Azalea Town (Japanese: ヒワダタウンHiwada Town) is a small, isolated town located on the southern peninsula of the Johtoregion. The town is best known for being the residence of Kurt, a custom Poké Ball creator who makes Poké Balls out of Apricorns. He lives in the northwest portion of town on the east edge of Ilex Forest. Azalea features other notable locations as well, such as the Slowpoke Well. As such, Slowpoke can be found around the town. The town has two entrances, Route 33 to the east and Ilex Forest to the west.
The Azalea Gym is located on the southwestern side of the town. It is where Bugsy hands out the Hive Badge to Trainers that beat him.
We let our FARFETCH'D fetch branches
Near the Gym is a small house that houses a Charcoal kiln. The kiln is owned by a family that handles not only the production of the Charcoal, but also the collection of the necessary materials. To acquire the wood necessary for the Charcoal, the family uses a Farfetch'd to Cut down trees in Ilex Forest. The wood is then treated in the kiln and turned into Charcoal, which is then sold at the local Poké Mart, making Charcoal the only type-enhancing held item that can be freely purchased, albeit at a high price.
The inside of Kurt's house
Apricorn and Nothing Else
The Stubborn Poké Ball Creator
Kurt lives in a house in the northwest corner of Azalea Town. He studies Poké Ball mechanics, and is known far and wide as a Poké Ball expert, residing there with his granddaughter Maizie, and her favorite Pokémon, Slowpoke. There is an Apricorn tree located next to his house that grows White Apricorns daily.
Kurt specializes in making custom Poké Balls specifically designed to work more effectively against specific types of Pokémon. The Ball that Kurt makes depends on the Apricorn that is given to Kurt by Trainers. He will offer to make his Apricorn Balls as long as he is brought an Apricorn. By the next day, he will have crafted it into one of his custom Poké Balls, depending on the color of the Apricorn. In Pokémon Gold and Silver, he can only make one Poké Ball per day, while in the later games, there is no limit to how many he can make at the same time.
When entering Kurt's house for the first time, he will quickly run out after saying something about going to the Slowpoke Well. He will scare the Team Rocket Grunt at the entrance, then will fall into the well and injure his back. After Kurt is injured while trying to stop Team Rocket, the player has to defeat the Grunts as well as Proton (who is a regular Grunt in Generation II) and rescue the kidnapped Slowpoke. Once they are defeated, Kurt and Maizie's Slowpoke will return to the house.
Also known as the Rainmaker Well.
Locals believe that a SLOWPOKE's
yawn summons the rain.
Records show that a SLOWPOKE's yawn
ended a drought 400 years ago
The Slowpoke Well is a large underground well where Azalea's Slowpoke live and drink. In this small southern Johto town, Slowpoke are placed in high regard and are revered by the community. According to legends in the town, the Yawn of a Slowpoke causes rain. 400 years ago, a drought in Azalea Town ended right when a Slowpoke yawned. This is shown by the existence of the Slowpoke Well in the northeast corner of town near the entrance to Route 33. The small well opening leads to an expansive two-level cave heavily populated with Slowpoke located underneath Azalea. Above the Slowpoke well are a row of Headbutt trees, as well as to the left. The second tree to the left side is a special tree, which can be used to more easily obtain Heracross.
There are two floors; the first one can be explored when Team Rocket attacks, whereas the other cannot be reached until later. Later in the game, after the player has acquired both Surf and Strength, they can explore the lower floor of the well. There is a man on an island who will give players a King's Rock if they talk to him.
In A Shadow of a Drought, Ash and his friends arrived at Azalea Town. However, the Azalea Gym and many of the city's public buildings were closed because of a long-lasting drought. Ash managed to anger the citizens after he stepped on a Slowpoke's tail, and in their escape, the trio found Kurt, the Poké Ball expert. Kurt explained that Slowpoke are regarded as sacred in Azalea Town, following a 400-year-old legend in which the Dopey Pokémon brought rain to the area and ended a drought. Slowpoke roam freely throughout Azalea Town, with special Slowpoke warning signs located throughout to warn people to be wary of where they step. After they helped Kurt drive Team Rocket out of the Slowpoke Well, rain began to fall, causing the main river to flow again and Azalea Town's surrounding landscape became green once again.
In Going Apricorn!, Ash Brock, and Misty delivered the GS Ball to Kurt and learned about Apricorn Poké Balls from him. As thanks for their efforts in foiling Team Rocket's plans, Kurt gave them one Fast Ball each. Kurt's granddaughter Maizie took the trio on a tour through the nearby Apricorn forest, where Brock managed to catch himself a Pineco.
Ash challenged and beat the Azalea Gym, earning his second Johto LeagueBadge, in Gettin' The Bugs Out. Before leaving the town, Maizie gave Ash and his friends one more Apricorn Poké Ball each, all made for them by Kurt; Ash and Misty both received a Lure Ball and Brock received a Heavy Ball.
When the player first encounters the boy that lost the Farfetch'd in the Generation II games, his overworld sprite uses the green palette; when he is back at the house, his palette is colored blue instead.
Azalea is the first location with a Gym in the games that is a town rather than a city. However, one of Cinnabar Island's Japanese names contains the word Town.