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Pokémon: Black and White
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Daniel Chaviers
First Published: 30-05-2011 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 12-06-2020 / 06:10 GMT
Version: 1.3 (????) 13-07-2020 / 18:44 GMT

Route 4


This sand filled route contains a number of new Pokemon, with access to the Desert Resort to the west as well. Unfinished building work litters the left side, making you wonder if this route will eventually cease to be as Castelia expands its borders north.

Pokemon Encounters

Name Type Location Encounter Rate
Sandile Ground/Dark Sand 40%
Darumaka Fire Sand 40%
Scraggy Dark/Fighting Sand 20%
Hippopotas Ground Swarm in sand 40%
Frillish Water/Ghost Surf 50%
Alomomola Water Surf 95% (Rippling water)
Jellicent Water/Ghost Surf 2.5% (Rippling water)
Krabby Water Super Rod 65%
Kingler Water Super Rod 5% (Rippling water)
Luvdisc Water Super Rod 5%, 30% (Rippling water)
Relicanth Water/Rock Super Rod 60% (Rippling water)
Clamperl Water Super Rod 30%
Huntail (B) Water Super Rod 5% (Rippling water)
Gorebyss (W) Water Super Rod 5% (Rippling water)


X Accuracy, Ether, Burn Heal, Super Potion, TM28 Dig, Great Ball, TM41 Torment, Ether, Pearl, Ultra Ball, Ether, Burn Heal, Hyper Potion

Points of Interest

  • The house to the left of the path when you enter Route 4 acts as a Pokémon Center.
  • There is a vending machine around the work caravan from which you can purchase some healing items; Fresh Water, Soda Pop, and Lemonade.


Note : There is a constant Sandstorm here, causing all Pokémon except Ground, Rock and Steel types to be hit and take damage at the end of every turn in battle.

Head north and you’ll meet Cheren who also wants a fight.

Trainer Battle: Cheren

Cheren returns to battle. He has some pretty strong Pokemon so hopefully you've been levelling yours well.

Pokemon Level Type Note
Pidove 20 Normal/Flying -
Liepard 20 Dark -
Pansear 20 Water Only if you picked Tepig
Panpour 20 Grass Only if you picked Oshawott
Pansage 20 Fire Only if you picked Snivy
Dewott 22 Water Only if you picked Tepig
Servine 22 Grass Only if you picked Oshawott
Pignite 22 Fire/Fighting Only if you picked Snivy

Cheren throws up issues, his starter is still effective against yours but your Pan monkey will see short work of that if you’ve trained them enough, but you’ll have to make sure you prepare for his Pan monkey, it will be the same type as your starting Pokémon so ensure you’ve got a good counter in your squad.

Dispatch Cheren and you’ll get a call from the Professor asking you to meet her in Nimbasa City , the location at the end of Route 4. To reach Nimbasa you simply need to run north as far as possible. If you have some spare time, heading north-west will take you to an optional area, the Desert Resort .

If you follow the path you’re more likely to encounter trainer resistance, but they are all easy fights. Whereas if you tread through the deep sand then chances are you’ll have to dispense with some random Pokémon, it’s your call at the end of your day.

Heading left past the resthouse leads to a number of trainer battles and TM41 at the end.

Trainer Battle: Backpacker

Pokemon Level Type
Cottonee 19 Grass

Trainer Battle: Backpacker

Pokemon Level Type
Darumaka 19 Fire

Trainer Battle: Backpacker

Pokemon Level Type
Petilil 19 Grass

Trainer Battle: Backpacker

Pokemon Level Type
Blitzle 19 Electric

Trainer Battle: Backpacker

Pokemon Level Type
Pidove 19 Normal/Flying

Trainer Battle: Worker

Pokemon Level Type
Roggenrola 18 Rock
Timburr 18 Fighting

Trainer Battle: Worker

Pokemon Level Type
Timburr 19 Fighting

Trainer Battle: Fisherman

Pokemon Level Type
Basculin 18 Water
Basculin 18 Water

Near the exit to Desert Resort, you can obtain TM28 from a Worker.

Trainer Battle: Fisherman

Pokemon Level Type
Basculin 16 Water
Basculin 16 Water
Basculin 16 Water
Basculin 16 Water

Trainer Battle: Parasol Lady

Pokemon Level Type
Tympole 18 Water
Tympole 18 Water

Continue under the road bridge ahead and up to the gatehouse where you’ll meet up with the Professor who will gift you an Ultra Ball , the most powerful ball money can buy. Once you’re done oogling your new toy head ever forward and into Nimbasa.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    30 May 2011
  • Last Updated
    12 June 2020
  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers

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Version 1.3

  • Concise & easy to understand explanations of advanced stat building systems - learn to raise a prize Pokémon.
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  • How to collect the various new Pokémon (including Legendary Pokémon)!
  • Thorough Route and Town guides detailing every collectable Pokemon and item.
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  • Encounter rates for every area of the game.
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  • Postgame areas explainned.
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