Route 3 is the next stop on your quest for Galar's Gym Badges, and follows on from Motostoke City 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.
On this page:
Pokémon Sword and Shield Route 3: available Pokémon, items and trainers
Route 3 is a short and traditional one, leading west from Motostoke City towards the first Galar Mine.
In terms of the story, simply proceed through the route until you reach Sonia, who points out a building up ahead that looks like a factory. Apparently it's owned by Chairman Rose, and processes the ore dug up from the mine just up ahead.
Sonia will give you an Escape Rope - which is now a single, multi-use item, helpfully meaning you only need the one - and there are a few rare new Pokémon to keep an eye out for here on the Route, too.
Finally, note that the lady in front of the Galar Mine entrance will heal your Pokémon - and a campsite where you can do so too. There's a very small part of the route that is technically Route 3, but only accessible from inside the Galar Mine. In other words: onwards!
|Rolycoly||Overworld, second half of route|
|Corvisquire||Overworld, on fence|
|Heal Ball x3||In the second patch of grass, next to a ledge|
|Burn Heal||Hidden: By red sign|
|Escape Rope||From Sonia|
|Revive||Hidden: in a rock near where you talk to Sonia.|
|TM37 Beat Up||Double back on yourself around the corner after chatting to Sonia, it's at a dead end.|
|Cheri Berry||From woman by her tent|
|Super Potion||In final patch of grass|
|Big Mushroom||Hidden: by tree on the right|
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.
Trainers and Battles
|Postman Tad||Delibird||Lv. 14|
That's everything here on Route 3 for now, so continue on to the first Galar Mine 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.