Cherrygrove City is the second city that trainers encounter in the Johto region, and is honestly one of the least eventful towns in the entire Pokemon franchise. This town has 5 structures, and has a population in the upper teens. A large section of town on the west side is covered in water, which cannot be accessed until the trainer gets the Surf HM. The town’s motto is “The City of Cute, Fragrant Flowers.”
The first person trainers will encounter in this city is an old man who will give the trainer a tour of town. This tour acts as a tutorial for new players, and will explain what the Pokemart and Pokecenter do, as well as give a tour of the rest of the town. At the end of his tour, he will give the trainer the Map Card, which activates the town map function of the PokeGear. This serves the same purpose as the Town Map in other Pokemon games, allowing the trainer to view where cities are located and the numbers of the Routes between them.
This town contains the first Pokecenter in Johto. The Pokecenter is designed to heal a trainer’s Pokemon free of charge. Also on the first floor is the PC, which trainers can use to switch out the Pokemon they are currently using. Trainers are only allowed to carry 6 Pokemon at a time, and all others are sent to the PC box upon capture. Boxes only hold 30 Pokemon, and the box must be switched manually before the trainer can capture any more Pokemon. The Pokecenter also serves as the hub for trainers wishing to communicate with other trainers. This includes both battles and trades. These functions can be found in the upper floor of the Pokecenter. There is also a section on the upper floor called the Time Capsule. However, this function is not available yet, so there is no need to explain it yet.
This town also contains the first Pokemart in Johto. The Pokemart is where trainers may purchase items that they can use on their journey. This shop only has basic items, which include Potions, Paralyze Heals, Awakenings, and Antidotes. Also, after obtaining the Pokedex, this shop also stocks Poke Balls, which are the basic balls used to capture Pokemon.
The house that the old man’s tour ends at is his house. The only person in here is the old man, who tells the trainer that they need to catch a lot of Pokemon, and to treat them with kindness.
In the southeast corner of town is another house with two characters inside. These two are having a conversation about how Pokemon evolve by gaining experience and leveling up.
In the house on the west side of town is an NPC who will talk about Pokemon gyms. He says that they are the way that trainers can tell how good of trainers they are. The child in this house says he wants to be a gym leader when he grows up, and that he trains his Pokemon by battling them with his friend’s Pokemon.
Trainers may have noticed a character on the island out in the water when on the tour. This character cannot be reached yet. Once the trainer has access to Surf, they can reach him. He gives the trainer a Mystic Water, which is one of a series of items that increase the damage of specific types of moves when a Pokemon is holding it. This item increases the damage of a Pokemon’s Water-type moves by 10%.
The first time the trainer visits this town, they must go north to Mr. Pokemon’s house. There, the trainer will receive the Mystery Egg from Mr. Pokemon and the Pokedex from Professor Oak. The Mystery Egg needs to be taken back to Professor Elm. The Pokedex allows the trainer to keep track of which Pokemon they have seen and captured. It also gives information such as small tidbits about each Pokemon, and the locations where they can be captured. It is also the main way trainers track their progress in completing their Pokemon collection. After returning to town and trying to return to New Bark Town with the egg, the red-haired trainer will bump into the trainer. He will challenge the trainer to a duel and it turns out he stole one of Professor Elm’s Pokemon. The Pokemon he has is the one that is effective against the trainer’s. He will have Cyndaquil if the trainer chose Chikorita, Totodile if the trainer chose Cyndaquil, or Chikorita if the trainer chose Totodile. After the duel, the trainer must still return to New Bark Town before they can progress any further with their quest. After returning to Elm, the trainer will be asked to name the red-haired trainer. This trainer turns out to be the rival of the second generation games.
Cherrygrove City has two exits, one to the east and one to the north. The east exit goes to Route 29 and New Bark Town. The northern route leads to Route 30, Mr. Pokemon’s house, and Violet City. The northern route is the exit that must be taken to continue the journey.
Cherrygrove City is a simple town with a simple purpose: to give trainers some simple tutorials that they will need to remember throughout their journey. The town may not have much going for it, but what it does have is a peaceful and quiet feel that trainers will not experience in any other town. This article focuses primarily on the aspects of Cherrygrove City in Pokemon Gold and Silver. To learn more about Cherrygrove City, visit the following website: