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Kanto Route 4

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Kanto
Route 4
4ばんどうろ
Route 4
Kanto Route 4 HGSS.png
Map description
A one-way road down a hill that has a gentle slope and is fun to traverse.
Required for navigation
Connecting locations
 
Mt. Moon*
 
Route 4
Cerulean City
 
Route 3*
 
Location
Kanto Route 4 Map.png
Location of Route 4 in Kanto.
Kanto Route 4 RBY.png Kanto Route 4 GSC.png Kanto Route 4 FRLG.png
Gen I Gen II Gen III
Pokémon world routes
Route 3       Route 5

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

Route description

Western segment

Route 4 is a uniquely designed route that contains two sections split up by Mt. Moon. On the western portion of the route, there is the western entrance to Mt. Moon, as well as a Pokémon Center. Inside this Pokémon Center, there is a shady man who sells the player a Magikarp for PokémonDollar.png500. He is only present in Generations I and III.

The western portion of Route 4 begins by traveling north from the previous route; Route 3 towards the mountain. There are several small ledges spanning from both sides of the route, however, there is enough clearing in the center to pass through. There are also several rocks along the sides that apparently can be mistaken for Geodude as a little girl explains as she trips on one. By traveling straight on, ahead will be a small Pokémon Center, one of two Pokémon Center's that can be found on a route, the other being on Route 10. The western terminus to Mt. Moon can also be found by traveling west of the Pokémon Center, which has been indented into the mountain face.

In the Pokémon Center, Trainers can heal their Pokémon after a hard journey through Route 3, however, a number of other things can be done in the Pokémon Center. In Generation I and III, a shady man, which happens to be the Magikarp salesman can be found in the corner of the Center selling Trainers a Magikarp for PokémonDollar.png500. He does not offer a refund. While this may seem something of a ripoff, some players consider it very worthwhile to raise a Magikarp from such an early point in the game, allowing the player to train and evolve it into a Gyarados much earlier than if they had waited until they are given an Old Rod. There is also a man reading a newspaper, reading that Team Rocket are attacking Cerulean citizens.

Eastern segment

The two Move Tutors

From Mt. Moon, Route 4 travels to the east, swerving to the north and the south to avoid ledges along the route. The path turns north, then east near a large clump of trees surrounding a grassy area. The route is a very strange route as the ledges form a contour down the mountainside, leading Trainers due east and then south to the end of the path and a ledge that will force Trainers to go down it into a large clump of trees surrounding a grassy area. After going down this ledge, there is no return and Trainers must go east to reach Cerulean City.

Route 4 can, in fact, be reached from Cerulean City, by using Surf, Trainers can Surf along to western part of Route 24, south to Cerulean Cave. Trainers can then travel west, past a Lass on the highest hill, and then jump down the remaining ledges to access this section of the route.

Due to a ledge that separates Mt. Moon from Cerulean City, Trainers cannot return to the previous towns until they travel through Diglett's Cave and use Cut on Route 2, use Fly to return to the cities west of Mt. Moon, or use Surf down from Route 24. The majority of the route is fairly straight-forward as there is only one true way to proceed on the path and there are no Trainers to battle (with the exception of the Lass on the highest hill on the route; however, she is reached only by way of the waterway that begins on Route 24).

Depending on the Generation, there are items, Move Tutors, or both along this path. In Generation III, two Move Tutors were added to the route. Located near the Mt. Moon entrance, these tutors will teach a Pokémon the moves Mega Punch and Mega Kick, but only once. Both tutors are jealous of the other's skills and will try to get Trainers to come to them instead of the other.

Items

Item Location Games
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM04 (Whirlwind) Second-highest hill  R  B  Y 
Bag Razz Berry Sprite.png Razz Berry Near the trees south of TM05 (hidden)  FR  LG 
Bag Persim Berry Sprite.png Persim Berry Behind a rock next to the Pokémon Center (hidden)  FR  LG 
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM05 (Roar) Second highest hill  FR  LG 
Bag Great Ball Sprite.png Great Ball On the plateau directly east from Mt. Moon's exit (hidden)  R  B  Y  FR  LG 
Bag HP Up Sprite.png HP Up Highest hill  G  S  C 
Bag Big Mushroom Sprite.png Big Mushroom Southeast of Bird Keeper Hank (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag HP Up Sprite.png HP Up Ledge on the right side of the route  HG  SS 
Bag Ultra Ball Sprite.png Ultra Ball Northeast of Picnicker Hope (hidden)  G  S  C  HG  SS 

Pokémon

Generation I

Although the body of water on the eastern edge of Route 4 is unable to be used for fishing, the game code nevertheless exists for the Pokémon that can be caught there.

