Bell Tower

Bell Tower
Tin Tower
スズのとう
Bell Tower
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
HGSS Bell Tower-Day.png
Map description: A tower that's said to have a legendary Pokémon that lands there.
Location: Ecruteak City
Region: Johto
Generations: II, IV
Johto Bell Tower Map.png
Location of Bell Tower in Johto.
Pokémon world locations

The Bell Tower (Japanese: スズのとう Bell Tower), known as the Tin Tower prior to Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, is a location of Johto positioned in the northeast of Ecruteak City. Ho-Oh formerly perched at the top of this ten-story tower, but flew away after the other tower in the west of Ecruteak City burned down mysteriously. The Bell Tower is an icon of Ecruteak City and a place of high sanctity among people in Johto, with only select people being qualified to enter it.

Geography

 
The top of the Bell Tower during Ho-Oh's appearance

The Bell Tower was once the perch of the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh; however, long before the events of the Generation II games and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Ho-Oh flew away, never to return. Many Trainers came to the tower, hoping for Ho-Oh's return, but no one had yet been successful. Finally, with the Rainbow Wing and Clear Bell, the player is able to summon Ho-Oh to the Bell Tower in order to battle it atop the roof.

In Generation II, the tower is known as the Tin Tower, and only the Rainbow Wing is required to reach the top. In Pokémon Crystal, the Clear Bell summons Suicune to the ground floor of the tower; however, Ho-Oh does not appear until the Elite Four has been defeated and all three of the legendary beasts have been captured in the current save file. Defeating the legendary beasts or trading them from other games will not activate this event.

History

 
Ho-Oh flying around the tower

Seven hundred years before the events of the games, two nine-tier towers were built opposite each other in Ecruteak City. The towers were built to foster friendship and hope between Pokémon and people. The view from atop the towers was said to be magnificent.

The eastern tower was said to awaken Pokémon, while the western tower was where Pokémon were said to rest, similar to Hoenn's Cave of Origin and Mt. Pyre, respectively. Ho-Oh roosted at the top of the Bell Tower to the east.

However, about 150 years before the games' events, a lightning bolt struck the western tower. It was engulfed in flames that raged for three days. A sudden downpour finally put out the blaze, but it had already burned to the ground. Three nameless Pokémon perished in the fire, but Ho-Oh descended from the sky and resurrected them. The Pokémon are said to embody three powers: the lightning that struck the tower, the fire that burned it, and the rain that extinguished the fire. When the Pokémon appeared, they struck terror in those who saw their rise. The three Pokémon, knowing their own power, fled, running like the wind off into the grassland.

Bellchime Trail

Main article: Bellchime Trail

Bellchime Trail is a short path in Ecruteak City that joins the Barrier Station gate and the Bell Tower. It does not exist in Generation II as a separate location, instead being considered part of Ecruteak City's main area.

