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Pokémon Black and White

Also known as: Pocket Monsters Black and White (JP/KR)
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo DS
Released in JP: September 18, 2010
Released in US: March 6, 2011
Released in EU: March 4, 2011
Released in AU: March 10, 2011
Released in KR: April 21, 2011

AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
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MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
PiracyIcon.png This game has anti-piracy features.

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The fifth generation of Pokémon games, this time set in the far-off New York City-inspired Unova region. Known for having a bigger emphasis on story and introducing a full set of new Pokémon; not a single older Pokémon making an appearance before the Elite Four (aside from Pikachu, who can't even be caught. Yes, you read that right.)

Unused Text

It's amazing that you won without your Pokémon's losing any energy, which is called HP.
But you used some of the moves' Power Points, or PP, though.

Cheren would say this if the player managed to beat their first battle against Bianca without losing any HP. Since this is virtually impossible, this dialog goes unused.

You can't dismount your Bike here.

Battle Castle\xfffeMulti

Battle Arcade\xfffeSingle

Battle Arcade\xfffeDouble

Battle Arcade\xfffeMulti

Possible leftovers from Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

dummy message

Guess what this is.

\xf000Ă\x0001\x0000 restored all its\xfffemoves' PP!

The wild \xf000Ă\x0001\x0000 restored all its\xfffemoves' PP!

The foe's \xf000Ă\x0001\x0000 restored all its\xfffemoves' PP!

Found within the files for the Entralink is text for a Pokémon fully restoring all its PP for all moves at once...which can't actually happen in battle.

Zen Mode triggered!

Zen Mode ended!

Darmanitan's Zen Mode ability does not use a unique message in-game, rendering this strings useless.

Player battled to a draw against\xfffe\xf000Ď\x0001\x0000 \xf000Ā\x0001\x0001!

Player battled to a draw against\xfffe\xf000Ā\x0001\x0000!

Player battled to a draw against\xfffe\xf000Ā\x0001\x0000 and \xf000Ā\x0001\x0001!

Draws don't happen anymore. Curse you, tiebreakers!

Shoot!\xfffeIt was so close, too!

In prior games, this message would appear if a wild Pokémon escaped from its Poké Ball after it shook three times. In Black and White, the message "Aargh! Almost had it!" appears instead; that message is used for two-shake escapes in all other games since Gold and Silver. There are no two-shake escapes in Generation V.

Fog crept up as thick as soup!

The fog lifted.

Fog doesn't do anything in battle and only serves as an aesthetic effect in the overworld. This message managed to survive in the next installments.



This is found with the GTS text. They translate to, "Delete" and "Increase by 99" respectively.

The mission to save yourself\xfffehas started. 

You will return\xf000븀\x0000\xfffeto your own world.\xf000븁\x0000

Entralink stuff again, this time about saving yourself. No comment.

デバッグROM\xfffeDP Y\xfffePT X\xfffeGS A


Debug ROM stuff. Judging from the initials, DP, PT, and GS may stand for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Platinum, and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, respectively.


Placeholder emoticons. Oddly, the Japanese text for Hello ("こんにちは") is in Katakana, which is commonly used to transcribe foreign words into Japanese. The Korean text also means "Hello". Judging by other languages being present, other languages were also tested with this placeholder set.

Unused Area Header

The "Mystery Zone" map header from the main series Generation IV games remains in the internal data, but is not used anywhere.

(Source: Bulbapedia)

Unused Graphics

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Unused Graphics
Leftovers, debugging content and other crude placeholders

Prototype Maps

Nacrene Museum

A different version of Nacrene Museum exists in the ROM of the game. It contains vastly different textures and modified movement permissions, as well as additional polygons that shouldn't be where they are. The version of the map in the video is a result of file swapping, so all the scripts of the original Nacrene Museum are used. The state of the room at the time suggests that this copy of the room could have been a damaged version of the room (Given events from early on in the game), or that it could have had debugging features at one time. As well, this room shows that at one point, there was only one entry point to the Gymnasium, as opposed to 3. This map also exists in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.

Pokemon Black Early Museum - Hidden Polygon.png
  • Completely different textures that aren't used anywhere else in the game.
  • Some polygons are missing and there are some additional polygons.
  • There are no artifacts on the shelves, and signs to denote what the item on the table is are replaced with flower pots.
  • There is a soda machine and a sign on the wall that are not present in the final.
  • The doorway leading to the gym has the movement permissions for a doorway that is three spaces wide, but only uses one space.
  • There is a random, unused polygon.
  • There is a doormat at the entrance to the building.
  • There are incorrect movement permissions.

