The Sea, Dewford, and the Entrance to Famine’s Realm.
Hope you have time, folks, cuz this is gonna be a long one. From your spot on the beach where I last left you, post-battle with Laura, head back down into Rustboro, through the Petalburg Woods, and down onto the beach to the west of Petalburg. Teach a Pokémon surf, then get in the water. Go straight south, taking out trainers as you go. (To make things easier, I’ll list them all here.)
TRAINER: Swimmer Dawn
POKéMON: Sealeo (lv.16)
LOCATION: First swimmer you come across on the way to Dewford.
TRAINER: Swimmer Beverly
POKéMON: Wailmer x2 (lv.18)
LOCATION: South of Dawn.
TRAINER: Pirate Arturo
POKéMON: Meowth (lv.18), Persian (lv.19)
LOCATION: He’s on the island with all the trees to the left of Beverly.
TRAINER: Swimmer Vegas
POKéMON: Magikarp (lv.20), Qwilfish (lv.19), Wingull (lv.23)
LOCATION: Walk around Pirate Arturo and surf up behind the island he’s on.
TRAINER: Swimmer Luis
POKéMON: Carvanha (lv.16)
LOCATION: Right next to the island Arturo’s on.
TRAINER: Swimmer Beatrice
POKéMON: Wailmer (lv.16)
LOCATION: Pretty much straight south from Luis.
TRAINER: Swimmer Pekabo
POKéMON: Qwilfish x2 (lv.24)
LOCATION: Directly north of Dewford.
TRAINER: Black Belt Smash Shot
POKéMON: Makuhita x2 (lv.20), Hitmontop (lv.24)
LOCATION: To the right of Solar Caverns.
All right, now that you’ve reached Dewford, it’s time to explore! If you try to enter Solar Caverns, you’ll hear a roar and be too frightened to continue. Talk to the fisherman on the beach to get your first rod, the Old Rod.
You can enter Dewford Hall now, if you wish, but you won’t get anything helpful from the people inside. Instead, head to the house by the dock, where a guy who claims to be Laura (yes, the girl you battled to get the Balance Badge) to get the Plus Band. The other house will get you TM31, Ice Punch.
Now that you’ve explored (what you can), it’s time to go to the gym! Once you enter, you’ll notice it’s pitch black (except for the circle of light that helps you know where you’re going.) For now, try to avoid trainers, you can get them again in a little bit. From the entrance, go right, and take the first down path you cross. Continue right, keep going past the first up path until you reach the second. Follow it straight up, then go as far left as you can. From there, go down. You’ll meet a trainer, the only unavoidable battle in the gym.
TRAINER: Rocker Beldum
POKéMON: Shinx x2 (lv.16), Luxio (lv.16)
Once you beat him, go left, then up, and you’ll meet the leader of the gym, Haruko. You can’t battle her yet- first, you must brave the frightening roar coming from Solar Caverns and find out what’s going on in there. Take the path you took coming in to get out, then heal up and head to Solar Caverns.
While you’re here, catch a Makuhita. Dark types are weak to Fighting, and the gym specializes in Dark Pokémon.
In Solar Caverns, you’ll be stopped frequently when the character hears the roar. You’ll have a painful flashback near the second ladder, and all it says is “GRAAAAAAAOOOOGH! Our contract is terminated!” Oh God, what’s that mean? Well, continue on to find out. By the rock with the Neverstone, you’ll have another flashback, this time an image. Keep going until you reach the cave where, in the original game, you meet Steven to deliver the letter. But in this game, nothing’s there…
Until Meteor, the Dragon King, appears. At which point, it appears to be another flashback, another mention of the terminated contract. You talk for a bit about how he thought Pestilence arranged for your death, then it’s time to battle!
BOSS BATTLE: Dragon King Meteor
POKéMON: Dragon (lv.22)
Beat him, he’ll leave… Grab TM11 on your way out and head back to the gym.
DEWFORD GYM TRAINERS
TRAINER: Rocker Tyrone
POKéMON: Shinx x2 (lv.16), Luxio (lv.18)
TRAINER: Film Student Miguel
POKéMON: Sneasel (lv.15), Poochyena x2 (lv.16 & 18), Carvanha (lv.17)
TRAINER: Film Student Kongamoto
POKéMON: Sneasel (lv.22)
TRAINER: Pirate Matteo
POKéMON: Meowth (lv.22)
TRAINER: Pirate Franklin
POKéMON: Meowth (lv.17), Persian (lv.20)
TRAINER: Rocker Marvin
POKéMON: Carvanha (lv.20)
Now on to the big one… Leader Haruko!
DEWFORD GYM LEADER HARUKO
POKéMON: Poochyena (lv.18)
Kingmadio has Wonder Guard, therefore no attack can hit it. I suggest you use a status effect, like Poison Gas, or wait for it to Struggle itself to death. The only move it has is Night Shade, which has 15 PP (or 24 if a PP Max is used). Haruko will use 2 Super Potions on Kingmadio, but no more than that.
Once you beat Haruko, take the Miasma Badge and TM08, Bulk Up. Once you leave the gym, you’ll get a call from Birch, who will tell you to talk to people around Dewford to see if you can find information on Landon & May’s locations. Go straight to Dewford Hall and talk to the people there. The kid wandering near the TV will tell you that they went to the desert. You’ll call up Birch and ask where the desert is.
Now it’s time to surf east from Dewford. Heal up, it’s a long way to go. (Again, listing this route’s trainers here.)
TRAINER: Swimmer Tarquin
POKéMON: Qwilfish (lv.22)
TRAINER: Swimmer Mikhail
POKéMON: Barboach (lv.23)
TRAINER: Sis & Bro Simon & Tabby
POKéMON: Staryu (lv.23) & Psyduck (lv.23)
TRAINER: Swimmer Kris
POKéMON: Totodile (lv.22), Wooper (lv.22)
TRAINER: Swimmer Jackaby
POKéMON: Qwilfish (lv.22), Telson (lv.23)
Ignore the Abandoned Ship for now, you can’t get on it.
TRAINER: Pirate Jésus
POKéMON: Meowth x3 (lv.16)
There’s a medical kit nearby if you need to heal.
TRAINER: Gentleman Ricardo
POKéMON: Growlithe (lv.22), Ponyta (lv.22), Shinx (lv.23), Raticate (lv.23)
TRAINER: Young Couple Jan & Jon
POKéMON: Secretegg (lv.22) & Linoone (lv.22)
TRAINER: Swimmer Erlandu
POKéMON: Nuzleaf (lv.24), Grumpig (lv.26)
That was the last trainer on this route- keep surfing north until you reach the beach.
Congrats, you’ve just entered Famine’s realm. Tread carefully, because this place is fraught with danger and madness…
Tune in next time for: Enter Famine!