This page is an outline of the Johto and Kanto regions in Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver. I wrote this while playing an English/USA copy of SoulSilver.
New Bark Town
This is basic, but: You can talk to your mother in your house to withdraw or deposit your money. If you ask her to save your money, she takes a % of your earnings when you win a trainer battle and puts it into your savings. Sometimes your mom will spend your money; she will call you to notify you that she bought something with your money, and it can be picked up at the nearest PokeMart (it's usually a berry). Unfortunately, in HG/SS, there are no decorations and thus you cannot decorate your room...
There is pretty much nothing of interest here. A boring city... If you Surf a bit to the west you'll find a guy who gives you a Mystic Water.
Route 30 - Mr. Pokemon's House
Shard Trader - There is a Juggler beside the Pokemon Center which will trade you 3 Berries for 1 Shard. What you get depends on the color of the shard:
Primo Secrets - Inside the pokemon center, you can find a man called Primo. If you tell him certain phrases, he will actually give you secret wallpapers for your PC or pokemon eggs.
To create or join a Group, talk to the blonde-haired man at the Pokemon School. Groups in pokemon are kind of like guilds or clans (with other players). Everyone in the same group will have certain events synchronized in their games. By mixing records with the leader of a group, their group will show up in your game, allowing you to join it. For more details see the page on Bulbapedia..
Kurt "The Stubborn Poke Ball Creator" is located here. He makes balls out of your apricorns once a day; see daily events page.
Ilex Forest: MOVE TUTOR - There is a guy that teaches Headbutt in this forest. Can be taught for free and for an unlimited number of times.
DAY-CARE CENTER - Located on Route 34, this is where you can breed your pokemon. Pokemon breeding is a little intricate, so if you're new to it you should probably do some more research. If you ever forget where it is, remember Rule 34... ha
NAME RATER - Rename your pokemon by talking to this guy, located in the purple/gold tent. Remember, as usual, you can't rename pokemon you got from trades!
FRIENDSHIP CHECKER - A woman in a house on the east area of the city can rate your pokemon's happiness / friendship level. Depending on what she says it will indicate the level:
Remember that trading a pokemon resets its friendship level to 70.
Game Corner - You can play Voltorb Flip here (it's actually kind of fun) and win coins! Note that only the Japanese versions have the regular slot machines; Due to laws against gambling, all translated copies have this card flip game instead. Coins can be exchanged as follows:
Unfortunately, there is no way to buy coins in HG/SS... You must play the mini-game to get them.
Flower Shop - Fertilizer for your Berry Pot is sold here. It's called Mulch, there are 4 types and they each cost 200P:
You get the SquirtBottle here (used for watering berries) after you defeat Whitney. After you clear Sudowoodo from the path, the shop starts to sell mulch. Mulch can also be bought on Route 208 in Sinnoh. It cannot be found at all in Unova, thus it can be sold for a high price in that region. Apparently the people there don't know how to make mulch...
The Growth Mulch is the best if you want to grow berries ASAP
Daily Drawing Corner - This is a raffle on the top floor of the Department Store. Each ticket costs 300P, and you can buy as many as you want. The prizes for 1st and 2nd place change depending on the day of the week.
Goldenrod Underground Tunnel - Located here are the Haircut brothers, and sometimes a shop... See the daily events page
Goldenrod City Station - This is the magnet train that goes from Johto to Kanto. Once you are given the pass by the Copycat girl, you can ride it to Saffron City anytime.
Goldenrod City Radio Tower - This is the location of the daily lottery and Buena's password. See the daily events page
THE GLOBAL TERMINAL
These special features require you to connect to the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
National Park - The Bug-Catching contest is held here on certain days; See the daily events page
Bell Tower - This is the sacred tower where Ho-Oh can be found. If you are playing HeartGold, you probably already have Ho-Oh by this time, and there is little else to do here. If you are playing SoulSilver, you will receive the Rainbow Wing much later in the game. In HeartGold, both the Rainbow Wing and the Clear Bell are required to summon Ho-Oh, and it will appear at Level 45. However in SoulSilver, only the Rainbow Wing is required (obtained in Pewter City), and Ho-Oh will be at Level 70.
Moomoo Farm - Located on Route 39. After you heal the sick Miltank with Oran Berries, the farm owner will begin to sell MooMoo Milk. It heals 100 HP and costs 500P. Thankfully, you can also buy a dozen at a time (it's 6000P for 12).
