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Blue Pokégear in HeartGold and SoulSilver
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Pink Pokégear in HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon Gear (Japanese: ポケモンギア Pokémon Gear), or more commonly just Pokégear (Japanese: ポケギア Pokégear), is an electronic device found in Johto. It looks like a large, advanced wristwatch with the Silph Co. logo on it. It was first introduced in Generation II; the Hoenn region's analog to the Pokégear appears to be the PokéNav, while the Sinnoh counterpart is the Pokétch.

The Pokégear is an important tool for Trainers, some see it necessary to have one on a Trainer's adventure. The main character of Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal receives a Pokégear from their mother at the start of their journey. The player is able to have access to the Pokégear by selecting it from the menu. At that, it is easy to navigate through the Pokégear by selecting through four different functions located at the top-left of the screen. It displays the map of the region, names of previously fought Trainers, and the current time. It also allows players to call registered Trainers. Certain functions need to be unlocked during the game by receiving special expansion cards.

The Pokégear returns in the Generation IV remakes, HeartGold and SoulSilver. The interface has been completely redesigned, using both screens on the Nintendo DS. The top will always display the time function on the Pokégear, while the touch screen will display the other different functions of the Pokégear, as well as selecting other functions using the touch screen. The outer aesthetics of the Pokégear have changed abruptly as well. The whole Pokégear is a flip top, while the bottom section of the Pokégear is used to scan special expansion cards to upgrade it with other functions. Its color skin is changeable between blue, pink, a Team Rocket theme, a Japanese dojo theme, a Pokémon League theme, and teal-and-white with a Silph Co. theme.

Functions

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Pokégear artwork from Generation II

The Pokégear's functionality comes from the several features and applications that can be installed in it, making it extensible. Many people are willing to give away special expansion cards to upgrade the Pokégear with other functions. In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, there are 4 available functions, two of which are included with the Pokégear. The rest are not available at the start but can be received at a later time.

Time

Included in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal with the Pokégear, the time function is the most basic feature. The Pokégear will digitally display the time of day using the 12-hour AM/PM format as well as the day of the week. It runs off of the time the player input at the beginning of the game.

A glitch in Gold and Silver will change the day if the functions are scrolled through; this was addressed in Crystal. A function in Gold and Silver that allowed players to reset the game's time in the title screen was also removed from Crystal.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the time will always be displayed on the top screen of the DS. However, unlike in Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the time is displayed using the 24-hour format instead of the 12-hour format and runs on the Nintendo DS's internal clock, much like the Pokétch. There is also a wireless signal measurement next to the time, though it has no purpose and always displays the same. .

Map

Obtained after the player receives a map card for the Pokégear after taking a tour of Cherrygrove City from the Guide Gent, the map function of the Pokégear acts as a Town Map, displaying a map of Johto and later Kanto with cities, towns and other important landmarks. It is the most basic of the map devices used by the player, and is the navigational item for all Generation II games.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the mechanics of the map remain the same, only to have several added features, including the ability to zoom in to display areas of interest, with certain locations having a small flavor text. There is another feature that allows the player to add notes and markings to different locations, to allow the player to make notes about each area about the Pokémon in the area, any Apricorn or Berry trees, any special buildings, TM locations or any other notes. These notes will appear on the top screen when the player highlights that specific area on the map. Like the Marking Map on the Pokétch, it also displays the current locations of all Pokémon that travel around Johto, including Entei, Raikou and Suicune.

Phone

Included in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal with the Pokégear, the phone function on the Pokégear will function like a cellphone, allowing the user to make calls to people that they've traded phone numbers with. This allows the player to talk to other characters and learn information from them, such as battling tips or when rare Pokémon appear. The player can also store numbers of other important people, like their mom, or Professor Elm. Mom will also ring every so often, telling the player about the money she has saved (if opted for by the player) and occasionally buys decorations for the bedroom, or items such as Super Potions. The phone function has a memory bank that can save up to ten people on the phone.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the phone function makes a return, and is used in the same way. The player is able to select a person to call from the touch screen, and is able to call them. It is also able to store many more numbers in its memory with no limit than the same function in Generation II. The player's mom once again provides her unique money-saving services.

