Route 9 (Japanese: ９番道路Route 9) is a route in western Kalos, connecting Ambrette Town and Glittering Cave. The route is also known as Spikes Passage (Japanese: トゲトゲ山道Spiky Mountain Path).
This is a path that was originally forged by retired Rhyhorn racers. As a result, much of the terrain is very rough and can only be traversed on Rhyhorn-back. Big boulders block various parts of the route, but they can be easily smashed apart by Rhyhorn. A female Pokémon Ranger is standing near the entrance to Glittering Cave, fully healing the player's Pokémon if talked to.
Route 9 first appeared in Shooting Frogadier. Y ended up landing there after being hit by a broken-off helicopter propeller that was damaged during a battle with some Sky Trainer trainees. Y's fall was cushioned due to the Frubbles used by her Froakie, Croaky.
Knowing the layout of Route 9 due to her Rhyhorn racing training with her mother, Grace, Y made her way through the area, only to find Celosia having a conversation with Malva. Y spied on the two and found about Team Flare's plan to steal the dormant tree form of Xerneas to power the ultimate weapon. As she continued to listen on the two Team Flare members, Celosia, sensing Y's presence, proceeded to attack her with her Honedge. Y was saved by Croaky, who evolved into Frogadier and used its Frubbles to alert a herd of Rhyhorn to create a distraction.