Pokemon Comparison FAQ by Magicxgame
Version: 1.02 | Updated: 11/04/12
Table of Contents
- In-Game Tier List
- In-Game 101: A Refresher
- Don't Use a Full Team
- Diverse Movesets are Grossly Overrated In-Game
- Using Legendary Pokémon isn't a Sin
- "Good" and "Bad" Attacks In-Game
- Seriously, Use Items
- Set Up on Leads and Sweep
- Pokémon Reviews
- #000 Victini
- #001-003 Snivy Family
- #004-006 Tepig Family
- #007-009 Oshawott Family
- #010-011 Patrat Family
- #012-013 Purrloin Family
- #014-016 Pidove Family
- #017-019 Sewaddle Family
- #020-021 Sunkern Family
- #022-024 Lillipup Family
- #025-027 Mareep Family
- #028-029 Psyduck Family
- #030-032 Azurill Family
- #033-034 Riolu Family
- #035 Dunsparce
- #036 Audino
- #037-038 Pansage Family
- #039-040 Pansear Family
- #041-042 Panpour Family
- #043-045 Venipede Family
- #046-047 Koffing Family
- #048-050 Magnemite Family
- #051-101: Growlithe-Krookodile
- #051-052 Growlithe Family
- #053-055 Magby Family
- #056-058 Elekid Family
- #059-060 Rattata Family
- #061-063 Zubat Family
- #064-065 Grimer Family
- #066-067 Woobat Family
- #068-070 Roggenrola Family
- #071-072 Onix Family
- #073-075 Timburr Family
- #076-077 Drilbur Family
- #078-079 Skitty Family
- #080-081 Buneary Family
- #082-083 Cottonee Family
- #084-085 Petilil Family
- #086-087 Munna Family
- #088-090 Cleffa Family
- #091-098 Eevee Family
- #099-101 Sandile Family
- #102-150: Darumaka-Floatzel
- #102-103 Darumaka Family
- #104 Basculin
- #105-106 Trubbish Family
- #107-108 Minccino Family
- #109-110 Rufflet Family
- #110 Braviary (Route 4)
- #111-112 Vullaby Family
- #112 Mandibuzz (Route 4)
- #113-114 Sandshrew Family
- #115-116 Dwebble Family
- #117-118 Scraggy Family
- #119 Maractus
- #120 Sigilyph
- #121-123 Trapinch Family
- #124-125 Yamask Family
- #126-129 Tirtouga-Archeops
- #130-132 Klink Family
- #133-135 Budew Family
- #136-138 Gothita Family
- #139-141 Solosis Family
- #142-143 Combee Family
- #144 Emolga
- #145 Heracross
- #146 Pinsir
- #147-148 Blitzle Family
- #149-150 Buizel Family
- #151-200: Zorua-Landorus
- #151-152 Zorua Family
- #153-154 Ducklett Family
- #155-156 Karrablast Family
- #157-158 Shelmet Family
- #159-160 Deerling Family
- #161-162 Foongus Family
- #163 Castform
- #164-165 Nosepass Family
- #166-168 Aron Family
- #169-170 Baltoy Family
- #172 Volcarona (Relic Castle)
- #173-174 Joltik Family
- #175-176 Ferroseed Family
- #177-179 Tynamo Family
- #180-181 Frillish Family
- #182 Alomomola
- #183-185 Axew Family
- #186 Zangoose
- #187 Seviper
- #188-189 Elgyem Family
- #190-192 Litwick Family
- #193-194 Heatmor-Durant
- #195-196 Cubchoo Family
- #197-200 Cryogonal-Landorus
- #201-249: Skorupi-Ninetales
- #201-202 Skorupi Family
- #203 Skarmory
- #204-205 Numel Family
- #206-207 Spoink Family
- #208-209 Drifloon Family
- #210-211 Shuppet Family
- #212-213 Pelipper Family
- #214 Lunatone
- #215 Solrock
- #216 Absol
- #217-218 Tangela Family
- #219-220 Mienfoo Family
- #221-222 Gligar Family
- #223-224 Pawniard Family
- #225 Cobalion
- #226 Virizion
- #227 Terrakion
- #228-231 Tympole-Stunfisk
- #232 Shuckle
- #233-234 Mantyke Family
- #235-236 Remoraid Family
- #237 Corsola
- #238-239 Staryu Family
- #240-241 Wailmer Family
- #242 Lapras
- #243-245 Spheal Family
- #246-247 Swablu Family
- #248-249 Vulpix Family
- #250-300: Bronzor-Genesect
- #250-251 Bronzor Family
- #252-253 Sneasel Family
- #254 Delibird
- #255-257 Vanillite Family
- #258-260 Swinub Family
- #261 Ditto
- #262-264 Beldum Family
- #265-266 Seel Family
- #267 Throh
- #268 Sawk
- #269 Bouffalant
- #270 Druddigon
- #271-272 Golett Family
- #273-275 Deino Family
- #276-297 Kyurem
- #298 Keldeo
- 299 Meloetta
- #300 Genesect
- Notable Item Locations
- Quick Flowchart
- Held/Evolutionary Item Locations
- TM Locations
- Battle Subway/Pokémon World Tournament Items
- Rare Candy Locations
- Heart Scale Locations
- Move Tutors
- Helpful Links
- To-Do List
- Contact Info
- Legal Information
- Version History
Pokémon Reviews (Continued)
Name: Deino -> Zweilous -> Hydreigon
Ability: Hustle for Deino and Zweilous; Levitate for Hydreigon
Evolution: Evolves at level 50; evolves at level 64
First Encountered: You can encounter Zweilous in Victory Road.
