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Viridian Forest

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Viridian Forest トキワのもり
Tokiwa Forest
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
HGSS Viridian Forest-Morning.png
Map description: A deep and sprawling forest that extends around Viridian City. A natural maze, many people become lost inside.FRLG
A forest filled with nature and Bug-type Pokémon.HGSS
Location: Route 2
Region: Kanto
Generations: I, III, IV
Kanto Viridian Forest Map.png
Location of Viridian Forest in Kanto.
Pokémon world locations

Viridian Forest (Japanese: トキワのもり Tokiwa Forest) is a forest which lies between Viridian City and Pewter City in the middle of Route 2 with both the north and south entrances of Viridian Forest open to the route. The deep and sprawling forest is said to be a natural maze as many people get lost inside. The trees in the forest are so thick that little light gets in, and because of this the forest is full of Bug- and Flying-type Pokémon that attract Bug Catchers and other Trainers.

In Generation II, Viridian Forest no longer exists as a standalone area and has been replaced with a maze of standard trees, containing items and Berry trees, which is now a part of Route 2. The maze forms roughly the same design as before and the items are placed similarly to those located in Generations I and III. However, in the Generation IV remakes, the forest is re-expanded into the state of an actual dungeon, with five Trainers added, and with Pokémon similar to those of Pokémon Yellow.

Geography

Eyecatch of Viridian Forest from Generation III

Viridian Forest is a deep and sprawling woodland expanding across Route 2 reaching to Pewter City in the north and to Viridian City in the south, giving the forest its name. The trees in this area have grown so dense that light has trouble getting through, and because of this the forest seems dark and gloomy. The path across to each terminus winds its way around the dense layers of trees, creating a giant labyrinth many liken to a natural maze, as many people get lost inside. The entrance to the forest seems to be light and airy: the trees are not as thick and sunlight is able to get in fine. The trees stand tall and the grass appears to be long and unmaintained, while trees in the distance appear to be shadowed.

Because of its dark and shady environment, Viridian Forest hosts a large array of different Bug-type Pokémon. They are not particularly powerful, but they will cause status conditions such as paralysis and poison. It is advised from sign posts and even from other Trainers that Trainers should buy status condition healing items such as Antidote and Parlyz Heal before entering the forest. Pokémon such as Caterpie, Weedle, Metapod, and Kakuna inhabit trees and tall grass, allowing themselves to stay hidden from predators. Viridian Forest is also one of the locations where Trainers can seek wild Pikachu as well as under-leveled Pidgeotto, making the forest a very exclusive place to find Pokémon. Bug Catchers, that own common bug Pokémon such as Caterpie and Weedle, come here in groups from Viridian and Pewter to battle and train.

Items

Item Location Games
Bag Antidote Sprite.png Antidote ×2
  • Left side of the tree near the first NPC (hidden)
  • In the northeast area of the forest, past a Trainer tips sign
 R  B  FR  LG 
Bag Potion Sprite.png Potion In the northeast area of the forest, past a Trainer tips sign  Y 
Bag Potion Sprite.png Potion ×2
  • On a grassless dead-end path south of the exit
  • In front of the last Bug Catcher (hidden)
 R  B  Y 
Bag Potion Sprite.png Potion ×3
  • In path of grass east of Route 2 entrance
  • In a small area southeast of the final Trainer tips sign
  • In the west area of the forest, across from the final Bug Catcher (hidden)
 FR  LG 
Bag Poké Ball Sprite.png Poké Ball On a grassy dead-end path north and west of the entrance  R  B  Y  FR  LG 
Bag Big Mushroom Sprite.png Big Mushroom ×2
  • South of Bug Catcher Stacey (hidden)
  • North-west of the Leaf Stone (hidden)
 HG  SS 
Bag Blue Flute Sprite.png Blue Flute Northwest of Bug Catcher Stacey  HG  SS 
Bag Dire Hit Sprite.png Dire Hit Northeast of Bug Catcher Abner inside the north curve  HG  SS 
Bag Full Restore Sprite.png Full Restore At a dead end after going up some steps south-east of Bug Catcher Abner (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag Leaf Stone Sprite.png Leaf Stone After following some steps in the southwest area of the forest  HG  SS 
Bag Max Ether Sprite.png Max Ether In patch of grass west of southern entrance (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag Tiny Mushroom Sprite.png TinyMushroom ×3
  • East of Bug Catcher Ellis (hidden)
  • North of TM77 (hidden)
  • On a ledge north of the southern entrance (hidden)
 HG  SS 
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM77 (Psych Up) At a dead end just past some grass in the furthest southeast area of the forest  HG  SS 

