Pokémon Black/White

Pokémon Black and White are the fifth generation of Pokémon games for the Nintendo DS. Both introduce several new game play innovations to the series including a more complex battle system, fully-animated 3D models and environments, extensive online integration, and a refresh of the entire selection of Pokémon.


Black and White are the fifth generational entries in the Pokémon series, the first new generation to launch since the release of Diamond and Pearl in 2007. The developers of Black/White made extensive changes to the core game play design and presentation; changes much more immediately apparent than in any previous shift to a new generation. Unlike the Pokémon trainers in prior games, the male and female protagonists are adolescents, and both will play a prominent role in the story, regardless of whom is selected at the beginning of the game.

Black/White was released in Japan to critical acclaim, earning the fourteenth perfect score from Famitsu. It was also the most pre-ordered game in Japanese history. It was released in Europe on March 4, 2011, and in the US two days later (March 6). This was the highest-selling Pokémon game on launch day of all time, selling 1.1 million in one day. As of March 31 2016, it has sold 15.60 million copies worldwide.

Updates to the Formula

The full 3D towns of Unova.
The full 3D towns of Unova.

Pokémon Black/White takes place in the metropolitan Unova Region. Towns are instanced, rather than open as in previous games. Some townsfolk will enter and leave areas instead of sitting around idly pacing. This is designed to make the game feel livelier. In crowd situations, some of the people standing round or passing by will also react to what's going on- yelling "watch out" when the player is too close or commenting on something someone else said.

The season of the game will change depending on the month of the real year, and wild Pokémon will vary not only on area, but on season as well. Different areas of the environment will also be accessible during different seasons. For example: during the winter, enough snow will accumulate to allow the player to attain the top of a cliff that was otherwise unattainable. Certain Pokemon have palette-swaps as well, changing their looks to match the season. This has no impact on their stats, though. The seasons also affect weather conditions- in place or rain, there could be snow, or a lot of sun.

TMs will no longer expire after one use so they will act very much like HMs. Except that HMs let the player use the moves outside of battles as well.

Battles in Pokémon Black/White are much faster-paced than in previous games, and no longer feature static sprites. Instead, Pokémon are constantly in motion, even when idle, and the animation will change depending on the scenario. It also features a full back-sprite, rather than a partial as in previous games. During attacks, the camera may zoom in or out on certain Pokémon, giving the battles a more cinematic and fluid motion. The camera will also start panning around if the player is idle for a short amount of time. In addition to these visual improvements, new battle systems have been introduced such as:

Triple Battles

Triple battles have the player send out 3 Pokémon at the same time. Each Pokémon can attack, switch, or shift each turn. Switching swaps one of the Pokémon on the field with one on the bench. Switching has highest priority and will always happen first in a turn. Shifting however lets the player change position with an adjacent Pokémon on the same team. The Pokémon that didn’t initiate the shift can still attack that turn even though it shifted places. Shifting has a priority of 0 so when the shift happens during the turn is dependent on the speed of the Pokémon that initiated the shift.

Targeting attacks in triple battles depend on where the attacker is positioned. A Pokemon in the center can target anyone, however a Pokémon positioned on a side can only attack the Pokémon directly in front of them or the center, but not the opposite side.

Rotation Battle

Like with triple battles three Pokémon are sent out at the beginning. Unlike triple battles however only one fights at a time. The player may rotate the stage to switch the active Pokémon and immediately attack with the new Pokémon, making it more like a single battle with free switches.

Wonder Launcher

The Wonder Launcher allows the player to use items in multiplayer battles based on a point system akin to a Super Meter. Each turn they are awarded points for what happened, they can spend points on items. Better items, such as max revive, cost considerably more points than items such as potions or antidotes.

Dream World

Dream World is a FarmVille-like experience, where the player can link their Pokémon game to the website. They can then, for one hour a day, grow berries, trade items, or hunt for Pokémon.

It can be used by going to www.pokemon-gl.com it can be used without owning a Pokémon game but will have limited options.

Trade Negotiations

The player can select the option to be matched up with a random player from anywhere in the world. They have only four buttons to interact and let them know how they feel about the trade: a happy face, a sad face, a heart and an exclamation. Each player selects three Pokémon in combination with these feeling buttons to gauge the other players interest. When three Pokémon are selected and agreed upon the players then choose the one Pokémon they would like the most from each others three, the trade then occurs. Once finished the players can continue trading or find a new trade partner.

Quick Trade/Battle

An Improved trading and battle system was implemented for local Infra Red Communication Using the C-Gear. The new system allows for trainers to trade or battle after unlocking the C-Gear from any place without the need of being in a Pokemon Center, and trading can utilize all pokemon from the PC.

