Exploring with Surf

Exploring with Surf

At about halfway through Route 6, Cheren gives you HM03 (Surf), which can be used to ride around on the water. There are quite obviously a lot of places you've been to already that have water, but I didn't cover the watery portions then, because, well, you couldn't use Surf then, haha. Now, though, it's time to take a look at all of those places! Having a Pokemon with Fly is also very handy.

Keep in mind that everywhere in here is totally optional and you can just skim through to see what looks like what you're interested in picking up.

Aspertia City

Aspertia City
Surfing Types Level(s) Rarity
Basculin Basculin Water Lv. 5 ~ 15
Black 2: 100%
White 2: 0%
Basculin (Blue) (Blue) Basculin (Blue) Water Lv. 5 ~ 15
Black 2: 0%
White 2: 100%
Surfing (in surfacing fish) Level(s) Rarity
Basculin (Blue) (Blue) Basculin (Blue) Water Lv. 5 ~ 15
Black 2: 100%
White 2: 0%
Basculin Basculin Water Lv. 5 ~ 15
Black 2: 0%
White 2: 100%

Right by your house is a pool of water. Just across it is the very useful TM53 (Energy Ball), which is a helpful 80 power Special-based Grass-type attack that a lot of your Grass-type Pokemon will greatly appreciate.

Route 19

Route 19
Surfing Types Level(s) Rarity
Basculin Basculin Water Lv. 5 ~ 15
Black 2: 100%
White 2: 0%
Basculin (Blue) (Blue) Basculin (Blue) Water Lv. 5 ~ 15
Black 2: 0%
White 2: 100%
Surfing (in surfacing fish) Level(s) Rarity
Basculin (Blue) (Blue) Basculin (Blue) Water Lv. 5 ~ 15
Black 2: 100%
White 2: 0%
Basculin Basculin Water Lv. 5 ~ 15
Black 2: 0%
White 2: 100%

Near the entrance of Route 19 is a pool of water. Surf on it and head over to the west to find a Water Stone, which is very helpful in evolving Pokemon. Panpour, Eevee, Staryu, and Poliwhirl are all Pokemon that can evolve in the Unova region with it.

You can also surf northeast for awhile to find some steps leading up to a cliff. Go north and then west on the cliff to find a Nest Ball, while you can head south to find a hidden Expert Belt. Nifty!

Route 20

Route 20
Surfing Types Level(s) Rarity
Basculin Basculin Water Lv. 5 ~ 15
Black 2: 70%
White 2: 0%
Basculin (Blue) (Blue) Basculin (Blue) Water Lv. 5 ~ 15
Black 2: 0%
White 2: 70%
Azurill Azurill Normal Lv. 5 ~ 15 30%
Surfing (in surfacing fish) Level(s) Rarity
Basculin (Blue) (Blue) Basculin (Blue) Water Lv. 5 ~ 15
Black 2: 65%
White 2: 0%
Basculin Basculin Water Lv. 5 ~ 15
Black 2: 0%
White 2: 65%
Marill Marill Water Lv. 5 ~ 15 30%
Azumarill Azumarill Water Lv. 5 ~ 15 5%

In the southeastern part of the route, over by Virbank City, you can surf on a rather large lake thing there. Over to the east is an island with a hidden Heart Scale on it.

Surf to the south of that island and you'll find there's a pretty big area with holes surrounding two distant items. You can only get to those in the Autumn time, sadly.

Fall-ing for it!

The big pit fills up with leaves during Autumn so you're able to cross it. However, there's a PKMN Ranger lurking over there with a Deerling L32 and a Scolipede L32. He'll reward you with a Sitrus Berry afterwards. There's also another PKMN Ranger next to the items (to the left of them). She uses an Arcanine L33 (yikes!). She'll give you a Leppa Berry after beating her.

What are the items over there? The one on the right is a valuable Max Revive while the one on the left is an equally valuable Rare Candy. Very worthwhile!

You can even head further northwest to fight another PKMN Ranger, this one using a Stoutland L33. He'll give you another Leppa Berry after beating him.

The path only leads to a bunch of thick grass, which have nothing new or exciting to offer you.

If you go back to the island where the Heart Scale was and head west, you'll find a waterfall there. You won't be able to scale it for awhile, so you can leave now.

Floccesy Ranch

Floccesy Ranch
Surfing Types Level(s) Rarity
Basculin Basculin Water Lv. 5 ~ 15
Black 2: 70%
White 2: 0%
Basculin (Blue) (Blue) Basculin (Blue) Water Lv. 5 ~ 15
Black 2: 0%
White 2: 70%
Azurill Azurill Normal Lv. 5 ~ 15 30%
Surfing (in surfacing fish) Level(s) Rarity
Basculin (Blue) (Blue) Basculin (Blue) Water Lv. 5 ~ 15
Black 2: 65%
White 2: 0%
Basculin Basculin Water Lv. 5 ~ 15
Black 2: 0%
White 2: 65%
Marill Marill Water Lv. 5 ~ 15 30%
Azumarill Azumarill Water Lv. 5 ~ 15 5%

Head all the way over to the very back part of the Floccesy Ranch, way back to just above where you saved the Herdier from the Team Plasma Grunt. You can surf across the water there to lead to a Hidden Grotto.

