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Route 16:
Pokemon 143Snorlax.pngSnorlax
DoduoPokemon 084Doduo.png
Trade a Slowbro for:
Pokemon 108Lickitung.pngLickitung

Route 16:
Pokemon 143Snorlax.pngSnorlax
DoduoPokemon 084Doduo.png
Route 17:
Pokemon 077Ponyta.pngPonyta

Also known as "Cycling Road," Routes #16, #17 and #18 are a favorite hangout for bicyclists and motorcyclists alike. It just so happens that many of these two-wheeling enthusiasts are Pokémon trainers as well, and you must fight your way down the long slope to Fuchsia City. Once there, you will have a chance to visit the Safari Zone.

Route #16
1 Biker Pokebuck.png580
Grimer LV29
Koffing LV29
2 Cue Ball Pokebuck.png700
Machop LV28
Mankey LV28
Machop LV28
3 Cue Ball Pokebuck.png725
Mankey LV29
Machop LV28
4 Biker Pokebuck.png660
Weezing LV33
5 Cue Ball Pokebuck.png825
Machop LV33
6 Biker Pokebuck.png520
Grimer LV26
Grimer LV26
Grimer LV26
Grimer LV26

Before you head past the guard post, dig your Cut-trained Pokémon out of the computer in Celadon City and use him to snip away at the tree blocking the northern part of Route #16. It's here that you'll find the patch of wild grass that is your first chance to catch a Doduo, as well as a secret house containing HM 02, Fly. Use this to teleport to any city you've visited, or for a two-turn Flying-type attack that is similar to Dig.

#143 Snorlax #84 Doduo
Pokemon 143Snorlax.png
You won't get far in Route 16 without defeating the giant, sleeping Snorlax blocking your path. To wake him up, use your flute, and then defend yourself against his grumpy level 30 Snorlax rage.

There's only one more Snorlax in the game (at Route #12), so capture him now! He'll learn some okay attacks at level 35 and beyond, but for now he's mainly defensive. He has a ton of Hit Points, comes with Rest, and wakes from it quickly.

Pokemon 084Doduo.png
The problem with Fly is that it requires a Flying-type Pokémon. And while Fly itself is a very useful skill, you won't get any Flyer worth adding to your party (like Aerodactyl) for a little while. So you'll want to pick up a disposable flying Pokémon for the time being... Like Doduo!

Doduo, which can be caught in any version, is by no means terrible. Drill Peck is a strong attack that's great against the many Fighting-type Pokémon in this area (as well as more seldom-seen Grass and Bug Pokémon), but there's not a whole lot else to get excited about. The evolved form, Dodrio, which can be caught in Route #17 in Yellow only (or raised at level 31 in any version) is a fairly speedy, strong attacker that can do good damage with Normal skills like Tri Attack.

Route #17

Route #17's brutal slope drags you downward unless you hold the A button or B button buttons to steady yourself. But there's no reason not to speed to the bottom, since the only thing of interest here is the Ponyta in Yellow. (Although there are some pretty useful hidden items -- five in total -- if you're willing to stick around and fiddle with the Itemfinder for a while). When you get to Route #18, don't miss the trader in the top floor of the guard post.

1 Biker Pokebuck.png560
Weezing LV28
Koffing LV28
Weezing LV28
2 Cue Ball Pokebuck.png725
Machop LV29
Machoke LV29
3 Cue Ball Pokebuck.png725
Mankey LV29
Primeape LV29
4 Biker Pokebuck.png660
Muk LV33
5 Biker Pokebuck.png580
Voltorb LV29
Voltorb LV29
6 Cue Ball Pokebuck.png825
Machoke LV33
7 Cue Ball Pokebuck.png650
Mankey LV26
Mankey LV26
Machoke LV26
Machop LV26
8 Cue Ball Pokebuck.png725
Primeape LV29
Machoke LV29
9 Biker Pokebuck.png580
Weezing LV29
Muk LV29
A Biker Pokebuck.png500
Koffing LV25
Weezing LV25
Koffing LV25
Koffing LV25
Weezing LV25
Route #16 encounters
RattataPokemon 019Rattata.png 30% 30% 25%
Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate 5% 5% 5%
SpearowPokemon 021Spearow.png 40% 40% 30%
Pokemon 022Fearow.pngFearow N/A N/A 5%
DoduoPokemon 084Doduo.png 25% 25% 35%
Route #17 encounters
RaticatePokemon 020Raticate.png 30% 30% N/A
Pokemon 021Spearow.pngSpearow 40% 40% 30%
FearowPokemon 022Fearow.png 5% 5% 20%
Pokemon 077Ponyta.pngPonyta N/A N/A 24%
DoduoPokemon 084Doduo.png 25% 25% 55%
Pokemon 085Dodrio.pngDodrio N/A N/A 1%
#77 Ponyta
Pokemon 077Ponyta.png
Yellow missed out on the early Growlithe and Vulpix in Blue and Red (unless you count the Vulpix you could win from the Game Corner), but now it finally gets its first Fire Pokémon since Charmander: Ponyta.

Ponyta doesn't get the greatest skills... For Fire, it's just Ember for starters and Fire Spin at level 39. But the saving grace of Ponyta and its evolved form, Rapidash, is their incredible Speed, making them easily the fastest of the Fire Pokémon.

#108 Lickitung
Pokemon 108Lickitung.png
If you're collecting all of the Pokémon, the guard post in Route #18 is a great opportunity for Red/Blue players to trade a Slowbro, something you can fish up fairly easily, for a rare Lickitung. But if it's utility that interests you, you're better off keeping the Slowbro. Lickitung is a hearty fellow, but his array of Normal attacks are poor. Yellow players can only trade a rare Tangela for a common Parasect: a truly bad deal.

Almost to Fuchsia City[edit]

Just before you arrive at Fuchsia City via Route #18, you will find three Bird Keepers waiting for you on the other side of the guard house. With the help of one little Electric Pokémon (you know the one), you can make short work of all three in no time.

Route #18
1 Birdkeeper Pokebuck.png725
Spearow LV29
Fearow LV29
2 Birdkeeper Pokebuck.png650
Spearow LV26
Spearow LV26
Fearow LV26
Spearow LV26
3 Birdkeeper Pokebuck.png850
Dodrio LV34
Route #18 encounters
RattataPokemon 019Rattata.png N/A N/A 25%
Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate 20% 20% 5%
SpearowPokemon 021Spearow.png 40% 40% 30%
Pokemon 022Fearow.pngFearow 15% 15% 5%
DoduoPokemon 084Doduo.png 25% 25% 35%
Route #18 Fishing
(Super Rod)
ShellderPokemon 090Shellder.png N/A N/A 60%
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 25% 25% N/A
KrabbyPokemon 098Krabby.png 25% 25% N/A
Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 25% 25% N/A
TentacoolPokemon 072Tentacool.png 25% 25% 40%