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Chapter 1 - Rustboro Gym


The game begins with a monologue from Professor Birch, who will introduce you to the World of Pokémon, ask for your gender, and ask for a name. This process will be very fimilar for anyone who's played a Pokémon game before. You'll find yourself in the back of a moving truck on the way to Littleroot town. Exit the truck and you'll be greeted by your mother. Head to your room on the second floor and press A in front of the clock. You'll be prompted to set it. The clock only controls the tides in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, and there's no longer a day and night cycle. After speaking with your mother, head over to the PC on your desk and withdraw a Potion.

Choosing a starter

Head downstairs and your mother will call you over to the television. Here you'll find out that your father is the gym leader of Petalburg City. Exit your house and enter the one directly adjacent. Head upstairs to meet your neighbour and rival, who will change depending on what gender you chose. If you're a boy, it'll be Professor Birch's daughter May. If you're a girl, it'll be Professor Birch's son Brendan. After a quick introduction your rival will leave to help his/her father catch a wild Pokémon. Go outside and exit town to the north. Here you'll find Professor Birch being chased by a wild Poocheyana. He'll call out for help and you'll need to choose one of three Pokémon.

Pokémon Type Good for...
Treeko Beginners
Mudkip Intermediate players
Torchic Veterans

After choosing a Pokémon, you'll engage in your first battle against the wild Poocheyana. It's Lv2, so just attack and it'll die quickly. Professor Brich will thank you and take you back to his lab. After a quick conversation he'll give you the Pokémon you chose and invite you to find his child and learn how to be a Pokémon trainer. Do just this by exiting to your north to Route 101.

Route 101 and Oldale Town

Route 101 Wild Pokémon
Pokémon Location Rate Levels
Zigzagoon Grass 45% 45% 10% 2-3
Wurmple Grass 45% 45% 45% 2-3
Poochyena Grass 10% 10% 45% 2-3

Wild Pokémon will appear at random any time you walk in tall grass. You can defeat some to gain experience points if you like, but head north to Oldale Town to further your journey. Here you'll find a Pokémon Center (it has a red roof) where you can heal your Pokémon to full health at no cost. Talk to the lady directly east of the Pokémon Center and she'll give you a free Potion and introduce the Pokémart (blue roof). Here you can buy items to assist you on your adventure. Each town in the game will have these two buildings among others.

Route 103 Rival Battle

Route 103 Wild Pokémon
Pokémon Location Rate Levels
Zigzagoon Grass 60% 60% 30% 2-4
Poochyena Grass 30% 30% 60% 2-4
Wingull Grass 10% 10% 10% 2-4
Magikarp Water (Old Rod) 70% 70% 70% 5-10
Tentacool Water (Old Rod) 30% 30% 30% 5-10
Magikarp Water (Good Rod) 60% 60% 60% 10-30
Tentacool Water (Good Rod) 20% 20% 20% 10-30
Wailmer Water (Good Rod) 20% 20% 20% 10-30
Wailmer Water (Super Rod) 60% 60% 60% 25-45
Sharpedo Water (Super Rod) 40% 40% 40% 25-45
Tentacool Water (Surf) 60% 60% 60% 5-35
Wingull Water (Surf) 35% 35% 35% 10-30
Pelipper Water (Surf) 5% 5% 5% 25-30

Head north out of Oldale Town into Route 103 and you'll find your rival (May or Brendan). They'll challenge you to your first Pokémon battle.

If you chose... May/Brendan will have...
Treeko Torchic
Mudkip Treeko
Torchic Mudkip

No matter what Pokémon you chose, your rival will have a type advantage over you. The fight shouldn't be too difficult, and you do have two potions you can use if you're running low on health. After defeating your rival, head back to Professor Birch's lab (you can use cliffs to avoid tall grass) where he'll give you a Pokédex. This device records data of any Pokémon you've caught or encountered. Your rival will also give you 5 Pokéballs you can use to capture wild Pokémon.

Route 102

Route 102 Wild Pokémon
Pokémon Location Rate Levels
Zigzagoon Grass 30% 30% 15% 3-4
Wurmple Grass 30% 30% 20% 3-4
Poochyena Grass 15% 15% 30% 3-4
Seedot Grass 20% -- 1% 3
Lotad Grass -- 20% 20% 3-4
Ralts Grass 4% 4% 4% 4
Surskit Grass 1% 1% -- 3-4
Magikarp Water (Old Rod) 70% 70% 70% 10-30
Goldeen Water (Old Rod) 30% 30% 30% 5-10
Magikarp Water (Good Rod) 60% 60% 60% 3-4
Goldeen Water (Good Rod) 20% 20% 20% 10-30
Corphish Water (Good Rod) 20% 20% 20% 10-30
Corphish Water (Super Rod) 100% 100% 100% 20-45
Marill Water (Surf) 99% 99% 99% 5-35
Surskit Water (Surf) 1% 1% -- 20-30
Goldeen Water (Surf) -- -- 1% 20-30

If you attempt exiting Littleroot to the north your mother will stop you to give you the Running Shoes. Now you can press B to get around faster. Make your back to Oldale town, heal up, and head west. You'll run into your first trainer here, you should be able to defeat his Lv5 Zigzagoon with ease. Continue westward and you'll come across two more trainers. After the second, head towards the strange looking trees and you'll be able to pick 2 Oran berries and 2 Pecha berries. After one more trainer, you'll find what looks like a Pokéball on the ground below a cliff. These are known as Item Balls, which contain various items and can be found throughout the game. This one has a potion in it. A few steps west from the final trainer and you'll be in Petalburg City.
*Now that you have Pokéballs, feel free to catch any wild Pokémon you might want to add to your party. If you weaken wild Pokémon before throwing a Pokéball your success rate of catching will be much higher. There's a 4% chance of catching Ralts here, who is useful later on. If you want to complete your Pokédex, you'll have to catch one of every wild Pokémon you encounter.

