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Pokémon Gear (Japanese: ポケモンギア Pokémon Gear), or more commonly just PokéGear (Japanese: ポケギア PokéGear), is an important item for Pokémon trainers. It looks like a large, advanced, wristwatch, with a symbol resembling an S or a backwards 2 (perhaps the Silph Co. logo) at the top. It was first introduced in Generation II; the Generation III analog to the PokéGear appears to be the PokéNav, while the Generation IV counterpart is the Pokétch.
The main character of Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal receives a PokéGear from their mother at the start of their journey. It has several functions, some of which will need to be unlocked during the game by receiving special expansion cards.
The PokéGear displays the day of the week and the time of day, entered at the beginning of the game.
A glitch in Pokémon Gold and Sliver occurred in which if the functions were scrolled through, the day will instantly change. It was fixed in Pokémon Crystal.
The PokéGear displays a map of Johto and later Kanto.
A Map Card is required for this function; this is obtained from the guide in Cherrygrove City.
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 informaton from them, such as battling tips or when rare Pokémon appear. Up to ten people can be saved onto the phone.
Trainer phone listing
The PokéGear functions as a radio. 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 Johto Radio Tower's lottery promotion.
|Professor Oak's Pokémon Talk
||Professor Oak, DJ Mary
||Talk show discussing locations where semi-rare Pokémon can be found.
||Broadcasts music: either a march or a lullaby, depending on the time of day
||Broadcasts one ID per week; trainers who come to the welcome center with a Pokémon whose ID is similar will win a prize.
||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).
|Un(kn)own Radio Station
||Strange noises will play. Ruins of Alph only.
|Places and People
||Talk show discussing Kanto locations or trainers the player has faced. Requires EXPN Card in Pokémon Crystal.
|Let's All Sing
||Broadcasts music, either a march or a lullaby. Requires EXPN Card in Pokémon Crystal.
||Plays Poké Flute music. Used to awaken Snorlax. Requires EXPN Card.
|Team Rocket evolution signal (Shown as ?????)
||Team Rocket HQ
||An eerie tune plays over and over. Only plays in Mahogany Town, Route 43, and Lake of Rage. No longer plays when the player has cleared the Team Rocket Hideout.
|Team Rocket's announcement (replaces other radio station)
||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.
A Radio Card is required for this function; this is obtained from a quiz host at the Johto Radio Tower.
An EXPN Card gives the radio the ability to tune into certain stations in Kanto; this is obtained from someone at the Kanto Radio Tower after restoring the power to Kanto.
Many characters in the anime own PokéGears:
For some reason, the backwards 2 was removed from the PokéGears in the dubbing of The Legend of Thunder!
- Misty also owns one, so that she can keep in contact with Daisy at the Cerulean Gym.
The PokéGear appears as a card in the Neo Genesis set.