Other Changes

The game features 156 brand new Pokemon, and unlike the previous games, these are the only Pokémon the player will encounter before beating the main story and the Elite Four. However, the other 493 will be unlocked once the Elite Four is battled.

Version Differences

In addition to version exclusive Pokémon for Black and white, the games also feature version exclusive areas. In Black the player can visit the Black City, where they can fight high level trainers and buy rare items, while in white they will get the White Forest. In the White forest they will be able to capture rare low level Pokémon and find the same items they can buy in Black City. The Opelucid City Gym leaders will also differ between the versions, Drayden for Black, and Iris for White. They will, however, have the same Pokémon, and the same items. There is also a slight visual difference, where Black has more of a technology feel to it, and White is more rustic and natural. This can be seen in places like Opulecent, where the ground in Black is covered in lights (a sort or Tron feel), whereas the area in White is just regular ground.

Team Plasma

Continuing the tradition of introducing new teams with new ideals in each game, Black and White introduces Team Plasma, a group who suggests that humans are harming Pokemon by forcing them into being pets and battling them. Their enigmatic leader, N, seems to view the player as a rival of sorts. He believes that if he befriends one of the legendary Dragons and defeats the Pokemon League Champion that people will view him as the Unova Region's legendary hero and he will therefore be able to convince them to release their Pokemon. The team also gives demonstrations and speeches in towns to convince people to free their Pokemon, as well as resorting to petty thievery and bullying.

Nintendo DSi features

Ability to connect to Wi Fi using WEP or WPA signal.

Uses the system's CPU to load menus quickier.

Uses the DSi camera for voice chat.

The game's thumbs will be animated.

Parental Controls.

The C-Gear shows the system power using three bars in a battery icon, rather than two on older Nintendo DS systems.

5th Generation Pokémon

494. Victini

495. Snivy

496. Servine

497. Serperior

498. Tepig

499. Pignite

500. Emboar

501. Oshawott

502. Dewott

503. Samurott

504. Patrat

505. Watchog

506. Lillipop

507. Herdier

508. Stoutland

509. Purrloin

510. Liepard

511. Pansage

512. Simisage

513. Pansear

514. Simisear

515. Panpour

516. Simipour

517. Munna

518. Musharna

519. Pidove

520. Tranquill

521. Unfezant

522. Blitzle

523. Zebstrika

524. Roggenrola

525. Boldore

526. Gigalith

527. Woobat

528. Swoobat

529. Drilbur

530. Excadrill

531. Audino

532. Timburr

533. Gurdurr

534. Conkeldurr

535. Tympole

536. Palpitoad

537. Seismitoad

538. Throh

539. Sawk

540. Sewaddle

541. Swadloon

542. Leavanny

543. Venipede

544. Whirlipede

545. Scolipede

546. Cottonee

547. Whimsicott

548. Petilil

549. Lilligant

550. Basculin

551. Sandile

552. Krokorok

553. Krookodile

554. Darumaka

555. Darmanitan

556. Maractus

557. Dwebble

558. Crustle

559. Scraggy

560. Scrafty

561. Sigilyph

562. Yamask

563. Cofagrigus

564. Tirtouga

565. Carracosta

566. Archen

567. Archeops

568. Trubbish

569. Garbodor

570. Zorua

571. Zoroark

572. Minccino

573. Cinccino

574. Gothita

575. Gothorita

576. Gothitelle

577. Solosis

578. Duosion

579. Reuniclus

580. Ducklett

581. Swanna

582. Vanillite

583. Vanillish

584. Vanilluxe

585. Deerling

586. Sawsbuck

587. Emolga

588. Karrablast

589. Escavalier

590. Foongus

591. Amoonguss

592. Frillish

593. Jellicent

594. Alomomola

595. Joltik

596. Galvantula

597. Ferroseed

598. Ferrothorn

599. Klink

600. Klang

601. Klinklang

602. Tynamo

603. Eelektrik

604. Eelektross

605. Elgyem

606. Beheeyem

607. Litwick

608. Lampent

609. Chandelure

610. Axew

611. Fraxure

612. Haxorus

613. Cubchoo

614. Beartic

615. Cryogonal

616. Shelmet

617. Accelgor

618. Stunfisk

619. Mienfoo

620. Mienshao

621. Druddigon

622. Golett

623. Golurk

624. Pawniard

625. Bisharp

626. Bouffalant

627. Rufflet

628. Braviary

629. Vullaby

630. Mandibuzz

631. Heatmor

632. Durant

633. Deino

634. Zweilous

635. Hydreigon

636. Larvesta

637. Volcarona

638. Cobalion

639. Terrakion

640. Virizion

641. Tornadus

642. Thundurus

643. Reshiram

644. Zekrom

645. Landorus

646. Kyurem

647. Keldeo

648. Meloetta

649. Genesect