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{{FAC notice}}[[File:PokéGear HGSS m.png|thumb|right|Blue Pokégear in HeartGold and SoulSilver]]
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[[File:PokéGear HGSS f.png|thumb|Pink Pokégear in HeartGold and SoulSilver]]
[[File:PokéGear HGSS f.png|thumb|Pink Pokégear in HeartGold and SoulSilver]]
'''Pokémon Gear''' (Japanese: '''ポケモンギア''' ''Pokémon Gear''), or more commonly just '''Pokégear''' (Japanese: '''ポケギア''' ''Pokégear''), is an electronic device found in [[Johto]]. It looks like a large, advanced wristwatch with the [[Silph Co.]] logo on it. It was first introduced in [[Generation II]]; the [[Hoenn]] region's analog to the Pokégear appears to be the [[PokéNav]], while the [[Sinnoh]] counterpart is the [[Pokétch]].
'''Pokémon Gear''' (Japanese: '''ポケモンギア''' ''Pokémon Gear''), or more commonly just '''Pokégear''' (Japanese: '''ポケギア''' ''Pokégear''), is an electronic device found in [[Johto]]. It looks like a large, advanced wristwatch with the [[Silph Co.]] logo on it. It was first introduced in [[Generation II]]; the [[Hoenn]] region's analog to the Pokégear appears to be the [[PokéNav]], while the [[Sinnoh]] counterpart is the [[Pokétch]].

Revision as of 13:26, 1 October 2010

File:PokéGear HGSS m.png
Blue Pokégear in HeartGold and SoulSilver
File:PokéGear HGSS f.png
Pink Pokégear in HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon Gear (Japanese: ポケモンギア Pokémon Gear), or more commonly just Pokégear (Japanese: ポケギア Pokégear), is an electronic device found in Johto. It looks like a large, advanced wristwatch with the Silph Co. logo on it. It was first introduced in Generation II; the Hoenn region's analog to the Pokégear appears to be the PokéNav, while the Sinnoh counterpart is the Pokétch.

The Pokégear is an important tool for Trainers, some see it necessary to have one on a Trainer's adventure. The main character of Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal receives a Pokégear from their mother at the start of their journey. The player is able to have access to the Pokégear by selecting it from the menu. At that, it is easy to navigate through the Pokégear by selecting through four different functions located at the top-left of the screen. It displays the map of the region, names of previously fought Trainers, and the current time. It also allows players to call registered Trainers. Certain functions need to be unlocked during the game by receiving special expansion cards.

The Pokégear returns in the Generation IV remakes, HeartGold and SoulSilver. The interface has been completely redesigned, using both screens on the Nintendo DS. The top will always display the time function on the Pokégear, while the touch screen will display the other different functions of the Pokégear, as well as selecting other functions using the touch screen. The outer aesthetics of the Pokégear have changed abruptly as well. The whole Pokégear is a flip top, while the bottom section of the Pokégear is used to scan special expansion cards to upgrade it with other functions. Its color skin is changeable between blue, pink, a Team Rocket theme, a Japanese dojo theme, a Pokémon League theme, and teal-and-white with a Silph Co. theme.


Pokégear artwork from Generation II

The Pokégear's functionality comes from the several features and applications that can be installed in it, making it extensible. Many people are willing to give away special expansion cards to upgrade the Pokégear with other functions. In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, there are 4 available functions, two of which are included with the Pokégear. The rest are not available at the start but can be received at a later time.


Included in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal with the Pokégear, the time function is the most basic feature. The Pokégear will digitally display the time of day using the 12-hour AM/PM format as well as the day of the week. It runs off the time the player input at the beginning of the game.

A glitch in Gold and Silver will change the day if the functions are scrolled through; this was addressed in Crystal. A function in Gold and Silver that allowed players to reset the game's time in the title screen was also removed from Crystal.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the time will always be displayed on the top screen of the DS. However, unlike in Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the time is displayed using the 24-hour format instead of the 12-hour format and runs on the Nintendo DS's internal clock, much like the Pokétch. There is also a wireless signal measurement next to the time, though it has no purpose and always displays the same.


