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Generation V
White 2Title
Title Screen of Pokémon White 2
Debut March 4, 2011
Pokémon 649
Main games Black and White, Black 2 and White 2
Region introduced Unova

Generation V is the fifth installment of the Pokémon series. Like previous generations, the first installments, Pokémon Black and White, were released as a pair. However, unlike previous generations, the games were followed by two sequels—Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, instead of a third version. For the first time since Generations I and II (following the internal identification of Pokémon Gold and Silver rather than the advertised console), the games were released on the same platform as the previous generation's core series titles, in this case the Nintendo DS.

Unova, the new region introduced in this generation, is known to be far away from the regions of previous generations. Unlike the past four, Unova is based on an area outside of Japan, drawing inspiration from the New York City metropolitan area.

The Generation V games are able to communicate with the five Generation IV games in the same way that the Generation IV games can communicate with the five Generation III games, with players able to transfer Pokémon via a method similar to Pal Park. Pokémon caught in a Generation III game are able to move forward to Generation V by passing through Generation IV games.

Black and White occur an unknown amount of time after Generation II and Generation IV. The Team Rocket Grunt who stole the Bag Machine Part SpriteMachine Part makes a cameo appearance, saying that while he had intended to revive Team Rocket upon returning home, he instead fell in love and had a son. Cynthia mentions visiting the Distortion World and being defeated by a young Trainer as Sinnoh League Champion.

Black 2 and White 2 occur two years after the events of Black and White.

Advances in gameplay

Being the first games on the same console as their predecessors since Generation II, the Generation V games enhance the Pokémon experience on the DS in several ways. Advancements introduced in Generation V include:

