Pokémon Sword and Shield Route 3 - available Pokémon, items and trainers

Our complete walkthrough for Pokémon Sword and Shield.

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.

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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!

Available Pokémon

VulpixOverworld Sword
GossifleurOverworld Shield
TyrogueOverworld, rare
RolycolyOverworld, second half of route
SizzlipedeRandom, rare
CorvisquireOverworld, on fence

Available Items

Heal Ball x3In the second patch of grass, next to a ledge
Burn HealHidden: By red sign
Escape RopeFrom Sonia
ReviveHidden: in a rock near where you talk to Sonia.
TM37 Beat UpDouble back on yourself around the corner after chatting to Sonia, it's at a dead end.
Cheri BerryFrom woman by her tent
Super PotionIn final patch of grass
Big MushroomHidden: by tree on the right

2020 has seen a few new announcements - such as Mythical Zarude, the ability to transfer Pokémon to Pokémon Home, news of the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass and the release of Gigantamax Toxtricity. Elsewhere, our Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough gives an overview of the game. Otherwise, we cover everything from the Wild Area, starters Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey, lists of all TM locations and TRs, all Galarian forms and the Legendaries Zacian and Zamazenta.

Trainers and Battles

Lass ReiVulpixLv.12
Schoolgirl HannahPanchamLv.12
Schoolboy MarvinBudew
Lv. 12
Schoolgirl KayleighPurrloin
Postman TadDelibirdLv. 14
Schoolboy PeterSizzlipede

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.

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