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Pokemon Gold/Silver(GBA)
Changes FAQ
Project Started: 12/8/04
Version Final
by strawhat

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{1.0} Introduction
{2.0} Changes
{3.0} New Pokemon
{4.0} FAQ
{5.0} End

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|                            {1.0} Introduction                              |

Pokemon Gold/Silver is a revolutionary addition to the Pokemon RPG series. It
was these versions that took a gigantic step forward to greatly increase the
number of Pokemon available to use, movesets that open up new strategies, and
a whole bunch of additions such as gender, shinies, breeding, eggs, and much
more. Haven't played Gold or Silver yet? Read about the extroadinary changes
in this little spoiler-free guide.

|                               {2.0} Changes                                |

Let's start with the changes between old Red/Blue/Yellow. First, if you
haven't noticed, every Pokemon has totally new sprites from the front and
back. They are also in full color. Pokemon learn new moves and the special
stat has been split into two different stats. There is Special Attack and
Special Defense. Special attack judges the power of attacks that are the
special type.(Fire, Water, Ice, etc.) Special Defense judges how much damage
you take from them. 

Some attacks from R/B/Y now have different effects. These moves include
Reflect. Other sprites also have been updated and some are just plain old new.

Pokemon Gold/Silver takes place in a whole different region. It is called
Johto. Although the game does not say anywhere that it takes place after the
original, that seems to be the case. Red(Ash/Satoshi) and Blue(Gary/Shigeru)
are in the game as bosses. One Gym Leader gets a promotion and Giovanni of
Team Rocket seems to have previously been thwarted by you know who. You also
have a new rival who's much more badass than your last one.

Battles haven't changed that much. It's still the basic four move movesets and
based on turns. There are some new and added effects though. Whenever you
start a battle, a digitized pokeball appear. There are more variations of
battle music. Your rival gets his own song as well as the Elite 4. The attacks
get a whole bunch of new special effects. There is an intersting new addition
to battle strategy though. That is holding items. You can give your Pokemon
items to hold that can have special effects. For example, if you give a
Pikachu Leftovers to hold, it will gain a little bit of HP each turn and it
doesn't count as an item used!

Every Pokemon in the game has an entire new movelist. The moves are now closer
together in level compared to the previous Pokemon. Combined with the new set
of TMs and HMs, Pokemon traded from RBY and Egg Moves, you can get quite a
variety of different Pokemon with different movesets.

For those Pokemon battle freaks, the hidden numbers (DVs, EVs, etc.) have
changed. The formula is different, but I'm unsure of what it is. You're
probably best off asking the message board at GameFAQs.

Menus have changed a lot of the better. You backpack has slots now. You can
carry 20 normal items. There is a different slot to carry as many TMs/HMs as
you want. There is one more for key items so you don't have to have items that
clog up PC/item space(*coughsstickercough*) and one last one for Pokeballs.
It's much more convinient. When viewing Pokemon, you can see the base power
and accuracy for attacks as well as small descriptions. Pokemon summary pages
also allows you to scroll back and forth. In the options menu, you can select
which border you want for your menus. A nice little addition.

You also have a new option called PokeGear. This option has a radio that lets
you listen to some interesting information, a map, and a telephone. The phone
allows you to record a certain amount of phone numbers. Trainers can sometimes
give you numbers. They can decide to have rematches with you carrying stronger
Pokemon! Some numbers are required for game progress though.

A tiny little addition is that you mother collects money after every battle to
save up for you. You can also deorate your room with dolls that you buy at
stores or stuff that your mom buys you.

Ever wonder if your Pokemon is a guy or a gal? Well, now you know. MOST
Pokemon have genders now. Some are genderless. This is for breeding. You can
now breed Pokemon to get eggs. The egg will contain a Pokemon at level 5. So
what's the advantage of breeding? Well, you get special egg moves that can
only be recieved by breeding. You can also pass on one-time TM moves. One more
thing you can do is pass on shiny Pokemon.

Shiny Pokemon are special Pokemon with inverted colors. They're VERY rare.
Every Pokemon has a shiny form. They don't have any special abilities though,
just there for bragging rights. There is also a special virus called Pokerus.
It's good though, so don't worry about that.

The best, most unique feature in Pokemon Gold/Silver is time. Only in Gold/
Silver is there visible night/day. The game keeps track of what time it is in
real life. It also keeps track of what day of the week it is and daylight
saving's time. In the daytime, Pokemon that live in the day come out. Some are
Pikachu and Pidgey. At night, others come out such as Zubat. Some Pokemon are
out 24/7. The day and night has even more functions though. Some attacks like
Synthesis will have different effects depending on the time of day. It will
recover more health in the daytime of course. Some Pokemon will also evolve
differently depending on the time.

