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New Bark Town
ワカバタウン Wakaba Town
Map of New Bark Town
Winds of a New Beginning
Location info
Region: Johto
Connecting routes: →East - Kanto Route 27
←West - Johto Route 29
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Location of New Bark Town in Johto.

New Bark Town is a small town located in Johto. It is 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 10. This makes it the least populated place in Johto.


  • New Bark Town is the starting city in Generations II and IV (Remake Series)
  • Professor Elm's lab is located here, upstairs will be his house, which only appears in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • The player must pass through the town after earning all eight Johto Gym Badges to reach Tohjo Falls, Victory Road, and the Indigo Plateau.
    • It is the only starting city 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.)
  • New Bark Town is the hometown of Ethan and Lyra.
  • It is the only starting city that doesn't have a route connecting in the north.
  • It is the only starting city that doesn't connect to a route ending in 1.

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 and Marill happily run into her, and they'll go away.

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