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There are various methods of transportation used in the Pokémon world.
These are the primary way of getting around in the Pokémon series of games. Excluding Generation VI, the player starts with these in the beginning of the game, and with them is able to walk around. They are used by pressing either Up, Down, Right, or Left on the D-Pad.
Introduced in Generation III, the Running Shoes are a pair of shoes that allow the player to run by holding down the B button in conjunction with the directional pad. Running is not allowed in most buildings however, until Generation IV. Running speed is affected by terrain, such as marshes and snow. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Running Shoes can be triggered on and off by using the touch screen.
Generation I and II
In the Generation I and Generation II games, as well as Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, only a basic bicycle is sold by the Bike Shop. Only one obstacle is passable solely by bicycle, and that is Cycling Road. Bicycling is not allowed in most buildings.
The Mach Bike can move so fast that it can climb muddy slopes or pass over weak ground without falling through. If the player collides with something, the speed at which they are traveling will reset. On the Seaside Cycling Road, the player's time and amount of collisions are recorded by a NPC, and will be sent over to another player if the records are swapped. In addition, there is a period of two blocks of acceleration and deceleration when traveling on the Mach Bike, which makes immediate stops impossible.
The Acro Bike has the same speed as the bikes in earlier games, but can climb rocks in areas like Route 112 and travel on white rails on Route 119 and other places. In addition, if the B button is held while on the Acro Bike, the player will perform a wheelie. If the B button is held for several seconds, the Acro Bike will perform "bunny hops". Bunny hops allow the player to jump onto and along rugged rock paths, such as those found on Jagged Pass. If the B button and directional pad are used together, the player is able to jump over small gaps.
In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, only one bicycle is available. This model however, has two gears which can be changed by pressing the B button, allowing obstacles to be jumped over with sufficient speed. Unlike the previous generations, bikes cannot be ridden in any buildings in Diamond and Pearl. This was changed in Platinum. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the bike only has one speed, as in Generation II.
In Pokémon Black and White, the bicycle is similar to the ones in Generations I and II. The bike cannot be ridden in most buildings.
In Pokémon X and Y, the bicycle is exactly the same as in Generation V, but comes in two colors.
In the anime
Bikes are used at various times in the anime, most notably when Ash borrows Misty's bike, but crashes, thus ruining it. This bike is alluded to frequently throughout the first few seasons as a reason why Misty is angry at Ash. All of the main female characters, up until Best Wishes, owned bikes, which were eventually destroyed. In the original series, Ash, Misty, Brock used Nurse Joy's bicycles in The Bridge Bike Gang to give medicines to another Nurse Joy in an unknown town. In the Diamond & Pearl series, when Ash and his friends were traveling on Cycling Road, they used bikes. Barry is also seen with a bike in Gotta Get a Gible!.
In the games
In the anime
A truck is located in a normally inaccessible part of the S.S. Anne, in Red and Blue. There were rumors that one can get a Mew or a rare item by using Strength on it. However, these proved to be false. In FireRed and LeafGreen, if the Itemfinder is used to look for an item near the truck, a Lava Cookie can be found instead, as possibly a reference to the rumors.
Trucks can be seen on the Skyarrow Bridge. They are driving on the road beneath the walkway for pedestrians.
Trucks can be seen driving on the highway.
In the anime
Jessie and James have used trucks many times.
The Magnet Train runs between Saffron City and Goldenrod City, connecting Kanto and Johto in the Generation II games and their Generation IV remakes. It was constructed some time after Generation I. To ride it, a person needs a Pass, which was given to those displaced by the train stations' construction. A Pass can be received by the Copycat if the player returns her doll which was given to her by the player in Generation I and the Generation III remakes and found by a person in Vermilion City.
A freight train appeared in Camp Pikachu. It consisted of a red steam locomotive, numerous freight wagons and a passenger carriage at the rear. It runs on a line in the mountainous areas of Johto. The Pichu Brothers enjoy going for rides on it. The Pichu Brothers' Rascal Railway at PokéPark is likely based on this train.
- Some passenger trains appeared in Time-Warp Heals All Wounds.
- Outskirt Stand in Orre appears to be made from an old steam locomotive.