Speaking about evolutions, some of the old Pokemon now have some new
evolutions/pre-evolutions. A few to mention are Golbat and Scyther. There's
also a new method of evolution: trading with items. If you allow a Pokemon to
hold an item and trade it, it may evolve.

Do you miss Kanto? That's OK. At the end of the game, you can still revisit.
I'm not going to tell you how though, that's for you to figure out. You can
still get 16 badges in the game, but not face the old Elite 4.

Speaking of Kanto, trading with Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow versions are
still available after some time in the game. You can also battle, but the
Pokemon must be available in the previous versions and they can't have any of
the new moves.

Many people ask if there's still a Pokemon duplication code. There is, and
it also doubles up as Pokemon item code. It does not come in mass quantities

Between Pokemon Gold and Silver, there's isn't that many changes. If you look
carefully, some Pokemon have different sprites. There are still exclusives
between each version(you also have to trade from RBY to finish your Pokedex).
The opening screen of the two versions are different. Gold has Ho-oh during
the day and Silver has Lugia during the night.

|                             {3.0} New Pokemon                              |

Here's a list of all the new Pokemon and a quick description about them.

#152 Chikorita
#153 Bayleef
#154 Meganium

This group are grass Pokemon that resemble dinosaurs. They have some sort of
plant on their heads.

#155 Cyndaquil
#156 Quilava
#157 Typhlosion

These look like a...mole-type thing. One of its symbols is fire that can come
out of its back when it is not tired.

#158 Totodile
#159 Croconaw
#160 Feraligatr

If you can't tell by the name, these are water type Pokemon that are
alligators/crocodiles. They have high defensive and attack stats.

#161 Sentret
#162 Furret

They look like a ferrets. They have long tails used to boost themselves up and
are a brownish color.

#163 Hoothoot
#164 Noctowl

They're owls. They come out at night and have the abilities to see in the

#165 Ledyba
#166 Ledian

These guys are ladybugs. They are red and have spots on their back. Ledian can
stand on two legs and is capable of inituating punch attacks.

#167 Spinarak
#168 Ariados

Spinarak and Ariados are spiders. Big spiders. Spinarak is green with spots on
its behind and Ariados is red. They come out at night and spin webs.

#169 Crobat

Crobat is the new evolution of Golbat. It is mighty fast with four wings. It
is purple with dark eyes. IMO, it's pretty cool-looking.

#170 Chinchou
#171 Lanturn

I don't know what these are. Lanturn looks like a fat dolphin while Chinchou
some kind of water bug. They are both water/electric types and have pretty
strong electric moves. They are blue like the ocean.

#172 Pichu

Pichu is the pre-evolution of Pikachu. The Pokedex description says it shocks
itself a lot because it is at a young age, but that doesn't actually apply to
the actual game play.

#173 Cleffa

Cleffa looks like a Clefairy that got crammed into a box and jumped out again.
That's because it's Clefairy's pre-evolution. It's not very strong and learns
very few moves.

#174 Igglybuff

Igglybuff is Jigglypuff's pre-evolution and pretty much follows the same
description as above. Pink, round, and small.

#175 Togepi
#176 Togetic

Togepi should already by known by those who watch the Pokemon TV show. Togepi
is a small, spiky thing encased in a white egg with red and blue designs on
it. Togetic is bigger and can fly.

#177 Natu
#178 Xatu

Interesting birds that is told to be able to see the future. It's green and
purple. Natu is small like a pigeon and Xatu is bigger looking more like a
human. But not quite.

#179 Mareep
#180 Flaaffy
#181 Ampharos

Mareep and Flaaffy look like sheep. Ampharos however looks more like what the
Lochness Monster might look like, except yellow and smaller. It has a tail
that emits bright light that supposedly guides ships into docks.

#182 Bellossom

Gloom's new evolution via the Sun Stone. Bellossom doesn't really look like
Gloom. It's small with flowers on its head and a dress of leaves.

#183 Marill
#184 Azumarill

Marill and Azumarill are blue mice. Their symbol is a tail that can float
above the water. They're round and not that big.

#185 Sudowoodo

Sudowoodo is a strange monster that's supposed to be a rock, but imitates a
tree. It's brown with green orbs on its branches. Nonetheless, it's a rock
type that learns rock type moves.

