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  • General:
    • The move Ingrain recovers HP by digging roots into the ground for nutrients. As a result, not only is regular and forced switching for that Pokémon impossible, there is an element in place that negates immunity to Ground-type attacks from being a Flying-type or using Levitate, which affects only two Pokémon that normally learn Ingrain (Carnivine and Celesteela). Smeargle, who can learn the attack through Sketch, can also use Baton Pass to give the Ingrain status to any other party member, including one with a natural immunity to Ground. This even puts the recipient in contact with Toxic Spikes, Spikes, and Sticky Web, should they be there.
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    • Likewise, the move Telekinesis causes the user to lift the target into the air with psychic powers. While this causes all moves to hit them regardless of accuracy, they also become immune to Ground-type attacks as if they had the Levitate ability. There are exactly five Pokémon in the entire series that cannot have Telekinesis used against them directly: Diglett, Dugtrio, Sandygast, Palossand, and Mega Gengar. All five of these Pokémon are permanently rooted to the ground, and Mega Gengar is also incorporeal and thus has no physical form to lift.
    • In 3D battlers like Pokémon Stadium, all Pokémon have programmed animations for every single existing move, independent of said move being learnable under natural conditions or if a move not naturally learnable was hacked into a Pokémon. The N64 Stadium games had a feature in which, should a certain Pokémon have a move it isn't able to naturally learn in the games, whether said move is learned through cheat devices or a Gen I move that is possible to learn in Gen II (like the Elemental Punches, if used in Stadium 1), the move is highlighted purple.
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    • There are certain event Pokémon that are shiny-locked, meaning that no matter how many times you've reset the game, they can never be encountered as a shiny. However, these Pokémon do have shiny palettes, which may then be revealed when they are eventually released as a shiny, while doubling as a failsafe if anyone tries to hack in a shiny event Pokémon (an action that might result in the game crashing if it can't find the sprite).
    • Many moves have subtle side effects depending on the situation. Jump Kick and Hi Jump Kick causing the Pokémon to keep going and receive crash damage if it misses, Stomp and Steamroller dealing extra damage if the opponent is using Minimize, Earthquake and Magnitude doing double damage if the enemy Pokémon is underground, and Rollout and Ice Ball being stronger if the user also used Defense Curl the turn before are just a few examples.
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    • The already useless move Splash (called Hop in Japan) can't be used while the move Gravity is in effect. Neither can Jump Kick; High Jump Kick, or Flying Press. Fly, Bounce, and Sky Drop don't work either, and get interrupted if already in progress.
    • Receiving a trade-evolving Pokémon from the GTS will still put both in your Pokédex, since, although the evolution sequence triggers right after the trade, you are still technically in possession of the unevolved Pokémon for a few seconds. Same goes for Shinies, which will both be recorded.
  • Generation I (Red, Green (JP), Blue, Yellow):
    • The developers knew before the first game was even completed that players would attempt to beat the game by using a high-leveled Pokémon they obtained in a trade and not bother with raising their own to beat the challenges legitimately, so the concept of gym badges that allow control over unruly Pokémon was conceived.
    • The Pikachu following the player in Yellow relies on a Pikachu with its Original Trainer's name and ID matching yours being in your party. It will disappear as soon as that Pikachu either gets put into the PC, gets traded, or you hacked or glitched the game so that you could change them to something else. Furthermore, if you hack or glitch the game to allow you to catch another Pikachu (as they can't be encountered in the wild within Yellow), it's possible to get it to mimic the starter Pikachu simply by releasing the original. Do so, and the Pikachu now mimicking the starter would be disappointed for a limited period of time (noticeable if you were to examine it afterwards).
    • Because of the possibility of Sequence Breaking, both Koga and Sabrina have similarly leveled Pokémon.
    • In Yellow, to ensure your rival can shove you out of the way to get the Eevee originally intended for you, so that Professor Oak gives you the Pikachu you'd just seen him capture, a trash can is placed in Professor Oak's laboratory so that it blocks your path to behind the table on which Eevee's Poké Ball sits.
    • Also in Yellow (the problem, unfortunately, went unnoticed in previous versions), you are required to enter the Safari Zone at one point to find the HM03 and the item that lets you have the HM04. Should you find yourself short on funds, you will be let in anyways, but with fewer Safari Balls. Entering while having no money at all will only get you one.
  • Generation II (Gold, Silver, Crystal):
    • If you trade a Pokémon holding an item to a Generation I game and trade it back later down the road, the Pokémon will still have the item it was traded away with, taking advantage of an otherwise unused (and redundant) value stored within every trainer Pokémon within the first generation Pokémon games.
