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Magnet Train

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Magnet Train リニアモーターカー
Maglev Train (Linear Motorcar)
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Location: Goldenrod City, Saffron City
Region: Johto and Kanto
Generations: II, IV
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Location of Magnet Train in Johto and Kanto.
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The Magnet Train along the track in HeartGold and SoulSilver

The Magnet Train (Japanese: リニアモーターカー Maglev Train, lit. Linear Motorcar) is found in Johto and Kanto during the Generation II and IV games. It is a maglev train that runs between Goldenrod City and Saffron City twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It allows rapid travel between the two cities, moving at over 340 miles per hour.

Initially, the train is out of service because a Team Rocket Grunt has stolen the Machine Part from the Kanto Power Plant. After defeating him in Cerulean City, players can retrieve the part from the Cerulean Gym and return it to the Power Plant. With the component back in place, the train has the necessary power to run.

To board the train, a potential rider must have a Pass. The Copycat of Saffron City has one (given to her as compensation for the fact that the station in Saffron is built where her house used to be), and is willing to give it up as a reward for returning her Lost Item, a Poké Doll that Red gave to her three years before, which is in the possession of a man at the Pokémon Fan Club in Vermilion City.

Of the three methods offered in the game to commute between Johto and Kanto, the Magnet Train is much faster and runs more often than the S.S. Aqua, which runs on a set schedule between Olivine City and Vermilion City.

In Generation II, the Magnet Train runs on the railway tracks along the ground. In Generation IV, the train and its station run along an elevated track, much like a monorail, though this track goes underground as it approaches Saffron City.

In the anime

The incomplete Magnet Train from A Goldenrod Opportunity

In A Goldenrod Opportunity, Team Rocket had to use a cart to get from Goldenrod City to Saffron City in order to escape from Ash, Misty, Brock, and Whitney - this is because the Magnet Train would not be ready until a year from the following Tuesday.

The Magnet Train was mentioned again in Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!. Iris and Cilan planned to travel to Saffron City to take the Magnet Train line to Goldenrod City. This suggests the Magnet Train was finally completed.

In the manga

The Magnet Train in Pokémon Adventures
The Magnet Train in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

The Magnet Train appears in Yikes, It's Yanma! where it was used to transport the Gym Leaders of both the Kanto and Johto regions to the Indigo Plateau for the tournament held there, the event being its maiden voyage. The Magnet Train line was routed through the Indigo Plateau for the event. Sometime later, in The Last Battle III, Brock's Geodude and Red's Snor work together to stop the train when it became out-of-control and couldn't be stopped normally.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

The Magnet Train appeared in The Great Helper!.

The Magnet Train station in Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Trivia

  • The Magnet Train is most likely based on either the Tōkaidō Shinkansen bullet train that runs from Tokyo to Osaka, or the planned Chūō Shinkansen maglev line between the same two cities. Tokyo and Osaka are Saffron City and Goldenrod City's respective real-world counterparts.
    • The Tōkaidō Shinkansen is powered by an electrical overhead catenary, while the Magnet Train is a maglev, propelled by a moving magnetic field.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Magnet Train's tracks are visible on Route 32, traveling overhead. However, the tracks are not visible on any route in Kanto, nor on Route 30 or Route 46.
  • One of the programs on the Pokégear mentions rumors about a ghost Magnet Train.
  • A Lass in Lumiose Station in Pokémon X and Y states that the world's fastest train can travel at 310 miles per hour, despite the Magnet Train being able to reach speeds over 340.

In other languages

Language Title
Finland Flag.png Finnish Magneettijuna
France Flag.png European French Train Magnet
Germany Flag.png German Magnetzug
Italy Flag.png Italian Supertreno
South Korea Flag.png Korean 리니어 기차 Linear Gicha
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Tren Magnético
Spain Flag.png Spain Magnetotrén



Kanto and Johto
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Cities and Towns
Pallet TownViridian CityPewter CityCerulean CityVermilion CityLavender Town
Celadon CitySaffron CityFuchsia CityCinnabar IslandIndigo Plateau
New Bark TownCherrygrove CityViolet CityAzalea TownGoldenrod CityEcruteak City
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Routes
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Landmarks
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Seagallop FerriesCerulean CapeRock TunnelKanto Power PlantCycling RoadRocket Hideout
Silph Co.Magnet TrainPokémon TowerKanto Safari Zone/Pal ParkSeafoam Islands
Pokémon MansionPokémon League Reception GateVictory RoadTohjo Falls
Dark CaveSprout TowerRuins of AlphUnion CaveSlowpoke WellIlex Forest
Radio TowerGlobal TerminalGoldenrod TunnelNational Park
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Access to
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