Flocessy Forest Hidden Grotto
Marill Marill  Lv. 10-15
Sap Sipper
Herdier Herdier  Lv. 10-15
Scrappy
Dunsparce Dunsparce  Lv. 10-15
Rattled
   

Virbank City

Virbank City
Surfing Types Level(s) Rarity
Frillish Frillish Water / Ghost Lv. 5 ~ 15 100%
Surfing (in surfacing fish) Level(s) Rarity
Alomomola Alomomola Water Lv. 5 ~ 15 95%
Jellicent Jellicent Water / Ghost Lv. 5 ~ 15 5%

From the Pokemon Center, head south, over to the Virbank Complex (Outer), but then head east and down the stairs to reach the water level. Surf north, then west, and then north to pick up that Rare Candy that's been taunting you since near the beginning of the game. Yeah, it's finally yours!

Castelia Sewers

Castelia Sewers
Surfing Types Level(s) Rarity
Grimer Grimer Poison Lv. 5 ~ 15 100%
Surfing (in surfacing fish) Level(s) Rarity
Grimer Grimer Poison Lv. 5 ~ 20 95%
Muk Muk Poison Lv. 5 ~ 20 5%

Assuming it isn't Autumn, when the sewers are drained, you'll be able to surf across the water down here to access some previously inaccessible places (including all of the areas only available in Autumn).

By where the Janitor is, use Surf to head west, through the corridor there and you can find a hidden Max Repel. Keep going west until you see a bridge thing, then head south on that to find a hidden HP Up. You can also surf south of that bridge thing and then land on the land nearby to find a hidden Poison Gem. Keep going east down that way and you'll be able to reach TM41 (Torment), which keeps the foe from using the same move twice in a row. There's also a Scientist over there that has a Magnemite L17. Wimpy.

In the northwestern part of the sewers, you can surf while on one of the bridge things westbound and follow the path over there to reach the other side of the fence. There's a hidden Ultra Ball over there, as well as a path that leads you to a door. Inside is a Scientist guy who will give you an Antidote. Apparently you can show him Poison-type Pokemon or something. There's also a Janitor directly outside that uses a Marill L31 and a Cinccino L31.

There's some stairs the lead up into a hidden part of Castelia City that has a Repel just off to the west and then a trio of a band up north. First you'll have to fight a Roughneck using a Scraggy L32, then you'll be immediately thrust into a fight against the Dancer with his Darumaka L32, and lastly the Guitarist with her Krokorok L33 and Liepard L33. After beating them, they'll apparently give you a medal of some kind, but you can also pick up the BlackGlasses right by them that increase the holder's Dark-type attacks' power by 20%.

Lostlorn Forest

Lostlorn Forest
Surfing Types Level(s) Rarity
Basculin Basculin Water Lv. 10 ~ 25
Black 2: 70%
White 2: 0%
Basculin (Blue) (Blue) Basculin (Blue) Water Lv. 10 ~ 25
Black 2: 0%
White 2: 70%
Buizel Buizel Water Lv. 10 ~ 25 30%
Surfing (in surfacing fish) Level(s) Rarity
Buizel Buizel Water Lv. 10 ~ 30 60%
Basculin (Blue) (Blue) Basculin (Blue) Water Lv. 10 ~ 30
Black 2: 30%
White 2: 0%
Basculin Basculin Water Lv. 10 ~ 30
Black 2: 0%
White 2: 30%
Floatzel Floatzel Water Lv. 10 ~ 30 10%

Although you need Waterfall in order to actually explore anywhere new in the Lostlorn Forest, the few tiles of water you can surf on let you run into a fairly rare Pokemon for this point in the game: Buizel. You aren't usually able to find them until much later in the game, so pick one up now if you want.

Relic Passage (World Tournament)

Relic Passage (Driftveil; watery)
Surfing Types Level(s) Rarity
Basculin Basculin Water Lv. 10 ~ 30
Black 2: 70%
White 2: 0%
Basculin (Blue) (Blue) Basculin (Blue) Water Lv. 10 ~ 30
Black 2: 0%
White 2: 70%
Marill Marill Water Lv. 10 ~ 30 30%
Surfing (in surfacing fish) Level(s) Rarity
Marill Marill Water Lv. 10 ~ 30 60%
Basculin (Blue) (Blue) Basculin (Blue) Water Lv. 10 ~ 30
Black 2: 35%
White 2: 0%
Basculin Basculin Water Lv. 10 ~ 30
Black 2: 0%
White 2: 35%
Azumarill Azumarill Water Lv. 10 ~ 30 5%

In the watery area of the Relic Passage, over on the Pokemon World Tournament side, you can surf west to find a Big Pearl sitting up to the north.

Route 6

Right at the beginning of the route, you can surf between the two bridges to pick up a Heart Scale.

Just to the west of the institute is a PP Up you can access by using Surf. There's also a hidden Big Mushroom in the corner of the patch of grass.

Lastly, surf east from the house near the end of the route. Right behind the institute is TM56 (Fling), which throws your held item for good, so don't use it unless you want to lose it! Keep surfing east, though, and you'll find the Mistralton Cave — as well as an entrance to another Hidden Grotto.

Route 6 Hidden Grotto (East)
Foongus Foongus  Lv. 25-30
Regenerator
Woobat Woobat  Lv. 25-30
Simple
Dunsparce Dunsparce  Lv. 25-30
Rattled
   

 

Conclusion

As you can see, there are quite a few areas you can use Surf to access. Hopefully that gives some more Water-type options for your team, as well as some valuable TMs (particularly Energy Ball!).

Now that you've done all of this, assuming you've already explored the Mistralton Cave (or assuming you don't want to), go on back to the house on Route 6, heal up your Pokemon, pack plenty of Super Repels, and prepare to enter the Chargestone Cave!