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Blackthorn City

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Blackthorn City フスベシティ
Fusube City
"A Quiet Mountain Retreat"
Blackthorn City HGSS.png
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Map description
A mysterious mountain village cut into a rock face.
Blackthorn City Gym - Johto Gym #8
Clair
Clair
Dragon-type
specialist Gym
Rising Badge
Rising Badge
Blackthorn City Gym - Johto Gym #8
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Dragon-type
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Rising Badge
Rising Badge
Blackthorn City Gym - Johto Gym #8
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Dragon-type
specialist Gym
Rising Badge
Rising Badge
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Ice Path
 
Blackthorn City
 
Route 45
 
Location
Johto Blackthorn City Map.png
Location of Blackthorn City in Johto.
Blackthorn City GSC.png
Gen II

Blackthorn City (Japanese: フスベシティ Fusube City) is located in northeast Johto. It is known as "A Quiet Mountain Retreat".

Pokémon Trainers often come to Blackthorn City in order to win the Rising Badge from Clair, the Blackthorn Gym Leader, who specializes in Dragon-type Pokémon.

Many famous Dragon-type Trainers, including Clair and Lance, come from Blackthorn City.

According to a resident in Blackthorn, most Trainers in the city end up being Dragon-type specialists. This could be because of the Dragon's Den in the area and because the local Gym Leader is a Dragon-type Trainer.

Places of interest

Move Deleter and Move Tutor House

A house is located in the southern part of the city, to the left of the Poké Mart.

In Generation II, the Move Deleter lives here, alone. For no charge, he will make a Pokémon forget a move it knows. This is the only way for a Pokémon to forget HM moves. In order to delete an HM move, the player must first have another Pokémon with that same move in order for it to be deleted. The Move Deleter's service can be used to delete moves exclusive to Generation II, so that Pokémon can be traded to a Generation I game via the Time Capsule.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the move deleter shares his house with Johto's Move Reminder, who will teach a move the Pokémon was previously able to learn in exchange for a Heart Scale. There are also two Move Tutors: one who will teach Draco Meteor to Dragon-type Pokémon, and another who will teach Frenzy Plant, Blast Burn and Hydro Cannon to the fully-evolved Grass-, Fire-, and Water-type starter Pokémon, respectively. Like the move deleter, the tutors do not charge for their services.

In Generation IV, the sign outside reads:

Move Deleter and Move Tutor House
A Mysterious House Where You Can Make
Pokémon Forget and Remember Moves

Dragon's Den

Main article: Dragon's Den

A clan of masters of Dragon-type Pokémon have lived in the city for generations. The masters built the Dragon's Den, a cavern with an underground lake that contains a shrine to Dragon Pokémon, as well as the elders of the Dragon clan. The entrance is located behind the Gym, across a small pond, while the main cavern seems to be located underneath the city itself.

Many strong Trainers can be found within the cavern. The Master of the Dragon User Clan is located here, and he will quiz the player on their attitude towards and treatment of their Pokémon. Correct answers will be rewarded, in Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, with a Dratini that knows ExtremeSpeed. Silver can be found here, contemplating his training some days of the week, and Clair will visit to reward the player with the Rising Badge she refused to award in the Gym, as well as TM24 (DragonBreath)GSC or TM59 (Dragon Pulse)HGSS.

It is inaccessible before defeating Clair in the Blackthorn Gym, as it is blocked off by a man in front of the cave, and then it must be traversed to finally obtain the Rising Badge. Clair and Lance appear for a Tag Battle if the player and rival have already battled at Mt. Moon.

Ice Path

Main article: Ice Path

The Ice Path is the only way into the town from the north. Route 45 is also reachable from the south of Blackthorn, but the steep mountain path means it can be used as an exit only. It is known for its numerous ice puzzles, which vary in size and difficulty. The Ice Cave is famous for its rare Jynx, but it has many other Pokémon as well. It is the only place in Johto where wild Swinub, Jynx and Delibird can be caught.

Santos

Main article: Week Siblings

Santos can be found in the city on Saturdays. When the player encounters him for the first time, he'll give out a Spell TagGSC or Soft SandHGSS, and then a Snooze Ribbon all other times after the first encounterHGSS.

Demographics

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Blackthorn City's population is 40. This high number is due, in part, to the Gym.

Poké Mart

Generation II
Great Ball Great Ball
Pokémon Dollar600
Ultra Ball Ultra Ball
Pokémon Dollar1200
Hyper Potion Hyper Potion
Pokémon Dollar1200
Max Potion Max Potion
Pokémon Dollar2500
Full Heal Full Heal
Pokémon Dollar600
Revive Revive
Pokémon Dollar1500
Max Repel Max Repel
Pokémon Dollar700
X Defend X Defend
Pokémon Dollar550
X Attack X Attack
Pokémon Dollar500
Generation IV - Bottom
Poké Ball Poké Ball
Pokémon Dollar200
Great Ball Great Ball
Pokémon Dollar600
Ultra Ball Ultra Ball
Pokémon Dollar1200
Potion Potion
Pokémon Dollar300
Super Potion Super Potion
Pokémon Dollar700
Hyper Potion Hyper Potion
Pokémon Dollar1200
Max Potion Max Potion
Pokémon Dollar2500
Full Restore Full Restore*
Pokémon Dollar3000
Revive Revive
Pokémon Dollar1500
Antidote Antidote
Pokémon Dollar100
Parlyz Heal Parlyz Heal
Pokémon Dollar200
Awakening Awakening
Pokémon Dollar250
Burn Heal Burn Heal
Pokémon Dollar250
Ice Heal Ice Heal
Pokémon Dollar250
Full Heal Full Heal
Pokémon Dollar600
Escape Rope Escape Rope
Pokémon Dollar550
Repel Repel
Pokémon Dollar350
Super Repel Super Repel
Pokémon Dollar500
Max Repel Max Repel
Pokémon Dollar700
Generation IV - Top
Air Mail Air Mail
Pokémon Dollar50
Net Ball Net Ball
Pokémon Dollar1000
Dusk Ball Dusk Ball
Pokémon Dollar1000

