As the title says, in HeartGold and SoulSilver, is there a way to beat the game and face Red without ever having to go through the battle screen where you have to fight Ho Oh in HeartGold, or Lugia in SoulSilver? I played SoulSilver before, but I didn't remember if I encountered Lugia and caught it because I wanted it, or if it was the game forcing me to because I had to do it or else the game won't progress. Is encountering Ho Oh mandatory in Heartgold, and Lugia in Soulsilver? How about Gold and Silver? In HeartGold and SoulSilver, assuming it is mandatory to encounter Ho Oh in HeartGold and Lugia in SoulSilver, what stops you from progressing if you haven't done the encounter?