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Route 1 Revisited

Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

Now you're free to wander off the beaten track!

Wild Pokémon - Overworld

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
Skovet Normal 50%
"Rookidee" IconRookidee Flying 30%
"Wooloo" IconWooloo Normal 15%
"Nickit" IconNickit Dark 5%

Wild Pokémon - Random Encounters

Name Type Encounter Rate
"Skwovet" IconSkwovet Normal 50%
"Blipbug" IconBlipbug Bug 30%
"Caterpie" IconCaterpie Bug 15%
"Grubbin" IconGrubbin Bug 10%
"Hoothoot" IconHoothoot Normal/Flying 5%

On your second trip to Route 1, Hop will be waiting a short distance from the entrance. He’ll mention where the Pokémon Research Lab actually is–it’s the purple-roofed building along the south-east side of Wedgehurst. So you’ll need to cut through Route 1 to reach Wedgehurst again. As you go up along the main path though, a bunch of "Wooloo" IconWooloo will be stubbornly blocking the path.

Instead, head right, through the patch of tall grass that you weren’t allowed to step in during your previous visit. By now, you’ve probably noticed Pokémon scurrying around within the tall grass. Like in Let’s Go "Pikachu" IconPikachu/"Eevee" IconEevee, you can encounter wild Pokémon by bumping into them on the overworld. But there will also be shaking tall grass (with an exclamation mark) that trigger a random encounter like the old days.

Remember to keep your Poké Balls stocked up!

When you’re clear of the first patch of tall grass, there should be a red Poké Ball lying on the floor. Go over and pick it up. Although it looks like a Poké Ball, it’s actually an item–in this case, a handy Potion. Next, is another bunch of tall grass. Wade your way through it, then keep following the path as it bends north.

(1 of 2) Potions are useful for restoring HP.

Potions are useful for restoring HP. (left), Use these to get rid of annoying paralysis. (right)

As you approach the north-east corner, there will be more tall grass teeming with wild Pokémon. When you get closer, you should see a small area of ground where there’s no grass, towards the left side, where a second item capsule can be found. This one contains 2 Paralyze Heals. Scoop it up, then continue left through the final patch of grass.

Now you’ll be back on the main path, on the other side of the Wooloo blockade. On to Wedgehurst!

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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.

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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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