- There is also an underground railway in Orre.
- LaRousse City has a monorail that circles the city, providing access to the central island.
- The various areas of the Pastoria Great Marsh are accessed by rail.
- Another train appeared in Giratina and the Sky Warrior, within which Shaymin transforms into its Sky Forme.
- According to a book in the Nacrene City Library, trains were used for transportation in the Unova region before airplanes and thus there are old, disused train tracks in Nacrene City.
- Cilan drove a train in M15.
In the anime
The Battle Subway appears as typical public transportation for the citizens of Nimbasa City, as well as featuring Battle Trains that Trainers may battle on.
Cars are used multiple times in the anime. Among the people with cars are Gary Oak, Scott (whose car is based on a 2002-2005 Ford Thunderbird), Norman, Reggie, Professor Birch, Bertha, Eusine, Cynthia, Professor Oak (whose car is based on a 1963 Toyota Publica convertible), Professor Birch, Professor Juniper, Officer Jenny (who appears to have a Jeep) and Penelope (who appears to have a Citroen 2CV).
Roller Skates are a new form of transportation, introduced in Pokémon X and Y. They are faster than running shoes, but slower than the bicycle. They can also be used to grind along railings, and several other tricks can be performed using certain movements of the circle pad.
Ash, Misty, Brock, and Team Rocket used a blimp in A Scare in the Air! and Poké Ball Peril. Another blimp is seen in The Kecleon Caper!. Misty later used a blimp to go back to Cerulean City from the Mirage Kingdom in A Togepi Mirage.
Ash, Dawn, Brock and Barry, along with Team Rocket, used an airship to go to Canalave City in Jumping Rocket Ship!. Khoury, Lyra, and Khoury's father bid farewell to Ash, Dawn, and Brock at a Blimp Airport in Sinnoh near the end of Bagged Then Tagged!.
Used by Team Rocket in many episodes. Some balloons were shaped as a Wobbuffet, a Sneasel, a Gliscor, a Carnivine, and a Meowth. A hot air-balloon was also used by Ash and his friends in the episode The Kecleon Caper, a Pikachu one in Mewtwo Returns, and by various contestants, including Ash, in The Big Balloon Blow-Up. There were also others in various other episodes like That's Just Swellow and in the movie The Rise of Darkrai. Hot air balloon-like aircraft or dirigibles were also used in Great Bowls of Fire!, however it possessed the notable difference of seeming to be driven forward in the air by Pokémon (in the episode's specific usage, Charizard).
Used by Team Rocket in The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!.
Used by Team Rocket, Team Magma, Team Aqua and Team Galactic multiple times and by Rhonda in All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go!. A pilot working with Ben used one in Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue!.
In The Scheme Team, Butch and Cassidy rode on jet packs to go to the location of their mission. Domino also used one in Mewtwo Returns. Jet packs are also used by the Team Rocket Trio in the Best Wishes series to escape from the "Twerps", replacing their traditional hot air-balloon getaway; it has thus proved to be more effective.
- Main article: Ghost ship
The ghost ship is a 300-year-old ship whose captain won the Orange League, and his trophy is protected by his Gastly and Haunter. Until shortly before Ash and his friends arrived on Moro Island, it rested on the bottom of the ocean of the coast of the island.
- Main article: Royal Unova
The Royal Unova is a luxury liner in the Unova region that sails up the river from Castelia City. It sails every evening and returns to Castelia City when it is officially night. Many Trainers ride the ship. The Royal Unova can sometimes be seen passing underneath the Skyarrow Bridge while the player crosses the bridge, even if it is not evening when the player does so.
- Main article: S.S. Anne
Depending on the canon, the S.S. Anne stops only once every four years, annually, or monthly in Vermilion City. The S.S. Ticket that is needed to board the ship is only given away to exclusive people, such as Bill and Professor Oak. However, they can give the ticket away to others.
- Main article: S.S. Aqua
- Main article: S.S. Tidal
After the player has become the Champion, it will always run between Lilycove City and Slateport City, and to the Battle Tower in Ruby and Sapphire. However, it will also run to other places if the player has a ticket. With the Battle Pass, it will run to the Battle Frontier (in Emerald); with the Eon Ticket, it will run to Southern Island; with the MysticTicket, it will run to Navel Rock; with the AuroraTicket, it will run to Birth Island; and with the Old Sea Map, it will run to Faraway Island.