Rating: Bottom (see below if you really want to use a Hydreigon)
Finally! This is the last review of the FAQ. Unfortunately, we end on a whimper rather a bang. The Deino line is similar to Fire Emblem's "Est" archetype: a character that comes very late and underleveled, but has great potential. While inexperienced Fire Emblem players hype Ests like crazy due to the potential, more experienced players consider Ests to be terrible characters since they just drag your current team down and siphon valuable experience. That describes the Deino line perfectly.
Hydreigon's stats are amazing; it has excellent Special Attack and great Speed, and no stat dips below 90. However, you probably won't even have a Hydreigon during the storyline, as Zweilous evolves all the way at level 64. You can comfortably clear the Pokémon League with Pokémon in the high 50s, so you have to overlevel to get a Hydreigon in the first place. It's worth noting that Zweilous has the most powerful physical attacks of any Dragon-type due to Hustle, even outdamaging "uber" Pokémon such as Rayquaza and Zekrom. However, its Speed and defenses are low, and its attacks are inaccurate to Hustle. An item can only take care of one of these problems, so Zweilous is stuck with crap defenses or crap accuracy. To make matters worse, Zweilous arrives at level 49-50 and arrives at the end of Victory Road, so you have to baby it by 14-15 levels if you want a Hydreigon!
To be fair, I should note that you don't have to baby a Zweilous for 14-15 levels. If you have a stash of Rare Candies, you can seriously cut down on the training process. For instance, I had eight Rare Candies at the end of my first Black 2 playthrough, so I would only have to raise my Zweilous by six to seven levels. Now, some may cry, "Favoritism!" However, the game doesn't care: if you want to use an overleveled Hydreigon during the storyline, go right ahead. That being said, you should just dump the Rare Candies on the trusty team you've been using and not waste your time with the dragon that's late to the party.
Zweilous starts with Dragon Pulse, which will be useful when you finally get a Hyderigon. Dragon Rush is a powerful physical Dragon attack, but its 60% accuracy under Hustle is appalling. You can reteach Zweilous Crunch. There are no other notable attacks for the line.
If you get a Hydreigon, teach it Dark Pulse immediately. Draco Meteor is an obscenely powerful special Dragon attack, though it lowers Hydreigon's Special Attack by two stages. Flamethrower, Fire Blast, Surf, Earth Power, and even Aqua Tail and Superpower are other options.
Sadly, Hydreigon isn't suited for the in-game environment at all. Granted, it's more reasonable to get a Hydreigon during the storyline than in Black/White. If you really want to spend the time raising a Zweilous, Hydreigon will burninate everything it comes across. However, you have to seriously baby and overlevel Zweilous in order for it to turn into a competent Pokémon, and there's little point in wasting all of that time when you could simply stomp the Pokémon League with your current team.
The Slakoth, Corphish, Igglybuff, Lickitung, Yanma, Tropius, Carnivine, Croagunk, Larvitar, Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem lines are unavailable during the storyline. Yes, all of them.
First Encountered: Nowhere; you have to trade it from Black/White.
