Pokémon Gold/Silver

Players explore the regions of Johto and Kanto in their quest to catch all 251 pokemon.


The box art for Silver
The box art for Silver

Pokémon Gold and Silver were released on October 14, 2000 in North America (November 21, 1999 in Japan and April 6, 2001 in Europe) for the Game Boy Color (although it also supported the Game Boy Pocket and Game Boy). Development was done by Game Freak, publishing by Nintendo, and marketing and licensing from The Pokémon Company.

Taking place in the Johto region, the second generation of Pokémon introduced 100 new Pokémon. Besides several unique Pokémon and other minor details, Gold and Silver are identical to each other. However, to collect every single one of the Pokémon, players must trade between not only Gold and Silver, but also the first two games, Pokémon Red and Blue.


Well-received by critics with an 89% average rating according to Game Rankings, Pokémon Gold and Silver was a critical success. Gold and Silver are regarded as some of the best iterations in the Pokémon franchise, getting a ten out of ten from IGN, and high scores from many other publications. Together, Gold and Silver sold 6.5 million in Japan alone, while sales in North America beat previous sales records, selling 1.4 million copies in the first week of sales.

Pokemon Gold silver return as DS Remakes.
Pokemon Gold silver return as DS Remakes.

Pokémon Crystal was later released as an updated version of Gold and Silver. It came out on July 29, 2001 in North America, and was the only Pokémon game to be released exclusively for the Game Boy Color. Despite being largely similar to Gold and Silver, Crystal added many new features, including new series' staples such as the ability to choose the player's gender.

A remake of Gold and Silver was developed for the Nintendo DS. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver were released on March 14, 2010 in North America, and on September 12, 2009 in Japan. It is predominately a graphical remake of the game, but it also brings all of Johto's Pokémon into the latest generation of Pokémon (despite all of them being available across many of the later games released). The remakes also have new modern features added from the fourth generation of Pokémon games, new characters, and special functionality with a device called the Pokéwalker.


Cyndaquil fights Pidgey; a traditional battle.
Cyndaquil fights Pidgey; a traditional battle.

Set in the Johto Region, Gold/Silver is a traditional role-playing game with gameplay essentially the same as Pokémon Red/Blue and Yellow. There are two different "types" of gameplay. In battles, players have several options. The Pokémon that is in battle can attack the rival Pokémon (be it a wild Pokémon or a trainer Pokémon) with a variety of attacks. The player can also use many items, including healing items, battle items, or Poké Balls (used to catch wild Pokémon, who upon being caught can be used in battle). Players can switch out Pokémon and run away as well.

The main goal of these battles is to get the rival Pokémon to "faint." When all of an opponent's Pokémon have fainted, the battle is won. However, when fighting a wild Pokémon, players can attempt to catch it for further use. Other trainers' Pokémon cannot be caught. After winning a battle, the Pokémon gain experience, and eventually level up. For many Pokémon, when they reach a certain level they evolve into another form of the Pokémon (e.g. Pidgey evolves into Pidgeotto, Totodile evolves into Croconaw). Some Pokémon have special requirements to evolve, such as having specific items equipped, or leveling up during a specific time of day.

Players can talk with non-playable characters.
Players can talk with non-playable characters.

Each Pokémon has a type, mostly based on nature (e.g. water, grass, fire, earth). Each type has a (or some) strength(s) and weakness(es). These types also affect the Pokémon's statistics, such as, defense, attack power, and speed. Some types are completely immune to another type's attacks. In addition to stat bonuses and immunity, many Pokémon have unique attacks available relating to their type. Gold/Silver were also the first games to introduce dark and steel type Pokémon, thus completing the 17 types of Pokémon that remains the standard in all games in the series since.

Overworld gameplay follows Gold, the protagonist of Gold/Silver. He can travel to the various towns of Johto region, along with many other locations. Players can interact with objects and non-playable characters, sometimes relating to the plot. In towns, players have a variety of options, including purchasing items, healing all of the Pokémon in the party (as well as switching out Pokémon), and challenging that city's gym leader. There are many other areas to visit, including caves, forests, and even the ocean. While in the overworld, it is also possible to trigger a random battle with a wild Pokémon.

