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New Bark Town

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New Bark Town ワカバタウン
Wakaba Town
"Winds of a New Beginning"
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A town where the wind blows and tells of impending change.
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Route 29
New Bark Town
Route 27
Location
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Location of New Bark Town in Johto.
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Gen II

New Bark Town (Japanese: ワカバタウン Wakaba Town) is located in southeastern Johto and is the hometown of the main character in the Generation II games and their remakes. It is home to the lab of Professor Elm, who possesses the starting Pokémon for Johto: Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile.

Other than being connected to Route 29 in the west, it is also the town that must be passed through to reach Tohjo Falls, Victory Road, and Indigo Plateau, via Route 26 and Route 27.

Places of interest

Player's house

The player begins the game in the bedroom

In Generations II and IV, this house is where the player lives before beginning their journey. The player's mother lives here, and after the player has left town for the first time, she will save money if the player wishes and occasionally buys decorations for the bedroom, or items such as Super Potions.

The player's bedroom is a bit fancier than Red's bedroom in Red, Blue, and Yellow. In Generation II, unlike Red's room, it can also be customized to include several Pokémon dolls, as well as beds, game systems, and carpets. The Town Map hanging on the wall can also be replaced with one of several posters of different Pokémon. However, in Generation IV, this feature is not included.

The player starts the game in their bedroom, in front of their PC and radio. The PC in the top-left corner of the room in Generation II has a few important purposes, but unlike in the Generation I bedroom's computer, it does not contain an item. In Generation IV, the PC is restricted to viewing the player's mail, and the mailbox in the beginning of the game contains a single letter composed by Lyra/Ethan (if the player is a boy/girl, respectively), with the following text signed with said person's name and with a Marill icon in the blue stamp box:

ADVENTURE!
EXCITED!
I love POKéMON!

Professor Elm's lab

Inside Professor Elm's laboratory
Inside the upstairs living area of Professor Elm's laboratory

Professor Elm's laboratory lies right next to the western entrance into New Bark Town. Professor Elm works at his laboratory with his aide, usually doing experiments concerning Pokémon Eggs and breeding. In II, the lab is a small building near the player's house that has been slightly modified in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Here, Pokémon Trainers just beginning their quest are given the choice to receive either a Chikorita, a Cyndaquil, or a Totodile from Professor Elm.

Inside is one aide of Professor Elm's, a couple of shelves full of books, a table with three Poké Balls (a capsule in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver), a computer, and a few tips for the player. There is also a machine here that has the ability to fully rest/restore all of the player's Pokémon, just like a Pokémon Center. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Elm's Aide gives the player five Potions when leaving the lab for the first time.

At the beginning of the game, a red-haired young man can be seen looking through the window into the lab. If spoken to, he will kick people out of his way, and then continue to spy upon the lab.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Professor Elm's lab has an upstairs living area. His house from Gold, Silver, and Crystal has now become the home of Lyra or Ethan.

Friend's house

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Ethan or Lyra lives in the house below the player's house. In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, it was actually Professor Elm's original home.

Demographics

Generation II

New Bark Town has a population of 10, excluding the player character's rival Silver.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

New Bark Town's population is 11, assuming Silver is not from the town. This makes it the least populated town in Johto. However, it is the first starting Town to break the tradition by being over 10. This low number is likely due to its lack of amenities like a Gym or Pokémon Center, and its isolation from the rest of Johto.

Items

Item Location Games
Bag Potion Sprite.png Potion ×5 Gift from Professor Elm's aide after getting a starter Pokémon  G  S  C  HG  SS 
Bag Poké Ball Sprite.png Poké Ball ×5 Gift from Professor Elm's aide after defeating Silver  G  S  C 
Bag Master Ball Sprite.png Master Ball Gift from Professor Elm after earning the first eight Badges  G  S  C  HG  SS 
Bag Everstone Sprite.png Everstone Gift from Professor Elm after hatching the Egg  G  S  C  HG  SS 
Bag S.S. Ticket Sprite.png S.S. Ticket Gift from Professor Elm after entering the Hall of Fame  G  S  C  HG  SS 
Bag Potion Sprite.png Potion Where Silver was standing (hidden)  HG  SS 

