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Questions tagged [pokemon-series]

A series of role-playing and other genres of games based around creatures called "Pokémon". Use this tag for questions about the series of games as a whole. Use the individual tags for questions about specific games, or the generation tags for questions that are relevant to all games in a Generation.

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Pokémon had no moves left with plenty of PP

I was playing Pokémon Y, freshly healed from a Pokémon center so I know had full PP on all my of Pokémon. I ran into a trainer battle, my leading Pokémon was Gabite, I don't remember which Pokémon the ...
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What is the FEAR strategy?

My friend was telling me about the FEAR strategy while I was playing Pokemon Heart Gold. But he isn't sure what the FEAR strategy is, because he was playing this game long time ago and he doesn't ...
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Does any trainer in the core Pokémon games use Unown?

Do any trainers use Unown in their teams at all? I define core as any Version [whatever] games. No console games count.
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What advantage do I get by evolving my Pokemon?

I know that if I postpone my Pokemon's evolution, I can learn certain moves earlier. For example, Mareep learns Thunder at level 55 while its fully evolved form, Ampharos, only gets it at level 79. ...
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What's the difference between “mythical” and “legendary” Pokémon?

I always see some Pokémon being called "mythical" or "legendary", but I don't understand what makes a Pokémon mythical and what makes it legendary. Is there any definition that differentiates a ...
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Is it really possible to “catch 'em all”?

Since there are now 649 Pokemon, is it really possible to legitimately catch every single Pokemon from all the generations on one game? Black/White are only limited to 8 boxes on the PC and I don't ...
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Does Magikarp's Splash move really never deal any damage?

I am rather certain that I once had a Magikarp in my party and when it used its Splash attack on an enemy, it actually did do some damage. But it never happended again after that and all accounts that ...
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Why does my Pokémon Gold cartridge seem to forget saved gameplay?

I recently bought a copy of Pokémon gold version at a car boot sale. I played it for a while but then I had to stop, so I saved and then turned the game boy off, and took the game out. The next day ...
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Is it possible to trade Pokemon from the 1st generation games to the most recent ones?

I know that you can trade Pokemon between games of the same generation (Gold/Silver, Ruby/Sapphire) and even trade between 1st gen and 2nd gen. However, I haven't been able to find a way to trade ...
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Is there an in-game explanation for the increase in the number of Pokemon between generations?

The number of pokemon increases with each new generation. Has there at any point been an in-game explanation, other than the addition of new regions, for the sudden increase in the number of pokemon? ...
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Is it possible for NPC trainers to have a shiny Pokémon?

When encountering a wild Pokémon, you have a 1/8192 chance to encounter a shiny Pokémon in the wild. With the odds essentially being a 0.012% chance I would go months without finding a shiny, but I ...
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What is the Nuzlocke Challenge?

I've read some Pokemon fans' comic about this Nuzlocke Challenge, that have some "rules" about this challenge like if your Pokemon faint, then it means your Pokemon is dead. I want to know what is ...
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Pokemon: Gotta catch 'em all, but how to get started?

I have not had much Pokemon interest in the past, but I have an extended trip coming up and am looking to give it a try. I've spent my life learning enough about other magical universes, but just ...
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Does a shiny pokemon stay shiny after evolution?

I recently encountered a shiny Golbat which I would love to evolve into a Crobat. My only worry is will evolution cancel out the shiny attribute? I have never caught a shiny before, except for the red ...
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Other than appearance, what is the difference between regular Pokemon and “shiny” Pokemon?

I am currently playing Pokemon LeafGreen (the GBA remake of Green). Earlier today, I caught a "shiny" or "golden" Rattata. I tried looking up what these golden Pokemon actually do other than look ...
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Why are Hidden Machines so called?

In the Pokémon games, there are certain moves that you teach your Pokémon via a machine that comes in 2 varieties, Technical or Hidden. The Technical Machine comes from the Japanese " わざマシン ", which ...
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Do stats actually get raised by Gym Badges?

In Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen, you get badges for defeating Gym Leaders, just like in any other Pokemon game. However, upon receiving the badges, it sometimes tells you that a stat of all ...
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Is there an order to the Pokemon games chronologically?

For all of the main Pokemon games since Pokemon Red and Blue, and all the way to today's X & Y, are the games in chronological order? I'm genuinely curious as to if there's an storyline spanning ...
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When a Pokémon rewards multiple EVs, which one comes first?

If I have a Pokémon that is currently at 509 EVs and I beat an Ivysaur (which grants 1 AtSpe EV and 1 DefSpe EV), which EV will I earn ? (Considering AtSpe and DefSpe aren't yet at 255) What actual ...
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Is there any Pokemon game where you… have a dad?

This question is more about the lore in the Pokemon games world. In every Pokemon game I have played, your character doesn't have a dad, only a mom. I can't remember much about a dad in the Pokemon ...
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How does confusion work in Pokemon?

From a mechanics standpoint, how does the confusion status work? Specifically: How often does it trigger, what damage type does it deal, how is damage calculated, etc.
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In Pokemon, is base damage done to multiple targets the same?

Let's say I have a Swampert that knows Surf, and I'm in a double battle against two identical Pokemon (EV's, IV's, items, the works). If I use the move, will it deal the exact same damage to both of ...
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What is the Pokemon move/attack that always leaves opponents with at least 1 hit point?

I remember that there was a move or attack one of my Pokemon had that caused damage to the opponent but would leave at least one hit point. I am most interested about its avaibility in Leaf Green. ...
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Can a shiny Ditto turn into shiny versions of other Pokemon?

