- If you were looking for the chapter in Pokémon Zensho, see PZ03.
Cerulean City (Japanese: ハナダシティ Hanada City) is a seaside city located in northern Kanto. It is situated near a sea inlet to the north, with Saffron City to the south, and Mt. Moon to the west. It is home to Misty, the Cerulean City Gym Leader.
The city is one of only two cities in Kanto to have four different routes enter the city, the other being Saffron City. Cerulean is a mid-sized city with a few attractions, including the Bike Shop and the Berry Powder man.
Places of interest
- Main article: Miracle Cycle
In Generation I, the Bike Shop sells Bicycles produced by the company. Designs range from a plain city bike to a fast mountain bike; however, the player can only ever get one: the Bicycle. It can be bought for 1,000,000 or exchanged for a Bike Voucher. As only 999,999 can be held at maximum, there is no way for the player to obtain a Bicycle without a Bike Voucher. The Pokémon Fan Club Chairman in Vermilion City will hand over his Bike Voucher if the player listens to him talk about his Rapidash.
In Generation II, the shop is closed because the owner decided to move the shop to Goldenrod City in the Johto region. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, however, the shop in Kanto is also open, although nothing is obtainable inside. The manager mentions that since all the bicycles have been shipped to Johto for sale, all he has left to sell are inflatable tubes. The That Town, These People radio show profile of Cerulean City mentions this as well.
The name "Miracle Cycle" only appears in the Japanese games. In the English versions, the Miracle Cycle Shops are just called "Bike Shops" and no mention of Miracle Cycle is made at all.
- Main article: Cerulean Cave
On the outskirts of Cerulean City lies Cerulean Cave, also known as the Unknown Dungeon. It is said to be home to "horribly strong Pokémon". The player can capture the level 70 Mewtwo in the Generation I, III, and IV games. Only Trainers who compete and win in the Pokémon League at Indigo Plateau may enter due to the strength of the Pokémon in the cave. Mewtwo lies at the end of the cave, the only one of its species in the game.
Another addition in FireRed and LeafGreen is that Trainers are now required to further prove themselves before entering the cave by completing the quest on the Sevii Islands and restoring the Network Machine of the Pokémon Network Center to operational status. This stipulation may or may not have been added due to the addition of Wobbuffet to the cave's selection of wild Pokémon, and the old set of requirements that would have allowed players to enter the cave before obtaining the National Pokédex.
In Generation II, the Dungeon has collapsed, but Mewtwo's Berserk Gene has been left behind. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, however, the cave is still open. The Pokégear map mentions that it once collapsed but was rebuilt, and Mewtwo can still be found inside.
- Main article: Cerulean Gym
The Cerulean Gym is the official Gym of Cerulean City. It is based on Water-type Pokémon. The Gym Leader is Misty. Trainers who defeat her will receive the Cascade Badge. Other known Gym members include Swimmer Briana, Swimmer Parker, Swimmer Diana, Swimmer Luis, and Picnicker Diana. The Cerulean Gym is designed like an indoor swimming pool, with platforms above the water for the player to walk on. There are no puzzles to solve in this Gym.
Berry Powder man
In FireRed and LeafGreen, there is a man in a cottage in the northern part of town who concocts a variety of medicines from Berry Powder and will exchange Berry Powder for rare and valuable items. When he is first visited, he gives the player the Powder Jar, and will ask the player to make some Berry Powder from the new machine that crushes Berries in the Pokémon Center upstairs. There is also a sign on his wall that keeps a record of pressing-speed ranking the player achieves.
Gym Badge man
In Generations I and III, there is a man in a cottage in the northwest corner of the city who will explain exactly what the effects are for each of the eight Indigo League Gym Badges. He also has a small backyard, where a Rare Candy can be found hidden among the flowers.
In Generations I and III, a Team Rocket Grunt stole TM28 (Dig) from its owner, leaving the house a mess. After defeating the Grunt, the player will receive the TM from him. The owner then says that since the TM was stolen, he'll find a way of teaching Dig to Diglett without a TM.
The house is initially inaccessible because a Cerulean Police Officer (Officer Jenny in Yellow) blocks the door. The officer will only move aside from the door after the player talks to Bill at his Sea Cottage on Route 25.
In Generations II and IV, the man is actively fighting against robbers so the situation that occurred to him and his wife three years prior does not happen again. When he learns about the Team Rocket Grunt who stole the Machine Part, he gets upset and claims that he won't even reconsider not reporting the Team Rocket Grunt if he turns out to be the same thief from three years ago.