Seals - A little girl on a green house on the hill will give you 3 seals each day (the decorations for your poke balls). She will only start doing this after you have healed MooMoo the Miltank, and you need to get the Seal Case from there too.
Olivine Port - The Fast Ship sails from here to Vermillion City every Monday and Friday. There will be trainers on it which you can battle.
Olivine Lighthouse / Glitter Lighthouse - This is where Amphy, Jasmine's Ampharos, provides light for the ships of the harbor. Sometimes your partner pokemon will stare at Amphy. There isn't anything really to do in the lighthouse.
The Battle Frontier is located on Route 40 (in G/S/C, this is where the Battle Tower used to be). The Battle Frontier is pretty much the same as it is in the Sinnoh region; It contains the Battle Tower, Battle Hall, Battle Arcade, Battle Castle, and Battle Factory. Each one has its own special features and rules, but basic Battle Tower terms apply, such as that uber-tier legendaries are not permitted to enter. Winning grants you BP (Battle Points) which can be exchanged for prizes. Getting a 100-win streak in the Battle Tower is a difficult task, but it rewards you with a star on your Trainer Card...
IV CHECKER - A man in the Battle Tower can check your party pokemon's Individual Values. His statements are rather vague, but he does tell you which IV stat is the highest.
The Whirl Islands are a group of 4 dangerous and mysterious islands, each connected underground by their maze-like paths. It is said that they were once a single giant island, however people began to fight over the land. In anger and disappointment, the guardian of the island appeared and shattered it into separate islands. This guardian was Lugia, who took residence in a deep underwater cavern.
Shuckie - The house in the bottom left corner of the city is home to a man who will give you his Shuckle for safe keeping. Later, he will ask for it back. If Shuckie's friendship level is high, he will tell you to keep it. If not, and if you do not return his pokemon, he will say that you basically stole it (there is no consequence). If you do return his Shuckle, he will say "thank you" and that's it. Shuckle is a somewhat rare pokemon, so you might want to keep or breed it (although you can still find more in the wild).
House of Cameron the Photographer - You can take a photo of your character outside his house. The photographer himself appears in different locations all over the Johto and Kanto regions; Serebii has a chart detailing this
Located on Route 47, the Embedded Tower is a mysterious structure within a mountain. You need Surf, Waterfall, and Rock Climb to get to it.
Built by people from the Hoenn region, it was originally a very long tower that had 3 different parts. The middle section was located inside the mountain, the bottom section extended far underground into the water, and the top section reached up out of the mountain, high into the sky. However, the tower collapsed long ago, and there is now only one room left. The three sections represent the land, sea, and sky -- as well as the legendary pokemon that symbolize each. If you haven't guessed, this is the location where Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza can be found.
Mr. Pokemon gives you a certain orb after you have already been given the National Dex and Kanto Starter. In HeartGold, you get the Blue Orb, which summons Kyogre. In SoulSilver, you get the Red Orb, which summons Groudon. If you have both Groudon and Kyogre, show them to Professor Oak and he gives you the Jade Orb, which summons Rayquaza. Note that you MUST show him a Groudon and Kyogre which were caught in the Embedded Tower, so from HG or SS only.
Johto Safari Zone
The Safari Zone of Johto is similar to other Safari Zones. In this one however, you can greatly modify the appearances and rates of wild pokemon by modifying and arranging 6 different habitats. There are items you can place which affect the pokemon appearances even further. Overall it is a rather complicated part of the game, but an extremely wide variety of pokemon can be found here. For more information see the Johto Safari Zone on Serebii or Bulbapedia.
Souvenir Shop - This shop is initially run by a suspicious old man, until Lance discovers the hidden Team Rocket HQ in the basement, and helps you drive them out of town. After that, a suspicious old lady runs the shop instead. Her granddaughter claims that unique items are sold here, however they are just regular common items. It is said that the basement of the shop actually used to be a hidden base for the ninja of Mahogany Town.
Lake of Rage
The famous Lake of Rage (or Gyarados Lake) is located north of Mahogany Town. It is a huge lake that is said to have been created by several rampaging Gyarados. Here, a single red Gyarados (a Shiny Gyarados) terrorized the area, due to being irritated by Team Rocket's radio waves. It is the first and (currently) only Shiny Pokemon that is 100% certain to show up in a game. It will be raining at the lake every day except for Wednesdays. When it's not raining, the lake's water level will drop, allowing access to different areas.
