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Goldenrod City (Japanese: コガネシティ Kogane City) is a sprawling metropolis located in western Johto. It is the largest city in the region, rivaling Saffron City, the largest city in Kanto. Goldenrod is the center of the region's economy and telecommunications. Major attractions for Trainers include the Goldenrod Radio Tower, the city's Department Store, Game Corner, Name Rater, Global Terminal and Gym.

Pokémon Trainers often come to Goldenrod City in order to win the Plain Badge from Whitney, the Goldenrod Gym Leader, who specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon.

The National Park, along with the Pokéathlon Dome is located north of Goldenrod off of Route 35 while the Pokémon Daycare is just south of the city on Route 34.

Places of interest

Bike Shop

Main article: Miracle Cycle

The lone Bike Shop in Johto is located in an isolated neighborhood in east Goldenrod, where business doesn't seem to be doing very good. The owner of the shop moved his business from Cerulean City to Goldenrod in between Generation I/III and Generation II/IV.

The player obtains their Bicycle from the Goldenrod Miracle Cycle shop for free. It is initially for a temporary time, but they are allowed to keep it as riding it around increased the number of customers.

Goldenrod Department Store

Goldenrod City in HeartGold and SoulSilver
Main article: Goldenrod Department Store

The Goldenrod Department Store, located in the city center, claims to have a full selection of Pokémon Goods for Trainers. Though the store does not carry vital items such as Hyper Potions, Full Restores, or Ultra Balls, it does back up its claim by boasting the widest selection of specialty items in Johto. It takes up quite a bit of space in Goldenrod City and is easy to find.

The store is composed of nine levels, including two basements and six shopping floors. The uppermost floor features a rooftop square. The rooftop cannot be accessed by the elevator, instead the player must travel up the final flight of stairs. Some binoculars let spectators see things far away. Some people go up to the roof top to take a break from shopping.

The basements of the store connect to the Underground Path, which encompasses most of western Goldenrod. A team of workers and a Machoke are moving boxes around. People get told off by the worker for going down and distracting them. This is one of the endpoints of the Goldenrod Underground Path. Every time the player enters the area, the boxes will be moved in various places, allowing access to items that are on the ground in blocked rooms.

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Goldenrod City in the anime

Goldenrod Game Corner

Main article: Goldenrod Game Corner

Johto's installment of the Game Corner is located in Goldenrod across the main north-south road from the department store. The parlor features slot machines among other varieties of games. In Pokémon Crystal, the Move tutor can be found standing outside the building on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

There are two games to play; the Slot machines and the Card Flip. One to three coins can be put in the slot machine each play. One coin will only count the center row across, two coins will count all three rows across, and three coins will count all three rows across as well as both diagonals. The reels stop spinning when the A button is pressed. The Card Flip game is exclusive to Generation II. The player can pick either a card or a group of cards, making it much like Roulette. The deck has 24, each one with a number between 1 and 6 and a picture of one of four Pokémon (Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Oddish, or Poliwag). Bets can be placed by single card, by single column, by single row, by a pair of columns, or by a pair of rows.

Johto Name Rater

Main article: Name Rater

The Johto Name Rater is located in a house near the guard house separating Goldenrod from Route 35. Here, trainers can have the nicknames of their Pokémon rated and, if the Pokémon's ID number matches the trainer's ID number, the nickname can be changed.

If the Pokémon was caught by the player that currently owns it, he'll say that the name could be better and offer the player the option of changing it.

If the Pokémon he's judging was obtained via a trade, he will say that the name is perfect and refuse to change it. However, if both players have identical trainer IDs and secret IDs, he will allow name changes.

Radio Tower

Main article: Goldenrod Radio Tower

The Goldenrod Radio Tower, located at the west end of the main east-west path through the city, is the source of all PokéGear broadcasts in Johto. An antenna on top of the tower transmits three radio programs daily, with a fourth program being aired between 6 P.M. and 12 A.M. every night. The building has three studios spread over five floors. The radio tower broadcasts numerous programs daily, the most prominent of such being Professor Oak's Pokémon Talk and Buena's Password, a new radio show that debuted in Pokémon Crystal.

In Pokémon Gold and Silver, the station has two studios, located on the fourth and fifth floors. A third studio is added in Pokémon Crystal on the second floor. In every version, the tower has a welcome center, as well as a computer linked to Bill's PC and the Trainer'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 manager of the tower has an office on the fifth floor.

For a short time in Generation II, the tower falls into the clutches of Team Rocket, during which time none of the normal broadcasts are aired. Following the defeat of Pryce at the Mahogany Town Gym, it is necessary to purge the radio tower of Team Rocket in order to continue the storyline as a man selling Rage Candy Bars will prevent access to Route 44, the eastern path out of Mahogany, until the Radio Tower has been returned to normal.

Magnet Train station

Main article: Magnet Train
The Magnet Train as seen in HeartGold and SoulSilver

Saffron City and Goldenrod City are linked by a railway used by the Magnet Train, a high-speed train that runs regularly between the two cities. The train follows no set schedule, making the Magnet Train an ideal way to travel between Kanto and Johto.

