Ilex Forest

Ilex Forest ウバメの
Ubame Forest
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
HGSS Ilex Forest-Morning.png
Map description: A large forest full of trees that are used to make charcoal.
Location: Between Azalea Town and Route 34
Region: Johto
Generations: II, IV
Johto Ilex Forest Map.png
Location of Ilex Forest in Johto.
Pokémon world locations

Ilex Forest (Japanese: ウバメの Ubame Forest) is a dense forest located in southern Johto, directly west of Azalea Town. The forest's trees are so close together that all light is blocked out, and in Generation II, the forest seems to be in a perpetual night.

There is a shrine for the guardian of the forest, Celebi. In Pokémon Crystal, if Kurt has already examined the GS Ball, placing it in the shrine will cause a level 30 Celebi to face the player. Though the GS Ball was never distributed as an event item outside of Japan, the Virtual Console release of Crystal allows it to be obtained in all regions through normal gameplay. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Shrine also may initiate a special event in which Celebi will take the player back in time and allow them to battle Giovanni.

Geography

Ilex Forest is a winding path through dense trees connecting Azalea Town and Route 34. Travelers can enter at either end with no trouble at all, but to pass through to the other side they must be able to use the move Cut outside of battle.

Cut

When the player enters the forest, the only way to proceed through the next section of the forest is to return runaway Farfetch'd for the charcoal maker's son, thus receiving HM01 (Cut) as a reward, allowing the player to clear the path from a cuttable tree. The Farfetch'd will run away and allow the player to return them after the player defeats the rival in Azalea Town.

In Generation II, the player needs to use the forest's layout to chase it back, using a looped path on the far eastern side, as well as a ledged area. In order to tactically return the runaway Farfetch'd to its owner, the player must corner it and lead it into the direction of the owner.

In Generation IV, there are two Farfetch'd and each needs to be approached while they are facing the other way. The player can do this by walking over sticks and, by doing so, causing them to rustle. This grabs the Farfetch'd's attention and, if no other sticks are rustled, may allow them to be approached from behind. Once the Farfetch'd are returned, the player will receive the HM01.

Headbutt

In the center of the forest is a man who, in Generation II, will hand out TM02 (Headbutt). Using Headbutt on one of the trees in the forest can sometimes yield a wild Pokémon, which Trainers may wish to capture.

In Generation IV, as Headbutt is no longer a TM, the man is instead a Move Tutor who will teach Headbutt for free an unlimited number of times. Now all trees in all locations can be Headbutted, but not all will yield a Pokémon.

Ilex Forest Shrine

 
Spiky-eared Pichu near the shrine
Main article: Ilex Forest shrine
Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

The shrine is a small structure located in the Ilex Forest. It is used in obtaining two event-exclusive Pokémon. It can be found in the deepest part of Ilex Forest, situated right in the center of the forest itself.

Players of Japanese and Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Crystal can place the GS Ball on the shrine, to make a level 30 Celebi appear. The player then has the opportunity to capture the Psychic/Grass Pokémon. In the Virtual Console release, Celebi is guaranteed to have at least 5 perfect IVs.

Players of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver are able to unlock a special Pichu here, Spiky-eared Pichu. This Pichu is unique from others as it has a different pattern on one of its ears. If the shrine is approached with a promotional event Celebi as the partner Pokémon, Celebi will take the player back in time—in which they witness the secret to Silver's past, and in which they battle his father, Giovanni the boss of Team Rocket, in Tohjo Falls, before he responds to the hijacked Goldenrod Radio Tower's broadcast pleading for his return.

