RPG-specific question/concern/clarification needed. My character, Taavetti, is carving a path of destruction through Hoenn, and is at Slateport, based on the thread I posted yesterday. However, it seems there is some confusion in regards to how to handle water routes. I am starting out fresh, and do not have surf. As such, I was under the assumption that I skip the water routes, as suggested here and here. This is how it works in the games, so this is how it works on OI, right? Or... maybe not? Rachel Covaks was under the impression that this was wrong, and Pikang's threads in Routes 105-106 and 107-109 support this. So... tl;dr version: 1. Is skipping water routes correct/acceptable? (jumping from Route 104/Petalburg woods -> Dewford/Granite Cave -> Slateport) 2. What exactly do you need, if anything, to access water routes (I'd assume the Surf HM, but I can't seem to find that sort of info anywhere). Thanks a million guys. Again, I've looked through many of the information threads to see if I could find some answers myself, but I haven't really found anything substantial. I know I'm missing something here. Can someone throw me a bone?