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The Town Map (Japanese: タウンマップ Town Map) is the first and most basic of the map devices used by players of the Pokémon games, and is the navigational item for all Generation I games, FireRed and LeafGreen, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, all Generation V games, and X and Y. In these games, it is a Key Item, but they can also be found in Pokémon Centers in Generations III and IV, as well as in gates in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
In the Johto region, the player receives a map card for the Pokégear after being given a tour of Cherrygrove City by the Guide Gent which serves the same purpose in Generation II and HeartGold and SoulSilver. In the Hoenn region, the PokéNav and PokéNav Plus have a built in map that also has the same function as the Town Map for Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
|| A map of the local area. It identifies your present location.
|| A very convenient map that can be viewed anytime. It even shows your present location.
|| Can be viewed anytime. Shows your present location.
| A very convenient map that can be viewed anytime. It even shows your present location.
| A very convenient map that can be viewed anytime. It even shows you your present location in the region.
In Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow as well as FireRed and LeafGreen, Daisy Oak will give it to the player after he or she receives his or her starter Pokémon and delivers Oak's Parcel to the Professor. If it is not obtained here, then it will be given by Celio at One Island in Generation III.
At first, the map will only display the Kanto region. During Generation III, after the player has ventured into the Sevii Islands, Celio will give them an upgraded map, featuring One, Two, and Three Islands. After defeating the Elite Four and getting the National Pokédex, Celio will upgrade the map to its complete extent, revealing the final four Sevii Islands. The map display can be changed among the four sections (mainland Kanto; One, Two, and Three Island; Four and Five Island and Navel Rock; and Six, Seven, and Birth Island) at will after getting each new map.
In FireRed and LeafGreen, certain locations have a guide (Japanese: ガイド guide) that details information on important places. This feature was expanded for every location on the Town Map starting in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
A new, separate Town Map was introduced in Sinnoh, and serves as a complimentary map application to the Pokétch. The Sinnoh Town Map offers flavor text descriptions of all visited locations in the game, and of all routes, visited or not. However, areas such as such as Fullmoon Island will not be shown unless the player goes there. It resembles a Nintendo DS.
The Map is obtained in Jubilife City, when visiting the Trainers' School. The player receives it from his or her rival, Barry, upon giving him the Parcel from his mother.
Interestingly, Platinum's Town Map text data appears to have been taken directly from Diamond and Pearl: this is evidenced by Route 212's description including a reference to the house where shards can be traded for TMs. However, in Platinum, the TM-trading woman has been replaced by a Move Tutor.
The Town Map in Black and White is given to the player by their Mom after receiving the Pokédex from Professor Juniper, while players of Black 2 and White 2 get it from Hugh's sister after Bianca gives them Poké Balls.
In X and Y, the Town Map is obtained from Mom once the player has received the Pokédex and delivered the Prof's Letter.
In the anime
In Dreams by the Yard Full!, similar to Max with his PokéNav and Brock with his Pokégear, Cilan is shown to have a Town Map for his journeys with Ash and Iris. It seems to have the ability to look up and locate various landmarks and natural occurrences as seen in Cottonee in Love! when Cilan uses it to track the flow of the wind, and in Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open! when he locates plants used for an antidote for poison at the bottom of a lake.
In Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!, Cilan was seen examining the Town Map of Kanto and Johto while planning how he and Iris would continue traveling.
In Giving Chase at the Rhyhorn Race!, Serena was revealed to own a Town Map. Along with the map and current location shown on the left hand screen, the right hand screen can be used for a variety of other uses, including watching announcements for upcoming Pokémon Showcases by Monsieur Pierre. The device can also be used to search for information, as shown in Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction where Serena used it to find out that Diancie could make diamonds.
Kanto and Johto's Town Map
In the manga
A Town Map in Pokémon Zensho
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
May Oak was seen giving Ash a Town Map in Pikachu, I See You!.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In the Diamond & Pearl chapter, Pearl was often seen examining a Town Map.
In the Pokémon Zensho manga
In Pewter City, Daisy Oak gave Satoshi a Town Map, despite Shigeru having told her not to do so.
In the TCG
- Main article: Town Map (Boundaries Crossed 136)
Town Map was introduced as an Item card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Black & White Series (the Japanese BW Era). First released in the Japanese Freeze Bolt expansion, it later debuted in English in the Boundaries Crossed expansion, with both prints featuring an illustration by Toyste Beach. This Trainer card allows the player to flip their Prize cards face-up for the remainder of the game.
"A map of the Kanto region! I hope she gives it to me..."
- Before the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver, the only in-game source mentioning the name of the Kanto region was the examine text of the Town Map in Blue's house before the player obtains it, and only in the Japanese versions of the Generation I games.
In other languages