The Pokewalker is a handy little pedometer device included with every new copy of Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver. It not only serves as a means of getting Pokemon players out and walking, it also helps you train pokemon and find special items.
See, when a pokemon is transferred over, they get to explore a virtual world while you’re walking in the real one. They’ll earn experience points, find items battle wild pokemon and perhaps even battle. You don’t “have” to transfer a pokemon over. You can still earn watts for new routes and such while walking with your Pokewalker with no transferred pokemon in it, but the experience is more fun and rewarding when you do.
Gamertell’s prepared a quick step by step guide to help you with using your Pokewalker for the first time. Read on for tips and information on transferring pokemon and the Pokewalker’s functions.
Step 1: Transfer the pokemon from Pokemon: HeartGold and SoulSilver
This part is incredibly simple, especially since your DS will walk you though it. Basically, you turn on the DS and select “Connect to Pokewalker.” Then you choose the “Go for a Stroll” option on the screen. After that, you’ll be taken to your PC boxes to pick which pokemon will be transfered. (You can’t transfer a pokemon from your active party.) Select your pokemon and confirm that’s the one you want to walk with. Then, you select which route you want the pokemon to walk on.
Now, you connect. The DS will show an image on the top screen of how you should have the DS and pokewalker positioned. Press either the right or left most button on the Pokewalker and select the Connect option by pressing the center button. The pokemon will then be sent over, and when the process is completed you’ll hear a happy chime from both the DS and Pokewalker.
My only advice here is do the transfers on a flat surface. Sometimes the Pokewalker is finicky and won’t pick up the signal right away, and a flat surface seems to help.
Step 2: Walk for Watts
You need watts. Watts are earned by walking, and can be used to unlock new routes, use the poke radar and search for items. So – go walk.
You can cheat, if you want. Shaking the Pokewalker just so, mimicking a walking stride, will trick it into awarding you watts. If you’re lazy, that is.
Step 3: Pokeradar
The Pokeradar is the first of two main Pokewalker functions. It allows you to search and scout for wild pokemon. It costs 10 watts per use, and once you start you’ll see four plots of grass. A little exclamation mark will appear above one of them. Click that to enter a battle with a wild pokemon.
You’ll then see the wild pokemon on the left and your pokemon on the right. Each pokemon will have four little bars above their head, keeping track of their hit points. You then can choose to attack, catch or evade. You can use this to collect new pokemon, perhaps even ones not available in the main game. You can only hold up to two other captured wild pokemon, in addition to the one you’ve transferred over from your game.
Step 4: Dowsing
Dowsing helps you find items. It’s cheaper than the Pokeradar and only costs 3 watts. You only get two tries though. You’ll see six patches of grass, and must pick which ones to check for items. If you don’t get it on the first try, the game will give you a little hint as to whether an item is near or far. You can only keep three found items in your Pokewalker at a time.
Step 5: Other Functions
There are three other menu icons on the Pokewalker. The first is Trainer Card, which lets you see your name, the route you’re on and walking stats. Pokemon & Items shows you the pokemon in the Pokewalker (the one you originally transfered and newly caught) and items you’ve collected on the most recent walk. Settings lets you adjust the Pokewalker’s display settings and turn the sound on or off.
Step 6: Transfer the pokemon from the Pokewalker
Transferring your Pokewalker pokemon and items is incredibly simple. It’s basically Step 1 in reverse. You choose “Connect to Pokewalker” again. This time, two options come up, “Return from a stroll” and “Receive a gift.” If you want to keep walking with that pokemon, but transfer over items and pokemon so you can do more pokemon searching and dowsing, choose the second option. If you want to stop and transfer back, choose the first option.
Go into the Pokewalker’s main menu and move towards Connect. Press and hold the center button, and your pokemon will transfer back over, along with your steps record and any extra watts. Again, the DS and Pokewalker will both make a happy little chime signaling everything went well. You’ll then see a diary of the pokemon’s adventures in the Pokewalker. After that, you’re done!