New features of Gold and Silver are numerous. It implements a day and night system that is based on a real-time internal clock. Influenced by this clock are many things, including specific events and what Pokémon appear. With the ability for Pokémon to hold items introduced, many items were created to take advantage of this mechanic, including berries (which can do many things, including boosts to power, healing status effects, and restoring health). Pokégear, a new key item introduced featured a map, watch, radio, and phone, allowing the player to call non-playable characters (and to be called by non-playable characters) and listen to the radio at certain times (according to the real-time clock).

Gold and Silver's legendary Pokémon include Raikou, Entei, and Suicune, who are a completely new type of legendary Pokémon. Instead of encountering them at a specific location, they appear randomly around Johto, and will run away occasionally. However, they retain any status effects or damage upon running away.

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Unique "shiny" Pokémon were added, which were a different color than the regular version of the Pokémon, and extremely rare. The Pokémon types Steel and Dark were added in Gold and Silver. Steel type are strong and have a high defense, while Dark type are powerful against Psychic Pokémon (they are even immune to any Psychic attacks).

Breeding was a feature that has stayed since Gold and Silver, allowing players to leave two Pokémon in the day care center for a chance for them to breed. Many species of Pokémon cannot breed, however. The child of the Pokémon will gain whatever moves its father has, while it gets the species of its mother.


Chikorita, one of the three starter Pokémon.
Chikorita, one of the three starter Pokémon.

Taking place in the Johto Region, Gold and Silver follows Gold, a young boy for New Bark Town. In the beginning of the game, he moves to New Bark Town and meets Professor Elm, who gives him the choice of one of three starter Pokémon: Cyndaquil, Totodile, or Chikorita. Later, Gold will run into his rival, Silver, and he will challenge Gold to the first of many Pokémon battles with him. After the battle, he will flee from Gold who will discover that he has just fought against the thief who stole one of Professor Elm's Pokémon. Gold will also meet Professor Oak, who gives him the Pokédex and the important task of catching all of the Pokémon in the Johto Region.

To do so, Gold must battle the eight gym leaders of Johto, each specializing in a particular type of Pokémon. After defeating each of the gym leaders and collecting their badges, Gold must fight the Elite Four and the Champion, and eventually the eight gym leaders of Kanto. In the very end, Gold fights the protagonist of Red and Blue, Red, in the final battle. Along this path, Gold must also battle the remaining members of the organization known as Team Rocket, as they try to re-unite and contact their old boss, Giovanni, to convince him to lead them again.


The Pokémon Gold/Silver Pokédex starts out as if it were separate from that of Pokémon Red/Blue, however after defeating the elite four, the player gains access to a national Pokédex that allows them to see all of the 'old' Pokémon from the original game. The first 151 Pokémon are as per the Pokémon Red/Blue Pokédex. The remaining Pokémon, those that are new to this game, are listed below.

152 Chikorita

Chikorita, the new Grass type starter
Chikorita, the new Grass type starter

153 Bayleef

154 Meganium

155 Cyndaquil

156 Quilava

157 Typhlosion

158 Totodile

159 Croconaw

160 Feraligatr

161 Sentret

162 Furret

163 Hoothoot

164 Noctowl

165 Ledyba

166 Ledian

167 Spinarak

168 Ariados

Feraligatr, the final form of the water-type starter, Totodile.
Feraligatr, the final form of the water-type starter, Totodile.