Items

Item Location Games
Bag Spell Tag Sprite.png Spell Tag From SantosSa  G  S  C 
Bag Soft Sand Sprite.png Soft Sand From SantosSa  HG  SS 
Snooze Ribbon.png Snooze Ribbon From SantosSa  HG  SS 
Effort Ribbon.png Effort Ribbon House northeast of Pokémon Center  HG  SS 
Bag None Sprite.png Bitter Berry Held by Don, a Rhydon player receives in a trade  G  S 
Bag Smoke Ball Sprite.png Smoke Ball Held by Doris, a Dodrio player receives in a trade  C  HG  SS 

Pokémon

Generation II

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Surfing
129 Magikarp
G S C
Surfing Surfing
5-19 100%
Fishing
060 Poliwag
G S C
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
060 Poliwag
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 65%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
060 Poliwag
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 70%
061 Poliwhirl
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
Special Pokémon
085 Dodrio
G S C
148 Trade
Dragonair
The same as the Traded Pokémon One
112 Rhydon
G S C
148 Trade
Dragonair
The same as the Traded Pokémon One
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Generation IV

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Surfing
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Surfing Surfing
2-20 100%
Fishing
060 Poliwag
HG SS
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 5%
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 95%
060 Poliwag
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 40%
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 60%
060 Poliwag
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 93%
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 7%
Special Pokémon
085 Dodrio
HG SS
148 Trade
Dragonair
The same as the Traded Pokémon One
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Trainer Tips

Generation II

TRAINER TIPS
A POKéMON holding
a MIRACLEBERRY
will cure itself
of any status
problem.

Generation IV

Trainer Tips
Wild Pokémon will appear regularly if you don't run, but walk quietly in the tall grass. If your party Pokémon are tired, it is better to avoid running, and go straight to a Pokémon Center.

In the anime

Blackthorn City in the anime

Blackthorn City first appeared in the episode Beauty is Skin Deep, after Ash, Brock, and Misty witnessed an age-old ritual performed by Clair. In the following episode Ash took part in his Gym battle, but it was interrupted by Team Rocket. They chased the villains through the Dragon's Den to the Dragon Holy Land. Here, Ash reunited with his Charizard. In Better Eight Than Never, Clair and Ash started their battle over, and Ash managed to earn his Rising Badge.

In the Best Wishes series, it was mentioned in Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!, as the plane Dawn took to Johto went there.

Trivia

  • Blackthorn's Japanese motto is やまあいに たたずむ しずかな まち "A quiet city standing among the mountains".
  • The song Sevii Islands: Four & Five Islands (Japanese: ナナシマ4・5の島) is a remix of the song Azalea Town (Japanese: ヒワダタウン) from Generation II, shared with Blackthorn City, that is played on Four and Five Islands in FireRed and LeafGreen.
  • In Generation II, if the Dratini in one of the houses is interacted with and the Coin Case is used immediately afterward, a Coin Case glitch will be triggered. This causes the Coin Case's display to change to "Which move?he pp of" permanently, unless the game is reset without saving.
  • Blackthorn City and Violet City are the only Johto cities which keep their Generation II slogans in Generation IV.
  • Blackthorn City is similar to that of Unova's Opelucid City in Black and White, with the fact that both of these cities house the final Gym of their respective regions (which is Dragon-type in both cases) and are the tenth cities that the player encounters.
  • There is an error on the Trainer Tips sign in Generation IV. It says that wild Pokémon appear regularly when walking and not running through tall grass, when it is in fact the opposite.
    • There is likely a missing word in the first line, and could have been meant to read as: "Wild Pokémon will appear less regularly if you don't run, but walk quietly in the tall grass."

Name origin

Language Name Origin
Japanese フスベシティ Fusube City From 燻色 fusube-iro (smoke black color) and 燻べる fusuberu (to smoke). May also be from 伏辺山 (Fusube-yama), a mountain in Yamagata Prefecture. The individual components of its name can be roughly translated as "to hide" and "surrounding area."
English Blackthorn City From blackthorn, a type of plant closely related to the plum
French Ébènelle From ébène, ebony
German Ebenholz City From Ebenholz, ebony
Italian Ebanopoli From ebano (ebony) and the suffix -poli, meaning city
Spanish Ciudad Endrino
Ciudad Espina Negra*
From endrino, blackthorn
Literally black thorn
Korean 검은먹시티 Geom'eunmeok City 검은먹 geom'eunmeok means black ink stick.
Chinese (Mandarin) 煙墨市/烟墨市 Yānmò Shì From 煙 yān (smoke) and 墨 (ink). Both of which are associated with the color black.
Chinese (Cantonese) 煙墨市 Yinmak Si Same as the Mandarin name.



Johto
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Settlements
New Bark TownCherrygrove CityViolet CityAzalea TownGoldenrod CityEcruteak City
Olivine CityCianwood CityMahogany TownBlackthorn CitySafari Zone GateFrontier Access
Routes
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Landmarks
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Goldenrod TunnelNational ParkPokéathlon DomeBell TowerBurned TowerMooMoo FarmGlitter Lighthouse
Battle Tower (CrystalHGSS)/FrontierCliff Edge GateCliff CaveEmbedded TowerSafari ZoneWhirl Islands
Mt. MortarLake of RageTeam Rocket HQIce PathDragon's DenS.S. AquaMt. Silver
Access to
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