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Pokemon - Gold Version

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The box art for Silver.
The box art for Silver.
Pokemon Gold and Silver were released on October 14, 2000 in North America (November 21, 1999 in Japan and April 6, 2001 in Europe) for the Game Boy (although it also supported the Super Game Boy and Game Boy Color). Development was done by Game Freak, publishing by Nintendo, and marketing and licensing from The Pokemon Company.

Taking place in the Johto region, the second generation of Pokemon introduced 100 new Pokemon. Besides unique Pokemon and other minor details, Gold and Silver are identical to each other. However, to collect every single one of the Pokemon, players must trade between not only Gold and Silver, but also the first two games, Pokemon Red and Blue.

Well-received by critics with an 89% average rating according to Game Rankings, Pokemon Gold and Silver was a critical success. Gold and Silver are regarded as some of the best iterations in the Pokemon franchise, getting a ten out of ten from IGN, and high scores from many other publications. Together, Gold and Silver sold 6.5 million in Japan alone, while sales in North America beat previous sales records, selling 1.4 million copies in the first week of sales.
Pokemon Gold silver return as DS Remakes.
Pokemon Gold silver return as DS Remakes.

Pokemon Crystal was later released as an updated version of Gold and Silver. It came out on July 29, 2001 in North America, and was the only Pokemon game to be released only on the Game Boy Color. Despite being largely similar to Gold and Silver, Crystal added many new features, including new series' staples such as the ability to choose the player's gender.

A remake of Gold and Silver is in development for the Nintendo DS. Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver are set to be released during spring of 2010 in North America, and on September 12, 2009 in Japan. It is a mostly graphical remake of the game, but it also brings most of Johto's Pokemon into the latest generation of Pokemon (despite all of them being available across many of the later games released).


Cyndaquil fights Pidgey; a traditional battle.
Cyndaquil fights Pidgey; a traditional battle.
Set in the Johto Region, Gold/Silver is a traditional role-playing game with gameplay essentially the same as Pokemon Red/Blue and Yellow. There are two different "types" of gameplay. In battles, players have several options. The Pokemon that is in battle can attack the rival Pokemon (be it a wild Pokemon or a trainer Pokemon) with a variety of attacks. The player can also use many items, including healing items, battle items, or Poké Balls (used to catch wild Pokemon, who upon being caught can be used in battle). Players can switch out Pokemon and run away as well.

The main goal of these battles is to get the rival Pokemon to "faint." When all of an opponent's Pokemon have fainted, the battle is won. However, when fighting a wild Pokemon, players can attempt to catch it for further use. Other trainers' Pokemon cannot be caught. After winning a battle, the Pokemon gain experience, and eventually level up. For many Pokemon, when they reach a certain level they evolve into another form of the Pokemon (e.g. Pikachu evolves into Raichu, Totodile evolves into Croconaw). Some Pokemon have other requirements to evolve, such as items equipped.

Each Pokemon has a type, mostly based on nature (e.g. water, grass, fire, earth). Each type has a (or some) strength(s) and weakness(es). These types also affect the Pokemon's statistics, such as, defense, attack power, and speed. Some types are completely immune to another type's attacks. In addition to stat bonuses and immunity, many Pokemon have unique attacks available relating to their type.
Players can talk with non-playable characters.
Players can talk with non-playable characters.

Overworldgameplay follows Gold, the protagonist of Gold/Silver. He can travel to the various towns of Johto region, along with many other locations. Players can interact with objects and non-playable characters, sometimes relating to the plot. In towns, players have a variety of options, including purchasing items, healing all of the Pokemon in the party (as well as switching out Pokemon), and challenging that city's gym leader. There are many other areas to visit, including caves, forests, and even the ocean. While in the overworld, it is also possible to trigger a random battle with a wild Pokemon.