Although Keldeo cannot be obtained during the storyline, it gets a special review since there are Keldeo distributions around the world to promote BW2's release. Obviously, some people will want to use it during the storyline. Since you have to trade Keldeo to BW2, I won't make any assumptions about its starting level or moveset. You can trade it to BW2 as soon as you get your first Gym Badge and receive the C-Gear, so if you trade Keldeo in ASAP, it will be phenomenal even if it's at its starting level of 15. Since Keldeo is a traded Pokémon, it will gain boosted experience, which makes up for its slow growth. Keldeo has an amazing stat spread; Attack is the only stat that dips below the 90 mark, and even its Attack will be strong in the early game.
Keldeo starts off with three STAB attacks. BubbleBeam is a strong attack early on, especially coming off of Keldeo's amazing Special Attack, and will tide it over until you get the Surf HM. Double Kick is a respectable attack; it's too bad that you can only obtain Keldeo after defeating Cheren, though. Aqua Jet is mostly filler, since BubbleBeam will suffice. Aqua Tail (level 37) is okay, but Keldeo should already know Surf, and its Attack should start to falter around this time. Sacred Sword (level 43) is an excellent Fighting attack despite Keldeo's lacking Attack stat. Swords Dance (level 49) boosts Keldeo's Attack to respectable levels, allowing it to pull off Aqua Tail and Sacred Sword successfully.
Surf is a staple for Keldeo. Unfortunately, it cannot learn Ice Beam, but Icy Wind can be an okay replacement. Work Up allows Keldeo to pull off a mixed set.
Before trading Keldeo to BW2, I recommend teaching it Secret Sword in Black/White's Moor of Icirrus. (It can also be learned in the Pledge Grove near Floccesy Town in BW2.) Secret Sword is an 85 power special Fighting attack that targets the foe's Defense, and changes Keldeo to its Resolution Forme in BW2 (which is simply an aesthetic change). Slap on Calm Mind while you're at it.
Keldeo's major matchups actually aren't notable. It will steamroll Roxie due to its absurd stats and does very well against Clay, but Burgh's Swadloon line, Elesa, and Skyla will give it trouble. It does well against Grimsley and half of the Champion's team, though. Still, with its excellent base stats, that's not a big drawback.
Needless to say, Keldeo is an amazing Pokémon. Despite its shallow in-game movepool, it will level up quickly due to its boosted experience, and its base stats are disgustingly overpowered if you trade it into your game ASAP. However, you didn't need me to tell you that, right?
Meloetta cannot be caught in BW2.
First Encountered: Nowhere; it can be downloaded in certain countries from the games' release until November 12, 2012.
Genesect is the second Pokémon to receive a special review. Unlike Keldeo, Genesect can be downloaded directly onto BW2. It comes at level 15, so it will obey as soon as you get the Basic Badge. If you receive Genesect as soon as possible, you will flat out destroy the game (assuming it obeys). The Bolt Badge allows Pokémon up to level 50 to obey, while the subsequent three Badges will increase the obedience levels by increments of 10, so you can go nuts with Genesect without any reprecussions as soon as you beat Elesa. Keep in mind that Genesect will also receive boosted experience since it's considered an outsider Pokémon.
All of Genesect's stats apart from HP are excellent, and its great defenses and typing make up for its subpar HP. While Bug/Steel isn't the best offensive typing, Genesect's excellent attacking stats make up for it, and Download only increases its massive damage output.
Genesect doesn't have the greatest starting movepool in the world. Techno Blast is Genesect's answer to Arceus' Judgment: it's an 85 power special Normal attack that changes type depending on the Drive that Genesect is holding. Burn Drive changes Techno Blast to a Fire-type move, Douse Drive changes the attack to a Water-type move, Chill Drive changes the attack to an Ice-type move, and Shock Drive changes the attack to an Electric-type move. Unfortunately, Techno Blast is a poor man's Judgment; not only is the attack weaker and more limited, three of the moves are inferior to Thunderbolt, Ice Beam, and Flamethrower. These moves are obtained late in the storyline, but the Drives aren't obtained in the storyline period. You can always trade the Drives in from Black/White, though, so Techno Blast may have some use. Magnet Bomb is strong early on, but its power wanes as the gaame progresses. SolarBeam is a pretty crappy attack unless you're using a gimmicky sun-based Genesect. Signal Beam is the best move of the lot, as it will tide Genesect over until it receives more powerful Bug attacks.
Genesect only learns two notable moves naturally: X-Scissor (level 51) and the far superior Bug Buzz (level 55), which is more powerful and has an additional side effect. You can reteach Screech and Metal Sound to Genesect, but it should already have enough firepower.
