Sandgem Town

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Sandgem Town マサゴタウン
Masago Town
"Town of Sand!"
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A sandy town that is located right next to a beach. It is redolent with the salty scent of the sea.
Prof. Rowan's lab is the town's landmark. He conducts his studies on Pokémon here.
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Route 202
Route 201
Sandgem Town
Route 219
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Location of Sandgem Town in Sinnoh.

Sandgem Town (Japanese: マサゴタウン Masago Town) is a town in the Sinnoh region. The town notably has sandy terrain to the south, the beginnings of Sandgem Beach. The beach, part of Route 219, is in close proximity to the town itself.

Professor Rowan's laboratory is located here. It is also the hometown of Dawn or Lucas, depending on the player's gender. The little sister of Dawn or Lucas gives information about mass outbreaks she sees on television. It is the first location in Sinnoh where Poké Balls are able to be purchased. The town smells of the salty scent of the sea.


Town of Sand! (Japanese: うみにつながる すなのまち The sandy town connected to the ocean.)

Places of interest

Inside the professor's lab

Pokémon Research Lab

The Lab lies right next to the western entrance into Sandgem Town. Professor Rowan works here along with two assistants, one of whom is the father of Dawn/Lucas. It is here that the Professor gives the player their Pokédex.

Professor's assistant's house

Professor Rowan's assistant, Dawn (if the player is male) or Lucas (if the player is female), lives in the house nearest the town's southern exit. Inside, after the player has obtained the National Pokédex and entered the Hall of Fame, the professor's assistant's younger sister will inform the player of any mass outbreaks.

Pokémon Center

Main article: Pokémon Center

Sandgem's Pokémon Center is located right next to the Pokémon Research Lab, and is the first Pokémon Center the player will encounter on their journey. It provides an essential place for Trainers from the neighboring routes to stop and rest. A sign outside reads:

Heal Your Pokémon!
Pokémon Center


Sandgem Town in Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the population of Sandgem Town is 25.

Poké Mart

Main article: Poké Mart

The Poké Mart is next to the northern exit, and is the top-right most building of the town. The Poké Mart has a sign outside which reads:

All Your Item Needs Fulfilled!
Pokémon Mart

Poké Ball Poké Ball
Pokémon Dollar200
Great Ball Great Ball3 Badges
Pokémon Dollar600
Ultra Ball Ultra Ball5 Badges
Pokémon Dollar1200
Potion Potion
Pokémon Dollar300
Super Potion Super Potion1 Badge
Pokémon Dollar700
Hyper Potion Hyper Potion5 Badges
Pokémon Dollar1200
Max Potion Max Potion7 Badges
Pokémon Dollar2500
Full Restore Full Restore8 Badges
Pokémon Dollar3000
Revive Revive3 Badges
Pokémon Dollar1500
Antidote Antidote
Pokémon Dollar100
Paralyze Heal Parlyz Heal
Pokémon Dollar200
Awakening Awakening1 Badge
Pokémon Dollar250
Burn Heal Burn Heal1 Badge
Pokémon Dollar250
Ice Heal Ice Heal1 Badge
Pokémon Dollar250
Full Heal Full Heal5 Badges
Pokémon Dollar600
Escape Rope Escape Rope1 Badge
Pokémon Dollar550
Repel Repel1 Badge
Pokémon Dollar350
Super Repel Super Repel3 Badges
Pokémon Dollar500
Max Repel Max Repel7 Badges
Pokémon Dollar700


Item Location Games
Pokédex Obtained from Professor Rowan in the Pokémon Research Lab  D  P  Pt 
TM Normal TM27 (Return) Obtained from Professor Rowan after leaving his Research Lab  Pt 
National Pokédex Upgraded by Professor Oak in the Pokémon Research Lab after seeing every Pokémon in Sinnoh  D  P  Pt 
Poké Radar Poké Radar Obtained from Professor Rowan after Professor Oak upgrades the player's Pokédex  D  P  Pt 

In the anime

Sandgem Town in the anime

In the anime, Sandgem Town first appeared in Following A Maiden's Voyage!, where Dawn left her home in Twinleaf Town and headed to Professor Rowan's Research Lab in order to obtain her first Pokémon. However, by the time she got there, Yuzo and the other assistants informed her that two out of the three starter PokémonPiplup and Chimchar—had fled after a fight over some Pokémon food.

