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Kanto Route 3

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Kanto
Route 3
3ばんどうろ
Route 3
Kanto Route 3 HGSS.png
Map description
A road where many rocks have fallen from the sky to create craters.
Required for navigation
Connecting locations
 
Mt. Moon*
 
Pewter City
Route 3
Route 4*
Location
Kanto Route 3 Map.png
Location of Route 3 in Kanto.
Kanto Route 3 RBY.png Kanto Route 3 GSC.png Kanto Route 3 FRLG.png
Gen I Gen II Gen III
Pokémon world routes
Route 2       Route 4

Route 3 (Japanese: 3ばんどうろ Route 3) is a route in northwest Kanto, connecting Pewter City to Route 4 and Mt. Moon.

Route description

For its western half, Route 3 is a split-level route. Heading east from Pewter City, the player encounters a small clearing with some natural obstacles that create a fork in the road, forcing travel north or south, of which the south path curves east and leads to a group of rocky pits (Generation IV only) and a dead end. In order to progress, the player must turn north and then east along the northern half (which, in Generations I and III, is packed with Trainers). At any point, the player can jump the ledges located here to access a middle section of the route between the two ledges. Most of this middle area contains items, as well as another Trainer waiting for battle. By hopping a ledge again, the player is able to travel west toward the pits and then north back to the clearing at the start of the route.

East of the second section of the ledges, the route curves south and then east near a large patch of tall grass containing wild Pokémon, which takes up most of the area. This patch, which contains another Trainer, follows the route until it turns north ahead of a hill. (In Generation IV, the player can go through the grass to reach a ledge running along the southern edge of the route.) From this point, the route makes a backward "S" curve, turning east past the hilly terrain, south past another ledge that leads the route to a large clearing, east again, and finally north, passing a second patch of grass near the end, which has a fence around it as well as a signpost for directions. (In Generation IV, however, the eastern half of the route only goes south-east and does not bring the player north until the second patch of grass.)

The only obstacles along the remainder of the route are a few ledges on either side, which are easily bypassed as the player proceeds north towards the mysterious Mt. Moon cave and Route 4 beyond. Beside the entrance to the cave is a Pokémon Center, one of only two in Kanto that is not located in a populated area (the other one is on Route 10 at the north entrance to Rock Tunnel). In Generation III, Fly is able to return the player to this location instantly, but not in any other Generations. In the Pokémon Center, a man attempts to scam Trainers by selling them the laughably common Magikarp for relatively high prices.

Items

Item Location Games
Bag Oran Berry Sprite.png Oran Berry To the west, near Youngster Calvin (hidden)  FR  LG 
Bag Persim Berry Sprite.png Persim Berry Between the rocks, west of the Pokémon Center (hidden)  FR  LG 
Bag Big Root Sprite.png Big Root South of Hiker Bruce, on the elevated ledge  HG  SS 
Bag Hyper Potion Sprite.png Hyper Potion On a boulder west of the Pokémon Center (requires Rock Smash) (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag Star Piece Sprite.png Star Piece ×2 In the meteor pits (hidden)  HG  SS 

Rock Smash

Item Location Games
Bag Blue Shard Sprite.png Blue Shard Randomly found by smashing rocks  HG  SS 
Bag Green Shard Sprite.png Green Shard Randomly found by smashing rocks  HG  SS 
Bag Heart Scale Sprite.png Heart Scale Randomly found by smashing rocks  HG  SS 
Bag Max Ether Sprite.png Max Ether Randomly found by smashing rocks  HG  SS 
Bag Red Shard Sprite.png Red Shard Randomly found by smashing rocks  HG  SS 
Bag Revive Sprite.png Revive Randomly found by smashing rocks  HG  SS 
Bag Star Piece Sprite.png Star Piece Randomly found by smashing rocks  HG  SS 
Bag Yellow Shard Sprite.png Yellow Shard Randomly found by smashing rocks  HG  SS 

