Clearer scans of yesterday’s CoroCoro magazine have emerged, revealing new information about HeartGold and SoulSilver. Click the thumbnails below for larger scans, which will open in new windows. The scan with Raikou is currently missing, so this post will probably be updated later today with additional information. Thanks go to Yaminokame for assisting with translations!
The first scan reveals that in regards to the Safari Zone, you can customize its layout and send it to your friends to use, similar to how you can create your own levels in Super Smash Brothers Brawl. From available Pokemon you can change where they will appear; not many details are known about how this will work, however. In the Safari Zone’s entrance, you can use a computer called “Custom Area” to switch around and customize the area’s appearance.
For the Bug-Catching Contest in National Park, it is confirmed that the competitions will only occur on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday like in the original Gold and Silver games. The contest will use “Konpe” Poke Balls, which is probably short for “Compe(tition).”
The top of the second scan introduces a new use for the Apricorns – they can be mixed into drinks that increase your Pokemon’s Pokethlon stats. A new item called the “Apricorn Shaker” pulverizes your Apricorns into the juice. You simply place your Apricorns inside the Apricorn Shaker, walk around a little, and the Apricorns will eventually produce juice for you to feed to your Pokemon. In the scan it shows that Chikorita has gained one star in its Pokethlon speed stat through this method. Additionally, it is revealed that Apricorns can be picked from trees once a day. The scan also reveals the new Ken Sugimori artwork for Poke Ball maker Kurt, who crafts Poke Balls out of Apricorns.
The third scan does not reveal much new information. It states that you can go to Kanto by boat to earn more badges, which of course we already knew. When talking about Johto’s new Battle Frontier, it mentions there is a new “Frontier Front,” though it does not go into details about what it is.
The scan also discusses the Wi-Fi event in which you can unlock the “Yellow Forest” route on the Pokewalker to capture Pikachu, but it still does not reveal the special move some of the Pikachu will know. However, the artwork in the background clearly shows a Pikachu flying with balloons, so perhaps some of the Pikachu will know Fly.
In regards to the Pokethlon events, three new ones are revealed: Break Block, Change Relay, and Push Circle. Break Block seems to involve karate chopping brick blocks, Change Relay is another race but with only one of your Pokemon, and Push Circle seems to be another ring match in which you knock Pokemon out of a ring.
The final scan is obviously discussing Kyogre, Groudon, and Rayquaza in the two games. The trio will fight you at Level 50 each. Their locations are not revealed in the scans, though it appears they reside in caves. The scan reaffirms that Kyogre can only be caught in HeartGold, while Groudon can only be caught in SoulSilver – bringing both together to one of the two games will allow you to encounter Rayquaza.
As hinted in the box showing a battle for the 2010 World Championship’s video game tournament, Pokemon Sunday yesterday confirmed that Legendary Pokemon will be allowed in the tournament: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia and Giratina can be on your team. One of the hosts on Pokemon Sunday stated that he has always had a Kyogre but was never able to use it, which means he caught it in Sapphire. If so, Pokemon Sunday may be implying that players can use the above legendaries from any of your games at next year’s tournament, not just the Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Dialga, etc. caught in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
Pokemon Sunday also revealed that the Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina your Arceus creates in the Shinto Ruins will each come with their respective Adamant, Lustrous, and Griseous Orbs.