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20: Route 5 to Driftveil City

Pokemon Black Walkthrough and Guide

by Chris Boots-Faubert  

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20: Route 5 to Driftveil City

Pausing in the Gatehouse to check the ticker reveals the weather on Route 5 and in Driftveil City as well as a headline referencing your recent victory over Elesa!  As you exit onto Route 5 who should show up chasing after you?  Why Cheren of course!  As you both have the Bolt Badge he thinks you should see who is the better Trainer – and the battle ensues!

Cheren opens with his Level 24 Liepard, Level 26 Dewott, Level 24 Pansear, and Level 24 Tranquill.

Elesa shows up after the battle and leads you along the Route until you are stopped by Alder, who you quickly learn is the Unova Regional Champion!  Alder teaches Cheren that there is more to being the Champion than Cheren thought – and then drafts you both into a battle with a nearby pair of Trainers, healing your team first!

Preschooler Sarah and Preschooler Billy have Level 26 Herdiers, and after the battle Alder shows what a gentleman he is to the pair, before giving Cheren some parting advice and then Cheren chases off after Elesa.

Now, you could do the same – or you could chat up all of the Trainers here!  Yes, you chose the Trainers!  Good on ya!

First there is the nearby caravan, inside of which you will find the humble Maid who has a master that likes all things nummy!  She will offer to buy specific items from you – not all of which it is a good idea to sell her!

The list includes:

Berries         $20
Big Mushroom    $5000
BalmMushroom    $25000
Castelia Cone   $2000
Fresh Water     $200
*Leftovers      $200
Lemonade        $350
*Lucky Egg      $200
Old Gateau      $4000
*Rare Candy     $10000
Shoal Salt      $7000
Soda Pop        $300
TinyMushroom    $500

Items marked by an asterisk are not ones you should sell...  They are worth way more as part of your kit.

Harlequin Paul has a pair of Level 22 Whirlipede,

Musician Preston has a Level 22 Blitzle – and defeating him gets you a prop item, the Electric Guitar.

Dancer Brian has a pair of Level 22 Darumaka

Artist Horton has a Level 23 Sigilyph.

Double back now to the grass strip on the north edge near the gate – and head up!

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Route 5  Area Pokemon Report
Dex No.    Pokemon     Rarity     Season     Capture Note
#016/510   Liepard     (U)        All        Grass/Dark Grass
#037/531   Audino      (C)        All        Shaking Grass
#074/568   Trubbish    (U)        All        Grass/Dark Grass
#078/572   Minccino    (C)        All        Grass/Dark Grass
#079/573   Cinccino    (UR)       All        Shaking Grass
#080/574   Gothita     (U)        All        Grass/Dark Grass
#093/587   Emolga      (R)        All        Shaking Grass
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Backpacker Lois has a Level 23 Munna, and behind her there is a treasure ball with a Great Ball inside for you to collect.

The Pokemon Report above is mostly for form – you already have these so there is no need to capture any of them...   But while you are here capture a spare Mincino right?  Trust me, it will come in handy!   Now follow the grass west to your next battle.

Backpacker Michael has a Level 23 Palpitoad.

Grab the Revive from the nearby treasure ball, and the Zinc from the treasure ball all the way to the west, before returning to the Route and running along the path on the other side of the road to grab the Hyper Potion from the treasure ball there.  Now head onto the bridge!

As you approach the drawbridge Elesa convinces the keeper to lower it, which he does in a cinematic fashion – and then Cheren takes off over the bridge.  As you make your way over the bridge you chat up a bloke who tells you about the bird Pokemon that haunts the bridge, and about its feathers. 

Chasing Shadows

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Driftveil Drawbridge Area Pokemon Report
Dex No.    Pokemon     Rarity       Season   Capture Note
#086/580   Ducklett    (C)          All      Shadow Dots
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Run along the bridge until you hear the fluttering wings then mind the odd shadow spots as you can grab the odd special item:

Clever Wing – Increases base Special Defense stat.
Genius Wing – Increases base Special Attack stat.
Health Wing – Increases base HP.
Muscle Wing – Increases base Attack stat.

