The PokéCommunity Forums Pokémon: Main Series Games Fourth Generation
Fourth Gen Was gen 4 the beginning of Pokemon for anyone else?

Fourth Generation Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum kicked off the fourth generation of Pokémon. Two years later, fans of the Johto region were treated to a remastered adventure in HeartGold & SoulSilver. Discuss the games, explore the features, share your experiences, and help other players out!

Thread Tools
Old June 18th, 2017 (4:46 PM).
SacredSuicune SacredSuicune is offline
    Join Date: Jun 2017
    Posts: 3
    So I'm not sure if it's okay to post this here, but I have been reminiscing about my childhood lately and the first thing that came to mind were the generation 4 Pokemon games. Pokemon diamond was the first game I ever played. From the time I saw that first commercial on tv one afternoon while watching cartoons I knew I had to have them. I love everything from the spritework, to the music, to the E4. I know this generation gets a lot of hate (although I heard in Japan this is one of the most appreciated generations) but imo gen 4 was the golden era of Pokemon. It was the birth of online battles and brought us the physical special split. Anyway I just needed to get that off my chest because I've just been wanting to share my appreciation for my fav Pokemon generation!
    Reply With Quote

    Relevant Advertising!

    Old June 18th, 2017 (5:01 PM).
    colours's Avatar
    colours colours is online now
    living limitless
    Join Date: Apr 2005
    Gender: Female
    Nature: Quiet
    Posts: 30,882
    Gen IV was memorable to a whole lot of people for the very reasons you've described! Not only this, but Platinum's Battle Frontier was also a huge reason why I've personally loved Gen IV.

    While I haven't started with DPPt myself (I started with Gen III), it will always have a special place in my heart for being one of my favourite and most enjoyable generations of Pokemon gaming. ^^

    i'll be waiting until the sky falls down

    Reply With Quote
    Old June 19th, 2017 (3:49 AM).
    Kinami's Avatar
    Kinami Kinami is offline
      Join Date: Jun 2017
      Posts: 9
      I started playing with gen 4, and my first game was Pokémon Diamond, too. Then, I played Pokémon HeartGold, then Pokémon Pearl, Then Platinium. The fourth generation is unforgettable, it gave birth to 2 trainers: both you and me :)
      Without generation 4, who know, I may not be here talking to you on PokéCommunity..
      Reply With Quote
      Old June 19th, 2017 (4:05 AM).
      Raffy98's Avatar
      Raffy98 Raffy98 is online now
      We won't be alone
      Join Date: Jan 2017
      Location: Italy
      Age: 19
      Gender: Male
      Nature: Calm
      Posts: 2,130
      Pokèmon Diamond was my first game and it reminisces me about my very first Pokèmon: Turtwig. :')
      While it's true that I've never finished it because little me didn't like getting stuck in games, I'll surely grab it again to settle this.
      My profile
      My pair (and love ♥)
      When the night
      gets cold...
      I know,
      I won't be alone.

      Reply With Quote
      Old June 19th, 2017 (7:06 AM).
      Damien.aspiring.fandev's Avatar
      Damien.aspiring.fandev Damien.aspiring.fandev is offline
      Where's my GO Team insignia?
        Join Date: Apr 2017
        Location: Here :
        Age: 19
        Gender: Male
        Nature: Jolly
        Posts: 796
        The first game I played was Sapphire, a third generation game, where my sister allowed me to start my very first pokémon journey.
        However, I probably came to know the franchise with the animated series (on our peninsula the franchise first arrived with the
        airing of the Indigo League ep.1 anyway). Diamond version might be the game I played the most( 510 hours and 24 minutes),
        it's also the one I played fully independently(or almost, I was a bit stuck in the second gym, not to mention the cheats that a
        friend gave me in order to get legendary event items) and it was also the last physical game I
        played(excluding a SoulSilver card I was given for a certain amount of time by a guy).
        Ready thyselves for trouble, guess who's back?
        Make that twicely double, I just took a slack!
        Shall safeguard my world from degradation!
        Shall unite every people from this very nation!
        Denouncing the creepiness of one odd bond,
        Reducing my domains to little and nothing beyond.
        Damien watches the anime, but not during the night,
        Surrender now, for I wish not to fight!

