Recommended Levels: 9-11
|Taillow||Normal/Flying||Grass/Horde||15%, 5% (Horde)|
|Zigzagoon||Normal||Grass/Horde||40%, 95% (Horde)|
Local Trainers Pokémon
|Lady Cindy||1,200||Zigzagoon Lv. 10|
|Lass Haley||128||Lotad Lv. 6, Shroomish Lv. 8|
|Twins Gina and Mia||72||Lotad Lv. 9, Seedot Lv. 9|
|Fisherman Ivan||224||Magikarp Lv. 7, Magikarp Lv. 7, Magikarp Lv. 7|
When you arrive on the Route, go west and speak with the kid there to obtain TM49 (Echoed Voice)! Echoed Voice is a decent move in itself, particularly for Normal Pokémon - such as the Whimsur chain - or for Pokémon that can learn it alongside Pixilate (Sylveon).
It is initially weak at base 40 Power, but increases 20% with each consecutive use: 48, then 56, then 64, then 72 and 80! While it’s a while to get going, it also works well later on when paired with the Metronome. Plus, if you have no real moves worth keeping.
Once you’ve grabbed the TM, go north and grab the Oran Berries, Cheri Berries (good to heal Paralysis!), and Pecha Berries.
If you’re wondering about where the grass on this Route is - like people tended to do in the original R/S - it’s behind the building to the north. In this grass, too, there is an X Attack to be found at the north side.
Additionally, a hidden Poké Ball lies in the southern of the westernmost "holes" in the grass; simply examine it. The same is true for the Super Potion hidden in the hole to the east.
The building itself that you passed, of course, has an interior. Inside, you can speak to some of the NPCs to learn about planting Berries: when there is soft, loamy soil with nothing planted in it, you can plant a Berry there.
Then after some time and possibly some watering, the Berry will grow into a tree that contains several Berries that you can pick. You can also speak with an eastern NPC for a Cheri Berry and another NPC gives you the Wailmer Pail with which you can water Berry trees.
On the Route proper, begin heading east. As you go along, you’ll battle a Lady and a Lass. Beat 'em and move north onto the bridge. There, assuming you have two Pokémon in your party, you’ll be able to engage in your first Double Battle against the Twins Gina and Mia!
Double Battles are a 2-on-2 format so that each team has 2 Pokémon out per side, which has more drastic strategic consequences than you would think, even though you can usually just brutalize the AI trainers and feel happy.
After the battle, continue further along the bridge and, on the other side, go east and speak with the Fisherman for a battle.
If you go east from him and speak with the elderly woman, you will earn a Chesto Berry , an item for curing Sleep. In fact, it’s useful when held by Pokémon with Rest so that they instantly awaken after healing. You can also get some Oran Berries, Cheri Berries , and more Oran Berries from the nearby tree.
Continue northwest from here and you’ll find the entrance to Rustboro City; it’s a rather stony walkway. First, though, go east and along the narrow path just behind the border fence and you’ll find an X Defense . Then enter Rustboro.