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20th Oct '17 11:28:59 AM rmctagg09
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* Version Exclusive Content: The Pokemon series is the [[TropeCodifier best-known example]] with version-exclusive content being a core design element of the franchise; each main series generation sees the release of two (otherwise-identical) games which feature minor differences in their in-game content, including:

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* Version Exclusive Content: VersionExclusiveContent: The Pokemon series is the [[TropeCodifier best-known example]] with version-exclusive content being a core design element of the franchise; each main series generation sees the release of two (otherwise-identical) games which feature minor differences in their in-game content, including:
20th Oct '17 10:43:37 AM AfroThunder
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* Version Exclusive Content: The Pokemon series is the [[TropeCodifier best-known example]] with version-exclusive content being a core design element of the franchise; each main series generation sees the release of two (otherwise-identical) games which feature minor differences in their in-game content, including:
** Certain Pokemon species are exclusive (or at least more common) in one version, such as Scyther and Pinsir in Generation I, or Braviary and Mandibuzz in Generation V; the only way to acquire them in the opposite version is by trading with another player. This also extends to the {{updated|rerelease}} "third versions" seen in many generations, where some wild Pokemon easily obtainable in the original pair are not encountered at all in the third; and to some of the series's spinoffs, such as the PokemonMysteryDungeon series whose first two installments were released in a pair of versions.
** Since Generation III, the game's central storyline is generally tweaked to focus on a specific legendary Pokemon (also depicted on the game's cover art) which the player will encounter at some point. It may or may not be possible for the player to encounter the legendary mascot of the other version in the same game (outside of an updated third version).
** Generation V expanded the differences, with some areas receiving aesthetic tweaks between versions, and a few (Black City and White Forest) being entirely exclusive to one version or the other.
** Generation V's online component, the Pokemon Dream World, also starts the player out with one type of damage-reducing Berry (out of seventeen) to start their berry farming with; the only way to acquire the other Berry types is by trading with other players.
** Some time-limited distributions give the player a different Pokemon depending on which version of game they are playing.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' mixes up the formula in a few new ways: Not only are some Pokemon (like the Manectric and Houndoom families) version-exclusive, but some Mega Stones are too (e.g. Charizardite X and Y); in fact, some Mega Stones are exclusive to the ''opposite'' version that their matching species is normally found in. The concept is also inverted in Kiloude City's Friend Safari: Every player gets a unique Safari (associated with their system's Friend Code) with three Pokemon of a common type appearing in it, but a player can only access their friends' Safaris, not their own.
12th Oct '17 5:16:47 PM Vilui
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* TakeThatAudience: Anytime someone talks about people [[StopHavingFunGuys treating Pokémon like they're tools and nothing else]].

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* TakeThatAudience: Anytime Any time someone talks about people [[StopHavingFunGuys treating Pokémon like they're tools and nothing else]].
16th Sep '17 12:38:02 PM nombretomado
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* VideoGameRemake: ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'' for the GameBoyAdvance are remakes of ''Red'' and ''Green''/''Blue'' for the Game Boy, ''[=HeartGold=]'' and ''[=SoulSilver=]'' for the Nintendo DS are remakes of ''Gold'' and ''Silver'' for the Game Boy Color, and ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'' for the 3DS are remakes of ''Ruby'' and ''Sapphire'' for the GBA.

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* VideoGameRemake: ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'' for the GameBoyAdvance UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance are remakes of ''Red'' and ''Green''/''Blue'' for the Game Boy, ''[=HeartGold=]'' and ''[=SoulSilver=]'' for the Nintendo DS are remakes of ''Gold'' and ''Silver'' for the Game Boy Color, and ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'' for the 3DS are remakes of ''Ruby'' and ''Sapphire'' for the GBA.
25th Aug '17 1:07:23 PM ScottyBoy
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** One absurd case of this is certain ''ancient relics''. In the Gen 5 games, one of the primary perks to accessing the Abyssal Ruins in Undella Bay is the ability to find artifact, including precious metals, vases, bands, statues, and even a crown, all from an ancient civilization. What are these precious artifacts good for? Selling, of course! (As well as [[MundaneUtility hilarious Fling ammo]], but mostly for selling) In particular, there is a particular NPC in each of those games that buys these artifacts at absurd prices, which can give you money to the tune of ''[[MoneyForNothing millions of pokedollars]]''. Bear in mind, not long before Gen 5, money capped at ''999,999''
31st Jul '17 12:14:53 PM MagBas
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* SpoonBending: Kadabra and Alakazam from Generation One - two particularly iconic Psychic-type Pokemon - each wield spoons. Their Signature Move is Kinesis, which reduces the target's accuracy by bending spoons to confound them. In Generation IV, the item Twisted Spoon can be used to increase the power of psychic-type attacks when held by a pokemon.

