I started battling against trainers on Route 30 as I headed to Violet City. I healed my Pokemon in Cherrygrove's Pokemon Center afterward and then I kept going north until I arrived outside of Dark Cave. I explored the cave a bit and I got lucky and a Dunsparce appeared while I was inside. I caught it and a wild Geodude that appeared afterwards and then I left Dark Cave. I went west and I battled a Bug Catcher, then I arrived at the gatehouse between the route and Violet City. Ethan appeared there and he gave me the VS Recorder, then I visited the Pokemon Center. I wandered around and I visited various places of interest like the Poke Mart and Earl's Pokemon Academy. I headed over to the Sprout Tower after I discovered that I couldn't yet access the Violet City Gym, and I started to climb the tower. I battled against some Sages and I eventually saved the game halfway up the tower.