Petalburg City

After healing up at the Pokémon Center and buying any extra Pokéballs and Potions you might want at the Pokémart, head to the Gym (brown roof) to the north. Here you'll find the gym leader, your father, who you'll briefly catch up with before interupted by a man who wants to catch a Pokémon, Wally. You'll learn how the masters catch their Pokémon right along with him. After returning to the gym, your father will advise you to reach Rustburo City and challenge the gym leader there. Your father is the fifth gym leader, so you aren't strong enough to face him yet. After you're ready, leave town by travelling west.

Route 104 Wild Pokémon
Pokémon Location Rate Levels
Zigzagoon Grass 50% 50% -- 4-5
Wurmple Grass 30% 30% -- 4-5
Wingull Grass 10% 10% 10% 3-5
Taillow Grass 10% 10% 10% 4-5
Poochyena Grass -- -- 40% 4-5
Wurmple Grass -- -- 20% 4
Marill Grass -- -- 20% 4-5
Magikarp Water (Old Rod) 100% 100% 100% 5-10
Magikarp Water (Good Rod) 100% 100% 100% 10-30
Magikarp Water (Super Rod) 100% 100% 100% 20-45
Wingull Water (Surf) 95% 95% 95% 10-30
Pelipper Water (Surf) 5% 5% 5% 25-35

There's not a whole lot to do on this section of Route 104. There's quite a few people walking around, but only two of them are trainers. There's a youngster walking in a circle in the sand on the southwest beach, and a Rich Boy Winston at the north end right before the entrance to Petalburg Woods. You can pick up two Pecha and Oran berries from the soft soil in the northeast corner. There's also a hidden potion at the northwestern most corner of the sand.Exit north to Petalburg Woods when you're ready.

Petalburg Woods

Petalburg Woods Wild Pokémon
Pokémon Location Rate Levels
Zigzagoon Grass 30% 30% -- 5-6
Poochyena Grass -- -- 30% 5-6
Wurmple Grass 25% 25% 25% 5-6
Shroomish Grass 15% 15% 15% 5-6
Silcoon Grass 10% 10% 10% 5
Cascoon Grass 10% 10% 10% 5
Taillow Grass 5% 5% 5% 5-6
Slakoth Grass 5% 5% 5% 5-6

Head east and pass through the first patch of grass. You'll see a hole in the next patch of grass, Press A next to it to find a Potion hidden here. Exit Petalburg Woods to the south and you'll find a Pokéball inside of an Item Ball next to a girl. Enter Petalburg Woods the same way you exited, this time heading west. After defeating the Bug Catcher you find here, grab the Item Ball to the north to get a Paralyz Heal. Back east this time and then north where you'll be stopped by a fancy looking gentlemen. Merely seconds later you're witnessing attempted muggery, which you can stop by defeating a Team Magna/Aqua grunt and his Level 9 Poochyena! This is where you'll be introduced to Team Magma/Aqua (Ruby/Sapphire), the main antognist group in the game. You'll face one more bug catcher and come across an Ether in an Item Ball before exiting Petalburg Woods.

Route 104

Once you're on Route 104, speak to the first kid you see to receive TM 09- Bullet Seed. Pick up the 2 Oran and Cheri Berries you find here as well. Enter the building to your north, The Pretty Petal Flower Shop, and speak to the girl at the back of the building. She'll give you a Wailmer Pail. Speaking to the girl to the farthest east will get you a berry at random. Exit the shop and go behind it to get a Potion from an Item Ball, a hidden Super Potion and a hidden Pokéball.

Head east past two more trainers, and cross the bridge once you've defeated them. You'll find a set of twins on the bridge that you can choose to have a double battle with, where you can battle with two Pokémon at once. After you've croseed the bridge, talk to the old lady to get a Cheri Berry. You can also pick up two Leppa and Cherri berries from the soft soil next to her. You can speak to the fisherman here to battle him if you like. Before entering Rustboro City, follow the outside of the fence to your right to find a X Defend in an Item Ball. Head straight for the gym (it's the building with the brown roof) once you're in Rustboro City.

Rustboro Gym

Leader - Roxanne Type - Recommended - Map - Click here! Rewards - Stone Badge | TM39 - Rock Tomb
Geodude | | Level 14 Tackle
Defense Curl
Rock Throw
Rock Tomb
Nosepass | | Level 15 Tackle
Rock Throw
Rock Tomb

Rustboro Gym is rock type, and there's two trainers you'll have to face before the gym leader. If you haven't been training you're Pokémon outside of trainer battles, you'll probably need to do that before defeating the gym leader, depending on what types of Pokémon you have. Unless you picked Torchic as your starter, you shouldn't have difficulty defeating Roxanne. Even with a lower level Mudkip or Treeko, your type advantage can bring you to victory. Torchic users will have to either catch another Pokémon or train Torchic to much higher levels to win. If you let Geodude or Nosepass's health get too low, Roxanne may use potions to heal. Don't be hesitant to use potions/berries if necessary.

Roxanne will give you the Stone Badge and TM39 - Rock Tomb upon admitting defeat. You'll now also be able to use HM01 - Cut outside of battle.

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