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* SpoonBending: Kadabra and Alakazam from Generation One - two particularly iconic Psychic-type Pokemon - each wield spoons. Their Signature Move SecretArt is Kinesis, which reduces the target's accuracy by bending spoons to confound them. In Generation IV, the item Twisted Spoon can be used to increase the power of psychic-type attacks when held by a pokemon.
21st Jul '17 8:33:59 PM MissLovebat
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* SatanicArchetype: If Arceus is the top {{God}} of the universe, then [[EldritchAbomination Giratina]], who was banished to the Reverse World for its violent behavior, is {{Satan}}. Darkrai and a few others also less common contenders for being Satan of the Pokemon universe.

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* SatanicArchetype: If Arceus is the top {{God}} of the universe, then [[EldritchAbomination Giratina]], who was banished to the Reverse Distortion World for its violent behavior, is {{Satan}}. Darkrai and a few others also less common contenders for being Satan of the Pokemon universe.
8th Jul '17 9:04:59 AM LavonPapillon1
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* SpoonBending: Kadabra and Alakazam from Generation One - two particularly iconic Psychic-type Pokemon - each wield spoons. Their Signature Move is Kinesis, which reduces the target's accuracy by bending spoons to confound them. In Generation IV, the item Twisted Spoon can be used to increase the power of psychic-type attacks when held by a pokemon.
4th Jul '17 3:22:15 AM flamemario12
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* SuperCuteSuperPowers: The Fairy type, despite its name, tends to be not TheFairFolk, but rather a mix of [[{{Lunacy}} moon-based moves]], such as Moonlight and Moonblast, and cute moves that invoke this trope, such as Charm, Sweet Kiss, [[CareBearStare Baby-Doll Eyes]] and Disarming Voice.

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* SuperCuteSuperPowers: The Fairy type, Fairy-type, despite its name, tends to be not TheFairFolk, but rather a mix of [[{{Lunacy}} moon-based moves]], such as Moonlight and Moonblast, and cute moves that invoke this trope, such as Charm, Sweet Kiss, [[CareBearStare Baby-Doll Eyes]] and Disarming Voice.



* TeaserEquipment: Inverted in all the main series ''Pokémon'' games. Even if you have the money to do so, shops refuse to sell you the higher level [=PokéBalls=] and healing items until you've advanced the plot and obtained sufficient Gym badges.
** [[UpToEleven Taken Up To Eleven]] in the Pokeball store in Lumious City in X and Y, you can buy almost any kind of Pokeball, except for [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Apricorn Balls]] and Masterballs. Which they keep behind the counter where the players can see them.
*** The Apricorn Balls are especially bad because unlike the Master Ball, they cannot be acquired and used through normal gameplay outside gen 2 and their remakes, despite not being overpowered and possibly being the ball you are using to send out your Pokémon.