I am DexNav chaining to get a shiny Ditto and I am wondering will it change into shiny Pokemon?
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Is it possible to get “stuck” in Pokemon?

I've always wondered about why Game Freak makes HMs impossible to remove on a Pokemon without a move deleter (especially since TMs and HMs can be used infinitely now), but now I'm curious about a ...
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How do I catch a “shiny” Pokemon

I was curious as to know in what Pokemon installments can I catch a shiny Pokemon and how. Can anyone tell me?
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Which Pokemon games do I need to have in order to 'Catch them All'? [closed]

In Pokemon Blue/Red there is 11 exclusive non obtainable Pokemons so there are 151 (number of Pokemons) - 11 = 140 Pokemon possible to acquire in each version. So in which Pokemon series is the ...
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Do EVs take immediate effect?

I've read a lot about EV training, and from what I understand, every 4 EV points will give you 1 stat point from the EV (say, 4 EV points in Speed will give me 1 Speed stat point when I level up). ...
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Pokémon Generation IV (Platinum, Pearl, Diamond): What's new since Gameboy versions?

I recently started playing Pokémon Platinum on my Nintendo DS. Last one I played was Pokémon Yellow on my Gameboy. Ever since then, a lot has changed in the Pokémon World. I've tried going through ...
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Where can I train my Pokemon in HeartGold/SoulSilver after Kanto?

I have been using the Elite Four to train my Pokemon while running through Kanto. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of defeating Blue in Viridian City without leveling up my Pokemon enough, so now ...
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Is there a version of Pokemon in which you could get the leftover starter?

So with each of the Pokemon games, you generally start with three choices of Pokemon - a Fire, Grass, or Water type. You chose that, and your rival usually chooses the most effective pokemon when ...
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What is the optimal number of training Pokemon?

In all Pokemon versions, there's a trade off: You can easily level a few Pokemon off of trainers, or slowly grind to level your entire team. With the goals of beating the game and catching as many ...
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Do Pokemon forget a move when changing form?

When browsing Bulbapedia, I have noticed that some Pokemon with alternate forms have different move learnsets depending on their form. One such example is Hoopa. Hoopa Confined learns Phantom Force ...
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How can you increase the shiny rate?

I remember seeing somewhere that if you breed a Pokemon from a different region its offspring would have a higher chance of being shiny. Is this true? What other methods can be used to increase the ...
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Can evolution occur at level 100?

I have a level 74 Braixen which I have given the Everstone to prevent her from evolving. There are many reasons, including I kind of like the look of her current evolution better than her fully ...
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What is an HM Slave?

I just came across the term "HM Slave" in reference to a Pokemon character. A couple of questions such as this one reference the term but I haven't been able to find anything that defines it. What ...
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What is it that Professor Oak actually studies?

What is it that Professor Oak studies about Pokemon in the original US release? Is he just collecting names, or is there more to 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 in-game hints are given for the evolution of Feebas?

Feebas evolves into Milotic either by significantly increasing its 'beauty' stat or by trading it while holding a Prism Scale. Both of these triggers for evolution, as far as I know, are unique to ...
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How do I speed up egg hatching?

Some Pokemon eggs take many thousands of in-game steps to hatch. I'm only interested in breeding in late parts of the game, mostly after I have beaten the League. Since I've already done virtually all ...
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Why use the move detect/protect?

Detect/Protect can protect a pokemon from being hit by an attack for one move. But why is this helpful? You use the move, they fail to attack you, and then it's just normal again. The only reason I ...
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What is Pikablu, and how can I get him?

I've heard a lot of rumors about Pikablu, is he real or not? If he's real, where can I find him? Do I need cheats to get him?
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Releasing a pokemon

This article on Bulbapedia says that: Released Pokémon cannot be found again in the wild Does it mean that Only the very same pokemon you just released, with all its stats, learned moves and the ...
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How does STAB work exactly, and how does it interact with the Technician ability?

A Pokemon which has the Technitian ability gets x1.5 boosted attack power for all moves used which have an attack power of 60 or less (so a move with 60 attack power will actually have 90 attack power)...
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How do pokemon stats relate to attack power?

The question: How do the stats of an individual pokemon relate to its abilities' damage? For example: Let's say i have a pokemon that has 110 Atk and 100 Sp Atk. He knows 2 attacks: 1 is a Physical ...
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When is it ideal to feed my pokemon vitamins?

During which part of my training should I feed my pokemon vitamins? When is it most beneficial? I've been doing some serious EV training and have heard some people say that it's best to feed them as ...
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What is the purpose of Pokemon moves, Celebrate and Hold Hands?

So, I just read this articles about Pokemon moves, Celebrate and Hold Hands. Both of them introduced in Generation VI Pokemon games and does absolutely nothing. Both of them also shares this trait ...
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Is the attack “Flail” of Magikarp worth it?

Ok so, I'm playing Pokémon Soul Silver, and I trained a Magikarp to be able to make him evolve into a Gyarados. Now, my Magikarp is lvl 19, and soon to be 20 (which is the level that it will evolve). ...
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How to know if Ho-oh or any other legend is legitimate? [duplicate]

Yesterday, I placed a Zygarde on the GTS, and I asked in return for a Ho-oh. To my surprise today, I got the Ho-oh, it was shiny, and it had 5ivs! (all in the good places!) I checked to see the Ho-oh'...
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What do the Pokemon “Characteristics” mean?

On the second page of the Pokemon information where it tells you its Nature, how it was received, and something that says Characteristic. Some examples are Characteristics are: Alert to sounds, ...