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Snowpoint City (Japanese: キッサキシティ Kissaki City) is a snow-covered city located at the far north of Sinnoh, where snow blows down from the top of Mt. Coronet causing low temperatures. Snowpoint City and the three routes that lead to it (Route 216, Route 217, and Acuity Lakefront) are also completely covered in snow. To the northeast of Route 217, Lake Acuity can be found. A cave, which houses Uxie, is located in the middle of Lake Acuity. Given the snow which affects every battle on the two routes leading to the city, as well as the fact that to get to Route 216 from the rest of Sinnoh one must pass through Mt. Coronet, the most convenient way to get to the city is to Fly. There is a port here from which the player can board the S.S. Spiral (known as S.S. Sinnoh in Diamond and Pearl) to access the Fight Area at the Battle Zone, but only after entering the Hall of Fame. Its temple is home to the Legendary Pokémon Regigigas. There is also a Move Tutor in Snowpoint in Pokémon Platinum.
City of Snow (Japanese: こおり きらめく ゆきのまち The city of snow and glittering ice.)
Places of interest
- Main article: Snowpoint Temple
Although Snowpoint City is not home to much, a noticeable landmark in the area is Snowpoint Temple, which can only be accessed after the Sinnoh Elite Four have been beaten and the National Pokédex has been obtained. The temple contains five floors, with odd bits of slippery ice. At the very bottom of the temple lies a dormant Regigigas. To awaken this Legendary Pokémon, the player must bring all three of the Legendary titans along with them, which are all only available normally in the Generation III games. Through an event Regigigas, the Legendary titans can also be obtained in Platinum and will activate the in-game Regigigas.
Because of the location of the temple within a city, Regigigas is only the fifth Legendary Pokémon that can be caught within city limits, the other four being Ho-Oh and Suicune in Ecruteak's Bell Tower during Generations II and IV and Kyogre and Groudon in Hoenn's Cave of Origin.
Snowpoint's north-easternmost house is home to the place where trendy phrases are obtained. Every day, players can go to the farthest house in the northeast and receive a new trendy phrase. A trendy phrase is an additional phrase which can be used in interviews with non-player characters. It appears in the "Tough Words" category. There are thirty-two different possibilities, all obtainable from an elderly man in the northeasternmost house in the city. Only one may be obtained daily, and receiving a new trendy phrase will not alter any game mechanics. They typically refer to science, business and the arts.
In Pokémon Platinum, a Move Tutor may also be found here.
In the north-westernmost house, a girl named Mindy will trade a Haunter holding an Everstone (which prevents it from evolving into Gengar) for a Medicham. The Haunter is nicknamed "Gaspar" and the OT is "Mindy". The Haunter's ID number is 19248.
Diamond dust in Platinum
- Main article: Easter egg → Easter eggs in the games → Diamond dust
On January 10, 2008, Junichi Masuda posted a blog entry urging players to play their Diamond or Pearl on January 12. On that day, the same day as Masuda's birthday, a weather effect called diamond dust occurred in Snowpoint City, replacing the usual snow. It resembles glitter in the air. It is purely aesthetic, since it only occurs within the city where no battles are possible.
- Main article: Snowpoint Gym
The Snowpoint Gym is the official Gym of Snowpoint City. It is based on Ice-type Pokémon. The Gym Leader is Candice. Trainers who defeat her receive the Icicle Badge. The Snowpoint City Gym is a Gym consisting of a three-tier ice rink with slides connecting the various tiers and snowballs blocking progress through the Gym. To reach the Gym Leader, Trainers have to slide around the Gym and destroy the balls of snow blocking the way. For defeating Candice, Trainers receive the Icicle Badge, TM72 (Avalanche), and the ability to use Rock Climb outside of battle.
Pokémon Diamond Pearl and Platinum
In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum the population of Snowpoint City is 31. This is very noteworthy considering its northern location and isolation from other cities in Sinnoh.
| Special Pokémon
|| The same as the Traded Pokémon
| 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.
On certain days, the player can challenge a Trainer who appears in the Pokémon Center. Depending on the game progress, the Trainer will have teams with higher leveled Pokémon upon rematch.
| Sunday and Saturday
|| Idol Grace
| Trainers with a Vs. Seeker by their names, when alerted for a rematch using the item, may use higher-level Pokémon.
In the anime
Snowpoint City in the anime
In the anime, Snowpoint City is the hometown of Dawn's rival Zoey. According to Nurse Joy, it is Sinnoh's northernmost city. It has a Pokémon academy that offers classes for both kids and adults wishing to learn more about Pokémon. The city was first mentioned in Our Cup Runneth Over! when Ash was informed that someone had contacted him from there. It was later revealed that May had placed a call to him; after coming to Sinnoh to compete in the Wallace Cup, she decided to stop by Snowpoint City first to evolve her Eevee into Glaceon in front of an Ice Rock located near the city.
