Kanto Route 1

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Kanto
Route 1
1番道路
Route 1
Kanto Route 1 HGSS.png
Map description
A country road full of greenery and rough paths.HGSS
A calm country road full of greenery.PE
Required for navigation
Connecting locations
 
Viridian City
 
Route 1
 
Pallet Town
 
Location
Kanto Route 1
Location of Route 1 in Kanto.
Kanto Route 1 RBY.png Kanto Route 1 GSC.png Kanto Route 1 FRLG.png
Gen I Gen II Gen III
Pokémon world routes
Route 10       Route 2

Route 1 (Japanese: 番道路 Route 1) is a route located in western Kanto. It connects Pallet Town in the south to Viridian City in the north.

Route description

Heading north from Pallet Town, Trainers must make their way around a large but very primitive route, that will become their very first route they will explore on their journey. The route is riddled with large patches of tall grass, and ledges that contour from far east to all to the far west, blocking off most of the route making it hard to travel north, only to have small gaps by which the road has been broken into it.

 
The Poké Mart assistant giving away free samples of Potions

From the narrow "gateway" into Route 1, the route will make its way west as a ledge will block the road, however patches of tall grass be found by traveling east. After traveling north past the gap in the ledge, there will be a small clearing, where a man working for a Poké Mart can be found giving out a free Potion to Trainers. Heading away from the small clearing, the route makes its way eastern, and creates an "S" shapes as it winds around tall ground, as well as long ledges. Route 1 then travels northerly through two consecutive patches of tall grass, one larger than the other. It then finishes off by curving westerly, and then north as it enters Viridian City.

Heading south from Viridian City, Trainers can either hop down ledges to completely avoid any contact with wild Pokémon on their way to Pallet Town or they can travel through the grass patches, the required path for northbound travel. Following the grass-lined path, the route turns east then south as it enters the first patch. After a small break, the path of the route enters another patch of grass as the route turns west. Route 1 then makes an "S", turning to the south, then to the east before returning south and west, passing through the third grassy area. The path then juts south, entering another patch before curving to the east then to the south as it enters Pallet.

There are no opponent Trainers on this route in Generations I and III. In Generation II, two Trainers appear, while in Generation IV four Trainers are on the route. A Bitter Berry grows here in Generation II, while a Blk Apricorn does so in Generation IV. The Poké Mart employee is not present in Generations II and IV.

Items

Item Location Games
  Potion From the Viridian Poké Mart employee  R  B  Y  FR  LG 
  Potion From the Viridian Poké Mart employee after delivering Oak's Parcel  P  E 
  Bitter Berry South of the first ledge on the west side of the route (daily)  G  S  C 
  Blk Apricorn South of the first ledge on the west side of the route (daily)  HG  SS 

Berry plant

Item Location Games
  Razz Berry Sometimes found by the player's walking Pokémon from the bush in the northeast corner of the route  P  E 

Pokémon

Generation I

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
  Pidgey
R B Y
  Grass
2-5 50%
  Pidgey
R B Y
  Grass
2-7 70%
  Rattata
R B Y
  Grass
2-4 50%
  Rattata
R B Y
  Grass
2-4 30%
Attacking Oak
  Pikachu
R B Y
  Only one
5 One
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 II

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
  Pidgey
G S C
  Grass
2-4 45% 45% 0%
  Rattata
G S C
  Grass
2 30% 30% 0%
  Rattata
G S C
  Grass
2-6 0% 0% 55%
  Rattata
G S C
  Grass
2-3 0% 0% 50%
  Raticate
G S C
  Grass
6 0% 0% 5%
  Sentret
G S C
  Grass
3 20% 20% 0%
  Furret
G S C
  Grass
6 5% 5% 0%
  Hoothoot
G S C
  Grass
2-4 0% 0% 45%
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 III

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
  Pidgey
FR LG
  Grass
2-5 50%
  Rattata
FR LG
  Grass
2-4 50%
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  
     
  Pidgey
HG SS
  Grass
2-4 45% 45% 0%
  Rattata
HG SS
  Grass
2 30% 30% 0%
  Rattata
HG SS
  Grass
2-6 0% 0% 55%
  Sentret
HG SS
  Grass
3 20% 20% 0%
  Furret
HG SS
  Grass
6 5% 5% 0%
  Hoothoot
HG SS
  Grass
2-4 0% 0% 45%
Headbutt
  Hoothoot
HG SS
  Headbutt
2-3 50%
  Hoothoot
HG SS
  Headbutt
5-6 80%
  Spinarak
HG SS
  Headbutt
5-6 30%
  Ledyba
HG SS
  Headbutt
5-6 30%
  Pineco
HG SS
  Headbutt
2-3 30%
  Wurmple
HG SS
  Headbutt
5-6 20%
Swarm
  Poochyena
HG SS
  Swarm
2 40%
Special Pokémon
  Plusle
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
2 20%
  Minun
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
3 20%
  Shinx
HG SS
  Sinnoh Sound
2-3 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.


