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Ledges are a common feature of the geography of the Pokémon world. They can be found on most routes, and have been featured in every main series Pokémon game.
Ledges are not just for decorative purposes; they also serve as one-way obstacles. Players are able to jump over ledges and land on the other side, but may not climb back up. A ledge may be strategically placed on a route for one of two reasons.
The ledge provides a quick return from a new area once it has been reached. Often this removes the need to walk through tall grass (in one direction only). Ledges may also be used in this manner to provide a quick return back to the start of a cave.
The other main use of a ledge is to prevent a player from entering a new area too early. For example, it is possible to enter the southern end of Route 46 near the beginning of the game, but the northern end cannot be reached until reaching Blackthorn City due to the ledges blocking the path. This area is full of high level Pokémon, and being able to travel there at the start of the game would disrupt the storyline of Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver.
When there is an adjacent path of stones, it is possible to use an Acro Bike to jump over ledges. These are only present on Jagged Pass and in the Hoenn Safari Zone.