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Red using a PC

A PC (Japanese: パソコン personal computer) is a technology used in all of the core series Pokémon games. They are found in every Pokémon Center, as well as in any main character's bedroom, in all Secret Bases in the form of a laptop, and sometimes in other buildings as well. Their primary purpose is for storing Pokémon and items.

In the games

Networking

PCs are networked throughout a region, but require special systems to connect between two distant locations, as shown when Celio and Bill had to work together on the Network Machine to allow PCs in the Sevii Islands to be able to connect to mainland Kanto's computer network. Similar issues do not occur for PCs networked between Kanto, Johto, and the Sinjoh Ruins.

Functionality

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Pokémon Storage System

The main interface of Bill's PC in HeartGold and SoulSilver
Main article: Pokémon Storage System

Every Pokémon Trainer is allowed to access a Pokémon Storage System set up by either Bill in Johto and Kanto, Lanette in Hoenn, Bebe in Sinnoh, Amanita in Unova, or Cassius in Kalos.

Until the player meets the regional PC developer, the Pokémon Storage System option will appear as "Someone's PC", while afterwards, it will appear as the developer's PC ("Bill's PC" and so on). The player can withdraw or deposit Pokémon in a number of Boxes, allowing them to own more Pokémon than just the six permitted in their party. When a Pokémon is caught but the player's party is full, the Pokémon will be sent directly to the last Box that was accessed on the PC; from Generation III onward, if this Box is full, the Pokémon will be placed in the next free Box; in Generations I and II, the Pokémon cannot be caught in the first place.

In Generation VII, the player has the option to switch out a Pokémon from the party and send to the PC when a new Pokémon is obtained.

Pokédex evaluation

In almost all Pokémon games, the player can use a PC to have the Pokémon Professor of that game check the progress of the player's Pokédex. In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the professor that checks the progress of the Pokédex changes from Professor Rowan to Professor Oak upon obtaining the National Pokédex. However, in HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Pokégear serves this purpose instead. In Pokémon Sun and Moon, the Rotom Pokédex evaluates itself.

Item Storage System

In Generations I, II, and III, due to the more limited space of the Bag when compared to Generation IV onwards, the player can use their own PC for accessing the Item Storage System (Japanese: どうぐのあずかりシステム tool storage system). The system is much simpler than the Pokémon Storage System as it does not have multiple Boxes for organizing items. Also, unlike the Pokémon Storage System, when an item is found but the Bag is full in the core series games, it will not automatically be sent to this part of the PC, and instead it cannot be picked up; this also does occur in Pokémon Colosseum and XD.

Mail that is taken from a Pokémon will also be stored in the PC in the mailbox, preserving the message.

The amount of items that can be deposited is limited though. In Generations I, II, and III, a player is only able to store 50 types of items in the PC.

In Generation IV, the Item Storage System is no longer necessary since the Bag has nearly unlimited space for all items. Instead, the player's PC manages only Mail, Seals, and photosHGSS.

In Generation V, with the omission of Seals and photos from the games, the PC's only function is to store Mail.

In Generation VI, with the removal of Mail, the item storage system is removed from the PC.

Hall of Fame

Main article: Hall of Fame

This function only becomes accessible after defeating the Elite Four. It shows up to 25 records of past victories over the Elite Four. This feature was removed in Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Decorations

In bedrooms and Secret Bases, the PC allows the player to manage decorations in that room.

Saving

In Pokémon Colosseum, PCs also function as save points. This feature was removed in Pokémon XD, which retains the "save anywhere" feature of the core series games.

Glitches

There are several glitches associated with PCs in the Pokémon games.

Appearance

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In the anime

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Viewing a map on Oak's PC

The PC is not frequently used by Trainers in the anime. Professor Oak tends to keep Ash's extra Pokémon at his laboratory until the Best Wishes series, when Professor Juniper kept Ash's Unova-native Pokémon at her laboratory before he left the region.

PCs available for Trainers to use during the Sinnoh League

PCs are sometimes used for communication rather than by calling on a videophone. For example, in Beauty and the Breeder, Brock is shown using an email account on the PC to keep in contact with Suzie; in Charizard's Burning Ambitions, Brock asks Liza for her email address; and in Hi Ho Silver Wind, May mentions to her mother that she keeps in touch with her friends by e-mail, in addition to phone calls and letters.

In The Ties That Bind, Ash is shown using a PC to look up Gary Oak's profile. In A Stand-Up Sit-Down!, Zoey used her laptop to show Dawn a video of a Double Performance from the official contest website.

PCs were also used by Paul in Casting a Paul on Barry! to get information on Barry's Pokémon and vice-versa. It was also used by Ash in the same episode to look up info on Conway and Conway then used it to study Tobias. In addition, Nurse Joy and many officials for the Pokémon League and Pokémon Contests are often shown using PCs.

In the anime, the PCs appear to run operating systems that are visually similar to Mac OS.

In the TCG

Computer Search
Main article: Computer Search (Base Set 71)

Computer Search, a card that features a PC, was introduced as a Trainer card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Original Series (the Japanese Original Era) in the Base Set expansion, and was later reprinted in English in the Base Set 2 expansion. The card was later reprinted as an Ace Spec Item card during the English Black & White Series (the Japanese BW Era) in the Boundaries Crossed expansion.

It also appeared in the video game Pokémon Trading Card Game as part of the Colosseum expansion, and the video game Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR! as part of the Island of Fossil expansion.

It allows the player to discard two cards in order to add any one card from their deck to their hand.

In other languages

PC

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Someone's PC

Language Title
Canada Flag.png Canadian French PC de quelqu'un*