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Pokémon X and Y Walkthrough, Part Thirty-Six: Route 18 and Terminus Cave

Updated on August 14, 2016
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Team Flare is done for. You've flattened Lysandre, brought down his ultimate weapon, and (potentially) captured the legendary pokemon responsible for his rise to power. What will you do now? Get back on track to participating in the Pokemon League, that's what! Onward!

Wild Pokemon - Route 18

Pokemon
Rarity
Version
Durant
Rare
Both
Durant (horde)
Rare
Both
Durant and Heatmor (horde)
Rare
Both
Geodude (horde)
Rare
Both
Graveler
Uncommon
Both
Gurdurr
Uncommon
Both
Heatmor
Rare
Both
Lairon
Uncommon
X
Pupitar
Uncommon
Y
Sandslash
Common
Both
Torkoal
Common
Both

Wild Pokemon - Route 18, Rustling Bush

Pokemon
Rarity
Version
Durant
Common
Both
Heatmor
Rare
Both

Wild Pokemon - Route 18, Rock Smash

Pokemon
Rarity
Version
Graveler
Common
Both
Shuckle
Uncommon
Both

Route 18 - Vallee Etroit Way

- Head to the southern exit of Anistar City. You can slip between the workers in the gate to reach Route 18.

- Check the bush beside the Route sign for a Poke Ball.

- Head south. The path soon splits. Continue south and you'll be beside a boy you can battle.

Youngster Jayden

Scolipede, level 48

Pinsir, level 48

Reward: $1,152

Scolipede isn't that troublesome, though it will probably Agility its way into acting first. Pinsir can be quite strong, but it's also not that hard to kill before it gets in an attack. Fire and flying are wise move types to use.

- Just south of the boy is a Hyper Potion. Grab it and loop back to the main path.

- Just before the bridge you'll find a Cuttable tree. Past it is a Wacan Berry tree and a grinding rail that will take you to a PP Up.

- Climb the stairs. You'll find a trainer waiting near the house...

Hiker Orestes

Stunfisk, level 50

Reward: $2,800

Poor, poor little Stunfisk.

- ... and another one across the bridge, if you feel like backtracking.

Battle Girl Justine

Mienshao, level 52

Reward: $2,496

Bounce? Odd. Mienshao is best approached with a speedy flying-type so it can't zip off-screen with Bounce. It's quite frail, so most attacks should OHKO it.

- Check the east side of the cliffs. Sitting in the open, south of a mine shaft, is a Max Ether.

- At the south end of the cart tracks is a Sky Trainer battle.

Sky Trainer Jeremy

Ninjask, level 46

Drifblim, level 47

Flygon, level 50

Reward: $5,000

Kill Ninjask immediately. If you don't, it will Baton Pass its Speed Boost ability results onto other pokemon, and you don't want that speed to latch onto the already-swift Flygon. It can use Stone Edge, and will rock your flying-types horribly. Drifblim is okay backup, but it's a lesser concern.

- Backtrack and enter the house. If you talk to the guy you'll face a rather bizarre and innovative new form of combat: the Inverse Battle. You can battle him once per day.

Psychic Inver

Three Random Pokemon, level 55

Reward: $3,080, Sitrus Berry

This is a weird battle. Moves that are normally super effective won't be effective at all, and vice versa. If in doubt, simply use a move that's the same type as the pokemon you're battling. Be sure to deploy pokemon that would normally be weak to these guys!

- Check the left side of the house once you're back outside for a hidden Ether.

- Back down the stairs. Follow the path south to the flower fields. A trainer is waiting.

Lass Sara

Granbull, level 48

Dedenne, level 48

Reward: $1,152

Granbull can be painful if it gets a chance to attack. Dedenne is no big deal.

- Check the flower field next to the Lass. There's a small gap in the top-right corner containing a hidden Honey.

- Rock Smash the boulder to the right of the Lass. Head north and slip under the mine cart tracks to find another boulder you can destroy. Ahead is a trainer, and beside him an X-Defense.

Black Belt Yanis

Sawk, level 49

Pangoro, level 50

Reward: $2,400

A pair of straightforward fighting-types... though Pangoro will brush off psychic-type moves. A flying-type is preferable.

- Check the rocks on the right side of the tracks leading south for a hidden Super Potion.

