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Pokemon Sword and Shield guide walkthrough: Everything you need to become the Champion of Galar

Route 9

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Pokemon: Route 9 - Overworld

PokemonRarity
GastrodonAverage
JellicentRare (Sword) / Common (Shield)
MareanieCommon (Sword) / Rare (Shield)
PelipperFrequent
PyukumukuRare

Pokemon: Route 9 - Random Encounters

PokemonRarity
CramorantFrequent
KinglerCommon
OctilleryCommon
PincurchinRare

Pokemon: Route 9 - Water Surface

PokemonRarity
JellicentRare
MantykeCommon
PelipperFrequent
QwilfishCommon

Pokemon: Route 9 - Fishing

PokemonRarity
OctilleryFrequent
PyukumukuAverage
WishiwashiCommon

Items: Route 9

ItemVisibleHidden
Max PotionY
TM64 AvalancheY

Route 9 opens up to be a fairly complex area, but first, you simply need to head south over the bridge in the south-east corner of Circhester. As soon as you cross the bridge, you'll find a trainer on the left looking for a battle.

Fisher Harriet

PokemonLevelType
Barraskewda39Water
Lanturn39Water/Electric

After beating her, head down the path and in the tall patch of grass on your left you can grab a Max Potion. Keep going south and you'll run into another trainer.

Dancer Zoe

PokemonLevelType
Darumaka39Ice
Bellossom39Grass

A few steps further south and you'll spot a familiar face. Remember the friendly chap who gave you a Rotom Bike after you saved him from Team Yell? He's in trouble with the wrong crowd once again, and you need to defeat the Grunt giving him grief.

Team Yell Grunt

PokemonLevelType
Linoone39Dark/Normal
Pangoro40Fighting/Dark

Despite there being two of them, you only need to win one battle to make them flee with their Drednaw. As thanks, the fellow will reward you with an amphibious attachment for your bike so you can ride it on water. Now the world truly is your oyster, and there's so many more Pokemon you can try to catch in this Circhester Bay area.

Pokemon: Route 9 (Circhester Bay) - Overworld

PokemonRarity
BarbaracleAverage (Sword) / Common (Shield)
BergmiteAverage (Sword) / Common (Shield)
ClobbopusCommon
DhelmiseExtremely Rare
OctilleryCommon
ToxapexCommon (Sword) / Rare (Shield)

Pokemon: Route 9 (Circhester Bay) - Random Encounters

PokemonRarity
CramorantFrequent
GastrodonCommon
InkayCommon
PincurchinRare

Pokemon: Route 9 (Circhester Bay) - Water Surface

PokemonRarity
GrapploctFrequent
MantineAverage
MantykeCommon
RemoraidAverage
WailmerFrequent

Pokemon: Route 9 (Circhester Bay) - Fishing

PokemonRarity
LaprasExtremely Rare
MantineAverage
MantykeFrequent
WailmerCommon
WailordRare

Items: Route 9 (Circhester Bay)

ItemVisibleHidden
Big PearlY
Big PearlY
Big PearlY
Black BeltY
Dive Ball x3Y
Ice StoneY
Max ElixirY
Max ReviveY
Never-Melt IceY
Normal GemY
PearlY
PearlY
Pearl StringY
PP UpY
ProtectorY
Rare CandyY
TM22 Rock SlideY
Zoom LensY

Before you enter the water from where you got the floatation device, take the path to the left first and you can find a Zoom lens. Turn around and cycle past the wild Grapploct in the corner on the right-hand side of the screen. Keep following the path then move to the left-hand side of the next open area and take on the fishing trainer there.

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Fisher Marina

PokemonLevelType
Qwilfish39Water/Poison
Pyukumuku40Water

Catch any new wild Pokemon you spot in this section of tall grass, then go west and you'll find Stephan's camp in a clearing. Below him is another trainer.

Black Belt Reece

PokemonLevelType
Sawk41Fighting
Throh41Fighting

After defeating him, cycle off to the left and stick to the bottom of the wall. You'll stumble upon two people stood by an umbrella, but they don't want to battle. Speak to the girl and she'll give you TM45 Dive, then you can grab the three Dive Balls behind the sun loungers. Cycle north to the smaller beach and take on Black Belt Carter.

Black Belt Carter

PokemonLevelType
Grapploct41Fighting

After taking him down, cycle east and you'll find a Max Revive at the end of a short path. Keep going across the top to the east and you'll arrive back at the start. You've covered most of the first section now, so to reach the next part, head back down to between where you fought Black Belt Reece and the girl you got the Dive TM from. 

Cycle between the two rocks at the bottom, then go left at the first opportunity and pick up TM22 Rock Slide from the small beach. Turn around and go east to challenge another trainer on the beach at the top.

Swimmer Logan

PokemonLevelType
Wishiwashi40Water
Wailord40Water

Keep going east after beating him and you'll find another trainer stood by a Trainer Tips sign, itching for a battle.

Swimmer Jacob

PokemonLevelType
Cloyster39Water/Ice

Beat him, then go east a little further to find a Protector next to the Circhester Bay sign. Now you can go back the way you came and keep heading south to find another trainer by a berry tree.

Swimmer Scarlett

PokemonLevelType
Remoraid39Water
Octillery40Water
Mantine40Water/Flying

Turn around and head back south-west to find the end of this treacherous route full of Wailmer, and to take on another couple of trainers.

Pokemon: Route 9 (Outer Spikemuth) - Overworld

PokemonRarity
BergmiteFrequent
ClobbopusCommon
DhelmiseExtremely Rare
JellicentRare
MareanieCommon
ToxapexRare

Pokemon: Route 9 (Outer Spikemuth) - Random Encounters

PokemonRarity
LiepardCommon
MorpekoRare
PerrserkerFrequent
ThievulCommon

Items: Route 9 (Outer Spikemuth)

ItemVisibleHidden
Dire Hit x3Y
Guard Spec. x3Y
Scope LensY

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Swimmer Layla

PokemonLevelType
Toxapex39Poison/Water

There's a few more patches of tall grass to head through, then go left and you'll have a pair of trainers to take on.

Music Crew Owen and Andrea (Duo)

PokemonLevelType
Toxtricity41Poison/Electric
Maractus41Grass

Shake the berry tree after beating them then walk towards Spikemuth to begin a cutscene. 

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