Items

Item Location Games
  Revive Southeast corner of the forest  G  S  C  HG  SS 
  HM01 (Cut) Gift from the charcoal maker after the player has returned his Farfetch'd  G  S  C  HG  SS 
  Tiny Mushroom In the flower patch near the sticks at the northeast corner of the southern area (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Full Heal East of the sign near the pond (hidden)  G  S 
  Full Heal West of the sign near the pond (hidden)  C 
  Antidote One tile south and one tile east of the southwestern corner of the pond (hidden)  HG  SS 
  X Attack At the end of the narrow path east of the Trainer Tips sign (obscured by trees)  C  HG  SS 
  Antidote East of the pond  C 
  Antidote At the tip of the eastern edge of the pond, between the pond and the trees (obscured by trees)  HG  SS 
  Repel In the flower patch in the indent east of the pond (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Super Potion In the indent on the left side, north of the Move Tutor (hidden)  G  S  HG  SS 
  Tiny Mushroom West of the easternmost flower patches on the one-way path to the Move Tutor (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Super Potion East of the man who gives TM02 on the right of a large tree (hidden)  C 
  TM02 (Headbutt) Given by a man atop the ledge southeast of the pond  G  S  C 
  Ether Northeast area of the forest (hidden)  G  S 
  Ether Northeast area of the forest  C  HG  SS 
  Tiny Mushroom One tile east of the flowers right below the second northernmost isolated tree (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Full Heal Northwest of the second northernmost isolated tree (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Ether West of the northernmost isolated tree (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Ether In the southeast corner just northeast of the pond (hidden)  C 
  Big Mushroom At the empty patch west of the pond (requires Surf) (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Zap Plate Held by Spiky-eared Pichu  HG  SS 

Pokémon

Generation II

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
  Caterpie
G S C
  Grass
5-6 50% 60% 0%
  Caterpie
G S C
  Grass
5 30% 30% 0%
  Metapod
G S C
  Grass
6 30% 0% 0%
  Metapod
G S C
  Grass
5-6 0% 30% 0%
  Metapod
G S C
  Grass
7 20% 20% 0%
  Weedle
G S C
  Grass
5-6 50% 60% 0%
  Weedle
G S C
  Grass
5 30% 30% 0%
  Kakuna
G S C
  Grass
6 30% 0% 0%
  Kakuna
G S C
  Grass
5-6 0% 30% 0%
  Kakuna
G S C
  Grass
7 10% 10% 0%
  Pidgey
G S C
  Grass
7 5% 5% 0%
  Zubat
G S C
  Grass
5 5% 5% 0%
  Zubat
G S C
  Grass
5-6 0% 0% 25%
  Oddish
G S C
  Grass
5-6 0% 0% 60%
  Oddish
G S C
  Grass
5-7 0% 0% 50%
  Paras
G S C
  Grass
5-6 15% 0% 15%
  Paras
G S C
  Grass
6 0% 5% 0%
  Paras
G S C
  Grass
6 5%
  Venonat
G S C
  Grass
5 0% 0% 30%
  Psyduck
G S C
  Grass
7 0% 0% 10%
  Hoothoot
G S C
  Grass
7 0% 0% 5%
Surfing
  Psyduck
G S C
  Surfing
10-19 90%
  Golduck
G S C
  Surfing
15-19 10%
Fishing
  Poliwag
G S C
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
  Poliwag
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 65%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
  Poliwag
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 80%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
Headbutt tree
(Moderate chances of battle)
  Caterpie
G S C
  Headbutt
10 65%
  Metapod
G S C
  Headbutt
10 15%
  Butterfree
G S C
  Headbutt
10 5%
  Weedle
G S C
  Headbutt
10 65%
  Kakuna
G S C
  Headbutt
10 15%
  Beedrill
G S C
  Headbutt
10 5%
  Exeggcute
G S C
  Headbutt
10 15%
  Hoothoot
G S C
  Headbutt
10 50%
  Noctowl
G S C
  Headbutt
10 10%
  Pineco
G S C
  Headbutt
10 30%
Headbutt tree
(Low chances of battle)
  Caterpie
G S C
  Headbutt
10 50%
  Caterpie
G S C
  Headbutt
10 15%
  Metapod
G S C
  Headbutt
10 5%
  Butterfree
G S C
  Headbutt
10 5%
  Weedle
G S C
  Headbutt
10 50%
  Weedle
G S C
  Headbutt
10 15%
  Kakuna
G S C
  Headbutt
10 5%
  Beedrill
G S C
  Headbutt
10 5%
  Exeggcute
G S C
  Headbutt
10 15%
  Hoothoot
G S C
  Headbutt
10 60%
  Pineco
G S C
  Headbutt
10 30%
Special Pokémon
  Celebi
G S C
  Event
GS Ball
30 One
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.


