53 – Iron Island

Head out of the Gym and you will be greeted by your Rival, who congratulates you on your victory and tell you to meet him at the library. If you go there before you get HM 04, he will tell you to just go to Iron Island and get it. Take a moment and visit the Pokemon Center to heal up your Team and to put away one Pokemon.
So, go down to the pier with the Sailor and talk to him.

Head up the stairs. The house you see en route to the entrance is used by the trainers you have encountered to rest between their expeditions. For now though, you have to just press on. When you make it to the entrance proper, a man in a hat will greet you, this is Riley. He will give you HM 04. He will offer to let you train with him inside, so why not?

Inside you will find the path splitting in two, going to the left and the right:
To the Left:
In this room you will find a pair of item balls with a Yellow Shard and a Protector inside them. You will also encounter Camper Lawrence. He will send out his Aipom lvl. 34 and Floatzel lvl. 36. That finishes this small room, so head on out and go to the right.

To the Right:
Head downwards, navigate between the barrels just below the stiars. You will find an item ball waiting on the other side with an Escape Rope inside it. Then go up the first set of stairs that you can see. Just keep going to the right. Head all the way to the right, taking the narrow strip of raised area near the next set of stairs to get an item ball holding a Max Repel. Head down the stairs that you passed on your way here. Just head straight down to find the next trainer, Picnicker Summer, with her Raichu lvl. 37. From there, go up the nearby stairs above you to reach the next item ball with a Revive inside. Head around behind her and make your way along this path. You will find an elevator that will take you down to the next level.

To the Right:
You will see a Worker pacing close to the stairs you come down. This is Noel with his Magnemites at lvl. 34, and lvl. 36. From there, head just a little to the left and head up to the item ball you can see. It has an Elixir inside it. Now, head back, past Noel, and head downwards to the next small set of stairs. Follow this along to find the next pacing Worker, Braden. He will challenge you with his Steelix lvl. 37. After him, go and grab the item ball you can see to your right. It has TM 23, Iron Tail, inside it. That finishes this area, so head back up the main stairs.

To the Left:
Heading this way, you will encounter Riley. He will offer to team up with you. If you have Pokemon that need to get leveled up, this is going to be the place to do that for a while as Riley will completely heal your party after each battle. Head straight to the left to encounter Hiker Damon with his Nosepass lvl. 35, Onix lvl. 33 and Steelix lvl. 34. Not too far is another Hiker who will challenge you, Maurice, with his Graveler lvl. 35 and Rhyhorn lvl. 35. From there, head to the left some more to find an item ball with a Dusk Ball inside it.

To the Right:
After the two hikers, you have some freedom to explore and find items. Head further to the left, you would find some stairs. Head up those and follow the path to the left and down to find an item ball with a Magnet inside it. Head back a little to the right then down, you will find two more trainers who will challenge you together. They are Worker Brendon and Quinton. They will send out Geodude lvl. 33 and Magnemite lvl. 34. They will then send out Machoke lvl. 36 and Graveller lvl. 34 then Machop lvl. 35 and finally Geodude lvl. 33. After that, you can see an item ball just a bit to the left and up. Inside it you can find a Max Potion. Head back and down, then follow the stairs up and to the right, loop around to find an item ball tucked away next to the some rocks. The item ball has a HP Up inside. Retrace your steps and head back to the top. Head down the other passage, looping to the right, and you will find some stairs to your left. Head over to the left and up to find another item ball with a red shard in it. You will another pair of trainers waiting not too far down from you. They are Ace Trainers Jonah and Brenda. They will send out Lopunny lvl. 38 and Quagsire lvl. 35. After that, you will see Brenda send out Kirlia lvl. 36 and Medicham lvl. 35 and Jonah will send out Hippopotas lvl. 38 and Staraptor lvl. 36. Head down from there and you will see two Grunts from Team Galactic waiting for you near the elevator heading down to the next level. They have Zubat lvl. 34, Glameow lvl. 34, Houndour lvl. 34, Croagunk lvl. 34, Golbat lvl. 34 and Stunky lvl. 34. Beat them and they will leave Iron Island. Riley will then offer you a Pokemon Egg. If you do not have space, he will be waiting there, by the elevator, until you have space. This is a Riolu egg. After that, head down the nearby elevator and up the next for a moment and grab the item ball on the way out which has a Shiny Stone inside it and head into the door nearby to grab one more item ball with an Metal Coat. Head out and to the left from there. Hop down the ledges and you will find yourself back at the start of the island.

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