Early Nuvema Town

To do:
Try to find the textures in the game's files. Alternatively, see what happens when you give map 632 one of the gen IV tilesets.
Pkmn black old nuvema.png

For some reason, the map matrix for the interior of the P2 Lab contains - most likely due to an error - a connection to this map, which appears to be an early Nuvema Town. The layout is very similar to the final version, though the geometry is simpler and the front shoreline lacks any of the detail present in the final version. The collision suggests that there was also a different model for the Lab, but that has yet to be found, and the models for what are apparently supposed to be the houses and the lab have been replaced by the parasol and table respectively. The map is apparently a very early version of the one that was included in the released game; none of the final tilesets fit it. Tileset 02 is the closest thing to a match, but the textures have clearly changed considerably since this map was made. This area also exists in Black 2 and White 2.

Unused Theater House

Pokemon White Unused Theater.png

In the game data, the Musical theaters are labeled `m_theater01` for the lobby, and `m_theater02` for the green room (where games of Dress Up occur). There is also a model `m_theater03`, modeling a theater house, seen to the left, which is unused in the game. This model has no tileset, and lives in a 1x1 map Matrix that has no reference in the global map headers, even though the model clearly needs a left side to complete the house. There are correct movement permissions set for this map, including proper height and flags indicating an inability to jump off the fronts of the "seats". The model is clearly incomplete, with the "stage" improperly done, with holes in the floor and no curtain. There is a plane indicating the height and rough size of the stage: it is relatively shallow, not unlike its 2D counterpart that replaced it in-game.

The `m_theater02` map also has some unused content: in-game, the map is only ever used for the pre- and post-show cutscene, but it has a modeled hall out of camera to the left, with movement permissions set for the whole hall and green room to be walkable. It also has a dustbin and hat-stand off to the right that cannot be seen in game.

Unused Sound/Music

Deep inside the game's music files, the following VOs appear with their respective names:





In addition, similar to Diamond and Pearl, there are multiple series of ascending notes:

These are called Seq_Bgm_Msl_Dl_01-04 respectively, with 03 and 04 sounding like each other.

Unused Items

Key items from Generation IV

All the key items from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl through to Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver still exist in this game. This includes the unused key items from Diamond/Pearl.

Poké Balls not used in Black and White

These Poké Balls are used for compatibility with Pokémon caught in the previous games. These include Safari Balls, Bug-Catching Contest Balls, and Apricorn Balls from HeartGold/SoulSilver, among others. If hacked into the bag, most of them can't actually be used.

On a related note, Dream Balls, when hacked into the Bag outside of the Entree Forest, work as normal Poké Balls. Cherish Balls (used for distributions) that are hacked into the Bag work the same way.

Pokemon Safari Ball Sprite.png

"A special Poké Ball that is used only in the Great Marsh. It is decorated in a camouflage pattern."

Pokemon Cherish Ball Sprite.png

"A quite rare Poké Ball that has been specially crafted to commemorate an occasion of some sort."

Pokemon Sport Ball Sprite.png

"A special Poké Ball for the Bug-Catching Contest."

Pokemon Park Ball Gen V Sprite.png

"A special Poké Ball for the Pal Park."

It is worth noting that this item's sprite was updated from Generation 4.

Wonder Launcher power-ups

There are several items used only in the Wonder Launcher multiplayer battle mode. These items are temporary power-ups for Pokémon which are more potent than typical ones. If hacked into the bag, they can't actually be used.

Poké Toy

A Key Item version of the Poké Toy exists, although it is unknown why.

Lock Capsule

To do:
Mr. Lock's dialogue, video.
Pokemon (DS)-Lock Capsule Item.png
"A sturdy Capsule that can only be opened with a special key."

This unreleased event item from HeartGold and SoulSilver was intended to be transferred to Black and White. It was never distributed, but it works perfectly if hacked into Black and White. If the Mystery Gift to distribute it to HeartGold and SoulSilver was configured properly, the Relocator even works. Taking it to Mr. Lock in Castelia City enables you to open it, revealing TM95, which contains Snarl.

Here's the text for the Mystery Gift:

Found a Lock Capsule.\xfffeWill you take the Lock Capsule?

The Lock Capsule is being transferred\xfffewith the Relocator.\xfffePlease wait a moment...

The Lock Capsule was safely\xfffetransferred. It was put away\xfffein the Key Items Case.\xf000븁\x0000

You have already received\xfffethe Lock Capsule.\xf000븁\x0000

It is worth noting that this item's sprite was updated from Generation 4.


Seeing as its planned distribution method never happened, TM95 isn't normally obtainable in Black and White. Until the sequels, the only way to get Snarl was to breed it from an event Zoroark or a Smeargle that has Sketched it from it.

Uses the usual Dark Type TM sprite.

