Pokemon Garbage Gold

Pokemon Garbage Gold

Download Pokemon Garbage Gold NDS ROM Hack (Pre-Patched)

Pokemon Garbage Gold is an NDS ROM Hack by InsipidAxiom based on Pokemon Heart Gold in English. It is now available to download and was last updated on July 5, 2023.

  • Creator: InsipidAxiom
  • Version: v1.2.3
  • Hack of: HeartGold
  • Updated: July 5, 2023
  • Language: English

After 500 hours of development over the course of 8 months, Garbage Gold is finally ready for release.

About the Game

This is the first DS (gen4+) decomp hack, which means that chunks of the game were decompiled and rewritten in non-binary (C, asm, etc.) code. This implies that new Pokemon from Generations 5-6, as well as mega evolutions, have been added and are completely functional in-game!

Trashlocke Hack

Garbage Gold is essentially a trashlocke hack of HeartGold. You can only obtain and employ trashmon, which are Pokemon with less than 425 base stat total (with a few exceptions). Many Pokemon either not evolve or evolve late in the game. Despite this limitation, the player has access to over 300 Pokemon, making each game unique and enjoyable.

Your starters… well… they’re pretty bad.


Garbage Gold, like Garbage Green, contains gauntlets: a sequence of trainers you must overcome without healing or switching teams. This new challenge also includes additional modifiers. Some gauntlets feature persistent weather conditions, like as rain or sandstorm, whereas others have Trick Room at the start of each battle.

Items are also limited for the player. Access to shops has been completely removed (for reasons described in-game), although there are plenty of held products to be found on various paths or as presents from NPCs. As a QoL feature, the user is immediately given Infinite Rare Candies, Max Repels, Old Rod, Exp Share, and Running Shoes.

Enemy Trainers, Learnsets, and Encounters

For balance, variety, and theme, enemy trainers are extensively customised. Gauntlet trainers frequently specialise in their own type or gimmick. While they are simple to defeat on their own, they provide a cohesive challenge when challenged together in a gauntlet.

Learnsets have been entirely redesigned. Every accessible Pokemon has a distinct and beneficial level-up learnset. No more boring vanilla manoeuvres!

Encounters have changed dramatically. Pokemon from the first six generations can be found, as well as some localised encounters like as Hisuian Zorua, Alolan Sandshrew, and Alolan Vulpix.

Scald, Volt Switch, Accelerock, Draining Kiss, Spirit Break, Play Rough, Moon Blast, Dazzling Gleam, Flame Charge, Hone Claws, Venoshock, Sludge Wave, Snarl, Electroweb, PowerUpPunch, and other moves from later generations have been added.

Molten Mud, Taxation, Fairy Breeze, Quiver Crawl, Centimpede, New Moon, Supernova, Black Hole, Shadow Shift, Permafrost, Star Prayer, Swift Strike, EarthShatter, and other new moves have also been included.

New Overworld Map

Garbage Gold, unlike the great majority of enhancement hacks, has completely remapped the game. The entire overworld has been updated to look much more natural and appealing by using a Gen5 (BW2) tileset. A great number of new regions, notably the 27000-tile Kanto Wasteland, have been added.

One can find items, unique encounters, and story progression in all of these areas. No more boring Johto scenery and story.

Brand New Story

Garbage Gold, like many enhancement hacks, entirely rewrites the game’s plot. As you go through the game, you will discover why there are so few strong Pokemon left, why the item supply has run out, and the mystery of Shiny Sickness. Almost every NPC’s text has been modified, so talk to townspeople and explore side pathways to get the full picture. The game is set in post-war Johto (the conflict mentioned by Lt. Surge in Red/Blue/Yellow). Nobody knows why the battle began or how it ended. Except for a few people in positions of power.

You will team up with time travelers Grovyle and Celebi from Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Sky to uncover these mysteries.

New Music

PMD music appears in a mainline Pokemon hack for the first time. Players can enjoy new renditions of the gorgeous mystery dungeon music they are familiar with. Custom music is used to represent anxiousness, hype, inquisition, and other emotions in various routes and boss encounters. With 25+ custom songs, these music edits required a tremendous amount of labour to develop. I genuinely hope these bring back memories for you.

Other Features

Thanks to the efforts of BluRose who spearheaded the entire decomposition project, we have WILD DOUBLE BATTLES! woohoo!

  • Level Caps: With some scripting magic, you will not be able to challenge gym leaders with over leveled Pokemon, so be sure to manage your exp right, especially in the first segment of the game.
  • Town Encounters: Nuzlocke friendly with extra encounters. Elm’s lab is now different than New Bark town for extra encounters, too.
  • Instant text: there is a lot of lore and story, but we read faster than GameFreak thinks, so this will majorly aid those who are here for the challenge rather than the story.
  • Removable HMs: Yup, no more move deleter necessary. Now you can forget Cut and Rock Smash whenever you want!
  • Cap on PP: every move has a max of 10 pp, with setup moves having even less. You will have to rely on more than one Pokemon for a fight. It will be hard to cruise through a gauntlet with just one OP Pokemon with a type advantage.
  • Chansey aides: Chansey NPCs have been spread over the region to heal you when far from a Pokemon Center. Less walking back to the PC, more playing.
  • Fully Documented: Yup, every trainer, every encounter, every gauntlet and moveset. All in the google drive. Separate tab for those who want to do blind runs with level caps.

Useful Stuff


Previous Versions


I would not be where I am today without the huge help from these people:

AdAstra: creator of DSPRE and also helped me a ton personally understanding DS music in SSEQ format, sound banks, sound fonts etc… a true genius of DS hacking all around.

TurtleIsaac, Lhea, Drayano and BluRose: These people have helped me so much personally in hg-engine development, bug fixing, and inspiration. Without them, this hack would never be where it is today. TurtleIsaac also credit for Pokeditor.

ActiveHenry: Helped me a ton with mapping tools: tilesets, baseline johto gen5 recreation, and inspiration to make the best maps possible.

Hyo and Lux: Provided the male and female (respectively) sprites for the game.

RefPlat and Senate: Huge help with scripting for the game.

StaraptorOP: My main tester and discord server moderator. Helped with balance, design suggestions and keeping me on my toes to make sure Garbage Gold was the best hack it could be.

My discord server members: Thanks for testing, playing the alpha release, and helping to find bugs before the public release!

You can download the Pokemon Garbage Gold NDS ROM from this page and you can download an Emulator for your device from this link to play the game.