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


Prepare for thrilling new adventures as Legendary Pokémon awaken!
Explore the Johto region as you catch, train, and battle with your favourite Pokémon by your side. Reach for the sky—call forth the Legendary Pokémon!
Enjoy minigames with your Trainer Pokémon!
Travel with your favourite Pokémon!

Changes from Gold, Silver and Crystal[]

  • The new female character named Lyra was added in HeartGold and SoulSilver and she replaces Kris (the female protagonist from Crystal), and Gold has been renamed as Ethan.
  • Lyra's dialogue now appears in the story if she is a non-playable character. Previously, the female player characters didn't make an appearance in the story.
  • You receive the Vs. Recorder from Ethan or Lyra early in the game, depending on the gender you chose.
  • Visiting the Sprout Tower and completing the task in it is now required in order to access the Violet City gym.
  • The Global Terminal is found at Goldenrod City.
  • All 493 Pokémon can follow you, including Shiny Pokémon, a feature which cannot be turned off. Only the lead Pokémon of your party (the Pokémon in the first spot of your party) will follow you. You may interact with it to show how it feels or what it's doing right now.
  • All the gyms are balanced differently to be tougher than in the original Generation II games.
  • The tiles of the puzzle in Ruins of Alph can now be rotated to solve the puzzle. Players who succeed 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.
  • Eusine (from Pokémon Crystal) returns; he is a character who is interested in Suicune. The player character will meet him when the player character finds Suicune. He also can be found at the intro video, where he is wearing purple clothes. He will be seen whenever the character encounters Suicune.
  • Additional routes, Route 47 and Route 48, are placed next to Cianwood City. A Safari Zone can be found at Route 48, which is owned by Baoba.
  • The areas in the Safari Zone can be altered after you receive Baoba's second challenge.
  • Next to the National Park, there is the Pokéathlon Dome in which you can compete in minigames to win medals, which is available after you receive the Plain Badge.
  • The move Flash is now a TM move.
  • Hills that require HM08 Rock Climb can now be found.
  • Some Trainers in the 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.
  • The Viridian Forest is now an area that can be visited instead of a part of Route 2. In the previous games, the area could not be visited and was a static part of Route 2 with no Pokémon, Trainers, or items.
  • The radio functions in the PokéGear have been altered. The player can now press one of four buttons to gain immediate access to the radio channels available in addition to being able to tune into channels manually.
  • Some PokéGear radio channels have to be manually tuned in a specific location and are not available to tune into through the buttons:
    • Poké Flute — 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 tuning the radio to the center section produces a strange sound, which is produced by Unown. While the channel is active the chance of meeting a rare-shaped Unown is increased.
  • A new event involving Giovanni, Silver, and Celebi was added.
  • Brock, Sabrina and Blaine are now wearing completely different clothing.
  • The Sinnoh Gym Leaders and Cynthia now appear as minor characters.
  • Red uses a Lapras instead of an Espeon when the player challenges him.
  • After beating Red, Professor Oak will give the player character any one of the Kanto starters, while Steven will give any one of the Hoenn starters.
Johto Starters

Johto starters in Heart Gold and SoulSilver.



  • The Pokéwalker is a handheld pedometer that resembles a Poké Ball. It was sold with the HeartGold and SoulSilver Pokémon games.
  • The Pokéwalker can connect to HeartGold and SoulSilver cartridges via infrared signals and can "hold" one Pokémon that you then carry around with you.
  • A Pokémon being carried around in this manner will receive experience points and closeness, as well as the player character 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 Pokéwalker.
  • Up to three Pokémon can be captured and stored on the Pokewalker, but only one will appear on the inventory screen.
  • You will also be able to receive items through other Pokéwalker devices using infrared.
  • The Pokéwalker is similar to the Pokémon Pikachu 2 pedometer/virtual pet in its use of Watts as currency to trade for items.


Gym Leaders[]

Elite Four and Champion[]

Type Psychic
Type Poison
Type Fighting
Type Dark
Type Dragon



  • You can get one of the Johto starter Pokémon from Professor Elm at the beginning of the game.
  • You can get one of the Kanto starter Pokémon from Professor Oak after beating Red.
  • You can get one of the Hoenn starter Pokémon from Steven after beating Red.
  • Sinnoh starter Pokémon cannot be obtained without trading.

Version exclusives[]


No. Pokémon Type(s)
#056 0056 Mankey Type Fighting
#057 0057 Primeape Type Fighting
#058 0058 Growlithe Type Fire
#059 0059 Arcanine Type Fire
#138 0138 Omanyte Type RockType Water
#139 0139 Omastar Type RockType Water
#167 0167 Spinarak Type BugType Poison
#168 0168 Ariados Type BugType Poison
#207 0207 Gligar Type GroundType Flying
#226 0226 Mantine Type WaterType Flying
#231 0231 Phanpy Type Ground
#232 0232 Donphan Type Ground
#250 0250 Ho-Oh Type FireType Flying
#302 0302 Sableye Type DarkType Ghost
#343 0343 Baltoy Type GroundType Psychic
#344 0344 Claydol Type GroundType Psychic
#347 0347 Anorith Type RockType Bug
#348 0348 Armaldo Type RockType Bug
#382 0382 Kyogre Type Water
#458 0458 Mantyke Type WaterType Flying
#472 0472 Gliscor Type GroundType Flying


No. Pokémon Type(s)
#037 0037 Vulpix Type Fire
#038 0038 Ninetales Type Fire
#052 0052 Meowth Type Normal
#053 0053 Persian Type Normal
#140 0140 Kabuto Type RockType Water
#141 0141 Kabutops Type RockType Water
#165 0165 Ledyba Type BugType Flying
#166 0166 Ledian Type BugType Flying
#216 0216 Teddiursa Type Normal
#217 0217 Ursaring Type Normal
#225 0225 Delibird Type IceType Flying
#227 0227 Skarmory Type SteelType Flying
#227 0249 Lugia Type PsychicType Flying
#303 0303 Mawile Type Steel
#316 0316 Gulpin Type Poison
#317 0317 Swalot Type Poison
#345 0345 Lileep Type RockType Grass
#346 0346 Cradily Type RockType Grass
#383 0383 Groudon Type Ground


  • Aquatic Pokémon can follow the player character on land, even though they normally live in water.
  • Most legendary Pokémon or large Pokémon cannot follow the player character when they are indoors.
  • The US localization of the game was released on Pi Day.
  • Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver are the only games in Generation IV that are incompatible with My Pokémon Ranch.
  • Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver are the last games not to have restrictions on nicknames and other input fields, as newer games have built-in censors prohibiting inputs that are deemed inappropriate or offensive.



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