HeartGold & SoulSilver Legendary Locations

In total, there are fourteen legendaries that can be obtained without cheats or events in HeartGold and SoulSilver. Mewtwo, Zapdos, Moltres, Articuno, Suicune, Entei, Raikou, and Rayquaza can be found in both versions of the game. Post-game Lugia, Kyogre, and Latias are only available in HeartGold. Post-game Ho-oh, Groudon, and Latios are only available in SoulSilver.

Most of these Pokemon are found somewhere in the overworld and can be battled by speaking to them. However, a few are roaming legendaries; once unlocked, they run around the region and can randomly be encountered in long grass. Remember you can always trade to get Pokemon not available in your version.


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Tips on Catching Legendaries

Whenever possible, save before you battle a legendary. If you make a mistake - for example, your entire team is knocked out, or you accidentally faint the legendary - you can turn the game on and off to try the battle again, or better, soft reset. Soft resets restart your game without turning your DS on and off. To soft reset, hold L, R, Select, and Start. You will automatically return to the title screen, but you will lose any progress you made if you don't save beforehand. This is desirable for our purposes, because the legendary Pokemon is regenerated with different characteristics, such as natures, IVs, and shininess once you reboot your game, allowing you to reset for the exact Pokemon you want.

Secondly, pay attention to how many moves the legendary has used; in-game the number of uses each move has is referred to as PP. A move can't be used if its PP reaches zero. Once all of a legendary's moves run out of PP, it will be forced to use Struggle, which deals ΒΌ of the Pokemon's max HP as recoil damage. There is a good chance the legendary will knock itself out once it reaches that point. When this guide refers to PP, it refers to the total amount of PP a Pokemon has available to it.

How to Catch Roaming Legendaries

Though roaming legendaries (Entei, Raikou, Latias, and Latios) move randomly, you can check where they currently are on the Pokegear's map, and your movements will also affect their location. A roaming legendary moves whenever you move to a new place, such as a town, route, or cave. The only exception is when you go to one of those places by travelling through a route gate - so don't use Fly to get closer to the legendary!

Once you're in the same place as the legendary, this is an easy way to get battling them. Place a Pokemon with one level less than the legendary at the front of your party. Next, travel to the route where the legendary is, use a few Super Repels, and walk through the grass. The next encounter you have is guaranteed to be the roaming legendary.

But encountering it is only half the battle (pun not intended). All roaming legendaries will attempt to flee the moment you encounter them. To prevent this, bring a Pokemon with the ability Shadow Tag (such as Wynaut) or Arena Trap (such as Trapinch or Diglett); another option is to bring a fast Pokemon which knows Mean Look. Finally, if you knock out a roaming legendary, defeating the Elite Four will get them roaming again, which is also how you can reset for natures, IVs, and shininess; those are regenerated each time the legendary is revived.

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Ho-oh (SoulSilver) or Lugia (HeartGold): The Opposite Box Legendary

HeartGold and SoulSilver actually let you capture the other legendary for once. Ho-oh and Lugia both have 40PP and appear at lv. 70.

  1. Go to Kanto's Pewter City.
  2. Speak to the old man near the Pokemart. He will give you the Silver Wing (HeartGold) or Rainbow Wing (SoulSilver).
  3. In SoulSilver: Go to the top of the Bell Tower to find Ho-oh.
  4. In HeartGold: Go into the Whirl Islands to find Lugia. You will need Pokemon that know Surf, Whirlpool, and Flash.

Entei and Raikou

These Pokemon are unlocked during the main game's story. When you enter the Burnt Tower in Ecruteak for the first time, a short cutscene of them running away will play. They have a habit of doing that when you encounter them, too - they're roaming legendaries.


Suicune has to be spotted in six locations before it reaches its final resting place. In order, these are:

  1. The basement of the Burnt Tower
  2. To the north of Cianwood City
  3. At the entrance of Mt. Mortar on Johto Route 42
  4. In Kanto, Vermilion City
  5. On Kanto Route 14
  6. Outside Bill's house on Kanto Route 25, after Misty returns to her gym

All of these locations are visited during the main story. Suicune will stop moving once it reaches Kanto Route 25 and will allow you to catch it. If you knock it out, you can find it again at the Burnt Tower. Suicune is lv. 40 and has 90PP.

Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres

To unlock them, get all sixteen badges.

All three Pokemon will be found at lv. 50.


Once you have all sixteen badges, a lv. 70 Mewtwo will appear inside Cerulean Cave. You will need Rock Smash, Surf, Rock Climb, and Flash to reach it. It has 60PP.

Latias (HeartGold) or Latios (SoulSilver)

To unlock them:

  1. Speak to a girl called Copycat in Saffron City. She will ask you to find her lost Clefairy doll. She lives on the top floor of a purple-roofed house near the Magnet Train station.
  2. Go into Vermilion City's Pokemon Fan Club. Speak to the man standing by the green centre table. He will give you Copycat's doll.
  3. Leave the Fan Club. Steven Stone will approach you and explain that Latias (HeartGold) or Latios (SoulSilver is now roaming Kanto.
  4. Don't forget to return the Clefairy doll to Copycat. She will give you a Magnet Train pass.

Latias and Latios appear at lv. 35.

Kyogre (HeartGold) or Groudon (SoulSilver)

To unlock them:

  1. Defeat Red on Mt. Silver.
  2. Go to Prof. Oak in Pallet Town to receive a Kanto starter.
  3. Speak to Mr. Pokemon. He will give you the Red Orb (SoulSilver) or Blue Orb (HeartGold).
  4. You will need to be able to use Surf and Rock Climb for the next step. Get some Pokemon which know those moves.
  5. Go to the Embedded Tower, a cave on Johto Route 47. The legendary will be waiting inside.

Groudon only has 30PP, while Kyogre fares slightly better with 40PP. Both appear at lv. 50.


To unlock Rayquaza:

  1. If you play SoulSilver: catch Groudon in your game, and trade for a Kyogre that was caught in HeartGold. If you play HeartGold: catch Kyogre in your game, and trade for a Groudon that was caught in SoulSilver.
  2. Put both Groudon and Kyogre in your party and speak to Prof. Oak. He will give you the Jade Orb.
  3. You will need to be able to use Surf and Rock Climb for the next step. Get some Pokemon which know those moves.
  4. Return to the Embedded Tower, a cave on Johto Route 47. Rayquaza will be waiting inside.

Rayquaza has 50PP and is lv. 50.