Hello, welcome to the amazing world of pokemon. The new games black and white are here, and if your reading this your ready to play.
First up comes the differences in play, and which game you choose to get. Both are very, very similar. The differences are is as follows:
-White City in pokemon white. It has rare wild pokemon and rare items you can find. While in Black City, you can buy rare items and fight wild pokemon. Itís a difference on stand point. Would you rather just get items, or have to work for them and get them in the end for free? Or would you like to find lots of exclusive pokemon (over 32 in white more), is training more important? Its all up for preference.
-There also is the version exclusive pokemon, most notably Zekrom (the cool black one) in pokemon black. Or Reshiram (the angelic white one) in white. Again your choice. But for full preference, here are the version exclusive pokemon (excluding White Forest pokemon):
Exclusive to Black Exclusive to White
There are a few big choices here. In white you have Reuniclus which is superior to Gothorita. White in black you have a few more with Whimsicott, Houndoom, and Breloom. So a few more better version exclusives for black. Still you lose out on 32 pokemon!
For the veterans to the series, you can start mashing the a button right about now, since your fine for quite some time. But there are new people to the game so I must review the basics.
Y: Registered Items (talk about that later)
X: In Game Menu
Right, Left, Select and, Start Buttons: nothing at all
Control Pad: basic moving function
As you can see there is not fancy finger work here, but mainly the A and B buttons for enter and exit.
Ok lets started with the game, finally. Just go to your DS, and select the game and watch the opening credits (or skip them by pressing A if you wish). After the amazing scene you will come across the main menu. First up, is the continue option to continue the game where you left off before. The other is to start a new game, if this is a brand new game this will be the only option. Then you have a mystery gift which allows you to get event pokemon, to check it out every once in a while. Next up is the game sync and battle competition options, but first you will need to register online. Nintendo WFC Settings gives you the option to play online, so if you want to trade and battle with friends you will need to sync it up here. Mic test, tests you mic on your DSÖ thatís cool I guess.
Ok now time to start you adventure. The professor will blab on a bit about something, something pokemon. Mash the a button until she asks what gender you are. Are you boy or girl? Well!? You have to choose one, and remember this will stick with you with the rest of the game. As with your name, so choose a good one.
Ok its time to start your adventure first off a lot of talking, as usual. Then comes the big decision, the starters, but first there is a pause, for serious trainer this is when you save so you can soft reset for good natures or even shiny starters.
Again for those new, pressing X opens up your menu screen. The first option up is Pokemon, this allows you to view your pokemon. Clicking on one open up a few options, summary gives you an overview of your pokemon. Next up is Switch, which allows you to switch around, remember your pokemon the first one up is always your lead, which is important in battles. Then Item which allows you to go through your items, and place them on your pokemon, which again is important for battles, and for trading items. Also here in the future will be moves you can use to effect your world, like smashing rocks or flying away. Then there is Bag in there are several pockets, scroll to the right or left to access them, Items contains items which may boost a pokemonís power or evolve them also, poke balls are here. Medicine contains items which heal your pokemon up HP wise or status wise. Tms and Hms contains as it says, Tms and Hms for your pokemon to learn as moves. Unlike past generations, they are unlimited, meaning when you use them they donít go away. Berries contain, well berries, which heal up status for the most part, like free medicine. Finally you have your key items, they are items you use a lot in the game like the bike. Click on them to register (or un-register) them, so when you press Y you activate them. Trainer card is kinda dull, you just view your badges and how much money you have. Save is important, it saves your game file, so you can start out where you just save before. If you donít save you will lose you game, I suggest you save frequently. Options gives you lots of options for your game, like text speed and sound.
You have your choice of fire, water and, grass which are Tegig, Oshawott and, Snivy respectably. Choose well, because it will stay with you for the rest of the game, unless you ditch it for kicks like an a-hole.
Tegig -> level 17 -> Pegnite -> level 36 ->Emboar
Tegig is good strong pokemon, able to hold its own in the game quite well. In game its tied with oshawoot in usefulness, so it pretty good, if you use it its considered medium or easy mode. In its final evolution it has high attacks on both ends with decent defenses, but it has low speed and bad typing. Thatís the reason why its not breaking through the metagame. Problem is beginning out you have tackle and ember all the way up to level 15, which makes it hard to start out with, and even then you just get flame charge. But in the end game its pretty good with a whole host of moves.
