Transportation in the Pokémon world
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There are various methods of transportation used in the Pokémon world.
- 1 Land
- 1.1 Running Shoes
- 1.2 Roller Skates
- 1.3 Bikes
- 1.4 Motorbikes
- 1.5 Trucks
- 1.6 Trains
- 1.7 Buses
- 1.8 Other
- 2 Air
- 3 Water
- 3.1 Ships and boats
- 3.1.1 Ghost ship
- 3.1.2 Royal Unova
- 3.1.3 S.S. Anne
- 3.1.4 S.S. Aqua
- 3.1.5 S.S. Tidal
- 3.1.6 S.S. Cactus
- 3.1.7 Seagallop Ferries
- 3.1.8 S.S. Spiral
- 3.1.9 S.S. Libra
- 3.1.10 The Union
- 3.1.11 Cruiseship (Decolore Islands)
- 3.1.12 Other ships and boats
- 3.2 Submarines
- 3.1 Ships and boats
- 4 Pokémon as Transport
- 5 See also
- Main article: Running Shoes
Introduced in Generation III, the Running Shoes are a pair of shoes that allow the player to run by holding down the B button in conjunction with the directional pad. Running is not allowed in most buildings however, until Generation IV. Running speed is affected by terrain, such as marshes and snow. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Running Shoes can be triggered on and off by using the touch screen.
- Main article: Roller Skates
Roller Skates are a key item in Pokémon X and Y that allow the player to move around faster than they would by running, but slower than they would on a Bicycle. The player can perform certain tricks while using the Roller Skates. They are also worn by Roller Skaters.
In the anime, Korrina often wears Roller Skates.
In the games
- Main article: Bicycle
In all core series games, the player is able to acquire a bicycle. Often they have a price that is beyond the player's capacity to pay for, but during the course of the game the player will be given one as a gift from an NPC.
Bicycles allow the player to travel faster than they can walking, running, or skating. Usually, the bicycle cannot be used in most, if any, buidlings.
Some of the games also have different types of bicycles. The Hoenn games have two different types of bicycles: the Mach Bike, optimized for speed, and the Acro Bike, optimized for performing tricks. In the Sinnoh games, the bicycle has two different gears. In the Kalos games, the player is given a choice between two colors of a bicycle.
Throughout the games, there have occasionally been areas or obstacles requiring the use of the bicycle. In Kanto, Cycling Road can only be traversed on the bicycle. In Hoenn, the Mach Bike is required to climb muddy slopes or traverse weak ground without falling through, while the Acro Bike is required to cross stepping stones and thin rails. The Seaside Cycling Road in Hoenn can also only be traversed on a bicycle, and a person at the south end of the road will even time the player's traversal. In Sinnoh, there are occasionally ramps jutting out of the ground, allowing the player to jump the bicycle off these ramps and cross certain obstacles.
In the anime
Bikes are used at various times in the anime, most notably when Ash borrows Misty's bike, but crashes, thus ruining it. This bike is alluded to frequently throughout the first few seasons as a reason why Misty is angry at Ash. All of the main female characters, up until Best Wishes, owned bikes, which were eventually destroyed. In the original series, Ash, Misty, Brock used Nurse Joy's bicycles in The Bridge Bike Gang to give medicines to another Nurse Joy in an unknown town. In the Diamond & Pearl series, when Ash and his friends were traveling on Cycling Road, they used bikes. Barry is also seen with a bike in Gotta Get a Gible!.
In the games
In the anime
A truck is located in a normally inaccessible part of the S.S. Anne, in Red and Blue. There were rumors that one can get a Mew or a rare item by using Strength on it. However, these proved to be false. In FireRed and LeafGreen, if the Itemfinder is used to look for an item near the truck, a Lava Cookie can be found instead, as possibly a reference to the rumors.
In the anime
Trucks have appeared many times in the anime. For example, Jessie and James have used trucks many times as a mode of transport. Other appearances include:
- In Princess vs. Princess, Misty ships her Pokémon Princess Dolls that she won from the Queen of the Princess Festival contest home to the Cerulean Gym in a Pidgeot Transport truck.
- Butch and Cassidy own a teal coloured truck with a Pidgeot on its side. The truck was only seen in Oaknapped.
- J's henchmen use a getaway truck to transport the Aura Sphere Riolu that they stole from a research lab in Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 1).
In the games
- Main article: Magnet Train
The Magnet Train runs between Saffron City and Goldenrod City, connecting Kanto and Johto in the Generation II games and their Generation IV remakes. It was constructed some time after Generation I. To ride it, a person needs a Pass, which was given to those displaced by the train stations' construction. A Pass can be received by the Copycat if the player returns her doll which was given to her by the player in Generation I and the Generation III remakes and found by a person in Vermilion City.
