Pokemon Pure Heart & True Soul

Pokemon Pure Heart & True Soul

Download Pokemon Pure Heart & True Soul NDS ROM Hacks (Pre-Patched)

Pokemon Pure Heart & True Soul  are NDS ROM Hacks by gunsho based on Pokemon Heart Gold & Pokemon Soul Silver. They are now available to download in English and The games were released on March 09, 2024.

  • Creator: gunsho
  • Version: 3.1.2
  • Hack of: HeartGold/SoulSilver
  • Released: March 09, 2024


Pokémon Pure Heart & Pokémon True Soul stand as my personal ROM hacks of Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver. These two titles hold a special place in my heart, being my absolute favorites within the Pokémon series. With my ROM hacks, I aimed to elevate these already wonderful games into what I envision as my ideal Pokémon experiences.

Rather than aiming to incorporate all the quality-of-life features from newer games or allowing access to all 496 Pokémon before challenging the Pokémon League, my focus was on making a series of edits, ranging from minor tweaks to significant additions.

In essence, Pure Heart and True Soul represent my ultimate “dream Pokémon games” and serve as my realized vision for the Johto remakes. Initially intended for a small circle, I’ve realized that there are many others who share my sentiments, particularly regarding HeartGold and SoulSilver, and who may appreciate my take on these beloved titles.

It’s important to note that Pure Heart and True Soul are ROM hacks created solely for my enjoyment. However, by choosing to share them with the wider community, I’m open to suggestions and ideas. I’m eager to hear your thoughts on the alterations I’ve made to HeartGold and SoulSilver. I hope you find my post enjoyable and perhaps even decide to experience my ROM hack for yourself!


Updated Wild Encounters

Revamped the encounter tables to boost the variety of wild Pokémon you’ll come across. As you play, you’ll notice a mix of the original HeartGold and SoulSilver encounters with updated ones from Crystal. This tweak aims to give the game an official feel while offering a fresh experience in the wild!

For example, remember the early morning Phanpy and Teddiursa from Pokemon Crystal? They’ve made their way into Pure Heart and True Soul, along with other additions like Sneasel in Ice Path. Plus, on Route 36, you can now find Growlithe (or Vulpix in True Soul) thanks to a patch of grass inspired by Crystal, allowing you to catch them before facing Falkner!

New Evolution Methods

No need to hunt down trading partners or wait until the post-game for evolution items anymore! In Pure Heart and True Soul, we’ve introduced the Linking Cord item from Legends: Arceus. You can snag it as a prize in the Pokéathlon Dome, and it instantly evolves Kadabra, Machoke, Graveler, and Haunter.

Pokemon Pure Heart & True Soul

Plus, all evolution stones and items for Johto Pokémon with cross-gen evolutions are now available after beating Archer at the Radio Tower, before taking on the Pokémon League. No more sticking with Togetic all the way to Blue!

Fixed a long-standing problem in HeartGold and SoulSilver: now you can evolve Eevee into Leafeon and Glaceon, Magneton into Magnezone, and Nosepass into Probopass! We’ve added the mossy rock and icy rock from Platinum to Viridian Forest and Seafoam Islands, and Route 10 near the Kanto Power Plant is now a magnetic field zone.

The Johto Pokédex has been updated to include these new evolutions, so you can catch ’em all!

More trainer battles 

Die-hard fans of Pokémon Crystal will be aware of the handful of new trainers
added throughout Johto that never made it into the remakes. It’s a little homage to my second favorite game(s) in the series (yeah, Johto holds a special place in my heart), but that’s not all…

Say goodbye to the empty Victory Road from the Johto days! In Pure Heart and True Soul, you’ll have one more challenge to overcome after Route 27/26 that you will not be familiar with! Twelve fresh trainers have been added, giving you some extra training before facing the Elite Four. I’ve worked hard to ensure these trainers, their teams, and their dialogue feel right at home in the games.

As an added treat, trainers in Olivine Gym are ready to throw down on your first visit! Most important trainers have updated teams, nothing too crazy, just enough to keep things interesting and give the game a new feel.

Expanded Eusine’s role in the story

One gripe I had with HeartGold and SoulSilver was that they didn’t give Eusine the spotlight he deserves. But fear not! In Pure Heart and True Soul, you’ll square off against this mysterious rival twice more during the story. And if you’re up for a challenge, you can even rematch him every Sunday on Route 25.

But that’s not all! Alongside Eusine’s beefed-up role in the storyline, I’ve crafted a brand new battle theme just for him. I hope you’ll enjoy jamming out to it. Just a quick reminder: make sure to trigger the Suicune cutscene on Route 42 after your first showdown with Eusine in Cianwood City, or you’ll miss out on these bonus encounters!

Restored Game Corner

Brought back the original Game Corner layout from the original games, a feature included in the Japanese releases of HeartGold and SoulSilver but left out in the international versions. While the original slot machines didn’t make a return, we’ve made it easier for you to snag those rare Pokémon and TMs by allowing you to purchase coins directly from the reception. Enjoy the nostalgia (almost) as it used to be!

And more!

I poured nothing but pure love for the original games into crafting this ROM hack, while maintaining the utmost respect for the developers’ vision and design choices. My goal was to preserve the essence of HeartGold and SoulSilver while seamlessly integrating additional features and changes. I hope you’ll see eye to eye with my vision for these games and find joy and appreciation in experiencing my take on them!


Pokemon Pure Heart & True Soul

Useful Stuff

If you like the game and would like to show your support for it, please head over to its official relic castle thread and show some love to the author <3

Downloads (Mediafire)

Mirror Downloads (One Drive)


Nømura and AdAstra-LD – New DS Pokémon ROM Editor
AdAstra-LD – Pokémon Level Script Editor
Trifindo – Pokémon DS Map Studio
Markitus95 – Spiky’s DS Map Editor
Alpha – Project Pokémon ROM Editor
turtleisaac – PokEditor v2
RavenDS – Raven Dex Editor
KazoWAR – BTX Editor 2.0
pleonex – Tinke
Angel Team – CrystalTile2
WB3000 – DSBuff
Image-Line – FL Studio
Gota7 – Nitro Studio
Gota7 – Nitro Studio 2
kuzu – Sekaiju
Mikelan – Various scripts and research
Everyone at the Kingdom of DS Hacking Discord – Various scripts, research and support

You can download the Pokemon Pure Heart & True Soul NDS ROM from this page and you can download an Emulator for your device from this link to play the game.