  • The addition of 156 new Pokémon, bringing the total to 649. No new evolutionary relatives of previous Pokémon are introduced, and in Black and White, no Pokémon from previous generations can be caught in Unova itself until after the National Pokédex is obtained.
  • The addition of 92 new moves, bringing the total to 559.
  • The addition of 41 new Abilities, bringing the total to 164. Many older Pokémon are allowed to have new Abilities, including some that were introduced in Generation III and Generation IV, by transferring them from the Dream World. This effectively gives most Pokémon three legitimate Abilities, rather than the two which have been standard since Generation III.
  • Yet another region to explore, the Unova region, far away from the previous four and based on New York City, rather than a region of Japan.
  • A new villainous team, Team Plasma, whose goals include separating the worlds of Pokémon and humans to make a black and white world.
  • Triple Battles and Rotation Battles are now a part of gameplay, which are variations of battling like Double Battles.
  • The introduction of the Wonder Launcher, a new battle mode which can stack with double, triple and Rotation Battles.
  • The introduction of dark grass, where Double Battles against wild Pokémon can occur.
  • The introduction of phenomena, occurrences which involve wild Pokémon or items moving and making sounds to indicate their position, somewhat similar to the Poké Radar.
  • The introduction of seasons, which alternate every month.
  • Expanded variance in camera placement, making the cities and towns of Unova more realistic and lifelike. There are also curves in places like Castelia City, Dragonspiral Tower, and the Skyarrow Bridge.
  • The Poké Mart is now combined with the Pokémon Center.
  • Introduction of the Entralink, which allows players to visit each other in-game in Black and White, rather than just inside of the Union Room or the Underground.
  • The new Pokémon Global Link, which allows players to connect their games to the internet to view statistics or download some changes to the games, such as the design of the Pokédex. This also grants players access to the Pokémon Dream World, where players may befriend Pokémon and send them over to their games.
  • The weather and current time are now displayed on the bottom screen during battle when making selections as to what to do during the turn.
  • One new variant of Poké Ball, the Bag Dream Ball SpriteDream Ball, retaining the 25 found in previous games.
    • The Apricorn Poké Balls and the Bag Sport Ball SpriteSport Ball are inaccessible without hacking and do not function as Poké Balls even if acquired; however, Pokémon caught in these Poké Balls in HeartGold and SoulSilver retain them when sent to a Generation V game.
  • Pokémon battle sprites now animate constantly, rather than simply animating upon exiting a Poké Ball as in previous generations. These animations are reminiscent of those of Pokémon Crystal, rather than the two-sprite distortion method that has been the standard since Pokémon Emerald. The speed at which Pokémon move slows as the HP goes down and with most status conditions (frozen Pokémon do not move at all).
  • When a Pokémon is affected by a status condition, in addition to slowing movement, it also glows a color depending on the status condition. Sleep does not have a color, but uses a different sprite that depicts the Pokémon with its eyes closed.
  • The back sprites of Pokémon show the Pokémon's body in full, with their poses and animations being the same as the front sprite, but as seen from behind.
    • This enables dynamic camera movements during battle, e.g. it can zoom in or out and focus on specific Pokémon as the battle progresses.
  • The battle music changes under certain conditions. When one of the player's Pokémon on the battlefield has 20% HP or lower remaining, the music changes to a faster, more suspenseful music. When battling a Gym Leader's last Pokémon, the music also changes.
  • The overworld music also changes in certain circumstances. Almost all the routes now have instruments that differ between the seasons, and layers that activate and deactivate when the player walks or stops, respectively; while music that plays in some towns and cities have layers that can be added by talking to citizens. These people can be seen playing different musical instruments like piano, guitar, etc.
  • In the Japanese version of the game, the option to display kanji in game menus and text is available, in addition to hiragana and katakana as in the previous four generations.
  • In international versions of the game, Pokémon names are displayed with proper capitalization, rather than having all capital letters, as it was prior to Generation V.
  • The number of boxes in the Pokémon Storage System has been increased from 18 to 24. However, players initially start with only 8 boxes. After placing one Pokémon in each of the 8 boxes, they will receive an additional 8 boxes, for a total of 16. After placing one Pokémon in each of the 16 boxes, they will finally receive their last 8 boxes, for a total of 24 and a storage total of 720 Pokémon.
  • TMs have expanded from 92 to 95. Many of the 92 TMs found in Generation IV contain different moves.
    • In addition, TMs now have infinite uses, like HMs.
      • To prevent repeated usage of TMs for the purpose of PP restoration, when a Pokémon forgets a move in order to learn from a TM or HM, the move learned takes on the current PP of the move replaced (up to its own maximum).
  • The number of HMs has been reduced from eight to six. The first four remain the same as during the first four generations; HM05 is now Waterfall and HM06 is now Dive.
  • The trading process has been upgraded: players may now trade Pokémon directly from their PC boxes, without having to place offered Pokémon in their party first. The Global Terminal also allows players to trade using this method. Furthermore, players can trade outside of the Pokémon Center via infrared.
  • The expansion of Key Item registration: Multiple items, and even several menu screens, may be registered simultaneously. Pressing the Y button now brings up a quick access menu of the registered commands.
  • While the framerate for the overworld is still 30, the framerate has been increased to 60 for battles, the title screen, and 2D menus. However, the opening only has a framerate of 15.
  • When Pokémon are sent out, there is a sound effect and visual effect as they land which varies depending on the weight of the Pokémon (unless it's a Pokémon that stays airborne like Hydreigon, Ho-Oh, or Goldeen; or it is Diglett or Dugtrio).