#186 Politoed

Poliwhirl's second evolution via King's Rock. It looks like a toad(duh) that's
green. It loses the signature whirl on its belly though.

#187 Hoppip
#188 Skiploom
#189 Jumpluff

These are light plant monsters. They are speedy, but not too strong. Hoppip is
brown, Skiploom is green, and Jumpluff is blue. They all have plants on their

#190 Aipom

Aipom looks like a monkey on crack. Seriously. It always has a strange smile
on its face and its tail is a hand. Plus, it is purple, the color of evil.

#191 Sunkern
#192 Sunflora

Sunkern is a little yellow seed with a leaf coming out of its head. Sunflora
is a scary, dancing flower with petals surrounding its yellow head.

#193 Yanma

Yanma is a brownish green dragonfly. It flies very fast and is rare and hard
to catch.

#194 Wooper
#195 Quagsire

Wooper and Quagsire are like fish with legs. They are blue and look slipper.
Wooper has things sticking out on both sides of its head. Quagsire is smooth
as paper though.

#196 Espeon

One of Eevee's new evolutions. It's purple with long whiskers(I think they're
whiskers...) and a hooked tail.

#197 Umbreon

The other new Eevee evolution. It's a dark type that's black with several
yellow rings. It looks like mixed breed of cat and dog.

#198 Murkrow

Murkrow is like a crow. It's black with short wings. Just imagine a Spearow
that's black and has a long neck.

#199 Slowking

Slowpoke's additional evolution via King's Rock. It looks just like a Slowpoke
standing up with Slowbro's shell thing on its head.

#200 Misdreavus

The only pure ghost obtainable. It looks purplish black with a necklace. It
floats and has little to no body. Its head is also a little wispy.

#201 Unown

Unown can be caught in a certain cave. There are many different types although
only one is required to be in your Pokedex. They look like all the letters in
the English alphabet.

#202 Wobbuffet

Wobbuffet has a funny shape. It is just an oval with a constipated face. It
also has a dark tail that is meant to be a shadow.

#203 Girafarig

Girafarig has two sides, a giraffe head and a snake tail. They are both meant
to have different personalities.

#204 Pineco
#205 Foretress

Pineco and Foretress look totally different. Pineco looks like a blue pinecone
and Foretress looks like a steel clam shell with cannons on its sides.

#206 Dunspace

Dunsparce looks like an orange slug that's slimeless. It has closed eyes and
is slow moving.

#207 Gligar

Gligar's a cool looking Pokemon. It looks similar to Crobat. It's purple with
wings attached to its arms and legs. Sort of like a metal Butterfree.

#208 Steelix

Steelix is Onix's evolution. It looks like it is made out of a skeleton. Its
head is large and white.

#209 Snubbull
#210 Granbull

These two are tough dogs that are of a purplish tint. Granbull looks very
tough with two strong teeth coming out of its lower jaw.

#211 Qwilfish

Qwilfish looks like a pufferfish with spikes coming out all around it. Its
color is divided like a Pokeball. The top is blue and the bottom is ivory.

#212 Scizor

Scyther's new evolution does not gain any stats; it just looks different and
shifts its stats over. It is red with pincers instead of scythes. Its head is
differently shaped. It's spiked up. BTW, Scizor's no longer a mantis.

#213 Shuckle

Shuckle is a creatures that likes to hide in a shell with many holes in it.
It's yellow and is said to create berry juice.

#214 Heracross

Heracross is a cool fighting/bug breed. It has a long horn used for
overthrowing opponents. It's blue and has wings, but is not considered a
flying type.

#215 Sneasel

Sneasel looks like a black bug, but is actually a dark/ice type. It is black
with purple claws and isn't very strong.

#216 Teddursa
#217 Ursaring

These two are the bear Pokemon. Teddiursa looks like a small brown teddy bear
while Ursaring is like a large grizzly bear.

#218 Slugma
#219 Magcargo

Slugma and Magcargo are fire slugs. Slugma is red and leaves a trail of lava
while Magcargo is more brownish and resembles what would happen is Slugma

#220 Swinub
#221 Piloswine

Swinub looks is like a pink, round pig. It has black stripes on its back.
Piloswing looks like a flat mammoth. It has a large hump and two tusks. It's
also brownish.

#222 Corsola

Corsola is a coral Pokemon. It's pink with a white bottom. It has lots of
little branches sticking out of its head.

