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Cinnabar Island

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Cinnabar Island グレンじま
グレンタウン

Guren Island/Guren Town
"The Ravaged Town of the Past"
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Map description
A town used to be here until it was swept away by an eruption.
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Route 21
 
Cinnabar Island
Route 20
Location
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Location of Cinnabar Island in Kanto.
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Gen I Gen II Gen III

Cinnabar Island (referred to in Japanese as both グレンじま Guren Island and グレンタウン Guren Town) is a large island located off the southern coast of the Kanto region, south of Pallet Town. It is home to a large volcano. Blaine was once the resident Gym Leader specializing in Fire-type Pokémon, but as of Generation IV, Cinnabar Island no longer has a Gym. Cinnabar is a kind of red mineral, associated with hot springs and volcanoes. The island is connected to the mainland by two water routes: Route 20 in the east and Route 21 in the north, leading to Fuchsia City and Pallet Town, respectively.

The Generation I games reveal Cinnabar Island to be a technological mecca. The journals scattered about the abandoned Pokémon Mansion suggest that Mewtwo was cloned here. The scientists at the Pokémon Lab have the ability to resurrect Pokémon from their Fossils. Two years after the events of Generations I and III, as seen in Generations II and IV, a volcano erupted on the island, destroying everything. The Pokémon Center was rebuilt, and the Cinnabar Gym has been relocated to the Seafoam Islands.

Places of interest

Pokémon Mansion

Main article: Pokémon Mansion (Kanto)

The Pokémon Mansion is a decrepit, burned-down mansion on Cinnabar Island. It got its name because a famous Pokémon Researcher once lived there. The Pokémon Mansion has four different floors. Doors can be unlocked in the Mansion by pressing switches hidden in Mewtwo statues. To access the Cinnabar Island Gym in Generations I and III, the main character has to enter the mansion and find the Secret Key to unlock the door of the Gym. Many burglars come to the mansion, trying to steal valuable items that may have been lost in the wreckage, challenging the player to a battle when spotted. Amongst the rubble and wreckage is information that the scientists who once worked there obtained a Mew and impregnated it with the genetically altered Mewtwo, who destroyed the mansion in its escape.

Pokémon Lab

Main article: Pokémon Lab

The Pokémon Lab is a laboratory located on Cinnabar Island. It was founded by Dr. Fuji and appears in the Generation I games and their remakes. The first room of the Pokémon Lab has two people who will offer to trade Pokémon. The old man will offer his Electrode for a Raichu, and the girl will want to trade her Tangela for a Venonat. In the second room, there is a man who will teach Metronome once to one of the player's Pokémon; in Generation I, he gives away TM35 (Metronome). In the third room, there is a scientist who will revive the Fossils the player obtained at Mt. Moon and from the Pewter City Museum and a person who will trade his Seel for a Ponyta. In Silph Co., there is a Pokémon Report stating that Pokémon Lab created Porygon.

Volcano

There is a volcano on Cinnabar Island which gives it its name. In Generation I and Generation III, the volcano that appears on Cinnabar Island cannot be accessed. In the anime, the volcano is a prominent feature of the island, and is where the Cinnabar Gym is located, split into two sections. One is inside of the volcano, and has an arena suspended over the lava inside one of the chambers, while the other is atop the volcano's crater. In Generation II and IV, three years after the events of Generation I and III, the volcano erupted on the island, destroying everything except for the Pokémon Center. What appeared to be a rain-filled crater could also be seen in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the exterior of the volcano can be scaled with Rock Climb. Judging by the maps of all four generations, the volcano originated where the Gym once stood.

Cinnabar Gym

Main article: Cinnabar Gym

The Cinnabar Gym is the official Gym of Cinnabar Island, it is based on Fire-type Pokémon and the Gym Leader is Blaine. Trainers who defeat him receive the Volcano Badge. The player is unable to enter the Gym at once; only when they obtain the Secret Key from the Pokémon Mansion can they unlock the door to the Gym. The Cinnabar Gym is a high-tech affair featuring a series of sealed doors. Trivia questions about various Pokémon must be answered to unseal the doors. However, when the player fails to answer a trivia question correctly, a battle with either a Burglar or Super Nerd results, an alternative to unsealing the doors. In Generations II and IV, Blaine's original Gym on Cinnabar Island was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. This forced him to relocate to a cave in the Seafoam Islands.

