This tag is for questions about general mechanics applicable to the fifth generation of the main series Pokémon games, starting in 2010 with Pokémon Black and Pokémon White released on the Nintendo DS.

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How do I know what day it is in Pokemon Black & White?

I am playing Pokemon White and I noticed there are decent amount of events that occur only on specific days. Now my problem is that I have no idea which day is it in-game at any time and I don't want ...
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How do I water berries in the Pokemon Global Link Dream World?

I can't water the berries; I can only plant them. I can click on the watering can and berries, but nothing happens. Do I water them right after I plant them? Is there a certain time I have to water ...
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Where and How can I improve my pokemon to get through Nimbassa City?

I'm playing Pokemon Black and have just reached Nimbasa city. I think I've set myself up for fail, since I have only one high level Pokemon while the rest are pretty low. Lv. 30 Pignite Lv. 22 Sawk ...
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Is there any benefit to sticking with the same color, Pokémon Black > Black 2 and Pokémon White > White 2?

Since this is the first time a Pokémon game has had a direct sequel, is there any advantage to getting the same color sequel instead of the opposite game? Or should this just be treated like any ...
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What is Hurricane's accuracy in rain?

With no weather active, Hurricane has an accuracy of 70%. In the rain, however, the accuracy of the attack is boosted. Serebii states that its accuracy becomes 100%. This move has different ...
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When does the Dream World reset?

I was playing in the Dream World and when it reached 1 hour, it closed and reset the allowed entry time. But today I entered just to check my berry farm, finished and left. The time it didn't reset. ...
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Is there an easier way to acquire ideal Pokemon?

Is there any way to quickly attain Pokemon with custom levels, custom abilities, and custom EVs? I've got a set of pokemon, the perfect team I use for Wi-Fi gameplay and such, but strong as they ...
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How can I check a Pokémon's EV point values?

Is there a way to check my Pokémon's EV point totals in Pokémon White?
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Why does the C-Gear flash red or green sometimes?

In Pokemon Black and White, why does the online section of the C-Gear glow red or green sometimes? This seems to happen at random, even though I have a Wi-Fi connection.
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What is the difference between “Often dozes off” and “alert to sounds”?

I was breeding Abras for Modest Female Abra, I got 3 of them, they stats are the same: Att: 4 Def: 5 Sp.Att: 7 Sp.Def: 6 Speed: 7 And they description are ALMOST the same: Modest nature. ...
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Do wild pokemon EVs start at zero?

I am trying to learn about the EVs used in Pokemon to boost stats. If a pokemon is just caught, does it have no EVs at all? Does this also hold true for pokemon obtained in different ways such as ...
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What is the meaning of the pink face?

There is a pink face right beside the sparkle that indicates Shiny. What is the meaning of that face? It's at the left side of the "marks" that you can put. You can see them in summary window or at ...
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Which is the best way to level up a Pokemon?

At the moment I am using this strategy: Pokemon as the first in party (engaging in all fights, even when I need to switch for a more powerful/better suited Pokemon). Exp.Share equipped. Fighting the ...
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How do I change my C-gear skin?

I have 'Minccino' c-gear skin, in use, and now I got the 'Reshiram' c-gear skin, from the last event. How can I switch between my C-gear skins?
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Where can I check the happiness

Where can I check the happiness from my Pokemon on Pokemon White ? I Know that there is a NPC who can say it to you using some phrase. But there is other way to check it or is it the ONLY way to see ...
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How do I get NPCs back into the White Forest?

In pokemon, I've been troubled by the fact that the patches of grass and water that used to be in White Forest have altogether disappeared. I've gone through four months already in real life, so the ...
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Can I stop doing mini-games in Pokemon Dream World?

Is there any reason to keep doing mini-games on Pokémon Dream World after you get over 10000 points. (Beside the games vs the pokemon you want to capture)? When you are in Pokémon Dream World, you ...
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Do the Pokemon you put in Pokemon Dream World affect the Dream World in any way?

Do the Pokemon you put in Pokemon Dream World, affect the Dream World in any way? I put Shuppet in Pokemon Dream World for two days in a row and got a lot of Spooky Manor maps and played a lot of ...
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Politoed Breeding

Politoed is an evolution from Poliwhirl when traded holding a King's Rock. It is one of Poliwag's final forms, the other being Poliwrath. In Bulbapedia says some moves can only be learned by ...
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How could I fill up the NAMES of the Pokemon in my Pokedex

I tried battle subway and the battle institute, and none of the new encounters came to my Pokedex. When I capture a Pokemon, the Pokemon goes to my Pokedex with a small Pokeball on his left side. ...
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When do Pokemon outbreaks change routes?

I was trying to find out when the swarming on a Pokemon outbreak change to another route, but I could only find this information about "soft-reset". But nothing about the time to reset while playing. ...
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If I cancel an evolution, can I evolve the same Pokemon later?

If I cancel an evolution, can I evolve the same Pokemon later ? I cancelled (for tests) an evolution from Krokorok and now I don't know if I should capture another to get the evolution, or if there ...
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How do I know who attacks first?

I have been playing Pokemon White for a while now, but no matter how hard I try, I do not understand how the game calculates who attacks first in each round of a battle. At first I thought it ...
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Where are the Dancers?

I am trying to find all the Dancers in Castelia City so I can battle them all and they can form some sort of dance team or something. I have spoken to and defeated the one by the fountain in the ...
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Do turns carry over from previous encounters with fleeing Legendary Pokémon?

I've been trying to catch Thundurus, but I don't know which is the best Poké Ball, the Quick ball or the Ultra ball? I left the wild Thundurus with 1 hp and asleep, but I don't know if it counts as ...
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Does evolution affect EV training?

