Glitch screen

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This article is about glitch overlays of color. For the corruption of screen pixels, see Glitch.

Glitch screens are glitches that Generation I glitch Pokémon cause. It is an overlay of color over a Pokémon's sprite and the immediate surrounding area.


There are four variants of the glitch.


The red-tint is a recoloration of only pixels that have color. They gain a red hue.

Red-tint over 4 h 's Pokédex entry


Dark purple and red

The purple-tint is a heavy recoloration of all pixels in the sprites area. They gain a deep purple hue. When the Pokémon is placed into battle, the sprite and whole battle menu will be tinted.

(h4to89 's Pokédex entry, showing very heavy tinting. "No. 202" is barely visible
A black box around ♀ .


The purple tint is a moderate recoloration of pixels in the sprites area. They gain a bright purple hue.

X ゥ- xゥ,'s Pokédex entry with purple tint
'r 'r 4's in-battle view of the screen


Blackout is a recoloration of only pixels that have color. They are all turned completely black. This screen is actually intentionally placed into the game, as it is used when the player blacks out.

94 h's front sprite showing Blackout screen, and 94's back sprite showing it also.


Most glitch screens can be avoided by using the original Game Boy or Super Game Boy rather than the Game Boy Color. This is due to the Super Game Boy's inability to replace the color white, and the absence of colors in general on the original Game Boy. By doing this, players may view the otherwise-obstructed moves of glitch Pokémon.

Cloning glitchesGlitch PokémonGlitch Trainers
Error messagesArbitrary code execution
Generation I: --0 ERRORCable Club escape glitchExperience underflow glitchFight Safari Zone Pokémon trick* • Glitch City
Item duplication glitchItem underflowMew glitchOld man glitchPewter Gym skip glitch
Pokémon merge glitchRhydon glitchSelect glitches (dokokashira door glitch, second type glitch)
Super GlitchTime Capsule exploitZZAZZ glitch
Generation II: Celebi Egg glitchCoin Case glitchesExperience underflow glitchGlitch dimension
Glitch EggSketch glitchTeru-samaTime Capsule exploitTrainer House glitches
Generation III: Berry glitch* • Dive glitchPomeg glitchGlitzer Popping
Generation IV: Acid rainGTS glitches* • Mimic glitch
Pomeg glitchRage glitchSurf glitch* • Tweaking
Generation V: Sky Drop glitch* • Frozen Zoroark glitch
Generation VI: Lumiose City save glitch*
Glitch effects: Game freezeGlitch battleGlitch song
Gens I/II only: Japanese characters in the international versions
Gen I only: Glitch screenTMTRAINER effectInverted sprites
Gen II only: Glitch dimension
Lists: Glitch movesGlitch types
Glitch Pokémon (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VI)
Glitches (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VISpin-off)

*Indicates glitches which have been officially acknowledged

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