Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
From The Cutting Room Floor
|Pokémon Diamond and Pearl|
Developer: Game Freak
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were the first Pokemon games in the 4th generation.
Quite a few Key Items remain in the code. If hacked into your inventory, they have no use, but they all have item descriptions.
- Azure Flute: See its own section.
- Contest Pass: "The pass required for entering Pokémon Contests. It has a drawing of an award ribbon on it." Was required in Ruby and Sapphire to enter contests, but not in Emerald. Apparently scrapped in this game, too.
- Loot Sack: "A sturdy, spacious bag that is used to carry loot obtained in the coal mine." Would have been used to carry the items found in the underground. In the final game, the underground menu serves this purpose.
- Magma Stone: "A stone formed when boulders melted in intensely hot magma, then hardened. Magma remains sealed inside." This item figures into the Stark Mountain events, but is only handled by NPCs. Like all of Generation IV's key items, this hangs around forever and ever in newer games... ...until it's finally obtainable in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
- Red Chain: "A mythical chain that is said to link the legendary Pokémon that created the Sinnoh region." Cyrus uses this as a part of his ultimate scheme, but the player never gets ahold of it.
- Rule Book: "It lists the rules for holding battles. For linked battles, you may choose which set of rules you wish to use." Was possibly required at one point to select different battle types in link battles.
- Seal Bag: "A tiny bag that can hold ten Seals for decorating Poké Balls." Apparently dumped in favor of the Seal Case.
- S.S. Ticket: "The ticket required for sailing on the ferry S.S. Anne. It has a drawing of a ship on it." Every game before this had an S.S. Ticket for some sort of boat. Was the S.S. Anne going to reappear at one point?
well, these definitely EXIST at the least
Early Great Marsh (0x00DF)
A Great Marsh without wild Pokémon, people... without any event. The game names the area "Pastoria City", and the music played is the same as in a Mystery Zone (SEQ_DUMMY).
Jubilife Condominiums 3rd and 4th floors
Jubilife Condominiums has 2 extra floors. One of them has Gym music, while the other you can get a Focus Band.
Unused Sunyshore house
Sunyshore City has an unused map with two NPCs who cannot be interacted with by the player. It appears to have undefined map coordinates regarding its exit point.
Oreburgh area 0x003F
One of the five unused areas in Oreburgh City. This one has two guys, with normal dialogue string.
In the games, there are a few samples of unused music.
Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald Title Theme
MIDI HEX 0003 is the title screen music from Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald. This was likely used for testing purposes when the game was being developed.
Gym Leader Battle Theme
Either MIDI HEX 0087 or 0088 is an unused remix of the Gym Leader battle theme, which was supposed to be used for the Palmer battle in the Battle Tower, before being replaced by Cynthia's theme.
There is also the Mystery Zone music, which is a very early version of the Route 206 theme. It is MIDI HEX 0001.
Hall of Origin and Azure Flute
An event item exists known as the Azure Flute, which was never distributed. When hacked into your Bag, the Azure Flute can be used at Spear Pillar to warp to another map, the otherwise unused Hall of Origin above Spear Pillar. Atop a glass staircase, on a platform high in the sky, you encounter a level 80 Arceus. It seems this event was the originally planned method of Arceus distribution, but for reasons unknown Arceus was distributed directly as an event Pokémon instead.
Interestingly, it seems that an Azure Flute distribution wasn't ruled out as late as the releases of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver; those games have a mechanism to allow a Hall of Origin-caught Arceus to return the player to the Sinjoh Ruins and get another one of the trio of Dialga/Palkia/Giratina.
Arceus has an unused form as well! Arceus' type changes to the type of the plate it is holding. It has a ??? form....but there is no such thing as a ??? plate so it goes unused. (???-type is a special case type used as the type of the move Curse and in some extreme corner cases.)
In the games, there is also an unused model that is used for shops. It is very similar to the ones placed outside shops in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, but is independent of the shop model, and they also don't rotate. Through hacking, these models can be loaded to the game and work perfectly fine, except they don't glow, unlike the Pokémon Mart.