Genesct learns a slew of attacks. Ice Beam, Thunderbolt, Psychic, Flamethrower, Energy Ball, and Giga Drain are all notable special attacks, while Iron Head is a solid physical STAB. If you're willing to give your Genesect Black/White moves, I recommend teaching it Flash Cannon, which is unavailable during the storyline.
Needless to say, Genesect will dominate due to its starting level and fantastic stats. The Virbank Gym, Caitlin, and Marshal in particular will crumple.
It doesn't require a Pokémon PhD to realize that Genesect is a godly Pokémon. It will absolutely ravage the storyline, especially if you trade it to Black/White and deck it out beforehand. If you want to eliminate what little challenge BW2 has, go ahead and let Genesect anhiliate everything in its path.
Notable Item Locations
This is not a comprehensive item list. Only TMs and notable items that can be obtained during the storyline are listed. Most of this data was taken from www.serebii.net.
Basic Badge Items
- Floccesy Ranch: TM21 (Frustration)
- Aspertia Gym: TM83 (Work Up)
Toxic Badge Items
- Aspertia City: TM27 (Return)
- Virbank Complex: TM46 (Thief), TM94 (Rock Smash), Silk Scarf
- Virbank Gym: TM09 (Venoshock)
=Insect Badge Items
- Virbank City: HM01 (Cut)
- Castelia Sewers: TM41 (Torment), HM04 (Strength), Black Sludge, Leftovers, TwistedSpoon
- Castelia City: TM44 (Rest), TM45 (Attract), TM70 (Flash), one of Miracle Seed/Charcoal/Mystic Water, Amulet Coin, Charcoal, Eviolite, Exp. Share, Miracle Seed, Quick Claw, Scope Lens
- Relic Path: Hard Stone
- Castelia Gym: TM76 (Struggle Bug)
Bolt Badge Items
- Route 4: TM28 (Dig), Mystic Water, Wide Lens
- Desert Resort: Fire Stone, Soft Sand
- Relic Castle: TM39 (Rock Tomb)
- Nimbasa City: TM16 (Light Screen), TM33 (Reflect), TM49 (Echoed Voice), TM73 (Thunder Wave), TM74 (Gyro Ball), Soothe Bell, Sun Stone
- Route 16: TM66 (Payback)
- Lostlorn Forest: TM95 (Snarl), Leaf Stone
- Nimbasa Gym: TM72 (Volt Switch)
Quake Badge Items
- Route 5: HM02 (Fly)
- Driftveil City: TM63 (Embargo), Expert Belt, Shell Bell
- Driftveil Gym: TM78 (Bulldoze)
Jet Badge Items
- Clay Road: Metal Coat
- Relic Path: Rocky Helmet
- Relic Castle: Sun Stone
- Route 6: HM03 (Surf), TM56 (Fling), Moon Stone, Shiny Stone
- Mistralton Cave: TM80 (Rock Slide)
- Route 19 (Surf): Expert Belt
- Aspertia City (Surf): TM53 (Energy Ball)
- Chargestone Cave: Magnet, ThunderStone
- Mistralton City: TM07 (Hail), TM11 (Sunny Day), TM18 (Rain Dance), TM37 (Sandstorm), TM58 (Sky Drop), Master Ball
- Route 7: TM81 (X-Scissor), Leaf Stone
- Celestial Tower: TM61 (Will-o-Wisp), TM65 (Shadow Claw), Lucky Egg
- Mistralton Gym: TM62 (Acrobatics)
Legend Badge Items
- Mistralton City: TM40 (Aerial Ace)
- Lentimas Town: TM57 (Charge Beam), Fire Stone
- Reversal Mountain: TM30 (Shadow Ball), TM54 (False Swipe), TM69 (Rock Polish), Toxic Orb (Black 2)/Flame Orb (White 2)
- Abyssal Ruins: All elemental plates (requires Dive)
- Lacunosa Town: TM14 (Blizzard), TM25 (Thunder), TM38 (Fire Blast)
- Route 13: TM29 (Psychic)
- Route 9 Dept. Store: TM15 (Hyper Beam), TM68 (Giga Impact)
- Opelucid Gym: TM82 (Dragon Tail)
Wave Badge Items
- Marine Tube: TM42 (Facade)
- Seigaiha Gym: TM55 (Scald)
- Route 23: TM05 (Roar), TM12 (Taunt), TM35 (Flamethrower)
- Seaside Cave: TM06 (Toxic)
- Plasma Frigate: TM67 (Retaliate), Magmarizer (Black 2)/Electirizer (White 2)
- Giant Chasm: TM03 (Psyshock), TM13 (Ice Beam), Moon Stone, Sun Stone, Razor Claw
- Abundant Shrine: TM92 (Trick Room)
- Victory Road: TM01 (Hone Claws), TM24 (Thunderbolt), TM93 (Wild Charge), HM05 (Waterfall)
- Pokémon League: Dusk Stone
Held/Evolutionary Item Locations
You cannot find the NeverMeltIce during the storyline, so do not contact me about this.
