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Pokémon Black Version  and Pokémon White Version the primary paired versions of Generation V.

Black and White follow the trends set up by previous games in the series. Two player characters (one male and one female) travel a new region, Unova, on their Pokémon journeys. This region is inhabited by various Pokémon, and unlike before, none of those available prior to Generation V can be obtained before defeating the Elite Four. The first of the new Pokémon to be featured in these games, Zorua and Zoroark, were revealed on February 10, 2010 in CoroCoro magazine, and the starter Pokémon were revealed in May.

The games' names were revealed on the official Japanese Pokémon website on April 9, and scans from the subsequent issue of the magazine were leaked on April 10. These scans revealed some of the graphical enhancements that are featured in these games. There is a higher level of 3D graphics than in previous games, as shown in some shots of the overworld. Initial sprites could be seen for Zorua, Zoroark, and the player characters.

In addition to the improved graphics, a number of aesthetic changes have been made from previous generations, including an altered battle scene containing fully animated Pokémon battle sprites as well as a dynamic camera that changes focus to highlight specific parts of the battle. Also, when talking to people, speech balloons for dialog will appear over people's heads, rather than as simply a dialog box.

Black and White are compatible with all five Generation IV games through use of the Poké Transfer—unlike Pal Park, items cannot be held by Pokémon being sent over. Pokémon can be sent from Generation III games, as well, by transfer through Generation IV. The games also have the capability of connecting to the Internet.




The game starts in Nuvema Town in the player's room with Cheren, a childhood friend. Professor Juniper has left a gift box for the two and Bianca, another one of the player's friends, who arrives a little later. The box contains three Pokémon that the player can choose from. After the selection, Bianca will request a battle. When the battle is over, the room becomes cluttered due to the battle. Cheren heals both the player's and Bianca's Pokémon, and begins a battle with the player as well. If the player loses to Cheren, he will gloat about his victory. The three then go downstairs, and Cheren and Bianca will leave the house while the player's mother will heal the Pokémon.

The player visits Bianca's house, where she and her father are having an argument about her going on a Pokémon journey. Bianca storms out of the house, and the player follows her to Professor Juniper's lab, where Cheren has been waiting. In the lab, Professor Juniper will give the player a chance to nickname the selected starter Pokémon, and give each of the three a Pokédex. Upon leaving the lab, they will be greeted by the player's mother, who will hand everyone a Town Map.

From then on, the player will set off on adventures through the Unova region. Along the way, the player will battle eight Gym Leaders, while trying to complete the Pokédex. After managing to obtain all eight badges, the player will head to the Pokémon League to battle the Elite Four and the Champion.

However, the adventure did not go as expected as the evil Team Plasma will be encountered along the way to the Pokémon League. The player will encounter N, the leader of the evil organization. One of the Seven Sages, Ghetsis, has a different goal than their leader. The player must thwart the plans of those two and save the Unova region from being destroyed.

However, unlike previous games, the player will not be battling the Champion of the Unova region when after first defeating the Elite Four; instead, N is battled. After defeating him, he promises not to separate the world of humans from the world of Pokémon.

After defeating N and Ghetsis, however, the game is not over, as there are further activities to be done, such as capturing the other legendary Pokémon in the game, re-battle the Elite Four and battle the champion, Alder, and finding the Seven Sages who are in various parts of the Unova region.


Black and White returns features present in previous generations, such as day, time, abilities and the split between Physical and Special moves. Certain ones, however, such as Pokémon following their Trainers and the Battle Frontier, have been left out.


Main article: C-Gear

The C-Gear allows players to use certain multiplayer functions while anywhere in the game world. These functions vary with the type of communication used: wireless, Wi-Fi and infrared. The C-Gear is similar to the Pokétch in that it fills the bottom screen, but its applications are much different.

On the C-Gear, as well as in battle, the current time is displayed in 12-hour format, however, at the hours of 12:00 AM and PM, the hour displays as 0, rather than 12, as a 24-hour clock, such as that on the DS and in the Generation IV games, would display midnight.