    • Similarly to the above, Crystal is the first Pokémon game to keep track of where a Pokémon was caught. Although Gold and Silver did not have this feature, the data remains valid if a Pokémon from Crystal is traded to one of those. (Unfortunately, the location data is deleted if a Pokémon is traded to a Generation I game.)
    • These three games introduced the concept of Roaming Pokémon with the legendary beasts. They are also the only games where there is a specific check for Roaming Pokémon to not appear in the wild if the player keeps moving between the same two maps, forcing you to move to a third one for them to spawn again.
  • Generation III (Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen):
    • The move Struggle has Contest stats, despite not being able to be used in Contests.
    • Losing the starting battle with Poochyena (Ruby and Sapphire) or Zigzagoon (Emerald) is impossible; if you screw it up on purpose, the wild Poochyena/Zigzagoon will decide to run. Professor Birch still thanks you and lets you keep the starter.
    • You will be let into the Oceanic Museum in Slateport for free if you don't have the money needed to pay the fee, but only during the one time the plot requires you to enter.
    • Emerald players can skip the encounter with the rival in Rustboro City by catching an Abra at Route 116 and Teleporting back to Littleroot, Oldale, or Petalburg if they didn't use the Rustboro Pokémon Center. In this case, the rival shows up at Mr. Briney's cottage instead, and offers a battle as well as exchanges PokéNav numbers with the player (which provides a hint about Rayquaza's location later on).
    • It's impossible to trap yourself within the Strength puzzle room in Emerald's Trick house, not even intentionally, as the game will reset the position of a certain boulder should you attempt to do so.
    • Early in Pokémon Colosseum, there's a point where the three entrances to Phenac City are blocked by a trio of Cipher Peons, each with a different Johto starter as a Shadow Pokémon. Once you defeat one, the other two disappear to prevent you from getting all three starters at the beginning of the game. If you snag your chosen starter and then black out to the grunt's non-Shadow Pokémon? All three grunts will have their Shadow Pokémon removed from their team.
    • You can check the boxes inside the delivery van you were riding in at the start of Emerald. Apparently, it's a Pokémon brand moving and delivery service. This text appears nowhere else in the game.
    • It's possible to skip the Fortree Gym and go to the League without Winona's badge. The game will change the last Gym Leader's dialogue after defeating them to reflect that you need to go back and defeat Winona.
    • In FireRed and LeafGreen, key items from Ruby and Sapphire, while unavailable via standard methods, have descriptions different than they were in Ruby and Sapphire. For example, the Scanner:
    RSE: A device found inside the Abandoned Ship.
    FRLG: A device used to search for life-forms in water. It looks too difficult to use.
  • Generation IV (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver)
    • Arceus, a Mythical Pokémon, can have any Pokémon type corresponding to what type Plate it has, and has a different color scheme for each Plate. The move Curse has the type ???, and is the only move with this type (until Generation V, when they've finally classified it as a Ghost-type move). If you hack the game so that Arceus has the same type as Curse, it has its own color scheme and sprites.
    • Similar to the 3rd generation, the move Struggle has Super Contest stats.
    • In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, Professor Rowan will note if your starter has evolved before you've gone to see him for the Pokédex.
    • If you run away from Giratina when you're supposed to fight/catch it in the Distortion World in Platinum, Cyrus will comment on it. This is actually a valid way to clear the Giratina battle.
    • Platinum includes an area called the Battleground where the player can have rematches with the Sinnoh Gym Leaders. Roark and his father, Byron, are both Gym Leaders; when they appear in the Battleground at the same time, their after-battle dialog changes from what it normally would be. Roark tells the player that when he became a Gym Leader, he realized how great a Trainer his dad is, but that he would never admit it in front of his father. Byron talks to himself about how Roark thinks he can "show up his old man", and that he, Byron, will need to get better to prevent that from happening.
    • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Pokéathlon Dome and Events have a GB Sounds version of their theme as well as the normal version. Bear in mind that the Pokéathlon Dome didn't exist in the original games, meaning it's unlikely that you'd go there with the item on unless by coincidence.
      • Also in the Pokéathlon, if you enter Diglett or Dugtrio in Courses that involve jumping, they will either remain rooted to the ground (making them useless in Lamp Jump and Disc Catch), or in the case of Hurdle Dash, burrow under the hurdles instead of leaping over them.