Obtained after the player receives a map card for the Pokégear after taking a tour of Cherrygrove City from the Guide Gent, the map function of the Pokégear acts as a Town Map, displaying a map of Johto and later Kanto with cities, towns and other important landmarks. It is the most basic of the map devices used by the player, and is the navigational item for all Generation II games.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the mechanics of the map remain the same, only to have several added features, including the ability to zoom in to display areas of interest, with certain locations having a small flavor text. There is another feature that allows the player to add notes and markings to different locations, to allow the player to make notes about each area about the Pokémon in the area, any Apricorn or Berry trees, any special buildings, TM locations or any other notes. These notes will appear on the top screen when the player highlights that specific area on the map. Like the Marking Map on the Pokétch, it also displays the current locations of all Roaming Pokémon, including Entei and Raikou.

If, in HeartGold and SoulSilver, a non-player character calls the player on the PokéGear phone for a rematch or to give an item, then the PokéGear map will display a small red exclamation point next to the name of the route or location.


Included in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal with the Pokégear, the phone function on the Pokégear will function like a cellphone, allowing the user to make calls to people that they've traded phone numbers with. This allows the player to talk to other characters and learn information from them, such as battling tips or when rare Pokémon appear. When this happens, a red exclamation point next to the name of the route or location on the Pokégear map will indicate that there is someone in this area waiting for the player.

The player can also store numbers of other important people, like their mom, or Professor Elm. Mom will also ring every so often, telling the player about the money she has saved (if opted for by the player) and occasionally buys decorations for the bedroom, or items such as Super Potions. The phone function has a memory bank that can save up to ten people on the phone.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the phone function makes a return, and is used in the same way. The player is able to select a person to call from the touch screen, and is able to call them. The player also doesn't have to answer when someone calls them, another change from Generation II. It is also able to store many more numbers in its memory with no limit than the same function in Generation II. The player's mom once again provides her unique money-saving services. When contacted, Lyra will give information on how certain Pokémon will react to different areas as well.

Another aspect for HeartGold and SoulSilver is that rematches with Trainers will start after the player has collected seven badges and has beaten Team Rocket at the Radio Tower in Goldenrod City. Each of them has a specific time during one day each week where the player contacts them to automatically set a rematch. As long as the player is not at the same route as that Trainer, they will accept the challenge whenever the player wants within that time frame. Otherwise, the other Trainer will call at random and the player will have to intercept their phone call to see if they want a rematch.

Trainer phone listing

Person Location Rematch Notes
Biker Aiden Route 17 Monday morning
Biker Ernest Route 17 Sunday afternoon
Biker Reese Route 17 Sunday night
Bill Goldenrod City Calls when Bill's PC box is full.GSC
Bird Keeper Jose Route 27 Gives away Star Pieces.
Bird Keeper Josh Route 14 Tuesday night Gives away Shiny Stones.
Bird Keeper Vance Route 44 Wednesday night Gives away Carbos.
Black Belt Kenji Route 45 Random Gives away PP Ups during random lunch breaks at noon.
Buena Goldenrod City Obtainable after getting 30 Blue Card points. CHGSS
Bug Catcher Arnie Route 35 Tuesday morning Calls during a Yanma swarm.
Bug Catcher Doug Route 2 Wednesday morning
Bug Catcher Rob Route 2 Friday morning
Bug Catcher Wade Route 31 Tuesday night Reminds player of the Bug-Catching Contest. Gives away berries.
Camper Tanner Route 13 Monday night
Camper Todd Route 34 Saturday morning Reminds player of the Goldenrod Department Store's bargain sale.GSC
Childhood Friend Ethan/Lyra New Bark Town
Cool Trainer Beth*/Ace Trainer Jamie* Route 27 Friday afternoon
Cool Trainer Gaven Route 27 Thursday morning
Cool Trainer Reena Route 27 Sunday morning
Day Care Lady Route 34
Day Care Man Route 34
Firebreather Walt Route 35 Monday afternoon
Fisher Chris*/Tully* Route 42 Sunday afternoon Gives away Water Stones.CHGSS
Fisher Kyle Route 12 Wednesday afternoon
Fisher Kyler Route 12 Thursday afternoon
Fisher Ralph Route 32 Wednesday morning Calls during a Qwilfish swarm.
Fisher Wilton Route 44 Thursday morning Calls during a Remoraid swarm, and gives away various Poké Balls.
Gentleman Alfred Glitter Lighthouse Tuesday afternoon
Hiker Anthony Route 33 Friday night Calls during a Dunsparce swarm.
Hiker Kenny Route 13 Saturday morning
Hiker Parry Route 45 Friday afternoon Calls during a Marill swarm, and gives away Iron.
Juggler Irwin Route 35
Lass Dana Route 38 Thursday night Gives away Thunderstones.CHGSS
Lass Krise National Park Sunday morning
Mom* New Bark Town Saves the player's money and buys items.
Picnicker Erin Route 46 Saturday night Gives away Calcium.
Picnicker Gina Route 34 Sunday afternoon Gives away Leaf Stones.CHGSS
Picnicker Liz Route 32 Thursday afternoon
Picnicker Tiffany Route 43 Tuesday afternoon
Poké Ball Creator Kurt Azalea Town
PokéFan Beverly National Park Requires Marill in partyC: Gives away Nuggets.CHGSS
PokéFan Derek Route 39
PokéManiac Brent Route 43 Monday morning
Professor Elm* New Bark Town Calls about major events.
Professor Oak Pallet Town Gives phone number when first met at Mr. Pokémon's house; call him to get your Pokédex ratedHGSS
Safari Warden Baoba Johto Safari Zone
Schoolboy Alan Route 36 Wednesday afternoon Gives away Fire Stones.CHGSS
Schoolboy Billy Route 15 Friday night
Schoolboy Chad Route 38 Friday morning Calls during a Snubbull swarm.
Schoolboy Jack National Park Monday morning
Schoolboy Torin Route 14 Wednesday night
Sailor Huey Glitter Lighthouse Wednesday night Gives away Protein.
Teacher Hillary Route 15 Thursday night
Twins Kay & Tia Route 15 Saturday night
Young Couple Tim & Sue Route 13 Friday afternoon
Youngster Ian Route 34 Saturday morning
Youngster Joey Route 30 Monday afternoon Gives away HP Up.

