you ALWAYS gots to save before anything major. oh the faults of being young and playing the game. I think I've made that mistake once in my life and from then on out it was saving often. Especially when I was on tap to catch a legendary pokemon. If I ran out of balls - shut off - turn back on and being from the start again.
I used to do that, but recently I've taken to avoiding saving for around about an hour or two before I go for something I need. Makes it a lot more challenging!
I have an Ursaring right now, nicknamed TitusONeil. Pretty boss.
Daiko, I'm about to start diamond in like a week. I'm either doing the fire or water (I bought it used and the dude had the grass one already on it, SCORE!; also that weird ghost/dragon think on the cover on platinum(I have 2 of those now)).
right now, I am getting wooped by Blue (#16 viridian gym leader) so I need to go train at seafoam islands.
Fucking Arcannine is super fast, bastard.
I've got an Infernape I can let you have on my Diamond if you want to use that for breeding purposes.
Never really had many problems with Blue in SS/HG.