Route 4 is quite a departure from the buzz of Castelia City, with a constant sandstorm getting in the way of construction works. As soon as you leave the gate, Cheren arrives, wanting to know who is stronger now that you both have the Insect Badge.
- PKMN Trainer Cheren
- Pidove (Lv. 20, Normal/Flying) Quick Attack, Roost, Air Cutter, Leer
- If you chose Snivy
- Pansage (Lv. 20, Grass) Bite, Vine Whip, Fury Swipes, Leech Seed
- Pignite (Lv. 22, Fire/Fighting) Flame Charge, Arm Thrust, Smog, Defense Curl
- If you chose Tepig
- Pansear (Lv. 20, Fire) Incinerate, Bite, Yawn, Fury Swipes
- Dewott (Lv. 22, Water) Razor Shell, Water Sport, Fury Cutter, Focus Energy
- If you chose Oshawott
- Panpour (Lv. 20, Water) Bite, Water Sport, Water Gun, Fury Swipes
- Servine (Lv. 22, Grass) Wrap, Leaf Tornado, Growth, Leech Seed
- Regardless of starter
- Liepard (Lv. 20, Dark) Pursuit, Torment, Fury Swipes, Sand-Attack
Now, heal if needed, and continue north. Juniper will call you on the Xtransceiver, asking you to meet her at the gate of Nimbasa City. But we'll go later, so go on the road to the west. A worker in one of the houses gives out TM28 (Dig).
Pokemon Found on Route 4
Note that Route 4 (and the Desert Resort) have deep sand instead of tall grass.
- Sandile (Lv. 15-18)
- Darumaka (Lv. 15-18)
- Scraggy (Lv. 16-17)
#551 Sandile - Sandile is a useful Pokemon, with an interesting mix of Ground/Dark types. They can learn some useful moves such as Assurance (at level 16), Mud-Slap (at level 19), Embargo (at level 22), and after they evolve into Krokorok at level 29, Scary Face. They will later evolve into Krookodile at level 40 and become even more powerful. If you're looking for a good Pokemon against the coming-up Gym, this is the one to pick!
#554 Darumaka - Darumaka is an unusual Fire-type, which can be useful if you don't have the Tepig or Pansear lines. It starts with Rollout and can learn Fire Punch, Superpower and Overheat by level-up. Once you evolve it into Darmanitan at level 35, it can also learn Hammer Arm.
#559 Scraggy - Scraggy is also quite unusual with a Dark/Fighting type combination, and the new ability Moxie which boosts its attack if an enemy Pokemon faints. It learns a solid set of moves such as Brick Break at level 20 and High Jump Kick at level 31. Once it evolves into Scrafty at level 39, it can learn the ultra-powerful Rock attack Head Smash.
Trainers on Route 4
- Worker Shelby
- Timburr (Lv. 19)
After Worker Shelby you can pick up TM41 (Torment)
If, at any time, you need to heal, visit the house just beyond the first sand patch and a lady will heal your Pokémon. This saves time from running all the way back through Castelia city to visit the Pokémon Center.
- Items on route:
- Burn heal
- Super potion
The Desert Resort
In the Desert Resort there is a constant raging sandstorm, which will damage all Pokemon unless they are Rock-, Ground-, or Steel-type. This is a good training location, as the Pokemon here are higher-leveled than on Route 4. Talk to Doctor Jerry if you need to heal.
- Sandile (Lv. 19-22)
- Darumaka (Lv. 19-20)
- Maractus (Lv. 20)
- Scraggy (Lv. 20, entrance only)
- Sigilyph (Lv. 20, main area only)
- Dwebble (Lv. 20-22)
- #556 Maractus...
- #557 Dwebble...
- #561 Sigilyph...
The Relic Castle is towards the north, guarded by statues of Darmanitan.
There are various items to find in the desert, such as a Soft Sand, Rare Candy, a Heart Scale, a Fire Stone (if you have Pansear, you can now evolve it; unless you picked one up from the Scientist in Castelia City), and TM39 (Rock Tomb), which will help against the gym.
Now head to Relic Castle.
There's not much so far in the Relic Castle. You can get a Fossil and take it to Nacrene City to be revived (the Cover Fossil will become Tirtouga, and the Plume Fossil will become Archen), and you can find one new Pokemon, but other than that, there isn't much. Most of the Castle will become accessible later.
- Sandile (Lv. 19-22)
- Yamask (Lv. 19-22)
- #562 Yamask...
Now go back to R4 and continue north. In the Nimbasa City gate Cheren and Prof. Juniper will meet up with you and Juniper will give you 10 Ultra Balls. After they leave, head north to Nimbasa City!