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So this is my first time I'm planning on taking on the battle tower in platinum and I was wondering which three Pokemon would be best to use against Palmer and any advice that could be suggested. I never really took on the challenge and I do know it's a bit different so that's why I'm asking.

The team
-torterra(miracle seed)
2.wood hammer
3.rock slide

-gallade(razor claw)
1.psycho cut
2.close combat
3.stone edge
4.night slash

-floatzel(never melt ice)
3.ice punch

2.brave bird
4.close combat

3.grass knot
4.focus blast

-houndoom (dread plate)
1.dark pulse
3.thunder fang
4.iron tail
Also any suggestions for battle items and locations?

Are you trying to get a streak as long as possible, or would you be satisfied with a silver or gold print?
I want to attempt to get the silver and gold print.
Start with your team, so you can at least earn some BP. If you get a gold print, great. If not, you can save those BP to spend later, and read a guide ( https://www.smogon.com/ingame/bc/dp_bt_intro ) or use a team I made. (note that I haven't really used this team, so it's not guaranteed to work) Use synchronize, Dittos, and everstones to speed up breeding for natures and use vitamins, power items, and the Poke radar to speed up EV training.
Lucario @ expert belt
Ability: inner focus
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid nature
- aura sphere
- shadow ball
- psychic
- vacuum wave

Tyranitar @ Lum berry
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly nature
- crunch
- rock slide
- dragon dance
- earthquake

Gliscor @ leftovers
Ability: hyper cutter
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly nature
- earthquake
- aerial ace
- swords dance
- roost
I'm thinking of bringing in gallade, torterra, and houndoom for the single battle challenge. What items should they hold and what EVs do you recommend on them.
Torterra: leftovers, 252 HP / 252 Atk, replace crunch with swords dance (Veilstone game corner)
Gallade: expert belt, 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Houndoom: life orb, 252 SpA / 252 Spe, replace iron tail with nasty plot (level 60)
Thx for the suggestions, I'll start the EV training and getting set up. Only problem is my houndoom is lvl 61 so I didn't think about getting nasty plot.

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I will give you two methods by which you can own the guy. One is a simple method, the other will take a while altho since it is based on the team you provided. I will also strongly suggest that you get yourself a Milotic. When I fought in the tower against random trainers and palmer it was my MVP. It didn't die even once.

For the simple method you will have to raise one of the most annoying Pokemon to find and catch, Milotic. Once you have it give it the moves Ice Beam, Recover, Toxic, Surf/Hydro Pump. Give it any item you like tho when I used mine I gave it zoom lens to increase the accuracy of both Toxic and Hydro Pump. With Milotic, you will basically just destroy all of the random trainers even if they have grass and electric type moves since it is bulky enough to take at least one hit from those type of moves and the AI rarely use moves like Swords Dance.

When you go up against Palmer for the silver print, lead out with Milotic. He will then either use Dragonite or Rhyperior then use the other as his second Pokemon. His last one will always be his own Milotic. Take out Dragonite and Rhyperior with the appropriate move. Once you face his Milotic, use toxic and just spam recover until it dies. Or you can switch out and use another Pokemon, specifically your Raichu to take it out. On this challenge it is important that you use a special water type move on Rhyperior because it has really high defense and hp stats while having an abysmal special defense. You can use your Floatzel on this challenge if you don't wanna bother with Milotic, however you might have a slightly difficult time as Milotic has better stats. So for the silver challenge use your Floatzel/Milotic (if you do decide to train one), Raichu and Gallade. Your Gallade will simply be the back up while your Floatzel should take out Dragonite or Rhyperior. Do not use Raichu unless you are facing his Milotic. Side note, if you decide to keep on Floatzel, then give it a focus sash so it will be guaranteed to take out one of palmer's Pokemon. This strategy however, could fail if your water type of choice fails to take down one either Rhyperior or Dragonite and not severely damage the other.

