Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver – Safari Zone Strategy Guide

In the original Pokemon Gold, Silver and Crystal, when your Trainer traveled to Kanto you found that the Safari Zone had moved out of Fuchsia City. This meant no Safari Zone Pokemon for your character. In Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver, the Safari Zone is back… just in a brand new location. It’s the biggest and most complex Safari Zone to date, so let’s take a look at what all you’ll have to go through to catch ’em all.

First of all, the basic premise has stayed the same – you are given thirty Safari Balls and you have a limited number of steps to catch Pokemon with. Your play ends when you run out of either steps or Safari Balls. This new Safari Zone is a lot more Trainer friendly however. Remember in the old games where you’d have to waste half your steps just to get to an area where you could hopefully find a Chansey? Well, now the Safari Zone is customizable. By using your DS stylus and the touch pad, you can move around the order of the six Safari Zones. This means if all you need to complete the Pokedex is say, a Smeargle, you can set it up so that the Field area of the Safari Zone is right at the entrance, giving you a better chance of catching it. Each of the six zones features distinctly different Pokemon, so you’ll have to visit them all eventually.

The Safari Zone Warden will also have tasks he will assign to you. The first is to get him a Geodude. In return, he’ll activate the customization ability mentioned in the previous paragraph. After that, he will ask you for a Sandshrew. Once you bring him one he’ll activate a new level of customization. This will involve special items that can attract Pokemon that would otherwise not appear in the Safari Zone. Each of these special Pokemon will require a set number of items to be laid down in the Safari Zone in the area they would show up in. Now you can only have 30 items out at a time, and some Pokemon like, say, Carnivine require 25 Grassland item to be laid out in the Desert area. That leaves you only five items to place elsewhere in the zone. The good thing is that the longer you leave these items out, the more experience those items will get, and they will level up like a Pokemon. These items will eventually be worth up to seven times their original value (based on how long you leave them out for), so things will get easier to catch all the Pokemon possible in the Safari Zone. Some rarely occurring Pokemon will not only requires items to be set out, but will also require those items to sit in the area for a length of time before they appear. Remember Carnivine in our item example? Well you’ll also have to leave those items in the Desert for ten straight days before he’ll begin to appear. Because of this, you might want to consider looking for Carnivine in the Marshlands where he requires only 18 points of items, but he will then take 20 days to appear. It’s up to you.

Here now is an easy to read table of each Pokemon and the requirements you’ll need to make them appear within the Safari Zone.

Peaks


Pokemon Name
Pokemon Location
Time of Day
Items Needed
Time Needed
Geodude
Grass
Any
None
None
Graveller
Grass
Any
None
None
Magnemite
Grass
Any
None
None
Magneton
Grass
Any
None
None
Magmar
Grass
Day
None
None
Wobuffet
Grass
Any
None
None
Linoone
Grass
Any
5 Grassland Items
None
Zangoose
Grass
Any
12 Grassland Items
None
Fearow
Grass
Any
5 Forest Items
None
Paras
Grass
Any
3 Forest Items
None
Lairon
Grass
Any
24 Rocky Items
None
Higher Level Magmar
Grass
Day
10 Rocky Items
None
Wobuffet
Grass
Night
Ten Rocky Items
None
Slowbro
Grass
Any
5 Water Items
None
Vigoroth
Grass
Any
10 Grassland Items and 19 Forest Items
60 Days
Spheal
Grass
Any
18 Water Items
40 Days
Bronzor
Grass
Any
7 Forest Items+ 18 Rocky Items
30 Days

Desert


Pokemon Name
Pokemon Location
Time of Day
Items Needed
Time Needed
Sandshrew
Grass
Any
None
None
Sandslash
Grass
Any
None
None
Cubone
Grass
Day
None
None
Marowak
Grass
Day
None
None
Fearow
Grass
Night
None
None
Higher Level Fearow
Grass
Any
3 Grassland Items
None
Spinda
Grass
Any
14 Grassland Items
None
Hippopotas
Grass
Any
28 Rocky Items
None
Higher Level Marowak
Grass
Any
6 Rocky Items
None
Lotad
Grass
Any
8 Water Items
None
Trapinch
Grass
Any
25 Rocky Items
30 Days
Vibrava
Grass
Any
25 Forest items
20 Days
Cacnea
Grass
Any
18 Forest Items
20 Days
Cacturne
Grass
Any
21 Water Items
40 Days
Carnivine
Grass
Any
25 Grassland Items
10 Days

