The Slowpoke Well (Japanese: ヤドンのいどYadon Well) is a man-made cave located at the edge of Azalea Town. It is located just north-west of Route 33, first seen on the way to Azalea Town. The cave is home to a wide variety of wild Pokémon, but is unique for being the home of Azalea Town's Slowpoke, which they use as pets. It is said that a Slowpoke from the well ended a drought that plagued Azalea Town 400 years before the games' events by yawning.
The Slowpoke Well is where the player first encounters the revived Team Rocket, who are cutting off the tails of Slowpoke to sell at their HQ in Mahogany Town. Before talking to Kurt in his house, there will be a Team Rocket Grunt guarding the entrance of the well, and will not let anyone in. When entering Kurt's house for the first time, he will quickly run out after saying something about going to the Slowpoke Well. He will defeat the grunt at the entrance, then will fall into the well and injure his back. After Kurt is injured while trying to stop Team Rocket, the player has to defeat the Grunts and rescue the kidnapped Slowpoke.
Also known as the Rainmaker Well.
Locals believe that a SLOWPOKE's
yawn summons the rain.
Records show that a SLOWPOKE's yawn
ended a drought 400 years ago.
The Slowpoke Well is located on the east side of Azalea Town, just north of Route 33. The well is actually a large cave with many chambers. In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the Slowpoke Well can be accessed to by going down a small flight of stairs into the dark cave below. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, there is a sloping ramp that winds around the well, slowly descending in an indented section of ground. The aesthetics of the well has also been updated to show a small, circular, brick well, which can only be entered by going straight into the hole of the well.
Exterior in Generation II
Exterior in Generation IV
Upon entering the cave, there will be a small pool of water to the west, and a narrow passageway to the north. During the Team Rocket attack, the cave will be populated with Team Rocket Grunts looking for battle. By traveling up and down the small ledge, the other side of the cave can be reached. From there, the path travels north, then west through a narrow strip between the wall of the well and rocks, finally traveling south to a pool of water deep within the cave. After surfing through the pool of water, there is a small island in the middle of the cave that has the stairs to the lower floor of the well.
The lower floor can only be accessed after the player has acquired both HM03 (Surf) and HM04 (Strength) and both the Plain Badge and the Fog Badge. This section of the well enters from the ladder in the middle of the cave, on an island in an underground lake. By surfing around this floor, there is a man on an island who will give the player a King's Rock if the player talks to him, while TM18 (Rain Dance) can be found on the ground.
In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the cave's interior changed. There are several map changes within the cave, including a new section coming from the first floor; a flight of stairs going down within the cave, traveling east shortly, then south.
Slowpoke Well appeared in A Shadow of a Drought. While wandering across a desert, Team Rocket came across the well. However, it had dried up, so they used their Diglettmecha to dig underground for water. When they finally found water, they also found themselves surrounded by a big number of Slowpoke. Reading from an old sign nearby, they learned about the ancient folktale about the Slowpoke saving Azalea Town from a drought by yawning. Upon discovering this, Team Rocket decided to steal the Slowpoke in order make people pay for them for rain. However, thanks to the interference of Ash, his friends, and Kurt, their plan was foiled, and the Slowpoke restored the well back to its watery state.
In the manga
Slowpoke Well in Pokémon Adventures
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Slowpoke Well appeared in Ursaring Major. A group of Team Rocket Grunts was seen gathering chopped-off Slowpoke Tails to be sold for profit, but they were attacked by Silver and his newly caught Ursaring. By the time Gold, Kurt, and Maizie arrived at the site, Silver had already left, leaving the beaten and tied-up Rocket Grunts in his wake. Gold then proceeded to battle one of the Slowpoke with his Aibo, making it yawn and thus restoring water to the well.
In the TCG
The Slowpoke Well was featured in the TCG. The following is a list of cards depicting the Slowpoke Well.
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.