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There are various methods of transportation used in the Pokémon world.
These are the primary way of getting around in the games. The player starts with these, and with them is able to walk around. They are used by using the directional controls only.
Introduced in Generation III, the running shoes are a pair of shoes that allow the player to run by holding down the B button in conjunction with the directional pad. Running is not allowed in many buildings, however, until Generation IV. Running speed is affected by terrain, such as marshes and snow. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Running Shoes can be permanently activated using the touch screen.
Generation I and II
In the Generation I and Generation II games, as well as Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, there is only a basic bicycle which is sold by Miracle Cycle. Only one obstacle is passable solely by bicycle, and that is Cycling Road. Bicycling is disallowed in most buildings.
In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, there are two types of bicycle: the Mach Bike and Acro Bike. They can be swapped at Rydel's Cycles in Mauville City.
The Mach Bike can move so fast that it can climb muddy slopes or pass over weak ground without falling through. If the player collides with something, the speed at which they are traveling will reset. On the Seaside Cycling Road, the player's time and amount of collisions are recorded, and will be sent over to another player if the records are swapped. In addition, there is a period of two blocks of acceleration and deceleration when traveling on the Mach Bike, which makes immediate stops impossible.
The Acro Bike has the same speed as the bikes in earlier games, but can climb rocks in areas like Route 112 and travel on white rails on Route 119 and other places. In addition, if the B button is held while on the Acro Bike, the player will perform a wheelie. If the B button and directional pad are used together, the player is able to bunny hop over small gaps.
In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, only one bicycle is available. This, however, has two gears which can be changed by pressing the B button, allowing obstacles to be jumped over with sufficient speed. Unlike the previous generations, bikes cannot be ridden in any buildings in Diamond and Pearl. This was changed in Platinum. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the bike only has one speed, as in Generation II. Unlike Generation II, however, it is given to the player for free by the owner of Miracle Cycle.
In the anime
Bikes are used at various times in the anime, most notably when Ash borrows Misty's bike, but crashes, thus ruining it. This bike is alluded to frequently throughout the first few seasons as a reason Misty is angry at Ash. All of the main female characters owned bikes, which were eventually destroyed. In the Diamond and Pearl saga, when Ash and the gang are traveling on Cycling Road, they use bikes. Barry is also seen with a Bike in DP157.
In the games
In Pokémon Colosseum, Wes rides a futuristic levitating motorcycle.
The biker and cue ball trainer class use motorbikes.
In the anime
Used by Officer Jenny multiple times.
A truck is used by the player's family to move from Johto to Hoenn in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. The player starts off the game inside of the truck.
A truck is located in a normally inaccessible part of the S.S. Anne, in Red and Blue, there are rumors that one can get a Mew or a rare item by using Strength on it. However, these proved to be false. In FireRed and LeafGreen, if you use the Itemfinder to look for an item near the truck, a Lava Cookie can be found instead, as a reference to the rumors.
The Magnet Train runs between Saffron City and Goldenrod City in the Generation II games and their Generation IV remakes, and was constructed some time after Generation I. To ride it, a person needs a Pass, which was given to those displaced by the train stations' construction. A Pass can be received by the Copycat if the player returns her doll which was given to her by the player in Generation I and III and found by a person in Vermilion City.
A freight train appeared in Camp Pikachu. It consisted of a red steam locomotive, numerous freight wagons and a passenger carriage at the rear. It runs on a line in the mountainous areas of Johto. The Pichu Brothers enjoy going for rides on it. The Pichu Brothers' Rascal Railway at PokéPark is likely based on this train.
A train powered solely by an Ampharos that runs between Snowpoint City and Lake Acuity in Sinnoh. It was featured in Frozen on Their Tracks.
In Extreme Pokémon!, Ash and Gary race on skateboards. Skateboards were also supposed to appear in Pokémon Gold and Silver as a different mode of transportation, but that idea was scrapped.
In The Scheme Team, Butch and Cassidy rode segways, although they were referred to as scooters.
Used multiple times in the anime. Among the people with cars are Scott, Norman, Reggie and Bertha.
Nastina was seen using a tank in Tentacool and Tentacruel. Team Rocket also used a tank in It's Mr. Mime Time!, to try to kidnap all the Circus Pokémon.
Seen used frequently by villains. Futuristic airships of a large size, powered apparently by anti-gravity technology of some kind. J, Lawrence III, and Zero all owned airships.
