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Appendix:HeartGold and SoulSilver walkthrough/Section 4

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This is the Bulbapedia walkthrough for Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions. This walkthrough follows the remade Nintendo DS versions, not Pokémon Gold and Silver.
The guide for those can be found here.

Azalea Town

Azalea Gym

Azalea Gym

Azalea Town Pokémon Gym
Leader: Bugsy

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The Azalea Gym has undergone quite a few changes since the days of Gold and Silver. This time around, the Gym is divided into three separate platforms (entrance, center, and rear), and Trainers must ride the spider-themed karts over webs made of rope to reach the Gym Leader. It may seem confusing, but the karts will always make the first turn they come to. To reach the first junior Trainer (Bug Catcher Al), step on the center kart; otherwise, take the left one to the center platform to fight Bug Catcher Benny. To battle Bug Catcher Josh, flip the blue lever and step on the kart. Ride the kart back to the center platform, and flip the blue switch again, before riding it to the northwest to fight Twins Amy & May. Flip the blue switch by the twins, and ride the kart south, where you'll flip the red switch. Step on the kart again to reach Bugsy at the rear of the Gym.

Azalea Gym
The Hive Badge

After his defeat, Bugsy awards you the Hive Badge. This Badge commands obedience from all Pokémon of level 30 or less, and allows the use of Cut in the field. He also gives you TM89 (U-turn) as a prize. Ride the karts back out of the Gym, and rest up. Head west towards Ilex Forest, and you'll be stopped by that red-haired thief.

152 If the player chose Chikorita: 155 If the player chose Cyndaquil: 158 If the player chose Totodile:

Heal up at the Poké Center after the battle, and head into the forest.

Ilex Forest

Ilex Forest

This large, shadowy forest is a natural maze. It has become so overgrown in recent years that a handful of new trees have sprouted up, but one has chosen an inconvenient spot to grow, blocking the path north past the Ilex Shrine. Without HM01 (Cut), no Trainers can make it through the hardy forest.

Rescue the wily Farfetch'd

Azalea's charcoal maker hasn't seen his apprentice since he went into the forest. You'll find him not far from the entrance, but the two Farfetch'd that help cut down the trees for charcoal have run off. They get spooked easily, so you'll have to sneak up on them both from behind to catch them.

  • The first Farfetch'd is pretty simple to catch. Located just east of the apprentice, you must step on the pile of twigs south of the bird to get its attention. Avoid the other pile of twigs, and loop around the grove of trees to grab it from behind.
  • The second duck is a little trickier to catch. You'll approach it from the south, but you need to chase it to the northeast corner, surrounded by three trees. Step on the twigs to the east, avoid the pile to the north, and approach it from the west.

After both Farfetch'd have been rounded up, the Charcoal Maker walks up, and gives you HM01 (Cut) as thanks for saving his business. If you return to the Charcoal Kiln in Azalea, the apprentice will give you a free Charcoal as a reward. Since you already have the Hive Badge, you are free to explore the rest of the forest.

Pass by the Ilex Shrine, and continue to the northeast. Pick up the X Attack and the Antidote near the pond, and walk to the east. Circle around to the south to reach another Move Tutor.

The Headbutt Guy

In the center of the forest, east of the small pond, is a guy that will offer to teach your Pokémon a useful move. Like in Generation II, headbutting a tree may knock a Pokémon out of it. The difference is, unlike Gold and Silver where you could only headbutt small pine trees, this time you can headbutt any tree. This is the only way to find Pokémon like Pineco, Heracross, and Aipom, so put it to good use!

North of the Move Tutor is the second of the Kimono Girls, who seems to be lost. Agree to help her, and your partner Pokémon will show her the way. Don't forget to grab the Ether nearby.

Another TM

Inside the forest's northern gate is a woman with a Butterfree behind the counter; talk to her to receive TM12 (Taunt). Exit the gate to Route 34.

Route 34

Route 34
Inside the Daycare, with Skitty and Wailord

Route 34 is a fairly short route that connects Ilex Forest and Goldenrod City, but one of the most important areas in the game is located here. The Pokémon Daycare, like its counterpart on Kanto's Route 5, allows Trainers to leave their Pokémon to be raised by an elderly couple. As you approach, Lyra/Ethan shows up to visit the couple, who is revealed to be her/his grandparents. Your neighbor gives you her/his phone number before leaving, and the Daycare Man stops you on your way out to give you both his and his wife's numbers. This way, you can call to check on your Pokémon anytime. Any Pokémon left here will gain 1 EXP for every step you take. However, the Johto Daycare accepts up to two Pokémon to raise at once. If both a male and female are left together, you may return to find that the old couple has found an egg. Keep the egg in your party like you did with Mr. Pokémon's Togepi, and it will hatch a few hours later. This is the only way to get more members of a certain species (like Eevee) and baby Pokémon (like Pichu)! If you don't have a compatible male-female pair, not to worry - track down a Ditto; that shapeshifting blob can mate with almost anything.

Make sure to trade phone numbers with Picnicker Gina near the fence - after beating her in a rematch, she'll give you a Leaf Stone.

Head north to reach Johto's tech-mecca, Goldenrod City.


Return to Route 34 once you can surf. Swim south from the Daycare to find a small path leading into the trees. A trio of Ace Trainers challenges you, and defeating all three gets you a Power Herb, a single-use item that allows the use of two-turn moves (like SolarBeam) to attack right away, without charging up first. All three of these trainers mainly specialize in Water-types so bring an Electric or a Grass-type to bring them down.

← Part 3 Route 32, Union Cave, Route 33, Azalea Town, Slowpoke Well
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Goldenrod City Part 5 →

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