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* TeaserEquipment: TeaserEquipment:
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Inverted in all the main series ''Pokémon'' games. Even if you have the money to do so, shops refuse to sell you the higher level [=PokéBalls=] and healing items until you've advanced the plot and obtained sufficient Gym badges.
** [[UpToEleven Taken Up To Eleven]] in the Pokeball store in Lumious City in X and Y, you can buy almost any kind of Pokeball, except for [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Apricorn Balls]] and Masterballs. Master Ball. Which they keep behind the counter where the players can see them.
*** The Apricorn Balls are especially bad because unlike the Master Ball, they cannot be acquired and used through normal gameplay outside gen 2 and their remakes, despite not being overpowered and possibly being the ball you are using to send out your Pokémon.
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** Dialga is the master of time, but no actual Time Travel is ever brought into play with it outside of the [[Anime/PokemonArceusAndTheJewelOfLife twelfth movie]].
*** Though in Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky Dialga has the power to give his [[TheDragon head minion]] the power to time travel at his own will.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Many Pokémon will do this as they evolve. (Tiny red lizard into giant fire-breathing dragon, friendly-looking alligator into a giant hulking leviathan, small turtle into a monstrous tortoise with an entire forest on its back, etc.)
** Probably the most famous example is Magikarp. Magikarp goes from an JokeCharacter [[MagikarpPower idiotic fish to a giant leviathan]], and there's plenty of other examples, like Horsea being a tiny, cutesy seahorse, and its final form Kingdra being a watery dragon seahorse with the ability to create whirlpools by yawning. And Starly, Diamond and Pearl's ComMons early bird, finally evolves into one of the [[NobleBirdOfPrey strongest birds of prey]] in the entire series.
** Ditto did this when it got its own unique Ability in ''Black and White'', as did many others with the introduction of "Hidden Abilities".
** The Fighting-type. In Gen 1, it was not only weak to Psychics, but their terrible Special stats guaranteed that any Psychic (or any half-decent Special Attacker for that matter) will easily OHKO them. Fighting type moves were neither strong nor accurate. In Gen 2, the Special stat split gave them decent Special Defense and an advantage over the two types introduced to {{Nerf}} Psychics. Later generations would give them better Fighting-type moves, and Gen 4's Physical-Special split expanded their movepools to make them one of the most powerful attacking types in the game.
* TooAwesomeToUse: PP Ups, Max Ethers, Elixirs, Max Elixirs, Rare Candies, and Max Revives are hardly used by most players due to how rare the items are and are never sold in shops. The burden of the trope is slightly reduced if a Pokémon has the ability to scavenge items on the field and may scoop up rare items such as those.
** The Master Ball is also never used on any Pokémon except for legendary Pokémon or ones that are difficult to catch. Most people in Gen I used the Master Ball on Mewtwo, but by Gen II and later, the series started to add multiple legendary Pokémon.
*** It's possible to get more by winning the Pokémon Lottery. This requires presenting a Pokémon with the ''exact'' 5-digit trainer ID that's announced by the lottery attendant. Black and White added a man who gives you a second Master Ball if you trade with 50 different trainers (good luck with that, though it's not too difficult if you utilize the [[SocializationBonus GTS]]). Black 2 and White 2 have the Join Avenue Raffle, a shop you can add to your avenue that has the Master Ball as a grand prize; you can also get one in the post game [[spoiler:by beating Colress aboard the Plasma Frigate on Route 18]].

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** Dialga is the master of time, but no actual Time Travel is ever brought into play with it outside of the [[Anime/PokemonArceusAndTheJewelOfLife twelfth movie]].
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movie]]. Though in Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky Time/Darkness/Sky, Dialga has the power to give his [[TheDragon head minion]] the power to time travel at his own will.
* TookALevelInBadass:
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TookALevelInBadass: Many Pokémon will do this as they evolve. (Tiny red lizard into giant fire-breathing dragon, friendly-looking alligator into a giant hulking leviathan, small turtle into a monstrous tortoise with an entire forest on its back, etc.)
* TooAwesomeToUse:
** Probably the most famous example is Magikarp. Magikarp goes from an JokeCharacter [[MagikarpPower idiotic fish to a giant leviathan]], and there's plenty of other examples, like Horsea being a tiny, cutesy seahorse, and its final form Kingdra being a watery dragon seahorse with the ability to create whirlpools by yawning. And Starly, Diamond and Pearl's ComMons early bird, finally evolves into one of the [[NobleBirdOfPrey strongest birds of prey]] in the entire series.
** Ditto did this when it got its own unique Ability in ''Black and White'', as did many others with the introduction of "Hidden Abilities".
** The Fighting-type. In Gen 1, it was not only weak to Psychics, but their terrible Special stats guaranteed that any Psychic (or any half-decent Special Attacker for that matter) will easily OHKO them. Fighting type moves were neither strong nor accurate. In Gen 2, the Special stat split gave them decent Special Defense and an advantage over the two types introduced to {{Nerf}} Psychics. Later generations would give them better Fighting-type moves, and Gen 4's Physical-Special split expanded their movepools to make them one of the most powerful attacking types in the game.
* TooAwesomeToUse:
PP Ups, Max, Max Ethers, Elixirs, Max Elixirs, Rare Candies, and Max Revives are hardly used by most players due to how rare the items are and are never sold in shops. The burden of the trope is slightly reduced if a Pokémon has the ability to scavenge items on the field and may scoop up rare items such as those.
** The Master Ball is also never used on any Pokémon except for legendary Pokémon or ones that are difficult to catch. Most people in Gen I used the Master Ball on Mewtwo, but by Gen II and later, the series started to add multiple legendary Pokémon.
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It's possible to get more by winning the Pokémon Lottery. This requires presenting a Pokémon with the ''exact'' 5-digit trainer ID that's announced by the lottery attendant. Black and White added a man who gives you a second Master Ball if you trade with 50 different trainers (good luck with that, though it's not too difficult if you utilize the [[SocializationBonus GTS]]). Black 2 and White 2 have the Join Avenue Raffle, a shop you can add to your avenue that has the Master Ball as a grand prize; you can also get one in the post game [[spoiler:by beating Colress aboard the Plasma Frigate on Route 18]].attendant.



