A Traveler's Guide to the World of Pokémon/Kanto/Cerulean City

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Cerulean City
Hanada City
File:Cerulean city.png
A Mysterious, Blue Aura Surrounds It
Location Info
Region Kanto
Connecting Routes Route 24 (North)
Route 5 (South)
Route 9 (East)
Route 4 (West)
Gym Info
Leaders Misty
Daisy (Anime only)
Lily (Anime) only)
Violet (Anime only)
Badge Cascadebadge
Type Water
File:Cerulean City.jpg
Cerulean City in Pokémon Yellow

Cerulean City (ハナダシティ, Hanada Shiti, Hanada City in the original Japanese) is a fictional in-game city from the Pokémon video games. It is located in north Kanto and part of the urban plains being very close to Saffron City and Celadon City. It is situated near a sea inlet to the north, with Saffron City to the south, and Mt. Moon to the west. It is home to Misty, the Cerulean City Gym Leader.

Places of interest[edit | edit source]

Cerulean City Gym

Cerulean City Gym is led by Misty, who specializes in Water-type Pokémon. In Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow/FireRed/LeafGreen Misty will have a Staryu and a Starmie, but in Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal she will host more powerful Pokémon such as Lapras and Quagsire. The Gym was also home to wild water Pokémon by fishing off the water. Some say that the wild Pokémon are the Gym's or Misty's Pokémon or a small glitch left in the game. The glitch only works in the old Pokémon games, Pokémon RBY and not the GSC or FRLG games.

The Trader's House

The Trader's House is famous in Pokémon Red/Blue/FireRed/LeafGreen for hosting a man who is crazy about trading his rare Pokémon, Jynx, for a common Pokémon, Poliwhirl. In Gold/Silver/Crystal, the man, if talked to, will tell you he lives happily with his traded Pokémon (the Pokémon will be in the background).

Melanie's House

Melanie's House is featured only in Yellow (replacing the house where you trade), where the player can receive Bulbasaur as a gift if the player's Pikachu is happy.

Nugget Bridge

Nugget Bridge is to the north, where the player can beat five junior trainers in a row. It turns out they are in cahoots with Team Rocket and a Rocket Grunt appears to challenge the player. Once beaten, the player is awarded a nugget and is sent on their way. In Pokémon Yellow version, Damien surrenders his Charmander to the player after leaving the bridge on the northwest side.

Bill's House

Bill's House is just outside of Cerulean City, at the most northeastern point in Kanto. In Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow/Fire Red/Leaf Green he asks you to turn him back into a human (he turned himself into a Pokémon), but in Gold/Silver/Crystal you only meet his Grandfather (since Bill is in Goldenrod City). In Red/Blue/Yellow/Fire Red/Leaf Green he gives you a ticket for the S.S.Anne.

The Bike Shop

The Bike Shop is important in Red/Blue/Yellow/FireRed/LeafGreen. If you get the Bike Voucher from Vermilion City, you can get a bike here.

Cerulean Cave

Cerulean Cave, popularly known as The Unknown Dungeon, is the legendary place where you find Mewtwo in Red/Blue/Yellow/FireRed/LeafGreen. It's blocked by a guard from the Elite Four until you defeat your rival at Indigo Plateau and recover a ruby and a sapphire. In Gold/Silver/Crystal its entrance is flooded by water, so you cannot access it, though you get a Berserk Gene. This greatly enhances attack but at the same time causes confusion. It can only be used ONCE in a battle (link battle exempt).

Cerulean City in the GS generation[edit | edit source]

Cerulean City does not change much from Red/Blue/Yellow to Gold/Silver/Crystal, except for the Cerulean Cave's entrance becoming flooded and the Bike Shop moving to Johto.

The Nugget Bridge game has two minor differences: 1. The game no longer takes place on the bridge, but rather on past the bridge on the way to Bill's house. 2. The game is still played unfairly, and there are seven trainers rather than six, but the seventh trainer isn't a member of Team Rocket; rather, he is just someone who doesn't think that he can win in a fair battle so he decides to cheat.

Also, Bill no longer lives in his house up the cape, his grandfather does. He will ask you to show him a relatively rare Pokémon such as a Staryu, and if you do he will give you an evolution stone corresponding to that Pokémon's type (eg. Lickitung-Everstone, Staryu-Water Stone, etc.) Aside from the everstone you cannot get any of the evolution stones any other way. Note-he doesn't give you a Sun Stone or a Moon Stone and you can only get one of each item.[1]

In the Anime[edit | edit source]

In the anime, Cerulean City is the size of an average town. It has appeared in a number of episodes, as the gym is run by Misty's sisters. The Gym battles take place on a swimming pool, which is nowhere near the style of the Water Gym in Sootopolis City.

Misty becomes the Official Gym leader at the end of the Johto saga, and her time at the Gym is a part of Pokémon Chronicles.

Demographics[edit | edit source]

The population of Cerulean City is 23.