Skipping water gun isn't really worth it on a level 3 - you usually have to fight 3 encounters in Mt Moon to get the 177 exp, and in addition to that you don't get 25 before misty or 30 before the oddish.HorouIchigo wrote:For WG skip (and for runs in general) what are the exact exp you have to grind in mt moon for lvl 3 and 4? I know 4 is 138, which is 2 69 exp zubats (lvl 9, right?), but for 3, is it 178? What would be the optimal kills assuming WG skip and not WG skip?
On a level 4 with water gun skip fight 2 level 9 zubats, or a level 8 and a level 10, or a level 7 and a level 11, or a level 10 paras and any zubat, or a level 8 paras and a level 8 zubat. Just make sure to evolve early if you haven't killed 2 by the time you get to the 3rd floor.
On a level 3 or 4 without water gun skip, fight any 2 geodudes. The only time this won't get you enough exp is if you have a level 3 nidoran, and both the geodudes you fight are level 7. In this case, just run from the 2nd level 7 and look for a higher level geodude to kill.
If you're new to running this game, I highly recommend picking up water gun and fighting hiker every single run, regardless of your stats. Hiker gives you a lot more exp, so much so that you get thrash a fight early, get level 25 before misty and level 30 before the rock tunnel oddish - which any runner can tell you is fucking amazing.
There are a few other things you can do with exp in Mt Moon. If you have 6 dv speed, 2 carbos is a speed tie with sabrina's alakazam - you can avoid this by fighting the hiker in Mt Moon, and then fighting one more encounter. This gives you enough stat exp to outspend sabrina's alakazam with just 2 carbos.
If you're doing that strat, because of bad speed or any other reason, or if your attack is dreadful (very low 15, 14), or even if you just want to annihilate the scrubs on nugget bridge, you can fight the hiker, and then kill an extra 2 encounters (the only situation in which you can fight just 1 more and still get enough exp to do this is if your nidoran is level 4 and you fight a level 12 paras). This gives you enough exp to get level 20 after Cerulean rival, which means you can then use your 2 rare candies to get level 22 for the bridge, meaning you get way better ranges. It is literally nidoking on fucking steroids lol. For the bridge, you continue as normal, and you get thrash after the pidgey that the 4th trainer has. What this means is that you can one shot literally everything on the bridge (which I have done before).
Hope this helped. As Exarion said, that guide really is exhaustive, I highly recommend taking a look at it