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Venturing into [[Goldenrod City]], the player's third Badge, the {{Badge|Plain}}, awaits. After defeating [[Whitney]] and getting the Plain Badge, getting a [[Squirt Bottle|SquirtBottle]] allows the player to move the {{p|Sudowoodo|strange tree}} blocking {{rt|36|Johto}} to the north. If it is [[Days of the week|Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday]], the [[Bug-Catching Contest]] will be on at the [[National Park]] on {{rt|35|Johto}}, as well. In [[Ecruteak City]], [[Bill]], the developer of the [[PC]] [[Pokémon Storage System]] is performing repairs on the [[Time Capsule]], and as the player arrives, he will finish, asking for them to come visit him in his parents' house in Goldenrod, where he will give away an {{p|Eevee}}. Another Gym is in Ecruteak City, where the {{type|Ghost}} Leader [[Morty]] battles for the {{Badge|Fog}}. The player encounters the [[Legendary beasts]] in the [[Burned Tower]] and they [[Roaming Pokémon|run off]] around Johto. The player also meets [[Eusine]] who is studying the Burned Tower and takes interest in {{p|Suicune}}.
 
The player goes on through {{rt|38|Johto}} and {{rt|39|Johto}} to arrive in [[Olivine City]]. Once there, they learn from Silver that [[Jasmine]], the Gym Leader, is not available at the moment, since she is taking care of the [[Glitter Lighthouse|lighthouse's]] [[Amphy|Ampharos]] and refuses to leave until the Pokémon is given a [[Secret Potion|special medicine]] from [[Cianwood City]]. The player thus surfs their way through {{rt|40|Johto}} and {{rt|41|Johto}} to get to Cianwood City. There, they encounter the {{type|Fighting}} Leader [[Chuck]], who presents the player with the {{Badge|Storm}}. They get the SecretPotion from the Cianwood Pharmacy and goesgo back to Olivine City. Jasmine, relieved after getting her Ampharos's medicine, goes back to taking Gym challenges. Her Pokémon specialty is of the {{t|Steel}} type. When the player gets their sixth Badge, the {{Badge|Mineral}}, they travel to [[Mahogany Town]], through {{rt|42|Johto}}. The Gym is blocked by a man and the way to {{rt|44|Johto}} and the [[Ice Path]] is blocked by a man trying to sell [[Rage Candy Bar]]s.
 
The player heads north to {{rt|43|Johto}} and the [[Lake of Rage]]. Upon entering the gate, two Team Rocket Grunts charge them {{pdollar}}1000 to go through. When the player gets to the lake, they encounter the [[Red Gyarados]]. After the player defeats, catches or flees from it, they get the [[Red Scale]]. A caped man named [[Lance]] appears on the shore and reveals Team Rocket's secret hideout to the player. The player goes back to Mahogany and goes through the hideout, along with Lance. Team Rocket's plan wasplanned to emit sound waves, inducing the {{p|Magikarp}} in the lake to evolve into {{p|Gyarados}}, which caused the effect of the [[Red Gyarados]]. Once the player defeats all the Team Rocket members and disables the wave-emitting machine, they can challenge [[Pryce]], the town's {{type|Ice}} Gym Leader.
 
Upon defeating the Gym Leader and obtaining the {{Badge|Glacier}}, the player receives a phone call from Prof. Elm about a strange radio signal emitted by Team Rocket, trying to connect with their missing leader, [[Giovanni]]. The player goes to the [[Goldenrod Radio Tower]] to investigate. Once there, a Team Rocket Grunt tells the player that only Team Rocket members are permitted to enter the tower. The player then goes into the tunnel, where a Team Rocket Grunt says they are looking for new recruits, then dresses the player in a Team Rocket grunt's uniform. The player is then permitted to enter the tower, but, all of a sudden, Silver enters, and tells the player off for thinking they look tough in the clothing. The player finds out the tower has been taken over by Team Rocket. When the player ascends to the top floor, they find the director of the Radio Tower, only to discover that he has been impersonated by a member of Team Rocket and that the real Director is actually locked in Goldenrod's basement. Once the player enters the basement, they are once again encountered by Silver, who intends to defeat Team Rocket all by himself. He still questions the way he treats his Pokémon. Once the player gets to the very bottom of the basement, they find the Tower's real Director. He gives the player the Card Key, so that they can access the higher floors of the Radio Tower.
 
