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==Advances in gameplay==
 
Much like how Generation II enhanced Generation I mostly by building on its features, Generation IV builds on the features introduced in Generation III. The advancements introduced in Generation IV include:
 
*The addition of {{cat|Generation IV Pokémon|107 new Pokémon}}, bringing the total to 493. New evolutions and pre-evolutions abound in this generation, including ones for long-time favorites such as {{p|Electabuzz}} and {{p|Eevee}}.
 
*The addition of 113 new [[move]]s, bringing the total to 467.
 
*The addition of 47 new [[Ability|abilities]] (and removal of the unused {{a|Cacophony}}), bringing the total to 123. Many older Pokémon can now have one of two abilities, rather than the single ability they could have in Generation III.
 
*Four more boxes in the [[Pokémon storage system]], bringing the total to 18, for a total of 540 Pokémon.
 
*Another new region to explore, [[Sinnoh]], yet again with its own [[Gym Leader]]s and [[Elite Four]]. Player characters are again changed.
 
*Four new variants of [[Poké Ball]], retaining the seven introduced in Generation III.
 
*A new [[villainous team]], [[Team Galactic]], whose intent is to capture {{p|Dialga}} and {{p|Palkia}}, said to be the creators of the [[Pokémon universe]], and remake it in the image of their leader, [[Cyrus]].
 
*The return of the [[time]] system from Generation II, with enhanced transitions between the time periods of the day.
 
*A three-dimensional rendering of the overworld, rather than just sprites, with the same style seen in previous games.
 
*Moves are now designated [[physical move|physical]] or [[special move|special]] based on the move itself, rather than its type.
 
*Pokémon are now able to be traded and battled over the internet through the [[Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection]].
 
 
Alterations from Generation III include:
 
*[[Pokémon Super Contest|New and enhanced]] versions of [[Pokémon Contest]]s, featuring more rounds and a different appeals process. [[Poffin]] are now used to enhance contest stats, rather than [[Pokéblocks]].
 
*[[Secret base]]s have been moved [[The Underground|underground]], where players can interact over local wireless connections.
 
*Some Pokémon now display [[List of Pokémon with gender differences|differences in appearance]] based on their [[gender]].
 
 
Further additions in Platinum include:
 
*Another new {{Gdis|Battle Frontier|IV}}, with several different facilities than the one in [[Hoenn]].
 
*Ability to record and share battles with other players and in the Battle Frontier over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
 
*Sinnoh Pokédex is expanded, making the total of 210 Pokémon in the Sinnoh Pokédex.
 
 
Further additions in HeartGold and SoulSilver include:
 
*The re-introduction of the seven Poké Balls made from [[Apricorn]]s, unavailable since [[Generation II]].
 
*The first Pokémon in the [[party]] can now [[walking Pokémon|follow the player outside of battle]] almost anywhere in the overworld.
 
*Instead of contests, the [[Pokéthlon]] games are added.
 
 
==Regions==
 
===Sinnoh===
 
[[File:Sinnohplatinum.jpg|thumb|right|Sinnoh]]
 
{{main|Sinnoh}}
 
Like Generation III, Generation IV introduces a new region disconnected from all previous ones, the [[Sinnoh]] region, found far north of [[Kanto]]. Being that it is so far north, snow can be found on its northern tip, as well as in the mountainous center of the region. Much of the western half of the region is rural, while its east is comparatively urban, in a similarity to the continental area shared by Johto and Kanto, respectively.
 
 
====Starter Pokémon====
 
Though it was initially rumored that the {{t|Grass}}/{{t|Fire}}/{{t|Water}} setup that had been the norm for the past three generations would be replaced with a {{t|Dark}}/{{t|Psychic}}/{{t|Fighting}} trio, these rumors were later proven false. At the beginning of the journey, players must choose from the Grass-type {{p|Turtwig}}, the Fire-type {{p|Chimchar}}, and the Water-type {{p|Piplup}} to defend themselves from a wild {{p|Starly}} in Diamond and Pearl, or be given one of the three by [[Professor Rowan]] directly in Platinum.
 
 
====Gym Leaders====
 
Like the other three regions, Sinnoh has its own set of eight Gym Leaders. This set specializes in the same types as Gym Leaders from other regions, though not in the same order. Like always, badges and TMs are given away by defeated Gym Leaders.
 