-ember -> flame charge -> flamethower/head smash/earthquake
-tackle -> arm thrust -> Hammer arm
-tail whip -> heat crash -> flare blitz
-odor slueth -> defense curl -> take down -> wild charge
Oshawott -> level 17 -> Dewott -> level 36 -> Samurott
Oshawott, like other water starters, it usually the most reliable, having little problems in the game and at the least its ďmediumĒ in usefulness. Straight up with learns water gun. Which unlike the other starters, it can be used quite well. Then it get the powerful razor shell at only level 17, making it a real team player early out. And it only gets better from there with an amazing move pool and great stats, which allow it to sweep more effectively then Emboar, which is always nice in-game. Still its offensive stats arenít amazing so your will need a super effective hit to even 1HKO most of the time. Still a solid pokemon, no doubt.
-tackle -> revenge -> ice beam
-tail whip -> fury cutter -> mega horn/x-scissor
-water gun -> razor shell -> aqua tail/waterfall/surf/hydro pump
-water sport -> focus energy -> water pulse -> aqua jet/swords dance/return/grass knot
Snivy -> level 17 -> Servine -> level 36 -> Serperior
Snivy is overall considered the worst starter in these games, universally considered hard mode. Why? First off is move pool is pretty bad, relying on vine whip with only 35 power until level 16 and then all you get is leaf tornado, after that you donít get a good grass move until youíre a serperior! And after that? Nothing, nothing at all the best you got is return the rest of its move pool is all status. And its stats ainít that great either, with a stupid amount in defenses, paired with mediocre defenses and little offense. Its ok for in-game, but certainly not the suggested choice.
-tackle -> return
-leer -> growth/coil/clam mind/swords dance/light screen
-vine whip -> leaf tornado -> leaf blade/leaf storm/energy ball
-wrap -> leech seed/aerial ace
Ok now you have chosen. It is time for you first pokemon battle! It the basic battle tackle each other to death. First you will battle Bianca she has whatever starter your strong too, silly girl. Then you battle Cheren who has whatever starter your weak to, douche. There is little strategy here, only advice I can give is if you do plan on using tail whip, use it on the first turn and thatís it, after that you can get a neat 3 HKO on it.
For those new to battling, you will catch on quickly, itís the simple prospect of choosing ďattackĒ and choosing attack moves, and killing the thing in front of you. Itís a lot more complex then that, but thatís the basic idea. Each attacking type has an type and status. The types are pretty straight forward, pokemon types have certain affects on other pokemon types. For example fire types are super effective to grass types, grass types are super effective to water types, ect. And some are not very effective like grass to steel or fighting to ghost. Not all moves attack though, some increase your stats to hit harder, some affect the other pokemon and some do things to the pokemon field.
You can see what types are good to each other here:
Other options, are Pokemon which allows you to switch out, and choose another pokemon to battle with, bad which gives youíre a list of items to use in the battle. The Items are the same as the ďotherĒ bag but, they are just organized better. HP/PP restore are items that restore you HP, poke balls allows you to catch things (will discuss this later), status restore which heals any status problems and finally, battle items which are freaky little items which increase you stats.
After that you walk downstairs and your mom talks to you a bunch. Remember you are use your mom to heal your pokemon if you need to, as she is the only medic early on in the game. She will also give you the X-transceiver, which allows people to annoy you are talk to you when they are far away (yay.) Then go out of the house, and head directly to Biancaís house in the southwest part of town. After witnessing parental abuse, go directly to the professorís lab.
At the lab the professor will talk a bunch. But donít be too quick to go mashing the a button, seeing as somewhere in her rant she gives you the option to nickname your pokemon. Donít worry about it to much though, since you can simply rename it later on in the game. Next she gives you a Pokedex, which is now an option on the main menu. It goes through all the pokemon you have seen and caught and gives info about them. Kinda cool. Then your mom will come, and she gives you a Town Map, which allows you to figure out where you are and where your going, in the game. Now head north to route 1.