    • In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers, the Itemizer Orb will turn an enemy Pokémon into an item. If you throw it at an enemy who is under the effect of Mirror Move, however, you get turned into an item instead. At this point, you automatically fail the dungeon — none of your revival items can help you, because the problem isn't that you're unconscious. The end-of-mission screen even specifically says that '[Name] was turned into an item' instead of the normal defeat message.
  • Generation V (Black, White, Black 2, White 2):
    • At one point, the player has to capture Reshiram or Zekrom (depends on the version) to advance the game. However, if your party and PC are completely full — which is very unlikely to happen by accident due to the amount of Pokémon you have to catch — this becomes impossible, so the game lets you skip the capture and lets you try again at a different location after the end of the game.
    • Halfway through Black 2 and White 2, you inherit one of N's former companions. If you use it when you challenge N, he will recognize his Pokémon and praise you for raising it.
    • When Memory Link is activated, you can catch all of the Pokémon N used in Black and White. If you have any of the others, not just the Zorua, he'll remember those too when you meet him by Victory Road.
    • After getting the DNA splicers and catching Reshiram/Zekrom, if you try to fuse them into Black or White Kyurem and then try to trade it off to an in-game NPC (not that you would anyways), the game says "That Pokémon cannot be traded.", as it would result in the permanent loss of the DNA Splicers.
    • The TMs are no longer single-use items. When a Pokémon forgets a move in order to learn from a TM, the move learned with a TM takes on the current PP of the move replaced by the new move. This is to prevent repeated usage of TMs for the purpose of PP restoration.
    • Cedric Juniper says that you met a Klink, and that Pokémon is unavoidable due to being used by N. However, if one cheats to avoid N, he instead says "You haven't seen a Klink yet?"
    • In one of the PokéStar Studios movies you can film — the second Mystery Doors movie — your character talks to a magic plush doll acting as a gatekeeper. If you remake the film again using your own Pokémon and use Substitute during this scene, you'll trigger an extra bit of dialogue in the movie where the gatekeeper remarks how much the Substitute doll looks like himself. There would be no reason to do this normally — the prop you battle can't even attack you, making Substitute needless, nor is it needed for the Strange Ending.
    • In Pokémon Conquest, each trainer type (i.e. the ones with different sprites) have different reaction lines to various conditions in and outside battle. This includes a unique reaction to their Pokémon being asleep, which can only be induced by a very small number of attacks and abilities in this game. They also have each have their own reaction specifically to being knocked out by friendly fire or stage hazards.
  • Generation VI (X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire):
    • If you don't have enough money to pay the cabs, the drivers get angry and battle you. There are several different designs with several different dialogues even though almost no one will be short enough on cash for this to happen.
    • The games actually have 31 storage boxes, though the 31st is only unlocked when Xerneas, Yveltal, or Rayquaza are caught to ensure that there is box space for them.
    • The games usually wish the player happy birthday on the day of their birthday. However, if the player was born on February 29th (meaning their birthday only rolls around once every four years), and it's not a leap year, the nurse at the Pokémon Center will say "I know it's a day early, but happy birthday to you!" on February 28th.
    • As in the original Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Struggle has placeholder stats should you hack it onto a Pokémon and use it within the Contest Spectaculars. However, it's now considered in-game to be a Tough move due to it sharing the same stats with Pound, the move that has the internal in-game ID of "0".
    • The QR code generator for the Super Secret Base is specifically programmed to ignore as-yet unreleased event Pokémon if you happen to have them on your team while generating the QR codenote , and will use a different Pokémon you have on you for your battle party.
    • The plural forms of names of all the in-game items are programmed into the game in case the game needs to refer them in plural form. This includes items which are unobtainable in-game (due to being Dummied Out) and items that you can normally only get a singular amount per game (such as the TMs, the HMs, and the key items). This isn't simply just adding an "s" at the end of their names — the correct plural form of the respective words are programmed into the in-game data as an additional set of names.
    • Only Unbound forme Hoopa can use Hyperspace Fury — a message will display if it were to try to use it while it's in its normal "Confined" forme. A different message appears if you attempt to hack the move onto a Pokémon that isn't Hoopa (or have Smeargle learn it with Sketch) — it's impossible for them to pull off the move even though they know it. A similar situation occurs with Dark Void, which can only be used by Darkrai starting in Sun and Moon.
    • If the battle format of a trainer's Secret Base is set to Double Battle, Triple Battle, or Rotation Battle, but the Secret Base Trainer doesn't have enough Pokémon on their team to do those types of battles, they'll specifically point that out and ask to do a Single Battle instead.
