Johto Route 38

Johto
Route 38
38番道路
Route 38
Johto Route 38 HGSS.png
Map description
A path that weaves through trees and comes out at a farm.
Required for navigation
Connecting locations
Route 39
Route 38
Ecruteak City
Location
Johto Route 38
Location of Route 38 in Johto.
Johto Route 38 GSC.png
Gen II
Pokémon world routes
Route 37       Route 39

Route 38 (Japanese: 38ばんどうろ Route 38) is a route in western Johto, connecting Ecruteak City and Route 39.

Route description

Even though Route 38 maintains a pure east-west alignment as a whole, there are no fewer than four separate paths that Trainers can take between Ecruteak and Route 39. The northern-most path leads Trainers into the path of three other Trainers, two of which offer to give out their phone number for rematches at a later date. In Pokémon Crystal, one of these Trainers, Lass Dana, will also give Trainers who register her number an occasional Thunder Stone. Over half of this path is made up of grass patches.

The upper middle path is a branch of the northern path, separating near Dana and merging with the northern path near Route 39. There are no Trainers along this short stretch; there is, however, a patch of grass that is home to several species of wild Pokémon.

Unlike the two upper paths, which allow for two-way traffic, the lower paths are configured to allow only one direction of passage. The lower middle path is designed for travelers heading west to Olivine City and is a viable alternative to the grass-lined northern path. The path heads due west from the gate and travels down a fence-lined walkway that is home to one Trainer. Past this Trainer, there is a BerryGSC or ApricornHGSS bush just before a ledge that overlooks a grass-lined pathway. After hopping this ledge, Trainers are forced to head north along this passageway, encountering another Trainer before merging into the upper middle path.

The southern-most path is an "express route" from Olivine to Ecruteak and is designed so that only eastward movements are permitted. After breaking from the northern path near Route 39, the path heads south, passing a signpost before traversing a ledge that borders a T-intersection. At this junction, Trainers can either head north into the field of grass along the lower middle path or continue east along the southern edge of the ledge of the lower middle path and, eventually, along the fenced area to Ecruteak.

Trainers along this route may sometimes use Moomoo Milk in battles, in reference to the nearby Moomoo Farm.

Items

Item Location Games
  Berry West of the fenced section on the lower middle path (daily)  G  S  C 
  Wht Apricorn West of the fenced section on the lower middle path (daily)  HG  SS 
  Thunderstone Sometimes given out by Lass Dana if the player has her phone number  C  HG  SS 
  Max Potion In the grass along the southern path  HG  SS 
  Lax Incense Behind the fence (requires Rock Climb)  HG  SS 
  HP Up In white flowers behind the fence (requires Rock Climb) (hidden)  HG  SS 

Pokémon

Generation II

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
  Pidgeotto
G S C
  Grass
16 10% 10% 0%
  Rattata
G S C
  Grass
16 30% 30% 40%
  Rattata
G S C
  Grass
16 30% 30% 0%
  Raticate
G S C
  Grass
16 30%
  Meowth
G S C
  Grass
16 30% 30% 40%
  Meowth
G S C
  Grass
16 0% 0% 40%
  Magnemite
G S C
  Grass
16 20%
  Farfetch'd
G S C
  Grass
16 10% 10% 0%
  Tauros
G S C
  Grass
13 4%
  Tauros
G S C
  Grass
13 5% 5% 0%
  Noctowl
G S C
  Grass
16 0% 0% 10%
  Snubbull
G S C
  Grass
13 1%
  Miltank
G S C
  Grass
13 5%
  Miltank
G S C
  Grass
13 5% 5% 0%
Headbutt tree
(Moderate chances of battle)
  Caterpie
G S C
  Headbutt
10 65%
  Metapod
G S C
  Headbutt
10 15%
  Butterfree
G S C
  Headbutt
10 5%
  Weedle
G S C
  Headbutt
10 65%
  Kakuna
G S C
  Headbutt
10 15%
  Beedrill
G S C
  Headbutt
10 5%
  Exeggcute
G S C
  Headbutt
10 15%
  Exeggcute
G S C
  Headbutt
10 20%
  Hoothoot
G S C
  Headbutt
10 50%
  Ledyba
G S C
  Headbutt
10 15%
  Spinarak
G S C
  Headbutt
10 15%
Headbutt tree
(Low chances of battle)
  Caterpie
G S C
  Headbutt
10 50%
  Butterfree
G S C
  Headbutt
10 5%
  Weedle
G S C
  Headbutt
10 50%
  Beedrill
G S C
  Headbutt
10 5%
  Exeggcute
G S C
  Headbutt
10 15%
  Exeggcute
G S C
  Headbutt
10 20%
  Hoothoot
G S C
  Headbutt
10 50%
  Pineco
G S C
  Headbutt
10 30%
During a Snubbull swarm
  Rattata
G S C
  Swarm
16 0% 0% 10%
  Raticate
G S C
  Swarm
16 30%
  Meowth
G S C
  Swarm
16 30% 30% 40%
  Magnemite
G S C
  Swarm
16 20%
  Farfetch'd
G S C
  Swarm
16 10% 10% 0%
  Tauros
G S C
  Swarm
13 5%
  Snubbull
G S C
  Swarm
16 30%
  Miltank
G S C
  Swarm
13 5%
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.


