|All Wide Lens Locations
|Held by wild Yanma (5%)
|Goldenrod Game Corner, Celadon Game Corner (1000 Coins)
Wide Lenses can sometimes be found as held items by wild Yanma. You can catch the wild Yanmas or use any item-stealing move like Thief or Covet to steal their held items.
But wild Yanma are an extremely rare encounter on Route 35. However, they become plentiful during a Yanma Swarm. Make sure to tune in to Professor Oak’s Radio on your PokéGear to check for daily swarm news.
Wide Lenses can also be redeemed as a prize from the Goldenrod and Celadon Game Corners for 1000 Coins. However, due to the difficulty and randomness of obtaining Game Corner Coins, we do not recommend sourcing Wide Lenses this way.
Method #1: Held by Wild Yanma
This is our preferred method of obtaining Wide Lenses.
But it’s recommend that you obtain the National Pokédex first if you plan to use this method.
Wild Yanma have a 5% chance of holding a Wide Lens. You can take their Held Item either by catching them or by using moves like Thief, Trick or Switcheroo.
Tip: We actually have a guide dedicated to held item farming for HGSS, so check that out if you want to build a strong team for farming held items.
Wild Yanma normally have an abysmal 1% encounter chance on Route 35. Couple that with its low 5% chance of holding a Wide Lens, and this method becomes very impractical to use outside of swarms.
During Yanma swarms, however, this encounter rate significantly increases to 40%.
Different wild Pokémon will start appearing in swarms every day after obtaining the National Pokédex from Professor Oak.
You can check which Pokémon swarm is present for the day by listening to Professor Oak’s Radio show on your Pokégear. He will announce which Pokémon can be found, as well as where they can be encountered.
Method #2: Redeem from the Game Corner
Wide Lenses can also be obtained as a reward from both Game Corners. You can redeem them for 1000 Coins each.
The Goldenrod Game Corner is the purple building directly above the Goldenrod City Pokémon Center.
The Celadon Game Corner is also a purple building that can be found at the center of Celadon City, southwest of the Pokémon Center.
In the English versions, you can only get coins by playing the Voltorb Flip minigame. In HG/SS you are not able to purchase coins for money like in previous Pokémon games.
Due to the difficulty of obtaining Coins in this gen, we do not recommend that you spend your Game Corner Coins on Wide Lenses.
Instead, you should use them to redeem various useful TMs like Thunderbolt or Ice Beam.
What Does the Wide Lens Do?
Wide Lens is a Held Item that increases the Accuracy of the holder by 10%. This bonus stacks with other sources of Accuracy boosts, like the Ability CompoundEyes or the Move Acupressure.
The increased Accuracy provided by Wide Lens makes 95%-Accurate moves always hit targets without Evasion boosts.
Note: Accuracy boosts are multiplicative, which means that 90%-accurate moves are only boosted to 99% if the Pokémon is holding a Wide Lens.
The Wide Lens is generally considered as one of the weaker Held Items in the game, as it does not give enough of a boost to significantly increase the reliability of moves.
So generally we’d suggest using other Held Items like the Expert Belt or any of the Choice items instead of the Wide Lens for most scenarios, since these items provide more valuable boosts to the player.