I wish to EV train an excadril. Can I EV train a drilbur and expect the effort values to carry over without consequence? Also, one I get all of my effort value in place, am I free to train anywhere ...
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How do I get my Pokemon?

I discovered the Pokemon Global Link site, and got a few different Pokemon in the Dream World, which was neat. I have no idea, however, to actually get them in game. The game mentions I have to go ...
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How do you get event Pokémon like Keldeo?

I've never gotten any Pokémon (other than Mewtwo) from events, so I don't have clue about how they really work. =) As Bulbapedia and other sites are saying, Keldeo is "… currently the final ...
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Do your Pokemon gain experience when you catch Pokemon?

If I am trying to level a Pokemon (Munna, for example), so I wander around and battle lots of wild Pokemon, and then I decide to catch one of these wild Pokemon (because I don't have it yet), will my ...
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How do I protect against Take Down?

I am fighting in the second Gym, against Herdier, who keeps using Take Down against my Pokemon. It tends to kill or almost kill my Pokemon. I would really like to beat this Gym - is there anything ...
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Do my Pokemon lose levels they gained if they faint in the same battle?

If I am in a battle against a trainer with multiple Pokemon, and I beat one of them, and my Pokemon gains a level or two, but against the next Pokemon, it faints, will I lose the levels that my ...
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Does running from wild Pokemon increase the amount of times wild Pokemon appear?

It always feels like if I run away from a couple of battles in a row with wild Pokemon, then I end up having to battle wild Pokemon every few steps, whereas if I just battle them and get it over with, ...
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Can I have two Rotoms with the same forme on the same team?

According to this question, if Rotom is possessing an appliance when traded, Rotom reverts to its original forme, and the appliance returns to the Rotom's Room. Is it possible to have, for example, ...
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What pokemon do the NPCs use when allied for multi-battles?

On the battle subway you can ally with an NPC (for multi battle and super-multi battle), and tell them to focus on Attack, Defense, or Mixed. What sort of pokemon am I signing myself up for with the ...
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What exactly determines the encounter rates of different pokemon in White Forest?

I have four named characters in my White Forest: Britney, Collin, Gene and Vincent. According to Bulbapedia, this means that in patches of long grass I should encounter Hoppip, Abra, Aron and Magby, ...
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In Pokemon Black/White, can the Name Rater remove a nickname?

I had a Patrat that I taught Cut, but once I got Strength I taught another Pokemon both Cut and Strength. Now the Patrat is redundant. But when I came across the Name Rater I renamed Patrat to +Cut. ...
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What are the limitations on catching pokemon in the Pokemon Dream World?

I used the Pokemon Global Link website for the first time the other day, and I left with a few of my questions about how it works answered but with many more new ones. I can probably figure most of ...
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Search for Pokemon by moves learned

I'm looking for a website that lets you filter Pokemon by moves. So, say I'm looking for a Pokemon with the move combination False Swipe, Spore, and Leech Seed. I would enter those moves and get a ...
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What is the best HM Pack Mule in Generation V?

I realize this is a slightly unconstrained question (what qualifies as best?), so let's constrain it a little. In Generation V we've reduced the number of HMs to 6. Now given I can only stick 4 ...
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Does Curse affect normal pokemon?

I know Shadow Ball won't affect normal pokemon, but Confuse Ray will, and both are ghost type attacks. So, will Curse (when used by a ghost, of course) affect a normal pokemon?
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What is a “Battle Video” and how do I watch one?

For an example of context, see this forum post. The user references a "battle video" by number (in the format XX-XXXXX-XXXXX). Obviously this is meant as some kind of public number to be put in ...
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What is the chance and capture rate of a “Critical Capture”?

Pokémon Black and White introduced a mechanic known as a Critical Capture. When you throw a Pokéball, it has a low chance of pausing in midair, making a metal noise, wiggling once on the ground, and ...
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Can you breed baby Dittos?

I rather need an army of Dittos of different natures, but capturing them is annoying what with their high levels and rare appearances. Can I stick 2 Dittos in the Day Care and make new ones?
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What is the most efficient way to get a pokemon with good IVs, nature, and ability?

I would like a step-by-step guide on how I would go about crafting a Pokemon that meets certain requirements. How should I go about catching one? How do I ensure it has the right nature and ability? ...
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Does your Pokemon evolve if you black out in the fight where it levels up?

I have a Rufflet (bad choice so far) who is level 50 and I really want it to evolve to Braviary, so I gave it an Exp. Share and am grinding on the Elite 4. I've spent all my money on various items ...
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Are you a boy? or a girl?

Pokemon Black/White has been applauded for the improved storyline (well, for a Pokemon game). Are there any differences in being a male protagonist versus being a female protagonist? Or is it ...
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Swirling Dust Clouds in Caverns

Are the chances to recover items from the dust swirls the same for all the items(particularly the type gems)? And does the chances of what you receive/encounter from the dust depend on the cavern the ...
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How can I remove all the EVs from my Pokemon?

I have a level 100 Gengar that I moved to my recently-finished Black cartridge. I never paid attention to EVs in the past gen, but now I hear EVs take effect immediately rather than on level up, so I ...
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Does the Pokemon, Emolga, evolve?

I have a Level 40 Emolga in Pokemon Black, but it hasn't evolved yet. How do I make it evolve?
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How do I transfer my Pokémon?

So I have my Pokémon from Diamond (yes I have Diamond; no I don't think it's emasculating) and I want to transfer them over to my new Pokémon Black. Seems easy enough. But here is the catch: I only ...