Appendix:HeartGold and SoulSilver walkthrough/Section 4

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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.

Goldenrod City

Goldenrod City

Welcome to Goldenrod, the largest metropolis in Johto and sister city to Saffron in Kanto. This sprawling city boasts several major attractions, including a Pokémon Gym, Bike Shop, Game Corner, Radio Tower, and Department Store. There is so much to do in the big city that it is easy to forget about a single shady character. But with a Rocket Grunt keeping tabs on the Radio Tower, expect to save the city sooner or later. But first thing's first, let's see the sights!

Goldenrod Department Store

Located just east of the Pokémon Center, the Goldenrod Department Store is the largest shop in Johto. The behemoth building consists of eight floors, including the rooftop and basement, and has a wide array of items up for sale.


While there are no shops in the basement, you can take the elevator downstairs to take some items for free.


The Trainer's Market sells basic equipment and items that Trainers may find useful in their travels.


The Battle Connection sells temporary stat-enhancing items.


A pharmacy known as the Medicine Box sells permanent stat-enhancing items.


The TM Corner offers a handful of different TMs for sale. Some of these attacks are very powerful at this part of the game, so consider buying whichever TMs your Pokémon can learn. On Sundays, there is a second shopkeeper who gives out TM27 (Return) if your lead Pokémon is happy, and TM21 (Frustration) if it is unhappy.

Also on 5F, there is a man who is hoping to trade his Machop for a Drowzee. Drowzee are common on Routes 34 and 35, and the Machop received in return will have an advantage at the Goldenrod Gym, and holds a Macho Brace which doubles effort value growth.


The Rooftop Atrium has vending machines that dispense tasty, cheap, health-restoring drinks. In addition, there is a raffle known as the Daily Drawing Corner that may be entered for PokémonDollar.png300. First and second prizes change with the day, but third prize is always a random Berry chosen from a group of seven. You can enter as many times as you want each day.

Day First prize Second Prize Third Prize
Sunday TM Dragon TM02 (Dragon Claw) Luxury Ball Luxury Ball Cheri Berry Cheri Berry
Chesto Berry Chesto Berry
Pecha Berry Pecha Berry
Rawst Berry Rawst Berry
Aspear Berry Aspear Berry
Oran Berry Oran Berry
Persim Berry Persim Berry
Monday TM Ghost TM65 (Shadow Claw) Nest Ball Nest Ball
Tuesday TM Steel TM91 (Flash Cannon) Repeat Ball Repeat Ball
Wednesday TM Electric TM57 (Charge Beam) Net Ball Net Ball
Thursday TM Fighting TM60 (Drain Punch) Quick Ball Quick Ball
Friday TM Normal TM42 (Facade) Dusk Ball Dusk Ball
Saturday TM Bug TM62 (Silver Wind) Timer Ball Timer Ball

Game Corner

At Goldenrod Game Corner, players can win coins by playing the new Voltorb Flip game. The game features a 5×5 grid of tiles, underneath which are numbers (which multiply the current score) and Voltorb (which Selfdestruct, dropping the score to zero). The total number of points and Voltorb in each set of five cards is noted on the edge of the field. The game advances to more difficult levels once all of the 2× and 3× multipliers have been found. Higher levels give the player a chance to win several hundred coins at a time, which can be redeemed for prizes. Talk to Mr. Game to receive a Coin Case, and start saving up!

063 Abra
023 Ekans*
027 Sandshrew*
147 Dratini

TM Normal TM90 (Substitute)
TM Normal TM75 (Swords Dance)
TM Psychic TM44 (Rest)
TM Fire TM35 (Flamethrower)
TM Ice TM13 (Ice Beam)
TM Electric TM24 (Thunderbolt)

Held items
Silk Scarf Silk Scarf
Wide Lens Wide Lens
Zoom Lens Zoom Lens
Metronome Metronome

Bill's House

Bill, the inventor of the Pokémon PC Storage system, lives on the waterfront with his mother and sister. He is currently away on business in Ecruteak City, but since you are using his storage system, his sister gives out his phone number. Calling Bill is a useful way of checking the number of Pokémon stored in the current Box.

