The Burned Tower (Japanese: やけたとうBurned Tower) is a location in Ecruteak City formerly as tall as the Bell Tower to the east. It burned down due to a lightning strike 150 years prior to the events of the Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal and their remakes. Before the great fire that caused its destruction, the tower was called Brass Tower (Japanese: カネのとうGong Tower).
According to some legends, Lugia once perched here. However, when the tower burned down, Lugia fled to the Whirl Islands to live, while Ho-Oh, which lived in the Bell Tower, flew away in search of a pure-hearted Trainer. Three unnamed Pokémon perished in the fire; Ho-Oh returned briefly to revive them after the fire had been put out. These Pokémon, the Legendary beastsRaikou, Entei, and Suicune, were destined to speed across the land since their revival.
In Crystal, it is said that, before it burned down, the tower was known as the Brass Tower, with gleaming golden panels of brass to complement the Tin Tower's silvery panels of tin. However, this detail was not mentioned in the remakes, and the Tin Tower's name was changed to "Bell Tower", removing any connection the two had to the names of the games.
The tower was built 700 years before the time of Generations II and IV alongside its twin, the Bell Tower. The two towers were meant to foster friendship between people and Pokémon. Many people, mostly ancestors of Ecruteak GymLeaderMorty, traveled to the tops of these towers to commune with the Legendary Pokémon residing there.
Suddenly, 150 years before the events of the games, this tower burned down in a mysterious fire, ignited by a bolt of lightning and put out by a sudden downpour. This fire caused three nameless Pokémon to perish. Ho-Oh, fleeing from its perch, granted new life to the Pokémon, making them into the Legendary beasts before flying in search of a pure-hearted Trainer. The three events of the fire, the lightning bolt, raging blaze, and sudden downpour, are said to have some relation to the three beasts.
The Burned Tower exists in the anime's interpretation of Ecruteak City as well, but it was the only tower initially and was the Bell Tower itself. When it burned down due to a war for Ho-Oh's power, a second, new Bell Tower was built to the east, in the hope that Ho-Oh would return, though it never did.
In A Ghost of a Chance, Ash, Misty, and Brock traveled to the Burned Tower by accident, thinking it was the Ecruteak Gym. While here, they were frightened by the many Gastly who took up residence here, as they had made an illusion of fire. With Morty's help, they were able to calm down the ghosts and get out. In the process, Morty also mentioned that the fire that destroyed the tower happened some 300 years prior, instead of 150 as stated in the games.
The Burned Tower appeared in The Reawakening, where Eusine went over the legend of the Legendary beasts while exploring the tower. He also had a momentary encounter with Suicune, making him hopeful that the Legendary beasts would start trusting in humans again.
The Brass Tower was also seen in a flashback during Eusine's tale before it burned.
The Burned Tower appeared in The Show, where it was the focus of the Kimono Girls' performance about the histories of it and the Bell Tower, which detailed how it burned down 150 years earlier.
In Buzz Off, Butterfree!, the aforementioned events were shown in more detail. When Yellow and Wilton passed through Ecruteak City, they met Jasmine, with whom they talked about things related to the earthquake that had struck the city some time earlier. During their discussion, the Burned Tower unexpectedly caught fire. Yellow managed to put out the fire, but was then pulled into the tower by an unseen force. She mysteriously ended up falling through a rock and into a mysterious void, where she encountered Raikou, Entei, and Suicune, who thanked her for saving them and burst out of the rock, escaping into the outside world once again and started roaming around Johto. After Yellow came out of the rock too and told Wilton and Jasmine what she had seen, Jasmine told her and Wilton the story behind the three Legendary Pokémon.
In Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys, the legend passed down in Ecruteak City is that the Brass Tower was burned down intentionally by people long ago, as they felt they had lost their connection to the Legendary Pokémon it was built to honor. As a result, the golden Pokémon returned to the skies and broke all ties with humankind.
Unlike in the games, there are no ruins where the Burned Tower used to stand. Instead, a stadium was built on the site of the tower. It is used to house the Pokémon Summit.
The following is a list of cards named Burned Tower.
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.
In Pokémon Gold and Silver, the exterior of the Burned Tower depicts it as being a short, common tower. However, in Crystal Version the top of the tower is destroyed, showing the inside, and the interior uses darker colors to produce a charred look, thus making it more akin to the storyline. The Crystal exterior design was then updated and reused in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, while the interior combines elements of both designs from Generation II.
In Pokémon Gold and Silver, upon losing to the player, Firebreather Dick, claims he just got burned. To go with this, his overworld sprite's palette is swapped with a gray one.
In Pokémon Crystal, because Silver doesn't battle the player immediately after entering the Burned Tower, the player can enter the tower and speak with Eusine, and see that Silver is in the middle of the tower, waiting for the player. However, if the player leaves and proceeds to Olivine City, when the player arrives Silver appears there, exiting the Olivine Gym, and then talks to the player before leaving. If the player returns to the Burned Tower, Silver will still be waiting for the player there.
The music used in the Burned Tower is a slower, more melancholic version of the theme of the Bell Tower, indicating their connection.
The tower's original name of "Brass Tower" is only referenced in Pokémon Crystal and in Pokémon Masters EX, once in each game.
After the player has captured or defeated Ho-Oh in HeartGold and SoulSilver, several citizens of Ecruteak mention that there are plans to rebuild the tower.
It is actually possible to use Dig to escape from the Burned Tower—even the basement—and return to the entrance; this is because, as can be seen from the in-battle background used in Generation IV, the Burned Tower is classified as a cave area, rather than a building, likely to allow wild Pokémon to be found. This is also the case with the Bell Tower and Sprout Tower.
Due to this, unlike other buildings, Burmy will take on its Sandy Cloak, rather than its Trash Cloak, if it battles here.
A Buddhist temple in the real world city of Kyoto, covered in gold leaf, is known as Kinkaku-ji. Like this tower, it was burned down; however, unlike it, it was reconstructed. The likeness of a phoenix rests atop the tower.
While the Burned Tower is named quite obviously in both English and Japanese, the original Japanese name of the tower, revealed in Pokémon Crystal, was カネのとう Kane no Tou. The kana for kane can refer to 金 metal, hence the English version's translation as Brass Tower, a golden-colored metal, to counter the silver-colored tin used on the other tower. Kane can also, like the suzu of the Bell Tower, refer to 鐘 / 鉦 kane, a type of gong-like bell used in Japanese ritual. As it was not mentioned in HeartGold and SoulSilver, it did not receive a more accurate name as Bell Tower did, and is still called the Brass Tower in Pokémon Masters EX.