Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver Legendary Locations

In this article, we’ll be looking at all the legends that you can get in Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver without a Wi-Fi based download like Mew, Celebi, Arceus or items like the Enigma Stone. There are nearly twenty Legendary Pokemon to catch between the two games, so keep this guide handy and you’ll be able to add the most powerful Pokemon in Johto and Kanto to your collection.

The Legendary Trio

Although debate still rages as to whether they are cats or dogs, Suicune, Entei and Raikou are still a huge part of the game. In the original Gold and Silver games, all three were constantly running through Johto and it took heavy use of your maps and a decent amount of luck to catch them. This is still true for two of the Trio, but as the plot of Heart Gold and Soul Silver actually follows Pokemon Crystal, Suicune is a one-time occurring legend in a static location, making things easier for you to at least get one of the three.

When you first enter the basement of the Brass Tower, Suicune, Raikou and Entei will change from statues into real Pokemon and quickly flee the area. From that point on Raikou and Entei will roam all around Johto (and ONLY Johto). You’ll have to encounter them by sheer luck the first time, but once you have, you’ll be able to track them via the map in your PokeGear. Your best bet to make them appear is using a lot of Repel items (which prevents Pokemon of a lower level than your lead Pokemon from attacking you) combined with a level 39 Pokemon, as Raikou and Entei are Level 40. Raikou and Entei will always try to flee, so make sure you have a move or Pokemon Ability that prevents that from happening. Oddly enough I find a Parasect with a quick claw attached to be a sure fire way to catch Raikou (Not as good with Entei since Parsect is Bug/Fire and Entei is Fire). Parasect’s spore has a 100% chance of making an opponent fall asleep and then it can follow up with False Swipe, which can reduce a Pokemon down to 1 Hit Point and yet never KO it. Another good combination is Gengar and Marowak. Use Gengar’s lightning speed to get out Mean Look so your opponent can’t escape, hit them in the second round with Confuse Ray and then switch out to Marowak who not only has False Swipe, but as a Ground type Pokemon is immune to Raikou’s Electric attacks and can withstand a lot of Entei’s attacks.

Suicune will give you the illusion of roaming for a bit, but it’s all storyline based. First you’ll have to head north of Cianwood City for the first sighting. After that you’ll follow him to Route 42 outside of Mt. Mortar . After that it will greet you in Vermillion City in Kanto and then to Route 14 and finally you will do battle outside of Bill’s House (the inventor of the Pokemon Storage System) on Route 25. Suicune is level 40, so you should be able to take it down pretty easily at this point.

The Johto Legendary Birds

Ho-Oh and Lugia’s levels differ depending on what game you are playing, but the location will stay the same. In Heart Gold, you’ll find a level 45 Ho-Oh atop the Tin Tower in Ecruteak City as long as you have a Rainbow Wing in tow. In Soul Silver, it will be at Level 70.

Lugia will be at the final level of the Whirl Islands in both games. In Soul Silver, it will be level 45 and in Heart Gold, it will be at Level 70.

The Kanto Legendary Birds

For the first time, you’ll be able to catch Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres in a Johto based game. To get this trio to appear, you’ll have to have all sixteen badges between Johto and Kanto.

Articuno will be in the Seafoam Islands similar to where it was in Fire Red and Leaf Green. It’s level 50 so be prepared.

Zapdos is outside the Power Plant in Kanto’s Route 10 instead of inside it. It’s just sitting out there waiting for you, so go to it.

Moltres is the tricky one. In the Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow games, it could be found in Mt. Ember. Now this Legendary Pokemon resides in Silver Cave, right on the border of Johto and Kanto. Like the rest of the trio, it is at Level 50.


In the original Pokemon Gold and Silver, the Unknown Dungeon was sealed off and there was no way of entering it or getting to the Pokemon inside. This was a huge disappointment because in the lowest levels of that dungeon sat Mewtwo itself. Now in Heart Gold and Soul Silver, the Unknown Dungeon is reopened and you can journey to face the most infamous Pokemon of them all. In order to gain access to the dungeon, you’ll have to have all sixteen badges. Mewtwo will also be a whopping Level 70.

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald Legends

You have a chance to get Kyroge or Groudon depending on which version of the game you picked up. In Soul Silver you can get Groudon and in Heart Gold, Kyroge is available. Once you have obtained the National Dex and a Kanto starter from Professor Oak, you’ll be able to go visit Mr. Pokemon from the very beginning of the game. He’ll give you a special orb based on the game you are playing (Red in Soul Silver and blue in Heart Gold.). Then it’s off to route 47 and the Embedded Tower where your specific Legendary Pokemon awaits. It’ll be Level 50, like most of the other Legends we’ve seen so far.

Rayquaza is another R/S/E Legend you can pick up in Heart Gold or Soul Silver. It’s a pretty tricky to get the Green Orb you need to summon it though. First you’ll have to catch either Groudon or Kyroge in your own game, and then you’ll have to trade for the other. Now, the traded Legend can only be from Heart Gold or Soul Silver. It cannot be from any other game. Once you have both, put them in your active party and go visit Professor Oak. He will give you the Green Orb and then it’s back to the Embedded Tower you go. Once there, Rayquaza will appear and it’s time to do battle.

Much like Kyroge and Groudon, Latios and Latias are version specific legends in this game. Once you have the National Dex and have traveled to Kanto for the first time, make your way to Vermillion City and visit the Pokemon Fan Club. After doing so, you’ll be told that one of the Legendary Dragons is traveling around Kanto. Latias is in Heart Gold and Latios is in Soul Silver. Both will be roaming Pokemon at Level 35, so remember to use the same strategies you had for catching Entei and Raikou.