    • If you trade mulch from Pokémon X and Y into Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, due to the differing berry mechanics, the mulch cannot be used on Hoenn soil. Their descriptions have been accordingly altered to state this fact. In addition, the mulch introduced in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, normally only obtainable within the sixth generation games by hacking and having generic descriptions within X and Y, also had their descriptions altered to state they can't be used on Hoenn soil.
    • Origin Pulse, introduced within Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, is one of the few moves that can have its power boosted by the ability "Mega Launcher" due to it being a "pulse" move. Due to Origin Pulse being the signature move of Kyogre (who doesn't have Mega Launcher), this can only happen under very rare circumstances or via hacking.
    • The player can show the Game Freak staff member a Pokémon from Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald that had undergone a cross-generation evolution — such as a Ralts that evolved into a Gallade — to get the Time Travel Award. The award is still presented, and it won't display a non-existent sprite.
    • Think you can't actually get Magnezone and/or Probopass until defeating the version legendary (and getting access to New Mauville)? The plant's magnetic field reaches beyond the locked door; using Rare Candy on Magneton and Nosepass while on that small entry area is enough.
    • If one manages to make Diglett or Dugtrio use Fly, then during the landing sequence, the Pokémon will be rendered invisible, to get around the problem of never seeing their bottom half. Demonstrated here.
    • In X and Y, a number of ribbons obtained in the third generation Hoenn games have in their description that they were earned in another region. But if a Pokémon with those ribbons is traded to Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire, the description is changed to say they were obtained "somewhere long ago" — these games take place in Hoenn as well, so it would be inaccurate to say the ribbons are from another place!
    • The player character can stand in the spot that the Mystery Gift woman would appear in a Pokémon Center before he or she redeems a Mystery Gift. The woman will cleanly appear upon loading the game one square left of where she would usually be. If the player redeems the Diancie event, the following cutscene proceeds without glitches.
    • There's placeholder data in case Nintendo somehow forgets to give a Wonder Card its event title.
    • In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, if you teach a Sharpedo Surf, it will have its own unique surfing animation and move faster than other Pokémon that know the move. You can't fish on Sharpedo, but you can still sneak up on hiding Pokémon.
    • Also in X and Y, the O-Powers can give you advantages in-game which you can share with random players, except for the "Encounter and Stealth" O-Powers, which make random encounters more and less likely. Game Freak knew that would inconvenience the other players, thus they are the only two that you cannot share online.
    • In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, you cannot update your secret base data while in someone else's secret base.
  • Generation VII (Sun/Moon, Ultra Sun/Moon)
    • Beat Kahuna Hala without using Z-Power, and Captain Ilima will mention it as he congratulates you.
    • If Mina doesn't get a chance to use her Pokémon's Z-Move, she comments on it after the battle.
    • In the unlikely situation that you've completely filled your PC boxes to the point of being unable to obtain more Pokémon, and then talk to Gladion when he wants to give you Type: Null, he'll call you out for catching such a ridiculous amount of Pokémon.
    • Should you rank up the Festival Plaza while in the castle, the cutscene will automatically start. If the Global Mission person is the one who gets you a rank up, she'll say "The owner of the castle is here. Please go talk to him." and the cutscene will automatically start.
    • If the player has the box legendary in their party when meeting Professor Kukui outside the League for the first time, he'll comment on it, even addressing it directly to explain that the mountaintop site was chosen to honor it.
    • Similarly, having the box legendary in your party when facing Tapu Koko will cause it to directly address the legendary before your fight. Given that Tapu Koko is implied to have been watching your journey, it has probably also been watching the box legendary alongside you.
    • In Sun and Moon, in the cutscene just after you catch the cover Legendary, Lillie will refer to them as Nebby before correcting herself and referring to them by the nickname the player gives them. If you name the cover legendary Nebby, however, Lillie will refer to them by their species name rather than the nickname.
    • Generation 7's take on Diglett and Dugtrio using Fly and other such moves is further refined; instead of turning invisible, they will take a chunk of the floor with them when they lift off the ground.
    • If you spin the control stick around long enough, your trainer will start doing a ballerina twirl, and when you stop, they strike a pose.
    • Mallow will thank you for being considerate of the Pokémon if you avoided any pre-Totem encounters during her trial in the Ultra games.
    • As you approach the Pokémon League in the Ultra games, a special cutscene will play with your starter Pokémon releasing itself from its Pokéball. Naturally, the cutscene won't play if you don't have your starter with you, but it will still play if the starter is still in its first or second stage.

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