- All Flutes: One random flute once per day from a Route 13 NPC
- All Gems: Randomly in dust clouds
- All Incenses: Driftveil City
- All Plates: Abyssal Ruins (can be accessed early by using a Pokémon with Dive)
- All Power items: Subway/PWT. A Power Lens can be received on Route 13 in Black 2, while a Power Band is received in White 2.
- All Shards: Receive one random Shard after losing in PWT; randomly in dust clouds
- Absorb Bulb: Subway/PWT
- Air Balloon: Driftveil City; Subway/PWT
- Amulet Coin: Castelia City
- Big Root: Driftveil City
- Binding Band: PWT
- Black Belt: Throh (5%), Sawk (5%)
- Black Sludge: Castelia Sewers; Grimer line (5%), Trubbish line (5%)
- BlackGlasses: Castelia City
- BrightPowder: Subway/PWT
- Cell Battery: Subway/PWT
- Charcoal: Castelia City NPC; Castelia City
- Choice Band: Subway/PWT
- Choice Scarf: Subway/PWT
- Choice Specs: Subway/PWT
- Destiny Knot: Castelia City
- Dragon Fang: Victory Road; Druddigon (5%)
- Dusk Stone: Strange House; Victory Road; randomly in dustclouds
- Eject Button: Subway/PWT
- Electirizer: Plasma Frigate (Black 2)
- Elixir: Route 6; Route 7; Reversal Mountain; 1% chance from a level 61-80 Pokémon with Pickup
- Ether: Castelia City; Virbank Complex; PWT (found normally, not bought)
- Everstone: Driftveil City; Roggenrola line (50%)
- Eviolite: Castelia City
- Exp. Share: Castelia City
- Expert Belt: Route 19 (Surf); Driftveil City; Throh (1%), Sawk (1%)
- Fire Stone: Desert Resort; Lentimas Town; Subway/PWT
- Flame Orb: Reversal Mountain (White 2); Subway/PWT
- Float Stone: Opelucid City
- Focus Band: Subway/PWT
- Focus Sash: Subway/PWT
- Grip Claw: Route 4; Sneasel line (50%)
- Hard Stone: Relic Path; Corsola (5%), Nosepass line (5%), Aron line (5%), Roggenrola line (5%), Dwebble line (5%)
- Iron Ball: Subway/PWT; 1% chance from a level 31-50 Pokémon with Pickup
- King's Rock: 1% chance from a level 11-30 Pokémon with Pickup
- Leaf Stone: Route 7; Lostlorn Forest; Subway/PWT; randomly in dustclouds
- Leftovers: Castelia Sewers; 1% chance from level 81-100 Pokémon with Pickup
- Life Orb: Subway/PWT
- Light Clay: Golett and Golurk (5%)
- Lucky Egg: Celestial Tower; 1% chance from a level 41-60 Pokémon with Pickup
- Macho Brace: Route 16
- Magmarizer: Plasma Frigate (Black 2)
- Magnet: Chargestone Cave
- Max Elixir: Plasma Frigate, two in Victory Road
- Max Ether: Route 13, Desert Resort, Village Bridge
- Max Revive: Abundant Shrine, Route 20 (requires Surf, autumn only), Plasma Frigate, two in Victory Road; 4% chance from a level 71-90 Pokémon with Pickup, 10% chance from a level 91-100 Pokémon with Pickup
- Mental Herb: Sewaddle, Swadloon, and Leavanny (5%)
- Metal Coat: Chargestone Cave; Magnemite line (5%), Metang line (5%), Bronzor line (5%)
- Metal Powder: Ditto (5%)
- Metronome: Lacunosa Town
- Miracle Seed: Castelia City NPC; Castelia City; Maractus (5%)
- Moon Stone: Route 6; two in Giant Chasm; Clefairy line (5%), Lunatone (5%); randomly in dustclouds; 4% chance from level 41-60 Pokémon with Pickup, 10% chance from level 61-100 Pokémon with Pickup
- Muscle Band: Subway/PWT
- Miracle Water: Castelia City NPC; Route 4; Castform (100%)
- Poison Barb: Route 22; Roselia line (5%), Skorupi line (5%), Venipede line (5%), Vespiquen only (5%)
- Quick Claw: Castelia City; Sandshrew line (5%), Zangoose (5%), Sneasel line (5%)
