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Safari Zone

Vincent Lau

You'll need a Mach Bike or Acro Bike here; heck, some areas require both…

Pokémon Encounters

Name Type Location Encounter Rate
"Donphan" IconDonphan Ground Grass (Area 4) 20%
"Doduo" IconDoduo Normal/Flying Grass/Tall Grass/Horde (All areas) 30%, 60% (Horde)
"Girafarig" IconGirafarig Normal/Psychic Tall Grass (Area 1) 20%
"Gloom" IconGloom Grass/Poison Grass/Tall Grass (All areas) 30%
"Heracross" IconHeracross Bug/Fighting Tall Grass (Area 3) 20%
"Oddish" IconOddish Grass/Poison Horde (All areas) 35%
"Pikachu" IconPikachu Electric Grass (Area 1) 20%
"Pinsir" IconPinsir Bug Tall Grass (Area 4) 20%
"Psyduck" IconPsyduck Water Grass/Tall Grass/Horde/Surf (All areas) 20% (Grass), 5% (Horde), 100% (Surf)
"Rhyhorn" IconRhyhorn Rock/Ground Grass (Area 3) 20%
"Wobbuffet" IconWobbuffet Psychic Tall Grass (Area 2) 20%
"Xatu" IconXatu Psychic/Flying Grass (Area 2) 20%
Name Type Location Encounter Rate
"Goldeen" IconGoldeen Water Old/Good Rod (All Areas) 35%
"Magikarp" IconMagikarp Water Old/Good Rod (All Areas) 65%
"Seaking" IconSeaking Water Super Rod (All Areas) 100%

Pokémon Evaluations

There are quite a few good, rare Pokémon here. "Pikachu" IconPikachu is good … though you probably already have him. "Pinsir" IconPinsir and "Heracross" IconHeracross are strong Pokémon, even moreso when they Mega Evolve; "Heracross" IconHeracross in particular is good for those that don’t have a good Fighting Pokémon.

"Wobbuffet" IconWobbuffet is also commonly used as a counterattacking Pokémon - particularly because of its high HP. There’s also "Donphan" IconDonphan, a nicely-powerful Ground Pokémon; one of those would be nice to deal with the Elite Four Champion.

Safari Zone Gatehouse

Dream Eater: powerful, but rather situational.

Within the entrance area, speak with the Street Thug near the entrance to obtain TM85 (Dream Eater): Dream Eater is a potent, HP-draining Psychic move that only works when the target is asleep. Competitively, this will usually be paired with Pokémon with Spore or Dark Void in Double/Triple Battles.

But in reality it is not that good a move since it is not hard to get rid of Sleeping statuses and it is also easy to cure them when the AI is playing. Anyhow, go northwest and to the next area.

For the sake of convenience, we’ll only note the individual areas of the Safari Zone and not exact walkthroughs for them. Just assume the South-Center area to be the start.

Additionally, we’ll also work on the assumption that you have both bikes (only possible after completing the game), to create a continuous all-applicable walkthrough. Without both Bikes, you’ll miss out on TM93 (Wild Charge) and TM53 (Energy Ball).

Safari Zone - Main Area

Go northeast when you enter and north from there to some rock ledges. Use the Acro Bike to jump up them, then go along to the narrow bridge. There, hop across the ledges to the north and then follow the path down off some more rocks.

Go east from the grass to the water and Surf to the southeast shore. In the grass to the southeast lies a Calcium , and using the Mach Bike to get up on the slope to the west allows you to find TM93 (Wild Charge).

Now, return to where the rock ledges were near the start, land, and go east and north using the Dowsing Machine to find a Revive . Return to the start of the area and go west. Use the Mach Bike to go up the slope.

At the top, go west and examine the southwestern tile of the ledge to find a hidden Protein , then go north and down the slope. Go north from there and ignore the slope, heading instead into the grass to find a Nugget at the northwest corner. Cross the lake and proceed to the next.

First use the Dowsing Machine to locate an Ultra Ball , then go to the southeast shore to find TM22 (Solar Beam). Go back to the northeast shore and use the Mach Bike to get up to the ledge there, where you can use the Acro Bike on the southeast portion to reach TM53 (Energy Ball), a great Grass move.

Backtrack across the two small lakes and then use the Mach Bike to ascend to the nearby ledge for a Big Pearl . Don’t bother with the other slope, as there is nothing in that direction.

Return to the bottom of the slope from way back, then go west and go up the ledges with the Acro Bike. Ride the bridge beyond and, when the “path” splits, go west and to the end of the path. Collect the Absolite from here, then descend the ledges.

Go north and, in the northwest portion of the tall grass, you can use the Dowsing Machine to find a Rare Candy . Go far to the south of there to find a Max Revive across the lake, then return.

That should finish off your guide to the Safari Zone.


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    28 November 2014
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

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Relive your adventures in Hoenn or start a brand new journey with this re-imagining of a much-loved game. Collect and battle your way to the Pokemon League for the right to challenge the Elite Four. Hunt legendary Pokemon, breed them and become the best Pokemon Master you can be with the help of our guide!

  • A full walkthrough for all badges and the Pokemon League challenges.
  • Side quest information on legendary Pokemon and the different Routes and Caves.
  • Information on breeding, Pokemon Contests, the Battle Maison and much more!
  • Full-color screenshots throughout and useful tips to help you along the way.
  • Comparisons between the original game and remake.

Updates (Aug 2016):

  • Added Encounter Rates to Wild Pokémon table lists as well as general locations making it easier to find your favorite Pokémon.
  • Fixed some formatting issues and general editing.
  • Expanded Introduction with loads of new information.
  • Restructured Extra Activities section (at the end) for easier navigation and reading.

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