After clearing all of the Team Rocket members and defeating the {{tc|Executive|Team Rocket executives}}, effectively disbanding them, the player receives either a [[Rainbow Wing]] to encounter {{p|Ho-Oh}} or a [[Silver Wing]] to encounter {{p|Lugia}}, in HeartGold and SoulSilver, respectively. The player then is allowed to go through the [[Ice Path]] and to [[Blackthorn City]]. There the player can challenge [[Clair]], the {{type|Dragon}} Gym Leader. Before giving the player the {{Badge|Rising}}, however, Clair makes the player go through a test to prove their worthiness. To complete this test, the player must enter the [[Dragon's Den]] and take a test before they receive the Rising Badge from Clair. Having obtained all 8 Badges, the player is given the Master Ball by Elm and is requested to visit the Kimono Girls to prove their worthiness. After defeating the Kimono Girls, the player will either go to the Bell Tower{{sup/4|HG}} or the Whirl Islands{{sup/4|SS}} to encounter Ho-Oh{{sup/4|HG}} or Lugia{{sup/4|SS}}. Then the player is allowed to go east of New Bark into Kanto.
 
===Postgame===
The player then returns to their bedroom in New Bark Town. They head downstairs and receive a message that Professor Elm has something for them. Returning to his lab the player receives an [[S.S. Ticket]] for the fast ship [[S.S. Aqua]] departing to the region of [[Kanto]], where many rare Pokémon live. The player boards the ship in Olivine City and is bombarded by a sailor looking for his daughter who got loose on the ship. Searching the whole ship, the player finds a sailor who is angry that his co-worker is asleep on the job. Finding him and challenging him to a battle, he runs out of his cabin to join the mate. The player later finds the missing girl inat the bottom of the ship. The girl asks the player to play hide and seek with her. The man from before then finds the girl as she mentions that the player was playing with her. The girl's grandpa thanks the player as the ship arrives at [[Vermilion City]] in Kanto.
 
Deciding to take on the Gyms of Kanto, the player enters the Gym in Vermilion City, defeating [[Lt. Surge]] who specializes in {{t|Electric}} types, and earning the {{Badge|Thunder}}. The player travels north to [[Saffron City]] and enters the Gym there defeating [[Sabrina]], who specializes in {{t|Psychic}} types and had envisioned the player's arrival three years prior, and earns the {{Badge|Marsh}}. Still, in Saffron, the player encounters the {{OBP|Copycat|character}} in her new house who seems to have misplaced her Pokémon doll. Going back to Vermilion's [[Pokémon Fan Club]] the player sees the [[Lost Item]] and retrieves it bringing it back to the copycat who gives the player a [[Pass]] to the Saffron [[Magnet Train]].
The player then moves through the [[Rock Tunnel]], arriving at [[Lavender Town]], where they discover that the former [[Pokémon Tower]] has now become a Radio Tower for Kanto. Talking to the director inside the tower, they receive the Radio Expansion Card which allows them to listen to radio stations in Kanto as a reward for restoring power at the Power Plant. Traveling the length of the [[Kanto Route 12|Silence Bridge]] and [[Route]]s {{rtn|13|Kanto}}, {{rtn|14|Kanto}}, and {{rtn|15|Kanto}}, the player arrives at [[Fuchsia City]] and takes on the Gym Leader [[Janine]] who specializes in {{t|Poison}} types, winning the {{Badge|Soul}}. Going back north to Cerulean and the up to Route 24, the player challenges the Nugget Crew and finds [[Misty]] with her boyfriend at [[Cerulean Cape]]. Misty's boyfriend runs off angering her until she realizes that the player is indeed a challenger. The player returns to Cerulean Gym and takes on Misty's {{t|Water}} types winning the {{Badge|Cascade}}.
 
