Headbutt tree

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Headbutt trees are special trees found in the Johto and Kanto regions that a Pokémon can use Headbutt on to encounter wild Pokémon. They are only found in the games that contain Johto: Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Generation II

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In Generation II, most outdoor areas contain a number of special trees (GSC Headbutt.png) that Pokémon can use Headbutt on. These trees are distinct from other trees that either take up two vertical paces or that have rounded tops. When a Pokémon uses Headbutt on a tree, a wild Pokémon may drop out of the tree. Depending on the time of day, the Pokémon that falls out may be asleep. Some Pokémon can only be caught by this method (e.g., Pineco, Heracross).

All headbuttable trees contain wild Pokémon, but different trees have different chances of creating an encounter after Headbutt is used. The headbuttable trees in an area also generate their encounters from different sets of Pokémon depending on whether they have moderate encounter chances or low encounter chances. For example, on Route 44, trees with moderate encounter chances may only contain Spearow or Aipom, while trees with a low encounter chance may also contain Heracross.

Mechanics

Every headbuttable tree can be associated with an index from 0 to 9. Depending on the player's Trainer ID, half of those indices correspond to trees with moderate encounter chances, while the other half correspond to trees with a low encounter chance.

A tree's index depends on its X and Y coordinates in the map; that is, its distance from, respectively, the westmost and and northmost edges.

index = ( ( X * Y + X + Y ) / 5 ) % 10

To gain some insight into this formula, it is possible to "fix" one dimension and traverse the other, since X and Y are freely interchangeable. Substituting "Z" for one axis (the fixed axis) and "n" for the other (the axis that will be traversed), the formula becomes:

( ( Z * n + Z + n ) / 5 ) % 10

which then becomes:

( ( (Z + 1) * n + Z ) / 5 ) % 10

This result shows that, if a single row or column of trees is traversed (i.e., if n changes), moving from one tree to the next changes the index (before the modulo operation) by (Z + 1) / 5, where Z is the distance of that row or column from its origin edge (north or west). In short, the closer a row or column is to the edge (the smaller Z is), the slower the indices of those trees will change as the row or column is traversed.

The encounter chances associated with a tree of a given index are determined by a "pivot" index determined by the player's Trainer ID (specifically, the rightmost digit of the player's Trainer ID).

pivot = trainer_id % 10

If a tree's index matches the pivot index, its encounter chances are 80%; the next four tree indices (effectively, ( pivot + n ) % 10, where n = 1...4) have encounter chances of 50%; and the remaining indices have encounter chances of 10%. The 80% and 50% indices make up the "moderate" encounter chances referred to above, and share a common set of Pokémon from which encounters are created, while the 10% indices draw from a different set of Pokémon for encounters.

Pokémon

Pokémon Gold and Silver

Wild Pokémon encounters from headbuttable trees in Pokémon Gold and Silver fall into two simple groups.

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Moderate-encounter trees
010 Caterpie
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 65%
011 Metapod
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 15%
012 Butterfree
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 5%
013 Weedle
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 65%
014 Kakuna
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 15%
015 Beedrill
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 5%
102 Exeggcute
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 15%
Low-encounter trees
010 Caterpie
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 50%
012 Butterfree
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 5%
013 Weedle
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 50%
015 Beedrill
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 5%
102 Exeggcute
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 15%
204 Pineco
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 30%
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.

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Moderate-encounter trees
021 Spearow
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 80%
190 Aipom
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 20%
Low-encounter trees
021 Spearow
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 50%
190 Aipom
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 20%
214 Heracross
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 30%
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.

Pokémon Crystal

In Pokémon Crystal, wild Pokémon encounters from headbuttable trees fall into six different groups.

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Moderate-encounter trees
021 Spearow
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 50%
214 Heracross
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 30%
190 Aipom
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 20%
Low-encounter trees
021 Spearow
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 65%
190 Aipom
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 20%
023 Ekans
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 15%
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.

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Moderate-encounter trees
012 Butterfree
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 5%
015 Beedrill
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 5%
163 Hoothoot
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 50%
164 Noctowl
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 10%
204 Pineco
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 30%
Low-encounter trees
010 Caterpie
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 15%
011 Metapod
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 5%
013 Weedle
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 15%
014 Kakuna
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 5%
163 Hoothoot
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 60%
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.

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Moderate-encounter trees
048 Venonat
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 15%
102 Exeggcute
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 20%
163 Hoothoot
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 65%
Low-encounter trees
102 Exeggcute
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 20%
163 Hoothoot
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 50%
204 Pineco
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 30%
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.