Items

 
The Bell Tower as seen in HeartGold and SoulSilver
 
The Tin Tower as seen in Pokémon Crystal
Item Location Games
  Rainbow Wing 1F; from a Sage after capturing all Legendary beasts  C 
  Full Heal 3F; lower-left platform  G  S  C 
  Full Heal ×2
  • 3F; lower-left platform
  • 6F; upper-left platform
 HG  SS 
  Max Potion ×2
  • 3F; on the ramp obscured by the swaying pillar (hidden)
  • 6F; left of the center pillar
 HG  SS 
  Max Potion 4F; northeast of the swaying pillar (hidden)  G  S  C 
  Ultra Ball 4F; on the series of ramps  G  S  C 
  Ultra Ball 4F; on the series of ramps  HG  SS 
  Super Potion 4F; lower-right platform  G  S 
  PP Up 4F; lower-right platform  C 
  PP Up 4F; lower-right platform  HG  SS 
  Escape Rope 4F; lower-left platform  G  S  C 
  Escape Rope 4F; near the ladder on the lower-left platform  HG  SS 
  Full Restore 5F; bottom right area, directly northwest of stairs leading to 4F (hidden)  G  S  C 
  Full Restore ×2
  • 5F; platform above the lower-right hand platform (hidden)
  • 8F; upper-left platform
 HG  SS 
  Rare Candy 5F; in front of the swaying pillar  G  S  C 
  Rare Candy 5F; in front of the swaying pillar  HG  SS 
  Carbos 5F; bottom left area, directly southeast of stairs leading to 4F (hidden)  G  S  C 
  Max Potion 6F; left of the swaying pillar  C 
  Max Revive 7F; upper-right platform  G  S  C 
  Max Revive 7F; upper-right platform  HG  SS 
  Full Restore 8F; upper platform, near left-most statue  G  S  C 
  Max Elixer 8F; near the swaying pillar  G  S  C 
  Max Elixir 8F; near the swaying pillar  HG  SS 
  Nugget 8F; platform accessed via a warp tile on 9F  G  S  C 
  Nugget 8F; platform accessed via a warp tile on 9F  HG  SS 
  Carbos 8F; where the right window's light shines (hidden)  HG  SS 
  HP Up 9F; upper platform, between two statues  C 
  HP Up 9F; northern section accessed via a warp tile on 8F  HG  SS 

Pokémon

Generation II

 
Ho-Oh on top of the Bell Tower
  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
2F-9F
  Rattata
G S C
  2F-9F
20-24 100% 100% 0%
  Rattata
G S C
  2F-9F
22-24 0% 0% 20%
  Gastly
G S C
  2F-9F
20-22 0% 0% 80%
Special Pokémon
  Suicune
G S C
  Only one
40 One
  Ho-Oh
G S C
  Only one
40 One
  Ho-Oh
G S C
  Only one
70 One
  Ho-Oh
G S C
  Only one
60 One
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.


Generation IV

 
Battling Ho-Oh on top of the Bell Tower in HeartGold
  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
2F-10F
  Rattata
HG SS
  2F-10F
20-24 100% 100% 20%
  Gastly
HG SS
  2F-10F
20-22 0% 0% 80%
Special Pokémon
  Ho-Oh
HG SS
  Only one
45 One
  Ho-Oh
HG SS
  Only one
70 One
  Zigzagoon
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
20-21 20%
  Meditite
HG SS
  Sinnoh Sound
22 20%
  Spinda
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
22 20%
  Chatot
HG SS
  Sinnoh Sound
20-21 20%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.


Layout

Outside and 1F-5F

Version Outside 1F 2F 3F 4F 5F
Gold            
Silver
Crystal  
HeartGold          
SoulSilver
 

6F-10F and Roof

Version 6F 7F 8F 9F 10F Roof
Gold          
Silver
Crystal
HeartGold            
SoulSilver
 


Eyecatches

In the anime

Main series

 
Tin Tower in the anime
 
Bell Tower in the anime

The tower first appeared in A Ghost of a Chance, where it was referred to as the Tin Tower by the dub, like in the English Generation II games. The importance of bells was made clear in For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!. The tower holds four bells on each floor, which will only ring if Ho-Oh or Suicune is coming. In addition, the bells on the top floor are made of crystal and will only ring for Ho-Oh's appearance.

Neither of the towers have any relation to Lugia in this continuity. This tower was also built after the other tower had already burned. It is said that Ho-Oh would occasionally appear at the old tower as a sign of peace to a chosen few who were Morty's ancestors. However, several greedy people tried to take its power, burning down the original in the ensuing battle and forcing Ho-Oh to flee the tower. The people of Ecruteak City decided to make another tower in hope of Ho-Oh returning, though it never did.

