Appendix:HeartGold and SoulSilver walkthrough/Section 3

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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.

Route 36

A quick detour on the way to Azalea Town, there is only one thing you can do right now. Speak to the guy near the sign to receive HM06 (Rock Smash). The only requirement to use the move in the field is the Zephyr Badge from Violet Gym, so you're free to use it right away. Head south to enter the Ruins of Alph.

Ruins of Alph

The Ruins of Alph, southwest of Violet

The Ruins of Alph have existed since ancient times, and their great age means that they contain many mysteries that remain unsolved to this day. If only someone could unlock the mystery of these enigmatic carvings, something good is bound to happen...

From the northern entrance, walk west through the moss-covered structure and smash the rocks to pick up a Hyper Potion. Head east from here to reach a building in the northeast, which houses the first stone panel puzzle.

Northeast ruins

Without the Surf HM, the only accessible part of the ruins is in the northeast. Step inside the ruined building to find a broken carving of a Pokémon. The top screen shows a hint: it's a Pokémon that lived hidden in the depths of the sea, and had eyes on its back to monitor its surroundings. Restore the tiles to their correct place, and the floor beneath you will open up. This drops you down into the main underground chamber. When you hit the ground, you are greeted by a young man who is amazed that you solved the puzzle. In recognition of your talents, he gives you the Unown Report, which automatically records any Unown you catch. With the first puzzle completed, the first group of Unown (A-J forms) are available for capture inside the ruins. Climb up out of the underground chamber, and return to the ruins in the northeast. Behind the Kabuto carving is a line of mysterious script on the rear wall, which seems to form the word "ESCAPE". Using an Escape Rope in front of it will cause part of it to disappear, revealing a small room with a few helpful items.

With the first puzzle solved, there's nothing else to do here until you can Surf outside of battle, and that requires the badge from Ecruteak Gym. Leave the ruins behind for now, and walk east to reach Route 32.


Return to the ruins after obtaining the Surf and Strength HMs, and then you will be able to reach the rest of the ruins, where a few uncommon Pokémon dwell. This is notably the only place in Johto to find Natu and Smeargle. Also with the Radio Card you've obtained in Goldenrod City you can tune in to the "Mysterious Transmission" on the Radio to improve the chances of finding an Unown that you had not seen yet.

Route 32

Route 32

Talk to the first guy you see and you'll get a Miracle Seed, a held item that enhances Grass-type moves, as a souvenir for defeating the Violet Gym and receiving the Mystery Egg. Not far from him is another man that will give you TM05 (Roar), but you cannot reach him until you can hack your way through the trees. There's a Repel sitting in the tall grass by Picnicker Liz. Near the center of the route the path opens to a small inlet, forcing Trainers to either follow the western shoreline, or take the pier over the water. Defeat Fisherman Ralph on the south end of the pier to exchange phone numbers - he'll call you when the Qwilfish are swarming. Whichever way you go, don't pass up the Great Ball and TM09 (Bullet Seed) on the shore!

The two paths converge again, meeting up just north of the Pokémon Center. Like Route 4 in Kanto, this route also gives Trainers an opportunity to rest their team before tackling the nearby cave. Check out the narrow path behind the Pokémon Center on a Friday to meet Frieda, another of the Week Siblings. When you first meet her, she'll give you a Poison Barb, which powers-up Poison-type moves. A shady guy outside the Pokémon Center offers to sell you some tasty, nutritious SlowpokeTail, the price: only PokémonDollar.png1,000,000! Tell him thanks, but definitely no thanks. Talk to the fisherman inside the building, and he'll give you the Old Rod; with this you can reel in things like Magikarp and Tentacool. Another man in the Pokémon Center is a fan of Kurt's, and will give you two Lure Balls to show his appreciation. South of the Pokémon Center is a tiny trail hidden in the trees; break the rock to pick up the Shell Bell. Rest up and enter Union Cave.

Union Cave

The entrance to Union Cave

On your first time through, you'll only have access to two of the cave's three floors, while the third opens up after you have Surf. An intriguing rumor says that Pokémon cries can be heard coming from somewhere inside the cave, but only on Fridays. Turn west from the entrance, then head north. Pick up the X Attack, and take the stairs down to B1F. Here you can find TM39 (Rock Tomb) to the west, and an X Defend to the north. Get back upstairs, and follow the cave's tunnels to the south. Grab the Great Ball near Firebreather Bill, and the Potion by the western wall. Continue southeast to find the exit, and an Awakening lying nearby. Step outside to reach Route 33.


Make a return trip through Union Cave after winning the Fog Badge from Ecruteak Gym, and obtaining HM04 (Strength). The Surf HM will allow you to reach the southern part of B1F, where a wild Lapras shows up every Friday (even if you caught one here already). Using both HM moves will let you reach the previously-inaccessible areas of the Ruins of Alph.

Route 33

Route 33

Route 33 is extremely short, and connects Union Cave to Azalea Town in the west. Pick the two Apricorns off of the trees, and battle Hiker Anthony. Exchange phone numbers with him, and he'll call you when Dunsparce are swarming in Dark Cave. Head west into town.

Azalea Town

Azalea Town

As you approach the town, you'll see one of the residents yelling at a black-clad person hanging around the Slowpoke Well. The guy soon runs off, but the Rocket grunt won't let anyone get near the well. Inside the town, another Rocket is blocking the door to the Gym, as well. Rest your team at the Pokémon Center, and stop by the Apricorn craftsman's house north of the Gym. He explains that Team Rocket has seized control of the well, and is cutting off Slowpoke tails to sell for profit. He rushes off to save the Slowpoke being held inside the well, so follow him in case he needs help.

Slowpoke Well

Kurt scared off the Rocket grunt that was guarding the entrance, but lost his footing and injured himself when he tried to enter the well. Slowpoke Well is fairly straightforward: you only need to follow the single path and fight three Rocket grunts. Grab the Super Potion near the female Grunt. At the end of the path, you'll encounter the first of the four Rocket Executives, who have all been updated as individual characters instead of a generic Trainer class.

After Proton is defeated, Team Rocket will abandon Slowpoke Well. Kurt will rush over and thank you for helping the Slowpoke, and then you'll be taken instantly to Kurt's house. To show his gratitude, Kurt will give you one of his custom Poké Balls, a Lure Ball, and offer to make you more of them if you bring him Apricorns. His granddaughter will give you his phone number, so that you can call to check on his progress. When you leave Kurt's house, you'll notice that the Slowpoke have returned to Azalea Town. Pick the Wht Apricorn from Kurt's tree, and heal up at the Pokémon Center before challenging the Gym.


Return to the Slowpoke Well after gaining both Surf and Strength and use them to get to B2F. This floor not only has wild Golbat and Slowbro, but also a copy of TM18 (Rain Dance) and a King's Rock which you can use to evolve either Slowpoke into Slowking or Poliwhirl into Politoed. While this is also available at the Pokéathlon on Sundays only, this is the only chance to obtain one without having to undergo a lot of effort to earn enough points in the competitions first.

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