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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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 ...
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Daily Events in Fifth Gen

What are the daily events that I should be attending in Pokemon Black and White? I'm mainly referring to items given out daily, swarm like events from 4th Gen, and daily battles. Feel free to include ...
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What level are the gyms?

What level are the Pokemon in each Black and White gym?
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Anville Town's Lost Luggage Gifts

What items does the Anville lost luggage guy actually give you? I've gotten rare candies, proteins, and hp ups. Does anyone have a definitive list? Also, what determines the number of items that are ...
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Do all Pokemon B/W Wifi features work with WPA2?

I've learned that original (and Lite) Nintendo DS systems do not support WPA/WPA2 Wifi encryption, but the newer hardware (DSi, 3DS) does. I've also learned that this only applies to newer games, and ...
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What's a good strategy for determining the type of my pokemon's Hidden Power?

Pokemon Black and White has all new pokemon, and honestly, I'm not familiar enough with the game yet to tell you where you can find which pokemon. This is a problem, because I'm looking for a fast way ...
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When catching Victini on Liberty Island is it ever possible that he will know Searing Shot?

It is his first move in his learn set but since he is level 15 he only seems to know the four following moves in the learn set, Quick Attack, Endure, Incinerate, and Confusion. Searing Shot is the ...
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How can I predict how much money I will lose if I lose a battle?

If I lose a battle (i.e. all 6 of my pokemon faint), how much money will I lose?
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Does the encounter rate increase while running or riding a bike?

I tend to walk when I'm trying not to attract wild pokemon but don't have a repel to use to accomplish that. Is this just a psychological thing or is the encounter rate actually lowered while walking ...
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List of Fifth Generation Pokemon [closed]

I'm looking for a list of all the new Pokemon in Black and White. Specifically, I'd like a list with their English names and pictures. Can anyone help me out?