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Welcome to Goldenrod, the largest metropolis in Johto and sister city to Saffron in Kanto. This sprawling city boasts several major attractions, including a Pokémon Gym, Bike Shop, Game Corner, Radio Tower, and Department Store. There is so much to do in the big city that it is easy to forget about a single shady character. But with a Rocket Grunt keeping tabs on the Radio Tower, expect to save the city sooner or later. But first thing's first, let's see the sights!
The Bike Shop has moved to the city's southeast neighborhood from Cerulean City in Kanto, but demand has not been very strong. Realizing that you have a lot of traveling to do, the owner offers to loan you a Bicycle in the hopes that the advertising will increase interest, and business will pick up. Riding the bike is faster than traveling on foot, and he gains new customers—everybody's happy!
At Goldenrod Game Corner, players can win coins by playing the new Voltorb Flip game. The game features a 5×5 grid of tiles, underneath which are numbers (which multiply the current score) and Voltorb (which Selfdestruct, dropping the score to zero). The total number of points and Voltorb in each set of five cards is noted on the edge of the field. The game advances to more difficult levels once all of the 2× and 3× multipliers have been found. Higher levels give the player a chance to win several hundred coins at a time, which can be redeemed for prizes. Talk to Mr. Game to receive a Coin Case, and start saving up!
The Goldenrod Tunnel runs north-south under the west side of the city, with a small access hallway leading to the basement of the Department Store. The underground hallway houses three shops and a photo booth.
The northern shop is only open on Monday mornings, from 4:00am to 9:59am. This merchant deals in valuable items; while having no use themselves, they can be resold elsewhere for decent profit. Each of these items may only be purchased once per week.
The Pokémon Salon, the center shop, is operated by two brothers. Their services will raise a Pokémon's friendship, though at different rates. The younger brotherSuWeFr charges 300, while the older brotherTuThSa charges 500. Their shop is closed on Mondays.
The Herb Shop, the southernmost shop, sells medicinal herbs that heal or revive Pokémon and are less expensive than their traditional counterparts. The downside is that Pokémon do not enjoy their bitter taste, so their friendship rating will decrease slightly as a result. This shop is only open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Bill, the inventor of the Pokémon PC Storage system, lives on the waterfront with his mother and sister. He is currently away on business in Ecruteak City, but since you are using his storage system, his sister gives out his phone number. Calling Bill is a useful way of checking the number of Pokémon stored in the current Box.
The Name Rater lives in the house to the west of the Goldenrod Gym. Like his counterpart in Lavender Town, he evaluates a Pokémon's nickname, and allows the Trainer to think up new nicknames for them.
The woman in the house near the Bike Shop will evaluate the friendship rating of your lead Pokémon. There are certain Pokémon, like Espeon and Umbreon, that can only be acquired when happy with their Trainer. There are many things that can be done to raise a Pokémon's friendship, like grooming it, feeding it vitamins, or simply walking with it.
The Global Terminal is located west of the Radio Tower. Inside, Trainers can interact with others from around the world. Trainers can trade, share pictures of their dressed-up Pokémon and PC Boxes, and share Battle Videos taken with the Vs. Recorder.
The Radio Tower stands tall directly aside of the train station. Every day, the Pokémon Lottery Corner on 1F draws a lucky number. If this number matches the OT number of any of your Pokémon, then you win a prize! The grand prize is a Master Ball, while other prizes include a Max Revive, Exp. Share, PP Up, and Ultra Ball.