Returning again to Vermilion City, the player recalls the large Pokémon sleeping outside the entrance to [[Diglett's Cave]] on the eastern edge of town. He/she plays the Poké Flute Station on their radio which awakens and angers the Pokémon, a giant {{p|Snorlax}}. After capturing, defeating, or running away from it, the player enters and goes through the Diglett's Cave emerging on {{rt|2|Kanto}}, just south of [[Pewter City]]. The player goes north to Pewter City and challenges [[Brock]] and his {{t|Rock}} types and earns the {{Badge|Boulder}}.
 
The player travels south across Route 2 and through [[Viridian Forest]] before arriving at [[Viridian City]]. The player then continues south to [[Pallet Town]] and surfs to [[Cinnabar Island]]. There, the player sees {{ga|Blue}} who mentions how the town previously found on the island was destroyed in a volcanic eruption, and that the town's Gym Leader had to relocate his Gym to the nearby [[Seafoam Islands]]. Blue then goes back to his own Gym in Viridian. The player travels east to the Seafoam Islands and finds [[Blaine]]'s {{type|Fire}} Gym within the islands and challenges him to earn the {{Badge|Volcano}}.
 
The player travels back to Viridian City and challenges Blue in his Gym, which does not seem to have any specialty in types, and defeats him to earn the {{Badge|Earth}}. The player goes back to Pallet Town and visits [[Professor Oak]] in his laboratory. Oak sees that the player has earned all of the Gym Badges in Kanto and, after giving them [[HM08]], decides to allow the player to enter [[Mt. Silver]], a mountain so dangerous the average Trainer is not allowed to enter it, to challenge {{ga|Red}}, who has been the champion of Kanto for three years and trains there constantly. The player goes to Mt. Silver and climbs to the top to find Red training mutely, and challenges him to a battle. After a hard-fought battle, the player defeats Red, becoming the new champion of Kanto, and Red walks away without saying a word. The credits roll again.
** Additionally while the Kanto Gym Leaders could still be challenged in any order, Blue is now the only exception. He will only leave Cinnabar Island to return to his Gym once he has confirmed the player has the other seven Kanto Gym Badges.
* The [[Rage Candy Bar|RageCandyBar]] is now a [[Key Item]]. This is likely to prevent the player from trading it to {{game2|Diamond|Pearl|Platinum}}, which does not have any item data for it.
* Similar to the event {{p|Shaymin}} and {{p|Regigigas}} in Platinum, two in-game events are unlocked through the use of {{pkmn2|event}}-exclusive Pokémon. The [[Pikachu-colored Pichu]] unlocks an event near the [[Ilex Forest]] [[Ilex Forest shrine|shrine]] where the [[Spiky-eared Pichu]] can be obtained, and an event-exclusive {{p|Celebi}} unlocks an encounter with former [[Team Rocket]] boss and Viridian Gym Leader [[Giovanni]]. Giovanni was mentioned repeatedly in the original Generation II games, but did not appear. These events effectively replace the [[GS Ball]] event formerly found in the Japanese version of {{game|Crystal}}.
* The [[Pokémon Storage System]], [[Bag]], [[party]] interface, and the screen that pops up when pressing the ''Start'' or ''X'' buttons in the previous games all use the Nintendo DS's touch screen.
* [[Legendary Pokémon]] from other regions can be caught in the games. [[Hoenn]]'s legendaries, {{p|Kyogre}} and {{p|Groudon}}, return in HeartGold and SoulSilver, respectively, after Red has been defeated, and {{p|Rayquaza}} can be caught in both games if a Groudon from SoulSilver and a Kyogre from HeartGold are shown to Professor Oak. {{p|Latias}} (in HeartGold) or {{p|Latios}} (in SoulSilver) can be found roaming in [[Kanto]] later in the game after speaking to [[Steven Stone]]. The [[legendary birds]] can also be found in certain locations in Kanto while {{p|Mewtwo}} can be found at [[Cerulean Cave]].
