- 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 their remakes, 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 of buildings or if the player is accompanied by a person. In Pokémon Yellow and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the walking Pokémon returns to its Poké Ball while the player is cycling.
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.
The player has a choice of two bike models, the Mach Bike (which is faster than the regular Bicycle) and the Acro Bike (which is as fast as the Bicycle, but can also be used to perform tricks). Both bicycles allow the player to reach places they otherwise could not. The player is also allowed on the Seaside Cycling Road if they have any of these bicycles.
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 addition to the regular Bicycle, the Acro Bike and Mach Bike are also found in the code of these games, but the latter two items are not legitimately obtainable. When either the Acro Bike or the Mach Bike is used, the player simply starts riding the regular Bicycle. If the player is already riding the Bicycle, then using any of these items causes the player to resume walking.
The player can switch between third and fourth gears by pressing the B button, which function similarly to the Acro Bike and Mach Bike, respectively. Fourth gear is faster than third gear and allows the player to ride up muddy slopes and jump further from bike ramps. Third gear can jump bike ramps, but does not jump as far. In Diamond and Pearl only, bikes cannot be ridden in gates.
In these games only, bikes cannot be ridden in snow.
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.
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Generations III, IV, and V
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X and Y
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.
Pokémon Newspaper Strip
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.
- 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.
- Despite the typical Bicycle not making an appearance in the core series since Pokémon X and Y, in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire the Bicycle's English name was reformatted to Bike in its internal data, and has remained that way ever since.
In other languages
- List of Key Items in Generation I
- List of Key Items in Generation II
- List of Key Items in Generation III
- List of Key Items in Generation IV
- List of Key Items in Generation V
- List of Key Items in Generation VI
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