Speak to another woman behind the counter to play a promotional quiz game. Answer all five questions correctly to win a Radio Card for the Pokégear. Once installed, you can tune into the following programs.
|Pokémon Music||Ben||1 (top-left)|| Broadcasts different music depending on the day of the week.|
The Pokémon MarchSuMoWeFr increases the wild encounter rate, while the Pokémon LullabyTuThSa decreases it.
|Professor Oak's Pokémon Talk||Mary and Oak||2 (top-right)||Talk show discussing locations where semi-rare Pokémon can be found.|
|Street Corner Channel||Snap||3 (bottom-left)||Broadcasts "Trainer Profiles", a show which describes a randomly-selected Trainer class. Switches with Town Channel every hour.|
|Town Channel||Unknown||3 (bottom-left)||Broadcasts "That Town, These People", a show which details the top three landmarks or people in any given city or town. Switches with the Street Corner Channel every hour.|
|Variety Channel||Silver Drama||4 (bottom-right)||Broadcasts "Pokémon Search Party", "Serial Radio Drama", and "Buena's Password". These three programs rotate every hour.|
|Buena's Password||Buena||4 (bottom-right)||Broadcasts one password every few hours. Trainers tune in at 2am, 5am, 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm, or 11pm then visit Buena to recite the password to earn points redeemable for prizes.|
After completing the quiz, the local Gym Leader will compliment you before returning to the Gym.
Magnet Train Station
The Magnet Train Station is located next to the Radio Tower. Currently shut down, this bullet train normally travels between Johto's Goldenrod and Kanto's Saffron twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The other major method of travel between regions—sailing on the S.S. Aqua—runs much less frequently, making the Magnet Train the ideal method of transportation.
Goldenrod Department Store
Located just east of the Pokémon Center, the Goldenrod Department Store is the largest shop in Johto. The behemoth building consists of eight floors, including the rooftop and basement, and has a wide array of items up for sale.
The Trainer's Market sells basic equipment and items that Trainers may find useful in their travels.
The Battle Connection sells temporary stat-enhancing items.
A pharmacy known as the Medicine Box sells permanent stat-enhancing items.
The TM Corner offers a handful of different Technical Machines for sale. On Sundays, there is a second shopkeeper who gives out TM27 (Return) if your lead Pokémon is happy, and TM21 (Frustration) if it is unhappy.
Time for a Trade
The Rooftop Atrium has vending machines that dispense tasty, health-restoring drinks. In addition, there is a raffle known as the Daily Drawing Corner that may be entered for 300. First and second prizes change with the day, but third prize is always a random Berry chosen from a group of seven.
|Day||First prize||Second Prize||Third Prize|
|Sunday||TM02 (Dragon Claw)||Luxury Ball|| Cheri Berry|
|Monday||TM65 (Shadow Claw)||Nest Ball|
|Tuesday||TM91 (Flash Cannon)||Repeat Ball|
|Wednesday||TM57 (Charge Beam)||Net Ball|
|Thursday||TM60 (Drain Punch)||Quick Ball|
|Friday||TM42 (Facade)||Dusk Ball|
|Saturday||TM62 (Silver Wind)||Timer Ball|
The Goldenrod Gym specializes in Normal-type Pokémon. Only Fighting-type Pokémon have an advantage here, so trading for that Machop in the Department Store can make things much easier. The Gym is designed like a Clefairy, and challengers must navigate around the raised platform to reach the Gym Leader.
Whitney's Clefairy does not post much of a challenge, but her Miltank is a troublemaker. Ghost-type Pokémon are typically unaffected by Normal moves, but Miltank's Scrappy ability nullifies this immunity. Its Attract causes infatuation, which restricts opposite-gender foes to attacking only 50% of the time, and Milk Drink allows it to restore its HP. Bayleef and Croconaw should be able to stand up to Miltank, but Quilava will have trouble thanks to its Rollout move. Try using status ailments, like Poison or Sleep, to take it down.
Whitney sobs uncontrollably when she loses, ignoring you altogether. Unable to receive the badge, you turn to leave when Lass Carrie suggests trying again. Whitney finally gives up the Plain Badge, which enables the use of Strength in the field. She also hands over TM45 (Attract) as a prize. In addition, she mentions that something called the Pokéathlon Dome is now open next to the National Park, north of the city.
Goldenrod Flower Shop
Before leaving for Route 35, stop by the flower shop just east of the Gym. The woman inside talks about an odd tree on Route 36 that actually squirms around to avoid contact with water. Seeing your new Plain Badge, she hands over the SquirtBottle to help provoke it, hoping to discover the truth behind it.
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