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Generation II
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Title Screen of Pokémon Gold
Debut October 15, 2000
Pokémon 251
Main games Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Region introduced Johto

Generation II, sometimes called the metal generation, or the metallic generation by older players due to the names of the paired versions, is a sequel to the Generation I games Pokémon Red and Blue and Pokémon Yellow.

Beginning with Pokémon Gold and Silver and later joined by Pokémon Crystal, Generation II began the Pokémon series' expansion-focused nature, introducing to the world 100 new Pokémon which did not exist and are unable to be obtained in the Generation I games, and the new region of Johto. Many of these Pokémon expand the evolution families of older Pokémon, while a majority of them are brand-new evolutionary families.

Details in the games indicate that the storyline of the Generation II games occurs three years after the one in Generation I and Generation III, while the storyline of the Sinnoh-based Generation IV games indicate that they occur contemporaneously to Generation II as Generation I does to Generation III.

Advances in gameplay

In addition to retaining the system from Generation I in almost every aspect, several key innovations were made to the series, most of which have been retained in every generation since.

Major additions

Major alterations from Generation I

  • A change in the types of four moves (Gust, Sand-Attack, Karate Chop, and Bite. All formerly Normal-type, they are now Flying, Ground, Fighting, and Dark, respectively.
  • The addition of Steel as a secondary type for Magnemite and Magneton.
  • An improved stat system, with the former Special stat being split into Special Attack and Special Defense.
  • In-game opponents now have Power Points like players.
  • Although still classified as a Normal type move, Struggle now deals typeless damage.
  • The Bag is no longer one 20-item container, but has four separate sections for different items: Normal items, Poké Balls, TMs and HMs, and Key Items.
  • A Key Item can be set to and then subsequently accessed with the select button, for convenience on the field.
  • Opponent Pokémon Trainers are given individual names.
    • When such a Trainer encounters the player and challenges him/her, the player now turns to look at the Trainer.
  • Exp. All is upgraded into the Exp. Share and is made a held item.
  • In the previous generation, a Pokémon could gain enough experience to jump straight from one level to another, thus missing out on any moves it could have learned in the levels between. From this generation onwards, if a Pokémon is currently in the battle, it levels up more than once if it gains enough experience to do so, meaning it does not miss any moves it could learn by level up. While other Pokémon still jump straight from one level to another, they do not miss any moves.
  • Town Map is replaced with an electronic device, the PokéGear, which also has cellphone and radio capabilities, alongside map functions.
  • The way the game handles color on the world map has been improved. Overworld sprites such as the surfing Pikachu no longer change their palettes when moving between areas.
  • Type weaknesses and resistances changed somewhat from Generation I.

Region

Starter Pokémon

Pokémon Introduced

Below are the Pokémon introduced in this generation:

152Chikorita
Chikorita
153Bayleef
Bayleef
154Meganium
Meganium
155Cyndaquil
Cyndaquil
156Quilava
Quilava
157Typhlosion
Typhlosion
158Totodile
Totodile
159Croconaw
Croconaw
160Feraligatr
Feraligatr
161Sentret
Sentret
162Furret
Furret
163Hoothoot
Hoothoot
164Noctowl
Noctowl
165Ledyba
Ledyba
166Ledian
Ledian
167Spinarak
Spinarak
168Ariados
Ariados
169Crobat
Crobat
170Chinchou
Chinchou
171Lanturn
Lanturn
172Pichu
Pichu
173Cleffa
Cleffa
174Igglybuff
Igglybuff
175Togepi
Togepi
176Togetic
Togetic
177Natu
Natu
178Xatu
Xatu
179Mareep
Mareep
180Flaaffy
Flaaffy
181Ampharos
Ampharos
182Bellossom
Bellossom
183Marill
Marill
184Azumarill
Azumarill
185Sudowoodo
Sudowoodo
186Politoed
Politoed
187Hoppip
Hoppip
188Skiploom
Skiploom
189Jumpluff
Jumpluff
190Aipom
Aipom
191Sunkern
Sunkern
192Sunflora
Sunflora
193Yanma
Yanma
194Wooper
Wooper
195Quagsire
Quagsire
196Espeon
Espeon
197Umbreon
Umbreon
198Murkrow
Murkrow
199Slowking
Slowking
200Misdreavus
Misdreavus
201Unown
Unown
202Wobbuffet
Wobbuffet
203Girafarig
Girafarig
204Pineco
Pineco
205Forretress
Forretress
206Dunsparce
Dunsparce
207Gligar
Gligar
208Steelix
Steelix
209Snubbull
Snubbull
210Granbull
Granbull
211Qwilfish
Qwilfish
212Scizor
Scizor
213Shuckle
Shuckle
214Heracross
Heracross
215Sneasel
Sneasel
216Teddiursa
Teddiursa
217Ursaring
Ursaring
218Slugma
Slugma
219Magcargo
Magcargo
220Swinub
Swinub
221Piloswine
Piloswine
222Corsola
Corsola
223Remoraid
Remoraid
224Octillery
Octillery
225Delibird
Delibird
226Mantine
Mantine
227Skarmory
Skarmory
228Houndour
Houndour
229Houndoom
Houndoom
230Kingdra
Kingdra
231Phanpy
Phanpy
232Donphan
Donphan
233Porygon2
Porygon2
234Stantler
Stantler
235Smeargle
Smeargle
236Tyrogue
Tyrogue
237Hitmontop
Hitmontop
238Smoochum
Smoochum
239Elekid
Elekid
240Magby
Magby
241Miltank
Miltank
242Blissey
Blissey
243Raikou
Raikou
244Entei
Entei
245Suicune
Suicune
246Larvitar
Larvitar
247Pupitar
Pupitar
248Tyranitar
Tyranitar
249Lugia
Lugia
250Ho-Oh
Ho-Oh
251Celebi
Celebi
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