Trivia: Pokémon Gold and Silver

Trivia for Gold, Silver, and Crystal:

  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: For months prior to the official release of the game promotional materials referred to the pokémon Marill as "Pikablu" likely due to its mouse-like appearance and... well, the fact that it was blue. Marill was never officially referred to by this name at any point, not even during the planning stages. Despite this the misnaming was so prevalent that even Topps used it in the Pokémon: The First Movie Trading Cards.
  • God Never Said That: Marill is very frequently treated as a Pikaclone by the fandom. While the parallels are there, Game Freak has never officially promoted Marill's line in that capacity, and the association is a leftover from the old "Pikablu" rumors.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Silver (the Rival, not the game) is sometimes jokingly referred to as ???.
    • The three games are collectively referred to as GSC.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: The limited space of Game Boy Color cartridges is more than likely the reason that many buildings and dungeons in Kanto have been scaled down or became inaccessible due to various plot reasons in Kanto. For example, Cinnabar Island's volcano erupted and destroyed almost everything, Fuchsia City & Cerulean City's shared music was replaced with that of Celadon City and Viridian City, respectively, and most of Silph Co. isn't open to the public. HeartGold and SoulSilver restores most of the areas and their music, though Cinnabar Island is still destroyed and the Fuchsia City Safari Zone has been with replaced with the Pal Park.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In an early build of the game, the name of New Bark Town was going to be Silent Hills.
    • There are a bunch of alternate map layouts for the Johto towns in the games' ROM. One of these is a town or city located in the Lake of Rage, complete with its own Gym. The ability to Fly there may be a holdover from this.
    • The maps for Cinnabar Island's Pokémon Lab are in the data, though they have no event data.
    • There's an unused script for an encounter with a Level 40 Entei, implying that it (and possibly Raikou and Suicune) was originally intended to be found in a static spot instead of randomly roaming around Johto.
    • Pre-release material promised a skateboard item (separate from the bike) that would be allow access to new areas.
    • This image from the magazine MicroGroup Game Review shows unused designs for 2 Pokémon; a turtle that resembles Tirtouga and what can only be described as a Hitmontop and Clefairy hybrid. It also shows that Tyranitar was going to be brown instead of green.
    • The original Water and Fire starters were completely different creatures.
    • A string of text in the ROM suggests that the Honey Tree mechanic that debuts in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl was originally intended for these games.
    • Staryu and Starmie may have been originally intended to have genders, as Staryu has Egg Moves programmed for it and both are able to be taught Attract (a move that only works if the user and target have opposite genders) in these games only.
  • Working Title: Pocket Monsters 2: Gold and Silver for Gold and Silver Versions; Pokémon X for Crystal Version.

Trivia for HeartGold and SoulSilver:

  • What Could Have Been: An unused PokéGear icon that resembles Kris can be found in the data, implying she might have been considered to appear in some capacity at one point.