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The Battle Tower (Japanese: バトルタワー Battle Tower) is Johto's premiere battle facility, located at the northernmost part of Route 40, west of Olivine City. It was introduced in Pokémon Crystal, being separated from the route itself by a gate, and was reintroduced as a facility in the Battle Frontier in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Being the first Battle Tower in the series, it introduced many of the special rules that would later be expanded upon for Battle Towers in Hoenn and Sinnoh, as well as the Battle Frontiers that eventually joined them.
In Generation II
Battle Tower challenges are made by entering three of the player's Pokémon with the attendant at the front desk. The attendant will then guide the player to a special room where they will battle against seven opponents in a row, healing between each battle. After each of the seven Trainers has been defeated, the player will have beaten the streak and be rewarded with one of five of the vitamins.
The Battle Tower has several restrictions aside from the amount of Pokémon which can be entered.
- All Pokémon must be less than or equal to the level of battle challenged. Levels are in intervals of 10.
- No two Pokémon can be holding the same item.
- Items cannot be used by Trainers on their Pokémon.
- Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, and Celebi are only allowed to be entered if the level chosen is 70 or higher. Pokémon Eggs are not allowed to enter.
In Generation IV
In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Battle Tower was joined by a Battle Frontier, much like the other two Battle Towers. Palmer is the Frontier Brain in these games.
In the anime
The Battle Tower made a cameo appearance in Fight for the Light, where Team Rocket mistook it for an office building and tried to get in, but to no avail as the security officers asked for Gym Badges.
- This is the only Battle Tower that the player can challenge before becoming the Champion.
- This is the first Battle Tower to have appeared in the games. Later Battle Towers tweaked the rules somewhat, and since Pokémon Emerald have had a person in charge of them like a Gym Leader. The Platinum Battle Tower replaces the Crystal Battle Tower in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
- This is the only Battle Tower that allows all legendary Pokémon, as later generations would ban powerful legendary Pokémon like Mewtwo and event legendary Pokémon like Mew, regardless of their level.
- This is also the only Battle Tower that appears on the same landmass as the rest of the region: later Battle Towers are on islands that can only be accessed by boat, or after having visited, by using Fly.
- In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Battle Tower is the only facility in the Battle Frontier that is affected by the GB Sounds outside of battle, though when battling Palmer, it still won't have any effect.
- In Generation II, several Trainers are references to people involved in the creation of the game.
- Guitarist Masuda is a reference to Junichi Masuda, Crystal's music director.
- Bug Catcher Tajiri is a reference to Pokémon's creator, Satoshi Tajiri, and his childhood fixation with bug catching.
- Scientist Mori is a reference to Akito Mori, who is listed under "special thanks" in Crystal.
- Teacher Kawakami is a reference to Naoko Kawakami, who is listed under "special thanks" in Crystal.
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