New features of Gold and Silver are numerous. It implements a day and night system that is based on a real-time internal clock. Influenced by this clock are many things, including specific events and what Pokemon appear. With the ability for Pokemon to hold items introduced, many items were created to take advantage of this mechanic, including berries (which can do many things, including boosts to power, healing status effects, and restoring health). Pokégear, a new key item introduced featured a map, watch, radio, and phone, allowing the player to call non-playable characters (and to be called by non-playable characters) and listen to the radio at certain times (according to the real-time clock).

Gold and Silver's legendary Pokemon include Raikou, Entei, and Suicune, who are a completely new type of legendary Pokemon. Instead of encountering them at a specific location, they appear randomly around Johto, and will run away occasionally. However, they retain any status effects or damage upon running away.

Unique "shiny" Pokemon were added, which were a different color than the regular version of the Pokemon, and extremely rare. The Pokemon types Steel and Dark were added in Gold and Silver. Steel type are strong and have a high defense, while Dark type are powerful against Psychic Pokemon (they are even immune to any Psychic attacks).

Breeding was a feature that has stayed since Gold and Silver, allowing players to leave two Pokemon in the day care center for a chance for them to breed. Many species of Pokemon cannot breed, however. The child of the Pokemon will gain whatever moves its father has, while it gets the species of its mother.


Chikorita, one of the three starter Pokemon.
Chikorita, one of the three starter Pokemon.
Taking place in the Johto Region, Gold and Silver follows Gold, a young boy for New Bark Town. In the beginning of the game, he moves to New Bark Town and meets Professor Elm, who gives him the choice of one of three Pokemon: Cyndaquil, Totodile, or Chikorita. Professor Elm also gives a Pokemon to Gold's rival, who meets up with Gold later in the game to battle him. Elm gives both of them a Pokédex, and sends them into the world to try and become the best trainers in all of Johto and Kanto.

To do so, Gold must battle the eight gym leaders of Johto, each specializing in a particular type of Pokemon. After defeating each of the gym leaders and collecting their badges, Gold must fight the Elite Four and the Champion, and then eventually the eight gym leaders of Kanto. In the very end, Gold fights the protagonist of Red and Blue, Red, in the final battle. Along this path, Gold must also battle the organization known as Team Rocket, whose intents include abusive experimentation on Pokemon. 


The Pokemon Gold/Silver Pokédex starts out as if it were separate from that of Pokemon Red/Blue, however after defeating the elite four, the player gains access to a national Pokédex that allows them to see all of the 'old' Pokemon from the original game. The first 151 Pokemon are as per the Pokemon Red/Blue Pokédex. The remaining Pokemon, those that are new to this game, are listed below.

152   Chikorita
Chikorita, the new Grass type starter
Chikorita, the new Grass type starter
153   Bayleef
154   Meganium
155   Cyndaquil
156   Quilava
157   Typhlosion
158   Totodile
159   Croconaw
160   Feraligatr
161   Sentret
162   Furret
163   Hoothoot
164   Noctowl
165   Ledyba
166   Ledian
167   Spinarak
168   Ariados
Feraligatr, the final form of the water-type starter, Totodile.
Feraligatr, the final form of the water-type starter, Totodile.
169   Crobat
170   Chinchou
171   Lanturn
172   Pichu
173   Cleffa
174   Igglybuff
175   Togepi
176   Togetic
177   Natu
178   Xatu
179   Mareep
180   Flaaffy
181   Ampharos
182   Bellossom
Typhlosion, the final evolution of the fire-type starter
Typhlosion, the final evolution of the fire-type starter
183   Marill
184   Azumarill
185   Sudowoodo
186   Politoed
187   Hoppip
188   Skiploom
189   Jumpluff
190   Aipom
191   Sunkern
192   Sunflora
193   Yanma
194   Wooper
195   Quagsire
196   Espeon
Furret is an average normal-type Pokemon
Furret is an average normal-type Pokemon
197   Umbreon
198   Murkrow
199   Slowking
200   Misdreavus
201   Unown
202   Wobbuffet
203   Girafarig
204   Pi