New Bark Town

New Bark Town ワカバタウン
Wakaba Town
"Winds of a New Beginning"
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A town where the wind blows and tells of impending change.
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Route 29
New Bark Town
Route 27
Location
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Location of New Bark Town in Johto.
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Gen II

New Bark Town (Japanese: ワカバタウン Wakaba Town) is located in southeastern Johto and is the hometown of the Johto player character. It is home to the lab of Professor Elm, who possesses the starter Pokémon for Johto: Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile.

Other than being connected to Route 29 in the west, it is also the town that must be passed through to reach Tohjo Falls, Victory Road, and Indigo Plateau, via Route 26 and Route 27.

Slogan

Generation II

The Town Where Winds of a New Beginning Blow (Japanese: はじまりを つげる かぜがふく まち The town where winds of a new beginning blow.)

Generation IV

Winds of a New Beginning (Japanese: はじまり つげる かぜのまち The town of winds of a new beginning.)

Places of interest

Player's house

Main article: Player's house → Johto
 
The player begins the game in the bedroom

In Generations II and IV, this house is where the player lives before beginning their journey. The player's mother lives here, and after the player has left town for the first time, she will save money if the player wishes and occasionally buys decorations for the bedroom, or items such as Super Potions.

The player's bedroom is a bit fancier than Red's bedroom in Red, Blue, and Yellow. In Generation II, unlike Red's room, it can also be customized to include several Pokémon dolls, as well as beds, game systems, and carpets. The Town Map hanging on the wall can also be replaced with one of several posters of different Pokémon. However, in Generation IV, this feature is not included.

The player starts the game in their bedroom, in front of their PC and radio. The PC in the top-left corner of the room in Generation II has a few important purposes, but unlike in the Generation I bedroom's computer, it does not contain an item. In Generation IV, the PC is restricted to viewing the player's mail, and the mailbox in the beginning of the game contains a single letter composed by Lyra/Ethan (if the player is a boy/girl, respectively), with the following text signed with said person's name and with a Marill icon in the blue stamp box:

ADVENTURE!
EXCITED!

I love POKéMON!

Professor Elm's lab

 
Inside Professor Elm's laboratory
 
Inside the upstairs living area of Professor Elm's laboratory

Professor Elm's laboratory lies right next to the western entrance into New Bark Town. Professor Elm works at his laboratory with his aide, usually doing experiments concerning Pokémon Eggs and breeding. Here, Pokémon Trainers just beginning their quest are given the choice to receive either a Chikorita, a Cyndaquil, or a Totodile from Professor Elm.

Inside is one aide of Professor Elm's, a couple of shelves full of books, a table with three Poké Balls (a capsule in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver), a computer, and a few tips for the player. There is also a machine here that has the ability to fully rest/restore all of the player's Pokémon, just like a Pokémon Center. Elm's Aide gives the player oneGSC/fiveHGSS Potions when leaving the lab for the first time.

At the beginning of the game, a red-haired young man can be seen looking through the window into the lab. If spoken to, he will kick people out of his way, and then continue to spy upon the lab.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Professor Elm's lab has an upstairs living area. His house from Gold, Silver, and Crystal has now become the home of Lyra or Ethan.

Friend's house

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Ethan or Lyra lives in the house below the player's house. In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, it was actually Professor Elm's original home.

Demographics

Generation II

New Bark Town has a population of 10, excluding the player character's rival Silver.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

New Bark Town's population is 11, assuming Silver is not from the town. This makes it the least populated town in Johto. However, it is the first starting Town to break the tradition by being over 10. This low number is likely due to its lack of amenities like a Gym or Pokémon Center, and its isolation from the rest of Johto.

Items

Item Location Games
  Pokégear Given by Mom at the start of the game  G  S  C 
  Berry Held by the player's starter Pokémon  G  S  C 
  Potion Gift from Professor Elm's aide after getting a starter Pokémon  G  S  C 
  Potion ×6
  • Gift from Professor Elm's aide after getting a starter Pokémon (×5)
  • Where Silver was standing (hidden)
 HG  SS 
  Pokégear Given by Mom after getting a starter Pokémon  HG  SS 
  Poké Ball ×5 Gift from Professor Elm's aide after defeating Silver in Cherrygrove  G  S  C 
  Everstone Gift from Professor Elm if shown the Mystery Egg Togepi  G  S  C  HG  SS 
  Master Ball Gift from Professor Elm after earning the eight Johto Badges  G  S  C  HG  SS 
  S.S. Ticket Gift from Professor Elm after entering the Hall of Fame  G  S  C  HG  SS 

Pokémon

Generation II

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Surfing
  Tentacool
G S C
  Surfing
15-24 90%
  Tentacruel
G S C
  Surfing
20-24 10%
Fishing
  Tentacool
G S C
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
  Tentacool
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
  Shellder
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 10%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
  Chinchou
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 20%
  Tentacruel
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
  Shellder
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 30%
  Chinchou
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 40%
  Lanturn
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
Gift Pokémon
  Chikorita
G S C
  Starter Pokémon
5 One
  Cyndaquil
G S C
  Starter Pokémon
5 One
  Totodile
G S C
  Starter Pokémon
5 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.


