Pokemon Black and White walkthrough and supplemental guide

Mistralton City

Remember when that first map of the Unova region was released, back when we were still referring to it by its Japanese name of Isshu? We saw an airport on the map and got super excited thinking of the possibility that we'd be able to fly to previous regions or at least fly somewhere cool on a plane. Mistralton City is home to that airport, although alas, the town's Gym Leader, Skyla, quickly explains that the airplanes are for cargo only. Professor Juniper's dad also stops by to upgrade your Pokedex so that it can display a Pokemon's various forms.

When you're done exploring Mistralton (make sure to check out the Move Deleter and Relearner's house, head straight north on Route 7 until you reach the Celestial Tower.

Celestial Tower
Wild Pokemon (~levels 26-29):

Ah yes, a Pokemon game would not be complete without a creepy mausoleum full of Pokemon graves and Ghost-type Pokemon. The Celestial Tower isn't spooky like the Pokemon Tower in Lavender Town though – it's more of a peaceful place of respect. Head up through its four floors battling trainers and wild Litwicks and Elgyems – the nurse trainer heal you at about the halfway mark. There are also two TMs to pick up along the way, TM61 Will-O-Wisp and TM65 Shadow Claw.

Once you get to the top and ring the bell, you can Fly off the top of the tower if you don't feel like traipsing all the way back down. Now let's go throw some rocks at Skyla's Flying types. Rollout!

Route 7
Wild Pokemon (~level 26-29 normal grass, 30-33 doubles grass)
Normal/doubles grass: Deerling (color varies by season), Tranquill (Spring, Summer, Fall only), Cubchoo (Winter only), WatchogZebstrikaFoongus 
Shaking patches: Audino (common), EmolgaUnfezant (rare, Spring/Summer/Fall only) 

This time, head northeast past the Celestial Tower to continue on Route 7.

As you approach the base of Twist Mountain, Cheren challenges you to a battle, and afterwards Alder shows up and gives you HM03 Surf. There's a ton of new areas to backtrack and explore now that you have Surf. You can revisit places you've been before and find newly accessible items and new Pokemon to catch, but there are two major detours worth discussing in detail.

TWO POST-SURF DETOURS (Optional - Skip to next page to continue with the main story)

Detour 1: Legendaries Cobalion and Virizion

Hunting legendaries can be a daunting task, but you might as well get these two out of the way. Cobalion and Virizion are the first two in the legendary trio of Black and White. You need to catch Cobalion before you can encounter the other two, so it's worth it to at least take care of that one before you head to Victory Road, where Terrakion resides.

To find Cobalion, head back to Driftveil City and north onto Route 6. Now that you can surf, you can jump off one of the bridges near the entrance and surf along the river (where you can find YM84 Poison Jab, by the way). Near the house where you can heal, head east into the grass past the rocks blocking the river and then use surf, continuing east until you reach the entrance to Mistralton Cave. 

Mistralton Cave
Required: Surf, Strength, Flash

Wild Pokemon (~level 28-31):
Swirling dust only: Drilbur
Cobalion (only one)

Lots of boulders to move around in here, but if you use TM70 Flash (you can find this in Castelia City from the man behind the dumpster in the alley) you'll see the path is straightforward. Head along the path moving boulders and fighting trainers until you read the steps leading up to the next level. Proceed through that level and up into the Guidance Chamber. An old man is standing to the east – listen to his story about the legendary trio before proceeding. Move the two boulders, and save your game before approaching Cobalion, who appears at level 42, and is Water/Fighting type. Dusk Balls are your best bet.

To catch Virizion, head back to Pinwheel Forest. On the main road just past the bridges, a small gap in the fence has opened on the eastern side. Head east until you reach a clearing, then go through the trees to enter Rumination Field and face Virizion (again, remember to save!).

Virizion is tougher to catch than Cobalion because it has a recovery move, Giga Drain, that makes it difficult to keep its HP low enough to catch. Using Sleep or Paralyze against legendaries is always recommended, but in this case it's particularly helpful because it'll prevent Virizion from recovering.

Detour 2: Route 17, 18 and P2 Laboratory

Note: before setting off on this detour, make sure you have at least one empty space in your party so that you can receive an egg. Leave even more spaces empty if you're planning on catching wild Pokemon too.

If you fly all the way back to Nuvema Town and head north on Route 1, you'll notice some surfable water to the west. Surf southwest a little bit (the only Pokemon in this water is Basculin) and you'll eventually reach the gate to Route 17.

Route 17
Wild Pokemon (~level 5-20):

Surf: Frillish 
Bubble spots: AlomomolaJellicent (rare) 

Not much dry land on Route 17, but you can surf around and walk in shallow areas, battling swimmers as you continue west. The water is full of currents that push you along a set path, and you can ride each one to explore the area.

When you're ready to continue, head southwest and you'll see a set of three currents. Ride the southernmost one to reach dry land on Route 18.

