Mahogany Town is the ninth city that trainers encounter in the Johto region. It is a very small town, one of the smallest in the Pokemon universe, and that includes the towns that each trainer starts in. The town only has 4 buildings, excluding the exit buildings between the town and the routes, and a population in the mid 20’s. The town’s motto is “Welcome to the Home of the Ninja!”
The Pokecenter returns again, however, the Pokemart does not. The Pokemart is replaced by a small souvenir shop.
The souvenir shop is in the center of town. It has a limited stock of items available, including Slowpoke Tails. There is no reason to buy them though. This shop will be different after the trainer meets Lance at the Lake of Rage. After the events below, the shop has a much more extensive stock.
WARNING: There are spoilers in this paragraph. After visiting the Lake of Rage and talking to Lance, he will return to this shop. He will attack the owner, who turns out to be a member of Team Rocket! The shop hides a secret entrance into the Rocket’s Headquarters. The trainer must navigate the hideout and collect passwords in order to progress. At the end of the dungeon, the trainer will need to defeat or capture three Electrode, which will end Team Rocket’s plans. After finishing this dungeon, Lance will give the trainer the HM for Whirlpool.
The building to the right of the souvenir shop houses two NPCs. The man at the table says a red Gyarados appeared at the Lake of Rage, and that it is odd for even regular Gyarados to appear there. The woman simply says her favorite radio station is Pokemon Music.
The final building, other than the exit building in the north that leads to the Lake of Rage, is the Pokemon Gym. This gym is initially blocked, and the trainer cannot enter. After defeating Team Rocket in their headquarters, the trainer can enter the gym. This gym is led by Pryce, who specializes in Ice-type Pokemon. This gym, as with most ice environments in video games, requires the trainer to slide across the ice to navigate the room. The trainer will stop if they hit a wall or a tile with no ice on it. These tiles are grey colored, and tend to be near the trainers. The maze isn’t too hard to navigate. Pryce is near the top center of the room. He has a Seel, Dewgong, and Piloswine. These three can be somewhat difficult, but can be easily taken out with a mix of Fire, Grass, Water, Rock, and Fighting-type moves.
WARNING: There are more spoilers in this paragraph. After defeating Pryce, the trainer will need to return to the Radio Tower in Goldenrod City. This is the point where Team Rocket takes over the tower, and the trainer must stop their plans. To learn more about this event, visit this article.
Mahogany Town has 3 exits. The exit to the west leads back to Mt. Mortar and Ecruteak City. The exit to the north leads to the Lake of Rage, and the trainer must go there after the first visit to Mahogany Town. The final exit leads to the east, and is blocked until the player completes the event in the above paragraph. This exit leads to the Ice Path and Blackthorn City.
Mahogany Town is a small town, but it hides a dark secret (although that is no fault of the town itself). However, as usual the trainer arrives and manages to rid the town of its troubles. After that, the town becomes one of the quietest towns in the Pokemon universe, keeping to itself despite the ills of the world.
This article focuses primarily on the aspects of Mahogany Town in Pokemon Gold and Silver. To learn more about Mahogany Town, visit the following website: