Virbank City

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Virbank City タチワキシティ
Tachiwaki City
"City of falling fog and rising stars!"
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Virbank City in {{{variable2}}}.
Map description
A city often covered by clouds and smoke, with very active residents.
Virbank City Gym - Unova Gym #2B2W2
specialist Gym
Toxic Badge
Toxic Badge
Virbank City Gym - Unova Gym #2B2W2
specialist Gym
Toxic Badge
Toxic Badge
Virbank City Gym - Unova Gym #2B2W2
specialist Gym
Toxic Badge
Toxic Badge
[[| League]]
Elite Four
Elite Four
Elite Four
Elite Four
Champion [[{{{champion}}}|{{{champion}}}]]
[[| League]]
Elite Four
Elite Four
Elite Four
Elite Four
Champion [[{{{champion2}}}|{{{champion2}}}]]
Pokéstar Studios
Route 20
Virbank City
Virbank Complex
Unova Virbank City Map.png
Location of Virbank City in Unova.

Virbank City (Japanese: タチワキシティ Tachiwaki City) is a city in southwestern Unova. It is the location of the second Gym that the player visits in the games Black 2 and White 2, led by Roxie.

Virbank City is shown to be a port city with many hangars, docks and waterways. In the northeastern part of the city, there is graffiti painted on the wall that resembles Koffing's skull and crossbones mark.


City of falling fog and rising stars! (Japanese: タチワキは 立ちあがる 水蒸気 Tachiwaki is rising steam.)

Places of interest


After defeating the Team Plasma Grunts both here and on Route 20, it is possible to sail to Castelia City.

Virbank Gym

Main article: Virbank Gym

The Virbank Gym is the official Gym of Virbank City. The Gym Leader is Roxie. The Virbank City Gym is also a music club. For defeating Roxie, Trainers receive the Toxic Badge, and are also given TM09 (Venoshock).

Virbank Complex

Main article: Virbank Complex

Virbank Complex is an industrial plant in the south of the city. It is known for its abundance of Electric- and Fire-type Pokémon.


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the population of Virbank City is 40.

Poké Mart

Upper cashier
Lower cashier


Item Location Games
Great Ball Great Ball ×2 From attendant in the gate to Route 20  B2  W2 
Poké Toy Poké Toy In the house east of the Pokémon Center  B2  W2 
Burn Heal Burn Heal From a Nursery Aide in the blue house south of the Pokémon Center  B2  W2 
Antidote Antidote In a trash can on the west side of the blue house south of the Pokémon Center (hidden)  B2  W2 
Poké Ball Poké Ball ×5 From a Roughneck in front of the Gym  B2  W2 
Rare Candy Rare Candy West of the Pokémon Center (requires Surf)  B2  W2 
HM Normal HM01 (Cut) From Roxie after defeating the Team Plasma Grunt  B2  W2 


Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Frillish Frillish
B2 W2
Surfing Surfing
5-15 100%
Surfing in rippling water
Jellicent Jellicent
B2 W2
Rippling water Rippling water
5-15 5%
Alomomola Alomomola
B2 W2
Rippling water Rippling water
5-15 95%
Krabby Krabby
B2 W2
Super Rod Fishing
40-60 30%
Qwilfish Qwilfish
B2 W2
Super Rod Fishing
50-70 5%
Finneon Finneon
B2 W2
Super Rod Fishing
40-70 65%
Fishing in rippling water
Krabby Krabby
B2 W2
Rippling water Rippling water
40-60 60%
Kingler Kingler
B2 W2
Rippling water Rippling water
50-70 10%
Lumineon Lumineon
B2 W2
Rippling water Rippling water
40-60 30%
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.


Trainer Pokémon
After visiting Pokéstar Studios
Team Plasma Grunt
Team Plasma Grunt
Reward: $560
Patrat Patrat Lv.14
No item

In the anime

Virbank City in the anime

Virbank City debuted in An Epic Defense Force!, when Ash and his friends arrived at the city port. Like in the games, the city has an existing movie studio and a recently built amusement park. The group met Luke again as he was visiting the city to participate in the Pokéstar Studios Film Competition. After being persuaded by Cilan, the group decided to help Luke in the making of his film, which won Best Picture.

In Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1 and Part 2, Ash and his friends went to the Virbank Gym. There, he battled Roxie for his eighth Unova League Gym Badge, and ultimately won it. Roxie also fronts Unova's top punk rock band "Koffing and the Toxics", so fans flock to the Virbank Gym to watch them perform during Roxie's Gym matches.

In All for the Love of Meloetta!, Ash and his friends, having learned that the Vertress Conference would begin in three months, decided to go eat Virbank City's famous "Bearticone" at Cilan's suggestion. Arriving at the ice cream stand, they met up with the Sinnoh League Champion, Cynthia. Cynthia then invited them to go to East Unova with her for the upcoming Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup.


Pokémon Center Virbank Gym Virbank Complex Pokéstar Studios
Virbank City Pokémon Center.png Virbank Gym field.png Virbank Complex anime.png Pokéstar Studios anime.png

In the manga

Virbank City in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Black 2 & White 2 arc

Virbank City appeared in New Sword Player when Roxie performed at a concert in her Gym with her band. The concert was attended by Blake and Whitley, who successfully convinced Roxie to appear as a judge on the Autumn Choir Tournament in Aspertia City.

In the TCG

The following is a list is of cards mentioning or featuring Virbank City in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Pokémon in Virbank City
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Croagunk Psychic Boundaries Crossed Uncommon 65/149 Cold Flare C 027/059
Legendary Treasures Common 62/113 EX Battle Boost   050/093
Toxicroak Psychic Boundaries Crossed Uncommon 66/149 Cold Flare U 028/059
Legendary Treasures Rare 63/113 EX Battle Boost   051/093
Koffing Psychic Plasma Storm Uncommon 57/135 Plasma Gale C 030/070
Scraggy Darkness Plasma Storm Uncommon 85/135 Plasma Gale C 046/070
      BW-P Promotional cards   174/BW-P
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Virbank City Gym St Plasma Storm Uncommon 126/135 Freeze Bolt U 057/059


  • Due to a glitch, it is possible to Surf on the southeasternmost tile of the westmost boat by interacting with it from land, despite this tile being inaccessible from the adjacent water tile. This tile cannot produce wild Pokémon encounters, even through Sweet Scent or Honey.
  • In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Virbank City is mentioned to be Crispin's hometown.

Name origin

Language Name Origin
Japanese タチワキシティ Tachiwaki City From 立涌文様 tachiwaki-monyō (pattern based on alternating vertical waves that represents rising steam)
English Virbank City From virga, bank (mass of cloud; water's edge), and possibly Burbank
German Vapydro City From vapor and Hydro- (prefix for water)
Spanish Ciudad Hormigón From hormigón (concrete)
French Ondes-sur-Mer From ondes (waves) and sur-Mer (city suffix for a city near the sea)
Italian Zondopoli From zonda (zonda wind)
Korean 모란만시티 Moranman City From 모란만초문 (牡丹蔓草紋) moran-manchomun (creeping pattern based on the tree peony) and 모락모락 morangmorak (onomatopoetic word for steam rising)
Chinese (Mandarin) 立湧市 / 立涌市 Lìyǒng Shì From the Japanese 立涌 tachiwaki
Chinese (Cantonese) 立湧市 Lahpyúng Síh
Polish Virbank From its English name
Brazilian Portuguese Cidade de Virbank From its English name
Vietnamese Thành phố Tachiwaki Transcription of its Japanese name

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