How to Catch Latias and Latios in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

How to Catch Latias and Latios in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
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Are you seeking help to catch latios, latias - two of the main legendary pokemon in HeartGold and SoulSilver? This guide will provide helpful strategies for catching them both.

A note on the differences between HeartGold and SoulSilver

The way in which Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver were designed, similar to previous Pokemon games, is that certain legendary Pokemon are available in one game and others in the other. Latias and Latios are no different in this regard, one being available in HeartGold and one in SoulSilver for the first method, with a second method being required to receive the other Pokemon.

Latias is available in HeartGold by normal means, and Latios is available via these means in SoulSilver.

The second means of obtaining the pokemon, the Enigma Stone, will summon Latios in HeartGold and Latias in SoulSilver.

For the purpose of this article we will assume the game being played is HeartGold. However, the only difference for SoulSilver is that Latias and Latios' roles in the game are switched around.

Obtaining Latias in HeartGold

Catching Latias

After beating the Elite Four, Professor Oak will give the player a national pokedex upgrade before they depart on the SS Aqua for the first time. Not only does this make the full catalogue of 493 pokemon catchable to the player, it also allows Latias to roam Kanto.

After the player has retrieved Copycat’s doll from the Pokemon Fan Club in Vermillion City, Steven will speak to the player outside the building, saying that Latias has travelled over from the Hoenn region and is now roaming Kanto.

Actually finding Latias may be particularly difficult, but once in battle with the Eon there are definite steps to take to capture it.

  1. When searching for Latias, have either a Pokemon with an Arena Trap-like ability, or with a move such Mean Look to prevent escape as first in the party
  2. Use a Paralysis or Sleep inducing attack to weaken the Pokemon and allow it to be damaged without fighting back.
  3. Deal damage to the Pokemon, taking care to not knock the Pokemon out.
  4. Use an Ultra Ball or other strong Pokemon ball to capture Latias.

Obtaining Latios in HeartGold

Latios is not usually obtainable in HeartGold. However by the use of event item the Enigma Stone, it can be captured.

Acquiring the Enigma Stone requires a player to have beaten the Elite Four, and travelled to Kanto on the SS Aqua. Once the player has done this, they can download it from the Nintendo WFC before August 27. Once the stone has been obtained, it can be taken to the Pewter City Museum. If the player shows Steven the item, he will exchange it for a Soul Dew, which will raises the special stats of Latios or Latias when attached to either.

Once the player has exited the museum, an encounter with Latios will occur. Latios will be at level 40, and is not a roaming pokemon, so players are free to fight it out with the dragon without fear of it fleeing.