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Welcome to Pokémon Stadium. Before you begin to play, there are some features that you should be aware of. (If you have this game and you do know how to play, then you can skip this section, otherwise, read this section carefully.) This walkthrough will not only help you understand how to play the game, but give you an in-depth rundown of all the features and how to use them properly.
Pokémon are what make up the "backbone" of the game. However, it doesn't end there, as Stadium includes "Rental Pokémon" as well as the ability to use your own.
- Rental Pokémon are Pokémon that are in the game, but only as rentals. Their ID's are "00000", and the OT is "Trainer". Unlike Pokémon Red and the like, they will obey you. The Rental Pokémon stock has 149 Pokémon, instead of 151 Pokémon for you to use, as Mewtwo and Mew need to be unlocked. Their levels are preset to the game's different rules. All of them have standard moves, and stats. These Pokémon can not be transferred.
Prof. Oak's Lab
Prof. Oak has his lab set up next the stadium for those who need it for whatever reasons. He will only let you in if you have a Transfer Pak (look down at next section). Once in here you can look at your Pokémon in 3D, move items, and trade with another game (refer to section below). If you have completed certain events, prize Pokémon can be transferred.
- The Transfer Pak is an add- on accessory that is only available with this game. It allows you to use your Pokémon from Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow instead of the Rental Pokémon that is already in the game. It also allows you to save Pokémon on the game, but their data is completely transferred, unless you chose to bring them back. The pack also allows items to be switch from the Bag to the PC and reshuffle your boxes. You also can trade with another game, though you need another transfer pack to do this action.
This is used to take pictures of Pokémon from a Red, Blue, or Yellow cartridge inserted into the Transfer Pak or any rental Pokémon. Any of the game's arenas can be selected for a backdrop and the photos are stored in an in-game album. These pictures can be printed out as stickers (in 16×1 or 4×4 sizes) via the Sticker Station. Only 24 shots per Pokémon.
Game Boy Tower is a Game Boy shaped tower that is on the right side of the map. Here, you can play any of the Generation I games with the help of the Transfer Pak. The Tower has three modes, each being present at certain points in the game. Mode one is normal mode, speed and graphics are at the ever present setting. This mode is available at the start. The second mode is Doduo mode. Every thing is sped up by double the speed. Can be turned on when you win the Stadium once. The final mode is Dodrio mode. The tower now moves at for times the speed. Only available if you beat the Stadium twice. To activate these modes, press the yellow arrow button that is pointing to the right.
Another feature present at GB Tower is the background. Each game has it's own background. The change it from the GB background and back, press the "Z" button. Also, each time you get a new mode, the default background will change to the match the speed.
Free Battle is the option that allows you play against a friend or a computer for fun. The rules are like that of Battle Tower, yet there are some rules that appear in this game. The main rules are simple:
- Pokémon Battles can have Pokémon at either level 50, 100 or free for all.
- The number of Pokémon on your team can anywhere from one to six.
- Your opponent's team can be made by you.
- You can use Pokémon that you own.
- When playing with more than two players, up to three Pokémon can be chosen to the team(s) with two players.
The main mode of the game. Here, you play against eight Trainers, each at different level of difficulty, in one of the four cups. The cups are Pika Cup, Petit Cup, Poké Cup, and Prime Cup. This mode, along with Gym Leader Castle, the key to facing Mewtwo. For a more detailed run down, refer to the sections under "Stadium Mode".
Gym Leader Castle
The secondary mode to the game. You do what Pokémon is known for here. Battle your Pokémon against the eight Pokémon Gyms and face the Elite Four. Then, you face your rival. Winning here gets you one of eight Pokémon that can only be obtained in the games once. A more detailed version is located under the sections of Gym Leader Castle.
Vs. Mewtwo is a special mode that can only be chosen if you completed the Stadium and Castle once. Mewtwo's silhouette will appear over the stadium. Mewtwo plays under the "Anything Goes" freestyle rules. He is at Lv. 100. A detailed version can be found under the section "Post- Stadium/ Castle".
The lay back, have fun mini-game section of the game. There are nine mini- games and four levels of difficulty. A detailed version is in the "Post- Stadium/ Castle" section.