Your dad won't battle you unless you have four badges, so we'll have to continue.
You want to consider catching Taillow, it's a great Pokemon, and plus, you can use it for Fly.
There are trainers along the beach down where the water is, so train up there. It shouldn't be too long before you reach an empty house. This house will be pretty useful later on, but until then, keep going. After you battle the Rich Boy and pick the berries, you'll arrive in Petalburg Woods.
Catch Slakoth, please. It evolves into one of the most powerful Pokemon in the game, just get it. It'll help out, trust me. You might also want to consider catching Shroomish(if you didn't get Treeko). Anyway, continue west until you see a scene of a Magma Grunt terrorizing a Devon Researcher. After he asks you to help him, it's game on.
This battle shouldn't be too hard, use your starter or another Pokemon to deal some damage. After the battle, you'll be awarded a Great Ball. Move north and you'll eventually come to the exit of Petalburg Woods. Exiting here is still Route 104, so the Pokemon are the same. Talk to the guy on the left to get TM09 Bullet Seed, use this on Shroomish/Treeko, it's a Grass Type move. Go inside the building in front of you, and talk to everyone to get berries, and you'll recieve a Wailmer Pail. You can use this to water berries to help them grow. Keep walking West and you'll get to a bridge, you'll have your first Double Battle here, so be prepared. Walk north and you'll arrive in Rustboro.
Rustboro City Pokemart
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(the items with a * are only available AFTER you clear the rocks from Rusturf Tunnel.)
Places of Interest:
Devon Corporation- It's the big building to the left of the northern exit. It's kind of hard to miss. This building will be important later on.
The Pokemon School- If you're new to Pokemon, the school here will give you a ton of great tips. Talking to the teacher will also earn you a Quick Claw.
The Cutter's House- Make sure that you get the HM01!
All you want to worry about now is defeating Roxanne, so head on up to her Gym.
Don't go around the trainers... you're losing precious experience as you do so. When you defeat all of them, head up to Roxanne.
This battle shouldn't be hard. If you have Treeko/Mudkip, lead the battle with them. If you chose Torchic, lead with Shroomish, it'll be a whole lot easier that way. Geodude is a cinch, he's double weak to Water and Grass, so he'll be down easy. NOSEPASS, however, will be much harder. He has surprisingly high Special Defense, so be careful. Roxanne has two potions, so if you are low, don't be afraid to use a Potion! Roxanne's Pokemon mostly rely on Rock Throw and Rock Tomb. Rock Tomb lowers your Pokemon's speed which can be a bit hazardous on slow water/grass types. Rock Throw can inflict quite a bit of damage. The best thing is to have several Pokemon which are strong against Roxanne because if she gets a critical hit and your only Pokemon that's good against her rocks goes down, you're pretty much screwed. Torchic users, make sure to level up that Shroomish as it can eat up tons of attacks. For anyone who's having trouble, level up a Shroomish. Also, Stun Spore helps stop that barrage of attacks from Geodude/Nosepass.
When you win, you'll receive the Stone Badge, which increases your Attack Strength. It also allows you to use Cut outside of battle, so when you get out of the Gym, go to the Cutter's House. After you're done there, head north. You'll see the man from Devon again, and this time Magma has stolen the goods! Oh no! What will happen!
NEXT PART OF THE GUIDE: The Devon Goods! Will you get them back? Rusturf Tunnel: The man who wants to see his girlfriend! And Mr. Briney, the sailor you can trust!