        Want some gen5 apricorn balls?
        Reply With Quote
        Old June 19th, 2017 (11:04 PM).
        abid syed's Avatar
        abid syed abid syed is offline
        boss abid
          Join Date: Jun 2017
          Location: India
          Gender: Male
          Nature: Quiet
          Posts: 3
          Gen 4 was the first game I played when I got my Nintendo. It was awesome. The graphics, the sprites, the legendaries, the gyms, everything was perfect. It is also said on BULBAPEDIA that Gen 4 was the first gen created by Arceus.
          Reply With Quote
          Old June 21st, 2017 (8:30 AM).
          Vragon's Avatar
          Vragon Vragon is online now
          say it with me (Vray-gun)
          Join Date: Nov 2016
          Location: In my little room with a window to the world!
          Gender: Male
          Nature: Impish
          Posts: 447
          I didn't get a DS till Gen IV was out, but I actually started with the Gen II remakes. They were good, but I liked Pearl better then Platinum the best. While not being my favorite Gen, Gen IV is in my top 3.

          Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. ~ Jessamyn West
          Reply With Quote
          Old June 21st, 2017 (8:54 AM).
          Myzma's Avatar
          Myzma Myzma is offline
          Just a really gay guy who also collects tons of PokeMerch
            Join Date: Nov 2013
            Location: Cali
            Age: 17
            Gender: Male
            Nature: Sassy
            Posts: 68
            While I started with Sapphire version, DPPT and Gen 4 as a whole was when I really started getting social with Pokemon. Before then, the only person I played Pokemon with was my older brother and one friend. Gen 4 started, and a lot of my friends started playing at that time too, so I finally got to actually play Pokemon with other people, so Gen 4 holds a special place in my heart.
            My Artwork
            Reply With Quote
            Old June 21st, 2017 (9:36 AM).
            Retro Grunt's Avatar
            Retro Grunt Retro Grunt is offline
            IT'S YA BOI RETRO
              Join Date: Jun 2017
              Gender: Male
              Nature: Lax
              Posts: 12
              Pearl was my first game, put around 800 hours into it. Still have my starter: a now 10 year old empoleon.
              OH HERE HE COMES

              WATCH OUT
              Reply With Quote
              Old June 23rd, 2017 (6:56 AM).
              SleepyTrainer's Avatar
              SleepyTrainer SleepyTrainer is offline
              Rage Valley
                Join Date: May 2015
                Age: 19
                Gender: Male
                Nature: Quiet
                Posts: 230
                Platinum was my first pkmn game, so pretty much! :)
                Reply With Quote
                Old June 23rd, 2017 (8:48 AM).
                Alakazam17's Avatar
                Alakazam17 Alakazam17 is offline
                Hei minun ystäväni!
                Join Date: Sep 2005
                Location: Canada
                Gender: Female
                Nature: Quirky
                Posts: 5,639
                I started with the original generation of Pokémon myself, but I consider the 4th Gen to be my "second beginning," because it was when I finally started taking competitive breeding, training, and battling seriously.
                Reply With Quote
                Old June 26th, 2017 (3:55 PM). Edited June 26th, 2017 by gmartin.
                gmartin gmartin is offline
                  Join Date: Jun 2017
                  Location: Canada
                  Posts: 7
                  Yeah, the first Pokemon game I got was Platinum in 2008 I think it was? I loved it so much, and I remember getting the crap scared out of me when Giratina jumped out at the screen. The distortion world totally BLEW my mind away too. Loved every second of it.
                  I played a few other Pokemon games before I got Platinum, but they weren't mine. Platinum was where my OWN adventure started.
                  Reply With Quote
                  Old June 26th, 2017 (8:17 PM).
                  Mezzo's Avatar
                  Mezzo Mezzo is online now
                  Prince of the chalice~!
                  Join Date: Feb 2009
                  Location: Milaturia.
                  Age: 21
                  Gender: Male
                  Nature: Lonely
                  Posts: 3,745
                  Technically, I started with Generation III, but the first game I owned was Pokemon Diamond. That was nine years ago. Time flies. I don't have a lot to say in regards to gen IV. It was nostalgic, but most of the music was awful, sadly. I do look back fondly on this particular generation, as it's what got me into playing a lot of Pokemon in the first place.
                  Pair: Seto
                  Reply With Quote
                  Old June 26th, 2017 (9:16 PM).
                  Mariow2's Avatar
                  Mariow2 Mariow2 is offline
                    Join Date: Feb 2017
                    Location: Wales, UK
                    Gender: Male
                    Nature: Calm
                    Posts: 86
                    Same story. My favorite Gen and first Pokémon game. Pokémon Platinum. I haven't completed it yet though.
                    A Pokemon that is discriminated!
                    Support squirtle and make it everyone's favourite. Maybe it could be added to the Pokémon Orphanage.

