Route 9 and Circhester Bay are your next destinations, and follow on from Circhester Gym in your quest through Pokémon Sword and Shield's main story.
On each page of our walkthrough like this, we'll cover any and all of the obtainable Pokémon, item locations, trainers and their teams that you might come across here, as well as walking you through any key steps of the story, puzzles or challenges along the way.
Where applicable, note that our walkthrough pages will be down into separate sections referring to each of your visits to a given location, seeing as you often backtrack or revisit various places in your quest to become Galar League Champion. And of course if there are any, we'll clearly mark any spoilers, too!
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Pokémon Sword and Shield: Route 9 Upper - available Pokémon, items and trainers
Route 9 is a lengthy, three-part route that starts on land before changing into Galar's only on-water route, before finishing up in a small bit of grassland to the sout, outside the town of Spikemuth.
The start of Route 9 is simple enough. Head south from Circhester across the bridge - where there are some spots to fish and surf (make a mental note to come back here when you can travel on water) and continue past some grass and wild Pokémon, until you encounter Team Yell.
They'll be harassing another doctor - turns out it's the same doc from before, who gave you the Rotom Bike upgrade. This time, if you beat the Team Yell Grunt, he'll upgrade your bike so it can ride on water!
You can now travel on any water in the game where there's a point to access it (as in, without a ledge or fence or other obstacle in the way). Just whip out your bike and it'll automatically convert to the on-water version as you ride onto it, amphibious-style!
It's worth nipping back up to the top of Route 9 quickly, by the bridge, and riding left until you see a place to come ashore on the near side. There's a great TM there and a standalone encounter with a high-level Glalie, if you fancy catching it!
After that, head south, onto the water from where that doctor is, to the Circhester Bay part of Route 9.
|Full Heal x3||Hidden: right at the start of the route, top left|
|Max Potion||In first patch of long grass|
|Rotom Bike||From doc after defeating Team Yell|
Trainers and Battles
|Team Yell Grunt 1||Linoone|
For more like this, our complete Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough, explainer on the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, and Pokémon Sword and Shield tips are the places to start. Otherwise, we cover everything from the Wild Area and Pokémon Camp to strong-looking Pokémon and autosaving. After discovering the starters Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey, we have a guide to the Turffield treasure riddle solution, and Ballonlea quiz answers and solutions, lists of all TM locations and TRs, new Gen 8 Pokémon, the Sword and Shield Pokédex, Sword and Shield version differences, all Galarian forms and the Sword and Shield Legendaries. We also have an evolution guide, including details on evolving Applin, Farfetch’d, Milcery, Sinistea, Toxel and Yamask.
Pokémon Sword and Shield: Circhester Bay - available Pokémon, items and trainers
At the very top of Circhester Bay, before you head out onto the wider water, go to the far left of the bit of land where the doctor who gave you the bike upgrade is and surf left from there, to a dead end with an item.
Now, go back to the land and head out onto the route proper. When you're on the water you can bear left or right - both ways get you to the end of the route, but you'll want to explore both directions too as there are plenty of items, Pokémon and trainers to encounter.
Going left, there are two hidden items along the top left wall, and item on land in a small alcove on your right, and over on the far left two small sandy beaches. The smaller one has one trainer and one hidden item. The larger, lower down, has a pair of swimmers, one of whom will give you TM45 Dive. There's also an item just behind them.
Go further south and you'll get to a less icy area, where there's another item on the far left, TM22 Rock Slide, and now you can head off the south of the route or circle round to the right to collect more items and battle more trainers.
To the right, starting at the top, there are three hidden items along the icy walls as you work your way south, clockwise. There's another trainer on the icy beach, and the central land area - accessible from either side, also has a camp, two more idden items and another trainer. There's also some grass here where you can encounter some more rare Pokémon.
Heading south, on the right, from there, go over to the far east (right) of the route for a tiny bit of sandy beach with a green sign and an item: a Protector, which is used to make Rhyhorn evolve into Rhyperior.
There's a trainer by the red sign, more centrally, and south of that there's an another sandy beach in the bottom right with a trainer, berry tree and a hidden item in the water to the right of that.
Back in the centre, there's a bit of land with one more trainer and hidden item, and that's everything on the route! Head south to the beach, where Out Spikemuth, the final part of Route 9, begins.
|Zoom Lens||Ride water at area just above where the doc is, at a dead end|
|TM45 Dive||The woman on the beach in the bottom left of the area|
|Dive Ball x3||On the beach in the bottom left of the area|
|Protector||By green sign saying Circhester Bay|
|TM22 Rock Slide||On a small sandy beach on far left of lower part of route|
|Max Revive||Alcove on left of central island|
|Max Elixir||Hidden: on land at the bottom of the route, in between three small rocks in a traingle|
|Pearl String||Hidden: on the water, section over on the far right|
|Black Belt||Hidden: on small island on far left, by Black Belt Carter|
|Big Pearl||Hidden: along top right of water route|
|Normal Gem||Hidden: By a single stone on a beach by Swimmer Logan|
|Rare Candy||Hidden: Dead end on the left of the land area where the camping tent is|
|Never-Melt Ice||Hidden: by patch of grass behind Fisher Marina|
Trainers and Battles
|Black Belt Carter||Grapploct||Lv.40|
|Black Belt Reece||Sawk
Pokémon Sword and Shield: Route 9 outer Spikemuth - available Pokémon, items and trainers
Outer Spikemuth is the bottom end of Route 9 that, unsurprisingly, sits on the outskirts of the town of Spikemuth. It has two trainers, a berry tree, and several hidden items. This is also the only spot you can catch Dhelmise, which is a very rare overworld appearance in the long grass, so spend some time finding it here!
|Scope Lens||On raised area by fence, just on the left as you come up the hill|
|Dire Hit x3||Hidden: by sandbags and barrels|
|Guard Spec x3||Hidden: in top left corner of lower area where Marnie is|
Trainers and Battles
|Music Crew Owen and Andrea||Maractus - Toxtricity||Lv.41 - Lv.41|
Story-wise, when you head towards Spikemuth you'll see that the entrance is shut, an there's seemingly no way in. Marnie will appear though, and after a battle she'll show you another way in - to the south - so you can enter the town itself.
That's everything here for now, so continue on to Spikemuth for the next steps in your quest, or cycle back to our main Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough and guide hub for all the other pages we have like this.