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Bell Tower
Tin Tower
Bell Tower
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
HGSS Bell Tower-Day.png
Map description: A tower that's said to have a legendary Pokémon that lands there.
Location: Ecruteak City
Region: Johto
Generations: II, IV
Johto Bell Tower Map.png
Location of Bell Tower in Johto.
Pokémon world locations

The Bell Tower (Japanese: スズのとう Bell Tower), known as the Tin Tower prior to Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, is a location of Johto positioned in the northeast of Ecruteak City. Ho-Oh formerly perched at the top of this ten-story tower, but flew away after the other tower in the west of Ecruteak City burned down mysteriously. The Bell Tower is an icon of Ecruteak City and a place of high sanctity among people in Johto, with only select people being qualified to enter it.


The top of the Bell Tower during Ho-Oh's appearance

The Bell Tower was once the perch of the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh; however, long before the events of the Generation II games and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Ho-Oh flew away, never to return. Many Trainers came to the tower, hoping for Ho-Oh's return, but no one had yet been successful. Finally, with the Rainbow Wing and Clear Bell, the player is able to summon Ho-Oh to the Bell Tower in order to battle it atop the roof.

In Generation II, the tower is known as the Tin Tower, and only the Rainbow Wing is required to reach the top. In Pokémon Crystal, the Clear Bell summons Suicune to the ground floor of the tower; however, Ho-Oh does not appear until the Elite Four has been defeated and all three of the legendary beasts have been captured in the current save file. Defeating the legendary beasts or trading them from other games will not activate this event.


Ho-Oh flying around the tower

Seven hundred years before the events of the games, two nine-tier towers were built opposite each other in Ecruteak City. The towers were built to foster friendship and hope between Pokémon and people. The view from atop the towers was said to be magnificent.

The eastern tower was said to awaken Pokémon, while the western tower was where Pokémon were said to rest, similar to Hoenn's Cave of Origin and Mt. Pyre, respectively. Ho-Oh roosted at the top of the Bell Tower to the east.

However, about 150 years before the games' events, a lightning bolt struck the western tower. It was engulfed in flames that raged for three days. A sudden downpour finally put out the blaze, but it had already burned to the ground. Three nameless Pokémon perished in the fire, but Ho-Oh descended from the sky and resurrected them. The Pokémon are said to embody three powers: the lightning that struck the tower, the fire that burned it, and the rain that extinguished the fire. When the Pokémon appeared, they struck terror in those who saw their rise. The three Pokémon, knowing their own power, fled, running like the wind off into the grassland.

Bellchime Trail

Main article: Bellchime Trail

Bellchime Trail is a short path in Ecruteak City that joins the Barrier Station gate and the Bell Tower. It does not exist in Generation II as a separate location, instead being considered part of Ecruteak City's main area.


The Bell Tower as seen in HeartGold and SoulSilver
The Tin Tower as seen in Pokémon Crystal
Item Location Games
Rainbow Wing Rainbow Wing 1F; from a Sage after capturing all Legendary beasts and entering the Hall of Fame  C 
Full Heal Full Heal 3F; lower-left platform  G  S  C 
Full Heal Full Heal ×2
  • 3F; lower-left platform
  • 6F; upper-left platform
 HG  SS 
Max Potion Max Potion ×2
  • 3F; on the ramp obscured by the swaying pillar (hidden)
  • 6F; left of the center pillar
 HG  SS 
Max Potion Max Potion 4F; northeast of the swaying pillar (hidden)  G  S  C 
Ultra Ball Ultra Ball 4F; on the series of ramps  G  S  C 
Ultra Ball Ultra Ball 4F; on the series of ramps  HG  SS 
Super Potion Super Potion 4F; lower-right platform  G  S 
PP Up PP Up 4F; lower-right platform  C 
PP Up PP Up 4F; lower-right platform  HG  SS 
Escape Rope Escape Rope 4F; lower-left platform  G  S  C 
Escape Rope Escape Rope 4F; near the ladder on the lower-left platform  HG  SS 
Full Restore Full Restore 5F; bottom right area, directly northwest of stairs leading to 4F (hidden)  G  S  C 
Full Restore Full Restore ×2
  • 5F; platform above the lower-right hand platform (hidden)
  • 8F; upper-left platform
 HG  SS 
Rare Candy Rare Candy 5F; in front of the swaying pillar  G  S  C 
Rare Candy Rare Candy 5F; in front of the swaying pillar  HG  SS 
Carbos Carbos 5F; bottom left area, directly southeast of stairs leading to 4F (hidden)  G  S  C 
Max Potion Max Potion 6F; left of the swaying pillar  C 
Max Revive Max Revive 7F; upper-right platform  G  S  C 
Max Revive Max Revive 7F; upper-right platform  HG  SS 
Full Restore Full Restore 8F; upper platform, near left-most statue  G  S  C 
Max Elixer Max Elixer 8F; near the swaying pillar  G  S  C 
Max Elixir Max Elixir 8F; near the swaying pillar  HG  SS 
Nugget Nugget 8F; platform accessed via a warp tile on 9F  G  S  C 
Nugget Nugget 8F; platform accessed via a warp tile on 9F  HG  SS 
Carbos Carbos 8F; where the right window's light shines (hidden)  HG  SS 
HP Up HP Up 9F; upper platform, between two statues  C 
HP Up HP Up 9F; northern section accessed via a warp tile on 8F  HG  SS 


