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13 June 2007 @ 03:41 am
Pokemon: Frequently Asked Questions  
This post is to replace the little list of frequently asked questions in the userinfo (which is going to be updated in a few days). Hopefully this'll be a bit more organized on a separate post than just on the userinfo.

Only comment to add more questions, comments are screened and will probably be deleted after the question has been added to the list.

LAST UPDATE: 6/19/08


This list is help you before you post a question that's already been asked. Even if you don't have a question, but want to add something that you see way too often, comment with the question (and answer if possible), and I'll add it to this list. ^^


Q1. What's a shiny Pokemon? Will it stay shiny when it evolves?
A1. A shiny Pokemon is, in the fourth generation of games, a Pokemon that is a different color than normal. There's a 1 in 8192 chance of encountering a shiny Pokemon in the wild, and that chance is more with the chaining method. And yes, your Pokemon will indeed stay shiny when it evolves.

Q2. What games go with what generation?
A2. Generation 1: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow (& Pokemon Stadium);; Generation 2: Gold, Silver, Crystal (& Pokemon Stadium 2);; Generation 3: Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen (& Pokemon Colosseum and Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness), Emerald;; Generation 4: Diamond, Pearl (& Pokemon Battle Revolution).

Q3. I haven't completed Diamond or Pearl and received my National Pokédex, can I still get older generation Pokémon from trades?
A3. Yes you can, they will appear as ??? and not a number until you get the National Pokédex.

Q4. Can you trade eggs?
A4. Indeed you can! The Pokemon that hatches from the egg will get the OT of the person who hatched it, not the person you recieved it from.

Q5. Can I trade Pokémon from 1st/2nd Gen (Red/Blue/Green/Yellow/Silver/Crystal/Gold?) to 3rd/4th Gen (FireRed/LeafGreen/Sapphire/Ruby/Emerald/Diamond/Pearl)?
A5. Nope. You can send 3rd to 4th, and you can send 1st to 2nd, but not 1st/2nd to 3rd/4th.

Q6. Can Pokémon only eat so many Poffins?
A6. Yes, once you have fed a Pokémon too many Poffins you cannot feed them anymore.

Q7. But I didn't max out the stat I wanted to by Poffin feeding, why?
A7. You need to feed your Pokémon only the BEST Poffins you have made, practice makes perfect!

Q8. What's the difference between a hacked Pokemon and a legit Pokemon? What's a semi-legit Pokemon?
A8. If they're hacked *perfectly*, you most likely will not notice a difference. In any other case, hacked Pokemon could have extremely good IVs (very low chance of occurring randomly, though not impossible), maxed out contest stats, more ribbons than it should, or could show a caught location in an area where it doesn't exist (ex: Dialga or Palkia on route 202).  [prguitarman's guide to hacked shiny Pokemon] A semi-legit Pokemon's definition might differ from person to person, but most of the time it refers to hacking an item to take you to an event Pokemon, instead of hacking the event Pokemon itself.

Q9. Can I trade my Pokemon from Diamond/Pearl back to my 3rd gen game?
A9. No, once you've transferred them to D/P, you can never get them back on your old game.

Q10. I want to battle someone over Wifi, but my Pokemon are too low-leveled. Help?
A10. As long as you pick "Level 50" or "Level 100" as your rules (not Free Battle), your Pokemon will be leveled up or down to match 50 or 100. Your stats will change accordingly, which is why it's useful to determine IVs, etc. Your Pokemon will go back to their normal level after the battle.

Q11. If I breed a female Pokemon with Ditto, will it give the baby its Egg Moves?
A11. No, Egg Moves are only passed down through the male Pokemon, even when using Ditto.

Q12. Is there any easier way to find a Pokemon of a certain nature?
A12. If you are breeding a Pokemon while searching for a certain nature, there's the Everstone trick. You can attach an Everstone (pretty common in the Underground in D/P) to your female Pokemon or Ditto (NOT a male Pokemon), and the baby Pokemon have a 50% chance of inheriting the Everstone Pokemon's nature. If you're searching in the wild for a certain nature, having your first Pokemon with the ability Synchronize raises the chances of running into a wild Pokemon with the same nature of your Synchronize Pokemon.

Q13. Can I get the National Pokedex in Diamond/Pearl before beating the Elite Four?
A13. Yes! All you need to do is to see the Pokemon, so you could trade or train to get the missing Pokemon in your Pokedex. However, you can't see the opposite legendary (Dialga in Pearl, Palkia in Diamond) unless you beat the E4, so you'd need to trade that one over.

Q14. How do I change the little sprite that represents me on Wifi/wireless connections?
A14. There is a person in the Pokemon Center of Oreburgh City that you can talk to to change your sprite. You only get four choices - based on your Trainer ID and the gender of your character.

Q15. How can I delete HM moves on my Pokemon?
A15. You're not able to migrate Pokemon to Diamond/Pearl that know HMs. In FireRed/LeafGreen, the move deleter (the only way to get rid of HMs) is in Fushia City, near the Gym. In Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, the move deleter is in Lilycove City, near the Dept. Store. And in Diamond/Pearl, the move deleter is in Canalave City, near the bridge.


Q1. Who is Ash's father? [contributed by blackjackrocket]
A1. No one knows, probably not even the writers. Giovanni, and even the Ho-oh in the first episode, are often speculated by fans, but there is no real father revealed ever in the anime.

