What has changed about battle animation?
Unlike previous generations, during battle you will find your Pokémon's sprite and battle grounds are no longer in a static position. Instead, everything is in motion. The front and back sprite of your Pokémon continuously move, and depending on the battle scenario, the movement of your Pokémon may alter. Other than sprite animations, the camera is always alternating its movement to fit each attack.
What are triple battles?
Continuing from the Double Battle system that was first introduced in Ruby and Sapphire, Black and White has brought to you, Triple Battles! This requires you to use half of your team (3 on 3 matches) against your opponent. With triple battles, new battling mechanics have been implemented to enhance your battling experience.
It should be noted that triple battles are primarily found in Pokémon White.
How does one target another Pokémon in triple battles?
Targeting another Pokémon in triple battles depend solely on your position on the field. The Pokémon in the middle has the ability to attack all Pokémon. Those located on the sides can only attack the Pokémon directly on their opposite or the foe's centered Pokémon.
Can I rotate my Pokémon during a triple battle? How can I use this as an advantage?
This is where things get spiced up! You have the option to rotate your sideline Pokémon with the Pokémon positioned in the middle. However, this will take up one of your turns and leave you vulnerable to attacks. You can however use your rotation to an advantage. If the Pokémon in the center were to inflict damage to all three Pokémon on your opponent's side, it will cause more damage compared to a Pokémon attacking from the side.
What are Rotation Battles?
Next to triple battles are Rotation Battles. These battles are set out just like triple battles, but the stage itself rotates. While three Pokémon are still sent out on the field, unlike a triple battle, only one Pokémon is up front to attack while the others are pushed back. However, you are enabled to turn your stage clockwise and counterclockwise to swap your frontal Pokémon.
Does swapping my Pokémon in a rotation battle affect a turn?
No, rotating your Pokémon does not use up a turn of yours compared to a triple battle. In addition, you have the ability to attack immediately after you rotate to your new main Pokémon. It appears the rotation is the first action that takes place in battle, so speed is calculated after the rotation.
What is the Wonder Launcher?
Remember during multiplayer battles, the option to use items was disabled? With the Wonder Launcher enabled, you and your opponent have the opportunity to use items during battle. There is a slight catch though. For a fair match, items must be earned throughout battle. During your own turn, you will receive a single that earns you points. You can use these points to to purchase the use of an item - this will take up one of your turns. These items range from those such as Revive, Ether, X Attack as well as other items that can activate items and abilities before their time.
What do you mean, "Updated Attacks?"
Updated attacks are moves that were first brought in from previous generations and have been slightly improved or changed. Whether it be their Base Power or Accuracy, you may find a complete list of updated attacks here.
I heard Black and White have Combination Attacks. What are those?
Combination attacks are performed by using two individual moves with two of your Pokémon during double battles and triple battles. In addition to the combined moves, they also have an added effect. These effects may vary from status afflictions to doing damage to the Pokémon.
What are the most current known combination attacks?
Fire Oath + Water Oath
Effect: These moves combine and creates a rainbow across the field. The combination increases the chance of a secondary effect to occur when your Pokémon uses an attack.
Water Oath + Grass Oath
Effect:These two moves combine to create a swampy/misty shroud in the field that reduces the speed of your opponent's Pokémon.
I heard TMs are now reusable. Is that true?
Yes, TMs are no longer discarded once used. With the pro of having Reusable TMs, there is a slight catch. You can obtain TMs and use them repeatedly with no extra cost; however that being said, there are only one of each TMs throughout the whole game, which makes your search for all of them within the region more difficult and the price of purchasing TMs even higher.
Has anything changed with HMs this generation?
There is a minor change in HMs. One being there are no longer eight HMs like previous games; there is only a total of six. Secondly, there are a few older HMs from past generations that are now TMs.
Which Pokémon evolve through trades with other specific Pokémon?
★ Karrablast → Escavalier (Trade With Shelmet)
★ Shelmet → Accelgor (Trade with Karrablast)
How is it possible to evolve Feebas without a way to max out its beauty?
Without there being a way to max out the beauty stat of a Feebas, a new item has been introduced called the Prism Scale as an alternative. This item must be attached to Feebas during a trade, and it shall evolve afterward.
What are the specific locations for Pokémon that need a certain area to evolve?
For Pokémon who evolve with items that are no longer available in this generation, there are now alternative ways to do so.
★ Eevee → Leafeon [Level Up with Moss Rock in Pinwheel Forest]
★ Eevee → Glaceon [Level Up with Icy Rock in the basement of Twist Mountain]
★ Magneton → Magnezone [Level Up in Chargestone Cave]
★ Nosepass → Probopass [Level Up in Chargestone Cave]
Where is the Daycare Center?
The Daycare Center is found right after Striaton City on Route 3. Being found that early in the game, you will only be able to put one Pokémon in the Daycare at a time. When you get a little further in the game and reach Nimbasa City, you will be able to place the normal amount of two. The usual old man will tell you how your Pokémon are interacting and when there may be an egg.
How do Dream World Abilities help me breed for the right natures and egg moves?
There is a certain way to get Dream World abilities to begin with. This works by getting the ability through chances by gender, and it will not work through the usual breeding. If the female Pokémon has a Dream World ability, the offspring has a high chance of gaining an ability it is able to obtain. However if you are breeding a female Pokémon with a Ditto, the ability will not pass on. A male Pokémon may have a Dream World Ability but if the female does not, it shall not work that way either. When the offspring gets a Dream World ability, you will be able to continue breeding to receive the correct nature you need, as well as egg moves for your team.
