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Revision as of 03:53, March 10, 2020

Generation V
Logo's of the final games in Unova
Debut JN September 18, 2010
EN March 4, 2011
Pokémon 649 (156 new)
Region Unova
Date Ended JN October 12, 2013 (1120 days)
EN October 12, 2013 (953 days)
Game Information
Main Game(s): Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Remake(s): None
Storage Games: None
Battle Arena Games: None

Generation V (Japanese: 第五世代 Dai Go-sedai) in the Pokémon franchise, is a term used to describe the fifth set of games introduced into the series. The first two new Pokémon that starred in the 13th movie Pokémon - Zoroark: Master of Illusions were revealed as Zorua and Zoroark. The titles for these games have been revealed to be Pokémon Black and White. The games were released on September 18, 2010 in Japan.

Chronologically, it takes place the events of Generation IV games.

Generation V Enhancements

Generation V has many new enhancements, as do all the other generations. This generation, however, is unlike the others. Almost everything is changed, including graphics, battle changes, plots, rivals, towns, viewpoints, Gym Leaders, the Elite Four, legendary encounters, landscape, competitions, and much much more.


The graphics in Pokémon Black and White have changed drastically. Below are some of the things that Generation V has to offer in this new gaming century.


The Battling System has changed very much, below are examples of some changes of it.

  • Pokémon now move during the battle! When your Pokémon's health depletes to red, the battle music becomes different and your Pokémon move slower.
  • The background moves in a circle, and changes if it is in day, night, dawn, in a building, etc..
  • Your Pokémon changes colors in battle when it is afflicted with a status effect. Instead, of a bar telling the status appears.
    • Instead, when Pokémon are afflicted with status effects, their sprite or sprite animation changes. For example, when a Pokémon has a sleep status, its eyes are closed, as if it were sleeping. When it is paralyzed, its animation is static, etc.
  • You can find the weather on the battle menu.
  • The battle menu appears to be a Poké Ball.
  • There are now triple battles!
  • There are now new rotation battles! In rotation battles, you rotate your team to hit certain Pokémon.


  • Cities are now in 3D!
  • When exiting some cities, it will show the entire city in one screen. An example is Castelia City.
  • People now can walk around and comment.
  • Cities have been expanded to a massive scale as well as town staying the same however.

Legendary Pokémon Encounters

  • When encountering Reshiram, the 3D aspects are taken to the extreme. When it enters, it lands and shoots flames around in a fiery circle.
  • When encountering Zekrom, the 3D aspects are taken to the extreme. When it enters, a storm begins. It lands and shoots electricity out in an explosion of thunder.
  • When encountering Cobalion, Virizion and Terrakion a series of three slashes appear, and glass breaks. You then enter the battle.
  • When walking toward the Legendary Pokémon Kyurem, Kyurem flash freezes time and brings you to its cave.
  • To capture Victini, you must get the Liberty Pass and get on a boat to Liberty Garden in Castelia City. When you fight your passed the last of Team Plasma, Victini awaits you in the basement.
  • When you encounter Thundurus, Landorus, and Tornadus, it will fly down to the area you are in. When the battle begins, a slash will appear with a bright light (like lightning), as well as thunder being heard.


  • When you receive a Gym Badge, your case will float to the screen, along with the badge, and be placed in the case. Then the case will return to your pocket.
  • In some Gyms, such as the first one, the leader you fight depends on which starter Pokémon you chose. (i.e. if you chose Oshawott he will have a Pansage)
  • In the final Gym, in Pokémon Black you fight Drayden, and in Pokémon White you will fight Iris.
  • Lots of Gyms have many new 3D enhancements.
  • Some Gyms don't even have the Gym Symbol on it, and may be hidden.

Elite Four and Champion/N Battle

  • The Elite Four's rooms have been shown to be among the best cases of the game's 3D potential.

    Elite Four Marshal's Room

  • When N attaches his castle to the Pokémon League, the 3D is very extravagant.
  • The Elite Four no longer move as sprites.
  • You are lifted through a spiral pathway in a way in every Elite Four's room.
  • You can now choose which Elite Four to fight first.


