The Pokémon Music Channel (Japanese: ポケモンミュージック チャンネル Pokémon Music Channel), sometimes shortened to Pokémusic (Japanese: ポケミュージック Pokémusic), is two radio stations in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver. In Johto, the program is known as Pokémon Music (Japanese: ポケモンミュージック Pokémon Music), hosted by DJ Ben, and is on channel 7.5 on the Pokégear's radio. In Kanto, the program is known as Pokémusic Let's All Sing! (Japanese: みんなで うたおう！ Let's Sing, Everybody!), and is hosted by DJ Fern on channel 18.5. In Pokémon Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, the EXPN Card is required to listen to the Kanto station.
Pokémon Music Channel broadcasts different pieces of music on different days of the week, each with different effects.
The Pokémon March increases wild Pokémon encounter rate when played, much like the White Flute in later generations.
The Pokémon Lullaby decreases wild Pokémon encounter rate when played, much like the Black Flute in later generations.
- In Generation II: The song plays on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
- In Generation IV: The song plays on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays pre-National Pokédex, and only on Tuesdays and Saturdays post-National Pokédex.
Pokémon Past Archive
The Pokémon Past Archive is only accessible in Generation IV, after the player has acquired the National Pokédex. It has no function in the field, but like the GB Sounds, it plays chiptunes from Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. It primarily plays music that the player cannot normally listen to with the GB Sounds, such as the game's opening and ending themes. It plays on Sundays after receiving the GB Sounds from the Game Freak employee.
The Hoenn Sound channel is also accessible only in Generation IV, post-National Pokédex. It plays a remixed version of the Route 101 theme, which attracts certain wild Hoenn Pokémon. The song plays on Wednesdays. In order to successfully attract Pokémon, the music must be currently playing instead of the location music.
The Sinnoh Sound channel, much like the Hoenn Sound channel, can attract wild Pokémon from Sinnoh with a remix of the music played on Route 201. It is only available in Generation IV, post-National Pokédex. The song plays on Thursdays. In order to successfully attract Pokémon, the music must be currently playing instead of the location music. Curiously, it attracts Meditite even though it is a Hoenn Pokémon.
The highlighted row in the table below marks the current day (in UTC time).
|Generation II|| Generation IV,
| Generation IV,|
|Sunday||Pokémon March||Pokémon March||Pokémon Past Archive*|
|Monday||Pokémon Lullaby||Pokémon March||Pokémon March|
|Tuesday||Pokémon March||Pokémon Lullaby||Pokémon Lullaby|
|Wednesday||Pokémon Lullaby||Pokémon March||Hoenn Sound|
|Thursday||Pokémon March||Pokémon Lullaby||Sinnoh Sound|
|Friday||Pokémon Lullaby||Pokémon March||Pokémon March|
|Saturday||Pokémon March||Pokémon Lullaby||Pokémon Lullaby|
- The Hoenn Sound channel plays on Wednesday, considered the third day of the week in some parts of the world, as well in international standardization. This corresponds with Hoenn's introduction in Generation III. Likewise, the Sinnoh Sound channel plays on Thursday, sometimes considered the fourth day, matching Generation IV.
- Meditite is the only Pokémon found with the regional music programs that doesn't match the generation, being a Generation III Pokémon found with Sinnoh Sound. This is probably due to its greater prominence in the Generation IV games.
- Sunday is the only day of the week that the music playing before the National Pokédex has been obtained in Generation IV is the same as the music playing in Generation II. All other days swapped the music.