Pokémon Black and White
|Pokémon Black Version and White Version|
Also known as: Pocket Monsters Black and White (JP/KR)
This game has unused areas.
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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.)
- 1 Sub-Pages
- 2 Unused Text
- 3 Unused Area Header
- 4 Prototype Maps
- 5 Unused Sound/Music/SBNK,SWAR
- 6 Unused Items
- 7 Unused Hidden Abilities
- 8 Unused Held Item
- 9 Kyurem Alternate Forme Placeholder Data
- 10 Unobtainable Shiny Pokémon
- 11 Regional Differences
- 12 Anti-Piracy
- 13 Oddities
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Leftovers, debugging content and other crude placeholders
チェレン『ポケモンの 体力…… ＨＰを 減らすことなく 勝利するのは すごいよ だけど ポケモンの わざポイント……ＰＰが 減っているからね
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: Ganar un combate Pokémon sin que bajen los PS de tu Pokémon, es decir, su salud, es impresionante. Aunque los PP son otra historia...¡Siempre disminuyen!
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 virtually 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.
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 these 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 into the next installments as well.
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 DP Y PT X GS A
コンニチハ 안녕하세요 絵_BYEBYE 絵_GOODDAY 絵_GOODLUCK 絵_HAPPY 絵_HELLO 絵_ILOVEIT 絵_ITSFUN 絵_SORRY 絵_SUPER♪ 絵_THANKYOU
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 isn't used anywhere.
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. Additionally, this room shows that at one point, there was only one entry point to the Gymnasium, as opposed to three. This map also exists in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
- 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 the 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 aren't 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
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.
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
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 labeled `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, 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 to the left that's out of sight, 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.
Investigate whether the "SEQ_SE_DDEMO" files are actually unused, as some of these sounds appear to be used during the Hall of Fame induction.
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 Soundbank & Wave Set
The wave ID 1000 (WAVE_MUS_BW_SOUNDLIST) and bank ID 1000 (BANK_MUS_BW_SOUNDLIST) are never used in-game; they might have once been used for the composition of the game's music. File:BANK MUS WB SOUNDLIST.7z
Key items from Generation IV
Changed Item Descriptions
Check whether any of the other localizations have description changes like this.
Some of the leftover unused items had their descriptions retranslated in the English localization of the game.
|Hex||Item Name||Item Description (HGSS)||Item Description (BW)|
|0104||Red Scarf||An item to be held by a Pokémon. It boosts the "Cool" aspect of the holder in a Contest in Sinnoh.||An item to be held by a Pokémon. It boosts the Cool aspect of the holder in a Contest.|
|0105||Blue Scarf||An item to be held by a Pokémon. It boosts the "Beauty" aspect of the holder in a Contest in Sinnoh.||An item to be held by a Pokémon. It boosts the Beauty aspect of the holder in a Contest.|
|0106||Pink Scarf||An item to be held by a Pokémon. It boosts the "Cute" aspect of the holder in a Contest in Sinnoh.||An item to be held by a Pokémon. It boosts the Cute aspect of the holder in a Contest.|
|0107||Green Scarf||An item to be held by a Pokémon. It boosts the "Smart" aspect of the holder in a Contest in Sinnoh.||An item to be held by a Pokémon. It boosts the Smart aspect of the holder in a Contest.|
|0108||Yellow Scarf||An item to be held by a Pokémon. It boosts the "Tough" aspect of the holder in a Contest in Sinnoh.||An item to be held by a Pokémon. It boosts the Tough aspect of the holder in a Contest.|
|01B3||Fashion Case||A fancy case for the tidy arrangement and storage of whimsical Pokémon Accessories.||A lovely case to store colorful Props for your Pokémon to wear in a musical.|
|01C0||Sprayduck||A watering can shaped like a PSYDUCK. It helps promote healthy growth of Berries planted in soft soil.||A watering can shaped like a Psyduck. It helps promote healthy growth of Berries planted in soft soil.|
|01D5||Unown Report||A report of all the discovered kinds of UNOWN.||A report of all the discovered kinds of Unown.|
|01DE||Red Scale||A scale from the red GYARADOS. It glows red like a flame.||A scale from the red Gyarados. It glows red like a flame.|
|01DF||Lost Item||The Poké Doll lost by the Copycat.||The Mime Jr. doll that was lost by the Copycat.|
|01E3||Rainbow Wing||A mystical, rainbow feather that sparkles.||A mystical rainbow feather that sparkles.|
|01EC||Fast Ball||A Poké Ball that makes it easier to catch fast Pokémon.||A Poké Ball that makes it easier to catch Pokémon which are quick to run away.|
|01F7||Tidal Bell||An old-fashioned bell with a gentle, soothing sound.||A very old-fashioned bell that makes a gentle ringing.|
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.
