Pokémon Communication Center

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Pokémon Communication Center
PokéCom Center
Pokémon Communication Center
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
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Location: Goldenrod CityC (Japanese version only)
Region: Johto
Generations: II
Johto Goldenrod City Map.png
Location of Pokémon Communication Center in Johto.
Pokémon world locations

The Pokémon Communication Center (Japanese: ポケモンコミュニケーションセンター Pokémon Communication Center), or the PokéCom Center for short, is an expanded Pokémon Center found exclusively in the Japanese version of Pokémon Crystal. In that game, it replaces the normal Pokémon Center in Goldenrod City and houses machines that rely on the now defunct Mobile System GB. As the Mobile Game Boy Adapter was never released outside of Japan, the Mobile System GB features were disabled, and the Pokémon Communication Center was reverted to the regular Pokémon Center for the international releases of Pokémon Crystal. Nonetheless, all the features are still present in the internal data of the localizations.

Initially, the background music played inside the Pokémon Communication Center is Pokémon Center and the facilities are inaccessible and unusable. Once the first successful connection to the Mobile System GB is made and the player has registered themselves in the Mobile Center, it changes to a theme of its own and the services become operational. As the Virtual Console release cannot connect to the Mobile Game Boy Adapter, the facilities remain unusable even in the Japanese version.

A scientist at the Ruins of Alph theorizes that the radio signals emitted from the Pokémon Communication Center are related to the sudden appearance of Unown patterns on the walls of the ruins.

For Mobile Tips!


The Pokémon Communication Center is divided into three rooms:

  • The main room: the location of the Trade Corner (Japanese: トレードコーナー Trade Corner) and Pokémon News Machine;
  • The second floor: houses the same regular linking facilities as an ordinary Pokémon Center;
  • The Administration Office (Japanese: かんりしつ Administration Office): a small room with three staff members as well as three PCs containing documentation and support articles about the mobile features.
    • Access to it is initially blocked off by an old man, who came to see the new machines in Goldenrod's Pokémon Center. He claims that the staff is still busy with the preparations. Once the player connects to the Mobile System GB, the old man leaves.

In the Trade Corner, in the Japanese version, players can link with other players via mobile phone to trade Pokémon, much like the GTS in every game since Generation IV. If the player gives the Egg Ticket (which is received from the Day-Care Man at the Pokémon Day Care on Route 34) to the Pokémon Center lady in the Trade Corner, she gives the player an Odd Egg in exchange, which hatches into a baby Pokémon that knows Dizzy Punch and has a 50% chance[citation needed] of being Shiny.

The Pokémon News Machine was a service which was updated monthly that would broadcast news and compile the data of other players across Japan. Beyond broadcasting news, the Pokémon News Machine also served as an interface in which the player could play minigames and participate in quizzes.


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The most important event held by the Pokémon Communication Center allowed players to obtain a GS Ball from a Pokémon Center lady to summon a wild level 30 Celebi to battle at the Ilex Forest shrine, 24 hours after giving it to Kurt in Azalea Town for inspection. The GS Ball was distributed twice in 2001: first from March 29 to May 29 and again from August 1 to 28, wherein players were requested to answer a survey correctly in order to receive the GS Ball.[1] The event involved the player obtaining 16 Badges, before successfully completing the Chieko Dice minigame three times in a row and successfully answering the "ten card quiz" via the Pokémon News Machine.[2][3]

Two lesser known events also included the distribution of Bluesky Mail and Mirage Mail, which were already present in the internal data of Pokémon Gold and Silver. Likewise, these events were exclusive to Japan.


The creation of the Pokémon Communication Center and Mobile Center is explained by an administrator at the Administration Office.

Japanese English (unused)
なんねんも まえに かかれたような
とおくにいる トレーナーどうしや
しらない トレーナーどうし でも
たいせんや こうかんが できたら
いいな という きぼうがあって
built to satisfy
demands for trades
and battles with
trainers far away
and with total

On one of the PCs there, a staff member received an email that breaks the fourth wall, where Game Freak clearly states its desire of achieving the goal of allowing players to link with each other at worldwide level without facing the barriers of Game Link Cables in the future.

Japanese English (unused)
かんりしつに メールが きてる!

…… …… ……

スタッフの みなさんへ

でんぱで つうしんが できるので
ぜんこくの ポケモントレーナーが
こうりゅう できるように

このさき いつか せかいじゅうの
ポケモントレーナー ぜんいんが
つうしん できるように なる ひまで

…… …… ……
OFFICE received an
e-mail. It says…

…… …… ……

To the POKéCOM
CENTER staff…

Wireless communi-
cation has enabled
POKéMON trainers
to interact across
the nation. Let's
keep working for
the day when all
the trainers in
the world can link
without barriers!

…… …… ……


Item Location Games
None GS Ball Received from an attendant while attempting to exit after entering the Hall of Fame (Virtual Console only)  C 


In the Japanese version of Pokémon Crystal, if the player has the Egg Ticket, they can exchange it for the Odd Egg at the Pokémon Communication Center. The Odd Egg will hatch into one of the Pokémon shown below.

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Morning Day Night
Pichu Pichu
Egg Egg
5 One
Cleffa Cleffa
Egg Egg
5 One
Igglybuff Igglybuff
Egg Egg
5 One
Tyrogue Tyrogue
Egg Egg
5 One
Smoochum Smoochum
Egg Egg
5 One
Elekid Elekid
Egg Egg
5 One
Magby Magby
Egg Egg
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.


Version 1F Administration Office
Crystal Pokémon Communication Center 1F C.png Pokémon Communication Center Administration Office C.png


In other languages

Pokémon Communication Center

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 神奇寶貝對話中心 Shénqí-bǎobèi Duìhuà Zhōngxīn
France Flag.png French Centre de Communication Pokémon
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon Kommunikations-Center
Italy Flag.png Italian Centro Comunicazione Pokémon
Spain Flag.png Spanish Centro de Comunicaciones Pokémon

PokéCom Center

Language Title
France Flag.png French Centre PokéCom
Germany Flag.png German PokéKom-Center
Italy Flag.png Italian Centro PokéCom
Spain Flag.png Spanish Centro PokéCom

See also


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New Bark TownCherrygrove CityViolet CityAzalea TownGoldenrod CityEcruteak City
Olivine CityCianwood CityMahogany TownBlackthorn CitySafari Zone GateFrontier Access
Dark CaveSprout TowerRuins of AlphUnion CaveSlowpoke WellIlex ForestRadio TowerGlobal Terminal
Goldenrod TunnelNational ParkPokéathlon DomeBell TowerBellchime TrailBurned TowerMoomoo FarmOlivine Lighthouse
Battle Tower (CrystalHGSS)/FrontierCliff Edge GateCliff CaveEmbedded TowerSafari ZoneWhirl Islands
Mt. MortarLake of RageTeam Rocket HQIce PathDragon's DenS.S. AquaMt. Silver (Cave)
Access to
Sinjoh RuinsKanto

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