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Pokémon Gold and Silver is a Pokémon video game of the second generation. The game features brand new additions from the previous three games. These two games take place in the Johto region and the Kanto region. A year after their release, another game, Pokémon Crystal, was released with a few minor differences and features added to the game.


Game info


  • These games featured the new region, Johto.
  • They take place three years after the events of Pokémon Red and Blue.
  • A hundred new Pokémon were introduced in the games. (101 if counting Celebi and including Mew)
  • A time system was introduced, allowing certain Pokémon to appear at certain times, and events to occur on certain days.
  • Pokémon could now hold items.
  • A new item, PokéGear, allows the usage of a clock, cell/mobile phone, and radio.
  • Specialized Poké Balls were introduced, allowing easier catching for specific types of Pokémon.
  • Two new types of Pokémon were introduced, Dark-type and Steel-type Pokémon.
  • The battle screen now shows how much experience the player's Pokémon has gained, and also whether a wild Pokémon has been caught or not.
  • The ability to breed Pokémon was introduced.
  • A virus called "Pokérus", which infects a Pokémon allowing its experience to double, was first found.
  • Shiny Pokémon debuted in these games.
  • Backward connectivity was introduced, allowing trades with previous games.

Starter Pokémon

The player gets to choose one of three starter Pokémon at the start of the game from the local Pokémon expert Professor Elm. In tradition, the three Pokémon are a Grass type, Water type, or Fire type Pokémon.

Team Rocket

Once again, Team Rocket are the featured villains in the games. With the disappearance of their leader Giovanni, Team Rocket restarts their goal of stealing Pokémon over the world, starting in Johto. The player will run into them several times throughout the course of the game, as they plot numerous plans and schemes.

Legendary Pokémon

As in every other main series Pokémon game, there are a few Legendary Pokémon that debuted in these games.

Legendary Bird Pokémon

Legendary Beasts

Nintendo Event Legendary Pokémon


Version exclusives


No. Pokémon Type(s)
#056 056.png Mankey Type Fighting.gif
#057 057.png Primeape Type Fighting.gif
#058 058.png Growlithe Type Fire.gif
#059 059.png Arcanine Type Fire.gif
#167 167.png Spinarak Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif
#168 168.png Ariados Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif
#207 207.png Gligar Type Ground.gifType Flying.gif
#216 216.png Teddiursa Type Normal.gif
#217 217.png Ursaring Type Normal.gif
#226 226.png Mantine Type Water.gifType Flying.gif
#250 250.png Ho-Oh Type Fire.gifType Flying.gif


No. Pokémon Type(s)
#037 037.png Vulpix Type Fire.gif
#038 038.png Ninetales Type Fire.gif
#052 052.png Meowth Type Normal.gif
#053 053.png Persian Type Normal.gif
#165 165.png Ledyba Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif
#166 166.png Ledian Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif
#225 225.png Delibird Type Ice.gifType Flying.gif
#227 227.png Skarmory Type Steel.gifType Flying.gif
#231 231.png Phanpy Type Ground.gif
#232 232.png Donphan Type Ground.gif
#249 249.png Lugia Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif

Gym Leaders

Elite Four and Champion

Type Psychic.gif
Type Poison.gif
Type Fighting.gif
Type Dark.gif
Type Dragon.gif

Battery life

With the Gold and Silver game cartridges, a battery was used to support the in-game clock. After around six years though, the battery would die and any game that was saved will be deleted. It can be replaced as described here.


Toward the ending use of the battery of the games, the game may glitch up because in the PCs if the mailbox is checked, mysterious messages are sent by nobody and the messages implant a code which allows the player to gain Pokédollars from it. When the game freezes up, the save file may get corrupted and the player may have to reset the entire game. At times, the screen may glitch up, the color might be grayscale or neon.

This might be the cause of an accidental drop of the cartridge which may chip a piece off the cartridge which makes a bit of the game corrupt.

If the player cheated by getting a Pokémon to level 100 after it obtains all of its EXP points, it keeps leveling up to level 100. In order for the player to reverse the glitch, he/she has to turn the game off.


  • These games are the only paired Pokémon games to feature different sprites for each Pokémon in each version.
  • The Generation II games are the only ones to feature two regions in full (excluding Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreens Sevii Islands).
  • On May 8, 2009 Nintendo announced that Gold and Silver would receive remakes, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, originally set to be released in Fall 2009. Before this announcement, there was much speculation about the creation of these remakes, as numerous hints were given throughout Pokémon media.
  • Even though the games were released for the Game Boy Color, they were released as Game Boy cartridges in conjunction with the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
  • Gold and Silver had infrared connectivity to the Pokémon Pikachu and Pokémon Pikachu 2 in which the mystery gift feature could be used to gain items. This feature was omitted in the European release.
  • It is possible to win every trainer battle (including gyms and Elite Four) by having an empty team.