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Pokémon: Sun & Moon
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun
Editor(s): Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun
First Published: 12-12-2016 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 12-06-2020 / 06:11 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 14-07-2020 / 17:42 GMT

Who's been dropping all of these items anyway?

Pokémon Encounters - Route 3 South

Name Types(s) Location (Encounter Rate)
Spearow Normal/Flying Grass south of the bridge (49%)
Mankey Fighting Grass south of the bridge (20%)
Rattata* Dark/Normal Grass south of the bridge (10%, Night only)
Yungoos Normal Grass south of the bridge (10%, Day only)
Bagon Dragon Grass south of the bridge (1%)
Cutiefly Bug/Fairy Grass south of the bridge (20%)
Crabrawler Fighting Berry Tree pile (100%)
Salamence Dragon/Flying (SOS only) Possible ally Pokemon for Bagon

There's just a little bit more of Route 3 to explore before it's all wrapped up. From the entrance to Melemele Meadow, head south to where Kukui was standing firmly above the bridge. The Prof isn't there anymore, so cross the bridge to the other side.

Immediately to the right is a Pokemon trainer pacing up and down. You should probably let him know you're here.

Rising Star Joshua

Pokemon Level Type
Growlithe 13 Fire
A Fire-type to complete the triangle. Popplio users will rejoice, while Rowlet users should watch out. Water-types like Slowpoke or Wingull are recommended, but other Pokemon that aren't weak to Fire should be OK.

Moving on, follow the dirt trail south. To the right, next to a big rock is a Super Potion on the floor. Eventually, you'll reach the end of the slope. From here, if you head north-east, you'll find a patch of tall grass and, beyond, a pile of berries.

To the east of the berry pile is a Nest Bal l lying precariously at the cliff's edge. Continuing south will take you to the exit. Towards the right is a tourist who wants to see a Rockruff. If you catch one from Ten Carat Hill, come back to receive 3,000 Poke Dollars .

Well, that's everything for this route. Sort of... Now that you've beaten all the trainers here, you can challenge the trainer south of the Melemele Meadow entrance.

Ace Trainer Makana

Pokemon Level Type
Rockruff 13 Rock
Slowpoke 14 Water/Psychic
This smartypants has the Red Card item on his Pokemon. Hitting such a Pokemon will automatically make your Pokemon switch to a random one. To make matters worse, Rockruff will use Stealth Rock, which causes residual damage each time you switch a Pokemon in.

Both Rockruff and Slowpoke are weak to Grass-type moves, so a Pokemon with those moves will be stellar here. Otherwise, Water, Ground or Steel-types will sort out Rockruff, while Slowpoke will not like Electric or Dark-types at all.

Win and you'll receive the Red Card for yourself. Once you've finished all your business here, continue south to exit Route 3 back to Route 1. From here, you should know your way back to Iki Town, right? (You need to head west.)

Pokemon Checklist

Bagon can very rarely be found in the tall grass towards the south end of Route 3. This Dragon-type starts off weak, but can eventually grow into the terrifying Salamence. In fact, if you allow Bagon to call for help, it very rarely summons Salamence. Wow.

If you're struggling to find Bagon, you can find it more easily in Kala'e Bay, later on. Also, your eyes are not deceiving you; you can indeed encounter Salamence during S.O.S. battles with Bagon. The rate is extremely low though, as if Bagon wasn't already rare!

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    12 December 2016
  • Last Updated
    12 June 2020
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun

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