# 6x7 Pokemon-based cipher

My friend made this cipher for me to solve and it has me stumped. Wondered if anyone else would want to take a crack at it. All it is is this image:

Names of the pokemon in order are (assuming I identified them correctly):

Altaria Remoraid Exploud Flaaffy Igglybuff Nidorina
Ivysaur Vulpix Sceptile Illumise Tyranitar  Illumise
Vibrava Feebas Onix Ralts Aipom Glalie
Exploud Nidoking Igglybuff Venonat Dugtrio Nidorino
Armaldo Masquerain Ursaring Venonat Igglybuff Torchic
Articuno Salamence Machop Unown Illumise Lombre
Aggron Articuno Huntail Tentacruel Ivysaur Whismur


With the first letters:

AREFIN
IVSITI
VFORAG
ENIVDN
AMUVIT
ASMUIL
AAHTIW


With the last letters:

ADDYFA
RXEERE
ASXSME
DGFTOO
ONGTFC
OEPNEE
NOLLRR

• Have you tried taking the first letter of each pokemon name, because the first three, Altaria, Remoraid, and Exploud make ARE, or looking at the pokemon types? If you have a list of the names, that may be helpful because myself (and probably a lot of others) do not know all of these names. – Duck Jun 20 '19 at 3:55
• Edit: Thanks so much! +1 – Duck Jun 20 '19 at 4:10
• Added to the question! Checking the letters was my first idea, but no matter how I shift them around, I can't get it to spell anything... – Ezbeths Jun 20 '19 at 4:11
• There are so many beginning with duplicate letters (e.g. A = Altaria, Aipom, Articuno, Aggron, ...) I would suspect the secret lies elsewhere. Is there potentially anything in using something unique like their Pokedex numbers instead? (e.g. first line is 314-223-295-180-174-30) Note that all are Gen III or earlier too - possibly something in that? – Stiv Jun 20 '19 at 7:18
• Saying that, by my count there are 34 different Pokemon in this image, meaning that we're not looking for uniqueness at all - you will have multiple Pokemon representing the same letters (if each picture translates to a letter...). – Stiv Jun 20 '19 at 12:00

I'm not a big pokemon buff, but I noticed some terms could be made out from the grid of first letters.

This included:

REFIN IV

• Refine IV? Googled, its an actual process in the game.

VSITI

• Visit

FORAGE

• Forage (the ability)

SMUILA

• Simulate

HTIW

• with

It sounds like steps to get something done in a game. If you share a common interest in a pokemon game with you friend, that might hold clues.