Viridian City

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Viridian City トキワシティ
Tokiwa City
"The City of Evergreen"
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A beautiful city that is enveloped in green year-round.
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Route 2
 
Route 22
Viridian City
 
Route 1
 
Location
Kanto Viridian City Map.png
Location of Viridian City in Kanto.
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Gen I Gen II Gen III

Viridian City (Japanese: トキワシティ Tokiwa City) is a small city located in western Kanto. In the Generation I and Generation III games, Team Rocket leader Giovanni serves as Leader of the Ground-specialist Viridian Gym, but the Gym is locked until the player has gained the other seven League Badges. Blue is the Gym Leader in the Generation II and Generation IV games and trains Pokémon of various types.

Three major paths lead from the city center. To the north is Route 2, as well as Viridian Forest, which lies in the middle of the route, leading to Pewter City. To the south is Route 1, which leads to Pallet Town. To the west is Route 22, leading to Indigo Plateau and the Pokémon League.

In the Generation II games and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the city is known as "the Gateway to Indigo Plateau".

Slogan

Generations I-III

The Eternally Green Paradise (Japanese: トキワは みどり えいえんのいろ Tokiwa is the color of green eternity.)

Generation IV

The City of Evergreen (Japanese: えいえんなる みどりの まち The eternally green town.)

Places of interest

Pokémon academy

Main article: Pokémon academy

In Generations I and III, this academy is located in the center of Viridian. It is a place dedicated to teaching the basics of Pokémon to inexperienced Trainers.

In Generations II and IV, this school has been replaced by the Trainer House.

Old man

Main article: Old man (Kanto)
The old man lying down in the middle of the road

There is a grumpy old man in central Viridian who will not let Trainers pass through to Route 2 until he has had his daily coffee. (In the original Japanese games, the old man is not grumpy from lack of coffee, but rather is drunk and has passed out in the middle of the road, much to the dismay of his grandchild.) The man is simply a barrier in the game, preventing players from wandering past Viridian City until the player has gone to the Viridian Poké Mart and delivered Oak's Parcel to Professor Oak.

Once the task is complete, the old man lightens up and teaches the player how to catch a Pokémon using a Poké Ball. This is a guide for novice players in Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. He will also give the player a Teachy TV in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, which teaches the player a variety of things about battling and catching Pokémon.

He appears again in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, declaring that he has had his espresso and that he was once an expert at catching Pokémon. This is a reference to the events of three years before.

Trainer House

Main article: Trainer House
The Trainer House in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

In Generations II and IV, the Trainer House replaces the Pokémon academy in the center of Viridian. The first floor is occupied by a handful of people, while the basement is primarily dedicated to a battlefield. In the basement, the player may battle other Trainers once a day.

In Generation II, the opposing Trainer in the basement will be the last person the player has used Mystery Gift with, with whatever party they had when Mystery Gift was used. If the player has never used Mystery Gift with anyone, the opposing Trainer will be Cal.

In Generation IV, the player will initially only find Ace Trainer Cal in the basement. When the player meets another Trainer via the Pokéwalker and re-syncs the Pokéwalker back to their game, the other Trainer will also appear in the basement with their party. Up to 10 additional Trainers may be encountered in this way. Any Pokémon in a Trainer's party above level 50 will have their level reduced to 50. Battles here give no experience or money, but the player will receive 1 BP for each victory.

Viridian Gym

Main article: Viridian Gym
Viridian Gym in FireRed and LeafGreen

The Viridian Gym is the official Gym of Viridian City. Trainers who defeat this Gym's Leader receive the Earth Badge. The Gym is usually strewn with the same one-way spin tiles seen in the Rocket Hideout, except in Generation II where the floor is bare of any obstacles.

During the events of Generations I and III, it is based on Ground-type Pokémon and the Gym Leader is Giovanni, the head of Team Rocket. The Gym is initially locked due to its Leader's absence and will not re-open until the player has collected the other seven Badges.

In Generations II and IV, Team Rocket has disbanded and Blue takes over as the Gym's Leader. Under Blue's direction, the Gym no longer concentrates on any particular type.


Move Tutor

The man in the area that requires Cut or Surf to access gives out the TM for Dream Eater: in Generations I and II, it is TM42, while in Generation IV, it is TM85. In Generation III, he is instead a Move Tutor of Dream Eater.

Demographics

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

In Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, the population of Viridian City is 28 (27 excluding Giovanni).

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the population of Viridian City is 25. The population has decreased, due to the fact that Viridian Gym no longer has regular Trainers.

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the population of Viridian City is 30.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the population of Viridian City is 34. This shows that Viridian City has grown in size from FireRed and LeafGreen to HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Poké Mart

The Poké Mart is located south of the Viridian Gym. In Generation II and IV, it is to the right of the Trainer House.

