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Petalburg Woods in Ruby & Sapphire.
Petalburg Woods in Emerald.
New Pokémon Available
Ruby Sapphire Emerald
Pokemon 285Shroomish.pngShroomish

Pokemon 287Slakoth.pngSlakoth

Petalburg Woods is home to many bug type Pokemon, so bring some flying type pokémon, like Taillow or Wingull. Here is also a good place to level your Torchic, so that it becomes a Combusken before the first gym. Bring some potions, as the forest is full of pokémon. If you have not chosen Treecko as your starter, it is recommended to catch a Shroomish, as Rustboro City's gym is weak to Grass type attacks. Slakoth also appears in the grass patches, and can become an extremely valuable member of your team if you choose to evolve it into a Slaking at level 36.

A Team Grunt Attacks![edit]

Eventually, you will see a man who is looking for a Shroomish. After he talks to you, a Team Grunt appears and attacks him. You will have to rescue the man by defeating the guy attacking him.

Ruby
PicturePokémonReward
PKMN Emerald MagmaGruntM.png
Team Magma Grunt
Pokemon 261Poochyena.pngPoochyena (lvl. 9)Pokebuck.png180
Sapphire
PicturePokémonReward
PKMN Emerald AquaGruntM.png
Team Aqua Grunt
Pokemon 261Poochyena.pngPoochyena (lvl. 9)Pokebuck.png180
Emerald
PicturePokémonReward
PKMN Emerald AquaGruntM.png
Team Aqua Grunt
Pokemon 261Poochyena.pngPoochyena (lvl. 9)Pokebuck.png180

Once defeated, the Team grunt will run away, and the man will thank you gratefully and reward you with a Great Ball.

Head to Route 104 (North).

Return to the Forest[edit]

Come back after having obtained the HM Cut to access the rest of the forest. A girl will give you a Miracle Seed , an item that when held by a Pokémon, increases the power of grass type moves - considering the sheer quantity of water routes and Pokémon in these games, this will come in handy. You can also find a Great Ball and an X Attack , as well as two Tiny Mushroom s hidden in the area.

Trainers[edit]

Ruby and Sapphire
PicturePokémonReward
PKMN Emerald BugCatcher.png
Bug Catcher Lyle
Pokemon 265Wurmple.pngWurmple (lvl. 3)
Pokemon 265Wurmple.pngWurmple (lvl. 3)
Pokemon 265Wurmple.pngWurmple (lvl. 3)
Pokemon 265Wurmple.pngWurmple (lvl. 3)
Pokemon 265Wurmple.pngWurmple (lvl. 3)
Pokemon 265Wurmple.pngWurmple (lvl. 3)
Pokebuck.png48
PKMN Emerald BugCatcher.png
Bug Catcher James
Pokemon 290Nincada.pngNincada (lvl. 8)Pokebuck.png128
Emerald
PicturePokémonReward
PKMN Emerald BugCatcher.png
Bug Catcher Lyle
Pokemon 265Wurmple.pngWurmple (lvl. 3)
Pokemon 265Wurmple.pngWurmple (lvl. 3)
Pokemon 265Wurmple.pngWurmple (lvl. 3)
Pokemon 265Wurmple.pngWurmple (lvl. 3)
Pokebuck.png48
PKMN Emerald BugCatcher.png
Bug Catcher James
Pokemon 290Nincada.pngNincada (lvl. 6)
Pokemon 290Nincada.pngNincada (lvl. 6)
Pokebuck.png96

Items[edit]

  • Paralyz Heal - near the bottom left patch of grass
  • Ether - To the left of the northern exit
  • Potion - hidden in grass to the right of the entrance
  • Great Ball - received from the Devon Corporation worker, after defeating the Team Magma(R)/Team Aqua(S/E) Grunt
  • Pokéball - hidden in the middle most left grass area
  • Tiny Mushroom - hidden in the north-central area, in a break in the trees (requires Cut)
  • Tiny Mushroom - hidden in the southeast area, accessed by jumping the east-central ledge (requires Cut)
  • Miracle Seed - from a girl in the northeast part of the woods (requires Cut)
  • Great Ball - on the ledge in the northeast corner (requires Cut)
  • X Attack - southeast area, accessed by jumping the east-central ledge (requires Cut)

Pokémon found[edit]

Ruby & Sapphire Level Encounter Rate Emerald Level Encounter Rate
Pokemon 263Zigzagoon.png Zigzagoon 5-6 30% Pokemon 261Poochyena.png Poochyena 5-6 30%
Pokemon 265Wurmple.png Wurmple 5-6 25% Pokemon 265Wurmple.png Wurmple 5-6 25%
Pokemon 285Shroomish.png Shroomish 5-6 15% Pokemon 285Shroomish.png Shroomish 5-6 15%
Pokemon 266Silcoon.png Silcoon 5 10% Pokemon 266Silcoon.png Silcoon 5 10%
Pokemon 268Cascoon.png Cascoon 5 10% Pokemon 268Cascoon.png Cascoon 5 10%
Pokemon 276Taillow.png Taillow 5-6 5% Pokemon 276Taillow.png Taillow 5-6 5%
Pokemon 287Slakoth.png Slakoth 5-6 5% Pokemon 287Slakoth.png Slakoth 5-6 5%
New Pokémon info
#285 Shroomish #287 Slakoth
Pokemon 285Shroomish.png
This is the second Grass Pokémon that you'll find in the game, reminiscent of Oddish and Bellsprout from Firered and Leafgreen and the Red and Blue Versions, but this guy takes its roots more from Oddish. It starts off with Absorb and learns Tackle at level 4. However, when it Evolves at level 23 into a Breloom it becomes a Grass/Fighter Pokemon. Breloom learns good fighting moves later on. So it is a better middle to late game pokemon than an early game Pokemon. You may however, want to keep it on your team, if you don't have a Treecko as your starter. This is also the only area in the game where you can catch one.
Pokemon 287Slakoth.png
This is another Normal Pokemon that you'll find only here in Petalburg Woods, it also only moves every other turn and doesn't learn any good Normal moves. It however can learn HM01 Cut, HM04 Strength, and HM06 Rock Smash so you may want to use it as an HM pokemon, or alternatively evolve it into a Slaking and use it as an offensive wall. But for any Normal pokemon right now, go with Zigzagoon instead.