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Pokemon Pearl FAQ (Read this before posting)

#1Jak7733Posted 4/29/2007 11:14:06 PMmessage detail
Try to keep this bumped until it gets stickied. The specifics section was created by VenomousXwho graciously agreed to merge our topics into one, in order to bring you all a better service here.

Table of Contents
1. Basics
A. What is Pokemon Pearl?
B. What is a Pokemon?
C. What is a "starter"?
D. What is an evolution?
E. How do I catch more Pokemon?
F. What is R/B/Y, G/S/C, Ru/Sa/E, FR/LG, Colosseum/XD?
G. Can I trade with R/B/Y/G/S/C/Ru/Sa/E/FR/LG/Colosseum/XD?
H. How do I “Happiness” evolve?
I. What is a “Shiny” and how do I get one?
J. Do Pokemon evolve in the daycare?
K. What is PokeRus and what does it do?
L. How long does it take for eggs to hatch?
2. Advanced
A. What is different between the first and second generation?
B. What is different between the second and third generation?
C. What is different between the third and fourth generation?
D. What are IV's and EV's?
E. How do I know what Pokemon give what EV's?
F. What are Abilities?
G. What are Natures?
H. Rare Candy usage used to result in weaker Pokemon, is this still true?
I. What is STAB?
J. How do I breed?
K. What are the benefits of breeding?
3. Pearl Features
A. What is WFC?
B. How do I use WFC?
C. How do I trade with the third generation?
D. What is GTS?
E. Version Exclusives
F. Special Event Pokemon
4. D/P Specifics
A. What starter should I pick?
B. Where do I find the Razor Claw (used for evolving Sneasel)?
C. Where do you find Gible?
D. Where is Drifloon?
E. How do I get Eevee?
F. How do I get Cranidos (Diamond) and Shieldon (Pearl)?
G. Where is the Move Re-learner and the Move Deleter?
H. What should I use my Master ball on?

1. Basics
A. What is Pokemon Pearl?


Pokemon Pearl is the complimenting version to Pokemon Diamond. Both are the first installment of the fourth generation of Pokemon games, released on April 22, 2007 in North America.

B. What is a Pokemon?

A Pokemon is a living creature within the world present in the Pokemon series of games. There are no animals, besides Humans, as we know them within the world of Pokemon. There are many rumors (purposely left a mystery by Nintendo) as to what they are and where they came from. A popular theory is that they are from outer space. They have many uses, such as being pets, helpful laborers, and research subjects. But, by far, their most common use is for battling. It is common for children to obtain their first pokemon and embark on a journey all over the world upon reaching the age of ten.

Pokemon take on many forms and are not limited to animals alone. There are 15 different types: Normal, Flying, Fire, Water, Grass, Ice, Electric, Rock, Ground, Dragon, Psychic, Dark, Steel, Ghost, and Bug.
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#2Jak7733(Topic Creator)Posted 4/29/2007 11:14:33 PMmessage detail
C. What is a "starter"?

The word "starter" refers to 12 different "basic" Pokemon and their evolutionary stages and 3 extra exceptions.

The first generation starters, which are shared with Fire Red and Leaf Green, are Charmander, as well as its evolutions: Charmeleon and Charizard, Squirtle, as well as its evolutions: Wartortle and Blastoise, and Bulbasaur, as well as its evolutions: Ivysaur and Venusaur. Pikachu is also considered a starter due to it being the one, and only, choice to start the Yellow version with. On the same note, Eevee is considered a starter because it is the Pokemon that BLUE will start off with in Yellow.

The second generation starters are Cyndaquil, as well as its evolutions: Quilava and Typhlosion, Totodile, as well as its evolutions: Croconaw and Feraligatr, and Chikorita, as well as its evolutions: Bayleef and Meganium.

The third generation starters are Torchic, as well as its evolutions: Combusken and Blaziken, Mudkip, as well as its evolutions: Marshtomp and Swampert, and Treecko, as well as its evolutions: Grovyle and Sceptile. Espeon and Umbreon, while not widely accepted as such, can also be considered to be starters because they are the initial two Pokemon that WES, the main character of Pokemon Colosseum, starts with. Eevee, again, is considered a starter as it is the Pokemon that the main character of Pokemon XD starts with.

The fourth generation starters are Chimchar, as well as its evolutions: Monferno and Infernape, Piplup, as well as its evolutions: Prinplup and Empoleon, and Turtwig, as well as its evolutions: Grotle and Torterra.