Pokémon

Generation I

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
016 Pidgey
R B Y
Grass Grass
6-8 50%
019 Rattata
R B Y
Grass Grass
10, 12 15%
021 Spearow
R B Y
Grass Grass
5-8 40%
021 Spearow
R B Y
Grass Grass
8-12 55%
027 Sandshrew
R B Y
Grass Grass
8, 10 15%
039 Jigglypuff
R B Y
Grass Grass
3, 5, 7 10%
056 Mankey
R B Y
Grass Grass
9 15%
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
023 Ekans
G S C
Grass Grass
8 20%
023 Ekans
G S C
Grass Grass
8 20% 20% 0%
039 Jigglypuff
G S C
Grass Grass
6 10%
024 Arbok
G S C
Grass Grass
10 5%
024 Arbok
G S C
Grass Grass
10 5% 5% 0%
021 Spearow
G S C
Grass Grass
5-8 55% 55% 0%
021 Spearow
G S C
Grass Grass
5-8 35% 35% 0%
021 Spearow
G S C
Grass Grass
5 30% 30% 0%
019 Rattata
G S C
Grass Grass
5-10 35% 35% 60%
019 Rattata
G S C
Grass Grass
5 30% 30% 0%
019 Rattata
G S C
Grass Grass
5-8 0% 0% 35%
019 Rattata
G S C
Grass Grass
5-10 0% 0% 65%
020 Raticate
G S C
Grass Grass
10 10% 10% 20%
027 Sandshrew
G S C
Grass Grass
10 5% 5% 0%
041 Zubat
G S C
Grass Grass
5 0% 0% 30%
041 Zubat
G S C
Grass Grass
6 0% 0% 10%
035 Clefairy
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  
021 Spearow
FR LG
Grass Grass
6-8 35%
016 Pidgey
FR LG
Grass Grass
6-7 30%
032 Nidoran♂
FR LG
Grass Grass
6-7 14%
032 Nidoran♂
FR LG
Grass Grass
6 1%
039 Jigglypuff
FR LG
Grass Grass
3, 5, 7 10%
056 Mankey
FR LG
Grass Grass
7 10%
029 Nidoran♀
FR LG
Grass Grass
6 1%
029 Nidoran♀
FR LG
Grass Grass
6-7 14%
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
019 Rattata
HG SS
Grass Grass
5-10 35% 35% 60%
019 Rattata
HG SS
Grass Grass
5 30% 30% 0%
019 Rattata
HG SS
Grass Grass
5-8 0% 0% 35%
021 Spearow
HG SS
Grass Grass
5-8 55% 55% 0%
021 Spearow
HG SS
Grass Grass
5-8 35% 35% 0%
023 Ekans
HG SS
Grass Grass
8 20%
024 Arbok
HG SS
Grass Grass
10 5%
039 Jigglypuff
HG SS
Grass Grass
6 10%
041 Zubat
HG SS
Grass Grass
5 0% 0% 30%
Headbutt
163 Hoothoot
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
6-10 50%
204 Pineco
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
6-7 30%
265 Wurmple
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
6-10 20%
Swarm
343 Baltoy
HG SS
Swarm Swarm
5 40%
316 Gulpin
HG SS
Swarm Swarm
5 40%
Special Pokémon
311 Plusle
HG SS
Hoenn Sound Hoenn Sound
5 20%
312 Minun
HG SS
Hoenn Sound Hoenn Sound
8 20%
403 Shinx
HG SS
Sinnoh Sound Sinnoh Sound
5-8 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 I

Trainer Pokémon
Lass
Lass
Reward: PokémonDollar.png135
016 Pidgey Lv.9
No item
016 Pidgey Lv.9
No item
Bug Catcher
Bug Catcher
Reward: PokémonDollar.png100
010 Caterpie Lv.10
No item
013 Weedle Lv.10
No item
010 Caterpie Lv.10
No item
Youngster
Youngster
Reward: PokémonDollar.png165
019 Rattata Lv.11
No item
023 Ekans Lv.11
No item
Bug Catcher
Bug Catcher
Reward: PokémonDollar.png90
013 Weedle Lv.9
No item
014 Kakuna Lv.9
No item
010 Caterpie Lv.9
No item
011 Metapod Lv.9
No item
Youngster
Youngster
Reward: PokémonDollar.png210
021 Spearow Lv.14
No item
Lass
Lass
Reward: PokémonDollar.png150
019 Rattata Lv.10
No item
032 Nidoran♂ Lv.10
No item
Bug Catcher
Bug Catcher
Reward: PokémonDollar.png110
010 Caterpie Lv.11
No item
011 Metapod Lv.11
No item
Lass
Lass
Reward: PokémonDollar.png210
039 Jigglypuff Lv.14
No item

Generation II

Trainer Pokémon
Youngster Warren
Youngster Warren
ヒロノブ Hironobu
Reward: PokémonDollar.png560
022 Fearow Lv.35
No item
Youngster Jimmy
Youngster Jimmy
ケンタ Kenta
Reward: PokémonDollar.png528
020 Raticate Lv.33
No item
024 Arbok Lv.33
No item
Firebreather Otis
Firebreather Otis
ヒロノブ Hironobu
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1392
126 Magmar Lv.29
No item
110 Weezing Lv.32
No item
126 Magmar Lv.29
No item
Firebreather Burt
Firebreather Burt
アキト Akito
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1536
109 Koffing Lv.32
No item
218 Slugma Lv.32
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 III

