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Although you can access Mr. Mortar earlier in the game, you won't have Waterfall the first time you pass by. To conquer the inside of the mountain properly, you'll need to bring along Pokémon that use Surf, Flash, Strength, and Waterfall. An Escape Rope or a Pokémon that knows Dig will help you if you get lost.

Now that you have all eight badges, you can head straight to the Indigo Plateau if you want. But first you may want to take a detour to Mt. Mortar, the network of caves north of Route 44.

Changes in Crystal
This area has changed a lot since Gold and Silver: the maps have been tweaked a bit, two trainers have been added, and there are a lot more items to find. But if you already caught a Marill in Route 44, there aren't any new Pokémon to find here, except for the Tyrogue at the end.

Mt. Mortar Entrance[edit]

Floor 1 entrance

Three entrances to the Mountain[edit]

There are three entrances to this dungeon along Route 44, but the one to take is the middle. In Crystal, it's the quickest way to the Karate King, and all the best items in the second floor, and the alternate first floor, are right on the way. After you beat the Master, you can push away the rock and get all the good stuff in the basement.

You'll need to bring Pokémon with Surf, Flash, and Waterfall. But heed this last warning: Take no more than five Pokémon with you.

This is where the Marill Live[edit]

Marill is pretty tought to catch in Gold and Silver—it doesn't appear very often, and when it does, it will be on the dirt parts of the map, even though it's a Water-type. You'll probably have to wait for the swarm. A trainer named Hiker Parry way over on Route 45 is the one to talk to about that.

Use HM 07 to reach 2F and skip the rest of the dungeon[edit]

Trainers Entrance Items
Pokemon GSC Pokemaniac.png
Pokémaniac Miller: Pokebuck.png1020
  • Hyper Potion (hidden in a rock at the end of a dead-end path just right of the waterfall)
  • Ether
  • Guard Spec (Gold/Silver)
  • Revive (Crystal)
Pokemon GSC Super Nerd.png
Super Nerd Markus: Pokebuck.png608

Mt. Mortar looks intimidatingly huge, but most of it is just a big waste of time. From the entrance, you can go in to the lower cave, or down into the basement, but outside of a few easily purchased items, there's nothing on either floor. All of the good stuff is actually found on the same path. Surf north, then use Waterfall to get up to the entrance in the back of the cave. Weave your way through this tedious maze of hills and ponds, going a little out of your way to grab the Rare Candy, TM 40, and the Dragon Scale that is needed to evolve Seadra into Kingdra. Then take the ladder in the upper left corner to a thin strip of the lower cave, where you can pick up a Max Revive (and an Iron in Crystal) and head up the ladder along the left side of the cave to the Karate King's location.

Mt. Mortar Lower Cave[edit]

Floor 1 cave
Lower Cave Items
  • Hyper Potion (need Strength)
  • Escape Rope (need Strength)
  • Max Repel (hidden in a lonely rock in the northeast corner)
  • Max Revive
  • Ultra Ball (Crystal)
  • Nugget (Crystal)

Mt. Mortar Upper Cave[edit]

Floor 2
Trainers (Crystal)
Pokemon GSC Super Nerd.png Super Nerd Hugh: Pokebuck.png2496
Upper Cave Items
  • Rare Candy
  • Max Potion
  • TM40: Defense Curl
  • Escape Rope
  • Dragon Scale
  • Elixir
  • Full Restore (hidden on the small middle jump down ledge north)

Mt. Mortar Basement[edit]

Basement

Kiyo , the Blackbelt from Red/Blue/Yellow, has relocated to the depths of this mountain, but it wasn't far enough to get away from you. Take down his two fighters and he will give you a Tyrogue Pokémon, but only if you have an open slot. If you do not, Tyrogue will be rejected, and you will lose the opportunity to obtain this Pokémon.

Trainers
Pokemon GSC Blackbelt.png
Blackbelt Kiyo: Pokebuck.png816
Entrance Items
  • Hyper Potion (need Surf)
  • Full Heal (need Surf)
  • Max Revive (hidden in a solitary rock in the northwest corner)

Pokémon Found[edit]

Mt. Mortar Entrance encounters
Gold Silver Crystal
Morn Day Night Morn Day Night Morn Day Night
Pokemon 019Rattata.pngRattata 14% 14% 14% 14% 14% 14% 30% 30% 30%
Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 5% 5% 5%
Pokemon 041Zubat.pngZubat 60% 60% 60% 60% 60% 60% 30% 30% 30%
Pokemon 042Golbat.pngGolbat N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 10% 10% 10%
Pokemon 066Machop.pngMachop 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% N/A
Pokemon 074Geodude.pngGeodude 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5%
Pokemon 183Marill.pngMarill 1*% 1*% 1*% 1*% 1*% 1*% N/A N/A 20%
  • Marill encounter rate is much higher during swarms
Surfing throughout Mt. Mortar encounters
Gold Silver Crystal
Morn Day Night Morn Day Night Morn Day Night
Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 90% 90% 90% 90% 90% 90% 60% 60% 60%
Pokemon 119Seaking.pngSeaking 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Pokemon 183Marill.pngMarill N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 30% 30% 30%
Mt. Mortar Lower Cave encounters
Gold Silver Crystal
Morn Day Night Morn Day Night Morn Day Night
Pokemon 019Rattata.pngRattata 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 30% 30% 30%
Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 10% 10% 20%
Pokemon 041Zubat.pngZubat 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 10%
Pokemon 042Golbat.pngGolbat N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 5% 5% 5%
Pokemon 066Machop.pngMachop 35% 35% 35% 35% 35% N/A 20% 20% N/A
Pokemon 074Geodude.pngGeodude 50% 50% 50% 50% 50% 50% 30% 30% 30%
Pokemon 183Marill.pngMarill N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 5%
Mt. Mortar Upper Cave encounters
Gold Silver Crystal
Morn Day Night Morn Day Night Morn Day Night
Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20%
Pokemon 042Golbat.pngGolbat 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 15%
Pokemon 066Machop.pngMachop 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% N/A
Pokemon 067Machoke.pngMachoke 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% N/A
Pokemon 074Geodude.pngGeodude 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 30%
Pokemon 075Graveler.pngGraveler 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30%
Pokemon 183Marill.pngMarill N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 5%
Mt. Mortar Basement encounters
Gold Silver Crystal
Morn Day Night Morn Day Night Morn Day Night
Pokemon 019Rattata.pngRattata 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% N/A N/A N/A
Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5%
Pokemon 041Zubat.pngZubat 60% 60% 60% 60% 60% 60% 60% 60% 60%
Pokemon 042Golbat.pngGolbat N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 20% 20% 20%
Pokemon 066Machop.pngMachop 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% N/A
Pokemon 074Geodude.pngGeodude 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5%
Pokemon 183Marill.pngMarill N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 10%
#236 Tyrogue
Pokemon 236Tyrogue.png
Tyrogue exists merely to evolve. It has poor stats and can learn nothing beyond Tackle. But at level 20, it will evolve into Hitmonlee (if its Attack is higher than its Defense), Hitmonchan (if its Defense is higher than its Attack), or Hitmontop (if the two stats are equal), Use Iron or Protein when Tyrogue is at level 19 to engineer the one you want. Hitmontop is new, but never learns anything good, so Hitmonlee is still the best.
Mt. Mortar Fishing
Old Rod Good Rod Super Rod
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 85% 35% 20%
Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 15% 65% 70%
Pokemon 119Seaking.pngSeaking N/A N/A 10%