For the gold challenge it is rather tricky. I suggest using Staraptor as a lead with focus sash, Houndoom and Gallade. If palmer sends out Regigigas, then take it down with Close Combat. The focus sash should allow you to survive whatever he dishes out so you will be guaranteed to take it down. The next Pokemon you would face should be Cresselia. At this point use your Brave Bird. Staraptor will go down but will deal a good amount of damage. Send in Houndoom and finish off Cresselia with Dark Pulse until it dies. For Heatran just break the focus sash and let Houndoom die. Send in Gallade to take it down with a single Close Combat.

If palmer decides to lead with Cresselia, then switch out Staraptor and send in Houndoom then just spam Dark Pulse until Cresselia dies. If Houndoom dies before Cresselia does then send out Staraptor again and finish it of. A single return should be enough to take it down. By this point you have two Pokemon who have fighting type moves and are faster than both Regigigas and Heatran, so just use Close Combat to take them both down. Alternatively, you can use Gallade as your second Pokemon and finish off Cresselia with Night Slash however I do not recommend this as Night Slash isn't stab for Gallade and Cresselia has a rather high defense.

Note that all of this is just based on prediction, as in my experience, palmer and all of the other frontier brains have a habit of not using their Pokemon in a set order. They will always lead out with the one who has a super effective move against your lead Pokemon. The key to winning in the battle frontier for me has to always been to predict the Pokemon my opponent will use, then switch out accordingly and use a different Pokemon who can take down theirs.

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Thx for giving me the advice, I really needed it since I suck at the battle frontier battles. Is EV training necessary for the challenge or not really?
@Unknown Yes EVs are important, but I'd recommend first using vitamins and worrying about the other EV training stuff after you can buy all the power items you want. Natures and abilities are important too, so you should get synchronizers, Dittos, and everstones (and learn how to use them) before trying to catch or breed any more Pokemon.
@Savitar Are you sure Milotic is better than Starmie? Starmie is easier to catch, has better special attack, and can learn thunderbolt to hit opposing Milotics.
@Unknown yeah you need EVs however you don't have to max out all of them tho since it isn't competitive.

@sumwun Can't say for sure since I never used a Starmie myself. I just use Milotic because the one I suggested was simply for the sole purpose of defeating Palmer. In fact Milotic can even take down both of Palmer's team on its own as long as he doesn't get a lucky critical hit that is. For Starmie I can't say if it can do that since it has lower hp than Milotic and I'm not sure if Starmie can learn any recovery moves. If it can then maybe it could be a good enough to replace Milotic
Ok I'll start EV training and once I'm prepared I'll take on the challenge and let y'all know if I succeeded. I'm assuming to get the focus sash and what not I have to use BP right?
You can't buy every item with BP. Every time you want an item, just look up its location on Bulbapedia.
You can also get the focus sash from a guy in a house in route 221. I think that's the route below the town where professor Rowan lives. However he will also give you belts instead of the sash but I think you can just reset the game until he gives you a sash.
That's what I'm doing. Today he gave me a focus sash, hopefully he'll give me the expert belt tomorrow. As far as EV's go, where do I train for speed EV?

Just click that link. It should tell you everything you need to know about EVs in Platinum
Thx this helped a lot and currently training in EV's although the process is slow not gonna lie. Also for floatzel, Raichu, and staraptor, what EV's do I max out on them? Might as well train the rest considering I might re challenge the league.
You are using vitamins, power items, and the Poke Radar, right? If you're using all 3 of them, then it shouldn't take that long.
I'm currently taking on the battle facilities, except for battle tower, to earn BP since that's the only way to get the EV power items and I'm too impatient to catch a male and female combee lol. But once I get the power items I'll start training.
For Floatzel just max the EVs for attack and special attack. You'll need as much special attack as you can get so you can take down Rhyperior. Same goes for Raichu and Staraptor. They both have 100 speed which should be enough for you to outspeed most of the AIs not to mention palmer's team is super slow so you won't need much speed EVs. And btw why are you trying to catch a Combee?
Im trying to get the macho brace so I can speed up the EV training and to obtain it, you need to catch both a male and female combee and show it to the bug Guy in pastoria and he'll give you a macho brace.
Get the power items first. Worry about EVs after you get them.