Lavender Town is the sixth city that trainers encounter in the Kanto Region. It is comprised of only six buildings, and a lower population than most cities, not including the trainers in the Pokemon Tower. All buildings in this town are able to be entered, and all but one of them serves an important purpose. Note that Lavender Town is the only town other than Pallet Town that does not have a Pokemon Gym. The town’s motto is “The noble purple town.”
The Pokecenter and Pokemart are in town as usual. The Pokecenter is the same as always, but the Pokemart now carries Super Repel, an upgraded version of Repel that blocks weak wild Pokemon for 200 steps instead of 100.
The building in the center of town is the Lavender Pokemon Volunteer House. This building houses a few NPCs who take care of Pokemon who were abandoned by their trainers. During the trainer’s first visit to Lavender Town, there isn’t much to do in this building. However, after defeating Team Rocket in the nearby Pokemon Tower, Mr. Fuji returns to the Volunteer House. He will give the player the Poke Flute as thanks for defeating Team Rocket and saving him. This flute is designed to wake up sleeping Pokemon, and is required in order to remove the Snorlax that are blocking Route 12 and 16. Important Note: The two Snorlax that are blocking the roads are the ONLY two in the entirety of Pokemon Red and Blue, so be sure to capture one or both of them. The flute can also be used in battle to remove the sleep status from a trainer’s Pokemon, but it will also remove sleep from enemy Pokemon if they are asleep too.
At the southern end of town are two buildings that are side by side. The building on the left does not contain anything important, just a female NPC who talks about how much she hates Team Rocket. The building on the right is the Name Rater. This character will “rate” a nickname that the trainer gives his Pokemon. If the Pokemon was caught by the trainer, and given a nickname, the Name Rater will say the name could be better and will allow the trainer to change the name. This also applies if the Pokemon was not given a nickname to begin with. However, if the Pokemon was received in a trade, whether in game or from another real life player, then the nickname cannot be changed. The Name Rater will describe a traded Pokemon’s name as “perfect” and won’t allow it to be changed.
The most important building in Lavender Town is the one in the northeast. It is the Pokemon Tower, and is the resting place for Pokemon who have died. Inside, the trainer will see tons of graves on the second floor and beyond. On the second floor, the trainer will have to duel his rival again. After the second floor, the tower has both trainers and wild Pokemon. Note that the wild Pokemon here, Gastly, Haunter, and Cubone, can only be found here in the original Pokemon Red and Blue. However, the wild Pokemon cannot be identified or fought until the trainer obtains the Sylph Scope from the Team Rocket Hideout in Celadon City. It is recommended that trainers avoid the Pokemon Tower until they get the Sylph Scope. In fact, it is not possible to finish the tower without the scope, because there is a ghost on the top floor that will not allow the player to pass until it is defeated. With the scope, the ghost is revealed to be a Marowak. This Marowak is the one that citizens in town talk about, which died protecting its child. Note that it is not possible to capture this Marowak. It may seem cruel to defeat it, but the trainer is actually putting its spirit to rest. Once Marowak is defeated, the trainer can defeat the Team Rocket grunts on the top floor and rescue Mr. Fuji.
Trainers may notice that the background music in Lavender Town and the Pokemon Tower is somewhat creepy. There is actually some interesting and rather disturbing trivia about this music that will be covered in a later article, which will detail several points of trivia about the first generation of Pokemon.
Lavender Town has three exits, one to the north, south and west. The northern exit leads to Route 10 and Rock Tunnel, which is the way trainers initially enter Lavender Town from. The southern exit leads to Route 12 and Fuchsia City, but is blocked by a Snorlax until the trainer obtains the Poke Flute mentioned above. The western exit leads to Saffron City and the second underground passage, which connects Celadon City and Lavender Town. This is the route that must be taken after a trainer’s first visit to Lavender Town.
Lavender Town is a town of quiet and sorrow. It is a place for trainers to mourn their Pokemon, and a refuge for Pokemon who have lost their trainers.
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