Welcome to Ecruteak, a historical city where the past meets the present. The city is shrouded in mystery, as all but one of Johto's legendary Pokémon have ties to the area. Unique landmarks include the Ecruteak Gym, Kimono Dance Theater, and the twin towers; the Burned Tower in the west, and the Tin Tower in the east.
Stop by the Pokémon Center to meet Bill, the inventor of the PC Storage System. It seems that he has just finished working on the Time Capsule, a service found in every Pokémon Center that allows a Trainer to "trade with the past". This means that you can now trade between Gold and Silver and the GenerationI games. The Time Capsule will take until the next day to be fully operational.
Stop by the house to the right of the Gym, and talk to the man inside. He gives you the Itemfinder, a handy tool that reacts to hidden items lying nearby. It's a treasure hunter's best friend!
The charred, crumbling ruins of the Burned Tower can be found in the city's northwest district. Formerly known as the Brass Tower, it was once as majestic as the Tin Tower to the east. Built 700 years ago, it was said to be the roost of an immense, silver-colored Pokémon. But 150 years ago, the tower was struck by a lightning bolt that ignited a fire that raged for three days. The silver Pokémon and the glorious, rainbow-colored Pokémon that roosted on Tin Tower escaped to the skies unharmed, and a sudden downpour quenched the fire. The silver Pokémon flew off, while the rainbow Pokémon resurrected three nameless Pokémon that perished in the blaze before flying off as well.
Walk around the western part of the tower, and drop down the hole in the center area to find yourself in front of the three legendary beasts. They do not react at first, but awaken when you approach them, and begin racing across the land. They can appear almost anywhere, and flee from humans immediately. But after seeing them in battle, your Pokédex tracks their movements.
The Tin Tower is a sacred place, and is off-limits to all but a few people. Ecruteak's Fog Badge gets you inside, but no higher than the first floor. A special item is required to reach the rest of the tower.
Climbing the Tower
In the time it took you obtain the Rainbow Wing, Ho-Oh has finally returned to its former roost at the top of the tower. Stock up on Ultra Balls, and bring a party capable of inflicting status ailments in order to wear it down faster.
Work your way to the pillar for a Rare Candy. The ramps here keep you from advancing, so take the southeast stairs and backtrack through 4F. Stay to the west of the pillar to reach the stairs in the south.
6F has a simple layout that serves as a transition between the ramps on the lower floors and what lies above. The next three floors use a series of warp tiles for quick navigation.
Tin Tower, 7F
Tin Tower, 8F
Step on the nearest warp tile to reach the pillar, and take the next to reach the east wall of 9F. There are two warp tiles to the south; the right one leads to the center of 8F and a Max Elixer, while the left one leads to the south side of 8F and a Nugget. Backtrack to the first warp on 7F, grab the Max Revive to the northeast, and go south to take the next warp to the west side of 8F.
The next warp takes you to the north side of 9F, and the one after that brings you back to the east side of this floor. Pick up the Full Restore to the northwest and take one last warp to the center of 9F.
Tin Tower, 9F
Climb the stairs to reach the rooftop. Save your progress; there's only one Ho-Oh, so don't risk losing it.
Start off by using status-inflicting moves, like Spore or Thunder Wave, to wear it down. Follow up with Water- or Electric-type attacks to inflict double the damage. Use caution with Rock-type attacks, as Ho-Oh takes four times the normal damage from such moves. Then slowly chip away at its remaining health with Fire-, Grass-, Fighting-, Bug-, or Steel-type attacks, as moves of these types only inflict half- or quarter-damage.
ECRUTEAK CITY POKéMON GYM LEADER: MORTY
The Mystic Seer of the Future
The Ecruteak Gym is dedicated to Ghost-type Pokémon. These spirits take double the damage from Ghost- and Dark-type attacks, and are normally unaffected by Normal- and Fighting-type attacks. However, a Pokémon with Foresight can disable these immunities. To reach the Gym Leader, follow the invisible path by moving from one Trainer's line of sight to the next. Bring along some extra Potions, since two of Morty's Pokémon know Curse, which drains the target's health every turn. It's also good to bring a few Awakenings in order to disrupt his Gengar's Hypnosis-Dream Eater combo.
Morty awards you the Fog Badge, which ensures obedience from all Pokémon up to level 50, and enables the use of Surf in the field. He also gives out TM30 (Shadow Ball) as a prize.
Route 38 connects Ecruteak City to Route 39 in the west, near the Moomoo Farm. On your way west, you can trade phone numbers with Schoolboy Chad for alerts about Snubbullswarms. Aside from that, the only noteworthy thing here is the lone Berry tree.
The Moomoo Farm depends on its herd of Miltank to produce milk, but one of these cows has gotten sick. In order for it to recover, it must be fed a total of seven Berries. Once its condition improves, speak to the farmer to receive TM13 (Snore) as a reward. He also begins selling Moomoo Milk for 500 per serving.