Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Strategy Guide

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Nintendo 3DS
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    28 November 2014
  • Last Updated
    28 March 2018
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

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Optional - Route 111 Desert

With the Go-Goggles, there's no fear of getting sand in your eyes!

Recommended Levels: 27-34

Wild Pokémon Encounters

Name Type Location Encounter Rate
Baltoy Ground/Psychic Deep sand 20%
Cacnea Grass Deep sand 20%
Sandshrew Ground Deep sand, Horde 40%, 100% (Horde)
Trapinch Ground Deep sand 20%

Local Trainers Pokémon

Name Money Party
Camper Drew 416 Graveler Lv. 26
Picnicker Becky 416 Cacnea Lv. 26
Ruin Maniac Dusty 728 Baltoy Lv. 24, Sandslash Lv. 26
Picnicker Heidi 416 Sandslash Lv. 26
Camper Cliff 416 Sandslash Lv. 26

Pokémon Evaluations

Route 111’s desert doesn’t have much of note. Sandshrew is still a fairly decent HM slave Pokémon if you don’t have one yet for the various HMs.

Trapinch will eventually evolve into Flygon, a fairly decent Dragon Pokémon; if you want him, that’s fine, but there will be a time soon where you get another, better Dragon, so hold off. Plus, Flygon has a nasty Ice weakness. Brrr…

Lavaridge Town

After finishing up with the Gym, leave by the ledges to the south and exit. As you exit, your rival will come up and hand you the Go-Goggles , goggles that’ll let you into the desert on Route 111.

If you want, you can head back to the Petalburg City Gym alongside your rival, but it’ll be best if you hold off and sidequest a little first. Anyhow, go east from town.

Route 112

Continue east onto Route 111.

Route 111

Sandstorms aren't unique to nature; they can be conjured up by Pokémon too.

During the sandstorm weather condition, Pokémon that aren’t Rock, Steel or Ground-type take constant damage each turn. Additionally, Rock Pokémon have their Special Defense boosted 50%.

From here, go north/northeast into the desert. Now that you have the Go-Goggles, you’ll be able to deal with the sand and can enter the desert. (The "grass" here is the darker sand.)

For now, follow the light sandy path until you reach a south/east fork. Go to the end of the path to the south, then go southeast to find a Protein in that rock, then use the Dowsing Machine on the mount to the north to find the elusive PP Up . Go north from there to battle a Camper.

Next, go east to the sand pit and southeast, using the Dowsing Machine to find a Rare Candy in another pit. Then head south a bit and far to the west; you should find a Picnicker running along a narrow trail so battle her. Afterwards, use the Dowsing Machine to find a Stardust in the pit to the east.

Battle the nearby Ruin Maniac. Go east from there and you’ll find a Bug Maniac; he’ll give the Safety Goggles , which will prevent the wielder from being damaged by Sandstorm or Hail in battle as well as avoiding the various Powder moves.

In particular, this will be useful if you’re using Shedinja since he now won’t be killed by the sandstorm at the end of turns on this Route.

Southwest from here is an interesting configuration of rocks around a larger central one. Later on in the game, you’ll be able to find the legendary Pokémon Regirock here. For now, though? Leave it be. Do note that, a while to its south, there will be TM37 (Sandstorm) for the irony.

Go north for a while, back to where you battled that Camper before. Go east from him and the sand pit further along to find a Revive near the mountainside using your Dowsing Machine. Go northwest of there to battle a Picnicker.

To the northeast of there, you’ll find the Root Fossil and the Claw Fossil embedded into the sand. You can only take one of these, but they do revive Pokémon when taken to a man in Rustboro’s Devon Corp. building. The Root Fossil will revive Lileep and the Claw Fossil will revive Anorith.

Cradily (Lileep’s evolution) is somewhat used to wall the foe, while Armaldo (Anorith’s evolution) is a relative powerhouse, particularly on Sandstorm teams, as well as Rain Dance teams through Swift Swim. Personally, we would take the Claw Fossil, but pick as you will.

Return to the Picnicker from before and go west to find a Camper to battle, then head southwest to find some Stardust. That will do it for Route 111 now. Head northwest onto Route 112 and then west into Fiery Path.