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Viridian Forest is a forest in the Kanto region, that connects Viridian City to Pewter City.


In the anime, Viridian Forest is where Ash catches his first Pokémon, a Caterpie that becomes a Butterfree. It's also where he battles Samurai, as shown in "Challenge of the Samurai".

This is also the location where Goh catches his Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree, Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Paras, Parasect, Venonat, Venomoth, Scyther and Pinsir in "Working My Way Back to Mew!"


In the manga, Viridian Forest is home to Yellow. Also, every ten years a child is born there and possesses the abilities to heal Pokémon and read their thoughts. Named people like these are Yellow, Giovanni and Lance.

Other appearances

Hey You, Pikachu!

Viridian Forest in Hey You, Pikachu!.

Viridian Forest is also a major location in the game Hey You, Pikachu!. It is played during the beginning of the game, and is where the player meets Pikachu for the first time. The player is then given the basics from Professor Oak on what commands to tell Pikachu. Eventually, at one point, Pikachu will use Thunder onto the player and steal their lunchbox. The player is forced to chase Pikachu around in Viridian Forest until they reach deeper. It turns out that Pikachu was using the toolbox to feed some Caterpie, and hands back the toolbox feeling remorse for its actions. The player then asks Pikachu to stay with them, and Pikachu gladly heads back with them.

Viridian Forest is also the main setting for the "Caring for Caterpie" activities. The player and Pikachu are given the task to watch over Butterfree's Caterpie. Pikachu mainly does all of the work, while the player is there to tell Pikachu when a Caterpie is hungry and to tell it how to get a rosebud down.

Pokémon Channel

Viridian Forst in Pokémon Channel.

Viridian Forest is one of four main locations in Pokémon Channel. However, one must buy the bus ticket to Viridian Forest from Shop 'N Squirtle first. Viridian Forest is rather small compared to its appearance in Hey You, Pikachu! but it is most notable for having concerts here. Near the end of the game, the player can go through Viridian Forest in order to get to the campsite to view the full Pichu Bros. in Party Panic up at the starts.

Pokémon Found


Red, Green and Blue

Wild Pokémon
Pokémon Games Level Rate
010.png Caterpie R/B/G * *
011.png Metapod R/B/G * *
013.png Weedle R/B/G * *
014.png Kakuna R/B/G * *
025.png Pikachu R/B/G 3-5 5%


Wild Pokémon
Pokémon Games Level Rate
010.png Caterpie Y 3-6 55%
011.png Metapod Y 4, 6 20%
016.png Pidgey Y 4, 6, 8 24%
017.png Pidgeotto Y 9 1%


Red and Blue

Bug Catcher 1

RB 010 front.png RB 013 front.png
Caterpie Weedle
Level 6 Level 6

Bug Catcher 2

RB 013 front.png RB 014 front.png RB 013 front.png
Weedle Kakuna Weedle
Level 7 Level 7 Level 7

Bug Catcher 3

RB 013 front.png
Level 9



Y 029 front.png Y 032 front.png
Nidoran Nidoran
Level 6 Level 6

Bug Catcher 1

Y 010 front.png Y 010 front.png
Caterpie Caterpie
Level 7 Level 7

Bug Catcher 2

Y 011 front.png Y 011 front.png Y 010 front.png
Metapod Metapod Caterpie
Level 6 Level 6 Level 6

Bug Catcher 3

Y 010 front.png Y 011 front.png
Caterpie Metapod
Level 8 Level 8

Bug Catcher 4

Y 010 front.png
Level 10

In other languages

Language Name
English Viridian Forest
Spanish Bosque Verde
Italian Bosco Smeraldo
French Foret de Jade
German Vertania-Wald
Japanese トキワの森
Korean 상록숲
Hindi विरिडियन जंगल
Russian Виридианский Лес