Trainer Pokémon
Lass Janice
Lass Janice
エリ Eri
Reward: PokémonDollar.png144
Vs. Seeker
016 Pidgey Lv.9
No item
016 Pidgey Lv.9
No item
Bug Catcher Colton
Bug Catcher Colton
ヒサシ Hisashi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png120
Vs. Seeker
010 Caterpie Lv.10
No item
013 Weedle Lv.10
No item
010 Caterpie Lv.10
No item
Youngster Ben
Youngster Ben
ヒロト Hiroto
Reward: PokémonDollar.png176
Vs. Seeker
019 Rattata Lv.11
No item
023 Ekans Lv.11
No item
Bug Catcher Greg
Bug Catcher Greg
ヒロユキ Hiroyuki
Reward: PokémonDollar.png108
013 Weedle Lv.9
No item
014 Kakuna Lv.9
No item
010 Caterpie Lv.9
No item
011 Metapod Lv.9
No item
Youngster Calvin
Youngster Calvin
カズキ Kazuki
Reward: PokémonDollar.png224
021 Spearow Lv.14
No item
Lass Sally
Lass Sally
ミナ Mina
Reward: PokémonDollar.png160
019 Rattata Lv.10
No item
029 Nidoran♀ Lv.10
No item
Bug Catcher James
Bug Catcher James
ミキヤ Mikiya
Reward: PokémonDollar.png132
010 Caterpie Lv.11
No item
011 Metapod Lv.11
No item
Lass Robin
Lass Robin
シホ Shiho
Reward: PokémonDollar.png224
039 Jigglypuff Lv.14
No item
Trainers with a Vs. Seeker by their names, when alerted for a rematch using the item, may use higher-level Pokémon.

Generation IV

Trainer Pokémon
Youngster Regis
Youngster Regis
ジュンタ Junta
Reward: PokémonDollar.png640
042 Golbat Lv.40
No item
101 Electrode Lv.40
No item
Youngster Warren
Youngster Warren
ヒロノブ Hironobu
Reward: PokémonDollar.png672
022 Fearow Lv.38
No item
020 Raticate Lv.42
No item
Youngster Jimmy
Youngster Jimmy
ケンタ Kenta
Reward: PokémonDollar.png672
020 Raticate Lv.42
No item
024 Arbok Lv.42
No item
047 Parasect Lv.42
No item
Double Team Zac & Jen
Double Team Zac & Jen
コウとサキ Kō & Saki
Reward: PokémonDollar.png11280
051 Dugtrio Lv.47
No item
125 Electabuzz Lv.47
No item
Firebreather Otis
Firebreather Otis
アキト Akito
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1504
126 Magmar Lv.43
No item
110 Weezing Lv.40
No item
323 Camerupt Lv.47
No item
Hiker Bruce
Hiker Bruce
トモヒロ Tomohiro
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1440
075 Graveler Lv.39
No item
112 Rhydon Lv.44
No item
035 Clefairy Lv.45
No item
Black Belt Manford
Black Belt Manford
マンゾウ Manzō
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1128
062 Poliwrath Lv.47
No item
Black Belt Ander
Black Belt Ander
フトシ Futoshi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1056
057 Primeape Lv.43
No item
075 Graveler Lv.39
No item
067 Machoke Lv.44
No item
Hiker Dwight
Hiker Dwight
コテツ Kotetsu
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1408
082 Magneton Lv.44
No item
208 Steelix Lv.44
No item
Firebreather Burt
Firebreather Burt
ノブアキ Nobuaki
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1440
110 Weezing Lv.42
No item
219 Magcargo Lv.45
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

Generations I and III

The only changes along Route 3 between these two Generations are cosmetic, such as the reconstruction of the surrounding landscape. The barriers on either side of the route are removed in the Generation III remakes, while the large patch of tall grass in the center of the route becomes considerably smaller. Also the set of trees have been removed in Generation I and have been replaced by a rocky mountain setting. Other than this, most of the route remains the same.

Generation II

Many changes were made to Route 3 in Generation II. First, the route was shortened significantly. Also, the number of Trainers along the path was reduced to four. Similarly, the size of the grass patches were reduced by nearly 50%.