Plains


Pokemon Name
Pokemon Location
Time of Day
Items Needed
Time Needed
Abra
Grass
Any
None
None
Girafarig
Grass
Any
None
None
Rattata
Grass
Day
None
None
Smeargle
Grass
Day
None
None
Raticate
Grass
Night
None
None
Stantler
Grass
Night
None
None
Higher Level Girafarig
Grass
Any
3 Grassland Items
None
Higher Level Stantler
Grass
Any
3 Grassland Items and 3 Forest Items
None
Manectric
Grass
Any
15 Grassland Items
None
Shinx
Grass
Any
10 Grassland Items
None
Zigzagoon
Grass
Any
15 Forest Items
None
Higher Level Smeargle
Grass
Any
3 Forest Items
None
Ponyta
Grass
Any
5 Rocky Items
None
Houndoom
Grass
Any
10 Rocky Items
None
Zangoose
Grass
Any
15 Rocky Items
None
Surskit
Grass
Any
28 Water Items
None
Lotad
Grass
Any
12 Water Items
None

Meadow


Pokemon Name
Pokemon Location
Time of Day
Items Needed
Time Needed
Jigglypuff
Grass
Any
None
None
Hoppip
Grass
Day
None
None
Skiploom
Grass
Day
None
None
Sunkern
Grass
Day
None
None
Clefairy
Grass
Night
None
None
Marill
Grass or Water-Surf
Night (Grass), Any (Surf)
None
None
Wooper
Grass or Water-Surf
Night(Grass), Any(Surf)
None
None
Magikarp
Water-Surf or Old Rod
Any
None
None
Poliwhirl
Water-Super Rod or Good Rod
Any
None
None
Raticate
Grass
Any
5 Grassland Items
None
Chansey
Grass
Any
12 Grassland Items
None
Higher Level Skiploom
Grass or Water-Surf
Any
8 Grassland Items (Grass), 3 Water Items (Surf)
None
Nuzleaf
Grass
Any
28 Grassland Items
None
Higher Level Clefairy
Grass
Any
3 Rocky Items
None
Geodude
Grass
Any
3 Rocky Items
None
Higher Level Wooper
Grass
Any
3 Water Items
None
Higher Level Poliwhirl
Water-Old Rod or Good Rod
Any
3 Water Items (Old Rod), 5 Water Items (Good Rod)
None
Gyarados
Water-Good Rod or Super Rod
Any
7 Water Items(Good Rod), 14 Water Items (Super Rod)
None
Masquerain
Water-Surf
Any
14 Water Items
None
Seedot
Grass
Any
18 Grassland items
10 Days
Nuzleaf
Grass
Any
18 Forest Items
20 Days
Nosepass
Grass
Any
18 Rocky Items
30 Days
Riolu
Grass
Any
10 Forest Items and 18 Rocky Items
70 Days

Forest


Pokemon Name
Pokemon Location
Time of Day
Items Needed
Time Needed
Bellsprout
Grass
Any
None
None
Misdreavus
Grass
Any
None
None
Pidgey
Grass
Day
None
None
Mr. Mime
Grass
Day
None
None
Ghastly
Grass
Night
None
None
Haunted
Grass
Night
None
None
Higher Level Mr. Mime
Grass
Any
3 Grassland Items
None
Budew
Grass
Any
24 Grassland Items
None
Weepinbell
Grass
Any
4 Forest Items
None
Higher Level Misdreavus
Grass
Any
4 Forest Items
None
Electrabuzz
Grass
Any
4 Rocky Items
None
Lickitung
Grass
Any
3 Water Items
None
Surskit
Grass
Any
24 Water Items
None
Bidoof
Grass
Any
10 Water Items
None
Shuppet
Grass
Any
18 Forest Items
20 Days
Beldum
Grass
Any
21 Rocky Items
70 Days
Bronzong
Grass
Any
9 Forest items and 18 Rocky Items
110 Days

