Appendix:Crystal walkthrough/Section 5

Azalea Town

Azalea Town

Azalea is a small, isolated town on the south end of Johto's peninsula. Due to its remote location between Union Cave and Ilex Forest, the town sees few visitors aside from those looking to challenge the Azalea Gym. A Poké Ball craftsman named Kurt lives in the northwest part of town. Slowpoke Well is located in the east, and its resident Slowpoke freely wander around town.

Charcoal Kiln

The house in the southeast part of town houses a charcoal kiln. The owner uses a Farfetch'd to fell trees in Ilex Forest and obtain the necessary materials. The wood is then treated and turned into Charcoal, which is then supplied to the local Poké Mart for sale.

Save the Slowpoke!

Visit the northwest house and speak to Kurt. If you were looking to have some custom Poké Balls made, it will have to wait. He informs you that members of a criminal organization known as Team Rocket have been sighted in Slowpoke Well, even though the group was supposedly disbanded three years ago. The rumor around town is that they have been cutting off SlowpokeTails to sell! Kurt was just about to confront them when you stopped by, and rushes off to save the Pokémon.

Slowpoke Well, B1F
Slowpoke Well, B2F

Slowpoke Well

The Slowpoke Well is located on the east side of town, near Route 33. The cave is home to the town's Slowpoke, which they keep as pets. Legend has it that around 400 years ago, one of the Slowpoke from the well yawned, and in doing so ended a persistent drought that plagued Azalea Town.


Kurt can be found just inside the well, in the southeast corner of B1F. The Team Rocket Grunt that was blocking the entrance was so startled when Kurt shouted at him that he fell down the well. Kurt tried to give chase but lost his footing as well, landing hard on his back. He cannot move for the moment, so you need to save the Slowpoke in his place. Go north to find and defeat that first Grunt. Climb onto the northeast ridge to battle a female Grunt and pick up the nearby Super Potion. Walk down the stairway and go west to fight a third Grunt. Head north past a couple of captive Slowpoke to battle a final Grunt, the one in charge of the operation.

Defeated, the Grunt admits that Team Rocket continued its activities in secret after the order to disband three years ago. He taunts you, saying that now you get to watch them stir up trouble. The Grunts flee, and Kurt is on his feet again. After checking on the two Slowpoke, he takes you back to his home.

Kurt, the Craftsman

Kurt would be happy to make custom Poké Balls for you anytime, but he only has one at the moment and gives you a Lure Ball as thanks for saving the Slowpoke. Kurt goes on to explain that he makes Poké Balls from Apricorns; simply collect them from trees and bring them to him. He accepts one Apricorn at a time, and will have the Poké Ball completed the next day. There are seven varieties of Apricorn, each suited for a different type of Poké Ball.

Apricorn Ball Effect
  Blk Apricorn   Heavy Ball More effective against heavier Pokémon.
  Blu Apricorn   Lure Ball More effective against Pokémon hooked by a fishing rod.
  Grn Apricorn   Friend Ball Makes a Pokémon more friendly. Affects certain moves and evolutions.
  Pnk Apricorn   Love Ball Meant to be more effective against same-species, opposite-gender Pokémon.
Due to a glitch, it is more effective against same-species, same-gender Pokémon instead.
  Red Apricorn   Level Ball More effective when target's level is lower and Trainer Pokémon's level is higher.
  Wht Apricorn   Fast Ball Meant to be more effective against Pokémon that are quick to flee.
Due to a glitch, it is more effective against Magnemite, Grimer, and Tangela, only.
  Ylw Apricorn   Moon Ball Meant to be more effective against Pokémon that evolve by Moon Stone.
Due to a glitch, it has no additional effect and functions as a normal Poké Ball.

Azalea Gym

Azalea Gym
Azalea Town Pokémon Gym
Leader: Bugsy

The Walking Bug Pokémon Encyclopedia

The Azalea Gym specializes in Bug-type Pokémon. Bug-type moves are super effective against Dark-, Grass-, and Psychic-type Pokémon, while Bug-type Pokémon are weak to Fire-, Flying-, and Rock-type moves.

The Gym has a simple layout, with a series of bushes arranged in two half-circles around a large tree. The gap near the front of the building is blocked by Twins Amy & May, so challengers must approach from the back of the building to reach the Gym Leader.

