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Differences Between Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2

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Differences Between Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2

Pokemon Black 2's Black City

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When the first set of Pokemon game hit the Game Boy in 1996, it brought several new ideas to the role-playing genre. One of the most notable changes (and one which still defines the series today, including Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 for the Nintendo DS) was the simultaneous release of two versions of the same game that offered identical experiences—but only at first glance.

In reality, Pokemon Red and Pokemon Green (Pokemon Blue in North America) have subtle but important differences between them. For instance, there are Pokemon that are exclusive to Pokemon Red that can only be found by a Pokemon Blue player if he/she engages in a trade, and vice-versa.

True to Pokemon tradition, Pokemon Black Version 2/White Version 2are not identical. Here’s a breakdown of the differences between the two games.

POKEMON EXCLUSIVE TO POKEMON WHITE VERSION 2

These are the wild Pokemon that can only be caught in Pokemon White Version 2. Though they may show up in trainer battles, you can’t nab them for your own collection. Note that Pokemon marked with an asterisk (*) can be acquired via in-game trades with non-player characters (NPCs), and Pokemon marked with a double-asterisk (**) can be acquired in the opposite game via the “Quiet Hidden Grottoes” funfest missions.
  • #010 - Caterpie
  • #011 - Metapod
  • #012 - Butterfree
  • #122 - Mr Mime
  • #125 - Electrabuzz
  • #127 - Pinsir
  • #165 - Ledyba
  • #166 - Ledian
  • #239 - Elekid
  • #300 - Skitty
  • #301 - Delcatty
  • #312 - Minun
  • #314 - Illumise
  • #322 - Numel
  • #323 - Camerupt
  • #378 - Regice
  • #380 - Latias
  • #431 - Glameow**
  • #432 - Purugly**
  • #439 - Mime Jr
  • #466 - Electivire
  • #548 - Petilil*
  • #549 - Lilligant*
  • #577 - Solosis
  • #578 - Duosion
  • #579 - Reuniclus
  • #627 - Rufflet
  • #628 - Braviary
  • #643 - Reshiram
  • #646 - Kyurem

POKEMON EXCLUSIVE TO POKEMON BLACK VERSION 2

These are the wild Pokemon that can only be caught in Pokemon Black Version 2. Though they may show up in trainer battles, you can’t nab them for your own collection. Note that Pokemon marked with an asterisk (*) can be acquired via in-game trades with non-player characters (NPCs), and Pokemon marked with a double-asterisk (**) can be acquired in the opposite game via the “Quiet Hidden Grottoes” funfest missions.
  • #013 - Weedle
  • #014 - Kakuna
  • #015 - Beedrill
  • #126 - Magmar
  • #167 - Spinarak
  • #168 - Ariados
  • #185 - Sudowoodo
  • #214 - Heracross
  • #240 - Magby
  • #311 - Plusle
  • #313 - Volbeat
  • #325 - Spoink
  • #326 - Grumpig
  • #379 - Registeel
  • #381 - Latios
  • #427 - Buneary
  • #428 - Lopunny
  • #434 - Stunky**
  • #435 - Skuntank
  • #438 - Bonsly
  • #443 - Gible
  • #444 - Gabite
  • #445 - Garchomp
  • #467 - Magmortar
  • #546 - Cottonee*
  • #547 - Whimsicott
  • #574 - Gothita
  • #575 - Gothorita
  • #576 - Gothitelle
  • #629 - Vullaby
  • #630 - Mandibuzz
  • #644 - Zekrom
  • #646 - Kyurem

LOCATIONS EXCLUSIVE TO POKEMON WHITE VERSION 2

Pokemon Black Version 2/White Version 2 also offer slightly different journeys through the Unova region depending on which copy of the game you play. Pokemon White Version 2 features the “White Forest,” a serene wilderness filled with big white trees. The White Forest has shops, quests, and items that can’t be accessed in Pokemon Black or Pokemon Black 2.

Pokemon White 2’s version of the White Forest is also home to The White Treehollow, a place where trainers can take on an extra challenge by battling rival trainers.

In addition, a few locations in Pokemon Black Version 2/White Version 2 have small aesthetic differences between them. In Pokemon White 2, Route 4 is a ramshackle town built on ancient ruins, whereas Pokemon Black 2’s Route 4 is a teeming city street.

LOCATIONS EXCLUSIVE TO POKEMON BLACK VERSION 2

Pokemon White Version 2 has exclusive claim to the White Forest, but Pokemon Black Version 2 features the “Black City,” a town bristling with jet-black buildings. The Black City has shops, quests, and items that can’t be accessed in Pokemon White or Pokemon White 2.

Pokemon Black 2’s version of the Black City is also home to The Black Tower, a place where trainers can take on an extra challenge by battling rival trainers.

Also, in Pokemon Black 2, Route 4 is a well-kept suburb that shoots off from Castelia City and feeds out into the desert, whereas Pokemon White 2’s Route 4 is wind-swept and has buildings based on ancient ruins.
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