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Gold Silver Crystal

Hatches from the
Mystery Egg:

Hatches from the
Mystery Egg:

Route #34 falls between Ilex Forest and Goldenrod City. Near the top of the path is the Pokémon Daycare. Get in the water with Surf and head south to a hidden area where there is 3 girl trainers who which once beaten will give you the hold item Soft Sand. This will boost the power of Ground-type techniques.

Route 34

Route features[edit]

Free TM 12 (Sweet Scent) in Guard House[edit]

The lady with the Butterfree behind the counter will give you a free TM 12 when you complete Ilex Forest. This move makes it harder for opponents to dodge in battle (which is fairly pointless), and can be used out of battle to lure a wild Pokémon into a battle with you (but only in areas where Pokémon naturally occur).

Difficult to catch, but well worth the trouble[edit]

This area is full of interesting Pokémon in Crystal including Snubbull and Jigglypuff and common Pidgey. In Gold or Silver, Drowzee are the most common, and you may want to snag a pair since someone in Goldenrod City will trade you a Machop for one. In Crystal, you must trade an Abra for Machop instead. There are Abra around in the area, available day and night. But they always Teleport away immediately. That's where Gastly comes in use as its Mean Look will prevent Abra from going anywhere, unless you want to try and put Abra to sleep, which does work most of the time.

Make sure to snag some Ditto, too; their ability to breed with anything makes them one of the game's most useful Pokémon. Available day and night, it can be frustrating trying to battle it as it matches the type your the current Pokémon. Switch Pokémon and it usually does not change again.

The Skittish Guard attacks at night[edit]

The guard shortly before Goldenrod City is so concerned about crime that he attacks anything that moves at night… Even you! But if you can handle his Level 17 (!) Growlithe, you can earn a couple bucks by beating him.

Trade numbers with Todd and Gina
In Crystal, junior trainers have all sorts of useful things to say. If you give Todd your number after beating him in combat, he'll give you a call whenever the Goldenrod Department Store is having one of its rooftop sales. Gina gives you something even better when she calls back: A Leaf Stone.

Breed Pokémon at the Day-Care[edit]

This nondescript building is one of the most important areas in the game. You can leave up two Pokémon in the care of the Daycare Man and Lady. If you leave a Pokémon here, it will gain one EXP for every step you take. But if you leave both a male and a female, you may return to find that they've laid an egg. Return to the Daycare a few hours after you drop off a pair to see if an egg has appeared. Keep that egg in your party, and it will hatch, like Togepi. Breeding Pokémon like this is the only way to get more of certain Pokémon (like Eevee) and to get new pre-evolved Pokémon like Pichu.

If you don't have a breeding pair, a similar Pokémon may suffice, or you can use a Ditto. They won't always mate, but it's worth a try. If they're going to, it won't take long, but you can save time by looking at the Pokémon in the pen. If it says that they seem interested in each other, expect an egg. Check out the Breeding section for details.

Get an abandoned baby Pokémon Egg
In Crystal, you'll be given an Odd Egg the first time you visit. This egg, which will hatch as normal, contains a random pre-evolved Pokémon: Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Smoochum, Elekid, Tyrogue, or Magby. The real advantage to a Pokémon from this egg is that you have a 50% (Japanese version) and 14% (US version) chance of it being a Shiny, and they all know the move Dizzy Punch, which can confuse your opponents! Don't miss this opportunity to get a great Pokémon early!
#175 Togepi
Togepi has a lot of fun attacks, like random move-unleashing Metronome (at level 7) and Encore, which forces your opponent to repeat its last attack 2-6 times (at level 25). It's too bad that Togepi's Attack and Speed scores are so low, as you'll need to use it constantly to make it tame enough to evolve into a Togetic. Togepi can learn Headbutt, however, which is a strong Normal type and if you make sure that Togepi doesn't die every time he goes out to battle, he will evolve into a Togetic by around level 25.

Has Professor Elm's Egg hatched yet?[edit]

The egg Professor Elm gave you hatches based on the number of steps taken. If you've made it this far, it probably already has. If not, check the egg's stats: The message there will give you an indication of how far along it is. When it does, congratulations—you have a Togepi Later, bring the Togepi to Professor Elm in his lab to get an Everstone.

Return later on to defeat the Elite Trio[edit]

After you have learned surf, go to the water in the left side of the route. First surf down to the area behind the fence, there is a nugget and a piece of rare candy hidden in the top of the tree closest to the nugget. If you surf further down, you'll come across these three elite trainers. There's no pause to heal between the first two fights, so come prepared: Good Electric Pokémon like Chinchou and Grass Pokémon like Sunflora are a must here. After you have defeated them all, talk to the oldest sister (in the bottom) and you will receive the Soft Sand that powers up Ground-type attacks.

Trainers & Items[edit]

Youngster Samuel: 128
Pokéfan♂ Brandon: 1040
  • Snubbull (lvl. 13, 175 EXP) (holds berry)
Picknicker Gina: 240 (phone)
Youngster Ian: 192
Officer Keith: 680

Keith will only battle you at night.