Generation I
Poké Ball Poké Ball
Pokémon Dollar200
Potion PotionY
Pokémon Dollar300
Antidote Antidote
Pokémon Dollar100
Parlyz Heal Parlyz Heal
Pokémon Dollar200
Burn Heal Burn Heal
Pokémon Dollar250
Generation II
Ultra Ball Ultra Ball
Pokémon Dollar1200
Hyper Potion Hyper Potion
Pokémon Dollar1200
Full Heal Full Heal
Pokémon Dollar600
Revive Revive
Pokémon Dollar1500
Antidote Antidote
Pokémon Dollar100
Parlyz Heal Parlyz Heal
Pokémon Dollar200
Awakening Awakening
Pokémon Dollar250
Burn Heal Burn Heal
Pokémon Dollar250
unknown Flower Mail
Pokémon Dollar50
Generation III
Poké Ball Poké Ball
Pokémon Dollar200
Potion Potion
Pokémon Dollar300
Antidote Antidote
Pokémon Dollar100
Parlyz Heal Parlyz Heal
Pokémon Dollar200

Lower cashier (Generation IV)
Poké Ball Poké Ball
Pokémon Dollar200
Great Ball Great Ball
Pokémon Dollar600
Ultra Ball Ultra Ball
Pokémon Dollar1200
Potion Potion
Pokémon Dollar300
Super Potion Super Potion
Pokémon Dollar700
Hyper Potion Hyper Potion
Pokémon Dollar1200
Max Potion Max Potion
Pokémon Dollar2500
Full Restore Full Restore
Pokémon Dollar3000
Revive Revive
Pokémon Dollar1500
Antidote Antidote
Pokémon Dollar100
Parlyz Heal Parlyz Heal
Pokémon Dollar200
Awakening Awakening
Pokémon Dollar250
Burn Heal Burn Heal
Pokémon Dollar250
Ice Heal Ice Heal
Pokémon Dollar250
Full Heal Full Heal
Pokémon Dollar600
Escape Rope Escape Rope
Pokémon Dollar550
Repel Repel
Pokémon Dollar350
Super Repel Super Repel
Pokémon Dollar500
Max Repel Max Repel
Pokémon Dollar700
Upper cashier (Generation IV)
Steel Mail Steel Mail
Pokémon Dollar50
Net Ball Net Ball
Pokémon Dollar1000
Heal Ball Heal Ball
Pokémon Dollar300

Items

Item Location Games
Oak's Parcel Oak's Parcel From the Poké Mart clerk  R  B  Y  FR  LG 
Potion Potion In the cuttable tree in the northwestern part of the city (hidden)  R  B  Y 
Potion Potion West of the cuttable tree in the northwestern part of the city  FR  LG 
Teachy TV Teachy TV Obtained from the old man who teaches the player how to catch a Pokémon  FR  LG 
TM Psychic TM42 (Dream Eater) Received from the sleeping male in the southwestern part of the city (requires Cut or Surf)  R  B  Y  G  S  C 
Nugget Nugget Near the trees northeast of the Poké Mart (hidden)  HG  SS 
TM Psychic TM85 (Dream Eater) Received from the sleeping male in the southwestern part of the city (requires Cut or Surf)  HG  SS 

Pokémon

Generation I

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Fishing
129 Magikarp
R B Y
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
5 100%
060 Poliwag
R B Y
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
10 50%
118 Goldeen
R B Y
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
10 50%
060 Poliwag
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15 50%
060 Poliwag
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
5, 10, 15 100%
072 Tentacool
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15 50%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Generation II

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Surfing
060 Poliwag
G S C
Surfing Surfing
5-14 90%
061 Poliwhirl
G S C
Surfing Surfing
10-14 10%
Fishing
129 Magikarp
G S C
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
060 Poliwag
G S C
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
060 Poliwag
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 65%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
060 Poliwag
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 70%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
061 Poliwhirl
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Generation III

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Surfing
054 Psyduck
FR LG
Surfing Surfing
20-40 100%
079 Slowpoke
FR LG
Surfing Surfing
20-40 100%
Fishing
129 Magikarp
FR LG
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
5 100%
060 Poliwag
FR LG
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
5-15 60%
118 Goldeen
FR LG
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
5-15 20%
129 Magikarp
FR LG
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
5-15 20%
060 Poliwag
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-25 40%
061 Poliwhirl
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
20-30 40%
130 Gyarados
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-25 15%
054 Psyduck
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-35 5%
079 Slowpoke
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-35 5%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Generation IV

