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Rustboro City in Ruby & Sapphire
New Pokémon
Ruby Sapphire Emerald
revive from fossil:

Pokemon 345Lileep.pngLileep or
Pokemon 347Anorith.pngAnorith

Rustboro Mart
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Pokéball
Pokebuck.png200
PKMN Potion.png
Potion
Pokebuck.png300
PKMN SuperPotion.png
Super Potion
Pokebuck.png700
PKMN Antidote.png
Antidote
Pokebuck.png100
PKMN ParlyzHeal.png
Paralyz Heal
Pokebuck.png200
PKMN EscapeRope.png
Escape Rope
Pokebuck.png550
PKMN Repel.png
Repel
Pokebuck.png350
PKMN XSpeed.png
X Speed
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X Attack
Pokebuck.png500
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X Defend
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Rustboro City in Emerald.

Rustboro City is a big city. Many of the people who live here work for the Devon Corporation, whose headquarters is in this city as well.

Items[edit]

Just as you enter Rustboro City from Route 104 (North), you will see a gap in the fence to the east, where the fence does not reach the tree line. If you go through this gap and follow the path between the fence and the trees, you will find an X Defend .

Just to the west as you enter Rustboro City is an apartment building where Devon Corporation employees live. On the second floor, talk to the little boy to get a Premier Ball . Finally, if you go to the Pokémon Trainer's School (located to the northeast of the Pokécenter), you can talk to the teacher to get the Quick Claw .

HM01 (Cut)[edit]

To the west of the Pokécenter is the Cutter's house. Talk to the man inside to get HM01 (Cut). Cut is not a powerful attack, but it will help you cut down trees. However, you can't use it outside of battle until you get the Stone Badge.

Pokémon Trading Opportunity[edit]

If you talk to the girl living in the house next to the Rustboro City Gym, she will offer to trade Pokémon with you. The Pokémon she asks for, and the one she gives you, depends on the version you are playing.

  • In Ruby and Sapphire, she will ask for a Slakoth in exchange for a Makuhita. Note that you can get a Slakoth in Petalburg Woods if desired.
  • In Emerald she will offer you a Seedot for your Ralts. Unfortunately, this isn't a very good trade, considering how rare Ralts are.

Rustboro Gym[edit]

  • Gym Leader: Roxanne
  • Badge: Stone Badge

Be sure to buy some potions, because the gym is full of strong trainers. X Defend can also be quite useful, as it increases your defense for 1 battle. This gym is based on Rock-type Pokémon, so any Grass-, Water-, Fighting-, Steel- or Ground-type Pokémon will do. If you chose Treecko or Mudkip, you will not have many difficulties, but if you have Torchic, you will have some difficulty. A good strategy is to evolve your Torchic to Combusken which learns Double Kick immediately. You can also catch a Marill or Shroomish, as they can be useful too.

Ruby and Sapphire
PicturePokémonReward
PKMN Emerald Youngster.png
Youngster Josh
Pokemon 074Geodude.pngGeodude (lvl. 10)
Pokemon 074Geodude.pngGeodude (lvl. 8)
Pokemon 074Geodude.pngGeodude (lvl. 6)
Pokebuck.png96
PKMN Emerald Youngster.png
Youngster Tommy
Pokemon 074Geodude.pngGeodude (lvl. 11)Pokebuck.png176
Emerald
PicturePokémonReward
PKMN Emerald Youngster.png
Youngster Josh
Pokemon 074Geodude.pngGeodude (lvl. 10)Pokebuck.png160
PKMN Emerald Youngster.png
Youngster Tommy
Pokemon 074Geodude.pngGeodude (lvl. 8)
Pokemon 074Geodude.pngGeodude (lvl. 8)
Pokebuck.png128
PKMN Emerald Hiker.png
Hiker Marc
Pokemon 074Geodude.pngGeodude (lvl. 8)
Pokemon 074Geodude.pngGeodude (lvl. 8)
Pokebuck.png320
Ruby and Sapphire layout.
Emerald layout.

Depending how you interact with Tommy and Marc, you can fight both of them at once in a Double Battle. To do this, you come directly in the line of sight of both of them at once. The easiest way to do this is to come straight up the left side of the maze.

Roxanne (Ruby & Sapphire)[edit]

Roxanne 1st 2nd Reward
PKMN Emerald GymLeaderRoxanne.png Pokemon 074Geodude.png Geodude (lvl. 14) Pokemon 299Nosepass.png Nosepass (lvl. 15) Pokebuck.png1500, TM39 Rock Tomb

Roxanne should be relatively easy as long as you play carefully. Her Geodude will probably be one-shot by your Mudkip, Treecko, or any grass or water type you've picked up along the way. You should avoid using Pokémon like Poochyena, Zigzagoon, or Taillow, either for their lack of effective moves at this point, or for simply being weak to rock type moves. Torchic users should either use a different Pokémon, or evolve Torchic into Combusken at level 16 and take the gym on with Double Kick.

Her Nosepass, however, is dangerous enough to wipe even Mudkip or Treecko teams. This is thanks to its move, Rock Tomb, which benefits from the Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB), and has a chance to lower the speed of your Pokémon. Be careful and, if you need to, use a potion!

Roxanne (Emerald)[edit]

Roxanne 1st 2nd 3rd Reward
PKMN Emerald GymLeaderRoxanne.png Pokemon 074Geodude.png Geodude (lvl. 12) Pokemon 074Geodude.png Geodude (lvl. 12) Pokemon 299Nosepass.png Nosepass (lvl. 15) Pokebuck.png1500, TM39 Rock Tomb

The fight isn't wildly different in Emerald compared to Ruby and Sapphire, since there's just one more Geodude to one-shot. You'll get more EXP, though!

Once you beat Roxanne, you'll get your first badge, TM39 (Rock Tomb) and the ability to use HM01 (Cut) outside the battle.

After the Gym[edit]

Now that you have your first badge, step outside, where you'll see the same Magma or Aqua grunt that you fought in the forest running away from the Devon Corporation building, with the worker you saw earlier running after him. You can head over to the Pokémon Center and heal if you want. When you head north, you'll meet the worker, who will give you a job to do: pursue the Aqua/Magma Grunt and retrieve the Devon Goods he stole! Start by chasing the grunt through Route 116.

Emerald Players have the privilege of fighting their rival near the Poké Mart after they complete their errand. This battle isn't mandatory, since he/she will ask you if you want to fight him/her.

Items found[edit]

  • X Defend - in the southern part of the city, behind the fence
  • Quick Claw - from the teacher of the Pokémon Trainer's School
  • HM 01 (Cut) - from the Cutter in the Cutter's house near the Pokécenter
  • TM 39 (Rock Tomb) - from Roxanne after you defeat her
  • Premier Ball - given to you by a boy found in the second floor of the Devon Apartments building
  • Great Ball - obtained outside the Devon building, from the Devon researcher after retrieving the Devon Goods
  • Letter - given by Mr. Stone in the Devon Corporation after retrieving the Devon Goods, to be taken to Steven
  • PokéNav - also given by Mr. Stone in the Devon Corporation after he gives you the letter
  • Exp. Share - a reward from Mr. Stone after delivering the Letter to Steven