The Bell Tower reappeared in Finding a Legend!. While investigating rumors of a Ho-Oh sighting in Ecruteak, which turned out to be false, Ash and Goh encountered a boy named Chad, who desperately wanted his grandfather Jaye to see Ho-Oh. With Goh's advice, they started climbing the tower, but they were caught in illusions created by a Misdreavus and a Stantler until Goh caught them. At the top of the tower, they started waving Jaye's Rainbow Wing around and calling for Ho-Oh to appear. Though their calls didn't seem to work, the Rainbow Wing started glowing in response to a rainbow appearing in the sky. When they started to leave, Jaye managed to get a view of Ho-Oh flying in the distance, though the others didn't see it.

Pokémon Generations

 
Bell Tower in Pokémon Generations

The Bell Tower first appeared briefly in The Adventure. It was shown in the background as Red and his Pikachu visited Ecruteak City.

The tower next appeared in The Reawakening, where it also appeared in the background of Ecruteak City, but was shown in a little more detail.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

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Tin Tower first appears in Ampharos Amore. Having been caught up in an earthquake that struck Ecruteak City, Jasmine manages to climb to the top of the tower for her Ampharos, Amphy, to send out a distress signal, but passes out when rubble falls on her. Gold and Silver both see Amphy's light, but Silver reaches Jasmine first. The tower begins to collapse, and Amphy is able to carry Jasmine out before the collapse traps both Gold and Silver in. The two end up working together to find a way out, and are then surrounded by Team Rocket Grunts. After fending off the grunts and battling Gold himself, Silver tells Gold the reason behind the earthquake: that it would damage Tin Tower and catch the attention of Ho-Oh, which his enemy is after.

Fearing the wrath of Ho-Oh, Ecruteak's Gym Leader, Morty, ordered the reconstruction of Tin Tower before any other buildings in the city. Tin Tower was featured subsequently when Crystal climbed up the tower to face Suicune, and Ho-Oh itself returned to the area above the tower where the Masked Man awaited.

Trivia

  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Pokégear radio will not function on the roof of the Bell Tower.
  • It is actually possible to use Dig to escape from the Bell Tower, except from the roof, and return to the entrance; this is because, as can be seen from the in-battle background used in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Bell Tower is classified as a cave area, rather than a building, likely to allow wild Pokémon to be found. This also applies to Sprout Tower and Burned Tower.
  • If the roof is counted as a floor, the Bell Tower in Generation IV is tied with the Silph Co. in having the most traversable floors in any building in the Pokémon world.
  • The Radio Director in Goldenrod City mentioned that there was a similar tower that once stood in Goldenrod Radio Tower's place in the past. The tower was also visited by the legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh which is evident by the Rainbow Wing that he found and kept. While it is not mentioned if this tower preceded the Bell Tower, the city shares its namesake with the game titles for which Ho-Oh acts as their mascot.
  • The Bell Tower makes an appearance as a backdrop when a Pokémon from Generation II is used in the Alola Photo Club in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Origin

Ecruteak City's Bell Tower is likely based on a mixture of two temples in the real world city of Kyoto. One of them is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto known as Ginkaku-ji. Unlike its counterpart, Kinkaku-ji, which is covered in gold leaf, this temple is not covered in silver leaf, though this was originally intended. A statue of avian likeness rest atop each of the two real world towers. The other likely basis for the Bell Tower is a temple in Kyoto called Tō-ji (East Temple). The temple's pagoda is the tallest in Japan, and it once had a twin temple in the west of Kyoto, called Sai-ji. Just like in the legend of the Burned Tower in Ecruteak's west and the Bell Tower in its east, the western temple of Sai-ji was burned long ago, while To-ji still stands today.