After meeting him in Ecruteak, he returns home to Goldenrod. Stop by his house afterwards to receive a gift from him.

Goldenrod Tunnel

The Goldenrod Tunnel runs north-south under the west side of the city, with a small access hallway leading to the basement of the Department Store. The underground hallway houses three shops and a photo booth.

Bargain Shop

The northern shop is only open on Monday mornings, from 4:00am to 9:59am. This merchant deals in valuable items; while having no use themselves, they can be resold elsewhere for decent profit. Each of these items may only be purchased once per week.

Nugget Nugget
Pokémon Dollar4500
Pearl Pearl
Pokémon Dollar650
Big Pearl Big Pearl
Pokémon Dollar3500
Stardust Stardust
Pokémon Dollar900
Star Piece Star Piece
Pokémon Dollar4600

Pokémon Salon

The Pokémon Salon, the center shop, is operated by two brothers. Their services will raise a Pokémon's friendship, though at different rates. The younger brotherSuWeFr charges PokémonDollar.png300, while the older brotherTuThSa charges PokémonDollar.png500. Their shop is closed on Mondays.

Herb Shop

The Herb Shop, the southernmost shop, sells medicinal herbs that heal or revive Pokémon and are less expensive than their traditional counterparts. The downside is that Pokémon do not enjoy their bitter taste, so their friendship rating will decrease slightly as a result. This shop is only open on Saturdays and Sundays.

Energy Root Energy Root
Pokémon Dollar800
Energy Powder EnergyPowder
Pokémon Dollar500
Revival Herb Revival Herb
Pokémon Dollar2800
Heal Powder Heal Powder
Pokémon Dollar450

Name Rater

The Name Rater lives in the house to the west of the Goldenrod Gym. Like his counterpart in Lavender Town, he evaluates a Pokémon's nickname, and allows the Trainer to think up new nicknames for them.

Mood Tester

The woman in the house near the Bike Shop will evaluate the friendship rating of your lead Pokémon. There are certain Pokémon, like Espeon and Umbreon, that can only be acquired when happy with their Trainer. There are many things that can be done to raise a Pokémon's friendship, like grooming it, feeding it vitamins, or simply walking with it.

Bike Shop

The Bike Shop has moved to the city's southeast neighborhood from Cerulean City in Kanto, but demand has not been very strong. Realizing that you have a lot of traveling to do, the owner offers to loan you a Bicycle in the hopes that the advertising will increase interest, and business will pick up. Riding the bike is faster than traveling on foot, and he gains new customers—everybody's happy!

Magnet Train Station

The Magnet Train Station is located next to the Radio Tower. Currently shut down, this bullet train normally travels between Johto's Goldenrod and Kanto's Saffron twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The other major method of travel between regions—sailing on the S.S. Aqua—runs much less frequently, making the Magnet Train the ideal method of transportation.

Radio Tower

The Radio Tower stands tall directly aside of the train station. Every day, the Pokémon Lottery Corner on 1F draws a lucky number. If this number matches the OT number of any of your Pokémon, then you win a prize! The grand prize is a Master Ball, while other prizes include a Max Revive, Exp. Share, PP Up, and Ultra Ball.

Speak to another woman behind the counter to play a promotional quiz game. Answer all five questions correctly to win a Radio Card for the Pokégear. Once installed, you can tune into the following programs.

Program Host(s) Station Description
Pokémon Music Ben 1 (top-left) Broadcasts different music depending on the day of the week.
The Pokémon MarchSuMoWeFr increases the wild encounter rate, while the Pokémon LullabyTuThSa decreases it.
Professor Oak's Pokémon Talk Mary and Oak 2 (top-right) Talk show discussing locations where semi-rare Pokémon can be found.
Street Corner Channel Snap 3 (bottom-left) Broadcasts "Trainer Profiles", a show which describes a randomly-selected Trainer class. Switches with Town Channel every hour.
Town Channel Unknown 3 (bottom-left) Broadcasts "That Town, These People", a show which details the top three landmarks or people in any given city or town. Switches with the Street Corner Channel every hour.
Variety Channel Silver Drama 4 (bottom-right) Broadcasts "Pokémon Search Party", "Serial Radio Drama", and "Buena's Password". These three programs rotate every hour.
Buena's Password Buena 4 (bottom-right) Broadcasts one password every few hours. Trainers tune in at 2am, 5am, 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm, or 11pm then visit Buena to recite the password to earn points redeemable for prizes.

