Pokemon Encounters - Route 4
It’s time to hit the road and explore the wilderness once more! Your next destination is Paniola Town, situated towards the north-east. From the Heahea City entrance, there will be a route sign and a patch of tall grass to the right. Enter the tall grass, then head directly east, while keeping close to the south.
On the other side, grab the Great Ball lying on the floor. Next, wade through the tall grass to the north, back onto the main path. Doing this also allows you to the skip the trainer waiting at the end of the first patch of tall grass. Although you may want to go west from here to fight him anyway.
A pure Grass-type that you can catch starting from the next route. Water, Rock and Ground-types should stay away, while Fire, Flying, Ice and Bug-types will have a field day.
From the trainer tips sign, start to follow the dirt trail north. Before the slope leading up, there will be a narrow path going east. Squeeze along the path and search the rock at the end for a hidden Tiny Mushroom. Return to the main path and ascend the slope. At the top, there’s an idle Pokémon Breeder staring into space.
Go south from her position and search the outcrop besides the slope for another hidden item–a Super Potion. Moving on, follow the path west towards the tall grass. On the other side of the grass is a Pokémon trainer eager to surprise you. If you want to avoid a battle, wade through the tall grass along its north side.
Two rare Pokémon native to Mememele Island. is the baby version of , found on Route 1 along the boulder path. It’s a Normal-type so you can beat it up with a Fighting-type. is a rare find along the southern half of Route 3 and an uncommon find in Kala’e Bay. Ice or Fairy-types are ideal for this lil dragon.
Behind Bryan is a juicy Revive. After you’ve safely stashed it away, go back through the grass. North from here, past the small slope, is a pair of tourists patrolling a thin, grassy hill. The first trainer walks in a semi-circle along the south-west side of the hill.
It’s an old-skool rather than the Normal/Dark-type one found in Alola! That means it’s only weak to Fighting-types, but it’s a pretty weak Pokémon in general, so practically any half-decent Pokémon will get the job done.
Meanwile, the second trainer does the same along the north-east.
Look, it’s the same that your Mom has! Similar to Scotty’s , this plain old is not a Dark-type and a Normal-type instead. Therefore, you can deal with it in the exact same way as with , by relying on your Fighting-types.
North-west from the hill, between the two trainers, is an entrance to a new area–Pikachu Valley–via a zigzag-shaped path. Before entering, search the small corner along the north-west side of the thin hill for a hidden Dire Hit. After visiting the valley, travel east from the top of the hill to return to the main path.
Before following the dirt trail east, go south through the nearby tall grass, to find an Adrenaline Orb at the end. By the way, if you want to avoid the pair of trainers, the easiest way is to run towards the east side of the hill, while Scotty is looking to the west, then leap over the south-east ledge.
From there, you can go north through the tall grass to return to the main path. To explore Valley though, you’ll instead need to dash north from the small slope once Scotty has started walking to the right. After visiting the valley, you can bide your time until Perdita starts walking east, then run east above her.
After that shocking little detour, follow the remainder of the path east, then south-east down the gentle slope. At the base of the slope is a small patch of tall grass–trudge east through it. On the other side is the entrance to Paniola Town straight ahead to the north. Before waltzing in, head directly south, into some more tall grass.
At the end of this grassy path is an Energy Root. To finish off, return to the dirt path and follow it east. At the far end is a berry stack, but the path to it is being guarded by a trainer frantically looking left and right. If you’re feeling super sneaky, you can actually sneak by without a fight.
You need to stand directly south-west from the trainer, in the space between the dirt path and the tall grass. Immediately once he’s looking left, run east while hugging the wall as close as possible, aiming to reach the right side of the berry stack. After harvesting, simply run back when he starts looking left again.
This shouldn’t be your first time encountering this cutesy bug. The best way to handle it is with Fire, Rock, Poison or Steel-types. That’s a lot of options, but if you have none of those, anything that’s not Grass, Fighting, Psychic, Dragon or Dark ought to do fine.
That’s Route 4 done and dusted. For a change, you won’t ever need to come back here again, except to catch any Pokémon you’ve missed, etc. Once you’re ready to proceed, head on into Paniola Town. By the way, there’s a trainer battle immediately ahead, so feel free to do any last minute training.