The Rage Candy Bar (Japanese: いかりまんじゅう Rage Manjū) is an item originally exclusive to the Generation II games and reimplemented in every game since Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. It has also been mentioned in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen as well as in Pokémon Platinum.
While it is obtained as a key item in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Rage Candy Bar is still required to be bought for 300. Due to this, it is thus far the only key item available for purchase.
In the games
The Rage Candy Bar first appeared in Generation II. It is a local specialty of Mahogany Town, in the same vein as the Lavaridge Town's Lava Cookie is in later generations. The first place in which the item can be bought is from a salesman blocking the way out of Mahogany Town (who is there to prevent the player from skipping the Lake of Rage and Rocket Hideout events of the plot); he sells these for 300. Once the Red Gyarados has been captured or defeated, he stops selling the item. The Rage Candy Bar remains unavailable until the Rocket Executives have been defeated at the Goldenrod Radio Tower. After this, it can be purchased from the Mahogany Town Souvenir Shop for the same price.
Generations III and IV
FireRed, LeafGreen, and Platinum
Though the item does not exist in the internal data of the Generation III and Sinnoh-based Generation IV games, it is mentioned repeatedly. In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, it is mentioned by a NPC in Two Island on Boon Island, who claims that is the favorite delicacy of Bruno of the Kanto Elite Four, who left the island disappointed when he discovered that the shop was sold out of them. No mention is made in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl but in Pokémon Platinum it is claimed to be sold out in the Veilstone Department Store's basement. It is also said to be favored by Professor Rowan, who can be found occasionally in the basement of the Veilstone Department Store sulking about the fact that the mall has run out of them.
HeartGold and SoulSilver
The Rage Candy Bar reappears as an item in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. It is available in Mahogany Town only, like in Generation II, but this time around it is a key item. This prevents the player from trading it to Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, where data for the item does not exist. The Rage Candy Bar is not a healing item in these games; instead, it is a key item that may be exchanged with a NPC in the Underground Path on Routes 5 and 6 for TM64 (Explosion).
Unlike in the original Pokémon Gold and Silver (and Pokémon Crystal), the man blocking the way east of Mahogany Town will still sell the Rage Candy Bar for 300 after the Team Rocket invasion is foiled instead of the Souvenir Shop lady. Despite this, he will refuse to sell more than one.
In Pokémon Black and White, it is first obtainable in the house in the southeast corner of Icirrus City during the winter, where the wife of the former Team Rocket Grunt that stole the Machine Part from the Kanto Power Plant gives it as a gift saying that Rage Candy Bars hold the family together. Another one can be obtained from Juniper in Desert Resort after defeating Team Plasma and Ghetsis at N's Castle. The Rage Candy Bar can be used on one of the five Darmanitan "statues" outside the Relic Castle. Consumed on use, each Darmanitan will be at level 35 with the Ability Zen Mode.
In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the player can get four Rage Candy Bars at Pokéstar Studios after recording a movie with a good ending, each from a Smasher, Ace Trainer, Socialite, and a young boy in red. Others can be purchased at Join Avenue Markets.
Spelling differences between generations
When referred to in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, it is instead rendered as "Rage Candybar" as it is mentioned exclusively in dialogue due to it not being an item in these games. Likewise in Pokémon Platinum, the item is only specified in dialogue but its name is rendered normally as "Rage Candy Bar".
After returning to its status as an item in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and in all Generation V games, it is spelled in CamelCase (as "RageCandyBar"), due to the twelve-character limit and capitalization change for item names.
Since the character limit was bumped in Generation VI, the item's name is now rendered correctly as "Rage Candy Bar".
The Rage Candy Bar is based on the Japanese manjū, a type of pounded rice cake. Manjū are sold in Japan as confectionery, and are often unique to certain places (much as the Rage Candy Bar is to Mahogany Town). A direct translation would thus prove confusing for English-speaking players, providing reasoning behind naming it as a candy bar. Its in-Bag sprite depicts it in a small box, which could pass for a candy bar wrapper, preventing revelation of the translation issue.
According to Nob Ogasawara, under his alias of Douglas Dinsdale (also Doug Dinsdale), in a thread apparently archived from the Something Awful forums and available at the Let's Play Archive, the name Rage Candy Bar is a mistranslation that was decided by his handlers at Nintendo of America. He claims that the correct translation of いかりまんじゅう is "Rage Dumpling" or, given the twelve-character limit at the time, "Rage Bun". The name Cake of Rage was also suggested by him for the English localization, which would match the Lake of Rage.
In other languages
- Lets Break PKMN Blue Thread Bits.txt (itself found here)
- Woolseyism/Video Games - Television Tropes & Idioms
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