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The game begins in a pickup truck parked in Littleroot Town. The player's family has just moved here from Johto. After exiting the truck, the player will head into their house. Here, they can set their clock and listen to their mom. Once completed, the player will then head to their neighbor's house. After learning that their neighbor, who is either Brendan or May depending on the player's gender, is not home, they should head north to Route 101 and rescue Professor Birch.
The player must choose their starter
After stumbling across Professor Birch being attacked by a Poochyena, he will tell the player to select one of the Pokémon in the bag. The options are Treecko, the Template:Type2, Torchic, the Template:Type2, or Mudkip, the Template:Type2. The player must choose carefully, as this Pokémon will be their starter. Once the Pokémon is selected, a battle between the starter and a Poochyena will commence. After its defeat, Birch will take the player to his lab and tell them to go to Route 103 to meet their rival. If the player is male, the rival will be May. If the player is female, the rival will be Brendan. After doing this, the player should head home to access their PC and withdraw a Potion. Upon completion, the player will head north towards Oldale Town, the first town with a Pokémon Center.
Upon reaching Oldale Town, the player will continue north to Route 103. Along the way, the player will meet a Poké Mart salesman. After speaking with him, the player will receive a free Potion. Once this is done, the player should continue north, where they will have their first battle with their rival.
At this point, the rival will only have one Pokémon. What it is depends on which Pokémon the player chose at the beginning of the game. The rival character will have chosen the Pokémon with a type advantage over the player, at level 5. Since the rival's Pokémon has no special attacks in this battle, a good ol' Scratch/Pound/Tackle spamming session should do the trick. Upon the defeat of the rival, they will head back to Littleroot Town.
After following the rival back to Littleroot Town, the player will be given five Poké Balls. Before leaving town, the player's mom will appear to give her child a pair of Running Shoes. Once this is completed, the player may now head back up to Oldale Town. Once they arrive, they may now buy Poké Balls at the Pokémart, along with other goodies. Then, the player should head west, leaving Oldale via Route 102.
There are four easy Pokémon Trainers along Route 102. The player should battle them in order to earn experience and money.
Also along Route 102 are items and berries.
Continuing west, the player will eventually arrive at Petalburg City. After heading to the gym, the player will learn that their father will not accept their challenge until they have earned four badges. Instead, he recommends his child go and assist Wally, who will become another rival of the player, to capture a Ralts.
Once done with Wally, the player may now exit Petalburg City to the west by heading out on Route 104.
After exiting Petalburg City, the player will encounter Route 104. Notable locations on this route are Mr. Briney
's house, which will be vacant until later, Petalburg Forest
, and the Pretty Petal Flower Shop
. Following this route the player will encounter Pokémon Trainers Youngster Billy on the beach, Rich Boy Winston near the entrance to Petalburg Forest, and two Bug Catchers in Petalburg Forest. If the player turns east immediately after entering the forest they will encounter an exit to Oran Berries, Pecha Berries, and a Pokéball. A Team Aqua(Sapphire) or Magma(Ruby) Grunt will be fought around halfway through the forest. After that, the exit is right ahead and the Pretty Petal Flower Shop is right in front. The trainer can access an item by using cut on trees to the right of the exit. The items found in Route 104 are 1 Paralyz Heal
, 1 Ether
, 4 Oran Berries, and 4 Pecha Berries. Behind the Pretty Petal Flower Shop is a good location to find lotad. Directly east of the shop is a bridge which leads north to Rustboro City. On the way to the bridge are two Pokemon Trainers, Lady Cindy and Lass Haley. On the bridge is the game's first double battle, the player versus Twins Gina and Mia. A Fisherman is the last trainer on the route. After clearing this route the player go back to Petalburg Forest to catch Pokémon or advance to Rustboro City.