Official Pokémon Gold and Silver Adventure Guide

Official Pokémon Gold and Silver Adventure Guide
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ISBN: 0970347324
Published: October 2000
Publisher: Versus Books
Author: Versus Books Staff

Official Pokémon Gold and Silver Adventure Guide is a strategy guide published by Versus Books. Out of all of Versus Books' strategy guides, it is volume 16 overall. This guide covers only the walkthrough/strategy portions of the game - it does not have listed Pokémon movesets and base stat totals.


Detailed maps and Walk-through!
Our complete walk-through features maps of every game area, from start to finish! Every item and trainer is listed, every Gym is extensively covered, and every secret is described in-depth!

Full Rosters for Every Trainer
Only Versus Books lists the rosters of virtually every trainer you'll face in Gold and Silver. Now you'll know how to prepare for difficult battles, and how to avoid the ones you just can't win.

Exact Appearance Ratios of Every Game Area!
Know at a glance which Pokémon appear in each area, in which versions, and at what times of the day. Get the exact odds of running into the Pokémon that you need to catch.

Detailed Explanations of All of Gold & Silver's Mysteries
The Q&A section gives you the answers to all of your Gold/Silver questions. Learn the new ways to evolve, the secrets of Breeding, the tricks to catching Legendary Pokémon.


The Official Pokémon Gold and Silver Adventure Guide opens with a section titled "What's New in Gold & Silver?". This section provides details on several new features introduced in Generation II, such as new Pokémon, new moves, the addition of the Steel and Dark types, the new way that the bag is organised, the Pokégear, different times of the day and days of the week, new methods of evolution, the split of the Special stat into Special Attack and Special Defense, genders, held items, Mystery Gift and new HM moves. This leads into several other introductory sections, explaining concepts such as capturing and trading Pokémon, evolution, breeding and strategies for raising strong Pokémon.

Following the introductory section is the walkthrough, which is the bulk of the book's content. A selling feature of this book is percentage-based encounter rates for Pokémon in every area, which other strategy guides, such as Prima's Official Strategy Guide, do not include. The maps are presented in chronological order based on the storyline of the game, pointing out hidden items, helpful NPCs, items sold in every town's Poké Mart, strategies for defeating major characters such as Gym Leaders and Silver, and strategies for using Pokémon found in each area. This section of the guide covers both the Johto and Kanto regions found in the game.

The walkthrough section is followed by a "Pokémon GS Q&A" section. This section addresses details such as tracking the legendary beasts, how to evolve Eevee into Espeon or Umbreon, how to obtain Pichu and other baby Pokémon, how to obtain the various Evolution stones, details on game-exclusive Pokémon, details on Pokémon that may only be encountered by using Headbutt, information on mass outbreaks, charts depicting which Pokémon evolve when traded with certain held items and which Pokémon evolve by friendship, how to evolve Tyrogue, information on which Pokémon may only be obtained by trading from the Generation I games, solutions to the Ruins of Alph puzzles, and details on Pokémon that may be found with held items, either when captured in the wild or traded over from the Generation I games.

The final section of the guide is an appendix, which lists every move and its effect, information on each TM and HM, a graph depicting when certain events happen depending on the days of the week, and a type chart.



  • This book gives many errors on how to increase or decrease a Pokémon's friendship, found on page 11.
    • The book states that using a Pokémon in battle will increase its friendship. The act of using it alone does not increase friendship.
    • It also states that giving the Pokémon held items is a method to increase friendship (this is only true for the Soothe Bell, which would not be introduced until Generation III anyway).
    • It also states that using healing items on a Pokémon will increase its friendship. While the book correctly states that herbal medicine will decrease friendship, using regular healing items does not affect friendship.
    • The book states that leaving a Pokémon in a PC box will decrease friendship. While walking around with a Pokémon does increase friendship, it will not decrease friendship if it is put into the PC.
    • Similarly, the book states that not healing a fainted Pokémon immediately or leaving it fainted will decrease friendship. While friendship does decrease when a Pokémon faints, leaving it fainted for an extended period of time will not decrease friendship further; nor is it affected by taking damage in battle at all, as long as the Pokémon does not faint.
  • On page 8, it is stated that male Pokémon tend to have a higher attack stat than female Pokémon and female Pokémon tend to have a higher defense stat than male Pokémon. In reality, gender is only based on the Attack IVs of the Pokémon for non-female only lines.
  • On page 40, it is stated that the Sun Stone can be used to evolve Vileplume into Bellossom. In reality, it is Gloom that evolves into Bellossom by use of the Sun Stone.
  • On page 46, it is stated that the Moomoo Farm sells "Milk" for  500. The name of the item is actually Moomoo Milk.
  • On page 54, it is stated that one of the Apricorn trees contains a "Peach Apricorn" for  500. The name of the item is actually Pnk Apricorn.
  • On page 55, it is stated that Route 42 is the first Route that contains Heracross and Aipom. However, these Pokémon can be obtained from 29 to 33, all of which are accessible with backtracking as soon as the player can obtain TM02 (Headbutt).
  • On page 78, it is stated that an Up-Grade may be obtained at Silph Co.. However, the item is incorrectly formatted as "Up-grade" instead throughout the book.
  • On page 86, the description box for Mr. Mime misses a space in the sentence, "TheGold/Silver Mr. Mime has a bunch of new moves [...]."
  • On page 93, it is stated that the Gym Leader for the Viridian Gym will not return until the player has beat the other Kanto Gym Leaders. In reality, the only requirement in Generation II is to speak to Blue on Cinnabar Island.
  • On page 103, it is stated that Slowbro evolves into Slowking when traded holding a King's Rock. In reality, it is Slowpoke that evolves into Slowking by this method.
  • On page 105, the book states that wild Chansey may be found holding an "Egg". The name of the item is actually called Lucky Egg.
  • On page 105, the book states that wild Marowak may be found holding a "Thick Bone". While the English name of the item is actually the Thick Club, the Japanese name is "Thick Bone", so this may be a translation error.
  • On page 105, it is stated that wild Doduo and Dodrio may be found holding a "Razor Talon". The first error is that the name of the item is actually Sharp Beak. The second is that wild Doduo cannot be found holding a Sharp Beak. Instead, it is Fearow, in addition to Dodrio, that may hold one in the wild.
  • On page 105, it is stated that Chansey's Lucky Punch will power up its moves. Instead, the actual effect is to boost the critical hit ratio two stages.
  • On page 105, it is stated that Jigglypuff traded from Generation I might come with an item to boost Normal-type moves better than the "Pink Ribbon." The held item for Jigglypuff is not a ribbon, but the Polkadot Bow; additionally, the name of the Pink Ribbon is actually the Pink Bow. In the Japanese version, these items were named the Polkadot Ribbon and the Pink Ribbon, respectively. Both items have the same effect of boosting the power of Normal-type moves by 10% when held.
  • On page 105, it is stated that Clefairy may hold a Leftovers when traded from Generation I. Instead, it is Clefable that has a chance, not Clefairy.
  • On page 105, it is stated that if a Kadabra is captured in the wild in Yellow Version and traded to Gold & Silver, it will be holding a "Bent Spoon". The name of the item is actually TwistedSpoon.

See also

Core series: Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow • Pokémon Gold and Silver (AdventurePerfect) • Pokémon Crystal
Spin-off Pokémon games: Pokémon Stadium 2Pokémon Trading Card Game

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