After completing the quiz, the local Gym Leader will compliment you before returning to the Gym.

Visit Buena in her second-floor studio to receive the Blue Card, which stores points earned from her password show. By amassing enough points, you can earn valuable prizes.

Prize Value
Poké Ball Poké Ball 1p
Full Restore Full Restore 3p
Protein Protein 5p
Iron Iron 10p
Prize Value
Carbos Carbos 15p
Nugget Nugget 20p
Rare Candy Rare Candy 25p
HP Up HP Up 30p

Global Terminal

The Global Terminal is located west of the Radio Tower. Inside, Trainers can interact with others from around the world. Trainers can trade, share pictures of their dressed-up Pokémon and PC Boxes, and share Battle Videos taken with the Vs. Recorder.

Goldenrod Gym

Goldenrod Gym

Goldenrod City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Whitney

The Incredibly Pretty Girl!

The Goldenrod Gym specializes in Normal-type Pokémon. Only Fighting-type moves have an advantage here, so the HM06 (Rock Smash) from Route 36 or the TM52 (Focus Blast) from the Department Store can make things much easier. The Gym is designed like a Clefairy, and challengers must navigate around the raised platform to reach the Gym Leader.

Whitney's Clefairy does not post much of a challenge, except for Metronome, which can churn out very powerful attacks, to the detriment of the target, but her Miltank is a troublemaker. Ghost-type Pokémon are typically unaffected by Normal moves, but Miltank's Scrappy ability nullifies this immunity. Its Attract causes infatuation, which restricts opposite-gender foes to attacking only 50% of the time, and Milk Drink allows it to restore its HP. Stomp is a good STAB move, but which can flinch, and Rollout's low base power may not seem like much, but it gets stronger every turn, so end the match quickly before it starts doing serious damage to your team.

Goldenrod Gym
The Plain Badge

Whitney sobs uncontrollably when she loses, ignoring you altogether. Unable to receive the badge, you turn to leave when Lass Carrie suggests trying again. Whitney finally gives up the Plain Badge, which enables the use of Strength in the field. She also hands over TM45 (Attract) as a prize. In addition, she mentions that something called the Pokéathlon Dome is now open next to the National Park, north of the city.

Goldenrod Flower Shop

Before leaving for Route 35, stop by the flower shop just east of the Gym. The woman inside talks about an odd tree on Route 36 that actually squirms around to avoid contact with water. Seeing your new Plain Badge, she hands over the SquirtBottle to help provoke it, hoping to discover the truth behind it. There are two ways to reach Route 36: backtracking to Violet City or battling several trainers on Route 35.

After obtaining the Berry Pots on Route 36, this same woman will be offering Mulch for sale.

Route 35

Route 35

Route 35 is a small path leading north from Goldenrod. The north gate has two exits: the newly-opened Pokéathlon Dome to the west, and the National Park to the north. To the east is a narrow, grassy trail that bypasses the park and connects directly to Route 36.

A Favor

The guard in the southern gate, Webster, gives you his Spearow holding a piece of Grass Mail. He asks you to deliver the mail to the man by the pond on Route 31. If you want to keep Webster's Spearow, use a PC to transfer his Grass Mail to another Pokemon. Talk to the person on Route 31 and show him any Pokémon holding Webster's mail. He will reward you with the TM44 (Rest). Return here to receive an HP Up from Webster as thanks.

Growth Mulch Growth Mulch
Pokémon Dollar200
Damp Mulch Damp Mulch
Pokémon Dollar200
Stable Mulch Stable Mulch
Pokémon Dollar200
Gooey Mulch Gooey Mulch
Pokémon Dollar200

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