Demographics

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Cinnabar Island has a population of 33

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Cinnabar Island has a population of 6, all residing in the Pokémon Center. This is because every other building was destroyed by a volcanic eruption.

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, before the destruction of the island in the Generation II and Generation IV games, Cinnabar Island has a population of 36.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Cinnabar Island has a population of nine, making it one of the smallest towns in the Pokémon world. The volcano eruption destroyed most of the island, with the Pokémon Center being the only building remaining.

Poké Mart

Ultra Ball Ultra Ball
Pokémon Dollar1,200
Great Ball Great Ball
Pokémon Dollar600
Hyper Potion Hyper Potion
Pokémon Dollar1,200
Revive Revive
Pokémon Dollar1,500
Full Heal Full Heal
Pokémon Dollar600
Escape Rope Escape Rope
Pokémon Dollar550
Max Repel Max Repel
Pokémon Dollar700

Items

Item Location Games
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM35 (Metronome) Inside the second room of the Pokémon Lab  R  B  Y 
Bag Stardust Sprite.png Stardust Held by Tangeny, a Tangela the player can obtain in a trade  FR  LG 
Bag Rare Candy Sprite.png Rare Candy In the upper/middle accessible corner of the island (hidden)  G  S  C 
Bag Rare Candy Sprite.png Rare Candy On a rock at the north-west corner of the island (requires Rock Climb) (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag Iron Sprite.png Iron In the south eastern corner of the island (requires Rock Climb) (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag Star Piece Sprite.png Star Piece In a rock on the erupted volcano (requires Rock Climb) (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag Magmarizer Sprite.png Magmarizer On the erupted volcano (requires Rock Climb)  HG  SS 

Pokémon

Generation I

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Fishing
129 Magikarp
R B Y
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
5 100%
060 Poliwag
R B Y
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
10 50%
118 Goldeen
R B Y
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
10 50%
072 Tentacool
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-30 40%
090 Shellder
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15 25%
116 Horsea
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15 25%
118 Goldeen
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15 25%
120 Staryu
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15 25%
120 Staryu
R B Y
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
10-15 60%
Gift Pokémon
138 Omanyte
R B Y
Helix Fossil Revive
Helix Fossil
30 One
140 Kabuto
R B Y
Dome Fossil Revive
Dome Fossil
30 One
142 Aerodactyl
R B Y
Old Amber Revive
Old Amber
30 One
Special Pokémon
086 Seel
R B Y
077 Trade
Ponyta
The same as the traded Pokémon One
087 Dewgong
R B Y
058 Trade
Growlithe
The same as the traded Pokémon One
089 Muk
R B Y
115 Trade
Kangaskhan
The same as the traded Pokémon One
101 Electrode
R B Y
026 Trade
Raichu
The same as the traded Pokémon One
112 Rhydon
R B Y
055 Trade
Golduck
The same as the traded Pokémon One
114 Tangela
R B Y
048 Trade
Venonat
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 II

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
Surfing
072 Tentacool
G S C
Surfing Surfing
30-39 90%
073 Tentacruel
G S C
Surfing Surfing
35-39 10%
Fishing
129 Magikarp
G S C
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
098 Krabby
G S C
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
098 Krabby
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 55%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
222 Corsola
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 10% 10% 0%
120 Staryu
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 0% 0% 10%
098 Krabby
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 60%
222 Corsola
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 30% 30% 0%
120 Staryu
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 0% 0% 30%
099 Kingler
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
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 III

