|Nidoran (female)||Poison||Tall grass||20|
|Nidoran (male)||Poison||Tall grass||20|
New players might be slightly surprised at the big jump from Route 1 to Route 22. Where did the other 20 routes go? Don’t worry, as we’ll be visiting the rest very soon! This route is technically the final route in the game, leading to Victory Road and the Pokémon League–your final destination. However, you can’t pass until you have all 8 Gym badges.
That said, you can still explore this short route to catch new Pokémon etc. As you enter, there will be a patch of tall grass just around the corner. Head through the tall grass and go up towards the path leading west. Continue up past the path, then slowly approach the bush to the left. If you search carefully with your partner’s help, you can find an Antidote.
Go back down and follow the path west. Before you can get very far, your rival will come in from behind and challenge you to another battle. Whoa, is he ready for another beating this soon?
Pokémon Trainer Rival
Your rival has picked up a from the nearby area. But it seems he didn’t have time to train it, since it’s at a low Level 3. If your partner is , should go down in seconds after a Thunder Shock or two. Otherwise, can still cause a lot of damage and most other Pokémon should be fine, as long as they aren’t Grass-types.
As for your rival’s starter Pokémon, you can deal with it in the same way as during your debut battle in Oak’s Lab. Because one more Level isn’t going to make a huge difference at this point in time. Obviously, if he’s using , you should keep your and away.
Having shown your rival who’s boss, he’ll scoot off, so you can continue exploring. Further west, jump down the ledge to reach more tall grass. From here, you can head west to reach the gatehouse to Victory Road, but as mentioned, you won’t be able to proceed. Once you’re done, jump off the ledge again and grab the 5 Poké Balls by the corner.