As soon as you enter route 1, you will come across Bianca and Cheren, to learn about the mysteries of catching pokemon. After the Professor teaches you about catching pokemon, she will give you 5 pokeballs. Now the Professor goes over the simpler aspect of catching pokemon, weaken it down and lug poke balls at it. The lower a pokemonís health, the easier it is to catch. While this certainly is one way, it doesnít go over the fine details you soon will have to know. First off, you can not catch other peoples pokemon, at all, thatís ďstealing.Ē Also putting status conditions on a pokemon, makes it easier to catch, these include paralysis, burn, poison, sleep, frozen, and badly poisoned. Of these badly poisoned sleeping and frozen make it much easier to catch something, but nothing outright freezes and even they you can thaw, you can easily wake up from sleep, and if you badly poison something it soon will die. I prefer paralysis, as you canít get rid of it and it shuts a pokemon down so it doesnít attack you much, when you lugging pokeballs at it. Also the kind of pokeball use is critical, great ball catches better, and ultra ball even more. And even then there are better pokeballs, dusk, quick and, timer balls become a bit more powerful under the right conditions. Masterballs will catch anything, always.
Well now you can go catch some pokemon. The process of finding pokemon is fairly simple, run around in the grass. They will appear in more places in the future, such are caves, water, desert sands, and fishing. Here are the pokemon you can find right now, on route 1:
Name Levels Rarity
Lilipup 2-4 50%
Patrat 2-4 50%
Lilipup -> level 16 -> Herdier -> level 32 -> Stoutland
Lilipup is a good, solid, pokemon in game. Early on you get tackle with because of normal stab, simply owns the early story line. And after that you get take down, which again wrecks the mid-game. Problem is after that its usefulness sort of stifles out, knowing only crunch and wild charge are great additional moves. Still crunch owns most ghost types, as they can not even touch you and you have a super effective move. And its stats are pretty decent with 80 and up in all the stats that matter, making it very strong. A great pokemon to pick up early on.
-leer -> work up/dig/aerial ace
-tackle -> take down -> retaliate -> return
-odor sleuth -> wild charge
-bite -> crunch
Patrat -> level 20 -> Watchhog
Patrat is an interesting pokemon, no doubt. Like the rats from past generations, this thing gets a killer move pool later on, which can be real annoying. Super fang cuts things HP in half juts like that, and hypnosis and confuse ray are really annoying. Patrat also has a bunch of options like baton pass and swords dance, to help you team. So Patrat goes for an interesting support and annoyer role, rather then straight up attack. Honestly sweeping is better in game then all that jazz, but if you like to be an annoying person, go ahead. Donít try to sweep with this thing because it just doesnít have the stats, stat wise is inferior to Lilipup in every way.
-tackle -> hyperfang -> return
-leer -> hypnosis/thunder wave/toxic/swords dance
-bite -> crunch
-bide -> sand attack -> confuse ray -> super fang/dig/baton pass
Continuing on route 1, a lady in the second grass patch will give you a free potion. Thatís as far as route 1 goes, at the end the gang will want to talk with you. They talk to you on the X-transciever (even though they are right next to you.) Get use to this thing because your going to see it a lot. Then the professor tells you to heal your pokemon in the next town, Accumula.
Ok now the professor will lead you to the pokemon center. After that they force you to heal your pokemon, no animal abuse in pokemon land. Pokemon centers basically heal your pokemon, so if they are dieing on you, they get fixed up, pretty handy. Then they lead you to the Pokemart, which in now inside the pokemon center too. Here they suggest you buy some items, I would too. About 5-10 pokeballs in fine and maybe a few potions, but the pokeballs are crucial. The other shop sells useless things like mail, so just ignore it. Then you gotta go outside, at some point, there Team Plasma will be being all annoying and talking and stuff. Just mash the A button until you got to battle N, the rival or sorts that Plasma has for you. Yay 3 rivals!
