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Kanto Route 1

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Kanto
Route 1
1ばんどうろ
Route 1
Kanto Route 1 HGSS.png
Map description
A country road full of greenery and rough paths.
Required for navigation
Connecting locations
 
Viridian City
 
Route 1
 
Pallet Town
 
Location
Kanto Route 1 Map.png
Location of Route 1 in Kanto.
Kanto Route 1 RBY.png Kanto Route 1 GSC.png Kanto Route 1 FRLG.png
Gen I Gen II Gen III
Pokémon world routes
Route 22       Route 2

Route 1 (Japanese: 1ばんどうろ Route 1) is a route in western Kanto, connecting Pallet Town and Viridian City.

Route description

Heading north from Pallet Town, Trainers must make their way around a large but very primitive route, that will become their very first route they will explore on their journey. The route is riddled with large patches of tall grass, and ledges that contour from far east to all to the far west, blocking off most of the route making it hard to travel north, only to have small gaps by which the road has been broken into it.

The Poké Mart assistant giving away free samples of Potions

From the narrow "gateway" into Route 1, the route will make its way west as a ledge will block the road, however patches of tall grass be found by traveling east. After traveling north past the gap in the ledge, there will be a small clearing, where a man working for a Poké Mart can be found giving out a free Potion to Trainers. Heading away from the small clearing, the route makes its way eastern, and creates an "S" shapes as it winds around tall ground, as well as long ledges. Route 1 then travels northerly through two consecutive patches of tall grass, one larger than the other. It then finishes off by curving westerly, and then north as it enters Viridian City.

Heading south from Viridian City, Trainers can either hop down ledges to completely avoid any contact with wild Pokémon on their way to Pallet Town or they can travel through the grass patches, the required path for northbound travel. Following the grass-lined path, the route turns east then south as it enters the first patch. After a small break, the path of the route enters another patch of grass as the route turns west. Route 1 then makes an "S", turning to the south, then to the east before returning south and west, passing through the third grassy area. The path then juts south, entering another patch before curving to the east then to the south as it enters Pallet.

There are no opponent Trainers on this route in Generations I and III. However, a man who works at the Poké Mart in Viridian City will give out a free sample of Potion to Trainers who talk to him. In Generation II, the Poké Mart employee has left and two Trainers appear instead, while in Generation IV four Trainers are on the route. A Bitter Berry grows here in Generation II, while a Blk Apricorn does so in Generation IV.

Items

Item Location Games
Bag Potion Sprite.png Potion Obtained from Viridian Poké Mart employee  R  B  Y  FR  LG 
Bag None Sprite.png Bitter Berry South of the first ledge on west side of route  G  S  C 
Bag Blk Apricorn Sprite.png Blk Apricorn South of the first ledge on west side of route  HG  SS 

Pokémon

Generation I

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
016 Pidgey
R B Y
Grass Grass
2-5 55%
016 Pidgey
R B Y
Grass Grass
2-7 70%
019 Rattata
R B Y
Grass Grass
2-4 45%
019 Rattata
R B Y
Grass Grass
2-4 30%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Generation II

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
016 Pidgey
G S C
Grass Grass
2-4 45% 45% 0%
019 Rattata
G S C
Grass Grass
2 30% 30% 0%
019 Rattata
G S C
Grass Grass
2-6 0% 0% 55%
019 Rattata
G S C
Grass Grass
2-3 0% 0% 50%
161 Sentret
G S C
Grass Grass
3 20% 20% 0%
162 Furret
G S C
Grass Grass
6 5% 5% 0%
163 Hoothoot
G S C
Grass Grass
2-4 0% 0% 45%
020 Raticate
G S C
Grass Grass
6 0% 0% 5%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Generation III

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
016 Pidgey
FR LG
Grass Grass
2-5 50%
019 Rattata
FR LG
Grass Grass
2-4 50%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Generation IV