- Main article: Abandoned Ship
The S.S. Cactus was a large ship from the Hoenn Region, that supposedly carried large amounts of passengers and cargo. However, for some reason, the ship was partially submerged along Route 108, where it currently remains ruined on a sandbar. It is not specifically known where the boat ran between, though based on its location, one could assume it might have stopped at either Slateport City or Dewford Town. In present day, many Pokémon live in it, and lots of Trainers enjoy exploring and training on the boat, known as the Abandoned Ship.
- Main article: Seagallop
There are currently four known tickets that can be used to board a Seagallop Ferry: The Tri-Pass allows the holder to travel to Knot, Boon and Kin Islands, the Rainbow Pass to the same three islands, as well as Floe, Chrono, Fortune, and Quest Islands, the MysticTicket allows travel to Navel Rock, and the AuroraTicket allows travel to Birth Island.
- Main article: S.S. Spiral
In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the S.S. Spiral was a regular looking ship. However, in Pokémon Platinum, it had a redesign. The S.S. Spiral became a red boat with a crane on the back, and, its possible namesake, two spinning drills to part the ice floes in the area from Snowpoint City to the Battle Zone.
- Main article: S.S. Libra
The S.S. Libra runs from Orre to other regions and is used as a Pokémon cargo ship. During the events of Pokémon XD, it was destroyed by Shadow Lugia and all the Pokémon currently in it were transformed into Shadow Pokémon. Michael later found its remains near Phenac City.
- Main article: The Union
Used by Team Rocket many times and by Ash and his friends in Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea and in Relicanth Really Can!. In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, a submarine made by Captain Stern is stolen by Team Magma or Team Aqua (depending on version) to reach Seafloor Cavern, where either Groudon or Kyogre is.
Pokémon Pincher's Submarine
- Main article: Submarine (Ranger)
This is a submarine that is owned by the Pokémon Pinchers. It is later crashed.
A variety of other unnamed boats are known to exist, for example:
- A ferry from the Seafoam Islands in Kanto to Littleroot Town in Hoenn (anime, EP273).
- A ferry from Petalburg City in Hoenn to somewhere north of Viridian City in Kanto (anime, AG132).
- A ferry from somewhere in Kanto to Twinleaf Town in Sinnoh (anime, AG192).
- A ferry from Lily of the Valley Island to Twinleaf Town in Sinnoh (anime, DP190).
- A ferry from Twinleaf Town in Sinnoh to Kanto (anime, DP191).
- A boat from just outside Rustboro City to Dewford Town in Hoenn (games).
- A boat from Dewford Town to Slateport City in Hoenn (games).
- A ferry from Canalave City to Iron Island in Sinnoh (games) (known as S.S. Sinnoh in Pokémon Adventures).
- A ferry from Canalave City to Fullmoon Island in Sinnoh (games).
- A ferry from Canalave City to Newmoon Island in Sinnoh (games).
- Unova is said to be accessible by boat, due to being far away from the regions Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh.
- A water taxi from the outskirts of Pinwheel Forest to Castelia City existed before the Skyarrow Bridge was built (anime, BW021).
Team Rocket's boats
Team Rocket has used many different boats in the anime.
Pokémon are also used occasionally for transportation. People, as well as Pokémon themselves, may ride on Pokémon for various reasons. This is mostly seen in races, wherein only Pokémon may be used to move around. This was first notable in The Flame Pokémon-athon!, where Ash and his friends joined a race. Many Trainers also attempted to use their Pokémon to reach Mewtwo's Island in Mewtwo Strikes Back. Ash and his friends also used Lapras in going around the Orange Archipelago.
Ash's Flying-type Pokémon were rode on many times, mostly by Pikachu for looking for something or attacking Team Rocket's balloon. Pikachu rode on Butterfree in episodes such as Bye Bye Butterfree. It also rode on Pidgeotto, Swellow and Staraptor, Ash's bird-based Pokémon, multiple times.