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
019 Rattata
R B Y
Grass Grass
8-12 40%
019 Rattata
R B Y
Grass Grass
10-12 15%
021 Spearow
R B Y
Grass Grass
8-12 35%
021 Spearow
R B Y
Grass Grass
8-12 55%
023 Ekans
R B Y
Grass Grass
6-12 25%
027 Sandshrew
R B Y
Grass Grass
6-12 25%
027 Sandshrew
R B Y
Grass Grass
8-10 15%
056 Mankey
R B Y
Grass Grass
9 15%
Fishing
129 Magikarp
R B Y
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
5 100%
060 Poliwag
R B Y
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
10 50%
118 Goldeen
R B Y
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
10 50%
054 Psyduck
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15 33%
098 Krabby
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15 33%
118 Goldeen
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15 33%
118 Goldeen
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
20-30 70%
119 Seaking
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
30 30%
Gift Pokémon
129 Magikarp
R B Y
Gift Gift
5 Purchase for PokémonDollar.png500
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 0% 0% 30%
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% 0%
019 Rattata
G S C
Grass Grass
8-10 0% 0% 30%
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%
Surfing
118 Goldeen
G S C
Surfing Surfing
5-14 90%
119 Seaking
G S C
Surfing Surfing
10-14 10%
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  
019 Rattata
FR LG
Grass Grass
8, 10, 12 35%
021 Spearow
FR LG
Grass Grass
8, 10, 12 35%
023 Ekans
FR LG
Grass Grass
6, 8, 10, 12 25%
027 Sandshrew
FR LG
Grass Grass
6, 8, 10, 12 25%
056 Mankey
FR LG
Grass Grass
10, 12 5%
Surfing
072 Tentacool
FR LG
Surfing Surfing
5-40 100%
Fishing
129 Magikarp
FR LG
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
5 100%
116 Horsea
FR LG
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
5-15 60%
116 Horsea
FR LG
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
5-15 20%
098 Krabby
FR LG
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
5-15 20%
098 Krabby
FR LG
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
5-15 60%
129 Magikarp
FR LG
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
5-15 20%
116 Horsea
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-35 84%
098 Krabby
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-35 84%
130 Gyarados
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-25 15%
054 Psyduck
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
25-35 1%
079 Slowpoke
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
25-35 1%
Gift Pokémon
129 Magikarp
FR LG
Gift Gift
5 Purchase for PokémonDollar.png500
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
023 Ekans
HG SS
Grass Grass
8 20%
039 Jigglypuff
HG SS
Grass Grass
6 5%
024 Arbok
HG SS
Grass Grass
10 5%
021 Spearow
HG SS
Grass Grass
5-8 55% 55% 10%
021 Spearow
HG SS
Grass Grass
5-8 35% 35% 0%
019 Rattata
HG SS
Grass Grass
5-10 35% 35% 55%
019 Rattata
HG SS
Grass Grass
5 30% 30% 0%
019 Rattata
HG SS
Grass Grass
5-8 0% 0% 35%
041 Zubat
HG SS
Grass Grass
5 0% 0% 30%
Surfing
118 Goldeen
HG SS
Surfing Surfing
5-10 90%
119 Seaking
HG SS
Surfing Surfing
10 10%
Fishing
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 95%
118 Goldeen
HG SS
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 5%
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 60%
118 Goldeen
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 40%
118 Goldeen
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 90%
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 7%
119 Seaking
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 3%
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%
Special Pokémon
264 Linoone
HG SS
Hoenn Sound Hoenn Sound
8 20%
293 Whismur
HG SS
Hoenn Sound Hoenn Sound
5 20%
399 Bidoof
HG SS
Sinnoh Sound Sinnoh Sound
8 20%
418 Buizel
HG SS
Sinnoh Sound Sinnoh Sound
5 20%
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.png465
046 Paras Lv.31
No item
046 Paras Lv.31
No item
047 Parasect Lv.31
No item