Swamp


Pokemon Name
Pokemon Location
Time of Day
Items Needed
Time Needed
Jigglypuff
Grass
Any
None
None
Sentret
Grass
Any
None
None
Murkrow
Grass
Any
None
None
Paras
Grass
Day
None
None
Drowzee
Grass
Night
None
None
Hypno
Grass
Night
None
None
Goldeen
Water-Surf or Good Rod
Any
None
None
Seaking
Water-Good Rod
Any
None
None
Magikarp
Water-Surf or Old Rod
Any
None
None
Dratini
Water – Super Rod
Any
None
None
Parasect
Grass
Any
3 Grassland Items
None
Furrett
Grass
Any
5 Grassland Items
None
Pachirisu
Grass
Any
10 Grassland Items
None
Weepinbell
Grass
Any
8 Forest Items
None
Higher Level Hypno
Grass
Any
5 Forest Items
None
Chimecho
Grass
Any
15 Forest Items
None
Voltorb
Grass
Any
10 Rocky Items
None
Duskull
Grass
Any
28 Rocky Items
None
Floatzel
Grass
Any
10 Water Items
None
Higher Level Goldeen
Water – Old Rod
Any
2 Water Items
None
Higher Level Seaking
Water-Surf, Old Rod, Good Rod
Any
3 Water Items (Old Rod), 4 Water Items (Surf), 6 Water Items (Good Rod)
None
Higher Level Murkrow
Grass or Water-Surf
Any
5 Forest Items(Grass), 10 Water Items (Surf)
None
Higher Level Dratini
Water-Good Rod
Any
10 Water Items
None
Dragonair
Water-Super Rod
Any
15 Water Items
None
Bagon
Grass
Any
9 Forest Items and 18 Rocky Items
110 Days

Marshlands


Pokemon Name
Pokemon Location
Time of Day
Items Needed
Time Needed
Ekans
Grass
Any
None
None
Arbok
Grass
Any
None
None
Grimer
Grass or Water-Surf
Any
None
None
Koffing
Grass
Any
None
None
Weezing
Grass
Any
None
None
Oddish
Grass
Night
None
None
Gloom
Night
Any
None
None
Wooper
Grass or Water-Surf
Night (Grass), Any (Water)
None
None
Poliwag
Water-Surf or Good Rod
Any
None
None
Poliwhirl
Water-Good Rod
Any
None
None
Magikarp
Water-Old Rod or Good Rod
Any
None
None
Higher Level Gloom
Grass
Any
2 Grassland Items
None
Jumpluff
Grass
Any
5 Grassland items and 10 Water Items
None
Diglett
Grass
Any
5 Rocky Items
None
Shuckle
Grass
Any
8 Rocky Items
None
Muk
Grass, Water-Surf
Any
8 Water Items(Grass), 16 Water Items (Surf)
None
Quagsire
Grass
Any
13 Water Items
None
Barboach
Water-Super Rod
Any
4 Water Items
None
Roselia
Grass
Any
25 Forest Items
20 Days
Seviper
Grass
Any
18 Grassland Items
10 Days
Banette
Grass
Any
25 Rocky Items
30 Days
Croagunk
Grass
Any
21 Forest Blocks
20 Days
Carnivine
Grass
Any
18 Forest Items
20 Days

Mountain


Pokemon Name
Pokemon Location
Time of Day
Items Needed
Time Needed
Rattata
Grass
Any
None
None
Magnemite
Grass
Any
None
None
Magneton
Grass
Any
None
None
Raticate
Grass
Day
None
None
Lickitung
Grass
Day
None
None
Larvitar
Grass
Day
None
None
Zubat
Grass
Night
None
None
Golbat
Grass
Night
None
None
Higher Level Magneton
Grass
Any
3 Grassland Items
None
Volbeat
Grass
Any
10 Grassland Items
None
Meditite
Grass
Any
20 Forest items
None
Chingling
Grass
Any
10 Forest Items
None
Higher Level Larvitar
Grass
Any
5 Rocky Items
None
Lunatone
Grass
Any
10 Rocky Items
None
Krabby
Grass
Any
3 Water Items
None
Dusclops
Grass
Any
18 Forest Blocks
20 Days
Sealeon
Grass
Any
7 Grassland Blocks and 17 Water Blocks
30 Days
Metang
Grass
Any
28 Rock Blocks
30 Days

Rocky Beach


Pokemon Name
Pokemon Location
Time of Day
Items Needed
Time Needed
Slowpoke
Grass
Any
None
None
Slowbro
Grass
Any
None
None
Krabby
Grass
Any
None
None
Doduo
Grass
Any
Day
None
Zubat
Grass
N ight
None
None
Poliwag
Water-Surf
Any
None
None
Polwhirl
Water-Surf
Any
None
None
Magikarp
Water-Surf, Old Rod or Good Rod
Any
None
None
Lapras
Water-Surf
Any
None
None
Krabby
Water-Good Rod
Any
None
None
Goldeen
Water-Super Rod
Any
None
None
Seaking
Water-Super Rod
Any
None
None
Dodrio
Grass
Any
4 Grassland Items
None
Electrike
Grass
Any
10 Grassland Items
None
Mareep
Grass
Any
5 Forest Items
None
Manectric
Grass
Any
10 Forest Items
None
Budew
Grass
Any
18 Forest items
None
Slowbro
Grass
Any
10 Rock Items and 10 Water Items
None
Kingler
Grass
Any
10 Rocky Items
None
Aron
Grass
Any
24 Rocky items
None
Higher Level Krabby
Surf-Old Rod
Any
2 Water Items
None
Higher Level Lapras
Water-Surf
Any
10 Water Items
None
Corphish
Water-Good Rod and Super Rod
Any
10 Water Items(Good Rod), 15 Water Items (Super Rod)
None
Gible
Grass
Any
13 Grassland Blocks and 17 Rocky Blocks
100 Days

