Strolling the ring: A general regioselective directed peri(C4)-metalation route to 1 through an in situ N-anionic protection of C2 is reported. The azaindoles may be elaborated by directed ortho metalation (DoM) and Suzuki coupling to more complex heterocyclic systems. An iterative ring-walk DoM sequence furnishes the exhaustively substituted 2. DMG=directed metalation group, TMEDA=N,N,N′,N′-tetramethylethylenediamine, TMS=trimethylsilyl.


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