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Surfing
060 Poliwag
HG SS
Surfing Surfing
5-10 90%
061 Poliwhirl
HG SS
Surfing Surfing
10 10%
Fishing
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 95%
060 Poliwag
HG SS
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 5%
060 Poliwag
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 60%
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 40%
060 Poliwag
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 93%
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 7%
Headbutt
163 Hoothoot
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
3-7 50%
167 Spinarak
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
5-7 30%
165 Ledyba
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
5-7 30%
204 Pineco
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
3-4 30%
265 Wurmple
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
3-7 20%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Differences between generations

Generation I and III

Viridian City's layout is consistent between Generations I and III. There are no notable differences between the Viridian of Generation I and Generation III, aside from the larger houses in III and some slight repositioning. Trees have become bigger, flowers are more visible, and most other sprites have been upgraded to Generation III standards. Most of the town's residents remain the same, and will give the player the same information. Items that are given out, however, are different from generation to generation. In Generation III the Potion behind the Cut tree is no longer hidden.

Generation II and IV

The differences between the Generation II and IV and Generation I and III games are more noticeable. The Pokémon academy seen in Generation III has been replaced with the giant Trainer House, and other buildings were added as well. Within the Trainer House in Generation II, Trainers will battle either Cal, if the player has never used Mystery Gift with anyone, or the last player with whom he or she has used Mystery Gift. In Generation IV, the player may either battle Cal or up to 10 different Trainers met on the Pokéwalker.

Trainer Tips

Generation I

TRAINER TIPS
The battle moves
of POKéMON are
limited by their
POWER POINTs, PP.
To replenish PP,
rest your tired
POKéMON at a
POKéMON CENTER!

TRAINER TIPS
Catch POKéMON
and expand your
collection!
The more you have,
the easier it is
to fight!

Generation III

TRAINER TIPS
The battle moves of POKéMON are
limited by their POWER POINTS, PP.
To replenish PP, rest your tired
POKéMON at a POKéMON CENTER.

TRAINER TIPS
Catch POKéMON and expand your
collection.
The more you have, the easier it
is to battle.

In the spin-off games

In Pokémon Pinball

Pinball Blue Viridian City.png

In Pokémon Pinball, Viridian City appears on the Blue table; catchable Pokémon include Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, Poliwag and Tentacool.

In the anime

In the main series

Viridian City in the anime
Viridian City's Pokémon Center

Viridian City was first seen at the end of Pokémon - I Choose You!, and is later visited in Pokémon Emergency!, when Ash Ketchum took his injured Pikachu to the Pokémon Center here. When entering the town, Ash was stopped by Viridian City's Officer Jenny, who found him suspicious, due to the fact he was carrying Pikachu in his arms and not a Poké Ball. While staying overnight at the Pokémon Center, Ash had his first encounter with the Team Rocket trio: Jessie, James, and Meowth. Ash and Pikachu foiled their plot to steal all the Pokémon in the Pokémon Center, thus beginning Team Rocket's obsession with capturing Ash's Pikachu.

Sometime later, in The Battle of the Badge, Ash and his friends revisited Viridian City, and they find out the Pokémon Center that had exploded in the end of Pokémon Emergency! has been rebuilt. They found the Viridian Gym, and Ash decided to fight the Gym Leader, but Gary ended up fighting him first (forcing Ash to wait outside due to the one-Trainer-at-a-time policy that Viridian Gym apparently has). After Togepi was carried off by a Fearow, Ash and friends went looking for it, only to find it in the Gym. They then noticed that Gary and his girlfriends were badly injured due to Mewtwo's attacks. After Ash fought and won a difficult and dangerous battle with Team Rocket, the Gym collapsed due to Togepi blowing up the stands. Ash picked up the Earth Badge Team Rocket lost. Afterwards, Ash and his friends left.

After the Silver Conference, Viridian was once again revisited, in Gotta Catch Ya Later!, only some things had changed. Most notably, the Nurse Joy who worked at the Viridian Center in Pokémon Emergency! had retired and Misty's bike had been fixed. After a battle with Team Rocket, as well as a trio of hired thugs, they left Viridian City.

Ash later passed through Viridian on the way home in The Scheme Team, after the Ever Grande Conference. Visiting the site of the rebuilt Viridian Gym, circumstances ended up bringing him to the battlefield for a friendly one-on-one challenge with the temporary Gym Leader, Kanto Elite Four member Agatha. It is also here that Ash met up with Scott, the owner of the Battle Frontier and decided to take the Battle Frontier challenge.

In Pokémon Origins

Viridian City in Pokémon Origins

Viridian City first appeared in the Pokémon Origins episode File 1: Red, where Red stopped by the local Pokémon Center to heal his Charmander, after having lost a battle against his rival, Blue. He also made a call to Professor Oak from there before departing to Pewter City.

