Goldenrod City

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Goldenrod City コガネシティ
Kogane City
"A Happening Big City"
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Map description
A developing city where people and Pokémon come and go as they like.
Goldenrod City Gym - Johto Gym #3
specialist Gym
Plain Badge
Plain Badge
Goldenrod City Gym - Johto Gym #3
specialist Gym
Plain Badge
Plain Badge
Goldenrod City Gym - Johto Gym #3
specialist Gym
Plain Badge
Plain Badge
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Route 35
Goldenrod City
Route 34
Location of Goldenrod City in Johto.
Gen II

Goldenrod City (Japanese: コガネシティ Kogane City) is a sprawling metropolis located in western Johto. It is the largest city in the region, rivaling Celadon City, the largest city in Kanto. Goldenrod City is the third largest city in the Pokémon world, behind Unova's Castelia City and Nimbasa City. Goldenrod is the center of the region's economy and telecommunications. Major attractions for Trainers include the Goldenrod Radio Tower, the city's Department Store, Game Corner, Name Rater, Magnet Train, Global Terminal (HeartGold and SoulSilver only) and Gym.

Pokémon Trainers often come to Goldenrod City in order to win the Plain Badge from Whitney, the Goldenrod Gym Leader, who specializes in Template:Type2 Pokémon.

The National Park, along with the Pokéathlon Dome, is located north of Goldenrod off Route 35 while the Pokémon Day Care is just south of the city on Route 34.

Places of interest

Bike Shop

Main article: Miracle Cycle

The lone Bike Shop in Johto is located in an isolated neighborhood in east Goldenrod, where business doesn't seem to be doing very good. The owner of the shop moved his business from Cerulean City to Goldenrod in between Generation I/III and Generation II/IV.

The player obtains their Bicycle from the Goldenrod Miracle Cycle shop for free. The owner of the store at first indicates that the he is simply loaning the player the bicycle, but after his number of customers drastically increases, he calls the player on the Pokégear to let them know that they can keep it.

Goldenrod Department Store

Goldenrod City in HeartGold and SoulSilver
Main article: Goldenrod Department Store

The Goldenrod Department Store, located in the city center, claims to have a full selection of Pokémon Goods for Trainers. Though the store does not carry vital items such as Hyper Potions or Ultra Balls (in Generation II), or Full Restores (in Generations II and IV) it does back up its claim by boasting the widest selection of specialty items in Johto. It takes up quite a bit of space in Goldenrod City and is easy to find.

The lowest level of the store connects to the Goldenrod Tunnel, which encompasses most of western Goldenrod. A team of workers and a Machoke are moving boxes around. People get told off by the worker for going down and distracting them. This is one of the endpoints of the Goldenrod Tunnel. Every time the player enters the area, the boxes will be moved in various places, allowing access to items that are on the ground in blocked rooms. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the boxes are instead moved when the player interacts with workers in the area.

Layout in Generation II

The store is composed of nine levels, including two basements and six shopping floors. The uppermost floor features a rooftop square. The rooftop cannot be accessed by the elevator, instead the player must travel up the final flight of stairs. Some binoculars let spectators see things far away. Some people go up to the roof top to take a break from shopping.

Layout in Generation IV

The store in HeartGold and SoulSilver is composed of eight levels, with two basement levels and six above ground levels. Players can take the elevator to the uppermost seven floors, while the lower basement level can only be accessed through a flight of stairs or through the Goldenrod Tunnel during the Radio Tower mission.

Goldenrod City in the anime

Goldenrod Game Corner

Main article: Goldenrod Game Corner

Johto's installment of the Game Corner is located in Goldenrod across the main north-south road from the department store. The parlor features slot machines among other varieties of games. In Pokémon Crystal, the Move tutor can be found standing outside the building on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

There are two games to play; the Slot machines and the Card Flip. One to three coins can be put in the slot machine each play. One coin will only count the center row across, two coins will count all three rows across, and three coins will count all three rows across as well as both diagonals. The reels stop spinning when the A button is pressed. The Card Flip game is exclusive to Generation II. The player can pick either a card or a group of cards, making it much like Roulette. The deck has 24, each one with a number between 1 and 6 and a picture of one of four Pokémon (Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Oddish, or Poliwag). Bets can be placed by single card, by single column, by single row, by a pair of columns, or by a pair of rows. In Generation IV, these games are replaced by the Voltorb Flip game.

