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Platinum's Empoleon

No change in size, 13 June
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 {{i|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]]. 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|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 [[evolution|evolve]]. Quickly after saying this the three evolve, with Piplup evolving into a {{p|Prinplup}}.