According to some legends, Lugia once perched here, however, when the tower burned down, Lugia fled to the Whirl Islands to live, while Ho-Oh, which lived in the Bell Tower, flew away in search of a pure-hearted Trainer. Three unnamed Pokémon were killed in the fire; Ho-Oh returned briefly to revive them after the fire had been put out. These Pokémon, the legendary beastsRaikou, Entei, and Suicune, were destined to speed across the land since their revival.
In Crystal, it is said that, before it burned down, the tower was known as the Brass Tower, with gleaming golden panels of brass to compliment the Tin Tower's silvery panels of tin, however, this detail was not mentioned in the remakes, and the Tin Tower's name was changed to "Bell Tower", removing any connection the two had to the names of the games.
The tower was built 700 years before the time of Generations II and IV alongside its twin, the Bell Tower. The two towers were meant to foster friendship between people and Pokémon. Many people, mostly ancestors of Ecruteak GymLeaderMorty, traveled to the tops of these towers to commune with the legendary Pokémon residing there.
Suddenly, 150 years before the events of the games, this tower burned down in a mysterious fire, ignited by a bolt of lightning and put out by a sudden downpour. This fire, which may have had some relation to the drought that a Slowpoke ended in Azalea Town, caused three nameless Pokémon to perish. Ho-Oh, fleeing from its perch, granted new life to the Pokémon, making them into the legendary beasts before flying in search of a pure-hearted Trainer. The three events of the fire, the lightning bolt, raging blaze, and sudden downpour, are said to have some relation to the three beasts.
In the anime
A burned-down tower exists in the anime's interpretation of Ecruteak City as well, however, it was the only tower initially, and was the Bell Tower itself. When it burned down due to a war for Ho-Oh's power, a second, new Bell Tower was built to the east, in the hope that Ho-Oh would return, though it never did.
Ash, Misty, and Brock traveled to this burned-out tower by accident, thinking it was the Ecruteak Gym. While here, they were frightened by the many Gastly who took up residence here, as they had made an illusion of fire. With Morty's help, they were able to escape.
The music used in the Burned Tower is a slower, more melancholic version of the theme of the Bell Tower, indicating their connection.
The only time where the original name of the tower was referred to was briefly in Pokémon Crystal, being the name Brass Tower.
Several citizens in Ecruteak mention that there are plans to rebuild the Burned Tower. This was not in the original Gold and Silver.
A Buddhist temple in the real world city of Kyoto, covered in gold leaf, is known as Kinkaku-ji. Like this tower, it was burned down; however, unlike it, it was reconstructed. The likeness of a phoenix rests atop the tower.
While the Burned Tower is named quite obviously in both English and Japanese, the original Japanese name of the tower, revealed in Pokémon Crystal, was かねのとう Kane no Tou. "Kane" can be translated as "metal", hence the English version's translation as Brass Tower, a golden-colored metal, to counter the silver-colored tin used on the other tower. "Kane" can also, like the suzu of the Bell Tower, translate as a type of gong-like bell used in Japanese ritual.