D. What is an "evolution"?

An evolution is when certain conditions are met for a Pokemon and it starts to flash between its current form and another before it stops on the second, usually bigger and more fearsome looking, form. Not only does the Pokemon change in appearance but its base stats are raised as well as having a different move pool to choose from. There are many ways to evolve. There are several ways to evolve Pokemon, although how to evolve each breed is static. The most common way is by leveling. Other ways include using an item, such as the elemental stones, trading, trading with a certain item equipped, gaining a level after the Beauty score is raised to a certain point, also known as Beauty-evolve, and gaining a level after raising the Pokemon's trust for you to a certain level, also known as Friendship-evolve. Some even require to be evolved at a certain time of day.

E. How do I catch more Pokemon?

To obtain more Pokemon, first you need some Pokeballs. Next you need to wander into the tall grass until you encounter a wild Pokemon. Weaken the Pokemon's HP as much as you can without fainting it. If you have the ability to do so, status effects will help especially sleep, although ones that damage HP such as Poison and Burn are not ideal. Choose the Pokeball you want to use and throw it. It will move three times before it turns a darker color, indicating you succesfully caught it. If it pops out of the ball, weaken it some more if possible and then try again.
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#3Jak7733(Topic Creator)Posted 4/29/2007 11:15:10 PMmessage detail
F. What is R/B/Y, G/S/C, Ru/Sa/E, FR/LG, Colosseum/XD?

R/B/Y is an acronym used to describe the first generation games: Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue, which were for the original Gameboy and had a Super Gameboy border and color scheme, as well as Pokemon Yellow, which also had a Super Gameboy border and color scheme as well as a Gameboy Color color scheme. Two other games were released within the first generation: Pokemon Stadium, a 3D battle supplement for the N64, and Pokemon Green, what Japan got instead of our Blue version for the Gameboy. Japan's Pokemon Blue was the same adventure as Red, Green, and Yellow, but it featured different Pokemon locations than all three of the other games.

G/S/C is an acronym used to describe the second generation games: Gold and Silver, both for the Gameboy and had Super Gameboy borders and color scheme as well as Gameboy Color color schemes, and Crystal, a Gameboy Color only game. Also within the second generation was Pokemon Stadium 2 for the N64. It was just a 3D battle supplement just like its predecessor, Pokemon Stadium, however this one had new features such as the Library.

Ru/Sa/E, FR/LG, and Colosseum/XD are terms used to describe the third generation games: Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Fire Red, Leaf Green, which are all Gameboy Advance games, Pokemon Colosseum, and Pokemon XD, both of which are GameCube games. Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald introduced the new adventure and battle system. Fire Red and Leaf Green were remakes of the first generation adventure with the newer Pokemon and features supported, as well as full tradability with the other third generation games. Pokemon Colosseum was a 3D Battle Supplement, but in addition to that, it was the first Pokemon game with a 3D Adventure mode. Pokemon XD was a direct sequel to Pokemon Colosseum, featuring the same region and villain group, but a brand new adventure.

G. Can I trade with R/B/Y/G/S/C/Ru/Sa/E/FR/LG/Colosseum/XD?

For R/B/Y/G/S/C, no, there is absolutely no way to trade with them. With Ru/Sa/E/FR/LG you can trade, but it is not a trade in the conventional sense. By this, I mean it is a permanent one way transfer into the fourth generation's "Pal Park". Colosseum and XD can be traded with, but not directly. First you must trade the Pokemon you want to a Ru/Sa/E/FR/LG game pak and then from there transfer them to the Pal Park.

H. How do I “Happiness” evolve?

In order to happiness evolve your Pokemon will need to have two hearts when you use the happiness checker Poketch application. Things that help raise a Pokemon’s happiness are using items on it such as the EV vitamins, like calcium, keeping it in your party and walking with it, feeding it Poffins that it likes, not letting it die, using it in battle, etc.
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#4Jak7733(Topic Creator)Posted 4/29/2007 11:16:02 PMmessage detail
I. What is a “Shiny” and how do I get one?

A shiny is a wild Pokemon that is a different color than normal and they also glitter when entering battle. They are not stronger than regular pokemon, but they are extraordinarily rare so I suggest catching any that you see. You have about a 1/8000 chance of seeing a shiny for every wind encounter. This statistic is not cumulative, for example you might find a shiny on your first try or you might not even see one after 1,000,000 encounters.

J. Do Pokemon evolve in the daycare?

No. When the Pokemon reach or surpass the level before the level needed to evolve you will need to let it gain a level.