How does the Critical Capture method work?
The Critical Capture feature has a very slight chance of occurring during a battle, but when it does, there is a rare case of the method failing. The feature works when you throw a Pokéball and it pauses midair, making a metal-like sound. The Pokéball will shake only once and the Pokémon will be caught. The chances of having a Critical Capture during a battle has yet to be calculated.
How do Wild Double Battles affect the capturing method?
There are certain places to engage in wild double battles for this generation. Like in Gen IV, Black and White has brought several areas for you to encounter them in the wild. You can find the wild double battles in darker grass areas with levels a tad higher than the usual. To capture Pokémon in a double battle, you must defeat one of the two first. Once one of them is down, you can then throw a Pokéball at the remaining one, which would most likely be the one you want to capture.
Which Pokémon are exclusive to White Forest?
There are 32 Pokémon that can only be found in the White Forest. They are:
Happiny, Trapinch, Aron, Magnemite, Starly, Slakoth, Bagon, Nidoran♂, Nidoran♀, Hoppip, Oddish, Pidgey, Magby, Lotad, Machop, Gastly, Budew, Ryhorn, Shinx, Mareep, Porygon, Wurmple, Abra, Azurill, Elekid, Togepi, Seedot, Bellsprout, Ralts, Whismur, Corphish, Lotad, Surskit and Wooper.
Are there other differences between cities and towns in these two games?
There are other area differences between the two games. In Black, Opelucid City looks technologically advanced and contains the Gym Leader Drayden, an older man, compared to Iris, the gym leader in White, who is a younger girl and lives in the same city except it looks more natural in White. Another city that changes is Mistralton City - where there are greenhouses in Black, while in White there is just ground which shows that plants have been growing there.
I heard there were certain battles that are exclusive to Black and White. What are they?
In terms of battles, one game has more rotational battles and the other game has triple battles. In White, there are more triple battles than rotational battles, whereas in Black, there are more rotational battles. Each game only has 4 of a certain battle and 1 of the other.
Nacrene City → Petilil & Cottonee
Pokémon Black: Trade over a Cottonee for Petilil
Pokémon White: Trade over a Petilil for Cottonee
Driftveil City → Minccino & Basculin
Pokémon Black: Trade over a Minccino for Basculin (Red-stripe form)
Pokémon White: Trade over a Minccino for Basculin (Blue-stripe form)
Route 7 → Emolga & Boldore
Pokémon Black and White: Trade over a Boldore for Emolga
Route 15 → Ditto & Rotom
Pokémon Black and White: Trade over a Ditto for Rotom
Undella Town → Munchlax & Cinccino
Pokémon Black and White: Trade over a Cinccino for Munchlax (During the Summer only)
What are all the Gift Pokémon I can receive?
As done in previous gens, throughout your journey you can receive gift Pokémon from various characters. There are 12 Pokémon you can receive as gifts in total.
Which seasons occur in which month?
Spring occurs during the months of January, May, and September. Summer takes place within the months of February, June, and October. During the duration of March, July, and November you will play through the season of Autumn. Lastly, Winter occurs during April, August, and December.
What are the effects of seasonal changes in the game?
An obvious aesthetic change is the slight differences the seasons will have on certain areas in the Unova region. For instance, it may rain in one area, but during Winter it will snow instead.
The seasons also play a part on the rarity of Pokémon that appear in the wild. Where some Pokémon might appear to be quite common during the Summer, they may be found rare during the Winter. This will only be found apparent in Route 6, Route 7, Route 8, Twist Mountain, Icirrus City, Moor of Icirrus, Dragonspiral Tower, and Undella Bay. The change in season will also have an effect on new accessible areas is some of the aforementioned areas.
Other noticeable changes, depending on the season, will be certain background music. Depending on where you are, the music may alter from what it might be during Winter compared to Summer.
Do the seasons affect the time of day?
Before the time of day would change at a specific time and remain constant. However, like in real life, the time of day now varies depending on the season you are in.
Does the change in season play a part on certain Pokémon?
Yes, and more specifically, Deerling and Sawsbuck. The changes are more aesthetic and nothing status-wise alters in any way. You will learn more of the alternate forms in our "Alternate Forms" piece of the FAQ below.
What is the Seasonal Institute?
Located on Route 6, the Season Institute is a research lab following the seasonal patterns in the Unova region. One researcher will ask you to show them all forms of Deerling. If shown, he will give you a Leaf Stone as a reward.
What are some seasonal events that occur during specific seasons?
★ Cynthia may be found ready to battle in Undella Town.
★ Caitlin and Shauntal visit Cynthia in Undella Town.
★ Cynthia may be found ready to battle in Undella Town.
★ Skyla, Elesa and Lenora all visit Cynthia in Undella Town.
★ A trainer will trade her Munchlax in return for a Cinccino in Undella Town.
There are no events that take place during Autumn.
★ The Ice Cream shop in Castelia City will no longer sell Castelia Ices on Tuesdays.
★ In Icirrus City, a snowfall shall occur giving you access to certain areas and items such as Max Potions and TinyMushrooms.
★ The snowfall will hit Twist Mountain giving you the chance to obtain TM90 during then.