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Easter eggs are hidden parts of a game or software that are usually discovered by more experienced players. There have been a number of Easter eggs throughout the Pokémon franchise. In the games, there are several items, locations and events that are considered by some to be Easter eggs.
Easter eggs in the games
A major Easter egg in the game is the truck from the first generation games. In Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, as well as their remakes Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, there is a truck which appears in the S.S. Anne's port which serves no evident purpose except as scenery. With scenery being very sparse in the Generation I games, and this being one of the few sprites with no other purpose than to exist in one spot, fans began speculating that another purpose existed for this truck, and that it could perhaps be moved with Strength. Thus, a popular rumor sprang up that a Poké Ball containing Mew could be found underneath. The only flaw with this was that the HM for Strength could only be obtained after getting Cut, which required the S.S. Anne leaving. There were a number of ways that players went around this problem. The first, and most obvious was trading a Pokémon that knew Cut into their game. The second involved getting the HM from the Ship's Captain then battling a Trainer and losing, having them run to the Pokémon Center without the ship leaving. They could progress through the game until Surf and Strength were acquired and then attempt the truck. The rumor was proven false.
Later, in the Generation III remakes of Red and Blue, the truck is still present, however, there is actually something of a point to get to it this time around. On its pier, if the player walks down a bit, they can find a hidden Lava Cookie, unavailable until later in the game. The truck had been positioned there, as an Easter egg, due to the old, popular rumor that were spreading during the time of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow.
Diamond dust in Snowpoint
Diamond dust is a special variation of snow that appears in Snowpoint City, at Mt. Silver's summit, and in Icirrus City on certain days. It has no effect in battle.
Director Junichi Masuda announced January 10, 2008 on his blog that fans should play Pokémon Diamond and Pearl on January 12, his birthday, for a surprise. The surprise was revealed that Snowpoint City has sparkling diamond dust instead of the normal snow that floats down. It is purely aesthetic, since it only occurs within the city where no battles are possible. In the Generation V games, diamond dust appears in Icirrus City. It has been determined that other special weather conditions such as thunderstorms happen on predetermined days throughout the year, such as:
- January 12 (Diamond dust in both Snowpoint City and Icirrus City and on Mt. Silver)
- July 11, December 2 and December 31 (Rain in Route 213)
- October 30 (Diamond dust in Snowpoint City)
- December 31 (Diamond dust in Icirrus City)
Diamond dust is also available in Pokémon Platinum; HeartGold and SoulSilver; Black and White; and Black 2 and White 2.
Team Galactic Wallpaper
Another Easter egg in the game is the secret wallpaper for the Pokémon Storage System that can only be obtained by outside resources. Only a special phrase, unique to the player's ID number can be used to unlock the wallpaper from Pokémon Emerald and Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. This phrase can be obtained by guessing, or using a generator like the one located at Filb.de. In Pokémon Emerald, certain, unique phrases will result in Walda in Rustboro giving the player a special, customizable wallpaper design by cheering her up and making her laugh. Using the Secret Word Generator the player is able to obtain the phrase.
In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, eight special wallpapers can be unlocked, also through using special, unique phrases by a man in Jubilife TV located in Jubilife City. Online generators have been created to supply players with these phrases, using player's ID numbers and game language. After selecting a language and entering an ID number, clicking "Generate" will take viewers to a page full of wallpaper, with four words next to each one. Talking to the TV Producer in Jubilife TV and entering those four words in the order they are presented in will unlock a wallpaper, with 8 unlockable in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, and a different 8 unlockable in Pokémon Platinum. Unlike in Emerald, these games can hold all eight wallpapers at once.
In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Primo in Violet City's Pokémon Center will instead reward the player with eight different wallpapers once they enter the corresponding phrase.
Other Easter eggs