Generation IV

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Surfing
  Tentacool
HG SS
  Surfing
10-25 90%
  Tentacruel
HG SS
  Surfing
15-25 10%
Fishing
  Tentacool
HG SS
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 5%
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 95%
  Tentacool
HG SS
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 30%
  Shellder
HG SS
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 3%
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 60%
  Chinchou
HG SS
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 7%
  Tentacruel
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 7%
  Shellder
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 30%
  Chinchou
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 60%
  Lanturn
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 3%
Headbutt
  Exeggcute
HG SS
  Headbutt
2-3 20%
  Hoothoot
HG SS
  Headbutt
2-3 50%
  Pineco
HG SS
  Headbutt
2-3 30%
Headbutt
  Exeggcute
HG SS
  Headbutt
4-5 20%
  Hoothoot
HG SS
  Headbutt
4-5 50%
  Ledyba
HG SS
  Headbutt
4-5 30%
  Spinarak
HG SS
  Headbutt
4-5 30%
Gift Pokémon
  Chikorita
HG SS
  Starter Pokémon
5 One
  Cyndaquil
HG SS
  Starter Pokémon
5 One
  Totodile
HG SS
  Starter Pokémon
5 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.


Walking Pokémon effects

When interacting with walking Pokémon in HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Pokémon may occasionally show an altered mood specific to this location.

  • The walking Pokémon stretches out its body and relaxes when in this town, causing it to become happy. It also feels nice and sleepy and may doze off.
  • Outdoors: The walking Pokémon feels a breeze and stares intently at the sky. It can be surprised by a flower petal or leaf on its face, and sometimes sneezes.
  • Player's house: Standing near the player's mom, the walking Pokémon greets her and shows concern for her.
  • Player's bedroom: The walking Pokémon sings happily.
  • Friend's bedroom: The walking Pokémon wants to play with Marill, even if Marill is not in the room.
  • Professor Elm's lab: The walking Pokémon fidgets in front of everyone and stares intently at the player's face.

In the anime

 
New Bark Town in the anime

New Bark Town debuted in Don't Touch That 'Dile, where Ash and his friends visited the laboratory of Johto's leading Pokémon expert, Professor Elm. The group also helped get Professor Elm's Totodile back from Team Rocket, who had tried to steal it. After Ash had registered for the Johto League, the group headed for Violet City for Ash's first Johto Gym battle.

New Bark Town reappeared in Hatch Me If You Can, where Delia and Professor Oak boarded a ship and met up with Professor Elm at the town's port. Ash and his friends later returned to the town after Ash had earned all eight Johto Badges, allowing him to register for the Silver Conference. Afterwards, they headed for Mt. Silver to return the newly hatched Larvitar to its home before the Silver Conference.

In the anime, New Bark Town is the hometown of Jimmy, Vincent, Casey, Lyra, and Top Coordinator Marina.

Gallery

Pokémon Center Professor Elm's Lab
   

In the manga

 
New Bark Town in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga, New Bark Town is shown to be notably bigger than in the games, including amenities such as a general hospital. It is the hometown of Gold.

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

New Bark Town first appeared in Murkrow Row. In this chapter, it was shown that Gold had local fame in the area even before he became a Pokédex holder.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

New Bark Town appeared in Welcome Back, Clefairy!!.

Trivia

  • Despite appearing to be farther away from the Johto-Kanto border on the Pokégear's map, the player's house is 7 steps from the border with Route 27, 10 steps closer than the Pokémon Center at Mt. Silver is to Route 28, thus making it the closest Fly destination to the border.
  • Out of all towns where the player starts, it is the only one to not have a connecting route to the north, but instead to the east and west.
    • It is also the only starting town that the player must pass through again after gaining their eighth Badge on the way to Pokémon League.
  • The name of this town started the running theme in which the player's starting town is named after a plant.
  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, at some point during the player's journey, the starter Pokémon in Elm's lab that wasn't chosen by the player or stolen by the rival disappears without explanation, although it is hinted to have been given to someone else.
  • In the demo of Pocket Monsters 2 showed off at Nintendo Space World in 1997, the initial town was not New Bark Town but rather a different town named Silent Hills (サイレントヒルズ), which may have actually been a prototype design of New Bark Town. The town had a drastically different design, but may have been overhauled during the transition from the Game Boy to the Game Boy Color. Due to the first installment of the Silent Hill horror game series being released about eight months prior to the actual Japanese release of Gold and Silver, in early 1999, it may have possibly led to the rename as Wakaba Town (ワカバタウン).

Name origin

Language Name Origin
Japanese ワカバタウン Wakaba Town From 若葉色 wakaba-iro (chartreuse color of budding leaves)
English New Bark Town From new and bark
German Neuborkia From neu (new) and Borke (bark)
Spanish Pueblo Primavera From primavera (spring)
Ciudad New Bark* From its English name
French Bourg Geon From bourg (burg), bourgeon (bud), and jeune (young)
Italian Borgo Foglianova From foglia nuova (new leaf)
Korean 연두마을 Yeondu Maeul From 연두 (軟豆) yeondu (chartreuse)
Chinese (Mandarin) 若葉鎮 / 若叶镇 Ruòyè Zhèn From the Japanese name 若葉 Wakaba
Chinese (Cantonese) 若葉鎮 Yeuhkyihp Jan
Norwegian New Bark by From its English name
Polish New Bark*
Miasto New Bark*
Miasto Bark*
New Bark Town*
From its English name
Brazilian Portuguese Cidade de New Bark From its English name
Swedish New Bark staden From its English name
Vietnamese Thị trấn Wakaba Transcription of its Japanese name


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Settlements
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Routes
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Landmarks
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Battle Tower (CrystalHGSS)/FrontierCliff Edge GateCliff CaveEmbedded TowerSafari ZoneWhirl Islands
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Access to
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