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Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver – Your Guide to the Pokewalker

When the original Pokemon Gold, Silver and Crystal, you were able to buy an strange cross between a pedometer and a Tamagotchi virtual pet known as the Pokemon Pikachu 2 GS. This digital device could be clipped to your belt and would count the number of steps you took. These steps could then be traded in for “watts.” Watts had two purposes. The first was that they could buy presents for the virtual Pikachu pet contained within the PP2GS so that it would like you more. The second was that you could trade the watts through the PP2GS’ infrared port. It would then communicate with the Game Boy Colour’s port and then allow you to download items through Pokemon GSC’s “Mystery Gift” option. Well with the release of Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver, you’ll discover that there is a pack-in with your copy of the game known as the Pokewalker. This device builds off the premise of the PP2GS and expands to a degree no one had ever thought of before. Join us as we give you some information on this strange little bonus item and how you can use it to maximize your experiences in Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver.

Pedometer Aspects

The core aspect of the Pokewalker is the same as the Pokemon Pikachu 2 GS. However, with the Pokewalker, you aren’t stuck with just Pikachu. At anytime you can transfer a single Pokemon into the Pokeball shaped disc. Then as you walk around, the pedometer aspect of the Pokewalker takes effect and it slowly raises your Pokemon’s happiness as well as your level. Let’s say you’re going on a ten mile hike. Transfer in say, a Scizor, and then strap the Pokewalker to your pants. By the time you get back you’ll happy a significantly more powerful Pokemon as well as one with a high happiness rating. This is an excellent way to evolve those Pokemon like Chansey into Blissey or Igglybuff into Jigglypuff.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All?

The biggest difference between the Pokewalker and the Pokemon Pikachu 2 GS is that not only will you be walking around while wearing the Pokewalker, but your Pokemon will be walking too! You’ll have over two dozen locations to eventually choose from, but you’ll have to unlock most of them by playing through Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver.

Once you have chosen your location you can use Watts to trigger Pokemon battles within the Pokewalker. If you don’t have enough Watts, you won’t get to battle. Once you initiate battle, you are given a choice of four pieces of grass. You must choose one and, if you choose correctly, a Pokemon will pop out and you’ll be able to battle. You’ll only have two battling options in this case: Attack and Dodge. Both are self-explanatory. Once you’ve weakened the opposing Pokemon, you can try to catch it. You can only store three Pokemon on your Pokewalker before having to send some back to your main game, so you might have to be choosy with what you keep.

One of the more interesting things about these battles are that some Pokemon can ONLY be caught through the Pokewalker while others might have different and/or unique moves only available on the Pokewalker. One example is the Yellow Forest Pokewalker area, which can only be obtained by downloading it through a Wi-Fi connection. This special location only contains Pikachu Pokemon, including rare Flying and Surfing Pikachu. Of course they’ll be a bit hard to catch, but how fun will it be to have one of those, right?

Exclusive Pokewalker Pokemon

These Pokemon can only be found and captured within the Pokewalker unless you transfer Pokemon over from Pokemon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum. Numbering is based on the National Dex.

#300 Skitty
#318 Carvanha
#320 Wailmer
#349 Feebas
#351 Castiform
#352 Kecleon
#357 Tropius
#361 Snorunt
#422 Shellos
#442 Spiritomb
#456 Finneon
#459 Snover

Itemfinder

Another neat option in the Pokewalker is the Itemfinder aspect. Each use of the Itemfinder costs three Watts. When you choose to activate the Itemfinder, you are then given a choice of six bushes. You have to pick one of those bushes, and hopefully an item will appear. Items have a common, uncommon and rare frequency but as some of the rare items are exceedingly valuable it’s definitely worth using three measly Watts to try and get one of them. For example, if we stay with the previous example of the Yellow Forest, a common item would be something mundane like a Big Mushroom. Rare items however run the gambit from a Thunderstone to the all-important (for Pikachu) Light Ball. You can store up to ten items of the Pokewalker so if you can’t get the item you are looking for right away, at least you have plenty of chances before you have to transfer items over.

