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For the premiere episodes of season five, see The Cutie Map - Part 1 and Part 2.
Mane six looking at the map S5E1

The Cutie Map in The Cutie Map - Part 1.

The Cutie Map, often referred to within the series as simply the Map or the Friendship Map, is a magical map of Equestria that is first featured in The Cutie Map - Part 1. Twilight Sparkle and her friends use the map to solve friendship problems across Equestria.

Depiction in the series

Season five

The Cutie Map

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.

Cutie marks floating over Ponyville S5E1
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.

In this two-parter, all of the Mane Six are summoned to Starlight Glimmer's village to free the ponies living there from her despotic views on equality.

The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone

In The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone, Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash are summoned to the griffon kingdom of Griffonstone to help the griffons rebuild after their loss of the treasured Idol of Boreas.

Made in Manehattan

In Made in Manehattan, Applejack and Rarity are summoned to the Manehattan borough of Bronclyn to help Coco Pommel restore her neighborhood's sense of community.

The Hooffields and McColts

In The Hooffields and McColts, Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy are summoned to the Smokey Mountains to end a years-old feud between the Hooffield and McColt families.

The Cutie Re-Mark

Cutie Map shows half of Equestria covered in crystal S5E25
In the two-part season five finale, Starlight Glimmer uses her magic on the map to activate an altered version of 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.

Season six

Spice Up Your Life

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.

Viva Las Pegasus

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.

Top Bolt

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.

Season seven

Celestial Advice

In Celestial Advice, Twilight uses the map to consider different places she could send Starlight to.

All Bottled Up

In All Bottled Up, while attempting to teleport an apple, Trixie accidentally teleports the map. She and Starlight eventually trace it to the Ponyville Day Spa.

A Royal Problem

In A Royal Problem, Starlight Glimmer is summoned to Canterlot to solve a friendship problem between Princess Celestia and Princess Luna.

Triple Threat

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.

Shadow Play - Part 2

In Shadow Play - Part 2, the map calls all of the Mane Six to the Hollow Shades.

Season eight

School Daze - Part 1

After the Mane Six return from their journey in My Little Pony The Movie, they discover the map has expanded beyond Equestria to include different locations, such as Klugetown, the pirate ship, and Mount Aris.

Surf and/or Turf

In Surf and/or Turf, the map calls the Cutie Mark Crusaders to Mount Aris.

The Parent Map

In The Parent Map, the map calls Starlight and Sunburst to their old hometown Sire's Hollow to solve a friendship problem involving their parents.

A Matter of Principals

In A Matter of Principals, Twilight leaves Starlight Glimmer in charge of the School of Friendship when the map calls the Mane Six away on a friendship mission. At the end of the episode, however, it is revealed that Discord sent the Mane Six on a snipe hunt.

Sounds of Silence

In Sounds of Silence, the map calls Applejack and Fluttershy to the Peaks of Peril.

Other depictions

IDW comics

In the My Little Pony Annual 2017 comic, the map summons Twilight to a hidden room in the Castle of Friendship, where she discovers the "Armor of Friendship" to use against the changelings.

Merchandise

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​]​

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