- Quick Powder: Ditto (50%)
- Razor Claw: Giant Chasm; Subway/PWT
- Razor Fang: Subway/PWT
- Red Card: Subway/PWT
- Ring Target: Opelucid City
- Rocky Helmet: Relic Path; PWT (found normally, not bought)
- Scope Lens: Castelia City; Subway/PWT
- Sharp Beak: Mistralton City
- Shed Shell: Scraggy line (5%)
- Shell Bell: Driftveil City
- Shiny Stone: Route 6; Undella Town; Abandoned Shrine; randomly in dustclouds; 4% chance from level 31-60 Pokémon with Pickup, 10% chance from level 61-100 Pokémon with Pickup
- Silk Scarf: Virbank Complex
- SilverPowder: Volcarona (100%)
- Smoke Ball: Opelucid City; Koffing line (5%)
- Soft Sand: Desert Resort; Trapinch only (5%)
- Soothe Bell: Nimbasa City
- Spell Tag: Lentimas Town; Strange House; Banette line (5%), Yamask line (5%)
- Sticky Barb: Route 20; Ferroseed line (5%)
- Sun Stone: Relic Castle; Nimbasa Gym; Giant Chasm; Solrock (5%); randomly in dustclouds
- ThunderStone: Nimbasa City; Chargestone Cave; Subway/PWT; randomly in dustclouds
- Toxic Orb: Reversal Mountain (Black 2); Subway/PWT
- TwistedSpoon: Castelia Sewers
- Water Stone: Route 19 (Surf); Subway/PWT; randomly in dustclouds
- White Herb: Subway/PWT
- Wide Lens: Route 4; Subway/PWT
- Wise Glasses: Subway/PWT
- Zoom Lens: Subway/PWT
78 out of the 95 TMs are available during the storyline. 60 TMs can be found normally, while 18 can be purchased at the Battle Subway or Pokémon World Tournament.
|TM||Name of TM||Location|
|TM01||Hone Claws||Victory Road|
|TM07||Hail||Mistralton Poke Mart|
|TM11||Sunny Day||Mistralton Poke Mart|
|TM13||Ice Beam||Giant Chasm|
|TM14||Blizzard||Lacunosa Poke Mart|
|TM15||Hyper Beam||Route 9 Dept. Store|
|TM16||Light Screen||Nimbasa Poke Mart|
|TM18||Rain Dance||Mistralton Poke Mart|
|TM25||Thunder||Lacunosa Poke Mart|
|TM30||Shadow Ball||Reversal Mountain|
|TM33||Reflect||Mistralton Poke Mart|
|TM37||Sandstorm||Mistralton Poke Mart|
|TM38||Fire Blast||Lacunosa Poke Mart|
|TM39||Rock Tomb||Relic Castle|
|TM40||Aerial Ace||Mistralton City|
|TM49||Echoed Voice||Nimbasa City|
|TM53||Energy Ball||Aspertia City (Surf)|
|TM54||False Swipe||Reversal Mountain|
|TM57||Charge Beam||Lentimas Town|
|TM58||Sky Drop||Mistralton City|
|TM65||Shadow Claw||Celestial Tower|
|TM68||Giga Impact||Route 9 Dept. Store|
|TM69||Rock Polish||Reversal Mountain|
|TM72||Volt Switch||Defeat Elesa|
|TM73||Thunder Wave||Nimbasa Poke Mart|
|TM74||Gyro Ball||Nimbasa Poke Mart|
|TM76||Struggle Bug||Defeat Burgh|
|TM80||Rock Slide||Mistralton Cave|
|TM82||Dragon Tail||Defeat Drayden|
|TM83||Work Up||Defeat Cheren|
|TM92||Trick Rooom||Abundant Shrine|
|TM93||Wild Charge||Victory Road|
|TM94||Rock Smash||Virbank Complex|
Battle Subway/Pokémon World Tournament Items
- 1 BP: Protein, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Carbos, HP Up
- 3 BP: Fire Stone, Thunderstone, Water Stone, Leaf Stone
- 6 BP: TM17 (Protect), TM20 (Safeguard), TM32 (Double Team), TM59 (Incinerate)
- 8 BP: Scope Lens, Wide Lens, Muscle Band, Wise Glasses, Razor Claw, Razor Fang, Binding Band
- 12 BP: TM31 (Brick Break), TM79 (Frost Breath), TM89 (U-turn), Focus Band, Zoom Lens, Iron Ball, Air Balloon
- 16 BP: Power Bracer, Power Belt, Power Lens, Power Band, Power Anklet, Power Weight, Toxic Orb, Flame Orb, White Herb, Power Herb, Absorb Bulb, Cell Battery, Red Card, Eject Button