K. What is PokeRus and what does it do?

Pokerus is a rare “beneficial disease” your Pokemon have a chance of catching when they fight wild pokemon. When a Pokemon has the Pokerus, it’s EV gain through battle is doubled. When you visit a Pokemon Center, Nurse Joy should inform you if your Pokemon have caught the Pokerus. It should eventually spread to every pokemon in your party as it is contagious. The Pokerus WILL go away after 24 hours, so if you want to keep it forever, put a {okemon in your party you don’t use, make it catch the disease by battling, and then put it in the PC. When you find yourself needing to spread it, just place the infected Pokemon in your party next to the one you wish to fight and fight a few battles. One Pokerus is cured on a Pokemon, it will be noted with a dot (.) in the summary menu. That dot signifies its immunity to Pokerus, and it will never catch it again.

L. How long does it take for eggs to hatch?

It varies depending on which {okemon is inside. Most eggs will take 5,000-6,500 steps to hatch, some will take up to 10,000 however. The quickest way to get them to hatch it to hop on your bike and zoom around on the fastest speed with a Pokemon, such as Magmar or Slugma, with the Heat Body ability, next to it.
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#5Jak7733(Topic Creator)Posted 4/29/2007 11:16:30 PMmessage detail
2. Advanced
A. What is different between the first and second generations?


1. The Special stat was split into Special Attack and Special Defense. In addition, the item, Zinc, was created to raise Special Defense, since Calcium was changed to raise Special Attack.

2. One hundred new Pokemon were added. Many new moves have been added as well.

3. Two new Pokemon types were created in the second generation: Dark and Steel.

4. The TM's were altered in the second generation and more HM's were added.

5. Pokemon genders were introduced in the second generation

6. Breeding was introduced in the second generation.

7. Playable female trainers were added late in the second generation and have been a standard part of the games since then. A playable female trainer was even added to the remakes of the first generation games.

8. Pokemon were allowed to hold items in the second generation. Different kinds of hold-items have been created since.

9. New evolution types were added, including trading with specific items held, and friendship,

10. New Pokeballs were added in the second generation.

11. A clock, along with night, day, morning, and day of the week functions, were implemented in the second generation.

12. Pokegear was introduced in the second generation. This device had various features, and could gain more through out the game, such as a phone and town map.

13. Battle supplements have been added as something to do besides just stomping the Elite Four and compling the Pokedex. The Crystal version had the Battle Tower.

14. The region, Johto, was created. Back-travel to Kanto for a new Kanto adventure was also in this game. Back travel has ONLY been in G/S/C and in a sense XD (Colosseum and XD are both in Orre, but no other lands).

15. A move deleter and a move tutor were added in the second generation.

16. The Missingno. glitch has been fixed.

17. The ability to use your mother as a "bank" was added in the second generation.

18. "Swarming" Pokemon was added to the second generation. To take advantage of the swarming you needed to be notified by a trainer via your Pokegear of the activity.

19. "Shiny" Pokemon were implemented in the second generation. These Pokemon generally had lower stats and a set gender due to a programming error which was fixed in the third generation, but they had a cool new color outside the norm. Only one free shiny was guaranteed, the Red Gyarados at Lake Rage.

20. The ability to use moves like Sweet Scent and Headbutt when facing trees to initiate a battle instantly was implemented.

21. The second generation introduced different appearances based on the version you had.
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#6Jak7733(Topic Creator)Posted 4/29/2007 11:17:51 PMmessage detail
B. What is different between the second and third generation?

1. One hundred and thirty-five new Pokemon were implemented, as well as a slew of new moves.

2. Double Battles (2 on 2) were introduced in the third geneation.

3. The EV cap was tremendously lowered to a mere 510 in the third generation.

4. Natures were introduced in the third generation.

5. Abilities were added in the third generation.

6. A new inventory system was introduced in the third generation and expanded upon in the fourth generation. It allowed more items to be carried simultaneously as well as sorted all the items you had on your person by their type.

7. Pokemon Contests were introduced in the third generation.

8. Night and day, as well as day of the week, were removed in the third generation. The clock remained however, but the option to turn daylight savings on or off was removed.

9. The new regions, Hoenn and Orre, were created. Travel back to Johto and Kanto was not implemented. Kanto was playable in the third generation. however, through Fire Red and Leaf Green, but it was expanded upon with the Sevii Islands.

10. Pokegear was changed into the Pokenav and eliminated the rather annoying phone feature in favor of a rematch system that simply showed an icon next to the names of trainers who wanted rematches. Emerald introduced Gym Leader rematches.