Pokémon

Generation II

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Surfing
072 Tentacool
G S C
Surfing Surfing
15-24 90%
073 Tentacruel
G S C
Surfing Surfing
20-40 10%
Fishing
072 Tentacool
G S C
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
072 Tentacool
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
090 Shellder
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 10%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
170 Chinchou
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 20%
170 Chinchou
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 40%
073 Tentacruel
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
090 Shellder
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 30%
171 Lanturn
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
Gift Pokémon
152 Chikorita
G S C
Starter Pokémon Starter Pokémon
5 One
155 Cyndaquil
G S C
Starter Pokémon Starter Pokémon
5 One
158 Totodile
G S C
Starter Pokémon Starter Pokémon
5 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
10-25 90%
073 Tentacruel
HG SS
Surfing Surfing
15-25 10%
Fishing
072 Tentacool
HG SS
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 5%
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 95%
072 Tentacool
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 30%
090 Shellder
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 3%
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 60%
170 Chinchou
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 7%
073 Tentacruel
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 7%
090 Shellder
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 30%
170 Chinchou
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 60%
171 Lanturn
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 3%
Headbutt
102 Exeggcute
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
2-5 20%
163 Hoothoot
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
2-5 50%
165 Ledyba
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
4-5 30%
167 Spinarak
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
4-5 30%
204 Pineco
HG SS
Headbutt Headbutt
2-3 30%
Gift Pokémon
152 Chikorita
HG SS
Starter Pokémon Starter Pokémon
5 One
155 Cyndaquil
HG SS
Starter Pokémon Starter Pokémon
5 One
158 Totodile
HG SS
Starter Pokémon Starter Pokémon
5 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.

In the anime

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New Bark Town in the anime

New Bark Town made its debut in Don't Touch That 'Dile. The team was searching for Professor Elm's missing Totodile.

In the manga

New Bark Town in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

New Bark Town is shown to be quite a bit larger in the Pokémon Adventures manga, including amenities such as a general hospital. It is the home town of Gold.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

New Bark Town appeared in Welcome Back, Clefairy!!.

Trivia

  • New Bark's Japanese motto is はじまりを つげる かぜがふく まち "The town where the winds telling of a beginning blow".
  • Despite appearing to be farther away from the Johto-Kanto border on the Pokégear's map, the player's house is 7 steps from the border with Route 27, 10 steps closer than the Pokémon Center at Mt. Silver is to Route 28, thus making it the closest Fly destination to the border.
  • Out of all towns where the player starts, it is the only one to not have a connecting route to the north, but instead to the east and west.
  • The name of this town started the running theme in which the player's starting town is named after a plant.
  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, at some point during the player's journey, the starter Pokémon in Elm's lab that wasn't chosen by the player or stolen by the rival disappears without explanation, although it is hinted to have been given to someone else.
  • This is one of the many towns whose Generation IV slogan does not match its Generation II one, likely due to the length. Its Generation II slogan is "The Town Where Winds of a New Beginning Blow"
  • In the beta version of Pokémon Gold and Silver showed off at Nintendo Space World in 1997, the initial town was not New Bark Town but rather a different town named サイレントヒルズ Silent Hills, which may have actually been a prototype design of New Bark Town. The town had a drastically different design, but may have been overhauled during the transition from the Game Boy to the Game Boy Color. Due to the first installment of the Silent Hill horror game series being released about eight months prior to the actual Japanese release of Gold and Silver, in early 1999, it may have possibly led to the rename as ワカバタウン Wakaba Town.
  • New Bark Town, along with Ever Grande City in Hoenn, are the only cities in Pokémon games to have three separate words in their name.

Name origin

Language Name Origin
Japanese ワカバタウン Wakaba Town From 若葉 wakaba, "new leaves" or "fresh verdure"
English New Bark Town Literally new bark
French Bourg Geon From bourgeon, bud. Geon is similar to jeune, young.
German Neuborkia From neu (new) and Borke (bark)
Italian Borgo Foglianova Old-fashion form for foglia nuova, new leaf.
Spanish Pueblo Primavera From primavera, spring.
Korean 연두마을 Yeondu Maeul 연두 yeondu means chartreuse.
Chinese (Mandarin) 若葉鎮/若叶镇 Ruòyè Zhèn From its Japanese name.
Chinese (Cantonese) 若葉鎮 Yeukyip Jan From its Japanese name.



Johto
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Settlements
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Routes
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Landmarks
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Access to
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