- You now have a choice. You can head south to Couriway Town... or you can enter one of the two tunnels leading into Terminus Cave. Let's head into the cave for now.

Wild Pokemon - Terminus Cave

Pokemon
Rarity
Version
Ariados (dark spot)
Common
Both
Aron (horde)
Rare
X
Durant
Common
Both
Durant (horde)
Rare
Both
Geodude (horde)
Rare
Both
Graveler
Uncommon
Both
Lairon
Uncommon
X
Larvitar (horde)
Rare
Y
Noibat (dark spot)
Rare
Both
Pupitar
Uncommon
Y
Sandslash
Uncommon
Both

Wild Pokemon - Terminus Cave, Rock Smash

Pokemon
Rarity
Version
Graveler
Common
Both
Shuckle
Rare
Both

Terminus Cave

- Start with the right mine shaft entrance on the upper level of Route 18. Inside you'll find TM 31, Brick Break.

- Check out the bottom mine shaft next, past the breakable boulders. Inside is a Dragon Scale. You can also find a Normal Gem inside the stalagmite to the north.

- One mineshaft left, right beside the house. Follow the path east. (This is a good place for Rock Smashing boulders, if you're big on that.)

- This area is tricky. If you take the wrong path you'll have to go through again to reach everything. Start by going up the ramp to your right. You'll find a thin bridge that leads to a Star Piece.

- Backtrack and follow the path south. After two ramps you'll hop down beside a rock to your left. You'll find a Dusk Ball in the rock.

- Head towards the bridge. Just before the bridge you'll see a breakable boulder, and beside that is a stalagmite. Check the stalagmite for a Hyper Potion.

- Cross the bridge. A trainer awaits.

Worker Narek

Graveler, level 46

Graveler, level 47

Golem, level 48

Reward: $3,072

Two moves: Earthquake and Self-Destruct. Both are brutal. I highly recommend wiping these guys out early with water- or grass-type moves.

- There's a split ahead. Go south to find a Heat Rock.

- Backtrack to the bridge. A trainer is prancing back and forth across it.

Hiker Aaron

Rhydon, level 50

Reward: $2,800

Another brutal opponent with Earthquake. Use water or grass to wipe it out immediately.

- Yet another split. Hop down the ramp near the underside of the bridge. To your left is an Escape Rope. To your right is a trainer.

Hiker Bergin

Boldore, level 48

Steelix, level 48

Reward: $2,688

More fodder for water-type moves. Sturdy is annoying, but that's all.

Backtrack to the ramp under the bridge and go north instead. There's a trainer here.

Worker Dimitri

Octillery, level 50

Reward: $3,200

Potentially powerful, but relatively slow. Octillery's not too difficult.

- Head north, past the stairs. There's a breakable boulder ahead. Bust through, then check the ground at the end of the narrow alley to find a Moonstone.

- Head back to the stairs and descend. There's a trainer ahead.

Battle Girl Andrea

Throh, level 49

Conkeldurr, level 50

Reward: $2,400

A pair of defensive bruisers. Psychic-type moves are ideal.

- Ahead and to your left is a boulder. Smash through and weave through the passages to the west. Against the western wall and down a ramp is a Dusk Stone. Along the way you'll see a cluster of rocks, just beyond the narrow path; in one of them is an Iron.

- Head back east, then north. A trainer's waiting. Follow the path north of him to find an X Attack.

Black Belt Gunnar

Toxicroak, level 49

Sawk, level 50

Reward: $2,400

Nothing too bad, though bear in mind that Sawk has Sturdy. It will get one hit in, unless you have a move that hits twice or more in one turn.

- Trek back east. Another trainer awaits.

Black Belt Ricardo

Hariyama, level 52

Reward: $2,496

Earthquake?! Harsh. Wipe this dude out in one hit with a strong special attack if you can. He's painful.

- The path splits three ways here. Start by ascending the ramp to your left. A trainer's up here. Slide down the ramp next to her to find an Elixir to the north.

Battle Girl Hailey

Medicham, level 48

Hawlucha, level 51

Reward: $2,448

Both strong, neither terribly troublesome. Shrug.

- After returning to the lower area, go east to find a Full Heal.

- Head south at the split. Once you reach the spiralling path, make your way down into it, towards the mine cart. Nearby is TM 30, Shadow Ball. You can also find a hidden Max Potion back up the ramp and at the south end of the narrow path surrounding the mine cart.

