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Petalburg City is a city located in the southwest of Hoenn, west from Oldale Town where the player meets his second rival, Wally. To the east of the city is Route 104.

The Gym Leader of Petalburg City is the protagonist's father, Norman, who uses Normal-type Pokémon. The player may only battle Norman after collecting the first four gym badges in Hoenn.

Pokémon Appearances

Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald


Pokémon Habitat Rarity
Marill Water Common
Magikarp Fishing (Old Rod, Good Rod) Common
Goldeen Fishing (Old Rod, Good Rod) Uncommon
Corphish Fishing (Super Rod) Common

Gen VI

Pokémon Habitat Rarity
Marill Water Common
Azumarill Water Common
Surskit Water Uncommon
Masquerain Water Rare
Magikarp Fishing (Old Rod, Good Rod) Common
Goldeen Fishing (Old Rod, Good Rod) Uncommon
Corphish Fishing (Good Rod) Rare
Corphish Fishing (Super Rod Common


Item Games Location/Method
Normal TM Sprite.png TM42 R/S/E From Norman after defeating him
Normal TM Gen VI Sprite.png TM67 OR/AS From Norman after defeating him
Water HM Gen VI Sprite.png HM03 R/S/E/OR/AS Obtained from Wally's father after defeating Norman
Ether Sprite.png Ether R/S/E/OR/AS Across the southwest pond (requires Surf)
Rare Candy Sprite.png Rare Candy R/S/E/OR/AS Near the Ether (requires Surf, hidden)
Max Revive Sprite.png Max Revive R/S/E/OR/AS Across the northeast pond (requires Surf)

Poké Mart Merchandise

Here is the list of items sold in the Poké Mart in Petalburg City.

Item Price Descriptions
Poké Ball 200 A tool for catching Pokémon.
Potion 300 Restores the HP of a Pokémon by 20 points.
Antidote 100 Heals a poisoned Pokémon.
Paralyze Heal 200 Heals a paralyzed Pokémon.
Awakening 250 Awakens a sleeping Pokémon.
Escape Rope 550 Use to escape instantly from a cave or a dungeon.
Repel 350 Repel keeps away weak wild Pokémon for 100 steps.
X Speed 350 Raises the stat speed during one battle.
X Attack 500 Raises the stat attack during one battle.
X Defense 550 Raises the stat defense during one battle.
Orange Mail 50 A Zigzagoon-print mail to be held by a Pokémon.
Extra Items for Pokémon Emerald
Item Price Descriptions
Great Ball 600 Easier to catch a Pokémon than Poké Ball.
Super Potion 700 Restores the HP of a Pokémon by 50 points.

Petalburg City Gym

Petalburg City Gym.

Norman is the fifth Gym Leader in Hoenn and uses Normal-type Pokémon. It is recommended to use Fighting-type moves to tackle his Pokémon. You can only battle him after you get four badges. The Petalburg Gym is set up as a series of rooms. Each room contains a Trainer who specializes in a different way of battling. A sign of each door explains what kind of tactics to expect from the Trainer just beyond.

You need to battle at least three trainers to reach Norman, but it is recommended that you battle all to train your Pokémon. Norman has a team of strong Normal-type Pokémon.


Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire

Pokémon Level Type 1 Type 2
Slaking 28 Normal -
Vigoroth 30 Normal -
Slaking 31 Normal -

Money: 3100 (all versions)

Pokémon Emerald

Pokémon Level Type 1 Type 2
Vigoroth 27 Normal -
Slaking 31 Normal -
Spinda 27 Normal -
Linoone 29 Normal -

After you defeated Norman, you will receive the Balance Badge. This badges increases your Pokémon's Defense and allows you to use HM03 Surf on the field. He also gives you TM42 FacadeRSE/TM67 RetaliateORAS.


Blocked Route 104

Ruby-Sapphire Petalburg City 1.png

You can't access Route 104 unless you visit the Petalburg City Pokémon Gym and help out Wally to catch his own Pokémon. After you have done that, you can then access to Route 104.

(Pokémon Emerald only) Before you walk out to Route 104, you will see a man in glasses walking to you and then talk to you. Then he walks off. He is Scott, the owner of the Battle Frontier. If you have completed the game, he will acknowledge you and allow you to participate the Battle Frontier challenge.

Visit the Gym

Ruby-Sapphire Petalburg City 2.png Your father owns the Petalburg Gym and be sure to visit it. Your father will not battle you unless you own four badges. He then offers you a word of encouragement and sends you on your way. So come back to him when you acquired four Gym Badges.


Ruby-Sapphire Petalburg City 3.png Wally is somebody you encounter throughout your adventures in Hoenn. Wally is about to go to Verdanturf Town, but your father thinks he should have a Pokémon to keep him company. Accompany Wally to Route 102 to catch his first Pokémon, Ralts. After catching it, he will thank you and goes off to his destination.

Creating a Profile

Ruby-Sapphire Petalburg City 4.png

Visit the Pokémon Center and meet the man next to the computer. This fellow is interested in your exploits and would love to hear all about them. From a collection of available words, assemble a brief profile of yourself and tell it to the man.

Obtain HM03 Surf

After defeating the Gym Leader Norman, visit Wally's Dad to receive HM03 Surf. This move allows your Pokémon to learn how to surf the sea and you can use it to travel the water bodies of Hoenn.


In the anime, Norman, the Petalburg City gym leader, is the father of May and Max. Petalburg City is the hometown of them and Caroline, Norman's wife and the mother of May and Max. Ash challenged Norman to a quick battle and was soundly beaten by Norman's Vigoroth.

Ash challenged Norman for the second time and this time, he defeated him in the battle to earn the Balance Badge.


  • Petalburg City's name comes from petal pink and "-burg," a suffix used in city names. Tōka City, its Japanese name, comes from 桃花 (tōka, peach blossom, which are pink).
  • As Hoenn is based on Kyūshū, Petalburg City is based on Fukuoka.
  • Petalburg City shares its English name with a town in Paper Mario: the Thousand-Year Door.