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I don't have finals at this time in Malta but when I got the game I had like 5 days off school. I've taken my pace just trying to catch all the Pokemon during my journey, DexNav is such an incredible feature it just takes me 3 minutes to find and catch new Pokemon I haven't caught yet in area. I'm not thinking of completing all of it, just enough so it wouldn't take me too long to finish it when I beat it. I downloaded six Secret Bases with just 3 Blissey each and that made training and evolving Pokemon SO MUCH easier. It's Swampert, Blaziken, Shiftry, the Shiny Metagross, Salamence (late comer, still a Shelgon) and Armaldo, who bar from Shelgon are around their 53s.
Haha that's great, I wasn't sure about that but I'm glad it works that you can access the two evolutions in the middle of the journey! Right now I'm just completing my national dex before facing the league for the first time and go through Victory Road, my team is around level 53 and my national dex has around 500 registered Pokemon thanks to Pokebank.
This is really late to tell you, but did you try evolving your Magneton by just giving it a Rare Candy outside the gate of New Mauville? So you'd still be in it but not in the facility? You'd have been able to evolve him as soon as you got Surf if you did just that. Not sure if there were random encounters there, but I doubt it.