Sprout Tower (Japanese: マダツボミのとうMadatsubomi Tower) is a large pagoda located in Violet City in Johto. The tower itself is over 100 feet tall and is held together by a giant flexible pillar that shakes from side to side. This flexibility protects the tall tower from earthquakes and symbolizes the battles that are occurring on upper floors. This technology is now known as 柔構造jūkōzō, and applied to hundreds of modern high-rise buildings. Legend has it that a 100-foot-tall Bellsprout was used to make the swaying pillar. It is inhabited by monks who study diligently and teach that all living beings coexist through cooperation. These monks primarily train Bellsprout, but occasionally use Hoothoot as well.
Sprout Tower in Generation IV
Sprout Tower in Generation II
Sprout Tower is a three-tiered tower with multiple eaves. Like the Bell Tower and the Burned Tower, it is constructed solely out of wood, creating a multi-story effect. The design of Sprout Tower is inspired by Buddhist temples in the Nara Prefecture of Japan, such as Kōfuku-ji and Hōryū-ji temples. Before the tower is a beautiful lake in the center of Violet City, hosting a couple of modern bridges that stretch across the water. Sprout Tower is dedicated to the gentle and peaceful nature of Bellsprout. The giant spine-like pillar located in the center of the tower acts as a support for the old tower structure, and it even protects the tall tower from sudden earthquakes. It is said that the main swaying pillar was, in fact, once a 100-foot-tall Bellsprout.
Sprout Tower is three stories tall. The ground floor is for tourists, who come to see the unique style in which the tower is built. There are two upper levels, which are dedicated to Pokémon training. There, monks study diligently, train their gentle Bellsprout, and come to learn that all living beings coexist through cooperation. The monks of the tower train Bellsprout, each having at least one in his party; others have occasionally trained Hoothoot as well. The upper floors are also riddled with wildRattata that inhabit the wooden pillars and columns; as night falls, ghosts are said to appear in the tower, in the form of Gastly.
Bellsprout sways and dances around in a strange manner.
All walking Pokémon, including Bellsprout, become happy from dancing around the swaying pillar. They are also concerned about the pillar, sniff at the floor while being surprised by the sound it is making, and sometimes slip while seeming likely to fall over.
The Sprout Tower (referred to as the "Bellsprout Pagoda" in the Chuang Yi translation) appeared in Bellsprout Rout and Totodile Rock, where Gold went there to search for Silver. Along the way, he encountered a group of six Sages and defeated their Bellsprout using Exbo. Gold then found Silver and challenged him to a battle. However, during the battle, Exbo's Smokescreen triggered a hidden boulder trap, forcing the two Trainers to team up to stop it. Afterwards, both of them escaped the tower, with Silver's Totodile evolving into Croconaw in the process.
In the TCG
The Sprout Tower was featured in the TCG. The following is a list of cards named Sprout Tower.
Sprout Tower 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.
It is actually possible to use Dig to escape from Sprout Tower—even the top floor—and return to the entrance; this is because, as can be seen from the in-battle background used in Generation IV, Sprout Tower is classified as a cave area, rather than a building, likely to allow wild Pokémon to be found. This is also the case with the Bell Tower and Burned Tower.
Due to this, unlike other buildings, Burmy will take on its Sandy Cloak, rather than its Trash Cloak, if it battles here.
During the development of Super Smash Bros. Melee, Sakurai had plans for a Sprout Tower stage but this was scrapped very early in development.