- This article is about the Key Item named Bicycle. For the bicycle models available in the Hoenn games, see Mach Bike and Acro Bike. For the bicycle model available in the Galar games, see Rotom Bike.
In the core series games
- In the Generation I games and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Miracle Cycle in Cerulean City sells Bicycles for 1,000,000, which is 1 more than it is possible for the player to obtain in these games. Instead, the player must use a Bike Voucher to buy one.
The Bicycle cannot be ridden inside buildings or if the player is accompanied by another person. In Pokémon Yellow and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the player's walking Pokémon returns to its Poké Ball while the player is cycling.
In these games, the Bicycle has two different gears: third and fourth gear. The player can switch between them by pressing the B button. Fourth gear is faster and allows the player to ride up muddy slopes and jump two tiles from bike ramps. Third gear is slower and only jumps one tile from ramps, but cannot ride up muddy slopes.
In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the player can choose between a red, blue, green or yellow bicycle.
The player can move in any direction using the Nintendo 3DS's Circle Pad. The player has a choice between a green and yellow Bicycle when they obtain it. They cannot switch bikes once they pick one, but both Bicycles are functionally identical.
Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow
Due to a glitch, if the player saves at the Cycling Road and then creates a new game, it will not be possible to use the Bicycle (or Surf outside of battle) anywhere in the new game until the player does any of these things for the first time: blacks out (either in battle or the overworld), uses Dig, Teleport, or Fly outside of battle, uses an Escape Rope, or enters and leaves the Cycling Road.
Mach and Acro Bikes
In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, there are two different models of Bicycle: Mach Bike (which is faster than the regular Bicycle) and the Acro Bike (which is the same speed as the regular Bicycle, but can also be used to perform tricks). Both bicycles allow the player to reach places they otherwise could not.
In Generation VI, the player initially needs to switch models at Rydel's Cycles as well. However, the player will be able to keep both the Mach Bike and Acro Bike together in their Bag, after the player advertises the Rydel's Cycles to three NPCs:
- Route 111 Desert: A Hex Maniac up a muddy slope to the north that requires the Mach Bike to climb.
- Route 119: A Bird Keeper at the northmost maze of bridges, requires Surf and Waterfall along with the Acro Bike.
- Battle Resort: A biking Triathlete southeast of the Pokémon Day Care.
In Pokémon Sword and Shield, the player receives the Rotom Bike. The Rotom Bike can occasionally dash to move at high speeds for short periods of time. After being upgraded with Water Mode, it can also travel on water.
In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, the player can ride on certain walking Pokémon. Cycling Road is replaced by Pokémon Road, with Trainers required to ride a Pokémon instead of a Bicycle on the road.
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X and Y
In the anime
Bicycles are rarely seen in the anime, since Ash and his friends are usually seen walking for their journeys. The only time bicycles are used is when it is necessary to use them, such as on Cycling Roads, or for a faster way to get somewhere.
The first bicycle to appear was Misty's bicycle in Pokémon - I Choose You!. It was "borrowed" by Ash in order to escape from a flock of Spearow. The bike was then unintentionally destroyed when Ash's Pikachu released a Thunder Shock at the Spearow. Misty later re-obtained her bike from Nurse Joy in Viridian City in Gotta Catch Ya Later.
The act of Pikachu destroying a female companion's bike became a running gag in the two following series of the anime: May's bicycle was destroyed in Get the Show on the Road! and Dawn's in Two Degrees of Separation.
Bicycles can be rented for use on Cycling Roads, as seen in The Bridge Bike Gang and One Big Happiny Family!. Some characters do own bicycles, but are rarely seen using them. For example, Professor Oak used a bicycle in The Power Of One to get to Delia's house.
Red commonly used a bicycle to move around in Pokémon Origins. He was seen obtaining it at the beginning of File 2: Cubone, getting it in return for a Bike Voucher he had obtained from the Pokémon Fan Club Chairman.
In the manga
The Electric Tale of Pikachu
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum received Bicycles from Rad Rickshaw as a sign of gratitude after his rescue from Team Galactic in Ring Around the Roserade II. The trio would later use their new Bicycles to travel through the Cycling Road. Rad Rickshaw was also revealed to own a tandem bike in Cautious Clefairy.
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In the TCG
- Main article: Bicycle (Plasma Storm 117)
The Bicycle was introduced as an Item card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Black & White Series (the Japanese BW Era). First released in the Cold Flare expansion, the Bicycle later debuted in the Plasma Storm expansion with both prints featuring an illustration by Toyste Beach. With the same effect as Mail from Bill from the Neo Destiny expansion, this Trainer card allows the player to draw cards until they have 4 cards in their hand.
- In the beta version of Gold and Silver, a skateboard was planned to complement the Bicycle.
- The song Bicycle (Japanese: じてんしゃ) from Generation II and HeartGold and SoulSilver is a remix of the song Goldenrod City (Japanese: コガネシティ). Furthermore, the song Bug-Catching Contest (Japanese: むしとりたいかい) from these games remixes parts of the song Cycling (Japanese: サイクリング) from Generation I.
- Like all key items from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the Mach Bike and Acro Bike are present in the internal data of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, but are unused. If the player obtains one (i.e. via cheating), they both function like the regular Bicycle.
- Like all key items from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the regular Bicycle is present in the internal data of Pokémon Emerald, but is unused. If attempted to be used, it has no effect.
- In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, when the player attempts to enter the Cycling Road, the game does not check if the Bicycle is present in the Bag; instead, it specifically checks for the event flag indicating that player has obtained the Bicycle from Miracle Cycle. However, this makes no difference in regular gameplay, because the Bicycle (like any other Key Item in these games) is unable to be deposited in the PC, sold, or thrown away, so it remains indefinitely in the Bag after the player has obtained it.
- In Generation V, if the player runs or holds down the B Button, NPCs with bicycles will go faster.
- In Generation VI, the light of the bicycle is turned on at night, but not in caves.
- In the internal data of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Bicycle was renamed "Bike" in English, despite the item being unused in those games. This rename was carried forward in all subsequent games (despite the item being unused). This updated name was used for the first time in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, where the item was once again obtainable.
In other languages
- List of Key Items (Generation I)
- List of Key Items (Generation II)
- List of Key Items (Generation III)
- List of Key Items (Generation IV)
- List of Key Items (Generation V)
- List of Key Items (Generation VI)
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