God Stone

PKBWGodStone.png "A rare stone."

A gray-ish recolor of the Light Stone/Dark Stone sprite, with a stubbly description.

(Source: Bulbapedia)

Unused Hidden Abilities

In the Generation V games, it is possible to find Pokémon with special "hidden Abilities". However, some Pokémon couldn't be encountered with hidden Abilities through any legitimate means, rendering the hidden Abilities unused in normal gameplay.

Pokémon Regular Ability 1 Regular Ability 2 Hidden Ability
Articuno Pressure None Snow Cloak
Zapdos Pressure None Lightningrod
Moltres Pressure None Flame Body
Chikorita Overgrow None Leaf Guard
Bayleef Overgrow None Leaf Guard
Meganium Overgrow None Leaf Guard
Cyndaquil Blaze None Flash Fire
Quilava Blaze None Flash Fire
Typhlosion Blaze None Flash Fire
Totodile Torrent None Sheer Force
Croconaw Torrent None Sheer Force
Feraligatr Torrent None Sheer Force
Raikou Pressure None Volt Absorb
Entei Pressure None Flash Fire
Suicune Pressure None Water Absorb
Regirock Clear Body None Sturdy
Regice Clear Body None Ice Body
Registeel Clear Body None Light Metal
Heatran Flash Fire None Flame Body
Snivy Overgrow None Contrary
Servine Overgrow None Contrary
Serperior Overgrow None Contrary
Tepig Blaze None Thick Fat
Pignite Blaze None Thick Fat
Emboar Blaze None Reckless
Oshawott Torrent None Shell Armor
Dewott Torrent None Shell Armor
Samurott Torrent None Shell Armor
Gothita Frisk None Shadow Tag
Klink Plus Minus Clear Body
Litwick Flash Fire Flame Body Shadow Tag
Lampent Flash Fire Flame Body Shadow Tag
Chandelure Flash Fire Flame Body Shadow Tag
Rufflet Keen Eye Sheer Force Hustle
Larvesta Flame Body None Swarm
Volcarona Flame Body None Swarm
Note that Gothita, Klink, and Rufflet's evolutions have hidden Abilities that can be found in-game. However, because these hidden Abilities were only given to males (or, in the case of Klink, genderless Pokémon), obtaining these hidden Abilities through breeding is impossible in the Generation V games.

The new breeding mechanics of the Generation VI games gave Gothita, Rufflet, and Klink their previously-unused hidden Abilities.

Larvesta and Volcarona can now be found with their hidden Ability in the Generation VI games.

The Unova and Johto starters, along with the Legendary birds and golems, were distributed with their hidden Abilities in event distributions in Generation VI.

Also of note is that Litwick, Lampent, and Chandelure's hidden Ability in the Generation VI games changed from Shadow Tag to Infiltrator. These Pokémon can now be found in the Generation VI games with Infiltrator. Zapdos's hidden Ability was changed to Static in Generation VI, for it can be seen with this Ability in the Battle Maison. It can be obtained with this Ability from an event distribution.

In the Generation VII games, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune's Hidden Abilities were all changed to Inner Focus, now obtainable by transferring from Virtual Console Gold, Silver, or Crystal to Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, or Ultra Moon.

Unused Held Item

To do:
There's a lot more (for every generation)

Meloetta is programmed to hold a Star Piece 100% of the time when encountered in the wild. However, this never happens because Meloetta can only be obtained directly through events, where it will instead hold a PP Max.

(Source: Bulbapedia)

Kyurem Alternate Forme Placeholder Data

To do:
Add the excerpt from the table seen in the source article.

There exists placeholder data for an alternate form of Kyurem in Black and White. There is a table within the game's coding that specifies the number of Formes/forms a Pokémon has. Pokémon that have no alternate forms are listed with the number 0. Pokémon with alternate forms are listed with a number corresponding to the number of forms they have. For example, Pikachu has the number 0, while Deoxys has the number 4. (Note that Genesect has 5, based on its normal form and the four Drives, but the Pokédex does not list them as separate Formes.) There is one exception to this: Kyurem is the only Pokémon listed with the number 1. This number is meant to be a placeholder, meaning that at least one alternate Forme is in development.

This was previously seen in the coding of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, in which Rotom, Giratina, and Shaymin had the number 1 listed.

Kyurem ended up with two new Formes, Black Kyurem and White Kyurem, in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus, and Keldeo, which all gained new Formes in the sequels, are listed with the number 0, suggesting that the alternate Formes for these Pokémon were not in development until later.

