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The Pokémon Global Link is a multiplayer feature in Generation VI which is run using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. It used to provide service to games of the previous generation, and is analogous to the Global Terminal in Generation IV.
In Pokémon Black and White, the option of connecting to the Global Link is activated with an item called the Dream Mist. This is obtained early in the game from a Munna. If the Dream Mist is given to Fennel, she will give away the C-Gear and activate the menu option that would allow the player to set up the Global Link.
The Generation V Global Link allowed players to enter the Pokémon Dream World where they could catch Pokémon otherwise not obtainable in Unova.
In Generation VI, despite the absence of the Pokémon Dream World, other features are introduced, such as the PokéMileage Club.
The Pokémon Global Link website after its April 2011 update
The Pokémon Global Link website after the July 2012 revamp
In the early days of the Black and White release, the website was temporarily closed because of traffic concerns. The site was originally set to be back up September 29, 2010, ten days after closing down, but this was moved to October 4. Due to maintenance the Pokémon Dream World did not open to the public until October 13.
To fix the site for the international release of Black and White, planned to be released March 30, 2011, the previously Japanese-only Global Link was disabled of certain features on certain dates. From March 18 to 22, no Pokémon could be obtained from Pokémon Dream World. From March 22 to March 30, Global Link, as well as Game Sync, was made unavailable. This however was extended due to the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Despite delays, Play to Befriend a Pokémon!, a game that allowed players to obtain one of the Eeveelutions with their respective Hidden Abilities, was made available on March 28. On the other hand, Global Link itself again became available on April 12, 2011, which was also the premiere of the international versions of the Global Link.
In June 2012, the website underwent another revamp in both appearance and to accommodate compatibility with Pokémon Black 2 and White 2; it was down between June 5 and June 20. During this time, the Global Battle Union was inaccessible and the Game Sync function was inoperable.
Between October 1, 2013 to October 12, 2013, the Pokémon Global Link was closed for maintenance in preparations for Pokémon X and Y. Following this maintenance, users were temporarily unable to sign up for new accounts, add additional games to existing accounts and lost access to the demo. On December 10, 2013, players were no longer able to tuck in new Pokémon, but could still play with and awaken those already asleep until January 14, 2014. Once the deadline had been reached, the service was closed down and with it the ability for players to change their C-Gear skin, Pokémon Musical song, or Pokédex skin. Currently, players who have yet to do so may still awaken their Pokémon.
The GTS was not affected by this closure, except that the trade history became no longer viewable. Random Matchup Rating Mode was shut down, although Free Mode is still available. No official reasons were given for the closure, despite the fact the service had served its generation V users only since 2010. However, subsequently Nintendo announced in February 2014 that the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection overall is to be terminated by May 20, 2014. All generation IV and V games' online features will be affected after that date.
The Generation VI version of the Pokémon Global Link launched on October 12, 2013. Players who registered on the Pokémon X and Y Global Link with the same username as on the Pokémon Black, White, Black 2 and White 2 Global Link until January 14, 2014 got a certain number of Poké Miles on the PokéMileage Club, depending on the quantity of Dream Points obtained on the other version of the website. This bonus was applied to all of the registered Generation VI games, without a split in the reward.
The Global Link site undergoes routine maintenance every week. During maintenance all features of the website, as well as the in-game Game Sync, cannot be accessed; maintenance may interrupt those currently using Dream World. Despite this weekly maintenance, the site may undergo additional maintenance when the need rises. Prior to the site closing down to accommodate international versions of Black and White, maintenance was done every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. JST. Prior to the site closing down to accommodate Black 2 and White 2, maintenance was done every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. JST. Currently, the schedule for maintenance is as follows, according to the website:
- Japan and Korea: Tuesdays 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. JST/KST
- US: Tuesdays 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT
- UK: Tuesdays 7 a.m. to Wednesdays 1 a.m. UTC
- Australia: Tuesdays 3 p.m. to Wednesdays 9 p.m. AWST
Occasionally, the amount of time for the maintenance may change. In addition, players who use Pokémon Trainer Club accounts may not be able to access Global Link if the Trainer Club is under maintenance (i.e. if Trainer Club is under maintenance, players may not access the English-language Global Link, but they may access the Japanese-language Global Link).
Generation VI Global link features
- Main article: PokéMileage Club
The PokéMileage Club is an online item shop where players can use Poké Miles to purchase items that will be transferred to their game the next time they use Game Sync. There are also attractions, games players may spend Poké Miles on to play and win items.
The Rating Battles section of the Global Link shows the Trainer rankings and Pokémon rankings for different types of battles or over all types battles. Clicking a player shows their record, while clicking a Pokémon shows various statistics for it, including its top moves, Abilities, Natures, held items, and teammates; its top moves used to win and the top Pokémon it beat; and the top moves used to beat it and the top Pokémon that beat it.
Players may sign up to participate in special online competitions using a registered game. Online competitions may have special rules and regulations, and all players start the competition with the same Rating. For more information, see the Global Link's online manual.
The online competitions section of the Global Link shows current and past competitions. Clicking on one of the past competitions will allow the user to view details of that competition, including the regulations it used, its final rankings, and statistics about the Pokémon used, just like in the Rating Battles section.
