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Pokémon Black and White FAQ


Following the release of Pokémon Black and White, we have begun to uncover a vast amount of information. With so many new features and aspects introduced in this generation, there are questions that are bound to be asked. This FAQ aims to address the simple questions as well as list the very common questions people have about the game. It will also seek to cover the many details within the games themselves.

What is Pokémon Black and White?
Pokémon Black and White are revamps to the Pokémon franchise. They are set in the Unova (or in Japanese, "Isshu") region, which is also introduced in these games. With the Unova region, 156 new Pokémon were released rising the total number of known Pokémon to 649 different Pocket Monsters.

When were the games released?
Black and White were released in Japan on September 18th, 2010. They were released in European countries on March 4th, 2011 followed by the North American release on March 6th. The Australian Release Date came in afterward on March 10th.

What are the three starting Pokémon?
Like every new region, you start off with the choice of either a Fire-type, Water-type, or Grass-type Pokémon. You will have the choice of choosing between Snivy, Tepig, and Oshawott.







Who are my rivals?
You'll have two "childhood friends", known as Cheren and Bianca, who you'll meet at the start of your journey in Nuvema Town. When Professor Juniper gives you all a choice of the starters, Cheren will pick the starter that is strongest against you and will immediately battle you. At the start of the games, Bianca will select the Pokemon weaker than yours in type and battle you as well.

What platform are these games made for?
Black and White are for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS lite. They also have exclusive features for the Nintendo DSi and DSi XL, utilising the DSi's camera and presumably, its 802.11g chip (meaning WPA and WPA2 support!). There will also be an optional game mode where you can upload your Pokémon onto the internet and interact with them through a web browser.

Will the games connect to my router?
Yes. If you own a Nintendo DS lite, you will be able to use WEP to connect to the Wi-Fi Connection. If you own a Nintendo DSi or DSi XL, you will be able to connect if your router uses WEP, WPA or WPA2 (PSK and TKIP supported).

Will these games work on my DS if I import them?
Yes, provided that you have a DS or a DS lite. If you have a DSi, keep in mind that the DSi has region locking built in. Black and White will be "DSi-compatible" games, meaning they will work with the DSi's enhanced features. However, games with any DSi features are region-locked, so they will not work in a DSi whose region does not match, hence if you wish to play a Japanese copy of Black and White, you will need a Japanese DSi.

How will I transfer Pokémon between Diamond/Pearl/Platinum/HeartGold/SoulSilver?
You will need two Nintendo DS consoles, one with Black/White, and one with a 4th generation Pokémon game. Pokémon will be transferred from that game into Black and White via the PokéShifter, which is a mini-game where you toss Poké Balls around to capture the transferred Pokémon. This process is one-way. (Of course, it's also impossible to migrate 5th generation Pokémon into a 4th generation game.) The language between these games must be congruent - you cannot transfer Pokémon from an English copy of Diamond to a Japanese copy of Black. Take note, you can only receive Pokémon from the PokéShifter after you obtain the National Pokédex.

Why aren't my Pokémon earning experience after the "tutorial"?
Stop pirating.

Big thanks to Forever, Hiroshi Sotomura, and Serebii for helping compile parts of the FAQ. Also, credit to Wolflare and Hiroshi Sotomura for the CSS.