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Route 19 (Japanese: １９ばんすいどう Water Route 19), known as Sea Route 19 in the Generation I games and on a sign in FireRed and LeafGreen, is a water route in southern Kanto, connecting Fuchsia City and Route 20.
In Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, Route 19 is initially blocked off by giant boulders sent there by a volcanic eruption on Cinnabar Island. The route will be cleared as soon as the player has visited the Route for the first time via Route 20.
Heading south from Fuchsia City, Route 19 becomes a dual carriageway, as a series of ledges and a rock wall separate the route into a southbound-only west half and a dual-direction east half. After three ledges, the rock wall ends and the route is reunited on an unnamed beach. In Generation I and FireRed and LeafGreen, two Swimmers patrol the beach for Trainers to battle. Just south of the Swimmers is the Route 19 signpost, located on the shore of the ocean.
Route 19 turns west at its southern terminus, becoming Route 20.
Differences among generations
Route 19 blocked off in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Each generation has added their own signature touch to Route 19, each time maintaining the essence of the route.
In Yellow, Summer Beach House (Japanese: うみのいえ Sea House) was placed on the beach below Fuchsia City. Inside, a man known as the Surfin' Dude (Japanese: なみのりオヤジ Surfing Old Man) allows Trainers to partake in a minigame called Pikachu's Beach if the Trainer has a Surfing Pikachu. The surfer, as well as the Surfing Pikachu premise, mirror that of the anime episode The Pi-Kahuna.
When Trainers first approach Route 19 from the eastern terminus, the land portion of the route is under construction for renovations. After entering Route 19 from the west, the construction will be completed.
The ocean part of the route was shrunken by approximately 50%; lastly, a gate was added between Fuchsia City and the beach.
All aspects of the route were restyled in FireRed and LeafGreen, as the rock columns that bordered the route in the first two generations were replaced by a series of prototypical rock formations. Also, the beaches were given a rounded look to enhance their appearance.
The route was completely restyled in HeartGold and SoulSilver. The row of rocks lining the series of cliffs has been removed and many rocks have been strewn around the beach and the sea. The beach itself is also much thinner, with the fences and rocks removed. The ocean area remains roughly the same size as in Generation II, although an island is added in the southeast corner. Like in Generation II, there is a gate separating the beach and Fuchsia City. The gate will be removed once the player reaches Route 19 from Route 20.
In the anime
Route 19 beach in the anime
Route 19 made an appearance in The Pi-Kahuna. While training for the Pokémon League, Ash and his friends ventured onto Route 19, where a surfing season was just starting. They learned that a giant wave called Humungadunga, which arrived only once in every 20 years, was coming, and multiple surfers were intending to ride the wave and stick their flags on the top of a tall rock raising from the sea, just like a legendary surfer named Jan had once done. Ash and his friends encountered an elderly surfer named Victor, who idolized Jan, and was intending to ride the Humungadunga and stick his own flag next to Jan's. His Pikachu, Puka, which he had met in his youth, had the ability to sense incoming waves.
Ash's Pikachu and Puka were soon kidnapped by Team Rocket and their Gyarados submarine. However, the villainous trio quickly found themselves attacked by a group of real Gyarados, which destroyed the submarine with their Hyper Beams, sending the trio blasting off and freeing the two Pikachu. Puka then sensed the incoming Humungadunga, and Victor boarded his surfboard. As Ash, Misty, and Brock made it back to the shore, they witnessed how Victor and Puka rode on the top of the giant wave, and Victor stuck his flag right next to Jan's flag, just like he had always dreamed to do.
In the manga
Route 19 in Pokémon Adventures
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Route 19 made an appearance in What a Dragonite, where Red was attacked by a wild Dragonite while looking for the HM03 (Surf). Although he managed to find the HM, it was broken by one of Dragonite's attacks. He was rescued from drowning by what he thought was a mermaid, but was actually Misty. Since the HM had been destroyed, Misty offered to trade Red her Gyarados in exchange for his Krabby, since Gyarados already knew Surf.