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Kanto
Route 23
23番道路
Route 23
Kanto Route 23 FRLG.png
Map description
A mountain path where only the strongest Trainers may pass.PE
Required for navigation
Connecting locations
 
Indigo Plateau
 
Route 23
 
Route 22* and Victory Road*
 
Location
Kanto Route 23
Location of Route 23 in Kanto.
Kanto Route 23 RBY.png Indigo Plateau GSC.png Kanto Route 23 FRLG.png
Gen I Gen II Gen III
Pokémon world routes
Route 22       Route 24

Route 23 (Japanese: 23番道路 Route 23), is a route in northwest Kanto, connecting Indigo Plateau to Victory Road and Route 22.

Contents

Route description

Generations I, III, and VII

Southern segment

Heading north from the Pokémon League Front Gate, which houses the first Badge checkpoint, Route 23 heads northeast, passing through the first of many archways on the route as well as the second checkpoint. Northwest of this point is the second archway and the third checkpoint. The main path of the road then heads north, taking a slight northeast alignment as it approaches the third archway and the fourth checkpoint on the bank of a waterway that effectively separates the route into two halves.

Directly north of the fourth checkpoint is checkpoint five, in the shadow of archway four. Northeast of this location, past an island in the water that splits the channel into two, is the next archway/checkpoint. The route continues north, making landfall northeast of the sixth checkpoint.

In this area, Route 23 is dotted with grassy patches and boulders, creating a unique look not seen anywhere else in Kanto outside the Safari Zone. North of the scenery, the route encounters the seventh checkpoint underneath the final archway on the route.

Route 23 turns to the northwest, passing the final patch of grass on the road before returning to a north-south alignment several paces south of the final checkpoint. Just north of the checkpoint is the south entrance to Victory Road.

Northern segment

The route heads north from Victory Road's northern portal, arriving at a series of stone statues intended to create a maze. On the other side of the maze, Route 23 ascends a series of stairs before arriving at the front door to Indigo Plateau.

Items

Item Location Games
Golden Razz Berry Golden Razz Berry ×8  P  E 
Leppa Berry Leppa Berry Northwest of the Thunder Badge checkpoint, on the marked square (hidden)  FR  LG 
Golden Pinap Berry Golden Pinap Berry ×8  P  E 
Golden Nanab Berry Golden Nanab Berry ×8  P  E 
Max Ether Max Ether In the northwest corner of the island north of the Soul Badge checkpoint (hidden)  R  B  Y 
Max Ether Max Ether Two squares south and two squares west of the northeast corner of the island (hidden)  FR  LG 
Ultra Ball Ultra Ball On the eastern tree of the two trees south of the southeastern most patch of grass (hidden)  R  B  Y 
Ultra Ball Ultra Ball On the wall between the two statues northeast of the water (hidden)  FR  LG 
Aspear Berry Aspear Berry Southwest of the Volcano Badge checkpoint, on the marked square (hidden)  FR  LG 
Full Restore Full Restore On the northeastern most rock of the rocks west of the northern most patch of grass (hidden)  R  B  Y 
Full Restore Full Restore On the rock east of the northern most patch of grass (hidden)  FR  LG 
Sitrus Berry Sitrus Berry West of the west statue of the two statues closest to the western Victory Road entrance, on the marked square (hidden)  FR  LG 
Lum Berry Lum Berry South of the pair of statues southwest of the maze of stones, on a marked square (hidden)  FR  LG 
Max Elixir Max Elixir In the maze of stones, in the dead-end reached on the second western most path (hidden)  FR  LG 

Pokémon

Generation I

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
021 Spearow
R B Y
Grass Grass
26 15%
022 Fearow
R B Y
Grass Grass
38, 41, 43 25%
022 Fearow
R B Y
Grass Grass
40, 45 15%
023 Ekans
R B Y
Grass Grass
26 25%
024 Arbok
R B Y
Grass Grass
41 5%
027 Sandshrew
R B Y
Grass Grass
26 25%
028 Sandslash
R B Y
Grass Grass
41 5%
030 Nidorina
R B Y
Grass Grass
41, 44 25%
033 Nidorino
R B Y
Grass Grass
41, 44 35%
056 Mankey
R B Y
Grass Grass
36, 41 20%
057 Primeape
R B Y
Grass Grass
41, 46 5%
132 Ditto
R B Y
Grass Grass
33, 38, 43 30%
Fishing
129 Magikarp
R B Y
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
5 100%
060 Poliwag
R B Y
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
10 50%
118 Goldeen
R B Y
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
10 50%
060 Poliwag
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
25, 30 70%
061 Poliwhirl
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
30, 40 30%
080 Slowbro
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
23 25%
099 Kingler
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
23 25%
117 Seadra
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
23 25%
119 Seaking
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
23 25%
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  
021 Spearow
FR LG
Grass Grass
32, 34 15%
022 Fearow
FR LG
Grass Grass
40, 42, 44 25%
023 Ekans
FR LG
Grass Grass
32, 34 20%
024 Arbok
FR LG
Grass Grass
44 5%
027 Sandshrew
FR LG
Grass Grass
32, 34 20%
028 Sandslash
FR LG
Grass Grass
44 5%
056 Mankey
FR LG
Grass Grass
32, 34 30%
057 Primeape
FR LG
Grass Grass
42 5%
Surfing
054 Psyduck
FR LG
Surfing Surfing
20-40 100%
079 Slowpoke
FR LG
Surfing Surfing
20-40 100%
Fishing
129 Magikarp
FR LG
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
5 100%
060 Poliwag
FR LG
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
5-15 60%
118 Goldeen
FR LG
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
5-15 20%
129 Magikarp
FR LG
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
5-15 20%
054 Psyduck
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-35 5%
060 Poliwag
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-25 40%
061 Poliwhirl
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
20-30 40%
079 Slowpoke
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-35 5%
130 Gyarados
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-25 15%
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  
021 Spearow
P E
Grass Grass
41-46 10%
022 Fearow
P E
Grass Grass
41-46 15%
029 Nidoran♀
P E
Grass Grass
41-46 10%
030 Nidorina
P E
Grass Grass
41-46 19%
031 Nidoqueen
P E
Grass Grass
41-46 1%
032 Nidoran♂
P E
Grass Grass
41-46 10%
033 Nidorino
P E
Grass Grass
41-46 19%
034 Nidoking
P E
Grass Grass
41-46 1%
102 Exeggcute
P E
Grass Grass
41-46 14%
103 Exeggutor
P E
Grass Grass
41-46 1%
Rare Spawns
113 Chansey
P E
Grass Grass
41-46 -
Sea Skim
060 Poliwag
P E
Sea Skim Sea Skim
41-46 45%
061 Poliwhirl
P E
Sea Skim Sea Skim
41-46 10%
129 Magikarp
P E
Sea Skim Sea Skim
41-46 45%
While riding a Flying Pokémon
After becoming Champion
021 Spearow
P E
In the sky In the sky
3-56 60%
022 Fearow
P E
In the sky In the sky
3-56 40%
Rare Spawns
006 Charizard
P E
In the sky In the sky
3-56 -
144 Articuno
P E
In the sky In the sky
3-56 -
145 Zapdos
P E
In the sky In the sky
3-56 -
146 Moltres
P E
In the sky In the sky
3-56 -
149 Dragonite
P E
In the sky In the sky
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 VII

