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In the fashion of every Pokémon game before them, Black and White are two sides of the same coin. Fundamentally the same a number of key differences mean you’ll need to interact with other copies of the game to get every last Pokémon, however the differences run a little deeper this time.

Left: Zekrom (Pokemon White). Right: Reshiram (Pokemon Black).

Exclusive Pokémon

Main story


Exclusive Battles

Location Black White
Driftveil City Rotation Battle Triple Battle
Route 7 Rotation Battle Triple Battle
Opelucid City Rotation Battle Triple Battle
Marvelous Bridge Triple Battle Rotation Battle
Black City Rotation Battle x2 N/A
White Forest N/A Triple Battle x2

The Eighth Gym Leader will also change depending on you version. Black owners will fight the angular bearded Drayden while White players will tackle, and defeat, a small child named Iris . The final fight will also change on account of your opponent using the legendary Pokémon that doesn’t appear on your version’s box art.

Exclusive Locations

White Forest/Black City are only available during the postgame.

Black City (Pokémon Black)

This is a smog covered location specifically for the more technically advanced version of the game. It features no wild Pokémon, but far more battles.

White Forest (Pokémon White)

A veritable paradise for cute critters, the white forest is home to some exclusive Pokémon, but there are less trainers to scrap with.

Opelucid City

Opelucid will change its look to match your version. In Pokémon Black it resembles Tron, while in Pokémon White it’s a much more rustic locale.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms,
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    30 May 2011
  • Last Updated
    21 February 2021
  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers

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How to become the greatest trainer Unova has ever known with our highly-detailed walkthrough of the main story and beyond. Pokemon trainers and collectors alike will appreciate our extensive lists of Pokemon and item location, ensuring nothing important goes under the Poke Radar!

Version 1.3

  • Concise & easy to understand explanations of advanced stat building systems - learn to raise a prize Pokémon.
  • Added TM names - find the items you want to find.
  • Expert strategies for defeating every single gym leader.
  • How to collect the various new Pokémon (including Legendary Pokémon)!
  • Thorough Route and Town guides detailing every collectable Pokemon and item.
  • Hidden secrets explained
  • How to raise a super squad of undefeatable Pokémon.
  • Encounter rates for every area of the game.
  • Hundreds of illustrative, high-quality screenshots.
  • Postgame areas explainned.
  • Expanded Training and Battling segments.

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