Fishing Guru's House - Located near the Lake of Rage, this fishing guru will measure any Magikarp that you bring to him. If you beat his record, he will give you an Ether. This can take several hours depending on your luck; overall not worth it at all.
Ice Path - This cold cavern is the way from Mahogany Town to Blackthorn City. Other than a lot of puzzles and a few rare ice pokemon, there isn't too much of interest.
EFFORT CHECKER - The easternmost house in the city has a woman who can tell if your pokemon's Effort Values are maxed or not. If your pokemon's EVs are not maxed, she says "it needs to work a little harder." If your pokemon has reached the maximum of 510 EVs, she will say "it has worked stupendously hard" and give it an Effort Ribbon!
Move House - These very useful people are located in a house to the left of the PokeMart. With the exception of the Move Reminder, all of these are free and can be used as often as you like. The Move Reminder charges 1 Heart Scale per move. From left to right:
MOVE DELETER- Permanently deletes one of your pokemon's moves. Useful for getting rid of HM moves.
Dragon's Den - Located to the north, it's a sacred area for Dragon-type pokemon which can only be entered after defeating the Gym Leader. The old Dragon Master is located in the dragon's shrine, accessible only with Surf and Whirlpool. After talking with him, if you proved that you have a good heart, he will give you a Dratini with ExtremeSpeed. You must have an open slot in your party to get it. Later in the game, you can also find your rival in the Dragon's Den. Lance and Clair will also appear, and challenge you and your rival to a double battle. After this event, your rival will be available for a re-match at the Indigo Plateau every Monday and Wednesday.
Dark Cave - This cave has 3 different entrances around Johto. Being dark, you need Flash for visibility and Surf to navigate some of it. Wobbuffet and Dunsparce can be found here, along with the Black Glasses and a few other items. Nothing else
Indigo Plateau - The Indigo Plateau is, of course, where you can challenge the Elite Four. After you beat them the first time, their pokemon will become considerably stronger. As always, beating the Elite Four is a great way to farm for EXP and money. Victory Road, and the rest of the path leading up to the Indigo Plateau, is tedious and has nothing worth going back for.
Blue's House - Daisy Oak can groom your pokemon once a day between the hours of 3-4 PM, increasing its friendship level. After a few times, if she is shown a pokemon with a very high friendship level, she will give you Blue's PokeGear number.
Professor Oak's Laboratory - Oak can rate your Johto or National Pokedex if you talk to him. Additionally, he gives you various things throughout the game...
Trainer House - This place used to be the Pokemon Academy. Now, it contains trainers that you can battle once a day. Each trainer you defeat gets you 1 BP. Any pokemon over Level 50 will be temporarily reduced to Level 50, and you receive no EXP or money from these battles (similar to battle tower).
The man on the small hill (which requires Cut or Surf to get to) give you TM85 Dream Eater.
Viridian Forest - North of Viridian City, the forest has Pikachu but overall not much of interest.
Pewter Museum of Science - The museum is free to enter in HG/SS. The scientist here resurrects ancient pokemon from fossils!
Route 3 - Four meteorites are located on this route near Pewter City. Bringing a Deoxys to this location will change it into its different forms.
Mt. Moon - Every Monday night from 20:00-00:00 (8pm to midnight), you can go to the top of Mt. Moon and watch the Clefairy dance. When they spot you and run away they leave behind a Moon Stone. There is also a small shop in this area. Similar to R/B/Y, the first time you cross Mt. Moon, a scientist there will give you a choice between a Helix Fossil or Dome Fossil.
Cerulean Cave - Just like in R/B/Y, this is a high-level cave accessible only after you have defeated the Elite Four. Deep inside the cave, you can find the legendary Mewtwo.
Route 25 - Bill's House is at the end of the cape, north of Cerulean City. Only his grandfather lives there now, and he will talk about a few pokemon that he wishes he could see. If you show him those certain pokemon, he gives you evolution stones in return.
Route 5 - The path south of Cerulean City used to have the Pokemon Daycare in R/B/Y. However, now the house is occupied by an old lady who gives you a Cleanse Tag. (The only daycare in HG/SS is on Route 34.)