Generation II

Ho-Oh on top of the Bell Tower
Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Morning Day Night
Rattata Rattata
2F-9F 2F-9F
20-24 100% 100% 0%
Rattata Rattata
2F-9F 2F-9F
22-24 0% 0% 20%
Gastly Gastly
2F-9F 2F-9F
20-22 0% 0% 80%
Special Pokémon
Suicune Suicune
Premier Ball Only one
40 One
Ho-Oh Ho-Oh
Premier Ball Only one
40 One
Ho-Oh Ho-Oh
Premier Ball Only one
70 One
Ho-Oh Ho-Oh
Premier Ball Only one
60 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.

Generation IV

Battling Ho-Oh on top of the Bell Tower in HeartGold
Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Morning Day Night
Rattata Rattata
2F-10F 2F-10F
20-24 100% 100% 20%
Gastly Gastly
2F-10F 2F-10F
20-22 0% 0% 80%
Special Pokémon
Ho-Oh Ho-Oh
Premier Ball Only one
45 One
Ho-Oh Ho-Oh
Premier Ball Only one
70 One
Zigzagoon Zigzagoon
Hoenn Sound Hoenn Sound
20-21 20%
Meditite Meditite
Sinnoh Sound Sinnoh Sound
22 20%
Spinda Spinda
Hoenn Sound Hoenn Sound
22 20%
Chatot Chatot
Sinnoh Sound Sinnoh Sound
20-21 20%
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.


Outside and 1F-5F

Version Outside 1F 2F 3F 4F 5F
Gold Tin Tower GS.png Tin Tower 1F GSC.png Tin Tower 2F GSC.png Tin Tower 3F GSC.png Tin Tower 4F GSC.png Tin Tower 5F GSC.png
Crystal Tin Tower C.png
Bell Tower HGSS.png
Bell Tower 1F HGSS.png Bell Tower 2F HGSS.png Bell Tower 3F HGSS.png Bell Tower 4F HGSS.png Bell Tower 5F HGSS.png

6F-10F and Roof

Version 6F 7F 8F 9F 10F Roof
Gold Tin Tower 6F GSC.png Tin Tower 7F GSC.png Tin Tower 8F GSC.png Tin Tower 9F GSC.png Tin Tower Summit GSC.png
HeartGold Bell Tower 6F HGSS.png Bell Tower 7F HGSS.png Bell Tower 8F HGSS.png Bell Tower 9F HGSS.png Bell Tower 10F HGSS.png Bell Tower Summit HGSS.png


In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Artwork depicting the Bell Tower is seen in Sygna Suit Morty's mindscape.

Sygna Suit Morty & Ho-Oh
Morty Sygna Mindscape.png

In the anime

Main series

Tin Tower in the anime
Bell Tower in the anime

The tower first appeared in A Ghost of a Chance, where it was referred to as the Tin Tower by the dub, like in the English Generation II games. The importance of bells was made clear in For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!. The tower holds four bells on each floor, which will only ring if Ho-Oh or Suicune is coming. In addition, the bells on the top floor are made of crystal and will only ring for Ho-Oh's appearance.

Neither of the towers have any relation to Lugia in this continuity. This tower was also built after the other tower had already burned. It is said that Ho-Oh would occasionally appear at the old tower as a sign of peace to a chosen few who were Morty's ancestors. However, several greedy people tried to take its power, burning down the original in the ensuing battle and forcing Ho-Oh to flee the tower. The people of Ecruteak City decided to make another tower in hope of Ho-Oh returning, though it never did.

The Bell Tower reappeared in Finding a Legend!. While investigating rumors of a Ho-Oh sighting in Ecruteak, which turned out to be false, Ash and Goh encountered a boy named Chad, who desperately wanted his grandfather Jaye to see Ho-Oh. With Goh's advice, they started climbing the tower, but they were caught in illusions created by a Misdreavus and a Stantler until Goh caught them. At the top of the tower, they started waving Jaye's Rainbow Wing around and calling for Ho-Oh to appear. Though their calls didn't seem to work, the Rainbow Wing started glowing in response to a rainbow appearing in the sky. When they started to leave, Jaye managed to get a view of Ho-Oh flying in the distance, though the others didn't see it.