Trading

One of the classic aspects of Pokemon is the ability to trade things with your friends, usually Pokemon. Trading can now be done through the Pokewalker as well. As long as you and a friend have one, you can swap items between the two of you. Unlike trading Pokemon where sometimes you have to unlock an in-game event in order to swap Pokemon from a previous title, The Pokewalker will let you trade even if you have a course your friend doesn’t and vice versa.

Diary

When you hook your Pokewalker back up to the DS and your cart of either Pokemon Heart Gold or Soul Silver, you’ll be given diary entries similar to what you had in Pokemon Fire Red and Leaf Green. These diary entries will tell you what Pokemon you captured, what items you found, who you traded with and more. These entries don’t add anything to the game per say, but is a cute little piece of fluff that help to further integrate the Pokewalker with the Heart Gold and Soul Silver experience.

It’s wonderful to see the Pokewalker as a free pack-in when you purchase Pokemon Heart Gold or Soul Silver. The original Pokemon Pikachu 2 GS was between ten and twenty dollars, so this is a great addition to the overall package. Much like with how Pokemon Fire Red and Leaf Green came with Wi-fi adapters if you purchased the games new, this is a wonderful way to reward gamers for purchasing these titles instead of doing something just for pre-orders. This was people who can’t buy a game on release day still get a little something extra besides the game itself. I love how the Pokewalker is more than just a pedometer and Mystery Gift addendum this time around. I think I’m most happy about how much easier it is to get a Spiritomb here than in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. I mean, if you didn’t have a Wi-Fi connection, you pretty much couldn’t get it. Now everyone has an opportunity and I think that’s awesome. Best of all the Pokewalker is something that rewards you for doing exercise. Whether you walk to a friend’s house, go on a bike ride, or get on a treadmill at the gym, you’ll not only be improving your Pokemon, but your own body as well. Very cool.

Pokewalker Courses

Below is a list of all the Pokewalker courses (albeit with Japanese course names) with a list of the Pokemon you can catch on them.

