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Route 16 is short and leads to Route 17, which is a Bike Path. Once you start going downhill, you will keep going, even if you stop pushing Down on the Control Pad. You can stop to fish, but otherwise you have to move up or down the hill constantly. Route 18 is not downhill, so you can stop wherever you want to.

Pokemon GSC map Route 16.png

You'll have to use your bike on this steep road, and you'll whiz through it in a hearbeat if you don't sstop to smell the flowers (and catch some rare Pokémon). Other than the hunting opportunities and a few junior trainers, there is nothing of interest in these three small areas.

Pokemon GSC map Route 17.png

Trainers[edit]

  • Biker Riley - Middle at start
    • Weezing (lvl. 34, 1260 EXP) and Pokebuck.png1088
  • Biker Glenn - Left side halfway up
  • Biker Joel - In gap in water
    • Magmar (lvl. 32, 1144 EXP)
    • Magmar (lvl. 32, 1144 EXP) and Pokebuck.png1024
  • Biker Charles - Bottom of road

Items[edit]

  • Max Ether (Hidden in the middle of the route, at the end of the center path in the water, facing south.)
  • Max Elixer (Hidden in the small wooden fence at the end of the route, left side.)
Pokemon GSC map Route 18.png

Trainers[edit]

  • Bird Keeper Bob - Outside Fuchsia City
    • Noctowl (lvl. 34, 1179 EXP) and Pokebuck.png816
  • Bird Keeper Boris - In Grass
    • Doduo (lvl. 30, 614 EXP)
    • Doduo (lvl. 28, 576 EXP)
    • Dodrio (lvl. 32, 1082 EXP) and Pokebuck.png768

Pokémon found[edit]

Route #16 & 18 encounters
Gold Silver Crystal
Morn Day Night Morn Day Night Morn Day Night
Pokemon 088Grimer.pngGrimer 50% 50% 80% 50% 50% 80% 50% 50% 80%
Pokemon 089Muk.pngMuk 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5%
Pokemon 218Slugma.pngSlugma 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 0%
Pokemon 022Fearow.pngFearow 40% 40% 0% 40% 40% 0% 40% 40% 0%
Pokemon 198Murkrow.pngMurkrow 0% 0% 10% 0% 0% 10% 0% 0% 15%
Route #17 encounters
Gold Silver Crystal
Morn Day Night Morn Day Night Morn Day Night
Pokemon 088Grimer.pngGrimer 50% 20% 80% 50% 20% 80% 50% 50% 80%
Pokemon 089Muk.pngMuk 5% 5% 15% 5% 5% 15% 55% 0% 95%
Pokemon 218Slugma.pngSlugma 5% 35% 5% 5% 35% 5% 0% 35% 0%
Pokemon 022Fearow.pngFearow 40% 40% 0% 40% 40% 0% 40% 40% 0%
#218 Slugma #88 Grimer
Pokemon 218Slugma.png
When Fire Pokémon Slugma evolves into Fire Pokémon Magcargo at level 28, it adds a second type (Rock) and its Defense nearly triples. It's still painfully slow (it is a snail, after all) and its Attack is too low to take full advantage of its Rock-type attacks, but it can do some serious damage with powerful Fire attacks like Flamethrower. Slugma only appears during the day in Crystal.
Pokemon 088Grimer.png
Pure Poison is actually a pretty nice type, since all you really need to worry about are Psychics. And Grimer and evolved form Muk certainly have the goods: Sludge at level 16 and Sludge Bomb at level 50 are pretty good attacks. But Grimer and Muk have only so-so stats, and with only Poison-type attacks, they have no way to deal with Steel-type Pokémon who are completely immune to Poison.