- 18 BP: TM10 (Hidden Power), TM23 (Smack Down), TM75 (Swords Dance), TM87 (Swagger), TM88 (Pluck)
- 24 BP: TM34 (Sludge Wave), TM51 (Ally Switch), TM60 (Quash), TM64 (Explosion), TM77 (Psych Up), Choice Band, Choice Specs, Choice Scarf, Focus Sash, Life Orb, Rare Candy
Rare Candy Locations
- Castelia City: Find all of the clowns; defeat seven trainers on the Royal Unova during Sunday (can be done repeatedly)
- Relic Path: Enter through the Pokémon World Tournament entrance and enter a small cave
- Route 20: Enter the island near a Pokémon Ranger with a Deerling and a Scolipede. This island can only be accessed with Surf during autumn.
- Virbank City: Located to the west of the Pokémon Center, requires Surf
- Strange House: On the second floor
- Route 12: Hidden near the tallest hill
- Village Bridge: In the northeast corner near the forested area
- Route 22: Fall off of the wooden bridge beside Terrakion
- Seaside Cave: Solve the boulder puzzle in the basement
- Route 23: Hidden across a bridge by the Ace Trainer with a Swanna and Galvantula
- Abundant Shrine: Located next to the Pokémon Breeder that gives you a Funfest Mission
- Victory Road: Across a pool in the second floor of the cave
- Victory Road: Near the Battle Girl with a Throh and Sawk
A level 21-40 Pokémon with Pickup (Lillipup) has a 4% chance of finding a Rare Candy if Pickup activates, while a level 41-100 Pokémon with Pickup has a 10% chance. Keep in mind that Pickup only has a 10% chance of activating, so the actual chances of finding a Rare Candy are .4% and 1% respectively. Rare Candies can also be purchased at the Subway/PWT.
Heart Scale Locations
- Castelia City: On the southern part of Prime Pier
- Castelia Sewers: By the Relic Path entrance
- Desert Resort: North of the Relic Castle
- Relic Castle: Fall into the sand, the Scale will be right underneath
- Route 6: East of the Pokémon Breeder with a Minccino and Deerling; requires Surf
- Undella Town: Hidden in the beach
- Undella Bay: Hidden on the northeast part of the shore
- Route 13: In the sand near an Ace Trainer with a Delcatty and Eelektrik
- Humilau City: In the north of town southeast of a Lady; hidden in the north of town south of a Lady and by a Swimmer
- Humilau City: Hidden in the north of town south of a Lady and by a Swimmer
- Seaside Cave: On the first floor on a small island
- Route 23: Outside of the house where an Ace Trainer heals your Pokémon
A level 51-70 Pokémon with Pickup (Lillipup) has a 4% chance of finding a Heart Scale if Pickup activates, while a level 71-100 Pokémon with Pickup has a 10% chance. Keep in mind that Pickup only has a 10% chance of activating, so the actual chances of finding a Heart Scale are .4% and 1% respectively.
All of these moves can be taught for free.
|Draco Meteor||A Dragon-type with high happiness|
All of these moves cost Red Shards. You can receive ten Red Shards for free in the Nimbasa Pokémon Center.
All of these moves cost Blue Shards.
Serebii (www.serebii.net) - If you need general Black/White 2 help, the main website is the place to go. Some helpful links include:
- http://www.serebii.net/black2white2/gyms.shtml - Gym Leader rosters and movesets.
- http://www.serebii.net/black2white2/elitefour.shtml - Elite Four rosters and movesets.
- http://www.serebii.net/pokearth/unova/ - General trainers and Pokémon listings.