- Main article: Battle Subway
The Battle Subway, accessible in Unova from Nimbasa City, functions as Unova's version of the Battle Tower. One train can also be ridden by the player to Anville Town. As well as featuring Battle Trains, the Battle Subway appears as typical public transportation for the citizens of Nimbasa City.
In Coumarine City, a monorail will take the player between the seaside and hillcrest halves of the city.
Other trains in the games
- Outskirt Stand in Orre appears to be made from an old steam locomotive.
- There is also an underground railway in Orre.
- According to a book in the Nacrene City Library, trains were used for transportation in the Unova region before airplanes and thus there are old, disused train tracks in Nacrene City. Single Trains from the Battle Subway can also be seen passing below Tubeline Bridge.
In the anime
A freight train appeared in Camp Pikachu. It consisted of a red steam locomotive, numerous freight wagons and a passenger carriage at the rear. It runs on a line in the mountainous areas of Johto. The Pichu Brothers enjoy going for rides on it. The Pichu Brothers' Rascal Railway at PokéPark is likely based on this train.
Other trains in the anime
- Similar to the games, the Magnet Train connects Goldenrod City and Saffron City. It was seen in A Goldenrod Opportunity still in development. It was seen again in Best Wishes Until We Meet Again! where Iris and Cilan board the Magnet Train bound for Johto.
- Similar to the games, the Battle Subway appeared as typical public transportation for the citizens of Nimbasa City, as well as featuring Battle Trains that Trainers may battle on. Ash and his friends used it as a means of transport in Crisis from the Underground Up!, Battle for the Underground, and Lost at the Stamp Rally!.
- Similar to the games, Coumarine city is divided into two sections that are connected by a monorail. However, in Thawing an Icy Panic!, Ash and his friends trek up the hill, not knowing about the monorail. In Under the Pledging Tree!, Ash and Serena travel via the monorail after shopping for gifts for their Pokémon.
Apart from these, trains have appeared many times in the anime, including:
- Some passenger trains appeared in Time-Warp Heals All Wounds.
- LaRousse City has a monorail that circles the city, providing access to the central island.
- The various areas of the Pastoria Great Marsh are accessed by rail.
- A train powered solely by an Ampharos runs between Snowpoint City and Lake Acuity in Sinnoh. It was featured in Frozen on Their Tracks.
- Clemont and Bonnie first encountered Bunnelby in A Trip Down Memory Train! who lived in an abandoned train.
- Another train appeared in Giratina and the Sky Warrior, within which Shaymin transforms into its Sky Forme.
- Cilan drove a train in Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice.
In the games
In Pokémon Channel, there is a bus stop in Springleaf Field leading to other parts of Mintale Town including Viridian Forest, Cobalt Coast and Mt. Snowfall. These buses require passes, which can be purchased on the Shop 'N Squirtle channel.
In the anime
Many buses have appeared in the anime, such as Matt's bus in Pinch Healing! and Luka's bus in Mewtwo Returns. Buses have also appeared in movies, including one ridden by Ash, his friends, and Diancie in Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction.
Cars are used multiple times in the anime. Among the people with cars are Gary Oak, Scott (whose car is based on a 2002-2005 Ford Thunderbird), Norman, Reggie, Professor Birch, Bertha, Eusine, Cynthia, Professor Oak (whose car is based on a 1963 Toyota Publica convertible), Professor Birch, Professor Juniper, Officer Jenny (who appears to have a Jeep) and Penelope (who appears to have a Citroen 2CV).
Team Rocket's mechas
- Main article: Team Rocket's mechas
Many Team Rocket's mechas have the ability to transport people and Pokémon.
In Pokémon Snap, the ZERO-ONE is an all-terrain safari vehicle designed by Professor Oak. One of the main features of the ZERO-ONE is that it can switch modes depending on its terrain. It has a land mode, a water mode, and an air mode. The ZERO-ONE has no steering mechanism. Instead, it will follow a set path preprogrammed by Professor Oak that takes it to the goal gate.
In the games
In the anime
Airplanes have been used several times in the anime. For instance, since the Unova region is far away from the other regions, it is said to be only reachable by plane. A plane was used by Ash to get there. Other appearances include:
- A plane was used by Noland in Numero Uno Articuno.
- A plane was used by Officer Jenny and other police officers in Losing Its Lustrous.