- Return to the outer paths and go south. Two Pokemon Rangers will step up to battle you. after the fight, check the stalagmite behind them for a Dire hit.

Rangers Fern & Lee

Nidoking, level 51

Nidoqueen, level 51

Reward: $8,160

Not as strong as they seem. Surf is great here. Get rid of Nidoking first if you can't wipe them both at once.

- Head south to the next split. To the west is an Iron Plate. East leads upstairs.

- There's a trainer waiting up here.

Worker Yusif

Probopass, level 50

Reward: $3,200

Hefty, and likes to use Lock On and Zap Cannon. Potentially problematic, but Zap Cannon doesn't do that much damage. Water!

- Go up the next ramp and skirt the edge of it to the east to reach a ledge. Grab a Max Repel from the stalagmite on the edge of the ledge, then hop down to find a Reaper Cloth.

- Go back up the ramps. A guy here is blocking the way; unless you've defeated the champion, you can't get past him. (We'll come back here later.)

- That's all for Terminus Cave for the moment. Use an Escape Rope to get out of here.

Return Trip

Terminus Cave

- Come back here after defeating the Champion as the guy suggests. In the cave beyond where he was standing you'll find a divided path. Down and to the right of the intersection is a Lustrous Orb. Down and to the left is an Adamant Orb. Up and to the left is a Griseous Orb. Up and to the right is, hidden in the middle of the grassy spot, a Big Nugget. And directly north...

- ... well, directly north is the almighty Zygarde, a legendary pokemon. At level 70 and possessing some horrid attacks (uh oh, Earthquake), Zygarde is no easy catch, unlike the X and the Y of the letter trio. The only sure way to catch it is to use a Master Ball; otherwise, you'll have to slowly whittle down its HP to the red, then start hucking either Ultra Balls or Dusk Balls and hope one of them sticks. Status ailments such as sleep or paralysis will help speed this capture along, and are highly recommended. Be sure you save before you get into this fight - it's quite common to spend an hour or more fighting Zygarde without actually catching it. (Took me a solid forty minutes.)

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    • Sheltronic 3 years ago

      For some reason I cannot slip past the two guards by the entrance of route 18. They stop me and claim it's still under construction. Has anybody come across this problem yet? And if so have you figured out what to do? And help is appreciate. Thank you all.

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      Matt Bird 3 years ago from Canada

      They won't let you past until you've beaten Team Flare. I can only guess that you haven't done that yet. It's also possible that they won't move until you get a message from Sycamore telling you to come to the next town; if I'm remembering correctly, he contacts you somewhere in Anistar City. Try walking around to see if he calls you.

    • Unknown 3 years ago

      While fighting the psychic inver he threw a granbull,sawk and a hawlucha.

      Weird huh?

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      Matt Bird 3 years ago from Canada

      Yeah, I was going to correct that. I'm pretty sure he throws random pokemon every time you fight him. Makes sense - it would be boring if you fought him each day in a reverse battle and he had the same thing every time.

    • Dev 3 years ago

      Prof. Sycamor told me to meet him in a city, which city was it?

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      Matt Bird 3 years ago from Canada

      If you're at this point in the game, Couriway Town. You'll find it right after Route 18.

    • Dev 3 years ago

      Thank you so much! :)

    • seedy 3 years ago

      i caught a Lairon in the grass on route 18

    • Garrett 3 years ago

      Shaking bushes (near the entrance to 18) contain Durants as well

    • Kimmarie 3 years ago

      Just caught my first shiny (not counting Red Gyarados) in the terminous cave, female Sandslash.

    • Kimmarie 3 years ago

      X version has aron and lairon in the Terminous Caves tunnels.

    • Kayla 3 years ago

      Horde of Geodudes in the grass after the first trainer. Level 23, Pokemon X :(

    • Tommy rog 3 years ago

      Where is the campion?

    • enjoi 3 years ago

      Where is heatmor? The only thing popping out of the bushes on me is Durant

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      KamranMackey 3 years ago from Canada

      The Champion is at the end of the Pokemon League. You defeat the Elite Four and then you can challenge the Champion.

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      Matt Bird 3 years ago from Canada

      Enjoi, I guess I just got lucky. I only had one pokemon jump out of a bush at me and it was a Heatmor. Can't remember exactly where I was when it happened, but I'll be doing further testing on Victory Road soon.