All of these Trainers appear at the route once the player has become Champion.

Trainer Pokémon
Southern segment
Master Trainer
Ace Trainer Jirard
Ace Trainer Jirard
タクム Takumu
Reward: N/A
Dratini Dratini Lv.65
Dragon Pulse Ice Beam
Agility -
Master Trainer
Ace Trainer Percy
Ace Trainer Percy
ツネカズ Tsunekazu
Reward: N/A
Nidoqueen Nidoqueen Lv.75
Super Fang Blizzard
Surf -
Master Trainer
Ace Trainer Carlton
Ace Trainer Carlton
ハルマ Haruma
Reward: N/A
Nidoking Nidoking Lv.80
Horn Drill Drill Run
Ice Punch -
Northern segment
Master Trainer
Lass Sal
Lass Sal
リンカ Rinka
Reward: N/A
Venusaur Venusaur Lv.75
Sludge Bomb Outrage
Growth -
Master Trainer
Ace Trainer Edmund
Ace Trainer Edmund
ケン Ken
Reward: N/A
Charizard Charizard Lv.75
Dragon Pulse Thunder Punch
Protect -

Differences among generations

Route 23 in Generation II

Only minor cosmetic differences exist between the Generation I games, FireRed and LeafGreen, and Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.

In the Generation II games and HeartGold and SoulSilver, Route 23 became unnecessary due to the addition of the Pokémon League Reception Gate on Route 26, being reduced to an extremely short path that takes 7GSC/17HGSS steps connecting the front door of Indigo Plateau with the northern entrance of Victory Road. The remakes reclassified Route 23 as part of Indigo Plateau, although there is still unused location data for Route 23.

Trivia

  • The background music, titled The Final Road, is rearranged from the prelude to the game's opening and title screen theme.
  • Because the tilesets were not changed between versions of the Generation I games, the signpost outside the southern entrance to Victory Road kept its design from Red and Green in Blue and Yellow, as well as in every localized release of the Generation I games.
  • In Yellow, FireRed and LeafGreen, riding the Bicycle here will not change the background music. In FireRed and LeafGreen only, using Surf will not change the background music either.
  • In the Japanese versions of HeartGold and SoulSilver, the unused data for Route 23 includes a scrapped map blurb consisting of generic development text, "Dummy Guide Message" (Japanese: ダミーのガイドメッセージ), which is also shared with the Rocket Hideout, Goldenrod Tunnel, Dragon's Den, Cliff Cave, and a KGR Map (Japanese: KGRマップ).
  • In Generations I and VII, the checkers for the Soul and Marsh Badge gates are placed in the water and have the same appearance as Swimmers. In Generation III, they stand on shore and have the same appearance as the other checkers.


Kanto
Boulder Badge.png Cascade Badge.png Thunder Badge.png Rainbow Badge.png Soul Badge.png Marsh Badge.png Volcano Badge.png Earth Badge.png
Settlements
Pallet TownViridian CityPewter CityCerulean CityVermilion CityLavender Town
Celadon CitySaffron CityFuchsia CityCinnabar IslandIndigo Plateau
Routes
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Landmarks
Professor Oak's LaboratoryViridian ForestDiglett's CavePewter Museum of ScienceMt. Moon (Square) • Cerulean Cave
Underground Path (Kanto Routes 5-6)Underground Path (Kanto Routes 7-8)S.S. AnneS.S. AquaSea CottageRock Tunnel
Power PlantCycling Road/Pokémon RoadTeam Rocket HideoutSilph Co.Magnet TrainPokémon TowerSafari Zone/Pal Park
GO ParkSeafoam IslandsPokémon MansionCinnabar LabPokémon League Reception GateVictory RoadTohjo Falls
Access to
Sevii IslandsJohto

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