Pokémon

Generation I

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
010 Caterpie
R B Y
Grass Grass
3 5%
010 Caterpie
R B Y
Grass Grass
3-5 50%
010 Caterpie
R B Y
Grass Grass
3-6 55%
011 Metapod
R B Y
Grass Grass
4 5%
011 Metapod
R B Y
Grass Grass
4-6 35%
011 Metapod
R B Y
Grass Grass
4, 6 20%
013 Weedle
R B Y
Grass Grass
3-5 50%
013 Weedle
R B Y
Grass Grass
3 5%
014 Kakuna
R B Y
Grass Grass
4-6 35%
014 Kakuna
R B Y
Grass Grass
4 5%
016 Pidgey
R B Y
Grass Grass
4, 6, 8 24%
017 Pidgeotto
R B Y
Grass Grass
9 1%
025 Pikachu
R B Y
Grass Grass
3, 5 5%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Generation III

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
010 Caterpie
FR LG
Grass Grass
3-5 40%
013 Weedle
FR LG
Grass Grass
3-5 40%
014 Kakuna
FR LG
Grass Grass
4-6 10%
014 Kakuna
FR LG
Grass Grass
5 5%
011 Metapod
FR LG
Grass Grass
5 5%
011 Metapod
FR LG
Grass Grass
4-6 10%
025 Pikachu
FR LG
Grass Grass
3, 5 5%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Generation IV

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
010 Caterpie
HG SS
Grass Grass
3 40% 40% 0%
013 Weedle
HG SS
Grass Grass
3 40% 40% 0%
011 Metapod
HG SS
Grass Grass
3-5 30% 30% 0%
014 Kakuna
HG SS
Grass Grass
3-5 30% 30% 0%
016 Pidgey
HG SS
Grass Grass
3 10% 0% 0%
016 Pidgey
HG SS
Grass Grass
3-7 0% 15% 0%
012 Butterfree
HG SS
Grass Grass
7 10% 0% 0%
015 Beedrill
HG SS
Grass Grass
7 10% 0% 0%
025 Pikachu
HG SS
Grass Grass
4-7 6% 6% 0%
025 Pikachu
HG SS
Grass Grass
4 0% 0% 5%
017 Pidgeotto
HG SS
Grass Grass
7 4% 9% 0%
163 Hoothoot
HG SS
Grass Grass
3-5 0% 0% 80%
164 Noctowl
HG SS
Grass Grass
7 0% 0% 15%
Headbutt
163 Hoothoot
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
3-7 50%
273 Seedot
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
3-6 30%
273 Seedot
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
3-6 5%
167 Spinarak
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
4 10%
168 Ariados
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
5-6 10%
165 Ledyba
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
4 10%
166 Ledian
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
5-6 10%
164 Noctowl
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
5-7 5%
285 Shroomish
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
5-6 5%
285 Shroomish
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
5-6 30%
Swarm
401 Kricketot
HG SS
Swarm Swarm
3-5 40%
Special Pokémon
322 Numel
HG SS
Hoenn Sound Hoenn Sound
5 20%
325 Spoink
HG SS
Hoenn Sound Hoenn Sound
3 20%
406 Budew
HG SS
Sinnoh Sound Sinnoh Sound
3 20%
455 Carnivine
HG SS
Sinnoh Sound Sinnoh Sound
5 20%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Trainers

Generation I

Pokémon Red and Blue

Trainer Pokémon
Bug Catcher
Bug Catcher
Reward: PokémonDollar.png60
013 Weedle Lv.6
No item
010 Caterpie Lv.6
No item
Bug Catcher
Bug Catcher
Reward: PokémonDollar.png70
013 Weedle Lv.7
No item
014 Kakuna Lv.7
No item
013 Weedle Lv.7
No item
Bug Catcher
Bug Catcher
Reward: PokémonDollar.png90
013 Weedle Lv.9
No item