Just as a side, in the pokemon center there is a computer which is called a PC. If you go to the computer it gives you a bunch of options. First off is ďsomeoneísĒ PC, which you soon shall know the name of this allows you to move around your pokemon in and out of your PC. See you can only hold 6 pokemon at a time, so any overflow goes here in the PC, if you want them you have to go here. Withdraw lets you take them out, but you must have an open slot. And deposit allows you to throw pokemon back into the PC. Move gives you a mixed of both, allowing you to individually switch pokemon and move them around, I use this the most personally. Move items just moves your items from one pokemon to another. Your nameís PC is you item storage, have any extra, unneeded, items? Ditch them here, deposit and withdraw work similar to the way they do for the pokemon, just no boxes.
Pretty easy battle. Your starter should be at least level 6 now. And even if you manage to lose it you have patrat, or lilipup, or even both, to finish them off. After that just heal up. In a house on the west side of town, a guy in a house with a Patrat, will give you a free pokeball. After that just head west to route 2.
As soon as you head into route 2, you mom will call you up, then she runs to you can gives you the Running Shoes. Which do an amazing thing, allow you to run (because you just canít run without Running Shoes silly). Just press B while walking, and you can run around. There is some pokemon in the grass up ahead, only new one in Purloin:
Name Levels Rarity
Lilipup 4-7 40%
Patrat 4-7 40%
Purrloin 4-5 20%
Purrloin -> level 20 -> Liepard
Purrloin is the first non-normal type you get to catch. So it offers some diversity, but dark types still share that weakness to fighting. Also early on you donít have any stab moves, and only in the mid game so you start getting some decent moves. After that, though, it is simply outclassed by other sweepers later in the game, but again itís a great mid-game pokemon, when at only level 20 its gets decent attacks on both sides and a great speed. Its move pool its just enough to get through the day, remember no ghost moves, since ghost and dark moves have the same typing, but dark gets stab here; on the special side itís a bit lacking though, with only grass knot, and no boosting moves.
-scratch -> slash -> return
-growl -> pursuit/thief -> night slash -> sucker punch
-assist -> fake out/aerial ace
-sand attack -> thunder wave/toxic/grass knot
On route 3 you will encounter 3 trainers with a level 7 pokemon, each one with a pokemon, all together they have a Lilipup, Patrat and, Purrloin. Level 7 is a bit high in this point in the game, so donít be embarrassed if you have to go back to the pokemon center after each one. If you climb some steps and then head south you can get a free pokeball and potion. At the end ogf route 2 you will meet up with Bianca, she will then want to battle you.
If you chose: Tepig:
If you chose Snivy:
If you chose Oshawott:
Pretty easy battle, just beat there starter which should be easy since you know your the stronger type, then lilipup should be a breeze. After that head north to Striaton City.
Ok first off here head west and get an X-Speed, at the least you can sell it. Then go to the first house, the man will give for a free great ball, they catch pokemon a bit better then a normal ball, so yeah. Behind the houses you will find a guy who will give you a dusk ball, which is very effective if used at night or in caves. Finally there is a great ball hidden in the west part of town, in some trees. Now go to the pokemon school, before talking to Cheren, talk to a little boy who gives you a quiz. The answers are Antidote and then Awakening. As a reward you will get a full heal, which heals all status problems. Then battle Cheren, he is much stronger then Brianca, just to warn you.
Cheren - $800
If you chose Snivy:
Tepig @ Oran Berry
If you chose Tepig:
Oshawott @ Oran Berry
If you chose Oshawott:
Snivy @ Oran Berry
Hopefully by this point you trained something else besides you starter to take him on, if not switch to some newly caught pokemon and spam leer until it dies, then take it out with tackle. Purrloin is easy to deal with. If you have any problem here feel free to use some potions. After you beat him he will give you an Oran Berry. You can now face the first gym leader now, but before you do that there is something else I suggest you do first. Head on over to the dream yard to the east, make sure you have a slot open too because your about to get something to your party.
In the dream yard first you have to face a few trainers. Battle them there good experience for the gym. There is a girl with 2 Purrloins at level 8 and, a boy with 2 level 7 Patrat and a level 7 Lilipup. Then at the end you will meet a girl which will give you an elemental monkey, depending on your starter. Its whatever your starter is strong against, so if you choose Snivy your going to get Panpour, the water monkey. While I have to admit the monkeys ainít that great, they will at least cream the gym leader coming up, if needed.
