Cianwood City (Japanese: タンバシティTanba City) is located on the far western edge of Johto, apparently on a totally different landmass than the rest of the region. Due to Cianwood City being at a dead end location in the Johto region, it was not a popular destination. However, in Generation IV it became a notable destination due to the addition of the Safari Zone located to the west of the city.
Tales of Lugia and the whirlpools it creates circulate among the sailors that stop in this port town.
A Port Surrounded by Rough Seas! (Japanese: あらなみに かこまれた うみのまちA sea town surrounded by rough seas.)
A Port of Crashing Waves (Japanese: あらなみに よせる うみのまちA sea town of crashing waves.)
Places of interest
Kirk (Japanese: セイジSeiji), known as Mania (Japanese: マニアMania) in Generation II, is a PokéManiac who lives in the house directly south from the Gym. Before the player meets him, he is bullied by Silver into giving up his rare Pokémon—Sneasel. To prevent Silver from coming back to steal any more Pokémon, Kirk wants to give the player his Shuckle, nicknamed Shuckie (Japanese: ネッシーNessie), for safekeeping. This Shuckle has Kirk's Trainer ID number and will act like an outsider in battle.
He will later ask for Shuckie back. If the player agrees, he will let them keep it if it has high friendship; otherwise he will take it back. However, he will accuse the player of stealing if Shuckie is not returned.
In the Generation II games, the Photo Studio (Japanese: タンバしゃしんオヤジTanba's photographer) is where pictures of Pokémon can be taken. This is meant to work with the Game Boy Printer peripheral. The player can print out their Pokédex or the stats of one specific Pokémon. Mail can also be printed.
In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, this is the house of Cameron, the Photographer (Japanese: しゃしんオヤジのいえphotographer's house). He has a camera set up outside so the player can take a picture with their party for their Photo Album, which can be seen on the PC. One of Cameron's relatives resides inside the house.
CIANWOOD CITY PHOTO STUDIO
Take a Snapshot as
This is the house of Cameron,
Take a Snapshot as a Keepsake!
Cianwood City Pharmacy
Cianwood City Pharmacy (Japanese: タンバくすりやTanba Pharmacy) is a small pharmacy that is over 500 years old. The Cianwood City Pharmacy sells remedies exclusive to the town. Jasmine will ask the player to fetch her Ampharos some medicine from there.
After giving Jasmine the medicine, players can return to the Pharmacy to find that Potions and Full Heals are in stock. If the player goes to Cianwood City before speaking with Jasmine at the Glitter Lighthouse in Olivine City, Potions and Full Heals will be in stock and the SecretPotion will be unavailable.
Cianwood City Pharmacy
500 Years of Tradition
We Await Your Medicinal Queries
In the very north of the city, there is a small area with a ledge where Suicune will be at a certain point in Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver. Eusine will appear after it runs away, and will battle the player in an effort to prove himself to Suicune.
In the very north of the city, there is a small house called the Poké Seer (Japanese: おみとおしseer) with an elderly woman who, in Pokémon Crystal, can tell where and when a Pokémon in the Trainer's party has been caught. She will also comment about how much Pokémon's level has grown from when it was caught.
Unlike in the Generation III and later games, the player is unable to find out where they caught their Pokémon by looking at their Pokémon's summary; hence, the Poké Seer is the only way the player can tell where they caught their Pokémon. If a Pokémon traded from another game or an in-game traded Pokémon is shown to her, she will not be able to identify any details about it.
In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Cianwood City has a population of 27. This makes it an average-sized city. It has little immigration, because of its remote position in Johto. Cianwood City is strongly related to Olivine City, as the only route to Cianwood is via Olivine.
In HeartGold and SoulSilver, a Safari Zone was added to the west of Cianwood City, meaning that those heading for the Safari Zone would have to pass through Cianwood City.
Cianwood City appeared in Scrappy Skarmory, where Chuck was seen waiting for the visit of his old rival Walker. When Walker was running late, Chuck saw evidence that he had been attacked on his way to Cianwood. However, Walker was next seen to be unhurt, and joined Chuck in an impromptu battle against his attacker: Suicune. They were ultimately unable to defeat and catch the Legendary Pokémon, which then fled.
Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys
Gold and Chris traveled to Cianwood City in The Secret Of The Fighting Type Pokémon in order to get the medicine for Jasmine's Ampharos. They encountered the local Gym Leader, Chuck, who agreed to give them the last pack of the medicine if Gold served as a temporary Gym Leader while he recovered from the injuries he had just received in an accident. After Gold had successfully defeated Black in a Gym battle, Chuck gave him the medicine, which he and Chris sent to Olivine City.
In Farewell To Pikachu?!, Eusine arrived to take away Gold's Pikachu, which he had sent back in time with Bill's Time Capsule. Gold refused to hand Pikachu to him, and the two had a battle to determine who would get to keep it, with Gold eventually winning. After this, however, Black unsealed the monstrous Black Tyranitar in an attempt to catch it, causing it to go on a rampage. It took the combined efforts of the citizens of Olivine and Cianwood City, as well as Gold and Black, to stop the monster's rampage and reseal it inside of Gold's Level Ball.
Cianwood City is the only city in the entire Pokémon franchise that takes place on land modeled after Shikoku.
In Generation IV, if the player has only one Pokémon in their party and PC boxes, a Trainer in the Pokémon Center will give the player a Tentacool. This event can be repeated so long as the player only has one Pokémon. This is likely a measure to prevent the player from having no means of leaving Cianwood City and rendering the game unplayable.