One unobtainable accessory and one unobtainable backdrop exist in the game. It is unknown how either of them would have been obtained, though the Comet can be obtained through Pokésav.
The snow tileset used in Routes 16-17 has some unused tiles of its own as well (loamy soil and pond borders if I remember correctly.) Can someone with a working Action Replay/emulator confirm this/get pics for me?
I have managed to get screenshots of the Route 216-217 textures (Snow Tileset) from the request above by editing some header values and forcing them to load, and I may have found others (Namely, the path and puddles in the third screenshot and the bike stands in the first screenshot) that may or may not be used. Can someone clarify them for me?
Unused Texture Set
Within the game's texture files, there is a set of textures that go unused, and ultimately display unused graphics. However, these textures were displayed in some pre-release screenshots of the game, so it was likely that these textures were placeholders and were intended to be removed. The textures can be displayed in-game by reloading the graphics while in the Mystery Zone and then returning to the overworld. Interestingly, the dirt path tiles seem to have been shifted around in development, and the water tiles appear to animate incorrectly. The textures are identified as texture 0 within the game's coding.
Route 217 Snow Texture Set
In the textures that are used on Route 217 (Identified at texture 14 in the game's coding), there are a few unused textures. One of which has seems to be a placeholder for the bicycle stands that appear in Eterna City and Oreburgh City.
In that same set of textures, there is also unused textures for the lakes and their respective edges. However, only the center of the lake has textures, the edges do not appear to have any textures in the designated texture file. They may have been removed during development, or they may have made the main lake texture, but never finished the rest of the still lake texture in favor of moving water for Lake Acuity, which uses the same texture set.
As well, in the Snow Route Textures, also appears an unused path texture, a differently-colored version of the loamy soil for berries, and a slightly brighter edge around the puddles. The loamy soil texture would have gone unused mostly due to the fact that no berries would have grown in the locations where it's texture would have been used, but was never removed. They may have also been copy/pasted around during development to save time, and were never removed.
In the Japanese version of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, it is possible to surf right through the entrance door in Aaron's room in the Pokémon League. This makes it possible to traverse the entire void, which can lead to useful things (such as capturing the normally event-only Pokémon Darkrai and Shaymin without needing any event), but can also result in the payer being stuck forever, especially when saving. This has been fixed in the international versions of the game.
In the Japanese version, if a Pokémon holding an item uses the move Transform and then has its item stolen in battle, both Pokémon will retain the item after battle provided the transformed Pokémon does not faint. This can be used in double battles to easily duplicate items. This bug too was fixed in the international releases.
Another glitch exclusive to the Japanese version of the game, if a Pokémon uses Transform by way of the move Mimic and then faints after transforming, it will keep the moveset of the Pokémon it transformed into forever.
In the non-English European versions of Diamond and Pearl, Registeel's sprite was edited because of its arm. The arm's original position is reminiscent of the salute of the Nazis. The sprite change was later applied to all versions of Pokemon Platinum and retained for HeartGold and SoulSilver.
Rotom, Giratina, and Shaymin Alternate Forme Placeholder Data
Document this, basically copy/paste stuff from the Black and White article.
|The Pokémon series|
|Generation I||Red, Green, & Blue • Yellow|
Hey You, Pikachu! • Trading Card Game • Pinball
Snap • Stadium (Japan, International)
|Generation II||Gold & Silver • Crystal|
Card GB2 • Puzzle Challenge • Pinball Mini
|Generation III||Ruby & Sapphire (German Ruby Debug Version) • FireRed & LeafGreen • Emerald|
Mystery Dungeon (Red Rescue Team, Blue Rescue Team)
Colosseum • Channel • Trozei!
|Generation IV||Diamond & Pearl • Platinum • HeartGold & SoulSilver • Battle Revolution|
Mystery Dungeon (Explorers of Darkness & Time, Explorers of Sky)
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
|Generation V||Black & White • Black 2 & White 2|
Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure • Conquest