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Pal Park パルパーク
Pal Park
"A Place for New Beginnings"
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Map description: This used to be the location of the Safari Zone, but is now the Pal Park.HGSS
Location: Route 221, Fuchsia City
Region: Sinnoh and Kanto
Generations: IV
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Location of Pal Park in Sinnoh and Kanto.
Pokémon world locations
Pal Park in Kanto

Pal Park (Japanese: パルパーク Pal Park) is a special Pokémon preserve present in the five Generation IV core series games, located at the east end of Route 221 in Sinnoh and in Fuchsia City in place of the Safari Zone in Kanto.

Unlike other inter-generational communication features in the core series games, it only requires a single Nintendo handheld systems and does not require Internet access.

According to Professor Oak, Pal Park attracts Pokémon from other regions.

Accessing Pal Park

In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, players can travel to Pal Park as soon as they have obtained HM03 (Surf) and earned the Relic BadgeDP or Fen BadgePt. Access will be denied, however, until all the Pokémon in the Sinnoh Pokédex have been seen and the National Pokédex has been obtained. Until this is achieved, the construction workers outside will mention that Pal Park will be opening soon. Once the National Pokédex has been obtained, Professor Oak will meet the player on Route 221 and invite the player inside the building. He will briefly explain how Pal Park works, as well. Players will also find that the "migrate from [game]" option will appear on the main menu screen when the game is loaded, provided a GBA game is in the Nintendo DS's second slot.

Pal Park in HeartGold and SoulSilver is located where the Kanto Safari Zone was in previous games, at the north end of Fuchsia City. It is stated in-game that it used to be a Safari Zone, but when the warden closed it down, his son opened Pal Park in its place. As players cannot enter Kanto without the National Pokédex, it is also required in these games. As soon as the player has arrived in the city, the migrate option will appear on the menu screen, regardless of whether Pal Park has been visited or not.

Migration

Transferring Pokémon over to Generation IV

Unlike Generation II's Time Capsule, the transfer from Generation III to Generation IV via Pal Park is permanent; Pokémon sent over cannot be returned to any Generation III game.

First, Pokémon must be migrated from the Generation III game. If a Generation III Game Pak is inserted in the GBA slot of the same Nintendo DS or Nintendo DS Lite system as the Generation IV game and the player has visited Pal Park, an option will appear on the main menu labelled "IMPORT FROM <GAME>". When selecting this option, the player is presenting with a stripped-down view of the Generation III's game's PC on the Nintendo DS's touch screen (the player cannot view the Pokémon's statuses, other than their minisprite, species, nickname, level, markings, and held item). Pokémon that know HM moves cannot be migrated (called "hidden moves" by the game). After selecting exactly 6 Pokémon, the game will confirm with the player that they want to send those 6 Pokémon. If the player has any migrated Pokémon that have not yet been caught, no additional Pokémon can be migrated.

In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, it is only possible to migrate to that game from a specific Generation III game once per 24 hour period; in HeartGold and SoulSilver, this restriction was lifted, allowing an unlimited number of migrations from a single game in a 24 hour period. However, it is possible to allow multiple transfers in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum via manipulation of the clock (see the Manipulation for more information).

Pokémon can only be migrated if the Generation III game and Generation IV game are the same language, unless the Generation IV game is Korean, in which case any language Generation III game can be used (due to the Generation III games not being released in Korean). However, it is possible to trade between languages in Generation III, so it is possible to migrate, for example, a Pokémon originally met in a Japanese game from a Spanish Generation III game to a Spanish Generation IV game.

Manipulation

Despite the game having settings in place to restrict the amount of Pokémon migrated in a single day, these restrictions can be avoided and an unlimited number of Pokémon transferred into Generation IV. If, once a Catching Show has been completed, the player turns off the game system and changes the date on the Nintendo DS to show one day later, and inserts a second Generation III game, he or she will be instructed to reset the time on the DS. This will prevent migration from the second game, but allow the original game—that has already had six Pokémon transferred—to send Pokémon into the Generation IV game. Also, the Nintendo DS's clock can be set to the time displayed in the GBA cartridge before choosing Pal Park option to avoid the 24 hour period of waiting before transferring their Pokémon.