There's a notice outside the house in Generation II and HeartGold and SoulSilver that reads:
- Generation II
There's a notice
Stamp out thievery
and make the city
a friendlier, more
- Generation IV
Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow
In Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, the population of Cerulean City is 27.
Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal
In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the population of Cerulean City is 24. The decrease in population is due to the Bike Shop moving to Goldenrod CIty.
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the population of Cerulean City is 32.
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the population of Cerulean City is 33, having increased by one since Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
Pressing B Button
cancels the whole
In the spin-off games
In the anime
In the main series
Cerulean City in the anime
Cerulean City first appeared in The Water Flowers of Cerulean City, where Ash decided to challenge the Cerulean Gym. At the Gym, he found out that Gary and the other two Trainers from Pallet Town had already beaten the Gym. As their only remaining Pokémon after those challengers was a Goldeen, the Sensational Sisters were ready to give Ash the Cascade Badge without a battle, until Misty appeared, revealing herself to be one of the Cerulean Gym Leaders as well. Ash and Misty started a Gym battle, but just when Ash was about to win, Team Rocket busted their way into Gym, interrupting the battle. After Team Rocket had been defeated, the Sensational Sisters decided to give Ash the Cascade Badge as a thanks for saving the Gym.
Cerulean City made a reappearance in The Misty Mermaid, where Misty relucantly agreed to help her sisters in a new underwater ballet performance. However, in the middle of the act, Team Rocket appeared again, once more trying to steal the Gym's Pokémon. A battle between Ash and company and Team Rocket ensued, during which Cerulean Gym's Seel evolved into a Dewgong. Once the situation was solved and Ash and company prepared to leave, Misty left her Horsea and Starmie at the Gym, the latter due to her sisters' request.
Cerulean City was also featured in the Pokémon Chronicles episodes Cerulean Blues, The Blue Badge of Courage, A Date With Delcatty, and Luvdisc is a Many Splendored Thing, mostly focusing on the Cerulean Gym and Misty.
In Pokémon Origins
Cerulean City was seen briefly in the Pokémon Origins episode File 2 - Cubone, where Red recalled having visited the city during his journey. During his visit, he managed to retrieve the stolen TM for Dig from a member of Team Rocket and earn the Cascade Badge by defeating Misty at the Cerulean Gym.
In the manga
- Its Japanese motto is ハナダは みずいろ しんぴのいろ "Hanada is the color of aqua mysteries."
- In Generations II and IV, a School Kid with an ItemfinderGSC/Dowsing MCHNHGSS hints at an item outside of Cerulean Cave. However, he continues to claim that his device is responding even after the player has taken the item.
- Prior to Generation IV, its English motto was "A Mysterious, Blue Aura Surrounds It".
- The Gym Badge man is the only character in Generation III to define the Marsh Badge and Volcano Badge as having the effect of allowing the player to use the post-Generation I HM moves Rock Smash and Waterfall outside of battle, since Sabrina and Blaine do not explain it themselves.
- In Pokémon Red and Blue and Generation III, when talked to, a girl will command her Slowbro to use Withdraw or SonicBoom, or to punch. However, while Slowbro learns Withdraw by leveling up and can be taught a punching move, Slowbro is unable to learn SonicBoom by any legitimate means.
|| ハナダシティ Hanada City
|| 縹色 (hanada iro) refers to a light blue color.
|| Cerulean City
|| From cerulean, a deep blue color.
|| From azur, azure.
|| Blankytné město
|| Blankyt means azure, město is city (or town)
|| Azuria City
|| From Azur, azure.
|| From celeste, light blue, and the suffix -poli, meaning city.
|| From German and French Azuria.
|| Ciudad Celeste
| Celeste means light blue.
|| 블루시티 Blue City
|| 블루 is a transliteration of blue.
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 華藍市／华蓝市 Huálán Shì
花藍市／花蓝市 Huālán Shì *
| 華藍/华蓝 (huálán) means "magnificent blue", but can also mean "blue blossoms".|
花蓝 (huālán) means "floral blue".
| Chinese (Cantonese)
|| 淺藍市 Cinlaam Si
|| 淺藍 (cinlaam) means "light blue".
|| Kota Serulin (Pokémon Pocket Monsters only)
|| Transliteration from its English name.