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Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (ポケットモンスターブラック2・ホワイト2 Poketto Monsutā Burakku Tsū & Howaito Tsū, Pocket Monsters: Black 2 & White 2) are a pair of sequels to Pokémon Black and White that was released in Japan on June 23, 2012. It was released in North America on October 7, 2012, in Europe on October 12, 2012, and in Australia and New Zealand on October 11, 2012.

The game has a brand new story than the previous games, having a new plot and features.

Blurb

Two powers combine... a new legend arises!
Set off on a new Pokémon adventure to save the Unova region, with new challenges and activities to discover!
Film Movies at Pokéstar Studios
A Mysterious Scientist...
A New Story!

Plot

The games are set two years after the games Pokémon Black and White, and the Unova region has changed drastically with new locations and Pokémon from previous generations. The player - Nate, the male protagonist, or Rosa, the female protagonist - starts in a location southwest in Unova called Aspertia City with Hugh, the player's rival. They are given a starter Pokémon - Snivy, Tepig, or Oshawott - by Bianca, who is now Professor Juniper's assistant. As they venture out in Unova, they will challenge new and old Gym Leaders and encounter the new Team Plasma, while also meeting the old Team Plasma.

Near the end of the game, the Neo Team Plasma's plan is revealed. They want to freeze Unova using their technology and the power of the legendary Pokémon, Kyurem. At the Giant Chasm, Ghetsis orders Kyurem to freeze the player! Thankfully, N and his dragon (Zekrom in Black 2 and Reshiram in White 2) save the player in time. Ghetsis then uses the DNA Splicers that were stolen earlier on Kyurem, whose frozen wings shatter, revealing a set of energy absorbing node-like appendages! Kyurem then blasts N's dragon, sealing it back up in the Dark/Light Stone! Then under Ghetsis' orders, Kyurem absorbs the stone, fusing the two dragons together to make an even stronger dragon, Black/White Kyurem! The player then defeats the dragon, separating it back into two, N's dragon is given back to him, while Kyurem flees to regain its strength. After a battle with Ghetsis, he suffers a mental breakdown and is taken away by the Shadow Triad.

Post-game, after a battle with N and his dragon, he kindly lets his dragon go and gives the Dark/Light Stone to the player. Then the player can bring it to Dragonspiral Tower where he/she can catch N's dragon. If the player catches N's dragon, Kyurem will re-appear at the Giant Chasm where the player can catch it too.

Features

Unova

Main article: Unova

Unova as it appears in Pokémon Black and White Versions 2

Over the set of two years since Pokémon Black and White, locations have drastically changed. Areas such as Challenger's Cave are no longer accessible. Other areas have changed such as Route 4, which has completed its construction to varying degrees depending on the game. The southwest now contains locations, such as Aspertia City, Floccesy Town and Virbank City. Several new locations previously inaccessible can now be explored, such as the Castelia Sewers.

Pokémon World Tournament

Main article: Pokémon World Tournament

The Pokémon World Tournament is a new feature in which trainers can partake in a tournament against other trainers in a single or double battle. It is held in Driftveil City, hosted by Cynthia, the Sinnoh League Champion.

Pokéstar Studios

Main article: Pokéstar Studios

Pokéstar Studios allows the player to star in movies varying in genre. Such movie genres include action, horror, and many others. Characters such as Brycen and Sabrina play roles in Pokéstar Studios.

Other features

Changes from Black and White

  • The Gym Leader lineup has been reorganized.
    • Cheren is now a Normal-type Gym Leader and the first encountered.
    • Two new Gym Leaders appear, Roxie, who appears as the second Gym Leader encountered, and Marlon, the new final Gym Leader encountered.
    • Burgh, Elesa, Clay, Skyla and Drayden remain as Gym Leaders.
    • Lenora, Brycen, and Striaton City Gym Leaders have since stepped down from their positions.
    • Iris also changes her position of being a gym leader in Pokémon White Version due to being the new champion.
  • Bianca, Cheren, Elesa, Iris and Ghetsis return with new designs.
  • Bianca is now the assistant of Professor Juniper.
  • Alder has stepped down from the Champion position and Iris has taken his place.
  • Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus get new formes called their "Therian" formes, which can be changed via the Reveal Glass.
  • Keldeo has a new forme called the "Resolution Forme". Keldeo changes to its Resolution Forme when it learns Secret Sword and changes back when the move is forgotten.
  • Instead of specific trainers having sprite animations, all trainers in the game have sprite animations.
  • The Team Plasma has now split into two groups, one that has since seen the error of their ways but are still loyal to N and his goal to free Pokémon and the other follows Ghetsis and his plans for control over Unova.
  • Every gym from Black and White has had a redesign in their puzzles and every gym has remix of their music except Cheren. This is due to the fact that Cheren is a Normal-type.
    • These are the first games where the Gym music is remixed in different gyms.

Characters

Pokémon

The Unova Pokédex received an upgrade and now features a total of 301 Pokémon, containing Pokémon from every generation.

Starter Pokémon

The starter Pokémon in Unova remains the same: Grass-type Snivy, Fire-type Tepig, and Water-type Oshawott.

