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The Bell Tower (Japanese: スズのとう Bell Tower), known as the Tin Tower in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal and Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, is a location of Johto positioned in the northeast of Ecruteak City. Ho-Oh formerly perched at the top of this ten-story tower, but flew away after the other tower in the west of Ecruteak City burned down mysteriously. It is considered a place of high sanctity among people in Johto, and not everyone is qualified to enter it.
The top of the Bell Tower during Ho-Oh
The Bell Tower was once the perch of the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh; however, long before the events of the Generation II games and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Ho-Oh flew away, never to return. Many Trainers came to the tower, hoping for Ho-Oh's return, but no one had yet been successful. Finally, with the Rainbow Wing and Clear Bell, the player is able to summon Ho-Oh to the Bell Tower in order to battle it atop the roof.
In Generation II, the tower is known as the Tin Tower, and only the Rainbow Wing is required to reach the top. In Pokémon Crystal, the Clear Bell summons Suicune to the ground floor of the tower; however, Ho-Oh does not appear until all three of the Legendary beasts have been captured and the Elite Four has been defeated.
flying around the tower
Seven hundred years before the events of the games, two nine-tier towers were built opposite each other in Ecruteak City. The towers were built to foster friendship and hope between Pokémon and people. The view from atop the towers was said to be magnificent.
The eastern tower was said to awaken Pokémon, while the western tower was where Pokémon were said to rest, similar to Hoenn's Cave of Origin and Mt. Pyre, respectively. Ho-Oh roosted at the top of the Bell Tower to the east.
However, about 150 years before the games' events, a lightning bolt struck the western tower. It was engulfed in flames that raged for three days. A sudden downpour finally put out the blaze, but it had already burned to the ground. Three nameless Pokémon perished in the fire, but Ho-Oh descended from the sky and resurrected them. The Pokémon are said to embody three powers: the lightning that struck the tower, the fire that burned it, and the rain that extinguished the fire. When the Pokémon appeared, they struck terror in those who saw their rise. The three Pokémon, knowing their own power, fled, running like the wind off into the grassland.
- Main article: Bellchime Trail
Bellchime Trail is a short path between Ecruteak City and the Bell Tower. It does not exist in Generation II as a separate location, instead being considered part of Ecruteak City.
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In the anime
The tower appeared in the episode For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll, where it was referred to as the Tin Tower by the dub, like in the English Generation II games. The importance of bells is made clear as the tower holds four bells on each floor, which will only ring if Ho-Oh or Suicune is coming. In addition, the bells on the top floor are made of crystal and will only ring for Ho-Oh's appearance.
Neither of the towers have any relation to Lugia in this continuity. This tower was also built after the other tower had already burned. It is said that Ho-Oh would occasionally appear at the old tower as a sign of peace to a chosen few who were Morty's ancestors. However, several greedy people tried to take its power, burning down the original in the ensuing battle and forcing Ho-Oh to flee the tower. The people of Ecruteak City decided to make another tower in hope of Ho-Oh returning, though it never did.
- In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, a guest at Hotel Grand Lake by Lake Valor mentions a rainbow-colored Pokémon at the Tin Tower, using its Generation II name instead of its Generation IV name.
- In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Pokégear radio will not function on the roof of the Bell Tower.
- It is actually possible to use Dig to escape from the Bell Tower, except from the roof, and return to the entrance; this is because, as can be seen from the in-battle background used in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Bell Tower is classified as a cave area, rather than a building, likely to allow wild Pokémon to be found. This also applies to Sprout Tower and Burned Tower.
- If the summit is counted as a floor, the Bell Tower in Generation IV is tied with the Silph Co. in having the most traversable floors in any building in the Pokémon world.
A Buddhist temple in the real world city of Kyoto is known as Ginkaku-ji. Unlike its counterpart, Kinkaku-ji, which is covered in gold leaf, this temple is not covered in silver leaf, though this was originally intended. A statue of avian likeness rest atop each of the two real world towers.
The Japanese name of the tower, スズのとう Suzu no Tō, could be translated either to Tin Tower (as in Generation II), or Bell Tower (as in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver). This is because the kana for suzu refers to both 錫 tin, a metal that has a bright, silvery sheen, but is far less valuable than actual silver, and 鈴 bell. Suzu are a type of bell used in Shinto rituals, which both the Clear Bell and Tidal Bell are based on.
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