Route 18
Wild Pokemon (~level 28-31 normal grass, 32-35 doubles grass)

Normal/doubles grass: ScraggyDwebble (normal grass only), Crustle (doubles grass only), WatchogSawk (Black only), Throh (White only)
Shaking patches: Audino (common), Throh (Black only, rare), Sawk (White only, rare)
Surf: Frillish 
Bubble spots: AlomomolaJellicent (rare) 

Head up the stairs to the house and a ranger inside will offer you a Larvesta egg if there's room in your party. The woman will also heal your party if you talk to her.

Head down the steps to the west and you'll find HM05 Waterfall at the end of a long, narrow, grassy ridge. Then head north up more steps, east across a bridge, and down to the water to surf again. Surfing along the currents leads you to another part of Route 17, this time on dry land. There's only one thing to check out here - P2 Laboratory.

P2 Laboratory/Route 17 (outside)
Wild Pokemon (~levels 28-31):


The only thing inside the lab right now is a Dubious Disc, so go ahead and pick it up and we'll be on our way back to the main quest.

Part one - Nuvema Town, Route 1, Accumula Town, Route 2, Striation City (Tri Badge), Dreamyard
Part two - Nacrene City (Basic Badge), Pinwheel Forest, Castelia City (Insect Badge), Route 4, Desert Resort, Nimbasa City (Jolt Badge), Route 5, Driftveil City (Quake Badge), Cold Storage, Route 6, Chargestone Cave
Part three - Mistralton City (Jet Badge), Celestial Tower, Route 7, Legendaries: Cobalion and Virizion, Route 17, 18 and P2 Lab
Part four - Twist Mountain, Icirrus City (Freeze Badge), Dragonspiral Tower, Relic Castle, Route 8, Tubeline Bridge, Route 9, Opelucid City (Legend Badge), Legendaries: Tornadus/Thundurus, Route 10, Victory Road, Pokemon League


  • Tobio - March 7, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    "whichever your starter is weak to" Other way around? Got Panpour with Smugleaf
  • FrozenImplosion - March 7, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    This guide looks great! Thanks :D Just started this yesterday and the new pokemon look prety cool so far
  • OneToBoner - March 7, 2011 12:55 p.m.

    Great guide! I wish I thought about getting a female starter earlier, because I'm too far into the game now for a restart Oh Carolyn, what do you think of the hardcover collector edition guide? I bought it off amazon for $20, and it looks very nice.
  • bellium - March 7, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    I'm really looking for the full image of this guide's thumbnail! Care to share the source gamesradar? :D
  • Nintendophile - March 7, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    @bellium: I was thinking the exact same thing! Maybe it's from the official guidebook? I've beek searching the net a bit and haven't found anything yet. Shed some light, Gamsradder! I'm a sucker for great video game art! ^_^
  • Cleanser247 - March 7, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    Hey Carolyn! I'm really enjoying Pokemon Black right now. Thank you for the guide, it's going to help. I love reading your articles, and reviews! And I wish I mentioned it earlier, but you did an amazing job hosting TalkRadar a few weeks ago! Please, keep up the fantastic, amazing work! : )
  • GamesRadarCarolynGudmundson - March 7, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    @bellium and @Nintendophile It's from Nintendo of America's Twitter: =)
  • Hinro - March 7, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    I have white version and got Sawk before I found Throh both of which I got while looking to battle Audrinos. Battling 1 Audrino basically levels up your pokemon 1 level at least if they are the same level while battling.
  • TrainerTyson - March 7, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    I bought both games without the guide just because I like to get the full feel of exploration before I refer to a guide. I like that this was written as more of a suggestive guide then an actual walkthrough! Looks great!
  • dontshootthereviewer - March 7, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    Just found out Amazon moved my order up so I'm getting on Wed.!!!!!! Good bye productivity for the next week
  • Pocotron - March 7, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    Hot damn, it is really tough to grind in this game compared to the others. Pretty sure you get less XP than you normally would if you have a higher leveled Pokemon. But this guide sure does help! Thank ya, kindly Ms. Gudmundson
  • WelcomeGhosts10 - March 7, 2011 10:55 p.m.

    Looks like another awesome job Carolyn! I will definitely be using this as I play through so I don't miss anything. I am glad that GamesRadar has a good Pokemon nerd on staff to (^ ^)
  • Rikoshi - March 8, 2011 5:24 p.m.

    To get the female can i save just before choosing a starter, and just keep retrying. i have done this at least 15 times and still no female
  • Rikoshi - March 8, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    I answer my own question. i kept doing, finally got a female, not only is it female though it came out shiny.....WOOT!!!!!
  • Nintendophile - March 11, 2011 3:30 p.m.

    Thanks, Carolyn! I didn't even know about Nintendo's Twitter. They've got some sweet pics there!
  • waffman11 - March 20, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    Female starter, first try. Extreme amounts of luck.
  • TheBear - April 2, 2011 6:28 a.m.

    Great guide. I don't want to nitpick or anything but Cobalion is Steel/Fighting not Water/Fighting.
  • TE3HE3 - April 26, 2011 3:29 a.m.

    hope this helps anyone -w/o action replay- capture musharna it is not extremely rare actually it is only to be found in the dream yard on FRIDAYS just a little miss error on the walkthrough so u can advance your time to a friday and hope to find a musharna

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