    • Matt 3 years ago

      So I read through this, but I must be blind. But how exactly do I get to Couriway Town? x_x

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      Matt Bird 3 years ago from Canada

      Matt, it's to the south of Route 18. Once you reach the house beside the bridge, go down the stairs to your south. Then keep going south, through the next two flower fields, and you'll find Couriway Town.

      A few people have been confused about Couriway Town so far. I get the feeling the mine tunnels are the main problem for this. You DON'T have to enter Terminus Cave to reach Couriway Town. I recommend NOT going to the cave first, in fact - you could probably use a health boost before entering.

    • Tai 3 years ago

      I found a Heatmor just walking around in the grass

    • Rangii 3 years ago

      Took me like 10 minutes to catch Zygarde, lol..

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      Matt Bird 3 years ago from Canada

      I had veeeeery bad luck with Zygarde. Even using Dusk Balls to start out it took me forty-something balls and a retry to get it. My fiancé can attest to my irritation.

    • Ixarus 3 years ago

      catch Zygarde on 1st try using quickball

    • sephi 3 years ago

      in the mine when sashing rocks found a shuckle playing pokemon x

    • Ds123 3 years ago

      I used at least 60 ultra balls trying to catch zygarde

    • sephi 3 years ago

      playing x i didn't find one pupitar but a lot of larion im assuming pupitar will be in y while x has larion

    • Bk Moe 3 years ago

      Was it just me or that kid you battle first in route 18 got a shiny Pinsir, cuz i was like WTF this dude got a shiny before me

    • Mawkatz 3 years ago

      A Noibat fell from the ceiling for me. lvl 44 ♀

    • Bazookabird 3 years ago

      Took me 2 ultra balls once i got him in the red......

    • Brandon 3 years ago

      Thanks so much for making these text guides! It's so much faster for me to read these than to watch videos on it. Not to mention they're pretty accurate, if not 100%

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      Matt Bird 3 years ago from Canada

      Still working on the 100% details. Work keeps delaying me from going back and running through everything as completely as I'd like, particularly the pokemon capture tables. Thanks for the kudos, tho.

    • kirk 3 years ago

      i no joke caught the legendary pokemon of y with one ultra ball! i was pissed and happy, mainly because i baught a shit ton of ultra balls, but its the first time i caught one like that. i only used two moves on him

    • Joel 3 years ago

      Lies. You do not need the masterball for this Legendary Pokemon. My friend caught Zygarde using a Great ball and paralyzing it on his second try. Of course, he did bring the HP down to red.

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      Matt Bird 3 years ago from Canada

      I didn't say you HAVE to use the Master Ball, I just said it was easier. I didn't use mine either. Zygarde's been the most difficult pokemon to catch so far, in a game of pokemon that have been relatively easy to catch, so it seems the best candidate.

    • 3 years ago

      Horde of Durant in grass, Lv 23, pokemon X

    • Ryan 3 years ago

      Took me a solid four minutes to catch Zygarde with a dusk ball

    • Lightning07 3 years ago

      Ughhh... Spent a good 40-50 minutes trying to catch that thing and holy crap is it resiliant. Had a Pokemon use False Swipe for it to have 1 HP and it still escaped out of a good 6 Ultra Balls and 10 Dusk Balls afterwards. Definitely a the hardest Pokemon to catch and a strong Master Ball candidate.

    • Reggie 3 years ago

      Caught the legendary with one quick ball right at the start...now have all legend arise an still have master ball :-)

    • Koganei 3 years ago

      Confirming Durant jumping out from the bushes. Geez are they annoying...

      Hidden Pokeball (lolz) next to the Route 18 sign at the entrance.

      Hidden Honey in the grass/flowers next to Lass Sara.

      Hidden Super Potion just south and a little west of Black Belt Yanis (you may have to face the stone diagonally to get it).

      Side note: I know you kind of mentioned it already, but with the prevalence of Rock Smashable stones in Terminus Cave, this is a great time for players to farm specifically for *Heart Scales*, which as we all know (or should know) are incredibly valuable items, especially as more and more Pokemon seem to rely on such a method to learn some of their best moves. I was able to pick up 3 or 4 in just one run of the cave (along with some other items, including a couple of Big Pearls and Star Pieces). I might just be lucky, but just a (clarifying) thought. One side effect is an intensified animosity towards Gravelers...