(Source: PokéBeach)

Unobtainable Shiny Pokémon

For the sake of consistency, every Pokémon in every Pokémon game is given a Shiny variant. Most Shiny Pokémon have been obtainable through random chance encounters or event distributions, including most Legendary Pokémon. However, a few Pokémon cannot be obtained in this form without hacking, and as a consequence, normal players would never be able to see their Shiny coloration.


  • Reshiram, Zekrom - These Legendary Pokémon are encountered via fixed in-game battles. However, their probability of being Shiny is locked at 0. Shiny Reshiram and Zekrom became obtainable in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.


  • Victini - Also encountered in battle, but during a distribution-based event. Like Reshiram and Zekrom, Victini's Shiny probability is locked at 0.


  • Keldeo, Meloetta - These Mythical Pokémon were only obtainable through special distributions via Mystery Gift. Pokémon obtained from Mystery Gift cannot be Shiny unless distributed as such, and no distributions of these Pokémon in their Shiny forms were ever planned. The Shiny variant of Genesect, the third Mythical Pokémon of Generation V, was distributed in some Asian countries following the premiere of the 16th Pokémon movie.

Regional Differences

Opelucid Gym Surf glitch

In the Japanese version of the games, it is possible to Surf on to a dragon tail in Opelucid Gym (similarly to the Surf glitch in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl) by opening the menu and selecting Surf, trapping the player. If the game is saved in this spot, the player will be trapped and (without hacking) they will be forced to start a new game. The glitch was fixed in the English versions which disallow Surfing on to the tail by any means.

(YouTube video)

(Source: ポケットモンスターブラック・ホワイト攻略情報まとめwiki, ChickasaurusGL (testing on English versions))

Poison Touch

In the Japanese version of the games, a Pokémon with the Ability Poison Touch has a 20% chance of poisoning the opposing Pokémon when it uses a contact-making move. This was changed to 30% in the international versions.

(Source: Bulbapedia)


As in Diamond and Pearl, the move Imprison displays a large red X with the Japanese character "封" (short for 封印 fuuin, the Japanese name of the move) in the Japanese version. For international versions, this was replaced with a large red stamp graphic.

Japan International
PokemonBnW-G5-ImprisonJ.gif PokemonBnW-G5-ImprisonW.gif


The cartridges for Pokemon Black and White have a special infrared communicator that is used to communicate with other copies of the game, and is not found on regular DS cartridges. Since flash carts and emulators don't have this infrared communicator, the game would check the status of the infrared communicator at various points (notably when leaving the Pokémon screen, either to return to the overworld or check an individual Pokémon's stats) to determine if the game was pirated. If the infrared communicator did not respond, the player's Pokémon would be unable to gain any experience and the game would crash at random points.

Some emulators are able to bypass the anti-piracy, presumably by spoofing the infrared communicator when the check routine is called. It is also possible to use cheat codes to disable the check routines.


Rock Smash

Rock Smash is a Fighting-type move, but its TM icon is the one normally used for Rock-type moves.

Nimbasa City

The lights in front of the southern gate of Nimbasa city incorrectly display the protagonist's shadow underneath the light tile, as opposed to above them. Strangely enough, this graphical error isn't present in the tiles right next to the gate or the ones used in the part of the town where the arena is found.


The stairs in the top-right corner of the Dreamyard has a row of three tiles along its left side which can't be walked on. None of the other stairs in this area have this issue, and this oddity was fixed in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.

(Source: The oddity demonstrated)

Relic Castle

In the Relic Castle's third lower floor, next to the sand pile in the top-right corner, is a wall with what appears to be incorrect collision, allowing the player to walk "inside the wall". The "hole" is one tile deep, and function like the regular floor in this area (namely allowing you to encounter Pokémon).

(Source: The oddity demonstrated)

Sprite errors

Pokémon has one hell of a bestiary, so of course some mistakes managed to make their way in.


For some reason, Arbok's sprite lacks a tail segment, whereas its back sprite doesn't.


The Shelder attached to Slowbro's tail is missing an eye, as seen in its animated sprite. Note that the eye is indeed missing and not simply obscured.


Onix's body starts curving after two body sections, whereas in its back sprite it only starts after three.


Marowak can be seen holding a bone in its right hand, whereas its back sprite shows it holding the bone in its left hand.


Weezing's third gas chamber is attached on the back of its head instead of underneath it. This mistake was carried over from Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum (Weezing's sprite being based on the one from those games, despite the one from Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver actually being on-model).


Darmanitan's Zen mode lacks its back stripes, which were consistently shown in the anime and later games starting from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.


Klink's back sprite shows its upper gear is on the wrong side.

PKMNBW-KlangFront.pngSpr b 5b 600.png

Klang's back sprite shows its smaller gear is on the wrong side.


Klinklang's back sprite shows its smaller gear is on the wrong side.

(Source: Bulbapedia)