Ash and his friends first arrived in Snowpoint City in Classroom Training!, with Ash intending to challenge the local Gym Leader, Candice. However, before their battle, Ash spent some time at the Snowpoint Trainers' School where Candice teaches. In the next episode, Ash defeated Candice and earned himself the Icicle Badge, his seventh Sinnoh League Badge overall.
Just as Ash finished his battle with Candice, his rival Paul arrived wanting to challenge Candice for the Icicle Badge as well. Before he did, the Battle Pyramid flew into Snowpoint City, and Paul battled Pyramid King Brandon to see if he could win against the one Kanto Frontier Brain his brother Reggie failed to defeat. Their battle took place in A Pyramiding Rage!, and just like his brother, Paul lost to Brandon, being unable to defeat his legendary titans.
After this battle, it was discovered that Pokémon Hunter J had broken into Snowpoint Temple in an attempt to steal the Regigigas that lives there. According to legend, long ago, there had been a violent volcanic eruption that had turned the once-beautiful Snowpoint Forest into a sea of lava. Out of a bright blue light, Regigigas had appeared with the Legendary titans and the four had stopped the volcanic eruption, saving Snowpoint City. Afterwards, Regigigas had gone into a deep sleep in the Snowpoint Temple, protected by Regirock, Regice, and Registeel, who had transformed into guardian pillars. In the episode, J was defeated but the temple was nearly destroyed in the battle. Brandon left his three titans behind as protectors and promised to rebuild the temple.
Snowpoint City appeared again in Yes in Dee Dee, It's Dawn!, in which Zoey and Candice were shown watching Dawn's Double Performance in the Daybreak Town Pokémon Contest on television. It appeared once more in A Grand Fight for Winning! with Candice, Jeremiah, and other students watching the Contest Battle between Dawn and Zoey in the finals of the Sinnoh Grand Festival.
Throughout their time in Snowpoint City, Ash and his friends wear winter clothing which they received from Johanna prior to arriving in the city in Battling a Cute Drama!.
| Trainers' School
|| Snowpoint Gym
|| Snowpoint Temple
In the manga
Platinum visited Snowpoint City by herself, after agreeing with Diamond and Pearl that she should investigate Lake Acuity. Platinum challenged the city's Gym Leader Candice to a battle, which was watched by Maylene, and won. The two Gym Leaders then agreed to go to Lake Acuity with Platinum.
After a crushing defeat to Commander Jupiter, the three woke up at Snowpoint City's Pokémon Center. Candice then requested Byron to find someone to train her, Maylene and Platinum.
- Snowpoint is geographically the northernmost city in the known Pokémon world.
- It is also home to the northernmost point of access in the games — the entrance of Snowpoint Temple is very slightly north of the northernmost point that can be accessed in the Flower Paradise.
- Snowpoint City is one of only two cities or towns that is connected to another location that does not connect directly to a route; before reaching a route one must pass through Acuity Lakefront first. The other is Lentimas Town in Unova.
- Because of the snow, Snowpoint is one of two locations where bicycles cannot be ridden, though the only one in Sinnoh. The other is Pacifidlog Town in Hoenn.
- Snowpoint is the hometown of Dawn's rival, Zoey.
- Snowpoint is similar to Mahogany Town in Johto and Icirrus City in Unova. All three have the 7th Gym to their regions which are both Ice type. Both are also near a lake (Snowpoint is near Lake Acuity, whereas Mahogany Town is near the Lake of Rage, and Icirrus City has several lakes surrounding the city.) All places are also near a location that has something to do with snow, hail, or ice (Snowpoint is near the Acuity Lakefront, where it's always snowing; Mahogany Town is near the Ice Path; Icirrus City experiences snowfalls in the winter time.)
- The traversable area of Snowpoint City is shaped like a snowflake when viewed from above.
- This snowflake, however, has eight points. Because of the properties of water molecules, snowflakes only ever have 6 points or sides.
| 切っ先 (kissaki) is the name of the tip of a katana.
|| Snowpoint City
|| From snow and point (as the northernmost point of Sinnoh, possibly referencing kissaki).
|| From frimas, sleet, and pic, summit of a mountain.
|| From Blizzard and the suffix -ach (near a river).
|| From neve, snow, and the suffix -poli, meaning city.
|| Ciudad Puntaneva
|| From punta, tip, and nieve, snow.
| 선단 (seondan) means fleet or vertical hem.
| Possibly from 切っ先 kissaki and 鋒 hokosaki. 切鋒 can either mean "slicing tip" or "cutting edge". Also rhymes with 雪峰 xuěfēng (snowy peak).
| Same as Mandarin name.
|| Thành phố Kissaki
|| Transliteration of Japanese name.