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Route 1 & Wedgehurst

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A simple route it may be, but it's a pretty nice and scenic one.

As you continue north from Hop’s house, you’ll arrive at the first numbered route in the Galar region: the appropriately named “Route 1”. In general, routes are pathways that link together different towns. This one, being the very first route, is pretty simple–all you have to do is go straight north to reach the next town. But other routes can be longer and have more twists and turns.

Another thing: routes are typically populated by wild Pokémon, usually found in the tall grass, as well as other Pokémon trainers like yourself–many of who are all too eager to participate in Pokémon battles. However, because you lack Pokémon of your own, you cannot engage any wild Pokémon right now, let alone any Pokémon trainers. It won’t be long before you can though!

It hasn't been 10 minutes and you're already at the next town!

For now, make your way north, past Hop who’s standing around making sure you’re not silly enough to wander into the tall grass. As you approach the next town, Wedgehurst, you should notice a gathering of people by the entrance. You can probably guess that these are fans of Leon waiting outside the train station to welcome their hero. Which means you’ve come to the right place.

When you step foot in Wedgehurst, go over to the crowd that’s gathered in front. It turns out Leon has just arrived. After indulging his fans for a bit, Leon eventually notices you and Hop and comes over to your side. The three of you will then head back together to Hop’s house.


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    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    4 January 2023
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Welcome to our comprehensive strategy guide for Pokémon: Sword and Shield, the latest entries in the Pokémon video game franchise. Our guide also incorporates all the DLC, including the Isle of Armor and brand new Crown Tundra DLC.

In Sword and Shield, you explore the Galar region, based on the United Kingdom, alongside rivals Hop, Bede and Marnie, with the aim to dethrone the Pokémon League Champion.

The games introduce several new features such as Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, functions that increase size and change forms of certain Pokémon; the Wild Area, a large open world with free camera movement; and raids with co-op battling. They also reintroduce features previously seen in Sun and Moon and Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, such as regional variants and roaming Pokémon depicted in the overworld.

Brand New October 2020:

Version 1.2

  • A Complete Walkthrough of the Isle of Armor.
  • Details of all 16 new Wild Areas, including Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All the new Max Raid Dens: Locations and Featured Pokémon.
  • Images and Locations of All 150 of the Missing Diglett.
  • The Isle of Armor Pokédex (featuring 100 Returning Pokémon).
  • Recipes for the Cram-o-matic.
  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All Gym Encounters and Strategies.
  • New Items: Mints & Natures Explained.
  • Post Game content including Champion Cup.
  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
  • The Galar Region Pokédex (featuring 400 Pokemon).

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