Lavender Town is a town in the Kanto region. Memorial sights are held in the Pokémon Tower and the House of Memories/Soul House. It is located north of Route 10.

Description

Lavender Town is a town of Kanto which is popular for its Pokémon Tower. It contains a Pokémon Center, a Pokémon Mart, Three Houses and The Pokémon Tower. It has brownish dark ground that might symbolize ghosts and the ghost Pokémon of the Lavender Town. Mr. Fuji resides in Lavender Town.

Demographics

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Areas of Interest

The Pokémon Tower

Pokémon Tower plays host to Team Rocket when you first arrive here, but you can't take them on until you recover the Silph Scope. In all six games, the Tower inhabits Channelers and Rocket Grunts. The wild Pokémon encountered are Gastly, Haunter, and Cubone. A dead Marowak also appears at the end, but it isn't catchable.

The tower consists of seven floors that the player ascends until the final floor. On the final floor, Mr. Fuji is found being held captive by Team Rocket grunts. After battling and losing to the player, the grunts leave, letting Mr. Fuji go.

The Pokémon Tower is the only place where Pokémon can be caught in Lavender Town.

Radio Tower

Three years later, the resting place for Pokémon is now converted to a Radio Tower in the same vein as the one in Johto. Some graves are kept Underground, however the majority is changed. This Tower, however, is unable to be explored or entered, due to what happened with the one in Johto. You can get an EXPN Card here to listen to Kanto radio from the receptionist.

House of Memories/Soul House

House of Memories in Generation IV, Soul House in Generation II. All graves from the former Pokémon Tower have been imported here. There are chambers here that cannot be accessed. The area is owned by Mr. Fuji.

Name Rater

The Name Rater will rate the current nickname your Pokémon and can change it. If the Pokémon has been traded, he won't be able to change it and say its perfect.

Pokémon Center

A Pokémon Center is at the upper-right corner of the town.

Poké Mart

A Poké Mart stands either below Pokémon Tower (Generation I, Generation III) or right of the Pokémon Center (Generation II, Generation IV).

Generation I, Generation III

Generation II

Generation IV

Appearances

Manga

Adventures

Red passes though while it is raining. Mr. Fuji takes him in when no one else would. He found him while he was paying respects to his deceased Doduo. Later at Mr. Fuji's house, he tells Red of the cemetery and how people are afraid because they believe it is haunted. He then told him Blue passed by months prior.

Red then went there to investigate and saw hundreds of graves. A zombie Golduck came out of the shadows, followed by other zombies. Razor Leaf does not work, but Vine Whip does, turning them to dust. Soon, more came, under control of a ghost, which would later be revealed as a Gastly. Blue and his Charmeleon appear and they begin fighting Red. They are possessed by Gastly, but Red lifts the curse by attacking Gastly. Koga then appeared and ordered his Arbok to spew poison. It did so, but Blue had his Charmeleon cut Arbok in half. Koga, realizing he was in trouble, and fled on his Golbat.

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

In the Manga, Ash, Brock, and Sabrina travel here due to reports about a Giant Haunter. They work to capture it, however it self-destructs before being captured.

Anime

Ash, Pikachu, Brock, and Misty travel to Lavender Town in search of Ghost-type Pokémon to defeat Sabrina and her Psychic-type Pokémon. Ash and Pikachu die and their spirits are taken by Gengar, Gastly, and Haunter who wish to play with them. At the end of the episode, Ash and Pikachu return to their bodies and Haunter comes with them to defeat Sabrina.

Controversy

The background music of Lavender Town has garnered much interest due to some listeners finding it unsettling. The track led to more than 200 Japanese children taking their own lives in the spring of 1996. Other listeners had allegedly suffered nosebleeds, headaches, or became irrationally angry or emotional. According to this unsettling legend, high pitch binaural beats harmed the brains of children in a way adults were immune to. This fabricated illness was dubbed "Lavender Town Syndrome" and the original story went viral after being spread on general interest websites such as 4chan. Various people have added details to make the story more convincing over time, such as Photoshopping images of ghosts into spectrogram outputs of the Lavender Town music. It somewhat foreshadowed an anime episode "Cyber Soldier Porygon" three years later, which led to epileptic seizures and other conditions for viewers.

Trivia

  • In the first version of Pokémon Red and Green, the music was dubbed the scariest theme tune of its time. This music was only present in Red/Green and the international releases Pokémon Red/Blue. When the updated version arrived, the theme was changed slightly to remove frequencies, which was also the case for the Version 1.0 music of the Pokémon Tower.
  • In the House of Memories/Soul House, if you stay there too long in Generation IV, the Pokémon outside of your Party will become sad and eventually angry.
  • Interestingly, you need to have the Silph. Scope in order to see the Pokémon in the Tower; without this item, all Pokémon are shown as ghosts.
  • In Pokémon Yellow, if you talk to Pikachu in the Pokémon Tower, it gives a sad face, indicating it is sad about all the dead Pokémon or scared of the ghosts in the tower.
  • The Pokémon Tower in Lavender town is inspired by Japanese graveyards.
  • In Generation I, there is a glitch where you can flee from the ghost Marowak by means of a Poké Doll, then continue up the Tower, as if the ghost was defeated. This allows the player to skip getting the Silph Scope and the Rocket Hideout completely. The glitch was fixed in the Generation III remakes.
  • There is a kid outside the Pokémon tower. If you interact with her, she will ask if you believe in ghosts. If you say no, she will say that there is a white hand on your shoulder.
  • This is also found in an episode of Pokémon origins. Somebody asks Red the same question as the little girl in Lavender town and a hard-to-see white hand will show up near Red's shoulder.
  • During October, the Lavender Town theme was played on Pokémon GO.

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In other languages

Language Name
English Lavender Town
Spanish Pueblo Lavanda
Italian Lavandonia
French Lavanville
German Lavandia
Japanese シオンタウン
Korean 보라타운
Simplified Chinese 紫苑镇
Traditional Chinese 紫苑鎮
Hindi लैवेंडर शहर
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