Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver starter strategy guide

HMs & TMs

Here's everything you need to build your own move-set! You can wait until a Pokemon learns a certain move through evolution, but many get a more varied move-set using the abundant HMs and TMs scattered across the world. For those that don't know, HMs are moves that are used inside and outside of battle and are routinely needed to advance to new areas and progress the story. TMs are specialized moves that are rare to see on a wild Pokemon and can be used to really surprise opponents who wouldn't expect such a move attached to said pocket monster.

Each entry order follows this key:
HM or TM number  -  Move name  -  Location(s)

Hidden Machines

HM01   -  Cut  -  Ilex Forest
HM02  -  Fly  -  Cianwood
HM03  -  Surf  -   Ecruteak (Kimono Theatre)
HM04  -  Strength  -  Route 42
HM05  -  Whirlpool  -  Mahogany (Rocket Secret Base)
HM06  -  Rock Smash  -  Route 36
HM07  -  Waterfall   -  Ice Path 1F
HM08  -  Rock Climb  -  Pallet Town

Technical Machines

TM01  -  Focus Punch  -  Cianwood Gym
TM02  -  Dragon Claw  -  Route 27
TM03  -  Water Pulse  -  Cerulean Gym
TM04  -  Calm Mind  -  Battle Tower
TM05  -  Roar  -  Route 32
TM06  -  Toxic  -  Battle Tower
TM07  -  Hail  -  Mahogany Gym
TM08  -  Bulk  -  Battle Tower
TM09  -  Bullet Seed  -  Route 32
TM10  -  Hidden Power  -  Lake of Rage
TM11  -  Sunny Day  -  Radio Tower
TM12  -  Taunt  -  Route 34, Celadon Store
TM13  -  Ice Beam  -  Seafoam Islands
TM14  -  Blizzard  -  Goldenrod Store
TM15  -  Hyper Beam  -  Goldenrod Store
TM16  -  Light Screen  -  Goldenrod Store
TM17  -  Protect  -  Goldenrod Store
TM18  -  Rain Dance  -  Azalea (Slowpoke Well)
TM19  -  Giga Drain  -  Celadon Gym
TM20  -  Safeguard  -  Goldenrod Store
TM21  -  Frustration  -  Goldenrod & Celadon Store
TM22  -  Solar Beam  -  Goldenrod Store
TM23  -  Iron Tail   -  Olivine Gym
TM24  -  Thunderbolt  -  Cerulean Cave
TM25  -  Thunder   -  Goldenrod Store
TM26  -  Earthquake  -  Victory Road
TM27  -  Return   -  Goldenrod & Celadon Store
TM28  -  Dig   -  National Park, Celadon Store
TM29  -  Psychic  -  Saffron
TM30  -  Shadow Ball  -  Ecruteak Gym, Battle Tower
TM31  -  Brick Break  -  Battle Tower
TM32  -  Double Team  -  Celadon Game Corner
TM33  -  Reflect  -  Goldenrod Store
TM34  -  Shock Wave  -  Vermilion Gym
TM35  -  Flamethrower  -  Route 28
TM36  -  Sludge Bomb  -  Route 43, Battle Tower
TM37  -  Sandstorm  -  Route 27
TM38  -  Fire Blast  -  Goldenrod Store
TM39  -  Rock Tomb  -  Union Cave
TM40  -  Aerial Ace  -  Mt. Mortar, Battle Tower
TM41  -  Torment  -  Route 8, Celadon Store
TM42  -  Facade  -  Goldenrod Mart Lottery
TM43  -  Secret Power  -  Route 43
TM44  -  Rest  -  Route 32
TM45  -  Attract  -  Goldenrod Gym, Battle Tower
TM46  -  Thief  -  Mahogany (Rocket Secret Base)
TM47  -  Steel Wing  -  Route 28
TM48  -  Skill Swap  -  Saffron Gym
TM49  -  Snatch  -  Mahogany (Rocket Secret Base)
TM50  -  Overheat  -  Cinnabar Gym
TM51  -  Roost  -  Violet Gym
TM52  -  Focus Blast  -  Goldenrod Store
TM53  -  Energy Ball  -  Battle Tower
TM54  -  False Swipe  -  Goldenrod Store
TM55  -  Brine  -  Route 19, Celadon Store
TM56  -  Fling  -  Rock Tunnel
TM57  -  Charge Beam  -  Olivine, Power Plant
TM58  -  Endure  -  Celadon Game Corner
TM59  -  Dragon Pulse  -  Blackthorn Gym, Battle Tower
TM60  -  Drain Punch  -  Route 39, Goldenrod Lottery (Thu)
TM61  -  WilloWisp  -  Battle Tower
TM62  -  Silver Wind  -  Route 6, Goldenrod Lottery (Sat)
TM63  -  Embargo  -  Route 34
TM64  -  Explosion  -  Cerulean (Underground)
TM65  -  Shadow Claw  -  Route 42, Goldenrod Lottery (Mon)
TM66  -  Payback  -  Route 35
TM67  -  Recycle  -  Celadon
TM68  -  Giga Impact  -  Celadon Game Corner
TM69  -  Rock Polish  -  Route 10
TM70  -  Flash  -  Sprout Tower, Goldenrod Store
TM71  -  Stone Edge  -  Battle Tower
TM72  -  Avalanche  -  Ice Path, Celadon Store
TM73  -  Thunder Wave  -  Battle Tower
TM74  -  Gyro Ball  -  Celadon Game Corner
TM75  -  Swords Dance  -  Goldenrod Game Corner
TM76  -  Stealth Rock  -  Mt. Silver, Celadon Store
TM77  -  Psych Up  -  Viridian Forest
TM78  -  Captivate  -  Celadon Store
TM79  -  Dark Pulse  -  Victory Road, Celadon Store
TM80  -  Rock Slide  -  Pewter Gym
TM81  -  X-Scissor  -  Battle Tower
TM82  -  Sleep Talk  -  Goldenrod Underground
TM83  -  Natural Gift  -  Goldenrod Store
TM84  -  Poison Jab  -  Fuchsia Gym
TM85  -  Dream Eater  -  Viridian
TM86  -  Grass Knot  -  Route 11
TM87  -  Swagger  -  Olivine (Lighthouse)
TM88  -  Pluck  -  Route 40
TM89  -  U-Turn  -  Battle Tower
TM90  -  Substitute  -  Goldenrod Game Corner
TM91  -  Flash Cannon  -  Route 9, Goldenrod Mart Lottery (Tue)
TM92  -  Trick Room  -  Viridian Gym