Name origin

The Japanese name of the tower, スズのとう Suzu no Tō, could be translated either to Tin Tower (as in Generation II), or Bell Tower (as in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver). This is because the kana for suzu refers to both 錫 tin, a metal that has a bright, silvery sheen, but is far less valuable than actual silver, and 鈴 bell. Suzu are a type of bell used in Shinto rituals, which both the Clear Bell and Tidal Bell are based on.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 鈴鐺塔 Lìhngdōng Taap *
錫塔 Sek Taap *
Mandarin 鈴鐺塔 / 铃铛塔 Língdāng Tǎ *
鈴鈴塔 Línglíng Tǎ *
锡塔 Xī Tǎ *
铃塔 Língtǎ *
铃之塔 Líng-zhī Tǎ *
  Finnish Tinatorni (OS)
Kellotorni (M20, JN)
  French Tour FerrailleGSCDPPt
Tour CarillonHGSSBDSP
  German ZinnturmGSCDPPt
GlockenturmHGSSBDSP
  Italian Torre di LattaGSCDPPt
Torre CampanaHGSSBDSP
  Korean 방울탑 Bang'ul Tap
  Polish Cynowa Wieża*
Wieża Dzwonów*
  Brazilian Portuguese Torre do Sino
Torre dos Sinos (PS111)
  Spanish Torre HojalataGSC
Torre LataDPPt
Torre CampanaHGSSBDSP
  Vietnamese Tháp Chuông


See also



Johto
               
Settlements
New Bark TownCherrygrove CityViolet CityAzalea TownGoldenrod CityEcruteak City
Olivine CityCianwood CityMahogany TownBlackthorn CitySafari Zone GateFrontier Access
Routes
2930313233343536373839404142434445464748
Landmarks
Dark CaveSprout TowerRuins of AlphUnion CaveSlowpoke WellIlex ForestRadio TowerGlobal Terminal
Goldenrod TunnelNational ParkPokéathlon DomeBell TowerBellchime TrailBurned TowerMoomoo FarmGlitter Lighthouse
Battle Tower (CrystalHGSS)/FrontierCliff Edge GateCliff CaveEmbedded TowerSafari ZoneWhirl Islands
Mt. MortarLake of RageTeam Rocket HQIce PathDragon's DenS.S. AquaMt. Silver
Access to
Sinjoh RuinsKanto


Game locations of Legendary and Mythical Pokémon
Kanto Seafoam IslandsPower PlantVictory RoadCerulean Cave
Route 10Route 25Pewter CityRoaming Pokémon
Sevii Islands Mt. EmberNavel RockBirth Island
Johto Ilex ForestBell TowerWhirl IslandsMt. Silver
Burned TowerEmbedded TowerRoaming Pokémon
Hoenn Desert RuinsIsland CaveAncient TombCave of OriginMarine Cave
Terra CaveSky PillarSouthern IslandSea MauvilleScorched Slab
Pathless PlainNameless CavernFabled CaveGnarled Den
Trackless ForestCrescent IsleSkyRoaming Pokémon
Sinnoh Acuity CavernValor CavernSpear PillarTurnback Cave
Rock Peak RuinsIceberg RuinsIron RuinsSnowpoint Temple
Stark MountainNewmoon IslandFlower ParadiseHall of Origin
Ramanas ParkFloaroma TownRoaming Pokémon
Unova Guidance ChamberTrial ChamberRumination FieldN's CastleAbundant Shrine
Giant ChasmDragonspiral TowerLiberty GardenRoute 11Route 13Route 22
Route 23Celestial TowerNacrene CityUnderground RuinsTwist Mountain
DreamyardMarvelous BridgeReversal MountainRoaming Pokémon
Kalos Sea Spirit's DenTeam Flare Secret HQTerminus Cave
Unknown DungeonRoaming Pokémon
Alola Route 16Altar of the SunneAltar of the MooneMount LanakilaMahalo Trail
Ruins of ConflictRuins of LifeRuins of AbundanceRuins of Hope
Aether ParadiseAncient Poni PathLake of the SunneLake of the Moone
Ten Carat HillResolution Cave
Galar Tower SummitBattle TowerMaster DojoCrown ShrineMax Lair
Rock Peak RuinsIceberg RuinsIron RuinsSplit-Decision RuinsGiant's Bed
Frigid SeaLakeside CaveBallimere LakeFreezingtonRoaming Pokémon
Other Faraway IslandDistortion WorldSinjoh RuinsUltra Space Wilds


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