Pokémon Generations

Bell Tower in Pokémon Generations

The Bell Tower first appeared briefly in The Adventure. It was shown in the background as Red and his Pikachu visited Ecruteak City.

The tower next appeared in The Reawakening, where it also appeared in the background of Ecruteak City but was shown in a little more detail.

Pokémon Evolutions

The Bell Tower appeared in The Show, where it was seen in the background of Ecruteak City. It was later shown as the focus of the Kimono Girls' performance about the histories of it and the Brass Tower.

In the manga

Tin Tower in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

The Tin Tower first appeared in Ampharos Amore. Having been caught up in an earthquake that struck Ecruteak City, Jasmine managed to climb to the top of the tower for her Ampharos, Amphy, to send out a distress signal, but passed out when rubble fell on her. Gold and Silver both noticed Amphy's light, with Silver reaching Jasmine first. The tower begun to collapse on their way out, and Amphy was able to carry Jasmine out before the collapse trapped both Gold and Silver inside. After escaping from the tower, they were surrounded by Team Rocket Grunts and Rocket Executive Carl, whose Piloswine had been responsible for the earthquake, its intention being to draw the attention of Ho-Oh. Once Team Rocket had been driven away, Morty ordered the Tin Tower to be reconstructed before any other building in the city, fearing Ho-Oh's wrath over its destruction.

From Suddenly Suicune I to Suddenly Suicune III, Crystal battled against Suicune at the Tin Tower in the hopes of capturing it. Although she managed to hit it with a Heavy Ball, Suicune ended up getting away, marking the first time Crystal had ever failed to capture a Pokémon. As a result of this shock, she became unable to capture any Pokémon at all.

In Oh, It's Ho-Oh!, the Masked Man arrived at the sky over the Tin Tower to confront Ho-Oh, which had escaped from his control nine years earlier. Determined to make Ho-Oh his servant once more, the leader of Neo Team Rocket started battling against the Legendary Pokémon, ultimately catching it and forcing it under his command once more.

The top floor of the Tin Tower houses a Ho-Oh statue, which is said to glow when Ho-Oh is about to return. According to the Masked Man, this statue was made by him.



Ecruteak City's Bell Tower is likely based on a mixture of two temples in the real world city of Kyoto. One of them is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto known as Ginkaku-ji. Unlike its counterpart, Kinkaku-ji, which is covered in gold leaf, this temple is not covered in silver leaf, though this was originally intended. A statue of avian likeness rest atop each of the two real world towers.

The other likely basis for the Bell Tower is a temple in Kyoto called Tō-ji (East Temple). The temple's pagoda is the tallest in Japan, and it once had a twin temple in the west of Kyoto, called Sai-ji. Just like in the legend of the Burned Tower in Ecruteak's west and the Bell Tower in its east, the western temple of Sai-ji was burned long ago, while To-ji still stands today.

Name origin

The Japanese name of the tower, スズのとう Suzu no Tō, could be translated either to Tin Tower (as in Generation II), or Bell Tower (as in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver). This is because the kana for suzu refers to both 錫 tin, a metal that has a bright, silvery sheen, but is far less valuable than actual silver, and 鈴 bell. Suzu are a type of bell used in Shinto rituals, which both the Clear Bell and Tidal Bell are based on.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 鈴鐺塔 Lìhngdōng Taap *
錫塔 Sek Taap *
Mandarin 鈴鐺塔 / 铃铛塔 Língdāng Tǎ *
鈴鈴塔 Línglíng Tǎ *
锡塔 Xī Tǎ *
铃塔 Língtǎ *
铃之塔 Líng-zhī Tǎ *
Finland Flag.png Finnish Tinatorni (OS)
Kellotorni (M20, JN)
France Flag.png French Tour FerrailleGSCDPPt
Tour CarillonHGSSBDSP
Germany Flag.png German ZinnturmGSCDPPt
Italy Flag.png Italian Torre di LattaGSCDPPt
Torre CampanaHGSSBDSP
South Korea Flag.png Korean 방울탑 Bang'ul Tap
Poland Flag.png Polish Cynowa Wieża*
Wieża Dzwonów*
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Torre do Sino
Torre dos Sinos (PS111)
Spain Flag.png Spanish Torre HojalataGSC
Torre LataDPPt
Torre CampanaHGSSBDSP
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Tháp Chuông

See also

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