Pokemon Gold/Silver

Strategy Guide

  • Change time

    At the title screen, press Down + Select + B. You will need to enter a password to change the time, based on your Trainer name, Trainer number, and money. The password can be calculated online at The Bruise Brothers and The PokeMasters; or you can download a Windows 95/98/Me program to do it on your PC.

  • Restart game

    At the title screen, press Up + B + Select.

  • In-game reset

    While playing the game, press Start + Select + A + B to reset the game.

  • Faster credits display

    During the credits, hold B.

  • Skip credits

    During the credits, press Start + Select + A + B.

  • Clone Pokemon and items

    Note: This trick could corrupt your saved game file. Put the Pokemon you want cloned in an empty box on Bill's computer. Then switch to another empty box. When it asks you to save select "Yes". Once it says there is another file, select "Yes" and at the same time turn the power off on the Game Boy system. Make sure the power is off before more text comes up or you will not get the cloned Pokemon. If done correctly, you will have the Pokemon that you cloned in your party and another one in Bill's computer where you deposited. This trick also works on items. -From: funkyewok@hotmail.com

  • Duplicate items

    Go to the item that you want to be duplicate. Note: You cannot duplicate items in Poke Balls, such as Rare Candy. Then get the password to reset the time and change the day. This works best with berries and balls from Kurt.

  • Infinite money

    Go to the Underground Path in Goldenrod City on Monday. Buy a Nugget and attach it to a Pokemon. Use the duplication trick as many times as needed. Detach the Nugget(s) and sell them for $5,000 each.

  • Ampharos/Denryuu

    Go to the route after Violet City towards the Union Cave, and try to capture the electric sheep, Mareep/Meripu. Let it grow to level 15. It will evolve into Flaaffy. Train it to level 30 to get Ampharos/Denryuu. -From: togepi500@hotmail.com

  • Bellossom/Kirehana

    Give Gloom a Sun Stone and it will evolve into Bellossom/Kirehana. Note: You cannot evolve Bellossom/Kirehana into Vileplume. -From: togepi500@hotmail.com

  • Gold Magikarp

    Breed the golden Gyarados with a regular Gyarados to get a golden Magikarp.

  • Ho-Oh/Hou-Hou (Gold version)

    Go to Ecruteak City, then go inside the house with another house beside it. Climb up and enter Tin-Tower. Climb up until you get to Ho-Oh/Hou-Hou. Note: You must have the Rainbow Wing. You can get this from the Station Manager after beating the Rockets in the Radio Tower. You do this after beating Mahogany Town gym. -From: togepi500@hotmail.com

  • Ho-Oh/Hou-Hou (Silver version)

    Go to Pewter City and talk to the old man that walks around. He will give you a gold feather. Then, go to the place where Ho-Oh/Hou-Hou is located in the Gold version to find it.

  • Kingdra

    Equip Seadra with the Symbol of King's Rock, and then trade it. -From: togepi500@hotmail.com

  • Lapras

    Enter the Union Cave on Friday and go to the pool in the lowest left side on the first floor. Surf across the pool to a ladder. Climb the ladder, then Surf across the pool. Go up the new ladder. Surf to the middle of the pool. Now go left to shore. Walk down until you get to another pool. You should now see Lapras. Note: There is only one, however there will be a new Lapras every Friday. -From: togepi500@hotmail.com

  • Lugia (Silver version)

    Learn HM06 (Whirlpool) and go to Cianwood City. Destroy a whirlpoor and enter the cave. Go through the maze and you will reach Lugia.

  • Lugia (Gold version)

    Go to Pewter City and talk to the old man. He will give you a silver feather. Then, go to the place where Lugia is located in the Gold version to find it.

  • Pikachu

    Transfer a Pikachu from Pokemon Yellow into the game. It should have an item directly translated to "Electric Ball". Equip it to any Pikachu, and its special attack will double.

  • Red Gyarados

    Go to the Lake of Rage in Mahogany Town. Surf the lake until you see a strange red Gyarados. Fight him and catch him.

  • Silver Rhyhorn

    Go to Victory Road where you go to get to the Elite Four. You should encounter a silver Rhyhorn. -From: togepi500@hotmail.com

  • Slowking/Yadoking

    Equip the King's Rock on Slowpoke, and then trade it. It will evolve into Slowking/Yadoking. -From: togepi500@hotmail.com

  • Smoochum/Muchuru

    Breed Jynx with Ditto while looking at your party to get Smoochum/Muchuru. -From: togepi500@hotmail.com

  • Steelix/Haganal

    Equip the Metal Coat on Onix and trade it to another Game Boy. It will evolve into Steelix/Haganal.