Pokémon Yellow

Trainer Pokémon
Lass
Lass
Reward: PokémonDollar.png90
029 Nidoran♀ Lv.6
No item
032 Nidoran♂ Lv.6
No item
Bug Catcher
Bug Catcher
Reward: PokémonDollar.png70
010 Caterpie Lv.7
No item
010 Caterpie Lv.7
No item
Bug Catcher
Bug Catcher
Reward: PokémonDollar.png60
011 Metapod Lv.6
No item
010 Caterpie Lv.6
No item
011 Metapod Lv.6
No item
Bug Catcher
Bug Catcher
Reward: PokémonDollar.png80
010 Caterpie Lv.8
No item
011 Metapod Lv.8
No item
Bug Catcher
Bug Catcher
Reward: PokémonDollar.png100
010 Caterpie Lv.10
No item

Generation III

Trainer Pokémon
Bug Catcher Rick
Bug Catcher Rick
シンイチ Shinichi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png72
013 Weedle Lv.6
No item
010 Caterpie Lv.6
No item
Bug Catcher Doug
Bug Catcher Doug
オサム Osamu
Reward: PokémonDollar.png84
013 Weedle Lv.7
No item
014 Kakuna Lv.7
No item
013 Weedle Lv.7
No item
Bug Catcher Anthony
Bug Catcher Anthony
シュンスケ Shunsuke
Reward: PokémonDollar.png96
010 Caterpie Lv.7
No item
010 Caterpie Lv.8
No item
Bug Catcher Charlie
Bug Catcher Charlie
マナブ Manabu
Reward: PokémonDollar.png84
011 Metapod Lv.7
No item
010 Caterpie Lv.7
No item
011 Metapod Lv.7
No item
Bug Catcher Sammy
Bug Catcher Sammy
タツヒロ Tatsuhiro
Reward: PokémonDollar.png108
013 Weedle Lv.9
No item
Trainers with a Vs. Seeker by their names, when alerted for a rematch using the item, may use higher-level Pokémon.

Generation IV

Trainer Pokémon
Bug Catcher Abner
Bug Catcher Abner
シオ Shio
Reward: PokémonDollar.png704
012 Butterfree Lv.44
No item
015 Beedrill Lv.44
No item
025 Pikachu Lv.44
No item
Bug Catcher Ellis
Bug Catcher Ellis
メグル Meguru
Reward: PokémonDollar.png736
013 Weedle Lv.28
No item
014 Kakuna Lv.38
No item
015 Beedrill Lv.46
No item
Bug Catcher Stacey
Bug Catcher Stacey
リキマル Rikimaru
Reward: PokémonDollar.png960
011 Metapod Lv.52
No item
011 Metapod Lv.56
No item
011 Metapod Lv.60
No item
Bug Catcher Dion
Bug Catcher Dion
ソラチ Sorachi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png800
168 Ariados Lv.50
No item
Bug Catcher Dane
Bug Catcher Dane
モンタ Monta
Reward: PokémonDollar.png768
015 Beedrill Lv.44
No item
012 Butterfree Lv.48
No item
Trainers with a telephone symbol by their names will give their Pokégear number to the player, and may call or be called for a rematch with higher-level Pokémon.

Layout

Viridian Forest RBY.png Viridian Forest FRLG.png Viridian Forest HGSS.png
Generation I Generation III Generation IV

Eyecatch

Trainer Tips

Generation III

TRAINER TIPS
Weaken POKéMON before attempting capture!
When healthy, they may escape!

TRAINER TIPS
You can't catch a POKéMON that belongs to someone else.
Throw POKé BALLS only at wild POKéMON to catch them!

TRAINER TIPS
Contact PROF. OAK via a PC to get your POKéDEX evaluated!

TRAINER TIPS
If your POKéMON are weak and you want to avoid battles, stay away from grassy areas!

In the spin-off games

In Pokémon Pinball

In Pokémon Pinball, Viridian Forest appears on the Red and Blue tables; catchable Pokémon include Caterpie, Weedle, Pidgey, Rattata and Pikachu.

In Pokémon Channel

Main article: Viridian Forest (Channel)

In the anime

Outline of Viridian Forest as seen in the anime

Viridian Forest has appeared in multiple episodes of the Pokémon anime. It was first shown at the end of Pokémon Emergency. While traveling through the forest, Ash and Misty encountered a Caterpie, and Ash decided to throw a Poké Ball at it to try and capture it.