Generation VII

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
  Pidgey
P E
  Grass
3-4 40%
  Rattata
P E
  Grass
3-4 30%
  Oddish
P E
  Grass
3-4 30%
  Bellsprout
P E
  Grass
3-4 30%
While riding a Flying Pokémon
After becoming Champion
  Pidgey
P E
  Midair
3-56 60%
  Pidgeotto
P E
  Midair
3-56 35%
  Pidgeot
P E
  Midair
3-56 5%
Rare Spawns
  Charizard
P E
  Midair
3-56 -
  Articuno
P E
  Midair
3-56 -
  Zapdos
P E
  Midair
3-56 -
  Moltres
P E
  Midair
3-56 -
  Dragonite
P E
  Midair
3-56 -
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
 
Schoolboy Danny
ノリタカ Noritaka
Reward:  992
  Jynx Lv.31
No item
  Electabuzz Lv.31
No item
  Magmar Lv.31
No item
 
Cooltrainer Quinn
アイコ Aiko
Reward:  1824
  Ivysaur Lv.38
No item
  Starmie 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
 
School Kid Sherman
マサクニ Masakuni
Reward:  860
  Furret Lv.43
No item
  Pidgeot Lv.43
No item
 
School Kid Danny
ノリタカ Noritaka
Reward:  860
  Jynx Lv.43
No item
  Electabuzz Lv.43
No item
  Magmar Lv.43
No item
 
Ace Trainer French
ナオズミ Naozumi
Reward:  2820
  Absol Lv.47
No item
  Alakazam Lv.47
No item
 
Ace Trainer Quinn
アイコ Aiko
Reward:  2820
  Ivysaur Lv.47
No item
  Starmie Lv.47
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 VII

Trainer Pokémon
After delivering Professor Oak's Parcel
 
Youngster Ronny
タイチ Taichi
Reward:  60
3 Poké Balls
  Rattata Lv.3
No item


Differences among generations

Generation I and III

The route layout in Generations I and III are identical except for the fact that the Generation I version has grassy patches to both the east and the west of the route itself. The grass beyond the barrier was removed since in Generation I, Trainers could enter the grass using the walk anywhere glitch and, upon doing this, the game would freeze. This was because the grassy area contained no data for cities, routes, or even wild Pokémon, and the game would crash upon trying to retrieve the missing data.

Apart from this, most aesthetic features have been enhanced. Trees have become bigger, flowers are more visible, and most other sprites have been upgraded to Generation III standards.

Generation II

The route remains mostly the same apart from a few minor changes to the gameplay. Heading south from Viridian City, Trainers can either hop down ledges to completely avoid any contact with wild Pokémon (which now include Sentret, Furret and Hoothoot) on their way to Pallet Town, or alternatively travel through the patches of grass.

On their way down, there are two other Trainers waiting for battle. One can found near the northern side of the route, while the other can be found in the near the middle in the clearing. He has replaced the Viridian Poké Mart employee who gives away Potions, however there is a Bitter Berry tree that sprouted along the northwest portion of the route. Lastly, the grass patches outside of the route have been removed but the spacing between the route and the surrounding forest still remains.

Generation IV

Other than graphical updates, the basic layout remains the same as previous generations, but the route is no longer flat, due to hills being added to give feeling of depth to the route. Heading south from Viridian City, a gate has been added between the route and Viridian City, in order for the game to load the different tilesets used between the areas.

The Bitter Berry tree has been changed into a Blk Apricorn tree, which can be found between the two ledges located on the northwestern side of the route. By traveling east, Trainers are able to battle a Schoolboy, and by jumping off the ledge and heading east, another Schoolboy can be challenged, with Pokémon similar to the other Schoolboy in Generation II.

By jumping down the ledge and going through the tall grass, the route soon turns into the clearing. Like in Generation II, the Viridian Poké Mart employee is no longer present and is replaced by a Trainer. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays there is a photographer here, who will take a picture of the player and their party.

