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Some routes are actually waterways! You'll need a Pokémon in your party that can Surf, plus a Grass-type and an Electric-type to deal with the Trainers you'll meet along the way. It's a long surf to Cianwood City—make sure your Pokémon are fit to travel.

Route features[edit]

Route #40

Uncover a Shuckle[edit]

If you use Rock Smash on the cracked rocks at the breach, you may uncover a Krabby or a Shuckle. Shuckle can be tricky to catch, so you may want to wait for the freebie in Cianwood City.

Miss Monday[edit]

If you skip work and hit the beach on a Monday, the oldest day sibling, Monica, will give you the Sharp Beak, which powers up Flying-type attacks.

Water Trainers aplenty[edit]

All of the trainers found along these routes are Water-types, so bring lots of Electric and Grass Pokémon. Or just avoid them—Swimmers never carry much cash.

Whirl Island[edit]

You probably won't have HM 06 the first time you pass Whirl Island, and without it, you can't get very far there. The Legendary Lugia lives here, but you'll need to come back with HM 06 to get past the whirlpools, and the Silver Feather to get to Lugia. For more information, see the Whirl Island page. Instead, follow the left edge of the fence and eventually, you will reach Cianwood City.

Items[edit]

  • Hyper Potion (hidden under the westernmost breakable Rock on the beach)
Route #41

Trainers[edit]

Route 40 Trainers
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Swimmer♂ Simon: Pokebuck.png160
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Swimmer♀ Elaine:: Pokebuck.png420
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Swimmer♀ Paula: Pokebuck.png380
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Swimmer♂ Randall: Pokebuck.png144
Route 41 Trainers
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Swimmer♂ Charlie:
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Swimmer♂ George:
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Swimmer♂ Berke:
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Swimmer♀ Kara:
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Swimmer♂ Kirk:
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Swimmer♀ Susie:
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Swimmer♀ Kaylee:
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Swimmer♀ Wendy:
  • Horsea (lvl. 21, 373 EXP)
  • Horsea (lvl. 21, 373 EXP) and Pokebuck.png420
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Swimmer♂ Mathew:
  • Krabby (lvl. 23, 565 EXP) and Pokebuck.png184
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Swimmer♀ Denise:
  • Seel (lvl. 22, 471 EXP) and Pokebuck.png440

Pokémon found (Water)[edit]

Route #40 encounters
Gold Silver Crystal
Morn Day Night Morn Day Night Morn Day Night
Pokemon 072Tentacool.pngTentacool 90% 90% 90% 90% 90% 90% 90% 90% 90%
Pokemon 073Tentacruel.pngTentacruel 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Route #41 encounters
Gold Silver Crystal
Morn Day Night Morn Day Night Morn Day Night
Pokemon 072Tentacool.pngTentacool 60% 60% 60% 70% 70% 70% 60% 60% 60%
Pokemon 073Tentacruel.pngTentacruel 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30%
Pokemon 226Mantine.pngMantine 10% 10% 10% N/A N/A N/A 10% 10% 10%
Route 40 Fishing
Old Rod Gold Rod Super Rod
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 85% 35% N/A
Pokemon 098Krabby.pngKrabby 15% 55% 60%
Pokemon 222Corsola.pngCorsola N/A 10%* 30%*
Pokemon 120Staryu.pngStaryu N/A 10%* 30%*
Pokemon 099Kingler.pngKingler N/A N/A 10%

*Corsola can only be found in the morning and daytime, while Staryu can only be found at night.

Route 41 Fishing
Old Rod Gold Rod Super Rod
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 85% 35% N/A
Pokemon 098Krabby.pngKrabby 15% 55% 60%
Pokemon 222Corsola.pngCorsola N/A 10%* 30%*
Pokemon 120Staryu.pngStaryu N/A 10%* 30%*
Pokemon 099Kingler.pngKingler N/A N/A 10%

*Corsola can only be found in the morning and daytime, while Staryu can only be found at night.

#213 Shuckle #226 Mantine
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This Rock/Bug Pokémon has the highest Defense and Special Defense in the game, and the worst Attack, Special Attack, and Speed. It doesn't naturally learn any good moves, but if you use TM's to teach it stuff like Toxic, Curse, or Sandstorm, you'll have a nasty little combo on your hands. Here's a weird trick: Make Shuckle hold a Berry, use Shuckle in battle, and the Berry turns into Berry Juice (which heals 20 HP).
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Mantine is a Water/Flying Pokémon that can learn one decent attack each in the Normal, Water, and Flying types. It can be taught all three Water HM's (and it's a good idea to do so), but not Fly, which is a shame. It has an unusually high Special Defense. And yes, that's a little Remoraid attached to its wing.