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How to Catch Chansey in the "Pokémon" Games

Dreamhowl has been playing Pokémon since 1999. Her favorites include SoulSilver, X, AlphaSapphire, and Sun. She enjoys breeding Pokémon.

Learn where to find Chansey, as well as how to catch her and why she so valuable!

Learn where to find Chansey, as well as how to catch her and why she so valuable!

Who Is Chansey?

In the Pokémon games, Chansey is a rare, egg-shaped pokémon that’s been around since Generation I. In Generation IV and Generation V Pokémon games, Chansey evolves from Happiny, a smaller egg-shaped Pokémon when holding an Oval Stone during the daytime; from Generation II onward, Chansey evolves into Blissey when leveled up with high friendship. Chansey has short, stubby limbs, a short tail, and a fully developed pouch that holds an egg. Chansey is a female-only species; there is no male counterpart to Chansey.

In most Pokémon games, Chansey is rarely found in the wild and its capture is based upon luck. It is said that Chansey brings friendship and luck to the Trainer that manages to catch it. The eggs in Chansey’s pouch are not unborn Pokémon—instead, they are tasty and nutritious snacks that Chansey shares with injured Pokémon.

Because she is kind, Chansey will not share her eggs with anyone harboring evil in their heart. Chansey is most often seen working at Pokémon Centers. Though rare in the wild, they are easier to find in the Kanto region’s Safari Zone.

Chansey (and her evolved form Blissey) are the only Pokémon that can learn Softboiled through leveling, and it is considered their signature move. Softboiled deals no damage, but restores up to 50% of the Pokémon’s current HP.

Better yet, Softboiled can be used outside of battle to take some HP from the active Pokémon and restore another party member’s HP. It is not affected by Protect, Magic Coat, or King’s Rock.

It is, however, affected by Snatch (which steals the effects of any healing or state-changing move used by the opponent!). Chansey makes a great addition to any Pokémon team!

How to Catch Chansey

Chansey is hard to find in the wild and is often limited to one or two locations in a single Pokémon game. In Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow, Chansey can only be found in the Safari Zone and Cerulean Cave! While Chansey shows up more often in the Safari Zone, it is harder to catch there because Trainers are limited to Safari balls and risk Chansey running away. If you do find a Chansey out in the wild, jump on the opportunity by being prepared! The best Poké Balls to catch Chansey with include:

  • Level Balls
  • Nest Balls
  • Ultra Balls
Apricorns can be used to make different types of Poké Balls, such as the Level Ball.

Apricorns can be used to make different types of Poké Balls, such as the Level Ball.

Level Balls are used to catch Pokémon that are of a lower level than the active party Pokémon. Let’s say that you are facing a level 10 Chansey with your level 40 Pokémon. Throwing a Level Ball while in this situation will give you a near 100% chance of catching Chansey. The odds are more attainable when Chansey is at low health and suffering from a status effect, such as Sleep, Poison, Burn, or Paralysis. Level Balls can only be obtained from Kurt in the Johto region. They are made with Red Apricorns that can be found on trees throughout the region. Level Balls cannot be traded to Pokémon games that do not have Apricorns in them.

Games With Apricorns and Level Balls

Game GenerationGame Version

Generation II

Gold

 

Silver

 

Crystal

Generation IV

HeartGold

 

SoulSilver

If your game does not feature Level Balls, your next best step is to use Nest Balls. The lower the level of the Pokémon you are trying to catch, the greater the effectiveness of the Nest Ball. If your wild Chansey is weak and low level, capturing it with a Nest Ball should be quick and easy. Unlike the Level Ball, the level of your active party Pokémon will not influence whether the wild Pokémon is caught or not. Nest Balls can be purchased in most Poké Marts for 1000 Pokédollars.

Ultra Balls are more money than Great Balls or Pokeballs, but much more effective.

Ultra Balls are more money than Great Balls or Pokeballs, but much more effective.

If you have no luck catching Chansey with Level Balls or Nest Balls, try using an Ultra Ball. Ultra Balls have a 100% higher chance to catch Pokémon than a normal Poké Ball and a 33% higher chance than a Great Ball. After weakening down Chansey and giving it a status effect, an Ultra Ball will do the trick. Ultra Balls are sold in most Poké Marts for 1200 Pokédollars apiece. Be sure to have multiple Ultra Balls on hand—capturing Chansey is often a matter of luck!

To increase the success of capturing a wild Chansey, you need to use Pokemon with status-inducing moves. Moves that cause status ailments raise your chances of catching Pokémon—Chansey included—and help you to waste fewer Poké Balls in the process. You can use moves that cause ongoing damage, such as Burn or Poison, but remember that this could cause a Pokémon with low health to eventually faint! For Chansey, I suggest the following moves:

  • Spore
  • Thunderwave
  • False Swipe
Paras and Parasect can learn the move Spore by leveling, putting Pokémon to sleep.