Pansage -> leaf stone -> Simisage
Pansage is an ok pokemon, but there are a few grass types in Unova you will find a lot more useful, but still its ok. One of Pansageís biggest strengths is its pretty swell move pool. Also its strengths donít come into play until at least the late mid-game where is faces still competition. Still its ok use it if you want. The big issue here is when to evolve it, you can evolve it after you get a leaf stone when you enter Castelia City but at least wait until you get to level 22, when you learn seed bomb. After that though there are no useful moves aside from crunch, which you canít get unless you wait until level 43, which is kinda annoying and shadow claw is only 10 points lower in power.
-scratch -> return/focus blast/brick break
-leer -> leech seed -> rock slide
-lick -> bite -> shadow claw
-vine whip -> seed bomb/energy ball/grass knot
Pansear -> fire stone -> Seamisear
-scratch -> focus blast/brick break/return/rock slide
-leer -> yawn -> grass knot
-lick -> bite -> shadow claw
-incinerate -> flame burst -> flamethrower/fire blast
Pansear is considered to be one of the worst of the monkeys. The reason is that incinerate is main stab move early on is only a pitiful base 30 power, which with stab is a mere 5 points stronger then scratch. This makes it very hard to use later on. To make matters worse at level 22 it learns flame burst, which again is a full 10 power points weaker then its monkey brosí scald and seed bomb. But like its brothers it gets a pretty decent move pool and fire blast which is something Pansage and Panpour canít say. Also as with its brothers, crunch comes way to late and generally is not worth it. The last nail on the coffin though for Pansear is the fact that in Unova there are multiple better fire types out there with much better stats and move pools. So unless you like this thing, or just donít want to ditch it, its not worth keeping.
Panpour -> water stone -> Semipour
While panpour is very much like its monkey brothers, it has a very key differences that make it worth keeping. First off water guns comes straight off at 40 power which with stab is pretty strong in game. Also look around Unova, aside from Oshawott, which you obviously canít get if you have this monkey, this thing has the highest speed and attacks of any water type, making a great and unique pokemon, since water has amazing coverage. And it only has 2 weaknesses which is good. Finally to top, it off Panpour has a great move pool like all the other monkeys. Evolve it at level 22 after you learn Scald a great water move, and crunch is not worth while at level 43. So its defiantly a pokemon worth considering, great all the way through.
-scratch -> return/grass knot
-leer -> ice beam
-lick -> bite -> shadow claw/grass knot
-water gun -> scald -> surf
Ok after that there is a X defend past the girl, thatís all there is here for now, so head back to the city.
As soon as you enter the gym the entering gym dude, will give you a fresh water, which is great to heal if you need it. The puzzle for the gym is mad easy, just click on the button type that beats the curtain type. Pretty easy man. After that you have to face these 2 people before the gym leader, a dude with a level 11 Lilipup and, a girl with a level 10 Patrat and level 10 Purrloin. They are pretty strong but the leaders are stronger, so train up. Then you face the gym leader, but there are 3, the one you face depends on your starter. Svivy gets Chili, Tepig gets Cress and, Oshawott gets Cilan. Of course they have whatever your weak against, so its quite a challenge.
Cilan/Chili/Cress - $1680
This admittedly a difficult gym. Work up can cause problem as they just boost, boost, boost then sweep. And unless your willing to grind, you will need to get tricky. One method on Pansage and possibly Lilipup is to growl every turn with a Lilipup, since all there moves are physical. One other method, that I personally used was to send out a joke pokemon, that you donít mind using, and simply leering or tail whipping every turn. Then after they land a fatal blow since in your monkey, and it should be able to take one hit even with a few boosts, then land a fatal blow with a super effective and negative defense hit. Also you can just straight up attack them with your monkey and hopefully you kill them off, since the monkeyís donít have much defense. After you beat them you get TM: Work Up. Work up boosts both your attack and special attack at once. So itís a pretty good TM at the beginning, remember its unlimited use to each it to as many as you want!