Despite these workarounds, no further migrations can be made until all six Pokémon transferred have been caught, and changing the Nintendo DS clock or playing the game on another Nintendo DS system will delay Pal Park Catching Show for 24 hours.

Catching Show

After the Pokémon have migrated to the Generation IV game, they can be caught in Pal Park through an event known as a Catching Show. The Catching Show can be played even if the Generation III game is removed. Each Pokémon has a specific area of the park that they reside in, and therefore, they must also be found before they can be received. Pal Park uses a special type of Poké Ball known as a Park Ball, which always succeeds. Once a battle begins, there are only two commands that can be used: Throw Ball, or Run. Even if the player runs, they can still encounter the Pokémon again at a later time to catch it. The player may choose to leave the park at any time, but if they do they must then re-capture all migrated Pokémon on a subsequent visit.

Score

In addition to transferring Pokémon from Generation III, Pal Park also has a score system that will offer rewards depending on the player's score. The score will be given at the end of the Catching Show by the Park Ranger. The score is worked out by how fast the captures are completed and what Pokémon are transferred over. If a rarer or a legendary Pokémon is migrated, such as Mewtwo, a higher score will be given, as opposed to more common Pokémon such as Rattata, which will be given a lower score. Timing will also alter the score: if it takes longer to complete the challenge the score will be decreased; however, if it takes a shorter amount of time to complete the challenge, the score will be increased. When Pal Park is first visited, a default high score of 2000 will be set by the player's rival (either Barry in the Sinnoh games or Silver in the Johto games). The Park Ranger always gives the player a Berry as a reward; the higher the score, the rarer the Berry.

Rewards

0-3000 3001-3299 3300-3499 3500-4000
Aspear Berry Aspear Berry Aguav Berry Aguav Berry Bluk Berry Bluk Berry Grepa Berry Grepa Berry
Cheri Berry Cheri Berry Figy Berry Figy Berry Nanab Berry Nanab Berry Hondew Berry Hondew Berry
Chesto Berry Chesto Berry Iapapa Berry Iapapa Berry Lum Berry Lum Berry Kelpsy Berry Kelpsy Berry
Leppa Berry Leppa Berry Mago Berry Mago Berry Pinap Berry Pinap Berry Pomeg Berry Pomeg Berry
Oran Berry Oran Berry Wiki Berry Wiki Berry Razz Berry Razz Berry Qualot Berry Qualot Berry
Pecha Berry Pecha Berry Sitrus Berry Sitrus Berry Tamato Berry Tamato Berry
Persim Berry Persim Berry Wepear Berry Wepear Berry
Rawst Berry Rawst Berry


Modifications to transported Pokémon

Despite the player in the Generation IV game catching the Pokémon again, its OT, ID number, and Poké Ball remain the same.

Many Pokémon obtained in Generation III gained an Ability in Generation IV. Due to Ability being dependent on personality value in the Generation III and IV games, this means that some migrated Pokémon have an Ability that does not match their personality value (since the Ability is not changed upon migration). However, because Ability is recalculated upon evolution, if that Pokémon evolves its Ability will change to match its personality value.

While non-English and non-Japanese characters cannot normally be used in the Generation III games, they do occur in some in-game trades and preset player names. If a Pokémon has a nickname or original Trainer that has one of these characters, it will be turned into a kana character in the Western Generation IV games due to encoding issues.

When a Pokémon is transferred, its location becomes simply the name of the region it was caught rather than the exact location it was caught. A Pokémon caught in Pokémon FireRed or LeafGreen will have its location listed as Kanto, regardless of whether it was caught in Kanto or the Sevii Islands. In addition, the level obtained at is changed to the level arrived at. Due to the lack of a met date in the Generation III games, the date obtained becomes the date it was caught in the Catching Show.

Pal Park only reads the data of the game the Pokémon was originally generated in, rather than its in-game met location. This sets any Pokémon created in FireRed or LeafGreen to Kanto; Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald to Hoenn; and Colosseum or XD to "distant land". (Pokémon obtained from Wonder Cards are treated as being created in the game they were received in.) A Pokémon whose Egg is created in a game based in one region and traded to another region before it was hatched will display the name of the region it was generated in, rather than the one it was hatched in, meaning a Pokémon generated in Emerald but hatched in FireRed would have the OT and ID of FireRed's player but list that it was met in Hoenn.

