Route 5 is a short route that connects Cerulean City to Saffron City. It has a building which leads to an underground path to Route 6 and a Pokémon Day Care which helps raising weak Pokémon. If you want one, you can catch a Meowth in the Tall Grass behind the Day Care, but then move on.
Pokémon can be left here to evolve over time, at a cost of 100 per level gained. Every step traveled outside of the building gives the Pokémon 1 experience point. This may be useful to obtain powerful Pokemon whose earlier evolutions may be too weak and troublesome to deal with, such as Magikarp.
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|Pickup ability. This passive ability allows you to receive free items after each battle. After a battle, if Meowth isn't holding an item, there is a 10% chance of picking up an item, even if Meowth wasn't used in battle.
You'll receive mostly berries, but occasionally you might receive a Nugget or a PP Up. This ability is also the only way to obtain TM10 Hidden Power in Fire Red or Leaf Green.
Meowth also has a signature move, Pay Day, which causes the player to receive extra money every time it is used in battle. Meowth evolves into Persian at level 28. Meowth is a rather weak Pokémon and it loses its Pickup ability after evolving.
The building to the right leads to an underground path that skips Saffron City and reaches route 6. This route has a lot of items. However, most of the items only appear after obtaining it from the Pokémon Center in Vermilion City.
Also, the little girl in this building will trade Nidoran♂ for a Nidoran♀ in FireRed and Nidoran♀ in exchange for a Nidoran♂ in LeafGreen. The Pokémon received will be at the same level as the Pokémon given. The Nidoran♀ she gives you in FireRed is named Ms. Nido and the Nidoran♂ she gives you in LeafGreen is named Mr. Nido, so if you're not a fan of named Pokémon, consider this prior warning.
Underground Path's Items
- Ether (middle of the red area)
- Antidote (north, near the steps)
- Paralyze Heal (near the north part of the blue part)
- Awakening (in the middle of the blue area)
- Potion (near the north part of the red area)
- Ice Heal (in the middle of the area between red area and southern steps)
- Burn Heal (near the southern steps)