Gym Leader phone listing

The rematch concept is expanded in HeartGold and SoulSilver to allow players to rematch the Gym Leaders of Johto and Kanto. The phone numbers for most of the sixteen Leaders can be obtained before the Earth Badge has been obtained (though after defeating the Elite Four), but rematches with the Gym Leaders cannot be scheduled until after Blue has been defeated. By speaking with them at the appropriate time and place, players can obtain their phone numbers. At a later, specified date, the player can call the Leader and ask for a rematch. The Leader will always accept, and the battle will be fought at Saffron City's Fighting Dojo.

Leader Time and Location of Phone Number Time of Battle
Falkner Mondays in the Celadon City Department Store; must have beaten Janine; any time Saturday morning
Bugsy Thursdays in Viridian Forest; any time Thursday afternoon
Whitney Saturdays and Sundays in the Goldenrod City Department Store; between 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Saturday afternoon
Morty Mondays and Tuesdays on the Bellchime Trail; any time Tuesday night
Chuck Any day from Chuck's wife; any time Wednesday night
Jasmine Any day in the Olivine Café; between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM Wednesday afternoon
Pryce Any morning by the Lake of Rage; between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM Monday morning
Clair Any morning in the Dragon's Den; must have beaten Lance and her in a double battle; between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM Friday night
Brock Any day in Diglett's Cave; must have beaten Blue; between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM Saturday night
Misty Any day on Route 25 (unless Suicune is present); must have beaten Blue; between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM Wednesday morning
Lt. Surge Any day by the Power Plant after Zapdos is captured and the player is walking with a Pikachu; between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Friday morning
Erika Saturdays and Sundays by the Celadon City fountain; between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM Sunday morning
Sabrina Fridays at the Olivine City harbor; must have S.S. Ticket; any time Sunday afternoon
Janine Any evening by the Pokémon League Reception Gate; between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM Monday afternoon
Blaine Tuesdays on Cinnabar Island; must have beaten Blue; any time Tuesday afternoon
Blue Any day from Daisy Oak, after having at least seven massages and showing her a Pokémon with full happiness; any time Sunday night


Obtained after the Radio Card is received from a quiz host at the Goldenrod Radio Tower, the radio function allows music to be played like a radio. The Pokégear functions as a radio that allows the player to listen to the radio stations within the game being broadcast from the Radio Tower. This allows the player to get tips from Professor Oak and DJ Mary on Oak's Pokémon Talk, affect how active wild Pokémon are by playing Pokémon March or Pokémon Lullaby on the Pokémon Music station, or listen to the Lucky Channel to keep track of the Radio Tower's lottery promotion.

When the player travels into Kanto in Crystal, he/she will not receive a signal for the radio, and must obtain an EXPN Card to tune into certain stations in Kanto; this is obtained from someone at the Lavender Radio Tower after restoring the power to Kanto. In Gold and Silver, the EXPN Card is only required for the Poké Flute station.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the radio function makes a return, and is received in the same way it was in Generation II. Tuning can be done in two ways, moving the indicator around the globe using the stylus, or selecting one of the four radio stations. Similar radio stations appear. As in Crystal, the EXPN Card is required for all stations in Kanto.