Version exclusives

Black 2

No. Pokémon Type(s)
#126 126.png Magmar Type Fire.gif
#185 185.png Sudowoodo Type Rock.gif
#214 214.png Heracross Type Bug.gifType Fighting.gif
#240 240.png Magby Type Fire.gif
#311 311.png Plusle Type Electric.gif
#313 313.png Volbeat Type Bug.gif
#325 325.png Spoink Type Psychic.gif
#326 326.png Grumpig Type Psychic.gif
#379 379.png Registeel Type Steel.gif
#381 381.png Latios Type Dragon.gifType Psychic.gif
#427 427.png Buneary link-Normal type
#428 428.png Lopunny link-Normal type
#438 Bonsly Bonsly Type Rock.gif
#467 467.png Magmortar Type Fire.gif
#546 546.png Cottonee llink=Grass type
#547 547.png Whimsicott llink=Grass type
#574 574.png Gothita Type Psychic.gif
#575 575.png Gothorita Type Psychic.gif
#576 576.png Gothitelle Type Psychic.gif
#629 629.png Vullaby Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif
#630 630.png Mandibuzz Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif
#644 644.png Zekrom link Dragon typeType Electric.gif
#646 646A.png Black Kyurem Type Dragon.gifType Ice.gif

White 2

No. Pokémon Type(s)
#122 122.png Mr. Mime Type Psychic.gif
#125 125.png Electabuzz Type Electric.gif
#127 127.png Pinsir Type Bug.gif
#239 239.png Elekid Type Electric.gif
#300 300.png Skitty Type Normal.gif
#301 301.png Delcatty Type Normal.gif
#312 312.png Minun Type Electric.gif
#314 314.png Illumise Type Bug.gif
#322 322.png Numel Type Fire.gifType Ground.gif
#323 323.png Camerupt Type Fire.gifType Ground.gif
#378 378.png Regice Type Ice.gif
#380 380.png Latias Type Dragon.gifType Psychic.gif
#439 439.png Mime Jr. Type Psychic.gif
#466 466.png Electivire Type Electric.gif
#548 548.png Petilil Type Grass.gif
#549 549.png Lilligant link Grass type
#577 577.png Solosis Type Psychic.gif
#578 578.png Duosion Type Psychic.gif
#579 579.png Reuniclus Type Psychic.gif
#627 627.png Rufflet Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif
#628 628.png Braviary Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif
#643 643.png Reshiram Type Dragon.gifType Fire.gif
#646 646B.png White Kyurem link Dragon typeType Ice.gif

Legendaries

No. Pokémon Type(s) Location Version
#377 377.png Regirock Type Rock.gif Underground Ruins Black 2 White 2
#378 378.png Regice* Type Ice.gif Underground Ruins White 2
#379 379.png Registeel* Type Steel.gif Underground Ruins Black 2
#380 380.png Latias Type Dragon.gif Type Psychic.gif Dreamyard White 2
#381 381.png Latios Type Dragon.gif Type Psychic.gif Dreamyard Black 2
#480 480.png Uxie Type Psychic.gif Nacrene City Black 2 White 2
#481 481.png Mesprit Type Psychic.gif Celestial Tower Black 2 White 2
#482 482.png Azelf Type Psychic.gif Route 23 Black 2 White 2
#485 485.png Heatran Type Fire.gif Type Steel.gif Reversal Mountain Black 2 White 2
#486 486.png Regigigas Type Normal.gif Twist Mountain Black 2 White 2
#488 488.png Cresselia Type Psychic.gif Marvelous Bridge Black 2 White 2
#638 638.png Cobalion Type Steel.gif Type Fighting.gif Route 13 Black 2 White 2
#639 639.png Terrakion Type Rock.gif Type Fighting.gif Route 22 Black 2 White 2
#640 640.png Virizion Type Grass.gif Type Fighting.gif Route 11 Black 2 White 2
#643 643.png Reshiram Type Dragon.gif Type Fire.gif Dragonspiral Tower White 2
#644 644.png Zekrom Type Dragon.gif Type Electric.gif Dragonspiral Tower Black 2
#646 646.png Kyurem Type Dragon.gif Type Ice.gif Giant Chasm Black 2 White 2

Swarms

Main articles: Pokémon Swarm#Black 2 and White 2 and Pokémon Swarm

Like the predecessors, swarms - or mass outbreaks - activate after receiving the National Pokédex. Swarms change each day at midnight. To determine where a swarm is located, the player can check the gate and read the moving screen.

Compatibility

Pokémon Black and White Versions 2 are compatible between Pokémon Black and White and Pokémon Dream Radar. Pokémon from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Platinum, and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver can also be sent to Pokémon Black and White Versions 2 by using Poké Transfer. The games are also compatible with Dream World.

Trailer

Main article: Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Animated Trailer

Reviews

Publication Score
Destructoid 7.5/10
Eurogamer 90/100
Famitsu 36/40
Game Informer 7.5/10
GameSpot 6.5/10
GamesRadar+ 4/5
IGN 9.6/10
Nintendo Life 9/10
X-Play 4.5/5

Trivia

  • Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 has the shortest localization period for main series games, being released in the US and Europe in Autumn, a few months after its Japanese release.
  • Though Reshiram was on Pokémon Black Version's cover and Zekrom was on Pokémon White Version's cover, Black Kyurem is on Pokémon Black Version2's cover and White Kyurem is on Pokémon White Version 2's cover.
  • Hilda Hilbert from the previous games is said to be travelling in search of N.
  • In Japan, The Pokémon games Black 2 and White 2 had over 1.16 Million pre-orders till June 16. This marks the first time that two consecutive series games on the Nintendo DS have had pre-order sales of over a million copies.
  • Pokémon Black and White Versions 2 are the only games to be numbered-sequels.
  • These games introduced the most alternate forms for Legendary/Mythical Pokémon, 6 in total.
  • This is the first game where you can go over 999,999 Pokédollars.
  • This is also the first game that the player cannot capture the versions mascot before the Pokémon League, although it can be captured after.
  • The starters, their evolved forms and Cottonee are the only Pokémon with different sprite movements in this game instead of having the same sprite movements from Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version.
  • These are the first pair of games to be a sequel of the previous in the same generation.

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