  • Three legendary dogs

    Go to Ecruteak City and enter Burned Tower (you must have Rock Smash). Break the rocks and fall down one of the holes to wake them up. Then, go outside and try to find them in the wild. -From: togepi500@hotmail.com

  • Togepi

    Defeat Violet City Gym and go into the Pokecenter. Talk to Aide and he will give you a egg. After 5,000 steps, it will hatch into Togepi. -From: togepi500@hotmail.com

  • Tyrogue/Buruki

    Go to Ecruteak City, then go inside the second cave (second entrance to Mt. Mortar), turn to the right and Surf. Go to the top and enter the other cave that is there. Make your way around the mazes and talk to Blackbelt Kyo. Defeat him to get Tyrogue/Buruki. Note: Make sure you have an open space in your Pokemon holder.

  • Female Mr. Mime (Gold version)

    Go to Saffron City before fighting Sabrina. Challenge Sabrina to discover that her Mr. Mime is female.

  • Enjyu City battle

    When you go to Enjyu City, go to the tower and your rival will appear, but will not battle. However, if you first heal your Pokemon at the Pokecenter, defeat the Ghost Gym Leader, and then go to that tower, your rival will talk to you and fight.

  • Monorail ticket

    Go to Saffron City and talk to the girl copycat. Fly to Vermilion City and talk to everyone in the house where you received the bike voucher. Someone will give you the Clefairy doll. Take it to the copycat to get the monorail ticket.

  • Metal Coat

    Collect all eight badges, then talk to Professor Elm (the person from the start of the game). He will give you the S.S. Aqua ticket. Go to Olivine City where the Gym Leader was first not there. Go inside the house at the shore, the person will let you go through, and you will be on the S.S. Aqua. You will meet a man that wants you to find his daughter on the ship. You can find her with the captain. Return her to her father to receive the Metal Coat. -From: togepi500@hotmail.com

  • King's Rock

    Go to the town where you had to rescue the Slowpokes from Azalea Town. Enter Slowpoke Cave where you got the Slowpokes from the two Rockets. Use Strength and push the boulder, then Surf in the pond. Find the ladder, go to it, and Surf. Talk to the person in that part of the cave. He will give you the King's Rock. -From: togepi500@hotmail.com

  • Unown Pokedex

    First, solve the Kabuto puzzle, which you should know how to get to. The rest will require the HM for Surf, found in Ecruteak City, TM08 (Rock Smash), and the HM for Strength. Surf down by the Ruins of Alph (Violet City) and solve the puzzle there. The puzzles should be somewhat easy. Just put in the corner pieces first. Then, go to the Union Cave. Walk around and find the Pokemaniac. If you have not defeated him, fight him. Then, Surf in the waters near him. You will have to return here twice. Break the rock you find, and solve the puzzle. Then return, move the boulder, and solve the last puzzle. Catch three Unown, then exit the ruins. Talk to the scientist near the cave and he will give you a complimentary Unown Pokedex. -From: togepi500@hotmail.com

  • Unown Music

    While in the Ruins of Alph southeast of Violet City go to the Pokegear option in the menu screen. Go to the radio option and on the fourteenth to the twentieth channel you can find a station Called ??????. That is the Unown Music. It can only be heard at Ruins of Alph. -From: togepi500@hotmail.com

  • Breeding Pokemon

    You cannot breed every type of Pokemon, although some are male or female (like Mewtwos). They still cannot be bred together.

  • Breed without the other half

    You do not need another of the same Pokemon to breed. Get the Pokemon you want to breed and put it as male or female. Get Ditto, place it with the male or female, and let the breeding begin.

  • Items from Time Capsule Pokemon

    When you use the Time Capsule to trade with the other Pokemon games, every Pokemon that comes from the Red, Blue, or Yellow versions will have an item equipped with them. Some will just have berries, but others have better things.

  • Defeating Ash

    Create a Pokemon team with different types; Grass, Psychic, Devil, Fire, Water, and Steel recommended. Each Pokemon should be level 65 or higher. If not, make sure you have a large amount of Hyper Potions and Revives.

  • New Poke Balls

    You can give Apricorns to the Poke Ball maker in Azalea Town to get new types of Poke Balls:

      White Apricorn

      Fast Ball: Good for catching Pokemon that try to escape from battle quickly.

      Red Apricorn

      Level Ball: If your Pokemon's level is significantly higher than the wild Pokemon's, it will be an easy catch.

      Blue Apricorn

      Lure Ball: Good for catching Water types when fishing.

      Pink Apricorn

      Love Ball: If the wild Pokemon's gender is opposite that of your Pokemon's you will have an easier catch.

      Black Apricorn

      Heavy Ball: Big enough to catch heavy Pokemon like Snorlax.