 
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{{gldr|type=Rock|pic=VSRoark.png|ldr=Roark|djap=ヒョウタ|drm=Hyouta|loc=Oreburgh City|cjap=クロガネシティ|crm=Kurogane City|bdg=Coal}}
 
{{gldr|type=Grass|pic=VSGardenia.png|ldr=Gardenia|djap=ナタネ|drm=Natane|loc=Eterna City|cjap=ハクタイシティ|crm=Hakutai City|bdg=Forest}}
 
{{gldr|type=Fighting|pic=VSMaylene.png|ldr=Maylene|djap=スモモ|drm=Sumomo|loc=Veilstone City|cjap=トバリシティ|crm=Tobari City||bdg=Cobble}}
 
{{gldr|type=Water|pic=VSCrasher Wake.png|ldr=Crasher Wake|djap=マキシマム仮面|drm=Maximum Mask|loc=Pastoria City|cjap=ノモセシティ|crm=Nomose City|bdg=Fen}}
 
{{gldr|type=Ghost|pic=VSFantina.png|ldr=Fantina|djap=メリッサ|drm=Melissa|loc=Hearthome City|cjap=ヨスガシティ|crm=Yosuga City|bdg=Relic}}
 
{{gldr|type=Steel|pic=VSByron.png|ldr=Byron|djap=トウガン|drm=Tougan|loc=Canalave City|cjap=ミオシティ|crm=Mio City|bdg=Mine}}
 
{{gldr|type=Ice|pic=VSCandice.png|ldr=Candice|djap=スズナ|drm=Suzuna|loc=Snowpoint City|cjap=キッサキシティ|crm=Kissaki City|bdg=Icicle}}
 
{{gldrb|type=Electric|pic=VSVolkner.png|ldr=Volkner|djap=デンジ|drm=Denzi|loc=Sunyshore City|cjap=ナギサシティ|crm=Nagisa City|bdg=Beacon}}
 
|}{{-}}
 
 
===Johto===
 
[[File:JohtoMap.png|thumb|right|Johto]]
 
{{main|Johto}}
 
Much like Kanto was featured a second time in [[Generation III]], {{game|HeartGold and SoulSilver|s}} cause [[Johto]] to be featured a second time in Generation IV.
 
 
====Starter Pokémon====
 
Much as Kanto's Generation III starters were the same as in Generation I, Johto's starters have not changed. [[Professor Elm]] offers {{p|Chikorita}}, {{p|Cyndaquil}}, or {{p|Totodile}} to the player as protection on an errand to [[Mr. Pokémon]]'s house on {{rt|30}}.
 
 
====Gym Leaders====
 
As would be expected, Johto's Gym Leaders are the same as before, but many give out different TMs than they gave out in Generation II.
 
 
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! style="background: #1cb0d9; -moz-border-radius-topright: 5px;" | {{color2|00647f|Badge}}
 
{{gldr|type=Flying|pic=VSFalkner.png|ldr=Falkner|djap=ハヤト|drm=Hayato|loc=Violet City|cjap=キキョウシティ|crm=Kikyō City|bdg=Zephyr}}
 
{{gldr|type=Bug|pic=VSBugsy.png|ldr=Bugsy|djap=ツクシ|drm=Tsukushi|loc=Azalea Town|cjap=ヒワダタウン|crm=Hiwada Town|bdg=Hive}}
 
{{gldr|type=Normal|pic=VSWhitney.png|ldr=Whitney|djap=アカネ|drm=Akane|loc=Goldenrod City|cjap=コガネシティ|crm=Kogane City|bdg=Plain}}
 
{{gldr|type=Ghost|pic=VSMorty.png|ldr=Morty|djap=マツバ|drm=Matsuba|loc=Ecruteak City|cjap=エンジュシティ|crm=Enju City|bdg=Fog}}
 
{{gldr|type=Fighting|pic=VSChuck.png|ldr=Chuck|djap=シジマ|drm=Shijima|loc=Cianwood City|cjap=タンバシティ|crm=Tanba City|bdg=Storm}}
 
{{gldr|type=Steel|pic=VSJasmine.png|ldr=Jasmine|djap=ミカン|drm=Mikan|loc=Olivine City|cjap=アサギシティ|crm=Asagi City|bdg=Mineral}}
 
{{gldr|type=Ice|pic=VSPryce.png|ldr=Pryce|djap=ヤナギ|drm=Yanagi|loc=Mahogany Town|cjap=チョウジタウン|crm=Chōji Town|bdg=Glacier}}
 
{{gldrb|type=Dragon|pic=VSClair.png|ldr=Clair|djap=イブキ|drm=Ibuki|loc=Blackthorn City|cjap=フスベシティ|crm=Fusube City|bdg=Rising}}
 
|}
 
{{-}}
 
 
===Kanto===
 
[[File:Kanto FRLG Harada map.jpg|thumb|right|Kanto as seen in {{2v2|FireRed|LeafGreen}}]]
 
{{main|Kanto}}
 
In its fourth appearance, Kanto returns in HeartGold and SoulSilver much in the same way as it did in Generation II (as a post-League area).
 
 
====Gym Leaders====
 
Kanto's Gym Leaders are the same as in the original Gold and Silver, changing slightly from the group who were there in Generation I and Generation III. All Kanto Gym Leaders give TMs, unlike in Generation II.
 