Geography

Lobby

Inside of Pal Park lobby

Pal Park is a large area consisting of a large park and a small entry building. Entering the building will take the player into the lobby, where they can accept to take part in the Daily Catching Show by talking to the Park Ranger. There are two floors in the lobby. The first is where registration for the show takes place. One woman on the left side of the building will tell the player their highest score achieved in the Catching Show, another will give the player two Pokétch apps, the Kitchen Timer and Color Changer by showing her a Snorlax and a Kecleon respectively. The second floor is accessible using the stairs on the right. Many people come up here to see all of the shows, as there are glass windows from which the entire park can be seen. In total, there are seven people within the lobby.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Pal Park is located in Fuchsia City, replacing the Safari Zone from Generations I and III. It holds almost exactly the same function as Sinnoh's Pal Park. It is available as soon as the player arrives in Fuchsia City, as the player already has the National Pokédex by then.

Park

The five different areas in Pal Park
Main article: List of Pokémon by Pal Park location

Pal Park itself is a huge park, with different terrains to suit all sorts of different Pokémon. Upon entering, the player will begin in the field area of Pal Park. This contains a large open space with large patches of tall grass, inhabited by field Pokémon. There are two patches of grass within the area, a small patch on the east, and a larger patch on the west. There are 123 Pokémon that can appear in this area. There are three different paths the player can take in order to get to another area of the park; the north-western stairway will take the player to the forest area, the north-eastern stairway will take the player through a pathway to the mountain area, and traveling east will take the player to the sea area by jumping off a ledge.

By following the path up the far north-western side of the park, the player will reach the forest area of Pal Park, where forest-dwelling Pokémon live. There are 74 Pokémon that can appear in this area. It is a long, narrow strip of pathway following up the far western side of the park, then it takes a right turn up in the corner of the park, and travels east until the player reaches the pond area. The path is a long, narrow, dark pathway covered by tall trees, with the ground covered all the way by tall grass. The only other way to get to and from the forest area is by traveling through the pond area.

When the player reaches the pond area via the forest area, the player must travel a short distance east to reach the pond, a pool of water, able to be surfed across, where all the wild Pokémon inhabit. There are 37 Pokémon that can appear in this area. If the player travels south while getting there, they will find a ledge going down into the mountain area. Once entering the square pond to find Pokémon, they can go south to reach dry land, where they can also climb up and down stairs on the steep mountainside to reach the sea area. Alternatively, the player can enter from the sea area by traveling north through part of the mountain area to reach the southern part of the waterside, where the player can surf across the light water to the other side. There is no other way of getting to the pond in the north-eastern corner.

The mountain area is located in the middle of a mountainside, in the center of Pal Park. It can be accessed by jumping a ledge in the pond area just north of there, or going through a little forest pathway from the field area. The mountain area has a small patch of grass, where the player can find wild Pokémon. There are 105 Pokémon that can appear in this area. Most of this area is covered with grass, while only a small part of it isn't. There is also a ledge the player can jump down to reach the sea area. This is the only way to leave the area apart from turning back to the field area.

The final area in the park, known as the sea area, is found in the south-eastern corner of the park. It can be accessed by going east from the field area, or south from the mountain area, by jumping down the ledge and going down the mountainside. The sea area makes up a large section of the park, with a large area of sea coming in from the west. When the player enters from the mountain or pond area, there is a large ledge to a sandy beach where the sea meets the land. The area also has rocky terrain, with many rocks on the beach and in the water blocking the way, so that the player cannot travel any further east past the mountain side. By surfing across the deep blue water, the player can encounter many different types of wild sea Pokémon. In total, there are 37 Pokémon that can appear in this area. If the player goes west past another set of ledges, they will end up back on the eastern side of the field area where they began, making a big loop.

Although it is a West Sinnoh location in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, it uses East Sinnoh trees. Similarly, it is a Kanto location in HeartGold and SoulSilver but it uses Johto trees and rocks.