    • John 3 years ago

      Found a torcoal on route 18 on the grass

    • ry 3 years ago

      Took me 2min to catch zygarde with mega mewtwo x

    • ry 3 years ago

      Took me 2min to catch zygarde with mega mewtwo x

    • Crow 3 years ago

      It took me 5 minutes to catch Zygarde at my third Dusk Ball, paralized.

    • Pahaxion 3 years ago

      Caught Zygarde with my second ultra ball. Battle time: 2 minutes :)

      IVs:

      Zygarde - #718 (Gentle)

      HP: 30 - 31

      Att: 3 - 4

      Def: 8 - 10

      SpA: 31

      SpD: 30 - 31

      Speed: 0 - 1

      I am going to reset to see if I can get better stats.

    • Pahaxion97 (Pahaxion) 3 years ago

      Much Better:

      HP: 27 - 28

      Att: 31

      Def: 31

      SpA: 18 - 19

      SpD: 5

      Speed: 30 - 31

    • ChronoKid 3 years ago

      Just ran into a horde of Durant by themselves. Playing X.

    • Lamdeon 3 years ago

      I got Zygarde with a Timer Ball xD

      Its helpful to have mewtwo while fightning especially with mega-evos. Have him use psychic then aura sphere while mega and then just stall for a few turns then use the ball. That's how i did it

    • Nova 3 years ago

      I used my level 73 Sylveon to catch the legendary, however on my first try I killed it in one hit, but luckily I had saved right before.

    • Nova 3 years ago

      I quickly gave up and just killed it.

    • Jones 3 years ago

      Sliggoo in the grass.

    • Amanda 3 years ago

      I used a Level79 Garchomp, and I caught Zygarde with 2 moves (I used pine previously and knocked it out, had to go back from my last save) and caught it with one ultra ball

    • Paigie 3 years ago

      If you're lazy like me, or just plain don't feel like actually battling it, you can save right before and throw a quick ball at it, turn it off and repeat until you get it. Did that with Mewtwo as well and it only took like 10 tries.

    • Kim 3 years ago

      Thanks for the help. I do not play video games, but my son does and he was stuck. I hope this helps him out because I really don't know how to help him and he's so frustrated. :(

    • Mads 3 years ago

      Uh...it took me like a minute to catch Zygarde with a dusk ball. I just whittled down it's hp with extrasensory till it was in the red, threw the ball, and it went in on the first try. Was I just really lucky?

    • sherri 3 years ago

      I encountered a herd of Durants + 1 Heatmor... and the weird part is they kept attacking each other instead of me. o__o The Durants took out the Heatmor (then they started attacking me) before I could take them out.

    • Ryan 3 years ago

      I caught Zygarde after using hypnosis, hex, and then throwing 1 dusk ball...

      Only took a minute...

    • Carrie 3 years ago

      Spent maybe five minutes and caught him with a timer ball (accidentally KO'd him first time around). I've been lucky with the legionaries! :)

    • Ryuu-jin882 3 years ago

      Caught Zygarde in seconds with one quick ball. Love when that happens.

    • Nat 3 years ago

      It took me about 45 seconds to catch Zygarde. (Lv. 45 Lapras Ice Beam, Dusk Ball) :-)

    • amy 3 years ago

      cannot find these pokemon in x : seviper, starly, ekans ,arbok, aron, banette, rotom, and sudowoodo

    • pika 3 years ago

      i need hepl finding some pokemon in x : seviper, starly, ekans, arbok, aron, batnette, rotom, and sudowoodo. are these pokemon in the x version . i looked for hours for some of them and couldn't find them

    • cazza 3 years ago

      got zygarde to the tiniest red bit of health points, and tried to catch it to the point it had no more moves and used struggles and died :(

    • Kelfik 3 years ago

      I got a chople berry

    • mil 3 years ago

      This article is sooo helpful, thank you!

    • blahu 3 years ago

      Who is the champion again?

    • cam 2 years ago

      I found a Noibat in the dark spot on x.

    • Jerimiah 2 years ago

      This may anger some people. I used no status change on Zygarde, and I managed to capture him in under 5 minutes using ultra balls.

    • Josh Dougherty 2 years ago

      I had to battle it 3 times, accidentally made it faint the first 2 but on the 3rd I caught it with 6 or 7 pokeballs

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