Appendix:HeartGold and SoulSilver walkthrough/Section 10

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

Route 44

Route 44

Route 44 is a quiet mountain road that serves as the only path into Blackthorn City. Both the north and south paths lack any tall grass, but Pokémon like Tangela and Lickitung can be found in the grass between the two lakes. The Ice Path is located in the east.

Ice Path

Ice Path, 1F
Ice Path, B1F
Ice Path, B2F
Ice Path, B3F

Ice Path is a mid-sized cave that connects Route 44 directly to Blackthorn City. Navigation can be difficult, as some areas of the cave are covered by a layer of ice. It is also the only location where wild Swinub and DelibirdSS can be found.

1F (northwest)

Pass over the first patch of ice and continue on to the second. This one is larger, and the large pieces of ice make travel more difficult.

Puzzle Solution
#1 Up, Left, Up, Left, Down, Left, Up, Right

After that, go east to reach the next ice patch. This one is smaller, and there is an item, HM07 (Waterfall), lying on the far side of the ice. After that, cross over the platform to reach the northeast ladder.

Puzzle Solution
#2 Right, Down, Left, Up, Left, Down, Left, Up, Right

B1F (north)

There are four boulders scattered around this floor, and each one must be dropped through a different hole to form a path on the floor below. Go north and loop around to find the first two boulders.

Boulder Solution
#1 (southwest) Right 1, Down 3, Left 5, Down 1, Right 1
#2 (west) Up 4, Right 1, Down 1
#3 (east) Left 1, Down 5, Left 1, Down 2, Left 4
#4 (north) Up 2, Right 2, Up 3, Left 2

Start off with the southernmost boulder. Use Strength to move it southward and drop it through the southwest hole. Go back and move the second boulder as far north as possible. Head to the east side to reach the third boulder, and drop it through the southeast hole. Go north and drop the fourth boulder through the north hole. Finally, move the second boulder to the northwest hole. Climb down the ladder in the northeast.

B2F (west)

The boulders from the floor above have formed a convenient spiral that leads to the center of the room. Check the corners for items, including a Max Potion, and a hidden Carbos. Follow the boulders to the room's center, pick up the Full Heal, and climb down the ladder.


Smash the rock, or loop around to the right, to reach the NeverMeltIce. Climb up the east ladder.

B2F (east)

Go south, then head east across the platform. Stand two steps east of the platform, and slide south then east to reach TM72 (Avalanche). Turn around and slide west to reach the ladder.

B1F (south)

Inspect the stalagmite on the south edge of the ice for a hidden Revive. Head northwest, and move the boulder one space southward. Slide west over the ice, then south to reach the Iron. Climb up the western ladder.

1F (southeast)

Grab the Protein on the platform and head south. Another of the Kimono Girls can be found to the south; it seems that she got stuck on the ice. Slide down, left, down, then right to reach her. After a quick shove to clear ground, she thanks you and leaves. Slide left, up, right, down, right, and down to reach the PP Up, then head south to reach the exit. Welcome to Blackthorn City!

Blackthorn City

Blackthorn City

The quiet mountain retreat known as Blackthorn City lies isolated in the northeast. The main attraction is the Blackthorn Gym, the final Gym in the region. North of the Gym is Dragon's Den, a training ground for Dragon-type specialists. On Saturdays, Santos of the Week Siblings can be found here.

Time for a Trade

The girl in the eastern house is looking to trade. She offers her Dodrio in exchange for a female Dragonair. The Dodrio arrives holding a Smoke Ball.

The Move Tutor House

There are four people in the southwest house, all of which provide valuable services regarding a Pokémon's moves.

  • Move Deleter: He can help a Pokémon forget any move, even HM moves.
  • Move Maniac: In exchange for a Heart Scale, he helps a Pokémon remember any move it had previously forgotten.
  • Grandma Wilma: When shown a Dragon Pokémon that is happy with its Trainer, she will teach it the ultimate Dragon-type move, Draco Meteor.
  • Ultimate Move Tutor: He teaches any fully-evolved starter Pokémon the ultimate move of its type; Frenzy Plant, Blast Burn, or Hydro Cannon.

Blackthorn Gym

Blackthorn Gym

Blackthorn City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Clair

The Blessed User of Dragon Pokémon

The Blackthorn Gym uses mostly Water-type and Dragon-type Pokémon. Waters resist Ice and Fire attacks and are weak to Electric. Dragons take less damage from Grass, Fire, Water, and Electric moves, and are more vulnerable to Dragon- and Ice-type attacks. The floor has become unstable due to the lava bubbling underfoot, forcing your lead Pokémon to return to its Poké Ball. Reaching the Gym Leader requires crossing the lava on movable platforms. These platforms each have a blue tile, which causes it to rotate, and two arrow tiles, which move it in the respective direction.

Puzzle Platform 1 Platform 2 Platform 3
Solution 1. ←
2. Button
3. Button
4. →
1. ↑
2. Button
3. →
4. Button
5. Button
6. →
1. ←
2. Button
3. Button
4. →
5. Button
6. ↑
7. ↑
8. ↑
9. Button
10. →
11. Button
12. ↑
13. ↑

Clair's Gyarados can lower its opponent's Attack with its Intimidate Ability. It cannot make good use of its Twister and Dragon Pulse moves due to its lower Special Attack, but Bite builds on its already-high Attack. Both of her Dragonair can inflict paralysis with Thunder Wave, before executing strong moves like Dragon Pulse, Fire Blast, and Aqua Tail. TM25 (Thunder) from the Goldenrod Department Store deals serious damage to Gyarados, while TM14 (Blizzard) from the Goldenrod Department Store or TM72 (Avalanche) from Ice Path can help against her two Dragonair. Her Kingdra's only weakness is Dragon-type attacks, and can beat its target down with the powerful Hydro Pump, Dragon Pulse, and Hyper Beam attacks. Unless your Pokémon happen to know a Dragon attack, you likely have to hammer it with strong, neutrally effective moves.

Blackthorn Gym
The Rising Badge

Clair refuses to accept defeat. She claims that you are still not ready for the Pokémon League, and directs you to take the "Dragon-master challenge". There is a small shrine in the Dragon's Den, a large cave located underneath the city. If you can reach it, she will give up the Rising Badge. Bring along a Pokémon with Surf and Whirlpool, and cross the lake behind the Gym.

← Part 9 Lake of Rage, Goldenrod City
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Route 45, Dark Cave, Route 46, Dragon's Den Part 11 →

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