Mahogany Town (Japanese: チョウジタウンChōji Town) is a small town in northern Johto where ninjas once resided in what eventually became the Team Rocket HQ. There are three exits out of town. To the west is Route 42, to the east is Route 44, and to the north is Route 43, which leads directly to the famous Lake of Rage.
Welcome to the Home of the Ninja!GSC or Home of the NinjaHGSS (Japanese: ようこそ にんじゃの さとへWelcome to the home of the ninja.)
Places of interest
Just a Souvenir Shop
Lance discovers the secret staircase in Mahogany Town
In lieu of a Poké Mart in Mahogany Town is a small shop in the middle of town which is known as Just a Souvenir Shop (Japanese: おみやげやさんsouvenir shop) in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. It is a convenience store that sells supplies necessary for Pokémon training. The shop is run by a creepy old man who seems very suspicious. However, the shop is actually just a cover-up for the Team Rocket HQ, whose hideout is accessible by a stairway concealed under a gold cabinet. After Team Rocket is run out of town, the old man abandons the shop, which is later occupied by an old lady who sets up a small shop selling items that "nobody else has".
Inside the little store are tables of random assortments of items. On the northern wall stands a giant gold cabinet, which conceals an entryway to an underground base. When the cabinet was moved by Lance, the secret entrance was discovered, and remains uncovered when the old lady runs the store. The counter is located on the western side of the shop, where the shopkeeper serves various items. There is also a calculator and a radio on the counter of the shop.
Outside the shop, the old lady's granddaughter sits and promotes the store. She claims that her grandmother sells stuff that nobody else has; however, in HeartGold and SoulSilver, nothing that her grandmother sells is unique to the shop. Only in Generation II does the old lady sell the RageCandyBar, a unique item that can only be bought from a salesman blocking the way out of Mahogany before the events of Team Rocket and the old lady after they are run out of town. While inside, the old lady, who makes whistling noises with her false teeth, serves people with items similar to those which a Poké Mart would sell.
Just a Souvenir Shop
Nothing Suspicious about It
No Need to Be Alarmed
The Team Rocket HQ is the headquarters and a hideout for Team Rocket, located beneath the heart of Mahogany Town, and the entrance is located under a cabinet in the souvenir shop. The hideout was originally used as a base for ninjas that once resided here; however, after the ninjas left, Team Rocket used the headquarters as a power source to send out high-frequency sound waves, which disturbed the Pokémon in Mahogany Town, Lake of Rage, and other surrounding locations, and affected their evolution patterns. It is also the source of the problems occurring at the lake, involving the appearance of a Red Gyarados.
The upper floor of the base contains Persian statues with security cameras in their eyes—walking past one triggers two Team Rocket Grunts to battle the player until they deactivate the cameras using a switch in the center of the area. The far left hallway bypasses most of the Persian cameras, but the floor is booby-trapped with Koffing, Voltorb and Geodude, which battle the player and have a tendency to Selfdestruct. The second floor contains the generator room where six Electrode power the radio transmitter. The room is locked and requires a password to open. The third floor contains workstations, and a passage back onto the second floor leads to the rear of the hideout where the main office is located. The office is also locked and requires two passwords to open.
The Mahogany Gym is the official Gym of Mahogany Town. It specializes in Ice-type Pokémon. The Gym Leader is Pryce. Trainers who defeat him receive the Glacier Badge. Pryce cannot be challenged the first time the player arrives in Mahogany Town. A man is blocking entry to the Gym: he will only leave once Team Rocket has been defeated at their headquarters and the Gyarados at the nearby Lake of Rage have been calmed.
In the Generation II, in order to get to the leader, one must correctly navigate an ice maze; in Generation IV games, the maze has been completely changed, now comprising several rooms. After LeaderPryce is defeated, he will give the player the Glacier Badge and an Ice-type Technical Machine. This varies from generation to generation: TM16 (Icy Wind) will be given in Generation II, and TM07 (Hail) is given in Generation IV.
The outskirts of Mahogany Town appeared in Rage of Innocence, where the rampaging Red Gyarados was approaching the city, but the city was saved when Pryce had his Dewgong freeze the river, forcing Gyarados to turn around.
Ash and his friends arrived in Mahogany Town in As Cold as Pryce in order to have a Gym battle with Pryce. However, Pryce was unwilling to accept Ash's challenge. The reason was explained to be that since Pryce had lost his Piloswine when he was younger, he had grown bitter and distant to Pokémon. After Ash and his friends helped Pryce find his Piloswine, which had been frozen in ice for all these years, Pryce accepted Ash's challenge.
Ash's Mahogany Gym battle with Pryce took place in Nice Pryce, Baby!. The final round of the battle took place between Ash's Pikachu and Pryce's Piloswine, but in the middle of the battle, Pryce forfeited the match, seeing that Piloswine was getting tired and not wanting his old friend to get hurt too much. As such, Ash was then rewarded with the Glacier Badge.
Mahogany Town appeared in The Lake of Rage, where Lance was seen breaking through the secret door inside the souvenir shop, and finding the entrance to the Team Rocket HQ from behind it. He was soon joined in his raid of the villainous team lair by Ethan. Lance eventually managed to destroy Team Rocket's radio wave generator, thus ending their plan of forcing Pokémon to evolve.