  • There is a new feature called the Pokémon Musical where you can enter your Pokémon in the musical, almost like a Pokémon Contest.
    • The Pokémon Contests, however, did not return for this generation but returned for the remakes of Generation III in Generation VI. Until then, the contest types of the moves introduced in this generation were unknown.
  • There is a new feature called the Battle Subway where you can fight trainers while riding a Subway. It works similarly to the Battle Frontier in the previous games.
  • There is a new feature called the Royal Unova which is a ship in Castelia City.
  • There is a new feature called the Poké Transfer Lab that has you shoot Poké Balls at Pokémon that you transferred to Pokemon Black and White. This can be accessed later in the game.

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection

  • There is new feature called the Dream Smoke and Dream World than can be more explained here. (Link)
  • There is new feature called the C - Gear that can be more explained here. (Link)
  • There is new feature called the Global Link that can be more explained here. (Link)

Important characters

Gym Leaders

Elite Four and Champion

Legendary Pokémon

The Tao Trio

Name Type
Zekrom Dragon/Electric
Reshiram Dragon/Fire
Kyurem Dragon/Ice

The Kami (The Japanese Gods)

Name Type
Tornadus Flying
Thundurus Flying/Electric
Landorus Flying/Ground

The Musketeers

Name Type
Cobalion Steel/Fighting
Terrakion Rock/Fighting
Virizion Grass/Fighting

Mythical Pokémon

Name Type
Victini Fire/Psychic
Keldeo Water/Fighting
Meloetta Normal/Psychic
Genesect Bug/Steel


Main series

Side series



  • Two sequels were announced for Pokémon Black and White. It was released on June 23, 2012 for Japan and an autumn release date for Europe and North America. The sequel takes place two years after Pokémon Black and White.


  • Along with Generation III, Generation VII and Generation VIII, Generation V is the only generation to not have any Eeveelutions.
  • Generations V has the most amount of Pokémon than any other Generation, having 156 in all. This beats even Generation I, which introduced the first 151.
    • However, the Generation I games were supposed to have 190 Pokémon in them.
  • Inventions from Generations IV and V were hinted in the third generation games, Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. If you go to the Devon Corporation building, on the second floor you see various scientist working on computers. When you talk to the scientists, one states that he is working on a device that will revive Pokémon fossils he follows by stating its working. When you talk to the other scientist on the computer he states that he is working on a device that will visually reproduce the dreams of Pokémon and he follows by stating that it is not going well. If you talk to the last scientist on a computer he will say he is developing a device that will allow you to talk with Pokémon he follows by saying that he hasn't had much success.
  • Along with Generation VI, this Gen. has the least amount of Pokémon with a Mega Evolution with 1 (Audino being the sole Mega Evolution of this generation)
  • Ever since remakes were introduced, this is the first generation where there hasn't been a remake of a previous generation.
    • It is also the first and only generation to have sequel of the first games of the generation.
  • Generation V is the first generation in which there are no Pokémon that are evolved or pre-evolved versions of previous Pokémon.
  • This generation introduces a bad word filter, something that was never previously introduced, thus preventing you from entering a name unsuitable for younger players. If you try to insert a cuss word or any other word and if that word is on the blacklist such as sexual references and terrorism, you will be denied from entering it as your Pokémon name, player name, etc.. The words are not case-sensitive, and Japanese words (e.g., しぬ/シヌ, meaning "death") are banned in both hiragana and katakana to prevent people from using those as workarounds. The filter only applies to entering the name exactly, and can easily be evaded by putting a space or any other character before/after the word on the game's blacklist. On the Global Trading System, however, you will be denied from sending a Pokémon if the name includes any of these banned words. This even prevented some officially named Pokémon that contained the key word such as Cofagrigus and Froslass from being traded without nicknames.
  • Generation V introduced the most unique type combinations with 33.
  • Generation V is the last Pokémon Generation game series that has 2D games.


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