169 Crobat

170 Chinchou

171 Lanturn

172 Pichu

173 Cleffa

174 Igglybuff

175 Togepi

176 Togetic

177 Natu

178 Xatu

179 Mareep

180 Flaaffy

181 Ampharos

182 Bellossom

Typhlosion, the final evolution of the fire-type starter
Typhlosion, the final evolution of the fire-type starter

183 Marill

184 Azumarill

185 Sudowoodo

186 Politoed

187 Hoppip

188 Skiploom

189 Jumpluff

190 Aipom

191 Sunkern

192 Sunflora

193 Yanma

194 Wooper

195 Quagsire

196 Espeon

Furret is an average normal-type Pokémon
Furret is an average normal-type Pokémon

197 Umbreon

198 Murkrow

199 Slowking

200 Misdreavus

201 Unown

202 Wobbuffet

203 Girafarig

204 Pineco

205 Forretress

206 Dunsparce

207 Gligar

208 Steelix

209 Snubbull

Azumarill, an evolved water-type Pokémon
Azumarill, an evolved water-type Pokémon

210 Granbull

211 Qwilfish

212 Scizor

213 Shuckle

214 Heracross

215 Sneasel

216 Teddiursa

217 Ursaring

218 Slugma

219 Magcargo

220 Swinub

221 Piloswine

222 Corsola

Bellossom, a new evolution of an old grass-type Pokémon
Bellossom, a new evolution of an old grass-type Pokémon

223 Remoraid

224 Octillery

225 Delibird

226 Mantine

227 Skarmory

228 Houndour

229 Houndoom

230 Kingdra

231 Phanpy

232 Donphan

233 Porygon2

234 Stantler

235 Smeargle

236 Tyrogue

Ampharos, an electric-type Pokémon
Ampharos, an electric-type Pokémon

237 Hitmontop

238 Smoochum

239 Elekid

240 Magby

241 Miltank

242 Blissey

243 Raikou

244 Entei

245 Suicune

246 Larvitar

247 Pupitar

248 Tyranitar

249 Lugia

250 Ho-oh

251 Celebi

Pokémon Gyms

The system where the player has to get badges throughout the world to be allowed to enter the Elite Four and try to become the greatest Pokémon Trainer ever returns from Red/Blue/Green/ Yellow. This time the region where the game primarily takes places is called Johto and the gym leaders are all different than its prequel. Eventually, when all eight gym leader are defeated in the Johto region and the Elite Four is also defeated, there is an opportunity to go back to Kanto (the region of the first generation) to a replay on all past Gym leaders, assuring a total of 16 Gym Leaders and 16 possible badges.