To board the train, a potential rider must have a Pass. The Copycat of Saffron City has one (given to her as compensation for the fact that the station in Saffron is built where her house used to be), and is willing to give it up as a reward for returning her Poké Doll that a boy gave to her three years before.

Initially, the train is out of service as a minion of Team Rocket has stolen a valuable part from the Power Plant in Kanto. After defeating him in Cerulean City, players can retrieve the part from the Cerulean City Gym and return it to the Power Plant. With the component back in place, the train will have the necessary power to run.

Underground Path

Main article: Underground Path (Goldenrod)

An underground path, often called "the Underground", runs from the southwestern side of the city to the northwestern area, with a branch leading from the Underground to the department store. A pair of groomers in the tunnel will groom Pokémon, increasing the friendship value for the groomed Pokémon, for a small fee.

This path contains a barber shop, herb shop, and a shop selling items which are simply resold for profit; however, the shops that are open at any given time depend on the day. Trainers also litter this path, and there is an entrance to the basement of the Goldenrod Department Store, initially occupied by Team Rocket.

Flower Shop

Other locations of interest in Goldenrod include a woman who is able to determine the happiness of a Pokémon located in a house near the Bike Shop, and a flower shop in the northeast area of the city, where the key item Squirtbottle is located. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Gracidea can be obtained here with a fateful encounter Shaymin first in the party, and mulch can also be bought after Sudowoodo has been cleared from Route 36.

Global Terminal

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The Global Terminal
Main article: Global Terminal

The Global Terminal is the worldwide network over which players can interact in different ways via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, only seen in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. In order to access the terminal, players must have the the first badge of Johto. The player's first Pokémon is returned to its Poké Ball before entering the building.

The Global Trade Station lets a player send and receive Pokémon on the worldwide network. If the player talks with the woman at the counter, she will direct them into a room in which they can either put up a Pokémon to be traded or trade a Pokémon they own for one that has been put up for trade.

Players can go to the second floor by using the green warp panels. There are two points of interest on this floor: Box Data, located on the western side and the northern set of green machines, and the Dress-Up Data, located just below the Box Data, in the south-eastern corner. Players can go here by using the pink warp panels. There is only one point of interest on this floor: the Battle Video Gallery located on the western side and the set of the pink machines.

Goldenrod Gym

Main article: Goldenrod Gym
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Goldenrod Gym in HeartGold and SoulSilver

The Goldenrod Gym is the official gym of Goldenrod City. Its focus is on Template:Type2 Pokémon. The Gym Leader is Whitney. Trainers who defeat her receive the Plain Badge. In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the Goldenrod Gym is a maze of flowers and ornaments. The player must navigate their way around the Gym floor by going around the wall of pretty flowers first then enter the middle section. The Trainers in the Gym are hard to avoid, and most of the them must be battled in order to reach Whitney. Whitney will be located in the middle of the Gym where she can be challenged to earn the Plain Badge. When Whitney is defeated, she throws a temper tantrum and cries, but after drying her eyes and blowing her nose, she will get over her loss and give the player the badge.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, many aesthetic changes have been made to the Goldenrod Gym. The overall layout of the Gym remains the same; however, the outer part of the Gym has been raised to create a platform above the rest of the Gym. To reach Whitney, the player must navigate their way around the raised platform, battle Trainers, and go though an arch below one of the platforms to reach Whitney.

After Leader Whitney is defeated, she will give the player the Plain Badge, TM45 (Attract), and the ability to use Strength outside of battle.


Goldenrod City's population is about 77, making it by far the largest city in Johto. Its population is more than double the second-most-populous city in Johto, Violet City. This number also makes Goldenrod the biggest city in the Pokémon world, with 6 more than Lilycove City, the second biggest. This high number is likely due to Goldenrod being the biggest city in the Pokémon world in terms of area and volume.


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  • Goldenrod is the hometown of Bill, the inventor of the Kanto and Johto Pokémon storage system, as well as the rest of his family, who lives in a small house near the Underground's southern entrance. However, some of his family also lives in Fuchsia City.
  • In the Japanese version of Pokémon Crystal, the Pokémon Center was much larger since it had machines to use the Pokémon Mobile System GB's capabilities, and it was known as the Pokémon Communication Center. This feature was removed completely in the English versions of the game, and was replaced with the average Pokémon Center that was there in Gold and Silver.
  • So far, Goldenrod City has the most buildings that are inaccessible to the player of all cities in the main series.
  • The Goldenrod City is the only city bigger than four map squares.

Name origin

Goldenrods are a type of yellow-colored flowering plant. Kogane (黄金) means gold.

In other languages

  • Spanish: Ciudad Trigal (Ciudad Camino Dorado in Latin American dub, only anime,but in EP255 Ash calls like in English.)
  • Italian: Fiordoropoli
  • Brazilian Portuguese: Cidade de Quinhão Dourado (anime only)
  • German: Dukatia City
  • French: Doublonville
  • Korean: 금빛시티

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