* [[Cynthia]] makes an appearance in an event involving {{p|Arceus}}. This takes place in an area accessed from the [[Ruins of Alph]] that is far to the north, named the [[Sinjoh Ruins]]. This event allows players to obtain either {{p|Dialga}}, {{p|Palkia}}, or {{p|Giratina}} at level 1. The only way to obtain the [[Griseous Orb]] and Origin Forme Giratina in this game is to choose Giratina during this event.
* The Trainers that appear in Viridian City's [[Trainer House]] are now influenced by communication through two Pokéwalkers as opposed to the previous method of Mystery Gifting with the Game Boy Color's infrared port.
* During the player's initial battle with the rival, he is known as Passerby Boy, unlike in Gold and Silver, where he was identified as ???. Players are still required to name him later.
* The man in Ilex Forest, who previously gave out the TM for {{m|Headbutt}} in Generation II has become a [[Move Tutor]] for that move. This is due to the fact that Headbutt is no longer a TM. Unlike other Move Tutors, he does not require anything from the player to tutor the move, and will do it as many times as the player would like.
* Similar to {{game|Crystal}}, the [[legendary beasts]] can be caught from the moment the player sees them fleeing in the [[Burned Tower]], with the exception of {{p|Suicune}} who can only be encountered in battle at {{rt|25|Kanto}}, instead of at the [[Bell Tower]]. Suicune can be seen running around in certain locations across Johto and Kanto.
* The map in the [[Pokégear]] has the same function as the {{DL|Pokétch|Marking Map}} for the Pokétch in {{3v2|Diamond|Pearl|Platinum}} to track [[roaming Pokémon]]. Additionally the player does not need to face {{p|Raikou}} or {{p|Entei}} (as well as {{p|Latios}} and {{p|Latias}}) in battle first to be able to track them.
* Trainers in [[Kanto]] will now give out their Pokégear numbers, whereas only Trainers on Routes 26 and 27 would do so in the original games.
* In the original Gold and Silver, the real Janine was in the lower -left corner of the Gym, while one of her Gym Trainers was in the middle, where the Leader should be. This isn't the case in HeartGold and SoulSilver, where Janine was moved to the middle.
* It is now possible to Fly to the [[Pokémon League Reception Gate]]. It is also now possible to Fly between Indigo Plateau or the Reception Gate and any location in either Kanto or Johto. Curiously, however, it's not possible to Fly to the [[Pokémon Center]]s in [[Route]]s {{rtn|4|Kanto}} and {{rtn|10|Kanto}}, whereas it was possible in FireRed and LeafGreen, but not in the original Gold and Silver.
* The clock reset interface from the original Pokémon Gold and Silver was removed, as was the case with {{game|Crystal}}. In its replacement is a microphone test interface whichthat can be accessed via the button combination X, Y and Down on the title screen; though this feature, unlike the clock reset interface has been officially mentioned by Nintendo via the game instruction booklet.
* Any special Pokémon, such as {{p|Sudowoodo}}, will respawn to their specific location after the player defeats the [[Elite Four]] if they were defeated instead of caught the first time.
* The ability to decorate the player's room, a feature introduced in the original Gold and Silver, is absent.
** {{p|Articuno}}, {{p|Zapdos}}, and {{p|Mewtwo}} can be found in their original areas, while {{p|Moltres}} is now located in [[Mt. Silver]].
** {{p|Bulbasaur}}, {{p|Squirtle}}, and {{p|Charmander}} can now be obtained after defeating Red.
* Instead of the {{ga|Silver|rival}} literally telling his name after his first battle with the player in [[Cherrygrove City]], he drops his [[Trainer Card (game)|trainer card]] and the player looks at it to find what his name.
 