Pokémon Global Link

Main article: Pokémon Global Link

The Pokémon Global Link is a multiplayer feature that makes use of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and is the equivalent of the fourth generation GTS. In addition to providing the features of the GTS, it allows players to upload their save files to the Pokémon Global Link website to access the Pokémon Dream World. Players can also go to the Pokémon Center to enter Random Matchup where they can battle a random person also connected to Random Matchup. The Global Link is also the place where players can download exclusive content including C-Gear and Pokédex skins.

Pokémon Dream World

Main article: Pokémon Dream World

The Pokémon Dream World is a special feature of Black and White which is operated via an Internet website, Pokémon-GL.com. The Dream World allows players to send a Pokémon to the Internet to obtain items and meet other Pokémon, making the website in a way such that it is a Generation V analog to the Pokéwalker.

Many Pokémon that are found here are not found in the Unova region, and would otherwise have to be migrated from a Generation IV game to be used. All of the Pokémon available here are given Dream World-exclusive Hidden Abilities that their species cannot have by normal means.


Main article: Entralink

The Entralink is a new feature in Pokémon Black and White which allows contact with other players over local wireless. It is a multiplayer area in central Unova; Pokémon obtained in the Pokémon Dream World can be caught here. In combination with the C-Gear, it is possible to travel through Unova with other players and battle, trade and perform various multiplayer sidequests.

Pokémon Musical

Main article: Pokémon Musical

Pokémon Contests, which have been present since Generation III, are replaced by the Pokémon Musicals. Similar to the Super Contests in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, Trainers have to dress up their Pokémon with different accessories. The Pokémon will then compete by dancing on the theater stage with the other entrants. They are held in Nimbasa City.


Main article: Seasons

Much like Generation II introduced a system of time, Generation V features a system of seasons. Seasons change every month, which cycles thrice for each year. With it comes aesthetic changes in the region, as well as some changes with the Pokémon found in the wild. Additionally, Deerling and its evolution Sawsbuck change forms every season. Some areas can only be accessed in certain seasons.

Sprite animations

While already featured in previous games, Pokémon sprites in Black and White remain animated throughout the battle. Additionally, full back sprites are now present in the games. Some, but not all, Pokémon use animated versions of their Generation IV sprites. All Trainers, on the other hand, with the exception of Bianca, Cheren and N, return to sprites with no animations.

Changing music

Whereas in previous games, the music was the same during entire battles (other than when the player's Pokémon has less than ¼ health remaining), in Generation V, things such as battle music may change with the situation. For example, when battling a Gym Leader's last Pokémon, the music changes to a remix of the main theme. The warning sound heard when a Pokémon has less than ¼ of its maximum HP remaining has also been remixed into its own music. "Rare" Pokémon also get their own theme. Although this isn't technically new, the seasons change the music in certain places as well, though these changes are mostly the instruments heard. This is similar to the day/night cycle in Generation IV.

Triple battles

Main article: Triple battle

In a triple battle, three Pokémon on each side are sent out at once. There are restrictions as to which Pokémon can attack which opponent. The Pokémon in the middle can attack all three on the other side, but the ones on either side cannot attack the Pokémon on the far side of the opposite end. However, there are some exceptions to this rule, through the use of moves such as Acrobatics. The Pokémon Pansage, Pansear, and Panpour were introduced to showcase this new feature. The position of each Pokémon can be changed during the battle; however, a turn will be used up.

Rotation battles

Main article: Rotation battle

Rotation battles are similar to triple battles in that three Pokémon in each team are sent onto each side; however, they are sent out onto a circular platform. The platform can be rotated a third of the way around without wasting a turn. The Pokémon which is in the third of the circle facing the opponent is the one currently active. Strategy revolves around predicting which Pokémon the opponent will switch to and switching to the appropriate Pokémon on the player's side.


Pokémon Black and White brings back the traditional eight Gyms, but with it a total of eleven Gym Leaders. They are Cilan, Chili and Cress (Grass, Fire and Water, respectively), Lenora (Normal), Burgh (Bug), Elesa (Electric), Clay (Ground), Skyla (Flying), Brycen (Ice), and Drayden and Iris (Dragon). Cilan, Chili or Cress are battled if the player has chosen the Water-type, Grass-type or Fire-type starter Pokémon, respectively. Drayden is battled in Pokémon Black while Iris is battled in Pokémon White.

