New Bark Town is a small town located in Johto. It is the hometown of the player and his rival. It is also where the player starts off in the Generation II games and their remakes and obtains their starter Pokémon from Professor Elm.



The population of New Bark Town is about 15. This makes it the least populated place in the Johto region.

Name Origin

The name "New Bark Town" is derived from the fact that it is the starting point for the player, as well as a reference to the fact that all the towns of Johto are named after plants.


Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver versions.

The Beginning

After choosing your name and talking to Prof. Oak, you will arrive at your house in New Bark Town. Head downstairs and greet your mother. Your mother will talk about four options - Bag, Your Name (the gym badges), Save and Options.

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After you head out, a small Marill will bump into you, apparently looking for its owner. You will see Lyra (if you choose Ethan) or Ethan (if you choose Lyra) coming out of Professor Elm's home/lab; Marill happily runs into her/him, and they'll go away.

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In the anime

In Don't Touch That 'dile, after leaving Kanto, Ash and his friends first arrived there.


  • New Bark Town is the starting city in Generations II and IV (Remake Series)
  • Professor Elm's laboratory is located here, upstairs being his house, which only appears in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • It is the only starting town that doesn't connect to a route leading north.
  • It is the only starting town that must be passed through on the way to the Pokémon League. (In Kanto, players can fly back to Viridian City and avoid Route 21 and Pallet Town.)
  • It is the only starting town that doesn't connect to a route ending in 1.
  • In Generation IV, there's a small slip up as your character has a Nintendo Wii, although it should have been a Nintendo 64.