- Grings Kodai had a seaplane in Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
In the anime, airships have been used frequently by villains. Futuristic airships of a large size, powered apparently by anti-gravity technology of some kind have been used by J, Lawrence III, Zero, and Argus Steel. Other futuristic hovercraft-like transport have been used in various Pokémon media, and include:
- Air cars have been seen commonly in the various manga. Most notably, Officer Jenny patrols in a flying car in the The Electric Tale of Pikachu. Wallace also has a flying car in Pokémon Adventures.
- In the anime, the Battle Pyramid features hovercraft-like turbines installed in its underside, giving it the ability to move around anywhere. This allowed Brandon to move the Battle Pyramid throughout Kanto, as well as to Snowpoint City.
- Hover cars have been used for various purposes in the anime. Small hover cars were used by Pokémon Pinchers in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part One) and Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part Two).
Blimps have appeared several times in the anime, usually to travel long distances.
- Ash, Misty, Brock, and Team Rocket used a blimp in A Scare in the Air! and Poké Ball Peril to travel to Valencia Island.
- Ash and his friends board a high-end blimp, the Blue May, in The Kecleon Caper!.
- Misty used a blimp to go back to Cerulean City from the Mirage Kingdom in A Togepi Mirage.
- Ash, Dawn, Brock and Barry, along with Team Rocket, used an blimp to go to Canalave City in Jumping Rocket Ship!.
- Khoury, Lyra, and Khoury's father bid farewell to Ash, Dawn, and Brock at a Blimp Airport in Sinnoh near the end of Bagged Then Tagged!.
In the games, a cable car is the only transport to the summit of Mt. Chimney in the Hoenn region. In the anime, Ash, his friends and Team Rocket also board a cable car to reach the summit of Mt. Chimney in Fight for the Meteorite!. This cable car has also appeared in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
Other appearances of cable cars in the anime include:
- A cable car to the summit of a mountain on Navel Island at the Navel Gym in Navel Maneuvers.
- A cable car to Blue Lagoon in Takin' it on the Chinchou.
- A cable car track is seen at Cameran Palace in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.
Used by Team Rocket, Team Magma, Team Aqua and Team Galactic multiple times and by Rhonda in All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go!. A pilot working with Ben used one in Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue!.
A hot air-balloon was also used by Ash and his friends in the episode The Kecleon Caper, a Pikachu one in Mewtwo Returns, and by various contestants, including Ash, in The Big Balloon Blow-Up. They are also commonly used in various contests requiring Flying-type Pokémon, such as the PokéRinger competition in That's Just Swellow and Pursuing a Lofty Goal!, and the Pokémon Sky Relay in A Relay in the Sky!. A hot air balloon also appeared in the movie The Rise of Darkrai.
Hot air balloon-like aircraft or dirigibles were also used in Great Bowls of Fire!, however it possessed the notable difference of seeming to be driven forward in the air by Pokémon (in the episode's specific usage, Charizard).
According to the Pokédex entries of Elgyem, UFOs were likely to be the mode of transport used by these Pokémon.
In the anime, a flying saucer appeared in A UFO for Elgyem! made by Professor Icarus, which was later destroyed by Team Rocket. The professor had become inspired by a UFO sighting when he was 8, and had previously made a small flying saucer after quitting university. The professor stated that by manipulating dark matter and by extension, gravity, real UFOs could reach speeds faster than the speed of light.
Another UFO appeared in Capacia Island UFO! driven by several Beheeyem which crash landed near Capacia Island. Ash, his friends, and Team Rocket sneaked onto the UFO to try to save the people of Capacia Island who had all been turned into Behheyem.
Mossdeep Space Center
The Mossdeep Space Center located in Mossdeep City successfully sends rockets into space, though specifics of the space missions are unknown. In Emerald, the Space Center plays a big part in the plot, where Team Magma attempts to steal rocket fuel while a rocket begins to launch into space. It also plays a key role in the Delta Episode of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, where Professor Cozmo intends to use a rocket full of Infinity Energy as well as the energy of human (found in Key Stones) to create a warp hole to take an asteroid off collision course with the planet. A rocket can be seen outside the Space Center.
In the anime
Rockets have appeared several times in the anime. Many Team Rocket's mechas are rocket-powered, and a rocket appeared Where No Togepi Has Gone Before!, disguised as Team Rocket’s secret base which eventually launched with Ash, his friends, and Team Rocket inside.
- Used by Falkner in Fighting Flyer with Fire.
- Used by Domino and many Team Rocket Grunts in Mewtwo Returns.
- Used by Team Rocket in The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!.
