Dual-slot mode

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Dual-slot mode (Japanese: ダブルスロット Double-Slot), often called the Dongle method, is one of the many ways that players of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum can obtain Pokémon that are outside of the Sinnoh Pokédex, especially Pokémon that are exclusive to other regions, by using the GBA games of the series as dongles for the DS games. However, due to the removal of the GBA slot, dual-slot mode is not available if using a Nintendo DSi or a Nintendo 3DS.

The majority of Pokémon that can be obtained in this way are in some way version-exclusive Pokémon to one of the Generation III games. With one of the five Game Boy Advance games inserted into the GBA slot of a Nintendo DS while playing either Diamond or Pearl, players will be able to find Pokémon not otherwise available in Generation IV in certain areas of Sinnoh, but only after they have unlocked the ability to use Pal Park as well. One does not need to have the game in their GBA slot the whole time; one just needs to have it in at the main screen, at which time one can simply take the cartridge out, as long as one doesn't turn the power off before catching the Pokémon.

Unlike Pal Park, dual-slot mode is not language locked; any language Generation III game can be in the bottom slot for any language Generation IV game, meaning that a Japanese FireRed can activate wild Elekid in the Valley Windworks in an English Diamond, while an English Emerald can activate wild Teddiursa on Route 211 in a Japanese Platinum.

All of these Pokémon have an 8% chance of appearing in the listed area when the correct GBA game is inserted, except in areas where two appear at once for the same game (the rate is then 4% for each).

Pokémon Dream Radar has a similar feature that allows players to catch a Generation IV version mascot with its Hidden Ability in extensions unlocked by putting the Game Card of the corresponding game into the slot on the Nintendo 3DS.

List of Pokémon available using dual-slot mode

Game in the GBA Slot
Pokémon Location Game
Seedot Seedot Routes 203, 204 and 210 (South), Eterna Forest D P Pt
Nuzleaf Nuzleaf Routes 210 (South) and 229 D P Pt
Mawile Mawile Iron Island D P Pt
Zangoose Zangoose Routes 208 and 210 (North) D P Pt
Solrock Solrock Lake Verity, Lake Acuity, Lake Valor, Mt. Coronet, Sendoff Spring, Turnback Cave D P Pt
Lotad Lotad Routes 203, 204, 205, and 212 (South) D P Pt
Lombre Lombre Routes 212 (South) and 229 D P Pt
Sableye Sableye Iron Island D P Pt
Seviper Seviper Routes 208 and 210 (North) D P Pt
Lunatone Lunatone Lake Verity, Lake Acuity, Lake Valor, Mt. Coronet, Sendoff Spring, Turnback Cave D P Pt
Teddiursa Teddiursa Routes 211 and 217, Lake Acuity, Acuity Lakefront D P Pt
Ursaring Ursaring Routes 216 and 217, Lake Acuity D P Pt
Pineco Pineco Eterna Forest, Routes 203, 204, 210 (South) and 229 D P Pt
Gligar Gligar Stark Mountain, Routes 206, 207, 214, 215, and 227 D P Pt
Shuckle Shuckle Route 224 D P Pt
Caterpie Caterpie Route 204 D P Pt
Metapod Metapod Eterna Forest D P Pt
Ekans Ekans Route 212 (South) D P Pt
Arbok Arbok Great Marsh D P Pt
Growlithe Growlithe Routes 201 and 202 D P Pt
Elekid Elekid Route 205, Valley Windworks D P Pt
Weedle Weedle Route 204 D P Pt
Kakuna Kakuna Eterna Forest D P Pt
Sandshrew Sandshrew Wayward Cave D P Pt
Sandslash Sandslash Route 228 D P Pt
Vulpix Vulpix Routes 209 and 214 D P Pt
Magby Magby Route 227, Stark Mountain D P Pt
Any Generation III game
Haunter Haunter Old Chateau D P Pt
Gengar Gengar Old Chateau D P Pt

See also

Inter-generational communication
Gen I Time Capsule Gen II
Gen III Dual-slot modePal Park Gen IV
Gen IV Poké TransferRelocator Gen V
Gen V Poké Transporter Gen VI
Gen I (VC) Gen VII
Gen II (VC)
Gen VI Pokémon Bank

Communications media
Gen I Game Link CableTransfer Pak
Gen II  Game Link CableInfraredTransfer PakMobile Game Boy Adapter
Gen III Game Link CableWireless AdapterDual-slot mode
Gen IV DS WirelessWi-FiDual-slot modeInfrared
Gen V DS WirelessWi-FiInfrared
Gen VI 3DS WirelessNintendo NetworkInfraredStreetPassSpotPass
Gen VII 3DS WirelessNintendo NetworkInfrared

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