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At last! Victory Road, the final stretch before the ultimate test.


Victory Road is a steep mountain and the last hurdle before the Pokemon League–and one you certainly don’t want to trip over!

Pokemon Encounters

Name Type Location Encounter Rate
"Fraxure" IconFraxure Dragon Rough 10%
"Mienfoo" IconMienfoo Fighting Rough, Cave 1F-7F 10%
"Vullaby" IconVullaby (B) Dark/Flying Rough 35%
"Rufflet" IconRufflet (W) Normal/Flying Rough 35%
"Heatmor" IconHeatmor Fire Rough 45%
"Boldore" IconBoldore Rock Cave 1F-7F 20%, 30% (2F-7F)
"Woobat" IconWoobat Psychic/Flying Cave 1F-7F 10%, 20% (2F-7F)
"Durant" IconDurant Bug/Steel Cave 1F-7F 40%
"Deino" IconDeino Dark/Dragon 1F only 20%
"Excadrill" IconExcadrill Ground/Steel Dust cloud 100%
Name Type Location Encounter Rate
Red "Basculin" IconBasculin (B) Water Surf/Super Rod 100% (Surf), 30% (Fishing)
Blue "Basculin" IconBasculin (W) Water Surf/Super Rod 100% (Surf), 30% (Fishing)
"Poliwag" IconPoliwag Water Super Rod 60%
"Poliwhirl" IconPoliwhirl Water Super Rod 10%, 65% (Rippling water)
"Poliwrath" IconPoliwrath Water/Fighting Super Rod 5% (Rippling water)
"Terrakion" IconTerrakion Rock/Fighting Trial Chamber Legendary


Max Revive, Rare Candy, Ultra Ball, TM12 Taunt, Hyper Potion, Full Restore, Revive, Calcium, Full Heal, Carbos, TM93 Wild Charge, Nugget, Max Revive, Max Potion, TM02 Dragon Claw

Points of Interest

  • After encountering "Cobalion" IconCobalion, you can try and catch the Legendary "Terrakion" IconTerrakion inside the Trial Chamber, near the end of Victory Road.
  • Once you’ve beaten the Elite 4 and spoken to Cheren in Route 5, he will wait near Victory Road’s exit, ready for a rematch with Level 60+ Pokemon.


Head forward into the cave. Follow the linear route in here and you’ll soon find some stairs leading up. Take them and then head south in the next room to find an unavoidable fight…

Trainer Battle: Ace Trainer

Pokemon Level Type
"Whimsicott" IconWhimsicott 45 Grass
"Zebstrika" IconZebstrika 45 Electric

Huh… how is that scary? Then again, we’re not the 2D pixel people.

Run left and through the doorway to reach the outside. Here you’ll see that you can use the cliff walls to slide, so run to the right and slide down! Run right and enter the first entrance you see, then navigate anti-clockwise around the water, before going up the stairs.

In this next cavern, taking the south exit doesn’t lead anywhere interesting (you can try if you’re curious), so instead go up and take the next flight of stairs leading upstairs. When you re-emerge, an Ace Trainer will be standing closeby.

Trainer Battle: Ace Trainer

Pokemon Level Type
"Stoutland" IconStoutland 45 Normal
"Scolipede" IconScolipede 45 Bug/Poison

Once you’ve beaten him (or snuck past), take the south exit, which this time leads somewhere useful. Outside, you can head right and slide down to the lower level to grab an item, but bear in mind you’ll need to backtrack a little to return to this point again.

If you head left, there will be two caves within close proximity of one another. Take the closest one first–the “middle” of the three caves, so to speak. Inside is a Veteran trainer, who you can battle.

Trainer Battle: Veteran

Pokemon Level Type
"Beheeyem" IconBeheeyem 44 Psychic
"Heatmor" IconHeatmor 44 Fire
"Lilligant" IconLilligant 44 Grass

In this cavern, taking the stairs leading down will take you back to the entrance. Which isn’t a bad thing at all; use Strength to push the boulder and you’ll create a handy shortcut. Meanwhile, using the stairs leading up will land you in another room with an Ace Trainer.

Trainer Battle: Ace Trainer

This trainer uses all three Simi Pokemon.

Pokemon Level Type
"Simisage" IconSimisage 44 Grass
"Simisear" IconSimisear 44 Fire
"Simipour" IconSimipour 44 Water

Continue on from the Ace Trainer to exit out onto a ledge, with an item sitting comfortably nearby. Grab the item, then head backwards, past the previous two trainers, until you’re outside and next to three cave entrances. This time take the left-most entrance (the one you haven’t been to).

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  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    30 May 2011
  • Last Updated
    21 February 2021
  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers

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