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Appendix:HeartGold and SoulSilver walkthrough/Section 12

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This is the Bulbapedia walkthrough for Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. This walkthrough follows the remade Nintendo DS version, not Pokémon Gold and Silver.
The guide for those can be found here.

Blackthorn City

Blackthorn City

The quiet mountain retreat known as Blackthorn City lies isolated in the northeast. The main attraction is the Blackthorn Gym, the final Gym in the region. North of the Gym is Dragon's Den, a training ground for Dragon-type specialists. On Saturdays, Santos of the Week Siblings can be found here.

Time for a Trade

The girl in the eastern house is looking to trade. She offers her Dodrio in exchange for a female Dragonair. The Dodrio arrives holding a Smoke Ball.

The Move Tutor House

There are four people in the southwest house, all of which provide valuable services regarding a Pokémon's moves.

  • Move Deleter: He can help a Pokémon forget any move, even HM moves.
  • Move Maniac: In exchange for a Heart Scale, he helps a Pokémon remember any move it had previously forgotten.
  • Grandma Wilma: When shown a Dragon Pokémon that is happy with its Trainer, she will teach it the ultimate Dragon-type move, Draco Meteor.
  • Ultimate Move Tutor: He teaches any fully-evolved starter Pokémon the ultimate move of its type; Frenzy Plant, Blast Burn, or Hydro Cannon.

Blackthorn Gym

Blackthorn Gym

Blackthorn City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Clair

The Blessed User of Dragon Pokémon

The Blackthorn Gym specializes in Dragon-type Pokémon. Dragons take less damage from Grass, Fire, Water, and Electric moves, and are only vulnerable to Dragon- and Ice-type attacks. Pokémon found in Ice Path, like Swinub or Jynx, will have an advantage. The floor has become unstable due to the lava bubbling underfoot, forcing your lead Pokémon to return to its Poké Ball. Reaching the Gym Leader requires crossing the lava on movable platforms. These platforms each have a blue tile, which causes it to rotate, and two arrow tiles, which move it in the respective direction.

Puzzle Platform 1 Platform 2 Platform 3
Solution 1. ←
2. Button
3. Button
4. →
1. ↑
2. Button
3. →
4. Button
5. Button
6. →
1. ←
2. Button
3. Button
4. →
5. Button
6. ↑
7. ↑
8. ↑
9. Button
10. →
11. Button
12. ↑
13. ↑

Clair's Gyarados can lower its opponent's Attack with its Intimidate Ability. It cannot make good use of its Twister and Dragon Pulse moves due to its lower Special Attack, but Bite builds on its already-high Attack. Both of her Dragonair can inflict paralysis with Thunder Wave, before executing strong moves like Dragon Pulse, Fire Blast, and Aqua Tail. Her Kingdra is only vulnerable to Dragon-type attacks, and can beat its target down with the powerful Hydro Pump, Dragon Pulse, and Hyper Beam attacks; the best approach is to poison, paralyze, or put it to sleep before hammering away at it. TM72 (Avalanche) from Ice Path can help against her two Dragonair, while TM57 (Charge Beam) from Olivine City deals serious damage to Gyarados.

Blackthorn Gym
The Rising Badge

Clair refuses to accept defeat. She claims that you are still not ready for the Pokémon League, and directs you to take the "Dragon-master challenge". There is a small shrine in the Dragon's Den, a large cave located underneath the city. If you can reach it, she will give up the Rising Badge. Bring along a Pokémon with Surf and Whirlpool, and cross the lake behind the Gym.

Dragon's Den

Dragon's Den

Only select Trainers can enter the Dragon's Den, a place for training and meditation. The Dragon Master lives inside the shrine on the south side of the cave. Be sure to enter with no more than five Pokémon!

Climb down the ladder to the main cavern. Fight Ace Trainer Kobe, then collect the hidden Revive to the west and the Calcium to the southeast. Surf west to battle Ace Trainer Piper and find a hidden Max Potion. Swim southwest to fight Twins Clea & Gil, and pick up the Max Elixir nearby. Use Whirlpool to calm the waters, then sail east past the shrine before turning north. Grab the Dragon Fang from the east side, then backtrack and enter the shrine.


The Dragon Master realizes right away that you were sent here by Clair. He gives a short test to determine your attitude towards Pokémon. Avoid the negative answers to pass the test.

Question Answers
1 What are Pokémon to you? Ally Junior Friend
2 What helps you to win battles? Strategy Training Cheating
3 What kind of Trainer do you wish to battle? Weak Strong Anyone
4 What is most important for raising Pokémon? Love Violence Knowledge
5 Strong Pokémon. Weak Pokémon. Which is more important? Strength Both Weakness

Clair appears, expecting you to have failed. She refuses to believe the truth, until the Dragon Master steps in. He orders her to accept her defeat, and threatens to tell Lance of these events. She hurriedly awards you the Rising Badge, which ensures obedience from all Pokémon and enables the use of Waterfall in the field. The Master scolds her, and she leaves quickly. Speaking of waterfalls, the Master mentions a huge waterfall, deep in the Whirl Islands, where Lugia is said to rest, but reaching it requires a Silver Wing...

As you head to the exit, you find Clair waiting on the north shore. She hands over TM59 (Dragon Pulse), and tells you to return to New Bark Town and take Route 27 to reach the Elite Four.

Upon exiting the cave, you receive a call from Professor Elm, asking you to visit the Lab. Before leaving town, re-enter the cave and speak to the Master again to receive the special Dratini.

Double Trouble

Visit the cave again after fighting Silver at Mt. Moon and earning all eight Kanto badges. Lance and Clair can be found outside the shrine, anxious to fight a Tag Battle against you and Silver.

Route 45

Route 45

Route 45 is a rugged route leading down from the mountains. The ravine forces the path to split and recombine multiple times, and many small ledges prevent northbound travel. The east entrance to Dark Cave is located just outside of the city, and the route eventually reaches a small lake, where it turns west toward Route 46.

Dark Cave, via Routes 31 and 46
Dark Cave, via Route 45

Dark Cave

Though Dark Cave was first accessible from Route 31, the moves Surf, Strength, and Rock Smash were needed to fully explore the area. This cave is the only location where wild Dunsparce can be found, and one of the few places where wild Wobbuffet can be found.

Blackthorn side

Turn west, then head south. Collect the hidden Elixir, then surf south across the lake. Grab the Revive from the southeast platform, then go west to reach TM54 (False Swipe). Head north across the lake and follow the path around to the southwest. Speak to the man in the northwest corner to receive the BlackGlasses, then head south and jump the larger pair of ledges. Check the dark rock for a hidden Hyper Potion, and step through the doorway to the Violet side.

Violet side

A Potion and a hidden Poké Ball can be found to the west, and a Black Flute is located to the south, past a small pool of water. Use Surf or Rock Smash to travel eastward to a narrow tunnel, then use Strength to move the boulder. Use Rock Smash again to reach the northeast corner, and the Hyper Potion not far to the south. Jump the ledge and inspect the east wall for a hidden Max Ether. Collect the Full Heal to the south, and the Dire Hit to the southwest, before exiting to Route 46.

Route 46

Route 46

The rugged mountain road of Route 45 comes to an end in Route 46, as the mountains give way to smaller cliffs. To the west, a small grove of Apricorn trees grows in a secluded field. Head south through the gate, and cut through Route 29 to return to New Bark Town.

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