Ledges (Japanese: 段差 ledges) are a common feature of the geography of the Pokémon world, found mostly on routes and in caves. They are featured in every core series Pokémon game prior to Pokémon Legends: Arceus, but have not been featured since that game.

Functionally, ledges serve as one-way obstacles. Players are able to jump over ledges and land on the other side, but may not climb back up. They are often used to provide shortcuts to return from a later area to an earlier one while also preventing those later areas from being reached too early. They also sometimes have items atop or near them so as to force the player to take a longer or more hidden path in order to get them.

Brendan using an Acro Bike to bunny-hop up a ledge in Pokémon Emerald

In the Hoenn Safari Zone and the Jagged Pass, when there is a stepping stone running across a ledge, it is possible to use an Acro Bike to hop up the ledge across the stones. This can be achieved by holding down the B button to bunny-hop and then hopping up onto the stepping stone and onto the higher ledge. In Pokémon X and Y, ledges in Route 12 can be jumped over either way by riding a Skiddo from Baa de Mer Ranch, but this cannot be done anywhere else. Outside of these cases, it is impossible to climb back up a ledge from the opposite direction.


In other languages

Language Title
  French Talus*
  German Stufen
  Italian Gradini
  Spanish Desnivel

Special tiles in the Pokémon games
Cave tileHoleIce tileLedgeMarsh tilePuddleSand tileSnow tile
Spin tileSoft soilTall grassTrapWarp tileWater tile
Dungeon tile

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