The Pokewalker

This section describes the Pokewalker, the new peripheral that comes with Pokemon HeartGold and Pokemon SoulSilver, and lists the pokemon you can find on each route.

About the Pokewalker

Styled like a PokeBall, the Pokewalker allows you to tranfer a Pokemon to it and take it for a walk on a specified route. When a pokemon is in the Pokewalker, it can find items and battle wild pokemon, with a simple battle system.

Pikachu in the Pokewalker
The Pokewalker main screen, showing the route terrain, Pokemon, and number of steps taken.

The Pokewalker's main function is a pedometer, so as you walk it will count the number of steps you take. Every 20 steps counts as one Watt. The more Watts you earn, the more you unlock on the Pokewalker, such as additional routes and rarer wild pokemon. Your pokemon also earn one EXP point per step, until they have enough to go up one level. After that, they will not earn any more until their level increases, which happens when transferred back to the game.

It's relatively easy to gain Watts, just keep the Pokewalker in your pocket as you go about your daily life of school, work, etc. I work in an office where I'm sat down a lot of the time and still get over 1,500 steps a day. If you play any sport you can get a lot of steps that way too.

All the possible Pokewalker routes are listed to the right. Some are only avilable through Wi-fi events so may be unavailable at this time. Each route requires a certain number of Watts on the Pokewalker to unlock, with 8 routes available pre-National Dex and 12 after you obtain the National Dex (after beating the Elite Four and Champion).

Each route has three advantageous types - if you send over a pokemon of that type, the required number of steps to find each wild pokemon are reduced by 25%.

Pokewalker Routes

There are three groups of pokemon on each of the routes listed below: A is rarest and C is most common. There are two pokemon in each group, one of which is randomly selected from each group when you tranfer a pokemon to the Pokewalker. Only that one pokemon from each group will appear in the wild, until you return from the stroll and transfer a pokemon again.

Pre-National Dex

Route Watts Adv. Types
Refreshing Field 0 fire flying bug
Noisy Forest 0 fire ice flying
Rugged Road 50 water fighting ground
Beautiful Beach 200 electric grass dragon
Suburban Area 500 normal fighting psychic
Dim Cave 1,000 water rock dark
Blue Lake 2,000 electric grass dragon
Town Outskirts 3,000 normal fighting ghost

Post-National Dex

Route Watts Adv. Types
Hoenn Field 5,000 fire flying bug
Warm Beach 7,500 electric grass dragon
Volcano Path 10,000 water fighting rock
Treehouse 15,000 fire ice flying
Scary Cave 20,000 rock ghost dark
Sinnoh Field 25,000 fire ice flying
Icy Mountain Rd 30,000 fire ice ground
Big Forest 40,000 fire ice flying
White Lake 50,000 electric grass dragon
Stormy Beach 65,000 electric grass dragon
Resort 80,000 normal fighting psychic
Quiet Cave 100,000 psychic ghost dark

Special Event

Route Method Adv. Types
Beyond the Sea Foreign Pokemon trade on GTS electric grass dragon
Night Sky's Edge Transfer event Jirachi water fighting ground
Yellow Forest Wi-Fi event electric grass ground
Rally Wi-Fi event ice ground psychic
Sightseeing Wi-Fi event water electric fighting
Winner's Path Wi-Fi event electric fighting dark
Amity Meadow Wi-Fi event fire fighting ground


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