Generation IV

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
  Rattata
HG SS
  Grass
16 30% 30% 40%
  Raticate
HG SS
  Grass
16 30%
  Meowth
HG SS
  Grass
16 30% 30% 40%
  Magnemite
HG SS
  Grass
16 20%
  Farfetch'd
HG SS
  Grass
16 10% 10% 0%
  Tauros
HG SS
  Grass
13 4%
  Snubbull
HG SS
  Grass
13 1%
  Miltank
HG SS
  Grass
13 5%
Headbutt
  Exeggcute
HG SS
  Headbutt
13-16 20%
  Hoothoot
HG SS
  Headbutt
13-16 50%
  Ledyba
HG SS
  Headbutt
15-16 30%
  Spinarak
HG SS
  Headbutt
15-16 30%
  Pineco
HG SS
  Headbutt
13-14 30%
Headbutt (Special Tree)

The tree is located at the top of a hill, which is accessible through Route 39 using Rock Climb. The tree is located exactly east from the Rock Climbing area, and exactly south of a road sign.

  Exeggcute
HG SS
  Headbutt
18-25 65%
  Burmy
Plant Cloak
HG SS
  Headbutt
18-25 35%
Swarm
  Snubbull
HG SS
  Swarm
13-16 40%
Special Pokémon
  Plusle
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
16 20%
  Minun
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
16 20%
  Shinx
HG SS
  Sinnoh Sound
16 40%
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.


Trainers

Generation II

Trainer Pokémon
 
Sailor Harry
マサヒロ Masahiro
Reward:  760
  Wooper Lv.19
No item
 
Lass Dana
リカ Rica
Reward:  432
 
  Flaaffy Lv.18
No item
  Psyduck Lv.18
No item
 
Beauty Valerie
ユリカ Yurika
Reward:  1496
  Hoppip Lv.17
No item
  Skiploom Lv.17
No item
 
Bird Keeper Toby
ハルキ Haruki
Reward:  408
  Doduo Lv.15
No item
  Doduo Lv.16
No item
  Doduo Lv.17
No item
 
Schoolboy Chad
クリオ Curio
Reward:  608
 
  Mr. Mime Lv.19
No item
 
Beauty OliviaC
ミスズ Misuzu
Reward:  1672
  Corsola Lv.19
No item
Rematch
 
Lass Dana
リカ Rica
Reward:  504
After reaching Cianwood City
and defeating the previous teamC
 
  Flaaffy Lv.21
No item
  Psyduck Lv.21
No item
 
Lass Dana
リカ Rica
Reward:  696
After the Goldenrod Radio Tower incident
and defeating the previous teamC
 
  Psyduck Lv.29
No item
  Ampharos Lv.29
No item
 
Lass DanaC
リカ Rica
Reward:  768
After becoming Champion
and defeating the previous team
 
  Psyduck Lv.32
No item
  Ampharos Lv.32
No item
 
Lass DanaC
リカ Rica
Reward:  864
After returning the Machine Part
and defeating the previous team
 
  Ampharos Lv.36
No item
  Golduck Lv.36
No item
 
Schoolboy Chad
クリオ Curio
Reward:  608
After reaching Mahogany Town
and defeating the previous teamC
 
  Mr. Mime Lv.19
No item
  Magnemite Lv.19
No item
 
Schoolboy Chad
クリオ Curio
Reward:  608
After the Goldenrod Radio Tower incident
and defeating the previous teamC
 
  Mr. Mime Lv.27
No item
  Magneton Lv.31
No item
 
Schoolboy ChadC
クリオ Curio
Reward:  608
After becoming Champion
and defeating the previous team
 
  Mr. Mime Lv.30
No item
  Magneton Lv.34
No item
 
Schoolboy ChadC
クリオ Curio
Reward:  608
After returning the Machine Part
and defeating the previous team
 
  Mr. Mime Lv.34
No item
  Magneton Lv.38
No item
Trainers with a telephone symbol by their names will give their Pokégear number to the player, and may call or be called for a rematch with higher-level Pokémon.


