The fourth generation continues with Pokemon HeartGold and Pokemon SoulSilver, the much-anticipated remakes of second-generation Gold and Silver, with some aspects from Crystal.
|Japan||September 12, 2009|
|America||March 14, 2010|
|Europe||March 26, 2010|
The gameplay follows the same story as Gold/Silver/Crystal. You start in Johto and must travel the area beating the eight gym leaders and then the Elite Four (plus the Champion). After 'completing' the game you are able to visit the original Kanto region and battle its eight gym leaders as well as
Red, a tough trainer found on top of Mt. Silver.
The graphics and music were improved, with terrain looking more 3D-like than in previous games. A key item obtainable later in the game called
GB Sounds allows you to switch back to the original 8-bit music. The menu system was vastly improved, making better use of the touch screen for the majority of functions.
HG/SS makes much better use of the touchscreen than the previous games, with the game's menu now residing on the touchscreen. All the menu items like the pokedex and bag can be navigated by the screen alone (although you can still use the DS buttons if you like).
HeartGold & SoulSilver also sees the return of a feature from Pokemon Yellow where your lead party pokemon follows you around outside its PokeBall. However, the larger pokemon like Ho-Oh or Wailord are put into their PokeBalls when you go inside building.
The most significant addition was the Pokéwalker - a new peripheral to which you can send Pokemon and
take them for a walk. It counts your steps and you can unlock multiple routes with pokemon to catch and items to find. See our Pokéwalker page for full details.
A feature called the Pokéathlon is included, which is a series of mini-games that test your Pokemon's ability in five newly-introduced stats: Power, Skill, Stamina, Speed and Jump. These are separate from Pokemon's regular stats but are usually based on them or the Pokemon's attributes. Flying pokemon generally have better Jump, while pokemon with higher Attack/SpAtk often have more Power.
Defog is replaced by Whirlpool as HM05.
You can also capture many legendary Pokemon in HG/SS, not just the ones from the Johto Pokedex.
The two main legendary Pokemon are Lugia and Ho-Oh, the mascots of SoulSilver and HeartGold repsectively. Lugia is located at Whirl Islands, while Ho-Oh is located at the Bell Tower. You encounter your game's mascot during the storyline at level 45, and must capture or defeat it (if you faint it, it will reappear again after you beat the Elite Four).
You can also catch Lugia in HeartGold and Ho-Oh in SoulSilver later in the game. A person in Pewter City will give you a Silver Feather or Rainbow Wing which allows access to Whirl Islands or the Bell Tower repsectively. The Pokemon will be level 70.
Suicune is slightly different in that it doesn't exactly roam, but when you walk nearby, it flees to another location. After a few times you will be able to battle it. See the PokeBase question, Where is Suicune? for the locations.
Known as the
legendary birds, they are more-or-less in the same locations as FireRed/LeafGreen and are at level 50. Articuno is in Seamfoam Islands; Zapdos is outside the Power Plant; but Moltres is in Mt. Silver rather than Victory Road.
Just like in the original games and FireRed/LeafGreen, Mewtwo is inside Cerulean Cave, and one of the strongest at level 70.
After you have defeated Red on top of Mt. Silver, you can obtain an orb from Mr. Pokemon - the Blue Orb in HG or the Red Orb in SS. These allow you to capture Kyogre or Groudon repsectively, when you take them to the Embedded Tower on Route 47.
If you trade the opposing Pokemon into your game and talk to Professor Oak, he will give you a Jade Orb. Both Pokemon must have originated in HG/SS, not migrated from Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald or anywhere else. Return to the Embedded Tower and Rayquaza will be there!
After obtaining the National Pokedex, Steven Stone will meet you outside the Vermillion City Pokemon fan club, and either Latias (HeartGold) or Latios (SoulSilver) will be roaming around Kanto. You can check where they are in the PokeGear.
You could also encounter the opposite Pokemon in each game by getting the Enigma Stone from a wi-fi event, then showing it to Steven at Pewter City museum. The event is no longer running.
The Sinnoh legends are also available if you received the special Arceus given away at the recent Pokemon movie. Take it to the Ruins of Alph and you will be able to access the
Sinjoh Ruins and capture one of Dialga, Palkia or Giratina, at level 1.
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