There is a male Ace Trainer just south of the photographer, as well as another female Ace Trainer, with Pokémon similar to the other Cooltrainer in Generation II. Route 1 makes the "S", turning to the south, then to the east before returning south and west, passing through the third grassy area. The path then juts south, entering another patch before curving to the east then to the south as it enters Pallet Town.

In the anime

Main series

 
Route 1 in the anime
 
Route 1 overview in the anime

Route 1 was introduced in Pokémon - I Choose You!. Ash, who had just received his Pikachu and was still trying to get a handle on the rebellious Pokémon, set off on his journey, beginning with Route 1. He first found a Pidgey and was eager to catch it, but Pikachu didn't want to help him and instead ran up a tree. Frustrated, Ash decided to try to catch the Pidgey without Pikachu's help. He threw a Poké Ball at it, but the Pidgey broke out easily and fled. Ash turned and saw a Rattata digging through his bag.

Ash turned and saw a group of Pidgey in the field; he threw a rock at them, which only scared them away. However, he saw another bird Pokémon in the field, mistook it for another Pidgey, and threw another rock at it, which hit it in the back of its head. When it turned to look at him, however, he realized that he actually hit a Spearow. The Spearow swooped several times to attack him and Pikachu.

As the Spearow chased Ash and Pikachu, two herds of Pokémon that do not appear on this route in the games were seen: Mankey and Sandshrew.

After jumping in the river, narrowly evading an attack from a Magikarp and Gyarados, Ash and Pikachu met Misty, who was fishing for Water Pokémon. He stole her bike, putting the injured Pikachu in its basket, and rode away, promising that he would bring it back someday. They were attacked once again by the Spearow, but Pikachu used a massive electrical attack to take out the entire flock. Once the storm cleared, Ash and Pikachu both rose from where they were knocked back on the ground, exhausted but victorious. Ash looked up and saw an unknown Pokémon majestically flying through the sky, over the rainbow that had been left after the storm, but his Pokédex could not identify the species.

Route 1 was also briefly seen in The Dream Continues! while Ash and Alexa passed it on their way to Pallet Town.

Pokémon

 
Pidgey
 
Rattata
 
Spearow (multiple)
 
Sandshrew
 
Diglett
 
Mankey (multiple)
 
Poliwag
 
Magikarp
 
Gyarados
 
Ho-Oh

I Choose You!

Route 1 appeared in the opening of I Choose You!. Ash left Pallet Town via this route at the start of his journey, with his newly obtained, disobedient starter Pokémon Pikachu. Ash and Pikachu were attacked by a large flock of Spearow and attempted to escape in the midst of a rainstorm, culminating in Pikachu unleashing a powerful Thunderbolt on the Spearow, knocking himself and his Trainer out in the process. Ash and Pikachu woke up after the storm had passed to see Ho-Oh flying overhead, dropping a Rainbow Wing as it flew. Ash picked up the feather and proclaimed to Pikachu that they would meet it again someday.

Pokémon

 
Pidgey
 
Spearow (multiple)
 
Gyarados
 
Ho-Oh

Pokémon Origins

 
Route 1 in Pokémon Origins

Route 1 appeared in File 1: Red, where Red was seen traveling through it on his way to Viridian City. Soon after entering the Route, he encountered a wild Pidgey, and tried to catch it, but it got away. After a short while, he got the hang of catching Pokémon, and caught multiple different species, including a Spearow, Caterpie, and Pidgey.

Along the way, he encountered a Youngster, who challenged him to a battle with his Nidoran♀. Not knowing other Trainer's Pokémon couldn't be caught, Red tried to throw a Poké Ball at Nidoran♀, only to have it bounce off. The Youngster, however, agreed to tell Red where he could find a Nidoran of his own. Shortly before arriving in Viridian City, Red encountered Blue, who challenged him to a battle. Due to Blue's Squirtle having a type advantage over Red's Charmander, Blue easily won the battle. Afterwards, Red met Brock, who, having watched the battle, suggested Red that he should start challenging the Gym Leaders in order to learn how to battle.

Pokémon

 
Pidgey
 
Rattata
 
Spearow
 
Caterpie

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Red, Green & Blue chapter

Route 1 made a brief appearance in Bulbasaur, Come Home!. After Red had accidentally let loose some Pokémon that Professor Oak was keeping in his Laboratory, he and Professor Oak were forced to pursue them, with some of them having escaped all the way to Route 1 and Viridian City.

Trivia



Kanto
               
Settlements
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Access to
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