Where To Find Moon Balls & Yellow Apricorns (Pokémon HGSS)

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Using the expertise of Kurt in Azalea Town, you can turn Yellow Apricorns into Moon Balls, which have an increased catch rate on any Pokémon that evolves using a Moon Stone.

You can collect Yellow Apricorns with the following methods:

  • Pick them from special trees in Violet City, and on Route 42, Route 46, and Route 8
  • Buy them for 200 points at the Pokéathlon Dome on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

Below you can find more detail on how exactly Moon Balls work, how to make them, plus a comprehensive guide to the location of each tree.

 

How To Get Moon Balls

You can get a Moon Ball of your own as soon as you’ve cleared Team Rocket out of Slowpoke Well in Azalea Town.

After this point, Kurt will offer to turn any Apricorns you find into special Pokéballs. His house is in the top left corner of town.

It will take a day for him to fashion your Apricorns into Pokéballs, and he’ll call your Pokégear when he’s done.

He can only create one type of ball at a time, but you can give him multiple of the same color of Apricorns at once.

 
The outside of Kurt's house in Azalea Town / Pokémon HGSS
The outside of Kurt’s house in Azalea Town
 

If you ran through the beginning of the game without exploring or talking to people, it’s possible you missed the Apricorn Box and can’t carry any of your own.

The man who gives you the Apricorn Box lives on Route 30, just above Cherrygrove City’s north exit.

The tree outside his house also handily shows you what an Apricorn tree looks like.

 
The house on Route 30 containing the man who gifts you an Apricorn Box / Pokémon HGSS
The house on Route 30 containing the man who gifts you an Apricorn Box
 

Method 1: Yellow Apricorn Tree Locations

In the following sections, we’ll show you where to find each of the four Yellow Apricorn trees.

Harvested Apricorns only take a day to re-grow, so you can revisit each tree daily.

 

Violet City

Violet City’s Yellow Apricorn tree lies just outside the south exit, just before Route 32 begins.

 
 Violet City's south exit / Pokémon HGSS
Violet City’s south exit
 

Just walk a few paces further south from the point pictured above and you’ll find your tree.

 
The location of the Yellow Apricorn tree in Violet City / Pokémon HGSS
The location of the Yellow Apricorn tree in Violet City
 

Route 42

The Yellow Apricorn tree on Route 42 is similarly simple to reach.

However, you will need Pokémon with Surf and Cut in your party to get to it.

Start by leaving Ecruteak City through the east gate and carry on walking east until you hit the water.

 
The water on Route 42 / Pokémon HGSS
The water on Route 42
 

Surf directly east over this water until you hit dry land.

There you should see a Cut-able tree. Chop it down and – voila! – there’s your Yellow Apricorn. This one even has friends.

 
The location of the Yellow Apricorn tree on Route 42 / Pokémon HGSS
The location of the Yellow Apricorn tree on Route 42
 

Route 46

The Yellow Apricorn tree on Route 46 is a bit more of a slog to reach.

Start by leaving Blackthorn City through the south exit.

 
Blackthorn City's south exit / Pokémon HGSS
Blackthorn City’s south exit
 

From there, head straight down south until you reach the bridge leading westward, pictured below.

 
The westward-leading bridge on Route 46 / Pokémon HGSS
The westward-leading bridge on Route 46
 

Head further west until you pass the entrance to Dark Cave.

 
The entrance to Dark Cave on Route 46 / Pokémon HGSS
The entrance to Dark Cave on Route 46
 

Now you begin the long walk down.

If you’ve not been this way before, there will be trainers to battle and items to collect. Even if you have, there’s long grass, so expect wild Pokémon.

Keep going down, jumping over ledges and remaining in a straight line until you reach the point pictured below.

 
The point at which you should stop running directly down on Route 46 / Pokémon HGSS
The point at which you should stop running directly down on Route 46
 

Now walk down those steps to your left and keep heading west past another entrance to Dark Cave.

 
The second entrance to Dark Cave on 46 / Pokémon HGSS
The second entrance to Dark Cave on 46
 

See that narrow passageway directly in front of our character in the picture above?

Follow that to your Yellow Apricorn.

 
The location of the Yellow Apricorn tree on Route 46 / Pokémon HGSS
The location of the Yellow Apricorn tree on Route 46
 

Route 8

The next Yellow Apricorn tree is much further along in the game, deep within Kanto.

It’s best approached from Saffron City’s east gate. You’ll emerge into the area below.

 
The beginning of Route 8, as assessed from Saffron City / Pokémon HGSS
The beginning of Route 8, as assessed from Saffron City
 

Follow the asphalt road all the way round until you reach a break, pictured below.

 
The break in the road on Route 8 / Pokémon HGSS
The break in the road on Route 8
 

Keep walking directly up north from this point to find the tree.

 
The location of the Yellow Apricorn tree on Route 8 / Pokémon HGSS
The location of the Yellow Apricorn tree on Route 8
 

Method 2: Winning Apricorns At The Pokéathlon Dome

If you love the Pokéathlon Dome minigames, you can spend some of your winnings on various colors of Apricorn.

If you’re not well acquainted with the Pokéathlon events though, you can easily pick more Yellow Apricorns in the wild than you’ll ever need in a couple of days.

The Pokéathlon Dome is found at the top of Route 35, sharing an entrance with the National Park.

 
The Pokéathlon Dome, at the top of Route 35 / Pokémon HGSS
The Pokéathlon Dome, at the top of Route 35
 

You’ll find Yellow Apricorns for sale here for 200 points each on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

The Athlete Shop sells them and is found in the top right corner of the interior.

 
The Athlete Shop in the Pokéathlon Dome, where you can buy Apricorns / Pokémon HGSS
The Athlete Shop in the Pokéathlon Dome, where you can buy Apricorns
 

Moon Ball Mechanics

You can try to catch any Pokémon in a Moon Ball.

However, they are only more effective on Pokémon who rely on the Moon Stone to evolve. That would include:

  • Clefairy
  • Jigglypuff
  • Nidorina
  • Nidorino

So Moon Balls have a pretty limited specialty.

Nonetheless, Moon Balls are much more effective at catching these Pokémon, providing a x4 multiplier over regular Pokéballs. That’s compared to the x2 multiplier of an Ultra Ball.

 
Successfully capturing a wild Jigglypuff in a Moon Ball / Pokémon HGSS
Successfully capturing a wild Jigglypuff in a Moon Ball
 
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