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Moderate-encounter trees
023 Ekans
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 15%
102 Exeggcute
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 20%
163 Hoothoot
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 65%
Low-encounter trees
102 Exeggcute
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 20%
163 Hoothoot
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 50%
204 Pineco
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 30%
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.

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Moderate-encounter trees
102 Exeggcute
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 20%
163 Hoothoot
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 50%
165 Ledyba
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 15%
167 Spinarak
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 15%
Low-encounter trees
102 Exeggcute
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 20%
163 Hoothoot
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 50%
204 Pineco
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 30%
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.

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Moderate-encounter trees
021 Spearow
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 80%
190 Aipom
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 20%
Low-encounter trees
021 Spearow
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 50%
190 Aipom
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 20%
214 Heracross
G S C
Headbutt Headbutt
10 30%
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

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Pokémon are not grouped by terrain, but now appear in specific locations. Unlike Generation II, not all trees will guarantee an encounter with a wild Pokémon. However, if a tree does cause a wild Pokémon to appear, there is a high chance of encountering a Pokémon again next time. Likewise, if no Pokémon appears when a tree is Headbutted, no Pokémon will ever appear for that tree. Repel cannot prevent Pokémon from appearing when headbutting a tree.

Also, the available Pokémon differ from tree to tree, as illustrated below.

An example of the population of two trees in Pewter City
Tree 1
Pokémon Levels
163 Hoothoot 2-9
204 Pineco 2-11
265 Wurmple 3-6
Tree 2
Pokémon Levels
163 Hoothoot 10-19
265 Wurmple 5-8

For example, a tree in Pewter City may house Hoothoot, Pineco and Wurmple, while another in the same locality may house only Hoothoot and Wurmple. The level ranges may also differ for the same Pokémon. As such, not all Pokémon may be found in one tree within a specific location; the (Pewter City) table only reflects the lowest and highest possible level of all Pokémon found in the entire location.

This also explains why some Pokémon can only be found in a specific tree within that location (e.g. Starly in Pewter City or Taillow in Cherrygrove City). These trees are usually hidden, or only accessible via an HM move like Surf or Rock Climb.

Pokémon found through Headbutt

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
011 Metapod
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
3-5
25-28
10%
50%
012 Butterfree
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
6-8
25-28
10%
30%
014 Kakuna
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
3-5
25-28
10%
50%
015 Beedrill
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
6-8
25-28
10%
30%
021 Spearow
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
2-8
11-20
21-30
50%-80%
048 Venonat
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
17-19 15%
102 Exeggcute
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
2-25
28-32
20%-65%
114 Tangela
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
24-30 15%
163 Hoothoot
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
2-19
21-34
50%-80%
164 Noctowl
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
5-7
6-8
5%
10%
165 Ledyba
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
3-7
11-19
21-27
31-32
10%
30%
167 Spinarak
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
3-7
11-19
21-27
31-32
10%
30%
177 Natu
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
39-43
42-48
20%
190 Aipom
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
3-8
13-16
21-27
39-48
20%-30%
204 Pineco
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
2-17
28-29
30%
214 Heracross
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
2-5
11-17
21-30
39-48
20%-50%
Pokémon appearing in only one location
010 Caterpie
HG SS
Headbutt Ilex Forest
3-5 30%
013 Weedle
HG SS
Headbutt Ilex Forest
3-5 30%
166 Ledian
HG SS
Headbutt Viridian Forest
5-7 10%
168 Ariados
HG SS
Headbutt Viridian Forest
5-7 10%
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.

Post-National Pokédex only

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
265 Wurmple
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
2-10
21-30
20%
65%
415 Combee
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
10-20
26-30
20%
65%
Pokémon appearing in only one location
273 Seedot
HG SS
Headbutt Viridian Forest
3-7 30%
273 Seedot
HG SS
Headbutt Viridian Forest
3-7 5%
276 Taillow
HG SS
Headbutt Cherrygrove City
18-25 35%
285 Shroomish
HG SS
Headbutt Viridian Forest
3-7 5%
285 Shroomish
HG SS
Headbutt Viridian Forest
3-7 30%
287 Slakoth
HG SS
Headbutt Kanto Route 25
10-18 35%
396 Starly
HG SS
Headbutt Pewter City
5-12 35%
412 Burmy
Plant Cloak
HG SS
Headbutt Johto Route 38
18-25 35%
420 Cherubi
HG SS
Headbutt National Park
18-25 35%
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.

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