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GB Sounds
GB Player
GB Sounds
GB Sounds
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Introduced in Generation IV
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The GB Sounds (Japanese: GBプレイヤー GB Player) is a type of Key Item exclusive to Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.


In the games


Manual activation

The item changes the background music to chiptune-like rearrangements of the tracks in the area that are similar to the original ones from Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. Sound effects and radio music are unaffected by the GB Sounds.


Games Description
A music player that allows you to listen to nostalgic songs. It's operated with a single switch.
A music player that allows you to listen to nostalgic songs. It's operated with the flip of a single switch.


Games Method
HGSS Celadon Condominiums 3F (from Game Freak sound designer after obtaining all 16 Badges)

Music information


Despite the fact that the old-style tracks are supposed to sound like the original tracks from Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, none of them sound exactly like the originals. The acoustics sound different and many notes have other pitches. Some tracks had their tempos altered somewhat and other notes in various tracks are not even heard at all. This is due to the games using a soundfont for MIDI playback rather than generating real chiptunes. The different audio hardware between the Game Boy and the Nintendo DS would also have been taken into consideration.


Main article: Pokémon HeartGold & Pokémon SoulSilver: Super Music Collection

Several tracks that are absent in the original Pokémon Gold and Silver have received old-style rearrangements. Examples include Global Terminal and Route 47. Despite this, none of the Battle Frontier facilities, except for the outside area and the Battle Tower, received an old-style rearrangement. Battling in the facilities at the Battle Frontier with the GB Sounds active will also result in the old-style Battle! (Trainer Battle—Johto Version) being used. This effect is reverted when battling a Frontier Brain.


Some of the original tracks from Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, such as Professor Oak and Opening Movie (Pokémon Gold & Pokémon Silver), cannot be listened to with the GB Sounds. The tracks pertaining to Team Rocket can only be listened to in the Giovanni event triggered by taking a Celebi to the Ilex Forest shrine. To solve this issue, Pokémon Music hosts the Pokémon Past Archive program every Sunday, which features these tracks in addition to a few others, such as all the Trainer encounter themes.


If active during a Bug-Catching Contest, the GB Sounds will not switch to the old-style version of National Park during the contest results; however, it'll perform the switch after the results are announced.

There is also a glitch which results in the music being muted on Route 20 or Cinnabar Island.

The GB Sounds does not affect the unused SEQ_DUMMY (played in the Mystery Zones) or SEQ_TEST_TITLE tracks, which are mere copies of the regular Route 29.


  • Although the GB Sounds is unable to play certain old-style themes such as Radio Tower Occupied! during regular gameplay, it was programmed to play them.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese GB播放器 GB Bofonghei
Mandarin GB播放器 GB Bòfàngqì * / GB Bōfàngqì *
France Flag.png European French Lecteur GB
Germany Flag.png German GB-Player
Italy Flag.png Italian Lettore GB
South Korea Flag.png Korean GB플레이어 GB Player
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Lector GB

See also

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