Route 2 and Professor Magnolia's house are your next stops, and follow on from Wedgehurst and the Pokémon Lab 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!
For more explainers, meanwhile, or walkthrough pages on more locations in Sword and Shield, head back to our main Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough and guide hub.
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Pokémon Sword and Shield: Route 2
Route 2 is a nice and gentle route leading north-east out of the village of Wedgehurst, towards a dead end at Professor Magnolia's house by the lake.
On the route, you'll learn how to catch Pokémon with the Champion Leon - but only if you haven't caught some already! The tutorial is skipped if you've already bagged one with the Poké Balls your mum packed for you.
Leon gives you a pack of 20 either way, which is nice of him, and then it's down to you. Head down the hill and learn the basics of how wild encounters work, until you reach the house by the lake.
|Poké Balls x20||From Leon when you meet Hop|
|Potion x2||By the red sign on the ledge halfway through the route|
|Poké Balls x3||By the ledge on the right of the route, halfway through|
|Repel||Hidden: Clearing on the right of the final patch of long grass|
Trainers and Battles
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: Professor Magnolia's house
At the Professor's house, you'll meet Hop, Leon and the professor herself, Magnolia. After a brief chat inside, head out the front for another battle with Hop, after which you'll gain a letter of endorsement from Leon, endorsing you for the Gym Challenge itself.
Then, two Wishing Stars will drop out of the sky! These are what you need in order for your Pokémon to be able to Dynamax. Sonia will turn up and whip you both up a curry, and soon after you'll get a Dynamax Band - the actual item made from those Wishing Stars, that lets you Dynamax your pokes.
Hop reminds you that you can move slowly to sneak past Pokémon, and whistle, by pressing the left stick, to attract them.
Note that there lake itself is accessible - but only once you gain the ability to ride your bike on water, which won't be for a while yet! When you can, come back and collect some more Pokémon and items. We've marked the post-Rotom-surf items down below.
Available Pokémon (after you can surf on the lake)
|Drednaw||On land in the central island|
|Arrokuda||On the lake|
|Barraskewda||On the lake|
|Obstagoon||On land on the far side of the lake|
|Zigzagoon||On land on the far side of the lake|
|Blipbug||On land on the far side of the lake|
|Yamper||On land on the far side of the lake|
|TM57 Payback||Around the back of Prof. Magnolia's house. Access via a path to the right.|
|Great Ball||By the greenhouse on the left of Prof. Magnolia's house, through the vegetable patch.|
|Fresh Water||Hidden: in the emply flower pot in the bottom-right of the vegetable patch.|
|Letter of Endorsement||From Leon after battling Hop.|
|Wishing Star||From Hop after it falls out of the sky|
|Dynamax Band||From the Professor after Sonia appears.|
|TM40 Swift||From Hop back at Wedgehurst Station.|
|Camping Gear||From your mum inside Wedgehurst Station.|
Available Items (after you can surf on the lake)
|Choice Band||Right of the Professor's house, cycle right on the river to a small bit of land|
|Psychic Seed||Left of the Professor's house, cycle south on the river and it's on a bit of land|
|Water Stone||Hidden: left of the Professor's house, cycle south on the river until you reach a bridge, where it's just before it|
|Rare Candy||Hidden: by a tree on the island in the middle of the lake|
|PP Max||Behind a bush on the island in the middle of the lake|
|TM69 Psycho Cut||Cross the lake, it's at the end of a short land route|
Trainers and Battles
Your next objective is to head to Wedgehurst Station, back in the town before, where Hop will give you TM40 Swift as a little present. Time to get the train to Motostoke! You mum will turn up to give you a set of Camping Gear before you go - you can now use Pokémon Camp, where it's available - and you're off!
But wait! Something blocks the tracks, so your next stop isn't Motostoke just yet... it's the Wild Area!
That's everything here for now, so continue on to the Wild Area 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.