[[PS372|Mirages of Mismagius I]]'', Empoleon is used in Platinum's next Gym battle and faces [[Fantina]]'s {{pTP|Fantina|Drifblim}}. Empoleon manages to win by freezing its {{m|Ominous Wind}} with Blizzard, which spread to Drifblim and froze it. She then fought {{p|Mismagius}} and lost quickly due to its illusion powers. In ''[[PS374|Brash Bronzong I]]'', when Platinum goes to find her kidnapped father, she uses Empoleon against the Gym Leader [[Byron]], who she believed to be the perpetrator. Empoleon manages to damage Byron's two {{p|Bronzong}} but is defeated by a {{m|Payback}} attack.
[[File:Platinum Prinplup Contest.png|thumb|right|200px|As a Prinplup after winning a Super Contest]]
In ''[[PS387|Striking Out Snover]]'', Empoleon is used in Platinum's battle against [[Candice]], fighting against her {{p|Snover}}. With a powerful {{m|Metal Claw}} Empoleon quickly defeats Snover, but is soon knocked out by Snover's {{m|Seed Bomb}} which it fired earlier, resulting in a tie.
In ''[[PS405|Shorting Out Electivire]]'', when Platinum was trying to convince [[Volkner]] to train her, [[Maylene]], and Candice, Empoleon was used against his {{p|Raichu}}. Even though she managed to trap it in ice with Blizzard, Raichu managed to free itself with a [[Berry]] and defeated Empoleon with {{m|Thunderbolt}}. After Volkner accepts, Empoleon was used to battle his {{p|Electivire}} and manages to win, earning Platinum her final [[Badge]].
[[File:Platinum and Empoleon.png|thumb|left|150px|Platinum and Empoleon]]
In ''[[PS419|Getting the Drop on Gallade I]]'', Empoleon is used in Platinum's {{si|Battle Castle}} challenge and is used against [[Darach]] and his {{p|Gallade}}. Empoleon uses her speed to get behind Gallade and hold him still, but he extends his blades behind him and deals heavy damage, making Platinum recall her. She is later switched back in to fight his {{p|Houndoom}} and defeats it with a {{m|Hydro Pump}}. After that {{p|Staraptor}} is called out and after a tiring battle Empoleon beats it with Blizzard. She is then switched back in again and later called out to finishes off the {{m|Attract}}-inflicted Gallade with {{m|Drill Peck}}, giving Platinum her first Battle Frontier win.
In ''[[PS424|Exit Empoleon]]'', Platinum used Empoleon in her {{si|Battle Arcade}} challenge. During the battle against [[Arcade Star Dahlia]], Platinum and Dahlia had to switch Pokémon due to the roulette, meaning Empoleon and Platinum's other Pokémon were forced to fight against their [[Trainer]]. Although both sides were reluctant at first, both Platinum and her Pokémon manage to fight at their full strength, which eventually ended with Platinum as the victor.
When Platinum went to challenge the {{si|Battle Factory}}, she sent Empoleon and her other Pokémon to search for [[Looker]] on [[Stark Mountain]], who had gone missing. They soon return, heavily injured and exhausted with a similarly injured Looker and [[Buck]].
==Personality and characteristics==
Typical of her {{OBP|Pokémon|species|species}}, Empoleon is a prideful and proud Pokémon. Despite this she is not rude to others and makes friends with the other Pokémon very easily. She is very headstrong, fierce, and determined, and hates losing. She is also a very strong Pokémon and is the powerhouse of {{adv|Platinum}}'s team. The two share a very strong bond and is one of the closest Pokémon to Platinum.
==Moves used==