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Phenomenon

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Phenomena are a game mechanic introduced in Generation V. It is a different means of encountering wild Pokémon, and in some cases items. There are four types of phenomenon: rustling grass, dust clouds, flying Pokémon's shadows, and rippling water. Some Pokémon can only be obtained via this method. Phenomena will only appear after the player has the first Badge.

Phenomena will continue to exist if the player moves off-screen and away from the phenomenon (without leaving the area or room entirely), accesses their game menus, or hatches an Egg. They do not vanish until they are entered, unless the player enters an unrelated battle, picks up a visible item, interacts with an NPC, or exits the area or room entirely. They will also vanish if an NPC steps on it. Only one phenomenon will be in the area at any given time. Saving before entering a phenomenon will not preserve the phenomenon upon reset.

Phenomena are distinguished in-game by audio and visual effects; in most cases, they are named for the visual effect shown on-screen when each phenomenon occurs. The audio of a phenomenon reflects the distance between it and the player: if the player is close, the sound will be louder, and if the player is farther away (such as if the phenomenon is off-screen), the sound will be fainter but will also never stop.

Rustling grass

Rustling grass outside Pinwheel Forest

Rustling grass is a phenomenon that only occurs in tall grass. Rustling grass allows the encounter of a wild Pokémon. Audino can be found in any patch of rustling grass. Various other Pokémon, such as the elemental monkeys in Pinwheel Forest and Lostlorn Forest or evolved forms of Pokémon found in non-rustling grass, can be found in rustling grass, but usually at a lower encounter rate than Audino. This phenomenon does not occur in dark grass, but it does in long grass.

Pokémon

Pokémon Black and White

Possible encounters
Butterfree ButterfreeW Beedrill BeedrillB
Clefable Clefable Ninetales Ninetales
Wigglytuff Wigglytuff Crobat Crobat
Sunflora Sunflora Tyranitar Tyranitar
Metagross Metagross Vespiquen Vespiquen
Mismagius MismagiusW Honchkrow HonchkrowB
Tangrowth Tangrowth Gliscor Gliscor
Mamoswine Mamoswine Stoutland Stoutland
Pansage Pansage Pansear Pansear
Panpour Panpour Musharna Musharna
Unfezant Unfezant Unfezant Unfezant
Audino Audino Throh ThrohB
Sawk SawkW Leavanny Leavanny
Whimsicott WhimsicottB Lilligant LilligantW
Cinccino Cinccino Gothitelle GothitelleB
Reuniclus ReuniclusW Emolga Emolga

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Possible encounters
Clefable Clefable Ninetales Ninetales
Wigglytuff Wigglytuff Crobat Crobat
Azumarill Azumarill Dunsparce Dunsparce
Tyranitar Tyranitar Shiftry Shiftry
Slaking Slaking Delcatty DelcattyW2
Castform Castform Metagross Metagross
Roserade Roserade Vespiquen Vespiquen
Lopunny LopunnyB2 Magnezone Magnezone
Lickilicky Lickilicky Tangrowth Tangrowth
Yanmega Yanmega Gliscor Gliscor
Mamoswine Mamoswine Patrat Patrat
Stoutland Stoutland Pansage Pansage
Pansear Pansear Panpour Panpour
Musharna Musharna Unfezant Unfezant
Unfezant Unfezant Audino Audino
Seismitoad Seismitoad Throh ThrohB2
Sawk Sawk Leavanny Leavanny
Scolipede Scolipede Whimsicott WhimsicottB2
Lilligant LilligantW2 Cinccino Cinccino
Gothitelle GothitelleB2 Reuniclus ReuniclusW2
Vanilluxe Vanilluxe Emolga Emolga
Klinklang Klinklang

Dust cloud

Dust clouds are a phenomenon that only occur in caves. It may reveal held items, evolutionary stones, or wild Onix, Steelix, Drilbur and Excadrill.

Pokémon Black and White

Possible encounters
Bag Fire Gem Sprite.png Fire Gem Bag Normal Gem Sprite.png Normal Gem
Bag Water Gem Sprite.png Water Gem Bag Everstone Sprite.png Everstone
Bag Electric Gem Sprite.png Electric Gem Bag Moon Stone Sprite.png Moon Stone
Bag Grass Gem Sprite.png Grass Gem Bag Sun Stone Sprite.png Sun Stone
Bag Ice Gem Sprite.png Ice Gem Bag Fire Stone Sprite.png Fire Stone
Bag Fighting Gem Sprite.png Fighting Gem Bag Water Stone Sprite.png Water Stone
Bag Poison Gem Sprite.png Poison Gem Bag Thunder Stone Sprite.png Thunderstone
Bag Ground Gem Sprite.png Ground Gem Bag Leaf Stone Sprite.png Leaf Stone
Bag Flying Gem Sprite.png Flying Gem Bag Shiny Stone Sprite.png Shiny Stone
Bag Psychic Gem Sprite.png Psychic Gem Bag Dusk Stone Sprite.png Dusk Stone
Bag Bug Gem Sprite.png Bug Gem Bag Dawn Stone Sprite.png Dawn Stone
Bag Rock Gem Sprite.png Rock Gem Bag Hard Stone Sprite.png Hard Stone
Bag Ghost Gem Sprite.png Ghost Gem Bag Oval Stone Sprite.png Oval Stone
Bag Dragon Gem Sprite.png Dragon Gem Drilbur Drilbur
Bag Dark Gem Sprite.png Dark Gem Excadrill Excadrill
Bag Steel Gem Sprite.png Steel Gem

