Nimbasa City (Japanese: ライモンシティRaimon City) is a city located in central Unova. There are three routes connecting to it: to the south of the city is Route 4 and the vast Desert Resort, to the west is Route 5, and to the east is Route 16. Nimbasa City is the most populous city in the Unova region and the second most populous in the Pokémon World, behind Kalos's Lumiose City. In contrast to Castelia City, which is the heart of business and economy in the region, Nimbasa serves as the heart of leisure and entertainment. Nimbasa City is well known for its grand-scale landmarks such as the Musical Theater, Gear Station, Big Stadium and Small Court, Battle Institute, and the Rondez-View Ferris Wheel and amusement park.
Elesa is the Gym Leader of Nimbasa City. She specializes in the Electric type and hands out the Bolt Badge upon defeat.
Lit by the Flash of Lightning! (Japanese: 稲妻きらめく 輝きの街Shining city where lightning sparkles.)
Places of interest
The Musical Theater (Japanese: ミュージカルホールMusical Hall) is where the Pokémon Musical takes place, located in the north of Nimbasa. The player meets Bianca here upon their first arrival.
Inside, the owner of the theater will give the player a Prop Case and show them how to dress up their Pokémon.
Gear Station is the central hub of the Battle Subway. All eight lines of the Battle Subway are accessed through Gear Station, including the only available route to Anville Town. The stats judge which can appraise a Pokémon's IVs is located in Gear Station as well.
Nimbasa City's sports venues, Big Stadium and Small Court, are where sportspeople and sports fans go to practice and engage in both Pokémon battles and the sport of their choosing. They are also the places where sporting events are hosted in the Unova region. Big Stadium hosts sports requiring fields, specifically baseball, soccer, and football; meanwhile, Small Court hosts sports requiring courts, specifically tennis and basketball.
Trainers may be battled daily at both facilities except during event hours.
The Rondez-View Ferris Wheel is a couples-only Ferris wheel.
Trainers may be battled here daily; the Trainer varies with the season and the gender of the player. The Trainers' Japanese names are related to the season they appear in; however in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Hiker Natsumi (Andy in English) appears in autumn even though his name contains natsu (summer). The English names occasionally relate to the seasons, with some containing months (such as Maya and Augustine) and others having more indirect relationships (such as Aurora appearing in the autumn like its real life counterpart, and Persephone being named after the Greek goddess with an association to spring).
After the battle, the Trainer will accompany the player on the Ferris wheel. In the Japanese version, the conversations on the Ferris wheel are laced with double entendres. In the Japanese and French versions of Black 2 and White 2, Nursery Aide June admits to being a man disguised as a woman in order to be a Nursery Aide, but this dialogue is cut from the English translations.
In Pokémon Black and White, N is battled here as part of the main storyline. In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, after defeating the Elite Four, special non-battleable characters will appear on certain days of the week prior to the Trainers that would normally be there; with the player's rival appearing on Tuesdays, Bianca appearing on Wednesdays, N appearing on Fridays, and Cheren appearing on Saturdays. After meeting certain requirements, Yancy*/Curtis* can be met in front of the Ferris wheel to trade with the player daily. If both Yancy/Curtis and a special character are at the Ferris wheel at the same time, then the former will get priority and will remain there until they are interacted with. The special character will appear afterwards, followed by a standard Trainer.
Pokémon Black and White
These Trainers can only be battled after defeating Elesa.
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Pokémon Black and White
Nimbasa City is the most populous city in the Unova region with a population of 150 (239, including all Trainers in the Big Stadium and Small Court). It surpasses the urbanized Castelia City in terms of population.
After returning the Dropped Item to the owner and calling them 15 times, Curtis (if the player chosen was Rosa) or Yancy (if the player chosen was Nate) will trade the player a different Pokémon each day in the following order (but only after the previous one has been traded). The Pokémon are different depending on the gender of the player. Each Pokémon has its Hidden Ability and can be either male or female.
After all Pokémon have been traded they will be offered all over again.
Black and White arrived in Nimbasa City in To Make a Musical. The Pokémon Musical Theater's construction had just been completed when they arrived, and White immediately resumed work on her grand idea, preparing everyone involved for the opening ceremony. After the Nimbasa City Gym Leader Elesa did her bit in the opening ceremony, she led Black towards her Gym for their Gym battle.
While Black was going through the Nimbasa Gym, White encountered N aboard the Ferris Wheel, finding out his status as the king of Team Plasma. To White's shock, N revealed that White's Gigi had more interest in battles than the BW Agency business she was making it go through. White jumped off the Ferris Wheel to escape, but to her shock, Gigi decided to stay with N. The harsh landing and the emotional shock combined caused White to fall unconscious.
Black eventually won his battle with Elesa, and spent the rest of the evening looking for White. White was found by Marshal of the Elite Four, who handed White to Black and excused himself. After taking White to the hospital to recover, Black then heard about what White had been through. After blaming himself for not asking Marshal more about the Servine that was following White, Black met a Baker named Chris, who showed the yet-to-be-opened Battle Subway to Black and White.
The next day, White had made the decision to trial the Battle Subway, and after catching her first Pokémon, she bid farewell to Black, but not before Black loaned his Braviary to her, as Black knew that she had to bring three Pokémon with her.
Related cards Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format. Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Nimbasa City is the only known city in the Pokémon world to feature arenas for human sporting events and an amusement park.
Since Unova is based on New York City, it's possible that Nimbasa City is meant to represent Coney Island. Coney Island has an amusement park on it, is home to one of New York's largest subway stations (which like Gear Station in Nimbasa City, is connected to all of the subway lines in the city), and (being part of Brooklyn) it's relatively close to some of New York's professional sports venues. Nimbasa City is not on an island, but it is mostly surrounded by water.
There is a large Pikachu figure in the amusement park, even though Pikachu are not native to Unova. In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, a Pichu is also shown next to it.