                    Name: Lilley
                    Adopt one yourself! @Pokémon Orphanage
                    Reply With Quote
                    Old June 27th, 2017 (12:30 PM).
                    LuminousWarrior's Avatar
                    LuminousWarrior LuminousWarrior is offline
                    Knight In Battle Scarred Armour
                      Join Date: Jul 2016
                      Location: Pewter City
                      Gender: Male
                      Nature: Quiet
                      Posts: 77
                      Okay, I think I'm an odd case here. I started Pokemon sometime between the end of Gen II and the start of Gen III. I think it was a couple years before Ruby and Sapphire were released. My cousin gave me a disc with a ton of emulators and ROMs, and it included all of the main series Pokemon games at the time. So, I played those first, starting with Red and going on to Crystal. I wasn't very good at those games nor did I take completing them too seriously, so I don't think I ever actually beat them, but man did I love those games. But then things took a turn for the worst. I was obsessed. Totally and completely obsessed in the worst possible way. This, combined with the fact that my parents had by that point begun hearing rumours about how Pokemon was of the devil, caused my parents to decide that it would be best to cut my ties with the Pokemon series. They didn't take it too seriously, I still managed to sneak in a few episodes of the anime occasionally and I was allowed to play the ROMs I had whenever I was at my grandma's house, but my intake was severely limited, so I basically missed the entirety of Gen III. Eventually though, my obsession waned to the point where they decided it would be fine for me to get me another Pokemon game. Thus came in Gen IV and Pokemon Diamond. It was like a new beginning for me. My first real Pokemon game. Sure, I had played Red, Yellow, and Crystal before, but I never actually beat those, and this was the first REAL game I owned. So, while technically I had played the previous generations, I consider Gen IV to be my first real experience with Pokemon.
                      "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38

                      IT'S HAMMER TIME!
                      Reply With Quote
                      Old June 28th, 2017 (4:45 AM).
                      Blue's Avatar
                      Blue Blue is offline
                      money moves
                      Join Date: Jan 2008
                      Location: United Kingdom
                      Gender: Male
                      Nature: Relaxed
                      Posts: 20,506
                      Blue was my first game but I don't think I truly appreciated and understood Pokémon until I played Diamond & Pearl. That's one of the many reasons why I hold DPPT as my all-time favourites in the franchise, they mean a lot to me and I have many fond memories sinking hours into them growing up.
                      Reply With Quote
                      Old June 28th, 2017 (6:20 PM).
                      Imperator161's Avatar
                      Imperator161 Imperator161 is offline
                      Join Date: Aug 2008
                      Posts: 1,323
                      I started with Red, so quite a few years before gen 4, but I've always felt like gen 4 was under appreciated. While it's not my favorite gen, it's definitely up there, and my Diamond had one of my highest hour counts (I think somewhere in the 450-500 hour range; I've never maxed out the time).

                      I first got into breeding a little bit in gen II, and I learned about EV training in gen III, but I became a much heavier breeder in gen IV. All those hours biking up and down, watching the step counter (a feature I really miss)...I also got pretty into RNG breeding for shinies (though I never was able to figure out the timing for manipulating IVs via RNG), and I bred my first shiny, a Squirtle with a terrible nature, just over 10 years ago (I think it was 10 years ago yesterday).