Pretty Wing – A Pretty Feather with no effect.
Resist Wing – Increases base Defense stat.
Swift Wing – Increases base Speed stat.

The bird Pokemon is a Ducklett – and you find yours by chasing down the shadows on the bridge until one of them contains a Ducklett.   

– Driftveil City --

After you cross the bridge you find yourself in Driftveil City – and quickly encounter Cheren talking to Clay, the Gym Leader here!  It turns you that lowering the bridge let some Team Plasma Grunts escape, and you are catching the blame here for that.  The Gym Leader is adamant – in order to face them you have to find Team Plasma!

Inside the first house you get some advice, while in the second you run into a Move Tutor who will teach your Starter Pokemon a different Pledge Move depending upon the Starter.  They are:

Oshawott = starter Water Pledge
Snivy = Grass Pledge
Tepig = Fire Pledge

The cool thing about these moves is that when you use them in combination they have a joined effect!

In the next line of houses behind the first, starting on the right, there is an old mean who will evaluate your Dex and as you have more than 50 entries, give you a hold item called a Shell Bell – which restores a little HP each time you do damage.  He also asks if you showed it to the Professor?

The other Trainer here will trade you a Basculin for your Minccino – you did capture an extra when I suggested it, right?  Well, hit the Pokemon Center and put it in your party and then do the trade!

After you stick your new Pokemon in the box and grab your team member then talk to the two Trainers in the house next door and chat up the Trainers there, then head over to the Market where the man at the counter in the black suit will give you an Expert Belt when you show him a Pokemon that is Level 30 or higher.

At the other counter is a woman who will sell you Moo Moo Milk if you like, and a couple selling Powder and Herbs.  Exit the building and re-enter from the left to grab the Big Pearl from the treasure ball there!

In the house above is a woman who wants to see a Pokemon who knows Rock Tomb – if you have one and show it to her and she'll give you a Heart Scale as a reward.

A bloke on a motorbike who is riding behind the market will teach you about Rotation Battle, and then demonstrate with you.

Motorcyclist Charles has a Level 27 Basculin, Level 27 Krokorok, and a Level 27 Zebstrika.  As you battle you use one Pokemon, and he gets to rotate his in, choosing the best type against you.  You can rotate yours as well.

To the north is the Gym on the right, in the center a building much like a Pokemon Fan Club.  Route 6 is to the left.  The Backpacker out front will tip you to an old man on Route 6 who is looking for Legendary Pokemon.

– Cold Storage --

To the right as you enter the Cold Storage area, there is a Trainer for you to battle.

Youngster Kenneth has a Level 24 Whirlipede, and a Level 24 Karrablast.  You will notice the Dowsing Machine ding after the battle.  Ignore it for now and  head to the right for another battle.

Youngster Albert has a Level 24 Joltik, and a Level 24 Dwebble.

After the battle follow the DM to grab a Hyper Potion, then go between the two warehouses to the left to get a Rocky Helmet from the worker there.  Get the PP Up from the trash basket inside the gate, and then look ahead and you will see grass.

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Cold Storage Area Pokemon Report
Dex No.    Pokemon     Rarity     Season     Capture Note
#013/507   Herdier     (U)        All         Grass/Shaking Grass
#037/531   Audino      (C)        All         Grass
#038/532   Timburr     (R)        All         Grass
#078/572   Minccino    (U)        All         Grass
#079/573   Cinccino    (UR)       All         Shaking Grass
#088/582   Vanillite   (U)        All         Grass
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If you examine your Pokedex you will see that what you need from the list above is a Herdier, and a Vanillite – which is fortunate because while Uncommon they are not as hard to find as some – so before we continue on our adventure how about we go ahead and capture these two now?

To the right of the grass is a treasure ball with an Ether – good one!  Keep heading past where the treasure ball was to get to a back areas of the yard, where you will find a DM item (Dive Ball) and the Tall Grass of the sort you get double battles in.  As you can see there is another treasure ball there with a Protein in it, so grab that now. 

Worker Eddie has a Level 24 Pansage, and that wraps up this small area assuming you have captured the two Pokemon?

