Pokemon Encounters - Route 3 (North)
|Mankey||Fighting||All grass patches (30%)|
|Spearow||Normal/Flying||All grass patches (30%)|
|Cutiefly||Bug/Fairy||All grass patches (30%)|
|Hawlucha||Fighting/Flying||All grass patches (10%)|
|Spearow||Normal/Fying||Bird shadows (70%)|
|Rufflet||Normal/Flying||[Ultra Sun] Bird shadows (30%)|
|Vullaby||Dark/Flying||[Ultra Moon] Bird shadows (30%)|
|Crabrawler||Fighting||Underneath berry trees (100%)|
This rather rugged route is the final one of Melemele Island and thus your last chance to prepare before Hala’s Grand Trial. Hala happens to be a fan of Fighting-type Pokémon, so try and catch and train a Flying, Psychic and/or Fairy Pokémon if you can. Anyway, head north frm the entrance to begin.
Nearby, there’s a hiker who warns you about the aggressive bird Pokémon hanging around the eastern branch of the fork. Like the burrowing Pokémon in the Verdant Cavern, bumping into one of the moving shadows of a bird Pokémon will instantly trigger a fight. Unlike the burrowers though, the birds won’t purposely chase you.
At this point, you can choose one of two paths, although you can obviously go through both later–and we recommend you do so, for the experience and items. Against the odds, we’ll be starting with the “dangerous” route, which is the eastern path where the bird Pokémon are. At the base of the path, there’s a bird slowly moving in a small circle.
Past the lone bird, there’s a large rock structure, with a bunch of birds traveling in a clock-wise direction around the structure. Heading east along the path below the structure is ill-recommended, as you’ll rush straight into the birds’ direction. Unless, of course, you want to actively seek a battle, which is fine.
For our sanity, we’ll be heading east along the upper path, traveling in the same direction as the birds. Halfway along, there’s a tiny alcove below. Search around here to find a hidden Stardust. Once you reach the other side, continue clock-wise, following the lower path west. Grab the Sharp Beak nestled in the nearby alcove, then dart back east if you can.
If you’re too slow, no big deal, as the birds aren’t particularly strong. Either way, heading east from here will take you to the point where the two paths from the beginning converge. From here, you may as well visit the other path, going backwards. Just above is a wandering Pokémon trainer.
Rising Star Tatiana
This floating furball is Grass and Fairy, so it’s weak to Fire, Flying and Steel-types and exceptional weak to Poison-types. Normally, Cottonee can be a pain with its Prankster ability that lets it use status moves before your Pokémon can act, but this one only knows Mega Drain.
Halfway along this ocean-facing path, there’s a slope leading down to a ledge filled with tall grass. It’s a bit hard to see from some angles, but there’s a Heal Ball waiting to be found in the east-most corner. Just watching your footing when you pick it up! Further west is another up-and-coming trainer.
Rising Star Ian
This silly duck isn’t a Psychic-type despite what its name suggests. So Grass and Electric-types are the way to go. If you have none of those for some reason, pretty much any Pokémon that’s not Fire, Water, Ground or Rock should suffice.
Beyond Ian is the beginning of the route, so in your own time, head back to where the two paths converge towards the east. Next, head south a few paces, until you see a darkened path with a signpost nearby towards the south-west. For now, carry on south along the lighter path, past the idle trainer.
Eventually you’ll meet Kukui standing in front of a suspension bridge. He’s not budging any time soon, so travel east to the final part of this route, for the time being anyway. At the far end is a man standing below a patch of tall grass. Say “hello” to receive a Soothe Bell, which increases Happiness when held.
As soon as you’re done here, return north towards the darkened path, then enter to reach the next area.