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|-
 
! style="background: #CCBBFF; -moz-border-radius-topleft: 5px;" | {{color|6A12AB|Gym Leader<br><small>Japanese</small>}}
 
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! style="background: #CCBBFF;" | {{color2|6A12AB|Elemental type|Type}}
 
! style="background: #CCBBFF; -moz-border-radius-topright: 5px;" | {{color2|6A12AB|Badge}}
 
{{gldr|type=Rock|pic=VSBrock.png|ldr=Brock|djap=タケシ|drm=Takeshi|loc=Pewter City|cjap=ニビシティ|crm=Nibi City|bdge=Boulder}}
 
{{gldr|type=Water|pic=VSMisty.png|ldr=Misty|djap=カスミ|drm=Kasumi|loc=Cerulean City|cjap=ハナダシティ|crm=Hanada City|bdg=Cascade}}
 
{{gldr|type=Electric|pic=VSLtSurge.png|ldr=Lt. Surge|djap=マチス|drm=Matis|loc=Vermilion City|cjap=クチバシティ|crm=Kuchiba City|bdg=Thunder}}
 
{{gldr|type=Grass|pic=VSErika.png|ldr=Erika|djap=エリカ|drm=Erika|loc=Celadon City|cjap=タマムシシティ|crm=Tamamushi City|bdg=Rainbow}}
 
{{gldr|type=Poison|pic=VSJanine.png|ldr=Janine|djap=アンズ|drm=Anzu|loc=Fuchsia City|cjap=セキチクシティ|crm=Sekichiku City|bdg=Soul}}
 
{{gldr|type=Psychic|pic=VSSabrina.png|ldr=Sabrina|djap=ナツメ|drm=Natsume|loc=Saffron City|cjap=ヤマブキシティ|crm=Yamabuki City|bdg=Marsh}}
 
{{gldr|type=Fire|pic=VSBlaine.png|ldr=Blaine|djap=カツラ|drm=Katsura|loc=Cinnabar Island|cjap=グレンタウン|crm=Guren Town|bdg=Volcano}}
 
{{gldrb|type=Blue|t=Various|pic=VSBlue.png|ldr=Blue (game)|altname=Blue|djap=グリーン|drm=Green|loc=Viridian City|cjap=トキワシティ|crm=Tokiwa City|bdg=Earth}}
 
|}
 
{{-}}
 
 
==Other Generation IV games==
 
[[Pokémon Battle Revolution]] features a [[Pokémon Stadium series|Pokémon Stadium]]-like arena for battle, allowing Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver to link to it through wireless communications between the Nintendo DS and Wii, much like previous generations' games would link to {{pkmn|Colosseum}}, [[Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness|XD]], [[Pokémon Stadium (English)|Stadium]], and {{pkmn|Stadium 2}}. Battle Revolution also features online battles with players around the world via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
 
 
[[My Pokémon Ranch]] lets players of {{game|Diamond and Pearl|s}} deposit their Pokémon, via wireless communication, to a ranch owned by [[Hayley]], who will also bring Pokémon to the ranch. Players can interact with up to 1,000 of their deposited Pokémon. An update for this game enables support for {{v2|Platinum}}, as well as allowing storage for 500 more Pokémon, however, it has not yet been released to players outside Japan. It is unknown if another update will be released for HeartGold and SoulSilver.
 
 
==Trivia==
 
*Every [[player character]] in all Generation IV games has a [[Wii]] in his/her room, referencing its status as the current Nintendo console during the generation. This is in contrast with [[Generation III]], in which only player characters in Hoenn had a [[Nintendo GameCube]], while player characters in Kanto had an [[NES]].
 
*Generation IV's framerate is downgraded from Generation III: whereas Generation III games ran at 60 frames per second, Generation IV games run at only 30, like Generation I and II do. This is likely to prevent slowdown due to the 3D graphics.
 
*Due to the Generation II remakes, and the inclusion of Kanto in them, Generation IV has the largest number of accessible regions (in the handheld games) of all; [[Generation I]] had only one (Kanto), [[Generation II]] had two (Kanto and Johto), [[Generation III]] had two (Kanto and Hoenn), whereas Generation IV has three (Kanto, Johto, and Sinnoh).
 
**Because Hoenn was not included in Generation IV, its Gym Leaders, Elite Four, and Frontier Brains lack the now standard animated battle sprites and close-up headshots. [[Lorelei]] and [[Agatha]], the only important Trainers from another region who are not in Generation IV, also miss out.
 
* The Japanese font, including its rendering, that is used in the dialogues of the international versions is different from the Japanese versions. This doesn't happen in Generation III, where international versions use the same Japanese font and rendering.
 
 
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[[de:Vierte Spielgeneration]]
 
[[fr:Génération#Quatrième génération]]
 
[[ja:第四世代]]
 
[[pt:Geração DP]]
 

Revision as of 20:56, 4 February 2010