The interior of Rowan's laboratory

Dawn then decided to go looking for them on a nearby forest, where she found Piplup trapped in a web created by a wild Ariados. She managed to rescue him while Chimchar was taken to the lab by Rowan's Staraptor. Back in the lab, Dawn chose Piplup as her partner saying that their journey together had already began. After that, Rowan gave her a Pokédex and six Poké Balls and she left for Route 202.

In Two Degrees of Separation!, Officer Jenny took Ash to Rowan's lab after he told her that his Pikachu was missing. There, Rowan explained that Dawn had placed a call to him earlier saying that she had rescued a Pikachu from a trio of Pokémon thieves and taken it to a Pokémon Center. Ash called the Pokémon Center immediately, but Nurse Joy said Dawn had just left to find Pikachu's Trainer. Upon hearing that, Ash decided to go out and meet with Dawn.

Professor Rowan's Research Lab

In When Pokémon Worlds Collide!, after being reunited with Pikachu and his long-time traveling companion Brock, Ash returned to Rowan's lab, accompanied by Dawn. There, Dawn shared her plan of entering the Jubilife City Pokémon Contest and Ash said he intended to challenge the Sinnoh Gyms. They agreed to journey together and were about to hit the road when Paul appeared and challenged Ash to a three-on-three battle. Ash accepted and the battle took place just outside the lab, with Ash using his recently caught Starly, Aipom, and Pikachu while Paul used his Starly, Chimchar, and Elekid. The hard-fought battle ended in a draw, upsetting both Ash and Paul. Ash requested another battle, but Paul turned him down and left.

In DPS01, after spending some time training at home following her narrow defeat at the Sinnoh Grand Festival, Dawn decided to travel to the Hoenn region to compete in Pokémon Contests there. However, she was torn between beginning anew with only Piplup by her side or taking the whole team with her. Seeing this, Johanna suggested that she visited Professor Rowan and asked for his advice. Dawn listened to her mother and rode a bike to Sandgem Town. When she explained the issue to Rowan, he said that a girl named Shinko was having trouble making decisions as well.

Dawn went to talk with Shinko and learned that the girl was unsure about which Pokémon she should start her journey with. When a fight broke out between Piplup and Chimchar, which resulted in them escaping from the lab, both Dawn and Shinko went out to search for them. They found the two caught in an Ariados's web and proceeded to rescue them, but the Ariados was soon joined by its friends. Dawn called out her Pokémon to help, but the swarm of Ariados tied them all up with String Shot. In a turn of events, Dawn's Cyndaquil evolved into Quilava and scared the Ariados off with its newly learned Eruption attack. After that, Dawn and Shinko headed back to the lab, where Dawn announced that she would take all of her Pokémon to Hoenn as she realized there is still so much more she can do with them, while Shinko decided to study some more before making her big decision.

In the manga

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In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Sandgem Town is where the Berlitz family mansion is located, as well as Professor Rowan's laboratory. At the start of the Diamond & Pearl chapter, Platinum is bid an emotional farewell by her butler Sebastian as she begins her long journey to the top of Mt. Coronet. The only other Pokédex holder to visit the town is Diamond, who is attacked by Sebastian when he trespasses the Berlitz compound, but Sebastian forgives Diamond after he reveals his association with Platinum, and allows him access to the mansion. After fending off a swarm of Yanmega infiltrating Rowan's lab, Diamond continues towards Lake Verity in order to stop Team Galactic from blowing it up.


  • The town's English name was first revealed via dialog in Home is Where the Start Is!.
  • This is the first town that contains a Lab that wasn't in a player's hometown.

Name origin

Language Name Origin
Japanese マサゴタウン Masago Town From 真砂 masago (sand).
English Sandgem Town From sand and gem.
French Littorella From littoral.
German Sandgemme From Sand and Gemme, gem.
Italian Sabbiafine Means fine sand.
Spanish Pueblo Arena Arena means sand.
Korean 잔모래마을 Janmorae Maeul From 잔모래 janmorae.
Chinese (Mandarin) 真砂鎮/真砂镇 Zhēnshā Zhèn From the Japanese name. Literally means "Real sand town".
Chinese (Cantonese) 真砂鎮 Jansa Jan Same as Mandarin name.
Polish Sandgem From its English name
Vietnamese Thị trấn Masago Transliteration of Japanese name

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