The protagonist is an enthusiast of Pokémon bootleg games and ROM hacks. However, they've brought one game that they've been unable to find info online about: a Pokémon Red and Blue hack called Pokémon Black. The protagonist doesn't actually own a copy of the game anymore, but they do remember it thoroughly. The creepypasta consists of their memories of the game.
The story goes that alongside the usual starter, the storyteller got a "ghost" Pokémon that they could never switch out of their party. No opponents were capable of attacking it, and its only move, a bizarre variant of "Curse", was almost always a One-Hit KO. If they fought a trainer, each curse caused the ball containing the opponent's mon to disappear from their roster. Once they lost all their Pokémon, they could curse the trainer directly; killing them and replacing their overworld sprite with an Instant Gravestone. After beating the Elite Four, the player got a Flash Forward to their character as an old man, recalling every Pokémon and trainer they cursed, at which point their ghost finally turns on them and subjects the player to a Hopeless Boss Fight. When their HP hit a critically low level, it cursed them and the screen turned to black and did not change. Upon resetting the game, the protagonist discovers that their save file was erased.
This fanfic provides examples of:
- Ascended Extra: Originally an unobtainable Pokémon who only shows up in the Lavender Tower, Ghost is now one of the Starter Mons, and the highlight of this hack.
- Background Music Override: In the final segment, the Lavender Town music plays constantly, no matter where the player goes.
- Contractual Boss Immunity: Its mentioned that Ghost Pokémon are immune to the Curse move. In the ROM hack, Curse will fail when used against the ghosts in Pokémon Tower before acquiring the Silph Scope, though this detail is not incorporated for Pokémon that are Ghost-type.
- Dark Fic: The story is about a horror-themed hack where Red can use a ghost to kill Pokémon and trainers.
- Developers' Foresight:
- The Curse move cannot be used on trainers that have to be challenged again, such as the Rival or Giovanni, except in the final battles against them.
- As the player has no Pokémon to use HMs with during the epilogue, the cuttable bush by Viridian Forest's exit is removed, allowing the player to return to Pallet Town.
- Final Death: After Ghost kills the player character, the save file is erased.
- Game Mod: The aforementioned ROM hack that recreates the experience of the game.
- Gender-Neutral Narrator: The narrator is never gendered.
- The Hero Dies: The game ends with Ghost killing the player character.
- Instant Gravestone: If the player uses Curse on a trainer, a headstone will appear in that trainer's spot in the overworld when the player leaves the area and comes back.
- Kid Hero All Grown Up: After beating the game, the epilogue skips ahead to Red as an old man.
- Killed Off for Real: The move "Curse" kills the opponent's Pokémon. The player can also use Curse on the trainers.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: If the player goes through the whole game without ever using Curse on a single opponent, Ghost will still kill them in the end.
- Nothing Is Scarier: During the final segment, Kanto is completely empty. No wild Pokémon appear, and all the NPCs are gone, leaving Red completely isolated.
- Promoted to Playable: Ghost becomes a playable Pokémon that is automatically given at the beginning of the game. It's not specified if it has a Pokédex entry though. The ROM hack doesn't give it one.
- Riddle for the Ages: Its never found out who made the cartridge, and while the narrator does speculate on why it was made, no definitive answer is given.
- Timeskip: After defeating Blue for the final time, the game skips ahead several years. Red is now a senior.
- Where It All Began: The final battle against Ghost happens when the player returns to the exact same tile they started the game at.