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our Hidden Secrets Guide.

Mar 31, 2010




  • PokeSoldier - July 16, 2013 7:57 p.m.

    I chose CYNDAQUIL and leveled it up to Lv10 as soon as I got it and I also named it after Earth's deadliest volcano, Kilauea. Before I challenged Elder Li of Sprout Tower I caught a MAREEP and did the same strategy so that after I battle Li I would be able to then have my MAREEP take on Falkner. My training is about liberation I don't like having my team be unbalanced so I always make sure my team is equal by level so I'll be prepared for any obstacles in Johto/Kanto. Think before you take action.
  • iamcow - January 11, 2011 11:50 p.m.

    @tylerlund381 it should be at the very top of your radio but you need to drag the tuner to it.
  • tylerlund381 - August 10, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    were do you get the poke flute and how plz help me
  • andremurphy212 - June 29, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    i dont know if anybody noticed, but in pokemon there is always more water types in the region than fire types. one of the reasons i picked cyndaquil. it kinda sucks, but i just started, and i don't know where 2 go after u meet mr. pokemon. (the main reason is because i also have platinum, but i still haven't beaten that pokemon league, either. all i'd need 4 now is an exp. share or two.
  • secretsearcher - April 25, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    @lllllACElllll what's the rest of your team like? lacking a fire pokemon shouldn't have been too big a problem. my team is as follows: Typhlosion, Vaporeon, Pidgeot, Ampharos, and Nidoking, all level 40, and my lv 45 lugia. I'm on my way to Victory Road at the moment. Hoping for an easy ride through the Pokemon league so I can get on to Kanto.
  • secretsearcher - April 25, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    Cyndaquil has always been my favorite. Followed Closely by Chikorita. I hate totodile though. There are sooooo many better water pokemon out there.
  • Lenniiiboooy - April 5, 2010 6:40 a.m.

    I picked Cyndaquil. Very excellent pokemon
  • IIIIIACEIIIII - April 2, 2010 1:50 a.m.

    No worries guys, I started again on Emerald to get a Torchic, and imported Torchic to Diamond, then traded it to Soulsilver (it's really amazing how all these games can link up). Just beat the Elite Four a few hours ago and I left off with two Kanto badges under my belt :)
  • Silentboy - April 1, 2010 11:06 p.m.

    I went with the fire type and although the later gym leaders and Elite 4 were kinda hard, I still love Typhlosion.
  • tyeatsairplane - April 1, 2010 6:34 p.m.

    hmm the whole "beating red" thing i said at the end, is totally irrelevant, but i felt cool saying it.
  • tyeatsairplane - April 1, 2010 6:33 p.m.

    @IIIIIACEIIIII i think you should get that dratini with extremespeed from the dragon den place, and level it up to like 50 or something like that, because lance is pretty much impossible without something like that. or you could get lugia. i beat red like 10 minutes ago, i feel so pro n_n
  • kiwicrossing - April 1, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    @IIIIIACEIIIII I had the exact same problem, I'd suggest a Magmar from the Safari Zone
  • IIIIIACEIIIII - April 1, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    Reached the elite four with a team of four Lv.40's, and need a fire pokemon too late in the game. It's gonna take ages to train one up. Thanks for the TM list, it's too bad Thunderbolt is in Kanto; I need it now xP
  • kiwicrossing - April 1, 2010 5:39 a.m.

    I got 30 hours in when I realized that my team sucked and Feraligatr was not good enough
  • crawfishmase94 - April 1, 2010 2:31 a.m.

    @cyberninja it's nice to know someone else has a good taste in starters.:) i got my Meganium to lv 100 to.
  • Cyberninja - April 1, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    thank you i have been looking for rock climb i just beat main campain and started taking out kanto leaders also Meganium i love to death but if you dont like risks dont pick it the most powerful grass moves leave it very valable to attacks because they both take 2 turns i would suggest teaching it earthquake and a rock move so that you can ko almost any foe. trust me in crystal i got it lv 100
  • groovy3000 - March 31, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    i'm the only one i know that doesn't like pokemon
  • theschwartzb - March 31, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    Just so no one else can get it.

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