In The Scheme Team, Butch and Cassidy rode on jet packs to go to the location of their mission. Domino also used one in Mewtwo Returns. Jet packs are also used by the Team Rocket Trio in the Best Wishes series to escape from the "Twerps", replacing their traditional hot air-balloon getaway; it has thus proved to be more effective.
Ships and boats
- Main article: Ghost ship
The ghost ship is a 300-year-old ship whose captain won the Orange League, and his trophy is protected by his Gastly and Haunter. Until shortly before Ash and his friends arrived on Moro Island, it rested on the bottom of the ocean of the coast of the island.
- Main article: Royal Unova
The Royal Unova is a luxury liner in the Unova region that sails up the river from Castelia City. It sails every evening and returns to Castelia City when it is officially night. Many Trainers ride the ship. The Royal Unova can sometimes be seen passing underneath the Skyarrow Bridge while the player crosses the bridge, even if it is not evening when the player does so.
- Main article: S.S. Anne
Depending on the canon, the S.S. Anne stops only once every four years, annually, or monthly in Vermilion City. The S.S. Ticket that is needed to board the ship is only given away to exclusive people, such as Bill and Professor Oak. However, they can give the ticket away to others.
- Main article: S.S. Aqua
- Main article: S.S. Tidal
After the player has become the Champion, it will always run between Lilycove City and Slateport City, and to the Battle Tower in Ruby and Sapphire. However, it will also run to other places if the player has a ticket. With the Battle Pass, it will run to the Battle Frontier (in Emerald); with the Eon Ticket, it will run to Southern Island; with the MysticTicket, it will run to Navel Rock; with the AuroraTicket, it will run to Birth Island; and with the Old Sea Map, it will run to Faraway Island.
- Main article: Abandoned Ship
The S.S. Cactus was a large ship from the Hoenn Region, that supposedly carried large amounts of passengers and cargo. However, for some reason, the ship was partially submerged along Route 108, where it currently remains ruined on a sandbar. It is not specifically known where the boat ran between, though based on its location, one could assume it might have stopped at either Slateport City or Dewford Town. In present day, many Pokémon live in it, and lots of Trainers enjoy exploring and training on the boat, known as the Abandoned Ship.
- Main article: Seagallop
There are currently four known tickets that can be used to board a Seagallop Ferry: The Tri-Pass allows the holder to travel to Knot, Boon and Kin Islands, the Rainbow Pass to the same three islands, as well as Floe, Chrono, Fortune, and Quest Islands, the MysticTicket allows travel to Navel Rock, and the AuroraTicket allows travel to Birth Island.
- Main article: S.S. Spiral
In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the S.S. Spiral was a regular looking ship. However, in Pokémon Platinum, it had a redesign. The S.S. Spiral became a red boat with a crane on the back, and, its possible namesake, two spinning drills to part the ice floes in the area from Snowpoint City to the Battle Zone.
- Main article: S.S. Libra
The S.S. Libra runs from Orre to other regions and is used as a Pokémon cargo ship. During the events of Pokémon XD, it was destroyed by Shadow Lugia and all the Pokémon currently in it were transformed into Shadow Pokémon. Michael later found its remains near Phenac City.
- Main article: The Union
Cruiseship (Decolore Islands)
In the anime, a cruiseship traveling between Unova and Kanto allow Trainers to visit the Decolore Islands. Porter are guides on these cruiseships. Ash and his friends traveled on these ships to journey through the Decolore Islands, starting from Nuvema Town in Farewell, Unova! Setting Sail for New Adventures! and finishing at Vermilion City in Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!.
Other ships and boats
A variety of other unnamed boats are known to exist, for example:
- A ferry from the Seafoam Islands in Kanto to Littleroot Town in Hoenn (anime EP273).
- A ferry from Petalburg City in Hoenn to somewhere north of Viridian City in Kanto (anime AG132).
- A ferry from somewhere in Kanto to Twinleaf Town in Sinnoh (anime AG192).
- A ferry from Lily of the Valley Island to Twinleaf Town in Sinnoh (anime, DP190).
- A ferry from Twinleaf Town in Sinnoh to Kanto (anime DP191).
- A boat from just outside Rustboro City to Dewford Town in Hoenn (games).
- A boat from Dewford Town to Slateport City in Hoenn (games).
- A ferry from Canalave City to Iron Island in Sinnoh (games, anime DP110, and manga (known as S.S. Sinnoh in Pokémon Adventures)).
- A ferry from Canalave City to Fullmoon Island in Sinnoh (games, anime DP104).
- A ferry from Canalave City to Newmoon Island in Sinnoh (games).
- A ferry from Canalave City to Chocovine Town in Sinnoh (anime DP109).
