Part 17: Route 16 and Lostlorn Forest

Four badges! You've come a long way in a short time, and you probably have a strong team - but there are still many places to go before you reach the Pokémon League, and many people to face. Among them are the cronies of Team Plasma, who block your way out of Nimbasa City after you trounce its gym.

When you try to head west to Route 5 you'll find Hugh facing off against the Plasma Grunts. After some back-and-forth he'll ask you to take on two of the Grunts while he takes on two more. Sounds fair.

Team Plasma Grunt
  • Trubbish, level 27
Reward: 1,080 P

Team Plasma Grunt
  • Watchog, level 27
Reward: 1,080 P

After sending Team Plasma on their way yet again, you'll discover just why Hugh hates the lot of them so much: They stole his sister's Purrloin. He's trying to get it back. Hugh, you old softy. Carry on west once Hugh leaves to find the tunnel to Route 5.

Route 5 Pokémon
  • Audino - Common, Rustling Grass, All Seasons
  • Cinccino - Rare, Rustling Grass, All Seasons
  • Emogla - Rare, Rustling Grass, All Seasons
  • Gothita - Common, Tall Grass, All Seasons - Black 2 only
  • Liepard - Uncommon, Tall Grass, All Seasons
  • Minccino - Common, Tall Grass, All Seasons
  • Solosis - Common, Tall Grass, All Seasons - White 2 only
  • Trubbish - Uncommon, Tall Grass, All Seasons
Bianca will catch up with you on Route 5 and give you HM02 Fly. This move allows one of your Flying-type Pokémon to spirit you back to cities you've already visited. Very handy. Bianca also introduce you to the concept of Hidden Grottos, small spots in the landscape which lead to daily items and rare Pokémon. You can tell you've found a Hidden Grotto if you see a shadow between a set of four trees. In this particular Grotto is a Minccino with the Skill Link ability, making it a bit different from the average Minccino. Come back and check this spot regularly.

You're now free to explore Route 5. Begin by clearing out the top half of the map, which largely consists of tall grass and dark grass. Talk to the woman walking near the grass to buy an allotment of Berries each day, then wade into the grass and head west. An old man in the grass will challenge you if he sees you.

Artist Horton
  • Sigilyph, level 25
Reward: 1,200 P

At the edge of a ledge you'll find a Super Repel. Just inside the dark grass you'll run across another trainer.

Ranger Lois
  • Budew, level 25
  • Roselia, level 25
Reward: 2,500 P, Cherri Berry

There's naught else up here, so hop off the ledge and onto the pavement. You now have several trainers whom you can face in whatever order you like, though the guide will leave the fellow on the motorcycle, surrounded by a crowd, for last.

Baker Jenn
  • Sunkern, level 24
  • Combee, level 24
Reward: 960 P

Dancer Brian
  • Scraggy, level 25
Reward: 800 P

Backers Ava & Aya
  • Minccino, level 24
  • Minccino, level 24
Reward: 1,152 P

Musician Preston
  • Maractus, level 25
Reward: 800 P, Electric Guitar

After you're done with the trainers, take out your Dowsing Machine to find a Hyper Potion hidden on the ground just north of the Dancer's patrol route. You can find another Hyper Potion by backtracking to the beginning and running west in the gap between the fence and the trees. Running along this thin path will also trigger an Xtransceiver call with your unknown friend if you picked up the Dropped Item in Nimbasa City. Last, check the truck. The Maid inside will give you good money for any oddball ingredients (for example, TinyMushrooms) that you may have found on your journey.

Talk to the guy on the motorcycle. He'll explain Rotation Battles (Black 2) or Triple Battles (White 2) to you, say his name way too many times, and then get into a fight with you. Ooo, three-on-three Pokémon battle.

Motorcyclist Charles
  • Sigilyph, level 26
  • Tirtouga, level 26
  • Archen, level 26
Reward: 832 P

Once the crowd of Charles groupies has dispersed you can proceed to Driftveil Drawbridge, on the west side of Route 5.

Driftveil Drawbridge

There's very little of interest on Driftveil Drawbridge, as there are no trainers, but if you move along it long enough you may notice small black dots appearing on the ground. If you make it to these shadows before they vanish you'll discover either one of the following items:
  • Clever Wing
  • Genius Wing
  • Health Wing
  • Muscle Wing
  • Pretty Wing
  • Resist Wing
  • Swift Wing
Or you'll get into a battle with a Ducklett, a Flying- and Water-type Pokémon that can prove really handy for the upcoming gym. The various Wings serve the same purpose as Vitamins (Protein, Iron, Carbos etc.) in that they increase your Pokemon's EV count for a particular stat, though not by the same amount as Vitamins.

Once you're done collecting Wings or Pokémon on the bridge, head off the west side to find Driftveil City, home to Unova's fifth gym.

Part 19: Driftveil City