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Surfing
072 Tentacool
FR LG
Surfing Surfing
5-40 100%
Fishing
129 Magikarp
FR LG
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
5 100%
116 Horsea
FR LG
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
5-15 60%
116 Horsea
FR LG
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
5-15 20%
098 Krabby
FR LG
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
5-15 20%
098 Krabby
FR LG
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
5-15 60%
129 Magikarp
FR LG
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
5-15 20%
090 Shellder
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-25 40%
116 Horsea
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-25 40%
098 Krabby
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-25 40%
120 Staryu
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-25 40%
130 Gyarados
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
15-25 15%
117 Seadra
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
25-35 4%
080 Slowbro
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
25-35 4%
054 Psyduck
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
25-35 1%
079 Slowpoke
FR LG
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
25-35 1%
Gift Pokémon
138 Omanyte
FR LG
Helix Fossil Revive
Helix Fossil
5 One
140 Kabuto
FR LG
Dome Fossil Revive
Dome Fossil
5 One
142 Aerodactyl
FR LG
Old Amber Revive
Old Amber
5 One
Special Pokémon
086 Seel
FR LG
077 Trade
Ponyta
The same as the traded Pokémon One
101 Electrode
FR LG
026 Trade
Raichu
The same as the traded Pokémon One
114 Tangela
FR LG
048 Trade
Venonat
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
072 Tentacool
HG SS
Surfing Surfing
30-35 90%
073 Tentacruel
HG SS
Surfing Surfing
35 10%
Fishing
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 95%
072 Tentacool
HG SS
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 5%
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 60%
072 Tentacool
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 30%
170 Chinchou
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 7%
090 Shellder
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 3%
170 Chinchou
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 60%
090 Shellder
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 30%
073 Tentacruel
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 7%
171 Lanturn
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 3%
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.

Differences between generations

Cinnabar Island has changed dramatically between Generations I and II as the city has been totally replaced by a large erupted volcano, removing everything except for the Pokémon Center. After the eruption, the Gym was relocated to the Seafoam Islands. Blue can be first found at Cinnabar Island, because he was in a bad mood and decided to take a stroll there. In Generation III, there are a few changes with the visual design, as the Pokémon Mansion and Pokémon Lab are slightly larger along with more sandy beach areas. The first and last questions in the Cinnabar Gym have also been changed slightly for clarification. In Generation IV, the island stays much the same as Generation II, although the volcano is now climbable by Rock Climb.

In the spin-off games

In Pokémon Pinball

In Pokémon Pinball, Cinnabar Island appears on the Red and Blue tables; catchable Pokémon include Growlithe, Ponyta, Grimer, Koffing, Tangela, Magmar, Omanyte, Kabuto and Aerodactyl.

In the anime

Cinnabar Island in the anime
The opening to the volcano on Cinnabar Island in the anime

Cinnabar Island is considered a mere beach resort in the anime. Many Trainers skip the island entirely or go there for a break from battling. Blaine runs a hotel for tourists and wears a hippie disguise to hide his real identity as Gym Leader. His Gym is located inside of the volcano.

The Cinnabar Gym has two sections in the anime; one is inside of the volcano, and has an arena suspended over the lava inside one of the chambers. The other arena is in the top crater of the volcano itself.

In Riddle Me This, Ash was trying to locate the Gym so he could challenge Blaine. He was told by a man who liked telling riddles that the Gym disappeared when Cinnabar Island became a tourist trap. However, the man eventually told Ash that Blaine built another Gym inside of a volcano. When Ash and his friends went in, they learned that the riddler was actually Blaine in disguise. Ash and Blaine battled, but Ash had a series of misfortunes. The first was his Squirtle being defeated by Blaine's Ninetales. Then, his Charizard refused to listen to him. Finally, Pikachu received severe burns caused by Blaine's Magmar and its powerful Fire Blast. Ash called off the battle, not wanting Pikachu to get injured. In Volcanic Panic, after Team Rocket had almost destroyed Blaine's Gym (and Cinnabar Island as a result), he agreed to a rematch on his alternate battlefield on top of the volcano. This time, Ash was able to defeat Blaine with the help of his Charizard and its Seismic Toss.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Cinnabar Island debuted in Holy Moltres in the Red, Green & Blue chapter, where Team Rocket with their Gengar and Magnemite were trying to hunt down Blaine because he had quit Team Rocket. He used his Arcanine and Rapidash. When he saw Red he saved him from the cliff just as Team Rocket let out the Moltres they had captured earlier. Blaine told him to use his Rapidash to get to his lab and restore the Old Amber.