Refreshing Field:
DoDuo
Kangaskhan
Nidroan Male
Nidoran Female
Pidgey
Sentret

Noisey Forest
Bellsprout
Oddish
Paras
Spearow
Venonat
Wobbuffet

Rugged Road
Geodude
Hoothoot
Machop
Magby
Onix
Ponyta

Beautiful Beach
Poliwag
Psyduck
Slowpoke
Staryu
Sunkern
Wooper

Suburban Area
Elekid
Hoothoot
Magnemite
Murkrow
Ratatta

Dim Cave
Gastly
Machop
Onix
Smoochum
Zubat

Blue Lake
Dratini
Goldeen
Krabby
Poliwag
Shellder
Tentacool

Town Outskirts
Abra
Furret
Grimer
Koffing
Ratatta
Voltorb

Hoenn Field
Illumise
Linoone
Skitty
Volbeat
Wurmple
Zigzagoon

Warm Beach
Azurill
Carvanha
Goldeen
Horsea
Magikarp
Wailmer

Volcano Path
Geodude
Houndour
Meditite
Ponyta
Rhyhorn
Slugma

Tree House
Castiform
Girafarig
Gloom
Kecleon
Stantler
Weepinbell

Scary Cave
Ghastly
Machop
Marowak
Natu
Tauros
Zubat

Sinnoh Field
Bidoof
Budew
Combee
Kricketot
Mime Jr.
Shinx

Icy Mountain
Bronzor
Mareep
Sneasel
Snorunt
Snover
Swinub

Big Forest
Bibarel
Bonsly
Exeggcute
Mareep
Tangela
Tropius

White Lake
Buizel
Chinchou
Chingling
Haunter
Misdreavus
Remoraid

Stormy Beach
Finneon
Magicarp
Psyduck
Seel
Shellder
Shellos

Resort
Clefairy
Hoppip
Jigglypuff
Marill
Pachirisu
Pikachu

Quiet Cave
Chingling
Feebas
Golbat
Munchlax
Noctowl
Spiritomb

Beyond the Sea
Chinchou
Corsola
Horsea
Octillery
Remoraid
Starmie

Night’s Sky Edge
Clefairy
Geodude
Hoothoot
Jigglypuff
Onix
Zubat

Yellow Forest
Flying Pikachu
Pikachu
Surfing Pikachu

DLC Track
Buneary
Chatot
Croagunk
Pachirisu
Pikachu
Sableye

Shopping
Eevee
Meowth
Pelipper
Pikachu
Poliwhirl
Torchic

Champ Path
Beldum
Bronzor
Duskull
Horsea
Magikarp

Amity Field
Cleffa
Elekid
Happiny
Igglybuff
Magby
Munchlax
Smoochum

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  • kiemi

    what the hell best game ever

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  • Corn Dog

    Complaints about the pokewalker:
    1. When the pokemon levels up when returning back to the game, the pokemon won’t evolve, or learn new moves. This only happens while leveling up during game play.

    2. The pedometer does not work the same as the picachu 2 gs. When you shake the P2gs, it counts as one step. Instead of constantly walking to level up, you can take a brake and shake it in your hand. The pokewalker has a different mechanism in it it that only counts steps while in a walking motion.

  • Corndog – Your first one is valid but the second isn’t true. Just shake the Pokewalker with slow rhythmic timing and it’ll be fine. You really should be getting out and actually walking with it though. I mean it has the word WALKER in the name for a reason. ;-)

  • Kiko

    ok, so this game is pretty cool. the pokewalker is kinda pointless, and next to useless for leveling up pokemom. the graphics are ok, but some color would be nice. the sounds are annoying. but i love this game.

  • @Kiko – I wouldn’t say useless. It’s actually really helpful for training Pokemon like Igglybuff, like Alex said. But it’s also really, really helpful for either 1) training while running errands or working out (don’t think I’m not taking my Pokewalker onto the ice tomorrow to skate) and 2) training Pokemon that you’d rather not take into battle. Would you rather screw around with Magikarp in the game, or gain experience with him elsewhere?

  • Don’t forget it also can net you Pokemon long before you would ever find them in the game. I got Ponyta, Paras, Elekid(!), Machamp and Magnemite that way.

  • Chris

    @ Alex > How did you get a Machamp in the Pokewalker? You can only get him by trading/evolving Machoke…

  • Chris – You get a Machop in the Pokewalker and do the next two evolutions. I had Machop before my first badge and had it evolved to Machamp by the time I fought Morty.

  • Chris

    Alex – I’m assuming you caught a Machop in the Pokewalker right? Or did you catch one in your game and transfer it to your PW? Can you e-mail bladediablo11@cox.net and tell me how you did it? I would love to evolve my Haunter without having to do a trade to another person.

  • Chris, as I said before, “You get a Machop in the Pokewalker and do the next two evolutions. I had Machop before my first badge and had it evolved to Machamp by the time I fought Morty.”

    Certain Pokemon have to be traded to evolve.

  • Chris

    Right, and to get Machamp, you must do a trade with a Machoke to evolve. That’s why I am asking…

  • I traded with my Japanese copy of Heart Gold and traded it back to cause the evolution. it doesn’t matter who you trade it to in order to trigger the evolution.

  • Pogiforce

    I think the items you can find also depend on what route you are on. I found a BIg Pearl at the beautiful beach, and a Light Ball in the Yellow Forest.

  • Nick

    Does the pokewalker work w/ other pokemon games?

  • Goldy

    Nick, it works with YOUR cart of HG/SS, and hte PokeWALKER is a Fail at getting Fat people to walk, possibly referring to some of you…

  • dewheart

    on my pokewalker ive got over 10000 wats and i cant unlock hoen field or any past it

  • Andrea

    My daughter erased the actual soul silver game in her DS and it said it would erase the memory of the pokewalker. She tried to put gyrados, who was still in her pokewalker, back into her DS and the DS said she had to have a different pokemon in the PC. When she tried to put pidgy from the DS into her pokewalker it won’t let her because gyrados is still there. We took the batteries out of the pokerwalker thinking it would reset but it hasn’t after a week. Gyrados is STILL there. Is there any way to take him out? She has was trying to fgure it out for days prior to taking out the batteries out, but to no avail…. Can you help, please?