The Forest was seen again in Ash Catches a Pokémon, where Ash caught his first two Pokémon: Caterpie and Pidgeotto. Ash effortlessly caught the Caterpie by tossing a Poké Ball at it, and Pidgeotto was caught on the following day after a brief battle with Pikachu. At the end of the episode, after defeating Team Rocket in a battle, Caterpie evolved into Metapod.

The Forest was also the setting of the following episode. While traveling through the Forest, Ash spotted a Weedle and decided to catch it. He used Pidgeotto against it, but a person dressed as a samurai arrived on scene and challenged Ash to a battle. Meanwhile the Weedle escaped and the samurai rebuked Ash for it. The two then engaged themselves in a Pokémon battle, which got stuck on its place for hours as their Metapod were unable to do anything but using Harden. All of sudden, a swarm of Beedrill arrived and carried Ash's Metapod away. The samurai took Ash, Misty, and their other Pokémon to a safe place, but not before running into group of Kakuna which promptly evolved and attacked them. The next day, Ash went and saved his Metapod from under the very same tree, having noticed him there the day before. Due Team Rocket's loud entrance, the Beedrill woke up and started chasing Ash. He apologized Metapod for leaving him in trouble like that, after which he saved his Trainer from a Beedrill's Twineedle attack. Afterwards, he quickly evolved into a Butterfree and saved Ash, Misty, and the samurai by putting the Beedrill asleep with Sleep Powder. At the end of the episode, Ash and Misty left Viridian Forest.

Later in the series, Ash released his newly evolved Pidgeot near Viridian Forest in Pallet Party Panic!. As the group went through Viridian Forest, Ash and his friends were attacked by a flock of Spearow. The flock's leader was a Fearow, which apparently evolved from the Spearow that Ash hit with a rock on the first day of his journey. Ash climbed a tree to escape and found Team Rocket with a flock of Pidgey and Pidgeotto who were in a turf war with the flock of Spearow. After sending Team Rocket falling from tree as a bait for the Spearow, Ash sent out his own Pidgeotto to tell the other bird Pokémon that it was safe to leave. The Fearow then came back, however, and started attacking bird Pokémon. Ash's Pidgeotto tried to fight the Fearow, but was badly hurt. Instead of giving up, however, it then evolved into a Pidgeot. Pidgeot and Pikachu then teamed up to defeat the Fearow and its minions. As Ash also tried to catch the Fearow but failed, forcing them just to chase it away. Ash decided to leave Pidgeot in the Forest to look after the Pidgey and Pidgeotto.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Many important people were born in or near the forest, including Lance, Giovanni, and Yellow. It is said that once every few years, a child is born possessing the mysterious powers of the forest. Lance and Yellow both share the power to heal Pokémon using physical touch as well as the ability to read the minds of Pokémon. In addition, Yellow can also move inanimate objects, namely Poké Balls, as well as raise her Pokémon's levels using the power of Viridian Forest (although this power seems involuntary and temporary). Giovanni has yet to display any special powers.

The forest is first visited in The Secret of Kangaskhan (Red, Green & Blue chapter) by Red and Blue. In their search for Pokémon, they encounter a wild Kangaskhan and its baby. Upon Red's return to Viridian City via the forest, he saves a young Yellow from being attacked by a wild Dratini.

In the Yellow chapter, the forest was the first place Yellow visited after she had assumed guardianship of Pika. She met Bill inside the forest, and not long after, both were attacked by Lorelei. However, Green helped them escape. Much later, Green also revealed that she was the one who set Yellow off on her journey after meeting her at Viridian Forest, recognising her as not only having met Red who had disappeared, but also as the one that fit the criteria given to her by Silver. After teaching her the basics of battling, Green gave a straw hat to Yellow, telling her to disguise herself as a boy and not to reveal her name.

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 常青森林 Sèuhngchīng Sāmlàhm
Mandarin 常磐森林 Chángpán Sēnlín
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Chromový les
Finland Flag.png Finnish Viridianin metsä
French Canada Flag.png Canada Forêt de Jade
France Flag.png Europe Forêt de Jade
Germany Flag.png German Vertania Wald
Italy Flag.png Italian Bosco Smeraldo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 상록 숲 Sang'lok Sup
Poland Flag.png Polish Wertański las
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Bosque Verde*
Spain Flag.png Spain Bosque Verde

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