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Rustboro City is a city in Hoenn. It is known for having the first Hoenn gym, with Roxanne specializing in Rock-type Pokémon.

The city also contains the Devon Corporation, which makes items for people inside the game, for example the Pokémon Navigator, or the PokéNav for short. In addition, the Devon Corporation is also the area for Hoenn where fossils are reverted into living Pokémon.

The house beside the Pokémon Center is where the HM Cut can be gotten. You need to defeat the Gym leader Roxanne before you can use the HM Cut outside of battle. Go inside the Poké Mart, and talk to the guy in the suit and tie. He will give you the TM False Swipe, which will be useful once you get farther into the game and your Pokémon will be too strong to weaken a wild Pokémon without making it faint. Also, go to the Trainer's School, then talk to the teacher to get a Quick Claw. Then, go in the house northeast of the school. The kid wearing a blue hat will trade a Makuhita for your Slakoth, which will be useful for the gym battle.


It is connected to Petalburg City through the Petalburg Woods followed by a sea-side route from the south, connected to Fallarbor Town through Meteor Falls followed by a one-way trail from the north, and connected almost directly to Verdanturf Town through the Rusturf Tunnel from the east.


The gang arrives in Rustboro City in Gonna Rule The School!. Ash challenged Roxanne and defeated her to win the Stone Badge while his Pikachu successfully mastered Iron Tail.


  • As Hoenn is based on Kyūshū, Rustboro City is based on Kitakyūshū, a city that's home to the headquarters of navigation software company Zenrin Co., similarly to how the Devon Corporation is based out of Rustboro City.
  • Rustboro City's name comes from "rust" (a brownish-orange color named for its resemblance to corroded iron) and "-boro," a suffix used in city names. Kanazumi City, its Japanese name, likely comes from 金属 (kanazoku, metal) and 炭 (sumi, charcoal).