First, the player and rival go to Bianca, where they get their starter Pokémon. After that, the player gets the Running Shoes and a Town Map from his/her mother and rival's sister, respectively. Then, the player heads to Route 19 where Bianca teaches the player how to catch a wild Pokémon. The player will then meet the Unova League Champion Alder on the same route. The player then proceeds to Sangi Town, which is also the town where Alder lives. From there the player proceeds to Sangi Ranch, where they battle with the rival. The player and rival then search for a Herdier, which is deep in the Sangi Forest; upon finding it, the player receives TM21 (Frustration). The player then returns to Sangi Town and fights two battles in Alder's house. The player then receives a Medal Box, Medals, and six Hint Medals from the Medal Old Man. After this, the player returns to Aspertia City, where they battle Leader Cheren at the Aspertia Gym and receive the Basic Badge and TM83 (Work Up). The player then receives TM27 (Return) and the C-Gear from Bianca. After this, the player proceeds to Route 20, where the Pokédex receives an upgrade; Route 20 then leads to Virbank City.