Pokemon Fan Club - There is a guy sitting at the table with a Clefairy Doll. The doll actually belongs to the Copycat girl, who asks you to find it for her. The chairman of the club gives you a Rare Candy for listening to his stories.
Vermillion Port - The Fast Ship departs from here on Wednesdays and Sundays. The Vermillion Port is world-famous and several ships make stops here across the versions. However only the Fast Ship is accessible in HG/SS.
Kanto Power Plant - The Power Plant is located north of Lavender Town. The easiest way to get to it is to head east from Cerulean City. You need Surf to get to it. The legendary Zapdos will be hovering outside the building. Yep, he used to live inside the Power Plant, but I suppose it's too crowded in there now...
NAME RATER - Kanto's Name Rater is located in a tent here.
For some reason, the Pokemon Tower was changed into the Kanto Radio Station. The graves were moved to the new House of Memories, many of them underground where only Mr. Fuji is permitted to access. Sometimes, if you talk to your pokemon inside this house, they will be fearful or sad. The Volunteer Pokemon House, Mr. Fuji's house, is still here. Overall there isn't much to do here.
HIDDEN POWER CHECKER - Located inside the prize exchange building of the Game Corner. Talk to him and he will tell you the Hidden Power Type of any pokemon in your party.
Celadon Game Corner - Like the Game Corner in Goldenrod, this one has Voltorb Flip. Here is what the prize exchange shop has:
Unfortunately, there is no way to buy coins in HG/SS... You must play the mini-game to get them.
Celadon Condominiums - The Game Freak Development Room is here. You can speak to different characters that represent the creators of the game! If you have collected all badges, the Sound Designer will give you the GB Sounds item. This neat little thing looks like a Game Boy with earbuds, and turning it on makes most of the in-game music sound like the old games' music!
PAL PARK - Since the Safari Zone was moved, the park north of Fuchsia City became the Pal Park. This is how you can transfer over Pokemon from your Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, or LeafGreen versions. The process is quite simple:
- First of all, you need a DS system that has a GBA slot (the Nintendo DSi, and all other newer models, do not have this). Both games also must be of the same language.
Note: In D/P/Pt, you can only migrate 6 pokemon per day. In HG/SS, it is unlimited.
Also, there is a girl in the Pal Park lobby who gives you a Crown if you have FireRed inserted, or a Tiara if you have LeafGreen inserted (they're Accessories).
Shard Trader - Like in Violet City, there is a Juggler who will trade you 3 Berries in exchange for 1 Shard:
Fighting Dojo - The Karate Master from R/B/Y is not here anymore, as he is training in Johto. However, the Fighting Dojo has become the place where you can re-battle the 16 Gym Leaders. You must have the Leader's PokeGear number and call them at a specific time in order to organize a rematch. After that, they will be waiting for you here in the Fighting Dojo. If you are missing some phone numbers or need to know when to call for a rematch, see the Daily Events page...
Copycat - The Copycat girl lost the PokeDoll that a boy gave her three years ago (Red, in the events of R/B/Y). It's found in the Pokemon Fan Club in Vermilion City. If you return it to her, she gives you her Magnet Train Pass, which gives you unlimited access to the Magnet Train.
Magnet Train Station - Transports you from Saffron City to Goldenrod City in a few seconds. You must have the Magnet Train Pass.
Since most of the island was destroyed by the volcano's eruption, there isn't much of a town left. The terrain on the island can be scaled with Rock Climb to find a few items. Blaine's Gym was relocated to the Seafoam Islands.
Seafoam Islands - You need Surf and Strength to get through the island caverns. At the lowest area, you will find the legendary Articuno.
Once you have 16 Badges, you will be permitted to enter Mt. Silver. To fully traverse this mountain, you will need Surf, Waterfall, and Rock Climb. The legendary Moltres is found in a low hole in the mountain.
At the mountain's summit, you will find the strongest (and most badass) Trainer in the game: Red. Be warned that he carries a full team of powerful pokemon around levels 80-90. Conveniently, every time you beat the Elite Four again, you will also be able to re-battle Red. If you have defeated him, tell Professor Oak and he'll give you one of the three original Kanto Starter Pokemon!
* Well, I think that's it. Send me an email if I left out something important! *