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Pokémon Let's Go Route 5 and Day Care Center - available Pokémon, items and trainers

Our complete Pokémon Let's Go walkthrough and guide to your big adventure with Pikachu or Eevee.

Route 5 and the Day Care Center are the next stops, following on from Route 25 in your quest through Pokémon Let's Go's main story.

Below, we'll cover any and all of the obtainable Pokémon, item locations, trainers and their squads that you might encounter in the area, as well as walking you through any key steps of the story along the way.

We've also opted to break out walkthrough pages down into 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 Champion! Where applicable, we'll split our page into one section for each visit, and of course if there are any, clearly mark any spoilers, too!

For more like this, be it specific systems explainers or walkthrough pages on more locations, head back to our main Pokémon Let's Go walkthrough and guide hub.

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Pokémon Let's Go: Route 5 and the Day Care Center

Route 5 is a relatively simple one, running from north to south from the southern edge of Cerulean City.

The bottom gate should take you to Saffron City - but for now that path is blocked, with there being some kind of commotion at Saffron City that's causing the guards in all of the entrance gates to stop people from passing through. Although it sounds like they may be distracted by some nice refreshing Tea... (we'll get to that in due time).

Still, there's a way around. The route itself is made up of a central area with several ledges with patches of grass between them, and open paths on either side. It makes for a kind of one-way area down that middle section, but it's worth hanging around there for the rare Pokémon like Abra that can be found - note that Abra will teleport away if it sees you coming, so you need to approach it from behind if you want to catch one!

At the bottom end of the route is the Day Care Center, a building where you can leave a single Pokémon to be looked after for a fee. There's no breeding mechanic in Let's, Go, so you can just leave a Pokémon here to have it be levelled up for you as you walk around the world (the more steps you take the more it levels up, but it's pretty slow going) - and it costs $100 for each level that's been gained.

The Day Care Center is also the place you'll find Mr Hyper, but he's not of any use to you until much later in the game...

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Head back to our main Pokémon Let's Go walkthrough and guide hub for all our pages in one place, including detailed, step-by-step help for tough spots like Cerulean Cave, and the Elite Four, plus tough dungeons like Silph Co., Seafoam Islands and Victory Road. Otherwise, take a peek(achu) at our Pokémon Let's Go TM list and all TM locations, Let's Go's starter locations and how to get Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle, along with how to get Mew in Let's Go, and how to get Meltan in Let's Go and Go too. Beyond that we also explain how connect Pokémon Go to Let's Go on Nintendo Switch and transfer Pokémon, Catching, catch combos, and how to catch Pokémon, a quick collection of our best Pokémon Let's Go tips and tricks to get you off to a great start, and finally what we know about the Pokémon Pass app distribution event too.

Available Pokémon

Vulpix (LGE)Grass
Growlithe (LGP)Grass
ChanseyCatch Combo

Available Items

3x Great BallsDown the centre of the route, near the daycare centre
3x Nanab BerriesJust below and to the right of the daycare centre
EtherJust below and to the left of the daycare centre
3x RevivesFrom your Rival

Head down to the bottom of the route then and when you're done, chat with your rival, who tells you that you need to take the Underground Path - the entrance is just next to you - to get to Vermilion City, bypassing Saffron City along the way for now.

That's everything here for now, so continue on to Underground Path for the next steps in your quest, or cycle back to our main Pokémon Let's Go walkthrough and guide hub for all the other pages we have like this.