The Legendary Whatevers

Ah, Raikou, Entei and Suicune, the Pokémon that have caused so much controversy over their real-world counterparts - cats, dogs, gerbils? To keep everybody happy I'll refer to them as the "Legendary Beasts" in this guide, and hope nobody will murder me for that. (Incidentally, I'll probably be murdered for thinking personally that they're all cats, too, so it doesn't really matter. *reinforces her house's defenses*)

Their Differences

So, you ask, what are the differences between the three, anyway?

Okay, nobody would really ask that, but I'll answer it anyway. (The MAIN technical differences, at least...)

Raikou Entei Suicune
Type Electric Fire Water
Base 115 stats Sp.Atk, Speed HP, Attack Defense, Sp.Def
Base 100 stat Sp.Def Speed HP
Base 90 stat HP Sp.Atk Sp.Atk
Base 85 stat Attack Defense Speed
Base 75 stat Defense Sp.Def Attack
Non-type moves Reflect, Crunch Stomp, Swagger Gust, Mirror Coat

As you can see, they are very much alike in many ways. Just to clarify, "Non-type moves" refers to all moves that have nothing to do with their type; I didn't put Quick Attack for Raikou there because Electric types tend to be fast, and a lot of Water Pokémon learn Mist so I left it out on Suicune. And I wanted to save space on the page.

Finding them

Now, what you are most likely here for... how to find and catch them.

How to unlock them

Unlocking them is the first step. Go to the Burned Tower in Ecruteak and get to the basement. (It's really easy.) Then go up to the three statues, which are (surprise, surprise) the legendary dogs/cats/beasts/whatever you want to call them. They will run away. And now you can find them.

How to find them for the first time

In Crystal, "them" is just Raikou and Entei, of course, since catching Suicune is just as easy as catching Ho-oh or Lugia... yawn. So boring. But Raikou and Entei will always be the same entertainment. At least, there are two ways to find them:

a) Play through the game as normal until you are suddenly attacked by a big level 40 Pokémon, panic because you've got a level five Magikarp first in your lineup, and watch the level 40 Pokémon run away from your Magikarp.

b) Spend all your money on Max Repels, go into a patch of tall grass, use a Max Repel, and then walk around and waste all your Max Repels finding not even a hair of them. Beat the Elite Four to get more money, and then repeat. Maybe somewhere in the progress, one of them will appear, just so you can discover that you still have a Magikarp first in your lineup.

Once you've found them for the first time, finding them again is much easier.

How to find them for the second, third, fourth, fifth, etc. time

Put a fast level 40 Pokémon that knows a sleep-inducing attack first in your party. Put a Pokémon at any level with False swipe anywhere in your party. Buy some Repels. Fly to Cherrygrove. Check your Pokédex for the one you've seen. Go to Area. If it is nowhere near you, Fly to Cherrygrove again and repeat. If it is at Route 46 or Route 30, walk to Route 29. If it is at Route 29 or Route 31, walk to Route 30. Either way, check your Pokédex again. If moved away from you, Fly to Cherrygrove and repeat. If it is at the same route as you, save and use your Repel. Then just walk in the grass until a wild Pokémon attacks you, and it will be the beast. If the Repel's effect wears off, use another one. Check every once in a while if the beast has moved away from you. (Alternatively, you can do it without Repels, have the first Pokémon any level, and just scream at all the annoying Bellsprout that are going to attack you.) Eventually, you should be in battle with the beast. Now it's just to catch it.

Catching them

Well, maybe I should've told you before, but there are three ways to catch them. They are:

1: Clone three Master Balls (two for Crystal) and catch them with them. This is the cheap, easy and boring way. I don't recommend it; catching the legendary beasts is half of the fun in the game and you don't want all the fun to be over as soon as it starts, do you?

2: Take out your Master Ball and catch one of them with it and the other one(s) with Ultra Balls. Only if you're lazy but are either not a cheater or you want to keep some of the fun.

3: Catch all of them the hard but fun way, with Ultra Balls.

The Master Ball method

Find it, either for the first time or some other time, and throw the Master Ball at it. Gee, that was easy. And boring. See now why I don't recommend doing this?

The Ultra Ball method

First, you must have some Ultra Balls. I don't really know how many I should suggest that you should have. If I have few of them, I run out, but if I buy lots and lots of them, I catch them within the first two or three. But I guess it's better to be safe than sorry, so you should buy 20 Ultra Balls or so.

Now, find one (see above). Put it to sleep. Switch to your False Swiping Pokémon and False Swipe it to 1 HP. Switch back to the sleep Pokémon for safety. Then start throwing Ultra Balls. If it wakes up, you'll have to put it to sleep again. If your sleep attack misses once, or if it wakes up and uses Roar, just find it again. Eventually, you should catch it. Then find and catch the other one(s), and you'll have the legendary dogs/cats/whatevers. Congratulations.

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