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Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions

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When the game begins, the {{player}} watches a [[television|newscast]] about a sighting of a [[red Gyarados]] in [[Johto]]'s [[Lake of Rage]]. The player then heads to their best friend {{ga|Barry}}'s house and heads to [[Lake Verity]] with him to search for [[Legendary Pokémon]]. When they arrive, they notice [[Professor Rowan]] and his assistant ({{ga|Lucas}} or {{ga|Dawn}}, depending on the player's [[gender]]) discussing the professor's work and his search for something in the lake. The pair notice the player and hurry off, leaving behind a briefcase. As Barry approaches the briefcase, two wild {{p|Starly}} attack. The player and Barry open the briefcase, which contains [[Starter Pokémon|three Pokémon]] they must choose from to fight off the attacking Pokémon. Barry, who later becomes the rival, takes the Pokémon that has a type advantage over the player's choice. After the battle, the professor's assistant will briefly appear and comment that the Pokémon have been used before exiting with the briefcase. The player and Barry return to [[Twinleaf Town]]. Back in Twinleaf Town the player's mother gives him or herthem a pair of [[Running Shoes]] before the player leaves for [[Sandgem Town]]. When the player meets Professor Rowan in Sandgem Town, the professor gives the player the Pokémon chosen at the lake and a [[Pokédex]]. The player then sets off to explore Sinnoh and defeat [[Gym Leader]]s in order to advance further in the plot, challenge the [[Elite Four]], and become the {{pkmn|Champion}} of Sinnoh.
During the course of the game, there are many conflicts with the evil [[Team Galactic]] and its leader, [[Cyrus]]. When the power of {{p|Dialga}}{{sup/4|D}} or {{p|Palkia}}{{sup/4|P}}, summoned by Cyrus, begins to overwhelm Sinnoh, {{p|Uxie}}, {{p|Mesprit}} and {{p|Azelf}} appear and negate the power flow, and the player is then forced into a battle with the [[Legendary Pokémon]].