#223 Remoraid
#224 Octillery

Although Remoraid and Octillery are in the same family, they look entirely
different to one another. Remoraid is a grayish-blue fish with fins. Octillery
is an Octopus with a mouth like a cannon firing Octazookas and elemental

#225 Delibird

Delibird is an ice penguin Pokemon that acts like Santa's little helper. It
is red and carries around a brown bag with presents. Presents that can

#226 Mantine

Mantine is a unique stingray Pokemon. It's grayish-blue like Remoraid and has
wide "wings."

#227 Skarmory

Skarmory is perhaps the coolest Pokemon released in this generation. It looks
like a large, metal bird with a long beak. Its wings looks like they are made
of spikes and it has sharp talons.

#228 Houndour
#229 Houndoom

Also pretty cool Pokemon. Houndour and Houndoom are black dogs. They breathe
fire. Houndoom has horns which makes it look like it came from, quote DBZ:
"another dimension."

#230 Kingdra

Kingdra is Seadra's new evolution. Kingdra is the only new dragon type
released this generation. It has a beak and loses the spikes, but is larger.

#231 Phanpy
#232 Donphan

These two are like elephants. Phanpy is blue and looks like a baby. Donphan is
gray and much bigger. It has a groove cut down the middle.

#233 Porygon2

As you can probably guess, this is Porygon's new evolution. It's pretty much
Porygon made of rounded shapes instead of polygons.

#234 Stantler

Stantler is a reindeer with large antlers. The antlers looks like they have
eyes and are used for inducing hypnosis.

#235 Smeargle

Smeargle is a random Pokemon capable of creating any moveset in the game since
it copies attacks - permanently. It looks like a dog standing up with an
artist's hat and a pallet.

#236 Tyrogue
#237 Hitmontop

These two fall into the same family as Hitmontop/Hitmonlee. Tyrogue is their
new pre-evolution and Hitmontop is an additional evolution. Tyrogue looks like
Hitmonchan minus the gloves. Hitmontop looks like an upside-down Hitmonlee.

#238 Smoochum

Jynx's pre-evolution. It looks like a tiny Jynx with short hair and a purple

#239 Elekid

Elekid is Electabuzz's pre-evolution. It looks like Electabuzz except with two
plugs on the top of its head so it looks like it can go into a socket.

#240 Magby

Magmar's pre-evolution. Magby looks like a small Magmar except a paler red. It
has a weird, brainish thing on the top of its head and does not have a lot of
fire covering its body.

#241 Miltank

Miltank is a cow. Its face looks kind of like a dog, but everything else looks
exactly like a cow. Seriously.

#242 Blissey

Chansey's unneeded evolution. Blissey is round like Chansey and a darker pink,
almost purple. Blissey still has the signature egg.

#243 Raikou

Raikou is the electric type of the new legendary trio. It looks like a tiger,
not a gerbil as some people might say. Its tail looks like a lightning bolt
and it is very large.

#244 Entei
Entei is the fire type of the legendary trio. It looks like a dog with sharp
fangs and a red mask. It is brownish.

#245 Suicune

Suicune looks like it is made out of toothpaste. It's blue and
semi-transparent. Its face is narrow and it has long, waving hair.

#246 Larvitar
#247 Pupitar
#248 Tyranitar

Larvitar and Tyranitar are pale greenish monsters. They look like dinosaurs
with high spikes on their backs. They also have random black spots. Pupitar
however, looks like a cocoon with Spikes.

#249 Lugia
Lugia is the one of the two major legendaries. It's pale periwinkle with signs
of texture on its back. It doesn't have legs and has two black spots near its

#250 Ho-oh
Ho-oh is the other major legendary. It's like a phoenix. Its feathers are
mostly red, but you can find a rainbow of them.

#251 Celebi
Celebi is the hidden legendary. It's green and is the sign of peace in the
forest. You can only get this Pokemon during special events or via a cheating

|                                 {4.0} FAQ                                  |

Q: Is Missingno in this game?
A: To be honest, I don't know. It's not naturally in the game, but it might be
possible to get via Gameshark.

Q: Is there a faster way to duplicate items?
A: Nope.

Q: Is Kanto exactly the same as it was in RBY?
A: No. Many places are smaller to conserve space in the game. You don't visit
all the towns in order and the Gym Leaders have different Pokemon. Some caves
are also sealed off.

Q: Does Kanto have the same music as the original?
A: Nope. They're remixes of course. ;)

Q: Can you find the same Pokemon in Kanto as the original?
A: No. They're slightly changed.

|                                 {5.0} End                                  |

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