- Unova is said to be accessible by boat, due to being far away from the regions Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh.
- A water taxi from the outskirts of Pinwheel Forest to Castelia City existed before the Skyarrow Bridge was built (anime BW021).
Gondolas have featured a few times in the anime. It is the major mode of transport in Alto Mare, a city of canals. Ash and his friends toured around Alto Mare in Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias using Ross's gondola. A gondola also appeared in Jumping Rocket Ship, where Croagunk is seen passing by Team Rocket after they crash-landed into a canal.
Jet skis featured in the anime opening theme, We Will Be Heroes.
Team Rocket's boats
Team Rocket has used many different boats in the anime.
In the games
In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, a submarine made by Captain Stern is stolen by Team Magma or Team Aqua (depending on version) to reach Seafloor Cavern, where either Groudon or Kyogre is.
Pokémon Pincher's Submarine
- Main article: Submarine (Ranger)
This is a submarine that is owned by the Pokémon Pinchers. It is later crashed.
In the anime
Submarines are often used by Team Rocket, mainly to spy on Ash and his friends.
Pokémon as Transport
In the games, Surfing and Flying are common modes of transport. Notably, Lapras, the Transport Pokémon, is often seen as a way of ferrying people across the sea. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire also introduced soaring in the sky where the player can use the Eon Flute to summon LatiosOR or LatiasAS to fly over Hoenn.
In the anime, Pokémon are also used occasionally for transportation. People, as well as Pokémon themselves, may ride on Pokémon for various reasons. This is mostly seen in races, wherein only Pokémon may be used to move around. This was first notable in The Flame Pokémon-athon!, where Ash and his friends joined a race.
Like in the games, Trainers also Surf or Fly using their Pokémon, such as in Mewtwo Strikes Back where Trainers attempted to use their Pokémon to reach Mewtwo's Island. Ash and his friends also used Lapras in going around the Orange Archipelago. Ash's Flying-type Pokémon were rode on many times, mostly by Pikachu for looking for something or attacking Team Rocket's balloon. Pikachu rode on Butterfree in episodes such as Bye Bye Butterfree. It also rode on Pidgeotto, Swellow and Staraptor, Ash's bird-based Pokémon, multiple times.
In Pokémon X and Y, Rhyhorn racing was introduced as a mode of transportation adopted by competing Rhyhorn racers. Though the player cannot participate in an actual Rhyhorn race, the player's mother, Grace, is a retired Rhyhorn racer, and her Rhyhorn partner lounges outside her house. The player can ride this Rhyhorn, but cannot take it outside the small front lawn. The player can also ride Rhyhorn on Route 9, which is the only way to cross the jagged, rocky terrain to Glittering Cave. Big boulders which block various parts of the route can be easily smashed apart by the Rhyhorn.
In the anime, Rhyhorn have also been used as a mode of transport by Rhyhorn racers. Rhyhorn racing was first introduced in Lumiose City Pursuit! where Serena was attempting to ride her mother's Rhyhorn under the watchful eye of her mother, an accomplished Rhyhorn racer. An actual Rhyhorn race was first shown in Giving Chase at the Rhyhorn Race! where Ash competed in a Rhyhorn race. Serena also rode on a Rhyhorn in A Race for Home! to catch up to the fleeing Team Rocket. Serena was able to catch up to Team Rocket since Rhyhorn are faster than the Skiddo which Ash, Bonnie and Clemont had rode on to catch up to Team Rocket.
In Pokémon X and Y, the player must ride a rental Mamoswine in order to traverse Route 17 which is mostly covered in snow so thick that it is completely inaccessible by foot. With the Mamoswine, the player can plow through the snow with ease, and crush big boulders blocking certain parts of the route.
Skiddo and Gogoat
In the games
In Pokémon X and Y, a Gogoat Shuttle service in Lumiose City allows the player to ride a Gogoat around the city. Signposts are located all around the Boulevards where the shuttle service can be used. The fare is flat at 200.
In the anime
Gogoat have been used as a mode of transport in the anime. In particular, Alexa has ridden atop her Gogoat on several occasions to find things to report on. Gogoat have the ability to sense the feelings of whoever grips its horns; therefore the rider's feelings influence how successful he or she is at riding.
Similarly, in A Race for Home! Ash and his friends have ridden on Skiddo when they visited Baa de Mer Ranch. Serena and her mother also had a Skiddo race to determine whether Serena would pursue Rhyhorn racing as a career. Like Gogoat, Skiddo's the ability to read the feelings of its riders through their grip on its horns is important in controlling Skiddo when riding.