Johto Name Rater

Main article: Name Rater

The Johto Name Rater is located in a house near the gate separating Goldenrod from Route 35. Here, Trainers can have the nicknames of their Pokémon rated and, if the Pokémon's ID number matches the trainer's ID number, the nickname can be changed.

If the Pokémon was caught by the player that currently owns it, he'll say that the name could be better and offer the player the option of changing it.

If the Pokémon he's judging was obtained via a trade, he will say that the name is perfect and refuse to change it. However, if both players have identical trainer IDs and secret IDs, he will allow name changes.

Radio Tower

Main article: Goldenrod Radio Tower

The Goldenrod Radio Tower, located at the west end of the main east-west path through the city, is the source of all Pokégear broadcasts in Johto. An antenna on top of the tower transmits three radio programs daily, with a fourth program being aired between 6 P.M. and 12 A.M. every night. The building has three studios spread over five floors. The radio tower broadcasts numerous programs daily, the most prominent of such being Professor Oak's Pokémon Talk and Buena's Password, a new radio show that debuted in Pokémon Crystal.

In Pokémon Gold and Silver, the station has two studios, located on the fourth and fifth floors. A third studio is added in Pokémon Crystal on the second floor. In every version, the tower has a welcome center, as well as a computer linked to Bill's PC and the Trainer's personal computer, on the first floor and a small café on the second floor. The technical operations of the tower are handled by way of a network of computers on the third and fourth floors. The manager of the tower has an office on the fifth floor.

For a short time in Generation II, the tower falls into the clutches of Team Rocket, during which time none of the normal broadcasts are aired. Following the player's collection of seven Gym Badges, it is necessary to purge the radio tower of Team Rocket in order to continue the storyline as a man selling RageCandyBars in Mahogany Town will prevent access to Route 44, the eastern path out of Mahogany, until the Radio Tower has been returned to normal.

Magnet Train station

Main article: Magnet Train
The Magnet Train as seen in HeartGold and SoulSilver

Saffron City and Goldenrod City are linked by a railway used by the Magnet Train, a high-speed train that runs regularly between the two cities. The train follows no set schedule, making the Magnet Train an ideal way to travel between Kanto and Johto.

To board the train, a potential rider must have a Pass. The Copycat of Saffron City has one (given to her as compensation for the fact that the station in Saffron is built where her house used to be), and is willing to give it up as a reward for returning her Poké Doll that a boy gave to her three years before.

Initially, the train is out of service as a minion of Team Rocket has stolen a valuable part from the Power Plant in Kanto. After defeating him in Cerulean City, players can retrieve the part from the Cerulean City Gym and return it to the Power Plant. With the component back in place, the train will have the necessary power to run.

Goldenrod Tunnel

Main article: Goldenrod Tunnel

An underground path, the Goldenrod Tunnel, runs from the southwestern side of the city to the northwestern area, with a branch leading to the basement of the department store. A pair of groomers in the tunnel will groom Pokémon, increasing the happiness of the groomed Pokémon, for a small fee.

This path contains a barber shop, herb shop, and a shop selling items which are simply resold for profit. Depending on which day it is, certain shops may not be open at certain times. The path is also notorious for having litter carelessly thrown there by Trainers. Additionally, there is also an entrance to the basement of the Goldenrod Department Store, which is initially occupied by Team Rocket.

Flower Shop

Other locations of interest in Goldenrod include a woman who is able to determine the happiness of a Pokémon located in a house near the Bike Shop, and a flower shop in the northeast area of the city, where the Squirtbottle, the key item needed to get past the Sudowoodo who blocks the player's path, is located. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Gracidea can be obtained here with a fateful encounter Shaymin first in the party, and mulch can also be bought after Sudowoodo has been cleared from Route 36.

