Opelucid City (Japanese: ソウリュウシティSoryu City) is a city in the central northern area of the Unovaregion. The look of Opelucid City differs between versions. In Pokémon Black, the city has a technological appearance, while in Pokémon White, it has a natural appearance. This is reflected in the city's background music in each respective version as well. Black 2 and White 2 maintains this difference.
During the storyline of Black 2 and White 2, the city is frozen by the Plasma Frigate, blocking the entrances to all but the Pokémon Center, Gym, and Drayden's house. During the credits the ice is shown to be thawing. It is implied that after the events of Pokémon Black and White, a landslide on the old Victory Road occurred and, as a safety precaution, the northern exit to Route 10 is sealed off; Route 10 therefore no longer exists in Black 2 and White 2, nor does the gate that once led to the route, having evidently been demolished.
Time's Dividing Line (Japanese: 過去と 未来が 絡みあう街The city where past and future intertwine.)
Opelucid City is host to the final Gym Trainers challenge on their journey through Unova. The Gym Leader faced depends on the game version. In Pokémon Black, the player will battle Drayden; in Pokémon White the player will battle Iris. They both specialize in Dragon-types. In Black 2 and White 2, Drayden is the sole Gym Leader due to Iris having replaced Alder as the Unova LeagueChampion.
Drayden's house is located at the center of the city, northwest of the Pokémon Center. In Black and White, the player first visits it to hear Drayden and Iris tell them the legend of Zekrom and Reshiram, after which DraydenB/IrisW heads to the Gym to await the player's challenge, while the other one stays in the house. In Black 2 and White 2, the player visits the house after earning the Legend Badge to hear about the legend of Kyurem from Drayden. After the story, the city is attacked and frozen over by Team Plasma.
The Battle House, located west of the entrance, is a building where the player can battle two Ace Trainers in Rotation Battles in Black, and Triple Battles in White. Unlike most Trainers in Black and White, these Trainers can be rematched, and will battle the player once per day.
The northern exit as it appears in Pokémon Black 2
The northern exit of the city differs between the two sets of games. In Black and White it exits to Route 10, but in Black 2 and White 2, this northern exit has been sealed off due to the collapse of the old Victory Road, making Route 10 completely inaccessible in these games.
Pokémon Black and White
Opelucid City has a population of 46.
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
Opelucid City has a population of 45.
In Black and Black 2, a synth track will be added to the background theme if the player is near a keytar player performing immediately west of the Pokémon Center. In White and White 2, an erhu player stands in the same place and will add an erhu track.
There is a minor glitch that can allow these tracks to stay permanently on/off regardless of the player's position.
Opelucid City made its first proper appearance in Drayden Versus Iris: Past, Present, and Future!, where Ash and his friends arrived there for a battle Drayden had promised to have with Iris at the Opelucid Gym. Although Iris lost the battle, it was later revealed that Drayden was considering to make her the next Gym Leader of the Opelucid Gym.
Opelucid City is home to Opelucid Academy, a prestigious academy located near the Opelucid Gym. Iris was a former student at the academy. During her return visit to the city along with her friends, she was reunited here with her former dorm adviser Martha for a short period of time. Drayden is the Academy President of Opelucid Academy, personally handpicking the students to study at the academy. Opelucid City also appears to have a radio tower that towers over the city.
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.
The city is similar to Blackthorn City in that they are both host to a Dragon-type Gym, that Gym is the eighth Gym of the region at some point, that they both have the effort value checker and a Move Tutor for Draco Meteor, and that they are both located in the northern part of their respective regions.
This is the second city in Pokémon Black and White where the Gym Leader varies, though not in the same way as the Striaton Gym.
In Black 2 and White 2, if the player does not get the Ring Target or the Float Stone from the people in Drayden's house before Team Plasma freezes the city, they will only talk about how concerned they are for the city. Should this be the case, they will give the player the items after defeating the Elite Four and Champion.
In Black 2 and White 2, if the player does not collect the Max Potion from Route 11 and uses the Dowsing Machine by the city's eastern exit, it will reveal the presence of a hidden item. This disappears once the Max Potion is collected.
ソウリュウシティ Soryu City
双龍文 sōryūmon, a type of Chinese pattern resembling two dragons. Also from 蒼竜 sōryū, a Japanese name for the Azure Dragon.
From opacus (opaque sheets of clouds), perlucidus (sheets of cloud with small spaces), and possibly translucidus (translucent sheets of clouds). May also be from opal and lucid.
From Janus, the Roman god of gates depicted with two faces, one facing the past, the other facing the future. Also a flower genus.