Wasteland


Pokemon Name
Pokemon Location
Time of Day
Items Needed
Time Needed
Magnemite
Grass
Any
None
None
Onix
Grass
Any
None
None
Kangaskahn
Grass
Any
None
None
Machop
Grass
Day
None
None
Fearow
Grass
Night
None
None
Manectric
Grass
Any
3 Grassland items
None
Illumise
Grass
Any
10 Grassland Items
None
Bellsprout
Grass
Any
3 Forest items
None
Higher Level Fearow
Grass
Any
6 Rocky Items
None
Machoke
Grass
Any
5 Rocky Items
None
Skorupi
Grass
Any
28 Rocky Items
None
Kingler
Grass
Any
5 Water items or 8 Rocky items
None
Golduck
Grass
Any
3 Water Items
None
Breloom
Grass
Any
21 Forest items
20 Days
Medicham
Grass
Any
18 Forest Blocks
20 Days
Solrock
Grass
Any
21 Rocky Items
30 Days

Savannah


Pokemon Name
Pokemon Location
Time of Day
Items Needed
Time Needed
Female Nidoran
Grass
Day
None
None
Male Nidoran
Grass
Day
None
None
Rhyhorn
Grass
Day
None
None
Tarous
Grass
Day
None
None
Nidorino
Grass
Night
None
None
Nidorina
Grass
Night
None
None
Zubat
Grass
Night
None
None
Golbat
Grass
Night
None
None
Higher Level Tarous
Grass
Any
5 Grassland items
None
Zigzagoon
Grass
Any
10 Grassland Items
None
Luxio
Grass
Any
24 Grasslands Items
None
Houndour
Grass
Any
4 Forest Items
None
Rhyhorn
Grass
Any
5 Rocky Items
None
Rhydon
Grass
Any
10 Rocky Items
None
Azurill
Grass
Any
5 Water Items
None
Shroomish
Grass
Any
6 Grassland items and 18 Forest Items
20 Days
Torkoal
Grass
Day
18 Rock Items
30 Days
Cacturne
Grass
Day
18 Forest Items
20 Days

Wetlands


Pokemon Name
Pokemon Location
Time of Day
Items Needed
Time Needed
Spearow
Grass
Day
None
None
Farfetch’d
Grass
Day
None
None
Ditto
Grass
Day
None
None
Sentret
Grass
Day
None
None
Psyduck
Grass
Night
None
None
Golduck
Grass
Night
None
None
Wooper
Grass
Night
None
None
Quagsire
Grass
Night
None
None
Psyduck
Water-Surf
Any
None
None
Golduck
Water-Surf
Any
None
None
Wooper
Water-Surf
Any
None
None
Quagsire
Water-Surf
Any
None
None
Poliwag
Water-Old Rod
Any
None
None
Poliwhirl
Water-Good Rod
Any
None
None
Furret
Grass
Any
2 Grassland Items
None
Lombre
Grass
Any
14 Grassland Items
None
Surskit
Grass
Any
6 Grassland Items
None
Higher Level Farfetch’d
Grass
Any
3 Forest Items
None
Pachirisu
Grass
Any
8 Forest items
None
Higher Level Golduck
Grass
Any
5 Rocky Items
None
DoDuo
Grass
Any
4 Rocky Items
None
Higher Level Ditto
Grass
Any
15 Water Items
None
Higher Level Poliwhirl
Water – Old Rod
Any
2 Water Items
None
Corphish
Water – Good Rod
Any
10 Water items
None
Gyarados
Water – Super Rod
Any
6 Water Items
None
Higher Level Quagsire
Water-Surf
Any
3 Water Items
None
Higher Level Golduck
Water-Surf
Any
6 Water Items
None
Shelgon
Grass
Any
21 Rocky items
70 Days
Buizel
Grass
Any
18 Water Items
40 Days

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