Growth Mulch Growth Mulch
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Damp Mulch Damp Mulch
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Stable Mulch Stable Mulch
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Global Terminal

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The Global Terminal
Main article: Global Terminal

The Global Terminal is the worldwide network over which players can interact in different ways via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, only seen in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. In order to access the terminal, players must have the first badge of Johto. The player's first Pokémon is returned to its Poké Ball before entering the building.

The Global Trade Station lets a player send and receive Pokémon on the worldwide network. If the player talks with the woman at the counter, she will direct them into a room in which they can either put up a Pokémon to be traded or trade a Pokémon they own for one that has been put up for trade.

Players can go to the second floor by using the green warp panels. There are two points of interest on this floor: Box Data, located on the western side and the northern set of green machines, and the Dress-Up Data, located just below the Box Data, in the south-eastern corner. Players can go here by using the pink warp panels. There is only one point of interest on this floor: the Battle Video Gallery located on the western side and the set of the pink machines.

Goldenrod Gym

Main article: Goldenrod Gym
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Goldenrod Gym in HeartGold and SoulSilver

The Goldenrod Gym is the official gym of Goldenrod City. It is based on Template:Type2 Pokémon. The Gym Leader is Whitney. Trainers who defeat her receive the Plain Badge. In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the Goldenrod Gym is a maze of flowers and ornaments. The player must navigate their way around the Gym floor by going around the wall of pretty flowers first, then enter the middle section. The Trainers in the Gym are hard to avoid, and most of the them must be battled in order to challenge Whitney, who is located in the middle of the Gym.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, many aesthetic changes have been made to the Goldenrod Gym. The overall layout of the Gym remains the same; however, the outer part of the Gym has been raised to create a platform above the rest of the Gym. To reach Whitney, the player must navigate their way around the raised platform, battle Trainers, and go though an arch below one of the platforms.

When Leader Whitney is defeated, she throws a temper tantrum and cries. Then, the player must talk to her. After drying her eyes and blowing her nose, she will get over her loss and give the player the Plain Badge, TM45 (Attract), and the ability to use Strength outside of battle.


Pokémon Crystal

In Pokémon Crystal, Goldenrod City has a total population of 105 which was the largest city at the time. However, this was short-lived as Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire introduced a larger city—Lilycove City.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Goldenrod City's population is 126, making it by far the largest city in Johto. Its population is more than double the second-most-populous city in Johto, Violet City. This number makes Goldenrod the third biggest city in the Pokémon world, behind Castelia City and Nimbasa City. This high number is likely due to Goldenrod City being in the center of the Johto region and its connections to smaller, but important cities.


Item Location Games

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Generation II

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
Gift Pokémon
066 Machop
096 Trade
Drowzee's level One
066 Machop
063 Trade
Abra's level One
133 Eevee
Gift Gift
20 One
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 IV

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
Gift Pokémon
066 Machop
096 Trade
Drowzee's level One
021 Spearow
Gift Gift
20 One
133 Eevee
Gift Gift
5 One
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.


Name origin

Language Name Origin
Japanese コガネシティ Kogane City From 黄金 (kogane) gold.
English Goldenrod City From goldenrod, a type of yellow-colored flowering plant.
French Doublonville From doublon (doubloon) and ville (city).
German Dukatia City From Dukat, ducat.
Italian Fiordoropoli From fiore d'oro, golden flower, and the suffix -poli, meaning city.
Spanish Ciudad Trigal
Ciudad Caña Dorada *
Ciudad Camino Dorado *
From trigal, wheatfield.
Literally means golden road.
Brazilian Portuguese Cidade de Quinhão Dourado* Means golden share.
Korean 금빛시티 Geumbit City 금빛 (geumbit) means golden color.
Chinese (Mandarin) 滿金市 Mǎnjīn Shì (anime)
小金市 Xiǎojīn Shì (manga)
金 is taken from 黄金 (kogane). 滿金 (mǎnjīn) literally means "full of gold".
From 小金 kogane. 小金 (xiǎojīn) literally means "little gold".
Chinese (Cantonese) 滿金市 Moongam Si Same as the Mandarin name

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