Viridian City appeared again in File 3: Giovanni, where Red returned there in order to challenge the local Gym Leader, only to find out that not only had Blue already done so, but that the Gym Leader was none other than Giovanni, the Boss of Team Rocket. Enraged of seeing Giovanni as a Gym Leader, Red challenged him to a battle, not as a Gym Leader, but as the enemy of all Pokémon. Using his specially trained Rhyhorn, Giovanni defeated most of Red's Pokémon with ease, but soon noticed himself getting excited of the battle. When Red sent out his Charizard to face Giovanni's last Pokémon, Rhydon, Giovanni finally remembered how he had once been like Red, a child enjoying Pokémon battles simply for the fun and excitement of it. Even though Red eventually won the battle, he initially refused to take the Earth Badge, saying he didn't want it from the Boss of Team Rocket. Impressed of Red's attitude, Giovanni then informed his minions that Team Rocket would now be disbanded. After this, Red accepted Giovanni's Badge, and departed Viridian City for Indigo Plateau. Reminded of his past, Giovanni decided to find a new path for himself and his Pokémon, leaving behind his positions as Viridian City's Gym Leader and the Boss of Team Rocket.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Viridian City is first visited in the Bulbasaur, Come Home! round of the Red, Green & Blue chapter when Red and Professor Oak chase the Pokémon that escaped from his laboratory. They enter the abandoned Viridian Gym and fight with the only current resident of that building, an angry Machoke.

Viridian City made a brief appearance at the end of A Hollow Victreebel and at the beginning of Make Way For Magmar! in the Red, Green & Blue chapter where citizens where asking about where Giovanni had gone.

Viridian City is the hometown of Giovanni, the Team Rocket leader, Yellow, the star of the Yellow chapter who debuted in Drat That Dratini!, and Lance, the main villain of the Yellow chapter.

In the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter, Wilton arrived at Viridian City to meet Yellow and take her on a new adventure to Johto. Red would later take the Gym Leader test at the newly renovated Gym in the city. Red passed, and became Viridian City's next Gym Leader - until he forfeited due to injury. Blue eventually assumed this position after proving his strength in front of four wild Pokémon.

In the FireRed & LeafGreen chapter, Yellow first visited the Viridian City Gym to see Blue, but he had not yet returned. Upon stepping out of the Gym, she met Silver, who came to Viridian searching for his roots. Not long afterwards, two Team Rocket members came and told Silver that he was their leader's son, and took him away. Yellow gave chase on her Butterfree, Kitty.

Trivia

  • An anime song of the same name is centered on its status as the location of the final Gym in Kanto.
  • It is the only town that is the first visited in the game that has a Gym after the starting location, though the Gym is closed until the other seven Badges have been obtained.

Name origin

Language Name Origin
Japanese トキワシティ Tokiwa City 常磐色 (tokiwa iro) refers to the green color of evergreen trees.
English Viridian City From viridian, a blue-green color. May also come from Latin Viridi, meaning green.
French Jadielle From jade.
Czech Chromové město Chrom means chromium (possibly a reference to chrome green) and město means city (or town).
German Vertania City From French vert, green.
Italian Smeraldopoli From smeraldo, emerald, and the suffix -poli, meaning city.
Polish Wertania From German Vertania.
Russian (ORT) Вертания Vertaniya Possibly from Polish Wertania and German Vertania.
Spanish Ciudad Verde
Ciudad Viridian*
Means green city.
Same as English name.
Portuguese - Brazil Cidade de Veridiana Portuguese adaptation of Viridian City
Korean 상록시티 Sangrok City 상록 (常綠) sangrok means evergreen.
Chinese (Mandarin) 常磐市 Chángpán Shì From the Japanese name.
Chinese (Cantonese) 常青市 Soengceng Si 常青 (soengceng) means evergreen.



Kanto
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Settlements
Pallet TownViridian CityPewter CityCerulean CityVermilion CityLavender Town
Celadon CitySaffron CityFuchsia CityCinnabar IslandIndigo Plateau
Routes
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Landmarks
Professor Oak's LaboratoryViridian ForestDiglett's CavePewter Museum of ScienceMt. Moon (Square) • Cerulean Cave
Underground Path (Kanto Routes 5-6)Underground Path (Kanto Routes 7-8)S.S. AnneS.S. AquaSea CottageRock Tunnel
Power PlantCycling RoadRocket HideoutSilph Co.Magnet TrainPokémon TowerSafari Zone/Pal Park
Seafoam IslandsPokémon MansionPokémon LabPokémon League Reception GateVictory RoadTohjo Falls
Access to
Sevii IslandsJohto

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