Bicycle

This article is about the Key Item named Bicycle. For the bicycle models available in the Hoenn games, see Mach Bike and Acro Bike. For the bicycle model available in the Galar games, see Rotom Bike.
Bicycle
じてんしゃ
Bicycle
BicycleBicycle VI
Bicycle
Art of Red on a bike from Generation I
Introduced in Generation I
Pocket
Generation I Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation II Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
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Generation V Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
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Generation VII Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items

A Bicycle (Japanese: じてんしゃ Bicycle) is a Key Item obtained in the games to facilitate faster movement. They are usually obtained from Bicycle Shops.

In the core series games

Price

Games Cost Sell price
RBY/RGBY
GSC
FRLGE
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUM
N/A N/A

Effect

The Bicycle allows for faster traveling than walking, running, or skating. If the player is already riding the Bicycle, then using this item causes the player to resume walking.

It also allows the player to pass the Cycling Roads on Route 16 to 18 in Kanto and Route 206 in Sinnoh.

The Bicycle cannot be ridden inside of buildings or if the player is accompanied by a person. In Pokémon Yellow and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the walking Pokémon returns to its Poké Ball while the player is cycling.

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Due to a glitch, if the player saves at the Cycling Road and then creates a new game, it will not be possible to use the Bicycle (or Surf outside of battle) anywhere in the new game until the player does any of these things for the first time: blacks out (either in battle or the overworld), uses Dig, Teleport, or Fly outside of battle, uses an Escape Rope, or enters and leaves the Cycling Road.

Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire

The player has a choice of two bike models, the Mach Bike (which is faster than the regular Bicycle) and the Acro Bike (which is as fast as the Bicycle, but can also be used to perform tricks). Both bicycles allow the player to reach places they otherwise could not. The player is also allowed on the Seaside Cycling Road if they have any of these bicycles.

In Generation III, the player cannot have both at the same time. They can switch models at Rydel's Cycles.

In Generation VI, the player initially needs to switch models at Rydel's Cycles as well. However, the player will be able to keep both the Mach Bike and Acro Bike together in their Bag, after the player advertises the Rydel's Cycles to three NPCs:

The regular Bicycle is also found in the code of Pokémon Emerald, but it is not legitimately obtainable and has no effect when used.

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

In addition to the regular Bicycle, the Acro Bike and Mach Bike are also found in the code of these games, but the latter two items are not legitimately obtainable. When either the Acro Bike or the Mach Bike is used, the player simply starts riding the regular Bicycle. If the player is already riding the Bicycle, then using any of these items causes the player to resume walking.

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

The player can switch between third and fourth gears by pressing the B button, which function similarly to the Acro Bike and Mach Bike, respectively. Fourth gear is faster than third gear and allows the player to ride up muddy slopes and jump further from bike ramps. Third gear can jump bike ramps, but does not jump as far. In Diamond and Pearl only, bikes cannot be ridden in gates.

In these games only, bikes cannot be ridden in snow.

Pokémon X and Y

The player can move in any direction using the Nintendo 3DS's Circle Pad. The player has a choice between a green and yellow Bicycle when they obtain it. They cannot switch bikes once they pick one, but both Bicycles are functionally identical.

Generation VII

In Generation VII, several Ride Pokémon take over the role of transporting the player across the land at higher speeds, such as Tauros Charge.

Description

Games Description
Stad Lets you travel twice as fast as walking.
GSC A collapsible bike for fast movement.
FRLG A folding bicycle that allows faster movement than the Running Shoes.
E A folding bicycle that is faster than the Running Shoes.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
A folding Bicycle that enables much faster movement than the Running Shoes.
XY A folding Bicycle that enables a rider to get around much faster than a pair of Running Shoes will allow.
ORAS
SMUSUMPE
A folding Bike that enables a rider to get around much faster than with Running Shoes.
SwSh A folding bike that enables a rider to get around much faster than with Running Shoes.