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
016 Pidgey
HG SS
Grass Grass
2-4 45% 45% 0%
019 Rattata
HG SS
Grass Grass
2 30% 30% 0%
019 Rattata
HG SS
Grass Grass
2-6 0% 0% 55%
161 Sentret
HG SS
Grass Grass
3 20% 20% 0%
162 Furret
HG SS
Grass Grass
6 5% 5% 0%
163 Hoothoot
HG SS
Grass Grass
2-4 0% 0% 45%
Headbutt
163 Hoothoot
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
2-3 50%
163 Hoothoot
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
5-6 80%
167 Spinarak
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
5-6 30%
165 Ledyba
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
5-6 30%
204 Pineco
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
2-3 30%
265 Wurmple
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
5-6 20%
Swarm
261 Poochyena
HG SS
Swarm Swarm
2 40%
Special Pokémon
311 Plusle
HG SS
Hoenn Sound Hoenn Sound
2 20%
312 Minun
HG SS
Hoenn Sound Hoenn Sound
3 20%
403 Shinx
HG SS
Sinnoh Sound Sinnoh Sound
2-3 40%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Trainers

Generation II

Trainer Pokémon
Schoolboy Danny
Schoolboy Danny
ノリタカ Noritaka
Reward: PokémonDollar.png992
124 Jynx Lv.31
No item
125 Electabuzz Lv.31
No item
126 Magmar Lv.31
No item
Cooltrainer Quinn
Cooltrainer Quinn
アイコ Aiko
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1824
002 Ivysaur Lv.38
No item
121 Starmie Lv.38
No item
Trainers with a telephone symbol by their names will give their Pokégear number to the player, and may call or be called for a rematch with higher-level Pokémon.

Generation IV

Trainer Pokémon
School Kid Sherman
School Kid Sherman
マサクニ Masakuni
Reward: PokémonDollar.png860
162 Furret Lv.43
No item
018 Pidgeot Lv.43
No item
School Kid Danny
School Kid Danny
ノリタカ Noritaka
Reward: PokémonDollar.png860
124 Jynx Lv.43
No item
125 Electabuzz Lv.43
No item
126 Magmar Lv.43
No item
Ace Trainer French
Ace Trainer French
ナオズミ Naozumi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2820
359 Absol Lv.47
No item
065 Alakazam Lv.47
No item
Ace Trainer Quinn
Ace Trainer Quinn
アイコ Aiko
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2820
002 Ivysaur Lv.47
No item
121 Starmie Lv.47
No item
Trainers with a telephone symbol by their names will give their Pokégear number to the player, and may call or be called for a rematch with higher-level Pokémon.

Differences among generations

Generation I and III

The route layout in Generations I and III are identical except for the fact that the Generation I version has grassy patches to both the east and the west of the route itself. The grass beyond the barrier was removed since in Generation I, Trainers could enter the grass using the walk anywhere glitch and, upon doing this, the game would freeze. This was because the grassy area contained no data for cities, routes, or even wild Pokémon, and the game would crash upon trying to retrieve the missing data.

Apart from this, most aesthetic features have been enhanced. Trees have become bigger, flowers are more visible, and most other sprites have been upgraded to Generation III standards.

Generation II

The route remains mostly the same apart from a few minor changes to the gameplay. Heading south from Viridian City, Trainers can either hop down ledges to completely avoid any contact with wild Pokémon (which now include Sentret, Furret and Hoothoot) on their way to Pallet Town, or alternatively travel through the patches of grass.

On their way down, there are two other Trainers waiting for battle. One can found near the northern side of the route, while the other can be found in the near the middle in the clearing. He has replaced the Viridian Poké Mart employee who gives away Potions, however there is a Bitter Berry tree that sprouted along the northwest portion of the route. Lastly, the grass patches outside of the route have been removed but the spacing between the route and the surrounding forest still remains.

Generation IV

Other than graphical updates, the basic layout remains the same as previous generations, but the route is no longer flat, due to hills being added to give feeling of depth to the route. Heading south from Viridian City, a gate has been added between the route and Viridian City, in order for the game to load the different tilesets used between the areas.

The Bitter Berry tree has been changed into a Blk Apricorn tree, which can be found between the two ledges located on the northwestern side of the route. By traveling east, Trainers are able to battle a Schoolboy, and by jumping off the ledge and heading east, another Schoolboy can be challenged, with Pokémon similar to the other Schoolboy in Generation II.

By jumping down the ledge and going through the tall grass, the route soon turns into the clearing. Like in Generation II, the Viridian Poké Mart employee is no longer present and is replaced by a Trainer. However, a photographer is present on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays who will take a picture of the player and his or her party.

