Driftveil City

Driftveil City ホドモエシティ
Hodomoe City
"A City of Billowing Sails"
Driftveil City Summer B2W2.png
Driftveil City in {{{variable2}}}.
Map description
A port town distributing many goods, and a gateway to the Unova region.
Driftveil City Gym - Unova Gym #5
specialist Gym
Quake Badge
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Driftveil City Gym - Unova Gym #5
specialist Gym
Quake Badge
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Driftveil City Gym - Unova Gym #5
specialist Gym
Quake Badge
Quake Badge
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Clay Tunnel*
Route 6
Driftveil City
Driftveil Drawbridge
Cold Storage* and Pokémon World Tournament*
Unova Driftveil City Map.png
Location of Driftveil City in Unova.

Driftveil City (Japanese: ホドモエシティ Hodomoe City) is a major ocean port city in western Unova. It has strong wind currents popular with sail-boaters. More importantly, its ports are used by freighters and fishing boats that import and export goods such as vegetables in and out of Unova. A large market offering a variety of useful items occupies part of the city. Driftveil is typically subject to precipitation year-round, but remains dry throughout the summer.

Driftveil City in spring in Black and White

In Black and White, the Cold Storage is located south of the city, where cargo ships deposit shipping containers to be frozen before its contents are used for commercial use. In Black 2 and White 2, the Cold Storage no longer exists, and in its place now stands the Pokémon World Tournament. The PWT attracts tourists from across the world, and its success can be reflected by the city's rapid development.

In Black 2 and White 2, several strange craters have appeared throughout the city and its associated establishments, indicating an increase in mining activity in the city. One of the craters in particular, Clay Tunnel (named after the city's Gym Leader), connects the city to an underground mining cave that stretches to the nearby Mistralton Cave, Twist Mountain, and Underground Ruins. Another crater, located west of the PWT, leads to Castelia Sewers and the Relic Castle.

In Black and White, the houses in Driftveil City all had orange-colored roofs so they looked bright at sunset. However, in Black and White 2, this style has changed, and the city now sports very large emerald-colored towers, which are hotels to house the visitors of Driftveil City for the Pokémon World Tournament. Inside are tables and other furniture all covered in emeralds, which could be a result of Clay's mining operation success in Black and White two years ago; however, this is not confirmed.

The city has two possible entrances on foot: from Route 6 to the west and from the Driftveil Drawbridge to the east, which leads to Unova's central peninsula. In Black 2 and White 2, the city can also be accessed by traversing through Clay Tunnel.

A Hiker inside Pinwheel Forest says that trees that are cut down are sent from Driftveil City to the rest of the world.


A City of Billowing Sails (Japanese: 船の帆と 渦巻く水のこと Ship sails and swirling water.)

Places of interest


The market is located on the western side of the city. Herbal medicine and Moomoo Milk can be bought here. In Black and White, after defeating Ghetsis and obtaining the National Pokédex, a former Team Plasma Grunt starts selling incenses here for $9600 each. In Black 2 and White 2, the National Pokédex requirement is removed, and incenses can be bought at any point of the game.

The flowers and vegetables at the market change between Black and White Versions.

Charles, a locally well-known Motorcyclist and self-proclaimed heartbreaker, can be found cruising on the west side of the market, and will ask the player to participate in a Triple BattleWB2/Rotation BattleBW2.

Herb Shop

Moomoo Milk shop



In Black and White, Driftveil City had a small barren beach located east of the Pokémon Center. If the player Surfs directly off the beach, they can find the lighthouse, which has a Water Stone on its shore. The beach and the lighthouse are no longer present in Black 2 and White 2, for unknown reasons.

Southern section

Main article: Cold Storage
Main article: Pokémon World Tournament

South of Driftveil City, an establishment can be found here which are associated with the city or Clay himself.

In Black and White, the Cold Storage is located here. The player must explore this area during their initial visit to the city in order to find and apprehend a group of Team Plasma members.

