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Pokémon Lost Silver is a creepypasta based off of Pokémon. In it, the unnamed protagonist plays a haunted cartridge of Pokémon Silver. The story was so popular that it had a fan game made based off of it.

The story takes place around the release of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. While waiting for SoulSilver, a fan decides to buy a used copy of Pokémon Silver at GameStop. When they start up the game, it initially seems like the cartridge is faulty. It keeps freezing on the Game Freak logo, however eventually it starts up. Instead of starting up as normal, the game defaults to an active file in the Bellsprout Tower.

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Gold's name is only given as "...". There are 999 hours of play time on the file, Gold has the max amount of money, and the Pokédex is entirely filled out. When the protagonist looks at the team, it consists of five Unown and one Cyndaquil nicknamed "HURRY". The five Unown spell out "LEAVE". The cartridge seems glitched as it contains oddities like no music, no Pokémon cries, and no trainers in the Bellsprout Tower. The room seems inescapable due to a lack of ladders, however eventually the player finds a way to exit it.

Things only get worse from there.

A game developer known as Reidd Maxwell created a fan-game based off of the creepypasta, made in GameMaker Studio. In addition to sticking closely to the source material, the game adds a new path known as "Lost Silver: Hidden", which answers the question: "What if the player said no to the 'TURN BACK NOW' prompt?". It can be downloaded here.

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Two years after the original publication of Pokémon Lost Silver, the author posted a sequel known as Pokémon Lost Silver: Ashes, which gives a slightly different answer to the question the Hidden Route asks.

In 2020, on the 10th anniversary of the game's release, Maxwell announced that an updated version known as Re: Lost Silver was in the works, with the game being rebuilt from scratch to work better on modern Windows systems. The game will also feature new paths, written by the original author, that the player can take.


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Pokémon Lost Silver provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The fan game includes a second storyline, generally known as “Lost Silver: Hidden”, which is unlocked if the player declines to turn back. The creator of the fan game says that this plot was written by the creepypasta’s original author and given to him for the game.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Ethan is referred to as "Gold", likely because his Canon Name wasn't known until HeartGold and SoulSilver's release.
  • An Aesop: Death comes for us all, and with it, our lives and achievements slowly fade away into obscurity.
  • Dark Fic: It's a story about a creepy cartridge of Pokémon Silver where the player is dead.
  • Dead All Along: At the end of the story, the player realizes that Gold has been dead since the very beginning.
  • Death of a Child: Gold isn't even thirteen when he died.
  • Eyeless Face / Hidden Eyes: Nearly every sprite in the "Hidden" route lacks visible eyes, with the exception of the Unown (in favor of vivid red eyes), Cyndaquil and Silver's Feraligatr when it regresses into a Totodile shortly before fainting.
  • Fan Game: The creepypasta was de-fictionalized into a game.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be:
    • Gold suffers from this as his body decays in the main route.
    • Similarly, the shiny Celebi is split in half vertically.
    • On the "Hidden" route, Please! the Typhlosion has his sprite cut in half horizontally before passing on.
  • Haunted Technology: The cartridge is presumed to be this, though it might be a hack that someone made.
  • Hope Spot: In Ashes, when the narrator ends up at Ilex Forest with a normal looking Gold and regular music, they initially think they broke out of the hacked portions and managed to reach the normal game. Shortly into the forest however, the map turns out to be scrambled, confirming this is another hacked portion.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: The narrative at its core ultimately laments that no matter what any of the Pokémon protagonists accomplish, their feats will rarely if ever form a solid legacy with understandable psychological consequences.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's unclear if the cartridge is haunted or whether it's a hacked game.
  • Multiple Endings: A minor example, but taking the Hidden path in the fangame will change the original path’s ending message from R.I.P … to R.I.P. PKMN Trainer Gold.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Heavily utilized on the "Hidden" route, as many of the characters lack eyes and names, dialogue is sparse and often cut-off, and the music is comprised of slowed-down Dark Reprises of Pokémon Silver's music with some of the notes missing.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: On the "Hidden" route, the Unown have blood-red eyes, though they don't pose any direct threat and only serve to spell out messages.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Whether the game is of supernatural origin, or a modified version made by a person. And if the latter, then their reasoning for doing so would also come under this.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: The story appears to largely be an allegory for a rather cynical take on the protagonists of Pokémon, asserting that their deeds will be forgotten eventually regardless of what they accomplish. Gold and his party's gradual decay, in this sense, is a visual metaphor for him fading away, as is Red's literal disappearance after fighting him. Likewise, how the two kicked the bucket doesn't really matter, only that now they're gone, they're starting to disappear from memory.

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