After traveling throughout the Kanto region and defeating the eight Gym Leaders, the end of the story is fast approaching. The last great challenge for aspiring Trainers is to defeat the Elite Four at Indigo Plateau, far to the northwest.
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.
Rival battle 7
As the player travels west on Route 22, the rival shows up to challenge him one last time. Having levels close to 50, his Pokémon are no pushovers, but play to their weaknesses and they will not last very long.
Route 23 is a long route, and Victory Road stands at the northern end. The guard in the front gate checks all Trainers for the Boulder Badge. Scattered to the north are seven more guards, who each check for one of the other seven Badges. Once the eighth guard sees the player's Earth Badge, he is free to enter Victory Road.
Like the Seafoam Islands, Victory Road features several Strength puzzles; however, instead of dropping these boulders through holes in the floor, they must be moved onto pressure switches to unlock new areas.
Inside the entrance is a boulder to the west and a switch to the east. To activate the switch, move the boulder ↓1, →5, ↑2, →7, ↑2, →1, and ↓1. This removes the barrier on the platform. Head to the northeast area to find two items near the north wall. The cave's layout forces the player to use the boulder here to block off one item in order to reach the other. A Rare Candy lies to the west, while TM02 (Dragon Claw) lies to the north. In order to reach the other item, exit and re-enter the cave to reset the puzzle. Go west past the two Cooltrainers and climb the northwest ladder.
To the south is another boulder; move this one ←2, ↓2, and ←2 onto the switch to clear the platform. Walk along the platform, and go down the nearest stairway. To the west is TM37 (Sandstorm) and a pressure switch. Head east then north to reach a Full Heal and TM07 (Hail), and climb the ladder near the Full Heal to the third floor.
Another boulder lies to the north, but ignore it for now. Go northeast to fight Cooltrainer George and collect a Max Revive. Head to the northwest area to find TM50 (Overheat) and another switch. Climb down the ladder to reach a separate area of the second floor.
This area of Victory Road was once home to Moltres, but with it gone, all that is left is PokéManiac Dawson and a Guard Spec.. Climb back to 3F.
Go back east to the first boulder and move it ↑2, ←22, ↓1, ←4, ↓3, and →1 to reach the switch. This clears the barrier on the platform, allowing the player to reach the southern area. Cross the platform and head south to battle two more Cooltrainers. Head east to drop the boulder down the hole, then jump down behind it.
Shove the boulder all the way west to the switch. This removes the barrier near where it fell through from 3F. Climb up onto the platform and take the ladder to the third floor.
Take the next ladder back down to 2F.
In the final room, a Cooltrainer offers to teach Double-Edge to one of the player's Pokémon, in recognition of his trek through Victory Road. Double-Edge is a powerful but reckless move that causes both the target and user to sustain damage. The exit lies to the east.
Route 23 (north)
Follow the tiled path to the north, and wander through the maze of Pokémon statues at the foot of the Indigo Plateau. This is it!