Alterations from Generation IV

  • The abandonment of Pokémon Super Contests and the Pokéathlon in favor of the Pokémon Musical, a different type of competition which does not factor in a Pokémon's moves.
  • Seals and Ball Capsules are no longer available for use on Poké Balls.
  • The ???-type does not exist in this generation. Instead, Curse is now a Ghost-type move.
  • Rotom's appliance forms are now no longer Ghost-type Pokémon; instead, they are Electric and the type of their special move.
  • Pokémon in the party can no longer follow the player outside of battle in any point of the game.
  • The abandonment of encounter rate differences based on the time of day.
  • The option to have the Running Shoes on at all times, as in HeartGold and SoulSilver, has been removed.
  • In the Wi-Fi Club, there is no longer an option to set all Pokémon at level 100.
  • Items are displayed in a list format rather than the six-cell pages that were seen in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • Record mixing is no longer a feature.
  • The abandonment of Game Corners.
  • The persistent bottom-screen menu from Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver is no longer present, as that screen now displays the C-Gear. The menu is brought up on the touch screen in the same way, though, with X.
  • The way some Key Items are used, such as the Dowsing Machine, has been altered.
  • Poison no longer inflicts damage outside the battle.
  • Badges are no longer necessary in order to use HM field moves.
  • The Elite Four no longer have to be battled in a set order.
  • Shiny Pokémon no longer sparkle if they break out of a Poké Ball.
  • Many Pokémon have their experience yield changed, which is no longer limited to 255.
    • Additionally, the experience formula now takes in account difference between Pokémon's levels.
  • In the Vs. Recorder's Browse Mode, it is no longer possible to change the interface's color to the previous color in the line by tapping the left border of the touch screen. Tapping either border will change it to the next color in the sequence.
  • Nintendo DSi systems connected to an Internet router requiring the "advanced setup" option are now compatible with online features, such as the Global Terminal.
  • Battle-only forms, such as Cherrim's Sunshine Form or Castform's weather forms now use their own minisprites, rather than using default form's minisprite. Additionally, Cherrim's Sunshine Form minisprite is different than the one used in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • The HP bar now empties as soon as the move animation ends, simultaneous to the animation of the Pokémon's body "blinking" between visible and invisible. Previously, the HP bar did not empty until after the "blinking" animation was finished. Additionally in Double Battles (and Triple Battles) when move hits multiple targets, the HP bar now empties for all Pokémon at once rather one by one—first on player's side, then on opposing side. Due to this, messages have been changed to include the Pokémon. If a multi-target move misses one opponent (for any reason) but hits another, a message will appear first (if it was due to something else than immunity or protecting itself, otherwise the usual message appears), before the move's animation executes, and the missed Pokémon will not react to the animation.
  • When an Ability is activated during battle, it is shown as a green-blue arrow for the player's side or a red-yellow arrow on the opposing side instead showing it activated on the battle text. This has been changed to a black arrow for both sides in Black and White 2. Additionally, if the Ability is changed, the arrow appears, reflecting the Ability change that took place.
  • During breeding, offspring now have an 80% chance to have the Ability slot corresponding to their mother, unless it is a Hidden Ability; for example, Venomoth with Shield Dust is more likely to breed Venonat with Compoundeyes than with Tinted Lens.

Additions in Black 2 and White 2

Region

Starter Pokémon

Pokémon Introduced

Below are the Pokémon introduced in this generation:

494Victini
Victini
495Snivy
Snivy
496Servine
Servine
497Serperior
Serperior
498Tepig
Tepig
499Pignite
Pignite
500Emboar
Emboar
501Oshawott
Oshawott
502Dewott
Dewott
503Samurott
Samurott
504Patrat
Patrat
505Watchog
Watchog
506Lillipup
Lillipup
507Herdier
Herdier
508Stoutland
Stoutland
509Purrloin
Purrloin
510Liepard
Liepard
511Pansage
Pansage
512Simisage
Simisage
513Pansear
Pansear
514Simisear
Simisear
515Panpour
Panpour
516Simipour
Simipour
517Munna
Munna
518Musharna
Musharna
519Pidove
Pidove
520Tranquill
Tranquill
521Unfezant
Unfezant
522Blitzle
Blitzle
523Zebstrika
Zebstrika
524Roggenrola
Roggenrola
525Boldore
Boldore
526Gigalith
Gigalith
527Woobat
Woobat
528Swoobat
Swoobat
529Drilbur
Drilbur
530Excadrill
Excadrill
531Audino
Audino
532Timburr
Timburr
533Gurdurr
Gurdurr
534Conkeldurr
Conkeldurr
535Tympole
Tympole
536Palpitoad
Palpitoad
537Seismitoad
Seismitoad
538Throh
Throh
539Sawk
Sawk
540Sewaddle
Sewaddle
541Swadloon
Swadloon
542Leavanny
Leavanny
543Venipede
Venipede
544Whirlipede
Whirlipede
545Scolipede
Scolipede
546Cottonee
Cottonee
547Whimsicott
Whimsicott
548Petilil
Petilil
549Lilligant
Lilligant
550Basculin
Basculin
551Sandile
Sandile
552Krokorok
Krokorok
553Krookodile
Krookodile
554Darumaka
Darumaka
555Darmanitan
Darmanitan
556Maractus
Maractus
557Dwebble
Dwebble
558Crustle
Crustle
559Scraggy
Scraggy
560Scrafty
Scrafty
561Sigilyph
Sigilyph
562Yamask
Yamask
563Cofagrigus
Cofagrigus
564Tirtouga
Tirtouga
565Carracosta
Carracosta
566Archen
Archen
567Archeops
Archeops
568Trubbish
Trubbish
569Garbodor
Garbodor
570Zorua
Zorua
571Zoroark
Zoroark
572Minccino
Minccino
573Cinccino
Cinccino
574Gothita
Gothita
575Gothorita
Gothorita
576Gothitelle
Gothitelle
577Solosis
Solosis
578Duosion
Duosion
579Reuniclus
Reuniclus
580Ducklett
Ducklett
581Swanna
Swanna
582Vanillite
Vanillite
583Vanillish
Vanillish
584Vanilluxe
Vanilluxe
585Deerling-Winter
Deerling
586Sawsbuck-Winter
Sawsbuck
587Emolga
Emolga
588Karrablast
Karrablast
589Escavalier
Escavalier
590Foongus
Foongus
591Amoonguss
Amoonguss
592Frillish
Frillish
593Jellicent
Jellicent
594Alomomola
Alomomola
595Joltik
Joltik
596Galvantula
Galvantula
597Ferroseed
Ferroseed
598Ferrothorn
Ferrothorn
599Klink
Klink
600Klang
Klang
601Klinklang
Klinklang
602Tynamo
Tynamo
603Eelektrik
Eelektrik
604Eelektross
Eelektross
605Elgyem
Elgyem
606Beheeyem
Beheeyem
607Litwick
Litwick
608Lampent
Lampent
609Chandelure
Chandelure
610Axew
Axew
611Fraxure
Fraxure
612Haxorus
Haxorus
613Cubchoo
Cubchoo
614Beartic
Beartic
615Cryogonal
Cryogonal
616Shelmet
Shelmet
617Accelgor
Accelgor
618Stunfisk
Stunfisk
619Mienfoo
Mienfoo
620Mienshao
Mienshao
621Druddigon
Druddigon
622Golett
Golett
623Golurk
Golurk
624Pawniard
Pawniard
625Bisharp
Bisharp
626Bouffalant
Bouffalant
627Rufflet
Rufflet
628Braviary
Braviary
629Vullaby
Vullaby
630Mandibuzz
Mandibuzz
631Heatmor
Heatmor
632Durant
Durant
633Deino
Deino
634Zweilous
Zweilous
635Hydreigon
Hydreigon
636Larvesta
Larvesta
637Volcarona
Volcarona
638Cobalion
Cobalion
639Terrakion
Terrakion
640Virizion
Virizion
641Tornadus-Incarnate
Tornadus
642Thundurus-Incarnate
Thundurus
643Reshiram
Reshiram
644Zekrom
Zekrom
645Landorus-Incarnate
Landorus
646Kyurem
Kyurem
647Keldeo-Ordinary
Keldeo
648Meloetta-Pirouette
Meloetta
649Genesect
Genesect

Alternate Forms

550Basculin-Red
Basculin
(Red-Striped)
550Basculin-Blue
Basculin
(Blue-Striped)
555Darmanitan-Zen
Darmanitan
(Zen)
585Deerling-Spring
Deerling
(Spring)
585Deerling-Summer
Deerling
(Summer)
585Deerling-Autumn
Deerling
(Autumn)
585Deerling-Winter
Deerling
(Winter)
586Sawsbuck-Spring
Sawsbuck
(Spring)
586Sawsbuck-Summer
Sawsbuck
(Summer)
586Sawsbuck-Autumn
Sawsbuck
(Autumn)
586Sawsbuck-Winter
Sawsbuck
(Winter)
641Tornadus-Therian
Tornadus
(Therian)
642Thundurus-Therian
Thundurus
(Therian)
645Landorus-Therian
Landorus
(Therian)
646Kyurem-Black
Kyurem
(Black)
646Kyurem-White
Kyurem
(White)
647Keldeo-Resolute
Keldeo
(Resolute)
648Meloetta-Aria
Meloetta
(Aria)
648Meloetta-Pirouette
Meloetta
(Pirouette)
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