Paras and Parasect can learn the move Spore by leveling, putting Pokémon to sleep.

Spore is probably the greatest sleep-inducing Pokémon move available in the Pokémon games. Spore has a 100% accuracy of hitting the opposing Pokémon, whereas Sleep Powder only has 75% accuracy. In simple terms, Spore is guaranteed to put Chansey to sleep on the first try. Keeping Chansey asleep will also reduce the amount of damage your party Pokémon take while weakening Chansey, and makes capturing her go much more smoothly. Spore is learned by leveling Paras and Parasect in the Pokémon games and is obtained around level 30.

Electric-type Pokémon like this Tynamo learn Thunderwave at low levels.

Electric-type Pokémon like this Tynamo learn Thunderwave at low levels.

Thunderwave is an Electric-type move with both 100% accuracy and 100% probability of causing Paralysis; paralysis makes a Pokémon unable to attack and also decreases its speed by 25%. Unlike Spore, Thunderwave can be learned by many Electric-type Pokémon (such as Pikachu) and is more easily obtained. There are other Pokémon moves that cause Paralysis, but Thunderwave is the most powerful and accurate option.

If you don't have a Pokémon that learns False Swipe, buy it from the department store!

If you don't have a Pokémon that learns False Swipe, buy it from the department store!

False Swipe is a Normal-type move introduced in Generation II games that helps prevent defeating a wild Pokémon by accident. If your Pokémon deals more damage than Chansey has HP, it is guaranteed to leave the wild Chansey standing with 1 HP. This is especially useful when trying to catch Chansey with a much higher level Pokémon; you don’t want Chansey to faint after all the time you spent trying to find her! There are many Pokémon that can learn False Swipe through leveling (such as Zangoose or Cubone); if you are playing a Generation IV or greater Pokémon game, the move can be taught as TM54 to certain Pokémon as well. False Swipe is the foolproof way to never accidentally defeat a wild Pokémon again.

Where to Catch Chansey

Chansey has been available since Generation I and continues to be a fan favorite; in fact, Chansey was recently changed from Normal-type to Fairy-type in the upcoming Generation VI Pokémon games. Her ability to heal herself and other Pokémon makes her a great addition both competitively and in general. Sadly, Chansey cannot be caught in all Pokémon games, so be sure to check which game you have before trying to catch your own Chansey!

Where to Catch Chansey

Game GenerationGame VersionGame Location

Generation I

Red, Blue

Safari Zone, Cerulean Cave

 

Yellow

Safari Zone, Cerulean Cave

Generation II

Gold, Silver

Route 13, 14 and 15

 

Crystal

Route 13, 14 and 15

Generation III

Ruby, Sapphire

Trade

 

Emerald

Trade

 

FireRed, LeafGreen

Safari Zone

Generation IV

Diamond, Pearl

Route 209 and 210, Trophy Garden

 

Platinum

Route 209 and 210, Trophy Garden

 

HeartGold, SoulSilver

Route 13, 14 and 15, Safari Zone

Generation V

Black, White

Evolve Happiny (White only)

 

Black 2, White 2

Evolve Happiny

Generation VI

X, Y

Friend Safari

 

Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire

Evolve Happiny

Generation VII

Sun, Moon

Route 12, Mount Hokulani, Blush Mountain, Poni Grove

 

Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon

Poni Plains

When in the Safari Zone, you are limited to using Safari Balls when catching Pokemon.

When in the Safari Zone, you are limited to using Safari Balls when catching Pokemon.

If you are trying to catch Chansey in the Safari Zone, your options are going to be more limited. The Safari Zone is a preserve for rare wild Pokémon found in the Kanto, Johto, Sinnoh, and Hoenn regions. For 500 Pokédollars, Trainers get thirty Safari Balls and the chance to capture wild Pokemon not normally found anywhere else. But there is a catch: players cannot “battle” Pokémon in the Safari Zone—instead, they have to capture the Pokémon without hurting them. You will have four options:

  • Ball
  • Bait
  • Rock
  • Run

When you select “Ball," you attempt to catch a Pokémon with a Safari Ball. Not all Pokémon will be caught without some persuasion, however; selecting “Bait” will throw food at the wild Pokémon. Doing this cuts your chance to catch the Pokémon in half, but also makes the Pokémon less likely to run away. Choosing “Rock” will throw a rock at the Pokémon, making it angry and doubling the chances of capturing it. However, this also makes the wild Pokémon more likely to run away. Selecting “Run” will help you escape from battle. If you come across Chansey in the Safari Zone, try using bait and Safari Balls before throwing Rocks—Chansey loves to run away.

Now you are ready to catch your very own Chansey! Remember to take a deep breath and have fun, especially if Chansey alludes you (or runs away from you in the Safari Zone—that happens a lot). Feel free to leave any suggestions or feedback in the comment section below!

© 2013 Jessica Peri