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Pokemon 096Drowzee.pngDrowzee

After you pull the plug on Lt. Surge, the next place to go is Lavender Town. The quickest way is through Routes 11 and 12. Unfortunately, a Snorlax blocks Route 11, but you should still go as far as the lookout station, where you'll meet up with one of Professor Oak's aides. After you've talked with him, turn around and head toward Diglett's Cave.

Route #11

Trainers and wild Pokémon encounters[edit]

Route #11 encounters
SpearowPokemon 021Spearow.png 30% 30% N/A
Pokemon 023Ekans.pngEkans 45% N/A N/A
SandshrewPokemon 027Sandshrew.png N/A 45% N/A
Pokemon 096Drowzee.pngDrowzee 25% 25% 24%
PidgeyPokemon 016Pidgey.png N/A N/A 40%
Pokemon 017Pidgeotto.pngPidgeotto N/A N/A 10%
RattataPokemon 019Rattata.png N/A N/A 25%
Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate N/A N/A 1%
1 Gambler Pokebuck.png1260
Poliwag LV18
Horsea LV18
2 Youngster Pokebuck.png315
Ekans LV21
3 Youngster Pokebuck.png285
Sandshrew LV19
Zubat LV19
4 Youngster Pokebuck.png270
Nidoran♂ LV18
Nidorino LV18
5 Gambler Pokebuck.png1260
Bellsprout LV18
Oddish LV18
6 Gambler Pokebuck.png1260
Growlithe LV18
Vulpix LV18
7 Engineer Pokebuck.png1050
Magnemite LV21
8 Youngster Pokebuck.png255
Rattata LV17
Rattata LV17
Raticate LV17
9 Gambler Pokebuck.png1260
Voltorb LV18
Magnemite LV18
A Engineer Pokebuck.png900
Magnemite LV18
Magnemite LV18
Magneton LV18

A Snorlax in the way[edit]

#96 Drowzee
Pokemon 096Drowzee.png
Drowzees are great. They're reasonably sturdy and their Special is high. Like many Psychic-type Pokémon, they can learn Psychic (a very powerful Psychic-type move especially with STAB that also has a 30% chance of lowering a target's special stat), along with a couple of status moves, and they really don't need much else despite their decent movepool. The problem is that the Abra evolution family such as Kadabra and Alakazam has even better Special and has much better Speed but with a drawback of poor defenses. The choice is yours - a fast glass cannon or a sturdy support Pokémon?

This area is entirely optional, since you can just use Diglett's Cave to cross back to Route 2 to get HM05 which contains Flash, a move you would need for Rock Tunnel to light up the cave there so it helps you to navigate in there. But you might want to stop by to get yourself a Drowzee. Probably not the best Psychic-type Pokémon around but its still pretty good to pick up if you need a Psychic typing on your team. There are about ten trainers here, so you can also maybe take down some of the Gamblers for the massive amounts of cash they keep on hand. It's also a good place to catch up on your Pokémon's levels.

NOTE: Checking the lone bush that a Youngster (marked on the map as Trainer #8) is facing will yield an Escape Rope.

The guard house to the east is open, but a sleeping Snorlax is blocking the path. You can go upstairs, though, where you can get the Itemfinder from one of Professor Oak's aides if you have 30 or more Pokémon. That does mean species, by the way (check the "owned" number on your pokedex.) You can also trade a Nidorino for a Nidorina in Red/Blue or a Lickitung for a Dugtrio in Yellow.