Depiction in the series
In the two-part season five premiere, the Cutie Map first appears when all of the Mane Six sit on their thrones in the Castle of Friendship throne room. The thrones react to their cutie marks, and a large crystal table appears in the center of the room, upon which the Cutie Map is holographically projected.From this point onward, the map summons the Mane Six to other locations in Equestria through their cutie marks to solve friendship problems. Depending upon whom the map summons, their cutie marks glow and pulsate, and holographic images of their cutie marks hover over the location in question on the map. The Cutie Map usually stays visible at all times, but in some episodes it reverts to being just a regular circular table when it is not active. Star Swirl the Bearded's time travel spell. In each of the alternate timelines created by Starlight's actions, the Castle of Friendship disappears, but the Cutie Map remains, its landscape changing depending on events that have taken place in that timeline. Twilight deduces that the map remains in each timeline because of its connection to the Tree of Harmony, making it sense that something is wrong.
In Spice Up Your Life, Twilight and Starlight use their magic to reactivate the Cutie Map after the events of The Cutie Re-Mark caused it to stop functioning. Once reactivated, the map sends Rarity and Pinkie Pie to Canterlot to help Coriander Cumin and his daughter Saffron Masala save their failing restaurant and tense relationship.
Applejack and Fluttershy are summoned to Las Pegasus to solve three friendship problems at once, one of which is between Flim and Flam and all of which have been orchestrated by the corrupt resort owner Gladmane.
In Top Bolt, Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle are summoned to the Wonderbolt Academy to solve a friendship problem between the overconfident academy trainee Sky Stinger and his timid best friend and wingpony Vapor Trail.
In Celestial Advice, Twilight uses the map to consider different places she could send Starlight to.
In Triple Threat, the map calls Spike to solve a friendship problem he inadvertently created himself in Ponyville by showing the shape of his head, since he does not have a cutie mark.
In Shadow Play - Part 2, the map calls all of the Mane Six to the Hollow Shades.
The Cutie Map is featured on the Season 5 DVD cover. In the Equestrian Odysseys expansion set of Enterplay's collectible card game, card #216 UR is of the Cutie Map. My Little Pony: Cutie Map Quest A Punch-Out & Play Activity Book.[specify]