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Pokémon Black and White start in a very traditional manner, with a Professor, a couple of young trainers, and some Pokémon in need of a trainer.

Once through the Professor’s rehearsed spiel about how important Pokémon are to the world at large you’ll be whisked away to start your character’s journey in their bedroom, where you’ll have a chat with your two friends Bianca and Cheren, before choosing your starting Pokémon…

You have a choice of three creatures-

Tepig is a fire type.

Name Type Evolves Into
Tepig Fire Pignite (Level 17), Emboar (Level 36)

This little oinker will give you a good start to a team, strong against as many gym leaders as he’s weak against, the fact he evolves into a Fire/Fighting type is as much a curse as a help.

Oshawott is a water type.

Name Type Evolves Into:
Oshawott Water Dewott (Level 17), Samurott (Level 36)

Good water type Pokémon are notably hard to come by in Black & White, making Oshawott a wise choice of starter. Only one gym will really give Oshawott any trouble, making him a very solid choice.

Snivy is a grass type.

Name Type Evolves Into:
Snivy Grass Servine (Level 17), Serperior (Level 36)

This smug creature is most effective throughout the half way area of the game, but will need help to tackle the later gyms as Grass types start to suffer later on.

At heart, Pokemon is a turn-based RPG. You can select battle commands with the D-pad or via the touch screen.

Once you’ve chosen your creature you’ll notice Bianca and Cheren take the other Pokémon, Bianca’s will be weak to you while Cheren’s will be strong against yours.

Trainer Battle: Bianca

Pokemon Level Type Note
Snivy 5 Grass Only if you picked Tepig
Tepig 5 Fire Only if you picked Oshawott
Oshawott 5 Water Only if you picked Snivy

Trainer Battle: Cheren

Pokemon Level Type Note
Oshawott 5 Water Only if you picked Tepig
Snivy 5 Grass Only if you picked Oshawott
Tepig 5 Fire Only if you picked Snivy

You’ll now have your introduction to combat, however your Pokémon won’t be that equipped so simply ‘Tackle’ your way through the encounters.


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms,
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  • 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!

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  • Postgame areas explainned.
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