      Green Apricorn

      Friend Ball: Pokemon caught with Friend Balls will become very attached to their trainer. Good for Chansey (if you want it to evolve into Blissey).

      Yellow Apricorn

      Moon Ball: Good for catching Pokemon that evolve with Moon Stones, like Clefairy and Jigglypuff.

  • Badges

      Flanker: 7 Pidey, 9 Pideyotto in Violet City
      Bugsy: 14 Metapod, 14 Kakuna, 14 Sycter in Azalea Town
      Whiteny: 18 Clefariy, 20 Miltank in Goldenrod City
      Morty: 21 Gastly, 21 Haunter, 25 Gengar, 23 Haunter in Ecruek City
      Chuck: 28 Primape, 30 Machamp in Cinawood City
      Bryce: 29 Seel, 29 Dewgong, 31 Piloswine in Mahongy Town
      Jaminse: 30 Magimite, 30 Magmite, 35 Steelix in Olive City
      Clair: 37 Dragonair, 37 Dragonair, 37 Dragonair, 40 Kingdra
  • Starting Pokemon

    Select one of the following to get your first Pokemon:

      Chicorita/Chickorita: A Grass type, like Bulbasaur.
      Waninoko/Tododile: A Water type, like Squirtle.
      Hinorashi/Cyndaquil: A Fire type, like Charmander.
  • Breeding evolutions

      Breed two Pikachus to get Pichu.
      Breed two Electabuzzes and you get Elekid/Eleckid.
      Breed two Clefairies and you get Cleffa/Pi.
      Breed two Jigglypuffs and you get Igglybuff/Pipurin.
      Breed two Magmars and you get Magby/Magar.
  • Orange League Trainer tactics

    Use the following Pokemon types to battle the indicated Trainer:


      Xatu/Neiteio: Use Psychic or Fire type
      Slowbro: Use Psychic type
      Xatu/Neiteio: Use Psychic or Fire type
      Jynx: Use Psychic type
      Exeggutor: Use Fire type


      Ariados/Araidosu: Use Psychic or Fire type
      Venomoth: Use Fire type
      Muk: Use Psychic type
      Crobat/Kuroba: Use Psychic or Fire type
      Forretress/Fuoretosu: Use Psychic or Fire type


      Hitmontop/Kaporea: Use Psychic or Grass type
      Hitmonchan: Use Psychic type
      Hitmonlee: Use Psychic type
      Machamp: Use Psychic type
      Onix: Use Grass type


      Umbreon/Burakki: Use Psychic or Fire type
      Vileplume: Use Fire type
      Gengar: Use Psychic type
      Murkrow/Yamikarasu: Use Psychic or Fire type
      Houndoom/Heruga: Use Psychic or Fire type


      Gyarados: Use Electric type
      Dragonite: Use Ice type
      Dragonite: Use Ice type
      Dragonite: Use Ice type
      Aerodactyl: Use Grass, Water, or Electric type
      Charizard: Use Water or Electric type
  • Gym Leader tactics

    Use the following Pokemon types to battle the indicated Gym Leaders:

      Hayato (for Wind Badge)

      Pidgey: Use Electric type
      Pidgeotto: Use Electric type

      Unknown (for Insect Badge)

      Metapod: Use Fire type
      Kakuna: Use Fire type
      Scyther: Use Fire type

      Akane (for Normal Badge)

      Clefairy: Use Psychic type
      Mirutanku: Use Psychic type

      Unknown (for Phantom Badge)

      Ghastly: Use Psychic type
      Haunter: Use Psychic type
      Gengar: Use Psychic type
      Haunter: Use Psychic type

      Unknown (for Shock Badge)

      Primeape: Use Psychic type
      Poliwrath: Use Grass type

      Mikan (for Steel Badge)

      Magnemite: Use Fighting type
      Magnemite: Use Fighting type
      Haganail: Use Fighting type

      Unknown (for Ice Badge)

      Seel: Use Electric type
      Dewgong: Use Electric type
      Inomu: Use Electric type

      Ibuki (for Raging Badge)

      Dragonair: Use Fire type
      Dragonair: Use Fire type
      Kingudora: Use Fire type
      Dragonite: Use Fire type

      Lt. Surge (for Orange Badge)

      Raichu: Use Fighting type
      Magneton: Use Fighting type
      Electabuzz: Use Fighting type
      Electrode: Use Fighting type
      Electrode: Use Fighting type

      Sabrina (for Gold Badge)

      Mr.Mime: Use Psychic type
      Alakazam: Use Psychic type
      Eifi: Use Psychic type

      Erika (for Rainbow Badge)

      Tangela: Use Fire type
      Victreebell: Use Fire type
      Vileplume: Use Fire type
      ????: Use Fire type

      Anzu (for ?)