Back near the gate is a vending machine – this game is filthy with them and you have to love that!  So restock any of the drinks you used up, and then head around the corner so Cheren can catch up with you and ask a stupid question – do we think that Team Plasma might be hiding in the Cold Storage?  Well, we have looked everywhere else, right?  And the process of elimination dictates that...  Why do we bother explaining these things to him?  Isn't HE supposed to be the smart one???

The bloke standing guard outside tips you that Gym Leader Clay is really just testing you – and when you get inside Cheren starts to doubt himself.  That Clay really did a number on him...

Bearing in mind that parts of the floor are covered by ice – that you will slide on – and assuming you have played some of the previous games and so already know what is coming, climb the nearby stairs on the left to get the Net Ball form the treasure ball there, and then ignore the ice blocks up here as that is the exit and not the entrance, which you can work out by looking at how they are laid out.

First slide along the left edge o f the ice area to the block stack, then slide to the right and down to get TM55, Scald, from the treasure ball here.  Now slide back to the left and then back down to where you started from and slide up through the middle of the ice field to the container wall and then right to the area that is free of ice.  Good!

Worker Victor has a Level 24 Pansear, and a Level 24 Timburr.

As you can see there is only one way to go from here – right – and then up the stairs for a battle.

Worker Glenn has a Level 24 Panpour, and a Level 24 Timburr, and pays $960 for the lesson you just taught him.

The blocks ahead are a simple puzzle for you to work out – head right, up, left, and down –  then up the ladder for your next battle.

Worker Filipe has a Level 25 Gurdurr – which is a new Dex entry for us – and pays a cool $1K for his lesson.

Now down two flights of stairs and another battle!

Worker Patton has a Level 24 Vanillite – which is a very good Pokemon by the way and a nice example of an Ice-type – and a Level 24 Timburr.  You may need to heal up after this, so be sure to do so if you do need to.  That is what the drinks are for.  Grab the Ice Heal from the nearby treasure ball and then continue north.

Worker Ryan has a Level 23 Timburr and a Level 23 Vanillite, followed with another Level 23 Timburr. 
I don't know about you but this string of battles allowed me to level up one of my team :)  To his right is a treasure ball with a Hyper Potion in it so grab that and then head left.

Heading up the ladder here clearly leads to the exit, so instead head down and around the corner of the open container to provoke an update with Cheren, who asks if someone is in there?  Yes, Cheren, this is clearly where they are!

– Team Plasma --

Not only are there Grunts inside, but there is also Zinzolin, one of the Plasma Captains and member of the Seven Sages!  She of course puts the Grunts on to you.  Good Grunts!

Working to your right, Grunt One has a Level 24 Liepard, Grunt 2 a Level 24 Trubbish, Grunt 3 a Level 23 Sandile and a Level 23 Watchog.  The Grunts to Cheren's left and the one in front of him will decline to battle you, but the one in the center will fight!

Center Grunt has a Level 23 Watchog, and a Level 23 Scraggy, and after you beat them, Clay shows up with his crew – a crew of workers who actually served to weaken you for this confrontation, which means they are not really your mates...

The Workers take custody of the Team Plasma Grunts and their Sage, and Clay tells you that you may now challenge his Gym.  I should point out that what he has done here could get him kicked out of the League in a heartbeat if you turn him in!  The League rules are clear on this – ANY Trainer can challenge a Gym, and a Gym Leader may not put any conditions on the ability to challenge – if they do, they lose their license and are removed as Gym Leader!

Cheren leaves and you gran the NeverMeltIce from the treasure ball in the corner – this is a hold item that boosts Ice-type moves, so you may want to give it to your new Ice-type Pokemon, Vanillite, as you will certainly want to add them to your A-Team as an alternate!

The way out is dead simple, so follow that and head to the Poke Center to heal and save and restock your kit.  When you are ready all that is left for here is to battle Clay at the Gym!

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Comments for 20: Route 5 to Driftveil City

2 comments, latest first.
Jun 20th 2013 Guest
Great explaining this! I really needed help to get past cold storage and this helped a lot so thanks
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Jul 14th 2012 Guest
TO FIX The next link on the bottom only brings you to the same page.
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