"A special Poké Ball that is used only in the Great Marsh. It is decorated in a camouflage pattern."
"A quite rare Poké Ball that has been specially crafted to commemorate an occasion of some sort."
"A special Poké Ball for the Bug-Catching Contest."
"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.
A Key Item version of the Poké Toy exists, although it is unknown why.
Mr. Lock's dialogue, video.
"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.
A gray-ish recolor of the Light Stone/Dark Stone sprite, with a stubbly description.
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|
|Regice||Clear Body||None||Ice Body|
|Registeel||Clear Body||None||Light Metal|
|Heatran||Flash Fire||None||Flame 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|
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
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.
Kyurem Alternate Forme Placeholder Data
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, while 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.
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 in the climax of the game's story. However, their probability of being Shiny is locked at 0. Shiny Reshiram and Zekrom became legitimately obtainable in-game 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.
- The Japanese version of Black and White is region-locked so it'll only play if using a Japanese-region Nintendo DSi or Nintendo 3DS system, though the game still works on an original Nintendo DS system from any region.
- The International releases are not region-locked however, so they can be played on any Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi or Nintendo 3DS, regardless of system region.
Online Battle Names
The in-battle name for online play differs between languages.
Opelucid Gym Surf Glitch
In the Japanese version of the games, it is possible to Surf onto 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 onto the tail by any means.
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.
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.
Needs images and information on the Korean versions.
A total of 32 C-Gear skins were distributed over the Pokemon Global Link. The Japanese version had 31 available skins, the European version had 25 available skins, and the North American version had 22 available skins.
|Name||Regions Distributed To||Pokemon Featured||Notes|
|ギザ★ポケスマ！||Japan||Purrloin||Features a drawing of a Purrloin from Shōko Nakagawa, a cast member of the Japanese variety show Pokemon Smash!|
|ポケモンカフェ||Japan||Pansage, Pansear, Panpour||Distributed as part of a Pokemon Cafe promotion on the Pokemon Global Link.|
|しるべのコバルオン||Japan||Cobalion||Used to promote the Japan Cup 2012 Spring on the Global Battle Union.|
|しれんのテラキオン||Japan||Terrakion||Used to promote the Japan Cup 2012 Spring on the Global Battle Union.|
|しさくのビリジオン||Japan||Virizion||Used to promote the Japan Cup 2012 Spring on the Global Battle Union.|
|よぞらのうたごえ||Japan||Meloetta||Used to promote the anime short Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade.|
|2012 Worlds C-Gear||North America, Europe||Pikachu||Used to commemorate the 2012 Pokemon World Championships. The Japanese C-Gear skin was distributed to Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 instead and featured a different background.|
|赤いゲノセクト！||Japan||Shiny Genesect||Used to promote the sixteenth Pokemon movie, Genesect and the Legend Awakened.|
Additionally, the text and logo for the Pokemon Center stores were removed from the Earful Audino ♪ C-Gear skin in the North American and European versions.
Pokemon Musical Downloads
Needs images and information on the Korean versions.
Five downloadable Pokemon Musicals were distributed over the Pokemon Global Link. Only three were distributed to the Korean versions, while only two were distributed to the North American and European versions.
|Name||Regions Distributed To||Notes|
|ポケモンスマッシュ！||Japan, Korea||Distributed as part of a Pokemon Smash! promotion.|
|MELOETTAAA!!!||Japan, Korea||Used to promote the anime short Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade.|
|カーニバルンパッパ！||Japan||Distributed to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire.|
Victini Battle Glitch
This glitch was fixed in the North American and European versions. If Victini would spawn with a shiny personality value, then 0x10000000 is added to its personality value to prevent it from being shiny.
The cartridges for Pokémon Black and White have a special infrared communicator that is used to communicate with other copies of the game and isn't found on regular DS cartridges. Since flash carts and emulators don't have this infrared communicator, the game will 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 does not respond, the player's Pokémon will be unable to gain any experience and the game will 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.
In the Japanese versions, while Retaliate is a Normal-type move, its TM icon is normally used for Dark-type TMs. This suggests that the move was intended to be Dark-type.
Rock Smash is a Fighting-type move, but its TM icon is the one normally used for Rock-type moves. This remains in Black 2 and White 2.
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.
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 functions like the regular floor in this area (namely, allowing you to encounter Pokémon).
Pokémon has one hell of a bestiary, so of course some mistakes managed to make their way in.
For some reason, Arbok's front sprite lacks a tail segment, whereas its back sprite doesn't.
The Shellder 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.
Marowak can be seen holding a bone in its right hand in its front sprite, 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 on the wrong side.
Klang's back sprite shows its smaller gear on the wrong side.
Klinklang's back sprite shows its smaller gear on the wrong side.