Generation II

Trainer Pokémon
Picnicker Hope
Picnicker Hope
チナミ Chinami
Reward: PokémonDollar.png680
180 Flaaffy Lv.34
No item
Bird Keeper Hank
Bird Keeper Hank
ソラオ Sorao
Reward: PokémonDollar.png816
016 Pidgey Lv.12
No item
018 Pidgeot Lv.34
No item
Picnicker Sharon
Picnicker Sharon
ミナコ Minako
Reward: PokémonDollar.png660
162 Furret Lv.31
No item
078 Rapidash Lv.33
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 Crissy
Lass Crissy
メイ May
Reward: PokémonDollar.png496
046 Paras Lv.31
No item
046 Paras Lv.31
No item
047 Parasect Lv.31
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
Picnicker Hope
Picnicker Hope
チナミ Chinami
Reward: PokémonDollar.png704
180 Flaaffy Lv.44
No item
Bird Keeper Hank
Bird Keeper Hank
ソラオ Sorao
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1408
016 Pidgey Lv.13
No item
018 Pidgeot Lv.44
No item
Picnicker Sharon
Picnicker Sharon
ミナコ Minako
Reward: PokémonDollar.png688
162 Furret Lv.41
No item
078 Rapidash Lv.43
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 between generations

Generation I and III

Route 4 endured minor cosmetic changes but was not unchanged. The "gates" or the gaps in the ledges used for passed up them on the eastern segment were widened significantly, while the patch of tall grass near the Cerulean City entrance has grown in size covering the entire area. In the western segment, rocks and boulders had been included in Generation III for visual effect. 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.

Aside from cosmetic changes, two Move Tutors were added to the east portion of the route. Located near the Mt. Moon entrance, these tutors will teach a Pokémon the moves Mega Punch and Mega Kick. Both tutors are jealous of the other's skills and will try to get Trainers to come to them instead of the other. Other than this, only item positions and types were changed. TM04 (Whirlwind), located on the second-highest hill was changed to TM05 (Roar). The Great Ball hidden in the west segment was replaced by two Berries; a Razz and a Persim Berry in similar locations.

Generation II

In Generation II, the western portion of Route 4 was cut off and changed to an extension of Route 3. Due to this, Route 4 western entry starts at the eastern entrance of Mt. Moon, although most of the eastern portion remains the same. Along with this, the route was shortened significantly as the length between Mt. Moon and Cerulean City was slashed in half, as was the grassy area, however the layout and positioning of ledges and signposts remains mostly the same. There is no entrance to the Cerulean Cave from this route and the road is blocked off by barriers. The TM was replaced with an HP Up and three Trainers were added to the route.

From Mt. Moon, Route 4 travels to the east, swerving to the north and the south to avoid ledges along the route. The path turns north, then east near a large clump of trees surrounding a grassy area. The route is a very strange route as the ledges form a contour down the mountainside, leading Trainers due east and then south to the end of the path and a ledge that will force Trainers to go down it into a large clump of trees surrounding a grassy area. After going down this ledge, there is no return and Trainers must go east to reach Cerulean City.

Generation IV

Other than graphical updates, the basic layout remains the same as previous generations, but the route is no longer flat, with hills leading down from Mt. Moon to add more depth to the route. Like Generation II, the western portion of Route 4 was cut off and changed to an extension of Route 3. Due to this, Route 4's western entry starts at the eastern entrance of Mt. Moon. Items and Trainers remain the same as in Generation II. Unlike in Generation II, Cerulean Cave remains in Cerulean City, however, unlike Generations I and III, there is no return to this route from the cave, likely to prevent the player from traveling to west Kanto without restoring the Power Plant.

In the anime

Route 4 in the anime

Ash, Misty and Brock hiked along Route 4 at the end of Clefairy and the Moon Stone. Gary Oak, who had been through the area before Ash, vandalized a sign to read "Gary was here! Ash is a loser!", causing Ash to lose his temper as the episode ended. It also made an appearance in the following episode, joining to Cerulean City. Unlike the games, Route 4 is a forest route, not a mountain route.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Route 4 is visited in Gyarados Splashes In! and Raging Rhydon in the Red, Green & Blue chapter by Red and Misty. It has a Pokémon Center and is where Mt. Moon is located. After being attacked by a Gyarados, Red decides that they should call Professor Oak from the Pokémon Center.

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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