Trainer phone listing

Person Location Notes
Biker Aiden Route 17
Biker Ernest Route 17
Biker Reese Route 17
Bill Goldenrod City Calls when Bill's PC box is full.GSC
Bird Keeper Jose Route 27 Gives away Star Pieces.
Bird Keeper Josh Route 14
Bird Keeper Vance Route 44 Gives away Carbos.
Black Belt Kenji Route 45 Gives away PP Ups during random lunch breaks at noon.
Buena Goldenrod City Obtainable after getting 30 Blue Card points. CHGSS
Bug Catcher Arnie Route 35 Calls during a Yanma swarm.
Bug Catcher Doug Route 2
Bug Catcher Rob Route 2
Bug Catcher Wade Route 31 Reminds player of the Bug-Catching Contest. Gives away berries.
Camper Tanner Route 13
Camper Todd Route 34 Reminds player of the Goldenrod Department Store's bargain sale.GSC
Childhood Friend Ethan/Lyra New Bark Town
Cool Trainer Beth*/Ace Trainer Jamie* Route 27
Cool Trainer Gaven Route 27
Cool Trainer Reena Route 26
Day Care Lady Route 34
Day Care Man Route 34
Firebreather Walt Route 35
Fisher Chris*/Tully* Route 42 Gives away Water Stones.CHGSS
Fisher Kyle Route 12
Fisher Kyler Route 12
Fisher Ralph Route 32 Calls during a Qwilfish swarm.
Fisher Wilton Route 44 Calls during a Remoraid swarm, and gives away various Poké Balls.
Gentleman Alfred Glitter Lighthouse
Hiker Anthony Route 33 Calls during a Dunsparce swarm.
Hiker Kenny Route 13
Hiker Parry Route 45 Calls during a Marill swarm.
Juggler Irwin Route 35
Lass Dana Route 38 Gives away Thunderstones.CHGSS
Lass Krise National Park
Mom* New Bark Town Saves the player's money and buys items.
Picnicker Erin Route 46
Picnicker Gina Route 34 Gives away Leaf Stones.CHGSS
Picnicker Liz Route 32
Picnicker Tiffany Route 43
Pokéball Creator Kurt Azalea Town
PokéFan Beverly National Park Requires Marill in partyC: Gives away Nuggets.CHGSS
PokéFan Derek Route 39
PokéManiac Brent Route 43
Professor Elm* New Bark Town Calls about major events.
Professor Oak Pallet Town
Safari Warden Baoba Johto Safari Zone
Schoolboy Alan Route 36 Gives away Fire Stones.CHGSS
Schoolboy Billy Route 15
Schoolboy Chad Route 38 Calls during a Snubbull swarm.
Schoolboy Jack National Park
Schoolboy Torin Route 14
Sailor Huey Glitter Lighthouse
Teacher Hillary Route 15
Twins Kay & Tia Route 15
Young Couple Tim & Sue Route 13
Youngster Ian Route 34
Youngster Joey Route 30 Gives away HP Up.

The rematch concept is expanded in HeartGold and SoulSilver to allow players to rematch the Gym Leaders of Johto and Kanto. The phone numbers for most of the sixteen Leaders can be obtained before the Earth Badge has been obtained, but rematches with the gym leaders cannot be scheduled until after Blue has been defeated. By speaking with them at the appropriate time and place, players can obtain their phone numbers. At a later, specified date, the player can call the Leader and ask for a rematch. The Leader will always accept, and the battle will be fought at Saffron City's Fighting Dojo.

Gym Leader phone listing

Leader Time and Location of Phone Number Time of Battle
Falkner Celadon City Department Store on Mondays, must have beaten Janine Saturday morning
Bugsy Ilex Forest or Viridian Forest on Thursdays Thursday afternoon
Whitney Goldenrod City Department Store everyday from 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM Saturday afternoon
Morty Bellchime Trail on Mondays and Tuesdays Tuesday night
Chuck From Chuck's wife Wednesday night
Jasmine Olivine City diner every day between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM Wednesday afternoon
Pryce Lake of Rage on Saturdays between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM Monday mornings
Clair Dragon's Den every morning between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM, must have beaten Lance and her in a double battle. Friday evening
Brock Diglett's Cave every day between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM, must have beaten Blue Saturday evening
Misty Route 25 unless Suicune is present, every day between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM, must have beaten Blue Wednesday morning
Lt. Surge Power Plant after Zapdos is captured or defeated, but only between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM, and only if the player is walking with a Pikachu Friday morning
Erika Celadon City fountain on Saturdays and Sundays between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM Sunday morning
Sabrina Olivine City harbor on Fridays at any time Sunday afternoon
Janine Pokémon League Reception Gate every evening between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM Monday afternoon
Blaine Cinnabar Island on Tuesdays at any time, must have beaten Blue Tuesday afternoon
Blue From Daisy Oak after having at least five massages and showing her a Pokémon with full happiness Sunday night

Radio

Obtained after the Radio Card is received from a quiz host at the Goldenrod Radio Tower, radio function allows music to be played like a radio. The Pokégear functions as a radio that allows the player to listen to the radio stations within the game being broadcast from [the Radio Tower. This allows the player to get tips from Professor Oak and DJ Mary on Oak's Pokémon Talk, affect how active wild Pokémon are by playing Pokémon March or Pokémon Lullaby on the Pokémon Music station, or listen to the Lucky Channel to keep track of the Radio Tower's lottery promotion.