Generation IV

Trainer Pokémon
 
Sailor Harry
マサヒロ Masahiro
Reward:  640
  Wooper Lv.20
No item
 
Lass Dana
リカ Rica
Reward:  304
 
  Flaaffy Lv.19
No item
  Psyduck Lv.19
No item
 
Bird Keeper Toby
ハルキ Haruki
Reward:  576
  Doduo Lv.16
No item
  Doduo Lv.17
No item
  Doduo Lv.18
No item
 
School Kid Chad
クリオ Curio
Reward:  400
 
  Mr. Mime Lv.20
No item
 
Beauty Valerie
ユリカ Yurika
Reward:  1008
  Hoppip Lv.18
No item
  Skiploom Lv.18
No item
Rematch
 
Lass Dana*
リカ Rica
Reward:  496
 
  Flaaffy Lv.32
No item
  Psyduck Lv.31
No item
 
Lass Dana
リカ Rica
Reward:  608/864
 
  Golduck Lv.36/51
No item
  Ampharos Lv.38/54
No item
 
School Kid Chad*
クリオ Curio
Reward:  600
 
  Mr. Mime Lv.29
No item
  Magnemite Lv.30
No item
 
School Kid Chad
クリオ Curio
Reward:  760/1120
 
  Mr. Mime Lv.39/46
No item
  Magneton Lv.46/56
No item
Trainers with a telephone symbol by their names will give their Pokégear number to the player, and may call or be called for a rematch with higher-level Pokémon.


Trainer Tips

Generation II

TRAINER TIPS
If a POKéMON is
trying to evolve,
you can stop it.
Press the B But-
ton during evolu-
tion.
That startles the
POKéMON and stops
its evolution.

Generation IV

Trainer Tips
If a Pokémon is trying to evolve, you can stop it. Press the B Button during evolution. That startles the Pokémon and stops its evolution.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

Crystal and Silver traveled through the route on their way to Ecruteak City. However, along the way, they were attacked by Team Rocket Executive Ariana, who was tasked with getting rid of any obstacles in Team Rocket's way. Using his Rhyperior and the Earth Plate, Silver managed to escape to Ecruteak to ask help from Morty in locating the remaining Plates. Crystal was later defeated by Ariana, shortly after which the other Executives, Archer, Petrel, and Proton, also showed up. Following Archer's prediction, Arceus also showed up on the route, having descended back to this world from its heavenly residence. Realizing that Arceus was a wild Pokémon, Crystal attempted to capture it. After a Level Ball had failed to have any effect on the Alpha Pokémon, Crystal used a Heavy Ball, which surprisingly managed to contain Arceus for a few seconds before it escaped. When Arceus fled, Crystal gave pursuit, but was soon blasted down from the sky by Arceus.

Trivia

  • The music from this route was remixed and included in the coding of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, but is not found during normal gameplay. It was likely a test of the music system programmed for the GBA games, as it sounds very subdued compared to Hoenn's themes.


Johto
               
Settlements
New Bark TownCherrygrove CityViolet CityAzalea TownGoldenrod CityEcruteak City
Olivine CityCianwood CityMahogany TownBlackthorn CitySafari Zone GateFrontier Access
Routes
2930313233343536373839404142434445464748
Landmarks
Dark CaveSprout TowerRuins of AlphUnion CaveSlowpoke WellIlex ForestRadio TowerGlobal Terminal
Goldenrod TunnelNational ParkPokéathlon DomeBell TowerBellchime TrailBurned TowerMoomoo FarmGlitter Lighthouse
Battle Tower (CrystalHGSS)/FrontierCliff Edge GateCliff CaveEmbedded TowerSafari ZoneWhirl Islands
Mt. MortarLake of RageTeam Rocket HQIce PathDragon's DenS.S. AquaMt. Silver
Access to
Sinjoh RuinsKanto


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