Deep inside the woods, you come across a researcher from Devon Corporation, a company based in Rustboro City. After explaining that he is looking for a Shroomish, he is suddenly confronted by a member of Team MagmaOR/Team AquaAS. The thug had planned to ambush the worker when he left the woods, but grew too impatient for that. Defeat him in battle and he flees the scene, but not before hinting that his friends are up to something in Rustboro. The grateful researcher gives you the Exp. Share, which distributes experience points to all Pokémon traveling with you, as thanks. He then heals your Pokémon, and rushes off to Rustboro after realizing what his attacker wanted.
Tricky Times Ahead
Continue on your way to the north side of Route 104. After you exit the woods, another Grunt on recon duty steps out of the trees to the east, reporting to her superior about their failure. She reaffirms her continued investigation of a form of energy that the team had recently detected. Whatever the group's plans are, it seems clear that a conflict is brewing in Hoenn. Be sure to be on your guard!
Pretty Petal Flower Shop
The Pretty Petal Flower Shop is run by three sisters. The eldest sister teaches all visitors how to grow Berries. The middle sister hands out the Wailmer Pail when you first speak to her. The youngest sister will hand out one random Berry from a group of eight every day.
The Poké Mart is the first building you reach, and who else steps out of it but May/Brendan. She/He marvels at the size of the city, then dashes off to challenge the local Gym.
Stop by the Cutter's house next to the Pokémon Center. When the city was expanding, he taught his Pokémon a move to help clear the surrounding land of trees. He no longer needs his HM01 (Cut), and gives it to you. In the field, Cut may be used to clear away prickly trees.
Devon Corporation is headquartered in a large stone building in the northwest part of town. The company is responsible for manufacturing many of the items Trainers rely on every day, including several variations of Poké Ball and medicine. Only authorized personnel are allowed past the first floor.
Pokémon Trainers' School
The Pokémon Trainers' School stands to the northeast of the Pokémon Center. Talk with the teacher to receive a Quick Claw, and brush up on the basics by reading the notes on the blackboard.
The Rustboro Gym beckons, but before you step inside, visit the house to the east. Inside is a boy who is looking to trade his Makuhita for a Slakoth. Makuhita is a strong Fighting-type Pokémon that will be a big help inside the Gym. This one is even holding an X Attack to sweeten the deal.
Rustboro City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Roxanne The Rock-loving honor student!
The Rustboro Gym specializes in Rock-type Pokémon. Use Grass, Water, and Fighting moves to deal serious damage, and avoid battling with Fire-, Bug-, or Flying-type Pokémon. The Gym doubles as a Fossil museum, and has an impressive array of exhibits on display. The Gym Leader, Roxanne, greets you near the entrance. She is eager to see how you fare against her, and takes her place at the back of the building. As hers is the first Gym in the Hoenn League, this graduate of the Pokémon Trainers' School has opted for a layout that gives novice Trainers a chance to avoid her subordinates and challenge the Gym Leader directly. Use Leer or Tail Whip to soften up Roxanne's rock-solid Pokémon. Both of her Pokémon have the Sturdy Ability, which prevents them from being defeated in one hit, so chip away at their health before striking with super-effective moves.
After the battle, Roxanne awards you the Stone Badge, which ensures obedience from all Pokémon up to level 20 and enables the use of Cut in the field. She also gives you TM39 (Rock Tomb) as a prize.
When you leave the Gym, you witness a Team MagmaOR/Team AquaAS Grunt escaping from the Devon Corporation building. That same Devon researcher from earlier is close behind, and chases the thief northward. He loses track of him in the northeast, where the city connects to Route 116.
When you reach the entrance to Rusturf Tunnel, you find old Mr. Briney standing there. It seems that the thief has added kidnapping to his list of charges, as he has also made off with Mr. Briney's beloved Wingull, Peeko!
The tunnel is fairly small, so you will find the thief and his hostage shortly after you step inside. Defeat him, and he gives up the Devon Parts before fleeing. The old man rushes in to check on his Peeko, and introduces himself as Mr. Briney before the pair leaves for his cottage near Petalburg Woods.
Now that you have reclaimed the Devon Parts, head back to the Devon Corporation building in Rustboro's northwest corner. The grateful Devon researcher is waiting outside, and hands you a Great Ball before escorting you inside to meet his boss.
On the third floor, the company president introduces himself as Mr. Stone. He thanks you for reclaiming the stolen parts, then asks for another favor. He doesn't expect you to work for free, of course, and rewards you with the BuzzNav upgrade to your PokéNav Plus.
When you want to catch up on the latest news, turn your attention to BuzzNav! This app for the PokéNav Plus presents fun and informative news programs that keep you updated on what's happening around Hoenn. By gathering info from StreetPass, BuzzNav can also broadcast programs about other players' activities.
Hoenn News Network (HNN)
Tune in to see news updates about your progress through the main story.
Today's Smart Shopper
See what items are being purchased by others in Hoenn, and which Trainers are getting things at sale prices!
The Name Rater Show
Like a fortune-teller, the Name Rater judges the suitability of a Pokémon's nickname.
Keeping you informed about what's cool around Hoenn. To learn about—and maybe even influence—the latest trends, speak with the hip residents of Dewford Town!
A show about Trainers and their attempts—successful or not—to catch hidden Pokémon that they find in the world around them.
Reminding you to use those valuable TMs in your Bag!
Trainer × Trainer
Some Trainers can't get enough of battling each other. A show dedicated to those Trainers who keep coming back for more.
The news team of Gabby and Ty interview Trainers across the region. Battle them for a chance to see you and your team on their show.
Happy, Happy Birthday!
With so many Trainers in Hoenn, there's also a lot of birthdays! This show lets you know which Trainers in your area have recently celebrated a birthday.
Mirage Detection Unit
So you've visited all of Hoenn's cities and towns, but... could there still be more to explore? The MDU is on the case, reporting on Mirage spots for their inquiring viewers.
Ever conducted a Wonder Trade? If so, you may see yourself and your Pokémon on this program!
Keeping you informed of worthy events. Tune in for the latest updates about places you may want to visit today.
In return, he asks that you deliver a Letter to a man named Steven in Dewford Town. To reach Dewford, you will need to cross the sea, so Mr. Stone suggests booking passage with Mr. Briney, the friendly old sailor from Route 104.
As you leave, take note of the Scientists on the second floor. None of them are having much luck with their projects, except one, who has developed a device that can resurrect ancient Pokémon from Fossils.