Many of the Trainers you'll meet up with on Route #32 will be using Water-type Pokémon, and the caves have lots of wild Rock-types, so it's best to move your Grass-type Pokémon to the top of your party. That way, you'll always have the advantage when a battle begins.
The game plan
You need to cross the cave at the end of Route #32 to get Azalea Town. On the way, we'll pass the entrance to the Ruins of Alph. For now, catch some Pokémon, do some fishing, and keep heading south. As you pass the corpulent man near the pokemon center, he'll stop you and offer a slowpoke tail at the astronomical price of one millon pokebucks! You can't even collect that much, so obviously refuse. It's just a scam, anyway; slowpoke tails are useless for anything but an actual slowpoke. Besides, it's cruel to even cut off a slowpoke's tail, despite the fact that they'll grow back.
The Miracle Seed and TM 05
The first guy you encounter on the route will refuse to allow passage unless you have beaten Falkner and collected the Togepi egg. Once both tasks are done, he rewards your exploits with a Miracle Seed ! When equipped, this nifty item powers up your Pokémon's Grass techniques. Come back when you learn Cut to get to the guy south of him on the ledge. He will give youTM 05 (Roar) for your trouble.
Calendar Event #2: Ms. Friday
Every Friday, one of the Day siblings will be standing in the forest, waiting to talk to you. She could also be at the bottom of the route behind the PokéCenter. Sometimes if you save and keep playing she changes spots. Like her sister Tuscany on Route #29, Frieda only appears once a week, on Fridays. She will give you Poison Barb simply for talking to her. When a Pokémon holds Poison Barb, the item powers up your Pokémon's Poison techniques.
Pick up the old rod and start fishing
Talk to the fisherman closest to the healing machine inside the Pokémon Center. He will offer you one of his fishing rods, the Old Rod. With the Old Rod, you can walk up to water and start fishing for Water-type Pokémon. Unlike the Old Rod in Red/Blue/Yellow, this Rod can catch something other than Magikarp (although you will end up catching a lot of those). If you fish here now, you can net a Tentacool, and if you trade numbers with Ralph on Route #32, he'll give you a call when the Qwilfish swarm. Outside of swarms, these rare fish can only be caught with a Super Rod.
Trainers and Items
|Old Rod||Good Rod||Super Rod|
* Numbers increase during swarms
|0% *||0% *||15% *|
|#23 Ekans||#194 Wooper|
|Quagsire at level 20, its stats nearly double, except Speed which drops drastically.|
|#179 Mareep||#129 Magikarp|
|Flaaffy from evolving into Ampharos (its third stage), or you won't be able to learn Thunder Punch.||Gyarados at level 20. Gyarados can now learn Rain Dance, but is basically unchanged. It's probably a good idea to keep the Magikarp out of the way for now as you can catch the Red Gyarados later on in the game.|
|#72 Tentacool||#211 Qwilfish|
|Tentacruel are still under-appreciated Pokémon that are strong in Speed and Special Attack.|