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Transportation in the Pokémon world

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There are various methods of transportation used in the Pokémon world.

List of methods of transportation


Normal shoes

These are the primary way of getting around in the games. The player starts with these, and with them, is able to walk around.

Running shoes

Introduced in Generation III, the running shoes are a pair of shoes that allow the player to run by holding down the B button. Running is not allowed in many buildings, however, until Generation IV.


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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 only by bicycle, and that is Cycling Road. Bicycling is disallowed in most buildings.

Generation III

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 move over muddy slopes or over weak ground. If the player collides with something, the speed 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.

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.

Generation IV

In the Generation IV games released so far, only one bicycle is available. This, however, has two gears which can be changed by pressing the B button. Obstacles can be jumped over with sufficient speed. Unlike the previous generations, bikes cannot be ridden in any buildings.

Flying Vechicles

A blimp in the anime


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Team Rocket's Meowth balloon

Hot Air Balloons

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 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.

Noland's plane doing a flip
Officer Jenny's jet plane


Used by Noland in Numero Uno Articuno.

Used by Officer Jenny and other police officers in Losing Its Lustrous.


Used by Domino in Mewtwo Returns.

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One of Team Rocket's helicopters


Used by Team Rocket, Team Magma, Team Aqua and Team Galactic multiple times and by Rhonda in All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go!.

Air Car

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 Special.

Air Ship

Seen used frequently by villains. Futuristic airships of a large size, powered apparently by antigravity technology of some kind. J, Lawrence III, and Zero all owned airships.


Leaf about to board S.S. Anne.

S.S. Anne

The S.S. Anne stops four years, a year 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.

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Gold disembarking from the S.S. Aqua.

S.S. Aqua

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.

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May about to board the S.S. Tidal from the Battle Frontier.

S.S. Tidal

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. However, it will occasionally run to other places if the player has a ticket. With the Battle Pass, it will run to Battle Tower (in Ruby and Sapphire) or 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 Auroraticket, it will run to Birth Island; and with the Old Sea Map, it will run to Faraway Island.

One of the Seagallop Ferries on its way between Vermilion City in Kanto and the Sevii Islands.

Seagallop Ferries

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 them 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 Auroraticket allows travel to Birth Island.

One of Team Rocket's submarines


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 to reach Seafloor Cavern where Groudon or Kyogre is.

Kayaks and canoes

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.

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Team Rocket's Wobbuffet boat

Team Rocket's boats

Team Rocket has used many different boats in the anime.

Steam Boats

Ash and his friends went on a Wailord-shaped Steam Boat in Steamboat Willies!.

Objects with Wheels

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Trucks in the anime.

Moving truck

A truck is used by the player's family to move from Johto to Hoenn in the Generation III games. The player starts off the game inside of the truck.

Magnet Train

The Magnet Train runs between Saffron City and Goldenrod City, 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.

S.S. Anne Truck

A truck is located in a normally inaccessible part of the S.S. Anne. Its purpose is currently unknown.

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Officer Jenny on her motorcycle.


Used by Officer Jenny multiple times.

Gary on a skateboard being pulled by his Arcanine


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.

Butch and Cassidy riding Segways


In The Scheme Team, Butch and Cassidy rode Segways.


Used multiple times in the anime.


Nastina was seen using a Tank in Tentacool and Tentacruel. Also, Team Rocket used a Tank in It's Mr. Mime Time! to try and kidnap all the Circus Pokémon.