- http://www.serebii.net/Pokédex-bw/ - Generation V Pokédex
Bulbapedia (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/) - Bulbapedia also has plenty of information and a helpful Firefox search plug-in, although its Generation V info generally isn't up to snuff as the previous generations. It's better and more in-depth than Serebii for general Pokémon knowledge, though.
Other walkthroughs - Marriland (http://Pokémon.marriland.com/black2_white2/walkthrough/basic-badge/opening) and RedisPoetic's (http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/661226-pokemon-black-version-2/faqs) GameFAQs walkthroughs are both great resources for getting through the game. Marriland has playthrough videos for visual aid and links to various Pokémon spread throughout his walkthrough, while RedisPoetic's walkthrough is just a couple of clicks away and fills in some holes in Marriland's walkthrough.
- Smogon forums (www.smogon.com/forums): I'm pretty sure that Mekkah's in-game tier list threads started the whole Pokémon in-game tiering craze. There's currently a BW2 In-Game tier thread in the Orange Islands subforum (which I didn't consult while reading this guide; if I missed something important, sorry guys!).
- Drayano (http://www.gamefaqs.com/users/Drayano/) : His Pokémon Black/White FAQ was the first FAQ I read that gave detailed analyses and recommendations for in-game Pokémon. Plus, his excellent FAQ helped me out all through the game. If he ever makes a BW2 FAQ, I highly recommend it.
- Marriland (http://pokemon.marriland.com/): I was stunned by his Black/White walkthrough. While the walkthrough itself is fine, it contained the best in-game analyses I've ever seen, bar none. I carefully followed his BW2 FAQ while playing and writing this guide, which helped me to make some decisions for my own reviews. Plus, he gave me the idea of using the Battle Subway during the storyline. (No information was lifted from his guide.)
- Serebii (www.serebii.net) : For providing various info. The TM/HM location list and major trainer rosters were the biggest help.
- Bulbapedia (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net): For providing various info. I mostly consulted the Unova Pokédex and base stat listings.
- Game Freak, Nintendo, The Pokémon Company: For continuing to produce Pokémon games, which have kept me hooked for 12 years. Also, props to The Pokémon Company for finally cutting down the localization time.
- Clean up a couple of the shorter reviews.
- Add Hidden Grotto and N's Pokémon. I doubt a lot of people use these, so they aren't high priority.
- Make a general matchup section to avoid repetition.
- tl;dr reviews for each Pokémon under the tier list
I can be contacted at magicfaqguide[at]gmail[dot]com. If this e-mail gets abused, I will remove my contact info. I can also be contacted under the same name at the Smogon forum.
Please e-mail me about any typos, egregious errors, or general suggestions. Do NOT e-mail me to complain about a Pokémon that's just one tier too high or too low; just calm down.
This walkthrough and all of its contents are © 2012 James Bunkley (Magicxgame). may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any website or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other website or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright. Pokémon and all related properties are copyright their respective owners. All rights reserved.
v0.1 (8/25/12, 333 KB) - I finally finished all of the Pokémon reviews. There's still a lot to do, but the meat of the FAQ is done.
v0.2 (9/2/12, 352 KB) - Typed up In-Game 101, added in preliminary item locations, updated tier list (which I really need to revise)
v0.3 (9/15/12, 366 KB) - Added in more item locations, typed up "special" Keldeo and Genesect reviews.
v0.4 (9/17/12, 374 KB) - Finished the storyline items
v0.5 (9/22/12, 374 KB ) - Revised In-Game 101. Now I just have to clean up the analyses and tier list.
v0.6 (10/9/12) - My laptop stopped working the week before BW2's release. Wonderful. Fortunately, I got the problem resolved, so hopefully I'll have it up by Sunday if I push through and manage my time wisely. Made the final tier list for the first release.
v0.7 (10/22/12, 400 KB) - I finished the reviews and added the tutors. When GameFAQs comes back up, this will be the version I'll submit. It could use some more polish, but I want to get this review out while BW2 is still fairly recent.
v1.0 (10/23/12) - Yay, it's published! Added in some links.
v1.01 (11/4/12) - I moved Magnemite and Zorua to High tier, replaced all instances of "PWT tutor" with "Driftveil tutor" when appropriate, and made a couple of minor changes. I'll get to my e-mails soon, I promise.
v1.02 (11/12/12) - Added indices for each Pokemon and mentioned Aqua Tail under Serperior's review.