                      I realized from a survey I filled out the other day that the plot and locations didn't stick with me as well in gen IV as in the earlier generations (some of the city names are a struggle), and I think I owe it another play through sometime soon. Still, the generation was memorable for me for the revolutionary changes it introduced, namely online trading and the physical/special split. I recall the latter being pretty controversial at the time, but in the end, I guess most people ended up being happy with it, and for most Pokemon, it broadened their movesets (except for everyone's ruined, now-physical Sceptiles). The former changed Pokemon from an increasingly isolated pastime for me (I didn't have many friends who still played) to something social, and it made for an interesting summer for me shortly after it came out (summer of 2007). Although I was away for some of the summer, I recall spending the time I was back trying to grab shinies in GTS giveaways on the NSider forums (no friend codes technically allowed, though of course there were ways around that), and I remember setting up a breeding shop and arranging deals for shinies and events.

                      I'm curious, for those of you who started with gen IV, if you've gone back and played any of gen I-III, what do they seem like to you? Do they seem clunky? Isolated without the online elements (even though online has been shut down for a while now for gens IV and V)? Having only watched the series evolve over time, I'm curious as to what previous entries seem like to someone who started partway along.
                      Diamond FC: 1504 2172 1147
                      White FC: 1721 2860 5156
                      3DS XL FC (X): 2466-2669-5197
                      Reply With Quote
                      Old July 18th, 2017 (4:32 AM).
                      quiter2812's Avatar
                      quiter2812 quiter2812 is offline
                        Join Date: Oct 2016
                        Location: England
                        Gender: Male
                        Nature: Jolly
                        Posts: 26
                        I started with Diamond. My cousin was playing it in his DS, and I got curious and got a DS to play too.
                        My first run was awful. I named my Turtwig IVQKFLO (not kidding) and ditched it after the first gym for a Bidoof. I ended up beating the Elite Four with a Lv 100 Bibarel and a Lv 70 Toxicroak (I ended up stuck for days in some areas fighting wild Pokémon and trying to figure out what to do next).
                        My next playthroughs went much better, and eventually I got many other Pokémon games. Pokémon is now one of my favorite videogame series, but Sinnoh will always have a special place in my heart. Most of my favorite Pokémon are from there, actually.
                        As for the post above mine, I managed to get a physical copy of FireRed, and I have to say that it feels quite strange due to a variety of reasons, such as all moves of a specific type being physical or special.
                        Cherubi and Bounsweet are BFFs for life!
                        Currently playing: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker and Phoenix Wright: Spirit of Justice
                        Reply With Quote
                        Old July 19th, 2017 (2:25 PM).
                        kyuubi93's Avatar
                        kyuubi93 kyuubi93 is offline
                        What a bother
                          Join Date: Aug 2014
                          Age: 25
                          Gender: Male
                          Nature: Calm
                          Posts: 211
                          I've been with Pokemon since generation I, but I can without a doubt say that the generation VI games were some of my favorite. I loved everything about the Sinnoh region, I loved the plot, I loved training, the online battles. There were so many new things that were introduced in generation VI that made it something spectacular. I loved the new evolutions of old Pokemon as well, not to mention how excited I was for the return of Johto in HGSS.

                          At the end of the day, I don't have anything bad to say about generation VI. It was the most exhilarating to play through and it is the generation where I had one of my favorite teams. I only remember half of the team, which was my starter Infernape, a Gallade from Japan, and a Lucario from a friend who was literally a Lucario farm.

                          You serious, bruh?
                          Reply With Quote
                          Old July 20th, 2017 (1:43 AM).
                          Hikamaru's Avatar
                          Hikamaru Hikamaru is offline
                          Whatever happens now, I've got you
                          Join Date: Mar 2011
                          Location: Australia
                          Age: 25
                          Gender: Female
                          Nature: Quirky
                          Posts: 49,834
                          No, my first generation of playing the games was 3rd Gen. However, the Sinnoh games were always the games I was never able to finish, mainly due to how long and boring they were.
                          starlight wind | tumblr | poketrivia | trade corner | supporter | friendcode
                          Reply With Quote
                          Old July 20th, 2017 (3:01 AM).
                          Caite-chan's Avatar
                          Caite-chan Caite-chan is offline
                          Team Rocket!
                          Join Date: Nov 2003
                          Location: Vermillion City
                          Age: 30
                          Gender: Female
                          Nature: Sassy
                          Posts: 1,474
                          I've been playing since the first gen and started with Red. Gen 4 is actually the only gen I haven't played as I was the only one in my group of friends that didn't have a DS. I didn't get a DS until Black and White and then 3DS when X&Y came out.
                          Reply With Quote
                          Old July 20th, 2017 (7:23 AM).
                          Soapy ❤'s Avatar
                          Soapy ❤ Soapy ❤ is offline
                          Lofty Castle
                          Join Date: Jan 2016
                          Gender: Female
                          Nature: Sassy
                          Posts: 2,907
                          Diamond was not the begining for me, but rather the return. I had abandoned Pokémon because I was at that awkward age where it wasn't cool anymore, despite being a huge fan since I was 3.
                          When it came out, I tried to ignore it, but stumbled on a Nintento expo where you could play a Pearl demo...15 minutes later I was buying Diamond, because who was I kidding I love Pokémon. It holds a special place in my heart for this, what a great game.