Elite Four

Unlike previous games, the Elite Four can be battled in any order. After battling all four, a path to the Champion is unlocked. The Elite Four members are Shauntal (Ghost), Grimsley (Dark), Caitlin (Psychic) and Marshal (Fighting). However, the player is not able to battle the Champion before defeating Team Plasma. Later, after defeating them in a rematch, the player will face Champion Alder, who uses a variety of types. It should be noted that Caitlin is the same person present in the Battle Castle who was alongside her butler Darach in Generation IV.

New Pokémon

See Category:Generation V Pokémon

Black and White bring a total of 156 new Pokémon, bringing the overall total to 649 from the 493 present in Generation IV. While some new Pokémon may have similarities to previously introduced Pokémon, none of the new Pokémon are related by evolution to any of the 493 introduced previously.

The first Pokémon to be revealed were Zoroark and Zorua, who were both featured in Zoroark: Master of Illusions. Unlike previous generations, no other new Pokémon were featured in the main anime prior to the games' release.

Version-exclusive Pokémon

013 013 Weedle Bug Poison
014 014 Kakuna Bug Poison
015 015 Beedrill Bug Poison
198 198 Murkrow Dark Flying
228 228 Houndour Dark Fire
229 229 Houndoom Dark Fire
285 285 Shroomish Grass
286 286 Breloom Grass Fighting
311 311 Plusle Electric
313 313 Volbeat Bug
430 430 Honchkrow Dark Flying
546 546 Cottonee Grass
547 547 Whimsicott Grass
574 574 Gothita Psychic
575 575 Gothorita Psychic
576 576 Gothitelle Psychic
629 629 Vullaby Dark Flying
630 630 Mandibuzz Dark Flying
641 641 Tornadus Flying
643 643 Reshiram Dragon Fire
010 010 Caterpie Bug
011 011 Metapod Bug
012 012 Butterfree Bug Flying
046 046 Paras Bug Grass
047 047 Parasect Bug Grass
200 200 Misdreavus Ghost
261 261 Poochyena Dark
262 262 Mightyena Dark
312 312 Minun Electric
314 314 Illumise Bug
429 429 Mismagius Ghost
548 548 Petilil Grass
549 549 Lilligant Grass
577 577 Solosis Psychic
578 578 Duosion Psychic
579 579 Reuniclus Psychic
627 627 Rufflet Normal Flying
628 628 Braviary Normal Flying
642 642 Thundurus Electric Flying
644 644 Zekrom Dragon Electric

  • The following Pokémon can only be found in the White Forest, which is exclusive to Pokémon White:

White Forest only
016 016 Pidgey Normal Flying
029 029 Nidoran♀ Poison
032 032 Nidoran♂ Poison
043 043 Oddish Grass Poison
063 063 Abra Psychic
066 066 Machop Fighting
069 069 Bellsprout Grass Poison
081 081 Magnemite Electric Steel
092 092 Gastly Ghost Poison
111 111 Rhyhorn Ground Rock
137 137 Porygon Normal
175 175 Togepi Normal
179 179 Mareep Electric
187 187 Hoppip Grass Flying
194 194 Wooper Water Ground
239 239 Elekid Electric
240 240 Magby Fire
265 265 Wurmple Bug
270 270 Lotad Water Grass
273 273 Seedot Grass
280 280 Ralts Psychic
283 283 Surskit Bug Water
287 287 Slakoth Normal
293 293 Whismur Normal
298 298 Azurill Normal
304 304 Aron Steel Rock
328 328 Trapinch Ground
341 341 Corphish Water
371 371 Bagon Dragon
396 396 Starly Normal Flying
403 403 Shinx Electric
406 406 Budew Grass Poison
440 440 Happiny Normal

  • Note that while Cottonee and Petilil are only available in the wild in Black and White respectively, there is an in-game trade in Nacrene City for the Pokémon which is exclusive to the other game. By extension, this also allows Whimsicott and Lilligant to be obtained in the versions they are otherwise unobtainable in.
  • While Volbeat and Illumise are only available in the wild in Black and White respectively, Illumise can breed with any male Pokémon in the Bug egg group, Humanshape egg group or Ditto to produce eggs that have an 50% chance of hatching into Volbeat. However, breeding Volbeat with Ditto will not produce Illumise eggs.