Violet City Gym

Leader - Falkner

Badge - Zephyr Badge

Pokémon Type - Flying

Pokémon Used - Pidgey, Pidgeotto

Azalea City Gym

Leader - Bugsy

Badge - Hive Badge

Pokémon Type - Bug

Pokémon Used - Metapod, Kakuna, Scyter

Goldenrod City Gym

Leader - Whitney

Badge - Plain Badge

Pokémon Type - Normal

Pokémon Used - Clefairy, Miltank

Ecruteak City Gym

Leader - Morty

Badge - Fog Badge

Pokémon Type - Ghost

Pokémon Used - Gastly, Hunter, Hunter, Gengar

Cianwood City Gym

Leader - Chuck

Badge - Storm Badge

Pokémon Type - Fighting

Pokémon Used - Primeape, Poliwrath

Olivine City Gym

Leader - Jasmine

Badge - Mineral Badge

Pokémon Type - Steel

Pokémon Used - Magnemite, Magnemite, Steelix

Magohany City Gym

Leader - Pryce

Badge - Glacier Badge

Pokémon Type - Ice

Pokémon Used - Seel, Dewgong, Piloswine

Blackthorn City Gym

Leader - Clair

Badge - Rising Badge

Pokémon Type - Dragon

Pokémon Used - Dragonair, Dragonair, Dragonair, Kingdra

Vermilion City Gym

Leader - Lt. Surge

Badge - Thunderbadge

Pokémon Type - Electric

Pokémon Used - Raichu, Electrode, Electrode , Magneton, Electabuzz

Saffron City Gym

Leader - Sabrina

Badge - Marshbadge

Pokémon Type - Psychic

Pokémon Used - Espeon, Mr. Mime, Alakazan

Cerulean City Gym

Leader - Misty

Badge - Cascade Badge

Pokémon Type - Water

Pokémon Used - Golduck, Quagsire, Lapras, Starmie

Celadon City Gym

Leader - Erika

Badge - Rainbow Badge

Pokémon Type - Grass

Pokémon Used - Tangela, Victreebel, Jumpluff, Bellossom

Fuschia City Gym

Leader - Janine

Badge - Sould Badge

Pokémon Type - Bug/Poison

Pokémon Used - Crobat, Ariados, Weezing, Weezing, Venomoth

Pewter City Gym

Leader - Brock

Badge - Boulder Badge

Pokémon Type - Rock/Ground

Pokémon Used - Graveler, Rhyhorn, Omastar, Kabutops, Onyx

Seafoam Islands City Gym

Leader - Blaine

Badge - Volcano Badge

Pokémon Type - Fire

Pokémon Used - Magcargo, Magmar, Rapidash

Viridian City Gym

Leader - Gary

Badge - Earth Badge

Pokémon Type - Gary has a very varied team

Pokémon Used - Pidgeot, Alakazan, Rhydon, Exeggutor, Gyarados, Arcanine

The Elite Four

The Elite Four works pretty much like in the previous games. The player first faces the four members of the elite four, then battles against the Elite Champion for the title of greatest of all. Bruno from the previous Elite makes a come back, while the previously gym leader Koga appears as one of the four.

Elite Four Will

Pokémon Type - Psychic

Pokémon Used - Xatu, Exeggutor, Slowbro, Jynx, Xatu

Elite Four Koga

Pokémon Type - Bug/Poison

Pokémon Used - Ariados, Forretress, Muk, Venomoth, Crobat,

Elite Four Bruno

Pokémon Type - Fighting

Pokémon Used - Hitmontop, Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, Onyx, Machamp

Elite Four Karen

Pokémon Type - Dark

Pokémon Used - Umbreon, Vileplume, Gengar, Murkrow, Houndoom

Elite Four Champion Lance

Pokémon Type - Dragon

Pokémon Used - Gyarados, Charizard, Aerodactyl, Dragonite, Dragonite, Dragonite

Legendary Pokémon

Legendary Pokémon are Pokémon generally found in a very limited amount in the world of Pokémon, so unique there is only one of each of them. These Pokémon have more experience than the rest, and can be found in already high levels ranging from 30 to 70. Like Moltres, Articuno, and Zapdos were the Legendary Birds of the previous games, this time there are Legendary Dogs, called Entei, Suicune and Raikou. There's also two new birds, Lugia and Ho-oh; although when purchasing one or the other version of the game one of these two Pokémon come printed on the cover, Both can be captured in each of the distinct versions. There's also a time-traveler Pokémon called Celebi that wasn't included in this version, and got removed from American and European cartridges of Crystal, was only obtainable through Nintendo Events.


Type - Fire

Level - 40

Location - Awaken Entei in one of Ecruteak's buildings and then chase him down across Johto.


Type - Water

Level - 40

Location - Awaken Suicune in one of Ecruteak's buildings and then chase him down across Johto.


Type - Electric

Level - 40

Location - Awaken Raikou in one of Ecruteak's buildings and then chase him down across Johto.


Type - Flying / Psychic

Level - Gold 70 / Silver 40

Location - Lugia is found in the caverns south of Olivine. In the Gold version, he isan't available until the player has the Silver Wing in Pewter. In the Silver version, the player can just surf there and explore the dungeon until the player finds him.


Type - Flying / Fire

Level - Gold 40 / Silver 70

Location - On the top of the Tin Tower after receiving the Rainbow Wing. In the Gold version the item is in the Radio Tower in Goldenrod. In the Silver version is it found in Pewter.


Type - Grass / Psychic

Level - 30

Location - Illex Forest, only obtainable in the Japanese version of Pokémon Crystal, Nintendo Events or GameShark.