After the player obtains their seventh Johto Gym Badge, it is necessary to purge the Radio Tower of Team Rocket in order to continue the storyline, because until the Radio Tower has been returned to normal, either the Blackthorn Gym will be closed because Clair is training in the restricted Dragon's DenGSC, or a man selling RageCandyBars will prevent access to Route 44, the eastern path out of Mahogany TownHGSS. After defeating the impostor station manager in the fifth floor office, the player will receive the Basement Key, which opens up a sealed area of the Goldenrod Tunnel. Upon finding the real station manager in the second basement of the Goldenrod Department Store, he will give the player a Card Key to open the door on the third floor that separates the upper floors of the tower in two. With the Card Key in tow, the player can ascend to the fifth floor studio (and the observation deckHGSS) to defeat the final Rocket Executives, effectively disbanding the organization. To show his gratitude, the station manager will give the player a Rainbow WingGHG, a Silver WingSSS, or a Clear BellC.
Before Team Rocket's invasion, a guard will restrict access beyond the second floor to "authorized personnel" only. Thus, the third and subsequent floors of the Radio Tower can only be explored during and after Team Rocket's invasion.
Places of interest
In Pokémon Gold and Silver, the station had two studios, located on the fourth and fifth floors. A third studio was added in Pokémon Crystal on the second floor, to accommodate Buena's new radio show. In every version, the tower has a welcome center, as well as a computer linked to Bill's PC and the player's personal computer, on the first floor and a small café on the second floor. The technical operations of the tower are handled by way of a network of computers on the third and fourth floors. The Director's office is found on the fifth floor.
Plays on every radio station once Team Rocket has succeeded in taking over the Radio Tower. A Team Rocket Executive announces over the airwaves that they have resurfaced, and pleads for their boss, Giovanni, to come out of hiding and rejoin them. Begins playing once the player has obtained seven Badges, and ceases to play when Team Rocket is disbanded.
In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the Lucky Channel is a radio show which broadcasts an ID number that changes once per week. Prizes are awarded for winning numbers, which must match any of the player's Pokémon's ID numbers with either all digits, four/three digits or two digits.
In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Felicity gives out tickets for the Pokémon Lottery Corner with an ID number that changes daily. Prizes are awarded for winning numbers, which must match any of the player's Pokémon's ID numbers from the last digit to the first digit.
The player can collect points for the Blue Card by listening to the radio show Buena's Password, then visiting Buena on the second floor of the Radio Tower and answering her quiz. If they answer the question correctly, they earn 1 point for their Blue Card.
In Generation II, points must be spent to buy each prize; whereas in Generation IV, prizes are awarded when the player obtains a certain number of points. Players cannot have more than 30p on the Blue Card. If the player has 30p, they can speak to Buena to register her phone number in the Pokégear (points will not be spent). In Generation II, the player cannot earn points while their Blue Card has 30p (requiring points to be spent); whereas in Generation IV, the player will be issued a new Blue Card once the 30p limit is hit.
The Goldenrod Radio Tower appeared in Air Time, where Ash was invited to the tower to be interviewed by DJ Mary. Disguised Team Rocket also infiltrated the Radio Tower, intending to steal anything valuable inside. However, all they discovered were tapes of various radio shows. They were then mistaken for a comedy group called "The Dugtrio Trio," and were dragged to be interviewed by DJ Mary. Due to Team Rocket having accidentally destroyed the tape of the day's Radio Drama, Ash, Misty, Brock, and Team Rocket were asked to act the show live. During the show, Jessie constantly made her own changes to the script, eventually leading to Team Rocket revealing themselves and attempting to steal Pikachu. Thankfully, Ash managed to recover Pikachu, Team Rocket was defeated, and the Radio Drama was brought to a successful end.
The Goldenrod Radio Tower appeared in a flashback in The Legacy, where Looker described Team Rocket's takeover of the building to Silver. He also mentioned how the entire takeover failed due to Giovanni not showing up despite Team Rocket's broadcast.
In the TCG
The following is a list of cards named Radio Tower.
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.
According to the Radio Director there was once another Bell Tower that stood in its place and was even visited by the legendary Pokemon Ho-Oh which is evident by the Rainbow Wing that he found and kept.