===Areas===
[[File:HGSS JohtoKanto.jpg|thumb|200px|right|[[Johto]] and [[Kanto]], the accessible regions in HeartGold and SoulSilver]]
* Elm's Lab has an upstairs level, where [[Professor Elm|the professor]] and his family live, his old house being occupied by Lyra/Ethan and her/his family.
* A number ofSeveral Gym puzzles have been replaced or added in gyms that did not have them in Generation II. One example is reusing the puzzle in the [[Vermilion Gym]] from Generation I and III that was previously absent in Generation II.
* The {{Gdis|Battle Tower|II}} west of [[Olivine City]], introduced in {{game|Crystal}}, returns, bringing with it exactly the same {{gdis|Battle Frontier|IV}} seen in Platinum.
* Two new routes, {{rt|47|Johto}} and {{rt|48|Johto}}, are introduced near [[Cianwood City]]. They lead to a new {{safari|Johto}}, as well as the [[Embedded Tower]] and the [[Cliff Cave]].
* The male [[player character]] receives a redesign and is now called {{ga|Ethan}}, while {{ga|Kris}} is replaced by a new female player character called {{ga|Lyra}}.
* Ambient sound effects are used with greater frequency than in previous games; for example, running water, blowing wind and the player walking through grass will produce audible noises.
* The [[Pokégear]] has been redesigned. There areis a range of skins that can be used and changed at the player's will.
[[File:Pokédex HGSS.png|thumb|left|150px|Redesigned Pokédex]]
* Much like Kanto's was for its remakes, Johto's Pokédex has been redesigned. Unlike Kanto's remakes, which contained the same [[List of Pokémon by Kanto Pokédex number|regional Pokédex]] as the originals, [[List of Pokémon by New Pokédex number|the original regional Pokédex]] for Johto has been [[List of Pokémon by Johto Pokédex number|slightly altered]], including five [[Generation IV]] evolutions for Pokémon found in Johto.
* [[Gym Leader]]s, [[Elite Four]] members, {{ga|Silver}}, and {{ga|Red}} have animated battle sprites and battle intros, as in {{v2|Platinum}}. Many [[Gym]]s have been redesigned as well, some with new puzzles.
* {{m|Rock Smash}}, previously a TM usable on the field in the originals, is now a full-fledged HM as it has been since [[Generation III]]. {{m|Defog}} loses its HM status to the returning {{m|Whirlpool}}.
* {{m|Rock Climb}}, despite it not being available prior to [[Generation IV]], continues to be [[HM08]] and requires the [[Viridian Gym]] Badge. As a result, several caves and cliffs have markings whichthat allow them to be scaled like in {{3v2|Diamond|Pearl|Platinum}}.
* All Kanto Gym Leaders give out [[TM]]s.
* If the player turns off the battle scene in the Options menu, the Pokémon will not be animated when they come into battle, whereas in Platinum they were.
* All the game's music is rearranged to better utilize the DS's sound capabilities.
** The [[GB Sounds]], a Key Item available after all 16 Badges have been obtained, allows players to swap the background music for the original chiptune soundtrack from the original Gold and Silver.
** New music tracks, such as the music that plays on Routes 47 and 48, also receive an 8-bit remix. However, not every track got an 8-bit remix and some can only be listened to through the [[Pokémon Past Archive]] radio station in the Pokégear.
* A few caves changed their themes. They originally used the main cave music in Generation II.
** [[Slowpoke Well]] now uses the same theme as [[Union Cave]].
** [[Mt. Moon]] now uses the same theme as [[Dark Cave]].
* [[Cerulean City]], [[Fuchsia City]], [[Cinnabar Island]] and {{rt|24|Kanto}} use the same themes in HeartGold and SoulSilver as they did in Generations I and III. However, they used different themes in the Generation II.
** Cerulean City used the [[Pewter City]] theme in Generation II.
** Fuchsia City used the [[Celadon City]] theme in Generation II.
 
==Reception==
Gaming magazine {{wp|Famitsu}} gave Pokémon HearGoldHeartGold and SoulSilver a score of 37 out of 40.<ref>[[n:Famitsu rates HeartGold, SoulSilver|Famitsu rates HeartGold, SoulSilver - Bulbanews]]</ref> {{wp|IGN}} rated the games a "Great" 8.5/10.<ref>[http://www.ign.com/articles/2010/03/13/pokemon-heartgold-review Pokémon HeartGold Review - IGN]</ref> Pokémon HearGoldHeartGold and SoulSilver hold a rating of 87.81%<ref>[http://www.gamerankings.com/ds/960099-pokemon-heartgold-version/index.html Pokémon HeartGold Version for DS - GameRankings]</ref> and 88.00%,<ref>[http://www.gamerankings.com/ds/960100-pokemon-soulsilver-version/index.html Pokémon SoulSilver Version for DS - GameRankings]</ref> respectively, on {{wp|GameRankings}}.
 
