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Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver


Game Information
Publisher Nintendo/The Pokémon Company
Developer Game Freak
Category RPG
Players 1-5 Players
ESRB E for Everyone
Release Dates
Flag of Japan.png September 12, 2009
Flag of the United States.png March 14, 2010
Flag of Europe.png March 26, 2010
Flag of South Korea.png February 4, 2010
Other information
Platform Nintendo DS
Region Johto

Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver are Generation IV's remakes of the original Generation II games, Pokémon Gold and Silver. Nintendo released Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver versions in Japan on September 12, 2009. The games were released in March 14, 2010 for North America and March 26, 2010 in Europe.

These remakes incorporate the many advancements that the series has undergone since Generation II, much like how FireRed and LeafGreen changed from Red and Blue.

Basic Info

  • The new female that has replaced Kris is named Lyra, and Gold has been rena

    Johto starters in Heart Gold and Soulsilver

    med Ethan.
  • You receive the Vs. Recorder early in the game by Ethan or Lyra, depending on the gender you chose.
  • You have to visit the Sprout Tower and complete the task in it in order to access the Violet City's gym.
  • The Global Terminal is found at Goldenrod City.
  • All 493 Pokémon can follow you, including the Shiny Pokémon, and you cannot turn off the feature. To do this, you must put the Pokémon at the first in your party (the lead Pokémon), then it will appear behind you. You may also interact with it to show how it feels right now.
  • All the gyms are harder.
  • The tiles of the puzzle in Ruins of Alph can be rotated to solve the puzzle. Players who succeeded solving the Kabuto puzzle will receive an Unown Dex from a man in the ruins.
  • Team Rocket now have four executives - Proton, Petrel, Ariana, and Archer. Their appearances can be found in the intro video.
  • Eusine (from Pokémon Crystal) makes a debut, he is a character who is interested in Suicune. The player will meet him when the player found Suicune. His appearance also can be found at the intro video, which is a man wearing purple clothes. He will be seen whenever the character will encounter Suicine.
  • Additional routes, Route 47 and Route 48 is placed next to Cianwood City. A Safari Zone can be found at Route 48, owned by Baoba.
  • The areas in the Safari Zone can be altered after you receive the second challenge Baoba gives you.
  • Just like in the original Gold, Silver, and Crystal, there are many day based activities like the Bug Catching Contest, Goldenrod to Saffron City train, Olivine to Vermilion City ship, etc. These are also on the days they were in the originals too.
  • Next to the National Park there is the Pokéathlon Dome in which you can compete in minigames to win medals, which is open after you receive the Plain Badge.
  • The move Flash is now a TM move.
  • Hills that required HM08 Rock Climb can now be found.
  • Some trainers in Kanto region have Generation III and IV Pokémon .
  • The Battle Frontier at Route 40 replaces the Battle Tower.
  • The Pal Park replaces the Kanto Safari Zone in Fuchsia City.
  • There is Viridian Forest in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, which the earlier versions do not have (Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal), though the earlier games had a forest but with no Pokémon in it.
  • The radio functions in the PokéGear have been altered, which the player can manually tune the channel to listen, or pressing one of the four buttons to gain immediate access to the channels available.
  • Some channels have to be manually tuned, and must be standing in a specific location.
  • Poké Flute - Must be in the Kanto region, tune manually to the upper middle section. This radio channel helps to wake up the Snorlax in Route 11.
  • Mysterious Transmission - Inside the chamber of Ruins of Alph, manually tune the music to the center. It produces a strange sound, which is produced by Unown. It helps to increase the chance of meeting a rare-shaped Unown.

Gym Leaders

Elite Four and Champion

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Poké Walker

  • The Poké Walker is a handheld pedometer that resembles a Poké Ball. It was sold with the HeartGold and SoulSilver Pokémon games.
  • The Poké Walker can connect to HeartGold and SoulSilver cartridges via infared signals and can "hold" one Pokémon that you then carry around with you.
  • A Pokémon being carried around in this manner will recieve experience points and closeness, as well as the player gaining "watts", an in-game currency that can be used to find and catch wild Pokémon, search for items, and unlock new locations within the Poké Walker.
  • Up to three Pokémon can be captured and stored on the Pokewalker, but will only appear on the inventory screen.
  • You will also be able to receive items through other Poké Walker devices using infared.
  • The Poké Walker is similiar to the Pokémon Pikachu 2 pedometer/virtual pet in its use of Watts as currency to trade for items.



Version Exclusive Pokémon

HeartGold exclusive
SoulSilver exclusive

Other Pokémon

  • Like in the originals, you can obtain Sudowoodo at Level 20.
  • You can also get Lapras in Union Cave at level 20 each Friday.
  • The infamous Red Gyarados is at level 30. (It is a Water-/Flying type, so be careful with the electric attacks!)
  • You can catch a Snorlax at Route 11 at Level 50, which is blocking the Diglett Cave, and you have to wake it up to capture by playing the Poké Flute in the PokéGear.
  • When you have the event Pikachu Colored Pichu , go to the Shrine in Ilex Forest and then you will have chance to get the Notched Eared Pichu (or for the US and Europe Spiky Eared Pichu). The Pichu is given to you, so you don't have to waste Poké Balls.





  • Fish or sea Pokémon can follow the player on land, although they have to live in water.
  • Legendary or large Pokémon cannot follow the player when the player enters a building.
  • Lyra appeared in the anime in a 5-episode arc to promote HGSS.
  • In both versions you get to fight both Red and Blue (from FireRed and LeafGreen versions).