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The Town Map is the first and most basic of the map devices used by players of the Pokémon games, and is the navigational item for all Generation I games, FireRed and LeafGreen, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum and Black and White. In these, it is a key item, but they can also be found in Pokémon Centers next to the PC in Generations III and IV. In the Johto region, the player receives a map card for the Pokégear after being given a tour of Cherrygrove City by the Guide Gent which serves the same purpose in Generation II and HeartGold and SoulSilver. In the Hoenn region, the PokéNav has a built in map that also has the same function as the Town Map for Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.
|| A map of the local area. It identifies your present location.
|| A very convenient map that can be viewed anytime. It even shows your present location.
|| Can be viewed anytime. Shows your present location.
| A very convenient map that can be viewed anytime. It even shows your present location.
In Pokémon Red and Blue, Green and Pokémon Yellow, and their Generation III remakes Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Daisy Oak will give it to the player after he or she receives his or her starter Pokémon and delivers Oak's Parcel to the Professor. If it is not obtained here, then it will be given by Celio at Knot Island in Generation III.
At first, the map will only display the Kanto region. During Generation III, after the player has ventured into the Sevii Islands, Celio will give them an upgraded map, featuring Knot, Boon, and Kin Islands. After defeating the Elite Four and getting the National Pokédex, Celio will upgrade the map to its complete extent, revealing the final four Sevii Islands. The map display can be changed among the four sections (mainland Kanto; Knot, Boon, and Kin Island; Floe and Chrono Island and Navel Rock; and Fortune, Quest, and Birth Island) at will after getting each new map.
In FireRed and LeafGreen, certain locations in Kanto and the Sevii Islands have a small flavor text, referred to in-game as a "guide". This would be expanded on for every Sinnoh location in Generation IV.
A new, separate Town Map was introduced in Sinnoh, and serves as a complimentary map application to the Pokétch. The Sinnoh Town Map offers flavor text descriptions of all visited locations in the game, and of all routes, visited or not. However, areas such as such as Fullmoon Island will not be shown unless the player goes there. It resembles a Nintendo DS.
The Map is obtained in Jubilife City, when visiting the Trainers' School. The player receives it from his or her rival, Barry, upon giving him the Parcel from his mother.
Interestingly, Platinum's Town Map text data appears to have been taken directly from Diamond and Pearl: this is evidenced by Route 212's description including a reference to the house where shards can be traded for TMs. However, in Platinum, the TM-trading woman has been replaced by a Move Tutor. The actual map was altered slightly, as Fullmoon Island and Newmoon Island are now one space farther apart.
The town map in Black and White region is given to the player by their mother after receiving the Pokédex from Professor Juniper, while players of Black 2 and White 2 get it from Hugh's sister after Bianca gives them Poké Balls.
In Dreams by the Yard Full!, similar to Max with his PokéNav and Brock with his Pokégear, Cilan is shown to have a Town Map for his journeys with Ash and Iris. It seems to have the ability to look up and locate various landmarks and natural occurrences as seen in Cottonee in Love! when Cilan uses it to track the flow of the wind, and in Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open! when he locates plants used for an antidote for poison at the bottom of a lake.