When the player travels into Kanto in Crystal, he/she will not receive a signal for the radio, and must obtain an EXPN Card to tune into certain stations in Kanto; this is obtained from someone at the Lavender Radio Tower after restoring the power to Kanto. In Gold and Silver, the EXPN Card is only required for the Poké Flute station.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the radio function makes a return, and is received in the same way it was in Generation II. Tuning can be done in two ways, moving the indicator around the globe using the stylus, or selecting one of the four radio stations. Similar radio stations appear. As in Crystal, the EXPN Card is required for all stations in Kanto.

Radio shows

Program Host(s) Channel Description
Pokédex Show (no DJ) 4.5 (Johto)
4 AM-10 AM only, Generation II only
A show that broadcasts Pokédex entries gathered by the player.
Professor Oak's Pokémon Talk Professor Oak, DJ Mary 4.5 (Johto)
10 AM-4 AM only in Generation II, all day in Generation IV
Talk show discussing locations where semi-rare Pokémon can be found. Also speaks about swarms and where Sinnoh/Hoenn Pokémon currently reside.
Pokémon Music DJ Ben 7.5 (Johto) Broadcasts different music to different effects depending on the day of the week.
Lucky Channel Reed 8.5 (Johto) Broadcasts one ID per week; trainers who come to the welcome center with a Pokémon whose ID is similar will win a prize (G/S/C only).
Buena's Password Buena 10.5 (Johto) Broadcasts one password per night between 6 PM-12 AM; trainers who come to Buena and recite the password can get points redeemable for prizes (Crystal only).
Variety Channel Silver Drama/Buena 10.5 (Johto) Broadcasts Buena's Password channel with a couple more new features. Aside from the aforementioned channel, there's a few other new channels that are broadcast in different schedules (HG/SS only).
Un(kn)own Radio Station (Shown as "Mysterious Transmission") Unown 13.5 (Johto) Strange noises will play. Ruins of Alph only. It must be tuned into manually using the stylus in HeartGold and SoulSilver, while normal stations assigned to the radio's buttons will not play in the Ruins of Alph. In Generation IV, it also increases the chance of encountering an Unown shape the player has not yet encountered.
Places and People DJ Lily 16.5 (Kanto) Talk show discussing Kanto locations or trainers the player has faced. Requires EXPN Card in Pokémon Crystal (G/S/C only).
Let's All Sing DJ Fern 18.5 (Kanto) Broadcasts different music to different effects depending on the day of the week. Requires EXPN Card in Pokémon Crystal (G/S/C only).
Poké Flute (no DJ) 20 (Kanto) Plays Poké Flute music. Used to awaken Snorlax. Requires EXPN Card.
Team Rocket evolution signal (Shown as "Radio Transmission") Team Rocket HQ 20.5 (Johto) An eerie tune plays over and over. Only plays in Mahogany Town, Route 43, and Lake of Rage and causes interference that prevents the radio from tuning in to other stations in HeartGold and SoulSilver. No longer plays when the player has cleared the Team Rocket HQ.
Team Rocket's announcement (replaces other radio station) Team Rocket Every radio station (Johto) 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 rejoined, and pleads their boss, Giovanni, to come out of hiding and rejoin them. Begins playing once the player has obtained seven badges, no longer plays when Team Rocket disbands.

In the anime

In the anime, it is shown that the Pokégear has at least two designs, a black one and a white and pink one. Several characters in the anime own Pokégears:

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Misty's Pokégear
  • Misty also owns one, so that she can keep in contact with her sisters at the Cerulean Gym.
  • Lyra owns the new version of the Pokégear, and she owns a pink model. Likewise, her friend Khoury owns a blue model.
  • Brock received his own Pokégear at the end of Bagged Then Tagged! when he was given one by Khoury's father. It has been used fairly regularly by him since then, normally being used by Brock to track the group's location (similar to how Max did with the PokéNav).

In the TCG

The PokéGear appears as a card in the Neo Genesis set. The redesigned version, Pokégear 3.0, appears as a card in the HeartGold & SoulSilver expansion.

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