11. The existing 50 TM's were altered again in the third generation. More HM's were added.

12. Many, many, many move tutors were added. Most of which made up for the lack of the TM's that were in the original Red, Blue, and Yellow. Through XD, a move re-learner was implemented.

13. The new evolution type, beauty, was implemented. More hold item evolutions were created.

14. The Pokeballs in the second generation were scrapped and an entirely new bunch were created in the third generation.

15. The third generation marked the start of the game recording what type of Pokeball a Pokemon was caught with and reflected upon that when the ball was thrown into battle as well as in the summary menu.

16. The Battle Frontier was created in Emerald. This large battle park added a new mini adventure that was far more challenging than the regular game, abound with special rules.

17. The idea of hold items and berries was expanded upon in the third generation.

18. The creation of Shadow Pokemon and Shadow Type moves was implemented into Pokemon Colosseum and Pokemon XD. These special Pokemon were important to the story and could not be traded to the GBA games until they were purified. Purifying a Shadow Pokemon caused it to forget its Shadow Type moves.

19. Pokeblocks, a type of Pokemon food, was added in the third generation. These were mostly directly related to Contests, but were also vital in evolving Feebas, the only beauty evolution Pokemon. To create Pokeblocks, you had to do a minigame that involved spinning the berries. This game was not limited to doing with the NPC's in the game and could be done through a link cable or wireless connection with other people.

20. The trainer card has undergone changes.

21. The breeding system was expanded upon.
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#7Jak7733(Topic Creator)Posted 4/29/2007 11:18:53 PMmessage detail
C. What is different between the third and fourth Generation?

1. One hundred and seven new Pokemon were implemented in the fourth generation, as well as a slew of new attacks.

2. The new region, Sinnoh, was created.

3. Many new abilities were added in the fourth generation.

4. The PokeRadar was implemented to guarantee a Pokemon battle. This also grants the ability to find Pokemon not in the Sinnoh Pokedex. It also makes locating Shiny Pokemon an easier task. It is gained after getting the National Dex.

5. A mansion that can contain rare Sinnoh Pokemon or non Sinnoh Pokemon randomly by the day was added.

6. With Diamond and Pearl being a DS game, this allows use of the GBA slot. With the GBA Pokemon games inserted, you can find certain Pokemon in certain areas, for the duration of the GBA game being in the slot, after obtaining the National Dex.

7. Diamond and Pearl separate themselves from the older games by having very very few Pokemon that you absolutely must backwards trade for. The list of such Pokemon is limited to only the starters and legendaries of the other three generations. This does not exempt you from owning all 5 GBA Pokemon games in order to catch them all without trading aside from legendaries and starters, however.

8. The use of a new item called "Sweet Honey" to encounter rare Pokemon was implemented.

9. Many new evolution methods were created: Gender, leveling up while holding a specific item, leveling in a specific area, leveling up with a specific attack learned, and leveling up while having another specific Pokemon in the party,

10. Pokemon Contests have been expanded upon.

11. The Battle Tower has returned and been altered. Most notably is that there is no level 50 and level 100 mode, but only level 50 Pokemon allowed. The neat thing about this introduction is that it will lower your Pokemon's level for the fight if it is above it. No more training a level 50 team just for the Battle Tower.

12. The fourth generation introduced Wild Double Battles. These happen when you have an NPC partner traveling with you when you encounter wild Pokemon.

13. The first 50 TM's and HM's 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 are the same as in the third generation. The 5th and 8th HM have been changed to new moves and there are now a total of 92 TM's.

14. There is a new semi-hidden area called the Sinnoh Underground. It can use, but does not require, DS to DS play.

15. In Diamond and Pearl, Deoxys has the ability to change to any of its four forms at will. It does require a trip to Veilstone City each time though.

16. There is a Pokemon named Burmy that changes forms based on where it last battled.

17. The final Pokemon in the National Dex, Arceus, can change color, moveset pool, and type based on what "plate" it has equipped. This makes a new Pokemon more versatile than Mew!

18. Physical and Special attacks are divided even further, no longer being decided which is what based on the type alone. The type can be seen in the summary by looking at the new icons added.

19. There is now a Legendary Pokemon that can breed, Manaphy. It can hatch a pre-evolved form, however, the pre-evolution cannot evolve into Manaphy.

