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Route 16

Vincent Lau

Can't the authorities do something about this road block?

Wild Pokémon

Pokémon Type Location Chance (%)
"Doduo" IconDoduo Normal/Flying Tall grass 25
"Raticate" IconRaticate Normal Tall grass 15
"Rattata" IconRattata Normal Tall grass 15
"Dodrio" IconDodrio Normal/Flying Tall grass 5
"Pidgeotto" IconPidgeotto Normal/Flying Tall grass 20
"Pidgey" IconPidgey Normal/Flying Tall grass 20
"Chansey" IconChansey Normal Tall grass Rare spawn

This is the entrance to Pokémon Road, a place designed for Ride Pokémon to travel. In another timeline, it was Cycling Road instead, but it seems the people here don’t enjoy cycling as much. Anyway, as soon as you enter, there’s a gigantic obstacle in the way: a sleeping "Snorlax" IconSnorlax. Hopefully you have the Poké Flute to wake it up. If not…

If this is your first time waking up "Snorlax" IconSnorlax, Mr. Fuji will come running in to warn you. Wait, did he really follow you all the way here from Lavender Town? Apparently "Snorlax" IconSnorlax get quite aggressive when you wake them up. Why are we not surprised?

Wild Pokémon: Snorlax

Pokémon Level Type
"Snorlax" IconSnorlax 34 Normal

This is pretty much the exact same "Snorlax" IconSnorlax as the one found on Route 12, but it receives a Defense boost at the start of the battle. Which can be slightly problematic. You see, "Snorlax" IconSnorlax is really bulky, especially against special attacks. Now that it has increased Defense, it’s somewhat tanky against physical attacks too.

The main problem is never trying to survive "Snorlax" IconSnorlax, but trying to take down its HP before time run outs. Despite having just woken up, "Snorlax" IconSnorlax loves to use Rest to restore all of its HP and fall asleep for 2 turns. If you can’t KO it within 2 or 3 turns, you run the risk of it using Rest again to waste time. As such, Fighting-types are strongly recommended.

Alternatively, if you don’t think it’s cheating, you can summon a Player 2 to assist you during battle. More hands make light work, as they say. After defeating "Snorlax" IconSnorlax, you can capture it like normal. Definitely break out your Ultra Balls if you have any. You could also borrow Player 2’s help as well (even if you’re playing by yourself).

Once you’ve gotten "Snorlax" IconSnorlax off the road, you can begin to head west to the rest of Route 16. Nearby, there’s a skinny tree that’s begging to be chopped down. On the other side is patch of tall grass near the top. If you look carefully, you can find a PP Up hiding in the tall grass, right near the fence at the back.

Fly is a 2-turn move that avoids damage on the first turn.

From the tall grass, head west to a gatehouse dividing the route. Through the gatehouse, you’ll emerge in the north-west corner of the route. Here, there’s a house along the top. Go inside and you can receive TM14 Fly from a shy lady. Similar to Surf, this used to be a HM, but it’s no longer needed thanks to Sky Dash.

Outside, there’s an unruly gang to the left of the house. It might be a good idea to deal with them before they cause any problems. We’ll begin with the guy on the right, then the one on the left and finally who we’re guessing is their boss man.

Punk Guy Lao

Pokémon Level Type
"Onix" IconOnix 36 Rock/Ground
"Muk" IconMuk 36 Poison

A Ground-type could be very useful here. Lao’s "Onix" IconOnix can use STAB-boosted Earthquake and Rock Slide. Water and Grass-types are also recommended. Meanwhile his "Muk" IconMuk can use Toxic to inflict deadly Poison. Steel-types are useful as they’re completely immune to its moves.

Punk Guy Hideo

Pokémon Level Type
"Arbok" IconArbok 36 Poison
"Fearow" IconFearow 36 Normal/Flying

Hideo’s Arbok knows Glare, which can inflict instant paralysis. A strong and speedy Ground or Psychic-type would be great here. As for his "Fearow" IconFearow, it can use Mirror Move to copy your last move and Roost to heal, but it lacks any real offensive presence.

Roughneck Koji

Pokémon Level Type
"Raticate" IconRaticate 36 Normal
"Koffing" IconKoffing 36 Poison
"Rhyhorn" IconRhyhorn 36 Ground/Rock

Koji’s "Raticate" IconRaticate knows Hyper Fang, which is a fairly strong Normal-type move. Meanwhile, his "Koffing" IconKoffing has Toxic and Self-Destruct, so aim to dispose of it quickly. Finally, his "Rhyhorn" IconRhyhorn has Megahorn to hurt Psychic-types. Their other moves you’ve probably seen time and time again.

Go back to the start of Route 16, then head directly west into the main gatehouse. Upstairs, if you’ve caught 40 unique Pokémon species, you can receive a gift of 30 Ultra Balls from Oak’s assistant. Well, you need 50 species to enter the Fuchsia City Gym, so 40 should be a given. If you haven’t even got 40 yet, what are you doing?!

Exit the gatehouse via the west. Outside, you’ll reach the main part of Route 12. Keep going west until you reach the fence at the end. Nearby, there are 3 Great Balls near a windmill. Go down a few paces and head east. You’ll go past a Camper standing near a gap in the fences. Grab the Super Potion by the corner.

Now go through the gap in the fences below. If you keep to the far right, you can actually avoid the Camper’s gaze. Or you can go and battle him, of course.

Camper Ruben

Pokémon Level Type
"Psyduck" IconPsyduck 35 Water
"Psyduck" IconPsyduck 35 Water

A pair of pretty weak Water-types, but we suppose "Psyduck" IconPsyduck has its charms. Anyway, both "Psyduck" IconPsyduck can use Psybeam, but they’re not Psychic-types so they won’t benefit from STAB. Smack them silly with your Grass or Electric-types.

Through the gap, you’ll reach Route 13. That was quick.


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    23 November 2018
  • Last Updated
    19 December 2020
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  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

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Welcome to our strategy guide for Pokemon: Let’s Go!

  • A complete walkthrough with strategies to defeat all the Kanto Gym Leaders and conquer the Pokémon League.
  • Encounter tables for all the wild Pokémon, including the rare Pokémon with undisclosed habitats in the Pokédex.
  • Explanations of all the gameplay mechanics for both beginner trainers and Pokémon Masters.
  • Where to find all the Master Trainers and hidden battles after beating the game.
  • A handy mini-Pokédex containing the key details for all 153 obtainable Pokémon and where to find them.

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