There are altogether three Capture Challenges in the game which test your skills in capturing, and also the only places where you can find some of the Pokémon. For the Plains and Sea challenges, there are certain tricks in finding certain Pokémon which do not normally appear.
Plains Capture Challenge
The Plains Capture Challenge takes place at the Kisara Plains in Ring Town, and is hosted by MC Harapper. It is like the Safari Zone in the original handheld games and lets you ride on a Doduo can capture as many Pokémon as you can within 3 minutes inhabiting the plains.
Sea Capture Challenge
The Sea Capture Challenging takes place at the Saffra Sea in Summerland, and is hosted by MC Fisher, using a similar concept as the Plains Capture Challenge but lets you ride on a Lapras instead and capture water Pokémon. You cannot play this on your first visit to Summerland, but only do so when you have befriend the Lapras Man in Fall City in a later mission. Most water Pokémon appear as darkened patches on the water only, so you really won't know what they are until you run into them.
Capture Arena Challenge
The Capture Arena is found towards the west of Fall City's market, and will not be accessible until after the credits roll. It is hosted by MC Arena, and is arguably the most difficult of all in all three challenges. You do not actually find any exclusive Pokémon here, but beating Hayate's highscore here is the only way to unlock Fearow in the Plains Capture Challenge. You are only given 2 minutes in this challenge, and Pokémon will fall onto the screen one after another, which you must capture to gain score.
After about 10 Pokémon, you will challenge the leader Pokémon of that rank, and once you succeed capturing the leader, you will proceed to the higher ranks with Pokémon that reward higher scores.
If you wait a bit, a second Pokémon will drop onto the screen. Capturing two Pokémon together will double your score for each Pokémon. While it is true that the number of Pokémon you capture will directly multiply your score by that same amount, the first two ranks only show a maximum of two Pokémon at any time. But in the third rank, three or more Pokémon may appear at the same time, and it is essential to make use of this multiply factor.
Everytime you succeed in capturing a Pokémon, you time will be extended slightly, depending on how many Pokémon you capture altogether. Technically, no matter how quick you capture Pokémon, you will not be able to beat Hayate's highscore if you simply capture the Pokémon one after another.
The word of advice is, capture Pokémon as soon as they appear for the first two ranks, but once you are in the third rank, wait til 3 Pokémon are on together before you catch them altogether. It seems to be the only way to reach Hayate's score.
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