You’ll be able to catch the other by downloading the Enigma Stone through a future Wi-Fi event that lets you download an Enigma Stone. Take it to Pewter City Museum where it will be revealed as Soul Dew. After that an angry Level 40 Legend (the opposite of what appeared originally in your game) will be rampaging in Pewter City and you’ll have to stop it.


If you managed to get a hold of a special Arceus that was given away with a pre-order of the 12th movie ticket in Japan or through Wi-Fi several months ago in North America, you’ll be able to get either a Dialga, Palkia or Giratina in your game. Take this special Arceus to the Sinjoh Ruins and the Pokemon Champion of Sinnoh, Cynthia will tell you that Arceus can create one of the three Sinnoh Legends in this temple. You’ll be given a choice between the three and you’ll only be able to make one, so choose carefully!

There you go. A comprehensive list containing all the Legendary Pokemon you’ll be able to obtain within Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver. With this guide in hand, you’ll be that match closer to finishing off your National Dex. Good luck!



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32 responses to “Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver Legendary Locations”

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  2. Kevin Avatar

    excited for the game, Im gonna play this more than I play with Nickies mum

  3. Doom Avatar

    the game is awsome thanks for the where i can find the birds

    1. Alex Lucard Avatar

      It’s in the article!

  4. Benjamin Avatar

    Tell us how to get to the Sinjoh Ruins. ><

  5. Paul Avatar

    Do you know how to get chimchar?

  6. Mario Avatar

    The kanto champ is red (looks like ash) and has pokemon that levels are in the 80’s!

  7. David Avatar

    AWESOME, very good article. thanks:)

  8. Bob Avatar

    Red is from the anime, and he his anime counterpart IS ash, and he is the strongest static pokemon trainer in the game, with his pikachu being the highest level trainer poke(The magikarp in sinnoh at the resort area is level 100, so it takes the cake for higest level)

  9. GrapeGirl Avatar

    were do you find bills house in pokemon heart gold ??????? ive been there but cant remember were it is now please help me !!!!!!!!!

    1. Alex Lucard Avatar

      Goldenrod city!

  10. Matt Avatar

    I dont live in Japan or the USA, so does that that i cant get the sinnoh legendary’s?

  11. Pokedude Avatar

    I can tell how to get Trecco, Mudcip, Torchick, Charmander, Squrtal or bulbasur.One thing, u have to beat all 16 gyms in kanto and jhoto.second,Ihave beetin red.Proof? ill name his pokemon.Pickachu lv.88 ,Venasour lv.84 Charazard lv.84 Blastouse lv.84 Laperas lv.80 and i cant remember the last one but you have to beet red to get these starters.For matt u can just trade an arceus from a different game like diamond or pearl.go to professer oak after u beet red and he’ll let u have a starter. after go to silfh co in safaron and steaven says the coulor of stones. Green is treeco[i got that] Red is torchik and blue is mudcip.

  12. daniel Avatar

    is that thing about the starters true cause i had the old game and did everthing even comp the dex without hack but a lot of trading

  13. Alvarg Avatar

    I caught Articuno before I beat all the kanto gym leaders, I wound up taking a wrong turn in seafoam island and went down the stairs instead of up the ladder and found myself in front of Articuno. Maybe nintendo assumed that you would be killed by the trainers there before you made it to Articuno?

  14. cocokito Avatar

    can i get pinplup or chimchar how please tell me pokemon soul silver

  15. dood34 Avatar

    you could probobly get chimchar or turtwig idk about piplup

  16. dood34 Avatar

    some starter pokemon can be found in the wild i think?

  17. marvin gamer Avatar
    marvin gamer

    can some one tel me who has headbut pokemon that could be caught cause i remove the headbt the fat guy teach me cause i want to catch pineco and evolve to fortresse and trade to beldum to complete my team

    1. Christopher Bowen Avatar

      Marvin, you can go back to that spot and have the guy teach another Pokemon the skill.

  18. marvin gamer Avatar
    marvin gamer

    tnx bowen .i have a problem does some one kn0w where to go the one who del nick names cause the stupid steven named it iron.in goldenrod theres anick name rater.[i have all legy ctchable in HG except groudon rayquaza giratina dial palkia arceus latios can some one tel me wer to catch arceus and the enigma stone

  19. cj Avatar

    how do yo trade for kyroge becouse i only have groudon

  20. marvin gamer Avatar
    marvin gamer

    cj get kyogre in heart gold u must be playng s0ul silver right?catch hm there

  21. abby Avatar

    nope no true

  22. sonny Avatar

    i losed the battle in cienwood city to hat suicien guy dooes that mean i cant catch suiciun

  23. jake Avatar

    hey….ive beaten the elite four, ive beaten red, but does anyone know if i can get celebi and mew in soulsilver?

  24. bryce Avatar

    weres arcis i dont know how to find him tell me plzz so can u tell me

  25. Kristi Avatar

    is there any other way to get arceus and celibi without action replay ar wi-fi connection?

    1. Alex Lucard Avatar

      No. The only ways to get them are via Nintendo events or by getting other Pokemon from Nintendo events that trigger those Pokemon in-game. NEVER use an action replay though. it will destroy your game.

  26. bob Avatar


  27. Jay Avatar

    About what level does your pokemon have to be to defeat RED?

    1. Alex Lucard Avatar

      Jay – Depends on your Pokemon. if you’re matching type – you can do it in the 60s. if you’re not, I’d go middle 70s.

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