Black and White are able to connect with all fourth generation main series games. Pokémon from Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver are able to be traded forward to these games using the Poké Transfer. Like the transfer available in Pal Park, Pokémon sent to Black and White cannot be returned to their original games. Some event Pokémon released in Generation IV have the ability to unlock more events in Generation V: specific Raikou, Entei, Suicune and Celebi, transferrable via an exclusive method called the Relocator, unlock Zorua and Zoroark. Likewise, the Lock Capsule transferred from Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver yields TM95 (Snarl), but this event has yet to take place.

Black and White also have the ability to connect to the Internet, accessing the Pokémon Dream World; Pokémon acquired in this manner are obtained in the Entralink forest. Although the game cartridges contain infrared technology similar to that used in HeartGold and SoulSilver, Black and White are unable to connect with the Pokéwalker.


Gaming magazine Famitsu has given Pokémon Black and White Versions perfect scores. The reviewers were highly impressed with the fresh approach that the game has taken, from the graphics to the new features to the diversity of the Pokémon. The reviewers were also impressed by the Wi-Fi and PC features.

Only 14 other games have received a perfect score of 40/40, the first of which was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and the most recent being Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.

Game Informer gave the games 8.75 out of 10. Videogamer.com gave the games a 9 out of 10. Nintendo Power gave the games a 9.0 out of 10. Edge gave the games a 8/10.


  • Pokémon Black and White each have a mascot of the color of their counterpart version.
  • Black and White are the only games where the player is required to interact with other NPCs (in this case, their rivals) before proceeding downstairs to speak with their mother.
  • Game Freak spent about one and a half years developing the story and characters.[1]
  • Several bonus items were available with pre-orders of the games in various countries:
    • In Japan, people could receive a Reshiram sound drop by pre-ordering Pokémon Black and a Zekrom sound drop by pre-ordering Pokémon White.
    • In the USA, Toys "R" Us offered Reshiram and Zekrom wall clings to anyone who pre-ordered the game.
    • In the UK, Gamestation offered three styluses for the DS, each one featuring one of the Unova starter Pokémon to anyone who pre-ordered a game.
  • The credits of the Japanese versions are shown in English if kanji mode is selected.
  • The font used in the text of dialogues by the Japanese versions is the same one seen in pre-release media of the Japanese versions of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
  • Pokémon Black and White are the first main series games to require the version mascot to be specifically caught, and not merely battled. The story will not continue if ReshiramB or ZekromW has not been caught, and will keep acting as if the battle had not occurred yet.
    • However, if the player has a full party and PC, the game does not require the Pokémon to be caught; instead, the Pokémon appears at Dragonspiral Tower after defeating it at N's Castle.
  • In the international versions, Pokémon names are no longer displayed in all capital letters, following the trend set in Generation IV of no longer displaying the names of characters, items and locations in all capital letters.
  • When the games were advertised or reported on Pokémon Sunday, the song Black or White by Michael Jackson was played multiple times as a reference to the titles of the games.
  • These games are the first main series games to be available in Europe before the United States, being released 2 days earlier. However, these are not the first Pokémon titles, being preceded by the spin-off games Pokémon Dash and PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure.
  • The slogan used in the commercials for these games is "Start From a New Beginning".
  • When Zorua and Zoroark were revealed to the public, it was the first time that two Pokémon were unveiled for a new upcoming Generation at once.
  • These games are the first Pokémon games that support WPA encryption; however, they do not when played on a Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, or Nintendo DSi XL.
  • Black and White are the first handheld Pokémon games to censor certain words when attempting to nickname a Pokémon. This means that if the player gives a nickname to a Pokémon that is registered on the games' built-in blacklist, he/she will be unable to confirm the nickname as the action will be denied, requiring another, whitelisted name to be input.

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