Items

Item Location Games
Bag Poké Radar Sprite.png Trainer Counter Given by Professor Oak upon entering Pal Park  D  P  Pt 
Bag Park Ball Sprite.png Park Ball ×6 Given by the Park Ranger to capture the six Pokémon in the Catching Show; cannot be kept afterwards  D  P  Pt  HG  SS 
143MS.png Kitchen Timer Given by a woman in the lobby after showing her a Snorlax  D  P  Pt 
352MS.png Color Changer Given by a woman in the lobby after showing her a Kecleon  D  P  Pt 
Accessory Crown Sprite.png Crown Given by a girl in the lobby if Pokémon FireRed is in the GBA slot  D  P  Pt  HG  SS 
Accessory Tiara Sprite.png Tiara Given by a girl in the lobby if Pokémon LeafGreen is in the GBA slot  D  P  Pt  HG  SS 
Bag Fashion Case Sprite.png Underground Given by a girl in the lobby if Pokémon Ruby is in the GBA slot  D  P  Pt  HG  SS 
Bag Fashion Case Sprite.png Seafloor Given by a girl in the lobby if Pokémon Sapphire is in the GBA slot  D  P  Pt  HG  SS 
Bag Fashion Case Sprite.png Sky Given by a girl in the lobby if Pokémon Emerald is in the GBA slot  D  P  Pt  HG  SS 

Appearance

Outside

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Music

The Pal Park shares its background music with the resident Safari Zones in the games it appears in, using that of Johto's in HeartGold and SoulSilver, and using that of the Great Marsh in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. This is somewhat fitting considering it replaces the Kanto Safari Zone in HeartGold and SoulSilver, though the Kanto Safari Zone theme is the same as the trading and evolution theme.

Name origin

The English and Japanese names are based on the word "pal", an affectionate term for a friend. Other language versions use a similar naming style, although the German- and French-language versions are less colloquial and translate to Park of (the) Friends.

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png European French Parc des Amis
Germany Flag.png German Park der Freunde
Italy Flag.png Italian Parco Amici
South Korea Flag.png Korean 팔파크 Pal Park
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Parque Compi

See also


Inter-generational communication
Gen I Time Capsule Gen II
Gen III Dual-slot modePal Park Gen IV
Gen IV Poké TransferRelocator Gen V
Gen V Poké Transporter Gen VI


Sinnoh
Coal Badge.png Forest Badge.png Cobble Badge.png Fen Badge.png Relic Badge.png Mine Badge.png Icicle Badge.png Beacon Badge.png
Settlements
Twinleaf TownSandgem TownJubilife CityOreburgh CityFloaroma TownEterna CityHearthome City
Solaceon TownVeilstone CityPastoria CityCelestic TownCanalave CitySnowpoint CitySunyshore City
Pokémon LeagueFight AreaSurvival AreaResort Area
Routes
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Landmarks
Lake Verity (Lakefront) • Oreburgh GateOreburgh MineOreburgh Mining MuseumGlobal TerminalRavaged Path
Floaroma MeadowValley WindworksEterna ForestOld ChateauThe UndergroundWayward CaveMt. Coronet
Amity SquareLost TowerHallowed TowerSolaceon RuinsLake Valor (Lakefront) • Great MarshPokémon Mansion
Fuego IronworksIron IslandLake Acuity (Lakefront) • Spear PillarVictory RoadPal ParkContest HallBattle Zone
Battle ParkBattle TowerBattle FrontierStark MountainSnowpoint TempleSpring PathSendoff Spring
Turnback CaveFullmoon IslandNewmoon IslandSeabreak PathFlower ParadiseHall of Origin
Access to
Distortion World


Kanto
Boulder Badge.png Cascade Badge.png Thunder Badge.png Rainbow Badge.png Soul Badge.png Marsh Badge.png Volcano Badge.png Earth Badge.png
Settlements
Pallet TownViridian CityPewter CityCerulean CityVermilion CityLavender Town
Celadon CitySaffron CityFuchsia CityCinnabar IslandIndigo Plateau
Routes
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Landmarks
Professor Oak's LaboratoryViridian ForestDiglett's CavePewter Museum of ScienceMt. Moon (Square) • Cerulean Cave
Underground Path (Kanto Routes 5-6)Underground Path (Kanto Routes 7-8)S.S. AnneS.S. AquaSea CottageRock Tunnel
Power PlantCycling RoadRocket HideoutSilph Co.Magnet TrainPokémon TowerSafari Zone/Pal Park
Seafoam IslandsPokémon MansionPokémon LabPokémon League Reception GateVictory RoadTohjo Falls
Access to
Sevii IslandsJohto

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