Rustboro: Home of the Demons!
Before you get to Rustboro, there’s a few things for you to do once you exit the Petalburg Woods. To your left, you’ll notice a Pikachu head on a stick. Talk to it, and loot a Super Potion from it. Head up behind the Pretty Petal Flower Shop. In the first blank square you pass, you’ll find a Pokéball. Grab the item ball, which holds a Light Potion. Find the two caddy-corner blank squares- the bottom one holds a Super Potion. That’s all the items to be had here, head back down and enter the flower shop.
Surprise surprise, no one’s here. Grab the item ball, which has the Wailmer Pail, and use the medical kit in the corner if you need to. Leave and keep heading east- time for a few battles.
TRAINER: Survivor Tilly
POKéMON: Poochyena (lv.11)
Beat her, then go on and talk to the old lady, who will tell you about the demon problem in Rustboro. She’ll give you TM09, Grasswhistle, and ask you to rid Rustboro of demons. All right then. Cross the bridge, time for another battle!
TRAINER: Fisherman Dustan
POKéMON: Magikarp x3 (lv.19)
He gives you a good bit of info: zombies can’t cross running water. Does that mean Dewford’s safe? Maybe. Keep going, and battle the zombie kid.
TRAINER: Zombie Kid Harvey
POKéMON: Rotmander (lv.10), Graveill (lv.10)
Now head up, to the fence. Follow it right, then up. Follow the path here to find a Defend Plus. Head back down to battle a zombie duo- your first double battle.
TRAINER: Zombie Duo Doug & Lola
POKéMON: Shrivlsaur (lv.10), Entrailtle (lv.12)
They’ll crumble to dust, and you’re free to head on into Rustboro. First thing you’ll want to do is go to what used to be the Cut Man’s house- it’s now been turned into a PokéCenter! Heal, and chat up the people inside. The man on the chairs will give you a MUSH MASK, the first item in an item trading chain. Keep it, you will DEFINITELY need this later. Head back out, and into the tall building to the south. Inside you’ll find two battles.
TRAINER: Demon Corpse Orobas
POKéMON: Dirtkrow (lv.16)
TRAINER: Severed Head Kent
POKéMON: Eye-Eye x2 (lv.14)
Whomp ‘em, then head back out to battle the severed head next to the building.
TRAINER: Severed Head Benji
POKéMON: Eye-Eye (lv.14)
There’s another supply crate to the right, with an unlimited supply of Light Potions. Get a bunch if you need them, heal up, and head north to find Alicia. You’ll learn she’s a servant of Lord Gravetric, and that she summoned the demons in the woods. Time to battle!
TRAINER: Deathcaller Alicia
POKéMON: Sableye (lv.10), Shuppet (lv.10), Sneasel (lv.15)
Beat her, and she’ll tell you she’s going back to Verdanturf. Cool story, bro. Head into what used to be the trainer’s school. Read the diary on the desk to learn that Elise was taken, and a kid committed suicide with the last bullet. Interesting. Grab the Demon Horn behind the desk and head out. Up north, you’ll stop, and overhear an interesting conversation. You’re seeing invisible people, here. But how? You overhear that the guy found the vessel that is letting the demons through, and that they intend to dismantle it. Sounds like something you can help with. They’ll leave, and you’ll be free to move again.
Head up into the gym, where you’ll find TM39, Rock Tomb. Leave, and go in the house to the right. Loot the hiker (you’ll get a Zombie Liver.) Now continue north and east, where you’ll meet Gleis. He wants to test you, to see if you’re strong enough to handle the demons. Battle time!
TRAINER: Taoist Gleis
POKéMON: Faceleech (lv.17)
Faceleech is fast, but very weak. Beat him, he’ll tell you he’d be glad to have your help. Follow the path (I suggest training. Seriously.) Ignore the zombies, they’ve already been taken care of. Grab the item ball, then head off to Rusturf Tunnel. Gleis’ servant Dantalion is waiting, talk to him, then enter the cave. Grab the Pokéball, then talk to Gleis. He’ll explain how demons are summoned, and that he’s going to use a spell to stop them from coming.
Cue a flashback! You recognize the vessel- she’s Elise, the Cut Man’s daughter! (Is she possibly the Elise that was taken from the trainer’s school?) Hmm… Now you have to battle two demons, so get ready.
TRAINER: Demon Belial
POKéMON: Anorith x2 (lv.16 & 17)
TRAINER: Demon Asmodeus
POKéMON: Anorith x2 (lv.16 & 17)
Once you defeat those demons, Gleis will close the path to the pit and Elise will vanish, having been consumed by the energy released from the ending of the spell.
Now Gleis will leave, and you should go on to Verdanturf. Heal if needed, though, another battle awaits. Grab the Max Ether, then leave the tunnel.
Once outside, you’ll have a flashback, which will cause you to black out and tumble down a cliff. Alicia will notice you and take you to her boss, Pestilence, a familiar face… She says that she thought you were destroyed along with your deadbeat town. She goes on to say she’s the only female member of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and now it’s time to battle.
TRAINER: Horseman Pestilence
POKéMON: Moulder x2 (lv.16 & 17), Qwilfish (lv.18)
Once you beat her, she’ll leave. Alicia stays though, and apologizes. She leaves behind something… It’s a Pokédex! Grab it, then head up and around and into the cave. You’ll find yourself in Endless Plains. Head up to find Larry the Looter, if you need supplies or to get rid of some of the stuff in your bag. Grab the item ball in the corner- HM01, Cut. Teach it to a Pokémon, then head back to Rustboro.
Don’t worry, you’re not done yet. Go into the house by the tunnel and loot the corpse for a Gamble Fish. Grab the item ball next to the house- a Special Plus. You’ll get a call here, from Professor Birch. He’ll tell you that Landon & May were seen in Dewford a few weeks ago. He’ll also say you’ll need Surf and a Balance Badge, and to check around Rustboro. Once the call ends, head back to the city and go north.
Cut the tree and head up. Battle time!
TRAINER: Ghost Girl Theresa
POKéMON: Shrivlsaur (lv.16), Charmeworm (lv.16)
Beat her, then loot the guy to the north. You’ll get a Magikarp, and it’s holding HM03, Surf. That’s one thing needed to get to Dewford down… Head down onto the beach to find Laura, the last trainer left from the Petalburg Gym. Another battle? Bring it.
TRAINER: Normal Girl Laura
POKéMON: Zangoose (lv.16), Delcatty (lv.17)
Easy enough, and now you have the Balance Badge. Next stop, Dewford!
Thanks for joining me. Tune in next time for: The Sea, Dewford, and the Entrance to Famine’s Realm.