Generation IV

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
  Caterpie
HG SS
  Grass
5-6 50% 60% 0%
  Metapod
HG SS
  Grass
5-6 30% 30% 0%
  Weedle
HG SS
  Grass
5-6 50% 60% 0%
  Kakuna
HG SS
  Grass
5-6 30% 30% 0%
  Zubat
HG SS
  Grass
5-6 5% 5% 25%
  Oddish
HG SS
  Grass
5-6 0% 0% 60%
  Paras
HG SS
  Grass
5-6 15% 5% 15%
Headbutt
  Caterpie
HG SS
  Headbutt
3-5 30%
  Metapod
HG SS
  Headbutt
3-5 10%
  Weedle
HG SS
  Headbutt
3-5 30%
  Kakuna
HG SS
  Headbutt
3-5 10%
  Hoothoot
HG SS
  Headbutt
3-5 60%
Special Tree
  Butterfree
HG SS
  Headbutt
6-8 10%
  Beedrill
HG SS
  Headbutt
6-8 10%
  Hoothoot
HG SS
  Headbutt
6-8 50%
  Noctowl
HG SS
  Headbutt
6-8 10%
  Pineco
HG SS
  Headbutt
6-8 30%
Surfing
  Psyduck
HG SS
  Surfing
5-20 90%
  Golduck
HG SS
  Surfing
10-20 10%
Fishing
  Poliwag
HG SS
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
  Poliwag
HG SS
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 60%
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 40%
  Poliwag
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 80%
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
Special Pokémon
  Pichu
Spiky-eared
HG SS
  Event
Pikachu-colored Pichu
30 One
  Numel
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
6 20%
  Spoink
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
5-6 20%
  Budew
HG SS
  Sinnoh Sound
5-6 20%
  Carnivine
HG SS
  Sinnoh Sound
6 20%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.


Trainers

Generation II

Trainer Pokémon
 
Bug Catcher WayneC
ケンイチ Kenichi
Reward:  160
  Ledyba Lv.8
No item
  Paras Lv.10
No item
Trainers with a telephone symbol by their names will give their Pokégear number to the player, and may call or be called for a rematch with higher-level Pokémon.


Preview

Layout

   
Generation II Generation IV

Trainer Tips

Generation II

Ilex Forest is so overgrown with trees that you can't see the sky. Please watch out for items that may have been dropped.

Generation IV

Trainer Tips
Ilex Forest is so overgrown with trees that you can't see the sky. Please watch out for items that may have been dropped.

In the anime

 
Ilex Forest in the anime

Ilex Forest first appeared in A Farfetch'd Tale, where Ash and his friends used it to travel from Azalea Town to Goldenrod City. It remains unclear if the episodes from Tricks of the Trade to The Fortune Hunters take place within Ilex Forest as well, however.

In A Farfetch'd Tale, the group met a young charcoal-making apprentice named Sylvester and his disobedient Farfetch'd, who continued to run away from him. Ash and his friends helped Sylvester track Farfetch'd down, only to realize it had been kidnapped by Team Rocket. Sylvester and Farfetch'd went on to join forces to defeat the trio, and Sylvester then taught Farfetch'd how to use Cut.

Brock was familiar with Ilex Forest's world-famous charcoal, and uses it for his cooking. After helping Sylvester, Brock received some charcoal from Sylvester's master (father in the English dub), the local charcoal maker Yosaku.

In Time After Time!, Goh visited Ilex Forest while on holiday with his parents Camille and Walker in Azalea Town. There, he caught a Pineco and Ariados. Three years earlier, Goh had visited the forest with his new friend Horace to look for the Ilex Forest shrine.

