Cinnabar Island

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Cinnabar Island in Generation I.
Cinnabar Island in Generation II.

Cinnabar Island (Japanese: グレンじま Guren Island) is a large island located off the southern coast of the Kanto region, south of Pallet Town. It is home to a large volcano. Blaine is the resident Gym Leader, specializing in Template:Type2 Pokémon. Cinnabar is a kind of red mineral, associated with hot springs and volcanoes.

Its motto is The Firey Town of Burning Desire.

In the games

The Generation I games reveal Cinnabar Island to be a technological mecca. The journals scattered about the abandoned Pokémon Mansion suggest that Mewtwo was cloned here. The scientists at the Pokémon Lab have the ability to resurrect Pokémon from their fossils.

By the Generation II games, the large volcano has erupted, destroying everything except the Pokémon Center. After the eruption, the Gym was relocated to the Seafoam Islands. Blue can be first found at Cinnabar, because he was bored and decided to take a stroll there.

There are no land paths to the island. Instead Route 20 in the east and Route 21 in the north are both waterways through the ocean.

Places of interest

Cinnabar Gym

Main article: Cinnabar Gym

In the anime

File:Cinnabar Island volcano.JPG
The opening to the volcano on Cinnabar Island

Cinnabar Island is considered a mere beach resort in the anime. Many trainers skip the island entirely or go there for a break from battling. Blaine runs a hotel for tourists and wears a hippie disguise to hide his real identity as Gym Leader. His Gym is located inside of the volcano.

Aside from inside of the Pokémon Mansion, wild Pokémon also appear in the ocean around the island.

Poké Mart

Item Price
Ultra Ball PokémonDollar.png1,200
Great Ball PokémonDollar.png600
Hyper Potion PokémonDollar.png1,200
Revive PokémonDollar.png1,500
Full Heal PokémonDollar.png600
Other items
Escape Rope PokémonDollar.png550
Max Repel PokémonDollar.png700

Pokémon that appear in Cinnabar Island

Generation I

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate

072 Tentacool R B Y Fishing 15-30 40%

090 Shellder R B Y Fishing 15 25%

116 Horsea R B Y Fishing 15 25%

118 Goldeen R B Y Fishing 15 25%

120 Staryu R B Y Fishing 15 25%

120 Staryu R B Y Fishing 10-15 60%

060 Poliwag R B Y Good Rod 10 50%

118 Goldeen R B Y Good Rod 10 50%

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 III


  • Its Japanese motto is グレンの あかは じょうねつの いろ.
  • Although the games show no actual volcano on or around Cinnabar Island, one still managed to somehow explode a year prior to the player's adventure, during Generation II. This could be explained as Cinnabar's volcano and/or the island being a shield volcano, where in the anime it appears as a stratovolcano like Mt. Fuji. Although likely to be a shield volcano in the games, the eruption was cited in Gold, Silver and Crystal as being so intense that it sent large boulders as far as the shore just south of Fuchsia City, which isn't a general characteristic of a shield volcano. Another possibility is that Cinnabar Island is a stratovolcano, and that the surface of the island is actually the very peak.
  • Cinnabar Island has many glitches associated with it in the Generation I games, such as Missingno. There is also a trick to see a man on the roof of the Gym.
  • Many of the wild Pokémon found in the mansion in Generation I have been moved to Knot Island in Generation III.

In other languages

Language Name Origin
Japanese グレンじま Guren Shima 紅蓮 (guren) refers to the red color of the Crimson lotus.
English Cinnabar Island From cinnabar, a reddish mineral.
French Cramois'île From cramoisi, crimson, and île, island.
German Zinnoberinsel From Zinnoberrot, carmine, and Insel, island.
Italian Isola Cannella From isola, island, and cannella, cinnamon.
Spanish Isla Canela From isla, island, and canela, cinnamon.
Korean 홍련섬 Hongryeon Seom 홍련 (hongryeon) means red lotus.
Chinese (Mandarin) 紅蓮鎮/红莲镇 Hónglián Zhèn
Chinese (Cantonese) 紅蓮鎮 Hunglin Zan

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