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Rustboro City

Vincent Lau

The industrial heart of Hoenn, home to the prestigious Devon Corporation.

As you arrive in the city and approach the Poké Mart, May will emerge from the Mart, marvelling at the size of the city. She’ll also note to you the Pokémon Gym before leaving. Anyhow, head for the Mart first; inside, speak with the man next to the counter to earn TM54 (False Swipe)!

False Swipe is an invaluable move when attempting to capture Pokémon - well, non-Ghost Pokémon - as it cannot KO a Pokémon, lowering its HP as low as 1, which greatly increases the odds to capture it, especially when in conjunction with the Paralysis or Sleep ailments!

From the northern Pokémon Center, go west one house and speak with the man within. He will give you HM01 (Cut). HMs are a bit different from TMs; while they do teach moves, so long as the proper Badge is obtained, the HM move is usable in the field!

Cut is a pretty bad Normal-type move (50 Power) but it does let you cut down trees once you get the Stone Badge, which is obviously helpful.

In the building east of the Poké Mart, you can find the Pokémon Trainers’ School. Feel free to brush up on some basics there; you can also speak with the man at the desk to get the Quick Claw .

The Quick Claw is well, it’s an okay item for Pokémon who are only about average, but Pokémon that are above average won’t really need to bother with it. Plus, it only works 3/16 of the time (so long as the opponent isn’t using a a higher priority move like Quick Attack) which isn’t too reliable.

Next enter the house north of the Center and the Mart, the building which houses many of the Devon Corp’s employees. Go to the second floor and speak with the Ace Trainer there to get a Float Stone , an item that halves the holder’s weight. (It’s actually not too useful; very few moves consider weight.)

Cut can be used to chop down prickly trees, but the first Gym badge is required to use it.

If you go into the living area to the east of there, you can also speak with the little boy for a Premier Ball . A Premier Ball is no better than a regular Poké Ball, but it can be earned freely at Poké Marts by buying 10 or more Poké Balls (of any type) at once.

(Just for laughs, leave and re-enter this floor; that Hiker you see is, for some reason, where that Ace Trainer was. Any guesses?)

Pokémon Trade

Pokémon Given Pokémon Received Type Ability
"Slakoth" IconSlakoth "Makuhita" IconMakuhita Fighting Guts

Next, head northeast to the Pokémon Gym, and enter the house to the east of it. If you speak with the little kid there, he’ll complain that people laugh at him whenever he says his "Makuhita" IconMakuhita’s nickname, and wants you to give him a "Slakoth" IconSlakoth in exchange to avoid the shame.

It’s completely a trade upwards for you, so you might as well. "Makuhita" IconMakuhita can be a decent Fighting Pokémon, though there are quite a few better ones and "Makuhita" IconMakuhita can be naturally caught later on.

Anyhow. Back to business. Go west from there and north along the road for a bit and head onto Route 115 to the north if you want to, or Route 116 to the east.

Take a look at least at the latter Route to build levels for the upcoming Rustboro Gym, particularly if you’re using "Torchic" IconTorchic. If you’re using "Torchic" IconTorchic and don’t have "Wingull" IconWingull or "Shroomish" IconShroomish, you’ll want "Torchic" IconTorchic to hit Level 16 soon to evolve into the Fighting/Fire "Combusken" IconCombusken.


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms,
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    28 November 2014
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

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Relive your adventures in Hoenn or start a brand new journey with this re-imagining of a much-loved game. Collect and battle your way to the Pokemon League for the right to challenge the Elite Four. Hunt legendary Pokemon, breed them and become the best Pokemon Master you can be with the help of our guide!

  • A full walkthrough for all badges and the Pokemon League challenges.
  • Side quest information on legendary Pokemon and the different Routes and Caves.
  • Information on breeding, Pokemon Contests, the Battle Maison and much more!
  • Full-color screenshots throughout and useful tips to help you along the way.
  • Comparisons between the original game and remake.

Updates (Aug 2016):

  • Added Encounter Rates to Wild Pokémon table lists as well as general locations making it easier to find your favorite Pokémon.
  • Fixed some formatting issues and general editing.
  • Expanded Introduction with loads of new information.
  • Restructured Extra Activities section (at the end) for easier navigation and reading.

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