There is a male Ace Trainer just south of the photographer, as well as another female Ace Trainer, with Pokémon similar to the other Cooltrainer in Generation II. Route 1 makes the "S", turning to the south, then to the east before returning south and west, passing through the third grassy area. The path then juts south, entering another patch before curving to the east then to the south as it enters Pallet Town.

In the anime

Route 1 in the anime

Route 1 is introduced in the first episode of the Pokémon anime, Pokémon - I Choose You!. Ash who has just received his Pikachu and is still trying to get a handle on the rebellious Pokémon, sets off on his journey beginning with Route 1. He first finds a Pidgey and is eager to catch it, but Pikachu doesn't want to help him and instead, runs up a tree. Frustrated, Ash decides to try to catch the Pidgey without Pikachu's help. He throws a Poké Ball at it, but the Pidgey breaks out easily and runs away. Ash turns and sees that a Rattata is digging through his bag.

Ash turns and saw a group of Pidgey in the field, and throws a rock at them, which only scares them away. However, he sees another bird Pokémon in the field and throws another rock at it, which hits it in the back of its head. When it turns to look at him, however, he realized that he didn't hit a Pidgey and learns that this is a Spearow. The Spearow swoops several times to attack him and Pikachu.

As the Spearow chase Ash and Pikachu, the camera focuses on two herds of Pokémon that do not appear on this route in the games: Mankey and Sandshrew.

After jumping in the river, narrowly evading an attack from a Magikarp and Gyarados, they meet Misty, fishing for water Pokémon. He steals the girl's bike, putting the injured Pikachu in its basket, and rides away, promising that he would bring it back someday. They are attacked, once again by the Spearow, however Pikachu uses a massive electrical attack to take out the entire flock. Once the storm has cleared, Ash and Pikachu both rise from where they were knocked back on the ground, exhausted but victorious. Ash looks up and sees an unknown Pokémon majestically flying through the sky, over the rainbow that had been left after the storm, but his Pokédex could not identify the species.

Route 1 was also briefly seen in The Dream Continues! while Ash and Alexa passed it on their way to Pallet Town.

Wild Pokémon seen on Route 1

Kanto Route 1 Pidgey.png
Pidgey
Kanto Route 1 Rattata.png
Rattata
Kanto Route 1 Spearow.png
Spearow (multiple)
Kanto Route 1 Sandshrew.png
Sandshrew
Kanto Route 1 Diglett Poliwag.png
Diglett
Kanto Route 1 Mankey.png
Mankey (multiple)
Kanto Route 1 Diglett Poliwag.png
Poliwag
Kanto Route 1 Magikarp.png
Magikarp
Kanto Route 1 Gyarados.png
Gyarados
Ho-Oh Debut.png
Ho-Oh


In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Route 1 made a brief appearance in Bulbasaur, Come Home! in the Red, Green & Blue chapter, when most of Professor Oak's Pokémon from Professor Oak's Lab had been set free accidentally by Red. Oak went out across this route on his bicycle searching for the Pokémon, and Red tagged along.

Trivia

  • A remix of the theme on this route was used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • In Generations II and IV, the remixed music track for this Route starts from the notes at the last few seconds of the original track's music.
  • The Poké Dude Show that airs on the Teachy TV is filmed here.
  • In Pokémon Yellow, Pidgey can be found on this Route at level 7, higher than any wild Pokémon accessible during the first visit to the first route.



Kanto
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Settlements
Pallet TownViridian CityPewter CityCerulean CityVermilion CityLavender Town
Celadon CitySaffron CityFuchsia CityCinnabar IslandIndigo Plateau
Routes
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Landmarks
Professor Oak's LaboratoryViridian ForestDiglett's CavePewter Museum of ScienceMt. Moon (Square) • Cerulean Cave
Underground Path (Routes 5-6)Underground Path (Routes 7-8)S.S. AnneS.S. AquaCerulean CapeRock Tunnel
Power PlantCycling RoadRocket HideoutSilph Co.Magnet TrainPokémon TowerSafari Zone/Pal Park
Seafoam IslandsPokémon MansionPokémon LabPokémon League Reception GateVictory RoadTohjo Falls
Access to
Sevii IslandsJohto

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