Neither of Bugsy's first two Pokémon are much of a threat, though Kakuna may poison its target with Poison Sting. His Scyther is more dangerous, due in part to its high Attack and Speed. Its Fury Cutter attack starts out weak but doubles in power with every successful hit, and deals increased damage to Grass Pokémon like Chikorita. Leer cuts the target's Defense, allowing it to deal further damage. Bug Pokémon can do little against the high Defense of Rock-type Pokémon; if you traded for the boy's Onix in Violet City, counterattack with Rock Throw for an easy victory.

Azalea Gym

After the battle, Bugsy awards you the Hive Badge, which ensures obedience of all Pokémon up to level 30 and enables the use of Cut in the field. He also gives you TM49 (Fury Cutter) as a prize.


When you reach the west side of town, Silver catches up to you. He asks if it is true that Team Rocket has returned, and accuses you of lying after learning that you defeated them. He draws you into battle to force you to prove yourself.

Rival Battle 2

Silver has added two more Pokémon to his team since the previous battle. Gastly takes serious damage from Ghost-, Psychic-, and Dark-type attacks, but its defenses are low enough that attacks of nearly any type will be effective. Ghost Pokémon are immune to Normal-type moves, so moves like Tackle and Scratch are useless. Zubat is vulnerable to Rock- and Electric-type moves, among others. Use the Onix from Violet City, or a Mareep from Route 32, for an easy knockout. The Pokémon that he took from Elm's lab has evolved since then and learned a move that matches its type, boosting its power with a same-type attack bonus. Avoid pitting your own first partner Pokémon against it or risk taking serious damage.

  If the player chose Chikorita:

  If the player chose Cyndaquil:

  If the player chose Totodile:

Afterward, he declares his hatred for anything weak, be it human or Pokémon. Silver vows to get stronger and wipe out the weak, including Team Rocket. He warns you to stay out of his way before leaving for Ilex Forest.

Ilex Forest

Ilex Forest

Ilex Forest is a densely wooded area between Azalea Town and Route 34. Trees grow so close together that most sunlight never reaches the forest floor, leaving the area in what seems like perpetual night. A shrine dedicated to the forest's protector is located a short distance from the southern entrance.

Flight of the Farfetch'd

The apprentice from Azalea's Charcoal Kiln can be found a short distance from the southern entrance. He tells you that the Farfetch'd that cuts down trees to be turned into Charcoal has wandered deeper into the forest. He is too scared of the dark forest to go looking for it, so it is up to you to find Farfetch'd. The Pokémon is startled easily, and approaching it from the wrong direction will only chase it deeper into the forest.

Go east to find the Pokémon and interact with it, causing it to run off northward. Instead of following it, go east and circle around behind it to chase it back to the apprentice. He thanks you for your help, explaining that Farfetch'd will not listen to him as he has no Badges. Speak to his boss to receive HM01 (Cut) as thanks for saving his business. Teach this field move to a compatible Pokémon and use it to remove the small tree nearby, clearing a path forward. If you return to the Charcoal Kiln, the apprentice will reward you with a piece of Charcoal.

Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Southeast of the pond, there is a man standing atop a ledge, facing a small pine tree. He explains that he has been shaking trees with Headbutt, and invites you to try it as well before giving you TM02 (Headbutt). This field move allows Trainers to shake these small trees, which sometimes causes a wild Pokémon to fall out. Depending on the time of day, the Pokémon that appears may be asleep. There are several Pokémon species that can only be encountered this way.

Route 34

Route 34

Route 34 is a lush, green path that runs along the sea from Ilex Forest to Goldenrod City. Johto's Day Care center is located on the north side.

Pokémon Day Care

The Pokémon Day Care is run by an elderly couple. The center allows Trainers to leave up to two of their Pokémon to be raised by the couple. Any Pokémon left in their care earns one experience point for every step you take. It costs a flat rate of $100, plus another $100 for every level gained, to withdraw a Pokémon.

If a compatible male and female are left here at the same time, you may return to discover that the elderly couple has found an Egg. Keep the Egg in your party, like with the Mystery Egg, and it will eventually hatch. The Pokémon that appears will be the lowest species in the evolutionary line of the mother. If either parent is unavailable, Ditto may be used as a substitute; in this case, the newly-hatched Pokémon will be the lowest species in the evolutionary line of the non-Ditto parent. This is the only way to obtain additional members of a certain species, like Eevee, and newly-discovered baby Pokémon, like Pichu.

An Odd Egg

When you first arrive, speak to the Day Care Man to receive an Odd Egg. The couple found it while taking care of another Trainer's Pokémon, but that Trainer decided to leave it for the couple to raise. They have no idea what could be inside, so travel with it for a while to see what hatches!

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