In Black 2 and White 2, the Cold Storage has been demolished and replaced with the PWT. Several kiosks can be found here, housing people such as the Move Deleter and the Move Reminder. The Relic Passage can be accessed here. Directly south of the facility, docks are placed to welcome tourist boats. It is also utilized by the Plasma Frigate.

Move Tutor

In Pokémon Black and White, the Move Tutor's house is the house to the right of the market. He will teach Grass Pledge, Fire Pledge, or Water Pledge to a friendly first partner Pokémon.

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the Move Tutor is in a house west of the Pokémon Center. He teaches 15 moves for 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 Red Shards. In these games, he is the only Shard Move Tutor to not teach a status move.

Moves taught

Black and White
Move Type Cat.
Grass Pledge  Grass  Special
Fire Pledge  Fire  Special
Water Pledge  Water  Special
Black 2 and White 2
Move Type Cat. Shards
Covet  Normal  Physical 2 0 0 0
Bug Bite  Bug  Physical 2 0 0 0
Drill Run  Ground  Physical 4 0 0 0
Bounce  Flying  Physical 4 0 0 0
Signal Beam  Bug  Special 4 0 0 0
Iron Head  Steel  Physical 4 0 0 0
Super Fang  Normal  Physical 6 0 0 0
Uproar  Normal  Special 6 0 0 0
Seed Bomb  Grass  Physical 6 0 0 0
Dual Chop  Dragon  Physical 6 0 0 0
Low Kick  Fighting  Physical 8 0 0 0
Gunk Shot  Poison  Physical 8 0 0 0
Fire Punch  Fire  Physical 10 0 0 0
ThunderPunch  Electric  Physical 10 0 0 0
Ice Punch  Ice  Physical 10 0 0 0

Driftveil Gym

Main article: Driftveil Gym

The Driftveil Gym is the official Gym of Driftveil City. The Gym Leader is Clay, who uses Ground-type Pokémon. Trainers who defeat him are awarded the Quake Badge, as well as TM78 (Bulldoze) as a reward.

Move lover's house

In the house northBW/southB2W2 of the Driftveil Market, there is a girl who requests to see a certain random TM or HM move every day. When the player presents a Pokémon that knows the move she asked for, she will reward the player with a Heart Scale. The girl will only request moves from TMs or HMs the player currently owns.

Team Plasma's safehouse

At the northern end of the city, a house is located atop a hill.

In Black 2 and White 2, it acts as a sanctuary for former Team Plasma members. Rood, one of the Seven Sages, will battle the player before allowing them to enter the building. He will also give the player the option to adopt N's Zorua. Anthea and Concordia remain here as well, staying in the new lower section of the house constructed within the two year period between the games.


Black and White

Driftveil City is a large city with a population of 55.

Black 2 and White 2

Driftveil City's population increases with larger population of 70.

Poké Mart

Upper cashier
Lower cashier


Item Location Games
  Shell Bell From the old man in the house southeast of the Pokémon Center, if the player has seen more than 50 Pokémon  B  W 
  Sitrus Berry Held by RedeyeB/BlueeyeW, a Basculin the player can obtain in a trade  B  W 
  Repeat Ball ×3 From the girl at the upper floor of the Pokémon Center  B  W 
  Heart Scale Southeast of the sold-out woman at the market (hidden)  B  W 
  Big Pearl In the southwest corner of the market, accessed from the western entrance  B  W 
  Ultra Ball At the end of the narrow path at the northwest corner of the city  B  W 
  HM02 (Fly) From Bianca after defeating her  B  W 
  Water Stone Next to the lighthouse off the shore (requires Surf)  B  W 
  Expert Belt From the man in black at the market, if the player has a Pokémon that is level 30 or higher  B  W  B2  W2 
  Heart Scale From a Lady in the house north of the marketBW/on 1F of Driftveil Luxury SuitesB2W2, if the player has a Pokémon knowing the asked TM move (daily)  B  W  B2  W2 
  Ultra Ball Southwest of the statue by the Driftveil Drawbridge (hidden)  B2  W2 
  Calcium Near the stone bridge  B2  W2 
  Shell Bell From the old man on 1F of Grand Hotel Driftveil, if the player has seen more than 70 Pokémon  B2  W2 
  Haban Berry From the Axew on 19F of Grand Hotel Driftveil  B2  W2 
  Big Root From a Veteran on 25F of Driftveil Continental Hotel  B2  W2 
  Everstone From a Waiter on 23F of Driftveil Luxury Suites  B2  W2 
  Luxury Ball ×3 From the girl at the upper floor of the Pokémon Center  B2  W2 
  TM63 (Embargo) In the southwest corner of the market, accessed from the western entrance  B2  W2 
  Air Balloon From a Gentleman on 25F of Driftveil Chateau Hotel  B2  W2 
  Rare Bone In the pile of dirt south of the Clay Tunnel entrance, accessible after entering the Hall of Fame (hidden)  B2  W2 


Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
10-25 100%
Surfing in rippling water
  Rippling water
10-30 95%
  Rippling water
10-30 5%
35-55 65%
35-55 30%
35-55, 60 5%
Fishing in rippling water
  Rippling water
35-60 60%
  Rippling water
35-60 30%
  Rippling water
35-70 5%
  Rippling water
35-70 5%
Special Pokémon
25 One
25 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.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

This Zorua is coded never to be Shiny, and has N as the Original Trainer.

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Gift Pokémon
B2 W2
25 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.


Pokémon Black and White

Motorcyclist Charles challenges the player to a Rotation BattleB/Triple BattleW.

After earning the Quake Badge

  If the player chose Snivy:

  If the player chose Tepig:

  If the player chose Oshawott:


Trainer Pokémon
After trading Minccino
Youngster Kyle
ナオキ Naoki
Reward: $1040
  Cinccino/ Lv.65
No item

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Motorcyclist Charles challenges the player to a Triple BattleB2/Rotation BattleW2.

Pre-Hall of Fame

Post-Hall of Fame

  If the player chose Snivy:

  If the player chose Tepig:

  If the player chose Oshawott:

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Artwork depicting Team Plasma's safehouse in Driftveil City is seen in Hugh's mindscape.

Hugh & Bouffalant

In the anime

Driftveil City in the anime

Ash and his friends arrived in Driftveil City in The Mighty Accelguard to the Rescue!. They met a local Biker named Charles, who was secretly the superhero "Mighty Accelguard", and aided him and Linda in capturing Cryogonal Man and Team Vanillite, a group of frozen food thieves who were planning world domination.

In A Call for Brotherly Love!, following consecutive defeats as a Gym Leader, Chili visited the city to battle his brother Cilan.

The group left Driftveil in Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1 and Part 2, and traveled to Milos Island to get some Revival Herbs for Clay. The group returned to the Driftveil Gym in Battling the King of the Mines!, where Clay, having already declined Ash's request for a battle twice, finally accepted his challenge. The match ended in Ash's victory, earning him his fifth Unova League Badge.

Driftveil City was mentioned in Flash of the Titans!, where Lance was revealed to have won the Pokémon World Tournament there.

The city reappeared in Everybody's Doing the Underground Shuffle!, where Ash, Goh, and Chloe visited it to investigate rumors about a new Klink evolution, which turned out to have been just a joke made to promote Klink-shaped cookies. Ash, Goh, Chloe, Team Rocket, and their Pokémon ended up getting lost and mixed up in a series of tunnels underneath the city, which turned out to be a Durant nest, before finally escaping and reuniting with their respective friends and Pokémon.


Pokémon Center Driftveil Market Cold Storage Driftveil Gym

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Driftveil City in Pokémon Adventures

Black & White arc

Driftveil City debuted in Fight in a Cold Climate, where Black arrived in the city, meeting Cheren soon after his arrival. The two visited the local Move Tutor together to teach Pledge moves to their respective first partner Pokémon. Afterwards, Cheren's Snivy was stolen by a pair of Team Plasma Grunts, whom Black and Cheren chased down to the Cold Storage. After retrieving Snivy and defeating the Grunts, the two Nuvema Town Trainers parted ways once again.

