Recommended Levels: 27-34
Wild Pokémon Encounters
|Sandshrew||Ground||Deep sand, Horde||40%, 100% (Horde)|
Local Trainers Pokémon
|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|
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…
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.
Continue east onto Route 111.
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.