In the original series, people live in Ilex Forest, and a Nurse Joy operates a Pokémon Center to cater for the many Trainers that use it as a thoroughfare. In Pokémon Journeys: The Series, the forest's portrayal is closer to its game portrayal, with no signs of permanent human residence shown there.

Gallery

Pokémon Center Ilex Forest shrine Charcoal kiln house
     

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

The Ilex Forest first featured in You Ain't Nothin' But A Houndour, where a tree-cutter was doing his shift for the day. When Gold arrived at the forest, he saw the tree-cutter and his Farfetch'd unconscious. A mysterious voice then told Gold to stay away, before revealing itself as the Masked Man. Gold engaged in battle with the Masked Man, and was about to be defeated when the Masked Man saw that the shrine of the forest started to glow. However, the glow then faded due to Gold's intervention, and the Masked Man departed.

The Ilex Forest became the setting of the climax of this chapter, when Lugia and Ho-Oh were passed to Will and Karen, who were told to guard the shrine. Green came to the forest looking for the shrine, and overcame her ornithophobia by sending out the Legendary birds to battle Lugia and Ho-Oh. She was joined by Silver, who had followed her to the forest and was initially held captive by Will, before climbing onto Lugia to battle him. The Masked Man was on his way back to the forest having obtained the GS Ball recipe from Kurt at the Indigo Plateau, but Gold chased him and finally defeated him in battle, forcing him to reveal his identity. Using the timely intervention of Pika, Chuchu, and their egg, Pryce completed the GS Ball and started to travel in time. Gold eventually used the newly-hatched Pichu to enter the time void, while it was still open, to chase after Pryce.

Meanwhile, Red and Blue arrived at the forest from underground and joined the battle on Green's side. They witnessed countless Pokémon, sent from the Pokémon Storage System gathering to connect with Lugia and Ho-Oh, freeing them from the Masked Man's control. Yellow arrived, having been chased all the way to the forest, followed by Crystal who teleported to the forest using the Legendary beasts. Gold (who had been trapped in time), as well as Silver and Crystal, eventually entered the shrine, into the crack in time with the Legendary beasts to follow Pryce. At the end of the battle, Will and Karen accepted an offer to work alongside Koga and Bruno.

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

The Ilex Forest also played an important role in the plot of this chapter. Celebi helped Pryce out of the crack in time after he foresaw the destruction of the future caused by Arceus's creations. At the same time, Giovanni was at the forest looking for a cure for his illness. He saw Pryce and attacked him for what he did to Silver, but Lance intervened and convinced the two to work alongside him. Before heading to the Sinjoh Ruins, Giovanni stationed the Team Rocket Elite Trio to guard the forest while Celebi gathered the cure.

Trivia

  • Ilex Forest is the only forest where wild Pokémon can be encountered but there is no tall grass.
  • In the Generation II games, the Pokégear's map made it appear that a route existed between Azalea Town and Ilex Forest, even though this is not the case. This was corrected for the map in Generation IV.

Name origin

"Ubame" comes from ウバメガシ ubamegashi, Ubame oak (Quercus phillyraeoides), a species of tree used to make binchōtan charcoal.

"Ilex" is the genus of holly. Considering its Japanese name, it may also be derived from Quercus ilex, the holm oak or holly oak, another tree commonly used in charcoal manufacture.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 桐樹林 Tùhng Syuhlàhm
桐森林 Tùhng Sāmlàhm *
Mandarin 桐樹林 / 桐树林 Tóng Shùlín *
梧桐大森林 Wútóng Dàsēnlín *
  Czech Ilexový les (JN032)
Cesmínový les (EP145)
  Finnish Ilex-metsä
French   Canada Bois aux Chênes
  Europe Bois aux Chênes
  German Steineichenwald
  Italian Bosco di Lecci
  Korean 너도밤나무숲 Neodobam Namu Sup
  Polish Las Ilex
  Brazilian Portuguese Floresta de Ilex (Adventures volume 9-present)
Floresta Ilex (Adventures volume 8)
Spanish   Latin America Bosque Ilex
  Spain Encinar
  Vietnamese Rừng Ubame




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