Pokémon Crystal (ポケットモンスター クリスタルバージョン)
Developer: Publisher: Platform: Release Date(s): Mode(s): Rating(s): Controller(s):
Game Freak Nintendo Game Boy Color December 14, 2000 (JPN)
July 30, 2001 (USA)
September 30, 2001 (AUS)
October 31, 2001 (EUR)
Single player
Game Boy Color


Pokémon Crystal (ポケットモンスター クリスタルバージョン) is a 2nd generation game like Pocket Monsters Gold and Pocket Monsters Silver. It was first released in Japan on December 14, 2000 for 3,800 yen.

Pokémon not available in Crystal and must be traded from Gold or Silver.


Starting out as a rookie Trainer, the player embarks on a journey to capture as many Pokémon as they possibly can. Pokémon Crystal introduced a new feature that allowed players to choose their characters gender at the start of the game and play as a female character. While on the journey. some familiar faces will pop up in the tall grass and dozens of new Pokémon make their debuts. Players can also witness new attacks and surprising evolutions, while filling your Pokédex with the latest discoveries as you journey through the new Johto region (ジョウト地方).

Pokémon technology has advanced since the first generation as the Pokémon world scientists have been hard at work creating new inventions and devices while improving old ones. These devices will to help the player collect and maintain their Pokémon while they world on their ultimate goal of becoming the worlds greatest Pokémon Trainer. Pokémon Gold and Silver features a variety of new ways to collect and care for Pokémon. Time also plays a much more important role in the games the clock take places in real time so players need to keep an eye out for Pokémon that come out only at night now as well!

The Pokémon adventure begins in New Bark Town (ワカバタウン), located in the new Johto region but Pokémon crystal also feature the Kanto region, which players may have explored in the previous games: Red, Blue, Green and Yellow. You won't be able to reach the Kanto region until one of their Pokémon learns the Surf HM or at a later time they will be able to reach the Johto region by riding the S.S. Aqua or the train that stops at Goldenrod City (コガネシティ).

The players adventure in Pokémon Crystal is filled with many battles, travels and discoveries. Players need to depend on their Pokémon to get them through the many challenges along the way. There are many characters that are willing to assist and give players friendly advice throughout the game.

The Pokémon in the games can only be found in specific locations and some of them are harder to find and obtain than others. The Pokémon locations are also different between the games as players will have to search harder between games to find the Pokémon they are looking for. When a wild Pokémon is encountered, the player is sent into battle with it and once its hit points are low enough, the player can choose to capture it with a Poké ball and trainer it. Some Pokémon also have the ability evolve into new and more powerful Pokémon through various evolution methods that were first introduced in the first generation games.

The game features Pokémon from the first generation as well as a bunch of new Pokémon but not every Pokémon is available in each version of the game. On the right is a list of Pokémon that aren't available in Crystal and must be traded from Gold or Silver. Player need to use the Game Boy Link Cable and trade Pokémon with other people in order to get all the Pokémon. The Game Boy Link Cable allows players to link their games together. Pokémon Gold & Silver introduced a new backwards compatibility feature with the previous first generation games to allow players to trade Pokémon with the older games to get version exclusive Pokémon in order to complete their Pokédex.

Trade Compatibility Chart

A new device called the PokéGear (ポケギア) was introduced in Pokémon Gold & Silver. The main character receives the device from mother at the beginning of game. Initially it acts as a cell phone but it eventually serves as a map, clock, calendar, cell phone and radio. Players should check the PokéGear often when they've become you're stuck in the game as they can check the region map when they aren't exactly sure where to go or what to do. It shows the players position relative to nearby landmarks. If the player has set up the game clock correctly, the day and time in the game should reflect real time. Players also don't have to remember phone numbers when they are given as all the people they can call are listed on speed dial.


  • Use the Game Boy Link Cable and trade Pokémon with your friends or test your skills against them in a Pokémon battle.
  • Battle, collect and train up to 250 different Pokémon.
  • Play on the go or at home. With the Game Boy Color, players can play and collect Pokémon wherever they are.
  • A new real-time day system where Pokémon appearances are affected by the current time of day.
  • Store important items such as healing items, Poké balls and key items in a bag for easy storage.
  • Have rematch battles with previously defeated Trainers to help increase your Pokémon levels.
  • Players can now choose their characters gender at the start of the game and play as a female character.
  • A major glitch from Gold and Silver, the "reset the clock" glitch is fixed in Crystal.
  • Eusine (ミナキ), an expert on legendary Pokémon has been added to the game. Eusine has been searching the legendary Pokémon Suicune.


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