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Also known as "Cycling Road," Routes #16, #17, and #18 are a favorite hangout for bicyclists and motorcyclists alike. It just so happens that many of these two-wheeling enthusiasts are Pokémon trainers as well, and you must fight your way down the long slope to Fuchsia City. Once there, you will have a chance to visit the Safari Zone.

FireRed Level Encounter Rate LeafGreen Level Encounter Rate
Pokemon 084Doduo.pngDoduo 18-22 35% Pokemon 084Doduo.pngDoduo 18-22 35%
Pokemon 019Rattata.pngRattata 18-22 30% Pokemon 019Rattata.pngRattata 18-22 30%
Pokemon 021Spearow.pngSpearow 20-22 30% Pokemon 021Spearow.pngSpearow 20-22 30%
Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate 23-25 5% Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate 23-25 5%
Pokemon 022Fearow.pngFearow 25-27 5% Pokemon 022Fearow.pngFearow 25-27 5%
Special Pokemon
Pokemon 143Snorlax.pngSnorlax 30 One (Two are found in game at Route 16 and Route 12) Pokemon 143Snorlax.pngSnorlax 30 One (Two are found in game at Route 16 and Route 12)

Route 16[edit]

Before you head past the guard post, dig your Cut-trained Pokémon out of the computer in Celadon City and use him to snip away at the tree blocking the norther part of Route #16. It's here that you'll find the patch of wild grass that is your first chance to catch a Doduo, as well as a secret house containing HM 02, Fly. Use this to teleport to any city you've visited, or for a two-turn Flying-type attack that is similar to Dig. If you want to use Doduo be sure to teach him to fly.

If you haven't been working on your Pokedex, catch some Pokemon here. The aid upstairs will give you the Amulet Coin if you own at least 40 Pokemon.

Route #16
Name 1st 2nd 3rd Money
Pokemon FRLG Young Couple.png
Lea & Jed
Pokemon 078Rapidash.pngRapidash 29 Pokemon 038Ninetales.pngNinetales 29
Pokebuck.png1624
Pokemon FRLG Biker.png
Lao
Pokemon 088Grimer.pngGrimer 29 Pokemon 109Koffing.pngKoffing 29
Pokebuck.png580
Pokemon FRLG Cue Ball.png
Koji
Pokemon 066Machop.pngMachop 28 Pokemon 056Mankey.pngMankey 28 Pokemon 066Machop.pngMachop 28
Pokebuck.png672
Pokemon FRLG Cue Ball.png
Luke
Pokemon 056Mankey.pngMankey 28 Pokemon 066Machop.pngMachop 28
Pokebuck.png696
Pokemon FRLG Biker.png
Hideo
Pokemon 110Weezing.pngWeezing 33
Pokebuck.png660
Pokemon FRLG Biker.png
Ruben
Pokemon 110Weezing.pngWeezing 28 Pokemon 109Koffing.pngKoffing 28 Pokemon 110Weezing.pngWeezing 28
Pokebuck.png560
Pokemon FRLG Cue Ball.png
Camron
Pokemon 056Mankey.pngMankey 29 Pokemon 066Machop.pngMachop 29
Pokebuck.png696

Route 17[edit]

Route #17

Route #17's brutal slope drags you downward unless you hold the A button or B button buttons to steady yourself. But there's no reason not to speed to the bottom.

Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Money
Pokemon FRLG Cue Ball.png
Isaiah
Pokemon 066Machop.pngMachop 29 Pokemon 068Machamp.pngMachamp 29
Pokebuck.png696
Pokemon FRLG Biker.png
Virgil
Pokemon 110Weezing.pngWeezing 28 Pokemon 109Koffing.pngKoffing 28 Pokemon 110Weezing.pngWeezing 28
Pokebuck.png560
Pokemon FRLG Biker.png
Billy
Pokemon 089Muk.pngMuk 33
Pokebuck.png660
Pokemon FRLG Cue Ball.png
Raul
Pokemon 056Mankey.pngMankey 29 Pokemon 057Primeape.pngPrimeape 29
Pokebuck.png696
Pokemon FRLG Cue Ball.png
Jamal
Pokemon 056Mankey.pngMankey 26 Pokemon 056Mankey.pngMankey 26 Pokemon 068Machamp.pngMachamp 26 Pokemon 066Machop.pngMachop 26
Pokebuck.png624
Pokemon FRLG Biker.png
Nikolas
Pokemon 100Voltorb.pngVoltorb 29 Pokemon 100Voltorb.pngVoltorb 29
Pokebuck.png580
Pokemon FRLG Cue Ball.png
Zeek
Pokemon 067Machoke.pngMachoke 33
Pokebuck.png792
Pokemon FRLG Cue Ball.png
Corey
Pokemon 057Primeape.pngPrimeape 29 Pokemon 067Machoke.pngMachoke 29
Pokebuck.png696
Pokemon FRLG Biker.png
Jaxon
Pokemon 110Weezing.pngWeezing 29 Pokemon 089Muk.pngMuk 29
Pokebuck.png580
Pokemon FRLG Biker.png
William
Pokemon 109Koffing.pngKoffing 25 Pokemon 110Weezing.pngWeezing 25 Pokemon 109Koffing.pngKoffing 25 Pokemon 110Weezing.pngWeezing 25 Pokemon 109Koffing.pngKoffing 25
Pokebuck.png500

Route 18[edit]

When you get to Route #18, don't miss the trader in the top floor of the guardpost. He'll trade you a Lickitung for a Slowbro (LeafGreen)/Golduck (FireRed). Just before you arrive at Fuchsia City via Route #18, you will find three bird keepers waiting for you on the other side of the guard house. With the help of one little electric Pokémon (you know the one), you can make short work of all three in no time.

Pokemon_FRLG_Route18.png

Trainers[edit]

Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Money
Pokemon FRLG Birdkeeper.png
Jacob
Pokemon 021Spearow.pngSpearow 26 Pokemon 021Spearow.pngSpearow 26 Pokemon 022Fearow.pngFearow 26 Pokemon 021Spearow.pngSpearow 26
Pokebuck.png1624
Pokemon FRLG Birdkeeper.png
Wilton
Pokemon 021Spearow.pngSpearow 29 Pokemon 022Fearow.pngFearow 29
Pokebuck.png696
Pokemon FRLG Birdkeeper.png
Ramiro
Pokemon 085Dodrio.pngDodrio 34
Pokebuck.png816
New Pokémon
#143 Snorlax #108 Lickitung #84 Doduo
Pokemon 143Snorlax.png
You won't get far in Route 16 without defeating the giant, sleeping Snorlax blocking your path. To wake him up, use your flute, and then defend yourself against his grumpy level 30 Snorlax rage.

There's only one more Snorlax in the game (at Route #12), so capture him now! He'll learn some okay attacks at level 35 and beyond, but for now he's mainly defensive. He has a ton of hit points, comes with Rest, and wakes from it quickly. After you defeat him, use the Item Finder in the place where he was to find the item Leftovers.

Pokemon 108Lickitung.png
If you're collecting all of the Pokémon, the guard post in Route #18 is a great opportunity for players to trade a Golduck, something you can fish up fairly easily, for a rare Lickitung. But if it's utility that interests you, you're better off keeping the Golduck. Lickitung is a hearty fellow, but his array of Normal attacks are poor.
Pokemon 084Doduo.png
The problem with Fly is that it requires a Flying-type Pokémon. And while Fly itself is a very useful skill, you won't get any Flyer worth adding to your party (like Aerodactyl) for a little while. So you'll want to pick up a disposable flying Pokémon for the time being... Like Doduo!

Doduo, which can be caught in any version, is by no means terrible. Drill Peck is a strong attack that's great against the many Fighting-type Pokémon in this area (as well as more seldom seen Grass and Bug Pokémon), but there's not a whole lot else to get excited about. The evolved form, Dodrio, which can be caught in Route #17 in Yellow only (or raised at level 31 in any version) is a fairly speedy, strong attacker that can do good damage with Normal skills like Tri Attack.