In Mine Mayhem, Black went to challenge Clay at the Driftveil Gym, eventually emerging victorious and earning his fourth Badge. He and Clay subsequently departed Driftveil City together, heading to Mistralton City to join a meeting between Unova's Gym Leaders.

Black 2 & White 2 arc

The Driftveil Market was mentioned by Yuki in Movie Panic.

In Deduction Time, Hugh and Rood traveled to white Team Plasma's hideout in Driftveil City after acquiring the memory card needed to operate a machine that neutralizes the Colress Machine's power to control Pokémon. The machine was successfully activated in the next chapter, causing Colress to lose control over Kyurem at the Giant Chasm.


Move Tutor's house Cold Storage Pokémon World Tournament Driftveil Gym

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Driftveil City in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Slowking   Dark Explorers   49/108 Dark Rush   034/069
Umbreon   Dark Explorers   60/108 Dark Rush   042/069
Chansey   Dark Explorers   80/108 Dark Rush   056/069
Blissey   Dark Explorers   82/108 Dark Rush   057/069
Eevee   Dark Explorers   83/108 Dark Rush   058/069


  • In response to news that the city's soundtrack was similar to traditional Vietnamese wedding music, Hitomi Satō revealed that it was written with inspiration from the upbeat music in a Thai restaurant.[1]

Name origin

Language Name Origin
Japanese ホドモエシティ Hodomoe City From 帆巴 hodomoe (tomoe pattern with a sail motif)
English Driftveil City From cloud drift and cloud veil
German Marea City From mare (Latin for sea)
Spanish Ciudad Fayenza From fayenza (faience)
French Port Yoneuve From port, porion (miner master), and neuve (new)
Italian Libecciopoli From libeccio (Mediterranean wind blowing from the southwest direction) and the suffix -poli (city)
Korean 물풍경시티 Mulpunggyeong City From 물가풍경무늬 mulgapunggyeong-munui (pattern based on waterside landscape)
Chinese (Mandarin) 帆巴市 Fānbā Shì From the Japanese name 帆巴 Hodomoe. Contains 帆 fān / fàahn (sail).
Chinese (Cantonese) 帆巴市 Fàahnbā Síh
Brazilian Portuguese Cidade de Driftveil
Cidade Driftveil*
From its English name
Vietnamese Thành phố Hodomoe Transcription of its Japanese name


Nuvema TownAccumula TownStriaton CityNacrene CityCastelia CityNimbasa CityAnville Town
Driftveil CityMistralton CityIcirrus CityOpelucid CityPokémon LeagueLacunosa TownUndella Town
Black CityWhite ForestAspertia CityFloccesy TownVirbank CityLentimas TownHumilau City
Bridges and tunnels
Skyarrow BridgeDriftveil DrawbridgeTubeline BridgeVillage BridgeMarvelous BridgeMarine Tube
DreamyardWellspring CavePinwheel ForestLiberty GardenDesert ResortRelic CastleBattle SubwayLostlorn Forest
Cold StorageMistralton CaveChargestone CaveCelestial TowerTwist MountainDragonspiral TowerMoor of Icirrus
Challenger's CaveVictory Road (BWB2W2) • N's CastleRoyal UnovaGiant ChasmUndella BayAbyssal Ruins
Abundant ShrinePoké Transfer LabP2 LaboratoryEntralinkUnity TowerFloccesy RanchPledge GroveVirbank Complex
Pokéstar StudiosCastelia SewersJoin AvenueCave of BeingPokémon World TournamentReversal MountainPlasma Frigate
Clay TunnelUnderground RuinsStrange HouseRelic PassageSeaside CaveWhite TreehollowBlack Tower
Access to
Nature Preserve
Blueberry AcademyTerarium

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