  • Andrea – you had to put Gyarados back in your game BEFORE you deleted it. What you’ve got know is a weird error loop. The Pokewalker can only be attached to a single HG/SS game and you erased that game with data for that game still in the Pokewalker. So now there is no place for that Gyarados to go and you put Pidgey in until you dump Gyarados. There is really not much you can do at this point. I would call the troubleshooting hotline on the Pokewalker instructions and see if someone can help on Nintendo’s end.

  • Andrea

    Thanks so much for your help and time….Jessi realized she did the wrong thing as soon as she did it but it was too late….Again, thanks.

  • falingtrea

    Just do a reset on the Pokewalker and you should be ok.

    Resetting a Pokéwalker
    At the Pokéwalker connection screen:
    Press and hold Down, X, and L

  • Tylight

    I was using my Poke Walker, and I came across two things:
    I had about… 1204 steps my first time using the Poke Walker on my Lv. 8 Eevee. It only got up one level. How much exp. does it gain per step?
    Also, I have a hard time on Refreshing Field. It seems that I can only find Sentret and Kangaskhan…

  • redtiger

    no matter how many steps you walk with the pokewalker a pokemon can only go up one level at a time, you have to put the pokemon back in the ds when it has full exp and then when you put it back in the pokewalker it will start gaining exp again. it cant actually level up and get stat changes in the pokewalker so thats why your evee only leveled up once. as for exp per step im not sure exactly, youd have to take a pokemon not fully leveled and calculate it when you transfer it back by using exp to next level on the summary screen of that pokemon before and after using the pokewalker

  • Pokéaddict Cassidy

    I’m up and running all day now,thanks to my little Eevee,Veevee!I ran a total of OVER 18000 steps one day.No flying pikI’m up and running all day now,thanks to my little Eevee,Veevee!I ran a total of OVER 18000 steps one day.No flying pika!
    …..Help!Oh,and–In the Pokéwalker,can you catch a Leafeon?Might be rare (20000+ steps?) but it’s worth it for the eeveelution collect…..Help!Oh,and–In the Pokéwalker,can you catch a Leafeon?Might be rare (20000+ steps?) but it’s worth it for the eeveelution collector!

  • Joshua

    I need help. My pokewalker still has memory with no pokemon and it wont let me use my new data. It’s still the same ds card, I just deleted the data.

  • christina

    i have SS and ive been collecting watts but when i connect the game, the game doesnt count the watts anymore. i only have up to the route town outskirts. doesnt matter how many watts i have collected. it doesnt even count then anymore. all it says is “you can select where you’d like to take a stroll from the many routes.” instead of the you have # of watts until a new route opens.
    does anyone have any ideas on how to over come this problem? thank you!!

  • Christina – after a point you unlock all the routes. As well, half the routes can’t be unlocked until after you beat the game. That’s probably why.

  • NINJANOAH

    My pokewalker is not deleting data, even though I’m pressing x and L. I need help. My pokewalker is not connecting to my DS.

  • NINJANOAH

    I need a little help because I want to know when you click X and L. I may have done this wrong. Do I press connect when I’m putting in a pokemon like I have four Wooper from a game I deleted and I’m trying to put in a rattata but I’m pressing X and L when I’m trying to put in rattata.

  • pokeboy

    i deleted my file on heartgold but i can’t put a pokemon on my pokewalker can someone help me

  • tiacat

    I lost my pokewalker on a plane and am trying to get my pokemon back. I have my brother’s pokewalker, but is there any way to get the pokemon I lost in the pokewalker back to my DS?

  • Tiacat – No. It’s gone forever. Or until you find your Pokewalker.

  • aaawwwwwoooooo……..
    I want a flying/surfing PIKACHU too.
    I never connected to the nintendo wi-fi.
    soooo no PIKACHU for me……………….. -_-‘

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    someone SHOULD make an ACTION REPLY cheat for “The Yellow Forest” so anyone can have it, I’d soooo like that!!!! ^_^

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  • Joshua

    Can someone please tell me if there is a safe way to trade my graveler to someone so i can get a golem back from them?…if there is a wireless option that would be great because i dont have the ability to trade with anyone i know. Thnks for the help- Josh

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