      Kurobatto: Use Psychic or Fire type
      Ariadosu: Use Psychic or Fire type
      Weezing: Use Psychic type
      Weezing: Use Psychic type
      Venomoth: Use Fire type

      Brock (for ?)

      Graveler: Use Grass type
      Onix: Use Grass type
      Rhyhorn: Use Grass type
      Omastar: Use Grass type
      Kabutops: Use Grass type

      Blane (for ?)

      Magakarugo: Use Water type
      Rapidash: Use Water type
      Magmar: Use Water type

      Gary (for ?)

      Pidgeot: Use Electric type
      Alakazam: Use Psychic type
      Exeguttor: Use Fire type
      Rhydon: Use Grass type
      Arcanine: Use Water type

      Ash Ketchum (Final battle for bragging rights)

      Pikachu: Use Fighting type
      Efi: Use Psychic type
      Blastiose: Use Electric type
      Venusaur: Use Fire type
      Charizard: Use Water type
      Snorlax: Use Fighting type
  • People with items

    MondayMonicaRoute 40
    TuesdayTuscanyRoute 29
    WednesdayWestleyLake Of Rage
    ThursdayArthurRoute 36
    FridayFriedaRoute 32
    SaturdaySantosBlackthorn City
    SundaySunnyRoute 37

  • Pokemon with items

    Teach a Pokemon TM46 (Thief), which is picked up in Team Rocket's Hideout in Mahogany Town. After that, use this list for items that you can get:

    BeedrillPoison StingRare
    ButterfreeSilver PowderRare
    ChanseyLucky EggRare
    ClefairyMoon StoneRare
    ClefairyMysteryberrySometimes attached
    CuboneThick ClubRare
    DodrioSharp BreakRare
    DragonairDragon ScaleRare
    DratiniDragon ScaleRare
    FearowSharp BeakRare
    FurretBerrySometimes attached
    FurretGold BerryRare
    Growlithe (Gold) Brunt BerrySometimes attached
    Ho-ohSacred AshAlways attached
    HorseaDragon ScaleRare
    JynxIce BerrySometimes attached
    MagmarBrunt BerrySometimes attached
    MagnetmiteMetal CoatRare
    MarowakThick ClubRare
    MiltankMooMoo MilkSometimes attached
    MisdreavousSpell TagRare
    ParasBig MushroomRare
    ParasTiny MushroomSometimes attached
    PoliwhrilKing's RockRare
    SeadraDragon ScaleRare
    ShellderBig PearlRare
    ShellderPearlSometimes attached
    ShuckleBerrySometimes attached
    SlowbroKing's RockRare
    SlowpokeKing's RockRare
    SneaselQuick ClawRare
    SnorlaxLeftoversAlways attached
    StaryuStar PieceRare
    StaryuStardustSometimes attached
    Vulpix (Silver)Brunt BerrySometimes attached

  • Normal Mystery Gift items

    Bitter BerryCommon
    Brunt BerryCommon
    Dire HitCommon
    Fire StoneRare
    Gold BerryUncommon
    Great BallUncommon
    Guard Spec.Common
    HP UpVery rare
    Ice BerryCommon
    Leaf StoneRare
    Max ElixierRare
    Max EtherRare
    Max RepelUncommon
    Max ReviveRare
    Mint BerryCommon
    Morph MailCommon
    Music MailCommon
    PP UpVery rare
    Super RepelUncommon
    Thunder StoneRare
    Water StoneRare
    X AccuracyCommon
    X AttackCommon
    X DefendCommon
    X SpecialCommon

  • Room decoration Mystery Gift items

    Beedrill DollCommon
    Big Lapras DollVery rare
    Big Onix DollRare
    Blue CarpetRare
    Bulbasaur DollUncommon
    Clefairy PosterCommon
    Diglett DollCommon
    Gengar DollCommon
    Geodude DollCommon
    Green CarpetRare
    Grimer DollCommon
    Jigglypuff DollCommon
    Jigglypuff PosterCommon
    Jombo PlanetRare
    Machop DollCommon
    Magikarp DollCommon
    Nintendo 64Uncommon
    Oddish DollCommon
    Pikachu PosterRare
    Pink BedUncommon
    Poiwag DollCommon
    Polkadot BedUncommon
    Red CarpetRare
    Shellder DollCommon
    Squirtle DollUncommon
    Staryu DollCommon
    Super NESCommon
    Surf Pikachu DollVery rare
    Tropic PlanetUncommon
    Virtual BoyRare
    Voltorb DollCommon
    Yellow CarpetRare

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