** Regional variants are Pokémon that have different typings and stats from their more well known counterparts, but even they have designs that make them dramatically unique.

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** Regional variants are Pokémon that may have different typings types and stats from their more well known well-known counterparts, but even they have designs that make them dramatically unique.



* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Nobody seems to care what Pokémon you use in battle, even if it's extremely rare and mythical.
** Hell, you can even take Arceus to get a massage, or put him in a Contest or Pokémon Musical. The script is still the same. Even the [=NPC=]s who want to see a Genesect or Kyurem in X and Y, won't question why you have them, or how you caught them, but simply nonchalantly hand you over the add-on items.

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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: UnusuallyUninterestingSight:
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Nobody seems to care what Pokémon you use in battle, even if it's extremely rare and mythical.
** Hell, you can even take Arceus to get a massage, or put him it in a Contest or Pokémon Musical. The script is still the same. Even the [=NPC=]s who want to see a Genesect or Kyurem in X and Y, won't question why you have them, or how you caught them, but simply nonchalantly hand you over the add-on items.



* VideoGameCaringPotential: Some Pokémon can only evolve by being especially happy with you. Also, the move Return is stronger the more your Pokémon likes you.

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* VideoGameCaringPotential: VideoGameCaringPotential:
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Some Pokémon can only evolve by being especially happy with you. Also, the move Return is stronger the more your Pokémon likes you.



* WhaleEgg: ''All'' [[{{Mons}} Pokémon]] hatch from Eggs, even the mammalian, human-shaped, and mechanical ones (not to mention the HotSkittyOnWailordAction). Even Arceus, hailed in Sinnoh legend to be the creator of all Pokémon, was born from an egg that emerged within nothingness/a swirling vortex of chaos.

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* WhaleEgg: WhaleEgg:
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''All'' [[{{Mons}} Pokémon]] hatch from Eggs, even the mammalian, human-shaped, and mechanical ones (not to mention the HotSkittyOnWailordAction). Even Arceus, hailed in Sinnoh legend to be the creator of all Pokémon, was born from an egg that emerged within nothingness/a swirling vortex of chaos.



* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Most of the player characters in the games have fairly normal black or [[color:brown:brown]]... except Kris, the female player character from ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldandSilver Crystal]]'', who has dark [[color:blue:blue]] hair. However, Lyra, her replacement from ''[=HeartGold=]'' and ''[=SoulSilver=]'', is [[color:brown:brown]]-haired.

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* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: YouGottaHaveBlueHair:
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Most of the player characters in the games have fairly normal black or [[color:brown:brown]]... except Kris, the female player character from ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldandSilver Crystal]]'', who has dark [[color:blue:blue]] hair. However, Lyra, her replacement from ''[=HeartGold=]'' and ''[=SoulSilver=]'', is [[color:brown:brown]]-haired.
1st Jun '17 8:36:17 AM PDL
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* SmartAnimalAverageHuman: Pokémon practically feeds off of this trope where average humans train their pets, or "Pokémon", to become stronger and presumably smarter with each battle. Their intelligence could even surpass that of humans, although this is more of an InformedAbility as they'll still follow a competent trainer's orders despite their intelligence. In general Pokemon intelligence ranges from dog-like to the same level as a human child or a chimpanzee.

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* SmartAnimalAverageHuman: Pokémon practically feeds off of this trope where average humans train their pets, or "Pokémon", to become stronger and presumably smarter with each battle. Their intelligence could even surpass that of humans, although this is more of an InformedAbility as they'll still follow a competent trainer's orders despite their intelligence. intelligence, and all Pokémon can only know up to four moves at a time. In general Pokemon Pokémon intelligence ranges from dog-like to the same level as a human child or a chimpanzee.
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