Pokémon Black and White 2

Possible encounters
Bag Green Shard Sprite.png Green Shard Bag Blue Shard Sprite.png Blue Shard
Bag Red Shard Sprite.png Red Shard Bag Yellow Shard Sprite.png Yellow Shard
Bag Dark Gem Sprite.png Dark Gem Bag Ground Gem Sprite.png Ground Gem
Bag Poison Gem Sprite.png Poison Gem Bag Steel Gem Sprite.png Steel Gem
Bag Rock Gem Sprite.png Rock Gem Bag Dragon Gem Sprite.png Dragon Gem
Bag Electric Gem Sprite.png Electric Gem Bag Flying Gem Sprite.png Flying Gem
Bag Fire Gem Sprite.png Fire Gem Bag Psychic Gem Sprite.png Psychic Gem
Bag Moon Stone Sprite.png Moon Stone Bag Fire Stone Sprite.png Fire Stone
Bag Dusk Stone Sprite.png Dusk Stone Bag Everstone Sprite.png Everstone
Bag Thunder Stone Sprite.png Thunderstone Bag Sun Stone Sprite.png Sun Stone
Bag Dawn Stone Sprite.png Dawn Stone Bag Shiny Stone Sprite.png Shiny Stone
Bag Oval Stone Sprite.png Oval Stone Onix Onix
Steelix Steelix Drilbur Drilbur
Excadrill Excadrill

Flying Pokémon's shadow

Flying Pokémon's shadows are a phenomenon that only occur on the Driftveil Drawbridge and Marvelous Bridge. They may reveal wings or wild Ducklett and Swanna.

Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2

Possible encounters
Ducklett Ducklett Swanna Swanna
Bag Health Wing Sprite.png Health Wing Bag Muscle Wing Sprite.png Muscle Wing
Bag Resist Wing Sprite.png Resist Wing Bag Genius Wing Sprite.png Genius Wing
Bag Clever Wing Sprite.png Clever Wing Bag Swift Wing Sprite.png Swift Wing
Bag Pretty Wing Sprite.png Pretty Wing

Rippling water

Rippling water is a phenomenon that only occurs on water tiles. Rippling water allows the encounter of a wild Pokémon when Surfed on or fished in. While Basculin's Red-Striped form is usually only found in Black, and its Blue-Striped form is usually only found in White, the Basculin form that does not appear under normal circumstances in that game can be found in rippling water.

Pokémon

Pokémon Black and White

Possible encounters
(Surfing)
Slowpoke Slowpoke Slowbro Slowbro
Seel Seel Dewgong Dewgong
Staryu Staryu Starmie Starmie
Lapras Lapras Slowking Slowking
Corsola Corsola Mantine Mantine
Wailmer Wailmer Wailord Wailord
Sealeo Sealeo Walrein Walrein
Buizel Buizel Floatzel Floatzel
Basculin BasculinW Basculin BasculinB
Jellicent Jellicent Jellicent Jellicent
Alomomola Alomomola Seismitoad Seismitoad
Stunfisk Stunfisk
Possible encounters
(Fishing)
Poliwhirl Poliwhirl Poliwrath Poliwrath
Shellder Shellder Cloyster Cloyster
Kingler Kingler Seadra Seadra
Goldeen Goldeen Seaking Seaking
Dratini Dratini Dragonair Dragonair
Dragonite Dragonite Chinchou Chinchou
Lanturn Lanturn Politoed Politoed
Qwilfish Qwilfish Octillery Octillery
Kingdra Kingdra Carvanha Carvanha
Sharpedo Sharpedo Barboach Barboach
Whiscash Whiscash Feebas Feebas
Milotic Milotic Huntail HuntailB
Gorebyss GorebyssW Relicanth Relicanth
Luvdisc Luvdisc Lumineon Lumineon
Basculin BasculinW Basculin BasculinB
Stunfisk Stunfisk

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Possible encounters
(Surfing)
Grimer Grimer Muk Muk
Marill Marill Azumarill Azumarill
Floatzel Floatzel Basculin BasculinW2
Basculin BasculinB2 Frillish Frillish
Frillish Frillish Jellicent Jellicent
Jellicent Jellicent Alomomola Alomomola
Possible encounters
(Fishing)
Poliwhirl Poliwhirl Grimer Grimer
Shellder Shellder Krabby Krabby
Horsea Horsea Seadra Seadra
Goldeen Goldeen Seaking Seaking
Politoed Politoed Feebas Feebas
Milotic Milotic Lumineon Lumineon
Basculin BasculinW2 Basculin BasculinB2


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