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A spin tile is a tile featured in Pokémon Red and Blue, Pokémon Yellow, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, and Pokémon X and Y. The official name for this tile, if there is one, is unknown. This tile, when stepped upon, will move the player in the direction of the arrow(s) depicted on it. The player will continue to travel in that direction until they hit a wall, land on another spin tile (which may send them in a different direction), or land on a stop tile, a tile only used for this purpose. The name 'spin tile' comes from the fact that the player is spun around while traveling.
Spin tiles are generally associated with Team Rocket, and are first found in the Rocket Hideout, where they form a complex maze that the player must work out to navigate the building. Other places with spin tiles involving Team Rocket include the Rocket Warehouse and Viridian Gym. Interestingly, Viridian Gym continues to use spin tiles in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, despite Blue being the Gym Leader in Generation IV rather than Giovanni.
In Hoenn, they appear in the Trick House and Mossdeep GymRS. In Sinnoh, they appear inside the Fuego Ironworks.
After being absent in Unova, spin tiles and stop tiles make a return in Kalos, and are found in Lysandre Labs.
Differences between games
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In Generation I, all spin tiles lead to stop tiles, and the arrows on the tiles move while the player is spinning. In Pokémon Yellow, Pikachu spins with the player. In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen, the arrows no longer move while the player is spinning; there are no stop tiles in Pokémon, Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald. In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, there are no stop tiles; instead, the player spins until colliding with a wall. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, stop tiles return and spin tiles are colored based on the direction in which they send the player.
Additionally, the spin tiles in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire behave differently than in other games. The player does not spin, and when pushed onto a normal tile, stops on it. Spin tiles in Pokémon Emerald act as normal tiles that don't push the player at all; they only spin around other tiles at the press of a button, while pushing objects and NPCs on it.