Q2. What are the main character's Japanese names?
Ash - Satoshi
Misty - Kasumi
Brock - Takeshi
Tracey - Kenji
May - Haruka
Max - Masato
Dawn - Hikari
Paul - Shinji
Gary - Shigeru

Q3. Where can I find a list of episodes? Where can I find the difference between English and Japanese episodes?
A3. Both Serebii.net and Bulbapedia have lists. Serebii - list [episode guides] & list [episode pictures]. Bulbapedia - [Indigo, Orange, Johto] [Advanced Generation] [Diamond & Pearl]. Dogasu's Backpack has awesome guides between the English and Japanese episodes.



Q1. What are the "zukan figures" I keep hearing about?
A1. They're figures found through gashapon machines that are 1/40 the Pokemon's actual size. For more in-depth information, visit the awesome Zukan Ranger website!

Q2. I live in the United States. Where's a good place to buy official Pokemon merchandise?
A2. Unfortunately, the Pokemon Center's website has shut down, but you can get the American-made goods at places like Target and Toys'R'Us. For other merchandise, there's heerosferret's Sunyshore site, and you may find something you like being sold at the pkmncollectors community.

okay, so i'm the dragon. big deal.kthxrawr on June 13th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
Maybe a list of resources/walkthroughs? Can't remember who linked to Veekun on here, but I find it more useful than serebii, personally.
私の首筋にも嘘はあるの: Haruka - Wondermentlifeup on June 13th, 2007 08:07 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, I was going to put a list of links on the new userinfo, but I forgot I need to put them on here too. XD Thanks, I'll add that in later. ^^
Blackjack Gabbiani: Bossbeach--by meblackjackrocket on June 13th, 2007 08:08 am (UTC)
This one pops up all the time on boards. "Who is Ash's father?" Of course the answer is "no one knows, probably not even the writers"
私の首筋にも嘘はあるの: Haruhi - Almost ~lifeup on June 13th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC)
Ooh, yes, I completely forgot to put some anime FAQ in, too. Thanks! :D
Blackjack Gabbianiblackjackrocket on June 13th, 2007 08:14 am (UTC)
Also, you should totally link to the Bulbapedia. It's awesome.
私の首筋にも嘘はあるの: Haruka - Ribbon get!lifeup on June 13th, 2007 08:28 am (UTC)
Hee, I was actually planning to on the userinfo, and I'll add it in here too. I use it all the time~ it is awesome. :D
These Exhausted Resourcesprivatelyricist on June 13th, 2007 08:51 am (UTC)
Q1 Who is the most awesome person in the community?
A1 Blue_rakuen!
私の首筋にも嘘はあるの: Haruka - Yay!lifeup on June 13th, 2007 09:10 am (UTC)
These Exhausted Resourcesprivatelyricist on June 13th, 2007 09:12 am (UTC)
Just an FYI, the userinfo needs to be easy enough for me to modify / add affiliates to >,>
(no subject) - hackman2k3 on June 13th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC) (Expand)
私の首筋にも嘘はあるの: Candice - Time to Battle!!lifeup on June 15th, 2007 08:10 am (UTC)
Hee, I'll go ahead and add that in a minute. ^^ Also, would you like me to add it to the profile later as an affiliate?
→ just say yes ☆tortoises on June 13th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
I thought it might be easiest to have some categories in the memories where relevant posts to the comm are properly named and tagged? Kind of like the way the how-to layout comms work. That's how most comms seem to do it, in my experience. Just a thought.
私の首筋にも嘘はあるの: Flygonlifeup on June 15th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
I know memories would be too hectic for me to try to organize (more finding in-depth posts than anything else), but we're trying to use just tags. Only, not many people are using them; I've been tagging most people's entries for them. >_>; I have a memories category for shiny Pokemon (all I have is that tutorial so far), but if there are any other categories that really need to be added to memories and not just tags, let me know and I'll try and fix it up. :D
→ just say yes ☆: light with a sharpened edgetortoises on June 15th, 2007 11:45 am (UTC)
Maybe you could open tagging to everyone on the comm and maintain a list of tags to use? XD;
私の首筋にも嘘はあるのlifeup on June 16th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it is open to everyone, but...yeah, it'd be nicer if there was a stricter way of tagging (like, instead of "trade" some people might put "trades", etc.). Though I guess it helps either way, even if it's a pain to search through each possible tag in the list. ^^;
Maddie: Pokemon - Harley Oh Shitpeachy_ewan_muf on June 20th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
The pokemoncenter site is no longer running, so you might want to remove that link. (:
私の首筋にも嘘はあるの: Candice - Time to Battle!!lifeup on June 20th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
Whoops! Thanks for letting me know! :)
gravity_xx on March 6th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
Would you consider doing moderated posting? It seems like we're getting a lot of stuff that is kind of off topic or stuff that should really be posted in personal journals. I think moderated posting would help a lot with this problem if you had the time to do so.
私の首筋にも嘘はあるの: Death Note | 了解!lifeup on March 14th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Whoops, sorry it took me so long to get back to you! (For future reference, this post is kind of meant for this kind of suggestion.)

I don't really see a bigger increase in off topic stuff more than usual. It's also kind of hard to say what exactly's off topic - technically, as long as it's Pokemon-related, it's on topic...it's just that some posts are more community-related than others. Anyway, it's just too difficult to do moderated posting because there's a huge number of posts per day that I'd alone have to check and judge whether it's on topic or not (I don't want to add another mod just for that), and trade posts would be posted hours after people are online and ready.