Acquisition

Games Method
RBY/RGBY Bike Shop (from the owner in exchange for the Bike Voucher)
GSC Goldenrod City Bike Shop (from the owner)
FRLG Bike Shop (from the owner in exchange for the Bike Voucher)
DPPt Rad Rickshaw's Cycle Shop (from Rad Rickshaw after saving him from Team Galactic)
HGSS Goldenrod City Bike Shop (from the owner)
BW Nimbasa City (from the Day-Care Man after defeating the Team Plasma Grunts)
B2W2 Castelia City (from a Harlequin near Prime Pier)
XY Cyllage City Bicycle Shop (from the owner; choice between green and yellow)

Appearance

             
Art from
Generation I
Bag sprite from
Generations III, IV, and V
Key Item sprite from
Generation V
Bag sprite from
X and Y
Models from
X and Y

In the anime

Main series

 
Dawn's bike before it was destroyed
 
Ash, Dawn, and Brock riding rented bikes

Bicycles are rarely seen in the anime, since Ash and his friends are usually seen walking for their journeys. The only time bicycles are used is when it is necessary to use them, such as on Cycling Roads, or for a faster way to get somewhere.

The first bicycle to appear was Misty's bicycle in Pokémon - I Choose You!. It was "borrowed" by Ash in order to escape from a flock of Spearow. The bike was then unintentionally destroyed when Ash's Pikachu released a Thunder Shock at the Spearow. Misty later re-obtained her bike from Nurse Joy in Viridian City in Gotta Catch Ya Later.

The act of Pikachu destroying a female companion's bike became a running gag in the two following series of the anime: May's bicycle was destroyed in Get the Show on the Road! and Dawn's in Two Degrees of Separation.

Bicycles can be rented for use on Cycling Roads, as seen in The Bridge Bike Gang and One Big Happiny Family!. Some characters do own bicycles, but are rarely seen using them. For example, Professor Oak used a bicycle in The Power Of One to get to Delia's house.

Barry was shown to have a bike in Gotta Get a Gible!. He said he got it in Eterna City as part of a free bicycle distribution event. The bike was eventually devoured by a wild Gible.

In The Bridge Bike Gang, Chopper's bike bears a resemblance to Zapdos.

Mallow's bike appeared in Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge!.

Pokémon Origins

 
Red's bicycle in Pokémon Origins

Red commonly used a bicycle to move around in Pokémon Origins. He was seen obtaining it at the beginning of File 2: Cubone, getting it in return for a Bike Voucher he had obtained from the Pokémon Fan Club Chairman.

In the manga

 
A Bicycle in Pokémon Zensho

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

In Play Misty For Me, it was revealed that Misty's Bicycle, which, like in the anime, had been accidentally destroyed by Ash's Pikachu, was custom-built and worth  10,000.

Pokémon Adventures

Red, Green & Blue chapter

Professor Oak used a bicycle to pursue the Pokémon that escaped from his Laboratory in Bulbasaur Come Home!.

Red participated in a cycling competition along Routes 11 and 12 in Wake Up—You're Snorlax!, using a bicycle received in exchange for a coupon he had gotten from the Pokémon Fan Club Chairman.

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

Gold competed with Whitney in a bike race from Goldenrod City to the National Park in Smeargle Smudge and How Do You Do, Sudowoodo?. Gold, however, altered his Bicycle into a push scooter.

Diamond & Pearl chapter

Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum received Bicycles from Rad Rickshaw as a sign of gratitude after his rescue from Team Galactic in Ring Around the Roserade II. The trio would later use their new Bicycles to travel through the Cycling Road.

Pokémon Zensho

A Bicycle was seen inside the Miracle Cycle shop in Cerulean City.

Pokémon Newspaper Strip

In Strip 14, Delia mentioned that Ash has a bicycle.

In the TCG

 
Bicycle
Main article: Bicycle (Plasma Storm 117)

The Bicycle was introduced as an Item card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Black & White Series (the Japanese BW Era). First released in the Cold Flare expansion, the Bicycle later debuted in the Plasma Storm expansion with both prints featuring an illustration by Toyste Beach. With the same effect as Mail from Bill from the Neo Destiny expansion, this Trainer card allows the player to draw cards until they have 4 cards in their hand.

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 自行車Jihhàhngchē
腳踏車 Geukdaahpchē
Mandarin 自行車 / 自行车 Zìxíngchē
腳踏車 / 脚踏车 Jiǎotàchē
  Danish Cykel
  Finnish Polkupyörä
  French Bicyclette
  German Fahrrad
  Italian Bicicletta
  Korean 자전거 Jajeon-geo
  Polish Rower
Portuguese   Brazil Bicicleta
  Portugal Bicicleta*
  Spanish Bici
Bicicleta*
  Swedish Cykel
  Vietnamese Xe đạp


See also



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