===Sales===
 
====Japanese sales====
Pokémon HearGoldHeartGold and SoulSilver sold 1,442,990 units on their first week on the Japanese market, being 720,086 from Pokémon HeartGold and 722,904 from Pokémon SoulSilver, with a {{wp|sell-through}} of 91.16% and 91.48% respectively. By December 29, 2013, at the end of their 225th week, they had sold 3,910,512 copies, being 1,864,152 from Pokémon HeartGold and 2,046,360 from Pokémon SoulSilver.
 
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* Unlike how {{game|FireRed and LeafGreen|s}} used completely different Trainer sprites from {{game|Ruby and Sapphire|s}}, many {{DL|Pokémon Trainer|Trainer class}}es shared between regions, like {{tc|Hiker}}s and {{tc|Psychic}}s, keep their {{3v2|Diamond|Pearl|Platinum}} sprites in battle.
* The font used for the English titles of these games was changed from the one that has been used since {{game|Ruby and Sapphire|s}}, while the Japanese logos are still in the same style used since those games. FireRed and LeafGreen also used a different font than the Hoenn games, however, it was still the same color. The fonts are Athenaeum Bold, Futura Extra Bold and Helvetica Black Condensed, respectively.
** Additionally, the heart -shaped Ho-Oh crest and the Lugia silhouette are used in the English logos, while the fire and leaf that appear on FireRed and LeafGreen's Japanese logos were not used in the English release.
* These games mark the first time that the English versions were announced before the games themselves came out in Japan.
* Because of [[HM05]]'s conversion from {{m|Defog}} to {{m|Whirlpool}}, these games are the first in which all available HMs teach damaging moves (both Defog and Flash, contained in HM05, prevented this in previous games).
* These are the first games in which major characters offer their Pokémon for a trade with the player, with [[Gym Leader]]s [[Brock]], [[Lt. Surge]], [[Jasmine]], and [[Hoenn]]'s former Champion [[Steven Stone]] offering Pokémon of their specialty type in exchange for another.
** These are the first games in which an [[In-game trade#HeartGold and SoulSilver|in-game trade]] accepts a Pokémon of any kind, with Jasmine accepting such in exchange for her Steelix.
* Unlike how {{2v2|FireRed|LeafGreen}}'s intro was an updated version of the opening from {{2v2|Red|Green}}, HeartGold and SoulSilver have an entirely new intro, using none of the footage from the intro of {{2v2|Gold|Silver}}. The intro, however, uses some music that was in the original and the title screen displays 3D renders of Ho-Oh and Lugia in a movement similar to the original title screens. They differ with HeartGold's intro featuring Ho-Oh at dawn and SoulSilver having Lugia at dusk (both at the beginning); additionally, at the end with Suicune on the cliff, the screen moves towards the sky in HeartGold and towards the ocean in SoulSilver.
** They are the only remakes with this distinction, as [[Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire|Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]] use an update of the opening from {{2v2|Ruby|Sapphire}}.
* HeartGold and SoulSilver include the {{pkmn|Champion}}s from each of the previous paired versions: {{ga|Blue}} from {{2v2|Red|Green}}, [[Lance]] from {{2v2|Gold|Silver}}, [[Steven Stone]] from {{2v2|Ruby|Sapphire}}, and [[Cynthia]] from {{2v2|Diamond|Pearl}}.
* Although the [[Goldenrod Game Corner|Goldenrod]] and [[Celadon Game Corner]]s were changed in the non-Japanese releases, all versions (Japanese, Korean, and Western) have every map of the Game Corners: in the Japanese versions, the maps related to [[Voltorb Flip]] and [[Mr. Game]] are unused and have no events or warps programmed, while the Korean and Western versions have the original maps with their warps intact, plus the event to interact with the clerk is still present and the interface used to buy [[coin]]s is functional and was translated. {{TM|78|Captivate}} also remains in the unused Goldenrod Game Corner in the Korean and Western versions, and the [[slot machine]]s in the leftover maps trigger [[Voltorb Flip]] in these versions.
* HeartGold and SoulSilver are the last Pokémon games to include a [[Game Corner]].
* In the Korean localizationslocalization, the {{tc|Sage}}'s sprite and trainer class name were changed.
 
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