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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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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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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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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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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Poké Ball only shakes once and the Pokémon is caught

Sometimes when I throw a Poké Ball at a Pokémon in Pokémon X/Y, instead of the ball shaking three times, it shakes once and then the Pokémon is caught. What is happening here? I haven't actually ...
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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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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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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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Does trading Pokemon that evolves on trade give both Pokedex entries?

I'm in the process of filling in my Pokedex in Black 2/White 2 so this question is mostly concerned with the fifth generation. I was wondering if I could trade over a Pokemon (say Haunter) and get an ...
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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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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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Pokemon Black 2 Emulator save issue

So here's my situation now. I've started a Pokemon Black 2 game on Desmume, and the game warned me that I already have a saved game, so I said I want to start a new game anyway. Now, I'm usually ...
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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 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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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 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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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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Which Pokémon “types” are the most well-rounded?

I've always been more of a casual Pokémon player, but lately I've been trying to experiment more. I'm looking to find what Pokémon "types" generally counter the other "types" best. According to ...
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Can I acquire the generation I starter Pokemon in White 2 / Black 2?

It's been quite some time since I've played a Pokemon game. In fact, I was in elementary or middle school when Red/Blue was all the rage here. Is there anyway to acquire Pikachu, Squirtle, ...
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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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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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How do I transfer old Pokemon to Black/White with ONE Nintendo DS?

I only have one Nintendo DS Lite. Most of my friends don't play games thus don't have a NDS. I want to transfer over some Pokemon such as Skitty, Delcatty, and a few others that I am not able to get. ...
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Can a shiny Pokémon be identified apart from the sparkle and colour?

Suppose you play Pokémon with the sound off, and without paying much attention to the screen. Suddenly you notice a wild Pokémon battle has started. You think it might be a shiny, but you didn't see ...
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Capturing all of N's Pokemon

Playing through my game of White2, I encountered a Pokemon which I thought was shiny due to the way it appeared in the wild. When I caught it, there was a note that "it appears to have a different ...
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Which legendary is extremely hard to catch without using the Master Ball?

In Pokemon Black/White, Reshiram and Zekrom are very easy to capture using Dusk Balls. Usually I can get them in one or 2 shots. With all the other legendaries, I seem to capture them very easily 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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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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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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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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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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What places have the best efficiency for EV training in Black And White?

I've decided to look into EV training to make my Pokemon stronger in a competitive battle. I know about how to train EVs, using items such as Macho Brace or Power Bracer etc, but I was wondering what ...
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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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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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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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What will I miss if I skip Pokemon Black/White and go onto Pokemon Black 2/White 2?

I was going to buy Pokemon Black/White however I wondered if I should just skip to Black 2/White 2. As far as story goes... well its a Pokemon game not a novel most of the storys in game are just ...
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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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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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Is it possible to filter out the low level legendary Pokemon on the GTS?

I'm attempting to complete my Pokedex, and the GTS is a great way to save some time and effort. However, I've run into the problem of people offering low level legendary Pokemon such as a Level 9 ...
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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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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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What level are the gyms?

What level are the Pokemon in each Black and White gym?
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Can a Starly inherit a Staravia/Staraptor's Hidden Ability once it evolves?

I just noticed Starly doesn't have a Hidden Ability, but its evolutions, Staravia and Staraptor, do. So if I were to breed a female Staravia/Staraptor correctly (not using a Ditto), would the ...
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What determines the rustling grass?

Very rarely do I see the rustling grass when I'm walking through it. What are the determining factors when the grass starts to shake? Is it just a random event? Is there any items or a pokemon move ...
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Why would anyone want to use the pass power Exp. Point Power ↓?

I can definitely understand the rationale for Exp. Point Power ↑, but don't understand why someone would want to prevent their Pokemon from gaining experience.
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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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What do I win for guessing the mimic?

I've just arrived in Opelucid City and I've found a room where 4 children want me to identify the mimic. I've done so repeatedly for far too long. Am I wasting my time or is there a point to this very ...
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Does the game automatically save after you tuck in/wake up a Pokemon or leave the Entralink?

Does the game automatically save after the following: Tucking in a Pokémon with Game Sync Waking up a Pokémon with Game Sync Leaving the Entralink
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How can I acquire a Light Ball in Pokémon Black/White or Black/White 2?

Is there any legitimate way to acquire a Light Ball in Pokémon Black, White, Black 2 or White 2? Wild Pikachu can be found carrying a Light Ball, but no Pikachu are encountered in Pokémon Black/White ...
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Do any Pokémon lose the ability to learn a HM when they evolve?

Some Pokémon lose the ability to learn certain moves when they evolve. For example: Pichu learns Nasty Plot at level 18, but Pikachu can't learn or re-learn it Pichu can be taught Uproar by the Move ...
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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 ...