Pokemon Black and White Strategy Guide

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Nintendo DS
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    30 May 2011
  • Last Updated
    9 February 2018
  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers

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Introduction

Introduction

Version Differences

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

Pokémon Black
Cottonee, Whimsicott, Gothita, Gothorita, Gothitelle, Vullaby, Mandibuzz, Tornadus, Reshiram
Pokémon White
Petilil, Lilligant, Solosis, Duosion, Reuniclus, Rufflet, Braviary, Thundurus, Zekrom

Postgame

Pokémon Black
Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Murkrow, Houndour, Houndoom, Shroomish, Breloom, Plusle, Volbeat, Honchkrow
Pokémon White
Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree, Paras, Parasect, Misdreavus, Poochyena, Mightyena, Minun, Illumise, Mismagius

Note : Pokemon White also features exclusive Pokemon in White Forest.

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.