                          Reply With Quote
                          Old July 22nd, 2017 (5:35 AM). Edited July 22nd, 2017 by PageEmperor.
                          PageEmperor's Avatar
                          PageEmperor PageEmperor is offline
                          i guess things happen
                            Join Date: Jul 2015
                            Location: with an axe
                            Gender: Male
                            Posts: 9,344
                            Soo...if you know me well, you will know I will say this, but this is, the real best generation.

                            Okay, in all seriousness, it was also my first. And a good one too. And an amazing, really great gen. And if it didn't exist I probably wouldn't be a fan of this series. And just an impressive gen that needs more respect. And not to mention my childhood. And a great gen. As well as an awesome really good one. Just sayin.
                            Reply With Quote
                            Old September 11th, 2017 (6:49 PM).
                            SilverLeafeon75's Avatar
                            SilverLeafeon75 SilverLeafeon75 is offline
                            Type diversity? What type diversity?
                              Join Date: Mar 2016
                              Location: Las Vegas, NV
                              Gender: Male
                              Nature: Timid
                              Posts: 108
                              Pearl and Heart Gold were my first games, and where my love for Pokemon really took off.
                              Leafeon by day, Mercenary by night, hidden in the trees, under the light.

                              Black Grass Monotype: Badge 2/8(On Hold)
                              Heart Gold Fire Monotype: Badge 2/8
                              Reply With Quote
                              Old September 13th, 2017 (7:40 PM).
                              Star Arcana's Avatar
                              Star Arcana Star Arcana is offline
                              Hope springs eternal
                                Join Date: Jun 2017
                                Location: Where the maple trees grow
                                Age: 25
                                Gender: Female
                                Nature: Adamant
                                Posts: 263
                                Although Gen4 wasn't my first, it is among the most memorable for me. It was the last I got to play as a "child" (I was a teen, but still young at heart), and getting to explore a new region still had that wonder to it. I remember being at my grandma's house, listening to the Snowpoint theme and drifting off to sleep. I remember coming up with all sorts of stories based on the game, and my brother and I would draw them out. I remember being horrified by how short Dawn's skirt is, but rectifying it by giving her biking shorts when I drew her.

                                A Turtwig with the uncreative name of Leaf was my starter, and he was soon joined by Starly and Shinx, which became my power trio.

                                I guess it's also noteworthy (to me) that I first started frequenting forums around the time Pearl came out, which allowed me to nerd out about it with other fans (something I couldn't do offline).

                                The release of HGSS helped make Pokémon cool for my age group and brought it back centrestage. I remember actually being excited for daylight savings time that year, as bringing the clocks forward would get me closer to SS's launch. I hated Lyra's design, but loved getting to walk around with my Pokémon, and getting to relive some Gen2.

                                I get really nostalgic thinking about it, and knowing that DP came out 10 years (In NA) ago blows my mind. I feel old now cx

                                Paired with my BF, CountDVB
                                Reply With Quote

                                Quick Reply

                                Join the conversation!

                                Create an account to post a reply in this thread, participate in other discussions, and more!

                                Create a PokéCommunity Account

                                Sponsored Links
                                Thread Tools

                                Posting Rules
                                You may not post new threads
                                You may not post replies
                                You may not post attachments
                                You may not edit your posts

                                BB code is On
                                Smilies are On
                                [IMG] code is On
                                HTML code is Off

                                Forum Jump

                                All times are GMT -8. The time now is 1:57 PM.