The Profile displays information about the user's activity on the Global Link and, to a limited extent, in their game. If the user allows it in their privacy settings, other people may be able to view the user's Profile. Privacy settings can be customized separately for separate pages of the Profile, and even for different registered games. If their privacy setting is set to "Everyone", the user will also be able to share aspects of their Profile on social networks.
Some aspects of the profile may take some time to update after a game is synced.
- Game Info
This page lists the user's: Game Sync ID, time of the most recent Game Sync, 3DS location setting, number of Pokémon in the Pokédex, play time, date adventure was begun and (if applicable) date the Hall of Fame was first entered, number of Badges obtained, and game message. The Game Sync ID and play time cannot be viewed by other people.
The logbook is a timeline that tracks events in-game and happenings on the Global Link website. Every time the player syncs their game, the logbook will show information about the achievement of important milestones in the main story or about other noteworthy happenings, such as new Medals or photos, prizes won in the lottery, and Eggs received from the Day Care. The logbook may also show information concerning the user's activity on the Global Link, such as participation in an online competition.
A user may delete an entry in their own timeline, but this only affects the Logbook. For example, deleting an entry about a new Medal does not delete that Medal from the Medals page.
- PokéMileage Club
This page keeps track of the user's Poké Mile usage history in the PokéMileage Club, any items yet to be sent to the selected game using Game Sync, and any items previously sent to the game. This page of the Profile is not visible to other people.
- Rating Battles
This page displays the user's record for the current or past seasons of Rating Battles and records of recent matches.
- Online competitions
This page displays records of the user's online competition matches and a history of the user's participation in online competitions.
- Global Trade Station
This page displays records of Pokémon the user has traded over the Global Trade Station. It also displays the Pokémon the user currently has deposited (if any) and the Pokémon they want for it.
This page displays a list of Medals the player has earned for actions in the game or on the Global Link website.
This page is where the user can view photos uploaded from their game. When the user syncs their game, the most recently taken photo is uploaded to the Global Link. At first, the user may only store 12 photos, but starting at 20 Medals, the user will be able to store an extra 12 photos for every 10 extra Medals, up to a maximum of 60 photos at 50 Medals. If a new photo is uploaded when the user already has the maximum number of photos stored, the oldest photo will be overwritten. The user may lock certain photos to prevent them from being overwritten, but at least one photo must always remain unlocked.
- Friend List
This page displays the user's roster of Friends, Acquaintances, and Favorites from the Player Search System.
Generation V Global Link features
Global Link prior to the site changes
Pokémon Dream World
- Main article: Pokémon Dream World
The Pokémon Dream World allowed players to befriend a Pokémon, as well as find items, using a Pokémon they sent using Game Sync by playing various mini-games, as well as exploring the Island of Dreams.
Global Battle Union
- Main article: Global Battle Union
The Global Battle Union or GBU recorded statistics obtained over the Random Matchup feature found in Black and White. Participating players were given ranks that were tallied every season. The GBU also hosted tournaments through the Random Matchup feature.
The profile allowed players to see various pieces of information, such as the most-recent six Pokémon they had befriended on Dream World, the Pokémon they had sent via Game Sync, their neighbors on Dream World, the number of Dream Points they had, the Badges they had earned in the game that was synced to the Global Link website, the people that had been traded with over the GTS, and people registered in their Pal Pad. They could also edit their avatars and input a code corresponding to their favorite Battle Video.
Accordingly, per account, a player could only have ten Dream Pals on their Dream Pal Roster. This total counted toward registered neighbors as well as pending requests the player had sent. The received requests made by other players did not count toward this number. While the total was ten, a player could not accept a request made while inside the Dream World, unless either a Dream Pal or a Dream Pal request was deleted from the roster on the Global Link profile, to a number less than ten. The Dream World site referred to this as "organizing," as requests can only be accepted while playing in the Dream World.
This option allowed players to customize certain aspects of Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, or White 2. These included the Pokédex and C-Gear skins, as well as Pokémon Musical shows. These customizations could be set in the game after using the Game Sync feature to wake up a Pokémon from Dream World.
The E-Z Mail option let a user send and receive messages called E-Z Mail with Game and Dream Pals over Pokémon Global Link. The letters themselves were preconstructed, with users only able to fill in the blanks.
Obtaining the Victini Doll
- Main article: List of Pokémon Global Link promotions
The Pokémon Global Link occasionally had promotions players could participate in for a certain period of time. Promotions granted players access to various things. These included Pokémon, Décor, and catalogues obtainable at the Pokémon Dream world, C-Gear skins, Musical shows, and Pokédex skins accessible through the Customization part of the site, as well as special homes players could access in the Dream World. Promotions were usually done in collaboration with other parts of the Pokémon franchise, such as merchandise like books, the TCG, and the anime.
Some of these had passwords players had to input before being able to participate in the promotions. Passwords could be of one-time use, requiring players to purchase merchandise.
- The English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian websites can be used regardless of the language of the game.
- The art style used for the Pokémon Global Link is not exclusive to the site; it has been used in various other parts of the franchise, including Pokémon Center stores and Pokémon Channel, before the Global Link even emerged.