Kurt in Azalea Town will turn your Black Apricorns into Heavy Balls, which have a higher catch rate the heavier a wild Pokémon is.
In HeartGold & SoulSilver, Black Apricorns can only be found:
- Growing on special trees on Route 37, Route 33, Route 31, Route 43, and Route 1
- On sale for 200 points at the Pokéathlon Dome on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays
Below we’ll provide a step-by-step guide to finding each Apricorn tree, show you how to turn them into Heavy Balls, and explain how Heavy Balls work.
How To Get Heavy Balls
You’re able to make your first Heavy Ball once you’ve cleared Team Rocket out of Slowpoke Well in Azalea Town.
Afterwards, head to Kurt’s house in the top left corner of town and give him your Black Apricorns. It’ll take him a day to turn them into Heavy Balls. He’ll call your Pokégear when he’s done.
Kurt can only make one type of Pokéball at a time, but you can give him multiple of the same color of Apricorn at the same time.
If you don’t have an Apricorn Box, you’ll be unable to harvest Apricorns you find.
You can get one by returning to the house on Route 30, just north of Cherrygrove City.
All Black Apricorn Tree Locations
The following sections will give you step-by-step instructions on where to find each Black Apricorn tree.
Apricorns re-grow daily, so you can revisit them every day.
The first Black Apricorn tree in the game is most easily accessed from Violet City’s east gate.
Immediately after leaving the city going east, follow the path further east and hop over the ledge. The tree will be right in front of you.
The next Black Apricorn is located just to the east of Azalea Town, on Route 33.
To find it, simply exit the town to the east and follow the path to Union Cave. Just south of the cave’s entrance, you’ll see two Apricorn trees.
The next Black Apricorn tree is another easy one.
The fastest way to get to it is from Ecruteak City’s south exit.
After passing under the arch, take the right turn and hop over the ledge
You’ll see three Apricorn trees, including one black one.
The next Black Apricorn tree is on Route 43, between Mahogany Town and the Lake of Rage.
You’ll need to bring Pokémon with Surf and Cut to reach it.
First, Fly to Mahogany Town and then take the north gate to Route 43.
Walk north through the first patch of long grass you encounter, pictured above.
Soon you’ll come to a body of water on your left.
Surf to the west over the water.
You’ll see a small clearing with a Cut-able tree. Behind it is the Black Apricorn tree.
Route 1 (Kanto)
The final Black Apricorn tree is another easy-to-reach one. However, it’s far through the game, near the end of your journey through Kanto.
To find it, first Fly to Viridian City and then leave through the south exit onto Route 1.
When you come out of the gate, hop over the ledge to the southwest. The Black Apricorn tree is just on the other side.
Alternate Method: Winning Apricorns at the Pokéathlon Dome
Black Apricorns are also up for grabs as prizes at the Pokéathlon Dome.
This is handy if you enjoy the minigames, but they’re probably much easier to harvest by hand if you don’t.
The Pokéathlon Dome is at the top of Route 35, sharing an entrance with the National Park.
Black Apricorns are sold here for 200 points each on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
You’ll find them in the Athlete Shop, inside in the top right corner.
Heavy Ball Mechanics
Heavy Balls become more effective when they’re used on heavier wild Pokémon. The weight is based on their HG/SS Pokedex entry information.
Note: If a Pokémon is extremely light, then these balls become less effective than even a Pokéball.
The weight categories and their catch rate multipliers are as follows:
|-x2||451.3 lbs (204.7 kg)|
|x2||451.5 lbs – 677 lbs (204.8 kg – 307.1 kg)|
|x3||677.3 lbs – 902.8 lbs (307.2 kg – 409.5 kg)|
|x4||903+ lbs (409.6+ kg)|