Later when Red came back he was joined with an Aerodactyl that he had restored. They defeated Moltres and Team Rocket ran away.

In the Yellow chapter, Yellow arrived at Cinnabar Island from the Seafoam Islands. She saw Blaine training with Camper Evan. Blaine directed Yellow to his lab because Brock had just called Blaine about a discovery at Mt. Moon. After that, Blaine and Yellow set off for Cerise Island, leaving Evan and Super Nerd Miles on Cinnabar.

Trivia

  • Its Japanese motto is グレンの あかは じょうねつの いろ "Guren's red is the color of passion."
  • Before Generation IV, its English motto was "The Fiery Town of Burning Desire"
  • It was long believed that Cinnabar Island once was the tip of a stratovolcano or a shield volcano since no mountain was visible on the island for the first three generations. This was changed in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver where a mountain stratovolcano is actually there and can be reached by using Rock Climb, indicating that lack of diverse scenery in the past games was the reason for no mountain being there. However, all map artworks throughout the generations have shown the volcano to be there.
  • Cinnabar Island has many glitches associated with it in the Generation I games, such as the old man glitch, due to programming oversights on the island's coast. There is also a trick to see a man on the roof of the Gym. However, both of these glitches were fixed in some regional versions.
  • Unlike the localizations, in the Japanese versions, Cinnabar Island has two distinctive names: グレンじま Guren Island and グレンタウン Guren Town. The former refers to the island itself, while the latter to the town on it. On the map, ironically, it is referred to as グレンじま Guren Island while the town exists (Generations I and III), and as グレンタウン Guren Town when the town has been destroyed (Generations II and IV). However, both Generations I and III and Generations II and IV mention both on different occasions. The system of naming both the island and town is continued in the Sevii Islands.
  • Cinnabar Island is the only settlement with a Gym whose name ends in neither City nor Town. Despite this, one of its Japanese names ends in Town. However, there is no Gym here in Generations II and IV as it is located in the Seafoam Islands instead.
  • Cinnabar Island and Vermilion City are named after the same color in the English versions of the Pokémon games but not in the Japanese versions, since グレン crimson refers to a shade of red while クチバ vermilion refers to a shade of orange. Vermilion is an orange-red pigment, produced from the orange-red mineral cinnabar. This explains why Cinnabar Island is colored red while Vermilion City is colored orange in the Generation I games when played with the Super Game Boy enhancements enabled on a compatible system or with the Game Boy Color enhancements available in the international releases of Pokémon Yellow.
  • It is the southernmost location in both Kanto and Johto that the player can Fly to.
  • In an old Pokémon.com summary, it was called the Glen Island, which comes from the Japanese name.[1]

Name origin

Language Name Origin
Japanese グレンじま Guren Jima 紅蓮 (guren) refers to the red color of the Crimson lotus.
English Cinnabar Island From cinnabar, an orange-red mineral used to produce vermilion pigment.
French Cramois'île From cramoisi, crimson, and île, island.
German Zinnoberinsel From Zinnoberrot, carmine, and Insel, island.
Italian Isola Cannella From isola, island, and cannella, cinnamon.
Polish Wyspa Cinnabar From wyspa, island, and English Cinnabar.
Spanish Isla Canela
Isla Cinnabar
From isla, island, and canela, cinnamon.
Korean 홍련섬 Hongryeon Seom 홍련 (hongryeon) means "red lotus."
Chinese (Mandarin) 紅蓮鎮/红莲镇 Hónglián Zhèn
紅蓮島 Hónglián Dǎo
紅蓮/红莲 (hónglián) also means "red lotus." In addition, 鎮 means town, while 島 means island.
Chinese (Cantonese) 紅蓮鎮 Hunglin Zan Also from its Japanese name. 紅蓮 (hunglin) also means "red lotus."
Indonesian Pulau Glen (Pokémon Pocket Monsters only) Alternate romanization of グレン (Guren). Pulau means island.

References

  1. Pokémon World - Cartoons (archive)



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