Traveling east from Pewter City, the route passes two barriers on either side of the road, and cuts to a clearing that creates a fork in the road, and allows travel north or south, with south curving around eastern and then leading to a dead end. In order to progress, Trainers must turn north after the route opens up and progress east along the northern half. For its western half, Route 3 is a split-level route, so at any point, Trainers can jump the ledges located south of this path, to access a middle section of the route between two ledges, and then again, so Trainer are able to travel west which curves north back to the clearing at the start of the route.

East of the second pair of ledges, the route curves south before returning east near a small patch of tall grass. The size of the tall grass has been reduced by about half. This patch follows the route until the path turns north ahead of a hill. From this point, the route makes a backward "S" curve, turning east past the hilly terrain, south past another ledge taking the route to a large clearing, east again which travels across the clearing, and, finally, to the north, passing the second patch of grass which has also been reduced in size, which has a fence as well as a signpost, which gives out directions.

Part of Route 4 has been combined with Route 3 so now only one route connects Pewter with Mt. Moon, however, the Pokémon Center is no longer there. There are no obstacles along the remainder of the route as it proceeds north towards Mt. Moon.

Generation IV

The meteorites located at the southwest end of Route 3

In Generation IV, the route is different from other generations, with some area changes, as well as major aesthetic features enhanced, including depth and sprite changes. The trees removed in Generation III return, and the east area of the route changes too. Hills, rocks, and smashable rocks are added near Mt. Moon, now part of this route like in Generation II. An additional area at the southwest end of the route allows players to change their Deoxys's current form by interacting with different meteorites. Also, a new hill is placed south of the tall grass.

For its western half, Route 3 is a split-level route. Heading east, Trainers must turn north after the route opens up and progress east along the northern half. The southern half of the route is only accessible by hopping down ledges that will lead Trainers into the paths of more rival Trainers. East of the second pair of ledges, the route curves south before returning east near a large patch of grass containing wild Pokémon. This patch follows the route until the path turns north ahead of a hill. From this point, the route makes a backward "S" curve, turning east, south, east and, finally, to the north, passing the second patch of grass on the route. There are no obstacles along the remainder of the route as it proceeds north towards Mt. Moon. Just before the entrance to the cave, there is a Pokémon Center.

Three unique items have also been scattered around the place, including a Big Root, located near a Firebreather; a Star Piece, located near the meteors; and a Hyper Potion, hidden near the Pokémon Center. The number of Trainers along the path has been increased to eleven. The Pokémon Center at the entrance of Mt. Moon returns but the area around it was reduced significantly in size.

In the anime

Route 3 in the anime

Ash, Misty, and Brock hiked along Route 3 in Clefairy and the Moon Stone. They were on their way to Mt. Moon, when they encountered a man wearing a lab coat being attacked by a flock of Zubat. Ash ordered Pikachu to fire a Thunder Shock at the Zubat, causing them to fly away. The man squeezed Ash and thanked him profusely before introducing himself as Seymour the scientist.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Red passed through Route 3 in Gyarados Splashes In! in the Red, Green & Blue chapter, when a Gyarados belonging to Misty was out of control. With Misty's help, Red was able to capture Gyarados (even though that should not have been possible, since Misty already owned it). There was also a Pokémon Center where Red contacted Professor Oak.

Trivia

The original quote in Generation I
  • The music that plays in Route 3 is one of the most common location-specific themes in the games, playing in Routes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22. It also plays in Route 24 and 25 in Gold, Silver, and Crystal and on Route 2 in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • Although there are seven breakable rocks around the Pokémon Center in HeartGold and SoulSilver, there are no wild Pokémon to be found under them. As a result, Route 3 is the best place for collecting items found via Rock Smash.
  • When Bug Catcher Colton first approaches the player, he says, "I saw you in Viridian Forest," though there is no Bug Catcher named Colton in Viridian Forest. He also says, "You beat me again!" after defeat. This is also true in the Japanese versions, as there is no Bug Catcher named Hisashi in Viridian Forest. This error is a carryover from Generation I, where no Bug Catcher, nor any other Trainer class aside from Elite Four members and Gym Leaders, had specific names (making it presumable that one could encounter the same Trainer twice in different areas).
  • Route 3 is the scene of a famous quote among Pokémon fans, where Youngster Ben exclaims, "Hi! I like shorts! They're comfy and easy to wear!" Further along in the route, another Youngster exclaims "Hey! You're not wearing shorts!"
    • In Humilau City, a Lady will make a reference to Ben, saying, "This dress is comfy and easy to wear..."
    • On Kalos Route 5, Youngster Keita will say the exact same words as Ben.


See also


Kanto
Boulder Badge.png Cascade Badge.png Thunder Badge.png Rainbow Badge.png Soul Badge.png Marsh Badge.png Volcano Badge.png Earth Badge.png
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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