Radio shows

Program Host(s) Channel Description
Pokédex Show (no host) 4.5 (Johto)
4 AM-10 AM only, Generation II only
A show that broadcasts Pokédex entries gathered by the player.
Professor Oak's Pokémon Talk Professor Oak, DJ Mary 4.5 (Johto)/Station 2 (HGSS)
10 AM-4 AM only in Generation II, all day in Generation IV
Talk show discussing locations where semi-rare Pokémon can be found. Also speaks about swarms and where Sinnoh/Hoenn Pokémon currently reside.
Pokémon Music DJ Ben 7.5 (Johto)/Station 1 (HGSS) Broadcasts different music to different effects depending on the day of the week.
Lucky Channel Reed 8.5 (Johto) Broadcasts one ID per week; trainers who come to the welcome center with a Pokémon whose ID is similar will win a prize (GSC only).
Buena's Password Buena 10.5 (Johto) Broadcasts one password per night between 6 PM-12 AM; trainers who come to Buena and recite the password can get points redeemable for prizes (Crystal only).
Variety Channel Silver Drama/Buena Station 4 Broadcasts Buena's Password channel with a couple more new features. Aside from the aforementioned channel, there are a few other new channels that are broadcast in different schedules (HGSS only).
Town Channel Unknown Station 3 Broadcasts a show called "That Town, These People" that selects the top 3 landmarks or persons in any given city or town. Switches with the Street Corner Channel every hour (HGSS only).
Street Corner Channel Snap Station 3 Broadcasts a show called "Trainer Profiles", which describes a randomly selected trainer class. Switches with the Town Channel every hour (HGSS only).
Un(kn)own Radio Station (Shown as "Mysterious Transmission") Unown 13.5 (Johto) Strange noises will play. Ruins of Alph only. It must be tuned into manually using the stylus in HeartGold and SoulSilver, while normal stations assigned to the radio's buttons will not play in the Ruins of Alph. In Generation IV, it also increases the chance of encountering an Unown shape the player has not yet encountered. Sounds similar to the Azure Flute.
Places and People DJ Lily 16.5 (Kanto) Talk show discussing Kanto locations or trainers the player has faced. Requires EXPN Card in Pokémon Crystal (GSC only).
Let's All Sing DJ Fern 18.5 (Kanto) Broadcasts different music to different effects depending on the day of the week. Requires EXPN Card in Pokémon Crystal (GSC only).
Poké Flute (no host) 20 (Kanto) Plays Poké Flute music. Used to awaken Snorlax. Requires EXPN Card. Must be tuned to manually in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
Team Rocket evolution signal (Shown as "Radio Transmission") Team Rocket HQ 20.5 (Johto) An eerie tune plays over and over. Only plays in Mahogany Town, Route 43, and Lake of Rage and causes interference that prevents the radio from tuning in to other stations in HeartGold and SoulSilver. No longer plays when the player has cleared the Team Rocket HQ.
Team Rocket Announcement (replaces other radio station) Team Rocket Every radio station (Johto) Plays on every radio station once Team Rocket has succeeded in taking over the Radio Tower. A Team Rocket executive announces over the airwaves that they have rejoined, and pleads their boss, Giovanni, to come out of hiding and rejoin them. Begins playing once the player has obtained seven badges, no longer plays when Team Rocket disbands.

In the anime

In the anime, it is shown that the Pokégear has at least two designs, a black one and a white and pink one. Several characters in the anime own Pokégears:

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Misty's Pokégear
  • Misty also owns one, so that she can keep in contact with her sisters at the Cerulean Gym.
  • Lyra owns the new version of the Pokégear, and she owns a pink model. Likewise, her friend Khoury owns a blue model.
  • Brock received his own Pokégear at the end of Bagged Then Tagged! when he was given one by Khoury's father. It has been used fairly regularly by him since then, normally being used by Brock to track the group's location (similar to how Max did with the PokéNav).

In the TCG

The PokéGear appears as a card in the Neo Genesis set. The redesigned version, Pokégear 3.0, appears as a card in the HeartGold & SoulSilver expansion.


  • Music from the Pokégear doesn't stop when the player uses Surf, however it does stop when the player gets out of the water.