Camper Todd: 280 (phone)
3 Trainers, bottom left
Cooltrainer♀ Irene: 1152 right side
Cooltrainer♀ Jenn: 1248 left side
Cooltrainer♀ Kate: 1344 bottom
  • Super Potion (hidden in the Day Care grounds)
  • Nugget (surf around barriers)
  • Rare Candy (hidden in tree near nugget)
  • Softsand (Below Nugget on next island, defeat 3 trainers)

Pokémon found[edit]

Route #34 encounters
Gold Silver Crystal
Morn Day Night Morn Day Night Morn Day Night
Abra 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Rattata 35% 35% 35% 35% 35% 35% 30% 30% 30%
Ditto 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5%
Drowzee 50% 50% 50% 50% 50% 50% N/A N/A 30%
Pidgey N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 20% 20% N/A
Snubbull N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 30% 30% N/A
Jigglypuff N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 5% 5% 5%
Hoothoot N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 20%
Route #34 (Headbutting-Moderate Chance) encounters
Gold Silver Crystal
Morn Day Night Morn Day Night Morn Day Night
Caterpie 65% 65% 65% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Metapod 15% 15% 15% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Butterfree 5% 5% 5% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Weedle N/A N/A N/A 65% 65% 65% N/A N/A N/A
Kakuna N/A N/A N/A 15% 15% 15% N/A N/A N/A
Beedrill N/A N/A N/A 5% 5% 5% N/A N/A N/A
Exeggcute 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 20% 20% 20%
Hoothoot N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 50% 50% 50%
Ledyba N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 15% 15% 15%
Spinarak N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 15% 15% 15%
Route #34 (Headbutting-Low Chance) encounters
Gold Silver Crystal
Morn Day Night Morn Day Night Morn Day Night
Caterpie 50% 50% 50% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Metapod N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Butterfree 5% 5% 5% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Weedle N/A N/A N/A 50% 50% 50% N/A N/A N/A
Kakuna N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Beedrill N/A N/A N/A 5% 5% 5% N/A N/A N/A
Exeggcute 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 20% 20% 20%
Hoothoot N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 50% 50% 50%
Pineco 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30%
Route #34 Fishing
Old Rod Good Rod Super Rod
Magikarp 85% 35% N/A
Krabby 15% 55% 60%
Kingler N/A N/A 10%
* Corsola do not appear at night
N/A 10%* 30%*
* Staryu only appear at night
N/A 10%* 30%*
Route #34 Surfing
Tentacool 90%
Tentacruel 10%
#63 Abra #96 Drowzee
Pure Psychic type Abra is a must catch Pokémon. It has very high Special Attack stat and Speed stat also to pummel opponents often one shotting them. Has very low HP. Initially it can't do anything but use Teleport, unless you give it a TM, until it evolves into Kadabra at level 16. It then learns Confusion at level 16, Psybeam at level 21, and Psychic at level 38.

This family has terrible Defense, but hardly needs it: they're so fast and have such high Special Attack that they can frequently win on the first turn and can also learn defensive type moves like Reflect which improve resistance to physical attacks. As your Rival gets a Gastly it may be wise to keep your Abra around and evolve it up to the max!

Pure Psychic type Drowsee is an intersting option. Its best stat is Special Defense while having average HP and low Attacking stats.

Gets Confusion at level 18, Meditate at level 36, Psychic at level 40 and lastly Future Sight at level 45 if you prevent the evolution. Also naturally learns Normal type move Headbutt at level 25 making him useful for finding Pokémon in the small trees. Gotta catch em all.

Can be taught TM 42 Dream Eater. Evolves at level 26 into Hypno. Drowzee and evolved form Hypno have a few new late game attacks in Gold/Silver/Crystal, but are still just too slow.

#132 Ditto #209 Snubbull
In battle, Ditto is still a one-trick pony that can copy any opponent's moves, but not their stats (its stats are very low). But outside of battle, Ditto is capable of mating with just about any Pokémon, including those that seem like they don't have genders.

So, keep Ditto out of the team, but catch one for breeding.

Snubbull is easy to recognize as it was one of the Pokémon whose artwork was used when Gold and Silver being released. It is a Normal-type Pokémon that learns some nice early attacks like Ghost-type Lick and Dark-type Bite while gaining Rage and Take Down later, making it one of the less useful Normal-types. Does have an stronger evolved form in Granbull
#98 Krabby #39 Jigglypuff
Pure Water type Pokémon Krabby is a under appreciated option. It has high Physical Attack and Defense stats but low HP. Evolves at level 28 into Kingler and gets massive boost to Attack stat and also defense. Special Attack is still low though.

Krabby is another Pokémon to learn a unique move and for Krabby it is Water-type move Crabhammer at level 41. Its strengths are good water attacks and the ability to learn four HMs: Cut, Surf, Strength, and Whirlpool. It has incredible attack power. Some of its good moves are Vice Grip at level 12, Stomp at level 23 and finally Guillotine at level 27. Outside of this it gets a couple of Defensive techniques Harden and Protect.

Jigglypuff is improved in Silver and Gold, it can learn the Defense Curl and Rollout combo by leveling. Its starting move Sing can be teamed up with TM42 Dream Eater for some Special damage. It learns Normal type move Double-Edge as its last.

It has high HP at the expense of weak stats but gets extra damage ( STAB ) on Double-Edge for being a Normal type. Another strength of Double-Edge because the 1/4 damage Jigglypuff gets hit back with is usually trivial because of its high HP. Like Pikachu, it can now mate and lay an egg containing a new Pokémon, Igglybuff, that is even cuter.