20. The fourth generation introduced different appearances based on gender. For example, female Wobbufet wears lipstick o.O

21. The fourth generation implemented the ability to customize your Pokeballs with Pokeball Seals.
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#8Jak7733(Topic Creator)Posted 4/29/2007 11:19:14 PMmessage detail
22. The trainer card has undergone some changes.

23. Pokebread, more commonly known as Poffin, has replaced Pokeblocks.

24. Completing the Pokedex has become a significantly easier task. You now only need to see a Pokemon to have it entered in your 'dex and count towards completion. You do still need to capture it to see the information on it, however.

25. The Pokedex now has different language based entires for a few select Pokemon. The available languages are apanese, English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.

26. The time of day feature from the second generation made its triumphant return in the fourth generation, by popular demand. The function has even been expanded to include Afternoon and Evening in addition to Morning, Daytime, and Night.

27. Move tutors return, but there's good news and bad news. The good news is that their moves are learnable multiple times. The bad news is that they have highly specific requirements to teach your Pokemon their moves and there are significantly less tutors than in the third generation. One teaches the elemental hyper beam moves and the other teaches a new dragon move. The Move Relearner and Move Deleter also returned.

28. The Pokenav has evolved into the Poketch. The Poketch has 25 different functions, including a step counter, a berry checker, and happiness checker.

29. WiFi activity was added in the fourth generation. This includes using the GTS to trade with people all over the world as well as using friend codes to trade and battle with your friends. In addition to the GTS there is a room in the Battle Tower that allows you to battle world wide.
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#9Jak7733(Topic Creator)Posted 4/29/2007 11:20:06 PMmessage detail
D. What are IV's and EV's?

IV's are Initial Values (Also known as Individual Values). Each stat has an IV of 0-31. This value is static and can never be changed. The effect the value has is that the higher the value, the more stats will increase as you level up. By level 100, the difference between 0 and 31 is 31 points in the stat.

EV's are Effort Values. Effort Values are gained through fighting Pokemon. Each Pokemon gives a certain number of EV's based on what breed it is. Gaining EV's is a lot like gaining AP in a Final Fantasy game in that the EV's are not divided among the Pokemon that participated, meaning you can start the battle with your weak pokemon and switch it out with a strong one, and the weak one will still gain full EV from the battle. This is still true when using EXP Share. The downside from EXP Share is that you cannot take full advantage of the Pokerus + Macho Brace combination, both of which double EV's gained through battle and stack with each other, because you will have the EXP Share equipped instead of the Macho Brace. EV's cap at 510. Each individual stat has a cap too set at 255. Also it takes a certain amount of EV points to equal 1 stat point. At level 100 the ratio is 4 EV = 1 stat point, totalling a maximum of 63 stat points per stat and 127 stat points across the board. This means you can maximize 2 stats and get 1 point in another.

E. How do I know what Pokemon give what EV's?

There are several good FAQ's written more indepth than I have gotten here in the FAQ's section here at GameFAQs. You are sure to find a list of Pokemon EV's there.
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#10Jak7733(Topic Creator)Posted 4/29/2007 11:20:29 PMmessage detail
F. What are Abilities?

Abilities are sort of like a "trait" each Pokemon has. Which ability the Pokemon has is largely depending on what type of Pokemon it is. Many types have only one available ability. Some have two abilities to choose from. Abilities do many things. One causes an automatic attack down one stage on the opponent's Pokemon when your Pokemon is brought into the fight. Another causes immunity to ground type moves. For more information on abilities, I would strongly recommend looking at the FAQ's here at GameFAQs. You will surely find a list of abilities and what they do.


G. What are Natures?

Natures are personalities that were introduced in the third generation. They take away points from one stat and give them to another. There are some traits that take and give to the same stat, giving the effect of no change. You can find a list of Natures in the FAQ's here at GameFAQs.

H. Rare Candy usage used to result in weaker Pokemon, is this still true?

Rare Candy usage never resulted in weaker Pokemon per se. This is all an illusion created by EV's. In the first and second generation of Pokemon, the EV cap was extremely high. The result was massive rewards for those who leveled their Pokemon up to 100 legitimately, and even more reward for the dilligent EV trainer. Those who used the Missingno. trick to get unlimited Rare Candies, however, had virtually no EV's on their level 100 Pokemon and this caused them to seem as if they are weaker. Now, the EV cap is set SO much lower and with the aid of certain elements like the Pokerus Virus and the Macho Brace, which both double EV's gained, you can max out your EV's in about 10-20 minutes per Pokemon. In short, using Rare Candies is a good thing, with no drawbacks at all.
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