Used by Team Rocket in most episodes. Some balloons were shaped as a Wobbuffet, a Sneasel, a Gliscor, a Carnivine, and a Meowth. A hot air-balloon was also used by Ash and co. in the episode The Kecleon Caper, a Pikachu one in Mewtwo Returns, and by various contestants, including Ash, in The Big Balloon Blow-Up. There were also others in various other episodes like That's Just Swellow and in the movie The Rise of Darkrai. Hot air balloon-like aircraft or dirigibles were also used in Great Bowls of Fire, however it possessed the notable difference of seeming to be driven forward in the air by Pokémon (in the episode's specific usage, Charizard).
Used by Noland in Numero Uno Articuno.
Used by Officer Jenny and other police officers in Losing Its Lustrous.
Used by Falkner in Fighting Flyer with Fire.
Used by Domino and many Team Rocket grunts in Mewtwo Returns.
Used by Team Rocket, Team Magma, Team Aqua and Team Galactic multiple times and by Rhonda in All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go!. Also Murph used one in DP169.
In The Scheme Team, Butch and Cassidy rode on jet packs to go to the location of their mission. Domino also used one in Mewtwo Returns.
Seen commonly in the various manga. Most notably, Officer Jenny patrols in a flying car in the Electric Tale of Pikachu. Wallace also has a flying car in Pokémon Adventures.
A cable car is the only transport to the summit of Mt. Chimney in the Hoenn region. The cable cars here have appeared in both the games and the anime.
The S.S. Anne stops once every four years, annually or monthly (depending on canon) in Vermilion City. The S.S. Ticket that is needed to board the ship is only given away to exclusive people, such as Bill and Professor Oak. However, they can give the ticket away to others.
The S.S. Aqua is a boat that runs between Olivine City in Johto and Vermilion City in Kanto. It is the largest ship seen so far in the Pokémon world.
The S.S. Tidal is a boat that mostly runs in the Hoenn region.
After the player has become the champion, it will always run between Lilycove City and Slateport City, and to the Battle Tower in Ruby and Sapphire. However, it will also run to other places if the player has a ticket. With the Battle Pass, it will run to the Battle Frontier (in Emerald); with the Eon Ticket, it will run to Southern Island; with the Mysticticket, it will run to Navel Rock; with the Aurora Ticket, it will run to Birth Island; and with the Old Sea Map, it will run to Faraway Island.
The S.S. Cactus was a large ship from Hoenn Region, that supposedly carried large amount of passengers and cargo. However, for some reason, the ship was partially submerged along Route 108, where it currently remains ruined on a sandbar. It is not specifically known where the boat ran between, though based on it's location, one could assume it might have stopped at either Slateport City or Dewford Town. In present day, many Pokémon live in, and lots of trainers enjoy exploring and training on the boat, known to people as the Abandoned Ship.
The Seagallop Ferries run between Vermilion City in Kanto and each of the nine Sevii Islands.
There are currently four known tickets that can be used to board a Seagallop Ferry: The Tri-Pass allows the holder to travel to Knot, Boon and Kin Islands, the Rainbow Pass to the same three islands, as well as Floe, Chrono, Fortune, and Quest Islands, the Mysticticket allows travel to Navel Rock, and the Aurora Ticket allows travel to Birth Island.
The S.S. Spiral is a boat in Sinnoh that runs from Snowpoint City to the Fight Area in the Battle Zone.
In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the S.S. Spiral was a regular looking ship. However, in Pokémon Platinum, it had a redesign. The S.S. Spiral became a red boat with a crane on the back, and, its possible namesake, two spinning drills to part the ice floes in the area from Snowpoint City to the Battle Zone.
A variety of other unnamed boats are known to exist, for example:
Used by Team Rocket many times and by Ash and his friends in Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea and in Relicanth Really Can!. In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, a submarine made by Captain Stern is stolen by Team Magma or Team Aqua (depending on version) to reach Seafloor Cavern, where either Groudon or Kyogre is.
Used by a Nurse Joy in The Joy of Pokémon, and by Ash and his friends in Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea.
Team Rocket has used many different boats in the anime.
Ash and his friends went on a Wailord-shaped Steam Boat in Steamboat Willies!.
Pokémon riding on Pokémon
Pokémon are also used occasionally for transportation. People, as well as Pokémon themselves, may ride on Pokémon for various reasons. This is mostly seen in races, wherein only Pokémon may be used to move around. This was first notable in The Flame Pokémon-athon!, where Ash and his friends joined a race. Ash and his friends also used Lapras in going around the Orange Archipelago.
Ash's Template:Type2 Pokémon were rode on many times, mostly by Pikachu for looking for something or attacking Team Rocket's balloon. Pikachu rode on Butterfree in episodes such as Bye Bye Butterfree. It also rode on Pidgeotto, Swellow and Staraptor, Ash's bird-based Pokémon, multiple times.