|Bouffalant||Lv. 49, 51||25%|
|Sawk||Lv. 48 ~ 49|
|Throh||Lv. 48 ~ 49|
|Bouffalant||Lv. 54, 56||25%|
|Sawk||Lv. 53 ~ 54|
|Throh||Lv. 53 ~ 54|
|Shaking Grass / Swirling Dust||Level(s)||Rarity|
|Audino||Lv. 48 ~ 51||80%|
|Basculin||Lv. 40 ~ 55|
|Basculin (Blue)||Lv. 40 ~ 55|
|Buizel||Lv. 40 ~ 55||30%|
|Surfing (in surfacing fish)||Level(s)||Rarity|
|Buizel||Lv. 40 ~ 55||60%|
|Basculin (Blue)||Lv. 40 ~ 55|
|Basculin||Lv. 40 ~ 55|
|Floatzel||Lv. 45 ~ 55||10%|
There's a house right near the entrance with an Ace Trainer inside. She'll heal up your Pokemon if they're weakened.
Right outside of the house, to the south, is a shrub you can cut down with Cut. Don't have Cut handy? Well you can just use Surf to go get the item instead, which is a Heart Scale.
Across the bridge and then to the north is a Battle Girl, who will fight you with her Throh L53. Keep going along the path to the north until you find an Ace Trainer with an Emolga L53 and a Jellicent L53. Further along the path is a Hiker, and he's got a Piloswine L51 and a Probopass L51.
Head east until you see some stairs moving up, but before you go there, if you have Surf, you can cross the water and visit a nearby house. Talk to the old man inside and he'll give you the powerful TM35 (Flamethrower), which is one of the best, most reliable Fire-type attacks in the game and definitely a good asset for your collection of TMs.
Climb the stairs and you'll run into another Ace Trainer. She uses a Swanna L53 and a Galvantula L53. Across the bridge to the right is a hidden Rare Candy, which you'll definitely want to pick up. Do so, then head back to the Ace Trainer. From here, you can take a detour south of her to traverse the bridges above where you came from, or you can proceed west to actually continue on the route.
I like to cover stuff, so I'll start by guiding you south, across the bridge. There's an Amoonguss L56 masquerading as an item in the grass. Yikes! Across the next bridge to the south and then a little to the west is a PKMN Ranger with a Stunfisk L52 and an Amoonguss L52. He'll give you a Sitrus Berry after beating him, plus there's TM05 (Roar) right next to him, which roars the foe away and forces them to switch or ends a wild Pokemon battle.
Going east of the Amoonguss will take you over to a Black Belt, who uses a Sawk L53. South of him is a bridge leading east, but there's also a hidden Star Piece right by the start of the bridge, plus there's an Iron (out in the open) just south of that. Pick those up, then cross the bridge and head on over to the other side. If you have Cut, you can take a shortcut to get to the item, but otherwise you can still get to it by circling around. It's a Star Piece over there, so it doesn't hurt to get it. On top of that, there's a Hidden Grotto near the southern part of this little cliff. It may not look like much of a forest, but it's just enough for Pokemon to hide in.
|Route 23 Hidden Grotto|
|Zangoose Lv. 50-55
|Seviper Lv. 50-55
|Golduck Lv. 50-55
|Absol Lv. 50-55
|Gligar Lv. 50-55
Ok, remember that one Ace Trainer, way back by the stairs? Well, now it's time for you to head back to her, and then head west instead. Over to the west of the Ace Trainer is a PKMN Ranger, and she's got a Floatzel L53 and a Lucario L53. She'll give you a Sitrus Berry after beating her.
To the north of the PKMN Ranger are steps that lead up to Victory Road! (Well, the Badge Check Gate first.) But further to the west of the PKMN Ranger leads you to a lot more stuff to explore if you have Cut, so go on over that way and check it out, unless you're impatient or unless you don't have a Pokemon with Cut handy.
Cut the shrub down and keep going west until you see some steps to the southwest. Go over there and pick up the Full Heal, then push the boulder south into the hole with Strength. That's all you'll be able to do there, but you want to make sure you do this, because it's important for later on when you'll be pushing more boulders.
See where there's a shrub you can cut down to the north? Ignore it for now and head over to the west. Over there, you'll find a Hiker, and he uses a Boldore L53 and an Aggron L53. Cut down the shrub next to him and quickly head south so you can push the boulder south. It'll help later on. To the west of there is an Ace Trainer with a Scolipede L54 and an Arcanine L54 on her team. Past her is a path that leads you to a Black Belt that's blocking the path. Don't talk to him yet! You'll want him to move out of the way later, so go back to that shrub I told you to ignore.
Cut that shrub down and then head into the forest. Head northeast and you'll find a hidden Ultra Ball over by the trees. If you hug the northern wall and head west, you'll find a Repeat Ball hiding (not technically hidden, just very well-concealed) behind the trees there. South of that Repeat Ball is an Ace Trainer with a Magmar L54 and a Mamoswine L54.
Further south of him, wander west through the forest until you find that Black Belt from earlier. Go on and approach him, which should cause him to move out of the way. He'll use a Gurdurr L53 and a Scrafty L53. To the north and then west are some stairs which lead to a HP Up, but that's sadly it, so you're going to need to go back to the other side of him now that he's moved, so head out of the forest and make your way west.
Eventually you'll find a shrub you can cut down, so do so and head south until you find a Calcium. Jump down the ledge to the north and you'll wind up right where that other path would have taken you.
Now it's time to have some fun with boulders. Avoid pushing any boulders unless I tell you to, otherwise you could mess things up! (Particularly the boulders on the far east side.) Ignore the water for right now and just head on north until you reach that area from earlier with the boulders. Push the first one you see, over by the steps and the ledge, one to the left, then go back and surf on the water over to the other side. Before you jump down the ledge to push that one boulder, be sure to push the boulder to the south into the hole for easier access.
Jump down the ledge and push the boulder to the north. You'll have to move it later. See the boulder by the first one you pushed, way back? It's sort of in the northeast corner of this little area. Well, push it one to the right, so you'll be able to push it later south into the hole. Head on over to the west and then south a bit to find a hidden Yellow Shard to the south (it's hidden in a rock).
Alright, I know this is confusing, but you're going to want to go back to where the water was and surf across it, then head back east and push that boulder two spaces to the right, then one up so it falls in the hole. That will let you push another boulder to the east and push it into a hole, which will in turn let you push the boulder in the northeast corner to the south, into a hole, and will finally let you push that final boulder to the east, into the hole, granting you access to the stairs.
Before climbing the stairs, head north through the grass. The first "item" is, predictably, an Amoonguss L56. North of that is a Green Shard for you to take, though, as well as a ledge you can jump down to reach Victory Road. Don't go there yet, though, and go back to the stairs. You've only got a little bit more to explore!
Up the stairs, you'll find a Battle Girl with a Gurdurr L53 and a Mienshao L53. East of her is a Max Potion behind a tree. Keep going east until you find a bridge, then north. Pick up the PP Up hiding in the empty tile in the grass, then head west until you eventually find TM12 (Taunt), which seems like it was an awful lot of work to get something that's not really all that great for in-game purposes (it's much nicer battling against other players or in the Battle Subway/Pokemon World Tournament, though).
Finally! Finally you're done with the route. Make your way all the way back down the big stairs, then north through the grass until you reach the ledge. Jump down the ledge, head west until you find the PKMN Ranger, then head north into Victory Road!